The 6 Unmissable Premier League Fantasy Football Bargains

Struggling to find that dynamite player to your fantasy football team when you only have £5.5million left? Read on...
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Whether they're Arsenal or Chelsea loanees, new Liverpool signings or Stoke's hard-running striker, these lot are a must have for your Fantasy Football Team...

The Premier League returns this weekend, meaning fantasy football does too. In offices up and down the land mini-leagues are being set up and managers are fine-tuning their squads.

The euphoria of the opening weeks often ebbs away after your star striker is injured, your Wigan defender has conceded four goals at home and you have forgotten to change your team.

Fantasy football can be trying at the best of times, so to help you stay ahead of the game this season, Sabotage Times has picked out six bargains that no manager should be doing without.

Prices are taken from the official Fantasy Premier League game that can be found on

Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich Albion) £6.5 million

The Belgian started just one game in the Premier League last season and scored only 11 points. But don't be deceived. This is a player Chelsea invested a large amount of money in just a year ago. West Brom manager Steve Clarke beat off competition from no fewer than six other Premier League clubs to sign the muscular frontman who has been branded the heir apparent to Didier Drogba in some quarters. Given regular outings this season supporters in England will see just what that hype was about.

Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) £6.5 million

One of the few shining lights in a miserable 2011-12 season for Blackburn. Hoilett has pace to burn, and is a frequent supplier of assists and goals. Scorer of seven last season in a struggling side, Hughes saw enough when he worked with him as a kid at Blackburn to know that the Canadian had a great future. £6.5 million looks excellent value for a winger who can also play in attack.

Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) £6.5 million

Fantasy managers are often looking for loopholes; classified defenders who actually play as midfielders, midfelders who play as strikers. Stoke City's Jonathan Walters falls into this category. The former Ipswich Town player only ever features as a striker in Tony Pulis' side and finished with 140 points last season. Walters started all 38 Premier League games, scoring seven times, hardly a gobsmacking total for a striker but a similar season would be enough to put him among the highest midfield points scorers.

The euphoria of the opening weeks often ebbs away after your star striker is injured, your Wigan defender has conceded four goals at home and you have forgotten to change your team.

Joe Allen (Liverpool) £5.5 million

Scorer of 117 points last season, Allen looks an excellent fantasy squad player at the very least. He may not be a frequent scorer but is capable of providing assists and should start most matches (you win points for every appearance your player makes), with the club having shelled out £15 million for his signature. Creating a chance every 63 minutes and with 91 percent for completed passes, Allen’s Premier League statistics from last season were superior to Barcelona's Andres Iniesta.

Ryo Miyaichi (Wigan Athletic) £5 million

The man from Japan shone on loan at Bolton last season after failing to get a look-in in the first half of the campaign at Arsenal. Miyiachi has the pace and skill to terrorise full-backs, and Trotters boss Owen Coyle claimed he 'could be here all day waxing lyrical about him'. He has  joined Wigan on a one-year loan deal and Roberto Martinez is just the sort of manager who will give the boy a chance. Miyiachi is one of the cheapest midfielders in the game and created a chance on average every 32 minutes last season (courtesy of

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) £5 million

The Russian hit the ground running at Fulham after a January loan move, scoring six goals in 12 starts. A similar start at his new Reading would see canny managers cashing in on this dirt-cheap striker. Combine Pogrebnyak’s impressive debut season in England with Reading’s forward momentum from the second half of the 2011-12 campaign and you may have a winning combination.

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