Friday, 10 August 2018

Daily Fantasy Football Tips - Gameweek 1

Starting 11 is a new Daily Fantasy Premier League football game and app, which has become extremely popular among the FPL community since August 2017, as managers get to pick a brand new fantasy team each week, without the headache of managing a season-long team.

As always, this week’s picks are suitable for all fantasy football game formats and will suit most scoring systems, so we hope you find good use for them, whether you’re playing Fantasy Premier League, or daily fantasy games over at Starting 11.

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Safe Pick – Salah vs West Ham (H)

Of course we have to kick off the season with last season’s Golden Boot winner, Mo Salah.

The fact that he is classified as a striker on Starting 11 make no difference to me, he is the first player on my team sheet and I’ll happily captain him this week vs West Ham.

Liverpool are the team to put pressure on Manchester City this year and I expect them to start the season with a win, with Salah key to that victory.

Differential - King vs Cardiff (H)

I don’t hold out much hope for Cardiff this season who are one of the favourites for the drop come May – their first opponents on Saturday are Bournemouth.

Callum Wilson was tempting, but with King taking his sides penalties and his impressive goal scoring form during preseason he’s my differential forward for Gameweek 1.


Safe Pick - Bernardo Silva vs Arsenal (A)

Looking for a safe pick in that Manchester City midfield?  Pep Guardiola’s comments after the Community Shield strongly suggest that Bernardo will be the first name on his team sheet on Sunday.

Bernardo and Aguero looked the sharpest players on the pitch last Sunday, playing centrally and pulling all the strings for Manchester City as they put on another show of attacking football.

Differential – Jota vs Everton (H)

Jota could be the name on everyone’s lips in a few weeks. Can he produce the same attacking returns in the Premier League that he did in the Championship last season?

17 goals and 6 assists would be an incredible return for a midfielder in the Premier League, largely down to being classed as a midfielder but playing in a more advanced role – we love a good out of position player for fantasy football!

Everton have leaked goals during pre-season and I have little faith in their defence when they travel to Wolves on Saturday.


Safe Pick – Rudiger vs Huddersfield (A)

Rudiger seems to have nailed down that centre back position under new boss Maurizio Sarri in a partnership with David Luiz.

OK, so they didn’t look exactly water tight at times during last Sunday’s Community Shield, but that was Manchester City – Huddersfield won’t offer the same level of attacking football.

A big threat from set pieces in the air during preseason, I am expecting us to see some attacking returns from him this season.

Differential – Mee vs Southampton (A)

There has been no talk to Burnley this preseason, seemingly ignored due to their involvement in the Europa League qualifiers – but could this be a good thing?

Players who have been playing competitive football already are going to be sharper and focused on their game – they could be very useful assets in the opening weeks before their squad is stretched too thin.

Ben Mee was fantastic last season and who’s to say Sean Dyche’s Bus can’t start the season with a clean sheet vs Southampton?


Safe Pick – Alisson vs West Ham (H)

Liverpool defence is terrible?  It’s a myth! Defensively they were one of the best last season in terms of limiting the number of shots on goal they allowed – unfortunately it tended to take only one defensive error for their goalkeeper to concede.

That issue has been resolved with the signing of goalkeeper Alisson – a big reason why I expect Liverpool to challenge Manchester City this season.

I think we will see a number of fantasy bosses utilising Liverpool defensive assets this season.

Differential – Foster vs Brighton (H)

It wouldn’t be fantasy football without starting the season with Ben Foster, now at Watford. An opening fixture vs Brighton is tempting.

Brighton scored only 34 goals last season, one less than relegated Stoke City.

Watford showed a defensive improvement after appointing new manager Javi Gracia, can this continue into the new season?