Fantasy Premier League Rankings: Gameweek 1

Fantasy Premier League Rankings: Gameweek 1

This article is part of our Fantasy Premier League Rankings series.

We're back for another year of Fantasy Premier League player rankings, though they're a bit different this year because they'll be based on my weekly projections and converted into an index score. That score is not a fantasy-point projection but simply a way to measure the potential of one player versus everyone else (it's more like a median upside score than anything else).

Additionally, all players are projected to play 90 minutes, which obviously won't be the case because the Premier League still allows three substitutions per match. It is certainly possible to try to project substitutions, but injuries, red cards or general poor play can throw those expectations out very quickly. I am not against adding substitutes to the rankings (which would obviously affect the players they would be coming on for) in the future, but for now we'll stick with expected starters and see where they match up against each other if they all played 90 minutes.

The player projections begin with projecting team totals for all the relevant stats and then distributing them out to each player, so a change for one player affects everyone else on the team. For example, a Liverpool lineup with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane up front will project very differently than one with Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Or, for less dramatic affect, a Salah-Firmino-Mane front line would be different than a Salah-Origi-Mane one, so a question of "where would player x rank if he started?" requires one expected starter to change and then almost all the other starters would be affected one way or another.

The rankings will be updated throughout the week with any injuries or obvious playing time changes, and I'll be sure to include when the latest update was posted. Gameweek 1 is always very tough to project because teams don't use the same lineups during their pre-season matches and different managers have different opinions about players returning from international duty. But, we'll do our best and adjust when there's something worthy of adjustment.

As always, if you have any questions, suggestions or other feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below, contact me on Twitter or through our subscriber Discord chat.

MATCHES (EDT)

Note: all columns are sortable.

Originally posted at 10:50 a.m. on Sept. 10.

