A Fantasy Premier League Mid-Season Review

Never Captain Nicky Butt gives his best XI in terms of Fantasy Football.

Since it’s the end of the year, it’s only fair that we present to you our midseason Fantasy Premier League Best XI. These aren’t perhaps the eleven best Premier League players “in real life,” but these are certainly those that pertain to us as fantasy managers. So let’s take a look at those studs who found themselves in our first XI. We’ll set up in a traditional 4-4-2 formation though we do prefer the 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 for fantasy purposes.

GK: ASMIR BEGOVIC, STOKE – An absolute no-brainer. Begovic started off the season priced at just 4.5m and has seen his value rise all the way to 5.7m. He leads all goalkeepers in points scored as well as clean sheets.

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RB: BRANISLAV IVANOVIC, CHELSEA – We know he has played CB in recent weeks but he has played the majority of the season at RB, and the Chelsea man has proven to be the most consistent fantasy scorer on the defensive end…but Chelsea should continue to keep clean sheets under Rafa Benitez and the Serbian has found an eye for goal this year – after 3 goals last season, he already has 4 in just half a season this term. Expect a few more.

CB: SEBASTIEN BASSONG, NORWICH – 3 goals, 5 clean sheets and 5 bonus points in half a season is impressive – especially with a starting price of 4.5m in the official FPL game. Now priced at 5.2m, Bassong is less attractive as a ‘buy’ candidate, but he deserves the praise.

CB: RYAN SHAWCROSS, STOKE – A bonus point magnet (13 is second only to Leighton Baines amongst defenders) and clean sheet stud – Stoke’s captain has blossomed as he’s matured, just like Bassong.

LB: KIERAN GIBBS, ARSENAL – He missed 5 games due to injury but has started every other game for Arsenal this season – returning 5 points per game, with 4 assists, 5 clean sheets, and 5 bonus points.

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M: GARETH BALE, TOTTENHAM – World class on his best days, he’s the highest scoring midfielder by points per game – returning nearly 7 points per start. With 9 goals and 4 assists in 1,400 minutes played, he’s on pace to surpass last year’s 10 goal/14 assist breakout season.

M: MICHU, SWANSEA – He’s currently out injured with an ankle problem, but the Spaniard is not only the signing of the summer in the Premier League, but perhaps the player of the season so far as well. 120 fantasy points is most amongst midfielders and his 13 goals are most in the entire league. He’ll cost you a cool 8.3m but back in August he was priced at just 6.5m.

M: JUAN MATA, CHELSEA – You didn’t think we’d forget the Juan and only Mata, did you? He’s made Chelsea into a potential title contender with his consistent goalscoring displays from midfield and he is the ‘new Lampard’ at Stamford Bridge. Fernando Torres actually remembered how to score this season thanks to his compatriot, and Mata has not done badly for himself either.

M: MAROUANE FELLAINI, EVERTON – Screech Powers grabs our final midfield slot. He’s been on our radar since August, and while it was tough to leave Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla out of our team, we had to go with the value play that is Fellaini. 8 goals and 4 assists at a starting price of just 6.5m is Michu-esque and it’s no wonder Manchester United have been rumored to be interested in the big Belgian.

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F: ROBIN VAN PERSIE, MANCHESTER UNITED – The Fantasy Premier League game is one that requires a combination of skill, patience, luck and instinct. Robin van Persie, in an opposing team’s 18 yard area, has all of those attributes. A complete forward, and a week in and week out Captain Choice….The game is a bit easier with RVP in your side – give him the Captain’s armband and worry about fielding the strongest possible 10 players around him – so for that, we thank you, Robin.

F: CARLOS TEVEZ, MANCHESTER CITY – He has found himself rotated in and out of the starting lineup in recent weeks, but looking at the entire half season Tevez deserves a place in our Best XI…His price peaked at 9.9m but has now dropped to 9.4m. Dzeko, Aguero and Balotelli threaten Tevez’s playing time in the second half, so he’s far from essential at this point, but he is capable of a big score anytime he’s on the field, and if one of those aforementioned three goes down with a long term injury, then Tevez will surely return to his fantasy heights again in the second half.

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