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Hall of Fame number one Fábio Borges’ Gameweek review and transfer plans

One of the world’s best FPL managers, Fábio Borges, looks at Kevin De Bruyne replacements and defensive improvements ahead of Gameweek 5.


Finally, another long international break is behind us and, after a crazy Gameweek 4 in which I was lucky enough to get 81 points, I’m really looking forward to tinker with my team again!

Gameweek 4 was an incredible rollercoaster of emotions for me. It started with the news that my transfer in (Reece James) had been benched by Frank Lampard. This was really surprising and disappointing because I really felt he would still be the first choice to play in the Premier League since Cesar Azpilicueta played the cup match a couple of days before.

I knew Lampard’s rotation could be a problem going forward but I have to admit I never expected it would happen so soon. And so, considering James’ fixtures, price, attacking stats and the fact that he is one of the best defenders at collecting baseline bonus points by quite some margin, I decided he was a risk worth taking and a massive improvement over James Justin (who was always a short-term pick for me). Clearly, I was wrong.

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1,510 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Jdpz
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    Guys - BIG QUESTION - Grealish or Bruno Penaltes?

    1. 2OLEgend
      7 days, 8 hours ago

      Bruno

  2. Klopp it
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    Captain 1

    A. Salah
    B. Sterling
    C. Werner
    D. Jimenez
    E. Brewster

    1. King Mo
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      A.

      If you're feeling mega ballsy then E.

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      A or B toss a coin

    3. Balls of Steel
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      C

  3. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    KdB -->

    A) Sterling (-4)
    B) Start Justin (AVL)

    1. OBAMA
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      justin

  4. Bonus magnet
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    choose 1

    1. mahrez+rashford
    2. sterling +greenwood

    1. OBAMA
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      b

    2. Klopp it
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      Iv currently got 2, so I'd say 2

  5. LanMi
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    How do you rate Joel Ward? Is he nailed on at all?

    1. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      Started last four. Looks nailed.

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      Award for least exciting question of the day. I read a couple of times he might be under threat when ova comes back with Mitchel potentially swapping sides, I wouldn’t buy him

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 days, 9 hours ago

        Nailed for the time being though

    3. Murder on Zidane's Flo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 8 hours ago

      Nathaniel Clyne lurking. A player Hodgson capped 13 times as England manager. Would avoid Ward personally.

  6. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    Already on -4 this week, do I take a -8 and do KDB > Sterling or hold and play one of my subs?

    Martinez (Steer)
    Trent - Saiss - Taylor (Lamptey & Dallas)
    Salah - Son - KDB - Podence (Burke)
    Maupay - DCL - Jimmy

    1. OBAMA
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      dont do a -8

      1. Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 9 hours ago

        Who would you play out of Dallas, Lamptey or Burke?

        1. Joker91
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          7 days, 8 hours ago

          Lamptey for me!

  7. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    Almost time for jousting sticks down

  8. saurabh.06
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    Any further news on vardy?

  9. Balls of Steel
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    Have a really good gut feeling that this will be Werners week and outscore the likes of Salah, Son, Kane, Sterling?

    1. Sylas
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      Is this a question or a statement?

      1. Balls of Steel
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 9 hours ago

        "Statement"

  10. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    I'm on a WC, do I:

    A) Get Zaha now hope he starts

    B) One week punt on Greenwood then get Zaha next week

    1. OBAMA
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      stay away from zaha - greenwood better pick imo

    2. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      A

    3. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      A for sure.

  11. asquishypotato
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    Super quick

    Callum Wilson long term
    Maupay and then Antonio

    1. OBAMA
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      Watkins

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      Wilson possibly my placeholder for Antonio dependant on jimi as well

    3. Joker91
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 days, 8 hours ago

      Much prefer option B

  12. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    Anyone played phasmaphobia?

  13. raff97
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    Am I mad for playing Brewster home to Fulham and benching KDB while he recovers? Or take a hit to bring in sterling?

    Martinez
    Digne James Saiss
    Salah Son Hamez Podence
    DCL Jimi Brewster
    (4.0 Lamptey Mitchell KDB)
    0FT 1.1 ITB

    1. zotter
      • 11 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      No way. That’s fine

    2. boomshakeboom
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      go for it

  14. corderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    A) Semedo

    B) Reguilon

    1. King Mo
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      B

    2. OBAMA
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      B

    3. Kno
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      just asked the the same thing, think I might punt on B

  15. SomeoneKnows
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    Bottomed... start Saiss or Dallas?

    1. OBAMA
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      saiss

  16. wolves_simmo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    KDB replacement...I have £11.5m to spend....struggling to look past Grealish, even over Sterling.

