Fantasy Premier League: Week 18 Recap / Week 19 Player Picks

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After a brief drop, Arsenal (@Arsenal) are back to the top.

Their trip tomorrow to St. James’ Park notwithstanding, the Gunners have some very winnable fixtures on the horizon.

After a challenging December loaded with tough matchups, their top four rivals are about to face the same types of challenges in January, with many of them facing off against one another.

This is an opportunity for AFC to gain some ground and separate from the rest of the pack.

Making a statement versus Newcastle (@NUFCOfficial) would do a lot to bolster the confidence moving forward.

COYG!

Week 18 recap after the jump.

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Overall Points: 1029

Global: 461,572 (Last week: 460,842)
Fans of Arsenal: 23,076 (Last week: 23,133)
Canada: 4,150 (Last week: 4,147)

Private League I: 5 / 17 (155 points out of 1st)
Private League II: 1 / 11 (58 points clear)
Private League III: 2 / 7 (93 points out of 1st)
Private League IV: 3 / 5 (65 points out of 1st)

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Total Points: 2194

Global: 1,774 (Last week: 2,208)
Fans of Arsenal: 425 (Last week: 501)

Private League I: 1 / 8 (207 points clear)
Private League II: 2 / 6 (19 points out of 1st)

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Slight slip in the official game, incremental gains in the Yahoo! format, despite losing my grip on first spot in my second private league.

I was knocked out of the cup game in the official format in the first week AGAIN, something that seems to be a consistent thing for me year after year.

How did you make out in Gameweek 18???

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With the always crowded slate of fixtures at the end of the calendar, it’s a difficult time in fantasy due to the risk of player rotation.

Here are my player picks for gameweek 19:

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Rooney (@WayneRooney) didn’t even make the bench today so the aforementioned rotation risk has already bitten me in the ass.

Hopefully, the midweek injury to Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) will mean that Arsenal won’t be able to afford giving Özil (@MesutOzil1088) a deserved rest. Would be great to get him off of my bench and produce in place of good ol’ Shrek.

Januzaj also won’t be making the start today so hopefully my subs work out in the official game, assuming he doesn’t come on at all.

I finally broke away from Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) in the official game, as his dip in form will likely see him being rested this weekend as well.

I’m really not sure what to expect this time out, as it’s usually a bit of a guessing game during this time of year.

Guess we’ll find out in a couple of days!

What Do Your Week 19 XIs Look Like???

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