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The Numbers Game – Budget Midfielders

Filed under: Members - Posted by: Paul

Starting the season priced at just 4.5 in Fantasy Premier League (FPL), Raheem Sterling quickly cemented his place in many a five man midfield thanks to a consistency of game time under new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. Handed a first-team chance in Gameweek 2, the winger rose steadily in price to 5.7 as the bandwagon showed little sign of slowing down but a run of 16 consecutive starts was brought to an end in Gameweek 18, with Rodgers citing signs of fatigue in the youngster’s play:

With the arrival of Daniel Sturridge added to Fabio Borini’s return from injury, the attacking options are increasing for the Merseysiders – having started just three of the last six, Sterling’s owners are starting to get twitchy. He’s now dropped in price to 5.5 but, with a 17% ownership, remains the most popular sub 6.0 midfield option in the FPL game at present. As winter wildcards continue to be flourished, we take a look at the upcoming six Gameweeks and, in accordance with our Rate My Team projections, analyse the likely protagonists for those Fantasy managers eyeing up a potential transfer out…

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  1. a. Neville, Nastasic, Gibbs

    b. Guthrie, Azpilicueta, (either Nasty or Gibbs)

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
    1. A but Neville ---> Redknapp 😉

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
  2. I'm in my first season of FF and so far I thinking Im doing alright (in top 50K).

    I just wondered do other players try to plan the season out from the start of the season (i.e. with transfers, looking at fixtures / player combos)?

    I currently don't do this myself, but wondered if this would help improve my rank next year. If not plan the season out, how far ahead GW wise do you plan?

    Cheers

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
    1. No you cant predict injuries

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
      1. I'm finding I spend far too many transfers messing about sorting out my defenders, when I think if I planned properly from the start I wouldn't have to do this?

        • 3 years, 15 days ago
    2. It's my first season too, and to be honest, I think planning out the whole season won't work, the closest thing you can do to that is choosing your GKs based on fixture rotation

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
    3. 4-5 weeks ahead is what I plan, and even that hardly ever works in reality.

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
    4. No planning goes out the window as form dictates who people pick last year for example Dempsey was top scoring mid, this year he is nowhere to be seen, no one would have predicted Fellaini's explosive returns going off previous seasons. Start with a team your fairly confident will start well and then adapt it getting in consistent performers.

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
      1. I started my team this year with proven performers like Gerrard, Lamps and Tevez. So it started well, just recently now past the half way mark of the season, I'm planning about 4 changes to my defence in the next 5 GWs, but this seems wrong as most of my DF are cheap and unlikely to score mega points. I feel at this stage I should concentrate transfers on the players likely to make a difference (i.e mids and forw).

        • 3 years, 15 days ago
        1. The thing is never take a hit for a defender you need a clean sheet to break even, teams fixtures change all the time and clubs have good/bad fixtures at different times of the year Liverpools next 2 games are a great example Arsenal/City from a defensive point of view not ideal but after that fixtures are great, best thing to do is to analyse the next 6 ticker on the homepage, this way you can see who has decent fixtures coming up, when making transfers think long term, taking out Van Persie for example because United play Chelsea would be a silly move because you would only want him back. So to summarise check the ticker compare players in your team to the difficulty of maybe the next 4-6 gameweeks and look at how you can improve your team, don't take anyone out you would only want back straight after a difficult fixture.

          • 3 years, 15 days ago
          1. Thanks, think this answers my question to Jonah below. The answer being stick with Suarez, as I would want him back in a few games time!

            • 3 years, 15 days ago
            1. Yes I would stick for sure for now it's always easier to downgrade than to upgrade players

              • 3 years, 15 days ago
    5. I don't plan too far ahead. Maybe 5 games max. I've found I try and see long term plans through when I really should be doing something else.

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
    6. What's planning? :)

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
    7. Very complicated answer: Let me address it in stages:

      a) There's never any point planning beyond your next wildcard, so you're never EVER looking more than half a season ahead.

      b) Every manager with half a brain comes up with a plan about when they may use their wildcard at the start of the season; this then affects the players you pick at the start. If you know you're going to use it when your team is at its lowest, you can pick some more punty players at the start.

      c) You should be planning ahead with things like budget defender rotation, always. You really don't want to be spending transfers on cheap players and defenders; the way to maximise your potential is to shuffle around the big players as they have good fixtures etc. I have got this wrong this year, no question.

      d) Normally I plan a lng way ahead in terms of when I;m going to GET RID of people; i.e. Bale has great fixtures over the next 10, I'll get him in for that run, forget about him and assess him at the end. Deciding who you;re going to transfer in in 10 gameweeks time is far harder.

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
      1. Thanks, thats REALLY helpful, I suppose its all down to how seriously you want to take it. Its certainly given me something to think about.

