As we head towards the midway point of the season, now is a good time to evaluate your Fantasy League performers and to take stock ahead of the crucial second half of the season. Ahead of you is the crucial Christmas period and we would like to suggest that given the fixtures and form, the following five players could prove to be somewhat hot over the next few weeks and they are certainly worthy of consideration for any fantasy team;
1. Fernando Torres (Liverpool) : Injured and still likely to be used as a substitute, or substituted during games and as such, you would think that perhaps he is a little over valued in most Fantasy Leagues. However he is getting stronger and his goal against Wigan in the week will have strengthened his resolve to add more. Given Portsmouth’s poor start and open defence, Torres could have a good day at Fratton Park and beyond.
2. Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal) : With Van Persie and Bendtner still unfit and the fact they have been joined by Cesc Fabregas this week, Arshavin will have extra responsibility to be creative and score goals. He’s certainly proved he can do both over the past few weeks in a more advanced role and the Elfin faced Russian may have a good day against Hull at the Emirates on Saturday.
3. Richard Dunne (Aston Villa) : Dunne has been something of a fantasy football legend this season. The Honeymonster left City somewhat acrimoniously and joined Aston Villa where he has since been outstanding. Rock solid defensively and he has weighed in with more than his fair share of goals too. With in form Villa at home to Stoke, Dunne should get points for a clean sheet and could trouble the scoresheet again.
4. Lee Bowyer (Birmingham C) : It would be at your peril that you ignore the current form of Birmingham City’s controversial midfielder. Bowyer is in sensational form at present and despite Barry Ferguson being set to miss the game at Everton through suspension, Bowyer could have a good day against the leaky Toffee’s backline and against a midfield that has had problems tracking runners.
5. Nenad Milijas (Wolverhampton Wanderers) : It’s no coincidence that Wolves improved form of late has come hand in hand with their expensive summer signing from Serbia finally finding his feet in the Premiership. Milijas faces a home tie against Burnley after a weeks rest thanks to Mick McCarthy playing his reserves at Old Trafford. He could be a real handful for Burnley who dont’ travel away from Turf Moor.
1. Peter Cech (Chelsea) : Even though they sit atop the table, Chelsea’s defensive frailties of late mean West Ham will feel they have a real chance against Cech who has looked rockier than ever in recent games. It’s hard to see Chelsea losing this game, but it is not too difficult to see West Ham causing plenty of problems for a shaky, out of sorts Chelsea goalkeeper.
2. Alberto Aquilani (Liverpool) : There must be many fantasy players with the Italian on their bench, waiting to unleash him at some point. Given Liverpool face a tricky and physical tie away at Fratton Park and Rafa Benitez seeming reluctance to chance his £17m summer signing in anything other than a meaningless Champions League game. Aquilani is still one to avoid for the time being.
3. Robbie Keane (Tottenham) : It’s a while now since Keane rattled four in a game for Spurs. Now the Londoners face a tough trip to Ewood Park to take on Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn Rovers and it seems that Harry is now settled on the fact that Jermaine Defoe and Peter Crouch will be his first choice strike partnership. Keane could miss out and as such, should be avoided if possible.
4. Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United) : Normally any Manchester United player is a shoe in for the team, but Berbatov is still an enigma. So much skill and yet his performances are often lacklustre and lack the urgency and pace of some of his teammates. Out of sorts at the moment, he may well start, but I think United will look to others, such as Rooney, Giggs and Valencia for goals.
5. Robert Green (West Ham United) : Fresh from a clanger last weekend, Robert Green will be hoping to impress at the next available opportunity. The problem is that will come against Didier Drogba and Chelsea. West Ham’s defensive problems won’t be enough to protect the keeper from an onslaught and he may well suffer another weekend of misery at the hands of his London rivals.
Whatever your team, whatever your choices, we wish you the best of luck this weekend! Come back every week for the latest Fantasy choices from our team of fantasy football experts!
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