Fantasy football bargains had to come to the fore last week, as managers had a tough time gaining points on Boxing Day when the traditional favourites failed to fire. Rooney and Nani came up empty handed despite Man Utd’s 5-0 walloping of Wigan. Sergio Aguero and David Silva left the Hawthorns with just appearance points after Man City’s 0-0 draw. Daniel Sturridge and Robin van Persie also failed to provide returns for their owners as both Chelsea and Arsenal succumbed to 1-1 draws. So it was left to man-of-the-moment, Gareth Bale, to save the day for fantasy football managers with a double away to Norwich.
But what if you didn’t have Gareth Bale? If you were following my fantasy football bargains from week 18, then there were points for both Leon Osman and Danny Graham.
So, after a positive week 18, here are my budget fantasy football bargains for game week 19.
Top 5 budget fantasy football bargains for game week 19
1. Peter Odemwingie (West Brom)
After a slow start in the Premier League this term, Peter Odemwingie is beginning to prove he is not a one-season wonder. Last year’s 15 goals and 9 assists had the Nigerian as a must have in fantasy football leagues and in his last five matches he is proving to be one of the fantasy football bargains once again. Odemwingie has taken 10 shots at goal and made 7 chance-creating passes in that time, that has yielded 2 goals and 3 assists, putting him back on our radars.
He discovered his form after Roy Hodgson took over at the Hawthorns and he is showing the signs again that had him creating a goal, or scoring one, every 51 minutes on pitch after Woy’s arrival. West Brom welcome Everton on New Year’s Day and Peter Odemwingie should start the year off with a bang.
2. Steven Fletcher (Wolves)
Steven Fletcher has been on fire in his last six matches, scoring four times from eleven shots. The secret to his goalscoring success for Wolves has been getting in to the box and connecting with Matt Jarvis’ crosses. However, Fletcher has been far more than a goal scorer, making 7 chance-creating passes in the his last six Premier League matches since returning from injury, so he has assist potential too.
Wolves travel to a Bolton side that has given up the most shots (81) inside the box as well as the most goals in the penalty area (34) this season. With Steven Fletcher being such a fox in the box, he should reap the rewards for mangers who take a punt on him as one of their budget fantasy football bargains this week.
3. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham)
Fortunately for fantasy football managers, Ruiz is showing good form but doesn’t come with the bumper price tag. In his last four Premier League matches, he has taken 5 shots at the target which have resulted in one goal being scored. He has also made 5 key passes that have yielded 2 assists, so he is showing a good all-round game.
Fulham travel to Norwich this Saturday and take on a Canaries side that have conceded shots and goals this season. They’ve allowed 81 pops at the target from inside the area this term, which is equal worst with Bolton. From those 81 shots at the target inside the box, 28 goals have been condeeded – only Bolton and Wigan have allowed more.
Bryan Ruiz looks to be one of the budget fantasy football bargains this week for managers who get him in their team.
4. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
Aaron Ramsey was playing superbly during game weeks 5-9, where he netted a goal and set up four others. Since his assist in the 3-1 demolition of Stoke at the Emirates, the Welshman has gone two months without scoring or creating a goal. As such his value has dropped in many leagues and his recent form has him back on the radar as one of this weekend’s budget fantasy football bargains.
In his last four matches, Aaron Ramsey has only taken 3 shots at goal, but has supplied 11 chance-creating key passes, indicating an assist is not too far away. He was in the thick of the action against Wolves and will be again as Arsenal take on QPR at the Emirates on Saturday. Arsenal then face trips to Fulham and Swansea, so Aaron Ramsey could prove to be one of the fantasy football bargains for the Gunners’ next few games.
5. Andrew Surman (Norwich)
Andrew Surman has only come back in to the Norwich line-up in the last six Premier League matches, but he has popped up on the radar after registering a goal and an assist in that time.
In his last two games, Surman has taken 5 shots at goal and scored once, as well as supplying 4 chance-creating key passes, indicating he is ready to keep his run going.
Available at £4.4 million in the Premier League game and at a value price in most other leagues, Surman has shown from that he is a great pickup as a budget midfielder. Norwich face Fulham this weekend, followed by QPR and West Brom, so Andrew Surman should work out as one of the best value budget fantasy football bargains over the next three game weeks.