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If you enjoyed yesterday’s salad and appetizer courses, then you will love today’s main course and dessert.  I realize you can’t get anywheres in the official game without having a nodded on choice at keeper and a stellar yet filled with differential based defense.  But the real fun in building your roster is comprising it with as many affordable stars through the middle of the pitch and up top.   So just like yesterday’s rankings I mix in price, match and some good ole common sense.  The form comes later because after all this is just week one of a long journey my friends.  Some great matches are on the table for a lot of star players, so here’s hoping you can squeeze as many of them in as possible.  So just in case you needed a guiding hand here is week 1 of the FPL season rankings for Middies and Strikers.  Cheers!

Midfielders:

  1. Kevin de Bruyne, Man City
  2. Dele Alli, Spurs
  3. Sadio Mane, Liverpool
  4. Christian Eriksen, Spurs
  5. Mo Salah, Liverpool
  6. Pedro, Chelsea
  7. Leroy Sane, Man City
  8. Davy Klaassen, Everton
  9. Paul Pogba, Man United
  10. David Silva, Man City
  11. Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace
  12. Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea
  13. Riyad Mahrez, Leicester
  14. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Man United
  15. Manuel Lanzini, West Ham
  16. Nathan Redmond, Southampton
  17. Mesut Ozil, Arsenal
  18. Willian, Chelsea
  19. Matt Ritchie, Newcastle
  20. Andros Townsend, Crystal Palace
  21. Matt Phillips, West Brom
  22. Giorginio Wiljnadulm, Liverpool
  23. Marko Arnautovic, West Ham
  24. Anthony Knockaert, Brighton
  25. Theo Walcott, Arsenal
  26. Dusan Tadic, Southampton
  27. Jason Puncheon, Crystal Palace
  28. Tom Ince, Huddersfield
  29. Tom Carroll, Swansea
  30. Aaron Mooy, Huddersfield
  • First thing you notice is no Alexis Sanchez.  I don’t have him listed because I don’t think he plays.  Rosters lock before we will know for sure anyways, so keep him out of your line-ups until at least Week 2 against a cushy Potters team.
  • Also too much news surrounding Coutinho to trust that he plays.  Delete, delete, delete!
  • Gotta have one of or multiples of Alli, KDB and a Liverpool middie.  Almost a keep up with the Phil Jones‘ type move to start the year.
  • Chelsea have a good match on paper and nailing down the Willian or Cesc to be the benefactor is a puzzling thing.  If you want Blues cover go for the extra mil and grab Pedro.  I am high on him because he plays higher and in correlation to Morata, rather than a facilitator.
  • I am sorta liking the Palace match and I think it could be a fun affair with some goals scored by both clubs in multiple.  Zaha at 7, and even Puncheon at 5 are roster fillers until we starting seeing Palace wasn’t the droids we were looking for.
  • The promoted squads all get a token nod here because they are teh best players most likely on those said squads for the official game as it relates to ownership and common sense.  Mostly roster fillers, but as the season grinds along we will see who has some sway.

Forwards:

  1. Sergio Aguero, Man City
  2. Romelu Lukaku, Man United
  3. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool
  4. Alexandre Lacazatte, Arsenal
  5. Gabriel Jesus, Man City
  6. Harry Kane, Spurs
  7. Christian Benteke, Crystal Palace
  8. Josh King, Bournemouth
  9. Jamie Vardy, Leicester
  10. Alvaro Morata, Chelsea
  11. Chicharito, West Ham
  12. Wayne Rooney, Everton
  13. Jermain Defoe, Bournemouth
  14. Sam Vokes, Burnley
  15. Manolo Gabbadiani, Southampton
  16. Kelechi Iheanacho, Leicester
  17. Jay Rodriguez, West Brom
  18. Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool
  19. Steve Mounie, Huddersfield
  20. Sandro Ramirez, Everton
  • The list says 20, but the startable options are most likely in the range of 10 instead.  I have seen alot of people’s drafts and ownership type stuff and its narrowed down to fewer than you think.
  • Lukaku owned by 50% by kick off on Friday… crazy.
  • Bobby Digital on PK’s for Liverpool.  I smell 20 goals.
  • Harry Kane at 6…WTF.  The August scoring drought sways me.  If he scores good for him.  I will wait til Week 3 after the Chelsea fixture thanks.
  • Lot’s of sleepers and none greater then my love for Steve Mounie.  Could be a sneaky 12-14 goal scorer.  Not this week that would be a record.
  • No more Gray in Burnley means that it is all the Sam Vokes show.  For money shifting around later he is the best candidate I have seen to get a pair of strikers above 11, and actually have a decent midfield.
  1. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    Steve Mounie looks like a beast. what are you throughts on Tammy Abraham? it would really help a brother out to throw in a 5.5 3rd striker with upside…

    I love Bob Digi as much as you do, but won’t his move from MID to FWD actually hurt his value, from a points perspective? And don’t you think he’s at more risk to be rotated out for Sturridge, Divock, & Solanke?

    Also I’m really thinking about throwing Milner in my squad… 6.5 is insane but might very well be worth it. Especially if VVD comes

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: love me some Mounie. I think Bobby D as a middie is owned less then the other Liverpool trio. Not worried about the mish mosh of also rand strikers there. Milner isn’t guaranteed nothing. So pass on him until we see timeshare with Robertson

  2. Last minute tinkering, went from Sandro to Mounie which allowed me to upgrade Willian to Mkhitaryan and Dawson to Darmian, thoughts?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @VonHayes: love the more of a gamble move to mounie though Sandro is a wildcard too. Pedro news makes Will.I.An very intriguing and Datmian isn’t nailed on. united def is a guess right now

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