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The best strategies to navigate FPL Blank Gameweek 1 with or without chips

As neither one of Manchester United or Manchester City play in a Blank Gameweek 1 this season, planning for the new campaign is arguably harder than ever for Fantasy Premier league managers.

The awkward nature of the opening round of fixtures is, of course, not the only problem we face.

A short than usual pre-season means we have slightly less data and information regarding starting line-ups, some players are still missing due to coronavirus-related tests, either testing positive or receiving track and trace alerts.

And that’s before we even consider how long the Premier League campaign might last in light of the ongoing pandemic, as well as a new Gameweek deadline and sudden loss of early team news.

Amid all of that uncertainty, Fantasy managers face the challenge of navigating Blank Gameweek 1 without leaving themselves short-handed beyond it.

There are at least four teams that will not feature in Gameweek 1: Manchester United, Manchester City, Burnley and Aston Villa. Their absence from the opening round of fixtures just makes things more complicated for us, considering the two Manchester clubs have plenty of exciting options and Jack Grealish (£7.0m) could, in theory, replicate some of last season’s form.

How should we plan our strategy to navigate the early challenges? In this article, I would like to examine several possible options to solve the problem, added with the analysis of each strategy’s strengths and weaknesses.

Early Wildcard

Activating the Wildcard early has actually been a quite common strategy in the FPL world.

Such tactic has been one of the crowd’s favourite as it gives the flexibility to follow any early season bandwagon that you might have missed out on. Think of the furore surrounding Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m) in 2018/19 or the John Lundstram (£5.5m) last year.

Going for the Wildcard sooner rather than later also helps you identify the early-season premium template, which in consequence influences the squad value in a very positive way.

The negative side of using the Wildcard so quickly is on the knock-on effect it has one any long-term plans, as the second one feels so far away.

It pushes the managers to the situation where there is no contingency plan outside taking hits should unprecedented events occur between the first and the second Wildcard activation.

For the 2020/21 season, in particular, there are so many factors to consider.

After the Blank Gameweek, the four fixtureless teams have quite promising runs in the near future, at least according to the Fixture Difficulty Rating (FDR) metric from the official FPL site.

Aston Villa will face a Sheffield United outfit without Dean Henderson (£5.5m) and a newly-promoted Fulham side. Burnley host Leicester and Southampton, while Manchester City face Wolves and the Foxes themselves. Admittedly, those fixtures are not the easiest but they improve beyond that.

Fernandes haul raises the bar for top 10k's most popular captain Salah

However, Manchester United go into Gameweek 2 facing Crystal Palace and then Brighton, so making a move to get on Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m), Marcus Rashford (£9.5m), Anthony Martial (£9.0m) or Mason Greenwood (£7.5m) is tempting indeed.

Deploying that early Wildcard in Gameweek 2 or 3 could certainly help steal a march on those around you, with Fernandes and Martial against Palace or Brighton acting as big differentials.

Furthermore, in this strangest of seasons, it might take longer than usual to find out who the budget enablers are too. In a usual campaign, each team would have played maybe four to five friendlies at least, for us to know the starting £4.0m defenders and £4.5m forwards before Gameweek 1.

This time around, much less is certain with Nathan Ferguson (£4.0m) injured at Palace, Ben Johnson (£4.0m) still competing for minutes with Ryan Fredericks (£4.5m) and Rhian Brewster‘s (£4.5m) Liverpool future still hanging in some sort of balance.

There are significant caveats to this strategy, of course. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the transfer window remains open into the first week of October, after the Gameweek 2 or 3 deadline.

Activating the Wildcard before this shuts could be very risky indeed, especially with Lionel Messi rumoured to be on his way to English shores.

Trying to balance emerging bandwagons, injuries, COVID-19 regulations, or even another lockdown, could prove tricky for those who have already used their Wildcard early on.

EARLY MINI-WILDCARD

Aubameyang outperforms Salah in early audition for Gameweek 1 FPL captaincy

The early Mini-Wildcard strategy is pretty similar to the early Wildcard concept. Instead of activating that precious chip, we could save the free transfer on Gameweek 1 to do three transfers for Gameweek 3 with a four-point hit. It might sound uninspiring to take early points hits, but saving that Wildcard could prove crucial.

Obviously, a number set of transfers should be well-planned. Luckily, the fixtures make doing so quite easy at this stage.

