Fantasy Football Focus 2014/15: Burnley

With the new season looming it's time to assess your fantasy football options. Today's focus will be on Burnley.

Burnley are back in the Premier League after four season's in the Championship and earned promotion with the fewest losses and tightest defence during an impressive campaign under Sean Dyche, who has the chance to prove his managerial qualities in the top flight for the first time.

The Clarets have one of the smallest squads in the Premier League and will be set up to contain opposing teams, making them hard to beat. They have already added several new faces ahead of the new campaign, with the experienced Premier League duo of Matthew Taylor and Steven Reid two of their key signings. 

As always in fantasy football, the promoted side will have several cheap options throughout the team but these options are important in balancing the side, but who should you be looking at?

Budget options

GK - Tom Heaton - The former Manchester United goalkeeper was excellent for The Clarets last season, playing in every game and ended the campaign with 19 clean sheets as well as two penalty stops from three attempts. Burnley will be up against it this season, but they will be hard to beat and will look to shut teams out at home, after keeping 11 clean sheets at Turf Moor last time out. Heaton would be an excellent option as your second-choice goalkeeper in the Premier League's official game, and could be a valuable asset if Sean Dyche's side can continue their defensive displays from last season.

DEF - Jason Shackell - Another defensive option is the captain and centre-back Shackell who played in all 46 games last year. He managed to score twice but is a great option for a very cheap price and will be guaranteed starts for the side. Again, a lot relies on how The Clarets perform defensively and a tricky start to the season should maybe see Shackell come into the team further down the line.

Worth a gamble

DEF - Kieran Trippier - The attacking right-back is a fantastic proposition for fantasy football this season as he is more than likely to feature regularly and is such a threat going forwards. The 23-year-old finished the last campaign with 2 goals and a staggering 14 assists in 41 appearances and should see off competition from Steven Reid to remain a regular in the side, with the new man likely to play in midfield. Trippier comes under the low-mid price bracket and should certainly be considered.

MID - Michael Kightly - The winger made his move from Stoke to Burnley permanent last month after impressing on loan last season and will likely see plenty of action in the top flight this year. He made 32 appearances during the last campaign and finished the year with five goals and four assists. There will be more enticing options across the league but Kightly is someone who could be worth keeping in the squad and is likely to score points for goals or assists.

FOR - Danny Ings - The 22-year-old was named as the Championship's Player of the Year after he scored 21 goals in 40 appearances and also provided five assists to help Burnley gain promotion. He will be the most expensive option in the side but will still be a cheap option compared to other strikers in the league. Ings will likely start the season as the lone striker in the absence of Sam Vokes, who is set to miss the beginning of the campaign through injury but will then operate as the number 10 when Vokes returns. Ings will be a threat in either position and is guaranteed game time, but he must prove that he can perform at the highest level and for that reason could be worth watching closely before placing him in your team.


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