Fantasy Premier League is back for another rollercoaster season, and the eagerly anticipated initial batch of player pricing has been revealed.
Last year 5.9 million people around the world entered teams, and this year’s game promises to be bigger and better than ever.
From a Palace perspective, the major news is Wilfried Zaha being classed as a forward (£7m) rather than a midfielder – as Roy Hodgson’s tactic of employing the mercurial talent as a striker, often alongside Andros Townsend or Christian Benteke has not gone un-noticed by the FPL boffins behind the biggest fantasy game on the planet. Zaha scooped 136 points last season, an impressive haul especially considering his season was disrupted by two injuries.
Last year’s most selected and highest scoring Palace player Luka Milivojevic has seen his performances for the Eagles rewarded with a major price hike, from £5m last season to £6.5m this season. Who can blame them, with Luka’s 10 goals, two assists and 21 bonus points, the Serbian falls into the “must-have” bracket for Fantasy managers.
Other Palace players gaining FPL notoriety is left-back Patrick van Aanholt, whose strong end to the season has seen him priced at £5.5m. His return of five goals, one assist and six clean sheets will undoubtedly make the Dutchman be popular pick this season.
Palace’s latest signing – goalkeeper Vicente Guaita has been priced competitively at £4.5m, which is the same figure as Wayne Hennessey, who clocked up 99 points last term.
Savvy managers will be interested in the conservatively priced Martin Kelly and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, both a snip at £4m.