For example, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ful/WHU), Michail Antonio (NEW/ars), and Jamie Vardy (wba/BUR) each have relatively favourable initial fixtures before things get tougher from Gameweek 3 onwards.

This is where the early Mini-Wildcard strategy could take advantage, by replacing the trio with say, for example, Martial (BHA), Timo Werner (wba), and Raúl Jiménez (whu).

The Mini-Wildcard does retain some advantages of the early Wildcard strategy, and leaves the chip intact, but there are still plenty of potential disadvantages.

The pre-planned transfers make our strategy inflexible; should any unprecedented events occur such as injury or transfer / loan out of the players in our starting XI, we are left with no options to navigate the situation, except to (1) change the strategy to the early Wildcard, (2) take hits to transfer out the injured/transferred players, or (3) do nothing and accept the decreased team value.

The early Mini-Wildcard strategy also prevents us from overhauling the majority of our squad at the same time – three players is probably the limit with an acceptable amount of point hits taken.

TRANSFER PLAN TEMPLATE

The template transfer plan might be one of the most popular strategies discussed online. Executed very similarly with the early Mini-Wildcard strategy, this does not involve point hit and uses the free transfer in each Gameweek accordingly.

One of the most fashionable transfer plans mentioned is the switch around the premium players, having Aubameyang and Mohamed Salah (£12.0m) the start, then move the Egyptian for Fernandes in Gameweek 3, and the switch the Arsenal man to Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m) in Gameweek 3.

The other options are to transfer in Greenwood / Rashford / Martial for Gameweek 2, and Sterling / Werner / Ziyech in for Gameweek 3.

The upside point of the transfer plan template strategy is that the captain selection thinking is going well and inline with the transfer.

By having the aforementioned transfer plan, we could have the captain / vice-captain options of:

  • Gameweek 1: Salah against Leeds or Aubameyang at Fulham
  • Gameweek 2: Aubameyang against West Ham or Bruno Fernandes vs Crystal Palace
  • Gameweek 3: Bruno Fernandes vs Brighton or De Bruyne against Leicester
  • Gameweek 4: De Bruyne against Leeds
  • Gameweek 5: Bruno Fernandes vs Newcastle
  • Gameweek 6: De Bruyne against West Ham

What a set of promising fixture-based captaincy selection that is. However, there is still a certain degree of inflexibility involved in this strategy if other issues arise in that time.

Benching Manchester assets in BGW1

Another popular strategy in the FPL community is to own a Manchester asset in Blank Gameweek 1 and simply bench them.

However, this is likely only effective if you go for one of the cheaper assets, ruling out De Bruyne, Sterling Fernandes.

Rashford, Martial, Greenwood, Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m), or Phil Foden (£6.5m) seem much more appropriate options for this strategy, although you will have to make sure you are confident in your budget enablers elsewhere too.

That’s because you will almost certainly have to start them in Blank Gameweek 1. Tomas Soucek (£5.0m) has already put himself forward for this, while Jarrad Branthwaite (£4.0m), Leander Dendoncker (£4.5m) and perhaps Tyrick Mitchell (£4.0m) are others to consider.

By applying this strategy, the weakness of transfer inflexibility from the previous strategies can be avoided. The managers who go down this route might also end up getting some price rises out of the Manchester asset they hold from the beginning.

However, it goes without saying that this strategy does damage your points ceiling for Blank Gameweek 1 considering you’ll be leaving a heftier than usual chunk on the bench.

CONCLUSION

As tough as the challenge might be, we somehow always have options of escape routes as FPL managers. Obviously, there is no “correct way” to navigate Blank Gameweek 1 as we cannot see the future, but with several medium-term plans and educated estimation, we might optimise our damage control.

Every manager will eventually decide the strategy that suits each of them the most; whether you take the risk of benching expensive assets or activating a Wildcard early.

I, personally, would prefer to bench someone like Greenwood in Gameweek 1 (the cheapest route to the Manchester assets with relatively safe game time).

The uncertainties at this time, such as COVID-19 implications, late transfer window deadline, and even the future of Messi, does not help me to see that taking the risk having no Wildcard could be worth it for higher point ceilings (only) in the first two Gameweeks.

Hopefully you found this article useful but remember to go with the strategy that suits you best.

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1,886 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Stimps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Thoughts on Willian instead of Auba?

    Mccarthy
    TAA Doherty Vinagre
    Salah Son Willian Ziyech Soucek
    Werner Ings

    4.0 Davis Taylor Mitchell

    1. Jdpz
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Yes, Willian may be 10/15 points less than Auba after 6 matches, but he is 4M cheaper and better to invest in someone else.

