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England's number one?

The winter break is upon us, and at least some Premier League players have finally been given a breather.

You may feel like you need one too, especially if you are a loyal Fantasy Football player who just can’t get enough weekly points to push up your league table.

Now is no time to rest, however. Now is the perfect opportunity to catch your mates off-guard and pick up some handy FPL differentials.

Here are five players that you should be looking at ahead of GW26.

Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 26

Fantasy Premier League Picks for Gameweek 26

Adam Masina of Watford

Adam Masina – 4.3 million – Defender

Despite Watford conceding three goals against Everton on Saturday, Adam Masina was one of the Hornets’ top performers, scoring the opening goal of the game with a sweet left-footed volley into the bottom corner.

2020 has been kind to the Italian, who was voted January’s Player of the Month by the Watford faithful after several impressive performances. Clean sheets against Bournemouth and Spurs prove that he is a vital part of Nigel Pearson’s system.

Over the last four gameweeks Masina has accumulated 20 points, an average of five per game. With a favourable fixture against fellow strugglers Brighton coming up on Saturday, this 4.3 million defender could prove a bargain for your FPL side.

Brighton’s new youngster, Tariq Lamptey

Tariq Lamptey – 4.0 million – Defender  

Facing up against Masina could be Brighton’s new right back, Tariq Lamptey. The youngster signed for the Seagulls on deadline day and could be set to make his debut against Watford – where he will be out to impress Graham Potter.

So far this season, the former Chelsea right back has played just 31 minutes – coming on for The Blues in their 2-1 away win against Arsenal. He looked composed at right back, offering a good threat coming forward, while also keeping Alexandre Lacazette quiet for the final periods of the game.

His showings for Chelsea’s U23 side in the PL2 suggest his attacking threat is considerable, though it’s also worth mentioning that he has a habit of getting booked. Three yellows and a red in eleven games is a significant tally. It’s a risk, but for 4.0 million, he could be a clever purchase.

Theo Walcott – Everton’s saviour?

Theo Walcott – 6.2 million – Midfielder

Carlo Ancelotti clearly fancies Theo Walcott this season, with the 30-year-old featuring in all but one of the Italian’s games in charge so far.

The former Arsenal man played a key role in Everton’s comeback win over Watford on Saturday, scoring the winner in stoppage time at Vicarage Road. His goal earnt him eight points in GW25, and it seems likely he will start at home against Crystal Palace who have an ageing defense that looks ready to concede goals.

There are cheaper options in midfield, but it seems Walcott could be hitting form under Ancelotti’s guidance. This could be a one-week fix, however, as after facing Palace, Everton play Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and then Liverpool.

England’s number one?

Nick Pope – 4.6 million – Goalkeeper  

Burnley’s shot stopper has been excellent in recent weeks, and his next three fixtures against Southampton, Bournemouth and Newcastle appear to be perfect opportunities for the Englishman to pick up even more points.

In the last three matches, Pope has collected 28 points – saving a Jamie Vardy penalty, and keeping two clean sheets against nonother than Manchester United and Arsenal.

With Jordan Pickford’s form dipping, and Euro 2020 coming up – Burnley’s number one must be thinking if he can keep this form up, he’s got every chance of starting for England. Stick him in your team if you can.

Jay Rodriguez – Four goals this season

Jay Rodriguez – 5.7 million – Forward  

With Ashley Barnes’ latest injury, many thought Burnley would have struggled through January, but Jay Rodriguez has led from the front for Sean Dyche’s men.

Whilst he has only scored four goals all season, Rodriguez has caused defenders plenty of problems with his incredible work rate throughout 2020 so far. His stunning goal against Manchester United capped off a wonderful month for him on a personal level.

He should have added to his tally against Arsenal on Sunday, missing from around three yards out, but his ability to get into these positions shouldn’t go unnoticed. He’s a high-quality striker for under six million and is well worth a look at with promising fixtures coming up.

Who to captain in Fantasy Football Gameweek 26?

Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min (right) celebrates.

Heung-Min Son – £10.0 million – Midfielder

The Spurs man could be the differential as your captain, as Jose Mourinho’s side head to Aston Villa in the second round of games of the winter break. Spurs’ morale boosting win against Man City last time out means they’ll be heading into this one full of confidence against a Villa side that have taken just one point off the ‘Big Six’ clubs all season.

A three-game break after his rash red against Chelsea looks to have done the South Korean the world of good, with Son picking up eight and seven points respectively in his last two outings. The Spurs defence will need to keep Jack Grealish quiet, but in Son have a man in goalscoring form who’s more than capable of silencing Villa Park.

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