Fantasy Premier League: Look to midfield for value purchases

Pep has fantastic attacking talent for fantasy managers can exploit
Pep has fantastic attacking talent for fantasy managers can exploit
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It is Gameweek 29 and we are back once more to a full ten match week so Neil Monnery picks out some value with a long lingering look at the midfield...

'Zlatan's backup though isn't a bad play for a couple of games. Marcus Rashford fought through illness to play against Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday and he showed us what they have with him in the team - pace.'

Insane in the membrane, play Sané in your team

Midfield is clearly where the bargains are and I'll get into that more in the next section but we should take a look at Leroy Sané in isolation. The 21-year-old German winger has started to hold down a place in the Manchester City first XI and is looking terrific for it.

Since his first start in GW 22 against Spurs, he's bagged two goals along with two assists. Now that might not sound outstanding but when you look at his current value of just £7.5m then your interest might be piqued. He also passes the eye test. Whenever you watch him play you can see him making daring runs in that inside left channel, often beating the offside trap set by the high line. Every time he plays he seems to get to the by-line once or twice. What lets him down at the moment is decision making, which is still a bit sketchy but he's only 21.

At the price he's currently being quoted at he is a grade A play. Manchester City have some big games coming up, Liverpool at home followed by trips to Arsenal and Chelsea but don't let that scare you off. Pep trusts him in the big games and I'm not exactly sure I trust either the Liverpool or Arsenal defences too much at the moment...

You can get Leroy Sané to score at anytime against Liverpool on Sunday at [3.3] on the Betfair Exchange.

The midfield options are lit

That is my attempt to sound like I'm a young hip and happening person in 2017 instead of being an overweight middle-aged freelance writer. If only we could do emojis I'd fit right in.

Back to the important stuff. You could put together a midfield without any of the 15 highest priced players and you'd be in great shape. The value in the middle-tier in ridiculous. There is no excuse not to have at least three of the following players who are all sub £8.0m in your squad so you can pay the big money elsewhere.

Raheem Sterling - £7.8m. The 2015/16 disappointment has fast become one of the go-to men in both fantasy and reality this season. He was rested last time out against Stoke in the double week for City (which would be annoying for anyone who made him captain...d'oh) but the last time he started a Premier League game and didn't get an assist or a goal was two months ago in that 4-0 battering at Goodison Park. Like Sané on the other side he runs the channels well and gets to the by-line. One or two are great plays at this point.

Gylfi Sigurdsson - £7.7m. Like Sterling above he hasn't gone a game without a goal or assist since the same weekend in mid-January. Four straight games with an assist followed three straight when he found the back of the net. The stats suggest he's going to continue being a fantasy manager's dream.

Leroy Sané - £7.5m. Discussed above.

Pedro - £7.1m. The former Barcelona player has turned into the player we all thought he could be in the Premier League. Terrific movement and one-touch ability has kept him ahead of Willian in the pecking order for that position on the right hand side of the Chelsea attack. He's got a goal or assist in three straight and has scored double figures three times already this calendar year. Stoke and Crystal Palace up next for Chelsea. He was rested on Monday in the FA Cup but he has become a key starter for Antonio Conte in the league.

André Ayew - £7.1m. This is an interesting one. Ayew was one of the first players I picked when the season started. West Ham spent £20million for him so he was clearly going to be their go to man. He got injured though on his Premier League debut against Chelsea and has struggled with injury ever since. Yet if I told you he's come off the bench in three consecutive games and scored two equalising goals along with a last minute assist, that might interest you. His manager has been lavishing praise on him this week so is he set to become a starter? He might be worth a gamble.

So there we are. Five great options all in the £7.0m to £8.0m range.

A short-term rash to not call your doctor about

Lastly this week a note about what to do in the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Harry Kane due to suspension and injury respectively. Of course the obvious choice to replace Kane would be his backup Vincent Janssen. Yet his Spurs career this week has been more Corrado Grabbi than 'got to grab him' (ok I admit that was a stretch) and I can't with a straight face recommend bringing him in.

Zlatan's backup though isn't a bad play for a couple of games. Marcus Rashford fought through illness to play against Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday and he showed us what they have with him in the team - searing pace. He should have scored when he beat the offside trap and sent Gary Cahill into a spin that Alistair Campbell would've been proud of but was denied by a fine save from Courtois. With Anthony Martial doubtful it looks likely Rashford will play through the middle this week at Middlesbrough. At £6.4m another potential bargain bucket pick.

You can get Marcus Rashford to score anytime against Middlesbrough on Sunday at 13/10 on the Betfair Sportsbook.

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