Pre-Season

The best premium FPL midfielders for 2020/21

Premium midfielders have probably been the most-discussed group of players since Fantasy Premier League relaunched in the summer.

The reclassification of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£12.0m) and Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) has added to the wealth of options that Fantasy managers already have – and that’s before we even entertain the idea of Lionel Messi becoming a Premier League player.

In this piece, we’ll assess the merits of all 18 FPL midfielders who are currently listed between £7.5m and £12.0m inclusive.

We had previously looked at budget and mid-price midfielders in separate articles, along with budget goalkeepersmid-price/premium goalkeepersbudget defenders and mid-price/premium defenders.

Our rundown of the stand-out Fantasy forwards will follow soon.

Liverpool

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With the two Manchester clubs not in action in Gameweek 1, there’ll be plenty of interest in Liverpool’s premium duo for their opening-weekend clash against newly promoted Leeds United.

On paper, the decision has been made a little easier by Fantasy Premier League pricing up both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah at £12.0m.

Salah has, after all, outscored Mane for FPL points in each of the last three seasons, averaged more points per match in 2019/20 (6.9 v 6.3) and has the added bonus of being on penalties whenever James Milner (£5.5m) is not on the field.

Look a little closer though and the pair are more evenly matched than first appears with Salah only edging his teammate by one attacking return (29 v 28) in 2019/20.

If we remove substitute appearances and Mane’s infamous, injury-affected cameo in Double Gameweek 24, the gap is also much narrower when it comes to points per start (7.0 v 6.9 in Salah’s favour).

Their tallies for double-digit hauls, blanks and bonus points were also nearly identical last season.

The key difference is their shot count, with the Egyptian racking up over 50 more attempts on goal than his fellow premium midfielder.

Mane is therefore heavily reliant on maintaining a vastly superior goal conversion rate (as he has done in the last two seasons) in order to keep pace.

You can read much more on Liverpool’s two big hitters in a special comparison piece we published earlier this month.

Arsenal

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Aubameyang’s recategorisation as an Fantasy midfielder was perhaps the headline story upon the relaunch of FPL in August.

The Gabon international would have finished third in the FPL standings on 230 points had the positional reclassification come a year earlier and it would have raised Aubameyang’s points-per-match average from 5.7 to 6.4.

If we take that average and compare it to the other premium midfielders in FPL, the Arsenal talisman is around about mid-table along with Rashford:


Player2019/20 Points Per Match
Fernandes8.4
De Bruyne7.2
Salah6.9
Aubameyang (as a midfielder)6.4
Rashford (as a midfielder)6.4
Mane6.3
Sterling6.2
Son5.7

It could be argued that there is better value in the premium bracket, then, with Rashford (who admittedly seems to have lost penalty-taking duties) averaging the same number of points per match as Aubameyang last season but significantly cheaper.

While it would be hard to justify keeping the Gabon international for an entire season, he is a name to perhaps target for the “easier” fixtures – of which Arsenal have two to start the season with.

Almost 75% his attacking returns, 16 of his goals and all six of his double-digit hauls came against teams in the bottom ten last season.

Again, we’ll point you in the direction of our stand-alone piece on Aubameyang, which delved into his numbers in much greater detail.

Willian (£8.0m) and Nicolas Pepe (£8.0m) offer a substantial saving on Aubameyang but there are obvious reasons for that.

While Aubameyang is almost ‘nailed’ to start under Mikel Arteta, Pepe hasn’t been so far: in the 20 matches that his new manager oversaw, the winger was benched in seven of them.

Given that he could again be competing with Willian, Reiss Nelson (£5.5m), Bukayo Saka (£5.5m) and possibly Aubameyang down the right flank this season, even a starting price drop of £1.5m might not be enough of a carrot for FPL managers.

Pepe was heavily involved at set-piece situations last season but Willian looks set to challenge him at free-kicks and corners, which would further dent his appeal.

No midfielder now priced at £8.0m or less averaged more points per match (4.7) or scored more goals (nine) than Willian in 2019/20.

