Opinion

FPL Question Time – What to do with Man City players for Blank Gameweek 27

Fantasy Premier League managers are starting to ponder how best to handle Blank Gameweek 27.

Manchester City, Chelsea, Everton and Brighton all have no fixture on the weekend after next, which will affect our transfer plans.

We’ve asked our panel what their plans are…

Who’s on the panel this week?

Simon March – Former FPL champion who won the title in 2014/15. Has regularly contributed to these pages ever since.

Ben Crabtree – Another FPL title winner, who secured the crown in the 2016/17 campaign.

David Munday – editor of Fantasy Football Scout, a man who spends too much time in the members area for his own good.

Question 1 – Simon

David Peter: With Mane matching Salah outcome, is it time to jump ship?

Simon: “It’s easy to see the appeal of switching Salah to Mane given that the latter is a lot cheaper and, on a points-per-million basis, offers greater value for money.

“At the same time though, there is a feeling that we’ve ‘been here before’ with these two and, the last time at least, it ended up being a fairly decisive victory for Salah.

“He’s more expensive, definitely, but he’s also scored almost 50 points more than Mane already this season.

“In fact, from a pure points-scoring perspective, Salah isn’t just the best Liverpool asset but he is, arguably, the best option of any player full stop.

“However, it would be wrong to say that there aren’t potential advantages to be gained in switching Salah to Mane, it really depends on what you do with the extra money.

“For example, for me, it would allow an easy upgrade of Richarlison to Sterling and it’s hard to argue that this wouldn’t offer a better combo in the aggregate.

“But would I be more confident in captaining Mane or Sterling over Salah long term? Probably not. Salah’s consistency in terms of starts and returns gives him an almost unique advantage in that respect.

“Also, with so many good budget or mid-priced options currently available, and so few heavy-hitters demanding our attention, it’s debatable whether we even really need the extra money right now.

“If managers can achieve the same key player upgrades with Salah as they can without him, and without severely weakening their teams, then there isn’t as much of an advantage in making the switch.

“Of course, this will be different for every manager so the key question anybody considering this move needs to ask themselves is whether, for their team, the potential advantage is big enough to justify the risk of getting rid of the current highest-scoring, highest-owned player.”

Question 2 – David

Claremount Crusaders: If, like a lot of managers, I have three Liverpool and two Manchester United players, plus those who don’t have a fixture, is it best to play the Free Hit chip for Blank Gameweek 27?

David: “I’d be lying if I said the Free Hit chip hadn’t crossed my mind for Blank Gameweek 27.

“Like many Fantasy managers, I am currently in possession of Richarlison and Lucas Digne, while Leroy Sané is my Manchester City asset of choice.

“On current form, none of these options is hugely appealing in the short-term at least and I’m keen to offload them.

“However, I’m also faced with the dilemma of having to field four key players in one unpredictable match, with Andrew Robertson, Mohamed Salah, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford all in action at Old Trafford.

“The first obvious problem is that I don’t have a stand-out captain candidate with Liverpool away from home and Manchester United going up against that mean Reds’ defence.

“If I was playing the Free Hit, I’d be looking to get in maybe Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette for Arsenal’s home match with Southampton.

“However, I have to remember that while my squad doesn’t look in fantastic shape for the next round of fixtures, I still have 10 active players, which for a Blank Gameweek is a decent amount. I’d be surprised if the vast majority of Fantasy managers weren’t in a similar situation to that.

“Looking ahead to Blank Gameweeks 31 and 33, I could not be confident that I’ll be able to guarantee 10 active players, with more than four teams expected to miss games at that stage of the season.

“For that reason, I think the best course of action is to use my Free Transfers to plug the gaps in terms of players who Blank in Gameweek 27 and holding the Free Hit chip for a later date when it could have a bigger effect on my squad.”

Question 3 – Ben

Tom: With Richarlison not producing the goals anymore and an upcoming Blank Gameweek, who would you look to in the mid-price midfielder market, around the £7.0m mark?

Ben: “I’m in the boat with many other frustrated managers who own Richarlison and would have sold five weeks ago if the Double Gameweek had not been on the horizon.

“After the disappointment of Gameweek 25, the early sub against Watford and now a Blank Gameweek there’s no excuses to delay disposing of him any longer.

“From my watchlist, I have three main contenders to don the FC Crab Dogg colours.

“Felipe Anderson has a great immediate fixture in Fulham where they seem very weak down Anderson’s side.

“His fixtures after that are very good bar Manchester City away which comes immediately after but it’s not a game in which he can’t get attacking returns.

“His playing form is maybe a little better than his points form but West Ham have had a few harder games recently in contrast to their four easy games in the next five.

“I’d feel hard done by with less than 20 points over the next five games with potentially 30-35 possible if West Ham click again.

