Here’s a continuation of our fantasy premier league teams articles where 4 FFGeek contributors show their draft teams. There’s new FFGeek contributor Scott Taylor who finished with a 1k OR last season as well as returning contributors Alex Ball, Prakhar Patel and Keith Spencer
fantasy premier league teams – 4 FFGeek contributors show their draft teams
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New FFGeek contributor Scott Taylor finished 1k last season and 12k in 18/19
I started my first draft knowing I wanted at least one Liverpool and Man City defender/goalkeeper. They’re comfortably the best defences. I also knew I wanted Salah and Sterling. Salah has been a mainstay of my teams for the last 2 seasons and Sterling was great for me last season. Mane and Aguero are the obvious alternatives but Salah edges it for me on consistency (2 seasons of being top FPL scorer versus Mane’s break out season last season) and Sterling will have had the summer off whereas Aguero won’t (albeit I accept the much talked about penalties that Aguero may get due to VAR although I would expect Sterling to win his fair share of those for which he only gets 1 point less). Salah and Sterling are my 2 captains.
My choice of Man City defenders/goalkeeper were Ederson, Laporte and Mendy. I’m not a huge fan of having double defenders/goalkeepers so it was just one of them. I can’t afford Laporte. If I put Ederson in, I would need to go for a Spurs defender which I’m not keen on due to rotation issues so Mendy it is. Admittedly, he’s a rotation and injury risk but if he’s fit and selected, he’s a monster at both ends of the pitch! I’ll keep an eye on pre-season and re-assess if necessary – Luiz or Walker may come in for him.
My choice of Liverpool defenders/goalkeeper were Van Dijk, Robertson, AA and Alisson. Robertson was great for me last season so he’s in although I can see this changing to AA (he finished the season very strongly but I can’t help thinking he’s still a slight rotation risk whereas Robertson isn’t). If I had the budget, I’d probably go AA and Robertson but I don’t. So Van Dijk it is – again a very good season last season and a threat at both ends. That means no space for Alisson plus he may be rested at the beginning of the season.
Digne is my other defender. A good last season and good fixtures at the beginning of this season. I’m still not 100% convinced he’ll make it to GW1 in my team (especially given the Gueye rumours plus I think he may be over priced) but I’m happy with him for the time being.
Lloris is my goalkeeper. I like having a premium keeper and I think Ndombele will improve the Spurs defence. Lloris is a good penalty saver too – a nod to VAR.
My other two midfielders are Tielemans and Richarlison. Both did well in my team last year. I like Leicester’s other summer signings and think they could score a few this season. Richarlison tends to start the season well (possibly more so this season given their good initial fixtures) and then tail off a little. He could become Sigurdsson either before GW1 or early in the season depending on how things go.
That leaves very little budget for my strikers and my bench. My bench only really has 1 possible starter in Dendoncker (even he’s not nailed on). This is a little risky and something I’m not necessarily comfortable with but I like my starting 11 at the moment and don’t want to weaken that for a bench player (I left a lot of points on the bench last season).
My strikers are King and Jota, not the most expensive pairing but the rest of my team is very attacking so I’m hoping they will make up for my lack of a premium striker. In any case, I think there’s more value in midfield and defence rather than the forwards. I want a Bournemouth player as they are attack focused and have a good run of fixtures at the start of the season. King is the penalty taker and wasn’t far behind Wilson who I think may be over priced anyway. Jota finished the season well, better than Jimenez I think. Having said that, I was an early adopter of Jimenez last season and he was great for me so I’d probably go for him if I had the budget but I don’t!
As above, I’m relatively happy with my team as it is and having changed it a lot initially, haven’t changed it for about a week now. I wouldn’t be surprised if it changes before GW1 though.
Alex finished 523k last season, 17k in 17/18, 10k in 16/17 and 28k