Top 5 Fix Player Picks - Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 1
Posted by FFPundits
10:50pm Aug 9 2018
It’s DOUBLE Liverpool in Fantasy Football Fix’s Top 5 FPL picks for Gameweek 1
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Let’s take a look at which players the Fantasy Football Fix algorithm predicts to score well in Gameweek 1, but how many feature in your side before Friday’s 7pm deadline?
As always, we have provided you with a video version of this article, which you can find above.
Cesar Azpilicueta vs Huddersfield
Azpilicueta ended last season as the top scoring FPL defender, amassing a total of 175 points in 37 appearances; an average of 4.7 points per game.
His tally of 8 FPL involvements was beaten by only Davies, Young, Alonso and Moses, amongst defenders – who each managed 9, while no defender produced more ‘big chances’ than the Spaniard (9).
16 clean sheets managed by Chelsea last season was level with Spurs; only Liverpool (17), Man City (18) and Man Utd (19) kept more, amongst Premier League teams.
New manager, Maurizio Sarri, finished 2nd in Serie A with Napoli last season, with the side registering an impressive tally of 19 clean sheets; beaten only by Champions, Juventus (23).
Our Fix algorithm projects Chelsea to be the side most likely to keep a clean sheet this gameweek with a probability of 50%.
It comes as no surprise that it also projects Azpilicueta to be one of the top defensive assets for Gameweek 1, with a score of 4.8.
Joshua King vs. Cardiff
The Cherries kick off their fourth Premier League campaign at home to newly promoted Cardiff City, a fixture that should entice Bournemouth’s top attacking FPL asset, Josh King.
It was a season of two halves for the Norwegian last time around; he returned just 2 goals and 1 assist from 16 appearances between Gameweek 1 and Gameweek 19.
Between Gameweek 20 and Gameweek 38, however, King provided a very respectable 9 FPL involvements in 17 appearances; scoring 6 goals and providing 3 assists.
Amongst budget forwards, priced at £7.0m or less, King’s tally of 12 FPL involvements last season was beaten by only Pérez (14), Zaha (16) and Arnautovic (18).
The Bournemouth forward’s underlying numbers also show promise amongst this group of players, ranking 2nd for attempted assists (38) and 4th for ‘big chances created’, while his tally of 21 efforts on target was just 4 fewer than Wilfried Zaha produced (25).
Cardiff have conceded in each of their last four pre-season games and should offer up plenty of chances to the Cherries.
Our Fix algorithm projects King to be one of the highest point scorers in Gameweek 1, beaten by only Aguero amongst forwards, with a prediction of 5.3.
Richarlison vs. Wolves
Many FPL managers were left frustrated with Richarlison’s performances towards the end of the 2017/18 season. After Watford departed company with manager, Silva, the Brazilian struggled to match his output from the first half of the season.
Between Gameweeks 25 and 38, the 21-year-old took just 16 shots from inside the box, failing to return either a goal or assist during 14 appearances.
However, when compared with other midfielders, using our fix Custom Stats Builder, between Gameweeks 1 and 24, Richarlison was involved in 14 ‘big chances’; a total bettered by only Sterling (15) and Salah (25) and his 59 shots from inside the box was second only to the Egyptian king – who struck 73 efforts.
The Toffees have had a poor pre-season so far, conceding 10 goals in their last three games, Richarlison did manage to score on his full debut.
Wolves have had a mixed pre-season, conceding three goals in their last two games and are likely to continue their expansive style in their opening home game of the new campaign, so, we expect Richarlison to take full advantage.
Roberto Firmino vs. West Ham
Roberto Firmino enjoyed his best ever Premier League goals tally last season, finding the back of the net 15 times, while providing 8 assists.
He’s now spent 3 years in the Premier League, providing a total of 36 goals and 27 assists in that time and looks completely at home, alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané.
Firmino’s average of 4.9 points per match last season was more than Lukaku (4.8) could manage and bettered by only Kane (5.9), Aubameyang (6.7) and Aguero (6.8) amongst forwards, who have each been given much higher price tags than the Brazilian.
His tally of 38 efforts on target last season was 4th best amongst forwards, with only Lukaku (43), Aguero (43) and Kane (76) producing more but no forward provided more than Firmino’s 8 assists or his 57 attempted assists.
Liverpool have been impressive in preseason, hammering Serie A runners up Napoli 5-0, meaning they have now scored 16 goals over their last five games.
Our Fix algorithm projects a score of 5.2 points for the Brazilian.
Mohamed Salah vs. West Ham
Over 50% of FPL managers currently own Mohamed Salah, making the Egyptian the most owned player in the game and with a record-breaking score of 303 FPL points last season, at an average of 8.4 points per game, is it any wonder?
With his incredible tally of 32 goals and 12 assists, the 44 FPL involvements provided by Salah was at least 9 more than any other player could manage, with Sterling ranking 2nd – with his 35 FPL involvements.
The Liverpool midfielder was involved in a league-high tally of 40 ‘big chances’, beating Kane – with 37 and Agüero, Sterling and Jesus – all tied on 27 ‘big chances’.
His average of 4.0 shots per game was top amongst midfielders and 2nd amongst all players, beaten by only Kane – with 4.9 and similarly, the Spurs forward was the only player to produce more shots on target last season (76 to 68); at an average of 2.1 per game, compared with Salah’s 1.9 shots on target per game.
Last season, Liverpool averaged 2.37 goals per game at Anfield and with West Ham conceding an average of 2.21 on their away trips, it’s no surprise that Salah is projected to be the highest scorer this week, with 9.0 points
BEFORE YOU GO… We’ve teamed up with Starting 11 once again this season and will be playing their Daily Fantasy Premier League game, alongside FPL.