Intriguing Early Selections for the 2020-21 Fantasy Football Season

3:59pm Jul 6 2020

With the 2019-20 Premier League nearing its conclusion, fantasy football players will already be turning their attentions to the new campaign.

While there is still much to play for in the closing weeks of the current season, there’s no harm in planning ahead to what promises to be an action-packed season of top-flight football in 2020-21. So, let’s take a look at three intriguing selection prospects for next season.

Defender: Ben White

Regardless of how you approach fantasy football from a tactical standpoint, players are always likely to require at least one budget defender.

While many players may, because of that, opt to go for full-backs because of their offensive freedom, central options from hard-to-beat teams can prove to be rewarding.

Although he is currently out on loan to Leeds United, Ben White looks set to make to return to Brighton and Hove Albion having established himself as a promising defender.

At the time of writing, the 22-year-old has started and played the full 90 minutes in each of Leeds’ 39 Championship matches. Crucially, this showcases the six-foot-one defender’s ability to avoid injuries, thus seemingly making him a reliable option for fantasy players for the 2020-21 season.

Importantly, back in April, Graham Potter revealed that White is featuring firmly in his plans for the new campaign, suggesting that he is likely to receive point-scoring minutes.

Midfielder: Curtis Jones

Fundamentally, midfielders, unlike defenders, are a reliable area of any fantasy football game where players can save themselves a little bit of money.

Given the elevated prices of some of the league’s world-class players, such as Kevin de Bruyne or Mohamed Salah, for example, they often need to be complemented with cheaper options.

Rather intriguingly, this is where Curtis Jones could prove to be a valuable asset in the coming years.

According to a report by Metro, which quotes The Times, Jurgen Klopp is planning on replacing Adam Lallana with Jones when the 32-year-old departs at the end of his contract this summer.

When he has been given the opportunity, the 19-year-old has impressed, most noticeably with his sublime Merseyside Derby-winning goal back in January.

Additionally, Jones has already been named as the Premier League champions’ youngest ever captain, showcasing how highly he is valued by the Reds’ German manager.

Striker: Troy Parrott

The thrill of fantasy football often revolves around keeping an eye on whether your highly-valued strikers have hit the net on any given matchday. However, similarly to midfielders, the likes of Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero don’t come cheap. Because of that, users may instead opt to explore value-for-money alternatives, with Troy Parrott being a selection option that may tempt users.

With the 18-year-old set to miss the end of the campaign recovering from appendicitis, his fantasy value for the 2020-21 season is likely to be reasonable.

Despite Jose Mourinho stating back in March that Parrott is not yet ready for first-team football, he may be required to play next season as he is the only natural backup that Spurs have in their ranks concerning central strikers.

Tottenham, who are currently 33/1 to finish in the top four in the Premier League betting as of July 1st, may be more open to the idea of granting the Irishman increased minutes throughout the upcoming campaign in an effort to better manage Kane’s fitness.

Explore Younger, Cheaper Options

Ultimately, while every fantasy football player would like to pack their team full of reliable options, implemented budgets simply don’t allow that to happen.

As a result, there’s an ever-growing need to be inventive, which is where Jones, Parrott, and White fit in.

Although they’re yet to prove themselves at top-flight level, few can argue that they each possess the talent to score a decent amount of points.