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. Lucky Z
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Ryan
    TAA Robertson Laporte Digne Diop
    Zaha Salah
    Kun Vardy Pukki

    Button 4.5 4.5 4.5

    Thought?

    1. noahzark22
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      weak bench forces moves early on. Not sure I'd want to depend on a WHM defense and norwich striker every week.

    2. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I really don't like this at all, Pukki + Diop + Ryan in starting XI with a poor bench...back to the drawing board I reckon mate 🙂

    3. Lucky Z
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Thanks!

    4. Tony Moon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I actually don't mind this. You have two good captain choices and a decent balance. Pukki might be worth a punt with your other two proven strikers. He gives a nice spot which you could easily change to another mid price striker if a surprise emerges - Wesley, Giroud, etc, or a Watford or Wolves striker. You could see if Zinchenko starts regularly in pre season - if so, maybe have him instead of Laporte, which gives £1m for a nice upgrade elsewhere.

    5. Zilla
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      That's not bad actually

    6. jayzico
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Aint that bad bro. Bench is better than mine. I just can't pull myself away from 3,4,3

      Just Pukki for me is a bit meh - could be wrong. How about DCL for first few

  2. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Considering the fact that I'm going without Salah/Mane at the start and have both TAA & Robbo nailed in my starting team atm, which one?

    A. Coleman + VVD
    B. Digne + 5.5 (AWB/Trippier) + 0.5itb

    1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I think it unwise to go without Digne, at least for a while. 🙂

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        ...fair enough Doos, part of me wants to believe that Coleman is just as good a pick...but I feel that I'm lying to myself 😉

          1. The 12th Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Liking Maddison

        1. Jaws
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          You're not lying to yourself. Check the members article on Coleman vs. Digne. Crystal clear.

      2. jayzico
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Agreed. Digne a must unfortunately.

    2. noahzark22
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      With the schedule, I'd triple Liverpool Defense and it's really a tossup between coleman and digne. My preference is Digne

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        ...if I go triple LIV defence that means Coleman over Digne, that's my current dilemma...most much prefer Digne and for likely good reason with his set piece threat!

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I’m in between.

          Voted Digne but having had him cheap last time (4.8:9?) and benching him with only occasional blips I’m uncertain.

          Last season’s experience is colouring how I view season stats. Laporte and VVD are two more I’m doubting having had them for long stretches. One I hit with big time the other I failed with.

        2. noahzark22
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          then VVD all day. Coleman will produce similarly to Digne

        3. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I've ducked out of my triple Pool defence cos I couldn't miss out on Salah. Still got Laporte and Digne though.

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Booo mate, Salah fear strikes another 😉

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Yeah well, it's a corking line-up, with a double-pivot of Salah/Sterling.

              1. jia you jia you
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Sounds good mate!

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Cheers mate, and I am leaning towards that despite feeling that triple LIV defence could be gold early on!

    4. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Close but B

      1. Emp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        A and its not close

    5. MeatPieSausageRoll
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B. Not close

  3. Davidwes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Whats your thoughts on Jorginho?

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Mediocre player in EPL but he looked so good in Italy...as an FPL asset, hard to see him doing that well but if on pens and given a bit more freedom by Frank...maybe!

      1. Davidwes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I guess we will have to wait for pre season to see his role under frank. Last season his exp assists was 5 and if he is on pens i believe he could be a decent option. Lets remember he is only 5 milions

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          ...its almost a curse being 5.0 (a bit like Noble), feels too cheap and risky to start every week but so annoying benching returns if he does get them 😉

          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Word is, Noble is being given starts this Season. We will see how it goes, but a lot of positivity from the coaching staff.

            1. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Don't see why he wouldn't, natural leader, great passer (underrated a bit really) with a lot still to offer ye imo!
              (actually several of my drafts have him first sub)

              1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Good man. Yeah, he was in mine, until I found an extra 0.5. Might still slip back in there.

                1. jia you jia you
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  I still like this saved draft of mine with Noble available to me as first sub after the City game:
                  Ederson
                  TAA / Robertson / VVD / Digne
                  Sterling / Siggy / Brooks / Lucas
                  Vardy / King
                  (Button, ASmith, Noble, Greenwood)

            2. jayzico
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              You a Noble fan Doos? Surprising.

