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Following a frantic last few hours of the summer transfer window, most of the new acquisitions have been quickly added to the Fantasy games earlier this afternoon. We take a look at some of the new names making their way into the Premier League and assess their potential impact.

Mesut Özil
Coming in at 10.0 in Fantasy Premier League (FPL), Arsenal’s new signing is the joint-costliest midfielder in the game alongside Chelsea’s Juan Mata and has already earned 20,000+ new owners over the last few hours. With Santi Cazorla at 9.9 and Theo Walcott 9.5, the Gunners have a trio of premium priced midfielders vying for our consideration ahead of a kind upcoming schedule (sun, STO, swa, wba, NOR, cpl) which looks potentially prosperous for the in-form Gunners. Özil’s role in “the hole” and outstanding creativity looks set to boost his team-mates’ chances of picking up further points and with Olivier Giroud facing little competition for the lone forward berth, he arguably looks the best value of any Arsenal asset right now at 8.7 in FPL.

Özil comes in at 8.8 in the Sky Sports game and 5.5 in the Sun Dream Team; plenty of passing bonus can be expected for the former, while he’ll surely pick up his fair share of Man of the Match awards. The German international should also benefit from the Star Man award and receive plenty of 7+ marks for his showing in the Sun game, though with no assists awards here, his appeal is a little less enticing.

Willian
Handed a price of 8.5 in FPL, the Brazilian is cheaper than Mata, Eden Hazard (9.3) and Oscar (8.6), than will set you back more than Frank Lampard (8.1) as a route into Jose Mourinho’s midfield. As we’ve quickly ascertained, however, Chelsea look set to be a Fantasy nightmare this season for managers, with the multitude of options available to the Blues boss ensuring rest and rotation is the only real certainty over the season ahead.

With Kevin De Bruyne and Andre Schurrle also earning game time over the first trio of fixtures, Mourinho is clearly keen to keep all his attacking midfielders happy ahead of next year’s World Cup, making Willian –for all his undoubted talents – simply too risky an option for Fantasy managers to consider. Fantasy managers can pick up the former Anzhi playmaker for 7.4 in the Sky Sports game and 4.0 in the Sun Dream Team, but run the risk of disappointment from one Gameweek to the next.

Samuel Eto’o
Mourinho’s selection policy is likely to apply to the Cameroon international. Having picked Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Schurrle as the lone striker against Hull, Villa and United respectively, the Chelsea manager has made his intentions crystal clear. Priced at 9.0 in FPL, Eto’o’s previous time spent under the Portuguese boss at Inter may persuade some he’s more likely to earn starts but judging by what we know so far, splashing that sum of money would seem folly when the likes of Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge, Giroud and Roberto Soldado are all available in the same price bracket with a guarantee of starts. At 9.0 in the Sky Sports game and 5.0 in the Sun Dream Team, Eto’o’s reputation has ensured he is one of the priciest forward options around.

Mamadou Sakho
Described by Brendan Rodgers as “a marquee signing”, Liverpool’s new £15m defender has hardly arrived to take on the role of bench-warmer. Sakho seems odds-on favourite to get the nod ahead of Kolo Toure as the preferred central defensive partner of Daniel Agger, with Martin Skrtel forced further down the pecking order.

Handed a price tag of 5.5 in FPL, he’s sprung onto Fantasy radars immediately – with the rest of Rodgers’ first-choice defenders all listed in the 6.0 bracket, Sakho offers a relatively budget-friendly route into a backline that has produced a clean sheet in each of their three league fixtures so far. The centre-half should also benefit from the new Bonus Points System and with a schedule which pits the Merseysiders against only two of last term’s top 6 in the next 10 Gameweeks, he could be quick out the blocks. Priced at 6.6 in the Sky Sports game and 3.5 in the Sun Dream Team, the Frenchman has the chance to make himself a favourite right across the Fantasy games.

