Fantasy football buffs will be putting the final touches to their teams ahead of the Premier League kick off this August.
It's important to strike a balance when choosing your squad and it is crucial to use your budget wisely. However, midfield is one area where it usually pays to make big investments.
With the season set to get under way in a matter of weeks, Goal takes a look at some of the best fantasy football midfielders to choose for your team, as well as a few bargains.
Best Fantasy Football Midfielders
In fantasy football, midfielders tend to be the players who score highest, given the points on offer for goals, assists and clean sheets.
It is crucial to remember that the acts of scoring and setting up goals are the most important considerations when choosing midfielder in fantasy football.
For example, N'Golo Kante may be widely viewed as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, but his role as a defensive player does not render him a good choice in fantasy football. Wingers and playmakers are usually better options.
Below are some of the best midfielders to choose in fantasy football for 2018-19.
*Prices based on official Premier League game
Mohamed Salah | Liverpool | £13m
Despite playing more as a forward, Mohamed Salah is classed as a midfielder for the purposes of fantasy football and it is no surprise that he is the most expensive player in the game, considering that he scored 32 goals and provided 12 assists for Liverpool last season. It will be difficult to reach the same heights again in his second season, but Salah's quality is such that he practically guaranteed goals for the Reds last term.
Raheem Sterling | Man City | £11m
Pep Guardiola helped Raheem Sterling reach a career-best season in 2017-18 as he scored 18 goals and set up a further 11 as part of a fearsome Manchester City attack. That has seen his price shoot up considerably and he is now one of the most expensive players in fantasy football.
Eden Hazard | Chelsea | £10.5m
Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard is usually a safe option in fantasy football due to the role that he carries out for the Blues in the No. 10 position. In recent seasons he has occasionally performed as a second striker, but regardless of where he plays, Hazard can be counted on to produce the goods. The Belgium international scored 12 goals and created another six last term. Indeed, he regularly reaches double figures in the league.
Alexis Sanchez | Man United | £10.5m
With a full pre-season under his belt at Manchester United, Alexis Sanchez will be determined to hit the ground running at Old Trafford in 2018-19. The diminutive Chilean looked a shade of his former self last season, but he still managed to play a part in 19 goals (10 assists, nine goals). Sanchez has bedded in at United now and has the potential to be one of the best players in the Premier League.
Kevin De Bruyne | Man City | £10m
No player managed more assists in the Premier League last season than Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne, who topped the charts for the second year in succession. Despite that, De Bruyne is slightly cheaper than other options and that would free up some extra cash that could well be invested elsewhere.
Sadio Mane | Liverpool | £9.5m
Part of Liverpool's impressive front three last season, Sadio Mane is a strong alternative should you wish to spread your budget further. Mane was directly involved in 18 league goals last season, despite missing a portion of the campaign through injury. If he can stay injury free, the Senegal international will collect plenty of points.
Leroy Sane | Man City | £9.5m
The pace and guile of Germany international Leroy Sane was a useful asset to Guardiola's Man City as they cruised to Premier League glory last season and he will hope to build on what was a remarkable prolific personal campaign. However, it looks like there will be some extra competition for places with the addition of Riyad Mahrez, so that will be something to keep an eye on.
Christian Eriksen | Tottenham | £9.5m
Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen has been one of the best points-getters in fantasy football for a number of seasons now but remains somewhat undervalued, coming in below the £10m mark. With precision from set-pieces and a keen eye for a pass, Eriksen has regularly been among the top five midfielders in fantasy football.
Riyad Mahrez | Man City | £9m
After spending five seasons at Leicester City, Riyad Mahrez will line out in a lighter shade of blue for Manchester City this term. The Algeria international will have to secure his place in the starting XI, but if he does, he can be a tremendous acquisition for any fantasy football team. Mahrez is relatively cheap and scored higher than a host of more vaunted - and more expensive - players last season.
Mesut Ozil | Arsenal | £8.5m
Mesut Ozil has endured a difficult number of seasons and his price in fantasy football has plummeted as a result. However, the former Germany international has everything you need in a fantasy football midfielder. Ozil contributed to a relatively meagre 13 goals (nine assists, four goals) last term and has a point to prove to new boss Unai Emery.
Best Fantasy Football Bargain Midfielders
Richarlison | Everton | £6.5m
Richarlison followed Marco Silva to Everton, where he will hope to continue making a name for himself in the Premier League. The Brazilian winger got off to a bright start in England with Watford, but his form dipped somewhat when Silva was sacked in January 2018. Despite the difficulties, Richarlison ended last season with five goals and eight assists.
Ruben Neves | Wolves | £5m
Wolves have been promoted from the Championship so they face a fight to stay in the Premier League, but they are equipped with a number of talented and experienced players. One of that contingent is Portugal international Ruben Neves, who was recently crowned the club's player of the year. Neves scored six goals for Wolves from midfield last term and, at just £5m, is a steal.
Max Meyer | Crystal Palace | £6m
Once dubbed 'the German Messi', Max Meyer arrives in the Premier League at a relatively inauspicious environment. The Germany international is just 22 and will be eager to make up for lost time after enduring a difficult period towards the end of his Schalke career. He certainly has the ability and scored plenty of goals when he first burst onto the scene in the Bundesliga and Champions League as a teenager.
Aaron Mooy | Huddersfield | £5.5m
Australia international Aaron Mooy is the creative heart of Huddersfield Town and he will be expected to lead the team as they attempt to avoid the drop for the second season in succession. Mooy has the ability to thread team-mates through on goal and is also a strong set-piece taker.
Ryan Sessegnon | Fulham | £6.5m
Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon has been likened to Gareth Bale for his marauding style of play on the left flank. The 18-year-old scored 16 goals and supplied six assists as Fulham secured promotion and there will be a sense of intrigue around him when he takes to the field in the top flight for the first time.
Junior Hoilett | Cardiff City | £5.5m
Cardiff City will be one of the favourites for relegation, but any chance they have of beating the drop will rely heavily on the form of players like Junior Hoilett. With nine goals and 11 assists last term, Hoilett is undoubtedly one of the team's chief creative outlets on the wing.
Best Of The Rest
The Premier League is packed full with midfielders who are potentially great fantasy football signings and they are littered throughout the top clubs in the division.
World Cup winner Paul Pogba starts out at £8m, which isn't a bad price considering he was Man United's biggest assist provider last term. Across Manchester, David Silva is slightly more expensive at £8.5m, which is a good deal, even if the Spain star is advancing in years, while Silva's namesake at City, Bernardo , is cheaper again at £7.5m.
Tottenham boast an array of star midfielders and ones that are also good additions from a fantasy football perspective. Dele Alli is rated at £9m, while Heung-min Son is cheaper at £8.5m. Liverpool's new signings Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita are rated at £7.5m.
Everton's Gylfi Sigurdsson has been a regular scorer in fantasy football thanks to his set-piece ability and he can be picked up for £7.5m, as can Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey . Interestingly Gunners star Henrikh Mkhitaryan is cheaper at £7m. Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas is available for the reasonable price of £6.5m and Willian is more expensive at £7.5m, while new signing Jorginho can be picked up for £5m.