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. dshv
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Justin or kwp ???

    Next to: taa egan (vinagre, mitchell)

    1. Fuddled FC
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I'm on Justin atm

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      KWP - Leicester look like they will have to have the kitman play as things stand

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I'll get my old boots out - the last time I played 11-a-side (at Highfield Road) I turned out at left back because no-one else wanted to.

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Are you David Burrows?

          1. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            lol - no. Confirmed Foxes fan, used to work in Cov. Did you see my post about your grav looking just like Shakin Stevens?

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Yes, I have and it does. Good spot.

        2. FALSE PROFIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Full back an easy place to play in the day. no thought required. A bit different now. With 2 top wing backs out, Leicester seem a "wait and see" IMO, even if they normally start off well and have nice fixtures.

  2. Fuddled FC
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Would you choose Werner or Martial?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Could have Werner Gw1 and switch to Martial GW2 if you don't like him.

    2. Boris Bodega
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I'm thinking of starting Werner if he looks good pre season.

    3. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I’m on Ziyech + Martial over Werner + Greenwood atm

    4. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Werner to start

    5. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Werner. He'll surely be better than your Martial autosub for GW 1 and if one turns out to be better than the other, it's easier to make the downgrade than the upgrade.

    6. Our Man Charlie
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I'm starting Werner with Martial on bench

  3. amit1964
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    hi
    mccarty
    taa, vinagre, walker piters, justin
    auba salah son
    ings werner antonio

    sub: 4,4,4.5 4.5

    should i moove antoio out to upgrade defence?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yes, I think you should

      1. amit1964
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        any sugestion?

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Doherty

        2. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Dier and a 5.5 in MF. If Brewster goes on loan you should be sound.

          1. amit1964
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            thank you both

  4. KujaliaFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    FPLScout Fighter II

    Round 1 ... Fight!

    Paul Gee (FPLPaulGee): Don't chase team value. Success and team value go hand in hand and shouldn't be forced.

    Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily): Up until Christmas, especially, keep a close eye on the markets for price rises and falls. It's so important to build team value so that come the middle and end of the season your budget is enough to increase the number of premium players you own, thus giving you an advantage for the end-of-season push.

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Value options always emerge but agree with Paul that if you get your team and transfers right your team value will necessarily follow

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Fully agree with Paul, do I.

    3. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Paul, K.O.

      1. KujaliaFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Paul's hadouken FTW!

    4. The Trentminator
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I am in the 2nd camp

      1. The Trentminator
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Main focus to win ML

    5. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I'm guilty of pursuing B, but the winners surely target points and value follows

    6. Goonsquad245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I've had a lot of success in Sam's camp (probably went too far in that direction sometimes) - but I'm chalking a fair amount up to variance. Definitely cooling on the TV chase this season - will still make early transfers etc but has to be for players I would have got anyway, and I won't be selling good players with good fixtures just because their value is going down and my target is going up.

      1. Takin the Schmeichel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Ditto!

  5. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    How do I make this more templatey?

    Lloris
    TAA Taylor/Justin KW-P/Bartley
    Auba Son Ziyech Maddison Sigurdsson
    Jimenez Ings

    0.5 ITB

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Lose Siggy - no one's talking about him. People are all over Werner

    2. Yordan Letchkov
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I do not trust in Ziyech yet. Think he will need some time to adapt to PL football. Siggy not on pens anymore and less offensive role since Carletto is there.

  6. rokonto
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    A. Greenwood and Martial
    B. Bruno and Mitrovic
    ????

    1. dshv
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      B

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      The one without Fulham.

  7. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Will Doherty be nailed with Aurier still around? Will this transfer make both of them non FPL options? Or maybe Aurier is on his way out of Spurs?

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yes Aurier is going Milan

    2. jimski
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Aurier likely to leave.

    3. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      He's being bought because Mou doesnt want Aurier

      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I'm not really surprised...

      2. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        "Serge, you are a marker. You speak good English?" Mourinho asked to which Aurier nodded with confirmation.

        "I am afraid of you as a marker. Because you are capable of doing a sh*t penalty with VAR. So I am telling you already, I am afraid of you."

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Three Upvotes ...
          You know what does it says ??

          3 upvotes. But also 3 championships. More than everyone !!

          Respect man, Respect !!

          (3rd upvote was mine 😉 )

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Think a book of Jose quotes could be a bestseller. Call it The Art of Winning or something.

  8. dshv
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Mccarthy nyland
    Taa justin egan vinagre mitchell
    Salah son auba soucek asm
    Mitrovic werner davis

    Have 1m itb after 1.5 gw2 son to bruno

    Where to spend 1mil ?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Spurs or different Wolves def?

