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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. Qaiss
    • 8 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Using my WC this week, please RMT.
    Heaton / Mandanda
    Stones / Williams / Masuaku / Smith (4.5) / Amat
    Sanchez (VC) / De Bruyne (C) / Antonio / Bolasie / Rodwell
    Lukaku / Zlatan / Benteke

    ITB 0.6m.

    Planning on taking a hit and doing De Bruyne > Lallana and then will do Lukaku to Aguero for GW6, thoughts?

    1. n-doggg
      • 11 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Missing hazard

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

      Both those transfers will be for GW6

    3. how now brown cow
      • 9 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Not sure Masuaku is worth it personally. I like De Bruyne captain.

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

      Masuaku > Holebas and maybe consider Benteke > Deeney as well. Watford have brilliant fixtures coming up

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

      Yeah needs hazard for me, Only 1 blank so far! Can see there being goals tomorrow.

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

      A rare RMT from me:

      1. Planning to take a hit the week after a wildcard is really poor.
      2. Lallana is the wrong Liverpool player, you need Firmino or Mané really.
      3. Zlatan & Aguero is excessive and unnecessary.
      4. KDB is way over-priced considering his new position. "My position is totally different from last year. I don’t play really as a number ten, more as a free eight. I will be more of a creator (and) have to get the ball more to my team-mates up front. They will do more of the finishing this year."
      5. Lukaku has excellent fixtures upcoming and I wouldn't be shifting him till GW11 at the earliest. He has a superb record against West Ham (GW10) for example.

      So... I would dump KDB for Mané (who generally plays well against Chelsea). That puts 2.2m in the bank. I would upgrade Williams to Coleman or Baines. 1.7m in the bank. And next week I would upgrade Zlatan to Aguero. Around 0.4 in the bank. And no hits.

      If you really want some City this week, take Iheanacho instead of Ibra and then upgrade Iheanacho to Aguero. Same end result.

      That's closer to what I'd do anyhow.

  2. Oliver Tockman
    • 9 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Like to get an idea of the consensus approach this gw re KDB

    A) Shipping in KDB
    B) Waiting another gw
    C) Sticking with Aguero/Sterling as city coverage

    cheers!

    1. n-doggg
      • 11 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      C

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

      C yeah. Too pricey when we will all want aguero back next week anyway, thats enough city for me.

  3. Zizou
    • 14 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    sorry lost on last page

    nacho benteke kane vardy

    choose one for this week only until kun back have lukaku and ibra

    1. CelticBhoy1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Benteke!!

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

      Tekkers

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

      Nacho.

  4. Back on the horse
    • 13 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Worth taking a punt on Iheanacho for one week before I WC?

    1. n-doggg
      • 11 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Yea

      1. Back on the horse
        • 13 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        Missed the deadline. Sorry buddy

  5. st4rt__
    • 9 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Baring in mind I'll be going with Zlatan for a while, him or Kane for this GW only? (FT to Aguero next week.)

    Getting slightly uneasy about Jans' coming in for Arry.

    1. st4rt__
      • 9 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      or even Kelechi for this one GW. (No MCI cover, don't have Spurs either)

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

        Kelechi for the 1 week punt

    2. Sánchez
      • 11 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      If your going with zlatan for a while, how does ft to kun next week work?

      1. st4rt__
        • 9 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        Without, sorry.

        1. Sánchez
          • 11 Years
          7 years, 9 months ago

          Ah. I prefer zlatan over kun gw6 and 7 tbh
          This week, i prefer vardy or lukaku to zlatan
          Of those two this week, zlatan

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

      Yeah nacho, im going for it.

  6. Sánchez
    • 11 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Barkley conundrum
    Start or bench?

    If he plays fixture is excellent
    May be out to prove a point

    Alternative is mcaulay

    1. Oliver Tockman
      • 9 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Barkley will play. Koeman hinted that if he were to change things up like he did vs Sunderland it wouldn't be Barkley again.

    2. Backup Dancer
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Very difficult decision, would hate to see Barkley haul on my bench while Capoue gets 2 points.

    3. jernej93
      • 10 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Barkley is probably the best MID in his price range but we have to wait and see ... I think Bolasie is killing his potential just because he is so direct and likes to cross alot 🙂 Might be better option going forward 😉 But I like both of them better than Cazorla and Lamela 🙂

      1. Ibracadabra
        • 15 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        Think Tadic on pens will outscore Barkley this year.

    4. how now brown cow
      • 9 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      I'm playing or selling. Can't stomach benching a 7.7 player.

      1. Ibracadabra
        • 15 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        Me too. I plan to play him. If he doesn't start, will be one more reason to WC. If he does, may focus on other problem areas such as Gray/Redmond.

    5. M.M.A
      • 7 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      what about bolasie ?

  7. CelticBhoy1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Please rate my team, is anyone worth a hit? All feedback appreciated

    Foster
    Valencia Stones Evans
    Firmino Haz Capoue Sterling
    Benteke Ibra Costa

    Subs: Friend Deulofeu Terry

    1. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Looks great!

