FPL: Best picks from each team

It’s FPL season, and team drafts are being made, deleted, made again and torn up in the days leading up to it. With less than ten days to go until GW1, everybody wants the best possible players and team to start off with. That is, of course, until the template reveals itself to be a completely different one. Hate you, FPL Gods.

While every team may have multiple viable assets (not all; looking at you, Ings-less Southampton), we will try to pick one player who should be top priority from each team. Some are almost template, while some others can be transferred in when they hit form or when their fixtures turn kind.

1) Arsenal

Any other season, we would pick Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.0m). However, ever since he signed da ting, the Arsenal frontman has regressed. His form in front of goal was not great last season. If he returns to form, he is a shoo-in at that price.

However, right now, it is a toss-up between Bukayo Saka (£6.5m) and Emile Smith Rowe (£5.5m). Both are promising youngsters who are pretty nailed, and who return well at those prices. We will give the nod to Smith Rowe, who at that price is an absolute steal, and can function as an enabler as well.

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Emile Smith Rowe (pictured) could have his best season yet.

2) Aston Villa

With Danny Ings (£8.0m) joining the team, and talisman Jack Grealish (£8.0m) on his way out, Villa have never looked more exciting. With Ollie Watkins (£7.5m), Emiliano Martinez (£5.5m), and their full-backs in Matt Targett and Matthew Cash (both £5.0m), there are loads of options.

However, we would choose their new signing Emiliano Buendia (£6.5m). The former Norwich City creative midfielder is a top player, and with Grealish on his way out, he may well become the talisman. He has looked sharp in pre-season, and is predicted to make a fast start, particularly with Villa’s kind fixtures for the opening three weeks.

3) Brentford

Ivan Toney (£6.5m). Just pick Ivan Toney.

In all seriousness, he is probably THE budget forward in the game, and his price means you can go for the Kanes and the Vardys if needed. He may be the man to continue the legacies of Teemu Pukki and Patrick Bamford from seasons past. Just look at this stats in the Championship if you still have your doubts.

4) Brighton

Ah, the stat underperformers. Brighton were unlucky to finish where they did last season, and will look to make amends. Obviously, Leandro Trossard (£6.5m) is their main man. However, he is widely inconsistent, and there are better options for that money.

We are going to go with Robert Sánchez (£4.5m). Currently the best goalkeeper option under £5.0m, Sánchez was a revelation last season. His underlying stats are all pretty good, and he can be the set-and-forget keeper your team needs. He is our pick from the Seagulls, until Tariq Lamptey (£4.5m) returns and hits the ground running.

Robert Sánchez - Player profile 21/22 | Transfermarkt
Robert Sánchez (pictured) could build on the momentum from last season.

5) Burnley

“Burnley are a team I’d love to see get relegated……OH S**T! THEY HAVE BLOODY SCORED!” – Mark Goldbridge

If that doesn’t sum up Sean Dyche’s Burnley, nothing will. They are the team you dismiss, until they pop off and that one idiot with Burnley assets is suddenly the best player ever.

There are not too many viable assets from Burnley. Nick Pope (£5.5m) is one of the best goalkeepers in the league, and if you want a different keeper, go for him. Their backline provides good value, with full-backs like Charlie Taylor and Matthew Lowton (both £4.5m) being good differentials.

However, despite the fact that he may not start the first few weeks, Chris Wood (£7.0m) is our pick. He is the main man at Burnley, and the few goals they score come through him.

6) Chelsea

Champions League winners Chelsea have a wealth of talent at their disposal, and you can make a case for most of their players to be good fantasy assets. However, at the moment, Kai Havertz (£8.5m) plays as a false-9, even though he is an OOP midfielder in the game. This gives him more points for goals and clean sheets, and Chelsea will do well on those fronts for sure.

The man who scored the winning goal in the CL final is our pick. If they sign Romelu Lukaku and he hits the ground running, tear this list up straight away.

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Kai Havertz (pictured) is OOP in FPL this season, and could do extremely well.

7) Crystal Palace

New manager, new tactics, new Palace? Probably not. For some seasons, Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) has been the talisman of the team, and we don’t see that changing. He has looked sharp in pre-season as well.

He had his best FPL season ever last year, and he is our pick if you want a Palace player in your team. Maybe reconsider your choices if you fall into that category.

8) Everton

Everton is a tricky one. They have sweet opening fixtures, but they disappointed last season. Nevertheless, the talent is there, and they have some good FPL assets as well.

Lucas Digne (£5.5m) is a super solid pick. Although Carlo Ancelotti moved to Real Madrid, James Rodriguez (£7.0 m) could be a shout if he can stay fit. But our pick is Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m). Last season, he performed really well, and we are backing him to continue it this season. They don’t call him Calvert Lewindowski for nothing.

9) Leicester

With Wesley Fofana (£4.5m) picking up a nasty injury in pre-season, that eliminates the budget pick. Jamie Vardy (£10.5m) could deliver again, but he underperformed last season, and he is super expensive. Kelechi Iheanacho (£7.5m) could be a great pick, but we feel Harvey Barnes (£7.0m) is the way to go.

Barnes had a ton of momentum before his injury, and we expect him to pick up from where he left off.

GW27 Ones to watch: Harvey Barnes
Harvey Barnes (pictured) could be explosive when fully fit.

