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Monitor – Romelu Lukaku

After starting our series of members’ articles on Wildcard targets with a look at Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, our sights turn to another in-demand frontman.

With Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero currently nursing injuries, Romelu Lukaku’s recent resurgence has not gone unnoticed by Fantasy Premier League managers.

Three goals and a pair of assists in the last five Gameweeks, allied with a trio of strikes over four cup outings in the same timeframe, means that the Man United striker is the second most bought player in FPL ahead of Gameweek 32.

Following a barren autumn period, Lukaku seems to have stepped up his output following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez.

With two double Gameweeks anticipated for the Red Devils, can the Belgian claim a place in our frontlines for the run-in?

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  1. Irish Villan 1985
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Hi Guys,

    Can I ask your advice please?

    I am trying to plan for BB in GW34 and my team is as follows.....

    DeGea, Fabianski

    Robertson, Smalling, Morgan, Dummet, Monreal

    Salah, Mahrez, Son, Cork, Højbjerg

    Aubameyang, Lukaku, Firmino

    I can BB and have 12 players playing twice and 3 Liverpool who play Bournemouth - What is everything doing with their Liverpool assets? They have no DGWs but have lovely fixtures and play in 35 - I assume everybody will retain Salah but are you getting rid of the rest?

    Also, if I push the button on this team, do you see any easy ways to get Kane in? Does Son to Kennedy and Firmino to Kane leave me in MF trouble?

    Thanks guys.

    1. LC1
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Is this a wildcard team?

        1. Irish Villan 1985
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Uh Oh, yeah potentially? Trying to balance DGW34 and 37 while also have players for 35 - It didn't work I take it??

          1. Pegboy
              3 months, 29 days ago

              It's just impossible to know how to balance it all out without the fixtures.

              Log off and read a book 🙂

            • LC1
                3 months, 29 days ago

                No no I didn't mean that.. I just wondered whether you were using FT's for this team or if it was a WC.
                I personally wouldn't have 3 Pool, but as you said they have good fixtures.

                You could have 3 and then perhaps do Robertson to Mustafi / Utd defender and then bring in Vardy for Firmino for the doubles?

                Maybe A.King for Cork if you're planning on playing a 4-3-3.

                I'd probably wait until the fixtures are released before planning too much though, mate.

                Good luck.

          2. Pegboy
              3 months, 29 days ago

              Thinking about keeping all three (also Robertson, Salah, Firmino), and then doing:

              Robertson + Firmino > Smalling/Mustafi + Vardy.

              I'm not a big fan of planning transfers though, so this is likely to change once fixtures released.

            • bench boost for every gamew…
                3 months, 29 days ago

                cork and højbjerg leaves your team unbalanced and possibly in danger of beeing stuck because of their price. defense looks good on paper, but Monreal could be saved for el, smalling is safe while Jones is injured, so monitoring that you shall and even if i don´t think so personally, Robertson could, and i say could, be saved a game or two (most likely the Everton game if so). arsenals fixtures and the way they play might be better invested in midfielder than defender imo, and while Lukaku have a nice dgw he has City in 33, prior to that Swansea which people who have him would be very dependent on, if he is to be a good choice imo. he will score, no doubt but his price tag and your team pr now i would consider changing either with vardy but even with a cheap third striker, and then put some money into your fourth midfielder and possibly rearrange smalling and monreal into bailly and a slightly cheaper option in defense, like Cedric, burnley defender,etc. just some thoughts to chew on

                1. Irish Villan 1985
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  Thanks guys, all great feedback - Appreciate the help.

                  1. Irish Villan 1985
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    How does this look lads?

                    Ryan,

                    Robertson, Smalling, Lowton

                    Salah, Mahrez, Willian, Son

                    Aubameyang, Lukaku, Firmino

                    Fabianski, Højbjerg, Morgan, Dummet

            • DAZZ
                3 months, 29 days ago

                Honestly, what effect will it have on our FPL teams if the fixtures aren't announced before the deadline? Who says its a guaranteed thing?

                1. LC1
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    I'd shit myself

                  • MGD
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      But they will..... riiiight?....

                    • Pasqualinho
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      I'm sure it'll happen. Be patient.

