The Fantasy Premier League deadline is looming, Saints fans! With unlimited transfers at your disposal before the big kick-off, we’re here to offer some hints to ensure 2020/21 is your year…
First things first, before exploring who to pick, it’s worth keeping in mind these three useful tips:
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 to give you a solid base to work from.
2. Form and fitness is key
It’s only been seven weeks since last season drew to a close, so players who looked sharp post-lockdown should stay in your thoughts. This week’s internationals are another useful tool – look up who scored and who will be feeling good about themselves.
3. Don’t overlook Manchester assets
With both Manchester clubs out of action in Gameweek 1, it’s tempting to ignore them completely, but you’ll soon find yourself considering a points hit to get them in. There’s nothing wrong with leaving one or two on the bench for Gameweek 1, or at least planning ahead by leaving space in your budget.
Pick of the Saints
Goalkeeper: Alex McCarthy £4.5m
Expect McCarthy to be in a lot of teams, given his impressive post-lockdown form and Saints’ attractive early fixtures. He averaged 2.8 saves per game last season, with 3 saves worthy of a bonus point, so he often comes up trumps even without a clean sheet.
Defender: Kyle Walker-Peters £4.5m
Another player who really came to the fore as Saints charged up the league over the summer. Walker-Peters looks generously priced for a likely starter who offers potential attacking returns with his energetic bursts up and down the flanks.
Midfielder: Stuart Armstrong £5.5m
Traditionally lesser-owned than England internationals James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond, Armstrong offers a differential route into the Saints midfield. He scored twice and assisted three times in his last seven starts of the season, and comes at a tempting price.
Forward: Danny Ings £8.5m
Before last season, Ings had ended each of the last three campaigns priced at £5.4m. He starts this one at a hefty £8.5m, but there’s nothing to suggest he can’t repeat his recent heroics, and will be hungry to stay in England contention for the forthcoming October and November internationals.
Forward: Ché Adams £6.0m
Need a cheaper alternative? Adams could prove to be a shrewd acquisition based on the way he ended his first Premier League campaign. Ending his long wait to get off the mark flicked a switch in the striker, who didn’t want the season to end and will be raring to go again.
Best of the rest
Goalkeeper: Mat Ryan £4.5m
If you need an alternative to McCarthy between the sticks, Ryan looks the next best contender in the £4.5m bracket. Whilst the likes of Alisson and Ederson might offer more clean sheet potential, you’ll want to save your budget for other positions.
Value pick: Jed Steer £4.0m
Defender: Trent Alexander-Arnold £7.5m
Whilst Alexander-Arnold’s price continues to rise, it’s still advisable to stump up the cash for the game’s most explosive defender. Only Kevin De Bruyne, Mo Salah and Sadio Mané outscored the prolific provider, who now has 28 assists in his last two seasons.
Value pick: Tyrick Mitchell £4.0m
Midfielder: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang £12.0m
There have been a few eyebrow-raising position changes in FPL for 2020/21 – none more so than Aubameyang’s reclassification as a midfielder. That means an extra point per goal and further rewards for every clean sheet for a man who scored twice in the FA Cup final and once in the Community Shield.
Value pick: Allan Saint-Maximin £5.5m
Forward: Timo Werner £9.5m
Summer signings are always a bit of a gamble, but Werner is already off the mark for his new club against Brighton in pre-season, who Chelsea face again on the opening weekend, and was also on target for Germany. As the focal point of an exciting new-look Blues side, he’s a genuine Golden Boot contender.
Value pick: Eddie Nketiah £6.0m
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Southampton FPL roll call 2020/21
Alex McCarthy £4.5m
Angus Gunn £4.5m
Ryan Bertrand £5.0m
Jack Stephens £5.0m
Yan Valery £5.0m
Jannik Vestergaard £4.5m
Kyle Walker-Peters £4.5m
Jan Bednarek £4.5m
Mohammed Salisu £4.5m
Jake Vokins £4.0m
Nathan Redmond £6.5m
James Ward-Prowse £6.0m
Stuart Armstrong £5.5m
Sofiane Boufal £5.5m
Moussa Djenepo £5.5m
Oriol Romeu £4.5m
Josh Sims £4.5m
Will Smallbone £4.5m
Danny Ings £8.5m
Ché Adams £6.0m
Shane Long £5.5m
Michael Obafemi £5.0m