Banking on Blues
Our Sky Sports Fantasy Football guru provides his tips
By Tim Clement - @SkyFantasyFooty. Last Updated: 21/09/12 6:37pm
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Super Sunday's headline clashes may be capturing the attentions of football fans around the world, but Sky Sports Fantasy Football bosses are advised to look elsewhere for the big points.
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With Liverpool v Manchester United looking tough to call and Manchester City's clashes with Arsenal typically short of goals, it is Chelsea's stars who look best to back.
The early league leaders have found the net six times in their opening two home fixtures and host a Stoke side who have not scored in each of their last four visits to Stamford Bridge.
The game's top scorer so far, Eden Hazard (£7.7m), has already caught the attention of Fantasy bosses, with a goal and six assists earning him a place in 41 per cent of sides, more than any other player.
However, it may well be another young attacking midfielder who tempts this week, with Oscar announcing himself with a spectacular brace in Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The Brazilian is a bargain at a mere £5.8m but is far from guaranteed a start despite his exploits, with competition fierce in the Blues midfield.
Fernando Torres (£9.5m) is facing no such competition issues and looks a solid pick for captaincy having already netted twice this season.
Swansea's Michu currently tops the scoring charts with four goals, seeing him rack up 37 points, with his modest price-tag of £5.5m prompting 21 per cent of Fantasy managers to sign up his services.
The goals look unlikely to dry up as the Swans enjoy a favourable run, with Everton visiting this weekend before Stoke (A), Reading (H) and Wigan (H).
Tottenham's attacking talents will be expected to deliver when winless QPR visit, with Jermain Defoe (£7.8m) a popular pick after netting three times from his four starts.
The England frontman looked destined for another frustrating campaign of playing a bit part, but Emmanuel Adebayor's lack of fitness has allowed him to prove his worth.
Former Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov should be back in the considerations of Fantasy bosses after bagging a brace on his full debut for Fulham.
The Bulgarian was the game's top scorer in 2010/11 before being relegated to the bench for the majority of last season, prompting his price tag to plummet from £9.8m to £7.5m.
A trip to Wigan could well see Berbatov bag big again, while meetings with Southampton (A), Aston Villa (H) and Reading (A) in October look the perfect platform for him to provide the points.
In terms of defensive options, West Brom's backline is worth looking at ahead of Reading's visit, having kept clean sheets in seven of their last nine league games at the Hawthorns.
West Ham have also kept clean sheets in their opening two home games and may well be good for a third when toothless Sunderland visit, with Winston Reid one of the cheapest players in the game at £4m.
Evertonians Nevile Southall and Tony Bellew join Fenners and Merse in the Fantasy Football Club studio this week, live on on Sky Sports 1 HD from 10pm every Friday.