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The best goalkeepers and defenders for Sky Sports Fantasy Football

With less than a week to go, the time is now to decide on which defenders will and will not make your Sky Sports Fantasy Football backline.

Goalkeepers and defenders are an integral part of any team, but they have become increasingly important in the art of Fantasy Football, and even more so in Sky Sports Fantasy Football.

Rewinding to the 2018/19 campaign, I reported that there were five defenders among the top 10 point-scorers in the game, but fast forward to last season, and there were four goalkeepers and defenders combined who achieved the same feat, those being Dean Henderson and the Liverpool trio of Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk.

There are some potential bargains, and there are some which will come out of the woodwork, but two, or three of these five defensive players should be at the heart of your consideration when building your starting XI.

John Egan – £7.2m

Claiming an impressive 146 Fantasy Football points in his debut season in the Premier League, John Egan was value-for-money during Sheffield United’s successful campaign. Even with an increased price tag of £7.2m, he comes in as one of the cheapest assets in defence who started the majority of games last season.

This is reflected in his selection percentage, which currently stands at 11.75%. The price caters to accommodate those bigger players in defence, but at one of the value or budget picks, you will not go too far wrong with Egan, a solid defender who kept 13 clean sheets last term, scoring twice and picking up two man-of-the-match awards too.

Virgil van Dijk – £10.9m

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For the second season in succession, Virgil van Dijk recorded the most points out of any of the defenders, and of any player in Sky Sports Fantasy Football, despite racking up 31 points less (268) than he did in 2018/19 (299). This does still equate to 7.1 points per game, a fitting average for the most expensive defender, his price inflating to £10.9m for the new season.

It does not seem to have put many off, with van Dijk making it into 32.37 per cent of Fantasy Football teams. With 15 clean sheets, five goals, and hitting tier two passing bonus points (70+) on 21 occasions last season, it seems that even £10.9m is not beyond the extreme to have the Dutch skipper in your side.

With just four games to navigate before the Overhaul (unlimited transfers within the £100m budget for a set period of time), van Dijk looks a good route to get your season off and running emphatically, starting with new boys Leeds on Saturday, despite Chelsea and Arsenal following afterwards.

Nick Pope – £6.7m

The Burnley stopper registered a whopping 215 Fantasy points last season, just three behind Dean Henderson, who topped the charts. Nick Pope kept 15 clean sheets, just the one behind Ederson who claimed the Golden Glove. He has since earned an England call-up off the back of his solid performances between the sticks.

Burnley’s ever-resolute defence only let in 50 goals last campaign, and this level of consistency is expected to continue next year. After a tough trip to Leicester on the opening day, Burnley face Southampton and Newcastle before the international break.

Pope tallied tier one bonus points (three or more saves) on 15 occasions and tier two (five or more saves) six times, so even when clean sheets may be hard to come by, there will still be averages coming in from your number one.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – £10.6m

Trent Alexander-Arnold finished fourth in the Sky Sports Fantasy Football charts last campaign with 245 points. He made double figures with assists for the second consecutive season, ending on 13 from that department. Trent cruised his way to the Young Player of the Year award, and is set for another enjoyable term in the red of Liverpool.

Perhaps it is the fact that the English full back comes into the game £0.3m cheaper than his teammate Virgil van Dijk is the reason behind a higher selection percentage, which stands at 37.07 per cent. Will Alexander-Arnold make it into your starting XI for the opening day?

Kieran Tierney – £8.1m

We really started to see the best of Kieran Tierney towards the back end of last season, and the Scotsman played his part in Arsenal’s FA Cup final success. With a pre-season under his belt, he should be fit and raring to go ahead of the new campaign.

His statistics may not look the most promising, but his ability to get down the flanks and right to the byline before delivering inch-perfect crosses should account for an upturn in assists from defence. As well as this, Arsenal’s defence should (should) be a bit more solid and sturdy with William Saliba coming back from his loan spell and the introduction of Gabriel, so clean sheet points could be easier to come by.

Only a short period of time awaits until the first match of the season, with Fulham hosting Arsenal at Craven Cottage. 

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2,968 Comments Post a Comment
  1. teddy.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Wassup Homies?!

    Here's my slightly unorthodox selection:

    Johnstone Steer
    Tierney Egan Justin KWP Dallas
    Auba Salah Son Jota Bowen
    Werner Adams Mitrovic

    1. Greasy Grealish Gang
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I like this, quite different from most teams on here!

