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Next up is three-time top 200 finisher and two-time champion of India, Lateriser, who talks through his latest Gameweek 1 plans.

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We’re almost there! It really feels like Christmas and I’m very excited about this new season. I feel like it is going to be very interesting because as things stand, there are just so many good Fantasy Premier League (FPL) options to consider.

Until last night, I felt so unsure about my Gameweek 1 draft and while I’ve had a proper tinker session this morning, I just feel like come Friday, I might land in a different place.

It is the nature of the season, I think. Liverpool and Manchester City now have more traditional number nines in their armoury. Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have strengthened. It possibly can’t get worse for my club Manchester United (who have impressed me in pre-season, but it is only pre-season), while the likes of Chelsea still have good FPL assets at their disposal and some great fixtures to start the season. I feel like more so than any other year, there are way more ways than one to skin this FPL cat.

So, let’s talk about this morning’s tinker I have had and where my current draft is. It is worth pointing out that this is my draft as of Sunday and plenty could change by the time we get to Friday’s deadline.

LIVERPOOL PICKS

Let’s start with the primary talking point and that is Liverpool.

I think there might be a fair few of us that are thinking, ‘I wish we could have five from that team’. For me, Trent-Alexander Arnold (£7.5m) and Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) are not going anywhere. I won’t talk about them for too long but Alexander-Arnold looks like he’s basically playing as a midfielder in the half-spaces for Liverpool and I expect him to get a few more goals than usual this season (just like he did in the Community Shield).


READ MORE: Haaland, Darwin, Salah: How the big FPL names fared in the Community Shield


Going without Salah in Gameweek 1 in a previous season completely dismantled my campaign and I was never able to recover from that. As much as the theory might have legs at present (because of other value picks from Liverpool and premiums from Manchester City and Spurs rotating well), it simply is something I’m not wired to consider as an FPL manager right now.

When it comes to the third Liverpool spot, my thinking is that you can’t go wrong with Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) or Luis Diaz (£8.0m). Robertson was so close to goal on so many occasions against Manchester City, which is him basically carrying forward last season’s form. Diaz, meanwhile, looks first choice on that left-hand side. Against Manchester City yesterday, he played the Mane role, drifting a lot more central than I remember him previously. I think the presence of Roberto Firmino (£8.0m) has a lot to do with that, of course, as the Brazilian tends to make others around him better FPL assets.

Now the punt that I’m currently taking is Darwin Nunez (£9.0m). No, I don’t think he’s nailed or a sure starter but I’m not a very risk-averse manager and I just think his ceiling is very high. If, come Friday, we get the sense that he’s not going to start, I’ll go back to Robertson or Diaz but as things stand I’m going with Nunez. I just think that whenever I’ve seen Liverpool play so far, he tends to hog a high percentage of expected goals (xG) in that Liverpool team and if that continues and he starts versus Fulham, I like his ceiling. My back-up plan is Robertson, who I currently prefer to Diaz because of the goalscoring positions the Scot is taking up.

KANE TO HAALAND IN GAMEWEEK 2


That’s it from me for now but I’m interested to see where I land on Friday. I just want to reiterate that this season there are a lot of good FPL options so don’t be afraid to play your own game. Good luck and see you next week!

We’ve covered the promoted teams, midfielders, forwards and defence in depth on The FPL Wire and will be doing our Gameweek 1 pod on Monday in case you fancy watching.

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1,175 Comments Post a Comment
  1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 4 hours ago

    Walker or Zinchenko. Also 1.0 to spare, what do I do? Upgrade Sanchez?

    Sánchez
    TAA | Cancelo | Zinchenko | James
    Salah | Bruno G | Mount | Martinelli
    Kane | Jesus

    GK: Gazzaniga | Bailey | Neco | Taylor

    1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 3 hours ago

      Actually I don't have money, and I have to decide between James and Walker rather. Been tinkering for too long now

      1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 3 hours ago

        Or I could have James + Walker and no Zinchenko

  2. tommo1989
    • 5 Years
    8 days, 4 hours ago

    A) Ederson & Bailey
    B) Ramsdale & Neto?

    1. sirmorbach
      • 6 Years
      8 days, 3 hours ago

      A

    2. NJ MetroStars
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 days, 2 hours ago

      good question. im currently on B but you got me thinking now....

    3. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 22 hours ago

      A

  3. Ilicz
      8 days, 3 hours ago

      Don't know where is that faith in Perisic coming from? Somehow I feel Sessegnon is first choice in PŁ and Perisic for CL.

      1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
        • 8 Years
        8 days, 3 hours ago

        No idea mate, too many risks in people's teams

    • Ilicz
        8 days, 3 hours ago

        Don't know where is that faith in Perisic coming from? Somehow I feel Sessegnon is first choice in PL and Perisic for CL.

        1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
          • 8 Years
          8 days, 3 hours ago

          Nobody likes a spammer

          1. Ilicz
              8 days, 3 hours ago

              Sorry mate, am new here, clicked twice accidentally

              1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
                • 8 Years
                8 days, 3 hours ago

                No worries mate I'm with you!

        2. The Colonel
          • 8 Years
          8 days, 2 hours ago

          1) Sanchez + Neco + Mount (4-4-2)
          2) Ramsdale + James + Neto (5-3-2)

        3. Kun Tozser
          • 7 Years
          8 days, 22 mins ago

          Best 5.0 defender or midfielder for the first 3 gameweeks?

          Who do you rate to score the most?

        4. Kilkennyking
            7 days, 5 hours ago

            thoughts on my fpl team Ramsdale, Gabriel, Cash walker, Arnold, Koulibaly, Bernardo son, salah Jesus, Nunez

          • Dinglu
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            7 days, 3 hours ago

            Kame or haaland
            Can't make up my mind

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              7 days, 2 hours ago

              It's one or the other

              Kane gw1
              Haaland gw2

              Or decide and stick

              1. linkafu
                • 2 Years
                6 days, 22 hours ago

                This

          • linkafu
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 23 hours ago

            Help:

            A Dalot
            B Ait Nouri

            1. klopptimusprime
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              6 days, 9 hours ago

              Prefer RAN

          • eatdrinksleepwell
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 days, 13 hours ago

            Great article! locked 8 players