We’ve seen the provisional teams, the worries and stress of the fortnight before the Premier League starts, as Fantasy Premier League managers scramble to piece together what they think will be a successful FPL squad.
No one is feeling secure with their FPL team at this stage, with at least 1 or 2 (hundred) transfers being made per day. Those who claim to be happy and comfortable with their teams are probably still reading this very article, to look for any more information or reassurances… Yes, we mean you!
Some of you may not have began to build a team yet; scared away by the inflated prices of last years stars and the template teams which seem to be forming already. That’s why I believe it’s key to be canny with your Gameweek 1 team and try to think outside the box, but not too far outside…
The three mid-priced midfielders I’ve chosen to look at today may not be the next Riyad Mahrez, in terms of Fantasy Premier League points return, but, they could gain you some pivotal early points before their value starts to increase.
Ross Barkley – Everton FC
Everton’s best bit of business so far is luring Ronald Koeman from Southampton. He’s proving to be a great coach in pre-season and in the media, which is exactly what Everton need this season if they are to keep up with other similar teams, seemingly accelerating away from them.
You’d expect more goals and a better defence this year, but more specifically, you’d expect Ross Barkley to further improve his impressive FPL tally from last year. Everton clearly struggled last season, but Barkley still notched his best ever season with 8 goals, 9 assists, 9 clean sheets and 14 bonus points.
This left Barkley with a 2015/16 score of 158 FPL points which I full expect him to smash this season, especially if Koeman plays him at no10. With the likely departure of Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea, I’d be keen to see who Everton bring in to replace the big Belgian, however, I don’t think this will be a hindrance to Ross Barkley’s chances of returning FPL managers with solid returns . Do you?
Erik Lamela – Spurs
This, for me, is a big risk given Lamela’s occasional sloppiness and recklessness, but Lamela looks settled at Tottenham now and is one of the many attacking threats Tottenham have.
Despite his low influence indicator on FPL, his genuine flair and skill makes him one to watch for this season. He seems to thrive on confidence and if he bags early in the season, it wouldn’t be out of his realm to get near 10-12 goals this season.
He proved himself in terms of assists last season (9) and it would not surprise me one bit if he surpassed his goal tally (5) fairly quickly.
During Tottenham’s pre-season in the Australian International Champions Cup, Lamela managed to score 1 goal vs. Juventus in their 2-1 defeat, having come off the bench at half-time. He was also in Pochettino’s starting 11 vs. Atletico Madrid, but failed to get his name on the score sheet.
Cesc Fabregas – Chelsea FC
A very, very cheap price for such a quality player with massive FPL potential.
I’m not sure it’s possible for Chelsea to get any worse than they were last season. Given that last season was the first in which he did not reach double figures for assists (7), £7.5m for a well established Fantasy Premier League player is great value if you’re requiring a consistent, gameweek points earner.
If you’re the type who expects Hazard to shine again this season but are feeling priced out of the market, then Cesc Fabregas is a great Chelsea alternative, especially now that Conte has signed N’Golo Kante from Leicester City.
This season should see Conte play Fabregas in a more advanced roll; possibly even at no.10, now that Kante and Matic are there to protect the back 4.
As mentioned above, it seems that many of us have forgotten just how good Cesc Fabregas is. In the 2014/15 season, he scored 3 goals, 19 assists, 15 clean sheets and bagged 26 bonus points, leaving the Spaniard on a decent 165 points for the season.
I shall return with another Mid-Priced article in the coming days, but I hope you’ve found this article both helpful and intriguing, as for me, Fantasy Premier League management isn’t about loading up on the 30% owned players first and then working around it.
I would rather find 3 or 4 hidden gems who aren’t creating too much noise pre-season and stay around the 10% ownership mark, and then enjoy splashing the remaining cash on 2 or 3 premium picks, such as Aguero, de Bruyne and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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