With just one week remaining, our FPL Gameweek 1 Preview comes from the fantasy community for 2021/22.
There’s plenty of great information to consume in this aggregate FPL Gameweek 1 Preview; including podcasts, videos, articles and threads.
I. FPL_Raptor: Psychology
First up in our FPL Gameweek 1 Preview, Ross has an excellent video on the psychology of a fantasy manager over on his brand new YouTube channel. Changing your mindset as a fantasy manager can give you an important edge.
NEW VIDEO 🚨 #FPL
#1 Episode of FPL Psychology 101 is now live! 🎥
We focus on positive mental health and increasing your enjoyment of FPL, from a psychological perspective 🧠
— FPL Raptor (Ross) (@FPL__Raptor) August 4, 2021
II. Serpent: Chips
It’s easy to approach the season with planned transfers in the early weeks or a view to hit the wildcard button before the first international break. However, it’s well worth looking at what’s ahead and give planning some thought with details from Serpent.
🃏21/22 Chip Guide
Nailing your Chip Strategy is key to making or breaking your season, with a good boost making your rank soar.
— FPL Serpent 🐍 (@FPL_Serpent) August 2, 2021
III. Ragnar: Goalkeepers
Ragnar is committed to finding differentials from the template and the best £4.5 million option we could go for in the goalkeeper slot over the popular Robert Sanchez is Watford’s Daniel Bachman.
👻TREND BUSTER: BACHMAN 🐝
🎓In this new series I'll make the case against the community's most recent and popular trends that I think are a MISTAKE 😱
— FPL_RAGNAR 🇵🇹 (Rafa) (@RagnarFPL) August 5, 2021
IV. Compare: Defenders
The best way of freeing up funds for players in our sides is by finding a bargain defender. Unfortunately, these are notoriously hard to come by but there’s some useful information provided by Compare for the FPL Gameweek 1 preview.
A player-by-player analysis of all £4.0m defenders 🧐
Who is most likely to get minutes at the start of the season? 👀
— FPL Olympian (@FPLOlympian) August 3, 2021
V. Late Riser: Midfielders
Onto midfielders now, and with the premiums already accounted for, we also need to consider the best mid-priced options. There’s visuals from Lateriser considering the all important expected goal involvement.
Midfielder Pod Prep for @TheFPLWire in full flow.
— Lateriser12 (@lateriser12) August 2, 2021
VI. Swede: Forwards
There’s a similar metric considered by Swede with a look to a potential signing at Chelsea: could Lukaku join from Inter? He’s set to be hot property if the move happens, as we try and squeeze in an extra premium player.
Lukaku nPxG+xA per 90 mins over the last 4 seasons:
20/21: 0.81 (Inter)
19/20: 0.63 (Inter)
18/19: 0.58 (Man Utd)
17/18: 0.61 (Man Utd)
The best PL strikers last season:
— FPL Swede (@FPL_Swe) August 4, 2021
VII. Corf: Balance
Achieving a balanced squad is very important in fantasy, and the weighing scales are always finely balanced. FPL Corf takes a fresh approach at this, including looking at how many gameweeks you plan to own each player.
⚖️ SQUAD BALANCE TOOL
Introducing you to something I've been working on over the last week.
A fairly basic visual tool that encourages FPL managers to consider long term/short term balance in their squads and future implications of any transfers they make. #FPL #FPLCommunity pic.twitter.com/2IzVIW4Wz0
— FPL CORF 🏴 (@CORF_FPL) July 30, 2021
VIII. Bakar: Statistics
The mid-priced forward category is perhaps the most hotly contested position this pre-season, with plenty of pros and cons of each option. Stats guru Bakar attempts to split five of the most popular options.
DCL v Bamford v Watkins v Antonio v Wilson
Shots in the box per 90: 2.2 v 2.8 v 2.4 v 2.3 v 1.9
Big chances per 90: .97 v .97 v .68 v .86 v .91
xG per 90: .55 v .56 v .45 v .48 v .45
Have never found it tougher to pick between strikers. Pick who you think has the best fixtures!
— AbuBakar Siddiq (@BigManBakar) August 4, 2021
IX. Singhs: Fixtures
Aston Villa and West Ham are two of the headline sides to have a promising opening run of fixtures, but there’s also the possibility of planning future transfers to target fixture swings for Wolves, Watford and Leeds down the line. FPL Singhs provide the graphic.
Transfers to Target 𝗙𝗶𝘅𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 🎯
— The FPL Singhs (@FplSinghs) July 28, 2021
X. Planet: Preview
It’s a big week for Planet FPL with the return of their Correspondent Week, interviewing fans from all 20 Premier League clubs. FPL Tactician joins to discuss all things Leeds United, for this FPL Gameweek 1 Preview.
On the agenda…
🏵 GW1 injury concerns
🏵 4.5 alternative to Ayling
🏵 Raphinha v Harrison
🏵 Dallas to go big again?
🏵 Bamford & Rodrigo
🏵 Bielsa's contract & more…https://t.co/o7XwXsfFzD
— Planet #FPL (James) (@PlanetFPLPod) August 4, 2021
XI. Surgery: Rules
Finally, FPL Surgery are now on YouTube with a return to their 8 simple rules feature for a better fantasy season. The latest fantasy manager in the spotlight is Tom from Who Got The Assist? in this star podcast host discussion.
8 SIMPLE RULES
Our first guest for the 2021/22 season is @WGTA_FPL.
— FPL Surgery (@FPLSurgery) July 28, 2021