Creatively, only three current FPL midfielders supplied more big chances.

Again, though, we will have to see just how secure a starter the 32-year-old Brazilian is before taking the plunge – and whether he can somehow wrestle penalty-taking duties away from Aubameyang, as four of the ex-Chelsea winger’s nine goals last season came from the spot.

Manchester City

How De Bruyne and Sterling compare as FPL assets for 2020/21?

It’s difficult to split Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m) and Raheem Sterling (£11.5m), despite the Belgian scoring almost 50 more FPL points than his teammate last season.

Essentially, De Bruyne massively overachieved based on the expected goal involvement (xGI) data and Sterling hugely underachieved.

That’s not to say De Bruyne’s returns are unsustainable, as his accuracy from range often makes a mockery of Opta’s predictions and the best players tend to exceed expectations year after year.

But rather, we’d expect Sterling to improve on what he did last season.

He was the only one of the current crop of £10.0m+ Fantasy assets whose xGI delta was in the negative and it was in the assist count that he really suffered, with just six of them arriving in 2019/20; he had averaged 15.3 per year over the previous seasons.

Our Premium Members article compares the two in finer detail but the crux of it is that Sterling poses the greater goal threat, with De Bruyne by some distance the more creative – and the Belgian is now seemingly first in line for penalties for the Citizens.

There’ll be few takers of Bernardo Silva (£7.5m), who has never hit double figures for goals or assists in his three seasons as the Etihad, but Riyad Mahrez’s (£8.5m) name is often thrown around in pre-season by those considering a cut-price route in the Manchester City attack.

The Algerian’s rate of attacking returns per 90 minutes (1.09) was better than Salah’s (0.88) and almost as good as De Bruyne’s (1.11) but full-game run-outs were few and far between for the Algerian, who started just 21 Premier League fixtures and completed only nine of them.

If we could be sure of starts for Mahrez then he would be a no-brainer at that price, but as it stands, he’s a high-risk, high-reward type of player who is equally capable of a blank in a 20-minute cameo as he is a 16-point haul.

His average of 5.3 points per match in 2019/20 was better than any other midfielder who now costs less than £9.0m, which underscores his potential.

City blank in Gameweek 1 and in truth their fixtures don’t get good until late-November, with six of last season’s top-half clubs to come before that point.

Manchester United

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We are spoilt for choice in the Manchester United midfield next season, with both Rashford and Mason Greenwood (£7.5m) reclassified ahead of 2019/20.

Those two players and Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) racked up 25 attacking returns between them in Manchester United’s nine post-restart fixtures, with the Red Devils galvanised by the Portugal international’s arrival in the final third of the season.

Fernandes’ points-per-match average of 8.4 looks unsustainable over the course of a full campaign but he could still do plenty of damage, especially as he seems to have wrestled control of penalties away from Rashford.

Even if we were to strip away spot-kicks completely (which arrived at a fierce rate for the Red Devils last season), Fernandes would still have averaged around 6.2 FPL points per match following his arrival – a very competitive figure.

There is also plenty to like about Rashford despite the winger losing the monopoly on penalties, with his expected goal involvement figure almost identical to Fernandes – who had the advantage of two extra spot-kicks – from Gameweek 30+ onwards.

This could be Salah v Mane part II: two midfield assets from the same club who are posting similar numbers in many departments, only one has penalty-taking duties on their side (we assume).

The difference in this case is that they are separated by one million in price.

Reliability of starts is something we can likely depend on with this duo, with Rashford and Fernandes lining up in every single Premier League match that they were available for.

Greenwood below-par and

Greenwood was the breakthrough act of last season but he did massively overachieve in the run-in, with the Opta eggheads suggesting he should have scored one goal – and not five – after lockdown ended.

The youngster will be heavily reliant on his deadeye finishing skills to keep pace with his more senior teammates if the underlying stats continue in the same manner but his main selling point is his price.

