We’ve picked out the best Fantasy Premier League players for the top teams
On Saturday 8 August, the 2015/16 Premier League season will start when Manchester United face Tottenham Hotspur.
More importantly, it will also be the start of the Fantasy Premier League season and we have the lowdown on this incredibly popular and addictive game!
Here is a team-by-team guide on who has caught the eye:
Petr Cech is going to be rock solid between the sticks, if a little expensive at 5.5 for a goalkeeper. In defence, it might be worth swerving Hector Bellerin who faces competition from Mathieu Debuchy, although Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are both going to score highly this season.
Alexis Sanchez is pricy at 11.0 and not likely to start the first couple of matches, which leaves you contemplating Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil. We prefer Walcott at 9.0, especially if Arsene Wenger deploys him in a central attacking role which happened in the FA Cup final.
Thibaut Courtois is another 5.5 keeper and is a cheaper option to John Terry or Branislav Ivanovic. However, the latter pair can score goals as well as keep clean sheets!
In midfield, can you risk leaving out Eden Hazard even if he drains your budget at 11.5? Cesc Fabregas offers a viable alternative although Jose Mourinho might opt to deploy the Spaniard in a defensive midfield position alongside Nemanja Matic.
We think Diego Costa is practically banker material in attack and the presence of Radamel Falcao in the squad does nothing to dispel our opinion.
Simon Mignolet comes in at 5.0 although the two best defensive players are likely to be the rock-like Martin Skrtel and the attacking right-back Nathaniel Clyne. Both are 5.5 although Liverpool’s early fixtures don’t look too encouraging.
Jordan Henderson actually outscored Raheem Sterling last season so 7.0 could be value although James Milner will also be central and he racked up 107 points last season despite spending a lot of time on the Manchester City bench.
Ings is a gamble at 7.5 and the word on the street is that Christian Benteke could be arriving at Anfield which might strengthen the case for including the Belgian.
Raheem Sterling will be considered at 9.0 following a £50million move, although David Silva has been FPL gold for the majority of the past few seasons and will be in many teams.
Yaya Toure went seriously off the boil last term and most will swerve the Ivorian, while his team-mate Wilfried Bony is likely to play second fiddle to the dangerous Sergio Aguero.
Aguero might be used sparingly after his Copa America exploits but he’s capable of massive points hauls so leave him out at your peril.
Defensively, Vincent Kompany could work out well at 6.0 if he stays fit this season and returns to the sort of form which has helped City win two league titles.
They’re probably going to go very well this season but who to pick? Victor Valdes could well be first choice if David De Gea buggers off and the Spaniard looks a touch at 5.0 for a first choice keeper.
Defensively, it’s a minefield until LVG decides on a settled line, while it’s a similar story in midfield now that Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger have arrived to compete for places.
In attack, the way seems clear for Wayne Rooney to play up top but 10.5 is a touch expensive for a player who will continue to be short of pace and perhaps a new striker will arrive after the exit of RVP and Falcao.
Have you ever been able to trust a Spurs defence? Toby Alderweireld was an eye-catching arrival this summer and the former Southampton defender looks the ticket at 5.0, even if his team might not be top of the clean sheets table.
In midfield, we’re big fans of Christian Eriksen at 8.5, with Nacer Chadli having done pretty well last season although the Belgian still isn’t guaranteed a first-team spot.
And then there is Harry Kane. He’s 9.5 this season so not a cheap pick but replicating last season’s 20-goal haul in the Premier League will mean he’s worth every penny.