|The busy month of December is here, time to plan ahead for the busy period. (Photo credit: OfficialFPL)
December is here, from the look of things, most teams in the English Premier League will play up to seven games this month, squad depth and rotations will be the order of the day.
On the Fantasy Premier League front, most of the most owned big hitters came through with points—not so much, but you can call them honest work. Erling Haaland came up with seven points, Bukayo Saka delivered eight points, and Mohammed Salah’s assist to Trent Alexander Arnold was worth five points.
Heung Min Son is a big conundrum, and it’s quite straightforward. The South Korean had the ball in the back of the net three times against Aston Villa, but all were ruled out for offside. He struggles in the absence of a creator like James Madison, and the England playmaker isn’t coming back this month.
Game Week 14 is here, and we have to plan. From the goalkeeping end, it’s tough to bank on options that are supposedly playing against the relegation picks, but Liverpool’s Alison is unavailable, James Trafford of Burnley is a cheap option, and Arsenal’s Raya is another with Wolves visiting the Emirates.
You might want to consider goalkeepers who are likely to concede but also come up with saves that would give them points. Bernd Leno is known to make saves even when he’s likely to score goals. Nick Pope is another, and Brentford’s Flekken is at home to Luton.
Anthony Gordon, Cole Palmer, and Bryan Mbeumo are the new darlings of the midfield. The Cameroonian is at home to the Hatters. You might want to double up on him; he has failed to spark in back-to-back games, but you can argue he played against Liverpool and Arsenal in those two games.
Gordon is at home to United; you can bank on him, but you might want to hold on a bit on Cole Palmer with Chelsea struggling on all fronts. Bukayo Saka remains your man; even when the Arsenal man is having a bad day, he turns up with a goal contribution that could in turn yield bonus points.
Ollie Watkins is away to Bournemouth. Aston Villa struggles away from home, but they beat Tottenham last time out. Erling Haaland is a must-have regardless of who he’s up against, but he might be rotated this month with Pep Guardiola, known for his tinkering. Alexander Isak is another option upfront.
Captain pick? Heung Min Son is no longer the option for captaincy; he’s away to Manchester City, and it’s most likely going to be another tough evening for Ange Postecoglou and his lads. Saka is a fine option, but Haaland is still the number one option. Mohammed Salah is another good option.
A few differentials? Jarrod Bowen is still unavailable for West Ham; you should consider Mohammed Kudus. Luis Dias of Liverpool, Manchester City’s Jeremy Doku, and Brentford’s Joan Wissa are good picks. Moussa Diaby scored a good goal for Villa in the Conference League; he’s another good option.