Fantasy Football – Gameweek 21


After the Christmas double header of Gameweeks 19 & 20, we had a bit of a break for the FA Cup last week. Our suggested captain choice Steven Gerrard was on fire and scored twice, had three assists and five bonus points over the festive period.

I'm so hot right now

I'm so hot right now

The transfer window has opened meaning previously unconsidered players may get renewed relevance at a new club. Defoe and Bridge aside, there haven’t been too many moves as yet but I’m sure that will change in the next couple of weeks. This week we also have the first instance of a team playing twice in a gameweek with the lucky two being Man Utd and Wigan. They finally fulfil their game from back in the autumn so if you have any of their players, bring them in. On to this week’s picks.



Top 3 alternatives to Ronaldo as Captain:

1. Evra/Man Utd – To be frank you need a damn good reason not go with Ronaldo as captain this week considering Man Utd play twice. Even though he’s out of form he’s their most likely goalscorer. That said, Utd’s defence has been better than their attack recently and the back four are on a run of seven straight clean sheets. After a four game ban, Patrice Evra should come back in at left back and is a decent bet to keep a clean sheet against Chelsea or Wigan. The way Utd’s attack has been playing I’m sure he’ll be encouraged to push forward too.

2. Zaki/Wigan – Back in form with two goals in his last two games. Normally I wouldn’t back him to do anything against Man Utd but Rio is maybe still out and Jonny Evans looked a bit shaky midweek. His other game is against Spurs at home. Even if Ledley King and his Paul McGrath knees play I’d still fancy Zaki to score.

3. Defoe/Spurs – Going by Defoe’s history, where he has scored on his debut for West Ham; Bournemouth; Spurs; Portsmouth and England, you’d have to fancy him again. But is it a debut if he’s played for them before?





Suggested Transfers In:

1. Defoe/Spurs – Even if he doesn’t score tomorrow I envisage him doing pretty well for Spurs, early on at least. He will instantly assume the position of first choice striker and he’ll probably take any penalties too.

2. Man United defenders – It might be a bit late as they’re probably bound to concede some goals after their great run of seven clean sheets. However, with the various injuries they’ve had at the back there are some short term bargains to be found in the likes of Jonny Evans, John O’Shea and even the Neviller (when he plays).

3. Arteta/Everton – Best player on the pitch in three of his last four games. Clean sheets in all of them too.





Players to avoid:

1. Anelka/Chelsea: Big Phil says he can’t play Drogba and Anelka together if Malouda is unfit. If it comes down to one striker against Man Utd, I don’t see it being Anelka. With his price having fallen by 0.3 in two weeks it’s time to get rid before his value drops any further.

2. Alex/Chelsea – With Terry and Carvalho both finally available at the same time, Alex’s little run of games looks to have come to an end.

3. Bent/Spurs – The odd man out in the trio of Spurs strikers.






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