August has arrived, and you know what that means - it’s time to do your research and collect all the fantasy premier league tips you can before FPL draft day. WIth millions of managers already signed up, 2018/19 is shaping up to be the best FPL season yet.
That feeling when you get your first fantasy premier league win is unforgettable. Whether you’re playing classic or head-to-head - we’ve analyzed last year’s fantasy premier league stats, broken down the top signings by position, and examined teams strength of schedules to give you a comprehensive breakdown of the top players who can help lead your fantasy team to FPL glory.
It was a whirlwind of an offseason and Premier League sides have added plenty of new faces into the draft this year. In this article you’ll discover Fuse Soccer’s top 3 FPL picks for each position, bargain buys for those on a shoestring budget, and analysis on some of the new additions to the league.
Gear up with Fuse’s fantasy premier league scout for the 2018/19 Premier League season, football lovers!
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Fuse Soccer’s Fantasy Premier League Tips | Goalkeepers
David De Gea (Manchester United, £6.0)
Don’t let a disappointing World Cup run out stop you from splashing the cash on David De Gea in goal this season. The top producer from last year’s FPL goalkeeper remains first on the power ranking list after raking in a whopping 172 points in his 2017/18 FPL campaign. De Gea is still the optimal set-it-and-forget-it option for FPL managers between the sticks.
Allison (Liverpool, £5.5)
A fresh face to the FPL draft, the new Brazilian signing will provide steady hands behind a fortified back line of Virgil Van Dijk and Co. Liverpool can look to capitalize on their back four’s strong end to the 2017 season to reap plenty of rewards for those bold enough to pick the new guy over Ederson.
Jordan Pickford (Everton, £5)
Managers who want to save £0.5 - £1 for an outfield player can look no further than the England No. 1 to follow up his impressive World Cup campaign with a fine season for the toffees.
BARGAIN BUY: Łukasz Fabiański (West Ham United, £4.5)
Fabianski was the third-highest scoring keeper last year for Swansea City, just one point behind Ederson at Manchester City. The Polish international made his way across London this summer to a West Ham United squad with a fortified defence and dangerous attack. At just £4.5, Fabianski has an excellent chance to make a strong impact for the hammers and FPL managers alike.
ONE TO WATCH: LENO (Arsenal, £5)
The addition of Sokratis and Lichtsteiner to Arsenal’s back line has given FPL managers something to think about. Arsenals opening fixtures are difficult, but if Leno can prove himself and oust Cech as the Arsenal No. 1, he could be a valuable asset to a FPL team down the stretch of the season.
Fuse Soccer’s Fantasy Premier League Tips | Defenders
Marcus Alonso/Cesar Azpilicuelta (Chelsea, £6.5)
Okay, we know what you’re thinking. Picking two players is cheating. Well...get over it. The deadly Chelsea full back duo lit up the FPL scoreboard last year and will look to replicate their form under their new manager Sarri. Despite the hefty £6.5 price tags, rest assured these two will pull their weight on any competitive fantasy side.
Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City, £6.5)
Another CB with a large price tag, but the dangerous Argentinian center back can live up to as the rock in the back for the reigning premier league champions. A constant set-piece threat and a well-oiled defensive machine can mean goals and shut-out bonuses for Otamendi owners.
Harry Maguire (Everton, £5.5)
A set-piece killer and a strong world cup has led people to realize the value of Leicester City’s McGuire. Tipped for a potential move to Manchester United, Maguire can come off a strong season last year and promising World Cup campaign to provide a fair-priced centerpiece to your fantasy league defensive unit.
BARGAIN BUY: Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth, £4.5)
After a high-scoring FPL season in 2017 with five goals and six assists, defender Charlie Daniels looks to be a steal at just £4.5. The Cherries have a relatively favorable opening 10 fixtures playing just two of last season’s top six sides, the left back provides both a goal scoring threat and early clean sheet potential.
ONE TO WATCH: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool, £5)
One of the highest scoring defenders in the second half of the 2017/18 FPL season, Alexander-Arnold can thrive under another year of backline discipline and Allison’s safe hands in goal. As long as he can keep his starting spot over the newly healthy Nathaniel Clyne, that is.
Fuse Soccer’s Fantasy Premier League Tips | Midfielders
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, £13)
It’s an obvious one - over 50% of managers opting to shell out the £13 price tag for the Egyptian Golden boot winner from the 2017/18 season. After spending tons of money to fortify their lines, Klopp’s strong defense and high-press has the potential for Salah to shine even brighter this year in FPL.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, £10)
The classy Belgian playmaker pulls the strings for Guardiola’s side, and with over 200 FPL points acquired last season he has proven his value for the price tag. De Bruyne has a plethora of options to choose from with a loaded strike force of Aguero, Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Mahrez which should see his assist tally increase for yet another year. With World Cup experience and a boosted front line, De Bruyne is set to shine for FPL owners.
Pascal Groß (Brighton, £7)
The German workhorse in the middle of the park lit up the stat sheet for the seagulls last season with 164 FPL points. With a strengthened Brighton side, a year’s worth of PL experience, and a mere £7 price tag, Groß is a quality addition to any FPL manager’s midfield options.
