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Assessing the budget FPL midfielders in 2019/20

Having already looked at the Fantasy Premier League midfielders in the lowest price rung, we now turn our attention to those in the £5.0m bracket.

With a handful of £4.5m options available for bench fodder status, the £5.0m midfielder has to offer something more to justify the extra outlay.

David Brooks was one such asset last season but has been handed a price rise to £6.5m after returning 123 FPL points in his debut Premier League season.

The £5.0m rung is a curious mixture of defensive midfielders, deep-lying playmakers, reserves, academy products, summer signings and assets from the newly promoted clubs.

At the time of writing, there are 43 midfielders available for £5.0m and we will take you through them all here.

Players who aren’t in this rung have their prices written in brackets.

Players from the ‘Big Six’ Clubs

N’Golo Kante scored more FPL points (116) in 2018/19 than any midfielder available for £5.0m next season.

Of the ten players from the top half-dozen teams available at this price, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are perhaps of most interest.

Kante, indeed, is the most-owned FPL midfielder under £7.0m at the time of writing.

Should Jorginho stay in west London then the pair might be reunited at the base of Frank Lampard’s 4-2-3-1, with the new Chelsea boss having been full of praise for the Frenchman at his first press conference.

Kante played almost all of last season to the right of Jorginho in a three-man central midfield and was afforded more license to get forward as a result.

The former Leicester spoiler’s total of eight attacking returns was his best ever in FPL but we may see him back where he arguably belongs next season, at the base of the Chelsea midfield, now that Sarri has departed.

That may in turn free Jorginho up, although it would seem likely that the former Napoli ‘regista’ will still be sitting deep.

It will be intriguing to note who takes over from Eden Hazard as Chelsea’s first-choice penalty-taker, with Jorginho having scored from the spot in Gameweek 1 of 2018/19.

There’ll likely be little interest in Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira, who did return two goals and four assists last season but who was a substitute in ten of his 34 league appearances and who picked up seven bookings.

Manchester United midfielders Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic (none of whom recorded more than two attacking returns last season) have been joined in the £5.0m bracket by starlet Angel Gomes, who will be among a cluster of academy products hoping for more pitch-time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

At present, though, there is nothing to excite Fantasy managers at Old Trafford at this price in midfield.

Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama look to be further down the pecking order following the arrival of Tanguy Ndombele (£6.0m), while Moussa Sissoko‘s fine contribution to the Spurs cause isn’t reflected in his Fantasy returns (just one league goal since his move from Newcastle in 2016).

Players from Other Top-Half Clubs

Mark Noble has scored each of his last seven penalty kicks in the Premier League.

There are a cluster of players available for £5.0m who represent Wolves, Everton, Leicester and West Ham, all of whom finished in the top ten last season.

At Molineux, Ivan Cavaleiro, Morgan Gibbs-White and Adama Traore were very much second-string players last season.

Not one of these players hit double figures for starts in 2018/19 but Wolves’ Europa League commitments could see them increasingly called upon, while it would be amazing if Nuno Espirito Santo’s side had the same incredible injury record next season.

Helder Costa has departed for Leeds United, meanwhile.

Wilfred Ndidi – an ever-present last season – is likely to be widely ignored given the number of attack-minded options elsewhere in the Leicester City side.

The Nigeria international did score two goals last season, though, and had more shots in the box than any Premier League midfielder now available at £5.0m.

Everton’s Idrissa Gana Gueye is a similar type of player, while Ademola Lookman will find it hard to record more starts on the flank (he made only three last season) unless there are a spate of injuries at Goodison Park.

Declan Rice’s FPL position has changed since last season and gone with it is his ‘out of position’ tag, so he is now not eligible for four points when West Ham keep a clean sheet.

Jack Wilshere made only four starts in yet another injury-ravaged campaign but Mark Noble at least offers the incentive of being the Hammers’ first-choice penalty-taker as the Premier League gets ready to embrace VAR.

No midfielder in the £5.0m bracket scored more top-flight goals than Noble last season, with four of his five strikes coming from the spot.

Players from the Three Promoted Clubs

Oliver Norwood scored three goals and registered eight assists last season.

Aston Villa’s Andre Green will likely be a backup option out wide this season, having made just eight starts in the Championship in 2018/19.

Kenny McLean was a pivotal figure for Norwich City in the second half of last season, starting all of the Canaries’ final 16 fixtures after returning from injury.

The Scotland international registered an eye-catching three goals and six assists in his 20 appearances in the second tier, although has tended to play in a deep role under Daniel Farke and there is competition for places in the engine room.

Sheffield United pair John Fleck and Oliver Norwood also racked up the assists from deep last season.

