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The budget FPL midfielders to consider at £5.5m

Having looked at the Fantasy Premier League midfield options available at £4.5m and £5.0m, we now focus on the budget assets that can be acquired for a little bit more money.

It is stating the obvious that the midfielders available at £5.5m generally offer more of an attacking threat than the cheaper options we have already discussed, with defensive midfielders, deep-lying playmakers and reserves prominent in the £4.5m-£5.0m bracket.

There are 41 midfielders available for £5.5m at the time of writing and we will discuss them all in this latest price list analysis.

Any players featured in this article who don’t cost £5.5m will have their starting price listed in brackets.

PLAYERS FROM THE ‘BIG SIX’ CLUBS

Jordan Henderson was redeployed as a “number eight” by Jurgen Klopp in the last half-dozen matches of 2018/19.

There are eight midfielders available at £5.5m who play for one of last season’s top two.

All four of Liverpool’s assets at this price are central midfielders and the competition for places in the middle of the park is enough to put off prospective Fantasy owners, let alone the fact that many of us will have our hearts set on a double-up or triple-up on the Reds’ premium options.

Fabinho offers little for FPL bosses as the anchorman in front of the defence, while Georginio Wijnaldum (who scored on three occasions last season) is no longer the sustained goal threat he was in his first season at Anfield and final year at Newcastle.

We ought to mention that James Milner is Liverpool’s first-choice penalty-taker but it’s starts that are a problem for the veteran: the ex-Manchester City and Newcastle midfielder only lined up in one of Liverpool’s final ten league fixtures of 2018/19.

With Milner turning 34 midway through next season and competition for places fiercer than ever in the Liverpool engine room (the fit-again Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£6.0m) adding to Jurgen Klopp’s options), Milner may well be even more peripheral this year.

Jordan Henderson hasn’t passed 80 FPL points in the last four campaigns but he began to take on more attacking responsibilities in the season run-in, with all four of his goals/assists coming in the final six Gameweeks.

That positional evolution will be something we’ll be keeping an eye on in the opening weeks of 2019/20.

Competition in central midfield may also pose Fantasy managers dilemmas at Manchester City this season.

Fernandinho has chipped in with a few goals over his time at the Etihad but the veteran Brazilian will perhaps be gradually phased out this season following the arrival of Rodrigo.

The summer signing from Atletico Madrid scored three league goals last season, as many as he had managed in his previous four years.

Phil Foden made only three starts in 2018/19 but this could be a big year for the England under-21 international, with David Silva (£7.5m) set to leave at the end of it.

Ilkay Gundogan adds to Foden’s competition, however, especially as Rodri has arrived to take over as the midfield anchor – a role Gundogan was forced to adopt late last season when Fernandinho was injured.

Barring an injury crisis at City which would lead to less competition for either Gundogan or Foden and the regular starts that we Fantasy managers crave, neither player will feature in many FPL squads come Gameweek 1.

The likes of Mateo Kovacic, Harry Winks and Fred are, arguably, overpriced even in this price bracket.

Winks was neither a secure starter when fit nor a significant goal threat, with his role further back in the Spurs midfield restricting him to just two shots in the box all season.

Fred made just seven starts in the 21 matches that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer oversaw, meanwhile, and failed to score in any of them.

Kovacic is another underwhelming asset available at this price, though it’s possible Frank Lampard may be able to get more out of him from an attacking point of view.

The Croatian midfielder, signed on a permanent deal this summer, didn’t find the net once last season and banked only two assists.

Kovacic jobshared his left-sided central midfield role with Ross Barkley (£6.0m) in 2018/19 and Maurizio Sarri’s predictable substitutions became something of a running joke: Kovacic was hooked in 19 of the 21 league games he started.

It will be interesting to see where Kovacic is deployed under the new regime, although he has only seven league goals to his name in as many seasons and we aren’t expecting much to change in that regard.

Granit Xhaka is Arsenal’s sole representative at £5.5m, with the Switzerland international costing exactly the same as he has done in the previous three campaigns.

We pretty much know what to expect from Xhaka now: the odd spectacular free-kick from distance (two of his four goals in 2018/19 were such strikes) and a handful of assists from dead-ball situations.

No Arsenal player took more corners than Xhaka last season, while none of the Gunners’ other midfielders made as many league starts (29).

With the Swiss midfield general we also get yellow cards, however: there were ten of these in both 2018/19 and 2017/18.

PLAYERS FROM OTHER TOP-HALF CLUBS

Just two of Ruben Neves’ 74 shots last season were from inside the box – and both were penalties.

Andre Gomes has made his move to Goodison Park permanent this summer but, while his contribution to the Everton cause can’t be overstated, the former Barcelona midfielder delivered just three attacking returns in 2018/19 from the base of the Toffees’ midfield.

