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FPL first-draft team reveals: Big at the back, Jesus up front

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Next up is Burning Questions co-host Pras.


Fantasy Premier League is back! That rush when the game opens and you quickly check some prices (personally I went straight into checking the £4.5 midfielders and forwards), the warm fuzzy feeling buying the big hitters, and the beginning of multiple screenshots on your phone. That’s what FPL is about. No doubt the disappointments will come after Gameweek 1 deadline, but let’s enjoy the next few weeks first.

For my first article in the 2022/23 season, I’ll share a very early draft. In fact, I wouldn’t even call it a draft – more like the initial gut feel/instinctive picks given the pricing. I will use this to talk about my immediate thinking and some pros and cons of going for this structure. The only guarantee is that this will change as the pre-season friendlies, the Community Shield and incoming transfers inevitably add vital information over the next few weeks.

Macro

Everything you need to know about the FFS World Cup of FPL

A couple of macro points first. 

The fact that the entire game has unlimited transfers during the World Cup makes this effectively a 16-week game with one Wildcard that must be played during this period. The first Wildcard can therefore be used strategically to either (i) pre-plan for fixture swings or (ii) act as an emergency bailout by going ultra-aggressive initially. I like both ideas.

We have been blessed with a unique situation where the best teams also have the best first few fixtures. In the first seven Gameweeks on the Fantasy Football Scout fixture ticker, Arsenal are #1, Chelsea are #3, Liverpool are #4 and Manchester City are #7 when the matches are sorted by difficulty. We don’t need to be taking unnecessary punts on promoted teams or bottom-half sides with good fixtures; remember the Adam Armstrong (£5.5m) gambles last summer?

The premiums

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Currently, I strongly favour the two-premium structure with Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) and Erling Haaland (£11.5m) and using the extra funds for more full-backs. However, given the attractive pricing across the board, I do expect a few ‘threemium’ drafts. Andy North and I did a video for Scout this week on the different structures, so do check that out:

The defence

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I ended the final five Gameweeks of last season with Reece James (£6.0m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m), Andrew Robertson (£7.0m), Joao Cancelo (£7.0m) and Marcos Alonso (£5.5m) in my team. I very much intend to continue this theme with these “game-breakers”. Going back to the ‘good teams and good fixtures’ strategy, I genuinely see points at both ends of the pitch for these players yet again; it’s how the game has evolved now. 

My five picks are therefore Alexander-Arnold, Cancelo, Robertson, Ben Chilwell (£6.0m) and Ivan Perisic (£5.5m). Every single one of these guys could have arguably a million more in price and still be good picks.

I am fairly certain I will have the first three but I am still scouting Chelsea for any change in formation/transfer activity to decide whether it is an ‘and/or’ with Reece James (£6.0m) and Chilwell. On Perisic, I want to see his fitness and minutes in pre-season and am ideally hoping that Sergio Reguilon (£4.5m) is sold but the upside is certainly there with him in the Antonio Conte wing-back system.

The goalkeeper

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629 Comments Post a Comment
  1. trixz
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 4 days ago

    RMT please

    Henderson (Raya)
    Cancelo—Robertson–Gabriel—Cash
    Saint-Maximin—Salah—Luis Diaz—Martinelli
    Jesus—Haaland

    (Ramsey—Vestergaard—Greenwood)

    1. pilgrimchris
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      nice team mate. Saint-Maximin could be a nice differential, not seen him in many sides. So too could Martinelli, are you expecting Martinelli - Jesus - Saka to be the regular Arsenal starting forwards?

      1. trixz
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        thanks! yeah it certainly looks like they're just gonna improve their 4-2-3-1 which worked great last season, replacing laca with jesus, who perfectly knows how to play the false 9

    2. TOBY1
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Like it but I not sure asm scores more than chilwell/james

  2. TOBY1
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    In every conversation about city midfield nobody has mentioned the risk of Alvarez taking minutes…

    1. EugeMurts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      He’ll be eased in gently but if he plays well will certainly add to the Pep roulette mix

  3. 15men1cup
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Hi Guys,

    My first draft, your comments are appreciated,

    Mendy, 4.0
    Trent, Cancelo, Tripper, Cash, Tomiyasu
    Salah, Coutinho, Neto (4.5, 4.5)
    Haaland, Kane, 4.0

    Thanks and good luck

  4. THELUCKYONE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    I think the forwards are going to flop again this year outside KANE ,HAALAND and JESUS last years figures again pointing to the midfield positions but the strength of the defenders and goalkeepers create fantastic £ for points.