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Here's the team. Will be taking a 5 day FF break and tackling it afresh when I get back from holiday. Few more hours to chew fat/tinker yet.

      McCarthy Steer
      TAA Doherty Justin Vinagre Johnson
      Salah Auba Fernandes Son Soucek
      Mitrovic Adams Wickham

      1. Red Red Robins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Great team tbh
        KDB GW2 or waiting for 3?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          We'll see. Maybe I'll get him in GW2 if Salah looks off the boil but likely I'll hold the FT.

          1. Red Red Robins
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Only thing for me is Son. been playing pre season up top as Kane not been playing, then 1st game against an ok Everton team with him then being moved to the left.
            Id say Alli which would give you a mill in bank too, plus he'll be playing further up top with good pre season. But Alli never works for me

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Well... Did a stats crunch yesterday when Mourinho first joined (new manager bounce blah blah) from GW13-19 when all 3 (Kane, Alli and Son) started together - 10 gameweeks still a bit small sample size but this was the longest extended run since Mourinho joined where all 3 were fit and playing together.

              The results were:
              Son - 46 points
              Alli - 44 points
              Kane - 31 points

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                That says 'Alli' to me, with the cash upgrading Johnson.

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  It does on raw points potential. But seeing as the fixtures are super condensed for Spurs I want security of starts. In GW 3 if things are looking good, I can do Auba + Mitrovic/Adams > Werner + Alli if need be.

              2. Red Red Robins
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Maybe Alli then? Great pre season, were as Son would be moved from starting up front in pre season to then moving back to the left.

      2. ElliotJHP
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Strong side, bold going against a premium striker for the four mids but think that was the norm a month ago so shows how quickly it all changes.

        Enjoy your holiday!

      3. The Knights Template
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Holiday where?

      4. baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I basically like it, but the issue for me is having both Mitro and Adams. If there are two more expensive fwd:s needed for gw3, (Martial, Jimenez, Werner for example) that team is in trouble. Injury to Kun or Jesus sold to get Messi might also get that team into trouble imo. Even 4-5-1 can probably be more flexible.

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I'm going to roll a FT in GW2 and then can do Auba + Mitro/Adams > Werner/Martial + Pulisic/Alli

          Lots of ways I can get out of harm's way. But I think Mitro is there to stay for a while since his fixtures are decent and he's on pens/nailed on. Adams if he's a bust can be removed pretty easily.

          1. baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Fair enough. I don't want Mitro tbh, his potential upside is too limited. Poor goal conversation rate, slow and Fulham less attacking than last time. I doubt he is going to be a bandwagon or needed. Adams is in my team which is pretty similar to yours.

      5. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Looks fine to leave for a few days. Those midfield options keep changing for you but I'm not sure about going without Werner or a slightly more premium forward.

        Enjoy your break, hope you are going somewhere nice.

    3. Ings_is_the_king
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Ings and Gordon (bench) or Adams and Greenwood (bench)

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          2nd as long as Greenwood is a nailed starter.

          1. baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            But we probably won't know before transfer window is closed.

      • Frank Koscielny
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        McCarthy (Nyland)
        TAA / Vinagre / Dier (Taylor / Williams)
        Auba / Alli / Soucek / Saka (Greenwood)
        Werner / Vardy / Ings

        Too top heavy?

        1. ElliotJHP
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Nah, your 8 Mids/Fwds are one unit really, and I like both Ings/Werner. Unsure on Vards atm.

          Want to take a punt on Saka myself but concerned about Pepe/Willian

          1. Frank Koscielny
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Cheers! Might shift Saka to Asm for less rotation risk

        2. Brosef Stalin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          This is an excellent team. Just have to hope that Alli is back to his best, otherwise you're going to struggle in midfield

          1. Frank Koscielny
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Cheers, not often I get that around here!

      • Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Jamal Lewis being reported with a move to Leicester, could be a great option.

        1. The Knights Template
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Why?

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Why not.

          2. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Well Liverpool wanted him - Klopp's assessment is good enough for me.

