Fantasy Premier League Tips: 30 Players You Should Consider Choosing – Including an Irishman

We’re back! After a rest and healthy summer, a new fantasy Premier League season is upon us.

Due to a month-long break to accommodate the World Cup in Qatar, it will be a season like no other.

We’ll have unlimited transfers between Gameweek 16 and 17 to tackle the fall-out, plus the usual two wildcards – one for the first half of the season, one for the second.

But since the 6.30 p.m. deadline on Friday is now getting bigger, it’s time to start building your squad. Here are 30 players we recommend starting with…

goalkeeper

Ederson – 5.5m, Manchester City

Dropping their maximum price to 5.5m has brought premium goalkeepers back on the menu. With Manchester City being the strongest defense in the league, counting until the best budget option emerges on Ederson’s clean sheet is a sensible game.

Aaron Ramsdale – 5.0m, Arsenal

Ramsdale had a two-part season last year but was the best goalscorer pick in the game for a while, with clean-sheet ability boosted by his habit of saving and taking bonus points. Arsenal’s fixtures are favorable for starters.

Robert Sanchez – 4.5m, Brighton

Picking a 4.5m goalkeeper has traditionally been the smart thing to do, but there’s really no excellent choice among this year’s teammates. Sanchez is probably the best of the bunch because Brighton keeps things relatively tight but don’t expect much from the awkward clean sheet.

Danny Ward – 4.0m, Leicester

Selecting a back-up goalkeeper from the cheapest bracket is usually the way to go and interestingly, we have one who is likely to play. Kasper Schmeichel’s impending departure for Nice should push Ward into Leicester’s starting line-up.

Daniel Iverson – 4.0m, Leicester

Ward’s back-up Iversion also costs 4.0m, we have a rare chance of a viable 8.0m pair. It’s certainly worth considering if you need the extra 0.5m, but you’ll run into a problem if Leicester signs a first-choice goalkeeper between now and the end of the month.

defenders

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7.5m, Liverpool

As required, Alexander-Arnold overcame the 200-point barrier again last year, but still costs just 7.5m. While this makes him the most expensive defender in the game, it’s what you pay for mid-price that will only get you half a point.

Joao Cancillo – 7.0m, Manchester City

Cancillo finished with only seven points less than Alexander-Arnold and offered more per million spent on average. Scoring just one goal was disappointing – many of his shots were from range – but he was that rare thing: a rotation-proof player in Pep Guardiola’s side.

Reece James – 6.0m, Chelsea

James could have made fun of his 6.0m tag. The Chelsea right-back tended to follow a double-digit run with a zero-pointer last season, making it difficult to predict. The easiest thing to do might be to set him in your squad and wait for the points to roll in.

Ruben Dias – 6.0m, Manchester City

An alternative route in defense of the city for those who are tempted to go without Cancillo. Injury permitting, Dias should be as close as possible to a permanent fixture in City’s side and also be an aerial threat to the team that scored the most set-piece goals last season.

Ivan Perisic – 5.5m, Tottenham

The wing-backs playing under Antonio Conte are fantastic fantasy assets and Perisic should be no exception. As a 33-year-old, there will be a lot of rotation and starting replacements along the way, but if you can cope with it, he could be a game-changer.

Gabriel – 5.0m, Arsenal

Close as one of Arsenal’s opening centres, Gabriel started the season with a set of good fixtures from a clean sheet perspective. The Brazilian also faces an aerial threat, while Crystal Palace and Leicester have been known to clash on set-play.

Matt Doherty – 5.0m, Tottenham

Budget Perisic. Doherty’s minutes in the opposite direction are a little less certain, where she faces more competition for a regular start. Still, he appears to be the first choice for now and his underlying stats were fictional gold before he got hurt at the end of last season.

Lewis Dunk – 4.5m, Brighton

Going backwards is popular this year but there are still potential bargains in the 4.5m bracket. Dunk will be a mainstay in a Brighton defense that should have a few clean sheets to start with and he pops up on corners every now and again.