    2. Sánchez
      • 11 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      No i like it myself.
      Not worth any hits

  8. shirtless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Benteke for captain? Not sure I fancy Haz, Costa or Ibra this week. Stoke look ripe and he's on pens it would seem...

    1. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Yep I'm gonna do it. Why not... I already screwed up my season last week so gotta go for it

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

      All over it

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

      I don't think he is reliable enough for captain material.

  9. Pardal78
    • 7 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Will Rose recover for this week?

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

      wait for prezzer. Doubt hed be risked at home to sunderland.

    2. how now brown cow
      • 9 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Unlikely. Davies perfectly good stand-in.

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

    Hello Gents, good to go?

    Foster
    Stones, Baines, Valencia, Bellerin
    Sanchez , Hazard, Sterling, Antonio, Ibrahimovic(c), Benteke

    Jakukopic, Snodgrass, Amat, Will Keane

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

      GTG

  11. BrockLanders
    • 9 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Bottomed

    Play Valencia or AOA and play Capoue?

    1. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Play Valencia

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

        That'll be 5 weeks in a row looking at Capoue and his p bench points

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

      Depends what your prediction is for the Utd Watford game. I think Valencia as think they will keep a clean sheet.

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

      Play Valencia, might require AOA if you suffer 2 injuries in defence throughout the season (saves taking a hit or playing a 1 point bench filler)

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

    What are peoples thought on Lallana? Good liverpool option or is it worth trying to get the extra funds to get Firminho or Mane?

    1. n-doggg
      • 11 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Extra funds

    2. Sánchez
      • 11 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Firmino is my move next week

    3. BrockLanders
      • 9 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      He'll be a steady flow of points..

    4. william prunier
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      No set pieces and plays behind the big 3, avoid

    5. Qaiss
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Im getting Lallana in next week. Good value imo.

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

      Lallana/Cazorla for sanchez most likely be my way to do Costa>Aguero next week, even though im desperate to bring Firmy in

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

      Thanks all.
      Currently my midfield/attack is:

      Sanchez, Sterling, Antonio, Hazard, Bolasie
      Benteke, Ibra (Diomande sub)

      Having Lallana would mean that when I bring aguero back in my frontline would be:

      Sanchez Lallana, Antonio, Bolasie, (4.5 mid sub)
      Benteke, Ibra, Aguero

      or if I ditched sanchez instead of hazard:

      Lallana, Antonio, Hazard, Bolasie, (Capoue sub)
      Benteke Ibra Aguero (with 0.5 ITB)

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

    Whic Palace defender will replace Souare?

    1. n-doggg
      • 11 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Kelly

  14. william prunier
    • 8 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    1 keep gray?
    2 upgrade to Kane /Tekkers & play WC next week?

    1. Ibracadabra
      • 15 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      can't answer in isolation, what is rest of team?

      1. william prunier
        • 8 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        Foster Jak
        Stones shaw friend Evans amat
        Haz Firm Redmond ramirez Lamela
        Ibra Lukaku Gray

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

          2

    2. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      2, for Tekkers

  15. DV8R
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 13 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Would you do this for -4? WCing this weekend.

    Ramirez -> Nolito
    Gray -> Iheanacho

    Or is it too much City?

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

      i would for them two yeah.

    2. william prunier
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Well they are on form so

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

      Could you just do Gray to Nacho? That way no points hit and Nacho in good form.

  16. Syd.
    • 15 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Joey Barton fighting with his team mates again

    The man is a moonbag

    1. n-doggg
      • 11 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Don't know what a moonbag is but it sounds too complimentary

    2. Sánchez
      • 11 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      On one had i think why on earth did raangers sign such a nutty idiot but on the other it seems like a good match

  17. n-doggg
    • 11 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Gtg with this?

    Foster
    Shaw, Williams, Collins
    Hazard, Sanchez (c), sterling, Redmond
    Ibra, lukaku, tekkers

    Capoue, friend, Amat, Jak

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

      Yep.

    2. Ange Ball
      • 9 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Bench collins

      1. n-doggg
        • 11 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        I figure if he is benched then he won't come on but if he starts will be better than my other options.

    3. william prunier
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Hell yes

    4. itwaswritten
      • 7 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Bench Redmond, start Capoue.

      1. n-doggg
        • 11 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        Hmmm. Redmond at home to Swansea... Capoue against Utd.

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

    I can see Capoue trolling and getting like a 1 pointer this week when we actually play him

    1. n-doggg
      • 11 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Still on my bench!

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

      He won't troll you this week. Next week maybe 😉

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

    Sorry for the long post but cant make my mind up. Shall i wildcard to this??

    Team now:
    Cortois, Jakupovic
    Walker, Stones, Shaw, Amat, Evans
    Hazard, Ozil, Townsend, Barkley, Capoue
    Gray, Costa, Ibra

    Wildcard Draft
    HEATON, PICKFORD
    Walker, Stones, Shaw, Amat, Evans
    Hazard, SANCHEZ, BOLASIE, ANTONIO, Capoue
    Costa, Ibra, IHENACHO

    happy to -4 next week for Aguero

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

      Yes

    2. william prunier
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Nice defence

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

        Thanks guys. Yeah still like having some decent picks in there, Walker has been great so far. Had bellerin all last year, so think he will be my pick for this

  20. Ange Ball
    • 9 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Costa or Lukaku? Already have hazzy

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

      Lukakz.

