Pro Pundits - Sam

What has Gameweek 6 taught us about investing in defenders in FPL?

After witnessing a slight drop-off in goals, FPL Family’s Sam wonders if now is the time to start spending more money on our Fantasy Premier League defences.


Sometimes you have Gameweeks where everything goes to plan.

Then there was Gameweek 6.

Injury and suspension dent Everton's FPL appeal and expose squad depth issues 1

Dominic Calvert-Lewin blanked for the first time this season in Gameweek 6

My team ahead of the deadline looked to have the perfect storm of form and fixtures: Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) at home to a defensively poor Sheffield United, Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) at home to Chelsea in a game that looked to have goals written all over it, an in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m)… the list goes on, but come Sunday night my biggest points returns were from Bruno’s clean sheet point and Emiliano Martinez‘s (£4.8m) save points.

Harry Kane (£10.9m) and Son Heung-min (£9.5m) saved the day on Monday evening, turning a complete nightmare week into something that was passable, but it could have been so much better if I’d just not benched 19 points!

Son and Kane celebrate vs Burnley: Son’s goal was the 29th time they have combined and the ninth time this has happened this season

Sometimes on the back of a bad Gameweek, you know that you need wholesale changes – but looking at my team in the aftermath last weekend, that does not seem to be the case. My premium assets still continue to have nice fixtures and in the case of the dynamic duo (Kane and Son), continue to be in good form.

While planning for Gameweek 7, rather than firefighting with my team, it seems to me that I am planning now for a change in FPL strategy.

This season, roughly speaking, correlates to the last few seasons in terms of the number of clean sheets kept across the Premier League. However, the number of goals scored in each of the opening few Gameweeks has been up on the norm, with records broken for the number of goals plundered. As a result, investing in the defence hasn’t been a priority for many FPL managers, myself included, as we look for cheaper options or those who are more likely to achieve an attacking return.

Gameweek 6 felt different and there were just 19 goals scored in the latest round of fixtures, a significant decrease on the two previous Gameweeks (39 in Gameweek 4 and 28 in Gameweek 5).

Similarly, there were four clean sheets registered in Gameweek 4; this rose to five in Gameweek 5 and to six in Gameweek 6. This trend for increases in clean sheets and decreases in goals scored week on week suggests that potentially now is the time that we as FPL managers should be looking to invest more of our budget in our defensive units.

Which defences should we be looking at?

When you sort the Season Ticker by difficulty and by defence, Crystal Palace sit pretty at the top. Tyrick Mitchell (£4.2m) is the Eagles’ most-owned FPL asset and is also the ninth-most owned player in the game. Indeed, he is the second most-owned defender, trailing only Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m).

Alexander-Arnold's consistency continues as Firmino unlucky to blank

Trent Alexander-Arnold in action for Liverpool

Mitchell held his spot in both Gameweeks 5 and 6 when Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m) was back available. Indeed, when van Aanholt entered the field in Gameweek 6, it was for Nathanial Clyne (£4.5m) rather than Mitchell, which possibly bodes well for his FPL owners as Palace embark on a run of fixtures which should see clean sheet points for their defenders.

Most FPL managers won’t be looking at any more Crystal Palace defenders if they already own Mitchell – so who else should we be paying attention to?

Chelsea

Ben Chilwell celebrates scoring for Chelsea

Over the last year, it has been very difficult to invest in the Chelsea defence. Mistakes from the backline as well as from the goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga (£4.8m), meant that money was better spent elsewhere.

However, the signings of Ben Chilwell (£5.8m), Thiago Silva (£5.5m) and new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (£5.0m) have made a big difference. These three players have only started together three times for Chelsea so far in all competitions (as a result of injuries) but all three matches have resulted in clean sheets. Of the three, Chilwell for me looks the most exciting FPL option. Whilst both Mendy and Silva have the potential to return the much longed-for clean sheet points, Chilwell’s potential upside is much greater.

