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The Best Mid-Price Midfielders to Buy in FPL 2018/19

It is easy to overlook the mid-price midfielder as a Fantasy option. Often either the main men for mid-table Premier League clubs or less-productive assets from one of the “big six”, they may offer neither the near-certain attacking returns of a premium midfielder nor the money-freeing value of a budget pick.

There is plenty to interest Fantasy Premier League managers in the £6.0m-£7.5m price bracket this season, though. Currently, five of the ten most-selected midfielders fall into this grading. The caveat to this, of course, is that the “auto-pick” selection tool will be skewing the numbers slightly in favour of the £7.0m midfielders.

Almost two weeks on since the launch of FPL, however, and with many Fantasy bosses already tinkering with their squads, there is no question that the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan warrant their places alongside the most popular midfield assets.

The £6.0m to £6.5m Bracket

After his goal-scoring exploits as a budget midfielder last season, Luka Milivojevic (£6.5m) is among the most popular picks in this price bracket. No team was awarded more penalties than Crystal Palace last season, with Milivojevic scoring seven of the Eagles’ eight converted spot-kicks.

There is, of course, no guarantee that Roy Hodgson’s side will get as much joy from spot-kick awards in 2018/19. Given that Milivojevic recorded fewer penalty box touches last season than the likes of Eric Dier, Oriel Romeu, Nemanja Matic and Jake Livermore, investment in the Serbian defensive midfielder is, rather obviously, rooted in his role as Palace’s first-choice penalty taker. It should be noted, though, that Milivojevic scored on three other occasions in the Premier League last season, including twice from direct free-kicks.

Ryan Sessegnon‘s (£6.5m) return of 15 goals and six assists in the Championship is all-the-more impressive given that the teenage prospect played half of the season at left-back. The arrival of loan signing Matt Targett in January gave Sessegnon a sustained opportunity to play on the left of Fulham’s front three and all but two of Sessegnon’s goals over the season came when he had dodged full-back duties.

The hopes and expectations are that Slavisa Jokanovic will continue to deploy Sessegnon on the left wing this season. Home matches for the Cottagers against Crystal Palace, Watford and Burnley in the first six Gameweeks are sure to add to Sessegnon’s appeal (14% of managers currently own him), but with Tom Cairney available for £1.5m cheaper the young talent will have to produce something special to justify that extra investment.

Also making the step up from the English second tier is James Maddison (£6.5m), who has signed for Leicester City from Norwich City this summer. Maddison created more chances last season than any other Championship player and his creativity will be even more important to the Foxes following Riyad Mahrez’s departure. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder is also something of a set-piece specialist and scored on 14 occasions for the Canaries in 2017/18. Just three Championship players had more shots than Maddison last season, too.

Options for last season’s top six clubs in the £6.0m-£6.5m price bracket are limited to those with a more defensive remit in midfield or those who aren’t guaranteed game time. Fred and Fabinho (both £6.0m) are examples of the former, although Liverpool’s new defensive midfielder does have an excellent track record from the spot: Fabinho scored all 17 of the Ligue I penalties he took for Monaco. Given Liverpool’s spot-kick woes last season, it will be interesting to see if Fabinho can wrestle penalty-taking duties from Mohamed Salah.

READ MORE: Scout Report on Fabinho 

Cesc Fabregas and Pedro (both £6.5m) were in and out of the Chelsea team last season, but all eyes will be on pre-season at Stamford Bridge as Maurizio Sarri runs the rule over his new squad. Were either to find favour with the former Napoli boss, they would be excellent value in a side that promises to be more cavalier than they were in 2017/18. Ross Barkley (£6.0m) is another cut-price Chelsea midfield asset who will be hoping for more opportunities under Sarri than he had last season.

READ MORE: The Maurizio Sarri revolution at Chelsea

Erik Lamela (£6.5m) is one of the few Tottenham Hotspur players who didn’t feature for his country at the 2018 World Cup and could be a beneficiary of the tired limbs among his midfield colleagues. Son Heung-min’s potential involvement in the Asian Games in August would further pave the way for Lamela’s return to the Spurs first team after two injury-hit seasons.

