Pre-Season

Origi among the budget FPL forwards to monitor

With so many appealing premium options in Fantasy Premier League next season, the emergence of a playable budget forward would be a huge bonus.

Raul Jimenez was the Fantasy manager’s friend last year, returning 13 goals, ten assists and 31 bonus points having started the 2018/19 campaign priced at just £5.5m.

The Mexico international has predictably been handed a significant rise upon FPL’s relaunch for 2019/20 and will now set Fantasy bosses back £7.5m.

A cursory glance through the FPL price list suggests that we will struggle to find a ‘Jimenez’ among the sub-£6.0m forward options this time, although pre-season often throws up a wildcard from this price bracket that we had previously disregarded.

Big Six Back-Ups

Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri will be on standby to start in Gameweek 1

Perhaps the most eye-catching name among the 22 strikers currently available in the £4.5m-£5.5m grouping is Divock Origi (£5.5m).

The Belgian striker only played 367 minutes of Premier League football last season but was increasingly involved in Jurgen Klopp’s squads as the year progressed.

We may only be an injury to Mohamed Salah (£12.5m), Roberto Firmino (£9.5m) or Sadio Mane (£11.5m) away from seeing Origi string together a succession of starts in the top flight, although Jurgen Klopp could very well bolster his attacking options over the summer following the release of Daniel Sturridge and sale of Danny Ings (£6.0m).

Origi was well down the pecking order at the start of 2018/19, with Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri (£6.5m) very much the preferred options when Klopp needed to hand breathers to one of his regular front three.

The Belgian striker featured in just three of Liverpool’s first 24 league matches, failing to make the matchday squad on 13 occasions.

However, Origi was the man Klopp frequently turned to in the season run-in: the former Lille striker deputising for Firmino from the start in Gameweeks 28, 29 and 38, as well as in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona.

Origi came off the bench in the final of that competition to score Liverpool’s decisive second goal.

Mane and Salah are currently on duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, a tournament that could have a significant say in their availability in Gameweek 1.

The competition final takes place exactly three weeks before the start of the 2019/20 season, leaving little time for the premium midfield duo to recover and return to Liverpool’s pre-season camp should Egypt and/or Senegal make it that far.

Both Salah and Mane started in Gameweek 1 last season but their countries had been eliminated in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup and the pair had more than six weeks to ready themselves for domestic action.

More pertinently, Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson (both £5.5m), who made it to the final weekend of the World Cup with their respective countries, were handed three weeks off after their exertions in Russia and failed to start on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

Origi, then, may be a short-term budget punt for Gameweek 1 should Salah and Mane be handled carefully by Klopp – though that is a decision that will likely have to be made very shortly before the season kicks off in early August.

Beyond that, Origi will be a ‘sleeper’ that could come in handy should any injury befall Salah, Mane or Firmino.

The other three FPL forwards representing a ‘big six’ club in this list are Eddie Nketiah, Mason Greenwood and Vincent Janssen (all £4.5m).

The budget trio managed just one league start between them last season and very much merit their cut-price tags, although Greenwood will be one to monitor given how impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was with the young United striker after his debut in Gameweek 38:

Mason Greenwood was brilliant, he was our best player by a mile and that says a lot about the kid. He came into the team with a lack of confidence and you can see that has take a total. Not surprised by his performance, we know he is capable of that.

Options from the Promoted Clubs

David McGoldrick missed only one league game last season

The arrival of Josip Drmic (£5.5m) could put pressure on Teemu Pukki (£6.5m) at Norwich City but the Finn is still expected to be Daniel Farke’s preferred option in Gameweek 1, with Drmic’s career needing a serious kickstart following an injury-ravaged few years.

You can read more about the Swiss international’s credentials in our Scout Report.

Dennis Srbeny (£5.5m) may not even be at Carrow Road come August but should he still be on the books, he won’t be of much interest to Fantasy managers: the German striker failed to start a single game last season and made only two substitute appearances in Norwich’s final 19 fixtures.

Jonathan Kodjia (£5.5m) is expected to be a backup option at Villa, meanwhile, with Wesley Moraes (£6.0m) having been bought from Club Brugge.

Kodjia started only five of Villa’s final 23 league and play-off fixtures and was mostly an impact substitute, featuring on the left flank as much as he did up top last season.

David McGoldrick (£5.5m) is perhaps one of the more likelier starters among the 22 players featured in this article.

McGoldrick played in all but one of Sheffield United’s 46 Championship fixtures (starting 36 of them) and scored more goals (15) than he has ever managed in a single season in the second tier.

Starting all but one match between Gameweeks 9 and 28, McGoldrick was one of the first names on the teamsheet for much of the season although did face bench duty on five occasions after Gary Madine and Scott Hogan’s loan captures in January.

Only four Championship players registered more shots than McGoldrick, with the former Ipswich Town forward also expected to be on penalties for the Blades in 2019/20 after his three successes from the spot last season.