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

        Kane is overrated and trash btw xox

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

      Yeah Rom.

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

    Thoughts on Heaton? Has some rough fixtures coming up.

    1. how now brown cow
      • 9 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      All the more save points.

    2. Jafalad
      • 14 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Stick with him. He will always score more points than you think. Save points in the bag and 10 cs per season is a good return.

      Still trying to decide whether it's worth rotting Heatster or just playing Heaton every week.

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

      Keep for the entire season baring injury. Saves galore. Cheap.

  22. Starky
    • 9 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Regardless of the price, long term, Firmino or Mane ?

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

      Both.

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

      Mane

    3. william prunier
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Mane

    4. n-doggg
      • 11 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Firm

    5. Method man
      • 9 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Firmino

    6. Karmanya
      • 12 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Firmino

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

      Mane

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

    Who are we thinking for (C) this week?

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

      Kane

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

      Nacho.

    3. Redbull Sucks
      • 9 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Lukaku

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

      Ibra

    5. william prunier
      • 8 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Ibra,
      Kane if I had him

    6. n-doggg
      • 11 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Sanchez

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

      Costa for me.

  24. how now brown cow
    • 9 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Play Evans or PVA this weekend? Have Foster too.

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

      Tough one, i think west ham will score anyway, so go with PVA anad hope for an attacking return.

  25. Method man
    • 9 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Which three together is the best combo.

    A. Baines, lallana, Antonio
    B. Williams, carzola, lallana
    C. Williams, carzola, Antonio

    Thanks

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

      A by a mile.

      1. Method man
        • 9 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        That's what I'm currently on, but I already have firmino and no arsenal coverage

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

          I would say C until we know for sure that Leighton is on Pens - then maybe A

    2. n-doggg
      • 11 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      C

  26. Redbull Sucks
    • 9 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Start Capoue or Snodgrass??

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

      Snoddy

  27. Roscorp
    • 8 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Sterling & Lamela to Antonio & Firmino? A good move or am I just chasing points?

    1. Ibracadabra
      • 15 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      not for a hit this week with both Sterling and Lamela home to bottom half sides...

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

        My thoughts... Just terrified they'll both be benched.

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

      What about just Lamela to Antonio? I think Sterling will start. Was taken off after 70 mins in champs league.

  28. Ibracadabra
    • 15 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Any reason to hold off on doing Souare -> Baines for free? (1.2m itb).

    Entire team with problem areas asterisked is-

    Foster-Jak
    Valencia-Stones-Evans-Amat-Souare*
    Hazard-Sanchez-Capoue-Redmond*-Barkley*
    Ibra-Costa-Gray*

    4 problem areas - Souare, Gray, Barkley, Redmond in terms of problem priority order - would anyone disagree? Could play wildcard next week to get Aguero back depending frankly on Sanchez/Redmond/Barkley return this week. If all three fail or a combination of those three fail, it would push me to WC. If all three deliver, I may go with some minor changes and move forward...

    Gray does have Watford at home wk6 after all if he isn't banned by then...

    Appreciate any input.

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

      Souarè to Baines is great transfer wildcard next week or not

      1. Ibracadabra
        • 15 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        Agreed, and leaning to this. It is between that and Gray to Benteke for me. Thanks.

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

      Agree.

      Prefer the likes of Watford's Deeney than Gray GW6 onwards for their run.

      1. Ibracadabra
        • 15 Years
        7 years, 9 months ago

        Interesting - Deeney over Benteke? He did have a nice season second half last year and is on pens.

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

          Oh not sure there as I have Tekkers and like him in a Palace set up. Prefer Benteke over Deeney but also prefer Lukaku over Benteke! Depends on budget I suppose.

    3. Jafalad
      • 14 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      I think you need to make a decision about Sanchez. If you are getting Kun back, what will your team look like with Alexis in it?

      Playing the fixtures brings the likes of Antonio, Cazorla, Lukaku, Baines, Payet into play.

      If you are playing your wc next week to bring Kun in, you have basically got a free hit this week knowing you can get rid next week. Yes, Baines would be a good shout.

  29. Jafalad
    • 14 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    Going to be a hairy week without any Citeh. Anyone else joining me behind the sofa?

    1. Ibracadabra
      • 15 Years
      7 years, 9 months ago

      Me. Only J.Stones. Am sure they will concede late for a comfortable 3-1 win.

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

      Me. No spurs either but I look at my team and happy with the fixtures. Cannot have them all.

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

      I am.

      the problem is who to get. their points are all over the place. and with CL they rotate like crazy.

      the only guy to get from City is coming in next week, for sure.

  30. Spg76
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 years, 9 months ago

    I have 4m in bank. I have Iheanacho, Costa and Lukaku as my frontline. They did well for me last week but in the next couple of weeks going for Aguero, Deeney or Igahlo and Lukaku. What you think?