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Are premium defenders worth investing in from FPL Gameweek 9 onwards?

With clean sheets on the increase and the average number of goals scored in each game lower now than it was at the start of the season premium defenders are back on the radar of Fantasy Premier League managers.

Is now the right time to invest more money in the defence? Should we be looking to go big at the back? And which FPL defenders should we spend our FPL budget on – we asked the Scout Network for their thoughts on what is the correct defensive FPL strategy.

FPL BlackBox

Ben Chilwell playing for Chelsea against Sheffield United

At the moment, I can’t see any real logic in going big at the back – which surprises me considering I felt this was a very viable strategy after the first few weeks of the season.

Chilwell looks a must. He’s now risen to £6.0m, but looks worth the price. The double up with Reece James looks very viable, and you can get him for a cut price £5.0m.

With players such as Vladimir Coufal and Arthur Masuaku (both £4.5m), Tariq Lamptey (£4.7m), Matt Targett (£4.5m) all presenting good value, those with the likes of Trent Alexander Arnold (£7.4m) and Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) must be looking at this and thinking that they can free up some real funds to jump on Manchester City and / or Manchester United players who now have a great run of games.

While I will continue to shirk premium defenders, Joao Cancelo (£5.4m) has caught my eye – and I’m looking at Alex Telles (£5.5m) too, depending on the results of Luke Shaw‘s (£4.9m) most recent injury. Both could offer good returns for their price

Az FPL BlackBox

Ted Talks FPL

Chances diagram from Ted Talks FPL – Statistics from the last 6 Gameweeks

As always with defenders, picking the players with the best combined clean sheet & attacking return potential is key.

In the chance diagram above, the top 10 players are presented for each type of chance in the last six Gameweeks. Small Chances are difficult efforts such as shots from outside the box or speculative headed attempts. Big chances are clear-cut opportunities, typically close to goal. The names that stand out are in two or more of the categories.

The Liverpool fullbacks are always pretty good statistically but a potential calf injury to Alexander-Arnold may be the final nail in the coffin for patient owners, especially as this may further reduce Liverpool’s clean sheet potential. Robertson may also suffer from Liverpool’s formation change. With Diogo Jota (£6.5m) making more starts, the left-back has been less inclined to maraud forward. This makes me wonder whether the ££7.0m+ price tag still offers good value.

Ben Chilwell’s popularity has risen over the last few weeks along with his price (£6.0m). 11 small chances created, five small chances and one big chance shows a good level of intent and diversity. Two goals and two assists in five games is his reward.

Along with Chelsea’s heightened clean sheet potential, he seems like the primary choice for our backlines. At £1.0m less, team-mate Reece James (£5.0m) is also showing a good level of intent with six Small Chances Created and five small Chances.

He will need to start adding clear-cut opportunities to his locker along with end-product, having refrained from returning attacking points since Gameweek 1.

James might have nailed down a regular starting position after playing 90 mins in the last 3 Gameweeks but Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.8m) always feels like something of a threat when it comes to rotation.

With West Ham’s recent defensive solidity, Aaron Cresswell (£5.1m) also stands out as decent mid-priced option. His team-mates Masuaku and Coufal may offer better value at £4.5m but 13 small Chances Created and two big chances created for the left-sided centre-back is certainly worth taking note of.

Sergio Reguilón (£5.6m) and Cancelo are the last of our premium options. The Spurs left-back has created small chances, been afforded six small chances and fashioned two big chances in the last six Gameweeks but the fixtures are about to get extremely tough. Is he still worth it?

Having started the last four Premier League games in a row for Man City, combined with some European rests, Cancelo seems to have claimed the left-back position for himself.

He is showing promise going forward and with City’s excellent run of fixtures from Gameweek 10, the clean sheets are likely to follow too. He looks most likely to be my replacement for Alexander-Arnold, if the injury is serious.

