Fantasy Premier League Algorithm Picks and Tips for Gameweek 1

2:21pm Aug 6 2019

Starting your season with TWO premium Liverpool FC defenders should be your top priority, says FPL Review

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1. The data which is built from odds and has been refined since last season and the algorithm which has been designed to maximise the full squads point potential.

2. Determining how much to invest in starters and bench players, depending on risk in the first XI.

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Brighton in Nets

Mat Ryan, alongside his deputy, Button is the algos decision for goalkeepers to start with in Gameweek 1.

High Defensive Investment (£30.5m)

Defenders have received a lot of focus in the pre-season thanks to massive hauls from this area last season and the algo certainly sees value in this area and investing here.

Two Liverpool defenders are suggested (VVD & TAA), and City wing-back Zinchenko, who is a high upside punt for the seasons start.

Harry Maguire appeared in the algos suggestions yesterday – he has attacking potential from set-pieces and should be nailed as United’s no.1 centre back at just £5.5m.

Last but certainly not least is Everton’s Lucas Digne, who still looks good value despite his price hike.

There are a few reasons why this is the case early on and historically, teams are more likely to get clean sheets in their opening fixtures so, favourable match-ups for the above mentioned players are heavily favoured.

Raheem and Mo, the Premium Midfield Duo

Mo Salah and Raheem Sterling are stuffed into the team and the armband will be rotated between them.

Dendoncker seems incredible value at £4.5m and will be a great bench option – and potential XI filler depending on injuries/suspensions.

Sigurdsson and Perez are the mid-priced midfield options. Perez is the second gamble the team takes, but is likely to be another high-upside if it pays off.

Limit Forward Spending

Up front the algo sees limited value – especially in players below £6m,  which is why it avoids that price-range.

Pukki and Deeney are both selected as reasonably priced starters that are likely to be among the goals.

Greenwood is destined to sit as 3rd sub and will have massive upside if he gets a chance, as he has over pre-season.

Fantasy Premier League Tips - by FPL Review - Team Planning for Gameweek 1.

Key Points

  • Invest in defence early on – more certainty and value at this point of the season.
  • Limit gambles in starting 11 – 1 or 2 slight gambles is probably the sweet spot and certainly no more than 3 and remember, the more gamble picks you have, the more you need to invest in the bench to hedge the risk.
  • Plan for future Gameweek’s – this team is built from projections for GW1-GW8. Just looking at the first 3 rounds of fixtures is short sighted and a sure way to walk into unnecessary transfer hits, in our opinion.

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Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips – Top 3 FPL Captaincy Picks AND Tips – Gameweek 1’ which was written and produced by @FFPundits and @_FPLTips