Rated! The deadline signings you NEED in your fantasy football team – and those to avoid

Fantasy Football Scout editor Paul McKinnon gives you the steer on which new Premier League signings are worth a place in YOUR team, too

One of the busiest windows in memory saw 13 Premier League clubs break their transfer records. And so, with a hectic deadline day now behind us and several new players in tow, Fantasy Premier League managers need to get their thinking caps on. 

Luckily for them, FFT is here to help...

(Please note: ‘Value rating’ is based on their initial impact.)

DEFENDERS

Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal)

Arsene Wenger doesn't often spend north of £30m on a defender, and the manager can be expected to draft the Germany international straight into his first XI. A real threat in the opposition box, Mustafi has netted six league goals in the last two seasons and has some fine-looking fixtures up to the end of October. The former Valencia stopper looks a viable points-scorer in a defence with 18 shutouts to their name last year.
Price: £6.0m • Value rating: 8/10

David Luiz (Chelsea)

The Brazilian’s return to Stamford Bridge from PSG places question marks over John Terry and Gary Cahill’s game time. Antonio Conte has started with a 4-1-4-1 so far, but could switch to a 3-5-2 to accommodate all three players. Luiz’s threat from range should keep him in the mix, though it’s best to wait until the Blues’ defence has a settled look about it.
Price: £6.0m • Value rating: 7/10

Luiz's fantasy points return has fluctuated over the last four seasons

Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)

Alonso produced three goals and four assists in Serie A last season

Another player whose arrival will shake things up at Chelsea. An attacking defender who produced three goals and four assists in Serie A last season, Alonso offers strong competition to Cesar Azpilicueta down the Blues’ left flank. In turn, the versatile Spaniard could move to the right, bringing Branislav Ivanovic’s place into question.
Price: £6.0m • Value rating: 7/10

Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke)

The Dutch centre-half should be immediately installed alongside Ryan Shawcross in Mark Hughes’s back four, after signing on loan from Porto. Six goals in the last five seasons suggests Martins Indi doesn’t offer too much threat going forward, though; if you’re eyeing up the Stoke defence, £4.5m Erik Pieters is better value.
Price: £5.0m • Value rating: 6/10