Written by Jønathan Kahn. You can catch him on twitter @jkisthe1. Kahn has ranked as high as 105th on the All-Time FPL Manager list!
Wouldn’t it be great if you could pick anyone you want for FPL? But that would defeat the purpose of the game. So who should we be looking at to fill those other spaces if we seek to gain a slight edge?
Stuart Dallas (LEE): £4.5m – Ownership 5.6%
A tricky opener for Leeds but Marcelo Bielsa has been there and done it all over his career so don’t be surprised if Leeds start strong. Dallas is likely to be a crucial part of that. Capable of playing at left-back, left-wing back, or midfield he should be an integral part of the Leeds team this season and should offer great value. I’d probably want to bench him GW1 though. The same is true of our next pick…
Luke Shaw (MNU): £5.0m – Ownership 1.3.%
Yes, really you can own a Manchester United defender for just 5m and he has less than 2% ownership. Perhaps it’s the injury, perhaps it’s his blank first week, but that’s incredibly low. His injury last season slowed United’s momentum somewhat as they were robbed of the width he offered. He’s unlikely to be as good as Wan-Biassaka for bonus points but he is more attacking and is 0.5 cheaper which could help elsewhere. One to consider for sure.
Grady Diangana (WBA): £5.5m – Ownership 0.3%
An old favourite of mine from a couple of seasons ago, his ownership could be about to rise following his permanent move to West Brom. He showed great form in pre-season and had a good record last season. If you are struggling in that price range, Dianagana could be the one.
Dele Alli (TOT): £8.0m – Ownership 2.4%
That’s not a mistype, Dele Alli really does have 2.4% ownership, and he’s Dele Alli. Do you really need more?
Chris Wood (BUR): £6.5m – Ownership 3.6%
Another pick where GW1 is problematic but if you can afford to bench him, Wood is an under the radar pick. 14 goals last season and 10 in his previous two, Wood just seems to quietly tick along and has high goal involvement for the Clarets. He could be a shrewd third striker.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE) : £7.0, – Ownership 5.4%
He divides opinion due to his form and manager’s success with him but if Everton make their expected midfield signings then there’s a serious upgrade in quality and DCL, as the potential lone striker, could be the one to benefit.