Fantasy Premier League 2013-14 Week 21: Value Signings to Boost Your Season

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2014

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Steven Gerrard (C) of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his 100th Premier League goal and his team's first with team-mates Jordan Henderson (R) and Luis Suarez during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St James' Park on October 19, 2013 in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
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As Fantasy Premier League (FPL) players across the globe jump out of their skins at the news of Theo Walcott's season-ending injury, managers get the opportunity to refine their squads and take advantage of the January window wild card.

This year has been all about Luis Suarez, who has a whopping 164 points at the halfway point of the campaign. The usual suspects of Eden Hazard, Yaya Toure, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero have all returned great points values for their transfer fees.

However, as with every season, there has been some real value in the market, with both Aaron Ramsey and Seamus Coleman showing it is not all about star names.

So who should managers look to purchase to drive their teams up the league over the next few months?

All stats from: Fantasy Premier League

Forwards: Danny Welbeck, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran and Jay Rodriguez

NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28:  Danny Welbeck of Manchester United celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and  Manchester United at Carrow Road on December 28, 2013 in Norwich, England.  (Ph
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It is easy to chuck all of your money on Suarez, but who offers real value?

Seven of the top 14 strikers—based on FPL points—are injured, and this makes choosing targets for the rest of the season tricky. 

Danny Welbeck's recent form has seen him shoot up the charts and, with Robin van Persie and Rooney injured, he seems to be favoured by David Moyes. Welbeck has collected a huge 40 points in just five weeks, and now represents a bargain at £7.2 million.

Newcastle's pairing of Loic Remy and Yoan Gouffran have also posted fantastic returns for their values. Remy has an impressive 95 points, making him the fifth-best FPL striker available, and Gouffran a respectable 75 points. This makes him a great option as a third striker in managers' squads, costing just £6.4 million. 

Southampton's Jay Rodriguez is the main surprise of the season, scoring 87 points for a payout of just £6.2 million. His value fell to £5.8 million in December, but shrewd FPL managers capitalised on this opportunity. Sixteen points in Gameweek 18, against Cardiff City, showed his potential for the rest of the season.

Midfielders: Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Tom Huddlestone and Steve Sidwell

HULL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Steven Gerrard (R) of Liverpool celebrates his goal with team mate Jordan Henderson during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Liverpool at KC Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Matth
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He's back! Liverpool's captain had a great FPL season last year, and those burned by Walcott's injury could look to him as a viable replacement. At just £8.7 million, Steven Gerrard represents excellent value, having already amassed good point totals this term. 

His partner in the Liverpool midfield, Jordan Henderson, also represents real value for money. At just £6.4 million, Henderson already has 70 points, and that trend looks likely to continue with the goal machine that is Suarez in front of him. Henderson has three assists and one goal in the previous five gameweeks.

Tom Huddlestone and Steve Sidwell are also bargain "fifth" midfielders, costing just £4.9 million and £5.0 million, respectively.

Defenders: Steven Caulker, Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna and Danny Gabbidon

CARDIFF, WALES - DECEMBER 28:  Sunderland forward Fabio Borini (right) chases a ball with Steven Caulker during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Sunderland at Cardiff City Stadium on December 28, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo b
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The defence is where the top FPL managers have supplemented their totals to good effect this season, with many a bargain to be had. 

At just £5.2 million, Steven Caulker has returned 70 points, and with a failing West Ham visiting Cardiff in Gameweek 21, a clean sheet could be on the cards. 

Both Laurent Koscielny and Bacary Sagna provide stunning value at just £5.5 million, as Arsenal's run in the Premier League continues. 

However, with five clean sheets in the last 10 gameweeks, it is Crystal Palace's veteran, Danny Gabbidon, who proves the cheapest of all defensive solutions, coming in at only £4.3 million. 

Goalkeepers: David Marshall, John Ruddy, Allan McGregor and Julian Speroni

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  David Marshall of Cardiff City during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Cardiff City at Emirates Stadium on January 1, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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The lower teams in the table have given FPL managers some real options this season, with their goalkeepers performing wonders and taking advantage of this year's change in points-scoring rules.

David Marshall of Cardiff has amassed 70 points, just 22 short of top scorer Wojciech Szczesny. 

At only £200,000 more than Marshall, John Ruddy has performed wonders for Norwich City, scoring 72 points. 

Hull City's Allan McGregor and Crystal Palace's Julian Speroni are also both worth their places in any FPL squad at the moment, scoring consistently well every week. 


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