Fantasy Football: 5 role changers to consider

The fantasy football season starts this weekend and Sport360's Brendon Netto lists five position changes to take advantage of.

Brendon Netto
by Brendon Netto
12th August 2016

article:12th August 2016

From forward to midfielder: Anthony Martial
From forward to midfielder: Anthony Martial

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The new fantasy football season begins this weekend and it’s time to make a few last minute changes before the first gameweek.


This week, we pick out five players whose position changes make them options worth considering.

5 ROLE CHANGERS TO CONSIDER

ANTHONY MARTIAL (MAN UNITED): Forward to Midfielder – 9.5m – Selected by 6.5%

Anthony Martial’s 9.5 million value is quite pricey. However, he bagged 141 points last season as a striker who was largely played out wide.

This season, he’s been understandably listed as a midfielder but it’s worth noting that he’s likely to play as one of the most advanced wingers in the league. His role on the flank frees him up a bit and allows him to make diagonal runs in behind the full-back and centre half.

There’s also every possibility that a few injuries could see him feature upfront for a run of games whilst still earning points as a midfielder.

BOJAN KRKIC (STOKE CITY): Forward to Midfielder – 6m – Selected by 2.4%

Bojan Krkic has impressed at Stoke City but has been hampered by injuries. If he does manage to stay fit, he’s a handy option to have on the bench.

He scored 94 points from midfield last season despite being listed as a striker. As such, his tally could have been considerably better and there’s every chance it will be this time around.

CHRIS BRUNT (WEST BROM): Midfielder to Defender – 5m – Selected by 0%

In the season before last, Chris Brunt proved to be a great budget signing for many managers, scoring 128 points from midfield. He only managed 53 last season and while part of that was due to a dip in form, it was largely down to the fact that he played far fewer games on account of injuries and featured in defence when he did get onto the pitch.

Brunt will earn points for cleansheets this year, which will make a whole lot of difference, especially if Tony Pulis can get the team defending well again. Meanwhile, that left foot of his is regularly entrusted with dead-ball situations.

DALEY BLIND (MAN UNITED): Midfielder to Defender – 5.5m – Selected by 2.4%

Daley Blind was one of United’s more consistent players last season. While his lack of pace and physicality remain worrying, his exceptional reading of the game makes up for it.

Despite playing as a centre-back last season with United boasting the meanest defence in the league alongside Tottenham Hotspur – conceding just 35 goals – he was unable to pick up points for cleansheets having been listed as a midfielder.

One would expect a Jose Mourinho team to be similarly solid at the back. Blind will have to establish himself ahead of either Chris Smalling or Eric Bailly but he could even deputise in midfield. He’s certain to start this weekend at least owing to Smalling’s suspension.

HEUNG-MIN SON (TOTTENHAM): Forward to Midfielder – 7.5m – Selected by 0.1%

Son burst onto the Premier League scene last season in his opening few games. His direct style and work-rate was a breath of fresh air in a Tottenham side that could be a bit ponderous in possession at times.

He’ll have to fight for his place this time around but has been put down as a midfielder, making him the recipient of a few more points.

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