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Best Manchester City players to sign on FPL in 2018/19 – Complete Members’ Analysis

How do Pep Guardiola’s team follow the season just gone? Manchester City cantered to their fifth league title win with five matches of the 2017/18 campaign to spare, breaking a host of records along the way.

Their run of 18 consecutive victories from August to December was the longest winning sequence in English football history, while their total of 100 points was the most ever recorded in England’s top flight.

A total of 106 goals, a goal difference of +79 and a title-winning margin of 19 points were also Premier League records.

Investment in this City side is, as was the case last season, a must from a Fantasy perspective, particularly since the release of the fixture list in June.

After a trip to the Emirates in Gameweek 1 (a fixture City won 3-0 last season, it should be said), Guardiola’s side then face all six of the most recently promoted clubs – four of whom will take on City at the Etihad.

Fantasy Premier League managers would have a strong case for using all three of their permitted slots for City players, though the fly in the ointment is that 16 of the champions’ first-team squad were on duty for their respective countries at the World Cup this summer and Guardiola’s pre-season preparations have thus been affected.

Price hikes for the likes of Raheem Sterling (£11.0m), Leroy Sane (£9.5m) and Nicolas Otamendi (£6.5m) would also prohibit widespread Fantasy investment in City’s premium assets.

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  1. scubasmithy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Ok, so Draft number 2 from me - early focus is on

    - Making use of Martial until Arsenals fixtures turn then it'll be over to Myki
    - Similarly if Aguero not firing, looking to shift to Aubamayang

    3rd striker at 4.5 is not ideal as it means 4 at the back, but HUGE amounts of value in defenders I feel early on this season

    GK - Not sure yet - got total of £9 mill to spend on them (begovic/ryan/fabianski)

    DEF - Mendy / Robertson / Tomkins / Mee
    (Peltier)

    MID - Salah / Mahrez / Martial / Milivojevic
    (Stephens)

    ATT - Aguero / Firmino
    (Kamara or other 4.5 fodder e.g. Quaner)

    Thoughts?

    1. Gruu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      look great mate. 3rd FW, 4th MF or 4th DF is the key imo

    2. PUMPKINHEAD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Weak defence to have to rely on week in week out..if Zaha goes to Everton then pointless having milo

      1. scubasmithy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        I get your point, playing all four is probably a bit much and my 5th midfielder is a a bit rubbish also......

        Not sold on Milivojevic, I might end up
        - selling him and Stephens
        - Replacing them with a 5 and 5.5 (so I can potentially play 3/5/2 or rotate the 4th and 5th mid)
        - spending the extra money upgrading a defender (although to be honest for first few weeks I'm happy with Tompkins as 4th defender playing every week).

        Thanks for the feedback

  2. The Goat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    any thoughts / improvements on the below? I'm fairly happy...

    Ederson / Fabi
    Robertson / Tomkins / Cedric / Mee / Douglas
    Cairney / Salah / Mili / Sane / Sigi
    Aguero / Tosun / Reid

    Thanks in advance

    1. scubasmithy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      too much on keepers imo, and a bit light up front, but overall a good team - def and mid look great

  3. Sune
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    How do you reckon Leicester will line up at the back?

    1. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Schmeichel is linked to a move with Chelsea but at the moment..

      Schmeichel
      Perreira Maguire Evans Chilwell

      Probably.

      1. Sune
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Cheers!

        Doherty + Pereira rotation it is 🙂

      2. scubasmithy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        IF Schmeichel does sign for Chelsea, then surely it means we are all playing effectively a 10 man FPL season, it would be madness not to have him in your team, wouldn't it?

        1. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Agreed - he would become the standout GK.

        2. TheDonald
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Yes, every chance of that happening and I’d definitely jump on board.

          Still, there’s no guarantee he’ll be the best pick, even at that price range. Maybe we’ll all ditch for Leno or downgrade him to a 4.5 goalkeeper who is overachieving.

