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Is now the right time to restructure our FPL teams?

Fantasy Premier League managers could be forgiven for thinking that now is the time to perform extensive surgery on our squads ahead of Gameweek 9.

A big reason for that is recent re-examining of the premium assets we need to own, influenced, of course by the well-documented fixture-swing on the other side of the international break.

We have been talking about how to balance these expensive individuals all season, the strategy of rotating through them quickly a big talking point going all the way back to pre-season.

Fernandes stakes captaincy claim ahead of Gameweek 9 meeting with West Brom

Bruno Fernandez celebrates scoring against Everton in Gameweek 8

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.7m), Mohamad Salah (£12.4m), Harry Kane (£11.0m) Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m) and Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) were among those options who managers were considering owning at some point in the campaign.

Starting the season with so many premium options meant that we looked to the likes of Tyrick Mitchell (£4.2m), Nathan Ferguson (£4.0m) Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (£4.5m) Yves Bissouma (£4.5m) and Tomas Souček (£4.9m) to enable budget restrictions.

This strategy often works well at the start of the season. Mostly because we are learning about the teams, who is getting starts, which teams start the season with a bang and which struggle to get going.

The lack of data at the beginning of a campaign means that owning as many tried and tested premiums as possible is often a good decision as it should ensure some points returns while we gather as much data as possible about the rest of the league.

Blank Gameweek 1 also threw FPL managers a curve ball and made safe premium picks an even more attractive option. However, within a few rounds it became clear that some of those budget picks were the right ones to be on, while others caused FPL Managers headaches.

Mitchell retains left-back berth as van Aanholt named among Palace subs again

Tyrick Mitchell in action for Crystal Palace against Southampton’s Kyle Walker Peters

Mitchell started the season with back to back points returns for a clean sheet in Gameweek 1 and an assist in Gameweek 2, however since then he has blanked regularly, got injured and lost his place in the team.

His team-mate Ferguson was highly discussed in the FPL community as being a great way in to the Crystal Palace defence when he recovered from his injury. However, this injury has continued to keep the former West Bromwich Albion out and he is yet to make his first appearance for Palace.

At the same time Max Kilman (£4.3m) is now on the radar with three returns in his five starts for Wolves this season. Indeed, he was unlucky not to keep a clean sheet in Gameweek 8 following a debated penalty for Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) as well as having a good goal-scoring of his own.

The FPL impact of Aït-Nouri's debut on Saïss, Kilman and Podence

Max Kilman celebrates with his Wolves team mates following Rayan Ait-Nouri’s first goal for the club

After eight Gameweeks we now have a clearer understanding of who the cheap enablers are, which premiums are worth investing in and what the best way to distribute the budget across our FPL teams is.

The early part of this season saw very few clean sheets. Although this was roughly aligned with the number of shut-outs we see at the start of every season, the number of goals was disproportionately higher than normal.

We saw some ridiculous score lines, Aston Villa and Liverpool played out a 7-2, Southampton and Spurs as well as Leicester, Everton and West Brom and Man City managed 5-2 results, while Liverpool and Leeds kicked off the new season with a 4-3 thriller.

These score-lines meant that many FPL managers like myself saw very little value in investing in premium defenders. However, the level of goals scored each week is decreasing and the number of clean sheets is rising so is it time to rethink how our FPL teams are structured?

Cheap at the back

Coufal successfully blocks a shot from Sergio Aguero

When the season started many FPL managers looked to find most of their value players in defence. Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m) started the campaign as the most-owned defender in the game, largely paired with £4.5m and £4.0m options in our teams.

With 99 goals scored between Gameweeks 1 and 3, combined with only 13 clean sheets in the same period this strategy worked well. The number of goals and the lack of clean sheets meant that using the money to fill the forward spots with better assets seemed a wise strategy.

The cheap defence plus Alexander-Arnold strategy worried me at the start of the season. In all of my other FPL seasons there has been real value in spending on the defence.

All three of the Liverpool’s key Fantasy defenders, alongside the likes of Lucas Digne (£6.1m), Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m), Ben Chilwell (£5.9m) and Marcos Alonso (£5.7m) have, in seasons gone by, proved to be amazing FPL assets who were well worth the investment.

