Matt’s GW1 Team Reveal

Matt’s GW1 Team Reveal

SQUAD DETAILS

  • Default Formation: 3-4-3
  • In The Bank (ITB): £0.5m
  • Double-Ups: 4 (Liverpool, Manchester United, Watford and Leeds)
  • Triple-Ups: 0


GOALKEEPERS

Daniel Bachmann (£4.5m / 2.5%)

Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
Price Point: Budget
Total Points Last Season (P/90): No FPL Data
GW1-6 Difficulty: Easy

I don’t like spending precious budget on my goalkeepers, so I always aim for a cheap option who is going to be forced into making a lot of saves. My objective, therefore, is to earn Save and Bonus points rather than Clean Sheets. Bachmann fits the bill.

Ben Foster (£4.0m / 27.7%)

Squad Position: Bench Fodder
Price Point: Enabler
Total Points Last Season (P/90): No FPL Data
GW1-6 Difficulty: Easy

If Bachmann gets injured or rotated. Foster will come in. This is the most effective way of spending £8.5m on a goalkeeping partnership.


DEFENCE

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m / 32.9%)

Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
Price Point: Premium
Total Points Last Season (P/90): 160 (4.75)
GW1-6 Difficulty: Easy

An easy pick and one of four players who have remained in all my drafts since Day 1. With TAA, you are effectively paying £7.5m for a sixth midfielder (but one who gets six points per goal and the prospect of clean sheets).

Luke Shaw (£5.5m / 55.3%)

Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
Price Point: Mid-Range
Total Points Last Season (P/90): 124 (4.20)
GW1-6 Difficulty: Easy

On the back of an impressive performance in the Euros, Luke Shaw will go into the new season in the form of his life. Last season, Shaw topped the table (amongst defenders) for Attempted Assists per 90. With a gentle set of fixtures to ease Manchester United into the campaign, having an attacking full back who is also likely to earn clean sheets is hard to resist.

Lewis Dunk (£5.0m / 6.9%)

Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
Price Point: Mid-Range
Total Points Last Season (P/90): 130 (2.93)
GW1-6 Difficulty: Easy

I’ve probably struggled most with this position. For a while it was occupied by Digne but Everton’s 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester United left me concerned, so I downgraded to a £5m option.

In the end, the combination of Brighton’s strong defence and good opening fixtures edged me towards the Brighton centre-half. While opting for a centre-back is a departure from my preference for attacking full/wing backs, I believe Dunk’s nailed-ness, plus goal threat, make for a good argument for him to start.

Ben White (£4.5m / 25.5%)

Squad Position: Rotating 4th Defender
Price Point: Budget
Total Points Last Season (P/90): 104 (3.79)
GW1-6 Difficulty: Average

This is about getting a nailed £4.5 defender for a Top Six team. As a rotating 4th defender, I don’t expect White to see much action unless he is needed from the bench. He rotates well with my next pick.

Luke Ayling (£4.5m / 11.9%)

Squad Position: Rotating 4th Defender
Price Point: Budget
Total Points Last Season (P/90): 100 (2.65)
GW1-6 Difficulty: Average

Leeds impressed with their ability to adapt towards the end of last season and showed that they could be more solid at the back. As above, Ayling rotates nicely with Ben White and so, except for GW2, I can usually cover first bench spot with a favourable fixture.


MIDFIELD

Mo Salah (£12.5m / 51.5%)

Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
Price Point: Premium Midfield
Total Points Last Season (P/90): 231 (6.75)
GW1-6 Difficulty: Easy

No surprises here. The first and easiest pick in the squad. If you want consistency, look no further than the Egyptian King. Last season, the top scoring FPL player was Bruno Fernandes with 244. Salah’s average points total over the last four seasons is 256. That is crazy.

Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m / 40.9%)

Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
Price Point: Premium Midfield
Total Points Last Season (P/90): 244 (7.07)
GW1-6 Difficulty: Easy

Many people are dropping Bruno and, to be perfectly honest, I can understand some of the thinking behind it. If you already own Salah (and you should!), then Bruno is an expensive investment. A lot can be done to the rest of your squad without him.

For me, he is firmly rooted in my squad for the first six gameweeks. If he doesn’t perform against his hefty price tag, I can use him as a route to upper-mid range options such as Son, Mahrez, Havertz,. and have some cash left over to upgrade elsewhere. My guess is, I won’t need to downgrade.

Harvey Barnes (£7.0m / 12.3%)

Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
Price Point: Mid-Range
Total Points Last Season (P/90): 126 (5.82)
GW1-6 Difficulty: Good

This is a real gut feel one, which was eased on a bit by his pre-season performance in the Community Shield. Leicester sorely missed Barnes at the end of last season and, if he can stay fit following his knee operation, then he will be a force to be reckoned with this season.

Raphinha (£6.5m / 20.6%)

Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
Price Point: Lower-mid Range Midfield
Total Points Last Season (P/90): 133 (5.07)
GW1-6 Difficulty: Average

I think FPL has really under-priced Raphinha. He was one of my top targets before FPL released the player prices and I went into pre-season thinking that if he was above £8m, it may give me a headache. So, when he came in at £6.5m it was an absolute no brainer for me. Harrison also a great option if you want to save £0.5m.

Josh Brownhill (£4.5m / 3.9%)

Squad Position: Bench Fodder
Price Point: Enabler
Total Points Last Season (P/90): 74 (2.37)
GW1-6 Difficulty: Average

Possibly the best £4.5 midfield enabler out there. Has looked sharp in pre-season. I think only in extreme circumstances will the Burnley man see my Starting XI, but I am hoping he becomes one of those players who overperforms and gives me a selection headache later on.


FORWARDS

Michail Antonio (£7.5m / 22.6%)

Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
Price Point: Lower Mid-range
Total Points Last Season (P/90): 134 (5.36)
GW1-6 Difficulty: Good

Antonio is one of those players who I have always wanted to bring in but I have never managed to get the timing right between injury and my own transfer plans. I have some concern that he may end up injured again, but I am willing to take that chance because his stats (per 90) are fantastic.

Callum Wilson (£7.5m / 7.3%)

Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
Price Point: Lower Mid-range
Total Points Last Season (P/90): 134 (5.78)
GW1-6 Difficulty: Good

I was struggling to decide between Watkins and Wilson and so a combination of Aston Villa signing Danny Ings, plus Watkins picking up a knock in pre-season, has edged me towards Wilson. The man is so dangerous and will be at the forefront of most of Newcastle’s attacking play. He is one of those forwards who will bag points even when things are going against the team.

Ivan Toney (£6.5m / 30.7%)

Squad Position: Nailed Starting XI
Price Point: Budget
Total Points Last Season (P/90): No FPL Data
GW1-6 Difficulty: Good

I have tried to get rid of Toney a bunch of times, but he keeps coming back. Brentford (and Toney) are unproven in the Premier League and this is not an avenue I enjoy going down, but I have a feeling Toney is going to click quickly. If he doesn’t (and his price drops) then a downgrade to Pukki or Armstrong (£6m) around GW4 is on my mind.

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