Fantasy Premier League 2013 Week 9: Signings That Will Change Your Season

Leigh WalshCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Eden Hazard of Chelsea (L) celebrates with teammate Oscar (R) after scoring his side's fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on October 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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It’s panic time in Fantasy world. Per the Premier League, Gameweek 8 saw a large portion of you wield the axe. Almost 60,000 of you played your wild card, while 2,523,111 transfers were conducted.

Maybe early-season hopefuls like Robin Van Persie and Rickie Lambert have let you down? Maybe you expected Juan Mata to start every game when you made him captain? And maybe, just maybe, you didn’t predict that Aaron Ramsey would be the Premier League’s best player two months in?

But fear not. There’s still time to reverse your fortunes.

There are plenty of players out there with their hands up waiting to come join your team. Here are three of those guaranteed to change your season.


Sergio Aguero

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The diminutive Argentine terrorises defences week in and week out in the Premier League. Whether he is playing against Sunderland, who have more holes at the back that a sieve, or a water-tight back four like Chelsea, he finds spaces to do damage.

What he lacks in aerial ability—although he scored his first headed goals in both the Premier League and Champions League this week, per Eurosport—he makes up for with his agility, movement and clinical touch in front of goal.

Aguero has scored six in six league appearances for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, and he is as close as you can get to a guaranteed goalscorer in the Premier League. 

His value to Manchester City can not be put into numbers. For a team with money to burn, Aguero provides them with something money can’t always buy. His absence through injury earlier in the season was notable, particularly in the 3-2 loss to Aston Villa when Manchester City spurned chance after chance to put the game to rest.

He has got 41 goals and 16 assists in the league since joining City, racking up 332 Fantasy points in the process. He already has 56 in the bag this season, and, while he may set you back £11.2million, he will offer you a good return for your money.


Luis Suarez 

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Hate him or love him, Suarez is a gifted footballer. Couple that with the fact he runs his socks off in every game and he rarely fails to reach his potential in 90 minutes of play.

In his three appearances since returning from suspension he has accumulated a total of 29 points—13 vs. Sunderland, six vs. Crystal Palace and 10 vs. Newcastle.

The Uruguayan has scored three in three for Liverpool in the league, and when he is not scoring he is busy supplying his teammates to do the damage. Last season, along with his 23 goals, he bagged 10 assists, and he got on the board last weekend against Newcastle when he put the ball on a plate for strike partner Daniel Sturridge.

His WhoScored? rating of 8.45 is the best among Liverpool players, and if fit he will play in every game.

While Suarez’s price tag of £11.4million is a shade higher than Aguero's, he will repay the faith in points. As long as he stays out of trouble, that is.


Eden Hazard

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The Belgian struggled earlier in the season under the guidance of new boss Jose Mourinho. With a multitude of midfielders at his disposal, the Portuguese engaged in some tinkering earlier on, and although he has yet to establish a solid starting XI, the Chelsea side are beginning to look slightly more settled.

This has been most evident in Hazard’s play.

The former Lille man has started all but one game this season, but he has really kicked into form in the last two games, scoring three goals and assisting one. In fact, his 28 fantasy points in the last two matches were more than he accumulated in the first six games. 

At £9million Hazard is definitely worth a punt. He spends most of his time in the opposition’s half and he accrues a large portion of his points in assists. Last season, Hazard set up 16 goals for his teammates, while scoring nine; he should amass similar stats this season.