Football might still be coming thick and fast over the summer but it is already time to start thinking about your Fantasy Premier League team for the upcoming 2021/22 season.
Each player’s value has been revealed and aside from a few surprises everyone has largely been priced as expected.
We don’t care about the expensive stars, though. Successful FPL managers know how to recognise a bargain before everyone else. Here are the players who fit the bill for the forthcoming campaign.
Corr, remember that beautiful period when Iheanacho briefly transformed himself into the most clinical striker in the world?
‘Seniorman’ ended the 2020/21 season with 12 goals and two assists. 11 of his strikes came after 3 March.
If Iheanacho can continue this incredible point-scoring into the new season he could still be a bargain – even though his price has shot up by £1.5m.
Harrison has long been part of the furniture at Leeds, spending the last three seasons on loan from Manchester City at Elland Road.
Now, he finally seems set to join the Whites permanently. His first campaign in the top flight was a successful one, scoring eight goals and providing ten assists.
This meant he outscored every single City midfielder on FPL. Not too shabby. Replicate these performances and he will remain a favourite among managers, even though his price has increased by £0.5m.
Toney scored a whopping 31 goals in the Championship last term and he is backing himself to make the step up to the top flight this season.
If he comes anywhere close to replicating his scoring form in the Premier League he could be an FPL goldmine. Toney doesn’t just score though. He also laid on ten assists last season.
Priced at just £6.5m, it is best to get on the Toney hype train before the inevitable price hike when he starts to perform.
Sarr was the only Watford player to get into double figures for goals last season.
With another year’s experience under his belt, Sarr should be better equipped to deal with the Premier League – not that he struggled too much in his maiden campaign.
During the 2019/20 season he registered five goals and seven assists. You will struggle to find better output than that at £6m.
Toney may have stolen the majority of the headlines at Brentford last season, but you should also be considering Mbeumo for your FPL team.
He was a solid contributor and is classed as a midfielder on the game. Last season the 21-year-old managed eight goals and 11 assists.
He is improving all the time and we would not put it past him to continue to impress in the top flight. £5.5m is very tempting.
If you’re looking for a cheap third striker but cannot quite find the cash for Toney, Pukki is your next best option.
Costing just £6m, no other player in his price range comes close to matching him for value. Your alternatives include goalshy pair Joelinton and Fabio Silva, or the timeless Troy Deeney.
None of them scored 26 goals in the Championship last season, meaning Pukki is – in the words of Football Twitter – clear.
Emile Smith Rowe’s emergence as a starter was one of the few bright spots in Arsenal’s underwhelming 2020/21 season.
His output of two goals and five assists was not the most eye-catching in FPL terms. However, as he costs just £5.5m he represents one of the best budget midfield options around.
Smith Rowe is looking like a starter going into the new season, meaning he should boost his tally with some clean sheet points as well.
Fofana had a glorious first season in the Premier League, slipping seamlessly into the Leicester backline.
Competition for places alongside Caglar Soyuncu and Jonny Evans will be fierce but Fofana has likely ensured himself a spot in the first team. The Foxes may even continue with a back three to accommodate each of their talented central defenders.
Costing just £4.5m, Fofana is the cheapest of the trio and will likely be one of the most owned players leading up to the opening gameweek.