        3. Becks
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 1 day ago

          I agree, but this could also mean whe get a 4.5 Leicester goalkeeper Jakupovic to rotate with someone else.

      3. Gringo Kid
        5 months, 1 day ago

        If they sell him to Chelsea I suppose that Butland will be his replacement

  4. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Coming round to Wood over Tosun. Wood more nailed and has better goal conversion. Still to see who Silva favours at Everton. Any thoughts, Tosun seems to be an FFS staple.

    1. Athletico Timbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Good idea. Tosun isn’t nailed on and it’s surprising to see him in so many teams.

    2. Becks
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 1 day ago

      If Richarlison signs for Everton as rumoured i will go for him for Everton attack.

  5. Jacky boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Just checked late last season matches
    Daniels had played 3 games in a row as LM
    He is a bargain at 4.5

    1. ZoumasBloomers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Unless they sign Laxalt

      1. Jacky boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Daniels has always been an important part of howe's team

  6. nobwak
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Is there a consensus on TAA's nailed-ness?

    1. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Won't start the season and there's 2 other players who can play RB. 3 if you want to count Fabinho.

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Yes, he is not nailed as yet

    3. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Although first choice, he'll be rotated quite a lot in my opinion as Liverpool have both Gomez and Arnold that can play right back.

  7. arndff_ (Howe to Train your…
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Fast Q:

    A) Ederson Speroni Coleman
    B) Pickford Stekelenburg Mendy

    1. Mayor of Flair
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      B

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      B

    3. FPL Optimist
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Are you sure all of those keepers are going to start?

      1. arndff_ (Howe to Train your…
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        I think Ederson and Pickford are nailed on. Do you have a different opinion?

    4. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      B

  8. FPL Optimist
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 1 day ago

    With people being out isn't Gundogan a good shout?

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Still lots of other options for Pep

      1. arndff_ (Howe to Train your…
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        This

    2. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      No

  9. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Martial Mahrez Salah Mhki
    Aguero Firmino Tosun

    Too much value/firepower in that frontline?

    1. arndff_ (Howe to Train your…
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      I bet your defence isn't that good.

      I'd sell Mkhi (first 2 fixtures aren't that friendly).

      Then Martial > Mkhi @GW3. 🙂

      1. scubasmithy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        This - exactly my plan re Martial and Mkhi

      2. ZoumasBloomers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 1 day ago

        I was considering that! Worried that I also want Aguero to Auba though, and i hate planning 2 transfers in advance

        1. arndff_ (Howe to Train your…
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Planning transfers rarely works, yeah...

          Still plenty of time to make some decisions. More info will be provided within the upcoming month.

          BTW, if you do Aguero > Auba, you'll be City-less in attacking.

          1. arndff_ (Howe to Train your…
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Oh, you already had Mahrez. Sorry!

    2. BulgarianOwls
      5 months, 1 day ago

      maybe I would dump Tosun from this line-up , but attk seems too expensive for me, what if defensive games are coming

    3. Gruu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      i'm not sure with Tosun. Niasse looks beast in the last pre-season match..

    4. Karan14 - (RoboKlopp)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Zaha over Tosun. Siggy over Martial maybe. Martial is just a placeholder and Kaku could be back as early as GW2.

  10. Kristobal
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Is Benteke nailed on?

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      No

  11. BulgarianOwls
    5 months, 1 day ago

    So my second question is this... Which one?
    Milivojevic/Sessegnio/ Walcott

    1. FPL Optimist
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 1 day ago

      I'd go Walcott.

    2. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      anybody but walcott

      1. Bunk Moreland
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        This.

      2. TheDonald
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Yep

    3. arndff_ (Howe to Train your…
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      What's the rest of your team? I think it depends on it.

      PS: Btw, another Bulgarian here. 🙂

      1. BulgarianOwls
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Ederson
        Cedric Daniels Douglas
        Martial Salah Eriksen ???
        Auba Zaha Wood
        (Fabianski Bellerin Ward Gunnarson)

        1. arndff_ (Howe to Train your…
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          My dilemma was between Walcott and Sess. I'm leaning towards the Everton mid because:
          - PL experience;
          - better fixtures.

