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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

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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. Stoic
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    I think Grealish outscores Podence/TAA +4 and Bruno outscores Son +4 in the next three..And captaining Bruno for GW9 looks enticing. Looks like I've made up my mind to take -8

    1. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Easy decision for me.

    2. LegendMoon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      grealish will outscore podence every game this season!!!!

    3. popcoin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      pretty much where I stand.
      Looking at TAA -> 4.5, Bruno -> Son, Podence -> Grealish (-8).
      If I do sell Podence, the 4.5 is KWP, but I'd like Targett in which case I sell Barkley for Grealish.
      Tempting to see Son +4 as a decent option on the counter against City, but your argument treating the next 3 fixtures as a block instead of trying to predict any individual game makes sense

      1. Stoic
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Yes the 3 game block is what I'm looking at. We are in a similar situation. Although I am going for a fodder (3.9) to have enough money to upgrade Jiminez to Vardy in GW10. Coufal also looks good

  2. xHaTr
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Thoughts for -4?

    Trent and Foden --> Coufal and Bruno Fernandes

    1. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Lovely stuff.

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Go for it

    3. LegendMoon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      makes sense unless portugal squad get more covid!!

  3. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Bottomed

    From GW10, Sterling or Fernandes?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Sterling

    2. Labile
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Bruno

      1. PocketZola
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Bruno the guy is underrated and a boss

        1. farmerfat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          I wouldn't say he is underrated. In-fact he is rated as one of the best midfielders in the league, probably overrated by United fans.

    3. LegendMoon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      bruno

    4. jb1985
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I feel Sterling is due a few hauls. I have had him past 4GW so am sticking with.

  4. Buck The Trent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Ignoring price, who will score more points?

    A Ziyech (new TOT LEE eve)
    B Vardy (liv FUL shu BHA)

    1. Labile
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      B

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      B

    3. PocketZola
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      A because I bought him

    4. LegendMoon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Vardy by at least 9 points

  5. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    GW 10 who would you rather captain?

    A) Salah (bha)
    B) Sterling or KDB (BUR)

    1. Labile
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      A

      1. PocketZola
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        A

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 16 days ago

      B

    3. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Out of those A but I feel Vardy (FUL) is the man to captain.

  6. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Play one this gw

    A. Kilman
    B. Dallas
    C. Lamptey

    1. PocketZola
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      C all day long

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Would help if you had the fixtures in brackets

      Kilman

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Cheers

  7. PocketZola
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Gtg? Team costs exactly 103mil

    Martinez
    Lamptey rob chill
    Salah grealish bruno(c) ziyech
    Kane bam dcl

    Subs, dallas, biss, mitchell

    1. LegendMoon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      looks great, i like the fact theres no City.2 solid subs too incase of IB injuries.

      1. PocketZola
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Cheers

  8. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Team as it stands

    Mccarthy
    Robertson Chilwell Bellerin
    Salah(VC) Son Grealish Ziyech
    Kane DCL(C) Watkins

    forster soucek ayling douglas

    Best option for gw 10

    A. Kane>Vardy (C)
    B. Son and Robertson > KDB(C) and Cancelo -4

    1. PocketZola
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I got rid of bellerin

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        not a priority I feel but yeah if I had 2 ft and nothing pressing sure

    2. LegendMoon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      how about just Son to Bruno(c)

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Nah pretty set on salah or DCL for the armband plus unsure on united. Wanna keep son and kane for city to see how they fare in that game atleast. Focus is city players before united players

    3. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Prefer B, but obviously things could change

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        yeah spurs city game will be telling

    4. Jeremy Corbyn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      B

  9. liiusions
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Meslier->Martinez this week for -4? Having him as well as Ayling has been killing me. Surely Martinez outscores meslier by at least 4 over the next few games?

    1. LegendMoon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I reckon you'll get them back this week, and anything after is a bonus!

    2. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Yeah I reckon so

  10. waltzingmatildas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Which do you prefer?
    A) Son, Kane, Bissouma - Grealish, KDB, Watkins
    B) Son and Kane - KDB and Vardy
    C) WC
    D) Any other suggestions?
    1.7itb

    McCarthy Button
    Chilwell James Ayling CTaylor Mitchell
    Mane Bruno Son Soucek Bissouma
    Kane DCL Bamford

    1. King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      B

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Cheers

  11. OBAMA
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    a) TAA + Foden - > PVA + Ziyech
    b) TAA + Foden - > Targett + Bruno

    A or B? or is there a better option?

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      B

  12. Totti
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    need your help guys
    really frustrated with my team as no wildcard

    martinez 4.0
    chilwill reguilon saiss justin dunne
    salah son barnes fornales burke
    kane jimenez calvert

    1.1 itb 1 FT

    any suggestions plz?

  13. fylde2022
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    I have 2 FT.
    What course of action should I take?

    1. Bring in Bruno, somehow
    2. Bring in Bamford
    3. Focus on defence

    Martinez
    Robertson Saiss James
    Foden Son Salah Grealish Zaha
    Kane DCL

    Button, Mitchell Lamptey Davis

    0.3m ITV
    2ft

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      foden and saiss the problems

    2. LegendMoon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      without checking prices , does Saiss and Son to Coufal and Bruno work?

