Pro Pundits - Zophar

How I am spreading the cash after selling Sterling

Buying Jack Grealish (£5.9m) was supposed to make bench decisions easier, but the Englishman’s performances have been way above my expectations.

Over Gameweeks 13 and 14, only Mesut Özil (£7.2m) (eight) and Kevin de Bruyne (£10.3m) have created more chances than his seven amongst midfielders.

After benching him against Manchester United and seeing how poor Chelsea were defensively against West Ham, I played the Aston Villa man in Gameweek 15 instead of benching him as per the original plan.

My team in Gameweek 14

My last three transfers were Tammy Abraham (£7.9m) and Raheem Sterling (£11.9m) out for Raúl Jiménez (£7.6m) and Christian Pulisic (£7.5m) in Gameweek 13 and Mason Mount (£6.6m) to Dele Alli (£8.5m).

The decision between Son and Dele Alli (£8.6m) was a difficult one.

As Tom Freeman pointed out in his ProPundits piece, Alli’s shot locations were far more central and Son appears to have taken on a more creative wide role.

Spurs next four included games against Manchester United and Chelsea where I expected Son to have to do a lot more defensive work than Alli. After all, the Korean was top for attempted tackles (10) and successful tackles (five) in Gameweek 14.

In the entire period prior to that (Gameweek 1-12), Son attempted just 23 tackles, succeeding with just nine, over 10 appearances. That’s an average of less than one successful tackle per match.

I’m sure Son will keep ticking along and I still have an eye on bringing him in for de Bruyne at some point, but for now I went with the form man in Alli.

It was tempting to give Mount another week but his performance against West Ham had me concerned about his starting role against Villa and with £4.9m burning a hole in my pocket, I decided to ship him out.

My team for Gameweek 16

That leaves me with £3.0m in the bank to bring in Abraham for Aaron Connolly (£4.7m), which I will likely be funding by a downgrading Fikayo Tomori (£4.9m) for Martin Kelly (£4.1m).

Andreas Christensen (£4.9m) starting against Valencia in the Champions League was worrying and with Antonio Rudiger (£6.0m) nearing fitness, Tomori’s place in the starting lineup is under threat, as we saw against Villa last night.

Crystal Palace once again showed their defensive potential with a clean sheet against Bournemouth on Tuesday night and Kelly’s spot should be reasonably secure given all their defensive injuries. The fixtures could hardly be better.

I’ve already got my eye on the upcoming blank Gameweek 18 for Liverpool and what I noticed was the lack of a clear cut captaincy option then. Manchester City play the league’s meanest defence in Leicester that week and Spurs host Chelsea.

The standout fixture for me is the Norwich vs Wolves game, with Jiménez a great captaincy pick. I’m undecided whether to bring in Abraham now or wait until after Chelsea play Everton in Gameweek 16.

Normally it would be at the expense of Jiménez but his Gameweek 18 fixture means I am inclined to keep the Mexican.

Captaincy is likely to remain on Jamie Vardy (£9.9m). Sadio Mané (£12.2m) playing 90 minutes on Wednesday has me worried he might be benched against Bournemouth keeping in mind their Champions League game on Tuesday.

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573 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Zim0
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Need a less than 5.5 mid for GW 18. Who is best option?

    1. antis0cial
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Moutinho/Traore?

      1. Zim0
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Hmm yes I was hoping there's be someone else but guess I'll go with one of them. Thanks

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Avl, Wolves or Bou mid.

  2. DAVESAVES
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Best one-week midfielder punt?

    A. Maddison
    B. Lucas Moura
    C. Mount/Willian
    D. Dilva/Bilva/Mahrez
    E. Grealish
    F. Zaha

    1. antis0cial
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      One week, maybe a City asset, Mahrez, but could well end up not starting.

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      F from that lot

  3. antis0cial
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    .4itb 1 ft, easy save / bench ok? Who to Cpt, I was thinking Mane but will he be rotated?

    Guaita
    TAA Lund Willems
    Mane KDB Son Ali Zaha
    Vardy Tammy

    Martin Mousset Soy Rico

  4. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Hi all, looking for some expert help here 🙂

    2FTs but 0ITB.

    A. Martial+Tomori >> Pulisic+Aurier
    B. Marital+Maddison >> Alli+Grealish
    C. Martial+KDB+Greenwood >> Alli+Grealish+Rashford (-4)

    Pope
    TAA • Soyuncu • Lundy
    Son • KDB • Mané • Maddison • Martial
    Vardy. Tammy
    (McGov. Tomori. Rico. Greenwood)

    1. MC Hammer
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Rashford is looking good now

    2. How I met your Mata
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I like C

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Not possible sorry. My bad 🙂

    3. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Can you do not just do Martial to Pulisic?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Yeah can do that

    4. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      C looks good!

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Sorry that’s not possible. It’s cantwell not Grealish?

