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How I’m planning to spend the money freed up by Aguero’s sale

In his latest Pro Pundits article, Ash – aka ‘Chief’ – looks at how to reinvest the cash freed up by Sergio Aguero’s unavailability.


It can seem disappointing when your second substitute unexpectedly racks up a double-digit haul only to be inevitably lost on the bench with the completion of the Gameweek. But that’s exactly what happened to me and hundreds of thousands of FPL managers with Todd Cantwell (£4.6m) in Gameweek 13.

He hadn’t registered an attacking return since Gameweek 5 and had not been playing many full matches of late, so it almost seemed like a no-brainer in not starting him for Norwich City’s match at Goodison Park.

If anything, Cantwell’s ten points just made Diego Rico’s (£4.3m) score of zero and Mason Mount’s (£6.7m) one-point cameo stand out even more. Jamie Vardy (£9.7m) did the business again with his armband duties, but then again, it seemed that everyone on Twitter captained him, so he was hardly an out-of-the-box pick.

With hindsight, my FPL team deserved a red arrow after only four of my starting players registered Fantasy returns. Yet thanks to Frederic Guilbert’s (£4.4m) eight points on Monday night my overall rank only shifted downwards by 1,500 places, which is practically a grey arrow in my eyes.

Once again, I have two free transfers at hand to refine my team with December’s fixture rush around the corner.

Injury worry for Aguero's owners as Sterling is frustrated by VAR call

In some ways, Sergio Aguero’s (£11.9m) injury is a blessing in disguise for my FPL team. Pep Guardiola confirmed that the Argentinean striker has been ruled out for at least a few matches, so I can sell Aguero without having to worry about him tormenting Newcastle United’s defence as he has done so in the past.

In truth, he was bound to be rotated with Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) anyway – I just wanted to give him one more chance against Chelsea.

I will almost certainly make two transfers this time around, even three if I can justify it.

Along with Aguero, I will gladly sell Andriy Yarmolenko (£5.8m). He was my first substitute last weekend and, to my surprise, the Ukraine international started against Tottenham on Saturday. Unfortunately, he was subbed off before he could register a Fantasy return and his form between Gameweeks 4-7 is long gone. Put simply, I need to sell him before his value drops again.

I may not make my FPL transfers until Friday afternoon but there are a number of options that I’m thinking over at the moment.

Jesus and Dele Alli (£8.4m) for Aguero and Yarmolenko seems like one pathway ahead. However, Jesus has struggled of late even when starting matches and could there be more value in Tottenham Hotspur’s other attackers, as opposed to Alli? A hat-trick for England over the international break and three goals under his new head coach suggests that Harry Kane (£10.8m) has rediscovered his form for club and country. Spurs need to win league matches and he could be the key to their success under Jose Mourinho.

Therefore, I’m also mulling over the possibility of selling Aguero and Yarmolenko for Kane and Lucas Moura (£7.0m) for a Tottenham double-up. I have question marks over Moura, however, so Youri Tielemans (£6.7m) could be a safer choice. Getting in Kevin De Bruyne (£10.2m) and Raul Jimenez (£7.4m) has also crossed my mind.

As for the option of converting my two free transfers into a ‘mini-Wildcard’ (two free transfers and a -4 hit), I’m looking at selling Matthew Lowton (£4.5m) for a Crystal Palace defender.

This may seem odd as the Eagles have not kept many clean sheets recently but I think that may change soon, especially when considering that between Gameweeks 14 and 30, Palace only play one of last year’s top four once. This prospect seems almost too good to ignore, though I might wait one more week on it. In any case, I’m confident that Crystal Palace defensive assets may become fashionable again in the weeks ahead.

I’ve been very fortunate with two back-to-back captain hauls with Vardy. It almost makes sense for me to trust him once again with armband duties as Leicester host an Everton team lacking in form.

But with that said, Sadio Mane (£12.2m) at home to Brighton is also a good shout, as is Anthony Martial (£7.8m) against Aston Villa at Old Trafford. And let’s not forget Tammy Abraham (£8.0m) will be up against a West Ham defence that has conceded nine goals in their last three league games.

