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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. Right In The Stanchion
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    Imagine getting ganged up on by a united fan and a barcelona fan.

    Cut from the same plastic cloth

  2. el polako
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    Tierney added to watchlist.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      If Arsenal can get a proper CDM & CB he'd be a great deal at 5.5m too

      1. el polako
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        That's the thing hopefully FPL echelons will factor in that he plays for Arsenal when deciding his price, at 5.0-5.5 hr is worth a go.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 4 hours ago

          You have to give discounts for playing with clowns (Luiz Sokratis etc) 🙂

    2. Srv210
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      If arsenal get improvement in defensive side of their game..he can be great

  3. FOO FIGHTER
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    Auba as a mid with his consistency would be a dream come true...

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      Yeah

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

      He's anything but consistent !
      I never feel confident © Auba.
      Never.
      Not that i do well with others but Auba © is always like a punt in my head

      1. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        2019/20 - Auba started at 11.0m and finished lower in price (10.9m) Scored 205 pts.
        2018/19 - Auba started at 11.0m and finished lower in price (10.8m). Scored 205 pts.

        Auba as a forward = 11.0m starting price and will score you 205 pts.

        #consistent

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 4 hours ago

          Get him in.
          Never sell. Never © unless vs 19/20th team.
          I get your point mate. Agree with that.

          He can improve as well if Arteta does well. My only Point was he's inconsistent as a © material.

          1. Right In The Stanchion
            9 days, 4 hours ago

            Ignorance is bliss

        2. FALSE PROFIT
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 4 hours ago

          A strange one yep.
          We might find instead of so many 11 to 12.5 choices FPL could have lots of 10 to 10.5 choices. It could make things very interesting.

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      Auba as a mid has to be 12m. But I'd be very surprised if they make him one.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        12m or Midfielder ??
        Or both??
        He's definitely becoming a midfielder according to THAT FPL scout analysis

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          9 days, 4 hours ago

          That doesn't mean anything. Means they're considering it. But I don't think they will change his position.

          11m FWD next season is my guess.

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            9 days, 4 hours ago

            Okay .. I'd be happy with that tbh. Won't have to worry about him 😀

      2. SAY MY NAME
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        and at 12m there are other mids i'd be choosing first

      3. Velocity
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        I’d be surprised if he’s that expensive 12 mil !?

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      BUR, AVL, BOU, PAL, WOL, SOU, BHA, NEW, WHM

      6, 5, 2, 2, 8, 5, 2, 8, 2

      #cOnSiStEnCy

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        If you keep Auba a whole season the he rewards you. If he becomes a mid more points.

        Set for get as a mid but as a fwd.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          9 days, 4 hours ago

          *but not as a fwd*

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        Don't remind me... I of course brought him in a for a perfect 4 game run where he delivered 2,2,2,8 compared to Vardy's 2,8,20,6. Oh yeah and this was after 9 straight weeks of returns.

    5. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      Auba at home vs bottom 6:

      AVL - 5*
      BOU - 2*
      BHA - 2*
      WHM - 2
      NOR - 16
      WAT - 16

      Auba away vs bottom 6:

      WAT - 13*
      NOR - 13*
      WHM - 12*
      BOU - 7
      BHA - 2
      AVL - 2

      * means before Arteta was appointed manager

      Has Arteta changed Auba into a home merchant when he was previously an away merchant against the bottom sides?

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        You can't judge anything from points vs Norwich & Watford tbh.

        Everyone scores vs them 🙂

      2. Ginkapo FPL
        • 9 Years
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        Look at the teams not the location

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

      Most captaincy picks will be midfielders, so making Auba one of them, makes it easy to hokey-cokey when picking the best captain. Other than that, I'm not that excited.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        Hockey Cockey is such a good point. I missed that all together 😮

  4. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • 9 Years
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    Tierney will be the next assist king next season

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      But if arsenal can't keep clean sheets whats the point? He'll just be another digne

      1. BNMC
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        I wouldn't mind another Digne. I trust Arsenal defensively just a bit more than Everton lol

        1. Quite Big Dunc
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 4 hours ago

          To be fair to Digne (and Everton), they played almost an entire season without any recognised defensive midfielders. Terrible season obviously, but surely much more likely to improve in this area next season. I reckon Digne could be an option again, especially if he’s priced at 5.5.

          1. BNMC
            9 days, 4 hours ago

            Digne was one of my best players in 18/19. Remember his 15-point haul vs Man Utd (or was it more)?