Fleck supplied ten goals from midfield and took his share of corners, while no Sheffield United player created more ‘big chances’.

The Scotland international only failed to start one Championship fixture.

Fleck may have registered more assists than Norwood last season but the former Reading, Brighton and Fulham midfielder was the creative heart of the Blades’ midfield.

Pablo Hernandez was the only Championship player who supplied more chances than Norwood in 2018/19, while no-one in the second tier took more accurate corners or free-kicks than the Blades’ playmaker.

READ MORE: Our comprehensive guide to Sheffield United’s midfielders and forwards.

The Rest

Jonjo Shelvey made just two starts in the final 26 Gameweeks last season.

Mario Lemina may be on his way out of Southampton this summer but in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg the Saints possess one of the popular bench fodder options of last season.

Hojbjerg registered four goals and three assists in 2018/19, having started the campaign at £4.5m.

The Dane has been handed a minor price rise this time round and is obviously less appealing as a result, particularly as he will likely be one of the two sitting midfielders should Ralph Hasenhuttl proceed with a 4-2-2-2 as expected.

No midfielder available for £5.0m had more shots on target in the Premier League than Hojbjerg last season.

The options at Bournemouth are limited to a reserve winger – Jordon Ibe – and four central midfielders.

Andrew Surman and Lewis Cook failed to register a single attacking return although were hampered by injuries, while Jefferson Lerma picked up an off-putting 12 yellow cards.

Dan Gosling, like Lerma, recorded two goals and as many assists but would seem likely to be behind Cook in the pecking order once his teammate has recovered from an ACL injury.

The injured Yves Bissouma is set to miss the start of the season at Brighton, while teammate Davy Propper offers little in the way of goal threat from central midfield.

Solly March, who registered one goal and six assists under Chris Hughton last season, would be a semi-interesting prospect should he nail down a starting spot under the more attack-minded Graham Potter but competition for places is fierce in the wide areas, particularly after the purchase of Leandro Trossard (£6.0m).

Aaron Lennon may well be third in line on the right flank at Burnley, while Jack Cork offers not much more than security of starts – the central midfielder only missed one of the Clarets’ 38 league games last season and registered three attacking returns in the process.

Palace’s Cheikhou Kouyate is another midfield spoiler who contributes little going forward and is far from sure of his place in Roy Hodgson’s starting XI, while Tom Cleverley and Ken Sema look set to be backup options at Watford again after each failing to hit double figures for starts in 2018/19.

The influential Etienne Capoue is available at the same price, although his seven-goal season in 2016/17 is looking increasingly anomalous – the ex-Spurs midfielder has found the back of the net only twice in the past 24 months.

Newcastle United trio Jonjo Shelvey, Ki Sung-yueng and Sean Longstaff are more creative than Isaac Hayden (£4.5m) alongside them but there is much uncertainty over who will line up in the Magpies’ central midfield come Gameweek 1, with a new manager yet to be appointed.

Newcastle’s opening run of fixtures is one of the worst in the division, too.

Longstaff is fighting his way back from a knee injury and is a reported target for Manchester United, while Shelvey made only two starts from Gameweek 12 onwards.

Ki recorded just one assist from 14 starts.

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1,004 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Kane Lane
    • 5 Years
    12 months, 1 day ago

    Worth it?

    Can have Sterling Salah Kane.
    Just means having brooks and getting rid BSilva Wilson Fraser.

    1. Rage Against The Raheem
      • 1 Year
      12 months, 1 day ago

      I would do it mate, Kane could be a good differential in the first few weeks and brooks is a great option.

      1. Kane Lane
        • 5 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Cheers just wanted balance fancy Fraser over brooks and think Wilson do well don't want BSilva to troll me first gw

        1. Rage Against The Raheem
          • 1 Year
          12 months, 1 day ago

          Brooks was great last season and will only get better. Him or King are better options from Bournemouth as they are cheaper but can still score big. Fraser could be off to Arsenal if they don't get Zaha i believe. Try not to worry about players that may troll you, just go with gut instinct.

          1. Kane Lane
            • 5 Years
            12 months, 1 day ago

            Cheers thanks for really useful advance one of the best I had so far on this site

            1. Rage Against The Raheem
              • 1 Year
              12 months, 1 day ago

              No worries mate, am happy to help, good luck for the season.

              1. Kane Lane
                • 5 Years
                12 months, 12 hours ago

                You to

    2. BrooklynGooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Am going the opposite way. Can only captain one of them each week, want to spread the extra cash about, especially in defense.

    3. gaurava1216
      • 4 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      what defense with this

  2. The Big Fella
    • 3 Years
    12 months, 1 day ago

    Can anybody lend me £3m?

