Pro Pundit Teams

Possible Alisson return highlights shortage of budget goalkeepers

Like many Fantasy Premier League managers, I am heading into Gameweek 9 hoping to end a run of frustrating misfortune.

With the international break over for another month, I’ve had enough time to reflect over Gameweek 8 in order to refocus for this weekend.

I was hoping to carry over my free transfer but, like a large number of managers, decided to act on impulse when news of Kevin de Bruyne’s (£10.0m) injury broke out.

This gave me an opportunity to redistribute funds and my last transfers involved me selling the Belgian and Jordan Ayew (£5.1m) for Andriy Yarmolenko (£6.0m) and Tammy Abraham (£7.7m) with a -4 hit for good measure.

Unfortunately, Ayew unexpectedly ended his run of booking-inspired one-point hauls by somehow scoring and getting three bonus points, whereas Yarmolenko failed to deliver and in turn adopted yellow card duties.

Kevin de Bruyne has caused Fantasy managers some distress over the international break

Abraham’s goal provided damage limitation by softening my red arrow but essentially my hit failed.

I now oversee a team without de Bruyne who could be back sooner to Manchester City’s first team than initially anticipated – but I have a number of other issues to consider.

Firstly, I have been keeping a close eye on the much-anticipated return of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson (£5.8m) who looks to be very close to starting for Jurgen Klopp’s men again.

With Adrian (£4.6m) and the non-starting David Button (£4.0m) currently in my team, this position has automatically become the main area that I need to address for Gameweek 9.

I’ve got £1.3m in the bank so I can sign any replacement up to the value of £5.9m which, thankfully, is most goalkeepers in the game.

Many of the more expensive goalkeepers have better colleagues in defence right now

Leicester have a great run of upcoming games and Kasper Schmeichel (£5.1m) could be an option. Usually, I’d rather buy a super cheap goalkeeper and upgrade one of my defenders to buy Ricardo Pereira (£6.2m) – after all he has scored two goals in his last three games.

Similarly, I considered Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.5m) due to Chelsea’s generous fixtures, but if I wanted their defensive coverage, Fikayo Tomori (£4.7m) or Marcos Alonso (£6.2m) would make more sense.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much on offer for goalkeepers in the budget range at the moment. With Hugo Lloris’ (£5.5m) unfortunate long-term injury, Paulo Gazzaniga (£4.4m) became an overnight option.

He’s almost like the go-to Adrian replacement. But with confirmation that Michel Vorm (£4.5m) has re-signed for Tottenham on a free transfer, his place could also be at risk with a few inconsistent performances.

After all, Spurs have hardly been playing their best football during this campaign and have been mercurial at best. If anything, I want to avoid their players but might be almost forced into buying Gazzaniga.

The fact of the matter is that there’s no goalkeeper priced in or around £4.5m with a long run of decent games. Mat Ryan (£4.6m) could be an exception between Gameweek 9 and 18 but Gameweeks 12 to 15 are difficult on paper for him.

In the end, I went for Schmeichel as I wanted a long-term, relatively cheap goalkeeper that I would not need to see until the end of the year. Out of all the options above, he seemed the best to me.

Picking captains has been tough this season – and Gameweek 9 is no different

Many seasoned FPL managers will tell you that if you can nail your armband selection more often than not then your overall rank will almost take care of itself.

Unfortunately, in a season characterised by captain blanks for most of us, I am yet to make the highest FPL points’ scorer in my team my skipper for any given Gameweek in 2019/20.

For this weekend, Abraham (at home to Newcastle United) would have been an almost automatic pick but a shock win against Manchester United for Steve Bruce’s men last time out has put a question mark over that way of thinking.

Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) looked crisp during the international break and could be a good shout too. I can’t overlook Sergio Aguero (£12.2m) either, even if the spectre of Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) makes him a rotation risk waiting to happen.

However, fitness permitting, Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) could be an interesting captain option. David de Gea (£5.6m) picked up an injury on international duty and is poised to miss the match this weekend.

Liverpool have won every Premier League game since August with Manchester United having their worst start in decades. The only thing missing for Liverpool is Salah at his goalscoring best and this could be the match in which he comes back with a bang as Liverpool try to widen the gap between them and Manchester City.

My Gameweek 9 team although I might make a late call on the captaincy

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2,676 Comments Post a Comment
  1. panda07
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    26 days, 2 hours ago

    Which one of these would you start?
    A) Aurier
    B) Cantwell
    C) Lundstram

    1. Kay317
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      26 days, 2 hours ago

      Aurier

    2. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 6 Years
      26 days, 2 hours ago

      A

    3. petter84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      26 days, 2 hours ago

      A, b and c last on the bench

    4. Printing Mane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      26 days, 2 hours ago

      ACB

    5. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      26 days, 2 hours ago

      Thanks all

    6. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 2 hours ago

      I'd start Aurier.

  2. Ghost86
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 2 hours ago

    Play

    A) Rico (NOR)
    B) Soyuncu (BUR)

    1. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 6 Years
      26 days, 2 hours ago

      Soy

    2. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        RiCOOOOO

      • Phil's Stamps
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        This is my dilemma, currently on Rico, think a clean sheet is just as likely as Leicester and more chance of an attacking return than Soy.

