The Premier League officially returns next weekend and people are buzzing about the return of competitive club football, as amazing as the World Cup was.
Another thing people are definitely buzzing about is the return of fantasy football, and all those inevitable occasions where you’re going to swap out your no-goals-in-six-games striker, only for him to go and bag a hat-trick that very same gameweek.
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) 29 July 2018
Fantasy football, for all of its many frustrations, is one of those things that just adds a little something extra to the football season, and this year from a West Ham perspective there are a number of players who you could make a genuine case for being in your team.
Let’s take a look at which names from the London Stadium may score you big in 2018/19…
The summer signing from Swansea should begin the season as the new number one with Adrian suspect for a lot of last term. The Poland international is a great shot stopper, and he was the third-highest points scorer behind David de Gea and Ederson last season. In each of his four seasons at Swansea, Fabianski finished in the top three for saves made. Clean sheets may not be too plentiful, but he can definitely rack up points in other ways.
Cresswell might benefit more than most from Pellegrini coming in as the new manager. The Chilean is unlikely to continue with the three-at-the-back system meaning Cresswell should get the chance to bomb forward from full-back again. His delivery can be excellent, and so there’s a real chance for the 28-year-old to score some good assist points.
Wilshere has never really set fantasy football alight, but a new environment and coach could see the 26-year-old flourish. The Englishman has great vision, and there is potential for assists given the quality that’s ahead of him.
Speaking of which, Felipe Anderson is West Ham’s new record signing at £41.5 million according to BBC Sport, and he could be a real danger for the Irons this season. The Brazilian has claimed he will bring speed and dribbling to the table which could see him winning some penalties. For Lazio last term he registered a combined 11 goals and assists.
Ukrainian winger Yarmolenko is probably not as big a threat as Anderson, but he could be a handful for opposition full-backs in 2018/19. He’s tall and quick and often those two traits alone mean players are likely to be fouled a lot. If he can get into those dangerous areas regularly then there’s potential for him to score points.
West Ham’s talisman raked in the points last season after a sluggish start under Slaven Bilic, and the Austrian has been scoring goals for fun in pre-season. Arnie looks at home now, and on his day is an animal. With ammunition being supplied from Anderson and Yarmolenko, the ex-Stoke City man could be in for another great points haul.