As we come closer to the start of the new Premier League season, managers are constantly tinkering with their fantasy sides. With the pre-season almost over now, managers have made their observations and completed their analysis. The big transfers this summer have got a lot of attention and have been snapped up by managers. But with so many premium players in Fantasy Premier League, are you absolutely ready with your squads out there? Don’t panic if you are not, a lot can change in three days! Here, we present to you the 3 must-haves in every fantasy squad, with a special eye on Gameweek One fixtures to help you DFS fans!
by Nekzad Bajan
1. ROMELU LUKAKU
After four applauding seasons at Everton, Lukaku made his big move to Manchester United this summer. Lukaku has filled the big boots that Zlatan Ibrahimovic had left after parting this summer. Zlatan too was one of the highest owned as well as captained players last campaign and this season we expect the same with the Belgian.
Lukaku fired five shots less (110) than the veteran but scored eight more goals (25) to finish runner-up to Harry Kane for the Golden Boot. The close range numbers are encouraging for the Belgian. His shots in the box (80) were similar to the Swede’s but netted 24 of them against the latter’s 13.
In terms of creativity too, Lukaku and Ibrahimovic were joint for big chances created (8) as well as for key-passes (47). The Belgian is priced at £10.5m in FPL and possesses the perfect blend of characteristics needed in a Premier League striker. Already owned by over 45% of managers in the Fantasy land, he is an absolute no-brainer to get in those Gameweek 1 sides.
GW 1 Fixture: West Ham (H)
2. DELE ALLI
Expectations were high for the prodigal Spurs’ Dele Alli in the 2016-17 season. And he certainly proved his worth. With a slow start to the season, he ended up producing 18 goals and 11 assists last season and finished on 225 points in FPL.
Alli is likely to enter 2017-18 as one of the most desirable midfielders in Fantasy. He is priced at £9.5m, lower than premium midfield competitors Kevin de Bruyne (£10m) and Alexis Sanchez (£12m).
Pochettino’s side were the highest scoring team in the league last season with 86 goals. In Alli, Eriksen and Golden Boot winner, Harry Kane, Spurs have one of the fiercest attacks in the league and with yet another year of experience under his belt, he is expected to shine brighter.
The Alli- Eriksen battle continues from last season but Alli manages that upward edge. Many readers wondering why Kane isn’t on this list would need to understand this. With a price tag of £12.5m, Kane and Lukaku up top would weaken the remaining parts of the squad. Also, it has been observed that Kane usually starts slow at the start, as the number of goals keep increasing towards the end.
As a result, Alli with his impressive through balls, key passes and spectacular finishing, can prove to be a fantastic Fantasy asset yet again.
GW1 Fixture: Newcastle (A)
3. KEVIN DE BRUYNE
During Manchester City’s pre-season campaign, Kevin de Bruyne assisted four times, excelling in an advanced midfield role. He certainly looks integral in Guardiola’s style of play and he could have a sensational season this year if he improves on his last season’s Fantasy tally of 199 points.
City scored seven goals in their two pre-season matches against Real Madrid and Spurs as they look mighty impressive going forward. The Blues’ undoubtedly score a lot but in the land of FPL, it is difficult to configure Pep’s plans as rotation is the biggest problem faced.
Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Sane as well as the mighty Aguero will likely face the rotation problem. Jesus and De Bruyne seem to be the safest attacking assets in Fantasy as far as minutes are concerned. Both possess the potential to produce maximum goals and assists over the campaign.
At £10m in FPL, the Belgian is a great option from the powerful City attack. Starting 33 matches last season, he provided the most number of assists in the league with 18 to his name. He fired 86 shots last season, scoring six and hitting the woodwork on 8 occasions.
Considering all of the above reasons, De Bruyne can be a devastating Fantasy asset this season if he keeps moving forward. He looks the safest bet from City and should be able to prove his worth in FPL yet again.
GW1 Fixture: Brighton (A)