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The Best Players to Watch in EPL Fantasy 2022-23

Top player choices for the EPL Fantasy 2022-23 season

Have you already joined your office’s EPL Fantasy 2022-23 League? Good. It’s now time to pick your team. Every week, Helpbet’s Fantasy Assistant Manager will give you our best picks for the Gameweek, but before we get started, it’s important to look at a few players that can prove to be staples in your 15-man roster.

Without further ado (and without Freddy Adu, since he never made it to the Premier League), let’s look at our most exciting prospects for this year’s Fantasy Premier League.

Goalkeepers

Goalkeepers aren’t usually the highest scorers and there is a common strategy that the second goalkeeper in our EPL Fantasy roster is just scrap. A £4.0m backup keeper who is just there to reduce our starting budget to £96.0m. So we have to make our first option keeper count. Before we get going, make sure to learn how scoring rules work.

Alisson Becker (Liverpool) – £5.5m

Jurgen Klopp often calls the Brazilian “the best goalkeeper in the world”. Whether that’s accurate or not, the truth is that last year he was Fantasy gold. He scored more points than any forward but Harry Kane. We expect an equally great season from him this time around.

Alisson-FPL-Fantasy

Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) – £5.0m

We almost picked Nick Pope from the £5.0m tier. Yes, we know the jokes too. But actually, he is a good goalkeeper and now he finds himself in a good situation at Newcastle. But he can’t be compared to Mendy. A world-class goalkeeper, who might just be what you are looking for in EPL Fantasy 2022-23.

Dean Henderson (Nottingham Forest) – £4.5m

After spending two years in David De Gea’s shadow at Manchester United, Dean Henderson will get the starting spot as Forest’s No1. A team that conceded less than a goal last season in the Championship will have between the sticks a man who is desperate to gain a spot in England’s squad for the World Cup.

Danny Ward (Leicester) – £4.0m

Starting goalkeepers with a value of £4.0 are the most amazing thing in the world for ELP Fantasy managers. With Kasper Schmeichel’s move to Nice, Ward becomes Leicester’s No 1 and we will keep an eye on him throughout the season.

Danny Ward Fantasy Bargain

Defenders

Up until a few years ago, defenders were Fantasy boxes of rocks. They were there because they had to be there, but they rarely produced big, with the exception of the odd Leighton Baines or Gareth Bale (remember when he played as a wing-back)? We are now in the era of the attacking back and we love to see those Fantasy wrongly assigned players.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – £7.5m

Only Mo Salah and Heung-min Son scored more than TA-A last season. With 14 goal contributions, plenty of clean sheets, and the corner-taking duty, he has everything it takes to be the highest scoring defender in EPL Fantasy 2022-23.

Joao Cancelo (Manchester City) – £7.0m

Only five players broke the 200-point mark last season in the game. Joao Cancelo was one of them. We expect him to be even more prolific this year, as he will have Erling Haaland to target with his crosses, plus he just switched his shirt number to 7. Yes, he’s more attacking-focused than ever.

Andy Robertson (Liverpool) – £7.0m

Yet another defender who’s a winger at heart. Alexander-Arnold will likely be more prolific once again, as he faces no competition for his position, whereas Robertson has Tsimikas as his backup, a player adored by Klopp (and the fans, for what it’s worth). That being said, even with more limited time than the previous two selections, Robertson was in the top-10 scorers of last season and he could very well follow that with another magnificent season.

Reece James (Chelsea) – £6.0m

Last year, his season was marked by injuries. He just recorded 22 starts and yet he was the top goalscorer among defenders in the Premier League with five. We love those players and James’ price is a bargain.

Reece James

Ivan Perisic (Tottenham) – £5.5m

Perisic spent most of his career as a winger but he was converted to full-back last season at Inter. He will likely split his time between the two positions at Tottenham, where he reunited with his old boss, Antonio Conte. It doesn’t matter where he plays, though. Last season, as a wing-back, he recorded 8 goals and 7 assists in Italy.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (Arsenal) – £5.0m

He played left back at Manchester City, but Oleksandr Zinchenko will more often feature as a box-to-box midfielder at Arsenal. And he knows how to score a free kick too. Don’t sleep on him.

Kieran Trippier (Newcastle) – £5.0m

Trippier returned to England after a spell at Atletico Madrid last January and scored twice in his first two games, before getting injured. He’s fit again and provides an excellent budget pick in this year’s EPL Fantasy Football. Oh, and he too can swing in a mean free kick.

Neco Williams (Nottingham Forest) – £4.0m

The Welshman is one of the most picked players of the game at this point, with his ownership rate standing at over 25%. If he performs well early in the season, you will see that percentage skyrocketing.

 

Midfielders

Midfielders are the game winners in Premier League Fantasy. Especially those attackers who are classified as midfielders. Our picks are more than for the other positions, as there is a plethora of good options.

Mo Salah (Liverpool) – £13.0m

With 23 goals and 13 assists, Salah was the highest-scoring Fantasy player last season. Barring an injury, he will have another season of that calibre in the EPL Fantasy 2022-23 season. He’s expensive, but there is a reason why.