All of these appealing £9.0m+ heavy-hitters we’ve discussed in this article; we can’t afford them all.

That’s where the likes of Greenwood and Phil Foden (£6.5m) may come into play at their respective clubs, with both players unlikely to match their pricier colleagues for returns but getting plenty of game-time and acting as enablers for moves elsewhere.

United blank in Gameweek 1 but their fixtures thereafter look appealing, so contingency plans may be needed for their assets.

Our Premium Members article has a lot more on the United midfielders but you won’t find much on Paul Pogba (£8.0m), whose deep-lying playmaker status and loss of spot-kick duties have killed any interest in him from a Fantasy perspective.

The Frenchman indeed registered just one solitary shot in the box after the mid-June restart.

Chelsea

We already have two Chelsea assets at the bottom-end of the premium market and, if media rumours are to be believed, then Kai Havertz might be added to that pool.

The duo we already have to choose from are Hakim Ziyech (£8.0m) and Christian Pulisic (£8.5m), the latter of whom was in excellent form towards the end of the campaign.

The American averaged 0.85 goal involvements per 90 minutes in an injury-affected season, which was almost as good as the figures that Salah and Mane posted.

His ability to ghost into dangerous positions caught the eye and Pulisic was third among players in this article for shots in the box per 90 minutes.

The problem for a large chunk of the season was pitch-time, with first form and then fitness an issue.

Willian and Pulisic make case for Chelsea double-up with Norwich on horizon

Returning from the treatment table after lockdown, Pulisic racked up nine attacking returns in as many games and he has been attractively priced for 2020/21.

Chelsea have some appealing fixtures to start the season but the injured USA international is “touch and go” to be ready, so we may have to bide our time with him initially.

Ziyech, with his dead-ball expertise, trigger-happy shooting and creativity from open play, is an exciting prospect, but we have had many of those from the Eredivisie and there is always the doubt over whether new signings from overseas will immediately settle in the English top tier.

Nevertheless, the momentum behind free-spending Chelsea is growing by the day and many FPL managers will be happy to take a punt on the new arrivals from the off.

You can read much more on Ziyech here in our Scout Report.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur have one of the more favourable fixture schedules in the opening eight Gameweeks and how best to tap into it is a question many of us are asking.

Three of the Lilywhites’ midfielders fall into the £7.5m+ bracket this season, namely Son Heung-min (£9.0m), Dele Alli (£8.0m) and Steven Bergwijn (£7.5m).

Right off the bat, we’ll rule Bergwin out: the winger looks poised to share pitch-time with Lucas Moura (£7.0m) down the Spurs right and he only stared three of his side’s nine post-lockdown fixtures, with the Brazilian the more favoured option down that flank.

Alli had originally been a secure starter under Jose Mourinho, making the Spurs head coach’s line-up in 16 of the first 17 Premier League matches he oversaw.

Suspension and injury limited his involvement after lockdown, however, and Giovani Lo Celso (£7.0m) ended the season in Alli’s usual number ten position.

It’s worth keeping an eye on Spurs’ line-ups in pre-season to see if Lo Celso is moved back into a deeper role to accommodate Alli’s return, as the former MK Dons prospect is now available at his cheapest FPL price since 2015/16.

When he was a regular under Mourinho from Gameweks 13-29, Alli registered more ‘big chances’ than any other Premier League midfielder.

Son is where the main interest lies and he is the most-owned Spurs asset in FPL at the time of writing.

Despite his 2019/20 tally of 24 attacking returns being his best since moving to the Premier League, his starting price has dropped half a million from what it was a year ago.

The Korean would have gone close to his 2017/18 total of 178 points had he not missed a penalty and been dismissed twice and he also sat out eight Spurs games through injury or suspension.

Under the Special One, the South Korea international’s points-per-match average rose from to 5.1 to 5.9.

While there are more explosive players out there, Son was remarkably consistent throughout 2019/20: on only one occasion did he make more than two consecutive appearances without registering a goal or assist.