Overall RankPos RankPlayerTeamPosPricePts
11Mohamed SalahLIV v. LEEM£12.011.23
22Sadio ManeLIV v. LEEM£12.09.92
31Trent Alexander-ArnoldLIV v. LEED£7.59.66
41Timo WernerCHE at BHAF£9.58.83
53Son Heung-MinTOT v. EVEM£9.08.59
62Andrew RobertsonLIV v. LEED£7.08.40
74Pierre-Emerick AubameyangARS at FULM£12.08.21
85WillianARS at FULM£8.07.32
92Harry KaneTOT v. EVEF£10.57.31
103Marcos AlonsoCHE at BHAD£6.07.23
113Roberto FirminoLIV v. LEEF£9.57.21
121Alisson BeckerLIV v. LEEG£6.07.19
136Jarrod BowenWHU v. NEWM£6.56.91
144Virgil van DijkLIV v. LEED£6.56.82
154Michail AntonioWHU v. NEWF£6.56.78
165Matt DohertyTOT v. EVED£6.06.75
175Alexandre LacazetteARS at FULF£8.56.74
186Kelechi IheanachoLEI at WBAF£6.06.73
197Jamie VardyLEI at WBAF£10.06.59
207Mason MountCHE at BHAM£7.06.35
218Callum Hudson-OdoiCHE at BHAM£6.06.34
229Naby KeitaLIV v. LEEM£5.56.31
236Kieran TierneyARS at FULD£5.56.30
2410Harvey BarnesLEI at WBAM£7.06.13
257Reece JamesCHE at BHAD£5.06.10
268Timothy CastagneLEI at WBAD£5.56.08
2711Ayoze PerezLEI at WBAM£6.56.02
282Vicente GuaitaCRY v. SOUG£5.06.01
293Hugo LlorisTOT v. EVEG£5.56.01
308Neal MaupayBHA v. CHEF£6.55.94
3112Lucas MouraTOT v. EVEM£7.05.89
3213Diogo JotaWLV at SHUM£6.55.87
3314Allan Saint-MaximinNEW at WHUM£5.55.83
3415Leandro TrossardBHA v. CHEM£6.05.79
359Danny IngsSOU at CRYF£8.55.75
3616Bukayo SakaARS at FULM£5.55.74
3717Eberechi EzeCRY v. SOUM£6.05.72
389Enda StevensSHU v. WLVD£5.55.70
3910Raul JimenezWLV at SHUF£8.55.65
4010Joe GomezLIV v. LEED£5.55.62
4111Tyrick MitchellCRY v. SOUD£4.05.59
4218Jonjo ShelveyNEW at WHUM£5.55.55
434Rui PatricioWLV at SHUG£5.55.54
4412Ainsley Maitland-NilesARS at FULD£5.05.53
4519Neeskens KebanoFUL v. ARSM£5.05.49
4613James JustinLEI at WBAD£4.55.42
4714George BaldockSHU v. WLVD£5.55.42
4820James MilnerLIV v. LEEM£5.55.42
4921Matheus PereiraWBA v. LEIM£6.05.37
5015Toby AlderweireldTOT v. EVED£5.55.36
5116Aaron CresswellWHU v. NEWD£5.05.33
5222Giovani Lo CelsoTOT v. EVEM£7.05.33
535Aaron RamsdaleSHU v. WLVG£5.05.31
546Bernd LenoARS at FULG£5.05.28
557Alex McCarthySOU at CRYG£4.55.28
5617Eric DierTOT v. EVED£5.05.27
5723Grady DianganaWBA v. LEIM£5.55.25
5811Charlie AustinWBA v. LEIF£5.55.25
5918Ryan BertrandSOU at CRYD£5.05.22
6019Ben DaviesTOT v. EVED£5.05.22
6112Aleksandar MitrovicFUL v. ARSF£6.05.18
6220Sead KolasinacARS at FULD£5.05.18
6324Jeffrey SchluppCRY v. SOUM£5.55.16
648Kepa ArrizabalagaCHE at BHAG£5.05.16
6521Romain SaissWLV at SHUD£5.05.15
6613RicharlisonEVE at TOTF£8.05.15
6725Matt RitchieNEW at WHUM£5.05.14
6822Ruben VinagreWLV at SHUD£4.55.12
6923Lucas DigneEVE at TOTD£6.05.11
7026FabinhoLIV v. LEEM£5.55.11
719Kasper SchmeichelLEI at WBAG£5.55.08
7224Antonio RudigerCHE at BHAD£5.05.06
7327Tomas SoucekWHU v. NEWM£5.05.05
7428Moussa DjenepoSOU at CRYM£5.55.02
7514Che AdamsSOU at CRYF£6.04.99
7629Pablo FornalsWHU v. NEWM£6.54.97
7730Adama TraoreWLV at SHUM£6.54.95
7815Callum WilsonNEW at WHUF£6.54.94
7931Mark NobleWHU v. NEWM£5.04.92
8032Youri TielemansLEI at WBAM£6.54.91
8125Willy BolyWLV at SHUD£5.54.91
8216Dominic Calvert-LewinEVE at TOTF£7.04.89
8326Ryan FredericksWHU v. NEWD£4.54.89
8427Scott DannCRY v. SOUD£4.54.85
8528Jack O'ConnellSHU v. WLVD£5.04.83
8629Issa DiopWHU v. NEWD£4.54.82
8730GabrielARS at FULD£5.04.82
8831John EganSHU v. WLVD£5.04.80
8933John FleckSHU v. WLVM£6.04.79
