Another long international break has finally ended and Premier League Football is upon us once again! Many of you have used your wildcard over the break to reshuffle your squads after sputtering starts. While I think it’s a little early to use your wildcard, doing so may offer you the opportunity to get an early jump on your league opponents.
Don’t Forget Your Bench
I’ve seen a growing number of Fantasy managers out there betting big on prime-time players and filling their benches with £4 rated bench fodder to save money for starters. With the number of players performing at high levels right now, one can’t be blamed for such a mindset. However, September brings the Champions League back to play and many top teams will be rotating significantly to accommodate the increase in fixtures. October and November also bring cup fixtures to the forefront, which means more than a quarter of the league will be playing in 4 competitions at once.
Be sure to utilize at least one bench spot on a handy player who you can substitute in and expect better than the mere minimum point total.
Spurs Pose More Questions Than Answers
On paper, Spurs are extremely attractive for Fantasy managers. They score plenty of goals, concede very little, and players are usually locked in at their positions. Unfortunately, the 2017-18 season has started slowly for Tottenham and injuries, new signings, and the toughest Champions League group draw of the year has me questioning how to move forward.
Kieran Trippier, the presumed first choice replacement for Kyle Walker, has struggled significantly thus far, and the signing of PSG’s Serge Aurier signals an all but guaranteed end to consistent playing time for the Englishman. The Champions League group stage will also feature significant challenges for Tottenham, who have Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, and Cypriot titans Apoel to look forward to. Dele Alli is suspended for Tottenham’s first 3 Champions League matches, so he will likely be locked in for Premier League matches. However, other key performers like Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane, and Son Heung-min are all rotation risks.
Fàbregas Will Be Your Best Differential Pick
Last time I recommended Fàbregas, Chelsea conceded 3 goals and he was sent off. Still, my confidence is unwavering that Fàbregas will pay off in the long run. At just £6.9, Cesc offers incredible valuable for Fantasy managers who are willing to take a risk. Not to mention his ownership stands at just 5.2%, guaranteeing that you’ll be one of the few owners to profit as his points total climbs.
The return of Eden Hazard from injury and the hot start of new signing Alvaro Morata only gives me greater confidence that Fàbregas is the Fantasy midfielder of your dreams.