Building your first Fantasy Football team

Building your first Fantasy Football team

So you have read all the advice and tips on this site. You have the confidence to know how to play your transfers, and the knowledge we will advise on your players who need selling (tough upcoming fixtures and bad form) and we will tell you about good options for buying (based on good upcoming fixtures and form).

But what about building your team? Here we provide a step by step guide to building your first team. As well as using the tips, we will use the data from Choosing Great Fantasy Football Players.

Start with the goalies

David De GeaGoalkeepers do not set the world on fire. Sorry. They rarely earn assists. Its almost as rare that they score. They do clean sheets, saves, penalty saves and not a lot else. So there is not a great deal of scope for earning points from your goalies. Lets get them out of the way first.

A £4.5m goalie should earn around 9.1 points every 4 week, a £5.5m goalie earns around 14.4 points every 4 weeks, and a £6.5m goalie should earn around 15 points every 4 weeks.

So for £1m more than £4.5 you get an extra 50.35 points, and for an extra £2m you get an extra 57 points. To me it does not seem to make sense to spend the extra £1m on a goalie, and I feel a £5.5m goalie backed up with a £4.5m goalie is the right combination.

These are the goalies you should look at

Name Team Price Points Mins Points
Per
Million
Points
Per
Game
PPMPG Time Points Game
Difficulty
Hart MCI 6.5 158 3420 24.31 4.16 0.64 Great Great Easy
Jaaskelainen WHU 5.5 144 3420 26.18 3.79 0.69 Great OK Easy
Mignolet LIV 5.5 140 3420 25.45 3.68 0.67 Great OK Easy
Cech CHE 6.5 144 3195 22.15 4.06 0.62 OK OK Easy
Begovic STK 5.5 144 3420 26.18 3.79 0.69 Great OK OK
Boruc SOU 4.5 63 1755 14 3.23 0.72 Low Low Easy
Lloris TOT 6 96 2430 16 3.56 0.59 Low Low Easy
Foster WBA 5 105 2700 21 3.5 0.7 OK Low OK
de Gea MUN 6 114 2520 19 4.07 0.68 Low Low OK
Bunn NOR 4.5 60 1853 13.33 2.91 0.65 Low Low OK
Krul NEW 5 75 2126 15 3.17 0.63 Low Low OK
Guzan AVL 5 106 3240 21.2 2.94 0.59 OK Low Hard
Vorm SWA 5 92 2307 18.4 3.59 0.72 Low Low Hard
Szczesny ARS 5.5 102 2250 18.55 4.08 0.74 Poor Poor Easy
Howard EVE 5.5 117 3240 21.27 3.25 0.59 Poor Poor Easy
Mannone SUN 4.5 31 810 6.89 3.44 0.77 Poor Poor Hard
Marshall CAR 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Speroni CRY 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
McGregor HUL 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard

At this time I am unsure who will be West Brom’s first choice goalkeeper, and we are hearing that Westwood will be prefered over Mannone at Sunderland. Maarten Stekelenburg is not listed as he is new, but he has been reviewed.

Its not overly important to have goalkeepers who rotate  (if you don’t know what that means, read Interchangeable players), but the teams that do rotate well for goalies and defenders are Southampton & Everton, West Brom & Hull and Spurs & Norwich, giving Howard & Boruc, Foster & McGregor and Lorris & Bunn as good options.

I like Mignolet and Boruc personally.

Pick your subs

The next job is to pick our subs. Most managers leave this till last, but I like to do this before picking the main squad because I like to know how much money I have to play with for my first 11.

George BoydAll of the writers here believe in having subs who play. I have heard an argument for a cheaper 3rd sub – one that does not play – in order to save £0.5m. If that’s how you want to play then its your team, trust your gut. Here we are only going to look at players who play.

Personally I believe in keeping as much money on the pitch as possible. Each million on the pitch translates into half a point, so an extra 4 million on the pitch should earn you 76 more points than your rivals come the end of the season.

We are also going to play with 3 defenders as other positions earn more points. So two subs will be defenders and the remaining sub player is up to you.

