The 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League Guide

 

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Last Update: August 5th (00:30 AM BST)

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Here are a couple of The VideoScopes suggestions for how you can build your first squad of the season:

Once again, most of the squads presented here have some sort of gimmick, so the best suggestion is probably to mix and match some options from each selection of players. A popular way of selecting a squad is sticking pretty close to the template squad with 2-3 differential picks, but there are plenty of ways to be a successful FPL manager.

Like last season’s guide, we’ll update the suggested squads as we get closer to the deadline. So read up on some of the suggestions, mix and match with the suggested squads and find a GW1 team that suits you.

However, if you are too lazy to do the work yourself and swear on just picking either one of these teams, then you might want to consider:

The Template Squad

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Template… The Template Squad never changes

FPL decided to make goalkeepers interesting this year by lowering the price of previously shunned premium goalkeepers. Edouard Mendy was a popular choice for a while, but Chelsea’s frailties in pre-season have made many jump ship to Ederson. He’s a safe way into getting a nailed City defensive option. A backup GK isn’t even needed, but Paulo Gazzaniga from Fulham has PL experience and doesn’t take up a spot on an important team.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been template for many, many seasons in a row now and this season is no different. He stays at the same price as he started at last season, which makes him a lock for the template team yet again. João Cancelo became a mainstay in our teams last season and is still very popular this season. He’s an amazing full-back and probably should’ve had more points last season despite getting 201 points in total. Chelsea full-back Reece James was one of the most explosive options last season and is a huge bargain for £6.0. For £6.0 he’s also great value. Kieran Trippier is a popular option for a resurgent Newcastle defence that likely will get a lot more clean sheets this season. Trippier is also the primary set piece taker and will serve as a mini-Trent for only £5.0. Neco Williams has secured his move to Nottingham Forest and will be the preferred £4.0 defender as a cheap starting bench option.

Once again, we’re all starting the season exactly the same: Mohamed Salah as captain against a promoted team. The Egyptian King always starts the season with a bang and Liverpool’s opening fixtures make it likely he’ll do it again. We’ll all have him despite being the most expensive player at £13.0. His teammate Luis Diaz became a favorite of Liverpool fans and FPL managers alike last season and will deliver for £8.0. Many want in on Arsenal’s opening fixtures and Gabriel Martinelli takes the spot over Bukayo Sako to save some cash. If he starts, then £6.0 is a steal for Martinelli. Pedro Neto should’ve had a breakthrough last season, but injuries got in the way. Now he’s fully fit and ready to step up like his compatriot Diogo Jota did. Andreas Pereira gets the final spot in midfield as he is £4.5 and will start and potentially take set pieces for Fulham.

Manchester City will try to defend their title once again and can get off to a flying start with some very tasty fixtures early on. Enter Erling Braut Haaland. He comes at a premium price of £11.5, but as the main striker of Manchester City, he’ll be well worth it. Gabriel Jesus was already gathering a lot of hype and then he went on to score two goals and almost securing a hattrick in his first pre-season match. He has all the talent to excel as the main striker at Arsenal, who have good fixtures. The third most popular striker in the game at the moment is Sam Greenwood, who is a £4.5 option who got some matches for Leeds last season.

If you like to stand out and go for differentials if you wanna get a player hardly anyone has and create your own bandwagons, then the following team’s players might be more suited for you:

The Gambler Squad (Less than 10% owned)

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Looking at the options chosen by 10% or less

Rotating goalkeepers are not trendy at all, but it doesn’t really make much sense. Sure, it’s annoying when your benched GK outscores your starter, but getting annoyed won’t drop you FPL points. With rotating GKs you can pretty much always guarantee a decent chance at a clean sheet. Take José and David Raya for instance, who both impressed last season. With the Wolverhampton/Brentford combo, you get the following 7 gameweeks before you wildcard. Leeds (A), Fulham (H), Fulham (A), Everton (H), Bournemouth (A), Leeds (H), Southampton (A). That has to amount to a decent amount of clean sheets.

Andy Robertson finally distanced himself from the 10% threshold, so he’s ineligible for this team, but Kalidou Koulibaly, the rock in Chelsea’s defence, is still overlooked. He produced 6 goal returns in 27 matches for Napoli last season and will soak up a lot of bonus points. Kyle Walker has no competition for the right back spot at Manchester City with Joao Cancelo covering at LB. Marc Cucurella didn’t get his move to City, but will be a great option at Chelsea, either as a LCB or a LWB. Gabriel Magalhaes is a sure thing in Arsenal’s defence and probably has more of a goal threat than the more popular Zinchenko. Nathan Patterson looks to have secured the right-back spot for Everton for only £4.0.

Raheem Sterling has shown to be a lethal FPL option when given playing time. The guy had three consecutive seasons scoring more than 200 points, which made him cost £11+ million until his price drop down to £10.0 this season. He’ll dominate for Chelsea. In East London, Jarrod Bowen will continue to dominate for West Ham. The £8.5 price tag and playing Manchester City in the first game scares people away, but Bowen scored 200+ points last season, with 13 of them coming after 2 goals against City. Riyad Mahrez has seen his price go down from £9.0 to £8.0 and usually delivers when he gets the chance. The tricky Algerian winger looks set to play more with Gabriel Jesus and Sterling leaving. Leicester are overlooked by most FPL managers, but they ended last season incredibly well and won’t have to play in Europe next season. James Maddison outscored every single £8.0 midfielder last season and there’s no reason he can’t do it again. Brighton and Leandro Trossard really came to life towards the end of last season. Trossard plays right behind the striker and showed that he can get goals even against the best teams in the league last season.

Jamie Vardy is fit and the cheapest he has been since he won the Premier League, yet he doesn’t get much consideration. The same happened last season when Vardy started off the season on fire. By the team he got any hype, he started to struggle with injuries, so get him while you can. Romelu Lukaku is gone and that opens up a clear starting striker spot for Kai Havertz to open the season. The 23-year-old German was immense when getting crosses from Chilwell and James last season. Like Vardy, Callum Wilson is a striker you need to get while he’s fit. Newcastle has an enticing opening fixture against Nottingham Forest at home, so strike while the iron is hot.

Kevin’s No Bench Squad

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Bench, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing

The VideoScope’s esteemed co-writer Kevin (@KevNissanka) knows what he wants. All the heavy hitters. Take it away, Kevin:

We don’t care about having a bench, so welcome to the 22/23 edition of Kev’s No Bench Squad! My strategy almost every year has been to not have a strong bench but to maximize the starting XI as much as I can.

Let’s get the bench fodder out of the way first. I have gone for a 4-4-2 formation, which means I have one bench player from each position. I’ve picked Paulo Gazzaniga, Neco Williams, Andreas Pereira and Sam Greenwood, and you all know why.

Brentford have decent fixtures and David Raya is a great pick for only £4.5, which means I have more money to spend elsewhere.

A lot of money will be spent on defense. Trent Alexander-Arnold is an easy choice as he can score freekicks, is a bonus points machine, and spams corners like it’s nobody’s business. João Cancelo is a certified boss and provides a lot of the same stuff as TAA for less money. Reece James is raring to go after some untimely injuries last season. We know that the player is more than capable of getting huge hauls which is something FPL owners and Chelsea fans will be praying for next season. Easy pick! Lisandro Martinez is the best defender you can get for £4.5. Don’t be fooled by his height, as this centre-back is a commanding presence.

This midfield is very top-heavy with two of the best FPL players you can ask for! Mohamed Salah is the Egyptian King and proves that he has to feature in your FPL team every year as he’s a shoo-in for the Golden Shoe every single God damn year. Heung-Min Son shouldn’t be at Spurs, considering the fact he has all the talent and ability to be playing for the biggest clubs in the world. That alone makes him a staple for this team, with guaranteed goals and assists. It’s time to put some respect on Fabio Vieira‘s name. Like we saw with Luis Diaz, the stars from Porto can still shine bright in the Premier League. Vieira scored 6 goals and had 14 regular assists last season and is a joy to watch. His fellow Portuguese wonderkid Pedro Neto has been very unlucky with injuries, but will light up Premier League this season. His underlying stats prove that he has what it takes to explode onto the scene.

As a proud Swede, it hurts to say that Erling Haaland is a goal-scoring machine. We all know about his exploits in Germany and the Champions League for Dortmund but if you’ve been living under a rock, Haaland is a badman. Bold prediction: Haaland is the Golden Boot winner 22/23 and will help Manchester City reach the Champions League final in 2023. I think Brighton have done extremely well with the development of Deniz Undav. Whilst out on loan in the Belgian First Division last season, people were quick to notice how talented the striker is. Ambidextrous, great at positioning, and constantly looks for his teammates, Undav is everything that Neal Maupay is not and only costs £5.5.

The No Salah Squad

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Don’t do this…

Every season there are a few brave managers who try to start the season without the FPL GOAT Mohamed Salah. Every season it fails, so why not try again? He costs a full million more than the 2nd most expensive player in the game, so maybe this is the year? (Narrator: It wasn’t)

Before Mendy’s price reveal of £5.0, most teams looked like they would have David Raya and/or Robert Sanchez. Now there seems to be a shift toward one premium GK and a 4.0 backup, but this duo should be in consideration for the same price or cheaper. Brentford and Brighton have kind opening fixtures and these talented Spanish internationals rotate perfectly. With both on your team, you’ll also avoid facing any of last season’s top 4 teams before the World Cup break. Sure, it’s annoying when the benched GK outscores the starter, but you don’t drop points from being annoyed.