The Rest

Shane Long scored four goals in the final six Gameweeks of 2018/19

There are slim pickings elsewhere.

Xande Silva and Connor Wickham (both £4.5m) failed to make a single start between them in 2018/19 and are some way down the pecking order at West Ham and Palace, although Marko Arnautovic (£7.0m) has handed in a transfer request in recent days and looks set for a summer exit.

Matej Vydra (£5.5m) hasn’t made one Premier League start in 2019, meanwhile, as he continues to play second fiddle to Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes (both £6.5m).

Joselu (£5.0m) is reportedly nearing the exit door at Newcastle but the exodus of players and manager, plus the failure to so far snap up Salomon Rondon on a permanent deal, could pave a way for Yoshinori Muto (£5.5m) to feature with more regularity in 2019/20.

Newcastle’s dismal opening run of fixtures and the Japan international’s forgettable debut season (one goal, no assists) will mean Fantasy interest is likely to be very limited, however.

There are several budget strikers whose first-team opportunities may hinge on injuries to their teammates.

Isaac Success (£5.0m) was very much fourth-choice forward by the season’s end at Watford and started just one league match in 2019.

Dominic Solanke (£5.5m), Lys Mousset (£5.0m) and Sam Surridge (£4.5m) are reliant on a loss of form or fitness from Josh King (£6.5m) and Callum Wilson (£8.0m), with even an ‘out of position’ David Brooks (£6.5m) generally preferred to this trio when the first-choice strike pair were sidelined last season.

Solanke, Mousset and Surridge made only three starts between them in 2018/19.

Further along the south coast, Shane Long (£5.0m), Michael Obafemi (£5.0m) and Sam Gallagher (£4.5m) face a fight for first-team minutes following the summer captures of Che Adams and Danny Ings (both £6.0m).

Nathan Redmond (£6.5m), meanwhile, was frequently deployed ‘out of position’ up front after Ralph Hasenhuttl’s arrival midway through last season.

Long saw more minutes and gained more FPL points in 2018/19 than any forward now in the sub-£6.0m bracket.

The Irish forward started 12 league matches last season, including five of Southampton’s last seven, and scored on five occasions.

Hasenhuttl had positive words to say about Long in the season run-in although the arrival of Adams, plus the fact that the Irish striker turns 33 midway through next season, may well see him again become a peripheral figure at St. Mary’s.

It will be interesting to see if Graham Potter can transform Brighton into a more attractive side over the summer, given his reputation for playing attacking football at Swansea and Ostersunds.

Pre-season will certainly be an intriguing watch, given that the Seagulls have one of the best opening runs of fixtures in the first six Gameweeks of 2019/20.

With Glenn Murray (£6.0m) turning 36 in September, budget forwards Jurgen Locadia (£5.5m) – more often used on the flank by Chris Hughton – and Florin Andone (£5.0m) will be hoping for more of a look-in under their new boss.

Potter seems likely to add to his striking options over the summer, though, which could swiftly dash any hopes on that front.

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  1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 15 hours ago

    Definitely getting Origi, no brainer.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 15 hours ago

      Oi! Get off. I've had him for days and got a load of flak over it!

  2. Differential (c)
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 15 hours ago

    McGoldrick probably as low as you can get, below is just not worth considering for a starting berth. On penalites, so it not all thag bad.

    Cheers for the article.

  3. Make Arrows Green Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    Is Arnautovic not 7.0? Think he is

    1. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      Good article though, cheers

      1. Skonto Rigga
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 12 hours ago

        Thank you! Good spot with the price, now fixed - this was a written-at-1am-and-losing-the-will-to-live-as-I-namechecked-Dennis-Srbeny job. That was originally the URL of the article, too.

    2. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      I was about to say the same thing!

      1. Make Arrows Green Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        It says a lot that FPL has only been live for about a week and we know the exact prices of everyone worth considering 🙂

        1. Make Arrows Green Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          *and a whole load that aren't

  4. Christina.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    This is scraping the barrel.

    1. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      In what way?

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        In the Dunk @ 4.5m will outscore Origi @ 5.5m sort of way.

    2. Differential (c)
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      The whole point of the article haha. Some of us need another Jimenez to show up.

      And just so you know, barrel scraping is a respectable job, do away with your negative stereotypes of barrel scrapers in general.

    3. Helia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      Agreed... If your 3rd Liverpool spot is Origi then good luck to ya

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        Missing the point Christina. A 5.5 striker is not a season keeper. There's a chance one, two or three of Salah, Mane and Firmino will be rested GW1-2.

        1. Make Arrows Green Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          I suppose the problem is that you probably wouldn't start anyone 5.0-5.5, so why spend the extra money? There might be reasons but it's very much an issue.

        2. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          FFS 101

          Use the reply button

    4. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      I've seen people with Kodija and Long, thinking they'll play. So it's useful for many on FFS to get a full understanding of the pecking order at some of these clubs.

      And if Firmino does get injured, Origi could be a major player in FPL this season.

