The FFPundits' FPL Staff Team - Draft 2.0

6:25pm Aug 8 2018

It’s TRIPLE Manchester City and Liverpool for draft 2.0 of our FPL team for Gameweek 1

Having discussed these players in our first draft article we don’t need to repeat ourselves, but these guys have done enough so far to keep their places in our squad as we approach the Gameweek 1 deadline on Friday evening.

Goalkeepers Ben Foster (£4.5m) and Lukasz Fabianski (£4.5m) stay, although premium alternatives are tempting – we prefer to spend our budget further up the pitch for now.

Locked in for us at the back are Patrick van Aarnholt (£5.5m) and Andrew Robertson (£6.0m).

We have discussed other players who potentially offer better value for money than PVA – however, for us, he is an exciting player to own and that’s what FPL is all about.

We’re hoping to see him ‘doing bits’ for us this season but have to hope he doesn’t turn out to be an expensive luxury we could live without.

Liverpool signing goalkeeper Allison only adds to Robertson’s appeal – those extra potential clean sheets in Gameweek’s 1 to 4 make his £6m price-tag feel worthwhile.

Definitely joining PVA and Robertson in Gameweek 1 is Mohamed Salah (£13.0m).

Yes, his price-tag leads to sacrifices elsewhere in your starting 11, but it’s easier to downgrade than try to bring him in later and there will be no captaincy dilemma with this man in our side.

Midfielders Gilfi Sigurdsson (£7.5m) and Diogo Jota (£6.5m) join Salah and keep their places.

Despite Everton’s poor pre-season, those favourable fixtures plus set-piece duty means Siggy is still worth owning in our opinion.

As for Jota, could he be this season’s Michu? Well, if Wolves continue to bring players in ahead of Thursday’s Transfer Window deadline, one might begin to worry about his potential minutes and status within the starting 11, but, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

In and out of the Southampton side during preseason but Charlie Austin (£6.0m) feels like a player worth taking a punt on.

At £6.0m, Austin is a great enabler in our opinion and allows us to accommodate more elite players throughout our squad.

Who’s IN?

Well, there are FOUR key players who we’re excited to bring into our Fantasy Premier League lineup for Gameweek 1.

Benjamin Mendy (£6.0m) – A player who was very much on our radar for our original draft – however, we needed confidence in his match fitness before bringing him in.

After the Community Shield on Sunday, we’ve now been given that confidence and if Pep Guardiola decides to make use of a 3-5-2 formation this season, he could be a must own at left-wing-back.  (Coleman OUT)

Bernardo Silva (£7.5m) – Bernardo take the place of new team-mate Rivad Mahrez. Mahrez showed promise during the Community Shield but Bernardo was a stand out performer along with Aguero.

At a bargain price of just £7.5m, along with Pep’s post match comments, Bernardo’s ownership will rocket and could be a huge differential for the first 2 or 3 games. (Mahrez OUT)

 “Right now it’s Bernardo and 10 more, but it’s about what you do over the season. In this moment, Bernardo is far above the other guys.” – Pep Guardiola.

Sergio Aguero (£11.0m) – One of the pre-season debates this summer, with many of us unsure of Aubameyang vs Aguero for that £11m place – but Sergio, how could we have ever doubted you? We apologise sincerely.

No concerns about game-time for us – his two goals on Sunday against Chelsea means he comes straight in to our Gameweek 1 squad and will stay there when the klaxon sounds at 7pm on Friday evening. (Aubameyang OUT)

Sadio Mane (£9.5m) – Here at FFP, we are confident Mane will be one of the players of the season, but can he even outscore Mo Salah?

There was a temptation to own him as an alternative to Salah when the FFP team sat down to plan our squad, but then we thought – why not have both? (Kenedy OUT)

Those of you with a keen eye for detail will realise that those numbers don’t quite add up, but we have checked behind the sofa and emptied our children’s piggy banks – unfortunately, to balance this budget, we have had to cut some corners on the bench.

Daniels, Cedric and Tosun all make way for Aboubakar Kamara (£4.5m), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£4.0m) and Lee Peltier (£4.0m).

Realistically, Kamara and Peltier are going to be 1 or 2 points at best if called upon – however, Wan-Bissaka is a favourite of Roy Hodgeson and we expect him to start most games so offers us peace of mind for the first few games.

Keep following @FFPundits and @FFPundits_Drew on twitter for further updates and our final Gameweek 1 team ahead of Friday’s deadline as with the Transfer Window still open, things could change.

Also worth reading

11 FPL Differentials
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> Gameweek 1 Q&A with @_FPLTips

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