The good thing about the No Salah Squad is that it opens up yet another Liverpool spot and you have enough money to double up with their amazing full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson. TAA is a no-brainer for most FPL manager, so why isn’t Robertson? Robbo keeps up with TAA every season, despite a lower xGi, and is just about as essential as you think TAA is. Reece James is also another explosive full-back. He’s highly owned and for good reason if Chelsea can get their defence in order. Matty Cash got 3 goals, 3 assists and 8 clean sheets for Aston Villa after Steven Gerrard took charge last season. For £5.0 that’s incredible bang for your buck. Neco Williams is still the best £4.0 fodder option.

Without Salah, there is still room for Luis Diaz despite having both TAA and Robertson. The Colombian winger lit up the Premier League directly after joining from Porto and showed that there are a lot of brilliant players in the Portuguese league. Diaz will continue to dominate in the league, while Spurs fans will continue to claim Dejan Kulusevski is better, for good reason. The ginger from Sweden was awesome after joining in January. Richarlison has come in, but doesn’t play at the RW spot where Kulu fits in. Jack Grealish is starting to fit in at Manchester City and looks to have a great partnership with Erling Haaland. He was sold for £100 million a year ago for a reason. The last time Jesse Lingard got regular playing time in the Premier League he was essential and he’ll be an essential part of Nottingham Forest’s bid to stay up. Leon Bailey didn’t have the best debut season, but the rapid Jamaican winger is full of potential and looks to have forced his way into Aston Villas starting lineup.

Erling Haaland is even more important in a No Salah Squad, as he’ll be your main captaincy option. A goal machine striker playing for Manchester City, what could go wrong? Similarly, there’s pretty much no way this season goes wrong for Harry Kane. He’s finally happy at Spurs and back playing his best under Antonio Conte. Tottenham are in for a great season and Kane is £1.5 million cheaper than Salah. Luke Plange turned some heads with a hattrick during pre-season and might be the answer to Crystal Palace’s crop of rotating strikers for only £4.5.

If you don’t like to keep up with FPL as much and tend to forget deadlines and possibly FPL entirely, then this next team might be what you seek:

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The Whole Season Squad (Zombie Team)

If you’re gonna forget about FPL early on, you best come prepared

Do you typically forget about Fantasy Premier League a couple of weeks into the season? Then this might be the squad and tactic for you. You can actually win your mini-league in Fantasy Premier League without doing a damn thing. Does that sound appealing to you?

In the end, “Futbol is Life :)” won Fantasy Premier League last season, with 2844 points. Jamie Pigott’s team set an FPL record point total, in a strange season filled with many postponements, double gameweeks, and an extra Free Hit.

That’s bad news for the Zombie Team, which usually gets close to, or even wins FPL outright normally. That was not the case last season. However, the best team you could’ve had from start to finish last season probably would’ve won you your mini-league. With this following team (courtesy of Reddit user u/0-4) through the whole season, you would’ve gotten 2696 points and an overall rank of 1,166 without using a single chip:

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2356 points from the starters, 279 points coming off the bench, and 61 sweet Vice-Captain points from Maddison in the gameweeks Salah didn’t play. No Triple Captain, no Bench Boost, no Wildcards, no nothing. It would still be more than enough to win practically every mini-league and almost sneak into the top 1k.

Let’s try to replicate or even outperform that Overall Rank this coming season. Before we dive into the squad, we gotta set up some ground rules.

Setting up a squad for the whole season, a set and forget squad, comes with certain guidelines about what to look out for. There is no planning for bench boost, captain changes or getting in players for an easy run of fixtures. Instead, there are some precautions you need to take:

1. Avoid too many injury-prone/January Transfer players
2. Have a strong bench with explosive players
3. fixture proof Potential blank gameweeks

Players that rarely play because of injury or are sold in January won’t bring you enough points through the season to contribute to this team. As opposed to your regular team, where you can swap out any players that are injured and or out of favor, this Zombie Team is something you are stuck with through all 38 gameweeks.

Granted, players will miss some games and that’s where the strong bench comes in. You can’t prepare for every single injury in a season, but we already know which gameweeks that likely are blanks and we can use that to our advantage.

Without further ado, let’s get into it:

Goalkeepers

17/18 GKs: Pope (Elliott)
18/19 GKs: Ederson (Pickford)
19/20 GKs: Henderson (Pope)
20/21 GKs: Martinez (Guaita)
21/22 GKs: Lloris (Fabianski)

If you play Fantasy Premier League like normal every week, you have the option of either having a cheap rotating GK pair or a more expensive set and forget shot-stopper. Seeing as this is a set-and-forget team, the decision is already made.

That doesn’t mean that your backup should be a £4.0 goalie without a chance to play, because there is a good chance your starting GK won’t play all 38 gameweeks as we can see from the best zombie teams from the past five seasons.

Pretty much no one had either Lloris or Fabianski at any point last season, but the pair still ended up being the best set and forget duo with the restrictions of only having 3 players from each team. Lloris is a bit of an anomaly though, as there is usually a standout £4.5 or £5.0 option that ends up surpassing expectations.

The only repeat offender on this list is Nick Pope, and usually, the starting GK is a cheap one. This season, we know that we have a guaranteed £4.0 starting GK with Leicester’s #1 as both GK option cost the lowest price possible. Danny Ward is the clear cut favorite to start and gets a spot in the Zombie Squad. Kasper Schmeichel was priced at £5.0 before he left for Nice and we can expect similar value from Ward. The Leicester GK also rotates really well with Robert Sanchez, who can cover blank gameweeks from Ward or if Leicester get another GK eventually.

22/23 GKs: Ward (Sanchez)

Defenders

17/18 Defenders: Azpilicueta, Otamendi, Davies, (Lascelles, Mariappa)
18/19 Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Van Dijk, Alonso, Laporte
19/20 Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Lundstram, Alonso, Boly
20/21 Defenders: Dallas, Cresswell, Stones, (Chilwell, Bellerin)
21/22 Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Cancelo, Matip, James, (Gabriel)

The obvious trend here is that 19/25 defenders have played for big 6 teams. Only Cresswell, Dallas, Boly and Lord Lundstram have managed to sneak into the starting lineup and two out of those four shouldn’t have been listed as defenders. With that in mind, we’re going big at the back again, especially with their cheap prices this season.

There’s a great case to be made for Andy Robertson rather than Trent Alexander-Arnold. Robertson got off to a shaky start last season with an injury right before GW1, but once he got up to speed, he pretty much kept up with the slightly more expensive Trent Alexander-Arnold. From GW5 onwards, Robertson actually outscored TAA, with 177 points compared to Trent’s 174 points. A lot of those points came when Luis Diaz occupied the left wing spot in front of Robbo. That said, Trent Alexander-Arnold has a higher xGi pretty much every season and since this squad has £0.5 to spare, we might as well select TAA over his full-back teammate.

There’s another full-back decision to be made with Chelsea, but seeing as Marc Cucurella is about to sign with the west-London side, Ben Chilwell is more at risk of rotation than Reece James. There’s a case to be made for just buying Cucurella, but seeing as he’s still listed as a Brighton player, he’s actually ineligible for this Zombie Squad as it already has 3 Brighton players. More on that later. Reece James is a more explosive option than Cucurella anyway and has proven to be almost TAA-levels of important when in form. We back him to thrive this season.

Manchester City defenders are a constant in the best Zombie squad and for £5.0, Kyle Walker is amazing value now that Cucurella isn’t going to Man City. The rapid right-back has been a fantastic asset for Manchester City and has been a productive FPL player despite usually costing £1.0 more than his current price.

The only defender not in a big 6 side, is Kieran Trippier. Newcastle were one of the best teams in the league towards the end of last season, especially defensively. Trippier had some injury issues but should be fit and ready to go from GW1 this season. With set piece duties both from crosses and shots, Trippier can rack up offensive returns as well.

Manchester United are looking to have a bounce-back season under Erik ten Hag and the dutch manager seems very fond of the talented right-back Diogo Dalot. The lanky Portuguese full-back costs £4.5, but can be both an attacking threat and rack up clean sheet points, especially with Lisandro Martinez coming in and if Raphael Varane is more fit.

22/23 Defenders: Robertson, Chilwell, Laporte, Trippier, (Dalot)

Midfielders

17/18 Midfielders: Salah, Sterling, Mahrez, Groß, (Milivojevic)
18/19 Midfielders: Sterling, Hazard, Pogba, (Deulofeu, Milivojevic)
19/20 Midfielders: De Bruyne, Salah, Martial, (Traoré, Cantwell)
20/21 Midfielders: Fernandes, Salah, Son, Gündogan, (Harrison)
21/22 Midfielders: Salah, Son, Bowen, Maddison, Mount

Mohamed Salah has been a part of this team four out of five times, despite nearly always being the most expensive player in the game, so who are we to bet against him? Salah is the best FPL player of all time for a reason and probably could’ve topped his own record point tally last season if he hadn’t played a bajillion games including final runs in all cups and Afcon. He starts off fresh this season, will get rested when others play in the world cup and will probably get close to or more than 300 points this season. Easy captain choice.

