Our Fantasy Premier League Team – Version 3
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Fantasy Premier League Team – Version 3
It has been another busy week for us and if you tuned in to listen to yesterday’s Fantasy Football Tips Podcast then you will have heard us discuss the third draft of our FPL Podcast team. You will also have heard our exciting news where we introduced our new sponsors Premier Punt – The Real Money Fantasy Football Betting Game… In case you missed it you can listen now here:
For those of you who prefer to see than to listen, we thought that we would show you a screenshot of how we expect our team to look for gameweek 1. However, we cannot guarantee that there won’t be another little change before the season kicks off – but don’t worry, we will update you on the website if we do.
So we have caused a bit of a stir on Twitter this week amongst the FPL community with our comments on Eden Hazard – check the article where we argue that you simply cannot afford not to have him in your side here – so it stands to reason that we kept Hazard in our team… we will now try and justify the other changes to our Fantasy Premier League team and justify the decisions in each area of the field:
As it stands we have opted for the backup goalkeeper strategy (as outlined here) and so we have Speroni and Hennessey from Cyrstal Palace. We don’t want to spend too much on our goalkeepers as they are usually the players who get the least amount of points, and we don’t want to worry about squad rotation in this position. This should have us covered for the season.
A back three of Clyne, Richards and Azpilicueta is unchanged from version 2 of our team. We have invested enough to get the clean sheets from Chelsea with the assist chances from Clyne and a gamble on Micah Richards recapturing the form that saw him sign for Man City.
Probably the most contentious area of the pitch and the most difficult area to settle on a decision. The dropping of Matt Ritchie (£6m) for Jordon Ibe (£5m) not only represents a saving of £1m but also fills us with optimism. We are still concerned that as a starter in our team he may not get the game time we want, but we think he could have a big season ahead, even with the competition amongst the Liverpool squad.
Yaya Toure also made way for Raheem Sterling as we have had to take note of his prominence in the pre-season games and take in to consideration the fact that he will have a much more forward thinking role than Yaya. This may change by gameweek 4 when we see how he ties in with Aguero but until then we are prepared to give Sterling a chance.
Hazard has been the point of much discussion this week but we have stopped driving ourselves crazy and made the decision that he simply has to be in your team from day one. Questions over his value and potential price rises/drops are not really anything for us to worry about now as we have opted to put him in the team. The potential he brings as captain for gameweek 1 is massive and he will probably be our captain with Groud/Costa as vice for GW1.
We have stuck with Memphis Depay at Man Utd and he is probably our biggest gamble, but we are just too excited about what we see and hear from this kid. He is a set piece specialist and has started off well at United in pre-season. We will be monitoring him very closely as he is really taking the place of Mesut Ozil for us – but we predict big things from Depay and price rises to go with it.
Where we have lost a tiny bit of depth in midfield, we have more than made up for it in attack. With Diego Costa, Benteke and Giroud up front we are pretty happy. The only other player that we really wanted was Wayne Rooney but he had to make way for Costa who had a better return than most strikers in terms of minutes per points last season. We are hoping for an injury free run for Costa, Giroud to make the most of the good early Arsenal fixtures and Benteke to hit the ground running at Liverpool.
As Quigliano said in the podcast, we like them top heavy… and this team sure is that!
If you haven’t listened to the podcast yet then have a listen now, and why not check out our new sponsors Premier Punt. We are so excited about their big launch next week but you can check out their site now.
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