Transfer deadline day has come and gone. I’ve decided: Chaos is not a ladder, it’s a bunch of bumbling twitter trolls claiming to be in the know. Rosters are finally set, but whether they’re complete is another story entirely. Here’s a round-up of all the important moves from a chaotic, and ultimately another disappointing deadline day.
Note: Players have been listed by position in order of perceived value for the future, most valuable to least valuable.
Wilfried Bony – Swansea – £11.70 Million – Transfer From: Manchester City (ENG) – Age: 28
Bony has finally returned to Wales from Manchester. He ranks at the top of the Deadline Day forwards for one reason only: playing time. Even with Tammy Abraham nabbing his first goal in the Premier League in Swansea’s last game, I imagine it won’t be long before we see Bony spearheading the attack for the Swans.
While it’s entirely possible that Bony has flat-out lost “it,” I feel like bouncing around from team to team, unsure of his place or his future took its toll on the Ivorian. He could be a potential top-20 forward if his form returns and he locks down the job. I figure you’ll know soon how valuable he is, meaning if he doesn’t come good, you can just dump him again.
’16-’17 Fantasy Stats (ENG): 10 App – 59.5 points – 5.95 points/appearance – 7.76 points/90 minutes
Fernando Llorente – Tottenham – £11.70 Million – Transfer From: Swansea (ENG) – Age: 32
I love what Llorente brings to Tottenham. He’s the end-of-game striker that Pochettino needs to become another threat at the end of games. The Spaniard is a clinical finisher and a terror in the air. However, he will be clearly behind Harry Kane in the pecking order. Unless Kane’s getting a deserved rest during a busy week, I’d deem it unlikely to see Llorente play a full 90.
The best case scenario for Togga managers would come about if Llorente became a super sub to ply his trade in the 70th minute on. If he could replicate the success that Olivier Giroud had in that role at Arsenal last season, he’s a must own in every league. That doesn’t come with a guarantee that you’ll feel good playing him every week, but he’s a solid insurance policy in a fairly good offense.
’16-’17 Fantasy Stats (ENG): 33 App – 322.5 points – 9.77 pts/app – 11.83 pts/90
Nikola Vlasic – Everton – £9.72 Million – Transfer From: Hadjuk Split (CRO) – Age: 19
Vlasic is relatively unknown, at least outside of Croatia. He played for Hadjuk Split against Everton in Europa League playoff last week and apparently caught Ronald Koeman’s eye. Given his age and lack of top-shelf experience, I think it unlikely he’ll make an immediate impact on the team. He does provide some competition for places, mainly amongst a poor-looking Sandro. Not worth a pick-up until we see something on the pitch.
’16-’17 Fantasy Stats (CRO): Unknown – 30 app – 4 goals – 8 assists
Nakhi Wells – Burnley – £4.86 Million – Transfer From: Huddersfield Town – Age: 27
Burnley have finally brought in a proper stylistic replacement for Andre Gray, even if he’s a lesser version. Wells’s most plausible route to fantasy relevance lies within his style. Burnley have been snatching up target men this window. With Gray gone to Watford, Wells is now the only forward with something that you’d call pace. He wasn’t particularly productive with Huddersfield, and he’ll likely start as a sub at Turf Moor. Don’t worry about Wells, he’s probably not relevant.
’16-’17 Fantasy Stats (EC): 46 app – 283 points – 6.15 pts/app – 7.74 pts/90
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Winger – Liverpool – £34.2 Million – Transfer From: Arsenal (ENG) – Age: 24
Oxlade-Chamberlain is the most exciting player to change teams on a rather drab deadline day. He’s off to a great start this season and a move to Anfield shouldn’t hurt that. He’ll be out of the wing-back role in Liverpool, likely playing a more natural position on the wing. In addition to residing further up the pitch, he’ll be surrounded with more attacking talent to feed and play off of.
But there is a chance his value takes a hit. There is a lot of competition for place at Liverpool and it won’t be straight-forward selection every week. And even though he may prefer to play on the wing instead of as a wing-back, fantasy owners sure didn’t mind the extra tackles and interceptions.
