Champions League

The best goalkeepers and defenders for UEFA Champions League Fantasy

The UEFA Champions League returns and brings with it that stirring anthem, star-studded midweek matches and a brand new chance for Fantasy glory via the official UEFA game.

Whilst the basics will be broadly familiar to Fantasy Premier League managers, the intricacies of strategy and diversity of pan-European player selection pose many new challenges.

And that is why we’re putting together a series of guides and recommendations to boost your chances of bossing your mini-league and scooping prizes, including Champions League match tickets, Playstation 5 consoles, cash in the UEFA store or FFS memberships (if you enter our FFS league – PIN: 65KAB8EHX307)

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Core Strategy – Prepare your Poker Face

The group stages of the Champions League are divided into three distinct parts, which I feel broadly compare with the key stages of a poker hand: the flop, turn and river.

In the first two games, teams bed themselves in, get a feel for the group and effectively place their first bets on how they’ll fare as they face off against two different opponents, which is what distinguishes them from ‘the turn‘, where teams then face one opponent home and away, back to back.

This is the key for most teams; by close of play on Matchday 4 their fate may not yet be sealed, but they will have a very clear idea of where they stand and what they (and their opponents) require. This sets up the real excitement for Matchday 5 and 6 – as with the river, fortunes can be won or lost and even Champions League royalty can find themselves flushed out.

The big difference in the group stage this year is the compactness of the schedule. Although this changes the traditional fixture grouping of three twos, the frequency should make the Fantasy game slightly easier to stick with as there’s less chance to miss a key Gameweek amidst FPL deadlines.

From the first kick-offs in Kiev and St Petersburg on 20 October, teams will play once a week for three consecutive weeks before the action recommences after the November international break. This gives the group stages two distinct halves and provides a natural break to regroup and recover from a poor start or conversely a lot of time for your starting line-up to collect injuries and risk rotation.

Chip’s Challenge

As with FPL, chip strategy needs considering from the very get-go in UCL Fantasy. The Wildcard can be played just once, but at any time.

There are unlimited transfers between the group stage and the knockout phases, and a whopping eight transfers a round between the first and second legs of each knockout round (three after the first, five after the second). This normally leads me to use my Wildcard in the group stage, and I plan on using it between Matchdays 2-4 depending on injuries/ fixtures. The thinking here is that, by employing it during the group matches, you have twice the amount of players to choose from and therefore a much better chance to get ahead early or utilise differential picks, compared to the knockout rounds when teams begin to look more and more similar. So plan when to use your Wildcard and pick your Matchday 1 team accordingly.

Over the following week, I’m going to be writing a position-by-position introduction for UCL Fantasy, starting with the goalkeepers and defenders.

Who to choose between the sticks?

Premium Goalkeepers (5.5-6m)

For goalkeepers, points scoring is essentially the same as FPL and, like FPL, the top keepers in UCL Fantasy all cost 6m. My picks of the six most expensive keepers in the game are Thibaut Courtois (6m), Manuel Neuer (6m) and Marc-Andre ter Stegen (6m). Whilst Courtois perhaps has the toughest group of the three (Inter, Shakhtar, Moenchengladbach), his Real Madrid defence was statistically the strongest in Europe last season and has two clean sheets from three domestically so far this season. You can definitely trust him to deliver some clean sheets if you go for a premium keeper.

UEFA Champions League Fantasy - Who are the top picks for Goalkeepers and Defenders?

Neuer and Bayern Munich celebrate their 2020 Super Cup victory

Neuer is fresh off the back of winning European Goalkeeper of the Year and playing in the best team in Europe. His fiercest attacking opponent is potentially RB Salzburg – Atlético have just played out back-to-back goalless draws for the first time under Simeone. Of the three, I‘m most inclined towards ter Stegen. Although he‘s playing in the weakest defence of the three, games against Ferencvaros and Dynamo Kiev should be easy for Barcelona. Unlike the other two 6m keepers, he‘s the best option across their whole defence as Koeman grapples with his limited options to find their clear starting XI.

