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FPL Draft: Selecting an initial squad

The Scout 30 Jun 2021
Lallana, Trossard

The Scout assesses the tactics that can help build a successful team in Fantasy Premier League Draft

The Scout reveals the best Fantasy Premier League Draft strategies to adopt for the initial draft.

How to approach a draft

It is essential to have a plan in mind before the draft process gets under way.

There are only between 30-120 seconds to select a player, depending on the league, so managers must be ready to react quickly.

Prepare a list of your preferred options to avoid wasting time and rushing a decision.

See: Time to get your FPL Draft started

Who to target

As a player can only be owned by one manager in a league, it is wise to immediately target those you view as "season-keepers". These are players you are happy to field in any given Gameweek.

Although there are no captains in FPL Draft, big-hitting attackers should still be the top priority in the draft.

Players such as Mohamed Salah, Bruno Fernandes and Harry Kane will be snapped up quickly, however, so have some reliable alternatives to hand.

Look for players outside the top six clubs who are capable of bringing in huge hauls.

Patrick Bamford claimed 194 points last term, while Emiliano Martinez was the top-scoring goalkeeper with 186 points.

Meanwhile, only two forwards bettered Callum Wilson's average of 5.2 points per match last season.

Don't overlook the back

Finding a balance at both ends of the pitch is also vital in FPL Draft.

This is particularly important in eight-team leagues, in which the competition for players is tougher and attacking options are quickly depleted.

Last season, defender John Stones averaged 5.8 ppm, a score bettered only by Harry Kane among FPL forwards, with 6.9.

This shows that you should not leave it too late before considering your defence during the draft process.

Strong base

Managers in four-team leagues should therefore look to build a strong base of eight or nine key players over the opening draft rounds, factoring in all positions.

For eight-team leagues, a base of six to seven key players is initially recommended.

This lays the foundations to then swap players in and out of the remaining spots over the season, according to form and fixtures.

Also in this series

See: Time to get your FPL Draft started
See: FPL Draft: Mock drafts can help shape plans
See: FPL Draft: What you need to know
See: FPL Draft: How to do player trading

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