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Premier League Fantasy Football Watchlist

Fantasy Football Watchlist

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The new Premier League campaign is inching nearer and nearer, so that means one thing – sorting out your Fantasy Football teams.

Over the summer the 20 clubs have been making plenty of signings and here are some debutants to look out for this season.

Martin Dubravka – Newcastle – Goalkeeper – £5.0m

Not exactly a debutant after spending the second half of last season at St James’s Park but this shot-stopper is on worth having either as first choice or back-up.

The 29-year-old impressed during the end of the last campaign and he picked up 53 points from 12 appearances.

That’s an average of 4.42 points per game over those 12 games, so if he can pick up that average over the course of the season then you’re looking at 159 Fantasy Football points, which would have seen him finish second in the top scoring keepers last season behind David De Gea (172).

His four clean sheets all came at home but they came in games against Manchester United and Chelsea, while he also saved a penalty from Troy Deeney at Vicarage Road.

The Slovakian was a commanding presence and with Jamal Lascelles in-front of him with new signing Fabian Schär then we could see some strong defensive displays from Rafa Benitez’s side.

Jannik Vestergaard – Southampton – Defender – £5.0m

The 6ft 6in Dane arrived on the south coast a few weeks ago from German club Borussia Monchengladbach for £18 million.

He’ll add some muscle at the back for the Saints who just escaped relegation last season under Mark Hughes’ stewardship.

During pre-season Hughes has opted for three at the back and Vestergaard will be a big part of that system change.

He’s a mix of old-fashioned and modern-day defender with him being tidy in possession but not afraid of putting his body on the line and that helped see Monchengladbach get seven clean sheets last season.

A menace in both boxes with his height having scored seven goals in the last two Bundesliga seasons then he could be worth opting for, given that aerial presence for attacking set-pieces.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh – Brighton – Midfielder – £7.0m

The Seagulls paid a club-record fee for the Iranian international after his successful season in Eredivisie with AZ Alkmaar.

The 24-year-old was top scorer in the Dutch top flight last season with 21 goals in 33 appearances and he featured at the World Cup for Iran.

Jahanbakhsh is a versatile player and can play across the front line or from wide areas. He’s a good dribbler, who’ll like to cut inside when the opportunity arises to take shots or play delicate defence-splitting passes.

With Brighton’s style of play one that will suit, Jahanbakhsh could thrive in this set-up alongside the likes of Pascal Gross and Glenn Murray.

His signing gives Chris Hughton options and should take some of the pressure away from Gross, for creation, and Murray for his scoring.

Felipe Anderson – West Ham – Midfield – £7.0m

Despite a potentially tricky start to the season, it might be worth looking to West Ham’s midfield and Felipe Anderson in particular.

The midfielder joined from Lazio and has been one of a number of incomings at the London Stadium since Manuel Pellegrini was appointed as manager.

Given the Hammers, recruitment they should be looking up, unlike last season where they spent most of it looking over their shoulder.

Anderson has come in, along with Andriy Yarmolenko, and if that pair hit it off with Marko Arnautovic then there could be plenty of goals scored by this West Ham side.

In pre-season, Anderson has combined well with his new Austrian teammate and the record-breaking transfer for the Hammers will be looking to build on last season’s performance in Italy despite some injury problems along the way.

In Serie A and the Europa League, Anderson featured 27 times with six goals and nine assists. His liking to dribbling and gliding past a defender should see him win the West Ham fans over quite quickly and his value is one that should steadily rise over the course of the season.

Joao Moutinho – Wolves – Midfield – £5.5m

Having paid just £5 million then Wolves could have done one of the best pieces of business this summer by signing Joao Moutinho.

This vastly-experienced midfielder also looks a snip on his Fantasy Football valuation of £5.5 million.

The 31-year-old will fit right in at Wolves with their growing Portuguese presence through their close links with agent Jorge Mendes.

With 113 caps for Portugal and club honours in his native Portugal with Porto and in France with Monaco, he’ll bring another dimension to the midfield with his strong range of passing and his defensive responsibilities.

In 219 appearances during his five-season spell at Monaco, he scored 11 goals and assisted 39 others, so with his passing ability and set-piece prowess then he should be one player to watch and have in those Fantasy Football teams.

Despite turning 32 in September he can still have major impacts on games and at his price is a player that could rack up the points.

Yoshinori Muto – Newcastle – Striker – £6.0m

Rafa Benitez has added two forwards to his squad. One we know plenty about in Salomon Rondon and the other is this 26-year-old Japanese forward.

If he plays as a secondary striker with Rondon the first-choice then he could be a squad player for Fantasy Football reasons.

He enjoyed his best goalscoring season in the Bundesliga with eight goals for Mainz, who aren’t the most fluent side in front of goal.

The forward also chipped in with four assists, like he did in his debut season in Germany and is an unselfish player who’ll work hard for the team.

He’s a pacey, direct and skilful who won’t mind trying to dribble and skip past a defender, as he cuts inside.

You may look at his goalscoring figures and think they aren’t the best but given he’ll be linking up with the likes of Kenedy, Jonjo Shelvey, Ayoze Perez and Rondon then he is likely to get more opportunities across the season to reach double figures.

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