For 0.5m less, you can have PSG’s Keylor Navas or Juventus’ Wojciech Szczesny (5.5m). For Navas, PSG have only conceded twice this season in six Ligue 1 games and four of their matches are against a dysfunctional Manchester United and Istanbul Basaksehir (who are currently in the Turkish relegation zone). As with Barcelona, games against Ferencvaros and Dynamo Kyiv spell clean sheets for Pirlo‘s Juventus and their Polish keeper.

Mid-priced and Budget Goalkeepers (4-5m)

The ability to make substitutions between days of a Matchday shouldn‘t be taken for granted, and a good rotating pair can be far more important to UCL Fantasy than in FPL. Sevilla keeper Bounou (5m) is my pick at that price point, although the relative cheapness of his colleagues means he’s not even the best option in his own defence.

At 4.5m, Liverpool’s Adrian is a rare gem. Assuming not every game in the near future will follow the story of their 7-2 drubbing to Aston Villa, Adrian seems set to start at least the first three, if not the first four, games of the UCL group stages with Alisson ruled out for up to six weeks. Liverpool are in Group D, the first half of the draw, so you’d need someone in the second half to rotate with him. This could be a premium option such as ter Stegen, Szczesny or Navas, but if you prefer two budget keepers, Zenit‘s Kerzhakov (4.5m) could be a steal with games against Club Brugge and an out-of-sorts Lazio side. This rotation includes a potentially lucrative defensive fixture run – Club Brugge at home, Midtjylland at home and Lazio home and away.

Liverpool’s current Goalkeeper Adrian, who is standing in for the injured Alisson Becker

If you don’t want Adrian, Olympiacos’ Jose Sa (4.5m) is another good budget option in the first half of the draw. The Greeks have only conceded one goal in their first five games this season, including shutting out Omonia home and away in the play-offs.

How defenders score points

There is one key difference in points scoring between FPL and UCL Fantasy, and it affects defenders the most. For each game, every three balls recovered for a defender gains a point. With some defenders racking up 10+ recoveries each game (these will be highlighted below), this can leave them with four to five base points each game, before clean sheets or attacking input have even been considered.

Premium Defenders (6-6.5m)

Having already talked about the strength of the defences they’re playing in in the goalkeeper section and their UCL pedigrees, Sergio Ramos (6.5m) and Joshua Kimmich (6.5m) should need no introduction. Ramos is on penalties in a rock-solid Real Madrid defence, and with 13 goals in 44 games last season, he seems a near-essential pick. Kimmich plays as a defensive midfielder and it’s a miracle that he’s been classified as a defender. With two goals and two assists already this campaign, he looks set for a great season at both ends.

Alongside these two, Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk (6m) needs no introduction. He led the way for balls recovered last season with 81. As a result, 24 of his 41 points came from this stat alone. If he puts up numbers like that again, he will easily outscore his two flying full-backs Alexander-Arnold and Robertson (6.5m), even with their attacking output.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson celebrate for Liverpool

Mid-Priced Defenders (5-5.5m)

With a huge amount of options at this price range, I’ve whittled them down to 10 options. Top of the list for me are Atalanta’s two flying wing-backs, Robin Gosens (5.5m) and Hans Hateboer (5m). Opening the group stages against Midtjylland and Ajax, the pair have already both scored in the league and look set to bring this form to Europe.

Mats Hummels (5m) was second to van Dijk for balls recovered last season with 79, and Dortmund’s form alongside their group games should bring clean sheets too. A similar option is RB Leipzig’s Lukas Klostermann (5m), who also had 79 recoveries last season, albeit having played more games. His fixtures against Istanbul Basaksehir and Manchester United definitely have scope for clean sheets and more recoveries for this great young Leipzig side.

Staying in Group H, PSG’s Marquinhos (5.5m) and Alessandro Florenzi (5m) are great mid-priced options playing for the best team in their group. Marquinhos is nailed in the heart of the PSG defence and with 50 balls recovered last season in the UCL seems a more attractive option than his keeper Navas. Florenzi is 0.5m cheaper, with more attacking threat.

