Fantasy Premier League: Walcott's striking appeal

By SFC Media time Thu 19 Nov Fantasy Premier League
Photo by Chris Moorhouse | Theo Walcott

With the festive period creeping into view, this is a key time to get your Fantasy Premier League team fit and firing for a busy schedule when big points can be gained on your rivals!

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Goalkeeper: Alex McCarthy £4.5m

You won’t find better value for money between the sticks than McCarthy – no keeper has more Premier League clean sheets this season than the Saints No 1.

The England international has averaged more than five points per game over his last six appearances.

Defender: Jannik Vestergaard £4.7m

Only Chelsea pair Kurt Zouma and Ben Chilwell, and Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings have outscored Vestergaard among FPL defenders this season.

The Dane is boasting some remarkable consistency, scoring at least six points in every game he has started, either through clean sheets or finding the net himself.

Midfielder: Stuart Armstrong £5.5m

A lot of Saints’ regular starters have been subject to price increases in the early weeks of the season, but Armstrong’s progress appears to be sneaking under the radar.

The midfielder has one goal and two assists in his last four outings, yet finds himself selected by only 0.5% of FPL managers. 

Midfielder: Theo Walcott £5.8m 

Another differential in the Saints ranks is the 0.3%-owned Walcott, who becomes an even more enticing option having been used in a central striking role against Newcastle, in the absence of Danny Ings.

It means he should find himself in and around the box much more often, having already registered assists in all three of his starts since returning to St Mary’s.

Forward: Ché Adams £5.9m

Adams is going from strength to strength this season, as one of many enticing forward options in this price bracket.

With three goals in his last four games, the striker is £0.2m cheaper than Patrick Bamford and Ollie Watkins, and will be Saints’ biggest hope for attacking returns whilst Ings is sidelined.

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Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy £5.1m (6.5%)

Chelsea’s new arrival seems to have transformed their defensive record overnight, keeping clean sheets in his first three Premier League appearances.

Whilst the likes of McCarthy and Emiliano Martínez offer cheaper alternatives, Mendy still feels like decent value as a nailed-on starter in a team that can challenge for the title.

Defender: Vladimir Coufal £4.5m (1.7%)

West Ham have negotiated a really difficult set of early season fixtures very impressively, including wins over Wolves and Leicester and draws against Tottenham and Man City.

Now their schedule is starting to turn for the better, and Coufal has already proved he can contribute at both ends of the pitch, with two assists and two clean sheets in five games so far.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: James Maddison of Leicester City  celebrates after he scores his team's fourth goal  during the UEFA Europa League Group G stage match between Leicester City and SC Braga at The King Power Stadium on November 05, 2020 in Leicester, England.  Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Maddison's excellent Europa League form has seen him force his way back into the side

Midfielder: James Maddison £7.0m (2.2%)

It’s been a stop-start season for Maddison so far, but this could be the time when he catches fire, with Fulham, Sheffield United and Brighton in his sights after Sunday’s trip to Anfield.

The midfielder was sidelined by injury at the start of the campaign, but has quietly contributed three goals and four assists in all competitions since his return, and has a point to prove after being left out of the England squad.

Forward: Richarlison £7.8m (3.9%)

Finally back from suspension, Richarlison will surely go straight back into an Everton side who have missed him badly, losing all three matches in his absence.

The Brazilian has six goals and three assists for club and country this season, and appears to have taken over spot-kick duty at Goodison Park. Everton face Fulham, Leeds and Burnley in their next three games.


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