Our Sky Sports Fantasy Football guru looks at which players will pick up points amid a weekend of big games in the Premier League
By Tim Clement - @SkyFantasyFooty. Last Updated: December 1, 2012 10:01am
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Sky Sports Fantasy Football bosses are posed with a captaincy conundrum this weekend with the game's best all looking bankers to bag.
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Both Manchester clubs are big favourites to pick up wins making the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez very tempting.
Liverpool's Luis Suarez also looks nailed on to pick up points when Southampton visit Anfield, while the game's leading scorer Santi Cazorla should clear the 100-point milestone when Swansea travel to the Emirates.
Turning to our friends at Sky Bet for a bit of guidance, Van Persie is rated as the most likely player to net at 1/2 to score anytime, with Suarez 4/7, Rooney 4/5, Tevez 10/11 and Cazorla 11/4, although the latter's appeal is as much for his creative offerings as his goals.
The Spanish playmaker has amassed 99 points thanks to four goals, three assists, four Sky Sports man-of-the-match awards and 20 bonus points for completed passes.
Sergio Aguero is also a short price to net but failed to impress last week, being subbed off without scoring against Chelsea and Wigan.
Meanwhile, two of the season's surprise packages face testing trips, with Everton's Marouane Fellaini (92 points) travelling to the Etihad Stadium and Swansea's Michu (80 points) visits the Emirates.
The duo took their tallies to seven and eight goals respectively in midweek and are available at modest price tags of £6.1m and £5.5m respectively, making them absolute no-brainer signings.
As if there wasn't already a wealth of attacking options to pick from, Jermain Defoe and Demba Ba both look worth backing to bag at the weekend with Tottenham travelling to Fulham and Newcastle hosting Wigan.
Spurs' most appealing offering has to be Gareth Bale, however, with the winger hitting top form.
The Welshman racked up 21 points during the double gameweek with two goals, an assist and a man-of-the-match award, seeing his tally rise to 78 points this season.
Jordi Gomez was actually the top-scoring player last week with 23 points thanks to his hat-trick against Reading, but the Spaniard has failed to pick up points from anything other than playing time previously this term.
It was finally a good gameweek for those who have invested heavily in their backlines, with City and Chelsea both keeping successive clean sheets, while United managed just their third of the season on Wednesday.
The return of Nemanja Vidic will prove a huge boost for the United backline, which has conceded more goals than lowly Sunderland's so far.
Chelsea, City and Stoke have kept the most clean sheets this season with six apiece, with the Potters offering the betting value of the three - Geoff Cameron their cheapest regular starter at a mere £3.8m.
With clean sheets such a rare commodity this season and quality midfield options so prevalent, a 3-5-2 formation increasingly looks the way to go.