This change in strategy made me uneasy. I always worry about making my team as flexible as possible so that it is easy to move from one player to another as the season progresses and the right assets to won becomes clear.

My concern with starting the year with a mix of £4.5m and £4.0m defenders is that there is very little can go from there without using two transfers and therefore potentially taking a points hit.

Is now the right time for some restructuring? 1

Eric Dier and Harry Kane celebrate the laters goal vs PFC Ludogorets Razgrad in the Europa League for Spurs

As a result, I decided to have Alexander-Arnold, Eric Dier (£4.9m) and then two 4.5m and a 4.0m. Doing this made me feel a little more confident that should there be a defender that I really wanted to move too it would be an easier process to get there.

As the last eight Gameweeks have shown defenders are now starting to be back up to the pace of the game. There have been 17 clean sheets in the last three Gameweeks, in comparison to the 13 for the first three as well as just 68 goals, a massive drop.

This movement towards more clean sheets potential makes this cheap at the back strategy a little outdated. Especially when you couple this with the fact that we now only have one player, Kilman, who started the season at 4.0m who is now regularly starting for his side.

Kurt Zouma celebrates scoring for Chelsea vs Burnley

For me the cheap at the back strategy has had its day. There are so many defenders who at over £5.0m who are keeping clean sheets and registering goals, assists and bonus points that it is worth finding budget to improve some of those 4.5m defenders for the likes of Aaron Cresswell (£5.1m), Ben Chilwell (£5.9m), Kurt Zouma (£5.3m), Hector Bellerín (£5.2m) and Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) all look worthy of FPL investment.

More pressingly, as their returns grow so will their price tags so its worth investing now before they are worth more and thus divert more money away from your premium midfield or forward positions.

The cheap at the back days were fun while they lasted but nows the time to invest more of that FPL budget to enable managers to reap the benefits.

However is it necessary to go all in at the back and invest in multiple premium defenders?

Big at the back

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson celebrate a Liverpool goal

FPL managers have seen success with the double-up on Liverpool defenders. This season, with just one clean sheet, a long-term injury for Virgil van Dijk (£6.3m), and only one assist for Alexander-Arnold and two assists and one goal for Robertson they haven’t been the prolific FPL points returners that we have come to love.

But is there still scope for picking three or four over £5.5m premium defenders? At the start of the season definitely not but in Gameweeks 7 and 8 alone we had Rayan Ait Nouri (£5.0m), Kyle Walker (£6.1m), Zouma, Bellerín, Sergio Regulion (£5.6m), Tariq Lamptey (£4.7m), Stuart Dallas (£4.5m), Patrick Van-Aanolt (£5.4m), Chilwell, and Matt Doherty (£5.8m) all registering an attacking return.

While Lamptey and Dallas fall comfortably in to the cheap bracket, the rest of the defenders registering attacking returns in the last few weeks have been from the premium price tag.

Matt Doherty in action for Spurs vs Everton

Of these options, Doherty, Walker and Aït-Nouri also managed a clean sheet in the same Gameweek as their attacking return resulting in 12, 15 and 15 point hauls respectively. Investing in these defenders who have attacking pedigree at a time when we are starting to see an increase in clean sheets and fewer goals on average in each Gameweek is a wise move.

However there is a balancing act at play here. Owning Alexander-Arnold, Doherty, Walker and Aït-Nouri will cost you £24.3m nearly a quarter of your budget. Even if you add Kilman as a cheap fifth defender option at 4.3 you have still spent £28.6m on your defenders and thus owning multiple in form players such as Salah, Kane, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.8m), Fernandes and Vardy becomes virtually impossible.

Defenders can return huge hauls as we have seen from some of them in the last few weeks, but there is also the chance that they concede goals right at the end of matches or give up a contentious penalty and return nothing as we have seen recently with the Crystal Palace, Wolves and Manchester United.

Harry Maguire reacts to Arsenal’s penalty against Manchester United in Gameweek 7

But even their own colleagues can damage their points potential. We saw this in Gameweek 8 where Dier was on track for two bonus points until the Kane goal went in when he slipped out of the top-three for BPS altogether.

