The Five Hidden Gems Your Fantasy Premier League Team Needs Right Now
Posted by FFPundits
1:17pm Dec 10 2020
Salah, Kane, Vardy, Aguero… boasting these players in your line-up – or not – can make or break your game week. But there’s nuance and strategy to successful long-term Fantasy Premier League management, and balancing the books with quality bargain players is just as important as deciding which of the big hitters to transfer in.
⭐️ Man of the Match, @Wolves‘ Pedro Neto
58 touches, 4 in opposition box
Completed 31/33 passes
3 chances created
4 fouls won
2 shots, both on target
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— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) November 29, 2020
So, here’s a rundown of five of the most affordable hidden gems available right now in FPL.
When picking up cheap outfield players, the minimum expectation is that they at least get plenty of minutes in – this is why Tomas Soucek is such a handy bargain purchase. West Ham have started the 2020/21 campaign in decent order, and central to that form has been this versatile Czech Republic international.
Soucek has contributed two goals and is a constant presence in opposition penalty areas, averaging two shots at goal per game. But most crucially, he hasn’t missed a single minute of Premier League action – he has featured in all 990 minutes at the time of writing. That is key for consistent point accumulation.
Three goals, two assists and a pair of Man of the Match awards: Pedro Neto is the dictionary definition of a hidden gem. The 20-year-old is just one of a number of Portuguese players at Wolves, a club that tends to fly under the radar as far as fantasy team ownership is concerned. Nuno Espirito Santo’s team are greater than the sum of their parts, and while they rarely set the world alight they are very much a solid proposition.
Neto is yet to really make his breakthrough at international level, and that means he can spend those weeks off recharging his batteries and keeping fresh ahead of more point-earning exploits.
Okay, so he doesn’t exactly fit the description of a ‘hidden gem’, but Ben Chilwell is often overlooked in favour of other defensive options. But that could be foolish, because the left-back is contributing at both ends of the pitch. At the time of writing, Chelsea had kept clean sheets in 45% of their outings – only Tottenham can match that – and so Chilwell is banking easy points in that regard.
In attack he’s coming up with the goods too, having netted twice and assisted a pair of other goals this term already. Even more curious is the fact that he averages 1.1 shots at goal per 90 minutes – for context, Son Heung-min is only firing them in at 1.9!
In many ways, Aston Villa are the gift that keeps on giving for Fantasy Premier League gamers. At the time of writing, they have scored more goals than any other side outside of the top-five, with a spectacularly high clean sheet rate of 44%.
That defensive organisation, paired with enterprise in attack, is perfect for flying full-backs like Matty Cash, who already looks like one of the bargain signings of the season.
Only two players have made 25+ tackles and 25+ interceptions in the Premier League this season.
◉ N’Golo Kante
◉ Matty Cash
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— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 7, 2020
With the Midlanders performing at a higher level this term, gamers can expect more from them too. Blighted by relegation fears up until the last kick of the 2019/20 campaign, they are now just ninth favourite to face the dreaded drop in the Premier League relegation sports betting odds, and so they can have loftier ambitions this time around.
The 23-year-old Cash will be crucial in those aspirations, and he will continue to contribute at both ends of the pitch – racking up clean sheet and assist points in decent quantities. What’s more he is now firmly established as the Villains’ starting RB too.
Let’s be honest, Che Adams’ season has been bolstered by the injury suffered by Danny Ings. But Ralph Hasenhuttl’s desire to play two up front should ensure that Adams gets plenty more game time this term – as does a return of three goals and as many assists in just nine outings.
And there’s more to the 23-year-old’s game than just classic frontman play – his 1.2 key passes per 90 minutes is just a shade behind the likes of James Maddison, Wilfred Zaha and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Adams, along with the other four names on this list, can be crucial points accumulators at a lower price point.