Fantasy Premier League Transfers 2013: Breaking Down Top Additions

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Fantasy Premier League Transfers 2013: Breaking Down Top Additions
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A wild Saturday in the Premier League is going to lead to a lot of intriguing choices for your fantasy squad. 

All but one of the day's six matches—a 0-0 draw between Norwich City and Cardiff City—saw at least two balls hit the back of the net, and two fixtures featured a quintet of goals. 

When it was all said and done, there were 16 total goals on the day and lots of compelling names to be discussed on the fantasy radar. 

Let's get to it.

Note: All stats courtesy of WhoScored.com and Squawka.com

 

Luis Suarez, Liverpool

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Let's just get this out of the way quickly. 

Luis Suarez may not be the most popular player outside of Liverpool, and he's going to command a hefty price in your league, but at this point, you can't afford to not have him on your squad. 

The 26-year-old Uruguayan poured in three more goals against West Bromwich on Saturday, pushing his season total to a La Liga-esque six in just four matches. And in the one contest he didn't find the back of the net, he managed to tally an assist and fire off three shots on target. 

Suarez is a machine right now, and you need to make the necessary adjustments in order to add him. Every week you don't have him, you're losing out on available points. 

 

Tim Howard, Everton

Howard served as The Toffees' knight in shining armor in the first half on Saturday, knocking away Christian Benteke's penalty with a world-class save in the eighth minute and stoning Aston Villa on a couple of more one-on-one chances. 

He tallied four total saves in all, earning his fourth clean sheet in nine matches. That's third-most in the league. 

The veteran American has a difficult matchup in three weeks against a dangerous Liverpool side, but his next two matches are against Tottenham (eight goals in eight matches) and relegation-zoned Crystal Palace (six goals in nine matches). 

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Continue to use Howard while he's in stellar form.

Some other perhaps under-the-radar options include Artur Boruc, who notched his sixth clean sheet in nine matches for Southampton on Saturday, and David Marshall, who had a ridiculous 10 saves in a transcendent effort during Cardiff City's 0-0 draw.

The 28-year-old Scotsman now leads the Premier League—by far—with 36 saves.

 

Leon Osman, Everton

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Osman was the second-half version of Howard, taking over the role as Everton hero after coming on in the 60th minute. 

In just 30 minutes, he assisted on Romelu Lukaku's goal and scored one for himself. 

There's nothing really special about the 32-year-old Englishman, but he has now assisted in two straight matches and has his first goal of the season. With the way he's playing, and the low cost, he's worth an add to your bench, especially if your league awards points to midfielders for clean sheets. 

 

James Ward-Prowse, Southampton

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Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez both had a goal and an assist each, and they undoubtedly deserve a look in fantasy leagues, but for now, I want to concentrate on James Ward-Prowse. 

The 18-year-old was the hub of Southampton's attack on Saturday, leading the match with 102 total touches and successfully completing 91 percent of his passes in the clinical effort. 

Ward-Prowse isn't going to be a fantasy stud. In nine appearances (four starts), he has taken just four total shots and is unsurprisingly yet to score. 

But his ability as a distributor and his sublime delivery on set pieces are going to earn him a lot of assists in the future, and at just 18, he's only going to continue to get better. 

This is someone you want on your bench as he maintains his transformation into a star right in front of our eyes. 

 

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