      1. fylde2022
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        0.1m short

    3. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Foden to Jota?

  14. Zilla
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    What's JWP injury status?

  15. KUN_DE_BRU_YNE
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Anyone Richarlison(C) here?

    1. Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Double digit score upcoming

      1. KUN_DE_BRU_YNE
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        He is my captain atm, but seems noone is mentioning here!!!feels shocked if any injuries !!!

    2. King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      As good a pick as any this week.
      GL.

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Indeed! I just wouldnt bring him in as dont want the double up with DCL mid or long term

        1. King Kohli
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          I'm already on the double up with Dcl & Hamez.
          Would have got him in if it wasn't for Hamez.

    3. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Excellent pick

  16. Pulp Minion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Whos is the "best" cheap defender, that plays, to sit on my bench for emergencies?

    1) Kilman (4.3)
    2) Dann (4.5)
    3) Lewis (4.3)
    4) Other?

    1. tbhogal
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Coufal, Targett, KWP all 4.5

      1. Pulp Minion
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Coufal I'll get if I don't go for Cresswell
        I'll have a Villa defender or keeper. KWP might be a good shout if I don't keep McCarthy.

        Cheers

    2. Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Probably Lewis short to midterm and Kilman longterm

    3. LegendMoon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Kilman followed by Lewis

      1. LegendMoon
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        rather have Coufal though

      2. Pulp Minion
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Wolves fixtures don't look great v It's Newcastle 🙂

    4. King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Kilman

  17. King Kohli
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Planning to save FT here to do 3/4 transfers for gw 10.

    Martinez Steer
    Robbo Chilwell Konsa Kilman Mitchell
    Salah Sterling Son JRod Anguissa
    DCL Bamford Maupay

    1 FT 0.5itb.
    Which of these to transfers would you do in gw 10?

    A. Maupay + Son + Robertson + Konsa > Vardy + Grealish + Cancelo + Lamptey/Coufal
    B. Maupay + Son + Robertson > Antonio (if fit) + Bruno/Kdb + Cancelo
    C. Maupay + Son + Robertson > Vardy + Ziyech + Lamptey

    1. LegendMoon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I really like A but don't think it's worth a -8..........maybe C for now

      1. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        -4 to remove Konsa to free up a Villa spot to fit in Grealish.

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      A

      1. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Cheers Karan

    3. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      B - Konsa is not a priority to remove out your team. Also consider Watkins if Antonio is not fit

      1. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Maxed out on Villa players hence the need to move on Konsa.
        Wilson is another option but don't like Newcastle attacking style.

    4. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I feel like bringing KDB in should be the priority. So B

      1. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Have Sterling already.
        Would you prioritize KDB over Bruno & Vardy?

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Yes.

        2. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Ah sorry, didn't see that. Probably not, if you already have Sterling

  18. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Rip my WC team apart?

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

    1.2 ITB for Vardy in GW 10

    My defense rotates well with the cheap mids. Will have to play three from the 6 to the right.

    1. LegendMoon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I'd grab Cancelo for PVA for the City fixtures, DCL for Richarlison, not struck on Berge, downgrade to Bissouma and save cash

      1. Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Thanks!

  19. The Mighty Whites
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    2FT, 1.1 ITB:

    Martinez, Peacock-Farrell

    *TAA, Chilwell, *Saiss, Lamptey, *Mitchell

    Salah, Son, Rodriguez, Grealish, *Alzate

    Kane, Calvert-Lewin, Bamford

    1. Jeremy Corbyn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      TAA out and roll

      1. Jeremy Corbyn
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        or TAA out and Bruno in

        1. Jeremy Corbyn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          I'd rather roll

    2. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Definitely need to sort out the defence, you have enough to remove Saiss/ Mitchell if you would like to keep TAA.

  20. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Need 1.0M to do Son > Bruno [C] but who to downgrade here?
    A. Werner
    B. Kane
    C. Zaha
    D. Go without Bruno

    1. Jeremy Corbyn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      obvs Zaha

      1. LegendMoon
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        obvs this^^

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Don't think that's obvious ... firstly his fixtures and form are not bad and who's the replacement for 6.3M max?

        1. LegendMoon
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          you're right there's not much choice there...maybe Fonals or Barkley it would be ok if you have someone else to downgrade too so you could get Grealish

    2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Zaha

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Ta, to who? Is it better than Kane > Jesus?

        1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          What do you have in the budget once you factor in the selling price and deduct 1.0? For me, I need to see more from City before I jump on Jesus but the risk could pay off. Also rotation with Aguero will be an issue

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Vardy is my preference but 0.2 short I think ... Vardy in GW10 for Werner ... with Jesus I will have no KDB

    3. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 16 days ago

      D

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Actually, if Antonio is back you could go Zaha -> Bowen hence C but you may still not have the funds.

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          I might even do Kane > Antonio and Zaha > KDB if so ...

