Fantasy Premier League 2013: Players Worth Adding After Strong Starts
With three games now in the books, trends are starting to emerge in Premier League fantasy play. Some players are clearly being favored by new managers, while others are struggling to find their role.
Some players have started out with a bang, while others are still trying to find their footing.
And some players remain excellent values despite being dominant early in the season. In this article, those are the players we'll be interested in uncovering.
The good times may not always last, but at their current prices, they'll be perfectly smart additions in the short term.
Note: All data taken from ESPN's Premier League fantasy.
Simon Mignolet, K, Liverpool
Right now, Mignolet is the keeper to own in Premier League fantasy. His 29 points are nine more than any other keeper, while his price tag of $6.8 makes him only the sixth-most expensive option at the position.
That's a pretty good bargain, if you ask me.
Yes, it's unlikely that Liverpool can continue to keep clean sheets. But with three in a row—including an impressive blanking of Manchester United—there's no reason to think Mignolet can't keep the good times rolling against Swansea City.
Daniel Agger, D, Liverpool
Speaking of Liverpool values, how about Agger on defense? Only one defender in the Premier League has more points than his 24—more on that guy later—while 13 players have a higher price than his $7.0.
Like Mignolet, he's only worth adding if you think Liverpool can keep the clean sheets coming this week, and Swansea City won't be the easiest club around to keep off the board. But for his value and production thus far, he's a logical addition.
Seamus Coleman, D, Everton
Don't look now, but Coleman has more points (27) than any other defender in fantasy. And with a market value of $6.2, he's cheaper than 28 defenders in the Premier League.
Not too shabby, eh?
Sure, his running mate on the other side of the pitch, Leighton Baines, is the guy you want to hold onto in the long run. But for the moment, Coleman is tearing it up for fantasy owners and doing so on the cheap.
David Silva, MF, Manchester City
Silva is one of two expensive players on this list, coming in at $7.9 this week. But hey, if you are going to spend a pretty penny, at least bring in someone consistent.
And that's exactly what Silva has been.
With plenty of new toys in Manchester City's lineup, Silva has scored 20 total points, with weeks of 10, six and four points, respectively. And that level of consistency should continue throughout the year.
Silva would have cost you less if you had added him to start the season, but you can bet on him being a steady source of points, even at a more expensive cost now.
Olivier Giroud, F, Arsenal and Daniel Sturridge, F, Liverpool
For fantasy owners, these two players couldn't be more alike. Both have started out more strongly than you'd expect, each scoring three goals in three games and totaling 21 points for fantasy owners.
Both are now being purchased like crazy.
And both are still fairly affordable given their output, with Giroud coming at a cost of $7.9 while Sturridge sits at $7.8.
Which striker are you more likely to add to your fantasy squad?
You can go in for both if you like, but if I had to choose I'd give Giroud the edge. The addition of Mesut Ozil to Arsenal's midfield should see his goal chances increase, while Sturridge doesn't have long until Luis Suarez returns.
Yes, I know that Brendan Rodgers said Suarez will play out wide upon his return, per Andy Hunter of The Guardian, but Suarez has a way of sucking the ball toward him like a black hole. Plus, if he gets on a tear like he did last year, Rodgers will return him to a more central role.
But unless Giroud suddenly forgets how to play the position, there isn't really a player at Arsenal that will take his role. In the long run, he's the safer option.
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