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Premier League fantasy football tips: Nicolas Otamendi or Jan Vertonghen – who should I pick?

They are both defensive lynchpins for their sides  - but who should you pick for your squad?
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Should I pick Nicolas Otamendi or Jan Vertonghen?

The pair are both favourites on fantasy football

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The pair are both favourites on fantasy football

The foundations of many fantasy football teams this year are likely to be centred around one of the pair, with a £50million budget making it unlikely that managers could afford both whilst still maintaining a balanced team.

Otamendi and Vertonghen both posses the key defensive attributes to marshal your side to big points in fantasy football this season, making it an almost impossible decision to pick between the pair.

Nicolas Otamendi – £4m

The Argentine has recovered from a shaky start to life in the Premier League

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The Argentine has recovered from a shaky start to life in the Premier League

Otamendi was the footballing equivalent of Bambi on ice when he first touched base in English football after signing from Valencia.

He just couldn’t find his feet.

After what was initially a rocky start to life in the Premier League, the 30-year-old has developed into one of the league’s most assured defenders.

Under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola, Otamendi’s game has been taken to a new level.

Last season was a standout campaign for the Argentine, in which he picked up 222 points in fantasy football, the most of any defender in the game.

Alongside his defensive solidarity, Otamendi also became a goal threat for City, managing to net five times for Guardiola’s side.

The Argentine was a crucial part of City’s steamrolling success last season, with their defence, led by Otamendi, conceding just 27 goals in the league, the fewest of any side.

Otamendi is available for just £4m in this year’s game, making him a cheaper option than Vertonghen (£4.5m).

Jan Vertonghen – £4.5m

The Belgium has become one of Spurs’ most important players

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The Belgium has become one of Spurs’ most important players

Vertonghen was forced to step up for Spurs last season in the long-term absence of Toby Alderweireld.

He stepped up and then some.

With his countryman out through injury for most of the season, the 31-year-old relished in his new role as the leader of the Spurs defence.

Vertonghen picked up a hefty 174 points in fantasy football last season, making him the fifth highest scoring defender in the game.

As part of a Spurs back line that conceded just 36 goals in the league, the third fewest in the division, the Belgium was the standout figure, scoring one goal, providing one assist and picking up an impressive 28 7+ratings along the way.

Vertonghen will set you back £4.5m in this year’s game – a relative steal considering what he will bring to your squad.

Our verdict

This by no means an easy decision.

Our gut feeling however is telling us that Vertonghen is the player who you should be banking on this season over Otamendi.

City’s impressive defensive performance against Chelsea in the Community Shield showed that Otamendi’s presence wasn’t missed.

The Argentine could find himself out of the first team picture at the Etihad and struggle for regular starts, whereas Vertonghen is a guaranteed starter for Spurs.

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Brushing off the competition like

 

What are the Dream Team rules?

Every single season the Premier League gets more intriguing – and playing Dream Team really is the perfect way to enhance your experience of it.

You’ll be assigned a total budget of £50m for each side you pick and you’ll be able pick a maximum of 10 free teams.

The Game Weeks run from Friday to Thursday, effectively meaning the new Game Week starts after the last Europa League games are completed.

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You get three transfers a month on the first Friday of every month so using them wisely is essential.

Every player on the game will be assigned a price at the start of the season which will then vary and fluctuate on a weekly basis dependent on their performances.

For example, last season we valued Mo Salah at £4m at the start of the season but the Egyptian King rocketed to over £11m by the end after his stunning goalscoring form.

Make sure to check out our website or app to see how our simplistic points system works.


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