Phil Foden has at times been an overvalued asset, but it’s only because we can all see his skill level and potential. It’s time for that potential to turn into one of the best players in the world, as he’s more than capable. Foden had to play as a false nine several times last season, but he’s better as a complementary player than the spearhead of an attack. Now that he has a proper striker to combine with, Foden should finally explode and become a premium asset in FPL for next season.

Brighton unlocked something going forward towards the end of last season and keeps making strides under Graham Potter. Leandro Trossard has been in the middle of it and dominated as Brighton secured their first top 10 finish in the Premier League last season. 9 points per match in his final 6 matches, playing against the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, and Manchester United, Trossard showed the huge potential he has.

Another player with a lot of potential is Pedro Neto. He only just turned 22, but it seems like a long time ago he flashed the promise of being one of the next stars in the Premier League. With his injury issues finally past him, just watch as Neto continues to dazzle for Wolverhampton. Back in the 2019/20 FPL Guide, I predicted then Wolves-player Diogo Jota would step up and be worth more in FPL than Raul Jimenez the following season. Now I expect the same from Neto. He would be in strong consideration for this team if he cost £6.5, but somehow he is only priced at £5.5.

Normally you wouldn’t have a £4.5 option in midfield in the Zombie Team, but Andreas Pereira might be one of the better options at the bottom price in a while. He slots right into the role left by Fabio Carvalho, who scored 10 goals and provided 8 assists last season. Andreas played really well for Flamengo, who wanted to keep him and he’ll do a job off the bench for this Zombie Squad.

22/23 Midfielders: Salah, Foden, Trossard, Neto, (Andreas)

Forwards

17/18 Forwards: Kane, Firmino, Vardy
18/19 Forwards: Jimenez, Wilson, (King)
19/20 Forwards: Vardy, Jimenez, (Ings)
20/21 Forwards: Kane, Bamford, Calvert-Lewin
21/22 Forwards: Dennis (Toney, Broja)

Look… we all know the forwards had a rough go last season and looking back at the previous Zombie Teams, you can see the opposite trend of the defenders. At the forward position, only 3/25 players have played for the big 6 teams, while premium striker Vardy has made it in twice.

Erling Braut Haaland vs Harry Kane has been a point of contention leading up to FPL launch and they are also in a battle for the premium striker spot in the Zombie Team. Haaland is more of a wildcard, not only because he’s new to the league and Pep’s system, but also because he has a poot injury history. Kane always delivers and is less likely to be out for a long time than his Norwegian counterpart. You can’t go wrong with either of them but for the Zombie Team, we’ll go with Kane.

While Haaland was the most prominent striker acquisition in the league, Darwin Núñez isn’t far behind. Liverpool’s main striker will reap the rewards this season with a fantastic team behind him and has a good chance to severly outplay his £9.0 price tag, like Salah did many years ago. While he won’t quite reach Salah numbers, Darwin is going to be a success at Anfield and provide enough points to make us forget that Gabriel Jesus is the most highly owned FPL player of all time.

Deniz Undaz isn’t even a secret anymore among FPL managers and might finally be the answer up front for Brighton that Neal Maupay never was. The German striker lit up the Belgian First Division and will deliver if given the chance at Brighton, who keep improving under Graham Potter. Undav needs some time to get adjusted however, so he gets a spot on the bench for this Zombie Team, with hopefully some explosive performances towards the end of the season.

22/23 Forwards: Kane, Darwin, (Undav)

Full Team:

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When Should You Use Your Chips?

If you do plan on staying active on FPL throughout the season, then you need to figure out when to use the extra tools at your disposal. If it’s your first time playing FPL you’ll also need to know what your extra tools – chips – can do for you.

Along with the standard single free transfer per gameweek, you’ll get five more helpful ways to either change or enhance your squad. Two wildcards, a free hit, triple captain, and bench boost.

Here’s a quick rundown of what all of those chips do:

The Wildcard allows you to make unlimited transfers for the week you’re using it, without getting punished with minus points, to permanently change your squad. Free Hit does the same thing, except the squad you pick out using the Free Hit only lasts the gameweek you use it for, before it reverts to your old squad the gameweek after. Triple Captain does what it says; it triples the number of points your captain gets, instead of just doubling them. Bench Boost allows you to get points for your whole 15-man squad the gameweek you use it, with your 11 starters and your four bench players both accumulating points.

PS: You cannot use two chips in the same gameweek, regardless of how tempting it is to use a Wildcard/Free Hit and Bench Boost in the same gameweek. Now that you know what each of the chips does, you need to figure out when to use them for maximum effect:

First Wildcard:

Last season, most of the managers that finished in the top 10 used their first wildcard in GW7 or GW8, right around the 2nd international break. There is only one international break before the World Cup break, but GW7/8 is also a good time to use the wildcard with the transfer window shutting down a couple GWs prior. You’ll get to see how the newest signings have adapted to their new teams.

Speaking of the World Cup break, yet another wrinkle this season is the fact that the World Cup is coming up in the middle of the season. After GW16, the Premier League goes on a break for 6 weeks to accommodate Qatar being able to host the World Cup in November and December.

During this break, you’ll be able to do unlimited transfers, which gives you yet another reason to use your wildcard early. Once we’re in the World Cup break, you can no longer use your first wildcard.

How early you use your first wildcard is obviously dependent on how good your squad is. Normally it’s pretty easy to pinpoint when your team needs a complete overhaul, whether that is around GW8 like most people or in GW2 because you completely missed the mark on your GW1 team.

Second Wildcard:

While it’s tempting to use your first wildcard early on, your second wildcard should probably be saved for the last couple of gameweeks. That’s where both blank gameweeks and double gameweeks are more common. Using it towards the end of the season, in tandem with your other remaining chips like Free Hit, Triple Captain, and/or Bench Boost in mind, is optimal. But of course, a wildcard is a safety option, so use it if you are ever in a proper pinch.

Saving it for around Gameweek 29-36 however, is the most popular and probably smartest option. A couple of teams will blank in GW25 because of the league cup final, while GW28 and GW32 look set to be blank gameweeks because of the quarters- and semifinals of the FA Cup.

The double gameweeks come in GW29, GW34 and GW37. With three double gameweeks and mainly two chips (Triple Captain and Bench Boost) to use in them, you can afford to use your wildcard in a double gameweek. Dead-ending* your team going into GW28 and wildcarding for GW29 seems like a decent option. If not, you can save the wildcard for GW33 and set you up for a nice bench boost in GW34.

*Dead-ending means buying players who play in the short term because you can sell them all at the same time with a wildcard the following gameweek.

Free Hit:

The Free Hit is perfect for blank gameweeks, where you are suddenly left with a squad with only 6-7 players involved in the action.

This means that you are best served to use the Free Hit in either GW28 or GW32. Which GW you use it depends on your strategy. If you wanna build a team with plenty of double gameweek players for DGW29, then free hitting in GW28 is the best option. That leaves you in kind of an awkward situation for the blank gameweek players in GW32 however, seeing as your DGW29 team will have quite a few players who don’t play in GW32.

If you dead-end into GW28 and wildcard in GW29, you can set yourself up with many players who get double gameweeks in GW29, GW34, and GW37, while saving your Free Hit for the blanks in GW32. The other option saves the wildcard for GW33 however, which makes it easier to optimize your DGW34 and DGW37 teams.

Regardless of what strategy you go for, fingers crossed, the coronavirus won’t have any effect on the schedule this season. Hopefully, we get more predictability when it comes to using the Free Hit chip this season than the three previous corona-ridden campaigns.

Triple Captain:

The best way to maximize your Triple Captain chip is by using it in a double gameweek. Sometimes the choice is obvious, as it was for many of us last season when Salah had a double gameweek in GW26 when he played Norwich and Leeds at home. That resulted in an astounding 84 points. Easy money.

Most likely, you’d want to use this chip on either a Liverpool or Manchester City player. They both have a decent chance of doubling in GW29, GW34, and/or GW37. Haaland in GW34 against potentially West Ham at home and Fulham away or possibly Salah in GW37 against Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa at home, look like the best options.

With the latter option, you get to save the Triple Captain chip for as long as possible and hold out hope for a rare triple gameweek, like we saw two seasons ago. Either way, just be patient with this very valuable chip unless an obvious choice in a double gameweek comes early this season.

Bench Boost:

My strategy for using the Bench Boost changed after thinking about it last season. Sure, I got 31 bench points when I used Bench Boost in DGW36, but at what cost? With expensive players on the bench from my wildcard in GW28 pretty much until the end of the season, I missed out on having an extra premium player in the final gameweeks. That was right around the time Kevin De Bruyne, Heung-min Son, Harry Kane, and Cristiano Ronaldo all delivered massive hauls.

Usually, I have tried to optimize the use of the bench boost chip, which I succeeded in doing last season (my 2nd biggest bench score was 18 points). However, this chip is more of a trap than a tool in my mind. With that in mind, I think you’re best suited to just use this chip when you need to bench at least 2 players you’d really like to start.

