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5 big-money players to avoid at the start of FPL

Roberto Firmino is one of the big-money players to avoid in the opening weeks of the FPL.
Roberto Firmino is one of the big-money players to avoid in the opening weeks of the FPL.
Sayantan Guha
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Modified 29 Aug 2020, 23:37 IST
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A great man once said, “Don’t just go for the big names in Fantasy Premier League.” I’m not quite sure about the ‘great man’ part, it could very well have been me ranting about how to master the FPL. However, the saying stands quite true. 

After the announcement of the fixtures for the upcoming EPL season, the wheels have slowly started rolling. Hence, to set off our FPL managers on the right path, we are going to talk about five big-money players to avoid at the start. 

Let’s be clear at the very beginning. A lot of these players might be great footballers and immensely crucial to their teams; however, they don’t make the cut as great FPL assets.

Five big-money FPL players to avoid in the beginning: 

#1: Ederson (Manchester City)

Chelsea FC vs Manchester City (EPL 2019-20) - Ederson saves a shot from Pulisic.
Chelsea FC vs Manchester City (EPL 2019-20) - Ederson saves a shot from Pulisic.

Without an iota of doubt, the Manchester City shot-stopper is one of the finest keepers. However, as a fantasy asset priced at a high-end £6m, Ederson is a dull choice. 

Last season, even though Ederson managed to keep the most clean sheets (16) in the EPL, he stockpiled only 133 FPL points, which was less than that of Mathew Ryan of Brighton and Hove Albion. The catch is, Ryan is a good £1.5m cheaper than Ederson. 

In FPL, goalkeeper-points are massively aided by the number of saves they make, and it’s no surprise that Ederson or Alisson, both of whom play behind solid defences, face less number of shots and hence, make a low number of saves. 

Alisson ranked at a lowly 17th place in ‘saves' made in the 2019-20 EPL season chart with 68 saves. Whereas, last season’s highest-scoring goalkeeper in FPL, Nick Pope of Burnley, made 120 saves and was ranked fourth, with Martin Dubravka of Newcastle United leading the charts. 

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So, we suggest that you should save your big bucks in the goalkeeper spot and invest them further up the field.  

#2: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)

Marcos Alonso celebrates after scoring in the London Derby between Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur. (EPL 2019-20)
Marcos Alonso celebrates after scoring in the London Derby between Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur. (EPL 2019-20)

Let’s get this straight. Starting from the 2016-17 season (when he scored his career-high 177 FPL points), Marcos Alonso has been an invaluable FPL asset for three consecutive seasons. But after Frank Lampard’s entry, his role at the club has been limited and sporadic. 

Last season, Alonso played only 1429 minutes, yet he grabbed 100 FPL points, doing so at a higher points-per-minute ratio than Trent Alexander-Arnold. Considering that Chelsea are almost nearing the finish line in the race for signing the English left-back Ben Chilwell, Alonso’s chances at the club don’t seem to be getting any bigger or better. 

Priced at a premium £6m, he is one to avoid at the start of the FPL season. At that price point, it’s too big a punt to pick a player who isn’t seemingly a regular at his club. Wolves’ Matt Doherty at the same price bracket or Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney at £5.5m are seemingly better deals than Alonso. 

However, it should be kept in mind that this is specific only to the start of the season. If Alonso happens to cement his place at Chelsea, he would be worth his weight in gold for FPL managers. 

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Published 29 Aug 2020, 02:31 IST
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