Opinion

Why I’m considering a Liverpool defensive double-up

The festive period is always an exciting time of the season for FPL managers but boy was it hectic.

It feels good to return to normality now with more time to mull over our transfer decisions each week.

Time to double up on the Liverpool defence?

The Reds have been rock solid defensively this season with Virgil van Dijk (£6.4m) keeping everything under control and Alisson (£5.9m) performing much better than his predecessors.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have conceded just ten goals in their opening twenty-one matches and they face just one of the current top six in the next ten Gameweeks (Manchester United away in Gameweek 27).

A defenesive double up looks good on paper with any combination of Andrew Robertson (£6.6m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.2m), van Dijk or Alisson likely to bring home the clean sheet points for managers between now and the next international break (yes there is another one).

Will Eden Hazard troll his owners again?

The Belgian has frustrated his backers in recent weeks with three blanks in his last four appearances against Leicester, Crystal Palace and Southampton.

Patience is required with Eden Hazard (£11.1m) as often has been the case. He’s an FPL asset that must be held long term to reap the benefits as his hauls are unpredictable. Watch him bag a brace this weekend to stick it to the sellers.

Despite three blanks in the last four, Hazard ranks first alongside Richarlison (£6.9m) among midfielders for shots in the box (10) over the same period as well as creating ten chances for his team mates. Some would say he’s due…

Why sell Richarlison before Bournemouth at home?

The Brazilian is the second most-transferred out player ahead of Gameweek 22 with more than 110,000 sales. Only his fellow countryman Felipe Anderson (£7.4m) has been shipped by more managers this week.

Selling Richarlison ahead of a plum home tie is risky business. The Cherries have conceded eighteen goals in the last six Gameweeks!

The Toffees looked jaded in the 1-0 defeat to Leicester back in Gameweek 21, but a rest for some of their first-team players in the FA Cup should see them looking much fresher in Sunday’s matchup at Goodison Park.

Raheem the dream differential?

Raheem Sterling (£11.3m) has eighteen attacking returns (nine goals, nine assists) in eighteen appearances in 2018/19, yet is owned by just 10.2% of managers ahead of Monday’s home tie against Wolves.

For those managers who are down the rankings or are chasing a lead in a mini-league, the Englishman could prove to be a devastating differential over the coming weeks.

Manchester City gave us a timely reminder of what they can do to teams with a 9-0 thrashing of Burton Albion in the EFL Cup midweek. Sterling was an unused substitute in that match which makes him even more appealing for Gameweek 22, maybe even as captain.

Is Marcus Rashford being overhyped?

The young striker has been excellent since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reins at Old Trafford, scoring 31 FPL points, but is his place in the starting XI as secure as most people seem to think?

There’s a lot of competition for places at United. Romelu Lukaku (£10.7m) isn’t going to be content with a place on the bench and will be pushing for starts.

Will Solskjaer play them both up front together, or could we see Rashford moved back to the wing where he would be in competition with the likes of Anthony Martial (£7.3m), Alexis Sanchez (£10.0m), Jesse Lingard (£6.8m) and Juan Mata (£6.2m).

For now, Rashford looks to be Solskjaer’s number one striker but all it takes is a poor display or two and we could see some positional/personnel changes.

Aaron Wan-Don’t-Bench-Me-Bissaka

Arguably the greatest £4.0m FPL asset of all time has picked up three clean sheets in the last five Gameweeks.

Crystal Palace have looked a lot more stable defensively in recent weeks since Vicente Guaita (£4.2m) took over from Wayne Hennessey (£4.5m) between the sticks.

Five of the next six fixtures look good for  Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£4.5m) to get starts in our teams rather than having to look at his points on the bench.

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418 Comments Post a Comment
  1. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 11 hours ago

    AWB is such a good FPL asset. Only benched him twice when he has scored more than 2pts - last GW and GW13 when Palace drew 0-0 with Man Utd

    1. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 8 Years
      8 days, 11 hours ago

      Utd should sign him, would sort their RB issue.