It’s actually great that we are spoilt for captaincy choices as there is not an obvious template choice for Gameweek 14. If one of the named players does immensely well and the rest flounder, it could provide opportunities for FPL managers’ overall ranks to fluctuate immensely in just one Gameweek. Let’s hope we make the right call.


Ash, known by many as Chief, recorded his best-ever FPL finish of 110th in 2011/12 and has become a hugely popular name on Twitter ever since.

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1,076 Comments Post a Comment
  1. LewanGOALski
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    What!? What happened to Abraham?
    Serious?
    Any videos?

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Argentine man dem clatter ina his side

    2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      You like snuff videos?

  2. ElliotJHP
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Sterling may live to fight another day due to Tammys injury.

    Mount & Tammy to Pulisic & Ings?

    1. justmatt
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      I’m looking at the same moves, if Tammy is out I’ll definitely look to bring in Ings at least.

  3. Reeker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Whats your opinion on Chris Wood over Ings?

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Could work, ings has fixtures tho

    2. Champ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Woods better but Ings for the next few games I think

    3. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Ings is due a breakdown.

    4. justmatt
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      I’m going Ings and hoping he makes it through the next two at least.

  4. Teomi
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Mousset an option for Abraham?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      He is.

  5. Rainer
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Pro-Pundit post about Tammy injury and potential replacements needed for us near mortals.

  6. sirmorbach
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Lads, this is my team with 0.6 in the bank. Does having Mount and Tammy require a WC or I am ok by taking a hit? (Already made my ft)

    Pope / 4.0
    TAA, Chilwell, Lundstram / Kelly, Rico
    Salah, Sterling, Mount, Tielemans / Traore
    Vardy, Abraham, Jiménez

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Hit for Tammy is all that is needed at this point.

    1. Scott Talent RIP EJ
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Oh dear it's the Daily Fail.

        1. Scott Talent RIP EJ
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 12 days ago

          Oh dear it's The Express. The very same newspaper which every year predicts the worst UK winter in history.
          Draw your own conclusions.

  7. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Any update on Tammy?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      8 months, 12 days ago

      See above

      1. KGFC
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        Just saw, thx!

  8. Ha.
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Abraham > Jiminez?

  9. Daghe Munegu
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Have exact found to do Tammy + Richarlison to Son + Batshuayi

    Yes or no?

  10. Dannyb
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Tammy and Martial to Ings and Son?

  11. Super Saints
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Bloody typical, I have 0.8 ITB which leaves me 0.1 short on Abraham > Rashford!

  12. Steirish
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Already on a -4

    Would you go

    Abraham to Ings -4

    Dendoncker - pulisic
    Abraham - Mouset -8 and change formation?

  13. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Tammy ruptured spleen? 3-6 months out if so

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Well it shakes up the game. Probably means all Tammy's ownership will shift to Jimenez...

    2. CMJC
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Wish you’d take 3-6 months out : )

  14. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    1FT 0.5ITB
    Ryan
    TAA, Robbo, Soyuncu
    Mane, KDB, Mount, Tielmans
    Vardy, Jimenez, Abraham
    Button | Lund, Rico, Dendoncker

    If Tammy is out for a while:

    A) Save this week (hope that Mount starts and play Lund in 4-4-2) and then 2 FT next week to sort Abraham & one of KDB/Robbo/Mount
    B) Abraham -> Ings
    C) Abraham & Mount -> Ings & Alli -4
    D) Abraham & Mount -> Rashford & Grealish -4
    E) Delete my team / account

    1. CONFUSECIUS
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      delete delete delete... (in matt hardy voice)

    2. theguy69
      8 months, 12 days ago

      A

  15. Lignja
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    First time after who know how long i made early transfers cos had 0.0 itb, so on -4 already and crap bench, dont know what to do now

    1. Jurgen Flopp
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Quit

      1. Lignja
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        Cant must win first

    2. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      -8?