Tom Davies made only ten starts last season and not one came in the final 11 Gameweeks, so he is expected to be well down the pecking order in central midfield on Merseyside.

Rachid Ghezzal didn’t make a single start under Brendan Rodgers, while Demarai Gray was jettisoned from the flanks in Gameweeks 36 to 38 when Marc Albrighton had recovered from injury.

All three now have Ayoze Perez (£6.5m) to contend with ahead of 2019/20 and we will have to see how Rodgers tweaks his system to accommodate the £30m Spaniard – it may well be that none of the three Leicester £5.5m midfield options can offer us the security of starts we crave, let alone consistent attacking returns.

We’ll also have to monitor West Ham’s pre-season friendlies to see how Robert Snodgrass fits into Manuel Pellegrini’s plans: the Scotland international did make 25 starts last season but the Hammers are very well stocked with options in midfield, as we discussed in our mid-price analysis.

No FPL midfielder available for £5.5m registered more Premier League assists than Joao Moutinho (eight) last season.

We know what to expect from Moutinho and Ruben Neves: regular starts and the occasional attacking return, although their deep-lying roles mean goals from open play won’t be easy to come by.

Neves at least has the advantage of alternating penalties with Raul Jimenez (£7.5m), while he is also a threat from direct free-kicks (he scored two of each last season).

James Maddison (£7.0m) was the only FPL midfielder to take more corners than Moutinho last season, meanwhile, so the veteran Portuguese star offers plenty of assist potential from dead-ball situations.

PLAYERS FROM THE THREE PROMOTED CLUBS

John McGinn scored five goals in the final 12 matches of last season.

Mark Duffy was the most advanced of Sheffield United’s central midfield three last season and he chipped in with 12 attacking returns in 2018/19.

The veteran midfielder only had two big chances last year, however, while a shot on goal every 66.2 minutes would be poor even by Premier League standards let alone the Championship.

Duffy also turns 34 in October and there have to be legitimate concerns over his ability to string together a series of starts in the top flight.

Luke Freeman has indeed been brought in by Chris Wilder this summer and maybe the possible heir to Duffy.

Freeman bagged eight goals and six assists at QPR in 2018/19 and only four players created more chances in the second tier.

Since making his Championship debut in 2015/16, Freeman has registered more key passes and assists than any player in the division.

READ MORE: Our guide to Sheffield United’s attacking options

Marco Stiepermann and Onel Hernandez were heavily involved with Norwich’s promotion-winning campaign and chipped in with 15 and 17 attacking returns respectively.

Teemu Pukki (£6.5m) was the only Norwich player to register more shots or more efforts in the box than winger Hernandez in 2018/19.

Operating as a number ten in Daniel Farke’s 4-2-3-1 system, Stiepermann is arguably the more secure pick as he made more Championship starts than any of Norwich’s other midfielders last season.

Loanee Patrick Roberts – without a league goal in the last two years – joins them in the £5.5m bracket and pre-season will hopefully tell us if the Manchester City prospect is to be anything other than a backup option at Carrow Road in 2019/20.

Norwich sit bottom of our Season Ticker in Gameweeks 1 to 5 so those opening games may be a good way for us Fantasy managers to scope out Farke’s preferred personnel before the fixture swing in Gameweek 6.

READ MORE: Our guide to Norwich City’s attacking options

Winger Anwar El Ghazi and central midfielder John McGinn are Aston Villa’s two options at £5.5m.

McGinn made more starts than any Villa player last season and delivered 16 attacking returns in the league.

The Scotland international was top among his Villa midfield peers for shots inside the box and efforts on target, while not one of his teammates created more big chances.

McGinn did pick up an off-putting 14 yellow cards, however.

The versatile El Ghazi registered six goals and as many assists last season and was a near-permanent fixture in the second half of the campaign, with most of his run-outs coming on the left flank.

It remains to be seen what else Villa do in the transfer window this summer but at present, he would appear to be Dean Smith’s first choice left-winger.

READ MORE: Our guide to Aston Villa’s attacking options

The usual caveat applies to all of these players who impressed in the Championship last season, as we have seen many a Fantasy asset promoted with impressive stats in the English second tier and then fail to kick on in the Premier League.

THE REST

Moussa Djenepo scored three goals in five Europa League group games last season.

Jose Izquierdo, Jeffrey Schlupp and Steven Defour are all fighting their way back to fitness and in Izquierdo and Defour’s cases, their dismal track record with injury is reason enough to stay clear.

Schlupp, meanwhile, has lost his ‘out of position’ tag having been reclassified as an FPL midfielder and his appeal is dented as a result.

