The transfer window will remain open for a number of weeks yet and there is a lot of time for your Draft Fantasy plans to change based on the various comings and goings across the Premier League.
That said, there have already been a number of transfers that have taken place and there are a few that could have good fantasy value.
It is sometimes safer to opt for players that are already proven at their clubs, but here are five new signings that could be good early picks in Draft Fantasy…
Jordan Pickford – Everton
The England Under-21 international joined Everton from Sunderland for a fee believed to be £30 million, which underlines the faith that Ronald Koeman has in him. Last season, he was one of the few bright spots for Sunderland and it wasn’t a surprise that he was quickly picked up by a Premier League club. The Toffees didn’t have a consistent number one last season, but that will change this year as Pickford will be playing every week.
During the 2016/17 campaign, he managed to record a respectable 102 points in the game and he was playing behind one of the worst defences in the league. At Goodison Park, he will be playing in a side that will concede fewer shots.
Although this means that he won’t have the opportunity to get as many points for saves, he will keep more clean sheets. His effective distribution means that there is a possibility he could record an assist at some point during the season. The 23-year-old is one of the better keeping options in the game this year.
Victor Lindelof – Manchester United
Manchester United were very unlike a Jose Mourinho team last season in that they didn’t have a settled centre-back partnership. The United boss wasn’t sure of who his best pairing was and that will be why he has chosen to sign the Swedish centre back. He will likely be one of the regulars in the first team and it is hoped that the side’s defensive record will improve as a result.
It is always worth drafting defenders that will play in a team managed by Mourinho as the Portuguese manager is excellent at making his sides difficult to beat. Last season would have been a disappointment in this regard and it is unlikely that he will allow it to be repeated. As a physically intimidating defender, Lindelof looks to be perfect for the Premier League and he could be a good option for your teams too.
Mo Salah – Liverpool
Liverpool have four main attacking threats now and it will be difficult for fantasy managers to choose which one has the highest value in the game. Sadio Mane was a serious goal threat last season and Salah could have a similar level of success in his first season with the club. He has the attributes to thrive in a Jurgen Klopp team and he has clearly been signed for a purpose. There is also the extra motivation to prove himself in the Premier League after his disappointing spell with Chelsea.
The Egyptian had an excellent season with Roma last year and he will be arriving at Anfield with a lot of confidence. He contributed 15 goals and 11 assists in Serie A. Although it is unlikely that he will replicate these numbers, they underline that he is capable of contributing regularly and that is crucial for a player to hold high fantasy value. It would be brave to take him as your first midfield pick, but he might be worth the gamble.
Romelu Lukaku – Manchester United
Every single manager will be eyeing up Lukaku as their first draft pick and rightly so. He has been a consistent goal-scorer during his time with Everton and stepped up a level last season. His move to Manchester United has increased his fantasy value to an all-time high and there is a great chance that he surpasses 20 goals again.
During their first season under Mourinho, United managed to create a lot of opportunities and they were often wasting a lot of clear-cut chances. They will be hoping that the signing of Lukaku will address that. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a strong season, but the Belgian international is a more rounded striker, as he possesses pace and mobility that the Swede doesn’t have. If you get an early draft pick and have the opportunity to take Lukaku, you should absolutely do it.
Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal
There has been a lot of excitement amongst Arsenal supporters after the club announced that they had signed Alexandre Lacazette. The Frenchman has long been regarded as one of the best strikers in Europe and he will now have the opportunity to show that in a bigger league. Last season, he managed to score 28 goals, at a rate of one every 86 minutes. This is an incredible achievement even if it came in a league weaker than the Premier League.
In Draft Fantasy, it is a smart decision to make a top striker your first draft pick and depending where you are in the order, it would be worth considering Lacazette. If you are one of the first four to draft, it is likely that Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus in your thoughts, but after those four, Lacazette is one of the best options. It will be a gamble to go with the Frenchman as he isn’t proven in this league and he might need time to settle in. However, he has a good pedigree and it would be a surprise if he didn’t score goals.