The 2013-14 Premier League season has flown by, and with just 11 games remaining in the domestic calendar, efficient selection of your fantasy team is more important now than ever.
Granted, the likes of Luis Suarez, Eden Hazard and John Terry may be at the head of their respective point pools as things stand, but form can be temporary, and a successful tactician makes it his or her business to move ahead of the curve.
Edging toward the season's close, we've considered some of those names worth drafting into your setup, whether it is due to the promising fixture list that awaits them or simply because of a massive improvement in individual form.
All prices and statistics come courtesy of the official Fantasy Premier League website.
Santi Cazorla, Arsenal
Price: £9.6 million
Nobody likes to be a pessimist, but with Arsenal hoping to overcome a 2-0 deficit at the Allianz Arena in the second leg of their Champions League tie against Bayern Munich in the round of 16, one would think the club's European journey is set to come to an end.
That's positive news for fantasy managers worldwide. Tacticians will be looking to get the most out of Arsenal's resources should the Gunners' priorities shift toward the Premier League title race.
Santi Cazorla has scored three goals and made two assists in his last six league outings for Arsene Wenger's side. That may not sound prolific compared to others, but considering the Spaniard had scored just one goal and made two assists prior to that, it's a vast improvement in form.
Squawka can attest to Cazorla's impressive boost in form over the last two months:
Santi Cazorla has made more successful passes (515) than any other Premier League player in 2014. pic.twitter.com/VgAdEnZ2gC— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 24, 2014
With Mesut Ozil's form wavering and Arsenal getting all of their fixtures against top-six opposition out of the way over the next four weeks, the North Londoners may need a new hero to look to for inspiration—or in this case, the hero of 2012-13.
Yaya Toure, Manchester City
Price: £10.2 million
There's no bad time to bring Yaya Toure into one's fantasy football fold, and if the Manchester City marvel isn't a part of your line-up already, there's still a raft of games left to squeeze some value out of his signature.
Can Toure lead City to a second Premier League title?
The Ivorian is a points magnet, plain and simple, and there's a good reason why his price has risen from an initial £8.5 million at the start of the campaign to its current mark of £10.2 million.
City have failed to win just three of their last 15 matches and face just four top-six opponents in their remaining 12 fixtures.
Toure already has 13 goals and four assists to his name this term and, like Arsenal, could see his efforts become focused on the English top flight after the Citizens slumped to a 2-0 aggregate deficit in their Champions League matchup against Barcelona.
And as the official Premier League Twitter account points out, Toure's success has come as a result of some incredibly clinical form in front of goal:
Nemanja Matic, Chelsea
Price: £6.0 million
In normal terms, Nemanja Matic being cup-tied in Europe would be considered a negative for Chelsea and their supporters, but for the fantasy manager, it simply means the Serbian can concentrate his efforts on domestic matters.
Since moving back to the Premier League, the returned prodigal son of Stamford Bridge has taken to the English top flight like a duck to water. After being eased into Jose Mourinho's setup for his first two Chelsea outings this term, he's since gone on to play the full 90 minutes in four consecutive matches.
At just £6 million, Matic is a cheap pickup for a Chelsea player who's conceded just two goals in his last six Premier League games, is sure to register more clean sheet points and has a more accurate eye for goal than your average midfield anchor.