  5. Helia
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    Is it worth having a nailed 4.5 defender on the bench
    Or
    A 4.0 and upgrade one of Coleman to Digne or vvd to Robbo?

    Defence currently is
    Ederson
    TAA vvd Coleman (el Mohamady, kelly)

    1. Respect My Authoritah
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      Elmo isn't even nailed

      1. Helia
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        Insert another nailed 4.5 then. Minimal pre season research done, just was an assumption.

      2. Helia
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        Ps... I’m still pretty sure he is nailed. Been nailed for the last 2 seasons.

        1. Ady87
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          Popping up with goals in the ACON as well and has a few goals in him.

    2. Mixed Bag
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      Depends how long you want to hold your first wildcard for.

      Stronger bench = more resilient squad to injuries and difficult fixtures

      Weaker bench = better starting 11 (on paper)

      Impossible to say which approach is better. I am on a weak bench at the moment and hoping preseason kicks up a few cheap options. Last season has spoilt me.

    3. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      Best 4.5s....
      Dunk, Fredericks, Targett, Diop, Lascelles, Aarons

      Possibly Watford/SU at a real push.

  6. Jacky boy
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    Which pair?
    A) king + zaha
    B) vardy + dendonkey

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      the one with Kane...

      lol

      1. Jacky boy
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        Both of them have

    2. Respect My Authoritah
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      If both are starters, has to be A. Think Vardy is a great option tho

  7. Garlana
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    I couldn't even read the bottom of the post mainly because of the amount of dross players available.

    1. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      It's risky not reading to the end. Anyone reading just the first line of your post, for example, might get completely the wrong idea.

  8. Differential (c)
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    Apparently, Palace are keen on signing Callum Chambers, as they look to bolster their defence.

    Wonder if they've seen his career history. Surely he's done well for newly promoted teams before . . . .

    1. Differential (c)
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      Scratch out "newly promoted", I meant teams in general after leaving the saints.

    2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      Bolster as in drill holes in your boat?

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      We turned Ayew’s demotion record around! But he or TFM feel quite possible if it’s not Clyne coming back home. We do live too 6 rejects

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        Live too or love top? I’m not sure now

  9. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    Looks like David McGoldrick (£5.5m) is the only decent budget striker available. Good article. Told me a lot I didn't know, especially about the promoted teams.

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      I could have told you all of that in 2 words.

      STAY AWAY

    2. Differential (c)
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      On pens is a plus too. Hardly to be this season's Jimmy, but hey, it is what it is.

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        I think they got this one wrong. I saw a fan say it’s billy sharp on them as long as he is on the pitch. Also SHU looking to sign 2 more strikers I doubt he’ll get much to do

        1. Differential (c)
          • 3 Years
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          Really? Interesting, shows you that looking at stats doesnt show everything. Two striker? Havent hward of that, but sounds reasonable for a promoted team.

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            15 days, 14 hours ago

            They play a nice 5212 it’s a very interesting system

            1. Differential (c)
              • 3 Years
              15 days, 14 hours ago

              I can see that transposing to a 3-4-3 in possession. A very nice tactical tweak of that.
              I think they need a class player to fill that DM spot if they are to stay up. I've seen many Champ DMs not make the grade at top level.

  10. FootballFanatic365- BOOM Xh…
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    Helllooooooooo FFS and all of yous!!!

    What we doing this time?

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      Triple BOU attack for the first 2 fixtures and then WC GW3 🙂

      1. FootballFanatic365- BOOM Xh…
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        Thanks hahaha i meant generally.

        1. Brooksy86
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          Working 9 to 5... On just enough to make a living...

  11. RED_ARMY
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    Expecting Heaton to be first choice ?

  12. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    Imagine Sanchez does not transfer and gets a run in the team.
    Even a hint of form in pre-season at 7.0m a player who 3 years ago got as many FPL point as Salah did last year!!
    Totally done at utd or a possible option?

    1. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      Keeping a close eye on him. Easy downgrade from Siggy maybe.

      1. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        At least he got kicked out of copa gives him an extra week rest / pre season

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      Anytime I’ve seen him play in the last year or two he’s looked overweight and more importantly that he has totally lost the yard of explosive pace that made him so dangerous

      I’m not sure whether he pace is permanently gone now as he’s just older, or whether it could come back if he got into better shape...

      But yeah if he showed signs of form he’d be a ridiculous bargain. Personally I think he’s finished though

      1. Brooksy86
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        All this

  13. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    Talk to me about Angelino signing for City. Anyone have any idea who will be first choice LB? Will Mendy stay?

    1. Differential (c)
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      LB spot situation even more convuluted with Angelino signing. Now Zinky, Mendy and Angelino are fighting for that LB berth. Tough.

      At RB, would expect to start unless City sign Cancelo. Don't think Danilo gets a a look in.

      1. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        Who will be beside Laporte to 5.5 options currently.
        A signing will be made for this spot with Kompany gone?

        1. Differential (c)
          • 3 Years
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          First, for my reply above I meant Walker to start unless Cancelo signs.

