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The Best Fantasy Premier League Sleepers Ahead Of The 2018/19 Season

The Best Fantasy Premier League Sleepers Ahead Of The 2018/19 Season
By Eoin Lyons Updated

With the Premier League nearly upon us, it's that time again to assemble your fantasy football team in the hope of this year getting it right. With the desire to pump your team full of the big names, you inevitably have to pick some of the cheaper options in order to balance the books, and with that in mind here are some bargains that can be found in the league this season.

Goalkeepers

The initial desire is to go for David De Gea (£6m), who topped the points charts with 172 last season. Man City stopper Ederson is a slightly cheaper option at £5.5m. Beyond those two standout options, Lukasz Fabianski & Matt Ryan are solid choices at £4.5m each. Liverpool's Alisson comes in at £5.5m, but with Dejan Lovren now a mainstay of the Liverpool defence don't expect the Brazilian to keep too many clean sheets.

Burnley's Nick Pope is another cheap option at £5m, but the stopper is currently out with a dislocated shoulder while England's World Cup hero Jordan Pickford is also available for the same price.

Defenders

Chelsea defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Mikel Alonso topped the points charts for defenders last season, but with both valued at £6.5m you might want to dig deeper in the market for more value.

Kieran Trippier (£6m) could be a decent shout after a very good World Cup campaign and if Trent Alexander Arnold nails down a starting berth this season then the youngster should be a good outlet for points, the defender has a wand of a right foot and has taken on dead ball duties on occasion.

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Everton's capture of Lucas Digne has also raised eyebrows, and at £5m is worth a punt. Also with his horror injury behind him Seamus Coleman looks a good price at £5.5m.

Midfielders

Fulham have made two very astute signings in midfield in the form of Jean Michel Seri and Andre Shurrle. Seri had been tracked by both Barcelona and Chelsea before being snapped up by the Cottagers and is available for £5.5m, with ex-Chelsea winger Schurrle only £6m.

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Ryan Sessegnon was undoubtedly Fulham's best player in their successful promotion campaign, though the 18-year-old is already valued at £6.5m so it might be worth waiting to see how he adapts to the top flight.

Portugese midfielder Ruben Neves is definitely worth a punt at £5m, with the 21-year-old impressing for Wolves as they won the Championship last season and Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.5m) is another of Nuno Esprito's men that could come good in the top flight, and with signing of Joao Moutinho (£5.5m)  there is a strong case to have at least one Wolves midfielder in your squad.

Max Meyer's move to Crystal Palace surprised everyone and at £6m he could be 0ne to keep an eye on at Selhurst Park.

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Newcastle's on loan star Kenedy (£5m) is another to watch out for, with his performance at Tyneside catching the eye last season. Diogo Jota (£6.5m) also did well in the Championship last season, the Wolves midfielder notching 17 goals for Nuno Esprito's side.

Forwards

Wilfried Zaha (7m) had a very good season last term nine goals and three assists in 29 appearances crucial as Crystal Palace beat the drop.

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Bobby Reid (5.5m) got 19 goals last season for Bristol City in the Championship and following his move to Cardiff City, the 25-year-old will be looking to build upon the success of last season.

Joshua King (6.5m) and Marko Arnautovic (£7m) are another two PL strikers coming off good seasons, scoring 110 and 142 points last season respectively.

Rafael Benitez finally got his man in Saloman Rondon (£6m), and with the Venezuelan now the main man at St. James Park he could be a good pick as one of the cheaper options up front.

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Here's a look at my team heading into the new season:

Winners, every last one. Even Norris.

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