With regards to structure, I think three at the back is still the best, leaving seven attacking slots to lap up the prevalent attacking points. There’s an argument to say that those three defensive positions could be filled by mid-priced assets such as Chilwell, Cancelo and Cresswell.

Ted Talks FPL

FPL Family

Aaron Cresswell in action for West Ham

Defenders have been a key thinking point of mine over the last couple of Gameweeks. My latest Pro Pundit article, which comes out later this week, is all about restructuring to allow for an increased budget allocation to the defence.

The last few Gameweeks have seen fewer goals scored across the weekends and an increase on the number of clean sheets kept. We are also now beginning to see more consistency at the back, especially from teams such as Southampton and Chelsea and therefore the appeal of their defenders is on the increase.

Chilwell and Cresswell are the obvious defensive picks for me for the foreseeable future. Both have the form, fixtures and huge potential upside for attacking returns and thus at their price points offer exceptional value for money.

FPL Family Sam

FPL Nymfria

Vestergaard celebrates Scoring with Theo Walcott for Southampton vs Chelsea

I feel defenders are one of the toughest positions to call so far this season.

With so few clean sheets at the start of the campaign, we can at least now see some more filtering through. I was debating between Kurt Zouma (£5.3m) and Chilwell ahead of last Gameweek, and with the sale of Danny Ings (£8.4m), I was able to up my budget to afford the left-back.

Luckily, it paid off, but I still believe that Zouma and his cheaper counter colleague James, could be worth consideration if you can’t reach the ever rising Chilwell or you fancy the double up.

I still have a Romain Saïss (£5.2m) shaped problem, and I also have to have some serious thought on if Robertson is worth keeping going forward. The Defenders I’m looking at as key targets for possible replacements are, Jannik Vestergaard (£4.7m) who currently has four clean sheets and two goals.

After selling Southampton defence early doors, I am looking to get back on as their clean sheets really hurts my rank, so any cover there would be good.

I also think West Ham defence could be worth some consideration. Cresswell, with his three assists, has looked impressive and it usually reflects in the bonus points also. As a cheaper alternative, Coufal at 4.5m also looks like a decent option, with just one fewer assist than his left-sided, set-piece-taking team-mate.

FPL Nymfria

FPL Partridge

Patrick Van Aanholt celebrates Crystal Palace’s opening goal vs Leeds in Gameweek 8

Currently I still have Robertson and Alexander-Arnold. The main reason I still have both is because I couldn’t identify which one to offload. My indecision may help me in the long run though, as with Liverpool’s fixtures clearing up, I can still see both hitting form at some point soon.

The player I want however, is Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m). Watching the games it seems like he’s added some real threat and penetration down the left for Palace. He had a great assist ruled out last week, as well as being fouled for the overturned penalty. This week his deflected cross caused the own goal and Palace have a great run of fixtures that I think will result in more points for PVA. We also don’t know if he jumps ahead of Wilfried Zaha (£7.4m) in the penalty taking queue, which would increase his potential even more.

FPL Partridge

El Statto

El Statto graphic to show the breakdown of Chilwell’s points this season by Home&Away/League position of opponents/Gameweek

Heat Map for Chilwell’s season so far by El Statto

With only six defenders currently in the top 30 highest scored players, currently it makes sense I feel to continue to allocate as much as possible budget into the midfielders and forwards. Also with the top premiums of Alexander-Arnold and Robertson both outside the top 50 it gives you more money than ever to use.

If I was Wildcarding over the international break, Chilwell would be the first name into my defence. After missing the first three games, he has since returned three clean sheets, two assists and two goals in five appearances, and is averaging eight points per match.

With a good run of fixtures against mid-to-lower positioned teams, I think you can expect some returns to continue. As he showed against Sheffield United, Chilwell will get into the box whenever he can, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on the score sheet again over the next six.

He was on corners, but now Ziyech is in the side and taken over it is one assist option gone, but the way he has started this season is very Alexander-Arnold-esque.