Oxlade-Chamberlain should be owned in all leagues. If he’s not, go pick him up! If you’re lucky enough to own him, fear not; I don’t expect his value to decrease at all. In all likelihood, he’ll be more valuable at Liverpool than he was at Arsenal.
’16-’17 Fantasy Stats (ENG): 29 app – 247 points – 8.52 pts/app – 14.22 pts/90
Adrien Silva – Central Mid – Leicester – £15 Million – Transfer From: Sporting CP (POR) – Age: 28
I had a difficult time ranking Silva, mainly because I’m not exactly sure how he’ll fit in at the King Power. I’m no fan of Matty James and I imagine that come Gameweek 4, we’ll see Silva and Ndidi in the midfield instead of James.
I like Silva as a strengthening piece in the midfield. He’s shown impressive tackling skills to match his deep-lying playmaker role at Sporting. I’m hoping that Ndidi will provide a little extra cover to allow Silva some time up the pitch. Silva was incredibly productive in Portugal and his game should slip right into the counter-attack fever that grips Leicester at times.
Even if the key passes and other offensive abilities don’t show up right away, Silva has enough of a work rate on defense that he should at least offer some points from tackles and interceptions. I’d rather have him than Danny Drinkwater.
’16-’17 Fantasy Stats (POR): 27 app – 268.5 points – 9.94 pts/app – 11.19 pts/90
Danny Drinkwater – Central Mid – Chelsea – £34.2 Million – Transfer From: Leicester City (ENG) – Age: 27
The reason Drinkwater falls behind his replacement is uncertainty. I have no idea who will show up at Chelsea. For fantasy purposes, I hope it’s the version of Drinkwater that had so much success in Leicester’s title run two years ago. He’ll be reunited with man, myth, legend N’golo Kante in the midfield. Once Kante left Leicester, Drinkwater’s form fell across the board, resulting in over 200 points less in fantasy last season.
There are more concerns. Drinkwater is probably the least touted of Chelsea’s new look midfield and it’s possible he could struggle to see the pitch, especially if Bakayoko continues to emerge. I’m not entirely sure what Drinkwater brings to the table that Bakayoko doesn’t. It’s just a situation with too many outcomes for me to rate Drinkwater too highly.
’16-’17 Fantasy Stats: 29 app – 161 points – 5.55 pts/app – 5.87 pts/90
’15-’16 Fantasy Stats: 35 app – 341.5 points – 9.75 pts/app – 10.11 pts/90
Renato Sanches – Central Mid – Swansea – Loaned From: Bayern Munich (GER) – Age: 20
While Sanches remains an absolute steal for Swansea, he may not be a fantasy superstar. We don’t have any real evidence of the young Portuguese succeeding at a high level without being surrounded by a championship-winning squad. He never settle in at Bayern and had a particularly dreadful season last year.
But development can happen in unpredictable times and circumstances. It’s within the realm of possibility that Sanches develops into a star at Swansea, but I’m betting that he stays on the lower side of average, at least in fantasy this year. Here’s to being wrong.
’16-’17 Fantasy Stats (GER): 17 app – 44.5 points – 2.62 pts/app – 6.48 pts/90
Serge Aurier – Right Back – Tottenham – £22.5 Million – Transfer From: Paris St. Germain (FRA) – Age: 24
Aurier has completed the long-anticipated move to Tottenham. We’ll see how quickly he jumps into the team given Kieran Trippier’s struggles so far. Aurier is a needed upgrade for Spurs and I believe we’ll be seeing lots of the Ivorian in the premier league this year.
Spurs full backs are some of the most valuable defenders in fantasy, therefore, Aurier is an automatic pickup. Here’s a tricky tip. Somehow, he snuck into the Togga system before waivers processed on Thursday. That means, unless someone was on the ball, he’s probably out there right now, waiting for suitors. You might not even have to spend a waiver pick on him.
Go now! Go get him!
