On Friday 10 August, Manchester United clash with Leicester City and the Premier League season will officially begin.
That means that you have until 7pm on 10 August to finalise your Fantasy Premier League squad for the 2018/19 season, with the usual budget of £100.0 available to all managers.
How to Pick Your Squad
You get £100m to spend and you have to choose 15 players. You can’t go over budget and you can’t have more than three players from a particular club.
Which Players Cost the Most?
Mohamed Salah scored an incredible 303 points last season and it’s little surprise to see the Liverpool man valued at £13.0 million, especially as he’s listed as a midfielder again.
Harry Kane is a shade less at £12.5 million, with the Tottenham man a regular source of Premier League goals although there’s the fact that the England captain has never scored in August and he might be taking an extended rest after the World Cup.
Raheem Sterling, Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez and Kevin de Bruyne are other expensive midfielders, while Patrick Aubameyang, Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku all come in at £11.0 million.
The World Cup factor
It’s worth bearing in mind that players still featuring in the later stages of the World Cup might not have a lot of initial game time.
For England, that could mean Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and a host of other players. Belgium have that fearsome front three of Lukaku, Hazard and De Bruyne, while France’s continued presence could mean Olivier Giroud, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante aren’t lining up for early matches.
The FPL bankers
Mohamed Salah will put a hole in your budget but perhaps the Liverpool player is someone you need to have in the team, especially if he’s on penalties for his club.
We actually like the look of Leroy Sane at 9.5m, a player who wasn’t burdened by World Cup duties and he could be open to massive improvement at Manchester City.
Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne were the second and third highest midfield scorers last season although it’s a case of trying to pick out the right Manchester City player for your team.
Meanwhile, Kane might become a banker but £12.5m is a lot to spend on someone who might start the campaign slowly, while Jamie Vardy enjoyed a healthy return of 183 points and is valued at £9.0m.