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The Everton and Man City assets I’m considering for the FPL season run-in

One of the world’s best FPL managers, Tom Freeman (aka avfc82), discusses Everton, Manchester City and more in his regular column.


So, as I write this, we’re just two games into Gameweek 32+ and I sit 44,693rd overall in Fantasy Premier League (FPL), having banked 89 points in Gameweek 31+.

It feels like I’m back on track after a sluggish Free Hit in Gameweek 30+, which saw a 30k rank drop.

However, with a Wildcard and Bench Boost in hand, and this week’s captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) still to play, a ninth top 10k finish remains within reach.

Since the restart, I’ve been watching loads of football and individual players, so I thought I’d use this article to talk about two of my top targets, and why I’m looking to bring them in.

Looking ahead, one of the reasons I moved away from my initial plan to Wildcard in Gameweek 33+ and Bench Boost in Gameweek 34+ is that my team looks in pretty good shape right now. It feels like I’d be making changes for changes’ sake, which can be dangerous.

With one free transfer and £0.3m in the bank, here’s how I’m currently set up…

I’m still undecided on transfers but am considering moves for Foden or possibly Jesus.

I’ll likely make a late call on that one once I’ve watched all of this week’s games, along with captaincy.

Thanks for reading… until next time.


Tom Freeman – aka avfc82 – comes onto the team to make most of us feel wildly insecure about our overall rank history. A long-time Fantasy Football Scout user, he has finished inside the top 1,000 a staggering five times since 2009.

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541 Comments Post a Comment
  1. bigdip
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Got 2 FTs (0.0 itb). Any transfer suggestions?

    DDG (Martin)
    TAA/ Saiss/ Lascelles (Kiko,Lundy)
    KDB/ Son/ Mane/ Bruno (Saka)
    Jimenez/ Rashford (c)/ Nketiah

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Lundy got to go, right?
      Aurier or Holgate IN?

  2. G-Whizz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    People sleeping on Holgate?

    1. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      2 of Newcastle, Norwich, Watford & West Ham likely to get more CS than Everton before the end of the season.

      Or am I missing his OOP attacking impetus.

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Cheap, nailed and will definitely outscore any 2 defenders from Norwich, Watford and West Ham from now until the end of season and that's without ANY attacking threat too...

        1. Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          He has great fixtures from GW 36-38. Till then Kabasele could work, in his place

          1. G-Whizz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Not that I need to, but I wouldn't hold any fear from playing him from GW34+

            On my WC (no other chips left) and I'll be bringing him in as my 5th defender in a 4-4-2.

            Cheap, nailed and will do where Digne is too pricey...

            LEI, tot, SOU, wol, AVL, shu and BOU

    2. Ian & Zen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yes, just sitting on my bench waiting for better fixtures

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        LEI, tot, SOU, wol, AVL, shu and BOU

  3. unitednations
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Ideas on how to best use of 2fts here with 0.2m itb. Sarr is the main issue but tricky price point and would need to downgrade someone to do Sarr > one of Pulisic/Mahrez/Son

    DDG
    Taa Doherty Aurier -- Holgate Kiko
    Salah Kdb Sarr Bruno -- Guendouzi
    Dcl Rashford Jimmy

    A: Sarr >> Mount...will need to raise 0.5m to get Pulisic
    B: Sarr + Kiko >> Alonso + Cantwell and play 433 but with quite a few mid options (mahrez/son/pulisic/martial)..feel i might be messing team balance
    C: Drop Salah and spread funds ie. Salah/Sarr >> Son/Mahrez
    D: Bruno/Sarr/Ddg >> Martial/Pulisic/Pope (-4)

    1. Soto Ayam
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      A

  4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Those with Triple Captain still left - are we all on rotation watch?

    Any of the following would be decent punts, if we could just get a start locked in

    Salah GW33 AVL
    KDB GW34 NEW
    Salah GW35 BUR
    KDB GW36 BOU
    KDB GW38 NOR

    A benching in any of the games directly before the aboves could/should indicate a start in next game?

    And vice-versa, if Mo were to get 90 vs City on Thurs for example, it could be too risky to TC vs Villa...

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Not on KdB, Pep rotation will frustrate you.
      Salah vs AVL is perfect imo, Salah will want to go for golden boot and no pressure.. so might just be!

    2. Nedvěd11
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Was planning on Auba TC this round, but forget the deadline 😛
      Thinking Salah or Trent vs Villa...

    3. Lindelol
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Facing the same problem. It seems I'd be lucky to get it right

    4. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      37 Utd vd Whu also on the rotation watch

    5. Jafalad
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Good post. I am definitely looking at Salah for the Villa game.

      1. Christina.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        where are you ranked these days?

        1. Jafalad
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          200k. Coming with the usual late late run.

          1. Christina.
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            you go girl!

            1. Jafalad
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Ha. What's your rank Big Man?

              1. Christina.
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                9912

                Pope/Martial killed me the last 2 weeks

  5. Moose™
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Thoughts? 2FT here..

    Martinez

    TAA Doherty Lascelles

    Mane KdB Bruno Richarlison

    Vardy Jimmy DCL

    3.9 Taylor Guendouzi 3.9

    2FT & 0ITB

    Thanks..

    Mane Vardy >> Salah Rashy?

    1. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Whilst I do prefer Salah over Mane just Vardy to Rashy and roll a FT might be prudent?