    2. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A very good midfielder. Not a good fpl asset.

    3. ...al - Leave your comments…
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Nah

    4. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Sarri's man. Yet to see if he's Frankie's

    5. Skalla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Only an FPL option if he somehow gets penalties.

  4. RubberDucky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Wife: oohhh getting closer
    Me: yeah i know, counting down
    Wife: are you more nervous than excited?
    Me: No definitely more excited, why would i be nervous, i have played #FPL for years?
    Wife: i was talking about the birth of our 1st child!
    Me: oh right. Er will go make the tea.

    1. Captain Kakaroto (I blame R…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      LoL

  5. Siggy in the Middle
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    If Zouma stays at Chelsea, how much worse of an option does that make Digne?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      It would raise a question, but Toffees still have those fixtures.

    2. Skalla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Does not change Digne's potential , the key player for those CS last season was Gueye.

  6. JJeyy
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Best option?
    A) Kane and KDB
    B) Sterling and Siggy

    1. hnmfm
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Kane has confirmed the august curse 3 years in a row now, why do people continue to draft him in august.

      B

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        The curse is nonsense. His lack of firepower without Son is not.

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Agreed.

          He was just a goal and assist behind Kun last season after 4 matches even after WC - hardly disastrous.

          That was Son free too.

      2. Siggy in the Middle
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        He didn't do badly last season in August

    2. ...al - Leave your comments…
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Possibly A if they can recoup their previous form and consistency

      Most will say B though, incl me

    3. Dribbles
      3 months, 9 days ago

      As a top 100k ranking player, i will say B.

      1. Tony Moon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        No need to keep starting your responses with this nonsense. It's not even very impressive. I ranked 20k, with my top ranked season 4.4k - but I never start a post with it. Plenty on here are much higher.

      2. Udo
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Game hasn't even started yet,... just saying! As a previous "top 10k ranking player". So you might just want to face it, you are one of more than 6million participants no more, no less. Again just saying "as a previous top 10k ranking player".

    4. Skalla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I am going Kane and Siggy but A at the start if KdB is looking good pre-season!

  7. TGNC
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Just as it's not mentioned in the article, Mo Leitner will definitely start the season for Norwich & will keep his place barring injury. One of our key players, arguably our best in the first half of last season. When he got injured Vrancic/McLean both stepped in &, well ,we just kept winning, so Farke saw no need to change (similar story to Klose). Doesn't pick up too many goal contributions but should get the odd assist, as he's usually on set pieces.

    1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      With Aarons and Lewis? Can't see it, myself. Only 1712 minutes, last Season.

      1. Men in green tights
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 days ago

        He has got too you , like you said almost everyone on here is inside the top 100k but it makes no difference now with it being a clean sheet maybe he/she should enter the sites league ,to show us how good or bad they are

        1. Men in green tights
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Post should have been for the most improved player

      2. TGNC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        How's that relevant?

  8. Goat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Simple question, appreciate any answers:
    A) Ederson & Van Dijk
    B) Kepa & TAA

    Thanks

    1. Udo
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A for me.

    2. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A

    3. ...al - Leave your comments…
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Ederson and TAA

      make it fit

    4. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A). Various reasons. I don't like expensive goalies, but in the context of Citeh, Ederson might at least be value.

    5. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B

  9. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    what do you prefer?

    a. Siggy & King

    b. Perez & Wilson

    Cheers

    1. Zenith UK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Richar and King

    2. Cluckfuster
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Anything involving Perez.

      Probably Perez + King

    3. Kryten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B

    4. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Cheers for the comments

  10. Hazardous1983
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    How is this

    Ryan (heaton)
    Taa digne robbo (kelly 4.0m)
    Salah fraser sterling perez (dendoncer)
    Wilson jota long.

    1. ...al - Leave your comments…
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Drop long for a sh!tter and invest the dollas at the back

  11. Cluckfuster
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Is Vardy and Perez too much Leicester for one team?

    Salivating at the prospect of Perez.

