With Gameweek 1 now in the rear-view mirror, our friends at Fantasy Football Hub have taken a look at the top point-scorers from the opening matches, tips for the best transfers for the upcoming weeks and three budget gems to help you maximise your point-scoring potential.
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The top scoring players in the first week were a mixed bag with penalty-taking premium players grabbing the glory while goal-scoring defenders with solid defences were not far behind.
Gameweek 1 Top Point-Scorers
1. M. Salah (Liverpool – £6.8m) – 17 points
An opening day hat-trick from the Egyption King helped 27% of managers get away to a flying start.
2. J. Vardy (Leicester – £6.9m) – 12 points
Two penalties from The Foxes talisman earned him a 12 point haul and Leicester three points.
3. R. Saïss (Wolves – £2.9m) – 12 points
A set-piece goal and a clean sheet from the Wolves’ centre-back gave Saïss a rock solid start at a great TFF price.
4. T. Castagne (Leicester – £3.6m) – 12 points
A goal from open play and a clean sheet from Leicester’s new attacking right back. Ben who?
5. Gabriel (Arsenal – £2.8m) – 12 points
A goal from a set-piece and a clean sheet gave Arsenal’s new signing a dream start.
Tip: With the revised VAR and handball regulations, targeting penalty-takers could be a profitable strategy.
Tip: Although three defenders scored goals, don’t expect these levels of points every week from defenders, particularly centre-backs. If you own them, congratulations, if not, don’t rush to bring them in unless you feel their exploits will continue.
Best Transfers In
Looking at our fixture ticker, the teams with the best fixtures coming up in the next four games are Sheffield United, Manchester United, Leicester, Tottenham, Everton and Chelsea in that order. With this in mind let’s take a look at a few picks which could see you climb the ranks in the next month:
1. J. Vardy (Leicester – £6.9m)
Fresh from an opening day brace, Vardy and the Foxes have three home matches in their next four, all against teams they would expect to beat. With a leaky Manchester City their other opponent, there could be further hauls from the veteran striker.
2. L. Digne (Everton – £3.8m)
Priced very nicely, Digne takes a lot of the set-pieces for Everton and they also look to have shored up their defence. There could be points aplenty in the coming weeks from all angles from the left-back.
3. M. Doherty (Tottenham – £3.9m)
Doherty was very unlucky not to score at the weekend and his marauding runs down the wing caught the eye as they did at Wolves. With some tasty home fixtures coming up, the new signing could clean up at both ends of the pitch.
1. I. Meslier (Leeds – £2.1m)
Priced as a reserve goalkeeper, it seems that Meslier has taken the No.1 jersey at Leeds and therefore could be the enabler of choice for the season. Although Leeds conceded four against the champions Liverpool, we can expect plenty of clean sheets this season from an otherwise solid defensive team.
2. R. James (Chelsea – £3.0m)
The young right-back caught the eye against Brighton and was even on set-pieces which adds another string to his bow. If he can retain that spot long-term he looks a steal at his price in a team that could be challenging the top two.
3. C. Adams (Southampton – £3.5m)
The Saints’ striker was very unlucky not to score on the weekend and if he keeps his place could be a great budget striking option to complement the expensive premium strikers.
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