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Key Stats That Will Affect Your Fantasy Premier League Team Next Season

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The 2017-18 season may just have ended but the new campaign will be here before you know it, and for fanatical Fantasy Football players, the sport never really ends. With just a few weeks until the action kicks off again, here are some key stats and hints to bear in mind as you put together your Premier League Fantasy Team for 2018-19.

Key Stats That Will Affect Your Fantasy Premier League Team Next Season

Pick regular players

Sure, it sounds obvious, but it is easy to overlook this point. In the era of lone strikers and rotating squads, it is all too easy to end up with an expensive star forward who plays two out of three games. How many Fantasy Teams included Sergio Aguero last season? The little Argentine genius is a consistent performer, but he only played 25 Premier League games last season – around two-thirds of Manchester City’s fixtures.

Arsenal is another example. Alexandre Lacazette arrived last summer and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang came to the Emirates in January. But who will be the first choice for the Gunners’ new manager next season? Don’t part with your money unless you are sure that your pick will be getting a consistent run in the team.


Keep an eye on the fixtures

This is a vital part of any Premier League Fantasy strategy. You can be sure that many players scribbled the name of Wayne Rooney into their team last August, without checking Everton’s schedule. Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester United made for a pretty tough schedule. Use your transfers wisely and check the calendar, and to weigh up the quality of opponents that a player will be facing, check out the standings at sports betting site Stakers.com.

Second time is best

Big signings grab all the headlines but are generally poor value in their first Premier League season. Give them a few months to settle in, however, and they can reach their full potential. Classic examples next season could be the aforementioned Aubameyang, or Alvaro Morata at Chelsea, whose price will almost certainly have dropped after a disappointing campaign.

Well-drilled defenses

Hands up anyone who had Nick Pope in their team last August? The Burnley keeper capped a superb season with an England call-up, but his success was partly down to the Clarets’ astonishingly well-drilled defense. With 12 clean sheets to their name, Burnley’s titanic defensive efforts meant big points for their relatively cheap defenders. Look for teams that like to park the bus, and pick up some potential bargains.

Keep an eye on the new boys

Conventional wisdom is that promoted sides struggle in the Premier League and that is generally true, but finding the exceptions can earn you big points. Newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers could fit the bill next season, as they have big money behind them and play a brand of football that is well suited to the top flight. If they end up mid-table, many of those Wolves players could be Fantasy Football steals.

There are few better ways to get closer to the action than by entering a Fantasy Football competition, and by developing a shrewd selection strategy, you can give your team an edge over the competition in 2018-19.

About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the up-and-coming FantasySixPack.net website. He has been spreading his love and addiction of fantasy sports there and many other sites including SoCalledFantasyExperts.com, FantasyPros.com, and FanDuel.com. Joe has finished as the No. 5 Fantasy Football Draft Ranker on Fantasy Pros in 2014, while being the No. 1 QB ranker for in-season during 2016. He has also finished in the top-15 twice for Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings. You can find him on Twitter, @F6P_Joe, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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