It takes a brave FPL manager, especially this season, to invest big at the back. While it can be great, for me there needs to be a balance to ensure that you don’t miss out on the key attacking options due to a huge budget investment at the back.

For me, now is the time to have a core spine throughout the team to ensure the premium assets you want in every part of the pitch.

Core Spine from front to back

Harry Kane, Gareth Bale and Matt Doherty celebrate Spurs win vs Brighton

Every season, FPL managers end up with a core spine of talent in their teams where the budget is spread to form a strong unit that can be played week-in week-out. This core is then supported by enablers.

In a normal campaign this core would, in all likelihood, have been a strategy that more FPL managers have already deployed. However, the Blank Gameweek 1, the often bizarre results we have seen, as well as the aforementioned number of goals and lack of clean sheets means that it has taken longer than normal for me to move to this strategy.

With two free transfers going into Gameweek 8, I decide to drop down to one playing goalkeeper in Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) rather than maintaining my preferred rotating options.

Aaron Cresswell in action for West Ham

Losing my second playing keeper freed me up an additional £4.8m which I could use to upgrade the now injured Mitchell, who was my cheapest defensive option.

Replacing Mitchell with Cresswell ahead of West Ham’s fixture-turn, was the beginning of me investing a little more in the spine of my team.

With Cresswell alongside Alexander-Arnold, as well as three premium midfielders (Son, Sarah and Fernandes) and two more expensive strikers (Kane and Calvert-Lewin), Gameweek 8 was my highest points return of the season so far. Every single member of my squad, apart from Alexander-Arnold returned more than just the two points for playing the match.

Gameweek 9 points curtesy of LiveFPL.net

Ahead of Gameweek 9 finding a way to invest in more over £5.0m assets in my defence feels like a good idea.

Ideally, I would like to upgrade Dallas to one of the Chelsea or Man City defenders, this of course would mean moving some of the budget around.

I will potentially downgrade on Son Heung-min (9.6m) to Hakim Ziyech (8.1m) as the Spurs fixture shift happens, which could be a good option to fund my Chelsea defender upgrade.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold before going off with an injury against Manchester City in Gameweek 8

However, with the only blot of Gameweek 8 being Alexander-Arnold going off with what looked like a calf injury just after the 60 minute mark, there is the option of downgrading him to reinvest the money across the defence.

As a result, I will be watching the price falls carefully and keeping a close ear to the ground for news out of Liverpool on the seriousness of the injury.

If Alexander-Arnold is out, the the move to Chilwell looks the most obvious and then I will reinvest the money upgrading Dallas to one of the Man City defenders, Joao Cancelo (£5.4m) or Walker looking like the best options after their Gameweek 9 fixture against Spurs.

Lessons learnt

While cheap defenders helped us fill our FPL teams with premium midfielders and forwards at the start of the season the last few Gameweeks have shown a change.

Now there is a need to invest budget in your defenders especially in the likes of Chilwell and Cresswell who have the perfect blend of form and fixtures.

Moving to a strategy of investing across the team from front to back may mean that there are some forwards and midfielders who it is impossible to own as a result of budget restrictions.

However, the pull of increased defensive returns, especially from defenders with attacking potential too, should counteract any missed returns from other positions.

It is impossible to own everyone – but it is possible to set your team to return as many potential FPL points as possible by carefully distributing our FPL budget across the field.

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1,091 Comments Post a Comment
  1. lilmessipran
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Is the title grammatically correct?

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

      Now is not the right time for to correct their grammar

      1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Grammar? It doesn't make sense as an English sentence.

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

          It’s just missing the word ‘us’

          1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Yeah.

          2. PlumaPiedra
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Or to remove the word 'for'.

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

      No

    3. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      For to restructure to for restructuring for -4

      1. Vazza
          2 months, 6 days ago

          A bit sideways move that as the title serves it’s purpose regardless

      2. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Also who is Sarah?

        1. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Never mind that, has she got COVID?

      3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Mundayitis is contagious. Vaccine needed.

        1. RoysCallerAnne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          You've picked the right time for to call out the dreadful editing.

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

            Good job they like to recognise the community and read the comments so they learn of the howler and correct it quickly.