  9. Bruno Commando
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Not a fan of Mitro so went with Ings. But had to sacrifice defence and midfield. GTG?

    McCarthy // Nyland
    TAA Justin BDavies KWP // CTaylor
    Salah Auba Son ASM // Stephens
    Werner Ings // Brewster

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      That'll do Bruno, that'll do.

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Brewster ? Doubt he will be in the PL this season

  10. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Who would you rather have long term/who scored more points?

    A. Tierney
    B. ASM

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Tierney

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      A but if ASM hits a streak of form you should get him

      1. Mr. Mystic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I can’t see ASM having a steak of form personally. Newcastle’s fixtures aren’t great either

        1. Bennerman
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          He might want to beef up

          1. Mr. Mystic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Haha, nice typo from me

        2. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          This, his hot streak was one game

  11. cemal
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    A) McCarthey + Lamptey + 1.0ITB
    B) Ramsdale + KWP + 0.5ITB
    C) Ramsdale + Lamptey + 0.5ITB

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      A

  12. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Fridel 02/03 for Blackburn scored 187 FPL points - 37 games, 15 CS and a lot of saves... his goal was the following season

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Little know fact, he also composed the scores for The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        But just missed out on the score to High Fiedelity

  13. Shaw must go on
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    I've been playing FPL for the last 8 seasons and I still don't know a single person here in Ireland that also play!!!! It's soo lonely..

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Andy (Let's talk FPL) plays... think he is somewhere round Cork though

    2. Mayor of Flair
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Cork here too

    3. Shaw must go on
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Kilkenny here...

    4. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      There's couple at least if you browse the forum often enough, Mullingar here, not Irish though.

  14. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    What on earth has Lewis Dunk done to Southgate for him to pick Keane and Dier ahead of him ? Like wtf ?

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Must have had a pop at his wife.
      But to be honest none of those players should play for England if everything is going well.

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Dunk is class mate, would be viewed as England’s best CB by next year if the Chelsea move went through

        1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Joe Gomez says Hi

    2. THE WERNER DELUSION
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I kinda like CB Dier, but Keane shouldn't be there - don't forget Coady too

      1. THE WERNER DELUSION
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        a couple of the Sheff U guys would also be worth a go

        1. THE WERNER DELUSION
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          we'll never find out, but I'm convinced an England B team could be put together by Wilder that would beat that England team

      2. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yeah how do none of the Coady/SHU guys get a look in when Southgate has a solid 3 at the back system ? Forces him into playing that awfully unbalanced 433. I like Dier too but Dunk is a level above

  15. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Been trying to get info from a behind closed doors Villa friendly in Wales v my own team Bristol City. From the images looks like Steer was in goal in a full strength Villa line up

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Interesting. You reckon he's above Nyland in the pecking order?
      Wouldn't be surprised to see them make a move for someone but Heaton is still ok when fit.

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I think so. He will be my 4.0 keeper regardless.

  16. dshv
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Justin for dier or ben davies

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Both pretty nailed. Dier has a bit more threat maybe.

  17. Mr. Mystic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Is KWP nailed?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yep

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Valery around so no necessarily

  18. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Who is on FK & PK for Everton?

    1. The Trentminator
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Siggy
      Digne

  19. JBG
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Draft nr 763:

    McCarthy-4.0
    TAA-Saliba-Justin-Johnson-Mitchell
    Salah-Auba-ASM-Armstrong-Son
    Werner-Martial-Brewster

    Thoughts?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      If Saliba is a starter you might almost have it.

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I think so as well, thanks!

        My plan is also to get Fernandes in for Salah GW2.

    2. ShaunGoater123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      very similar to mine with the only differences being I have Bavies, Greenwood & Matrovic instead of Johnson, ASM & Martial.

      I like it, good structure and lots of big hitters. only concern is 2 x 4m options in defence

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Don't mind 2 x 4m in defence as long as they play.

        1. ShaunGoater123
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          absolutely, if can find 2 x 4m defenders that are playing then will be great. but thats the challenge, normally 1 shows himself but 2 might be pushing it

  20. jimski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Brewster to Sheff Utd on a permanent £15 mill transfer? (As unlikely as that sounds, there is speculation...)

    https://twitter.com/reluctantnicko/status/1298908114469650433

    1. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Damn. Liverpool should only allow a loan.

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Still OK from an FPL point of view, if not as a Pool supporter.

        1. Berbs
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I don't think Sheffield suits him anyway so not sure how many points we'd get

    2. The Trentminator
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      15mil sounds cheap... maybe includes sell-on and buy back clause

    3. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Seems unlikely, but straight in if it happens.

    4. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I’d love him to go SHU with those early fixtures

    5. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Season keeper if it happens.