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      I got jack

    2. OBAMA
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      son

    3. fc_skrald
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      Think I will go with Fernandes

    4. King Mo
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      Sterling for me. The Villa-Liverpool game was a freak so if you look beyond that and ask Sterling v Grealish it should be a no brainer, IMO.

      1. OBAMA
        • 5 Years
        7 days, 9 hours ago

        I agree - it does seem like a knee jerk transfer if you're choosing grealish over raz

      2. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 9 hours ago

        Who says it was a freak? They looked good in their previous matches too

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 9 hours ago

          No ones expecting another 24 pointer but he can easily get a goal or assist in most matches

  17. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    Save the last transfer or do somehting with this team?

    Martínez
    TAA, Saïss, Lamptey
    Son, Salah, Fernandes, Pereira
    Ings, Mitrovic, Jiménez

    Button, Burke, Mitchell, Dunne
    1 free transfer, 1.4 million in the bank

  18. zotter
    • 11 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    WC a or b???

    A
    Martinez. Forster
    CHILWELL. Trent. Lamptey. Kwp. Dallas
    Grealish. KLICH. Havertz. Son. Salah
    KANE. Brewster. Maupay

    B
    Martinez. Forster
    ROBBO. Trent. Lamptey. Kwp. Dallas
    Grealish. PULISIC. Havertz. Son. Salah
    MAUPAY. Brewster. Maupay

    1. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      Too many mops in B.

      1. zotter
        • 11 Years
        7 days, 9 hours ago

        Mops?

    2. raff97
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      No DCL is bold. I prefer B

      1. zotter
        • 11 Years
        7 days, 9 hours ago

        Sorry. Second Maupay is DCL

  19. Leonard hatred
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    I'm a bit stuck this week, EVE+LIV and AVL+LEI means most of my team is playing itself.

    Martinez
    TAA, Saiss, Digne
    Rodriguez, Salah, Grealish, Son (c)
    Brewster, Calvert-Lewin, Jiminez
    (ryan, justin, mitchell, bissouma)

    Am expecting villa to do ok with leciester injuries, and by merit of apparently not being sh*t anymore, and the mersey derby to be a disappointing low-scoring affair.

    What does this mean? Basically 10 goals at Goodison park, and Vardy to come on for 5 mins and score three penalties. Thank me later when your Vardy(c) hauls 🙁

  20. HD7
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    Son or Salah for the Captaincy, mates?

    Salah hasnt let us down so far

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      Keep switching till deadline. Let luck decide

    2. makaveli123
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      Salah for me

    3. Mambino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      I've gone Son but don't feel great about it

  21. makaveli123
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    Morning lads.
    Who do you reckon is the best KDB replacement out of Son and Sterling? I already own Kane.

    1. OBAMA
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      raz

      1. OBAMA
        • 5 Years
        7 days, 9 hours ago

        both ideally lol

  22. Lindleaf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    Do we think that Stephens at Burnley has nailed down a place? Started the two games since he arrived.

    1. King Mo
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      Nothing to suggest otherwise.

  23. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    Another hit to do Kdb to Sterling?

  24. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    I’m against scout picks so need an Antonio goal to wipe out the Reguillon cleanie

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      I'm fairly confident about my team this week. Only 3 players from scout picks

  25. Jay Jay Okocha
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    A) Son and Maupay
    B) Pulisic and DCL

  26. Van der Faart
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    KDB to
    A)Pulisic
    B) JRod
    C) Grealish
    D)Penandes
    E)Rashford
    F)Sterling

    Plus Davies out for Lamptey? (-4)

    Defence this week is currently
    Coady TAA Dallas
    but have Jimi and Podence so dont want to start one of Coady and Dallas.

  27. Nightf0x
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    With 18.4 get which duo from A & B

    A) Ings antonio kun vardy
    B) Puli grealish jrod barnes foden sterling

  28. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    This GW:

    -Aguero will destroy all wildcards and Sterling will get double digits
    -James Rodrigez and DCL will punish non captainers
    -Jimenez to Kane transfers will be painful
    -Starting Pulisic bandwagon

    Did i forgot something ? 🙂

  29. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    KdB -->

    A) Sterling (-4)
    B) Start Justin (AVL)/Ward (BHA)

    1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      A and captain

    2. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      B

  30. Kno
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 9 hours ago

    would you prefer semedo or reguilon for the foreseeable future?

    1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 9 hours ago

      reg, because semedo satatistic is blah