  5. Alex1995
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Thoughts? Also, why are so many going Chilly > James? Not much in it but just curious

    Raya
    TAA Cancelo Perisic James
    Salah Coutinho Martinelli Bruno G
    Haaland Jesus

    Balcombe Neto Williams Greenwood

    1. tyiocoyg34
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Injury wise Chilly is the better option?

    2. UnluckyXI
      • 5 Years
      27 days, 13 hours ago

      Chilwell outscored James per game last season and James also went on quite a long run of blanks.

      I think they'll both score similar

  6. Gunnerssss
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Raya
    Rjames taa cancelo trippier
    Son rash martinelli diaz
    Jesus haaland
    Subs sanchez mings colback greenwood

  7. tyiocoyg34
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    RMT Please

    Chose not to pick Salah ^^

    Mendy - (Forster)
    Tomiyasu | Castagne | TAA | Dias - ( Vestergaard )
    KDB | Sancho | Luis Diaz | Trossard - ( Andreas )
    Jesus | Haaland - ( Mitrogoal )

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Some nice differentials there, I like it. I would probably tweak the defence with Mendy - 4.5, Castagne - 5

  8. tai31YNWA
      1 month, 2 days ago

      thought?
      raya
      TAA,chilwell,cancelo,trippier,perisic
      Salah,neto,wissa
      Haaland,kane

      (caballero-gk,murphy-mid,andreas-mid,taylor-fwd)

      1. UnluckyXI
        • 5 Years
        27 days, 13 hours ago

        That mid is too inflexible for me.

        If two of the long list of 8.0m players start doing well you'll have to really pick apart team or play wild card.

        So think you'd need to save a bit on the defence to get Neto up to the 8.0 bracket

    • Saviour22
        1 month, 2 days ago

        RMT

        Raya
        Taa Cancelo Perisic Tomi
        Salah Diaz Mahrez Neto
        Kane Jesus

        Any changes required

        1. UnluckyXI
          • 5 Years
          27 days, 13 hours ago

          Like it, we have the same core except right now I'm on Haaland over Kane then Sancho and Chilwell over perisic and mahrez

      • Jimbojunior
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        How do you add the fixture difficulty

        1. Chemical76
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          It's a premium member only feature now. Available through Members Tools

      • Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Wilson over Jesus for GW1+2
        Ars opens at CP / Then has Leicester at home
        New starts with Nots at home / Than BHA on the road

        I know planning a GW2 switch is overconfidence personified.
        But I am happy for now

      • Ruckly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Hey Guys A or B
        Team A
        Sanchez & 4.0M
        James, TAA, Perisic, Cancelo, Tomi
        Salah, Bruno G, Kul, Neto, Andreas
        Haaland, Jesus, Taylor
        Team B:
        Rays, Sanchez
        Chilwell, TAA, Tomiyasu, Perisic, Vestergaad
        Diaz, Kul, Bruno G, Neto, , Andreas,
        Jesus, Haaland, Kane

      • NJ MetroStars
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        i cant not have son. what do you guys think?

        sanchez

        taa, robbo, laporte, james

        salah, son, rashford, martinelli, neto

        jesus

        steele, undav, neco, greenwood

        obviously zero bench but looking to go hard early and use the wildcard by week 6/7

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          27 days, 13 hours ago

          i'd go further and downgrade Undav to a 4.5
          leave the extra money in the bank.

          bench won't be needed - and if it is you have Neco and his 1-2pts sitting there.

      • Frozone_Wy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 1 day ago

        If you want a chelsea midfielder now, is sterling worth paying 2mil more than mount?

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          27 days, 13 hours ago

          doubt it.
          i'm on Mount right now. i really like him.

