Three Quality Chelsea players to include in your Fantasy Team

One of the most important things to consider when compiling your fantasy team is which big club players you are going to include. These are players which come with higher price tags than most and thus reduce your spending power. This is why it is crucial that you include only those players which you feel will yield the maximum possible points per round.

It is even better if you include players from top clubs which you feel have lower price tags than they should. In this case you profit on the same player twice. First by bringing him in to your team and then by paying less than his real value.

There is a similar concept in football betting and it is called a value bet. This is a bet which you feel certain about, but the bookmaker, for reasons only known to him, has given it much higher odds than he should have.

We will try to do something similar in this article as we will try to find the best value players for your fantasy team playing for Chelsea. These are players who don’t come with overinflated price tags, but still manage to yield quite a lot of points per round.

Antonio Rüdiger

Antonio Rüdiger is probably the last name that you think of when it comes to including someone from Chelsea’s back four. This is because Marcos Alonso scores a lot of goals and provides lots of assists, Azpilicueta pitches in with an assist here and there, and David Luiz puts in a lot of quality balls in the opposition box which might also result in an assist. On top of that, all of them get additional points for keeping clean sheets.

However, out of all of these four players, Rüdiger comes with the lowest price tag and has decent points output as well. He is regularly involved with corners and free kicks and he is Chelsea’s main threat in dead ball situations, which translates to more goals. Furthermore, he is much fitter than Luiz which means that he will start more matches than the Brazilian.

Ross Barkley

Snapping Barkley before the season started was the smartest thing that you could have done. However, you probably didn’t, and now you can hope for the next best thing and that is to snap him as soon as possible.

The talented box-to-box midfielder has been going from strength to strength and you get the feeling that with each next match his numbers will get even better.

Olivier Giroud

Picking Giroud is somewhat of a wild card, especially as Sarri seems to prefer Morata. However, Morata’s consistency has often been a problem and sooner or later he will start misfiring again.

When this time comes, it will be the much cheaper Olivier Giroud who will take his place, and unlike Morata, he doesn’t needed to be cuddled and comforted to score. In fact, he has shown that even when everybody thinks that he is past it, he can still produce the necessary assist or goal.

EPL Game of the Weekend – Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal

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The most exciting match from the second week of the 2018-19 Premier League season saw Chelsea defeat Arsenal 3-2 at Stamford Bridge, with Maurizio Sarri’s side surrendering a two-goal lead before striking late on through Marcos Alonso to pick up their second win in as many games.

Both teams put away chances in the first half, with Pedro and Alvaro Morata scoring for the hosts before quickfire goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi for the Gunners to level things up just before half-time, but it was the 2016-17 champions who earned the early-season bragging rights in this London derby.

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PSG looking to sign Kante and Vertonghen

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Young Player of the World Cup Kylian Mbappe has revealed that he left “secret notes” for N’Golo Kante urging the Chelsea midfielder to join him at Paris Saint-Germain this summer. The 19-year-old, who lit up the tournament, also confirmed to France Football that PSG President Al Khelaifi had spoken with him about the prospect of getting Kante to make the move. “It is true that he has consulted me, and I said to him once again that Kante would be good for our team. I spoke to N’Golo during the World Cup, but not extensive because I know that when you bombard the brain with transfer stuff. ‘At the end, I left a few words in his pockets, that he would have discovered once he got home (from the World Cup) to properly send a message.”

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Top EPL Defenders in 2017/18 – Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)

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Chelsea have not had the best of seasons in recent memory – that is one of the safest statements that can be made. The reigning champions, off the back of a wonderful debut season for manager Antonio Conte in 2016/17, have underwhelmed to the point of criminality at times. New signing Alvaro Morata started the campaign brightly but began to tail off as the months rolled on by, and persistent rumours that former Juventus boss Conte could be on his way back to his native Italy in the summer didn’t help matters. The empassioned boss visibly began to lose his cool at times, and all too often these off-the-field distractions translated to disappointing performances on the pitch.

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Germany’s Antonio Rudiger out of Euro 2016 with knee injury

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Germany centre-back Antonio Rudiger will miss this summer’s Euro 2016 after picking up a knee injury in training. The 23-year-old tore his knee ligaments after twisting awkwardly when lunging for the ball. He fell to the floor in pain and was eventually taken away by Germany’s medical team. Rudiger will be missed at the heart of the defence if Mats Hummels isn’t fit in time for the Eagles’ Euro 2016 opener.

Germany had only arrived to their tournament camp for a handful of hours before Rudiger suffered the injury, and with Hummels currently doubtful with a leg injury, the world champions are looking light at the back. Germany are among the favourites to win Euro 2016, but this setback won’t help their cause. It’s unknown if manager Joachim Loew will call-up a replacement, but he might stick with his current squad given their options.

Rudiger would have been starting against the Ukraine on Monday, but Loew could well look to Shkodran Mustafi to replace him. Germany are blessed with many rotatable players in the backline, but Rudiger’s strength and pace alongside Jerome Boateng will be missed. Their penchant to play a high defensive line requires a defence boasting excessive pace if their offside trap is broken, and Rudiger was quick enough to make the yards to get back.

The 23-year-old has made 11 caps for Germany, and was picked for the Euro 2016 23-man squad after coming off the back of an outstanding season with Italian Serie A side AS Roma on loan. Such form saw him linked with Chelsea this summer despite his move from Stuttgart to Roma being made official only last month, but his main focus now is on returning with a good amount of the 2016/17 to go so he can recapture his form in the Italian capital.

Nevertheless, Rudiger will be out of the entirety of the European Championships, and might be sidelined until Christmas. Germany did release a statement detailing the extent of his injury, saying: “The Germany international has been ruled out of the European Championship after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Die Mannschaft’s first training session in Evian.”

“This was confirmed by an examination carried out by Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt and the medical team. Joachim Low and the rest of the management team will now make a decision on whether they will call up a replacement, with UEFA regulations allowing them to do so until the first match day.”