Heung-min Son (Tottenham) – £12.0m

Out of the five midfielders costing £10.0 or more, Son is our pick. He shared the Golden Boot with Salah last season and he will continue playing next to Harry Kane on Antonio Conte’s offence, despite being classified as a midfielder. As you will see in our Fantasy Football Guide, those are the most exciting players to hunt when building a team.

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £12.0m

KDB could very well end the season as the highest scorer in the game. The only problem is his physical condition. He seems to miss at least 8 games every season, which is never optimal if you invest big money to add a player to your team.

Raheem Sterling (Chelsea) – £10m

His time was limited at Manchester City. He now finds himself in an environment where he can be the No1 scoring option. This could be Raheem’s year.

Jarrod Bowen (West Ham) – £8.5m

Yet another forward listed as a midfielder. He had a terrific season last time around when he outscored every midfielder not named Salah or Son.

EPL Fantasy 2022-23 best players

Mason Mount (Chelsea) – £8.0m

Mason Mount scored 11 times with Chelsea last year. He’s now entering his prime and there are not many players as capable of scoring as easily outside of the box. He’s definitely one to watch.

Luis Diaz (Liverpool) – £8.0m

Immediately after coming in from Porto, last January, Luis Diaz became a fan favourite at Anfield with his explosive play. With Mane gone, Nunez still unsettled, and Jota currently injured, Diaz looks like a very good selection, to say the least.

Dejan Kulusevski (Tottenham) – £8.0m

The Spurs seem to have created a fearsome front-three with Son, Kane, and Kulisevski. While the other two are the main goalscorers, the Swede is capable of throwing in more than a couple of assists. He’s definitely one to watch.

Jadon Sancho (Manchester United) – £7.5m

Sancho didn’t have the best outing last season. But he’s getting more mature and it feels like Erik Ten Haag will use him in a better way. He had an outstanding preseason and he promises goals, goals, goals.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – £7.0m

Yes, Zaha is injury prone, but when fit he is pure class. Last season he netted 14 goals and if he doesn’t have yet another freaky injury, he can build upon that form.

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) – £7.0m

In terms of pure quality, Bernardo is better than any player listed at £7.0m or below, but with City’s plethora of attacking options, we don’t know what his usage rate will be. He is, nevertheless, a no-brainer when he’s on the pitch.

Philippe Coutinho (Aston Villa) – £7.0m

From the moment Coutinho returned to the Premier League, last January, he has proven he never forgot his football. He scores, he passes, he’s on set pieces duty. What else would you ask from a player with such a price tag?

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) – £6.5m

The Southampton skipper is one of the best set-piece taken in the Premier League. He is Southampton and he stacks minutes, scoring, handing out assists and is one of the most low-risk-high-reward options in the EPL Fantasy 2022-23 database.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – £6.5m

Like in Sancho’s case, we are awaiting the Ten Haag effect. Rashford had a down season, but we know that he has a certain quality that can make him a high earner in the game.

Martin Odegaard (Arsenal) – £6.5m

The Norwegian scored 131 Fantasy points last season, but he will now be more familiar with the playing style and he will have Gabriel Jesus to feed up front.

Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle) – £6.0m

The Brazilian was bought from Lyon as a defensive midfielder but was converted to an attacking midfielder pretty early. He scored 5 times in 11 outings last season and one can expect a great campaign from the crowd favourite at Newcastle.

Harry Wilson (Fulham) – £6.0m

Wilson was one of the best players in the Championship last season, helping Fulham win promotion with 10 goals and 18 assists. He will continue in his role as the main playmaker this season around.

Harry Wilson

Leon Bailey (Aston Villa) – £5.0m

You can rarely find value in midfielders costing less than £6.0m. Yet Leon Bailey had a stellar preseason, scoring goals and handing out assists. A great outsider pick.

Forwards

Outscored by midfielders in the past couple of seasons, forwards are still the ones that put people in seats. Still, you might have to save some cash and choose wisely, as they are not cheap.

Harry Kane (Tottenham) – £11.5m

Yeah, yeah. He doesn’t need much introduction, does he? He is our pick over Erling Haaland at this price range since he is more familiar with the Prem and he wants to earn yet another Golden Boot.

Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal) – £8.0m

“Gaby” is the highest-owned player in EPL Fantasy 2022-23 thus far. He didn’t earn many chances to start as a striker at the Etihad, but now he’s in an Arsenal shirt and he will be the club’s star man.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) – £8.0m

Calvert-Lewin had an injury-plagued season last time, but the moment he returned he showed what he’s made of. If he stays healthy he can prove to be extremely valuable.

Julian Alvarez (Manchester City) – £6.5m

Now, this is a weird case. Pep Guardiola usually eases in youngsters. There is a very real chance Alvarez will be underutilised. But he was magnificent in the Community Shield, so maybe there is something there.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) – £6.5m

The last time Fulham and Mitrovic were in the Premier League, the Serbian didn’t perform all that well. Still, he was out of this world in the Championship and this is his big chance for a real break.

Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) – £6.0m

Solanke had 29 goals and 7 assists in the Championship last season. It will probably take him a little bit of time to get adjusted, but when he does, he will be one to fear.

Deniz Undav (Brighton) – £5.5m

Undav is the German Vardy. Two years ago he played in the third tier of German football and now he finds himself having the role of a starter for a Premier League club. If he picks up from where he left off last season (with 26 goals in the Belgian league), he will be a steal at £5.5m.

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