After a long international break, a very busy deadline day, and a Sergio Aguero suspension, fantasy football is back!
That Aguero issue has led many to use their wildcard chip this week and, for most, that’s probably the right call. Do not feel pressured to wildcard if you like your team however. If you can make it through the muddied waters of suspensions, injuries, and transfers through MW7, there will be an excellent opportunity to use your wildcard then.
For those that have been forced into making many moves, like myself (thanks to Cesc Fabregas not getting minutes, Riyad Mahrez not knowing how to take a penalty, and Aguero wantonly elbowing people) let’s look at the top five new signings, buys, and sells for fantasy!
Wilfried Bony – Forward, Stoke City, 8.3
Arguably the best intra-Premier League fantasy move of the window, Bony will bring a much needed focal point to Stoke’s attack. While his time at City failed for many reasons you should not hold too much of a grudge considering his shot accuracy dropped just one percentage point from his prolific time at Swansea. A supporting cast of Bojan, Arnautovic, and Shaqiri should see Bony finish with ten or more goals from here on out.
David Luiz – Defender, Chelsea, 6.0
Frankly Luiz is much better in other formats and is probably too expensive at 6.0. That having been said, his price may help keep his ownership fairly low making him the rare high price differential. His mindless runs forward should see him earn more points and bonus points than, say, Shkodran Mustafi whose small size will likely see him amount to nothing more than a clean sheet gamble every week.
Nacer Chadli – Midfielder, West Bromwich Albion, 6.4
Last season was disappointing for sure, but let’s not forget his eleven goal and six assist effort from 2014/15. Chadli is a terrific attacking player and he should constantly be one of the two furthest players up alongside Salomon Rondon who has been thirsting for a more talented and/or consistent provider. It’s always possible that Tony Pulis sees Chadli as a perfect left back or some nonsense, but he’s definitely worth a gamble at such a reasonable price.
Bruno Martins Indi – Defender, Stoke City, 5.0
Indi walks into Stoke as an immediate improvement on the departing Philipp Wollscheid. There are definite question marks surrounding this Stole defence as Butland looks set to miss over a month setback due to injury so this may be a better option in the long term than the short. Indi is very athletic and can be a menace on set pieces so he’s at least worth keeping on the radar.
Markus Henriksen – Midfielder, Hull City, 5.5
The Henriksen deal was one that snuck in just under the wire of deadline day and, weirdly, no one is talking about it. He was terrific in the Eredivisie with twelve goals and seven assists in twenty-eight matches and is an incredible talent. He is immediately one of the eleven best players at Hull and it’s a matter of when, not if, he’ll make it into their starting side. His creativity should see him form a deadly goal/assist pairing with the equally underrated Abel Hernandez.
Eden Hazard – Midfielder, Chelsea, 10.2
Now on 2 goals and an assist in this young season, Hazard is clearly back to his former “Player of the Year” self. With so many other big fantasy names failing to deliver the goods Hazard is a shining light even if it is a high price point. He’s a must own and just about a must captain against a wallowing Swansea defence.
Harry Kane – Forward, Tottenham, 10.9
I realise this is a bit of a gamble but Kane has several things going for him: He is out of the month of August (in which he’s never scored), Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen both showed signs of life during the international break, and Tottenham face a Stoke side who have conceded the most goals in the Premier League this season. I wouldn’t buy up on Kane at the moment, but he’s a terrific downshift from the briefly unownable Aguero.
Roberto Pereyra – Midfielder, Watford, 6.0
He is an absolute steal at just 6.0. This is a player that was a regular player for Juventus last season and he walks into a Watford side that was desperately crying out for a creative influence. He already has a goal on the books and his terrific vision should help get Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo firing again. The matchup with West Ham does little to temper my excitement.
Scott Dann – Defender, Crystal Palace
Finally managed to work a Crystal Palace player into this article on a Crystal Palace website! This is no charity however, as Dann has proven a lethal attacking option finishing just second in goals scored by defenders last season. The next three matchups look very kind (Middlesbrough, Stoke, Sunderland) and, with Mandanda finally in net, Palace should finish with plenty more clean sheets than last season’s paltry 8.
Nacer Chadli – Midfielder, West Brom, 6.4
Is it too early to hop on the Chadli hype train? I hope not as I have already brought him into my team. I will try to refrain from rambling as I already mentioned him in “New Signings” but I really do believe he could thrive at the Albion. This week he is up against Bournemouth who have yet to even slow an attack let alone stop one.
Sergio Aguero – Forward, Manchester City, 13.0
He stupidly lashed out at Winston Reid and will now be suspended until the 24th of September. Holding onto him is unwise as, added to your current bench, you would be spending over 25% of your budget on inactive players.
Erik Lamela – Midfielder, Tottenham Hotspur, 7.1
Unfortunately it has already been announced that Lamela will miss out on Saturday due to a late return from international duty with Argentina. This is only a sell for people who are wildcarding as using your chip and keeping a player that is not playing is just foolish. I am just dropping him for this week and will bring him back in soon as I still stand by my ‘Lamela will be a top fifteen midfielder’ sentiment.
Riyad Mahrez – Midfielder, Leicester City, 9.5
His missed penalty last match week was his third of his last four attempts. If Vardy takes over penalty duty or, you know, Mahrez keeps taking them and continues to miss, his value drops significantly. A lateral move to Ozil or Payet is likely the best course of action.
Christian Fuchs – Defender, Leicester City, 5.5
I still like Fuchs but he is just not worth the money right now. The performances of Dann, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, and Kyle Walker at the same price point just make owning Fuchs difficult. If you need convincing, bear in mind that Leicester face Liverpool, Manchester United, and Chelsea in their next five matches.
David de Gea – Goalkeeper, Manchester United, 5.5
David De Gea is the best keeper in the Premier League, but that does not a must own player make. I hate to say it, but De Gea is just a lazy own. Yes he will finish as a top three keeper but at 5.5 there is definitely better value out there and if you play the match ups right or are just willing to use a 4.5/4.0 or even 4.0/4.0 committee you should be able to get similar returns. Spend that 1.0 elsewhere in your squad.