Gameweek 1

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Aaaand we’re back for yet another EPL season 2015-16 and Oh how we missed you! A big warm welcome to all you fantasy football enthusiasts out there that are reading this right now.

Before we get down to business, we just want to extend our gratitude towards all your support for us last season. Fantasy picking can sometimes be a pain in the rear because you can never know for sure. But hopefully with our in-depth analysis done for each of our picks, week in and week out, you will trust us to take that load of your shoulders and help you deliver those all-important gameweek scores for this season as well. Let’s get to it then.

Goalkeepers:

We just had to start with this legend. Petr Cech (5.5) who’s now been transferred from Chelsea to Arsenal, has already wrapped up 3 trophies in the 3 games that he’s played for Arsenal in the pre-season tour matches, including the community shield game against former club Chelsea. Cech’s arrival has given the Arsenal defense that sense of security which it’s been lacking, and will hope to build on the clean sheets for his new club.

Norwich is back to the premier league, and so is the familiar shot stopper John Ruddy (4.5), who had the third highest number of saves (128) during his previous season (2013-14) in the EPL. The new Bonus Point System (BPS) is sure to love this guy as the season progresses with the added bonus of having favorable fixtures in the opening 10 gameweeks.

Defenders:

Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic (7.0) is one of the most expensive defenders in the game, but his history of getting attacking returns at the start of every season justifies the price tag in every way. Let’s hope he’s brushed up on his history as well.

Bournemouth’s Simon Francis (4.5) had the most number of key passes than any other defender in the Championship last season and was critical to his club’s progress to the premier league. Norwich’s captain Russell Martin (4.5) is another attacking defender who’s price is rock-bottom. He produced 2 goals and 3 assists last season to guide his side into the Premier League. Both these defenders have the best fixtures for the next 10 gameweeks.

Turning to Manchester City now, Alexander Kolarov (5.5) seems to have finally cemented his place as the first choice left back while backup Gael Clichy is out injured with a knock. Kolarov’s dead ball skills and attacking runs on the wings are some of the reasons why he’s one of the most feared defenders in the league. Leicester City has a new manager in the form of the experienced and success demanding Claudio Ranieri, who has been busy in the summer transfer window to get our last defender Danny Simpson (4.0), who is priced at the lowest and is sure to be a regular starter for the next of Leicester’s six easy fixtures.

Midfielders:

It’s a no brainer. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (11.5) is at the peak of his career and is bound to push his limits and his already sensational skills even further this season to produce the goods. He’s already the most popular player in the game and has been in splendid form during the pre-season tour games.

Next up is Liverpool’s..O wait. He now has been transferred to Manchester City and will be part of their deadly fast attacking lineup. Raheem Sterling (9.0) has already scored 3 goals in the City jersey during the pre-season games and will be sure to step up as the other City players (Aguero, Silva and Nasri) are struggling to fight off a sickness bug. Arsenal’s Theo Walcott (9.0) is our next major pick as he’s been in top form and should be guaranteed a start, till atleast Alexis Sanchez is match fit due to his Copa America duties.

Bournemouth’s Matt Ritchie (6.0) is our new differential player to watch out for. He scored an impressive 15 goals and 17 assists in the Championship last year and we’ll be hoping he can replicate some of it atleast during the initial part of the season due to his easy fixtures. Watford’s Valon Behrami (4.5) is our budget friendly pick, who looks to be a secure choice in the double pivot role for Watford.

Forwards:

Manchester United has been super busy in the transfer window for this season, but one man still stands strong. Captain Wayne Rooney (10.5) will look to lead the line against Tottenham on the first day and should have all the support he needs from his new and very capable team mates to go for the gold.

New Liverpool signing Chrisitian Benteke (8.5) is another power house to look out for and has already scored a belter of a goal for his new club in the warm up games. Stoke City’s Bojan Krikic (5.5) is our final pick for this first gameweek of the new season due to his attacking prowess and favorable upcoming fixtures.