    1. Kryten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I am wouldn't do both personally do you think vardy will play every game now?

      1. Cluckfuster
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Probably not but I've underestimated Vardy before.

        He's like the Tom Brady of FPL.

        1. Kryten
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          True i have great memories of vardy partys but I am a stats man these days and his are always poor even when he scores a brace so avoiding. Hes definitely on my watchlist

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Foxes got some real firepower. No problem doubling up on Vardy with Perez, Maddy or Tielemans.

    3. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I want Leicester double up but not from the start, hence I'm feeling a Lucas punt in GW one and then downgrading him to Maddison or Perez (if looking sure starter).

    4. noahzark22
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      To start, yes. Vardy is the proven player. Fixtures mixed to start so I'd hold of on Perez to see how he fits in

    5. GanonTEK
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I have both!

  12. Kryten
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    So probably been debated already but are people going

    A. Maddison
    B. Perez
    C. Both
    D. Neither

    1. Zenith UK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      If I'm picking one it's Perez and I have just posted a team below with him in but not sure if I'd rather the funds back on Azpi rather than Diop.

    2. hnmfm
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Perez edges it because he's 0.5 cheaper

      1. Kryten
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Good point easy switch o expect see maddison will assist most of the goals so if vardy scores Perez miss out on points but maddison may assist

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      One with Vardy. Unless Tielemans trumps them.

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      100% A - he's proven at Leicester already and on set pieces

      1. Kryten
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Yeah I am swinging this way easy switch to perez if it's a wrong choice

    5. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Neither, as Sigurdsson has best fixtures, and Fraser is the more accomplished player.

      LEI : WOL 54 che -367 shu 50 BOU 257 mun -134 TOT -138 NEW 135 liv -566

      1. Kryten
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Nah doosra I think maddison is a much better option than siggy as Leicester have better striker in vardy and will score more. I also think Brooks, king and Wilson spread the Bournemouth points on fraser

        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I think that you may find yourself in a pickle. But good luck!

          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            I can see four blanks in the first six. 🙂

          2. Kryten
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Cheers we will see mate it could go either way. Also great to see you back on here and all well mate I recall you had a bad health spell couple of years ago

            1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Yes, indeed. 2015-2016. Thanks. 🙂

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Both more expensive though

    6. noahzark22
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Starting with vardy. Would do Tielamens before Maddison should he stick around. Perez is a wait and see how he fits in. Maddison had a poor second half last year so would want to see a return to form first

  13. Zenith UK
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    I'm sure I'm making teams now because I like to be ripped apart, only kidding, just tinkered again slightly;

    Lloris, Button
    TAA, VVD, Walker, Digne, Diop
    KDB, Richar, Moura, Brooks, Perez
    Kane, King, Greenwood

    Arguably have 13 if not 14 starters here

    1. Kryten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Looks ok as a draft you will probably tinker more. The only comment is I prefer cheaper goalkeepers strategy lloris seems a risk

    2. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      What is the point of Button?
      Your backside is hanging out of it.
      Every midfielder a punt.
      Under a spreading Greenwood tree ... I hate it. 🙂

      1. Zenith UK
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        First two sentences have me completely stumped, I can't lie!

        I hardly would classify KDB or Richar as punts. KDB hit 200 in the two seasons he wasn't injured.Richar has hit back to back 100+ point seasons, as has Perez (granted club move). Moura hit double digit goals last season and over 100 points as well (with that being said he'll probably swap to Anderson from GW2). Brooks may have been a one-hit wonder fair enough but fixtures look good.

        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          OK. Fair enough. My midfield looks like this:

          Mané, Sterling, Sigurdsson, McArthur & Stephens, and I have Kane up top.

          I would only ever consider captaining ONE of your players.

        2. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          There is nothing wrong with your team although I'd look at changing keepers myself

          1. Wild Rover
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Maybe get Ederson instead of Walker. Very risky going without both Sterling and Salah but I'm sure you are aware of that

            1. Zenith UK
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Yeah, I'd consider a back three from Pool before Salah. Mane I will probably work a way for him to get in the team.

