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FPL debate: Which clubs offer best early value?

The Scout 30 Jul 2019
Gylfi Sigurdsson, Everton

Ben McNair is one of a number of Fantasy experts encouraged by Everton's opening schedule

The Scout's panel of experts discuss some key decisions for 2019/20 Fantasy Premier League.

Top targets

While premium picks such as Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) or Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) could bring in huge captaincy hauls, it is necessary to find less expensive picks to balance the budget.

The fixture list can help managers find value players and start the season successfully.

By pinpointing sides with favourable runs, they can take advantage of the schedule from the very start of the season.

Everton are a fine example.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings, only two of the Toffees' first 14 opponents score more than three.

This suggests investment in their key players could prove a very profitable tactic over the first few months of 2019/20.

What the experts say

Ben McNair (@drbenmcnair): Everton have a great early run of fixtures and ended last season in fantastic form. Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8.0m) and Lucas Digne (£6.0m) are excellent picks as they will take just about all of Everton's set-pieces between them. Last season that included penalties.

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily): I'm backing Leicester City. Brendan Rodgers is an attack-minded manager and has bought well, with Ayoze Perez (£6.5m) coming in from Newcastle United and Youri Tielemans (£6.5m) making a permanent move after impressing on loan. Everton should also challenge the top six, particularly if they hit the ground running with a nice-looking set of opening fixtures.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily): Everton's fixtures for the opening Gameweeks mean they should be firmly on all FPL managers' radars. Sigurdsson, Digne and Richarlison (£8.0m) all look excellent picks, and if Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.0m) gets starts he will be a great third striker option.

Paul Gee (FPLPaulGee): Joshua King (£6.5m) at AFC Bournemouth is an absolute steal and will probably be on penalties. Everton have a favourable run of fixtures and Digne stands out.

Mark McGettigan (@FPLGeneral): AFC Bournemouth, Everton and Leicester are three teams who interest me from the off. King, Sigurdsson and James Maddison (£7.0m) all have a good chance of making my Gameweek 1 squad.

Chuck Booth (@ChuckBoothSport): I'm looking at Pascal Gross (£6.5m). While his schedule isn't easy at the start of the season, Watford, West Ham United and Southampton have suspect defences. With Brighton expected to play in a more fluid style under Graham Potter, Gross can be a key man offensively, providing the goals and assists.

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_): AFC Bournemouth attackers such as King, Callum Wilson (£8.0m) and Ryan Fraser (£7.5m) are great targets from the off. The Cherries are an attacking team and face promoted pair Sheffield United and Aston Villa in their first two fixtures. I'm leaning towards King out of the three as the penalty merchant. Investment in Everton's defence, with Jordan Pickford (£5.5m), Seamus Coleman (£5.5m) and Digne, could pay off handsomely. The Toffees kept eight clean sheets in their final 11 matches last season and avoid top-six opposition in their opening six Gameweeks. Pickford has a great penalty save record and the full-backs regularly get attacking returns.

Tom (@WGTA_FPL): Perez has caught my eye after his reclassification as a midfielder in FPL and move to Leicester. He could be a real bargain, thriving in what looks an attacking line-up. Leicester, Everton and AFC Bournemouth have some great opening fixtures and are the non-top six teams I am focusing on.

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg): The early targets look like players from Everton, AFC Bournemouth and Leicester. But when the Chelsea and Manchester United line-ups settle, some great value may appear.

Neal Thurman (@nealjthurman): I'm focusing on AFC Bournemouth and Everton to start the season. The Toffees' schedule in the first half of the season is back-loaded in an almost comical way, while AFC Bournemouth face promoted opponents in Gameweeks 1 and 2 before taking on Manchester City in Gameweek 3. I'm specifically targeting Wilson, Fraser, David Brooks (£6.5m) and Digne. I wouldn't argue with managers who are going for Sigurdsson as well.

Also in this series

Part 1: Why you must focus on defence
Part 3: Who to have as premium picks
Part 4: Which players will be bargain buys?
Part 5: Who to take a chance on

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