Fantasy Premier League deadline is getting closer, and the prices of players mean we may not be able to get everyone we want. But then we can still get some as we look at some of the templates we can use to build our team.
Team template 1
Harry Kane finished atop the striker’s log last season with 217 points, and the Tottenham striker is back to reclaim his spot. The forward is prolific in front of goal netting over 20 goals per season since 2014/15 and 29 goals last season. The World Cup top scorer who has not dropped below 211 points since 2015/16 season will be looking to continue finding the back of the net when Spurs visit Newcastle before playing Fulham and Burnley.
Wilfred Zaha will be looking to leave Palace before the season starts and that will affect his place in this squad but let us hope all things stay the same and he continues to deliver Palace. Priced at £7.0, Zaha is quick with his feet and is always found where ever the action is when Palace is playing. He can score and assist (sixteen goals, 18 assists for the last two seasons) making him a valuable asset even though injuries disturbed him last season. If we are to go by his stats, he can deliver over 130 points by the end of the season.
One of the Liverpool three wise men, Firminho is no small player as he managed to carve out space for himself in a season dominated by Mo Salah. Three seasons at the Kop has seen his goal ratio increase each season; 36 PL goals, 27 assists (15 goals, eight assists last season) is an excellent return and as Liverpool is already looking like title contenders, expect more from the Liverpool man. Fixtures are kind for the Anfield side as the play West Ham, Crystal Palace and Brighton in their first opening fixtures.
The midfield is the heart of the team and judging by prices, one has to settle for one or two top players and some backups. Why is Salah so expensive? (crying)
To many managers, Mkhi had a miserable season but last season was his best in FPL with 103 points, the previous point being 73 for 2016/2017 season. The Armenian had only spent two seasons in England and last season was filled with troubles and falling out with Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho which affected his game. He had since moved to Arsenal to redeem himself, and new Arsenal coach Emery will be looking to the player to deliver from midfield, and since Arsenal has two prolific strikers in Aubameyang and Lacazette, we expect his assist rate to increase from 9 which he had last season.
We love Salah, and I would like him to deliver against other teams except when playing against Manchester United. The Liverpool midfielder is an all-round package as he scores and assist. This new season will be his fourth PL season, but we only started loving him last season. 32 PL goals, 12 assists, 303 points, worth £13. If he should deliver this season, we might as well play 5 – 1 – 4 because by then his price will make sure we can’t purchase other players.
The cost of the forwards and Salah means we will have to settle for the best of the rest in defence
Cedric is one of the few defenders with a calm head. Cedric had 63% tackle success last season and 155 recoveries. Southampton had a leaky defence, but he still ended the season with 85 points. Cedric earned three yellow cards last season so no need to be afraid of being penalised for his mistakes.
A key player in Tottenham’s defence, Trippier combines attack with defence. He made 24 appearances last season giving seven assists and keeping nine clean sheets earning 113 points. He also made 147 recoveries and has 58% tackle success.
Charlie Daniels isn’t a popular name in defence, but he sure works hard earning 84 points. He ended last season with 71% tackle success, 214 recoveries, 93 clearances and no caution.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of the players that I firmly believe their values will increase this season. He made 19 appearances, had ten wins and eight clean sheets and the 19-year-old will be hoping things get better from here. He also had 68% tackle success last season, 39 clearances and 133 recoveries. Arnold made 1007 passes and earned 83 Points. Since Liverpool style of play allows defenders to join in the attack, who knows what he might do this season?
Harry Maguire is a central part of Leicester City defence playing all games last season and ended the campaign with 117 points. He scored two goals, had assists, kept nine clean sheets, made 176 clearances, 269 recoveries, 73% tackle success, 263 duels won and no own goal or errors leading to a goal. He has a knack for committing fouls though (34 fouls committed) and earned seven yellow cards last season but no red card.
If you are going to have a weak defence, you might as well have a Goalie that can earn you clean sheets and bonuses. David De Gea last conceded 28 goals last season and kept goal mouth shut in 18 games as he rescued Manchester United’s season. Consistent, superb and trusted, he made 115 saves and earned 172 points last season.
Honestly, the bench is made up of Midfielders whom we hope will deliver.
Truthfully, Ngolo Kante is a good player, but this is a game that only values players that can store or assist. Three PL seasons, three goals, seven assist is not a nice return, but his price means he can make up for money spent on Salah. He ended last season with 101 points
The 21-year-old has no PL experience but played 42 games for Wolves last season contributing six goals. His inclusion though is also to make up for Salah’s price and also watch him.
Dale Stephens played 36 games for Brighton last season providing three assists. He made 1,757 passes and also contributed defensively with 67 clearance and 293 recoveries.
Fabianski finished third in the keepers log with 157 points, 1 point behind Ederson. Swansea’s weak defence was part of why Fabianski managed only nine clean sheets but for a keeper that faced 193 shots and saved 137, this keeper is good. He had since moved to West Ham, and he will make good competition for De Gea.