Fantasy Football Preview: Gameweek 14

Tevez Warms Up

A low scoring weekend saw clean sheets prop up the returns of many sides. With a midweek set of games hot on the heels of the weekend, there is risk of rotation to factor in when selecting your side.

Fixtures Analysis: Manchester United have proved frustrating even as they have won many of their past few games, with points coming from unexpected sources. A home game against West Ham gives another chance for goals though, so don't abandon them just yet. Sunderland vs Redknapp's QPR could see goals from both teams, with attractive budget options on either side. Southampton are finding some form and welcome Norwich to St Marys. Similarly Aston Villa have players worth considering ahead of Reading's visit on Tuesday. Finally, big guns Chelsea and Manchester City face Fulham at home and Wigan away respectively, with players from each looking good options.

Transfers In: Wayne Rooney (11.7) is looking like a better option each week, challenging van Persie (13.7) as the best pick from Manchester United due to his more affordable price tag. There are some interesting budget options in midfield, with Anderson (5.1) likely to start sooner rather than later with his fine performances coming off the bench, though rotation makes him a risky choice.

From the Sunderland QPR match, Sessegnon (7.3) and Fletcher (7.1) look the best bets from the home side, with the former finally starting to show signs of his form from last season. From QPR, Hoilett (5.8) may be a good option as a player Redknapp rates who will likely play just off the striker. With Villa welcoming Reading on Tuesday night, Benteke (6.5) again looks a solid option up front, and Guzan (4.5) could be worth handing the gloves to now they’ve gotten through a set of tricky fixtures.

Southampton have a slew of decent budget options, with Lallana (6.0), Puncheon (4.5) and Ramirez (6.0) all offering good returns on their modest price tags. If you believe they can pull off another clean sheet, Jose Fonte (4.1) is a good choice, especially considering his goal threat at attacking set plays.

With Benitez in charge at Chelsea, you can expect them to be slightly more solid at the back than in recent weeks. David Luiz (6.5) looks like he is preferred to Cahill, though the safest option is probably still Ivanovic (7.2) if you can afford him. Attacking returns from their midfield have fallen away, but Mata (9.6) and Hazard (10.1) are still decent choices ahead of the derby with Fulham.

Manchester City will be a dangerous team to pick from ahead of the busy festive schedule, with players likely to face rotation. Silva (9.4) is probably the best bet with Yaya Toure looking less influential in recent weeks. Upfront Aguero (11.0) looks the likeliest starter, though Dzeko (7.5) and Tevez (9.5) will probably feature in every match as well, and are considerably cheaper options. Nastasic (5.5) looks a cheap way into their defence, and Kolarov (5.8) is a risk in terms of selection, but offers the chance for attacking returns.

Selection doubts: Antonio Valencia will struggle to make the West Ham match for Mancester United. Fellaini will return from his suspension for Everton's game with Arsenal. Noble is suspended for West Ham, and bear in mind Luis Suarez is only one card away from a ban himself.

Captain choice: It's becoming a real test of faith, but Robin van Persie surely can't produce another 2 pointer again? If you doubt the Dutchman, then Carlos Tevez may be an option, as the Argentinian is likely to start against Wigan, with Dzeko preferred at the weekend.

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