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How Eden Hazard’s exit could affect Chelsea’s other FPL midfielders

Eden Hazard‘s move to Real Madrid brings to an end the Belgian’s seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge and his prolonged stint as a premium midfield option in Fantasy Premier League.

Chelsea’s number ten may have frustrated Fantasy managers on the odd occasion but he has been a talismanic figure for the Blues and a serial plunderer of FPL points, having registered 85 goals and 66 assists in the Premier League since his debut in August 2012.

A total of 238 points in 2018/19 represented his best ever single-season haul, with only Mohamed Salah having recorded more in the campaign just gone.

The questions now are where does that leave Chelsea and how appealing are their other Fantasy options in 2019/20 as a result?

The Blues are in unfamiliar territory as they haven’t had to cope without Hazard for an extended period during his time in west London, with the Belgian having avoided serious injury and made 31 or more Premier League appearances in each of his seven seasons with Chelsea.

The Belgian’s longest spell on the sidelines was for four top-flight matches in 2015/16.

In the season just gone, Hazard missed only one league game – the 4-0 win over Burnley in October – and featured as a substitute in a further five fixtures.

Members can read on for further analysis.

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51 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Coldplay
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Alright this round of cricket fantasy was awful because of the rain, which makes me ask which matches in the next round are most likely going to be washed out? Southampton, Taunton, Bristol, Nottingham, Cardiff and London folks your insights are needed please

    1. Make America Greta Again
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Bieber or Cruise in a fight? My money would be on Tom, especially if wrestling allowed.

      1. Coldplay
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Yeah if it was Tom from Top Gun, sure

        1. Fantasy Gold
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Bieber would get KOed by my Nan so Tom by 1st round submission

          1. Nomar
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            This.

            Bieber looks like he’d cry if you touched his hair.

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      The later in the week the better it looks like weather will be

    3. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      The main reason it was awful is because cricket.

    4. farmerfat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      How does the ICC host the world cup in a country that rains every day. This is not a dig at England, just ruins the entire new format that they put together because a lot of the games will be rained out

      1. Nightcrawler
          4 months, 10 days ago

          This format is the best it's just the selection of hosts that is not

    5. Indpush
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Damn it! So slow I have to read the darn article instead of figuring it out from reading comments.

      1. Indpush
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Good, it's for members only. I can't read it after all.

        Hold on... Wait a minute...

        Damn it!

    6. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      *** Tumbleweed ***

      1. AuFeld
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        I disagree.

      2. Lord Tachanka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Nope, not enough wind for that

      3. Skull And Gnomes 9
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Apart from its primary vascular system and roots, the tissues of the tumbleweed structure are dead, much like the mainstream media since 9/11.

    7. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      FAO FPL price fixer committee :

      David McGoldrick has never scored an international goal.

      4.5m has a nice ring to it.

      EOM

      1. The Danger Zone!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Nice try!

    8. Lord Tachanka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Robertson was the all time record points scoring defender but I get the feeling everyone here is going to pick TAA instead.

      The double or triple up is tempting but how many will hold their nerve if Pool don’t clean in GW1?

      1. 32chickens
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Robertson for me
        ( call me Joe Gomez....)

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        TAA, Robbo, Salah will be my Liverpool weapons of choice all being well - it’ll be good to get prices and fixtures though to make sure

        1. Ghost Gooner
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Will you ignore City defence?

          1. Lord Tachanka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            I think I’m going to go two Liverpool AND two City at the back.

            Going to have to cheap out my forward line though.

            1. Ghost Gooner
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              That's an interesting strategy but will 2 City/Pool defence allow for Sterling and Salah without decimating the rest of your squad?

              Using FFFix prices I got this:

              Fab 4.0
              TAA Laporte Digne AWB 4.5
              Salah Sterling Brooks 4.5 4.5
              PEA Vardy 4.5

              1. Game Over
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                it could be done I reckon.

                who is PEA?

                How much money would this leave for the 3 missing players?

                Pickford 4.0
                TAA Robbo, Laporte, Digne Periera
                Salah Sterling 4.5 4.5 +1
                4.5 +2

                Sorry I don't have FFFix

                1. Ghost Gooner
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  PEA is Auba (should have written him as his more known name)

                  You'd have 21.0 left

                  1. Game Over
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    THANK YOU

                    It's tempting.