Christian Eriksen
Tottenham’s new Danish playmaker has been handed an 8.0 price tag in FPL following his arrival from Ajax last Friday afternoon. While this is cheaper than team-mate Erik Lamela (9.0), Andre Villas-Boas’ recent tactics may be a little concerning – the Spurs boss has rolled out a 4-3-3 in recent games but is expected to return to 4-2-3-1 in order to accommodate Eriksen in “the hole” behind Roberto Soldado, with the north London outfit looking devoid of creativity in the last couple of fixtures.

Certainly, the price looks enticing given the new boy’s talents, and with Lamela situated wide right, Eriksen looks set to be the chief playmaker at the Lane this term. The only downside is the Argentine looks assured of game time regardless of formation, whereas Eriksen is far more suited to a 4-2-3-1 and could be sacrificed from time to time of Villas-Boas opts for a little more resilience in the centre of the park. Eriksen comes in at 7.0 in the Sky Sports game and 4.0 in the Sun Dream Team and is another whose talents will surely earn him Man of the Match awards and 7+ Star Man ratings aplenty.

Vlad Chiriches
Another new face at the Lane, the Romanian has been slapped with a 5.5 price tag by FPL. While Jan Vertonghen remains the premium option at 7.0 and Kyle Walker comes in at 6.0 for the north London side, Chiriches is costlier than fellow centre-halves Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul at 5.0 and 4.9 respectively. Dawson has started all three of the league games thus far but his security of starts may well be under threat here, both from the new boy and Kaboul, who continues to pick up in match sharpness after a long spell on the sidelines.

Villas-Boas has, occasionally, fielded Vertonghen at left-back and with Benoit Assou-Ekotto off on loan to QPR, he could trial this tactic on occasion. At present, though, it’s still uncertain who will get the nod as the Belgian’s preferred central defensive partner, ensuring Fantasy managers hold fire on any possible transfer in for Chiriches. Bearing in mind Spurs have shipped just one goal and have home games against Norwich, West Ham and Hull, in addition to trips to Cardiff and Villa in the next six, the former Steaua Bucharest man – priced at 6.3 in the Sky Sports game and 3.0 in the Sun Dream Team is certainly one to monitor if he can nail down a regular slot.

Martin Demichelis
City’s new defender comes in at 6.0 in FPL, making him the priciest available centre-half for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. With 6.4 priced Vincent Kompany sidelined due to a groin problem, Demichelis has been listed as costlier than both Matija Nastasic (5.5) and Joleon Lescott (5.6) and, having played under the Chilean twice before, certainly looks a decent short-term shout in terms of starts. Once Kompany is fully-fit, though, question marks must surely be raised over Demichelis’ ability to retain a regular role – Lescott owners will certainly be on edge over this transfer, with Nastasic believed to be above the former Everton man in the pecking order.

At present, Pablo Zabaleta looks the best route into City’s backline – not only in terms of attacking returns but his only competition, Micah Richards, is still sidelined with a hamstring problem. Demichelis – at 7.3 in the Sky Sports game and 4.0 in the Sun Dream Team – is far from cheap, though, and with the likes of Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool all offering better upcoming schedules for those shopping for a premium priced defender, his impact may well prove to be rather limited, providing Kompany returns within the four-to-six week timeframe.

Marko Arnautovic
Mark Hughes’ new Austrian acquisition will be keenly scouted by Fantasy managers looking for a possible out of position option. Mainly utilised as a right winger by former club Werder Bremen, Arnautovic has subsequently been classified as a midfielder across the Fantasy games but at six foot three inches tall, he offers the Potters a definite alternative to Peter Crouch and Kenwyne Jones up top.