Theo Walcott (£6.5m), Yannick Bolasie (£6.0m) and Davy Klaassen (£6.0m) all missed Everton’s farcical 22-0 win over ATV Irdning at the weekend, but the Toffees’ pre-season is worth paying close attention to in order to assess the worth of this attack-minded trio. With Sam Allardyce gone and new manager Marco Silva set to implement a more offensive approach, Everton assets could be excellent value for money in the first few months of the season given the Toffees’ enticing-looking fixture list (wlv, SOU, bou, HUD, WHU, ars, FUL, lei, CRY).

Watford’s opening three matches – Brighton (h), Burnley (a) and Crystal Palace (h) – are just as appealing, though there will be plenty Fantasy managers who will have been deterred by Richarlison‘s (£6.5m) post-Gameweek 12 returns last season to avoid the Brazilian midfielder this time around: Richarlison didn’t find the net once from 52 attempts on goal after this point.

Abdoulaye Doucoure and particularly Roberto Pereyra (both £6.0m) might be preferential midfield options for the Hornets in August.

Diogo Jota, Wolverhampton Wanderers’ top scorer in the league last season with 17 goals, and Southampton’s Mohamed Elyounoussi are both exciting punts in the £6.5m bracket. The Saints’ Moroccan-born Norwegian international hit double figures in his last two seasons at Basel and is an intriguing option given that his new club doesn’t face any of last season’s top six clubs in the first five Gameweeks.

Brighton and Newcastle’s awful starts to the season are likely to deter interest in Jose Izquierdo and Matt Ritchie (both £6.0m), while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£6.5m), Manuel Lanzini (£6.5m) and Junior Stanislas (£6.0m) are long-term injury absentees.

Juan Mata (£6.5m) will surely see his chances limited at Manchester United again this season, meanwhile.

With nine assists apiece last season and both their clubs enjoying decent-looking starts to 2018/19, Andros Townsend and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are tempting differentials in the £6.0m price bracket.

The £7.0m to £7.5m Bracket

The midfielders in this range are, some would argue, not quite as appealing. The likes of Bernardo Silva, Anthony Martial and Willian (£7.5m) were never nailed picks in their respective sides last season (not one of these three players made more than 20 starts) and doubts remain over their involvement – and in Willian’s case, his future – with City, United and Chelsea in 2018/19. Martial could, however, start the season up front for United, given Jose Mourinho’s comments today.

The arrival of Naby Keita (£7.5m) at Liverpool casts doubt over Adam Lallana‘s (£7.0m) first-team chances this season, while Xherdan Shaqiri (£7.5m) would appear at this juncture to be back-up for Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in the Reds’ front three.

Keita is one to watch, given that he averaged more key passes and shots per match with Red Bull Leipzig last season than any of Liverpool’s other central midfield options managed in the Premier League.

With Mane, Firmino, Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold also to consider for a maximum of three permitted Liverpool slots, however, Keita will be well down the pecking order in many Fantasy managers’ plans.

READ MORE: Scout Report on Naby Keita

The stand-out candidate at £7.0m is Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Arsenal’s run of fixtures from Gameweek 3 onwards (WHU, cdf, new, EVE, WAT, ful, LEI, cry) looks too good to pass up. The Armenian attacking midfielder scored on two occasions and registered four assists in nine starts for the Gunners following his January move from Manchester United.

From his Arsenal debut until the end of the season, Mkhitaryan fired in 21 shots and created 16 chances: statistics that both ranked second among the Gunners’ squad. With no Champions League involvement for Arsenal this season, rotation would surely be at a minimum too.

Mkhitaryan’s surprisingly low price means that Aaron Ramsey (£7.5m) is perhaps not quite as appealing as he might have been. The Welshman, who like Mkhitaryan has had the summer off, scored on seven occasions last season and registered ten assists, but would seem set to play a more withdrawn role in Unai Emery’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. With Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny also competing for a role in the double pivot, game time is far from assured.

Like Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura (£7.0m) could benefit from his fellow Spurs’ midfielders involvement in the World Cup this summer. The Brazilian midfielder played only 206 minutes of Premier League football last season after his arrival from Paris Saint-Germain in January but, with Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min featuring for their countries in Russia, may feature more prominently in the first few weeks of the season. A word of warning, though: five of Spurs’ first seven fixtures are away from home.

