Fantasy Football tips and features for the new Premier League season

Last Updated August 17 2017, 16:55Football
Alexandre Lacazette
Alexandre Lacazette

Sky Sports Fantasy Football is back for the 2017/18 Premier League season.

The new Sky Sports Fantasy Football game allows you to schedule a captain for every single day of Premier League action, while there's an easier-to-use transfer system and two windows for you to overhaul your team.

The points system has also been tweaked to ensure players are appropriately rewarded for their performances, with goalkeepers and defenders no longer penalised for the first goal conceded.

Bookmark this story for top Sky Sports Fantasy Football features as they are published ahead of the new Premier League season and details of the Sporting Life League.

Matt Le Tissier's XI

Matt Le Tissier has provided us with his Sky Sports Fantasy Football team for the season, backing Alvaro Morata to shine in his debut Premier League campaign.

The Spaniard, who has big boots to fill in replacing Diego Costa as Chelsea's main striker, missed a penalty in Sunday's Community Shield shoot-out with Arsenal after starting from the bench.

Le Tissier is also expecting the world's most expensive defender Benjamin Mendy to settle in at Manchester City, while backing Paul Pogba and Vincent Kompany to enjoy big campaigns and, unsurprisingly, selecting four Southampton players.

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Why don't you want me?

Amee Ruszkai looks at which Premier League players are failing to attract the attention of Sky Sports Fantasy Football bosses.

The likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Mohamed Salah are some of the most selected players ahead of the start of the season, despite being unproven in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, plenty of high-scoring regulars in the game are being neglected, making up a star-studded underappreciated XI...

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Sporting Life League

You can pick your team of the best Premier League stars and the Sporting Life League gives you the chance to win fantastic prizes for ending the season at the summit.

A PlayStation 4, a copy of the FIFA 18 game and four tickets to a Sky Bet EFL match of your choice are the prizes if you fight off the competition to be the top Sky Sports Fantasy Football manager in the Sporting Life League.

You can take your place in the Sporting Life League by clicking on the join a league button and using 8300572 as the league PIN.

The Sporting Life League is starting from scratch this season so you will need to enter again if you enjoyed the battle for supremacy last term.

Popular players

Amee Ruszkai looks at which players are proving popular so far in Sky Sports Fantasy Football.

With under a fortnight until the Premier League returns, we look at which players are proving most popular so far in Sky Sports Fantasy Football.

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Wonderkids

Ross Williams and Matt Temple-Marsh pick out this season's rising stars in Sky Sports Fantasy Football.

With the return of Premier League football just around the corner, there is a new generation of emerging talent waiting for their chance to shine.

Finding a player who can match the meteoric rise of Dele Alli is one of the most rewarding challenges facing Sky Sports Fantasy Football managers this summer, with value to be had from breakthrough starlets.

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Superstars

Amee Ruszkai considers how valuable the world’s most sought-after players would be in the new season of Sky Sports Fantasy Football.

Sky Sports Fantasy Football have provided us with their projected valuations based on how they would price players if they moved to England.

Harry Kane is currently Fantasy Football's most expensive player at £12.9million but he would be trumped by four global superstars, including PSG's £195million target Neymar.

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Harry Kane celebrates
Harry Kane celebrates

Bargain buys

Amee Ruszkai picks out seven players who could defy their modest Sky Sports Fantasy Football valuations this season.

Every season there are players who perform beyond their price tag - Tom Heaton and Josh King last season, for example - allowing cash to be splashed on adding the likes Harry Kane or Eden Hazard to your team.

With last term’s stars having seen their in-game value rise, here are some players for the new campaign who have the ability to be the next crop of bargains in Sky Sports Fantasy Football...

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City's new signings

Matt Temple-Marsh looks at which of Manchester City's summer signings are worth considering for Sky Sports Fantasy Football.

As they move beyond the £200million spending mark with the acquisition of Benjamin Mendy, we look at which of Manchester City's signings are worth considering for your Sky Sports Fantasy Football team...

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Alvaro Morata: Hit or miss?

Alvaro Morata's move to Chelsea followed the trend being set by the Premier League's elite this summer - big money moves for big name strikers.