“Diogo Jota is the second of my main three candidates. His immediate fixture in Bournemouth away is decent.

“It wouldn’t surprise if Wolves don’t score and it wouldn’t surprise me if they score three. After that, they have two good fixtures but this is followed by a run of games that may mean you want to take him out, so potentially Jota is a short term option.

“He looks a bit stronger and like he’s adjusted to the Premier League, so I predict Jota’s points range to be 12-25 points over the next five games.

“Option number three is James Maddison at Leicester. Crystal Palace at home is next up which is quite a good fixture but the Eagles are quite strong defensively, especially if James Tomkins is back from injury for the game.

“After that, his fixtures offer strong potential to keep in until Gameweek 34 or 35.

“Performance-wise, Maddison rarely disappoints me but for FPL points he only has 11 in the last five games.

“Claude Puel appears to be the only person who believes he deserves rotation but as his opinion directly affects Maddison’s points, it is a concern.

“Leicester are playing well enough in my opinion and with their fixtures, I can see an upturn in points for Maddison.

“My current line of thought is to go for Anderson but I may switch to Maddison before the deadline.

“Ryan Fraser and Pascal Groß could come into my thinking but tricky upcoming fixtures for one and team form plus minutes issues for the other is tempering interest at the moment.”

Question 4 – David

Sam: What should we do with our Man City assets from GW27 onwards when they have no fixture?

David: “I think the right call on each Manchester City option depends on which player we’re talking about.

“For example, I think if I had Sergio Aguero right now I’d be benching him for Gameweek 27.

“No player has had more shots on target than Aguero in the last four Gameweeks, and his regularity of starts even across all three fixtures in Gameweeks 25 and 26 show he is the number one forward at Manchester City once again.

“I know that you could do an easy switch for Aubameyang for the Blank, but you are going to want Aguero straight back the following week.

“Booking in a future transfer could leave you with problems if you end up with injuries or bans elsewhere in your squad after Gameweek 27.

“With Raheem Sterling, it’s another judgement call as he has the potential to be important for you after the Blank Gameweek, so could be worth benching.

“However, his underlying statistics don’t quite compare to Aguero, with just four accurate shots in the last four Gameweeks. For that reason he doesn’t feel quite as essential for a transfer back in after Blank Gameweek 27 if you wanted to move him out.

“Outside of that, I think you can get away with ditching Manchester City options this week, especially if it involves moving on Leroy Sané.

“With the Champions League returning for the defending champions there will certainly be a greater risk of rotation for all their players so taking some time to suss out who the new favourites are during the busy period could help you avoid being stung by ‘Pep Roulette’.”

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1,219 Comments Post a Comment
  1. boc610
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    The fickle fickle "united are back!" brigade have already turned on them. Oh and Pogba is useless again....

  2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    This is a mourinho request performance so far

    United attack has surprised me, absolutely terrible against their biggest test so far

    Defence horrible

  3. Mysterion
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Enabler G
    Dzeko A

    (dial up)

    1. Mysterion
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Make that 2!

  4. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Sub Choupo on for the laugh.

    1. Mysterion
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      To get that long overdue assist...

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Still too soon.

  5. Kane Toads
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Auba/Kane/Aguero. Which two going forward from GW28 ??

    1. Kane Toads
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      ..I have Auba already...

    2. zotter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Just choose one imo

      1. zotter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        One. Maybe higain vardy depending on dgw. And rash or jimi

    3. Zombanksy
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Auba and Aguero if you have Son

  6. Jet5605
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    United need an entire new back four and also need to get rid of/replace Matic, Mata & Sanchez. Woodward agreeing to pay Sanchez £400k per week was pure madness.

    1. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Signing him was always a bad idea. Why would we want him instead of a CB...

  7. Right back Atsu
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Neville right on the BBC feed, lack of a midfield is costing Man U. Klopp should be licking his chops.

    1. The 5% Team
      1 month, 5 days ago

      first let's see how Chelsea will do next Monday

      1. thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Agreed. People love to bash on utd but they beat spurs and ars and I think they’ll get the better of chelsea.

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 5 days ago

          psg love to bash them

  8. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Fellaini needed.

  9. tm245
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    United not attacking much at all through the middle.

    1. Fred54
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      They need to play Fulham every week...

  10. Dynamic Duos
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Ederson and Richarlison to Fabianski and Maddison -4, which leaves 3m itb and then getting Sterling for 28-30 to go with Aguero, just means Son (c) gwk27 , which I'm not to excited about.

    1. The 5% Team
      1 month, 5 days ago

      no other options?

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Salah maybe

  11. ZimZalabim
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    is lukaku coming on to shore up the PSG defence ?

