We’re just two weeks away from the start of the new Premier League season and fantasy football managers everywhere will be tuning, fine tuning, and then re-tuning their teams ahead of the big kick-off. Everyone will be looking to unearth a fantasy football bargain that will get a ton of points, without breaking the bank. So, here are ten players that will get you points, without blowing your fantasy football budget.
1. Jon Walters (Stoke)
Jon Walters scored 6 times in the Premier League and 12 times in all competitions last season. He wasn’t a starter right away, but now regularly plays up front, when he is listed as a midfielder in most fantasy leagues. He has already netted in Stoke’s Europa League qualifying game and looks set to be a solid low-priced contributor.
2. Scott Sinclair (Swansea)
Scott Sinclair is also listed as a midfielder, when he could have quite easily have slipped in to the strikers category. The former Chelsea man scored 19 goals in 43 Championship matches last season, and although the Swans will struggle with the step up in class, Sinclair with his blazing speed, will be on the score-sheet.
3. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle)
Yohan Cabaye is going to be a big source of any Newcastle assists this season, and he will score some goals to boot. The former Lille man scored 15 goals and created 18 assists in his last 68 Ligue one matches, and his up-tempo style will prove a hit with Geordies and fantasy football bargain hunters everywhere.
4. Stephane Sessegnon (Sunderland)
If Cabaye is going to have a big season for Newcastle, then another Ligue 1 product is going to have a big season for arch-rivals Sunderland. Stephane Sessgnon scored 3 times in 14 matches for the Black Cats last term, and with 3 goals already in pre-season. he is due to have a big year and be a fantasy football bargain for value hunters.
5. Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa)
Marc Albrighton was on the radar last season, as he came in to an Aston Villa side and put up gaudy numbers of 5 goals and 7 assits in limited minutes. With Stuart Downing sold to Liverpool and Ashley Young to Man Utd, the path is now clear for Albrighton to provide consistent production from the right wing, whilst still being a bargain price for fantasy football managers.
6. Adel Taarabt (QPR)
Adel Taarabt came to Spurs with a big reputation, but unfortunately never got any time to demonstrate that on the pitch. However, with QPR it’s been a different story, as Taarabt has been a goal and assist machine in the Championship, scoring 19 times and adding 23 helpers in just 44 games for the Hoops. He could well prove to be this year’s Charlie Adam, and be a fantasy football bargain for any manager looking for a cheap midfield compliment to more expensive purchases.
7. Simon Mignolet (Sunderland)
Simon Mignolet looked solid between the sticks for Sunderland last season, keeping 8 clean sheets in limited outings. The Black Cats fell away last year after a promising start and letting Darren Bent go. However, the additions of Wes Brown and John O’Shea will bolster their defence, and could see Mignolet providing regular points for owners looking for a cheap goalkeeping option.
8. Grant Holt (Norwich)
If Scott Sinclair and Adel Taarabt are the stars on the other two promoted teams, then Grant Holt is Norwich’s main man. Holt scored 21 goals for the Canaries in 45 games last season, but what will make him a fantasy football bargain for managers is that he more than just a finisher. Holt had 16 assists in the Championship last season, and it is that constant source of helpers that will keep his points ticking over.
9. Mauro Formica (Blackburn)
If Blackburn Rovers are going to take steps to making the Champions League, then one of the players who could take them on that journey will be Mauro Formica. The 23-year old Argentine scored 8 times for Newell’s Old Boys last season and added 7 assists. He is an offensively minded midfielder, but like other South Americans, may take time to settle. When he does get accustomed to the Premier League, he will provide production from the middle of the park… If he makes commentators here half as excited as he does in his native Argentina, he’ll be a fantasy football steal.
10. Stephen Fletcher (Wolves)
After scoring 8 goals in 35 Premier League games for Burnley, Stephen Fletcher scored 10 times last season in just 28 matches for Wolves. Although not overly impressive, what made him stand out was that he scored those 10 goals in just over 1380 minutes on pitch – a goal every game and a half – as his minutes were limited due to injury. If healthy this year, Stephen Fletcher will be a fantasy football bargain for managers looking for a cheap third striker to go alongside a Rooney, Aguero or van Persie.
So there you have it, ten players that will have a positive impact on your fantasy football team, without costing you the earth. All the best for the upcoming season.