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Fantasy Premier League Transfers 2013: Top Roster Additions for Week 20

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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Steven CookContributor IIIDecember 29, 2013

As the 2013-14 Premier League season passes its halfway point, fantasy performers are still emerging as formidable options after incredible recent runs of form.

While fantasy owners have their usual star players such as Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez and others to lean on, finding a solid addition of a player who has dazzled as of late can be a huge boost to any squad.

With Matchday 20 upcoming, let's check out some top additions that you can make before the action that will pay off.

 

Theo Walcott, F, Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Theo Walcott of Arsenal is chased by Kevin Nolan of West Ham United during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lenn
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Arsenal have been the story of the Premier League thus far this season, but it was largely without the impact of Theo Walcott. Until recently, that is, as he's scored four goals in December. 

Things match up well for Walcott and the Gunners to have even more offensive success in Week 20. They will host Cardiff, against whom Walcott notched an assist in their last matchup despite not coming on until the 90th minute.

Cardiff entered Week 19 as one of four clubs that had given up 30 goals on the season. Defense has been a huge issue for the EPL newcomers, especially on the road, which is where they'll be against one of the league's top teams.

 

Alvaro Negredo, F, Manchester City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Alvaro Negredo of Manchester City clutches his leg during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on December 26, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Ge
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Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo has been leaned on a bit more than usual in Sergio Aguero's absence and has only stepped up his game more. He's a lock to continue producing for a Manchester City offense that never stays down.

City face a road test against Swansea in Week 20. While City have gone from unstoppable to beatable when going from home to the road, Swansea haven't won a game since Dec. 4. 

Negredo has nine goals in all competitions since the start of November, proving to be a menace at the top of the Premier League's most dangerous attack. With no Aguero, someone has to do the goal scoring and Negredo looks up to the task after scoring against Swansea earlier this year.

 

Carlton Cole, F, West Ham

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Carlton Cole of West Ham United battles with Mikel Arteta of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walt
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It's not very often that a West Ham offensive player—or any position player on the squad, rather—is an impact fantasy performer, but Week 20 is one of those times. Carlton Cole is a solid bet for a goal or two.

West Ham get the honors of playing Fulham, who are letting up goals at a dizzying rate. The club has given up 41 goals on the season, getting blown out of most of their fixtures. 

Cole's club exploded for three goals against West Brom in a draw, in which he didn't score. But he was the only West Ham player to score in their two previous fixtures, securing a goal in each. If he keeps up that recent form and takes advantage of a Fulham squad that can't stop anything on defense, he'll have a big day.

 

Jonny Evans, D, Manchester United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  Jonny Evans of Manchester United during the Barlcays Premier league match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 7, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Ima
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Consistency and solid defense has been a struggle at times for Manchester United this season, but Jonny Evans and the Red Devils' defense should have little trouble on Matchday 20. 

United face Tottenham at Old Trafford on Wednesday, Jan. 1, and that bodes well for one side of the ball. Entering Week 19, Spurs had only scored 19 goals on the season—hardly over one per match.

Just as well, Evans has been a monster in the central defense area for United as of late with his blocking ability, as Nick Coppack noted:

Evans and the United defense faltered against Hull on Dec. 26 but bounced back just two days later by shutting out Norwich. Against one of the EPL's most struggling offenses, this formidable defense—led by Evans—will continue to rise to the challenge.

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