Spurs’ Europa League involvement (they are in continental cup action either side of Gameweeks 1-4) is an obvious caveat, with Harry Kane (£10.5m) the safest route into Mourinho’s attack amid the possible rotation.

The England striker also came out well in our Kane v Son comparison piece, although it’s always worth paying attention to Mourinho’s tactics as Son’s two most-recent double-digit hauls have arrived when playing centrally rather than out on the left.



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1,086 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Tomerick
    • 6 Years
    25 days, 7 hours ago

    A) Son/Mitrovic
    B) Kane/Stephens

    1. THE WERNER DELUSION
      • 5 Years
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      the Mitro slander is getting out of hand

      1. Tomerick
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        I’m more asking whether the trade off between Kane and Son is worth the downgrade. I personally rate Mitrovic.

        1. THE WERNER DELUSION
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          I know the Mourinho thing, but Son got more points in less mins than Kane last season

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            25 days, 5 hours ago

            Thanks to the period where he played at striker

            Love your username and pic btw

          2. Tomerick
            • 6 Years
            25 days, 3 hours ago

            Yeah my gut says Son is a bargain and Kane is an eternal FPL troll for me.

    2. linkafu
      • 1 Year
      25 days, 6 hours ago

      A

    3. Brosef Stalin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      25 days, 6 hours ago

      A

  2. BURNSYAFC
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      What do we think about the value defenders / load up on premium midfielders approach? Seems to me there's a lot of cheap defenders (particularly full backs) that will be getting game time early on...

      Wk1
      Ramsdale (Nyland)
      Vinagre Walkers-Peters Davies Justin (Taylor)
      Auba Son Mane Ziyech Salah
      Mitro (Davis, Wickham)

      Wk2
      No subs

      Week 3
      Auba > KDB
      Salah or Mane > Fernandes

      +2m in the bank, opportunity to improve defence Week 4 onwards

      1. Slouch87
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Horrible defence. No TAA a major issue.

        1. Brosef Stalin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          I hear what you're saying about the defence. I've personally gone for a light defence myself atm and looking to keep a close eye on rotating my 5x 4.5 defenders and 4.5 and 4.0 GKs accordingly. I'll admit, it's quite a gamble, but hopig my loaded midfield will pay off.

          1. Mukarram
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            25 days, 6 hours ago

            Great team and I like ur thoughts

    • what's my name
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      which option and why:
      a. Saiss
      b. Dier/Davies

      thx

      1. Society
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Saiss.
        But Wolves clean sheets drop off if Doherty moves.

      2. Brosef Stalin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Dier

    • linkafu
      • 1 Year
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      Is Mc Carthy still nailed with Foster back? Don't want to waste a FT on keeper

      1. Christophe Savage
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        ? Foster back at Southampton, further clarity on this question required?

      2. Christophe Savage
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        ahh Forster, didn't know he had returned. Dont like it.

    • BNMC
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Hearing there was a potential outbreak in the Chelsea squad...

        1. Slouch87
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          No. 8 have been quarantined after returning from abroad of which only Mount is a first team player.

      • linkafu
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Bruno or KDB?

        1. Brosef Stalin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          Without seeing the rest of your team, it's hard to say. I think Bruno edges it on points per £

        2. SAY MY NAME
          • 3 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          both ultimately

        3. hewittj1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          KDB for me, although i think Sterling is a better choice

      • UptheBlues
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Thoughts on this for Gameweek 1:

        Ramsdale
        TAA Dier Vinagre KWP
        Salah Auba ASM Soucek
        Vardy Mitro

        (Steer, Johnson, Brewster, Rashford)

        1m ITB

        1. Society
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          What is with all the ASM selections ?

          ASM : 8 goal involvements & 8 clean sheets in 1800 minutes.
          Keita : 5 goal involvements & 5 clean sheets in 800 minutes.

        2. Brosef Stalin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          Starting XI looks solid. Brewster isn't going to see much game time though. If you have him in there as just the cheapest option so you can spend elsewhere then fine.
          No Chelsea players from the Chelsea fan?

