Chelsea may have lost at home last weekend against Manchester United, but the Blues are still top of the Premier League – and with news that star playmaker Juan Mata could be rested against Swansea with a hamstring complaint - the club will have to look to others to pick up the scoring load.
Striker Fernando Torres (owned by 20% of fantasy managers) and attacking midfielder Eden Hazard (owned by a whopping 40% of fantasy managers) are the obvious selections to contribute big hauls in Mata’s absence, but let’s take a look at a few lesser owned and not in form options that could just see a change of fortune.
We all know about Ramires’ consistent play and the potential of a Daniel Sturridge or Victor Moses to come in as a bargain priced asset, but let’s turn our attention to young Brasilian star Oscar.
Oscar is priced at just 7.8M in the Fantasy Premier League, cheap as chips for a player in an attacking position for the league’s best team - but he is only owned by 1.4% of fantasy managers.
Of course, Oscar’s low ownership is a direct result of Mata and Hazard’s form and high ownership levels thus far, but it could be the Brasilian’s turn to shine over the coming weeks.
He has yet to score in the league, but has been featuring in an advanced position, and has now started 5 straight league matches. The 21 year old scored 11 times in 36 appearances for Internacional and has scored 4 times in 11 appearances for his national team. A strike rate of 1 goal every 3 games is superb – and shows his obvious finishing ability.
Against Swansea, a team that conceded 3 at home to Everton, and 2 at home to Reading, Oscar will get his opportunities.
For the rare fantasy manager who owns neither Mata nor Hazard, Oscar looks assured of starts – comes in at a significant savings to the aforementioned two, and could just begin to shine despite his only 1% ownership level.
There you have it. A one-week punt at Swansea, or even perhaps a mid-term or long-term acquisition if he can manage to grab a goal or assist in the coming weeks and keep his confidence high – the young Oscar.
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