Now that the international break is finally over and the seemingly endless transfer window has slammed shut, we’re back and ready for game week 4 feeling as though the season has begun all over again. Teams are now finally beginning to settle with managers looking to establish their starting 11 after such a hectic summer period. With a number of fantasy players having taken advantage of the international break and close of the transfer window to play their wildcards and shake up their teams, this game week has the potential for some big scoring separation. There’s no need to be hasty as managers are tentatively working their new signings into their squads gradually and tactically. But be sure to keep an eye out for some of the highlights that could make way sooner than later and help shape and transform the season early on.
On the rise: Giroud (ARS), Ben Arfa (NEW), Dawson (TOT), Ward-Prowse (SOU)
Free falling: Dzeko (MANC), Defoe (TOT), Schneiderlin (SOU), McAuley (WBM)
Notable Injuries: Podolski (Arsenal), N’Zogbia (Aston Villa), Bent (Fulham), Silva, Clichy, Kompany (Man City), da Silva (Man Utd), Foster (West Brom), Carroll (West Ham)
Who’s on the Radar?
Mesut Ozil (£10M) – The highlight transfer of the summer window, he’s definitely not one to be overlooked. Due to a reported illness, he did not train Friday, but could still make a cameo appearance off the bench. Those itching to throw him into their squads immediately might want to hold off a week or two until he cements his starting role and is playing a full 90 mins.
Romelu Lukaku (£7.4M) – Unavailable to play against his parent club Chelsea this week, Lukaku is out with a point to prove to Mourinho after failing to impress his new manager with another loan move away from Stamford Bridge in successive seasons. Once available, it will be interesting to see if he can spear-head Everton’s attack and propel them forward in the same impressive way he did for West Brom last season.
Stephane Sessegnon (£6.8M) – With a recent move to West Brom he looks certain to be the focal point of Steve Clarke’s attack up front playing in his preferred “in the hole position while looking to add some creative spark and flair for Anelka and co. Priced at only £6.8M, he looks a bargain and a great differential option.
Christian Eriksen (£8.0M) – Ajax new boy will be looking to establish himself as one of AVB’s starting midfield options in attack. His versatility allows him to be effective playing either out wide or centrally, which will only strengthen his chances of considerable play time. His position will likely depend on the manager’s formation selection of either a 4-3-3 (wide-left) or a 4-2-3-1 (central, “in the hole”). He is a proven playmaker and has the ability to find the back of the net, so at his price he could be a fantasy favorite as the season progresses.
Willian (£8.5) – With Mata looking to have fallen out of favor and not necessarily fitting the style of play or game plan of ‘The Happy One,’ it remains to be seen if the Brazilian will earn a starting place in Mourinho’s 11. If he does, then he could be a great buy at his price and role just behind the striker.
Rooney (£10.5) – We all know about his importance and what he can do for Man Utd. and it looks as though it’s all set up for him to prove his worth and make a point in a pivotal season for his club, for now. He is the type of player who needs to be challenged and providing he stays fit, can be a cheaper alternative capable of boasting numbers on par with his Dutch compatriot.
Peyman’s Picks of the week:
Def: Hangeland, Vertonghen, Ward-Prowse
MF: Michu, Ben Arfa, Cazorla, Hazard
ST: RVP (C), Benteke (VC), Soldado
Bench/Alt. options: McGregor, Evra, Paulinho, Lambert, Giroud, Berbatov
Other recommended #FPL resource sites:
www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk – Official partner of the Barclay’s Premier League for a good reason; the game’s best resource for everything fantasy football related with weekly in depth articles, team news, squad selection projections, captain polls, fixture difficulty, forum discussion and even a weekly podcast!
www.totalfpl.com – Great for getting ahead of the price changes and also an alternative perspective on weekly team selections.
Good luck and until next week, ‘Live, Breathe’ fantasy Premier League!