Deciding who should go into your fantasy football team is not as simple as merely picking the best players- but is much more about picking the best players for the best price.
The list below will show some of those players who we believe will simply be essential to your success this season and other players who will earn you more points than they should.
Different fantasy football operators include different competitions (even European) in their scoring so make sure you pick the players that are most likely to play the most matches across all the possible competitions over the season.
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1. Christian Benteke (Bargain Star)
The new Liverpool signing and current Belgium international should be the first player you choose. The reasons for this are clear: not only is Benteke a fabulous striker in his own right, but he will be available cheaper than he is really worth.
The reason for this is because most fantasy football providers would have valued Benteke while he was at Aston Villa, now he has moved to Liverpool with arguably much better players to assist him such as the likes of Philippe Coutinho. It is clear that he is a signing that could well prove to be worth more than the price you pay.
While it would be true to note that Liverpool already have some quality finishers such as Daniel Sturridge and newly signed Danny Ings we believe Benteke will play a star role for Liverpool next season- his £32.5million transfer fee certainly would seem to back up that opinion.
2. Eden Hazard (Simply the Best)
The Chelsea star is simply the best player in the Premier League right now. The 6th Highest goalscorer and assist creator last year was the beacon of consistent point-scorer that any fantasy football manager would look for during a long and uncertain season.
Indeed the Belgian international featured in every single match of last seasons Premier League and formed an integral part of Chelsea's victory. Hazard will not come cheaply however, but neither does success.
3. Wayne Rooney (Much Improved Squad)
The Current Manchester United and England captain is well worth your consideration. With only 12 goals in last season's Premier League the striker's value will be considerably less than in previous years but his success is set to be considerably higher all thanks to two great new signings in World/European/German champion Bastian Schweinsteiger and holding-midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.
Combined with the likes of Juan Mata and the departure of competition by the way of Robin Van Persie, Rooney is set for a star role in a star squad for a cheaper price.
4. Hector Bellerin (Cheap Star)
The young-Gunner came to prominence from nowhere in the second half of last season with some spectacular displays and a start in the thumping FA Cup Final victory over Aston Villa. Indeed even as Arsenal's veteran fullback Mathieu Debuchy returned to full fitness Arsene Wenger showed his preference for the twenty year-old Spaniard by keeping him in the starting XI.
Our preliminary searches across the major fantasy football providers have shown that Bellerin can be acquired very cheaply. Bellerin secured six clean sheets in twenty appearances last season however we believe that record will improve thanks to Arsenal's new Czech stopper bought in from last season's champions. On top of that, Bellerin scored two goals in his twenty appearances last season, not bad for a fullback.
5. Theo Walcott (Secret Striker)
It has come to our attention that many fantasy football providers are billing the England international as a midfielder, indeed that is where he has been most commonly played by Arsenal throughout his career. However since his return from injury late at the end of last season Theo has featured as a striker for the Gunners with spectacular success. A hat-trick in the last Premier League game of the season and a goal in Arsenal's FA Cup Final triumph over Aston Villa being the highlights. With his injury problems seemingly behind him and a full pre-season under his belt we expect Walcott to be gaining many more appearences up front and gaining you many more points by giving you one more extra striker than you are supposed to have.
6. Philippe Countinho
Just as Benteke will benefit from playing with Countinho, the Brazilian star will now benefit from having a number of top strikers to assist in this upcoming new season.
The star became one of the best play-makers in the league last season and we only expect his success to continue especially with the return to full fitness of England international Daniel Sturridge and fellow Englishman Danny Ings. Countinho's value will not have accounted for the arrival of the 2 new strikers so we think Countinho will be well worth his price for the success he will bring.
It is worth mentioning however that Countinho did have a long season and featured in the Copa America during the summer, meaning he will might take a little longer to get back to full match sharpness however we believe his comparatively low price will more than make up for that possibility.
7. Cesc Fabregas (Assist King)
With seven more assists than anyone else in the Premier League last season the Spaniard is a must for anyone with a team in a league which rewards assists highly. Fabregas is simply the assist master.
8. Saido Berahino (Cheap Success)
When you've spent most of your money on the top stars and need a cheap striker to fill up your team look no further than this West Bromwich Albion youngster.
After a thumbing season and finishing 6th in the top scorer table this is the sort of cheap grafter that will guarantee you a steady set of goals for a cheap price. Consistency guaranteed as this player featured in every single Premier League match for the Baggies last season.
9. Exercise Caution with the Tempting Alexis and Aguero
Undoubtedly two of the best players in the League (and most expensive in Fantasy Football) we advise to be wary of blindly utilising these expensive elites. Both had very demanding seasons which did not end until 4th July in the Copa America Final.
Both players will be late coming back to full fitness and we expect them to suffer at least a mild hangover from the competition that might affect their Premier League form for the initial months.
That's not to say these are not elite players, however it is definitely worth exercising caution before buying these two very expensive stars when there may be cheaper, sharper alternatives available.
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