    6. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      not going to happen

  21. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Is Laporte at 6.0 a good option or a waste of a City spot?

    1. THE WERNER DELUSION
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      good option

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Had him post lockdown - great when he played. Money well spent if fully nailed.

  22. Dutchy
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Differentials RMT thoughts?

    Have my reasons if you want to query

    Mccarthy
    TAA / Egan / Saliba
    Salah / Auba / Ziyech / Saka
    Werner / Ings / Mitro

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Looking good if 2 Arsenal punts work out

  23. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Anyone (or mods) know when the first recording of FPL blackbox will be out today?

  24. Zlatan approves
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Its this time of the year again when my OCD goes on another level

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I think you've missed a bit.

  25. Bumbaclot
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Hi guys is this pretty template? Am I looking good to go now?

    Ryan
    Trent/Vvd/kwp
    Salah/aubs/soucek/saintmax
    Werner/jiminez/mitro

    Subs: button/Armstrong/Dallas/lamptey

    Thanks everyone

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Almost identical to mine, though I am quavering on double Liv def now.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        TAA & a 5.0 defender looks promising

    2. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      A good standard side.

  26. RED_ARMY
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Anybody going without Salah for the first two? I'll be getting Auba instead and reassessing in GW3 if he's becoming Salah or KDB. Salah + Auba/KDB and Bruno is just too unbalanced IMO.

    1. Chris_H
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I currently have Auba + TAA + Robbo

      All hinges on who you want to captain out of the two really

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Starting with Mo and turning him into bruno is current plan.

    3. Bumbaclot
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      So my follow on to my RMT is this

      A. Vvd/saintmax/jiminez

      Or

      B. Docherty/son/Adams

      Thanks

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Leaning to B now

    4. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yes - sad old git that I am I noticed that Camzy was advocating this approach - for exactly the reason you have posted.

    5. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I’m leaning towards your point about all 3 looking unbalanced, BUT if the 4.5 defenders & Soucek do provide good value for money it does look to be quite a promising setup with a 4-5-1/5-4-1

    6. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Salah & Auba which after a few games will become Fernandes & KdB

  27. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    IF Doherty goes to Spurs and Vinagre nails down his place at Wolves this defence looks very strong.
    GW1 Son to Bruno with the 1.5 I have ITB
    GW2 Auba to KDB leaving me 0.5 ITB for an upgrade if needed.

    McCarthy
    TAA Doherty Tierney Vinagre
    Salah Auba Son Soucek
    Werner Mitrovic
    4.0 Brewster Bissouma Mitchell

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      If so then yes, I agree.

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Looks good and template, is Tierney worth 5.5?

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Calculated punt IMO

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Fair

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        How many points do you expect him to get?

  28. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    A or B please chaps? Medium to long term

    4-5-1
    A) Bruno | Egan* | Vinagre* | Soucek | (Brewster*/Mitchell*)

    4-4-2
    B) VVD | Doherty | Mitrovic | Pereira* | (Soucek)

    *Can be any other player at price point

    Brackets denotes first on bench

    Many thanks

  29. Bumbaclot
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    So my follow on to my RMT is this

    A. Vvd/saintmax/jiminez

    Or

    B. Docherty/son/Adams

    Thanks!

    1. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      A.

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      B with Mitro

  30. FALSE PROFIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    I am presently on Werner and Kane and probably wouldn't be if the Manchester clubs were playing.
    Am I overstacked with Forwards? I still have Salah and Auba but carry St Max, Pereira and Soucek who will be hard to move if they fail.
    The reverse side is Kane (reliable points getter) can be a place holder for Kun and Werner for Martial.
    What would you do guys?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I've got them both too, with Salah. On my bench are KDB and Greenwood. It gives me Manc options. I can go Kane > Martial/Kun or Salah > Bruno. I can reduce either Kane or Werner to a(nother) 4,5 benchie and convert a lowly 5-5,5 mid to Bruno.

      In your case you have one more option (Auba) to convert to whoever you want.

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Thanks for the reply. I think our set up reasons are similar. With your bench that good, how many points do you think you are sacrificing for the privilege?

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          GW1 will have 5 at the back - TAA and 4 mediocres, so I'll be 'coasting' that GW. I'd rather do that than dive into hits over the next couple of GWs.

          1. FALSE PROFIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Why I asked because it has also crossed my mind. I just tend to change backs less often and don't want to limit myself.

    2. redsallstars
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      looks good, i got same 4 premeiums myself. kane has great fixtures worth the extra £1.5m over son imo. can always downgrade one of your premiums as you mentioned if not going well

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yeah, I thought of son, being 1.5 less but Kane has better prospects IMO. The price points suit too. However, I am sacrificing a mid range mid for this.