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FPL prices: Wolves wing-backs can be budget favourites

The Scout 2 Jul 2022
Jonny, Wolverhampton Wanderers

Jonny and Rayan Ait-Nouri among best sub-£5.0m defenders for opening squads

The Scout assesses the opening player prices in 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League and their implications.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Wanderers wing-backs Jonny and Rayan Ait-Nouri (both £4.5m) have the schedule to offer major value from the start of the season.

Bruno Lage's side face only one of last term's top 10 in the opening six Gameweeks, visiting Tottenham Hotspur in Gameweek 4.

Wolves claimed 11 clean sheets in 2021/22, a total bettered by only six other sides. 

And their wing-backs also made an impact an attack. 

Jonny scored twice in 10 starts after recovering from injury, while Ait-Nouri combined a goal with four assists.

That all-round potential makes them the standout picks for the West Midlands side.

Winger Pedro Neto (£5.5m) has also been favourably priced after missing most of the previous campaign through injury.

He scored five goals and supplied eight assists in his last full season in Fantasy in 2020/21.

Aston Villa

Elsewhere, Matty Cash (£5.0m) looks the most appealing option in the Aston Villa defence.

The Poland international is identically priced to fellow full-back Lucas Digne and goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

Cash thrived at both ends of the pitch last season thanks to Steven Gerrard’s preference for attacking full-backs.

He combined three goals and three assists with nine clean sheets after the new manager arrived in Gameweek 12.

Philippe Coutinho (£7.0m) offers a cheaper route than Ollie Watkins (£7.5m) into the Villa attack for a kind short-term schedule.

They play only one of last season’s top 11 in their first four matches, hosting West Ham United in Gameweek 4.


Finally, Fulham duo Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.5m) and Harry Wilson (£6.0m) will be ones to monitor in the opening stages.

Frontman Mitrovic scored a record-breaking 43 goals and supplied seven assists in 44 appearances for the Championship winners last term.

Winger Wilson was also a big influence, combining 10 goals with 19 assists over his 41 outings.

However, a tough early schedule suggests managers should wait until around Gameweek 8 before considering Fulham players.

The Cottagers face six of last season's top 10 in their first seven fixtures.

See: All 2022/23 player price reveals

Also in this series

Part 1: Saka rises after career-best campaign
Part 2: Haaland cheaper than De Bruyne
Part 3: Brentford offer early value
Part 4: Salah rises in price, Jota now a forward
Part 5: Big drops for Ronaldo and Fernandes
Part 7: Havertz now a forward, Bowen climbs in cost
Part 8: Guimaraes can be a budget gem
Part 9: Son costs more than Kane, Perisic a defender
Part 10: Vardy drops in cost, Maddison rises

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