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Which budget defender should I sign for Blank Gameweek 28?

Like many Fantasy Premier League managers, I may need to make changes to my defence for Blank Gameweek 28.

It’s not the most exciting of areas to fix but having the right men at the back for a week with fewer fixtures than normal can make all the difference.

Having made some good progress recently, I’m confident that shuffling my pack in defence can help continue my rise up the ranks.

I’ve had an interesting few Gameweeks. With four consecutive green arrows, I’ve almost halved my rank since the turn of the year.

I should be delighted, right? Well, I’m far from content with some of my decisions.

For instance, I’ve sold players at the wrong time. I got rid of Kasper Schmeichel (£5.3m) last weekend (minutes before the FPL deadline) which only inspired him to attain an unexpected monster haul against Manchester City.

A couple of weeks prior I said farewell to John Lundstram (£4.9m) before he came off the bench and scored.

But there’s more – Mason Greenwood (£4.3m), Sadio Mané (£12.3m) and Romain Saïss (£4.4m) all registered fantasy returns in Gameweek 27. What do they have in common? I sold them recently.

There was certainly logic in selling each of them and in fairness I have strengthened other areas of my team. It hasn’t been all doom and gloom as Richarlison (£8.2m) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.2m) have done well for me. But I feel that my rank rise could have been so much better with a bit more foresight and luck on my side.

With the League Cup final taking away two Premier League fixtures this weekend, many Fantasy managers may have to rely on their bench or take hits to field 11 starters.

Fortunately for me, Kevin De Bruyne (£10.8m) is the only player that I won’t have available at my disposal. That’s why it doesn’t make sense for me to use the Free Hit chip.

However, one of the main problems that I have with my team is the risk of rotation to my budget defenders. To my dismay, I once again have to address issues with my backline. It’s clear that none of Diego Rico (£4.3m), Brandon Williams (£4.1m) and Japhet Tanganga (£4.1m) are regular starters. I would be surprised if even one of them starts this weekend.

I’ve got £0.2m in the bank and it’s likely I need to make changes here. My options are limited, to say the least. Realistically, depending on who I sell, I can only buy Charlie Taylor (£4.2m), Jamal Lascelles (£4.3m) or Saïss.

I’m tempted to re-buy the Wolves man but I already have Rui Patricio (£5.1m) and don’t necessarily fancy doubling up for an unlikely clean sheet away at Spurs.

In comparison, Taylor has quietly kept three clean sheets in his last four games. Then again, Lascelles has the better run of games among the three of them between now and Gameweek 33.

I’m hoping that the core of my team can carry itself unscathed from Blank Gameweek 28. A small green arrow would be most welcome but I may have to play it ultra-safe to avoid a red one and it may even come down to whether I take a hit or not.

Looking beyond that, I can’t help but consider buying Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) after this weekend. Jamie Vardy (£9.7m) has not scored since Gameweek 18 and looks tailor-made to be sold for the Arsenal man.

But in order to make that move, I would have to consider downsizing one of my midfielders. That will be a tough choice, especially given Anthony Martial (£8.0m) and Richarlison have been scoring goals of late.

I don’t have much room to manoeuvre and it may be a fortunate turn of events if a premium-priced squad player becomes injured or suspended so that I can break the log jam and redistribute funds elsewhere.

Having said that, one of the lessons I’ve learnt the hard way with transfers this season is that if it’s not broken, there’s no need to fix it. So I guess I will have to wait and see.

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313 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Traoré keep or sell ? Thanks

    1. potatoace'scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Sell probably.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Me too . A shame . Been one of my worst transfer this season

        1. potatoace'scott talent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Wish jota was a mid.

    2. Destroyer of teams
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Keep I think

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Not concerned by minutes ?

    3. Men in green tights
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I'm keeping suspect he will start at spurs with his pace and being direct

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Cheers

  2. Liastro ⭐️
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Would you wildcard this mess? 3.8m and 2FTs...

    Henderson* Button
    TAA Lundstram* Soyuncu Rico Kelly
    Salah KDB* Grealish* Traore Dendoncker
    Vardy Jimenez Ings

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Definitely no !

    2. poulteren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      why is it a mess?

      1. paul1964
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        This GW:
        No playing GK.
        Lundstram doesn't play and Kelly and Rico are rotation doubts.
        Grealish and KDB don't play.

        I would save the WC for later, do 2 transfers and hope Rico plays but it won't be a great score for you this GW even if the LIV and LEI players do the damage.

  3. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Anyone tempted by Digne?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Nah

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        If fit?

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Fixtures not good enough imo

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Fair

    2. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I've had him for about 8 gameweeks and now looking to sell. Terrible fixtures. Not enough cleansheets

  4. The VAR Team
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Would you take a hit, or play two out of Rico* Traoré* and Dendoncker?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Reluctantly play 2

        1. The VAR Team
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Cheers, would be reluctantly!

        2. Big Bambora
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Only 2 of them likely to start.

          1. The VAR Team
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Which two?

        3. Mike132
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Mccarthy
          TAA Soyuncu Lascelles Taylor
          Salah Mane Traore
          Ings Greenwood

          Subs: Button Auba KDB Grealish Egan

          1 FT, 0.4m itb

          Would you guys do:

          A) Greenwood -> Long and play with 10
          B) Egan -> Boly

          Cheers

          1. The VAR Team
              1 month, 7 days ago

              B

          2. Gazwaz80
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Over 121,000 peeps have brought Aubameyang in this’s week, words fail 🙂

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Planning ahead is key 😉

              2. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Maybe bringing in ready then free hitting?

                1. potatoace'scott talent
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  If they free hit this week the Aub transfer will be cancelled out.

            • Gazwaz80
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Especially this’s word 🙂

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

                McCarthy
                VVD TAA Lascelles Taylor
                Salah Maddi Martial
                Pukki Ings Vardy(c)

                McGov Holgate Hayden KDB

                0FT 2.2ITB
                Team GTG?

                1. Lavecli
                    1 month, 7 days ago

                    Solid team. Like the Vardy Captain pick

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

                      Cheers

                2. alexh87
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Anything worth a -4 here? 2.8 ITB.

                  McCarthy
                  TAA Robbo Soy Lascelles
                  Rich Perez Salah
                  Vardy Ings Jimi

                  Subs: Button Cantwell Rico KDB

                  Thanks.

                3. Hana
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Any chance of Kelly starting this GW? He is back fit and was on the bench last GW.

                  1. HurriKane
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Absolutely no chance. Ward is first choice RB for palace

                4. Sterling Malory
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Grealish and Auba to Bruno and Vardy?

                  1. Sterling Malory
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 7 days ago

                    Leaves me with

                    McCarthy
                    TAA VVD Dunk Lascelles
                    Salah Traore Bruno
                    Vardy Jimi Ings
                    Henderson Cantwell KDB O'connell

                5. ViperStripes
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Would get in Saiss but only have 4.2m to spend and already have Lascelles and CTaylor.

                6. EmreCan Hustle
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  2FTs. Nothing in the bank.

                  Ryan
                  TAA VvD Sidibe Stephens Rico*
                  Salah Perez Trossard*
                  Ings Vardy
                  -----------------------------------------------------------
                  4.0 Dendoncker Aubameyang KDB

                  Trossard and Rico are not regular starters who they might be the ones to boot. But Sidibe vs a decent United attack?
                  Any ideas?

                  Thanks.

                  1. EmreCan Hustle
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    *so they might