Holly Shand shares her transfer targets for Gameweek 13 and Gameweek 14. With a hectic schedule including midweek and weekend Premier League games, who can we rely on to start and score us fantasy points?
"De Bruyne dominates the underlying statistics for both shots (17) and big chances created (6) in the last four games, demonstrating his ability to return both goals and assists."
Gameweek 13 - Deadline Tuesday December 15 16:30
The Headline Pick: Kevin De Bruyne - West Brom (H)
Manchester City have the standout fixture of Gameweek 13, a home game against promoted West Brom. However, the timing is far from ideal: Pep Guardiola is infamous among fantasy managers for rotating his squad, which is hardly reassuring when we want to look to their assets for captaincy this midweek.
Kevin De Bruyne was rested last midweek in the Champions League and is likely to get another reprieve next midweek for the League Cup, so I expect him to play this succession of games - he started every Premier League game last December, and Pep needs his creative flair.
He's dominating the underlying statistics for both shots (17) and big chances created (6) in the last four games, demonstrating his ability to return both goals and assists. In two Premier League starts in this fixture, he's bagged a goal and an assist on both occasions, plus has penalties to further boost his points appeal.
West Brom have conceded a league high of 25 goals this campaign, including eight in their last four games. The Baggies have conceded the most goal attempts and goal attempts in the box over this period, while Manchester City are top for big chances (13) during this time.
The Budget Pick: Callum Wilson - Leeds United (A)
Newcastle United look to have put their COVID-19 issues behind them and returned with a bang in their defeat of West Brom last weekend. There are more favourable fixtures on the horizon, with another promoted side in Leeds United up next.
Callum Wilson is the talisman of this Newcastle United side, bagging 10 fantasy returns from the 14 goals the Magpies have scored this season. His underlying statistics aren't anything to write home about, but he does have penalties in his locker.
Leeds United have conceded five goals in their last four games, and are currently top for both shots on target conceded (28) and big chances conceded (13) in this spell. That's something this clinical Newcastle United side will look to exploit.
The VAR Pick: Bruno Fernandes - Sheffield United (A)
It's always difficult to overlook Bruno Fernandes in any away fixture given his phenomenal record on the road: he's bagged in every single Premier League game in a Manchester United shirt, with double digits for each away start this season.
His appearance from the bench against West Ham ten days ago did raise some eyebrows, although that rest and subsequent outcome should ensure his minutes are secure over the next few games. He has two goals and two assists from his last four matches and is top for key passes (17) over this spell.
His opponents Sheffield United sit rock bottom of the Premier League table with just one point from their opening 12 matches. They look doomed for relegation, having conceded seven goals in their last four games and without a clean sheet for the entire season.
The Sleeper Pick: Jack Grealish - Burnley (H)
Aston Villa assets have been somewhat forgotten given their blank in Gameweek 11 and unimpressive late performance against Wolves securing them another three points. However, they are making progress up the Premier League table and have some solid fixtures on the horizon too.
Jack Grealish is the talisman of this side and hasn't missed a minute of Premier League action this season - he's assured of another start here. He's managed two double digit returns at Villa Park this season and we could see a similar performance in this game. Burnley are second only to West Brom for goal attempts conceded over the last four (66).
The Wildcard Pick: Jamie Vardy - Everton (H)
Finally, Jamie Vardy carries plenty of appeal for Leicester City's next home game against Everton. He's shown great form in his last four games, with two goals and three assists, with Leicester managing to string together some solid performances on home turf.
Everton visiting the King Power Stadium looks challenging on paper, but the Everton defence is far from stable. They are still settling into a wing-back system and it was in those wide areas where we saw the Foxes most creative against Brighton last weekend. Vardy has six goals and three assists from 10 Premier League appearances against Everton.
Back Vardy to score against Everton at 5/6 in Gameweek 13.
Gameweek 14 - Deadline Saturday December 19 11:00
The Headline Pick: Bruno Fernandes - Leeds United (H)
Bruno Fernandes has shown his class in this fantasy focus, as the only player tipped twice for both the midweek and weekend games. This fixture is steeped in history and it's been some time since it was last played, but it's set to be another fiery affair.
Leeds United's unique style of attacking play will crucially leave plenty of space for Manchester United, who are one of the best sides on the counter attack in the Premier League. Both Fernandes and Marcus Rashford have the pace to unlock the Leeds defence and I wouldn't be surprised to see them win a penalty either.
The Budget Pick: Dominic Calvert-Lewin - Arsenal (H)
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has seen plenty of fire sales in recent weeks, with a dip in team form and a downturn in the fixtures to blame. However, he's been resolute in his performances, with three goals and one assist from his last four games and should still be considered a signifiant asset to own, with a colossal 60% ownership.
At the time of writing, he sits among the five highest scoring fantasy assets in the game, with 11 goals putting him ahead in the Golden Boot race, despite suffering his first price drop of the season in the last week. A game against Arsenal is far easier than it appears, with the Gunners on a five game winless run, conceding eight goals in that time.
The VAR Pick: Mo Salah - Crystal Palace (A)
In Liverpool's game against Fulham last weekend, Mo Salah once again demonstrated his ability to deliver fantasy points in a game where Liverpool struggled for offensive flair, with penalties once more topping up his points tally. Salah has delivered four goals and three assists from four Premier League games for Liverpool.
Crystal Palace have conceded three spot-kicks this campaign, with Salah having a 100% conversion rate from five attempts. Again it's a fixture which could see rotation for Liverpool attackers, but Diogo Jota's knee injury should dissuade Klopp from rotating. Plus, he has a free midweek after this game.
The Sleeper Pick: Timo Werner - West Ham (H)
Timo Werner's ownership continues to plummet from the dizzy heights of the early season, and while he's been knocking on the door the last few games, no goals since Gameweek 8 will certainly be frustrating his owners. Chelsea have a huge gap between their midweek and weekend games here though, which will ease fear of rotation.
At the time of writing, West Ham are without a clean sheet in their last three games, conceding five goals over this period. They've also had to change their defensive set-up given the injury to Arthur Massuaku. Meanwhile, Chelsea's attack remains lethal, with 12 big chances in their last four games.
The Wildcard Pick: Harry Kane - Leicester City (H)
Harry Kane completes the set for the weekend fixtures: an ever-present for this Spurs side, it would be unlikely to see him rested for a big clash with Leicester City as both sides challenge the top of the Premier League table. Kane continues to chip in with fantasy returns, despite the underlying statistics dropping off from the highs of the early season.
At the time of writing, Kane has just two fantasy blanks all season, amassing nine goals and ten assists. Kane spent some time on loan at Leicester City before maturing into the player he is today and has enjoyed good fortunes against them since. He has 14 goals and one assist from 10 Premier League games against them, with just one blank on home turf.
Back Spurs to beat Leicester City at Evens in Gameweek 14.
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