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The best premium midfielders ahead of the FPL restart

Fantasy Premier League managers have some tough decisions to make about the premium midfielders on offer ahead of Project Restart.

While some boast excellent Double Gameweek 30+ appeal without much to like about their subsequent fixtures, others can offer excellent runs beyond a less exciting matches in the short-term.

Meanwhile, a lot of the decision making process on these expensive midfielders may come down to which chips Fantasy managers have left.

So to help you identify which of these assets work best for your squad, we have gone through each one to highlight the pros and cons.

That’s a total of 15 players that start off as cheap as Bernardo Silva (£7.7m) and end up as expensive as FPL king Mohamed Salah (£12.7m).

KEVIN DE BRUYNE

  • Price: £10.6m
  • Ownership: 46.8%
  • Next four Gameweeks: ARS + BUR | che | LIV | sou

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) remains the most popular asset in FPL, still sat in 46.8% of squads ahead of Double Gameweek 30+.

That number could even increase in light of Manchester City’s appealing pair of fixtures over the next few days.

Before we even get onto what De Bruyne is capable of, we have to draw attention to the main element of his appeal for a Double Gameweek: reliability of starts.

Across the whole of 2019/20, the only Manchester City to register more pitch-time than the Belgian is Ederson (£6.0m). De Bruyne has played 2,148 minutes of football this season, just 23 minutes fewer than the goalkeeper. That’s about as nailed-on as it can get, especially in comparison to some of the other City midfielders, who we will mention shortly.

But on top of that important role to the team, De Bruyne remains top of the Premier League charts for assists this season, recording a total of 18 for his colleagues.

Furthermore, the Belgian has had his shooting boots in 2019/20, registering more goal attempts than any other Manchester City player in the first 29 Gameweeks, Sergio Aguero (£11.8m) the only Citizen to manage more on target too, even if just under half of them were outside the box.

Either way, as a result of his busy shooting, De Bruyne has already matched his previous best goal-tally in a Premier League season this year (eight), with 10 matches left to go.

While Manchester City have two tough fixtures in Gameweeks 31+ and 32+ (Chelsea and Liverpool), their run of games beyond that are appealing too.

They travel to Southampton, Brighton and Watford between Gameweeks 33+ and 38+ while Newcastle, Bournemouth and Norwich are all due to come to the Etihad Stadium.

With all of that in mind, De Bruyne is likely to be almost unanimously owned by active managers for Double Gameweek 30+. Those with Wildcards left at their disposal won’t be put off by the Chelsea and Liverpool matches while those without will need him for the excellent run of games beyond that.

NICOLAS PÉPÉ

  • Price: £9.3m
  • Ownership: 4.9%
  • Next four Gameweeks: mci + bha | sou | NOR | wol

While a number of the premium options under consideration for Double Gameweek 30+ struggle to offer appealing fixtures immediately afterwards, Arsenal are a different story.

In the wake of facing Manchester City and Brighton in the same round, the Gunners go on to clash with the somewhat questionable defences of Southampton and Norwich.

That is, of course, great news for Nicolas Pépé (£9.3m), who came into some decent form just before coronavirus paused the Premier League season for three months.

Since Mikel Arteta took over, the Ivorian international was best among Arsenal players for assists (three) and created chances with a greater frequency than colleague Mesut Özil (£7.3m). During this period, Pépé registered a key pass every 39 minutes to the German’s one every 41.

The quality of Pépé’s work in this area was also greater than Özil’s, the former Lille man top for big chances created in Arteta’s short reign so far.

Pépé typically fared better at home, especially after Arsenal changed manager, with all his attacking returns after Gameweek 16 coming at the Emirates Stadium (two goals and three assists).

However, that particular restriction could potentially count for less now that the Premier League season will be concluded behind closed doors. Pépé is a player of undoubted technical ability but it is no secret that he struggled to settle into life at Arsenal initially, perhaps on account of the pressure. He could be exactly the sort of player to benefit in a world without fans.

