Dry January is over people and frankly we’re embracing February’s arrival with open arms.
It’s a big month for fantasy football with a number of key Premier League fixtures, the FA Cup fifth-round, the League Cup final and the small matter of the Champions League returning.
Liverpool, for one, will be glad to see the back of January – and we know a number of Dream Team managers will be too.
So now that February is upon us, it’s time to use those transfers wisely.
Our fantasy football scout Paul, via his handy website, is on hand to run you through his tactics…
When looking to make transfers it’s vital to look forward at forthcoming fixtures.
This helps to ensure that teams/players have either a good run of easy fixtures or more fixtures than other teams.
Both can contribute to greater opportunities to accumulate more points. I also tend to only look at the top 6-7 clubs in the league.
Man United (6 games in total)
Blackburn (FA Cup 5th round)
Southampton (EFL Cup Final)
Ibrahimovic – With easier fixtures and the EFL Cup Final, Zlatan looks like the best transfer out of the bunch for February. He’s the main goalscorer at Old Trafford and with additional games he looks like a must have.
Pogba – Currently the highest scoring midfielder, with extra games and easier fixtures he could potentially pick up a lot of points during February.
Tottenham (6 games)
KAA Gent (A)
Fulham (FA Cup 5th round)
KAA Gent (H)
Kane – Since returning from injury Kane looks in scintillating goalscoring form. However as Spurs rely on his goals so much in the Premier League, he may be rested for Europa League and FA Cup fixtures.
Eriksen/Alli – Simply for the extra fixtures and great form Spurs are in, either Eriksen or Alli in midfield could rack up some big points. Again question marks over selection in Europa League and FA Cup fixtures.
Man City (4 games)
Huddersfield Town (FA Cup 5th round)
Jesus – The new kid on the block at City has cast serious doubt over Sergio Aguero’s future at the club. Jesus scored one and assisted another on his full Premier League debut last night and should continue to start during February.
Arsenal (4 games)
Sutton United (FA Cup 5th round)
Bayern Munich (A)
Sanchez – Arsenal do not have a favourable run of fixtures with difficult away games at Chelsea and Bayern. However I think it is important to have some representation with home games against Watford and Hull. Sanchez has been the most consistent point scorer for Arsenal this season. If you were looking for a cheaper option Giroud could be a good choice if the Frenchman continues to get game time.
Everton (3 games)
Lukaku – With Everton’s run of fixtures in February Lukaku is almost certain to score highly. My only reservation would be the lack of additional European and FA cup fixtures.
Chelsea (4 games)
Wolves (FA Cup 5th round)
With only four games during the month and two difficult opening fixtures I’m staying clear of the league leaders. A risky move, but there may be an opportunity to bring in Costa or Hazard for the Swansea game at the end of the month.
Liverpool (3 games)
Coutinho – With only 4 fixtures and two challenging fixtures at home to Chelsea and Tottenham, I would be tempted to exclude any Liverpool players. However it could be a risky move considering the form Coutinho was in prior to his injury.
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