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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  1. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 7 days 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
      6 months, 7 days ago

      Utd should sign him, would sort their RB issue.

    2. Amey
        6 months, 7 days ago

        I benched him for gw1 12 pointer.
        🙁

      • kalmoffit
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 7 days ago

        Had him all season and still no points from him.

    3. Tibbs
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 7 days 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
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 7 days ago

        B

      2. ElChapo
          6 months, 7 days 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
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 7 days 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
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 7 days 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
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 7 days 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
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              😀

      4. Reckoner.
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 7 days 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
        6 months, 7 days 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
          6 months, 7 days ago

          Holebas to a Liverpool defender

        2. ElChapo
            6 months, 7 days ago

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

        3. Zebrahimović
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 7 days ago

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

          1. mattyb09
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            6 months, 7 days ago

            Next week

          2. kalmoffit
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

            Wait

          3. Miguel Sanchez
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

            Wait

          4. Rupert The Horse
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

            Wait.

        4. Wakanda
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 7 days ago

          Choose 1
          Mane or Auba for next 5 fixtures

          1. Amey
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Auba

            • mattyb09
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Auba

            • kalmoffit
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Auba

            • Debauchy
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Auba

            • Rupert The Horse
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Auba.

            • Wakanda
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              thanks all. I guess i have no other choice

          2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 7 days 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
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              If nobody else to sell then reluctantly C

              1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 7 days 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
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

            Eriksen/Richarlison

            Or

            Hazard/Redmond

          4. Trane84
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

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

            Kane, Auba, Haz, Salah

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Haz

            2. The 5% Team
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Auba

            3. kalmoffit
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Terrified by Fulham, but Kane

            4. Debauchy
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Anyone but Haz

            5. Rupert The Horse
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Haz.

              1. Debauchy
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 7 days ago

                😆

            6. AuFeld
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

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

            7. Trane84
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Thanks all... Sort of

          5. smix
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

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

            1. Debauchy
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              C

            2. Fantasydreamer
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 7 days ago

              B

          6. fr3ddy
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 7 days ago

            Balbuena out for 6-8 weeks. Rip Fabianski points

            1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Brought him in for Pereira. Gets injured conceding penalty.

              Apologies to all who owned him.

          7. Gamer18
              6 months, 7 days ago

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

            • mattyb09
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              6 months, 7 days 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
                6 months, 7 days ago

                Holebas, not TAA

              2. Klein
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 7 days ago

                Yeah. Press wc

            • The 12th Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 7 days 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
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Richarlison or Siggy ?

              1. Debauchy
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 7 days ago

                Rich

              2. Rupert The Horse
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 7 days ago

                Rich.

            • Hargo
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 7 days 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
                6 months, 7 days ago

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

            • leocarter27
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Start one?

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

              Thanks

              1. lugs
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 7 days ago

                Kamara easily

            • Ahmed Adam
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 7 days 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
                6 months, 7 days ago

                Dont like chilwell with fixtures turning. All else looks good

              2. Warby84
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 7 days ago

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

            • corderz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 7 days 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
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 7 days ago

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

                1. Debauchy
                  • 6 Years
                  6 months, 7 days ago

                  *players

            • Gamer18
                6 months, 7 days ago

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

              • Whazza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                6 months, 7 days 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
                  6 months, 7 days ago

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

                  1. Whazza
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    6 months, 7 days 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
                      6 months, 7 days ago

                      He may well be gone this window though

              • Mo Mané Mo Problems
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 7 days 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
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 7 days ago

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

                  1. Debauchy
                    • 6 Years
                    6 months, 7 days ago

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

                  2. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                    • 5 Years
                    6 months, 7 days ago

                    Fair point.

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

              • janowsc
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 7 days ago

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

              • GARY AND JAMIE
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 7 days ago

                Are people playing their Wolves players v City?

                1. FPLGraham
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  6 months, 7 days ago

                  Just Jimenez. Benching Doherty

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

                  Would play Jiminez if I owned him.

                3. Sánchez
                  • 6 Years
                  6 months, 7 days ago

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

                4. Simmoo
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 7 days 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
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 7 days ago

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

                6. GARY AND JAMIE
                  • 5 Years
                  6 months, 7 days 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
                  • 2 Years
                  6 months, 7 days 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
                  6 months, 7 days ago

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

                  1. GARY AND JAMIE
                    • 5 Years
                    6 months, 7 days ago

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

              • TLF
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 7 days 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
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 7 days ago

                  WB

                2. Warby84
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 7 days ago

                  I’m benching Wan B, have all 3

              • Jafalad
                • 9 Years
                6 months, 7 days 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
                  6 months, 7 days ago

                  General having a difficult season.

              • AzzaroMax99
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 7 days 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
                  • 2 Years
                  6 months, 7 days ago

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

                  1. AzzaroMax99
                    • 2 Years
                    6 months, 7 days ago

                    Thx

              • Turns
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 7 days 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