    2. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      more than KDB and Bruno? 🙂

    3. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      Agreed. The only worry is his CS chances. But if Arsenal get Thomas Partey and top CB he could be fantastic.

      1. Srv210
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        This.Partey would be a very good signing ,this FA Cup game very important for better transfer chances

      2. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        The data's not flattering.

        But he only came into the side towards the end of the season, and only seemed to find his feet in the last few games.

        Passes the eye test at least...

        1. Srv210
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 4 hours ago

          Yeah passes the eye test, I'm hoping he would atleast be better than the lot already here

      3. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        Interesting, I've never heard of T Partey, but if he signs then that's my new team name sorted.

        1. Forza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          9 days, 4 hours ago

          My first ever reply fail, thankfully the pages are flying...

  5. Bookkeeper
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    Auba set and forget captain all season?
    18/19- 205 pts
    19/20- 205 pts

    Bonus magnet too.

    At 11m worth considering.

    1. BNMC
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      If he's listed a a mid then his BPS slightly decreases. Forwards get quite a bit more BPS for scoring.

      1. Bookkeeper
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        really can't see FPL classifying him as a midfielder, despite playing out wide.

    2. el polako
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      How many people is actually determined enough to have "set and forget" captain ?
      There is always temptation to go with big hitter against "easier" team.
      Problem with Auba is that his hauls can be pretty inconsistant.

      1. BNMC
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        If you play the Lateriser way you'll never keep your big hitters for too long, never mind a set and forget captain!

        I've done some digging and I have captained 15 unique players this season. From the consistency of Salah and KDB, to the bold differentials in TAA and Jimenez, and the outright silly in Lundstram.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 4 hours ago

          He's a legend. I'm nothing but an average player.
          I sell them before they haul 🙂

      2. Bookkeeper
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        The set and forget requires discipline. If you have the patience and resist the temptation, it would work long term.

    3. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      There's no way he'll stay at 11 if he's a midfielder, and if he's forward the City/Liverpool/United options are good competition.

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

      Nobody is set and forget

  6. Amey
    • 1 Year
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    Give him an Oscar !!
    Soft ... Hate it

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      Oscar left Chelsea.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        🙂

  7. SAY MY NAME
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    PULI HAMMY

  8. Right In The Stanchion
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    Pulisic hammy and off

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

    Oh bloody heck Pulisic hammy gone as well now 🙁

    1. Velocity
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      Damn I was hanging my fpl team on him for next season!!!!

  10. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    Pulisic hamstring gone

  11. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    Pulisic injured

  12. FALSE PROFIT
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    10 minutes ago Pulisic one of my first picks. And now?

    1. Velocity
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      I know right

  13. La Roja
    • 8 Years
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    Get out of my team pully

  14. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    Free spot in my team already now

    1. FALSE PROFIT
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      Havertz definitely incoming now!

  15. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    Another Pulisic muscle injury. Story of his career...

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      This is concerning. He struggles to stay 100% condition...

    2. Velocity
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      That Hammy looks bad doubt he’ll be ready in time for the season

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        Most relatively minor tbf, except for that tear in the abductor muscle.

      2. Velocity
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        Wow

  16. FOO FIGHTER
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    This how my GW1 team ended up

    Heaton2
    VVD8 TAA5 Pereira9
    Salah24 McGinn7 Perez3 Sterling20
    Greenwood1 Vardy2 Haller2

    Buuton Trossard0 Dunk11 Lundstram3

    Greenwood autosub for Trossard

    83 points wasn't a bad start.

    1. BNMC
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      Nice on McGinn and Pereira. Seems like everyone had Perez that week though...

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        Perez was an utter fail. Same with Vardy earlier in the season.

        1. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 4 hours ago

          I dont want to add up what Perez and Foster over Barnes and Pope cost me

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            9 days, 4 hours ago

            Then there was Haller lol.

            1. Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 6 Years
              9 days, 3 hours ago

              I got 84 with Dunks 11 on the bench. Dreaded King and Wilson up top though

        2. El Fenomeno R9
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 3 hours ago

          Just saw my mids GW1,KDB and Martial gems

          Salah,Sterling,KDB,Martial,Perez

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

        11 goals in that Newcastle side was miraculous and he was only 6.5.

