With unlimited transfers at their disposal ahead of Gameweek 17, Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers can completely overhaul their squad.
It’s effectively an extra Wildcard in all but name and gives us a chance to not only react to the World Cup mid-season and any new injuries but also prepare ourselves for the months ahead.
Here, we run through some of the top targets by position ahead of the Boxing Day deadline.
You can read a summary of the standout goalkeepers here and the midfielders here, with defenders to follow.
- Property: 83.2%
Having risen to over 83% ownership prior to the Gameweek 17 restart, Erling Halland (£12.2m) is just indispensable.
The Norwegian has 18 goals to his name already – an average of 9.5 points per game – and has been resting through the World Cup. Returning to action in the Carabao Cup earlier this week, it took Haaland just 10 minutes to score.
Moreover, his 49 shots into the penalty area, 21 great chances and 29 attempts on goal are all league leading figures.
Manchester City, meanwhile, have scored at least seven more goals than any other top-flight team to date, and are the most reliable attacking force in the division under Pep Guardiola.
Haaland is the football world’s favorite player most weeks in the FPL, and with Double Gameweeks on the horizon, he should be locked in your squad.
- price: 11.6 million pounds sterling
- Property: 27.3%
Harry Kane (£11.6m) He scored in just three of his 15 matches this season, with a total of 102 points, second only to Haaland’s 123. In that time, he’s scored 12 goals and contributed three assists, averaging 6.8 points per game.
Now, the only question mark is Kane’s reaction to the penalty he missed for England. However, he did return to Hotspur Way earlier this week and has traditionally thrived over the festive period, offering encouragement to his owners.
The return of Dejan Kulusevski (£8.0m) should give him a boost too: the Swede has already provided three assists for Kane this season, while eight of his 17 chances he’s created have fallen for the England captain.
As for Tottenham Hotspur, their Premier League campaign will resume against Brentford on Boxing Day. Matches come next against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, before a potential double. However, their match with Manchester City will only continue if neither team participates in the FA Cup third round replay.
With his ownership at 27.3%, Kane has been relatively overlooked for restarting, but his consistency in returns under Antonio Conte is excellent. One thing you have to remember though, is that he is currently holding four yellow cards and is just one warning away from being suspended.
- price: 7.4 million pounds sterling
- Property: 8.5%
Callum Wilson (£7.4m) Collected six goals with three assists in 11 games so far this season, averaging 5.0 points per game.
As a result, the England international is an obvious candidate for our front lines because Alexander Mitrović(£6.8m) ongoing fitness issues, and actually beats the Serbian for great chances and xG per 90 minutes (p90) in 2022/23.
Newcastle United’s attacking form is the main reason behind these numbers. The Magpies score close to two goals per game, which puts them right in the mix for a place in the Champions League.
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Now, they’ll be looking to build on their impressive first-half performance, with their short-term home fixture looking particularly tasty. Indeed, both Leeds United and Fulham are at the wrong end of the table for goals conceded, with 26 goals allowed each.
On top of that, Eddie Howe’s forces have only lost one game at St James’ Park in the whole of 2022, so Wilson’s outlook looks particularly good for Gameweeks 18 and 20.
- price: 9.0 million pounds sterling
- Property: 13.8%
Darwin Nunez (£9.0m) He has produced four goals and one assist in his last six league matches before the World Cup break, and is the second most bought player in the unlimited transfer window, earning more than 600,000 new owners.
The Uruguayan has been quick to make an impact since returning from Qatar, scoring twice in a 4-1 friendly win over AC Milan last week and providing an assist for Mohamed Salah’s (£12.8m) goal against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.
His finish at the Etihad left a lot to be desired – four chances came his way but they were all missed – however the fact that he was given chances is of course encouraging from an FPL perspective. And that’s been the case all season, with P90 having a huge 1.75 chance scored in his 10 league games.
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With fellow strikers Luis Diaz (£7.8m) and Diogo Jota (£8.8m) set to be out until February at the earliest, coupled with the recent injury of Roberto Firmino (£8.1m), Darwin looks certain to start during his spell. Feasts. .
Liverpool are now ready to embark on a long-term schedule. They face just two of the current top six teams in their next 12 matches, facing Newcastle United in Gameweek 24 and Manchester United in Gameweek 26.
With Aleksandar Mitrovic doubtless in Round 17, some FPL coaches may simply choose to bench the Serb in the hope he returns (and avoids booking) in Week 19 for Fulham.
And that will be attractive to some, given that he’s been a true talisman for Marco Silva’s side this season, having made just four of his 12 appearances.
However, in addition to the Wilson we mentioned above, there are other attractive candidates for those who would like to replace him.
Eddie Nketiah (£6.5m) He is expected to start up front for Arsenal after first-choice striker Gabriel Jesus (£8.0m) was injured during the World Cup. He has scored five goals in Arsenal’s last eight games in 2021/22, demonstrating his ability to produce at this level.
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in another place, Anthony Marcial (£6.7m) Manchester United look set to start at home to Nottingham Forest in Round 17, having featured in all of their side’s friendly matches mid-season. His next three matches include home meetings with promoted duo Forest and Bournemouth, both of whom are second in the table for goals conceded, with 30 and 32 respectively.
Chi Adams (£6.4m) Already making an impact under new Southampton boss Nathan Jones, scoring in a 3-1 defeat at Anfield in Gameweek 16. He certainly has a platform to produce, with Saints placing third on the season’s index of difficulty of matches. over the next six weeks.
Another cheap option worth considering is Dominic Solanke (£5.8m), from Round 5 onwards (first game played by Gary O’Neill) is the fourth highest scoring forward with 54 points.
Meanwhile, a possible ban to Evan Tony (£7.4) is the only reason it isn’t listed here.
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