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Then A

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Thanks Pep. Could also just get Pulisic and hold fire on the Aurier move

            1. Pep Roulette
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Yeah! That sounds good too!

    5. antis0cial
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      No expert, but of those probably B but I'm not sure I'd want to ship Maddison before two decent games. Shame nothing in bank to do Martial + Tomori > Ali + Kelly

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Yep, very annoying

    6. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Can you do A with Kelly and Alli?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        No, annoyingly

      2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Otherwise I think C probably does work. Never liked the Tomori pick though...

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          C isn’t possible. I messed up. It would be a 4.7m mid and switching to 3-4-3

    7. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Wow C isn’t posssible! I must have been drunk writing that one out! It would be Cantwell NOT Grealish

  5. Klein
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Kane owners what are yaall doing?

    1. MC Hammer
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      not a Kane owner but time to say your goodbyes

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Get rid

    3. JonnyOnionRings
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Keeping for this GW but he looked awful VS Utd

    4. teneighty
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Since I need my FT for more important changes (getting Alli) I'm either keeping or getting rid for a hit. The hit seems a bit rash when he has Burnley at home but I haven't made my mind up just yet.

  6. How I met your Mata
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    happy with my defence but what changes to make to this 0.2 ITB

    Salah Maddison KDB Son Pulisic
    Ings Vardy Greenwood 2FTs

    Thanks all!!

    1. How I met your Mata
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      was thinking either Mane in for Salah, but feel Mane will get rested at the weekend or get tammy in for greenwood by downgrading one of the midfielders but he also will prob get rested at the weekend

      1. Zim0
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Tammy won't get rested if he's fit

        1. Zim0
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Mane probably won't either

        2. George Agdgdgwngo
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          he might. they have a big champs league game next week

        3. How I met your Mata
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Chelsea have a must win game in the champions league I would say there is a fairly good chance he will get rested

          1. Zim0
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 21 days ago

            I'm quite confident he won't be rested unless he's injured.

      2. Bookkeeper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        there is a strong possibility of Mane being rested. They are 11pts ahead and massive game on Tuesday in Champions league.

        1. Zim0
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Yeah but I still think he'll play

  7. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    How do I get the set pieces area working again? Would be interested in SHU set pieces.

  8. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Is Son > Alli sensible?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
        1 month, 21 days ago

        No imo.

      • iL PiStOlErO
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Classic chasing of points that probably will fail. Now its Sonny turn 😉

        • JohnRoss
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Only if you need the cash or have a transfer to burn imo. Otherwise hold for now

        • BERGKOP
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Depends why. Cash, sure. Points, flip a coin.

      • boc610
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        its hard to sympathise with silva but Pickford did not do the guy any favours. After a promising start I think he's been awful for the Toffees.

        1. iL PiStOlErO
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Sickford

        2. George Agdgdgwngo
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Thinking of ditching my liverpool defender (Robbo) to get Pereira.

          Thoughts are,

          Lei defence is pretty tight.

          Liverpool likely to experience rotation moving forward.

          Planning to get rid of Maddison, so Pereira might cover some of his points.

          Soybean and Pereira double up

        3. Champions united
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Sterling to allii or son
          Have kdb and 2 ft

          1. iL PiStOlErO
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Raz to Son and put that money itb.

          2. iL PiStOlErO
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Don’t own Tammy anymore but interested to see what to do with Pulisic? Keep or sell? Is Che cover needed until the Christmas?

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

                Give Pulisic next two

                1. iL PiStOlErO
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    Agreed. Cheers.

              2. merin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Any obvious transfers here?

                Pope McGovern
                TAA Tomori Soyuncu Lundstram Rico
                Mané KDB Pulisic Maddison Dendoncker
                Vardy Abraham Jimenez

                1 FT, 2.2 ITB

                1. Wolves Ay We
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Tomori to Kelly

                2. Tshelby
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Pope -> Ryan

                3. JohnRoss
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Not really. You could get grealish for dend or change your keeper if you feel like it

                  1. merin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    What about Alli or Rashford in? Considering them, but not sure yet.

                    1. JohnRoss
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 21 days ago

                      I would consider gw18 & 19 when deciding. Liverpool dont play and Leicester have 2 tricky fixtures. Grealish has good fixtures and could cover mane and possibly maddison gw19. Good luck.

                      1. merin
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 21 days ago

                        Cheers!

              3. Wolves Ay We
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Doesn't Alli have a reputation of suddenly going out of form? A little reticent to sign him over Son.

                1. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Ride the wave.

              4. Silecro
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Have exact funds to do Gazza > Henderson
                Do it or keep gaza for Burnley? I really dont trust spurs def

              5. danlynch13
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Where do I get Tammy back into this team? 1.2itb
                Pope
                TAA/Soy/Lund
                Mane/Pulisic/KDB/Maddison/Son
                Jiminez/Vardy

                Button/Tomori/Kelly/Dendoncker

              6. Bobby Digital
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Any Blades fans about? I'd like to know if they would go Norwood or Fleck?

