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Fantasy Premier League: Wolves players analysis

By Nathan Judah | Wolves | Published:

The biggest fantasy football league in the world just got even better - Wolves have entered the chasing pack!

Wolves players provide some excellent value in fantasy this season

For all budding wannabe managers, Fantasy Premier League makes every single game matter over an action-packed season.

Why would Mark from Dudley watch Huddersfield vs Brighton on a Friday night? To see if Lewis Dunk can get a clean sheet of course!

And with Nuno's men now in the mix, there are plenty of bargains to be had before the season kicks-off on August 10.

Nathan Judah takes a look at some of the key Wolves players that could win you a fantasy title and more importantly bragging rights.

Goalkeepers

Rui Patricio will be a popular fantasy pick

Rui Patricio is not yet on the game, but is sure to be a popular pick-up amongst fantasy managers.

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One of the elite stoppers in Europe will be reasonably priced compared to the big guns and should provide plenty of value at a projected 5.0m.

John Ruddy (4.5m) will likely provide back-up and is a useful cheap option to sit on the bench. If Patricio were to miss games, you would have a guaranteed replacement without making changes.

The popular option is to combine Rui with another starting goalkeeper, using a rotation option to maximise an optimal fixture schedule.

Defenders

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Barry Douglas is the jewel in the crown (AMA)

Barry Douglas at 5.0m will be one of my first picks this season.

Fourteen assists in the Championship plus a few goals makes him a very attractive purchase at a cheap price.

Being a wing-back, there is excellent scope for an attacking impact plus a potential clean sheet.

He'll also be a popular player for bonus points should Wolves continue to be miserly at the back.

Willy Boly (5.0m) is preferred to Conor Coady at a slightly cheaper 4.5m due to Frenchman's eye for goal.

Boly will be a big presence at set-pieces and four or five goals throughout the season could result in some huge double point gameweeks.

Matt Doherty (4.5m) is also a worthy pick if you're looking for a cheaper Douglas option and will provide assists.

Midfield

Diogo Jota will provide some tasty returns (AMA)

Ruben Neves (5.0m) has already been selected by 22% of managers - this is a mistake.

Neves is a superb player who has the ability to light up the Premier League, but from a fantasy point of view there are better options.

In fantasy, you ideally want attacking midfielders and even though he will probably score a few stunners along the way, a manager needs a player who plays further up the pitch on a more consistent basis.

Diogo Jota (6.5m) is the guy you want to own, although I'm slightly disappointed he's relatively expensive.

However if you start him every week, Jota will not let you down. Goals, assists, bonus points and a likely penalty taker - he is this year's Pascal Gross - select him!

Ivan Cavaleiro at 5.5m is another who could provide plenty of positive returns, however he rarely plays 90 minutes under Nuno and that is a negative.

In contrast, Helder Costa at 5.0m provides superb value.

A huge 1.5m cheaper than Jota, Costa could be a fantastic differential should he continue his excellent finish to last season.

The only downside is that he is a rotation risk, but if the attacking midfielder can find form early, expect some huge returns.

Forwards

Leo Bonatini is a rotation risk (AMA)

It remains to be seen if Wolves will dip into the transfer market for a striker - my guess would be yes.

But at the time of writing this, Wolves have two main options to lead the line - Leo Bonatini (5.0m) and Raul Jimenez.

Jimenez is the more expensive of the duo at 5.5m, but it's difficult to predict how much game-time either will get.

Again, both players are a rotation risk and I'd stay away from drafting either player until line-ups become a little clearer.

Nathan's 5 tips for fantasy success.

1. Pick cheap goalkeepers

2. Select wing-backs rather than central defenders

3. Try and have multiple penalty takers in your line-up.

4. Pick tried, tested and successful.

5. Identify clubs who have strong alternate gameweeks and match the players accordingly.

And for anyone who tells you Fantasy Football doesn't matter... delete them.

Nathan Judah is a fantasy football veteran of 18 years, has multiple championship trophies and is generally considered awesome by his peers.

Nathan Judah

By Nathan Judah
@njudah_star

Digital Sports Editor for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star

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