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Salah and de Bruyne sold by chunk of top 10k managers this week

A chunk of high ranking Fantasy Premier League managers opted to sell Kevin de Bruyne (£10.0m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) for Gameweek 8.

The Manchester City midfielder was ruled out of the meeting with Wolves this weekend after suffering a groin injury against Everton.

Manager Pep Guardiola described the issue as “not serious” this week and seemed optimistic that de Bruyne would be back after the upcoming international break.

However, that relatively positive update on the player was not enough for a sizeable portion of managers currently ranked inside the top 10,000 places worldwide.

Going into Gameweek 7, de Bruyne was sat in 85.8% of teams at this level, more than any other Fantasy asset.

However, his ownership in the top 10k dropped to just 59.9% for the Gameweek 8 deadline.

That represents an ownership drop of 25% at this level of the game.

Some of that might be influenced by a change of personnel inside the top 10k, but considering de Bruyne scored nine points against Everton, it seems unlikely that many teams without him earned green arrows into the upper echelons.

Considering the Belgian international was sold by 795,000+ managers worldwide for Gameweek 8, it seems likely that his drop in top 10k popularity was heavily influenced by these sales.

The Fantasy community will almost certainly be holding its collective breath over the international break as we await further information on de Bruyne’s recovery – so it will be interesting to see how much ground can be gained by this chunk of managers as they go without him for at least Gameweek 8.

All eyes will be on de Bruyne’s fitness situation after the international break

Another premium option moved on by this season’s highest-ranking Fantasy managers was Liverpool man Salah.

He was sat in just 54% of top 10k teams at the Gameweek 8 deadline, a drop of 16% from the 66.1% recorded ahead of Gameweek 7.

Those sold the Egyptian for Gameweek 8 breathed a sigh of relief on Saturday afternoon as Liverpool were largely restricted by Leicester City.

The Reds did win the match courtesy of a James Milner (£5.3m) penalty but it was scored after Salah had come off with a knock.

Whether he would have taken it had he still been on the pitch is hard to say given that Milner has historically taken spot-kicks even when sharing the field with Salah.

The injury did not look too serious at the time and he will have an international break without any match duties to recover.

However, Jurgen Klopp did seem angry about the challenge on him from Hamza Choudhury (£4.5m) and did not paint a positive picture.

“How can he be okay? He was limping from the pitch and you ask me if he’s okay! How can he be okay?! Did you watch it back? Watch me, what do you think?” – Jurgen Klopp

With De Bruyne and Salah both losing support among the top 10k, it is interesting to see which premium options increased in popularity for Gameweek 8.

It appears one of the most common recipients of those players’ funds was Raheem Sterling (£12.1m).

The England international’s popularity within the top 10k rose from 30.6% to 38.2% for Gameweek 8.

However, Sergio Aguero (£12.2m) also saw a dip in popularity for this weekend, dropping from 52% ownership in the top 10k for Gameweek 7 to just 40.5% for Gameweek 8.

To see where some of these funds have been moved to, a look at the Gameweek 8 Wildcard template among the top 10k gives us some clues.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang‘s (£11.0m) recent form has convinced 49.8% of managers at this level who Wildcarded this week to include him in their squad ahead of Bournemouth’s trip to the Emirates Stadium.

Also included among the most popular Wildcard targets was Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m) selected by 36.2% of top 10k Wildcarders for Gameweek 8.

The absence of de Bruyne from this selection shows that the Algerian has been pounced upon as a short-term opportunity while the Belgian is out.

Despite Aubameyang’s popularity on those Wildcards, and being signed by 210,000+ managers worldwide, for Gameweek 8, the top 10k were not particularly interested in him for the captaincy this week.

It was a close-run thing for the most popular captain in the upper echelons of the world rankings, Aguero and Sterling both backed by a similar amount.

It was the Argentinian who topped the charts for top 10k captains, 23.5% of them handing him the armband for that meeting with Wolves.

Meanwhile, 22.5% placed the armband on Sterling and 13.9% went for Salah.

