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Pulisic and Willian the Fantasy focus as Lampard benches Alonso

All eyes will be on Christian Pulisic (£7.1m) and Willian (£7.1m) as Chelsea host Watford this evening.

The American has been the subject of much transfer activity in the build-up to Gameweek 33+ after scoring at least seven points in each of his three appearances post-lockdown.

That has earned him 180,000+ new owners for this round, as Watford come to Stamford Bridge.

Even more Fantasy managers took an interest in the penalty-taking Willian, whose pair of double-digit hauls in Gameweeks 31+ and 32+ convinced 188,000+ to sign him up for Gameweek 33+.

Outside of the attacking midfielders, investment in Chelsea’s starting XI is rather scant by comparison, with the more fashionable options finding themselves on the bench.

Mason Mount (£6.2m) does still shoulder the responsibility of 16.2% managers worldwide and starts against Watford, but the 15.6% owned Tammy Abraham (£7.5m) is named among the substitutes alongside Marcos Alonso (£6.2m).

Those who witnessed Chelsea’s defeat at West Ham last time out will not be too surprised to see the left-back lose his place as he was largely responsible for the winning goal.

Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.9m) moves over to take his place for Gameweek 33+, allowing Frank Lampard to reintroduce Reece James (£4.9m) into the Blues’ starting line-up.

Hardly anyone stands out for Fantasy purposes in the Watford side.

Ben Foster (£4.9m) remains their most popular asset but is still only owned by 3.7% of managers worldwide.

Second-most-fashionable Craig Cathcart (£4.3m) doesn’t even make the starting XI, benched for the second away match in a row.

Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, R James; Mount, Kanté, Barkley; Pulisic, Giroud, Willian.

Watford XI: Foster; Femenía, Dawson, Kabasele, Mariappa; Chalobah, Capoue; Hughes, Doucouré, Sarr; Deeney.

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1,078 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Right In The Stanchion
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Do we think Alonso is coming on? Got Dunks 8 coming in if he doesn’t...

      1. DF
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Reckon so. I've got Barnes ready but Alonso will be in for a point. Shame innit

      2. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Hope not

      3. Syd.
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        With 5 subs there is a very high likelihood

      4. HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Same position - he better not

    • Zilla
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Who do you think is getting promoted from Championship?

      1. Syd.
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Leeds
        West Brom
        Notts Forest

        1. Right In The Stanchion
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Would love to see Forest come up. Great old team.

          • Men in green tights
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Being s Forest fan we seem to always cough it in play offs , be nice to get back up there but should have beaten Derby today

          • Zilla
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Yeah think the third spot is between Forest and Brentford

          • Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            I haven't been watching the Championship.

            Just how good are Leeds under Bielsa?

            1. RECKLESS
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Biesla is an impressive tactical manager. With added funds he can pull a Wolves/Sheff type finish next season

          • Kingmasson
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            It’s ‘Nottingham Forest’. Us Notts County Supporters are not overly concerned, just mildly offended. Alert from when Redknapp when says Notts Forest on talksport and I know of my mates are seething

            1. Men in green tights
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 4 days ago

              That's why we do it

        2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Leeds, Brentford, Fulham - These are the teams I'm HOPING for!

        3. Scott Talent RIP EJ
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Brentford for the third spot. They have looked very good since the restart.

        4. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Leeds Brentford and Fulham

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

          We've waited long enough. Marching on together.
          Would like to see Forest and Brentford as well.

          1. RECKLESS
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Pick one of those. I want Forest!

            1. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Yeah, definitely forest for me.

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Can Kane handle 3 games in 9 days?

        1. KGFC
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Why not.. start one and other two on the bench 😆

        2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Yeah, Mourinho will force him to handle it

        3. Yank Revolution
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          He had plenty of time off

        4. Victor6359
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Hope so mate

        5. Twisted Saltergater
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Cheers all. May try and squeeze him in

      3. Rhodes your boat
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Early thoughts??1FT 0.5itb

        Martinez
        Taa Doherty c.taylor
        Salah kdb son fernandes
        Rashford jimi dcl

        Button lascelles guendouzi simpson

      4. Jones Town
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Need a Pulisic 2nd half hatrick to save my gameweek already!!

        1. KGFC
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          *Willian

        2. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Same

      5. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Pulisic+Mount involment in next goal please. Thx.

      6. ViperStripes
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Did a last minute, literally, transfer of Mane > Salah for Golden Boot potential.

        However I then also switched the armband from Martial > Salah.

        Fingers crossed for Salah hatrick.