          Cheers!

    4. Mayor of Flair
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Sess for me

    5. Gruu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      mili 7 pts imo 🙂

      1. BulgarianOwls
        5 months, 1 day ago

        imo?

  12. Stimps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    A) Mahrez, Mendy
    B) Sane, Coleman

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      A

    2. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Mahrez Coleman

    3. FlytzoBazooka
      5 months, 1 day ago

      I've gone with B in my team but this post made me re-think about it :O

  13. Berbinho's Forehead
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Coleman or PVA?

    I'm edging towards PVA. Think he has more goals, and controversially, more clean sheets.

    1. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Coleman for me.

    2. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      I'd prefer an Arsenal defender e.g. Bellerin. Clean sheet chance higher, still has attacking threat and quality fixtures

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Me too, but thats from GW3.

        Im fine having Auba for CITY and che, but dont expect any ARS CS in the first 2 GWs.

        Bellerin for sure in my team from GW3 or 4. And probably till the end of the season

        1. F_Ivanovic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 29 days ago

          Do you really want to be tied in to making a defensive swap for Bellerin in GW3/4? Think it's prob better to just get him in to start esp if you can use other defenders in the first couple weeks.

    3. Athletico Timbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      I’m not sure about the clean sheets but he certainly has more goal threat. Coleman hasn’t been the same since his return from injury.

    4. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Coleman is by far the best way to cover Everton defence. Palace have Wan Bisacka, Tomkins and Sakho as wonderful options.

      Imo Coleman and a cheap Palace D is the way to go.

      1. Sune
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        This is a good point.

      2. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        It’s the way Im going too, en tout cas

      3. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        I would not want to cover that Everton defence at all let alone spending 5.5m on one

        1. Pieterke30
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 16 hours ago

          Bellerin placeholder if EVE turns out to be as shiiiiite as las season

    5. Jacky boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Pva

    6. Captain Fozzy
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      PVA for me. Crystal Palace are a known quantity under Hodgson. Everton under Silva are unknown

    7. Sune
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      PvA

      - better attacking stats
      - CPL better xG against than Everton last season
      - not really much between them fixtures wise

  14. AiyoRiggs
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Will Danilo or Laporte start for Man City this season? I see more people are going for Mendy.

    1. Captain Fozzy
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      I think for GW1 both will start due to other players in those positions being at the WC

  15. Jacky boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Nobody got sanchez?
    I have martial and sanchez
    A bit overkill but they are placeholders for ramsey/pogba and kdb
    Personally don't like planned transfers at all but there is no other way to get pogba and kdb specially if kdb is going to miss more than 1 gw

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      save a trade and get them wk 3

  16. Gregorini
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    What team name are you going for this year? I always like to think of my own. I've currently got Diop ItLikeIts Hoedt.

    Runners up were Shelvey Units and Hoilett Humour

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      The Incredribbles

    2. Andrew
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      FC Twente Rothmans

    3. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Mines just a placeholder atm, as I've yet to think of a good one. It's actually quite sad: Vardys Last Party

      Think I'll have to find something better

      1. Gregorini
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        I really liked Sane Mane Happy Days but it wasn't mine

      2. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        fLloris KnightKingBale

        1. Gregorini
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Love it

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            it's yours...

    4. Athletico Timbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Dzeko and the Bonymen

  17. Kalju75
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Who is crystal palaces nro one goalie?

    1. TheDonald
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Hennessey

    2. IrishRed
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Guaita I'd say

  18. Andrew
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Thoughts on this first attempt please guys :-

    Fabianski Foster
    Dunk Daniels Ward Tomkins Cedric
    Sanchez Salah Mhki Cairney Neves
    Aguero Firmino Tosun

    £0 ITB

    1. Captain Fozzy
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Not keen on Dunk and Daniels as Brighton have a tricky start and Bournemouth are woeful defensively.