We’ll have to bide our time to see if Anthony Knockaert features in Graham Potter’s plans given the wealth of options the new Brighton manager has out wide, while Christian Atsu – very much second fiddle on Tyneside once Miguel Almiron (£6.0m) arrived – will be hoping for more opportunities under Newcastle’s new manager, especially as Ayoze Perez has now departed.

Robbie Brady was ousted from the Burnley team by Dwight McNeil (£6.0m) midway through last season and has made only one start this calendar year.

Jeff Hendrick was a regular fixture on the right flank in the second half of the season but offers little in the way of attacking threat and blanked in 29 of his 32 appearances.

Ashley Westwood is the obvious Burnley option at this price, having banked two goals and eight assists in 2018/19.

Westwood was prominent at corner-kicks but only after Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£6.0m) lost his place, so the central midfielder’s assist potential may well be largely dictated by whether the Icelandic winger can regain the right-wing role.

It remains to be seen if Max Meyer can build on a fairly underwhelming debut season of just 15 starts and four attacking returns but James McArthur was one of the quiet budget success stories of 2018/19, returning more FPL points than any midfielder available for less than £6.0m this season.

Ten attacking returns represented his best-ever FPL haul but it was also the security of starts that boosted his appeal, with McArthur lining up in 36 of Palace’s 38 league games.

Those regular starts perhaps mask his limited threat a little, with McArthur averaging less than one shot and one key pass per appearance in 2018/19.

Will Hughes‘ averages were better than McArthur’s but inferior to his two Watford teammates available at £6.0m, Roberto Pereyra and Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Six attacking returns for Hughes was indeed half of what Doucoure managed last season.

Finally, there are three midfielders available for £5.5m at Southampton.

Mohamed Elyounoussi is seemingly persona non grata under Ralph Hasenhuttl having made just two starts since the Austrian took charge, while Stuart Armstrong also only made the starting XI in nine of the 23 matches that the current Saints’ boss oversaw.

Moussa Djenepo is, perhaps, one of the more eye-catching names available at this price.

We urged caution about the pacy Mali international in our Scout Report given that we have been burned before by imports from the Low Countries and there is always the risk that the transfer could prove to be another misstep.

If Djenepo is to become a first-choice pick under Hasenhuttl, however, then a £5.5m winger with an eye for goal would be an alluring option – as Nathan Redmond (£6.5m) demonstrated at the back-end of 2018/19.

As we have stressed repeatedly this summer, pre-season could enhance the appeal of a name or two from this list who we may have dismissed – so we will be keeping a close eye on the teamsheets over the next four weeks of friendlies.

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  1. Amey
      11 days, 15 hours ago

      Pick one:
      A. Ederson & 4.5m Defense pair Rotation (442)
      B. Ryan + Laporte + 5m Defender ?? (523)

      Heaton* 4.0
      Robbo Taa Digne Walker* Trippier*
      Salah Sterling 4.5*3
      Vardy King Deulofeu

      1. Amey
          11 days, 15 hours ago

          Ryan in B can be Henderson/Heaton

        • pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          11 days, 15 hours ago

          Morning

          A

          1. Amey
              11 days, 15 hours ago

              Morning bro 🙂
              Ederson safest pick of them all agreed.
              Ederson Tayler Diop (or some other rotation pair) + 6.5m Midfielder to play 433.

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

                Yep Diop is on my radar too. Half thinking about Fredericks it he looks nailed.

                I haven't entirely given up on Fab at 5.0 either. You just know he'll be save points galore and after week 1 there could even be cs too.

                1. Amey
                    11 days, 14 hours ago

                    Fabianski is dead for me.
                    Was frustrating to own last season too.
                    Ryan/Heaton plays for better Defense at least tbh.

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

                      Frustrating? Really.

                      I don't want Ryan at any price - even 4.0. Brighton I don't see being as solid (!) at the back this season if Potter runs true to champo form. I'm treating Brighton as a de facto 4th promoted side with Potter and a complete change of style and all those players ignored by Hughton to be accommodated. If I go there it'll only be for attack - ie Gross

                      I've gone off Heaton a tad. The early Burnley fixtures are a bit troublesome and it looks like save points over cs until first WC time.

                      1. Amey
                          11 days, 14 hours ago

                          Kind of agree with that.
                          Henderson if goes to blades is also a great option

                    2. pingissimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      11 days, 14 hours ago

                      I can see this slightly offbeat back 4 plus goalie doing very nicely. Chelsea at the back and Fab instead of the standard City.

