Hey guys Matt here to bring you some team previews, letting you know about all the fantasy relevant players and maybe some that have flown under the radar. I will also look at possible new inclusions and formations and what affect this will have on the team. Today I will start with the all important, Manchester United.
After losing the title in the last 2 minutes of the season last year, you can be sure Man United will be back for revenge this season. Apart from a GW1 trip to Everton, they have a very kind run of fixtures to begin their campaign with Fulham (H), Southampton (A) and Wigan (H) to come. This will give us a good insight as to which of their players are set to dominate the season. For now I can only base by reviews on stats. We have seen United role out a 4-2-3-1 formation during the pre-season, how effective this will be is yet unknown although it should help the likes of Rooney and Kagawa. The prospects of the wingers is hard to gauge at this stage, but we know their defence should be as solid as ever. Here are the most relevant fantasy players to look at:
De Gea (6.0) will be their first choice keeper for most of the season and if he can build on his 134 points last season he could be a good pick. Better options for me though. Evra (7.0) is a player a lot have talked about but I’m not convinced. At the age of 32 he is in the twilight stage of his career, and with Fergie in search of a new LB he is not guaranteed a starting spot for the whole season so a miss in my opinion. Jones (6.0) is a defender that has not received much attention. Scoring 108 points last year from 2125 minutes he will be hoping to build on that this season. I for one believe he can, especially with injury clouds surrounding Vidic, Evans and Smalling the centre back position looks vacant for the start of the season. Taking into account his flexibility to play right back or central midfield and suddenly his job security seems much more assured. In his second season for united expect him to play a bigger role, possibly taking the right back role from Rafael (5.5), who is another to look for if he can gain a consistent starting position, not likely though.
The midfield is just as uncertain. Nani (9.0) and Valencia (9.0) provide us with the most well known options. Expect Valencia to have a big season this time around as he cements his right wing spot following his massive end to the season last year, he will be very good. Nani’s reliability is less certain as his starting role is questionable, proving in seasons past that he is most successful down the right wing. With Valencia pushing him over to the left and Young (8.5) fighting for a starting spot he is a risky option. Of those two I prefer Valencia. The other midfield option is Kagawa (8.5). Having talked about his prospects already in my most popular midfielders article (If you haven’t seen it check it out) I will just say this, he seems like a brilliant option. Valencia may be a safer pick but at the cheaper price and seemingly dominating pre-season he should definitely be considered.
There is only one real fantasy option in their forward line, and that is none other than Wayne Rooney. Priced at 12.0 visit Adzman’s article on Rooney vs Aguero for more, but be sure Wayne will dominate again this season with pen and free kick duties in the locker on top of his natural instinct for goal. Will be massive.
So that about rounds up the fantasy prospects from United. Jones is definitely one to watch as a POD while their midfield remains relatively uncertain. Kagawa is one to keep an eye on while Rooney dominates upfront. Keep an eye out for more articles to come later today, otherwise feel free to leave your opinion in the comments below or give me a tweet @MattCraigDT. Cheers.