So, pick two from…

Name Team Price Points Mins Points
Per
Million
Points
Per
Game
PPMPG Time Points Game
Difficulty
Garrido NOR 4.5 103 3038 22.89 3.05 0.68 Great Great OK
Clyne SOU 4.5 89 3019 19.78 2.65 0.59 Great OK Easy
Collins WHU 4.5 90 2492 20 3.25 0.72 OK OK Easy
Fonte SOU 4.5 68 2316 15.11 2.64 0.59 OK OK Easy
Yoshida SOU 4.5 74 2853 16.44 2.33 0.52 OK OK Easy
Turner NOR 4.5 86 2223 19.11 3.48 0.77 OK OK OK
Cuellar SUN 4.5 79 2256 17.56 3.15 0.7 OK OK Hard
Shaw SOU 4.5 66 1949 14.67 3.05 0.68 Low Low Easy
Hooiveld SOU 4.5 46 2031 10.22 2.04 0.45 Low Low Easy
Taylor S NEW 4.5 44 2137 9.78 1.85 0.41 OK Low OK
Wilson STK 4.5 46 1488 10.22 2.78 0.62 Low Low OK
Wilkinson STK 4.5 47 1728 10.44 2.45 0.54 Low Low OK
Clark AVL 4.5 63 2498 14 2.27 0.5 OK Low Hard
Vlaar AVL 4.5 58 2390 12.89 2.18 0.49 OK Low Hard
Hughes FUL 4.5 50 2115 11.11 2.13 0.47 OK Low Hard
Baker AVL 4 42 2007 10.5 1.88 0.47 OK Low Hard
Figueroa HUL 4.5 65 2812 14.44 2.08 0.46 OK Low Hard
Senderos FUL 4.5 47 1684 10.44 2.51 0.56 Low Low Hard
Williamson NEW 4.5 35 1710 7.78 1.84 0.41 Low Poor OK
Bennett AVL 4.5 28 1856 6.22 1.36 0.3 Low Poor Hard
Luna AVL 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Okore AVL 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Taylor CAR 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Turner CAR 4 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Moxey CRY 4 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Parr CRY 4 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Delaney CRY 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Amorebieta FUL 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Bruce HUL 4 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Chester HUL 4 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Rosenior HUL 4 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Brown SUN 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Roberge SUN 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Diakit SUN 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard

Defenders for the newly promoted teams were selected on number of appearances last season.

I suggest you pick one defender from a newly promoted team at £4m and a defender with Premiership experience at £4.5m. How about Garrido?

Its also worth mentioning that last season I started with all my playing defenders at £4.5m and my bench defenders at £4m so I could spend more money upfront.

Now pick your final sub from…

Name Team Price Points Mins Points
Per
Million
Points
Per
Game
PPMPG Time Points Game
Difficulty
Routledge SWA 5.5 126 2516 22.91 4.51 0.82 OK Great Hard
Schneiderlin SOU 5.5 108 3208 19.64 3.03 0.55 Great OK Easy
Noble WHU 5.5 98 2286 17.82 3.86 0.7 OK OK Easy
Davis SOU 5 75 2069 15 3.26 0.65 OK OK Easy
Diame WHU 5 87 2595 17.4 3.02 0.6 OK OK Easy
Jarvis WHU 5.5 92 2559 16.73 3.24 0.59 OK OK Easy
Cork SOU 4.5 67 2426 14.89 2.49 0.55 OK OK Easy
Anichebe EVE 5.5 95 1716 17.27 4.98 0.91 Low OK Easy
Puncheon SOU 5.5 110 2057 20 4.81 0.88 Low OK Easy
Johnson NOR 5 97 3222 19.4 2.71 0.54 Great OK OK
Nzonzi STK 5 81 3107 16.2 2.35 0.47 Great OK OK
Pilkington NOR 5.5 104 2157 18.91 4.34 0.79 OK OK OK
Hoolahan NOR 5.5 103 2418 18.73 3.83 0.7 OK OK OK
Brunt WBA 5.5 92 2184 16.73 3.79 0.69 OK OK OK
Whelan STK 5.5 93 2586 16.91 3.24 0.59 OK OK OK
Mulumbu WBA 5 77 2515 15.4 2.76 0.55 OK OK OK
Gardner SUN 5.5 104 2828 18.91 3.31 0.6 Great OK Hard
Britton SWA 4.5 67 2525 14.89 2.39 0.53 Great OK Hard
Colback SUN 4.5 73 2813 16.22 2.34 0.52 Great OK Hard
Dyer SWA 5.5 102 2309 18.55 3.98 0.72 OK OK Hard
Sidwell FUL 5 83 2105 16.6 3.55 0.71 OK OK Hard
McClean SUN 5.5 97 2343 17.64 3.73 0.68 OK OK Hard
Barry MCI 5.5 87 2398 15.82 3.27 0.59 OK Low Easy
Lucas LIV 4.5 55 1942 12.22 2.55 0.57 OK Low Easy
Dembele TOT 5.5 78 2377 14.18 2.95 0.54 OK Low Easy
Rose TOT 5 62 2215 12.4 2.52 0.5 OK Low Easy
Allen LIV 5 52 1920 10.4 2.44 0.49 OK Low Easy
Gutierrez NEW 5.5 76 2890 13.82 2.37 0.43 Great Low OK
Howson NOR 5 70 2046 14 3.08 0.62 OK Low OK
Tettey NOR 4.5 58 1904 12.89 2.74 0.61 OK Low OK
Yacob WBA 4.5 58 2474 12.89 2.11 0.47 OK Low OK
Dorrans WBA 5 61 1749 12.2 3.14 0.63 Low Low OK
Anita NEW 4.5 49 1733 10.89 2.54 0.57 Low Low OK
Shotton STK 5 48 1821 9.6 2.37 0.47 Low Low OK
Westwood AVL 5.5 83 2455 15.09 3.04 0.55 OK Low Hard
Ki SWA 5 62 2046 12.4 2.73 0.55 OK Low Hard
Graham SUN 5.5 79 1853 14.36 3.84 0.7 Low Poor Hard
Delph AVL 4.5 33 1705 7.33 1.74 0.39 Low Poor Hard
Elmohamady HUL 5 2 24 0.4 7.5 1.5 Poor Poor Hard
Meyler HUL 4.5 3 67 0.67 4.03 0.9 Poor Poor Hard
Whittingham CAR 5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Gunnarsson CAR 5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Bellamy CAR 5.5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Bolasie CRY 5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Williams CRY 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Dikgacoi CRY 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Jedinak CRY 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Quinn HUL 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard
Murray CRY 5.5 0 0 0 0 0 Unknown Unknown Hard

