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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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  1. Dacra
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    Stupid Ward.

    Stupid me not wanting double Burnley and getting Ward in for Taylor on WC.

    1. Syd.
      • 11 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Stupid game.

    2. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      I sold Ings instead of Jota so I could switch to 352 and get in Pulisic who is now a doubt, captained Jiminez and benched Taylor.

      1. james 101
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        But other than that...?

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 11 hours ago

          Yeah other than that this week is going swell

          1. james 101
            • 8 Years
            12 days, 11 hours ago

            So that’s good mate.

            To be fair, at least your actual team is fun to watch right now

    3. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Ward is a liability for Palace in home games against teams in or around the bottom half. Burnley were happy to let him have the ball as they knew he could not hurt them. Contrast that with the defensive attention PVA got on the other flank.

  2. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    Pope’s a hero

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      With side kick Taylor, not an easy watch!

    2. IRBOX ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      On track for all time GK point scoring record

    3. Trophé Mourinho
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        Popes annoying, I knew he would do this after the horrow show

    4. Bruno Bruno!!
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Any suggestion for my FH 33+ Team:

      Pope
      Lascelles Maguire Justin Taylor
      KDB Mane Mahrez Salah Fernandes
      Rashford

      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        Geez, you must have a great T.V.!

        1. Lindelol
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 10 hours ago

          with week defence and 1 striker its possible

        2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          12 days, 10 hours ago

          Samsung ?

    5. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      DCL and Holgate for me.

    6. james 101
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Do we have any news at all about Ritchie’s injury?

    7. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Got 2 free transfers and no fires to put out

      Seriously considering lacelles --> Taylor

      Damage limitation for every Pope haul. Thoughts?

      1. james 101
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        I have him in my team.

        Not sure if that helps

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        Wait for the GW to end first. I have 2FTs too and waiting for something to come up. Lascelles is definitely a starter for me next GW, so wouldn't be transfering him out.

        1. james 101
          • 8 Years
          12 days, 11 hours ago

          Valid

          I have 2 spare FTs too.

          Holding for now

          Waiting for everything to fall to pieces

    8. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Zaha should take up tabbogoning useless at this kick a bag of wind thing.

    9. Releasebreaks
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Is Erik Pieters nailed ??
      Good price 4.2
      Was he replacing someone tonight ? or came back from injury?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        Played OOP too

      2. Young Lingard
          12 days, 11 hours ago

          Burnley are injury savaged
          He came in out of position for Jay Rodriguez

          Wood and some others are close to returning so unless Charlie Taylor drops out he’s a no pieters
          Duchess Defence barely rotates baring injury

      3. Little Red Lacazette
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        1FT. Auba -> Rashford or Sarr -> Foden?

        Pope
        TAA C.Taylor Boly
        Salah KDB Fernandes Sarr
        Auba DCL Jimi

        Martinez Saka Saiss Cathcart

      4. Fred54
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        Man said Everton. 😀

      5. Maddocio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        Useful lesson here, don't overthink. I thought I was being clever getting Foster instead of Pope, I was wrong

        1. drughi
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 11 hours ago

          think the city burnley 5-0 result swayed many people in the wrong direction

          1. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            12 days, 10 hours ago

            Agreed. However for the last couple of seasons Burnley get nailed against the bigger sides but do the business against the rest regularly. It seems people
            have short memories.

          2. @ocprodigy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            12 days, 10 hours ago

            This was what made me happy. Bought him in straight after and he’s been a saint

          3. POLSKA GOLA
            • 6 Years
            12 days, 10 hours ago

            Thank god for that 5-0 at City. It’s made Pope a slight differential.
            I made a mistake of selling Pope earlier in the season ahead of some tough fixtures and he’s been killing my rank since.
            Had to get him on 31+ WC no matter what

        2. Trophé Mourinho
            12 days, 11 hours ago

            Foster wasnt a bad shout, but sadly Watford have been ass. I was sure Watford would do good tbh, theres still time I guess

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              12 days, 10 hours ago

              So this

        3. drughi
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 11 hours ago

          Crazy to consider doherty>alonso

          1. diesel001
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 11 hours ago

            Not crazy. But I expect Traore to start vs Arsenal and Doherty is a lot better in FPL when Traore and Boly both start.

