Fantasy Premier League. We all play it, we all love it and Michael Baddeley is here to help ensure that you get out of the blocks firing this season!

It’s that time of the year again – managers pick their squad, they eye up potential transfers and then they get excited at possibly winning the competition before realising they never really stood a chance. Of course I’m talking about Fantasy Premier League, what else would it be?

This year we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our own league with the overall winner bagging themselves a 2018/19 Liverpool home jersey as a prize when it is revealed next season!

To coincide with our league, each week we will be running an FPL gameweek tips article which will feature hints on players to look out for that week and the site’s team for the upcoming week – we can’t promise that we won’t be too biased towards Liverpool players!

Just as a starter we thought we’d give you a few hints on the players who we think could be worth a look at throughout the season.

Goalkeepers

Starting from the back, there’s a number of players that catch the eye here. There is the obvious choices like Thibaut Courtois, David De Gea & Hugo Lloris who will definitely keep clean sheets this season as they are all a part of top defences. But at £5.5m it’d be hard to justify spending so much on a keeper when you could go for cheaper targets and use the money elsewhere.

Tom Heaton of Burnley celebrates his sides first goal after Ashley Barnes of Burnley (not pictured) scored during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Burnley at Anfield on March 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England.
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Tom Heaton at Burnley was last season’s top scoring goalkeeper and is priced at £5m. Ben Foster, Joe Hart & Asmir Begovic at £4.5m are all excellent choices and then there’s Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot who is priced at £4.0m who could be a real bargain.

Defenders

It’ll come as no surprise to returning FPL players that the most expensive defender is Marcus Alonso at £7m and three other Chelsea defenders are priced at £6.5m.

You will be guaranteed a lot of clean sheets with them, you’ll probably get assists and the odd goal from them, but being priced so high would mean you wouldn’t be able to invest in more of the heavy hitters further up the pitch.

Like the Chelsea fullbacks, James Milner will score points at both ends of the field and being on set pieces will only boosts his chances of getting attacking returns. But again, being priced at £6.5m would take a chunk out of your £100m budget.

James Milner opens the scoring at Prenton Park.
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You will probably be better off looking elsewhere for the time being. At £5.5m Victor Lindelöf & Kieran Trippier will definitely keep clean sheets with the latter also adding assists and maybe goals here and there. Charlie Daniels and Cedric Soares are both £5m and will also offer both clean sheets and assists.

You don’t want to rule out going for the cheap options either such as Ben Mee, Jamal Lascelles & Mason Holgate as they could all be potential bargains and you can just stick them on your bench when they have a tough game.

Midfielders

For me this is the key position of the game this season. There are so many midfield options that offer high attacking returns for rather decent prices.

If you want to go big then you could have the likes Alexis Sanchez (£12m) & Eden Hazard (£10.5m) in your team.

But when there are players such as Dele Alli (£9.5m) Christian Eriksen (£9.5m), Sadio Mané (£9.5m), Philippe Coutinho (£9m), Mohamed Salah (£9m) & Leroy Sane (£8.5m) who are all going to get you high scoring returns and are available for significantly cheaper prices, I think you’d be silly not to go for them.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur (L) scores his sides first goal past Igor Akinfeev of CSKA Moscow (R) during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Wembley Stadium on December 7, 2016 in London, England.
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There are also a few options at cheaper prices that could separate you from the rest. Michail Antonio only played 29 games last season but still scored nine goals and grabbed three assists and is only priced at £7.5m.

Other alternatives like Wilfried Zaha (£7m), Aaron Ramsey (£7m), Willian (£7m), Nathan Redmond (£6.5m), Dusan Tadic (£6.5m), Matt Phillips (£6m), Matt Ritchie (6m) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£4.5m) all carry price-tags that should throw them into the mix.

Forwards

As expected, the two highest priced attackers on the game are Harry Kane (£12.5m) and Romelu Lukaku (£11.5m). It’d be hard to argue a case for having one over the other as they’re both proven goal scorers.

If you can squeeze both in then go for it! You will no doubt stand a good chance at scoring high points week in, week out.

Sergio Aguero is also priced at £11.5m, but his rotation with Gabriel Jesus (£10.5m) means that you might be better off avoiding both until it’s clearer who Pep Guardiola’s first choice is.

Another player priced at £10.5m is Alexandre Lacazette and if the Frenchman settles down quick then you will definitely regret not having him as he will score a lot of goals if given the service.

Alvaro Morata is priced at £10m and is another that should be considered if he can hit the ground running.

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At the cheaper end of the spectrum, there is Javier Hernandez who comes in at £7m. At that price, the natural goalscorer will have definitely thrown a spanner in the works for FPL managers.

We can’t forget Jermaine Defoe either!

We shall be back on Friday 11th August with our Gameweek 1 article, so make sure you check in and read the article to see our tips and also our team for the first week of the season!

If you want to join our league then enter the unique league code (22185-7091) or click the following link! (https://fantasy.premierleague.com?autojoin-code=22185-7091

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