It’s the January transfer window! While it’s not as exciting as the summer transfer window, it is a good opportunity for fantasy managers to revamp their teams. That’s because, for the first time, the Premier League fantasy game offers a January wild card where you can make as many transfers as you like. Here’s the top 11 in terms of points for the season so far, and whether you should transfer them in or out…
Joe Hart - Manchester City – 110pts.
He’s pricey but worth every penny. Just ask Arsenal. He made five brilliant saves to hold a clean sheet against them away from home. IN
Nemanja Vidic – Manchester United – 90 pts.
The rock on Manchester United’s back four has been as solid as ever lately. While does have three goals this year, you can count on him for clean-sheet points as Man U has been very stingy when it comes to conceding goals. IN
Ashley Cole – Chelsea – 89 pts.
Nothing against Cole personally but Chelsea are in a freefall (Ed Note: He’s a tw@t). Nobody on the squad is scoring consistently and they aren’t keeping many clean sheets either. If the veterans start to turn on each other it could get uglier. OUT unless Chelsea turns it around.
Leighton Baines – Everton – 92 pts.
The Everton defender had 138 pts last season and now has 92 at the halfway point. He’s on fire. Yes he’s pricey, but worth it. IN
Nani – Manchester United – 116 pts.
Nani has thrived in the absence of Valencia from the Man United lineup. He also seems to score whether Wayne Rooney is in or not. In addition to his goals he gets piles of assists from his crosses. Did I mention he and Tevez are tied for the fantasy scoring lead? IN. Make him your captain.
Tim Cahill – Everton – 107 pts.
Cahill plays almost as high up the pitch as a striker, but he’s still classified as a midfielder…. so in that sense is an interesting choice. He’s an unstoppable force in the box this season but since he’s now at the Asia Cup, you need to ditch him. If he stays healthy think about grabbing him again later on. OUT
Florent Malouda – Chelsea – 105 pts.
I thought this was going to be Malouda’s year. He seemed to be an explosive offensive force throughout the early portion of the season, but like Ashley Cole, his fantasy numbers have tanked during the team’s recent struggles. OUT
Rafael Van Der Vaart – Tottenham – 108pts.
If it weren’t for some injury trouble, he would surely be leading the league in fantasy points. He does it all: scores goals, sets up goals, takes corners, takes free kicks. Combined with the strong play of Gareth Bale, Spurs have an increasingly deadly midfield. IN and make him your captain (if for some reason you haven’t picked up Nani.)
Carlos Tevez – Manchester City – 116 pts.
One of the few players who seems to be able to leave any off-field issues where they belong: off the field. He performs against great competition and weak teams both and can score almost any time he touches the ball. IN
Dimitar Berbatov – Manchester United – 113 pts.
Maybe I’m bitter because I dropped him the night before he scored his five goals in one game, (Hey, can you blame me? He hadn’t scored in ten games or so. But that still didn’t stop me from weeping as I watched. No one was buying my ‘tears of joy’ excuse.) but I don’t think Berbatov can score without playing alongside Wayne Rooney. He slumped the first time Rooney was injured this year, and I wouldn’t advise picking him up until they are reunited. OUT
Andrew Carroll – Newcastle – 113 pts.
A walking advertisement for the quality of the Championship, Carroll waltzed into the Premier League and immediately became one of its most deadly strikers. He’s injured now but if you have him, I’d keep him. If not, wait until he gets healthy, which should be in a week or two, and then transfer him. IN