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Fantasy Football Spy: Who’s hot and who’s not

One of the more common problems you have when writing articles like this is repeating yourself. I mean most Fantasy Football fans know that there are certain players who, over the course of the season, will perform very well in fantasy terms. That is after all why they have fantasy values that are the highest in the game. It wouldn’t really be helpful of me therefore to write this article every week and say “pick Drogba, Lampard, Gerrard, Rooney and Vidic” for example because you already know that.

However at the moment, my top five of who is hot is going to have to contain the name of that man again.

WHO’S HOT?

1. Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) : Honestly, if you haven’t got him in your fantasy team already, maybe even as a skipper if you haven’t got a top class goalscoring striker (not that many in form at the moment), then you are letting guaranteed points slip through your fingers each week. He is the first name on the teamsheet every week for me when fit, even if his team do face a tough looking trip to Aston Villa.

2. Matthew Upson (West Ham) : West Ham have become a tough side to score against of late. Much of that is due to the form of Upson and Tompkins in defence. With a trip to Portsmouth on the cards in a game West Ham will feel they have a great chance of winning, now could be the time to invest in Upson and hope he can get on the end of a well crafted set piece or two. Especially if Portsmouth are without Kaboul.

3. Graham Alexander (Burnley) : A local derby with Bolton, add into the mix former manager Owen Coyle now at the Reebok and both sides desperate for points to improve their league position and justify their faith in a new manager and this looks like a game that will have plenty of chances. Burnley may concede a goal, but I fancy them to earn at least a penalty and if they do, then you know who is going to take it.

4. Nicola Kalinic (Blackburn Rovers) : With Rovers likely to adopt a single front man, even against woeful Wigan, Kalinic looks good value. Unlucky to hit the post against Aston Villa in the Carling Cup, Kalinic is showing signs he is getting to grips now with the English game and I fancy him for a goal or two against a leaky and inconsistent Wigan defence.

5. Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea) : With Didier Drogba away on international duty and fresh from a double salvo against Sunderland at the weekend, the Frenchman will be hoping to continue amongst the goals in the tricky home game with Birmingham. It will be tight, it will be close but I fancy the Frenchman to nick at least one goal to give Chelsea the three points.

WHO’S NOT?

1. Any Manchester City / Stoke City players : Quite simply, neither have a game on this gameweek. City are involved in the Carling Cup Semi final 2nd leg against Manchester United (who play Saturday against Hull) and the FA Cup, Stoke have an FA Cup tie with Arsenal on the Saturday but no midweek game.

2. Any Sunderland defender : Normally I’m a big fan of Michael Turner for my fantasy team, but given their hammering at Chelsea last time out and the fact that they now face a trip to Goodison Park to take on an improving Everton, I can’t see Steve Bruce’s defence racking up too many points for this one. Especially on a cold Wednesday night at Goodison Park.

3. Joe Hart (Birmingham City) : Hart’s been in exceptional form and Birmingham are on a fantastic run, but a trip to Stamford Bridge looms and Chelsea are in outstanding form at the moment. While Birmingham will put up a good fight, Chelsea are going to score and the mood they have been in of late in front of goal means it looks like being a tough night for the on loan City keeper.

4. David Ngog : Now that he’s been pushed into attack on a more regular basis, you’d think his value would increase. However Ngog never really convinces. He was almot persona non-grata against Stoke  and that, allied to the fact he hasn’t done much to trouble the scoresheet recently I can’t see him being a viable scorer for what looks like a tricky trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers, especially since Kuyt now seems to have returned to form with his brace against Tottenham.

5. Craig Fagan (Hull City) : If only fantasy points were awarded for running the greatest distance, arguing the most with people and generally being a nuisance but without ever threatening the goal, then Craig Fagan would be a world beater. His hard work and unselfish play may impress Phil Brown but he’s not really worth touching as a fantasy manager in any week, let alone one where you face Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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