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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. caldracula
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has "mild" symptoms of coronavirus, according to the Egypt football team doctor.

    The forward tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday while on international duty.

    Salah has now entered a period of isolation as he seeks to fight off the infection.

    In an interview with the Associated Press, Dr Mohamed Abou Elela said: "He is a mild case. He doesn't have severe symptoms or respiratory symptoms.

    "He has to self-isolate in Egypt until his test returns negative and then, of course, he can travel back."

    Dr Abou Elela said the standard process in Egypt is "seven days" of isolation after a positive coronavirus test.

    It had been previously claimed that Salah would train alone for a week, before returning to Merseyside ahead of next Sunday's visit from Leicester at Anfield.

    That has yet to be confirmed by the Reds, however - with Salah now set to miss the game against the Foxes.

    https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/mohamed-salah-coronavirus-liverpool-egypt-19282842

    1. caldracula
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      So Salah set to miss one game, easy bench for me.

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Yes I agree. It would take me a -8 in total to sell him and then bring him back in and will lose a bit of value in the process. Can't guarantee that Bruno (C) against WBA will offset the -8

      2. Tango74
          2 months, 5 days ago

          I have Salah . How do we know if the symptoms are not going to get worse ??

          Then he be out longer

          1. caldracula
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            If he’s tested positive and only has mild symptoms, not sure why all of a sudden they would get drastically worse and he’d be out for longer. If that is the case then you just sell him. I’d rather wait until we get a clearer picture rather than rush to get him out and then need to get him back in the following week.

            1. Og
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Mild symptoms can sometimes become severe symptoms very quickly.

              1. caldracula
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Considering the virus mainly affects the old and those with underlying health co dictions I’m sure someone as young and fit as Mo Salah will be fine.

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

                  Exactly. There will be the odd exception like Dimitrov (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/54872855), but it’s WAY more likely a top-flight footballer will be back playing as soon as they’re allowed to do so

      3. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        back for brighton then, soucek another goal please

      4. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        You are missing still in Egypt for minimum 7 days awaiting negative test. On entering the UK from Egypt he will need to adhere to UK protocols.
        Egypt is not a ‘Safe corridor’
        Rules state, ‘People arriving in the UK from most countries - including British nationals - must self-isolate for 14 days.’

        1. caldracula
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          I believe elite sports are exempt from this rule.

          1. caldracula
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            The 14 day self isolation rule for entering the UK that is, look at how many other players are playing in foreign countries this week.

            1. Troll hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Correct. No-one would be allowed to play if they followed that 14 day rule.

          2. Ron_Swanson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Correct

      5. Carefree Crew
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        How long Salah is out for is all speculation at this stage.

        He "could" test negative after 7 days of isolation, but there are no guarantees that he will.

        "IF" he tests positive again, then obviously he can't travel.

        I don't know what the protocols are in terms of, if he does test positive again, when he can next be tested. Daily? A full week later? Does he need 2 consecutive negative tests?

        Interesting that Egypt is only 7 days when over here is 14 days.

        Then there's the question of will he be rushed straight back into the team or will they give him additional time to recover?

        If he does come straight back in, will he play the full 90 minutes or is he likely to be subbed off early?

        As I said, it's all speculation, all we definitely know is he will miss a minimum of the Leicester game.

        1. caldracula
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          That’s correct and then there’s the champions league game midweek which will tell us a lot more about the situation.

      6. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Thanks for taking the time to post this, makes interesting reading.

        Still looks like anything is possible.

    2. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      It's times like these where major players go missing that FPL becomes more interesting. Looking forward to the challenge.

      1. Chrisitis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        This season has been more interesting than ever. Just means everyone will have similar teams now.

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Certainly

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Agreed, short term absences of top players make it very interesting. Long term absences of premiums is terrible though, makes the game so very template-y

    3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Which one?
      A) Ayling (ARS)
      B) Soucek (shu) -4

      1. caldracula
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        A

      2. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        A

      3. Shineonme
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        A

      4. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Thanks all

    4. Zlatan F.C
        2 months, 5 days ago

        What to here guys?

        Martinez
        Chilwell Lamptey Robbo
        Salah Grealish Son Fornals Podence
        DCL Kane

        Forster Saiss Brewster Ferguson

        1. Shineonme
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Salah to KDB

        2. Shineonme
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Even with that cap total pts I should be higher than 528 pts

          1. Shineonme
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Sorry wrong link

      • Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

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

        A) Vardy (liv)
        B) Mane (LEI)
        C) Richarlison (ful)
        D) Bruno (WBA)

        Help me get it right this time around?

