With the induction of a new season just around the corner comes another opportunity to test the might of your football knowledge against that of your friends as another EPL Fantasy Football campaign beckons for hundreds of thousands of fans.
As you begin to consider drafting your dream XI, here are four under the radar players that might give you a head-start over your mates.
A key player in the heart of the back line of an overachieving West Brom last season, McAuley’s side managed six clean sheets in the 2016-17 campaign, conceding fewer goals than 11 of their competitors. With Tony Pulis continuing to implement his defensive playing philosophy at the club, don’t underestimate the side’s ability to build upon this figure next season.
The towering Northern Irishman has also proven to be a threat with goals from set pieces, a favourite choice for good returns with bigfreebet.com last term, finishing the season as West Brom’s second highest scorer behind the Venezuelan, Salomón Rondón. This is likely to be a statistic that is undervalued in most defenders – a goal scoring centre back could prove value for money were you looking to make big investments elsewhere in the team.
Bournemouth’s 30-year-old defender has proved to be a great attacking outlet for the South coast team since their arrival in English football’s top flight. With the Cherries achievement’s still be yet to receive the full plaudits that they deserve, the Englishman may prove to be a valuable source of low-budget points.
Whilst the often leaky Bournemouth back line means you’re unlikely to see too many clean sheets come your way, the expressive wingback could win you a fair share of points with his attacking output. Since securing promotion to the Premier League in 2015, the Tottenham academy product has scored seven goals and provided eight assists for his team mates.
Although the Dutchman is likely to cost more than the players accompanying him in the list, the midfielder’s relatively low profile could make him a cost effective option when building your team. The £25m signing from Newcastle United has slotted in seamlessly to Jürgen Klopp’s first XI since joining Liverpool and has provided a perfect foil to the attention grabbing exploits of the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.
Scoring six goals and bagging a further nine assists in 36 outings, it is unlikely that you will be able to find a midfielder with this level of output for a similar price.
Another member of Eddie Howe’s exciting Bournemouth squad, selecting the Norwegian international will have proven to be one of fantasy football’s biggest coups during the 2016-17 season.
The former Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers man has grown into a key member of the Bournemouth team and may well be set for bigger things at one of English football’s elite clubs.
Sadly for our fantasy football aficionados, the 25-year-old’s season finished with a bang as he ended the campaign with 16 league goals and it is therefore possible that his value may well have sky-rocketed this time around.