Every year, the hype wagon and subtle love affair for the promoted teams players happens. It happens, sorry not sorry, but it does. They come in with their Championship league stats all shiny and got the fantasy world by the tail. I get it, they did great things in a league that is below the Premier. For the official game, they have an additional appeal because we have seen it in the past that they can rise to be a useful cheap piece. Deeney years ago, Andre Gray after that, and now we are hit with the influx of familiar names that have played in the Premier and are now back… at a discount now. The fantasy attributes that Brighton, Huddersfield, and Newcastle boast have some usefulness as salary fillers or just a plain dump in some cases. Because the four-buck defender still happens. So today we are focusing on some of the better fantasy options from the promoted squads and how they can aide in your quest to build the perfect XI or XV if we are being completely honest. Because those four bench spots still matter when you are comprising your roster with a 100m budget. So enjoy the kind words about this years crop of promoted players, you may or may not hear their names again this year so get a pad and pencil ready or since we have technology earmark this page with a cool bookmark that you got from the school library. Cheers!
Matt Ritchie, Newcastle – May just be the bell of the ball for the promoted squads. Two years ago in the Premier, he had a 8 goal and 6 assist season good for 119 points. Last year? 12 and 7. He is the playmaker for the Toons, plain and simple. Could be a DFS darling if that is something you dabble in also. At 6.0, he is a cheap additive like Adobe to chicken.
Aaron Mooy, Huddersfield – Guys who are or were tied to former big clubs like Man City look better than they sometimes are. We have seen products come from bigger clubs across Europe with lesser names and have been an abomination. Cough, Jan Kirchhoff, Cough. But in Mooy’s case, it shouldn’t be when someone leads their team in offensive and defensive metric, it’s a good thing. At 5.5, he is that fifth middie with flair.
Dwight Gayle, Newcastle – Goals are good, period and 23 of them speaks volumes. Not the youngest buck, but has experience in the fantasy universe with Palace. His price is the third striker dump that allows you to get Kane, Lukaku, and some studs through the midfield.
Steve Mounie, Huddersfield – Is the Andre Ighalo of this year’s fantasy crop. Over-looked and did well for himself in League One. Won’t start right away… I don’t think, but could be a factor in weak weeks and price wise he is the definition of punt.
Glenn Murray, Brighton – Old man river of the promoted teams scored 33 for the Gulls, but his only caveat is that he has three years of EPL experience, but without starter minutes.
Jonjo Shelvey, Newcastle – Voldemort returns. For fantasy leagues, his name is intrinsic with making cool team names or just if you are stuck in a Harry potter phase in your 40’s.