El Statto

FPL Greece

Cancelo stars for City as Sheff Utd's weak right-side bodes well for Chelsea

Joao Cancelo puts in a cross for Manchester City while under pressure

With the current sample of eight Gameweeks, Chilwell is the most reliable and explosive defender in our view. With his marauding runs on the left and how often he gets in the penalty box, as well as his crossing capacity, should be a no brainer for all managers. A Wildcard draft should start from him leading the defence.

With the current lack of clean sheets for Liverpool, and the drought of attacking returns for both Robertson and Alexander-Arnold, it is hard to advocate for sticking with them, even though the underlying stats remain strong.

However, at FPL Greece, we consider having a big-hitting defender a big plus. Not only due to team structure (since upgrading a defender is difficult and usually requires hits), but also because historically, very few midfielders or attachers at the price range of £7.0 to £7.5m hit the mark of 180+ points. Neither of them will keep underperforming for the whole season.

Nevertheless, if one would move away from Liverpool defence, Cancelo keeps turning heads with his performances. He looks like he has secured his spot in Guardiola’s starting XI, his assist potential is high considering the number of crosses and his heat-map, and City’s schedule past Chelsea bodes well with his clean sheet potential.

That aside, it is hard to look past the favourable schedule of Aston Villa and the good defensive credentials they have given. Either as a cover, or as a double up to the amazing Emi Martinez (£4.8m), either of Tyrone Mings (£5.2m), or Matt Targett (£4.5m) would be a good be a solid choice.

FPL Greece

Mini League Mate

Leeds defender Stuart Dallas

My wildcard in Gameweek 6 was focused on taking money out of defence to secure the services of more of the midfielders and strikers who seem to be getting consistent returns. The clean sheets have started to come in thick and fast but there are so many budget defenders capable of attacking returns like Lamptey, Cresswell, Max Kilman (£4.3m), Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.5m), Stuart Dallas (£4.5m), Luke Ayling (£4.5m) – the list goes on. I have one mid/premium which is Chilwell who is widely backed as the next, or equivalent, TAA/Robbo.

Mini League Mate

Whats happening in the Scout Network?

El Statto

There were two new articles published this this week.

The first one highlighting the 26 players who furfill our own pre-set criteria (returns in at least three games/ a least one haul so far/ played at least 75% of the mins) Looking at what makes them good transfer options and then factoring in their fixtures.

The other article was by Jan Sienkiewicz, following their surprise defeat in Europe this week he takes a look at what is going on at Manchester United, whether the wheels are coming off the Ole-bus and whether his decisions are effecting the appeal of the Red Devils players as FPL assets.

FPL Family

Lee and Sam both had excellent Gameweek 8 results, although Sam spent Sunday evenings Live Stream regretting her decision to bench Ollie Watkins when he scored a brace while they were live!

Lee also appeared on last weeks Official FPL podcast in the build up to Gameweek 8, while you’ll be able to catch Sam on the FPL Show this week alongside Duncan Alexander.

Mini League Mate

Last week Mini League Mate had a special trial week for a select group of Fantasy Football Scout Members who received a Dossier for Gameweek 7 to enable them to try out the service Mini League Mate provides.

As a result many have FFS Members have subsequently subscribed to carry on recieving the Dossier moving forwards! The trial also provided Mini League Mate with some great feedback including lots of suggestions for how FFS Members would like to visualise their data – this is something that the guys at Mini League Mate will be looking into for the next few weeks and looking to deploy where possible.

FPL Poker Player

The usually weekly FPL Poker Tables blog was published this week ahead of the deadline for Gameweek 8. This blog reported on very encouraging results for the previous gameweek’s predictions, and highlighted the key points of interest regarding the upcoming GW5 scoreline predictions, clean sheet probabilities, expected goals and player points.