            1. drughi
              • 10 Years
              12 days, 11 hours ago

              cheers, i really dont want to but a bit behind ml leader and very similar teams so need to change things up

          2. Releasebreaks
            • 2 Years
            12 days, 11 hours ago

            Crazy, keep who keeps delivering

          3. GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            12 days, 11 hours ago

            Why swap them?

            1. drughi
              • 10 Years
              12 days, 11 hours ago

              good question but ml leader have very similar team so need some differentials

          4. Trophé Mourinho
              12 days, 11 hours ago

              There could be a case for downgrading Doherty, it whats I feared. No Doherty attacking returns means you may as well have gone Saiss or Boly. But Doherty is a scary player not to own, Doherty is almost captain material in some fixtures tho.

              1. drughi
                • 10 Years
                12 days, 11 hours ago

                got both saiss and doherty but agree

                1. Trophé Mourinho
                    12 days, 11 hours ago

                    I was going the double, but went Justin instead of Saiss. The yellow situation swung it really, but Saiss through that now I think?

              2. Little Red Lacazette
                • 3 Years
                12 days, 11 hours ago

                Keep Doherty

                1. drughi
                  • 10 Years
                  12 days, 11 hours ago

                  yeah

            • KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              12 days, 11 hours ago

              I had Pope and Ings for nearly the whole of.....last season

              1. diesel001
                • 3 Years
                12 days, 11 hours ago

                Interesting. Who have you have most of this season? I'll keep them in mind for next season. You might just be getting them in a season too early.

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 3 Years
                  12 days, 11 hours ago

                  No I just have terrible judgement/bad luck!

                  This season I’ve had Cantwell, Kane (when not injured), McCarthy, Lascelles plus the usual suspects for most it.

            • diesel001
              • 3 Years
              12 days, 11 hours ago

              Just to counter FPL Virgin.

              Mark's WC not doing great so far. PVA, Sarr and Jimenez all blanked, Pulisic flagged and Fernandes (c) played 120 mins vs Norwich in the FA Cup and is a benching risk.

              But Mark got luck on his side. So expect hauls elsewhere and some cheeky bench points.

              1. Berbs
                • 9 Years
                12 days, 11 hours ago

                The idea he has luck on his side with a rank like that is hilarious tbh.

            • SouthCoastSaint
              • 8 Years
              12 days, 11 hours ago

              I appreciate hes not playing in the most attacking team but is Zaha the most over rated player in the league ?

              1. Big_Andy_GAWA
                • 8 Years
                12 days, 11 hours ago

                Has barely done anything since his move to United. Moyles bought him, didn't he?? Apart from winning a few dubious penalties he's done very, very little...

                1. SouthCoastSaint
                  • 8 Years
                  12 days, 10 hours ago

                  Would be interesting to see him in a good team

              2. Trophé Mourinho
                  12 days, 11 hours ago

                  Zaha is garbage for fantasy I tell you that

                  1. Bobby Digital
                    • 2 Years
                    12 days, 10 hours ago

                    Zaha should've changed clubs ages ago.

                • Young Lingard
                    12 days, 10 hours ago

                    Last season he was winning them penalties
                    I think even now at his best Everton is about the right fit
                    But tbh they are pretty well set up without

                    1. Trophé Mourinho
                        12 days, 10 hours ago

                        He is crazy expensive, Palace selling Zaha means relegation. He is essentially a 60mil player basically and no one is paying that. Similar with Grelaish, altho Grealish is actually good. People dont want to pay 50mil+ for Grealish, but Villa relegated this season so he will go this time probably.

                    2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      12 days, 10 hours ago

                      I’d say Jesse Lingard is!!haha

                      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        12 days, 10 hours ago

                        *most overrated player

                        1. Trophé Mourinho
                            12 days, 10 hours ago

                            I dont think anyone rates Lingard tho lol, maybe immediate family and friends

                    3. Essential
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      12 days, 11 hours ago

                      Want to take a 1-week punt before I WC next week, I got 0.0 ITB.

                      Pope
                      TAA Robbo Doherty
                      Sarr Salah Bruno Martial KDB
                      DCL Jim

                      Martinez Saiss Ayew Ward

                      Sarr -> Mount/H Barnes, anyone see anything better?

                      1. Young Lingard
                          12 days, 10 hours ago

                          I personally believe Watford stay up
                          And they have nice fixtures
                          That said if you think sarr is done
                          In terms of random punts
                          FODEN
                          Mount
                          Henderson (captain assist )
                          Traore starting versus arsenal ?

