Date: 24th July 2018 at 10:56am
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The end of July sees the ideal time to start building your Fantasy Premier League team with 2 and a half weeks left until the opening fixture. Fantasy League is a very strategic game which can be approached in a multitude of ways, do you pick players that have a nice run of initial fixtures or just pile out your team with the big guns from the off?

Between the sticks.

New Watford signing and former West Brom goalkeeper, Ben Foster looks well worth the £4.5 million price tag. Last year he managed to rack up 10 clean sheets despite getting relegated in a very poor West Brom side. After being given a fresh start in London with Watford, he will become Number 1 ahead of Heurelho Gomes and also has a nice first 3 fixtures against none of the big top 6.

Honourable mention:

David De Gea, Manchester United (£5.5 million). It goes without saying that David De Geais one of the world’s best, and his consistent performances in goal allow United to maintain a high position in the league. He is absolutely vital to United.

Back 3.

After the 17/18 season, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool (£5.0 Million)is a must-have for this year. The young English right back is a constant threat offensively and has started taking over all of the Liverpoolset pieces. Playing in a very threatening, title-challenging side he is undoubtedly going to collect a few points via goals, assists and clean sheets this season.

Nathan Ake, Bournemouth (£5.0 Million)is a star for the future. After his permanent deal from Chelsea he’s quickly fit into a starting role for the Cherries. Bournemouthhave got a potentially very comfortable start to the season only facing one of last year’s top 6 in their first 10 games. Eddie Howe’s side have a fantastic style of football which can potentially leave them on the weaker side defensively but with the teams they’re going to be playing during the first 10 games, Akecould be a little gem for the start of the season.

The last player to slot into this back 3 would be Phil Jagielka, Everton (£4.5 million). Jagielkais a cheap option with (like previous picks) a run of 9 games with only one of them facing a top 6 opposition. Under Marco Silva, Evertonwill be rejuvenated and after conceding less than 1 goal per home game least season, he could be ideal as the last selection for your defence.

Honourable mentions:

Kieran Trippier, Tottenham(£6.0 Million). After a fantastic World Cup and finally getting proper minutes with the departure of Kyle Walker, he’s had the breakthrough year. He also takes corners and provides a influx of crosses.

Sead Kolasinac, Arsenal (£5.0 Million). After struggling to get games last season for Arsenal,Kolasinacwill hope to have a season similar his previous ones at Schalke. The Bosnian is a complete athlete and will bomb up and down the wings every game, expect a few assists.

4 man midfield.

First on the teamsheet of the 4 man midfield is of course, Mohamed Salah, Liverpool (£13.0 Million). The Premier League 17/18 player of the season and top goalscorer is unlikely to slow down after such an unbelievable season. The Egyptian finished last season with 303 FPL Points which included a ridiculous 32 goals and 12 assists. Obviously, the price tag of Salahcould be off putting but it could prove costly to not stick with him after last season.

Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City (£10.0 Million)is a must have in the midfield, the Belgian midfielder has achieved 49 assists across 3 seasons with a tidy 21 goals in the process aswell. There is not many players in the world capable of playing with the vision and passing range that KDBhas, and after proving it year after year you can guarantee that he will provide you with points in what will be a high flying Cityteam again.

Watfordmanaged to secure a permanent deal for Gerard Deulofeuthis season for what could be quite a small fee considering the expectation that has surrounded him for quite a few years. After his performances last season against the likes of Chelsea where they won 4-1 he looks a brilliant pick up for £5.5 million. The quick Spanish forward plays a very advanced role and being able to take him as a midfielder is an absolute steal. With Troy Deeney in his advancing years and Andre Grey having not settled properly yet he may play in a striker role. Deulofeuis definitely one to keep an eye on.

To complete this four man midfield, Ruben Nevesof Wolves (£5.0 million)will look to continue the form he showed last season in the Championship leading Wolvesto the title. Neveswas chased by a few clubs after a breakout season after arriving from Porto but pledged his loyalty to Wolvesand has voiced his big expectations for the club. Nevesis a player that will be the first on the teamsheet week in week out and is not shy about taking a longshot or two. For Wolvesto live up to their potential this season, Neveswill have to perform and I truly believe he will.

Honourable Mentions:

Jesse Lingard, Manchester United (£7.0 million). Jesse Lingardhas shown himself to be a true talent. Last season he racked up 8 goals, 6 assists and 10 bonus points. He always creates chances but he brings the unexpected to theUnitedside.

Leroy Sane, Manchester City (£9.5 million). Sanewas desperately unlucky to not go to the World Cup with Germany after hitting double figures in goals and assists last season. Even with the signing of Mahrez, Saneshould undoubtedly be starting and could be just as good as last year.

Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal (£7.5 million). After finally seeming to get over his injury woes, Ramseyhas started showing what a quality player he is. With players like Mesut Ozil not performing as they have in previous years, it’s the Welshman’s year to shine in the centre attacking midfield role where he belongs.

The Top 3.

Arguably a risky pick considering his record of goal scoring in August, Harry Kane, Tottenham (£12.5 Million)is a must have. The Englishman has very quickly shrugged off his critics with 104 premier league goals in only 4 seasons. That is an absurd average of 26 goals a year and even with quite a large investment moneywise, Kanewill always be there to bang in the goals. Tottenham’steam has been moulded over the years around the England #9 with players like Trippier and Danny Rose being able to take advantage of the wings to deliver the ball to Kane. Harry Kaneis also the penalty taker for Spursand after scoring half of his World Cup goals from the spot he’ll be a great start for your forward line.

Next up is a player that was firing on all cylinders in his 5 month tenure in the premier league last season. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal (£11.0 million)could be the answer to Arsenal’sstriker issue that has been ongoing since Thierry Henry’s departure. After arriving in January he managed to bag 10 goals and 4 assists and 7 months on he’s been able to properly able to gel with the Arsenalteam which could allow him to push for the top goalscorer title aswell as pushing Arsenalback to where they’d want to be. With the creativity Arsenalpossess in midfield, Aubameyangwill have endless opportunity and various chances to score.

To complete the front 3 of this attack is Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha (£7.0 million). After the consistent downfall of Christian Benteke, Zahahas started to take over as one of Palace’smain goal scoring threats. With Crystal Palaceonly having one game against a team that finished in 17/18’s top 6, Zahadefinitely has the chance to further assert himself as Palace’smain man. The Ivorian winger is capable of some fantastic stuff on the ball and it’s a surprise that he hasn’t been snapped up by one of the bigger teams in this transfer window.

Honourable Mentions:

Cenk Tosun, Everton (£7.0 million).Cenk Tosunlit up the premier league on his first few appearance in an Evertonshirt, and he’s got the attacking prowess to take that into this season and carry Evertonunder an impressive Marco Silva.

Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United (£11.0 million)will look to provide the heroics for United. After this 80 million transfer, scoring only 16 goals could be considered a disappointing season. He looked very sharp at the World Cup and if he can improve his finishing he will be a huge threat this season.

Below will be an example of a starting line up, that I have personally gone with. This team fits the budget you are allocated and the bench has some players that are not hugely recommended.

Good luck for the season, managers.