In the three Premier League matches he has played for Chelsea so far, he has returned in every one. With two clean aheets, two assists and a goal, as well as all three bonus points in Gameweek 4, Chilwell looks a great option.

West Ham United

At the start of the 2020/21 season, most FPL managers had a hard avoid on West Ham. The fixtures from Gameweek 2 all the way through to Gameweek 9 looked incredibly difficult and it was hard to see where West Ham would pick up any Premier League points, never mind any FPL points for their owners.

Fast forward to now and West Ham have managed to win two games against Leicester and Wolves as well as pick up two draws against Spurs and Manchester City. As a result of their strong performances in the league, FPL managers are starting to take note of the Hammers and their FPL prices are on the rise. However, it is mostly the likes of Michail Antonio (£6.3m), Thomas Soucek (£4.9m) and Jarrod Bowen (£6.3m) that appear on FPL radars as a result of their attacking underlying stats.

But the West Ham defence shouldn’t go overlooked. The Hammers have already kept two clean sheets so far this season, against Wolves and Leicester, which came at a time when many FPL managers were expecting West Ham to get turned over.

Factor in attacking returns for both Aaron Cresswell (£5.0m) and Vladimir Coufal (£4.5m) as well as a fixture shift after they play Liverpool in Gameweek 7, and the West Ham defence looks a promising opportunity for points returns and differentials too.

Cresswell and Ogbonna celebrate West Hams win over Leicester in Gameweek 4

Cresswell is West Ham’s most-owned player, aside from their understudy goalkeeper David Martin (£4.0m), and it isn’t hard to see why: from Gameweeks 3 to 5 he returned seven, 15 and five points in FPL respectively. These hauls included clean sheets, assists and bonus points to illustrate his broad appeal but at £5.0m, he may be seen as a luxury pick for many FPL managers. Enter Coufal.

The Czech Republic international made his first start for West Ham in Gameweek 4 and has played every minute for them in the Premier League since then. In that time he has returned a total of 16 points in matches against three of last year’s top six, made up of a clean sheet, two assists and two bonus points.

Coufal looks like a fantastic option after the Liverpool game in Gameweek 7. His link-up play with Antonio was superb and managers who invest in the Hammers’ new boy will be hoping for a quick return for Antonio following his hamstring strain in Gameweek 6, as the prospect of a nice run of fixtures from Gameweek 8 until Christmas looks great for an in-form £4.5m defender.

Leicester City

Vardy and Ings start in Sunday's early kick-offs

Leicester have had a difficult start to 2020/21 in terms of their injury list. Having lost key players such as Caglar Soyuncu (£5.4m), Wilfred Ndidi (£4.8m), Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) and, at points this season, both Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) and James Maddison (£7.0m), Leicester have struggled with consistency both in terms of the personnel deployed and Premier League results.

However, with Vardy and Maddison back from injury and Wesley Fofana (£5.0m) starring at centre-half, there is now much more upside to investment in Leicester, as well as the potential for increased clean sheets with a decent run of fixtures over the next few weeks.

James Justin (£4.8m) and Timothy Castagne (£5.8m) have impressed so far, with both managing two clean sheets in their opening six games as well as returning two goals and four assists between them in that time. With Soyuncu and Pereira both still on the sidelines for many Gameweeks yet, Justin especially looks like an increasingly good FPL option.

At a whole million less than Castagne, Justin enables FPL managers the opportunity to enhance their defence without having to hugely increase the budget spent. For me, he is just as good an investment as his more expensive teammate.

Southampton

Walker-Peters has fixtures but as yet unproven pedigree as a budget FPL defender

Southampton definitely don’t offer the differential defensive picks that some of the other teams discussed do. However, after two very disappointing results to start the season, the Saints have found their feet.

Last year, the defeat to Leicester acted as a catalyst for change at Southampton, who went back to basics and toughened up defensively, resulting in some excellent returns for the likes of Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) and Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.5m).