                        • Whiskerz
                          • 6 Years
                          12 days, 10 hours ago

                          Sarr to Forden or
                          DCL to Origi

                      2. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
                        • 2 Years
                        12 days, 11 hours ago

                        I knew I saw a lot of Leicester muppets lording it on Bournemouth beach.

                        Bloody disgraceful.!

                        1. Don Kloppeone
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          12 days, 11 hours ago

                          Hope you were wearing that mask in your grav when you were down there watching them lord it up 😉

                        2. g40steve
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          12 days, 10 hours ago

                          I live not far away, not surprising.
                          Highest amount of cases in UK & rising where as everywhere else going down or flat.
                          Local company has 28 positives

                      3. Don Kloppeone
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        12 days, 11 hours ago

                        Excellent article again, Tom, thanks!

                        Foden is definitely tempting me but it would probably mean downgrading one of DCL, Rashford or Son and then using the cash to upgrade Guendo to Foden and bring in another attacking defender (AWB/ Aurier etc). Still undecided!

                        1. avfc82
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          • 10 Years
                          11 days, 21 hours ago

                          Thanks mate, nice one.

                      4. Big_Andy_GAWA
                        • 8 Years
                        12 days, 11 hours ago

                        Finally some good results from 'keepers this season for me. Had Foster and his 2/3 pointers most of last season and Mat Ryan and his 2/3 pointers up until lockdown this season. Didn't have Henderson or anyone, so by my reckoning I am deserved of good points tallies from my GK now... 🙂

                      5. Young Lingard
                          12 days, 11 hours ago

                          X2 transfers
                          Traore and Auba >> Salah and DCL (rebuking salah and dcl fixtures)
                          Or
                          Saka and Auba >> Mahrez and Jesus (Rashford for a Utd triple)

                          Forward line of ings auba and Jimi
                          Wanted to sell ings but no options

                          1. Whiskerz
                            • 6 Years
                            12 days, 10 hours ago

                            like option 2. Or if you really want to move ings you could punt on origi.

                        • Releasebreaks
                          • 2 Years
                          12 days, 11 hours ago

                          Anybody considering Digne from gw 34+? Or Holgate should be fine?

                          1. Big_Andy_GAWA
                            • 8 Years
                            12 days, 11 hours ago

                            Digne is a decent punt...higher ceiling for points and is fairly exciting to own!

                          2. SouthCoastSaint
                            • 8 Years
                            12 days, 10 hours ago

                            May be an option if there’s some benchings for Trent

                            1. SouthCoastSaint
                              • 8 Years
                              12 days, 10 hours ago

                              He’s also posted some great stats, I however had him for all his own goals/ red cards he seems to pick up!

                              1. Trophé Mourinho
                                  12 days, 10 hours ago

                                  Digne and Aurier lol, what a combo

                            2. Trophé Mourinho
                                12 days, 10 hours ago

                                IDK Digne can be good, but Everton feel too unpredicatble to me. I dont like ever having an Eve defender you never know what you will get. He is a punt imo, think theres better/safer options

                            3. fcsaltyballs
                              • 4 Years
                              12 days, 11 hours ago

                              % chance Fernandes plays v bha

                              1. Essential
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                12 days, 11 hours ago

                                80%

                              2. SouthCoastSaint
                                • 8 Years
                                12 days, 10 hours ago

                                Plays 100%

                                Starts 0%

                                Pogba will play

                            4. SouthCoastSaint
                              • 8 Years
                              12 days, 10 hours ago

                              Anyone know what to do with Sarr? I don’t have to play him next week and Norwich and Newcastle are mighty tempting to keep him given he looks the only player who will do anything for Watford.

                              I already have foden and don’t have any cash to upgrade, bit of a headache price bracket

                              1. baps sniffer
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                12 days, 10 hours ago

                                Upgrade or downgrade. That midfield price bracket is useless atm.

                            5. Bobby
                              • 10 Years
                              12 days, 10 hours ago

                              Ok I've come up with a plan to keep me sane for three next six weeks. I need to just stick my armband one player for the rest of the season and forget about it. Whose the best player for that responsibility?

                              1. Berbs
                                • 9 Years
                                12 days, 10 hours ago

                                Pope

                              2. SouthCoastSaint
                                • 8 Years
                                12 days, 10 hours ago

                                Rashford/ martial

                            6. Bobby
                              • 10 Years
                              12 days, 10 hours ago

                              *the

                            7. jdp219
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              12 days, 10 hours ago

                              Rapid fire either/or questions...

