Pro Pundits - Tom

Five-time top 1k finisher Tom Freeman on Leeds, Chilwell and his Gameweek 7 plans

One of the best FPL managers in the business, Tom Freeman, discusses Patrick Bamford, Ben Chilwell’s creativity and the best West Ham United assets, plus reveals his Gameweek 7 team and captaincy decisions.


We’re now six Gameweeks into this turbulent Fantasy Premier League (FPL) season, and it’s been a positive start for me.

Despite missing Son Heung-min (£9.5m) and Harry Kane’s (£10.9m) hauls at Southampton and Manchester United, I sit 140,693rd overall, with 70 points in Gameweek 6 taking me to a total of 389.

Patrick Bamford (£5.9m) was the star of the show but there were also returns for six others, including defenders Luke Ayling (£4.5m) and James Justin (£4.8m).

LEEDS UNITED

Bamford has now scored six goals in as many games for Leeds United this season.

For a player who has often been criticised for his profligacy in front of goal, it’s been some turnaround, something he acknowledges himself:

The last time [I was in the Premier League], maybe people said I wasn’t ready – but I didn’t have a proper go at it. It is a fresh start for me to prove I belong here. If I keep on doing it the boys will be happy and I’ll be happy. This time I have a manager who believes in me and, as long as I keep working hard, he will keep trusting me.

The stats are certainly stacking up in Bamford’s favour.

Before I sign off, earlier this week I was fortunate enough to join fellow Pro Pundits Lateriser and Zophar for a chat on The FPL Wire.

We talked strategy, plans going forward, Everton and Manchester City assets, mid-price midfielders plus loads more.

The chat complements this column, and goes a bit deeper into some of the subjects covered, so if you’re into that kind of thing check it out on the link below.

Thanks for reading… until next time. 


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  1. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    26 days, 33 mins ago

    Chelsea look a different team when Pulisic and Ziyech play...

    1. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 31 mins ago

      chelsea fans must be elated after selling willian and replacing him with hakim the drim

      1. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        26 days, 26 mins ago

        They lost Willian for free and spent 200 million to be mediocre so far...except against mighty Krasnodar

        1. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          26 days, 24 mins ago

          I takes tame to click, and Pulisic and Ziyech are just getting up to speed. Time will tell, but they picked up the best available players in the market this summer.

          1. Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            26 days, 20 mins ago

            0-0 at Burnley this weekend will calm everyone back down

    2. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 31 mins ago

      average team at their best.

      1. seanie3
        • 9 Years
        26 days, 26 mins ago

        jog on.

        1. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          26 days, 23 mins ago

          Is your Gravitar Torres thinking “I can’t believe they payed £50 million for me”?

    3. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 31 mins ago

      Hmm but how do i fit them in with a midfield of KDB Bruno Son Rodriguez Grealish

    4. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 29 mins ago

      And Werner on penalties now. I could bring him in against SHU.

    5. Pukkipartyy
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 24 mins ago

      For real? Im Pulisic owner so wondering does he look sharp?

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        26 days, 22 mins ago

        Yeah, he does. Showed glimpses against United too imo.

        Just scored.

    6. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 20 mins ago

      Chelsea attack very much the Man City merry go around of yester year. Ride at your discretion.

  2. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 31 mins ago

    Moise Kean > DCL

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 31 mins ago

      Put your rod away

    2. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 29 mins ago

      😆 okay buddy we got it. U like Kean

  3. ivantys
      26 days, 30 mins ago

      That's 4 clean sheets in a row with Mendy keeper.

      1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        26 days, 29 mins ago

        don’t jinx it

    • Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 29 mins ago

      Everton must wonder what the hell they did with Moise Kean. PSG 2 (Kean 2)

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        26 days, 28 mins ago

        Told ya

      2. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        26 days, 27 mins ago

        My two cents, they already have Richarlison in that place/position/style of play to partner with DCL.

