Lessons Learned Ahead of the 19/20 FPL Season

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Another FPL season has come to an end. Some of you will be celebrating your highest ever finish, and some of you will be wondering why you stuck with captaining Salah for so long when he wasn’t producing for a few weeks instead of switching to Mane.

Ahead of the 2019/20 Premier League season, let’s look at who to keep an eye on for next season and what lessons have been learned from this year. If you’ve finished in the top 100, then you might not need to bother reading this. For everyone else, enjoy the next couple of minutes.

New FPL Players and Prices Next Season

James Maddison, Naby Keita, Riyad Mahrez, Felipe Anderson. These were just some of the names FPL fanatics were getting excited about as we approached the start of the 2018/19 season.

Admittedly, some of those didn’t really produce the goods, which shows that it doesn’t always pay to just jump on a big name even though the price might look right. Riyad Mahrez was a prime example this season. At just £9.0m, he looked a bargain. Fast forward to the end of the season, and he’s dropped to £8.2m and has been used sparingly at Manchester City. Always ensure you have players in your side who will play. That’s the number one rule in all honesty when it comes to picking your squad.

As for new players to look out for next season, Gonzalo Higuain (in the picture) and Christian Pulisic jump out straight away.

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Ok, so Higuain is still on loan technically, but he’s 2/1 to sign permanently. After a few months trying to settle in, he could be a big FPL player next season if he starts every week, not to mention a big player in Chelsea’s season too. They’re 20/1 with bet365 to win the Premier League. That could well be worth backing and laying off on the Exchanges later in the season for a profit. Looking at the bet365 reviews and experiences from others, these guys are a great place to get your bet on if you’re looking for somewhere to bet for next season’s outrights.

It remains to be seen what other big names might be tempted to the Premier League, but make sure you’ve done your own research before adding them into your side. A big name with no Premier League experience might not settle in straight away, so wait a few weeks before considering him. Denis Suarez at Arsenal is a prime example.

Use Your Chips Wisely

Bench Boost, Triple Captain, Free Hit, and the two wildcards. Use these wisely. Many players seem to waste a wildcard after the first couple of gameweeks, which is fine if you’ve had a nightmare start, but try and wait until at least September to get a better gauge on things.

Your other three chips, statistically speaking, are best used when there are double gameweeks. However, it’s definitely worth considering using that triple captain chip when a big player is at home to one of the lesser sides. Manchester City at home to Norwich next season for example. Sterling or Aguero would be a good choice.

An attacker listed as a Midfielder, like Mo Salah (in the picture), is a very appealing choice for the triple captain chip. Salah has scored and assisted consistently this year. However, don’t be surprised if the Egyptian is listed as a striker in next season’s FPL.

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It’s also worth holding onto all of your chips for the second half of the season too. Ok, so you might want to gain an early advantage, but you’ll be in a much better position if you can hold onto all three of them until after the January transfer window. Even your second wildcard. That has proved to be a great move for some this season in terms of using it very late on during a double gameweek.

If you want to be fighting with the big boys towards the top of the FPL leaderboard or even in your own mini leagues, take note of what’s been mentioned above. Save your chips, use them on double gameweeks if you can, do not pile into a player just because of the hype before a ball’s even been kicked, and, probably most importantly, make sure you have 15 players that play every week. Kante is cheap, Fernandinho is cheap. It’s much better having players like this on your bench than a £4.5m Newcastle youngster who plays once every 20 games. That bench boost chip will be pointless otherwise.

This just scratches the surface. If you want a more in-depth look into strategy, feel free to check out the additional Fantasy Premier League strategy tips on the site.

Good luck next season!

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