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Posted by John Culea on 06/01/2012

Nearly three weeks after the 2011-2012 Premier League ended, things are rapidly shaping up for fantasy managers to consider for the new season.

Chelsea has made big news with the expected signings of Hazard and Hulk. The departure of Drogba and the addition of the double H’s would seem to improve the chances of Torres increasing his goal-scoring and assist tally.

The loss of Lampard for Euro2012 is not good news for the Blues. Lamps is 34 and while his game was lifted once AVB was sacked, fantasy managers can rightly look upon the Chelsea legend as a gamble in August.

Tottenham may be close to signing Ajax defender Vertonghen but what can they do to retain Adebayor?

Brendon Rodgers taking over for Kenny D opens speculation on his ability to get more productivity out of the Four Flops. The careers of Henderson, Downing, Carroll, and Adam are in serious rot.

Fantasy managers are waiting to see if Van Persie can be kept at Arsenal. The Dutchie playing for Man City and receiving service from Silva is a recipe for big fantasy points. Still to be resolved is the role of Tevez and Balotelli, the Italian enfant terrible. As for the over-rated Jack Wilshere, his Gooner career has been more M*A*S*H than smash.

Relegated Bolton has decisions on what to do with free transfer eligible Steinsson and also the contract of Lee who is now fit and ready to show his worth for a Premier League club. Blackburn’s Yakubu and Poilett will likely be moving on.

Grant Holt, a good fantasy player, wants out at Norwich City, as does manager Paul Lambert. If Lambert goes to pathetic Aston Villa, can he inspire his team to break out of their comatose style that specializes in draws?

Most of the free transfer names that may be picked up by other teams are in the garbage category. Exceptions are Fulham’s Riise, Newcastle’s Guthrie, WBA’s Scharner, Wigan’s Rodallega, Wolves Craddock and Saha of Spurs. Ledley King, the king of the weekly injury list should hang up his boots.

The under-valued and highly productive Clint Dempsey is an intriguing player who is not likely to settle for the mid-table reality that is Fulham.

And there are many players who generally disappointed their fantasy managers this season, among them Kuyt, Modric, and Chicharito. Several names began the season brightly and then faded in the second half and they included Mata, Silva, Ba, Bale, and Ashley Young.

The summer transfer window officially opened at the end of the season and goes until August 31. However, transfers taking place now are primarily with players outside the Premier League since contracts for PL players are up June 30.

August 18 cannot come quickly enough!


Posted by James on 06/17/2012

You can still start a Yahoo! league. Normally you start in August or early September borefe the season starts. You draft teams borefe week 1.It might still be worth it to start a league for the rest of the year to get the hang of how things work so you are prepared for next season.

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John Culea John Culea is an American living in San Diego who became hooked on football while serving in the Navy for two years in London. A former TV news Emmy award-winning anchor/reporter, John manages the Premier Fantasy league MCMUARTN and goes by the Fantasy honorary title of "Sir John". John is a devoted Chelsea supporter and offers candid, often off-beat commentaries on the Premier League from an American perspective. He invites open discussion on his blog and can be contacted at

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