    3. CONFUSECIUS
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      go visit fortune teller.. she will tell u what to do...

    4. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Free hit?

  16. HarryB29
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Have 3.0 ITB

    Thoughts on Mount and Abraham --> Alli and Rashford for free?

    1. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Like it

    2. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Sounds good.

    3. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Yes

  17. theguy69
    8 months, 12 days ago

    grealish and soy vs tielemans and baldock/4.6mdef

    1. theguy69
      8 months, 12 days ago

      as 5th mid

  18. 7shadesofsmoke
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    F it.

    Abe -> Kane. Going to lose a lot of value in Tammy but can see Kane getting a rise before GW14, then a double rise if he bangs vs Bmth.

    1. CONFUSECIUS
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      bang hard with his long kane...

      1. Warbling Wendy
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        What

  19. Kiwi Don
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Would you do:

    A) Tammy to Ings for free
    B) TAA, Pope and Tammy to Kelly, Heaton and Kane for -8

    Cheers

    1. theguy69
      8 months, 12 days ago

      A by far id say

    2. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      A

    3. Kiwi Don
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Cheers, just thinking about getting on Kane early Incase he goes back to his old self. Problem is I need to rip my team up to do it!

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        Yeah I think we need to wait to see if this is the dead cat bouncing before the humble ones real work begins to drag them up.

      2. theguy69
        8 months, 12 days ago

        could get son in as cover

    4. Kiwi Don
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Got son already.

  20. Sloane426
    8 months, 12 days ago

    (A) Abraham > Jiminez -4
    (B) Play Rico no hit.

    1. theguy69
      8 months, 12 days ago

      A outscores B imo

    2. Nicepix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Factor in the expected price changes,

    3. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      I am thinking A. Rico wont score much, Tammy will drop in value and Jimmy will rise as everyone gets rid of Tammy. If value doesn't worry then play Rico.

  21. teneighty
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Tammy -> Bats?

  22. caldracula
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Update from BT sport is that Tammy is a bruised hip.

    1. caldracula
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Has*

    2. Over Midwicket
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Out for a month or so then?

      1. Nemes1s
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        2 to 4 weeks according to Dr Google

      2. caldracula
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        ‘A bruised hip will generally heal on its own in a relatively short time period. It often requires no medical treatment at all.’ Taken from the Health Line.

  23. Brendan95
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    BT Sport update Tammy has a bruised Hip, but not serious. How long do we think he is out with that. Owners keeping or selling?

  24. Over Midwicket
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Napoli goal, VVD injured. Pool in tatters

  25. Would Ed Woodward
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Awful defending by Liverpool.

    1. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      As usual

    2. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      At least we cant blame TAA for it

  26. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    "LiVARpool"

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Or lack thereof. Shocking decision by ref and virtual ref. But then this is UEFA who are fine with Ramos elbowing goalkeepers in the head as long as Real win.

  27. 7shadesofsmoke
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Just realised i can afford Greenwood to Jimenez 🙂

    So option 1 is Greenwood -> Jimenez
    Option 2 is Abraham -> Kane and bench Tammy

    which looks nicer? I have Son fwiw

    1. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      1

    2. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      🙂 obvious mistake - benching tammy in option 1

  28. teneighty
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Do you guys think there is a risk Tammy drops in price tonight?

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Very much doubt it.

    2. CONFUSECIUS
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      not that fast i think.. coz everybody still figure out if the injury really bad or not...

    3. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      No chance

    4. teneighty
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Cheers guys.

  29. unitednations
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Decisions decisions

    1) Mount + Rashford >> Pulisic + Jimenez worth it?..Pulisic game time has become a small concert after last night

    2A) Son + Robbo with Tomori 1st sub
    2B) Mane + Tomori with Rico 1st sub

    3X) Mane + Martial + Rashford with a view to removing one united attacker in gw16 or
    3Y) Mane + Son + Ings

    1. unitednations
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      My personal preferences are

      1. No
      2. B (marginally) as no Mane has been a rank killer
      3. Can’t decide but united players more nailed to play 3 games in row