    1. Rage Against The Raheem
      • 1 Year
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Yes mate i can, interest rates will be very high though.

  3. Pop
    • 3 Years
    12 months, 1 day ago

    Going back and forth on this team.

    Begovic, Heaton
    A. Smith, Gibson, Coleman, W. Bissaka, Balbuena
    Salah, Sterling, Pereyra, Zaha, Stephens
    Wilson, Kane, DCL

    1. Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Defensively it looks a bit of a mess.

      I'd just wait till the transfer window closes. Save yourself the headache.

    2. Rage Against The Raheem
      • 1 Year
      12 months, 1 day ago

      A bit light in defence imo, i would downgrade Wilson to King as he is 1.5 cheaper and has penalties. Kane is a good option, but with Salah and sterling you will have good captain choices most weeks. You could downgrade him to a 4.5 and maybe upgrade the defence a bit. Greenwood at Man Utd could be a good 4.5 bench striker if Lukaku does leave. You would want at least one Liverpool defender imo, as most people will have 1 or 2, and City defence cover with Laporte or Everton with Digne. These sort of players can score big some weeks as they have attacking potential as well as clean sheets.

    3. gaurava1216
      • 4 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      defense is a mess......yuck

      DCL not worth it
      Pereyra punty

      5/10

  4. germanyozil10
    • 2 Years
    12 months, 1 day ago

    1st Draft

    Ederson
    TAA Robo Digne Tripper Zinchenko
    Salah Sterling
    Jimenez King Deulofeu

    Button Jorginho Dendoncker Romeu

    Thanks for comment

    1. Jaws
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Jimenez -> Jota (if you must have a WOL forward)
      Deulofeu -> 4.5 fodder
      Romeu -> 7.5 itb for a mid

      1. germanyozil10
        • 2 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Zaha > Deulofeu?

    2. gaurava1216
      • 4 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Downgrade Jimi... upgrade Jorg
      Spurs away games very tough.... no flexibility with Trippier

      6/10

  5. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    12 months, 1 day ago

    Best mid options in these price ranges?

    A. 5.5m
    B. 6.5m

    1. Jaws
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Attack or defence?

    2. Rage Against The Raheem
      • 1 Year
      12 months, 1 day ago

      I haven't looked at the 5.5 options, but Perez at 6.5 is a good option now that he is at Leicester and classified as a midfielder imo.

      1. Jaws
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        watchlist material imo, never did anything substantial the last seasons before march.

        1. Rage Against The Raheem
          • 1 Year
          12 months, 1 day ago

          Very true mate, is one for the watchlist, especially at a new team. I think he could be worth a punt though, had a great end to the season at Newcastle and now playing with much better players. I have got him in my team, I just have a gut feeling he will do well there.

          1. Jaws
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            12 months, 1 day ago

            I don't question his potential, formwise he's a bit of a reverse Richarlison. One comes late to the party, the other one starts with a bang and fades out. I think Gross should be monitored under his new coach. Also nobody here mentioned Trossard because they don't have a clue what he's capable of. I think he will shine (not starting with a punt though).

            1. Rage Against The Raheem
              • 1 Year
              12 months, 1 day ago

              I agree mate, could be like Jota last season and start the season poor and end with a bang as you say. I just always follow my gut instinct, and can see him being one on those cheap-ish players that scores big early and becomes a bandwagon. I did think the same last year with Jota and was let down though lol. I think Brighton will really struggle this year myself, i think they will go down tbh.

      2. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Cheers

  6. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    12 months, 1 day ago

    Best 4.5m defender to start the season with?

    1. Rage Against The Raheem
      • 1 Year
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Taylor at Burnley is a good option at 4.5, Bednerek at Southampton as well imo, the new manager seems to like him and was good for BPS I think.

    2. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Lascelles isn't he pretty nailed on?

      1. Rage Against The Raheem
        • 1 Year
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Newcastle are doomed imo, losing Benitez, Perez and Rondon, and Ashely not likely to spend too much to replace them. They are going down imo, which is a shame as they have such great fans.

    3. Valar(Keith)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      The thing about 4.5 defenders is the ones available this season on their own they average 2 to 2.5 ppg.. You need to rotate them and be really lucky to get good points from them. Maybe a rotation of Taylor, Dunk, Diop for one spot could work. Could still disappoint though

    4. Don Van Vliet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Balbuena or Fredericks.

  7. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    12 months, 1 day ago

    Best 6.5 Fwd out of these?

    a. Jota
    b. Deulofeu
    c. Deeney
    d. King (already have wilson)
    e.DCL

    Cheers

    1. Rage Against The Raheem
      • 1 Year
      12 months, 1 day ago

      I would go DCL myself, unless you have Everton Defence and Mid as well as I would not want to triple up.

