Fantasy Premier League returns for 2015

by Football XI Editorial | Posted on Thursday, July 16th, 2015

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After a summer filled with fantasy anticipation, Fantasy Premier League managers prepare to reload their squads for another run at the top of the FPL rankings. While now is the time to deliberate who will carry your squad in 2015, you will only have until August 22 when teams will be locked in for the year. You also have time until then you redeem a 100% bonus up to $600 if you use the “MAXPROMO” DraftKings promo code from Fantasy Football Beginner’s website.

While the top finishers of each month and quarter will be awarded prizes, those who advance deep into the final tournament will get a chance for much more. The manager who wins the 2015 FPL Cup will be given a week-long trip to Britain, with VIP tickets to two Barclays Premier League matches in 2016 to go along with an array of other prizes.

Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero, two of last year’s top FPL scorers, face uncertain availability for game one of this year after playing deep into the summer Copa America tournament. That will change the outlook of many FPL Cup hopefuls, who may try to look for fantasy point production elsewhere. When you also consider the number of players that moved teams over the summer, it becomes clear that FPL managers have their work cut out for them.

Building your team

Once again managers are being given a £100 million budget to spend on 15 players, 11 of whom will be chosen to start on a week to week basis. After 17 weeks the top ranked teams will earn a bid into the 2015 Fantasy Premier League Cup- a head to head tournament that culminates with the FPL Cup Final in December. Teams will be locked on August 22, after which only 30 transfers are allowed through the final game week in December.

Managers will surely be hunting for a bargain to open up cap space for other areas of their team. Harry Kane was last year’s sleeper pick, starting off under 6m but netting owners a staggering 191 points. Locking in a bargain player with that kind of production puts you well ahead of the pack week-to-week, giving you the cap room you need to maintain elite talent in other positions of your fantasy squad. Conversely, missing out on a player like that will give you a disadvantage to those who bought in early- this demonstrates the importance of doing your homework before the lineups lock in at the end of August.

Anybody can pick last year’s top FPL point scorers to their squad, but it’s crucial to find bargain players who can provide cap flexibility at other positions. Here are some players who deserve some serious consideration when you’re picking your squad.

Nathaniel Clyne, Defender, Liverpool- There are few players this year who provide more value and reliability than Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne. Clyne is priced relatively low considering his 142 points scored last year. Pairing Clyne with an elite defender like Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic allows you to get premium defender production without breaking the bank.

Jordan Ibe, Midfielder, Liverpool- Ibe is the definition of a budget signing- he may sit on your bench at times, but he has the price tag of a bench player and could produce starting player numbers. This is one of those players you could look back and wish you had bought when the price was low.

Diafra Sakho, Forward, West Ham- Over 50 percent of FPL managers own Eden Hazard right now, which is a testament to the trend of spending big at the midfielder position. If you are inclined to go this route, you might need to do a little experimenting up top. Sakho racked up 10 goals in just 20 games last year. While he does have a tendency to get injured, his low price tag and high potential might make him worth the risk.

Troy Deeney, Forward, Watford- Deeney has been tearing it up in the Championship league the past couple years, and now he has a chance to prove himself with the big boys. There is some concern that Watford could struggle this season, and those worries are well-founded. But the theme of last was the success of the newly promoted strikers, and Deeney could easily be the gem of 2015.

Memphis DePay, Midfielder, Manchester United- While this doesn’t necessarily qualify as a bargain pick, DePay is still an intriguing option at the midfielder position. The set-piece specialist had a brilliant 2014 campaign during which he scored more free-kicks than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues during the year. He’s going to be the most selected player from Manchester United for this segment, and could be a difference-maker for fantasy teams.

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