Fantasy gambles: Gameweek 4

Posted by John Culea

Tony Marshall/Getty ImagesMarouane Fellaini will have a familiar coach but an unfamiliar red jersey when he makes his Manchester United debut at Old Trafford against Crystal Palace.

In previous blogs, I've listed the players I thought would have the best week of fantasy points. Now that we have had a week off and Premier League action resumes Saturday, I’ll try something different and list 11 players worth taking a gamble on this week.

Goalkeeper

I had thought of listing Allan McGregor (Hull at home against Cardiff), but he has an injury issue. Emotions will be high as the two promoted teams meet for the first time. McGregor’s first two weeks of the season produced 16 points.

So, the choice will be Aston Villa's Brad Guzan (home vs. Newcastle).
Even with a healthy Hatem Ben Arfa and transfer Loic Remy, the Magpies offer little offensive threat.

Defenders

Jose Fonte, Southampton (home against West Ham): The Portuguese defender opened with a goal and a clean sheet. He has weeks of 7, 11, and 3 points.

Guy Demel, West Ham (at Southampton): Two clean sheets out of the gate and weeks of 7, 7, and 3 points.

Danny Rose, Tottenham (home vs. Norwich): The speedy defender also has two clean sheets and weeks of 7, 7, and 3 points.

Midfielders

Victor Moses, Liverpool (at Swansea): The new transfer will be out to show his worth, especially with Liverpool wondering about Daniel Sturidge’s fitness, but will Brendan Rodgers give Moses a start?

Marouane Fellaini, Manchester United (home vs. Crystal Palace)
The beanpole Belgian makes his debut for his new team against relegation candidate Palace. If David Moyes allows him to play the way he did when he managed Everton, Fellaini could have a big day.

Mesut Ozil, Arsenal (at Sunderland -- Designated captain): Ozil is the biggest and most expensive PL transfer this season. Why does Sir John think Ozil is a fantasy gamble in his first game for the Gunners? The jury is still out if his 9.5 fantasy value is worth blowing up your team to bring him in.

Stephane Sessegnon, West Brom (at Fulham): Sessegnon has been given a fresh start at Sunderland. Will he benefit from the second chance?

Erik Lamela, Tottenham (home vs. Norwich): I considered Christian Eriksen for this gamble, but it’s not known whether Andre Villas-Boas will start the 21-year-old Danish transfer who scored nine goals in 14 league games for Ajax last season. However, it is not guaranteed that Lamela will start either, since he just got back to London after international duty for Argentina in Paraguay.

Forwards:

I thought of listing Chelsea's Samuel Eto’o (at Everton), but there may be an injury issue with the 32-year-old Cameroon international, who also had a blowout with his national team. Now that Jose Mourinho has loaned out Romelu Lukaku and given Demba Ba a cushioned seat, this could have been the week he put Eto’o in the starting lineup.

The gamble choice will be Fabio Borini, Sunderland (home vs. Arsenal). If he plays, the Liverpool loanee would make his debut for the Black Cats who are in the drop zone and needing an offensive lift. The other gamble is Loic Remy, Newcastle (at Aston Villa). When healthy and free of off-the-field issues, the former Queens Park Rangers forward scored six goals in 13 PL games in the second half of last season.

Bench: David Marshall, goalkeeper Cardiff; Fernando Amorebieta, defender, Fulham; Willian, midfielder, Chelsea; Alvaro Negredo, forward, Manchester City

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