A trio of West Ham assets are available at £7.0m: Michail Antonio, Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson. The Hammers’ wretched run of fixtures in the first nine Gameweeks is perhaps reason enough to delay any investment in their side, but Yarmolenko’s impressive scoring rate for Dynamo Kyiv and Anderson’s goal involvement potential (25 goals and 33 assists in 137 Serie A appearances) will inevitably attract some Fantasy money.

Pascal Gross has suffered a price hike to £7.0m after his performances in 2017/18. Just five players created more chances than Gross last season, with only Kevin De Bruyne supplying more big chances than the Brighton playmaker. A difficult start for the Seagulls in 2018/19 would suggest Gross is one to avoid for now, however.

Contrast that to Everton’s run of opening fixtures and Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.5m) has to be a name to consider, with the hope that Sam Allardyce’s departure has released the shackles from the Icelandic attacking midfielder. Four goals and as many assists in 2017/18 were his poorest attacking returns in four seasons but the former Swansea City playmaker has twice hit double figures for assists in the past and could flourish under Marco Silva if afforded the chance to play in his preferred “number 10” role.

Finally, Jesse Lingard‘s (£7.0m) journey with England deep into the World Cup could jeopardise his chances of starting Manchester United’s first few matches this season. Eight goals and six assists in 2017/18 was a commendable return but a decimated pre-season with United would suggest that his involvement for Jose Mourinho’s side in August will be minimal.

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  1. Top lad DAKES
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Hmmm. Is firmino worth it here? Or downgrade him to zaha, Arnie or even Kamara? * is who I downgraded to get him, from ward Hughes and kamara. Lamela is a placeholder for Mhki

    Foster Ryan
    Mendy Robbo Tomkins Cedric* Peltier
    Salah mahrez lamela*

    1. Top lad DAKES
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 27 days ago

      ... Cairney Stephens
      Firmino Auba Tosun

      My bad, pressed post by mistake

  2. Berbinho's Forehead
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Schmeichel is one of the GK's Chelsea are looking at.

    Any takers at 5m? They're apparently after Rugani too, who should improve their defensive prospects.

    1. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Absolutely.

    2. KUNingas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      I would defenitly take him

    3. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Think I would have to find space for him if he went to Chelsea.

    4. Gregg Wallace
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      For sure. 5m for Chelsea's No. 1, don't get bargains like that very often

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        0.5 not 1.0?

    5. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      I think I'd take him. Hopefully a couple of pen saves in the first 10 GWs 😀

    6. JJO
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      he would be in everyones team

    7. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Somehow I doubt that after so long at Leicester Schmeichel would want a move - especially considering we really don't need the cash

  3. raoulduke71
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Thoughts?

    .........................Fab.................................
    PVA Coleman Vestergaard Robertson
    .....Mahrez Salah FAnderson Sane......
    ....................Auba Tosun .......................

  4. KingOllie
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Whats the best 4.5 keeper to start with as a set and forget do we reckon?

    Fabianski - hard fixtures
    Ryan - hard fixtures
    Patricio - ok fixtures
    Guaita - good fixtures but is he nailed?
    Begovic - trash defence
    Lossl - lol huddersfield

    1. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 27 days ago

      I’ve gone with Patricio..
      Factoring in that he’s likely to be busy and grab loads of save points..

    2. il Brutto
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Foster

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Just get 2 and rotate instead ? Much safer

  5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    With coverage being more important than ever this year, who are your top covers of Man City & Liverpool?

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      What do you mean?

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        I think it will be very important this year to have good cover from both Man City & Liverpool, would you agree?

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Nope

    2. Slam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Sorry what makes this year more unique than others?

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        This feels like he first year in quite a while where we have had two teams as prolific at both ends of the pitch as Man City & Liverpool, with two super managers who know exactly what they are doing. It’ll be important to optimise representation from both of these two I feel

        1. Slam
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          I see what you mean, so not so much cover them but triple on both, got it.