The Gameweek 2 defeat to Spurs seems to have had the same effect on the Saints this season, with three clean sheets out of four games since. The improvements in the performances from the Southampton rearguard make them worthy of our investment. However, with McCarthy owned by 19% of the game and Walker-Peters 10.7%, they aren’t differential picks.

At the start of the season, I made the decision to invest in both McCarthy and Walker-Peters. After Gameweek 2, I thought that was a big mistake. However, the double-up of defensive points when they keep a clean sheet means that actually, they have become differentials in my team as a result of owning both.

Southampton play Aston Villa, Newcastle and Wolves in their next three. Both Wolves and Aston Villa have made strong starts to the season but the latter’s result against Leeds and Wolves’ unconvincing one-goal wins in both Gameweeks 5 and 6 make me think there is potential for clean sheets for Saints, especially if the defence remains as tight and focused as we saw against Everton last weekend.

Wolves

Romain Saiss in action for Wolves

The loss of Jonny (£5.4m) to injury, alongside the departure of Matt Doherty (£5.8m) to Spurs, meant that for many FPL managers – myself included – the usually solid and investable Wolves defence felt risky. However, with three clean sheets in six matches, Wolves have started the season well.

Romain Saiss (£5.3m) is at the heart of this. His goal, four clean sheets and seven bonus points so far show why he has had three price rises already. The Moroccan is a prime example of a player that is worth moving some of the budget out of the attack and back into defence for. The potential for clean sheets coupled with the attacking upside of his game and the fact that he is a bonus point magnet mean that Saiss is a player that FPL managers should ignore at their peril.

However, if the budget really can’t stretch to Saiss, then Max Kilman (£4.2m) offers a potential option. Kilman has played really well in the Wolves defence, earning a lot of credit from captain Conor Coady (£5.0m) as well as a man of the match award in the game against Leeds where he kept the clean sheet, registered an assist and collected all three bonus points.

Fernando Marcal’s (£4.9m) return from injury, however, could prove to be a potential banana skin for Kilman: if Wolves bring Marcal straight back into the starting XI, it would leave Kilman and Saiss potentially competing for the same position. Saiss can of course play further forward in Leander Dendoncker’s (£4.9m) role, which would allow both Kilman and Saiss to start alongside Marcal, but we haven’t seen that tactic used in a while and Kilman does feel a little risky until we learn more about how Wolves plan to line up moving forwards.

Big at the Back?

The 2020/21 season has all been about the attacking assets. With some of the highest scoring Gameweeks in Premier League history as well as huge points returns for FPL forwards and midfielders, the defence has been an area to invest less in – both in terms of time planning and thinking as well as budget.

Suddenly, owning Alexander-Arnold feels good again on the back of a really positive performance in the Champions League on Tuesday which saw him keep a clean sheet and register an assist. He was unlucky not to register points in Gameweek 6, too.

Alongside him, it no longer feels ok to have a series of £4.5m defenders. Whilst the likes of Coufal and Mitchell look like great options if they continue to start, freeing up cash for the likes of Chilwell, Saiss and other £5.0m+ assets seems like a really good FPL strategy.

For me, a rethink of budget distribution is definitely on the cards to ensure that I have the right defensive options now that the rate of clean sheets is on the rise.


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649 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Zlatan F.C
      26 days, 23 hours ago

      Who is the best Reece James replacement? Chilwell seems obvious but he is a bit expensive especially if i am going to need to bring in KDB or Bruno later on. What are James owners doing? My team is below. 3.2m in the bank 1FT

      Martinez
      Robbo Saiss James
      Son Salah Foden Grealish Podence
      DCL Kane

      Forster Lamptey Brewster Ferguson

      Thanks,

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        26 days, 23 hours ago

        Keep James for this week as he likely should start vs Burnley.

