28 red hot Fantasy Premier League tips from old winners and experts

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1. Did they play during the summer?

Consider the summer internationals when constructing your initial squads. A number of players will have been late back to first-team training after the World Cup. Keeping an eye on the teamsheets for recent friendlies should help steer your opening selections.

2. Who are the best promoted players?

Assess the main players from the promoted sides. These teams always tend to offer kindly-priced options that help free up cash to spend elsewhere. Look for regular starters on set-piece or penalty duties and pinpoint defenders who perform well for clearances, blocks and interceptions, which helps their bonus point potential.

3. Who will be this season's bolters?

Analyse the player list. As both Pascal Gross and Luka Milivojevic proved last season, there are typically one or two players who emerge from the budget bracket to cement a role in our starting XIs. Pinpointing any players who are wrongly classified and playing in a more advanced role can also give us the edge – the 3-5-2 trend could allow certain full-backs to be pushed up into midfield, for example.

4. Which big club players to go for?

Utilise your three-player allocation for the top clubs wisely. N’Golo Kante is a popular pick due to his budget-friendly price tag but generally offers little attacking threat from the centre of midfield. Focusing on the goal-getters or raiding defenders should reap greater rewards.