The HOTTEST Top 5 Fantasy Premier League Picks for Gameweek 1
Posted by FFP-Danny
4:10pm Aug 8 2018
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is the most owned player on FPL, but who else is topping the charts?
Welcome back, FPL bosses. It’s been four long weeks since the World Cup came to an end, and the countdown to the dawn of the new Premier League season began in earnest.
With the transfer window about to close, Fantasy Premier League bosses have been afforded the luxury of being able to get their squads fully in order before the big kick off, safe in the knowledge that there’ll be no inward movement until January.
To kick things off, the usual ‘Who’s Hot and Who’s Not’ article comes with a slight twist, instead offering insight into the five most popular FPL assets ahead of the 2018/19 Premier League season.
So, without further ado, here they are…
Mohamed Salah – £13.0m | 52.5% TSB
Even at a staggering cost of £13.0m, Liverpool’s Mo Salah is by far and away the most popular selection ahead of the new season, featuring in 52.2% of squads – and justifiably so.
The Egyptian remains listed as a midfielder despite playing in a more advanced role on many occasions for the Reds last season, where he scored 32 goals and amassed an unprecedented total of 303 FPL points.
If the former Chelsea man produces anything like that kind of form this time around, he will once again be too good to ignore, despite being the game’s most expensive asset.
Jurgen Klopp’s side begin the season with home clashes against West Ham and Brighton, with a trip to Crystal Palace sandwiched in between – three fixtures they will be expected to take maximum points from.
Roberto Firmino – £9.5m | 35.2% TSB
Last season was Roberto Firmino’s most productive season since joining Liverpool back in 2015. The Brazilian registered 15 goals and 8 assists – form which has attracted the interest of 35% of FPL bosses ahead of the new campaign.
Currently set at £9.5m, the forward’s fee is reasonable, and he’s by far the best striking option under £10m. A strong start to the season from the former Hoffenheim man and this relatively modest value will begin to creep up in no time, making him a difficult option to overlook.
As mentioned above, Liverpool have avoided any early-season titanic clashes, and have a good opportunity to build up a head of steam, with their opening three fixtures all coming against sides who finished last season in the bottom half.
Harry Kane – £12.5m | 32.2% TSB31
32% of FPL bosses seem confident that Harry Kane can break his duck of never having scored a Premier League goal in August.
Given that Spurs kick off their season away to Newcastle followed by a date at Wembley with newly-promoted Fulham, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is almost a foregone conclusion – but is it?
The World Cup Golden Boot winner only returned to training this week following his post-tournament break, and it remains to be seen how well prepared he will be going into the new season.
With that in mind, using up £12.5m of your FPL budget on the forward from the get-go does carry significant risk, and I for one will be shopping elsewhere for now with a view to bringing him in at a later date.
Wilfried Zaha – £7.0m | 31.0% TSB
The jewel in Crystal Palace’s crown has had an FPL positional change, and is now recognised as a forward as opposed a midfielder, following the best goalscoring season of his career.
This is excellent news considering how scant the viable FPL striking options were last season, particularly once you scout beyond the premium assets. This has led to a surge of interest in the Ivorian, who has been snapped up by almost a third of FPL bosses ahead of the big kick off.
With a starting value of just £7.0m, Zaha is not only a bargain asset, but also a potential investment, as his value is likely to rise considerably during the season, leading the line in a much-improved Palace side.
Barring the Gameweek 2 clash with Liverpool, the Eagles have a relatively kind start to the season, including fixtures against Fulham, Watford and Southampton.
David De Gea – £6.0m | 29.4% TSB
David De Gea was top of the pile in the goalkeeping stakes once again last season, clocking up 14 more points than his closest FPL challenger, Manchester City’s Ederson.
Despite being the most expensive goalkeeper available at £6.0m, the Spaniard’s popularity among FPL bosses is fully justified, given his final tally of 172 points last season – placing him ahead of the likes of Eden Hazard, Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku – all of which are priced upwards of £10.0m.
With that in mind, De Gea is a clear example of how building from the back, rather than attempting to shoehorn in as many premium midfielders and forwards, can be just as effective and can make your budget go further.
United begin the season with fixtures they will be expected to win, starting with the visit of Leicester followed by a trip to Brighton.
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