Wednesday, 10 August 2016

The New 'Big' Things In FPL

The New Gomes: Valdes

Goalkeepers priced at 4.5 can quickly rise in value. After an impressive season they usually go up to 5.0. This might not seem like a huge price hike, but to many FPL managers looking for a cheap combo of rotating keepers, only 4.5-rated keepers and under are chosen in order to spend big elsewhere. Last season Heurelho Gomes exorcised his Premier League demons with consistently excellent performances. He returned 257 points, which was the second highest in the league behind Petr Cech. Now priced at 5.0 he only has a 3.8% ownership and new Boro keeper Victor Valdes looks to do the same after a miserable time at Man United where he was released for refusing to play for the reserves. Valdes is a more popular choice (8.7%) and could be the one who returns the most points from the 4.5 bracket behind a solid Boro defence that kept a huge 22 clean sheets last season.

The New Baines: Daniels

We may not have seen the last of Leighton Baines' double-figure hauls for Everton, but his injured ankle has cut his game time short over the past two seasons. Baines is no longer a staple FPL defender. If his injury woes return then it might be best to look elsewhere for a defender who can provide attacking returns. Like Baines but 0.5 cheaper, Charlie Daniels is a defender who takes penalties and now Ritchie has left Bournemouth he is likely to take free kicks too.

The New Terry: Williams

John Terry is no longer a certain starter in the Chelsea side, but look no further than the Swansea captain for a replacement. We saw at the Euros what a commanding centre back Williams is. He is dominant in the air, strong in the tackle and makes vital interceptions. This is how he managed 24 bonus points (2nd most of all defenders) for his defensive work last season despite only 2 goals and 1 assist. He will be gunning for more goals from corners this season after the threat he showed for Wales this summer.

The New Ivanovic: Van Dijk

Ivanovic's best days are behind him and will likely have less game time than in his previous 7 seasons in a Chelsea shirt with Ola Aina playing well in pre-season. The new goalscoring defender on the block is Southampton's Virgil Van Dijk, who came into the Premier League after scoring 6 goals in a season for Celtic. He only scored 3 in his debut season, but now he's adapted to life in the Premier League he will score more to go with many clean sheets as part of a solid and settled defence.

The New Mata: Mkhitaryan

Mkhitaryan cost United £30m because he is the all-round attacking midfielder. The Armenian scores and creates goals and will take Juan Mata's place in the United team. His 11 league goals and 15 assists in the Bundesliga last season is similar to that of Mata's peak in 2012/13.

The New Silva: Sane

Leroy Sane could be another straight swap for a previously fruitful FPL player. Silva struggled with an ankle injury last season, which meant he was in and out of the City team. If the same happens this season Sane could get the chance to prove his lauded potential. His stats for Schalke could mean he hits Silva's heights of 12 goals and 12 assists early in his career. Sane has an eye for a pass as well as being more of a clinical goalscorer than the Spaniard, with more goals and assists per 90 mins of De Bruyne, Silva, Nolito and Sterling last season, so he could hit the ground running for Guardiola's team.

The New Yaya Toure: Alli

Alli has quickly become a stand-out midfielder in his 28 Premier League starts. His willingness to dribble with the ball and shoot from the centre of the pitch is similar to Yaya Toure of 2014/15. Alli scored 10 goals and layed on 9 more, which are better stats than Yaya Toure in the same number of appearances. Toure seems to have dropped to a deeper midfield role with less freedom to get forward and get FPL points, while Alli has moved into an attacking midfield role, so big things are expected of Dele Alli in FPL this season.

The New Ramsey: Feghouli

Every season there is a 5.5 midfielder who performs as well as the high-end players. Last season it was Mahrez, in 2013/14 it was Downing, in 2012/13 it was Ramsey. This season it could be West Ham's Sofiane Feghouli. He is touted by many as this season's Mahrez and has obvious comparisons as an Algerian winger. Last season proved a difficult one for Valencia and Feghouli failed to deliver, which might be the reason he is priced so low, but it was his attacking returns in previous seasons that earned him a move to West Ham. He reached 6 Gs and 6 As in 2014/15 and 4 Gs and 8 As in 2013/14. Playing in the same team as Dimitri Payet can only help his returns.

The New Van Persie: Ibrahimovic

It is clear that 34 year old Ibrahimovic is a short-term solution to United's lack of goals, but if he can be as prolific as Van Persie was in his first season at Old Trafford in 2012/13 when he scored 26 league goals then he will run Aguero close for the golden boot. He finished the most prolific debut season in Man Utd history as the league's top scorer and helped United win the title. If anyone can match or better that, it's Zlatan.

The New Kane: Musa

In three seasons Harry Kane has gone from a budget striker to the third most expensive player in the game. Many previous Kane owners might feel 11.0 is too expensive to also fit Aguero and Ibra into their team, so they scout the lower priced strikers for someone who might make a similar price increase. That man might be Leicester's new forward Ahmed Musa, who comes in at just 7.5. The Nigerian is blessed with lightning pace and scored 13 goals in 30 games last season in the Russian league. He has improved year on year at CSKA between impressive performances at the World Cup, scoring twice against Argentina. The signs are there from his 45 minute brace against Barcelona that he could become a reliable goalscorer for the Foxes.

The New Rooney: Kane or Vardy

He has had his testimonial and this could be Rooney's last season at Man Utd after a decline in form over the past few seasons. Kane and Vardy are his natural successors as players who will take his place at international level, and also in people's FPL teams. They are both expected to hit at least 20 goals again this season, but who will go on to fair better this season to become a must-have is up for debate. Kane is 1.0 more having had an extra season of proven goalscoring, but Vardy is able to assist as well as score like Rooney. It may depend on who of Spurs and Leicester best continues their breathtaking form from the previous campaign. 

Kyle Norbury, obsessive fantasy football manager and have been for many years. Bit of a nerd when it comes to stats.  #TeamIbra.

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