                      In effect it's backing Azpi/Luiz to match Ederson (reasonable) and Fab to outperform a 5.0 defender (reasonable too imo)

                      Fab
                      TAA Robbo Digne Azpi/Luiz

                      1. Amey
                          11 days, 14 hours ago

                          Chelsea Defense is intriguing tbh. Preseason should tell us what is Lampard's preferred Defensive lineup.
                          Azpi is old but reliable as anything.

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

                            The really intriguing one is Christensen - apparently Lamps has a thing for him and Rudiger is out. 5.0 is AWB last season territory if he's halfway nailed.

                            1. Amey
                                11 days, 14 hours ago

                                Yeah

                              • Kopkloppers
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                11 days, 14 hours ago

                                This.

                  • Super Saints
                    • 2 Years
                    11 days, 14 hours ago

                    Looks good mate, I like B as I love Ake!

                    Ryan
                    TAA Robbo Digne Laporte Ake
                    Salah Sterling
                    Vardy King Deu

                    1. Amey
                        11 days, 14 hours ago

                        Thank you mate 🙂
                        Lack of alternative to ake in that price range is what stopping me to go after him.
                        I need a 5.5m Midfielder badly 😀

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

                          Who's the 5.5 mid?

                          Think Moutinho is a decent call. Regular assists, set pieces and possible better cs bonuses this time. If you have Donkey too you'd be very unlucky not to get one of them on the pitch. I can't see better 10 mill in midfield right now. You're also covered if there's an early bolter in the really cheap category.

                          1. Amey
                              11 days, 14 hours ago

                              Good call
                              Cheers mate

                            • Kopkloppers
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              11 days, 14 hours ago

                              He will average 3 points plus per game. I am loathe to having him on the bench when I will only catch a 2 pointer but I think a densive enabler is the way to go due to price

                            • The 12th Man
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              11 days, 13 hours ago

                              Not a bad shout actually.

                          2. Another Hoops
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            11 days, 13 hours ago

                            Holebas for 5 mil instead of Ake? Loves a yellow but loves taking a corner and plays Brighton at home gw1.

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

                              Ah another looking at Holebas.

                              I'm definitely interested and I'm also certainly going there if he's nailed in preseason and Christensen doesn't get the gig. The worry is that he's getting on.

                              I'm keeping one spot at the back for an earlyish move and his returns were sensational last year before cards kicked in.

                            2. Amey
                                11 days, 13 hours ago

                                Great option too.
                                Old man has a good delivery in him
                                Thank you mate 🙂

                        2. The 12th Man
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          11 days, 14 hours ago

                          A .
                          For this reason. - I don’t like the team structure of the 5-2-3.

                          Having 5 at the back is good in theory but what happens when someone like Maddison or Siggy becomes a player too hard to ignore?
                          Imo. You need at least 3 in midfield if 2 of those spots have been permanently taken up at a price point preferably at 8 so it can be moved down to a 6.0-8.0 if one hits the ground running?

                          1. The 12th Man
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            11 days, 14 hours ago

                            * 2 mf spots permanently taken up by Sterling and Salah.

                          2. Amey
                              11 days, 14 hours ago

                              Hello mate 🙂
                              433 is better for flexibility i agree.
                              Don't see any 5.5m Midfielder atm so kind of waiting for the preseason to unfold.
                              You like expensive GK idea ??
                              Set N Forget 😮
                              4.5m Defender Rotation can be useful

                              1. The 12th Man
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                11 days, 14 hours ago

                                5.5m mf are frustrating but one might come through. Have a 6.5-7m to start with then downgrade to that 5.5 if one emerges.
                                I was hoping Lookman left Everton to somewhere like Southampton. He could be a gem there.

                                Undecided on a goalkeeper. Probably an early WC so the set and forget will be thought about later.
                                In the meantime. Looking at Lloris,Kepa or Ederson if I go premium.
                                I begrudge going Ryan,Button but that may be the way until WC.

                                1. Amey
                                    11 days, 12 hours ago

                                    Midfielder option under 6.5m looks dead tbh.
                                    Yarmalenko looks like a good punt.
                                    Can't see past him. That's why I'm on Defender @ 5.5m atm. Much better value than the Midfielders at that price.

                                2. The 12th Man
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  11 days, 14 hours ago

                                  4.5 rotation gives an extra back up bench player every week and allows funds to be used elsewhere.
                                  Just have to lower expectations a little for that starting spot hoping the other places will compensate.

                                  Good to see you back for another season.

                                  1. Amey
                                      11 days, 12 hours ago

                                      Thank you mate for kind words 🙂
                                      Good to talk fpl as always !!
                                      Re 4.5m defender it can be a masterstroke

                                    • pingissimus
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      11 days, 12 hours ago

                                      Agreed

                                      Cathcart is one I’m looking at. Trouble is I’ve talked myself into Fab so that rules out Diop and Frefericks. Bournemouth is a no no for me. That leaves me thinking SU - one of those boys must be among the favourites to be an early bolter

                                      1. The 12th Man
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 5 Years
                                        11 days, 12 hours ago

                                        Watford have a decent opening. Cathcart could be a shrewd move as a 4.5m.
                                        Personally it wouldn’t bother me owning Fabianski and Diop. I’d just bench Diop and have him as a decent back up.