      2. jomikijiq
        • 5 Years
        26 days, 23 hours ago

        Zouma looks good now
        Coufal/Masuaku from GW8
        Dias from GW10

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

        Keep for now

      4. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        26 days, 23 hours ago

        I'm keeping James this week. I reckon he'll play because he's extra physical against Burnley with an eye to remove him for Chilwell the following week for security of starts.

        We have pretty similar teams.

        Although I'll be buying Rashford in for your 'Podence' slot this week. (No Robbo so I have some extra money).

        1. Zlatan F.C
            26 days, 22 hours ago

            Seems sensible. I feel I need to solve the headache of whether James plays or not and transfer him to some who is more guaranteed a place.

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

        -4 team; two short questions?

        Start;
        A. Davies (BHA)
        B. Justin (lee)

        Captain;
        1. Kane (BHA)
        2. Salah (WHU)

        McCarthy
        Chilwell, Saiss, XXX
        Pulisic, Salah, Rodríguez, Son, Grealish
        DCL, Kane
        (Nyland, XXX, Mitchell, Davis)

        1. jomikijiq
          • 5 Years
          26 days, 23 hours ago

          A2

        2. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          26 days, 23 hours ago

          B1

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            26 days, 22 hours ago

            You sunk my battleship

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

          Haha! Complete composite 🙂

        4. LegendMoon
          • 3 Years
          26 days, 23 hours ago

          A2 for certain

        5. Nunoooooooooo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          26 days, 23 hours ago

          B1

        6. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          26 days, 22 hours ago

          And again complete opposites 🙂

      6. ElliotJHP
        • 8 Years
        26 days, 23 hours ago

        Just did the 'what if' machine on game change and I would be 47 points better of If hadn't changed anything even with Auba cap... so that's nice.

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

          generally is the way, i killed my season after gameweek one by snap transferring Kane out for a hit (Spurs looked toothless gw 1). Put Fernandes and Wilson in. They blanked, played wildcard, they both hauled.

          only just managing to stop the tail spin.

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            26 days, 22 hours ago

            Yeah. Don't remember who it was but they did the infamous Kane + Son > Bruno + Martial GW2 transfers for a hit. That must hurt so badly.

            Humongous swing on that one decision.

            1. Phil's Stamps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              26 days, 22 hours ago

              I was one of those unfortunates. Then did the Son hokey kokey a few times, missing his goals with each.

              I think mine was around -85 when I checked it today, can anybody top that?

              1. Phil's Stamps
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                *ah it was actually Son and Ings, but it stil went from bad to worse pretty quickly

      7. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        26 days, 23 hours ago

        2FT. 0.4 ITB.

        What to do here? Find a way to get rid of Mitchell?

        Martinez
        TAA Semedo Dallas
        Salah Grealish Son JRod
        Maupay Kane DCL

        Steer Bissouma Lamptey Mitchell

        1. LegendMoon
          • 3 Years
          26 days, 23 hours ago

          Mitchel to Coufal

      8. NateDogsCats
          26 days, 23 hours ago

          Anyone dropping Wolves defenders with their upcoming fixtures? I've been tempted to rid of Semedo but he seems to be playing well enough and Wolves do have a habit of turning up for the bigger games.

          1. Over Midwicket
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            26 days, 23 hours ago

            Yes I'm planning on keeping Kilman because he's amazing value and a cash cow but doing Saiss -> Cresswell for FUL (guaranteed clean)

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              26 days, 22 hours ago

              Exact same moves for me too

        • TeddiPonza
          • 10 Years
          26 days, 23 hours ago

          What to do?

          Martinez (Forster)
          Saiss KWP Justin (Mitchell Lamptey)
          Salah Sterling Son Podence (Burke)
          Kane DCL Jimi

          0,1m in bank 2 FT

          A. Jimi and Pod to Zaha and Bamford
          B. Podence and Saiss to Foden and Kilman
          C. Just Saiss to Kilman to free up funds
          D. Jimi and Pod to Rashford and Brewster
          E. Something else

          Thanks!

