The fixture list has given us our first double up opportunity of the season as two teams play twice this week. Neil Monnery gives his usual lowdown of who to like and who to avoid over the first round of games in 2018...
'Romelu Lukaku - £11.4m. This isn't going to shock a lot of people but his form has been iffy at best in recent times, couple that with the head injury suffered against Southampton on Saturday then it is time to bench or move on from the Manchester United number nine.'
Eight to like
Heung-Min Son - £8.0m. Spurs and West Ham both play twice this week so it is a great opportunity to rotate in an extra player or two from both these sides. I know I'll be bringing in the South Korean. Four goals with the same number of assists in his past six games is enough to warrant selection if he was just playing the one game, but two? Sign him up!
Hugo Lloris & Spurs Defenders - £5.5m & Various. Along the same lines as above. Spurs play Swansea and West Ham this week. Two golden opportunities to keep a clean sheet you'd imagine. I'd be wary of the full-backs as Mauricio Pochettino likes to rotate them but Hugo Lloris or either centre-back are value this week.
Joe Allen - £5.1m. Newcastle at home for Stoke this week and this is a fine match-up for the home side. I've picked out the Welsh international because he's extremely cheap and provides plenty of value in that fifth midfielder role. Allen was rested for the trip to Chelsea on Saturday so you'd fully expect a return to the starting XI.
Joe Allen is currently trading at [6.6] to score anytime in the Stoke v Newcastle match on the Exchange
Riyad Mahrez - £8.5m. What a roller-coaster his time at Leicester has been. Dynamite in their title winning season, a waterlogged firework the next, but this year he's been a solid Catherine Wheel, spinning consistently. He's notched either a goal or an assist in seven of his last eight. Huddersfield at home should see that become eight of nine.
Riyad Mahrez is currently trading at [3.2] to score at anytime in the Leicester v Huddersfield match on the Exchange
Alex McCarthy - £4.4m. If you had the backup Southampton goalkeeper both in your squad and active for Saturday's trip to Old Trafford then I want to give you a standing ovation. A shocking clean sheet leads me to think he'll keep the gloves for a while. At just £4.4m he is a goalkeeper of note fantasy wise.
Marko Arnautovic - £6.9m. I know he's been mentioned in this column three weeks out of the past five but like the Spurs players at the top, he plays twice this week and is in a rich vein of form. Four goals in his last three is fantastic from a top striker let alone a middle of the range midfielder. It would not be a surprise to see many teams draft him in, at least on a one-week contract.
Aaron Cresswell - £5.1m. Once more deploying my two for the price of one strategy, the reason I like Cresswell is he seems to be taking some of the set pieces, thus opening up potential assist options. I highly doubt he'll get a clean sheet in the Spurs game but West Brom is the other match they'll take on in this game week.
Pascal Gross - £5.9m. The 26 year-old German has been on the fantasy radar all season long. On New Years Day his team will face Bournemouth, a team who generally like to play an open game. This is where Gross excels as his creativity could inspire chances for his teammates.
Two to avoid
Romelu Lukaku - £11.4m. This isn't going to shock a lot of people but his form has been iffy at best in recent times, couple that with the head injury suffered against Southampton on Saturday then it is time to bench or move on from the Manchester United number nine.
Sead Kolasinac - £6.0m. Going up against the Chelsea attack is never an ideal spot but when you bring in this guy, it is because you are hoping for a few assists and a goal or two to be thrown in. His latest assist was against Huddersfield eight games ago. That isn't good enough.
Harry Kane. Harry Kane. Harry Kane. I think what I'm trying to say is if you have him in your squad, he should be the captain. Son, Alli or Eriksen if you have them are worth it as well. As always you can't go badly wrong with Man City or Liverpool attackers but if you are a riverboat gambler, how about Wilfried Zaha? I have Palace winning away at Southampton and if they do, you can bet he'll be a big part of the reason why.
*Remember the deadline to submit your teams for GW22 is 11:30 on New Years Day.