Three weeks in now and fantasy managers around the world should be starting to get to grips with which players are set to shine this season.
In my previous article http://www.givemesport.com/366302-fantasy-football-top-player-picks?tg=332490 I gave you a list of less well known players to get an edge over your friends this season and right now I'm feeling pretty smug.
18 year-old left back Luke Shaw has impressed so far, but it's Everton Midfielder Ross Barkley that has been the pick of the players with a total of 270 minutes and a goal to his name.
Enough boasting because attention must now be turned to a big issue in terms of fantasy management, the loss of Gareth Bale and who can possibly replace the Madrid-bound Welshman in the world of fantasy football.
Well, Give Me Sport has once again got your back with this week's winger based Fantasy Picks!
Theo Walcott – Arsenal
Walcott's had nothing short of a stellar season last year, but sadly it went largely un-noticed. Last season the winger played a total of 43 games, managing to net an impressive 21 goals and 14 assists. Walcott's total also reads well when compared to Bale who scored 26 goals and 11 assists in 44 games last season. As of yet Walcott has failed to find the goal this season but with Arsenal's campaign only 3 games old there will surely be more to come from the 24 year-old England international.
Eden Hazard – Chelsea
The young Belgium attacker won't be a particularly far out pick considering that he has been included in almost a quarter of all teams (according to - www.fantasypremierleague.com), but there is a reason for his outstanding popularity. The 22 year-old had a fantastic season at Stamford bridge last year and was short-listed alongside Gareth Bale in both the Player and Young Player of the Year awards for 2012/2013. His direct style looked good in terms of both play and in statistics with 13 goals and 22 assists in 64 games last season. He might come costly but Hazard has already started brightly and if his performance against Bayern Munich in the European Super Cup last weekend is anything to go on, he may well be worth every penny.
The 21-year-old signed for Tottenham last week in a staggering £30million pound deal but the young Argentinian has all the attributes to take the Premier League by storm. Despite his young age the winger has already made nearly 100 career appearances for his club and scored an impressive 23 goals. On top of this, Lamela has also made 3 appearances for his country in a position that is dominated by names such as Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Ezequial Lavezzi. Talented and enthusiastic for success, the young winger has the ability to rack up the goals and even add a few assists with the support of classy Spanish striker Roberto Soldado. Admittedly, Lamela does have a small matter of filling 85 million pounds worth of boot, but no doubt he will be one to watch this season and beyond.
The ex-Valencia winger has started this season with bang and with 3 games under his belt, as well as a goal and an assist, the Spaniard is certainly one to watch out for in the fantasy market. The Swansea player will no doubt be pleased with his start after suffering a tough first season at the Liberty stadium. The winger only managed 3 goals in 30 games last year but promised more in an interview last year saying: “Sometimes I play well and sometimes I play bad, but I always give 100 per cent. But I think I can play well next season”. Although it's unlikely Hernandez will reach the heights that Bale reached last season he will no doubt provide a decent point total and, at what should be a fairly reasonable price.
Hatem Ben Arfa
I'll make no bones about it, I'm quite a fan of Hatem Ben Arfa. Personally, I like his direct style of play and on a footballing level that is always a huge bonus. On a fantasy manager level he too won't be reaching the heights of Gareth Bale but he is definitely a useful player to have in any fantasy team. Newcastle have some great attacking options and providing he stays injury free the French winger will no doubt play a major role in that. Last season's injury hit campaign saw him make just 22 appearances in all competitions scoring only 4 goals and 3 assists. However it has been a promising start for the winger who has played in all 3 of Newcastle's opening games and has already put a notch on his goal scoring tally in their 1-0 win over Fulham on Saturday.
Good luck to all your fantasy teams this week and look out for fantasy picks in the coming fortnight as we take a look at the players who have broken the mold so far this season.
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