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Monitor – Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke had a tough time last season. Despite moving to Liverpool for £32.5 million from Aston Villa, the striker was cast aside by Jurgen Klopp in his effort to find a centre forward capable of bringing his gegenpressing approach to Merseyside.

However, Benteke has re-emerged on the radar of Fantasy managers following his move to Crystal Palace.

Having scored a textbook headed opener against Middlesbrough in Palace’s 2-1 win on Teesside, Benteke’s FPL price tag of 7.5 is likely to attract suitors drawn to his power in the air.

There are plenty reasons why that’s the case.

Although Liverpool seemed hesitant to use Benteke’s aerial strength to their advantage, Crystal Palace already appear to be building an attacking approach based around it. This suggests he could be on course to become an outstanding third striker option over the coming season.

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  1. SuperDan
    • 8 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Considering I have Jagielka:

    A) Walker
    B) Baines +.1

    1. Swans4life
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Walker

    2. Rich_20
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      A easy

    3. SuperDan
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Thanks

  2. BananaNose Maldonado
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    For just the next three weeks (likely wildcarding in GW8):

    A) Baines (MID, bou, CPL)
    B) Valencia (wat, LEI, STO)
    C) Walker (SUN, mid, MCI)

    I'm leaning toward B, currently.

    1. BananaNose Maldonado
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Correction: I'm leaning toward A (Baines).

      1. Jersey
        • 8 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        the rest of your defense and goalie?

        1. BananaNose Maldonado
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 years, 9 months ago

          Hey, Jersey.

          Oh, it's admittedly crap and doesn't offer any overlap with the three choices above.

          Foster
          Evans - Friend - Mee - Amat

          1. Jersey
            • 8 Years
            7 years, 9 months ago

            Hey, Nose.

            I like A & B . . . Baines, by a hair, I think.

            I'd avoid Walker.

            1. BananaNose Maldonado
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              7 years, 9 months ago

              Thanks. Possible CL rotation puts me off Walker, so I agree with you. I think not knowing if Lukaku (who I have) or Baines will take the next penality has me leaning toward Baines, just in case he has them. I also think their side, as a whole, is starting to become a bit more solid defensively as Koeman's tactics take hold.

    2. keeney
      • 12 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      A

  3. Romford Pele - Don't w…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 14 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    who would be the best 4.5m midfielder to get?

    1. Swans4life
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Fletcher

      1. Jersey
        • 8 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        de Roon.

  4. Emiliano Sala
    • 7 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Zaha or bolasie ?

    1. Swans4life
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      B

    2. keeney
      • 12 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      B

  5. andy85wsm
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 13 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    For this week only and to captain:

    1) Kane
    2) Iheanacho

    For longer term on WC:

    A) Bolasie + Williams
    B) Snodgrass + Baines

    1. The Royal Robin
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      1 and B.

    2. Adam West - Team Serbia for…
      • 13 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      1
      B

      1. The Royal Robin
        • 8 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        It seems we are in agreement AW.

        1. andy85wsm
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 13 Years
          7 years, 9 months ago

          Batman and Robin....conspiracy.

          What about Snodgrass' fixtures over next 3?

          Not fancy City to smash Bournemouth?

      2. Swans4life
        • 8 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        2a

    3. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 14 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Maybe surprisingly I would go 2. Massive differential against a side ripe for the slaughter.

      God next bit is hard. Toss a coin. All should do well.

    4. GS456
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Iheanacho!! and A

    5. devils advocate
      • 10 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      1A if you don't have Lukaku, and 1B if you do.

      I have a sneaking suspicion that Iheanacho won't start this gw. This is just a hunch, but I think Sane and Nolito will start, and Pep won't want to risk effecting Sterling's confidence by dropping him after a poor derby display, so I think will see Pep's false 9 setup for the first time this gw.

      Iheanacho is still a young lad so I think he is the easiest one for Pep to still play as a sub without damaging any ego's.

      Kane hasn't been in great form, but Sunderland are Sunderland, so I expect some points from him this gw.

      Both A and B options are equally good imo so hard to separate. If it helps at all I'll probably have all 3 of Bolasie, Baines and Snodgrass in my team either next gw or the one after that.

      Goodluck.

    6. ryacoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      2 and B

    7. Tomcooper9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      2 and A

  6. Totti
    • 7 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    for the last time who to get instead of gray?
    A) Iheanacho (don't have any man city players except stones)
    B) benteke
    C) Kane ( already have lamela)

    might not to wildcard next week if redmond lamela hazard and firmino got more points if not I'll wildcard next week

    1. Swans4life
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      A

    2. Typo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Nacho for one week punt, Benteke long term i would say.

      1. Totti
        • 7 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        who do u think will score more iheanacho or benteke?