                                      2. The 12th Man
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 5 Years
                                        11 days, 12 hours ago

                                        Or even C.Taylor to rotate with Cathcart.

                            • Bavarian
                              • 1 Year
                              11 days, 14 hours ago

                              your thoughts guys:

                              Ederson (Button)
                              Digne-Robertson-VVD-Laporte
                              Salah-Zaha-Fraser (Dendoncker-Stephens)
                              King-Kane-Deulofeu

                              1. Amey
                                  11 days, 14 hours ago

                                  Just get Taa if he's fit.

                                  1. Bavarian
                                    • 1 Year
                                    11 days, 14 hours ago

                                    no funds unfortunately...

                                • BrooklynGooner
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  11 days, 14 hours ago

                                  With Salah as your captain, don't see the need for Kane--use the money elsewhere. And Deulofeu's fixtures after Brighton are pretty rough. I'm interested in getting him, but a little later on.

                                • Super Saints
                                  • 2 Years
                                  11 days, 14 hours ago

                                  No Man City attack is a no

                                  1. Another Hoops
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    11 days, 13 hours ago

                                    I actually disagree with this. I think for the first 2 games you might be able to get away with it and reassess.

                                    Having said that he could do Kane to a 6.5 and Fraser to Sterling which looks great.

                                • Kopkloppers
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  11 days, 14 hours ago

                                  Just my view. All good but:
                                  Zaha unsettled
                                  Del boy hot and cold
                                  Gamble on Mendy and get TAA
                                  Ederson good but better points per mil in other areas.
                                  Fraser might be at arsenal. Wait and see

                              2. Super Saints
                                • 2 Years
                                11 days, 14 hours ago

                                A. Ederson VVD Siggy
                                B. Ryan Robertson Vardy

                                Already have TAA and Laporte.

                                1. Amey
                                    11 days, 14 hours ago

                                    B looks awesome

                                  • pingissimus
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    11 days, 14 hours ago

                                    Tough

                                    I'm very down on Ryan (see above) but Robbo and Vardy I really like. Both Siggy and Vvd can make you wait for returns sometime and would be a potentially very frustrating own early on and could possibly tip you into early WC

                                    So B with another keeper.

                                    1. Super Saints
                                      • 2 Years
                                      11 days, 14 hours ago

                                      I hate Ryan too as had him for much of last season and he was awful but I can't see any alternatives at 4.5 yet especially with those fixture's.

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

                                        I'm looking at Fab as potential value - certainly over Ryan (50% more saves nearly). I'd back him to certainly match his 143 points last time and he didn't boost that with pens or cs!!! I haven't done the sums yet but that must be Ederson territory for value,

                                        It then becomes a question of shaving 0.5 elsewhere. Digne to Coleman perhaps?

                                        1. Another Hoops
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 3 Years
                                          11 days, 13 hours ago

                                          Fabianski, van Dijk & Vardy currently for me.

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

                                            Nice

                                            I'm hoping though to get both Robbo and TAA in though.

                                            1. Another Hoops
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 3 Years
                                              11 days, 13 hours ago

                                              I can do it but currently have 0.5 in the bank to upgrade Moura to Richarlison after gw1.

                                2. Tiamani Warrior
                                  • 6 Years
                                  11 days, 14 hours ago

                                  Do you think fraser’s fpl output would increase or decrease at Arsenal? Nailedish or heavily rotated? Is he better than their current set piece takers?

                                  1. Amey
                                      11 days, 14 hours ago

                                      Do they have ££ to price him away from Cherries ??
                                      He'd cost 60m imo.

                                      1. BrooklynGooner
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        11 days, 14 hours ago

                                        Love watching him and would love to see him at Arsenal, but I think they'd pay the 80m for Zaha before 60m for Fraser. Seems to have a poor reputation against the big six'es, so if he got rotated out against City or Liverpool, might not be the worst thing.

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

                                        One year left on his contract. The gossip columns suggest he'd cost 50% of a Zaha, within Arsenal's alleged budget.
                                        I've pencilled in for my 3rd midfield spot whichever of Zaha or Fraser ends up at Arsenal - I think both would benefit FPL points-wise from the move.

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

                                          Yep

                                          I suspect he's much more likely than Zaha - I'm yet to be convinced the Zaha move was for real. Fraser would be way cheaper and even leave cash for someone else.

