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How Next Season Could Pan Out for 2017-18 Top 5 FPL Players


It’s hard to believe that the start of the new Premier League season is just three weeks away. With the distraction of the World Cup, it obviously leaves just a short amount of time for fantasy players to analyze transfers and potential starting line-ups for the new season.

Clearly, what occurs the season previously has some bearing on choices for fantasy teams. So, in that light, below is a look at the top five Premier League players in terms of fantasy points last season. It will take a look at their chances for continued success, as well as that of their clubs in general

Next Season for 2017-18 Top 5 FPL Players

Mo Salah, 2017/18 pts: 303

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Last year, the Liverpool man had a breakout season, to say the least. Salah went from hitting 15 league goals in the 2017/18 season with AS Roma to 32 Premier League goals last season.

Liverpool is actually second-favorites for the title, coming in at 5/1 with major online sports betting companies. While Liverpool and Salah should thrive again this season, it’s hard to see the Egyptian matching the points haul again.

Raheem Sterling, 2017/18 pts: 229

Raheem Sterling probably didn’t get the credit he deserves for such a wonderful season (18 goals, 11 assists). However, those who watched the 23-year-old in action during the World Cup may have sensed a bit of tiredness in Sterling’s performance.

Odds-on title favorites Manchester City, of course, have the resources to rest Sterling at the start of the season. But, for Sterling, there is always the danger that Pep Guardiola’s embarrassment of riches at City, which now includes the newly-signed Riyadh Mahrez, means he loses his place.

Harry Kane, 2017/18 pts: 217

Like Sterling, Kane looked somewhat tired towards the latter stages of the World Cup. Will that have an impact on the start of his season? Kane, however, has been remarkably consistent over the past four seasons, hitting 20+ goals in each of those.

Spurs, available at 16/1 to win the Premier League (Bet365), have a thin squad and have yet to make a major signing so far this summer. Once again, they will be looking for Kane to fire them towards a Champions League spot. Can he hit 30 goals again? Certainly. He’ll need to add to his assists tally (just two last season) to top the fantasy points though.

Kevin De Bruyne, 2017/18 pts:  209

The Premier League’s assist king last season (16), De Bruyne is growing into the most complete footballer on the planet. At 27, he is reaching his peak as a footballer and should be one of the main reasons that City march to another league title.

His fantasy premier league points tally was remarkable for a player in his position, so next season’s points will probably depend on Guardiola’s tactics rather than De Bruyne’s (undoubted) talents.

Christian Eriksen, 2017/18 pts: 199

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There is an argument that Christian Eriksen is the most underrated player in the Premier League. While that’s subjective opinion, what’s undeniable is that the Dane is a class act.

Spurs should hope that the likes of Barcelona are not sniffing around Eriksen, because, along with Harry Kane, he is the most important player for the North London club. If he stays, there is every reason to believe he can improve again on the 10 goals and 10 assists of last season.

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