I’m not dismissing Brighton lightly, but they always give other teams a chance to score and are yet to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League this season.
Haaland is obviously the safest captaincy bet, but I just fancy taking a risk this week as I’m already well behind in my mini-leagues.
Fixtures to target
Newcastle have had a tough start to the season but managers will flock in numbers towards their defenders over the next couple of gameweeks as their fixtures look to get a little easier.
Brentford will provide a stiff test at St James’ Park in gameweek five so you may want to hold off a week, but you have four main options – Kieran Trippier is the most expensive at £6.5m, the most creative and a bonus-point hoover; Fabian Schar costs £5m and offers a real goal threat; Sven Botman is the budget option at £4.5m but missed gameweek four through injury and Nick Pope is a very reliable choice in goal but he’s too expensive for my blood at £5.5m.
There are some great differential choices up front at the moment if you’re looking to shake up your strikeforce – Taiwo Awoniyi, Odsonne Edouard, Gabriel Jesus, Rasmus Hojlund and Carlton Morris are all under 5% owned.
You probably want to see a bit more of Hojlund in action for Manchester United before you commit to him and you might also raise your eyebrows at Morris’ name in that list, but Luton are away to Fulham this week then at home to Wolves and have a double gameweek seven with fixtures against Everton and Burnley.
Gamble of the week
My gamble this week is to give Son the captaincy and even if it backfires there’s the small consolation that Chris Sutton will lose his bet he made with Statman Dave on the Fantasy 606 podcast that I wouldn’t have the guts to do it.
Another gamble worth considering is getting Darwin Nunez in for Liverpool’s trip to Wolves.
He’s scored 19 points in the last two gameweeks and is a way into that potent Liverpool attack without having to break the bank for Mo Salah.
Fear not – we’ve got you covered. Here’s the ultimate beginners’ guide to FPL, teaching you exactly what it is and how to get started with your team. We’ll teach you how points work, how to buy and sell players and how to use the app.
You’re going to need a team name, too. “Mike’s team” or “Gary FC” will work just fine – if you’re called Mike or Gary, of course – but it’s an unwritten FPL tradition that team names make a pun on a player, manager or football club. Thinking “Gangster’s Allardyce” or “Willian Dollar Baby”.
Need help with a team name? We’ve got your back there too, with hundreds of the best, worst and even rude team names you could possibly want.
Where do I sign up to FPL?
The Fantasy Premier League game can be played online, at https://fantasy.premierleague.com/ – it’s an official part of the Premier League brand.
You can also download the official Premier League app to play FPL. That’s available from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
We’ve also done a round-up of the other versions of Fantasy Football that can be played online.
How do I score points in FPL?
Point-scoring is very simple. Good actions within games give you points, bad actions take them away. Here’s the full guide of how to score points in FPL – and here’s the explainer on how bonus points work, too.
Points can fluctuate within gameweeks but will be finalised by the time every match from that specific gameweek is complete. Basically, you might have to wait until the end of the Monday night game to see how your team have really done.
How do I build an FPL team?
Structuring your Fantasy Premier League team relies on where you think the points are going to come from. Different positions get different points for different actions.
Once again, we can refer you to our guide on how to score points in FPL, if you’re interested in getting to grasps with the nuts and bolts of that.
We also have a guide on how you might want to structure your team. Attack-heavy? Defence-heavy? Big stars or reliable names? We explain it all.
Which players do I need to sign in FPL?
Well, if we knew that, we’d win the prizes all for ourselves…
We’ve collated a list of the most popular 40 players in the game this season, however – that’s 10 in every position – so you can consider exactly what your rivals are doing right now.
If you’re looking to learn from last time around, here are the 30 best-scoring players in FPL for the 2020/21 season.
There are six players who have changed positions from last season too. Don’t worry – we’ve listed them all in this guide, with advice on whether they’re worth signing or not.
What’s an FPL wildcard?
A Wildcard in Fantasy Premier League allows you to make unlimited transfers for your team. You can activate it twice a season: think of it as an extra transfer window to sort out injuries or poor form in your squad.
We have a complete guide to Wildcards, including when to use them and what they’re best employed for.
What’s an FPL Free Hit?
A Free Hit is similar to a Wildcard. It’s a bonus chip that allows you to make unlimited changes to your 15-man squad – but with a twist: the changes are only there for one gameweek, before your squad reverts back to how it was before. This is used for short-term gains.
We have a complete guide to the Free Hit chip, including when to use them and what they’re best employed for.