      3. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 27 mins ago

        I guess Everton fans think that they re better than PSG

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          26 days, 26 mins ago

          Well even United beat PSG

    • Tmel
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 28 mins ago

      Martinez
      James Saiss TAA
      Podence Salah Son Foden
      Kane DCL Jimenez
      (Steer Burke Lamptey Mitchell)

      1.3ITB & 2FT

      Team looks reasonably well set for the week but need to use a transfer.

      Best move? Upgrade Reece James?

      1. Lukaku_time
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        26 days, 25 mins ago

        Podence and james to zaha/grealish and a lower priced defender?

      2. BooYaKasha
        • 9 Years
        26 days ago

        Podence > Barkley

    • Bennyboy1907
        26 days, 27 mins ago

        Who are the 2 best 4.5 mil defenders?

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          26 days, 26 mins ago

          Lamptey and Leeds defense

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            26 days, 25 mins ago

            I put lamptey in last week and regret it. Think he is over hyped in an over hyped team.

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              26 days, 19 mins ago

              You're just copy pasting comments. He looks so good when he plays.

              Brighton being leaky is the one downside. Everything else about his play looks fantastic.

              1. No Professionals
                • 3 Years
                26 days, 14 mins ago

                What? Copy and pasting?

              2. No Professionals
                • 3 Years
                26 days, 11 mins ago

                It’s my opinion.

                And he has 12 points in 6 games, having played all of them.

        2. seanie3
          • 9 Years
          26 days, 26 mins ago

          Ayling/Dallas and Kilman

        3. Bury94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          25 days, 23 hours ago

          Coufal and Lamptey

          1. Bury94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            25 days, 23 hours ago

            Actually, Ayling instead of Lamptey

      • Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        26 days, 27 mins ago

        Mendy catches a through ball. No chance for anyone. Kepa on the other hand would have stayed between the sticks and concede a chance

      • Garlana
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        26 days, 26 mins ago

        So James hasn't played tonight, does this mean I can hold him another week with the hope he plays this weekend?

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          26 days, 26 mins ago

          I think Lampard picks his full backs depending on the opposition

          1. Daniel - Go Granville
            • 11 Years
            26 days, 26 mins ago

            And his team overall

          2. seanie3
            • 9 Years
            26 days, 24 mins ago

            Lampard picks his team based on nothing at all I honestly think, not sure he knows his best 11 let alone best defence.. needs to keep the defence the same each week and build on it

            1. seanie3
              • 9 Years
              26 days, 24 mins ago

              for FPL

        2. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          26 days, 25 mins ago

          Yep, I would.

          Two rest days between Krasnodar and Burnley, so it seems very likely he'll start.

          1. Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            26 days, 23 mins ago

            7h 40m flight from Russia too.

            1. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              26 days, 22 mins ago

              Nice long sleep then

          2. Pumpy Pro
            • 11 Years
            26 days, 18 mins ago

            Since when he Frank been rotating his players like that?

      • Lukaku_time
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        26 days, 26 mins ago

        How would you solve my podence problem? This is how the team looks liks

        Mendy macey
        Saiss ayling justin mitchell targett
        Sterling salah son hamez podence
        Kane dcl brewster

        0.0itb

        Would you do
        A)podence > 5.5 or less mid and who?, im looking at harrison for now
        B)podence+sterling>rashford+grealish/zaha

        Plus anyone else other than podence that needs to be transfered out in the long run?
        Sorry for the long post i hope i get some feedback thanks alot in advance!

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          26 days, 26 mins ago

          Save

          1. Lukaku_time
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            26 days, 21 mins ago

            So podence is not a problem, thanks bro

        2. jesus jesus
          • 8 Years
          26 days, 10 mins ago

          Viagra

      • Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        26 days, 25 mins ago

        Pulisic scores. Chelsea back

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          26 days, 24 mins ago

          *are back

          1. seanie3
            • 9 Years
            26 days, 23 mins ago

            I wish I could agree as a fellow chelsea fan, but the opposition aren't really any good.. lets see how we do over the next few in the PL as I want us to build on these clean sheets and start a good run

            1. Dexters Laboratory
                25 days, 23 hours ago

                As a Chelsea Fan I'd be interested in what you think of selling Havertz/Pulisic to Bruno/Grealish in FPL. Good or bad move?