        1. Rhodes your boat
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Got my fingers crossed

      7. KGFC
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        All I'm asking Watford is just to concede two more penalties ❗

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Why not ask for more?

          1. KGFC
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Nah.. I'm a man of few desires

            1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Two pen's is not few desires

              1. KGFC
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                😛

                1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  😉

      8. Rinseboy
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Thoughts on
        Maguire and Nketiah to Digne and Greenwood -4?

        Pope
        TAA Maguire Doherty
        KDB Salah Martial Bruno Mahrez
        Jimi DCL
        Martinez Aurier Nketiah Fernandez

      9. Albert_Luque
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Two Gameweeks time, would you say this is worth -4?

        Rashford, Maguire and 4.4 mid to Greenwood, Burnley def and Martial/ Mahrez is a good shout.

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

          Jesus no idea why ‘is a good shout’ is there, I think I got distracted towards the finale of my post

        2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          COULD be! and could easily backfire.

      10. dshv
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Patricio to martinez ?

        Si or no

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          No bro.

          1. dshv
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Thx

        2. Albert_Luque
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Only if you need the money

          1. dshv
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Thx

      11. Victor6359
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Watford look like scoring? Don’t know whether to cash out my bet or not...

        1. Victor6359
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          ...waiting on btts for my coupon to come up

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

          Nope. Cash out

          1. Victor6359
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Cheers HS

      12. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Mount more forward this half. Looks like he wants a goal for himself! Come on Mason, get that goal!

      13. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        FH has gone well today with triple Utd attack, have Pulisic + Azpil here, so far so good.

      14. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Barkley is so annoying player to watch. Please take him off Lampard

      15. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Chelsea starting to look like a quality side. Once they get Ziyech, Werner and a couple of defenders they could be dangerous under Frank.

        It's all pointing towards a competitive and exciting Premier League next season 🙂

        1. JONALDINHO
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          They literally lost to West Ham a couple days ago

          1. Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            And beat a strong in-form Man City just before.

            Definitely need a few defenders, but don't you think there's promise there?

            1. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              I guess not...

        2. RECKLESS
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          If they get a CB as well, the highest IQ manager can even go all the way.

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

        Is Saiss suspended now?

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          No

        2. Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          No

        3. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Can’t believe I bought him this week and he gets zero, unreal

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Would have been better off saving the 4 point hit and keeping Hanley!

          2. Revival
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            You brought him in when he plays an Arsenal team who had scored 4 goals midweek 😯

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              That’s Norwich though

            2. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Plus I admit I had already done the moves by that point I think

      17. Big Ronnie
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Going to ditch Rashford for Martial. Who is best forward up to £8.2m until the end of the season? It will be Guendouzi & Rashford to Martial & xxx. Already have Jimenez and Greenwood.

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Ings

          1. Big Ronnie
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Thanks. Can bench for the next 1 or 2 as well.

        2. RECKLESS
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Ings, maybe dcl after Soton

          1. RECKLESS
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            If he plays well vs Spurs, worth it vs Soton, but I would recommend 3-5-2

            1. Big Ronnie
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Will be playing 3-5-2. Will have a midfield of Mane, KDB, Mahrez, Bruno, Martial. Seems hard to spend the budget now with players like Greenwood and Foden.

        3. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Ings

          1. Big Ronnie
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Cheers

      18. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Welbz spotted

      19. STHH
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Option 1:
        De Gea and Nketiah to Pope and Greenwood for -4

        Option 2:
        Rashford to Greenwood this week
        De Gea to Pope next week
        Maybe bring in Martial the week after

      20. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Willian and Penaldo 🙂

      21. DAZZ
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Has anyone ever taken a season off FPL, or considered it? I wouldn’t say FPL affects my mental health, but it sure does effect my mood in a bad week. I was deflated and annoyed after the United game today, shooting down the ranks. Anyone else ever feel like this? I quickly get over it but in the heat of the moment, it sure is frustrating. Considering taking a year out next season, see if i can get the excitement back.

        1. how now brown cow
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          To be honest, without fpl, footy this summer would be awful.

        2. GOTHAM City F.C.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          To be treated as a game, and yes one should take out anything that causes anxiety and negativity.
          Alternative to taking a break is not to join any ML.

          1. DAZZ
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Yeah anxiety is the word i was looking for. Seeing the 3 United boys scoring big when ML rivals all captained was really frustrating. I actually had a good day today, before the football begun. But the United score had a negative impact on my day, signs that i need a break maybe

        3. SAINTS
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          I haven’t but definitely do what’s best for you. It has definitely dominated my life for many years! I even posted on here on my wedding day.

