Friday Fantasy Forecast

28 11 2008

Daniel Agger (Liverpool) – Liverpool head into Monday’s matchup with West Ham with three consecutive shutouts.  What makes this so impressive is that Liverpool have been battling inuries at the back end all season.  Martin Skrtel is out for another couple weeks and now Fabio Aurelio is out indefinitely.  That will give Andrea Dossena more action, who looked good against Marseille this week.  But Daniel Agger is the guy you want.  Finally healthy and seeing a consistent amount of time next to Jamie Carragher, Agger has been rock-steady thus far.  He has a penchant for scoring some wonder goals, so I expect him to get one in the next few weeks.  He’s one of the more affordable defenders right now on Liverpool, so I’d snatch him up.

Obafemi Martins (Newcastle) – Martins leads the team with five goals thus far, but has four of those in his previous five matches.  Michael Owen is returning to health, but he is often slow to get going.  And with Shola Ameobi out, Martins is clearly the first target at Newcastle.

Andy Johnson (Fulham) – It’s often difficult for out-and-out strikers to acclimate quickly to a new team.  Andy Johnson was Fulham’s big signing this summer and naturally, he started off a little slow.  But four goals in his last five games suggests he’s ready to return to his goal-scoring prowess.

Steve Sidwell (Aston Villa) – Having beaten Arsenal and drawn Man Utd in their last two matches, Villa are demonstrating their intentions of finishing top six.  There’s a lot of talent on this squad, but I’ve always liked Sidwell’s game.  He’s now played at least 80 minutes in his last three matches and even contributed a goal in one of them, so I expect good production from the former Arsenal and Reading midfielder.

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