Pick your potential captains

WalcottI think you need two, three or (at a push) four great players who have the potential to be your team captain any day of the week. These are the players who will get double points. So points per game is the important measure when choosing one of these players.

To qualify for this the player must earn around 5.5 points per game (or more). Choose from…

Name Team Price Points Mins Points
Per
Million
Points
Per
Game
PPMPG Time Points Game
Difficulty
Suarez LIV 11 212 2953 19.27 6.46 0.59 Great Great Easy
Lukaku CHE 8 159 2005 19.88 7.14 0.89 OK Great Easy
Mata CHE 10.5 212 2729 20.19 6.99 0.67 OK Great Easy
Bale TOT 12 249 2921 20.75 7.67 0.64 OK Great Easy
Michu SWA 9 190 2998 21.11 5.7 0.63 Great Great Hard
Santi Cazorla ARS 10 205 3301 20.5 5.59 0.56 Great OK Easy
Van Persie MUN 14 262 3123 18.71 7.55 0.54 Great OK OK
Rooney MUN 10.5 143 2014 13.62 6.39 0.61 Low OK OK
Walcott ARS 9.5 194 2286 20.42 7.64 0.8 Poor Low Easy
Hazard CHE 9.5 190 2626 20 6.51 0.69 Poor Low Easy

Suarez is banned for 6 weeks, but he has been included if you fancy planning your game week 6 team and then working your transfers back to gameweek 1.

Benteke only just missed the cut at 5.3 points per game, but he would be a reasonable choice too.

Fill your squad

AnelkaTo fill your squad choose players who earn lots of points per million. These are the value for money players that will bring the points when your captain has a bad week.

Keep in mind you might want to rotate one of your squad players with your bench. Spurs & Newcastle and Southampton & West Brom are excellent for rotating forwards and mids because when you rotate the players for home advantage, the home team has a great chance of scoring against the opponent.

If you are going to rotate defenders or mids keep in mind some players earn more points when playing at home vs when away, some players earn more points playing away than at home, and for most it does not matter. To find out the players who are better at home, or who are better away, then use the points chart on Home vs away player performance.