Obviously, if everything lines up perfectly, do a wildcard a week before a double gameweek and then swiftly use the bench boost with most of your players playing two matches, before minimizing your bench funds again. If you don’t get to use your wildcard as planned though, just use the Bench Boost at a decent time and move on.

tl;dr:

1st Wildcard: Around the first international break after GW8.
2nd Wildcard: Hold off until double and blank gameweeks between GW29-36.
Free Hit: One of the blank gameweeks. Either GW28 or GW32.
Triple Captain: When a star player gets a favorable double gameweek. GW34 or GW37 are options.
Bench Boost: Ideally in a double gameweek right after your 2nd wildcard, but don’t fret.

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Erling Braut Haaland – Man City

This man really needs no introduction, as we’ve all seen what this Norwegian monster is capable of. He was the Champions League top scorer in 2020/21 and now he’ll get chances served on a platter by the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, and the rest of Pep Guardiola’s masterclass team. Injuries might be a slight worry, but Sergio Aguero has shown that you can be effective in FPL despite missing gameweeks here and there. Haaland has the speed, power, finishing ability and most of all timing and positioning to become the top scorer in the Premier League.

FPL Position: Forward
Projected Games started: 30
Goal Projections: 17-28
Assist Projections: 5-9
Bonus Potential: High
Injury Risk: Medium
Set Pieces: Possibly penalties

Price: £11.5

Julián Álvarez – Manchester City

While Julián Álvarez might be someone to avoid in FPL in the first few weeks, expect him to join the fold eventually. The Argentinian forward has shown glimpses of greatness, having scored a double hat-trick in the same game against Alianza Lima in the Copa Libertadores. Imagine David Villa, Sergio Aguero, and Thomas Muller all wrapped up in one. That is the genius talent and ability of Julián Álvarez. 

FPL Position: Forward
Projected Games started: 8
Goals Projected: 3-10
Assists Projected: 2-6
Bonus Potential: Medium
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: No

Price: £6.5

Darwin Núñez – Liverpool

Liverpool fans got to witness firsthand just how good Darwin Núñez is in the Champions League match at Anfield in April. That performance impressed the hell out of Jurgen Klopp and once Sadio Mane bid farewell to Liverpool, Darwin Núñez’s fate was sealed. We might be shooting ourselves in the foot here, but Núñez is the Luis Suarez successor that Liverpool have been lacking for quite some time. Núñez is a guaranteed goal machine and a striker Liverpool fans will be singing about for many years to come.

FPL Position: Forward
Projected Games started: 26
Goals Projected: 11-19
Assists Projected: 2-7
Bonus Potential: High
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: None

Price: £9.0

Fabio Carvalho – Liverpool

While we think Fabio Carvalho is a magnificent purchase by Liverpool, don’t expect him to play that much in his debut season for The Reds. The young Portuguese winger exploded for Fulham last year scoring several low-driven shots, grabbing decent assists, and even earning himself a spot in the PFA Championship Team of the Year. Despite all this, we would have said that Carvalho is a definite FPL option if he was still at Fulham, but for now, keep an eye out for this highly talented winger who might be able to break into the Liverpool team if there are injuries.

FPL Position: Midfielder
Projected Games started: 8
Goals Projected: 1-5
Assists Projected: 1-4
Bonus Potential: Medium
Injury Risk: Medium
Set Pieces: None

Price: £5.5

Ivan Perišić – Tottenham

Luckily, the FPL towers have correctly classified Perišić as a defender. With Son, Kane, Kulusevski, and Richarlison occupying the front three spots, Perišić will likely see most of his minutes at LWB, where he has thrived despite being on the wrong side of 30. Perišić still has plenty left in the tank and continues to provide a decent goal threat despite having to cover the whole left side by himself at Inter. He’s not nailed for Spurs, but assuming he gets consistent playing time, he’ll be a kick-ass option.

FPL Position: Defender
Projected Games started: 25
Goals Projected: 2-7
Assists Projected: 3-8
Clean Sheets Projected: 6-13
Bonus Potential: High
Injury Risk: Medium
Set Pieces: None

Price: £5.5

Clement Lenglet – Tottenham

Clement Lenglet started off pretty well in Barcelona, but by the end he was a walking disaster. There is a good centre-back in there somewhere, as he has 15 caps for France despite the country being stacked at the CB position. He is comfortable with the ball and can spray passes around from the back. Defensively he can make a perfect last ditch tackle at his best, but at his worst his tackle fails and he either gets sent off, concedes a penalty or both.

FPL Position: Defender
Projected Games started: 28
Goals Projected: 0-3
Assists Projected: 0-1
Clean Sheets Projected: 8-14
Bonus Potential: Medium
Injury Risk: Medium
Set Pieces: None

Price: £5.0

Djed Spence – Tottenham

This promising young right-back showed what he was capable of against Premier League competition during Nottingham Forest’s cup run last season, when they knocked out Arsenal and Leicester and gave eventual champions Liverpool a tough quarter final battle. Spence showed his quickness and attack minded nature in these games, as he did all season long in the Championship. That earned him a transfer to Tottenham, where he’ll still be looked at as a long term project. Antonio Conte’s comments about Spence being a club signing that he only gave a green light, doesn’t bode well for his playing time.

FPL Position: Defender
Projected Games started: 12
Goals Projected: 0-1
Assists Projected: 0-2
Clean Sheets Projected: 3-6
Bonus Potential: High
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: None

Price: £4.5

Fábio Vieira – Arsenal

Fábio Vieira is the next Bernardo Silva. Seems like a bold statement but it is scary how identical their style of play is, down to their dribbling styles, playmaking ability, and shot selection. While Bernardo Silva is obviously a finished product, Vieira is more than a diamond in the rough. The only negative that I see, is that he plays at the same position as Martin Ødegaard, which could decrease the number of assists if he plays slightly deeper in midfield. All that aside, I can easily see him becoming a fan favorite before the end of the season. What a baller. 

FPL Position: Midfielder
Projected Games started: 26
Goals Projected: 3-6
Assists Projected: 6-13
Bonus Potential: High
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: Some corners and Freekicks

Price: £6.0

Marquinhos – Arsenal

Highly talented and one for the future, Marquinhos is sadly a player to avoid in FPL. With fellow compatriot Gabriel Martinelli and Croydon de Bruyne (Emile Smith-Rowe) more nailed for playtime, it seems like a waste of time to sign Marquinhos in FPL.

FPL Position: Midfielder
Projected Games started: 7
Goals Projected: 1-3
Assists Projected: 1-3
Bonus Potential: Low
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: None

Price: £5.0

Lisandro Martinez – Manchester United

Lisandro Martinez has been given a lot of stick due to the player being too short for a centre back (5’9″). It seems like a lot of people haven’t actually watched the Argentinian international play, because no one should care about that when his ability to pick out a great pass, intercept the ball and body players like Erling Haaland are much better than a lanky lad who happens to be Manchester United’s captain. I think due to all the mentioned stuff above could make him bonus point friendly and also a steal at 4.5.

FPL Position: Defender
Projected Games started: 29
Goals Projected: 1-3
Assists Projected: 1-3
Clean Sheets Projected: 8-14
Bonus Potential: High
Injury Risk: Medium
Set Pieces: None

Price: £4.5

Tyrell Malacia – Manchester United

It’s a shame that Alex Telles never got going at Manchester United considering he is perfect for ETH’s setup. Do you know who else is perfect? Tyrell Malacia. While you might see his stats last season isn’t as crazy as TAA or Reece James, there are a lot of underlying stats which suggest Malacia could explode under the tutelage of Erik ten Hag, who utilizes his full-backs more offensively. If Malacia gets a lot of starts, he seems a bargain purchase in FPL at £4.5m.

FPL Position: Defender
Projected Games started: 26
Goals Projected: 1-3
Assists Projected: 1-7
Clean Sheets Projected: 8-13
Bonus Potential: Medium
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: None

Price: £4.5

Gianluca Scamacca – West Ham

The Italian number 9 was outstanding for Sassuolo last season, which has earned him the starting spot for Italy and now probably for West Ham. Scamacca is a tall (6’5″) striker, but he’s also deceptively nimble and skillful. He can score in variety of ways and will be yet another fantastic set piece threat in a team full of players who can score a header. He likes to shoot a lot and doesn’t get many assists however, so his bonus potential might be limited.

FPL Position: Forward
Projected Games Started: 27
Goals Projected: 7-15
Assists Projected: 1-4
Bonus Potential: Low
Injury Risk: Medium
Set Pieces: None

Price: £7.0

Flynn Downes – West Ham

This is a man for the future for West Ham, who slots right into the role left by Mark Noble. He was even a West Ham fan growing up in Essex. On the pitch, Downes is very good on the ball, has a great work rate and isn’t afraid to muck it up. Downes is a classic #6 who can both win the ball and pass it forward, but he’s not gonna get very involved offensively. He’s also a loose cannon who gets quite a few yellow cards, so he’s likely never going to be an FPL option.

FPL Position: Defender
Projected Games started: 17
Goals Projected: 0-2
Assists Projected: 0-2
Bonus Potential: Low
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: None

Price: £4.5

Nayef Aguerd – West Ham

David Moyes wanted a ball-playing, left-footed, centre-back and he got a really good one in Aguerd. This Moroccan late bloomer has been awesome for Rennes the last couple of seasons and is ready to step up to the big leagues. He’s a commanding presence in defense, but can also bring the ball forward as well. He’s also a big threat on offensive set pieces, where West Ham already excel. His price of £5.0 is a bit steep, but he might be well worth it when West Ham have a good run of fixtures.