  2. COW
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Hey Fellas,

    After a bit of advice if possible.

    I'm looking to take a seasons break from FPL. I have made a team - but is there anyway I can take my team back and not play it? But still have my leagues run as normal and maybe play next season instead?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      You pick your team and leave it. Simple.

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Too late. Next time don't make a team. Just setup as good a ghost ship as you can and see how good it can do.

    3. VAR United
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Leave it as a ghost team

    4. Ole.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Leave your leagues and forget about it.

  3. Jdpz
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Is Son and Dele Alli together for GW 1 good idea?

      1. Sergeant Slaughter
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        if they played for different teams, would you have them? if so, then do it.

        1. Jdpz
            2 months, 22 days ago

            I want them

            1. thepeen555
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Then do that. Dont be a sheep lol

        2. Greasy Grealish Gang
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          I goth both pretty early. I'm taking the risk but with confidence.

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Thoughts on this 442 please?

        McCarthy
        TAA Justin KWP Robertson
        Salah Aubameyang Alli James
        Werner Mitrovic

        Nyland Bissouma Davis Ferguson

        Bottomed

        1. teddy.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Pretty

      3. Jacky boy
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        which aston villa forward ?
        Davis
        Vassilev
        ?

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Worrying about that one has made me swallow all my anti Frank prejudices to go Werner to add to Vardy and Ings up top

        2. Autopick XI
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Davis will be 3rd choice behind Watkins and Samatta and will be even less likely to get mins once Wesley returns from injury. I don't think Vassilev will even make the squad.

      4. pmletch
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Is Vinagre nailed?

        1. VAR United
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Not nailed but could still play with his move not materialising. Wait for the pressers, hopefully someone asks the question

          1. Sanchit
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            What about marcal?

            1. VAR United
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              He’s a LCB who can play LWB so depends on what system Nuno goes with.

              The first 2 GWs I would wait and see who comes through and then jump on them.

        2. Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          You asking this question means he is not

      5. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Rmt

        Ryan
        TAA Egan Davies Robertson
        Greenwood/James* Son Auba (C)
        DCL Vardy Ings

        bench: Mitchell

        Probably going for Greenwood over James so Bowen will probably be in my gw1 team and then transfer to Gw

        1. Marmalade Forest
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Daniel James?

          1. TimoTime
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Rodriguez?

          2. Z
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Rodrigez

        2. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Prefer McCarthy to Ryan due to fixtures

          DCL great after GW1 and could get something vs Spurs.

          Vardy nice route to Martial

          Good team

          1. Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Thanks a lot mate. Vardy to martial on gw2 or wait for gw 3 and double up on Chelsea with Werner and Ziyech instead of Vardy Greenwood?

      6. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Werner out in GW2 is starting to look really good to me.

        I think I like Martial more than Werner. If Werner does not look extremely sharp/gets a haul in GW1, I think there is a very strong chance I do it.

        And then in GW3 I can take a -4 and end up with this:

        KdB Fernandes Son Havertz Foden
        Martial Wilson

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          So you are already seeing Martial being sharp when he does not even play GW1 lol

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            I watched France... That was 2 days ago. And since project restart, Martial has done very, very well. 9 goal involvements in 9 games.

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Ok

        2. Z
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          And what about Bruno? You wanted him so bad

          1. JURGENAUT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Benched GW1

            1. Z
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Too much for my taste

          2. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Still have him. Would be a MUN double up in GW2 with no hit.

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 22 days ago

              So 9.5 + 10.5 on your bench. Ha ha

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Oh sorry, less 0.5

                1. Z
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  He/ She will not bench Matrial....

            2. Stram Dunk
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Hit for me in gw2. Just can't take the risk going without Salah...

        3. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Looking at that myself.

          Have him and Vardy and one goes week 2.

          Havertz for you over Puli?

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Yes. Havertz over Pulisic.

        4. Ole.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          The cam treble up Kdb, Fernandes, Havertz does look good 🙂

        5. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Werner after gw 3 has amazing run of fixtures.

        6. Sergeant Slaughter
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Leaving money in the bank week 1 for Martial in week 2. Werner stays tho. One of the other Fwds will make way.

      7. VAR United
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Can I get a quick vote please;

        A) TAA, Werner, Foden
        B) Doherty, Salah, ASM

        1. teddy.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          A

        2. Stram Dunk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 22 days ago

          B

        3. Greasy Grealish Gang
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          B, simply because I don't trust Pep

        4. In and Out
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          A

      8. dshv
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Am i ready?

