While the Premier League season begins this weekend, it also sees the return of Fantasy Football. If a goal goes in, the first questions are; who scored? or who got the assist? It always provides entertainment and here are a few players that I think could be high point’s scorers this year.
Vito Mannone - 4.5 million
Every season there is a cheap goalkeeper that tends to do very well and it looks like Mannone is the most likely to be that goalkeeper this season. The likes of Mark Schwarzer (when at Fulham), Jussi Jasskelainen (last season), Joe Hart and Ben Foster (while at Birmingham) are all proof of this over the last few seasons. Mannone has left Arsenal for Sunderland and as a first choice keeper he may earn a lot of points.
Matija Natasic - 5.5 million
Even though he is injured for the beginning of the season I think he could still prove to be a good player for fantasy football. Manchester City will still be likely to have a very good defence. They have had the best defence in the Premier League for the last two seasons. I think he will be a regular in the City defence on return and he is one of the cheaper defenders in the City squad.
Nacho Monreal - 5.5 million
The Arsenal left-back is also injured for the start of the league but I think he could get a lot of points when fit. A lot will depend on how Kieran Gibbs fairs in his absence. Should Gibbs play well, Monreal will find it hard to get back in but if he manages to get his place back I think he is a certainty for the fantasy side. He is a part of a good defence that will acquire points and he is also very good going forward.
Kolo Toure - 5.0 million
There is always a risk with Liverpool players as they so often fail to deliver but in terms of defence they are usually quite solid. They keep a lot of clean sheets so Liverpool defenders are worth putting in. At 5.0 million I think Kolo Toure could be a great player for fantasy. I think his move could be a great success overall and he is also good value for fantasy football.
Stewart Downing - 6.0 million
His move to West Ham could see him be a really high points scorer this season. He is a creative winger with an eye for goal which gives him a chance of getting many goals and assists. Playing under Sam Allardyce and with Andy Carroll, he will be part of a team that will put crosses into the box. He has thrived at smaller clubs before and could do so again.
Tom Huddlestone - 5.0 million
Like Downing, he has very recently moved clubs and regular first-team football could see him rack up the points. He is a very good player technically and this could lead to creativity and assists. He also has a very good shot from long range which could see him getting on the scoresheet from time to time. It will be interesting to see how he will do.
Peter Wittingham - 5.0 million
He has a slight resemblance of Charlie Adam when he arrived in the Premier League with Blackpool two seasons ago. In that season Adam was in almost everybody’s team and he was literally a points machine. Wittingham is a left footed central midfielder who takes a lot of set-pieces. Now that Craig Bellamy is there, he doesn’t take everything but he has been consistent in scoring and setting-up goals in the Championship but will he be able to do it in the Premiership?
Daniel Sturridge - 9.0 million
When given a run of games, Sturridge has scored goals wherever he has been. The fact that Luis Suarez is suspended for the first six games means Sturridge will be first choice and he could start the season very well. As said before, it’s very tough to trust Liverpool players in fantasy football but I think Sturridge will start the season well so he is worth putting in at the beginning.
Darren Bent - 6.5 million
If his move to Fulham goes through, I think Bent is a certainty for the team. When Bent has played regularly, he has scored goals regularly. At Charlton, Sunderland and Aston Villa, he has scored 20+ goals. At 6.5 million he is cheap and will be extremely good value, provided that he moves away from Villa Park.
Nicolas Anelka - 5.5 million
Anelka is another tough one to call in terms of consistency, form and attitude but on his day he can deliver. 5.5 million is very cheap but it could very much be a case of hit or miss. He may not even be first choice, he may find himself below Shane Long in the pecking order but at such a low price, he could well be worth sticking in.