Aubameyang did not appear in the top three and made up the 40.1% chunk representing ‘Other’ captains.

Aubameyang was captained by just 13% of managers in the top 10k in Gameweek 8, while 6.8% went for Teemu Pukki (£7.2m) and 4.5% backed Harry Kane (£11.0m).

Finally, another look at general chip usage among the top 10k shows that they are becoming more and more a reliable test of high performance.

40% of the managers at this level are yet to use a chip this season, while 37.1% of them have played just one.

According to the breakdown, it is the Wildcard that remains the most popular, used by 39.5% so far.

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2,266 Comments Post a Comment
  1. pjomara
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    7 pts incoming for most KDB owners with Kelly off the bench

    1. fr3d
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Yeah millions of KdB owners have Kelly first bench

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      At least it's not double figures like a few weeks ago

    3. beric
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      That's me, I did know he wouldnt play and decided to put kelly first. So I'm claiming it was skill

  2. Daniel S.
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Salah 1 goal in 5 games

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Scored a brace last game

  3. Daniel S.
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    And I postponed the WC because I wanted to give Salah and Pukky this great fixtures. Only if I knew

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Did tell you to WC.

      1. Daniel S.
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        No you didn't. You were just trolling to any question I asked in last 2 and half years. Be honest man

  4. Rowsdower
      4 months, 16 days ago

      I know this sounds like I'm making it up, but my team failed to save when I set it up last night and Aubemeyang (who I just brought in) was left third on my bench. And yes, I did hit confirm.

      I emailed them, but I'm pretty much screwed, right?

      1. Bakra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        It's not possible, but yeah you're screwed.

      2. fr3d
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Yes, you're screwed. No need to email FPL. Should have double checked

      3. Trophé Mourinho
          4 months, 16 days ago

          lol u emailed them, you're cute 🙂

        • Tinkermania
            4 months, 16 days ago

            You are screwed!

          • Stoic
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Yeah. Tools have been kept in the cupboard

            1. KDB4PREZ
                4 months, 16 days ago

                Lol

            2. Ginkapo FPL
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              I brought in a captained Dunk last night as well!

          • itsmeguneet
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Sold KDB for Son

          • Differentiator
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Lloris dislocated elbow. Puyol was out for 8 weeks with his, so imagine a goalkeeper may need at least a few weeks longer than that....

          • Coys96
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Kelly 3rd on bench 🙁

            1. mrtapio
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Dunk 3rd on bench

            2. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              2nd behind Barnes. KDB in starting XI. No other injuries. Sigh.

          • RAFA THE GAFFA
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            WC time for sure yeah?

            Pope
            TAA • Zinch • Digne
            Salah • Sterling(C) • Son • Mount • Cantwell
            Pukki • Abraham
            (Heaton, Lunds, Rico, Greenwood)

            1. dshv
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Yeah ..

            2. Daniel S.
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Where do wanna go with your team? That is also important

            3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 16 days ago

              No

            4. Neves say Never
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 16 days ago

              I am hitting the button too. My team is
              Pope
              TAA Ota Digne* Lund Montoya*
              Salah* Cantwell* Mount KDB Guend
              Pukki* Tammy Kun

              Only problem is i got no idea what I’m going to do yet!!

            5. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Yay. We can exchange notes for two weeks. Sorry that son didn't work out

            6. Old Gregg
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              I’m nearly there to on Wc. Like me, Team looks decent but doesn’t seem to be getting any points

          • Greenbackbøøg…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            I love you Kelly

          • Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Important repost

            West Ham let you down whenever you have one in your team. Lesson learned. Perez 4 pointer absolutely pissing itself at me on the bench for transferring Anderson in for KDB

            1. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              At least i’m Going to see the joker now that makes it remotely okay

              1. pjomara
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 16 days ago

                % chance of spree killer is about 70

            2. Stormbringer22
                4 months, 16 days ago

                You can't win them all bud. Next time 🙂

                1. Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  🙁 Auba C mega haul all I have left to look forward to

                  1. Stormbringer22
                      4 months, 16 days ago

                      Have Auba (C), Mount, Tammy, Dilva, and Ota to wait for. What points are you sitting on at the moment?

