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The FPL players who could change position in 2020/21

The relaunch of Fantasy Premier League for 2020/21 will see the usual price swings for various players based on last season’s performances but will also feature positional reclassifications for a handful of them.

In this article, we’ll outline the case for a change of position for a number of Fantasy assets.

Ten players were reclassified at the beginning of last season, including Diogo Jota, Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie.

It’s fair to say that the alterations could be more seismic this summer, with a few premium assets potentially moving from midfielder to forward or vice-versa.

Before we begin, we should stress that this is purely guesswork on our part and is based on how FPL have gone about classifying players previously.

It could be, for example, that they have other ideas on how they will group ‘wide-midfielders’ next season – although, given the short turnaround, a complete overhaul of the game perhaps looks unlikely.

As a very rough guide, FPL have previously classified players using the following criteria:


DefendersCentre-backs, full-backs, wing-backs (eg in a 3-4-3/3-5-2)
MidfieldersCentral/defensive midfielders, number tens, wingers/wide-midfielders, players on either flank of a front three
ForwardsLone strikers, strikers who play in a two-man attack, the central striker in a three-man frontline

The classifications are typically based on what each player in question has done in the previous season.

Marcus Rashford and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, for example, had spent most of their time centrally in 2018/19, hence their listings as forwards at the start of the campaign just gone.

There is the occasional high-profile error (more of which below), of course, but these tend to be either academy products or fringe players from promoted clubs who were perhaps not given as much attention at the launch stage.

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1,205 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Nice team goal.

  2. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Capt America G

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      In my team start of next season. Wooo hooo

  3. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Puli my main troll of the season. I count this goal towards trolling.

  4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Pulisic will be a striker next season?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      no

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      He will be a hauler though...

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      No way
      Probably nailed in my team alongside Bruno.

  5. BNMC
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Why couldn't he score like this vs Wolves?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Arsenal defense vs Wolves defense.
      Big class difference

    2. amitmishr
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Only if Luiz played for wolves. Just seeing him on the team sheet helps your confidence.

      Imagine a defence of Jones and Luiz with karius behind them

  6. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    That interplay between Mount, Girous and Pully doesn't want breaking up with Werner or anyone.

  7. FALSE PROFIT
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Pope
    TAA
    Pulisic KDB
    Ings
    They are my FPL spine next year without thinking of new guys arriving.
    What captain would you pick with these or would you perma cap KDB

    1. amitmishr
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Probably will add Bruno and che Adams instead of Ings, purely from cost perspective

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Bruno is going to be too expensive, but clearly has his merits.
        Che Adams is a blast I totally miss

    2. pingissimus
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Captain KdB was a solid enough move last season. Played it quite a few times - not sure anyone is permacap material tbh really

      His downside as a captain is the 5-0 against Brighton. Had him there. Called the result and ended up with a 3 pointer. That can happen with anyone of course but it feels more likely with him in some way - he doesn't do the tap ins in big results.

      The upside is the Liverpool match. Also had him there - which turned out really well.

      Not convinced I'll start with him given likely price tag but if I do I'll captain him when there's no one else with a really prime fixture. Not permacap - standby cap.

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Yeah. All ifs and buts I suppose. If I capped him last year as I intended I would be 3k and not 30k. FFS made my mind up too often

        1. pingissimus
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          Made lots of bad decisions last time - mostly transfers out. But one thing I get 100% right was to ignore EO and polls on here.

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Salah is definitely in my team to start. He underperformed this year and still got 233 points.

      1. pingissimus
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Do you think he comes in cheaper than KdB? 12.5 versus 12.0?

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          Think Salah could be 12. He'll be straight in my team if he's priced at that

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 5 hours ago

            But I'm worried about penalty duties at Manchester city. If DeBruyne is first choice even ahead of aguero now i think he's a better option than salah

            1. FALSE PROFIT
              • 6 Years
              9 days, 5 hours ago

              Yep. The Europe games will have an impact first 3 weeks though

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Maybe him being sh.t finisher is finally coming up ??
        His attacking stats according to FPL site are same for last 3 seasons. Maybe teams are getting used to his style ??

        I'm only saying this isn't a guarantee that he will score for fun next season

    4. Treadstone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      If I'd perma cap KDB this season I would have 35pts more than captains I selected.Would have put me in top 5k so it's worth considering imo.

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        See above! (smile)

    5. pingissimus
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Actively contemplating TAA as a captain next time

      Just played it the once on FH last time. He is the 4th highest scorer in the game and has a decent haul record - not far behind the power mids at Liverpool. His blanking record is a touch better.

      I've been looking at cs over the last 2 seasons and both City and Liverpool had a propensity to go a consistent run of cs. Once they got 2 in a row there was a decent likelihood of more following.

      If you look past the fact that he's a defender there's nothing really to stop captain TAA in a favourable fixture and the team on a good run - just like any other pick really. There's a lower ceiling but that's it really.

      1. BNMC
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Trent lower ceiling? If anything he's more consistent than Salah and Mane.

