The past few gameweeks all seem to have merged into one big blur of Fantasy Premier League action. Gameweeks 19 to 22 have come thick and fast with player rotation, injury and FPL points hauls galore.
Harry Kane scored six goals in two gameweeks and then faced into the first double gameweek of the season with fixtures against Swansea and West Ham on the cards.
Almost 25 per cent of FPL managers captained him this week with 120,000 triple captain chips also resting on his shoulders.
I was one of those who trusted the league’s top goalscorer with the triple captain armband in search of a jump into the top 50,000, but it wasn’t to be.
Gameweek 23 sees Liverpool entertain Manchester City in the late kick-off on Super Sunday along with Chelsea versus Leicester and Spurs versus Everton as the standout fixtures on Saturday.
Outlined below are my top picks to help you gain some points on your mini league rivals and jump up the rankings.
Premium: David De Gea (Manchester United) – £5.9m
Manchester United welcome Stoke City to Old Trafford this weekend after securing back-to-back clean sheets away to Everton and at home to Southampton.
Premium-priced goalkeeper David De Gea has been a constant supplier of FPL points for his owners with 114 to date, top for all goalkeepers.
The Spanish star’s form has seen his price rise to £5.9m already this season from his initial starting price of £5.5m.
Mid-Priced: Jonas Lōssl (Huddersfield) – £4.6m
West Ham are the visitors for Huddersfield this weekend who have played two league games in very quick succession and an FA Cup fixture against Shrewsbury. This should bode well for David Wagner’s side as he looks for his first win in five gameweeks.
Jonas Lössl has managed to keep seven clean sheets, including one penalty so far this season from the 91 shots he has faced.
Budget: Ben Foster (West Brom) – £4.4m
West Brom started the season with three clean sheets in five gameweeks, which looked like a great indicator of things to come.
Three further clean sheets in the subsequent 17 gameweeks demonstrates what has happened since.
West Brom entertain Brighton on Saturday afternoon who have the third worst goals scored statistic with a mere 17 goals scored in 22 gameweeks.
Premium: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – £7.3m
The Spanish defender has been living up to his £7.3m price-tag in recent weeks by scoring FPL points from all angles.
Alonso has scored three goals, made one assist, helped maintain four clean sheets and achieved six bonus points all in the last six gameweeks.
He now has 123 FPL points to his name for the 2017/18 season, which takes him to the top of the defender rankings with 16 gameweeks to play.
Mid-Priced: Phil Jones (Manchester United) – £5.7m
The worry with selecting the £5.7m-priced Phil Jones was that he may struggle to keep fit in the midst of Manchester United’s hectic festive period.
The English centre-back has now started six fixtures in a row for Jose Mourinho, however, and a clean sheet against an out-of-form Stoke looks likely on Monday night.
Luke Shaw may yet nail down a starting role in the Manchester United defence and is kindly priced at £4.9m – one to monitor.
Budget: Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle) – £4.6m
Newcastle have kept five clean sheets this season, all of which were obtained when £4.6m-priced club captain Jamaal Lascelles was on the pitch.
The English centre-half has only managed to start 16 games but he also found the back of the net on two occasions for Rafa Benitez’s men.
Newcastle welcome Swansea on Saturday afternoon who have only scored 13 league goals this season.
Premium: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £10.7m
Arsenal and Chelsea went head-to-head at the Emirates on Wednesday evening last, where Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard took the plaudits and delivered ten points for FPL managers.
He led the charge for Chelsea with six shots in the game. His penalty strike was his first goal in seven gameweeks and his sixth of the season.
Chelsea host Leicester on Saturday afternoon, sitting in third position, just one point off Manchester United in the table.
Mid-Priced: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £8.9m
The in-form English midfielder had the ball in Watford’s net before a minute was on the clock as Manchester City ran out comfortable winners at home in their last league game.
The £8.9m-priced Sterling now has 14 league goals to his name, double his tally from last season already, as he faces ex-club Liverpool’s defence in the late kick-off on Sunday afternoon.
Budget: Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) – £6.3m
Another in-form English midfielder with seven goals and two assists in his last nine games is £6.2m-priced Jesse Lingard.
His goal against Everton on New Year’s Day received rave reviews from pundits and he looks to have nailed down his starting position in Mourinho’s team of late.
Stoke travel to Old Trafford on Monday evening fresh from defeats to both Newcastle and Chelsea in the past two gameweeks.
Premium: Harry Kane (Spurs) – £12.9m
Most FPL managers will have earmarked £12.9m-priced Harry Kane for the captaincy in gameweek 22 due to his double gameweek against Swansea and West Ham.
Just under 470,000 managers brought him into their squads and nearly a quarter captained the English striker.
Spurs entertain Everton in the late kick-off on Saturday and it looks a great game for Kane to add to his tally for the season.
Mid-Priced: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – £10.3m
No goals in seven gameweeks is hardly an inspiring statistic for the French striker, but eight league goals, four assists and some nice fixtures warrant the inclusion of Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal travel to face Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon on the back of two wins and three draws in five gameweeks. Bournemouth lost by four goals to both Liverpool and Manchester City over the Christmas period.
Budget: Salomon Rondon (West Brom) – £6m
West Brom welcomed back Venezuelan forward Salomon Rondon in gameweek 22 as they lost 2-1 to West Ham.
One goal and three assists in his last three starts suggest FPL points could be on the cards this weekend as Alan Pardew welcomes Brighton to the Hawthorns.
West Brom have the second worst goals total this season with 16, second only to Swansea with 13, and £6m-priced Rondon will be out to improve this.
Stephen Horan, Pundit Arena