Pro Pundits - Sam

How to solve my Hudson-Odoi problem for Gameweek 13

Going into Gameweek 13, it’s finally time for me to solve my Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.8m) problem.

Gameweek 12 did not treat me kindly. I held onto the Chelsea winger on the theory that Mason Mount (£6.8m) was unlikely to be risked and allow his colleague back into the starting line-up.

How wrong I was. 

On his return from injury in Gameweek 7, Hudson-Odoi went on a run of four, five and nine points and it seemed like he was destined to be a regular in Frank Lampard’s side.

However, the explosion of Christian Pulisic (£7.4m) in Gameweek 8, and his continuing form has locked the American into the team at the expense of Hudson-Odoi, who offers nothing more than cameos now.

It’s time for him to leave my FPL team.

I have 6.7million to spend on a replacement for Hudson-Odoi and there are a few different appealing options at this price point.

As has been widely reported in recent days, if you sort the Fantasy Football Scout Season Ticker for attacking potential over the next five Gameweeks then Leicester City sit pretty at the top.

I already own Jamie Vardy (£9.6m) and Çaglar Söyüncü but with the fixtures showing a sea of blue for the foreseeable future, it feels sensible to add another of their colleagues to my attacking assets.

James Maddison (£7.5m) and Youri Tielemans (£6.7m) are the two obvious candidates but, of course, they are separated by £0.8m.

Generally, I’m not put off by Maddison’s higher price considering that he can fall back on free-kicks and corners although right now I can’t afford him.

There are some looking at saving another £0.8m by undercutting Tielemans with his colleague Harvey Barnes (£5.9m), who has offered some potential of late but at this stage, I’d be more confident of the Belgian starting regularly.

However, I admit that sometimes it can be easy to get your blinkers on in FPL, especially when much of the community are talking about one team, such as Leicester.

So I decided to expand the Season Ticker by three more Gameweeks (to the end of 2019) to see if there was any club or player that I had previously overlooked.

Seeing Crystal Palace sitting top of the pile was a surprise and, not surprisinfly, I haven’t really considered owning any attacking of their assets so far this season.

However, after this weekends match against Livepool there is a dramatic improvement in the Palace fixtures and therefore this should hopefully result in a change of fortune for their players as FPL assets.

Both Luka Milivojevic (£6.7m) and Wilfried Zaha (£6.7m) are both an affordable price and have shown in the past that they can be viable assets.

That said, neither are hugely appealing based on their form so far this season, although we all know what Milivojevic can offer in the way of penalties.

With Zaha, we could see him start to show some potential as we creep ever close to the January transfer window. He has been linked with a move away from Selhurst Park for some time now and maybe he might try and put himself ‘in the shop window’, so to speak, over the Christmas period.

However, that’s still not enough of a guarantee to justify bringing him in and with Liverpool coming to south London in Gameweek 13, it does feel like the wrong time to sign Palace players. I will, however, be monitoring the Eagles carefully as if we see an improvement then they could prove to be amazing differential picks.

Another team that has an appealing run between now and the start of 2020 is Manchester United. Like Palace, they have been very hit and miss so far this season but the return of Marcus Rashford (£8.6m) and Anthony Martial (£7.8m) to form has made a huge difference.

That said, within my budget of £6.7m, it’s really only Daniel James (£6.2m) or the currently flagged Scott McTominay (£5.1m) that are realistic options for me. The problem is, the way that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are playing right now, I think you have to invest in one of Rashford or Martial or just not at all – the alternatives don’t quite cut it.

With two free transfers, I could downgrade Harry Kane (£10.8m) to Raúl Jiménez (£7.3m) and get some extra cash in which to spend on Martial. This was something I was strongly considering until news of Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Spurs was confirmed on Wednesday morning. Now I want to wait and see if new manager bounce happens because Kane himself could turn into a differential if he finds FPL form again. For now, Martial will have to remain on the list of players I want but can’t quite get to just yet.

After considering all the options, Tielemans seems the best replacement for Hudson-Odoi that I can get to in one transfer so I’ll be getting him in ahead of Leicester’s trip to Gameweek 13.

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1,169 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Atimis
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Should we hear something about Pulisic today?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Probably yeah - Lampard is pretty good about saying who is in and out for each game.

  2. Tube!!
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Feels wrong having Mount sat on the bench....GTG?

    Schmikes
    VVD Lundstram Mings
    Mane KDB Tielemans Mcginn
    Vardy Tammy Jimmy

    Button Mount Rico Tomori

    1. JustPark
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      That's what I thought last gw. Should have started Soy 🙁

      1. Tube!!
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Hindsight is great eh!!…GL.

    2. Aftermath
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Great team gtg!!

      1. Tube!!
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Cheers....just think that Mcginn has to play this GW v Newcastle.