      Perhaps a Cardiff defender instead of one of those for the first 3 gameweeks

      1. Andrew
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks for your feedback, will take a look at that.

  19. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    A) tosun sane keane
    B) morata azpi coleman

    1. Athletico Timbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      B easily.

    2. BulgarianOwls
      5 months, 1 day ago

      B

  20. Birds of Prey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    thoughts? thx

    A) Erik Niasse 4.5 def
    B) Giroud Lov Walcott

    1. BulgarianOwls
      5 months, 1 day ago

      not B cos of Giroud and Lovren

      1. Van Djik-Head
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Agreed

  21. AandyzZ
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Would appreciate input on this team?

    Fabianski

    Robertson PVA Shaw

    Salah Sane Martial Willian Jota

    Aubameyang Arnautovic/Zaha

    Foster Cedric Bennett Kamara

    1. sparty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 23 hours ago

      Great forward line but would question amount of game time Willian & Shaw get

  22. sparty
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 23 hours ago

    OK here's my draft, would love some thoughts:

    Foster (Fabianski)

    Robertson Smalling Mendy (Femenia Malone)

    Martial Sessegnon Salah Sane (Ralls)

    Firmino Arnie Perez

    Really wanted Kun in there but I just know he's going to be rotated so much it's hard to justify 11.0.

  23. Sourav_07
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 22 hours ago

    RMT:
    Ederson-Speroni
    TAA-Douglas-Daniels-Keane-4.0m
    Salah-Ali-Mikhi-Jota-4.5m
    Morata-Lukaku-Zaha

    Any Suggestions will be greatly appreciated

  24. Invincibles
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 hours ago

    Think I'm finally happy with my team
    Ederson
    Mendy TAA Shaw
    Salah Eriksen Jota Miki
    Zaha Wood Aguero
    Subs: speroni, Tomkins, bednarek, Kenedy

    Where to spend the final 0.5?

  25. Sourav_07
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 21 hours ago

    Pick one :
    Aubameyang
    Agüero
    Lukaku
    I like Kun. But is he in a rotation risk?

    1. Boris Bodega - Wengerland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 21 hours ago

      Auba, 100%

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 21 hours ago

      If you don’t have many punts Aguero, if you do then auba

  26. acondie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 14 hours ago

    Advice is welcome!
    GK-Ederson(till Wildcard), Speroni
    DF-Tomkins, Cook, Alex-Arnold, Yoshida, Keane (Everton)
    MF-Sane, Eriksen, Pogba, Mane, Neves
    FW-Aubameyang, Firmino, Kamara

    Cheers!

  27. Homo Neanderthalensis
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Any opinions on how I could make my draft team stronger???

    Allison
    VVD Bailly Moses Daniela
    Keita Sane Mahrez
    Aubameyang Aguero Tosun

    Speroni Wiltshire Stephens Malone

  28. glorygooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Am I going too defensive, appreciate your thoughts?

    De Gea
    Maguire, Trippier, Walker, Azpilic
    Pogba, Jota, Yarmo, Sessegn, Sane
    Aubameyang

    1. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Yeah...too much money in defence.

      Maguire...I'd only have him if he moves to a bigger club

      Trippier @ 6.0m is too much...back late from WC and will rotate with Aurier

      Walker's overpriced @ 6.5m...Mendy @ 6m is better...also back late from WC

      Azpi's OK

    2. WesMantooth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      To me its not "too defensive", but I think its more about the players youve got then the outlay. Your paying 5.5 and 6.0 6.5 to Get Mag, trippier and walker. Both prob wont play gwk 1-2 and trippier has also comes eith fanger of rotation.

      Maybe youd rather want to have these players in defence instead?

      DDG
      Bellerin, Robbo, Ota, Azpil

      *pogba not a likely starter the first gwks aswell

  29. Hampe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Ederson-Bailly-Robertson or ddg-taa-mendy?