More Fantasy Premier League (FPL) player prices for the 2022/23 season were released on Monday.
Tottenham Hotspur were first up this morning, with Son Heung-min‘s price – and Fantasy position – the headline news.
Leicester City, Crystal Palace, Everton and Nottingham Forest followed, meaning that we’ve now got prices for all 20 Premier League clubs ahead of FPL’s presumably imminent relaunch.
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After a superb season in which he delivered 33 attacking returns and 258 points, Son Heung-min has been handed the inevitable price rise.
He’ll now cost Fantasy managers £12.0m, which is two million more than what his starting price was 12 months ago.
Son is now the joint-second most-expensive asset in FPL alongside Kevin De Bruyne (£12.0m), with only Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) pricier.
The South Korea international will also still be a midfielder in FPL this season; once Salah had avoided a reclassification on Saturday and it became clear that the game-makers weren’t about to overhaul the positional structures, it always looked unlikely that Son would become a forward.
Cheaper than Son is Harry Kane (£11.5m), who drops a whole million pounds from last summer and re-enters FPL at the same price as Erling Haaland. Kane’s total of 192 points was a whopping 66 short of what Son managed in 2021/22 but that was in part thanks to a dismal first 17 Gameweeks in which he delivered just one goal and one assist.
From Gameweek 18 onwards, he was second among all Fantasy assets for points, first for attacking returns and first for double-digit hauls:
Dejan Kulusevski (£8.0m) gets a significant rise too but is still £4.0m cheaper than Son, and the Swede will surely attract plenty of suitors as a result.
Kulusevski was actually an impressive fourth overall for FPL points after his full Gameweek 26 debut, although still a considerable 45 short of an in-form Son over that period.
The arrival of the as-yet-unpriced Richarlison, the introduction of five substitutions and Spurs’ qualification for the UEFA Champions League also raises some doubts about sustained game-time.
That’s one of the downsides to Ivan Perisic (£5.5m), too, given that Antonio Conte loves a wing-back substitution. In fact, Perisic – who thankfully is a defender in FPL – lasted 60 minutes in only 17 of his 32 Serie A appearances for Conte’s Inter Milan in 2020/21.
Ryan Sessegnon (£4.5m) remains a bargain buy, likely due to Perisic’s arrival, but Eric Dier (£5.0m), Matt Doherty (£5.0m) and Sergio Romero (£5.0m) are mid-price defenders and Hugo Lloris remains at £5.5m despite the fire-sale of premium goalkeepers elsewhere this weekend. The possible arrival of Djed Spence would add to Doherty’s competition at right wing-back but the former Wolves man is one for the watchlist if reinforcements don’t arrive.
Spurs had the third-best defensive record in the Premier League after Conte’s arrival, conceding just 24 goals and keeping 13 clean sheets in the Italian’s 28 fixtures in charge.
Central midfielders Rodrigo Bentancur (£5.5m) and Emile Hojbjerg (£5.5m) were the other two Spurs assets priced up today.
Jamie Vardy (£9.5m) is at his lowest starting price since 2019/20, having dropped a million from last summer’s initial listing.
Ageing limbs and competition from Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.5m) and Patson Daka (£6.0m) are of course considerations with the veteran striker but he remained Brendan Rodgers’ man for the big occasions in 2021/22 and the Foxes, unlike last season, no longer have to juggle European commitments with domestic matters.
Vardy might also be a beneficiary of the ‘five substitution’ rule, with more in-game minute management but fewer rests overall.
The 35-year-old hitman scored 15 goals last season despite being reduced to just 20 starts in an injury-affected campaign, with his shot-to-goal conversion rate (27.8%) the best among first-choice FPL forwards – not the first time he’s been in the upper echelons for that stat.
James Maddison joins a throng of midfielders at the £8.0m mark, up one million on where he was a year ago.
Maddison had a Kane-esque beginning to 2021/22, delivering just one assist in the first 12 Gameweeks, but went on to plunder 22 attacking returns in his final 23 appearances, averaging a remarkable 7.4 points per start in that time.
He, like Vardy and the rest of his teammates, will benefit from the easing of fixture congestion in 2022/23 as a result of the Foxes’ non-involvement in Europe.
Youri Tielemans (£6.5m), Harvey Barnes (£7.0m) and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (£5.0m) are all cheaper midfield alternatives to Maddison, with the more rotation-prone Barnes another one whose form improved in the autumn: he delivered 17 attacking returns from Gameweek 11 onwards, despite making just 17 starts in that time.
There are potential bargans at the back, too.
Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m) won’t have many takers but there’ll be a lot more interest in Ricardo Pereira (£4.5m), James Justin (£4.5m) and Wesley Fofana (£4.5m) at the tier below that.
Only three clubs kept fewer clean sheets than Leicester (seven) last season but they were decimated by injury for long periods of that campaign, so expectations will be higher this time around. Pereira was a £6.0m asset just two years ago and delivered 10 attacking returns and as many clean sheets in his debut campaign back in 2018/19.
Crystal Palace players likely won’t be featuring in many of our initial FPL squads, being bottom of the Season Ticker for fixture difficulty in the first nine Gameweeks. They face five of the ‘big six’ over that period and don’t meet a newly promoted side until Gameweek 16.
Their defenders might be decent pick-ups when the fixtures ease: only five clubs kept more clean sheets than the Eagles (12) in 2021/22, while it was just the top four who posted fewer expected goals conceded (xGC).
All of the regulars can be snapped up for £4.5m, with Marc Guehi, Joachim Andersen and Tyrick Mitchell remaining at the same price they were last summer.
Back-up stopper James Tomkins is even cheaper at £4.0m, while Vicente Guaita – who faces a fresh challenge for his place from new signing Sam Johnstone – is £4.5m for the second successive season.
Further up the pitch, midfielders Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise are competitively priced at £5.5m. So, too, are forwards Jean-Philippe Mateta (£5.5m) and Odsonne Edouard (£5.5m). The main drawback with the Eagles last season was that you were never quite sure what Patrick Vieira was going to do with his starting XI from week to week, with benchings seemingly coming out of the blue for most of his attacking assets. In fact, bar loanee Conor Gallagher and Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m), no midfielder or forward made more than 23 starts in 2021/22.
As for Zaha, he largely swerved Vieira’s tinkering. Substituted off in just two of his 31 starts and with his only two benchings coming off the back of injury or illness, he had his best-ever season for both FPL points and goals scored – helped in no small part by nailing down the responsibility of being Palace’s first-choice penalty-taker.
Fantasy non-entity Will Hughes (£5.0m) rounds off Palace’s price reveals for the day.
Any hope that an injury-affected campaign would help lower Dominic Calvert-Lewin‘s starting price have been dashed, with the England international holding firm at £8.0m.
The Everton striker contributed five goals and two assists in a stop-start 2021/22 in which he started just 15 Premier League matches, appearing off the bench on a further two occasions.
He did score 29 goals across his previous two seasons, of course, and will hope to be back on spot-kicks now that Richarlison has departed for north London.
Everton have to be viewed with a degree of suspicion after their late escape from the drop last season but if Frank Lampard can get a tune out of any of his midfielders, they won’t cost Fantasy managers anything more than £5.5m.
Dele Alli, Anthony Gordon, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Alex Iwobi and Demarai Gray are all available at this price.
No-one on Everton’s books made more league starts under Lampard than winger Gordon, whose modest tally of four attacking returns from 16 starts and two cameos off the bench was again unbeaten by any current Toffee.
Everton’s defensive options are even cheaper, with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, new signing James Tarkowski, veteran right-back/centre-half Seamus Coleman and the promising Vitalii Mykolenko all available at £4.5m.
Mykolenko is one to monitor as he was given more attacking license as a wing-back towards the season’s end and the hope will be that Tarkowski’s arrival can help boost the Ukrainian’s clean sheet prospects at the same time.
Nottingham Forest’s top goalscorer from 2021/22, Brennan Johnson, was listed as a £6.0m forward in the final round of price reveals of the day.
Wales international Johnson has spent lot of time playing on the wing or in the hole in his career but having found a home as one of the two strikers in Steve Cooper’s 3-4-1-2, FPL have predictably classified him as a forward.
Johnson scored on 16 occasions last season, contributing a further 10 assists to the Forest cause.
Summer signing Taiwo Awoniyi is identical to Johnson in both position and price.
Midfielder Ryan Yates, scorer of eight goals in the promotion-winning year, is available for £5.0m.
Centre-halves Joe Worrall, Scott McKenna and Steve Cook are listed as £4.5m defenders; Nottingham Forest conceded just 28 goals in Cooper’s 38 matches in charge last season.
Our first sighting of a £4.5m midfielder has been spotted, with Cafú – not that one – coming in at the lowest price rung. Jack Colback is also £4.5m but, having spent time at wing-back in 2021/22, it’s not 100% clear whether he is a defender or a midfielder from the wording in the Forest press release.
Back-up midfielders Joe Lolley and Alex Mighten are priced at £5.0m each, as is reserve striker Sam Surridge.
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