Fantasy Premier League Transfers – September

Fantasy Premier League Transfers – September

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With internationals taking up two weeks, there has been plenty of time to ponder over our fantasy football squads and decide which areas need freshening up. It’s time to take stock of the first 3 gameweeks of the fantasy premier league, where we’ve been given a glimmer of what may come this season. With this in mind, here are some fantasy premier league transfers and tips to consider this international break:

Goalkeepers

There haven’t been many surprises at the start of the season but things to think about include Lindegaard being given a start in Gameweek 3 ahead of De Gea, Guzan being given his shot ahead of Given in the same gameweek and Mannone impressing while Szczesny recovers from injury.

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen [4.5m] – A great option as a backup goalkeeper, Jaaskelainen is a nailed on option at West Ham, who have impressed so far with 2 clean sheets out of 3. It is very unlikely that they will keep up this defensive form but at 4.5m, Jaaskelainen is a great choice as backup.
  • Defenders

    With Steve Bould stepping in for Pat Rice, Arsenal have improved thoroughly in defence. They have looked solid at the back and if they can carry on keeping clean sheets, they could be unlikely challengers for the title this season. Another team impressing at the back are the Baggies, who have started the season with two clean sheets. At times they have rode their luck, but there is enough about them to rack up a reasonable amount of clean sheets over the course of this campaign.

  • Kieran Gibbs [5.5m] – Gibbs has secured the left back spot at Arsenal and at 5.5m, he comes in at a reasonable price. With top teams like Man City stuttering at the back, Gibbs is a great alternative.
  • Guy Demel [4.1m] – With West Ham’s strong start, Demel is an excellent backup option. At 4.1m, you can’t get much cheaper starters who can deliver points for you.
  • Rafael Da Silva [5.6m] – United haven’t been rock solid at the back so far but Rafael has made up for this with some impressive attacking returns. For the near future, he looks like a secure option at right back and at 5.6m, he provides great value.
  • Attacking Coverage

    With your midfield and attack combined, it’s best to have 1 player from each of the top sides. Some of these players have already hit the ground running and have given us plenty to think about. Here is our take on who should be in your squad:

    MAN UNITED
    With Rooney out for a few more weeks at least, this has opened up the attacking room for Kagawa (8.6m) and Van Persie (13.4m). RVP has settled right in at United, with 4 goals to his name already but he comes in at a very hefty price. However, if he continues to find the back of the net, it will be very costly leaving him out of your starting eleven.
    A much cheaper alternative is the Japanese playmaker, who has found the net once so far for his new club. Much is expected of Kagawa and although he hasn’t yet delivered fully, he has shown glimpses of his quality. With Rooney out of the picture, Kagawa could thrive in the hole behind RVP.

    MAN CITY
    City have also suffered with injury and fitness (Aguero and Silva respectively), which has given Tevez (9.8m) and Yaya Toure (8.2m) the chance to shine. Tevez has already racked up 3 goals and 3 assists so far, which explains why his price has rocketed up by 0.8m. He seems to have put last season’s troubles behind him and is leading the team from the front, delivering attacking returns with regularity.
    Silva has been used sparingly by Mancini, as he is eased back into the Premier League following a busy summer. This has allowed Yaya to push forward more and this has led to impressive attacking returns. Whilst the return of Silva could hamper Yaya’s attacking potential, he is still a regular and may get the opportunity to push up as games progress under Mancini’s Plan B.

    CHELSEA
    Chelsea were very busy in the transfer market over the summer and one signing in particular has caught the eye of every fantasy manager. The man on everyone’s lips is Hazard (10.1m), with the reason being 6 assists and 1 goal in a mere 3 matches. The youngster clearly has a lot of talent and has settled into the Premier League with ease, running at defenders and causing all sorts of problems. With Chelsea’s strength in depth in midfield, and with the Champions League up next week, we could see the Belgian rotated or subbed off early but it is definitely a risk not having him in your team.
    The other main Chelsea option is Torres (10.1m), who seems like a different man this season. He clearly has his confidence back and is the only striking option available to Chelsea barring Sturridge. This means that he is a more secure option than Hazard but is currently losing the points battle by 14 points (20-34). Goals are sure to come from Torres and it is a close call picking between these two players.

    ALTERNATIVES

  • Santi Cazorla [9.0m] – The best attacking option from Arsenal is the Spaniard, Cazorla. Given a free role in attack, he has thrived and shown his ability to create chances for his team mates. Cazorla is in for a strong debut season for the Gunners and may well help to ease the pain of RVP leaving.
  • Michu [7.3m] – Michu is another signing who has shined so far, grabbing 4 goals already to give Swansea a great start to the season. His price has shot up by 0.8m but he still comes in at a mid-budget price and if he continues to find the back of the net, he will be a great fantasy player for the Welsh side.
  • Berbatov [6.9m] – In the transfer window, Berbatov made the decision to join up once again with Fulham manager Martin Jol in search of first team football. Fulham have a strong fixture run where they face WBA(h), WIG(a), SOT(a), AVL(h) and RDG(a) in their next 6 games, giving Berbatov an excellent chance to get back in the swing of things. There’s a slight risk with Petric starting the season strongly, but Berby is still a class act and may prove to be a fantasy bargain coming in at 6.9m.
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