Friday, 9 August 2019

FPL: Playing it safe in GW1

The Premier League is back! Friday sees the return of England's top flight but that also means the return of Fantasy Football. Just over 24 hours after the transfer window slammed shut, the FPL deadline is looming. Dave Black tries to offer a helping hand ahead of the big kick off.

The Friday night deadline coupled with a Thursday evening transfer window means there is little time to dwell on what consequences any late deals may have. Therefore my strategy is to play it safe with solid if unsurprising picks. There's plenty of time for experimenting in the coming weeks once we get a better idea of what a favoured 11 for every club looks like.

It goes without saying to look beyond week one if you're playing for the long haul. If you have a squad of players all at home this week just remember they will be away next week. It's always tempting to treat week one as a free hit but it's perhaps not the most effective plan for the season.
With that, here are five selections to consider for your starting team.

1) Harry Kane (Tottenham, Forward, £11m)

There was an annoying statistic that Harry Kane just doesn't score in August. Thankfully he put that particular coincidence to bed last season so he's one of the first names of my team sheet as Spurs welcome Aston Villa this weekend.

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