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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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686 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Is a Saiss/Podence benching on the cards?

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      I'm going Saiss to Chilwell with the same thinking

    2. Lukaku_time
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Why would saiss be benched?

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        He might not but also he might. Was subbed at 68 minutes against newcastle

        1. doher.ty
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 23 days ago

          I don't know. He's been in that team for over a year. He isn't a LWB and imo Nuno was playing him there because Kilman can't and he wanted to retain the system. Marcal was also dealing with an injury so I think Saiss is more like than not nailed on.

          1. Zim0
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            11 months, 23 days ago

            I don't know either thats why im switching to chilwell :p plan was to do next week but might as well do now

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Yes - Saiss for Marcal and Podence for Traore

      1. doher.ty
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 23 days ago

        There is no way you're doing Saiss to Marcal. He's literally played 90 minutes once. If you think Saiss is a risk, surely Marcal isn't safer.

        1. No Professionals
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 23 days ago

          He means who the players are at risk of being replaced by.

          He won’t say kilman because he’s related to him.

    4. Clay Davis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Be surprised if Saiss again this season let alone the next match. Nuno had to whip him off early he was that bad!

  2. BENOIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Ziyech firmly on my radar

    1. Clay Davis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Look superb tonight.

  3. n-doggg
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    1FT 1.6 itb

    Ryan
    TAA, dier, kwp
    Salah(c), son, Bruno, grealish
    Jiminez, dcl, Adams

    Nyland, Taylor, Bissouma, Ferguson

    A. Save ft
    B. Bruno to sterling
    C. Other

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      A

  4. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    I will save my FT depending any injuries. Still have my WC.

    Which player to start and first on the bench?
    1. Bissouma (A vs TOT)
    2. Justin (A vs LEE)
    3. Taylor (H vs CHE)

    0.4itb 1ft
    Martinez
    Robbo Ayling TAA Justin*
    Grealish Salah Son Rodriguez
    DCL Kane
    (Peacock Taylor* Bissouma* Vassilev)

  5. ajk1211
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    McCarthy Martinez
    Robbo Chilwell Saiss Lamp Dallas
    Salah Son Barkley Havertz Biss
    DCL Kane Mitro

    0.0 itb and 2 FTs

    How to get KDB? Otherwise Havertz to Puli/Zaha?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Downgrade DCL

      1. doher.ty
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 23 days ago

        lol

    2. n-doggg
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Son will have to go for kdb or hav and robbo. I’d just do mitro to Adams and sort out KdB in a few weeks

  6. Radzio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    What are James owners doing?
    Hard do see Chelsea playing five in the back and with Azpi and Chilwell there is simply no space for him anymore?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      I'm not a fan of having a defender that's a rotation risk. I would get rid for Chilwell.

      1. Silver_and_Gold
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 23 days ago

        I agree. However, after today’s 90 mins from Azpi against Krasnodar, James seems a possible starter on Saturday.

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 23 days ago

          Of course it's possible but not nailed

        2. Radzio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 23 days ago

          But which spot he takes? Not Chilwell's(got subbed today) so Azpi's the only chance...

          1. Silver_and_Gold
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            11 months, 23 days ago

            That’s what I think. But not sure, really. I’d give it 60% probability. Azpi is better defensively, which is not as needed vs. Burnley as against some more attacking sides. We’ll know in 3 days 🙂

            1. Radzio
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              11 months, 23 days ago

              Yeah, fingers crossed 🙂 cheers!

      2. Radzio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        That's my thinking but 0.3 short from Chilwell and don't know it's worth for a hit

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      I have TAA / James / Saiss at the back.

      I think I may hold this week. Then the week after James becomes Chilwell. Saiss may become Cresswell if he is dropped (and then Mitchell could become Kilman...)

      1. Radzio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        Same defence here, plus Lamptey and Mitchell. Can risk James and have Mitchell as a cover but getting Chilwell for a hit is tempting...

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 23 days ago

          We have the same defence. I'm not sure a hit is what you need.

