Matt Temple-Marsh looks at five players defying their price tags so far in Sky Sports Fantasy Football…
Phil Jones (£7.5m)
The Manchester United centre-back has surprised many by becoming one of the club’s key defenders, and has in fact become one of Sky Sports Fantasy Football’s highest scoring players. Jones has scored at least seven points each week except for one blip against Stoke thanks to as many clean sheets, while a Sky Sports man of the match award has boosted his tally. The former Blackburn player is the joint cheapest United defender (excluding Axel Tuanzebe, who is yet to feature), and very much a part of Jose Mourinho’s plans. He has earned 59 points this season, making him the seventh highest scoring player in the game, but is still owned by just 8.56% of Sky Sports Fantasy Football bosses.
Watford have a lot to thank to Richarlison for their brilliant start to the season. The Hornets are currently fourth in the table, with 15 points, and Richarlison’s goals have accounted for seven points. The Brazilian scored deep into injury-time against West Brom and Swansea, while he also broke the deadlock against Bournemouth. To add the icing to the cake, he also won the penalty against Arsenal, reinforcing his value to Marco Silva’s side. The 20-year-old has three goals and three assists so far this season, earning him 54 Sky Sports Fantasy Football points and making him the joint 13th highest scoring player in the game. However, is owned by just 7.64% of Sky Sports Fantasy Football managers, despite averaging 3.3 shots per game and 1.4 key passes, meaning at just £7.6m he is a bargain and differential pick.
Christopher Schindler (£6m)
Schindler became a Huddersfield Town legend as he scored the winning penalty in last season’s Sky Bet Championship play-off final, and the defender has further solidified his position as a fan favourite, playing as one the best Premier League defenders so far this season. The Terriers have kept four clean sheets in eight games, and Schindler has arguably been their most important asset. The German has earned 49 Sky Sports Fantasy Football points, and has earned a bounty of bonuses. In five games he has collected a total of 11 points from tackles and four further points from his pass completion. The 27-year-old is averaging 3.6 tackles per game, and 2.5 interceptions, making him a crucial cog in David Wagner’s side. However, he may struggle in his upcoming fixtures, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City within their next five games, so it may be worth holding fire securing his services.
Nick Pope (£5.5m)
Pope was thrown straight into the deep end as Burnley regular No 1 Tom Heaton went down with a dislocated shoulder against Crystal Palace, but he hasn’t looked out of place in the slightest. The shot stopper has made 22 saves and kept two clean sheets in just five appearances, racking up some serious Sky Sports Fantasy Football points in the process. In his last four games he has earned 31 points, including a heroic display against Liverpool, where he was rewarded with bonus points for saves and the MOTM award. At £5.5m, Pope is one of the cheapest goalkeepers in the league and is owned by just 0.49% of managers, so looks a worth gamble until Heaton’s return.
Tammy Abraham (£8.6m)
The Chelsea loanee is hitting his stride in a Swansea shirt, as he hit a brace against Huddersfield at the weekend, and became the Sky Sports Fantasy Football player of the weekend with 19 points. He now has four goals in eight appearances for the Swans, has fired all three of his shots against Huddersfield on target. Abraham is the clear figurehead of Paul Clement’s side, scoring four of Swansea’s five Premier League goals. All importantly, he is one of the cheapest attackers in Sky Sports Fantasy Football, making him a perfect options to save funds for elsewhere.