Fantasy football: why you should sign Vertonghen and Rodriguez

Last week's Dream Team, think you can do better?

After the excitement provided by the Champions League – unless you wasted your Tuesday night watching United, that is – the focus returns to the Premier League. Will there be another pizza-gate in the first meaningful United vs Arsenal for a decade and will Spurs finally find the back of the net more than once?

We obviously don’t know the answers, although we can provide you with a rather useful list of players you should sign for your fantasy team.

1) Tim Howard

The American, who  costs only £5.5m, has already picked up 53 points in ten games this season and made our fantasy team last week and duly registered yet another clean sheet.

Everton travel to Crystal Palace tomorrow and without wanting to venture into details, let’s just say that Palace have half of the points Derby County had at the same stage in the 2007-08 season, when they went on to be arguably the worst-ever side the Premier League has ever the misfortune to witness.

Palace appear to be even worse, so pencil Howard in for another clean sheet.

2) Jan Vertonghen

Having spent a small country’s GDP on strikers, Spurs have found the goals as easy to come as free drinks on a budget airline.

Their back four, however, has been meaner than Roy Keane after 12-hour flight (presumably on the aforementioned budget airline) with Adrian Chiles and Jan Vertonghen has been superb for them.

The Belgian has fully justified his £7.2m price-tag by being the highest-point scoring defender in the league.

3) Ravel Morrison

West Ham’s trip to Norwich is likely to prove a perfect cure for insomnia, with both sides treating the business of scoring goals with the same suspicious approach normally reserved for a dodgy kebab purchased in the wee hours of the morning.

However, Morrison has thrived in the 4-6-0 formation Big Sam has been forced to utilise this season and has so far scored 32 points. The former United man has gone quiet in recent games, but with Norwich’s defence as watertight as a colander, Morrison could prove a good investment at £4.7m

4) Jay Rodriguez

After as indifferent a start to the season as a Jamie Redknapp’s tactical analysis, Rodriguez has scored three goals and assisted one over the last four games, bringing his point tally to 38.

At £5.8m, Rodriguez is a much cheaper option than many of his colleagues and with Southampton hosting Hull tomorrow, expect the striker to celebrate his first England call-up by bagging a goal.

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