Exitingly spreadsheet sales for FPL Poker Player also went global with customers now from all around the world, including Indonesia, Slovenia, Malaysia, India, and Ireland. The development of a new sortable players expected points table was announced. As well as this, the betting arm spinoff account recorded a 25% Return On Investment in Gameweek 4, with three winning bets out of the four recommended to followers.

FPL BlackBox

On Wednesday ahead of the Gameweek 8 deadline Mark and Az hosted another episode of FPL BlackBox looking ahead to the game week and focused in on, amongst other things, the data surrounding the choice between Harry Kane and Heung-min Son for the Gameweek 8 captaincy.

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1,321 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Rip my WC team apart?

    Martinez
    PvA Lamptey Justin Taylor Lewis
    Salah KdB Bruno Berge Soucek
    Werner Richarlison Watkins

    1.2 ITB for Vardy in GW 10

    1. MIURA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Sander Berge wtaf

      1. Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        An expensive rotation, probably he'll play 2-3 games, but is on penalties and better ghan Brewster, maybe?

    2. King Drogba11
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Would move Richardson and Berge to another pair.

        Maybe Bamford and Grealish if you can afford that ?

        1. Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Don't want to triple up on AVL

      • CONNERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Too many premiums imho.

        I'd personally go with an all-budget attack (Bamford for Werner) and use the cash to upgrade Berge and your defence.

        1. Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Why would Berge need an upgrade, he's gonna be first bench most of the GW's

      • CONNERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Because I wouldn't want to be relying on Soucek each week I guess?

        1. Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          That's the reason I have Lewis in my team.

          Surprisingly these 3 rotate well for the run in.

      • THE KING CANTONA
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        PVA => Dann
        Berge & Soucek => Jota & Bissouma

        1. jb1985
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Will Dann possible not lose his place to Cahill?

      • Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        second keeper 😉

      • CONNERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Rotation aside. I just feel the overall balance of the team suffers from having that 4th premium player.

        e.g. I'd prefer to have Bamford, Grealish and Cancelo over Vardy, Berge and Lewis.

        You can only captain one of your premiums which makes having four poor value overall, not to mention the captaincy headache each week.

    3. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Nice detailed article!

    4. Fpl_elstatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Here is the article about transfers mentioned in my weekly roundup
      https://jumpersforgoalposts.info/fpl-abctransferguide-tiersarenotenough/

    5. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Martinez
      Ayling Chilwell Coufal
      Ziyech Salah Son Grealish Rashford
      DCL Kane

      Steer, Brewster, Mitchell, Johnson.

      No pressing issues;

      Ayling > KWP FT? (After the break)

      A. Yay
      B. Nay

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Yay

        If we're sure Rash is fit, of course

        1. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Cheers.

          If he isn’t fit, then I’m looking at Son & Rash >>> Zaha & Bruno

          1. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            That's sound too

    6. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 7 days ago

      TAA out seems like an interesting argument against Mane or Salah (C). He's still the main creative force alongside Robbo for the team and attracts plenty of attention...

      1. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        He hasn’t been creating for Mane or Salah in the league this season though. Salah still a great captain most weeks regardless

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 7 days ago

          2nd highest number of chances created for a defender, clearly he's posing a threat to the opposition that could be leaving more space for Salah to exploit. He's still a great captain, I'm just considering the factors here.

      2. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Have you seen Neco play? a converted winger and a more natural attacker than TAA

    7. ShaunGoater123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Used my two free transfers early to try and catch / avoid price changes. Wildcard to get out of it if goes wrong but if not all set?

      McCarthy
      Chilwell / bellerin / Dallas
      Salah / Fernandes / ziyech / soucek
      Kane / Watkins / Vardy

      Button / bissouma/ Mitchell / Justin

      1. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Yep all good

      2. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        DCL ownership will burn you if he hauls ... and is up against Fulham, Leeds & Burnley next 😉

    8. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Cant decide which is better..

      Kane in a 343 formation or Son in a 352.

