Set your fantasy football side up for the second half of the season with the following Fantasy Premier League January wildcard bargains.
Bear in mind that prices are liable to fluctuate and are only accurate at the time of writing.
If you’ve decided you’re going to play your wildcard before Gameweek 21, the sooner you do it the better in order to beat any price hikes that happen in the mean time.
Now, on with those FPL January wildcard bargains, listed by position:
Víctor Valdés, Middlesbrough – £4.6m
Boro look tight at the back, and in the immediate future their next three fixtures look good on paper: away to Watford, home to West Ham and home to West Brom.
Lee Grant, Stoke City – £4.4m
With Jack Butland still not close to returning, on-loan Grant should continue to deputise for the foreseeable.
Simon Mignolet, Liverpool – £4.7m
He’s conceded only one goal from open play in five games since returning to the side in place of Loris Karius.
Charlie Daniels, Bournemouth – £5.2m
He’s now up to third in the list of highest points-scoring defenders after scores of 12 and 11 in his last two games, and his next three fixtures are away to Hull, home to Watford and home to Crystal Palace.
Chris Brunt, West Bromwich Albion – £5m
Often plays further forward in midfield, has a history of racking up assists and has even popped up with a couple of goals recently. A revelation since returning from injury.
Leighton Baines, Everton – £5.4m
His significantly lowered price reflects his recent history of injury absences, but now he’s getting a run and back on penalties he’s starting to replicate the kind of attacking returns that made him such a prized asset in previous seasons. At that price and on current form, he’s close to essential.
Phil Jones, Manchester United – £4.9m
Looks to be a first-choice pick in José Mourinho’s increasingly settled back four, so he’s a bargain part of a side that’s now won six games in a row.
Dejan Lovren, Liverpool – £5m
The Reds have tightened up of late, conceding only once in open play in their last five games, and Lovren poses a threat from set pieces to go with his low price.
Matt Phillips, West Bromwich Albion – £5.7m
He’s replicating his burst of form with QPR the other season, and then some – with four goals and nine assists in his last fifteen games, Phillips is currently one of the Premier League’s most productive attacking midfielders.
Ryan Fraser, Bournemouth – £4.8m
Having recently ran both Arsenal and Liverpool ragged, the Scottish winger carries a run of three goals and three assists in five appearances (two as substitute) into a decidedly favourable sequence of forthcoming fixtures.
Robert Snodgrass, Hull City – £5.8m
Goals in each of his last two games takes this free kick specialist to seven for the season, although be warned his upcoming fixtures look distinctly tough.
Charlie Adam, Stoke City – £4.7m
If he can cement his place, he still has a happy knack for goals and assists that could greatly reward such a small investment. With Joe Allen back as a deep-lying play-maker, Adam could now be Stoke’s FPL bargain midfielder.
Pedro, Chelsea – £6.9m
Much depends on the extent to which he can keep Willian out of the team, but his record this season suggests there’s more to come from him. Cesc Fàbregas could be good for the same price but he looks likely to rotate with Nemanja Matić.
Olivier Giroud, Arsenal – £8.6m
Whether he now gets a run of starts is still up for debate, but three goals and two assists from his last three games have certainly earned it for him. His next three fixtures are away to Swansea, home to Burnley and home to Watford.
Jermain Defoe, Sunderland – £7.7m
Somehow, at the ripe old age of 34, he’s still doing it at Premier League level. Write him off at your peril.
Andre Gray, Burnley – £6.2m
Looks to be a particularly good bet for home fixtures, given he’s scored four goals in his last two games at Turf Moor.
Callum Wilson, Bournemouth – £6.2m
It’s been a stop-start season for him, but he’s the Cherries’ first-choice penalty taker and they do seem to get a lot of spot kicks.