Telegraph fantasy football “ones to watch” – game week 4


Here’s the GW4 telegraph fantasy football “ones to watch”. This is a menu of players to pick from for your team with factors stating why.

Below each position if applicable is a “bubbling under” category for monitoring certain players before they are added to the “ones to watch” list. Remember these are telegraph fantasy football  players in would have in my team. At the bottom is a key if you want a bit more detail on the factors listed

So you can work out whats going from last week on Ive put the players moving out in strike through and italics for players being added.


Hart   £4.0m  – quality

Howard  £3.4m –  value fixtures

Begovic    £3.0m  –  budget

Jaaskelainen, J £3.0m budget

Comment – Hart still seems the best bet here despite the poor start.  with negative points for goals in telegraph fantasy football youve got to try for quality.


Zabaleta  £3.4m – value.

Currently has an injury and Maicon arrival plus Richards back in training possibly puts game time at risk.  Fixtures will start improving after a tricky spell soon but wouldnt add him to your team now

Rafael   £5.5m – value. attack  Great value but a game time risk

Distin   £3.2m – fixtures and value.  Seems to be holding his place

Reither  £3.0m – value fixtures

Jenkinson  £2.8m  – value. tough fixtures but better defence from arsenal. Difficult fixtures and will lose position when Sagna back but good until then

Gallas – £3.2m fixtures value.  Bit of a game time risk but great value and kaboul injured

Additions to 12w are:

Ridgewell – £3.1m fixtures.  attack.  value.  WBA are showing strong defence and with fixtures getting better Ridgeweel gives you clean sheet potential plus goals

Baines – £4.1m  quality.  attack.  If you’ve got some cash up our sleeve baines attacking prospects plus the “contribution” assist rules means that during evertons outstanding run of fixtures you could do worse that gamble on baines attacking plus clean sheet returns

Gibbs – £3.7m   – CS  – the improved arsenal defence is home to saints in GW4 and demands coverage although youve then got city away and Chelsea home to think about.  Gibbs is the best long term value bet here.

Again the negative points for goals conceded in telegraph fantasy football means that you do need a side capable of clean sheets.  Ive gone for top 6ish sides with good fixtures above

However if youre going for or need a budget option big Sams negative approach will hopefully bring clean sheets.  Demel at £2.6m is the most secure game time wise and  Reid at £2.9m, although more of a game time risk, offers better attacking potential 


Hazard   £4.3m – Quality. form.

Bale  £5.5 – Quality. fixtures.  Im holding on myself as Reading A QPR H and AVL H in the next 4 are just too enticing

Kagawa  £4.1m – Quality. value.  will need monitoring when Rooney back

Michu  £3.3m – value form.

Kacaniklic   £2.6m budget  fixtures

Richardson starting offers competition and too much game time risk.  

Pienaar   £3.6m – fixtures. form value

Fellaini  £3.8m form. fixtures. played in an advanced position again. Good underlying stats too.   Mirallas form only question over advanced role

Sigurdsson   £4.0m

Another early substitution.  Dempsey joining further confusing the issue.   I wouldnt panic sell just yet but I wouldnt be rushing out to buy him thats for sure

Nolan  £3.3m form.  fixtures.

Guthrie  £2.7m – budget best choice with Kacaniklic but more secure

Diaby  £2.8m – budget. form

Schneiderlin   £2.8m  – budget. secure with little return (goal last week?)

Carzola   £3.2m value.  saints at home the city away and Chelsea at home but outstanding value.

Morrison  £3.8m fixtures.  form.  a little expensive but the most advanced midfielder in a team with good fixtures and in good form

Bubbling under:

Puncheon £2.4m  budget.  An attacking threat for saints and mind boggling value. only question is Do Prado game time risk.  monitor as fixtures about to get better

Sterling £2.6m budget.  Can he hold his place with Cole and Assaidi coming back to fitness.

Gera  £2.6m budget.  not making the team at the moment but has attacking potential at a budget if he does.

Dempsey  £4.3m fixtures quality.  With a limited pre-season just need to see when he will make his debut.  outstanding value and a viable swap for bale when he starts

Adam   £3.7m  a little expensive but has the potential to monopolise set pieces and free kicks.  plenty of time to monitor as fixtures are a mile off becoming ok


Tevez   £6.4m  quality. form.

RVP   £7.0m   QUALITY no game time risk with Rooney injury

Adebayor  £5.6m fixtures.  value.  hopefully should start away to Reading in GW4

Jelavic  £5.8m – fixtures quality

Vaz Te  £3.4m  – budget.  fixtures

Lambert  £4.9m – a little expensive but better fixtures are on the way.  a threat from set pieces and with Pen duties hes another option if you dont want to spend big. 

Petric   £4.6m  form. fixtures.

The Berba transfer just puts some doubt especially a he was the sub for Berba At West Ham.  Again I wouldn’t rush out to transfer him with Fulhams fixtures but conversely I wouldnt put him in the team either 

Bubbling under:

Lukaku £3.5m  quality. value.  Watch him to see if he can get starts. He is some player. fixtures are good just needs a chance

Rodallega  £4.3m – fixtures.  value.  Has the potential if selected.  need to monitor as a sub only so far.
quality – an elite player for his position
value – a player at a value that is less than the returns I expect
fixtures – a player facing good fixtures over the next 6 games
budget – filler at the minimum price the position allows. Should play
sleeping giant – a player with past form who may have had a quiet season last year but has the potential for far greater returns than his value
YC – card magnet
DGW – has 2 games in the specified game week
pre-season – has pre-season form
pens – should take penalties
short term – will only play for a few games
Form – current form
hope that stimulates some thought for your telegraph fantasy football team. Heres the link to the latest fantasy premier league fixtures article if you want to look at that again


4 thoughts on “Telegraph fantasy football “ones to watch” – game week 4”

  1. Thinking of dropping zabaleta, due to injury and new game time risk with maicon. Problem is he is only worth 3.4 million and I only have a further 0.2 million in the bank. Thinking of taking a punt possibly on west ham, west brom or fulham defender. Suggestions appreciated from those teams or alternatives. Cheers.

    Current team

    Rafael, vertonghen, zabaleta
    Michu, carzola, hazard, lampard
    Torres, tevez, rvp

    Would consider another change to free up funds.

    • Unfortunately, I think Ivanovic has the position fairly sown up so youre waiting for an injury at best especially with Luiz and Cahill to cover an injury at CB which could have forced Ivanovic over historically.

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