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Lampard rotates but key Chelsea assets all start

Chelsea’s key Fantasy assets all start against Bournemouth with Christian Pulisic (£7.4m) joining Tammy Abraham (£8.0m) in the front-three.

Meanwhile, Mason Mount (£6.6m) is also in the starting line-up but may well be sat in a central midfield trio alongside N’Golo Kanté (£5.0m) and Jorginho (£5.0m).

However, those who made a move for the differential Reece James (£5.0m) were left disappointed as he was named on the bench.

The exciting right-back has started four of the last five but is among the substitutes against Bournemouth.

The Cherries have gone with something relatively experimental in light of recent injuries.

Eddie Howe has opted for a 4-4-2 diamond system featuring Josh King (£6.1m) and Ryan Fraser (£6.9m) as the central strikers.

That sees Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.8m) return to the right of defence with Emerson Palmieri (£5.5m) starts on the left.

Meanwhile, Leicester have kept the exact same line-up rolled out in the 4-1 win at Aston Villa, hinting that Brendan Rodgers may continue using it after Gameweek 16.

The Foxes once again are laid out in a 4-3-1-2 system, with Dennis Praet (£5.3m) and Youri Tielemans (£6.6m) either side of Wilfred Ndidi (£5.0m) and James Maddison (£7.8m) behind Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) and Kelechi Iheancho (£5.7m).

Opponents Norwich include Todd Cantwell (£4.7m) in their starting line-up after he was benched in Gameweek 16.

Sheffield United name an unchanged side to face Aston Villa, Dean Smith hands rare starts to Kortney Hause (£4.4m) and Henri Lansbury (£4.4m).

After coming back into the team for the 5-0 defeat at Spurs, Matt Lowton (£4.4m) returns to the bench for Burnley.

Phil Bardsley (£4.3m) reclaims his right-back berth after an injury, while Ashley Barnes (£6.3m) and Ashley Westwood (£5.4m) return after missing out on Gameweek 16.

Chris Wood (£6.2m) has also shaken off the knock Sean Dyche revealed on Thursday to start up-front in the 4-4-2 system.

In light of recent injuries to Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.4m) and Jonjo Shelvey (£5.1m), Steve Bruce is somewhat limited in the team he can name at Turf Moor.

He has stuck with a five-man defence but looks to be deploying three central midfielders behind a front-pairing of Andy Carroll (£5.4m) and Joelinton (£5.6m), rather than sticking with a 5-4-1 formation.

Burnley XI: Pope; Pieters, Mee, Tarkowski, Bardsley; McNeil, Westwood, Cork, Hendrick; A Barnes, Wood.

Newcastle United XI: Dúbravka; Willems, Dummett, Schär, Fernández, Manquillo; Atsu, S Longstaff, Hayden; Joelinton, Carroll.

Chelsea XI: Kepa; Emerson, Rüdiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Mount, Kanté, Jorginho; Pulisic, Abraham, Willian.

Bournemouth XI: Ramsdale; Rico, Mepham, Francis, Stacey; Lerma; Gosling, Billing; L Cook; J King, Fraser.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, R Pereira; Tielemans, Ndidi, Praet; Maddison; Iheanacho, Vardy.

Norwich City XI: Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Byram; Tettey, Trybull; Buendía, McLean, Cantwell; Pukki.

Sheffield Utd XI: Henderson; Basham, Egan, O’Connell; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; Mousset, McGoldrick.

Aston Villa XI: Heaton; Guilbert, Engels, Hause, Targett; McGinn, Nakamba, Lansbury; El Ghazi, Wesley, Grealish.

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1,988 Comments Post a Comment
  1. tm245
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Gosling whiffs.

  2. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Hold on Rico!

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Can’t believe I told you not to BB

      1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        😉 OR#38 not a fluke then

  3. tucaoneo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    People are buying Salah ahead of - and lei. Hmm.

  4. Bookkeeper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Scouts picked Pulisic because he was playing Bournemouth!
    That is very poor.
    Always form over fixtures.

    1. The gospel according to Mar…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Who still reads the scout picks?

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      The alternative was Maddison and he's doing f all too.

      1. Bookkeeper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Maddison has been playing well for severals weeks and looks like getting attacking returns. Pulisic hasn't in weeks.

