Premier League Fantasy Football 2013-14: Top Player Picks for Game Week 4
Transfer Deadline Day seems as long ago as Francis Jeffers' England debut thanks to the weekend without Premier League football we just had.
However, fear not fantasy football managers, the EPL is back, and there are thousands of new players for you to pick and choose from.
OK, not thousands, but quite a few.
But who of the deadline-day signings should you transfer in to your team? And which ones should you leave out?
Here are the top picks for Gameweek 4.
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In: Mesut Ozil
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Fantasy Price: £10m
Mesut Ozil is the signing Arsenal have been waiting for. Granted, he isn't a defender, holding midfielder or attacker, but finally the Gunners have that big signing they have all been whining about.
The question is, will he start well?
With Arsenal facing Sunderland—who look woeful after failing to beat their own reserve team—he may well tear the Black Cat defense apart this weekend. Especially as Arsenal are short on attacking options thanks to the injury gods, and therefore Ozil could be played further up the field to assist Olivier Giroud.
And if you had to choose to put money on Mesut Ozil or Phil Bardsley coming out on top?
I know which one I would back.
In: Mamadou Sakho
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Fantasy Price: £5.5m
With Kolo Toure still looking like a doubt according on the FPL website, new signing Mamadou Sahko looks like he could be in contention for a starting place this weekend.
The £18 million man is priced at just £5.5 million on Fantasy Premier League, and, although slightly more expensive than Toure, he is still a very good price.
Questions may be asked over whether Liverpool can keep a clean sheet at Swansea, especially as they have scored in two of their first three games, but I have written off Liverpool's defense each week only to be proven wrong.
So back the Frenchman to help Simon Mignolet to keep a fourth clean sheet.
Just don't get mad if they lose 5-0.
In: Peter Odemwingie
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Club: Cardiff City
Opponent: Hull City
Fantasy Price: £5.7m
Peter what now? Yes. Peter Odemwingie should be transferred into your team immediately.
But perhaps only for this week for now.
Cardiff City are playing Hull, and when two newly promoted teams meet they will both be looking for goals to get an early three points over their potential relegation rivals.
Malky Mackay poured his heart out over his feelings for the winger-cum-tweeter and should surely prove the Nigerian isn't just at Cardiff to sit on the bench:
I’m delighted to sign a player with a proven record of scoring in the Premier League. Peter’s record speaks for itself. He’s versatile, got great pace and does bring us that bit of experience we need. He’s an outstanding footballer at Premier League level, an intelligent footballer with a bit of guile
Whether he maintains a starting place remains to be seen, but a couple of goals in his debut game for the Bluebirds or Dragons or whatever they are now called could be an easy smash and grab one-week-only transfer for managers.
Out: Romelu Lukaku
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Fantasy Price: £7.4m
"Brilliant! Lukaku has gone out on loan again. He was decent last year. This is great news, I'm transferring him in right away."
Is something you should not say.
Lukaku is not eligible for this gameweek against his parent club Chelsea, so do not be suckered in to buying him for Saturday's game.
By all means, bring him in at a later date—he'll most likely feature in my "in" selections soon—but this week, stay clear. Don't make a schoolboy mistake. Go with someone like Peter Odemwingie instead.
I never thought I'd say that.
Out: Fabio Borini
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Fantasy Price: £6.2m
Fabio Borini has scored just one goal in the Premier League so far after a string of injuries.
Sunderland have looked poor so far after a string of defeats.
And as my mother will tell you, two wrongs don't make a right.
Despite Borini's chances of starting at Sunderland are much greater than when he was at Liverpool, the loanee may find himself struggling in the first few weeks having not played so far this season and only featuring in 13 EPL games in 2012/13.
This may be a chance for the Italian U21 International to assert himself onto the Premier League stage. But it would be wise to hold off until Sunderland actually get good.
Out: Stephane Sessegnon
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Club: West Brom
Fantasy Price: £6.8m
I've always had a soft spot for Stephane Sessegnon ever since he joined Sunderland. And after jumping the sinking ship of the Black Cats, Sessegnon nearly made it into my squad.
Apart from the day I realized that West Brom have a really tough run of fixtures ahead of them; starting with Fulham away this weekend, and including Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool all in the next six weeks.
Sessegnon can both score, and set up goals. But with such a tough few weeks ahead of the Baggies, a limited number of West Brom players should be in your team.
And that includes Stephane Sessegnon.