BARGAIN BUY: Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace, £6.5)
Opening the FPL tapsin 2017 with 144 points, Milivojevic can provide a serious point boost for managers for a low price tag of £6.5. Bonus points and set pieces can provide even more of a boost for Palace and Milivojevic if he can keep his goal tally in the double digits.
ONE TO WATCH: Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City, £9)
Mahrez was a favorite to start fast for City with world cup fatigue looming over many Manchester CIty starters. That is, until his unfortunate pre-season ankle injury. WIth 195 FPL points last season and a stronger side behind him, if Mahrez can oust competition from Sane and Sterling his upside is enormous.
Fuse Soccer’s Fantasy Premier League Tips | Forwards
Harry Kane (Tottenham, £12.5)
Mr. consistent himself. The £12.5 price tag doesn’t scare FPL managers off like it would have for Kane a few seasons back. Netting 217 points in the 2017/18 season and boasting a tally of 150+ points in each of the past four seasons, FPL owners can now take comfort that Harry Kane will deliver for FPL owners
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, £11)
A shout for the golden boot this year, Aubameyang ended last season on fire with a ton of goals for the gunners. New manager Unai Emery looks to set the high press tactic with his side following the likes of Guardiola and Klopp, making this speedster and potent finisher a dangerous FPL assassin.
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool, £9.5)
He’s the best forward money can buy according to the stats last year. At £9.5 after a big 191 point season, Firmino can lead Liverpool’s line and line his stat sheet with goals and assists galore. Loads of talent around him and unselfish play make Firmino a popular FPL option up front.
BARGAIN BUY: Marko Arnautović (West Ham United, £7)
Netting 144 points in 2017/18, Arnautović is a constant goal c=scoring threat on a team that has added a ton of steel to their locker. A mere £7 price tag has the Hammers striker looking like a bargain, especially if creative players like new-signing Wilshire and supporting forward Chicharito can find form. Look for the Austrian to thrive up top for the hammers and score big for FPL managers.
ONE TO WATCH: Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United, £10.5)
He didn’t tear the roof off by any means in his debut season for the Red Devils and his hefty £10.5 price tag may scare some managers away. However, Sanchez has a genuine upside that cannot be overlooked. A strong preseason, lack of World Cup exhaustion, and set-piece bonuses could make Alexis a risk worth taking.
Fuse Soccer’s Fantasy Premier League Scout | New Signings
There are plenty of fresh faces in the premier league. While new signings are a risk, they typically possess low price tags and some real value can be found sorting through the new additions to the FPL. Below are a few fresh faces the Fuse Soccer fantasy premier league scout thinks could be worth the cost.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton, £7)
The leading scorer in the Eredivisie and Brighton’s record signing offers a real goal-scoring threat. With a registered 21 goals and 12 assists in 2017/18, FPL managers will have their eye on the Iranian international if he can adapt quickly and form a partnership with groß in the center of the park for the Seagulls.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Arsenal, £5.5)
The powerful Greek defender looks to tighten up the back line for the Gunners, who have a rough start to the season. Keep an eye on him and Leno in goal as the season progresses.
Josh Murphy (Cardiff City, £5.0)
Murphy's arrival from Norwich can boost goal potential for FPL managers. Only three other Championship players ousted the 115 shots on goal for Murphy last season, netting 11 times.
Lucas Digne (Everton, £5.0)
The ex-Barcelona full back could prove a valuable option to watch if he can solidify his place in Silva’s side over Leighton Banes. With favorable games in the first half of the season and bonus passing point potential, Digne is certainly an interesting player to watch.
Andre Schurrle (Fulham, £6.0)
The German flyer is back in the Premier League and could add plenty of cheap firepower if he can find his shooting boots quickly.
Naby Keita (Liverpool, £7.5)
The new reds midfielder is loaded with talent and could be a De Bruyne equivalent (without set pieces). If he adapts well to the PL and Liverpool play similar attacking football, he could be an undervalued force for the new look reds.
Fred (Manchester United, £6.0)
Manchester United new Brazilian midfielder could offer high assist and tackle value for the money. However, Fuse scouts think he will free up Pogba to provide more value.
Felipe Anderson (West Ham United, £7.0)
Only Neymar and Eden Hazard had more successful dribbles than the high-flying Brazilian winger. With a potent front line and some steel in the middle of the park, Anderson could be a fast prospect for FPL managers at the start of the season.
Rui Patricio (Wolverhampton Wanderers, £4.5)
Patricio kept a clean sheet in half of his matches in 2017/18 and more saves than his counterpart, Ruddy. Conceding only 24 goals, Patricio produce great results for the value.
Don’t be afraid to take a risk. Get them while their cheap and don’t shy away from new signings. After all - not many people had Salah captaining their side at the beginning of last season, eh?
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Have fun and make sure to set your squad ahead of the Manchester United and Leicester opening game kick off at Old Trafford on Friday, August 10th.
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