The @FPLGeneral has picked out five options he thinks will score well in the opening Gameweek. We know the likes of Salah, Sterling and Kane are going to be popular, so he has picked out a few of the less obvious options. All five should at least be considered for your initial squad.
Jose Holebas (£5.0m)
Watford vs Brighton
It’s always a rollercoaster ride with Holebas, he can score anything from -4 to 16 in any given game. He loves a booking, but he also whips in so many balls to the box from set-pieces and open play.
Only Everton’s Lucas Digne (£6.0m) provided more crosses last season among defenders. The potential for assists is always there with him (he got seven last season). He’s not afraid to have a shot either, hitting the back of the net three times in 2018/19.
A home tie against a Brighton side playing their first game under a new manager looks good on paper for Holebas and co.
I’ve had one too many scary rides on the Holecoaster so I won’t be going there again, but good luck to those who do, you’ll need it!
Ryan Fraser (£7.5m)
Bournemouth vs Sheffield United
The ‘Weeman’ was a revelation last season scoring 7 goals and registering a very impressive 14 assists. Only Sterling (£12.0m) created more goals among midfielders.
The Cherries couldn’t ask for a better fixture to start the season, a home game against one of the newly promoted sides. I expect Fraser to have another very productive season. Even after his price hike, he’s in my latest draft.
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Lucas Moura (£7.5m)
Tottenham vs Aston Villa
The injury to Dele Alli (£8.5m) and Son’s suspension has fantasy managers interested in Moura for the start of the season. He looks sure to start against Villa now.
If he can score a hat trick against Ajax in a Champions League semi-final, how many can he score against the Premier League new boys?
For those managers going without Harry Kane (£11.0m), I think Moura is a great alternative from Spurs for the opening couple of weeks. He’s not in my latest draft but he’s fighting for inclusion this week.
Callum Wilson £8.0m
Bournemouth vs Sheffield United
Wilson had a great partnership with Fraser last season and I’m trying to include both in my setup for Gameweek 1, but for budget reasons, I may have to settle for his strike partner Joshua King (£6.5m).
Wilson registered a massive 26 attacking returns last year (14 goals and 12 assists). The big question is can he keep up that rate of assists?
Like Fraser, I see no reason why Wilson won’t have another stellar season this time around. Get him in if you can afford him.
Chris Wood £6.5m
Burnley vs Southampton
Wood has been on fire in pre-season, scoring nine times. Pre-season should always be taken with a pinch of salt but us fantasy managers find that kind of form very hard to ignore no matter who the opposition was.
He finished last season very strongly after he returned from injury. With Jay Rodriguez an option for Sean Dyche in attack now too, going on pre-season minutes, it looks like Wood might be the safest bet from the Burnley attack to start the season.
He has scored 10 goals in each of the last two seasons playing reduced minutes. He’s got it in him to get 15 if he avoids injury this season.
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