It always feels like a long wait for the international break to pass and the Premier League to take centre stage once again, which means Fantasy Football is back!
For Saints, the next five gameweeks include only one fixture against one of the traditional top six, so who should you be looking at to boost your points tally?
GOALKEEPER: Alex McCarthy (£4.5m)
One of many tempting goalkeepers priced up to £4.6m, McCarthy has returned a healthy 28 points to date – as many as any of his teammates.
This can be a good area to save some cash. Over the course of a season, it’s often the cheaper keepers who end up with the most points because they make more saves.
DEFENDER: Jan Bednarek (£3.9m)
Not guaranteed to play, but keep a close eye on Bednarek, who has started Saints’ last two games, and his half-time withdrawal against Chelsea was more a tactical tweak than a reflection of the Pole’s performance.
Ryan Bertrand (£4.9m) and Cédric (£4.4m) are more likely to play and offer greater attacking threat, but, as the cheapest player in the game, Bednarek can be an ideal squad filler if he can keep his place in the team.
MIDFIELDER: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (£4.5m)
Another budget pick, Højbjerg is the highest scoring midfielder in the game under £5m, with 23 points to his name, including two goals.
The Dane has been getting forward more often this season and has started Saints’ last five Premier League outings, so he’s tough to ignore at that price.
FORWARD: Danny Ings (£5.7m)
Ings is Saints’ most expensive player but for good reason, and still remains a snip for a forward at less than £6m.
The striker has four goals in seven starts for his new club, and only Raúl Jiménez at Wolves can top Ings’s profitability for the price.
ON A BUDGET?
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GOALKEEPER: Mat Ryan (£4.5m)
It took until the last round of fixtures for Brighton to chalk up their first clean sheet of the season, so Ryan is not yet among the top points scorers in his position, but the Seagulls endured a tough run of early fixtures.
On the contrary, Ryan will not face a top-six side again until mid-December, and should build on his nine-point haul last time out in the coming weeks.
DEFENDER: Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.2m)
Whilst any member of the Wolves back five is tempting at the moment – all priced under £5m – upcoming games against Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea are less likely to yield clean sheets.
Liverpool have been much tighter at the back since acquiring goalkeeper Alisson in the summer, and Alexander-Arnold takes a lot of set-pieces. Huddersfield and Cardiff are the Reds’ next two opponents.
MIDFIELDER: Richarlison (£6.8m)
The star of many fantasy teams in the opening weeks of the season, Richarlison’s value is creeping up again after his red card against Bournemouth led to thousands transferring him out.
Now back in the Everton team and, crucially, used as a striker in scoring against Leicester before the international break, the Brazilian has his mojo back.
FORWARD: Aleksandar Mitrović (£6.9m)
Having failed to score in his last two appearances, fantasy managers have been too quick to pull the trigger on Mitrović, whose price has surprisingly dropped this week.
This despite a brace for Serbia in midweek took his tally to nine goals in ten appearances this season, with Cardiff, Bournemouth and Huddersfield to play in Fulham’s next three fixtures.