As the international break draws to an end it’s time to get your mind back into all things Fantasy.
I am from www.fantasyfootballassistance.com, a website where a group of experts give advice on the popular game of premier league fantasy football. Throughout this article I will be providing a few of our expert’s tips for whom you should consider selecting for your fantasy league team for gameweek four.
Gameweek 3 was similar to the previous two gameweeks in terms of drama, goals, and a predictable Chelsea win, even if they did fall four goals short of normal. But with the international break this week, those who have suffered in gameweek 3 will have another week of brooding before having a chance to put it right in gameweek 4. So who should you choose for gameweek 4?
Dimitar Berbatov hasn’t been a favourite with fantasy managers during the last two years, mainly due to his inconsistency. This year, however, he seems to be on a mission to become Wayne Rooney’s regular strike partner, with new inclusion Javier Hernandez having possibly motivated him to increase his output. With 2 goals and an assist in United’s opening 3 games, Berbatov is now being included in managers sides; we believe rightly so. Valued at only 8.6m Berbatov provides United coverage at a reasonable price, which, considering the constant rotation of the midfield can be hard to find. The risk with Berbatov is that he himself will be rotated, particularly with Rooney seeming to find form again. Having played 253 minutes of the first 3 games though, it does seem Berbatov is a favourite with Sir Alex this season, and is this obviously decreases the risk of rotation. With a reasonable price tag, we believe Berbatov could provide United coverage, a possible price rise and a large points haul, and for this reason should be a part of your team.
Joey Barton is one of the most hated players in football due to his off the field brawls, and status as one of the worst role models of the 21st Century. In fantasy football, though, points aren’t rewarded for popularity, and for this reason Barton represents a realistic option for any team. In the first 3 matches Barton has gained 1 goal, 1 assist and has played the full 270 minutes. With this in mind, he has gained 12 points, and with Newcastle’s upcoming fixtures far from the hardest (no match against the ‘big four’ till gameweek 11, and Blackpool at home in week 4), he must be a good option for his miniscule price tag. If you’re looking for a budget midfielder, meaning you can then afford the more expensive players, Barton has to be one of the best options around, and certainly one we would recommend.
Abdoulaye Faye has been a favourite with Stoke fans and fantasy managers alike for the last two years. This year, however, many have initially avoided him due to Stoke’s hard early fixtures. With many of these fixtures out of the way though, Stoke now have a much easier run of games ahead, facing only one team from last season’s top half in the next 5 matches. Add to that Stoke’s solidity at home, and Faye looks like a real prospect. He is also the cheapest of the regular Stoke back four, and with the possibility of goals (he has scored 5 in the league in the last two seasons, as well as one this year), he has got to be an option for your team. We would also recommend replacing other cheap defenders who had easier fixtures in the first few games of the season with Faye. Zat Knight is one of these defenders, who scored well during the early matches against easier opposition, but with harder matches approaching should be replaced. At such a cheap price and part of such a solid defence, Faye is a definite option for your team.
You may also be wondering how all the action from transfer deadline day may affect your team. Alexander Hleb signed for Birmingham and could be a possible future signing for your team; however he is injured so you will have to wait on Hleb for a while. Harry Redknapp ended the deadline day in his traditional way; pulling a very, very late signing out of the hat in the form of Rafael Van Der Vaart. He could be a gamble option for your team as although he looked an exciting prospect in the past, he didn’t manage to secure much game time with his former club Real Madrid or with Holland in South Africa. Paul Konchesky’s reunion with former Fulham boss Roy Hodgson could also be great news for your team, his low price tag meaning that if he plays for Liverpool he will represent great value for money.
That’s all for now, but we will be back next week with a whole lot more advice for gameweek five. We wish you the best of luck for this gameweek and hope our advice has been of assistance to you.
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