We’re playing FanTeam’s £1million Premier League Fantasy game this season. We’ve picked out 10 budget options that we think you should be considering for your side.
10. Jarrod Bowen (£6m)
The Hammers are coming off the back of an excellent season and people will be looking at Michail Antonio (£7.5m) and Tomáš Souček (£6m) when they are picking their sides, but have you considered Bowen?
For a midfielder he plays very high up the pitch and he was even utilised as a striker at points of last season, where he finished with 13 goal involvements. If he is able to nail down a starting spot, he could turn out to be a steal at just £6million.
9. Dele Alli (£6.5m)
This one is a bit of a bold shout that could totally backfire come the end of the season, but hear us out.
With Jose Mourinho gone and with Gareth Bale’s departure opening up another attacking slot in the Spurs side, Dele could force his way back into the team and at just £6.5million he could be great value if he does.
8. Rodrigo (£6m)
The most popular Leeds players will no doubt be Patrick Bamford (£7.5m) and Raphinha (£7.5m) as they were both brilliant last time round.
But we think that Rodrigo could prove to be great value for money. Players who work under Bielsa have a knack of kicking on in their second season working under him and all the signs could point towards Rodrigo doing the same. He became more involved in the side as the season went on and finished the year in terrific form, with five goal contributions in his last four matches.
7. Rayan Aït-Nouri (£4.5m)
Wolves spent around £9.8million on the attacking full-back this summer after he impressed in his loan spell last season.
While Jonny is still recovering from an injury, Aït-Nouri is expected to start the season and at only £4.5million, he could be great value for money.
6. Bryan Mbeumo (£5.5m)
While a lot of the Brentford hype is currently focused around Ivan Toney, we’ve picked out Mbeumo as a potential gem for the upcoming season.
He was involved in 18 goals as Brentford were promoted, and when the Bees switched to a 3-5-2 system, he played a portion of the season as a striker alongside Toney, despite being classed as a midfielder on the game.
5. Matt Targett (£5m)
Villa have some great attacking options in fantasy football this year, but it’s also worth considering some of the players they have at the back.
Last season they kept 15 clean sheets, fewer than only Chelsea and Man City. Targett will look to get forward and provide some attacking returns, and Villa have a fairly favourable start to the season with Watford, Newcastle and Brentford first up.
4. Christian Benteke (£6m)
In his last campaign, Benteke averaged a goal involvement every 165 minutes. To put that into context, his goal involvements per minute ratio was better than Ollie Watkins (£7.5m), Wilfred Zaha (£7m), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£9.5m) and Richarlison (£7m).
With the arrival of Michael Olise to add more creativity to the Palace forward line, Benteke could turn out to be a gem at just £6million.
3. Charlie Taylor (£4.5m)
If there’s one thing that Burnley know how to do, it’s how to keep a clean sheet. Last season the Clarets were tight at the back once again and it might be worth throwing a Burnley defender into your team.
Taylor established himself as a regular starter towards the end of the season and at just £4.5million, he’s a decent budget option if you are looking for some Burnley defenders.
2. Daniel Bachmann (£4.5m)
Watford have the best defensive record from the promoted sides coming up this year as they only conceded 30 goals last time around.
Bachmann established himself as Watford’s number one after Ben Foster picked up an injury and with the amount of shots he is likely to face, he could pick up a bunch of bonus points.
1. Mason Greenwood (£7.5m)
With Marcus Rashford set to miss the start of the season through injury, Greenwood has a good chance of finding himself in the starting 11.
He ended last season in terrific form, with eight goal contributions in his final nine matches and so, if he’s able to replicate that form once again he’ll be a steal for just £7.5million.