Fantasy Premier League tips 2016/17: Top 15 players to consider in new season

first_imgIT’S BACK! After a long, hard, monotonous summer of going outside and socialising with friends, the Fantasy Premier League website has finally reopened for business ahead of the new season.While the FPL has been away, the regular Premier League clubs have been very busy, with almost 50 new players having already been signed up to play in the league next season.EVERY PREMIER LEAGUE TRANSFER HEREHere, talkSPORT has carefully selected 15 of the biggest/most interesting transfers so far and rated them, based on their value for money in your fantasy teams.Check out which new transfers you should and shouldn’t consider for your fantasy team next season by clicking the right arrow above… 15 8: Sadio Mane (Liverpool, £9.0m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Usually when a player moves from Southampton to Liverpool and their FPL value drastically increases, it doesn’t end well. However, there’s nothing to say Mane couldn’t be the exception to the rule, as Jurgen Klopp obviously believes in the Senegalese midfielder enough to invest £30m in him. 1: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United, £11.5m) – Click the arrow above, right, to see the next player – Zlatan Ibrahimovic is confident he can become a ‘God’ at Manchester United this season. If he’s going to cost £11.5m, he flipping well should be, too! Can the 34-year-old Swede cut it in the Premier League after four seasons in France? Time will tell, but initially he is quite a risk if you’re looking to put him in your team. 15 3: Victor Valdes (Middlesbrough, £4.5m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – This is definitely one to keep an eye on as Victor Valdes has not yet featured for Boro in either of their two pre-season friendlies so far. However, if he does become established in the side by the start of the season, Valdes could well be great value for money as a cheap rotation goalkeeper. 14: Victor Wanyama (Spurs, £5.0m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Similarly to N’Golo Kante, Victor Wanyama’s low Fantasy Premier League price is due to his regular position in defensive midfield. However, Wanyama has managed to pick up the odd goal in the past and so may be a better bet than Kante when it comes to getting Fantasy Premier League points. 15 9: Jordan Ibe (Bournemouth, £5.5m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Signed for a club record fee of £15m, 20-year-old Jordan Ibe will be looking to prove his worth on the south coast this season. Given he only costs £5.5m in fantasy league terms, Ibe could turn out to be a bargain if he hits the ground running at Bournemouth. 15 7: Steve Mandanda (Crystal Palace, £4.5m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Steve Mandanda kept nine clean sheets in 36 league games for Marseille last season, despite the side enduring a woeful campaign in which they finished 13th. Now he’s jumped from that sinking ship and rocked up at Palace… who finished 15th last season. However, at £4.5m he could still be a good value rotation keeper for you, similar to Victor Valdes. 13: Nolito (Manchester City, £9.0m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Nolito netted 12 league goals for Celta Vigo last season as well as recording seven assists. But as we all know, success in Spain does not automatically constitute success in England and we’d all want at least some form of guarantee if we’re going to shell out £9m for any midfielder. 15 2: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea, £9.0m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Nobody really knows yet how Chelsea’s new manager Antonio Conte will structure his side next season. If it’s with three at the back and two up top, Michy Batshuayi could turn out to be good value for money. But, if it’s the more likely four at the back and one up top formation, Diego Costa will surely be first choice. 5: Nathan Ake (Bournemouth, £4.5m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Nathan Ake was Watford’s Young Player of the Year after a decent last campaign with the Hornets, however they couldn’t re-sign him and so this bargain defender has ended up at Bournemouth. The risk with Ake is his clean sheet points will largely depend on the performances of the rest of the Cherries’ defence, although his price tag is so low he should probably still be considered. 15 15 15 15 12: Martin Stekelenburg (Everton, £5.0m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Although he will have to compete with Joel Robles, Dutch goalkeeper Martin Stekelenburg has just been signed by Everton’s new Dutch manager Ronald Koeman to replace outgoing number one Tim Howard. This is likely to mean he will start for the Toffees come the beginning of the season and could be good value for money given Everton already have a decent back four. 15 4: Granit Xhaka (Arsenal, £5.5m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Granit Xhaka recorded as many red cards as he did goals in the Bundesliga for Monchengladbach last season. This may explain why Arsenal’s new £35m man has just a £5.5m fantasy price tag. It seems unlikely the Swiss midfielder’s role will change to a more attacking one with the Gunners and so he really isn’t fantastic value for money in Fantasy Premier League terms. 11: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea, £5.0m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Last season N’Golo Kante was one of the best players in the Premier League, but in the Fantasy Premier League his numbers did not reflect this. Despite being incredibly cheap in an FPL sense – he actually cost Chelsea £30m – N’Golo Kante is still not great value for money for your fantasy team as he is not regularly among the goals or assists. 15 15 15 6: Ahmed Musa (Leicester, £7.5m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Ahmed Musa has likened himself to Jamie Vardy upon his arrival at champions Leicester, but will the Foxes’ record signing be able to oust their top goal scorer from his forward position? If not Musa can also play on the wing, but there are plenty of cheaper wingers around than this £7.5m newbie. 15 15 10: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United, £9.5m) – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Having racked up 11 goals and 15 assists for Dortmund in the Bundesliga last season, Henrikh Mkhitaryan seems to be a great signing by Jose Mourinho. If he can replicate that form in England, Mkhitaryan will be well worth his £9.5m price tag. However it is certainly a risk to sign him from the start, given the Armenian has never tasted English football before. 15: Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City, £5.5m) – Ilkay Gundogan recorded just two goals and three assists in his 30 appearances for Borussia Dortmund last season. Despite his injury woes, this is still a very poor record, but Man City have decided to fork out £21m for him so who knows how he’ll perform next year. Be careful when buying him though as he is currently listed as injured!last_img

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