The long, agonising wait for the return of the Premier League and fantasy football has finally come to an end.
Tongiht the new season gets underway at the Emirates as Arsenal host Leicester.
In fact the Friday night kick-off has the potential to upset a few managers who usually leave submitting their team until the last minute on a Saturday.
It is extremely wise to pick a team right now if you haven’t already, but make sure you swerve these fantasy football point vacuums for the first month.
Now would should start this by saying that at £3.0m Jordan Pickford has the potential to be the best choice for your fantasy team this season.
Just not for the first month.
Everton’s fixtures are brutal in August and September with trips to Man City, Chelsea, Man United and Hajduk Split — not to mention a game at home to Spurs.
New boy Pickford and his snazzy watch will probably be fishing the ball more often in the first two months than any other period in the season.
Much of the above applies to Michael Keane as well.
Later on he could well rack up points but it’ll be a tough ask to deny Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Morata, Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku in his first five Premier League games.
That’s right, we’re going there.
The two-time Golden Boot winner is the most costly forward in the game this season and with good reason.
The 24-year-old is a goalscoring, hat-trick completing machine… but he always starts slowly.
For the last two seasons Kane has struggled desperately for form in August — something about his summer breaks dull his match sharpness.
Leave him out for Spurs’ first three fixtures then bring him in once he’s warmed up — bold tactics pay off.
If you didn’t watch much of the pre-season games then we’ll quickly summarise Man United’s for you.
They looked impressively organised with the notable exception of Victor Lindelof.
Jose Mourinho’s new Swedish centre-back is having some teething problems and the Special One may opt to pair Eric Bailly with Chris Smalling for the opening few games at least.
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Finally, it’s our old pal Raheem Sterling.
The English winger returned to his threatening best last season under Pep Guardiola’s guidance but Man City have a surplus of attacking talent and some very talented players are going to warm the bench.
Both Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero are expected to start ahead of Kevin De Bruyne in a 3-5-2 formation featuring Kyle Walker and Danilo as wing-backs.
Which only leaves two places for David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Leroy Sane and Sterling to fight for.
Feel free to ignore our advice of course, just don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Which fantasy football team names are the most popular?
Team names are as vital as picking the side itself in modern day fantasy football, with the punnier and most original the better.
So whether it’s Giroud Sandstorm, Neville Wears Prada or Teenage Mutant Ninja Skrtel, check out our foolproof list to help you decide.
Who are the most picked players so far in fantasy football?
New Manchester United hitman Romelu Lukaku has blown away the rest of the field so far this season, having been selected by nearly 60% of managers and a good 12% ahead of his nearest challenger.
He forms a tasty looking attacking trio with Arsenal’s club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette – whose mission in life is goals – and Wayne Rooney.
It seems many Dream Team managers feel the ex-England captain’s return to boyhood club Everton could rejuvenate his career and have backed him to deliver the goods.
But how does the rest of the most-picked team look?
Think you can beat Alan Shearer’s fantasy football team?
The Premier League’s record goalscorer has stuck to his roots, picking both Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle in his Dream Team.
Shearer clearly fancies Everton to keep it tight at the back with the selection of Michael Keane and Leighton Baines.
He’s also gone for Christian Benteke in attack – a potential wild card depending on Crystal Palace’s success this season.
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