      2. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Agreed. Seems odd that's all

    6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      I will end up doing something unnecessary like:

      4.5, 4.0
      TAA, VVD, Robbo, 4.5, 4.5
      KDB, Bruno, Pulisic, 5.5, 4.5
      Ings, 5.5, 4.5

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        We are thinking alike; there is no doubt

      2. pingissimus
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        Have something similar in mind but more likely from WC than from week 1

        Haven't analysed in any great detail but my theory is that Liverpool is a form defence. You triple up when they start to get cs rather than just rely on season value.

        City too look as if they're a form defence from this season and last. Laporte isn't getting much of a mention but the City cs record with him last time was terrific. Very interested to see where he comes in at versus VVD. He'll miss more of course but that's what a 4.5 is there for.

      3. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        Oi! You knicked my draft that I've posted over the last couple of days! Gk is Pope at 5 though.

    7. Amey
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Does this makes sense ??
      https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/22227469

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        A strategy I have used for 10 years.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          I'm so stupid !
          Facepalm .... 🙂

      2. pingissimus
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Sort of

        Not sure on captaincy though. Easy to get over theoretical at this point and then when fixtures come out. Last season there was all sorts of runs people were planning - none of them panned out because Mo and Raz flopped early and Vardy happened,

        Lucked out last season on captaincy - despite very poor start. Vardy turned it around, I just left it on him for 6/7 weeks when he couldn't miss. I didn't get hauls elsewhere but I always got tidy returns.

        Not saying that we'll get another Vardy next time just that it makes sense to go flexible and not overplay around a rotation.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          I agree with everything you said.
          I'm only saying I want to learn to use © more strategically rather than using on random players who i like or are flavour of GW 🙂

  8. Amey
    • 1 Year
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Pulisic stop scoring & let FPL increase your price 😀
    I really hope he stays 9m or less !

    1. Srv210
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      It's so hard being an Arsenal fan nowadays...always sad days 🙁

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Sorry bro.
        Being a United fan ain't been a easy too.
        I hope both of clubs have better days ahead !

        1. Srv210
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          Yeah,hope so

      2. Right In The Stanchion
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Not everyone can glory hunt barcelona like yourself

        1. Srv210
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          Nobody is glory hunting here mate, you can have a favourite team and a favourite player who may or may not be playing for your team ie messi for me

          1. Right In The Stanchion
            9 days, 5 hours ago

            Ohhh Messi fanboy. Pictures on you wall like a teenage girl

          2. Amey
            • 1 Year
            9 days, 5 hours ago

            Ignorance is bliss 😉

            1. Srv210
              • 3 Years
              9 days, 5 hours ago

              Indeed it is 🙂

    2. el polako
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      No chance.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Okay
        Less than 10m ?
        Take it or leave it !

        1. el polako
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          I reckon 10m ish.

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            9 days, 5 hours ago

            At least we should get some nice pool of 6m ish striker's than 😀 (hopefully)

            1. FALSE PROFIT
              • 6 Years
              9 days, 5 hours ago

              The FPL system and the change in forward ideology, Towers will have to change the scoring system IMO or make big changes in how they select mids.

              1. Amey
                • 1 Year
                9 days, 5 hours ago

                We both know the probable output tbh sir 🙂

                To keep the game easy for people who don't invest time too much like us is the main reason i guess.

        2. FALSE PROFIT
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          It will be interesting how they classify Chelsea and price them too. They could have 6 players 8 mil plus

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            9 days, 5 hours ago

            Pulisic being so expensive hopefully will be more of a first team player (probably won't make sense but knowing owner I'm saying that) + 1 year in PL makes him easiest one to pick

            1. FALSE PROFIT
              • 6 Years
              9 days, 5 hours ago

              It is a wait and see but he has the chance of being gold. OR: He plays like his last season at Dortmund.

              1. Amey
                • 1 Year
                9 days, 5 hours ago

                Looks pleasing to eyes for sure 🙂

  9. FOO FIGHTER
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Quite frankly, Firmino at 8 or 8.5 fwd is going to be too good to resist. He did not have the greatest of seasons but only 5 points difference from his 18/19 score.

    1. el polako
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      I like my forwards to score goals.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        I can use the saved cash somehere else compared to having Martial at what many are predicting at 10.5 lol as a forward. Martial's points tally as a fwd will decrease.

        1. el polako
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          Game isnt about "saving cash" but about racking up points and ownig right players at the right time.
          Over the years despite trying few times I never had any luck with Firmino.

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            9 days, 5 hours ago

            Neither have I. I have not had luck with Ings either.

            For me it is going to be about picking value.

            Firmino if at 1.0 or 1.5 less compared to this season is up my alley.

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      He's boring asset to own.
      To have him, you should keep for all season as his hauls are unpredictable too

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        True

      2. BNMC
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        I got him to be my 3rd Pool player for the DGW and it paid off. It was a straight swap from Vardy too. But I only bought him because it was a DGW - I got rid a couple GWs later.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          You got lucky then 😉

    3. amitmishr
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Some avoidables for me. Wood, Barnes, Maddison, firmino. Never score when I have them

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        I can do with Wood tbh.
        Nailed + pens (most of them)

        Hopefully he isn't outpriced by FPL

        1. amitmishr
          • 5 Years
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          Every year, I pick one of him and Barnes and the other keeps hauling. If only I had avoided them for first 6-7 weeks

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            9 days, 5 hours ago

            Same here tbh.