          1. Nunoooooooooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            26 days, 22 hours ago

            I like A myself. BC too risky if expecting Kilman to replace Saiss just yet, and D is a downgrade imo...

          2. Boberella
            • 4 Years
            26 days, 22 hours ago

            A for me there

        • No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          26 days, 23 hours ago

          anyone set on captaincy? after Salah blanked last week (didn't watch the game, sounds like he was unlucky), i was absolutely set on Kane. Now I'm not so sure.

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            26 days, 23 hours ago

            He was unlucky but Liverpool didn't have their normal rhythm, if they play that same formation again I'd want to cap Kane instead. But because I won't know the formation I'll stick with Mo

          2. olidooley
            • 8 Years
            26 days, 23 hours ago

            Salah

          3. the dom 1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            26 days, 23 hours ago

            going back & fourth with Salah & Kane.

            got Son as well but that would just throw me into disarray lol

          4. Over Midwicket
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            26 days, 23 hours ago

            Kane or Son. Brighton can't defend and it could be a massacrw

            1. farmerfat
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              26 days, 22 hours ago

              They actually have some of the best defensive stats in the league.

              1. Third Eye Vision
                • 8 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                No Dunk though.

          5. teneighty
            • 5 Years
            26 days, 22 hours ago

            Son for me. He has posted double figures in 4 out of 6 matches and in the Newcastle game he probably would have too if he hadn't been hooked at halftime.

        • lilmessipran
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          26 days, 23 hours ago

          Is coufal nailed at rwb for West ham?? At 4.5 in a good looking defensive side as a wing back, surely a good option?

          1. olidooley
            • 8 Years
            26 days, 23 hours ago

            Yep

        • Alli
          • 3 Years
          26 days, 23 hours ago

          2 FT - What to do?

          A) Downgrade TAA and upgrade Holding?
          B) Holding > 4.5 Def and save FT?
          C) Other

          McCarthy
          TAA - KWP - Justin
          Mané - Salah - Son - Zaha
          Wilson - DCL - Jimé

          Nyland* - Mitchell - Stephens - Holding*

          1. Bumbaclot
            • 9 Years
            26 days, 23 hours ago

            Just holding to 4.5. Maybe coufal

            1. Boberella
              • 4 Years
              26 days, 22 hours ago

              This

        • Bumbaclot
          • 9 Years
          26 days, 23 hours ago

          Hi guys best option here?

          Ryan
          Trent/Justin/targett
          Salah/kdb/son/podence
          DCL/Watkins/Werner

          Button/Dallas/kwp/soucek

          A. Werner and kdb to Kane and rashford
          B, Werner and Trent to Kane and chillwel
          C. Any other option anyone can think of 🙂

          0.4 itb. Thanks everyone

        • thewhitepele
          • 5 Years
          26 days, 23 hours ago

          G2G and save FT? 0.1m ITB:

          Martinez
          Chilwell Saiss Konsa
          Salah Son JamesR. Grealish
          Kane(c) DCL Maupay

          Martin, Bissouma, KWP, Lamptey

          1. manu4life99
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            26 days, 23 hours ago

            Similar team (see below) considering selling Maupay but if Antonio is fit next week then makes sense to roll and then move Maupay out. Keep an eye on jrod fitness

        • the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          26 days, 23 hours ago

          G2G?

          Martínez
          Chilwell, Saiss, KWP
          Salah, Stirling, Son, Podence
          Kane, DCL, Bamford

          Forster. Klich, Mitchell, Justin.

          Bench order right?

          Going to save my FT and have 2FT's GW8

          Thoughts?

        • FF Dirtbag
          • 9 Years
          26 days, 23 hours ago

          2 FTs and clueless for once on what to change. 0 Mill in the bank.
          Any ideas all?

          Martinez
          Reguillon Chilwell Saiss
          Salah Son Grealish Rodriguez
          Kane(c) Ings DCL

          Forster; KWP, Mitchell, Stephens

          1. Von Lipwig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            26 days, 23 hours ago

            I think the future ofSaiss is the only concer. Maybe KWP to Kilman this week to raise a little money and then see what happens with them this week. That way you'll be able to upgrade Saiss with Kilman as youre bench option next week.

