Late transfer fantasy implications

Posted by John Culea

Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC/Getty ImagesArsenal deadline day transfer Mesut Ozil is a big addition for the Gunners, but is his 9.5 value worth it to fantasy managers?

Now that the transfer window has been shut, what fantasy implications have opened for managers to consider? Here is a list of nine Premier League teams and the bigger name last day transfers that stand to have the most impact.

The biggest late signing is Mesut Ozil. The 24-year-old German international is a massive catch for the Gunners. Ozil's fantasy value has been set at 9.5, the highest of any fantasy midfielder. While he is known for many assists, Ozil has never scored more than nine league goals at any team in his career.

Ozil arrives with three starting Arsenal players banged up. Lukas Podolski, listed as a forward but playing more as a midfielder, is out until November 13, while midfielders Mikel Arteta is out until September 28 and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, October 6. How Arsene Wenger will deploy his players when everyone is healthy are major talking points.

Winger Theo Walcott wants to be a forward, but seems to have more fantasy success in midfield. Santi Cazorla is likely to get more assists with Ozil on the pitch, but you wonder about playing time for Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, and Tomas Rosicky.

Olivier Giroud must be ecstatic with Ozil's arrival, relieving pressure on him and having a brilliant passer alongside.

Top of the table Liverpool made its tough defense even stronger with the arrival of 23-year-old Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain. Also capable of scoring goals, Sakho comes at a time when key defenders Kolo Toure and Glen Johnson are out injured. The question for fantasy managers is, when they are healthy, who among Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique and Martin Skrtel will sit?

With Luis Suarez still suspended, the loan of midfielder Victor Moses from Chelsea should afford the 22-year-old playing time. Steven Gerrard, Lucas, and Philippe Coutinho are not likely to lose any playing time, but with Moses on board, what to do with Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, and Joe Allen (I have an easy answer for Allen -- dump him)?

Manchester United:
Maroune Fellaini suddenly became a key fantasy player because surely David Moyes will deploy the Belgian in the same productive role he had when he managed Fellaini at Everton. Fellaini gives Man Utd a much-needed aerial threat on set pieces and they need someone to mix it up on attack.

It is fantasy "game on" for Everton with the loan of Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku to the Toffees. Everton needs a massive injection of offense that so far has been AWOL with Nikica Jelavic and sporadic with Kevin Mirallas and Ross Barkley. The move is not fantasy good news for forward Arouna Kone.

A lesser impact will be midfielders Gareth Barry coming on loan from Manchester City and James McCarthy on permanent transfer from Wigan. They will fill the holding role that Maroune Fellaini was forced to play.

Bottom of the table WBA needed offensive help and the sad sack Baggies took a chance on inconsistent Stephane Sessegnon from Sunderland and disappointing Victor Anichebe from Everton.
Midfielder Morgan Amalfitano also comes from Marseille on loan.

With forward Jozy Altidore out and Steven Fletcher back off the injury list, the Black Cats went to the Liverpool library and borrowed Fabio Borini who was not likely to get much playing time, especially when Luis Suarez returns. Borini came back strong from an injury and could inject pace and fantasy scoring ability into Sunderland's lineup.

Aston Villa:
With strong fantasy forwards in Christian Benteke, Gabriel Agbonlahor, and Andreas Wiemann, I'm not sure why Libor Kozak and his skimpy resume was brought in from Lazio.

Forward Alvaro Vazquez's arrival on loan from Spain to the Swans is backup for Wilfried Bony and Michu.

Boring Stoke went to Germany to get Marko Arnautovic to play up front for the Potters. A lesser impactful fantasy move is Stephen Ireland, he of Man City and Newcastle memories, who arrives on loan from Aston Villa.

Note: Loaned players cannot compete against the club that owns them (i.e. Lukaku will not play against Chelsea at Goodison Park on September 14, when the PL schedule resumes or again at Stamford Bridge on February 22).


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