    3. Skloppy Kops
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Captain Vardy or Mané?

      1. Tube!!
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Going Vardy.

  3. Delhidynamo
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    United fans, chances of Brandon Williams keeping his spot ahead of Bird Poop guy?

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Decent chance id say.

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        But I think Shaw is back in training. So could be back this week or next.

        1. Delhidynamo
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 22 days ago

          damn,
          Reid and save 0.1 it is then

          1. GuenDoozy
              8 months, 22 days ago

              Is Reid going to play at all?

              1. Klaren
                • 2 Years
                8 months, 22 days ago

                Depends on Pellegrini but 15 man squad isn't really needed anyway so Reid is always a good option as the permanent bench fodder.

                1. GuenDoozy
                    8 months, 22 days ago

                    Yeah fair, Unfortunately I have Cantwell, Kelly and Gwood in my team and looking to bring a starting bench fodder...a nailed Reid would be a steal, one to monitor

        2. JustPark
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 22 days ago

          Shaw is back. Would wait for press.

      2. Ed
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Anyone else going Sterling (C)?

        Got a feeling he's going big this week

        1. Squeakybum99
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 22 days ago

          Yep. Might change to vardy last moment but set on Raz for now. Feel comfortable enough to risk a fall if it backfires.

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Maddison, Salah, Robbo all fit apparently... Casuals bailed out again.. fingers crossed the fourth wheel on the casual bus in Pulisic is out for the weekend.

        1. Atimis
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 22 days ago

          Want Pulisic in this week and either don’t understand hoping for someone being out

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 22 days ago

            There are few things better in FPL than when highly owned players I don't own are ruled out. Probably only captain hauls more important for OR gains.

            1. OleGGMU
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 22 days ago

              So in other words youre one of those pathetic souls that fawns over other teams woshinh you could be them...until times like this when you crawl out like a fly ant during the rain

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                8 months, 22 days ago

                What are you rambling about?

        2. Klaren
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 22 days ago

          So anyone that you don't own are casual options? I don't own any of them either but they are all great fpl assets to own at the moment.

        3. GuenDoozy
            8 months, 22 days ago

            Pulisic is a casual pick? LOL. So anyone with stats + eye test + current form is a casuals pick 😆

            Wish there was a clown emoji

            1. GuenDoozy
                8 months, 22 days ago

                And if there is one, someone please show me how to make it, would save me alot of words

                1. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  8 months, 22 days ago

                  Casual... No shame, just admit it

          • Skloppy Kops
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 22 days ago

            Pope
            Lundy - Robbo* - Soy
            Salah* - KdB - Mount - DouglasLuiz
            Vardy - Auba - Abraham

            1FT + 1.1 ITB

            What do I do with this lot guys? Awaiting Klopp presser impatiently to know if i need to do Salah > Mané.

            Do you think Auba is a nice differential captain option?
            Or swap to Kane?

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 22 days ago

              Keep Auba against Southampton and do Salah to Mané.

              1. Skloppy Kops
                • 5 Years
                8 months, 22 days ago

                captain? or go safe with Vardy?

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • 4 Years
                  8 months, 22 days ago

                  Probably both good for a goal this GW. Depends who you think has the higher ceiling?

            2. JustPark
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 22 days ago

              Wait for presser obviously.

              A differential, yes. Not so sure whether he's nice one.
              Swapping to Kane obviously tempting(new manager bounce, main striker).
              Both have a nice set of fixtures though. Maybe Auba better.
              I would save FT, assess again after gw13.

              1. Skloppy Kops
                • 5 Years
                8 months, 22 days ago

                Cheers m8

          • Jon Snow
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 22 days ago

            Team is looking pretty peak, time for a revamp and WC next week. But got 0itb and 2FT to burn this week, any ideas?

            Pope
            Robbo, Soyuncu, Rico, Lund, Dunk
            Salah, Sterling, McGinn, CHO, Dendoncker
            Auba, Jiminez, Tammy

            1. Free Hat
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 22 days ago

              Dunk and CHO to an affordable Leic mid. Perez, Barnes perhaps.

            2. Freddiebell
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 22 days ago

              Dunk. Dend cho McGinn and Aub would be out if that was my team

          • Lignja
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 22 days ago

            2ft 0.3m itb

            Pope
            Taa, Soyuncu, Lundstram
            Mane, Kdb, Mount, Cho
            Aguero, Abraham ,Vardy

            Rico,Kelly, Dendoker

            A. Aguero, Cho to Kane, Tielemans
            B. Aguero, Cho to Jimenez, Son
            C. Cho to McGinn, roll other ft and decide next week with more Spurs info

            1. Jon Snow
              • 5 Years
              8 months, 22 days ago

              C

            2. Tinmen
              • 7 Years
              8 months, 22 days ago

              A looks good

            3. Freddiebell
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 22 days ago

              A looks the best to me

          • Fernando Torres
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 22 days ago

            Sterling out for Kane?

