Pre-Season

The midfield bench fodder options available in FPL

Our analysis of the Fantasy Premier League price list will conclude with a look at budget midfielders.

While we may have struggled to so far pick out many gems among the cut-price defenders and forwards, the sheer weight of numbers among similarly priced midfielders – there are currently 119 such players priced between £4.5m and £5.5m inclusive at the time of writing – suggests there may be more joy to be had in the middle of the park.

With sub-£6.0m midfielders representing more than 25% of all FPL players, we will split this analysis into three separate articles.

This first piece will look at players available for £4.5m, the second focusing on £5.0m midfielders and a final feature to follow on those available at £5.5m.

The £4.5m Options

There are, at the time of writing, 35 FPL midfielders available for £4.5m.

The primary function of a £4.5m midfielder is to be an emergency option on our benches, to be ready to come in for a two-point (or better) return when rotation, injury and/or suspension bites hard.

The first requirement of such a player is that he is a reliable starter.

That immediately rules out a large number of Fantasy assets, although pre-season is yet to start in earnest and we may well see a surprise name emerge from this bargain bin of players.

Possible Starters

Leander Dendoncker was benched only once from Gameweek 22 to 38.

There aren’t too many players at £4.5m who can guarantee us a game.

One of the most popular options in FPL right now is Leander Dendoncker, who currently sits in 9.5% of squads.

The Belgium international had to bide his time to become a regular starter under Nuno Espirito Santo, not making the matchday squad until Gameweek 10 and failing to make a single start in the first half of the season.

Dendoncker’s debut finally came in Gameweek 20 and he went on to start all bar one of Wolves’ final 17 league fixtures.

The central midfielder has scored twice in 2019 and, after his full debut, only six players in his position went on to register more big chances – all of them more expensive in FPL.

Wolves’ participation in the Europa League may lead to some rotation but Santo’s squad is fairly small, so Dendoncker should still get plenty of league starts.

Isaac Hayden is the only £4.5m-rated FPL midfielder who features in more FPL squads at the time being, although the Newcastle midfielder – who started the Magpies’ final 20 games – is seeking a move away from the north-east for personal reasons and his whereabouts next season are still to be confirmed.

Dale Stephens made 29 starts for Brighton and Hove Albion last season, meanwhile, registering two attacking returns.

A regular under Chris Hughton, we will have to monitor the Seagulls in pre-season to see if he features prominently in new boss Graham Potter’s plans.

Matteo Guendouzi offers semi-regular starts but that, arguably, isn’t good enough when we are also concerned about rotation to our heavy hitters.

The French midfielder made 23 starts last season but was named as a substitute on a further 14 occasions, coming on ten times.

Oriol Romeu is perhaps up there with Dendoncker in terms of first-team prospects, having started 21 of the 23 matches that Ralph Hasenhuttl oversaw.

The one-time Chelsea midfield spoiler has scored exactly one goal in each of the last four seasons, which is arguably perfect for those who don’t want the anguish of seeing their third-choice substitute stuck on the bench after a double-digit haul.

We may be able to add Tom Trybull to the mix, with the Norwich defensive midfielder a regular starter in the second half of the season at the expense of fellow £4.5m asset Alex Tettey.

The Rest

Grady Diangana made six starts and 11 substitute appearances last season.

Nampalys Mendy made 23 starts last season but not one under Brendan Rodgers.

Aside from those already mentioned, Morgan Schneiderlin was one of only two other £4.5m midfielders who reached double figures for Premier League starts (ten) but even he looks likely to be a backup again this season.

Grady Diangana was briefly a budget midfielder to monitor last season but West Ham’s plethora of attacking options may again restrict his chances, while the future of anchormen Pedro Obiang (who made 12 starts for the Hammers) and Carlos Sanchez is in some doubt.

Moritz Leitner was peripheral in the season run-in for Norwich after being an ever-present in the first 18 matches (the Canaries being well stocked in central midfield), while youngster Todd Cantwell may well be sent out on loan by the Championship winners.

Henri Lansbury, Birkir Bjarnason and the ‘out of position’ Keinan Davis look unlikely to be heavily involved at Villa, meanwhile.

The likes of Mohamed Elneny, Danny Drinkwater, Matty James and James McCarthy would appear to be backup options or surplus to requirements at their respective clubs, with only Arsenal’s Egyptian making any league starts (five) last season.