          Personally got Robbo+Salah and Mendy+Mahrez+Kun.
          Would like to fit Bobby or Mane but funds seem to have disappeared 🙂

        2. theRealMoneyball
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Respectfully disagree. Coverage to all top 6 teams according to fixtures are essential. Not city +liv. You would need to take hits all the time if you have too much city or liv (outside of the front 3 and maybe robbo and vvd). I expect shaqiri to eat some minutes off mane and salah at the very least

    3. Sanchit
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Salah + Robertson+ Mane/Firmino

      Mendy + Mahrez/Sane

      This would be ideal way to cover both these teams at the start of the season imo.
      But if you get these 5 then rest of the team needs to be a bit of a makeshift and lack arsenal and Chelsea players.
      So in reality I'll be either going for a cheap defence to fund 3 attacking positions from these teams
      OR leave out salah and distribute the funds elsewhere

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Yep agree, could you also stretch to accomodate Kun as well? I think all of those make sense... VVD for me over Robertson though, just about.

        If Jesus gets back soon after GW1 him & KDB also would be great cover of Man City.

        1. Sanchit
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Not keen on kun/jesus having suffered due to their rotation last season. You will never want to captain them as you'll never be sure when they'd play 90 mins and when just 10.

          VVD/robertson is very close, I agree.

          KDB will be rotated a bit more this season I guess as bilva could compete for the advanced CM spots along with gundogan being fit. So it makes all the city mids equally prone to rotation in my eyes and therefore I'd prefer the cheapest quality option of those. Mahrez/Sane or Dilva if he's mostly first choice better options IMO

    4. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Irrespective of the word ‘cover’, it would be madness to go without players from City & Liverpool - likeky to be the highest goal scoring teams by far

      4 in total is probably a good idea to ensure you share in their goals and clean sheets, 5 or 6 maybe even worth while

      City - Ederson/Mendy, KdB plus one other maybe
      Liverpool - Salah, defender, one other

  6. guldfisk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    How would you improve this draft? Too much money on the bench?
    4-4-2

    Foster (Fab)
    Robertson Mendy Coleman Emerson* (Wan-B)
    Mane Mahrez Mkhi Walcott (Cairney)
    Auba Kun (Sorloth)

    *Could be Bailly or any other nailed on 5.5 Chelsea defender

    1. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Nice Salahless 4-4-2 that.
      It’s different but I like it...

      1. guldfisk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Cheers mate. Is it different because there is no Salah or why really? =)

        1. Galza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Yeah.
          For a team without Salah it looks decent.
          Not used to seeing that.. 🙂

          1. guldfisk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Not very common indeed. A bit risky to go without him but for me it's hard to fit him in without ruining the rest of the team.

            1. Galza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 27 days ago

              It’s a brave move but you’re in good shape.
              Will you have the balls to see it through is another question...? 😉

              1. guldfisk
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                99% of my drafts has been without Salah so I believe I will have the balls.
                Was the same last year when i went without Kane and then 10 minutes before deadline; got him into my team and had to change a whole lot of my team. After deadline i changed my mind again. Wildcarded GW2 lol.

                1. Galza
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 27 days ago

                  🙂
                  Sounds like you’ve got a plan...
                  I’m putting him straight in this year as I missed so many points through not getting him it ended up costing me dear.
                  Going to try and play a sensible game this season.
                  i.e Keep hold of my chips for as long as possible and not spunk my wildcards so early.
                  I say this every year by the way... 🙁

  7. BigDaveSaves
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    First draft - all opinions welcome!

    Ederson
    Robertson Coleman Mee Peltier
    Salah C Mahrez Siggy
    Aguero Firmino Tuson

    Speroni Chalobah (Cheap two decided on preseason)

    Not really happy with the back line but love the attack

    1. Ghost Gooner
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Wouldn't triple up on Eve yet

      1. Brosstan
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Or ever.

    2. guldfisk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Siggy -> Mkhi
      Peltier -> Cedric

  8. Areid13
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Thoughts?

    Pickford
    Bailly Matip Ward
    Salah Martial Siggy Gudmundsson
    Kun Firmino Tosun

    Fab Masuaku Bamba Wan-Bissaka

    Matip -> Lovren or TAA and Martial -> Pogba when they come back

  9. Siva Mohan
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Everton have ‘expressed an interest’ in signing Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck this summer, with the 27-year-old reportedly ‘free to leave’, according to reports.

    The Times write that Everton have taken an interest in the Arsenal forward, who is now in the final year of his contract in North London. The Times write that Welbeck would be free to leave this summer, as a result of that expiring deal.

    1. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      For how long will that no talent hack keep stealing a living in the PL?

  10. guldfisk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Golovin appearently close to Chelsea. Price predicions?

