Sporf’s top fantasy football tips for the 2020/21 season

The Sporf team have decided to share their wisdom with you about some of the best tips in fantasy football.

We are by no means experts, but by putting ourselves together as a collective we think we should have more than enough mettle to offer you by way of tips and choices.

Jacque’s Top Tips for Fantasy FLP

Shying away from centre-backs would be your best bet – you can whack in attacking full-backs who will garner you points in both attack and defence.

It’s important to make some risk assessments prior to setting up your team: the likes of Callum Wilson might be able to forge you some goals, but if their injury record is lacking, then it’s best to go for someone else.

Unless they are big-name stars, lots of people will gloss over the new arrivals from rival leagues. A couple of seconds on Google might be enough to convince you that a certain player would be a breakout star in the Premier League.

The balance of gamble (to get ahead of your rivals) and safety (to ensure you don’t fall behind) is the best way to approach the game.

Oh, and try and keep on top of substitutes past Christmas!

Adam’s Top Tips for Fantasy FPL 

Avoid defensive double-ups.

Many of you out there will be looking to have the likes of John Stones and Ruben Dias or Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw ahead of the big kick-off on Friday. However, that is a big no go for me, one goal conceded and your whole weekend could be down the drain. An alternative is looking for defenders who are likely to get attacking returns, they may be pricey but that could be those extra points to win your mini-league! 

Go cheap upfront. 

Harry Kane is always the easy option and it is very hard to say no to having grabbed the most goals and assists last season but there may be some cheaper options that open up plenty of opportunities on the pitch. For example, if you opt for Danny Ings over Kane that will free up £4 million for you to spend elsewhere. This could also work in your favour as a differential as you look to get one over on your mates.

Differentials

It is always the easy option to copy your mates’ teams to try and catch them up as the season starts but maybe it is worth looking for a few differentials to gain those extra points. For example, look at Aaron Wan-Bissaka over Luke Shaw.

Keep up to date with fixtures and managers

Always keep up to date with fixtures and what managers say in their press conferences. There is no harm in looking ahead three weeks to see if your big money signing will be worth it in the long run. A quick tip from me, Everton have a really nice run of fixtures at the start. In addition to this keep an eye out for managers press conferences before making changes they could give you that extra edge if your mates aren’t up to date.

No Bruno, No party

It is exactly what it says on the tin. No Bruno, no party. I know everyone will have him in their team but he is an FPL manager’s dream, points galore! It will be a difficult pick this year whether you have Mo Salah, Harry Kane, Bruno Fernandes or even Romelu Lukaku, who has just joined, Chelsea but my pick is definitely Bruno and he is the cheapest of the lot! 

Harrison’s Top Tips for Fantasy FPL 

Kostas Tsimikas – £4Million 

With Andrew Robertson picking up an injury ruling him out of the opening weeks of the Premier League Kostas Tsimikas is expected to start to fill the gap. Kostas Tsimikas has looked exceptional going forward in pre-season and for just £4 Million, you can’t go wrong. Also playing Norwich on the opening day they will be looking to score a lot of goals and get the fullbacks very high forward.

Aaron Cresswell – £5.5 Million

After an impressive season last year with West Ham picking up 8 Premier League assists whilst also taking the majority of West Ham’s set pieces, look for him to kick on in this next domestic campaign. Also playing Newcastle on the opening day who are yet to make a signing…

Édouard Mendy – £6 Million

Chelsea’s major improvement under Thomas Tuchel has definitely been defensive with Édouard Mendy keeping 16 clean sheets in 31 Premier League games last season and playing Crystal Palace on the opening day. 

Emi Buendia – £6.5 Million

After racking up 15 goals and 17 assists for Norwich last season Emi has got a great move to Villa who looks really dangerous going into the new season and with them playing newly promoted Watford on the opening day, I can see Emi Buendia having a MOTM performance on his debut against a fellow promoted Championship side.

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