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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. lindeg
    • 1 Year
    22 days, 21 hours ago

    Talk me out of getting aurier over soyuncu for a sub 5m defender

    1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
      • 9 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Easy, He will be the first one dropped by Jose.

      1. GuenDoozy
        22 days, 21 hours ago

        This

    2. Monkey Hanger
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Complete liability, card magnet, and Jose will see right through him.

    3. No Salah Mo Mane
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Aurier it is 😀

    4. The Sociologist
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      He's one bad performance away from a humiliating run-out in the U23s.

    5. Stoic
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Aurier owner here. I won't buy and planning to sell

    6. svg53
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      No 32 in the world has just got on Aurier and has pocketed 13 pts in the last two gameweeks.He has an attacking threat and if Mourinho likes him and tightens the defence he could be a value pick for 4.8

  2. JelliedSpark968
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    22 days, 21 hours ago

    Trezeguet or McGinn? Why?

    1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Grealish

    2. Leo10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      McGinn. More nailed, shoots more, creates more and is just better.

  3. JJeyy
    • 4 Years
    22 days, 21 hours ago

    Mount to son worth -4? Or wait a week

    1. No Salah Mo Mane
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Wait a week

    2. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      No

  4. Mattymo23
    • 7 Years
    22 days, 21 hours ago

    Ditch Sterling or KDB?

    1. GuenDoozy
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Neither this week.

    2. No Salah Mo Mane
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Sterling. Spread money over your squad.

    3. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      depends who you getting and if you have FT's

    4. Amey
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Raz

    5. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Kdb

    6. liverpool01
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Sterling

    7. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Not this week

  5. Benditlike
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    22 days, 21 hours ago

    Potential wc team. You like?

    Pope
    TAA, Robbo, Soy
    Mane, Mount, Maddison, KDB
    Tammy, Jimenez, Vardy

    Button, Lundstram, Rico, Dendocker

    Could change Soy and Maddison to Chilwell and Tielmans.

    1. No Salah Mo Mane
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Template
      No differentials needed?

    2. KDB4PREZ
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      *Yawns* nice team tho

    3. The Sociologist
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Template. But that's what you were going for, right?

    4. Amey
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      How about Tielemans Pulisic (if fit) for Mount Madison ??

    5. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Boooooooring

    6. Benditlike
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 19 hours ago

      Sure i was going for template. Dont see anything wrong with that 🙂

  6. Evasivo
    • 9 Years
    22 days, 21 hours ago

    Already did an early -4 points hit to do
    Sterling King > Pullisic Vardy

    Worth hitting WC button to sort out Salah Lowton Button?

    Ryan Button
    Tomori TAA Soy Lund Lowton
    Salah Pullisic KDB McGinn
    Vardy Abraham Jimenez

    1. Geordie19
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      I would hold now

    2. No Salah Mo Mane
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Keep WC
      You can sort that out over the next 2 weeks.
      Salah might play and if not hopefully he plays next week.

    3. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      no keep Wc I reckon

    4. Evasivo
      • 9 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Yeah seems a waste to use WC on 3-4 transfers but Salah>Mane would be a -8 in total

  7. chatynho
    22 days, 21 hours ago

    Team.

    Ryan
    Chilwell Robbo Lund
    Mané KDB Mount Martial
    Vardy Ings Abraham(Jimenez)

    Button Tomori Cantwell Otamendi

    Bank 1,5m.

    ANY Thoughts?

    1. Geordie19
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Too many strikers?

      1. chatynho
        22 days, 21 hours ago

        Yep but upcoming matches looks favourable for the ATT opportunities, dont it?

        1. Geordie19
          • 3 Years
          22 days, 17 hours ago

          I think Ings to Jimi is good

  8. Geordie19
    • 3 Years
    22 days, 21 hours ago

    Probably doing Salah to Sterling this week (subject to presser tomorrow)

    Worth a -4 to do McNeill to Tielemans?
    Was my original plan before Salah news.

