After a couple of weeks with European fixtures, we get an early taste of the busy festive period when the game-weeks come thick and fast. The league table is certainly evenly balanced at the moment, so the extra crunch games this month could really shake up the standings going into the new year.
Let’s look at our top Fantrax picks — and remember that action kicks off with Wolves hosting Burnley (and confirming those two lineups before our deadline) on Tuesday (tomorrow!).
Martin Dubravka (EVE vs NEW, $1.40)
Newcastle United was dealt a blow with Pope suffering a shoulder injury last time out, but his 4-5 month projected absence gives opportunity to the experienced Dubravka to come in to a stout defensive side that is sitting high in the table. He’s great fantasy enabler at the game’s rock-bottom price, but don’t expect him to stay there long.
David Raya (LUT vs ARS, $8.43)
Raya is still decent value for money — now the main man of the league leaders. The Gunners will fancy themselves against a struggling Luton Town side and will be frustrated to have conceded a sloppy goal to Wolves last time out.
Trent Alexander Arnold (SHU vs LIV, $13.24)
Very unlucky not to be awarded the goal for the stunning free-kick that got Liverpool off the mark, he got his reward when he grabbed the winner against Fulham. Getting back to his best, he looks determined to force himself into Gareth Southgate’s plans for the Euros.
Antonee Robinson (FUL vs NOT, $12.73)
Robinson makes it three for three assists in the league, consistently showcasing his desire to setup his teammates. Fulham will feel hard done with their loss but will fancy themselves at home hosting Forest.
Ben Mee (BRI vs BRE, $6.72)
A defender who has a taste for goals, Mee both scored and assisted last time out and looks to have shaken off recent injury problems. Up next is a Brighton side struggling to get results lately. Historically much more expensive, his injury-depressed price is also an exciting proposition, but it won’t last long if he continues to earn 20 points per game like last game-week!
Alexis Mac Allister (SHU vs LIV, $6.22)
A budget pick and World Cup winner, Mac Allister is up against poor opposition that can’t stop leaking goals. He scored last time out, and we should get a big scoreline here, so he’s is worth bringing in. Any bets on whether Paul Heckingbottom will still be in charge of SHU for this one?
Enzo Fernandez (MNU vs CHE, $10.00)
Hard to know what you’re going to get from Chelsea at the moment, but there are signs of progress, and this isn’t a bad time for them to face a lackluster Man United side. Chelsea is usually up for these big fixtures. Enzo got a brace last time out, so he’ll hope to provide quality in front of goal in this one too. United shipped plenty of chances last time out, so this should give the World Cup winner plenty of confidence.
Dejan Kulusevski (TOT vs WHU, $10.49)
Kulu played a key role in the draw against Man City with a goal plus an assist to save Tottenham from suffering a 4th defeat in a row. Spurs should take confidence from that, and with plenty of injuries in their ranks, they’ll be looking to Kulusevski to bring his A-game again in this London derby.
Kaoru Mitoma (BRI vs BRE, $10.89)
The Seagulls are struggling to get wins on the board, posting plenty of draws and a few defeats in recent times, not helped by their European adventure. Mitoma has recently returned from injury, and his absence showed how much he was missed. Looking like the key player to pull them back to winning ways, he offers value at this price point.
Matheus Cunha (WOL vs BUR, $12.62)
Wolves may have had a couple of setbacks in recent weeks, but the good news for Cunha is he’s still offered a lot moving forward, with back to back goals. He’s a decent affordable forward option against a team in a relegation battle.
Mo Salah (SHU vs LIV, $20.92)
I find myself unable to justify leaving the premium forward out, especially against poor opposition who have conceded eight goals in their last two league matches. Liverpool left it late against Fulham and will be looking to make easier work of this one. Salah now has returns in each of his last three league outings.
Eddie Nketiah (LUT vs ARS, $9.34)
Arsenal could rotate with Champions League to contend with (though 1st in group is already locked, so one could wager that UCL gets the spin) plus the busy festive period approaching. The league leaders share out the goals with this type of opposition, suiting Nketiah who got a hattrick against another relegation struggler (Sheffield United) not so long ago.
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