The winter period is make-or-break time for a lot of clubs in the Premier League rat race, but it's also a part of the campaign that can decide how fruitful the labours of fantasy managers worldwide are.
Whether it's as a result of injury recovery, a promising fixture list, player selection or other extenuating circumstances which are set to unfold, there are those stars ready to make more of the new year than others.
Read on for a breakdown of which players one might hope to pick up in the festive period ahead of what could be a very positive area of improvement for the players mentioned.
All statistics and prices are in reference to the Premier League's official fantasy website.
Seamus Coleman, Everton
Value: £5.8 million
Seamus Coleman already stands out as one of the top fantasy defensive picks, considering he plays for a team more than capable of keeping a clean sheet while giving his side a very strong footing in attack.
The 25-year-old from Donegal is also lucky in that Everton tend to pick their performances up around the new year period, but the difference this season is they started the year positively, too.
The Toffees' first three Premier League games of 2014 come against Stoke City, Norwich City and West Brom, all of which are very winnable games by Everton's standards and offer Coleman a chance to garner a lot of points.
As the Irishman continues his Goodison Park growth, Roberto Martinez's right-back is sure to gain more and more prominence within the Spaniard's setup, benefiting greatly from the system that his manager employs, regularly targeting the wider areas.
Juan Mata, Chelsea
Value: £9.4 million
Juan Mata's relatively small inclusion in Jose Mourinho's plans so far this season have been a well-chronicled and much talked-about aspect of the 2013/14 term thus far.
However, the Spaniard may now be migrating further into his manager's plans after making three successive league starts for the first time this season.
It's common knowledge as to just what majestic play Mata is capable of on his day and should Mourinho's trust in his attacking midfielder continue to grow, there's nothing but positive things to be said of 2014.
Capable of making the necessary impact against any opposition, Mata will be at his cheapest right now given his inactivity, so it could be wise to jump in on the act early.
Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool
Value: £8.6 million
Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that Philippe Coutinho can have a similar impact in 2014 to that which was very evident last January.
Then, the Brazilian became an instant hit at Anfield thanks to his winter endeavours, and having already gone through some injury woes with shoulder trouble this season, the worst promises to be behind Coutinho.
Daniel Sturridge will be back in the new year to give Coutinho another fine attacking target to aim at and the young midfielder holds the potential to reap what's sowed by those ahead of him, points aplenty up for grabs.
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