The start of the 2010/11 Premier League is nearly upon us, which means it’s time for you to pick your Fantasy Football team for next season!
How did you fare last season? Not great? Same here, but redemption in the form of the 2010/11 season is here my fellow competitor.
Before you take the plunge and pick your team for the coming season let us offer some words of distorted wisdom…
If you wanted value for money in goal last season Thomas Sorensen was your man. The Stoke shot stopper cost a paltry €5million to buy and in return served up 145pts, making him the 4th best goalkeeper in the league. The Danish shot stopper is the same price this term, but will he prove as profitable? He’s certainly one for considering putting in your squad.
As for the rest, the trio of Pepe Reina, Brad Friedel and Huerelho Gomes all enjoyed successful campaigns last year and should be reliable point scorers next term, with the latter offering plenty of value at £5.5million.
Buying players from the Big 4 is expensive, but clean sheets don’t come cheap and if you want a mean backline you have to be prepared to splash the cash on some quality. Throwing in either Ashley Cole, John Terry, Patrice Evra or Jamie Carragher may dig a slight hole into that transfer kitty, but you can be assured of points if you are prepared to invest.
What’s that I hear you cry? Who is going to be a bargain buy at the back? Well, with Rio Ferdinand seemingly made from glass, snapping up his likely replacement, in the form of Jonny Evans at £5.5 million, could be a shrewd piece of business. The Northern Irishman made 28 appearances in all competitions last season, regularly filling in for Ferdinand at the heart of the United defence, and could get even more opportunities in 2010/11.
In Fantasy Football terms Frank Lampard is Blockbuster’s Bob Holness, the man with all the points. Lamps is such a consistent high performer that it’s hard to leave him out of your XI, but the price tag of £13 million round his neck means you may have no choice.
If you’re not convinced about signing the Chelsea player you could do a lot worse than snap up Everton’s Mikel Arteta. Spain’s 8th choice midfielder takes corners, free kicks and penalties for the Toffees, which makes him a regular points scorer and potential captain material.
Goals, goals, goals… That’s the only real consideration when choosing your 3 forwards and how many of them are they going to score. Forget the big target man, dismiss that guy who links play up well, to succeed in Fantasy Football you need strikers that can find the back of the net on an almost weekly basis.
Take your pick from Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez as your expensive yet compulsory signing. Failure to do will see you slip behind your rivals in the race for Fantasy Football glory.
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