There are eight games left for most teams. There’s still time to move up (or down) the fantasy standings.
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At this point in the season, it doesn’t make as much sense to hold to many players because of discounts. You’ve got to play each week for maximum points. It’s also a time to break from the peloton, which means differentiating from other fantasy teams.
So here are a few players I’m looking at who are cheap, under the radar or of high value, preferably all of the above.
Dean Henderson (Manchester United, FPL: £5.2, Fantrax: $3.87 ) Henderson now has three shutouts in the three starts, as he seems to have taken over the top spot for United. United sits second and will want to end the season strong. Henderson even had six stops against Manchester City, so we know he can make the saves.
Andreas Christensen (Chelsea, FPL: £4.7, Fantrax: $4.51 ) The Chelsea centerback has five shutouts in his last five starts, and he has started the last five of six for the Blues. He looks to keep his starting spot while Thiago Silva is still out, but there still is a rotation risk. Chelsea has a positive set of fixtures moving forward and a champions league place to fight for.
Ozan Kabak (Liverpool, FPL: £5.0, Fantrax: $1.69 ) The centerback for Liverpool has stepped up when he has been called upon. Not sure I can fully trust that he starts and produces, but he’s going to be on my radar moving forward. Nathaniel Phillips draws my attention as well.
Issa Diop (West Ham United, FPL: £4.3, Fantrax: $4.59 ) Diop has stepped in and stepped up because of injuries at centerback. He may not retain his starting role, but he’s worth keeping an eye on if he continues to start.
Kai Havertz (Chelsea, FPL: £8.2, Fantrax: $4.27 ) Havertz is a better pick in Fantrax from a price stand point. What makes him interesting is that he has played up front in his last two games.
Martin Odegaard (Arsenal, FPL: £6.0, Fantrax: $1.80 ) He was excellent against Tottenham, which makes me think there is more to come from the midseason transfer. He is constantly involved in the Gunner’s attack.
Jesse Lingard (West Ham, FPL: £6.2, Fantrax: $5.58) Many of you already have him, so this isn’t exactly an “under the radar” pick. But it’s hard to leave him out of either format at his price and in his form. The move to West Ham has revitalized him. West Ham also has a decent fixture list and a top-four slot to strive for.
Lucas Moura (Tottenham, FPL: £6.6, Fantrax: $7.07 ) Besides Harry Kane, Moura has been Spurs’ best and most consistent attacking player. He’s not as cheap as others on the list, but I think he has found a steady place in the Spurs attack to finish the year.
Diogo Jota (Liverpool, FPL: £6.7, Fantrax: $5.67) Jota had a great run before his injury. He is back now and already scoring goals again, so he could play a major role in Liverpool’s end of season plans.
Kelechi Iheanacho (FPL: £5.7 , Fantrax: $3.98 ) He’s probably the hottest goal scorer in the EPL at this moment. He has six in his last six games, plus he has scored in three straight, including a hattrick. Leicester did have a bit of an easy stretch during this run, but a confident scorer at that price is hard to come by. Leicester is playing for top-four spot, and having the Nigerian forward allows you to spend in other places.
Sergio Aguero (FPL: £10.3, Fantrax: $1.74 ) This is more of a reminder to keep an eye on him, especially in Fantrax. Pep will continue to rotate players, so Kun will get opportunities to play at some point. Be ready for a week when it looks like he will start.
Who are other outliers you are looking at? Diamonds in the rough? Players under the radar? Cheap options moving forward? Please share in the comments!