FPL Position: Defender
Projected Games started: 32
Goals Projected: 1-5
Assists Projected: 0-3
Clean Sheets Projected: 7-14
Bonus Potential: High
Injury Risk: Medium
Set Pieces: None

Price: £5.0

Deniz Undav – Brighton

It seems unfair that Undav is a “budget Aleksandar Mitrović” but both players are very similar in playstyles, as both players are ambidextrous, physical, and great at positioning themselves for goalscoring opportunities. The only key difference is that Deniz Undav is a lot shorter than Mitrović but what he lacks in size he more than makes up in playmaking ability as he has a keen eye for an assist. While Danny “Dat Guy” Welbeck might have ended the season in red hot form, keep an eye out for this German wunderkind as we believe he can easily establish himself as the top striker at Brighton for only £5.5.

FPL Position: Forward
Projected Games Started: 26
Goals Projected: 5-12
Assists Projected: 3-6
Bonus Potential: High
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: None

Price: £5.5

Sven Botman – Newcastle

Newcastle finally got their man. Sven Botman is a Football Manager legend, a highly talented centre-back, and one of the main reasons Lille was able to steal a Ligue 1 title two seasons ago from PSG. An absolute unit, a very capable tackler and interceptor of the ball and quickly going to be a fan favorite at Newcastle, as he loves to put in a challenge and get stuck in. There’s a lot of grit to this young Dutch international, who will likely form a star duo with Matthijs de Ligt for the Netherlands. Easily one of the best transfers of the season.

FPL Position: Defender
Projected Games started: 34
Goals Projected: 0-3
Assists Projected: 0-2
Clean Sheets Projected: 6-11
Bonus Potential: Medium
Injury Risk: Medium
Set Pieces: None

Price: £4.5

Cheick Doucouré – Crystal Palace

Out goes Cheikhou Kouyaté, in comes Cheick Doucouré and it’s a huge upgrade for Patrick Vieira’s promising Crystal Palace squad. This 22 year old Malian central midfielder will be playing for a big 6 side before you know it and will quickly become a fan favorite. Despite being a mostly defensive midfielder, Doucouré is fantastic with the ball in his feet, with impeccable body balance and wonderful body feints. He doesn’t get into the box much, but his smart passes means that he gets an assist here or there. 

FPL Position: Midfielder
Projected Games started: 33
Goals Projected: 0-3
Assists Projected: 1-5
Bonus Potential: Medium
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: None

Price: £5.0

Keane Lewis-Potter – Brentford

21 year old Lewis Potter was an absolute machine last season, playing every single minute for Hull at the wing, drawing comparisons to former Hull player and FPL monster Jarrod Bowen. Lewis-Potter isn’t at Bowen’s level, but they bring a lot of the same qualities. Brentford’s new signing is quick and has an eye for goal, but while he might not be quite as effective as Bowen, he’s more skillful and can score a worldie here and there. He’s still one for the future and faces stiff competition from Bryan Mbuemo and Yoane Wissa, but given a run in the team, he could step up and be a contributor in the Premier League.

FPL Position: Midfielder
Projected Games started: 21
Goals Projected: 3-8
Assists Projected: 1-5
Bonus Potential: Medium
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: None

Price: £5.5

Aaron Hickey – Brentford

The latest in the line of talented full-backs from Scotland is Aaron Hickey. While he has played mostly left-back for Bologna, he will slot right in at the right-back spot Brentford have struggled to fill since joining the Premier League. Hickey can play on both sides as he’s equally as good with both feet. Hickey isn’t afraid to get forward and take on defenders, so FPL decided to price him at £5.0. Considering his output, that price is a bit steep, but Hickey is a quality signing.

FPL Position: Defender
Projected Games started: 29
Goals Projected: 1-5
Assists Projected: 1-4
Clean Sheets Projected: 6-10
Bonus Potential: High
Injury Risk: Medium
Set Pieces: None

Price: £5.0

Boubacar Kamara – Aston Villa

Immensely talented and one of the finest signings Aston Villa could have done, Boubacar Kamara is the opposite of who you should sign in FPL. The Frenchman plays mainly as a central defensive midfielder but has shown that he could fill in as a centre-back and full-back when need be. Kamara has been listed as a Midfielder and thus, will not benefit from the clean sheet points.

FPL Position: Midfielder
Projected Games started: 30
Goals Projected: 1-4
Assists Projected: 1-3
Bonus potential: Low
Injury risk: Low
Set Pieces: None

Price: £5.0

Diego Carlos – Aston Villa

Newcastle fans must be so angry that Diego Carlos ended up at Aston Villa after all that speculation in January. It’s nice that Steven Gerrard finally has a dependable centre-back in Diego Carlos. The Brazilian international is quick, a decent passer, and acrobatic, all the things that Tyrone Mings is not. FPL-wise, Carlos might not be the best option considering Lucas Digne and Matty Cash are the same price.

FPL Position: Defender
Projected Games started: 32
Goals Projected: 1-3
Assists Projected: 0-3
Clean Sheet projections: 8-14
Bonus potential: High
Injury risk: Low
Set Pieces: None

Price: £5.0

Ludwig Augustinsson – Aston Villa

Augustinsson was a clear backup at Sevilla behind the brilliant Marcos Acuña and he will have to serve as a backup behind Lucas Digne at Aston Villa. He’s very much the type of left-back Steven Gerrard likes as this experienced Swede likes to get forward and gets quite a few assists when he gets to play. He’s not on Digne’s level however, so his only contribution to FPL is making Matty Cash an even better option than Digne.

FPL Position: Defender
Projected Games started: 13
Goal projections: 0-1
Assist projections: 0-3
Clean Sheet projections: 2-6
Bonus potential: Low
Injury risk: High
Set Pieces: None

Price: £4.5

Sekou Mara – Southampton

Southampton had to replace the youthful punch Armando Broja brought them last season and ended up signing Sekou Mara from Bordeaux. The French side were relegated to Ligue 2 last season and Mara only started 8 matches for them, but the 19 year old striker exploded onto the scene at the end of the season. He scored 5 goals in his 7 final appearances for Bordeaux, playing 90 minutes just once in that timeframe. For only £5.5, Mara is one to watch if he starts getting regular minutes in a Southampton team without a top striker. Still, coming to a new country at age 19, he could very well need more adjustment time than Broja did last season.

FPL Position: Forward
Projected Games started: 18
Goals Projected: 2-8
Assists Projected: 0-3
Bonus potential: Medium
Injury risk: Low
Set Pieces: None

Price: £5.5

Joe Aribo – Southampton

Many of you might know Aribo from his time at Rangers, where he’s been a big reason as to why they have been more successful the last two seasons than their rivals Celtic. He links up perfectly with strikers, as he’s adept at both passing the ball through to them or do it all by himself with his dribbling and wonderful curled shots with his left foot. James Ward-Prowse has been the only viable Southampton option offensively for a while, but for £5.5 Aribo might be the better option.

FPL Position: Midfielder
Projected Games started: 26
Goals Projected: 4-8
Assists Projected: 5-10
Bonus potential: Medium
Injury risk: Medium
Set Pieces: None

Price: £5.5

Gavin Bazunu – Southampton

Manchester City may have screwed the pooch by selling Gavin Bazunu to Southampton, considering the goalkeeper was voted as Portsmouth’s Players’ Player and Player of the Season while out on loan last season. Why mention Manchester City? They just signed Arminia Bielefeld’s Stefan Ortega as their backup goalkeeper as they weren’t convinced by Zack Steffen after his horror show against Liverpool last season in the FA Cup. I’m positive that Bazunu figured he probably had the second goalkeeper spot wrapped up considering his achievements last season, but City chose someone else. Southampton fans will be happy to have a goalkeeper with a chip on his shoulder and with all the talent to replace the awful Alex McCarthy if he gets the chance. Good luck, Bazunu!

FPL Position: Goalkeeper
Projected Games started: 26
Clean Sheets Projected: 5-10
Bonus potential: High
Injury risk: Low

Price: £4.5

Luis Sinisterra – Leeds

Leeds are letting go of Raphinha, but get a pretty similar type of player in this promising Colombian winger. Luis Sinisterra has been a huge part of the exciting offense in Feyenoord that took the team all the way to the final in the Conference League. Sinisterra is very rapid, with quick feet and terrific ball control. He had a great partnership on the left hand side for Feyenoord with Manchester United’s new left-back Tyrell Malacia. Sinisterra likes to cut in and either shoot, use the overlap or find a teammate with a sneaky pass in the box for an assist.

FPL Position: Midfielder
Projected Games Started: 29
Goals Projected: 5-10
Assist Projected: 4-9
Bonus Potential: Medium
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: None

Price: £6.5

Brenden Aaronson – Leeds

Christian Pulisic hasn’t exactly set alight the Premier League, but that doesn’t mean any American winger won’t. This 21-year-old might not be “the LeBron James of soccer”, but he has a lot of qualities that Jesse Marsch and Leeds are excited to bring to the Premier League. He could fill the role Raphinha had, both as a creator and dribbler, but potentially also as a set piece taker. Aaronson is a bit one-footed, but his right foot can work wonders, whether it’s a deft touch, a precise shot, or the final pass to unlock the opposing defense.

