After a poor Fantasy Premier League gameweek for the defenders, they have returned with a bang in Gameweek 7 with Kolarov leading the way as the highest overall points scorer. There were some cracking matches over the weekend with both Manchester clubs registering convincing 3-0 victories, whilst Chelsea continued to impress with a simple win over Norwich. There were some very high scores this weekend, especially at the back so without further ado, here is the Fantasy Premier League Dream Team in a valid formation:
DREAM TEAM ANALYSIS
For the second gameweek in a row, Begovic (4.6m) takes the Dream Team spot between the sticks after keeping out Suarez and co. to record an unlikely draw at Anfield. With an enticing set of fixtures coming up for Stoke after their Old Trafford test in Gameweek 8, their players will be prime for fantasy football investment. Begovic is still cheap at 4.6m, whilst players like Marc Wilson (4.5m) also offer a cheap way of getting into the Stoke backline, who have started the season in strong form.
As mentioned above, Kolarov (5.7m) scored the most points from the gameweek thanks to a cracker of a free kick, a couple of assists and a clean sheet. It remains to be seen whether he’ll be starting week in week out, as clichy will provide a constant threat for the left back role and champions league fixtures will force Mancini to make the most of his squad and rotate. However, for those brave enough to gamble, every now and again they could be rewarded with a monstrous score with Kolarov’s attacking threat clear for all to see.
Fonte (4.0m) was Southampton’s hero on Sunday as he twice found the back of the net to show off his aerial prowess. However, with Southampton’s willingness to attack, clean sheets look unlikely and fantasy premier league managers may wish to keep their attention diverted towards Stoke. Caulker (4.7m) also racked up the big score of 15 points thanks to a lucky goal and a clean sheet. However, despite Caulker’s budget appeal, Spurs start a run of difficult fixtures at home to Chelsea so investors should be wary.
To round off the defence we have the two United players who found the back of the net with their heads. Evans (5.8m) and Evra (6.8m) both scored as Newcastle momentarily forgot how to defend corners, allowing them to rack up tidy scores for their fantasy managers. United also have some difficult matches coming up, as they take on Arsenal and Chelsea in Gameweeks 9 and 10.
Moving onto the midfield we have a trio of budget midfielders; starting with Wayne Routledge (5.2m) who made a mockery of his pricetag. Routledge was outstanding against Reading and had a hand in both of the goals. He faces rotation risk from Pablo Hernandez but whilst he’s in this sort of form, Routledge should be given the gametime to build on this performance.
Next up is our Select XI pick James Morrison (6.0m) who has been thriving in the hole behind the striker. Against QPR, he found the back of the net with a brilliant goal before helping to set up another in the 3-2 victory, which had some excellent goals (Granero’s strike was a peach, whilst Taarabt’s was simply unstoppable). Last up is Milner (6.1m) who got his name on the scoresheet through a deflected free kick and was awarded all 3 bonus points for his overall performance. He’s not guaranteed starts and given the wealth of choices when it comes to budget midfielders, there are more secure options in the fantasy football game.
Up front we have the unlikely figure of Giroud (8.4m) who finally notched his first Premier League goal against West Ham. The Frenchman burst into the box at the right moment to get on the end of Podolski’s cross before setting up another in the 3-1 win. This spells trouble for Gervinho owners, as Giroud is bound to be given the opportunity to build on his goal tally and should be set for a run as the figurehead of Arsenal’s attack.
Alongside the Frenchman is the familiar face of Fernando Torres (10.0m) who followed up his high score last weekend against Arsenal with the same result of a goal and an assist. Torres has clearly recovered his confidence and is working well within the new Chelsea setup. As long as he remains fit, he seems guaranteed starts with his only competition coming in the form of Daniel Sturridge. However, investors should beware as Chelsea face Spurs, United, Liverpool and Man City in their next 6 games.
That concludes our round-up of the top performers from this fantasy football gameweek, how many of these players were present in your squad? Did any of you fantasy football addicts bring in one of these players at the last minute only to be rewarded with a strong points haul? Feel free to get involved by commenting in the boxes below or joining the conversation on Twitter with @FFAddicted. Also, don’t forget to like us on the Fantasy Football Addict Facebook page for your chance to win a detailed analysis of your fantasy premier league squad!
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