The festive season can be a time for celebration but it also causes plenty of headaches for Fantasy Football managers.
With managers heavily utilizing their squads and a number of big names settling for a place on the bench, Gameweek 18 sees the stakes continuing to rise.
Ahead of this weekend’s fixtures, who are the early Christmas gems that could bolster your Fantasy Football team:
Putting in a Man of the Match performance and grabbing two goal’s in Southampton’s 3-2 win over Arsenal last weekend, Danny Ings has quickly cemented his spot as Ralph Hasenhüttl’s #1 striker.
Enjoying a newfound freedom during his one-year loan at St. Mary’s, the 26-year-old is the Saints’ leading goalscorer entering Christmas.
Already registering six goals this season, his one assist is only topped by full-back Cédric Soares.
While some injury issues may have seen Ings start just nine of 17 Gameweeks, only seven forwards have found the net more frequently.
Now scoring three in his last three Premier League appearances, the Liverpool man should be relishing a trip to The John Smith Stadium this weekend.
Only five sides have conceded more goals than the 28 let in by the Terriers.
David Wagner’s side have also kept just two clean sheets at home this season, and none since Gameweek 11.
With Hasenhüttl clearly having an immediate impact on the south coast, Ings could be a great addition to your Fantasy Football squad this weekend.
While many fans at Newcastle were disappointed by Aleksandar Mitrović’s departure to Fulham over the summer, they will be glad to see that Saloman Rondon is doing an impressive job of filling the Serbian’s void.
Enjoying a very bright run of form after joining the Magpies on loan from West Brom, the 29-year-old scored the winner in last weekend’s 1-0 win over Huddersfield and is becoming a frequent points provider.
The Venezuelan international has now scored two goals and provided one assist over the past three Gameweeks.
Now registering 21 points for Fantasy Football bosses across the country, Rondon’s 23 shots and 16 shots inside the penalty area are both more than any other forward.
With Fulham traveling to St. James’ this weekend, Rondon should be very confident of extending that tally.
The Whites are now the only side across all of England’s footballing leagues that are yet to record a clean sheet this season.
Unsurprisingly holding the worst defensive record in the Premier League, Fulham have conceded 24 goals in their nine away matches so far.
While summer signing Felipe Anderson might be stealing the headlines in east London, many fans around the London Stadium have been excited by the form of the returning Robert Snodgrass.
Quickly becoming an integral part of Manuel Pellegrini’s side after spending last season on loan at Aston Villa, the Scottish international has now started West Ham’s last eight Premier League matches.
Finding the net yet again at Craven Cottage last weekend, Snodgrass has now scored two goals and recorded three assists in his last three Gameweek’s.
Picking up 11 Fantasy Football points in Gameweek 17, only four midfielders in the division boasted a better return.
Undoubtedly enjoying his brightest spell in the capital, West Ham and Snodgrass will welcome Watford to the London Stadium on Saturday.
With the Hornets recording just one Premier League win in their last seven attempts, there are some very glaring defensive issues appearing in Watford’s back line.
Javi Garcia’s side have conceded 11 goals in their last five matches and at least two per game since Gameweek 13.
A player that is averaging 10 points per Gameweek for December, Snodgrass could be a very wise investment at just £5.4million.
While the Hornets might be slipping down the Premier League table, midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has only seen his stock rise.
Over the last three Gameweeks, the Watford man has now recorded two goals and one assist.
The 25-year-old has now picked up 66 points for Fantasy Football bosses across the country, a tally that is only bettered by Roberto Pereyra.
Although West Ham might be in fine form in the final third, the Hammers are enduring some defensive issues, particularly at the London Stadium.
Holding the joint worst defensive tally with relegated Swansea last season, Pellegrini’s men have now failed to record a clean sheet in east London since Gameweek six.