If you're looking for some cheap players to accommodate your Premier League fantasy football team, here are a few names I think may be picking up a few points this season for a cheap price:
Goalkeepers (≤ 5m)
Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) – 4.5m
Stoke City kept 9 clean sheets last season, although they did interchange between both Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sørensen last season. The Bosnian has started 3 of Stoke's 4 pre-season friendlies in August and played more minutes than his Danish counterpart last season. I think this is Begovic's season to take control of the number 1 spot. No Europa League distractions this season and Stoke's strong defence should see them keep a few clean sheets. Thomas Sørensen is also 4.5m if you prefer him.
Simon Mignolet (Sunderland) – 5m
Aside from breaking his jaw in a collision with Emile Heskey, when the Sunderland shot-stopper did play he looked impressive, keeping 11 clean sheets in 29 games. Martin O'Neill's side did tire at the end of last season, but all-in-all they defend well in numbers and I'm expecting a number of clean sheets from Simon Mignolet and co again this season.
Ali Al-Habsi (Wigan Athletic) – 5m
The Wigan Athletic goalkeeper usually makes a number of saves each game and Ali Al-Habsi is also a good penalty saver. Under Roberto Martinez, Wigan came on really good at the end of last season so if they could take that form into the start of this season then that makes Al-Habsi a good, cheap choice. He kept 8 clean sheets and saved 4 penalties last season.
Defenders (≤ 5m)
Brede Hangeland (Fulham) – 5m
The consistent Norwegian centre back is usually priced higher than this. Fulham's defence hasn't downgraded since keeping 11 clean sheets last season and Brede Hangeland played every single minute for them. Also scores a couple from set pieces each season, making him a bargain buy if you're looking for a cheap defender to pick up a few bonus points.
Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) – 5m
Newcastle kept 15 clean sheets last season and if you haven't been able to afford Tim Krul at 5.5m in goal they have some cheap defenders. Fabricio Coloccini played the majority of Newcastle's games last season, and is available for the same price as right back Danny Simpson. Whilst his team mate provides more attacking threat and delivers good crosses, I have chosen the Argentinian as he picked up much fewer yellow cards last season.
Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) – 5m
Stoke City picked up 9 clean sheets in the Premier League last season and Ryan Shawcross was present in all of them. They were distracted by Europa League action on Thursday nights and without that competition this season I expect Tony Pulis' side to pick up more impressive results this season. Ryan Shawcross scores fewer goals than his team mate Robert Huth (5.5m) but comes at a cheaper price.
Carlos Cuellar (Sunderland) – 4.5m
Wes Brown is out with injury for the opening game of the season so I see Martin O'Neill starting with his former Aston Villa man Carlos Cuellar at right back. He's a reliable defender playing in a side that defends well in numbers, crowding out the opposition attack from getting clear shots in on goal. They kept 11 clean sheets last season and if they can repeat or improve on that this season, Cuellar is a bargain at 4.5m.
Angel Rangel (Swansea City) – 5m
Swansea City kept 14 clean sheets last season, but it's hard to predict how they will get on under new manager Michael Laudrup. Lots of pundits have put them down as relegation candidates, some even in the bottom 3. If you think they can match last season's performances, Angel Rangel is the same price as Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor. The Spaniard provided more assists than his defensive partners last season and only received 3 yellow cards.
Midfielders (≤ 6m)
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – 6m
Jack Wilshere is injured until at least mid-September and Alex Song appears to be on his way to Barcelona. Aaron Ramsey played a lot of games for Arsenal last season and I think he'll be a constant in the centre for Arsene Wenger's side this season. He didn't score too many goals from midfield last season but provided 6 assists.
Darron Gibson (Everton) – 5m
Everton's form dramatically improved after the acquisitions of Darron Gibson and Nikica Jelavic in January. The Northern Ireland-born Republic of Ireland international enjoys a shot from outside the penalty area. Although that's not lead to too many goals in his career, we can always hope. The former Manchester United man is a cheap option in a midfield that should keep a couple of clean sheets for a 1pt bonus.
Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) – 4.5m
I'm surprised about the amount of pundits and fans alike tipping Fulham for relegation. They were 9th last season and whilst Danny Murphy has gone and Clint Dempsey appears to be on his way out, I expect Fulham to remain a mid-table team. This Swiss under 21 got minimal time to impress last season but heading into 2012/13 with shirt number 8 and two of his competitors departing. I think Martin Jol will give Kasami his chance this season and the kid has ability to pick up fantasy points.
Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle United) – 6m
The Newcastle left winger has picked up over 100 points in his last two seasons on Tyneside. He's a tricky, hardworking player who comes up with a couple of goals and a number of assists each season. He has Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse to supply from the start this season which means he could be looking at more assists than ever previously.
Forwards (≤ 6m)
Mladen Petric (Fulham) – 6m
The Croatian forward is a goalscorer and appears to have settled in well at Fulham having scored in a number of their pre-season games. He'll be competing with Bryan Ruiz (6m) and Hugo Rodallega (6m) for the starting positions at Craven Cottage, so expect some rotation. Fulham open with Norwich City on Saturday, and am expecting goals from the home side. This player has Moussa Dembele, Pajtim Kasami, Ruiz and Damien Duff to supply him. Expect Petric to score.
Danny Graham (Swansea City) – 6m
There aren't many strikers valued at 6m or less you can expect to start this season outside of the newly-promoted teams. Danny Graham is one of them. He gained 138 fantasy points from scoring 12 goals last season. He's had a good pre-season and has little competition for the starting striker role in Wales, so expect around 90 minutes from Danny Graham up front this season with his team mates looking to supply him for goals.