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What are the best premium player ownership strategies in FPL?

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This season is starting to feel like a throwback to the good ol’ days of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) where there was a practical overabundance of viable premium options and every one felt like they were essential. Those were the days where titans such as Ronaldo, Henry, Rooney, Lampard, Gerrard and Drogba all walked the same patch of earth, each vying for a place in our team on their way to achieving FPL immortality.

Whether we’ll see the likes of those again time will tell but, with Spurs’ Harry Kane (£12.3m) and Son Heung-min (£10.1m), Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m), Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku (£11.5m), Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) and Sadio Mane (£11.9m) and Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes (£12.1m) and, soon, Cristiano Ronaldo all being options and all priced in double-figures, FPL managers will, once again, have some big decisions to make.

Premium-priced players, which for the purposes of this article will refer to players listed at £10.0m and above, are premium for a reason and, while they don’t necessarily guarantee the highest points or, in fact, points at all (I’m looking at you Bruno), they do tend to be the players who net big hauls with the greatest regularity, hence their popularity when it comes to captaincy.

Given that how we manage our premium player choices looks likely to be key to how our teams perform this season, this article will look at a few strategies FPL managers can consider when it comes to selecting the heavy-hitters.

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Probably the most common tactic when it comes to premium players in FPL is to begin the season with two heavy-hitters and then, maybe, try and fit a third in there when your team value has increased or viable budget options emerge.

This strategy helps to avoid a potential overreliance on your heavy-hitters to perform week-in/week-out as the budget can still be spread throughout the squad. Typically, when we get into the realms of three or more premiums, the sacrifices in the squad become more evident and the importance of those heavy-hitters delivering increases.

That is not to say that the presence of premium players automatically weakens the rest of the squad. Every season is different and where you have an abundance of high-quality enabling players at relatively low cost, the inclusion of multiple heavy-hitters might not be too much of a negative at all. That is an assessment each of us will have to make, but rarely will a strategy involving heavy investment in the big-money assets avoid the need to make trade-offs entirely.

For me, given that you can only captain one player each week, more than two premiums (assuming they rotate reasonably well) feels somewhat inefficient and I tend to lean towards spreading the money throughout the squad in the hope that I can generate points from multiple sources. I’m a bit like Pep Guardiola is with midfielders when it comes to mid-priced FPL players; I’d fill my squad with them entirely if I could. I definitely don’t like being too dependent on a handful of premium assets to perform. However, this perspective is easier to say than to do, particularly when there are multiple heavy-hitters who you do not own, punishing you with huge scores each Gameweek.

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  1. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Any Reading fanes here?

    They've only gone and taken Drinkwater and Baba Rahman, and are trying to 'poach' Andy Carroll!!

    https://www.football365.com/news/transfer-deadline-day-live-james-mbappe-ronaldo-kounde

    1. Ron_Swanson
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      they should go for Wilshere as well!

  2. dshv
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Anyone thinking to go Lukaku over Ronaldo until gw14 ??

    Chelsea fixtures are crazy from 7 to 14

    1. FPL Brains
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Depends on Ronaldo's price.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Yeah if he’s over 13m I don’t want him.

    2. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Not planning anything right now. All depends on ronaldos price amd how utd play.

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      That's my plan.

    4. FPL Brains
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I think also, Leeds were perfectly set up for United to batter and I've not been impressed with United in the next two games.

    5. Luke Chadwicks Left Peg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      If Ronaldo is 12.5 or above, I'm not sure he's worth the extra £1m given the respective fixtures.

    6. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      If I was going for a premium forward right now that's what I'd do.

    7. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      then we wait for GW 7

    8. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      If I were wildcarding, I would go with Ronny now, and migrate to Rommy.

      As Im not, I went with Rommy now because he fits better with long term planning over potential short term gain.

    9. FPL Bielsa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Lukaku + 1m is better than Ronaldo in my view so I'm going with Rom, his medium term fixtures except MC home are excellent and he might even get one in that game.

      It helps that I don't particularly like Ronaldo but that's probably just the Leeds in me coming out !

  3. FPL Brains
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    The more I give this time, the more I think I'm not going to execute my WC and will revert back to my original plan.

    1. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Though i am not doing good (980 k), which is only because of my poor decisions in captaincy and hit, i think team is pretty solid. No Real issues. Most importantly i am not sure my wildcard team gonna suddenly hit 100 points each and every week.

      1. FPL Brains
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Link your team in your profile mate.

  4. Ron_Swanson
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Another Norwich price reveal FFS!

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Actually, it's the club posting the tweets. Maybe United have the FPL tweet ready to go.

      1. Ron_Swanson
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        maybe, but you'd think FPL would just get it done if they know it. I doubt its high on the list of Man Utd's priorities

  5. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Would you get Ronaldo at 14m? I wouldn’t.

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Nope

    2. Thanos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Is that his price???

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        No price just yet. I think I’d pay 12.5m. But he’s been 14m before, albeit as a midfielder.

    3. internal error
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      13 tops. I'll just go Lukaku if he is more than that

    4. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Id get him at 15m

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Problem is he’ll score a lot less points as a forward

    5. Hiiler
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Probably wouldn't because I have 13,8 available funds after transfering Ings out.. 😛 But I doubt it will be 14. Most likely 12,5.

    6. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      why would he be 14?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I’ll answer your question if you answer mine.

        1. Lindelol
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          For some patch otherwise no

    7. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      He'll never be 14m. Salah was only priced at 13m after a 300 point season. I think they've stopped making players go over 13m

    8. Fake Prince
        1 month, 21 days ago

        14???????
        He is 36

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          So what? I don’t think I’ll ever understand this point.

          1. Fake Prince
              1 month, 21 days ago

              whats there to understand? He is 36 - why are you making him 14?

