The Premier League season is now almost a third of the way through, and fantasy football campaigns are beginning to take shape.
However, with another 26 games remaining, there is plenty of opportunity to rescue perhaps ailing campaigns, or to strengthen a side that is already gunning for mini-league victory.
But the trick is always to pick the players who are going to explode onto the big time before their major breakthrough comes. However, it is a far from easy task.
So, which players are worth a punt in the coming weeks?
|Week 12 Fixtures|
|Everton vs. Liverpool||Saturday||12:45||BT Sport||2-2|
|Fulham vs. Swansea||Saturday||15:00||1-3|
|Hull vs. Crystal Palace||Saturday||15:00||2-0|
|Arsenal vs. Southampton||Saturday||15:00||1-0|
|Newcastle vs. Norwich||Saturday||15:00||2-0|
|Stoke vs. Sunderland||Saturday||15:00||1-2|
|West Ham vs. Chelsea||Saturday||17:30||Sky Sports||0-3|
|Man City vs. Tottenham||Sunday||13:30||Sky Sports||2-2|
|Cardiff vs. Man Utd||Sunday||16:00||Sky Sports||1-3|
|West Brom vs. Aston Villa||Monday||20:00||Sky Sports||2-1|
Tom Cleverley, Manchester United (£5.6 million)
With Michael Carrick set to be out for some time injured, per Sky Sports, Manchester United will be forced to use Tom Cleverley on a regular basis in coming weeks and, having found form, should begin to rack up some points.
Likely to play alongside either Marouane Fellaini or Phil Jones, Cleverley will have freedom to push on and support the attack. With United approaching some easier games, he should be able to play a role in some big victories.
While Cleverley has not been a big supplier of goals and assists at United, he has shown in stints at Watford and Wigan that he can contribute in that respect.
If he can stay fit over the next couple of months, knowing his Manchester United role is potentially on the line, he may well be a good low-cost bet in midfield.
Mamadou Sakho, Liverpool (£5.5 million)
With Hull, Norwich, West Ham and Cardiff all featuring in Liverpool's next six fixtures, it is fair to say that Brendan Rodgers will be hopeful of his team maintaining their current high-flying leave position until the Christmas period.
All four sides are among the league's lower scorers, with nine goals apiece from 11 games, and therefore it is fair say that a Liverpool defender is a safe bet—especially given the Reds' own good defensive record.
Per WhoScored.com, Mamadou Sakho has the third-best success record in aerial challenges of any player in the Liverpool squad and, therefore, should prove to be a threat from set pieces to add to the hope of a clean sheet.
Sakho is beginning to settle at Anfield, and as he notches up games under his belt, his importance to the team should continue to increase.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Newcastle (£4.4 million)
Having appeared to be struggling in England prior to being sent off in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool, France international Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has put in two excellent recent performances in victories over Chelsea and Tottenham.
With coming fixtures for the Magpies, including Norwich, West Brom, Swansea and Crystal Palace, there will be plenty of opportunities for the Frenchman to continue his recent form and rack up some fantasy points.
When at his best, as he was for so long at Montpellier, Yanga-Mbiwa is a commanding defender who is excellent with the ball at his feet and strong in the air.
If he can approach anywhere near those performance levels at Newcastle, he will be a major success, and over the past fortnight there have been signs that he could well do so. With clean sheets for the taking in coming games, Yanga-Mbiwa could be worth keeping an eye upon.
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