We are back! After a summer of rest and relaxation, a new season of Fantasy Premier League is upon us.
With a month-long break for the World Cup in Qatar, this will be a season like no other.
We’ll have unlimited transfers between matchweeks 16 and 17 to deal with the aftermath, plus the usual two wildcards – one for the first half of the season, one for the second.
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But with the 6:30pm Friday deadline getting big now, it’s time to start building your roster. Here are 30 players we recommend to start with…
Ederson – 5.5m, Manchester City
By lowering their maximum price to 5.5M, Premium Goalies are back on the menu. With Manchester City being the league’s tightest defense, it’s reasonable to rely on Ederson’s clean sheet until the best budget option emerges.
Aaron Ramsdale – 5.0m, Arsenal
Ramsdale had a two-half season last year but was the best goaltender choice in the game for a time, with decent clean sheet potential boosted by a habit of racking up saves and bonus points. Arsenal’s games are cheap to start with.
Robert Sanchez – 4.5m, Brighton
Picking a 4.5m goalkeeper has traditionally been a wise move, but there isn’t really a standout option among this year’s cohort. Sanchez is probably the best of the bunch as Brighton keep things relatively close but don’t expect more than the odd goal or two.
Danny Ward – 4.0m, Leicester
Picking a backup goalkeeper from the cheapest group is usually the way to go and interestingly we have one who is likely to play. Kasper Schmeichel’s forthcoming departure for Nice should put Ward in the Leicester starting XI.
Daniel Iversen – 4.0m, Leicester
With Ward’s backup Iversen, who also costs 4.0m, we have the rare prospect of a viable 8.0m pairing. It’s definitely worth considering whether they need an extra 0.5m, but you’ll run into a problem if Leicester signs a first-choice goalkeeper by the end of the month.
Trent Alexander Arnold – 7.5m, Liverpool
Alexander-Arnold is so close that he broke the 200-point barrier again last year, but still has a price tag of just 7.5 million. While that makes him the most expensive defender in the game, it’s what you pay for a mid-range forward that only gives you half the points.
Joao Cancelo – 7.0m, Manchester City
Cancelo finished just seven points shy of Alexander-Arnold and averaged more per million spent. Scoring just one goal was disappointing – many of his many shots came from long range – but he was something of a rarity: a secure rotation player in a Pep Guardiola side.
Reece James – 6.0m, Chelsea
James was able to poke fun at his 6.0m mark. The Chelsea right-back was prone to a zero-point double-digit move last season, making him difficult to predict. Perhaps the easiest is to add him to your roster and wait for the points to roll in.
Ruben Dias – 6.0m, Manchester City
An alternative way of defending City for those tempted to forgo Cancelo. Injury permitting, Dias should be as close to a permanent part of the City side as possible and also pose an aerial threat to the team with the most set goals last season.
Ivan Perisic – 5.5m, Tottenham
Full-backs playing under Antonio Conte tend to be brilliant fantasy assets and Perisic should be no exception. As a 33-year-old, there will be plenty of rotations and early substitutions along the way, but if you can handle it, he could be a game-changer.
Gabriel – 5.0m, Arsenal
One of Arsenal’s first centre-backs suspended, Gabriel opens the season with a decent series of games from a clean sheet perspective. The Brazilian is also dangerous from the air while Crystal Palace and Leicester are notoriously struggling with set pieces.
Matt Doherty – 5.0m, Tottenham
The Budget Perisik. Doherty’s minutes at the opposite end are a little less certain, where he faces greater competition for a regular start. Despite that, he looks like first choice for now and his underlying stats before an injury at the end of last season were fantasy gold.
Lewis Dunk – 4.5m, Brighton
Going big at the back is popular this year, but there are still potential bargains in the 4.5m bracket. Dunk will be a mainstay in a Brighton defense that should initially keep a couple of clean sheets and he pops up in corners now and again.