                              Martial -or- Mahrez -or- Son?

                              AWB -or- Maguire?

                              Mount -or- Sarr?

                              Rashford -or- Martial? (if you had to choose just one)

                              1. g40steve
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                12 days, 10 hours ago

                                MM
                                None
                                None
                                Both

                                1. baps sniffer
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  12 days, 10 hours ago

                                  Correct

                                2. jdp219
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  12 days, 10 hours ago

                                  I'll allow this answer.

                                3. jdp219
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  12 days, 10 hours ago

                                  What if I narrowed it to:

                                  Martial -or- Mahrez?

                                4. Releasebreaks
                                  • 2 Years
                                  12 days, 10 hours ago

                                  Will Mahrez keep playing? i suspect big roulette from now on

                                  1. Vazza
                                      12 days, 10 hours ago

                                      Mahrez would be so annoying when he comes on part way through the game for a one pointer.

                                5. ManUnitedComeBack
                                  • 3 Years
                                  12 days, 10 hours ago

                                  Mahrez
                                  AWB
                                  Mount
                                  Martial

                              2. Boss Hogg
                                • 10 Years
                                12 days, 10 hours ago

                                Leicester v Palace won’t happen next week.

                                1. Berbs
                                  • 9 Years
                                  12 days, 10 hours ago

                                  Neutral venue in worst case scenario.

                                  This local lockdown will probably become more widespread given the amount of people at beaches, partying etc.

                                  PL and clubs will do everything they can to get it complete asap, there's no way they're repaying £££

                                  1. baps sniffer
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    12 days, 10 hours ago

                                    Or delay and dgw later?

                                    1. Berbs
                                      • 9 Years
                                      12 days, 10 hours ago

                                      Really, really doubt that

                                      1. baps sniffer
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        12 days, 10 hours ago

                                        Tbh, so do I. But it still is a possibility, even though not likely one.

                                2. Trophé Mourinho
                                    12 days, 10 hours ago

                                    whys that? Whats happening?

                                  • Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
                                    • 2 Years
                                    12 days, 10 hours ago

                                    I don t think I could stand not seeing Palace play again.

                                    I may have to beat myself around the head with a wet rusty chain to alleviate my misery.

                                  • Boss Hogg
                                    • 10 Years
                                    12 days, 10 hours ago

                                    Not sure how playing a football match can be deemed to justify ‘essential travel.’

                                    Could be at a neutral venue I suppose (Ricoh Arena maybe?) but it’s surely not happening in Leicester:

                                3. Sun Jihai
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 8 Years
                                  12 days, 10 hours ago

                                  Pope 145
                                  Schmeichel 136
                                  Henderson 135
                                  Patricio 134
                                  Dubravka 126
                                  Guaita 125
                                  Foster 118

                                  ...

                                  de Gea 111
                                  Alison 105
                                  Ederson 96
                                  Kepa 74

                                  Premium GKs the biggest con out there!

                                  1. baps sniffer
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    12 days, 10 hours ago

                                    Yep. I also already regret getting Patricio instead of Pope on WC, but tbh didn't trust Burnley after their 5 goal loss and contract issues. Hindsight is easy 🙁

                                  2. jdp219
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    12 days, 10 hours ago

                                    You haven't heard of our president, have you?

                                    Or did you mean just in FPL? 😉

                                  3. _Ninja_
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    12 days, 10 hours ago

                                    Allisons been injured or would be up near pope but yeah no real value in premium keepers due to save points. Same every year.

                                  4. Berbs
                                    • 9 Years
                                    12 days, 10 hours ago

                                    Alisson PPM is 4.8 - would be top scoring GK if not for injuries.

                                    But I get your point and agree. The poorer teams often face more shots (= more save points) and when they keep CS, the GKs do better with BPs cos their defenders usually hoof the ball and don't pick up passing stats etc as well as they should.

                                4. PascalCygan
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  12 days, 10 hours ago

                                  *must not drive myself mad with hindsight about decisions*

                                  Infuriating game!

                                5. Dacra
                                  • 5 Years
                                  12 days, 10 hours ago

                                  27, predicted rank I think an all time high of 1412, with 10 to go on bench boost this week.

                                  Could be worse. 😀