    3. Clay Davis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Was rested tonight. Surely nailed on for the weekend now

  7. Lukaku_time
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Best mid 5.5m or less?

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Lookman this week, otherwise Soucek maybe

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Soucek or lookman

    3. Whatever100
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Harrison could be good shout but I also like Lookman after watching highlights in last game.

  8. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Maupay > Bamford?

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      R u saying maupay to bamford or maupay is better than bamford? Lol what am i saying. Of course u mean the former. Yes do it

      1. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        Its a well established FPL short hand, such as Zaha and trap must be mentioned together.

        1. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 23 days ago

          Im new. First year of being involved in comments. Agreed on the Zaha thing

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Yes

    3. melvinmbabazi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      doing the same

    4. Clay Davis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      100% - it's a no brainer!

  9. Zim0
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Greenwood Goal
    Pogba Assist

    Hopefully not offside

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Looks an inch offside

      1. Giggs Boson
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        Yep.

        Another superb finish by Greenwood though. Clinical as ever.

        1. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 23 days ago

          I know he's so good at it

        2. Pumpy
          • 12 Years
          11 months, 23 days ago

          Another game and more controversy. I told you 😉

          1. Gnu
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            11 months, 23 days ago

            I'm sending you a message - check it out. 🙂

      2. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        Ohkay not offside. Greenwood cut his toenails tonight

  10. Major League Shocker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Any way-too-early thoughts on which chip to play in the anticipated DGW19: TC or BB?

  11. No Professionals
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Offside

  12. Noah’s Ark
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Cmon VAR has to be given!

    1. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Yessss

    2. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Why?

  13. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    What’s the overall view on Grealish vs Zaha? Fairly even right?

    1. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      In theory, but zaha’s returns have been much more consistent

      1. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        Cheers, not sure who is the better pick..

        1. Esalman
          • 11 Years
          11 months, 23 days ago

          Zaha obviously. Have had him since GW4.

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 23 days ago

          I think if Grealish is on pens it’s easy.
          Having said that Milivojevic started at the weekend and assuming he’s back on pens, Zaha will be slightly less appealing, albeit playing up top

  14. No Professionals
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Different var rule in Europe v epl?

    Looked offside, albeit very very tight

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Looked much more offside than many not given in PL.

      Confusing

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        The foot seemed to be but it’s off the armpit now or something. I don’t know, I gave up on trying to understand it and am just trusting the computer gets it correct.

        1. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          11 months, 23 days ago

          I'm happy for greenwood.

          Just dont understand.

    2. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Isn't it sad that those kind of calls are given offside tho 🙁 i hate those armpit and toenail offsides. Glad goal was given here

      1. No Professionals
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        The issue is that offside is a matter of fact.

        If you say anything less than 10mm is onside, then everyone gets upset by an 11mm offside call.

        1. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 23 days ago

          The rules are weird now. I don't understand them. The defenders armpit was keeping greenwoods toe onside according to commentators

    3. rokonto
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Offside for sure!

      1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        They used digital lines designed to measure the millimeter. How are you questioning it?

        1. mynameisq
          • 8 Years
          11 months, 23 days ago

          This lol

  15. gigio
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    2ft, 0.3 itb
    McCarthy, Ryan
    Roberston, Dallas, KWP, Saiss, Justin
    Rash, Salah, Grealish, Son, Bissouma
    Kane, DCL, Brewster
    a) Ryan to Guaita, Justin to Kilman
    b) Justin to Kilman, roll 1ft
    b) Get rid of Brewster (no idea how)
    c) Do nothing

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Just use 1FT, Justin to Coufal

    2. Esalman
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      b2, out with Brewster.

  16. Fred54
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Mason Greenwood must be on such a high.

    Scored a goal too.

  17. Sterling Malory
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Draft league question.

    Would you drop any of the following for Greenwood?

    A) Lucas Moura
    B) ASM
    C) Periera

    1. doher.ty
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Yeah, I drop all of them for him. Greenwood's upside is more than all 3 of them.

