You may have notice the jerseys on some of the players on your fantasy team have changed colour. This is not because they were bored with what they were wearing. It means your man has been transferred to a new squad in the January transfer window.
A move can be good or bad news in terms of fantasy points. A benchwarmer on one team could be a starter on another and vice versa. Here’s a few of the more notable transfers and what they mean for you…
Darren Bent – Sunderland to Aston Villa
Bent immediately became Aston Villa’s deadliest striker upon his arrival and he showed it, scoring moments into his first game with the club. I don’t think he will regain his amazing form from last year, but I see more goals in his future. Buy him if you need a striker.
This transfer is also good news for owners of other Sunderland forwards Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck who will reap the awards of more playing time in Bent’s absence.
John Carew – Aston Villa to Stoke City
Carew has struggled this year for playing time, which has resulted in the once-powerful striker having a grand total of zero goals so far. The change of scenery might help, but a better option would be his cheaper and more proficient teammate Kenwyne Jones.
David Bentley – Tottenham to Birmingham
I’ve always thought Bentley was better than he showed in his limited playing time with Tottenham. But without a born goal scorer up front,who is going to get on the end of his crosses at Birmingham? I’d steer clear for now.
Steven Pienaar – Everton to Tottenham
The speedy South African midfielder finds himself in a very crowded midfield with the likes of Gareth Bale, Rafael Van der Vaart, Aaron Lennon, and Luka Modric. Again, I’d steer clear until we see whether he gets enough playing time to merit picking him for your squad.
Roque Santa Cruz – Manchester City to Blackburn Rovers
I like this one. RSC is bound to get more playing time with Blackburn and he’s a proven goal scorer. He can be picked up right now for a bargain price.
Wayne Bridge – Manchester City to West Ham United
I want to say something nice about Wayne Bridge because he’s had a tough go of it lately. But you don’t want any West Ham defenders on your squad right now. Just don’t trade him in for John Terry because that’s been done and it was awkward for all involved…