Not only Serie A: since last year, fantasy football also lands in the main European championships, with Euroleagues that will allow you to buy and line up the main champions in the football scene. In this way, you will be able to compare with eleven Premier League teams and with six teams for each of the other top five leagues: therefore, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Liga and Serie A. Below, we suggest some names to buy for your fantasy team.
GOALKEEPER: Starting from the English Premier League and, in particular, from the goalkeeper, they can not fail to impress the only 4 goals conceded by Edouard Mendy, goalkeeper revelation in the past season of Chelsea, that this year is proving to be at extraordinary levels. The Franco-Senegalese certainly benefited from the more defensive phase of Thomas Tuchel, boasting a fantasy average that could envy some fantasy football managers (6.06).
DEFENDERS: Passing to the defenders, a good name could be that of Sergio Reguillon, left-back of Tottenham who has already recorded a goal and two assists in the league: a “loot” already substantial, but that could further increase with the arrival on the bench of Antonio Conte, always attentive to the game on the bands. Always for the role of full-back (this time right) intrigues Ricardo Pereira of Leicester: the Portuguese, still without goals in this season, has so far experienced the many injuries suffered, which have limited the minutaggio in this first part of the league, But his push on the headbands could be a good weapon for Brendan Rodgers. The last name we propose is the one of Joao Cancelo, Manchester City’s full-back currently stopped at two seasonal assists: he is a real top of the department, which Guardiola hardly renounces and that, with its technique, can certainly give you the joys of fantasy football.
MIDFIELDERS: As for the “midfielders chapter”, we propose first of all Raphinha, a Brazilian offensive fielder currently in force at Leeds United: for him already 4 goals and a fantasy average of 8.21, which have increased the quotation (passed from the initial 15 to the current 20): his name could be, however, a slightly underestimated, which is why (without prejudice to the prohibition of crazy expenses) betting on him might not be a bad idea. Another interesting profile is the one of Smith-Rowe, become a real “punto fermo” in the Arsenal of Mikel Arteta: speech similar to the one already seen about Raphinha, in the sense that he is a player not very prominent, but that certainly has several bonuses in the legs (already 4 goals and 2 assists).
The bet could instead be on Donny van de Beek: the Dutchman has practically never found space in the eleven of Solskjaer, but with the exemption of the Norwegian could be one of the great relaunched during the new management (his “titolarità” in the important Champions League match against Villareal is tangible proof of this). We conclude with the name of Maison Mount del Chelsea, protagonist of the great start of the season of the Blues: already last year, the Englishman has repeatedly shown a good familiarity with the goal, a trend confirmed in this first part of the championship (for him 3 goals and 1 assist).
FORWARDS: Moving to the main course, the forwards, there are certainly alternatives in a league full of champions such as the Premier League. We prefer to focus on those players who do not fall into the category of “top absolutes”. Here, then, that a first low-cost solution could be Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa: in the 37 matches played in the last season of Premier League, the center forward has scored 14 goals and 5 assists, important loot also considered the ranking of the Villans; this year, Watkins has stopped at only 3 goals, But Aston Villa counts a lot on their bomber’s goals, which could represent a more than a valuable player for the latest slots.
More obvious, but still not to be considered as a player of the highest range, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal, which until now has not been able to give too much joy to their jockeys, accomplices especially the two mistakes from the spot: At the same time, the striker has scored 4 goals in this championship, and remains the main beacon of a team in sharp recovery. We conclude with the name of Jarrod Bowen, offensive fielder of West Ham already protagonist with 2 goals and 4 assists of the surprising start of the season of the Hammers: unlike the first two names, Bowen certainly plays further distant from the goal, but he could still be an interesting fantasy football profile.
GOALKEEPER: As for the German championship, starting with the goalkeeper of course, you can’t miss the name of Yann Sommer, “extreme defender” of Borussia Mönchengladbach, great protagonist with his Switzerland at Euro 2020. In truth, not a great start to the season for him, who in the first 12 matches has conceded 14 goals: nevertheless, the performance has always been up to the mark (average rating of 6.17) and also he is a real specialist in penalty kicks (ask Mbappé, but not only), therefore, a goalkeeper who could also give you some +3 during the season.
DEFENDERS: As for the defenders, Angelino of Leipzig deserves a mention: in the past season, despite the injury caused him to miss several league matches, the Spanish full-back has recorded 4 goals and as many assists; still “a secco” today, instead, in this Bundesliga, the advanced position (Marsch often arranges it in the three behind the striker) makes it very attractive in fantasy football. From one Borussia to another, the second name is the one of Raphael Guerreiro of Borussia Dortmund: for him a “fantasy average” like a striker (8.7) with three goals (one on a penalty kick) and an assist in the first seven games played. We conclude the defense department with Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich, back from a year not really exciting, after being one of the main protagonists in the “triplete” obtained in 2020: for the Canadian 3 assists and no goals in eleven matches, but, especially in view of the frequent Bavarian “goleades” in Bundesliga, this number could be expected to increase.
