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Pro Pundits - Andy

Deciding which Leicester midfielder to sign for their appealing fixtures

Slight reprieve. That’s how I’d describe my Fantasy Premier League performance in Gameweek 12.

After several poor scores and a big rank drop it was refreshing to finally post a good score.

I went through with my plan to “reset” my team, and brought in Raúl Jiménez (£7.3m) and Jamie Vardy (£9.6m). With a score of 78, minus eight points for the hit, it was a solid overall score of 70 that saw me climb from 993,288 to 655,444.

How I got on in Gameweek 12

Another week, another benching of Çaglar Söyüncü (£4.9m). I’ve given up worrying about benching points. With so many cheap defenders offering great value it’s inevitable, and with the busy Christmas period coming up having options is not a bad thing.

It is worth noting, however, that Harry Maguire (£5.3m) once again blocked the points without earning his own, and after losing £0.1m on him already, it won’t be long until he leaves my team.

Maguire isn’t the front runner for a change this week though. I’ve spoken before about prioritising my transfers, and looking at my squad for Gameweek 13 it’s Andriy Yarmolenko (£6.0m) who is likely to be the first out the door.

My bus team for Gameweek 13

I do have some concerns over Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) and the ankle that is troubling him. That said, I am hopeful due to his exclusion from the Egypt squad and the fact that he’s still managed to start each of the last three Premier League matches.

There are media reports out there he may miss out this weekend but it seems much more sensible to wait and see what Jurgen Klopp has to say on Friday.

I’ll have a very close eye on the Crystal Palace game though. With Brighton, Everton, Bournemouth and Watford to come in the following four Gameweeks, I am keen to have a fit and firing Liverpool player for captaincy, and that may well have to be Sadio Mané (£12.1m), even if it does feel like a sideways move.

If Salah is out this week he’ll come in as part of a hit with another transfer that I will explain in just a moment. Like last week, I’ll be looking to not fall behind in future transfers and will take hits where necessary.

To find a replacement for Yarmolenko I’ve looked at the Season Ticker in the Members Area, sorted over the next 5 Gameweeks by attacking potential.

As a Vardy owner, it makes for great viewing to see Leicester top of the pile. It’s difficult to add more Liverpool players in with the prices I’d have to pay, and there’s no way I can trust any of the Arsenal midfielders.

That leaves me with Leicester midfielders, with James Maddison (£7.5m) and Youri Tielemans (£6.7m) the two men I’m currently looking at bringing in. I’ve discounted Ayoze Pérez (£6.1m) and Harvey Barnes (£5.9m) because I want players that are absolutely nailed on ahead of the busy Christmas period and would be worried about a lack of minutes for these two.

Choosing to go for Maddison and Tielemans is a very good example of underlying statistics versus the eye test.

When you watch Leicester play they are great form. They have the ability to control games, are quick to win the ball back, and you can see Maddison and Tielemans looking for the ball in behind to Vardy any time they have it. When you go to the Members Area however they haven’t been performing as well as you might think. Below is the last 4 Gameweeks…

If it wasn’t for the eye test I’d probably be slightly put off by these numbers. Given how well they and Leicester, in general, are playing I’m going to rely on the fact the fixtures may well provide better opportunities to increase their output.

With the price difference being £0.8m I’m actually siding slightly towards Tielemans at this point. He’s shooting inside the box slightly more and is keeping up his creativity without relying on set pieces.

That’s not something to turn your nose up to, however, paying the extra cash for Maddison knowing he has free-kicks and corners to fall back on is nice, but when you’re looking to conserve money wherever possible, the Belgian is probably the man for me.

With nine Gameweeks coming between now and January 1, we are in for a rollercoaster ride.

I look at my team and feel like I spent eight points last week to get closer to the so called ‘template’. Bringing in a Leicester midfielder this week isn’t exactly revolutionary either.

With a 300,000 rank boost last week though, it feels pointless looking to break the template for the sake of it.

My strategy at the moment is to make more medium to long-term moves, with absolutely nailed on players. This will let me focus on making moves with higher priority, and being able to react to anything that FPL might throw at us in the coming weeks.

There’s lots of Gameweeks to manage, there will be lots of twists and turns in a short space of time. I’m looking forward to the ride.

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944 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Daghe Munegu
    • 3 Years
    20 days, 18 hours ago

    Yarmolenko to Tielemans - 4?

    1. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Go for it. Hit Will easily be repayed thiis gw or next

  2. HurriKane
    • 7 Years
    20 days, 18 hours ago

    Jose being back is a delight to entire premier league and media.