          Beside Laporte, hmmm, Maguire was being assesed, but seems like city have let that ship sail and are moving on to Ake. Not sure Pep rates Stones or Ota to start beside Aymeric.

        2. lilmessipran
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          Although Rodri is being signed as a long term Fernandinho replacement.. wouldn't surprise me at all if he starts at cb ..solid defensively and can play out with the ball from cb

          1. Differential (c)
            • 3 Years
            15 days, 14 hours ago

            He can play as a CB? Really?
            If what you say is true, think it could have massive ramificatins for City's full backs.
            Now I'm defo keeping an eye on Pep's tactics in preseason. If what I hypothesise happens, Walker/Cancelo probably nailed in my team.

          2. Albrightondknight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 14 hours ago

            That would be interesting.

      2. Make Arrows Green Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        Walker to start?

        1. Differential (c)
          • 3 Years
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          Thats what I meant haha, forgot to type walker lol.

    2. Mixed Bag
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      From what I've heard he's very good. They now have 3 viable options at LB and it'll take preseason to sort out who's the likely starter.

      Even then Pep will rotate. Personally it has made me more likely to go for Walker.

    3. Mixed Bag
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      Aké is being linked, that'd be a nice 5m option in the City defence.

      Literally everyone would own him though.

      1. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        But Ake would see some rotation with Stones and possibly Ota?

  14. ☠Cypress Chill☠
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    4-5-1 first draft.....i know she isn't sexy,but what you think about her?

    Fabianski (Button)
    VVD - PVA - Luiz - Coleman (4.0m)
    Mo - Raz - Siggy - Doucoure - Kante
    HK (4.5x2)

    Thanx

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      451 is tempting but you are paying .5 more for nearly definite non starters compared to 4.0 defenders ( tbf not many starters in that department either, plus if that one striker does not start you can only field 10 due to formation rules.

    2. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      Think the triple premium weakens your midfield too much. You can't play Kante, or Doucoure really for that matter.

      If you want the magic three maybe downgrade Siggy to someone like Zaha and get a bit more to spend? Trossard an option at 6.0.

      1. ☠Cypress Chill☠
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        Siggy to Perez (if joins Lei) - Luiz to a 5.5m Spurs def and the 2m to upgrade the other 2 mids....

        1. Make Arrows Green Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          Sounds very sensible to me. You still have Coleman to take advantage of Everton fixtures.

  15. Differential (c)
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    If you own Digne, makes sense to NOT go Pickford and jist get Lloris at the same price, right? For set and forget.

    1. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      That was my thinking but ended up going for Ryan / Heaton as they dovetail nicely.

      I say "ended up".. There's over a month to go!

      1. Differential (c)
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        Interesting take, but I'm more of a "set and forget" type of guy for this season. Cheers.

        1. Make Arrows Green Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          I am usually bit times are hard!

    2. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      Why? You are getting Digne for 2 reasons clean sheets and potential attacking returns..the major part , the clean sheets applies to Pickford as well..I'd rather double than hedge with Everton's opening fixtures

      1. Differential (c)
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        My thinking as well, Pickford's run lasts until about December, ideal for a set and forget. Cheers.

        1. Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          Who will get the least clean sheets?
          Chelsea ManU Spurs Everton
          All keepers same price so why Pickford?
          Digne is a totally different situation.

          1. Differential (c)
            • 3 Years
            15 days, 14 hours ago

            The fixture run. Insanely good. The definition of set and forget.

            1. Differential (c)
              • 3 Years
              15 days, 14 hours ago

              But Lloris is one who I'm really looking at as well. Will really go down yo yhe wire on this one.
              Not sure on Kepa. DeGea, if he regains his form, could be brilliant.

            2. Kopkloppers
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              15 days, 14 hours ago

              It is good but I follow Everton and fixtures have never counted for much. Not saying a bad pick but I would prefer a keeper in a quality side at the same price.

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      That’s in most of my drafts. I’m starting to get tempted by whichever of Heaton or Pope nails the preseason slot. Even Joe Hart made plenty of saves and a better cs record seems reasonable. Heaton and Pope could work too - prefer that to the generic Ryan Button even for 0.5 more

      1. Differential (c)
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        Think.Pope will get it, Heaton reejected a contract extension, and is targeted by a few teams.

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          Agree.

          In principle it seems unlikely both will stay when fit and the contract would appear to be indicative Pope and Heaton elsewhere could be popular I imagine

  16. JamTart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    First draft I've settled on after some playing with kun/sterling debates.

    Ryan/Button
    Robbo/TAA/Digne/XXX/Diop
    Salah/Sterling/Siggy/Fraser/Townsend
    King/Wickham/Greenwood
    5.5 ITB

    XXX will be the laporte partner from the community shield or potentially Zinchenko.

  17. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    As BOU have two nice opening fixtures would this triple BOU attack be too much to try to kick off well or with City on the horizon in GW3 is it just an early WC?

