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Pro Pundits - Tom

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. ZimZalabim
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 8 hours ago

    If Kane looks good and Son is as wide as he was last game, what do u guys think of

    Dcl and Son to Kane and Foden for a hit ?

    1. yer old da
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      It’s a decent shout, but the problem I have with Kane is he comes with such a substantial opportunity cost. I always evaluate it as Kane + whoever the makeweight is because you have no money left, versus 2 others with less compromise. The 2 others almost always wins the day for me.

      1. yer old da
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        For example you could have Rashford and Pulisic for that cash, which I’d much rather (despite Foden likely getting significant game time). You’ll already have Rashford so not an exact comparison, but you get my drift.

        1. ZimZalabim
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          I get that thought process but I have 3 united already so rash is out and im not seeing any other striker options I like Jesus Im not interested in atm, Ings has bad fixtures, chelsea options are rotating, willian seems the best option but not sure id lose son for him the other option is to go 4 or 5 at the back and just leave jimmy up top and downgrade Dcl to connolly and get azpi or alonso in

          struggling to see what else i can do. Another option is to just hold Dcl and hope he starts getting some returns or maybe swap bruno and him for Rash and a 6 million mid and keep son.

    2. A Fat Spanish Waiter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Kane just isn’t good value for the money, and I definitely wouldn’t take a hit to get him.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        Tell them Rafa, tell them

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 4 hours ago

      If i sell Son, i will go with No Spurs attackers.

  2. Joyce1998
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 8 hours ago

    best combo here
    2 FT 0/0 itb

    A- aub, grealish, kiko, ryan >>> rashford, pulisic, aurier, pope
    or
    B- aub, grealish, kiko, ryan>>> jimmy, martial, saiss, pope

    team is
    ryan
    taa, gomez, soy
    salah, fernandes, kdb, grealish, traore
    aub, ings

    subs- button, greenwood, lund, kiko

  3. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    12 days, 7 hours ago

    Last Man Standing Update (141 teams)

    Current safety score = 15
    Top score = 38
    LMS average = 15.66 (-0.26) = 15.4
    Players played = 3.56/12.03
    Captains played = 52.48%

    7 games + autosubs to go.

    https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

  4. De Gea is GOAT
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 7 hours ago

    Score predictions for the following, Thanks guys

    BOU vs NEW
    EVE vs LEI
    MCI vs LIV

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      1-2
      0-0
      1-2

    2. ZimZalabim
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      1- 2
      1-1
      2-2

    3. A Fat Spanish Waiter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      1-1
      1-0
      3-2

    4. De Gea is GOAT
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      Thanks guys!

    5. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 4 hours ago

      1-1
      2-0
      0-2

    6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      2-1
      1-1
      8-7

  5. Bruno Bruno!!
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 7 hours ago

    Any suggestion for my FH 33+ Team:

    Pope
    Lascelles Maguire Justin Taylor
    KDB Mane Mahrez Salah Fernandes
    Rashford

    All suggestions welcomed

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      It’s a bit risky but all out up front should be the way a FH is played. GL

    2. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      Looks decent. I have a similar fh team in mind, in case I decide to play it this gw.

      Ederson
      Taa vvd alonso aurier
      Salah kdb Bruno Mahrez martial
      Rashford

  6. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 7 hours ago

    Pope
    TAA AWB Saiss
    Salah KDB Fernandes Sarr
    Rashford Jimenez DCL

    Henderson Lascelles Cantwell Lundstram

    2FT, 1.4itb

    If I use my 2FT to do Lundstram Sarr >> Aurier Pulisic (if fit) would BB be worth playing:

    Henderson (bur) Lascelles (WHU) Cantwell (BHA) Aurier (EVE) ?

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Yeah could be decent

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 6 hours ago

        thanks

      2. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 6 hours ago

        i think one reason is to avoid the headache of choosing between Pope and Henderson in BUR v SHU

    2. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      Could work out

  7. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    12 days, 7 hours ago

    No price changes.

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Nioce

    2. A Fat Spanish Waiter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Cheers TM

    3. waldo666
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Cheers TM.

    4. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      YESSS finally! Thanks TM

  8. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 7 hours ago

    Would you double up on Doherty if playing Patrico
    Or go for Lascelles to speed the risk. Maybe I should even consider this and just play Doherty.

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Spread the risk not speed the risk

      1. A Fat Spanish Waiter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 6 hours ago

        I’m confused... Are you thinking of adding a 3rd Wolves defender, or are you debating getting Doherty?

        1. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 5 hours ago

          Sorry about the wording. It’s just who I play. Doherty over Lascelles seems sensible I think.

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      Play Doh over Lascelles always.

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

        This...

