Championship Fantasy Football has arrived and FantasyBet are hosting a £10,000 season-long contest!
So where would we be without a little helping hand to see us on our Fantasy way? We start by looking at the best budget players for Championship Fantasy, those all too hard to find gems, nailed on starters and under the radar options.
Budget Goalkeepers For Championship Fantasy
The hugely popular £4.5 goalkeeper option is alive and well in Championship Fantasy, unlike its Premier League counterpart, with an array of worthwhile options.
Pick of the bunch is Queens Park Rangers stopper Joe Lumley (£4.5), who managed a colossal 11 clean sheets last season, despite the Hoops finishing a disappointing 19th place.
Lastly, as the transfer merry-go-round continues, Wigan’s shot-stopper last season, at Blackburn Rovers this coming season, Christian Walton (£4.5), with the on-loan Brightonian keeping 9 clean sheets at the DW Stadium last term.
Budget Defenders For Championship Fantasy
A few clean sheets, a goal or two, an odd assist perhaps, but mostly as nailed on for minutes as possible, the £4.5 budget defender is a different kettle of fish to its £4.5 goalkeeping sister in Championship Fantasy.
Barnsley’s Dimitri Cavare (£4.5) though, fits the bill, as he registered 2 goals, 5 assists and 19 clean sheets over 41 appearances. The newly-promoted right-back will be hoping to continue this good run of form in the much more demanding Championship.
Sheffield Wednesday’s Tom Lees (£4.5) chipped in 2 goals and 2 assists in 46 league starts, the joint-most appearances by an Owl.
Stoke City will be a club expecting to perform a lot better after a bitterly disappointing first season in the Championship, coming in at 16th place. Centre-back Bruno Martins Indi (£4.5) only contributed 1 goal, but Stoke will be demanding an upturn in fortunes, so he could well be a player going under the fantasy radar as far as clean sheets are concerned.
Budget Midfielders For Championship Fantasy
Luton Town have bulked up with experience ahead of their maiden voyage in Championship waters, including Ryan Tunnicliffe (£4.5), drafted in from Millwall, where he managed 3 goals last season and will be a stable addition to the Hatters midfield.
2 goals and 5 assists over a whopping 50 appearances in all competitions for Swansea midfielder Matt Grimes (£5.0). He could also see a share of penalties if the Swans don’t sign a suitable replacement for Oli McBurnie.
Punts tend to split opinion; sometimes enforced, sometimes embraced, if there is one Championship Fantasy punt of several proportions, it’s surely Huddersfield Town’s Juninho Bacuna (£5.0).
After a torrid season, seeing them remaining rooted to the basement of the Premier League, it was his performances that caught the eye (along with forward Karlan Grant priced at £10.5), in a dominating midfield role, with an exquisite eye for a pass, a goal and assist in pre-season and a 4-3-3 formation for the Terriers that will surely see the young Dutchman get plenty of game time and continue to grow in stature.
Budget Forwards For Championship Fantasy
Again we can look to Bedfordshire based Luton Town for some great budget picks, with wide man Harry Cornick (£5.0) and forward Danny Hylton (£5.0) both chipping in 8 goals and 4 assists to the promotion campaign.
On the other end of the scale, relegated Cardiff City forward Danny Ward (£5.0) will be hoping to nail a starting spot in the South Wales team this term, with the versatility to either spearhead the attack or play out wide.
Aiden O’Brien (£5.0) hit 4 goals and 2 assists for Millwall from a well cemented starting birth, giving us another budget forward to keep a close eye on.