Fantastic Fantasy Transfers

Several Premier players have switched teams and are giving fantasy managers the opportunity to cash in on future point production while their values are low. Of course, with the game's revived free enterprise system, the values could also drop.

The most attractive switch involves Dembele who goes from Fulham to Tottenham. The one fantasy negative with the Belgian is that he is listed as a forward and not the attacking midfielder that he is. And, of course, he now has the burden of playing for AVB.

The move of Berbatov to Fulham is a testimony of class. Not once did the Bulgarian whine in the media about his lot in life at Man Yoo and he rejected millions in cash to ply his skill at Craven Cottage. Berby's salary is 6.8. He now is part of the strike force that includes Petric (6.5), Ruiz (6.2), and to a lesser extent, Rodallega (6.1). In midfield is a scorer with a puny salary, Kacaniklic (4.7 up 0.3). Berby was enticed to be reunited with former manager Martin Jol. Could Clint Dempsey now have second thoughts about fulfilling the final year of his contract? For the sake of the Texan's future, Sir John hopes so.

The Liverpool Ponytail has been checked out of the Anfield private library and will be on loan at West Ham with a view to a permanent basis (probably if the Hammers are not relegated). Andy Carroll's salary is 7.1. He is just about it up front along with the ancient Carlton Cole (5.2). Vaz Te is at 5.3. AC will have to tow the line under Big Sam.

Scott Sinclair (6.9) to Manchester City from Swansea will look good on his resume; however, after Mancini sees how he performs at a higher level of competition, we will see what the number of appearances will be on the resume.

Moving on from Arsenal to Juventus is Bendtner (6.5). Only 0.1% of fantasy managers had him so they will have to burn a transfer to get their rosters back to full strength.

Rumblings involving Van der Vaart are being watched nervously by 2.7% of fantasy managers. If the Dutchie goes to Hamburg, there goes a transfer down the drain. His departure is likely since AVB told him he was footie-non-grata.

This is a wild and crazy time of the year and it's far from over.

Yours faithfully,

Sir John

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