The final three mid-priced options up for discussion are Leonardo Bonucci (5.5m), Raphael Varane (5.5m) and Niklas Sule (5m). Nailed centre-backs in top teams are always solid options and Bonucci’s regular goal threat potentially makes him a priority over Szczesny in goal, whilst Varane and Sule offer a cheaper (albeit likely slightly lower scoring) alternative.

Budget Defenders (4-4.5m)

As in all Fantasy games, picking the wheat from the chaff in terms of budget defenders is easier said than done. Surprise packages often come to the fore and blow other options out of the water, and that’s precisely who I’m hoping to identify below.

UEFA Champions League Fantasy - Who are the top picks for Goalkeepers and Defenders? 2

Sevilla’s Jules Kounde pictured during the 2019/20 Europa League

The best option in this bracket is unquestionable. Nailed in a Sevilla defence with great form and fixtures, Jules Kounde at 4m looks incredibly underpriced at this point. He’ll most likely start every game in a group that Sevilla will fight to win and was key to their UEL-winning run last season.

Elsewhere at 4m, RB Salzburg’s starting centre-back Jeremy Onguene has a tough group but took home 12 points for balls recovered last season, and we should keep an eye on young Barcelona stopper Ronald Araujo’s progress throughout the group stages, as injury and rotation may see him getting games.

UEFA Champions League Fantasy - Who are the top picks for Goalkeepers and Defenders? 1

Jerome Onguene in action against Liverpool’s Sadio Mane during the 2019/20 Group Stage of the Champions League

At 4.5m, Atlético Madrid’s Felipe seems a steal. He seems nailed on in Simeone’s mean defence, has games against RB Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow and hoovered up 15 points for balls recovered last season. Alongside him, Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni (4.5m) looks underpriced provided he recovers from COVID-19 in time.

Zenit’s Yaroslav Rakits’kyy had 13 points for balls recovered last season and as with Kerzhakov in goal, has some kind fixtures outside of the Dortmund games in Matchday 3 and 4. The same goes for Olympiacos’ Rafinha (4.5m) in their great defence with some nice fixtures outside of Manchester City (who I haven’t discussed thanks to Pep roulette).

The final option is Rennes’ Nayef Aguerd (4.5m). With two goals in six games so far this season, he definitely holds attacking threat, and Rennes’ place at the top of Ligue 1 shows that they won’t simply be rolled over by the likes of Chelsea and Sevilla.  

That’s all for now. We’ll be back with midfield and forward picks in the next few days; in the meantime, you can check out our introduction to the UEFA Champions League Fantasy game here and sign up for the FFS League for a chance to win bragging rights and FFS Premium Memberships with the code: 65KAB8EHX307

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706 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Corgzzzz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 24 mins ago

    Good Morning everyone. Can I have your votes on the below please.

    A, Mahrez.
    B, Pulisic.
    C, Harvetz

    1. Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 20 mins ago

      B

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 6 mins ago

      B

    3. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 6 mins ago

      B

    4. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 2 mins ago

      B

    5. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Id say C actually. Think bringing in Pulisic straight off an injury could be risky

  2. oxllie
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 22 mins ago

    Team On WC, is this good to go?

    Ryan McCarthy
    TAA Justin Konsa Kilman 4.0
    Salah Son Rodriguez Grealish Klich
    Kane DCL Wilson

    Is my defense too weak?
    Am I going to regret no Man City Cover?
    Is it worth sticking with TAA? 6 out of 8 have him in my mini-league

    Any replies I much appreciate!

    1. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 7 mins ago

      You need a playing 4th defender on an early wildcard. TAA to Robbo perhaps, to generate cash for an upgrade

      1. Better off with a pin and a…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        This. I'd make sure that you have a playing bench on a wildcard. You can go TAA->Robbo and downgrade Klich (you've got to bench someone so you may as well have a playing 4.5 there) to push up the defence a little more.

        You've got 3 premiums. If you want MCI you need to get KDB or Sterling IMO (possibly Kun) so you either have to drop Kane, Son or Salah or go to a very cheap defence and probably Brewster to afford it. Depends on how well you think the MCI players will do. Will Kane, Son and Salah all outscore KDB over the next few?