Neco Williams – 4.0m, Nottingham Forest
The ideal 4.0m defender. If Williams can replicate the influence of Djed Spence from the right back slot, then he’s a good option for your bench, ready to fill in unexpected absences.
Nathan Patterson – 4.0m, Everton
Patterson has started ahead of Seamus Coleman throughout Everton’s preseason. Ideal to pair with Williams if you decide to play a back three so you can spread your money elsewhere.
Mohamed Salah – 13.0m, Liverpool
There’s a theory that you can do without Salah early in the season and it’s true you can, but you know you might be entering a world of pain. Last season’s top-scoring player is heavily headed for an inaugural trip to Fulham at the weekend.
Luis Diaz – 8.0m, Liverpool
There’s a multitude of options in the 8.0m bracket, but Diaz nearly nailed the rest in terms of underlying stats last season, albeit from a smaller sample size. Whether you choose him or Andy Robertson as your third Liverpool player depends on your team structure.
Mason Mount – 8.0m, Chelsea
Mount stands out from the other 8.0s. Better start than Phil Foden or Riyad Mahrez, more dangerous than Dejan Kulusevski. Bukayo Saka is another viable option, but Arsenal spots are very expensive for some.
Marcus Rashford – 6.5m, Manchester United
At his lowest fantasy price in years after a torrid season, Rashford will be a bargain if he gets back into shape under Erik ten Hag. It might be a ‘wait and watch’ until we know more about this new Manchester United, but those who jump on him early could be rewarded.
Gabriel Martinelli – 6.0m, Arsenal
Martinelli faces stiff competition up front at Arsenal but looks like his first choice on the left wing for now. Six goals and six assists was a decent return that should only improve, especially if he emerges as the first-choice penalty taker.
Rodrigo – 6.0m, Leeds
Selected by less than 1% of managers after an inconsistent performance last season and understandably but should start to play Patrick Bamford out to a Leeds side who have a good opening run.
Pedro Neto – 5.5m, Wolves
Missed most of last season through injury but before that was one of the more exciting youngsters in the Premier League and at just £5.5m represents excellent value. Already a popular choice with around 19% of teams.
Leon Bailey – 5.0m, Aston Villa
The pre-season breakout fantasy star. Few would have considered Bailey an option until a string of appearances seems to have cemented his place in Steven Gerrard’s starting line-up. Prepare an escape route if he loses his place but could be worth a punt.
Andreas Pereira – 4.5m, Fulham
A 4.5-metre midfielder from the start, Pereira is on the top of his closet attackingly. He is an excellent first substitute should your team suffer unexpected injuries, suspensions or substitutes. Set and forget.
Erling Haaland – 11.5m, Manchester City
He’s here and he’s going to get a lot of points. One of the unwritten rules of fantasy football is not to pick players who are new to the league, but it’s always been more of a guideline anyway. And with Haaland you can probably make an exception.
Harry Kane – 11.5m, Tottenham
On the other hand, you could select Kane at the same price. Many managers plan to start with Kane in a plum game against Southampton and then switch to Haaland for his Bournemouth meeting. They issue a referral, but that’s what they’re there for, right?
Gabriel Jesus – 8.0m, Arsenal
Currently the most popular choice in the game, even more so than Salah, it’s easy to see why Jesus is in so many squads after a stormy preseason with Arsenal and an attractive £8.0m price tag. His first two games aren’t the best, mind you.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – 6.5m, Fulham
Is this finally the year that Mitrovic rises from Championship superstar to Premier League forward? We’ve been burned before but if Fulham score it will probably be through the Serbia international.
Taiwo Awoniyi – 6.0m, Nottingham Forest
The same may be true for Awoniyi and the newly promoted Forest. A former Liverpool reserve, he comes from Union Berlin with 15 goals in 31 Bundesliga games and will lead the line alongside Brennan Johnson.
Cameron Archer – 4.5m, Aston Villa
In recent years, the value has been more in defense and midfield than in attack. With that in mind, you might not want to spend a lot on the third forward spot. Archer seems to be the most promising of the 4.5m options.
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