Seeking a budget Fantasy Premier League midfielder to start Gameweek 1 with? You've come to the right place

Just like the second goalkeeper position the fifth midfielder option is often under looked in fantasy football. If you are going for a 3-4-3 formation the fifth mid should almost always be a £4.5m budget midfielder. If you want to push the boat out then a £5.0m midfielder can be justified on certain occasions. The role of this position is to sit on your bench and come on when rotation/injury rears its ugly head and also to allow you to maximise the money on the rest of your squad. In most cases, they should never be a part of your starting 11. It’s a rare occurrence that they will ever be needed but just in case you do it’s good to have a solid starter at that price. Underlying stats are not the main focus when selecting your budget midfielder but more security of starts. So in order of importance its – nailedness > stats.

In this article, we will look at the best budget midfielders from £4.5 to £5.0m in the Fantasy Premier League game.

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Dale Stephens (£4.5m) - Brighton

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Last season Dale Stephens made 33 appearances with 28 starts which is the highest out of all the current £4.5 midfielders. He has only scored one goal in the last three seasons and the only attacking return he got last season was a solitary assist. He is probably the lowest risk £4.5m midfielder and it also currently the highest owned in the Fantasy Premier League game. He does now face some competition with Yves Bissouma who came to the forefront in the tail end of last season where he started 10 of the final 12 games for Brighton. Maybe a good idea to keep an eye out for the friendlies to see who Graham Potter prefers.

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Yves Bissouma (£4.5m) - Brighton

Moving on to Yves Bissouma he played an important role in Brighton’s end of season run-in. As stated earlier he started 10 of the last 12 games and could be the preferred central midfielder now. The Malian was one of only two current £4.5m midfielders to score a goal last season which came on the final day of the season. He does love a shot at goal but with an average of 0.6 shots a game and only two of his 16 shots on goal from in the box he is likely to get only one or two goals per season. I will be keeping an eye on any of Brighton’s preseason games and if Bissouma looks to have ousted Stephens then he may be the best £4.5m midfielder at our disposal.

Zambo Anguissa (£4.5m) – Fulham

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The Fulham midfielder looks like the most ‘exciting’ £4.5m option. The Cameroon international was on loan last season to Villa Real where he played 36 games, starting 28 of them and bagging two goals. He seems to have found his feet in his loan spell and in Spain and Fulham reportedly rejected a £22.2m offer for him so a positive sign that Fulham do plan to use him. There is not enough evidence yet that he is a sure starter but if he does nail down a place he will be by far the best £4.5m bench fodder option.

Tomas Soucek (£5.0m) – West Ham United

Tomas Soucek is looking to the most popular £5.0m midfielder and with good reason. He impressed at the end of last season notching three goals in his last seven games. He only really got his run of starts from Gameweek 25 onwards. As a defensive midfielder by trade that’s some pretty good returns. He seems to have adopted the ‘Fellaini’ role under David Moyes constantly pushing into the penalty box and getting on the end of crosses, corners, and set pieces. I even think he is good enough to be a potential fourth midfielder if you are playing a 3-4-3 formation. Looking at some of his stats they really impress for £5.0m and his goal against Brentford in a preseason friendly on the 29th August further raised his stock. With four Big Chances (BC), 16 Shots in the Box (SitB), and eight Shots on Target (SoT) from 12 starts you can’t ask for much better for his price, and for that reason he is currently in my team.

Mark Noble (£5.0m) – West Ham United

Noble comes in as the highest scoring current £5.0m midfielder from last season. Largely due to his penalty duties as three of his four goals last season came from the spot. He also picked up four assists so penalties aren’t all that’s in his small locker. He is probably the safest pick out of the £5.0m midfielders as you know exactly what you are getting. He is also the most nailed – he started 31 games last season and completed 90 minutes in 20 of them. He isn’t known for his attacking stats or nature but David Moyes seemed to deploy him in a more advanced role at the tail end of the season which saw him create the most chances of any other player in the last four Gameweeks, bar Kevin De Bruyne, so it will be interesting to see if he starts the season in that same role.


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Matt Ritchie (£5.0m) – Newcastle United

Matt Ritchie has been reclassified as a midfielder by FPL this season but at his price, he still looks an appealing option.  He was unfortunate to have suffered a bad ankle injury which kept him out from Gameweeks four to 21. He is also the first choice penalty taker for Newcastle and has a good record of assists. He takes a fair share of free-kicks and corners and in his previous four seasons he has picked up 24 assists. It’s not certain yet whether is a sure starter as in the last 17 games (when he came back from injury) he was benched in five of them. If he nails down a starting berth then he is a great option. I will be keeping a beady on eye on Newcastle’s pre-season games for sure.

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