Fantasy Premier League is finally back. The 2022/23 FPL season kicks off with the return of the Premier League on Friday night, and here is how my team line’s up for the first gameweek of the season.
I previously shared my first draft upon the game’s release a little under a month ago, but as the season draws closer, there has been plenty of changes and tinkering in my squad.
With the confusion going on at Chelsea, I swapped Edouard Mendy (£5 million) for Aaron Ramsdale (£5 million). Arsenal have an excellent set of first five fixtures without facing any of the traditional ‘Big 6’ teams, and the Englishman managed more points than the Chelsea shot-stopper last term. Leicester’s Danny Ward is also the best bench option in the game as a £4.0 million keeper who might start for the Foxes following the departure of Kasper Schmeichel.
All the value seems to be in defence in FPL these days, and in line with that view, I have gone for five premium defenders in my team. The Liverpool full-back duo of Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5 million) and Andrew Robertson (£7 million) offer too many routes to points to be ignored, while Joao Cancelo (£7 million) was the fifth-highest points scorer in the game last year.
Reece James (£6 million) scored 5.4 points per match last season, while Ivan Perisic (£5.5 million) is playing as a wing-back in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system at Tottenham and has one of the highest points ceilings amongst all FPL players.
As the highest-scoring player in the game, Mohamed Salah (£13 million) is a must-have for all FPL managers. I would have liked to have one of the £8.0 million midfielders (Diaz, Saka, Foden, Kulusevski, Mount), but budgetary constraints have forced me to look elsewhere.
Gabriel Martinelli (£6 million) offers incredible value at £6.0 million, while wingers Pedro Neto (£5.5 million) and Leon Bailey (£5 million) have been similarly under-priced by the FPL gods this season. The final spot in midfield goes to Fulham’s Andreas Pereira (£4.5 million), who will occupy the first slot on my bench most weeks.
Erling Haaland (£11.5 million) edged out Harry Kane (£11.5 million) as the premium forward in my team due to Manchester City’s better run of opening fixtures. Gabriel Jesus (£8 million) is the most-owned player in the game, with the Brazilian in more than 70% of FPL managers’ teams following his move from Manchester City to Arsenal.
Rounding up the squad is another bench fodder option, Aston Villa striker Cameron Archer (£4.5 million), who might find some game time after the introduction of the new five substitutions rule in the English Premier League.
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