2. Gabriel (19.2% ownership – £5.0m)
Centrebacks get a difficult rep in FPL for some reason. However, Gabriel is a proven safe choice.
Arsenal have added some more reinforcements to their defence, but Gabriel’s position is nailed on week in, week out. Further, the opening fixtures are kind to Arsenal, so the chance of Gabriel picking up clean sheet bonuses makes him worth having in your team.
Let’s not forget, Gabriel is a very tall player and is capable of being a threat in set pieces. Last season, the Brazil centre back scored three goals, which is great for a centre back.
Another reason why Gabriel is a solid addition is that he is very sensible. It’s very rare that he gives fouls away and last season, he only picked up five yellow cards and zero red cards. Further, he has an expected goal involvement per 90 minutes of 0.15, which is impressive again for a centre back.