5 Best-Value Fantasy Ligue 1 Players You Should Pick Up Before the Season

Nicholas McGeeContributor IAugust 1, 2013

LYON, FRANCE - JULY 24:  Clement Grenier of Olympique Lyonnais in action during the Pre Season match between Olympique Lyonnais and Real Madrid at Gerland Stadium on July 24, 2013 in Lyon, France.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football is all about finding the right blend of bargains and established stars, and in Ligue 1, that task is becoming increasingly more difficult.

The likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani will all inevitably have high price tags, while other, potentially slightly cheaper options such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Younes Belhanda have moved to new pastures.

However, if you are playing Ligue 1 fantasy football this year, there are still a fair share of bargains to be had. Bleacher Report takes you through some of the best-value fantasy Ligue 1 players to pick up before the season. 


Kossi Agassa, Reims

Reims avoided relegation by just five points last season, but their defensive record was one of the better ones in the division.

Hubert Fournier's men conceded just 42 goals in 2012-13, and much of their defensive fortitude came as a result of Agassa's athletic ability in between the sticks.

Reims are one of the favorites for relegation this season, meaning Agassa should be available for a relatively reasonable price, and if the Togo international is able to perform to the best of his abilities, he could be of great benefit to both Reims and your fantasy team.


Loic Perrin, Saint-Etienne

Saint-Etienne were a picture of defensive stability last season, and much of their rise to the upper echelons of Ligue 1 came because of the form of Loic Perrin.

The 27-year-old captain is able to play in defense and midfield, and his composure and assured manner at the back ensured that Christophe Galtier's men were able to build on a strong foundation and threaten the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and Lyon.

Perrin was only able to contribute two goals going forward in the previous campaign, but if it is clean sheets you're after, then Perrin is a more than suitable option.


Franck Tabanou, Saint-Etienne

Christophe Galtier's men may have lost the main provider of their attacking prowess with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's transfer to Borussia Dortmund, but with the capture of Franck Tabanou, they now boast another dynamic threat in midfield.

Tabanou featured heavily in a Toulouse side that could only struggle to a 10th-place finish last season.

Still, Tabanou was able to provide a decent contribution by scoring four goals and providing five assists.

Saint-Etienne have much more momentum heading into the new season, and with their greater array of talent, Tabanou should be able to have a big impact at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard and score plenty of fantasy points at the same time.


Clement Grenier, Lyon

Grenier may be available on the cheap before the start of the season, but he won't be a bargain for long.

The 22-year-old broke into the first team at the Stade de Gerland last term, scoring seven goals—most of which came in spectacular fashion.

Grenier's star looks set to continue to rise, and following his superb volley in preseason against Real Madrid, the midfielder appears ready to become one of the top talents in Ligue 1.


Fernando Aristeguieta, Nantes

Picking a player from a newly promoted side is a risky tactic, but Fernando Aristeguieta is a player with a huge upside.

The Venezuelan scored eight goals in 17 games after joining on loan from Caracas FC in January, helping Nantes to promotion back to the top flight after a four-year absence.

Aristeguieta has since joined on a permanent basis after Nantes' transfer embargo was lifted, and he could prove to be a great pick-up for any fantasy team if Les Canaris are able to quickly adapt to life back in Ligue 1.