Fantasy Premier League Team Selection : Must have players for the league’s opener gameweek, expensive propositions to indulge in , bargain buys, bench strength and captaincy picks
The 2019-20 edition of the biggest, grandest and most competitive football league in the fraternity is finally upon us and it brings along with it the much awaited Fantasy Premier League as well. With over 5 million people playing the game on the global stage, we dwell into the pool of players to choose from for gameweek 1 to help us reach the pinnacles of our leagues.
With 11:30pm on Friday being the final time to craft out our side for gameweek 1 ahead of the impending league opener between Liverpool and Norwich, today was a day of engrossing deliberations and in-depth analysis for us. Incorporating the latest signings included in the game and price rises for the upcoming season, we take a look at the ideal players to pick out for this gameweek to help build a pristine framework of success for our side.
Other important factors taken into consideration were the ideal formation to opt for, cheap buys to strengthen our bench and the must have players who come bearing with them a colossal ownership. Our extensive coverage also includes the viable players to pick out as captain for this gameweek keeping in mind their fixtures and their innate ability to come up with a bagful of goals and assists.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 1 Players Picks
Alisson Becker, Ederson Morales- 6 million
We begin with two of the most obvious picks and the highest owned goal-keepers in the game with Liverpool’s Alisson Becker and Ederson Becker. The two come in with a massive price tag of 6 million but more than justify the staggering amount needed to shell out for them with the cleansheet points they’ll be rolling into across the season.
Out of the two, Alisson Becker is by far the better choice for the opening exchanges of the league with the side playing against Norwich and Southampton in their first two matches. Elsewhere although Manchester City play against West Ham, Tottenham and Bournemouth, the side’s proposition of keeping so much of the ball and having a culture of excellence in their backline should see them keep a good amount of cleansheets in these matches.
Jordan Pickford- 5.5 million
The Everton goal-keeper is included in our side solely due to his opening fixtures with the side playing against Crystal Palace and Watford. He helps save half a million as well for us and becomes a good pick given the number of saves he’s bound to make in every match.
Mathew Ryan, Nick Pope- 4.5 million
If picking out a cheap goal-keeper and rotating between two goal-keepers is the way you want to go for this edition of the Premier League than Brighton’s Mathew Ryan and Burnley’s Nick Pope are the ideal players to make an advent into your side. Both have good fixtures in between them and will offer you a sublime chance to help clear money to invest in other areas of your side.
Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander Arnold- 7 million
They are the most expensive defenders in the game but rightfully so as well. The two came up with 20 assists in between them in the previous edition of the Premier League, recording the highest number of assists between a pair of fullbacks in the showpiece league and the upcoming season should be no different.
While Robertson is better while crossing and in attacks, TAA holds a role in the side’s corners and freekicks as well. Both have massive ownership as well and picking out atleast one, if not both of them is a certainty for not only gameweek 1 but throughout the season.
Lucas Digne, Matt Doherty- 6 million
They might not come bearing too many cleansheets but their attacking sojourns make them excellent value. While Digne came up with good assists for Everton in the last season, Doherty was someone who emerged as a massive reason for our ascendancy in the league rankings. The left wingback has an innate ability to not only contribute with assists but score a rich bagful of goals, an extremely adept player in both the defensive and attacking facets.
Oleksandr Zinchenko, Aaron Wan-Bissaka- 5.5 million
Our narrative of picking out fullbacks in the backline continues in this 5.5 million bracket as well with Zinchenko being our first pick over here. Given the extended injury to Benjamin Mendy and a dearth of options for the reigning champions in the rightback role, Zinchenko makes for the cheapest option to get in from a City defence likely to shut out their opponents in a majority of their matches.
He came up with assists in the preseason matches and should do so in the Premier League as well. Moving to Manchester United after a 50 million transfer from Crystal Palace, the rightback will be moving forward continuously in his side’s matches and is bound to get not only an assist but bonus points as well.