The main question will, of course, be whether or not Fantasy managers can trust Pépé to start or play a significant role in both of the Double Gameweek matches, especially with many possessing the relevant chips to treat this bumper round of action like a daily Fantasy game.

There are just over 66 hours between Arsenal’s trip to the Etihad Stadium and their visit to Brighton, a particularly tight turnaround for a squad that went three months without being able to train together and has not played a competitive fixture since March.

That worry is always going to be a concern for Fantasy managers ahead of Double Gameweek 30+ and all we can do is recount what we know of life before coronavirus.

And what we saw of Pépé in February and March was an increasingly important role in the Arsenal team. He started seven of the Gunners’ last eight league matches before lockdown.

The 572 minutes he recorded in this period was more than any other option capable of playing on the flanks of Arsenal’s 4-2-3-1 system, namely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.1m), Bukayo Saka (£4.7m), Reiss Nelson (£5.3m) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.5m).

BRUNO FERNANDES

Fernandes the key target for FPL managers using free transfers in Gameweek 31
  • Price: £8.6m
  • Ownership: 17.1%
  • Next four Gameweeks: tot | SHU | bha | BOU

Beyond Double Gameweek 30+ Manchester United’s end of season fixtures are indisputably the best from an attacking perspective.

While their first two of Project Restart may be off-putting on paper, there is every reason to believe the Red Devils’ revitalised attack can still perform well.

Tottenham have been far from watertight under Jose Mourinho, registering the joint-highest expected goals conceded (xGC) score between Gameweeks 21 and 29.

Meanwhile, even if Sheffield United are a team that would normally put Fantasy managers off, do remember that the Blades will go into that encounter without Dean Henderson (£5.3m), as he is ineligible to face his parent club Manchester United. The goalkeeper has arguably been the most influential factor on Sheffield United keeping so many clean sheets this season, so they are likely to be more appealing opposition for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attackers without him.

Investment in this attack from Double Gameweek 30+ seems like an absolute must for anyone going into Project Restart without a second Wildcard with at least one, maybe two worth considering in light of the fixtures.

Bruno Fernandes (£8.6m) proved to be the most important attacking asset for Manchester United in the lead-up to coronavirus.

Between his debut in Gameweek 25 and Gameweek 29, the Red Devils scored eight goals, with Fernandes involved in five of them, more than any colleague.

Crucial to the Portuguese international’s appeal is his ability to score goals and create them. In the period discussed, he produced more shots than any other Manchester United player, dominated set pieces, created the highest number of chances and could be on penalties long-term. Everything you want from a premium midfielder.

It is worth pointing out that Anthony Martial (£8.0m) has a much higher chance of penalty box activity than Fernandes, whose only effort there came from the spot in the Gameweek 27 win over Watford.

But Martial’s appeal does seem largely connected with goal threat rather than creativity, perhaps why in the period mentioned above, he was only involved in three of United’s eight strikes. By no means a bad record, just not the same level of output as Fernandes. That said, the two could make an effective attacking double-up for Manchester United’s appealing run-in. Marcus Rashford (£8.8m) may also be in the conversation, as the third-most-signed player by Double Gameweek 30+ unlimited transfers, but he remains more expensive than both Fernandes and Martial with potentially less involvement in penalties moving forward and fewer points on offer for his goals.

In this bracket, we also have to consider Paul Pogba (£8.3m) who, theoretically, is fit and available to play for Manchester United when the Premier League returns. That said, it will almost certainly be a gamble to opt for the Frenchman over Fernandes or Martial. He could be asked to play a deeper role now that the Portuguese international has locked down the number 10 role and across the whole season, Pogba has just two attacking returns so far.

SON HEUNG-MIN

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  • Price: £9.7m
  • Ownership: 4.9%
  • Next four Gameweeks: MUN | WHU | shu | EVE

Son Heung-min (£9.7m) is Spurs’ leading FPL points-scorer this season despite having seen red twice, missed a penalty and spent eight matches on the sidelines.

