Despite the latest Premier League campaign finishing just over a month ago, we are now less than two weeks away from the 2020/21 season kicking off.
This, of course, also means the return of Fantasy Premier League.
The 2020/21 campaign, though, due to Covid-19, could certinally be one of the most difficult FPL managers have had to navigate in recent times.
With sides set to a jam-packed fixture list, there will likely be much more rotation, especially from the big sides competing in numerous competitions.
We are also only getting a very limited pre-season to assess who might be a key figure in FPL next year, whilst some previous favourites, like Christian Pulisic for example, may not even start for Chelsea in the first few games as he is currently in quarantine.
So, 101 have now provided you with a list of players who should both feature heavily in the early weeks of the campaign and also excel for you throughout the full season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (12.0)
First up is Arsenal hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabonese international of course enjoyed another superb season at the Emirates last time out, netting 22 and assisting three in 36 league outings. A tally that saw Aubameyang miss out on the Golden Boot by a single goal.
And though Aubameyang’s price has increased from last season, it is worth noting that he has been moved down to a midfielder this term.
And given midfielders earn one more point (5) for scoring a goal than a forward, Aubameyang, who is clearly Arsenal’s star man, should be racking up even more points in the forthcoming campaign.
Midfielders also earn one point for every clean sheet kept, which should only help increase the forward’s points total even further.
Arsenal’s first game of the season is against newly-promoted Fulham who are not the most defensively sound unit in the world.
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 09: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides second goal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.5)
Our second pick is once again another highly-priced star. In fact Trent Alexander-Arnold is the most expensive defender on FPL for 2020/21.
However, TAA’s returns over the last two campaigns have been simply sensational.
Last season saw him garner a record-breaking 13 assists in the league (FPL awarded him 15).
And with Liverpool’s superb defensive record, the full-back is pretty much guaranteed to get you some form of return each week.
It is also worth noting that Liverpool didn’t have the best start to the season defensively last time out due to Allison missing a number of games through injury.
But if the Brazilian stays fit, there isn’t really any reason why Liverpool can’t improve on their clean sheets record from last term.
Also, given Trent is currently owned by 55.2% of FPL players, not owning him could really hamper your success this year.
Liverpool’s English defender Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on July 22, 2020. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP)
Danny Ings (8.5)
Danny Ings had an outstanding 2019/20 campaign at Southampton.
The centre-forward, across 38 games, netted a staggering 22 goals and provided two assists for the Saints.
Despite this simply sensational return, Ings is still fairly well priced this time around.
Granted his price has gone up, but he is still cheaper than all of Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, Anthony Martial, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino – all of whom he outscored last season.
Obviously, Ings hasn’t been as consistent as some of the names above, but at 8.5 is it hard to turn such a deal down, especially considering how well Southampton ended last season.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 21: Danny Ings of Southampton during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Southampton FC at Villa Park on December 21, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Raul Jimenez (8.5)
Our next option is once again an 8.5 forward in the form of Raul Jimenez.
Jimenez has been a solid FPL option since his arrival in the Premier League and there doesn’t look to be any reason why that can’t be the case in 2020/21.
Jimenez did score five fewer goals than Ings last term, though he also provided five more assists.
And with Wolves missing out on European football for the forthcoming season, you would imagine the Mexican will be featuring in every league game and hopefully firing on all cylinders.
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 04: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the FA Cup Third Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on January 4, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)
Aleksandar Mitrovic (6.0)
The final player you could look to add to your FPL side is more of a budget option, which would allow you to spend more money on other areas of your side.
Said player comes in the form of Fulham hitman, Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Fulham are one of the newly-promoted sides this term and whilst you may not be keen to risk signing players from a side who have just come up, Mitrovic is arguably one of the safest bets from all three teams.
The Serbian has prior Premier League experience with both Fulham and Newcastle and of course, was a part of the Fulham side which was relegated in 2018/19.
Even in that pretty poor side though, Mitrovic still managed to score 11 and assist three in 37 league outings.
And if he can repeat a similar tally this time around, you can’t really complain for just 6.0 of your budget.
The 25-year-old will also no doubt head into next season full of confidence after netting 26 in the Championship last time out.
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