Fantasy Football Focus 2014/15: Swansea City

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With the new season almost here it's time to finalise your fantasy football options for the season. Today's focus will be on Swansea City.

A mixed campaign for the Swans last year saw them finish the season in 12th place, but they would have been hoping for so much better after an excellent campaign the year before last.

Michael Laudrup was sacked halfway through the last campaign and Garry Monk took charge, and will be calling the shots this year as the club look to get back into the top-half of the Premier League.

The Europa League affected Swansea last year as the congested fixture list hampered their league form, though the absence of a European competition this season will only benefit the club from a domestic point of view.

Five new arrivals have been brought in already, with Gylfi Sigurdsson's return from Spurs the biggest transfer for the club, though Michel Vorm and Ben Davies have both left.

The Swans squad is filled with potential and they could be set for a solid campaign this time around, but where should you be looking from a fantasy football perspective?

Budget options

DEF - Ashley Williams - The captain comes in at 5.0 and will likely continue to pick up points at the back. He has scored at least 100 points for the past three seasons and will hope to help the Swansea defence shore up the backline after they conceded 54 goals last time out. Williams is a certain starter and is always a threat from set-pieces, and ended last season with one goal and one assist.

DEF - Kyle Bartley - The man who could partner Williams at the back is Bartley. The 23-year-old comes in at just 4.0 and is the most likely to replace Chico Flores who has left the club. Monk has used Bartley during pre-season alongside Williams and if a centre-back is not brought in, Bartley is undoubtedly worth investment at a very low price.

Worth a gamble

MID - Jonjo Shelvey - Shelvey is guaranteed a starting role in the centre of midfield and is a constant threat in the final third of the pitch. He ended the last campaign with six goals and seven assists and if he can reproduce that form this time around, he is worth picking up at 5.5

MID - Gylfi Sigurdsson - Sigurdsson has been brought back to give the side a spark in and around goal, and he will be in fantasy manager's minds now that he is sure to get regular game time - something he never had at Spurs. He scored five goals for Tottenham last year and has started pre-season with the Swans well, as he has scored two and picked up two assists. The Iceland international will be raring to go and could be worth picking up at 6.0.

MID - Jefferson Montero - The 24-year-old winger has been brought in from Mexican club Morelia after impressing the Swans at the World Cup with Ecuador. The pacey wide-man will likely start on the left-wing and if he can nail down a starting role he could be worth picking up. A lot will rely on how quickly he can adapt to life in England, but Montero has all the qualities to be star. He comes in at 6.0 and may be worth watching for a couple of weeks before placing in your side.

FOR - Bafetimbi Gomis - The powerful Frenchman forward has arrived on a free transfer and could be the man to replace Bony if he leaves the club. Gomis scored 14 times with one assists in 33 appearances for Lyon last season and will have good service around him if he can start up top for the Swans. A lot will rely on what happens with Bony, but if the Ivorian does leave, Gomis will be worth investment at 7.0.

Must-have (if he stays)

FOR - Wilfried Bony - If he stays, Bony has to be seriously considered. He scored 17 goals and picked up four assists in his first season in English football last year, and scored 13 fin 2014 as he improved as the season went on. Liverpool and Tottenham have been linked with a move, though the end of the window is drawing closer and Bony could well be a Swansea player come the start of September. If that is the case, he will have to be considered at 8.5.

Which Swansea City players will make your fantasy football team?

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