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        No Everton players as yet but looking at either Digne or Siggy to be fair.

        1. Rage Against The Raheem
          • 1 Year
          12 months, 1 day ago

          Digne and DCL are the 2 i have gone for, started with siggy and Digne but DCL at 6 could be a great bargain.

          1. The Champ is here
            • 10 Years
            12 months, 1 day ago

            Whether you get DCL really has nothing to do with what other everton players you do or don't have

            1. Jacky boy
              • 3 Years
              12 months, 1 day ago

              This

    2. FencoFantasy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 months, 1 day ago

      I'd say King because he takes penalties. Jota one to watch out for though. DCL will also be interesting to keep an eye on as Everton's fixtures are brilliant for the first few weeks.

    3. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      looks god with DCL now, free's up some more cash, cheers

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        good*

      2. The Champ is here
        • 10 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        I wouldn't touch him until he learns how to put the ball in the net. Great hold up player. Unleashes Richarlison very well

    4. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      I'm on King and Deulofeu. I really like Jota but Wolves' fixtures coupled with Europa League commitments put me off.

    5. The Champ is here
      • 10 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      I'd back jota out of the gates from those.

  8. FencoFantasy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    12 months, 1 day ago

    Lads - do we think that Chicharito becomes a viable option if Arnautovic goes to China?

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Think Yarmolenko might be more so!

      1. FencoFantasy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Ooh. Yeah I was thinking Yarmolenko. Or maybe even taking a punt on Antonio to go back up top through the middle..?

    2. Rage Against The Raheem
      • 1 Year
      12 months, 1 day ago

      I think he will, unless they sign another someone else. If not he could be a great pick with their opening fixtures.

    3. Jaws
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Definitely not. He wants out and WHM are looking for another CF.

  9. HUATSHOOTER
    • 3 Years
    12 months, 1 day ago

    Ryan button
    Taa digne vandijk ake kelly
    Salah siggy zaha hayden perez
    Aguero king adams

    How is this team looking?

    1. Rage Against The Raheem
      • 1 Year
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Looks good mate. If it was me, i would swap Aguero to Sterling (as in use greenwood as 4.5 striker instead of Hayden as 4.5 mid). Although Bournemouth fixtures are good i would not trust their defence tbh. You could try dropping siggy to a 4.5 and have DCL upfront instead, then use that extra 2m to turn Ake into Laporte and Van Dijyk into Robbo as Robbo and taa offer so much attacking threat.

      1. HUATSHOOTER
        • 3 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        I will surely use aguero, hes taking penAlty also, same for siggy! And i still prefer vandijk more, and i can still use che adams as one of the striker to use. I am seeing ake as one of a good performer this season

        1. Rage Against The Raheem
          • 1 Year
          12 months, 1 day ago

          Fair points mate, if that is what your gut is telling you then go for it as it is a good team. Var will mean more penalties, but also more penalties missed as well imo and can see Aguero getting less minutes and Jesus playing more. But when Ageuero is fit and playing he is always a good option, no doubt. Either way still a great team, good luck for the season mate.

    2. gaurava1216
      • 4 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Hayden on his way out
      Perez wait and see.. Leicester fixtures not that great
      Sterling over Aguero for me

  10. ocyzara
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Rate my team pls

      Lloris,krul
      Robertson,v.dijk,holebas,koscielny,stearman
      Hojbjerg,mane,moura,Fraser,milivojevic
      Kane,Feeney,pukki

      1. Rage Against The Raheem
        • 1 Year
        12 months, 1 day ago

        I would downgrade Krul to a 4.0 since you will be playing Lloris every week. 6.5 is too much for a player from a promoted side to start the season with, I would go with King instead. Turn Fraser into Perez (he is at Leicester now, 6.5) then use extra 1m to turn Mane into Salah. Holebas getting old and gets alot of yellow cards. If you are playing 3-4-3 most weeks then i would downgrade holebas to Taylor (burnley) or Bednererk (Southampton) then use that extra 1m to turn Koschileny into Digne.

      2. gaurava1216
        • 4 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        if spending more than 4.5 on a gk should be set and forget- downgrade sub GK
        Kocielny is an old man now.... not nailed.... and arsenal fixtures bad + they can't defend.
        Pukki untested.... not worth the risk
        Milli for me is overpriced at 6
        Moira works for GW1... then city Away.. then Son comes back

        4/10

    • gaurava1216
      • 4 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Nailed it......