’16-’17 Fantasy Stats (FRA): 22 app – 269 points – 12.23 pts/app – 13.23 pts/90
Davide Zappacosta – Right Back – Chelsea – £25.2 Million – Transfer From: Torino (ITA) – Age: 25
Zappacosta is a perfect candidate to unseat Victor Moses at right wing back. It seems inevitable to me; Conte spent the entire last week trying to lure a suitable replacement to Stamford Bridge. The Italian provides great link-up play and final balls. As long as he doesn’t have to defend…
He allowed 47 goals last season at Torino. That brought a marvelous fantasy profile to just mediocre. However, in the Conte system, his contributions on defense would be more limited than they were at Torino. Plus he won’t have the decaying form of Joe Hart behind him in goal. On a team with decent defense, Zappacosta could be a right-footed Marcos Alonso.
There are a lot of defenders out there, and Zappacosta isn’t guaranteed a starting spot. If you’re in a league full of hawks, go ahead and snatch him up. But if you’re eyeing someone else on the waiver wire, I think you can push Zappacosta down your waiver claim order. He should still be there and could end up being a steal for shrewd managers.
’16-’17 Fantasy Stats (ITA): 29 app – 236.5 points – 8.15 pts/app – 9.12 pts/90
Mamadou Sakho – Center Back – Crystal Palace – Transfer From: Liverpool (ENG) – Age: 27
Sakho has finally escaped the Heavy Metal grasp of Jurgen Klopp by moving to Crystal Palace permanently. His career reawakening last season was cut short due to a nasty knee injury suffered against Tottenham, from which he’s still recovering. Don’t go out and pick Sakho up just yet (you know, cuz he’s injured), but be aware. He turned Palace around last season, and they might need him to do it again this year.
’16-’17 Fantasy Stats (ENG): 8 app – 67 points – 8.38 pts/app – 8.78 pts/90
Ezequiel Schelotto – Right Back – Brighton – £2.7 Million – Transfer From: Sporting CP (POR) – Age: 28
Sporting unloaded two full backs on deadline day and both are fairly good. However, Schelotto fits his team better so I have him ranked higher. The Italian right back has shown competence pushing forward and sitting back, but I think the latter will be his job at Brighton. That should be fine, Brighton have more problems on the attacking front than the defensive.
Schelotto is a great tackler; he won every tackle that he attempted in the Portuguese league last season. 19 tackles are nothing to write home about though. He’s a strong crosser of the ball as well; if he ever gets the chance to go forward, he may show that off. Brighton’s captain Bruno hasn’t been cutting it at right back this year and I think it’s only a matter of time before Schelotto gets a look there.
Don’t worry too much about spending a waiver pick on Schelotto; you can probably wait until you see he’s getting consistent playtime. Just keep him in mind and check in on him every once in a while.
’16-’17 Fantasy Stats (POR): 23 app – 1945 min – 226.25 points – 9.84 pts/app – 10.47 pts/90
Marvin Zeegelaar – Left Back – Watford – £2.7 Million – Transfer From: Sporting CP (POR) – Age: 27
Zeegelaar is the other former Sporting left back to join the ranks of the Premier League, though Watford snatched him up. Watford have absolutely no cover for Jose Holebas at left-back and Zeegelaar should fill that role nicely initially. Holebas has a firm hold on the starting job for now, but when (not if) he racks up a yellow-card suspension, don’t be surprised by his understudy.
Surprisingly, Zeegelaar plays nearly identical to Holebas – hard-nose tackling coupled with rambunctious forward play. He holds onto the ball well and can rack up fantasy points from dribbles. Much, like his former teammate mentioned above, Zeegelaar has a high success percentage in attempted tackles. The one aspect of being a full back that lets him down is crossing, where he’s fairly poor.
Zeegelaar is just a name to be aware of for now. If he starts to play, keep an eye on him, but don’t get too enthusiastic. Watford have shown they’re an enigmatic side, especially on defense.
’16-’17 Fantasy Stats (POR): 20 app – 1519 min – 150.75 points – 7.54 pts/app – 8.93 pts/90