        1. shotgunnufc - “15&rdq…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          I’d argue it’s more soy is more likely to get the CS whereas Rico more likely to get the attacking points

      • panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        Soy

      • avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        Soyuncu.

    3. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 6 Years
      26 days, 2 hours ago

      Shameless repost:

      Salah -> Mane and give Pukki one more week
      OR
      Pukki -> Vardy
      OR
      Both (-4)

      1. petter84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        Pukki —> vardy

        1. nico05
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Agreed

        2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          This

    4. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      26 days, 2 hours ago

      Should I do Firmino > Wilson

      Also releases some cash for flexibility as a bonus.

      1. ChelseaBlues223
        • 1 Year
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        Yes

      2. petter84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        Sure

      3. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        Firmino the best pool attacker vs the top 6 over the last couple seasons

        1. petter84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Not a lot of Götaland:
          17 Mar 2016 Manchester United v Liverpool D 1-1
          17 Oct 2016 Liverpool v Manchester United D 0-0 PL
          15 Jan 2017 Manchester United v Liverpool D 1-1 PL
          14 Oct 2017 Liverpool v Manchester United D 0-0 PL
          10 Mar 2018 Manchester United v Liverpool W 2-1 PL
          16 Dec 2018 Liverpool v Manchester United L 3-1 PL
          24 Feb 2019 Manchester United v Liverpool D 0-0

          1. petter84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            *goals

          2. teneighty
            • 4 Years
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            Love the autocorrect! 😀

    5. ChelseaBlues223
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 2 hours ago

      For next week:

      A Keep Pukki and get Sterling
      B Auba and Maddison

    6. Pickle juice
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 2 hours ago

      I have all the below rotation risks in my team :

      A. Son
      B. Mahrez
      C. Otamendi
      D. Aurier

      Which of these are worth taking a -4 hit each to replace
      My bench aint great lund, wickham and fodder

      Thanks

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        All 4 are worth taking a hit if you are bringing someone who will make back the 4 points.

    7. Wijnaldum FC
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 2 hours ago

      Any changes? WC
      Pope
      Trent Tomori Soyuncu
      Mane KDB Maddison Mount
      Auba Abraham Wilson

      Button Lund Rico Dendonker.

      1. Cookie Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        Low on City but could work!

    8. Viper
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 2 hours ago

      Cheers to gooner for the reply on previous page.

      Probably asked a million times this week so apologies in advance

      A. Pukki - > Wilson

      B. Save FT

      I have a feeling that I may end up wildcarding next week so I'm a little hesitant to save the FT, don't want to waste a FT.

      Bought Pukki at 6.7, can sell for 6.9

      1. Printing Mane
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        A

      2. FPL_DON
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        a

      3. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        A. I did it, albeit on WC

      4. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        A

      5. shotgunnufc - “15&rdq…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        A all day

    9. Ghost86
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 2 hours ago

      If you had a choice right now between Mount and CHO who would you pick?

      1. No Professionals
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        Mount

      2. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Mount, more nailed

        • F4L
          • 4 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          both goal scorers, both cheap!

          At a push i'd say Mount, less competition for his starting spot.

        • Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Mount because he starts.

        • Yank Revolution
          • 8 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Mason jar

        • Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Mount

        • avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Hudson-Odoi, both are very good options tho.

      3. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        A final RMWCT, if you please 🙂 had this planned for a while and did the last couple of moves after hearing today that “Kevin is back”. Hoping I can improve on my 1.3m OR...

        Pope // McGovern
        TAA Soyuncu Dunk // Lundstram Rico
        Mane(vc) KDB Maddison Mount // Dendoncker
        Auba Abraham(c) Wilson

        0.9 ITB, fairly flexible 🙂

        1. FPL_DON
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          kun up top for next 3?

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            No can do with the money ITB. Bit poor TV. And I’ve gained 0.1 on Auba 🙁

            Otherwise?

          2. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            Or, would you say Kelly over Dunk (meaning I’ll have to play Lundstram/Rico this week and for the foreseeable til CRY fixtures improve) justifies Kun over Auba? A stretch, maybe

            1. gooner_112233445566
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              26 days, 2 hours ago

              I would say yes to that change.

            2. FPL_DON
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              26 days, 2 hours ago

              I personally would say yes, I've done similar

        2. F4L
          • 4 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          lovely, would look even better if you slipped Wilson the captaincy 😉

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            Tempting but Abraham outperforming him statswise?

            And I can’t get it out my head that Wilson trolls

      4. Yank Revolution
        • 8 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        Start 1
        A) Rico (NOR)
        B) Lund (ARS)
        C) Dunk (avl)

        1. F4L
          • 4 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Rico

        2. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          I’m starting Dunk currently. However, contemplating Kelly over Dunk and have 3 uber cheap rotating defenders (Lundstram Rico Kelly) alongside Soyuncu TAA

          1. Yank Revolution
            • 8 Years
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            Similar D (I have Dunk instead of Kelly).

            I think Rico may be the right call here.