                    Always captain Salah or Sterling.

                    21m for 3 players - there's always some bargains at 6.5, just about getting on them early.

                    You'd need balls to stick to the 5 man defence tho. Patience very much required.

          2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            If Mendy is fit he’d be my first choice -Laporte will likely be 6.5 so he could be skippable at that price but equally could be super

            As I posted a few days ago -I’m not really interested in many attackers this season outside of sterling, Salah, (as long as they're not reclassed to forwards) and Vardy - maybe JWP, Tielemans, Maddison & H-Barnes also... possibly Redmond as I think Southampton will be good under Ralphie

            Kane doesn't interest me really at the minute
            Pogba will get a massive price hike
            As will Rashford
            Son & Moura same
            Eriksen probably gone
            Mane's price will rocket
            Haz will be gone
            Richarlison & Siggy big price hikes
            Good luck trying to afford Jiminez
            Same with Jota, who could also be a forward
            Deulofeu big price rise
            Mili will be priced out of it
            Zaha might be good if he gets popped back to midfield & doesnt price rise
            Fraser, Wilson, King, Brooks - need to keep an eye on them
            Mahrez, Dilva, Bilva, Sane - nothing but rotation headaches

            And then we have TAA, Robbo, Digne, VVD, Mendy, Laporte all just sitting waiting ready to make a mockery of the vast majority of these attackers, for much cheaper into the bargain

      3. noquarternt
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        The thing is everyone always says they're going to go heavy in defence pre season/ before prices are announced.

        Robertson and TAA will surely be 7.0 or 6.5ish. People will put them in and then realise they can't have all the big hitters they want.

        Think it's too dependent on prices and fixtures, but City and Liverpool are so far ahead of the other teams that I can see most people taking 3 from each.

        1. Ghost Gooner
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Anyone who goes 3 Pool & City will have to accept that for at least 2 gws their team will suffer unless the rest of the team delivers big. Even when they don't face each other the chances for a distaster of a gw is high.

          1. noquarternt
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            I think that's a risk most will be willing to take. Depends on prices of course, but they're so much better than the rest...

        2. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Far too optimistic on Robbo/TAA price - I think TAA is very likely to be 7.5

          1. Miniboss
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 10 days ago

            They both could even be worth it. I think VAR coming will increase the amount of penalty shots these guys will be getting for Pool.

    9. Ghost Gooner
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      If Robbo is only 0.5 more and Pool don't get a backup LB or one that can play from gw1 then I'm going for Robbo to avoid TAA's benchings in tough games

      1. Ghost Gooner
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Reply fail to Lord Tachanka

      2. Lord Tachanka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Seems pretty sound, didn’t hold TAA for much of the season until the last 6 game weeks as he always got injured as soon as I got him in before that.

        Fortunately I always held Robbo and TAA was be double up.

      3. Skull And Gnomes 9
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        The Mountain of Men will put VVD as the first man on my team sheet, never to leave, unless the mountain explodes in a cataclysmic fire of Hilary Clinton knickers.

        1. Ghost Gooner
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          😆

          I'll only consider VVD only if he is cheaper than Robbo (7.5), TAA (7.0), VVD (6.5)

          1. Skull And Gnomes 9
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            The case for double Pool defense is strong.
            But Mane and Sane may well be stronger, I think this may well define our season.

            1. Ghost Gooner
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Sane? 😯

              He killed my season and I've vowed to never get him ever again 😡

              1. Skull And Gnomes 9
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                I do beg your pardon! 😆
                Salad!_I'm on the juice, sorry to bring back bad dreams sir.

    10. sinik
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Any mods around? Heatmap has been broken for a bit, is the bug known?

      1. Athletico Timbo
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        It’s not broken it’s just the longer it’s been since a game the colder the heat map looks. So by now you shouldn’t see anything.

        1. sinik
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          lol well played

        2. fclackless [RoboKlopp]
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 10 days ago

          🙂

      2. Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        What's wrong with it for you?

        1. sinik
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          looks like this:
          https://i.imgur.com/X51Bq13.png

    11. MeatPieSausageRoll
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Oblak has asked Ole if he can come

        https://www.skysports.com/football/transfer-paper-talk

        1. Slouch87 Scott Talent
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Reported by "The Truth" aka The Daily Mail.