          2. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            26 days, 12 mins ago

            If they start the full first XI this weekend . . point are a coming.

        2. ivantys
            26 days, 24 mins ago

            Mount is better in the second DM role as compared to Jorginho and Kova. Kante always the one attacking when Jorginho's playing when he's not good on the ball.

          • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            26 days, 24 mins ago

            Pulisic G from the right wing

            1. Daniel - Go Granville
              • 11 Years
              26 days, 24 mins ago

              Tammy assist

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                26 days, 21 mins ago

                From the right wing

          • Joey Tribbiani
              26 days, 23 mins ago

              Every single Chelsea attacker scores expect the one I have...

              1. Daniel - Go Granville
                • 11 Years
                26 days, 23 mins ago

                Sell. See below

                1. Joey Tribbiani
                    26 days, 21 mins ago

                    ucl fantasy

                2. Gudjohnsen
                  • 3 Years
                  26 days, 22 mins ago

                  Havertz?

                  1. Joey Tribbiani
                      26 days, 21 mins ago

                      yep

                  2. Syd.
                    • 11 Years
                    26 days, 22 mins ago

                    You are excepting too much

                  3. seanie3
                    • 9 Years
                    26 days, 20 mins ago

                    Havertz is not a chelsea attacker I would have in my team, not when there is Werner, Pullisic, Ziyech to choose from..

                3. Daniel - Go Granville
                  • 11 Years
                  26 days, 23 mins ago

                  Ziyech, Werner and Pulisic were excellent tonight.

                  Havertz owners, probably sell him

                  1. Gudjohnsen
                    • 3 Years
                    26 days, 22 mins ago

                    Havertz to Pulisic too sideways?

                  2. seanie3
                    • 9 Years
                    26 days, 22 mins ago

                    yes Havertz I'm concerned about, spent alot of money on him and just strolls around most of the game with a flick here and a flick there but no real output from him..

                4. Syd.
                  • 11 Years
                  26 days, 23 mins ago

                  Kepa in goal for FK Krasnodar

                  1. Daniel - Go Granville
                    • 11 Years
                    26 days, 22 mins ago

                    Hahahahahaha. Comment of the day

                  2. seanie3
                    • 9 Years
                    26 days, 22 mins ago

                    No, this keeper is even better than Kepa.

                5. No Professionals
                  • 3 Years
                  26 days, 22 mins ago

                  Feels harder than other seasons to cover a lot of bases (due to lack of budget friendly options at the big clubs). You almost have to pick 3 of 5 clubs to cover off attacking wise, with long term double ups nigh impossible?

                  Liverpool
                  City
                  Chelsea
                  United
                  Spurs

                  1. Syd.
                    • 11 Years
                    26 days, 21 mins ago

                    United?

                    1. Pumpy Pro
                      • 11 Years
                      26 days, 14 mins ago

                      He's out of his mind

                    2. No Professionals
                      • 3 Years
                      26 days, 13 mins ago

                      Yeah I’d like fernandes

                6. HollywoodXI
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  26 days, 21 mins ago

                  I have the exact funds for Justin to Chilwell but it’s for a hit. Is it worth it? Chelsea’s fixtures look good and he’s on form.

                  1. Syd.
                    • 11 Years
                    26 days, 19 mins ago

                    If you intend to keep him for a prolong period then the answer is yes

                  2. Bushwhacker
                    • 1 Year
                    26 days, 12 mins ago

                    Yup.