      Ryan
      Mendy TAA Robbo Digne
      Salah Sterling Siggy Zaha
      King Deleuf

      4.0 4.0 4.5 4.5

      Mendy/Walker or if we get more clarity on LB/ Laporte Partner subject to change
      Deeney or Deleuf Coin toss

      If we get a couple of nailed 4.0 Defenders Ryan to Emerson and then rotate the 4M with possible funds to upgrade elsewhere

      Easy...

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        I have almost the exact same team. VvD and Laporte instead of Robbo and Mendy.

      2. Jacky boy
        • 3 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Template

        1. The Champ is here
          • 10 Years
          12 months, 1 day ago

          Wow the good ol FFS template gonna be in for a shock when everyone realises they want that money they've spread across their backlines moved into their frontlines 😀

    • The Champ is here
      • 10 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Andone at 5.0 looks much better than these mids. Think I'll have andone, Kiko, targett with one playing each week and dendonker perma bench

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 2 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        You reckon he'll play more than Murray?

        Or will they sign any other Striker?

        1. The Champ is here
          • 10 Years
          12 months, 1 day ago

          Yeah can't see much for Murray this season.

    • True Deadzoner
      • 8 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Best 7M mid? Maddison or Zaha ?

    • Thug
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      What will the Chelsea team look like?

      1. The Champ is here
        • 10 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Kepa
        Azpi Luiz (Zouma) Rudiger (Christensen) Alonso (Emerson)
        Kante jorginho
        Pulisic RLC (Kovacic, Barkley) CHO (Willian)
        Batshuyai (Giroud, Tammy)

        1. The Champ is here
          • 10 Years
          12 months, 1 day ago

          My guess with the guys in brackets possible first choices

        2. Thug
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          11 months, 29 days ago

          this is useful... but looks like I need to be spying over the fence at pre-season

    • Valar(Keith)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      The Ryan Button combo got a total of 119 points last season.. And they are the only combo available at 4.5 + base keeper price. So basically Ryan at 4.5 outscored all the current 4.5 million defender options and outscored the likes patricio @5 and came about 20 or so points close to the 5.5 keepers. That too without a single penalty and Brighton having a sub par 6 CS season. Even if they improve on that a little bit this year he ll be well worth it for just 4.5 especially with button available to make him the only set and Forget option at 8.5

      1. The Champ is here
        • 10 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        We really have no choice. Fpl have forced our hands. If you want cheap it's gotta be Ryan and button. No other 8.5 combo and the 9.0 combos not worth the extra. So the choice is Ryan and button or go for a premium gk

        1. Valar(Keith)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          12 months, 1 day ago

          Exactly. And premium keepers don't get as many save points.. And if they do get injured then it's a wasted transfer.

          1. nisag17
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            12 months, 1 day ago

            I have always gone for budget keepers because of the save points etc. But this season I will go with Ederson. 4.5 ppm vs. approx 125 points (staying positive) which is 3.3 ppm. That is huge for an exta 1.5 pounds outlay. Plus with Ederson its all but guaranteed and you will get points consistently. Last season I had Ryan till my first wilcard after gw 5. I had got about 7 points out of him. I shifted to Fabianski and did good for the rest of the season, but such types of runs by budget keepers can be really testing as well. And this season, I don't have a budget defender in my starting line up (4 premiums, one fodder). So the logic that I applied previously about getting a budget keeper instead of a defender doesn't apply this season.

      2. True Deadzoner
        • 8 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Ederson FTW

      3. GoonerByron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        For 0.5 more I can’t believe more people aren’t looking at Leno as a set and forget. Over half a season he has amazing fixtures too, a couple of difficult fixtures early on putting people off I think. Will rack up save points just as well as someone like Ryan imo.

        1. The Champ is here
          • 10 Years
          12 months, 1 day ago

          Why look at half a season when I always wildcard within 5 weeks though

          1. The Champ is here
            • 10 Years
            12 months, 1 day ago

            And doesn't everyone have the same fixtures over half a season

          2. GoonerByron
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            12 months, 1 day ago

            Yeah, it depends if you know you’ll WC early. I am going to try to hold mine as long as possible so am looking up until December for GK fixtures

            1. Valar(Keith)
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              12 months, 1 day ago

              That's actually an OK way to look at it.. Maybe look at 12 to 13 fixtures at a time as a general rule since we have 2 WCs. Get a sub 5 keeper with a set of good 13 or so fixtures.. Then WC them out for the next gk. My plan is start with ryan and when funds become no issue upgrade to Ederson when I WC

            2. The Champ is here
              • 10 Years
              12 months, 1 day ago

              I never know when but I play it when I've had enough time to assess form and make informed picks. Unlike our gw1 teams which are a compete lottery with no form to go off. In twelve years of playing that's typically been about 4 or 5 weeks in