        Funnily enough Caz > Bale is going to be my transfer this week, just waiting to see if any injury from FA cup action and if his price drops, as I've seen a few comments on here about it might be on the cards.

        Whilst I have you attention, would you recommend swapping out Suarez > Aguero for a hit this week. Or stick rather than twist?

        • 3 years, 15 days ago
        1. The logical decision would be not to do that transfer for a hit, you're giving away an entire goal.

          • 3 years, 15 days ago
  3. No Liverpool cover for me in my WC team. Thinking about getting both Suarez and Sturridge when they play WBA,SWA,wig.

    Currently have RVP Aguero Fletcher up front

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
    1. Good luck man.

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
    2. It might work but QPR have been resolute the past few games, I think that match would be harder for City than people think.

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
  4. Is there any live fa cup on uk telly today?

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
    1. We get 3 games in Australia from ESPN. :)

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
      1. Got a feeling its on Espn here too but I don't have it anymore. Too expensive considering the small amount of games it shows here.

        • 3 years, 15 days ago
        1. Have you sorted your wc out yet tm?

          • 3 years, 15 days ago
          1. No chance. Just playing the market unless the final days.

            • 3 years, 15 days ago
            1. What's your thoughts on aguero? Are you getting him?

              • 3 years, 15 days ago
              1. My team value isn't great for starters. QPR have tightened up so possibly not. Will look into it next week.

                • 3 years, 15 days ago
    2. ESPN for United v Fulham, looks like Stoke v City is on ITV though. Might be more, can't find it though.

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
      1. We get those 2 plus the Arsenal game in Oz on ESPN. :)

        • 3 years, 15 days ago
        1. Ha, nice. Lucky Aussies!

          • 3 years, 15 days ago
        • 3 years, 15 days ago
    3. Both Manc games are on

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
      1. Just found it. Didn't realise itv had it. City then Liverpool later. Nice one

        • 3 years, 15 days ago
        1. Liverpool tomorrow

          • 3 years, 15 days ago
  5. is doubling up on suarez+sturridge too much?

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
    1. I think so.

      I have a similar dilemma - is Gerrard+Studge too much?

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
      1. I like this but Gerrard maybe playing a bit too deep in the new formation. Sturridge/Suarez from GW26 looks very good.

        • 3 years, 15 days ago
        1. Food for thought, guess I'll sit tight and see how they play next week.

          Thanks

          • 3 years, 15 days ago
        2. I think that was just cause Allen was rested

          • 3 years, 15 days ago
      2. HVT

        1 Liverpool is enough- not enough consistency there , spread the love.

        • 3 years, 15 days ago
    2. HVT

      IMO yes , Rvp Suar/aguero and fletch for me

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
    3. Not if you bring you plenty of points.

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
      1. they*

        • 3 years, 15 days ago
        • 3 years, 15 days ago
    4. Yes, considering they have no game in GW 27

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
      1. deep intake of breath.. forgot about that :O

        • 3 years, 15 days ago
    5. For now yes. Check the situation again after city/ars games.

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
  6. Not like anyone of you watch tennis... but AUSTRALIAN OPEN FINALS!

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
    1. I don't always watch tennis but when I do...I WATCH DUH FINALS! (Sry I had to say it just for the LOLZ)

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
    2. How can we miss watching Team GB's Murray in the finals!

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
        • 3 years, 15 days ago
        1. Its LI NA!!!

          • 3 years, 15 days ago
          1. HAHHA!

            OH MY!!!

            IM SUCH A DISGRACE TO CHINAAAAa!

            • 3 years, 15 days ago
            1. FKKKK DONT GET INJURED LINA!

              CHINA hAVE HIGH HOPES FOR U!

              • 3 years, 15 days ago
                • 3 years, 15 days ago
                1. ouch... that must have hurt hope shes fine O.o

                  • 3 years, 15 days ago
  7. Good afternoon,
    Looks good for this GW? Team/Subs in order?

    Bego
    Zaba, Azi, Evra
    Bale (vc), Mata, Walcott, Afro
    RVP (C), Podolski, Lambert

    Subs: Fed, Noble, Cameron, Demel

    I got 0.6 in the bank and one FT but just cant see anyway for improvement this GW unless I take a hit. Any opinions guys?

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
    1. Save your FT

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
      1. Yeah, I wanted to do Lambert > Fletcher but was 0.1 short so decided against... 2FT next week could come very handy!

        • 3 years, 15 days ago
  8. Newcastle should just be called Uni du Newcastle

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
    1. The new French guys will get a shock when they meet the Geordie slappers 😉

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
    2. Clubs should base their name on the players they've purchased recently?

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
      1. So "Aston Villa are Shit FC" ? 😉

        • 3 years, 15 days ago
        1. We haven't bought anyone recently. 😎

          • 3 years, 15 days ago
          1. Not a AVFC fan but I hope they stay up.

