Fantasy Premier League

Why it is not too late to sign up to FPL

16 Aug 2018
Chris Hughton, Brighton & Hove Albion

Yet to register a squad for Fantasy Premier League? The Scout gives four tips to help you make up ground on your rivals

The 2018/19 Premier League season has begun, but you can still start playing Fantasy Premier League.

You have unlimited transfers to a build squad of in-form players ahead of the Gameweek 2 deadline of 11:30 BST on Saturday, 18 August.

Wise recruitment can help you to make up lost ground or you can register a team and create a mini-league to start scoring from Gameweek 2.

And here are some tips from The Scout to get you to hit the ground running.

Form players 

You can target form players other managers are having to make transfers for.

In midfield, Sadio Mane (£9.6m), Richarlison (£6.6m) and Roberto Pereyra (£6.1m) all scored twice in Gameweek 1 and the cut-price pair of Ruben Neves (£5.1m) and Ryan Fraser (£5.5m) also returned big double-digit points hauls.

Early trends 

You can take advantage of the early trends that others are scrambling to cover.

Attacking defenders made an instant impact in Gameweek 1, with seven full-backs scoring +10 points.

New managers can target Benjamin Mendy (£6.1m) and Andrew Robertson (£6.0m), who offer a strong combination of clean sheets and the chance of goals and assists over the season.

Budget starters

The opening weekend's teamsheets have revealed several budget defenders who are starting and can free up funds for more expensive assets further forward.

FPL managers are rushing to bring in Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£4.1m) after his 12 points in Gameweek 1. Along with Lee Peltier (£4.0m) and Ryan Bennett (£4.0m), the Crystal Palace right-back was one of three defenders under £4.5m who started in Gameweek 1.

Emerging differentials 

You have the advantage of knowing which of this summer's 2018 FIFA World Cup stars are likely to feature early in the season after a number of Gameweek 1's top performers were overlooked in opening squads.

Players such as Paul Pogba (£8.1m), Raheem Sterling (£11.0m) and Dele Alli (£9.0m) were ignored by FPL managers because of their late returns to training after the tournament in Russia.

But they all started and scored for their respective sides.

Armed with this knowledge, your team can start the season on a high and start to catch up your rivals.

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