Premier League Fixture Difficulty Tracker: Gameweeks 1-5

Teams to target

It’s early days to suggest streaming targets…mainly because we haven’t even drafted yet. However, if you have a similar draft strategy to myself and leave your defenders until the end, this information could be absolutely crucial in knowing which defenders to target in those last few rounds.

You may also wish to target those mid range assets who may get off to a hot start in order to trade high on them before their form dips (Teemu Pukki, welcome back!).

A combination of their late season form from last season and their comparatively kind set of early fixtures sees Brighton as one of those teams to target. Dynamic full backs Solly March and Tariq Lamptey will probably see their draft value fall due to season ending injuries, much further down than their performances of 2020/21 will deserve. Dan Burn is always worth a stream while the likes of Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard will probably assets that are taking in the first half of the draft this season.

Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton also enjoy favorable starts, facing only one of last season’s top four between them in the first five. The Reds won’t have too many streaming options but the pragmatic Rafa Benitez’s arrival should see their defence tighten up. The likes of Michael Keane and now Fantrax defender Ben Godfrey should be worth a late pick. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s role in this Everton side will be very interesting to see.

Teams to avoid

The end of last season was a memorable one for Chelsea but the start of this one promises to be a challenging one for the European champions. Thomas Tuchel’s first Premier League opening sees his side face tough games against Arsenal, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Tottenham among the opening five.

At the other end of the scale, Southampton’s season ending was a torrid one last time round as they put in several displays that, in truth, belonged in the Championship. Everton, Manchester United and Manchester City provide tough opposition with an away trip against the champions promising to be a tough end to a nasty first five outings.

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