            • 3 years, 15 days ago
          2. True, but the name still works 😉

            • 3 years, 15 days ago
    3. Do you ever speak sense?

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
      1. More than you

        • 3 years, 15 days ago
  9. Hey i was wondering what you thought of this wildcard

    Mata, punch, Walcott, Mich, Fellani

    Van P, stuttridge, Ba

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
    1. Good team but be ready to bench Ba when necessary

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
  10. cant decide between studge and suarez. team is currently

    migs/jussi
    zabs/ azpil / cameron / clyne / davies
    michu / walcott / mata / fellaini / guthrie
    rvp / suarez / fletcher

    selling suarez for studge would let me upgrade guthrie to punch and strengthen 1 defender. on wc - what you think?

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
    1. I like it fletcher is in some good form right now.

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
    2. I think you can't go wrong with either of them, will score similar points I think

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
      1. ty guys. thats my quandry 0 if they do get similar points studge ould be better as could have better bench strength

        • 3 years, 15 days ago
  11. Planning to WC after this GW? Santi -> Fellaini with my FT sounds good? Have Walcott. Any other good one week punts? Berbatov -> Fletcher?

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
    1. All good.

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
      1. Which is better only for this GW? Berbs -> Fletcher or Santi -> Afro. Thanks

        • 3 years, 15 days ago
        1. Berbs to Fletcher I think.

          Santi could easily do some damage.

          • 3 years, 15 days ago
          1. hmm, my thinking too.Should have done it yesterday before his price rise. Thanks.

            • 3 years, 15 days ago
  12. Anyone here heard what happened to Messi?

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
    1. Precaution. Missed training, Might miss Osasuna today because he won't be risked with Copa tie against Madrid mid week

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
  13. *Last 6*
    Suárez......6 goals......1 assist
    Agüero.....3 goals.......1 assist
    Gerrard.....3 goals.......5 assists
    Silva........2 goals........2 assists

    1. Suárez & Silva +0.4m
    2. Agüero & Gerrard

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
    1. Aguero was injured GB

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
      1. This was his last 6 matches played.

        • 3 years, 15 days ago
        1. 😳 Damn, Silva vs Aguero for City cover. Postponing my WC because I can't decide on it. Might go with Aguero. More explosive.

          • 3 years, 15 days ago
    2. I like 1.. Most important to their club.

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
    3. 1 (for the last 6)

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
    4. 2, Silva's recent output is misleading and I doubt he'll be scoring too many more goals this season.

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
    5. My honest response it that I don't think I'd have Gerrard or Silva in my team; goal threat from open play isn't strong enough when you consider the Walcotts, Bales, Michus, Fellainis of this world.

      If those were the only options, from two weeks' time I'd take Suarez and Gerrard, as long as the Swansea game is on.

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
    6. Interestingly ( or not ), the RMT thingy in the member's area has Silva outscoring Aguero for the rest of the season. No idea how accurate it is, but there you go. Maybe it factors in hamstring injuries. It also told me I'd be a complete fool to ever consider selling Fellaini.

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
    7. HVT

      Suarez but tbh I'm not gone on silva , I presume you have mata / theo ,
      Bale at 9.8 ?

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
  14. Li Na looks dead. :(

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
    1. Great. I'm so pissed she knocked out Sharapova.

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
  15. new post

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
  16. I hope LI NA is ok...

    It will be terrible if the finals end incomplete because of an injury :(

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
    1. And she's back!

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
  17. I love how everyone on here are sports enthusiasts and not just football mad. Love a good tennis match! kamaaan LI NA

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
    1. Did you see the bowls on channel 2 this week that Paul Foster bowled well :)

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
  18. How is this looking for a 3-5-2?

    Begovic/Mignolet (Bunn)
    Nasty Gibbs Azpil (Davies Mariappa)
    Silva Bale Michu Mata Walcott
    RVP Suarez (Pog)

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
  19. any clues if dzeko will start against qpr?

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
    1. I'm the cleaner - all the punters have gone to the next article.

      • 3 years, 15 days ago
  20. Hi all, some advice would be much appreciated…(the most important thing to be aware of is that im top of my ML, but the guys closing me down have Juan Mata….)

    For the next 3/4 games:

    1) Mata and Lambert
    2) Michu and Sturridge

    • 3 years, 15 days ago
  21. Baa

    Got 0.4m to improve this, any ideas?

    Mignolet (Bunn)
    Zabaleta Rafael Davies (Clyne Demel)
    Walcott Michu Lampard Bale Johnson
    RVP Sturridge (Pog)

    Thanks

    • 3 years, 14 days ago
    1. Baa

      Oops.. wrong place D:

      • 3 years, 14 days ago
  22. Why did Naugton come off after 66 mins today?>

    • 3 years, 14 days ago

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