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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. JURGENAUT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Does Justin become a viable option to play this week the more we hear about Liverpool's injuries? Feel like Leicester will take advantage of this depleted Liverpool defence and I imagine Justin will be pushing forward with less to worry about what's coming his way with TAA & Robbo potentially missing out?

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

      yes.nice fixtures coming up as well

    2. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I'm doing the same. It's been forced but I'm more than happy to play Justin with Liverpool's injuries. Could easily see a clean sheet.

  2. konrad.sygula95
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Please rate my WC team, what would you change?

    Martinez/Forster
    Zouma/Cresswell/Coufal/Walkers-Pieters/Justin
    KDB/Bruno/Ziyech/Grealish/Riedewald
    Werner/ Watkins/ DCL

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

      Very nice.

      I'd do Zouma to Chilwell by downgrading Justin or kwp

    2. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Double WHU defence ?? I'm a lifelong hammer and I wouldn't do that .....

  3. Matsy123
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Template wc?
    Martinez 4.0
    Chilwell Dias Cresswell (Lamptey, Lascelles)
    KDB Bruno Ziyech Grealish (Bissouma)
    Vardy DCL Watkins

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

      Lascelles? Is he alive?

      Apart from that, yep

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

      template? no.

    3. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Hows it template? Most everyone still has spurs players. kdb has only 16% ownership and bruno 24% and vardy 21%. Ziyech also not in a lot of teams neither is watkins neither are creswell or dias. Ur only template players are grealish, dcl, chilwell, and Martinez.

      1. Black Knights
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        It’s the template WC though. People WCing this week are getting Bruno, kdb, Ziyech.

  4. Christina.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Grealish vs Bruno is a tough one in the comparison computer....

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

      Luckily salah is mildly injured. Save Barkley a week for me.

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Price difference should be easy tie breaker ?

    3. Olson
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Bruno should not be part of any V comparison

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Va Jay Jay?

      2. Gnu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        You should have had a longer ban.

        1. Olson
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Granted comparing Sergio Ramos to Adolf Hitler in a satirical joke was a dumb move on a PG13 website, but unless you spend your weekends on the streets protesting and literally fighting fascists as I regularly do then I really couldn't care for your keyboard warriering.

          1. Gnu
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            "My keyboard warriering" 😆 😆

            You take dumbfeckery to new unseen levels. 😆
            Who are you fighting, tRump?.

            1. Olson
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Stop trying to stir the pot.

              I made a satirical joke that was wholely inappropriate for a website without an age rating

              I got a smack on the wrist and paid my dues

              Get lost

              1. Gnu
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                😆 😆
                Wow, you should draw up some misspelt placards to strengthen your point soldier.

                1. Olson
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Please.

                  I'm a german jew by heritage. Recognise the gallows humour and cut me a break

                  1. Gnu
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Doubly bad joke with the Ramos then, should no better.
                    Break has been cut 🙂

                    1. Olson
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      The internet is a big place. It's easy to lose track of where you are and where the source of your humour or intentions will be recognised or understood.

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Grealish is the most essential player in the game. Its not a question of him vs anyone else.

    5. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Jack the lantern

      1. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Captain Jack Grealish

        Sounds like an English pirate my forefathers would have been hunting for - about 300 years ago

    6. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      You can’t simulate the art of diving and incredible luck

  5. JURGENAUT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 12 days ago

    The chances of Reece James starting for Chelsea against Newcastle?

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

      High. Suspended for ENG aite

      1. Chrisitis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Suspended today? Which means hes a sure starter wednesday night?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          He's suspended for two matches. He's already headed back to Chelsea.

        2. Gregor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Suspended for both, I think he returned to Chelsea already.

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Decent chance.

  6. Gunner Boy
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Maupay + Salah > Martial + Bruno for Free

    Yes or No?

    1. JURGENAUT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Not Martial imo. Watkins, Bamford, DCL if you haven't got already?

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

      Rather Jesus than Tony

      1. Gunner Boy
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Can't Afford Jesus. Unless I downgrade Trent for -4 as well.

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

          I'd do it. Jesus will be massive differential with great fixtures to come. Richarlison should be an option too, at least

      2. Klaren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Aguero is also back so Jesus will get rotated.

    3. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      This is a one week move and i don't see MUN score more than 2 tbh

    4. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Great moves. Just because Martial isn’t part of the template, you won’t get a lot of support for it here. But he has the underlying stats to back it up and he showed last season and in CL this season that he is an integral part of the team and gets attacking returns to back it up so no reason not to get him.

      1. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Which stats does Martial have that are good?

        1. Klaren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Big chances, shots in the box and big chances created in UCL
          Most attacking stats in PL last season, with even better stats in post lockdown

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

    Play Kilman (SOU), Lamptey (avl) or Dallas (ARS)?

    Fwiw I'm playing Grealish and Barkley.

    1. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      i have the same dilemma and i go for Kilman against an Ing-less Saints

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

        Yep leaning towards him atm

    2. Gunner Boy
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Kilman

    3. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      You don’t own Lamptey or Dallas for CS. They score and assist.

      Southampton is looking good without Ings. Walcott looks like a kid again and JWP in England class.