The South Korean is sure to be a nailed-on prospect for the remainder of the season having started all 11 matches he was available for under Jose Mourinho. He is unlikely to play up-front with Harry Kane (£10.8m) back from injury so a wide berth is likely, but that need not count against him.

18 goal involvements in 21 appearances this season, is a fantastic rate of return and it appears that Son is unlikely to be affected by the lack of fans moving forward either. In 2019/20, 10 of his goals/assists were recorded at home while eight came on the road.

As a result, he has averaged 5.8 points per game in 2019/20, behind only Fernandes, Salah, De Bruyne and Mané for that statistic among midfielders. 

Furthermore, Mourinho has helped improve Son’s output, the South Korean’s points per game jumping up to 6.5 when only matches since Gameweek 13 were considered, the best of any Spurs asset.

Dele Alli (£8.3m) is not far behind in this area, averaging 5.4 points per game since Mourinho took the reins at Spurs, the second-best at the club. However, we know that he will miss the first game of Project Restart as a result of a recent FA disciplinary decision.

But outside of that, Alli is likely to be heavily involved, probably as something between a number 10 and false-nine for Spurs given that Mourinho has generally been a fan. Since the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss took over in north London, Alli has started 16 times from a possible 17, managing 90 minutes on 11 occasions.

An upcoming clash with Manchester United is unlikely to tempt too many managers to consider the Spurs attack for Double Gameweek 30+ but Mourinho’s charges may well come under strong consideration beyond that. From Gameweek 31+ onwards, Spurs rank fourth for attacking potential on the Season Ticker.

ALSO CONSIDER

Klopp stuns FPL world by benching Mané and Alexander-Arnold

Going into Double Gameweek 30+, no midfielder has been sold more times than Salah, losing over 100,000 owners as of Friday afternoon.

Lack of interest in the Egyptian, and his colleague Sadio Mané (£12.5m), is certainly understandable considering Liverpool’s upcoming fixtures, and the fact that he missed a recent friendly win over Blackburn with a reported minor injury concern.

When Manchester City and Arsenal’s premium assets have two fixtures in the next week or so, there is unlikely to be much left in our budgets for Salah and Mané.

Then when we consider that Gameweek 32+ presents a challenging trip to Manchester City, the Liverpool assets look much more appealing from Gameweek 33+ onwards when they host the Premier League’s worst defence: Aston Villa.

We should be aware of the fact that Salah and Mané did head into lockdown in encouraging enough form. Between Gameweeks 21 and 29, the Egyptian was involved in more goals than any other Premier League player (seven his own, two assists). Meanwhile, Mané scored in three of the four matches he played in following his return from injury in Gameweek 26 onwards.

Another problematic dilemma facing Fantasy managers is the options in the Manchester City midfield alternative to De Bruyne.

There are now four different players Pep Guardiola can choose from to staff the wide berths of his front-three, namely (in price order) Raheem Sterling (£11.7m), Leroy Sané (£9.3m), Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) and Bernardo.

Sterling is the most fashionable of these, currently in 15.9% of squads. Furthermore, he has played more minutes this season than the other three (2,018).

By contrast, Bernardo has managed just 1,492, Mahrez 1,382 while Sané has missed the entire campaign through injury, but is back in the fold now.

However, Sterling’s advantage in this area probably doesn’t exactly guarantee reliable returns once the Premier League resumes. While Sané’s comeback will affect the left flank more than the right, it does mean Sterling will have to compete with Mahrez and Bernardo to play there.

Furthermore, Sterling actually played less often than Mahrez did between Gameweeks 21 and 29, the pair registering 353 and 479 minutes during this period respectively.

The Algerian’s frequency of attacking returns is truly exceptional. Despite six of his midfield colleagues registering more minutes than him this season, De Bruyne (178) is the only one with more points than Mahrez (121).