                      1. DAZZ
                          3 months, 29 days ago

                          I dont want it to happen 🙂 im WC33!

                          1. Pasqualinho
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            3 months, 29 days ago

                            In which case - I'm sure it'll happen, don't get too excited.

                      2. Slippin' Jimmy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 29 days ago

                        hits galore

                      3. DJ1000
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 29 days ago

                        Won't make any difference to me. We roughly know the dbgws and there won't be too much deviation from that. I have picked a great team for gw32 & gw33. I can always make 2 changes for gw34 if needed

                        1. Hotdogs for Tea
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 months, 29 days ago

                          Affects whether you plan your team to TC/BB in 34 or 37, without the fixtures it has a big impact on which DGW players and from which teams you go for ...

                      4. Ask Yourself (Lenin is dead…
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 29 days ago

                        They said this week, deadline week after that

                    • mcsteely
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      17.0 to spend on defence. Which is best:

                      A. Smalling, Alonso, 4.4
                      B. Smalling, Vertongen, Monreal

                      1. Chicken Bhuna FC
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 29 days ago

                        A with Lowton

                      2. Humlesnurr
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 29 days ago

                        A

                      3. Going Home
                          3 months, 29 days ago

                          I am avoiding Smalling at the moment - question mark over how nailed he is as/when Jones is back (expected back for next GW)

                      4. markloe
                          3 months, 29 days ago

                          Any interest in Southampton? Two doubles, fighting for survival, new manager bounce etc. etc.

                          1. DJ1000
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            3 months, 29 days ago

                            The new manager is dullard Mark Hughes. Their defence is still suspect and forward line full of mercenaries unless Austin can get back soon. So I still expect Saints to struggle.

                          2. bench boost for every gamew…
                              3 months, 29 days ago

                              cedric 4.7 could be decent shout as he is an attacking right back in a team that fights to avoid relegation. not the juiciest fixture but dgw 37 could be nice? mccarthy if he stays in goal could be worth a try, midfield is a mine field imo, many gifted players but difficult to predict both starters and points. sparky have only been in charge for one game and that was a fa cup game so also hard to predict how it will affect them.

                          3. tricky80
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            3 months, 29 days ago

                            WC 3rd draft RMT please! 
                            Fabianski / Karnezis

                            Moses / Naughton / Mariappa / Robertson / Mustafi

                            Mahrez / Salah / Arnautovic / Mkhitaryan / Son

                            Aubameyang / J Ayew / Firmino

                            1. ILOVEBAPS
                                3 months, 29 days ago

                                Think it will be sooner rather than later that you'll want rid of Arnie so I'd just do it now for Willian.

                            2. pelle9
                                3 months, 29 days ago

                                Thoughts on this WC team ... ?

                                ddg
                                alonso - mustafi - lowton
                                salah - mahrez - son - willian
                                lukaku - aubam - barnes

                                bench; ryan - kenedy - morgan - VDH

                                0.0M ITB

                                Any feedback welcome.
                                Tnks guys.

                                1. QuintonFortune25
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  3 months, 29 days ago

                                  Nearly exact same as mine, as well as most teams really. Very good for now but may have to been changed when DGWs are confirmed

                                2. ILOVEBAPS
                                    3 months, 29 days ago

                                    Pretty template so if it works for you then great! 🙂

                                    I'm starting to wonder if Son is worth it considering Kane due back around dgw34 and poor fixtures until then.
                                    Hmmm....

                                    1. Going Home
                                        3 months, 29 days ago

                                        "Kane due back around DGW34"

                                        Sauce?

                                      • bench boost for every gamew…
                                          3 months, 29 days ago

                                          Toby the one who could be a factor for Son, is it? if they revert to a back three? Kane got an injury that normally takes 4-6 weeks to recover fully from, he might be ready prior to the first game in gw34 but that´s just a stipulation and pr now the sensible choice is to pick Son, but things can change so one never knows. fixtures not the juiciest i admit, but usually theres goal in chelsea-spurs, and stoke away, well it´s not bad. actually if he plays p front, could actually turning out not so good fpl wise, but hvaen´t checked stats from this but vs Swansea there was otherplayers that got on the score sheet. still pondering, so your hmmmm.... just what describes this wildcard time for me-)

                                    2. Jimbo-Jones
                                        3 months, 29 days ago

                                        Will WC in 34, so would you take a -4 for a 1-week punt?