    Ryan

    TAA Robbo Laporte Coleman

    Sterling Mane Siggy Brooks

    Wilson King

    Button Stephens Kelly Nketiah

  18. Flaming Flamingo
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    Given the lack of good 4.5 options, a lot of people seem to be looking towards Ederson or Alisson for their goalkeeper spot. However for those looking for a premium keeper, I think Lloris looks a viable alternative:

    - One would expect Spurs to improve their home defensive record with their move to the new stadium. In their five PL matches at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium they conceded an average xGA of 0.968. In their other 9 matches at home to top 6 teams they conceded an average xGA of 1.24.

    - New signing Ndombele should help improve Spurs defence as well. He averaged more tackles per game than any other Spurs midfielder last season. His ability on the ball should also help the team with regards to ball retention and sustaining attacks.

    - Lloris had the equal second highest PPG for regularly starting goalkeepers last season (4.4) and also the second highest save percentage (75.2%). With Alisson ranking highest in both.

    - He's 0.5 cheaper than Alisson and Ederson.

    - Selecting him woul allow you to utilise your 3 Liverpool and Man City slots on outfield players.

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      The Ppg attracts me too but it’s dlightky skewed by pens

      1. Flaming Flamingo
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        That's why I wanted to highlight his save percentage as well. In my opinion, save percentage is probably the best way to predict future points for goalkeepers. Goalkeeper points are very difficult to predict because of things like penalties, but those who have a consistently high save percentage tend to offer some sort of reliability.

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          15 days, 14 hours ago

          Agreed

          I’m with you generally. I think Spurs are the top 6 side most likely to improve cs record AND get significant cs numbers. They have been home titans under Poch before after all.

    2. Flaming Flamingo
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      It's meant to say non-top 6 teams in the second paragraph, sorry.

    3. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      Very sensible and good advice. I just think you want to lock yourself into the super-premium clean sheets (Liverpool / City) or you save loads of money and go for someone like Heaton who could be a bargain this year.

      I'm backing Burnley to be much better at the back without European commitments etc.

      1. Flaming Flamingo
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        Thank you, and I agree. Heaton would definitely be my pick of the 4.5s as it stands, although I'm hoping Pope becomes first choice as I think he's a better keeper.

      2. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        Can Pope be a threat ?

        No pun intended.

    4. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      I'm thinking along the same lines. Thinking both Ederson and Alisson will regress about 10 points - one or two less cs, and no assist for Ederson. OFc they could get a penalty save. Expecting 145-150 points for Pickford, Lloris and Kepa this season, so they should match them in value. Ofc, if no nailed-on MCI defender except Laporte emerges, then might as well go Ederson.
      Then there's ofc Pope or Heaton, who could very well be this years Fabianski. Easy downgrade in that case.

    5. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      Lloris is a good pick but away fixtures are not the best to start with.

      1. Flaming Flamingo
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        That's definitely true, although the nice home fixtures probably offset that a little bit. Besides, I don't tend to hold too much weight to fixtures when it comes to goalkeepers anyway.

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        That’s where you think save points. City away could be a 3 pointer easily - as pointed out he’s right up there in saves. I’m hoping for a premium Fab - pay the extra mill for added cs at home and it could work.

      3. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        Start with Pickford, then swap for Lloris/Kepa/(Pope/Heaton) on first wc if needed

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          15 days, 13 hours ago

          Low save point in comparison count and high pen count puts me off - and I don’t want the double with Digne/Coleman. One is enough imo

          1. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            15 days, 13 hours ago

            Both Lloris and Pickford should regress in penalty saves, but I simply can't overlook Everton's run of fixtures, Im betting on more than average cs's for Toffee's.

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              15 days, 13 hours ago

              Fair dos

              I’m sceptical of fixture runs for mid ranked sides. Everton did poorly or averagely in the equivalent fixtures last time. I’m not seeing them becoming cs monsters - more likely I believe is that they’ll do much the same next season but have a more even spread.

              Could be wrong of course! I’m hedging with one defender almost certainly. In my big at the back system I’m looking for patience and holding until about week ten when cs and midterm value should even out. If I double more than Liverpool I’d probably be blown off course. I don’t want to confound the back 6 gamble with another double up gamble.

  19. Jordan.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    todays

    ederson

    digne / trippier /robertson

    de bruyne / eriksen /zaha /lanzini

    king / firmino / vardy

    dutton / dendonker / azpilicueta /kelly

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      wow, that is refreshing

      1. Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 14 hours ago

        yep all capable boys ,and still a few more i have to speak to before the start ,ozil ,sanchez,mata,lacazette ,toby,mendy ,chilwell, etc,etc loads of choice this year ....tinkerers paradise

    2. Brooksy86
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      No Salah, Sterling, Aguero, Auba could be a lot of hiding behind the couch. Looks good though.

    3. villian-ty
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      i wouldnt captain anyone in this team

      1. Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        firmino would be ok ,fair point tho

        1. Ady87
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 13 hours ago

          Is there any issues with him making the start of the season with him in Copa America final or has he got plenty of time to get back and ready?