      Martinez
      Lamptey chilwell PVA
      Salah son grealish zaha bowen
      Kane DCL

      4.0 brewster regulion mitchel

      Kane bowen to Bamford Bruno is what I'm thinking..

    9. BENOIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Anyone else playing in a draft league?

      I've got a dilemma re: Aubameyang and can't decide whether to get rid?

      I could use the money to upgrade other players to bring in the likes of Jesus, Cancelo, Harvey Barnes or Bale, who are available still?

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

        I thought there is no player value in draft?

        1. BENOIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          i'm in two draft leagues, one via FPL and the other run outside of FPL, which still has values - it is a 6 man league and we draft at the start of the season using FPL prices

    10. Silent Friend
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Cancelo or PVA?
      Defence: Chilwell Bellerin Lamptey Justin ____

      1. Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Are you gonna play all 5?

        1. Silent Friend
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          my team value 104M and I feel a have enough on attacking

      2. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Buy a 4.0 and spend the money in attack.

        1. Silent Friend
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          104.2M

          Kane Watkins DCl

          Salah Bruno Son Grealish

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 days ago

            If you want to do Bruno or Son to KDB you will have fund issues. Go with a 3.9 defender

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

        IMO a City def is a must with the fixtures coming up.

    11. Ojpsan1
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Soo what to do with TAA?

      A) Chilwell
      B) Robbo
      C) City def

      1. 2OLEgend
          2 months, 7 days ago

          A

      2. DF Team
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        On WC:

        a) Zouma + KDB
        b) Chilwell + Son

        1. 2OLEgend
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Easy A for me

        2. Finndr07
            2 months, 7 days ago

            I have Martinez
            Lamptey Masuaku Chilwell (Robertson)(Kilman)
            Salah Grealish Son Rodriguez (Bissouma)
            Bamford Kane DCL

            Any changes that I should immediately make? Thinking of rolling the transfer

          • Sz21
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Best replacements for Son and Jimenez here?
            Thinking Bruno + Rich (as a short term punt).

            McCarthy.
            Cancelo, Chilwell, Mitchell.
            Son, Salah, Barkley, Podence.
            Kane, DCL, Jimenez.
            Button, Ayling, Justin, Bissouma.
            1ft, 3.8m ITB. WC in hand.
            Probably KDB + Grealish in the week after as well.
            Any ideas?

          • jb1985
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Neco Williams looks like a good enabler for 3.9m as according to the set pieces bit on FPL site, he takes corners and indirect free kicks as well.

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Will he even play though... what about Milner

              1. jb1985
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                True that's the only worry, I guess will just need to ensure that have a good bench for the Brighton and Fulham game as I doubt I would start him against Wolves. He would be 5th defender anyway.

          • thom830g
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Who to have in this WC team?

            a) Zaha, Bamford, KWP
            b) Jota, Watkins, Bellerin

            McCarthy
            Targett - James - Justin - Dias - XX
            Salah - KDB - Grealish - Bissouma - XX
            XX - Kane - DCL

          • tuvok
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Who would be your best 4.5 defs, long term?

            Coufal looks good if we think west ham will maintain their defensive solidity

            Target is starting to offer more going forward & has a good run of fixtures, but villa seem to be quite erratic

            KWP is looking more and more like Mr Reliable, delivering in games you'd expect him to

            Both the Leeds full backs are attacking but they are so hard to predict they don't make for good rotation based on fixtures?

            Kilman still a steal at 4.3 & despite a tough run of games, Wolves can keep a clean sheet against anyone?

            Taylor could be an option now Mee & Tark are back for Burnley? He usually gets the BPs

            Any others?

            1. CONNERS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Given the rarity of clean sheets this season, I think I'd want someone who offers the possibility of an attacking return now and then.

              Dallas could be a good option, particularly once Leeds' fixtures improve in a few weeks.