              7. Bury94
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Sheff Utd nailed on for a clean sheet tonight, right?

                1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Almiron goal incoming

                2. JohnRoss
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Not at all im afraid

              8. Five Season Wonder
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Hi fam

                So I've narrowed it down to this... which player do I bench?

                1). Aurier (Burnley, HOME)
                2). Soy (Villa, AWAY)
                3). Lundstram (Norwich, AWAY)
                4). Zaha (Watford, AWAY)
                5). Ings (Newcastle, AWAY)
                ---

                So tough this week! - Anyone else found themselves in this situation?

                1. Hot Toddy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  1

                2. jtreble
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Someone besides Aurier at home.

                  1. jtreble
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    ... must be other benchables right?

                3. How I met your Mata
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  1 or 2

                4. Bobby Digital
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  2 or 3

                5. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  5 😉

              9. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Repost sorry. Messed my options up.

                2FTs but 0ITB.

                A. Martial+Tomori >> Pulisic+Aurier
                B. Marital+Maddison >> Alli+Grealish
                C. Martial+KDB+Greenwood >> Alli+Cantwell+Rashford (-4)

                Pope
                TAA • Soyuncu • Lundy
                Son • KDB • Mané • Maddison • Martial
                Vardy. Tammy
                (McGov. Tomori. Rico. Greenwood)

              10. T.Henry14
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                I did last night: Sterling ---> Alli

                Have another free transfer and 4M in the bank.

                Mount ---> Son, overmuch from Tottenham?

                Or spread the money to the rest of team? And to whom?

                Pope
                Arnold, Soyuncu, Lundstram (Kelly, Rico)
                Mane, KDB, Alli, Mount (Cantwell)
                Vardy, Abraham, Ings

                1. kennethrhcp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  solid team even with 4mil itb

                  bank FT?

                  1. T.Henry14
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    I don't want Mount on the team any more. Rotation risk maybe and too mutch blank in previous period.

                    1. jtreble
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 21 days ago

                      Mount in the no. 4 value mid in EPL.

                      1. jtreble
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 21 days ago

                        ... is the ...

                2. The_Bucc
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Mount to David Silva would be my move

                  1. T.Henry14
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    Pep's rotation and poorer City's form scare me. I think De Bruyne is enough from City at this moment.

              11. Pep Roulette
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Save?

                Schmeichel
                TAA Robbo Lundy
                Mane Son Zaha Barnes
                Vardy(C) Jesus Jiminez

                Button Rico Dendo Reid

                1. kennethrhcp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  save, 2fts very handy in coming weeks

                2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Looks very nice

              12. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Was Tomori injured, rested, dropped?

                any update from Lamps? sorry if I missed it

                1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Dropped would be my guess. He’s not great

                  1. kennethrhcp
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    price was great & got me points... im ok with him 🙂

                    time to move him on Raf?

                    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 21 days ago

                      Yep

                      1. kennethrhcp
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 21 days ago

                        cheers if you read back 😉

              13. vincentwsho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Play Lundstram (nor) and
                bench order 1. Aurier (BUR), 2. Kelly (wat) and 3. Fleck (nor)?

                1. Bucket Man
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  I’d go with that 1,2,3

              14. STONEROSES
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Aurier (BUR) Soy (avl) TAA (bou)
                I have to pick the above ahead of Lundstrum (norw), don’t i?!

                1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Drop soy

                  1. STONEROSES
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    Good shout - cheers Rafa!

              15. Tcheco
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Would you play Ayew (wat) over any of these?

                A. TAA (bou)
                B. Lund (nor)
                C. Aurier (BUR)
                D. Chilwell (avl)

                1. Bucket Man
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  C may come on for Chilwell anyway though.

                2. Tshelby
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Nah Crystal Palace doesn't like to score imo.

                3. kennethrhcp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  I wouldnt

              16. Tshelby
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Anything here?

                1FT/0.0 ITB

                Pope
                TAA, Robbo, Lundstram, Soyuncu, Janmaat
                Mane, KdB, Alli, Pulisic, Hayden
                Ings, Jimenez, Vardy

              17. tjostolv
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                potential WC team - thoughts?
                Pope / Button (keep)
                TAA (new), Kelly (new), Lundstram (keep), Soy (keep), Rico (keep).
                KDB (new), Mane (keep), DAlli (new), Cantwell (keep), Maddison (new).
                Tammy (new), Ings (keep), Vardy (keep).
                New buys; TAA, Kelly, KDB, Ali, Maddison, Tammy
                Sells: Willems, Sterling, Auba, Mount, Zaha

                1. Tshelby
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Think I would want another goalie than Pope.

                2. STONEROSES
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Yep looks good. I’d maybe look at swapping Pope out tho

              18. BlzE_94
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Play one:

                A) Tomori
                B) Mings
                C) Kelly

                1. Bucket Man
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  C

                2. Gregor
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Kelly.

              19. Barnes Owl
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Huge head to head battle tonight. Henderson & Mousset V Fleck + 6pts!

                Desperate for a SHU clean sheet!!!