            1. Gnu
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Surely someone will point it out to them on Twitter?

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

        The title is definitely not a sentence. Typo?

      5. richardjfleming
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Just a typo. Chill out.

        1. Gnu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Your work here is done. 🙂

    4. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Andy Robertson hamstring injury too. Can't wait to see what Liverpool's defence looks like.

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

        targeting Liverpool's defense seems a valid option

      2. Vazza
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Could be an international break injury?

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

            You don't get international break injuries while on international break...

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

              *duty

              1. Vazza
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Didn’t Harry Kane pick something up in last IB but was declared fit for the next game

              2. PlumaPiedra
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                I could see it now the important game is done and they've qualified.

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

                  Then just rest him....

                2. theplayer
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Except this is the Nations League qualifying for the World Cup now, not the Euros

                  1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    he just needs rest after qualifying for the euro. same with Pandev for us, he is now back to Genova and not playing today. I think it is mutual consent and kind of a trick.

          2. Party time
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Vardy lurking

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

          Yes

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

          Liverpool defenders dropping like flies ... won’t make much difference to the chance of clean sheets for Liverpool though 🙂

        • Dr. Ante Pavlovic
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Can Justin cover Salah's absence?

          1. Vazza
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Don’t think so

            • g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              No

            • Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              I have the same question my self. probably not.

          2. kime67
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            if bot son and salah is out im gonna play free hit. anyone considering the same?

            1. Vazza
                2 months, 6 days ago

                The issue could easily be rectified with a couple of transfers - keep your FH to navigate blank and double GWs

              • Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                no, silly

                1. Geriatric Unathletic
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Maybe not so silly if I am already on a - 8 and have Salah and Robertson? I had always planned to use F.H. if the Covid lurgie was to strike my shiny new Team. One more uncertainty and could just push me into a backtrack. Problem will be then the loss of value in the players I have bought in - Bruno, Cancelo and Watkins. I get back Mitchell, Jiminez and Son. Not a total disaster.

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

                No

            2. Vazza
                2 months, 6 days ago

                McCarthy (Fodder)
                Robbo Bellerin Zouma (Fodder x2)
                Son Salah Grealish JRod (Bissouma)
                Kane DCL Jimenez

                1FT, 0.0m in the bank

                Should I:-

                A. Wildcard the above

                B. Make a few transfers

                C. Leave it alone?

                1. FPL_Motty
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Dont see the need for wc, dont waste that. Jimi can go, but the rest looks solid. Save a transfer and consider jimi downgrade to fund son > kdb or bruno. Bissouma is decent cover for salah, he does shoot alot and villa have conceded a few recently

                2. Vazza
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    ?

                3. Gnu
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Booker prize incoming.

                  1. Christina.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Hooker?

                    1. Gnu
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Your names on that trophy.

                4. Sz21
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Thinking, Son-> Fernandes (c) + Podence-> Grealish (-4).
                  Do these moves look good?
                  Also- Would u be looking to WC this team soon? Not sure if there is much benefit to waiting much longer really.

                  McCarthy.
                  Cancelo, Chilwell, Ayling, Justin.
                  Son, Barkley, Podence.
                  Kane, DCL, Jimenez.
                  Button, Mitchell, Salah, Bissouma.
                  1ft, 3.8m ITB. WC in hand.

                  1. g40steve
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Any injuries no bench to count on?

                  2. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Salah > Bruno (c)
                    Pody > Grealish (v)

                    Hope Villa & Utd go mental

                5. Matsy123
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  I know cancelo offers way more than dias attacking wise but his place just doesn't seem safe when the easy fixtures come around and mendy is back. Am I mad going dias over cancelo?

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

                    Not at all.

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

                    Thats my plan. Cancelo may get a 12pter but the day he's dropped and dias gets an easy 6pter compared to a blank, makes a big difference. You need to be able to count on players in the Christmas period coming up, because there will be lots of injuries and rests to cope with

                6. Top Lad Dakes.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Well should the Robbo injury be legit, Salah Robbo to Bruno Chilwell (-4) is easy as pie just before the deadline.

