It is the time of the year when managers begin selecting their Premier League Fantasy Football team. The chances of winning the competition for managers is incredibly slim considering that they are competing against thousands of others who are all hungry for the first prize. So it is very important that managers choose the best team possible from the start allowing them to save transfers throughout the season without running out.
Firstly, the winning managers always have a cheap player who ends up scoring lots of valuable points. The best choices for this season are Graham Dorrans and Charlie Adam. Both have been promoted from the Championship with their respective teams but both will have chances to score a few goals. They both take the penalties and free-kicks for their respective teams giving them the opportunity to score the goals which will boost the points they score. Plus, both are the star players of their teams and the likelihood of the them starting every game is a major possibility too.
Also, the star players who will take up the bulk of your budget will create a massive problem for managers. With so many stars in the Premier League, which stars do you have? The certainty must be Frank Lampard. For a midfielder, Lampard scores lots of goals. Every season, Lampard scores around 15 goals. But last year, Lampard managed over 20. His Chelsea team-mate, Didier Drogba, must also be a certainty. Drogba scores loads of goals as well as getting several assists making him a must-have.
Now, the real decision making comes here. Do you have Pepe Reina, Edin van der SAR or Petr Cech in goal? Do you have Steven Gerrard or Cesc Fabregas in midfield? Do you have Fernando Torres or Wayne Rooney up front? These decisions are up to you. But, these decisions must be taken with thought. The points they tot up won’t be much different but could be the difference for you winning it or not.
Here’s what I have gone for:
Johnson (LIV) O’Shea (MNU) Evans (MNU) Zhirkov (CHE)
Valencia (MNU) Dorrans (WBA) Aquilani (LIV) Lampard (CHE)
Torres (LIV) Drogba (CHE)
Reina and Johnson are solid picks and gain clean sheets whilst Johnson comes up with goals and assists. Also O’Shea, Evans and Zhirkov won’t appear as frequently but when they do, they won’t concede many goals and are cheap.
Lampard is a certainty whilst Dorrans and Aquilani are cheap and will score valuable points when played. Valencia provided many assists for Rooney and will have a similar impact again this season.
Finally, Drogba is a certainty leaving me to decide between Torres and Rooney. What helped me choose was Sir Alex revealing that Rooney won’t start the season due to World Cup whereas Torres will play. Plus, Torres scored an impressive 18 goals last season in 22 appearances which is remarkable. This makes you wonder how many goals Torres could get in 38 games. That sealed it for me.