Next up under the microscope is Aston Villa, and let me just say, after looking at their list I’m not too hopeful on a good season for them. With Benteke still struggling with injury, a spot at striker opens up for the right candidate. Will this make them fantasy relevant? Well- if Villa can bang in the goals, why not?!
Alright, let’s start down back. Between the sticks, Guzan is absolutely nailed on as the Villains first choice shot stopper. At just 4.5 you get a nailed on starter, albeit with a shaky chance of Clean Sheets.
Bacuna is a reverse out of position player, meaning he’s named as a midfielder but plays down back. No clean sheet bonus for him. Vlaar is their captain courageous, and at 4.5 he’s cheap. Real cheap. I’d be strongly considering him as a budget option down back. The other CB spot could go to one of Clark, Okore or Baker. What does this mean? Pick none of them until we can be certain which one has a spot nailed down. At LB Luna is ok, but just ok.
This is where it gets a little bit more interesting. Westwood and Delph look set to continue their bro-mance in the middle of the park, with Karim El Ahmadi playing only when they need to balance their midfield with a sturdy DM. Joe Cole is also a pretty tasty prospect if he can get games. The former Chelsea POTY comes at a very affordable 5.5, and should he receive the game time he should, he’ll be sniffing around sticks.
New transfer Kieran Richardson comes in from Fulham, after leaving Sunderland after leaving Manchester United. Yep. Journeyman anybody? The problem with Richardson is that he plays predominantly down the left flank, which is Agbonlahor‘s territory. I’d not go near him.
The right flank is also a role that European 2013 import Tonev could take, but he’s definitely a wait and see prospect.
This is where we get slightly more interesting. Benteke is injured for the start of the year, and will not be match fit until a few months in from all reports. That leaves a Big Belgian sized hole up top- which will probably be filled by impressive youngster Kozak or unimpressive veteran Darren Bent. Again… wait and see. Weimann is cheap, but is more of a burst player that will have a month of solid returns before reducing to nothingness.
Consider: Vlaar, Guzan
Wait & See: Tonev, Weimann, Kozak, Cole
Up tomorrow: Chelsea.