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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. dark91
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    What a pass by De Bruyne

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

    Too one dimensional play, needs a rethink Gareth?

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

      Rethink implies thinking was done in the first place

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

    Might just go cheap at the back going forward, TAA to Chilwell was my transfer this week but now looks to be off the cards!

    Martinez
    Lamptey | Dallas | Coufal
    KdB | Bruno | Son | Grealish | Rodriguez
    Kane | DCL

    Steer | Kilman | Brewster | Mitchell*

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

      0.8ITB to get Salah back for KdB

  4. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Can someone do a summary of which players could be out next GW. Thanks.

    1. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Wait till Friday for confirmed news.

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Everyone.

      done.

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Wait for Team News article from Neil?

      1. TLF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        He's certainly going to be very busy next Friday !

    4. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Il just copy and paste my team for you then mate!!! Haha

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

      TAA, Salah, Robbo, Sterling, Chilwell are what springs to mind

      1. pablo discobar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Think robbo will be fine tbh. I've got money in bank to allow Mitchell to cancelo. Would cover if either robbo or Chilwell miss out

      2. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Rashford (Ward-Prowse if you’re into that sort of thing). Probably both minor

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

        What's up with Robertson!?

        That's too many, now.

    6. ...al
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Everyone

  5. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Might just get free hit out the way!! Have 5 flags..

    1. pablo discobar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Probably want that for gw 18

    2. Parsnips
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Could be an option

      • TLF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        5 flags now but who knows how serious those issues are or what team news comes out between now and the GW deadline. I reckon just chill for now then reassess on Friday.

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

          Yes, chill.
          Chill well.

      • UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Already used, thankfully to great effect last GW.

      • ...al
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Thinking the same

        What a disaster

        This is what it's for

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

      Any news on Mitchell? Seems to be a lengthy spell on the sidelines for a ‘knock’?

    4. Parsnips
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Werner or Fernandes captain?

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Neither

          1. Parsnips
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Well I’m not gonna captain salah and there’s no one else captain worthy in my team

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

            Hard to say as we don't know what shape UTD, Chelsea or their opponents will be in by the deadline. Really tricky to plan anything at the moment as no decision will be an informed one.

            1. Parsnips
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Yeh

          3. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            It's crazy you have Pope and Henderson in your team, yet you play Pickford.

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              This

            2. ...al
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Pope needs to be the main man

          4. Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Any more internationals left to worry about?

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Think still some midweek games?

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

              Plenty mid week, all the teams play again.

          5. Parsnips
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Does salah > De bruyne sound good if I’ve got a horrible bench

              1. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                yes its decent

            • Dr. Ante Pavlovic
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Chilwell surely out for Newcastle?

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

                Hopefully precautionary

              2. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Was that bad? Did not watch ...

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

                Not necessarily- he was holding lower back but walking fine so could just be impact knock and could even be fine for Iceland game.

            • Flynny
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Taken a - 4 (got rid of TAA and foden). Now may need to take another hit to field 11.

              Which of these moves would you make, if Chilwell injured?

              A....salah to Bruno (c) .. bench chilwell

              B.....chilwell to another defender....bench salah.

              A has a much higher ceiling obvs - but salah likely to be back gw10...

              Thanks

              1. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Wait for more info. You've missed the Bruno price rise so no need to worry about that now. I would say if there are no more injuries over the IB then do B. If there are more injuries do A.

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

                  Thanks mate. Yup. Not doing anything now till friday

                  The players I removed already had to go so no regret there

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

              Boris has been pinged by the Covid tracing, isolation for 10 days.

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Yep breaking news earlier this evening

              2. The Ilfordian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                OMG another transfer required!

              3. baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Boris who?

                1. baps hunter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Johnson should be immune imo...

            • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              England embarrassing, going to be tough going back to work facing the Danes in the office 🙁

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

                Sven lost 10 games out of 67 & got the sack, Southgate has lost 10 from 48?

                1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Yep, England are poor. Will be supporting Denmark by proxy now 🙂

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

                Work from home if you can

              3. pablo discobar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Speaking out of your arse

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

                Hardly embarrassing

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

              Kind of glad I missed the price-rise for Salah>Fernandes now. With Chilwell, Robertson and Ferguson amongst my defenders as well as rotation-prone Reguilon, I think I need to sort my defence or risk having Lamptey playing on his own.

            • Riverside Red
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Maximus Bonimus Pointimus, Lucy2019, Eat My Goal, Bartowski , what's your view on Grealish now, only an average player?

              1. baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Where is Maximus? Haven't seen him lately.

                1. Riverside Red
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  No idea, miss his analysis

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

                  Yeah I like his posts, always went into great detail

                  1. Fantasy Gold
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    Pass me the sick bucket lads. Embarrassing.

                  2. John Nerdelbaum
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    That's an understatement
                    I think some of his posts were longer than War and Peace

                3. John Nerdelbaum
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Passed out in the middle of writing one of his posts

                  1. Fantasy Gold
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    😆

                4. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Great isn't it

              2. ...al
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                He really stepped up to the next level. Fair play to him. Wasn't sure if he'd manage it

            • Tony Martial
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Bruno surely captain this week?

