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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
    16 days, 11 hours 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
      16 days, 11 hours ago

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

  2. G-Whizz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 2 Years
    16 days, 11 hours ago

    People sleeping on Holgate?

    1. Slitherene
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      16 days, 11 hours 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
        • 2 Years
        16 days, 11 hours 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          16 days, 10 hours 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
            • 2 Years
            16 days, 7 hours 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
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      Yes, just sitting on my bench waiting for better fixtures

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        16 days, 7 hours ago

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

  3. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    16 days, 11 hours 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
        16 days, 10 hours ago

        A

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      16 days, 11 hours 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
        16 days, 11 hours 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
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        16 days, 11 hours ago

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

      3. Lindelol
        • 1 Year
        16 days, 11 hours ago

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

      4. Slitherene
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        16 days, 11 hours ago

        37 Utd vd Whu also on the rotation watch

      5. Jafalad
        • 10 Years
        16 days, 10 hours ago

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

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          16 days, 10 hours ago

          where are you ranked these days?

          1. Jafalad
            • 10 Years
            16 days, 10 hours ago

            200k. Coming with the usual late late run.

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              16 days, 10 hours ago

              you go girl!

              1. Jafalad
                • 10 Years
                16 days, 10 hours ago

                Ha. What's your rank Big Man?

                1. Christina.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  16 days, 10 hours ago

                  9912

                  Pope/Martial killed me the last 2 weeks

    3. Moose™
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 11 hours 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
        • 9 Years
        16 days, 11 hours ago

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

        1. Moose™
          • 8 Years
          16 days, 11 hours ago

          Salah© vs Aston Villa looks good imo

          1. waldo666
            • 9 Years
            16 days, 10 hours ago

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

            1. rokonto
              • 4 Years
              16 days, 10 hours ago

              Will he play tho?

          2. rokonto
            • 4 Years
            16 days, 10 hours ago

            Will he play tho?

      2. Skloppy Kops
        • 5 Years
        16 days, 11 hours ago

        go for it.

      3. Whiskerz
        • 6 Years
        16 days, 11 hours ago

        How much value tied up in mane?

    4. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      16 days, 11 hours ago

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

      1. Nedvěd11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        16 days, 11 hours ago

        1-2

      2. Whiskerz
        • 6 Years
        16 days, 11 hours ago

        0-1 Bruno pen

      3. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        16 days, 10 hours ago

        0-3

      4. waldo666
        • 9 Years
        16 days, 10 hours ago

        1-4

      5. Annie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        16 days, 10 hours ago

        1-0

      6. Little Red Lacazette
        • 3 Years
        16 days, 10 hours ago

        0-1. Bruno

    5. rokonto
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 10 hours 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
          16 days, 10 hours ago

          A

      2. Wally banter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        16 days, 10 hours 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.

      3. Slitherene
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        16 days, 10 hours ago

        How to set the account display picture, anyone?

        1. RubeRx
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          16 days, 10 hours ago

          gravatar.com using the same email as your FFS account

      4. RubeRx
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        16 days, 10 hours ago

        Can we get more of these articles? Fantastic research Tom

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          16 days, 6 hours ago

          Thanks mate, nice one.

      5. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        16 days, 10 hours 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
          16 days, 10 hours ago

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

      6. AC Yew
        • 1 Year
        16 days, 10 hours 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          16 days, 10 hours 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
          16 days, 10 hours 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
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            16 days, 10 hours ago

            itb?

            1. Planet_Marss
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              16 days, 10 hours ago

              and att?

              1. AC Yew
                • 1 Year
                16 days, 10 hours ago

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

                Leno Stevens Grealish Egan
                O ITB 1 FT

      7. Planet_Marss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        16 days, 10 hours 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
          16 days, 10 hours ago

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

      8. Silecro
        • 2 Years
        16 days, 10 hours 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
          16 days, 10 hours ago

          Son to Mahrez? Add Wolves defender?

        2. Jafalad
          • 10 Years
          16 days, 10 hours 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          16 days, 10 hours 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

      9. AC Yew
        • 1 Year
        16 days, 10 hours ago

        Son to Mahrez? Bring in Wolves defender?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          16 days, 10 hours ago

          Yes and yes

          1. AC Yew
            • 1 Year
            16 days, 10 hours ago

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

        2. Jafalad
          • 10 Years
          16 days, 10 hours ago

          No and Yes.

      10. davies
        • 5 Years
        16 days, 10 hours ago

        Bench boost this week?

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

        1. Planet_Marss
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          16 days, 10 hours ago

          your ceiling is 12-15 points imo

          1. davies
            • 5 Years
            16 days, 10 hours 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
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              16 days, 10 hours ago

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

      11. Lignja
        • 3 Years
        16 days, 10 hours 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          16 days, 10 hours ago

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

          1. Planet_Marss
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            16 days, 10 hours ago

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

            1. Planet_Marss
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              16 days, 10 hours ago

              or kane martial

        2. Lignja
          • 3 Years
          16 days, 10 hours ago

          Vardy ht incoming 🙂

      12. Planet_Marss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        16 days, 10 hours 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
          16 days, 9 hours ago

          Thinking so and planning my WC accordingly

      13. tibollom
        • 3 Years
        16 days, 10 hours 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          16 days, 10 hours ago

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