Youngsters such as Ethan Ampadu at Chelsea, Luke Dreher at Crystal Palace, Tahith Chong and James Garner at Manchester United, and Callum Slattery and Tyreke Johnson at Southampton will be hoping for breakthrough seasons at their respective clubs but remain only prospects for the future at present. Only Slattery of this group made a league start last season.

Brighton’s Beram Kayal will have his fingers crossed for more game-time under new boss Potter, while defensive midfielder Hamza Choudhury is one to monitor (for starts, if not attacking returns) as he continues his development under Brendan Rodgers.

Daniel Amartey is the other Leicester midfield option at £4.5m but it is difficult to see where the some-time right-back fits into Rodgers’ system when he returns from an ankle injury.

Oliver Skipp made just two starts at Spurs last season, while Domingos Quina and Nathaniel Chalobah – who were in Javi Gracia’s starting XI on just three occasions each – will likely be backup options again in central midfield.

Rafael Camacho has left Liverpool on a permanent deal while Luke Amos has joined QPR on loan from Spurs.

It should be stressed that the above information is how we see the picture in early July and there is plenty that could happen between now and Gameweek 1.

We’ll keep you up to speed on all the developments in pre-season and shine a light on any names from this price tier should they look like threatening some league starts.

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1,267 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Zenith UK
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Thoughts/Preference?

    A)
    Lloris
    TAA, Robbo*, Walker, Digne
    KDB, Richar, Moura*, Brooks
    Kane, King*

    Button, Jorginho, Azpi, Greenwood

    B)
    Lloris,
    TAA, Walker, Digne, Azpi
    KDB, Richar, Brooks, Dendoncker*
    Kane, Aguero*

    Button, Jorginho, Diop*, Greenwood

    1. Ghost Ship
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Got to get some Liverpool attack in there.

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        This*

      2. Zenith UK
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I figured that would be the first comment. Would probably move one of Kane/Kun to a Liverpool attacker depending on who ends up firing.

      3. @FPL_Chess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I think, in terms of value, Liverpool's defence appeared a better call last season.

      4. Skalla
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I think TAA and Robbo should count as Liverpool 'attack'!

  2. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Who is villa's no1 keeper? Nyland or steer?

    Looking at villa Burnley keeper rotation....

    Thanks

    1. Captain Fozzy
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Rumoured that they are getting Butland

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Hed be good for 4.5

  3. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    which do you prefer?

    a. Jimenez & Maddison

    b. Siggy & Deulofeu/Jota

    Cheers

    1. Ghost Ship
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Personally avoiding wolves as Europa League messes up any team it touches. Also not sure where Maddison plays this season

      So b with delafeu

      1. Zenith UK
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        This isn't actually true, as evidenced by a post on an article a few days ago, however it may impact individuals directly.

        1. Ghost Ship
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          What the europa league? Definitely destroys the defense for the “smaller” teams. Someone like Chelsea can cope. Evidence being Pulis’ stoke getting thumped 7-0.

          1. Zenith UK
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Defence, OP isn't adding defenders but attackers

            1. cheekumz
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              to be fair his example of a 7-0 defeat doesn't make a great argument for attackers either lol. But regardless, one game is hardly enough to base a decision on.

    2. Captain Fozzy
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B with Deulofeu

    3. @FPL_Chess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Jimenez and Siggy for me.

    4. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      thanks for the comments

  4. jia you jia you
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Lucas Moura could be an ok punt for GW1 with plenty of options (such as LEI mids) to downgrade him to if needs be.
    Thoughts on the below 442 squad?

    Ederson
    Robertson / TAA / VVD / Coleman
    Sterling / Siggy / Lucas / Fraser
    Vardy / King
    (Button, ASmith, Greenwood, Dendonker)

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      no Salah or Mane?

      1. jia you jia you
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Pretty sure I'm going to start with triple LIV defence and hope for massive returns v Norwich to start with 🙂
        Salah & Mane potentially eased into the season after AFCON but even so, that's not been part of my thinking tbf.

        1. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          good to see you have a plan in place lad..

        2. Snevitz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          It worked out really well towards the end of last season, really helped my rank despite Sterling not being a particularly consistent captain. If I'd captained TAA for the last 6 weeks instead....