Having grabbed five goals and eight assists in the Bundesliga last time out, the Stoke new boy is clearly capable of producing and is likely to be a pivotal figure as Hughes continues his rebuilding programme at the Britannia. Jon Walters has been fielded on the right of the Stoke midfield over the first three games but, should Hughes decide to keep the new boy on the flank, his starting berth could come under threat – something unheard of during Pulis’ tenure. Coming in at 5.5 in FPL, 4.9 in Sky Sports game and 2.0 in the Sun Dream Team, his budget-friendly appeal will take a real upturn if he can nail down the lone forward role for the Staffordshire outfit.

Morgan Amalfitano
West Brom’s new signing has been priced at a very respectable 5.0 by FPL following his arrival from Marseille. Bearing in mind his fellow Baggies midfielder such as Stephane Sessegnon (6.8), Scott Sinclair (6.0) and James Morrison (6.0) are all considerably more expensive, Amalfitano may well be an option for those eyeing up a cut-price midfielder.

Steve Clarke has been quick to praise the Frenchman and reckons he could play “in a number of attacking positions” – a role on the right of a front three may also be on the cards should the Baggies boss retain the 4-3-3 rolled out against Swansea last Sunday, though with Sessegnon set for a central role, Morrison owners will be hoping he doesn’t lose his place to the new arrival. Amalfitano comes in at 5.4 in the Sky Sports game but has yet to be added to the Sun Dream Team.

Adrian Mariappa
The Crystal Palace new boy will be hoping to stake a claim as a first-teamer after arriving from Reading last night. Versatile enough to feature at both centre-half and right-back, comes in at just 4.0 in FPL and may appeal to Fantasy managers looking for a cut-price option for their five-man defence. Joel Ward and Danny Gabbidon are similarly-priced for Ian Holloway’s side, though Mariappa’s extra mobility may see him threaten Gabbidon’s starting berth at the heart of the Eagles’ back-four. Mariappa is listed at 4.0 in the Sky Sports game but hasn’t yet been added to the Sun Dream Team.

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  1. NGranv ile as theres no scoutcast care to reveal yours n Marks early trfs?

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
  2. anyone liking fulham defensively.....fixtures look decent??

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
  3. New Article Posted
  4. Everton have sold Marouane "10 great games a season" Fellaini and Victor "10 goals a season in his dreams" Anichebe for a total of £33.5m.

    Laughing.

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
  5. I think Mark & Co should set up a YouTube channel.

    Perhaps do the scoutcast on that :)

    I could be the topless hunky waiter

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
    1. Where can I subscribe? :D

      • 12 months, 1 day ago
    • 12 months, 1 day ago
  6. Team at the moment:
    Mignolet / Lewis
    Ivanovic / Touré / Collins / Shaw / Chester
    Walcott / Silva / Nolan / Whittingham / Williams
    Dzeko / Soldado / Benteke

    1 FT, £5.0m in the bank.

    How would you shave off 1.4m from this this team.
    Need that amount to fund Dzeko --- >RVP.

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
    1. Dont fancy Toure much given the competition and Liverpools new centre back.

      • 12 months, 1 day ago
    2. Downgrade Nolan to Noble.

      • 12 months, 15 hours ago
    3. Hmm this is tough. I'd go Soldado > RVP and Dzeko > Lambert. Don't want to make your midfield/defence too weak.

      • 12 months, 7 hours ago
  7. There is a lot of love for Sturridge but Suarez is back in two weeks and I can't quite work out what that means for Sturridge. Can't see Suarez nit bei g the lead forward personally.

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
    1. Suarez will play in the hole with Coutinho on one wing and Sturridge up front. The other wing will be a battle between Moses and Aspas. I would expect Henderson to get some games off the bench in the middle of the park.