  9. JonSnow
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 7 hours ago

    Origi for a one week punt against Villa before i wildcard? Surely pool play their strongest 11 against city and then rotate. Or is that too big of a risk

    1. A Fat Spanish Waiter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      Pretty gutsy. Definitely not my cup of tea.

    2. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 2 hours ago

      a punt on a Liv player i think Mina is more worth it. closer to the first 11 and i´m pretty confident he starts vs Villa.

  10. marzo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 6 hours ago

    On a WC with BB to go.
    Keeping Pope (4.8m) a no brainer?
    Martinez number 2.

    Patricio, Lloris my other considerations.

    1. waldo666
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      Yeah, keep Pope.

    2. Essential
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      Pope for sure

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

      Lloris rotates better with Martinez

  11. The Man Pastore
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 6 hours ago

    Is Richarlison --> Mahrez the obvious transfer to make here? Or should I save FT?

    Patricio Martin
    TAA Doherty Maguire Lascelles Kiko
    KDB Son Bruno Martial Richarlison
    DCL Jiminez Nketiah

    1FT / 0.7ITB

    1. waldo666
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      I'd probably save.

    2. Essential
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      Save IMO

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

      Depends on Mahrez's minutes vs Liverpool

  12. SuperDan
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 6 hours ago

    Pick one:
    A) Jesus, Aurier, Guendouzi (bench)
    B) Pulisic, VVD, Nketiah (bench)

    1. Essential
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      B

    2. marzo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      Probably 1.
      Jesus + Aurier could be very explosive.

      1. SuperDan
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 5 hours ago

        Doesn’t your WC team have the opposite?

  13. NATSTER
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 6 hours ago

    When will Sheffield United have the next press conference please? Just need to get updates on O'Connell.

    1. Essential
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      My guess if Friday

      1. NATSTER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 5 hours ago

        Thank you. I hope there would be more updates before Sheffield Utd playing on Thursday.

        I probably wait and take the price drop then.

  14. marzo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 6 hours ago

    WC Team. Still have BB.
    What do we think about this?
    Thinking bigger at the back and in midfield is better.

    4-5-1.
    Pope, Martinez.
    TAA, Alonso, Aurier, Saiss, Lascelles.
    KDB, Salah, Bruno, Mahrez, Pulisic.
    Rashford, DCL, Nketiah.
    0.0m ITB.

    1. Essential
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      Looks good

    2. Offs!de
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 2 hours ago

      Looks good but no Jimi?

      1. marzo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 2 hours ago

        Yeah. Have to make sacrifices somewhere and the priority is big midfield and defence.

        Rashford-> Jimmy is a possibility down the road but we ll see how things go.

  15. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 6 hours ago

    Any suggestions for this team folks? 2 fts, 0 itb.

    Ddg
    taa doherty aurier
    kdb bruno son richarlison
    vardy rashford jimmy

    martin taylor guendouzi ngakia

    1. Essential
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      Great team

      Something obvious might come up by the end of the GW

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 6 hours ago

        Cheers. Just feel it needs more liv, che and city this gw. Would you fh to this team?

        Ederson
        Taa vvd alonso aurier
        Salah kdb Bruno Mahrez martial
        Rashford

        1. Essential
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 6 hours ago

          Think I would save FH for now, might come handy with injuries etc

          Its a great FH team tho, I must say

          1. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            12 days, 5 hours ago

            Thanks

  16. Essential
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 6 hours ago

    What would you do here?

    Pope
    TAA Robbo Doherty Saiss
    Salah Bruno Martial KDB
    DCL Jim

    Martinez Sarr Ayew Ward`

    1FT 0.0 ITB

    A Save FT
    B Sarr -> Foden bench Saiss(ARS)
    C Something else?

    1. whitepool
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      A.

    2. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 5 hours ago

      Would do B if Foden doesn’t start vs pool.

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

      Bench Sarr, play Saiss

  17. Akshatjazz
    12 days, 5 hours ago

    Any suggestion for my team ahead of GW33+
    1FT available

    Pope, McCarthy
    TAA, Doherty, saiss, lascelles, Stephens
    Kbd, Bruno, martial, Salah, saka
    Auba, Jimenez, nketiah

    a) save a FT
    b) auba > DCL/Ings & saka > Mahrez for (-4)
    c) Stephens > AWB

    1. Steiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 4 hours ago

      D) Aubameyang>Rashford only this week and Saka>Foden next week.

      That’s if you want triple Utd of course, but that’s what I’d do.

      1. Steiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 4 hours ago

        Attack

        1. Akshatjazz
          12 days, 4 hours ago

          Don't you think having all the 3 attackers from utd can overkill your point limits ?? I mean anyone can blank rite ?

          1. Steiger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 4 hours ago

            Sure, there is that risk factor. However, I think it’s a risk worth taking given their easy fixtures.

