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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. Nunoooooooooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Vote please guys... KDB ➡️

    A) Mane
    B) Sterling
    C) Pulisic

    I will go with the majority!

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

      B

      1. Nunoooooooooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Thx Miguel. Can I ask why sterling out of interest??

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

          City’s main man now

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B

      1. Nunoooooooooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Cheers MZ

    3. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Sterling

      1. Nunoooooooooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Cheers bro

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Q

    5. John Nerdelbaum
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I was on C but still some doubts on the forum as to whether he starts
      I'm thinking Sterling

    6. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A - look at the fixtures

  2. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    A. Bench KDB play Taylor 433
    B. Take hit KDB > Sterling

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

    2. MASTER ROSHI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I'm in the exact same situation, going to take a hit but maybe for Mane

  3. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Deciding what to do with KDB. Have Son.

    Replaced by Sterling?
    Sell to afford Kane, would require a hit?
    Save?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      For free Sterling

  4. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Is Zaha out this GW? Considering slate switch to Grealish for a FT

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      If he's out it's because he's a lazy bum. No scan results means hes not actually injured, but if he decides he doesn't feel ok he won't play

  5. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Kane or Son for the armband if you own both?

    1. Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I own both. Putting it on Kane. Harry’s the main man

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I have mine on him at the moment as well

    2. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      50/50 but kane slightly edges it for me

    3. 1zverGGadeM
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Son, because he is onf!re and have better record against WHU + the rest factor

    4. Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I hope bale plays. Would be a treat to see that front 3

  6. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Why are people swarming to bring in Puli but simultaneously removing Havertz/Werner for hits? Seems illogical to me when Puli hasn’t played in months

    1. Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yup does not make sense

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

      It’s odd, his minutes will be heavily managed with Chelsea having 7 games before the next IB

    3. 1zverGGadeM
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Thats right. Even Jorginho is better pick than Puli atm for me

  7. Mooster
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Already done -16 to replace
    Werner, Mahrez, Foden, Jimenez and Dunn with Kane, Son, JRodrogues, Chilwell, Brewster...
    Now DeBruyne is out.

    A)replace him and do -20?
    B)play Mitchell or Justin
    C)free hit

    1. dshv
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      -20 is a lot i think but you are on -16 so do it

    2. manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      WC or free hit over a 16 or 20pter

      1. Mooster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        WC already used..

    3. Hot Fuzz
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      -20 wow, don't know what to say, if you don't have your wc then maybe a free hit .but then you are pretty much in the same dilemma next week .and I am not sure about the rule,are all hits going away when you use a free hit? If you can cancel out the minus then just do foden to one you like next week, heaps of guys on here would go for gaerlish

      1. Mooster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Hits will be removed if i use free hit, yes

        1. Hot Fuzz
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Then I would go with free hit and sort next week maybe with a -4 couple of your issues out

  8. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    On a 4pt hit already

    A) KDB > Sterling/Puli (8pt)
    B) Hold (play mitchell)
    C) WC

    McCarthy
    TAA Dallas Justin
    Salah Son Jrod KDB**
    Jiminez DCL Watkins

    steer mitchell bissouma kwp

    1. dshv
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I am in the same stiuation so .. hold

  9. Jinkys Oars
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Start..?
    A. Tierney
    B. Justin

    Captain...?
    1. Salah
    2. Zaha

  10. J.Litmanen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Worth a -8 to do KDB -> Sterling?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Maybe depending who you play if benching him, see above

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      No

    3. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      What's the other one?

  11. thepirates
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    On a WC, thoughts? 🙂

    Martinez - 4.0
    Saiss - Robertson - Castagne
    Pulisic - Salah - Son - Hamez
    DCL - Kane - Watkins
    Mitchell - Douglas - Stephens

    1. Belli2007
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Mitchell place at risk due to PVA and Douglas crocked doesn't leave you a great deal of defensive cover

    2. kopite65
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Think Douglas has left now?

    3. MikeBravo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Douglas is now at Blackburn?

    4. JoeJitzu +42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Love it

  12. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    1. Mitchell 2. Dallas 3. Bissouma

    Is this bench order generally logical?
    Cheers!

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Nah ... put 3 first

    2. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I would play it 231.

  13. TSN
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Grealish or barkley?

    1. D.Glynn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Grea

    2. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      never ever ever trust ross barkley

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Wouldn't pick Barkley even if he scored two hat tricks in a row

  14. The_FF_King
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Which one do I bench

    Lamptey (Crystal Palace away)
    or
    Dallas (Wolves home)

    1. D.Glynn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Dallas

  15. D.Glynn
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    A) KDB to Son
    B) KDB and Werner to Kane and Pulisic (-4)

    1. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

    3. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B

  16. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    i have DCL, so on WC help me pick two:

    A grealish
    B pulisic
    C hames

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Tough... C and B for goals!

    2. matiakez
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A and B.

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        James scores at twice the rate of Grealish, professional career record to date.

    3. D.Glynn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A and B

  17. matiakez
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Semedo, Chilwell or Regullon and a spurs triple up?

    1. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I have Semedo and Chilwell atm. I believe the best of them is Chilwell but wolves defensive coverage is important too. If I had to go only with one this had to be Semedo imo

  18. jamiejoe
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Start Greenwood or Mount?

  19. Captain_Shirokov
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    A) Chilwell, Dallas
    B) Saiss, Lamptey

    1. kopite65
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

  20. Merlinho
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Lots of wildcard teams without Castagne - what are your thoughts - has he peaked?

    1. Captain_Shirokov
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Just not sure about Leicester yet

    2. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      almost 6 mil for a Leicester defender, no thanks

    3. Mambino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I had in my WC team then swapped him for Justin and brought Chilwell in for Taylor

  21. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Sterling over Salah for the next 2 gws?
    he is a big differential captain next gw Vs WHU(A) where his record is supreme!

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      No.

  22. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Took a -8, G2G or play WC?
    McCarthy (Steer)
    TAA Saiss Justin (Mitchell)(KWP)
    Salah Son Grealish Rodriguez (Bissouma)
    Ings Wilson Maupay

    4.4 itb for Wilson/Ings to Kane next week.

  23. dshv
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    1. Kdb for sterling (-8)
    2. Play taylor

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      2

  24. Bonus magnet
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    start maupay or brewster

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Maupay

    2. Mike2795647
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Maupay based on his form, although do have dilemma with Brewster myself

  25. trimpos
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Martinez
      Robbo Saiss Justin
      KDB* Hames Bruno Barnes Podence
      Kane DCL
      Bench-Steer Bamford Mitchell Dunne

      KDB to?
      A sterling
      B pulisic
      C havertz
      D anyone (no money prob)

    • JenkoJunko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      *Repost x 2* I appreciate its a dull question but any Arsenal fans or anyone out there that can help with the below question...

      Morning all! Thoughts on if Tierney will play? If he's been in isolation then he hasn't trained right?

      Thanks all and GL

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Heard he's been cleared to play, think he will

        1. JenkoJunko
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Many thanks

    • Adzy
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      KDB >
      A) Mane -4
      B) Pulisic -4

      1. Mike2795647
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A

    • Mike2795647
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Who to start this week folks and why, Brewster or Podence?

    • Abaddon
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      KDB to who? Have salah and son

      1. Mambino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Sterling?

    • PukkiBlinder
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Made subs before break (yeah I know I know) so swapping KDB > Sterling will put me up to -12. Worth it??? Rest of team is good