    3. Rider on the Storm
      • 12 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Bentk

  7. Typo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Sanchez or Lukaku C ?

    1. Swans4life
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Sanchez

    2. v12w12
      • 13 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Sanchez for me

  8. Tricky FC
    • 7 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    who to play?......A) januzaj vs spurs (a)
    B) capoue vs man u (h)

    1. Rich_20
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      B easy

    2. Swans4life
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      B

    3. Rider on the Storm
      • 12 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Best in form player

  9. The Royal Robin
    • 8 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Benteke (C)?

    1. GS456
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      No! Hughes has had stoke on double sessions this week, and has spent all week on defensive shape. Having said that we still have stiff shay in goal 🙁

      1. The Royal Robin
        • 8 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        They may be tired then...

        1. GS456
          • 8 Years
          7 years, 9 months ago

          One way off looking at it.

  10. Rider on the Storm
    • 12 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    A - ramirez > antonio
    or
    B - gray > lukaku
    ?
    Cheers swans4life

    1. GS456
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      B!! Although Antonio a great option for future weeks.

  11. GS456
    • 8 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Just wildcard!! Ahhhh
    Hows this looking for tomorrow?

    Heaton

    Shaw, Stones, Walker

    Sanchez, Hazard, Bolasie, Antonio

    Ibra, Costa (c), Ihenacho

    Subs: Pickford, Capoue, Evans, Amat

    1. Rich_20
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Costa red card incoming...dude looks angrier than ever. Good team though.

      1. GS456
        • 8 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        Thanks mate! Maybe Hazard the safer pick.

      2. bojack
        • 7 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        It's fun captaining Costa though. Living dangerously.

        1. GS456
          • 8 Years
          7 years, 9 months ago

          Did enjoy his match last week v swansea haha although nervious when you see him approaching the ref

    2. devils advocate
      • 10 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Nice team but I wouldn't captain Costa this gw. LIV vs. CHE is historically a very physical and nasty match, and whilst Costa thrives on that atmosphere and could score well, I think the chance of a red greatly increases as he will be targeted.

      I'd go with either Ibra or Sanchez. Other than that team's looking good overall.

      1. GS456
        • 8 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        Ok thanks mate. Maybe Ibra then like the Poll says.

    3. Tomcooper9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Sanchez or Ibra for captain. Aguero plans? Assume nacho is just for this week as limited minutes long term.

      1. GS456
        • 8 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        Yeah will be! Aguero plan is Costa to him and Sanchez to Cazorla/Lallana. Or the big swede out and Sanchez to Firminho

        1. Tomcooper9
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 years, 9 months ago

          Nice. Good that you have thought about 2 possible options also.

  12. FPL Maldini
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Who is the best 5.4m option?

    Can't seem to scrape any more of Snodgrass

    1. Swans4life
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Fer?

      1. Swans4life
        • 8 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        Zaha?

        1. FPL Maldini
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 years, 9 months ago

          Is Fer even playing an attacking role?

    2. BananaNose Maldonado
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Zaha.

    3. keeney
      • 12 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Zaha

  13. KeepCalm
    • 10 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Who to get in for Ramirez..

    A. Januzaj
    B. Zaha
    C. Snoddy
    D. Puncheon
    E. Other under 5.8

    1. The Royal Robin
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      C

    2. v12w12
      • 13 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      B or c

  14. Eldon
    • 7 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Guys thoughts? Thinking Ibra to Kane (c), am I crazy ?

    1. The Royal Robin
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      No. Kane (C) is a very sensible choice. I'm the one who should be asking if I'm crazy with my above question.

      1. Eldon
        • 7 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        I have Tekkers too, but dont trust him for captain yet

    2. Tomcooper9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Kane looked poor in champs league. Personally would much rather have Ibra than Kane. Will have to admit though I am an Arsenal fan that doesn't like having spurs players in my fantasy team...

    3. Jersey
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      don't do that.

    4. BananaNose Maldonado
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Are you just switching your captain, or are you actually thinking about transferring out Ibra for Kane?

  15. Evasivo
    • 13 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Right starting 11 guys?

    Heaton
    Valencia Friend Evans
    Mahrez Haz Redmond Capoue Lamela
    Ibra Gray

    Pickford Stones Amat Aguero

    1. GS456
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Surely starting stones??

      1. Evasivo
        • 13 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        Actually him over Friend makes complete sense, you're right

        1. Evasivo
          • 13 Years
          7 years, 9 months ago

          Bench is Amat Friend Aguero now

          1. GS456
            • 8 Years
            7 years, 9 months ago

            Still be concerned about the returns of Capoue/Gray/Lamela/Redmond. Wildy?

            1. Evasivo
              • 13 Years
              7 years, 9 months ago

              Still in tact, but wanna see this gw pan out first. Thanks for the tips!

    2. Dasher0303
      • 7 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Friend for stones as they have bournemouth

  16. Typo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Captain poll

    A: Sanchez
    B: Lukaku

    1. GS456
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      B out of them.

    2. Evasivo
      • 13 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      I'm going Ibra Haz but I'd say Lukaku out those two

    3. Rich_20
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Im sure there's a site that does this with even more options 😛

    4. v12w12
      • 13 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      A

  17. Weasel51
    • 8 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Costa and Sterling > Lukaku and Firmino -4?

    Lukaku and Firmino seem like more long term picks?

