The Premier League season officially starts on the 8th August, which gives us all just a matter of days before we submit our Fantasy Football teams for the new season. If you don’t have Fantasy Football, you can set it up HERE.
Here is my guide to what players you should consider when building your squad.
Lukas Fabianski – The Swansea keeper collected the most points of any goalkeeper last term and at just 5.0, he is a cheap and solid pick for your team.
Joe Hart – He will cost you 5.5, but he won the Golden Glove last season and has a strong back four in front of him that can be relied on to get clean sheets.
Thibault Courtois – Arguably the best goalie in the league, maybe the world, and Courtois isn’t too expensive at 5.5.
Julian Speroni – A cheap option at 4.5, Speroni and Palace never concede bucketfuls of goals so may be a pretty shrewd buy.
Avoid – David De Gea, his future is uncertain. Fraser Forster, he might be out the whole season!
Maybe 3 at the back is a good idea as it means you get more points through goals and assists in the midfield and attack.
Chelsea defenders are a good idea as they rarely concede, but they are all pretty pricey except for Cesar Azpilicueta, at 6.0, who looks like a pretty solid option and can also weigh in with the odd assist.
Southampton are also very good at the back and Jose Fonte and Ryan Bertrand are guaranteed to be worth the 5.5 you pay for them.
Goalscoring defenders like Leighton Baines are good as he is a good defender but also provides goals and assists up front via set-pieces.
Avoid: Defenders in leaky teams who concede. Red-card friendly defenders like Wes Brown. Mamadou Sakho.
They don’t get heavily rewarded for set pieces so avoid the defensive midfielders that sit in front of the back four. Also, avoid red-card-friendly midfielders like Cheick Tiote.
A must-have is Eden Hazard, he gets loads and loads of points, but he will cost more than a tenth of your budget at 11.5. Cesc Fabregas also provides loads of assists, but it’s up to you whether you want to pay 9.0 for him. Aaron Ramsey, Christian Eriksen and Phillipe Coutinho get goals and assists and you ought to have at least one of them in your line up, at 8.5, 8.5 and 8.0 respectively.
Swansea duo Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ki Seung-Yeung are pretty solid and fairly cheap at 7.5 and 5.5 respectively. Yaya Toure and David Silva may also be good buys, though expensive.
Avoid: New signings such as Raheem Sterling and Memphis Depay until later in the season once they have established themselves – you can cash in on them then. Alexis Sanchez – he is likely to be out for the first few games of the season so it’s worth holding out until then and then splashing the cash on Sanchez.
I play 3-5-2, and I only need two solid strikers up front with the third guaranteed to start at least a dozen games – I’ve gone for Gary Hooper at 4.5.
Sergio Aguero should definitely find his way into your team as he pops up with goals week in, week out. Diego Costa is an alternative but it is way too much money to buy both of them at 13.0 and 11.0 each.
Your second striker could be Saido Berahino, and he is cheap at 6.5 considering the goals he scores. Lukaku, Pelle and Ayoze Perez are other alternatives. Perhaps gamble on Christian Benteke.
Avoid: Sturridge is too in jury prone. Ings won’t start. Rooney is over-priced as he doesn’t score enough goals.
I’d make Hazard your captain with Aguero as Vice Captain, or vice versa. 3-5-2 or 3-4-3 are good formations, or you can play 4-3-3. Avoid 4-4-2 and 4-5-1. Always make transfers during the week in case of injuries or poor form, and good luck!