Fantasy Premier League Transfers 2013: Top Roster Additions for Week 19

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14:  Yaya Toure of Manchester City celebrates scoring the sixth goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on December 14, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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In the final match before the second segment of the fantasy footy season begins in the Premier League, you may find yourself with a stash of transfers yet to make. It's a great opportunity to not only close off the season on a high note but to also set up the ideal team for the second half of the year.

So while the players below were all selected with this week in mind, many of them are either reliable choices or great values moving forward as well. Be sure to end your first segment well by checking out my list of the top adds for this week below.

Note: All values via ESPN Fantasy Premier League.

 

Wayne Rooney, F, Manchester United

HULL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Manchester United at KC Stadium on December 26, 2013 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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If you can afford to add him—he's worth $10.5 million in ESPN leagues right now, so he's not for those maintaining a tight budget—Wayne Rooney is a superb play against Norwich City, which have allowed 31 goals on the season, 19th in the Premier League.

Sure, it's not the sexiest or most unexpected player to focus on, but if you want the most bang for your buck, it's hard to top Rooney this week.

 

Pretty Much Every Manchester City Player

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  Jesus Navas of Manchester City celebrates scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Manchester City at Craven Cottage on December 21, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose
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Manchester City hosts Crystal Palace over the weekend. City have scored 37 goals and conceded just six at the Etihad Stadium. Palace have scored just five goals and given up 14 on the road. This would be the week to throw players like Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo into your lineup. 

Heck, you could even roll the dice on Joe Hart, whose $6.3 million price tag is a pretty good value for an almost guaranteed clean sheet. 

 

Theo Walcott, F, Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Theo Walcott (L) and Bacary Sagna of Arsenal look on after the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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For $7.9 million, you get a player that has scored four goals in his last three games and faces a Newcastle side that has been quite good this year but isn't one of the premier defensive teams in the league. While players like Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil have slumped a bit of late, Walcott has been excellent since cracking the starting lineup after returning from injury.

Remember, Walcott scored 14 goals and added 10 assists in the Premier League last season. In a game against Newcastle that could end up being pretty wide open, expect Walcott to have a major impact on the proceedings. 

 

Hugo Lloris and Tottenham's Defenders

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on December 15, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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If you take away a 6-0 loss at Manchester City and a 5-1 loss against Liverpool, Tottenham have allowed just 13 goals in their other 15 games. The goalkeeping of Lloris and this team's defense has not been the issue this campaign. 

Now Spurs will face a Stoke City team that has scored just 18 goals on the season and, even better, has scored just eight goals on the road. That makes players like Lloris ($6.1 million), Kyle Walker ($7.0 million), Michael Dawson ($6.2 million) and Jan Vertonghen ($6.9 million) all very nice values this week.

 

Sylvain Distin, D, Everton

LEEDS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25:  Everton player Sylvian Distin reacts during the Capital One Cup Third Round match between Leeds United and Everton at Elland Road on September 25, 2012 in Leeds, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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He's been overshadowed in fantasy circles by teammate Seamus Coleman this season—and in the beginning of the year, Leighton Baines—but Distin is very quietly not only the No. 6 defender in fantasy points but also an excellent value at $6.6 million. 

Against a Southampton side that has been pretty average on the road (three wins, three draws, three losses) and has scored just nine goals away from home, adding Distin as a low-risk player to round up your lineup will make for an excellent addition.

 

The Bargain Bin

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Norwich's Gary Hooper (R) celebrates scoring the first goal of the game with team mate Robert Snodgrass during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Fulham at Carrow Road on December 26, 2013 in London,
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If you like to find your goals for cheap, take a look at Norwich City's Gary Hooper, who has five goals in his last eight Premier League games and won't cost much compared to the top forwards at just $6.3 million. 

Jay Rodriguez will cost you a whole dollar more than Hooper, but his five goals in the past six games make splurging the extra money worth it. Rodriguez has been one of the hottest goalscorers in the Premier League since the beginning of December, even if few people are talking about him. 

Finally, Cardiff City defender Steven Caulker is the definition of the unsexy fantasy addition, but at a price tag of just $5.6 million, the eighth-most fantasy points at the position and a meeting with Sunderland upcoming, he's a cheap but solid addition for your team.

 

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