Jan Vertonghen- 5.5 million, Andre Christensen- 5 million, Charlie Taylor- 4.5 million, Lewis Dunk- 4.5 million
Our bracket of the relatively lower priced players sees us pick out Jan Vertonghen from Tottenham given their opening three fixtures and Andrew Christensen from Chelsea. With David Luiz moving to Arsenal on the last day of the transfer window and Antonio Rudiger injured for atleast a month, Christensen is a certain starter for Chelsea.
The 4.5 bargain picks see us pick out Lewis Dunk from Brighton and Charlie Taylor from Burnley, two players who like the goal-keeping picks can be repeated based on their fixtures.
Mohammed Salah- 12.5 million, Raheem Sterling- 12 million
He might be the games most expensive midfielder at 12.5 million but the Liverpool man has ever since the course of the last two seasons emerged as a must have. He’s currently owned by a staggering 42.8% of people and with Sadio Mane likely to get less minutes in the side’s league opener, Salah becomes an excellent player to pick up.
The rightwinger is set to score and assist in today’s match against Norwich, something with Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling should do as well. With us unsure of how the new signings will settle into the Premier League and if they can contribute to their side’s consummate success, shelling out exuberant amounts of money for these two is a safe bet in the opening exchanges.
Kevin de Bruyne- 9.5 million
If you don’t want to go with Sterling in a bid to free up money for the strikers’ segment, then Kevin de Bruyne is the player to opt for. He’s back after a long injury, one that kept him out for a massive amount of the side’s title winning season but has returned from injury with goals and assists in the pre-season.
Lucas Moura- 7.5 million, David Silva- 7.5 million, Ryan Fraser- 7.5 million, James Maddison- 7 million
With Son and Delle Ali both out for the side’s opening two fixtures, Lucas Moura is bound to start for the side in their league’s opening exchanges. And with the side having three enticing fixtures in their beginning set of clashes, he is bound to score far the side, encapsulating along with Harry Kane to become a good pick.
David Silva is at risk of being substituted during matches but at 7.5 million, his price tag makes him an excellent choice. City are blessed with some outstanding players, myriad performers who end up trashing sides and Silva is set to register an assist per match. Ryan Fraser from Bournemouth is a good pick as well given Brooks is injured for the side and the impressive matches they have upfront.
From Leicester City we have picked out James Maddison with him on freekick and corner duty for the side and the introduction of VAR could see him come up with impressive returns for us.
Ruben Neves- 5.5 million, Jorginho- 5 million, Lucas Torreira- 5 million
Picking out a cheap and bargain buy is a necessity given the composition needed to maintain in a Fantasy Premier League. Our trivalent here is of players who hold roles in their side’s freekicks and corners, central midfielders who play a pivotal role in transitioning play in the middle of the park.
Sergio Aguero- 12 million, Harry Kane- 11 million, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The three might be the most expensive forwards but they are players who are not only the most highly owned but strikers who’ll engulf into our side a rich bagful of points. They are quissential to their side’s chances of finishing in the echelons of the league, players who have imbued in them a seamless blend of knowhow and goal scoring abilities.
Roberto Firmino- 9.5 million, Callum Wilson- 8 million, Raul Jimenez- 7.5 million, Olivier Giroud- 7 million
Incase the expensive way forward isn’t for you with money being invested in the midfield, these options in the cheaper bracket as excellent picks. They all have pristine fixtures, matches which can help write an essay of massive points for your Dream 11 side.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Selecting Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah was a no brainer for this encounter. Raheem Sterling is selected as our vice-captain for this match.
Bench For Gameweek 1
Our logic and reasoning for choosing out players for our bench was all about dwelling into the repertoire of 4.5 million and under players, names who are bound to play for their sides on a regular basis. Nick Pope is a good choice in the goal-keeper’s role while John Lundstram is the only ascertained 4 million defender set to feature in his side’s playing 11.
Mason Greenwood from Manchester United can be a pick as well at 4.5 million along with Leander Dendoncker.
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