The inclement weather played a part this week for many Fantasy managers as Arsenal’s game with Bolton was postponed, meaning many managers who had banked on Arsenal players scoring heavily for them this week, with it being a double game week for them, were left counting the cost as the snow saw the game called off. Still, it wasn’t too bad in the Potteries where managers who had Fulham or Stoke players in there team could still celebrate extra points come the weekend.
Of course, much of this depends on the weather and I make my top five fantasy selections this week with a degree of trepidation. Gameweek 21 is most definitely a week to leave your team selections to the last possible minute, so you can make any necessary adjustments to your team to take into account the inclement weather.
So with all that in mind, here’s my five tips for who are hot, and who are not in Gameweek 21.
WHO IS HOT?
1. Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) : It’s hard to see any Portsmouth player troubling Schwarzer at Craven Cottage at the weekend. Fulham have an excellent home record and are strong defensively. Portsmouth are in total disarray and if you want a keeper who looks guaranteed a clean sheet. Schwarzer is your man.
2. Darren Bent (Sunderland) : Bent has been a stalwart for many Fantasy managers since the start of the season, although his form did tail off somewhat in November and early December. However he seems back to his best now and with Bolton still in upheaval after Megson’s departure and the imminent arrival of Owen Coyle, I would back Bent to find the net again at the weekend.
3. Carlos Tevez (Manchester City) : Provided they can get the turnstiles unfrozen by Monday evening (and provided the threatened extra snow hasn’t put the game in jeopardy) Carlos Tevez looks like an excellent choice this weekend. Blackburn’s tall but ponderous defence looks ideal for Tevez to cut apart with his clever running, incisive passing and deadly finishing.
4. Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal) : No doubt many Fantasy Managers had Arshavin down as captain this week with him having two games. The cancellation of the Bolton game will have affected his value but he still looks an excellent choice for the home game with Everton.
5. Michael Dawson (Tottenham) : At Anfield? Am I mad? Not really, Liverpool’s problems from set pieces are well documented and Dawson has been one of the best at getting on the end of free kicks and corners this season. He could cause many a problem for Liverpool from set pieces and Tottenham may well fancy being able to keep a rather toothless Liverpool team off the scoresheet on Sunday.
1. Daniel Agger / Jamie Carragher (Liverpool) – The combination of Crouch and Defoe looks a real worry for the Reds ahead of the crucial clash on Sunday. Although their form has been improved of late, it still looks a favourable match up for the Tottenham duo.
2. Emile Heskey (Aston Villa) : Not that he scores many goals anyway, but John Carew seems back in real contention for a place in the side now and the continual talk of Heskey leaving the club could see Martin O’Neill opt for the big Norwegian in attack for the trip to Wigan.
3. Marouane Fellaini (Everton) : The Afro kid scored a fair few goals from last seasonl, but this time around they have dried up and yet he still seems to pick up Yellow cards with gay abandon. That and the fact he is up against Arsenal’s talented midfield means I can’t see a happy weekend for Fellaini in the offing.
4. Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) : The Colombian striker scored a belter against Villa on the opening day of the season but it’s hard to see Wigan repeating that. Martin O’Neill will know his side will need the win after losses to Arsenal and Liverpool in recent weeks and given the return of Ashley Young, Villa could well snuff out any chance Wigan have of victory.
5. Any African Player (All clubs) : Remember, it’s the African Cup of Nations starting shortly so the likes of Adebayor, Drogba, Song, Toure etc etc, will not be available!
We wish you the best of luck this weekend with your fantasy team!