        1. FourLokoLeipzig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          Oh yeah, I didn’t realise Klich was 5.6. Even downgrading him to Soucek - a very playable option with the fixture swing - would generate 0.7. A couple of good options to sort that defence out. Good luck!

      2. oxllie
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        How would I accommodate for this?

  3. Pringle
    • 7 Years
    14 days, 17 mins ago

    Would you do Aubameyang to Son before price changes?

    1. hustler7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 13 mins ago

      Yes, next 3 Arsenal fixtures aren't great too.

      1. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 9 mins ago

        Next 1 fixture. The 2 after that are quite nice

      2. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 3 mins ago

        That’s what they said about Vardy ( Man C a)

    2. skodaole2
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 4 mins ago

      I plan to bring Auba soon now that everyone sold him. Fixtures are not good but Arsenal have to score goals and MCI havent convinced yet. If there is any other way to bring Son i d prefer that.

    3. hewittj1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      is it a free transfer? I don't think Auba stats are too good at the moment, but he did seem to be playing fairly centrally last week. I think it would be a hold for me

  4. hustler7
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    14 days, 15 mins ago

    Which of these two WC teams do you prefer...to Kane or not to Kane:

    A)
    Martinez Forster
    Saiss Chillwell KWP Mitchell Dunne
    Hamez Son KDB Salah March
    Kane DCL Brewster

    B)
    Martinez Forster
    Saiss Robertson* KWP Mitchell Dallas*
    Hamez Son KDB Salah Soucek*
    Maupay* DCL Wilson*

    Balance is a lot better in B.

    1. Gomolon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Might depend on how he looks in the game vs Denmark - current news is he's got muscle fatigue, but expected to come off the bench against Denmark

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      B definitely

    3. hewittj1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      B for balance and you have Son anyway

      1. hustler7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Thanks guys!

  5. F_Ivanovic
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 14 mins ago

    Price rise sites are the devil. I've actually decided this week to not look at them and I've felt so much better for it. No temptation to make an early transfer to beat a rise when I don't know it's coming and it looks like so far I've been rewarded for it considering Son still hasn't yet risen.

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 6 mins ago

      I've not looked at all this season. Yep, I've lost value but it's one less thing to worry about!

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      What is really annoying is that I had exact money to bring in Son/Wilson for a hit on Sunday pm.. Both were over 100 so I had to take the gamble, to find out they have not risen was very irritating

    3. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      I did that all last season and it went surprisingly well

  6. mr messi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    14 days, 13 mins ago

    Play Taylor or Mitchell?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 4 mins ago

      Taylor

  7. Szarleej
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 12 mins ago

    Who would you choose:

    A. Mitchell + Wilson
    B. Douglas + Maupay

    I already got Brewster and Ayling on the bench. Looks like Mitchell will not play with PVA return.

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 7 mins ago

      Does Douglas play? I prefer Maupay to Wilson

      1. Szarleej
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 4 mins ago

        He doesn't. My thinking is Mitchell will not play as well so maybe I could afford Maupay but not sure if it's worth it.

        1. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          What about Antonio? Gives you a bit more cash?

  8. waltzingmatildas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    14 days, 9 mins ago

    Lost on bottom of page:

    McCarthy Button
    TAA James Ayling CTaylor Mitchell
    KDB Sterling Bruno Soucek Bissouma
    Jimmy DCL Adams
    0.6itb and 1 ft

    James, Mitchell, KDB/Sterling, Bruno, Adams are all potential issues. Not keen on wildcarding yet.

    What looks best?
    A) Adams to Antonio
    B) Sterling to Son
    C) Bruno to Son

    1. Gomolon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 5 mins ago

      A - although i would look downgrade on of KDB/Sterling to Son, you're fortunate in that you can watch for a week or two and see who is looking in better form before making that decision though

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        14 days, 1 min ago

        Exactly my thoughts. I'd like to see City back to "normal" before I make that decision.
        Adams starts aren't terrible, so tempting to keep one more week.
        Perhaps even save a FT and have 2 next gw

  9. Millie7
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 4 mins ago

    rEPOST!!

