Fantasy Football Focus: Chelsea and Liverpool stars a must-have for Gameweek 21

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Fantasy Football managers will be waiting in anticipation ahead of Gameweek 21, with another full Premier League fixture list to negotiate. 

As we approach the business end of the campaign, the smallest tweaks and changes can make a world of difference in the chase for the end-of-season bragging rights, with the January transfer period providing the perfect opportunity to secure the services of the division's most prolific point scorers. 

Ahead of another weekend of English top flight action, we assess the players to focus on from a Fantasy Football perspective. If you haven't included them already, the following five players could certainly make a significant splash - make sure you sign them up before the Saturday's 11.30am deadline: 

Oscar - Chelsea (Away vs Swansea)

  AppearancesGoalsAssistsTeams selected by %Value £Previous GWTotal Points
Oscar 17 4 7 4.6 8.3 13 90

As we head into Gameweek 21, just 4.6% of total managers have opted for Chelsea's Oscar, a talent who has found himself somewhat overlooked due to the imperious form of team-mates Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard. Nonetheless, with an away trip to a bedraggled Swansea on Saturday, his contribution is likely to be key for Jose Mourinho's side.

Following a Man-of-the-Match performance against Newcastle, during which he bagged a goal and assist, the Brazilian looks set to encounter a purple patch for the current league leaders. His 13-point haul at Stamford Bridge saw him close the gap on his aforementioned team-mates, and at £8.3 million, he can be picked up for considerably less money. 

Lazar Markovic - Liverpool (Away vs Aston Villa)

  AppearancesGoalsAssistsTeams selected by %Value £Previous GWTotal Points
Lazar Markovic 11 1 0 0.3 7.2 11 25

A trip to a struggling Aston Villa side offers hope for Liverpool this weekend, as well as the perfect opportunity to introduce 20-year-old Lazar Markovic to the Fantasy League fold. For £7.2 million, the Serb would be an astute addition for those managers looking to diversify their selections with a more unorthodox midfield player.

Markovic has been unable to show his full potential thus far, finding himself restricted by the wing-back role he has adopted in Brendan Rodgers' 3-4-3 system. Nonetheless, having scored the only goal in the Reds' 1-0 victory over Sunderland last weekend - a performance that saw him earn 11 points - it won't be long before he finds his groove in the English game. 

Danny Ings - Burnley (Home vs Crystal Palace)

  AppearancesGoalsAssistsTeams selected by %Value £Previous GWTotal Points
Danny Ings 18 6 3 3.2 5.7 9 74

A fine addition for those operating on a tight budget, Danny Ings is a forward option who will tempt a host of players throughout the second half of the season. Having registered either a goal or an assist in seven of his last 10 appearances, few could turn down the services of the £5.7 million-rated Clarets striker.

Despite emerging as early contenders for the drop, the Lancashire outfit have been in tremendous form of late, with the best seemingly yet to come. Those who opt to sign-up Ings this weekend, will be well served for the next month, or so. With Sean Dyche's side hosting Palace, West Brom and Swansea in their next six fixtures, as well an away trip to Sunderland, the England hopeful should be well amongst the action. 

Andy Carroll - West Ham (Home vs Hull)

  AppearancesGoalsAssistsTeams selected by %Value £Previous GWTotal Points
Andy Carroll 11 4 1 1.6 6.9 13 47

With only 1.5% of the game's managerial population opting for West Ham's Andy Carroll, the England striker could prove a differential in Gameweek 21, especially when considering his side's opposition. Few would back against him scoring at least the once when the Hammers welcome a struggling Hull City to Upton park. 

He already has four goals to his name this term, making him the London outfit's second-most prolific player, behind the injured Diafra Sakho. At £6.9 million, he is a more costly option than Burnley's Ings, yet with better quality service at his disposal - the likes of Alex Song and Stewart Downing - he is perhaps the more likely to accrue a superior points total.

Fraser Forster - Southampton (Away vs Newcastle)

  AppearancesClean SheetsSavesTeams selected by %Value £Previous GWTotal Points
Fraser Forster 21 10 42 13.6 5.5 6 87

Having emerged from a tricky festive period with their form intact, Ronald Koeman's Southampton are currently sitting pretty in third place, with Champions League qualification a genuine possibility. The south-coast club's incredible form can be largely attributed to an incredible defensive record, of which Fraser Forster has been an integral figure. 

The former Celtic shot-stopper boasts more clean sheets (10) than any other player this term, while he also ranks first in terms of overall goalkeeping points chart, with a score of 87 after 21 games. The Saints face a manager-less Newcastle this weekend, following an impressive 1-0 victory at Old Trafford on Sunday. An 11th clean sheet is a safe bet.  

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