  20. Scotty B
    • 7 Years
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    Is this article suggesting that Salah and/or Mane aren't going to start GW1?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      It's saying it's very possible.

    2. Brooksy86
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      Gunna say no chance. Klopp and even John Henry have said the league is no. 1 priority. Not gunna bust out second string wingers GW1... Maybe cull minutes when the jobs done

      1. Vobinho In Wengerland
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        Where's the sense in risking injury to either of them? There were stats last year pointing to injuries to world cup stars not given enough time off (KDB being one).

        I don't see both being rested. If Senegal don't get to the final, I reckon Mane will still play but Salah will unlikely start the first game if Egypt do get to the final. And if Origi does start well, it gives Klopp time to bed them back in - could even rest Mane & Salah simultaneously for the easier fixtures as that way at least one of them plays.

        A front three of Salah/Mane, Firmino, Origi is hardly poor.

    3. Lebowski85
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      Cue 4 weeks of......

      A) Mane
      B) Salah

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        More like whole season.
        Depending on who scores more in the last GW.

    4. No Professionals
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      They'll start. Can't give an inch against city as they found out last season, and liverpool don't have a vast array of options. I'd imagine them both starting and going off after 60 mins if the scoreline allows.

  21. SB8
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    Morning, guys! Second variant from me. Looks better.
    Fabianski
    TAA Robbo Digne Walker
    KDB Mane Perez Willian
    Kane King
    (Button Kelly Hayden Wickham)

    The bench is weak, but I really like the starting lineup. And yes, Willian and Perez to be monitored in preseason.

    1. SB8
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      A)Fabianski+Digne
      B) Lloris+Coleman

    2. Lebowski85
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      That is a great team, to be fair.

      At the very least William and Perez represent two decent price points

    3. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 14 hours ago

      I like it...Perez and Willian could be good, both on my watchlist for sure
      442 also very flexible to quickly jump on bandwagon/inform players.
      But yeah...no Salah 🙂

      1. SB8
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        No Sterling is the problem. Salah doesn't make me feel uncomfortable.
        And a lot of options available in the midfield. Sanchez, Maddison, Anderson, Pedro, Yarmolenko, Zaha, even Lingard in that price range. Could be a dream team if KDB matches Sterling.

        1. The 5% Team
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 13 hours ago

          yeah...lots of promising/interesting picks in the 6.0 - 7.5 price range

    4. Jarvish
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      Looks similar to my initial thoughts (from the 5 mins I have looked properly at it so far) - I'd have Ederson and Diop instead of Flappy and Walker and use the change elsewhere though.

  22. Riders of Yohan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    15 days, 14 hours ago

    Anyone else building a team purely for the first 3/4 games before WC?

    I.e pick punts like Lucas and avoid afcon players?

  23. Tsssst
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    15 days, 13 hours ago

    Origi is a waste of a Liverpool slot IMO

    1. Vobinho In Wengerland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      I don't see value in risking a slot for Mane/Salah either though tbh - best case is reduced minutes.

      Even more tempted to triple up in defence now.

      1. No Professionals
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        I'll take Salah for 60 mins against Norwich at home thanks

      2. Tsssst
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        brave going without an attacker

        1. No Professionals
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 13 hours ago

          Agree. That game has 4-0 written all over it.

          1. Vobinho In Wengerland
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            15 days, 13 hours ago

            And if that 4-0 includes a VVD goal, and a assist each for TAA & Robbo, Salah/Mane would need to go a long way to match those scores.

            Guessing game really, I'd just rather plump for greater security of a clean sheet and risk the lottery of attacking returns - especially from a lethargic Salah/mane if they come back too early.

  24. The 5% Team
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 13 hours ago

    Just made the 1 draft, only thing I've been doing is adding players to my watchlist. For now:

    Ederson
    Azpi Digne Robbo VVD
    Fraser Siggy Salah Jorginho
    Aguero King

    Stekenburg Kelly Dendoncker Greenwood

    1. Slash
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      This looks like a solid team to be honest - lots of options to work with and well balanced.

      1. The 5% Team
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        yeah, Jorginho is the sacrifice to finance the others I guess

        Instead of tinkering on my team, I'm tinkering on my watchlist and probably start changing my team in a few weeks time

  25. ddfc
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 13 hours ago

    RMT:

    Ryan Button
    Robertson VVD Laporte Digne Kelly
    Salah Sterling Bilva Zaha Hayden
    Jota King Greenwood

    Comments welcome please

    Thanks

    1. No Professionals
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      More or less template. Which is a good thing at the start of the season.

    2. Tsssst
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      you must be Jota'King with Greenwood 😉

      1. ddfc
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        I know :((((

        What’s a guy to do though?

        1. Tsssst
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          15 days, 13 hours ago

          yeah you dont have much options, i think its a good starting team with plan to WC early on in case.

