Fantasy Premier League: Take advantage of Saints' resurgence

By SFC Media Sun 27 Jan Fantasy Premier League
Photo by Matt Watson | Nathan Redmond & Danny Ings

Played your second wildcard yet? Much like the real thing, Fantasy Premier League opens its doors to transfer activity in January, so if your squad needs a revamp, don’t forget the chance is there to freshen things up between now and the end of the season.

Ralph’s Revolution is in full swing at St Mary’s, with Saints having won four of their last seven league encounters.

With fixtures coming up against Crystal Palace, Burnley and Cardiff, now could be the time to fill up your three-man Saints quota, as we explore the best assets to help you climb your mini league…

GOALKEEPER: Alex McCarthy (£4.4m)

It’s been a long wait for a clean sheet for the Saints number one, falling agonisingly short last time out in the win over Everton, who scored a late consolation goal to dent McCarthy’s points tally.

But no starting goalkeeper in the league is available at a cheaper price than the England stopper, who will fancy his chances of a shutout in the coming games.

DEFENDER: Jan Bednarek (£3.9m)

Recruiting McCarthy or Bednarek to tick the clean sheet box could be a shrewd tactic, with Ralph Hasenhüttl clearly shoring things up out of possession, and both options offer the chance to free up funds elsewhere in your team.

Bednarek appears a steal at £3.9m, producing performances so assured his place in the team does not appear under threat, while his appetite for last-ditch blocks, tackles and clearances should put him in the frame for bonus points when Saints keep their next clean sheet.

Bednarek has been a rock at the back and looks a high-value pick at £3.9m

MIDFIELDER: James Ward-Prowse (£5.0m)

Much like Bednarek, Ward-Prowse has come into the team under Hasenhüttl and played so well he’s had to stay in the side.

The midfielder has racked up 19 points in the last two gameweeks, with goals against Leicester and Everton, and is always in the frame for potential assists with his delivery from set-pieces.

MIDFIELDER: Nathan Redmond (£5.2m)

Saints’ form man at the moment, Redmond has scored five goals in his last eight matches in all competitions and looked sharp in every game under Hasenhüttl, while his change in position to a more central role closer to the striker is another reason to think about bringing him in.

Even in the last game against Everton when he didn’t score or assist, Redmond still threatened – he hit the post in the first half and forced the own goal in the second.

FORWARD: Danny Ings (£5.5m)

With Harry Kane injured, many fantasy managers have taken the option of signing cheaper forward alternatives and bolstering their midfield.

Marcus Rashford (£7.7m) is the most popular example, but Ings could offer similar value for money, especially after his price dropped due to the injury that saw him miss the Leicester game. When Saints score, the chances are Ings and/or Redmond will be involved.

Ings is Saints' top scorer with seven goals in 16 Premier League appearances

WILDCARD ESSENTIALS

Looking further afield? Here are a few must-haves to help you through the upcoming fixtures…

GOALKEEPER: Hugo Lloris (£5.4m)


Still cheaper than the likes of Alisson, Ederson, Kepa and De Gea, Lloris has kept four clean sheets in his last eight appearances and averaged three saves per game in that time – worth an additional point in itself. 

Though Spurs have injury problems in forward positions, there’s no reason their defence should suffer, and their next three games – against Watford, Newcastle and Leicester – are all at home.

DEFENDER: Matt Doherty (£5.2m)

Having been clean sheet specialists earlier in the season, Wolves have started leaking goals of late, but Doherty’s attacking contributions still make him a tempting asset.

The right-back was on target again yesterday in the FA Cup, and with no fixtures against top-six sides until March, you’d expect his team to tighten up defensively too.

Doherty's late header at Shrewsbury was his fourth goal of the season

MIDFIELDER: Paul Pogba (£8.7m)

Nobody has embodied Manchester United’s revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer more than Pogba, who looks a different player with licence to get into the box at every opportunity, prompting the goals and assists to flow.

It’s impossible to ignore United options at the moment, and teaming up Pogba and Rashford, if you haven’t already, looks a fruitful tactic.

FORWARD: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.3m)

With Kane injured and Sergio Agüero’s place suddenly coming under threat from the free-scoring Gabriel Jesus, Aubameyang will be eyeing an opportunity to stamp his authority on the Golden Boot race.

Three of Arsenal’s next four games are against teams currently in the bottom six, and Aubameyang is back in the goals after netting against United in the cup on Friday night.

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