26 red hot fantasy football tips from old winners and experts
Want to boss the work Fantasy Football league this season? Read on. Heed advice from people who have taken home the trophy on playing through the season, which players to go for and how to use the Fantasy Premier League features best.
Paul McKinnon, editor of Fantasy Football Scout, passes on his best advice...
GK 1: Ben Foster (West Brom)
At £4.5m, Foster is easier on the budget than the rest of Tony Pulis’s defensive regulars. The Baggies’ stopper should improve on last season’s six clean sheets and also offers the potential of save points – he placed fifth for saves (116) last time around.
GK 2: Tom Heaton (Burnley)
Don’t let a price hike to £5.0 deter you from considering the Clarets’ No.1. Last season’s top-scoring shot-stopper offers far more than just clean sheet potential – Heaton was ranked first for saves (149) and produced 21 bonus points, an FPL record for goalkeepers.
DEF 1: Cedric Soares (Southampton)
The right-back faces just one of last season’s top nine in the first 11 gameweeks
Kindly valued at £5.0m, the right-back faces just one of last season’s top nine in the first 11 gameweeks. Soares was among the top four FPL defenders for chances created (39) and successful crosses (43) last term, while new manager Mauricio Pellegrini should boost the Saints’ clean sheet prospects.
DEF 2: Kieran Trippier (Tottenham)
Kyle Walker’s switch to Manchester City allows Trippier to command a regular spot on the Spurs teamsheet. Though limited to just 12 outings in the league’s tightest defence last season, he still supplied five assists in a raiding wing-back role. At £5.5m he looks a snip.
DEF 3: Lewis Dunk (Brighton)
A commanding presence at the heart of a Brighton backline that claimed 21 clean sheets in the Championship last term. Available for just £4.5m, Dunk also offers bonus point potential and has an eye for goal – he fired 38 attempts and scored twice in 2016/17.
MID 1: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
The £9.0m-priced schemer can justify his lofty 33% ownership
The Brazilian was involved in – scored or assisted – more goals than any Liverpool player last season. Coutinho also ranked No.1 for shots on goal for the Merseysiders, and the £9.0m-priced schemer can justify his lofty 33% ownership and continue as their go-to midfield option.