The first draft – who have you been picking?


Since its much anticipated launch just over a week ago, hundreds of thousands if not millions of us so called fantasy football experts have been logging on to the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) site to find the perfect combination that will take last years winner Sam Pater’s crown…

So amongst all the chat and advice, who have we been putting in our 15 man squads?

You would imagine most of the FPL’s hardcore would have selected a squad by now, so before the office clowns are bullied into submitting a team ready for your destruction, FPL Dugout has decided to look at the 3 early pacesetters for each position and see if there are any trends in our picking to find out if there are any stand out candidates that we may of overlooked.

Here’s what we found when we took the figures on 27/07/12:

Goalkeepers

Player Value Ownership
Krul 5.5m 20.8%
Hart 7.0m 18.9%
Vorm 5.5m 17.5%

No surprises really as last season’s top 3 goalkeepers retain their top positions for % picked so far. Whether Krul and Vorm can keep up with Hart in the points department remains to be seen, but at 1.5m more expensive, is Hart worth it? We’ll soon find out.

Defenders

Player Value Ownership
A Cole 6.5m 22.9%
Kompany 7.5m 22.7%
Walker 6.5m 22.0%

Ashley Cole’s drop in price from last season and Chelsea’s double gameweek in gameweek 1 has made him the number one pick for fantasy managers.

A number of factors for this are the central defensive partnership unrest at Chelsea, and the right-back position also looks under threat for Ivanovic.

At 6.5m Ivanovic could warrant some investment if he can make the right-back slot his own. He definitely poses a goal threat, maybe even more so than Cole.

Midfielders

Player Value Ownership
Hazard 9.5m 23.9%
Cabaye 7.0m 22.9%
Silva 10.0m 19.3%

Hazard’s position as Chelsea’s number one midfielder seems to be backed by the FPL fraternity as nearly a quarter of us have picked the ex-Lille man to spear head our midfields.

He could be Lampard’s replacement or could be a rotation nightmare with the 15 other midfielders in Chelsea’s ranks.

Cabaye’s inclusion as second most selected midfielder is somewhat of a surprise. An excellent dead ball specialist, but for 0.5m more, surely Ben Arfa (7.5m) would be a better option after his showing in the second half of last season?

Next it’s David Silva, attacking midfielder for the League Champions. Even at 10.0m it’s no surprise he’s made this list. Fantasy gold.

Strikers

Player Value Ownership
Aguero 11.5m 33.9%
Rooney 12.0m 25.6%
Ba 7.5m 24.8%

The forward line up is probably the most crucial area of the field. As Robin van Persie showed us last season, to have an in form striker in your side is paramount if you want to have any form of success.

Goings on at Arsenal mean RVP has not made the top 3 selected, but this could change if he earns a move to Man City.

Manchester’s top two strikers Aguero and Rooney hold the top two spots, and Aguero is the most picked player in the game on 33.9% ownership. Over 1 in 3 players have picked the Argentine.

Time will tell whether Aguero can shake his away day jinx, and if not, Tevez at 9.0m could prove shrewd business.

When Rooney is in a hot streak, there is no player in the game that can match his points scoring power. Simple as.

There seems to be renewed interest in Newcastle’s marksman Demba Ba. A rest from the Olympics and 2m cheaper than his team mate Papiss Cisse merits his selection.

If rumours linking Ba to Russian football are unfounded, he could be a key signing if he can return to the form of pre-Christmas 2011.

Six clubs share the twelve most picked players with the bulk of the players coming from where you would expect.

4 most picked players – Manchester City
3 most picked players – Newcastle United
2 most picked players – Chelsea
1 most picked player – Manchester United
1 most picked player – Tottenham Hotspur
1 most picked player – Swansea City

So there we have it, the players you have picked, the players that you think will deliver, but will they perform? We’ll have to wait until the 18th of August to find out!