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Some picks for your 2016/17 Fantasy Football squad

Thursday 11th August 2016
After numerous hours of making, remaking and making an inspiring fantasy football team once again, I think that I may have found a winning combination. It's a mix of players from a mix of teams and this year I am hoping that I will be the one celebrating in front of my friends!

While I was looking on the market, numerous players caught my eye. In this article, I will talk about the ones I feel could be bargains as well as those who could be gems this season, all players are from the official Premier League fantasy football site.

Artur Boruc (GK)- AFC Bournemouth - £4.5m

The goalkeeping position is one of the most important positions in your side. Clean sheet and save points are vital if you want to be fighting at the top of the leaderboard. 45% of fantasy football players have chosen David De Gea (obviously!) and so have I. But, the backup goalkeeper is important too.

If your first choice keeper was to get injured and you have run out of game week transfers, you would have to rely on your second keeper. This is why I like to have a backup keeper who I feel will be starting most weeks and for £4.5 million, I feel Boruc is the perfect choice for anyone.

Boruc gained over 100 points in fantasy last season and I expect him to improve on that this term. Bournemouth is now an established team in the Premier League and we saw last year that some of the top teams were struggling to play away at the Vitality Stadium. For just £4.5 million Boruc is a steal and if I were you he would be going straight into my side.

George Friend (Def)- Middlesbrough - £4.5m

After Middlesbrough's heroics last season, they finally reached the top division of English football. And of course, this means that their players will be a part of Premier League fantasy football. For the whole of last season, Friend was solid at the back.

Due to his position of being a left back, he gets up the wing frequently. Assists are important for point scoring and if last season's performance are anything to go by then Friend will be racking them up this year too. The arrival of Alvaro Negredo will help and we all know that Jordan Rhodes can find the back of the net. I am sure that Friend will gain a lot of assists this campaign.

As I mentioned previously, defensively he is sound. You get points for clean sheets and I do feel Middlesbrough will be getting a lot of them this season. For me, they could be the surprise package. Aitor Karanka has them playing good football and George Friend is a crucial part of their side.

Andre Ayew (Mid)- West Ham United - £7.5m

Chairman, David Gold, said at the start of the transfer window that the Hammers were looking for a new striker to bolster their attacking options. They certainly did this with the purchase of record signing, Andre Ayew. Ayew impressed last season at Swansea and considering they got the Ghanaian on a free transfer it was an excellent business by the Welsh club.

Anyhow, the arrival of Ayew at the Olympic Stadium is sure to be beneficial for the Irons. We all know that Ayew can score goals and he can also get his fair share of assists too. Both, get important points for your fantasy side but this year I feel Ayew will be scoring rather than assisting.

He will have an incredible amount of talent behind him that will be creating chances. Payet, Lanzini, Feghouli, Antonio and Tore will all provide assists for Ayew. The best thing about Ayew this year in fantasy football is that he is classed as a midfielder even though for West Ham he will probably be up top. If he does play as an attacker he will be scoring the goals that will fire your team to glory. A must buy.

Joe Allen (Mid)- Stoke City - £5.0m

Following his teams' impressive performance at EURO 2016, Allen left Liverpool and joined Mark Hughes at the Britannia for a fee in the excess of £12 million. After having a rough time at Liverpool before becoming a somewhat cult hero at Anfield, Allen will be wanting to impress under the management of his fellow countryman.

At the EURO's, Allen gained plaudits due to his forward running as well as chance creation. This is something I feel he will bring to an attacking Stoke City side. With the options of Arnautovic, Shaqiri and possibly Berahino, Joe Allen will be adding up assists. Midfielders also gain points for clean sheets much like defenders do. Stoke are a rigid side under Hughes and at home, I find it very unlikely they will be leaking goals.

The only downside is that Allen doesn't find the net too often. He found it just 7 times in 94 appearances for the reds. However, a large proportion of these appearances came off the bench. I expect Stoke to be right up there come next May and Joe Allen will be pivotal in central midfield. And for just £5 million he really is a steal.

Ahmed Musa (Att)- Leicester City - £7.5m

This was a tough choice, my last spot was between Ahmed Musa and Andre Gray, due to the teams the two played for, Musa was my choice. Ahmed Musa joined Leicester from CSKA Moscow for a club record fee. Known for his blistering pace, Musa provides backup for the attackers in a Leicester side who will be competing on four different platforms this campaign.

The reason I have chosen Musa is simple. He fits Leicester's style. Ranieri's side had a lot of success through pumping balls up to Jamie Vardy. Due to his electric pace, Vardy is able to get behind defenders and put the ball into the back of the net. Musa is the same type of player; he works on the defender's shoulder. His pace will cause many problems and we know that he can find the net.

He impressed against Barcelona last week in the International Champions Cup. After he came on, he scored 2 goals. One of them showed his brilliant pace and skill with him taking the ball around 4 defenders before slotting it home. Many may say that for fantasy his price tag of £7.5 million is a little bit too much. However, in my opinion, the risk is worth taking. If he and Vardy can form some type of relationship on the pitch, then Leicester have some attack on their hands. A risk certainly worth taking.
Jamie Britt
Liverpool FC fan, official club member. Liverpool and the Premier League is my thing but I take a serious interest in European as well as lower league football ! Still waiting for Liverpool to win a league title.....!!

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