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Looking good. Moura could be worth a punt indeed.

      1. jia you jia you
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Cheers mate, if I go Kaneless he will very likely be in my GW1 team 🙂

    3. Ghost Ship
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Don’t triple defense. Get Salah or mane.

    4. Zenith UK
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I've currently got Moura in my team and he's an easy downgrade to Anderson (WHU) for bha, wat, NOR, avl GW2,3,4,5. It'll only return 0.5M but could definitely be worth it

      1. jia you jia you
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        hard to predict WHU atm but def worth considering a move like that with those fixtures!

        1. Zenith UK
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          If we don't sell Diop (we shouldn't, makes zero sense) then you've got a good rotation between him and Boly/Coady with one bench fodder.

    5. Brooksy86
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Would Pocc not start with;

      Alli/Eriksen/Son

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        No, son is banned GW1/2

        1. Brooksy86
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Knowledge! Time for a Moura punt!

          1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            He’s in my squad for GW1 for sure.

      2. jia you jia you
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Son is suspended for the first three games.

        1. Brooksy86
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Moura Moura!!!

        2. Zenith UK
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          First two* he missed the last game of last season

          1. jia you jia you
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            yes, my mistake, cheers

  5. Ghost Ship
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    New draft. £1m in bank so obviously looking to upgrade a couple of defenders once clearer who’s starting. Taylor is there for now if takes tarkowskis place if he leaves.

    Ederson 4.0
    Robertson Coleman Kelly Taylor O’Connell
    Salah Richarlison Zaha 4.5 4.5
    Aguero Vardy King

    Thanks

    1. Zenith UK
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Not a fan of the backline at all, way to weak. Either nil returns or negatives

      1. Ghost Ship
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Sorry should be Gibson not Taylor. Assuming he and Kelly play you don’t reckon playing two out of Burnley, palace and Sheffield is good enough?

    2. Penguin
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Looks good to me

  6. The Mighty Hippo
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    I'm always a fan of a 3-5-2 formation and really like this draft team. However, I'd appreciate some feedback on any improvements or issues that you guys spot.

    Ryan
    TAA | Robertson | Digne
    Salah | KDB | Siggy | Perez | Zaha
    Vardy | King

    Bench: usual rubbish

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Very nice

    2. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Strong team as long as you have a playing sub on your bench.

    3. Ghost Ship
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Ideally needs sterling or Aguero

      1. The Mighty Hippo
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I'll start with Sterling if it looks as though Salah may be rested after AFCON, but otherwise I think KDB will do very well this season.

        1. Ghost Ship
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Just think you can’t gamble on arguably the best attack in the league. Got to get it covered or you will get mullered.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            That's what KdB is for. 200 point player for 9.5m

          2. Zenith UK
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            As above. KDB going to run it up this season

    4. jia you jia you
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I like this a lot, 4.5 defender first sub?

      1. The Mighty Hippo
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Unfortunately the bench is pretty weak, but I always work on the assumption that points on the bench are points wasted and therefore only ever really expect 2pts coming in at the mist. The first 11 are all regular starters and if any are likely to be out for more than a week or so they can be transferred.

    5. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Brilliant team. TAA/Robbo to VVD and Perez to Maddison and you have achieved perfection

      1. The Mighty Hippo
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        That's a good option. Maddison will hit the ground running from the start, whereas Perez is a bit risky.

    6. Kobayashy
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Decent team, but are you not concerned by Chelsea, Man Utd and Tottenham in 6 of the opening fixtures? Or maybe hoping Vardy will continue his decent scoring record against the top sides?

    7. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I love it, but don't have the balls for KDB over Sterling myself...

      I really should get some balls though - over the first bunch of weeks I will be favouring Salah as captain...

      1. Kobayashy
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        That's because you're not paying attention to the most important statistic, Dan.

        1. DantheManinaPan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          😎

  7. Inazuma X1
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    How do you check FPL league code if I have renewed a previous league?

    1. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      It tells you the code when you renew it

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Well it didn't any other way to check?

