In the last couple of seasons, there has been a running joke about Chelsea FC -- that you could field a squad of former players and loanees almost as good as the actual squad.
We decided to put that to the test. It was harder than it seemed it would be.
Filling out an entire squad proved difficult since many former players are not currently in the Premier League and, therefore, not in FPL. Nathaniel Chalobah of Watford would be a sixth midfielder, if FPL allowed for it. And it seems like Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be at least one loanee before the summer is over.
If they were in FPL and not the Championship, Daniel Sturridge and John Terry would have helped to fill out the squad. As it stands, they were unavailable.
Those are the players who couldn't be added. What about the ones who could?
GOALKEEPERS: You could do worse in FPL than Petr Cech and Asmir Begovic. Of course, in the upcoming season, Begovic will likely play more than Cech.
DEFENDERS: You would score some FPL points with Nathan Ake, Patrick van Aanholt, and Ryan Bertrand. In fact, most of you reading will probably own one of these guys.
MIDFIELDERS: You don't like the lack of club diversity here, so maybe you would transfer in Chalobah instead. It all starts with Mo Salah. Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic aren't great for FPL; you might actually get more from the Newcastle pair instead.
FORWARDS: Romelu Lukaku joins Mo Salah as the core of your FPL squad. Dominic Solanke won't play too much again this year, but he has upside. He would be a great third striker -- if we can find a second striker.
This is, of course, all in fun. Now that FPL prices are set, we get to have fun with creating all kinds of mock FPL lineups until the season starts. Who knows? Maybe we will come up with more in the few weeks that remain until then.