You keep changing players on your Fantasy Premier League (FPL) roster, and it’s becoming annoying figuring out whom to stay with! The heart of a team drives the players to push forward and influence to win matches. What happens when the middle of the park wins games? That “engine room” provides plenty of points to fantasy managers: goals, assists, most minutes played, bonuses, and even a little extra for clean sheets sometimes!
Sadly, it’s best to avoid defensive midfielders since they don’t provide many points in the FPL format. It’s those attacking play-makers, the specialists in set-pieces and supply who contribute in large numbers and regularly play in their respective teams. Let’s have a look at those that can help you line up your best possible team before August 9th.
There are not many reliable candidates in this range, but the adventurous fantasy manager could punt one of these two players who have the potential to excel.
Mark Noble (West Ham £5.0m)
Captain Noble has been one of the most important players for West Ham over the past years. He has always been a regular for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, and the 32-year-old is the Hammers’ regular penalty taker for a big plus point. If squeezed for cash, you may buy around 99 points for a £5.0 price tag.
Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham £5.0m)
Tottenham’s number 17 has turned out to be an instrumental player in the midfield position, so he’s favored to start a majority of Spurs’ matches. He’s one of those players who brings out the best from higher-priced teammates such as Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli. During crucial times, the French international often moves forward which is why having someone like him for such a low price can be helpful for fantasy managers.
Over here, these midfielders have tons of potential to exploit. They will be regulars in their teams or offer some kind of contribution that can grab points for fantasy managers for sure.
Joao Moutinho (Wolves £5.5m)
Joao Moutinho was arguably the best play-maker for Wolves last term. The Portuguese didn’t disappoint in the West Midlands, providing eight assists and 119 fantasy points. Not bad for someone costing only £5.5m who is likely to start every week.
Ayoze Perez (Leicester £6.5m)
Ayoze Perez had an impressive spell with Newcastle last season, scoring 12 goals with a couple assists to boot. The adaptable Perez joins an impressive, exciting midfield with James Maddison and Youri Tielemans, and Brendan Rodgers should easily find him a spot in the team just behind or alongside forward Jamie Vardy.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace £7.0m)
With the latest change from forward to midfielder in the world of fantasy, Zaha can be one of those “out of position” bargains. His ability to play forward or as a winger is beneficial for sure. Whether he remains a Crystal Palace player or not, this guy can contribute and score goals. He netted 10, teed up 11, and ended up with 143 points. Not bad at all.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool £7.0m)
This guy was injured last season, but Jurgen Klopp has already called Ox as a new signing for Liverpool. The front three of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will be tired from their busy summer schedules, which is why the English midfielder will likely take a spot for a while and surprise the world with the qualities he has as a top player. One should take a chance with the former Gunner.
James Maddison (Leicester City £7.0m)
If there was one player who reached triple digits for chances created in the Premier League last season, it was Leicester’s James Maddison. Such ability is great news for fantasy managers, suggesting that Maddison will likely provide points for his continuous contribution on the pitch, especially with Jamie Vardy up front. At just £7m, the young midfielder should be one of the first you choose for your starting XI.
Somewhat pricey (£7.5-9.0m)
The following players are those who are relatively cheaper than their given talent. Such quality players are always consistent on the pitch, with tons of points under their belts to provide in the fantasy world.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea £7.5m)
Chelsea’s new boy Christian Pulisic, who is setup to fill Eden Hazard’s giant boots, can become the ultimate wildcard in fantasy football. Pulisic, nicknamed ‘Wunderkind’ by the Germans who cheered for him last season, grabbed two goals and three assists in his last Borussia Dortmund matches. He has been on fire this summer, leading his USA national team to the Gold Cup final with three goals and three assists. New to the league (and FPL), he is very likely underpriced.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United £7.5m)
Anthony Martial is facing one of those crossroads feelings in his career at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer loves to play a fast-paced counter attacking style, and a fresh start could turn things around for him. Yes, it’s a risky choice given his recent performances, but many can agree on the quality he possesses. Once he’s back to banging goals, he might turn out to be a profitable investment for fantasy managers.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton 8.0m)
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s play-maker ability and vision mean that he can provide chances for his teammates. He offers tremendous versatility and can be a major threat on set-pieces. Having bagged 13 goals and six assists, the Iceland international had the most fantasy points for Everton last season with 182.
Bernado Silva (Manchester City £8.0m)
Bernado Silva had the time of his life at The Etihad, helping Manchester City win a domestic treble. His work-rate and passion was obvious making him an exceptional candidate. The Portuguese midfielder went on to net seven times while providing eight assists. With doubts clouding the future of Leroy Sane (£9.5m), Bernardo is the better option to go for in fantasy.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham £9.0m)
Everybody knows what this guy can do. From creating numerous chances to scoring improbable goals, you know Eriksen will contribute something during virtually every game. The Danish magician scored eight goals while providing 12 assists last season, compiling the most fantasy points (161) among all Spurs despite missing a bit of time from injury which saw him play his fewest minutes since 2013-14 . Just put this guy in the team, no questions asked.
Here come the superstars, the game-changers and real MVPs to boss around the Premier League. Many are predictable, but that’s what happens when you make headlines week in and week out.
Heung-min Son (Tottenham £9.5m)
Due to his exciting attacking play, Son is loved by many in fantasy football. Son proved the world that his club shouldn’t just depend on Harry Kane as the South Korean international has been a great servant in front of the goal post. He has scored 10+ goals and notched 20+ goals + assists each of the past three seasons. Not bad at all for a “midfielder,” as he actually plays more as a forward. Keep in mind that he is suspended for the first two games, though.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City £9.5m)
Kevin De Bruyne is my pick to become the best player of the 2019-20 Premier League season. Injuries caused troubles last season, but his return right at the end, and his preseason recently, both prove that his world class quality is still right there. The Belgium international’s vision and technique are what drive Manchester City forward, which is why he’s my number one pick. Let’s not forget, De Bryune provided 18 assists for the Blues during their 2017-18 campaign and 21 the season before that. Too good.
Sadio Mane (Liverpool £11.5m)
The impact and difference Sadio Mane makes, with his partners in crime -- Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino – is incomparable. The Senegal international became the Premier League’s joint-top goal scorer, hauling in a massive 231 points in FPL. He has had a busy year, winning the Champions League, pushing Liverpool to the very end of the title-race and taking his national team (Senegal) to the African Cup of Nations final. That means Mane could be rested for Liverpool’s opening game, but choosing him early at this price is better than when he costs even more.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City £12m)
Sterling has improved massively under Pep Guardiola, evolving into a key player for Manchester City. His world-class influence on and off the field befits the maturing player who led City to the Premier League title last season. The English winger was involved in 32 scores (17 goals, 15 fantasy assists) as he grabbed a total of 234 points. One shouldn’t think twice having him in your FPL team. He will bring back his A-game for and push Liverpool to the limits once again.
Mo Salah (Liverpool £12.5m)
There is a reason why Salah is the most expensive player in FPL; he scores plenty and provides tons of assists — as simple as that. Everybody knows what the Egyptian brings to the table, but let’s just talk points: Salah’s debut season for Liverpool broke 300 points, and despite not having the best form last campaign, he still managed to provide 259. Liverpool’s main man was involved in 34 fantasy goals, 22 nets plus 12 silver-tray services. These numbers speak for themselves. If you can afford him, buy him.
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These are the top FPL midfielders on my watch-list. Whom should I add? Do you know any diamonds in the rough who can save us the cash for top-drawer stars like Salah? Please drop some names in the comments below.