The importance of cheap players
Cheap players are as important as the expensive ones for our FPL teams. They help us in adding more expensive players and the ones we fancy to do well throughout the season. They are an important part of the team, and still, somehow, they are overlooked and managers tend to settle with any non-playing cheap players.
In an event of any injury/suspension to a key player in the squad, they are forced to make transfers and even take multiple point hits to replace them without having any decent backup on their bench.
This article looks into the cheap prospects (players under 6 million) in FPL that can provide good backup in these events.
Defence (Under 5 million)
This season, the value is in defence surely. There are some great prospects at 4 – 4.5 million.
The most intriguing of which are the Southampton defenders. Southampton had an awful start last season, but they finished the season on a high. They only conceded 11 goals in the last 11 games in the Premier League last season from Gameweek 28 onwards.
Their defenders are cheaply priced, with Clyne and Shaw looking best value at 4.5 million, and if they can perform just like they did in the end of last season, they could provide great value at the back.
Another team that looked defensively solid last season were Norwich. With 10 clean sheets last season in the league, they look set to build on their defensive performances with the signing of Leroy Fer in the centre of midfield.
Micheal Turner and Javier Garrido look set to start in defence this season again, and they are both kindly priced at 4.5 million.
West Ham were the over-performers last season, coming back into the Premier League and finishing 10th. With 11 clean sheets in the bag last season, the Hammers offered great value in defence as they were very kindly priced.
This term however, they are not so cheap, though 1 player that could be the bargain in the defence is Collins. He started almost every game when he was fit and was also a big goal threat from set-pieces. Coming in at 4.5 million this term, he could offer decent value at the back.
Looking into the promoted sides, the players that could offer decent game time are Brayford from Cardiff, Ward, Parr and Ramage from Crystal Palace, and Chester from Hull all coming in at 4 million this season.
Midfielders (Under 6 million)
Managers who mainly follow a 3-4-3 formation all season, always need that one cheap midfielder that can act as a backup to the team. This season, there are some nice midfielders in the 5 – 5.5 million range that can act as bench fodder, and who knows we might even hit the jackpot with one of them turning out to be this season’s Sterling.
The most attractive prospects under 6 million in the midfield are those from West Ham. Matt Jarvis, Mark Noble and Joe Cole offer great value at 5.5 million in the West Ham midfield.
Jarvis and Cole are the wingers, supplying corners to their target man, Andy Carroll, who can score a lot from his head. Mark Noble plays deep, but was on penalties last season. If Noble still has the penalties and set pieces in his bag, he can be great value at 5.5 million, with the new Bonus Point System clearly favouring his style of play as well.
Kacaniklic from Fulham at 5 may become the bargain of the season if he can nail down a spot on the wings for Fulham.
He was mainly used as a substitute in most games last season, though he did look sharp and provided attacking returns with 4 goals and 4 assists in the league. He remains a doubt for starting the season with a hamstring injury, and should be carefully followed.
Graham Dorrans and Chris Brunt offer great value at 5 million and 5.5 million respectively for West Brom Albion if they can get minutes on the pitch.
Back to the promoted sides, and there are some really nice options. From Cardiff, Kim is the most attractive out of the lot. Played as a central midfielder mostly, he was also employed in the role behind the striker last season sometimes, and has set pieces in his bag.
At 5 million, he is the best midfielder to have in that Cardiff midfield. There’s Craig Bellamy in there too at 5.5 million, but fitness issues and age put us off a little.
From Hull City, there are 2, Koren and Brady. Brady can play on the wings or as a wing-back, while Koren plays behind the striker and might also be on penalties for Hull. Brady can get a few assists, while Koren playing behind the striker can score a few.
For Crystal Palace, most of their attack went through Wilfried Zaha, who was then snapped up by the defending champions Manchester United.
Palace have signed 2 midfielders already, Campana and Thomas. Thomas looks interesting at 4.5 million, the manager has said that he will give him the freedom to play the way he wants, and Thomas seems to be delighted by the move.
As for Campana, he really impressed us all playing for Spain U-21s, though he is a central midfielder, and can sometimes also play in defence, not a player I would be keen on for the start.
Forwards (Under 6 million)
Forwards under 6 million are seldom seen in squads, especially before the start of the season, though managers looking to go with a 3-5-2 would really want a few options in this price bracket.
The latest bandwagon is Nicolas Anelka. He was signed up by West Brom this summer, and immediately got going in pre-season, with a hat-trick in a friendly fixture last week. Coming in at 5.5, he could be the bargain of the season if he can nail down a spot upfront.
Another new signing, Andreas Cornelius, snapped up by Cardiff City, is on our radar. Handed a price of 5.5 in FPL, he could prove to be the main source of goals for the side, though the opening fixtures and his ankle injury will definitely put managers off him for the start.
There’s also Dwight Gayle, snapped up by Crystal Palace this summer, who was also Marco’s Season Punt. He can get going from the start and start a whole new bandwagon, and at 5, he looks to be value for money.
Hull City have signed a couple of strikers this summer, Yannick Sagbo from Evian and Danny Graham from Sunderland on loan.
Danny Graham would cost you 5.5 million, he could get the season running for Hull, with a total of 15 goals scored in the last 2 seasons, though he could only score a total of 3 goals last season. He could still be a bargain if he can replicate the form he showed 2 seasons back.
Yannick Sagbo comes in at 5 million in FPL. He managed to score 16 goals in 68 appearances for Evian in the top-flight, 15 appearances of which were off the bench.
He doesn’t really have a great scoring record, but he is strong, quick and powerful, and could also be the Benteke of this season if he could get going.