        Mccarthy(nyland)
        Taa davies justin (mitchell, bernardo)
        Salah armstrong auba son (bissouma)
        Werner mitrovic callum.

        Any advices appreciated???

        1. teddy.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Never trust the Spurs defence

      9. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        A. Vinagre
        B. Justin/Thomas

        1. teddy.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Justin I reckon

      10. some witty pun
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Best 1-week punt before I bring in Martial on GW2?

        A) Ings
        B) Antonio
        C) Start JWP and save the transfer of Martial

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Werner?

        2. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Ings if no funds

          1. some witty pun
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Already have Werner, thanks

        3. Jay Jay Okocha
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          C

        4. Greasy Grealish Gang
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          C. I'm saving a transfer myself and already included Martial. I'd rather lose out on 2 points than not being able to make key transfers without taking too many hits.

      11. DIMITRIS
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Please help, I can't decide between these two, what's better :

        A) McCarhy (Nyland)
        TAA / Robbo / Justin (Ayling, Mitchell)
        Mane / Auba / ASM / Havertz (Bissouma)
        Mitro / Werner / Nketiah

        or

        B) McCarthy (Nyland)
        TAA / Saiss / Davies / Justin (Mitchell)
        Mane / Auba / ASM / Son (Bissouma)
        Werner / Ings (Davis)

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Awful formatting. Just post the differences.

          1. DIMITRIS
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            It's either Robbo / Ayling + Havertz , Mitro and Nketiah or Saiss / Davies + Son / Ings and Davis

          2. Marmalade Forest
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            But their selection of (and people’s ideas of who to go for), say, Havertz, could depend on whether they have Werner etc.

        2. teddy.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          I prefer A

          1. DIMITRIS
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Thanks

      12. royals forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        In your opinion who is the best 6.0 ST for this front eight for the first 4 - 6 GWs

        Aubameyang Salah ASM Livermore JWP

        Werner Jimenez xxxxxxxx

        Any ideas would be welcomed

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Nitrovic

          1. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            He's not that fast..

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Let's call him NOS.

              1. Stram Dunk
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Mitro speed 😀

        2. FPL_DON
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Adams for me

        3. Snevitz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          It's got to be Mitrovic.

        4. Your Man With The Hair
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Mitro purely for his ownership levels. Could be a costly one to miss out on.

        5. VAR United
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Find the .5 and get Wilson. If you can’t then Mitro

        6. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Mitro, nailed/pens/talisman/ownnership

        7. Atletico Junior
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Its mitrovic

      13. Pickle juice
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Which combo :

        A. Werner + mitro
        Or
        B. Vardy + Antonio

        Cheers

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          A

        2. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          A

      14. Rider on the Storm
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        So much confidence on werner!

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          High ownership, hedging my bets.

        2. Rider on the Storm
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Every manager on here trust the guy!

        3. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          He'll be gunning for the golden boot 😉

        4. swervinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          With all that attacking creativity around him, he gets a huge number of chances. Hopefully plays central.

        5. Greasy Grealish Gang
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          I actually thought he'd be a differential. Instead now I'm waiting until at least GW3 to see if I'll get him. Same with Havertz.
          I'm sure he'll get the numbers either waay.

      15. Fernando Torres
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        What is better...

        A) Kane (3-4-3)
        B) Alli + then switch to Fernandes in GW2

      16. HollywoodXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        BB GW1. WC GW2. Thoughts?

        McCarthy Ryan
        Trent Robbo Doherty Tierney Saiss
        Auba Son JWP Pereira ASM
        Werner Adams Mitro

      17. FPL_DON
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Is there somewhere in the members area to see which players have the best points to minutes ratio? Help appreciated!

      18. MrCloppity
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Is it worth getting rid of Doherty to fit Wilson in? Would mean 4-5-1 to 3-5-2.
        Current team

        McCarthy
        TAA AWB Walker- Peters Doherty
        Auba Mane Saka ASM Son
        Werner

        Nyland, Brewster, Davis, Mitchell

        2m itb
        Son to Fernandez GW2

        1. teddy.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Is that Pete Doherty at leftback?

          1. MrCloppity
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Haha

      19. Your Man With The Hair
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        First attempt here... a new born will delay attempts at a fantasy team it would seem!

