1. Papiss Cisse – Newcastle
With Leon Best out injured, Cisse offers value and a bargain fantasy salary at 5.9 million.
2. Bobby Zamora – QPR
The discontented Fulham man brings 86 points at a modest fantasy salary of 6.4 million.
3. Robbie Keane – Aston Villa
The on-loan striker has brought sorely needed scoring to an impotent Villa offense. He has scored seven fantasy points and has a salary of 6.2 million. Unfortunately, this is his last game on the team as he returns to the LA Galaxy next week.
4. Djibril Cisse – QPR
Now serving a three-match ban for a straight red card, he has five points and a fantasy salary of 6.1 million. He is worth picking up when he can play.
5. Louis Saha – Tottenham
Saha’s arrival is a bit of a mystery although the Everton striker may play more with Defoe injured and Adebayor in a scoring slump. Saha has 42 points and a low fantasy salary of 5.5 million.
6. Pavel Pogrebnyak - Fulham
With Zamora gone, the alphabet name may find a productive home at Craven Cottage provided he can get a work permit.
7. Frederico Macheda - QPR
The on loan Italian has not been able to transfer his dramatic scoring from Man Yoo to his new team and his fantasy salary of 4.4 million is a red flag for selection.
8. Thierry Henry – Arsenal
The legendary striker is a shadow of his former brilliant self and that is reflected in a twilight-of-his-career fantasy salary of 5.5 million. Henry has just seven fantasy points; however, there are goals in them thar boots. Alas, late word is that the Frenchman is returning to the MLS and his loan period will not be extended.
1. Landon Donovan – Everton
Donovan has had another seamless on loan transition from the Galaxy to the Blues. He already has scored 24 points. His fantasy salary of 7.5 million has increased 300,000.
2. Derren Gibson – Everton
The Man Yoo reject has had his fantasy salary of 4.9 million increase 400,000 since coming over. He has scored 25 points in a short period of time.
3. Steven Pienaar – Everton
Pienaar has never lived up to his early billing and after doing nothing at Spurs is back on loan to David Moyes. The brittle South African has five points and a fantasy salary of 4.6 million.
4. David Pizarro – Manchester City
Any player on Manchester City with the exception of Hart, Aguero and Silva are a gamble for fantasy managers. The bench depth is such you never know who will be in the lineup and Pizarro is the latest card in Mancini’s deck. He has had one appearance and carries a fantasy salary of 5.1 million.
5. Josh McEachran – Swansea City
On loan from Chelsea, McEachran is not likely to make any more difference for the Swans than he did during his attempts with the Blues.
6. Emmanuel Frimfrong – Wolves
Frimfrong has been returned to the Arsenal library with a torn ACL on his knee and is out for the season after bringing energy, hope and then disappointment to Mick McCarthy
1. Gary Cahill – Chelsea
Playing time on a stronger team will be a challenge for Cahill who got a death row reprieve from Bolton. He has 60 points for the season and has a fantasy salary of 5.2 million.
2. Sebastian Bassong – Wolves
Flea-infested Wolves need all the help they can muster to avoid relegation and Bassong is a solid addition. He has ten fantasy points and a salary of 5.3 million.
3. Bradley Orr – Blackburn
Eight fantasy points, a near rock-bottom salary of 4.2 million and a team that masquerades as a shooting gallery doesn’t promise many clean sheets.
4. Wayne Bridge – Sunderland
After Cahill, Bassong, and Orr the drop off of desirable fantasy defenders is considerable. Bridge is now modeling the kit of Sunderland and has one fantasy point and a salary of 4.6 million.
5. Liam Ridgewell – WBA
A fantasy salary of 4.5 million might be worth a gamble.
6. Ryan Nelson – Tottenham
The oft-injured New Zealand international has a solid history of success at Blackburn; however, how much playing time he will get for ‘Arry is questionable. His fantasy salary is 4.8 million.
There are no goalkeepers of note that exchanged onion bags in January. And there is a list of other players who are languishing on the reserve squad or stockpiled for the future. Not worth fantasy inclusion are Falque, Ersfelt, Stevens, Modeste, Olsson, Ream, Myaichi, Sordell, deBruyne, Bamford, Bennett, Williams, Christensen, Dyrgiakos, Andrews, and Taiwo.
Two fantasy tips from Sir John: consider picking up Chelsea’s Michael Essien. His fantasy salary has dropped 400,000 to 5.5 million and with Lamps coming off an injury and not in favor with AVB, Essien might be the favored choice for the first XI.
Bonus tip: Arsenal’s Ox-Chamberlain is listed at a ridiculously low price of 5.3 million. He will bring multiple points.