                7. Bam Bam Bigelow
                  • 4 Years
                  26 days, 20 mins ago

                  Havertz doesn't excite

                8. GlasgowFF
                  • 9 Years
                  26 days, 19 mins ago

                  Any tips on what to lump a 5 quid free bet on in the Juve Barca game?

                9. ivantys
                    26 days, 19 mins ago

                    Man United playing 4 DMs nice

                    1. Zim0
                      • 2 Years
                      26 days, 18 mins ago

                      What u on about

                      1. Giggs Boson
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        26 days, 15 mins ago

                        Resident troll.

                        He must be going through a hard time at the moment, so go easy.

                        1. Zim0
                          • 2 Years
                          26 days, 14 mins ago

                          Ah okay thanks

                        2. Gnu
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          25 days, 23 hours ago

                          He's very tiresome GB.

                          1. Giggs Boson
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            25 days, 23 hours ago

                            He is.

                            But when you push someone like that, they push back harder. Sometimes you need a pull approach.

                            Negotiating tactic.

                            1. Gnu
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 11 Years
                              25 days, 23 hours ago

                              Each to their own 😆

                  • RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    26 days, 18 mins ago

                    How was Pulisic when he came on? And did Chilwell just get rested?

                    1. Gregor
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 11 Years
                      26 days, 13 mins ago

                      Looked very sharp, scored and won the Werner penalty.

                      Yep.

                      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        26 days, 7 mins ago

                        Thanks Gregor!

                    2. Bushwhacker
                      • 1 Year
                      26 days, 11 mins ago

                      The Chelsea attack could be amazing now they're fit.

                    3. Syd.
                      • 11 Years
                      26 days, 7 mins ago

                      Pulisic looked good but he had fresh legs and was playing against a team that knew they were beaten

                      Chilwell got subbed in the 81st minute so not much rest

                      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        26 days, 6 mins ago

                        Thanks mate. I meant was Chilwell injured or just given a short rest

                        1. Syd.
                          • 11 Years
                          26 days, 2 mins ago

                          Short rest

                        2. Corgzzzz
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          26 days, 1 min ago

                          Evening mate, Chilwell off early for a rest and was the best player in the pitch. CFC bought all 5 subs on and against tired legs all looked good but hard to judge if Puli is fully fit but was good for the 20 mins he had.

                          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            25 days, 23 hours ago

                            Thanks mate! Hope you are well

                  • Lukaku_time
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    26 days, 13 mins ago

                    Harrison in for podence?

                    1. Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      26 days, 12 mins ago

                      Before Podence's haul?

                    2. Gregor
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 11 Years
                      26 days, 12 mins ago

                      I’d probably give Podence one more week.

                    3. Nanoelektronicar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      26 days, 8 mins ago

                      Tempting, but I would try to get long term pick in that price range, if I am selling Podence. Not sure if the Harrison is that kind of pick right now. I would like to see him coming more into the box, rather than crossing it from the byline. He could be the one, but I'd wait a few games.

                    4. No Professionals
                      • 3 Years
                      26 days, 6 mins ago

                      If you think podence might be involved in the one goal wolves score when the other involvement will be Jimenez...

                      Probably over the top but that’s how it feels.

                      A podence haul would be 5 points, I’d risk going elsewhere personally.

                    5. Apwilkin
                        26 days, 3 mins ago

                        I’d wait one more week. If he doesn’t deliver at home vs CP then I will also be shipping him out.

                    6. Zim0
                      • 2 Years
                      26 days, 5 mins ago

                      United playing a diamond formation

                    7. Giggs Boson
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      26 days, 2 mins ago

                      On United's twitter they displayed the team as a 442 diamond.
                      https://twitter.com/ManUtd/status/1321524755938365441

                      So why did BT Sport display is as a 4231...

                      1. No Professionals
                        • 3 Years
                        26 days ago

                        Isn’t it just a guess based on personnel?