MIDFIELDERS: Moving on to midfielders, we propose first of all the name Cristopher Nkunku, French talent of Leipzig, already decisive with 5 goals and 3 assists: the risk, it must be said, could be that of a very high auction price, but the numbers of the player, Its importance in team mechanisms and, above all, the position in the field (sometimes even center-forward), it would justify also a major expenditure. Also from Leipzig comes the second of the names we recommend: Dominik Szoboszlai, Hungarian midfielder stopped last season by an injury that kept him away from the pitches for 191 days. Now, however, the former Salzburg football player seems ready to put the difficult moment behind him: until now, for him only one goal and three assists, but watch out for the set pieces factor, with the Hungarian who, in addition to taking corners and free-kicks, should be among the candidates to appear from “eleven meters” (he was the one to kick with the PSG after the mistake of Andre Silva).
Third recommended is Florian Wirtz of Bayer Leverkusen: despite the 18 years of age, the kid has now established himself as a staple of “Aspirins”, as confirmed by the 3 goals and 4 assists scored in this start of the league. Finally, we close with Jonas Hoffman, who has already scored on five occasions in this start of the season for Borussia Mönchengladbach: from his “right foot” passes a good part of the game of Hutter; in addition, he usually gets the shots from the flag (corners), an important factor in the assist perspective.
STRIKERS: If you are looking for a “bomber”, then put aside a nice nest egg, because having in a team one like Robert Lewandowski will surely cost you a nice slice of your fantasy credits: his will certainly be a name taken for granted, but he can really be a devastating weapon to win your fantasy football. The Pole seems to have kept that average goal from Playstation that last year rewarded him the record of goals scored in a single season of the Bundesliga: for the phenomenon of Bayern Munich are 14 goals scored in just 12 games (plus 9 goals in 5 Champions League matches). In short, if you are chasing the center forward from – at least – 30 guaranteed goals, there is no other name to bet on except that of Robert LewanGOALski: a very important expense, but a guaranteed performance.
Another recommended is Patrick Schick, an old acquaintance of our Serie A league with the jerseys of Rome and Sampdoria: after the good European Cup played with the Czech Republic, the striker seems to have finally found with Bayer Leverkusen that continuity (for him, already eight goals in the first twelve league matches) the lack of which was one of the main flaws of a player whose talent was never questioned. For the last slots you could finally bet on Wout Weghorst of Wolfsburg: stopped at 3 goals and 1 assist, the Dutch striker represents, with his meter and 97, the prototype of the old-fashioned center forward, able to assert his physicality within the penalty area and, often and willingly, slip the ball behind the opposing goal.
GOALKEEPER: So let’s move on to the Spanish championship that, compared to last year, is strongly weakened by the departures of Messi and Sergio Ramos. Starting with the goalkeepers, and taking for granted the value of one like Oblak, we focus on Bono, aka Yassine Bounou, of Seville: already last year, the team of Lopetegui made the defensive solidity one of its strengths, with 33 goals conceded in 38 games; This year, Sevilla would do even better, having conceded just 9 goals in 13 matches.
DEFENDERS: For the role of defender, he likes José Gimenez from Atletico Madrid: despite a complicated start of the season – for him as for the colchoneros – the Uruguayan center-back is certainly a leader in the defense of Cholo Simeone, coach that on the defensive phase leads much of its game: it is not, it must be said, a centre back who brings bonus, but foresing on an improvement in its performance and taking advantage of an auction price that should reveal to be low,he could be a good deal.
Staying in Madrid, but moving to the Blancos side, a good name could be Ferland Mendy, back to take the left band of the merengues after the long injury suffered in May: in goal also the last match against Granada,the Frenchman might be a slightly underrated name at your auction. The bet could instead be Araujo of Barcelona, Uruguayan full-back class 1999: after a complicated start with the previous management Ronald Koeman, the boy could be one of the faces of the new Barca of Xavi.
MIDFIELDERS: After a defensive department, actually rather small, the Liga offers instead some interesting names for the midfielders. First of all, Yeremi Pino of Villareal is intriguing, a Spanish side forward who also has joined the Luis Enrique national team: after a good start of the season, the forward seems to have lost some continuity and minutes in the last performances of the Yellow Submarine, but Emery counts a lot on him, and he still has a long jorney to go back to being decisive.
Then we continue with Papu Gomez: who doesn’t remember the extraordinary years spent in our Serie A championship – especially, but not only – with the jersey of Atalanta? The injury suffered with Argentina forced him to miss several games, but now, fully available to Lopetegui, is ready to enchant with his left-handed at Sànchez Pizjuàn.
Ferreira Carrasco from Atletico Madrid is then recommended: the Belgian, who returned in 2019 to wear the jersey of the Colchoneros after the experience in China, was among the first “architects” of the triumph in La Liga last season; good start this year with 2 goals scored, Plus three assists and a 7.63 fantasy average. Despite the immense “caliber” of a champion who won everything, the purchase price of Tony Kroos should not be too high: in that case, his name could be a good call. Real Madrid relies heavily on the German to build the game, and he is also the main candidate to place the set pieces.
