Fantasy Football Advice – 7 Big FPL Questions Answered
Ahead of a new FPL season, there are always plenty of questions fantasy managers want to be answered. This season is no different but what are the questions being asked this time around?
The following article will hopefully shed some light on those FAQs and go some way to answering them. The FPL 2020/21 season starts this weekend and we have set up a Fantasy Football Whatsapp Group for you to join.
How Do We Navigate Blank Gameweek 1?
We’ll start with one of the most pressing issues – how to navigate Blank Gameweek 1. If you’re after an in-depth look at how best to do this, we have a comprehensive article discussing the three best options.
For now, we’ll keep things relatively brief. Gameweek 1 will have just eight fixtures with Manchester City, Manchester United, Burnley, and Aston Villa all missing out. That gives FPL managers a bit of a conundrum as they weigh up if/how to include players from these teams.
There’s no right answer with this one so make sure to plan well and cross your fingers.
How Will the New-Look Chelsea Perform?
Moving on to questions with more concrete answers, our next question concerns Chelsea’s array of new signings. The Blues have had a busy transfer window thus far, reinforcing their starting XI significantly.
This presents FPL managers with a lot of questions over Chelsea’s prospects this season. For starters, there have been more incomings than outgoing, creating additional competition for places and casting doubt over certain players’ game time. The likes of Mason Mount (7.0), Tammy Abraham (7.5), and Cesar Azpilicueta (6.0) will likely have to share minutes with new recruits.
In addition, there are question marks over Chelsea’s system with so many new faces. Frank Lampard showed last season that he isn’t afraid to change up the formation when he deems appropriate, making things less predictable for FPL managers.
Timo Werner (9.5), Kai Havertz (8.5), Hakim Ziyech (8.0), and Thiago Silva (5.5) are all new to the Premier League this year. How they adapt to a foreign league remains to be seen but with a kind run of fixtures, is waiting and seeing the best course of action? At the time of writing, Werner is owned by over 40% of managers and is the most highly owned attacker in the game.
Who Will Be This Season’s Norwich?
It’s fair to say that Norwich didn’t have the best of returns to the Premier League. Particularly towards the end of last season, they were viewed as a near-certain clean sheet for defenders facing them and as a good source of goals for attackers.
The Canaries won’t be a part of this season’s FPL but there are a couple of candidates to take their place. Newly-promoted West Brom and Fulham are early contenders, whilst Aston Villa and Crystal Palace’s 2019/20 seasons suggest they could be in trouble.
Who Will Be This Season’s John Lundstram?
Last season, John Lundstram took on FPL cult hero status thanks to his incorrect classification in defence and what turned out to be an absurdly low starting price of £4.0m. Priced as a £5.5m midfielder with his place in the side under question, Lundstram will not be the same fantasy force he once was.
In all likelihood, there won’t be a ‘next John Lundstram’. The Fantasy Premier League team doesn’t often misclassify and underprice the same player. Nevertheless, there are still some £4.0 defenders who could go on to prove their worth.
Perhaps the best two options are at Crystal Palace. In the past, the Eagles have provided us with a £4.0m Aaron Wan-Bissaka and £4.0m Martin Kelly. This year new signing Nathan Ferguson (4.0) could displace Joel Ward (4.5), whilst Tyrick Mitchell (4.0) should deputise for an injured Patrick van Aanholt (5.5).
Who is This Season’s Best £4.5m Midfielder?
There is never as much of a focus on £4.5m mids as there is at the start of a new season. Our £100m budgets get stretched to the max before a new campaign and a £4.5m mid is almost a staple of any manager’s starting squad.
With that in mind, the search for a suitable midfield bench filler is on. The main criterium for a budget midfielder is to play regularly. Dale Stephens is a regular in this spot and should be a useful option. Oriol Romeu will have less competition with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (5.0) departed.
Among the other options, Yves Bissouma, Marvelous Nakamba, James McCarthy, William Smallbone, Anthony Gordon, and Harrison Reed could also get more regular minutes.
Who Will Be This Season’s Mason Greenwood?
Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood (7.5) started last season as a £4.5m forward. In the latter stages of the campaign, he provided excellent value for FPL managers and became a real enabler in many of our squads.
The chances of a really cheap high-value forward emerging this season look a bit more remote. There are currently 12 £5.0m and under attackers in the game with some of them being firm ‘no’s’ from the off. Wolves’ Leo Bonatini isn’t getting a sniff, Connor Wickham is perennially injured, and Glenn Murray is as old as time (and on loan at Watford).
From the remaining options, Michael Obafemi and Matej Vydra are likely to see minutes and could become viable selections with a drop in price and injuries to teammates. However, the standouts are Keinan Davis, who should get fairly regular minutes for Aston Villa, and Rhian Brewster, if he ever gets his loan move.
Who Will Be This Season’s Top Point Scorer?
Kevin De Bruyne, Mo Salah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Raheem Sterling, Sadio Mané, Timo Werner, Harry Kane, Bruno Fernandes, Jamie Vardy, Trent Alexander-Arnold. Take your pick – the list goes on.
Get the right ones in at the right times and it won’t actually matter. FPL managers have a tendency to look too far into the future at the start of the season. Focus on the first few fixtures, take players’ form as it comes, and don’t chase last week’s points. Good luck!
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