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Premiership Fantasy Football Season Preview

Every year Fantasy Football grows in popularity. This year, to help you select your squad for the upcoming season we’ve put together a Fantasy Football season preview. We’re using the Premier League’s official Fantasy Football competition, so if you’re unfamiliar with how to play fantasy football, check out their website for a full set of rules and how to get started.

Each squad consists of 2 Goalkeepers, 5 Defenders, 5 Midfielders and 3 Forwards. Some managers like to spend the majority of their money on more expensive attacking players and have a more budget defence. Will you spend big on a stronger starting XI and have a weak bench, or will you opt for a more balanced squad of more equally priced players? Are you going to buy one premium goalkeeper and buy a budget back up who never plays? £100 million doesn’t allow you to fill a team with 15 superstars, so you will need to consider how you want to play the game.

We’re going to take a look at some players that you should consider in each  of the four positions. We’ll also be giving you some budget options and a couple of possible hidden gems. Every season there are a couple of surprise players, last season it was Leeds United’s Stuart Dallas and the year before it was Sheffield United’s John Lundstram. Hopefully you can use our advice and make a strong start to next season’s competition.

Goalkeepers

Last season, Aston Villa’s Emi Martinez (£5.5m) was the highest scoring goalie, with Manchester City’s Ederson (£6m) close behind. Edouard Mendy (£6m) of Chelsea also had a strong showing, especially as he only played half of a season. A few cheaper options who performed well were, Southampton’s Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) and Crystal Palace’s Vicente Guaita (£4.5m). If you want to consider some solid mid-priced ‘keepers then Kasper Schmeichel (£5m) of Leicester City or Leeds United’s Illan Meslier (£5m) would be sound investments.

 

Defenders

Despite Liverpool underperforming last season, both Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) and Andy Robertson (£7m) were at the top of the point scoring charts. After returning from a season shortened by a knee injury, will Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) be worth a punt? Chelsea’s defence was full of notable performers, with Cesar Azpilicueta (£6m), Ben Chilwell (£6m) and Reece James (£5.5m) all scoring heavily by combining clean sheets with goal assists. West Ham United’s Aaron Cresswell (£5.5m) was a surprising performer, as were the majority of Aston Villa’s defenders, all representing good value for money. Ruben Dias (£6m) and Joao Cancelo (£6m) were Manchester City’s top scoring defenders. Choosing any of Pep Guardiola’s players can prove frustrating, as he makes unpredictable selections, Fantasy managers call it playing “Pep-Roulette.”

More budget-friendly options at the back could be Wolves’ Conor Coady (£4.5m), Tariq Lamptey (Brighton’s – £4.5m), Tyrick Mitchell (Crystal Palace – £4.5m) or Luke Ayling (Leeds United – £4.5m). Investing in defenders from the newly promoted teams could be treacherous, as we don’t know how well they will adjust to life in the top flight. Brentford’s Rico Henry (£4.5m) has potential, as do Norwich City’s Max Aarons (£4.5m) and Watford’s Francisco Sierralta (£4.5m).

 

Midfielders

Choosing a high scoring set of midfielders is vital if you plan on having a successful season. Big-name midfielders are going to cost big-time money, but they don’t always live up to their price tag! No Fantasy Football season preview would be complete without mentioning the likes of Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United – £12m), Mo Salah (Liverpool – £12.5m) or Heung Min Son (Tottenham – £10m), who were outstanding last season. Liverpool’s Sadio Mane (£12m) and Marcus Rashford (Manchester United – £9.5m) round out last season’s top 5 highest-scoring midfielders.

Higher priced midfield assets to consider are Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (£12m) and Raheem Sterling (£11m), Chelsea’s Kai Havertz (£8.5m) and Mason Mount (Manchester City – £7.5m) , Jack Grealish (Aston Villa – £8m). A special mention should go to Diogo Jota (Liverpool – £7.5m) who made an eye-catching start to his Anfield-career after joining from Wolves in January. He could be score a substantial number of goals, as well as making valuable assists, should Jurgen Klopp decide to make Jota a regular starter.

Some mid-priced selections that could provide good points returns can be found in the Leeds United midfield, with Raphinha (£6.5m), Jack Harrison (£6m) and Stuart Dallas (£5.5m). Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka (£6.5m) and Emile Smith Rowe (£5.5m) look to build on breakout seasons last year. James Maddison (Leicester City – £7m), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton – £6.5m) and Emi Buendia (Aston Villa – £6.5m) are all players that can both create and score goals from midfield, with them all being integral parts of their respective teams.

If you are looking for a potential bargain or two, then maybe look at Brentford’s Matias Jenson (£5m), Declan Rice (West Ham United – £5m), Yves Bissouma (Brighton – £4.5m), along with the Norwich City duo of Onel Hernandez (£5m) or Billy Gilmour (£4.5m).

 

Forwards

Unlike choosing your defenders and midfielders, you can only select three forwards, so you should choose wisely. Multiple Golden Boot winner, Harry Kane (Tottenham – £12.5m), is rightfully the most expensive forward available and will be chosen by the majority of managers. Last season, Kane scored almost 50 more points than second-place Patrick Bamford (Leeds United – £8m) . Even though Jamie Vardy (Leicester City – £10.5m) endured one of his more inconsistent seasons, he still managed to score the third highest amount of points. Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins (£7.5m) had an amazing first season in the Premier League, that no one could have predicted. He narrowly outscored Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton – £8m) who completes last season’s top 5 scoring forwards.

Other high-priced forwards worth considering are Roberto Firmino (Liverpool – £9m), Danny Ings (Southampton – £8m), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City – £8.5m) and Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City – £7.5m). You might want to gamble on either of Arsenal forwards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10m) or Alexandre Lacazette (£8.5m) to have more successful seasons. Perhaps Wolves’ Raul Jimenez (£7.5m) might make a goal-scoring return to action, after missing the majority of last season with a fractured skull.

Some cheaper strikers that could represent some good value are; Brentford’s Ivan Toney (£6.5m), Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United – £6.5m), Teemu Pukki (Norwich City – £6m), Troy Deeney (Watford – £5.5m) or maybe Marcus Forss (Brentford – £5.5m).

 

General Hints & Tips

In order to have a successful season you need to:

  • Monitor your team each week and keep tabs on which players are in form.
  • If players in your squad aren’t being selected for their team then they need to be replaced.
  • Be aware of the deadline for each Game Week – don’t miss out on making changes or transfers
  • Don’t rely on star names at big teams – sometimes lesser known players at smaller clubs can score you more points!
  • Look at the fixtures each week for the players in your squad and select the ones that have more favourable match-ups.
  • When transferring in players, use the Fixture Difficulty Rating Chart and pick a player who has easier upcoming games.
  • Choose your Captain each week, based on their opponents and their form.
  • Use your “Free-Hit“/ “Wildcard” & “Triple Captain” Chips wisely!
  • Later in the season some teams will have two fixtures in a week, these are called “Double Game Weeks” and occur when their fixtures have been rearranged.

 

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We hope you enjoyed the article ‘Premiership Fantasy Football Season Preview.’ Did we miss any hidden gems? Who are you going to select in your team? Let us know your thoughts!

 

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