Name Team Price Points Mins Points
Per
Million
Points
Per
Game
PPMPG Time Points Game
Difficulty
Mertesacker ARS 5.5 135 3028 24.55 4.01 0.73 Great Great Easy
Lambert SOU 7.5 187 3126 24.93 5.38 0.72 Great Great Easy
Johnson LIV 6 142 3223 23.67 3.97 0.66 Great Great Easy
Jagielka EVE 5.5 126 3154 22.91 3.6 0.65 Great Great Easy
Agger LIV 6 134 3097 22.33 3.89 0.65 Great Great Easy
Nolan WHU 7 149 2979 21.29 4.5 0.64 Great Great Easy
Baines EVE 7.5 177 3420 23.6 4.66 0.62 Great Great Easy
Pienaar EVE 7 141 3055 20.14 4.15 0.59 Great Great Easy
Gerrard LIV 9 185 3221 20.56 5.17 0.57 Great Great Easy
Jose Enrique LIV 6 134 2257 22.33 5.34 0.89 OK Great Easy
O’Brien WHU 5.5 123 2717 22.36 4.07 0.74 OK Great Easy
Distin EVE 5 109 2838 21.8 3.46 0.69 OK Great Easy
Ivanovic CHE 6.5 143 2945 22 4.37 0.67 OK Great Easy
Snodgrass NOR 6.5 152 3050 23.38 4.49 0.69 Great Great OK
Garrido NOR 4.5 103 3038 22.89 3.05 0.68 Great Great OK
Shawcross STK 5.5 123 3330 22.36 3.32 0.6 Great Great OK
Walters STK 6.5 141 3303 21.69 3.84 0.59 Great Great OK
Bassong NOR 5 121 2959 24.2 3.68 0.74 OK Great OK
Morrison WBA 6 133 2837 22.17 4.22 0.7 OK Great OK
Evra MUN 6.5 152 3060 23.38 4.47 0.69 OK Great OK
Johnson SUN 7 146 2925 20.86 4.49 0.64 Great Great Hard
Sessegnon SUN 7 141 2887 20.14 4.4 0.63 Great Great Hard
Routledge SWA 5.5 126 2516 22.91 4.51 0.82 OK Great Hard
O’Shea SUN 5 115 2992 23 3.46 0.69 OK Great Hard
Berbatov FUL 7.5 163 2844 21.73 5.16 0.69 OK Great Hard
Riether FUL 5 109 3043 21.8 3.22 0.64 OK Great Hard
Kone EVE 7 140 2932 20 4.3 0.61 Great OK Easy
Reid WHU 5 103 3143 20.6 2.95 0.59 Great OK Easy
Clyne SOU 4.5 89 3019 19.78 2.65 0.59 Great OK Easy
Schneiderlin SOU 5.5 108 3208 19.64 3.03 0.55 Great OK Easy
Walker TOT 6 114 3157 19 3.25 0.54 Great OK Easy
Collins WHU 4.5 90 2492 20 3.25 0.72 OK OK Easy
Zabaleta MCI 6 124 2649 20.67 4.21 0.7 OK OK Easy
Fellaini EVE 8.5 168 2784 19.76 5.43 0.64 OK OK Easy
Vertonghen TOT 7 136 3060 19.43 4 0.57 OK OK Easy
Puncheon SOU 5.5 110 2057 20 4.81 0.88 Low OK Easy
Huth STK 5.5 112 3150 20.36 3.2 0.58 Great OK OK
McAuley WBA 5.5 113 3240 20.55 3.14 0.57 Great OK OK
Johnson NOR 5 97 3222 19.4 2.71 0.54 Great OK OK
Crouch STK 6 128 2322 21.33 4.96 0.83 OK OK OK
Turner NOR 4.5 86 2223 19.11 3.48 0.77 OK OK OK
Martin NOR 5 96 2691 19.2 3.21 0.64 OK OK OK
Williams SWA 5 100 3330 20 2.7 0.54 Great OK Hard
Riise FUL 5 95 2529 19 3.38 0.68 OK OK Hard
De Guzman SWA 6 127 2848 21.17 4.01 0.67 OK OK Hard
Rangel SWA 5.5 111 2753 20.18 3.63 0.66 OK OK Hard

As you choose players remember to look if any have hard fixtures. If they do, consider swapping them for another player.

Let us know your team.

Well done. I’m sure you will make more changes, but you now have a good starting point for the coming season.

Wilfried BonyYou will have noticed there were not many newly transferred players listed above. This is because there are no Fantasy Football stats on these players just yet, so be sure to check out our transfer table for Fantasy Football reviews of every player brought into the premiership.

You should alway check the results of pre-season fixturesinjuries and if a new transfer means your carefully selected player no longer has a first team place.

Now post your team on Help My Team for some advice and help and last minute tweaks – I’m looking forward to seeing your team :)

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14 thoughts on “Building your first Fantasy Football team

  1. I only wish you’d put Davis in the goalies: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 might have helped the guys to understand ;-)

    • Yeah, a “players not to pick” paragraph highlighting excellent picks like Davis who don’t play enough, like never, ever, not a jot, not a min, nope, never :)

        • What’d be funny is if Mignolet gets the sniffles, the wailing from the Davis fan club will be deafening. His ownership is over 16%!!!!
          My prayer mat is out to ensure Boruc stays fit, healthy, sane and so on.

  2. What is your opinion for this team:

    Hart MCI 6.5, Boruc SOU 4.5
    Johnson LIV 6, Jagielka EVE 5.5, Garrido NOR 4.5, Parr CRY 4, McNaughton CAD 4
    Hazard CHE 9.5, Snodgrass NOR 6.5, Schneiderlin SOU5.5, Routledge SWA 5.5, Nolan WHU 7
    Benteke AVL 9, Van Persie MUN 14, Lukaku CHE 8

    The team values 100m and Captain for GW1 will be Hazzard. For GW2 I plan to bring in Dzeko in place of Benteke.

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