PACK PANEL

Our first Pack Panel took place the day after the price reveal. What better time could there be for the second Pack Panel than the day before the season starts? The balls are tingling, the tinkering is almost finished – and @rpick86 is back with 5 new questions for 4 members of the Wolfpack. I’m sure you will agree with some of them. I’m sure you’ll think that some of them are fucking stupid. Enjoy – and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Under the microscope this week are BadFPL, FPLIrons, Ferrell & Fox!

Here we go boys! Who do you think will be the top points scorer in FPL this season? Nice and easy starter….

BAD: KDB – It seems a bit of a kop-out picking the highest scorer from last season, however I can’t see past the Belgian maestro. Man City will come back with a vengeance this season. When they get into a good run they are absolutely relentless and KDB is integral to that. He’s simply phenomenal. Noone can replace him in that team which makes him the most reliable attacking option for a free-scoring City. If he stays fit, he’ll be right up there again and personally wouldn’t be surprised if he even wins the Ballon D’or next year.

IRONS: KDB – Simple one for me, in my opinion he is the best player in the world. Now on penalties and is supplying chances for the best attackers in the league. I’d be shocked if he wasn’t close to 300 points this season (Without injuries).

FERRELL: Aubameyang – Re-classification makes points easier to obtain for him. 22 goals a season for the past 2 years, consistently in the golden boot race. He’s a World Class forward in an Arsenal team that will finish in the top 6 and improving slowly under Arteta – nailed as well for game time throughout the season.

FOX: KDB – After being named PFA player of the season earlier this week, I expect De Bruyne to top the FPL charts for the second season running. Without going into too much detail as we all know he’s one of if not the best attacking midfielder in the world, his record breaking number of assists last season guided him to 251 points and I fully expect similar numbers if not more in a very attack minded Man City side, who I believe will win this seasons Premier League Title.

Lets go to the other end of the spectrum – who do you think will be the best 4.5m defender this season?

BAD: Charlie Taylor/William Saliba – If Saliba nails a spot in that Arsenal side, it’s most likely to be him. If he’s rotated a bit though I see someone like Taylor being reliable again. He plays in a solid Burnley defence and although theres a lack of attacking threat, the consistency that Burnley have at the back and the lack of other good 4.5 options (for the entire season) is enough for me to pick him.

IRONS: Luke Ayling – It pains me to say this, because I think the bloke is a Knob. The attacking 3-3-1-3 that Leeds play gives the full backs so much license to attack, Ayling often found himself in the box getting on the end of crosses last season, and he’s also supplying a much better striker in Rodrigo this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had 15-20 CS + goals + assists this year. (RPick86 comment – I fucking hope not.)

FERRELL: Charlie Taylor – Consistent clean sheet warriors – not a lot has changed at Burnley. They play a good low block defence system, they concede very little chances. Dyche likes consistency from a team too, so if he starts he’ll be a steal!

FOX: Charlie Taylor – When the FPL 2020/2021 game launched, there was a sense of optimism around the community with a very intriguing amount of good value 4.5m defenders that caught our eyes. However as the pre-season has progressed and the likes of Justin and Vinagre look like short term options, I’m going to back Burnley’s Charlie Taylor top the list in a very well drilled Burnley side. As long as Sean Dyche remains in charge, I expect Burnley to hit double digit clean sheets once more in a tough to break down 4-4-2 formation.

Lets look at something a little more negative – who do you think is the biggest trap in FPL this season?

BAD: Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Have people forgotten how bad he was post restart last season? Simply awful, yet I’m seeing him in more and more drafts. I honestly don’t get it. I understand that Evertons midfield has improved massively, but I think Richarlson is most likely to benefit and if DCL can’t pick up some form, I can see him sharing more and more minutes with Kean. They didn’t spend 30m on the youngster for no reason.

IRONS: Michail Antonio – I’m going to say Antonio. £6.5m seems like a lovely price given the way he played after lockdown. But, that’s by far the best run he’s ever had for any team. I can’t see that form continuing at all, I’d be shocked if he scored 10+ goals again, he may even end up back on the wing.

