As per usual, the new season of the English Premier League will also see a new season of the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) start simultaneously. For those that don't already know what Fantasy Premier League is, FPL is an online fantasy football game that allows participants to create their own virtual football team composed of real-life players from the English Premier League.
Managed by the Premier League itself, FPL gives football fans the opportunity to engage with the league on a deeper level assuming the role of a team manager. Throughout the season, participants earn points based on the performances of their chosen players in real-life Premier League matches.
Points are awarded for goals, assists, clean sheets, and other key statistical contributions. The overall objective is to accumulate as many points as possible to achieve a high rank among other participants.
With the transfer window open, a lot of new players will be stepping into the Premier League and becoming available for selection for the FPL managers around the world. Having said that, the managers are already working on creating a first draft of their ideal fantasy team from the players that are available.
Though it is still a long way from Game-week 1 as the new EPL season is set to kick off on the 11th of August with the visit of defending Champions, Manchester City to Turf Moor, many managers are already taking their time in creating a new draft.
I will be guiding you on the best assets to own in your team for the forthcoming season. Here are 10 players that the FPL managers can consider while working on their first draft for the upcoming season:
Jordan Pickford (EVE) - £4.5m
The England number 1 goalkeeper is a great pick who comes cheap and is a regular starter at the same time. He finished with 142 points in the previous campaign and will be vital to Everton's success this year. The custodian made 144 saves which was the second-highest for any goalkeeper last season.
Tyrone Mings (AVL) - £4.5m
Tyrone Mings is an integral part of Everton. He is an aerial threat during corners under Unai Emery and his game plan. His price tag of £4.5m makes the centre-back a good option to leave funds available for attacking players.
Kieran Trippier (NEW) - £6.5m
His title as the defender with most points should tell the whole story. The Newcastle captain is a great threat offensively with his free-kick and corner delivery. He also is a part of a solid back four which conceded second least goals last season.
Pelvis Estupinan (BHA) - £5.0m
The Brighton Left-back is one of the best left-backs in the Premier League. He is attacking involvement from free-kicks and forward runs makes him a good candidate to accumulate attacking returns. On top of that, he got 124 FPL points last season (his best) and is set to replicate the form in the new season.
Eberechi Eze (CRY) - £6.5m
Eberechi Eze was essential to Palace’s survival in the Premier League last season. He scored the most goals and provided the most assits for his team season. A lot of FPL managers will be looking at him due to his attractive price tag of £6.5m
Kai Havertz (ARS) - £7.5m
Arsenal spent £65 million to land Kai Havertz from Chelsea The Gunners will incorporate the striker in their starting lineup and he thrives playing as a forward. As he is tagged as a midfielder, scoring goals and making assists will reward his FPL managers with a lot of points. A price tag of £7.5m is also not too heavy on the wallet.
Bryan Mbuemo (BRE) - £6.5m
Bryan Mbuemo is one of the attacking wingers who is categorised as a midfielder in FPL. Brentford relies on the attacker for goals and he scored nine last season in addition to providing nine assists. He has the potential to be a brilliant differential at a £6.5m price.
Marcus Rashford (MUN) - £8.5m
Marcus Rashford got 205 points last season in FPL and will be a popular pick into the new season. He scored 17 goals and seven assists in the league, becoming an integral part of the Red Devils. The English international is a must-have from the get-go as MUFC plays two of their first three fixtures at Old Trafford.
Gabriel Jesus (ARS) - £8.0m
Gabriel Jesus is set to lead Arsenal’s forward line and may link up with Kai Havertz as well. He scored 11 goals and made seven assists for Arsenal despite missing a chunk of the season due to injury. The Gunners play Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace and Fulham in their first three games which makes Jesus a safe bet in the beginning.
Erling Haaland (MCI) - £14.0m
Erling Haaland is a must-have after his exploits during the previous season. He faces four of the six promoted teams over the last two seasons in the first six Gameweeks. In terms of numbers, Haaland was the highest FPL points-getter last season, scoring 272 points, bagging 36 goals and making nine assists.
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