Two very interesting Fantasy Prospects today, with summer-spenders QPR and new boys Reading showing us their summer signings.
QPR now is where things get hard to gauge. QPR’s First XI will be one of the hardest to put together, given the inclusions they’ve made so far. Inclusions such as Park Ji-sung (6.0), Fabio (4.5) on loan, Rob Green (4.5), Ryan Nelsen (4.0), Andy Johnson (5.0) and Samba Diakite (4.5).
Firstly, let me write off some players. Andy Johnson will be hard pressed to find a starting spot, given Djibril Cisse (6.5) and Bobby Zamora‘s (6.5) presence up front. Samba Diakiteis a holding midfielder, so i’ll politely tell him to jog on.
Ryan Nelsen may find himself in one of the centre backs, but with competition from Onuoha (4.5) and Ferdinand (4.5) for those positions, he doesn’t look that assured of a spot. His scoring potential is also not that high, think of it as picking up Zac Dawson as a defender. Pass.
Now is where things get interesting. Very tempting players here. Park was solid for Man United, but last year was more of a squad player. Playing as a central midfielder, he is experienced at the top level. If he can stay fit, he is assured of a starting spot (especially given Joey Barton’s initial suspension) and should score decently. If you’re after a 6.0 cheapie in your Mids, then don’t be afraid to select the Korean Maestro.
Rob Green strangely moved from newly promoted West Ham to QPR, and is the obvious choice to be the man between the sticks. He is far better than Cerny, and will play most games. Only problem is, QPR have a torrid run in which they meet Man City, Tottenham and Chelsea three weeks in a row. I’ll be looking to jump on him after GW 5, when his run starts to clear up.
Fabio poses the same problem as Green, who will start at left-back for QPR given Taiye Taiwo‘s return to Italy. If the early draw isn’t enough to put you off, get around him because a 4.5 defender who will play every game is a great option to have, even if it’s on your bench as cover.
And so we encounter the first of our promoted sides, Reading. These dudes are always bloody hard to get a read of as the team could so easily change given their new entry to the PL with newly acquired PL experienced players. Let’s have a look at the three I think have the biggest chance of making a splash!
Nicky Shorey (4.5) is a left-back they signed from West Brom. Having looked at Reading and noticing they don’t actually have a good starting left-back, you’d assume he’d be in for a lot of playing time. Is experienced and solid, but can Reading keep enough clean sheets to justify his selection? My gut tells me no. I’ll pass, although you could do a lot worse. The double gameweek initially means you can select him, then trade him out to Fabio after the first week. I doubt he’ll keep clean sheets v Stoke and Chelsea though.
Now we come to a man we should ALL be considering. Pavel Pogrebnyak. What’s that you didn’t quite catch his name? Well neither did I, I had to copy paste it. In all seriousness, the dude was awesome when he spent the last half of the year on loan at Fulham, scoring 6 times including a dazzling hat-trick. At 5.0 he’s a lock. The double gameweek for him at the start only increases his “lockness”. Should lead the line all year! He’d be the DT equivalent of starting with Jon Giles this year. You just have to do it.
In a great pickup by Reading, they also scooped up out of contract ex-toon Danny Guthrie. Guthrie couldn’t quite nail a starting role in Newcastle’s solid midfield last year, but at Reading his spot look like it’s his to lose. At 4.5, he’s a bargain, and if you currently have Leon Britton in your side at the same price, I’d look at a swap! I’m currently locking in one cheapie in my midfield in Noble, but if I wanted two, Guthrie would be my next bet.
Reading have also picked up youngster Chris Gunter from Nott. Forest. If you play FIFA you know the guy turns into a solid right-back, but as it is his first taste of the PL i’ll pass given his low JS.
Well that just about does it for another edition. Next edition we have new boys Southampton who, believe me, have made some tasty signings. Stoke is the other team I look at, with a potential OOP bargain! Stay tuned. Any questions, queries or for nude photos, hit me up on twitter