Fantasy Premier League tips: Arsenal's Dani Ceballos and a 4m defender among top five bargains

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With Gameweek 1 just around the corner, Fantasy Premier League managers are trying to fill their squads with as much value within the confines of the allotted 100m budget.

That’s impossible to accomplish without featuring players bought on the cheap who represent great value for money.

Here’s a look at our top five FPL bargains ahead of the new season.

DANI CEBALLOS | Arsenal | 5.5m

Arsenal’s sensational swoop for Nicolas Pepe (9.5m) has grabbed headlines but they also secured a superb player in Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid. The playmaker hasn’t established himself at the Bernabeau but has shone for Spain’s U21s.

At just 5.5m and with the plethora of attacking options in front of him, expect Ceballos to produce real value with a fair number of assists. With an ownership of just 3.7 per cent so far as well, he’s a tidy differential.

Dani Ceballos

LEWIS DUNK | Brighton | 4.5m

Surprisingly valued at just 4.5m, Lewis Dunk could turn into one of the most owned defenders as the season progresses. He’s already likely to deliver healthy returns at Brighton, as he has done over the past couple of seasons.

However, if a move to Leicester City as Harry Maguire’s replacement materialises, he should be on course to do even better.

Lewis Dunk

WILFRIED ZAHA | Crystal Palace | 7m

Wilfried Zaha only scored 13 points fewer than Leroy Sane last season who is valued at 9.5m. How is the Palace winger 2.5m cheaper? Not just that, he’s also listed as a midfielder despite spending a reasonable amount of time operating as a forward under Roy Hodgson.

If he gets his move to Everton, he may be even more valuable but as it stands, he should still be great value with the Eagles. With VAR coming into play as well, how many penalties will he win this term?

Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha

ROSS BARKLEY | Chelsea | 6m

Chelsea are a team loaded with bargains this season, it’s juts a question of working out Frank Lampard’s first XI to begin with. Interestingly, Mateo Kovacic is available for only 5.5m but an extra 0.5m could get you far more returns with Ross Barkley.

The Englishman has been a goals and assists machine for Chelsea in pre-season and seems to have grabbed his opportunity under Lampard. Could Barkley fulfill his potential and become the FPL asset we all know he can be this term?

Ross Barkley

JOHN LUNDSTRAM | Sheffield United | 4m

So you’ve scanned through the piece but what you’re really here for is that 4m option who’s likely to play regularly – this season’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka if you will.

Don’t expect quite the same output from Sheffield’s John Lundstram but he does represent good value. He’s started in four out of five pre-season friendlies and here’s the kicker – he plays in midfield while listed as a defender.

John Lundstram

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