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After my article on EPL fantasy must-have players: EPL Fantasy Football Must-Have players, I’ve now compiled a short list of bargain players, that is players who could come up with the goods but cost relatively very little.
James Milner (5.5m)
24 points from Milner so far – not bad for a defensive midfielder. That’s 6 points per game for a 5.5m player. Milner can come up with important assists and also takes penalties. I strongly recommend keeping him as a low cost midfielder, especially with Liverpool starting the season so well.
Joseph Gomez (5m)
In the absence of Dejan Lovren, the 5m defender has been a mainstay of the Liverpool alongside Van Dijk. The young Englishman scored 22 points, 1 more than Van Dijk who, at 6m, costs 1m more than Gomez. I do expect more clean sheets from Liverpool and thus a 5m defender is a pretty good bargain.
Luke Shaw (5m)
Fantasy managers ignored Luke Shaw at the beginning of the season, understandably so given Young has been playing as the first choice left back for the past season. I, however, decided to give him a chance, after seeing him play in preseason and knowing that Young would come back late because of the World Cup. I was rewarded with 21 points in 4 games from a 5m defender. My expectation is ManUtd will rise in strength from now on, so I will keep Shaw for now.
(For those who do not have Shaw in their team yet, please wait until he is cleared to play to make a decision on whether to buy him. Shaw was sadly injured on international duty against Spain.)
Jose Holebas (4.8m)
Four wins out of four for Watford – not bad, eh? Holebas’ team is on fire and he has managed an impressive 34 points, second only to Alonso. At 4.8m, he is a bargain. If you do not already have him in your team, please wait since Manchester United are next for Watford, unless you think ManUtd are going down.
Holebas is also known for his lack of discipline and could rack up some yellow cards but still, at 4.8m, he is a bargain.
James Tarkowski (5m)
Burnley are now out of the Europa league. They will most likely end up playing as they have for the past seasons under Sean Dyche, now that the workload is reduced. Burnley defenders Ben Mee, James Tarkowski and Ward have all been good bargains over the years. Tarkowski has so far racked up a very healthy 20 points and could be a solid, low priced asset going forward.
Neil Etheridge (4.6m)
The current number 1 goalkeeper in terms of fantasy points at 31 points costs only 4.6m. I am ditching De Gea to get him and thus make up enough funds to buy Alonso, replacing David Luiz. Etheridge could rack up lots of bonus points.
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