Premier League Players That Can Shine When Fantasy Football Returns
Having your fantasy team ready to hit the ground running when football returns will be vital to finishing the season with a flurry.
Highlighting players to look out for in advance of the restart could be vital in making value selections and scoring quickly. Having the right players in your ranks could also be the difference between success and failure in the final weeks.
Potential performance and upcoming fixtures will all be considered in a team’s odds when football does get back underway. Looking through the latest odds with trusted UK betting sites is another good indicator of where to start looking for new additions.
Diogo Jota – Wolves
The diminutive Portuguese attacker doesn’t consistently find the back of the net, but often his goal-getting comes in bursts.
Despite the fact he drew a blank in Wolves’ last game against Brighton, Jota looks to be in ominous form for the men in old gold. Before Brighton, he scored one and set up one against Spurs following his brace and assist against Norwich.
Wolves are around 11/4 fancies for a top-five finish this season and have already played most of the sides above them. Games against the likes of Aston Villa, Bournemouth and West Ham are on the horizon. When you also consider Jota’s eye-catching Europa League form, he looks a potential bargain forward option.
Harvey Barnes – Leicester City
Another man continuing to impress as the season develops is Harvey Barnes. The talented England youngster seems closer than ever to adding end-product to his build-up brilliance.
This was highlighted by his double against Aston Villa when the Foxes were last in action. His team are already odds-on to land a guaranteed Champions League place and look to be coming out the other side of a flat spot.
Barnes only netted once in the first half of the campaign but has five goals to his name since the turn of the year. The midfielder is only a few fantasy points off James Maddison this season yet can be picked up for a fraction of the price.
Anthony Martial – Manchester United
Martial is thriving in a more central role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and has three goals in his last four games.
United are currently in fifth in the league and considered favourites to keep it and the European football it brings. They are unbeaten in their last five games and have a host of teams near the bottom yet to play.
An injury to Marcus Rashford increased Martial’s opportunities at Old Trafford. There is an added bonus of him being listed as a midfielder in the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) despite leading the line.
Michail Antonio – West Ham United
Another midfielder that is enjoying more time in a forward position is West Ham’s, Michail Antonio. The powerful player’s switch upfront has played a big part in the improved form of the relegation-threatened Hammers.
He deserved more out of his latest showing against Arsenal but netted the week before against Southampton. He is another value pick in midfield that could add goals while also leaving you funds to strengthen elsewhere. West Ham are odds-against at 2/1 to be relegated and still have to play with Villa, Norwich and Watford this season.
Dwight McNeil – Burnley
While the young winger’s stats might not look too impressive so far, he seems to be in fine form as the season heads into the last nine games. He’s still inside the top 20 point-scoring midfielders this term and could be heading for a late rally.
His recent standout showing came from his goal and assist against Bournemouth in Gameweek 27. He was then almost unplayable in the first half against Spurs and looks ready to ramp up his assist stats. Mid-table Burnley could benefit from playing with the pressure off heading into the closing stages. Games against Norwich, West Ham and Watford look the perfect chance for McNeil to excel as he feeds the likes of Chris Wood in the attack. Wood, in turn, might be a forward option worth noting with McNeil’s supply route on the up.