With quality over all the premier league this season and the likes of Rooney and Aguero looking near must haves in our Sky Sports Fantasy Football team, finding value elsewhere is going to be essential. Here’s the first of a series of articles identifying value in a player (ie a potential bargain) after looking through all teams in the Sky Sports fantasy Football format. I’m doing them in the best fixture order in my article “fantasy premier league – analysing the opening 6 rounds of fixtures”. See at bottom of page.
Generally players will be value for the following reasons:
(1) Injuries to another player or a transfer of another player from the club has given them unexpected game time
(2) Sky Sports Fantasy Football believes they may not be first choice for their position
(3) They have transferred in from a lower ranked team.
With no reserves and limited transfers in the Sky Sports Fantasy Football format its vital that value is weighed up against the risk of the player not playing. Therefore, value players in your team should be thought about carefully and I wouldn’t start with 8 but a well chosen sprinkle may be necessary.
Rest assured we at fantasy football geek will be keeping an eye out in pre-season for their prospects. By the way for this article I will ignore out of position players as I will be doing a separate piece on these players. Out of position is a player who plays, say, as a forward but is classified as a midfielder in the Sky Sports Fantasy Football game.
A theme you will notice is that Sky Sports Fantasy Football seem to give a discount to new players. Evidence shows that this is not as necessary as it once was. New transfers to the premier league have adapted far better than years gone by. See my piece “fantasy premier league – new kids on the block are they the right stuff” at the bottom of the page
Here goes then. Remember it goes from best opening 6 fixtures to the worst.
Chico – defender (£5.0m)
Jonthan De Guzman – Midfielder (£4.7m)
Kevin Nolan – Midfielder (£4,9m)
Rafael Van der Vaart – Midfielder(£8.0m)
Eden Hazard – Midfielder (£7.7m)
Same theme here as VDV but the 15th most expensive midfielder seems a real bargain to me especially compared to Mata at £8.9m. Lets not forget this is the French league player of the season last year and returned 20 goals plus 16 assists in 35 starts for Lille. He will probably play in the advanced midfield position in 4-2-3-1 and crucially is classified as a midfielder in Sky Sports Fantasy Football and not a striker