Wish the summer and your weekend afternoons goodbye, as it’s that time of the year again… Fantasy Premier League is back.
As we hurtle towards the Gameweek 1 deadline, Fantasy Football Scout has all the information, advice and tips you need to help you with your team.
Our best XI for the opening weekend comes out later on Friday but for now, we have something for you mavericks out there.
If you want something slightly different to the crowd, here are three players with low ownership that may be worth considering for Gameweek 1…
GW1 Opponent: Chelsea (H)
There is no denying that Manchester United did not finished the 2018/19 season on a high. As soon as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was offered the manager’s role on a permanent basis things began to take a turn for the worse as the Red Devils agonisingly missed out on a coveted Champions League spot.
If there’s one person who could help turn things around with a run in the side, it is Anthony Martial.
He averaged an attacking return every 115 minutes in the Premier League last season.
Despite being listed as a midfielder he often plays in advanced positions, such as a centre forward on three occasions during pre-season.
His record of scoring 34 goal in 113 Premier League games is very reasonable, especially when considering his FPL price tag (£7.5m) and position.
Historically, a combination of injuries, rotation and being subbed off often limited his game time.
With that said, he is one of United’s most experienced attacking players and, fitness permitting, he should start matches regularly and will be relied upon to perform at his best on a consistent basis.
Manchester United will be up against a transitional Chelsea team on the opening weekend.
Interestingly, the last time Martial featured against them he scored a brace in a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s defence has not looked too solid in pre-season and they have just lost David Luiz (£6.0m) to Arsenal.
After last season’s woes, Manchester United will want to get off to a good start and players like Martial will need to make more of a difference with improved motivation.
GW1 Opponent: Aston Villa (H)
Kyle Walker-Peters was far from being one of Tottenham’s first
The departure of Kieran Trippier to La Liga and the injuries to Serge Aurier and Juan Foyth have unexpectedly brought him to the fore.
Walker-Peters has only featured in nine Premier League games during his entire career and yet averages an assist for every 112 minutes played.
Moreover, last season, 32% of his touches were in the final third of the pitch.
Of course, three of Walkers-Peters’ assists came from one game, but it provides an evident glimpse of attacking capabilities.
In fact, you won’t get many other starting £5.0m defenders from last season’s top four, espcially not at wing-back.
The transfer window has now closed and Tottenham’s did not sign any new right-sided defenders.
Walker-Peters may not be a hugely long-term option and may need transferring/wildcarding out when Foyth or Aurier comes back but we don’t know exactly when that will be yet.
Tottenham kick start their campaign against newly promoted Aston Villa in Gameweek 1, a favourable fixture.
Walker-Peters has a chance to establish himself in the team and with a few good performances he may prolong his presence as a regular starter.
GW1 Opponent: Southampton
Ashley Barnes was a great differential last season,
This attacking output alone was responsible for 33% of Burnley’s goals, which shows you how important he is to the team.
There are many other strikers currently priced at £6.5m with similar contributions, such as Josh King, but Barnes has an extra edge.
For every season that he has played in the Premier League he seems to be progressively scoring more goals:
|14/15 Premier League season||5 goals in 35 games|
|16/17 Premier League season||6 goals in 28 games|
|17/18 Premier League season||9 goals in 36 games|
|18/19 Premier League season||12 goals in 37 games|
The former Austria Under-20 international’s performance trajectory clearly shows that he is getting better at the top-flight level.
He is at the peak of his powers and there isn’t anything stopping him, even if they’ve signed Jay Rodriguez as an additional forward to add to the mix.
Sure, Barnes won’t end the season with 20+ goals, but would it be hard to reject him for your third budget striker spot when he could exceed last season’s points tally?
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