FERRELL: Phil Foden – He could be incredible value, but he won’t start consistently. He will play all over the pitch and probably be the first hooked on and off by Pep. He’s also a young player who will be targeted by the media after international misbehaviour, who’s also at an awkward price point. There are lots of nailed 5/5.5m so you can invest or some good 7.5m midfield options.

FOX: Che Adams – I have seen a lot of Che Adams in FPL drafts on twitter since the game was launched. I’m not buying into the hype personally. A “poor mans Danny Ings” springs to mind. Despite registering good stats towards the end of the season, I wonder how sustainable it is. When starting games, he’ll likely to be subbed early with Obafemi and Long as competition. As tweeted by @FPL_Jurgen, Adams during the restart started 5 out of 9 games and played 47% of total minutes (381 out of 810).

Positive vibes – who do you think could be the biggest under the radar success this season?

BAD: Christian Pulisic– You could argue he’s not really “under the radar” as people know his capabilities and he’s coming back from injury. However everyone at the moment is talking about Havertz/Werner and Ziyech. Everyone is focussing on the new shiny toys they have to play with forgetting the incredible output the American had exiting last season. With even more creativity around him it wouldn’t surprise me if his output increases and he outscores all the new options. At 6.8% ownership he looks like he could be an incredible differential. He also looks like he’ll be fit for GW1.

IRONS: Aymeric Laporte – Currently 5% owned (Obviously skewed somewhat by the blank). I’ve seen very few people discussing Laporte on Twitter. He is almost as nailed as KDB, which is key for any City asset, they will keep 15-20 CS this season and I’d be shocked if he didn’t score 3-5 goals as well. Robbo and VVD scored 181 and 178 points in FPL last season, Laporte scored 177 in 2018/19 and costs £1/0.5m less respectively. Incredible value in my opinion.

FERRELL: Christian Pulisic – 8.5m & only 7% owned! Now Chelsea’s Number 10 who, with their new look team, will destroy teams and rack up some big scores! Pulisic is a top talent. He will finish on a lot higher price value! I can see him starting most games and not much rotation when Lampard gets everyone fit and firing! He could be insane value for his output.

FOX: Dele Alli – At the time of writing, Alli has an ownership of under 3%. With a favourable opening 8 games, I think Spurs will start the season very well and Alli in particular, despite slight rotation fears given the UEL qualifiers, to start the season in great form and continue that throughout the season. When Mourinho first took over, Dele hit a superb run of form before picking up an untimely injury. In fact he was involved in 43% of Spurs goals under Mourinho in games that he played in. He’s started pre-season in good form too with a goal and two assists.

….and finally a bit of fun. Make a bold prediction for the season ahead!

BAD: Mo Salah not in the top 3 for FPL pts – I’m not saying he’s going to have a horrid season. However this season there appears to be significantly more competition in the premium spots. Aubameyang moving to midfield increases his points output. KDB will be great again. Sterling is explosive. That coupled with the incredible attacking options Chelsea have and Fernandes playing a full season means that Salah has a lot more competition. I also feel like his output will fall slightly. A 4th or 5th finish wouldn’t surprise me at all.

IRONS: A striker under 7m to score 20+ goals – I think there is potential for some serious value from the £6m-6.5m strikers. I think one of them will emerge and have a season similar to Danny Ings last year. Players like Wood, Wilson, Maupay, Mitrovic and Adams all spring to mind. There is always a shock player amongst the top few scorers in the league and this season will be no exception.

FERRELL: Harry Kane to score from inside his own half – I love Harry Kane and if anyone has the ability, he does. COYS!

FOX: Everton to finish top 6 – Whether you can call this a bold statement or not given their recent transfer activity, but as I have absolutely no imagination whatsoever I’m predicting a top 6 finish for Everton. To bring in a holding midfielder like Allan is tidy business and alongside Andre Gomes I expect the back 4 to be protected much better than last season. Doucoure is an excellent purchase with good top flight experience. But for me, James Rodriguez is the pick of the bunch. If he finds form that we all know he is capable of I think he’ll benefit Calvert-Lewin significantly.

That concludes today’s pack panel. Thank you to the 4 boys for answering the questions – but who do you agree with? Let us know in the comments and on twitter – there’ll be a vote for the winner of the Pack Panel for this month. Thanks for reading.

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