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In setting up a fantasy team, it’s always a bit difficult to get the balance right. You want to have players who will bring you points week in and week out, while also being able to get that special player who can really bring in bunches of points at a time. It becomes quite a delicate balance when you factor in the need to stay within a budget as well. To make matters worse, there are many leagues that keep you from making wholesale changes from week to week and limit the number of trades you can make.
There are a lot of people out there who do quite well within these constraints, but if you are like me, you like to be able to make changes. After all, it is a FANTASY team. With that said, I do understand the point of limiting how many transfers you can make as well as placing other limitations within the game.
This week I wanted to take a look at some of the solid players of the league as well as some of those players that are either not fantasy quality or have just disappointed this season.
Winners: Artuc Boruc and Simon Mignolet have been the top two keepers this season. Mignolet seems more likely to continue his form throughout the season, but Southampton’s new focus on defense does bode well for the Polish keeper. He is also a great value for any team looking to save.
Losers: Fulham’s David Stockdale and Crystal Palace’s Julian Speroni are two of the worst for fantasy teams although West Brom’s Boaz Myhill and Swansea’s Michel Vorm aren’t much better. Of those, I would be the most wary of Stockdale and Speroni considering the defense they have in front of them.
Winners: I would say that picking players from Chelsea, Manchester City and even Tottenham are fairly safe bets. John Terry has had a newfound resurgence under Mourinho and will be solid through most of the season. Alongside him Branislav Ivanovic will be a solid defender who can get you points in goals in assists as well.
Pablo Zabaleta is one of the best attacking fullbacks in the league along with Jose Enrique of Liverpool. From Tottenham, Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker are very solid defenders who can occasionally get you offensive points.
Losers: While Vincent Kompany is usually a solid pick, his recent injury problems mean that he is not a reliable addition to your team. Rio Ferdinand is another defender whose injury problems mean that he is not a good choice for a fantasy EPL team. Defenders from Crystal Palace, Sunderland and even Fulham should probably be avoided as well considering their poor defensive records.
Winners: Manchester City’s Yaya Toure is perhaps, the most reliable of all fantasy team players. He hardly ever misses a match and is involved in play at both ends of the pitch all match long. If you are looking for other truly reliable players to provide you with points look at picking up Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil (though you will want to stay updated on his current injury status), Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, Swansea’s Michu, and even West Ham United’s Kevin Nolan. Some outliers to look at would include Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa or Adam Lallana of Southampton. These are all players who get a ton of playing time and are involved in all facets of the match.
Losers: In looking over some of the real fantasy losers in midfield I would say to almost entirely skip any Manchester United midfielder (unless you’re in a league that lists Wayne Rooney as a midfielder). Michael Carrick will never give you many points, their wingers have not played well, Shinji Kagawa has yet to start a Premier League match and Marouane Fellaini has taken on a much more defensive role this season. There are several players from Manchester City, Tottenham, and Chelsea to avoid as well, though this is down more to their squad rotation which could affect playing time for some players.
Winners: At the moment Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez are the two best picks for any team. Their understanding of one another on the pitch means that this pair is one any team should look at picking up for points from both goals and assists. Some other players to look at include Olivier Giroud of Arsenal, Loic Remy from Newcastle and Romelu Lukaku of Everton. All three of these players play in formations that have them as lone strikers getting a lot of the distribution from the midfield. This is a good recipe for fantasy teams needing points from forwards.
Losers: Robin van Persie was a fantasy gem last season, but has yet to get going in the EPL this year. He did well on international duty and may pick it up, but so far, he’s been a bust. Crystal Palace is yet another team to avoid picking from and Fulham’s forwards, while quite good on paper, have failed to produce. The same could certainly be said of Sunderland and Norwich City as well. All of this above mentioned teams have scored only five goals, though Stoke City have the fewest in the league right now with only four.
With that said, Chelsea’s strikers are the ones to avoid more than any other. Of their nine goals scored this season, not a single one has come from a forward
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