                  Leaves me without a Liverpool player for the first time that I can remember

                  1. mynameisq
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Lucky you, if Salah and son are out I'll need a -12

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

                      Son is probably fine

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

                      Son seems likely fine. Salah not

                  2. Hy liverpool
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Robbo is fine

                    1. Gnu
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      He's out for Scotland Hy, Dodgy Hammy.
                      He might be fine for Liverpool but not 100%

                7. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  How is this looking for GW9 ?

                  Mendy
                  Chilwell, Coufal, Targett
                  Salah, Bruno(c), Ziyech, JRod, Grealish
                  DCL, Kane

                  Justin in for Mo from bench

                8. Shark Team
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Robbo proves the worst pick of all my players this season

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

                    You must be doing pretty well then

                9. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Salah to Bruno done.

                  Now I can do Barkley to KDB straight swap next GW. Sweeet.

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

                    Good plan. What could possibly go wrong?

                    1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Indeed. Allows me to get Watkins too (maxed out Villa)

                  2. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    2 tip top moves there I reckon

                    1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Well thank you

                  3. Christina.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    why the rush?

                    1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Did it before Bruno's price rise. Salah will fall. I value every $

                  4. FPL_Motty
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    And then Salah returns against Brighton to score a captained hatrick?

                    1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Nice. I'm taking my chances. Will probably get him back vs Fulham

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

                      Depends on if Mane is out

                      1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Mane C this GW?

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

                          Not with how depleted Liverpool's squad is, I have little faith in them right now. May as well captain DCL for his guaranteed goal and move on to the next one.

                          1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Yeah keep the armband on DCL. You get my support and will be swiftly rewarded.

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

                              Thank you, I've got his 30 points firmly banked now 🙂

                  5. kime67
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    salah could recover

                    1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      I know. But Bruno's impending EO scares me. Plus it allows me to keep Son, Kane and Barkley this week.

                    2. Christina.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      how? lol

                      1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Come on... It's the hope that kills 🙂

                    3. Gnu
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Really, how's that then?

                10. thegaffer82
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  So that’s Liverpool’s entire first choice back 4 furloughed now, plus Fabinho injured and Salah rocking Covid 🙁

                  Not even sure 4.0 is worth it for Neco Williams anymore

                  1. Hy liverpool
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Fabinho is training and robbo is fine

                    1. RamaJama
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Robbo is injured, withdrawn from National team

                  2. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    I think Nathaniel is a fine 5th defender if on WC

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

                  Re: Mitchell... "since then he has blanked regularly, got injured and lost his place in the team."

                  How do we know he has lost his place in the team?

                  1. Top Lad Dakes.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    PVA back

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

                    we dont

                12. waltzingmatildas
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Best route to kdb
                  A) upgrade son (defence gets even cheaper, balance is off)
                  B) upgrade Bruno in a couple of gws (means I can keep Kane and upgrade defence)

                  Mccarthy button
                  Chilwell James ayling Taylor mitchell
                  Mané Bruno son soucek bissouma
                  DCL Kane Bamford

                  1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    C. Lose Mane

                    1. waltzingmatildas
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Not even considered that!

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

                        Do nothing for this GW, reasses next GW.

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

                          Meant to reply below.

                        2. waltzingmatildas
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Not keen on son to grealish?

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

                    How much ITB?

                    1. waltzingmatildas
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      1.7 right now. Have got my wc

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

                    C. Just ignore him

                    1. waltzingmatildas
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Tempting! Happy to miss the first haul but then jump on quickly

                13. 2OLEgend
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Hey guys.
                    Would you go with Mane instead of Salah (long term) if it allows Son -> KDB?

