The time has come, one week to go until the Football season starts again. Football fans up and down the country are rejoicing with only the pre-season games to whet our appetites.

 

With this in mind, I thought I would take you through our Fantasy Team here at SportsHaze and give you some tips on what to look for when selecting your team.

 

Goalkeepers

Goalkeepers are vital to any success in Fantasy Football, pick the right man for the job and they have the potential to earn you lots of points.

 

Tip: Pick a goalkeeper from a team with a solid defence in front of him, and therefore more likely to keep a clean sheet.

 

The fantasy.premierleague website (the one I am basing this article on) requires that you pick two goalkeepers (one as a sub). For my main Goalkeeper I’ve gone for Simon Mignolet. The 24 year old impressed at Sunderland last year with a sloppy defence in front of him, and still racked up plenty of points. Following his move to Liverpool, I forecast him to tally even more with a slightly stronger defence in front of him.  At a price of (5.5) he is a mid-priced keeper and a goalkeeper of his calibre I see this as a bargain.

 

For the second choice keeper you don’t want to waste money, this keeper will most likely stay on the bench for the majority of the season, switching him in as a and when needed. I have gone for the cheapest bracket keepers in the game and have chosen Kelvin Davis of Southampton (4.0)

 

Defenders

Defenders are more important than you may think in fantasy football. Many people like to save money here as defenders aren’t seen as the players to earn the most points, however if you choose wisely you can bag a few defenders who like to get forward and have a good goal/assist record.

 

Baines – The most expensive defender in the game at (7.5) but worth every penny in my opinion. He takes Everton’s set pieces and has a good assist/goal scoring record.

 

Zabaleta – I forecast Man City to keep many clean sheets this season and so with this in mind, Zabaleta will pick up extra points in clean sheet bonus’s. In recent seasons he has been a consistent starter for Man City and that should still be the case under Manuel Pellegrini.

 

Koscielny – Consistent defender at a good price

 

Midfielders  

When choosing midfielders, bare in mind the players who take set pieces as they will pick up lots of extra points through assists/goals.

 

De Guzman – Racked up plenty of points last season and also takes the set pieces for Swansea. I tip him to link up well with the new signing of Bony and bag plenty of Assists.

 

Bellamy – Craig Bellamy is a proven goal scorer in the Premier League, he is also playing for the club he supports after helping them win promotion in to the Premier League. Expect him to give 110% in every game. (Did I also mention he is Cardiff’s set piece taker and a bargain at 5.5).

 

Coutinho – Phillipe Coutinho has impressed for Liverpool since joining from Inter Milan in January this year. His movement and understanding of the game is unbelievable. He has also scored three goals in pre-season and I think has a big season ahead of him.

 

Hazard – Eden Hazard will feature regularly under Jose Mourinho this season and after a successful season last year; Eden Hazard is a must for your team. Expect plenty of goals and assists. Gameweek 1 sees Chelsea play 2 games so I’ve made him captain for maximum points.

 

 

Forwards

Van Persie – The most expensive player on the game, but forwards have the ability to gain you the most points. I think he is a must for any team and is worth the expensive price tag. The Premier League’s top scorer last season can rack up many more goals again this time round.

 

Benteke – Another one of the Premier Leagues top scorers last time round, expect Benteke to have another big season after having just signed a new deal with Aston Villa.

 

Anelka – Having returned to the Premier League for West Brom he has impressed pre-season after scoring a hatrick in the most recent game, he is an absolute steal at just (5.5) and a proven goal scorer in the Premier League

 

Subs

Garrido

Colback

Baker

 

 

 

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