            Y or N. First to 2.

            1. Jon Snow
              • 5 Years
              8 months, 22 days ago

              N, i would wait and see

              1. Hitmonlee
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 22 days ago

                Think I’m doing it. Nailed on. Nice captain choice over Christmas. New manager bounce. On penalties. Showed great form for England. What’s not to like? Plus I have KDB and no intention of captaining a city player for the next few months

                1. Jon Snow
                  • 5 Years
                  8 months, 22 days ago

                  Make some good points, i would argue its a 50-50 toss up considering Sterling has been 'due' a return for weeks. That return might never come

                  So if no other pressing moves to make, its not a terrible option

            2. jia you jia you
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 22 days ago

              Did that move yesterday...sure it will probably bite me but I dont care! Have Kane for Jose's first game in the early ko against a dreadfully out of sorts WHU team...whats not to like 🙂

            3. Freddiebell
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 22 days ago

              No way not this week anyway

          • Tinmen
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 22 days ago

            Good morning folks, anyone know when Klopps presser is?

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 22 days ago

              Usually around 13:00 on Fridays

          • Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 22 days ago

            Mourinho will want width - I wonder if any attacking fullbacks become mids or son is pushed out wide?

            1. JustPark
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 22 days ago

              Pacy Son. Yep.

          • Chelsea91
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 22 days ago

            Always play Lund

            1. JustPark
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 22 days ago

              Ok.

            2. jia you jia you
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 22 days ago

              I hate to bench him but think I'll punt on Janmaat ahead of him this GW, after that he can get perma-starting status for 6 GWs 🙂

              1. Chelsea91
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 22 days ago

                you will regret if he score against Man u

                1. jia you jia you
                  • 3 Years
                  8 months, 22 days ago

                  not if MUN score and Janmaat gets an assist, CS + 3 bonus 🙂

                  1. Chelsea91
                    • 1 Year
                    8 months, 22 days ago

                    i think burnley will score rather than Man u , Sheffield United defend solid when in home and lund can get assist and goal. Lund better i guess

                    1. jia you jia you
                      • 3 Years
                      8 months, 22 days ago

                      Watford have improved a lot it seems and I do expect them to have a better chance of a CS, but who knows eh...close one with Lund playing oop!

          • Óró Sé…
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 22 days ago

            Barnes or Traore as 4th/5th mid?

            1. FirMinaMiMo
                8 months, 22 days ago

                Barnes!

              • Free Hat
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 22 days ago

                Barnes.

              • JustPark
                • 4 Years
                8 months, 22 days ago

                Barnes.

            2. RamaJama
              • 7 Years
              8 months, 22 days ago

              A) Bring in Tielemans for Mount
              B) Save

              Pope
              TAA, Söyüncü, Lundstram
              Mane (VC), Sterling, KDB, Mount
              Vardy (C), Abraham, Jimenez

              Subs: Button, Janmaat, Rico, Cantwell

              1 FT, 0.4 in the bank

              1. Hitmonlee
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 22 days ago

                Save and play 433

                1. RamaJama
                  • 7 Years
                  8 months, 22 days ago

                  Would you play Janmaat over Mount?

                  1. JustPark
                    • 4 Years
                    8 months, 22 days ago

                    I think that's what he meant.

                    1. RamaJama
                      • 7 Years
                      8 months, 22 days ago

                      Would you do that too?

                      1. JustPark
                        • 4 Years
                        8 months, 22 days ago

                        Think I would.

                      2. JustPark
                        • 4 Years
                        8 months, 22 days ago

                        On 2nd thought, maybe not. Mount on set piece duty, City not at their best at defending.
                        Close call between Soy/Janmaat on first sub.

                  2. Hitmonlee
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    8 months, 22 days ago

                    Janmaat and Rico are better options than Mount this gw

                    1. jia you jia you
                      • 3 Years
                      8 months, 22 days ago

                      Yeah because City are so tight at the back 😉
                      Mount is a far superior pick to Rico this week imo

                    2. JustPark
                      • 4 Years
                      8 months, 22 days ago

                      Not sure on Rico.

              2. jia you jia you
                • 3 Years
                8 months, 22 days ago

                B. Save
                I have the real Lundstram/Janmaat/Mount dilemma, having to bench one...
                You're lucky having Soyuncu, I'd def bench him over those!

