32 Flags 2015-16 EPL Fantasy Preview – Week 1

Welcome to a new feature on 32 Flags. During every week of the English Premier League, we will provide an EPL fantasy preview the day before the start of the games as well as a recap the day after. You can still sign up for the 32 Flags Fantasy League.

During the preview, the 32 Flags writers will provide our picks each week as well as who our captains are and if we made any transfers in between weeks. For the recaps, we will go over our results as well as highlight the person who got the most points for the week. You can still sign up for the 32 Flags Fantasy League. There isn’t much time so sign up right away and get your team in so you can join in on the fun.

For this first week, we’re not talking about transfers because we are forming our teams. Combining the knowledge of last season with the knowledge gained from the preseason and adding the unknowns of who will and won’t be here once the transfer window closes, it can be very difficult to get a great start. You can do as much research as you can but at some point, it just gets to be a crapshoot after a while. Here are our starting lineups and maybe that will help you choose your team for the start of the season.

 

Andy –

GK – Joe Hart (captain) – Manchester City – £5.5m
DEF – Phil Jagielka – Everton – £5.5m
DEF – Martin Skrtel – Liverpool – £5.5m
DEF – Daryl Janmaat – Newcastle – £5.0m
DEF – Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea – £7.0m
MID – Nacer Chadli – Tottenham – £7.0m
MID – Christian Eriksen – Tottenham – £8.5m
MID – Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – £9.0m
MID – Roberto Firmino – Liverpool – £8.5m
FW – Saido Bernahino – West Brom – £6.5m
FW – Peter Crouch – Stoke – £6.0m

 

Evan –

GK – Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea – £5.5m
DEF – Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea – £7.0m
DEF – Gary Cahill – Chelsea – £6.5m
DEF – Leighton Baines – Everton – £6.5m
DEF – Laurent Koscielny – Arsenal – £6.0m
MID – Nacer Chadli – Tottenham – £7.0m
MID – Jordan Henderson (captain) – Liverpool – £8.0m
MID – Yaya Toure – Manchester City – £8.5m
MID – Dusan Tadic – Southampton – £7.0m
FW – Saido Bernahino – West Brom – £6.5m
FW – Harry Kane – Tottenham – £9.5m

 

Jeff –

GK – Kasper Schmeichel – Leicester City – £4.5m
DEF – John Stones – Everton – £5.5m
DEF – Phil Jagielka – Everton – £5.5m
DEF – Per Mertesacker – Arsenal – £5.5m
DEF – Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea – £7.0m
MID – Nacer Chadli – Tottenham – £7.0m
MID – Jordan Henderson – Liverpool – £8.0m
MID – Santi Cazorla – Arsenal – £8.5m
MID – Jordy Clasie – Southampton – £5.5m
FW – Harry Kane – Tottenham – £9.5m
FW – Christian Benteke (captain) – Liverpool – £8.5m

 

Josh E. –

GK – Joe Hart – Chelsea – £5.5m
DEF – John Terry – Chelsea – £7.0m
DEF – Phil Jagielka – Everton – £5.5m
DEF – Nathaniel Clyne – Liverpool – £5.5m
DEF – Wes Morgan – Leicester City – £4.5m
MID – Eden Hazard (captain) – Chelsea – £11.5m
MID – Santi Cazorla – Arsenal – £8.5m
MID – Nacer Chadli – Tottenham – £7.0m
MID – Ki Sung Yueng – Swansea – £5.5m
FW – Harry Kane – Tottenham – £9.5m
FW – Saido Bernahino – West Brom – £6.5m

 

Josh H. –

GK – Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea – £5.5m
DEF – Gary Cahill – Chelsea – £6.5m
DEF – Phil Jagielka – Everton – £5.5m
DEF – Nathan Baker – Aston Villa – £4.0m
DEF – Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea – £7.0m
MID – Aaron Ramsey – Arsenal – £8.5m
MID – David Silva – Manchester City – £10.0m
MID – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Arsenal – £6.0m
MID – Gylfi Sigurdsson – Swansea – £7.5m
FW – Christian Benteke – Liverpool – £8.5m
FW – Wayne Rooney (captain) – Manchester United – £10.5m

 

Mark –

GK – Simon Mignolet – Liverpool – £5.0m
DEF – Phil Jagielka – Everton – £5.5m
DEF – Nathaniel Clyne – Liverpool – £5.5m
DEF – Jose Fonte – Southampton – £5.5m
MID – Eden Hazard (captain) – Chelsea – £11.5m
MID – Juan Mata – Manchester United – £8.5m
MID – Jordan Henderson – Liverpool – £8.0m
MID – Nacer Chadli – Tottenham – £7.0m
FW – Harry Kane – Tottenham – £9.5m
FW – Wayne Rooney – Manchester United – £10.5m
FW – Graziano Pelle – £8.0m

 

Phillip –

GK – Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea – £5.5m
DEF – John Terry – Chelsea – £7.0m
DEF – Joleon Lescott – West Brom – £5.0m
DEF – Phil Jagielka – Everton – £5.5m
DEF – Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea – £7.0m
MID – Jordan Henderson – Liverpool – £8.0m
MID – Santi Cazorla – Arsenal – £8.5m
MID – Jack Colback – Newcastle – £5.5m
FW – Graziano Pelle – Southampton – £8.0m
FW – Harry Kane (captain) – Tottenham – £9.5m
FW – Aleksandar Mitrovic – Newcastle – £6.5m

 

As you can see, some players are more attractive than others. Notably Harry Kane, Santi Cazorla, Phil Jagielka and Eden Hazard seem to be popular picks. It’s going to be a great fantasy season so keep tuning in for our picks and have fun. Good luck.

About Phillip Bupp

News and soccer editor for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. I also do video highlight game coverage for Major League Soccer as well as a freelance writer for hire. Opinions are my own but feel free to agree with them. Follow me on Twitter and on Facebook @phillipbupp

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