    3. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Too much spend on defence. You need atleast one captain option more

      1. Zenith UK
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        TAA/VVD, KDB and Kane all viable captain options...?

  14. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Anyone ever managed to have even half decent season playing with five at the back or 442?

    1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I tried four for a while ... *shudders*

      1. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        On purpose or because you had inj. / suspensions?

        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          On purpose.

    2. Zilla
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      442ed last season bar some GWs and yeah it went very well I'd say. It mainly depends on the players not the formation though.

    3. Skalla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      This could be the first season it works! (maybe)

  15. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Has anyone found alternatives for Perez in price bracket 6.5 and under?

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Monitoring Gross.

      New attacking manager could make him central again. Think Brighton may implode when they ship goals for fun but can see them starting brightly in attack anyway

      1. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Good shout! Nice starting fixtures too

    2. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Townsend(6.0). And at 5.5, there is McArthur. Both more than 300 mins last Season. I have Sigurdsson, so can only afford McArthur.

      1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        3000, ffs.!!! 🙂

    3. Kryten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Maybe grelish as gamble oh and Brooks

    4. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Not for GW1 but wait for CHO at 6m

    5. Helia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I really like brooks. Great young player, had a great season. Expecting more minutes this year

    6. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Brooks and James at 6.0 on my radar

    7. Free Hat
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Pereyra

  16. hnmfm
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Last tinker, I'll probably settle with this if things stand.

    Ederson
    TAA - Robertson - Digne - Coleman - Laporte
    Salah - Sterling - Perez
    Deulofeu - King

    Subs: Button - Kante - 4.5 - 4.5

    1. Kryten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Big gamble if king, deulf and perez are not working out its difficult to change to someone else at thise prices the price point balance seems of to be

      1. hnmfm
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        What are the odds that all three flop? and I'm not expecting much from them anyway, the main men in my team are Salah, Sterling, and the defense.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Very similar to me. I've got a 6.5 front 3 of King, Jota and Deulofeu.

        2. Kryten
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          It's kind of if one flops eg if deulfeo starts poorly who is your replacements but I could be wrong

          1. hnmfm
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            I don't think i'd panic if any one of them blanks the first 3 - 4 GWs, it's expected for 6.5

    2. Helia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I like it. Was thinking about 5 at the back also but have actually switched to 3. I wouldn’t go two Everton but could pay off handsomely so goodluck

  17. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    If Morata stays in Spain surely Giroud is worth a try from the start?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Wait for Tammy and Batty to be priced up.

    2. Skalla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      There is still Bats and Tammy so no gaurentee he is the main man yet.

    3. Helia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A wait and see for me but I’ve had that thought.

    4. Davidwes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 9 days ago

      If he can be as good as he was in europa league last season he will be a very good pick. I am intrested

  18. Helia
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    All I seem to be going back and forth on is whether to go with robbo and Digne or save 1.0 with Coleman and vvd instead! Thoughts?

    Ederson
    TAA robbo Digne
    Siggy Salah kdb brooks
    Wilson delefeou DCL

    4.0 Elmo Hayden kelly.

    *note- brooks is 100% locked in my team for now so don’t tell me to use funds to upgrade him 🙂

    1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I have Digne and van Dijk. Works for me.

      1. Helia
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I’m just overthinking I think

        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Maybe. Every time Liverpool play, you will be waiting on 9 points from 26.00 of your funds. I could not survive that for many weekends. 🙂

          1. Helia
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Maybe it’s abit if wishing I did that last season, but I don’t think it will be too often those 3 players return 9 points in total in a match. Will be disappointing when they inevitably do of course though.

  19. Lord Bendtner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 9 days ago

    *** - 4.00
    TAA - Rob - Digne - *** - 4.00
    Siggy - Sterling - KDB - *** Dendoncker
    Kane - King - 4.5

    A) Lloris - Dunk - Yarmolenko
    B) Ryan - Trippier - Yarmolenko
    C) Ryan - Diop - Zaha

    1. Helia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B for me.. although me personally would find an alternative for yarmolenko... but to be fair haven’t seen or heard much about westham lately.. is there potential there you think?

