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FPL Lessons: Jesus justifies No 1 spot

The Scout 1 Aug 2022
Jesus, Arsenal

Arsenal forward owned by almost 70 per cent after hat-trick against Sevilla

The Scout looks at the players impressing in pre-season who managers may consider for opening Fantasy Premier League squads.

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Jesus leads the way

Gabriel Jesus’ (£8.0m) hat-trick against Sevilla showed just why he is the most-selected player in 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League.

The Arsenal forward was the top-scoring player over pre-season, scoring seven goals and supplying an assist.

He is owned by a huge 69.7 per cent of managers ahead of the Gunners’ Gameweek 1 visit to Crystal Palace on Friday, the opening match of the 2022/23 Premier League season. 

Jesus' goal v Sevilla

Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) secured his place as the go-to big-hitter for Fantasy managers with a standout display in Liverpool's Community Shield win over Manchester City.

He was involved in two of the Reds' goals in their 3-1 victory, supplying the assist for Trent Alexander-Arnold’s (£7.5m) opener before converting a late penalty.

Salah sits in 58.4 per cent of squads and is a major captaincy contender for Liverpool's visit to Fulham on Saturday.

Top scorers in pre-season
Player Goals
Jesus 7
Nketiah, Zaha, Nunez, Rodrigo, Kane 5
Saka, Mitrovic, Almiron 4

Further down the Fantasy price scale, Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m), Pedro Neto (£5.5m) and Leon Bailey (£5.0m) were among the best all-round performers.

Crystal Palace talisman Zaha was involved in eight goals over the summer, scoring five and assisting a further three.

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Neto and Aston Villa’s Bailey both combined three goals with two assists.

Bailey's goal v Stade Rennais

More than 19 per cent of managers own Neto ahead of Wolves’ visit to Leeds United this weekend.

Bailey, meanwhile, can be found in just seven per cent of squads for Villa’s match at AFC Bournemouth.

Don't forget that the Gameweek 1 deadline is 18:30 BST on Friday 5 August.

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