      Kilman is not a bad choice, they are all good choices

  8. Lazaretti
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    So I have

    A) Salah
    B) Pulisic
    C) Son
    D) Robertson

    2FT's 0.7 itb so which 2 goes first? All other players are more or less nailed Kilman only one who might not be 100% nailed.

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

      AB

    2. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      BC why people sell Salah i still can't understand... They forgot what he did to BHA(A) last season?

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Liverpool need their team back for that to happen and there's no guarantee he'll be fine by then either. If he contracted covid in the wedding then he should be in the incubation period and might not be asymptomatic. Could take some time to come back. Just a lot of uncertainty to have so much money on the bench when other premiums can do great too

        1. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Yes but the most possible thing to happen is to be back after this gw so you spend 2ft to transfer him out and then back in (it's like losing 8pts tbh because everyone needs transfers these days) and if you have bench cover for this gw then why selling him?

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            I mean i sold him after the villa match for Son anyways so don't have him but im just telling u a reason why people are selling him. I only want him for the fulham and newcastle matches further down the line. I'll mostly be sticking with Bruno and KDB instead for the other matches

    3. Lazaretti
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Pulisic will go for sure maybe with Son as I have Kane too. Grealish (own Watkins) and maybe Ziyech in. Which makes team too template why I am considering other options

  9. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    What about Mings? Is he worth to double up Martinez for the upcoming favourable fixtures as i would expect him to score a goal over those fixtures and get 3-4 cs for sure?

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

      Worth a try

      Targett more attacking though

      1. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        I see a lot targetting targett but I like the fact that Mings scores goals and AVL win lots of corners this season compared to the one before

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

          Agree. Konsa had lots of chances from set pieces as well.

          Close call imo. $ sways it.

  10. YoungPretender
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Current WC is a 352 with Salah. Worth going 343 with Vardy instead? My worry if obviously getting Salah back in when he is back.

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

      352 with placeholder

    2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Same Dilemma here, I was all set for 352 with Salah but now going 343, Bruno will be placeholder for Salah now, allows me to have Bruno(C) vs WBA and Vardy(C) vs Fulham next week so I quite like it.

  11. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Is there still a chance that Salah might play vs Leicester or is it safe to sell on WC?

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

      Safe imo

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Always a chance, may as well wait just in case

      1. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        No there isn't. He's tested positive so has to isolate for a period which means that he can't play the next game. Why bother posting that there's a chance of him starting when there isn't any ?

    3. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      No way he plays LEI

    4. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Not a bad idea to wait until Klopp press conference- confirmation

  12. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    This photo of Creswell is so last year.

  13. CFC1990
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    I am stuck between the following for my WC:

    a) Sterling and Bamford
    b) Ziyech and Vardy

    A would be easier to get back to Salah.

    However, I do think B may be better?

    What would you guys choose if it was your team?

    Many thanks

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      B is what i have. But I'll also have KDB in my team next week.

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        And Bamford eventually too 😛

      2. CFC1990
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Yeah I have KDB too

    2. Kannbury
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Would choose A.

    3. sozopol
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I stupidly made my 2 FT last weekend, to take advantage of price rises/drops. Is getting Salah out worth a - 4? Would play Justin if not.

      1. Kun Tozser
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Don’t worry for a few days, sure there’s more fireworks to come

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Same mate, just wait it out, be plenty of other people taking -4’s, I’m planning to hold salah if it’s only 1 game week which I expect

    4. tibollom
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      What to do here guys, are both robbo and salah out? 1 FT + 1.4 ITB

      Ryan
      Lamptey Chilwell Robbo
      Salah Ziyech Rash Grealish Soucek
      DCL Kane

      Button Dallas Brewster ferguson

    5. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Rip to the goat Ray Clemence

    6. dopellganger
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Who would u move out?

      Salah - Kdb / Bruno
      Salah + Son to Bruno + Kdb

      I would love Watkins(no space) Ziyech (might be overkill)

      Guaita Steer
      Coufal Targett Chilwell Justing Mitchell
      Salah* Son Zaha Grealish Reed
      Kane Dcl Werner

      1mil itb. 1ft

    7. CFC1990
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Is J Lewis from Newcastle the bestb option for WC at 4.3m?

      Nailed on and better fixtures than Kilman from Wolves

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        I'd definitely pick him ahead of Kilman atm

    8. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Who to captain?
      A-DCL (FUL Away)
      B-Jimenez (SOU Home)
      C-Kane (MCI Home)
      D-Grealish (BHA Home)

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        D

      2. CFC1990
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        I think maybe A

      3. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        A

      4. Kannbury
          2 months, 12 days ago

          A.

        • RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          A, then C as manc well can concede away against Spurs, and Kane on pens too

        • Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          From the choices above:

          Not B

          A is rested and gets his midfield service back

      5. Black Knights
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Is this scrimping slightly too much on defence to get Vardy AND Kane up front?

        Martinez 4m
        Dias KWP Coufal Holding Lewis
        KdB Bruno Ziyech Grealish Bissouma
        Kane Vardy Watkins

        Defender alternatives include Taylor for Holding or Burn for Lewis.

