With things getting a little hectic in the next month, I’m fully aware that everyone’s time and attention to Fantasy Football will get a little stretched this Christmas. With a massive 8 Gameweeks (GW) crammed into a 6-week window, we’ll start to see the most committed managers (you know who you are) leapfrog those who are more interested in mince pies and mulled wine, than captain choice and bonus points. So with that in mind, this time I’m offering some advice that should see you through until January.
Before I get into any of that though, there is the business of who wins the £5 prize this for scoring the most points across GW’s 9-12… 🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁
WHOOP 🙌 for the second month running I owe myself a fiver and can afford a bunch of Greggs Festive Bakes! I should add that I did use my Triple Captain chip this month on Salah at home versus Cardiff where he netted me a solid haul of 45 points on his own. It’s helped me leapfrog the annoyingly steady Jon Hillcock who is no doubt saving all his mega chips for those random GW’s when one of the big team play twice… I see you JON 👀
Anyways, with all of that out of the way, here are my tips for the next eight GWs.
In a month where the fitness of players is tested to the maximum, clean sheets will be at a premium all month. However, Man City’s style of play should make it that bit easier for Ederson (£5.8m) to keep 4 clean sheets across December. Also, I after three months of recommending him I cannot stress how much you should have Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka (£5.0m) in your team. Selected by only 0.6% of managers, despite currently being the joint sixth highest scoring keeper, he remains a great way to differentiate from the pack.
With an injury to Mendy looking like a bad one, a lot of Fantasy Manager’s (including me) will have to think hard about a replacement for this marquee defender. At first glance, it seems that Liverpool’s Robertson (£6.5m) offers much the same, but with a run of tricky fixture towards the end of December, he only offers a short-term fix. So a cheeky swap with Trippier (£6.2m) in GW15 looks the best bet to maximise your defensive festive cheer.
Across the plethora of games on this December, West Ham’s fixture list looks incredibly friendly for Fantasy Football managers looking for something of a sure thing. So, with that in mind, their record transfer Felipe Andersson (£6.9m) looks to be a player that, after a few months of finding his feet, will a genuine point scoring beast all the way through until the new year.
Additionally, and this may seem obvious, but I expect Man City’s insane squad depth to show over December. So while they may not play every single game, expect a heap of points to come for Sterling, either of the Silva’s, Sane and Mahrez (£8.6m), with the last of these having a particularly great month after finally settling into the rhythm of Pep’s passing powerhouse.
After a little bit of a lean run, Arnautovic (£7.1m) has looked back to his best in his past couple of games. Although the fixture against City looks like a toughie, as previously outlined in this post, he should find some magic across eight winnable fixtures this festive season.
After netting his first EPL goals of the season in an all-star performance against Bournemouth, the usually goal-shy Solomon Rondon (£5.7m) is my second pick as a striker this month. With games against Burnley (A), West Ham (H), Everton (A) and Wolves (H), he could easily grab a further 3-5 goals in December.