Fantasy Football is back! How are you feeling about Southampton’s prospects in 2019/20? We’re here to help you choose which Saints will make the best picks for your team…
As always, one of the key factors in selecting your side should be the early season fixture list – look no further than the first six gameweeks.
For Saints, it’s a mixed bag. Four of the opening six are against teams who could struggle but three of those are away, while two of the three home games see Liverpool and Manchester United visit St Mary’s.
The absence of top six opponents away from home is enticing and Ralph Hasenhüttl will look at all six match-ups as a realistic chance of achieving a positive result, especially as the big boys won’t have had the chance to build a sequence of wins so early in the campaign.
So where is the value in Hasenhüttl’s squad?
All three keepers are valued at £4.5m, but it was Angus Gunn who donned the gloves for 11 of Saints’ last 12 Premier League outings in 2018/19.
Without the benefit of any pre-season friendly minutes at this early stage, he would seem the sensible choice, and can always be swapped out for a teammate at a later date.
Prices are set and transfers unlimited until the first gameweek deadline, remember.
Yan Valery (£5.0m) joins Ryan Bertrand and Jannik Vestergaard as Saints’ most expensive defenders, with his three goal contributions (two goals, one assist) representing a better attacking return than any of his fellow defenders last season.
Bertrand becomes more inviting in the wake of Matt Targett’s departure to Aston Villa, leaving him as the only senior left-back on the books.
To save £0.5m, Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens are viable alternatives, but Jan Bednarek seems the most likely to avoid selection rotation if you can’t afford one of the full-backs.
At £6.5m, Nathan Redmond has become the most expensive Saints asset, but his form since Hasenhüttl’s December arrival means that remains an attractive price.
The winger is sure to be a key man again this season, along with the rejuvenated James Ward-Prowse (£6.0m), who has the added perk of set-piece duty.
Those two were fantasy favourites for a host of managers in the spring, but no midfielder in the game is cheaper than Oriol Romeu (£4.5m) – a more enticing option at that price than most of his rivals based on minutes played last season.
Danny Ings, Che Adams and Charle Austin are all valued at £6m. Ings will be itching to impress with a full pre-season under his belt, having committed his long-term future to Saints and with games against former clubs Burnley, Liverpool and Bournemouth early on.
Adams is full of pace and youthful exuberance, and arrives full of confidence after scoring 22 goals in the Championship last season.
But the most popular Saints pick in any position by a stretch has been Shane Long (£5.0m), who is included in 8.4 per cent of teams. Only seven forwards in the game are cheaper than the Irishman, who scored four of his five goals in 2018/19 in the last five weeks of the season.
Southampton FPL roll call 2019/20
2019/20 price (+/- starting price 2018/19), total points 2018/19
Alex McCarthy £4.5m, 73
Angus Gunn £4.5m, 47
Fraser Forster £4.5m, 2
Ryan Bertrand £5.0m, 56
Yan Valery £5.0m (+£1.0m), 54
Jannik Vestergaard £5.0m, 50
Jan Bednarek £4.5m (+£0.5m), 49
Jack Stephens £4.5m, 47
Maya Yoshida £4.5m, 44
Kayne Ramsay £4.0m, 1
Nathan Redmond £6.5m (+£1.0m), 137
James Ward-Prowse £6.0m (+£0.5m), 94
Stuart Armstrong £5.5m, 75
Mohamed Elyounoussi £5.5m (-£1.0m), 28
Moussa Djenepo £5.5m, 0
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg £5.0m (+£0.5m), 90
Mario Lemina £5.0m, 50
Oriol Romeu £4.5m, 55
Callum Slattery £4.5m, 4
Tyreke Johnson £4.5m, 1
Danny Ings £6.0m (+£0.5m), 90
Charlie Austin £6.0m, 46
Che Adams £6.0m, 0
Shane Long £5.0m, 66
Michael Obafemi £5.0m, 13
Sam Gallagher £4.5m, 4
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