              1. tuvok
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Yeah I like Dallas, he certainly offers a lot going forward but Leeds' defensive stats are among the worst in the league so I'm not considering him too much. Like you say tho, with better fixtures and when Phillips comes back, maybe they'll improve

          • seaside
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            *long post alert*

            McCarthy
            Chilwell Lamptey Justin Coufal Mitchell
            Salah Son Grealish Hamez Bissouma
            Kane DCL Jimenez

            1 FT and 1.7 ITB.

            An obvious move would be Son > Fernandes now. But a part of me wants to see Spurs playing a top side to see if Son may perform running in behind...

            Saving a transfer this week also gives me greater opportunities to shuffle around next GW.

            I certainly want to drop Jimenez after next GW.

            I am even considering to pull my WC and get the following team with the exact money:
            McCarthy
            Chilwell Lamptey Kilman Coufal Mitchell
            Salah KDB Fernandes Grealish Bissouma
            Vardy DCL Bamford

            Any thoughts on this mess?

            1. Lazaretti
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Good team do not use WC. Not pressing issues either. Maybe Son to Fernandes or save. Situation might be different next wednesday.

              1. seaside
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                fair enough, thanks!

          • Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Why on earth would you consider Reece James as an option again... especially as a double up? Did they not learn from last time when he was rotated...

          • Lazaretti
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Feel that Fernandes or other ManU player as a captain might be huge trap.

            WBA being quite good in defending lately and ManU has been poor against weaker teams. Unfortunately there is not a really good alternative. Auba maybe but he is not in form. Same with Everton guys.

            1. King Kohli
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Salah or Dcl look like the safe picks this week

            2. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Salah against Fuchs sounds good to me

            3. Lazaretti
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Thanks both Salah sounds good. I hace 2FT's andI g ace Son & Kane, and no City or WHU players so I might use one FT (Pulisic to Ziyech) or to bring in city or WHU player

            4. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 7 days ago

              I’d agree with this but I think the way he’s getting points and only being 10.5, he’s a lock in my team even if he doesn’t haul V wba

              1. Lazaretti
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                True also. Seems that everyone is going to pick Fernandes and C him so could be great differential to C someone like Salah.

            5. CONNERS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              He's still the stand out captain pick for me next GW given the other options available.

            6. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 7 days ago

              United not very good against parked buses for sure.

              1. Lazaretti
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                And if Fernandes can create a change for Martial or Rashford I wouldn't be too surprised if they miss it

            7. Trophé Mourinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 7 days ago

              I like DCL cap, will be probably be a differential too

            8. tuvok
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              United's pattern right now is like a team of mercenaries that turn up for big games/when they feel like it. WBA at home, right after an impressive away win, is precisely the kind of game they'll flop.

              With no obvious alternative tho and a lot of popularity, we might be shielded a bit if Bruno does flop against WBA, with many rivals also giving him (or someone with a similar chance of blanking like DCL) the armband.

              And all the stats point to Bruno cap

          • Newsman70
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            On a wildcard due to Wilson, TAA, price rises and Spurs fixture swing. What do you think? 1.0 ITB
            Mccarthy Forster
            Chilwell Zuma Justin Kilman Bernado
            Salah Bruno Grealish Zaha Ziyech
            Bamford Brewster Kane

            Any thoughts most appreciated!
            Kane or KDB?

            1. Lazaretti
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Good team Brewster and Zouma to Watkins and 4.5 maybe

              1. Newsman70
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Thanks that is an idea. So Chelsea double up is too much? I would have a who to start problem then with 8 attacking players though.

          • iL PiStOlErO
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Would you WC this team or just use 2ft?

            Mendy Steer
            TAA Justin Mitchell KWP Taylor
            Salah Sterling Son Romeu Bissouma
            Kane DCL Watkins

            0itb, 2ft

          • Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            lots of mid priced defenders starting to raise their hands form across many teams, rather than the 6 mill + premiums (although Chilwell is no longer a 5.5 defender) ... time to move into these guys ?

