FIRST DRAFT Team Selection | Initial Picks for the 2019/20 Fantasy Premier League season

2:49pm Jul 1 2019

Liverpool’s Mo Salah is likely to captain FPLtips’ Gameweek 1 Fantasy Premier League team

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Fantasy Premier League is back for the 2019/20 season and after a few days of tinkering, it’s time to build the first draft!

It’s worth noting that there’s still 6 weeks left before the season gets underway, on the 9th of August, so this team is likely to change considerably before the opening day and there will of course be an updated video closer to the Gameweek 1 deadline.

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Goalkeeper

Man City and Liverpool were in a league of their own last season and their strong defences earned them 20 and 21 clean sheets respectively.

With the 3 Liverpool spots likely to be used on their outfield players, it’s Ederson (6.0) who stands out from the premium goalkeepers.

Mat Ryan (4.5) is on standby as a cheaper alternative, with his secure starting place and Brighton’s favourable early fixtures.

Defenders

Liverpool’s fullbacks were responsible for a combined 25 assists last season and that was in addition to the Reds’ league-high clean sheet tally (21), making £7.0m appear a worthwhile investment for Robertson and Alexander-Arnold.

Many of the premium defenders outscored the most expensive forwards in the game last time around, so a big portion of the budget has gone on the defence and much less has been spent on the forward spots

Everton enjoyed a strong end to last season defensively, keeping 8 clean sheets in 11 games since Gameweek 28; ranking joint-top with Man City.

Lucas Digne produced more attempted assists (70) than any other defender throughout the campaign, while only Robertson created more big chances (14 to 12).

With a favourable start for the current Premier League champions, who face just one ‘top six’ side in their first 11 matches, it’s tempting to double-up on Man City’s defence with Laporte, their most nailed-on defender last time around.

Midfielders

There’s talk of Wilfried Zaha wanting a move away from Crystal Palace this summer but if he were to stay, his change in classification from forward to midfielder offers the potential for an improvement on his 2018/19 average of 4.2 points per match.

His total of 15 FPL involvements (7 goals, 8 assists) during this calendar year (GW21-38) is on par with Sterling and Mané; only Agüero (16) has returned more.

Having ended as the top scoring asset for a 2nd consecutive season, Mo Salah looks set to provide a reliable captaincy option during Liverpool’s favourable opening fixtures.

It’s a direct choice between him and Mané but the extra assist potential and penalty duties suggests the Egyptian is worthy of the extra £1.0m.

FPLtips - Gameweek 1 DRAFT team
FPLtips have created their first team for the new Fantasy Premier League season. It is likely to change my times, but for now, here’s the squad they have assembled for Gameweek 1.

Having recorded a slightly higher PPM average than Salah (6.9 to 6.8), Raheem Sterling comes in as the 2nd premium option in midfield.

De Bruyne (9.5) and Bernardo Silva (8.0) offer more budget-friendly alternatives amongst the Man City attackers but for a safe, reliable option to start the season, you can’t go wrong with Sterling (12.0) or Agüero (12.0).

The Argentine has penalty duties and that could become an even bigger factor this season, but Sterling has outscored his premium teammate in each of the last 2 seasons.

Forwards

During Everton’s purple patch towards the end of last season (GW28-38), Calvert-Lewin provided 2 goals and 3 assists in 10 appearances, earning an average of 3.8 PPM.

It would be more ideal to find a way to fit Sigurdsson in the team, but for his £6.0m price tag, the budget forward could be a viable short-term option to start the season.

With the help of his penalty duties, Joshua King scored just two fewer goals than Wilson last time around and although his assist return was significantly lower (3 vs 12), the pair’s underlying stats were actually very similar.

King created an average of 0.3 big chances per game, compared to Wilson’s 0.4, while the pair each averaged around 1 attempted assist per game.

With the £1.5m saving, the Norwegian could be a great punt to start the season.

Watford begin the season with a home match against Brighton and also host West Ham and Arsenal across the opening 5 Gameweeks; all fixtures that look attractive from an attacking perspective.

It’s a close call between Deulofeu and Deeney but the latter makes this first draft team due to his penalty duties.

The Bench

For now, the bench is very light and the majority of funds have been used in the starting XI.

Dendoncker and Stephens are £4.5m midfield options that should turn up and get their 2 points each game, while Kelly could help fill the void left by Wan-Bissaka, unless Crystal Palace sign a replacement. 

Captaincy Selection

Salah and Sterling are in there to provide the safe captaincy options each week and providing he’s available for the home fixture against Norwich on the opening day, it will almost certainly be Mo Salah wearing the armband for Gameweek 1.

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FFPundits First Draft Team
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> Favourable starts for Liverpool & Man City
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