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For Week 7 of the EPL I want to focus on some of the best value players in the market. In building a quality fantasy team it is important to have a variety of players including some of those players that don’t cost you nine or ten million. This is where looking for a value for money player is key.
Fortunately some of the best value players in fantasy teams are midfielders or defenders. Since forwards are almost always a high cost player, it’s great to be able to build around a top notch striker, like in any soccer team.
As far as in form, value players, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is certainly the best player to pick up. In most fantasy leagues he is still a fairly low cost player, but one who has really taken off lately. I would recommend him as a must buy for any midfield.
Leighton Baines is not quite as low in terms of cost, but the Everton defender has been getting a lot of points and should continue to do so. He has the ability to score both in open play and as their free kick specialist, and Everton has had a pretty solid defense to give you some additional points. It would be better to pick him up now and let his price rise with him in your team.
Here are some of the best value for money players you can pick up by position:
Southampton’s Artur Boruc is an excellent pick up for any team, and not just one that needs to look for value in the position. While he doesn’t have a ton of saves he has already picked up four clean sheets in a team that has really strengthened themselves defensively.
Southampton’s back line is full of some quality defenders, including several who have gotten onto the score sheet. Jose Fonte, Dejan Lovren, and Luke Shaw are all at the top of the value charts and both Fonte and Lovren have been playing well recently. This weekend Southampton do have a tough test against Swansea City.
A fourth defender to look at, other than Baines, would be, surprisingly, John Terry. His goal against Tottenham last week does improve his score as well as the assist against Fulham, but he will be a solid defender in a quality Chelsea defense. The one problem is his age, which could mean being left out of some matches. This weekend Chelsea take on Norwich City.
If you want to take someone other than Terry, Swansea’s Ben Davies has started in all six of their matches with two clean sheets and two goals. Seamus Coleman of Everton would be another decent acquisition for a fantasy team with three clean sheets and a goal scored.
Midfield players start to get a little pricier than the defenders and finding value here can be a bit more difficult. Everton’s Ross Barkley is another young player to look at having already scored two goals and gotten three clean sheet bonuses.
Cardiff City’s Pete Whittingham and Aron Gunnarsson are both on the low end for prices, but could give you some decent points with both of them scoring goals and getting one clean sheet bonus. With these two players, you will certainly be running the risk of losing points, though, depending on the matchups for the week. This week 7 Cardiff face off against Newcastle at home, which could get them a good result.
West Brom’s Morgan Almalfitano is a rising fantasy player that has only played in their last three matches, but has put in 90 minute shifts in their past two. This includes scoring two goals, getting an assist and a clean sheet.
Hull City’s Robbie Brady is perhaps the best value fantasy player in midfield with his three goals, one assist and two clean sheets. The problem is that he has had difficulty playing a full 90 minutes and is currently injured and out till November, but he is one to remember when he returns.
Fantasy forwards are where value becomes a more relative term considering how much strikers typically cost. To start the season Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge is one of the best players to pick up with his five goals scored, two assists and three clean sheets.
Aston Villa’s Andreas Weimann is a solid choice having scored two goals and provided an assist. With Benteke returning soon, I would expect Weimann to play a crucial role in their attack.
Olivier Giroud might be one of the better strikers to pick for any fantasy team. With Arsenal’s signing of Mesut Ozil Giroud should be getting many more quality chances this season. So far he has managed four goals and two assists, along with two clean sheets as a bonus.
Some outliers to look at would be Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Newcastle United’s Loic Remy.
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