        1. Wild Rover
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Go to leagues page, click on league then click on Administer. It's at the top

  8. Valar(Keith)
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Just realised that Lloris missed about 5 to 6 games last season. His points total would've been right up there with Ederson if he had played every game 😯

    1. Ghost Ship
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Good point.

    2. Valar(Keith)
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Ah he saved 2 penalties vs 0 for Ederson. That explains it. Nothing to see here lol

      1. Valar(Keith)
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Thought Ederson did get an assist too. Remove the freak points and they'd have still been just 10 or so points apart. Wish the difference was 1.0 million and not 0.5 though for the risk attached

        1. Ghost Ship
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Just imagine if lloris hadn’t been hungover half the season.

  9. Pieterke30
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    I think one of Perez/Maddison will disappoint.

    Maddison is one of Leicester’s best players imo. So Rodgers has to start him at his best position. That’s attacking central midfielder, n10.

    So, way I see it, Perez only fits in as the attacking right midfielder, which is NOT his best position.

    To me, Perez doesnt fit in Leicester’s best XI

    Schmeichel
    James Maguire Evans Chilwell
    Ndidi Tielemans
    Pereira Maddison Barnes
    Vardy

    ... with that formation, he can only replace Pereira; Pereira then playing right back instead of James.

    If Rodgers wants to get the best of Perez, he has to play another formation. But if he does, he wont get the best out of Maddison.

    That’s why for me, Rodgers would be right to consider Perez as a back-up to Vardy and/or Maddison in a 4231. Nth more.

    He prob wont, though. Which means one of Perez or Maddison will probably disappoint us, FPL-wise.

    1. Kobayashy
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I agree, and I'm also not sure I see the value of Maddison over someone like Zaha who will likely see a greater points return after being reclassified as a midfielder.

    2. Zenith UK
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      LEI as a whole will be so much more attacking than CPL that's where the benefit will be. Zaha has to carry Palace. No Bats or AWB this season either most likely.

      1. Kobayashy
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Chelsea, Spurs and United in their opening 6. Plus surely the fact Zaha has to 'carry Palace' implies he will be more at the centre of any goals they do score.

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Waiting on Tielemans. 7.5m - I'm in.

      1. Pieterke30
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Getting that many attacking returns was unlike him you know. Not sure he can sustain that. For 6.0 Id get him in.

  10. Ceefax Page 302
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Have decided to put together a team without Salah, Mane, Sterling or Aguero, spreading money across 13 of the 15 players. How could i improve the following?

    Pickford, Woodman
    Robertson, Digne, Ake, Duffy, Kelly
    KDB, Sigurdsson, Fraser, Anderson, Zaha
    Vardy, Wilson Jimenez

    1. Marvin III
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      You're leaving out four of the leagues best players so you can have money on the bench? Seems pretty wild to me.

      1. Ceefax Page 302
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Yep 🙂 Have looked at the fixtures and it gives me a pretty much solid starting 11 each week through to game week 12.

        1. Marvin III
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Stout fellow. I hope it pays off for you.

          1. Ceefax Page 302
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Thanks - so do i, lol!

    2. Zenith UK
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Fraser > Brooks
      Wilson > King

      Allows additional funds to maybe upgrade another defender. Other than that in terms of an even spread team, nice. Who'd have ever thought a triple BOU/EVE up would ever be a good idea?!

      1. Ceefax Page 302
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I did think about king as he's on pens though the assists for Wilson last season swung it his way. Brooks I'll keep an eye on as its easier to downgrade a player than upgrade imo.

  11. Macca4092
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Thoughts guys?
    I think a strong defence will be key this year but I’m worried it has left me too weak in other areas. Lack of Man City mid concerns me also

    Pickford (Button)

    TAA | Robbo | Coleman | Pereira | Laporte

    Salah (c) | Zaha | Perez | Fraser (Dendoncker)

    Kane (studge) (wickham)

    1. palace ash
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Don't like the Pereira pick (early poor fixtures especially)
      Need a Man City attacker.

      1. Macca4092
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Yeah think a Man City attacker is essential, I’ll probably go for B.Silva given my available funds and make some changes in defence

    2. Zenith UK
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Pereira, Fraser & Zaha > Diop, Brooks & KDB?

      1. Macca4092
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I like Brooks but think it would be risky taking out Fraser given his returns and Bournemouth fixtures

  12. palace ash
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    First draft: Looking to build a squad for GWs 1-4, then WC during international break.

