Fantasy Premier League Tips 2013: Deadline-Day Buys to Sign for Your Team

Christopher AtkinsContributor ISeptember 9, 2013

GRANADA, SPAIN - AUGUST 26:  Mesut Ozil of Real Madrid CF looks on during the La Liga match between Granada CF and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes on August 26, 2013 in Granada, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Ahead of this weekend's Premier League fixtures, fantasy football players will have their first opportunity to integrate the recent transfer-window deadline-day signings into their lineups.

That, of course, presents a wealth of new opportunities, with the 20 clubs of the Premier League all active in the final days of this year's window.

But which of those buys will prove value for money in terms of fantasy football? Will it be a high-profile capture such as Mesut Ozil, or will it be a low-value addition who comes from nowhere to amass an impressive points tally?

Let's have a look at some of the potential standout buys from those who moved in the final hours of the window. All prices quoted are taken from the official game of the Barclays Premier League.


Mamadou Sakho, Liverpool, £5.5 million

French defender Mamadou Sakho was one of the best buys of the entire transfer window and should prove a great acquisition for Liverpool in the long term. At a very reasonable price of £5.5 million, he should also be a solid option for any fantasy side.

Liverpool have proven to be a stubborn side to break down this season and are yet to concede in their first three league matches. With Sakho a defensive upgrade on either Martin Skrtel or Kolo Toure, he should help the Reds continue their excellent start.

Sakho has never been a particularly frequent goalscorer, per Soccerway, but has shown that he can be a threat from set-pieces during his time at PSG. Given the quality of delivery that Liverpool can offer from their forward players, he should get opportunities.

It will be in clean-sheet points that Sakho will amass most of his tally this season, and it would seem as though there is potential for a considerable amount of shutouts for the Reds in the coming months.


Mesut Ozil, Arsenal, £10.0 million

He instantly became the most expensive midfielder in the official Premier League game upon joining Arsenal, but could be worth every penny as the season progresses.

Ozil's remarkable tally of assists in recent years has been one of the most repeated statistics of recent days, while he chipped in with nine La Liga goals last campaign, per Soccerway.

The player himself has already spoken of his belief that he will fit perfectly into the Arsenal style of play, per Jim Van Wijk of the Press Association via the Daily Mail, and his creative talents should help bring out the best in the Gunners' talented forward line.

He will be a significant investment, but it is often worth allocating a large chunk of your budget for a couple of guaranteed performers.


Victor Moses, Liverpool, £6.2 million

Nigerian winger Victor Moses is the second Liverpool player on this list and, while a gamble, could prove to be incredible value for money.

According to the Guardian's Andy Hunter, Moses has been signed with a starting berth on one of the flanks in mind. If that is the case, he should get plenty of goals.

While he has never been a prolific scorer in his career, per Soccerway, there have been signs at both Wigan and Crystal Palace that he could develop to be a consistent presence on the scoresheet. With Liverpool's attack set up to bring out the best in inverted wide forwards, he should come to the fore at Anfield.

There is a risk involved with spending money on Moses, but the rewards are potentially great. Given the reports of a regular role in the starting lineup, it is a gamble worth taking.


Romelu Lukaku, Everton, £7.4 million

Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku scored 17 times in the Premier League for West Bromwich Albion last season, despite playing considerably less minutes than most players in the top-scorer charts, per Soccerway.

The powerful Belgian will be in what looks to be a better side at Everton this campaign and will have the excellent service of the likes of Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar with which to work.

When confident and in a side that builds their attack around his abilities, Lukaku is a formidable threat to any defence—as his hat-trick against Manchester United last campaign proved.

Given the prices of strikers in fantasy football games and his potential to match last season's goal-scoring exploits, he looks excellent value for money at £7.4 million.