I just asked Andy Robertson if he’s completed his FPL team yet. He said, “I haven’t yet James.” I said, “Well you better Andy, because the Premier League starts on Saturday.” He said, “I know James.” I said, “Well make sure you don’t miss the deadline Andy.” He said, “Thanks James.” I said, “No worries Andy, do you want to see my current FPL draft for GW1?” He said, “Yeah, that would be good James.” I said, “Ok Andy, here it is.”


I’ve always said that goalkeepers are a lot like teabags and what you want from teabags is reliability and consistency and that’s exactly what you want from your FPL goalkeeper. That’s why I picked Alex McCarthy (£4.5m). Southampton have got favourable fixtures in the early weeks of the season and they ended the last campaign well. It was between him and Mat Ryan (£4.5m) for my starting spot in the sticks but McCarthy just pips Ryan because of that first fixture. I’ve gone with David Button (£4.0m) as my back-up goalkeeper to save some money as I intend to set and forget my goalkeeper for most of the season.


I think I’ll have Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) and Virgil Van Dijk (£6.5m) in my side for the whole season if they don’t get injured. They’re both really good at defending and they’re both really dangerous going forward. That’s why they are good FPL players and that’s why I’ve picked them. Elsewhere in my defence, I’m forced to save some money because my two Liverpool teammates are so expensive. That’s why Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.5m) and James Justin (£4.5m) are in. Both are attacking defenders so could nick an assist or two and should play most games given the pair's versatility to play on either flank. Jordan Henderson once described me as versatile because I had Yorkshire tea for breakfast and PG tips for my mid-morning tea. Good times. Lastly, I’ve chosen Tyrick Mitchell (£4.0m) as he is potentially one of the few £4.0m defenders who will play a lot of games this season.

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