        2. Valar(Keith)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          12 months, 1 day ago

          The only issue with keepers that I have is that if you play with a non playing sub you HAVE to get rid of them and waste a transfer and likely 4 points if they get injured. And last season out of the 20 keepers only 8 played all 20 games. So there's a higher than 50 percent chance of a transfer being forced onto you in a season. With ryan/button you'll never have that issue

          1. Valar(Keith)
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            12 months, 1 day ago

            8 played all 38 games *

        3. gaurava1216
          • 4 Years
          12 months, 1 day ago

          rather use that 0.5 for VVD to Robbo

    • Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Any glaring errors in this new draft? Like the look of it tbh.

      Ederson
      Robertson vvd dunk
      Mane mili Perez Jorginho
      Kane Kun King

      Button Hayden Reid jelly

      1. nisag17
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Three premium attackers is a bit too far. You should get rid of one of them to upgrade Dunk and Joginho. Both Jorginho and Dunk will get about 2.5 ppm. Any decent upgrade gives you at least 4.5 ppm. just by downgrading one premium attacker which you won't even captain or very rarely since you have three of them.

        1. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          12 months, 1 day ago

          I know what you’re saying, but just tempted by 3 penalty takers up front. Even if I downgrade king will only have enough funds to get someone like brooks or Coleman which don’t look very appealing. Want to start the season with Kane and Kun, can easily downgrade one of them later. Cheers!

      2. gaurava1216
        • 4 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Yes.... No sterling... No salah... Jorginho is in your playing 11

        and Mili.... oh Milli.....

      3. The Champ is here
        • 10 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Other than jorginho looks good

    • Jacky boy
      • 3 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Thoughts on trippier now that aurier is injured?
      At 5.5 seems a bargain
      his attacking potential and set pieces doesn't make him a better option than laporte?

      1. gaurava1216
        • 4 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        hes on his way to napoli..

      2. The Champ is here
        • 10 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Don't forget about kwp

        1. gaurava1216
          • 4 Years
          12 months, 1 day ago

          this could be the gem

          1. The Champ is here
            • 10 Years
            12 months, 1 day ago

            Yeah could be his coming out season

        2. Thug
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          12 months, 1 day ago

          For kWp - what is the chance he will start?

          1. The Champ is here
            • 10 Years
            12 months, 1 day ago

            If I were him I'd be hoping to start about 40% of the games this season. He's at that stage where he's proved himself ready and trippier has been pretty poor

            1. BDA Shadow
              • 5 Years
              12 months, 1 day ago

              40% is a pretty crazy high number. Can't disrupt the team that much I don't think. There should be a regular and the other picks up the odd game when rest is 'needed'.

              1. The Champ is here
                • 10 Years
                12 months, 1 day ago

                Poch always rotates full back a lot

                1. BDA Shadow
                  • 5 Years
                  12 months, 1 day ago

                  A lot, yes. But not 60/40 a lot, bar injuries or a big swing in form.

            2. Thug
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              11 months, 29 days ago

              ok ... then I will just add to my (long) watch list)

      3. Thug
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        There is not much love for Spurs defenders

        1. gaurava1216
          • 4 Years
          12 months, 1 day ago

          away games bad in the opening few

          1. Thug
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            11 months, 29 days ago

            Noted thanks 🙂

    • olidooley
      • 7 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      How’s this?

      Ryan Button
      Robertson Digne Zinchenko El Moh A Smith
      Salah Sterling KDB Sigurdsson
      Jota King 4.5

      1. gaurava1216
        • 4 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Jota and KDB out for me....

    • Thug
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Now Salah is on holiday, does that make him the better GW1 pick from Mane / Salah ?

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        12 months, 1 day ago

        He was always better pick imho.
        Now doubts over his involvement in gw1 are gone too.
        Mo © it is

        1. The Champ is here
          • 10 Years
          12 months, 1 day ago

          What were the doubts?

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            12 months, 1 day ago

            Self created doubts here 😛

    • gaurava1216
      • 4 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      THE POLL

      Aguero or Sterling
      Deeney or Deulefeu
      Zaha or other 7M
      Robbo or TAA
      4.5 GK or Premium GK?
      Siggy or Richarlyson

      1. The Champ is here
        • 10 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Evens
        Deu
        Zaha
        Trent
        Ryan
        Rich

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Raz
        Deulofeu
        Can't call. I think all going to disappoint

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          12 months, 1 day ago

          * both Robbo Taa (Taa if only one has to be picked)
          4.5 atm due to £££
          Siggy

    • Amey
      • 1 Year
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Best Defender + Midfielder combo for 10m??
      One will start.

