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Premier League Fantasy Preview: Leicester City

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The Foxes came away clear winners in the 2013-14 Championship campaign and will look to build upon their success during their first season in the Barclays Premier League since 2004. Can they stay up, or will they suffer the fate of so many other promoted teams and drop back to the depths of lower-league football?

Can the Championship Winners make the step up and survive in the Premier League?
Can the Championship Winners make the step up and survive in the Premier League?
Michael Regan

With 31 wins and 9 draws over the course of the 46-game season in 2013-14, Leicester City cruised to promotion with a stellar campaign. The Foxes scored 83 goals and conceded just 43 to record the best goal differential in the Championship. A strong unbeaten run helped the side claim promotion as the highest scorers in the league, and the third ightest defense behind fellow promoted club Burnley and playoff losers Brighton and Hove Albion.

So, what does this augur for Leicester's survival hopes? There is a solid core of players who will be making the step up, and some exciting additions who will be eager to make their mark in a starring role. Let's take a look at some good potential options for your fantasy teams:

Kasper Schmeichel - 4.5m

The son of famed Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, the 27 year-old has flourished in the Championship after nearly quitting professional football due to not quite making the grade at Manchester City as a young player. Thankfully he's stuck with it and represents a good option for a low price.

Ritchie De Laet - 3.0m

There is a strong presence of former Man United players throughout the squad, and De Laet may be one of the more exciting fantasy options among the promoted clubs this season. For such a low starting price, the 26 year-old is a nailed on starter at fullback and does his fair share of attacking.

Danny Drinkwater - 3.5m

Another former United youth player, the midfielder earned Team of the Year honors and was named Leicester's player of the year for last season. The price is right for a player who is very much in the mold of Blackpool-era Charlie Adam who, if you remember, was one of the best fantasy pickups during their brief time in the Premier League.

Marc Albrighton - 5.69m

I'm very excited about the transfer of the former Aston Villa winger to a team where he'll have a chance to be one of the leading men. The diminutive winger won over many a fantasy manager with his all-action displays on the wing, and would have been a much more popular option had he been guaranteed a starting role. Our wishes have been granted with this move, and the price is very reasonable for a proven fantasy contributor.

Jamie Vardy - 4.5m

After a few disappointing seasons in professional football that nearly led to him hanging up his boots, the striker had a turn in fortunes in the championship campaign last season. The 27 year-old was the second-leading scorer with 16 goals in 41 appearances and will look to build upon the form he established in the previous season.

David Nugent - 6.0m

Some of you may remember Nugent from his days with Portsmouth in the Premier League (how the mighty have fallen), but the striker finally had the breakout season many saw signs of in his youth. With 22 goals and 13 assists in all competitions for the Foxes, the star man led the team in both departments. He'll be on penalties (and has a great record in taking them) and looks like he's finally ready to be a top scorer at the highest level.