                                        £2.4itb

                                        DDG
                                        Otamendi Schindler VVD
                                        Salah Sterling Stanislas Walcott
                                        Firmino Aubameyang Wilson

                                        Elliot, Shaqiri, Bavies, Long

                                        Thinking
                                        1. Walcott -> £9.5m MID? (Martial / Mkhi / Ozil?)
                                        2. Wilson -> £8.3m ATT (Rashford ?)
                                        3. Hold

                                        1. QuintonFortune25
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          3 months, 29 days ago

                                          Possibly 1 to Mkhitaryan. Tho I wouldn't do it now I would wait just before deadline to do that

                                          1. ILOVEBAPS
                                              3 months, 29 days ago

                                              This ^

                                        2. FPLMatt
                                            3 months, 29 days ago

                                            Here's a 3-5-2 WC team

                                            DDG

                                            Alonso Bailly Lowton

                                            Mahrez Son Salah Arnautovic Willian

                                            Lukaku Aubameyang

                                            Subs: Hart, Van Der Hoorn, Morgan, Barnes

                                            Reason I've gone Hart is a gamble but at 4.2 for a GK who I think will be West Ham's number 1 who are in desperate need of results I think he's a fantastic enabler and at 4.4 with Van Der Hoorn you get that exposure to Swansea's DF. West Ham also have a DGW more than likely featuring a Home fixture to Watford so if I'm right I think he's a good enabler and allows me to afford Bailly instead of the rotation threat of either Smalling/Jones

                                            1. FPLMatt
                                                3 months, 29 days ago

                                                Home fixture to Stoke *

                                              • QuintonFortune25
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                3 months, 29 days ago

                                                Very nice team. I love the Arnie pick could be a great differential

                                              • ILOVEBAPS
                                                  3 months, 29 days ago

                                                  Great team! You must have some serious coin!

                                                • ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  3 months, 29 days ago

                                                  West ham have played Watford twice already

                                                  1. FPLMatt
                                                      3 months, 29 days ago

                                                      See above comment. "Home fixture to Stoke*"

                                                  2. Going Home
                                                      3 months, 29 days ago

                                                      Great team - I'm over £1m shy of this and I thought I had cash to burn!

                                                  3. QuintonFortune25
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    3 months, 29 days ago

                                                    Think I'm finally settled on this WC team (at least until DGWs are confirmed). Any issues?

                                                    DDG - Fabiasnski
                                                    Alonso - Vertongen - Morgan - Lowton - Van der Horn
                                                    Salah - Mahrez - Son - Willian - Kenedy
                                                    Lukaku - Auba - Barnes

                                                    1. Shappy
                                                        3 months, 29 days ago

                                                        Your main issue is it looks almost identical to mine so bound to fail I'm afraid

                                                        1. QuintonFortune25
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          3 months, 29 days ago

                                                          I know, most teams are very similar to this. Might not be a bad thing tho

                                                          1. FPLMatt
                                                              3 months, 29 days ago

                                                              I would favour Bailly to Vertonghen especially in the Doubles but otherwise great team 🙂

                                                      • fkmzcgp
                                                          3 months, 29 days ago

                                                          Thoughts on my WC team please.. any advice is welcome?

                                                          DDG (Ryan)
                                                          Morgan, Tarkowski, Alonso, (Dunk, Van der Hoorn)
                                                          Son, Salah, Sterling, Mahrez, Gross
                                                          Firmino, Aubameyang, (J Ayew)

                                                          I will prob do Sterling >> Willian and then Firmino >> Lukaku the next two weeks before DGW34

                                                        • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                                                            3 months, 29 days ago

                                                            Would you do Ki to Kenedy and Fabianski to Ryan(have VDH) to do Morgan to Smalling?

                                                            1. ILOVEBAPS
                                                                3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                Yes. Dont think too much of Lei defence and I think Kenedy is as likely to do as well as Ki.