        1. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Take this with a pinch of salt, but I reckon Vardy against our weakened back line will be trouble

        2. Shineonme
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          I've got 149 pts from my captain picks. Been quite lucky. Had salah first gw which helped and switched between him kane and son

          1. Shineonme
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Even with that cap total pts I should be higher than 528 pts

        3. Shineonme
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          I'm on D

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

            Thanks for your input

        4. caldracula
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Looking at bringing Vardy in to captain so Vardy.

          1. Shineonme
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            I'll be doing that move next week

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

          122 out of 533 for me.

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

            D. Will likely go D myself.

        6. fusen
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Good captaincy over the season is largely about being dull and sensible with a heavy hitters on a good fixture.

          Go D and stop thinking about it.

      • Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        With the amount if IB injuries and Covids going on, I am wondering if I made a mistake doing a TAA to Cancelo earlier this week before TAA's drop. He was going to be an issue that needed resolving at some point. No harm in doing early transfers on injured players, or do you still reckon I was best keeping my FT until the deadline?

        1. The Ilfordian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          As long as Cancelo stays fit sounds like a good move

        2. caldracula
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          The main issue with making early transfers atm is if the player you bring in early somehow tests positive for COVID and then needs moving out them self. I wouldn’t usually have an issue with moving on injured players early because they need taking out regardless, it’s just the uncertainty of the player you’re bringing in. I think moves need to be done at the latest this possible this season.

        3. Shineonme
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          You did the right thing

          1. Flynny
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            I did taa and foden to grealish and cancelo ahead of the price moves.

            I don't regret it. They were dead weight players that would still have been a priority to move.

      • Sir Edo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Great to have a plan at least but the ’if all goes well..’ thing will usally not happen. Just look this week, Salah (and almost Son), and all the international games still to be played..

        1. Sir Edo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Reply went wrong..

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

          Tweet deleted it seems, what did it say?

        2. Danno - Emre Canada
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          It’s been deleted, what did it say

      • Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Dustin Johnson cruising.

        He will surely see it out now?

        1. Danno - Emre Canada
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Not a 20 under now haha booommmm

          1. Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Incredible performance really.

            I think 20 under is a record at the Masters and Dustin might just better that score in the last 3 holes.

            1. Danno - Emre Canada
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Yep will be a record. Obviously Augusta has never played easier but it’s been a fantastic performance.

        2. teneighty
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Really impressive!

          Johnson in for a hit?

      • CFC1990
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        What do you think of my WC team? Double Chelsea defence may be risky but I just fancy going for it.

        Martinez
        Chilwell, Cancelo, James
        Ziyech, KDB, Grealish, Fernandes
        Vardy, Watkins, DCL

        Button, Ayling, Lewis, Riedewald

        0.1m itb

        The obvious question may be how to get Salah back in.

        I would not be able to afford the Vardy to Bamford and Ziyech to Salah moves.

        However, I could get him back with something like DCL to Bamford and Fernandes to Salah. I only have 0.1m profit tied up in DCL.

        1. Vazza
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Everton’s fixtures turn after 3 GWs, so involving DCL out as part of bringing Salah back in plan is decent in my opinion.

            What was your original team before you played the wildcard?

            And can you respond to my post please. 🙂

            1. CFC1990
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Hi Vazza,

              Of course. I have commented on your team.

              Here was my original team:

              McCarthy, 4m
              TAA, Dier, KWP, Taylor, Mitchell
              Salah, ASM, Son, Soucek, Foden
              Kane, DCL, Wilson

              I have got a fair few price increases as did it early on after GW8 finished. I also had a lot of injury concerns plus Mitchell and Foden.

              1. Shineonme
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                You're WC team is so much better imo

                1. CFC1990
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Thanks a lot.

              2. Vazza
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Thanks mate, your original team was certainly worthy of a wildcard. All the best mate and thank you for replying to my post earlier. 🙂

            2. Shineonme
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Rather have werner this week on wc then switch him out for vardy next gw. Thats what I'm doing.

              1. CFC1990
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Thanks for you comment and something I could consider. It is just another transfer and I also have 3 Chelsea.

                1. Shineonme
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Sorry didn't notice you already have 3 chelsea. I have 3 chelsea Chillwell Ziyech and werner

                  1. CFC1990
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Good 3 to have

            3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Great team

              1. CFC1990
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Thank you!!

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

              I’m not even sure Chelsea’s fixtures warrant one defender, let alone two. But I appear in the minority.

              Our differences on WC will be your Button, James, Ayling, Riedewald, Lewis to my McCarthy, Cresswell, KWP, Bissouma, and Justin. So we’re pretty similar.

