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Fantasy football tips: 7 transfers you need to make this weekend

It’s Christmas time, folks, which means only one thing; it’s time to seriously think about the Premier League and your fantasy football team over the festive period. 

Gameweek 17 brings us fixtures at the weekend AND on Boxing Day, so there’s no slowing this train.


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So without further ado, here’s our top tips ahead of the weekend.

Fantasy football tips: Game Week 17

1 Scott Dann – £1.6m 

Dann has been key to Palace’s recent success

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Dann has been key to Palace’s recent success

Crystal Palace’s rise from the depths of the Premier League table to 14th place has been pretty spectacular – and Dann has been a big part of that in recent games.

The defender has carried home 23 points on Dream Team in his last three games, which includes a goal in the 2-2 draw against Bournemouth and a cleansheet in the brilliant 3-0 win over Leicester last time out.


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Up against managerless Swansea at the weekend, Dann and co will be eager to continue their miraculous climb from almost certain relegation a few weeks ago.

2 Gary Cahill – £3.7m

Chelsea will need the very best from their captain over the next few weeks

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Chelsea will need the very best from their captain over the next few weeks

Still one of Chelsea’s main players, despite the likes of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger knocking on the door.

The Blues take on Everton and Brighton in their next two games, and with the Toffees recent improvement (thanks largely to a certain Wayne Rooney up front, more on him later) they’ll be keen to have their experienced centre-back front and centre in their back-line.

52 points on Dream Team so far this season is far-lower than what we’d expect from the Chelsea captain, but he’s still worth your consideration – especially with their Carabao Cup clash against Arsenal coming up.

3 Ilkay Gundogan – £2.3m 

Gundogan has been in top form in recent weeks

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Gundogan has been in top form in recent weeks

It’s rare to see such a gifted midfielder, playing for the runaway Premier League leaders, no less, so affordable on Dream Team.

But there we go.

And not only is he cheap, but Gundogan has been exceptional in recent games.

He’s notched 19 points in his last two appearances for the Citizens, which included a goal against Spurs and the Star Man bonus against Leicester.

He’s clearly finding his form at the centre of Guardiola’s well-oiled machine, and will fancy his chances in upcoming games against Bournemouth and Newcastle.

4 Marko Arnoutovic  – £1.9m 

West Ham’s turn in form has been mirrored by Arnautovic’s recent performances

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West Ham’s turn in form has been mirrored by Arnautovic’s recent performances

It’s all suddenly starting to look very good for David Moyes at West Ham, with the Hammers clear of the relegation zone after a run of good form.


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One man who mirrors the club’s turnaround in form is Arnautovic, who’s scored two goals in his last three Premier League outings – picking up 15 Dream Team points in the process.
Well worth the £1.9m, we reckon – especially with fairly winnable games against Newcastle and Bournemouth coming up.

5 Raheem Sterling – £7.0m

The winger is City’s top goalscorer in the Premier League at the moment

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The winger is City’s top goalscorer in the Premier League at the moment

One guy we can’t get enough off right now.

Manchester City’s top goalscorer in the Premier League with 11 (that’s right, more than Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus) has been sensational this season – and one of their main cogs in their incredible 11 point lead at the top of the table.

He’s currently third in Dream Team’s overall points tally, just trailing Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane.

If you haven’t picked him up yet, then you really should.

6 Zlatan Ibrahimovic  – £3.9m

Zlatan is back

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Zlatan is back

It’s time to stick Zlatan in your Dream Team.

The enigmatic Swede is back – having surprised everyone by recovering from his serious knee ligament before the new year – and has already made his first start of the season, in Manchester United’s Carabao Cup defeat to Bristol.

He scored in that game too, and with Romelu Lukaku continuing to struggle to find the back of the net, he could once again be key to United’s success this season.

7 Wayne Rooney – £4.0m

Rooney has been bangin’ them in for Everton recently

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Rooney has been bangin’ them in for Everton recently

It’s true, folks, Rooney can still bang ’em in.

He’s reached double-figures for Everton already, having netted in their last three games – to go along with his excellent hat-trick against West Ham a few weeks ago.

Proof that the Roon is still worth a place in your fantasy football team, especially he’s already up to 88 points for the season.