    2. Amey
        8 days, 11 hours ago

        I benched him for gw1 12 pointer.
        🙁

      • kalmoffit
        • 5 Years
        8 days, 11 hours ago

        Had him all season and still no points from him.

    3. Tibbs
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 11 hours ago

      What do you prefer:

      a) Aubu + Anderson>> Arnie + Salah
      b) Aubu + Anderson + Luiz>> Rashford + Salah + TAA (-4)

      I don't have enough to get Rashford in for free and Luiz will become TAA next week, thoughts?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 11 hours ago

        B

      2. ElChapo
          8 days, 11 hours ago

          Luiz @ home vs. newcastle vs. TAA away @ Brighton with Fabinho in one of the CB spots (Potential injury to VVD & Lovren).

          My reasoning for A.

          Can always do Luiz > TAA next week.

      3. SADIO SANÉ
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 11 hours ago

        thoughts on this team:

        Guaita (Button)
        TAA Pereira Digne (BEDNAREK Doherty)
        Salah Haz SANE Pogba (CHO)
        Kane RASHFORD Kamara

        worried about not owning Richarlison, next 3 fixtures are pretty nice...

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 3 Years
          8 days, 11 hours ago

          will probably be a 442 if Kamara/CHO don't play often enough, here's the current team:

          TAA Pereira Digne (Holebas* Doherty)
          Salah Haz Son* Pogba Anderson*
          Kane Kamara (Quaner*)

          1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            Yeah, will be 10 degrees and dry in Liverpool at 1430 Sunday. Think he'll have a solid first hour before the temperature drops below double figures.

            1. SADIO SANÉ
              • 3 Years
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              😀

      4. Reckoner.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 days, 11 hours ago

        Double up on Allison & Robertson from the start has probably been my best decision of the year.

        Shame I self destructed a great start!

      5. corderz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 11 hours ago

        Transfer advice

        1FT + 1.6m ITB

        Fabianski Foster
        Luiz Digne Holebas Doherty AWB
        Hazard Son Pogba Snodgrass Deulofeu
        Kane Aubameyang Kamara

        1. mattyb09
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          8 days, 11 hours ago

          Holebas to a Liverpool defender

        2. ElChapo
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            Hold this week then do Son + Auba > Salah + Arnie

        3. Zebrahimović
          • 3 Years
          8 days, 11 hours ago

          Son —> Sane this week for -4? Or wait til next week

          1. mattyb09
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            Next week

          2. kalmoffit
            • 5 Years
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            Wait

          3. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            Wait

          4. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            Wait.

        4. Wakanda
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 days, 11 hours ago

          Choose 1
          Mane or Auba for next 5 fixtures

          1. Amey
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              Auba

            • mattyb09
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              Auba

            • kalmoffit
              • 5 Years
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              Auba

            • Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              Auba

            • Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              Auba.

            • Wakanda
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              thanks all. I guess i have no other choice

          2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
            • 3 Years
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            Have 2ft's and trying to work out where to use a transfer (so not to waste it).
            Who goes?
            A) Anderson (best fixtures possibly behind him, price will drop)
            B) Martial (had high hopes, but poor fixture and is he nailed?)
            C) Son (will sell next week if not, so could just jump now)

            Will downgrade for Salah cash to someone out of Bilva/Richarlison/Pereya/Fraser depending on the need for cash.

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              If nobody else to sell then reluctantly C

              1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                • 3 Years
                8 days, 11 hours ago

                My only other options are...
                Digne to Bednarek/Cedric (big saving, have 4 playing defenders anyway).
                Fabianski to Guaita (saves 0.4 for me, have AWB already).

          3. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            Eriksen/Richarlison

            Or

            Hazard/Redmond

          4. Trane84
            • 6 Years
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            Who would you do without for the short-medium term (say next 5GWs)?

            Kane, Auba, Haz, Salah

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              Haz

            2. The 5% Team
                8 days, 11 hours ago

                Auba

              • kalmoffit
                • 5 Years
                8 days, 11 hours ago

                Terrified by Fulham, but Kane

              • Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                8 days, 11 hours ago

                Anyone but Haz

              • Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                8 days, 11 hours ago

                Haz.

