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FPL Pre-Season: Final Thoughts

I thought I’d share a few of my final thoughts before the FPL deadline this afternoon. I’m going to go through three key decisions that I’m trying to make this week, and also explain what content to expect from Undrafted for the rest of the Fantasy Premier League season.

Weekly FPL content

We’ve got a lot planned for this FPL season here at Undrafted. Coming up weekly is our interactive fantasy team and gameweek reviews. We will also be introducing Undrafted’s Taking Sides series to FPL, where our writers will debate which Fantasy assets are better for your squad. Then scattered around those will be articles on players to monitor, differential picks, season strategies, and much more.

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Key Decisions

1. Tsimikas as a Starter

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A spanner in works happened at the start of this week when Robertson injured his ankle. He’s expected to be out for at least the first 3 game weeks which has done two things: 1. made Trent Alexander-Arnold even more of a no-brainer and 2. potentially paved the way for 4.0m Tsimikas to start at left-back for Liverpool. The good news is he managed an assist in his final pre-season game, with a Robertson-style cross. There is, however, the chance that Milner gets the nod ahead of him. But at 4.0m, Tsimikas offers a really low-risk, high-reward option for the first few gameweeks. Just make sure you have a reliable bench player to replace him if he doesn’t start. If he does start, he could offer real value for the opening few weeks.

2. Son in or Son out

I managed to free up some extra funds with the inclusion of Tsimikas as a starter. This leads me to either Son or an extra mid-priced midfielder. Son’s pre-season, recent record vs City, and potential penalties in Kane’s absence have given him a strong case to be included. I found myself toying with a few different line-ups, even one with Son instead of Fernandes. But as it stands, he’s not in my squad.

3. Mid-Priced Midfielder Options

Here are my final thoughts on a few mid-priced midfielders that have made a strong case to be included in my squad. They all have low ownership, which I find surprising. So I ideally want to choose two of them to balance out my squad. With Son out of my team, I might be able to squeeze an extra one of these players in.

Greenwood – 7.5m – Manchester United

Final thoughts on Greenwood
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I feel pretty confident about Greenwood as a fantasy asset to start the season. He was part of my calculated punts watchlist, and out of the players I mentioned in that article, I feel he’s got the best chance of getting a consistent amount of attacking returns at the start of the season. The only downside is that I have Fernandes and I’d ideally prefer not to double up on attack just yet.

Benrahma – 6.0m – West Ham

Benrahma has continued his end-of-season form into pre-season. In his final friendly against Atalanta, he hit the woodwork and assisted both of West Ham’s goals. Whilst all the pre-season fuss has been about Raphinha & Buendia in this price bracket, and rightly so, I feel Benrahma has got the edge for the opening few fixtures. Priced at only 6.0m, he keeps appearing in my drafts and has a strong case to make the final cut.

Gundogan – 7.5m – Manchester City

He’s been in the back of my mind all pre-season. In his first game back, he scored two goals against Blackpool. Then In his final pre-season game against Leicester in the Community Shield, he shared set piece duties. Add that with the fact De Bruyne is expected to miss the first few games, and I can see Gundogan continuing on from his fine form last season.

Dele Alli – 6.5m – Tottenham

Final thoughts on Dele Alli

He was part of my risky business watchlist, and for me, Dele has shown a lot in pre-season to suggest that he’s going to outperform his pricetag. He scored against his old club, MK Dons, and then hit the post a few times in his final pre-season friendly against Arsenal. With only 1.3% ownership, he’s possibly the biggest differential in the game. But the headache for me has been, I don’t think you need both Son and Dele, and I also think it’s one between Dele & Benhrama.

Final Thoughts

First of all, Goodluck. Try and enjoy yourself, it is a game after all.

Regarding final squads selections, just make sure you’re confident that the players in your team have a good chance of performing in the first few gameweeks. Be patient and back yourself. Also make sure you have one or two bench players who are likely to start, as there’s still the risk of Covid protocols.

And finally, without sounding too clichĂ©, don’t get too hard done by if your first match day is a bust. It’s a long old season. I’ve used a wildcard within the first few gameweeks once before and it was a disaster as it didn’t give me enough time to analyse the players.

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