Fantasy Premier League 2013 Week 12: Players to Watch After International Break

Leigh WalshCorrespondent INovember 13, 2013

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09:  Adam Lallana of Southampton celebrates after scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Hull City at St Mary's Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Premier league bosses will be watching on with fingers crossed this weekend as their stars shed their club colours in favour of their countries’.

The international break will afford some players the time to revel in the drama of last weekend, while others will be eager to get back to winning ways when Gameweek 12 kicks off on Nov. 23.

The current fantasy league dream team is made up of players from nine different clubs, which reflects the trend of how the season has played out so far. There hasn’t been a standout, dominant team, with just six points separating first and eighth in the table after 11 games.

Matches have been tight, and more of the same can be expected when the action returns after the international fixtures.

Here is a look at three in-form players that will make a difference to your team.

Wayne Rooney (£10.9 million)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26:  David Moyes the manager of Manchester United talks with Wayne Rooney during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Stoke City at Old Trafford on October 26, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo b
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There was much talk at the start of the season about Manchester United’s lack of direction in the transfer window, but keeping Rooney at the club was the best piece of business that David Moyes could have conducted.

The former Everton man, who has been involved in 11 of the Red Devils’ 18 goals this campaign, has single-handedly picked United up and thrown them to fifth place in the table. He is United’s sole occupant in the fantasy Dream Team and he is improving week after week.

Rooney's 66 points from the opening 11 games is the third most among Premier League forwards, and he has grabbed 33 of those in his last four games.

Next up for Manchester United is a trip to Cardiff City. The Welsh side have picked up seven points from their five home games and they have looked relatively solid, conceding on average a goal per game at Cardiff City Stadium.

But Rooney will pose an entirely different threat. With Robin van Persie alongside him, expect the Englishman to add to his goal (6) and assist (4) tally on Nov. 24.


Loic Remy (£7.7 million)

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10:  (L-R) Loic Remy of Newcastle United holds off the challenge of Raniere Sandro of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at White Hart Lane on November 10, 2
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Remy has been in stunning form for Newcastle this season.

It was his lone goal that made the difference as the Magpies upset Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, a result that saw them climb into the top half of the table.

That strike at White Hart Lane was his seventh in seven appearances and he is beginning to hit his stride after arriving from QPR on loan at the beginning of the season.

Up next for Remy and Co. is Norwich at St James' Park. The Canaries had seven goals go past them the last time they played away from home in the Premier League.

The Frenchman will take confidence from Norwich’s 7-0 defeat against Manchester City in Gameweek 9. With his fast pace and eye for goal he should trouble Chris Hughton’s side.


Adam Lallana (£6.8 million)

Lallana has been one of England’s best players in the Premier League this term.

His creativity on the ball and tireless running off of it has helped Southampton to third in the table after 11 games.

His performance against Hull in Gameweek 10 was capped with a sensational goal, and he will be hoping to strut his stuff once more at the Emirates when the Saints take on Arsenal.

The Englishman has 93 points to his name, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he blasts past the 100 mark in the next match.

Arsenal have impressed so far this season, but Lallana will trouble them with his direct running.

The 25-year-old skipper currently sits on the overall Dream Team alongside Yaya Toure, Aaron Ramsey and Eden Hazard in midfield.