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 16 days ago

            I'm doing Kane -> Antonio and Foden -> KDB by GW10 so I can support that too. Prefer Antonio to Bowen but you may not wish to remove Kane, I'm fine with it though.

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Not captaining Kane for next 4-5 so will be fine to swap around

        2. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Yeah, Bowen is available for 6.3. He's the man.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Ta, will consider although prefer Antonio himself

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Agreed.

    4. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Downgrade to who? would be good if you put the options.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        That's part of the question ... will may go without Bruno because of replacements will weaken the team overall

    5. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Does Kane to Vardy give you enough cash?

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        That's my preference but 0.2 short and don't want take many hits at once ... will do GW10

  21. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Any suggestions on the use of the FT?

    I am currently considering Son to Bruno or Vassilev to Bamford/Watkins

    3.5itb 1ft
    Martinez
    Chilwell Taylor Ayling Cancelo
    Grealish Salah Son Rodriguez
    DCL Kane
    (Peacock Justin Bissouma Vassilev

    1. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I did Son to Fernandes. He looks to be the stand out capt pick for the next GW. Will swap to KDB the week after if he doesn't deliver.

      1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I could do Bruno move this GW then consider transferring out Kane to 6.1 FWD and use the money to upgrade Bissouma to KDB

  22. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    What are Wilson owners doing? Newcastle have a decent run of fixtures after Chelsea so I don't want to lose him if he only misses a couple of games.

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Have to wait for his injury update next Friday. If it's only a game I'll probably keep otherwise selling.

    2. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Cheers. Antonio could be an option if he's fit again I suppose.

    3. LegendMoon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      only just got him in but if he isn't fit he is gone fot Watkins

    4. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I can't get Watkins unfortunately as got Martinez/Steer/Grealish.

  23. luke the mustafi enthusiast
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    if you had to bench one who would you bench

    Jota
    Son
    DCL

    1. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Unless you're planning on bench boosting soon, I think you need to re-think your team structure if you're having to bench a player of that calibre.

    2. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      None of them surely

  24. J to the T
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    How does this wild card draft look?

    McCarthy Forster
    Lamptey Targett Chilwell Coufal Kilman
    Salah KdB Bruno Grealish Ziyech
    DCL Watkins Brewster

    Feel I am missing out without having a premium striker (fancy vardys fixtures) but you can’t have them all....

    1. OBAMA
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      no kane is a mistake i think

      1. J to the T
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Have Kane (and Son) at the moment before I pull the trigger but with the fixture swing was going to move elsewhere

    2. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Looks good. Any way of squeezing a City def in?

      1. J to the T
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Unless I lose Chilwell and I like the look of him. City defence means Dias for me. I guess that frees up some cash versus Chilwell (0.8) which could be worth a look at reinvesting elsewhere....

    3. Runaway
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Looks very good, I wouldn't worry about not having a premium striker, your midfield is great and your strikers are both in form and have good fixtures. I guess this is the ideal front 8 for WCers.

      1. J to the T
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Thank you

  25. Runaway
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Planning to do below transfers in next two weeks (barring injury):

    GW9: Kane + Son/Bowen > Fernandes + Watkins
    GW10: Robbo + Son/Bowen > KDB + Cancelo

    From Son and Bowen, which one would you ditch first?

    A) Son (mci)
    B) Bowen (shu)

    1. OBAMA
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      why would you get rid of kane? I dont even want to get rid of son yet

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 16 days ago

        You will be wanting to after this week then

      2. Runaway
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I will not captain either of them until GW16. I believe they will still deliver though but not more than Fernandes and KDB and I can see myself captaining them 2-3 times during that spell.

    2. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Like the moves and I would remove Bowen first, Son has a higher ceiling even against City.

  26. OBAMA
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    a) TAA + Foden - > PVA + Ziyech
    b) TAA + Foden - > Targett + Bruno

    A or B? or is there a better option??

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I like B assuming you have Grealish and KDB/Raz or a plan to get them in too.

      1. OBAMA
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Don't have grealish no, Zaha instead annoyingly. I'll get city in later

  27. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 16 days ago

    It looks like Rodriguez will survive the drop, very useful ahead of his double digit haul against Fulham.

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Won’t get any points without Mina playing

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Lol

  28. NB 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    A - Chilwell , DCL, Kane

    Or

    B - Zouma, Werner, Vardy

    1. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      A

  29. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Who scores more this gw.

    A) Kane + Watkins
    B) richarlison + Jimenez

    1. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      A quite easily

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Richarlison could outscore both on his own. Fulham are dire.

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      B

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Im also thinking B... think Im leaning towards selling Kane so I can get Richa for those 3 fixtures

    5. LegendMoon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Can someone remind me, how many goals has Richarlison scored this season????

  30. popcoin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Going to make this decision next gameweek, but interesting to hear people's thoughts. For GWs 10-13:

    A) KdB & Bamford
    B) Vardy & Zaha (or other 7.5)

    Vardy's already on 8 goals and 2 assists, so feels like such a safe bet. I think it purely depends on whether City pick up their form

    1. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      B