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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. 

Change and amend your team, and who knows, you could land yourself the £50,000 jackpot!

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  1. teddy.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

  2. COW
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      You pick your team and leave it. Simple.

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Leave it as a ghost team

    4. Ole.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Leave your leagues and forget about it.

  3. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

    1. Sergeant Slaughter
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

      1. Jdpz
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I want them

        1. thepeen555
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Then do that. Dont be a sheep lol

    2. Greasy Grealish Gang
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

  4. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Pretty

  5. Jacky boy
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    which aston villa forward ?
    Davis
    Vassilev
    ?

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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.

  6. pmletch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Is Vinagre nailed?

    1. VAR United
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

      1. Sanchit
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        What about marcal?

        1. VAR United
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 1 month 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
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      You asking this question means he is not

  7. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Daniel James?

      1. TimoTime
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Rodriguez?

      2. Z
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Rodrigez

    2. TimoTime
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month 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?

  8. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 1 month 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
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Ok

    2. Z
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      And what about Bruno? You wanted him so bad

      1. JURGENAUT
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Benched GW1

        1. Z
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Too much for my taste

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

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

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          So 9.5 + 10.5 on your bench. Ha ha

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Oh sorry, less 0.5

            1. Z
              • 4 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              He/ She will not bench Matrial....

        2. Bam Saka Laca
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 1 month ago

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

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Yes. Havertz over Pulisic.

    4. Ole.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

    5. Shark Team
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Werner after gw 3 has amazing run of fixtures.

    6. Sergeant Slaughter
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

  9. VAR United
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Can I get a quick vote please;

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

    1. teddy.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

    2. Bam Saka Laca
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    3. Greasy Grealish Gang
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B, simply because I don't trust Pep

    4. In and Out
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

  10. dshv
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Never trust the Spurs defence

  11. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    A. Vinagre
    B. Justin/Thomas

    1. teddy.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Justin I reckon

  12. some witty pun
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Werner?

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Ings if no funds

      1. some witty pun
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Already have Werner, thanks

    3. Jay Jay Okocha
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      C

    4. Greasy Grealish Gang
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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.

  13. DIMITRIS
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Awful formatting. Just post the differences.

      1. DIMITRIS
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

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

      2. Marmalade Forest
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month 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
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I prefer A

      1. DIMITRIS
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Thanks

  14. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Nitrovic

      1. The Train Driver
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        He's not that fast..

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Let's call him NOS.

          1. Bam Saka Laca
            • 1 Year
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Mitro speed 😀

    2. FPL_DON
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Adams for me

    3. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      It's got to be Mitrovic.

    4. Your Man With The Hair
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

    5. VAR United
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

    6. TimoTime
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Mitro, nailed/pens/talisman/ownnership

    7. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Its mitrovic

  15. Pickle juice
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Which combo :

    A. Werner + mitro
    Or
    B. Vardy + Antonio

    Cheers

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

    2. TimoTime
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

  16. Rider on the Storm
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    So much confidence on werner!

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      High ownership, hedging my bets.

    2. Rider on the Storm
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Every manager on here trust the guy!

    3. TimoTime
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      He'll be gunning for the golden boot 😉

    4. swervinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

    5. Greasy Grealish Gang
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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.

  17. Fernando Torres
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    What is better...

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

  18. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    BB GW1. WC GW2. Thoughts?

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

  19. FPL_DON
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

  20. MrCloppity
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Is that Pete Doherty at leftback?

      1. MrCloppity
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Haha

  21. Your Man With The Hair
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Plan to move to United and city players.

      1. Your Man With The Hair
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 1 month 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
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Oh and congrats!

        1. Your Man With The Hair
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

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

          1. MrCloppity
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Looks and sounds good then. Congrats as well

  22. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

    1. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Veltman says hi...

  23. olavure
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    rate my team?

    Leno (Nyland)

    TAA - Davies - Saliba - Justin (Mitchell)

    Auba - Salah - Havertz (Stephens, Lemina)

    Ings - Werner - Mitrovic

    1. some witty pun
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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

  24. Z
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    A. Willson+ Havertz
    B. ASM+ Werner

    CANT DECIDE!!!! Help 🙂

    1. TimoTime
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

      1. Z
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

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

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

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

          1. Z
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

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

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 4 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              Me2

    3. some witty pun
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    4. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A. Havertz is unreal.

      1. Z
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        You watched some YT clips? 🙂

    6. swervinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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.

  25. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

      1. Silecro
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

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

    2. swervinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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
        1 year, 1 month 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
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

  26. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

  27. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Son has amazing fixtures though

  28. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Prob smash Brighton to bits

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

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

        1. thepeen555
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Chelsea are looking stronger on paper now imo

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

    3. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

      1. sumatera
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I think you will regret this

        1. Snevitz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 1 month 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
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month 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
          1 year, 1 month 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
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

    5. Guba
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

    6. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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.

  29. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month 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
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 1 month 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
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 1 month 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
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 1 month 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.

  30. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Wouldn't go for double Newcastle attack for a start

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        ASM is exciting & Wilson can finish unlike JoeL

    2. teddy.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

    3. sumatera
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Bench is horrendous

    4. schlupptheweek
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month 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
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Armstrong for ASM

    6. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

    7. BarryManilows
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

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