Picking up quality bargains is a top skill that set aside the top fantasy managers from the rest of the pile. These players are the cheapest in their respective positions but we reckon they can really make a difference to your FPL or Draft teams if selected.
- Joe Hart <GK> (WHM / 4.5)
There is no doubt that the England number 1 will be number 1 for the Hammers this term, with Adrian backing him up. At 4.5, Hart is a steal and almost a must have if you want to save some cash for the rest of your squad. Clean sheets may not be plentiful but we reckon he can rake up many points from save bonuses as well.
- Ben Foster <GK> (WBA / 4.5)
Equally reasonably priced is WBA goalkeeper Foster. Last season, WBA conceded a total of 51 goals, which is the ninth best in the league. Under the same manager, we expect the Baggies to do pretty much the same this term – raking up steady points until they reach 40, take the foot off the pedal and settle around mid-table. Like Hart, Foster is a “must-have”, at least as a back-up to your number 1 choice.
- Saido Berahino <FWD> (STK / 5.5)
One thing is for sure – Stoke manager Mark Hughes rate Berahino highly. Last term, after signing from WBA in the winter, Berahino made 7 starts for Stoke and even though he neither scored nor assisted, he continued to feature in Hughes’ side. After a summer of fitness training, it is likely that 23-year-old Berahino can get back into Premier League shape and start to contribute positively. Stoke do not have the luxury of a lot of forwards so Berahino may lead the line from the start. At 5.5, he is a solid third striker to have.
- Steve Mounié <FWD> (HUD / 6.0)
To be fair, there are many unknown qualities to choose from among the three promoted sides but Benin forward Steve Mounié gets our nod from the Terriers. The logic is quite simple – he is Huddersfield’s record signing and there aren’t many in the current team of his calibre. He should most definitely be given the nod in the starting XI early on for him to prove his worth. For that, he is worth a gamble as a cheap third forward should you want to put in cash into the midfield.
- Matt Ritchie <MID> (NEW / 6.0)
In our prediction piece, it was pointed out that Ritchie takes set-pieces for Newcastle and he shares the responsibilities with Jonjo Shelvey. Last season he missed only 4 games for the Magpies all season (Goals: 12 / Assist : 8) and as they have not really strengthened in this department, we can expect Ritchie to continue in his role. Newcastle is a solid team under Rafa Benitez and many reckon that they will coast to a mid-table finish. They should score enough goals and Ritchie should be amongst the assist list easily.
- Trent Alexander-Arnold <DEF> (LIV / 4.5)
Alexander-Arnold or TAA as he is more affectionately known to the fans, can be a gamble but he is definitely worth a shot early in the season. Liverpool’s only other senior right-back, Nathaniel Clyne, did not play any game throughout the pre-season and is still easing into full fitness. TAA has already played a few games last season and can be expected to stand-in for Clyne, at least for a couple of games in the season. A good-to-have player at his price.
- Charile Austin <FWD> (SOU / 6.5)
Charlie Austin missed a chunk of season with a shoulder injury but returned to fitness late last season. He has the summer to regain his full fitness and was among the goalscorers in Southampton’s pre-season. They have also sold Jay Rodriguez so only Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long remain as the senior strikers. Austin goal scorer record has been sensational – almost 1 goal every 2 games across all competitions in England. A fully fit Austin is a force to be reckoned with – a must have at his current price.
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