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

      Beat me by one. Got 82 with this lot but then WCed 🙂 to get 76 in week 2 - comparatively much better

      Hendo 2
      TAA 5 Robbo 2 Ward 6
      Sterling 20 Perez 3 Martial 7 Dendo 3
      Kane 26 Auba 6 Jota 2

    3. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 3 hours ago

      I had a full house at the back! 93 pointer:

      Ryan (9)
      TAA (5) VVD (6) Coleman (6) Zinchenko (6)
      Salah (12x2) Sterling (20) KDB (7) Tielemans (3) Dendoncker (3)
      Vardy (2)

      Button / Lundstram, Greenwood, Martinelli

      1. 7shadesofsmoke
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 3 hours ago

        *VVD (8)

  17. La Roja
    • 8 Years
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    Tierney struggling too

  18. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    CHO in the frane

    1. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      One of my worst punts this season. Was f@kin useless

  19. Naby K8a
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    Advantage Arsenal

    1. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      Don't curse it!

  20. FPL Pillars
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    Shame Puli is injury prone

  21. FALSE PROFIT
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    Pepe improvement noticed

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      Oh god...

      I had him in my team for two spells. Neither were any good. Will need to show some sustained form and come in under 9.0m for me to consider him again.

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 3 hours ago

        There is a bad taste around him. We all tend to do "never again" things.

      2. BNMC
        9 days, 3 hours ago

        I had him in my team for 4 games and actually got 1 goal and 1 assist out of that - a pleasant surprise indeed.

    2. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      What's the most you'd pay for him next season?

      7.0m?

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 3 hours ago

        About right. Maybe a price drop contender to do better things?

        1. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 days, 3 hours ago

          It's possible.

          At 7.0m with a good run of fixtures he might be worth a punt. Still not keen though... 😆

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

        9.0m. He's worth that if he can show his Lille form. I paid 9.4m in the hopes he might. But will definitely need to show some form and be starting every game before I invest again.

  22. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 10 Years
    9 days, 4 hours ago

    Dammit need to find an extra 1.0 for Werner at 10.0 instead of Puli at 9.0 now

    1. Velocity
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      I had Pulli at 7 mil. I’m in trouble now

      1. Velocity
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        He was 7 mil this year and only scored like 120 points!?

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 10 Years
          9 days, 4 hours ago

          Barely in the top 100 for minutes though

          That in & of itself may inadvertently be the answer btw

          1. Velocity
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            9 days, 4 hours ago

            More mins than you think 1700 mins

            1. FALSE PROFIT
              • 6 Years
              9 days, 3 hours ago

              Anyone in 2 points per 30 minutes is a good shout if he can get nailed

            2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 10 Years
              9 days, 3 hours ago

              Which is barely in the top 100 midfielders, right? 90-somethingth I think?

        2. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 days, 3 hours ago

          FPL Towers are usually pretty good at reading the situation. They don't blindly price according to their total points.

          I'd bet around 8.0m.

          1. Velocity
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            9 days, 3 hours ago

            Damn lolololol

          2. Velocity
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            9 days, 3 hours ago

            He scored in spells 5 goals in quick succession but was quiet after that until lockdown!!!

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      9 days, 4 hours ago

      I reckon Werner too much of a risk at that price.

      1. Velocity
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 days, 3 hours ago

        Werner will be a Forward methinks

        1. Velocity
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          9 days, 3 hours ago

          I’d be very surprised is Pulisic is priced anything higher than 8

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

            i's de surprised if he's below 8, 8.5m i reckon

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

              *i'd be

        2. FOO FIGHTER
          9 days, 3 hours ago

          Of course he will but at 10.0 new player and he blanks 1st GW you chew up your phone..

          I picked Haller the 1st GW and it was a fail but at 7.5 I could still stomach it.

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            9 days, 3 hours ago

            And Haller had pretty good statistics for a newbie...

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

    chelsea looking stronger now

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 3 hours ago

      Timing 🙂

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

        hoped it would work 🙂

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

      timing

  24. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 3 hours ago

    If Mount stays under 8.0 might be worth it

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 3 hours ago

      Lolz

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

    Auba!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Danny Murphy is a terrible commentator.

    Count how many times he says:
    - "Yeah"
    - "Yeah he is"
    - "You're right."

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

      Agreed.

    2. pingissimus
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 3 hours ago

      yeah he is you're right

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

    Auba!

  28. Naby K8a
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 3 hours ago

    STOP CRYING FRANK LAMPARD

  29. Right In The Stanchion
    9 days, 3 hours ago

    Goooooooaaaalll Arsenal

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

    Auba price up another 0.5