Wondering who are the best Gameweek 1 mid-priced midfielders for FPL 2021/22? You've come to the right place.
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- Best Budget Defenders (4.0 - 4.5m)
- Best Mid-Priced Defenders (5.0 - 5.5m)
- Best Premium Defenders (6.0+)
- Best 4.5m Midfielders
- Best Budget Midfielders (5.0 - 5.5m)
- Best Premium Midfielders (8.5m+)
- Best Budget Forwards (4.5 - 6.0m)
- Best Mid-Priced Forwards (6.5 - 7.5m)
- Best Premium Forwards (8.0m+)
The best Fantasy Premier League mid-priced midfielders category (£6.0m - £8.5m) contains a wealth of options, unlike the budget midfielders. I have to admit it wasn’t an easy job whittling down the best assets and picking the best from such a wide pool of players.
I think this price point will be key this season and picking the right mid-priced midfielders won't be an easy task. But with some research into the fixtures and stats, we will give it our best shot.
The Best Mid-Priced Midfielders in FPL
Jack Grealish (£8.0m) – Aston Villa
I really like Jack Grealish at £8.0m and think he is a fantastic player and FPL asset. He was having a tremendous season in every aspect until an unfortunate training ground injury curtailed his season.
In his 22 starts before his shinbone injury, he picked up six goals and 12 assists with 47 Shots, 18 Shots on Target, 36 Shots in the Box and seven Big Chances. At this point, he also created the most chances (75) in the league with 14 Big Chances Created (3rd).
Grealish did return for the final four games but was eased back in and only played his first 90 minutes post-injury in Gameweek 38.
I think FPL have underpriced him by £0.5m and looks great value. He is the Villains' talisman and they are nowhere near as effective without him. He pulls all the strings in that team and is on some set-pieces too.
Aston Villa also have a nice start to the season. They play Watford (a), Newcastle United (H), and Brentford (H) in their first three, and then have home games against Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers in Gameweek 5 and 8.
There is currently speculation of a possible move to Manchester City for the England international. If this comes to fruition, then I think he becomes a less attractive option. He will most likely get fewer minutes and will no longer be the focal point of his team. It’s definitely one to keep an eye on.
Raphinha (£6.5m) – Leeds United
The Brazilian has come in grossly underpriced and will be a fantastic value option at only £6.5m. He is the second most owned mid-priced midfielder in the game behind Jack Grealish and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up top before Gameweek 1 commences.
After coming in late to the Premier League he got his first start in Gameweek 8 and impressed right from the off. In only 26 starts, he scored an impressive six goals and 10 assists with 66 Shots, 24 Shots on Target, 43 Shots in the Box and five Big Chances while also creating 64 Chances (4th) and 13 Big Chances (2nd).
He is also on corners and most free-kicks so has so many avenues to score points. With the way Leeds United attack and create chances, Raphinha will get plenty of chance to score and assist.
The Whites ended the season with 62 goals (4th), 353 Shots in the Box (4th) and 76 Big Chances (8th), while also creating 60 Big Chances (6th). Considering they just got promoted, those numbers are phenomenal and a testament to how good a manager Marcelo Bielsa is.
Leeds's opening fixtures are great, although they are pretty much fixture proof from an attacking perspective. They come up against Everton (H), Burnley (a), Newcastle United (a), West Ham United (H), Watford (H) and Southampton (a) during their first eight.
Raphinha will no doubt be one of the first names in my Gameweek 1 team.
Emiliano Buendía (£6.5m) – Aston Villa
The Argentine had an extraordinary season for Norwich City last season scoring 15 goals and notching 17 assists. He is another exciting option in the mid-priced bracket especially after his move to Aston Villa. He ended up with the most assists in the Championship and was top for Chances Created also (122).
He will no doubt be better placed for attacking returns at his new club and will most likely be on several set pieces too. If Jack Grealish moves to league champions Manchester City, then Buendia will be their main playmaker which although makes Villa a poorer side overall, in isolation it the Argentine a much better option in my opinion.
Buendia has already played a season in the Premier League with Norwich in 2019/20 and managed one goal and seven assists with 40 Shots, 11 Shots on Target, 14 Shots in the Box while also creating 83 Chances and nine Big Chances.
Seeing as the Canaries scored the least goals (26) in the league and finished rock bottom on 21 points, those are some impressive statistics and I can only see his output increasing at Villa. At £6.5m it's hard to argue against him, even if Grealish (who is £1.5m pricier) stays.
Villa have a favourable start to the season, with their first three arguably amongst the best in the league as they play two of the newly promoted teams - Watford and Brentford.
Our fixture ticker ranks them the best team overall for fixtures for Gameweeks 1 to 3.
Diogo Jota (£7.5m) – Liverpool
The Liverpool forward is another one who had his season disrupted through injury. He missed 17 games through injury in total but in his 12 starts he bagged nine goals with 46 Shots, 26 Shots on Target, 38 Shots in the Box and a massive 13 Big Chances.
He also created 12 Chances and two Big Chances with an expected assists total of 2.65 so was unfortunate not to register a couple of assists also.
He’s another player who is clearly underpriced and the best option from the £7.5m midfielders. His stats are immense when he starts and is most likely going to be a first-team player next season.
I wouldn’t say he is 100% nailed and that’s the only downside to him but £7.5m for a Liverpool attacker playing in a team that have scored 153 goals over the last two seasons presents too good an opportunity to turn down.
The Red’s have a really good set of opening fixtures too. They play Norwich (a), Burnley (H), Leeds (a), Crystal Palace (H), Brentford (a) and Watford (a) during their first eight and the tougher games against Chelsea and Manchester City are at home.
Jack Harrison (£6.0m) –Leeds United
Although at the moment Jack Harrison is a Manchester City player, he is due to complete his permanent switch to Leeds United imminently.
He had a fantastic season scoring eight goals and 10 assists with 45 Shots, 19 Shots on Target, 36 Shots in the Box and nine Big Chances while also creating 59 Chances and 11 Big Chances.
Harrison finished on 160 points making him the 6th highest scoring midfielder which is remarkable considering his initial price of £5.5m. His underlying numbers are very good for his price and he is undoubtedly the best £6.0m midfielder in the game.
The fact he is £0.5m cheaper than his potential Brazilian teammate also makes him an enticing and very eligible option. I think Raphinha is the better and safer option but Harrison could match him for value.
Leeds United play Everton (H), Burnley (a), Newcastle United (a), West Ham (H), Watford (H) and Southampton (a) during their first eight which is a great run and I am confident Harrison will score well over this period.
The Best FPL Mid-Priced Midfielders
Mason Greenwood had a very strong end to the season scoring six goals and registering one assist in his final eight league games. He was a peripheral figure for the Red Devils for most of the season but played his way into the first team late on.
If he turns out to be in Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s first team this season. then he is a fantastic option at £7.5m but with all the other good options in the mid-price bracket, it's probably not worth the risk to start with him.
Ismaila Sarr is an exciting option at £6.0m. He scored 13 goals and accrued 10 assists for Watford last season in the Championship and played by the far the most minutes (3,459) for them.
He also scored five goals and made seven assists in only 22 starts for the Hornets in the 2019/20 Premier League season so has proven he can perform at this level.
Bukayo Saka is another intriguing choice. The Arsenal man had a great season scoring five goals and five assists in 30 starts.
I think he will play the majority of games but he isn’t a nailed starter and his versatility is also a concern. Mikel Arteta seems to play him at right and left-back occasionally although he played the majority of his games on the left or right side of midfield.
Saka scored four goals and two assists when deployed on the right wing so that is clearly his best position FPL wise.
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