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Five-time top 1k FPL finisher Tom Freeman on Liverpool defence, Spurs and Villa

One of the world’s best FPL managers, Tom Freeman (aka avfc82), discusses Trent Alexander-Arnold, Son-Heung min, Aston Villa and more before revealing his own team plans for Gameweek 5.


So, where were we?

The last time I checked in, Gameweek 3 had drawn to a close and I sat 453,222nd overall. I talked up Solly March (£5.0m) and Stuart Dallas (£4.5m), and also touched upon each club’s most creative player so far.

Since then, Mohamed Salah’s (£12.2m) 26-point captaincy haul, combined with returns for Alex McCarthy (£4.5m), Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.5m) and James Rodríguez (£7.8m), contributed to my Gameweek 4 score of 68 points, which has seen my overall rank rise to 271,739.

So, in this my latest column, I thought it might be useful to address some of the bigger talking points that have dominated discussion in the FPL community during the international break. The topics I cover are not only relevant to my team, but probably yours too, and I hope by putting forward my thoughts on them, it can help a few of you out.

SHOULD I SELL TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD AND BUY HIM BACK ONCE ALISSON RETURNS?


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  1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    Would you bring in Aguero if you were on WC? I’m fine with him not starting this GW.

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      No, would punt on PVA and Pulisic before Aguero

    2. hustler7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      He could be weeks away and when he does come back it is unlikely he will start and will be some way off full fitness.

    3. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      Not yet, but have an easy route to get him

    4. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      No chance

    5. Joey Tribbiani
        11 days, 18 hours ago

        nope. Im trying to fight against the temptation because hes such a nostalgia pick for me

      • HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 days, 18 hours ago

        no, Kane for the next 4 will outscore Kun then you can make the switch

    6. Goodricke
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      Grealish, DCL Chillwell and Mendy

      or

      Vardy, Jorginho, Zouma and Meslier

      Wildcard:
      Mendy, Martinez
      Chilwell, VVD, Mitchell, Bellerin, Sais.
      Salah, Costa, Grealish, Rodriguez, Son
      Kane, DCL, Brewster,

      Thoughts?

      Vardy has a good record against Villa, and this is the only workaround that keeps most of my other WC picks.

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 days, 18 hours ago

        First one, easy

      2. Plonatron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 days, 18 hours ago

        Easily first option, not even worth thinking about

      3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 days, 16 hours ago

        Vardy has never crossed my mind on WC. Definitely the former for me.

    7. hustler7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      Grealish or Zaha?

      Both have good fixtures, Grealish looks in better form?

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 days, 18 hours ago

        Grealish

      2. Boly Would
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 18 hours ago

        Grealish

      3. zman575
          11 days, 18 hours ago

          i dont get why everyone is saying grealish. zaha this week grealish next week. zaha always scores against brighton then has fulham immediately after.

          1. hustler7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            11 days, 18 hours ago

            I think Grealish will be more consistent but it is close. Zaha's next 2 games are plum for goals.

      4. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 18 hours ago

        Salah or Son for the armband?

        A or B

        Both tricky fixtures.

        Who are you choosing for captain?

        1. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          11 days, 18 hours ago

          Son

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          11 days, 18 hours ago

          Son

      5. SomeoneKnows
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 18 hours ago

        Still can't make up my mind between these 🙁

        1) Maupay vs Wilson
        2) Castagne vs Chillwell

        1. Front 442
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          11 days, 17 hours ago

          Maupay & Chilwell no brainier for me

        2. vsberlina
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 days, 21 hours ago

          1) Maupay
          2) Castagne. Chilwell is better but is injury prone and CHE have CL for next 6 weeks. Bigger rotation risk.

      6. chobentys
        • 7 Years
        11 days, 18 hours ago

        Hi guys, A or B?

        Martinez, Forster
        Robertson, Saiss, Chilwell, Justin, Mitchell
        Salah, Son, Rodriguez, Grealish, XXX
        Wilson, Calvert-Lewin, XXX

        A: Saint-Maximin & Kane for a 3-4-3
        B: KDB & Brewster for a 3-5-2

        Thank you!!

        1. 2OLEgend
            11 days, 18 hours ago

            A for now

            1. chobentys
              • 7 Years
              11 days, 18 hours ago

              Thanks, that's my unchanged team, feel quite good about it!

