Best fantasy football midfielders in the Premier League 2017-18 season

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With the new season now here, Goal takes a look at the best midfielders available to virtual coaches, including some bargain buys

The 2017-18 Premier League campaign is entering into the Christmas period and the fantasy football managers out there are trying to figure out how to best gather points during the busy period.

It's all about getting the biggest possible points haul, so virtual coaches have to pick the players who contribute goals and assists, keep clean sheets and stay out of the referee's notebook.

Goal Fantasy Football is up and running — and it's free to play. The mobile app can be downloaded through this link  so that you can create and update your squad wherever you go.

The Fantasy Premier League game on the Premier League's official website is also a popular choice for fantasy managers, but whatever game you use, we've taken a look at some of the best fantasy football midfielders, including a few bargains!


BEST FANTASY FOOTBALL MIDFIELDERS


Mohamed Salah

Midfielders who both create and score goals, naturally, are the most valuable when it comes to the world of fantasy football, so playmakers are usually priced somewhat higher than their more defensive-minded counterparts.

So, for example, while N'Golo Kante was the undisputed best individual player in the league last season, he may not necessarily be the best choice when it comes to collecting points.

While creative midfielders are desired, it is also important to take into consideration a midfielder's disciplinary record, with points deducted for yellow cards and whether they play in a team that is likely to keep clean sheets.

Here is a run-down of the best midfielders to pick in fantasy football.

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool - £9.9m)

Liverpool's new signing from Roma has returned to the Premier League with a point to prove and he has, somewhat surprisingly, raced to the top of the goalscoring charts. His displays for Jurgen Klopp's side in recent weeks have seen his value increase considerably, but he enjoying the kind of form that means he is virtually guaranteed to get points.

Leroy Sane (Manchester City - £8.8m)

Germany international Leroy Sane is one of the highest scoring midfielders in this season's Fantasy Football and, at £8.8m, he is significantly less expensive than his counterparts. If he is not already in your team he could be worth adding because his price continues to rise.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea - £10.8m)

Much of Chelsea's attacking play hinges on the work of Eden Hazard, who was involved in just under a quarter of the Blues' goals as they reclaimed the Premier League title last season. The Belgium international helped his side hit the back of the net 21 times in the league, scoring 16 and creating five.

Last term, Hazard was second only to Alexis Sanchez and Dele Alli in terms of the number of points he accumulated and the 26-year-old is sure to be among the highest scorers this season too. He has overcome an ankle injury and is playing catch-up, but his quality is undoubted.

Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City - £10.2m)

No player provided more assists in the Premier League last season than Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne and his attacking potency ensured his place in the top five scoring midfielders in fantasy football as a result. He has continued where he left off last term and is a key member of Pep Guardiola's squad.

Leroy Sane Man City Wolves

Dele Alli (Tottenham - £9.1m)

Of all midfielders in the Premier League, only Alexis Sanchez gathered more fantasy football points than Tottenham's Dele Alli last season as the England international bagged 18 goals and set up seven more. Remarkably, despite rivalling Sanchez's points tally, Alli was a whole £2.5 million cheaper than the Chilean at the start of the season, which will surely entice virtual managers.

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham - £9.3m)

Denmark international Christian Eriksen is arguably one of the most underrated midfielders in the Premier League, but he is undoubtedly one of Tottenham's main men. The midfielder has a keen eye for assists and possesses a tremendous shot  so will pick up plenty of points. Interestingly his price has fallen after a dip in form, so may be worth picking up as Spurs attempt to recover from a series of disappointing results

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City - £8.3m)

Raheem Sterling has become one of the key players at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola and the England international has kicked off the new season with a bang, scoring nine goals - the same number as Sergio Aguero and more than Gabriel Jesus. Sterling was initially under the £8m mark, but his value has risen in accordance with his early season form.

David Silva (Manchester City - £8.2m)

Spain international David Silva was blighted by injuries last season but he has returned with a bang in 2017-18 and is already one of the highest scoring midfielders this season. His price is considerably cheaper than many of his playmaking counterparts and he has been playing a key role in Pep Guardiola's new free-scoring team.

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool - £8.9)

A protracted transfer saga and a series of 'injuries' meant that Philippe Coutinho was not a prominent player for Liverpool at the beginning of the season but he has re-asserted himself in the past few months. The Brazil international is still wanted by Barcelona, but that has not affected his performances and he has been in fine form since his return to the Reds XI.


BEST BARGAIN MIDFIELDERS


Cesc Fabregas N'Golo Kante Chelsea

When looking at midfielders, it is a good idea to have a variety of players who are stars for their particular teams and sometimes you can unearth a gem that hasn't been considered by the majority of fantasy football managers.

We've taken a look at some of the midfielders in this season's Premier League who could be considered bargain buys, if you want to avoid splashing out on the marquee players.

Pascal Gross (Brighton - £6m)

Brighton have a tough task on their hands in their first ever season in the Premier League and one man they will be relying on to help secure their status is Pascal Gross. The new signing from Bundesliga side Ingolstadt scores goals and provides assists from play as well as set pieces. Crucially, he is much cheaper than some other options.

Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea - £6.9m)

He started just 13 games for Chelsea last season, but Cesc Fabregas made his worth felt any time he entered the fray from the bench. The former Barcelona star set up 12 goals and scored five himself, even though he had a relatively low amount of minutes on the field. The effectiveness of Fabregas, particularly towards the end of last season, has earned him the right to more minutes on the pitch this term.

Richarlison (Watford - £6.6m)

Watford brought relatively unknown Brazil starlet Richarlison to Vicarage Road this season and he has lit up the ground with a series of impressive displays. The former Fluminense attacker, who is just 20, has shown that he has a keen nose for goal and has been a key reason for the Hornets' positive early-season form.

Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford - £5.4m)

French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has been one of Watford's best players in the early stages of the 2017-18 campaign. The 24-year-old has been ever present and has managed to bag himself a few goals. His form has seen his price rise, but he remains a steal at £5.4m.

Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town - £5.4m)

Australia international Aaron Mooy was a key man for Huddersfield as they earned promotion last season and he made his move to the club permanent during the summer. The 27-year-old's style of play means that he is always popping up in the right place to score goals and he can also pick a pass, meaning he is one of his side's main playmakers.


BEST OF THE REST


Riyad Mahrez Leicester City

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There is no shortage of top midfielders to choose from in the Premier League and fantasy football bosses can populate their teams with highly rated, but mid-priced performers.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba costs £8m, while Juan Mata is much cheaper at £6.8m. Tottenham's Heung-Min Son commands a £7.9m fee.

Former Barcelona winger Pedro costs £7.8m and Riyad Mahrez is slightly more expensive at £8.4m, while Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who was one of the best points getters last season, costs £8 million. Man United's Anthony Martial is probably more of a forward, but he is also valued at £8m. Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey, meanwhile, can be snapped up for £7.2m.

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