  9. KDB4PREZ
    22 days, 21 hours ago

    Jose looking fresh and up for this new challenge, defo needed to change and seems like maybe he has become more humble

    1. Grievez
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Mourinho: "I am humble"

      Mourinho five minutes later asked if he thinks losing the Champions League final affected the Spurs squad: "I don't know because I never lost a Champions League final"

      1. KDB4PREZ
        22 days, 21 hours ago

        Lol well said

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        22 days, 21 hours ago

        Ha ha ha

  10. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    22 days, 21 hours ago

    From special one to the humble one. Mou is back.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Humble yeah 😉

  11. DavidKent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    22 days, 21 hours ago

    I'm on a WC and I just can't get to a team that I really like. The below is the closest I've got so far. Any thoughts or tips?

    Pope, Gazzaniga

    Rico, Soyuncu, TAA, Lundstram, Cahill

    Mane, Maddison, Martial, KDB, Mount

    Vardy, Abraham, Moussett/Ayew

    1. The Sociologist
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Looks perfectly fine to me. Maybe downgrade Mount and upgrade 3rd striker to Jimmy?

      1. DavidKent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        22 days, 21 hours ago

        Interesting. I wondered the same but downgrade KDB. I had Mount early so have a lot of value there.

        1. The Sociologist
          22 days, 21 hours ago

          I'd hold onto a City attacker still for sure, and think KDB is great value for the season.

          1. DavidKent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            22 days, 21 hours ago

            Good shout, cheers

  12. Fernando Torres
    • 8 Years
    22 days, 21 hours ago

    Is Sterling to Kane mad this week?

    1. No Salah Mo Mane
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      No

      1. Fernando Torres
        • 8 Years
        22 days, 21 hours ago

        Who do you prefer, Kane or Son?

        1. Pieterke30
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          22 days, 21 hours ago

          Kane

          1. clodhopper
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            22 days, 20 hours ago

            Son

        2. Leo10
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          22 days, 20 hours ago

          Son

  13. bejzu
    • 4 Years
    22 days, 21 hours ago

    You guys think Oxlade Chamberlain will play any part and is worth a punt?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Don't like to use Pool spot on him tbh.

    2. GuenDoozy
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Not at all nailed

  14. COYR
    • 3 Years
    22 days, 21 hours ago

    Would you do Salah to Mane for -4?

    Guendouzi or Tomori would come in for Salah if he doesn't play.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      I did same in gw 9 so it'd be hypocritical to say no 😀

      Mane is the form guy + good threat from headed attempts at which Palace sucks.

      I'd do it.

      1. COYR
        • 3 Years
        22 days, 21 hours ago

        Cheers mate. I'll take the risk!

    2. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      If salah is confirmed out yes

    3. DannyDrinkVodka
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      I would play Guendouzi this week and hold Salah. He is the one you want GW14-GW17

  15. Yikes!
    • 6 Years
    22 days, 21 hours ago

    Any thing needed here?

    Gazza
    TAA Rico Tomori
    Mane KDB Teilemans Mount
    Abraham Aubameyang Vardy

    Pope-Lundstram-Williams-Cantwell

    1. The Sociologist
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Play Lundstram over Tomori.

      1. Freddiebell
        • 3 Years
        22 days, 20 hours ago

        Lundlord

  16. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 2 Years
    22 days, 21 hours ago

    Guys Mane rise before this gw deadline??

    Reply

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Probably only if Klopp rules out Salah

      1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 2 Years
        22 days, 20 hours ago

        Thanks

      1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 2 Years
        22 days, 20 hours ago

        Thanks

  17. Christina.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    22 days, 21 hours ago

    Ive made up my mind.

    Kane it is.

    1. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Nostalgic decision.

    2. Fernando Torres
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Same, I am Kane in and capt.

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      A nice differential punt which carries some risk but substantial upside too

    4. Grievez
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 21 hours ago

      Forwards don't get clean sheet points or are you thinking of the baps for headed clearances from corners?

      1. GuenDoozy
        22 days, 20 hours ago

        Forwards get baps. Right now the top 4 players for Baps in the game are Vardy, Tammy, Jimmy and Auba

    5. GuenDoozy
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Apparently the math doesn't favor premium forwards anymore lol

    6. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Me too. I'm keeping my baby...

  18. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    22 days, 21 hours ago

    Lol @ people who think there will be any substantial injury information in Klopp's presser

  19. Mr. Wizard
    • 8 Years
    22 days, 21 hours ago

    Bench Rico or Mount? (I have Tammy)

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      I bench both ... Rico if you insists

  20. RED_ARMY
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    22 days, 20 hours ago

    Kun + Mount to:
    a) Kane + Maddy
    b) Jimmy + Son

    1. Fernando Torres
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      A imo

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Auba + Richarlison for this week

    3. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      I prefer A.

