The thing every football fan would love for Christmas is a sack full of fantasy league points, isn’t it?
With the games coming thick and fast, there is a real opportunity to lift yourself away from the lower reaches of your division, climb out of mid-table or establish a buffer at the top of the tree.
Either way, December and January are months wall-to-wall with games. So looking ahead to this flurry of enthralling action, we’ve picked out a defender, a midfielder and a forward who will make the difference for you over the coming weeks.
All values courtesy of fantasy.premierleague.com.
Seamus Coleman — £6 million
Weren’t Everton supposed to concede a heap of goals under Roberto Martinez?
The Toffees' back four clearly didn’t read that particular script, and up to now, they have the second-best defensive record in the division under their Catalan chief. And whilst Leighton Baines basks in the glow of most of the praise that comes their way, Seamus Coleman has been as equally key a cog.
Not only have Everton been pretty stingy in their chances conceded, but they are also a growing attacking force too. The fluidity of their offensive play is beginning to improve, and a key part of that is the attacking forays of Coleman from right-back and from Baines and Bryan Oviedo from left-back.
Coleman is one of the most dynamic full-backs in the Premier League, and he is really growing into his role under Martinez. With a favourable run of festive fixtures looming, expect the Irish international to make major contributions in both defensive and attacking fortes.
Shinji Kagawa — £7.2 million
With the Telegraph's Chris McKenna reporting Robin van Persie has been ruled out for a month, Shinji Kagawa has a wonderful opportunity to showcase what he can do in his best role. David Moyes will most probably shift Wayne Rooney into the centre-forward role, with the Japanese playmaker in the classic No. 10 position.
Kagawa has started to get a little more action under Moyes. He has featured consistently and performed well in the Champions League, but this might be the chance he needs to really impose himself on the Premier League landscape—and in what looks to be his best position, nonetheless.
You could argue this is the last change for Kagawa. The former Dortmund man has had plenty of excuses made for him, which is understandable given his obvious talent. But there comes a point where these have to stop. With that in mind, Kagawa will be hungry to succeed and determined to impress for United over the Christmas period. You should capitalise early before his stock soars.
Luis Suarez — £12.8 million
You’ve just got to have him in, haven’t you?
Luis Suarez is the form player in the Premier League, and having been credited with Liverpool’s fourth goal against West Ham, that takes his tally to 15 goals in 10 Premier League games; he had six in his last two!
Even with Liverpool missing big players like Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge, don’t expect any real dip in the form of the Uruguayan. His performances have taken off since Sturridge was injured, and he was given the role of the lone frontman. It means more of the play is channelled through Suarez, and the added responsibility seems to galvanise him.
With Gerrard ruled out too, the focus will be on Suarez to drag this Liverpool team to victories over the coming weeks. Liverpool have a tough run of games, with trips to Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea in the next fortnight, but players the calibre of Suarez relish these occasions, and he will surely produce some more big, big performances. Make sure your team can capitalise when he does so.