    Its just not the same without him. The post match interviews and press conferences are top notch, got humor and his onfeild antics makes it worth the while

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      I'm gunning for the United Spurs match now 😀

      1. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        20 days, 18 hours ago

        Jose will receive a warm welcome by united fans. No doubt

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          20 days, 18 hours ago

          It's the exit after match I'm more interested in bro 😉

    2. Smell the Lavender
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 3 hours ago

      Agree 100%. Most managers just provide boring answers. A humble but confident Jose could be great for the EPL.

  3. cpo001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    20 days, 18 hours ago

    The standard move - Salah to Mane
    The quietly hopeful move - no transfers and keep Salah
    The maverick move - Salah and Greenwood to Rashford and Richarlison (-4)

    Which to go for?

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      The logical move - wait for more information

  4. Freddiebell
    • 3 Years
    20 days, 18 hours ago

    A friend in my mini league just sent me this. Well p***ed?
    https://www.teamtalk.com/news/double-blow-for-liverpool-as-key-pair-ruled-out-of-crystal-palace-clash

    1. jason_ni
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 15 hours ago

      It's an article from team talk.. yesterday.
      Both trained today.

  5. Little Red Lacazette
    • 3 Years
    20 days, 18 hours ago

    Cantwell going down in price tonight?

  6. Freddiebell
    • 3 Years
    20 days, 18 hours ago

    Tomori or lund first on bench for Robertson ?

    1. Feed tha Sheep
      • 7 Years
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Lund

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Tomori last sub surely.

    3. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Lund of course!!!

    4. Bouncebackability
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      You genuinely don’t know the answer to that?! There is no hope for you my friend.

  7. Feed tha Sheep
    • 7 Years
    20 days, 18 hours ago

    Best forward & mid combo for 17.9? (Have Mane, KDB, Vardy & Abraham)

    A. Kane/Auba & Tielemans
    B. Laca & Maddison/Pulisic
    C. Jimi & Son
    D. Sterling & Mousett
    E. Other

  8. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    20 days, 18 hours ago

    Pope
    TAA - Lundy - Soy - Rico
    Mane - Raz - KDB - Mount
    Vardy - Abraham

    (4.0 Connolly Cantwell Tomori)
    1ft & 1.6m

    Down to these two options for me:

    A) KDB & Connolly ➡️ Tielemans & Jimenez
    B) Sterling & Connolly ➡️ Tielemans & Kane

    Prefer Tielemans over Maddison.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      B

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        20 days, 18 hours ago

        Jimenez better than Kane (?) I prefer him atm
        Don't know how Mou will play him.
        Could well be a wise move to sell Mount for Tielemans & keep Raz for this gw

    2. Feed tha Sheep
      • 7 Years
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      B

    3. GuenDoozy
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Easy save

  9. Bobby_Baggio
    • 8 Years
    20 days, 18 hours ago

    Any ideas on where to use my 2FT please? 0.1m ITB.

    Pope
    Cancelo - Robbo - Lund
    KDB - Sterling - Mount - James
    Kane - Abraham - Vardy

    McGovern - Rico - Soy - Nakamba

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      James and Cancelo I'd say. Soyuncu good shout for defence. Not sure about mid as I've no idea what James' value is to be honest. Or Cancelo for that matter 😀

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 8 Years
        20 days, 18 hours ago

        Cheers I was think this two butntotal value is 11.5m which isn't great

    2. JustPark
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Cancelo to Sheffield/Palace def, play Soy this week.

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 8 Years
        20 days, 18 hours ago

        Cheers got Lund so will look at palace

      2. zotter
        • 10 Years
        20 days, 18 hours ago

        Yes. Cahill imo

      3. Swanremainsthesame
        • 4 Years
        20 days, 18 hours ago

        & JAmes to Lei player

  10. syke63
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    20 days, 18 hours ago

    Who would you get in to complete this lot? Have three Leicester.
    Schmeichal
    Tomori, Lundstrum, TAA, Rico

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Newcastle Defender

      1. syke63
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        20 days, 18 hours ago

        Have Lascelles atm, was thinking swap for a teammate or maybe Villa.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          20 days, 18 hours ago

          Whoops
          Got Lascells too
          Janmaat also a good option

  11. Dynamic Duos
    • 6 Years
    20 days, 18 hours ago

    Has Klopp give us an update on Salah today? Just someone on social media says he seen it on sky sports news today.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Check last page
      He was pictured training

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Nope.

    3. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Thanks guys

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Will tomorrow, but he cant really be trusted.

      Trained but the ankle can't be 100% right.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        20 days, 18 hours ago

        70-80% might be enough to haul 😛
        I'm gunning for this GW now !

  12. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    20 days, 18 hours ago

    Robbo!

    https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1197564989084766210

    Them international injuries...

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Ha ha

    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Sigh, so much for injuries...

