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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. ZimZalabim
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days 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
      1 month, 5 days 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
        1 month, 5 days 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
          1 month, 5 days 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
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days 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
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Tell them Rafa, tell them

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

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

  2. Joyce1998
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days 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
    1 month, 5 days 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
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Score predictions for the following, Thanks guys

    BOU vs NEW
    EVE vs LEI
    MCI vs LIV

    1. Albrightondknight
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      1-2
      0-0
      1-2

    2. ZimZalabim
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      1- 2
      1-1
      2-2

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

      1-1
      1-0
      3-2

    4. De Gea is GOAT
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Thanks guys!

    5. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      1-1
      2-0
      0-2

    6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      2-1
      1-1
      8-7

  5. Bruno Bruno!!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Any suggestion for my FH 33+ Team:

    Pope
    Lascelles Maguire Justin Taylor
    KDB Mane Mahrez Salah Fernandes
    Rashford

    All suggestions welcomed

    1. Albrightondknight
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

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

    2. Disturbed
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days 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
    1 month, 5 days 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
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Yeah could be decent

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        thanks

      2. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

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

    2. Disturbed
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Could work out

  7. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    No price changes.

    1. Albrightondknight
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Nioce

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

      Cheers TM

    3. waldo666
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Cheers TM.

    4. sunnyh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      YESSS finally! Thanks TM

  8. Albrightondknight
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days 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
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Spread the risk not speed the risk

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

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

        1. Albrightondknight
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

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

    2. _Ninja_
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Play Doh over Lascelles always.

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        This...

  9. JonSnow
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days 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
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Pretty gutsy. Definitely not my cup of tea.

    2. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days 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
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days 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
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Yeah, keep Pope.

    2. Essential
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Pope for sure

    3. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Lloris rotates better with Martinez

  11. The Man Pastore
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days 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
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I'd probably save.

    2. Essential
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Save IMO

    3. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Depends on Mahrez's minutes vs Liverpool

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

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

    1. Essential
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      B

    2. marzo
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Probably 1.
      Jesus + Aurier could be very explosive.

      1. SuperDan
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Doesn’t your WC team have the opposite?

  13. NATSTER
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 5 days 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
      1 month, 5 days ago

      My guess if Friday

      1. NATSTER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days 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
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days 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
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Looks good

    2. Offs!de
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Looks good but no Jimi?

      1. marzo
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days 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
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 5 days 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
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Great team

      Something obvious might come up by the end of the GW

      1. Disturbed
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days 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
          1 month, 5 days 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
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Thanks

  16. Essential
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days 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
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      A.

    2. Disturbed
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

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

    3. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Bench Sarr, play Saiss

  17. Akshatjazz
      1 month, 5 days 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
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days 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
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Attack

          1. Akshatjazz
              1 month, 5 days 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
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

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

                1. Akshatjazz
                    1 month, 5 days 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
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 5 days 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.

        2. Jacky boy
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days 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

        3. jdp219
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days 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

        4. fcsaltyballs
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

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

          1. Slitherene
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Probably 34

            1. fcsaltyballs
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              what would your bench be?

              1. Slitherene
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

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

          2. Easy Cheesy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 5 days ago

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

            1. fcsaltyballs
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days 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

        5. Hazardous1983
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          What is better options

          Robbo barnes to mahrez and 4.7 defencer

          Barnes and ings to mahrez and nketiah

        6. SpagBol
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days 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 🙂

        7. Chelsea91
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

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

          McCarthy Jota,Fleck,egan

          Good to go for GW 33+?

        8. fcsaltyballs
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          BHA v MUN predicted score ?

          1. Disturbed
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            2-1

          2. Slitherene
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            0-2

          3. Moeda
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            0-3

          4. GreennRed
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            1-1

          5. ChelseaBlues223
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            1-3

        9. bigdip
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 5 days 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
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            7/10

            B

        10. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days 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
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

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

        11. Netters2018
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

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

          1. Moeda
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

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

          2. Slitherene
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Yes

        12. Disturbed
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

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

          1. ChelseaBlues223
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Me too. Wondering if Bruno or Pulisic will play.

          2. Easy Cheesy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 5 days 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
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Although i did nearly bb w him saka and lascelles

        13. davies
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          A) Foden Rashford

          B) Martial DCL

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

            A.

          2. B.D.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            B

          3. Moeda
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            A

          4. G-Whizz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            B

        14. Odin
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days 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
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            35 or 36 fh i reckon