The long-awaited relaunch of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) for 2022/23 is in now in full swing with less than a month to pick your squad ready for Gameweek One.
Premier League fans from across the world will have a go at picking a squad of 15 players to navigate throughout the season. Vital selection questions to be crowned the champion of the game, maybe your friends list and a chance to gloat among your work colleagues or school friends.
The limit of three Manchester City players restricts the selection policy and the drop in player values allows a more generous player pricing, thus making fantasy decision-making even tougher than usual.
Man City Square will give a low down on the prices and the selections:
There is an only one obvious choice for the goalkeeper position with other options virtually redundant due to not being first-choice.
Ederson is the number one and barring any injury, should only be considered as Stefan Ortega is unlikely to going to dislodge a fit number one despite his pledge during the unveiling last week.
The keeper who finished third, behind Alisson and Hugo Lloris, in last year’s standings managed to accumulate 155 points and is always there or thereabouts for the golden glove award; clean sheets is the factor which ‘keeper scores the most.
At 5.5m it may be worth to look elsewhere to save some money and the City selections for the outfield players. The German keeper is priced at £4.0m and will be a decent choice if Ederson was to pick up any long-term injury.
There is a lot of challenges if you’re fancying picking three outfield city players with several selections representing a good points to value ratio. That goes for the City defenders with three or four good options due to the high number of clean sheets and set piece goals scored last season.
The standout within the defence has to be Joao Cancelo. The Portuguese full-back was the second highest points scorer for his position category, only second to Trent Alexander-Arnold and his assists. He is valued at £7.0m and highly fancied to be starting in the left-back position when it comes to West Ham away at the start of the season.
Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias both follow next representing good value at £6.0m each, and should both these players keep out John Stones, there is a high chance of another good return.
Only Liverpool’s pairing of VVD and Matip and Arsenal’s Gabriel scored more points from the centre back position than the City wall with goals from set-pieces and clean sheets proving valuable in this game.
Providing he remains injury-free then Kyle Walker is a quite a snip at £5.0m although he won’t return as much going forward as Cancelo will on the other flank.
Pep Guardiola is blessed with midfield choice but it is fantasy managers that could take advantage of the abundance of talent in front of them.
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As expected, KDB is the most expensive at £12.0m and is ranked as a star signing along Mohamed Salah and Heung Ming-Son due to their goal involvement prowess. If splashing the cash is your thing then choosing one of them to anchor your midfield choices and will prove pivotal in your point scoring.
If attempting to save money for an expensive striker then City have plenty of midfield options that could be more than usual. However, Pep’s rotation policy is never helpful for FPL managers as you never know who will be starting outside KDB.
Jack Grealish could have a breakthrough season and his value at £7.0m will turn a few heads, while Riyad Mahrez is also considered a bargain at £8.0m after being our top scorer within the league last year.
After signing a new contract, Rodri’s goal return last season could make him a snip at £6.0m, while Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva who are valued at 8.0m and 7.0m respectively. GREAT VALUE!
Then there is the anticipation of one of the greatest potential striker entering the Premier League. Erling Haaland has a sensational goal record, however questions have been asked to see if he can replicate that form into the Premier League.
A fee of £11.5m could be too expensive or a prove to be a bargain of the year. After all, there is a high chance that he will end the season as a Golden Boot winner, banging 30+goals resulting in a significant point return.
Another new boy, Julian Alvarez, is unlikely to get consistent Premier League action, so even his price at £6.5m may prove a risk too far for some managers.