Fantasy Premier League: The season starts here!

By SFC Media Fri 09 Aug Fantasy Premier League
Photo by James Bridle | Ché Adams

The Fantasy Premier League deadline is looming! Remember it’s unlimited transfers until 7pm BST, Saints fans, so if you’re stuck in two minds, we’re here to offer some hints and tips to build the perfect squad…

First things first, before exploring who to pick, remember these three golden rules:

1. Play the fixture list

Your original team should be picked with the first six gameweeks in mind. Look for teams with kind early season fixtures and be mindful of players who returned late to pre-season and may be given an extended rest.

2. Beware of rotation

The top teams will always rotate, particularly when European competition starts. Even if you can afford more expensive options, sometimes cheaper alternatives can offer guaranteed game time and more consistent returns.

3. Balance your budget

Points on your bench might come in handy, but only if you’ve picked the wrong starters. Don’t be too concerned about strength in depth – the very cheapest players who can sit on your bench but still start games are key. 

Pick of the Saints

Goalkeeper:
Angus Gunn £4.5m

All three Saints keepers are valued the same, but Gunn seems to be the man in possession of the jersey if pre-season is anything to go by.

His 225 minutes of game time compares favourably to Alex McCarthy (90) and Fraser Forster (121), suggesting Ralph Hasenhüttl is ready to keep faith in the man who ended last season between the sticks. 

Gunn kept a clean sheet in Saints' final pre-season friendly, the 2-0 win over 1.FC Köln

Defender: Jan Bednarek £4.5m

Saints’ only likely starting defender priced below £5m, if you need to free up extra funds, Bednarek would seem the obvious choice.

Statistically, his attacking threat doesn’t match that off Yan Valery and Ryan Bertrand, but that extra £0.5m could come in handy elsewhere.

Midfielder: Nathan Redmond £6.5m

Fresh from extending his contract, Redmond is a man on a hot streak, whose sharpness through pre-season suggests his upturn under Hasenhüttl was no flash in the pan.

The most tempting alternative from Saints’ midfield is James Ward-Prowse (£6m), whose stock rises with set-piece responsibilities, but expect Redmond to find himself in goalscoring positions with slightly more regularity.

Forward: Ché Adams £6.0m

Budget strikers who deliver the goods are vital to freeing up funds to afford the most expensive midfielders, who tend to score the most points.

Those who haven’t been watching Saints may be unaware of Adams’s impact to date, but the striker looks razor sharp and primed to make his mark on the Premier League.

Adams scored three goals in four pre-season appearances for his new club

Looking further afield? Unfortunately, the rules stipulate no more than three Saints players per team, so you’ll need to invest in other clubs too. Here, we pick out some selections that might help you pick up points few of your rival managers will get… 

Goalkeeper: Tom Heaton £4.5m (owned by 6.9%)

Heaton looks set to go straight into Aston Villa’s line-up after his summer switch from Burnley. The England international tends to perform well when given a run of games, and Villa have three out of their next four at home after a tricky opener at Spurs.

Defender: Joe Gomez £5.5m (owned by 1.8%)

Liverpool full-backs will be in high demand, but the cheaper Gomez should be the starting choice alongside Virgl van Dijk in the middle. If the Reds are to continue their defensive solidity from last season, the youngster will clock up big points if he can stay fit.

Midfielder: Anthony Martial £7.5m (owned by 4.7%)

Having been used up front for much of pre-season, Martial potentially represents better value than Marcus Rashford. The Frenchman looks set to be a starter this season, whilst benefiting from the extra point per goal and clean sheet that forwards don’t get.

Forward: 
Sébastien Haller £7.5m (owned by 5.5%)

Haller joins fellow big-money newbies Joelinton (Newcastle) and Wesley (Aston Villa) as FPL differentials, but the West Ham man boasts superior stats in front of goal. With a supply line of Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Pablo Fornals, chances should come freely.

Visit Fantasy Premier League to build your team today, where you can make unlimited transfers before the 7pm BST deadline. Don’t forget to select Saints as your favourite team to join our supporters’ league!

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