We are back! So does FPL. Yes after a long summer break. World Cup is over and it was a great experience for everyone who watched it. Now we are a day far off to new Premier League season, we can’t wait for it to get started.
This time around the transfer window closed one day before season start. Lots of players coming in and going out. Now we know that nobody can come in the premier league until winter transfer window. Sure they can go out till 31st August to other leagues.
Now let’s cut to the chase. Have you created your fantasy premier league team yet? If you haven’t then don’t worry we are here to help you out. I have created a private mini league that you can join and also share your thoughts in the comments section regarding your team selection for the start of the season.
Team building factors
I am going to show you my initial draft which might change in the last hour because of any last minute news, but not much. I have taken into consideration factors such as fixtures, rest, injury, starting XI possibility, number of minutes the player could possibly have, the morale of the team and of course my own gut feeling.
If you look at the defensive options you would not feel excited and rightly so.
The main focus is to build this team for 3 to 4 game weeks. Looking at Manchester City fixtures it is quite hard to look past Aguero and Sane/De Bryune in the midfield. I was tempted to look for a city defender but the budget was a constraint.
3-5-2 is the most popular formation that I used last season but few budget players have been classified as strikers in this FPL 18-19 season such as Zaha, Arnautovic. So decided to go with 3-4-3 to start the season off.
Must have players looking at the fixtures were Mo Salah, Aguero, Zaha, Sane and Van AanHolt. If you wish to exclude Salah then you can work with other options as well but I do not want to take that risk because he is owned by almost 55% of the players so it won’t affect badly even if he doesn’t score.
Other midfielders you can look at are Sanchez, Eriksen, Ozil, David Silva if you have the budget. Unfortunately, I do not have the budget. Eriksen has always provided great points at the start of the season to me.
You always want to look at budget options who has the potential to provide great value for your money. Like last season Pascal gross did. Yeah, I benched him once when he score whopping 18 points 🙁
Follow your instinct/gut
Always follow your gut feeling with 1 or 2 players because that will differentiate your team from the rest and you can climb in your mini-league by having such a strategy. Do not always follow what scout or I have to say, use your intuition to build your team.
My team strategy is to see whether this defense works or not till 3 to 4 game weeks if not then upgrade it by downgrading midfield option because you are likely to find out cheaper midfield option who is performing well.
Well, if all doesn’t work out we do have our Wildcard, but I hope we do not come across such a situation so early. Do not think more about bench players because you would want to maximize points from starting XI.
Good Luck to everyone ! I hope everyone has their team ready, if not then refer this article for guidance only because at the end of the day it’s you FPL team and it should be unique.
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Let me know your teams as well in the comments section!