Who's Hot and Who's Not in Matchweek 17 of Premier League Fantasy Football

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SWANSEA, WALES - DECEMBER 14:  Wilfried Bony of Swansea during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Liberty Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

It's finally Friday, which means​ it's time to get those fantasy teams in order.


With only six days left until Christmas, you can perhaps be forgiven for having cast it to the back of your mind this week. So fear not, I've got all the advice you need in this hot or not player guide*...


(*Alternatively, read it and do the exact opposite. That's usually good for a few points)

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4. Goalkeepers

Good Picks:


​Joe Hart (Palace (H)


Manchester City have now won six on the spin in the league and have kept a clean sheet in exactly half of those. There's every chance of them extending that run against Palace, who've scored just once in their last three games on the road.


David de Gea (Villa (A)


It'll take something special to get past de Gea at the minute and with Villa the league's lowest scorers still (10), a clean sheet at least - plus the likelihood of a few bonus points - could be on the cards this week.


Adrian (Leicester (H)


Leicester's struggle for goals continued with a 1-0 reverse against City last week and if it wasn't for September's 5-3 win over Manchester United, they'd be tied with Villa as the league's lowest scorers. The Spaniard could be a decent shout for a clean sheet here.


Bad Picks:


Tom Heaton (Spurs (A)


A heroic display against Southampton sent Heaton soaring to the top of the goalkeeping points chart this week, but Spurs, who scored four in midweek, are likely to prove more threatening opposition.


Brad Jones (Arsenal (H)


It's a case of out the chip pan and into the fire for Liverpool where their goalkeepers are concerned at the minute and if Jones manages to keep a clean sheet against Arsenal on Sunday I'll even eat my sprouts on Christmas Day!


Allan McGregor (Swansea (H)


The Tigers are in freefall right now and have kept only three clean sheets in the league all season. They'll struggle to make it four against the in-form Wilfried Bony.

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3. Defenders

Good Picks:


​Pablo Zabaleta (Palace (H)


Without talisman Sergio Aguero and with Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic both doubts, City may find Palace a little tricky to break down at the Etihad, though it shouldn't reduce the likelihood of a fifth clean sheet of the campaign for Zabaleta.


Ashley Williams (Hull (A)


The Swans are a good bet for a shut out against Hull, who've scored only two goals in eight games. They've kept six from 16 in the league so far.


John O'Shea (Newcastle (A)


A bit of a risky one perhaps, but Sunderland have kept clean sheets on their last two visits to St. James' Park and with Newcastle rocked by back-to-back hammerings this last week, O'Shea could prove a wise addition at £4.4m. The Irishman has not conceded in almost a third of his league games this season (five in 16).


Bad Picks:


Nathaniel Clyne (Everton (H)


Everton could prove tricky opposition for Southampton, who have suffered five straight defeats now. It might be a good time to get rid of those Saints players, at least until Ronald Koeman's men rediscover their early season form.


Calum Chambers (Liverpool (A)


Arsenal's lack of bodies at the back could see Chambers earn a recall following his recent suspension, but with stand-ins Hector Bellerin and Mathieu Debuchy impressing against Newcastle, he is likely to only make the bench on Sunday.


Paul Dummett (Sunderland (H)


For a good month or two Dummett was an absolute bargain at slightly over £4m, but the Magpies are down to the bare bones ahead of this weekend's derby and 17-year-old Andy Woodman could be set to make his debut in goal.

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2. Midfielders

​Good Picks:


Christian Eriksen (Burnley (H)


In form midfielder No.2 (we'll get to No.1 in a second) in the game, Eriksen's recent match-winning contributions have catapulted Spurs to seventh in the Premier Legaue table. The Lilywhites smashed four past Newcastle at the Lane in midweek - there could be more to come on Saturday.


Eden Hazard (Stoke (A)


His goal at Derby County on Tuesday was his first on the road this season, but with nine in total - and three in his last four - Hazard would be a good addition to any fantasy team at the moment.


Stewart Downing (Leicester (H)


Three goals and six assists from 15 matches is some return for Downing, whose career seemed to be on the wane prior to the Hammers resurgence this season. If there's one thing the winger-turned-number-10 could've asked for this Christmas, it would have been a home game against Leicester City (only QPR have shipped more goals then they have in the top flight).


Bad Picks:


Jesus Navas (Palace (H)


Manchester City players may find space hard to come by against Palace on Saturday, so expect Navas' threat to be somewhat nullified.


Philippe Coutinho (Arsenal (H)


The Brazilian playmaker, like many of his team-mates, has made a disappointing start to 2014/15 (scoring one goal and failing to create a single assist) and was woeful in the Reds' 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford last weekend. It may be enough to cost him his place against Arsenal on Sunday.


Lee Cattermole (Newcastle (A)


The Sunderland midfielder is a popular choice with fantasy football gaffers (four per cent have him in their teams) but with seven bookings so far - even more than Chambers - and a derby trip to St. James's Park, it would be wise to steer clear.

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1. Strikers

​Good Picks:


Robin van Persie (Villa (A)


The Dutchman appears to have found his groove again having been written off earlier in the campaign. His goal against Liverpool on Sunday was his fourth in his last four matches. Van Persie's last match against Villa yielded a title-winning hat-trick.


Wilfried Bony (Hull (A)


No Premier League player has scored more times than Bony in 2014 and away to a fragile Hull side on Saturday, who haven't won in nine league games now, the Ivorian is a good bet to add to his ever growing goals tally.


Olivier Giroud (Liverpool (A)


It's three goals in three starts for Giroud following his early return from injury and for only 8.2m virtual pounds (with favourable home games coming up after Sunday's trip to Liverpool) the Frenchman could prove to be a wise investment.


Bad Picks:


Graziano Pelle (Everton (H)


Something isn't quite right at Southampton at the minute and since losing 3-0 to Manchester City at the end of November, they've scored just one goal and failed to pick up a single league point. Pelle is an injury doubt for Saturday's visit of Everton so now would be a good time to swerve.


Fraizer Campell (City (A)


The former United striker seems to relish playing City, scoring three goals in two games against the champions last term, but having failed to find the net in each of his last five outings, Campbell was dropped for Palace's visit of Stoke at the weekend. Even if he does play, he is likely to find City's defence harder to breach this time around.


Leo Ulloa (West Ham (A)


Still without a goal in three months of league football (though Simon Mignolet's own goal for Leicester against Liverpool was mostly of his doing) an amazing 8.5 per cent of you are still picking him! Please stop.

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