Fantasy Football: Di Maria, Lamela & more – This weekend’s best picks

Fantasy Football: The Sport Review tips the best transfers to make ahead of this weekend's Premier League action

Harry Reardon
By Harry Reardon

Goalkeepers

Vito Mannone (£4.5m): Far be it from this column to pick on Burnley. After all, they have to start winning some time. But with one goal from four games in the Premier League, there would seem to be little doubt where their weaknesses lie. This Saturday, the Turf Moor outfit face Sunderland, for whom square-jawed stopper Vito Mannone has cultivated a mean old reputation. The Black Cats have a relatively kind run of fixtures until the end of November. Don’t underestimate the virtues of Vito.

Defenders

Kieran Trippier (£4.9m): There you are, see? No problems with Burnley at all. The Clarets have generally looked pretty tight so far, and right-back Trippier, who chipped in with two goals and no fewer than 14 assists in the Championship last season, has played every minute. His value has dropped a bit, too. Plenty of people will feel a bit silly later on in the season when they realise they don’t have Trippier in their teams. Don’t be one of them.

Angel Rangel (£5m): The Swans got their wings clipped (sorry) against Chelsea last week. But they have started well, with two clean sheets in four, and their fixture list until the end of October looks kind. You might not want Rangel in your team for when they face Everton, Arsenal and Manchester City back to back in November, but he should be worth a relatively cheap point or two in the meantime.

Midfielders

Erik Lamela (£8.0m): Ok, Spurs have Arsenal and Manchester City away in the next few games. But Lamela, last season’s invisible man, has hit the ground running this time round. He has two assists already – yes, they were against QPR, but they all count – and his team face West Brom this weekend. Bring him in now, before we’re halfway through the season and you realise that you should have done weeks ago.

Ángel di María (£9.7m): If for no other reason than *that* outside of the foot pass to Robin van Persie against QPR. Whatever it takes, get this man in your team.

Strikers

Danny Welbeck (£7.1m): If in the real world you don’t usually get strikers with the ability of Danny Welbeck for £16m, in Fantasy Football you don’t usually get them for £7.1m. It’s less than you’d pay for Rickie Lambert, anyway.

Romelu Lukaku (£9m): The big Belgian opened his account against his old club West Brom last week, and his team face Crystal Palace at home on Sunday. He has proved himself in the Premier League, and could bully the Eagles’ defence.

Captain’s pick

Di María looks all set to take the Premier League by storm. If you didn’t take this column’s advice last week and lump it all on Falcao, here’s your chance to make amends.

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