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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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