      1. Lord Bendtner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 days ago

        will pay attention to pre season, might also get a Brighton winger Knockaert/Trossart or maybe Townsend for CP

        1. Helia
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Townsend could actually be a good pick. Not going there myself but don’t mind it

    2. Garlana
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Don't like Liverpool attackers? I think you've gotta go with either Salah or mane. Just my opinion of course

      1. Lord Bendtner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I do but just scared they miss 1st game, Sterling can become Salah when we know more

  20. Whats the Mata?
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Hey guys! Hope everyone's doing well!

    Thoughts on this draft? Is a 442 with a rotating 4th def.

    Ederson
    TAA - Robbo - Digne - Taylor(bur)
    Salah(C) - Sterling (vC) - Siggy - Ayoze Perez
    King - Deulofeu

    4.0 - Dendonker - ElMo - 4.5 striker

    Cheers 🙂

    1. Siggy in the Middle
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Not sold on the strikers. I'd probably just take one of the two and upgrade the other

  21. Gringo Kid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Million dollar question

    A) Sterling & Deulo
    B) KDB & Vardy

    1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A), imo.

      1. Boxwoods
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Would you also prefer Raz and King over KDB and Vardy? I think Deu can be big this season with more mins. Currently have him and Vard up top with KDB. Would like to get Sterling, but it would mean King + Deu up top, which makes me nervous.

    2. Tcheco
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Very close. B.

    3. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B

    4. coriswrasse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A - Deu with that start may get you some quick price rise.

    5. GanonTEK
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I have B

    6. Helia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A for me

    7. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B for me

    8. Slouch87 Scott Talent
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Not much in it but B

  22. The Road Dogg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Views on this team?

    Gunn 4

    TAA VVD Digne 4 4

    Salah KDB Siggy Zaha Perez

    Lacazette King 4.5

    Not sure whether to go with Bernardo and Kane instead of Lacazette and KDB

    Bench is obvs rubbish as well...

    1. Tcheco
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Bernardo & Kane definitely

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Laca over Bilva in my book. There’s a potential switch to Vardy there if it doesn’t work.

    3. Helia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Tbh I’d rather go kdb and say Wilson... even if it means a double up on Bournemouth. Not a fan of the laca pick

      1. Helia
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I’d go Bernado and Kane over kdb laca though

  23. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    I really thought they’d mix it up this season with a new chip. Same old same old i guess

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Two of each chip with one to be used in each half of the season might’ve been interesting.

    2. Zenith UK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      One less actually

      1. Tony Moon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        ?

  24. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 9 days ago

    This is my bodge that gets Vardy and Kane/Auba

    Heaton
    TAA Robbo Walker Digne Holebas/Ake/Christensen
    Sterling KdB McArthur/Moutinho
    Vardy Kane/Auba

    There’s a variant where I ditch Digne and get two 5.0s at the back to have Perez/Gross. If Christensen does look nailed at Chelsea I’d be tempted

    1. Rigid Digit
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      The Auba / Kane thing is giving me a headache - both are nailed and capable of 20+ Goals and 10+ Assists
      Kane at 11.0 is a bit tempting, but if Erikssen goes his supply may be cut a bit.
      Auba looks generally more lively, and Kane can (historically) be a slow starter.
      Kane at the moment, but easy switch to Auba if The Arse actually look a bit organised this year (or I might just say stuff it and go with Firmino and stick the spread the extra 1.5 in Midfield and Attack).

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Yep

        Auba is 100% nailed of course but I’d expect him to at least start the season. Eriksen is a factor but so is Son - not 100% convinced but stats make Kane Son much much better than Kane Lucas.

        I’m looking at fixtures and thinking Kane works from week 3 after City to get Newcastle home

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Even * isn’t

        2. HIT ME!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          "Auba is 100% nailed of course" - Are you high mate?

  25. Helia
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Guata nailed for palace yeah? Him and Ryan actually rotate extremely well together it seems. I don’t see myself doing that, but just noticed that and thought I’d throw it out there to see what ppl think!

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Expensive combo. May as well get Lloris for the same price. He got heaps of saves last time out and more cs seem quite possible too.