              1. 2OLEgend
                  11 days, 18 hours ago

                  Nice job mate. One of the better teams I've seen in here

          • JollyGoodYellows
            • 1 Year
            11 days, 18 hours ago

            What would you do here guys? 1FT and 0.1itb

            Mccarthy (Button)
            TAA Justin Mitchell (Holding Davies)
            Salah KDB JRod Soucek (Bissouma)
            DCL Werner Ings

            1. 2OLEgend
                11 days, 18 hours ago

                Save FT

                1. JollyGoodYellows
                  • 1 Year
                  11 days, 18 hours ago

                  I'm worried about having no Son or Kane. You'd give Werner another week?

                  1. 2OLEgend
                      11 days, 18 hours ago

                      It's ideal to have one of them, yes. But would rather safe this week (Spurs faces a solid WH-defence) and then do a "mini-WC" next week with 2FT and a hit if needed

                2. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                  • 2 Years
                  11 days, 18 hours ago

                  Do you have wc?

                  1. JollyGoodYellows
                    • 1 Year
                    11 days, 18 hours ago

                    Yeah, don't think it needs it just get and could prove very valuable as covid hits more.

                3. Zrinkec
                    11 days, 18 hours ago

                    Nothing i guess or trading for Davies, your defense is looking very, very weak. Rest is good, maybe Werner but he will start scoring sooner or later, seems more urgent to get defense who play game in and game out.

                    1. JollyGoodYellows
                      • 1 Year
                      11 days, 18 hours ago

                      Cheers. You're right my defense is horrendous but I'm so tempted to do Werner and Bissouma to Son and Brewster.

                4. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                  • 2 Years
                  11 days, 18 hours ago

                  Guys my wc team..Need suggestions

                  Martinez 4.0
                  Robbo saiss lamptey dallas kwp
                  Salah son james grealish bissouma
                  Kane dcl maupay

                  0.6 itb.

                  My thinking is if I need to get Chelsea in James to pulisic can be done or if I need city then grealish and kane to kdb/sterling and antonio or if kun is fit then can Just do Kane to kun..Whats your opinion guys?

                  1. Alchim1sT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    11 days, 14 hours ago

                    pretty similar to my wc draft
                    strats sound reasonable
                    g2g

                5. dbeck
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  11 days, 18 hours ago

                  I am g2g, benching right?

                  Johstone
                  Dallas Saiss TAA
                  KDB Salah Grealish Son
                  Brewster Werner DCL

                  Button Soucek Mitchell KWP

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    11 days, 17 hours ago

                    Yeah - nice midfield

                6. HMC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  11 days, 18 hours ago

                  what are the priority moves this week?
                  Have 2FT, not opposed to -4 but just as happy rolling a transfer again if nothing pressing.
                  Feel like Foden should go first but only have 0.2 itb - could move to Trossard
                  Wood will either go this week or next (vs WBA I could hold but still don't see them scoring too often especially away)
                  Kdb pending pressers.

                  Considering Kdb + Foden to Kane + Trossard / Grealish for free

                  which moves would you prioritise

                7. Jacobdhopper
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  11 days, 18 hours ago

                  What do you guys think to this squad and what changes if any would you recommend...
                  Martínez 4.0
                  Justin TAA Mitchell Dallas Taylor
                  Son Grealish Zaha Mane Bissouma
                  Ings Maupay Kane?

                  Any help is appreciated

                8. Kanteisking
                  • 4 Years
                  11 days, 18 hours ago

                  Thoughts on this WC. Going got rubbish defence based on the stack load goals flying in

                  Adrian
                  Justin, Lamptey, Konsa
                  KDB, Salah, Son, Jamezzz
                  Kane, Wilson, DCL

                  Sub - Steer, Mitchell, Balbuina, Stephens

                  1. Alchim1sT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    11 days, 14 hours ago

                    Adrian seems is a short term pick ... in 3-4 weeks you gotta waste on transfer on gk, which is not ideal
                    and he wont get that many safe points as other good cheap options
                    Justin might also lose his place when perreira is back ..and your bench is pretty weak tbh
                    Wilson to Watkins and upgrade Mitchell or Justin?

                    1. themaindanger
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      10 days, 11 hours ago

                      Why would you have Adrian on a WC?
                      DEF looks v. light. I would have a Liverpool DEF.
                      MID looks good.
                      ATT Wilson to Brewster to help enable the Liverpool DEF.