So each of these Manchester City assets carries at least one issue. Sterling’s season had been below his usual best and his starts cannot be guaranteed, and while Mahrez has largely enjoyed a successful campaign, the same rotation threat applies.

Meanwhile, it remains unclear how often Guardiola will deploy Sané considering his long absence without competitive football and Bernardo does not necessarily look nailed-on either. The workmanlike attacker started just four matches between Gameweeks 21 and 29.

Richarlison (£8.3m) is perhaps a forgotten asset for many Fantasy managers with much of the clamour for Double Gameweek 30+ on players with more than one fixture, while Everton host Liverpool.

However, the Toffees do have some favourable fixtures of their own beyond that, not least the trip to Norwich in Gameweek 31+, a visit to a leaky Spurs in Gameweek 33+, while Aston Villa and Bournemouth are the last two teams to come to Goodison Park this season.

All of that bodes well for Richarlison, who found serious form since Carlo Ancelotti arrived at Everton. He produced six attacking returns between Gameweeks 19 and 29, also registering the division’s second-highest total for big chances created. That is an exceptionally powerful statistic when we consider how ruthless Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.5m) became during this period, extending Richarlison’s appeal from purely goal threat to both that and creativity in equal measure.

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858 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Double game week fever! My bench boost team let me know what you think 🙂
    Henderson - Reina
    Lundstram - Basham - Targett - Lascelles - Tanganga
    Sterling - KDB - Pépé - Saka - Grealish
    Auba - (K)un - Jota

    In theory that’s 29 fixtures if you included Lun captain as 4 xD
    Any glaring issues? Will wildcard the following week

    1. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      5/10

      - Lundstrum wont start 2 matches- prefer O'Connell

      - Tanganga unlikely to start ir get cs was united

      - Double villa defence mehh. (1cs in last 15 gws. Highly unlikely to get one this dgw as well

      - Saka likely to get rotated. Pepe as well with only 2 days between both matches

      1. HurriKane
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        And Sterling unlikely to start both matches. In awful form as well with 14 blanks in lasr 18 gws.

        (Sterling mahrez sane bilva all competing for two spots). Sterling hasnt done enough to be nailed on this season

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Ty

      2. GuenDoozy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Perfect time for raz to return to form. Fantastic option to own and also captain

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Lol will take a brave man to captain sterling

          1. GuenDoozy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 25 days ago

            I am going for it

            1. GuenDoozy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 25 days ago

              Sane will be eased in and mahrez, bilva are more right sided. Trust him to start both games more than kun with jesus around

            2. Trophé Mourinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 25 days ago

              His been to trolling this season for me, his inclusion in my squad is good enuf 🙂 I trust Kun

              1. GuenDoozy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 25 days ago

                Trolling you in the pre covid era you mean..different times now

              2. GuenDoozy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 25 days ago

                but GL!

                1. Trophé Mourinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  8 months, 25 days ago

                  Ty u to

  2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    I really like Nketiah as a punt

  3. Differential (c)
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Would you say Pulisic is worth the money over Harvey Barnes? I really like both, cant quite pick between them.

    1. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 25 days ago

      no because Barnes is more nailed

      1. Differential (c)
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Cheers, figured as much.

  4. yer old da
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Would you FH or BB this squad with WC still in hand? Genuinely one of the toughest decisions I think I’ve ever had to make.

    McCarthy, Martin
    TAA, VVD, Boly, Taylor, Lascelles
    Salah, KDB, Fernandes, Grealish, Saka
    Vardy, Jimenez, Ings

    BB and, sure, you get the extra points for a maximum of 2 DGW players, plus the remaining bench, but it does mean losing 0.2 or 0.3 from the likes of TAA/Salah/Fernandes etc as I’d want all 3 back. Worth it for at least a 0.5 hit in the budget? Not so sure. Plus you’d have to spread the value more throughout the squad, meaning Mahrez instead of Sterling, or Özil instead of Pépe.

