Rob Allen

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Yahoo FFL Preseason Bargains

Thursday, August 07, 2014


There’s nothing that a fantasy manager likes more than a bargain player – one of those that performs week on week but that you had the foresight (and a helping of good luck) to pick up for pennies.  Those managers who picked up Gareth Bale for about £2m just before he went from defender to midfielder will know what I’m talking about.  Similarly, those who picked up Oviedo for £1m last season as a filler before he averaged 9 points a week will also.

The trouble of course is how you find these players ahead of time and how do you determine what constitutes a bargain.  Many will say that holding Suarez last year for less than £30m was a great bargain even though it was a 5th of your available budget.  This year the hunt for a bargain has been made even harder by the setting of new players from other leagues at circa 12% of your starting budget and a new format which no-one can foresee exactly how it will play out. 

 

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What we do have though are pre-season games and that can always give us some great indicators of success.  Who’s playing?  Who’s scoring?  Who’s assisting?  All of the information is there.  So, as the helpful writer that I am, I’ve created a list of the players who are performing well currently and that don’t cost a fortune (I’ve set a cap of £10m although the average is a paltry £5.85m).  A word of warning though – please check closer to the start of the season to see if these players are actually playing!  Pre-season games can be used to get players ready for many things other than the premiership; it is also a testing ground for formations, positions etc.  Similarly, this list doesn’t qualify the quality of teams that goals were scored against.

That being said, here it is.  The players are in order of pre-season achievement using a total score based on 10 for a goal and 4 for an assist.  The list is clearly skewed toward attacking players given that secondary statistics (e.g., tackles, intercepted passes, successful crosses) are not typically tracked at a great or consistent level of detail in the pre-season.  

Pre-season Goals and Assists for Bargain Players

Name

Team

Position

Cost

Goals

Assists

Jutkiewicz

Burnley

FWD

5m

5

 

Murray

Crystal Palace

FWD

2.95m

5

 

Jovetic

Manchester City

FWD

5.87m

5

 

Sanogo

Arsenal

FWD

2.03m

4

0

Nugent

Leicester

FWD

6m

4

 

Austin

QPR

FWD

6.5m

4

 

Young

Manchester United

MID

4.94m

3

1

Sordell

Burnley

FWD

4m

3

 

Terry

Chelsea

DEF

9.82m

3

 

Riviere

Newcastle United

FWD

5.5m

3

 

Hoilett

QPR

MID

5.5m

3

 

lamela

Tottenham

MID

2.77m

3

 

Navas

Manchester City

MID

8.05m

1

4

Bent

Aston Villa

FWD

3.85m

2

1

N'Zogbia

Aston Villa

MID

4.94m

2

1

Sterling

Liverpool

MID

9.15m

2

1

Weimann

Aston Villa

FWD

7.22m

1

3

Jarvis

West Ham

MID

5.56m

1

3

Naismith

Everton

FWD

5.66m

2

 

De Jong

Newcastle United

FWD

6m

2

 

Cabella

Newcastle United

MID

7m

2

 

Pelle

Southampton

FWD

6.5m

2

 

S Davis

Southampton

MID

6.5m

2

 

Bojan

Stoke

FWD

6m

2

 

Fletcher

Sunderland

FWD

5.28m

2

 

Sigurdsson

Swansea

MID

7.28m

2

 

Routledge

Swansea

MID

6.02m

2

 

Holtby

Tottenham

MID

6.10m

2

 

Kane

Tottenham

FWD

5.64m

2

 

Soldado

Tottenham

FWD

6.14m

2

 

Anichebe

West Brom

FWD

5.6m

2

 

Mulumbu

West Brom

MID

8m

2

 

Berahino

West Brom

FWD

5.57m

2

 

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Rob Allen is a UK-based fantasy football and football betting writer. Devout Spurs fan, author of “Yahoo Fantasy Football – Dominating the Competition” and founder of the I’m a winner website, you can find him on Twitter @funtasyfootball.
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