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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
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 2 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Is this a wildcard team?

      1. Irish Villan 1985
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 2 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
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

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

          Log off and read a book 🙂

        2. LC1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 2 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
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 2 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.

    3. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 2 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
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Thanks guys, all great feedback - Appreciate the help.

        1. Irish Villan 1985
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          How does this look lads?

          Ryan,

          Robertson, Smalling, Lowton

          Salah, Mahrez, Willian, Son

          Aubameyang, Lukaku, Firmino

          Fabianski, Højbjerg, Morgan, Dummet

  2. DAZZ
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 2 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      I'd shit myself

    2. MGD
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

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

    3. Pasqualinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

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

      1. DAZZ
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        I dont want it to happen 🙂 im WC33!

        1. Pasqualinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

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

    4. Better Call Salah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      hits galore

    5. DJ1000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 2 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 Years
        6 months, 2 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 ...

    6. Ask Yourself (Lenin is dead…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      They said this week, deadline week after that

  3. mcsteely
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    17.0 to spend on defence. Which is best:

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

    1. #FPLGuru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 2 days ago

      A with Lowton

    2. Humlesnurr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      A

    3. Going Home
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 2 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
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

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

    1. DJ1000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 2 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…
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 2 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.

  5. tricky80
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 2 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 2 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.

  6. pelle9
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 2 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
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 2 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 2 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
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        "Kane due back around DGW34"

        Sauce?

      2. bench boost for every gamew…
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 2 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-)

  7. Jimbo-Jones
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 2 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
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

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

      1. ILOVEBAPS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        This ^

  8. FPLMatt
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 2 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
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Home fixture to Stoke *

    2. QuintonFortune25
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

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

    3. ILOVEBAPS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Great team! You must have some serious coin!

    4. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      West ham have played Watford twice already

      1. FPLMatt
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 2 days ago

        See above comment. "Home fixture to Stoke*"

    5. Going Home
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

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

  9. QuintonFortune25
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 2 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
      6 months, 2 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
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

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

        1. FPLMatt
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 2 days ago

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

  10. fkmzcgp
    6 months, 2 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

  11. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

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

    1. ILOVEBAPS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 2 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★⚔
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

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

  12. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

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

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      *Cheers
      *price

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Damn RF to above post 🙁

  13. essexcam
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

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

    Hazard differential will he finally perform...?

  14. pelle9
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Which is best guys ?

    a) ryan / alonso / kenedy

    b) fabianski / christensen / gross

    Tnks.

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      B easy

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        alright,not easy but still B

    2. Going Home
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Fabianski > Ryan
      Alonso > Christensen
      Gross > Kennedy

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

  15. The Mighty Whites
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    RMWT, 0.2 ITB:

    DDG, Fabianski

    Christensen, Mustafi, Morgan, Fernandez, Lowton

    Salah, Mahrez, Son, Willian, Kenedy

    Aubameyang, Lukaku, Barnes

  16. rnrd
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 2 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. #FPLGuru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 2 days ago

      not at all - their fixtures are pretty prime thereon in

    2. mattieboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      they won't beat Chelsea

  17. Pontus Jansson's Magic…
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 2 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
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

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

      1. Pontus Jansson's Magic…
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Yeah would be Valencia dropping out sorry

        1. Going Home
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 2 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...

  18. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Its too early but :
    Play Christensen or Morgan

  19. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    New Article!

  20. 007-BALEGIUM 17/18
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

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

  21. Vidal Castro
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 2 days ago

    RMWCT:

    DDG- Fabs

    Alonso-Bailly-Lowton-Chilwell-Stephens

    Salah-Son-Arnie-Mahrez-Kenedy

    Lukaku-Auba-Murray

  22. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 27 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

  23. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 27 days ago

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

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      *teams