        3. hewittj1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          not sure on Dier tbh, rest of it looks good. starting with and benching Rashford is an interesting one as i intended to get him in GWK 2

        4. Penzardlife
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          No Chelsea is blasphemy; easily our best team since 2014.

      • Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Calling Everton fans....

        Branthwaite
        Gordon

        What are their prospects of starting?

        1. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          Depends who we sign.
          Suspect both will get cameo appearances unless there’s an injury.
          Holgate,Keane,Mina are ahead of Branthwaite and Lewis Gibson in the pecking order.

          Looks like we may be signing a couple of midfield players but if we play 4-4-2 Gordon will get more of a chance on the left with Bernard,Iwobi competing.

          1. Jellyfish
            • 8 Years
            25 days, 7 hours ago

            thanks mate

      • davies
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Which option in a 352?

        A) Werner Bruno Soucek
        B) Martial Ziyech Greenwood

        1. Society
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          A

        2. Brosef Stalin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          A, based on Bruno alone.

        3. hewittj1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          A by miles

      • Penzardlife
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Thoughts please gents, thinking scrapping Soucek and Saliba to fodder in order to upgrade the defence a tad, and save funds for Son --> Rashford

        McCarthy (4.0)

        TAA-Justin-Vinagre-Saliba (Taylor)

        Son-Salah-Auba-Armstrong (sou)

        Werner-Jimenez (maybe Ings?) (Brewster (loan pending))

        Template, I know, but I feel this set up gives me the most flexibility. Would give an arm and a leg to be able to double on the Liv fullbacks.

        1. hewittj1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          i have almost identical team, 4.5fwd save 0.5 itb for son -> Rashford

          1. Penzardlife
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            25 days, 5 hours ago

            My plan exactly!

        2. Jellyfish
          • 8 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          I preffer Ings over Jimi for the early fixtures

          1. Penzardlife
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            25 days, 5 hours ago

            I'm thinking I agree... finished last season stonkingly well too, and it's an easy switch if needed.

          2. hewittj1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            25 days, 5 hours ago

            I agree. However, I see the best 5.5mid option as Armstrong hence choosing Jimenez over Ings

        3. Darragh82
          • 1 Year
          25 days, 4 hours ago

          Nice team, Ings is the only striker I have nailed on in my team atm. Great fixtures to start

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Is Vardy being overlooked?
        He was not popular early last year & we all know what happened then?

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          He’s rubbish. Priced at absolute premium with Martial/Werner, Jimenez/Ings, Kane/Kun all superior options

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            25 days, 6 hours ago

            GB says wrong?
            Just got another contract extension & still the quickest member of the squad.

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              25 days, 6 hours ago

              i think he is a bit overlooked yes but prefer werner 0.5 cheaper.

      • Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Which is better:

        a) McCarthy/Davies (or Dier)
        b) Leno/KWP

      • JustSomeGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Sure for Wolves to sell Doherty, they must have a plan to replace him? I can't see them selling him simply to bring in someone else for several millions, so could they be thinking of having one of their other players step up?

        Buur @ 4.0m now on the watchlist?

        1. SAY MY NAME
          • 3 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          maitland-niles maybe

      • fitzochris
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        What are your views on this line-up?

        Ryan

        Alexander-Arnold---Walker-Peters---Vinagre

        Son---Aubameyang---Salah---Saint-Maximin---Ziyech

        Mitrović---Werner

        Button
        Dallas
        Davis
        Struijk

        1. TheMooyBoys
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          Strong starting eleven

        2. TheMooyBoys
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          might upgrade one of your 4.0m defenders just to allow some rotation for fixtures. But that can easily be done once you free up cash bringing in manchester players

          1. fitzochris
            • 6 Years
            25 days, 6 hours ago

            Thanks. Yes, my plan is to get Bruno in from week two.

