Fantasy Premier League tips: Fantasy Football players to avoid in FPL 2019/20

Fantasy Premier League fun and games have almost returned – but don't get caught out by these players in FPL 2019/20

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Fantasy Premier League is back with a host of superstars ready to help you laud it over your mates – and several traps set to draw you in.

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A high points total or tantalising price tag may be enough to sway you into signing a dud, but who should you avoid?

In some cases, the player may not be a bad one, simply poor value for money.

RadioTimes.com has rounded up some of the Fantasy Premier League players you should avoid in 2019/20.

Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – £9.5m

It’s a shame that such a talent is so accustomed to warming the bench, but don’t be deceived – Jesus simply won’t play.

He has played 3328 minutes of Premier League football during his three years at City. The maximum time any player can rack up in a single campaign is 3420 minutes.

Jesus’ combined points total over the equivalent of a full season stands at a staggering 272 points. For perspective, Mohamed Salah was the top point-scorer last season with 259pts.

The allure of the City striker is obvious, but don’t fall for it. He only started eight games in 2018/19.

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – £9.5m

It’s hard to justify splashing out the third-highest price for a forward on a team’s third-top goalscorer.

Firmino is a crucial cog in the Liverpool machine, but he will always be outscored by Salah and Sadio Mane.

He will bring in consistently good totals across a whole season with an average of just under 170 points, but other strikers will come close to that figure for a lower cost, with the extra money able to be invested in premium defensive stars like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson who are capable of putting up 200pt+ seasons.

Matt Doherty (Wolves) – £6.0m

The fun is over, ladies and gentlemen.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Matt Doherty were the must-have signings of 2018/19, given their low price tags and huge rewards.

The Wolves full-back now faces the extra workload of Europa League football and the burden of a high FPL price tag.

Toby Alderweireld & Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) – £5.5m

Spurs’ defensive duo are among the very best defenders in the league, but they remain poor options in Fantasy Premier League.

They recorded a combined 18 clean sheets last season but only managed one goal between them, with zero assists.

Vertonghen was hampered by injury for a long spell, but even scaled up, there are much better options around the £5.5m mark.

Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – £11.5m

For now…

The Liverpool man was still playing into July due to the Africa Cup of Nations and is not expected to return to full match fitness for another month.

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Mane will be a terrific option once he hits top gear, but don’t go anywhere near him for the opening five or six games.