      • 12 months, 15 hours ago
  8. Quick Doubt
    need (2) Defenders for total $10: A,B, or C
    i have Zabaleta, JEnrique,Coleman...cheers

    A--$6 DEF Walker/Terry/Vidic/or Agger + $4 DEF (choice of: Gabidon, Chambers, Chester, Ward)

    B--$5.5 DEF Merts/Sakho/RFerdinand/Jagelka + $4.5 DEF (choice of: Collins, Mbiwa, Whitaker 4.2, Clark Avl, Hughes)

    C--TWO $5 DEF (choice of 2: Dawson,Colocini, Distin, Williams, BDavies, Hangeland, Olson)

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
    1. Metersaker and the newcastle guy both nailed on

      • 12 months, 1 day ago
    2. B ferd and whittaker

      • 12 months, 1 day ago
  9. Michu Rooney Soldado

    OR

    Mirallas Van Persie Lukaku

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
  10. ozil is un real

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
  11. I have an all English team. (170 points so far) Has anyone else tried this before?

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
    1. I think Roy Hodgson is trying it. Not very successfully though.

      • 12 months, 15 hours ago
  12. a) 4-3-3 or
    b) 3-4-3

    a)
    ___________Mignolet___________
    Zabaletta__Vidic__Collins__Ivanovic
    Lamela_____.Walcott_____Lampard
    Benteke_____Giroud_____Sturridge

    Subs: 4.0GK, Barkley, Coleman, Ward-Prowse

    b)
    ______________Boruc_______________
    Zabaletta______Sakho________Coleman
    Lamela___Walcott___Silva_____Lampard
    Benteke_______Giroud_______Sturridge

    Subs: 4.0GK, Ward-Prowse, Chambers, Chester

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
    1. both very good, based on what we've seen I would say a but how long will this lack of goals continue? i'd be tempted to go b

      • 12 months, 1 day ago
  13. Yaya toure to rise 0.2 more?

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
      • 12 months, 1 day ago
  14. van p and HBA

    OR

    rooney and michu

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
  15. Do we expect Taarabt to start Fulhams home matches?

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
    1. I think so. I would have though Bent will be used as a sub in home games whilst starting away from home (counter), freeing up a place in that attacking 4. Loads of people disagree though.

      • 12 months, 15 hours ago
  16. Vidic, Walker, or Enrique/Agger?

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
    1. vidic definitely

      • 12 months, 1 day ago
    2. tough one. im in similar doubt.Was thingking Walker + J Enrique

      • 12 months, 1 day ago
  17. what are people doing with Dzeko ? Keeps or get rid ?

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
    1. Gone for Giroud, I have lost patience this and can't wait till next week.

      • 12 months, 1 day ago
  18. Been working on an Ozil template for those on a WC... I think its pretty snazzy.

    G1 - Migs
    (G2) - Daniels

    D1 - Zab
    D2 - Ivanovic
    D3 - Sakho
    D4 - Collins
    (D5) Baker

    M1 - Ozil
    M2 - Lamela
    M3 - Silva
    (M4) - Barkley
    (M5) - Brady

    F1 - Benteke
    F2 - Giroud
    F3 - Studge

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
    1. I like this idea, I'm thinking the same
      You have a few options different from me
      Vidic and Ben Turner
      Lamela, Ward-Prose, Redmond

      But yours gives me new thoughts

      • 12 months, 1 day ago
    2. u think Sakho > mertz? both 5.5
      Lamela not sure if will b efficient.Eriksen was a prven scorer at ajax.Also phernandez w swa doing well 3 games.
      Ure betting Studge will come close to RVP? i have bentke + giroud n sacrificied the extra $ for rvp/

      • 12 months, 1 day ago
      1. Sakho will get more bonus points than Merte. I think Arsenal will continue I look a bit leaky. They have great fixtures though. I have both in my WC team.

        • 12 months, 15 hours ago
  19. Lambert v.s (Wham) (H) > Giroud v.s ( SUN) (A) for - 4

    Yay

    Nay

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
    1. I actually think Lambert is still a good pick. He has had almost as many shots as Giroud and is on free kicks and pens. If you haven't already caught the price rise I would stick for now.

      • 12 months, 15 hours ago
  20. do you guys think that its pointless to play campbell against hull if i have a hull defender? should i play barkley instead?

