FLC Gameweek 1 – Pick, Risk, Avoid

We kick off the FLC season with a great bit of insight into who you should pick, risk and avoid from the second division of English football. Our scout has been hard at work, so take note!

Pick

Glenn Loovens – Excluding Newcastle and Brighton, Sheffield Wednesday had the least compromising defence in the FLC last season, conceding on average less than a goal per game. Leading that defence, and team, was Dutchman Glenn Loovens. As a stalwart in the side and a guaranteed starter, he will be sure to score you plenty of clean sheet points from the off.

Ruben Neves – Wolves have decided this Portuguese 20-year-old is worth £15.8m – a club record fee. Neves is a full international and has been a regular at Portuguese giants FC Porto for the last two seasons. If he’s able to get time on the ball, he will be lethal and could be the extra force Wolves need to get back to the EPL

Chris Wood – Chris Wood has been around for what seems forever now. But last season the man from New Zealand really hit a purple patch and managed to bag himself 27 goals with Leeds United. Wood has been a dependable forward throughout his career and as he moves into his prime, I’m sure he’ll be looking to lead the Yorkshire club back into the big time.

Risk

John Terry – We all know what John Terry brings to a football team: Leadership, Commitment, and an uncompromising attitude. But will the former Chelsea man score you points? If he is a permanent fixture in the Aston Villa side, there is no doubt he will be keeping clean sheets and may chip in with the odd goal, but if the likes of James Chester and Christopher Samba keep him out of the starting XI, he could be a very expensive sub

Ryan Mason – Mason incurred a serious head injury towards the end of last season with Hull, some said it was life-threatening, but the midfielder has made a remarkable comeback and is currently in full training. If Mason retains all his attributes from before the incident, he will be a cut above most of his competition, but we must first see if the injury has affected his form.

Tom Huddlestone – Huddlestone has returned to the place where it all began for him. After showing bags of potential as a youngster at Tottenham, the 30-year-old moved to Hull City where his career plateaued. Now, the former tiger is sure to be one of the stars of this season’s FLC, but his disciplinary record is atrocious. Will he be able to stay on the field every game?

Avoid

Jack Grealish – Grealish is one of England’s up-and-coming stars, but the 21-year-old has had an unfortunate setback in pre-season. After taking a blow to the torso from Tom Cleverley, Grealish is expected to be out for around three to six months. The Villa man, therefore, is not one to have in your XI until around Christmas time.

Patrick Bamford – After his breakthrough season in 15/16, Bamford struggled to get game time in the EPL last year. Middlesbrough being relegated could have been a blessing in disguise for the 23-year-old forward, but he now also has to contend with two new forward signings in Britt Assombalonga and Martin Braithwaite, each of whom has been signed for a significant fee. It could be a tough season for the former Chelsea youngster.

Matt Mills – Everyone knows a fragile defence can be undoing of any fantasy football campaign. Therefore, we suggest you avoid Matt Mills of Nottingham Forest (no offence, Matt). The team shipped over 1.5 goals per game last year, higher than everyone except Rotherham. Also, you should probably think very closely about selecting any Forest defender unless they reinforce their backline before the end of the transfer window.

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