Fantasy Premier League Rankings: Gameweek 26
Fantasy Premier League Rankings: Gameweek 26

This article is part of our Fantasy Premier League Rankings series.

There seemed to be a pretty widespread belief heading into Gameweek 25 that it was time to cut bait with Chelsea Eden Hazard, who had scored no more than five fantasy points in his last six games. However, those who kept the faith (or were stupidly still holding on) were rewarded with a dominant performance at home against Huddersfield, as he had two goals on four shots, including a penalty, en route to 15 points in the Premier League's official game, the highest score among players who had only one match.

Hazard's performance was just another reminder that while we hard on week-to-week points and try to react as quickly as we can, cumulative points over the course of the season are still more important. Scoring six points in three straight games isn't as good as two games with one and one game with 17, even if you want to convince yourself that you'd make the right transfers to avoid those single-point outings while still benefitting from the 17-point performance. And while we're on the subject of Hazard and transfers, now might be the time to drop him, as Chelsea play away to Manchester City on Sunday before a blank in Gameweek 27 and then a home match against Spurs in Gameweek 28. Chelsea's schedule is much easier after that, but it's certainly worth trying to maximize those Hazard salary dollars over the next few weeks rather than play him through the tough stretch.

MATCHES (EST)

SATURDAY
7:30 am: Fulham vs. Manchester United
10:00 am: Crystal Palace vs. West Ham United
10:00 am: Huddersfield Town vs. Arsenal
10:00 am: Liverpool vs. AFC Bournemouth
10:00 am: Southampton vs. Cardiff City
10:00 am: Watford vs. Everton
12:30 pm: Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Burnley

SUNDAY
8:30 am: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City
11:00 am: Manchester City vs. Chelsea

MONDAY
3:00 pm: Wolverhampton vs. Newcastle United

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Andrew M. Laird
Andrew M. Laird, the 2017 and 2018 FSWA Soccer Writer of the Year, is RotoWire's Senior Soccer Editor and a fantasy football contributor. He is a seven-time FSWA finalist, including twice for the Football Writer of the Year Award.
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