How has your Fantasy Premier League season started? Don’t forget it’s a Friday night deadline this week, and we’re here to help you make the shrewd moves you need to climb your mini-leagues…
Stick with Saints
It has not been the best of starts for Saints' FPL assets, with only Danny Ings posting any sort of returns so far – and even he will be a cause for concern having been a substitute against Liverpool.
But now is not the time for rash decisions. Three of Saints’ next four opponents are Brighton, Sheffield United and Bournemouth.
Nathan Redmond (£6.4m) and Ché Adams (£5.9m) have already depreciated in value, but offload now and you will have made a loss.
It won’t take much for those prices to rise again, and with Brighton playing a more expansive style under new boss Graham Potter, there could be space for the pair to exploit at the Amex on Saturday.
Adams was a scorer on his only previous visit to the stadium, when playing for Birmingham, while Redmond registered assists at the venue in both the Premier League and Carabao Cup last season.
That’s who you should keep, but who should you bring in?
Goalkeeper: Tom Heaton £4.5m
Villa will be disappointed with their start to the season, with no points to their name and five goals conceded, but Heaton still looks a good option for the money.
The England international has twice hit double figures for clean sheets in previous seasons, despite lowly league finishes, and tends to rack up plenty of saves too. Villa face only one of the traditional top six in their next seven matches.
Defender: Oleksandr Zinchenko £5.5m
A starting Man City full-back for this price is too good to ignore, and with fixtures approaching against Bournemouth, Brighton, Norwich and Watford, it’s hard to see Pep’s men slipping up anytime soon.
There’s always a rotation risk with City, granted, but Zinchenko looks to have made the position his own, and his attacking instincts should see him chip in with assists.
Midfielder: Mason Mount £6.1m
Chelsea are playing an open style that might not attract you to their defenders, but expect Frank Lampard’s side to start scoring more freely in the coming games.
Mount is a clear favourite of the manager who took him to Derby last season, where he excelled in the Championship. He’s no stranger to Chelsea’s upcoming opponents, either, with Norwich and Sheffield United next on the fixture list.
Midfielder: Anthony Martial £7.7m
Martial was hotly tipped in this column before the opening weekend, and two goals in two games have already seen his price rise by £0.2m.
It’s not just his scoring exploits, but also his status as a midfielder that’s seeing his stock rise – the Frenchman has been playing as an orthodox striker, which means an extra point per goal and potential clean sheet, all for £0.9m cheaper than Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford.
Forward: Harry Kane £11.0m
Tottenham’s main man has already dispelled the myth that he starts seasons slowly, netting twice on the opening day against Villa.
Yes, he was quiet at Man City last time out, but that’s as tough as it gets. Spurs’ upcoming games will soon make Kane a must-have, so best to get him in now, before the inevitable price rise.
Forward: Jamie Vardy £8.9m
Vardy’s early price fall feels premature, but makes him an attractive alternative if Kane is out of your budget.
Leicester are in for a good season and could well challenge the top six. With Sheffield United and Bournemouth in their sights, you have to expect the Foxes’ first win and Vardy’s first goal to arrive sooner rather than later.