        3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          25 days, 5 hours ago

          Like it

      • Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        would you rather have jimmy or son? (no other spurs or wolves attack cover in my team)

        thank you

        1. TheMooyBoys
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          Jimmy

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            25 days, 6 hours ago

            cheers

      • Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Ings/Greenwood
        OR
        Mitrovic/Fernandes

        Been on B for a while, but think Ings could carry on his form..

        1. TheMooyBoys
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          A. if you have other strong captaincy options.
          otherwise B

        2. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          really not sure about ings, could be a one season wonder. fernandes bit overpriced too imo

          a

          but consider jimmy greenwood

        3. SAY MY NAME
          • 3 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          b

      • Red Red Robins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Whats peoples thoughts......
        Slighty weekend team GW1 with Bruno and Greenwood on bench?
        or
        -4 GW2 to get Bruno back in?

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          wait gw3 for free imo greenwood enough for gw2

          1. Red Red Robins
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            25 days, 6 hours ago

            Problem id have is prices rising if i wait to GW3

        2. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          Or leave money itb..

          1. Red Red Robins
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            25 days, 6 hours ago

            Money in the bank would make my team even weeker GW1

        3. Indpush
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 2 hours ago

          So far I'm having Bruno and Greeny on my bench week 1

          1. Red Red Robins
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            24 days, 23 hours ago

            You not thinking putting Son in for Bruno and doing a -4?
            Im seriously considering it

            1. Indpush
              • 2 Years
              24 days, 21 hours ago

              No interest in that.

      • Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        really don't have a clue who to pick for 6m or under midfielder spot. pereira for w brom has nice fixtures and looks like a good player. armstrong nice fixtures too but not as nailed. soucek great first fixture but downhill after that .asm really not convinced.

        who are you going for if any ?

        1. TheMooyBoys
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          I'm on Pereira. Really like the look of him

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            25 days, 6 hours ago

            cheers

        2. SAY MY NAME
          • 3 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          ASM but not expecting too much

        3. Holmes
          • 6 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          Saint Maximin, Armstrong and Soucek at the moment. Saka, Keita, Trossard, Fleck, Lundstram on watchlist.

      • SAY MY NAME
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        finding it really hard to decide on my set-up this year, gone full circle through where i emphasis my funds, ended up back at big hitting midfield, seems to offer the flexibility to jump on the likes of kdb/sterling/bruno etc - had to sacrifice kane and my power defence to do it

        what's everyone else's preferred strategy, where are you looking to put your funds?

        1. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 5 hours ago

          Well I’m considering weakening my mdf to get Kane Werner up top.. I am currently with 2 premium df (Trent Doh) 2 cheap mdf 3 premium mdf (Auba/Salah Fernandes) 1 premium Str Werner

          Struggling to decide myself think I’ll stick with my current plan

          1. SAY MY NAME
            • 3 Years
            25 days, 5 hours ago

            i did have Kane/Werner/Mitro, losing Kane allows me KDB/Bruno gw2, Kane has a lovely set of fixtures though and seemed back on form in restart so could be an excellent pick, not too highly owned either

        2. Holmes
          • 6 Years
          25 days, 5 hours ago

          Trying to find a proper balance. Added one premium asset in every position, playing with different options as of now. No particular strategy except that I'll play BB in GW1/2 and WC around GW7-8.

          1. SAY MY NAME
            • 3 Years
            25 days, 5 hours ago

            i think there's a lot to be said for early BB, i was set on mega defence, which still allowed me some premium mid/fwd options, but maybe not enough flexibility, and with Doherty seeming possibly less of an option now if he goes to Spurs (although it remains to be seen) and i've gone off the value pick of double or even triple Pool defence (although may do it later in season), i really wanted Kane but by getting rid of him i've got 3 premium mids which allows me to move around the mids easily, plus Kane always trolls me - he's bound to start with a few braces/hat-tricks now i've binned him 🙂

        3. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          25 days, 5 hours ago

          1 Premium MID, 3 Premium Forwards and a TAA+Doherty+Vinagre+Davies defense. Dropping the second premium MID has worked wonders for my team.