                    1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Middle term, yes. Wouldn't lose Son easily though, still among the best value players this season

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

                      Yep

                  • FPL_Motty
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    To address the article:
                    I'd actually argue that we are shifting the opposite direction. The season started for me very heavily invested in the back, as thats proven to be fantasy gold last season. However the clean sheets and attacking points dried up and the value seemed better spent elsewhere. Then many mid and low priced budget options starting smashing it out of the woodwork and the premium options were inconsistent. So then the value from def started to move towards to budget mid and forward options. Now personally I'd argue that we are shifting in actuality to budget defence options with money all spent on premium and mid priced mids and forwards. As now the premium assets having starting showing they can deliver, ie. Kane, Bruno, Son etc, now KDB and Sterling may join the party. On top of this, this season there are now tons of great 4.5m def options. Ie. Kwp, Coufal, Dallas /Ayling, Lamptey, Targett, theres tons. So I'd say as an opposing opinion that I reckon the shift will move to premium assets up front funded by now available budget options in defence. But this is how FPL works, all about having a strategy and working towards it, we are banking on predicting the future trends early and sometimes it works out sometimes it doesn't 🙂

                    1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Nice read.

                      Next time, paragraphs please

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

                        This

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

                        Lol fair enough, was from my phone!

                    2. Christina.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Yep players like Ziyech and Grealish cant be ignored any longer.

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

                      Yeah, it's interesting -- Sam and I are both not too fond of the budget attacker category, but drew different conclusions from it when setting up for GW1. Sam went relatively light in defence to be able to get as many premiums as possible, while I limited the number of premiums to two and started with 4 defenders all priced 5.0 or higher to limit the number of weak links in my team. Now I'm going cheaper in defence as I know which 4.5m defenders I am happy to have.

                    4. Sgt Frank Drebin
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      I think the number of clean sheets will increase soon as the surge in goals scored was a result of both 1. just variance 2. increase I penalties awarded. The second part is more worrying as it seems like there aren't any signs suggesting number of pens will decrease.

                  • goooner
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Im switching structure now to 4-5-1.
                    That means
                    Chillwell, Bellerin, Cancelo, Robertson (Creswell)
                    Salah, Ziyech, Fernandes, Grealish, KDB
                    Bamford (Brester, David)
                    0,5 in bank

                    Will switch Bamford with Watkins and Antonio depending

                    Captain: Bruno GW9, KdB GW10,11, Salah GW12, KdB GW13, Bruno GW14, KdB GW15 (or Salah).
                    Then move out KdB with 2 FT for Kane and captain him GW 16,17 then back to KdB again in 18 (C) with 2FT.

                    1. Christina.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      back to the future Marty McFly.

                    2. HashAttack
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Here's me wishing I could get 4 forwards - have played 3-4-3 every week this season

                    3. DK_13
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      What is your exact final rank going to be? Can you even predict mine?

                  • Inazuma X1
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Who will be on pens for Pool now?

                    Mane or Milner?

                    1. Atletico Junior
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Milner

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

                      Good question. Probably milner not going to play, id have then said maybe trent? Or Hendo

                      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Trent injured

                    3. RamaJama
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Milner

                  • NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Anyone else keeping Kane and Son through thick and thin?

                    1. Christina.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      for now yes. If I sell one it will be Son.

                      1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Good girl

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

                      No.

                      1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        🙁

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

                          I backed them at the start, not anymore 😛

                          1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Fair.

                            Damn those fixtures. Class is permanent though 😉

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

                              It's all about the opportunity cost for me

                    3. Zim0
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Nopes

                    4. Atletico Junior
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Just Kane

                      1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        But son is probably best value this season

                    5. HashAttack
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Keeping both this week - Think Spurs will score / beat Man C and Kane loves a London derby
                      Worried about Son price drop and his history playing vs Chelsea - but I have sold him twice already this season and not sure I can handle the trauma of a 3rd sell followed by him getting a load of points

                      1. Finding Timo
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Who is more likely to score / get assist son or sterling when spurs play Man City ?

                          1. caldracula
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Probably Son

                          2. HashAttack
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Hopefully Son ... don't think either side will get a CS

                        • NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          So keep them. NLD coming up too

                        • caldracula
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          It’s not a London derby though is it? If you look back at the last few Spurs vs Man City games Kane’s not really done anything.

                      2. Sgt Frank Drebin
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        I'm keeping Son and will think about selling Kane. I wanted to swap Kane to KDB in a double transfer but Man City can be so unpredictable at times... Wasting transfers to sell Son and then get him back again is not a good idea now with so many injuries imho especially that he can score well in the fixtures to come. He's involved in like most of the goals from Spurs and they seem to like to play Man City.

