The 2020/21 Premier League campaign has already proven to be one of the most turbulent and hard to predict seasons in the top flight’s history, with league champions and title contenders being routinely battered and each and every side seemingly capable of beating one another so far.
With the league so volatile and so stacked with competition, here are some of the most consistent, if slightly underrated, players you should be putting in your Fantasy Football team.
Patrick Bamford – Leeds United
Despite bagging 16 goals in 47 games for Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds side during their promotion year in 2019/20, there were plenty of naysayers around the football world saying that Patrick Bamford’s days at Elland Road were numbered. Dismissed as being unfit for football in England’s top flight before he had even kicked a ball, Bamford immediately silenced these would-be critics by scoring for Leeds in all of their first three fixtures against Liverpool, Fulham and Sheffield United.
The England frontman has since gone onto register 7 goals and 1 assist in 676 minutes of action across Leeds’ first 8 games. Bielsa’s philosophy means that free-flowing attacking football is always on the cards with Leeds, and Bamford’s xG (Expected Goals) of -2.37 better than what he should have scored shows that he is doing more than just playing with a bit of confidence right now.
He has currently been picked by 35% of Fantasy players, making him certainly more of an outsider than the likes of Son Heung-min, Harry Kane or Mohamed Salah, but his 58 points makes him the 6th highest scoring player in Fantasy right now.
Callum Wilson – Newcastle United
Widely tipped to have a tough season in even the most accurate and reliable sports betting sites online, 2020/21 has once again been ‘so far so good’ for Newcastle United and Steve Bruce. The Toon are currently in 13th position in the table with 11 points, 8 above the relegation zones thanks to three wins so far. Whilst the style of play has proven to be a potential point of contention for the fans, the addition of Callum Wilson from Bournemouth in the summer has proven to be a shrewd acquisition so far.
The England forward has bagged 6 of Newcastle’s 10 goals in the Premier League so far this season, showing their reliance on him up top and driving the point home that if the side are scoring, he’s probably the one on the scoresheet. He also has 1 assist to his name and averages 0.90 Key Passes per ninety, showcasing that there are other potential avenues for Fantasy Players to make their points with Wilson in their sides.
Forwards are increasingly hard to find in the game, but at a cost of 6.6 for 55 points already this season, Callum Wilson shows there are still plenty of players out there for you to get ahead of the game with.
James Ward-Prowse – Southampton
Arguably the last prodigy to emerge from that famous era of Southampton recruits from their academy, James Ward-Prowse has been with the Saints since the 2011-12 promotion season from the Championship. At the time of writing, he’s managed to appear 287 times for Southampton since then, scoring 27 times and perhaps establishing himself as the league’s finest dead ball specialist playing right now. His assist and two goal dead ball brace against Aston Villa this season showcased all of his skills at work, and he’s already made himself one of the most crucial cogs in Ralph Hassenhuttl’s successful Saints side.
Picked by just 7.4% of players and costing just 6.0 in Fantasy Football, James Ward-Prowse represents a huge bargain of a midfield gem that could rack up the points over the course of a season. Already standing out in a side that looks like they are going to be especially potent this season, James Ward-Prowse’s dead ball duties means that he’s a threat with every free kick or corner the side gets and a real points accumulator from scoring on his own or supplying his teammates around him.