Fantasy Premier League Transfers 2013: Top Roster Additions for Week 11
So far, it's been a relatively unpredictable opening 10 weeks to the 2013-14 Premier League campaign, as Manchester United has struggled while two of last season's also-rans, Liverpool and Arsenal, have climbed into Champions League contention.
That being said, from a fantasy perspective, many of the hottest commodities have remained the same, and with the exception of some surprises like Daniel Sturridge's dominance, Aaron Ramsey's breakout and Andros Townsend's emergence, the biggest names have generally performed to the level that's expected of them.
Now, with Week 11 of the schedule upon us, here's a look at the top roster additions to consider in your fantasy league.
Yes, Torres has been once again a disappointment for the Blues, but at the very least, the Spaniard has given us reason to believe that he's on his way to rediscovering the touch that made him one of the game's most dangerous scorers.
He wasn't at his best during Chelsea's stunning defeat against Newcastle, but his performance last weekend when facing Manchester City could be a sign of things to come for the gifted striker.
During that clash, Torres netted the decisive goal of the match (and ultimately chased Joe Hart from the net for the time being), but he also displayed the creativity and poise that vaulted him to stardom with Liverpool.
And with Chelsea set to face a very average West Brom squad, you know the Blues will be hungry for redemption in Week 11.
At this point, Torres has a long way to go in order to legitimately earn his keep, but after hitting the crossbar twice in the last two league matches, one's got to find the net at some point, right?
For the time being, it appears that the Joe Hart era at Manchester City is on hold.
That's because, after a number of embarrassing gaffes, the England international has been replaced by lanky Romanian Costel Pantilimon, so until we hear otherwise, the 26-year-old should be viewed as the team's starting keeper.
No, he wasn't tested during his club's 7-0 whitewashing of Norwich City, but Pantilimon was solid during Man City's victory over Newcastle in Capital One Cup play earlier in the week.
This week, with his team facing Sunderland, Pantilimon isn't likely to face much of an onslaught, but even if he does, he's a starting keeper on one of the league's best teams, so he's worth adding if available in your fantasy league.
After an overwhelmingly convincing win against Norwich, David Silva and Manchester City have another relatively easy match in Week 11 at home against Sunderland.
Sunderland's surrendered a league-high 22 goals thus far, so Silva's got to be viewed as a hot commodity for this weekend.
With three goals and as many assists in seven league appearances, the 27-year-old has been productive, but perhaps more importantly, he's been generating scoring chances, as he's managed eight shots in his last three outings. And against a very mediocre defense, expect that trend to continue.
If fantasy owners weren't aware of how dangerous Romelu Lukaku is prior to the 2013-14 season, they most certainly are now.
After being loaned once again by Chelsea, the Belgian striker has been a truly dominant force through the early stages of Everton's schedule, as the 20-year-old has found the back of the net five times in just seven league appearances.
Thus far, he's been consistently creating opportunities, piling up 20 shots while establishing himself as his club's top offensive weapon.
This week, Everton's away match against struggling Crystal Palace will be yet another opportunity for the Belgian forward to pad his statistics, which will be welcome news for his fantasy owners.
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