It’s finally here ladies and gentlemen. The season to end all seasons! Summer has come and gone, and it’s time to return to the game we love.
As with any new season, there’s the promise of what may be. This may be the year you crush it! It may be the year where your friends bow down to your superior psychic ability in all things FPL. It may even be the year where your work colleagues believe you’ve travelled back in time simply to win.
As always we’ll do all we can to make this possible for you, so let’s not dilly dally and get straight down to brass tax…
So without further ado, here is our weekly FFA Select XI, where we’ve chosen 11 players in a valid formation who we think will score highly this gameweek…
- Fraser FORSTER [WAT(H), 5.0m] – Southampton kick off their season with a home game against Watford and Forster will fancy his chances of keeping a clean sheet. Watford struggled for goals on the road last season and finished in the bottom 5 for this statistic.
- Luke SHAW [BOU(A), 5.5m] – Valencia notched up the assists in pre-season but we’re opting for the secure choice in Shaw. He’ll be eager to make up for lost time and there’s no doubting his potential to be a threat going forward too.
- John STONES [SUN(H), 5.0m] – Following his recent move to City, Stones offers excellent value at 5.0m and should go straight into the starting lineup given how shaky City looked at the back in their final friendly against Arsenal. In his first home game against Sunderland, Pep will be targeting a strong performance and a win to nil.
- Christian FUCHS [HUL(A), 5.5m] – Finishing as the 5th-highest defender in terms of points, Fuchs notched up plenty of bonus thanks to his attacking prowess alongside corner duties. He’ll be another key player for Leicester this time around and against a Hull side tipped for relegation, Fuchs could pick up a decent score in Gameweek 1.
- OSCAR [WHM(H), 7.5m] – Oscar has had an impressive pre-season and should be given a shot to prove himself under Conte. He comes in at a very favourable 7.5m and frees up money for those who are unable to afford Hazard. With goals in his locker and potentially penalty duties, Oscar could be excellent value for a team that should be challenging for the title come the end of the season.
- Theo WALCOTT [LIV(H), 7.5m] – Wenger wants to give Walcott a shot up front this season and with Giroud having just returned to training, it’ll come down to Theo or Sanchez for the role up top. It’s a bit of a risk selecting Walcott but if he does get the shout, at 7.5m and as an out-of-position prospect, he’ll prove to be a bargain. His delightful chip against City should give him confidence and having had the summer off, Walcott should be raring to go.
- Sadio MANE [ARS(A), 9.0m] – Mane has looked very lively in pre-season with his pace and goalscoring ability coming to the fore. He does have a premium pricetag but if he can continue to hit double figures for goals (11 goals in both of the previous 2 seasons in a weaker team), he’ll justify the outlay. Arsenal looked very shaky at the back against City and Liverpool will put their defence under considerable pressure in Gameweek 1.
- Dusan TADIC [WAT(H), 7.5m] – Tadic is another midfielder with a favourable pricetag, considering the 8 goals and 13 assists he accrued last season. Puel is set to give him freedom to roam behind the strikers and Tadic will continue to be Southampton’s key creative force.
- Sergio AGUERO (C) [SUN(H), 13.0m] – It comes as no surprise that Aguero is the highest priced player in the game by a margin. In the last 2 seasons, he’s scored 50 goals and set up a further 13, whilst having periods where he missed games in both campaigns. Under Pep, he should receive even greater service and as long as he can stay fit, he’ll be a goalscoring machine.
- Andre GRAY [SWA(H), 6.5m] – Having fired Burnley to promotion, Gray hasn’t let up, scoring 9 times in pre-season. With Williams leaving to join Everton, Swansea have lost their Welsh rock at the back, boosting Gray’s chances of finding the back of the net in his first FPL game of the season.
- Jamie VARDY [HUL(A), 10.0m] – After a terrific season, Vardy’s price has shot up and he’ll need to hit the ground running to justify it. He has an ideal opportunity against Hull and showed he has not lost the appetite with a well taken goal against United in the Community Shield.
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