Fantasy Football: Hazard, Depay and more – your midfielders pick

Russell Cane delivers the third of his four-part Fantasy Football Watchlist. Here are five midfielders you must consider

There’s less than a week to go to finalise your fantasy football team… Still tinkering?

Having played fantasy football for the past 18 years and collecting 25 national prizes in games such as the Sun DreamTeam, Telegraph, SkySports and the Daily Mail, this columnish now works for Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com, who will be launching a new daily version of their game very soon.

Whatever fantasy football game you play, whether your aim is to win your work or pub league or you’re going for a national prize, the basics are inevitably the same. Pick the best players and avoid the dross. Your starting XI (or squad) is pivotal in how your season pans out. You want to get one up on your friends and work colleagues, right?

With budget restrictions it’s not as simple as packing your side out with superstars. Sure, your team needs a core of top players who will deliver consistent points. However, identifying who offers the best value, which players you may have overlooked and how players may perform for their new clubs, are some of the factors that come into play when picking your initial side.

Here are five midfielders that will give you a head-start over your rivals from day one.

Midfielders

Must Have

Eden Hazard The top points scorer in literally every fantasy football game last season. What else is there to say other than if you don’t include him from the off, you simply won’t challenge. Not picking the tricky Belgian really is that black and white. Put him in first and then build your team around him.

New Kid On The Block

Memphis Depay 22 goals and 5 assists last season for PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie and still only 21. It’s expected that Memphis Depay will be deployed behind Wayne Rooney and with a reasonable price-tag in most games, he could be the new face that lights up the Premier League next season.

Approach With Caution

Theo Walcott Currently fit and firing, however with Theo Walcott it’s just inevitable that it won’t last. When available he’s as good as it gets, with the potential to hit massive points every week but for games where transfers come at a premium he just isn’t worth the risk. Injured by September?

Under The Radar

Gylfi Sigurdsson 7 goals and 10 assists had Gylfi Sigurdsson challenging premium priced midfielders in terms of points last season. However, again he is reasonably priced in every game. So if you’re looking for a mid-priced midfielder that delivers consistent points throughout the season, look no further.

Bargain Buy

Matt Ritchie Cheap as chips in every game this season, understandably coming from the Championship. Although, his 15 goals and 17 assists for Bournemouth last season will see him at the centre of any goals his side score this season. The perfect ‘enabler’.

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