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Fantasy Premier League 2013 Week 17: Players Who Will Shine over Christmas

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on December 15, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Leigh WalshCorrespondent IDecember 21, 2013

There have been some standout individual performances this season.

Luis Suarez tops the Fantasy Premier League charts with a remarkable 136 points, despite playing five games fewer than most of his closest challengers.

Trailing behind the Uruguayan are Sergio Aguero, Aaron Ramsey, Yaya Toure, Eden Hazard, Wayne Rooney and Mesut Ozil.

With four matchdays to be contested over Christmas, fantasy bosses will need to be on the ball with their team selections because the games are set to come thick and fast.

Here’s a look at some stars that you should look at adding to your side in the coming weeks.

 

Alvaro Negredo

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Alvaro Negredo of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Swansea City at Etihad Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Current Points: 69
Christmas Opponents: Fulham, Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Swansea

With Sergio Aguero ruled out for up to eight weeks, the burden in front of goal will fall solely on the shoulders of Negredo. 

If early signs are to go by, that’s a burden the Spaniard is capable of coping with.

He is an old-school English No. 9 and has adapted well to life in the Premier League this season. Since his move from Sevilla, he has found the net 16 times for club and country and he possesses the ability to kick on over the festive period.

With Samir Nasri and David Silva supplying him, Negredo will get plenty of opportunities to score. On current form, he’ll be expected to take them.

 

Luis Suarez

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  Captain Luis Suarez of Liverpool looks on through the rain during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on December 15, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/
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Current Points: 136
Christmas Opponents: Cardiff, Man City, Chelsea, Hull 

Suarez’s 17 goals from 11 appearances this season is a remarkable return.

Not only has the Uruguayan’s goal tally proved impressive, he has also been relentless in providing opportunities for teammates. With 10 assists to his name also, Suarez is a necessity in any fantasy side. He has amassed an incredible 61 points in his last three games alone.

Liverpool have a tough run over Christmas with Man City and Chelsea sandwiched between Cardiff and Hull.

But if there’s anyone who can terrorise the big teams, it’s Suarez.

 

Seamus Coleman

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14:  Seamus Coleman of Everton celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Fulham at Goodison Park on December 14, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Paul T
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Current Points: 90
Christmas Opponents: Swansea, Sunderland, Southampton and Stoke

Coleman has been central to Everton’s efforts this season. 

With much of the focus on Leighton Baines on the opposite flank, the Irish right-back has gone about his business competently.

He is currently the leading defender in fantasy football with 90 points. His ability to get forward and nick a goal has seen him soar up the charts.

Of all the top clubs, Everton have arguably the easier schedule over Christmas. That should allow Coleman the freedom to continue his impressive form with the ball at his feet.

 

Eden Hazard

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Eden Hazard of Chelsea keeps his eye on the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on November 09, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty
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Current Points: 96
Christmas Opponents: Arsenal, Swansea, Liverpool, Southampton

After a somewhat stuttering start to the season, Hazard has really begun to hit his stride in the league.

He is one of the few attacking midfielders at Chelsea who is afforded consistent playing time and the Belgian has repaid Jose Mourinho’s faith in him with a string of impressive showings.

In his last three games Hazard has racked up 30 points. He has been chipping in with goals (6) and helping his teammates with assists (7) throughout the season.

A player who not only scores but also plays provider is one that will get you points each week.

Expect Hazard, who has almost 30 fantasy points more than any of his teammates, to continue in a similar vein over the Christmas period.

 

Wayne Rooney

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United is tackled by Matthew Lowton of Aston Villa during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on December 15, 2013 in Birmingham, England.
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Current Points: 96
Christmas Opponents: West Ham, Hull, Norwich and Spurs

With Robin van Persie out injured for the whole Christmas period, Rooney is likely to be deployed in a more advanced role. 

He has played the role of provider admirably this season with eight assists in the league, but he has also demonstrated his clinicalness in front of goal, scoring eight times.

United have one of the easier run of fixtures over Christmas and Rooney will be expected to shine.

He is the main man at Old Trafford and if United do well then he will be at the forefront.

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