Premium players form the backbone of any FPL team as they are expected to score the most points. As the more expensive options, whichever you choose takes up a big chunk of your budget, which means you’ll need to take careful consideration of who you go with.
Heading into the first Gameweek of the season, I think there are some premiums out there for our interest. I will sort them into different categories – the musts, the maybes, the Wait-N-Sees.
Obviously, you may disagree with me – and that’s fine. Part of the fun of FPL is seeing how different opinions play out once the game starts.
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The must haves
In my opinion, there is only one man in this category.
This is Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (£13.0m)which is the ideal FPL option.
He has scored over 200 FPL points in five consecutive seasons and was the top scorer in three of them.
And all this while dominating the statistics.
The Egyptian is also a reliable captain choice almost every Gameweek and is extremely durable as he rarely gets injured or rested.
He is the only one who needs to be as is to start the season.
Four representatives from two clubs – Man City and Spurs – make up the Maybes.
If you don’t make your team one-sided and pick three Premium players in the so-called “threemium” setup, it’s possible to pick one of them along with Salah.
The four players are Harry Kane (£11.5m), Son Heung Min (£12.0m), Kevin de Bruyne (£12.0m) and Erling Haaland (£11.5m).
The top three have proven pedigree when it comes to FPL, while Haaland is an interesting case of an elite player who may still need time to find his feet in the Premier League. However, managers appear to favor the former Dortmund man over the other three: the Norwegian is in just under half of FPL squads at the time of writing, compared to Kane and Son in around a quarter of squads, and the De Bruyne’s ownership hovers around 15%.
This might be a key thing to consider early on: if Haaland hits the ground running in Gameweek 1 against West Ham and you don’t own him, you could be penalized if you go with an alternative – especially with this favorable matchup week 2. against Bournemouth looming.
That logic also works the other way around, of course – if you start with Kane, for example, you’ll hope he outclasses Haaland in a juicy Week 1 match against Southampton and you’ll have the early advantage over the managers backing City’s executioner.
As for who to include, I’d lean towards one of the strikers as it makes a more balanced team rather than having two premium midfielders, but I’m still undecided on who: without knowing the result, there’s no wrong answer. So basically go with whatever you feel works best for you.
I would take a lesson Cristiano Ronaldo (£10.5m), Raheem Sterling (£10.0m), Bruno Fernandes (£10.0m) and Jamie Vardy (£9.5m) both as Premium and Wait-N-Sees.
This happens for a number of reasons: either his club has new management in the case of Manchester United, he is a new signing in the case of Sterling, or there may simply not be room for a player of that price in your squad otherwise in the case of Vardy. .
I’d like to have some combination of the others in my initial draft due to their excellent first games and the fact that I’d be more than happy to captain these guys, however don’t discount this group. they may, at their slightly reduced price, play a role in our teams as things develop.
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