STRIKERS: Let’s start the strikers talk with the name of Memphis Depay, one of the few positive signs of this Barcelona: the Dutchman has already scored 7 goals in this first part of the league and is certainly the most dangerous man for the Blaugrana; its role in the project – and in the attack – of Xavi could become even more central following the problem reported by the Kun Aguero, who could even bring the Argentine to the retreat. We continue with Alexander Isak, Swedish striker of Real Sociedad: for him, already last year, 17 goals in 34 matches played in the Spanish league; this year, the former Dortmund is still at 3 goals, but this seems a number destined to increase, given the confidence that Alguacil, The Basque coach, recognise on his striker. Last name in the list is theone of Antoine Griezmann, back at the “court” of Simeone after the experience in “chiaroscuro” at Barcelona: not a simple start to the season for Le Petit Diable, with just two goals scored in ten league matches with the Colchoneros; nevertheless, the Frenchman unlikely can have lost that familiarity with the goal that, in the five seasons at Atletico, led him to score “the beauty” of 94 goals in LaLiga.
GOALKEEPER: From the heavily impoverished LaLiga champioship, we find instead the Ligue 1 championship grown for the pharaonic transfermarket carried out by Paris Saint-Germain. For the role of goalkeeper, however, without prejudice to the convenience of investing in the couple Navas-Donnarumma, we prefer to focus on Pau Lopez, arrived in Marseille in the summer after the year, not exactly unforgettable, spent in Rome. Yet, the Spaniard seems to have regained confidence with the OM shirt, having conceded just 12 goals and being able to boast a 6.29 average rating (fantasy average that is instead of 5.43, however not bad for a goalkeeper).
DEFENDERS: For the defense, we start with another player from Marseille, as well as another old acquaintance of our Serie A league: Pol Lirola, protagonist in Serie A with the jersey of Fiorentina. Back in France during the summer, the outside has already taken the band of Marseillaise and, despite only one assist and no goals, could be a decent low cost solution for your defense. Second name is that of Sergio Ramos, heavily penalized by injuries in this first part of the season, which prevented him to make his debut with the PSG jersey: this circumstance, which could – and indeed should – greatly reduce its valuation at auction.
Given the superiority of the Parisians in the French league and also given the familiarity of the former Real Madrid player with the goal, betting on him could be convenient. Last name is Emerson Palmieri, former Roma and Chelsea player who settled in Lyon during the summer: even in his case, the adventure with the French did not start in the best way, with only one assist, however compensated by a sending off, and some not entirely convincing performance. However, its push on the band could create dangers to the defenses of Ligue 1: valid solution for the latest slots.
MIDFIELDERS: For his role as midfield, we like Houssem Aouar of Lyon: for some years now, the Frenchman has been one of the cover men of the Bosz team, with the good performances that have earned him the interest of some top clubs. As of this year, the player is no longer the first candidate to appear on the spot (the penalties are up to Dembelè) but his geometries in the middle of the field and the place kicks factor can be a good weapon at your disposal. After Pau Lopez and Emerson Palmieri, another former Roma could find space and minutes in the French league: Justin Kluivert, landed in Nice after the experience on loan to Lipsia. The Dutchman has recently recovered from the injury that forced him to miss the last seven games of Ligue 1, but now he seems ready to gain room in a formation that, even without him, is doing very well: currently, the Nizzardi are in the second place, behind only the PSG of phenomena.
Third recommended for the role of midfielder is Georgino Wijnaldum, one of the many transfermarket hits scored by the PSG during last summer: even in his case, not a happy start to the season, with still no goals in the league (two goals, however, in the Champions League). But this is a player who, in Liverpool’s time, on several occasions has been able to hurt the opposing defenses with his insertions and his wide-range shoots. We conclude with Renato Sanches of Lille, “object of the desire” of AC Milan, but at nowadays punto fermo of the team that, last year, brought home a very unexpected title: while not being familiar with the goal like the three previous names, the Portuguese could be a decent guarantee in view of the rating, although until now he is paying the disappointing start of the season of his comrades.
FORWARDS: The first name of the “strikers chapter” is that of Moussa Dembelé of Lyon: after the disappointing experience at Atletico Madrid (5 appearances and no goals) the striker has returned to the jersey of Lyon, and will try to regain that trust that led him to achieve 31 goals between 2018 and 2020. He was also severely slowed down by the injury he suffered on September 22 against Troyes, but now he seems ready to regain the center of the OL attack. We also support Ben Yedder of Monaco, the cover man of the Monegasques last season with 20 goals scored in the league: also this year, the former Seville striker has an average of one goal every two games (7 goals and 14 matches played).
We close with a name that is not, and never will be, a common name: Lionel Messi, arrived in the summer after a life spent in Azulgrana. It seems almost incredible that the player who has dominated Spain for more than a decade has found the first goal in Ligue 1 only on the last gameweek: yet, this circumstance could be a good weapon in your favor, allowing you to buy “The Pulga” at a price much lower than its potential. If you can get it without paying the price of an absolute top, then bet on the number 30.
By Giovanni Maggio