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  • on 25.07.2011
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Fantasy Premier League 2011/12 Preview

It’s with great pleasure that we can confirm that the Official Fantasy Premier League is back up and running for the new 2011/2012 season!

We’ve cast our eye over the players at this early stage in the hope of picking out a handful of gems at bargain prices.

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We’ll be offering more Fantasy Premier League tips both before and during the season as it progresses, but here are just some of our early predictions for who will shine in the Fantasy Premier League rankings for this year…

Following Gael Clichy’s departure, Kieran Gibbs looks likely to hold down a regular spot in Arsenal’s defence. At 5.5, he looks a better option than John Djourou (6.0) and Laurent Koscielny (6.0), especially as he is likely to chip in with the odd assist from the left.

Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie look overpriced at 12.0 and it may be wise to look elsewhere. Wojciech Szczęsny is equally overpriced, jumping up from 4.5 to 6.0 now that he appears to have made the number 1 spot his own. As Cesc Fabregas on-off move to Barcelona appears to be still in the balance, it may be wise to opt for Jack Wilshire at 6.5 (compared to Abou Diaby at 7.5!) as Arsene Wenger will likely look to the young midfielder to fill the gap.
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Kieran Gibbs

Kieran Gibbs will have the opportunity to make the Arsenal left-back spot his own this time around and at 5.5 looks an absolute steal.

Shay Given starts the season at 5.0 and must be considered at that price, even if he is to be used on a rotation basis.

Since Ashley Young and Stuart Downing have left for pastures new, Villa have only one recognisable wide player in Marc Albrighton (until N’Zogbia joins at least!) and at 6.5 represents good value after some excellent performances last term. Darren Bent is almost guaranteed to score goals no matter what team he plays in and at 10.0 may prove the best value of the ‘luxury’ strikers this season.
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Steve Kean may/may not last the season and it is difficult to predict his starting lineup (does he even know himself?). With that in mind the only Blackburn player to stand out is big Christopher Samba, who at 5.5 is likely to pick up some star points in a poor Rovers side. Paul Robinson picked up 127 points last season and will be a popular backup goalkeeper among Fantasy Premier League managers at 5.0.
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After the loss of Bolton’s 2 top scorers from last season (Daniel Sturridge and Johan Elmander) it is difficult to see where Bolton’s goals will come from and at 6.5, Kevin Davies will struggle to emulate the tally of 132 points that he picked up last season. Of the rest Gary Cahill may represent value (particularly if he gets his move to a bigger club!) at 5.5, whilst Chung-Yong Lee (6.0) looks the best of the midfield.
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With Andre Villas-Boas now at the helm, it will be difficult to predict his starting XI and Fernando Torres (11.0), Didier Drogba (10.5) and Frank Lampard (12.0) look a risk at this stage. It may be better to look towards David Luiz (6.5) and possibly John Obi Mikel who will surely get some game time in the absence of Michael Essien. Petr Cech may seem expensive at 7.0 but racked up 158 points last season and will surely go close to that again.
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Phil Jagielka appears to be on the verge of joining Arsenal and the 5.5 looks an absolute steal if that move was to come off. After some strong performance last term, Seamus Coleman’s price has rocketed to 7.0 and that price seems very difficult to justify. Leighton Baines (along with Nemanja Vidic) is the highest priced defender this season at 8.0. That said, if he was to emulate his tally of 178 points he would still represent value at the price.
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Brede Hangeland scored 6 goals last season and if he was to replicate that the 6.5 price-tag would be good value. For those of you shrewd enough to pick out Clint Dempsey at 7.0 last season… the bad news is that he has now been ridiculously over-priced at 8.5. Alternatively Danny Murphy should be nailed on for penalties and 6.0 looks like a steal.
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Danny Murphy

Danny Murphy looks a great bet at 6.0 and should rack up a few goals & assists from set-pieces

Anfield’s new boys all seem expensive on paper, especially given the sheer amount of midfielders on their books now. It will be hard to justify the prices placed on Jordan Henderson (6.5), Stuart Downing (8.5) and Charlie Adam (9.0). Luis Suarez has impressed in the Copa America and looks a bargain at 9.5 if compared to Andy Carroll at 10.0. Steven Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt look equally expensive whilst at the other end of the spectrum, Martin Kelly will be looking to follow up on an impressive first season and at 5.5 looks worth a punt if Dalglish fails to bring in another full-back.
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Vincent Kompany has finally been reclassified as a defender this year, and at just 6.0 comes in cheaper than both Jolean Lescott and Aleksander Kolorov who will set you back an additional 0.5 each. Yaya Toure had a great season last year and at 8.0 will be the first player in many Fantasy Football Managers’ thoughts. Should Carlos Tevez (12.0) get his move away from Eastlands, Edin Dzeko might come good at 8.5 given a decent run in the team.
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Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure racked up 146 points last season and will be looking to better that this term.

David de Gea starts his Fantasy Premier League career at 6.5 (less than both Hart and Cech, equal Reina). It may be wise to keep an eye on Rio Ferdinand; whilst deemed a big risk, if he was to overcome his back problems the 6.5 price tag will look a steal. All the strikers look expensive; Wayne Rooney at 12.0, Javier Hernandez 10.0 and Dimitar Berbatov 9.5. That said Hernandez is the same price as Darren Bent and will make a worthy alternative should Bent struggle at any point.