          1. SAINTS
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            It was the first day of the season in fairness.

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

          Do you tend to play for OR? If so maybe try just playing to win mini leagues for a season? It's easier competing against a handful of managers rather than 7,000,000 and if you're playing with mates you can have a bit of banter when you have a crap week instead of obsessing over how you dropped 100k in rank.

          1. DAZZ
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            I play for cash in ML’s. There is £260 on the line for the winner. I dropped from 30 points to 70 just today, because of Bruno (c) and (tc). But all suggestions are great

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

              Another thing you could try is to set up
              a set and forget FPL league where everyone picks their team at the start of the season and there are no subs or transfers at all. It's almost impossible to stress about it because anything can happen and you can't affect it. You could pick someone who moves to another league before the season starts or someone who gets a 6 month injury. The downside is if that happens you tend to lose interest pretty quickly so you need to set it up with manager of the month and top weekly score prizes etc.

        5. RECKLESS
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          I am done after this season. Thank god I played this season as good distraction from pandemic

        6. waltzingmatildas
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          I find mini leagues the worst....if I just play for OR I find it much more enjoyable.

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

            Huh I find the opposite. Maybe it's because my OR is never that good but my MLs are very winnable!

        7. SH
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          I did last year, not because it affected my mental health, but due to the time excessive I commit for this. I used to spend hours - reading comments here, watching highlights, keeping an eye on price changes, examining ML opposition's teams, thinking about next transfers etc. I can't take it lightly like many of my ML friends can do. After taking a break, this year I am doing the exact things, but I feel refreshed and more excited. I am taking more risk this year, and so far this has been my best season ever!

        8. Tree88
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Totally get it mate, I’ve always been obsessed with FPL and 2 seasons ago was spending record time fretting about it and getting up in the night etc to tinker with my team. I took a year off last season and it was really refreshing- I just watched the matches and actually enjoyed them for the football rather than wanting certain players to bag points. Came back to it this year refreshed and enjoying it again but still have to make an effort not to get sucked in too much. Bottom line is it can really impact your weekend so no harm in having a wee break from it if it’s weighing on your mind, there’s more important things!

            1. DAZZ
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Of course. Thanks for taking the time to reply. Went out for something to eat this morning, did a bit of shopping and cleaned the car, my day was great. And my mood sunk worse and worse after every united goal, anxiously checking the scores. I know it doesn’t sound good, and i’m pretty sure it isnt healthy getting angry and frustrated and letting it affect your day over a free online game

        9. Gringo Kid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Need your help guys

          a) Salah and Jimmy to KDB and Jesus -4
          b) Rashford and DCL to Kane and Greenwood -4
          c) Salah to Sterling or KDB for free

          No City cover currently

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

            B looks pretty good. C with KDB if Salah/Liverpool look finished.

        10. Mané money
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          It's becoming ridiculous not to own Greenwood

          - Rashford owner

          1. Madderegern
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Have both, but Rash gone soon.

        11. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          The lockdown has been great for FPL. The form of so many players and teams has changed so much and with the unlimited transfers in the first week back it has felt like the start of a new (mini) season. Plus in lockdown it's been easy to find the time to watch most of the games. I've loved it.

          1. Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            I have to agree with hulk

          2. RECKLESS
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Yes in these hard times, I look forward to this more than anything in life really apart from getting done with the pandemic obviously

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

              It's easy to think of FPL as just an unimportant hobby, and in many ways I probably is, but if it can provide a positive focus in people's lives in difficult times there is a lot of value in that.

        12. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          boring game now, chelsea not really pushing for a third and watford just sitting back letting chelsea have the ball

          1. Jag-z
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Okay captain obvious

          2. RamaJama
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Rash to Greenwood a no brainer?

            1. how now brown cow
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              I think the money saved is so much, it's hard to disagree

            2. The Littlest Robbo
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Yes for me

            3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Yep

            4. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Only if you have money to spend somewhere important

            5. HashAttack
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Made that move - but it does mean I end up with a crazy subs bench of Jimenez, Alonso and Aurier

          3. Right In The Stanchion
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Giroud back to being a donkey again. No bonus unless he scores again

            • Niho992
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Pulisic on the left wing was more dangerous

            • Danstoke82
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Evening all
              These moves yay or nay?

              Rashford + DCL > Kane + Greenwood.

              If I do it will allow me to do Hayden + Son > Mahrez + Foden the week after

              1. how now brown cow
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                Sounds good to me

                1. Danstoke82
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Thanks!