FanDuel – Player Picks – Gameweek 1

Having rolled out our Strategy Guide for the weekly Fantasy game over at www.FanDuel.co.uk, yesterday, we now turn our attentions to the player list as we hunt for bargains ahead of the opening weekend.

Gameweek 1 Player Picks

While many Fantasy games have a double Gameweek 1 for Chelsea and Villa, FanDuel have limited the Gameweek to just 10 fixtures – excluding Tuesday’s showdown at the Bridge. This affords us a more even playing field as we assess the potential on offer and, as we’ve discovered, FanDuel have handed us some budget gems to consider ahead of tomorrow’s big kick-off. Here’s out pick of the bunch:

Goalkeeper – Ben Foster
The cheapest keeper on offer in this week’s game, Foster will set you back a mere 6.0 ahead of a home game against Southampton. While they tightened up at the back as the previous season unfolded, Mauricio Pochettino’s side scored just three times over their final five road trips – prompting plenty optimism for a Baggies clean sheet at the Hawthorns tomorrow afternoon. Alternatively, United’s David De Gea takes up just 6.8 of your budget and may appeal to those who reckon the champions will nullify the threat of Michu and Wilfried Bony at the Liberty tomorrow evening.

Defender – John Terry
Chelsea’s skipper prepares to welcome Hull to the Bridge in Jose Mourinho’s first match back in charge. While the likes of Branislav Ivanovic will set you back 10.4, Terry has been very kindly priced at just 7.4 by comparison and looks set to get the nod at the heart of defence against the Tigers on Sunday. Those looking for similarly priced alternatives may turn to United’s Phil Jones (7.5) – set to step in for the suspended Rafael at right-back, his foraging runs down the flank could come to fruition at the Liberty, while Norwich’s Michael Turner comes in at just 7.0 ahead of the home clash against Everton.

Midfielder – Steven Gerrard
The Liverpool captain is another one who looks like an intriguing option as Brendan Rodgers’ side get set to welcome Stoke to Anfield tomorrow lunchtime. Gerrard comes in at just 7.7 in this week’s pricing list – putting that into perspective, Philippe Coutinho is 10.4 while Norwich’s Robert Snodgrass is 11.7 – and with spot-kicks, set-piece and corners boosting his attacking appeal, Gerrard should also benefit from a scoring metric which rewards defensive work, with tackles and interceptions also key to our selections. Those looking for a budget punt may have an eye on 6.7 priced Jack Wilshere; with Mikel Arteta ruled out, he looks good to start against Villa, either alongside Aaron Ramsey in central midfield or in “the hole” behind Olivier Giroud.

Forward – Olivier Giroud
With just two places available for our frontlines, gambles are always ill-advised. The Frenchman still splits opinion across the Fantasy fraternity but he welcomes Villa to the Emirates tomorrow on the back of an eight-goal haul across the pre-season friendlies – more than any other player in the top-flight. At just 8.3, he looks a strong choice against a side that conceded in each of their last 22 Gameweeks in 2012/13.

How To Play

Once your starting XI is built (you can change your team as many times as you like up to two hours before the first kick-off) you can compete for cash. Entering a multiplayer game for a set stake, you’ll have a chance of wining your share of the pot should you finish high enough in the rankings.

Similarly, you can challenge another player to a one-on-one game, selecting the amount at stake. The likes of Robbie Fowler, Gareth Southgate and Opta Joe are all playing the game and are there to be challenged.

The Fantasy Football Scout Game – £500 Guaranteed Pot

Our £2 multiplayer game, dedicated to our community, is now open and FanDuel are offering a guaranteed £500 pot for Gameweek 1 – the pot has already grown above this and currently sits at £636 and rising. Register an account and throw your hat in the ring for a share of the spoils.

Challenge Your Mates

You can also set up your own multiplayer games with your mates. While we have some Fantasy Football Scout games to enter, there’s an incentive to set up your own this week.

If you set up a £2 game and get 10 players and £20 in the pot, then FanDuel will add an extra £5 in prize money to your game.

Create your own game at www.FanDuel.co.uk.

Finally, a reminder that we published a strategy guide, offering some tips for getting the most from your FanDuel lineup, right here.

FanDuel is a form of gambling so you have to be aged over 18 and over to play and, if you do wager some cash, please remember to gamble responsibly.

Mark Mark created the beast. He's now looking to tame it.”

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  1. ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
      8 years, 2 months ago

      Demi can you confirm from Twitter......

      Twitter Source, not confirmed:

      De Gea, Jones, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Fellaini,
      Valencia, Rooney, Kagawa, Hernandez

      And all.those Rooney (C)-------- The match will mark Steve Clarke’s 50 game in charge of West Brom....

