Fantasy Football Focus 2014/15: Queens Park Rangers

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With the new Premier League season fast approaching it's time to assess your fantasy football options. Today's focus will be on Queens Park Rangers.

A solid campaign in the Championship has seen QPR bounce straight back into the top flight of English football after a one year absence and Harry Redknapp's side will hope to remain in the Premier League for the long-term this time around.

The R's never dropped below fifth place in the Championship last year, ending the season in fourth place before gaining promotion via the play-offs thanks to a last gasp Bobby Zamora goal at Wembley which saw off Derby with a 1-0 win.

Redknapp kept the team solid at home last year as they only lost twice at Loftus Road and if they can keep their home form going in the Premier League, they will be worth investing in from a fantasy point of view.

An impressive transfer window has seen the club bring in Steven Caulker, Rio Ferdinand, Mauricio Isla and Jordon Mutch while the likes of Julio Cesar and Loic Remy have returned from loan spells away from the club.

Redknapp will try and get the side playing attacking football with plenty of goals, and if their new defensive partnership of Ferdinand and Caulker can shore up the defence, they may be worth investing in, but where should you be looking from a fantasy perspective?

Budget options

DEF - Steven Caulker - The former Spurs defender played in all 38 Premier League games for Cardiff City last season and has made a quick return to the top flight to work with Harry Redknapp once again. The 22-year-old will surely be a mainstay at the heart of the R's backline and is a constant goal threat from set-pieces. He ended the last campaign with five goals and will be worth considering at just 5.0 on the Premier League's official game.

MID - Joey Barton - The tough midfielder also comes in at just 5.0 and is worth consideration if he can dictate the games from the QPR midfield as he did in his 37 appearances last time out. The 31-year-old scored 3 goals with two assists and is certainly good enough to play at the top level in English football. Redknapp will keep Barton in his side and if he can keep his temper under control, he could earn a steady amount of points on a weekly basis.

Worth a gamble

MID - Jordon Mutch - Mutch is another who has joined the R's from Cardiff and the playmaker will hope to build on what was an impressive campaign last term. He ended the season with seven goals and five assists in 35 league appearances and his direct style of play will suit QPR. Mutch will be a constant threat in the final third and if he can takeover on set-pieces too, he will surely be worth a gamble at just 5.5.

MID - Junior Hoilett - Another exciting midfielder to consider in Junior Hoilett. The former Blackburn man can play behind the striker or on either side of midfield and will likely be a regular in the starting lineup. The Canadian scored four times and picked up five assists in 38 appearances last season and if he can hit the ground running in the Premier League this season, he will be worth the investment.

FOR - Charlie Austin - Austin comes in at just 6.0 and if he can earn the role as lone striker for the R's this season he will be worth investing in. He scored 19 goals in 34 appearances with two assists and would have added to his tally had he not missed a chunk of the season through injury. The 25-year-old netted five in his last six of the season and will surely enter the new season with a point to prove in the top flight. The only gamble will be if he can be the man to lead the line on a regular basis, and that will surely depend on Remy's situation.

Must-have (if he stays)

FOR - Loic Remy - The Frenchman will surely be the man to lead the attack if he remains with the R's as it appears most likely now. A move to Liverpool collapsed after Remy failed a medical last month and he now looks set to play for QPR this season. If this is the case, he is certainly worth putting in your side at just 7.5. Remy scored 14 goals in 26 appearances for Newcastle last season and would have likely reached 20 goals had he not suffered an injury at the midpoint of the campaign. One to watch closely, but if he starts the campaign at QPR, Remy should come into serious consideration.

Which QPR players will be in your fantasy football team?

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