Maddison is quite simply the fittest player in the league right now. After inspiring Leicester’s ultimately unsuccessful return to the Etihad on Boxing Day, he has now scored 53 points in his last five outings, with four goals and five assists to his name, and not all of them have been. the kind of low-percentage game we’ve come to expect in the past.
His home game against Liverpool is a problem, but title contenders Jurgen Klopp are hardly an impenetrable defense. Bringing in Maddison early would also allow you to tap into two potential double weeks of play in January for Leicester, but beware they are yet to be confirmed.
It’s a tight turnaround for Tottenham, which are one of many teams to play two games in the span of 48 hours. Despite this, Antonio Conte appeared to be caught in two minds regarding the rotation after beating Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, suggesting too many changes at Southampton could result in a loss of identity.
Bringing in Lucas is a risk but it could pay off. The in-form winger has played a full 90 minutes against Palace but has two goals and three assists in six starts under Conte and appears to have found a role to suit him. With only 2% ownership, he represents a power differential with probably a double week of play down the line.
To stay with Tottenham, a lot has changed since Conte took power in November, but one of the most striking differences is on the defensive end. Since arriving in the dugout, Spurs have conceded just three goals in six league appearances and have impressive underlying stats to match.
Lloris is probably the only player who presents virtually no danger of rotation and with Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale having several blanks on the horizon, there are plenty of managers looking to change keepers. While there are cheaper alternatives, like David de Gea, Lloris has already proven that he can keep sheets clean and durable under Conte’s guidance.
It’s fair to say that the forced white from Liverpool the day after the Covid-19 outbreak in Leeds shook things up a bit, trying hard to sell Mohamed Salah and his teammates. Even without the threat of an Africa Cup of Nations participation on the horizon, Jota’s participation fell to 27%.
That hardly makes him a differential in terms of ownership, but it does make his points slightly more powerful when it comes to moving you up through the ranks. With Salah and Sadio Mané departing on international missions soon and after Leicester’s dilapidated defense at the Etihad this weekend, Jota is a solid choice in the short and long term.
West Ham’s momentum falters somewhat amid a crisis of defensive injuries, but it was their attack that drew the majority of investments from the Fantastic Managers and has not changed over the period of the parties, even though they’re another team with only two days between games.
Michail Antonio may suffer from this game congestion, but there is less concern around Bowen, who helped in the 3-2 Boxing Day loss to Southampton. Tuesday’s opponents Watford are emerging from a Covid outbreak, haven’t played since December 10, and have one of the worst defenses in the league.