With just a day to go for the new season, FPL managers will be busy assembling their squads and balancing between budget options and big name players ahead of the big Premier League kick-off on Saturday, 13 August.
Everyone loves a bit of FPL, but it is not always easy to get your selections right, which is why over the next couple of days we will bring you the top five players to pick from each position, which will help you to beat your friends in private and public leagues. Having analysed the top five goalkeepers and the top five defenders in our first two articles, we now focus our attentions further up the park and have a look at the midfielders.
Without any doubt, midfield is the most important position in FPL. Not only are the top priced players likely to return similar points to their expensive forwards, but a few of the lower mid-price budget players have a history of providing us with great value for money. Therefore, getting the engine room of your team is crucial and whether you decide to start three, four or five midfielders, it is important to get your balance right.
Your selections should be based on the goal and assist threat that each midfielder possesses, with an eye for a bargain, instead of someone who is just going sit in front of the back four. Assists are good, but goals are better! You want the man who is going to be running at defences, creating chances for his strikers or cutting in off his wing to fire one into the top corner. And that is why the attacking midfielders and the wingers are some of the most valuable players in FPL.
Here, we have a look at the top 5 defenders to pick in your FPL squad this season. If you haven’t yet registered then you can do so over here and don’t forget to join our private league. The code is 168351-54522.
Jordan Ibe (Bournemouth, £5.5m), Gerard Deulofeu (Everton, £6.5m), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur, £7.0m), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal £9.5m), Dimitri Payet (West Ham United, £9.5m)
SOFIANE FEGHOULI (WEST HAM UNITED)
Price – £5.5m. Selected by – 5.0%. FPL points last season – 0.
Payet was West Ham’s main creative force last season with Slaven Bilic’s side too reliant on the Frenchman. However, the arrival of Feghouli should relieve the burden on Payet. Snapped up from Valencia, the Algerian has impressive stats in the 98 appearances where he played 60 minutes or more and at £5.5m, he could be a value asset. Handed a role on the right, the winger has impressed during pre-season and is expected to keep his place in the starting XI when the new season gets underway this weekend with both Manuel Lanzini and Gokhan Tore out injured.