      1. Moose™
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Salah© vs Aston Villa looks good imo

        1. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I can understand that and he's likely to be my captain then also.

          1. rokonto
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Will he play tho?

        2. rokonto
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Will he play tho?

    2. Skloppy Kops
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      go for it.

    3. Whiskerz
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      How much value tied up in mane?

  6. fish&chips
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Score predictions for tonight? Getting worried with only Rashford on show.

    1. Nedvěd11
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      1-2

    2. Whiskerz
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      0-1 Bruno pen

    3. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      0-3

    4. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      1-4

    5. Annie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      1-0

    6. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      0-1. Bruno

  7. rokonto
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Next gameweek
    A. Sterling in my team and Ayew on the bench
    B. Salah in my team and Connolly on the bench.
    ???

    1. Soto Ayam
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      A

  8. Wally banter
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Thoughts on the team below

    Dubravka
    TAA Doh Lascelles Aurier
    Kdb Mane Fernandes Son
    Jiminez Rashford

    Bench :: Saka, Nketiah, Ngakia
    1Ft 2.4itb

    Son and Doh out for macguire/saiss and Salah for -4 is on my thoughts.

  9. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    How to set the account display picture, anyone?

    1. RubeRx
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      gravatar.com using the same email as your FFS account

  10. RubeRx
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Can we get more of these articles? Fantastic research Tom

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Thanks mate, nice one.

  11. Miguel Sanchez
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    I hate the thought of having to use one of my final 6 transfers on a GK switch but think Pope has to be brought in. Have Krul and McCarthy atm.

    1. AC Yew
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Still got Leno and i never seem to have a spare transfer to spend on the move!

  12. AC Yew
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Hey guys.
    Is the following midfield too weak?
    Salah KDB Foden Saka Bruno.

    Moves ive made are Sterling -> Salah Grealish -> Foden

    1. Planet_Marss
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      weak. you probably have a lot of money in def. move some funds and upgrade saka. too many good midfielders rn.

    2. AC Yew
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yeah the fear of not owning Pool attack for next week is messing with my reasoning.
      Gor TAA Doherty Stevens Egan Taylor. First two are not moving from my team this season. Could possibly downgrade Stevens. Not sure who i would upgrade Saka too though

      1. Planet_Marss
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        itb?

        1. Planet_Marss
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          and att?

          1. AC Yew
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Current team is:
            Henderson
            TAA Doherty Taylor
            KDB Sterling Bruno Saka
            Nketiah Jimenez Rashford

            Leno Stevens Grealish Egan
            O ITB 1 FT

  13. Planet_Marss
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    question. people saying using benchboost rn is too risky because of rotation. but due to 5 subs all players get a chance to play so most teams end up with 1 or 2 one pointers in their teams. so wouldnt playing bench boost give you an advantage anyways if your bench is suitable for the game week? youll get the 1 pointers that everyone gets but you'll also get points off the bench which other people are unlikely to get cos of regular cameos.. just a thought

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      You don’t get any points if you don’t play it 😉

  14. Silecro
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Any suggestions on how to spend 2FTs (or one) here?

    Patricio
    TAA/Taylor/Aurier
    Salah/KDB/Bruno/Son
    Rashford/Jimenez/DCL

    Martin/Lascelles/Holgate/Guendouzi

    0.1 itb. Cheers!

    1. AC Yew
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Son to Mahrez? Add Wolves defender?

    2. Jafalad
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I have a similar dilemna - no obvious transfer.
      Given their cs record, a double up in D on a WOL defender might be worthwhile.

    3. Planet_Marss
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      i would look to bring in some chelsea assets. defender or pulisic. but for you to really do anything you have to either sacrifice jiminez or son.. other players are just too good/risky to get rid of

  15. AC Yew
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Son to Mahrez? Bring in Wolves defender?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yes and yes

      1. AC Yew
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Sorry this was a reply to someonew team that went wrong lol.

    2. Jafalad
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      No and Yes.

  16. davies
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Bench boost this week?

    Henderson (bur)
    Greenwood (BOU)
    Saiss (ARS)
    Taylor (SHU)

    1. Planet_Marss
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      your ceiling is 12-15 points imo

      1. davies
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        3 CS + a return from Greenwood if he starts is on the cards imo

        Also, I can’t find a better week to use it + want to downgrade Henderson etc and pump all money into my 11 for the run in.

        1. Planet_Marss
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          then do it.. have my bb and cant decide myself.. tough

  17. Lignja
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Burn ft? 2ft p
    0.0m itb

    Pope
    Taa, Doherty, Saiss, Lascales
    Kdb, Salah, Son, Fernandes
    Vardy, Jimenez

    Martin, Holgate, Guendouzi, Connolly

    1. Planet_Marss
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      vardy>rashford if you wanna play it safe
      vardy>jesus if u wanna take on risk

      1. Planet_Marss
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        other option.. son, vardy> kane, mahrez if money works

        1. Planet_Marss
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          or kane martial

    2. Lignja
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Vardy ht incoming 🙂

  18. Planet_Marss
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    i reckon going heavy in def for the rest of the season might be a good option. defenders might be more guaranteed a start by the looks of things. discuss.

    1. Offs!de
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Thinking so and planning my WC accordingly

  19. tibollom
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    1st in my ML (+15pts to no2), but hes got Auba triple captain and ive got rash as captain.. we expecting a few goals from him tonight?

    1. Planet_Marss
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      maybe 1.. risky move by your rival.. likely will be rewarded