                        1. Zim0
                          • 2 Years
                          25 days, 23 hours ago

                          I think he means that united told us what the formation was and bt sport were lazy and just put up 4-2-3-1

                          1. No Professionals
                            • 3 Years
                            25 days, 23 hours ago

                            Ah right me being lazy reading comments as usual

                            Didn’t realise teams ever declared formation

                      2. Gnu
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        25 days, 23 hours ago

                        On paper neither formation looks fluid with the players picked.

                    8. Gudjohnsen
                      • 3 Years
                      26 days, 1 min ago

                      Havertz to Zyech or Pulisic too sideways?

                      1. doher.ty
                          25 days, 23 hours ago

                          No not interested in that at all.

                      2. HMC
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        26 days, 1 min ago

                        Who is the best Charlie Taylor replacement around the 4.5m mark to rotate with Lamptey?

                        West Ham vs Leeds defenders who do you trust more?

                        Can’t afford Cresswell but could bring him in later if Saiss does lose his spot

                        1. Joey Tribbiani
                            26 days ago

                            I need a Taylor replacement aswell

                            1. Giggs Boson
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              25 days, 23 hours ago

                              I'd keep. Burnley looking good defensively.

                              1. Joey Tribbiani
                                  25 days, 23 hours ago

                                  True! Im in 2 minds, dont like fixtures + hes close to dropping

                                • HMC
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 10 Years
                                  25 days, 23 hours ago

                                  Team linked
                                  I have 2FT and only want to use one this week and can’t find a move other than Taylor out, fixtures looking a bit poor as well

                                  1. Giggs Boson
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    25 days, 23 hours ago

                                    Nice team. I see your problem. I would go Coufal.

                                    Or Saiss to Kilman if you have the balls 😉

                                    1. HMC
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 10 Years
                                      25 days, 23 hours ago

                                      Thanks Giggs
                                      I’d rather wait to know Kilman is nailed and buy at 4.3/4.4 than bring him in now. Balls aren’t big enough
                                      Also if I went Coufal who looks decent I wouldn’t double with cresswell later

                            2. Hazz
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              25 days, 23 hours ago

                              If you want a West Ham defender but can't afford Cresswell, Coufal looks promising. (Masuaku too - bit more attacking, but slightly less nailed.)

                              Leeds & West Ham are a bit of a toss up. Tempted to give West Ham the edge given their fixtures and stats from the tougher games they've just been having.

                          • Hazz
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            25 days, 23 hours ago

                            What's the best thing to do here, ignoring Rodriguez for the moment?

                            Guaita
                            TAA / James / Saiss
                            Salah / Son / Rodriguez / Foden / Podence
                            Kane / DCL

                            Forster // Lamptey / Mitchell / Brewster

                            Looks like James could get a start this weekend. Was very tempted to sell TAA for Chilwell, then James > Cresswell(?) the week after - but TAAs performance made me doubt that. In any case, Chillwell looks like he needs to come in soon.

                            1. Radzio
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              25 days, 23 hours ago

                              Why do you think James will start? Azpi is always playing if fit and last season James only played because Azpi was moved to left back but now they have Chilwell ( worried James owner here)

                          • Stram Dunk
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            25 days, 23 hours ago

                            Play Foden or Podence?

                            1. Zim0
                              • 2 Years
                              25 days, 23 hours ago

                              Foden

                            2. Gudjohnsen
                              • 3 Years
                              25 days, 23 hours ago

                              Foden

                          • doher.ty
                              25 days, 23 hours ago

                              Castagna to Chilwell? for free ( Also own Justin)

                              1. Zim0
                                • 2 Years
                                25 days, 23 hours ago

                                Goforit

                            • KAPTAIN KANE
                              • 3 Years
                              25 days, 23 hours ago

                              Bruno nailed on at the weekend then

                              1. Zim0
                                • 2 Years
                                25 days, 23 hours ago

                                Yes Kaptain 🙂

                                1. UNDERWORLD7
                                  • 9 Years
                                  25 days, 23 hours ago

                                  Risky i like it