        McCarthy
        TAA | Dier | Justin
        Salah | Auba | Alli | ASM
        Werner | Jimi | Mitro

        (Steer | Vinagre Mithchel | Stephens)

        Not convinced on Jimi and Diet could be Davis.
        Other than that am I missing anything?

        1. MrCloppity
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Plan to move to United and city players.

          1. Your Man With The Hair
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Auba to KDB / Sterling.
            Jimi to either Martial or downgrade to Wilson and use funds to upgrade Alli to Rashford in time.

        2. FPL_DON
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Our teams are almost identical, except I have Soucek over ASM, so i have the money to get in Martial for Jimi (or in my case Ings)

          1. FPL_DON
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Oh and congrats!

            1. Your Man With The Hair
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Cheers... yea that extra 0.5m would be handy for sure!

              1. MrCloppity
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Looks and sounds good then. Congrats as well

      20. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        think lamptey is nailed ? not over enthusiastic over 4.5 defenders but need to pick someone 🙂

        1. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Veltman says hi...

      21. olavure
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 22 days ago

        rate my team?

        Leno (Nyland)

        TAA - Davies - Saliba - Justin (Mitchell)

        Auba - Salah - Havertz (Stephens, Lemina)

        Ings - Werner - Mitrovic

        1. some witty pun
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Very, very similar to my team. Main difference is I play 343 - I upgrade one of the 4.5 mids to ASM, and TAA is my only defender over 4.5

      22. Z
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        A. Willson+ Havertz
        B. ASM+ Werner

        CANT DECIDE!!!! Help 🙂

        1. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          B

        2. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          B

          1. Z
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            I am switchimg them like a moron whole day long......

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              There's worse. Havertz and Kane or Son and Werner.

              1. Z
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Son and Werner (coz i have them right now.....)

                1. Bobby Digital
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Me2

        3. some witty pun
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          B

        4. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          B

        5. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          A. Havertz is unreal.

          1. Z
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            You watched some YT clips? 🙂

        6. swervinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Werner for sure and I'm on Sako for 5.5. Can play anywhere, Arteta loves him. Was best player on the park first half of the CS.

      23. Silecro
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        On Christian Pulisic:
        "Sources tell CBS Sports that the work put in during the short offseason paid off as he worked diligently with the club physios.

        "His recovery went very well." one source told CBS Sports. "He will train with the team from today [Wednesday]."

        On Wednesday, Simon Johnson of The Athletic reported that Pulisic was in line to feature on Monday."

        Thats enough for me, Captain America in.

        1. some witty pun
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Doubt he starts. Front three should be CHO - Werner - Havertz. Chelsea fan here

          1. Silecro
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Im also Chelsea fan 😀 i think its somehow 55/45 on chances of starting

        2. swervinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Surely he won't be risked from the start. They have cover, and it's Brighton.

        3. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          He could be good. I think I prefer Havertz just a shade. Again, I don't think people realize what a great player Havertz is.

          17 goals in 34 games in 18/19 in the Bundesliga. The best Pulisic ever managed was 4 in 32.

          1. Silecro
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            As a lifelong Chelsea fan, nothing would please me more if he became Bruno-like, as you mentioned couple of pages ago.
            Pulisic will be more Hazard/Rashford type, lot of flank asists, goals also.

        4. Sergeant Slaughter
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Can't see Frank risking him. Doesn't make sense.

      24. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Let's just call him Hames. That's how it's spelled and people will stop thinking that Jay is now a midfielder.

      25. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Son the perfect place holder for a Chelsea midfielder it seems.

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Son has amazing fixtures though

      26. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Anyone concerned over Chelsea opening fixtures

        Monday night away game - Brighton

        Followed by home to pool

        This is a team that hasn’t had a real
        Preseason together, plenty of promise but surely need to settle

        1. thepeen555
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Prob smash Brighton to bits

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Drew with them last year and in preseason in the same fixture!

            1. thepeen555
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Chelsea are looking stronger on paper now imo

        2. THE WERNER DELUSION
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          double liv defence, Havertz seems a decent hedge and then GW3&4 fixtures are nice

        3. Snevitz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          There are no Chelsea in my team, I'm hoping they take a while to get going.

          1. sumatera
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            I think you will regret this

            1. Snevitz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              They are a new team and have Liverpool second.
              I prefer Vardy for the start but it's an easy swap if Werner starts scoring.