              • Amey
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 16 days ago

                RP
                Maupay is Brighton's central first choice striker right ??
                Looking for Salah Barnes Pukki >> Mane Vardy Maupay

              • Daniel S.
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 16 days ago

                Most SoT on target this season? Pukky. 15 SoT. Next best are 2 players on 12 SoT, third ones have 10 SoT.

                Not an easy sell

                1. fr3d
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  You should keep

                2. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  Most of those in 1st 3 GWs.

                  1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 16 days ago

                    So that's trolling Dan? 😆

                    1. Daniel S.
                      • 10 Years
                      4 months, 16 days ago

                      He got caught up because of last comment.

              • Brian Boitano
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 16 days ago

                25 points but a green arrow, this must be a shocking week for most.

                1. MTPockets
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  avg is 18

                  1. el polako
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 16 days ago

                    I am average then.
                    My wife was right all these years...

                2. Bury94
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  I'm on 40!

                  1. Bury94
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 16 days ago

                    *39

              • Jellyfish
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 16 days ago

                Pukki to Vardy or C Wilson?

              • potatoace'scott talent
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 16 days ago

                8pts from 4
                19pts on my bench
                Yay.

              • TAT
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 16 days ago

                This team is WC ready, right?

                Heaton
                TAA - Otamendi - Lundstram - Digne
                Salah - Sterling - Saka - Mount
                Pukki - Callum Wilson
                (Button - KDB - Rico - Greenwood)

                1. dshv
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  I am almost the same i started my wc

                  1. TAT
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 16 days ago

                    So many players not delivering points lately: Salah, Heaton, Digne, Pukki. Then there's Otamendi that might be worth transferring out – and Greenwood who doesn't play.

                2. Tempestic
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  What are u changing?? Abraham in for Pukki or something and get rid of Digne and its G2G

                  1. TAT
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 16 days ago

                    Not really. Heaton absolutely has to go. My mini league rivals are all benefiting from owning Ryan or Pope, and I miss out on points all the time. Salah doesn't look much like an option right now compared to Mané, Digne as you mention, has to go too, and going three up top is very tempting – and Greenwood needs to go for that to be possible.

              • SHOOTER MCGINN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 16 days ago

                Pukki or Son to ditch first? Probably Pukki party is over

                1. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  Son

                2. Coys96
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  Pukki. Son 1 more game

                3. MTPockets
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  Probably, although there ain't no partying at Spurs either

              • Coys96
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 16 days ago

                2FTs, which do I get out?

                1. Haller
                2. Pukki
                3. Cantwell
                4. Zinchenko

                1. jimmy.floyd
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  24

              • some witty pun
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 16 days ago

                Top 10k 20points from 6.7 players..... low scoring week it seems

                1. Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  Yep I have exactly that. Captains tomorrow will make or break the week for everyone

                  1. some witty pun
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 16 days ago

                    21 from 5 for me, but I don't own Auba. Make or break for sure for me tomorrow

                  2. Dynamic Duos
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 16 days ago

                    Yeah , who is your (c) ? Sterling? Mine is Aubameyang

                    1. some witty pun
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 16 days ago

                      Sterling for me, trusting City to do the job at home

              • Trophé Mourinho
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  just wondering, have most peoples captain played yet? Must have been a large amount of Lpool, Pukki & Son captains I guess? Or is everyone on Auba or Tammy?

                  1. Trophé Mourinho
                      4 months, 16 days ago

                      I was Kane btw...
                      chose him over auba and mane (beat pukki at least) -_-

                    • some witty pun
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 16 days ago

                      Im looking at it now. 30% played for 10k. 38% for overall

                      1. Trophé Mourinho
                          4 months, 16 days ago

                          damn thats pretty low, many auba captains

                      2. Coys96
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 16 days ago

                        I have Sterling cap

                        1. Trophé Mourinho
                            4 months, 16 days ago

                            oh yea i forgot about sterling haha

                        2. MTPockets
                          • 10 Years
                          4 months, 16 days ago

                          60%+ still to play overall

                      3. ZAWAd25
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 16 days ago

                        Which one?

