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. 


Become a Member and get unrestricted access to our data and articles

Full-year memberships are now available for the price of £19.99. Monthly subscriptions also cost just £2.99. A FREE trial is now available during December.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

avfc82 https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/894/history”

686 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Is a Saiss/Podence benching on the cards?

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      I'm going Saiss to Chilwell with the same thinking

    2. Lukaku_time
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Why would saiss be benched?

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

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

        1. doher.ty
            2 months, 29 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
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 29 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

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Yes - Saiss for Marcal and Podence for Traore

        1. doher.ty
            2 months, 29 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
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 29 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.

        2. Clay Davis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 29 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!

      3. BENOIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Ziyech firmly on my radar

        1. Clay Davis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Look superb tonight.

      4. n-doggg
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 29 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
          2 months, 29 days ago

          A

      5. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 29 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)

      6. ajk1211
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 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
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Downgrade DCL

          1. doher.ty
              2 months, 29 days ago

              lol

          2. n-doggg
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 29 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

        2. Radzio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 29 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
            2 months, 29 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
              2 months, 29 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
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Of course it's possible but not nailed

              2. Radzio
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 29 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
                  2 months, 29 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
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    Yeah, fingers crossed 🙂 cheers!

            2. Radzio
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 29 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
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 29 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
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 29 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
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

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

          3. Clay Davis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Was rested tonight. Surely nailed on for the weekend now

        3. Lukaku_time
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Best mid 5.5m or less?

          1. Hansel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Lookman this week, otherwise Soucek maybe

          2. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Soucek or lookman

          3. Whatever100
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

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

        4. manu4life99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Maupay > Bamford?

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 29 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
              2 months, 29 days ago

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

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

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

          2. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Yes

          3. melvinmbabazi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            doing the same

          4. Clay Davis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            100% - it's a no brainer!

        5. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Greenwood Goal
          Pogba Assist

          Hopefully not offside

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Looks an inch offside

            1. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Yep.

              Another superb finish by Greenwood though. Clinical as ever.

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                I know he's so good at it

              2. Pumpy Pro
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Another game and more controversy. I told you 😉

                1. Gnu
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

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

            2. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Ohkay not offside. Greenwood cut his toenails tonight

        6. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 29 days ago

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

        7. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Offside

        8. Noah’s Ark
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Cmon VAR has to be given!

          1. Noah’s Ark
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Yessss

          2. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Why?

        9. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

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

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

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

            1. Hansel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Cheers, not sure who is the better pick..

              1. Esalman
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Zaha obviously. Have had him since GW4.

              2. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 29 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

        10. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Different var rule in Europe v epl?

          Looked offside, albeit very very tight

          1. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Looked much more offside than many not given in PL.

            Confusing

            1. Noah’s Ark
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 29 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
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                I'm happy for greenwood.

                Just dont understand.

          2. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 29 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
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 29 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
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 29 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
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Offside for sure!

            1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

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

              1. mynameisq
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                This lol

        11. gigio
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 29 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
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Just use 1FT, Justin to Coufal

          2. Esalman
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            b2, out with Brewster.

        12. Fred54
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Mason Greenwood must be on such a high.

          Scored a goal too.

        13. Sterling Malory
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Draft league question.

          Would you drop any of the following for Greenwood?

          A) Lucas Moura
          B) ASM
          C) Periera

          1. doher.ty
              2 months, 29 days ago

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

            • Esalman
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

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

            • Whatever100
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 29 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.

          2. Bene_the_horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

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

            Thanks for the help in advance!!

          3. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Apparently upamecanos armpit was keeping greenwoods toenail onside by a millimeter

          4. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

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

            1. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

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

              1. Corgzzzz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                When its clear and obvious

                1. No Professionals
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Ha ha so subjective

                  1. Corgzzzz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 29 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
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

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

          5. Corgzzzz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 29 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
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              B maybe C

            2. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 29 days ago

              B

            3. Esalman
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              B

          6. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Saiss, Havertz to Chilwell, Grealish for -4?

            1. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 29 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.

          7. danieltbl21
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 29 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
              2 months, 29 days ago

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

          8. Bene_the_horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

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

            1. Esalman
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 29 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
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Chill. He has no Prem form

          9. George James
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 29 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
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              A

          10. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

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

          11. MOZIL
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Pulisic or Ziyech is better to have??

            1. The Overthinker
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Ziyech

            2. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Pulisic

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

            3. Bene_the_horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

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

          12. Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 29 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
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              2.

          13. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Havertz out for Grealish or keep him one more gw?

            1. The Overthinker
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Havertz

          14. Gunner1290
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 29 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
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Downgrade trent and upgrade on forwards