Only two games have gone by in the English Premier League but in Fantasy Football the competition is already in full swing, with managers buying and selling players like no one’s business.
Some players will come up with the goods, possibly a goal, some assists, or a clean sheet. Others can meanwhile frustrate, failing to deliver any points more than the mere two for going over 90 minutes of football.
As it’s not long till our very own fantasy football launches, here we look at SIX PLAYERS you must AVOID from sticking in your Fantasy team.
It would be too easy to pick players playing bigger teams as players to avoid, so the ones chosen are players popular in the game and/or are being bought due to previous performances.
Before the season kicked off, many pundits pointed to De Gea as one of the best goalkeepers to draft into their squads due to Man United’s great run of opening fixtures and his modest £5.5 price tag. Now they’re trying their best to get rid of him.
De Gea is not a bad goalkeeper by any means, but United’s leaky defence is nothing short of embarrassing. Their 4-0 loss at the hands of third tier side MK Dons proves they need to act quick in the last few days of the transfer market, or Fantasy managers will be avoiding Van Gaal’s back-line through-out the season.
If you’re looking to invest in Man United players it would be wise to go with their attacking options, although they too are looking for a change in fortune especially with the new signing of Di Maria.
You must think it’s crazy that the player with the most points in the Fantasy Premier League is a player to avoid, but with Liverpool coming up to White Hart Lane this weekend it is just that.
Already rising from £5.0 to £5.3 over the course of one and a half weeks, Eric Dier not only has the imminent return of Kyle Walker to deal with, but Spurs have just signed Sevilla captain Federico Fazio, further adding more competition for a starting berth.
If you have him already, you may as well keep him. But to buy him now will be too big a risk given their next opponent and the fact the Spurs face Arsenal and Man City in the next six game-weeks.
Usually Lee Cattermole is always a player who should be avoided in the Fantasy Premier League game, however because of his goal in Sunderland’s opening fixture against West Bromwich Albion, the now £4.6 priced player has become a popular pick for a team’s last midfield slot.
Even if Cattermole and Sunderland have a great set of fixtures coming up, Cattermole is very unlikely to be amongst the fantasy points.
2 points may be considered decent for your fifth midfielder, but the 26-year-old is an absolute card magnet and will likely get a few yellows – if not a red – in the upcoming games.
There are a few other cheaper options out there, but if you’re really keen on a Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell – priced only £0.4 more than Cattermole – is a decent pick given his more advanced role and a point to prove after his disastrous spell at Man City.
The phrase on every Manchester United fan’s mouths is that Real Madrid star Angel di Maria has signed for the Red Devils. And there will be many that, given his modest £9.5 price tag, are considering to pick the Argentine before United’s away clash against Burnley.
However in Fantasy Football terms, that would be a very unwise decision.
Not only has Di Maria not yet adapted to the English game and his team-mates, but we are still unsure where on the pitch the former Benfica ace will be utilized by Van Gaal.
Although naturally a winger, Di Maria was used as a central midfielder at Madrid. But it is expected that the Argentina international will be deployed as one of Van Gaal’s wing-backs in United’s current 3-5-2 set-up… a formation that would decrease his appeal in FPL terms.
If Di Maria happens to play further up the field – possibly replacing £8.9 Juan Mata – then ahead of game-week four should Di Maria be on your watch-list.
With the news that Oliver Giroud is set to miss up to four months with injury, Alexis Sanchez has jumped into the considerations of many FPL managers as an Out-of-Position pick.
Despite scoring his first Arsenal goal in their 1-0 win over Besiktas Wednesday night, it is still a huge risk considering his massive £10.4 and relatively hard set of fixtures.
Don’t forget, during Arsenal’s game against Everton Sanchez was already deployed as the lone front-man but was unable to get in on the action… being substituted after half-time with his side down 2-0.
Sanchez will however come good, but not just yet.
Mario Balotelli returns to the English Premier League and once again a focal point when choosing our Fantasy Premier League squads. But with no game-time – like Di Maria – it is best to avoid purchasing the £10.5 priced Liverpool striker.
Last season Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was a must have for any side, and while Mario was bought to replace the feisty Uruguayan, Balotelli is nowhere near as lethal as the former Ajax star.
It is also uncertain where Balotelli will be deployed, and if his presence will help Sturridge’s goal output or do the opposite and hinder it.
Another worrying fact is 24 out of his 86 goals have been from either free-kicks or penalties, and with Steven Gerrard the main man on the set-pieces, Balotelli will get less chances to add to that tally.
However the enigma Balotelli is, he might go out in his first game at White Hart Lane and bag a hat-trick to prove us wrong… or get himself sent off in the opening minutes. You decide.