                                          Agree with Fraser/Zaha looking good at Arsenal. What will it do to Auba though? Potential for fewer games out wide but does that mean more games in the centre?

                                          Really hoping someone comes in for either him or Laca!

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

                                            The way I see it, more assists for Fraser, more chances for Auba. Avoid the Arse defence tho!

                                        2. Tiamani Warrior
                                          • 6 Years
                                          11 days, 14 hours ago

                                          I’m thinking the other way - will prob keep whichever of zaha or Fraser doesn’t go to Arsenal. If both stay put would like to squeeze in both as seem good value at current clubs

                                        3. Amey
                                            11 days, 12 hours ago

                                            That's an interesting insight.
                                            Do you trust Mr Emery ??
                                            I don't !!
                                            He's pathetic to predict.
                                            Staying away from Arsenal assets unless an Injury makes it obvious which one's will play

                                      3. Kopkloppers
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 5 Years
                                        11 days, 14 hours ago

                                        The reason I am not going to go there

                                      4. Another Hoops
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 3 Years
                                        11 days, 13 hours ago

                                        Too much of a rotation headache at Arsenal plus if he starts does he get pulled at half time. Similar to Zaha I hope he stays at his current club.

                                        Another thing to think about if he leaves does it damage Wilson's output?

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

                                          Very much so. Wilson would not be viable without Fraser's supply.

                                        2. BrooklynGooner
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          11 days, 13 hours ago

                                          A definite worry. Difficult to find a replacement at Wilson's price point. But there is also a chance that Wilson moves--Everton, Spurs, maybe even Arsenal if we lose Auba or Laca.

                                          1. Tiamani Warrior
                                            • 6 Years
                                            11 days, 12 hours ago

                                            I’ll try to find the extra 1 for vardy if things go sour at Bournemouth

                                        3. Tiamani Warrior
                                          • 6 Years
                                          11 days, 12 hours ago

                                          Yes Wilson and Fraser will be reviewed if either leave. Possibly makes king more important though. Sorry for the slow reply on holiday with dodgy wifi!

                                    • Klein
                                      • 3 Years
                                      11 days, 14 hours ago

                                      Lampard said CHO is gonna be central to chelsea's success. At 6m he looks very juicy. Anyone considering him? Also is he injured?

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

                                        He is injured and prob not ready for GW1. I'm seriously considering him when he's fit and played a game or two.

                                      2. Another Hoops
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 3 Years
                                        11 days, 14 hours ago

                                        Wildcard pick.

                                        1. BrooklynGooner
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          11 days, 13 hours ago

                                          Exactly. You need to wait.

                                        2. The 12th Man
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 5 Years
                                          11 days, 13 hours ago

                                          Is he worth consideration for a zombie team?

                                    • NUFCAndrew
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 3 Years
                                      11 days, 14 hours ago

                                      Anyone got any ideas how to fit Vardy into this?

                                      Heaton Button

                                      TAA Robbo Laporte Digne Kelly

                                      Salah Sterling Siggy Ayoze Dendoncker

                                      King Deulofeu Nketiah

                                      1. Another Hoops
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 3 Years
                                        11 days, 14 hours ago

                                        You can't. The only obvious route is Sterling to DeBruyne and then bump a forward up

                                      2. BrooklynGooner
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        11 days, 13 hours ago

                                        Have Vardy penciled in as a gw9 possibility. Yes, yes, I know he can score against anyone, but early fixtures are tough, and he's not getting any younger.

                                      3. Sessegnon Blanc
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        11 days, 7 hours ago

                                        Very similar team to me, but I’ve got KdB instead of Sterling. That allowed me to get Vardy.

                                    • ☠Cypress Chill☠
                                      • 4 Years
                                      11 days, 14 hours ago

                                      Morning....
                                      a) Ederson & Vert
                                      or
                                      b) Lloris & Laporte?

                                      1. Crashjct
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        11 days, 14 hours ago

                                        B

                                      2. BrooklynGooner
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        11 days, 13 hours ago

                                        B

                                    • Kopkloppers
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 5 Years
                                      11 days, 14 hours ago

                                      Not saying it is impossible but surely one goes for tried and tested 1pm players in too. Maybe 1 gamble plus promoted cheapies. Transferred players is a wait and see so Fraser zaha pulisic not atm

                                    • Crashjct
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      11 days, 14 hours ago

                                      KDB or Siggy?

                                      1. Another Hoops
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 3 Years
                                        11 days, 14 hours ago

                                        I'm on the Siggy train but you have to be patient with both. The points will come.

