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Fantasy Premier League 2013 Week 20: Highlighting Top Transfers to Target

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Olivier Giroud of Arsenal rounds goalkeeper Artur Boruc of Southampton before scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on November 23, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIDecember 28, 2013

The second segment of the fantasy football season is now upon us, and making the correct transfers becomes crucial for the success of your team going forward. Making the right transfer decisions at this point can make or break your team for the second half of the year.

Let's take a look a players who should be heavily considered when making the final adjustments for your fantasy team heading into Week 20.


Olivier Giroud, F, Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23:  Gary Cahill of Chelsea tackles Olivier Giroud of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 23, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Ima
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Olivier Giroud has been a bit out of form in recent weeks, as he has failed to record a single goal since a Nov. 23 contest against Southampton—a contest in which he scored twice. However, he is in prime position to get back on track in Week 20 against Cardiff City.

Cardiff City has conceded 30 goals as of Dec. 28, which is the fourth-highest total in the league. Giroud has been afforded chances recently. Although he has not been able to make the most of them, that could certainly change in Week 20.


Alvaro Negredo, F, Manchester City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Alvaro Negredo of Manchester City beats Martin Skrtel of Liverpool to the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on December 26, 2013 in Manchester, England
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Alvaro Negredo has been steady through the first segment of the season. He has accumulated five goals and one assist as he heads into the second segment. Now Negredo faces off against Swansea City and a defense that has given up 25 goals on the season so far.

The last time that Negredo met Swansea City, he was able to record one of his five goals on the year. It is safe to say that Negredo is primed to duplicate that performance in Week 20.


Theo Walcott, F, Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23:  Theo Walcott of Arsenal controls the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 23, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Theo Walcott has been a bright spot for Arsenal throughout the first segment of the season. Walcott has recorded two goals in two of his last three contests. In those three games, he saw a full 90 minutes of action.

Now that he is being utilized heavily by Arsenal, he will be primed to take full advantage of a Cardiff City defense that has allowed 30 goals so far this season. Walcott may turn out to be one of the best selections at the midfield position in Week 20 and onward.


John Ruddy, G, Norwich City

NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  John Ruddy of Norwich saves from Jonjo Shelvey of Swansea as Seb Bassong of Norwich dives in during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Swansea City at Carrow Road on December 15, 2013 in Norwich, En
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John Ruddy has continued to improve throughout the second half of December. He was able to record two clean sheets in three games over the month. His other clean sheet over the first segment? Well, that happened to come against Crystal Palace—his upcoming Week 20 opponent.

Crystal Palace has been terrible offensively so far this season. They have recorded just 12 goals—good enough for dead last in the league. All signs point to a great performance from Ruddy in this contest.


Patrice Evra, D, Manchester United

NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28:  Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic Manchester United battle with Wes Hoolahan of Norwich City during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and  Manchester United at Carrow Road on December 28, 2013 in Norwich,
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Patrice Evra did not have a fantastic showing the last time he faced off against Tottenham Hotspur. However, this time around, he has the benefit of home-field advantage. In each of Evra's home contests this season, he has been able to provide respectable fantasy numbers.

Tottenham has struggled offensively over the first segment of play. They were held without a goal in six of their 18 contests and have accumulated a total of just 19 goals over that span. Expect Evra and the Manchester United defense to come away with a stellar performance when this one is all said and done.

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