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Early FPL planning begins with fixture release

The Scout 11 Jun 2022
Benrahma, Antonio, West Ham

The Scout on why assessing schedule can help managers make fast start to 2022/23

The new Premier League season is about to begin for millions of Fantasy Premier League managers across the world.

Planning can now start after the 2022/23 fixtures were released on premierleague.com.

Study the schedule

Assessing the fixtures was a vital part of 2021/22 FPL champion Jamie Pigott’s winning formula.

"From the beginning of the season, when making your first squad, take in all of the fixtures", he says.

"It can be overwhelming but I think it's super valuable to look at the landscape, see how fixtures are going to play out."

Key targets

Gameweek 1 is often the most significant weekend of a campaign for Fantasy managers.

The opening round of matches can offer insight into the key players to target for your squad.

West Ham United duo Michail Antonio and Said Benrahma immediately found their form in 2021/22.

The Hammers played Newcastle United, Leicester City and Crystal Palace in the first three Gameweeks.

Antonio and Benrahma score in GW1

Antonio was the top-scoring player in Fantasy over that period, earning 40 points thanks to four goals and four assists.

The forward started the season priced at £7.5m and was selected by 1.6million managers in Gameweek 1.

By the time Gameweek 4 arrived, however, Antonio had climbed to £8.0m in price and was owned by over 4.2m. 

Benrahma, meanwhile, produced two double-figure hauls in those opening three encounters, level with premium midfielders Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-min.

By doubling up on Antonio and Benrahma, World No 2 Suvansh Singh enjoyed a strong start to 2021/22 Fantasy, the Indian manager never leaving the top 300,000 all season.

Identifying trends

The early success of Joao Cancelo also highlighted the potential of attacking full-backs in the previous campaign.

Manchester City’s Portuguese was the top-scoring defender in Fantasy over the first six Gameweeks, his 44 points placing third overall.

He produced two assists and five clean sheets in that run, with a further six bonus highlighting his many routes to returns.

Starting at £6.0m, Cancelo rose by a cost of £1.2m over the campaign, joint-top with Tottenham Hotspur’s Son. 

The Premier League action may still be nearly two months away, but using the fixtures to plan ahead now can help build an early platform for success in 2022/23.

Remember, you can get the 2022/23 fixtures by downloading the Premier League's digital calendar.

This allows FPL managers to sync the Gameweek deadlines to their devices.

Next: The Scout reacts to the 2022/23 fixtures

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