    Leaning towards FH. Get that team back in GW32+ without losing any value. Means a much stronger XI also as you can fill the bench with dross. Big downside is then not having the FH to use in GW38 which would be great and much more fun.

    Thoughts? Cheers.

    1. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Same situation and gone FH

    2. Ian & Zen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      FH or BB that is the question
      You team is similar to mine - I’d BB
      You can only have max 12 DGW players so your other 3 can be TAA, Salah & Fernandez

      1. Ian & Zen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Fernandes (oops)
        Many SGW will score same/more than villa & Arsenal players so wouldn’t worry about getting too bother about filling your team with DGW players
        Plus just think about the FH option later when teams have nothing to play for & are rotating like crazy - you wouldn’t be able to pick 15 sure starters

  5. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Cantwell or saka?

  6. Differential (c)
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Do the SHU wingbacks have any backups? Don't seem to have much competition.

    1. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 25 days ago

      i think they are both safe bets. Lund is the backup utility man there

  7. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    All chips intact. Could swing this with unlimited FTs and save my BB. Then WC in gw30. Yea or nay?

    Hendo
    Targett, O'Connell, Trent
    Sterling, KDB, Grealish, McGinn, Fleck
    Auba, Aguero
    (Button; Ayew, Saiss, Kelly)

    Or I could FH to above and get Salah back instead of WC to get him back...?

    1. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 25 days ago

      i think they are both safe bets. Lund is the backup utility man there

    2. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 25 days ago

      reply fail to post above. But in your case i would FH 🙂

      1. GuenDoozy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Actually no, i would BB and then WC in 31. Why do you wanna save all your chips and what for? We are close to the end

        1. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          I don't suppose I have a reason, really. Last year worked well waiting even closer to the end, so holding out hope it would/could work again.

          1. GuenDoozy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Id just use it, its the only DGW

  8. GuenDoozy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 25 days ago

    On FH:
    A) Ozil, Targett, hendo
    B) Samatta, Lundstram, Leno

    1. Differential (c)
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      A, but don't like both. B is just looking bad. Don't have faith in Villa attack, Lundy could be interchanged with Berge so might not play both games, and Arsenal's defense looked all over the place vs Brentford, I've been out off Leno myself.

      1. GuenDoozy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Cheers. With A, the team would look like this:
        Hendo
        Targett Stevens Baldock
        Sterling KDB Pepe Ozil Grealish
        Auba Kun
        Around 1m itb.

        Keen to hear your thoughts on this

        1. Differential (c)
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Triple SHU looks viable for the DGW, not too bad going forward.
          I assume this is an FH (only for this week). Looks good if all DGW players perform.
          Personally feel a few SGW teams could outperform the DGW players. like say, Wolves, Chelsea, Etc.

          1. GuenDoozy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Yeah its FH, with a team full of DGW players you maximise your probability of getting hauls/CS's. With SGW players its more of a lottery on FH for just 1 game.

          2. GuenDoozy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 25 days ago

            but who would you get/what would you change?

            1. Differential (c)
              • 5 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              One of Pepe/Ozil. One is enough imo. If I were to choose I'd go Pepe. Ozil maybe switch out for Leicester / Chelsea mid.
              Not a fan of Targett or Villa defence in general, can't ya stretch to at least Saiss? Although if you are going for a Villa defender, Targett is your best shot, he loves a cross.

              1. GuenDoozy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 25 days ago

                Yeah i can stretch to anyone upto 5.4 for Targett but the 2 home games convinced me. Interesting to see how much home games will matter without crowds though

        2. Werkself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          That's my team exactly. 0 itb with 3x3.9 and 1x4.2 on the bench. Leaves me with a very good team coming back next week.

          1. GuenDoozy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 25 days ago

            nice! We need a couple of goalfests from arsenal. Whos your captain?

            1. Werkself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              No idea. 🙂

              1. Werkself
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                8 months, 25 days ago

                Probably Kun.

                1. GuenDoozy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  8 months, 25 days ago

                  Currently on Raz but thats not final yet hahah

  9. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    3rd City place, Sterling or Laporte?
    Ta.

