Fantasy Premier League Transfers 2013: Players to Avoid in November and December
The Premier League is now entering an important stage of the season, with matches beginning to stack up over the next two months. While titles aren't won at this stage of the campaign, they can very much be lost.
Regarding fantasy football, the principles are the same. With November and December busy months for games, the number of points on offer make up a potentially crucial period of the season.
Which popular Premier League players, then, are best avoided over the two months ahead?
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been in fantastic form this season and for that reason is the third-highest-scoring player of fantasy Premier League thus far.
How long Ramsey's form will last is one question, but more pressing for Arsenal as a whole is that the Gunners will head into a run of fixtures in November and December that will define their season.
Aaron Ramsey has scored 10 goals in 13 games so far this season. That's more than he managed in his previous 147 games for club + country.— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) October 15, 2013
Over the two-month period, Arsenal will play Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City, as well as difficult ties against Southampton and Everton. Even if he remains playing well, Ramsey's return is likely to drop substantially.
Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has pulled in a highly impressive return of 37 points, playing from the left of Andre Villas-Boas' Tottenham side.
With Erik Lamela, Aaron Lennon and Nacer Chadli all hoping for increased minutes in the first team and Andros Townsend playing well on the right-flank, Sigurdsson may find that his extended run of games is about to come to an end.
For all his decent performances, Sigurdsson may soon find that he is the fall guy as bigger names on bigger wages come up to match fitness. Selection for fantasy football, then, will be a gamble.
Per fantasy Premier League statistics, Simon Mignolet is the second-highest point scorer in his position this season. However, Liverpool's fixtures have been on the easy side.
The Reds' next couple of months, though, will see the intensity increase, and while results may still be good, they will undoubtedly concede goals.
Perhaps, then, a better option would be to look at a side who have already got many of their most difficult fixtures out of the way. Manchester United's David de Gea would seem a fairly safe bet in that regard.
German forward Andre Schurrle has not found his feet in the Premier League just yet, and given Chelsea's wealth of options in his position, it will surely not be long before alternatives are tested.
Schurrle has returned from the latest international period with an injury, which will force Jose Mourinho to look at other options in his position—at least for this weekend.
Mourinho says Andre Schurrle has a slight niggle after returning from international duty and will be unavailable for selection. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) October 18, 2013
Juan Mata's return to favour will be ominous for Schurrle, while Willian has now settled at the club and will be eager to build on his goal-scoring Premier League debut against Norwich.
Those two alone hitting form could spell trouble for the German, with Oscar and Eden Hazard already established as important first-team members. In fantasy football terms, he is best avoided for the time being.
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