LaLiga fantasy picks for the opening weekend of the season in Spain

LaLiga returns this Friday night when Atheltic Bilbao welcome the reigning champions to San Mames.

Will anyone be able to stop Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez and co from winning Barcelona’s third successive Spanish league title?

As always, we’ve taken a look at the fixtures from a LaLiga fantasy football viewpoint to help you with your picks for the first weekend of the season.

Have a read and see if any tips stick out which might suit your fantasy LaLiga team this weekend.

Goalkeeper – Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) – 11.0 million

Jan Oblak has been one of the best goalkeepers in the world for a few years now and he should continue to dominate the points

Defender – Felipe (Atletico Madrid) – 5.5 million

Felipe joined Atletico Madrid from FC Porto this summer. The 30-year-old Brazilian centre-back will be tasked with filling the shoes of Diego Godin who departed for Inter Milan in Serie A.

Defender – Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal) – 5.5 million

Former Everton defender Funes Mori should be looking for a clean sheet against Granada this weekend with his current side Villarreal.

Defender – Daniel Carrico (Sevilla) – 4.5 million

Daniel Carrico is a solid option in defence at a budget price of just 4.5 million.

Defender – Raul Albiol (Villarreal) – 7.0 million

Veteran defender Raul Albiol returns to LaLiga this season after six years with Napoli in Serie A. Albiol is a good pick for the defence this weekend as Villarreal play at home to Granada in their opening game.

Midfielder – Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) – 14.0 million

You’ve got to have Eden Hazard in your team, don’t you?

Midfielder – Nabil Fekir (Real Betis) – 10.0 million

Signed from Lyon in Ligue 1 this summer, Nabil Fekir could be one of the best attacking-midfielders in LaLiga this season.

Midfielder – William Carvalho (Real Betis) – 4.5 million

Portuguese powerhouse William Carvalho starts his second season at Real Betis and is a good budget-priced player to get.

Midfielder – Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid) – 3.5 million

Marcos Llorente joined from Atleti’s arch-rivals Real Madrid this summer and is a steal at just 3.5 million.

Forward – Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) – 12.5 million

French international Antoine Griezmann finally signed for Barcelona this summer, leaving Atletico Madrid after five years at the club.

Forward – Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 20.0 million

He may be 32 now, but Lionel Messi is still the best player on the planet. Messi will want to get off to a winning start against Athletic Bilbao on Friday night.

Team in full (4-4-2): Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid); Felipe (Atletico Madrid), Funes Mori (Villarreal), Daniel Carrico (Sevilla), Raul Albiol (Villarreal); Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Nabil Fekir (Real Betis), William Carvalho (Real Betis), Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid); Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Total cost: 98.0 million


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