          1. SAY MY NAME
            • 3 Years
            25 days, 5 hours ago

            i just can't settle on a plan 🙂

            1. Gingerman
                25 days, 3 hours ago

                I'm dropping the heavy hitters up top especially with Ings and Jimi being great value pics, also wood and Mitty. Kane and Vardy will have to score like crazy to be good value (but both could). Strikers struggle to reach similar value as mid and def and as long as you've have heavy hitters in mid you can jump easily if one starts going crazy. I like having the funds to spread over midfield and defense and some minds are basically strikers but with more points per goal and clean sheet bonus, what's not to love.

        4. SAY MY NAME
          • 3 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          Doherty to Spurs seems to being doing the rounds, well that's him out of my plans for now, gives me an extra 1.5m at least

          1. Gingerman
              25 days, 4 hours ago

              Don't you think you think he could do a job at spurs with there fixtures and no Aurier? Is it the Mourinho factor?

              1. SAY MY NAME
                • 3 Years
                25 days, 3 hours ago

                he could definitely do a job, but would need to see how he fits in and how he plays in a new team, so for 6.0m i'm gonna wait and see, he worked well at wolves with clean sheets and attacking returns, would want some evidence of that a spurs before i invested, and yeah, not sure under Mourinho he'll get the same positioning and opportunities to rove forward

          2. Fernandito
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            25 days, 6 hours ago

            Thoughts on this draft?

            McCarthy
            TAA Davies Justin Vinagre Mitchell
            Salah Auba ASM Pereira Bissouma
            Adams Kane Werner

            1. TheMooyBoys
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              25 days, 5 hours ago

              actually really like this. flexibility in formation, good price points to get onto any players that perform/manchester players.

              would say one of the best drafts i've seen so far.

            2. Gingerman
                25 days, 4 hours ago

                To heavy up top for me, strikers are to disadvantaged with less goal points and no cleanly points.

                1. Gingerman
                    25 days, 4 hours ago

                    Cleany points

              • Fernandito
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                25 days, 5 hours ago

                thanks mate

              • BobB
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                25 days, 4 hours ago

                Pogba has just tested positive. Avoid!

              • Stir
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                25 days, 3 hours ago

                Hi guys, thoughts on this team, had a look through all articles posted so far and first time playing FPL so would appreciate some advice, thanks! 🙂

                Ederson (Nyland)
                TAA, Saiss, Egan (Struijk & Bernardo)
                Auba, Bruno, Pereira (WBrom), Ziyech, ASM
                Werner, Ings (Davis)

                Above being GW2+ team and GW1 Nyland -> Schmeichel (Starting over Ederson) & Bruno -> Son and taking a 4 point hit GW2 to bring back the mentioned players?

                A weak bench but any advice is appreciated, thanks!

              • Noverain
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                24 days, 17 hours ago

                Any thoughts:

                A: Bruno/Mitrovic
                B: Greenwood/Jimmy +0.5 ITB

              • Mossy Pebble
                • 3 Years
                24 days, 13 hours ago

                Any thoughts on this draft? Can't decide between having Salah in midfield and Ings up top, or having Kane up top and mount in midfield.

                McCarthy (4.0)

                Auba Salah ASM

                1. Jonnyb40
                    23 days, 21 hours ago

                    I would go salah and ings

                2. Jonnyb40
                    23 days, 21 hours ago

                    Thoughts for week 1
                    McCarthy ( Nyland )
                    TAA Egan Saliba Vinagre ( Ferguson )
                    Salah Auba Mane Maximin ( Stephens )
                    Mitrovic Werner ( Davis )

                  • CatalystBAR
                      11 days, 11 hours ago

                      Soucek > Pereira
                      Thoughts?

                    • CatalystBAR
                        11 days, 11 hours ago

                        Son > Ziyech?

                        1. Dr Van Nostrand
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          11 days, 11 hours ago

                          Isn't Ziyech out this w/e