The FFPundits' Staff Team: Harry Kane Stakes A Claim

10:00pm Aug 5 2019

Tottenham’s Harry Kane will lead the line for the Fantasy Football Pundits’ Staff Team in Gameweek 1

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Article written and published by @FFPundits_Drew

If you’re anything like me, those perfectly balanced first drafts are now being torn up based purely on form during pre-season – we just can’t help ourselves, can we FPL bosses?

If you’ve not already read it, our initial draft article was published shortly after the 2019/20 launch day – but since then, we’ve made some changes that we’d like to share with you.

Our current plan, like most of you, is to concentrate on the opening 4 or 5 Gameweek fixtures and attack those as best we can, in the hope we get off to a good start.

Once we’ve seen which players hit the ground running, then potentially look to activate our Wildcard and adapt our squads for the first half of the season.

Below you will find our updated FPL draft team for Gameweek 1 of the new Fantasy Premier League season and as always, we welcome feedback, ideas and friendly criticism on Twitter @FFPundits and @FFPundits_Drew

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Welcome, Harry Kane

It’s no surprise to see that the majority of initial drafts within the FPL Community included Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) and Mo Salah (£12.5m) – (in addition to premium attacking defenders), as Fantasy Premier League bosses adjust to the modern game.

Is this the end of must-have premium strikers on FPL? Not for us.

One of the main issues we had with our initial draft was the absence of Harry Kane (£11.0m) – especially given his reduced price and an opening fixture vs newly promoted Aston Villa.

Harry Kane - FPL Forwards - The FFPundits Staff Team captain against Aston Villa in Gameweek 1.

After a full summers break, Kane has returned to training and pre-season looking fitter than ever – clearly full of confidence, judging by his stunning goal from the halfway line against Juventus on Sunday.

Admittedly, Spurs have a difficult second fixture away to Manchester City, however, after that, their favourable fixtures stretch all the way to Gameweek 9 – which includes Arsenal in Gameweek 4, who Kane has an excellent record against.

Making way for Kane in our draft is Deulofeu, who is a player we highly rate and expect big things of this season, but with opening fixtures against Brighton and Everton, we find ourselves cancelling out our own defensive players.

Zaha OUT – Perez IN

With so much uncertainty surrounding Wilfred Zaha’s future at Crystal Palace, he can have no further place within our draft for the time being.

After his reclassification as a midfielder, this wasn’t an easy decision, but with Arsenal and now apparently Everton bidding for the Ivory Coast international, we’ll remove him from our plans until the situation is resolved.

However, in his place comes Leicester City’s new signing Ayoze Perez – a £6.5m midfielder who we expect to be supporting Jamie Vardy up-top and finding himself in advanced positions.

Having already scored in a pre-season friendly, his ownership has now rocketed to 12.4% at the time of writing and looks set to climb consistently right through to the Gameweek 1 deadline.

Leicester will face Wolves (H), Sheffield United (A) and Bournemouth (H) in their opening four Premier League games, which on paper and when read out loud to yourself, seems the perfect opportunity for a points-haul.

Sterling OUT – De Bruyne IN

Clearly, to bring Harry Kane in to our FPL team, we have a significant £4.5m budget deficit to correct and it was never going to be easy, but hear us out…

Zaha to Perez saved us a measly £0.5m – however, three additional changes were also required

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Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) OUT, and replaced by his team-mate Kevin De Bruyne (£9.5m).

Sterling, who is now owned by just over 26% of all FPL teams at the time of writing, appears to be a must-own player according to the majority of the FPL Community, but has his huge price-hike deterred many of us from owning him?

His replacement, De Bruyne, in our eyes is potentially the bargain of the 2019/20 FPL season.

His £9.5m after an injury hit season almost makes him feel like a must own, but possibly not the explosive type of player you captain with confidence over the likes of Salah and Kane.

I’m confident that if KdB can stay fit and healthy, he’ll have a 190/210 point season on FPL, but can he fight off the returns amassed by Sterling each week? I think so.

Laporte and Digne OUT – Zinchenko and Coleman IN

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth – a saying perfectly suited to Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m).

Last season, I opted for the ‘safer’ option of van Dijk over the cheaper Alexander-Arnold for Gameweek 1 – clearly that turned out to be a mistake and the Zinchenko/Laporte situation feels similar this season.

The situation surrounding Benjamin Mendy remains unclear, whilst Zinchenko has featured heavily in preseason kit launches and has been awarded a new squad number (11).

Priced at only £5.5m on FPL this season, he saved us a crucial £1.0m which we need to fund the arrival of Kane.

I think it’s safe to say he’s not an exciting player to own – however, based on the number of clean sheets Manchester City kept last season, he will provide value for money, so long as he can fend off both Mendy and Angeliño.

Lucas Digne making way for Seamus Coleman (£5.5m) is purely to find the last £0.5m and again, not a very exciting sideways move.

There is no doubt that Digne would be our preferred option, due to his set-pieces and attacking form last season – however, owning Coleman is certainly no negative and we won’t lose much sleep over this move.

For many years we have discussed the benefits of Baines vs Coleman – I was always Team Baines. However, Coleman competed with Baines’ FPL returns with ease, despite not taking penalties.

Here at FFP, we are all definitely Team Digne – however, given Coleman’s previous attacking form and Everton’s opening fixtures – we’re happy to have Seamus on-board.

Here’s how our draft version 2.0 looks, so, until next time, thank you for reading, we hope we’ve offered you plenty of food for thought and if you wish to continue the discussion on Twitter, drop me a tweet – @FFPundits_Drew

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Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips – The FFPundits’ Staff Team: SECOND FPL Draft for the 2019/20 Season’ which was written and produced by @FFPundits_Drew