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                I’m not making him 14.
                If he was 65 or 25 years old and has been playing like he has, what’s the difference?

                1. Lindelol
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Perhaps he wants to say he can't be a 14 year old now 😀

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    I dunno. 29 goals in 33 last season plus winner of the golden boot at the Euros. Weird how people are looking at his birth certificate rather than his performances all of a sudden.

                    1. Lindelol
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 21 days ago

                      Plus he wants to achieve more and more

                    2. Dr. Rog
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 12 Years
                      1 month, 21 days ago

                      age isnt so relevant for him - his fitness levels are still better than most PL footballers.

        2. Beatle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          No

        3. caldracula
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Not interested until GW14 and wouldn't pay more than 13.

      • Herman Toothrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I wonder if those setting the FPL prices look at the comments on here.

        "I wouldn't pay more than 12.5 / 13m for him"

        Okay, let's make him 13.5 to toy with their emotions.

        1. DRIZ ✅
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Mark is drip feeding the information

          1. Herman Toothrot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Depends if his WC draft can't afford him at 13 ha

        2. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Honestly only idiots would get him at that price then.

          1. Dr. Rog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            plenty of Man Utd supporters around

            1. Zim0
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              I'm a United supporter as well

          2. Pratik
            • 12 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            You never know. If he was banging in goals very consistently, 13 might still be doable. Just means you drop him as soon as fixtures get worse.

            The lampard/gerrard/ronaldo trio were all 12M or similar at that time, and people sacrificed their entire team to build around those these three.

      • Sanchit
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        "Shirt Sales would cover Ronaldo's transfer fee" - NO, it doesn't work that way.

        https://youtu.be/n3QwQQwRq9c

        1. SpeedyPro
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Depends on the deal they have with the manufacturer doesn't it, plus his transfer fees were pretty minimal, so they might well cover it in sales.

          1. Lindelol
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Its the wages in this case

          2. Sanchit
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Most clubs would have a deal where they get 5-10% of the profits.
            ( Profits, not revenue, which is generally quoted)

        2. Lindelol
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          thanks for the share. But hardly anyone will read this and they will keep on saying that

      • BENOIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        which scores better over the season?

        A) 4.5m mid & Ronaldo
        B) Son & 7.5m striker (Wilson/Jimmy)

        1. DRIZ ✅
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Ronaldo alone

        2. caldracula
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          B quite easily IMO

      • Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Ronaldo 11,8M in the Sky game. How is that likely to correlate to FPL?

        1. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          11.8? That's a weird price. Is that normal in the Sky game?

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Got it off a retweet. Can't verify it, and I don't play that game.

            I expect the official reveal very soon though.

            1. Herman Toothrot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              He's priced the same as Kane and Salah in the Telegraph game. (7m)

            2. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              They're saying on Sky Lukaku is 11.3, and Salah 11.9. It does suggest same price on FPL as Salah.

        2. sentagoda
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          I would think Ronaldo at 11.5 same as Lukaku

        3. jackruet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Ronaldo will be 12.5 or 13

      • Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        United are a big set piece threat again with Ronaldo, Varane, and Maguire! Such joy!

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          It's also about how much they concede. With Fred still operating and Ronaldo unlikely to track back that team already has 2 less.

      • Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Football Intelligence Unit
        @unit_football
        ·

        Apparently Duje Caleta Carr told his agent “why would I want to live there” after looking at google images of Wolverhampton.

        Oh dear. You can see his point, though!

        1. Sleepless in Settle FPL
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          What does it even mean?

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            The player not signing, or the beauty of Wolverhampton?

      • dshv
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Sanchez foster
        Taa shaw dier tsimi ayling
        Salah raphinha bruno benrahma greenwood
        Antonio ings obafemi

        0.9 itb 1ft

        Ings to dcl ?

        1. sentagoda
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          DLC or Bamford.

          1. DavvaMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 21 days ago

            I am not sure either, would need more info on DCL's injury, both have great fixtures moving forward.

      • Ninjaa
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Are most going to be getting rid of Bruno to free up funds for Ronaldo?

        1. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Depends on CR7 price

        2. Lindelol
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          I am

        3. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Yes

        4. Joey Tribbiani
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Imagine if Bruno keeps pens because of his 95% success rate, and he becomes even better option when everyone has sold him.

          1. jackruet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 21 days ago

            No matter how success rate bruno has, ronaldo will be the only one penalty taker. Bruno - who? When cr7 was already famous, bruno was may be a school boy

        5. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          I will if he’s priced appropriately

        6. The Wise Owl
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Bruno has dropped form, and with the arrival of Ronaldo, though unconfirmed will also likely lose penalties.

          Ronaldo has more appeal than Bruno.

          1. Hiiler
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 21 days ago

            I was going to drop Fernandes for Ronaldo as soon as I heard that Ronaldo chose Man United. Although Fernandes form drop makes this decision easier. Risky still , but easier.

            1. pakornk
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              do you have Greenwood?

          2. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            didnt he score a hattrick like week ago

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              🙂 He did. The mob is fickle

      • Konstaapeli
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Salah > Jota
        Bruno > Greenwood/Torres

        would allow forward line of Lukaku - Ronald - Antonio in 343 formation.

        Could it be worth it?

        1. Dr. Rog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Salah is someone I consider untouchable but its not outrageous I suppose, subject to Bobbys injury news

        2. pakornk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          why woud you drop Salah?

      • pakornk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        when will the new members area be completed from beta? been like months now no?

      • Wılly
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Up to 8.0 midfielder of choice to fund Ronaldo?

        A. Grealish
        B. Torres
        C. Raphinha
        D. Jota (-4)
        E. Other?