FPL Position: Midfielder
Projected Games Started: 28
Goals Projected: 3-7
Assist Projected: 4-10
Bonus Potential: Medium
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: Potentially free kicks and corners

Price: £5.5

Marc Roca – Leeds

There is no point in picking a central-defensive midfielder who barely gets goals or assists. Leeds have done a good job signing a very decent player, but he has 0 FPL value. The thing Roca might help Leeds do is to keep more clean sheets, but that only accounts for one extra point as a midfielder. You can safely avoid thinking about adding Roca to your team.

FPL Position: Midfielder
Projected Games started: 30
Goals Projected: 1-3
Assists Projected: 1-3
Bonus Potential: Low
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: None

Price: £5.0

Tyler Adams – Leeds

Like Roca, Tyler Adams will not contribute to your FPL team this season. He will however, help out a lot for Leeds’ defensive options. Adams is even more defensive than Roca and is yet another Marsch-signing from the RB teams. Adams has been given the nickname American Red Bull and he’ll likely fill a N’Golo Kanté type role for Leeds. Kanté has never been an FPL option and neither will Adams be.

FPL Position: Midfielder
Projected Games started: 31
Goals Projected: 0-1
Assists Projected: 0-2
Bonus Potential: Low
Injury Risk: Medium
Set Pieces: None

Price: £5.0

Rasmus Kristensen – Leeds

We might have a new Fantasy favorite here with this Danish right-back. Kristensen scored 7 goals and had 3 assists for RB Salzburg last season and isn’t afraid of going in attack. Better yet, he’s 6’2″ (187cm) tall and is a threat to score from set pieces as well. Kristensen can shoot with both feet and will be a sure starter, probably even when Luke Ayling comes back from injury.

FPL Position: Defender
Projected Games started: 32
Goals Projected: 3-6
Assists Projected: 2-5
Clean Sheets Projected: 5-12
Bonus Potential: High
Injury Risk: Medium
Set Pieces: None

Price: £5.0

Rodrigo Muniz – Fulham

People might see that Rodrigo Muniz played 25 times and scored five times in the Championship but if you closely scrutinize those figures, you will see that he had very few minutes in said games which include scoring twice in one game. While Mitrovic is the starting striker, Muniz could become an option if the Serbian talisman gets injured. Avoid, as Deniz Undav is a better option for the same price. 

FPL Position: Forward
Projected Games started: 10
Goals Projected: 1-4
Assists Projected: 1-4
Bonus Potential: Low
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: None

Price: £5.5

Manor Solomon – Fulham

Apart from Andreas Pereira and potentially Aleksandar Mitrovic, there won’t be many FPL assets from Fulham, but Solomon will be a pleasure to watch anyway. This 5’5″ dribbling winger has shown his quality in the Champions League for Shakhtar Donetsk, scoring against teams like Manchester City and Real Madrid. It’s incredibly hard to steal the ball from Solomon who will dazzle with stepovers and skill moves. While his output will be limited from playing for a relegation candidate, he could be a fun differential if he’s fairly priced.

FPL Position: Midfielder
Projected Games started: 29
Goals Projected: 4-7
Assists Projected: 3-5
Bonus Potential: Medium
Injury Risk: Medium
Set Pieces: None

Price (projected): £5.5

João Palhinha – Fulham

João Palhinha is a great CDM and a very good purchase for Fulham. Sadly, he is not a viable option for FPL. He might unlock even more potential for Fulham going forward, which says a lot considering the team were an offensive juggernaut in the Championship last season.

FPL Position: Midfielder
Projected Games started: 32
Goals Projected: 1-4
Assists Projected: 1-3
Bonus Potential: Low
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: None

Price: £5.0

Kevin Mbabu – Fulham

Most people who have played football games will know of Kevin Mbabu, the pacey, long-haired full-back who’s been solid contributor to both Wolfsburg and Switzerland in recent years. Mbabu also has experience from the Premier League before, as a Newcastle player from 2013 until 2017. Since his departure from Tyneside, he has come into his own and become one of the best full-backs in the Bundesliga. His FPL output leaves a lot to be desired howeber, as he’s not known for providing much in terms of goals and assists.

FPL Position: Defender
Projected Games started: 32
Goals Projected: 0-2
Assists Projected: 0-4
Clean Sheets Projected: 4-11
Bonus Potential: Medium
Injury Risk: Medium
Set Pieces: None

Price: £4.5

Jaidon Anthony – Bournemouth

Fulham dazzled everyone in the Championship, while everyone loves having Nottingham Forest back in the Premier League, but Bournemouth get no attention. Well, you should pay attention to Jaidon Anthony, cause he’s one of the more entertaining new players in the Premier League. He starts pretty much every game on the wing for Bournemouth, who need production from him to stay up. This 22-year-old former Arsenal academy player could very well deliver.

FPL Position: Midfielder
Projected Games started: 31
Goals Projected: 4-9
Assists Projected: 3-7
Bonus Potential: High
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: Low

Price: £5.5

Jordan Zemura – Bournemouth

Most Bournemouth-players we know from before, but Jordan Zemura showed what he’s capable of in the Championship last season and is ready to take his game to the next level. He didn’t provide much in terms of stats last season, but showed against Barnsley what he can do, with two goals. If he’s allowed to venture forward more, his speed and dribbling ability could get him more goal returns this season.

FPL Position: Defender
Projected Games started: 28
Goals Projected: 0-4
Assists Projected: 1-4
Clean Sheets Projected: 5-11
Bonus Potential: Medium
Injury Risk: Medium
Set Pieces: None

Price: £4.5

Taiwo Awoniyi – Nottingham Forest

After a long time as a youth player without getting a single match for Liverpool, Taiwo Awoniyi finally gets his chance to play in the Premier League. The Nigerian striker has been a force in the German Bundesliga, where he scored 15 goals in 31 matches last season for Union Berlin. Awoniyi is a proper #9 who likes to play off the shoulders of the defenders and run in behind. It’s hard to knock him off the ball and he might be on pens, so he’s definitely a forward to keep an eye on for only £6.0.

FPL Position: Forward
Projected Games started: 32
Goals Projected: 7-14
Assists Projected: 1-4
Bonus Potential: High
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: Possibly penalties

Price: £6.0

Brennan Johnson –  Nottingham Forest

Brennan Johnson has never played on the top level, but has already introduced himself as an important player for Wales on their way towards qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar. He isn’t an out and out striker, but still scored 16 goals in the Championship. Now the 21-year-old gets to play off of Awoniyi, who’s gonna draw a lot of attention. He likes to go out wide, but can also be lethal in the box, drawing some comparisons to Jarrod Bowen, who’s the blueprint of how to adapt from the Championship to the Premier League.

FPL Position: Forward
Projected Games started: 33
Goals Projected: 6-12
Assists Projected: 4-8
Bonus Potential: Medium
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: Possibly penalties

Price: £6.0

Ryan Yates – Nottingham Forest

Ryan Yates isn’t a good FPL prospect, but he’s a dream come true. Ryan Yates joined Nottingham Forest when he was 8 years old, and now, 16 years later, he’ll be one of their most important players in the Premier League. He did score 8 goals last season, but he usually operates as the defensive midfielder for his boyhood team. Most of his goals came from set pieces, where his height and massive head, gives him an advantage. Those goals are always hard to predict though.

FPL Position: Midfielder
Projected Games started: 36
Goals Projected: 2-6
Assists Projected: 1-4
Bonus Potential: Medium
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: None

Price: £5.0

Omar Richards – Nottingham Forest

Many will consider Richards simply because he comes from Bayern Münich and has many of the same attributes as the player he backed up, Alphonso Davies. However, nothing Richards has shown so far in his career, points to him being a good FPL option. Richards played almost 7.000 minutes in the Championship for Reading, and accumulated only 2 goals, 0 assists and 14 yellow cards in that time.

FPL Position: Defender
Projected Games started: 30
Goals Projected: 0-2
Assists Projected: 0-2
Clean Sheets Projected: 4-10
Bonus Potential: Low
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: None

Price: £4.5

Moussa Niakhaté – Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest needed a third centre-back to play next to Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna and got their man in Moussa Niakhaté. The 26-year-old French centre-back stands 6’3″ (190 cm) tall and leaves nothing in between when it comes to tackles. He is a commanding presence at the back and can also chip in with a goal in a big game.

FPL Position: Defender
Projected Games started: 33
Goals Projected: 1-4
Assists Projected: 0-2
Clean Sheets Projected: 5-11
Bonus Potential: High
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: None

Price: £4.5

Giulian Biancone – Nottingham Forest

This is a shrewd signing from Nottingham Forest, who need cover in all the defensive positions. Biancone is a tall and versatile defender, but he rarely gets any goals or assists to show from it. He also gets a lot of yellow cards and with the great value in other defenders this season, you can safely look away from Biancone.

