Fantasy Football tips: Gameweek 20

VdV should rack up the points in Tottenham's double gameweek - image from guardian.co.uk

One thing Fantasy Footy players need to be wary of during January is the Africa Cup of Nations. The tournament could rule out the likes of Demba Ba and Didier Drogba for as many as five gameweeks so it’d be wise to begin planning for their absence. Remember the January wildcard is available if you do find yourself having to find replacements for Gervinho, Toure Yaya, Ba and The Drog. That aside, the main tip for Gameweek 20 is to take full advantage of Everton and Spurs’ double fixture. Gareth Bale or Rafael Van der Vaart as captain could mean a highly lucrative week!

The best bet from the Tottenham defence is probably Benoit Assou-Ekotto. £5.3m is a very reasonable price for a defender at one of the top four clubs, especially as you’d expect him to be playing week in week out. It could also be time to bring Rafael Van der Vaart (£9.7m) back in. His value has been falling in recent weeks but he is a class player. If he gets back to playing 90 minutes every week, he will bang the goals in. It also goes without saying that it’s a huge gamble to overlook Gareth Bale (£9.1m) and Emmanuel Adebayor (£9.2m). If you’re looking to bring Everton players in for the double gameweek, you’d be wise to look no further than Leon Osman (£6.7m), while Tony Hibbert (£4.8m) is probably the bargain of the Toffees defence.

Wolves certainly won’t have things easy in their next two fixtures against Chelsea and Spurs, but they have a few players worth considering. Wayne Hennessey (£4.6m) was once again in fine form at the Emirates the other day and has to be a better bet than shelling out £6.4m or £6.8m for David de Gea and Petr Cech respectively. Two other Wolves players in decent form are Matt Jarvis (£5.7m) and of course Steven Fletcher (£5.9m). If you’re in search of a bargain, it’s also worth considering some Norwich players. Although they never keep clean sheets, their never say die attitude will mean there are goals more often than not. Andrew Surman (£4.4m) can’t be a bad option, particularly if you’re short on funds. Canaries strikers Grant Holt (£5m) and Steve Morison (£5.1m) are also worth considering.

Six goals in three games. Wayne who? - image from telegraph.co.uk

Finally, a couple of big hitting forwards you ought to keep an eye on for the next few weeks. He could be a bit of a gamble but Darren Bent (£9.6m) is a goalscorer. Given a run of games, a fit Darren Bent is more than likely to increase Aston Villa’s goal tally. Meanwhile, Dimitar Berbatov (£8.9m) has scored six goals in three games since being brought in from the cold by Sir Alex Ferguson. He can rightly feel a little perplexed at being dropped from the side, particularly with Wayne Rooney’s form being so hit and miss. Even having had so little game time this season, he’s been a better striker than Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres combined. Imagine if he starts playing regularly.