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FPL team guides: West Ham United – Best players, predicted line-up + more

Gameweek 1 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is drawing ever nearer and we’re profiling all 20 Premier League teams before the season starts.

We continue our team-by-team guides with West Ham United, seeing what their players have to offer.

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LAST SEASON: ATTACK

TotalRank v other Premier League clubs
Goals scored607th
Shots449=11th
Shots in the box3068th
Shots on target14810th
Big chances746th
Expected goals (xG)59.097th

It was a second successive finish inside the top seven for West Ham United, this time with a wonderful European journey included. They defeated the likes of Sevilla and Lyon on the way to the Europa League semi-final, before being eliminated by eventual winners Eintracht Frankfurt.

If it wasn’t for a late blip in domestic action – winning one of their final seven outings – the Hammers would get another shot at it, instead of the Europa Conference League.

Their FPL season was entertaining too. The early form of Michail Antonio (£7.5m) and Said Benrahma (£6.0m) saw both their prices shoot up by at least £0.5m during the opening weeks.

Forward Antonio began with three double-digit hauls thanks to four goals and four assists, whilst midfielder Benrahma bagged one of each in both of the first two.

Once things quietened down for the duo, in stepped Jarrod Bowen (£8.5m). His trickle of early attacking returns went up several gears after Gameweek 19. Suddenly, five goals and six assists arrived in just eight appearances, averaging nine points per match.

With such a low price of £6.5m, Bowen’s ownership escalated and he ended the season as one of only five players to exceed 200 FPL points.

LAST SEASON: DEFENCE

TotalRank v other Premier League clubs
Goals conceded519th
Clean sheets8=12th
Shots conceded54515th
Shots in the box conceded34915th
Shots on target conceded165=9th
Big chances conceded566th
Expected goals conceded (xGC)58.8310th

David Moyes mostly used a four-man defence, although wing-back systems were occasionally tried.

Strangely, the Hammers ranked as one of the league’s worst for allowing shots, yet one of the best for conceding big chances. It was one of the reasons why Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m) finished as high as he did for FPL points (fifth among goalkeepers), with easy save points arriving from those low-percentage shots.

Their defenders were of little FPL interest due to a lack of clean sheets – only four sides collecting fewer. Yet they did provide 21 attacking returns, with six from Aaron Cresswell (£5.0m) and five from Craig Dawson (£5.0m).

What didn’t help was that they were the only two West Ham defenders to start over 25 league games. Heading into 2022/23, the £30m summer signing Nayef Aguerd (£5.0m) comes highly rated but has already had to undergo ankle surgery


OPENING FIXTURES

Once the opening day clash with Manchester City passes, our Season Ticker says that West Ham have the second-best fixture run between Gameweeks 2 and 11. And even the equivalent May hosting of City ended in a 2-2 draw.

Although they coped well with last season’s congested schedule, it’s worth mentioning that qualifying for the Europa Conference League group stage would bring another long period of midweek matches.

From Gameweek 2 until players are released for the World Cup in November, each midweek would have either a league, Europa Conference League or EFL Cup match. There is also an international break.

PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 1 LINE-UP

 

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334 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Flying Assassins
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Which one?

    A) Perisic and Mount
    B) Robertson and Rashford (have TAA)

    1. C_G
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      A, not sold on Rash yet

      1. C0YS
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 18 hours ago

        +1

  2. Weeb Kakashi
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    For How many weeks do you see yourself captaining Salah in the first 6?

    Just tempted to go without him and instead have Son for GW1 and then switch to KDB for GW2.

    Previous years people have gone without Salah and have been burned. But then people dint have Mane/triple pool for that instance in their team. If Salah does well then there is a high possibility that Diaz also does well. Covering Mo Salah never works but it could with Diaz and Son/KDB

    1. C0YS
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Not sold on Diaz, or honestly KDB (at least as a Salah downgrade). Can see Son being worth a gamble though

    2. Sleno
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      Salah only in 4 maybe if you fancy kane or son this week that is.

  3. C_G
    • 7 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    think im gtg, thoughts?

    Ward

    TAA Walker Robbo Dalot

    Salah KDB Bailey Neto

    Kane Jesus

    Iversen Greenwood N Williams Andreas

    Could do Robbo ---> James and upgrade too 5.0 GK

    1. teddy.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Brave backing the Utd defence after last year!

    2. C0YS
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Looking good. Another potential option is Robbo to Perisic and then Ward to Alisson/Ederson.

