You can't beat (Fantasy Football) bargains.
It is approaching crunch time for fantasy football Premier League enthusiasts as gameweek one's deadline is fast approaching. While many will have spent recent weeks assuring themselves this is the year they commit beyond week three and brainstorming ingenious team names, now is time to focus on the business end of the year and analyse the entire playing pool available.
In an era dominated by players who are priced as high as £13.00, every penny counts and thus fantasy football bargain buys are a must. Thankfully, there are numerous shrew options available.
Here are the Balls.ie Premier League 2018/19 Fantasy Football bargains.
Goalkeeper: Matt Ryan
Brighton were in the top eight for goals conceded last year and have strengthened their defense with the signing of defender Bernardo from RB Leipzig on a four-year deal. Thus, goalkeeper Matt Ryan represents marvelous business at just £4.5.
Alternatives: Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0) Jordan Pickford (£5.0)
Trent Alexander-Arnold - £5.0
An assured starter, the full-back is a Fantasy Football Bargain at just £5.0. Last season he played in 26 games, with six clean sheets, an assist and a goal.
Harry Maguire - £5.5
Fresh from a promising World Cup, 'Slabhead' is effective on both sides of the ball and has a good goalkeeper behind him to assist with clean sheets.
Lewis Dunk - £4.5
Played in all 38 games last year; ten clean sheets, zero errors leading to goals, scored and assisted. An incredible bargain at just £4.5 this season.
Ryan Bertrand - £5.0
Southampton endured a difficult season last year but improved under Mark Hughes towards the end while Bertrand was one of a few good performers.
Alternatives: Michael Keane (£5.0) Benjamin Mendy (£6.0)
Ruben Neves - £5.0
Wolves stormed through the Championship last season and were greatly assisted by Neves, who has a superb ability to score from long range.
Ruben Neves wins April Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Month for his stunning volley against Derby #wwfc https://t.co/x3oMxtEEf6 pic.twitter.com/TnaqgRTPwm
— Jamie Brassington (@JamieB_Star) May 11, 2018
Richarlison - £6.5
Everton's recent signing played every game in last year's season, scoring five goals and chipping in with five assists. Could be set for a terrific season under Marco Silva.
Ryan Sessegnon - £6.5
The Championship player of the season last year looks set to continue his rise in the Premier League and is available at an extremely affordable price.
Alternatives: Andros Townsend (£6.0) Pedro (£6.5)
Aleksandar Mitrovic - £6.5
Guaranteed to start given Fulham's lack of alternatives and if he kicks on from his World Cup form the former Newcastle man could be set for a promising campaign.
Wilfred Zaha - £7.0
The Cyrstal Palace talisman collected 136 points last season and despite interest from Chelsea will stay at the club for another year at least.
Glen Murray - £6.5
A familiar face for fantasy Premier League bargain-hunters. The Brighton target man finished with 111 points last season, including an outstanding final eight games.
Alternatives: Marko Arnautovic (£7.5) Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.0)