  26. phrampton534
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 13 hours ago

    Ederson (Button)
    Robbo/VVD/Laporte/Digne (Diop)
    Salah/Siggy/Zaha/Bilva (Dendoncker)
    King/Pukki/Wesley
    0.5 ITB
    Forwards a bit weak and only Salah as a premium but seems reasonably well balanced given the way defenders scored last year. Would play 442 most weeks which could give a selection issue from the forwards but the value there seems to be around the 6-8M price point.
    Thoughts/criticisms/etc.?
    Cheers

    1. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      not a fan of Bilva, or 3 strikers, since you said you would play 442 anyway
      Downgrade Pukki to 4.5 and upgrade Bilva to KDB

      1. phrampton534
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        Fair point although KDB was a bit injury prone last season and I'd be nowhere near Sterling so Bilva seemed a good cheap alternative. Spreading the points out would mean pretty much captaining Salah every week but with Hazard gone there are less obvious captain options anyway. Realistically you're looking at one of: Salah, Aguero, Kane, Sterling each week (with maybe Mane, Auba or a left field option coming into play). There is definitely a bit of a lack of top end premiums so far this season.

    2. Tsssst
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      wouldnt bother with ederson when you have laporte

  27. VAR-SENAL
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 13 hours ago

    I doubt Origi will be a popular pick.
    Each of the three Pool spots are very precious and you wouldn't miss out on a Salah, Rob, TAA or VVD to have a cheap Origi that may play now or then or come on as a sub. I think those cheap punts should come from teams you never want to own other 3 players of. And Origi is just not good enough to become a regular starter even if Firmino or someone gets injured.

  28. Potential at Chelsea under Frank
    Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 7 Years
    15 days, 13 hours ago

    I've been waiting a while for this one - Frank Lampard is now confirmed as the new manager for Chelsea.

    At Derby, Lampard liked his team to play with a lot of movement and quick wingers forcing space to open up in the final third. Defensively, Lampard liked to deploy a high press with a defensive mid always sat behind the ball to offer protection against counter attacks.

    If you are interested in a good detailed read about his tactics last season, have a read of this:
    https://totalfootballanalysis.com/head-coach-analysis/frank-lampard-derby-county-tactical-analysis-statistics

    What do you think of the appointment?
    How will he and Chelsea fair next season?
    Who do you think could emerge as good FPL options under him?

    1. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      As expected I guess...interested in the first pre-season match in 2 weeks time

      I have no idea what the final starting XI is gonna be 🙂

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        Kepa
        Azpi Luiz Zouma? Emerson
        Kante Jorginho Barkley?
        Pulisic Abraham? Willian

        Would be my guess. Options abound obviously, shame injuries keep RLC and CHO out for a little while

        1. The 5% Team
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 13 hours ago

          But they just paid like 40M for Kovacic
          Yeah, RLC and CHO out unfortunately makes it a bit easier to predict

          1. Little fekirs
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 13 hours ago

            They can’t play Kovacic Kante and Jorginho together imo. All don’t really add that goal threat that RLC and Barkley offer. We looked a lot better when Barkley and RLC were on the pitch.

        2. Pieterke30
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          15 days, 12 hours ago

          I really think Barkley should start, as long as RLC is out.

          Not sure he will start Abraham over Giroud. Maybe after a few games but straight away?

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      *head coach 😉

      - fine, but obviously not proven
      - top 6 is extremely likely, top 4 possible
      - Willian & Christensen, maybe Giroud/Bats

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        Close enough 😉

        Would be too scared to say extremely likely myself, given the dependence on Hazard that we had, but I do expect it.

        Hinges on whether the team all click now

    3. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      I think it's the right appointment. Chelsea has become plastic over the years and Lampard could bring a bit of passion back.

      He's a fiercely intelligent man, who's worked under great managers, and has a bucket load of experience playing at the highest level. I have no doubt he'll become a great manager one day.

      I've got my eye on Alonso.

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        It's definitely felt like the team has been made up of mercenaries playing for their next paycheck rather than the shirt they wear, so I agree that Lampard might be a needed change. The big thing for me is that he's given time and he's not expected to change the face of football in one season - feel we desperately need some stability now.

        If we switch to a back 5, which is unlikely but possible, I'd be very interested. Otherwise, Emerson will always worry me - he had a great performance Vs Derby last season, not sure if that will come into Frank's thinking

        1. Little fekirs
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 13 hours ago

          5 at the back definitely fits our current squad.

      2. Old Bull
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        I’m a fiercely intelligent man too, but what do you mean by fiercely intelligent?

    4. Little fekirs
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      I really like Pulisic as an option.

      Excited with Lamps as a Chelsea fan.

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        I really hope he improves that goal / assist record - could be a great player. CHO at 1.5m less though...

        1. Little fekirs
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 13 hours ago

          If CHO is fit then he will be in.

          Think him and Pulisic should be first choice.

    5. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      Given he should have a bit the Chelsea resilience of past seasons in his DNA, I'm hoping their defensive assets can re-emerge as good value picks.

