Fantasy Football guru Jamie Casey runs through what to expect from the Premier League's new boys
By Jamie Casey - Follow me: @skyjamiecasey
Last Updated: 06/08/13 4:50pm
Cardiff, Hull and Crystal Palace are the new boys on the scene, and each boast a mix of players with Premier League experience and those who are preparing to take the leap from England's second highest tier to the summit.
Inevitably, some will land on their feet while others will be left clinging for dear life, but who will hit the ground running and who will make the plunge? Here, Sky Sports Fantasy Football breaks down the best and the worst of the newly promoted.
Although only Brighton conceded fewer goals than last season's Championship winners Cardiff, Malky Mackay's men will have to accept the likelihood that they'll concede more often than they'll notch in their new division, so there are only slim pickings to choose from when eyeing up their defence.
If you must, new signing Steven Caulker is the obvious choice as he is well priced at £5.2m having just transferred from Tottenham, where he was likely to be underused. At Cardiff though he's set to play a key role, and he is a goal threat from corners in particular.
It's in midfield where the Bluebirds have real potential to produce a Sky Sports Fantasy Football bargain, with Peter Whittingham likely to be a key performer. A fine penalty and set-piece taker, Whittingham promises to rack up a modest amount for a team likely to feature in the bottom half of the table for a meagre £5m.
Likewise, Craig Noone can offer a similar service at a better rate of £4.5m. If you'll excuse the pun, no one provided more assists for Cardiff than Noone in the Championship last year, with only Craig Bellamy (a little over-priced as a £7.3m forward) matching his tally of eight.
Had it not been for an unfortunate series of injuries last term, Sone Aluko may well have made Hull's automatic promotion a much smoother ride, but the English-born Nigeria international is fit and available from the off in the Premier League.
Eight goals in 22 starts in his first season at the club went down well with Tigers fans, who hope Aluko can form a working partnership with new arrival Danny Graham, who has joined after an unsuccessful spell at Sunderland.
At £7.6m Graham is a perhaps a little over-priced, with unproven Aluko the better option because of funds you'd save on his £5.6m price tag. Hull's defence is probably best avoided but in midfield they offer a couple of tidy players who can accumulate a reasonable return for their cost.
Robbie Brady made 13 assists in the Championship last season and will once again prove pivotal to Hull's attack - he's only £4.6m, making him an excellent stocking filler if you've blown most of your budget on top-drawer players.
However, if it's Premier League experience you're after, former West Brom midfielder Robert Koren is available for an extra £0.2m and is likely to grab more goals than Brady.
As with their fellow promoted counterparts, it has to be expected that Crystal Palace's defence will leak their fair share of goals, so Eagles defenders should only make their way into your team if you're really scraping at the barrel.
Wales international Jonathan Williams (£4.1m) could prove important for Palace, but he's unlikely to produce many goals hence his low valuation. Palace fans are hoping for big things from summer signing Jose Campana, but the Spain U20 international (£4.5m) may take time to adapt.
Meanwhile, Jerome Thomas has plenty of experience and may prove useful at only £4.6m. The versatile former West Brom and Portsmouth man is listed as a midfielder, so his advanced role could pay dividends for Sky Sports Fantasy Football.
Up front, Glenn Murray's injury means Palace will look to new striker Dwight Gayle for their goals. The 23-year-old scored 13 goals for relegated Peterborough in the second tier last term, with Eagles boss Ian Holloway hoping he can replicate that kind of form in the Premier League.
He's £6.1m in Sky Sports Fantasy Football, but that's a little risky given he's unproven at the top, with experienced Premier League regulars available for a little extra.