      Probably leave your team as it is though, it’s already not a very expensive defense

  4. Fred the Red
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    A) James Robertson Bailey Neto
    B) Perisic Trippier Rashford Diaz

    1. C0YS
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      A all day

  5. C0YS
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Hey all, would appreciate any help with this lot!

    Ward // (Iversen)
    TAA // Robertson // James // Cancelo // ???
    Salah // Mount // Bailey // ??? // (Andreas)
    Kane // Wilson // (Archer)

    A) Neco + Neto (4-4-2) with Neco first bench
    B) Perisic + 4.5 (5-3-2) with Archer first bench

  6. Joyce1998
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    G2g?

    Ward
    Taa, Walker, Dalot
    Salah, Son, Bailey, Martineli, Rash
    Haaland, Jesus

    Iverson, Coufal, Neco, Plange

  7. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Trying a threemium for the first time. Thoughts?

    Mendy
    Taa walker Gabriel cash
    Salah kdb martinelli Bailey
    Kane Jesus

    Ward neco Andreas archer

    1. Fred the Red
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      I think for KDB's price I'd rather have Son

      1. C0YS
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Agreed

    2. C0YS
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      Not bad if you want to go for a threemium, but I would downgrade Mendy to Iversen and upgrade a defender to James for more upside

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Thanks mate

    3. De Gea is GOAT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      I like it! Was also on KDB at the start but i do prefer Son in the first fixture. Also no Cancelo is a slight worry but the other defenders + Mendy can easily make up for it. GL mate!

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Made another one which I prefer

        Ward
        Taa robbo cash jansson
        Salah kdb Neto Bailey
        Kane Jesus

        Iversen neco andreas archer

        1. De Gea is GOAT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 15 hours ago

          I prefer the other one tbh :/

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      Very close to my team ; Son over KDB makes no sense if you’ve Kane … but Kane > Haaland and KDB > Som down the line is in my plan.

      1. De Gea is GOAT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 15 hours ago

        What if City don't do much vs WHU and both Son & Kane go crazy?

  8. MikeLowrey
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    XXX
    TAA Robbo James XXX
    Salah Mount Neto XXX
    Kane Jesus

    (Ward, Andreas, Williams, Archer)

    A) Iversen, Cancelo & Bailey
    B) Ramsdale, Walker & Martinelli

    Both leave .05 ITB. Thinking I could get away with Walker over Cancelo for the start of the season

  9. Fred the Red
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 17 hours ago

    Which team would you go with?

    Team A:
    Ramsdale Ward
    James Robbo TAA Cancelo Neco
    Salah Martinelli Bailey Neto Andreas
    Haaland Jesus Greenwood

    Team B:
    Ramsdale Ward
    TAA Cancelo Perisic Trippier Neco
    Salah Diaz Rashford Martinelli Andreas
    Haaland Jesus Greenwood

    1. yanky
      • 12 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      so basically
      a) James Robbo Bailey Neto
      b) Perisic Trippier Diaz Rashford
      close but i lean B

  10. C0YS
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 17 hours ago

    Seeing a lot of people asking questions and no one answering, what’s up?

  11. yanky
    • 12 Years
    12 days, 17 hours ago

    anybody going without an 8m mid? i like the flexibility but without one current on this…

    if i want to move to Diaz/Mount/Foden/Mahrez/Saka i dont see an easy way… but i do like the look of the below LOL

    Ramsdale (4.0)
    TAA Robbo Cancelo James (4.0)
    Salah Martinelli Neto Rashford (4.5)
    Kane Jesus (4.5)

    1. jia you
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      Yeah and if I don't BB I definitely will go without...feels like the 8m spot(s) can wait until we get into the meat of the season

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      Not going with an 8.0 mid either, but I have Salah KDB midfield. Your back 4 are practically midfielders anyways who may well outscore the 8.0 mids until you WC

    3. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      The gap between my first mid (Salah) and 2nd mid (Martinelli) is SEVEN MILLION, like you. For a structure-vulture that's a complete no-no. But quite a lot of us are going with it.

  12. LloristheHounds
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 17 hours ago

    A/
    Walker, son, Bailey

    B/
    Robertson, cancelo, Grelish

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      A for me Grealish is a trap

  13. yanky
    • 12 Years
    12 days, 16 hours ago

    a) Robertson Rashford
    b) Dias Diaz

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      B until Jota is fit

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      B

  14. Al Pacho
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      RMT !

      Ramsdale
      TAA Cancelo James Trippier
      Salah Diaz Bailey Martinelli
      Kane Jesus
      Bench- Ward Neco Neto Greenwood

    • sachinnarsee
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 16 hours ago

      First time poster, long time admirer. Please rmt:

      Ward
      Walker, Trip, Cash, White
      Salah, Saka, Sterling, Kdb
      Antonio, Jesus

      (Sanchez, Neco, Andreas, Greenwood)
      0.5 itb

      Don’t see anyone doing Antonio upfront. Mistake? Thanks.

    • Hunta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 15 hours ago

      Ok, final back like needs work!

      TAA Cash Trippier Cancelo bench NWilliams

      Thinking of bringing in Dier Walker