            1. Akshatjazz
              12 days, 4 hours ago

              Do you think foden can be a good option even though his minutes will be managed comparing the likes of Mahrez , Jesus & sterling ?

              1. Steiger
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                12 days, 4 hours ago

                All them players mentioned will get managed minutes until the end of the season. Foden wants to impress Pep for next season and is worth the gamble over the others, especially at that price.

  18. Jacky boy
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 5 hours ago

    Suggestion?

    2 ft
    0.0 itb

    Patricio
    VVD Boly Saiss
    Salah KDB Martial Bruno
    Jesus Rashford DCL

    4.0 schletto guendouzi 4.0(ngakia) fodder

    Considering bruno + 4.0 def to pulisic + awb

  19. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 5 hours ago

    TC and FH still left. Which one?
    1) TC in gw33: Salah vs. Villa.
    2) FH in gw33: United vs. bou; Leicester vs. cp; Wolves vs. ars; Chelsea v. wat; City @ sot
    3) Neither

  20. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    those with BB left, when you planning on playing it?

    1. Slitherene
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Probably 34

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

        what would your bench be?

        1. Slitherene
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          Martinez Boly Pulisic DC-L, if I start Aurier & Sarr.
          Whichever way you look at it.

    2. Easy Cheesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 2 hours ago

      Maybe gw33. Trying to use it before I WC. Defo spending too much time considering it.

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 1 hour ago

        I’m thinking the same, getting it done and out the way whilst I’ve got a full squad, then can concentrate on having an improved 11... having two playing keepers is taking up funds

  21. Hazardous1983
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    What is better options

    Robbo barnes to mahrez and 4.7 defencer

    Barnes and ings to mahrez and nketiah

  22. SpagBol
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    This is my current team:
    1FT and 0.4M in the bank

    Pope
    TAA Soyuncu Saiss
    Salah KDB Fernandes Martial
    Auba Jiminez Ings

    McGovern | Lascelles D.Luiz Ngakia

    What do you guys reckon I should do for my free transfer, as well as any thoughts on when to play my WC, BB and TC chips?

    Cheers 🙂

  23. Chelsea91
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    Pope
    Taa,Soy,Saiss,Aurier
    Mane,Kdb,Bruno(tc),Son
    Dcl,Ings

    McCarthy Jota,Fleck,egan

    Good to go for GW 33+?

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

    BHA v MUN predicted score ?

    1. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      2-1

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

      0-2

    3. Moeda
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      0-3

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

      1-1

    5. ChelseaBlues223
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      1-3

  25. bigdip
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    RMT:
    DDG (Martin)
    TAA/Saiss/Kiko (Lascelles, LUNDY)
    KDB/Son/Mane/BRUNO(Saka)
    Jimenez/Rashford (c) Nketiah
    (0.0 itb)

    Got 2 FTs
    A) Lundy & KDB-> Aurier & Pulisic
    B) Any other suggestions?

    1. Slitherene
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      7/10

      B

  26. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    on a wildcard for 34...

    a) who to partner Trent + Boly
    Aurier, AWB, Digne

    b) which chelsea mid Willian or Pulisic
    c) is it wise to go with 2 united attackers and no defence

    bus formation is either 3-5-2 or 4-4-2 with Nketiah (Rashford + Jimmy)
    otherwise switching to DCL in front 3 and cheap 5th mid

    TIA

    1. Slitherene
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Fixture wise Aurier
      Depends on the minutes they get between now and then
      Better to triple up

  27. Netters2018
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Downgrade Doherty and swap Kiko for boly and maguire/awb....
    Yay or Nay?

    1. Moeda
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Yes - if you're needing to play Kiko at the moment.

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

      Yes

  28. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Taylor 7 points stuck on the bench. Hoping for some rotation for my team.

    1. ChelseaBlues223
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Me too. Wondering if Bruno or Pulisic will play.

    2. Easy Cheesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 2 hours ago

      Me too. Had him last week. Don’t think you can beat yourself up too much about it.

    3. Easy Cheesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 2 hours ago

      Although i did nearly bb w him saka and lascelles

  29. davies
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    A) Foden Rashford

    B) Martial DCL

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

      A.

    2. B.D.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      B

    3. Moeda
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      A

    4. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 2 hours ago

      B

  30. Odin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Still got TC and FH left, top of my ML. Current team is below. Struggling to decide when to play remaining chips, was originally planning FH on GW 38+ but not sure now. What is the current consensus on chip strategy?

    Pope (Martin)
    Doherty Aurier VVD (Lascelles) (Lundstram)
    Martial Fernandes KDB Son (Guendouzi)
    Vardy Jimenez Rashford

    1. Planet_Marss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 2 hours ago

      35 or 36 fh i reckon