Fantasy Premier League is BACK: Reaction to FPL 2018/19 Launch
Posted by FFPundits
11:52am Jul 10 2018
FPL is back for the 2018/19 Premier League season, but what do we think to the new player price lists?
It’s been almost a week since the Official Fantasy Premier League website reopened for the 2018/19 season, with many of not expecting them to open the doors to their game until mid-July.
In this article, we’re going to take a brief look at some key players, their prices and whether they’re likely to take a place in our Gameweek 1 squad, when the new season kicks off with Manchester United hosting Leicester, on Friday 10th August.
One of the biggest talking points has to be the position and price of last season’s top scorer, Mohamed Salah.
There were some concerns that the Liverpool man would be reclassified as a forward but thankfully, that isn’t the case; he remains a midfield option and has been given a price tag of £13.0m, making him the most expensive player in the game.
Early on in the season, we can surely expect Salah to be our main man once again, given his kind opening fixtures, which include home matches against West Ham and Brighton.
Furthermore, Harry Kane (12.5), amongst many of the other World Cup stars, may be unavailable in Gameweek 1 as they’ll need time to rest and recover from their recent international games.
If that’s the case, Salah will surely be our go-to captain option in the early stages of the new season.
Raheem Sterling comes in as the second-highest priced midfielder in the game, at £11.0m, which on first glance, certainly appears fairly hefty.
However, we have to remind ourselves that this is a player who was directly involved in 35 league goals last season for Man City, scoring 18 times and providing 17 assists; his total score of 229 was second only to Mohamed Salah.
But with alternative Man City options such as David Silva (8.5) and Leroy Sané (9.5) coming in much cheaper, it’s hard to see Sterling being as crucial for our FPL squads as he was last season and just as with Harry Kane, the England international may well miss the start of the season, after the World Cup.
Elsewhere in midfield, Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez have both been handed £10.5m price tags but interestingly, Christian Eriksen outscored the pair of them last season and comes in cheaper, at £9.5m. The Spurs midfielder was directly involved in 21 goals, scoring 11 times himself.
Moving on to the forward positions, Harry Kane has been priced just below Salah, at £12.5m, after reaching 30 Premier League goals last season.
As mentioned before, we’ll have to be wary of including the Spurs man early on in our FPL squads, but down the line and once he’s up to speed, it may well end up being a choice between Kane and Salah, for a place in our squads, given their price tags.
The last point of interest to note is that Wilfried Zaha and Marko Arnautovic have been reclassified as forwards, having been listed as midfielders in earlier seasons.
They were both out-and-out strikers for the majority of last season, Zaha in a 4-4-2 at Crystal Palace and Arnautovic as the no.9 for West Ham.
However, that may not be the case this time around, since the Hammers now have a new man in charge, in Manuel Pellegrini and it’s not a guarantee that he’ll keep the same system.
But with generous price tags of £7.0m, they could still prove to be tempting options and it’s refreshing to see a wider variety of good quality forwards than we have in earlier seasons.
In the second half of last season, Marko Arnautovic scored 6 goals and his tally of 21 efforts on target was beaten only by Salah (25) and Kane (32), so if the new manager utilises him in a similar role, he’ll definitely be someone to keep our eye on when the fixtures improve.
Elsewhere amongst forwards, Aubameyang, Aguero and Lukaku have all been handed £11.0m price tags and the Arsenal man particularly stands out as a key player to watch, after his impressive returns at the end of last season.
He made 12 Premier League starts since his arrival at Arsenal, scoring 10 goals and providing 4 assists over that spell.
Roberto Firmino’s £9.5m price tag also appears great value, considering his tally of 15 goals and 8 assists last season; only Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane returned more FPL points amongst forwards.