                9. IRBOX ⚽
                  • 3 Years
                  11 days, 18 hours ago

                  Save a tranny here lads?

                  McCarthy
                  TAA Saiss Justin
                  Salah KDB Rodriguez Foden
                  Ings Jimenez DCL

                  Nyland Bissouma Mitchell Vinagre

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    11 days, 17 hours ago

                    Yup

                10. JONALDINHO
                  • 3 Years
                  11 days, 17 hours ago

                  Rate this WC /10.

                  Martinez
                  Robertson • Ayling • Ward
                  Salah • KDB • Son • James • Grealish
                  DCL • Maupay
                  (4.0 / KWP / Masuaku / Brewster)

                  Feel it gives me the most balance

                11. The Reptile
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  11 days, 17 hours ago

                  Anyone got up to date news for KDB ? the FFL site says he's expected to be fit for Arsenal game but other sites say he won't be risked.

                12. TeddiPonza
                  • 10 Years
                  11 days, 17 hours ago

                  Who to captain out of:

                  Salah
                  KdB
                  Kane
                  Son

                  Thanks.

                  1. Alchim1sT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    11 days, 14 hours ago

                    just look at the transfer poll 😉

                13. GloryManUnited
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  11 days, 16 hours ago

                  Drunkenly activated my free hit last weekend. Havent opened the app in 8 days and just realized it. This is dire

                  1. Tarzan
                    • 6 Years
                    11 days, 9 hours ago

                    Maybe a great opportunity who knows

                14. Tarzan
                  • 6 Years
                  11 days, 9 hours ago

                  It's Werner time guys

                15. Tarzan
                  • 6 Years
                  11 days, 9 hours ago

                  Adams to Bamford a no brainer right?

                16. manu4life99
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  11 days, 9 hours ago

                  Good to go?

                  McCarthy
                  TAA Dallas Justin
                  Salah(vc) Son(C) KDB Rodriguez
                  DCL Jiminez Watkins

                  steer mitchell bissouma kwp

                  1. Stupendous
                    • 8 Years
                    10 days, 11 hours ago

                    Kdb is out

                17. aidmata
                  • 5 Years
                  11 days, 9 hours ago

                  McCarthy Steer

                  Saiss Justin Mitchell Davies TAA

                  Salah KDB Son Podence Bissouma

                  Mitrovic Werner DCL

                  On the basis that nobody is ruled out and hopefully get KDB news, would you do A or B?

                  A) Werner and Davies --> Jimenez and Chilwell (2FT)
                  B) Werner, Davies and Mitrovic --> Kane, Bellerin or other 5.4 defender, Brewster (-4)

                  1. Stupendous
                    • 8 Years
                    10 days, 11 hours ago

                    Um...

                    KDB is out

                18. FantasyHero
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  11 days, 7 hours ago

                  Which is better:

                  A. Grealish & Casta
                  B. Trossard & Robbo

                19. MRCONTE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  10 days, 12 hours ago

                  so, what are the factors in choosing Grealish over Watkins & Barkley?
                  I can't decide between Grealish vs Watkins.

                20. FootieFan77
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  10 days, 11 hours ago

                  Son is better away than at home so I am reluctant to give him the armband. Kane is a better option.

                21. FootieFan77
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  10 days, 11 hours ago

                  As a general rule in fantasy football over the years I have found that when you can't decide between which players to get go for the cheaper option.

                22. Stupendous
                  • 8 Years
                  10 days, 11 hours ago

                  K....D....B

                  Is

                  Out

                  Confirmed by Pep. Goodness people.

                23. OptimusBlack
                  • 7 Years
                  10 days, 11 hours ago

                  McCarthy
                  Mitchell Justin Chilwel
                  KDB Salah Rodríguez Podence
                  DCL Jiménez Vardy (C)
                  (Steer) Egan Bissouma Holding
                  Already -4 and 0.5 ITB
                  Use WC or Not ?

                24. Dave3143
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  10 days, 7 hours ago

                  I need to chose 2 out of 3. Barnes, St. max and Bamford.

                  St max just seems so tempting after leaving him on the bench last week thinking he was injured and he scored 12 pts and he playing a crumbling Man U. Barnes has been unlucky not to score and could have double digits in the past 2 games. Bamford is a 1 goal consistent player up against a wolves defense that's been inconsistent. I can't make a decision. Help please! 🙂