                                                                1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                                                                    3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                    Ceers,better alternatives to smalling at that orice though? Have Christensen and Mustafi

                                                              • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                                                                  3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                  Is Ki worth the money over king If I use him only for DGW?

                                                                  1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                                                                      3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                      *Cheers
                                                                      *price

                                                                      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                                                                          3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                          Damn RF to above post 🙁

                                                                    • essexcam
                                                                        3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                        DDG - (Fab)
                                                                        Lascelles - Christensen - Smalling - (Naughton - Morgan)
                                                                        Salah - Hazard - Mkhi - Albrighton - (King)
                                                                        Auba - Firmino - Vardy

                                                                        Hazard differential will he finally perform...?

                                                                      • pelle9
                                                                          3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                          Which is best guys ?

                                                                          a) ryan / alonso / kenedy

                                                                          b) fabianski / christensen / gross

                                                                          Tnks.

                                                                          1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                                                                              3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                              B easy

                                                                              1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                                                                                  3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                                  alright,not easy but still B

                                                                              2. Going Home
                                                                                  3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                                  Fabianski > Ryan
                                                                                  Alonso > Christensen
                                                                                  Gross > Kennedy

                                                                                  That's two from B over one from A. There's your answer

                                                                              3. The Mighty Whites
                                                                                  3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                                  RMWT, 0.2 ITB:

                                                                                  DDG, Fabianski

                                                                                  Christensen, Mustafi, Morgan, Fernandez, Lowton

                                                                                  Salah, Mahrez, Son, Willian, Kenedy

                                                                                  Aubameyang, Lukaku, Barnes

                                                                                • rnrd
                                                                                    3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                                    For those who do not WC in 32, if Tottenham beats Chelsea, will it have an impact on your chelsea picks for your WC?

                                                                                    1. Chicken Bhuna FC
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                                      not at all - their fixtures are pretty prime thereon in

                                                                                    2. mattieboy
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                                      they won't beat Chelsea

                                                                                  • Pontus Jansson's Magic…
                                                                                      3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                                      Defence is currently looking like...

                                                                                      DDG, Fabianski
                                                                                      Valencia, Alonso, Lowton, Morgan, VDH

                                                                                      Don’t know whether to go Mustafi with Arsenal’s decent fixtures but not sure I trust Arsenal defence

                                                                                      1. Going Home
                                                                                          3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                                          Ass opposed to double united, Alonso or one of the enbablers?

                                                                                          1. Pontus Jansson's Magic…
                                                                                              3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                                              Yeah would be Valencia dropping out sorry

                                                                                              1. Going Home
                                                                                                  3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                                                  I'm a fan of spreading the risk, but don't think any Arsenal defender can be considered "nailed". The alternative is to do DDG to Cech, with similar savings...

                                                                                          2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                                                                                              3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                                              Its too early but :
                                                                                              Play Christensen or Morgan

                                                                                            • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                                                                                                3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                                                New Article!

                                                                                              • 007-BALEGIUM 17/18
                                                                                                  3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                                                  Apart form DGW, I think that Mili is better than Kenedy.
                                                                                                  Any thought guys?
                                                                                                  Ta.

                                                                                                • Vidal Castro
                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                  3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                                                  RMWCT:

                                                                                                  DDG- Fabs

                                                                                                  Alonso-Bailly-Lowton-Chilwell-Stephens

                                                                                                  Salah-Son-Arnie-Mahrez-Kenedy

                                                                                                  Lukaku-Auba-Murray

                                                                                                • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                                                                                                    3 months, 24 days ago

                                                                                                    How about this team?
                                                                                                    DDG,Ryan
                                                                                                    Mee Tarkowski Christensen Bailly Morgan
                                                                                                    Salah Son Mahrez Willian King
                                                                                                    Firmino Vardy Lukaku

                                                                                                    King is the big sacrifice even though I have BB 34

                                                                                                  • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                                                                                                      3 months, 24 days ago

                                                                                                      Why am I seeing Smalling in so many more team 0s today? Jones out for long?

                                                                                                      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                                                                                                          3 months, 24 days ago

                                                                                                          *teams