    1. Tikka MoSalah
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Would be pretty nailed and the most offensive of their midfield three. I'd say £8.0m

      1. guldfisk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Hope it's lower but you could be right. Really impressed by him during WC.

  11. Traction Engine Foot
    3 months, 27 days ago

    How does this look?

    Bettinelli
    Douglas, Coleman, Robertson
    Salah, Silva, Ibe, Hughes, Martial
    Auba, Aguero

    Fab, Tomkins, Peltier, Quaner

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Not a fan to be honest... Silva is rotation risk, Martial and Hughes as well.. Heck even Ibe is at risk.

      Switch peltier to Wan-Bissaka. Better fixtures (unless I've overlooked some great rotation with the other defenders)

      1. Traction Engine Foot
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Cheers, not sure about double Palace though.

  12. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 27 days ago

    RMT - How is she looking (4-3-3)? What would you change?

    Bego (Ryan)

    Bailey Clyne Keane Holebas (Wan-Bissaka)

    Salah Sanchez Mkhitaryan (4.5 / 4.5)

    Aguero Firmino Tosun

    Talking points:

    1. Is Bego/Ryan potentially the best GK rotation pair at 4.5? Should I aim for Pickford as a set and forget instead?

    2. Is Keane, Holebas and Wan-Bissaka the best combined 13.5 two out of three rotation pair? I am looking too see if I can get a 4.5 everton defender instead of Keane to have extra funds, perhaps to

    3. Is Sanchez (placeholder for KDB - unless the former goes nuts) too expensive? Should I downgrade him in order to upgrade a 4.5 mid or the defence, so that my team is more flexible in terms of formation switch / player rotation?

    Sorry for the long post, im just really excited about the upcoming season!

    1. guldfisk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      1. Foster/Fab seems better to me. Do not trust Bournemouth to have clean sheets.

      2. Maybe. Can see great value in Cedrid @ 4.5 though

      3. Yes he is too expensive playing in ManU under Mourinho. Sane/Mahrez instead IMO.

      1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 27 days ago

        As for Sane and Mahrez , they are just to prone to rotation for my liking. Have a 9.0 on the bench is a killer! Rather keep sanchez for now, and wait for Eriksen to come back into the spurs team, or even Lingard at 7.0 if he can nail down a spot. Im just starting with heavy hitters, as they make provide the cash when you remove them, to improve your team without taking too many hits

  13. Pröpper Bońg
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Mourinho: “I hope he (Sanchez) will come to join us. It’s important to work with Mata, Martial and Alexis as they will be the players we think that will start our season in attack.” #mufc #mutour

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Sanchez is the only one I would want in my team, as he is nailed long term. BUT! If Martial plays as the nr. 9, I would definetely consider him, even if it is just for one or two weeks

    2. Top Mark.S
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 27 days ago

      I find this quote relating to uniteds attacking options very meaningful. Will definitely be taking out my liverpool and city attack to bring them in

      1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 27 days ago

        I know this is a joke, but you should consider removing your city assets as there are too much uncertainties around the starters.

    3. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Imagine trusting anything Mourinho says for even one second.

  14. Michael Gary Scott
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    How many premiums (9.0 and up) do people consider as ideal, and why?

    1. FFFrøg⭐️
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      3/4

    2. Tikka MoSalah
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Think 4 is the most common number. I've got Mahrez, Mane, Salah, Aguero

    3. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 27 days ago

      t
      Currently I have Salah, Aguero, Sanchez and Firmino. Simply because they are nailed on options with good fixtures. Sanchez will more likely than not be downgraded at somepoint, when other 5.5-9.5 shows great value. At this point all the world cup players are at risk, which makes it very hard to make a decent team

    4. guldfisk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Depends if you have Salah or not. Also depends on the rest of your team. I currently have 4.

    5. Top Mark.S
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 27 days ago

      I think trying to squeeze an extra one of those in at the expense of your other starters is a common error.

      I ask myself this question: how many of my starters are clogging up my team for 1 more big name?

      That said i currently have 4 players at 9 or over but my cheapest starters are a 5.0 defender and 6.5 mid. If you have to start 4.5's or 5 something in midfield. You are clogging up your team.

  15. Syphras
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    What's the thinking on lacazette? Will he play or be benched by Emery?