      1. The Champ is here
        • 10 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        McGinn and kiko

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          12 months, 1 day ago

          Cheers mate

          1. The Champ is here
            • 10 Years
            12 months, 1 day ago

            No wukkas

      2. gaurava1216
        • 4 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Pick a 5.5 m defender for now and 4.5m mid.. wait to see if any 4m defenders emerge and then go 4 and 6

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          12 months, 1 day ago

          Yeah
          Currently on Trippier + 4.5
          Cheers

      3. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Kelly and yarmelenko works for 10?

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          12 months, 1 day ago

          It does !!
          If Yarmalenko nails his position, he's going to be a bargain

      4. Holmes
        • 6 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Townsend and Kelly

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          12 months, 1 day ago

          Thank you Holmes.
          You won't be playing BB in gw 1 this season ??

          1. Holmes
            • 6 Years
            12 months, 1 day ago

            As of now, nope. Players are too expensive, can't build a decent 15 men squad.

            Will consider BB if Salah is not available since it gives extra cash to play with.

            1. The Champ is here
              • 10 Years
              12 months, 1 day ago

              Just don't pick him. Presume you follow bench boost with wildcard

            2. Amey
              • 1 Year
              12 months, 1 day ago

              Yeah
              Salad out of afcon now so he'll be available unless an Injury

            3. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              12 months, 1 day ago

              Agree mate, BB doesnt look a goer in GW1 this season!

    • Penang Sandman
      • 7 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Guys did Free Hit got removed?

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Nope
        It'll be added after first gw deadline alongside WC

      2. Holmes
        • 6 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Nope, just not available for GW1

      3. gaurava1216
        • 4 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        no

      4. Penang Sandman
        • 7 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks.
        BB GW1 can be potentially a good strategy

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          12 months, 1 day ago

          I did it last season.and it worked out well, doesnt look a viable option this season to me.

          1. Penang Sandman
            • 7 Years
            12 months, 1 day ago

            Last season I went BB for a single GW and it was horrible. And there are not enough DGWs for BB since it has the lowest point ceiling compared to the other chips.

            3 Pool, 3 Bou, 2 Spurs and some punts would work. But i can only have 1 out of Kane/Mane/Sterling

        2. BDA Shadow
          • 5 Years
          12 months, 1 day ago

          please explain any good reason for it.

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            12 months, 1 day ago

            Aspirations for a Flying start 😉

            1. BDA Shadow
              • 5 Years
              12 months, 1 day ago

              Lol we can all buy a lottery ticket January 1st I suppose.

              1. Amey
                • 1 Year
                12 months, 1 day ago

                😀

          2. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            12 months, 1 day ago

            a good start is very important in FPL imo, BB in GW1 gave a nice rank boost last season!

            1. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              12 months, 1 day ago

              plus you dont need to worry about your bench for the rest of the season which can have its advantages

            2. BDA Shadow
              • 5 Years
              12 months, 1 day ago

              You GW1 rank isn't important at all, the only thing important is your score at the end of 38 gameweeks. A good start is a complete fallacy when your only advantage is using a chip that other people can still use later to catch up.
              You absolutely have to worry about your bench because having completely wasted money on the bench for 38 weeks will drop your rank (almost*) guaranteed.

            3. The Champ is here
              • 10 Years
              12 months, 1 day ago

              A good gw1 is no different to a good gw13 or gw25

          3. Holmes
            • 6 Years
            12 months, 1 day ago

            Its the only week where you can play WC and BB at same time

          4. Penang Sandman
            • 7 Years
            12 months, 1 day ago

            well if you dont use BB in a single GW, you would need to use WC also for a 15 DGW players.
            Since we now have FH, that 2nd WC can be use for a 11 DGWS + TC. And use FH for the other big DGW

            1. Penang Sandman
              • 7 Years
              12 months, 1 day ago

              11 DGW players*

            2. BDA Shadow
              • 5 Years
              12 months, 1 day ago

              There's many different ways to play them all, and we need to be flexible to wait and see how the DGWs fall each season. Why do people always obsess with the idea of 15 DGW players? Having a bench boost with a good single week player on the pitch and a bad player with double fixtures on the bench or vice versa) is much better than a single gameweek for both players.
              There's plenty of opportune single GWs that may pop up where you find yourself with good bench fixtures if you intend on having a playing bench (which is very much dismissed by almost all top players we hear from).
              If you play it GW1 you are doing it with the lowest budget you will have all season and the least information we will have on players and teams all season. Sure you get the 'WC', which you can also have after either of the two wildcards we all get, but you're just rolling the dice when the odds are least in your favour. The only weeks that are more of a crap shoot are maybe boxing day and the final week of the season.

