For a lot of people this is their favourite time of year, getting your Fantasy Football team fleshed out ready for what you promise yourself will be your season. For some it will go down to the last match day, where all your pre-game hard work, stat analysis, wise/risky captain choices and some luck could make or break your teams chances of glory. For others their interest will be over after a couple of game weeks and they still have an injured player as captain.
We are going to have a look at potential point scorers, ones to avoid and some possible differentials that could have a huge bearing on how your season goes. As always we will be looking at price, but there are some nice new search features this year, Fixture difficulty rating (FDR) and Creativity, Influence and Threat (ICT), which will need to be taken into consideration.
We start at the back.
Missed half the season through injury last year, but if he stays fit this year we are guaranteed clean sheets. A cheaper option than most of the big guns but West Brom’s first 7 games look appealing. Price £4.5. Get him in.
The Spanish full back was thrown in as cover when Arsene Wenger was in the middle of an injury crisis at full back and boy did he prove his worth. A goal, six assists and an incredible 18 clean sheets last season made him a must have. At £6.5 this season he is in the top price bracket, but worth it. Koscielny and my personal favourite defender from last year, Monreal, are £6.0 and also decent picks for defence.
The Northern Irish man is a fantastic cheap option in your defence. Coming in at £4.5, McAuley is a definite starter in a Tony Pulis defence, which means one thing, clean sheets. 10 last season and a goal puts him in our team.
Our third option in defence is the Wales captain. While the Swans didn’t have the best season last year Williams still managed 123 points which is more than the likes of Sagna, Ivanovic and Danny Rose. 9 clean sheets 2 goals, 1 assist and 24 bonas points which was only 1 point less than FF star defender of last year Fuchs, grabs the Welshman a starting spot on our team. A move to Everton only helps our cause with the Toffees having a great first seven Gameweeks before a trip to Man City in week 8.
As always go cheap and reliable, we have two £4.5 defenders in the shape of Middlesbrough’s George Friend who was part of the best defence in the Championship last year and Stoke’s Philipp Wollscheid who is solid and mustered up 10 clean sheets last season.
Jack Butland £5.0, Steve Mandanda £4.5
Luke Shaw £5.5, Virgil Van Dijk £5.5, Ragnar Klavan £5.0 and Patrick van Aanholt £5.0.
While not the most glamours back line and keeper, we have saved a lot of money to splurge in midfield and attack which will be up on the following post.
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