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)
DUSAN TADIC (SOUTHAMPTON)
Price – £7.5m. Selected by – 5.3%. FPL points last season – 157.
Southampton’s attacking midfielder is perhaps one of the best ‘value for money’ options available in this year’s FPL. Some might be surprised to know that Tadic, despite starting two games less, scored just one fewer and assisted the same amount of goals as Payet last season. The Serbian is expected to be stationed at the tip of the diamond in Saints’ new system and is also their chief penalty taker. Add that to the fact he faces less competition for places following the departures of Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle, and he could prove to be a very smart buy.