The three new teams can often be a rich source of FPL points at a fairly low price and are therefore key to FPL success. Here I will assess the standout options from each club and in each position.
The first stat we look at here is clean sheets, last season Brighton lead the way with 21, Newcastle just behind on 19 and Huddersfield way back with 12. With many FPL managers choosing to save funds for attacking options, cheap goalkeepers are always welcome. All 3 first choice keepers look set to be £4.5 million – a good price. However a record signing at Brighton, Matthew Ryan will replace the departing David Stockdale, looks to be, for me the standout option – 'save points' guaranteed and the odd clean sheet, fairly good fixtures after GW1 as well!
At the back:
Even though they kept 12 clean sheets last season, Huddersfield have the best option in my opinion: Tommy Smith, the right back had an amazing season. He scored 4, assisted 10 and kept 12 clean sheets in 45 appearances. Smith has shown he loves to attack and defenders like this, especially in the lower price brackets can be vital. Lewis Dunk from Brighton can also push for a place in our teams as part of a low – budget rotation strategy. After the GW1 clash with Man City he has fairly strong fixtures – home ties against West Brom and Newcastle the pick of the first six. Scorer of two goals last season. Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles helped himself to 3 goals and 2 assists in 43 League appearances along with 19 clean sheets. If priced at 4.5 Million he could be a great option in the early stages of the season!
The string pullers:
At first glance this looks to be the position with the strongest potential for FPL points. Brighton boost the Championship player of the year Anthony Knockaert – an almost ever present in the Brighton starting 11, making 44 starts and 1 sub appearance. He scored 15 times and laid on a further 8 for his team mates. These stats are exceptional, if he can keep up his Championship form he certainly could nail down our 5th or even 4th midfielder slots. Matt Richie is another name to mention – the Newcastle playmaker – A key part of Rafa Benitez’s midfield providing 16 goals and 9 assists in all competitions. To further strengthen his appeal, he is on free kicks and penalties. Purchase with caution though – he struggled to make an impact in his first EPL campaign with Bournemouth!
Both of the Championship’s joint highest goal scorers will play in the Premier League next season and both have played there before. Dwight Gayle and Glenn Murray, Newcastle and Brighton respectively. The Newcastle talisman chipped in with 23 goals in only 32 league appearances, considering he missed a large part of the season through injury – these are extraordinary numbers. He also provided 4 assists. Murray was just ahead of Gayle assist wise and level on goals. Both these players have the potential to take our 3rd striker spot however it promises to be a crowded market with Benteke, Llorente and Defoe all proven FPL points scorers.