ESPN FC fantasy picks expert Sir John continues his Premier League season preview with a look at the teams, examining the fantasy players who will help Swansea to another high Premier League finish. Go to the ESPN FC EPL fantasy page to join the game.
Last season: 11-13-14
Goals scored: 47
Goals conceded: 51
Manager Michael Laudrup's magic season last year was in large part due to a five-letter name: Michu (7.7 fantasy value). The 27-year-old Spanish attacking midfielder scored 18 of his team's 47 league goals in 35 games and was the third highest fantasy midfielder. For 2013-2014, the Swans have upgraded their attack with a major transfer move, bringing in forward Wilfried Bony (7.1), a 24-year-old Ivorian for 12 million pounds. Bony, who has played well in preseason, scored an incredible 35 goals in 29 matches for Vitesse Arnhem in the Dutch league.
Swansea's other forwards are forgettable. Luke Moore (4.4) is the only one worth mentioning for fantasy value.
It is in midfield where the Swans have depth and quality. Jonathan DeGuzman (6.6 17th-ranked) Pablo Hernandez (6.2), Wayne Routledge (6.4), Nathan Dyer (6.0), and veteran Leon Britton (5.7) all return and are joined by Liverpool transfer Jonjo Shelvey (5.2). The 21-year-old never could impress enough at Anfield and gets a fresh start with Swansea, promising to bring toughness in attack and defense. Other midfield contenders for playing time are Ki Sung-Yueng (5.4), Jose Canas (5.3), Roland Lamah (4.5), and transfer Alejando Pozuelo (4.9).
Defense could take a hit if Ashley Williams (5.3) departs in the transfer window. While he did not have as good a season as Swansea's first PL campaign, Williams was the 23rd best fantasy defender. The team's highest scoring fantasy defenders were Angel Rangel (5.4) and Ben Davies (5.6). Chico (5.2) was good when not injured. He missed 12 matches. Jordi Amat (4.8) and Neil Taylor (4.9) will seek playing time.
Swansea is strong in goal. Michael Vorm (6.2) was in 26 games but could be pushed by Gerhard Tremmel (4.4), who filled in well while Vorm was hurt.
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