Why Your Fantasy Team Should Be Liverpool Heavy (And No Manchester United)

Liverpool's players lead the way in Fantasy Football, with 4 players in the team compared with 1 at City, arsenal and Chelsea, and 0 at United.
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Liverpool's players lead the way in Fantasy Football, with 4 players in the team compared with 1 at City, arsenal and Chelsea, and 0 at United.

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Fantasy Football does occasionally throw up some strange and unrepresentative scores, but I doubt even the savviest of players could have foreseen that on the official site, the two highest scorers of the first three gameweeks would be Simon Mignolet and Seamus Coleman. The value of defensive players like Mignolet and Coleman is symptomatic of the low scoring games and boring football that have plagued the 'best league in the world' so far this year. Incredibly, no player in the dream team has a price tag of over £9.2M, and indeed the total cost of this entire team is under £75m. Expensive stars like Rooney, Aguero, Hazard and Cazorla are meanwhile no where to be seen, a worrying trend unless you happen to be a Liverpool fan. The manager who comes out looking the worst however is Moyes, with not even one Man United player in this year's team so far. Still, it's early days, and for the Red Devils fans, along with the millions of Fantasy teams who have RVP as captain, will be hoping that things will get back on track in this week's round of Premier League fixtures.

Here's a quick run down of the dream team as it stands:

Goalkeeper:

Simon Mignolet (29 points)

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Price: £5.7m

Why is he there?

A penalty save in the first game, and three clean sheets. About as perfect as it gets for a goalkeeper, and a good reason for Mignolet to be this year's highest scoring player so far.

Good value?

Liverpool seem to be on a roll at the moment, so he might well be worth the money. Still, it's not like they've not flattered to deceive before...

Defenders:

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Seamus Coleman (26 points)

Price: £5.4m

Why is He Here?

Scored and assisted against Norwich in Gameweek one, clean sheets ever since.

Good value?

A smart pick given the price of fellow full back Leighton Baines, Coleman is by no means their best player. Still cheap at 5.4m though.

Jose Enrique (25 points)

Price: £6.1m

Why is He Here?

Like Mignolet, he’s received a lot of bonus points simply for being part of Liverpool’s defence during their run of clean sheets.

Good value?

Expensive for a defender, but perhaps worth it, as he always gets a game and chips in with the occasional assist and goal.

Daniel Agger (24 points)

Price: £6m

Why is he here?

Another Liverpool player, his points are boosted by his assist for Sturridge against Man U.

Good value?

In one sense, not really, as Agger is neither a regular goalscorer nor a provider. However, as only 7% of players have picked him so far he could be a worthwhile risk.

Pablo Zabaleta (23 points)

Price: £6.3m

Why is he here?

Despite a disastrous team performance against Cardiff, Zabaleta has still managed 2 assists and 2 clean sheets.

Good value?

Again quite expensive for a defender, but given Zabaleta often finds himself in the opposing third during games he could be worth the investment.

Branislav Ivanovic (21 points)

Price: £6.5m

Why is he here?

Goal and 2 clean sheets. Lucky not to be sent off against Villa, and thus lucky to be on this list.

Good value?

Being a first team regular for a Mourinho defense never hurts.

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Midfielders:

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Yaya Toure (23 points)

Price: £8.8m

Why is he here?

Unstoppable free kick goals against Newcastle and Hull.

Good value?

Pellegrini has brought the best out of Toure so far, and he’s unlikely to be dropped any time soon.

Pablo Hernandez (20 points)

Price: £6.1m

Why is he here?

Pablo’s one goal and two assists are enough to make him the second best midfield scorer so far.

Good Value?

On paper yes; he’s still cheap and still relatively unpopular (7.7% of players have him in their team). It’s unclear whether he can keep his current form up however.

Forwards:

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Olivier Giroud (25 points)

Price: £8.8m

Why is he here?

For all that he’s  been compared unfavourably to the man he replaced at Arsenal, Giroud has actually outscored RVP so far this season with a goal a game.

Good value?

Reasonably good value for a striker, and should score a few more. A goal a game might be asking a bit much though.

Daniel Sturridge (22 points)

Price: £9.2m

Why is he here?

Another replacement having a storming start to the season, Sturridge’s performances have ensured the Scousers haven’t missed Suarez one bit.

Good value?

Given that he’s the most expensive player on this list, perhaps not. A lot depends on what role Sturridge plays on Suarez’s return.

Fraizer Campbell (20 points)

Price: £5.8m

Why is he here?

Had one very good game against Man City, but otherwise he’s been a peripheral figure.

Good value?

Very cheap at less than 6mil, but will need to have a few more good games before he becomes a serious choice.

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