      Think I'll just do Agüero to Kane this week as my free transfer. Don't know exactly why, maybe just hype, but I have a good feeling about Kane and Spurs under Mourinho.

    4. oyho
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Tough one! I like Son... but personally I feel it is too early to bring in Spurs assets.

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        22 days, 20 hours ago

        Many on here are also forgetting Son's Asian Cup games in December.

  21. Dannywaz
    22 days, 20 hours ago

    Andrew robertson

    1. Zim0
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Is Scottish

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        22 days, 20 hours ago

        But fakes injuries so he doesnt have to represent them

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

          Which is good for Liverpool since they are going for the title

        2. Zim0
          • 1 Year
          22 days, 20 hours ago

          You have insider information? :O

    2. Grievez
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Danny Waz

    3. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Is currently the best left back in the world hands down 😉

    4. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Username checks out...

  22. Nuno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    22 days, 20 hours ago

    A. Pereira + Tielemans
    B. Chilwell + Maddison
    C. Soyuncu + Maddison (1.1 ITB)
    D. Robertson + Tielemans (means downgrading Cahill to 4.2 defender)

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      D but I have C and happy enough

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

      D

  23. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 5 Years
    22 days, 20 hours ago

    Think aguero will start against Chelsea ?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Maybe Jesus

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Yes

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Thanks all

    4. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Feels like 2+ time for Kun this week...

  24. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    22 days, 20 hours ago

    Play Soyuncu and Lundstram, bench Mount ... sounds about right?

  25. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    22 days, 20 hours ago

    Any suggestions for this team? 1ft, 3.2m itb.

    Pope
    Taa soy lund
    Mane kdb Maddison mount
    Vardy Tammy jiminez

    Button Rico dendo Dunk

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Save

    2. oyho
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Nice team. Save!

  26. JustPark
    • 3 Years
    22 days, 20 hours ago

    That's a serious convo. Dele going straight into my team. Might find space for Kane as well 🙂

    https://twitter.com/SpursOfficial/status/1197235914646396928?s=19

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

      I can see mou getting the best out of Alli. Can see alli reviving his career

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Robbo?

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        22 days, 20 hours ago

        They'll post a few more pics before posting the gallery on the site around 6pm (usually).

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          22 days, 20 hours ago

          Cheers BF!

    2. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Wisely keeping his ankle brace out of shot...

    3. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Skysports spreading false info. Should be held accountable who ever posted that article

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        22 days, 20 hours ago

        They've done it a few times this season. Quickest way to get retweets is to report first.

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

        They're in the waffle business. Job done.

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

      Glad to see, thanks!

    5. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Better he starts and needs to come of after 5 minutes.

    6. Amey
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Love you BB 😀
      Sold Raz for Salah & this is the best news I've heard from last week !!

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

        BF*

  27. TheDragon
    • 1 Year
    22 days, 20 hours ago

    If wildcarding now what’s the template? Something like:

    4.5,4.0
    Five of: TAA, Robbo, Lundstram, Tomori, Leicester defender, Rico
    Mane, KDB, Leicester midfielder, Chelsea midfielder, 4.5
    Vardy, Abraham, Jimenez

    With sterling, rashford and martial as ‘alternative options’?

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

      Correct!

    2. svg53
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Yep that's about it.

    3. JustPark
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      Basically my team right there. WCed in GW12. Kind of regret double Pool. Still, long way to go.

    4. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 20 hours ago

      A fair few 3 5 2s with Connolly

  28. oyho
    • 4 Years
    22 days, 20 hours ago

    2FT. Considering doing

    Sterling and Yarmolenko --> Maddisson and Martial..

    Leaves me enough money to get either TAA or Jiminez in next week.

    Rest of squad is pretty template:

    Robertson - Soy - Rico - Tomori - Lundstram
    KDB - Sterling - Mane - Mount -Yarmo
    Abraham - Vardy - Connolly

  29. Paneorder
    22 days, 20 hours ago

    TOTTENHAM’S PLAYER MARKET TURNS SUBDUED AGAIN AS GAMERS AWAIT CLEAR LINEUP SIGNALS
    https://paneorder.com/blog/