              1. Markus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                12 months, 1 day ago

                I think it is valid strategy but a risky ones. Don't necessarily think you have more money later in game (as the best players cost more too) but there will no doubt be some bargains emerge through injury / new players that is difficult to exploit gw1 (eg cho). I think the biggest argument is the value saved on non playing bench. So eg if you were going to get an additional 24 points (3 per game) from your bench on a dgw. And you felt like you could get 4 per game gw1 from a better bench/fixtures than you would usually have combined with an early wildcard you'd get 16 points, so 8 points less. However for arguments sake you wc gw4 with 1m saved from non-playing subs compared to what you would have had which is worth more like 20 points. The main argument against this is that you can save that anyway if you wc late and bb gw37

    • jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Egypt out in the R16 is a bit annoying...might go with a boring Salah(c) squad yet!
      60/40 to remain Salahless 🙂

      1. BDA Shadow
        • 5 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        I'm pretty happy with it; as much as I hate the Salah (c) era at least this way we can all safely do it and hopefully exceed in other areas whilst letting those risky enough to go against it likely fail.

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          12 months, 1 day ago

          it was so much more fun going Salahless last season though and I had 19 different captains 🙂

          1. BDA Shadow
            • 5 Years
            12 months, 1 day ago

            I went Salahless two seasons ago and I assure you it was ANYTHING but fun. hahah

            1. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              12 months, 1 day ago

              Haha, yeah, even tougher this season with those fixtures Mo could easily get off to a flyer!

      2. Holmes
        • 6 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Way to go 😛

      3. Amey
        • 1 Year
        12 months, 1 day ago

        😛

    • Harambe_Costa
      • 3 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Ederson ( button)
      Robbo, VVD, walker, digne, ake
      Salah, KDB, Siggy jorginho (dendocker)
      Vardy king greenwood.

      What do u guys think,? Good to go ?

      1. nisag17
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Seems decent. Good to go for now.

    • Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      1/3 maddison to join united

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Would have preferred Tielemans tbh.

      2. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Theatre of dreamzzz

      3. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        12 months, 1 day ago

        aint gonna happen

    • jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Salah(TC) in GW1...sorted 🙂

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Ha ha
        Deulofail will be alone then this season

      2. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        12 months, 1 day ago

        If thou hat saith that. Who then can be against thee

    • Penang Sandman
      • 7 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Why the f all starting GKs are 5.0? This is so dumb

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Same for everyone.

      2. Holmes
        • 6 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        You can get Ryan 😉

        1. Penang Sandman
          • 7 Years
          12 months, 1 day ago

          since I commited to go BB GW1, Ryan + someone it is

          1. Holmes
            • 6 Years
            12 months, 1 day ago

            You can try Guaita since he will play AVL, NOR, when BHA has Man city and Chelsea

            1. Hakim Ziyech
              • 1 Year
              12 months, 1 day ago

              I thought palace signed a new goalie

    • Wally banter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Have never really encouraged myself watching burnley playing, so could someone give an opinion on westwood. He got some good points last year.

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Rubbish and too aggressive on the pitch. He would break someone's leg one day tbh

        1. Wally banter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          12 months, 1 day ago

          😀 okie, staying put

          1. Hakim Ziyech
            • 1 Year
            12 months, 1 day ago

            🙂

    • Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Any lover of the MMA/UFC here? My man Jorge Masvidal knocked out Ben Askren in just 5 seconds last night. Literally a 5 Seconds fight..hehehe... GAMEBRED

      1. The Champ is here
        • 10 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        So brutal

        1. Hakim Ziyech
          • 1 Year
          12 months, 1 day ago

          Hahaha... Yes Champ, I expected a longer fight tho

    • Jafoole_88
      • 5 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      What do people think of Watford and how they'll perform this season? They seem to reinvent themselves every year and I make the mistake of avoiding their players. Currently have Delofeu over King.

      1. The Champ is here
        • 10 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        They'll do well again imo. Very good manager

      2. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        I'm completely with where you're coming from. They are a weird side. I can't put too much faith in them, but the thing about Deulofeu is if you start him and Watford aren't firing, it's an easy shift to switch him for King, Jota, DLC. Worth the punt, imo.

      3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Could finish ahead of both Utd & Chelsea

        They have a more capable manager in charge

        Speaking of more capable managers in charge - see also City, Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal, Everton, Leicester, Wolves, West Ham, Southampton, Bournemouth, Burnley, Palace...

        Also probably Sheff Utd, Aston Villa & Norwich come to think of it

        Wow