Fantasy Football Punts of the Week - Gameweek 1

9:47am Aug 10 2018

It’s with open arms and a sigh of relief, that we say goodbye to our wives and children and welcome Premier League Fantasy Football back into our lives.

Good day to all fantasy bosses and welcome to our Punts of the Week article for Gameweek 1, where I, @FFPundits_Drew, look to provide Fantasy Premier League and Starting 11 bosses with four differential picks for this weekend’s Premier League action.

For all you Fantasy Premier League managers out there, as well as those of you who play Starting 11 daily fantasy with us each week – I hope this week’s Punts give you plenty of food for thought when selecting your final FPL draft and your Starting 11 lineups.

If you’re looking for a player with low ownership and has a decent fixture this week, read the below article which will hopefully offer you a few viable options ahead of Friday’s 7pm deadline.

Josh King vs. Cardiff (H)

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A hero for many fantasy bosses during the 2016/17 season, King may not have had the same impact last year. However, he still managed 8 goals and 4 assists for a Bournemouth side which struggled at times.

After scoring 3 goals from as many starts during pre-season, and a favourable opening run of fixtures, could we be about to see the best of Josh King once again?

Currently owned by only 6.7% of managers on Fantasy Premier League, King will also be under the radar for Starting 11 daily fantasy bosses on Saturday, giving you an opportunity to gain an advantage over your Head to Head or Winner Takes All rivals.

Bournemouth’s first game of the season is at home to the bookies relegation favourites, Cardiff – the perfect opportunity for King and The Cherries to kick-start their Premier League campaign with a bang!

Riyad Mahrez vs. Arsenal (A)

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After watching the Community Shield last weekend, Mahrez showed signs of recreating his previous form for Leicester City, but this time in the sky blue shirt of Manchester City.

A tough opening fixture sees Pep Guardiola’s men travel to Arsenal –  however, new manager Unai Emery has a selection headache after injuries to both Kolasinac and Monreal.

Will this leave the door wide open for Mahrez take advantage down Manchester City’s right hand side?

Last season Mahrez scored twelve goals and provided thirteen assists, amounting to 45% of Leicester’s total goals – now surrounded by the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero, his value to fantasy bosses only increases in my opinion.

At the time of writing, Mahrez has been selected by only 5.0% of managers on Fantasy Premier League – an unbelievable player to have as a differential and one you can rely on playing Starting 11 this Sunday.

Manchester City are the favorites for the title once again and we expect them to start the defence of their Premier League crown with a win on Sunday afternoon.

Diogo Jota vs. Everton (H)

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“If you thought Salah was good at coming in from the wing, wait until you get a load of Jota…” says @FPL_Fly

This quote from FPL_Fly should be enough in itself to tempt you into backing the Wolves midfielder this season. He might not end up being this season’s Salah, but he could definitely be the next Michu!

At the time of writing, only 6.6% of Fantasy Premier League bosses have backed him ahead of Gameweek 1 – despite scoring seventeen goals and providing a further six assists in the Championship last season.

Can this level of performance be transferred to the Premier League and make him a viable option for both FPL and Daily Fantasy Football?

None of us took Everton’s 22-0 victory over a pub-side from Austria seriously – but we were right to do so, as they then went on to concede thirteen goals during their next six pre-season games.

Not convinced yet? Well maybe this will help – Jota is classed as a midfielder on both FPL and Starting 11 – however, we expect him to play a proportion of this season playing as an inside-forward and could therefore rack up the points as an out-of-position player.

I am excited to see what Jota can do in the Premier League this season and will most certainly be picking him for my Starting 11 team each week if he hits the ground running.

Patrick van Aanholt vs. Fulham (A)

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Players who finish a season strongly often go on to start the next one in a similar manner, and there aren’t many who boast the form PVA produced during the final weeks of the 2017/18 season.

Can he continue where he left off? That’s the million dollar question for many fantasy bosses around the world ahead of Gameweek 1.

I know he was my hero during Gameweek 38 after providing a goal, assist and clean sheet as my captain on both FPL and Starting 11. (bragging rights over with, I’m sorry)

A left back on set-pieces is a fantasy bosses dream and lets face it, he was high enough up the pitch to be playing as a striker at times last year, yet racking up the fantasy points as a defender.

PVA ended the season with five goals and an assist, but we all remember the awful start to the season Crystal Palace had under previous manager Frank De Boer. Current manager Roy Hodgeson has steadied the ship and PVA has thrived since.

Owned by only 5.4% of managers on Fantasy Premier League at the time of writing, despite his popularity on twitter – an opening fixture vs newly promoted Fulham could mean we see PVA ‘doing bits’ this weekend on FPL and Starting 11.

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Thank you for reading ‘Punts of the Week – Gameweek 1’ which was written and produced by @FFPundits_Drew