Fantasy Football 2015-16: Must have midfielders
The midfield area offers huge potential for any ambitious fantasy football manager to get ahead of the pack and there are some gems to be had before you finalise your team for the big kick-off.
With goal scoring midfielders offering up huge potential for bumper harvests of points over the course of a season, identifying players who are handed responsibility on set-piece moves and penalties is crucial in your pre-season selection.
Assists are also valuable additions to any midfielders arsenal and as you do not need to pick a team that has any kind of defensive balance, the opportunity to be bold should not be ignored.
Here are five midfielders worth spending a chuck of fantasy budget on this season:
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) £9m
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger looks set to start Walcott as a central striker in his team this season and that could make him one of the prize catches for all fantasy football players.
Walcott’s scoring record when he gets a run in the Arsenal team and steers clear of injuries is relatively impressive and with a stunning collection of attacking midfielder to supply his ammunition, this speedy forward is a must have player for the new season.
Jordy Clasie (Southampton) £5.5m
This diminutive summer signing from Feyenoord has been dubbed the ‘Dutch Xavi’, with his invention and flashes of brilliance in the midfield giving him a real chance to shine in his first Premier League season.
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman worked with Clasie in his days as Feyenoord boss and is convinced he has signed a star in the making as he looks to replace the departed Morgan Schneiderlin.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) £6m
With six Premier League goals to his credit last season, this tricky winger is well worth adding to a squad list and could emerge as a key figure in your side if Palace continue the momentum they built up under boss Alan Pardew last season.
Puncheon is a threat with his set-piece delivery and is likely to pick up plenty of assists as a result, with the Eagles relying heavily on good quality balls into the box for a healthy chunk of their goals.
Jon Walters (Stoke) £6m
You need to have an Irishman in your team right? The trouble is finding one that does not mean your patriotism damages hopes of a fantasy football triumph.
Walters could be the man who ticks that box. He consistently scores around eight Premier League goals a season and is also handy for a few assists. Stoke could be a dark horse to perform well in this season’s Premier League and their Irish forward is a useful player to have in your team, especially as he is classed as a midfielder.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) £11.5m
Okay, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that having the Footballer of the Year from last season in your fantasy team is a good idea, but getting him into your ranks within budget may take a bit of clever management.
Hazard brings goals aplenty and as he is also on penalty kick duty for Chelsea, he needs to find a way into your squad. Weaken your substitutes bench and pick the cheapest second choice keeper going if you must, but you need this Belgian wizard to be your captain most weeks.