Fantasy Football Focus 2014/15: West Bromwich Albion

With the new season almost upon us it is time to finalise your fantasy football options. Today's focus will be on West Bromwich Albion.

The Baggies narrowly avoided relegation last term as they finished in 17th place, just three points above the drop zone, and the club will be hoping for a better campaign this time around.

Steve Clarke, Keith Downing and Pepe Mel were all in charge at some point last season but Alan Irvine has been handed the managerial role for the start of the new season.

The club has made several signings this summer, with six defenders joining the club as they look to shore up a backline which conceded 59 goals last time out.

West Brom are a difficult club to analyse from a fantasy point of view as there are so many uncertainties surrounding players and positions, but where should you be looking?

Budget options

GK - Ben Foster - The England goalkeeper comes in at just 4.5 and is a good choice to have as a second-choice goalkeeper, and could be an effective option when the Baggies play at home. He kept just four clean sheets in 24 appearances last term, but if he can stay fit he will be a regular started.

DEF - Andre Wisdom - The Liverpool defender is on loan at West Brom for the entire campaign and as a result will surely be used on a regular basis. If so, his 4.0 price is extremely good and if he can help make the Baggies defence more solid, he will be a good value pick this season.

MID - Youssouf Mulumbu - Mulumbu is certain to feature in the middle of the park once again this season and he will pick up points on a weekly basis. He comes in at 5.0 and won't provide too much in the final third, though he did end last season with two goals and two assists. He is a cheap way into the West Brom midfield though there will be better options across the league.

Worth a gamble

MID - Stephane Sessegnon - The former Sunderland man is probably the most exciting option in the side, and if he can hit form he could be a fantasy gem. He scored five goals and picked up one assist in 26 appearances last season but is capable of more than that. He will likely be played in an advanced role behind the strike and at just 6.0 he could be worth the gamble.

FOR - Saido Berahino - The 21-year-old burst onto the scene last year as he made 32 appearances, netting five times with two assists as well. He comes in at 5.5 this season and if he can build on his breakthrough season he will undoubtedly be an intriguing option at such a low price.

FOR - Brown Ideye - The Nigerian forward became the club's record-signing when he joined last month and this season's number 9 will be tasked with scoring the goals that fire them up the table. He will cost an initial 6.0 and is an interesting option. The 25-year-old scored 33 goals in 74 appearances for Dynamo Kyiv and will hope to hit the ground running in the Premier League.


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