                                    • Common hypnotist
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 4 Years
                                      11 days, 14 hours ago

                                      As my team stands
                                      A)Ings, Deulofue, king in attack
                                      Zaha in mid
                                      Or change to
                                      B)King,Vardy, 4.5
                                      Brooks in mid?
                                      Thanks

                                      1. Another Hoops
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 3 Years
                                        11 days, 14 hours ago

                                        Found it hard to read your post on a mobile but I'd go B... I think.

                                      2. Boberella
                                        • 2 Years
                                        11 days, 14 hours ago

                                        B for me. With Brooks or Perez for mid spot.

                                        1. Common hypnotist
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 4 Years
                                          11 days, 13 hours ago

                                          Thanks
                                          I already have Perez. It's Zaha I'm not sure about. If he goes to Arsenal would hw be rotated or even start?

                                          1. Common hypnotist
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 4 Years
                                            11 days, 13 hours ago

                                            My team is this atm
                                            Ederson (Button)
                                            Digne,Robbo,TAA, Cathcart (Kelly)
                                            Salah,Sterling,Zaha,Perez(Dendonker)
                                            Ings,Deulofeu, King

                                          2. Boberella
                                            • 2 Years
                                            11 days, 13 hours ago

                                            Yeah, good question on Zaha.
                                            Brooks is still a decent shout if you have Perez..

                                      3. Riders of Yohan
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        11 days, 13 hours ago

                                        B

                                    • Boberella
                                      • 2 Years
                                      11 days, 14 hours ago

                                      2 questions on cheapies please:

                                      MID) Hayden or Dendonker?
                                      STR) Nketiah or Greenwood?

                                      Thoughts and reasons on the best one of each would be appreciated, as will need to rotate and play one of MID or STR each week.

                                      Cheers

                                      1. Riders of Yohan
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        11 days, 13 hours ago

                                        Dendonker for me, Newcastle are a train wreck at the moment and dendon did well towards the back end.

                                        Unsure on the other, very slim minutes for either

                                    • Riders of Yohan
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      11 days, 13 hours ago

                                      Feedback appreciated!

                                      Ryan
                                      Robbo TAA Digne Laporte*
                                      Salah Sterling Perez Siggy
                                      King Deulofeu

                                      Button - dendon kelly 4.5

                                      Laporte can become mendy depending on preseason and upgrade keeper

                                      1. Boberella
                                        • 2 Years
                                        11 days, 13 hours ago

                                        Good team.
                                        Same as mine (now I've swapped Hayden to Dendonker) other than for your Robbo & Duelo, I have Diop and Vardy.

                                        1. Riders of Yohan
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          11 days, 13 hours ago

                                          Ah nice, I’m very keen on vardy too

                                      2. Another Hoops
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 3 Years
                                        11 days, 13 hours ago

                                        Leave this team alone and dont pick at it until August 1st.

                                        1. Riders of Yohan
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          11 days, 13 hours ago

                                          Yeah tinkering too much never goes well

                                    • Wijnaldum FC
                                      • 1 Year
                                      11 days, 13 hours ago

                                      prmt
                                      Ryan
                                      Trent Robbo Walker Digne
                                      Salah KDB Siggy Zaha
                                      King Vardy

                                      Button Dendonker Nketiah Kelly

                                    • pingissimus
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      11 days, 13 hours ago

                                      Too much of a good thing?

                                      Sterling KdB Bilva

                                      It just looks so neat and tidy.

                                    • Ragnar Lothbrok
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 2 Years
                                      11 days, 13 hours ago

                                      Morning all, any necessary changes on the below team?

                                      Pickford (Button)

                                      TAA / Laporte / Coleman / Smith (Bednarek)

                                      KDB / Bilva / Salah (Dendocker / Romeu)

                                      Kane / King / DCL

                                      Thanks in advance

                                      1. BrooklynGooner
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        11 days, 13 hours ago

                                        Smith? You need a fourth heavy-hitter defender.
                                        KDB? More than ever, could be an assist-the-assister, and you've got to imagine they'll be managing his minutes, given his atrocious injury record.
                                        Bilva's great, but maybe more IRL than for FPL.
                                        DCL is still injured--wait.
                                        Why are you spending money on Kane when Salah is your captain?

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

                                        Not bad at all

                                        I'm doubting your Everton contingent though. Pickford was value for pens last time out - as that's unlikely to repeat you need lots of cs.

                                        DCL is either great value or horrid. His finishing needs to move up a couple of notches. Could happen of course as he's a work in progress but equally he may not be a starter. I'm looking for 100% tied on.

                                        How about Pickford to Fab and you're 6.5 of choice? Fab is not in fashion right now but looks very fair value at 5.0 to me. More or less guaranteed save points and he can only go up with pens and cs. - 140 points plus.

