Once again, Premier League season is about to kick off, and once again, fantasy managers are pondering over different strategies to begin their season-long journey in style. A lot of calculations regarding budget, upcoming matches and formations come in to play for this fantasy battle, and naturally, no one would like to do any mistake.
In this piece, we would talk about some options who are perfect to fit into any squad, and hold the promises to score significant points in most of the upcoming gameweeks, not just the first one.
Top picks: It goes without saying that David De Gea (£6.0) and Ederson (£5.5) are the two best choices to start the campaign. Other than an encounter against Tottenham, Manchester United have favourable fixtures until gameweek 8 and De Gea should prove to be effective. Same goes for the Manchester City goalkeeper, who has very easy opponents after the first week’s battle against Arsenal.
Among other big teams, Liverpool has back to back four easy games, yet Alisson Becker (£5.5) might not be a great fantasy pick at the moment, mainly because he is just starting the Premier League journey and will probably need some time to adjust in England.
Budget picks: The schedules should help Everton and Burnley to get the new season off to a flying start. Hence, Jordan Pickford (£5.0) is expected to rack up some points in the beginning of the campaign. Joe Hart (£4.5), who is likely to hold the fort for Burnley following Nick Pope’s shoulder injury, can also prove to be an immensely effective option at a great price.
Top picks: As discussed earlier, the Manchester sides and Liverpool have decent fixture to start the season. Same goes for Chelsea, but they are in the process of rebuilding the squad and hence the backline might need some time. Thus, in our opinion, Chris Smalling (£6.0), Nicolas Otamendi (£6.5), Kyle Walker (£6.5), Virgil Van Dijk (£6.0) and Andrew Robertson (£6.0) are going to be the best choices among the expensive options. From other teams, Leighton Baines (£5.5) and Patrick Van Aanholt (£5.5) can be crucial, as they are often entrusted with set-piece opportunities for their teams.
Budget picks: Watford, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Southampton players have considerable chances of getting clean sheets in the first few weeks. So, the fantasy managers should keep Daryl Janmaat (£5.0), James Tomkins (£4.5), Charlie Daniels (£6.0), James Tarkowski (£5.0) and Ryan Bertrand (£5.0) in mind. These players are proven forces in Premier League and can be very instrumental from a fantasy perspective.
Top picks: Mohamed Salah (£13.0) and Sadio Mane (£9.5) continue to be the main forces in Liverpool attack and they should score goals at will. On the other hand, Alexis Sanchez (£10.5) is expected to take a pivotal role in United attack and hence can be a valuable pick. Eden Hazard (£10.5), Raheem Sterling (£11.0), Leroy Sane (£9.5) and Christian Eriksen (£9.5) are the other usual favourites in Fantasy Premier League. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£7.0) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.5) can also be moderately rated effective midfielders for the next few weeks.
Budget picks: It gets interesting here, and perhaps this is the most important aspect the fantasy managers should keep in mind. Inexpensive yet effective attackers are the players who can help a team get on top of the fantasy league tables. So far as the first few weeks are concerned, our first recommendations will be Crystal Palace duo Andros Townsend (£6.0) and Milivojevic (£6.5). Considering upcoming fixtures, they have good potential to gather some points in the beginning of the season.
From other lower-ranked teams, Johann Gudmundsson (£6.0), Andre Schurrle (£6.0), James Ward-prowse (£5.5) and Nathan Redmond (£5.5) will be our suggestions to include in your fantasy teams.
Top picks: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0) can be the star of the season. He already showed that he is good enough to thrive well in the British top tier, and he should continue his journey in same fashion. Romelu Lukaku (£11.0) and Harry Kane (£12.5) are also expected to continue their form from the World Cup, but they might be unavailable or off-colour in the beginning stages. Sergio Aguero (£11.0), on the other hand, got some rest and can be a fresh choice for the fantasy teams.
Budget picks: Continuing with the previous discussion, Wilfred Zaha (£7.0) and Christian Benteke (£6.0) might be very effective for Palace, albeit rumours suggest that the former may actually move to some other team soon. Joshua King (£6.5), Aleksander Mitrovic (£6.5) and Marco Arnautovic (£7.0) are some other forwards who can take advantage of the upcoming fixtures and open their accounts in both goals and assists.
Finally, here is one suggested lineup for your fantasy side: