Fantasy Premier League 2014 Week 23: Defenders, Midfielders and Strikers to Sign

Danny Collins@@dannycollins89Featured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2014

Cesar Azpilicueta has been an ever-present in Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side in recent months.
Cesar Azpilicueta has been an ever-present in Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side in recent months.Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

By this stage of the Premier League season, there's a familiar look to most fantasy football sides. Almost 55 percent of teams now include Luis Suarez, but with the Uruguayan priced at £13.4 million, it means that bargains need to be found elsewhere on the pitch.   

Ahead of Week 23 of the fantasy football season, we take a look at some astute signings that could give your team the edge. 

Prices and statistics are taken from the Fantasy Premier League website.


Defence Pick: Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea

Value: £5.3 million

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea passes the ball to Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge on December 1, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by
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Spaniard Azpilicueta has grown into the role of Jose Mourinho's Mr. Dependable this season. Starting 11 of the last 12 games for Chelsea, he has displaced England left-back Ashley Cole several times. 

Chelsea face a West Ham United side devoid of confidence on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and it would be a brave man who expects anything other than a Chelsea win. 

Azpilicueta's committed attitude and work ethic has seen him win the admiration and trust of Mourinho, who barely used the left-back for the season's first 10 games. 

At only £5.3 million, Azpilicueta marks remarkable value. Bringing him in will free up valuable funds to distribute elsewhere on the pitch.

Alternative Choice: Joel Ward, Crystal Palace (£4.6 million)


Midfield Pick: Adam Johnson, Sunderland

Value: £6.5 million

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Sunderland's Adam Johnson may prove to be a late runner for Roy Hodgson's England World Cup squad, as reported by Paul Doyle of The Guardian. He may also prove to be an astute pick for Week 23 of the Fantasy Premier League.

The winger has played himself into tremendous form in 2014, hitting four goals and gaining 35 points in his last two game weeks. 

Factor into the equation the fact that Sunderland will be welcoming to the Stadium of Light a Stoke City side that are without a win in five games, and the stage looks set for their flying winger to continue his purple patch. 

And for £6.5 million, it could be money well spent.

Alternative Choice: Adnan Januzaj, Manchester United (£5.2 million)


Striker Pick: Wilfried Bony, Swansea City

Value: £7.3 million

Wilfried Bony had been among the goal at home this season.
Wilfried Bony had been among the goal at home this season.Bogdan Maran/Associated Press

All seven of Wilfried Bony's goals this season have come at home. Three of those have come in the last three matches. 

Fulham visit Swansea next week having only won one of their last five away matches. And their showing against Arsenal, in which they were swept aside 2-0 by the Premier League leaders, does not bode well for the Swansea match. 

Back Bony to carry on his scoring run at home.

Alternative Choice: Samuel Eto'o, Chelsea (£8.3 million)