With five midfielders to pick for your squad in Draft Fantasy, it’s time to start planning who will be your first pick when the drafts open. A number of top players fall into this category, so it may take some time to decide which player should be your top priority.
But where is N’Golo Kante? It’s worth taking into account how points are scored here. The 26-year-old scored one goal and registered one assist in the Premier League last season (totalling eight points), yet picked up nine yellow cards (totalling minus nine points). Points are also available for clean sheets for midfielders, but relying on that for points would be a risky strategy.
A much safer bet is to go for creative and attacking midfielders, as you can see in the list of The Boot Room’s top ten tips below…
10. Daavy Klaassen – Everton
The ex-Ajax captain would have registered 100 points just for his impressive goal and assist tally last season in Holland, so will be a great player to have if he can replicate that form at Goodison Park. What may work against him is that he will be competing for a place in an overcrowded Everton midfield.
9. Gylfi Sigurdsson – Swansea City
Sigurdsson’s huge contribution to Swansea last season made him one of the highest scorers in the game. Expect him to repeat that this campaign, and if he does make a move to a side like Everton then he could even take the next step in his career and improve even further.
8. Mesut Ozil – Arsenal
The undisputed assist king of the Premier League until last season, he recorded only nine, but will be desperate to get back to his usual high standards with Alexandre Lacazette in front of him. With such quality feeding off the chances he creates, he could do better in 2017/18.
7. Sadio Mane – Liverpool
One of the top scorers last season despite missing 11 games through a knee injury and the African Cup of Nations. If his form is anything to go by, the Senegal international could be a major asset to Jurgen Klopp and to your fantasy draft team.
6. Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool
When Coutinho played in the central attacking midfield role that Jurgen Klopp is planning to deploy him in more regularly, he was devastatingly powerful. Against West Ham he single handedly tore the Hammers’ defence apart, if he can replicate that form on a regular basis, he’ll be one of the most in demand players in the game.
5. Christian Eriksen – Tottenham Hotspur
A threat at set pieces and one of the Premier League’s best passers with incredible vision, Eriksen has all the attributes to become a key player for your fantasy team.
4. Dele Alli – Tottenham Hotspur
A goal scoring midfielder who does his fair share of work getting in on the act with assist, Alli is a real asset. Watch out for his poor disciplinary record which does cost him some points.
3. Eden Hazard – Chelsea
The Belgian is the ultimate forward, with his goals and creativity creating chances for others. Be careful though, he could miss the start of the season through an ankle injury and may take some time to regain fitness. Even then, he will have a new centre-forward to work with and that relationship may take some time to build.
2. Kevin de Bruyne – Manchester City
Led the way in the Premier League with 20 assists last season. He may only have scored six goals, but given that he hit the woodwork on nine occasions it won’t take much to make him potentially the highest point earner in the game. If Pep Guardiola’s project starts coming together, expect that to be the case.
1. Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal
There may be off the field distractions for the Chilean, but he sure knows where the back of the net is and is one of the top assist providers too. A complete player and classified as a midfielder here in the anticipation that he’ll play in a deeper role, he could be a high scorer for your team.