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
    1. Play both. You're more or less guarenteeing yourself 4 points.

      • 12 months, 15 hours ago
  21. Played my wildcard as I needed to sort out my under performing midfield, 2 assists in 3 weeks...

    Currently changed to

    Mig
    Zab Coleman Collins
    Nolan Hernandez Walcott Lamps
    RVP Lukaku Soldado

    Given (won't ever play) Chester, Whiitaker Jedinak

    As am doing pretty crap so far, should I try to get a few differentials in.
    So thinking so combo of...
    a) Mig > De Gea
    b) Soldado > Negrado
    c) Zab > K.Walker
    d) Walcott > Ozil

    Any thoughts?

    • 12 months, 1 day ago
  22. a)Zabaleta ,Mertesacker, Whitaker
    or
    b) Ivanovic, Mertesacker, Coleman
    need helppp

    • 12 months, 19 hours ago
    1. Try Zab, Mert n Collins for Gw4 the after you can get Coleman

      • 12 months, 14 hours ago
  23. Is Anyone else Trippling up with arsenal midfielders nd strikers?

    1. Giroud.. has been in impressive goal scoring form and looks confident and clinical with finishing

    2.Walcott playing almost as a second striker playing furtherest up the pitch when Giroud drops in and with him cutting in off the right a lot has been recieving plenty of ball and unlucky to not score a few himself..

    3. Ozil.. dont need to state why, his name speaks for itself..

    • 12 months, 14 hours ago
    1. I like the sound of that a lot.
      May even do Mirallas to Ozil for a 4 point hit.
      Haven't watched Everton play yet though.
      Anyone got any thought on Kevin?

      • 12 months, 11 hours ago

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  • Rooney
  • Aguero
  • Williams
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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 25 Aug, 2014 8:51am
Player Club Factors
No Change Krul NEW B, Vs, £
Up Forster SOT B, Vs
Up Courtois CHE B
Up Mannone SUN C, Vs, £
Down Speroni CPL C
Up Fabianski SWA B, Vs
Down De Gea MUN C, Vs
Up Mignolet LIV C, Vs
Down McGregor HUL B
Down Begovic STO C

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Last updated: 27 Aug, 2014 9:40pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Ivanovic CHE A
Up Clyne SOT B, Vs, £
Up Dummett NEW B, Vs, Rest, £
Up Van Aanholt SUN C, Vs, £
Up Taylor SWA B, Vs, £
Down Ward CPL C
Up Lovren LIV B, Vs
No Change Shawcross STO B, Vs
Down Jones MUN C, Vs
Down Caulker QPR C
Down Hutton AVL B, VsX
Up Vertonghen TOT B, VsX
Up Trippier BRN C, Vs, £

Midfielders

Last updated: 27 Aug, 2014 8:53pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Ramsey ARS A
No Change Fábregas CHE A
Up Sigurdsson SWA A, Vs
No Change Sterling LIV A, Vs
No Change Hazard CHE B
No Change Mata MUN B, Vs
Up Tadic SOT C, Vs
Down Eriksen TOT C
Up Larsson SUN B, Vs, £
Up Chadli TOT B, Rest, £
Up Cabella NEW B, Vs
Up Arnautovic STO C
Down Sánchez ARS C
No Change Ince HUL C, Vs, OoP
Up Ward-Prowse SOT B, Vs, £
Up Silva MCI B, VsX

Forwards

Last updated: 30 Aug, 2014 9:44pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Diego Costa CHE A
No Change Rooney MUN B, Vs
Up Sturridge LIV B, Vs
Up Jovetic MCI B
Up Aguero MCI B, Rest, Inj
Up Adebayor TOT B
Down Bony SWA C, Vs
Up Naismith EVE A, VsX, £
Up Fletcher SUN C, Vs, £
No Change Pellè SOT C, Vs
No Change Remy QPR C
Down Lukaku EVE C, VsX, Inj

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Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

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