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Fantasy football tips: The best of the January transfers RANKED

There was a lot of late business in the January transfer window with four of the top six clubs all making last-minute moves, but who got the best players? And which new faces are going to get those juicy fantasy football points?

The January transfer window closed last night after a spectacular day of business which was matched by the mid-week Premier League antics.

The league machine rumbles on with another weekend of crunch fixtures – but which new faces should you get into your fantasy football team?

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Luckily for you we have ranked the best transfers of the window by the big clubs making it easy for you fantasy managers to capitalise on all those low hanging points on offer.

We could see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first outing for Arsenal against Everton on Saturday, Alexis Sanchez will be hoping to get on the score sheet in his home league debut against Huddersfield and Liverpool host Spurs in a huge game for a place in the top four.

Which top clubs did the best business in January? 

1st Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Aubameyang only allowed to train with dummies on his first day

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Aubameyang only allowed to train with dummies on his first day

Did Arsenal need a striker? They broke their transfer record in the summer to bring Alexandre Lacazette in.

But Aubameyang is one of those players that when he is available you have to go for him, and Arsene Wenger has pulled off a coup to get the renowned striker for just £56million.

Turning the focus to fantasy football, the lightning fast striker costs just £5.1million – the same price as Theo Walcott – and is as close as you can get to a guaranteed points machine.

Last season he ended the year as Bundesliga top scorer with 31 goals in 32 games and when he’s reacquainted with former Borussia Dortmund team mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan there could be sweet magic.

Ranking: the best signing of the transfer window without doubt.

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2nd Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez realising in real time what it is like to play with Phil Jones

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Sanchez realising in real time what it is like to play with Phil Jones

It looked for all the world like Alexis Sanchez was destined to go to Man City.

Jose Mourinho got involved and prised the Chilean away from Arsenal and secured the services of one of the best players in the Premier League.

Congratulations Jose now don’t make him play like a left back.

Sanchez is quite pricey at £6.7million but he is bound to pick up goals and assists when United get into their stride.

With the Gunners he highest tally was 18 points in one game this season – he is the cheapest alternative to Harry Kane or Sergio Aguero too.

You’ll have to be quick as Sanchez was the most transferred player in for the last game week.

Ranking: Sanchez is a marquee transfer from Man United and he should live to his pay packet no problem.

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3rd Virgil van Dijk

£75million of prime Dutch defensive beef

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£75million of prime Dutch defensive beef

Liverpool have needed a commanding centre back for years and it seemed like everyone knew it except Jurgen Klopp.

So it is no surprise he finally broke the world record price for a defender when he signed van Dijk from Southampton for £75million.

The big Dutchman impressed on his debut against Everton in the FA Cup with an eight-point haul.

He didn’t play in the big win against Man City and scored just four points in two losses against West Brom and Swansea.

However, if he can prove to be the cornerstone of an improved defence, expect clean sheet points and the odd goal at the other end.

Ranking: A signing Liverpool desperately needed and is already at home in the Premier League

4th Aymeric Laporte

The next Otamendi or Kompany?

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The next Otamendi or Kompany?

Forget the late Riyad Mahrez bid and just ponder that City are 12 points clear in the league and still think it necessary to break their transfer record for a new defender.

£57million was enough to secure the signature of Athletic Bilbao’s Laporte to sprinkle some more ball playing ability in the City back line.

Laporte has untold potential and learning his craft under Pep Guardiola and alongside Vincent Kompany could see him become a world class defender.

He might not get the most game time this season but at £4million and with eight points already in the bag from his first game, it would be rude not to draft him.

Ranking: A classy young centre back who will be a star for years to come at the Etihad

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5th Lucas Moura

Moura brought his Spurs scarf with his from Paris

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Moura brought his Spurs scarf with his from Paris

Spurs always leave it late don’t they.

Everyone suspected the Lucas Moura deal was done and dusted but they didn’t officially announce it until just before their game last night leaving a few fans a bit nervy.

The Brazil international showed serious promise in his early years but lost his way a bit at Paris Saint-Germain as he fell down the pecking order.

Moura, 25, offers the perfect width for Spurs with his pace and trickery.

The £25million man will have a lovely time knowing Harry Kane is on hand to finish all of the crosses he provides.

You can get him on the cheap at £3.5million and he will more than make up for it with the amount of assists this season.

Ranking: At 25, Moura needs to show he can cut it but Spurs are a well-oiled machine and he will pick up fantasy points

6th Olivier Giroud

Giroud is genuinely happy to be on the bench

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Giroud is genuinely happy to be on the bench

Who do you call when you need a backup striker?

Olivier Giroud of course – he has 25 scored more goals than any other Arsenal player since 2012 and is the definition of a super sub.

Chelsea fans will be relieved to see France’s starting striker wearing the no.18 shirt instead of Peter Crouch, Ashley Barnes or whichever other tall man Antonio Conte fancied.

Giroud has accrued 59 points this season, mostly from the subs bench, but at a cost of just £3.6million he represents the perfect back up striker in your dream team.

Just over 1% of managers have Giroud in their team but his game high for this season of 13 shows he can still bag a haul.

Ranking: The best of the league’s back up strikers and Arsenal could rue selling another of their players to a rival

7th Ross Barkley

Bark;ey scored 0 points as Chelsea lost 3-0 to Bournemouth

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Bark;ey scored 0 points as Chelsea lost 3-0 to Bournemouth

This move could make or break Ross Barkley and so far it looks like its breaking him.

The young midfielder has played three times for Chelsea already but hasn’t managed a single point.

His highest rating from WhoScored.com of 6.33 came against Arsenal on his debut.

But there is a caveat, Barkley had been injured for so long at Everton that it might take him a while to get back to playing at his best.

Ranking: Don’t give up hope on the England man