With the new Premier League campaign underway, football fans are back into fantasy mode. Signing players and building their teams for success this season. They are on the hunt for astute selections that could increase their points tally, while not having a drastic impact on their budget.
Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy gives players a £200 budget to select an 11-man squad. And, whether it’s in a bid to beat friends or work colleagues, or compete for higher stakes, it’s important to get that selection right.
Each season, a talented prospect breaks out, and this campaign will be no different. These youngsters tend to come with a low fantasy price, meaning points can be racked up while leaving ample room in the budget.
Here Football Whispers scout some of the finest up-and-coming young Premier League players set for a breakthrough year and argue why you should have them in your Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy team.
Liverpool may have struggled defensively in their league opener – a 3-3 draw with Watford – but one member of their back line shone on the day. Trent Alexander-Arnold put in a composed display full of attacking potential.
The 18-year-old, deputising for the injured Nathaniel Clyne, did well on the right flank, making 40 passes at a 70 per cent completion rate. He also made two key passes and put in some dangerous accurate crosses.
Full-backs tend to be good options as defensive choices in fantasy football and Alexander-Arnold fits the bill with his technical ability. With 0.5 points for a cross, he could prove a bargain addition at a Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy cost of £12.
Another right-back who could be set for a huge season is Kyle Walker-Peters. The 20-year-old performed admirably in Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 away win over Newcastle United, showing why Spurs have as yet refused to spend on a Kyle Walker replacement.
With refined dribbling and composure on the ball, the youngster is capable of making things happen in the final third. Last Sunday he completed 54 passes, one of which was a chance created, and one dribble.
With Tottenham’s focus on youth and Mauricio Pochettino’s love for rotating full-backs, expect Walker-Peters to play regularly this term. This, along with a Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy price of £13, could make him a wise pick.
If you’re one of those fantasy football players who simply has to pick a team that has some semblance of reality, you probably want at least two centre-backs in your line-up. And if that’s the case, Jack Stephens should be one of those centre-backs.
The 23-year-old Southampton man filled in for Virgil van Dijk last season and, with the Dutchman potentially on his way, could see more regular game time this term. Given his ability on the ball and his side’s ability to keep clean sheets – as they did against Swansea City last weekend – he could be a safe signing at £13.
Crystal Palace couldn’t have made a worse start to their Premier League season, losing 3-0 at home to newly promoted Huddersfield Town. But, despite the chaos surrounding him, Ruben Loftus-Cheek performed admirably.
The 21-year-old is among a long list of prospects to have been let go by Chelsea over the summer, albeit he left on a temporary basis. And with his physical strength, dribbling and vision, he could be a good loan signing for Palace.
With game time virtually guaranteed in an attacking midfield role, Loftus-Cheek would also be a sound addition to Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy sides at a price of £10.
Another young, forward-thinking midfield player to consider would be Reiss Nelson. The 17-year-old stunned fans and neutrals with his displays for Arsenal in pre-season and came on as a substitute in the Community Shield win over Chelsea.
While originally a playmaker who prefers to play close to the strikers, he has been used at wing-back by Arsene Wenger. With two attacking midfield roles and two wing-back roles in the Gunners’ current 3-4-2-1 system, he could see plenty of actions this season.
Nelson’s chances of time on the pitch may only increase if the similarly versatile Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain does move on to Chelsea, as speculated. So, at a Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy price of £10, he’s one worth considering for selection in the coming weeks.
Like Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham left Chelsea for a loan spell elsewhere in the Premier League. He ended up at Swansea, where he is expected to deputise for and support first-choice target man Fernando Llorente.
However, with the Spaniard linked with a move, it may not be long before the 19-year-old is asked to lead the Welsh side’s attack. And, if that does transpire, he’d be a bargain pick-up for Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy teams at a salary of £13, especially when considering the game’s scoring of eight points for goal.
Another talented young attacker worth looking at is Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The 20-year-old broke into the Everton squad last term and looks set to play an even bigger role this season, having started his team’s opener against Stoke City.
In that match, he completed more key passes – two – and more shots – three – than any of his team-mates. He’s confident, versatile and good on the ball. He also plays for a club committed to youth development.
Calvert-Lewin could be Everton’s latest starlet, following in Tom Davies’ footsteps. And, at a price of £12, he could be a shrewd fantasy pick.