          2. FPL_DON
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            same back line

        3. SAY MY NAME
          • 2 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          a

      5. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        Captain

        A Aguero
        B vardy
        C Abraham

        Thanks

        1. F4L
          • 4 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Tammy

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 5 Years
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            Thanks

        2. gooner_112233445566
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          A

        3. petter84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          CAB

      6. AD2110
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        Reasons why people are mainly choosing Pope over Ryan on WC?

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          I’ve had him from the start and sticking with him. Also, stats on xGC v shots faced

        2. F4L
          • 4 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Burnley starting GKs have ended up with solid end scores for the past few seasons now.

        3. shotgunnufc - “15&rdq…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Burnley more recognised in having a solid defence in previous seasons. last year can be explained as a blip due to Europa league.

          Burnley keepers also have a history of accumulating save points through forcing more long range shots.

          that’s my reasoning anyhow

        4. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          They trust Burnley more than Brighton? The Pope is English? Pope is better? Pope more saves?

        5. I hate Moreno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Lack of originality

      7. ChelseaBlues223
        • 1 Year
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        Who would you prefer from next gameweek?

        A Pukki and Sterling
        B Auba and Maddison

        1. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          B

      8. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        Is a Chelsea treble up too much? CHO, Mount and Abraham

        1. Yank Revolution
          • 8 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          For me, yes, too much.

      9. George James
        • 4 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        Best one?

        A) Salah + Soyuncu

        B) Mane + Otamendi

        1. shotgunnufc - “15&rdq…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          mane and soy personally

        2. shotgunnufc - “15&rdq…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          prefer A out of those 2

        3. Yank Revolution
          • 8 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          C) Mane and Soy

      10. abaalan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        On WC; what looks better:
        A) Rico, Lundstram, Dunk (3 way rotation)
        B) RIco, 4.4, Tomori (with Tomori playing majority of time in foreseeable future)

        (TAA and Soy others)

      11. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 2 hours ago

        Hi all. Does anybody know - has Otamendi been playing left sided CB with Fernandino as RCB?

      12. Talkaboutluck
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Is the following team gtg?

          Pope
          Taa Ota Rico
          Mane Son Mount McGinn
          (W)ilson Kun Tammy

          (4.0) Cantwell Lundy Lowton

          Should I be taking a hit for Son or anything else? Cheers!

        • dshv
          • 2 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          WC

          Pope
          Robbo - kelly - lund - rico - soy
          Sterling - mane - maddison - mount - dendo
          Abraham - auba - callum (c)

          Good ??

        • Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Auba not a better WC option rn than Kun due to being nailed?

          Both have decent fixtures but potentially tricky ones this week. Auba is cheaper, meaning I can go Dunk over Kelly (CRY fixtures crap)

        • Daghe Munegu
          • 3 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Would you do Son to KDB for free or wait for next week?

          Also play Aurier or Rico?

          1. BAMBAA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            I would take kdb

        • BAMBAA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          2 transfers, burn one to VVD out for Pereira or Salah out for Mane?

        • Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Anyone punting on Traore?

          1. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
              26 days, 2 hours ago

              no

            • SAY MY NAME
              • 2 Years
              26 days, 2 hours ago

              considered it but spent funds elsewhere, he was going to be non-playing 5th mid, didn't seem worth it having funds sitting on bench

          2. Ritchies Magic Hat
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            Not the most exciting transfer but otherwise I’d be burning a transfer - Lowton > Tomori seems worthwhile? (have Pope as well)

          3. Shark Team
            • 2 Years
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            I read an article about Bruce and his plan to stop his former player at Villa...Abraham... So I changed my mind and I'm gonna go for Auba(C) in a perfect Monday night

            1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              26 days, 2 hours ago

              I hope it's similar to his plan to stop Leicester in the last away game

            2. Tsparkes10
              • 1 Year
              26 days, 2 hours ago

              Perfect at the lane. Lol goodluck, I warned people about Salah 😉

          4. gooner_112233445566
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            A) Maddison soy Wilson
            B) Maddison perreira king
            C) CHO perreira Wilson

            Got mount and Abraham already

            1. Tsparkes10
              • 1 Year
              26 days, 2 hours ago

              C

            2. BAMBAA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              26 days, 2 hours ago

              B

            3. Kung Fu Football
              • 5 Years
              26 days, 2 hours ago

              A

          5. Tsparkes10
            • 1 Year
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            A) CHO
            B) Mcginn
            C) Yarmo

            1. gooner_112233445566
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              26 days, 2 hours ago

              You got any other Chelsea attackers?

              1. Tsparkes10
                • 1 Year
                26 days, 2 hours ago

                Doesn't make a difference to me. Just who do you think does best

                1. gooner_112233445566
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  26 days, 2 hours ago

                  A

            2. Top Lad Dakes.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              26 days, 2 hours ago

              Yarmolenko

          6. Puzzle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            Pukki and Salah to KDB and Wilson (-4)?

          7. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            Which scores more, factoring in rotation fixtures everything? On WC.

            A) Auba Dunk
            B) Aguero Kelly (but playing Rico/Lundstram over him rn)

            I also have KDB from City. A leaves 0.9 ITB, B 0.2