Fantasy Premier League Best Players: Game Week 1

Fantasy Premier League 2016 17 GW1 Dream Team
With Game Week 1 in the books it’s time to have a look at who the FPL’s best players were. Our “best players” run down is a commentary on the Dream Team selected by the FPL. We use the FPL’s statistics and for comparison offer their WhoScored rating. This week’s team is in a  3-5-2 formation. Here are the best players:

1. Phillipe Coutinho (MID)

Two brilliant goals vs Arsenal on Sunday gave the diminutive Liverpool midfielder a top fantasy rating of 15.0 in GW1. Coutinho is owned by 20.9% of FPLers and a price of £8.0 may tempt some to pick him up down the road. He is also one of nine midfielders who hold down the top nine spots in this week’s scoring.

(Coutinho’s WhoScored rating: 8.83 – 1st overall)

2. Adam Lallana (MID)

If GW1 was all about midfield no team best exemplified that than Liverpool. Many were thinking that LFC’s Roberto Firmino would be the midfielder to do some damage since he was starting up top as a false nine but it turned out that he just did the running for others like Adam Lallana. Lallana’s lovely finish in the 49th minute helped him earn 11 fantasy points. He is only 6.2% owned, costs only £7.0 and given that his manager Jurgen Klopp seems to like to play him a lot could be a wise pick up for those who don’t already own him.

(Lallana’s WhoScored rating: 7.64 – 26th overall)

3. Anthony Marital (MID)

After recording 2 assists versus Bournemouth Anthony Marital earned the same amount of FPL points as Lallana but is much more expensive at £9.5. Maybe that’s why Martial is only 8.0% owned? Still, if he’s manages to regularly place in the top 3 points collectors that would be money well spent.

(Martials’s WhoScored rating: 7.44 – 40th overall)

4. Leroy Fer (MID)

Where did this guy come from? Fer was Johnny-on-the-spot in scoring the winner for Swansea vs Burnley and racked up 11 fantasy points. Owned by only 2.7% of participants, his price is a reasonable £5.0 – and his next opponents are Hull (with a Fixture Difficulty Rating of 1).

(Fer’s WhoScored rating: 8.58 – 3rd overall)

5. Etienne Capoue (MID)

A lot of the people who bought this guy left him on their bench only to find that he had recorded 10 FPL points. He was cheap at £4.5 and only 3.7% of the FPL world bought him but the Watford midfielder paid off big for some.

(Capoue’s WhoScored rating: 8.64 – 2nd overall)

6. Ben Foster (GKP)

Next on the Dream Team list with 10 pts as well was West Brom keeper Ben Foster. Foster came cheaply at £4.5 but was only owned by 8.8%. A big error for many who should have known that Pulis-ball means many clean sheets this season.

(Foster’s WhoScored rating: 7.37 – 45th overall)

7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (FWD)

I am Zlatan scored a very classy goal in his United debut and recorded 9 FPL points. Sergio Aguero also recorded 9 but Zlatan got the nod for the Dream Team because he is priced lower at £11.5. Zlatan’s 43.9% ownership shows just how big a global club United are but if he keeps scoring he will justify the loyalty of his selectors.

(Ibra’s WhoScored rating: 8.28 – 7th overall)

8. Alvaro Negredo (FWD)

Negredo also gets the nod ahead of Aguero because his 9 points came on £6.5. His 14.7% ownership pales in comparison to Zlatan and Aguero and he could be worth a look for value-hunters.

(Negredo’s WhoScored rating: 7.42 – 43rd overall)

9. James Collins (DEF)

James Collins’ goal and his defending were not enough to earn his West Ham team any points away to Chelsea but he himself earned 8 points and got himself onto the GW1 Dream Team. Owned by a mere 1.9% Collins comes with a price tag of £4.5.

(Collins’ WhoScored rating: 8.06 – 11th overall)

10. Stephen Kingsley (DEF)

The bargain basement £4.0 defender must have made his 7.2% owners very happy – if they chose to pick him in their XI. Kingsley scored a whopping 8 points in Game Week 1 and at his value was a worthy Dream Team member.

(Kingsley’s WhoScored rating: 7.68 – 25th overall)

11. Gareth McAuley (DEF)

Defender Gareth McAuley is both the instrument and the beneficiary of Pulis-ball. He and his West Brom teammates are guaranteed to clean-sheet-it many times this season. Valued at a very reasonable £4.5 he earned 10.4% of the FPL world a very handy 7 points.

(McAuley’s WhoScored rating: 7.21 – 62nd overall)

Worth Mentioning

Eden Hazard (MID)

He did not make this week’s DT but anyone who watched the Chelsea-West Ham game will know that Eden Hazard is back – after a disappointing 2015-16 season. Hazard was a threat the whole game and buried his penalty, recording 10 FPL points in total. If it’s true that the £10.0 midfielder is going to indeed be Antonio Conte’s permanent penalty-taker then his ownership will be well above 19.4% come Game Week 2. Hazard looks to be a must-have player this season, especially since Chelsea has no European football and Conte will have no need to rest or rotate his best players.

(Hazard’s WhoScored rating: 7.98 – 15th overall)

Data Sources

Fantasy Premier League Statistics

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