    XXX, Button
    Robertson, XXX, XXX, Digne, XXX
    Salah, Sterling, Siggy, Zaha, Dendonker
    King, Deulofeu, Wickham

    A: Ederson, Gomez, Zinchenko, Ward
    B: Ryan, Laporte, VvD, Kelly

    1. Macca4092
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Definitely B, Ryan is a solid choice for his price and Laporte will give u more defensive returns by sacrificing Ederson. Gomez vs VVD is interesting, Gomez would free up funds but would have to gauge is playing time pre-season, also a rotation risk given Matip strong finish to the season

    2. Zenith UK
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Not a fan of Zaha or Deulo.
      Could downgrade Salah to Mane to have both Ederson and Laporte?

    3. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

  13. @FPL_Chess
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Joining code for FPL Chess ~ Grandmaster Edition ~ 2019/20 season:

    cmoq01

    We've had 780+ players in the previous two seasons.

    Favourite moment after playing this for many years was the season before last, when the first eight players in FPL Chess came from eight different countries. I loved that.

    @FPL_Chess (twitter)

  14. mcmd11
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    thoughts on this team?

    Ryan (Button)
    VVD Digne Robo Laporte (Kelly)
    Salah Sterling Zaha Maddison (Dendoncker)
    Jimenez King (Greenwood)

    Cheers

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Like it! Would try to upgrade Zaha/Maddi to Sigurdsson.
      Laporte -> 5.5

  15. No Professionals
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    A) Ederson, Smith and Robertson (have TAA)

    B) Ryan, Laporte and VVD

    1. NIKO.
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

  16. Valar(Keith)
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    For one spot in a team. Would you prefer
    A) Taylor + Diop + Dunk rotating for one spot for their easy home games with the other 2 acting as an OK bench
    B) Coleman + 4.0 + 4.0.. Coleman playing every week with no bench whatsoever (the other bench spot is a 4.5 forward)

    1. Bambi
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A. wouldn't feel comfortable knowing that you have zero player coming off the bench

      1. Valar(Keith)
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Exactly. Ive always had a good bench. This year seems trickier but I still need some security 🙂

        1. Bambi
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          this is the reason why im not a fan of 5 midfield - the baseline options at 4.5 gives a good bench insurance.

          1. Bambi
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            whereas the 4.0 defenders and 4.5 forwards wont get minutes - therefore 4 in midfield seems like a decent compromise

          2. Valar(Keith)
            • 10 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            I prefer the 4.5 options in defense compared to the likes of dendonker and Stephens though. Can always expect a fluke cleansheet from them. That being said dendonker does look like he could get 5+ attacking returns a season. Could be worth restructuring

    2. Valar(Keith)
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Fixtures for the rotation would be SOU WHM SOU NOR BUR NOR avl CPL for the first 8.. Not bad at all. And the bench fixtures wouldn't be half bad either

      1. Valar(Keith)
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        avl and SHU complete the first 10 fixtures of that rotation. Expecting a 4 ppg for that fixture run surely can't be expecting too much 🙂

    3. Zenith UK
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Valar, option C to consider (maybe?) go Diop/Boly with a fodder. Diop & Boly rotating means you don't face a single top 6 team from last season. Food for thought? Sorry if I made the conundrum even worse! 😀

      1. Valar(Keith)
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        The more options the better :).. Thanks zenith

  17. Bambi
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Heaton
    Robbertson - TAA - Digne - Coleman - Zinch/Maguire*
    Salah - Sterling - Zaha
    Vardy - Deulofeu

    Bench: 4.0, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5

    *or whoever is the best city option at 5.5

  18. Warby84
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Struggling for a 5m keeper between

    Foster
    Fabianski
    Leno

    Currently on Foster, I could go Ryan to upgrade VVD to Alex-Arnold..

    Any thoughts?

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I would do that, the 5.0m range feels like a dead zone

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I'd go the other way and find 0.5 for Pickford.

    3. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Fab out of those GK's

  19. Marmalade Forest
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    I’m sure it’s been asked a thousand times but what are the thoughts of

    VVD+TAA/Robbo+Laporte
    Or
    Mendy/Walker/Zinc+TAA+Robbo

    I think the second one if we can be 80% certain on the City Full-back.

    1. B.D.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Zinc(if close to starting)+TAA+Robbo

  20. Whats the Mata?
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Think there must be a HT on this?

    Assuming most of us are doubling up on Liverpool defense, which TWO among Robertson, TAA and VVD are y'all opting for? And why?

