Fantasy Premier League: Top Saints picks

By SFC Media time Fri 14 Sep Fantasy Premier League
Photo by Matt Watson | Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

After two weeks away, Fantasy Premier League returns this weekend.

We’ve picked out five Saints who could make an impact on your team over the coming games – just remember, you can only pick a maximum of three!

GOALKEEPER: Alex McCarthy (£4.5m)

McCarthy’s fine form from last season, earning him Saints’ Player of the Year award, has continued into the new campaign.

With 23 points to his name already, he is the best-performing FPL player in the squad, and will be desperate to earn his England debut sooner rather than later after being called up by Gareth Southgate without getting any playing time last week.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Alex McCarthy during a Southampton FC training session at the Staplewood Campus on September 13, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Alex McCarthy could be worth a spot in your FPL team

Only Neil Etheridge of Cardiff, whose points are skewed by two penalty saves, has outscored McCarthy to date.

DEFENDER: Cédric (£4.4m)

A cheaper alternative than Ryan Bertrand on the opposite flank, Cédric chipped in with his first assist of the season last time out at Crystal Palace.

While trailing to the skipper in total points, Cédric missed out on a clean sheet against Burnley only because he was substituted five minutes before the hour mark on the opening day.

Now that he’s fully match fit, expect him to be an ever-present, either as an orthodox right-back or slightly further forward as a wing-back.

MIDFIELDER: Nathan Redmond (£5.4m)

redmond is getting back to his best, and has been one of saints' standout performers.

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Still yet to contribute in terms of goals and assists this season, Redmond is getting closer and his threat increasing with every game.

Slowly but surely, the winger is getting back to his best, and has been one of Saints’ standout performers in the opening games. He’s due some points.

After setting up Charlie Austin’s winner in a late cameo role in the Carabao Cup, don’t rule out a repeat against the same opponents on Monday.

MIDFIELDER: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (£4.4m)

This isn’t a ‘bandwagon’ pick just because he scored on his last appearance.

At £4.4m, Højbjerg is the cheapest midfielder in the game, which makes him impossible to ignore if you intend to use your wildcard.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg(centre) of Southampton celebrates after scoring during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton FC at Selhurst Park on September 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg is a great-value FPL pick

Unlike any of his rivals at the same price, perhaps with the exception of Kevin McDonald at Fulham, the Dane is currently starting games regularly and likely to keep his place after his Palace exploits.

FORWARD: Danny Ings (£5.6m)

He might be the most expensive option in the Saints squad, but Ings looks without doubt the best striking option below £6m.

His price is only likely to rise further as more users cotton on to his sharpness, and he’ll fancy his chances of opening his St Mary’s account against the Seagulls on Monday.


Looking further afield? The week after the first international break can be a popular time to use that first wildcard, having taken stock of the opening weeks of the season.

If that applies to you, here’s one name for each position you can’t ignore…

GOALKEEPER: Michel Vorm (£4.9m)

With Hugo Lloris sidelined for “several weeks”, Vorm becomes a great option as a starting keeper under £5m for a top-six club.

After hosting Liverpool tomorrow, Spurs’ next four fixtures, against Brighton, Huddersfield, Cardiff and West Ham, are enticing.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01:  Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Benjamin Mendy is someone you'll want in your team (Photo: Getty Images)

DEFENDER: Benjamin Mendy (£6.4m)

If you haven’t signed Mendy yet, he’s probably been doing your head in already. The Frenchman has racked up five assists in four games, and did so again for his country this week.

Much like Spurs, with the exception of a game against Liverpool, City’s upcoming games are tough to ignore.

MIDFIELDER: Eden Hazard (£10.7m)

He’s had to bide his time this season, as new manager Maurizio Sarri allowed his star man ample post-World Cup recovery time, but Hazard has found the net in his last two games – his only two starts to date.

His good form continued in a Belgium shirt, with goals in both of their recent internationals, and his next two games in blue could see him torment Cardiff and West Ham.

FORWARD: Sergio Agüero (£11.3m)

It’s getting to the stage where some FPL managers could lose faith in Agüero, who was unable to find the net against Wolves and Newcastle before the international break.

Fully refreshed having missed out on a place in the Argentina squad, now is not the time to let him go, with Fulham, Cardiff and Brighton in his sights.


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