    Cheers

    1. Weasel51
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Anyone?

    2. Dasher0303
      • 7 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Next gw as Liverpool and Bournemouth are good fixtures for Costa and sterling

      1. Weasel51
        • 8 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        Agreed but can't see sterling starting on Saturday

    3. v12w12
      • 13 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      No chance

      1. Weasel51
        • 8 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        Not even sterling > Firmino?

    4. GS456
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      I wouldnt lose Costa yet!

  18. Reacher
    • 14 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Zaza to Ianacheo for one week only no hit???

    1. Swans4life
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Good move

    2. GS456
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      yep

    3. Weasel51
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Yes.

      But lukaku/Kane if you can afford it.

      1. Reacher
        • 14 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        Already hav Rom, can't afford Kane

    4. The Royal Robin
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Yes.

    5. Reacher
      • 14 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Cheers guys, the fallout the week after won't be an easy fix with no WC but worth it I hope!

  19. Emiliano Sala
    • 7 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Guys play capoue as a 4th midfielder or 5th ?
    Have money to get bolasie but if I get a 4.5 I can improve defence
    Thanks all

    1. GS456
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      5th for me still, his underlying stats are poor.

    2. Funkyav
      • 15 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      5th long term

  20. The Royal Robin
    • 8 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Will Sanchez actually start v Hull?

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 12 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      i would have thought so? why wouldn't he?

      1. The Royal Robin
        • 8 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        Well he didn't last week.

        1. Salah’s Sonnet
          • 12 Years
          7 years, 9 months ago

          Yeah, that was international duty, nobody has played internationals this GW.

    2. Swans4life
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Yes

    3. Rich_20
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Yes he will.

    4. Jersey
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      yes, of course he will.

  21. Swans4life
    • 8 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Any news on shaw?

  22. Hakuna Juan Mata
    • 8 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    is Iheanacho as a 1 week punt a good idea?

    1. The Royal Robin
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Yes.

    2. bojack
      • 7 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Yes.

  23. Scoutcast
  24. The Royal Robin
    • 8 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    I would really like Nacho this week, but it completely ruins my Kun plan... 😐

  25. 24hrstudent
    • 9 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Properly confused for the first time this season ... help please

    Heaton (Foster)
    Shaw/Stones/McCauley (Hernandez*/Holgate*)
    Firmino/Sanchez(C)/Oscar/Eriksen (Rodwell)
    Benteke/Negredo*/Lukaku 4.0 ITB/1FT

    A. Save FT for Negredo + Oscar/Eriksen/Sanchez > Aguero + ?
    B. One of my * to ?

    1. v12w12
      • 13 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      B neg to nacho

  26. ktk_interista
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 13 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Many Lukaku captainers here? Stats back him and Everton are the top threatening team at the moment creating a lot and registering many shots. Boro are also on the slide and have played against only the worst teams. Everton is their first tough game.

    1. The Royal Robin
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      I haven't got Lukaku, and he's on my radar - as he is a lot of people. But surely after a hattie, Boro are going to be trying their hardest to man-mark him out of the game.

  27. FPL Maldini
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    My WC hasn't changed from this, any tips? I don't like the double Swan defence but not sure how else to do it...

    Lloris--Jaku
    Valencia--Evans--Williams-- Amat---Kingsley
    Hazard--Capoue--Firminho---Puncheon--Sanchezo
    Nacho--Lukaku--Zlatan

    1. GS456
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Looks sound that to be honest. Whats your aguero plan ??

      1. FPL Maldini
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        Sanchez and Nacho out

        Kun and a 5.4m mid in (not sure who yet)

        1. GS456
          • 8 Years
          7 years, 9 months ago

          ohh ive got Costa. So mine is him to aguero and Sanchez > Lallana or Cazorla

  28. Flynny
    • 9 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Bedtime captain poll. .

    A. ..ibra

    B...ieheanacho

    Thanks

    1. v12w12
      • 13 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      B for me

    2. My Name Is Prince
      • 11 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Nacho (Monreal) xD

    3. GS456
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      A for safety, B for maverick. Very hard choice to be honest, id probably say Zlatan

  29. My Name Is Prince
    • 11 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Would you do Lamela --> Antonio for free now to get 0.1m more for the WC tomorrow night even though Lamela's prospects in GW5 seem to be slightly better.... I feel that even if Lamela starts, he'll be subbed in around 60mins anyway...

    There are no other pressing transfers either so if I don't do this I don't know what I'll do this week, and as I said it's WC tomorrow so seems like a waste not to use a transfer at all 😀

    1. v12w12
      • 13 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Yes

  30. Cilly Bonnolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 13 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Play Azpilicueta or Fuchs?

    1. My Name Is Prince
      • 11 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Fuchs although I hope Gray will score 🙂