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              It's actually their unique transfer committee that suggests transfers, e.g klopp didn't want Salah, Klopp wanted to keep faith in Karius instead of getting Allison etc etc but your point still stands. If Liverpool want a player right now then it's most likely that player will be a hit

      • Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Havertz has completed Chelsea medical. £90M deal to be announced according to The Sun.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Nice, now to work on a new GK

      • Wolfman180
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        McCarthy/ Nyland
        Robertson/Tierney/Walker Peters/ Johnson/Vinagre
        Salah/Aub/Son/Saint Max/Soucek
        Werner/Adams/Brewster

        Thoughts on this team, is it strong enough for GW1(and perhaps GW2)? It leaves me with 2.5 ITB, which gives me the flexibility to either say upgrade Son to KDB/Bruno, or upgrade Saint Max to Ziyech etc.

      • waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        A) Mitro and Bruno (benched GW1, play 4.5 def)
        B) Jimenez and Greenwood (benched GW1, play 4.5 def)
        C) Vardy and Armstrong

      • Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        ive always been keen on a benching strategy,latest go

        ryan

        kwp / vinagre / trent

        alli / soucek /(a)ubameyang /armstrong / gordon

        vardy / kane

        button / taylor / digne / martial

        no chelsea,wait and see,especially with liverpool gw2

        trent enough pool defence

        not convinced by salah

        all calculated risks same as everyone else ,well done FPL you cant have them all,

        1. fpork
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Not being convinced by Salah can hurt you bigtime. I think the upside of going without is smaller than the downside.

          Also, it is easier to remove Salah for KDB after 2 GWs. With your current team, how to you bring in KDB if not for Auba?

      • Red Red Robins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Ziyech
        21 apps, 6 goals and 12 assists last year
        Havertz
        30 apps, 12 goals and 6 assists last year

        On here people putting Havertz at 8.5 - 9.0
        Im thinking Ziyech would be the better value, but then Havertz in a tougher league, plus im not sure he'd even start GW1

        Who are would you lean towards out of those 2?

        1. Slouch87
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Havertz won't join the squad until next week. Ziyeck for starters .

      • Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Best option for 7.0?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Mount, Maddison (injured though), H.Barnes or Foden if you can wait a week and ride out the benchings

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            But yes - Robertson if you meant any position

            1. Gabbiadini
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              yes any position.

        2. Jordan.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          robertson

        3. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Robbo

      • mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        What would you say your biggest weakness(es) from last season were, and more importantly how are you planning on fixing it?

        For me, captaincy fails prevented what could have been a truly stellar season over 50% fails and lots of the "successes" were an assist here or there. The fix? Everyone's dreaded phrase "upside chasing" will try to be more aggressive in focusing transfers on solid captaincy shouts

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Captaincy fails and moving around premiums too much.

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Current fix is KDB/Bruno home captaincy rotation

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              That's a good plan too, definitely considering that myself

        2. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Captaincy fails and too many impulsive transfers. I'm determined to have a clear strategy and stick to it this time, involving both captaincy and transfer policies - both of which are heavily involved in my flavour of 'upside chasing'!

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Exact same issues as me, I've already planned my captains for the first 4 weeks, subject to change of course but last season that probably would have been Salah/sterling without any real thought depending on who had the "easier fixture"

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Exactly. I started with the intention of perma-rotating the captaincy between Kev 'n' Bruno, but the clever chaps have helped me come up with something a little more sophisticated. I also have a structure to focus my transfers on just 3 or 4 positions rather than a complete lack of policy. And, yeh I've made a note of my captain picks for the first 7 GWs, ha ha!

        3. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Being too template/safe. I want to employ the Magnus strategy of doubling aggressively on teams that have good fixtures. He did it brilliantly with Vardy + Maddison before the Southampton explosion and then again with Wolves and Jota + Doherty.

          Will try to do something similar maybe with Alli + Son or with MUN players.

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I've always been militantly anti-cover, and try to triple-triple when I can - eg 3 Liverpool, 3 United, 3 City. Obvs that trio is impossible but it's often doable with 2 and a trio from the likes of Southampton. Apart from triple-Pool defence, I'm not starting like that, but have no qualms about doubling and tripling when I can.

        4. baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Bad luck 😉

        5. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Upside chasing is a dynamic concept for when viable, profitable moves exist to get ahead of the crowd. Instead of having a fixed strategy as this article suggests, it allows you to be flexible between or in spite of your chosen strategies. The plan should be constantly moving forward as opportunities present themselves in a fast-moving & unpredictable game environment.

          That's not to say it should be practised every gw or with every player. Patience has proved to be a winning factor, but a more probable success of the strategy may lie in gws 1-3 for the more aggressive players.

