Previously we wrote about our fantasy football draft team which highlighted the players that we were planning on having in our team. Typically, the past few days we have been frantically chopping and changing our team to find the perfect balance, while keeping a close eye on transfer deadline day and manager press conferences.
We’ve found that in this GW1, there are a handful of players that have remained in our countless number of draft teams and have become template players that we will be moulding our team around over the opening fixtures. These players include: Andy Robertson, Benjamin Mendy, Mo Salah, Richarlison and Sergio Aguero. Looking at the high ownership of these players, it seems like these could become very common players within many teams and mini-leagues, so if you do not have any of these in your team it may be worth considering.
Our draft team included Rui Patricio as our starting goalkeeper and Martin Stekelenburg as our non-playing bench player. Although we would of liked to have a starting goalkeeper to be our back up, we couldn’t find any value in other players on the game.
So both of these goalkeepers have remained in our team, as we felt that Patricio provides good enough clean sheet opportunity along with our premium defenders.
As we mentioned before, Robertson and Mendy have been in all of our draft teams and will be in our teams for the foreseeable future. Luke Shaw has retained his place in our final team for GW1, and without any last minute news from Mourinho we think at £5.0m he’s a great way into the Utd defence.
David Luiz has not made the cut, and instead we have opted for two cheap defenders to fund investment in the attacking areas. Therefore, Cardiff’s Peltier (£4.0m) comes into the team along with fellow £4.0m Wan-Bissaka, who could prove to be the value pick of the season if he keeps his spot.
One huge change has been made to our midfield, and we are welcoming in a fantasy league favourite, Alexis Sanchez. At £10.5m, it is a big investment that has altered our team on his inclusion. However, we believe with Lukaku lacking match fitness ahead of the opening fixture, and Sanchez playing in the striker position, he could score big points against Leicester. Considering Leicester could be missing big players in Maguire, Vardy and obviously without Mahrez, we can’t see anyone other than Sanchez to be the main threat in Leicester’s defence.
Sanchez will be taking the spot of Mane, who appeared in our draft team previously. We think that Mane could score big in the opening fixtures, and we mentioned this in our recent article when comparing the best £9.5m midfielder. We just couldn’t ignore the Chilean’s rest over the summer and change of position over the opening games.
That has left the remaining midfielders the same as our draft team: Salah, Richarlison, B. Silva and Gunnarsson. Check out our draft team article for why we chose
Aguero (£11.0m) and Zaha (£7.0) remain in our squad, we feel both players are fixture proof due to their goal scoring threat and importance to their teams. The addition of Peltier freed up £0.5m for our team and we’ve decided to change Charlie Austin for Josh King (£6.5m).
Josh King has had a great pre season scoring goals and it looks like he has cemented his position as the main striker in the Bournemouth team. Whereas, although we are big fans of Charlie Austin, the addition of Danny Ings on deadline day has now left Southampton with 4 strikers. With this much competition we feel like Austin could be rotated and minutes limited, therefore we think he could be worth avoiding.
Here is the team:
We are finally happy with the team we have created and hope that it brings in the sort of points we are expecting. Good luck to everyone on the opening week and don’t forget to join our league: