Which Players could be the Fantasy Gems of Next Season?

Which Players could be the Fantasy Gems of Next Season? It’s a weird time of year for fantasy football managers. Now that the Premier League is done and dusted and doesn’t resume again until August it kind of feels like we’re in limbo. Does anyone else here get to their computer and find that all their most-searched sites are no longer currently relevant? 

Which Players could be the Fantasy Gems of Next Season?

There’s now no need to meticulously peruse injury updates, manager press conferences, team news, and price change predictors. You can’t fondly scrutinise your favoured line-up and toy with transfers in and out in preparation to destroy your mini-league rival. But what you can do is longingly look towards the start of the new season and think about the gems that could be available.  Here’s 2 possibilities:

James Milner

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Source: James Milner 7 via Facebook

Yes, due to a potential FPL position reclassification.  One of those future points machines could well be James Milner, as the flexible former England international was utilised at left-back by Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool for the entirety of last season. Fantasy football managers with a bit of nous will be hoping and expecting that this will lead the Fantasy Premier League site to reclassify the former Manchester City man as a defender. This previously happened to Antonio Valencia at Manchester United, and the attacking winger was a good source of points last season, raking in 120 points across 27 games.

Milner can go one better than this, as the Reds man is on penalty duties at Anfield. This led the 31-year-old to put away seven goals last term. Partner that with four assists and these are astonishing returns for a fullback. The problem in the last campaign is that Milner was still classified as a midfielder, so he missed out on clean sheet bonuses. If he becomes a defender, gets clean sheets and continues to score he could be fantasy gold.  In addition to that, Klopp will seek to improve the defence and increase the amount of shutouts. With it being the German’s second full season in charge, Liverpool are tipped to get off to a strong start and can be backed at 12/1 with 888sport to win the title in the preseason betting.

Dwight Gale

With budget strikers few and far between last season, fantasy managers will be desperately seeking the next Jamie Vardy at the focal point of their attacks. Just thinking about the obscene outlay for the likes of Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku next season will send shivers down players’ spines. In this area, it is worth looking to the newly promoted sides and seeing if any value can be found.

Glen Murray and Dwight Gayle both scored 23 goals for Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United respectively in the Championship last season. Although they have both struggled in the Premier League before, they will be looking to carry on their momentum and establish themselves as top flight players. Gayle could be the better bet of the two, as the 27-year-old bagged his goals in over 1000 minutes less than Murray and has flourished under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.

With a few months left to go, all fantasy managers can do now is keep themselves well informed about any transfer activity. Be sure to analyse past statistics and examine where players may fit in at their future teams. And of course, if the withdrawals are too severe you can always visit some fantasy football forums and chat with other addicts.

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  • Karol

    I’ve already put Gayle in my preseason notes but I didn’t think about Milner! This might be a very interesting purchase. We have a lot of time now so we can use it to think about: 1) season’s strategy 2) players

    • Colin Whiteside

      It’s doubtfull that Milner will play left back next year. Robertson of Hull heavlily tipped to come in, if not almost certain they will sign another left back. Can’t see him playing in midfield very often with the players now ahead of him in there.
      Having said that if he can nail down a spot he will be a bargain.

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