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

                                          Fab got 151 saves last time out compared to 97 for Pickford. Ouch.

                                          It's not even possible to argue that that's a function of WH and Everton defence as the Everton defence was as wretched as WH's for 30 weeks last season.

                                    • ddfc
                                      • 3 Years
                                      11 days, 13 hours ago

                                      RMT:

                                      Ryan McGovern
                                      Robertson VVD Digne Zinchenko Kelly
                                      Salah Sterling KDB Perez Dendoncker
                                      Jota King Greenwood

                                      Comments and thoughts please

                                      Thanks

                                      1. BrooklynGooner
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        11 days, 13 hours ago

                                        Jota and Perez have some tough early fixtures. Like them both, but waiting.
                                        It's a bit hard to choose Zinchenko with Mendy breathing down his neck.
                                        Pick Salah or Sterling only as your captain, and use the extra cash elsewhere.

                                    • eririi
                                      • 2 Years
                                      11 days, 13 hours ago

                                      Any thoughts on this team?

                                      Allison (Button)

                                      AWB Digne Walker (Ake Kelly)

                                      Zaha Bilva Richarlison Grealish (Hayden)

                                      Rashford Firminio Aguero

                                      Thanks 🙂

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

                                        Punty

                                        This is an early WC or genius.

                                      2. BrooklynGooner
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        11 days, 13 hours ago

                                        Nice to see some familiar names not usually in RMT squads--Ake, Grealish (!), Hayden, even Firmino. I think there are sound reasons for their omission, but it's easy to imagine them changing our minds.

                                      3. Right back Atsu
                                        • 5 Years
                                        11 days, 13 hours ago

                                        Nah, not enough 200 point players, Only Kun. Need to shovel in as many of the big boys as possible; VVD, Salah etc.

                                      4. Nicepix
                                          11 days, 12 hours ago

                                          Probably a top 5 million side at best.

                                      5. KUNingas
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 3 Years
                                        11 days, 12 hours ago

                                        A) Vardy, Coleman, Diop
                                        B) Deulofeu, Digne, Holebas + 1.5

                                        1. bluenose1878
                                            1 day, 1 hour ago

                                            B and instead of holebas, plus the 1.5 and get VVD/laporte or save 0.5 and get walker/dluiz?

                                        2. Lau00
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          9 days, 9 hours ago

                                          hi chaps,

                                          any thought on my current team?

                                          heaton
                                          robertson/vvd/zinchenko/lascelless
                                          zaha/salah/sterling
                                          king/laca/jota

                                          ryan/dendoncker/hayden/el mohamady

                                          1. bluenose1878
                                              1 day, 2 hours ago

                                              Nice team. Jota has difficult fist few games, look to king/deu for opening fixtures same price. Zinchenko or mendy to be nailed? Have a look out for pre-season games.

                                          2. Disturbed
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 5 Years
                                            9 days, 9 hours ago

                                            Thoughts here folks? Liking the K3 strike force.

                                            ederson
                                            robbo vvd coleman ake
                                            mane Zaha jorginho
                                            kane kun king

                                            button dendo guendouzi reid

                                            1. bluenose1878
                                                1 day, 2 hours ago

                                                Looks dangerous up top yeah, guaranteed goals. Be interesting to see if jorg is on pens too. If not, noble and kante also 5mil. Interesting no mo/sterling.

                                                1. Disturbed
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 5 Years
                                                  15 hours, 40 mins ago

                                                  Bro that was my 5th draft, have made 1078 more after that. Thanks anyway

                                            2. Banda
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 9 Years
                                              7 days, 13 hours ago

                                              Not sure if this is the right thread to write in (apologies if it isn't).....just wanted to know which numbers/ indicators were most useful when using the player comparison tool?

                                            3. bluenose1878
                                                1 day, 2 hours ago

                                                Heads mashed here. Any thoughts/comments much appreciated.

                                                a) Ederson
                                                VVD TAA Digne Dunk
                                                Salah Sterling Sig Noble
                                                Vardy King
                                                (Button Kelly Hayden Wickham)

                                                b) Gunn
                                                VVD TAA Digne (DLuiz/Walker)
                                                Salah Sterling Sig Donker
                                                Vardy King
                                                (Button Dunk Hayden Wickham)

                                                c) Gunn
                                                VVD TAA Digne
                                                Salah Sterling Sig Perez
                                                Vardy King Kane
                                                (Button Kelly Dunk Hayden)

                                                1. bluenose1878
                                                    1 day, 32 mins ago

                                                    edit c is not affordable. New c:

                                                    c) Gunn
                                                    VVD TAA Digne Dunk
                                                    Salah Sterling Sig Donker
                                                    King Kane
                                                    (Button Kelly Hayden Wickham)