    Mcarthy
    Coady - TAA - Mitchell - Taylor
    KDB - Barnes - Salah
    Werner - DCL - Watkins

    Soucek - Bissouma - Soucek - Holding

    0 transfers
    3.2 in the bank

    Think its about time I WC?

    1. skodaole2
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 1 min ago

      Why WC? Team is ok. I would check the KDB news for a possible hit and your bench looks more than ok for cover.

  10. Beavis
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    14 days ago

    McCarthy
    TAA, Justin, Doherty* (Shaw*, Mitchell)
    Salah, KDB, Rodriguez, Foden* (Bissouma)
    Werner*, DCL, Adams*

    *denotes that i'm happy to sell
    2 FTs, 0 ITB - What would you do?

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      I think it would be Doherty or Shaw out for me

    2. hewittj1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Shaw out for sure. would hold Doherty with Spurs fixtures. Maybe something like downgrade Shaw upgrade Werner to Kane

      1. Beavis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Thanks. That would be ideal but unaffordable unfortunately. Would need to be Doherty out if I wanted to fund Kane.

  11. Qaiss
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    Keep forgetting this rule. If I make 1 FT this week but have 2 FT's, will I then I have 2 FT's again next week?

    1. skodaole2
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Yes

      1. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        thanks

  12. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    West Brom v Burnley on Sky 'Box Office'

    Good luck with that you money grabbing t0ssers....

    1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Just seen it on FPL site.
      Disgusting.

    2. hewittj1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      hahaa

    3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Shall I put you down as a "maybe"?

  13. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
    • 5 Years
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    on a WC, keep KDB or move out for now?
    Likely fund Kane if moved out

    1. Will J 256
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Wait for pressers but on WC, would reluctantly move away!

      1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Yep will wait on pressers but don't want to be Pep'ed and he plays and runs riot...

    2. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      I wouldn't get rid of KDB for the season, people have such short memories.

      He's not even injured.

  14. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    Hi guys. Who do you think is the most dangerous/nailed Leeds midfield option?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Harrison in open play, but Klich has penalties. Apparently their results last season were pretty spread out across the team.

  15. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    Who would you rather have in FPL draft for rest of the season?
    A) DCL
    B) Richarlison

    1. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      A

    2. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      B

  16. Chelsea91
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    PVA will start?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      He said he is back, not sure if that means he starts though. If on your WC i do think he is a great punt, great fixtures through to GW17 and possibly even on penalties.

      I would get him and make sure you have decent bench cover. PVA and Mitchell as your fodder 5th def looks a great move.

      1. Chelsea91
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        My Current team as per below:

        Martinez
        Robbo,PVA,Chilwell
        Son,Kdb,Salah,Grealish
        Maupay,Wilson,DCL

        Steer Dallas,Mithcel,Stephens

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          Yeah looks optimal to me, great set up and nice bench cover for PVA.

          I would find another 4.0 GK instead of Steer. He will only be second choice to Martinez whilst Heaton is injured (should be back next month) and he stops you getting Watkins if he becomes an option.

          1. Chelsea91
            • 2 Years
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            Good suggestion mate, will change another 4.0 keeper.

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      I’m looking to bring in for Digne next week Fulham (a), will see if he starts and go from there..

      1. Chelsea91
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        PVA on setpieces if i am not wrong and he is only 5.4M. Think his value will increase by when we start.

        1. Chelsea91
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          He*

    3. hewittj1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      very excited about the prospect of PVA. I heard rumours that he could be on penalties?

      1. Chelsea91
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        yes he is

  17. Foresting
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    Dilemma. WC or hold for a bit...

    McCarthy/Steer

    TAA Robbo James Ayling Vinagre (yikes)
    Salah KDB JRod Soucek Traore
    Adams Werner Davis

    1 FT with 0.1m ITB

    HELP :-0

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Can probably hold still til next international break

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Adams to Watkins a good move this GW

      2. Foresting
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        This is why I'm dithering. I think I have points in the team, but is frustrating seeing them blank!

