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Week 24 Fantasy Premier League Bargains

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Everybody loves a bargain, and fantasy football managers are no different. Here are some options for you to consider as you begin planning your teams for the next round of matches.

Norwich have snagged themselves a bargain. Will you follow suit?
Norwich have snagged themselves a bargain. Will you follow suit?
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I have divided my list into 2 sections, one for the Official Game and the other for Fantrax. Let's take a look:

Official FPL Bargain Options

Goalkeepers

Declan Rudd (£3.9), appears to have locked down the starting role for Norwich and offers a cheap option for a second goalkeeper. The Canaries rarely keep clean sheets, but as an emergency backup he's a good way to afford a more expensive option between the posts, or further up the pitch.

Defenders

Ashley Williams (£4.8) has produced major points recently, as Swansea City attempts to pull away from the relegation pack. The Welsh side have looked much more promising with new manager Francesco Guidolin, which could make the captain a much better fantasy pick moving forward.

Matt Targett (£3.8) has begun to play again in Southampton's new 3-5-2 formation and has produced attacking points and clean sheets for minimal investment. If he is set to continue as a wingback, he's an excellent option.

Robert Huth (£4.3) is bargain priced and a sure starter for Leicester City at center back. The Foxes just keep chipping away and putting up results as the title chase heats up.

Jonny Evans (£4.8) for West Bromwich Albion is still a bargain. The starting goalkeeper, Ben Foster, has also just returned, making the versatile defender even more appealing for the Baggies favorable run over the next few weeks.

Midfielders

Bamidele Alli (£5.7) is almost a "must add" as he appears to have become the key playmaker for Tottenham Hotspur. A goal and assist just last week underscores his potential, and the English teenager has scored just as many points as his much more expensive teammate, Christian Eriksen.

Michail Antonio (£5.3) has been a revelation for West Ham United during the injury absences of Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini. Keep an eye on the return of Victor Moses, which may cut into Antonio's playing time, but given his form it would be surprising to see him lose his starting spot.

Danny Drinkwater (£4.5) has shown some offensive punch recently and is guaranteed minutes for Leicester. While not as productive as Riyad Mahrez, Drinkwater has been in better form of late and could provide some cover from the Foxes if you decide to reshuffle.

Roberto Firmino (£7.9) was our Week 23 fantasy player of the week and is a sure starter ahead of his listed position for Liverpool. A fantastic performance against Norwich City showcased his devastating potential.

Willian (£7.1) has locked down a midfield position for Chelsea and they have been on track with better results. He has delivered some spectacular set piece efforts, and the Blues have been much improved since Mourinho's departure. Their upcoming run of fixtures suggests now could be the ideal time to buy in if you haven't already.

Forwards

Enner Valencia (£5.8) will continue to get opportunities to lead the line for West Ham, at least until Andy Carroll returns. They have favorable fixtures approaching over the next four weeks. Don't miss out on the low cost of entry.

Wayne Rooney (£10.0), while expensive, has been in excellent form since being thrown up top as the single striker for Manchester United, and represents an alternative to Sergio Aguero, who will have a blank week in round 27.

Odion Ighalo (£6.4) remains a bargain, despite Watford's recent drop in form and results. Don't expect his goalscoring drought to last for much longer.

Steven Naismith (£5.0) delivered a goal on his Norwich City debut last week and is certain to get a run of starts. A good choice if you want a filler at striker to invest heavily in midfield or afford a player like Aguero.

Fantrax Bargain Options

Goalkeepers

Ben Foster (£1.123 / 15PPG) is back in goal for West Brom and delivered a clean sheet in his first start.

Fraser Forster (£2.54 / 11.23PPG), last year's Goalkeeper and surprise of the year for Southampton, has delivered excellent returns in his first two starts and is still priced to sell.

Thibaut Courtois (£2.844 / 4.17PPG) is a bargain still and should increase his average points as Chelsea continues to find their form. The run of games on the horizon could see the Belgian's price rise quickly, so if you're considering him you may not want to wait too long.

Defenders

Gabriel Paulista (£5.559 / 8.78PPG) Arsenal's bad boy appears poised to start next against Southampton with the red card suspension of Per Mertesacker. The Brazilian has at times looked a much more assured defender than the big German, though his disciplinary troubles are probably to blame for his usual placement on the bench.

Leighton Baines (£4.556 / 8.88PPG) While I hope you may have gotten him when he was even cheaper, Everton's left back has consistently been one of the best fantasy performers for the past few years.

Aly Cissokho (£2.769 / 9.25PPG), yes, I know he plays for Aston Villa, but he has produced some major points for his value. Just look at the PPG average since he's returned from his loan spell and nailed down the left-back spot.

Matt Targett (£6.138 / 9.1PPG) still a bargain and Southampton's defense has produced good results with the aforementioned change in formation. Attack-minded defenders are the order of the day for Fantrax with all of the additional "phantom" points available.

Midfielders

Junior Stanislas (£8.084 / 7.71PPG) check the injury reports before adding because the Bournemouth man appears to have sustained ligament damage. He has been very active and productive as a starter on the wing, but if he's out you may want to look at Juan Iturbe for a Bournemouth representative in his place.

David Silva (£8.084 / 7.2PPG) Can he step up and deliver in the absence of the injury-stricken Kevin De Bruyne (Best wishes for a speedy recovery, KDB)? His points are down from his usual production but the quality is still there, and with the creative onus back on the Spaniard, he could rediscover his best form.

Jordan Henderson (£5.61 / 7.4PPG) He is healthy and Liverpool's captain. A great bargain at that price, especially with Aston Villa and Sunderland on the horizon.

Michail Antonio (£6.28 / 7.64PPG) Building off of the official game description above, Antonio is also capable of putting up major phantom points with shots on target, successful crosses and corners won.

Forwards

Sergio Aguero (£14.32 / 12.38PPG) yes, he is a bargain at that price and has scored goals in his two most recent starts. Time to jump on? I think so against the Black Cats

Charlie Austin (£1.00 / 12.0PPG) A goal as a substitute in his first appearance. Could his first start for Southampton be forthcoming? With Graziano Pelle struggling to be fit and Shane Long probably in need of a rest, last season's striker superstar could be back in a number of fantasy teams sooner rather than later.

Enner Valencia (£7.26 / 9.7PPG) Delivered a brace last week and is at home to Aston Villa this week. Yes, please!

Diego Costa (£10.03 / 7.84PPG) Everybody's favorite villain is a bargain for the much-improved Blues. Will Chelsea continue their surge under Guus Hiddink? Costa will likely continue as the lone striker, though the arrival of Alexandre Pato could force him to up his game.

Steven Naismith (£4.7 / 5.3PPG) I prefer to go with cheaper defenders and/or goalkeeper with my fantasy team, but the new Norwich man is a good pick-up, if you like a forward as a filler. Don't forget that he scored a hat-trick against Chelsea already this season and has always been a good option when in the starting lineup.

Will any of the options above make it into your team this week? Did I miss anyone who may have caught your own fancy?

Fair play to all,
Charles