Wildcards: 11 shrewd selections for your fantasy team
Tottenham's Walker replacement, City's midfield veteran, and West Ham's new goalscorer are among the players poised for a big Premier League season.
Goalkeeper: Kasper Schmeichel
Yes, Leicester were battered by Everton and Tottenham under Craig Shakespeare at the end of last season, but they only conceded 10 goals in the other 11 matches under their now-permanent boss.
Considering that the Foxes’ clean sheet record was decent, too – four in 13, compared to five in 25 under Claudio Ranieri – Schmeichel is worth having.
Defender: Kieran Trippier
Trippier’s ankle injury has prompted panic on the eve of the season, but he should still prove valuable over the whole piece.
The right-back registered five assists in 12 Premier League games last season. Think what he’s capable of in 30 or more.
Defender: Trent Alexander-Arnold
The absence of Nathaniel Clyne should see you racing to sign up Alexander-Arnold.
The right-back is better going forward than at the other end – an attractive attribute for FPL – and could nail down that spot with a decent start in early games against Watford and Crystal Palace.
Defender: Florian Lejeune
Lejeune came to England with a good reputation and has impressed in pre-season at Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez’s side will likely defend well, so the centre-back, who does not cost much, should prove a relatively consistent source of points.
Midfielder: Willian - to win PFA Player Of The Year
With Eden Hazard out until September, Willian will get an early-season chance to prove he deserves to play ahead of Pedro in Chelsea’s second attacking-midfield position.
Eight goals and two assists in the league last season, while not a regular starter, was a fine effort, so he is certainly worth picking up early this time around.
Midfielder: Yaya Toure - to win PFA Player Of The Year
Toure’s City renaissance has continued into this summer, and he will anchor an attacking-looking midfield.
Not that his defensive role should put you off. The Ivorian is likely to remain on set-piece duty, while his long-range shooting has long been among the best in the division.
Midfielder: Roberto Pereyra
Pereyra registered two goals and two assists in 13 Premier League matches last term, before a season-ending knee injury in December cut him short as he was getting into full flow.
Playing even further forward under Marco Silva in pre-season, the Argentine could soon replace Etienne Capoue as the one Watford player anybody has any interest in selecting.
Midfielder: Robbie Brady
Brady’s set-piece ability is no secret.
With Burnley set up to take advantage of exactly what he offers them, he should end up by some distance their most valuable Fantasy player.
Striker: Jamie Vardy - to win PFA Player Of The Year
Vardy ended last season with a run of eight goals in 13 matches, proving that his title-winning exploits were no fluke.
He does blow hot and cold, so catching him at the beginning of a destructive spell is key.
Striker: Tammy Abraham
With Fernando Llorente missing the start of the season, Abraham should be handed a Swansea start for at least the first month or so.
His pace makes him a player who could catch unsuspecting Premier League defenders cold, so he is worth having if looking for a bargain striker.
Striker: Javier Hernandez - to win PFA Player Of The Year
Arguably one of the signings of the summer, Hernandez is surely a guarantee to score goals for West Ham.
With Marco Arnautovic signed to boost the supply line, and Manuel Lanzini widely-fancied for a big season, chances will not be in short supply.