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FPL Question Time – Liverpool defenders and best time to sell Alonso

Fantasy Premier League Question Time is back following the return of top flight football in Gameweek 9.

As ever, the FPL community is brimming with questions, which we have put to our latest panel of pundits.

Read on to find out what they think about the best way to cover Liverpool’s defence, whether it’s time to sell Marcos Alonso and how to build the most effective forward line.

Who’s on the panel this week?

FPL General – aka Mark McGettigan, who has three finishes inside the top 400 in the last four seasons and who has a huge following on Twitter. Mark has also appeared on the official FPL Show this season.

Who Got the Assist? – Tom and Nick run one of Twitter’s most active Fantasy accounts and run their very own blog, also producing an excellent regular podcast.

Holly Shand – aka FPL Holly, founder of the popular Fantasy Football Community Twitter account and website and another who has appeared on the official FPL Show in recent months.

Question 1 – General

Is Robertson the only Liverpool defender worth investing in? Should we avoid all others?

“The Liverpool defence is a bit of a minefield right now. Alexander-Arnold, Gomez and Lovren are competing for two places, not to forget Joel Matip as well.

“That’s enough for me to avoid these players in FPL.

“I’ve got Robertson as he’s the safe bet. Van Dijk looks secure as well if you are willing to fork out £5.9m for a centre-back who has zero attacking returns this season.

“If I was going for a Liverpool defensive double-up, it would be the Scottish Roberto Carlos and goalkeeper Alisson.”

Question 2 – Who Got the Assist?

With Alonso’s points drying up and Mendy proving again threatening, should we make the switch now? Or because Chelsea have easier fixtures comparing to City in the next three should we wait after GW 12 to make the change?

“I can see why a lot of people are eyeing the price of Alonso and thinking he could function as a cash cow.

“As we got a hint of with his headed goal this week, you’ve now also got his team mate Rudiger second for goal attempts, just three behind the Spaniard.

“To his credit, Alonso is still getting in the right positions to register attacking returns.

“But the crucial element for me is his ownership. Nearly 50% of managers have him in their squads.

“Chelsea have Burnley Crystal Palace and Everton before the next international break, which on paper is better than what City have.

“Anything in those winnable games and it’s a bona fide rank killer. Other managers may be braver, but I’m not selling until injury forces my hand.”

Question 3 – Holly

Is it too risky to go with three cheaper strikers with none of the big strikers in good form (aside from Aguero) or should team structure still take priority?

“Aguero, Aubameyang and Lacazette are leading the way for premium strikers, and I expect that trend to continue.

“For this reason, I’d say you need at least one expensive striker or maybe even two, with Aguero and Lacazette the pick of the options.

“Bournemouth have provided great value in the cheap striker slot, but as their schedule stiffens, a move for Arnautovic might be wise.

“Mitrovic, Jimenez and Ings are all lacking consistency right now.”

Question 4 – General

While I’m looking to protect my overall rank somewhat. I’m also looking for a differential or two. Who does the panel see making a difference, away from the norm over the next three Gameweeks?

“I’ve had a look at my Watchlist and picked out three differentials who I think could score well over the next three Gameweeks.

“Ben Chilwell (0.8% ownership) impressed me on Monday night against Arsenal. He picked up his first assist of the season, bombing forward from left back for Leicester. He faces West Ham (h), Cardiff (a) and Burnley (h) next.

“Newcastle need to turn things around quickly after a very poor start to the season. Their fixtures are great between now and Boxing Day (they don’t face any of the ‘Big Six’ until then) which could see an upturn in form. Kenedy (1.2% ownership) is the one I’m interested in.

“Jamie Vardy (4.9%) was very quiet against Arsenal, possibly due to illness. Interest in him will be low after two blanks but I can see him back amongst the goals over the next three Gameweeks.”

Question 5 – Holly

Do you view the Wolves defeat as a reality check or an anomaly against a Watford side with a point to prove? How should that affect our utilisation of our Wolves defensive assets over the tricky run of fixtures in the coming Gameweeks?

“Those managers who jumped on the Wolves defence have been fortunate so far, as defensive stability coincided with great fixtures.

“According to expected goals conceded, Wolves are third best in the league, behind Liverpool and Manchester City.

“We must remember that they are a promoted team though.

“Their defence still contains value options, with Rui Patricio a set and forget keeper option, who should do well for save points over the difficult period.

“Doherty is still a great third or fourth defender and Bennett a great bench filler with his 4.2m price.

“It might be time to abandon a starting double or triple up, but still worth carrying one or two in your squad long-term.

“It’s these players that can enable us to afford the popular premium options of Mendy, Robertson and Alonso.”

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1,171 Comments Post a Comment
  1. jblakes
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 28 days ago

    anybody got firmino in or thinking about it? i have mane but he is a very simple swap to KDB but then only got TAA for Liverpool cover and he might not play

    1. piquiblanco
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      What is Liverpool cover and why would you need it? Are you playing LMS exclusively? I don't get it.
      Anyway yeah, Firmino is a good shout, but before I get the necessary itb to be able to upgrade Mitro it'll probably be too late.

      1. jblakes
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 26 days ago

        what is LMS? Pool forwards will pick up points as they score. I cant justify Salah, but have mane. So i want KDB so i can either sell mane and mitro for KDB and Firmino. Or keep Mane and upgrade Frazer/Rich to KDB and downgrade mitro to ings/jimenez/ etc. My question is who will acore more points over the season Mane or Firmino?

  2. scissorhands
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    I got Laporte, TAA, Alonson Bennet and Wan B in defence.

    Only way i can get Robbo and Mendy in is by selling Alonso...

    Is it worth it?

    1. mattyb09
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Yes. Need one or both of those 2

    2. Griz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Alonso is 50% owned with 2 easy fixtures coming up. If he hauls you will drop like a stone.

  3. MoSalahTikka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    My team for GW10, 1FT, 1.4 ITB

    McCarthy (Hennessey)
    Alonso, TAA, Bennet (Tripper, AWB)
    Maddison, Neves, Hazard, Salah (Billing)
    Aguero, Mitrovic, Wilson

    My main concern is TAA's rotation. I have enough to do TAA > Robbo, but I'm also thinking of maybe doing Trippier > Robbo and gamble on a Pool double up in defence. What do you guys think?

    1. mattyb09
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Trippier to Robo and bench Neves

      1. MoSalahTikka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        That’s what I’m leaning towards.

    2. mattyb09
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Neves → Roberto Pereyra isnt a bad option either

  4. mattyb09
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 26 days ago

    GK Alisson
    DEF: Alonso Mendy Robertson *Bennett
    MID: Maddison Salah (C) Fraser **Richarlison
    FWD: Vardy Aguero Wilson (V)

    *Start Bennett @ BHA in a 4-3-3
    OR
    ** Richarlison @ MUN in a 3-4-3

    1. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Won't really matter if Vardy doesn't play, but Rich.

  5. Mambino
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Fortune favours the brave. Does it though? Does it??