        • Jdpz
            26 days, 23 hours ago

            Will Willian play next GW?

          • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            26 days, 23 hours ago

            Michail Antonio should be fit for West Ham’s trip to Liverpool this weekend.

            - @TheAthletic

            1. FF Dirtbag
              • 9 Years
              26 days, 23 hours ago

              Oh really...

              1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 23 hours ago

                Probably won't be risked from the start even if fit though

            2. Jack Burton
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              26 days, 23 hours ago

              Like the sound of that cheers

              1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 23 hours ago

                There's another version though haha

                West Ham are yet to confirm whether Michail Antonio is fit to play or is injured. They want to keep this news to themselves for the time being.

                - @ExWHUemployee

            3. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              26 days, 23 hours ago

              it's a see if he gets through it for me, then target Fulham.

              1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 23 hours ago

                Same

            4. LegendMoon
              • 3 Years
              26 days, 23 hours ago

              Don't think it matters west ham won't score

              1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 23 hours ago

                Their chances are much better if he plays, that's for sure

            5. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              26 days, 22 hours ago

              How do find breaking news on the Athletic? Only recently joined.

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

                Is this a Twitter thing?

                I really need to look into that website...

                1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                  • 4 Years
                  26 days, 22 hours ago

                  Not too sure actually, just seen multiple West Ham fanpages repost that and mentioning The Athletic as the source, they are reliable pages so pretty sure it's true. Maybe it was mentioned in one of the latest articles? Because I can't find anything on twitter either

                2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                  • 4 Years
                  26 days, 22 hours ago

                  Also, would suggest following The Athletic correspondents of each PL club, that is more than enough to keep up to date with all the breaking news imo.

          • tinear
            • 1 Year
            26 days, 23 hours ago

            Son, Kane, Salah.

            Armband to who?

            1. the dom 1
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              26 days, 23 hours ago

              Im on Salah but Kane is so tempting too.

              1. tinear
                • 1 Year
                26 days, 23 hours ago

                Mine on Kane but Salah seems popular here

            2. Kannbury
                26 days, 23 hours ago

                Sal

                1. tinear
                  • 1 Year
                  26 days, 23 hours ago

                  Fancy him too. You reckon he will outscore Kane/Son?

              • Boberella
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                Son

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

              Some surprising stats when you compare Kane and Salah. Especially xG non pen and xA

              1. Over Midwicket
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                26 days, 23 hours ago

                Yeah, interesting isn't it

              2. No Professionals
                • 3 Years
                26 days, 23 hours ago

                go on...

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

                  Haha, lets just say the xG No pen and xA are not the way around I expected

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

                    doesn't surprise me, Kane has been clinical from what i've seen, and son has pretty much put away every chance Kane has sent his way.

                    And Salah has always been a pretty wasteful finisher.

            4. manu4life99
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              26 days, 23 hours ago

              2FT

              A) Maupay > Bamford, roll 1FT
              B) Maupay,Jrod > Rash,Brewster (start soucek 352, bench brewster)

              Martinez
              Robbo Saiss Chilwell
              Salah Son Grealish Jrod
              Kane DCL Maupay

              steer soucek lamptey mitchell

              1. thewhitepele
                • 5 Years
                26 days, 23 hours ago

                Ty for comment above. Agree on monitoring Jrod situation, if fit then A would work!

            5. Nedvěd11
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              26 days, 23 hours ago

              Best upcoming defender for only 1 GW?

              1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 23 hours ago

                Chilly

                1. LegendMoon
                  • 3 Years
                  26 days, 22 hours ago

                  not here in Sri Lanka its not!!

