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
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
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
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
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
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
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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