The Premier League season is well underway now, and fantasy players have been able to see their picks take to the field and showcase why they were selected. But, as is always the way with fantasy players and Premier League football, there is still a need to evolve and find the next hidden gem. This is easier after a few rounds of action, and now fantasy players will have all the insight they need to find the player that could be the difference between themselves and some essential points for the leaderboard.
Many players are also considering playing their wildcard at this early stage to get the best possible value out of players. It may be a little too early to be tempted into making that decision, but here are a few players that you could take advantage of in FPL before their price rises.
John Lundstram (4.2m)
One of the best selections for fantasy players at this early stage is Sheffield United’s John Lundstram. The Blades player is down as a defender with FPL, while Chris Wilder deploys him in a midfield position. The Englishman is only valued at £4.2m and has already registered the joint-most points for a defender. His 17 points has underlined a great start to his debut season in the top-flight, and that number looks sure to increase as he gets into goalscoring positions as he did against Crystal Palace recently where he scored the winner for the Blades. He has already been picked up by 19.0% of players due to these reasons and that number is sure to increase. Sheffield’s odds to win their next game away to Chelsea are 9/1 to win, with this tough run of fixtures, waiting to see how Sheffield play for a couple more games could be a smart move.
Teemu Pukki (7.0m)
There were many doubters about the ability of the Finn before the season started, but those questions have begun to fade pretty quickly as he scored four goals in his first two Premier League appearances. That includes his hat-trick in the Canaries 3-1 over Newcastle United, which made Pukki the first Norwich player to score three goals in a game in the top-flight for 26 years. He is still criminally undervalued on FPL and players can pick him up at just £7.0m. No other player has registered more points than Pukki’s 35, with Raheem Sterling one point behind him on 34, and his early season form has seen 34.7% of players pick him up. Although Norwich only have odds of 4/1 to beat Chelsea, and considering they have Manchester City in three gameweeks, he certainly has scope to grab a couple more goals. (Odds are taken from comapreyourodds.com)
Todd Cantwell (4.7m)
Sticking with the The canaries, their influential midfielder Todd Cantwell has also become a prominent pick for fantasy players for his knack of assisting goals for Pukki. He was an unknown quantity before the season started, and his market value of £4.7m shows that. He has already accumulated 19 points this season, and his potential has only been realised by 12.1% of players on FPL. Despite only being 21-years-old, Daniel Farke is likely going to ensure that the Englishman remains a prominent fixture in the Norwich side, and if he keeps creating chances for Pukki, then his points are going to skyrocket.
Erik Pieters (4.6m)
Sean Dyche’s way of playing hasn’t changed throughout Burnley’s time in the Premier League. The Clarets like to load the box with crosses, and this has already ensured that Pieters is one of the hidden gems on FPL. His crossing ability has already seen him set up two goals for Ashley Barnes in their first two games and this has ensured that the left-back has accumulated a total of 17 points. He is only priced at £4.6m, and FPL should be sure to take advantage of this price before it inevitably rises. At present, only 6.6% of players have taken a chance on the Dutchman, but that number is expected to rise. Burnley’s next two fixtures are away to Wolves and home to Liverpool. The best Erik Pieters owners could hope for is one clean sheet from these two games, so it might be prudent to wait and consider transferring him in after the Liverpool game.
Arriving on loan from Real Madrid during the summer, Ceballos has played a part in all of Arsenals opening fixtures. Evident from his 11-point haul in gameweek 1, this attacking midfielder looks like he could potentially become a must-have player. During the game against Burnley, Ceballos took up many advanced positions and was many of Arsenal’s set pieces such as corners and free kicks. He seems to be taking up Aaron Ramsey old role, and if he starts most of Arsenal’s games this season, surely, he has a great FPL season ahead of him. Although Arsenal have a couple of tough fixtures coming up, if Ceballos starts and consider Arsenal’s good attacking form, his fixtures shouldn’t have such an impact on managers transferring him in.