Fantasy Football Hots and Nots for August
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No matter what your style of play is with Fantasy Football, we all need to know the best bargains and the players to avoid. So we’ve taken the time to find our readers. 5 players we should be including in our squads and 3 you should be avoiding. As well as 21.co.uk providing some top Football betting tips, we are also having a Fantasy Football feature this season. So without further ado, here are 21’s Fantasy Football tips.
Five bargains you should have in your starting squad
Now, to start off it’s obvious that 90% of players will have a spine of Manchester City and/or Liverpool players, so we’re going to completely remove those two sides from our group and focus on the sides that divide opinion. Remember that this is for the entirety of August, but we will be looking at players who can help you build in August and still remain a squad player in September if need be.
Gerard Deulofeu/Troy Deeney - Watford - 6.5M
Our original pick here was Deulofeu. However, the Spaniard has recently picked up a knock and may not feature in Watford’s first game against Brighton. Hence why we have added Troy Deeney as our online betting tip, in August Watford have Brighton and West Ham travelling to Vicarage Road and trips away to Everton and Newcastle. Which means that there are four average defences for Watford to start off against, we think Watford could average two-goals a game against these sides and these two were their more prolific players last season. Watford have three difficult games against Arsenal, Man City and Wolves in September so you may want to bench your 6.5 million star for a month until October.
Kyle-Walker Peters - Tottenham Hotspur - 5M
With Keiran Trippier heading to Atletico Madrid and Serge Aurier not fully fit. Walker Peters has spent the majority of pre-season at right-back for Spurs and will likely start there against Aston Villa, if Peters plays well he could make that position his own for the season ahead. It’s definitely a risk and with Tottenham playing City and Arsenal in their first four games, he’ll likely make up the bench but for 5 Million, he could be one of the biggest point earners this season. Just make sure your active and ready to throw him on the subs bench just-in-case.
Gylfi Sigurdsson - Everton - 8M
Sigurdsson went a little under the radar last season whilst having arguably the best season of his career scoring 13 goals and assisting 6 collecting a fantastic 182 points. It is worth noting that with VAR this season, Everton are a team who realistically should win a lot of penalties and with Sigurdsson very likely to be on penalty duty, scores may well rise in the opening weeks of the season.
Ryan Fredericks - West Ham United - 4.5 Million
Now don’t worry we haven’t completely lost the plot and honestly, we’re not expecting you to keep Fredericks in your side for long but the Englishman established himself as a first choice right-back over the Summer. We also have taken a long look at the fixture list and if you look at West Ham, they play 8 of the bottom half in the first 12 fixtures, meaning that logically West Ham should have a fantastic start to the season. Just don’t put him in for the first game of the season, otherwise you’ll probably lose points on the right-back. Their two games against the top ten following Man City, Man United at home and Everton away.
Kurt Zouma - Chelsea - 5 Million
It is very likely that for the season ahead, Zouma will partner Andreas Christensen in the Chelsea defence, now under Frank Lampard we’re not expecting fireworks from Chelsea but they’ll still keep more clean sheets than your average team. What makes Zouma a must have is the fact that Zouma will provide 120+ points if kept fit and if he plays well for the small price of 5 million. Bargain!
Players that you should avoid at their price tag
Nathan Ake - Bournemouth - 5 Million
Don’t get us wrong, the Dutchman is an absolutely fantastic player on his day but in our opinion Bournemouth’s defensive line is arguably one of the weakest in the league which was demonstrated last year when they were the only non-relegated side to concede 70+ goals last season. After their first two games, they’ve got a tough run in and there’s no guarantee they keep clean sheets against Sheffield United and Aston Villa, especially when you consider they only kept clean sheets in 2 out of their 6 games against newly promoted sides last season. 5 million isn’t a lot of money but there’s better options in defence at that price tag.
Kyle Walker - Manchester City - 6 Million
With Manchester City bringing in Joao Cancelo from Juventus, the 19.2% of players that have Walker in their sides may end up very disappointed when Pep rotates the two, last season Sane was the victim to rotation and this year it will be Kyle Walker therefore it isn’t the wisest decision to risk 6 million on a defender who may not even be their first choice.
Kevin De Bruyne - Manchester City - 9.5 Million
On his day, the Belgian is without a doubt one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, however, the Belgian plays in a deeper role for City and his injury problems suggest that the 15% of players that have added the Belgian will very likely be changing him out a lot sooner than we think. If he can keep fit, the Belgian could easily rack up 200 points but we would recommend saving a decision like this for either September or October.
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