The sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United has shaken the Premier League. The league's leading scorer is moving to the league's best team historically, who finished second in England last year and are hoping that the Dutchman can propel them past rivals Manchester City. Meanwhile, Arsenal's grip on a top four place and the Champions League place that comes with it is a little bit looser than it was a day ago, sparking the hopes of Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle and even Liverpool.
But while the club-crazy among us are trying to sort through how this will affect the table, there is that other kind of competition that has been turned upside down too -- fantasy Premier League. Several players on both United and Arsenal will see their fantasy value completely changed because of this transfer. That includes two of the league's best players who will be expected to lead United, but according to Never Manager Alone, they wlll take a fantasy hit.
Robin van Persie: Down - It will take a little time to figure out how he fits at Old Trafford but with lots of options to take kicks and penalties and be the focal point of the attack he's going to go from being the main man to being part of an ensemble cast. I'd say he's likely to score 15 to 18 goals with 8 assists. A great season but not one worthy of the price he's currently going for.
Wayne Rooney: Down - Same logic as van Persie above. The attack won't improve enough to accommodate fantasy points at least season's levels for both players. The inevitable conclusion is that both end up being about 75% of the fantasy player they were at their best last season.
Other players will also take a hit, especially a couple other United strikers, while some of the Arsenal forwards are going to see their fantasy values soar because of this. Keep worrying about where you club will finish in the table now, but don't forget about that fantasy team.