        2. FOO FIGHTER
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          Wood will probably be 7.5.

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 5 hours ago

            Don't see that happening

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              9 days, 5 hours ago

              What if Greenwood is being touted at 8.5 lol

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                9 days, 5 hours ago

                Weren't we talking bout chris wood :/ also damn that's some price hike for greenwood :p

                1. FOO FIGHTER
                  9 days, 5 hours ago

                  I think the lowest I have seen some tout Greenwood at is 7.5 😀

                  1. Zim0
                    • 2 Years
                    9 days, 5 hours ago

                    Damn that's high. I think he'll be 7 at highest. And if we sign sancho he's no longer a regular option anyways.

                    1. FOO FIGHTER
                      9 days, 5 hours ago

                      Yeah, bench duty.

                2. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  9 days, 5 hours ago

                  I was talking about Chris

      2. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        But who will be a better option than woods at 6.5

        1. FALSE PROFIT
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          Button (smile)

  10. SAY MY NAME
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Kane listed as a CB could be golden next season, Spurs keep a reasonable number of clean sheets and Kane even goes upfield for set-pieces, and he takes penalties, at 6.5m i'm definitely thinking about having him in my team 🙂

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Naa. 6.5 might be too much. I'll have him at 6 for sure though

      1. SAY MY NAME
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        true - i guess it depends what they price essentials like KDB and Bruno 🙂

  11. Right In The Stanchion
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Arsenal should just employ George Graham to sort out the defence.

  12. Naby K8a
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    75 mill on Pepe and he's not even better than Jarrod Bowen

    1. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      he's not found his feet in our league yet but he's shown some good skill at times, and had a couple of great games in the Europa League - speaking of which he just scored a cracking goal which was disallowed for an offside

    2. Nanoelektronicar
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Offside saved you from humble pie 🙂

  13. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Arsenal pen

  14. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Pen

  15. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • 9 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Should have been Red.. Azpi lucky

  16. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Foul was outside the box.

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Pen given

  17. Bookkeeper
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Werner priced at 9.0m next season?

    1. Licky
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      I'm thinking 10.0, but i'm really not sure.

    2. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      i can see 10+, new big name players always command a high price

      1. Bookkeeper
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        10 would be too high for first season

        1. SAY MY NAME
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          we'll see, but big reputation normally means high price, he is a goal machine

    3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Sounds about right

      Unproven in premier league and rotation risk

    4. Nanoelektronicar
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Interesting how they'll price him. Hope he'll be no more than 9.0, not sure how many would own straight away if the price is higher. People don't trust new arrivals. Pulisic and Bruno were kindly priced this season for example.

      1. Bookkeeper
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        also FPL will be acutely aware that with so many players from this season whose prices will shoot up, creating a team will be toughest to date in FPL.

        1. Nanoelektronicar
          • 5 Years
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          Also, I don't know why so many here are skeptical, mentioning Morata and Higuain as examples of failed Chelsea strikers. I'm no football/tactics expert, but Werner seems to me like Vardiesque kind of striker, with pace, also look at Salah's debut prem season. I'm very interested, but need to see how other factors will fall into place.

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        And pulisic and Bruno were both underpriced. Hope FPL learn...

        1. Nanoelektronicar
          • 5 Years
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          All Chelsea and Uniteds mids/fwds were.

    5. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      10.5m minimum. I would argue 11.0m given his record in Germany.

      1. SAY MY NAME
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        i tend to agree

      2. Bookkeeper
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        He's only hit 20+ goals in a season twice in 7 seasons. Not amazing.

    6. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Should be 10.0. better be on the safe side and make sure he's not underpriced

  18. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Auba price to increase 0.5 if he scores

  19. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • 9 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Willy to save ?

  20. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Auba G

  21. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Auba goal

  22. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Come on Arsenal keep Wolves out of Europe so i can get their players in my teamm

  23. Licky
    • 8 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Giroud with the melodramatic fall.

  24. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    It's that Tierney to Aubameyang ball down the line again...

    1. Nanoelektronicar
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      He's playing LCB because of injuries? LWB otherwise?

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Could be, or it could be tactical. Who knows...

  25. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • 9 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Arsenal route 1 stoke style

  26. SAY MY NAME
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    azpi hammy?

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      twang !!!

      1. SAY MY NAME
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        i don't like to see any player injured (well, a few exceptions maybe) but this could help Arsenal, Azpi probably Chelsea's most consistent defender (apart from the penalty he just conceded lol)

  27. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • 9 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Azpi hammy

  28. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Nightmare few minutes for Azpi.

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      He is in tears... poor lad

  29. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    So the only two fantasy relevant assets are the only two players to, so far, get returns in this game.

  30. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Azpi crying not because he can't play on, but because be knows how shite Christensen is