The key, of course, is to find players not held by most of your league’s managers. So, transfer possibilities include:
There are not many get-rich-quick fantasy schemes with goalkeepers. Injuries have been few, so the options to gain an advantage with a switch are not too promising.
Tim Krul of Newcastle is owned by 18.7% of managers and carries a 5.8 million salary. He has 122 points.
The most popular goalkeeper is Michael Vorm of Swansea City. 34.7% ownership with a 5.4 million salary and 137 points.
Gareth McAuley of WBA seems a good choice as only 2.5% of managers own him. He has a 5.8 million salary and has scored 91 points.
Ryan Shawcross of Stoke is owned by 7.7% and has a 5.9 million salary and 104 points.
With Roberto De Matteo suddenly the managerial story of the season, Chelsea’s old guard is back in vogue at Stamford Bridge. In light of that, Ashley Cole may be poised for more points although he carries a fairly high 7.2 million salary and is owned by 8.5% of managers.
Junior Hoilett of Blackburn seems to be a point-producer in hiding. He is owned by only 1.2% of managers and his recent brace for the Rovers did not reflect his value of only 6.3 million.
Steven Gerrard’s hat trick may move him back into more rosters than the 16.5% of managers who own him now. His salary is still very low at 6.3 million.
Charles N’Zogbia of sleep-inducing Aston Villa might be worth a gamble to regain his ability of last season. He is only owned by 0.7% of managers and carries a 5.9 million price tag.
Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky recently had his contract extended and has upped his level of play. He is only owned by 1.3% of managers and has a low salary of 5.7 million.
Of the upper echelon midfielders, Gareth Bale may be a player to avoid. He has not had a goal in five games and no assists in his last seven and may be going through another late season slump. Other players owned by a high percentage of managers include David Silva who has not had a goal or an assist in his last six matches and Juan Mata has also tailed off in his production and looks gassed.
Sergio Aguero’s point producing has fallen back and at 9.6 million with 34.8% ownership, Aguero should not be all that attractive for fantasy managers. And while Demba Ba is owned by 28.4% and carries a low 7.3 million value, he looked underwhelming in his last match.
At the other end of the scale is Didier Drogba who was a monster in the thrilling, gutsy Champions League advance over Napoli. While he is likely to leave in the summer, he is certainly worthy of a transfer at 7 million when only 2.4% of fantasy managers own him.
Two newcomers seem worthy of transfer. Nikica Jelavic of Everton may be the goal scorer the Blues have desperately needed. He is only owned by 0.2% of managers and has a bargain basement salary of 4.5 million.
The other new arrival is Fulham’s Pavel Pogrebnyak. He is owned by 4.3% of managers and will cost you just 6.2 million.
Andy Carroll got a start in Liverpool’s big win over Everton and might be worth a risk. He is only owned by less than one percent of managers and has a value of 6.1 million.
Luis Suerez’s value of 6.9 million seems low considering his improved play and he may now start finishing his goal attempts. He is owned by 10% of fantasy managers.
And finally, the ultimate gamble; the petulant, ingrate from Manchester City, Carlos Tevez. With City now bounced out of the league lead, Roberto Mancini says Tevez may soon play. Right now he is owned by only 0.9% of fantasy managers and has a salary of 7 million to go with his two-bit brain.
The comments above relate to fantasy production only and nothing personal is intended (with the exception of Tevez). Good luck as our beloved Premier League winds to a close.