    TAA has setpieces and probably the best attacking potential among the three but not the level of security of starts like Robbo or VVD.

    Robertson lies 2nd among the three in terms of attacking potential from open play plus has the security of starts.

    VVD is the MOST nailed player in that Liverpool team and probably will never be rotated. Yes, hardly any attacking potential from open play but is a beast from corners/setpieces. Plus is 0.5m cheaper compared to Robbo and TAA.

    Hope the discussion here helps people find the best duo.

    Cheers 🙂

    1. Iceball
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Currently on Robertson/VVD but very unsure, even more after reading this 🙂

    2. Bambi
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      TAA and Robertson. I would be too scared to only own one knowing that every other week you will be disappointed when the one you don't have hauls.

    3. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      TAA for attacking returns and VVD for security, and use the 0.5m elsewhere.

      Obviously Robertson and TAA are the best 2, just can't stretch to it.

    4. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      TAA and VVD as that .5 m helps get 7 m mid. TAA biggest goal threat and can see VVD getting more attacking returns from corners etc.

      Also we do not know yet if Robbo will be fit for start of season.

    5. Marvin III
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Anybody considered all three? You could possibly have KDB and Sterling instead of a liverpool attacker.

    6. Kobayashy
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Robertson and VVD for me, because of a) the saved 0.5m and b) less threat of rotation from Gomez.

    7. Zenith UK
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Reading this. TAA & VVD (easier to type)
      Just kidding. TAA crosses to VVD. Assist and Goal. Robbo be quiet please 🙂

    8. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      VVD is gold for 6.5 but cant look past TAA and Robbo. 25 assists between them last season. Crazy. Considering all three of them but that obviously means no Salah.

      1. TAA
      2. Robbo
      3. VVD

    9. Winston.
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Currently on TAA and VVD

    10. Scotty B
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Alisson & VVD is the safest and cheapest way to go

    11. Skalla
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      The one I don't pick will score GW1 , so prob just going for a triple up and watch Salah and Gomez rack up the points!

    12. Dybala10
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Robbo and VDV for security of starts. Gomez being back makes things difficult for TAA.

  21. statenisland
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Any love for Teemu Pukki at 6.5?

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I need to see how the promoted teams go about things first.

    2. Kobayashy
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Could be FPL gold. Opening fixtures and preseason will tell.

    3. Marmalade Forest
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Lots of love for him, but think he costs too much to think about him in the pre-season squad.

      I think King is a better option at 6.5, the 7+ strikers are all better and 6.5 is too much to regularly bench.

      Over the season, if he scores 100 points, I think most 5m defenders will match it.

      The new signing also means we have 3 strikers when we’ll probably only ever play 120 minutes per game between Pukki, Srnby and Drmic

      1. statenisland
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Good sensible advice. thanks

  22. Egg noodle
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Anyone feel like copying my team?

    Ederson 4.0
    TAA Robertson Digne Coleman Walker
    KDB Salah Siggy Pogba 4.5
    King 4.5 4.5

    1. Blanka
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Pogba a joke, right?

    2. Marvin III
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Get rid of Pogba and we'll talk.

    3. Kobayashy
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Can't tell if serious...

    4. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Sure someone does

  23. Kobayashy
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Richarlison is going to outscore Sigurdsson this season, both in terms of goals and FPL points. #ChangeMyMind

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      No he wont. Changed your mind.

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Lol

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I just wonder whether Siggy may emerge as a bit of a troll figure this season... he’s being hugely well backed, and he did do well last year overall, and has nice starting fixtures so lots of positives.

      But Digne is the man on DFK’s & Corners now which removes a lot of Siggy’s set piece threat.... his penalty record of late is also poor (missed 4 of 7 in the last year) leaving him very heavily reliant on G & A from play for FPL points

      He’s a player I could see regressing rather than kicking on to score 200 points, but equally no one would be suprised to see him with 40-50 points on the board by GW7 either

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I think he'll do fine, but the reason he's a bit unreasonably popular at the moment is due to lack of competition. His price bracket is where you expect to find viable midfielders from Arsenal, Chelsea, United. But there's no one.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          When he has set pieces he’s a hugely useful FPL asset for sure... what would you project him at points wise for the first 5 games, and for the season?

