Which Burnley players to pick and which to avoid in Fantasy Premier League?
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When setting up a Fantasy Premier League team, owners will rarely choose a Burnley player because they want to.

Instead, teams will be forced into selecting a Clarets man due to their low prices when teams have a couple of spaces to fill and not a lot of budget left.

This season should be different, so here are three players from Turf Moor you should be picking, and two players you should be avoiding.

SELECT Nick Pope (£5.5m)

It is kind of an obvious start.

Nick Pope has consistently been one of the Premier League’s most consistent performers, with his points tally on FPL matching his form.

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Last season, his tally of 144 points was the fifth highest in the division, despite Burnley’s 17th placed finish.

That included 11 clean sheets too and he will likely be aiming for around that number again, if not more, to re-insert himself back into the reckoning for England selection.

He is the Lancashire side’s most selected player at this point, with more than 5% of teams choosing Pope in their squad.

At £5.5 million, he is not a cheap option for a goalkeeper but he will repay you with a high number of points, making him a definite buy.

AVOID Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.5m)

Since his arrival at Turf Moor, Johann Berg Gudmundsson has been a solid performer.

His best season, in FPL points and goal involvements-wise, was 2017/18 with two goals and nine assists and 117 points.

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But, since then, he has regressed as injuries have taken over his career in the past couple of seasons, playing in just 34 games across that time.

If, and a big if, Burnley are to sign a new wide midfielder then Gudmundsson’s statistics will fall even more, after just two goals and no assists in the last campaign.

50 points last season, and potentially even less this, stay away from the Iceland veteran.

SELECT Josh Brownhill (£4.5m)

It wasn’t a particularly fruitful campaign for Josh Brownhill last season, just 74 points from 33 games.

Zero goals and just the one assist in that time doesn’t make him the most attractive of options if you look at his previous seasons.

However, the other midfield options available to Sean Dyche are not the youngest, meaning the burden will be on Brownhill to join in with the attack.

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He is a fantastic passer of the ball so assists are bound to come, whether he is playing in his preferred central position or if he is utilised as a wide player.

And, if he is around the box, the emphasis will be on him to score a few goals too, netting in pre-season but yet to score his first league goal for the club.

It’s a gamble, but worth the risk.

AVOID Ashley Barnes (£5.5m)

Ashley Barnes was a solid choice for fantasy football teams in seasons gone by, scoring a good number of goals at a relatively low price.

However, he has regressed slowly over the past couple of seasons as injuries have caught up to him, restricting his playing time.

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He scored just three times last season and, with the performances of Matej Vydra in his absence last season and Jay Rodriguez in pre-season, Barnes’ playing time is likely to be limited this season.

It is probably best to look elsewhere if you are looking for a bargain striker to earn you some unexpected points.

SELECT Chris Wood (£7m)

It may be an obvious choice but Chris Wood is probably the Burnley player that should be most selected this season.

Just six points worse off than his goalkeeper last season, Wood finished the season strongly, earning many of his 138 points in the latter stages of the campaign.

He is coming off the back of a successful Olympic Games with New Zealand and has had 100 or more points in each of his four seasons in Lancashire.

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Wood will be a threat in the box with Dwight McNeil whipping delightful balls into him as his game matures, and the Kiwi has also shown his ability to create chances for himself with his exceptional work-rate.

For a striker guaranteed to get you at least 10 goals, a few assists and has a good disciplinary record, it should be a no-brainer that you select Wood for your team at his relatively cheap £7m price tag.

The first deadline for Fantasy Premier League is Friday, August 13 at 6:30pm, ahead of Brentford vs Arsenal.

Burnley get their Premier League campaign underway against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, August 14 at 3pm at Turf Moor.

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