            Chilwell, Bellerin, Dias & Cancelo, PVA, Castagne, Cresswell (Coufal), Reguilón, the Villa guys ... two or three of those with some 4.5ers or even cheaper gives a pretty solid setup across the 5 defender spots

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Chilwell + Cancelo + James/Lamptey for me most likely. The former two will probably be in the majority of teams soon.

            2. Kabayan
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              I think i will to take that route. Will bring Chilwell (kicking myself, didn't bring him for hit before gw8) and one from City in next 2 week.
              Need fund for front 7 by downgrade Robbo.

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

              As others have said, Chilwell & Cancelo/Dias are surely the way to go right now. But further down the line I think Castagne, Digne and Reguilon will all be great options. Each play for a team capable of clean sheets in any game & offer really high assist potential. Still don’t feel I can trust arsenal or palace so would avoid PVA & Bellerin personally

              1. jb1985
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Dont agree on the clean sheet part for Digne, Pickford is rubbish and they don't keep many.

              2. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                I have Chilwell, Reguilon & Cresswell (just brought him in last week for Dias), will probably bring someone like Dias back for Reguilon next week for the easier fixtures

                It is quite easy to settle on a front 8 for a few weeks as the fixtures turn and swap a good defender to attack the fixtures - I know it’s not very popular using a transfer on a defender but it has worked quite well for me so far having brought in Chilwell, Reguilon, Dias & now Cresswell for immediate returns in their first or second games in my team

                It is such a mixed-up season that trying something different each week can really work

          • Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Best combo on WC?

            A. Ziyech + 4.5 defender
            B. Bamford + Cancelo

            1. King Kohli
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              B if you can handle the odd Cancelo benching

          • Donhush
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Guys, on my wildcard;
            Which of these for the next 2 game weeks;
            1. Vardy vs liv/FUL or
            2. KDB vs tot/BUR

            If I go 1, I will captain Vardy against Fulham and can easily bring KDB after the Burnley game

            1. thom830g
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              2

          • LewanGOALski
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            hmmm, just realized in Front8 I rely on 3 teams + Salah:

            - double Spurs
            - double AVL
            - double Everton

            I guess from GW10 I need to jump out of at least 1 Spurs and maybe also 1 EVE - thoughts..?

            1. PogBruno
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              City

          • Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 days ago

            I dont think anyone cares, but Mitro confirms he is back on pens

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              lots of keepers will be happy 😉

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 7 days ago

                😀

            2. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Is Mitro the new manager of Fulham?

          • thom830g
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Bottomed

            Who to have in this WC team?

            a) Zaha, Bamford, KWP/Coufal
            b) Jota, Watkins, Bellerin

            McCarthy
            Targett - James - Justin - Dias - XX
            Salah - KDB - Grealish - Bissouma - XX
            XX - Kane - DCL

            1. Trophé Mourinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Antonio, Ziyech, Lamptey and KWP 😀

              1. thom830g
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Well.. That's just made my headache worse 😀

          • dmcnam12
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 7 days ago

            A. Werner + KDB
            B. Kane + Rashford

            ?

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 7 days ago

              A

            2. thom830g
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              A

            3. The Point About It Is
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              A

          • LewanGOALski
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            I hope I manage to save FT this week so for GW10 I can do this for (-4):

            Robbo + Zouma + Son

            Cancelo + Creswell + KDB
            (-4)

            Thoughts on this move for GW10?

            1. The Point About It Is
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              nice

          • Party time
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Utd haven’t won at home this season. Hmmm... interesting

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 7 days ago

              And you haven’t scored at home yet hmmm

              1. Party time
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Impressive stat. Imminent

            2. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Can't break down the bus. Also extremely bipolar. Considering Maguire said the squad got complacent after beating Leipzig 5-0 who knows what they'll be up to now