      2. Business Cat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Maddison's been great. Was 5 attacking returns in 7 before today. Could've had 2-3 assists today already

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Scout picks might as well be called "Outdated template picks". When was the last time they included an inspired one week punt?

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

        That Cardiff guy last season 😛

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        this

  5. Colonel Shoe 肝池
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    come on norwich score please

  6. olidooley
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    How’s Pulisic doing?

  7. Here Comes The Son ★
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    This GW smells like a Zaha haul for some reason. Anyone smell that?

    1. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Nope

    2. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Would love that

    3. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yea and Son

    4. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Not really but that would be nice

  8. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    5th blank in a row for the essential American Walcott who became a Ballon D’or nominee after scoring vs Burnley.

    1. Differentiator
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      You selling this week?

      1. DAZZ
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I certainly am

    2. Lindelol
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      😀 at one point of the season I used to hide behind the sofa as so many of my ML rivals bought him

  9. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    The BAPs are up for grabs in the Leicester game. What usually happens next?

    1. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      You know.

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        he does

  10. Dr. Agabuse
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Uff and Mount stays on.

    Had Mousset and Pulisic this games.

    Bo Vardy c
    No Maddison
    No Abraham
    No Mount
    No Grealish.

    Its Couch behind time

  11. Ginkapo FPL
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Get another John.

    Lundstram (c) 😎

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Well done mate

    2. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lol

    3. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Ballsy

      Respect

    4. Garlana
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Link team please I need to see this.

  12. Daniel - KTBFFH
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    So if we don't own Salah its basically a red ?

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      His ownership isn't that high, so no

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Only 16% EO so doubt it

    3. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I’m projected moving up Without salah and just for Utd double defence. Tammy Captain fail so far!

  13. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Meh Rico 3rd sub makes sense... not bothered

    Lundy however, never benched 😉

  14. TomSaints
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Don’t even think of keeping a clean sheet Rico

  15. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Double Bournemouth defense on bench. Come on Chelsea

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      * Mount

    2. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      *Tammy C

  16. some witty pun
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Pulisic to who?

  17. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Pulisic has been such a bad buy

    1. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Shame because he looked great, but just no points

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yeah. But I maintain I've played good FPL this season.

      Brought Aubameyang was on form for:
      BOU shu CRY WOL and got 2,2,2,8.

      Same for Pulisic:
      WHU AVL eve BOU and got 2,2,2,3

      Sometimes you make good decisions based on the data provided and they don't deliver. It's just how it goes sometimes.

  18. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    LEI-NOR baps
    Pukki (27)
    Aarons (18)
    Chilwell (18)
    Söyüncü (18)
    Ndidi (18)

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Time for a jammy penalty

    2. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      HasVardy 17?

    3. TomSaints
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Come on Soy, grab a goal

  19. The 12th Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Guy I’m playing in the cup has triple Sheffield United defence but none of them Lundstrum.

    1. The gospel according to Mar…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      He sounds like a real deviant.

  20. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Don’t want Pulisic in my team for another day, shocking

  21. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Who owns Chonkwell?

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Bapwell

    2. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Why?

  22. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Norwich fading a bit. Used a lot of energy in the first hour.

    1. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Should be another goal in it for Leicester

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yep. I'm confident Leicester win this. Second half FC.

  23. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Anyone selling TAA this week? Fixtures look grim after blank.

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      But Liverpool are still going to score?

    2. Differentiator
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Dude. Season. keeper.

    3. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Never

      In my team unless he’s dead

    4. barracuda
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I am. Who are you targeting?

    5. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Wolves and Sheff Utd home, Man Utd home too. That’s not grim for the Champs of Europe

    6. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yes. He's out. I'm on WC. Will bring back in a few weeks probably.

  24. Dougal McGuire
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Pulisic clean sheet points locked in!

    Week after next I turn him into Salah though.

  25. Vpan
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    A) Pulisic -> Alli, save 1FT

    or

    B) Pulisic -> Son, Mount -> Grealish

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B

  26. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    One change for West Ham. Anderson out (injury) Haller in 442. This is much better

  27. tm245
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Ramsdale stands tall.

  28. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Emerson sitter (Azpi A)

  29. Daniel - KTBFFH
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Emerson almost. He is due

  30. Zico Senna
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Goodbye Pulisic, never to enter my team again 🙂