FPL Position: Defender
Projected Games started: 20
Goals Projected: 0-2
Assists Projected: 0-2
Clean Sheets Projected: 4-10
Bonus Potential: Low
Injury Risk: Low
Set Pieces: None

Price: £4.5

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Erik ten Hag – Man Utd

Manchester United have been a laughing stock ever since Sir Alex Ferguson called it quits. Last season they hit rock bottom, with a personal Premier League record low 58 points, barely finishing in a Europa League spot because West Ham can’t beat Brighton. Man Utd’s current captain is a meme and Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t winning trophies anytime soon. Things are looking dire for the former Premier League juggernaut, but let’s see if a great manager like Erik ten Hag could steer the Red Devils in the right direction.

Formation(s):

4-3-3 (4-2-3-1)

Erik ten Hag has used the classic 4-3-3 formation and given the squad at Manchester United, he might opt to use the 4-2-3-1 formation until he signs a few more players to maximize the 4-3-3. ten Hag’s Ajax set up in a 4-3-3 and utilized two number 8s. The tactic makes sure the full-backs press high & wide and also has the wingers take up even more space and stretch the play on either flank, as they are free to roam and cut in to help the strikers. Possession and fluidity are key in his line-up, which could see Manchester United playing some of their best-attacking football in a long time.

Rotation

Erik ten Hag likes to utilise his strongest XI as often as he can, so expect to see all the regular Manchester United players, with a heavy inclusion of youngsters. During his time at Ajax, several young players got the chance, so players like Anthony Elanga could see a lot of playtime. Notoriously known for his player development skills, ten Hag could also see out-of-form players like Marcus Rashford finally rise up to their full potential. Maybe he could even get the best out of his former star player Donny van de Beek?

Goalkeepers:

Remko Pasveer played 20 games, Maarten Stekelenburg played 7 games and André Onana played 6 games. While this might seem like ten Hag rotates goalkeepers, expect De Gea to play pretty much every game, especially with Dean Henderson on loan at Nottingham Forest. If Andre Onana hadn’t been banned from playing football for a year, he would’ve played every game for Ajax, just like he did under ten Hag prior to his ban.

Defenders:

Just like Pep Guardiola, ten Hag makes sure to get the most out of his full-backs, so don’t expect too much rotation unless injuries happen or due to tactical reasons like having to counter someone’s speed. For now, it seems like new signing Tyrell Malacia and Diogo Dalot are preferred and they have a lot of unrealized potential. Manchester United might not have figured out who their best center-back pairing is, but when ten Hag does, expect them to play almost every game as seen with Jurrien Timber and Lisandro Martinez at Ajax last season. Martinez is being brought in to be a main starter this season for sure.

Midfielders:

The midfield is the one position where a lot of players will get rotated in and out of the team. The exception is Bruno Fernandes, who should continue to play as many games as possible. Ryan Gravenberch and Dusan Tadic were virtually untouchable in terms of playing time for ten Hag, with the pieces around them getting rotated. With the departure of Paul Pogba, there are no other star names in midfield for Manchester United, with McFred, van de Beek and the up-and-coming James Garner each having their part to play. Christian Eriksen will also be an option in the middle, but he can also play out wide if ten Hag deploys the 4-2-3-1 formation to start with.

Attackers:

As mentioned before, wingers are a crucial part of ten Hag’s setup, so expect to see a lot more out of Jadon Sancho this season. Antony was such a dangerous player under ten Hag at Ajax and Sancho has the talent to be the same for Manchester United. Expect to see Marcus Rashford and Anthony Elanga duke it to see who becomes the starting left-winger, with Eriksen also in the mix. Cristiano Ronaldo will play the most games up front, but given his age and how ten Hag likes to rotate anyone out of form, there’s a chance the Portuguese superstar could get edged out of the team eventually, assuming he stays.

Conclusion

Manchester United are very lucky and clever to have signed Erik ten Hag as their new manager. Known for his extremely talented player development and being a brilliant tactician, the future is very bright for Manchester United. All that remains to be seen is whether the Glazers family is willing to give ten Hag the money and most importantly the time to make this team gel and become a real threat in the Premier League and Europe.

Starting Lineups:

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  1. These are not GW1 lineups, but predicted XI’s for the whole season.
  2. The number on the kit are predicted starts/nailed-on-ness on a scale from 0-38.
  3. This will be updated until the GW1 deadline arrives.
  4. Any tips/help are welcome. Take a look at your favorite team and tweet me @Maefteda if you find any errors.

Arsenal:

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XI Contenders (Starts): Martinelli (22), Smith-Rowe (18), and Tierney (17)

Other Potential Starters: Elneny, Lokonga, Saliba

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 27.45 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Jesus likely comes in to be the main striker for Arsenal, with Nketiah sometimes upfront.
  • Tomiyasu should be more fit this season, but he’s injury prone. Nailed when fit.
  • Flexible front 4. Vieira and Ødegaard are best in the same position, while Jesus can play RW.

Aston Villa:

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XI Contenders (Starts): Buendía (23), Ings (18), and Mings (18)

Other Potential Starters: None

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 30.81 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Bailey has fought his way into the XI. Still injury prone however.
  • Ings can play alongside Watkins in a diamond formation.
  • Full backs looking to Cash in (sorry). Augustinsson primarily back up for Digne.

Bournemouth:

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XI Contenders (Starts): Tavernier (22), Christie (20) and Cook (17)

Other Potential Starters: None

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 34,27 out of 46 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Scott Parker is back! This time with Bournemouth. 2nd time lucky?
  • Nat Phillips did really well in defense next to Kelly last season, will he join permanently?
  • Davd Brooks impressed last time around in PL and defeated lymphoma. Heck yeah!

Brentford

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XI Contenders (Starts): Jansson (23), Lewis-Potter (21) and Onyeka (17)

Other Potential Starters: Strakosha, Pinnock

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 27.99 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Hickey can play LB and RB and pushes Ajer into CB. Can play 3 ATB with Mee also in.
  • Mikkel Damsgaard might come in to push out Dasilva.
  • Strakosha makes the GK situation more uncertain, but Raya is preferred for now.

Brighton

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XI Contenders (Starts): Welbeck (22), Caicedo (21) and Lallana (17)

Other Potential Starters: Maupay, When fit: Moder

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 28.90 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Really interesting striker battle with new boy Undav challenging Welbeck and Maupay.
  • Lamptey can’t seem to shake off injury issues. Will Potter trust him more this season?
  • Cucurella is about to be sold to Chelsea. Back to no proper LWB for Brighton.

Chelsea:

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XI Contenders (Starts): Kovacic (22), Chalobah (20) and Gallagher (15)

Other Potential Starters: Werner

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 25.81 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Sorry, Lukaku. It didn’t work out for you. Havertz gets his big chance up front.
  • Kalidou Koulibaly, destroys Haaland and Vardy?
  • Cucurella coming in would lessen the burden on Thiago Silva and threaten Ben Chilwell.

Crystal Palace:

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XI Contenders (Starts): Schlupp (21), Edouard (20), and Hughes (19)

Other Potential Starters: Clyne, Ferguson, Guaita

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 27.54 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Time for Eze and Olise to step up and be healthy. Especially with Gallagher gone.
  • Will our Lord and Saviour Nathan Ferguson finally be healthy? Or will Wan-B return?
  • Mateta seems to be the preferred striker for now. Will that change during the season?

Everton:

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XI Contenders (Starts): Gray (22), Iwobi (20) and Holgate (18)

Other Potential Starters: Keane, Vinagre

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 27.18 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • With Tarkowski joining, Everton will have a lot of CBs to choose from.
  • Lampard tried out many different lineups towards the end of the season. 3-4-2-1 anyone?
  • Will have to strengthen with Richarlison gone. Is McNeil enough?

Fulham:

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XI Contenders (Starts): De Cordova-Reid (20), Cairney (18), Kebano (17)

Other Potential Starters: None

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 34.18 out of 46 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Starting XI getting closer to completion. Still need a new CB.
  • Leno comes in as new GK. Poor Marek Rodak doesn’t get his PL chance.
  • Harry Wilson’s 2 month injury a bitter blow to Fulham’s survival hopes.

Leeds:

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XI Contenders (Starts): Rodrigo (22), Strujik (20) and Klich (16)

Other Potential Starters: Ayling and Dallas when fit, James

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 28.27 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Poor Leeds suffer through so many injuries. Hit again by injury bug.
  • Trusty old Ayling and FPL legend Dallas are both injured to start the season.
  • Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha are gone. Adams and Sinisterra replace them.

Leicester:

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XI Contenders (Starts): Pereira (18), Söyüncü (16) and Iheanacho (14)

Other Potential Starters: None

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 24.81 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Söyüncü and Amartey out, healthy Fofana and Evans in. CB pairing has been strengthened.
  • Tielemans looks likely to leave, but Keinan Dewsbury-Hall and a fit Wilfried Ndidi cover him.
  • Vardy is still the main striker, but Iheanacho and Daka are more than capable. #FreeKelechi

Liverpool:

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XI Contenders (Starts): Jota (21), Carvalho (16) and Matip (15)

Other Potential Starters: Firmino, Jones, Elliott

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 29.36 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Matip had a great season, but Konaté is the future next to Van Dijk.
  • Henderson will contribute, but youngsters Elliott, Jones, and Carvalho start to take over.
  • Núñez was bought to be the main striker but will get eased in with Jota and Firmino getting starts.