      2. Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Don't trust Siggy prefer Fraser.

      3. Winston.
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Yes, possible of course... but has he ever let you down (if not injured)? What about Zaha - great player, but if he stays in CPL, his opening fixtures don’t look that great...and if he goes to Arsenal, what does that mean FPL-wise? Zaha might a great pick for the season though...

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          He had 23 blanks in 38 games last season - I think people sometimes forget just how often these 7.0-8.0 mids deliver 2 points - as often if not more so than the 6.0-7.0 defenders we’re blessed with this season

          Digne & Coleman for example both got 85-ish points in 2019 (Digne 16 games, Coleman 14 games)

          Siggy struggles to break 80 in 2019 from 17 games...

          He’s a lovely player, it there’s just that nagging doubt about him now in FPL given his price, the loss of set pieces, the penalty record, how cheap the wingbacks are etc and especially given Everton’s defensive form - if Gueye stays

    4. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      If you said in the first half of the season or 1st 15 games I’d probably agree

      We all know rich likes into go MIA by Christmas

  24. S3
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Ryan
    TAA | Zinchenko | Digne
    Salah | Sterling | Siggy | Moura | Zaha
    Calvert | King

    Button I El Mohamady I Kelly I Long

    SMEs Pls RMT

  25. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Best 5.5 mid/forward options? For bench

    1. Asbestos City
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Kodjia

    2. Jafoole_88
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Mark my words: John McGinn will absolutely j!ZZ in this season, plus Villa's fixtures are decent

      1. Wild Rover
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Card magnet with little big man attitude. No thanks

        1. Jafoole_88
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          He's got a bigger stub than you

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      There's nothing. Better nab a 4.5 and invest a million where it'll be more useful.

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        That's what I was thinking aswell. But if you are pleased with your XI and have a million left, it would be good to know your options in that price bracket.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          If I was really happy with my Starting XI, I'd bank the million.

          1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Cheers mate!

  26. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    The creator of a private FPL league has renewed it from last year and can see me on the list of members but it's not appearing on my list of private leagues. Any ideas? I have logged out and back in again.

    1. Dybala10
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Clear cache?

  27. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Best 4.5 keeper? Anyone considered Villa?

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Nope

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I haven’t really looked at their stats but fixtures are favourable

  28. Winston.
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Comments on this one? Could 541 work ?

    Ederson
    TAA VVD Digne Coleman Trippier
    Salah Sterling Sigurdsson Zaha
    King

    Dendoncker 4.5 4.5

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Not sure about Trippier, otherwise looks good.

      1. Winston.
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Yeah, risky - but can switch him to City 5.5 defender if available after opening games

        1. Marmalade Forest
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Bold going to put two 4.5 strikers on the bench/in the bin.

          You’ll feel a little silly if King gets benched. You’re also limited in an easy out if you want to get rid of him.

          But makes your ten players look very good.

  29. Scotty B
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    So tough this, which one would you guys go for and why?

    A Alisson, Walker, VVD, Laporte, Digne, Ake
    B Ederson, Coleman, VVD, Laporte, Robertson, Smith
    C Ederson, Robertson, VVD, Walker, Digne, Smith
    D Pickford, Walker, Robertson, VVD, Laporte, Smith
    E Alisson, Walker, VVD, Laporte, Coleman, Keane
    F Ederson, Coleman, Walker, VVD, Robertson, Ake

    1. Francescoli
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B because I’m not a fan of Walker

      1. Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Not sure I would even go for a keeper over 4.5 to start the season.

        1. Scotty B
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          With Ederson or Alisson though you are pretty much set and forget for the season

      2. Scotty B
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Smith nailed?

      3. Scotty B
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        What's not to like?

    2. Winston.
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    3. Bam Bam Bigelow
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      None. I'd rather have 2 City forwards

  30. Francescoli
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Thoughts on Trippier this season?

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Nothing to suggest he's worth getting.

      1. Francescoli
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Takes freekicks and very attacking. Threat of rotation is the only thing that puts me off.

        1. Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          True but even then can be hit or miss.

        2. Zenith UK
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Pretty sure that Aurier just got injured at AFCON?

    2. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I have him atm but need to see situation pre season re starts, incoming transfers and Aurier injury

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Not sure the manager trusts him, to be honest.