Probably the pick of the Old Trafford bunch must be Rafael (5.5) who following the retirement of Gary Neville and John O’Shea’s move to the Stadium of Light will be looking to cement his place as Sir Alex Ferguson’s first choice right back.
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Jose Enrique starts at just 5.0 – a bargain price should his move to Liverpool or Arsenal come off. Joey Barton (131 points last season) will have the pick of set-pieces and at 6.0 may well chip in with a few goals and assists as the season progresses. Cheik Tiote picked up 66 points last season and although by no means a first choice player, may well fill in a few gaps at just 4.5. New signing Johan Cabaye is 6.0 but is unproven and somewhat of a risk.
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New boys Norwich will be looking at Wes Hoolahan to be their creative force and may be worth a gamble at 5.5. Alternatively Grant Holt is also available for the same price and as main penalty taker may chip in with a few goals.
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Adel Taarabt is the star of the QPR side but at 6.5 and with Paris St-Germain chasing his signature, it is difficult to justify his inlcusion. Jay Bothroyd has just arrived at Loftus Road and may well be given the penalties if Taarabt was to move on, but is by no means cheap at 6.0.
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Robert Huth had an excellent season in 2010/11, racking up 138 Fantasy Premier League points and making him Stoke’s highest point scorer. He is 6.0 this time around and is always likely to chip in with a few goals – a great trait for a defender to have. Matthew Etherington also looks worth a gamble (no pun intended!) at 6.5.
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After Steve Bruce has already brought in almost a dozen players during the closes season it is difficult to predict his starting XI. Of those John O’Shea looks the best bet at 5.0, whilst Connor Wick ham will have a lot to prove in his first top flight season at what looks an expensive 6.0. Sunderland relied on Asamoah Gyan for goals last term and despite his quality, many Fantasy Premier League managers will struggle to justify the 8.0 price-tag.
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On the face of it Swansea’s squad looks very light on the ground. Scott Sinclair is their most expensive player at 6.0. He is their ‘star’ and will take penalties and free-kicks but failed to establish himself when on laon at Wigan in 09/10. Danny Graham has joined the side from Watford, and it may be wise to take a gamble on the forward, possibly the best of the lower-end strikers.
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Harry Redknapp’s huge squad often makes it difficult to pick out any regular starters. After a great season last year, Rafael Van der Vaart sees his price jump up to 10.0, but that won’t put too many people off though, especially given his dominance on free-kicks and penalties. Gareth Bale looks a very reasonable 8.0 (as does Luka Modric, also 8.0) and will find himself in many Fantasy Football teams again in 2011/12.
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Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale had an excellent start to the 2010/11 season but struggled with injury during the run in. If he was to recereate his form then the 8.0 valuation would look a great price.

Peter Odemwingie scored 15 goals last season, racking up 171 points along the way. His price has jumped up to 7.5 this term, but if he was to be anywhere near as successful this time around would still represent good value. Chris Brunt typifies everything good about West Brom’s second half of the season and the work-horse looks a great price at 6.0.
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Charles N’Zogbia almost single-handedly kept Wigan up last season and should he finally get his move to Aston Villa or Everton, his 7.5 will represent great value. If he does move on, then Victor Moses will surely be asked to fill his big boots, and despite lacking the quality of the Frenchman, will surely get a regular spot at just 5.0.
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Jamie O’Hara and Michael Jarvis are both priced at 6.0 but it may be worth favouring the former given his quality on set-pieces. If Kevin Doyle has recovered from his injury properly and is fighting fit, then the 6.0 may also see him making up the 3rd striker slot in many Fantasy Football teams.

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle spent much of last season injured, but if he is fit and ready to go he could solve Wolves' scoring problems and looks decent value at 6.0.

So there you have it. Thats our pre-season Fantasy Football preview for 2011/12. Have you got the footballing knowledge (or luck!) to come out on top?

Don’t forget to join our Big Betting Blog League by visiting the Fantasy Premier League site using code 27834-11831.

Here’s a run-down of which players you should be including, avoiding like the plague plus a few bargain players thrown in for good measure; always handy when looking to plug a gap with a gem at a very cheap price.

Must Haves

  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Marc Albrighton
  • Chung-Yong Lee
  • Vincent Kompany
  • David de Gea
  • Yaya Toure
  • Rafael
  • Peter Odemwingie
  • Danny Murphy


  • Abou Diaby
  • Frank Lampard
  • Fernando Torres
  • Seamus Coleman
  • Clint Dempsey
  • Dirk Kuyt
  • Andy Carroll
  • Dimiatar Berbatov
  • Rafael Van der Vaart
  • Wojciech Szczęsny
  • Robin Van Persie

Potential Bargains

  • Christopher Samba
  • Phil Jagielka
  • Cheik Tiote
  • Shay Given
  • John O’Shea
  • Kevin Doyle
  • Danny Graham
  • Jamie O’Hara

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