So last time we focused on Arsenal, and which players were the perfect picks for your Fantasy Football Team and which should be avoided at all costs. In the second installment it is time to look at the rest of the Premier League, and as you can imagine with 19 other teams to choose from, this is much more difficult to predict.
As it stands at the moment Chelsea players top three of the four categories, with the highest scoring defender, midfielder and attacker, Diego Costa leading the way with an incredible 41 points already. Aston Villa meanwhile have been the surprise package and Brad Guzan is currently the leading goalkeeper, whilst the Villa defenders have also thrived.
Let’s be honest, it is hard to look past Diego Costa at the moment. Seven goals in four games is an incredible record, and he looks like the perfect signing for Chelsea. Chelsea create the goals and he invariably scores them, it’s a winning combination.
Costa is the boring pick though, so to spice things up I think we should talk about the Swansea duo Gylfi Sigurdsson and Nathan Dyer. After returning to the club from Spurs, Sigurdsson has excelled for Swansea in his favored creative role. He will score and create goals, and for Fantasy Football that is what you want. The same applies for Dyer, and his phenomenal pace terrifies defenders. Both have made brilliant starts to the season, and are excellent picks for any team.
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Finally I have to mention Leonardo Ulloa at Leicester. Since signing from Brighton, the Argentinian forward has scored three crucial goals, and at only £5.6m he is a bit of a bargain. What’s more he is pretty much guaranteed to start, and you get the feeling that if Leicester are going to score goals he will be the man to do it.
On the other end of the spectrum it has been a very quiet start to the season for the talismanic figure of Yaya Toure, who has yet to impose himself on other teams as he did last year. The Ivorian is crucial for the champions, yet he has only yielded five points so far, and was rested last time out. I wouldn’t be very impressed if I had spent £10.8m on him.
The same goes for pretty much the whole Newcastle team, who at the moment are frankly hopeless. Under Alan Pardew they are sinking fast; and their unproven new signings desperately need time to settle in. The Premier League is unforgiving though, so Newcastle had better get their act together. Cabelle might be worth a try, but I’d avoid the others.
Finally a mention must go to Filipe Luis, even though it is not his fault he has only accumulated a solitary point so far. The full back has only played eight minutes to date for Chelsea in the Premier League, and at his price you don’t want someone like that sitting on the bench. Until he starts playing, I’d advise you stay well away.
Worth a Punt!
I have two suggestions here. The first is one of Southampton’s new signings Dusan Tadic. Many predicted that the Saints would struggle after the mass exodus, but this lad looks like a gem of a signing, especially in Fantasy Football terms. He looks as if he can create and score goals, and when he reaches full flight I believe he’ll deliver big points.
My second suggestion will surprise you in that it is a Liverpool defender, in the form of Alberto Moreno. No, I haven’t lost it. Liverpool do look more solid defensively this year, and Moreno looks set to become a regular at left back. Defensively I’ve seen better full backs, but he reminds me of Risse in how he loves to bomb forward. He has already scored one goal, and I can see him delivering points in a similar fashion to his Merseyside rival Leighton Baines.
What lies in store?
Manchester United have a seemingly easy run of fixtures for the next three or four weeks, if you can have such a thing in the Premier League, so don’t be surprised to see their attacking players score a lot of points if they find form. If you’re going to sign them now’s the time.
On the other hand Aston Villa have a nightmarish run, so Brad Guzan may not remain the top keeper for much longer. They did beat Liverpool last week though, so it shows how hard it is to predict results in the League. They play Arsenal this weekend, so let’s hope that their players don’t score many points this week.
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