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23 Jun 2022
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The Scout on why Ben Chilwell and Reece James can reward backers over early months of new season

The Scout assesses the sides with the most favourable opening schedules in 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League.

Chelsea

The Blues have an extended run of kind fixtures from the start of 2022/23, which lifts their prospects of points at both ends of the pitch. 

Chelsea's first 12 PL fixtures
GW Opp GW Opp GW Opp
1 EVE (A) 5 SOU (A) 9 CRY (A)
2 TOT (H) 6 WHU (H) 10 WOL (H)
3 LEE (A) 7 FUL (A) 11 AVL (A)
4 LEI (H) 8 LIV (H) 12 BRE (A)

Thomas Tuchel’s side face only two of last season’s top six in their first 12 fixtures, hosting Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in Gameweeks 2 and 8 respectively.

Reece James

Few defenders in Fantasy are capable of matching James for huge hauls.

Limited to just 22 starts due to injury last term, the versatile Chelsea player still managed six double-figure returns.

Indeed, he produced 18+ points on three occasions, a feat that Trent Alexander-Arnold, the top-scoring defender, failed to achieve once.

Five goals and nine assists underline James’ huge attacking potential playing as a right wing-back.

As witnessed late last season, though, he may feature as a centre-back on occasion as Tuchel attempts to prevent the 22-year-old from further injuries.

Ben Chilwell

The 25-year-old could emerge as the go-to Chelsea defender in 2022/23 Fantasy.

Chilwell was a huge success at both ends of the pitch before being sidelined through injury.

He combined three goals and an assist with four clean sheets and five bonus points in his six starts, amassing 54 points. 

Chilwell looks set to reclaim the role as the Blues’ first-choice left wing-back, offering managers many routes to returns in Fantasy.

Mason Mount

The midfielder produced 11 goals and 11 assists to claim his career-high haul of 169 points.

That was also more than any other Chelsea attacker, with Kai Havertz his nearest challenger on 112 points.

The underlying numbers show Mount’s major influence on the Blues in 2021/22.

Mount goal v Leeds

His 76 shots, 28 shots on target, 58 key passes and 10 big chances created all ranked top for Chelsea.

That all-round attacking potential looks set to help Mount enjoy a strong start to the new season. 

Also in this series

Part 1: Profit from Man City's kind start
Part 2: Invest early in Liverpool trio
Part 3: Arsenal can make fast start
Part 5: Wolves trio can reward owners

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