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Fantasy Premier League 2017/18: Essential tips for Gameweek 14

Detailed strategies on how to endure tightly-packed fixtures across December, and come out on top in the Fantasy Premier League

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Top 5 / Top 10 28 Nov 2017, 11:55 IST
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A congested run of fixtures in December could see managers employing smart FPL strategies gain ranks drastically
December's packed schedule could see FPL managers employing smart strategies gain ranks drastically

Winter is here! The Premier League teams are back in action on Tuesday night after a short two-day break, and the madness of the December schedule is now officially upon us. Gameweek 22 ends on January 3rd, which is a little over 5 weeks from now.

That means that there are 9 premier league game-weeks over the next 5 weeks. Add to this, the last round of the UEFA Champions League group stage fixtures and also the quarter-finals of the Carabao cup. With this congested schedule up ahead, FPL managers have to be wary of player rotation in all teams (and not just Manchester City).

Don't forget, the deadline is 6:45 P.M. GMT on Tuesday night (12:15 A.M. IST on Wednesday morning)

Here are 5 essential tips that will help you with your FPL team over the upcoming game-weeks:


#5 Ensure all your 15 players are regular starters

Newcastle United v Manchester United - Premier League
Rob Elliot is the cheapest active goalkeeper in FPL

What the congested run of fixtures in December means for fantasy managers, is that we are bound to see a lot of unforeseen rotation, especially amongst teams playing both the Carabao cup, as well as the Champions League.

A lot of managers have the game's cheapest players like Hunemeier, Quaner, Ladopo and Carrick just to free up funds for other players. It's time to get rid of these bench fodders and look to fill our bench with cheap regulars from smaller teams.

Here are the cheapest regularly-starting players for each position, along with other cheap options to fill up your bench:


Goalkeeper:

Rob Elliot - Newcastle United (£4.2): At £4.2, he's a definite bargain. Speroni was the other option, but Hennesey made his return last week for Crystal Palace. At £4.3 and a good run of fixtures, Hennesey is a good option too.


Defender:

Adrian Mariappa - Watford (£4.0): He has started the last 2 games and looks to have sealed his spot in Watford's back 3. Other options are Jonjoe Kenny - Everton(£4.3), Gaetan Bong - Brighton(£4.4), Simon Francis - Bournemouth(£4.4), Marvin Zeegelaar - Watford(£4.4) and Angelo Ogbonna - West Ham(£4.3).


Midfielder:

Ruben Loftus-Cheek - Crystal Palace (£4.5): He finally got a much deserved first goal for Crystal Palace on Saturday, and is a steal at a measly £4.5.

Some good alternatives include Tom Carroll - Swansea(£4.5) and Andrew Surman - Bournemouth(£4.7) who take set pieces, Luka Milivojevic - Crystal Palace(£4.6) who is on penalty duties, Fabian Delph - Manchester City (£4.5) who regularly plays as left back in an attacking Manchester City and an impressive Will Hughes - Watford(£4.6) who has scored twice and assisted once in the 266 minutes he's played this season.


Striker:

Oumar Niasse - Everton (£5.0): He is suspended for the midweek game, but will be eligible to play against Huddersfield. He is the best gamble if you are looking for a cheap bench forward in your strike force. Other options include his colleague Calvert-Lewin - Everton(£5.0) and Jordan Ayew - Swansea(£5.1).


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