Neko Williams – 4.0m, Nottingham Forest

The go-to 4.0m defender. If Williams can replicate the impact of Jed Spence from the right wing back slot, he will be a good choice to have on your bench, ready to fill any unexpected absences.

Nathan Patterson – 4.0m, Everton

Patterson has started ahead of Seamus Coleman during Everton’s pre-season. Ideal to pair with Williams if you settle on playing the back three, allowing you to spread the funds elsewhere.

midfielder

Mohamed Salah – 13.0m, Liverpool

There’s a theory that you can go without advice at the start of the season and it’s true, you can, but know that you’re potentially entering a world of pain. Last season’s highest points-scorer will be heavily captained for the opening weekend trip to Fulham.

Luis Diaz – 8.0m, Liverpool

There are a variety of options in the 8.0m bracket, but Diaz outperformed the rest in terms of underlying stats last season, albeit from a smaller sample size. Whether you go for him or Andy Robertson as your third Liverpool player depends on your team structure.

Mason Mount – 8.0 m, Chelsea

Among the other 8.0, Mt stands out. More assured to start than Phil Foden or Riyad Mahrez, more goal threat than Dejan Kulusewski. Bukayo Saka is another viable option but Arsenal spots are at a premium for some.

Marcus Rashford – 6.5m, Manchester United

At his lowest notional value in the years following a torrid season, Rashford would be a bargain if he regains any form under Erik ten Haag. Perhaps a ‘wait and see’ until we know more about this new Manchester United, but those who jump on it early may be rewarded.

Gabriel Martinelli – 6.0m, Arsenal

Martinelli faces stiff competition at Arsenal’s front line, but for now he appears to be a first-choice option on the left wing. Six goals and six assists was a decent return that only needs to be improved, especially if he emerges as the first-choice penalty taker.

Rodrigo – 6.0m, Leeds

After inconsistent performances last season, less than 1% are picked and understandable by managers, but should start playing from Leeds side Patrick Bamford, who has a decent opening run of fixtures.

Pedro Neto – 5.5m, Wolves

Missed for the most part of last season due to injury, but before that was one of the more exciting young players in the Premier League and represents excellent value at just 5.5m. About 19% of squads already have a popular pick.

Leon Bailey – 5.0m, Aston Villa

The break-out fantasy star of the pre-season. Some would have considered Bailey an option until he was confirmed in Steven Gerrard’s starting line-up. Make an escape route if he loses his spot, but could be worth a punt.

Andreas Pereira – 4.5m, Fulham

A starting 4.5m midfielder with attacking upside down in his locker, Pereira is an excellent first choice if your squad suffers any unforeseen injuries, suspensions or benching. Set and forget.

ahead

Erling Haaland – 11.5m, Manchester City

He is here and he is going to score a lot. One of the unwritten rules of fantasy football is not to pick players who are new to the league, but this has always been more of a guideline. And in Haaland’s case, you can probably make an exception.

Harry Kane – 11.5m, Tottenham

Then again, you can pick up the Ken for the same price. A lot of managers are planning to start with Kane in a Plum fixture against Southampton, then switch to Haaland for their meeting with Bournemouth. You cost a transfer, but that’s what they’re for, right?

Gabriel Jesus – 8.0m, Arsenal

Even more than Salah, currently the most popular pick in the sport, it’s easy to see why Jesus is in so many squads after a pre-season with Arsenal and a lucrative 8.0m price tag. His first two fixtures aren’t the best, mind you.

Alexander Mitrovic – 6.5m, Fulhami

Is this finally the year Mitrovic is making the move from championship superstar to Premier League striker? We’ve been burned before, but when Fulham scores, it’s likely to be through the Serbia international.

Taiwo Avonii – 6.0m, Nottingham Forest

The same potentially applies to the Avonii and newly planted forest. A former Liverpool reserve, he comes from Union Berlin with 15 goals in 31 Bundesliga games and will lead the line alongside Brennan Johnson.

Cameron Archer – 4.5m, Aston Villa

In recent years the value in defense and midfield has come to the fore instead. With that in mind, you might not want to spend much on the third striker position. The Archer 4.5m looks promising among the options.