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      1. PB-THE-VET
          8 years, 2 months ago

          In fairness . . . . I cant see kagawa starting

          But i dont think rvp will start either. Its probably 90% correct

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        • isacki: full casual
            8 years, 2 months ago

            Young is playing so badly Kagawa may have to play over him.

            Jones over Smalling and Rafael though.

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        • teej
            8 years, 2 months ago

            Hows this WC Team. £0.5 ITB

            Mign
            Rafael, Dawson, Fonte
            Yaya, Oscar, Ozil, Eriksen, Barkley
            Roo, Lukaku
            (Marshall. Gabbidon, Turner. Aluko)

            Rafael will start, won't he? WON'T HE?????

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            1. teej
                8 years, 2 months ago

                Just put Vida instead Rafael, for fear of absence

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            2. Here's the manager
                8 years, 2 months ago

                Eriksen or Yaya?

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                1. Bun Rab
                    8 years, 2 months ago

                    Eriksen and 1m to spend elsewhere.

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                2. CHANCING PUNT
                    8 years, 2 months ago

                    Any ideas on who's going to be starting for Hull today?

                    McShane, Faye or Bruce?

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                  • Hitman
                      8 years, 2 months ago

                      Dawson nailed on?

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                      1. Dangerous Dave
                          8 years, 2 months ago

                          Yes.

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                        • Colonel Shoe 肝池
                            8 years, 2 months ago

                            like a plank

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                        • - DC -
                            8 years, 2 months ago

                            I can see Ozil getting a lot of space vs. Swansea. It might not just = assists. He might get his first goal here. Look at the Moses goal in between the lines, direct, early shot, that was criminal tracking back from the midfielders, criminal standing off from the defenders and bad positioning from the goalkeeper. Sturridge's goal also came through the centre of the pitch, behind and between the two centre backs. Being alert to sloppy passing around the back and a mistake from Shelvey.

                            Doesnt mean to say it will happen again, but Swansea haven't been great at the back on the ball or off it and if Arsenal high press, Ozil and Giroud could really be deadly.

                            I think its a high scoring game, a 2-2, 3-2, something like that.

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                            1. Dangerous Dave
                                8 years, 2 months ago

                                I like your thinking. Ozils the best mid in the league by a mile. Maybe the new Bale captain certainty?

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                            2. SuperMario
                                8 years, 2 months ago

                                Boruc
                                Coleman - Yang Mbwia - Ward
                                Barkley - Brady - Michu - Moses
                                RVP - Lambert - Lukaku

                                Captain please....??? Lambert/Lukaku??

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                                1. Dangerous Dave
                                    8 years, 2 months ago

                                    Aarveepee.

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                                2. Mumm-Ra
                                    8 years, 2 months ago

                                    Morning peeps

                                    Do you think it is worth transferring sturridge out for rooney, as i think he is due a rest, as he has been a bit ropey the past two games.

                                    Sunderland may also have their tales up because the players got their way and got Di Canio removed?

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                                    1. Bun Rab
                                        8 years, 2 months ago

                                        For free? Even then they are both likely to score imho.

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                                        1. Mumm-Ra
                                            8 years, 2 months ago

                                            Yep, for free. I think Rooney may also be at the beginning of a huge run of good form

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                                            1. Bun Rab
                                                8 years, 2 months ago

                                                He does have his purple patches. I have both so not an option for me. Flip a coin on this one. No other issues?

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                                        2. Dave1966
                                            8 years, 2 months ago

                                            Who to bench from Ramsey or HBA and Ivanovic or Toure guys?

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                                            1. Dangerous Dave
                                                8 years, 2 months ago

                                                Yaya or Kolo?

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                                                1. Dave1966
                                                    8 years, 2 months ago

                                                    Kolo.

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                                                    1. Dangerous Dave
                                                        8 years, 2 months ago

                                                        HBA

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                                                        1. Dangerous Dave
                                                            8 years, 2 months ago

                                                            Ivan.

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                                                            1. Dave1966
                                                                8 years, 2 months ago

                                                                Thanks for reply

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                                                    2. RocketMan
                                                        8 years, 2 months ago

                                                        ferdinand or koscielny

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                                                        1. Orange Thunder
                                                            8 years, 2 months ago

                                                            Long term or this week?

                                                            I'd probs go Ferdinand either way. Arsenal have a knack for defensive errors, and Kosc makes great tackles- that just look bad (to the ref)

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                                                            1. RocketMan
                                                                8 years, 2 months ago

                                                                long term, scared he will miss matches though

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                                                          • dylan
                                                              8 years, 2 months ago

                                                              who to captain!!??
                                                              yaya
                                                              oscar
                                                              lukaku
                                                              giroud
                                                              RVP

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                                                            • HellasLEAF
                                                                8 years, 2 months ago

                                                                Simple one. Ramsey or Lampard.

                                                                Who to start

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