Tips and strategy on how to propel your team to the top of the fantasy football table from week 1.
Fantasy Football is back and this year it is harder than ever to pick only 15 players for your squad. The forward position is stacked with big money moves from Morata and Lacazette adding to the already difficult selection decision. Not forgetting picking the ‘keeper we hope that will bring clean sheets and the occasional penalty saves.
This strategy will help kick start your FF campaign and pave the way to the top of the league. It involves looking at the fixture list and the opening game weeks and not just last year’s top point’s performers. With this in mind the strategy is to gear up your squad with the first 3 to 4 game weeks in mind. Once this time has passed, you should have a better understanding on who is performing and who is not, as well as the top players your competitors are putting in their team. Before game week 4 or 5, play the wildcard chip to tailor your team for the season ahead.
With the opening fixture list in mind, one player who already is in nearly 50% of FF teams is Man United’s new no.9 Lukaku. Expect Jose to send his team on the attack in the first 4 games with West Ham and Swansea set to fall victim. Not having the Belgian in your team could be catastrophic if he starts the season well. If pre-season form is anything to go by then Man United are in very good form with only one narrow 1-0 loss to Barcelona the sole defeat in 5 games. Expect a trending FF manager’s favourite player Paul Pogba to help Romelu on his quest to lead Jose’s side to the title.
3 of West Brom’s first 5 games are at home to Bournemouth, Stoke and West Ham which already raises alarm bells if you’re searching for budget friendly defensive players. Foster is a very good replacement if you’re lacking the funds for David De Gea and with Dawson challenging from set pieces. With 9 wins at home last season compared to 3 away from home, West Brom are definitely going to be looking to put some early points on the board.
Apart from hosting Chelsea in GW2, Spurs have very winnable opening 8 fixtures. This is why Kane is definitely my number 1 choice for captain at the start of the season. Although a quiet transfer market has fans sceptic of Spurs title chances, if Alli and Eriksen replicate last season’s form then Kane will have all the service he requires to defend that golden boot he has stashed away in the locker. With only 4 defeats all of last season and all of those being away from home, confidence must be brewing in the Spurs camp seeing their opening schedule.
The Saints have 3 of their first 4 games at St. Mary’s Stadium and will fancy their chances to not just keep clean sheets but fire the ball in the back of the net at the other end. This is why Forster, Cedric and Bertrand are all very good options to put in any FF squad, not just at the start of the season but throughout. At the other end Redmond and James Ward Prowse will be looking to do the goods at the other end and with an easy run in I expect them to make their FF managers very happy.
Man City’s first 4 fixtures will have fans sceptic as to whether their players can rack up early points with both Merseyside clubs heading to the Etihad in GW2 and 4. But if that deters FF managers, then think of the defensive additions Pep has made this summer and expect fullbacks such as the £45,000,000m Walker and the world’s most expensive defender Mendy look to gain both assists and clean sheets for the team. Apart from heading to Chelsea’s ground in GW7, City’s first 10 games look very winnable if they play as well as they look on paper. This is why I would be looking at the midfield duo of KDB and Sane to boost my midfield options.
Teams with players to avoid are Burnley and Stoke. Burnley face Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool, Everton and City Away from home in the first 9 games and will definitely struggle to keep clean sheets and score FF managers points unless they improve on their 1 win away from home they made last season. Stoke City face Everton, Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea and Man City in their opening 8 games so I expect them to struggle to keep clean sheets and will need to take any chances that come their way at the other end if they are put points on the board.
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