The former Juventus and Real Madrid striker arrives looking to fill the boots of Diego Costa, who is set to move on after being deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge...

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Champion tips

The reigning Sky Sports Fantasy Football champion provides us with five tips to run a winning team.

Dan Cox scooped the £25,000 jackpot last season as his side 'The Chosen One' topped the overall charts, seeing off almost a million other teams in the process.

As the last eight Premier League champions have found out, defending the title is no easy feat, but Cox believes following these steps are key to Fantasy Football dominance...

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Huddersfield Town scout report

Ross Williams looks at which of Huddersfield's summer signings could set be make a big impact in Sky Sports Fantasy Football.

David Wagner has wasted little time in getting his newly-promoted Huddersfield Town side prepared for life in the Premier League.

The new campaign is still a month away, but the Terriers have already brought in 10 new recruits for pre-season action...

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David Wagner
David Wagner

Trippier or Walker?

Matthew Temple-Marsh looks at whether Kieran Trippier now offers more appeal than Kyle Walker for Sky Sports Fantasy Football managers.

Walker was the first-choice right-back for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, starting 31 Premier League games last season, until Trippier stole his place at the back end of the campaign, starting in key clashes against Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

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Rooney's return

Our Amee Ruszkai explains why ignoring Wayne Rooney would be a huge mistake for Fantasy Football bosses.

Wayne Rooney's return to boyhood club Everton is one of the stories of the transfer window, but prepare to be proven wrong if you think the move was purely a nostalgic one.

Thirteen years after leaving, Ronald Koeman has brought Rooney back to help replace the goals of Romelu Lukaku, who has moved in the other direction to instantly become a Sky Sports Fantasy Football favourite.

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New signings

Amee Ruszkai looks at the prospects of some of the new arrivals to the Premier League.

While a lot of English talent has been on the move, clubs have also turned their attention to foreign imports and brought in some of the biggest names in Europe.

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Top players

Harry Kane has been priced up as the most expensive player in the game at £12.9million after landing the Golden Boot for a second successive campaign, closely followed by Sergio Aguero (£12.8million) and Alexis Sanchez (£12.7million).

Here's a look at who Sky Sports Fantasy Football rate as the most prized assets in the Premier League...

Goalkeeper

Thibaut Courtois goes into the new campaign as the most valuable goalkeeper in Sky Sports Fantasy Football. The Chelsea shot stopper is valued at £8million, alongside Man Utd's David De Gea. However, the Belgian edges De Gea due to his league-leading fantasy points total of 161 last term.

Defenders

After a 2016/17 season that contained 16 clean sheets, champions Chelsea make up the majority of the most valuable back four, with David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta getting the nod. The latter is the most expensive member of the trio at £10.3million after being the only player to start in every single game during their title-winning campaign.

Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld completes the defence. The Belgium international looks well worthy of his £10.1million value after helping Spurs concede less goals than any other side.

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Midfielders

The most valuable midfield in Sky Sports Fantasy Football has representatives from across last season's top four. Eden Hazard retains his spot as one of the game's most expensive acquisitions after a 16-goal performance for the Blues last campaign. Meanwhile, Spurs' Dele Alli - 2016/17's highest-scoring fantasy midfielder - is available for £11.6million.

Liverpool's solitary member of the most valuable XI, Philippe Coutinho, can be added to your fantasy outfit for £11.3million after contributing 13 goals and seven assists to the Reds' top-four push last season.

Man City's Kevin De Bruyne is the final piece of the most valuable midfield in 2017/18. The £11.5million man earns his hefty price tag thanks to his 18 assists for Pep Guardiola's side last season - three more than any other Premier League player.

Forwards

The most valuable strike partnership in Sky Sports Fantasy Football throws up a combination of the Premier League's top goal scorer and a man who has scored an exceptional 122 times in his Premier League career.

After netting on 29 occasions in 2016/17, it's hardly surprising that Spurs' frontman Harry Kane is valued at £12.9million going into the new season. The England international just edges former Premier League Golden Boot winner Sergio Aguero, who is available for £12.8million, with last season's top points scorer, Alexis Sanchez, just missing out.

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