Played your second wildcard yet? It’s time to cash in on Southampton’s resurgence and stock up on Saints players in your Fantasy Premier League teams…
Three clean sheets in four
Ok, one was in the cup, but Saints have improved in all aspects – not least defensively. Angus Gunn was in goal against Huddersfield, but Alex McCarthy has seized his chance in the league, shutting out Chelsea and Tottenham in recent weeks.
At £4.3m, McCarthy is the cheapest starting goalkeeper in the game, and an easy route to free up funds elsewhere without compromising minutes on the pitch.
Stephens on song
Another value pick at the same price is Jack Stephens, who has registered a clean sheet, assist or goal in four of the last six gameweeks.
In fact, he’s picked up 35 points in that time – a tally only bettered among defenders by Trent Alexander-Arnold, who is nearly double the cost and scored 24 points against Leicester alone.
Ward-Prowse set-pieces bearing fruit
On the face of it, Saints’ change in formation has seen James Ward-Prowse (£5.9m) occupy a deeper role not conducive to FPL points. Opportunities to get into the box are less regular with Ralph Hasenhüttl utilising two strikers and requiring more discipline from his midfield duo.
However, the man dubbed “a machine” by his manager is a guaranteed starter and still registers consistent returns from dead balls alone – a penalty at Arsenal (kind of), a direct free-kick against Watford, an assisted free-kick against Norwich and a corner at Aston Villa – making where he plays on the pitch less relevant than most players.
Relentless Ings a must-have
What do you mean you haven’t signed him yet? Danny Ings (£6.7m) is now the fourth highest-scoring forward and seventh highest-scoring player in the whole game. Purely in terms of goals scored, only Jamie Vardy has more.
Of those six players with more points, he’s AT LEAST £2.4m cheaper than all the others. There’s a lot you can do with £2.4m... what are you waiting for?
Looking further afield? Consider these options from other clubs to help you climb your mini-leagues…
Goalkeeper: Mat Ryan (£4.8m)
Only Kasper Schmeichel has outscored the Brighton stopper this season. If you’re looking for a keeper under £5m, you can’t go wrong with the Australian international, whose next five fixtures are all against teams in the bottom half of the table.
Defender: Djibril Sidibé (£5.4m)
Everton are definitely a team to watch over the next few weeks, with Carlo Ancelotti at the helm and some enticing upcoming fixtures to boot. Only three defenders have more assists this season than Sidibé, who didn’t kick a ball until October.
Midfielder: Son Heung-min (£9.8m)
We’ve seen it in the past – Harry Kane gets injured, everyone expects Spurs to struggle, Son goes up front and his goal tally takes off. A midfielder used as a forward is a dangerous weapon in FPL (Martial at Man Utd is another example), and Son’s price has dropped £0.3m while suspended, so now is the time to bring him back.
Forward: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.9m)
Whilst Everton were certainly off the pace at Anfield in the FA Cup, there has been a noticeable upturn under Ancelotti, with Calvert-Lewin a major beneficiary of his arrival. There aren’t many better value-for-money forwards out there on current form, with the striker netting five goals in his last six games.