                        1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Yeah City attack is meh this season. KDB might not be that 'essential' after all.

                          Ksne to Vardy is tempting GW10. Need to resist the temptation for sure

                      3. Olson
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Son and Kane not even on radar. Right now two playing premiums is gold

                        1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Not when you can save money at the back. I'm probably having Kane Son Bruno AND KDB GW10 while keeping the usual suspects like Grealish Chilwell and DCL

                    6. Party time
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      I wouldn’t be surprised if Mané plays left back vs Leicester

                    7. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Write your predicted Liverpool lineup please.

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

                        Fluid Front 4
                        Mane
                        Jota - Firmino - Shaqiri
                        Henderson - Wijnaldum
                        Robbo/Milner - Matip - Fabinho/Phillips - Williams/Milner

                        1. RamaJama
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Robbo also injured

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

                            Out for the Scotland game only, not necessarily the Liverpool one.

                            1. Gnu
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 11 Years
                              2 months, 6 days ago

                              That's being a bit presumptuous

                      2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        your predicted Liverpool lineup please.

                    8. Christina.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Vardy is going to go massive wk 10-13

                      1. Zim0
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        He already doing great tho

                      2. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        So Barkley to KDB or Brewster to Vardy?

                      3. Party time
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Massive haul at Anfield imo

                      4. La Roja
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Chatshitgetbanged innit

                    9. JURGENAUT
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Currently, how many of your players are flagged/non-playing, and which? And have you spent your FT(s)?

                      Mine:

                      Salah
                      Mitchell
                      Stephens

                      Have 1FT.

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

                        0

                        Sitting on 2 FT waiting until Friday

                        1. JURGENAUT
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Nice, what’s your team?

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

                            Martinez
                            Semedo-Chilwell-Lamptey-James
                            Raz-Mane-Podence-JRod
                            Kane-DCL (C)

                      2. HashAttack
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Salah and Rashford .... can't bring in Ziyech as I already have 3 Chelsea 🙁 - (Zouma, Chillwell and Werner)

                    10. HashAttack
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      "Losing my second playing keeper freed me up an additional £4.8m" - that's a very optimistic way of looking at it, you still need to buy a replacement keeper, even if he only costs 4.0m

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

                        Grammatically wrong too I think, no need for the me in the middle

                        Weird sentence 😆

                    11. Slitherene
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      RMWCT

                      Martinez | Forster
                      PvA Lamptey Taylor | Justin Lewis
                      Mane KdB Bruno Soucek | Berge
                      Vardy Richarlison Watkins

                      0.6 ITB

                      1. Christina.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        A WC without Ziyech but with Richarlison?
                        Not for me.

                        1. HashAttack
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Think Richarlison is a good choice, but no Chelsea at all seems wrong

                          1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            This. At least Chilwell

                          2. Christina.
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            no Grealish? crazy. WC wasted.

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

                        Taylor has very tough upcoming fixtures. Berge is a waste of 0.5m. Justin is a bit iffy, decent but could be losing place soon. Prefer salah over mane but understandable with the covid situation. Just think long term though, salah is more reliable as a captain. Nice front line though, is good to be non-template up front with vardy and rich. Just should be more template in defence

                      3. ZAMUNDA
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        This teams needs Chilwell instead of Lewis, Grealish instead of Mane, Ziyech instead of Berge. and downgrade Richarlison if you need fund

                    12. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      PVA Barkley Soucek.. loving my differentials for the run in.

                      If only KDB is not the best FPL player

                      1. Christina.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        run in? you mean the next 30 weeks?

                        1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Lol I rarely look beyond 3 GWs

                          1. Christina.
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            so whats week 36-38 if this is the run in?

                            1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                              • 8 Years
                              2 months, 6 days ago

                              Sorry, probably shouldn't have said run in. It's the immediate fixtures I'm talking about

                    13. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      GTG?

                      Martinez
                      Coufal, Chilwell, Robbo
                      Grealish, Bruno, Zaha, Son
                      DCL C, Kane, Bamford

                      Forster, Zouma, Lamptey, Podence

                      2.2

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

                        Yes if matches started in an hour