              1. CFC1990
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Justin is good but do you think he is worth it on a WC. Not a long term pick?

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

                  It’s a good point. As good as his 10-12 fixtures are, we won’t need him with our other defenders. Something to think about, thank you.

          • DannyDrinkVodka
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Captain:

            A) Bruno
            B) Grealish

            1. Shineonme
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              I'm cap Bruno with Grealish as my VC

            2. Phlajo
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 5 days ago

              A

          • Parsnips
              2 months, 5 days ago

              What to do with my team?

              Martinez
              Robo-Chilwell-Coufal
              Salah-Zaha-Barkley-Fernandes
              Watkins-Werner-DCL

              Ryan-Anguissa-Mitchell-Dunne

              No clue what to do. Got 1.3 ITb and 0 free transfers

              1. Shineonme
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Id do salah to ziyech or KDB personally

            • DA Minnion
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Why is Sterling not with England today?

              1. fusen
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Injured

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

                Minor injjury

            • Bruce Lee
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Why is Salah flagged as ill?

              1. Ógie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Tore the arse out of it at his brothers wedding.

                Did not leave the bar until 6 in the morning and woke up with 2 of the bridesmaids next to him in the bed.
                Will be feeling pretty sorry for himself for a few days.

                1. Bruce Lee
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Always knew he was that type

            • Bruce Lee
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Salah out
              Grealish in

              Never thought I'd do this in my life

              1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                You need Grealish!

                1. Bruce Lee
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Was thinking him or Bruno

            • Slitherene
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              64 (c) points out of 464 this season.

              How many points are you on?

              1. Bruce Lee
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                How do you check?

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

                  Count.

              2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                144 / 465

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

                122/533. 23%.

              4. caldracula
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                120/ 518

              5. Buck The Trent
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                130/503

              6. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                98/472

              7. THFC4LIFE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                146/487

              8. Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 5 days ago

                156/485

                32%

            • Bruce Lee
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              There are just 6 points between 4th and 15th....

              Woah

              1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Strange season in many ways

            • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Is there any playing defender up to 4.2 who aint useless?

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

                no

              2. Bruce Lee
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                I don't think there is a defender under 10m that isn't useless

                1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Chilwell

                  1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    One of those Liverpool lads . I am also in a need in uber cheap defender

            • Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Dear FPL, please accelerate price changes. New covid IB rule needed. 🙂

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Being an 11 year vet, you should know IB prices changes are few and far between.

                1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  I saw someone was complaining of price changes during the IB 😉

            • King Kohli
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Best replacement for Salah & Maupay?

              A. Bruno & Richarlison(-4)
              B. Vardy & Ziyech(-4)
              C. Vardy + Bruno + Coufal (-8 along with Robertson out)

              Martinez Steer
              Robbo* Chilwell Konsa Kilman Mitchell
              Salah* Sterling* Son Jrod Anguissa
              Dcl Maupay* Bamford

              1 FT 0.5 itb.

              1. Stormbringer22
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Tough one mate, probably B

              2. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                C

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

              Jeeeeeezzz the England players can't sing xD

            • Dr. Ante Pavlovic
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 5 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

              1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Pretty good

              2. The Units
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                G2G

            • BeaversWithAttitude
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Lol, England tone deaf AF...

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

              Man City's amazing fixture run make us forget that Liverpool has a great fixture run too. A Mane Salah double up could be highly considerable

              1. Ha.
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Not with half their team injured

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

                  Worse defence sometimes brings more goals

                  1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    This is what im thinking also.
                    They will concede goals which will force them to score more goals.

              2. caldracula
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                One of each probably the best way to go

            • Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Anyone considering Grealish as captain? He is explosive enough that's for sure

              1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Yes! But Brighton are pretty solid defensively.
                Leaning towards DCL.

            • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              I’m lost. What would you do with this team?

              Martinez
              Robbo* Chilwell Zouma
              Salah* Son Ziyech Grealish
              Kane DCL Bamford

              (Steer Ayling Bissouma Justin) 1FT 0.1M

              Willing to take a hit, or even two.

            • g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Bel 1 Eng 0

            • g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Lolford

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Bel 2 Eng 0

            • Right In The Stanchion
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Have Sterling and Rashford got international injuries? Have noticed Sterling hasn’t played for England the last few games.

                Sterling and Sancho should both be playing when fit. Walker shouldn’t be anywhere near the team.

                Southgate doesn’t have a clue on his first team.

                1. Ha.
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Sterling only needs a week apparently

              • Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Might not have set the prem alight but I’d hate to mark lukaku

                1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Almost as bad as marking Ibra

                2. Ha.
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Did you watch him in an Everton shirt?