                1. Debauchy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  😆

              • AuFeld
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                8 days, 11 hours ago

                Kane for the next five, however Salah and Auba for the next seven is more appealing.

              • Trane84
                • 6 Years
                8 days, 8 hours ago

                Thanks all... Sort of

            3. smix
              • 3 Years
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              A. Martial & Sane to Salah & 4.6 mid for a hit
              B. Martial to Siggy
              C. Hold

              1. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                8 days, 11 hours ago

                C

              2. Fantasydreamer
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  B

              3. fr3ddy
                • 1 Year
                8 days, 11 hours ago

                Balbuena out for 6-8 weeks. Rip Fabianski points

                1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  Brought him in for Pereira. Gets injured conceding penalty.

                  Apologies to all who owned him.

              4. Gamer18
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  Going into Week 1 of Last Man Standing who should I pick? Comment below

                • mattyb09
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  Is it possible to get my GW1 team back?

                  Alisson Hamer
                  Robertson Shaw TAA AWB Mendy
                  Salah Richarlison Fraser Jota Chalobah
                  Auba Aguero Wilson

                  1. mattyb09
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    Holebas, not TAA

                  2. Klein
                    • 3 Years
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    Yeah. Press wc

                • The 12th Man
                  • 5 Years
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  Next week.potential move for free.
                  Martial,Anderson > Sane,Redmond ?

                  Will give me
                  Salah,Sane,Pogba,Richarlison,Redmond
                  Kane,Aubamayang,Kamara

                • smix
                  • 3 Years
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  Richarlison or Siggy ?

                  1. Debauchy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    Rich

                  2. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    Rich.

                • Hargo
                  • 3 Years
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  Fabianski Button
                  Robertson Luiz Shaw AWB Digne
                  Salah Pogba Hazard Anderson Camarasa
                  Auba Jimenez Ings

                  2 FT 0.1 ITB

                  Any suggestions?

                  1. BOATIES FC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    Looks a great team.
                    Maybe do somthing with Fab?
                    Anderson to Rich maybe for fixtures

                • leocarter27
                  • 3 Years
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  Start one?

                  A) Puncheon (Cardiff A)
                  B) Kamara (Burnley A)

                  Thanks

                  1. lugs
                    • 1 Year
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    Kamara easily

                • Ahmed Adam
                  • 1 Year
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  How do you See this Wildcard team

                  Etheridge /Button
                  Digne Arnold Chilwel Bisaka Bednadek

                  Salah Hazard Sane Deloufeo Maitland-niles

                  Jemenez Kane Barnes

                  1. Klein
                    • 3 Years
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    Dont like chilwell with fixtures turning. All else looks good

                  2. Warby84
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    Cheaper mids to maybe Redmond and Camarasa.. Maitland-Niles is a bad choice

                • corderz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  No Liverpool or Man City makes me think i need to use my wildcard.....Is there any way to salvage my team?

                  1FT + 1.6m ITB

                  Fabianski Foster
                  Luiz Digne Holebas Doherty AWB
                  Hazard Son Pogba Snodgrass Deulofeu
                  Kane Aubameyang Kamara

                  1. Debauchy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    Save easy to work in those you want going forward. Other teams also get points

                    1. Debauchy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      8 days, 11 hours ago

                      *players

                • Gamer18
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    Going into Week 1 of Last Man Standing who should I pick? Comment below.

                  • Whazza
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    Got 0.4 still on WC, do I bank it or any obvious improvements?

                    Guaita
                    VVD TAA AWB
                    Salah Hazard Sane Richarlison
                    Auba Arnie Jimenez

                    Patricio-Puncheon-Doherty-Bednarek

                    1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                      • 3 Years
                      8 days, 11 hours ago

                      Arnie or Rashford is the only debate there I'd say.

                      1. Whazza
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        8 days, 11 hours ago

                        Satisfying as it exactly 0.4, but actually set on Arnie as a differential in my ML.

                        1. BOATIES FC
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          8 days, 11 hours ago

                          He may well be gone this window though

                  • Mo Mané Mo Problems
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    Next weeks transfers:

                    Son, Anderson, Alonso to Salah, Hojberg, and TAA.

