FPL GW01 Team Selection
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FPL GW01 Team Selection

FPL Obsessed (Matt) showcases his GW01 team and takes us through his thought process.


FPL GW01 Team Selection

  • Default Formation: 3-4-3
  • In The Bank (ITB): £0.5m
  • Double-Ups: 4 (Liverpool, Manchester United, Watford and Leeds)
  • Triple-Ups: 0

GOALKEEPERS

Daniel Bachmann (£4.5m / 2.5%)

  • Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
  • Price Point: Budget
  • Total Points Last Season (P/90): No FPL Data
  • GW1-6 Difficulty: Easy

I don’t like spending precious budget on my goalkeepers, so I always aim for a cheap option who…is going to be forced into making a lot of saves. My objective, therefore, is to earn Save and Bonus points rather than Clean Sheets. Bachmann fits the bill.

Ben Foster (£4.0m / 27.7%)

  • Squad Position: Bench Fodder
  • Price Point: Enabler
  • Total Points Last Season (P/90): No FPL Data
  • GW1-6 Difficulty: Easy

If Bachmann gets injured or rotated. Foster will come in. This is the most effective way of spending £8.5m on a goalkeeping partnership.

DEFENCE

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m / 32.9%)

FPL Corners

  • Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
  • Price Point: Premium
  • Total Points Last Season (P/90): 160 (4.75)
  • GW1-6 Difficulty: Easy

An easy pick and one of four players who have remained in all my drafts since Day 1. With TAA, you are effectively paying £7.5m for a sixth midfielder (but one who gets six points per goal and the prospect of clean sheets).

Luke Shaw (£5.5m / 55.3%)

  • Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
  • Price Point: Mid-Range
  • Total Points Last Season (P/90): 124 (4.20)
  • GW1-6 Difficulty: Easy

On the back of an impressive performance in the Euros, Luke Shaw will go into the new season in the form of his life. Last season, Shaw topped the table (amongst defenders) for Attempted Assists per 90. With a gentle set of fixtures to ease Manchester United into the campaign, having an attacking full back who is also likely to earn clean sheets is hard to resist.

Lewis Dunk (£5.0m / 6.9%)

FPL GW16 Stats

  • Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
  • Price Point: Mid-Range
  • Total Points Last Season (P/90): 130 (2.93)
  • GW1-6 Difficulty: Easy

I’ve probably struggled most with this position.

For a while it was occupied by Digne but Everton’s 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester United left me concerned, so I downgraded to a £5m option. In the end, the combination of Brighton’s strong defence and good opening fixtures edged me towards the Brighton centre-half. While opting for a centre-back is a departure from my preference for attacking full/wing backs, I believe Dunk’s nailed-ness, plus goal threat, make for a good argument for him to start.

Ben White (£4.5m / 25.5%)

  • Squad Position: Rotating 4th Defender
  • Price Point: Budget
  • Total Points Last Season (P/90): 104 (3.79)
  • GW1-6 Difficulty: Average
This is about getting a nailed £4.5 defender for a Top Six team. As a rotating 4th defender, I don’t expect White to see much action unless he is needed from the bench. He rotates well with my next pick.

Luke Ayling (£4.5m / 11.9%)

  • Squad Position: Rotating 4th Defender
  • Price Point: Budget
  • Total Points Last Season (P/90): 100 (2.65)
  • GW1-6 Difficulty: Average
Leeds impressed with their ability to adapt towards the end of last season and showed that they could be more…solid at the back. As above, Ayling rotates nicely with Ben White and so, except for GW2, I can usually cover first bench spot with a favourable fixture.

MIDFIELD

Mo Salah (£12.5m / 51.52%)

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  • Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
  • Price Point: Premium Midfield
  • Total Points Last Season (P/90): 231 (6.75)
  • GW1-6 Difficulty: Easy
No surprises here. The first and easiest pick in the squad. If you…want consistency, look no further than the Egyptian King. Last season, the top scoring FPL player was Bruno Fernandes with 244. Salah’s average points total over the last four seasons is 256. That is crazy.

Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m / 40.9%)

  • Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
  • Price Point: Premium Midfield
  • Total Points Last Season (P/90): 244 (7.07)
  • GW1-6 Difficulty: Easy
Many people are dropping Bruno and, to be perfectly honest, I can understand some of the thinking behind it. If you already own Salah (and you should!), then Bruno is an expensive investment. A lot can be done to the rest of your squad without him. For me, he is firmly rooted in my squad for the first six gameweeks. If he doesn’t perform against his hefty price tag, I can use him as a route to upper-mid-range options such as Son, Mahrez, Havertz, and have some cash left over to upgrade elsewhere. My guess is, I won’t need to downgrade.

Harvey Barnes (£7.0m / 12.3%)

  • Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
  • Price Point: Mid-Range
  • Total Points Last Season (P/90): 126 (5.82)
  • GW1-6 Difficulty: Good
This is a real gut feel one, which was eased on a bit by his pre-season performance in the Community Shield. Leicester sorely missed Barnes at the end of last season and, if he can stay fit following his knee operation, then he will be a strong force.

Raphinha (£6.5m / 20.6%)

  • Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
  • Price Point: Lower-mid Range Midfield
  • Total Points Last Season (P/90): 133 (5.07)
  • GW1-6 Difficulty: Average
I think FPL has really underpriced Raphinha. He was one of my top targets before FPL released the player prices and I went into pre-season thinking that if he was above £8m, it may give me a headache. So, when he came in at £6.5m it was an absolute no brainer for me. Harrison also a great option if you want to save £0.5m.

Josh Brownhill (£4.5m / 3.9%)

  • Squad Position: Bench Fodder
  • Price Point: Enabler
  • Total Points Last Season (P/90): 74 (2.37)
  • GW1-6 Difficulty: Average
Possibly the best £4.5 midfield enabler out there. Has looked sharp in pre-season. I think only in extreme…circumstances will the Burnley man see my Starting XI, but I am hoping he becomes one of those players who overperforms and gives me a selection headache later on.

FORWARDS

Michail Antonio (£7.5m / 22.6%)

  • Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
  • Price Point: Lower Mid-range
  • Total Points Last Season (P/90): 134 (5.36)
  • GW1-6 Difficulty: Good
Antonio is one of those players who I have always wanted to bring in but I have never managed to get the timing right between injury and my own transfer plans. I have…some concern that he may end up injured again, but I am willing to take that chance because his stats (per 90) are fantastic.

Callum Wilson (£7.5m / 7.3%)

  • Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
  • Price Point: Lower Mid-range
  • Total Points Last Season (P/90): 134 (5.78)
  • GW1-6 Difficulty: Good
I was struggling to decide between Watkins and Wilson and so a combination of Aston Villa signing Danny Ings, plus Watkins picking up a knock in pre-season, has edged me towards Wilson. The man is so dangerous and will be at the forefront of most of Newcastle’s attacking play. He is one of those forwards who will bag points even when things are going against the team.

Ivan Toney (£6.5m / 30.7%)

FPL promoted teams Brentford

  • Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
  • Price Point: Budget
  • Total Points Last Season (P/90): No FPL Data
  • GW1-6 Difficulty: Good
I have tried to get rid of Toney a bunch of times, but he keeps coming back. Brentford (and Toney) are unproven in the Premier League and this is not an avenue I enjoy going down, but I have a feeling Toney is going to click quickly. If he doesn’t (and his price drops) then a downgrade to Pukki or Armstrong (£6m) around GW4 is on my mind.

 


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By fpl_obsessed

FPL enthusiast for 15 years: Best OR: 2,489 (2010/11)

Season Finishes: 1 x Top 10k | 1 x Top 50k | 2 x Top 100k | 5 x Top 250k