FPL Squad for 2016/17
Fantasy Football Portal’s Official Fantasy Premier League Squad
The new Premier League season is upon us and football fans around the world will be poring over their fantasy teams on the official Premier League game in the coming days.
With just a week or so to go until the big kick-off, here’s our squad for the new season.
David de Gea – £5.5m
The most selected goalkeeper in Fantasy Premier League at this stage is David de Gea, with over 40 per cent of teams featuring the Manchester United stopper.
De Gea kept 15 Premier League clean sheets last year and United are expected to be solid at the back again this season under their new manager José Mourinho, so he gets the nod from us too.
Tom Heaton – £4.5m
A cheap back-up goalkeeper is a must for FPL teams and our choice is Tom Heaton, who costs £4.5m and recorded 10 clean sheets in the Premier League two years ago.
The stopper featured in England’s Euro 2016 squad over the summer and Burnley’s club captain will need to maintain a high level of performance if he is to keep his place ahead of Stoke City’s fit again Jack Butland.
Ashley Williams – £5.0m
Everton are reportedly trying to snap up Swansea City skipper Ashley Williams, whose stock is high after fine performances for Wales in their run to the semi-finals of this summer’s Euro 2016.
Williams scored twice last year and helped the Swans to keep a respectable nine clean sheets.
Virgil van Dijk – £5.5m
Our next defensive selection is Virgil van Dijk, who was one of the Premier League’s outstanding new arrivals last year, racking up 130 FPL points after joining Southampton.
Van Dijk slightly bettered Williams’ statistics too, scoring three goals and keeping 10 clean sheets, so we have no hesitation in including him in our squad.
Gareth McAuley – £4.5m
Cheap defenders are a great way to save budget in Fantasy Premier League and one of our least expensive selections is West Brom’s defender Gareth McAuley, who scored 97 points last year.
McAuley is another Premier League player to have had an excellent Euro 2016 and he should carry that form into the new league season, with Tony Pulis’ side always hard to break down.
Scott Dann – £5.5m
Goalscoring defenders are worth their weight in gold in FPL squads and Scott Dann is one of the best in the division, hitting five goals for Crystal Palace during the last league season.
A pair of assists and eight clean sheets ensured Dann scored 130 points last year, a total he will be looking to exceed this year as Alan Pardew’s side look to push on in the Premier League.
Neil Taylor – £4.5m
Our final defensive choice is another Swansea City star, the Welsh team’s left-back Neil Taylor, who will spend most of the season on our substitutes bench.
Taylor – an international team-mate of Williams’ – also excelled at Euro 2016, although he is yet to score a goal in the Premier League.
Christian Eriksen – £8.5m
At least one set-piece specialist should be part of all FPL teams and Christian Eriksen is the first of the two dead-ball experts in our squad.
The Spurs midfielder hit six goals and provided a superb 16 assists last season and looks a good price at £8.5m. He has also improved his FPL season total each year he has played in England.
Gylfi Sigurðsson – £7.5m
Gylfi Sigurðsson has committed his future to Swansea City despite speculation he could leave the club this summer and he is the third Swans player in our squad, with £7.5m a bargain for him.
The Iceland international’s total of 158 points in last year’s Premier League was his best ever FPL score, scoring 11 goals and providing four assists as his side just avoided relegation.
Marko Arnautović – £7.5m
Another player available at a terrific price despite an excellent season last year is Marko Arnautović, who scored 11 goals for Stoke City last year, as well as making six assists.
By selecting mid-priced midfielders such as Arnautović and Sigurðsson in our FPL squad rather than the big names with the big price tags to match, we are saving cash for one blue-chip player.
N’Golo Kanté – £5.0m
Another budget-boosting selection in our squad is N’Golo Kanté, who will be lining up for Chelsea after leaving Premier League champions Leicester City earlier in the summer.
Defensive midfielders are not typically obvious FPL selections, but 23.5 per cent of players currently have Kanté in their squad, presumably due to his very low price. Kanté scored over 100 points in FPL last year and could prove to be a great value selection if he adds goals to his game.
Yaya Touré – £8.0m
The final midfielder in our squad is a risky selection, Yaya Touré, who had a poor campaign last year and may not fit into the plans of the new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who sold him when they were together at Barcelona a few years ago.
Touré recorded 129 FPL points last year and his price has been reduced as a result, but it is only two years since he scored 20 Premier League goals. He is a player with huge upside for £8.0m.
Romelu Lukaku – £9.0m
The first member of our strikeforce is Romelu Lukaku, who averages over 150 points in FPL over the last four seasons and should be a reliable goalscorer for our team.
Everton should be better under their new manager Ronald Koeman and Lukaku will be seeking to reach 20 Premier League goals for the first time, having hit his best tally – 18 – in last year’s FPL.
Andre Gray – £6.5m
The first Premier League newcomer in our FPL squad is Burnley striker Andre Gray, who was playing for non-league Luton Town just a couple of years ago.
Gray is a potential bargain star at £6.5m, having top-scored in the Championship last year to fire the Clarets to the title under Sean Dyche. Gray’s pace and power could cause issues for teams.
Sergio Agüero – £13.0m
Picking Gray allows us to splash a whopping £13.0m on Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero, who guarantees goals like nobody else in the Premier League.
Agüero is the most expensive player on FPL this year but it is hard to argue he is not worth it, having scored 50 goals in the last two league seasons. Injuries are the only concern for Agüero, whose fragile hamstrings in particular could see him spend long periods on the sidelines.