9032Kyle Walker-PetersSOU at CRYD£4.54.77
9133Caglar SoyuncuLEI at WBAD£5.54.76
9234Nathan RedmondSOU at CRYM£6.54.75
9335Matthew PhillipsWBA v. LEIM£5.54.72
9436JorginhoCHE at BHAM£5.04.72
9537John LundstramSHU v. WLVM£5.54.71
9638Wilfried ZahaCRY v. SOUM£7.04.71
9734William SalibaARS at FULD£4.54.70
9835Chris BashamSHU v. WLVD£5.04.69
9939Andros TownsendCRY v. SOUM£6.04.67
10036Jamal LewisNEW at WHUD£4.54.65
10140N'Golo KanteCHE at BHAM£5.04.64
10217Jordan AyewCRY v. SOUF£6.04.64
10341James Ward-ProwseSOU at CRYM£6.04.60
10437Jan BednarekSOU at CRYD£4.54.60
10538Mohammed SalisuSOU at CRYD£4.54.59
10618Oliver McBurnieSHU v. WLVF£6.04.59
10739Conor CoadyWLV at SHUD£5.04.58
10840Kurt ZoumaCHE at BHAD£5.04.58
10941Federico FernandezNEW at WHUD£5.04.55
11042Joel WardCRY v. SOUD£4.54.55
11143Joe BryanFUL v. ARSD£5.04.53
11242Ruben Loftus-CheekCHE at BHAM£6.04.51
11344Tariq LampteyBHA v. CHED£4.54.49
11443Joao MoutinhoWLV at SHUM£5.54.48
11545Angelo OgbonnaWHU v. NEWD£5.04.47
11644Solomon MarchBHA v. CHEM£5.04.47
11745Miguel AlmironNEW at WHUM£6.04.47
11819David McGoldrickSHU v. WLVF£5.54.47
11910Lukasz FabianskiWHU v. NEWG£5.04.42
12046Dennis PraetLEI at WBAM£5.54.42
12147Pablo HernandezLEE at LIVM£6.04.41
12248Anthony KnockaertFUL v. ARSM£5.54.40
12346Darnell FurlongWBA v. LEID£4.54.33
12449Tom CairneyFUL v. ARSM£5.54.22
12547Yerry MinaEVE at TOTD£5.54.20
12620Patrick BamfordLEE at LIVF£5.54.17
12750Granit XhakaARS at FULM£5.54.12
12848Javier ManquilloNEW at WHUD£4.54.11
12921RodrigoLEE at LIVF£6.04.08
13051Moussa SissokoTOT v. EVEM£5.04.08
13149Jamaal LascellesNEW at WHUD£4.54.07
13252Ruben NevesWLV at SHUM£5.54.07
13353Oliver NorwoodSHU v. WLVM£5.04.05
13454Pierre-Emile HojbjergTOT v. EVEM£5.04.04
13550Semi AjayiWBA v. LEID£5.04.00
13655Alexis Mac AllisterBHA v. CHEM£5.54.00
13756Leander DendonckerWLV at SHUM£5.03.95
13851Conor TownsendWBA v. LEID£4.53.95
13952Seamus ColemanEVE at TOTD£5.03.95
14057Isaac HaydenNEW at WHUM£5.03.94
14153Ben WhiteBHA v. CHED£4.53.93
14258Declan RiceWHU v. NEWM£5.03.92
14322Bobby Decordova-ReidFUL v. ARSF£5.53.91
14454Kyle BartleyWBA v. LEID£4.53.90
14555Michael KeaneEVE at TOTD£5.03.89
14659Alex IwobiEVE at TOTM£6.03.89
14756Stuart DallasLEE at LIVD£4.53.87
14860James McArthurCRY v. SOUM£5.53.87
14957Dan BurnBHA v. CHED£4.53.85
15058Michael HectorFUL v. ARSD£4.53.84
15161Anthony GordonEVE at TOTM£4.53.79
15259Denis OdoiFUL v. ARSD-3.78
15362Yves BissoumaBHA v. CHEM£4.53.77
15463Jack HarrisonLEE at LIVM£5.53.74
15564AllanEVE at TOTM£5.53.71
15611Karl DarlowNEW at WHUG£5.03.69
15765Wilfred NdidiLEI at WBAM£5.03.68
15860Luke AylingLEE at LIVD£4.53.65
15966Jake LivermoreWBA v. LEIM£5.03.64
16067Cheikhou KouyateCRY v. SOUM£5.03.58
16168Oriol RomeuSOU at CRYM£4.53.57
16261Joel VeltmanBHA v. CHED£4.53.51
16362Tim ReamFUL v. ARSD£4.53.50
16463Barry DouglasLEE at LIVD£4.03.45
16569Dale StephensBHA v. CHEM£4.53.40
16670Romaine SawyersWBA v. LEIM£5.03.37
16771Kalvin PhillipsLEE at LIVM£5.03.35
16872Tom DaviesEVE at TOTM£5.53.30
16964Robin KochLEE at LIVD£4.53.18
17073Kevin McDonaldFUL v. ARSM£5.03.15
17165Liam CooperLEE at LIVD£4.53.11
17212Jordan PickfordEVE at TOTG£5.03.09
17313Marek RodakFUL v. ARSG£4.53.03
17414Sam JohnstoneWBA v. LEIG£4.52.96
17515Mathew RyanBHA v. CHEG£4.52.41
17616Kiko CasillaLEE at LIVG£4.50.34

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