    1. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Sterling or Ederson.

    2. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 25 days ago

      raz

  10. Lav
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Am I crazy for avoiding Arsenal? I have done this all year and I am in a really good spot.

    TAA, KDB, Mane, Kun are nailed so far in my side.

    1. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 25 days ago

      If its a FH or BB with WC i would get them in, if not, i wouldnt bother

      1. Lav
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        I still have all three of those chips. So I am thinking of potentially using BB now. Set team up for 2 GWs maybe 3, assess form then use WC. FH last GW.

        1. GuenDoozy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Still think BB for 30 and WC31 is the best option.

          1. Lav
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Agree on BB, but WC I think might be a big advantage if you can hold if an extra week or two. Can reallY make a difference when looking at form of players, since we are unsure what will happen.

            1. GuenDoozy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 25 days ago

              fair, good strategy and can give you the edge. On BB id just get one of Auba and Pepe in that case

  11. Differential (c)
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    James Justin gang here? Ricardo out injured, Brendan likes his fullbacks to raid forward. Only 4.7m for a possible CL place full back. Scored a goal for Leicester in the cup too.

    1. Lav
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Great differential.

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Fuchs won't play?

      1. GuenDoozy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Unlikely. Dont think i remember fuchs ever playing on the right.

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Cool, then go for it.

      2. Differential (c)
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Fuchs is a LB, no? Justin is versatile, so he can slot into that RB well enough.

  12. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Cantwell or saka??

    1. Differential (c)
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Cantwell, but only just.

  13. Lucky Z
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Reina
    Baldock | Lundstram | Egan
    KDB | Sterling | Ozil | Grealish
    Auba | Aguero | Laca

    Guys, thoughts on this FH team? Went for Laca/Ozil over Pepe. Also can have Henderson for Reina, but difficult to find decent defender not from SHE.

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Change Egan to Targett and Reina to Henderson?

      1. Lucky Z
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Can do this with Baldock

  14. Wardinator
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Thoughts on this 12DGWers + Bench boost team

    Will Wilcard in 31+

    Leno
    Egan. Basham. Targett.
    Sterling. KDB. Grealish. Fleck. Saka.
    Aguero. Aubameyang.

    (Reina, TAA, Doherty, DCL).

    1. Lav
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Decent, but I think there are some sides with a single gw thay have players who van outscore Villa players.

  15. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Leno + 4.4 defender
    Or
    Reina + 4.9 defender

    1. Wardinator
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Leno & targett

    2. Lav
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Stay away from Villa

      1. Lav
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Defense that is. Some single GW players are better

        1. Dthinger
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Maybe Lascelles?

  16. Lav
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Players in my side so far. BB, FH, WC all available for still.

    Dubravka (3.9)
    TAA Stevens x x x
    Mane KDB x x x
    Aguero Rashford x

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Auto fill will do the job 😉

      1. Lav
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Haha for tonight maybe.

  17. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Ederson or Mahrez for 3rd City spot?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Mahrez

    2. Differential (c)
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Mahrez.

    3. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 25 days ago

      M

    4. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Thanks all

  18. mackan
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Any changes you would make? 0,9 in the bank. Playing bb and have wc left.

    Leno Henderson
    Taa Saiss Stevens Baldock Lascelles
    Kdb Sterling Barnes Grealish Saka
    Auba Aguero Samatta

  19. Phil's Stamps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Bottomed.

    I asked this yesterday but I'd like a second opinion. I'm still seeing lots of WC and BB drafts with Cantwell in them. From the earlier article and looking at the stats Duda is a much better pick at the same price (he's on corners too). Is it just familiarity or value held in Cantwell that is causing people to avoid Duda?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Probably because Cantwell is a proven asset whereas Duda is yet to convert his stats into points.

      1. Lav
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        This. Value as well potentially

    2. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Thanks.

