Fantasy Football Premier League Preview

 

The Premier League 2016/17 season is only a couple of weeks away, and now is that the time to get your fantasy football tips in! Fantasy football has a huge following of people that compete against each other every week, sometimes for pride and sometimes for money. Here we have our team for the upcoming season, and we will give you an insight into our selections. We have joined the official Fantasy Premier League for our league.

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Basic Rules

Transfer budget: £100 million

Number of players: 15 players (4 of which are substitutes)

Formation: 4-4-2

 

You can select a captain every week who will earn you double points.

Goalkeeper - Fraser Forster (Southampton)

Price: £5.0 Million

Fraser Forster is a mountain of a goalkeeper with a solid partnership of Virgil van Dijk and Jose Fonte protecting him. Forster missed the majority of last season with an ACL injury but on his return looked in better shape than ever. Southampton don’t concede too many goals, and that is down to fantastic discipline at the back. At £5 million I think that there is good value in the England international.

 

Defender - Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)

Price: £6.5 Million

The pacey youngster scored more points than any other defender in last season's fantasy football league. With a number of clubs including Barcelona and Manchester City said to be chasing his signature, Wenger will guarantee him game time. He has the ability to beat players with ease and provides excellent service to the forward line. He is tough to beat one-on-one also because of his superior speed.

 

Defender - Virgil van Dijk (Southampton)

Price: £5.5 Million

The Holland international was Southampton’s player of the season last year and looks to have settled at St Mary’s. His composure on the ball and reading of the game makes him a tricky opponent for any attacker. Not only that but his physique makes him almost impossible to play against in duels.

 

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Defender - Dejan Lovren (Liverpool)

Price: £5.0 Million

The Croatian defender took a while to adjust to life at Liverpool, but under Jurgen Klopp, he has been one of Liverpool’s most consistent performers. I expect Lovren to be Liverpool’s first choice centre back next season alongside either Joel Matip or Mamadou Sakho.

 

Defender - Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City)

Price: £6.0 Million

I am expecting much better things from City this season under Pep Guardiola. Otamendi was one of City’s better performers last year, and I believe he will be even better in his second year. The Argentine should benefit from Guardiola’s style of play and could be huge for his team in the Premier League.

 

Midfielder - Dimitri Payet (West Ham United)

Price: £9.5 Million

For obvious reasons, I struggled to look past the France international. Not only did he have an incredible first year in the Premier League, but he also just won UEFA Player of the Tournament for Euro 2016. The West Ham midfielder is one of the most talented players on the planet right now, and os a dead ball specialist. I expect another huge season for the winger.

 

Midfielder - Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace)

Price: £6.0 Million

The France international is loved by manager Alan Pardew and the fans at Selhurst Park. Cabaye picked up 105 points last season and takes the majority of Palace’s set pieces, including penalties and short range free kicks. His range of passing and consistency makes him a good value at £6 million.

 

Midfielder - Mark Noble (West Ham United)

Price: £6.5 Million

Noble was one of the best midfielders in the Premier League last year and is thriving under Slaven Bilic. West Ham have a number of brilliant individuals within the team and Noble is the anchor of the team, that allows them to play their game. Noble keeps it simple as well as gives protection to the back four. The Hammers captain chips in with a couple of goals from open play as well as taking all of West Ham’s penalties.

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Midfielder - Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)

Price: £8.0 Million

The Brazilian midfielder is arguably Liverpool’s most creative player and has looked very sharp in preseason. The tricky midfielder is a great link up player and added a few more goals to his game last season. Jurgen Klopp is a fan of the playmaker, and he could be a talisman for the Reds in the forthcoming season.

Forward - Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

Price: £9.0 Million

The Arsenal man looks set to lead the line for Arsenal again next season, and he actually impressed me in Euro 2016. The Frenchman divides opinion but to be fair; he does notch up points in the Fantasy League. Last season saw Giroud claim 156 points so at £9 million I think you could do far worse. Sergio Aguero is £13 million, and it has hard to guarantee that the Argentine will play more than 30 games a season, seemingly picking up niggling injuries a lot. Giroud is definitely a form player, so if he doesn’t appear to be in form, I would look at replacing him with a sub.

 

Forward - Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

Price: £11.0 Million

Last season’s golden boot winner will be eager to put a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign behind him. The English forward enjoyed another terrific campaign for Spurs last season and is now one of the most clinical strikers in the league. Spurs are building a team around Harry and with players such as Alli, Eriksen, Lamela, Dembele and Son playing around him, he will not be short of service around the box.

Substitutes

You are required to make one substitute in every position, should a starting player miss a game through suspension or injury.

Goalkeeper - Artur Boruc (Bournemouth)

Price - £4.5 Million

Picked up an impressive 108 points for Bournemouth last season, the highest total for any keeper under £5 million. Chances are he will remain on the bench for the majority of the season, so looking for a cheap, valuable keeper.

 

Defender - Robert Huth (Leicester City)

Price: £5.0 Million

After winning the Premier League by 10 points last season, it was not easy to leave Huth on the bench. At only £5 million he is a very strong replacement. Huth was also the 6th highest scoring defender in the league last season. I fear that Champions League football could be very hard for Leicester to juggle with the Premier League this time around.

 

Midfielder - Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur)

Priced £5.5 Million

Where did he come from? A fantastic season with Tottenham and England last year makes him one of the first names on the team sheet. Dier mainly operated as a holding midfielder last year but also filled in at fullback and centre back. The diversity of the player means he is virtually guaranteed game time. Priced at £5.5 million he is one of the bargains of the competition, especially considering he notched up 130 points last year.

 

Forward - Jermain Defoe (Sunderland)

Price: £7.0 Million

A perfect player to have on the bench and will be weeks where you could easily put him in your starting line-up. Defoe notched up 138 points last season and almost singlehandedly kept Sunderland in the Premier League. Defoe is a proven finisher at every level, and I see no signs of that slowing down this season. Last season he bagged himself an impressive 15 goals.

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