With less than a week until the start of the new Premier League season, Goal takes a look at the Fantasy Football players that do not pack enough punch for your poundGoal Fantasy Football game, ensuring you don't buy overly expensive players is crucial. As part of the best defence in the Premier League, Vincent Kompany (6.5) appears to be a solid selection, registering 12 clean sheets in his 26 appearances last term – which would have earned 48 points. But that is where the Belgian's positives begin to run out.
The Manchester City captain, who is the joint-second most expensive defender in the game, scored just once last season, and provided zero assists. He did, however, bag himself three yellow cards, one red and an own goal. Presenting little attacking threat, and with injury to usual centre-back partner Matija Nastasic liable to disrupt the backline, Kompany is unlikely to yield the points return his price should deliver.
Elsewhere, predicting Chelsea's back four is a risky business, with plenty of options for Jose Mourinho to consider. John Terry and Gary Cahill have been the most-used centre-back partnership, which, if continued into the new Premier League season, leaves David Luiz (6.0) on the bench.
With his preparations hampered by injury, the Brazilian has made only two appearances in pre-season, for a combined 75 minutes of action. If, as reported, the Blues' Portuguese boss has doubts over Luiz's defensive ability, he may find his game time, certainly early in the season, limited.
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Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini (8.0) had an excellent 2012-13 campaign, though his ability to replicate that form this term is questionable. Firstly, the Belgian's great strength, in attacking crosses and long balls, could be negated by Roberto Martinez's pass-and-move, possession football. Additionally, a proposed move to Manchester United would see him drop much deeper, depriving him of goalscoring opportunities, and he may struggle to adapt to the pressures of playing for the champions.
United have shown little form in pre-season, and their midfielders especially have offered even less to earn a selection in Fantasy Football teams. Ashley Young (7.0) stands out as a particularly poor buy for those looking to add a Red Devil to their ranks.
The former Aston Villa winger has been plagued by injuries, most recently forced to miss the Community Shield tie against Wigan, before withdrawing from the England squad to face Scotland, and has not scored a league goal since May 2012. Unreliable, inconsistent and now competing for a place against the exciting Wilfried Zaha, Young should be avoided.
From the blue half of Manchester, Yaya Toure (9.0) is particularly overvalued. The Ivorian is the joint-fifth most expensive midfielder in the game, though offers far less goalscoring potential than many of his peers.
While players like Theo Walcott and Michu, who are sure bets to hit double figures, can be picked up for the same amount, or less even, Toure has never managed more than six goals in a league season. Likely to be playing deeper, his threat could be reduced further. Meanwhile, team-mate Jesus Navas (8.0) failed to score with any of the 80 shots he had in La Liga last season and faces a fight just to earn a starting spot given City's wealth of options.
Staying with the defeated FA Cup finalists, Sergio Aguero (10.5) is both a huge outlay and a big risk. The Argentine scored only 12 goals last season in 30 appearances, bettered in the league by Edin Dzeko, and now has the added competition of Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic. But Aguero is considerably more expensive than any of the trio – in fact, he is the third most expensive player in the game behind only Robin van Persie and Gareth Bale.
A 23-goal return like the one he achieved in his debut year in England would justify such a price tag, but having not featured at all in pre-season since picking up a knock in July, with his form waning and with Negredo and Dzeko forming a bullish partnership in his absence, Aguero may struggle to win back his place, certainly in the first few gameweeks.
Chelsea's Fernando Torres (8.0) is another striker best avoided, with Romelu Lukaku in excellent form in pre-season and Mourinho seemingly unconvinced by the Spaniard as he pursues Wayne Rooney. Similarly, in another part of London, the arrival of club-record signing Roberto Soldado at Tottenham could spell the end for Jermain Defoe (8.0). Unlikely to start, he also possesses little value in a substitute role, with only one of his 11 strikes last year coming off the bench.
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