        1. Gandalf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          How would you plan to bring Salah back in?

          1. Black Knights
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            I wouldn’t.

            Or Bruno and Ziyech.
            Or Vardy and Bruno.

        2. Olson
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Looks pretty decent to me. Really the only premium option atm is Chilwell and given he's at a new club and doesn't have a great injury record, I reckon it's not madness to go without

          1. Black Knights
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Cheers. It’s appealing.

      6. Corona is not good 4 U
          2 months, 12 days ago

          What to do with this horror show?

          McCarthy, Steer
          Zouma, Coufal, Ayling, Justin, Mitchell
          Salah, Son, Fernandes, Grealish, Bissouma
          Kane, Calvert-Lewin, Wilson

          1 FT and 0.2 in the bank.

          Thanks!

        • Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Help me choose one?

          A) Grealish, JWP, Werner, Martial
          B) Watkins, Berge, Vardy, Bruno

          Have to play 3 every week.

        • Kaptenen
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Own Rashford and had planned to give him the armband this week. Should I stick to my plan or do Rashford to Bruno and captain for -4 for a one week punt?

          1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Do we think Rashford will play mate?? I own both and would captain Bruno, but don’t know if he will even play? Has there been any updates??

            1. Kaptenen
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Not looking good but will have to wait for more news, just want my captain to be certain to play always

              1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Ah shame mate that’s another of my team changes of starting non existent!! You do right mate and Bruno could arguably be the stand out option for captain This week!! I will be giving him the armband too my concern is United in the league at home and the inability to break teams like that down, I’d be happier if it was an Away fixture tho!!! Haha

          2. Amey
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Wait for news. If Rashford is fit I'd definitely keep him.

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              This

            2. Kaptenen
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Thank you

            3. Camino Aleatorio
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              This- wait until you have facts

              Plus, rash and Bruno on any given game can be a jackpot

        • RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Is Coady cleared to play next GW?

          1. El Presidente
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Not clear and if we are waiting for Nuno to clarify that we are all f......

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              If not, Kilman or Saiss more likely to start?

              1. Black Knights
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Kilman is already starting so Saiss chance increases.

        • hueycho
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Couldnt b bothered to read all that above, too long haha

        • KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Might just bench TAA and Salah and have 2FT in GW10, thoughts?

          Martinez
          Lamptey | Dallas | Kilman
          Bruno | Son | Grealish | Soucek
          Kane | DCL | Brewster

          Steer | Salah* | TAA* | Mitchell*

          0.3ITB

          Thanks

          1. AnfieldLad
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Don’t see why you’d hold TAA

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Can still sell in GW10, just gives me that extra week if something else pops up

              1. AnfieldLad
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Yeah I suppose it makes sense to give more flexibility over what you do with the cash (I.e move to a 5.5 vs 4.5), I’d just get Chilwell though

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

            Nah get rid of at least 1 of them i reckon

          3. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Om tur edge, would consider to use one FT: Kilman could ne dropped, and more international injuries could come. Hold and await pressers by the end of the week

          4. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            with those 3 out on the bench and playing dallas, kilman, brewster and soucek I would be doing some transfers for sure

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Thanks all

        • dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Who 2 should I transfer out first? BC?

          A Mitchell to Kilman
          B TAA to Cancelo
          C Salah to Bruno
          D Saïss to Coufal

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            * Which

          2. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            B.

            Saiss could well play this week and not sure that Kilman is nailed.

          3. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            AB

          4. Kannbury
              2 months, 12 days ago

              BC, on WC and have done both.

            • KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              B

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                And D

          5. Slitherene
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Only 64 (c) points out of 464 this season.
            Have almost always got it wrong.

            A) Mane (LEI)
            B) Vardy (liv)
            C) Richarlison (ful)
            D) Bruno (WBA)
            E) KdB (tot)
            F) Watkins (BHA)

            Help me get it right this time around?

            1. Leonard hatred
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              I'm tempted to do Salah -> mane for this week,. If Salah is out, does mane become a bigger threat as their main outlet, or does their whole attack suffer?

              1. Mané Fuchs Given
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  I’m trying to figure this out myself. You’d think Mane would benefit unless Liverpool are just too weakened overall, but they’ve still got most of their mids and forwards fit other than Salah so it’s not like they’re putting out a complete reserve team. With Vardy against that defence it could be a high-scoring affair though. Could also easily be 0-0 or 1-1 and a Mane blank!

              2. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                I'm gonna go with Captain's poll from now on. Picked awful captains but also had decent picks in my team.

                1. Corgzzzz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Do we know how accurate the poll has been this season so far.....?

                  1. GreennRed
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    No. But it couldn't be worse than my overthinking picjs!

              3. Kannbury
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Apart from the Salah hat trick in week 1 have had awful captain picks. Will punt on Martial this week, would go Bruno of the above choices.

              4. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Ray Clemence. Legend. Rest in peace.

              5. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Strange that Salah has stayed on -70% since yesterday when he's clearly being sold in droves!?

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Flag

                2. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Intl break, won’t be much happening until Friday

                3. Camino Aleatorio
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Probably too many people on -4 to react to anymore bad news.