                        A) VVD + Mount + Vardy
                        Or
                        B) TAA + Mount + Wilson

                      4. True Deadzoner
                        • 8 Years
                        4 months, 16 days ago

                        Kelly and Dunk on the bench ffs

                        1. Coys96
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 16 days ago

                          So unlucky

                      5. Vlad Tepes
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 16 days ago

                        Still think I am gonna keep Haller, could easily have scored 2-4 goals today and also keep Son.
                        My plan was to do Son + Haller to Firmino and Maddison

                        1. Flynny
                          • 4 Years
                          4 months, 16 days ago

                          I'm ditching haller on wildcard.

                          Good player but uninspired in real life and fantasy terms.

                          Yarmo is a better west ham option considering price

                      6. Dynamic Duos
                        • 6 Years
                        4 months, 16 days ago

                        Need a big score from Aubameyang(c) tomoz

                        1. TorresMagic™
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          • 10 Years
                          4 months, 16 days ago

                          Did anything change since the deadline?

                          1. Dynamic Duos
                            • 6 Years
                            4 months, 16 days ago

                            Yeah my team scored 17pts , sometimes the team does well and a (c) fail isn't to damaging , but now a (c) fail will be very damaging.

                            1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
                              • 3 Years
                              4 months, 16 days ago

                              I won't mind my (c) failing and team doing well

                      7. Dynamic Duos
                        • 6 Years
                        4 months, 16 days ago

                        Son plays on 15th October, so should be no worries about him starting on 19th.

                        1. TorresMagic™
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          • 10 Years
                          4 months, 16 days ago

                          Travel is an issue

                        2. Amey
                          • 1 Year
                          4 months, 16 days ago

                          Worry is will he return anything 😮

                          1. Dynamic Duos
                            • 6 Years
                            4 months, 16 days ago

                            Against arguably the worst team in the league, I would say so yes.

                            1. Amey
                              • 1 Year
                              4 months, 16 days ago

                              Don't see a thrashing as we're expecting

                        3. el polako
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 16 days ago

                          Spurs are a worry.

                      8. thunder_mike
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        4 months, 16 days ago

                        Thoughts on
                        Salah, Pukki, Haller > Maddison, Vardy, Aubu (-4)

                      9. Trophé Mourinho
                          4 months, 16 days ago

                          really need wolves to shut out city tomorrow

                        • THFC4LIFE
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          4 months, 16 days ago

                          23 -4 from 8 players lol, another shocking gw

                          1. Amey
                            • 1 Year
                            4 months, 16 days ago

                            22 with Raz© Ota Tammy Mount to go here.
                            Worst part is i still have a Green arrow of 25k 😀
                            1.2m OR now

                            1. Eat my goal!
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              4 months, 16 days ago

                              Snap but at my OR of 401k I’m looking at a 90k red arrow

                          2. The Overthinker - I blame R…
                            • 3 Years
                            4 months, 16 days ago

                            25.
                            Captain played.

                            Tomorrow will be a carnage with auba, sterling to run riot

                        • DMP
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          4 months, 16 days ago

                          Ryan Burton
                          VVD Robbo Otamendi Lunds Tomori
                          Salah Sterling Kdb Mount McGinn
                          Pukki Barnes Greenwood

                          Tired of Pukki and Barnes.

                          A) WC
                          B) Pukki+Barnes+VVD to Wilson+Abraham+4.6 (Soy or Rico)

                          1. DMP
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            4 months, 16 days ago

                            B) -8

                        • gilean
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          4 months, 16 days ago

                          Pukki, Son and Cantwell out for Wilson, Mount and Maddison (-4)?