    3. KUN_DE_BRU_YNE
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      I want this Duda stats sincerely,M leaning towards Duda over Cantwell

  20. Bavarian
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Please someone convince me what to do? I like the look of my actual team.
    Play FH or use unlimited transfers with BB???

    1. AFC49
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 25 days ago

      FH

      1. Bavarian
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Thanks mate

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      If you don't want to make too many changes in actual team, go FH. Otherwise UT with BB makes sense.

      Obviously planning for BB later on will be a pain if you don't have a WC.

      1. Bavarian
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        My team is already set for BB later and still have my WC chip too...I believe FH is the way to go...thank you

  21. AFC49
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 25 days ago

    I'm free hitting for GW30+. Any suggested improvements to this team (1.5 in the bank)?

    Henderson
    TAA Stevens Baldock
    KDB Mahrez Mane Grealish Saka
    Aguero Aubameyang

    I also have Nketiah on the bench. Not sure who to play out of Nketiah and Saka.

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Only 9 dgw players. I'd sort that out and pick 11. Only dgw there is so go for it.

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Will there not be any other doubles?

        1. Werkself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          no schedule conflicts anticipated.

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Oh I guess I should bench boost this week then :/

      2. AFC49
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Last time I transferred TAA out for one GW he scored 24 points. Don't want that happening again and I think he will score more points than any Arsenal or Villa defenders.

        Might go with pepe over Mane though

        1. Hot Toddy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Live a little.

  22. Lav
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Going to be a long weekend crafting the side. Ideally want a balanced team thats set for 2-3 GWs so I can assess form before WC. As a result need to focus on the valuable DGW players, and avoid just picking garbage players up because they play twice (Villa defense).

    Going to be interesting to see how it turns out over the weekend. Lots to think on with this criteria. Goodnight! 🙂

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Same. No plans to use WC before GW34.

  23. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Best defender for 4.3m here? Can’t be a villa or shef Utd player. Currently on Lascelles.

    Leno Reina
    Taa Doherty Stevens lund Xxxx

    1. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      It’s gotta be Lascelles. He seems way underpriced

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Cheers

  24. Pieterke30
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    How abt this BB team? No WC left, keeping FH for later

    Hendo Dubravka
    TAA Doherty Egan O’Connell Lascelles
    KDB Mané Bruno Grealish DouglasLuiz
    Aguero Jim Pukki

    Dubravka bc I dont want Reina or Leno and cant afford Ederson. And because he has Villa (H) in 31 when Hendo cant play. Thinking abt Aguero and Grealish out for Son and DCL before 31 (-4).

  25. Klopp it
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    How's this team look going forward?

    Leno
    Taa, Baldock, chilwell
    Kdb, mcginn, Fernandes, mane
    Abumayang, dcl, jimenez

    Bench, button, cantwell, lascelles, kelly

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Not great to be honest.

      1. Klopp it
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Please tell me how u reached that assumption

        1. Hot Toddy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Very few dgw players and I dont like Leno, Baldock, Chilwell, Aubameyang as long term picks for varying reasons. Seems like a lot of teams will have your best players covered and at the same time be stronger in the other positions.

  26. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    For one gw only?

    A. Doherty
    B. David Luiz. Also own Leno

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      A

  27. thepancakeman123
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    I'm not sure what to do because I actually quite like my squad already without any transfers. Does anyone see any changes I need to make?

    Henderson - McGovern
    Arnold - Van Dijk - Soyuncu - Egan - Holgate
    Sterling - De Bruyne - Barnes - Traore - Cantwell
    Vardy - Jimenez - Ings

  28. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    A or B?
    A. Sterling, Reina
    B. Pepe, Ederson

    Cheers.

    1. thepancakeman123
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      A

  29. Floyd69
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    I've read on here that GW 30+ is now going to be the only DGW. Is that so? What about the teams still in the FA Cup?

  30. Freund88
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Best single GW players to also fit in as differentials?

    For me
    - Abraham
    - Traore