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Our Cavanman's Fantasy Football Team: The Cheapest Best XI

Our Cavanman's Fantasy Football Team: The Cheapest Best XI
By Mark Farrelly

Behold! The return of the most frugal fantasy football team in all of sports entertainment! Yes, come one and all and feast your eyes on the wonder of sensible spending and fantasy football bargains that is the Balls.ie Cavanman XI.

Not familiar with the concept? It's simple. As a Cavanman, my motto is 'Even if you are using pretend money, why spend more than you have to?' My mission is to build a successful fantasy team on as little a budget as possible. I then put it in competition with my actual fantasy team and see which one comes out on top. Last season the Cavanman XI actually got more points than my normal one for about the first three months until I kept forgetting to change the team. This year I'm determined to stick with and see if you really can win the league on a pittance.

So without further ado, here is my final squad, which cost me the grand total of £75.5m.


To be honest I'm nowhere near as confident as I was this time last year. I think I've put together a solid midfield, and that Akpom lad has been doing well for Arsenal in pre-season but when you compare it to a Cavanman XI that had the likes of Ighalo, Mahrez and Danny Simpson in it last year then there's really no comparison.

My star man will be Nathan Redmond I imagine. He's gotten some game time up front for Southampton in the last few friendlies so I'm handing him the captain's armband. I've also gone with his teammate, Steven Davis, in a five man midfield but there's a strong possibility he could be replaced by another Saints player, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, should he get game time. At £4.5m he could become the new Deli Alli.

Make sure to join the  The Balls.ie Invitational, our new prize-fuelled fantasy league for the 2016/17 season. The charity league boasts the likes of Chris O'Dowd, Andy Lee, Anthony Stokes and other well known faces, and there will be plenty of monthly prizes along with a trip to a Premier League match for the overall winner.


Just fill out your details below with your email address for prize details and a weekly update, and you'll receive the login code for the league.

Donations will be gently asked for throughout the season with possible events and special prizes to come.


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