  13. in sane in de bruyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    20 days, 18 hours ago

    Boring question: Best bench fodder

    A) Dendoncker
    Or
    B) Hayden
    ?

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Hayden, even Nakamba can do the job

    2. JustPark
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Hayden. Two syllables. Simple.

    3. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 17 hours ago

      Thanks guys

    4. Jullepuu
      20 days, 17 hours ago

      Hayden because he can't get injured in the Europa League and can't play cb 😆

  14. balint84
    • 3 Years
    20 days, 18 hours ago

    Son to captain?

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      I would consider it if I owned him

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 5 Years
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Captain America?

    3. GuenDoozy
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Might not even start. Who knows how mou will set up

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        20 days, 17 hours ago

        Defensively

  15. Dynamic Duos
    • 6 Years
    20 days, 18 hours ago

    Anything on Pulisic?

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Nope, tomorrow

  16. Rolls-Royce
    • 5 Years
    20 days, 18 hours ago

    Who else in here considering Salah captain if fit?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      \o/

    2. zotter
      • 10 Years
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Me

    3. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      What about Vardy?

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        20 days, 18 hours ago

        © atm
        Feeling Salah haul though 😮

        1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
          • 2 Years
          20 days, 17 hours ago

          Im really undecided on Mane/Vardy my self. Even KDB could be a great pick this week

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            20 days, 17 hours ago

            Yep.
            Tough choice

      2. Rolls-Royce
        • 5 Years
        20 days, 17 hours ago

        Brighton are actually very decent side at home. Won't be an easy game either.

    4. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 2 Years
      20 days, 17 hours ago

      Palace can be tough. Prefer Vardy

      1. zotter
        • 10 Years
        20 days, 17 hours ago

        Brighton can be tough too

    5. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 17 hours ago

      Between Salah, Sterling and Vardy for me

  17. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
    • 2 Years
    20 days, 17 hours ago

    GTG? 1 FT 2.5 ITB

    Gazza
    TAA Soy Lund
    Mane (C) KDB Son Mount
    Vardy Abraham Jimenez
    ____
    Button; Hayden Tomori Kelly

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      20 days, 17 hours ago

      Mount to Tielemans perhaps? Or martial

      1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
        • 2 Years
        20 days, 17 hours ago

        The 2.5 is a buffer in case I want Sterling / Salah for Son or Robbo for Tomori. Could even do Son + Kelly to Martial + Robbo next week for free.

        I got Mount for 6.0. Not sure why I should get rid tbh

  18. zeslinguer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    20 days, 17 hours ago

    Thoughts on Saint Maximin? 5th in the xGI table for midfielders over the last 4 GWs, 2nd over the last 2. Passes the eye test and good short term fixtures. Worth a punt at 5.6?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 17 hours ago

      Great shout

    2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      20 days, 17 hours ago

      If 5.5-6.0 is your budget then most definetely. Otherwise I would look for a Chelsea or Leicester mid. Martial also

    3. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      20 days, 17 hours ago

      Yep

  19. Dynamic Duos
    • 6 Years
    20 days, 17 hours ago

    G2G? On a -4 as it stands.

    Pope
    TAA Soyuncu Chambers
    Salah Martial Maddison Pulisic
    Aubameyang
    (C) Vardy Abraham

    Button Tomori Cantwell Hanley

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      20 days, 17 hours ago

      New article buddy

  20. Grievez
    • 8 Years
    20 days, 16 hours ago

    Dunk suspended and Webster injured. Brighton with 6th worst home record as it stands.

    Vardy (c)

  21. kopite65
    • 5 Years
    20 days, 15 hours ago

    if salah is confirmed fit, would you do ?
    A kdb to mane
    B kdb to son (w ham an bourne next) would block the mane move for a couple gw
    C save kdb for at least this week, re-asses next gw
    cheers

  22. dezille
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    19 days, 23 hours ago

    A couple of options that I'm tinkering with:

    A) Son > Maddison, allowing Pukki > Rashford the following week
    B) Pukki > Jimenez (bench one of Rico, Lund or Soy)
    C) Bench Pukki & play all 3 of those defenders

    Totally undecided about Spurs assets and due to low ownership (fear of higher ownership value mids). If I do keep him for this week, then he gets next week as well at home to Bmouth. Rashford is looking dangerous and although bad upcoming fixtures, do not enjoy not owning.

    Cheers!

  23. HD7
    • 2 Years
    19 days, 15 hours ago

    1 FT, 1.3M ITB

    Gazza
    Robertson | TAA | Rico | Lundstram
    Mane | KDB | Maddison
    Vardy | Abraham | Jimenez

    Button | Willems | Mount | Hayden

    A) Save a transfer
    B) Mount to Richa for 1 GW punt Captain (plays Norwich) and then get Pulisic

    *Bought Mount for 6M