    2. Esalman
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      I'd keep ASM because he is nailed on and Greenwood is not.

    3. Whatever100
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      I have pereira in my draft league and want rid as was not overly impressed by him in last game vs BRI. Saying that, he did have chances and they have FUL next so not sure this week best time to get rid.

      Lookman looks decent for FUL as an alternative.

  18. Bene_the_horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Could Ziyech be a good punt, with nice fixtures and set pieces???

    Thanks for the help in advance!!

  19. Zim0
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Apparently upamecanos armpit was keeping greenwoods toenail onside by a millimeter

  20. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    CL using VAR as it should be used, no toenail measurement...

    1. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      What is the distance at which it should be called offside?

      1. Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        When its clear and obvious

        1. No Professionals
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 23 days ago

          Ha ha so subjective

          1. Corgzzzz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            11 months, 22 days ago

            No more subjective as a human in a room drawing lines but having no idea when the pass was struck to compare a toe nail to an armpit......if the ref gives the goal it should be only changed if it's clear and obvious

    2. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      What? They used it the same as every other time. Rightly, but marginal as it always is

  21. Corgzzzz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Guys, I am going to bring in Chillwell......who do I get rid of between

    A, KWP.
    B, Lampety.
    C, Dallas.
    D, Robbo.

    Have Martinez in goal.

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      B maybe C

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 23 days ago

      B

    3. Esalman
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      B

  22. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Saiss, Havertz to Chilwell, Grealish for -4?

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Saiss is currently the top scoring defender in FPL. He deserves to stay in your team until we've actually seen him not start a game.

  23. danieltbl21
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    I need help. Can't sleep.

    Mccarthy
    TAA Mitchell Ayling
    Salah Sterling Son Grealish
    DCL Jimi Mitro (Steer Justin KWP )

    2 FT with 0.3 ITB

    What looks good:
    1) TAA + Jimi > Kane + 5m Defender
    2) Sterling + Jimi > Kane + Zaha/Jrod
    3) Other ideas?

    I have the idea of doing Mitro to Bamford/Antonio the following week.

    1. Esalman
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      1 and 2 seem very sideways transfers, those moves may bite you in the back. Just ship Mitro out right now.

  24. Bene_the_horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Thoughts on Ziyech ladies and gents as a punt :-)? How did he look tonight?

    1. Esalman
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      They were playing Krasnodar, won't be too excited. It is like that Havertz hattrick from earlier in the season.

    2. Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Chill. He has no Prem form

  25. George James
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Best move?

    2FT 1.1ITB

    A) James >> Chilwell
    B) Mitchell >> Kilman
    C) A + B
    D) Something else?

    Martinez
    James • Saiss • Robbo
    Salah • Foden • Son • Podence
    Kane • DCL • Werner

    Steer / Lamptey / Mitchel / Bissouma

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      A

  26. No Professionals
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    I know how to get rid of the stadium effects, but how do I get rid of Martin keown? Other than mute.

  27. MOZIL
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Pulisic or Ziyech is better to have??

    1. The Overthinker
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Ziyech

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Pulisic

      Only problem with him is that he's injury prone.

    3. Bene_the_horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      I’m thinking Ziyech based on hunch....what could go wrong....

  28. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Martinez
    Robo Semedo Lamptey Mitchell Dunne
    Son Salah Foden Mahrez Burke
    Ings DCL Jimi

    1 FT and 1.5 itb

    1. Lamptey to Chilwell
    2. Mahrez + Jimi to Kane + Grealish (-4)
    3. Save

    1. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      2.

  29. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Havertz out for Grealish or keep him one more gw?

    1. The Overthinker
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Havertz

  30. Gunner1290
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    1.2 in the bank 1 transfer. Any pressing issues here or shall I roll the transfer? Any advice appreciated.

    McCarthy (button)
    Trent Robbo Chilwell Mitchell (Justin)
    Salah son(c) Bruno Pulisic saintmax
    DCL (Brewster Davis)

    1. MOZIL
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Downgrade trent and upgrade on forwards