  12. DA Minnion
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Where's Fellani when you need him.

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Getting his elbows sharpened.

    2. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Butting heads in China

    3. Fred54
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Think he's putting together a fake Apple product somewhere in China...

    4. Mysterion
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Getting his branches cut and bush trimmed

  13. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    PSG fans still going, they deserve to see their team winning.

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I'd like to hear the United fans sing the Allo Allo theme

  14. andrewe63
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Man utd could do with an Ashley barnes?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Impossible to ignore.

      1. Wild Rover
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Who?

      2. FPL Opinion
        1 month, 5 days ago

        According to form and statistics

    2. Prawnsandwich
      1 month, 5 days ago

      10 Ashley Barnes more like

      1. Prawnsandwich
        1 month, 5 days ago

        *can he play in goal?

    3. Right back Atsu
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I say Ashley.

  15. Wild Rover
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    I’m not a fan of Utd or Arsenal but I do find the demise of Sánchez sad, especially as it was a transfer made for all he wrong reasons

    1. Wild Rover
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I doubt that Arsenal, Utd or Sanchez don’t regret it

      1. thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        This!

      2. Mysterion
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Atom & Humber too

    2. ZimZalabim
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I was just thinking that

    3. TAT
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Don't think many of us Arsenal fans miss him.

      1. Fred54
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Yeah now that Iwobi is running things.

        1. TAT
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Good one! It was clear he didn't want to stay at Arsenal, so him leaving didn't bother me one bit.

      2. Wild Rover
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        He was your best player

        1. TAT
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Who lost the ball more than he manage to play it. He clearly didn't want to play for Arsenal that last year he was there, so there's no way I'm missing him, that's for sure.

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Jose sucked the confidence out of him.

    5. The 5% Team
      1 month, 5 days ago

      agreed...hard working on the pitch and technically great, and now this...

    6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      He went for the money, his motivation slipped

      He was always someone who worked so hard no matter what the situation. It looks like he's working at 70 percent these days

      1. ZimZalabim
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        This is his side, he wanted to go to man city but he wanted to go in Jan 2018 and i think he made up his mind that he was leaving in that window whatever the case and united just offered money that he couldn't turn down.

        Didnt make sense for any party at all, Arsenal would have been better off to have sold him the previous summer to Psg for 40 million

    7. tm245
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      AW's cutthroat policy about older players worked in this case, he has lost a step that he can't afford to lose.

      1. ZimZalabim
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        wenger didnt have any cut throat policy about older players his players were all poached when they hit their peak years

        he kept old slow players like mertersacker around for far too long

        he even brought back a well past it Henry

    8. DA Minnion
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Remember him playing up front and scoring goals galore.

  16. thomashl
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Young’s best effort tonight was almost breaking di Maria’s arm

    1. Wild Rover
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Worthy of a bap or two

      1. thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Ayee

    2. tm245
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Best thing to happen to PSG, that play. Rallied the troops.

  17. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Rashford sighting.

  18. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Rashford subbed

    1. Pasqualinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Rest at the weekend didn’t work so well, then?

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        It was perfect

  19. Ambrosiana Inter
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    What was wrong with martial? And is Jiménez ok?

    1. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Groin issues I think. Jimi i dunno

  20. korbendallas82
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    We were under to Juventus in 99, But Then we had Roy Keane who stod up, and scored a dreams goal.

    Maby People forget him, since he has been through a long period with bad manager spells.
    Sunny is. KO if he is knocked out.

    1. korbendallas82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Buy FIFA.

    2. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Roy Keane that legend. No one quite like him

  21. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Wow pogba should be off

    1. FPL Opinion
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Your wish is granted

    2. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      But kimbembe stayed. Rubbish

  22. FPL Opinion
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Shaw needs to watch Andrew Robertson videos

  23. Dynamic Duos
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    What a great night

    1. TAT
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      It really is!

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I'm loving it

        1. TAT
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Would love another PSG goal.

    2. fclackless [RoboKlopp]
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Can focus on europa league qualification at least.

    3. korbendallas82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      So, witch loser team do You cheer on? Derby?
      Since You choose to swing your big P around?

      1. Bookkeeper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        you need english lessons, terrible grammar.

        1. korbendallas82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Ouch. And from boo keef. Ouch.

    4. korbendallas82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I have u in my book

  24. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    He brought the 2nd yellows with him 😮

  25. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Pogba off

    United out

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      You only just realised they're going out?

  26. FPL Opinion
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Bye bye Paul - have a nice rest during your suspension

  27. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Pogba 😀

    Rest between SOU & ARS.

  28. tm245
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Good for FPL, that card.

  29. Jᴀʀᴠish
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Referee Robbie Keane sends off Pogba

  30. Wild Rover
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Enjoy the rest 🙂