Ten fantasy football bargains ahead of the Premier League season

Gary Hooper

With the Premier League season opener coming up fast, good fantasy football managers should be looking out for bargains to boost their team’s chances of success.

Here are ten players who should provide excellent bang for your buck:

Craig Bellamy - Cardiff City (5.5m) 

Bellamy is back in the Premier League, and categorised as a midfielder with a price-tag of just £5.5m, he looks a fine option.

Kevin De Bruyne - Chelsea (7.0m)

There are bigger names in Chelsea’s midfield, but De Bruyne has enjoyed a fine pre-season and should get plenty of playing time under Jose Mourinho. 

Seamus Coleman - Everton (5.0m)

Clearly Leighton Baines is the man if you have the money, but Coleman is an excellent attacking full-back who will have freedom to roam under Roberto Martinez.

Carl Jenkinson - Arsenal (4.5m)

If Bacary Sagna is converted into a centre-back, then Jenkinson should start enough matches to make a £4.5m gamble worthwhile. 

Nathaniel Clyne - Southampton (4.5m)

Luke Shaw will draw many for the same price, but Clyne picked up 89 fantasy football points to Shaw’s 68 last season, and might be a smarter choice.

Ross Barkley - Everton (4.5m)

A reasonable pick for your fifth midfielder, with Barkley likely to play to offer a goal threat if Martinez does decide to play the 19-year-old.

Edin Dzeko - Manchester City (7.5m)

If Manuel Pellegrini makes good on his promise that Dzeko will start the season as Manchester City’s first choice striker, then £7.5m looks a fantastic price for the Bosnian. 

Gary Hooper - Norwich City (6.5m)

Half a million cheaper than team-mate Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, and perhaps likely to outscore the Dutchman, Hooper looks a good bet.

Michel Vorm -Swansea City (5.0m)

Vorm’s injury problems last season have brought his value crashing down to a bargain price of £5.0m, and with Swansea likely to enjoy a fine campaign, he could repeat his excellent clean sheet record of 2011-12.

Younes Kaboul - Tottenham Hotspur (5.0m)

Another player who is undervalued due to injury, if Kaboul gets back to full fitness, he is well-priced at £5.0m, and offers a decent goal threat going forward.

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