    1. Tikka MoSalah
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      They'll likely play 4-2-3-1. It'll either be Lacazette up front and Auba out on the left wing, or Auba up front and Lacazette benched.

      Imo if Lacazette is out of favour it makes Mkhi a more secure starter

  16. AYEW KI-EDEN MEE
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Should know better than to believe Mourinho's word but..
    https://twitter.com/samuelluckhurst/status/1019622979767013377

  17. dvdguy
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Alison 5.5 @ Liverpool would be nice

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    • 4 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

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    Bring your friends, if you haven't lost all of them, too...

  19. Karan14 - (RoboKlopp)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    United starting line up GW1 imo and according to Mou’s presser:

    DDG
    Valencia Smalling Bailly Shaw
    Herrera Matic
    Mata Periera Sanchez
    Martial

    1. feed feo
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Yikes, poor side.

  20. Xhakalaka
    3 months, 27 days ago

    first draft going for the no salah risk

    1. Xhakalaka
      3 months, 27 days ago

      3-5-2 .5 ITB

      Ederson Button
      Cedric TAA Coleman Otamdi Peltier
      Mkhi Mane Mahrez Jota Willian
      Augba Firmino Kamara

  21. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Watford have 12 defenders (six of which may be wing backs) and 9 midfielders listed on FPL - anyone willing to pick the bones out of that and suggest a lineup ?

  22. trunck
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Any thoughts on a Pickford/Foster rotation for the opening 12 GW's? (hopeful wildcard spot in November)
    Their joint fixtures:
    BHA, SOU, CRY, HUD, WHU, ful, FUL, BOU, CRY, HUD, BHA, sou
    They do cost £9.5m in total so some may chose Ederson with no rotation but with these fixtures, I'm quite tempted as they would probably average more total saves + clean sheets probable.

  23. Kicked in the Coutinhos
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    As a Liverpool fan I try to not have our players.... got burned in the Suárez Sterling Sturidge year..... and nearly got burned last year as was a late Salaher.
    What’s the thoughts on this Salahless team? I think it’s good, of course...

    Foster, Hennessey*
    Cedric, Douglas, Laporte, Ward, Coleman
    Lamela, Sanchez, Gray, Sane, Walcott
    Aguero, Tosun, Zaha

    *tbc

    1. Kim Jong Kün
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      I know you don't want liverpool but you should consider Sane to Mane. He's going to play (sane some rotation risk even if guaranteed for a few weeks, plus you have Aguero), and Liverpool is going to score a lot.

  24. Kim Jong Kün
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Thoughts on how do I fit City attack in here? Otherwise I like the way this looks.

    Ederson (Fab)
    Azpi - VVD - Tomkins - (Daniels - S Ward)
    Salah - Walcott - Mkhi - Kenedy (H Costa)
    Auba - King - Firmino

    1. Kim Jong Kün
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      If I go without it'll just be for a few weeks while their team settles.

  25. LewanGOALski
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Current draft:

    5.0* - 4.0
    Robertson - Coleman - PVA - Douglas - 4.0
    Salah - Ramsey - Jota - D.Gray - Cairney
    Aguero - Firmino - Zaha

    - *5.0 keeper to be Schmeichel if he joins CHE and Courtois is off The Blues
    - Still wanna bet on D.Gray as a punt after Mahrez departure
    - Can't find much value in pricey MIDs bar Salah, so going lighter on it than usual. Really keen on Pogba from GW3, as worried he might - - be rested early days
    - betting on attacking returns from wingbacks with decent shout for CS points as well in those teams

    thoughts? 🙂
    suggestions? 🙂

    thx

  26. Deebo
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Comments pls

    Fabianski
    Alonso,Bailly,Robertson
    Erikson,mkhitaryan,Sane, Jota, Doucoure
    Aguero, Firmino

    Speroni,Daniels,Suttner,joselu

  27. Klopps Angels
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

  28. Klopps Angels
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

  29. T3zZo
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Ederson
    Arnold, Cedric, Jagielka, (Tomkins), (Peltier)
    Salah, Mata, Mahrez, Jota, (Stephens)
    Arnau, Aguero, Firmino

    £1.0 remaining
    I am worried about about Mata.
    Should i keep him 1st for 2-3 weeks? or any other suggestions.