It is nearly here, the Premier League is upon us which means the Fantasy Premier League pandemonium also returns this weekend. After hours and hours locked away toiling over your XI we’re ready to throw some curveballs at you and cause yet more stress.
Balance is key in the world of fantasy football, having the nous to spot some cheap point scorers is a rare and invaluable trait for a fantasy manager.
Every team needs a star, the one man you know will rake in the points and make the headlines week in, week out, the likes of a Sergio Aguero, but you can’t have eleven of the little Argentine.
What is needed are a few canny additions that no other will have given a thought to, the differentials, those men that can make all the difference come the end of the season.
With that, here are FIVE that you should be getting straight in that line-up for the opening weeks of the FPL season…
Value – £5.0m
The towering England international had a sensational season upon his return from a long term injury and was key in a strong finish to Southampton’s campaign.
An opening day home fixture against Watford should bring a 20th Premier League clean sheet for the former Celtic man, who has astonishingly only been picked by 4.9% of managers.
The Premier League champion has only been selected by 2.9% of managers so far and with 15 clean sheets and 120 points last season, would be a superb addition to any side.
The Foxes open their title defence against the managerless Hull City, who are woefully under-prepared going into the new season and should offer no threat to Ranieri’s side, get Danny in now.
Value – £5.5m
Having recently made the move to Bournemouth from Liverpool, Ibe is a man with a point to prove and an exciting talent, the 5.7% that have chosen this man could have picked a winner.
The Cherries don’t have the easiest opener, facing Mourinho’s Man Untied at the Vitality Stadium, however, Howe’s men are always good for a surprise and Ibe could really pick up some points in the opening weeks with West ham, Crystal Palace and West Brom on the horizon, all winnable games.
Value – £6.5m
Sticking with the Bournemouth theme here, Calum Wilson was one of the stories of the season before he picked up his long term injury last year.
The Englishman turned heads with five goals in four games, including a hat-trick away at West Ham – who the Cherries face in gameweek two – leading to many calling for the 24-year-old to be given international recognition.
The 96.1% of managers that have ignored the former Coventry man will be kicking themselves soon.
Value – £8.0m
The former AZ Alkmaar man is a bit of an unknown quantity for FPL managers, reflected in the fact the he has only been picked buy 3.1% of managers ahead of the new season.
Pochettino put a lot of work into bringing to 22-year-old, who bagged 27 goals in the Eridivise last season, to White Hart Lane, which means he won’t just be sat on the bench, could be a dark horse this season.