          2. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            The early punt on the new guy rarely pays off - Werner has the edge of any

            So many great signings but I don’t think they’ll instantly adapt to a new life in the UK, in a new team and the prem

            1. nobwak
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              I don't think that this is true.
              Hazard, Auba, Salah, Aguero, Lacazette, Martial... these are all players that moved from foreign leagues, with a lot of hype surrounding them, and excellent records in the league they were moving from. All made instant impacts in Fantasy terms. THey're just the ones that instantly popped in to my head.

              Granted, there are many didn't make instant impacts too.
              I think it's more accurate to say that an early punt on the new guy doesn't aways pay off.
              I certainly wouldn't say it's "rare".

        4. Ninjaa
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Agree lots of new signings but no pre season to gel. I predict a slow start for Chelsea

        5. Guba
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Other than Werner, waiting for gw3 to jump on any more Chelsea assets.

        6. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Very much so

          I have 3 separate set ups - all of which look good. One of them is the Chelsea heavy starting line up which allows me no starting attacker below 7.5. Definite risk there and may revert to to one of my other set ups - but they too of course have inherent risks.

          Think it comes down to 3 things. How patient you're prepared to be and what flexibility you have to switch out of Chelsea if needed.

          The 3rd point though is possible upside. Double Chelsea could absolute gold.

      27. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 22 days ago

        So all yous which are benching UTD assets GW1 is based on fact that they will haul GW2.

        Fact vs fiction?

        1. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Its really getting to you isnt it... shur just leave them bench away. If it's a bad call it helps the rest of us

        2. Guba
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          If we assume a transfer is worth 4 points, it's essentially just a gamble that your player you plan to transfer to UTD or whoever will not score more than 4 points against our alternative bench option. It's that simple really.

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Some are benching Bruno which is the equivalent of two more (sub) premiums in attack. 6 mill goes an awful long way on a 100 mill

            1. Guba
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              The price doesn't matter if you plan to make a single transfer in gw2 to get say Bruno. It still works out the same in points. You still had to have the 10.5m available to get Bruno in gw2 so you've not invested it elsewhere.

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Point I'm making is that two extra players in GW1 who are likely returners makes the calculation of a minus 4 to get double United and match those who bench Bruno presumably want squiffy.

                The calculation of benching Bruno is presumably that it is better than a minus 4. Feels a big call to think that if you can stay within 4 points of teams with two more likely returners. It's in effect gambling on the likes of ASM etc who at best return one in four matches to come up with the goods in one match.

                1. Guba
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  I'm not really sure where double United has come from.

                  I'll show my own example though to help illustrate@

                  I am currently benching Martial because I want him in GW2.

                  My options are:
                  Use an alternative such as Ings/Jiminez and take the -4 for Martial.
                  Or use a bench option for 1 week.

                  So it's essentially:
                  Ings/Jimenez (-4)
                  Vs
                  Armstrong (in my case as I've elected for a spread route with this in mind).
                  Otherwise other people probably a 4.5m defender.

                  Could go either way, but for me I think i'm odds on favoured to be better to hold the transfer.

                  Because I always know I want Martial, these are my options regardless of what other people are doing. The same is the case for people benching Bruno.

                  It's not huge pay offs but it is certainly worth considering if you know you want the asset in gw2.

      28. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Rip it apart?

        McCarthy
        Trent, Davies, Keane
        Auba C, Salah, Saka, Son, ASM
        Werner, Wilson

        Steer, Mitchell, Burr, Brewster,

        1.5 for upgrades.

        1. some witty pun
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Wouldn't go for double Newcastle attack for a start

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            ASM is exciting & Wilson can finish unlike JoeL

        2. teddy.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Bench is going to matter when players start missing games with Covid isolation.

        3. sumatera
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Bench is horrendous

        4. schlupptheweek
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          I'd guess you have 1.5M to upgrade Son to Fernandes, it's not bad but that bench is shocking, so if you could find a 0.5M to upgrade Burr (who will start max 1 or 2 weeks), then you can have Ayling or KWP. Keane has low ceiling of points even with decent fixtures, the rest looks very nice!

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            I was thinking three at the back who are nailed, Keane can be CTaylor & Burr any 4.5 ie KWP?

        5. FPL_DON
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Armstrong for ASM

        6. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Cheers needs a tweak core looks fine & having 1.5 itb is going to hurt GW1

        7. BarryManilows
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Looks good, you won’t need a bench for first few