With the second round of La Liga matches now in the history books, it’s time for us to take a look at which players plying their trade in the Spanish top flight would do well for our fantasy managers in their squads.
Much like last week’s roundup, which you can read here, the likes of Real Sociedad dup Willian José and Juanmi continue to dominate near the top of the point tally charts, with Cristhian Stuani currently taking up third place. They each have nine, eight and seven points respectively – but we have a new name entering the fray at the top end of the figures with Lionel Messi arriving at number four.
Messi was last season’s top player in the entire game, but he does come at a hefty price indeed – 22.00m must be shelled out to get the Argentine in your squad. Despite this (he is the joint most expensive player in the entire game alongside Cristiano Ronaldo), a huge 29% have taken up on Messi’s inclusion in their fantasy team.
He has managed six points from his two starts so far, all coming in Barcelona’s 2-0 away win at Alaves. Messi scored both goals, and his score would have been higher had he not missed a penalty. That meant he suffered a two point deduction for missing it, but if that had meant he scored a hattrick the points would have been raining down on him!
On the value for money front, Jose and Juanmi are each valued at 5.00m, and you have to head all the way down to eighth before you will come across a cheaper player. That man is none other than Leonardo C. Baptistao of Espanyol. He has three points so far thanks to one goal scored, but at 4.50m he could prove a sound investment as the season progresses.
Gerard Deulofeu continues to look like a snip at only 2.50m, and while he has only managed two points so far he has started both of Barcelona’s La Liga outings so far. With Neymar no longer at the club, Deulofeu will surely get plenty of time on the pitch to improve on that total. With that price tag, it seems almost criminal that only 2% of fantasy managers have him in their squad so far.
As far as improvement in uptake goes, Messi tops the charts with a 2.41% rise, but in second place is Real Madrid star Isco Alarcon, who has seen a 1.85% increase in uptake to 9% of all fantasy managers. At only 5.50m he certainly doesn’t seem to be a bad investment, but may be worth keeping an eye on over the coming weeks.
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