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Week 31 Fantasy Premier League Bargains

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With some of the lower-table teams beginning their late-season push to secure survival, there are plenty of low-cost options available for your fantasy teams. Let's have a look around the league to find some!

An able deputy for Diego Costa? Bertrand Traore could be a fantasy sleeper.
An able deputy for Diego Costa? Bertrand Traore could be a fantasy sleeper.
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Goalkeepers

Ben Foster (4.9m Official / 3,468 Fantrax) has reclaimed the number one role from Boaz Myhill and has a great chance at a clean sheet against goal-shy Norwich City this weekend.

Lukasz Fabianski (4.7m Official / 7,572 Fantrax) didn't have a good time against Bournemouth last weekend, but if there's any match to restore a keeper's confidence, it's against Championship-bound Aston Villa.

David Ospina (4.7m Official, 1,000 Fantrax) is an able deputy for the injured Petr Cech, and while Arsenal face a difficult match against Everton this week, the Spaniard could be a cheeky differential over the coming weeks.

Defenders

Angel Rangel (4.1m Official / 4,567 Fantrax) has been the preferred starter at right back for Francesco Guidolin and is an excellent option this weekend against Villa, especially given his propensity to get into the attack.

Ryan Shawcross (4.8m Official / 6,310 Fantrax) made his return from injury for Stoke City in Week 30 and will be welcomed back with open arms by fantasy managers. His long-term injury has resulted in a price drop that makes him an appealing option against Watford FC and moving forward.

Kevin Wimmer (4.6m Official / 2,103 Fantrax) has been a regular feature on this column since stepping in for Jan Vertonghen, and with good reason. Spurs haven't skipped a beat with the youngster at center back, and the Austrian gives fantasy managers a cheap entry into the excellent Tottenham Hotspur rear guard.

Timm Klose (4.2m Official / 2,464 Fantrax) put in an imperious performance in the 0-0 draw with Manchester City last time out, proving he can deliver strong value regardless of the opposition.

Midfielders

Bertrand Traore (5.4m Official / 1,863 Fantrax) should be the starter up top for Chelsea with Diego Costa suspended for his bizarre assault on Gareth Barry in the FA Cup. Playing ahead of his listed position makes him a tempting selection against the Hammers.

Leroy Fer (4.8m Official / 1,442 Fantrax) has seamlessly integrated with his new squad in the role vacated by Jonjo Shelvey, and has been growing in influence each week. Expect him to be heavily involved from the engine room against Villa.

Andros Townsend (5.8m Official / 2,043 Fantrax) is another January transfer that has found some joy at his new club. He recovered from injury enough to take part briefly in Rafa Benitez's first match in charge at Newcastle, and could get the nod from the start for the weekend's massive derby.

Wahbi Khazri (6.0m Official / 3,365 Fantrax) will be the primary creative force on the other side of the derby for Sunderland. A poor showing in his last match has kept his price low, but we've seen flashes of brilliance that will make the Tunisian a popular pick up this week.

Stephane Sessegnon (5.1m Official / 5,769 Fantrax) spent most of the season as a reserve option off the bench for Tony Pulis, but has recently worked his way into the starting lineup in an attacking triumvirate with Saido Berahino and Salomon Rondon. They're all good options this week, with the Benin international perhaps the most approachable given his midfield listing.

Forwards

Saido Berahino (5.8m Official / 5,048 Fantrax) has rediscovered the form that made him a wanted man over the summer going into the season, and is the more affordable of the West Brom strikers if you have an open striker spot and are looking for a short-term buy.

Shinji Okazaki (5.6m Official, 6,851 Fantrax) frustrated many a fantasy manager by scoring the only goal for Leicester against Newcastle, with many banking on Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy. The Japanese tends to do the grunt work in the attack for the Foxes, but showed he can chip in with fantasy returns as well.

Alberto Paloschi (5.8m Official / 1,743 Fantrax) rounds out the Swansea bargain bin selections this week. It's hard to ignore the Swans this week given their uptick in form since the appointment of their new manager. The limited number of striker options makes buying in on a low-cost option a tough decision, but if you need to cut costs you could certainly do worse than the Italian this week.

Danny Welbeck (7.3m Official / 2,103 Fantrax) has been very impressive for Arsenal since returning from injury and should have the starting role in most matches going forward. While he is more expensive than the other options here for the Official game, the Gunners have an excellent run of upcoming matches, so Welbeck could be a strong long-term play.