10) Leeds

When we saw how much Raphinha (£6.5m) cost, we could hardly believe our eyes. This is the biggest bargain according to most people, and he is our pick. He dazzled the league with his skills, creativity and goalscoring last season, and can only do better from here on out.

Patrick Bamford (£8.0m), Illan Meslier (£5.0m), Stuart Dallas (£5.5m) and Jack Harrison (£6.0m) are all good shouts as well. Leeds are all about attacking and goals, so make sure you don’t miss out on them.

11) Liverpool

Mohamed Salah (£12.5m). How can you bet against the best FPL asset of the past three seasons? Just get him in your team, especially given that sea of green in the opening fixtures for Liverpool. If you want a major differential, we would strongly recommend Sadio Mané (£12.0m)

The return of Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) means Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) and Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) could hit 200-point seasons again. They came so close, but in the end, Salah’s consistency at being a points magnet nicked it for him.

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It’s foolish to bet against Mo Salah (pictured) in FPL.

12) Man City


If you want to go down this route, be prepared to rage when your player gets benched, which will be pretty often. It’s made more annoying by the fact that City are the best team in the league, and score so many goals and subsequently FPL points.

We won’t even bother to pick one standout player, because the arrival of more talent means the rotation will be even worse. Take your pick from Kevin De Bruyne (£12.0m), Riyad Mahrez (£9.0m), Raheem Sterling (£11.0m), Ruben Dias (£6.0m), Phil Foden (£8.0m) and Ferran Torres (£7.0m). They are also looking to sign Jack Grealish (£8.0m) and Harry Kane (12.5m), the latter who was the best goalscorer AND playmaker last season. Have fun with the roulette!

Jokes aside, wait and see who seems more nailed than the others, then pick that combination of players. Until the Champions League, where all the planning goes to waste.

13) Man United

It’s tempting to go for Jadon Sancho (£9.5m), but he feels more like a punt. United have great talent at their disposal, and Luke Shaw (£5.5m) is a top asset, but we are sticking with the safe option in Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m).

The top scorer of FPL last season, Fernandes seldom disappoints. Even when he has a terrible game, he manages to get a jammy goal or assist. He is a great player, and with his supporting cast getting upgraded this season, he looks likely to do well again.

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Bruno Fernandes (pictured) is a Fantasy legend at this point.

14) Newcastle

Callum Wilson (£7.5m) was involved in more than half of Newcastle’s goals last season. The striker is also priced attractively, and could be a differential to the Watkins-Antonio-DCL brigade.

Allan Saint-Maximin (£6.5m) is also a shout, though not as much as Wilson. He is now listed as a forward, so the appeal has diminished a bit.

15) Norwich

Avoid like the plague. However, Norwich have the FPL goat in Teemu Pukki (/s for those who didn’t get it). He costs £0.5 less than Toney, so he could be a budget pick who is nailed.

Otherwise, Todd Cantwell (£5.5m) and Billy Gilmour (£4.5,) are cheap players who are nailed if you fancy a Norwich player. Our suggestion would be not to.

16) Southampton

With Danny Ings (£8.0m) departing to Villa, Southampton might be in for a terrible season. This is another team to avoid, but we think James Ward-Prowse (£6.5m) might be on penalties now. He is already on all set-pieces and freekicks (where he is basically Messi), and could be one to watch.

If they sign a striker to replace Ings, keep an eye out for that player as well.

17) Spurs

If Harry Kane (£12.5m) really leaves North London, then Heung-Min Son (£10.0m) is the obvious pick. Son is a top player, and the new manager has started using him as a striker in pre-season. He has done well so far, and he also has an uncanny ability to do well when he is the focal point. The South Korean is our pick, and we think he could be a quality differential.

Nuno’s focus on wing-backs means Sergio Reguilón (£5.0m) could be a quality pick. Dele Alli (£6.5m) is massively underpriced, and could be the greatest differential if he finds his mojo.

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Heung-Min Son (pictured) will mostly be the main man at Tottenham

18) Watford

Not too many viable assets here. We would back Ismaila Sarr (£6.0m) for his explosive style of play and his attractive price point. He scored quite some goals in the Championship last season as well.

Value can be found in their backline as well, with Daniel Bachmann (£4.5m) being the best alternative to Robert Sanchez from Brighton. Kiko Femenia (£4.5m) is also a budget full-back.

19) West Ham

Lord Lingard may not be there anymore, but West Ham still look like they could do well this season. David Moyes’ team has quite a few FPL assets, and our pick is Aaron Cresswell (£5.5m)

Cresswell was the third-highest scoring defender last season, and he is on most set-pieces. With everyone going for Luke Shaw and Lucas Digne, he could be a great differential to own. He is worth the extra £0.5m over Vladimir Coufal (£5.0m), who is also a great pick. Michail Antonio is a lethal player, but he is injury-prone and frustrating to own at times.

20) Wolves

Pedro Neto (£6.5m) did brilliantly last season, until his unfortunate injury. So the best pick from the Wolves team has to be Raul Jiménez. He has returned from injury and has started scoring again. Mr. Honest Work was missed dearly by Wolves last season, and they will look to bounce back with him in their ranks.

Nelson Semedo (£5.0m) and Conor Coady (£4.5m) are budget picks if you fancy a Wolves defender.

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Raul Jiménez (pictured) will look to make a triumphant return.

Good luck to everyone playing this season! May the Pep be with you.

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