We’ve given you our Fantasy Football tips in terms of bargains to be had – but what about which players to avoid in 2014-15?
Gather round as we name and hypothetically shame the star players who might not provide such great value for money, based on Fantasy Premier League prices anyway.
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Now, on with those players to avoid…
Eden Hazard, £10m
The young Belgian looked suitably tired at the World Cup following 111 appearances in two seasons for Chelsea – he’ll come good again, but in the meantime don’t be surprised to see him used more sparingly.
Another young Chelsea midfielder, Oscar also had a World Cup campaign to contend with after two years of regular first team football and may find opportunities harder to come by with the likes of Cesc Fàbregas and a burgeoning André Schürrle knocking about.
Wayne Rooney, £10.5m
New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will surely prioritise fellow Dutchman Robin van Persie up front, with stories already doing the rounds that Rooney might be deployed in a midfield role.
Sergio Agüero, £12m
The Manchester City forward seems like he could use a proper rest following an injury-hit campaign and ineffective World Cup for Argentina. £8.5m strike partner Edin Džeko looks a better bet at this stage.
Steven Gerrard, £9m
Will have less room to play without Luis Suárez, and might find his ageing legs stretched by a Champions League campaign.
Seamus Coleman, £7m
Would have to go some to match his goals return of last season, and comes much more expensive this time around – go for similarly priced fellow Everton defender Leighton Baines instead.
Pablo Zabaleta, £6.5m
Has played a lot of football in the last few years, hence Manchester City’s signing of Bacary Sagna – perhaps Manuel Pellegrini plans to rotate the two at right-back as he did with Aleksandar Kolarov and Gaël Clichy at left-back last season.
José Fonte, £5.5m
A popular pick last season, but we can’t see Southampton keeping anywhere near as many clean sheets without fellow defenders Dejan Lovren and Luke Shaw, not to mention manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Emmanuel Adebayor, £8.5m
Speaking of Pochettino, can you see the new Tottenham Hotspur manager putting up with the unpredictable Togolese forward? We’re unconvinced.
Diego Costa, £10.5m
This depends entirely on how much faith you place in the Chelsea striker curse that’s struck such talents as Fernando Torres, Andriy Shevchenko and Pierluigi Casiraghi. And how much stock you place in Costa’s unimpressive World Cup.
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