As well as all the guides to picking your initial fantasy football team (strategy, goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and strikers), here at The Sportboys we’ll have a preview before every gameweek. This will be looking at form and captain choices and other related stuff. I haven’t quite worked out what new features to add so for the first week I’ll use last season’s method of three captain choices, three potential transfers and three to avoid.
Three Captain picks:
1. Lampard/Chelsea – A new season and a fresh start for everyone. The first week is always a gamble as you get some unexpected results and it’s difficult to know who’s going to play. One thing you can be certain of is that Frank Lampard will line up against Hull at Stamford Bridge. Presumably last season’s top scorer will hit the ground running and I should think Chelsea will get a few goals against hapless Hull. If you don’t have Lampard then pick whichever attacking Chelsea player you do have.
2. Rooney/Man Utd – The other top four side with a gentle start is Man Utd with a match against Birmingham at home. With the departure of Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney is promising a big season and judging by his pre-season form he’s a good shout to start off well against Alex McLeish’s men. I have him behind Lampard just as I don’t think Man Utd will hit as many goals this weekend as Chelsea but it’s your call.
3. Murphy or a defender if you have one/Fulham – Our first risky tip of the season. I’m not a fan of picking of picking players who have an away match as captain but I think Fulham are good value to beat Portsmouth. Murphy is at the heart of their attacking play so could get an assist but maybe a safer option would be to pick someone like Schwarzer or Paintsil if you have them in your side based on last season. They are more likely to get six points than Murphy.
Gets a captain tick.
Three potential transfers in:
1. Ebanks-Blake/Wolves – Mick McCarthy’s side have quite a nice introduction to the Premier League with games against West Ham and Wigan. Ebanks-Blake is a good shout to open his account for the season against one of these two.
2. Scotland/Wigan – In the same way Ebanks-Blake could be good for a goal against Wigan, Jason Scotland could be good for a goal against Wolves or Villa. He scored two goals against Wolves last season and is largely facing the same opponents so why not again…
3. Alexander/Burnley – How brave are you feeling? Fancy Burnley to hold the Champions to a draw in their first game at Turf Moor. It’s not as outlandish as it sounds – Man Utd are notoriously slow starters and Burnley will have the bubble of promotion, plus a huge atmosphere in a tiny ground going for them. Could captain Alexander see them to a famous point? Perhaps. Just don’t blame me if United show them what the Premier League is all about!
Might be a worth a pick.
Three to avoid:
1. Arsenal players – This applies to him and most Arsenal players. Their start to the season is very tough with Everton and Man Utd away in the first three matches and no game in gameweek 2. Bring them in after that.
2. Aston Villa players – Similar reasons as above. A winnable game against Wigan but then Liverpool away in week 3 after no match in gameweek 2.
3. Neville/Everton – The only reason he got 140 points last year was because he was listed as a defender, not a midfielder. He won’t break 100 this year so why do 32% of you have him in your team?
Are you taking the mick?