Man City:

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XI Contenders (Starts): Grealish (25), Gundogan (22), and Phillips (20)

Other Potential Starters: Stones

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 28.45 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • As much as we talk about Pep roulette, a lot of City’s players were nailed last season.
  • Haaland finally gives Man City a proper striker and he will play most games up front.
  • Sterling is seemingly on his way out and no winger is rumored in. Good for Foden/Mahrez.

Man Utd:

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XI Contenders (Starts): Eriksen (22), Varane (19) and Martial (19)

Other Potential Starters: Shaw, van de Beek, Garner

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 25.36 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Still awaiting the potential transfer of Frenkie de Jong. Fred getting praised by ten Hag.
  • Eriksen could line up at the LW spot currently occupied by Rashford.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo nailed if he stays, but will he? Martial making a case in pre-season.

Newcastle:

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XI Contenders (Starts): Willock (22), Schär (18) and Fraser (16)

Other Potential Starters: Longstaff

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 26.27 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Wilson always gets injured, but he’s quality. Clear #1 striker if fit.
  • Tough battle between Schär and Burn. The latter was huge after joining in January.
  • Dubravka was a solid GK, but Pope is a major upgrade.

Nottingham Forest:

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XI Contenders (Starts): O’Brien (23), Biancone (20) and Colback (17)

Other Potential Starters: Richards

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 38.45 out of 46 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Bringing in a whole lot of players. They ain’t stopping just yet.
  • Biancone can cover all the spots in defence. Plenty of new full-backs here.
  • Ryan Yates finally gets his chance at the highest level, for his boyhood team. Gotta love it.

Southampton:

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XI Contenders (Starts): S. Armstrong (20), Mara (18), and Redmond (14)

Other Potential Starters: McCarthy, Diallo. When healthy: Livramento

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 27 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Salisu sneakily became nailed last season. Maybe Bazunu helps him keep clean sheets.
  • Aribo is a major boost in attack and can play both on the right and in the middle.
  • Broja has returned to Chelsea. Sekou Mara will play, but needs time to adapt.

Tottenham:

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XI Contenders (Starts): Richarlison (21), Bentancur (21) and Dier (20)

Other Potential Starters: Sanchez, Spence

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 28 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Doherty didn’t get a chance under old coach Nuno but thrived under Conte.
  • Perišić is probably the best LWB but will get competition from Sessegnon.
  • Front 3 is probably the best in the league. Kane seems happy again and Richi adds depth.

West Ham:

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XI Contenders (Starts): Lanzini (23), Benrahma (21) and Ogbonna (18)

Other Potential Starters: Johnson, Areola

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 31.09 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Ogbonna healthy and Aguerd coming in means no more Ballon D’awson.
  • Scamacca pushes Antonio out wide, but can play 3-5-2 as well.
  • Areola might start over Fabianski. For now, trust Moyes to still play Fab in PL.

Wolves:

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XI Contenders (Starts): Dendoncker (20), Semedo (19) and Podence (17)

Other Potential Starters: Chiquinho, Boly

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 28.90 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Pedro Neto finally looks ready to start the season healthy. One of the next PL superstars.
  • Gibbs-White gets his chance, despite Moutinho signing a new contract.
  • Semedo is injured to start the season and faces tough competition for RWB spot.

Credit: Big shout out to buildlineup.com for providing a great XI maker. Several team subreddits, transfermarkt, football-lineups.com, whoscored.com ++

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Team:PenaltyFree Kick (Shot)Free Kick (Cross)Corners (Left/Right)
ArsenalSaka
Martinelli
Jorginho
Ødegaard
Martinelli
Saka
Ødegaard
Trossard
Saka
Martinelli
Trossard
Aston VillaWatkins
Tielemans
Douglas Luiz
Digne
Bailey
Douglas Luiz
McGinn
Bailey
Douglas Luiz
McGinn
Bailey
BrentfordToney
Mbeumo
Wissa
Toney
Jensen
Mbeumo
Mbeumo
Jensen
(Jensen/Mbeumo)
BournemouthSolanke
Christie
Billing
Tavernier
Tavernier
Christie
Tavernier
Traoré
Christie
BrightonJoão Pedro
Groß
Welbeck
March
Groß
Dunk
March
Groß
Groß
March
BurnleyAmdouni
Rodriguez
Brownhill
Twine
Gudmundsson
Brownhill
Brownhill
Gudmundsson
Brownhill
Gudmundsson
ChelseaNkunku
James
Nkunku
James
Enzo
Chilwell
James
Nkunku
Chilwell
Nkunku
James
Crystal PalaceEze
Edouard
Eze
Olise
Olise
Eze
Olise
Eze
Hughes
EvertonDanjuma
Calvert-Lewin
Gray
Gray
McNeil
Gray
McNeil
(Gray/McNeil)
Garner
Iwobi
FulhamMitrovic
Andreas
Andreas
Willian
Wilson
Andreas
Willian
Wilson
Andreas
Willian
Wilson
LiverpoolSalah
Mac Allister
Szoboszlai
Alexander-Arnold
Szoboszlai
Mac Allister
Alexander-Arnold
Robertson
Szoboszlai
(Szoboszlai/Robertson)
Alexander-Arnold
Luton TownMorris
Adebayo
Chong
Doughty
Lockyer
Giles
Chong
Doughty
(Chong/Giles)
Doughty
Manchester CityHaaland
De Bruyne
De Bruyne
Foden
De Bruyne
Foden
De Bruyne
Foden
Manchester UnitedFernandes
Rashford
Mount
Rashford
Fernandes
Mount
Eriksen
Fernandes
Mount
Eriksen
Fernandes
Shaw
NewcastleWilson
Isak
Schär
Trippier
Tonali
Schär
Trippier
Tonali
Targett
Trippier
Tonali
Targett
Nottingham ForestGibbs-White
Johnson
Gibbs-White
Neco Williams
Gibbs-White
Neco Williams
Gibbs-White
Neco Williams
Sheffield UnitedNorwood
Berge
Brewster
Norwood
Berge
Norwood
Fleck
Norwood
Fleck
TottenhamKane
Maddison
Son
Maddison
Son
Kane
Maddison
Son
Pedro Porro
Pedro Porro
Son
Maddison
West HamBenrahma
Paqueta
Benrahma
Cresswell
Paqueta
Emerson
Bowen
Cresswell
Bowen
Emerson
(Fornals/Cresswell)
WolverhamptonCunha
Hwang
Nunes
Matheus Nunes
Neto
Neto
Podence
Podence
Neto

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The first and most obvious place to start when finding FPL accounts to follow is FPL’s own official account. In the last few years, the account has also started posting FPL advice, along with being the first to let you know whenever a new player is added or a fixture is officially rescheduled to a different Gameweek.

Going hand in hand with FPL is the fantastic Fantasy Football Scout. It’s the FPL site everyone checks out for FPL articles, pre-season updates, and weekly picks. If you want a place to start when it comes to helpful FPL tips and dialogue, this is it.

Staying up to date on injuries is vital when keeping up your FPL squad. Injury info used to be hard to come by and often you’ll need people who can figure out what “indefinitely” possibly means. Ben Dinnery is the man to do it. An expert on injuries and injury data who will be more helpful than you can imagine, trust me.

Do you wanna know the latest FPL status updates? Match updates, bonus points, statistics, and availability, then this account should help keep you up to date:

Team news before the deadline has been harder to come by ever since they moved the deadline to be an hour and a half before kick-off, but sometimes, Teamnewsandtix has the lineup info you crave. Always reliable, even when leaking the fixtures before they came out, this guy is a great follow.

If you wanna win Fantasy Premier League, then why not follow last year’s winner Jamie Pigott? The American football-loving Spurs-fan went all the way last season and deserves a follow just for that!

He might not be an FPL champion, but he is the champion of FPL content. Let’s Talk FPL, or Andy as he is known among his loyal viewers, consistently puts out great FPL content with live streams and update videos each week throughout the season. I think he’s forgetting the “Antonio when fit” rule though.

You can’t prepare for the next gameweek without looking at what happened in the last one and that’s where AbuBakar Saddiq comes in. His gameweek reviews are top-notch and will catch you up on all the finer details from each game in the previous gameweek. 

Yet another helpful Ben, this time by the name Crellin. When everyone are confused about where we’ll get double or blank gameweeks, Ben Crellin and his spreadsheets get us all on top of things. Essential for when you need to plan how to use your chips.

FPL isn’t quite the same without this man’s voice and background music. FPLTips is a helpful and user-friendly YouTuber who goes through his thought process before every gameweek. I guarantee the background music will be stuck on your mind.

Kept you waiting, huh? One of the biggest rising stars on YouTube in the FPL community is FPL Mate, who also was close to rising all the way to the top in FPL last season. Whether you are a fan of 5-hour streams that end with GeoGuessr, his renowned Buy/Sell/Keep/Avoid videos, or blackcurrant squash, give this man (named Dan) a follow.

Lastly, why not follow the fine folks who made and will continue to update this FPL guide? As well as providing thoughts and analysis for FPL throughout the season, we will be posting more FPL articles leading up to the first deadline.

Last Update: August 5th (00:30 AM BST)

5 Potential FPL Squads: The Gambler Squad, The Whole Season Team
Starting XIs: Fulham, Leicester, Newcastle, Nottingham Forest