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Aug 10, 2010

Premier League fantasy top tips

Premier Fantasy is back for the 2010-11 season. To help you select a 15-man squad from a budget of £100 million, Soccernet has compiled a top ten of fantasy gems for you to consider as you try to find a way to balance the books after signing star names like Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney.

One important change for this season is the requirement to select the order of your substitutes. No longer will your highest scoring player come off the bench, which means you will have to consider your bench players more carefully. Make sure you check out the rules for a full explanation. And you can also browse the full player list.

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We've picked out ten players who may turn out to be fantasy bargains.

Phil Jones - Def - Blackburn - £4.0m
This central defender was an unknown in March, but is now considered to be one of the most promising defenders in the Premier League. After receiving his first call-up into the England Under-21 squad, he prepares to go into his first full season with Blackburn as a first-choice defender.

Jones played nine games at the end of last season, keeping four clean sheets and coming close to scoring his first ever goal. Certain to improve this season in a solid looking Blackburn defence, he is sure to be among the goals from set-pieces too.

Fabio Aurelio/Emiliano Insua - Defender - Liverpool - £5.0m
This one presents something of a problem, as one of these two left-backs will start - we just don't know which one at the moment. With Insua's move to Fiorentina off and Aurelio re-signed by Roy Hodgson after being released by Rafael Benitez, there is no clear indication who will get the nod.

That said, Aurelio seems favourite to start the season in the side and that, coupled with his delivery from dead-ball situations, makes him the better value - if he keeps Insua out. Both are well priced for defenders at one of the bigger clubs.

Chris Brunt - Midfielder - West Brom - £5.5m
Brunt performed superbly last time the Baggies were in the top flight, grabbing eight goals as the club's top scorer and recording two assists. He scored another 13 goals last season. This time he will have plenty of support in the goalscoring department from fellow midfielder Graham Dorrans but it is Brunt who has the track record in this division.

He may play in a central role this season, rather than out wide, but he will still be a danger from free-kicks and has superb crossing ability. At half-a-million cheaper than Dorrans, that extra budget could be important.

Samir Nasri - Midfielder - Arsenal - £7.0m
Much may depend upon where Nasri plays in the Arsenal midfield, as there is talk he will sit deeper with Abou Diaby allowing Francesc Fabregas to play further forward, but he showed in pre-season that he has the ability to get in the box and score goals.

At £7.0m he is one of the cheaper starting midfielders in the game for a championship challenging team. Injury limited the France international to just 22 starts last term and he only scored twice, but he looks capable of more in front of goal.

Lee Chung-Yong - Midfielder - Bolton - £5.5m
One of the bargains of the fantasy game last season, Lee is likely to go under the radar at the start of this season. He netted four goals for a Bolton side which is only just beginning to play in a more attacking style.

His two goals for South Korea at the World Cup finals showed how much he has improved in the last 12 months, and with Bolton playing Fulham, West Ham United and Birmingham City in the opening month of the season there is definite scope for a gamble.

Gael Kakuta - Mid - Chelsea - £5.5m
This may have to be viewed as more of a slow burner than a sure-fire bet for the kick-off on Saturday. Kakuta, infamous for being associated with FIFA's attempted transfer ban on Chelsea a year ago, now seems ready to step up after a few exciting cameos last term.

Fresh from being named the Player of the Tournament at this summer's European Under-19 Championships, which France won, Kakuta can expect to be involved regularly in the Premier League. He is very cheap for a Chelsea player, but for the opening weeks it may be better to see how involved he is.

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Cristian Riveros - Midfielder - Sunderland - £6.0m
A midfielder many will remember playing for Paraguay at the World Cup finals, Riveros is likely to play in a more attacking role at Sunderland. Even though he was deployed as a holding midfielder by Paraguay, he still managed to get on the scoresheet against Slovakia.

His arrival in England has been slightly delayed due to a work permit issue, so he is unlikely to make the season opener against Birmingham. But manager Steve Bruce has admitted he considers Riveros as a creative, attacking influence. He scored 17 goals in 111 games for Cruz Azul.

Pablo Barrera - Midfielder - West Ham - £6.0m
Another player to feature at the World Cup finals, West Ham pulled off something of a coup in luring this Mexican winger to Upton Park from UNAM for £4 million - even if he does claim to be using the Hammers as a stepping stone to bigger things.

Much may depend on how well West Ham play, and if Carlton Cole stays to be on the end of his delivery. But 18 goals in 85 appearances for UNAM would be a superb fantasy return across a season. The Hammers will hope he is more effective than their last Mexican, Guillermo Franco.

Javier Hernandez - Striker - Man United - £7.5m
When the fantasy game was launched it was unclear just how much Chicharito would be involved, which is reflected in his price, but his performances for Manchester United in pre-season and the subsequent praised heaped on his shoulders mean this striker will be a regular feature for Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

Priced at just £7.5 million, Hernandez may not be a certain starter but he could still provide plenty of goals in a side which is always prolific. There is an element of risk with United having both Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney. His price will surely make him a popular buy.

Mauro Boselli - Striker - Wigan - £6.0m
Yet another South American recruit to make this shortlist, Boselli may be a new name to fans of the Premier League but he arrives at Wigan with a big reputation from his time in the Argentinian league, most notably with Estudiantes, where he top-scored in the 2010 Clausura tournament.

A striker who won two international caps under Diego Maradona, Boselli bagged 32 goals in just 57 league starts for Estudiantes and was the top scorer as the club won the Copa Libertadores last season. He scored twice on his debut for Wigan at the weekend in a 3-2 win over Ostersunds and has the pedigree to score goals in the Premier League.

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