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        Hoping we get a budget option emerge, maybe Zouma getting priced low and then securing a starting spot. Did like the look of Luiz's stats though...

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          15 days, 13 hours ago

          I expect Frank to restore Kante to his DM position. Can't see where Jorginho would fit - he was bought purely because he's Sarri's man.

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            15 days, 13 hours ago

            Kante back to where he was makes me more confident in picking a defender. Also Hazard out may make the left more solid!

            1. ritzyd
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              15 days, 13 hours ago

              Agree with this. Chelsea defence always does well and with kante back in position will only make them better.

            2. Rotation's Alter Ego
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 7 Years
              15 days, 13 hours ago

              Back to where he was is alongside a ball playing mid, not behind really. When Kante played as the CDM in a midfield 3, back right at the start of Conte's reign, he was good but not amazing. Didn't take long for Conte to switch to a 3-4-3 from there.

              That being said, Kante is comparable to Huddletone in Frank's Derby team, though they didn't really have a Jorginho equivalent at their disposal. Waiting for preseason 🙂

          2. Pieterke30
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            15 days, 12 hours ago

            Totally agree. I expect Jorginho to get benched pretty often... and Willian to take the pens.

            1. The Head-Ake
              • 2 Years
              15 days, 12 hours ago

              Haz is on pens. Oh wait.... 🙁

    6. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      Personally, I don't think it'll end well but I'd like to be proved wrong. Derby finished 21st in the Championship for xG, somehow finishing 6th. We beat them 4-0 at home, 3-0 away and 2-1 in the Play-Off final - in those games they offered very little. But, I do like Lampard and would like to see him do well. His best bet, IMO, would be to move to a 4-2-3-1 with Kante and Kovacic in the double pivot.

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        Yep - I spent a while looking through some of the Championship stats, and Derby do not come out pretty, for example:

        https://tinyurl.com/y6h82699

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          15 days, 12 hours ago

          I do feel they underperformed over the season, especially with the players at his disposal. But, you never know, something might click at Chelsea. Can't wait to see how he lines them up - Willian on his preferred left side could be gold at 7.

          1. Pieterke30
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            15 days, 12 hours ago

            Especially if he takes charge of pens

    7. The Overthinker
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      Tammy could be used under lamps

    8. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      I’m looking at either Luiz/Azpi to be solid value from the start.

      Willian interests me a lot if I end up with a 7.0 hole in midfield and likewise Giroud up top but I doubt I’d start any mid or forward.

      Longer term there’s CHO who could well be a bolster at 6 but Achilles means he’s a wait even when he’s fit

    9. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      Really hope CHO emerges as a superstar - dat price tag

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 13 hours ago

        I'm unashamedly biased, but I'm expecting him to be the bargain of the season 😉

        1. ritzyd
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 13 hours ago

          CHO and RLC could both look good once back - can see them both being first choice.

          1. Rotation's Alter Ego
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 7 Years
            15 days, 12 hours ago

            Fully expect both to be first choice. Both of themselves, plus the forward, could be excellent value options over the course of this season.

      2. Jafoole_88
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 11 hours ago

        That price tag for CHO is an absolute kocktease

    10. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 23 hours ago

      I will never forget him laughing on 9/11 as he and some teammates watched. Hard for me to root for him

    11. shippy85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      I don't think overall Chelsea will have that much success under Frank, due to the embargo and the transition the squad is in - that isn't his fault - however I think it was the right move for both parties. Realistically if he doesn't succeed then there are plenty of contributing factors and his reputation wont be greatly affected.

      Frank appears to like 4-3-3, with a holding role ie Kante is ideal, if Alonso can nail down his left back slot he could be massive this year. So many unknowns with Hudson Odoi and RLC injured - if fit I would have expected both to be starters, 6.0 for Hudson Odoi could be massive if he stays also.

      Upfront, Giroud is a target man so whoever ends up as that no10 will flourish - similarly with Tammy up top the in the hole player will be the one I look at - literally could be anyone at this stage!

  29. Little fekirs
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 13 hours ago

    Thoughts on going no city defenders to start with ?

    Wouldn’t be surprised at all if they conceded first 3 GW’s

    1. Old Bull
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      I don’t tend to chase clean sheets in the first quarter of the season as the teams have changed and there is a certain amount of baggage that comes with that. Players take a little time to adapt to these changes and work out the new look opposing teams. Subsequently clean sheets are harder to come by IMO. So yes, City could easily slip one or two and you are left with an expensive defender.

      If this theory is blown out of the water, Ive got Ederson just in case!

      Better to look for attacking defenders at this stage.

    2. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 22 hours ago

      I don't think they are essential at the moment. If Maguire moved he be straight in my team though.

  30. Queenofthestoneage
      15 days, 13 hours ago

      A) Salah(c) + Laporte
      B) Sterling(c) + TAA

      1. Snevitz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        14 days, 22 hours ago

        B