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The Premier League is back in less than a month’s time, and with it comes the highly anticipated Fantasy Premier League (FPL). Now is a crucial time for FPL managers who are seeking the best Fantasy Football Tips to get a strong start in Game Week 1.
Will Chelsea flop again? Haaland, Salah, or both? Who is the best value player? With so many Fantasy Football Tips out there, this article is designed to help you make the best decisions this season and win your Fantasy Premier League.
(GK) Aaron Ramsdale: Arsenal’s defensive hero
First of the Fantasy Football Tips is Aaron Ramsdale (£5.0m) – the goalkeeper with the joint 3rd highest clean sheets last season. Further, he ended last season only 23 points behind the top-ranked keeper whilst having a Declan-Rice-shaped hole in his defensive line.
The club-record signing fee of £105 million will tighten Arsenal’s back line. Rice had the most interceptions (63) last season, comfortably beating second-place Moises Caicedo (56). He also placed in the top ten for tackles (79). Given his strong defensive record, Rice can only help create more clean sheets for Ramsdale.
Arsenal also start the season with a good run of fixtures: Forest (H), Palace (A), Fulham (H), making his price tag attractive.
(DEF) Pervis Estupinan: The stand-out Brighton choice
Pervis Estupinan (£5.0m) has gone from being a lesser-known footballer to the second most popular pick amongst FPL managers in the matter of a season.
Brighton & Hove Albion had an excellent Premier League campaign last year, qualifying for the Europa League with their highest top-flight finish ever. Out of Brighton’s defence, Estupinan is the obvious choice for three reasons.
- He offers as much going forward as he does in defence, securing 1 goal and 5 assists last season.
- Roberto De Zerbi regularly relied on Estupinan, starting him in 31/35 Premier League matches. Starts are vital in FPL as those who play over 60 minutes automatically guarantee 2 points.
- Brighton kick things off with a home game against newly-promoted Luton Town, meaning a clean sheet is likely.
(MID) Mohamed Salah: The King of FPL
Most Fantasy Football Tips across the years have featured Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) and for good reason. Across the last 6 seasons, Salah has achieved at least 230 points – and represents a great long-term investment for the coming season. He was also on fire at the end of last season. Between game weeks 30-38, Salah ranked 1st in FPL points (78), goal involvements (12) and shots (41).
However, before snapping up Salah, it is important to consider Haaland. The Norwegian goal machine is an absolute must-have purely in terms of ownership. Over 85% of managers have selected Haaland, meaning those without him are likely to suffer. Having both Haaland and Salah would take up over half of the £100 million budget, meaning it is almost impossible to then choose the likes of Trent Alexander Arnold, KDB, and Kane.
That being said, a duo of Salah and Haaland offers managers the ability to be dynamic with their captaincy choices. Weeks 1 & 3 are clear-cut choices to name Haaland as captain, as City take on newly promoted Burnley and Sheffield United. However, they host Newcastle in Game Week 2 whilst Salah plays Bournemouth at home. Rotating the armband between these two FPL giants could be a great way to maximise points each week.
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(FWD) Christopher Nkunku: Chelsea’s missing piece?
Chelsea have been overlooked in many Fantasy Football Tips this year. With no European Football, Pochettino’s men will be fully focused on the Premier League. Chelsea will want to capitalise on their favourable opening run of 8 games, making their players vital assets for FPL managers. But who will be Chelsea’s star?
New signing Christopher Nkunku (£7.5m) is the likely candidate. He had his first medical with Chelsea back in September 2022, and since then has been heavily talked about by Chelsea fans. Nkunku’s last four years with the Red Bulls have been record-breaking. In his first season, he achieved 5 goals and 16 assists, before contributing 7 goals and 11 assists the following year, and he didn’t stop there.
In the 2021/22 season, Nkunku set a new club record scoring a total of 35 goals and 20 assists. These 55 goal involvements saw him, unsurprisingly, win Bundesliga Player of the Year. Last season, despite some performances tainted by injury, the French national managed to impress with 23 goals and 7 assists in only 36 competitive games.
With a high goalscoring record, Nkunku may be Chelsea’s missing piece as they lacked talent going forward last year. Kai Havertz was their top goalscorer in the 2022/23 season – achieving only 7. At a price tag of £7.5 million, Nkunku is a steal in Fantasy Premier League.
Bryan Mbeumo v Kaoru Mitoma: Who is better value?
Bryan Mbeumo (£6.5m) stepped up at the end of last season following Ivan Toney’s suspension, producing 5 goals and 3 assists in only 5 matches. This led to a huge 48 points. Brentford will rely on the Cameroonian to do the same this season in Toney’s continued absence.
Kaoru Mitoma (£6.5m) was predicted to be more expensive after last season’s strong performances in many Fantasy Football Tips. The Japanese international proved to be a tough opponent for many defenders, exploiting his speed and technical ability to end the season with 12 goal contributions in only 24 starts.
Both Mbeumo and Mitoma represent an amazing potential to profit, especially at the start of the season given their favourable fixtures.
Fantasy Football Frequently Asked Questions
When does Fantasy Premier League start?
This year’s Fantasy Premier League has already started. However, managers can choose and edit their teams until Friday 11th August at 18:30. This point marks the start of the first Game Week, where Burnley host Manchester City.
Where can I play Fantasy Premier League?
Fantasy Premier League can be played on your phone or computer using the following steps:
- Download the Premier League app or head to the website here.
- Sign in or create an account.
- Choose your Fantasy Football name and create your team.
What is a Wildcard?
The Wildcard is 1 of 3 boosts available to Fantasy Football managers. The wildcard allows you to completely overhaul your team without losing any points. A classic Fantasy Football Tip would be to use this after the January transfer window, allowing you to bring in new signings without losing points.
What is a Triple Captain?
Triple Captain is the 2nd of 3 boosts. Normally the player given the armband receives double points in a given Game Week. With this boost they receive triple, and it is often best used when saved for double Game Week fixtures.
What is a Bench Boost?
A Bench Boost is the final of the 3 boosts. Normally benched players’ points will not count toward the manager’s total. However, with Bench Boost in play, they do – effectively meaning that you have 15 players instead of 11.
Who won the 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League?
Every Fantasy Premier League manager is ranked, and the best-performing one each year wins prizes. Last year’s champion, Ali Jahangirov, won a seven-night holiday, VIP hospitality at two 2023/24 Premier League matches, and a Hublot Connected watch, amongst others.
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