You are excused if you are still grasping your breath after three exhilarating derbies on Sunday that rounded off another fine weekend of Premier League action, but too much unwinding isn't advisable especially for Fantasy Premier League managers as Gameweek 15 is knocking on the door.
The season's first midweek gameweek brings with it a very quick turnaround from the previous one that averaged 49 points but most importantly, gave a good indication of things to come in a hectic festive period.
As I mentioned in last gameweek's preview, if you have managed to preserve your wildcard till this point, there's a great chance you'll have a season-defining December. I could do anything for one now, but too bad for my lack of wit.
This season, unlike many before, was dominated by midfielders. But GW 14 saw the forwards slowly catch up and let normal service resume a bit. Heading into GW 15, there's a massive selection headache for FPL managers as picking the right strikers out of a bunch of in-form marksmen is proving to be quite a task.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang banished doubts over his big-game credentials with a brace in the north London derby, Harry Kane continued his scoring spree, quietly moving level with Sergio Aguero in the scoring charts. With an easy run of games awaiting Spurs, Kane despite his astronomical price is the second most purchased forward after Aubameyang.
Callum Wilson, who's certainly punched above his weight, did no harm to his chances by scoring against Manchester City and with a game against Huddersfield in the offing, the Bournemouth forward is also in demand.
West Ham brought Newcastle's resurgence to a screeching halt and although midfielder Felipe Anderson is the most purchased midfielder this week, Austrian forward Marco Arnautovic is the fourth-most purchased forward as the Hammers prepare to host Cardiff City.
Aleksandar Mitrovic would fancy his chances against Leicester City at Craven Cottage, and his habit of scoring in heaps would keep FPL owners interested.
The problem of plenty has left many FPL managers scratching their heads. How we wish FPL could allow more than three strikers in a team! Maybe, FPL could take note and introduce this as a new chip next season, just maybe.
Moving in the likes of Aubameyang and Kane is some task considering the lofty sums they are available at, but Aguero's injury that is likely to keep him out of City's game at Watford makes life little easier. Aubameyang is a straight swap for the Argentine, but bringing in Kane requires generation of another million.
So how do you do that? Get rid of Eden Hazard, if you have him? Or maybe sacrifice Mohamed Salah? Sadio Mane is quite a decent substitute for the Egyptian, but he's a major doubt, throwing that option out of the window. Raheem Sterling is an absolute untouchable and should not be tinkered with.
Hazard is the most obvious option to remove in order to generate funds for the big guns. He is the third-most transferred out midfielder, and a return of just two assists in his last six appearances has prompted the move.
For those looking for a Chelsea man to replace the Belgian, Pedro Rodrigues is a fine option. The Spaniard has scored in four out of the five games he has started and he is likely to keep his place in the Chelsea line-up against Wolves.
Indulging in too many City transactions always comes with a risk, but the danger of Pep Guardiola royally messing up your plans is never higher than in December, so watch out, think twice and if possible don't buy fringe players. Who exactly are fringe players? We can't even be sure of that.
But if you are hell-bent on having more blue in your side, Everton is a good place to do some shopping. A really encouraging run of games, starting with a struggling Newcastle on Wednesday should make you want either Richarlison or Gylfi Sigurdsson in your side.
All these moves would need you to look out for some unheralded gems, and here's a list of bargains that may come handy
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea): The England International has had an excellent month making most of the limited opportunities afforded to him by Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri. Having scored at the weekend, Loftus-Cheek has staked a claim at a starting spot in the Blues' starting eleven. The Italian acknowledged Loftus-Cheek's improvement after the game against Fulham and may well be convinced to finally give him a start against Wolves. At a price of just £5.2m, Loftus-Cheek could prove to be a real steal.
Solly March (Brighton & Hove Albion): The Brighton midfielder has picked up form recently and has delivered a constant supply of assists in the last few weeks. With a total of five assists this season, March can shine in December as Brighton have a fairly easy run of games. At just £5.0m, he's worth the shot.
Stuart Armstrong (Southampton): Three goals in his last two games is a great return. It deserves even more credit if you are able to do it playing for a team that can't buy a win. However, Armstrong, whose confidence is sky-high, might be a good option despite the Saints facing a tough run of games. After all, £5.1m is all that he costs.
Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham United): West Ham are slowly showing their true class after a torrid start to the season. The Hammers kept just their second clean sheet of the season at Newcastle, but there will be more along the way in December with a generous run of games. Pablo Zabaleta, who's available at just £4.3m, is definitely worth a shot.
If you have the luxury of owning Harry Kane, look no further. The in-form Spurs man is in great shape to tear apart a managerless Southampton. Tottenham would like to shrug off their derby disappointment and Kane is a hot favourite to be this week’s top scorer in FPL.
For those who don't own Kane, Sterling is your go-to man. There's a slight risk as Guardiola may decide to rest him ahead of Chelsea, but the Englishman is one of the few who hasn't been tinkered with too much by Guardiola.
Aubameyang would be a decent option considering how fragile United's defence is, but you can never discount the Old Trafford curse for the Gunners, especially with Jose Mourinho in the opposite dugout. Mohamed Salah who fired a blank at the weekend, but up against a struggling Burnley, the Egyptian too won't be a bad option at all.
To sum it up, hand Kane the armband if you own him, or give it to Sterling or Salah.
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Updated Date: Dec 04, 2018 10:09:28 IST