      • Andrew
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        How's this looking guys?

        McCarthy (Button)
        TAA Vinagre Justin (Taylor Branthwaite)
        Salah Auba Son Soucek (Stephens)
        Werner Mitro Ings

        1. xarabaneco
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Timothy Castagne perhaps to leicester.... Justin not playing....

        2. adondek
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Goalkeepers : Mc Carthy and Nyland, Join my h2h league 3 CITY ( GD-GS-GA).Code : csnrpi

        3. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Soucek (3-5-2) or a 3rd 4.5 def in a 4atb?

        4. ivantys
            1 month, 19 days ago

            If Wijnaldum gets sold, is Harry Wilson gonna start ahead of James Milner?

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I would expect Liverpool to cough up for Thiago.

              1. ivantys
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Oh ok cheers

              2. Werner Brothers
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Thiago will

            2. ivantys
                1 month, 19 days ago

                I'm actually thinking of benching bruno for GW1 (getting martial for GW 2) as I'm not convinced by midfielders at his price or lower (already have son). Willian might not start and have 3 spurs players already so Alli is out of the question. Thinking of going 4-3-3 as I'm confident of my defence this week. I have no salah or auba in my lineup as having those would ruin my strat of having 3 premium strikers.

                1. Brosef Stalin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Which three premium strikers have you opted for?

                  1. ivantys
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Vardy, Ings and kane. I just felt that ings and auba will both get around same points in GW1 so they cancel each other out. A bit worried about switching vardy out in GW2 for martial but martial's form I just cannot ignore. This lineup still allows me to have son, trent and doherty, just too tempting to get instead of having salah or auba.

                      1. Brosef Stalin
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        It's the right move to swap out for Martial though I think.You have a well balanced squad by the sounds of it.

                        1. ivantys
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Yeah this approach meant that I go all in on spurs and manu from week 2 onwards, but it also meant that I would have some difficulty getting mancity players. I might be eyeing that week 4+5 vardy's games by changing with kane then change back after. I'm planning to use wild card on week 9 or 10 as it's the break point to get a lot of Liverpool and mancity players in.

                  2. apprehensivepipe4
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      RMT HELP PLEASE!

                      McCarthy (Button)

                      TAA, Vinagre, Walker-Peters (Dallas, Bernardo)

                      Salah, KDB, Son, Saint-Maximin (Stephens)

                      Werner, Martial, Mitrovic

                      OR

                      McCarthy (Button)

                      TAA, Robertson, Vinagre, Walker-Peters (Dallas)

                      Salah, KDB, Fernandes, Son (Stephens)

                      Rodrigo, Mitrovic (Davis)

                      1. ivantys
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Your first team's defence could be better since you're reliant on your defence in the first week with 2 manchester players. Change the last 2 to mitchell and another 4.5 defender that's more likely to get clean sheet compared to Leeds.

                        • GREEN IS GOOD
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Joined

                          Along with the 153 other teams

                          1. GREEN IS GOOD
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Reply fail to below

                        • adondek
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            Forwards : Werner and Ings .Invite you to my h2h 3CITY.Code : csnrpi

                        • adondek
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Join my h2h league 3 CITY (GD-GS-GA).Code : csnrpi

                          • Trumpeters FC
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Hey guys - What do you think between:

                            Barnes + Werner or Ziyech/Willian + Ings..

                            Thanks!

                          • Brosef Stalin
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Great article. What it fails to highlight however is that if following the transfer plan template there is a risk of the players that you want to bring in rise in value in the intervening weeks and your carefully prepared plan is scuppered.

                            I've also not seen anybody mention that in the forums here either - am I missing something?

                            1. baps hunter
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 19 days ago

                              The fact that it's been said earlier thousands times that planned transfers will work only in theory?

                              1. Brosef Stalin
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                1 month, 19 days ago

                                Where in the article does it say that then? Also not seen it anywhere in the forums either.

                                Thanks for your post though.

                          • adondek
                              1 month, 18 days ago

                              Join my H2H league 3 CITY ( GD-GS-GA).Code : csnrpi

                            • daayne
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 13 days ago

                              Rate my team please, I'm not convinced

                              Guaita
                              Egan Saiss Doherty
                              Aubemayang Pereira Rodriguez Salah
                              Wilson Mitrovic Werner

                              Pope Webster Phillips Koch

                              Thank you.