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Week 26 Fantasy Premier League Bargains

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Boxing Day may be long past, but there are still bargains afoot!

Sam Byram should get a start against Norwich this weekend. Will he be in your team?
Sam Byram should get a start against Norwich this weekend. Will he be in your team?
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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

Wayne Hennessey (£4.2) if you haven't solidified you top keeper, it's likely too late for you. It's possible that an exchange for a second keeper or a temporary replacement could leave needing. Crystal Palace's form of late has been abysmal, but players beginning to regain health and a favorable run of matches ahead could be indicative of positive results ahead.

Defenders

John Stones (£5.4) as someone that equates hype with potential, the return of Stones means the return of an affordable, high upside player. Everton's defense largely has under preformed this season, but in recent weeks has stepped up with consecutive clean sheets. An optimistic view of Stones' talent would say he will further fortify the recently strong defense and provide solid fantasy value on your back line.

Sam Byram (£4.9) the attack first fullback appears to have finally healed up and is set to take up his role on the West Ham back line. In the first half of the Championship season prior to his transfer, Byram totaled 3 goals and an assist. His high number of yellow cards would be the main detraction.

Simon Francis (£4.2) In desperation for a cheap defender more-or-less guaranteed to see the field, need not to look any further than Francis. Seemingly, gone are the days where he was an attack minded fullback, but a palatable run of matches ahead could justify his spot as a value backup on your defense.

Midfielders

James McClean (£4.7) seems to have solidified his spot in the Starting XI barring another suspension. The wing's most prominent offensive contribution is his crosses, so it's reasonable he could soon form a powerful connection with one of Albion's strikers (if they ever decide to role with one). Aside from assists, McClean has showcased an ability to score goals as well. At the very least, McClean could be worthy of a bench spot in the circumstance he breaks out or one of your main outfielders misses.

Michail Antonio (£5.3) has showcased an wealth of offensive prowess, often getting on the end and serving up his fellow talented attackers (namely Dimitri Payet and Enner Valencia). The Hammers offense, now mostly, healthy appears to have a fruitful future with Antonio very much part of it.

Bamidele Alli (£6.0) as the litany of transfers into people's lineups continue, the price steadily rises and the results continue; if Alli isn't in your lineup yet, you may want to get on that. He has 2 goals and 3 assists in his last three appearances.

Yohan Cabaye (£6.4) the Palace midfielder appears to be back healthy, and his presence has been dearly missed as the Eagles have undergone their worst run of form on the season. His return to corners, set-pieces, penalties and ball control in the midfield should provide considerable fantasy value going forward.

Forwards

Steven Naismith (£5.0) it appears that Naismith has hammered down the number ten role for the Canaries. You will struggle to find another eligible attacker continually chosen in the Starting XI on transfer list.

Emmanuel Adebayor (£5.8) Pardew has played his cards close to chest about Adebayor, but with the desperation for goals it's hard to see a circumstance (barring poor performance, of course) where Adebayor doesn't become the much needed number nine for the Eagles. Adebayor's checkered past is always a concern, but he's in a great situation to succeed.

Benik Afobe (£6.1) the newly acquired striker has already provided abundant payback for the purchase price. The twenty-two year old has managed three goals in his last four matches, with the one exception being a tough matchup with Arsenal.

Fantrax Bargain Options

Goalkeepers

Ben Foster (1,909) The West Brom keeper has been very good since his return from injury, and despite a less than favorable match up can be looked at by those in need of severe salary relief at the goalkeeper position.

Thibaut Courtois (4,976) Slowly dipping my toe back into the Chelsea waters that were so enjoyable last season is scary, but as a child learns to swim will payoff investing while the prices are low as the team stops just treading water and begins its breaststroke.

Defenders

Sam Byram (1,000) Byram was mentioned earlier, so I need not go into anymore detail other than mentioning his bare minimum price tag.

Cameron Bothwick-Jackson (1,840) At just above minimum price, Bothwick-Jackson has been proving a very valuable part of both the Manchester United defense and attack.

Leighton Baines (4,566) Recently Baines has been losing out on his spot to Oviedo, but that doesn't seem to be permanent. Baines is still respected as possibly the best attacking defender in the Premier League, and as such should be fairly easily slotted into your lineup at this discounted price.

Midfielders

Jesse Lingard (5,317) Lingard has now provided the Reds with clutch goals in back-to-back weeks and should have his spot in the starting lineup cemented for the immediate future.

Eden Hazard (5,999) Those with gripes with the performance of Hazard have such due to well-founded frustrations. He's frankly been very poor on the season. It's hard to believe he won't eventually turn it around though, there's simply too much talent there. As Diego Costa begins to return to his form of old, Hazard may now follow suit.

David Silva (7,125) The Spaniard was elite in his attacking last season. His return from injury has showcased a lagging in form, but a combination of De Brunye being out and further working himself into his top form should yield favorable results as the season continues on.

Forwards

Benik Afobe (2,454) see above

Sergio Aguero (11,630) Likely the best goal scorer in the league priced well below this status, a simple enough equation.

Alexis Sanchez (12,500) Need say little more than was said with Aguero, but the upside may be slightly tampered (haven't ever seen the Chilean workhorse deliver 5 goals in just 20 minutes).

What else is out there? Who are the must adds? Who's your value saver?

Humbly,
Alex