Fantasy Football Focus 2014/15: Manchester City

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With the new season less than two week's away, it's time to assess your fantasy football options. Today's focus will be on Manchester City.

The Citizens lifted the Premier League for the second time in three seasons last season as they pipped Liverpool to the title at the end of a pulsating campaign in which they thrived in front of goal under Manuel Pellegrini.

City became the fastest team to score 100 goals in all competitions when they reached the feat in January, and they ended the season with 102 goals in the Premier League alone, just one goal shy of Chelsea's record from the 2009/10 season.

It will be worth investing as much as possible in the champions once again this season with quality all over the pitch, and Pellegrini has improved the side further with the additions of Bacary Sagna, Fernando and Willy Caballero, but where should you be looking from a fantasy perspective?

Budget options

MID - Javi Garcia - Garcia is one of the cheapest options in the side, and is someone who will likely feature a fair amount in the team once again this season after making 29 appearances last time out. The Spaniard can play holding midfield or in the centre of defence, and although these are not positions which will see him score many points, it is a low price way into the City side.

MID - Fernando - Another defensive midfielder to consider is new signing Fernando, who comes in at just 5.0 in the Premier League's official game. The Brazilian arrives from FC Porto where he made 25 appearances last season and he will benefit from Yaya Toure's involvement in the African Cup of Nations at the midpoint of the campaign. If he can form a solid partnership with Fernandinho then Fernando will be worth investing in. Worth waiting a few weeks to work out what Pellegrini's first-team looks like.

Worth a gamble

MID - Yaya Toure - The powerful midfield star was a fantasy dream last season after he scored 20 Premier League goals with nine assists as well, but as a result he has seen his price rocket up for the upcoming season. If he can repeat his performances from the last campaign he is a must-have, but with African Cup of Nations involvement and ongoing fitness concerns, it may be best to look to invest such a large amount of money elsewhere. It will be a tough call for any fantasy manager with Toure, but if he can start the season with a bang then he is worth a place in the side until he leaves at the midpoint.

MID - Samir Nasri - Nasri enjoyed his most successful Premier League season to date last year as he ended the campaign with seven goals and 11 assists. The Frenchman made 34 appearances under Pellegrini last term and if he can remain in his first-team plans for the entire campaign once more he will be worth having. However, with so much competition in the side it is difficult to pinpoint where the majority of points will come from.

FOR - Sergio Aguero - With Luis Suarez out of the picture, attentions will turn back to the frustrating Aguero. The Argentine could have had an explosive season last term if he could stay fit, but ongoing hamstring problems that also affected his World Cup campaign reduced his appeal throughout. He still scored an impressive 17 goals and picked up 11 assists in just 23 appearances and should be a serious consideration if not in your side already. Just be wary of his fitness throughout the season.

FOR - Stevan Jovetic - The Montenegrin forward struggled in his first season in the Premier League and was limited to just two starts as he struggled to reach the required fitness levels. However, Jovetic has been excellent during pre-season and has already scored five goals. Pellegrini looks set to give the 24-year-old a chance to shine this campaign, and if he responds he will be flying into plenty of fantasy sides. 

Must-haves

DEF - Vincent Kompany - The captain is the most dominant centre-back in the division and he managed to score four goals with one assist last season as he led his side to their second Premier League trophy in three years. Kompany is expensive but is guaranteed to play at the back whenever fit, something that can't be said for anyone else at the back. Caballero will challenge Hart in goal, Sagna and Zabaleta will battle for a starting role at right-back while Kolarov and Clichy fight for a starting berth on the left. Kompany is a certainty to play when fit and should be in your side if you can afford it.

MID - David Silva - The Spanish playmaker is cheaper than Aguero and Toure and could be more influential this time around. Silva will benefit if Aguero can stay in the team for the entire season and will play behind the striker when Toure leaves mid-season. Silva scored seven goals and picked up 12 assists last season, his highest goal-tally since joining the side in 2010. Pellegrini got Silva playing at his most influential best again last season and will likely keep the 28-year-old in the side throughout the campaign once again.

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