                  1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                    • 4 Years
                    26 days, 22 hours ago

                    Sonny then

                    1. LegendMoon
                      • 3 Years
                      26 days, 22 hours ago

                      haha

            6. PocketZola
              • 3 Years
              26 days, 22 hours ago

              Rmt?

              I rate it 7/10

              Martinez
              Rob lamp bell
              Sal son grea jrod
              Dcl bam kane

              Subs, dallas, mitchell, biss

              1. Nunoooooooooo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                7 - just the defence that could be improved imo...rest looks good

                1. PocketZola
                  • 3 Years
                  26 days, 20 hours ago

                  Bell or lamp to chillwell?

                  1. Nunoooooooooo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    26 days, 19 hours ago

                    I would personally yeah. I’ve just got him for Digne and happy with that!

            7. MikeLowrey
              • 2 Years
              26 days, 22 hours ago

              2FT and NFI what to do. I’m 0.1 off affording Trossard to Foden

              A) Mitchell to Kilman
              B) Semedo to Chilwell
              C) Lamptey to Masuaku
              D) Lamptey to Masuaku, Trossard to Foden
              E) Semedo to Kilman, Trossard to Zaha

              1. Big Hippo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                I quite like D (assuming Lamptey/Masuaka is benched this week?)

            8. King Kohli
              • 8 Years
              26 days, 22 hours ago

              Does Kilman go up for corners and free kicks?

              1. Your Man With The Hair
                • 9 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                I'd assume so, he's 6'3 or something.

              2. Nedvěd11
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                Yes. At least against NEW.
                Coady stayed put at the back..

              3. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                Yet to touch the ball in the box if he does. Suspect Coady and Semedo stay back for set pieces.

            9. farmerfat
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              26 days, 22 hours ago

              Martinez
              TAA SAISS JAMES
              Salah (C) Mane Son Podence
              Jimi DCL Watkins
              0.6 ITB 1ft

              Good to roll transfer this week?

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • 3 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                Kane would tempt me for a -4. Mane out

              2. Big Hippo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                roolllll imo

            10. Lingard’s Shin Guards
              • 1 Year
              26 days, 22 hours ago

              Pulisic, Foden -> Rashford, Jorginho (-4)?

              1. Your Man With The Hair
                • 9 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                It's a no from me

              2. IRBOX ⚽
                • 3 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                Absolutely not

              3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                No

              4. Big Hippo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                not at all for me

            11. Bury94
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              26 days, 22 hours ago

              If I'd have left my team and done nothing since GW1 I'd be 27 points better off then I am now, love it

              1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                I would be 21 points behind.
                Mainly because my GW1 captain was Auba

              2. IRBOX ⚽
                • 3 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                Ahhh the joys of FPL

            12. In a Rush
              • 4 Years
              26 days, 22 hours ago

              Any thoughts on this lot please?
              I’ve ended up with 6M Itb it’s now burning a hole!

              Martínez
              Ayling pva reguilon
              Salah Grealish son Foden Rodriguez
              Dcl Maupay

              Button kwp Lamptey Brewster

              Is this crazy for a -8 ?
              Pva Rodriguez Maupay ➡️ Zouma Rashford Kane

              Any thoughts much appreciated

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • 3 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                Maupay > Kane for free. Leave the others

                1. In a Rush
                  • 4 Years
                  26 days, 22 hours ago

                  Cheers irbox I’ve obviously thought of that move but I’ve also thought about not getting Kane at all and going for a more differential. Also getting a bit fed up of Rodriguez being flagged constantly.

                  1. IRBOX ⚽
                    • 3 Years
                    26 days, 22 hours ago

                    Newcastle concede a lot of headed goals which bodes well for James Rodriguez and DCL. Interestingly, Everton have scored the most headed goals in the history of the premier league. He will be a fitness concern for majority of the season imo due to his age and the physicality of the league, however, given the immediate fixtures you should hold him 100%

                  2. Pegboy
                    • 10 Years
                    26 days, 22 hours ago

                    You're overthinking it. Just do Maupay > Kane

                2. Villan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  26 days, 22 hours ago

                  This makes more sense than a -8 imo

              2. Villan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                I wouldn't personally. PVA might be a risk but the others are fine picks

                1. In a Rush
                  • 4 Years
                  26 days, 22 hours ago

                  Cheers villan what would you do? I’m sure Maupay has to go!

