Your Fantasy Premier League (FPL) team selection questions answered


Thanks to those of you who posted your questions on the recent article inviting your selection dilemmas.

I’ve had a go at answering them, and here’s what I came up with.

Should I start with Kagawa or not?

Not for me. Kagawa is a “wait and see”, especially for gameweek 1, when Man United face a tricky trip to Everton.

Kagawa’s looked lively in pre-season, with 2 goals in 4 games, but he’s unproven in the Premier League and Sir Alex Ferguson may ease him into action from the bench.

I would pay the extra 0.5 for the proven talents of Valencia and Nani. Ashley Young is another option, but I think he’s more likely to be rotated.

All three come with a rotation risk, though, while it’s also worth mentioning that Valencia has been fielded at right back in pre-season while Rafael (Olympics), Smailling (injury) and Jones (illness) were unavailable.

Should I partner Rooney with Torres or Aguero?

I’d argue a different approach. Why not pick Torres and Aguero and turn to Rooney after Gameweek 1?

Aguero’s electric pre-season form and home clash against Southampton make him irresistible, and I’d prefer Torres away at Wigan and home to Reading than Rooney away at Everton.

Rooney is more expensive than both, so you’ll need a little budget planning if you want to bring him in later.

Who will be the fourth defender at Spurs?

Good question! Kaboul, Dawson, Caulker and Gallas are competing for the central defensive slot alongside new boy Jan Vertonghen, with Walker and Assou-Ekotto the full backs.

Andre Villas-Boas hinted at Dawson becoming Tottenham’s new captain, but Tottenham’s online forums suggest Kaboul will get the nod. Either way, it’s a risk!

Brad Friedel seems a safer route into Tottenham’s defence – unless Spurs sign a new keeper.

Tottenham’s defence is a big talking point. Villas-Boas’ favoured high line had a terrible affect on Chelsea’s back line, but Spurs have more pace in their defence so it could work better.

They’ve looked far from solid in pre-season but three home games against West Brom, Norwich and QPR in the first five makes Tottenham’s defence a tempting prospect.

What are your thoughts on Man City attacking cover?

Home games against Southampton and QPR in the first three make attacking cover from Man City essential.

Aguero, Tevez and Yaya Toure have really impressed in pre-season, with goals and assists flowing, so one of these seems a good idea.

Silva and Balotelli are only just returning from Euro 2012.

David Silva is nailed on once his fitness is up to scratch, but it’s unclear if he’ll start against Southampton, with just 15 minutes of pre-season action against Chelsea in the Community Shield.

Any other attacking options come with too much rotation risk for me.

How many new additions to the Premier League should I have?

It’s personal preference really, but I’m very wary of pumping my side with unproven players in the Premier League.

One or two gambles may pay off, with the likes of Mladen Petric at Fulham and Michu at Swansea looking tempting.

I’d definitely avoid the new additions that face a tough opening run of fixtures, as that’s the perfect time to step back and see how they settle in.