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Play Togga Fantasy Tips, Transfer Window-Edition

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A version of this article originally appeared in the Feb. 2 issue of our newsletter, The Raven. Subscribe HERE.

Alexis to United? Giroud to Chelsea? Aubameyang to Arsenal? All of the the Transfer Window’s comings and goings have left us with so many questions ahead of this week’s MiB Togga Fantasy League Perfect XI contest [SIGN UP HERE]. Fortunately, we’ve enlisted Togga’s head of content John Wallin to break down the window’s winners and losers. John, the mic is yours...

Value Up

Theo Walcott had three goals and two assists for Arsenal - all in the Europa League - before his move to Everton and has already scored two goals and registered an assist in his first two games as a Toffee. That might sound unsustainable, but Walcott has averaged a goal every two matches for his career. His arrival should also jump-start Gylfi Sigurðsson's season. Siggy's three goals, three assists in 1,914 minutes are well below last year's nine goal, 13 assist return.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan's move to Arsenal was already a big improvement for his fantasy value. The addition of his former Dortmund partner Aubameyang could be huge. Mkhi had five assists in United's first three matches this season. His 2.7 key passes per 90 minutes compared favorably to his most productive season in Germany (2.9 in 2015/16 when he had 15 assists). Mourinho wanted him to defend more; Wenger has stated he signed him to attack which will mean big fantasy returns.

Need a flyer? Gerard Deulofeu at Watford and Kenedy at Newcastle. Both went straight into their new clubs’ starting lineups. Kenedy, on loan from Chelsea, assisted Newcastle's goal in the 1-1 draw with Burnley.

Value Down

Signed from Real Madrid this summer, Alvaro Morata started hot with six goals in Chelsea's opening six matches but has scored just four times since. Michy Batshuayi couldn't unseat him, but Antonio Conte will trust 31-year-old Olivier Giroud more. Four goals in 374 minutes for Arsenal shows Giroud is still lethal. He will earn enough minutes to cut into Morata's value.

Manchester United may have nabbed Alexis Sanchez in a swap, but that doesn't help the fantasy value of Juan Mata or Jesse Lingard. Mata (3g, 3a, 1354 minutes) and Lingard (7g, 4a, 1137 minutes) both benefited from Mkhitaryan's enforced absence. Now Alexis will join Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial in leading the attack. With Pogba and Matic mandatory starters, there is just one midfield spot left. Lingard lasted just 63 minutes against Spurs, while Mata replaced Pogba in the second half. Ominous signs for both players' FPL value down the stretch.

Want an excuse to break-up? West Brom's Jay Rodriguez (1853 minutes) and Salomon Rondon (1637 minutes) have played the most minutes of any forward duo this season but have scored just seven goals between them. On-loan Daniel Sturridge will claim a starting spot and likely the majority of any goals the Baggies score as he makes his case for a World Cup place this summer. This leaves JRod and Rondon to battle for minutes and FPL relevance.