Fantasy Premier League tips by club? It’s happening, fantasy football heads – now sit still while we sniff out bargains to be had at Everton.
The Toffees finished an impressive 5th under Roberto Martínez last season, accumulating a (Premier League era) club record 72 points and qualifying for that there Europa League.
European competition may enforce a squad rotation policy that could jeopardise the availability of any Everton selections you make, but until such a time as the tournament gets ‘serious’ – not until early 2015, basically – we imagine that Martínez will prioritise the league.
With Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry signed on permanent deals, as well as Ross Barkley and Séamus Coleman tied down on long-term contracts, it’s been a joyous summer for the Merseysiders.
Can they capitalise on the feel-good factor? More to the point, can you? Dig our Everton-flavoured Fantasy Premier League tips, safe in the knowledge that Coleman was our number 1 tip for last season and he ended up as the defender with the most points (casual brag there)…
1) Steven Naismith – £5m
The Scottish forward ended last season on fire, his clever movement and coolness in front of goal coming to the fore as Everton strung together seven consecutive victories.
Naismith won’t start every game but his versatility should see him in the side more often than not, while he’s been known to make goal-scoring appearances as a substitute.
2) Kevin Mirallas – £7.5m
The Belgian winger will be flying after his lively showing at the World Cup and the signing of his good friend Lukaku, and the fact that he’s listed as a midfielder rather than a forward simply begs to be taken advantage of.
Midfielders earn one more point per goal than forwards, and we’re backing Mirallas to net a fair few this season – he’s added free kicks to his armoury and he ended last season on fire, assuming ever more responsibility as he approaches his peak years.
He may have been one of last season’s highest scoring midfielders, but we can see Mirallas doing even better this time around. If he does, £7.5m will look cheap.
3) Leighton Baines – £7m
Look, we wanted to be clever and recommend Arouna Koné or Aiden McGeady at £5.5m apiece, but if you can afford Baines in your side then you simply must.
Finishing as last season’s third highest scoring FPL defender despite sitting out a month or so injured, Baines is Everton’s first-choice penalty taker, a mean free kick taker, a regular assist-maker and part of a defensive unit that keeps plenty of clean sheets.
There are just so many ways for Baines to get you points that it would almost be downright folly not to make room for him. Whether you choose to withhold funds from other areas in order to accommodate him is entirely up to you, of course – we merely suggest it.
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