Fantasy Football: Fellaini, Ozil & more – This weekend’s best picks
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David Stockdale (£4m): With Maarten Stekelenburg still out injured, Fulham’s second-choice goalkeeper David Stockdale should feature against West Bromwich Albion. The Cottagers will come up against a misfiring Baggies side that failed to secure Romelu Lukaku on loan. Fulham have a good home record and Stockdale is worth including for those potential clean sheets bonus points.
Rio Ferdinand (£5.5m) The Manchester United defender is a steal at this price. David Moyes is certain to pick the experienced centre-half for their clash against newly-promoted Crystal Palace. It’s difficult to see the Eagles causing the reigning champions any problems. Ferdinand is well worth bringing into your back four.
Michael Dawson (£5m): Michael Dawson is a guaranteed starter under Andre Villas-Boas, and his price is a bargain. Spurs have already kept two clean sheets in the Premier League this season. The Tottenham captain will be tasked with keeping Norwich City’s Ricky van Wolfswinkel quiet on Saturday. A good addition to add some steel to your defence.
Antonio Luna (£4.5m): Perhaps a relative unknown for most Premier League fans, Antonio Luna has already amassed seven points this season in a difficult opening three games. The left-back has become a firm favourite of Paul Lambert since arriving in June. At £4.5m, it’s difficult to go wrong here, especially as Villa face an out-of-sorts Newcastle United at home.
Mesut Ozil (£10m) Almost certain to walk into the Arsenal starting line-up if fit. It would be folly not to make him an automatic in your fantasy side. The German’s stats from his time at Real Madrid speaks volumes; nine goals and eight assists in 23 La Liga starts last term. He’s a luxury purchase but worth the transfer fee.
Marouane Fellaini (£8.5): For those not willing to fork out £10m on Ozil, Marouane Fellaini is a cheaper option. The Belgian is another deadline day buy but should start against Palace on Saturday. The United signing scored 11 goals last season. He will be a presence from set-pieces too.
Robbie Brady (£5.1m): Not willing to pay the big bucks? Well, Robbie Brady is your man. Steve Bruce will be desperate to follow up a 1-0 win against Norwich by beating fellow newcomers Cardiff City at the KC Stadium. Brady has already picked up 15 points this season and is in good form. The Irishman will also be taking Hull’s penalties should any spot-kicks be awarded.
Roberto Soldado (£9.7m) The Tottenham man is something of a first-team regular with this columnist. While the Spaniard couldn’t beat a dogged Arsenal rearguard, the 28-year-old should have more joy against a leaky Norwich side. Roberto Soldado has already scored twice in the Premier League, amassing 18 points. A must-have.
Danny Welbeck (£7.7m) Danny Welbeck missed England’s trip to Ukraine through suspension. That won’t concern Moyes – or Fantasy Football fans – as the striker will be raring to go following his brace against Moldova. Welbeck has already scored two Premier League goals, and the 22-year-old will view the Palace clash as a chance to score more goals.
Alvaro Negredo (£9.3m) The Spaniard warrants a starting spot against Stoke City after coming off the bench and scoring goals against Cardiff and Hull City. Dzeko should drop out and the former Sevilla man will have the chance to add to the 14 points already accumulated this term.
Dimitar Berbatov (£7.4m) Fulham’s talisman is yet to get going this season despite his consolation goal against Arsenal in gameweek two. So, the Bulgarian will view West Brom’s visit as a chance to rediscover that goal-scoring touch. The Cottagers forward is a good alternative to the more expensive options.
The obvious picks are Red Devils players. Moyes will be desperate to see the defending champions shake off the cobwebs from a goalless draw with Chelsea and a 1-0 loss to Liverpool ahead of next weekend’s Manchester derby. So, look to make Welbeck or Robin van Persie as your captain. Otherwise, Tottenham’s Soldado or Aston Villa’s prolific Christian Benteke make good alternatives.