Fantasy Football Focus 2014/15: West Ham United

With just one day to go until the new season kicks off, it is time to finalise your fantasy football options. The final focus piece will be on West Ham.

The Hammers endured a mixed campaign last season and finished in 13th place, but they will be hoping for a top-half finish come next May this time around.

They lost five of their last six games and haven't been brilliant in pre-season but Sam Allardyce is still in charge and will hope to see the side put in some better performances on a weekly basis.

Seven new arrivals have been brought in so far, with three forwards signed as West Ham look to improve on last year's goal tally of just 40, but where should you be looking from a fantasy football perspective?

Budget options

DEF - Winston Reid - Reid is certain to be a regular at the back if he can stay fit and the 26-year-old will hope to play more than the 22 games he played last season. He scored one goal last year and if West Ham continue to be solid at the back, Reid looks like a good option at 5.0.

DEF - Carl Jenkinson - The right-back is also 5.0 and is expected to be a regular following his loan move from Arsenal. Jenkinson will look to get forward as much as possible and for that reason, he is an interesting option for a reasonably low price.

MID - Diego Poyet - The son of Sunderland manager Gus, Poyet comes in at just 4.5 following his arrival after leaving Charlton. The central midfielder is unlikely to be a mainstay in the side but as the season goes on, he may find himself involved more and more. If that is the case, he will be worth considering for such a low price.

Worth a gamble

MID - Kevin Nolan - Nolan has become something of a fantasy guru as he seems to rack up points every season. He scored seven goals and picked up seven assists last season, and will hope to continue to be involved in and around the box this season. The only doubt is whether the former Newcastle man is still first-choice to be played behind the striker with so many more attacking options at the club now. It may be worth waiting to see where Nolan is being played before putting him in your side.

FOR - Mauro Zarate - The Argentine forward will inject plenty of creativity into the side and is expected to play just off of the striker. If so, he will be worth considering over Nolan at the same price of 6.5, and could be involved with plenty of goals and assists. Zarate looks set to be a regular, but question marks still hang over the Hammers goalscoring abilities.

FOR - Enner Valencia - Valencia has joined the club for an estimated £12 million and is expected to score plenty of goals after impressing at the World Cup this summer. The Ecuador striker netted three in three in Brazil and if he can take that form into the new Premier League season, he will definitely be worth considering at 7.0. He is unlikely to start the season as he is not quite match fit yet, and the gamble will be whether he can get back to full fitness sooner rather than later.


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