                  1. In a Rush
                    • 4 Years
                    26 days, 22 hours ago

                    Cheers all,Maupay ➡️ Harry is probably the sensible move will have a think

            13. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              26 days, 22 hours ago

              Would you make any changes here?

              McCarthy
              TAA Saiss Kilman
              Salah (c) Son Rodriguez Foden
              Kane (vc) DCL Jimenez

              Nyland Bissouma Justin Mitchell

              1. Villan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                Similar to my team.

                I'm contemplating TAA to Chilwell or saving

                1. IRBOX ⚽
                  • 3 Years
                  26 days, 22 hours ago

                  Pretty much. My Jimenez to your Zaha. Keep TAA this week for sure. Love the grav mate! ‘Hello darkness my old friend..’

                2. In a Rush
                  • 4 Years
                  26 days, 22 hours ago

                  Nice team like I said above I’m just concerned about Rodriguez being flagged constantly.

              2. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                Nope - targeting any hammers next GW?

                1. IRBOX ⚽
                  • 3 Years
                  26 days, 22 hours ago

                  Depends on Antonio’s fitness. Jimmy > Antonio was planned. Soucek the other option I will contemplate on GW10 WC. You?

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    26 days, 22 hours ago

                    Creswell for Saiss and Antonio for Jimenez are moves I am considering next GW.

              3. Shatner's Bassoon
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                Nah looks fine. If you have 2 FTs get rid of Nyland.

                1. IRBOX ⚽
                  • 3 Years
                  26 days, 22 hours ago

                  Not urgent. Waiting for WC in GW10. Transfers far too precious to waste on non playing GK’s

                  1. Shatner's Bassoon
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    26 days, 22 hours ago

                    Assume you don't have two frees then

            14. Tinmen
              • 7 Years
              26 days, 22 hours ago

              Folks, who’s the better pick?

              Rash
              Pulisic
              Zaha

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                Rash

              2. CroatianHammer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                Rashford would be a recency bias pick. Zaha has been consistent this season. Good enough reason IMHO.

              3. Nunoooooooooo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                Between A & B. A right now

              4. Big Hippo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                I've been looking at Pulisic, Zaha and Grealish and prefer Grealish. Big fan of Pulisic's ownership though

            15. Nedvěd11
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              26 days, 22 hours ago

              Who is the best option between Coufal and Masuaku?
              Guess both are nailed now..?

              1. Pegboy
                • 10 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                I don't think there's anything much between them. Coufal probably slightly more nailed.

              2. In a Rush
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                I reckon I’ll be getting Coufal soon

              3. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                Coufal - some speculation that WHU revert to 4 at the back when the fixtures turn making Masuaku a risk from Cresswell.

            16. Pegboy
              • 10 Years
              26 days, 22 hours ago

              Best GK option for next 10-12 weeks?

              a) Martinez 4.8
              b) Mendy 5.0
              c) Fabianski 5.0

              I never make GK transfers, but in a strange position of having an FT to burn and now seems a good time to ship Ryan.

              1. CroatianHammer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                I have Martinez and he plays this weekend. I hate GK moves but Mendy maybe? Think Az said Chelsea kept 3 of 4 CSs with Mendy and some other defender both playing.

              2. In a Rush
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                All good options to be fair. I own Martínez but would be tempted by mendy now.

              3. Big Hippo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                26 days, 22 hours ago

                I think Martinez based on fixtures and saves. Plus WHM have 2x 4.5 def options that look good. Mendy a good option for sure but fixtures turn from GW10-18 (they don't play any of the bottom 5 in that run).