      1. Helia
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I honestly assumed Guaita was 4.5. My bad.... not the biggest fan of Lloris pick or any 5.5 pick. May aswell go Ederson

        1. Zenith UK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Have you seen that Lloris finished like 10 points less than Ederson last season with considerable amount of less starts? Not to mention all the drama he had going on off the field? Also do you see City revisiting the same amount of clean sheets. Spurs actually had quite a poor season.

          1. Slouch87 Scott Talent
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            10 points less or like 10 points less ?

            1. Zenith UK
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              24 points less with 5 games less. He average 4.3ppg, I'll round down to 4 which = 20 potential points missed. He finished 4 points off of Ederson.

              Yes he saved two pens, Ederson also got an assist. Point being take away then pen save it's basically the same amount of points but you save 0.5M that's the argument I'm making. Do you want to spend 0.5M more for 10 more points or you want to upgrade from someone like AWB to Azpi/Luiz where there 38/44 point swing?

          2. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Don’t forget he got pen saves. More convincing I think are the number of saves he made - much more sustainable

  26. Siggy in the Middle
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Ryan

    TAA VVD Digne Vertonghen

    Zaha KDB Maddison Salah

    Kane King

    (Bench fodder)

    Or

    Ryan

    TAA VVD Digne Vertonghen Walker

    Sterling Salah Zaha

    Vardy King

    1. Helia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      First one

    2. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B

  27. aapoman
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    What's up with this Perez hype?

    1. Helia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Strong finish to last season and ppl seem to think he may be paired up top with Vardy and being in a better team will score more. A wait and see for me. Could be used on the wing.

      1. aapoman
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Yeah at 6.5 if he starts firing he could be a great option but currently I'm not on the hype train

        1. Helia
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Agree. Trying to avoid possible transfers off the bat. Would much rather see how he fits in forst

  28. coriswrasse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    First draft after much thought. I'd like to start the season with a full squad of starting players. Thinking of waiting and watching with Ayoze and have Mili as place holder for that slot potentially. Firmino, my Liverpool attacker, is nailed and allows investment elsewhere. Looking to spend 9m on the best two 4.5m GK's. Not sure if I have got that quite right.

    What do you think?

    Ryan, Heaton
    Coleman, VVD, TAA, (Dunk, Cathcart)
    Fraser, Mili, Siggy, Sterling (Dendonker)
    Wilson, Firmino, Deulofeu

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Agree on the goalkeepers, not sure about the cheap defenders and think you could afford to have a non-playing £4m fodder player in the early weeks. I doubt Firmino will keep up with Salah and Mané but he could be good, I was actually disappointed that Firmino didn’t drop in price.

    2. Helia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Decent. I like it for a Salah/Maneless team. Don’t see too many teams with Bobby in there... classy player, hope he does well for ya.

    3. Little fekirs
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I’d look to get another captain in personally.
      Heaton >>> 4.0
      Dunk>>> 4.0
      Mili>>> Perez/Brooks/Townsend
      Firmino>>> Kane

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 9 days ago

      How patient are you prepared to stay with Mili? I had him to start last season and he produced zilch - until I dumped him. Not quite but very nearly a one trick FPL pony

    5. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Dont like it tbh. Firmino is not worth 9.5. Dont like Mili either.

  29. Little fekirs
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 9 days ago

    A. Kane | Brooks | Wilson
    or
    B. King | Mane | Lucas Moura

    1. Helia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A by a mile for me

      1. Little fekirs
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Cheers, was leaning that way.

        Kane captain for villa looks good.

    2. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B

      1. HIT ME!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        SORRY, meant A =)

  30. Davidwes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Whats your thoughts on
    Chicharito 6,0$ now that arnautovic is going to china.
    (He is currently in my team)

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I would presume West Ham will be buying a new striker, maybe even two.

    2. Rigid Digit
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Chicharito is (apparently) looking for a way out.
      Maxi Gomez, Rondon or Belotti may be arriving (or even Wilson) - all better options
      And I would expect at least one of them to be in the 6.0 bracket (Rondon?)

    3. coriswrasse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      on the watchlist for now. I'd like to see how they play for a bit. King is a good placeholder.