    2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      I would WC tbh

      Would change the entire front 3, Traore and most of the defence

  18. Detweiler
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    Who are the best three rotating cheap defenders?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      This is a pretty lazy question

      1. Detweiler
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Aha - fair point!

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          It's alright - p[ick the two cheap defenders you like best and then have a look at the weeks they have the tough games against City and Liverpool. Have a look at those GWs and then decipher which other teams have decent fixtures that GW to rotate in.

          Probably needs a spreadsheet but you would only need to run the fixtures to about GW19 as the remaining fixtures are simply inflections of the first set. Good luck, Dallas, KWP and Lamptey looks a good starter for 10.

          1. Detweiler
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            13 days, 22 hours ago

            Thanks - will take a deep dive!

    2. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Lamptey,Dallas,KWP,Ayling

      1. Detweiler
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Thanks. Leeds defensive stats are so poor though, think Taylor could be an option to rotate in.

    3. Firmino
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Lamptey, Dallas & KWP?

      1. Detweiler
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        I like that though not the best rotation. Over next 5 gives fixtures of cry, WBA, avl, BUR, avl. Or take home fixtures WOL, WBA, LEI, BUR, ARS.

        Leeds - WOL avl LEI cry ARS
        Brighton - cry WBA tot BUR avl
        Southampton - che EVE avl NEW wol

        Other options are a Palace defender though think PVA back soon will impact Mitchell and Ferguson still not fit. Taylor at Burnley is also a consideration but doesn't fit a rotation that well either.

        Burnley - wba TOT CHE bha CRY

        I guess a Taylor, Lamptey, KWP could give you:

        wba, WBA, avl, BUR, CRY

        1. Firmino
          • 5 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          I think you can play Lamptey and Dallas in the more difficult fixtures also.

  19. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    Palace fixtures are starting to ease up, any interest in any of their players? I’m tempted by Van Aanholt, Zaha killed me last season with about 1 return in 5 with supposedly great fixtures..

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      PVA - took a penalty with both Zaha and Ayew on the pitch (no Milivojevic) last season.

    2. Dreaming of glory
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Brought zaha in myself, happy to give him 4/5 games to see how he goes with them fixtures.
      Hope Mitchell gets another game or 2 but wouldn’t be overloading on palace players

    3. Better off with a pin and a…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 22 hours ago

      I'm wondering about Sakho at 4.5. Surely 1st choice. Limited attacking returns, but think he's normally good for bonus?

    4. Indpush
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 15 hours ago

      Brought in Zaha and PVA

  20. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    Hey fam! Regardless of KDB's injury, would you do this move?

    KDB & Adams to Son & Kane(C) for free!

    1. BoomXhakaLaca1
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      I've brought in those 2 in my WC

    2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Not a fan of losing KDB but damn those moves looks so good. I would actually do it.

    3. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      nah

      1. Arte Et Labore
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Lol, thanks for the deep analysis.

        1. Qaiss
          • 4 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          He asked a question, didn't ask for deep analysis. Taking out the best player in the league is always a risk. And if he can make those moves, then he clearly has cash so he should just upgrade Adams instead.

          1. Arte Et Labore
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            13 days, 20 hours ago

            To not include the best players at the moment is even a bigger risk in my opinion, and I think the odds favour Kane/Son to continue with their form rather than KDB begins to deliver.

            Time will tell, and of course I would like to have them all three.

    4. Dreaming of glory
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Not if KDB is ok to play. I’d rather hold a few weeks and see how bale does and then u can dg if KDB doesn’t pick up and u have data on bale v son

    5. Arte Et Labore
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      No brainer in my opinion. Kane and Son are on fire. KDB is maybe injured, and both KDB and City haven't performed well so far. You can always bring KDB back in when they start to perform. Even for a hit this is good moves in my opinion.

      I often hear people talk about backfiring transfers, but you could also miss out on points because of this cowardly/defensive strategy of avoiding backfiring.

    6. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 21 hours ago

      Cheers everyone! Thanks for your input!

  21. BoomXhakaLaca1
    • 7 Years
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    Probably a stupid question but start Wilson or Jorginho?

