Every week we will be looking at the key players that are likely to be available to waiver and pick up on a Free Agent in your FPL Draft league.
Unlike the original version of the game, players like Mohammed Salah, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane will never be available once picked – so to win you must find value in the middle and lower
Much like Manchester City, we are not expecting there to be any main options available apart from Adrian as Goalkeeper, who will be starting for the next 4-6 gameweeks.
If you have Alisson in goal, it would be especially prudent to pick Adrian as your second so you have a guaranteed Liverpool starter.
Matip played well in the Super Cup on Wednesday so may be worth a pick if he is available. There is a chance he may rotate with Gomez, however we still think Gomez is the first pick.
There is also the possibility of Gomez filling in at right back to rest Trent Alexander–Arnold over the course of the season, opening the CB spot for Matip.
Leicester City have an interesting and winnable run of fixtures – Chelsea (A), Sheffield United (A), Bournemouth (H), Man Utd (A)
There is a new centre back pairing, Evans and Soyuncu who may have been left undrafted. These players are worth looking into over Burnley and Bournemouth defenders, given Leicester’s solidity.
It is likely that most of the attacking options have been taken, possibly with the exception of Barnes, who isn’t looking to get much game time. If you’re looking for your fifth midfielder he may be worth a punt, however we think there are better options out there.
Looking at new signings like Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi may seem tempting if they are not drafted. Calvert–Lewin’s position seems under threat with Moise Kean already featuring for 30 minutes in his first game.
However, our focus is on defensive returns with Everton as they rearrange their front line and their new recruit’s bed in. If any of the back four of Digne, Keane, Mina and Coleman are available they are definitely worth picking up as third or even second defenders.
Everton’s next four fixtures are very favourable, and very winnable – Watford (H), Aston Villa (A), Wolves (H), Bournemouth (A).
Crystal Palace have an interesting run of fixtures, and it is worth considering how poor their home form was last year. The next four games are – Sheffield United (A), Man Utd (A), Aston Villa (H), Spurs (A).
Zaha didn’t start the game on the weekend due to transfer speculation, however this issue seems to be somewhat resolved as the team cleared the air with him – we can expect him to start from next week onwards alongside Benteke.
If you are sold on Crystal Palace defensively then Dann, Kelly and Ward may be worth thinking about as fourth and fifth defenders. If Patrick Van –Aanholt is available then he should be considered as a fourth defender.
On the back of a 4 – 0 drubbing by Man Utd, which we have previously said did not reflect the game certainly looked shaky at the back, however did look sharp going forward and could have scored 2 or 3 goals themselves.
Also, they have a good four fixtures to try and redeem that scoreline – Leicester (H), Norwich (A), Sheffield Utd (H), Wolves (A).
In these fixtures there is potential for 3 clean sheets and much attacking potential. Despite the Super Cup starting lineup, we are expecting Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Ross Barkley to keep their spots. So if either of those players are available in your league, they are worth picking up.
Rudiger is looking to make a return against Leicester, with the shaky Zouma making way, so we would consider Zouma replacements if you have him, and definitely draft in Rudiger if he is available.
A surprising and impressive looking 3 – 0 win at home to Southampton has certainly drawn attention to Southampton, however this was as much down to Southampton’s lack of quality as it was Burnely’s quality.
The standout performer was Ashley Barnes who was a tricky customer, and clinical upfront. If he is available in your league then he is a no brainer to be selected.
However, Burnley have a tough run of fixtures coming up, including Arsenal who they have lost to in all of their last 9 Premier League meetings – Arsenal (A), Wolves (A), Liverpool (H), Brighton (A).
There is a chance that Burnley keep 0 clean sheets in these four games, but there is still attacking potential. For tempting players like Gudmunsson, we would suggest holding off on picking him as there are better players out there.
Pieters is the best pick of the Burnely defenders in the future, as he offers some attacking return potential.
Brighton Hove and Albion
Another team with a surprising but impress 3-0 in their first fixture, but again not completely representative of the game they played against Watford who had their fair share of chances to score.
Dan Burn looked solid in a back three for Brighton, in their new formation, alongside Duffy and Dunk.
Their next four fixtures have potential for both defending and attacking returns, apart from their match away at Man City in three weeks – West Ham (H), Southampton (H), Man City (A), Burnley (H).
Montoya may be the favourite available Brighton defensive option, being deployed as a forward thinking RWB in Brighton’s new formation. He got forward a lot, and against West Ham may exploit Cresswell’s lack of mobility.
Upfront, new boy Maupay made an instant impact with a goal off the bench. His goalscoring history at Brentford last year was impressive. Scoring 25 goals and 8 assists in just 43 games.
If Maupay is free in your draft, he is our number 1 pick to waiver in.
Bournemouth have a favourable next fixture away to newly promoted Aston Villa next week, but after than have a tough run of Man City (H), Leicester (A) and Everton (H).
Assuming Wilson, King and Fraser have been drafted it is tough to see further returns from the Bournemouth Squad.
With the fixtures they have, we would advise avoiding Bournemouth defenders until after the international break. If you must, you could bring in Ake, Cook, Mepham and Rico for a week, but we wouldn’t advise sticking with them long term.
It is worth writing off their first game back in the Premier League away at Spurs, although they did show attacking promise and defensive solidity, until Eriksen came on and changed the game.
Villa have a decent run of fixtures, where they may keep a clean sheet or two, and will get some goals – Bournemouth (H), Everton (H), Crystal Palace (A), West Ham (H).
McGinn is the clear favourite to pick as a third or fourth midfielder if he is available. In the Championship last year, McGinn contributed 6 goals and 10 assists.
There are a few new faces that didn’t quite gel against Newcastle, who didn’t offer too much of a threat to Arsenal, perhaps making Arsenal’s defence look better than it is.
Interestingly, next week Arsenal are the bookies favourites to keep a clean sheet above all other teams. Next week Arsenal are playing their favourite opposition, beating Burnley 9 out of 9 times.
We can expect the introduction of David Luiz into the starting XI soon so if he is available we would recommend picking him up.
Arsenal have an up-and-down set of fixtures – Burnley (H), Liverpool (A), Spurs (H) Watford (A). Realistically expecting one or two clean sheets from the lot.
Ainsley Maitland–Niles would be the defender that offers attacking potential. If any starters for Arsenal apart from Xhaka and Guendouzi are available, it may be worth picking them up for the long term.