Fantasy Football; Ones to watch

by Chris Balding

The drama continued this weekend in Matchday 5 of the Premier League. The biggest talking points came from Southampton holding Man City to a 0-0 draw in a game where Saints fans could argue they deserved a penalty, Ronaldo extending his 100% goal record, Spurs getting smashed by Chelsea in the London derby and new boys Brentford showing they belong at the top level. 

This weekend we lost a football legend in Jimmy Greaves who sadly passed away at the age of 81. Jimmy was one of the greatest goalscorers the game of football has seen who notelby played for Chelsea, Spurs, West Ham and AC Milian. 

Once again we look at the top performers that will have you scratching your head as you figure how to fit them into your team. 

Antonio Rüdiger (£5.5m)

Thomas Tuchel has to earn some credit for how he has made Chelsea into title contenders in such a short time and one player who is loving his time under Tuchel is fellow German Antinio Rüdiger. Solid at the back, good at going forward, this centre-back is really showing how good he can be. So far this season Rüdiger has earned 4/5 cleansheets and even scored a great goal against Spurs. Lots of pundits are now favouring Chelsea to win the title and with the way he’s playing you can’t fault their logic.

Thiago Silva (£5.4m)

It’s hard to mention Antonio Rüdiger without mentioning his centre back partner Thiago Silva. It took 36 year old few games to acclimatize to the Premiership but now he has past that hurdle he is showing class and has become real leader and rock for Chelsea’s defense. He’s only managed to played half of the season so far but earned 2/3 cleansheets and also got himself a goal. He now has a huge influence over the games he is involved in and if he can manage to keep himself fit he’ll be a great addition to any fantasy football team.

Ismaila Sarr (£6.1m)

One of the lesser known names on this list, Ismaila Sarr is Watford’s record signing and since joining the club in August 2019 he has scored more than any other Watford player during this time, 21 league goals in total. The 23 year old Sengaleese forward has scored in 3/5 games this season so far with a brace a weekend and if it wasn’t for an impressive save by Norwich’s Tim Krul Sarr he would of finished on a hattrick. The young pacey forward has great movement and a eye for goal which is some of the reasons he should make your team.

Ivan Toney (£6.3m)

Prior to this season Ivan Toney only played twice in the Premier League both times as a substitute for Newcastle United in 2015-16 campaign which is quite surprising when you see him play this season as he is cool and collective using his strengths to make a real impact in games. Toney scored 33 times in the championship last year cementing himself as a key squad memeber in his debut season for Brentford. It’s not just his goal scoring ability that he is known for as he eye for a pass and is great at holding up the ball so adding him to your team could mean points for assist too. So far this season he has two goals and assist but expect his tally to pick up.

Allan Saint-Maximin (£6.7m)

Who doesn’t love watching Allan Saint-Maximin play, the tricky winger is sensational when he is running at the opposition defenders. Newcastle might not be having the best season as they currently sit in the regulgation but Allan Saint-Maximin is the shinning light at St James Park and if it wasn’t for him scoring a wonder goal against Leeds then they would have lost the game. If he can stay fit then he always has ability to score a goal and for that reason he should be on your radar and for people who picked him early he has already repaided them with 2 assists and 2 goals.

Sadio Mané (£11.9m)

In Liverpool’s 3-0 demolition over Crystal Palace this weekend saw Mane hit a personal achievement as he scored his 100th goal for the reds. I know a few weeks ago we said that Mane was fantasy flop but we also said that we wouldn’t rule him out of improving his stats later in the season which he has done just sooner than we expected. Many pundits are already saying that this year’s campaign is a two horse race between Liverpool and Chelsea which can only mean more points for their frontmen including Sadio Mané. Not only does Mané get frequent points for goals and assists but he also get clean sheets too in this solid Liverpool team. He might have only scored poachers goals this season but that just shows his determination to score which is a very hand for your fantasy team.

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