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Wilson

    2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Wilson

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Wilson - United in a bit of trouble and can see another upset at St James' Park

    4. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      3-1 Newcastle

    5. Ole.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Jorginho, see Chelsea getting a pen, espesh with minutes to Puli and Ziyech. Think United will be pretty defensive with Martial out.

  22. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    Chilwell has left the England training camp with a pre-existing foot problem according to @SkySportsNews. #FPL

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Thought it was an illness

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          Hmm - potential reprieve for us James owners if Azpi has to move across to the left.

    2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Does he have any functioning body parts?

  23. jam sandwich
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    RCWTM

    Martinez - Steer
    Robertson - Chiwell - Saiss - Lamptey - Douglas
    Salah - Son - Pulisic - Rodriguez - Bissouma
    Kane - DCL - Maupay

    1. Firmino
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Change Steer so you can have 2 Villa outfield players if needed

  24. Goonerly
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    Got 8.2M to spend on a midfielder.

    Rest of the midfield is: Salah, Son, Havertz, Bissouma, ???

    Who do I add?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      So close to Pulisic

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        *Grealish then

        1. Birds of Prey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          this or downgrade the not nailed> Fernandes

          1. Birds of Prey
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            Havertz

          2. Goonerly
            • 2 Years
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            Downgrade Havertz? Hmmm...

            Isn't Man. U. out of sorts? Fernandes a risky choice, but he does get the points

            1. Goonerly
              • 2 Years
              13 days, 23 hours ago

              Would leave me with 6.1 ITB, which could buy me such sexy options as:
              Barkley/McGinn
              Trossard
              Klich/Costa
              Townsend

              Not sure I'm persuaded by that..

      2. Goonerly
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        I know! Snowball's chance in hell that he'll drop to 8.2, right?!

        Yeah, Grealish is on my mind, and a sound choice. Guess I was just checking to see what else is out there

      3. Jones Town
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        13 days, 22 hours ago

        Rodriguez surely?

    2. Detweiler
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Downgrade Bissouma to Stephens and get Pulisic

      1. Goonerly
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Do we even know if Stephens is nailed?
        Would like my 4.5 MID to be playing ideally.

      2. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        this

    3. Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      13 days, 22 hours ago

      foden

  25. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
    • 5 Years
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    Who is on penalty duty for West Ham?

    1. Goonerly
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 22 hours ago

      Noble, when playing, I'd suppose.
      But Antonio otherwise.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 22 hours ago

      Noble when playing. Thereafter it is probably Antonio who took one last season due to being one away from a goals bonus so Noble gave it to him.

      Outside chance it could be Soucek who took a lot of penalties for his Czech team before joining the Hammers.

    3. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 22 hours ago

      Interesting if Antonio takes them.
      Trying to toss up between him and Wilson on a WC

  26. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    KBD probably fine before weekend?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 22 hours ago

      Yeah - sounds precautionary

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 22 hours ago

      Yes I would think so.

  27. Jordan.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    13 days, 22 hours ago

    ziyech was a day away from 7.8 ,now hes on the rise again ,grrrr

    1. Bank$y
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 18 hours ago

      Is he back?

  28. Fit_to_drop
    • 1 Year
    13 days, 22 hours ago

    On WC

    Two teams. Team A contains 3 Premium (9m+) attackers. Team B contains 4.

    Tell me which you prefer. Thanks.

    A)Martinez
    Saiss Robbo* Chilwell
    Son Grealish* Hamez* KDB/Sterling
    DCL Kane Antonio

    Forster ASM* Mitchell Kilman

    B)Martinez
    Saiss Castagne* Chilwell
    Son McGinn* Salah* KDB/Sterling
    DCL Kane Antonio

    Forster Bissouma* Mitchell Kilman

  29. Bank$y
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 18 hours ago

    Anyone bring in McGinn this week? Great form at the weekend and was already looking good with Villa.

  30. Ref is always right even wh…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 15 hours ago

    Is it possible to get a full list of players for the UCL competition? I notice you cannot copy and paste the players into excel from the entry page.