Following on from the Goalkeeper and Defence Fantasy Football selections in our previous piece, we get to the more glamorous Midfield and Forwards. We are always on the look out for midfielders who play as strikers, corner and free kick takers and bonus point machines.
Joins the long list of ex Southampton players at Liverpool and he may be the best yet. The Reds splashed the cash on Mané and he will cost you £9.0 but it is not hard to see why. 11 goals and 9 assists got Mané to 160 points last year, it would have been more if not for 2 silly red cards. Mané should flourish in a Jürgen Klopp attacking system alongside fellow heavy hitters Firmino £8.5 and Coutinho £8.0
£7.5 for a man who grabbed 12 goals, 5 assists and 25 bonus points last year is a steal. A move to a strong looking West Ham team further reinforces this. Ayew will more than likely be playing up front off Andy Carroll and live off his knock- downs and second balls. Also having a player like Dimitri Payet £9.5, putting in quality crosses and clever through balls, will be a dream for the former Swansea man. The only issue may be West Hams early fixtures vs Chelsea in Gameweek 1 and Man City in Gameweek 3 other than that he is a definite starter for us.
The third highest point scoring midfielder of last year with 178 points, Eriksen £8.5, didn’t get the respect he deserved in Spurs’ title run. More than often Dele Alli grabbed the headlines but the Dane was constant point scorer throughout the season. He is Spurs number one free kick taker and came second to only Mesut Özil £9.5 in assists last year. If Spurs have another go at the title this year, Eriksen is a sure fire heavy point scorer.
Part of the José Mourinho revolution at Manchester Utd, the former Dortmund man had a killer season in Germany from a Fantasy Football point of view. 11 goals, 15 assists and 11 MoM awards would have had the Armenia man in the top three midfielders of last season. Mainly used on the right wing, this guy can pass, dribble, cross and cut inside and smack some shots in. Techniclly gifted, unselfish and having a knack of ariving in the box at the right time puts the £9.5 man in our team.
Cheap, plays every game (when fit). £4.5. Totalled 103 points last year, including 11 clean sheets. Not bad.
A genuine world class striker, 24 goals and 24 bonus points last year make “Kun” a must have. Over 40% of managers have the Man City forward in their team, priced at £13.0 it is a significant chunck of your budget but worth it for the likes of the 5 goal hall at Newcastle last year. If he can stay injury free, you have an easy captain pick for the rest of the season.He is ours for this Gameweek v Sunderland.
Going for Agüero means we have to go a little cheaper on our other forwards and the fact that I always have to have at least one Irish player in my team (Wes Hoolahan last year) means we are going for Long. Priced at £6.5, Shane had a solid 2015 with 10 goals and 4 assists, the Irishman is one of only two Saints forwards and will be first choice ahead of Charlie Austin also £6.5. We are expecting more goals and added responsibility this year, which equals more points.
25 goals in the Championship last year, could Gray be this years Jamie Vardy? Probably not, but Burnley will be relaying on his goals to keep them up. £6.5 and worth a punt.
That’s our team, for now…
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