                1. RamaJama
                  • 7 Years
                  8 months, 22 days ago

                  Cheers! You mean PLAY Soyuncu over those?

                  1. jia you jia you
                    • 3 Years
                    8 months, 22 days ago

                    I'd bench him as I think BHA will score in that one and Soy doesnt have the same attacking threat as Janmaat & Lundy

                    1. RamaJama
                      • 7 Years
                      8 months, 22 days ago

                      Thanks, would you also bench Soy and play Rico?

                      1. RamaJama
                        • 7 Years
                        8 months, 22 days ago

                        Changed to this team then:

                        Pope
                        TAA, Lundstram, Janmaat, Söyüncü
                        Mane (VC), Sterling, KDB
                        Vardy (C), Abraham, Jimenez

                        Subs: Button, Mount, Rico, Cantwell

                        1. jia you jia you
                          • 3 Years
                          8 months, 22 days ago

                          many are benching Mount but I dont like that move much

                          1. jia you jia you
                            • 3 Years
                            8 months, 22 days ago

                            huge test for Lampard, Chelsea might be well up for the fight and that City denfence is unbelievably poor for title defenders!

                        2. POLSKA GOLA
                          • 6 Years
                          8 months, 22 days ago

                          Due to ownership I would play Soy and Mount with Janmatt 1st bench

                      2. jia you jia you
                        • 3 Years
                        8 months, 22 days ago

                        close but probably not tbh, I'd play TAA, Janmaat, Lundy, Mount with Soy first sub in your position...but go with your gut mate, these are all close calls and require a bit of luck 🙂

                        1. RamaJama
                          • 7 Years
                          8 months, 22 days ago

                          Cheers, good luck!

            3. Freddiebell
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 22 days ago

              Play williems or Mount ?

              1. RamaJama
                • 7 Years
                8 months, 22 days ago

                Mount

              2. POLSKA GOLA
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 22 days ago

                Mount for me

                1. Freddiebell
                  • 3 Years
                  8 months, 22 days ago

                  Cheese guys

            4. Jon Snow
              • 5 Years
              8 months, 22 days ago

              Perez or Barnes?

              1. RamaJama
                • 7 Years
                8 months, 22 days ago

                Close, Barnes, maby

              2. Paneorder
                  8 months, 21 days ago

                  Barnes may not play the full match.

              3. JustPark
                • 4 Years
                8 months, 22 days ago

                Anyway, where do I find a list for emoji available? Only know two for sure.

              4. FALSE PROFIT
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 22 days ago

                Skill is required to identify a problem but greater skill is required in solving it.
                Levy has got the first bit right. I might be waiting a while to find out how skillful he is.

                1. Paneorder
                    8 months, 21 days ago

                    He gets a skill in his boardroom definitely.

                2. King Kun Ta
                  • 5 Years
                  8 months, 21 days ago

                  GTG? Or use my FT?

                  Pope
                  VVD Soy Lundstram
                  Mane Sterling Maddison Mount
                  Vardy Rashford Abraham

                  Button Mings Cantwell Kelly

                  1FT & 0.9 ITB

                  Ta for the advice!

                  1. Paneorder
                      8 months, 21 days ago

                      It is a strong lineup. I must save the transfer for this week.

                      1. King Kun Ta
                        • 5 Years
                        8 months, 21 days ago

                        Thanks mate!

                    • King Kun Ta
                      • 5 Years
                      8 months, 21 days ago

                      Other opinions?

                    • Paneorder
                        8 months, 21 days ago

                        My opinion is upgrade your bench, especially your midfielders.

                    • Jay Arell
                      • 3 Years
                      8 months, 21 days ago

                      Play Lundstram og Soy?

                      1. Atlas
                        • 8 Years
                        8 months, 21 days ago

                        Both preferably!

                    • Atlas
                      • 8 Years
                      8 months, 21 days ago

                      Good morning all,

                      I already did Sterling -> Mane and have no FTs and 0,3 in the bank. The problem is CHO sitting on my bench losing value each week.
                      Would you do Hudson-Odoi - > Barnes/Grealish/McGinn for -4, and then bench Willems?

                      Current team is
                      Gazzaniga (McGovern)
                      Soy TAA Lundstram Willems Rico
                      Mane KDB Martial CHO Dendoncker
                      Auba (c) Vardy Abraham

                    • bso
                      • 5 Years
                      8 months, 21 days ago

                      Who to start...Rico or Saiss?

                      1. korbendallas82
                        • 6 Years
                        8 months, 21 days ago

                        Maby Saiss. King is out with injury. Wilson is out of form.

                        1. bso
                          • 5 Years
                          8 months, 21 days ago

                          Thanks mate