Fantasy Football Tips
Fantasy Premier League 2016/17 is back ladies and gentleman! The firm favourite ran by the Premier League returns for another action packed year, and we have delved in and done the research to bring to you the must-haves, avoids and underpriced superstar picks!
The Basics of Fantasy Premier League
For the few of you who haven’t taken part in the Official Premier League Fantasy Football game before, here’s the basics.
You get 100m to spend on a squad of 15 players, which is broken down into 2 goalkeepers, 5 defenders, 5 midfielders and 3 forwards.
Once you’re squad is assembled you can play a variety of formations from the conventional 4-4-2 through to an adventurous 3-4-3. You select a team captain, who will receive double points each gameweek and a vice-captain who will stand in should he be unavailable.
Points are awarded for minutes played, goals, assists, clean sheets, saves, penalty saves & bonuses, while deductions are made for yellow/red cards, own goals and penalty misses.
You get a free transfer each week, and 2 wildcards in the season, which allow unlimited transfers the gameweek you use it on. Any additional transfers outside your free one, cost 4 points each out of your total score, so use them wisely!
You also receive 3 chips, which each allow a different boost to be applied to your team on the week you play it on. All Out Attack: Allows you to play a 2-5-3 formation. Bench Boost: Any points awarded to your benched players count to that week’s total. Triple Captain: Your captain will receive treble points instead of the usual double. Just remember, you can only use these chips once in the season and can’t use more than one on any gameweek.
Must Have Players
Sergio Aguero – Man City – 13.0m
The Argentinian superstar returns fresh in search for his second Premier League golden boot under the new Guardiola regime. Despite him being the standout most expensive player this season at 13.0m, if Aguero can remain fit for 80%+ of Man City’s games he is a must have for any team.
Eden Hazard – Chelsea – 10.0m
Despite him failing to live up to last season’s expectations after an incredible previous campaign, Eden Hazard is someone I think is going to be re-born as a superstar this season. After an excellent final few games of last season and Euros in the summer, the unstoppable Hazard we saw in the 14/15 season is very much back.
David De Gea – Man Utd – 5.5m
We all saw how he single handedly won United points on many occasions last season and the Spaniard shows no signs of slowing up this year. Despite Man Utd’s perceived defensive fragility by some, Mourinho teams are always rock solid defensively, which puts him top of the GK pile for many.
Mesut Ozil – Arsenal – 9.5m
With a total score second to only Riyad Mahrez last season, Arsenal’s midfield talisman will be crucial to them again this season. The stats that surround Ozil’s chance creation, passing and assists are out of this world and he will be looking to build on a great last season with another top campaign this time out.
Dimitri Payet – West Ham – 9.5m
The biggest surprise of last season had to be West Ham’s Payet. The French maestro racked up goals and assists for The Hammers throughout the season with consistently high performances. With a set-piece rivalling the Beckham of old, Payet looks to be a top pick in an ever-improving West Ham side.
Value For Money
Dele Alli – Tottenham – 8.5m
At 8.5m Alli isn’t regarded as cheap, but at a lesser price than the lavish choices of Hazard, Sanchez & De Bruyne he does represent good value. The young Englishman had a super season last time out, and with Spurs looking to mount another assault on title this year he will be crucial to any success they have.
Coutinho – Liverpool – 8.0m
At 8.0m Coutinho could be one of the steals of the season. Liverpool will be much improved under Jurgen Klopp, and the little Brazilian on his day is somewhat unstoppable. Staying injury-free is his biggest problem, which if he can manage will make him a great pick.
Shane Long – Southampton – 6.5m
At 6.5m Long is a great option to help balance your team with a lower priced forward, freeing up funds for strengthening elsewhere. A great poacher and always amongst the goals, he is sure to be worth the expense at that price.
The Unsung Heroes
Andy Carroll – West Ham – 6.5m
The giant West Ham forward is someone I think could surprise many this season. Despite injuries and inconsistent performances hampering his career to date, Carroll is bedding in nicely at West Ham and is unstoppable in the air even for the best of defenders, potential to be a steal at 6.5m.
Salomon Rondon – West Brom – 6.5m
The cultured West Brom striker took a while to settle in during his first season with The Baggies, but shows all the signs of a great forward in some of his latter performances in the season. At 6.5m he definitely offers good value for money.
Jordon Ibe – Bournemouth – 5.5m
The former Liverpool man has joined Bournemouth for the coming season for around £15 million. He always showed great potential with the Reds but never fully got the chance to establish himself in the team. I think he could flourish at Bournemouth and at 5.5m is definitely worth having in your squad, even for rotation from the bench.
Andre Gray – Burnley – 6.5
I reckon Andre could be a good shout as a backup striker to two more expensive ones. He smashed the Championship last year, earning the player of the year accolade and picking up goals in the process. Their first game is against Swansea who I think are gonna struggle a little this year.
Andre Ayew – West Ham – 7.5
I think West Ham are gonna fly this year, and Ayew is registered as a midfielder but since he ends up so far forward he can get some real points. Their first game against Conte’s Chelsea is a toughy though and likely to be a tight game.
Van Dijk – Southampton – 5.5
5.5 is a good price for one of the leagues top scoring centre backs last year. He gets goals as well as clean sheets and is a steal at that price
We will be covering more tips and news as the fantasy football season progresses, so be sure to stay tuned for the latest!