      • Dale Sartip-Zadeh
          1 month, 14 hours ago

          Jesus up front

        • Damien Sartip-Zadeh
            1 month, 14 hours ago

            Alonso is a bargain

          • seamusseamus
            • 8 Years
            29 days, 13 hours ago

            Raya (4.0)

            TAA Cancelo Doherty Cash Trippier

            Salah Son B.Guimaraes Kulisevski (Benharama)

            Toney (Undav, Greenwood)

          • Satriales
            • 1 Year
            27 days, 10 hours ago

            Is it worth changing my team around to fit Koulibaly in?? Would have to lose Rice and Cash to make the ££ work.

            1. StevenW
              • 3 Years
              26 days, 7 hours ago

              Feel like Rice is a bad pick, not sure Koulibaly would be one I would target from Chelsea. James / Chillwell if possible

          • SamBlue
            • 4 Years
            26 days, 21 hours ago

            Thoughts and Prayers: RMT

            Raya
            TAA Consaleo Gabriel Chilwell
            Son(C) Foden Diaz Ramsey
            Kane Jesus

            (B) Darlow Neco Murphy S.Greenwood
            ITB 0.0

            I've been sitting on this squad for a week now...2nd Draft.

          • Holteenderinthesky
            • 4 Years
            26 days, 20 hours ago

            First Draft, thoughts?

            Mendy
            TAA, Cancelo, Ait-Nouri, Tomiyasu
            Salah, Sterling, Rashford, Neto
            Haaland, Jesus,

            4.0, Andreas, N,Williams, Phlange

          • StevenW
            • 3 Years
            26 days, 7 hours ago

            Which 3 score more points over the first 8?

            1) Raya, Robertson, Grealish
            2) Alisson, Cash, Mahrez
            3) Alisson, Other 5m?, Mahrez

          • Evasivo
            • 12 Years
            25 days, 12 hours ago

            The battle of the £8Mil Mids, whose your pick?

            I’m probably gonna have 3 of them, currently Maddison Mount Saka

            Mahrez Diaz Kulu close

            1. Athletico Timbo
              • 1 Year
              25 days, 12 hours ago

              I’ve got Mahrez and Diaz at the moment. Not sure if I’m kidding myself with Mahrez but the Charity Shield might give us a clue.

              1. Evasivo
                • 12 Years
                25 days, 12 hours ago

                Just worried about usual Citeh rotation… and yea he could do great but not much between the 8MM,s so going for guaranteed starters at this stage

                1. Evasivo
                  • 12 Years
                  25 days, 12 hours ago

                  Diaz impressed me last season but with Salah on all dead balls will he still outscore others…. Possibly tbh

                2. Athletico Timbo
                  • 1 Year
                  25 days, 12 hours ago

                  Probably wise.

              2. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                25 days, 12 hours ago

                Appreciate the 20-year throwback there

            2. Bobby Digital
              • 4 Years
              25 days, 12 hours ago

              I have four; Foden Mount Saka Diaz

              1. Evasivo
                • 12 Years
                25 days, 12 hours ago

                No Salah or Haaland, surely a lot to jeapardise?

                1. Bobby Digital
                  • 4 Years
                  25 days, 12 hours ago

                  Got Kane Jesus up top... Kane could become Haaland.

                  1. Evasivo
                    • 12 Years
                    25 days, 12 hours ago

                    Wow, impressive…. Left wind too, I like it

                    1. Evasivo
                      • 12 Years
                      25 days, 12 hours ago

                      *wing

                      Surely no Salah?

                      1. Bobby Digital
                        • 4 Years
                        25 days, 12 hours ago

                        No... Can't have em all.

                        1. Evasivo
                          • 12 Years
                          25 days, 12 hours ago

                          True that! I can get 3 8MMs and Salah but then Jesus Havertz up front…. Plenty of tinkering to come

          • Herman Toothrot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            25 days, 12 hours ago

            Anybody looked at the NFO lineup tonight?

            Johnson is in the #10 spot, Awoniyi and Taylor (4.5 forward) playing up top.

            Neco RWB

          • Tdog7
            • 5 Years
            24 days, 19 hours ago

            RMT

            ramsdale raya
            zinchenko chillwell robertson malacia vestergaard
            kdb son diaz dewsbury hall elneny
            wilson martial jesus

          • Longlatini
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            24 days, 17 hours ago

            Haven’t been on here for a while so sorry if this has already been talked about a lot but is Neco Williams about the only starting 4.0 def?