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2017-18 Fantasy Premier League January Transfers

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The January transfer window, the ultimate reset button. No, the Ronaldo rumors didn’t “finally” come true, but plenty of exciting names have swapped shirts. Premier League managers alike can finally swoop in for those players they let slip through their fingers in the summer or clear out the “deadwood” from their club. As a dedicated Fantasy Premier League manager, you should snatch this opportunity to revamp your team with fresh blood and make up some ground in the league title race or extend your lead.

In this article, we cover all the most relevant January transfers available in FPL with some big names as well as a few surprise additions. Some of these players could make or break your season, so let’s dive right in.

2017-18 Fantasy Premier League January Transfers

ALEXIS SANCHEZ, MIDFIELDER, MANCHESTER UNITED

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Kicking off the list is Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez. Arriving from Arsenal in a surprising swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Sanchez is still one of the best midfielders in the game. He should start most games for United somewhere across their front three. While not in the form he was last season, definitely expect him to bag goals and assists.

As great a player as he is, Sanchez is also the most expensive midfielder in the Fantasy Premier League with a hefty £11.7 price tag to match. I would suggest looking at more value options like Sterling, Salah, or Mahrez, but if you have the cash to spare he definitely is a captain option.

Verdict: 7/10

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN, MIDFIELDER, ARSENAL

Next up, it’s only fitting to review Henrikh Mkhitaryan. As mentioned earlier, he recently moved to Arsenal in a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez. Mkhitaryan began the season well with a record-tying five assists in his first three games, but since game week five, he has failed to register a single goal contribution. That being said, he has shown his talent in flashes at United and in his final season at Dortmund, so a new club could reignite that form.

Mkhitaryan is not overly pricey for an Arsenal winger at £7.6, but he is yet to start a league game for the Gunners and is in poor form at the moment. Give him three or four weeks to prove he is a starter, but barring a huge spike in form I would avoid him.
Verdict: 4/10

THEO WALCOTT, MIDFIELDER, EVERTON

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Oh Theo Walcott, what could have been. Few players possessed the raw potential of a young Walcott, yet he never really progressed at Arsenal from that seventeen-year-old wonder-kid. Some games he would simply tear defenses apart, beating players with pace and skill and slotting it home like a seasoned veteran, while others he would seemingly disappear.

Moving to Everton could be just what his career needs. He has taken off with a boom with a double against Leicester and an assist against the Baggies. Expect him to get the game time he needs for consistency, and that just may translate to an FPL deal at £7.2.

Verdict: 8/10

VIRGIL VAN DIJK, DEFENDER, LIVERPOOL

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Under Klopp, Liverpool’s attack has been synonymous with goals, with the high-press, with intensity. Their defense, on the other hand, is a whole different story, plagued with mistakes and inconsistency. Virgil Van Dijk was recently brought into to shore up the back line, and he has had a mixed start for the Reds. He managed a game-winning goal on his Merseyside debut, yet he lacked discipline and positioning against West Brom and Swansea.

Regardless of Van Dijk’s personal ability, being a defender in FPL is equally about the team’s defense as a unit. One center-back alone cannot solve Liverpool’s defensive problems, and clean sheets make up a huge sum of a defender’s FPL points. I would avoid Van Dijk and consider similarly priced players like Jones or Monreal.

Verdict: 4/10

LUCAS MOURA, MIDFIELDER, TOTTENHAM

Tottenham may be cruising at the moment following a solid 2-0 win over United, but they desperately lack depth in their squad. They are a mere two points off the top four and into the knockouts of the Champions League, so Lucas Moura can provide the rotation they need to keep their stars fresh. Moura also adds an element of pace that Alli Eriksen and Kane lack.

However, Kane, Son, Alli, and Eriksen are guaranteed starters, so Moura’s game time will likely be limited. He is not cheap either at £8.0, a full £1.8 over Jese Lingard for instance. Unless Pochetinho really shakes up his side, Moura is not a wise signing.

Verdict: 2/10

AYMERIC LAPORTE, MIDFIELDER, MANCHESTER CITY

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Manchester City splashed the cash yet again this January, this time on French center-back Aymeric Laporte. Laporte immediately slotted into the starting eleven alongside Otamendi versus West Brom, but Stones and Kompany definitely provide competition for places. £5.5 is a bargain for a Manchester City defender, but he is not a guaranteed starter for City.

If you do pick him up, use those savings to have a solid backup like Nathan Ake or Alfie Mawson. It may be best to avoid him altogether unless he continues to start games, but he will be a great buy if he gets playing time.

Verdict: 5/10

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG, FORWARD, ARSENAL

To round off the list is Arsenal new boy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Touted as the Alexis Sanchez replacement, expect him to occupy the number nine with Lacazette, Ozil, and Mkhitaryan behind him. The twenty-eight-year-old is coming off a great spell at Dortmund, where he recently won the Bundesliga golden boot and racked up thirteen goals in sixteen games this season.

At £10.5, the pace merchant is also the third most expensive forward in the game. In the default FPL mode, players like Firmino and Kane provide more guaranteed goals and value at the moment. On FPL Draft he is a free agent, so pick him up there as soon as possible.

Verdict: 6/10

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Check out our Fantasy Premier League Rankings article updated every Tuesday for more ideas on who to pick up for your FPL team.

About Benji Elster

Benji is an avid fantasy sports player and football fan in particular. He recently finished in the top 5,000 for the United States during the 2017/18 FPL campaign and hopes to bring his knowledge of the game to you. If you have any FPL related questions, be sure to ask him on Twitter @benjielster

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