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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)

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. A but Neville ---> Redknapp ;)

      • 1 year, 8 months 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

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. No you cant predict injuries

      • 1 year, 8 months 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?

        • 1 year, 8 months 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

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    3. 4-5 weeks ahead is what I plan, and even that hardly ever works in reality.

      • 1 year, 8 months 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.

      • 1 year, 8 months 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).

        • 1 year, 8 months 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.

          • 1 year, 8 months 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!

            • 1 year, 8 months ago
            1. Yes I would stick for sure for now it's always easier to downgrade than to upgrade players

              • 1 year, 8 months 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.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    6. What's planning? :)

      • 1 year, 8 months 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.

      • 1 year, 8 months 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?

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. The logical decision would be not to do that transfer for a hit, you're giving away an entire goal.

          • 1 year, 8 months 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

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
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    1. It might work but QPR have been resolute the past few games, I think that match would be harder for City than people think.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  4. Is there any live fa cup on uk telly today?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. We get 3 games in Australia from ESPN. :)

      • 1 year, 8 months 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.

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. Have you sorted your wc out yet tm?

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
          1. No chance. Just playing the market unless the final days.

            • 1 year, 8 months ago
            1. What's your thoughts on aguero? Are you getting him?

              • 1 year, 8 months ago
              1. My team value isn't great for starters. QPR have tightened up so possibly not. Will look into it next week.

                • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. ESPN for United v Fulham, looks like Stoke v City is on ITV though. Might be more, can't find it though.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. We get those 2 plus the Arsenal game in Oz on ESPN. :)

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. Ha, nice. Lucky Aussies!

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
        • 1 year, 8 months ago
    3. Both Manc games are on

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. Just found it. Didn't realise itv had it. City then Liverpool later. Nice one

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. Liverpool tomorrow

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
  5. is doubling up on suarez+sturridge too much?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. I think so.

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

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. I like this but Gerrard maybe playing a bit too deep in the new formation. Sturridge/Suarez from GW26 looks very good.

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. Food for thought, guess I'll sit tight and see how they play next week.

          Thanks

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
        2. I think that was just cause Allen was rested

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
      2. HVT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

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

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. HVT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      IMO yes , Rvp Suar/aguero and fletch for me

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    3. Not if you bring you plenty of points.

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    4. Yes, considering they have no game in GW 27

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. deep intake of breath.. forgot about that :O

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
    5. For now yes. Check the situation again after city/ars games.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  6. Not like anyone of you watch tennis... but AUSTRALIAN OPEN FINALS!

    • 1 year, 8 months 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)

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. How can we miss watching Team GB's Murray in the finals!

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. Its LI NA!!!

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
          1. HAHHA!

            OH MY!!!

            IM SUCH A DISGRACE TO CHINAAAAa!

            • 1 year, 8 months ago
            1. FKKKK DONT GET INJURED LINA!

              CHINA hAVE HIGH HOPES FOR U!

              • 1 year, 8 months ago
                • 1 year, 8 months ago
                1. ouch... that must have hurt hope shes fine O.o

                  • 1 year, 8 months 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?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Save your FT

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. Yeah, I wanted to do Lambert > Fletcher but was 0.1 short so decided against... 2FT next week could come very handy!

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
  8. Newcastle should just be called Uni du Newcastle

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. The new French guys will get a shock when they meet the Geordie slappers ;)

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. Clubs should base their name on the players they've purchased recently?

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. So "Aston Villa are Shit FC" ? ;)

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. We haven't bought anyone recently. :cool:

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
          1. Not a AVFC fan but I hope they stay up.

            • 1 year, 8 months ago
          2. True, but the name still works ;)

            • 1 year, 8 months ago
    3. Do you ever speak sense?

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. More than you

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
  9. Hey i was wondering what you thought of this wildcard

    Mata, punch, Walcott, Mich, Fellani

    Van P, stuttridge, Ba

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Good team but be ready to bench Ba when necessary

      • 1 year, 8 months 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?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. I like it fletcher is in some good form right now.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. I think you can't go wrong with either of them, will score similar points I think

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. ty guys. thats my quandry 0 if they do get similar points studge ould be better as could have better bench strength

        • 1 year, 8 months 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?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. Which is better only for this GW? Berbs -> Fletcher or Santi -> Afro. Thanks

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. Berbs to Fletcher I think.

          Santi could easily do some damage.

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
          1. hmm, my thinking too.Should have done it yesterday before his price rise. Thanks.

            • 1 year, 8 months ago
  12. Anyone here heard what happened to Messi?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Precaution. Missed training, Might miss Osasuna today because he won't be risked with Copa tie against Madrid mid week

      • 1 year, 8 months 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

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Aguero was injured GB

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. This was his last 6 matches played.

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. :oops: Damn, Silva vs Aguero for City cover. Postponing my WC because I can't decide on it. Might go with Aguero. More explosive.

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. I like 1.. Most important to their club.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    3. 1 (for the last 6)

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    4. 2, Silva's recent output is misleading and I doubt he'll be scoring too many more goals this season.

      • 1 year, 8 months 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.

      • 1 year, 8 months 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.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    7. HVT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

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

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  14. Li Na looks dead. :(

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Great. I'm so pissed she knocked out Sharapova.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  15. new post

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  16. I hope LI NA is ok...

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

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. And she's back!

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  17. I love how everyone on here are sports enthusiasts and not just football mad. Love a good tennis match! kamaaan LI NA

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Did you see the bowls on channel 2 this week that Paul Foster bowled well :)

      • 1 year, 8 months 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)

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  19. any clues if dzeko will start against qpr?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. I'm the cleaner - all the punters have gone to the next article.

      • 1 year, 8 months 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

    • 1 year, 8 months 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

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Baa

      Oops.. wrong place D:

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  22. Why did Naugton come off after 66 mins today?>

    • 1 year, 8 months ago

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