Midfielders are vital in fantasy football and could really make or break your team.
With the growth of attacking wingers and inside forwards, there are points to be made from midfielders who get themselves into offensive positions, scoring and assisting. Your ideal pick would be a player who is positioned on the wing, or even at False No9, but is still classified as a midfielder.
And what makes fantasy football so unique is the fact that you could field five wingers in your midfield and rack up the points, while real-life managers have to worry about things like “tactics” and “balance”.
The question is, who is the right midfielder to pick? And which midfielders give you the best points return against how much they cost?
You can use these tips to your advantage if you’re looking to start afresh in the New Year having watched your original fantasy team go south. FanTeam have launched a free-to-enter Second Chance competition which kicks off in January and includes a £100,000 prize pool.
How to join FanTeam’s Second Chance Premier League 2021/22 Fantasy Football tournament for free:
- Head to FanTeam and sign up
- Join the ‘Second Chance Season Game’ tournament with your free entry ticket
- Create a team and click ‘Enter Tournament’
FPL value picks: Top five Midfielders
5. Mason Mount (Chelsea)
Value on FanTeam: £7.2
Points so far: 95.8
Points per million: 13.31
Because of the way Thomas Tuchel sets up his Chelsea side, Mason Mount spends more time closer to the opposition’s penalty box than he does his own, performing a role similar to an inside forward. After a slow start to the season Mount has hit form at the right time, especially with Chelsea struggling for fitness in their attack. The Englishman is one of just five players to have at least four goals and four assists in the Premier League this season, and only Emmanuel Dennis and Mohamed Salah have been directly involved in more goals than his 11 (seven goals, four assists).
4. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
Value on FanTeam: £7.4
Points so far: 100.3
Points per million: 13.55
Another player benefiting from playing further forward is Bernardo Silva, who forms part of Manchester City’s frightening, fluid attack. The Portuguese midfielder is Man City’s top scorer in the Premier League this season, netting seven goals, while recording one assist. Despite starting matches as part of Man City’s midfield three, Silva often finds himself out on the wings where he can make the most of his ability, and he regularly gets the clean sheet bonuses thanks to the defenders behind him.
3. Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal)
Value on FanTeam: £6.3
Points so far: 87.4
Points per million: 13.87
A player not many will have tipped to do as well as he is doing in the Premier League this season, Emile Smith Rowe is massively outperforming expectations. Coming in at a relatively low price of £6.3, Smith Rowe has scored seven goals in the Premier League so far — more than any other Arsenal player. Only four players across the rest of the division have scored more than Smith Rowe, who has also recorded two assists despite being yet to nail down a definitive position on the pitch for Arsenal.
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2. Rodri (Manchester City)
Value on FanTeam: £5.0
Points so far: 71.1
Points per million: 14.22
Midfielders like Rodri are often overlooked in fantasy football because they do the less glamorous job. The Spaniard is crucial at the heart of Man City’s midfield, keeping things ticking with his passing but also providing a defensive shield – which doesn’t translate to fantasy football points. But Rodri has had a good return so far this season, aided by the clean sheet points and his two goals and one assist.
1. Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace)
Value on FanTeam: £6.2
Points so far: 92.9
Points per million: 14.98
Conor Gallagher is arguably the story of the season so far, setting the Premier League alight at Crystal Palace on loan from Chelsea. The Englishman has been directly involved in nine goals so far this season, scoring six and providing three assists, leading Crystal Palace on both metrics. But he has also added a further two fantasy assists, winning two penalties for Palace that were dispatched by Wilfried Zaha. There doesn’t seem to be any stopping Gallagher, even with his four yellow cards.