                    Can take a 0.1 drop on Son, Anderson and Alonso before I lose value.

                    Have 0.2ITB after those transfers. Salah is going to rise this week. Will TAA rise too? Will I have to pull the trigger early doors? Will any of the 3 going out double drop?

                    1. Brosstan
                      • 4 Years
                      8 days, 11 hours ago

                      Just get Hudson Odoi or Puncheon if you get priced out of Hojb

                      1. Debauchy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        8 days, 11 hours ago

                        This, better to get creative with your cheap folders than be forced by price changes

                      2. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        8 days, 11 hours ago

                        Fair point.

                        Guess CHO or Punch have some scope for rises too, if they start somewhat regularly.

                  • janowsc
                    • 4 Years
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    Should I save the FT or do Kamara -> Barnes? This is my dilemma...Ings, Doherty, Kamara, Torreira... gotta play someone... cheers

                  • TRASH BOAT
                    • 5 Years
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    Are people playing their Wolves players v City?

                    1. FPLGraham
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      8 days, 11 hours ago

                      Just Jimenez. Benching Doherty

                    2. caldracula
                      • 2 Years
                      8 days, 11 hours ago

                      Would play Jiminez if I owned him.

                    3. Sánchez
                      • 6 Years
                      8 days, 11 hours ago

                      Might have to play doherty as I have a few red flags

                    4. Simmoo
                      • 3 Years
                      8 days, 11 hours ago

                      No but I don't know why people are so petrified about a 5-0, a close game seems far more likely.

                      If I didn't have good alternatives I'd have no problem playing Doherty or Jimenez.

                    5. Brosstan
                      • 4 Years
                      8 days, 11 hours ago

                      Looks likely Doherty will have to come on for me. Wilson doubtful

                    6. TRASH BOAT
                      • 5 Years
                      8 days, 11 hours ago

                      Cheers - after that Spurs result it seems risky and I'd like a bit of MNF interest. May play Jimmy over Fraser or AWB.

                    7. AuFeld
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      8 days, 11 hours ago

                      If I didn't have Mitro, I would start Jim. I probably should still start Jim.

                    8. jtreble
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      8 days, 11 hours ago

                      RMT has Doherty as Sub. 3. :). I’ll pass.

                      1. TRASH BOAT
                        • 5 Years
                        8 days, 11 hours ago

                        Him v Sane will be a good watch...may get some joy...

                  • TLF
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    I think my benching headache will go down to the wire, i need to leave one of the following 3 out; WB, Digne or Camarasa.

                    1. Ask Yourself
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      8 days, 11 hours ago

                      WB

                    2. Warby84
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      8 days, 11 hours ago

                      I’m benching Wan B, have all 3

                  • Jafalad
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    The General is behind the times. I doubled up on LIV d in week 15 on WC. TAA and VVD being the weapons of choice. Good differential too.

                    1. diesel001
                      • 2 Years
                      8 days, 11 hours ago

                      General having a difficult season.

                  • AzzaroMax99
                    • 2 Years
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    My team:

                    GKP: Foster (Fabianski)
                    DEF: Alexander-Arnold, Wan-Bissaka, Digne, Robertson (Doherty)
                    MID: Martial, Felipe Anderson, Hazard (V) (Schürrle) (Kenedy)
                    FWD: Aubameyang (C), Rashford, Kane

                    1FT, 1.1 IDB

                    1. Do I need Salah this week? (can't get him w/o a hit)
                    2. Who for cap? Haz or Auba?

                    1. AuFeld
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      8 days, 11 hours ago

                      1. It's not imperative to own Salah this week.
                      2. Auba

                      1. AzzaroMax99
                        • 2 Years
                        8 days, 11 hours ago

                        Thx

                  • Turns
                    • 2 Years
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    Happy Thursday all! How am I looking for this week?

                    Patricio
                    Robbo - TAA - Kola
                    Haz(C) - Sane - Richy - Pereyra - Camarasa
                    Kane - Firmino
                    --------
                    Hamer - AWB - Jimenez - Bennett