              1. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                It was on Salah, but I'm still unsure over Bruno's home form. I'm sticking it on DCL.

              2. sandman58
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Absolutely no doubt
                The stand out pick next weekend

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

                DCL

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

                Werner for me

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

                Tempted to bring in Vardy and captain

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

                Not sure can bring Bruno in as looks like may only have 1 defender playing so think may have to make 2 transfers on defence for -4 and put captaincy on Ziyech

              7. ...al
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Yeah. Sheer lack of options

            • Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              54 years of hurt

              1. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Don't worry, we're bringing it home next year

              2. Ógie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Will there be any of those from back then live to see England win major honors again?

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

                Mate thirty years of hurt was like yesterday

            • sentz05
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              How does this WC look?

              Martinez Steer
              Coufal Chilwell Justin Kilman Cancelo
              Grealish Fernandes Jota Ziyech Saka
              Werner DCL Vardy

              1. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Would prefer Soucek over Saka. Otherwise a very strong side for the next few GW's at least. May be a pain to get Salah in again though with the way you've spread the funds.

              2. Slitherene
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                No plans of getting Salah back?

              3. FC Hakkebøf
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                No Manchester City assets?

                1. sentz05
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  KDB doesn't seem to be the point machine he once was.

              4. sentz05
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                I'm thinking of changing Saka to Soucek but everything good coming out of arsenal seems to be from Saka. They've got to turn the corner sooner rather than later. I think I'd downgrade either Vardy or Werner to get Salah back.

                1. BenDavies
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  That'd require 2 FT's though, or a hit. Surely easier to leave some money in the bank.

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

                If all fit looks good-only suggestion is Soucek over Saka

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

                Youre going to need city

              7. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                sell Steer

            • jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              WC draft fill in the blank:
              McCarthy, Forster
              Zouma, -----, KWP, Justin, Targett
              Salah, Grealish, -----, -----, Soucek
              CDL, Watkins, -----

              1) Cancelo, KDB, Ziyech, Werner
              2) Cancelo, KDB, 6.7mid(?), Kane
              3) Coufal, Bruno, Ziyech, Kane

              Other ideas? Mane over Salah? Chilwell over Zouma?

              1. sandman58
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                3

              2. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Prefer 3 over 1 just because I'm wary of doubling up on Chelsea attack

                1. jdp219
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Why is that?

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

                1 100%

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

                I'm closest to 1 personally at the moment of those options with Vardy over Werner

            • Slitherene
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              RMWCT?

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

              0.6 ITB

              1. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Like it a lot, although you may be playing 4 defenders some weeks unless you plan to play Soucek every week.

                1. Slitherene
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  That's the plan. Hoping Berge shows up!

                  1. BenDavies
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    Fair enough. I really like Soucek and only got rid before West Ham's terrible run, but I'm looking to get him back. Insane value for 4.9 and surprised more don't talk about him here.

            • Long ago I drew a walrus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Ryan Button
              TAA Robbo Chilwell Saiss Mitchell
              Salah Sterling Rashford JWP Lookman
              Kane(c) Wilson Brewster

              GTG

              1. pablo discobar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Lol

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

                I hope that’s a wind up lol

              3. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Kane is fit though

              4. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                It's mental to think this could be a legit team btw. Someone definitely has this team or similar.

                1. Long ago I drew a walrus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Yes, that was the point. Could feasibly be Kane (c) and 14 absentees. The most ridiculous IB I've ever seen

            • 1912 F.A Cup Winners
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              All this madness and still got another round of international matches to endure!!!!! Salah, Rashford, Chilwell, Wilson, Saiss(lost place) anyone else’s team looking increasing depleted by the day??

              1. ...al
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Everyone's is so it's all good

                1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Very true mate!!

            • Long ago I drew a walrus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              So has there been any news on the Jordan Henderson 'injury' yet? Was he even injured? Or was it just a weird substitution

              1. TLF
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                It's my understanding Southgate said he came off at half time due to a muscle injury he picked up in the first half.

                1. Bookkeeper
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  any links to the story?

            • Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Anyone can beat me with no. of injures in his team?

              Robbo Chilwell Mitchel
              Salah Stephens
              Antonio

              1. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                What are you going to do?

                1. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Relax and wait Friday. If things are still bad, will make as many hits needed to field full 11

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

                Defence main issue!

                TAA Chilwell Mitchell Saïss ( lost place)
                Salah
                Brewster ( withdrawn from u 21 squad today)

                1. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Saiss is not injured so I am not sure it counts. Brewster I think it's fine, but you are close 😉

            • Willmissudimitrypayet
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              What is the verdict on injuries to Robbo and Chilwell?

              Got a defense I was very happy with with Robbo, Chilwell, Lamptey, Kilman and Reguilon.

              What now you reckon? Got 2FT with these defensive issues + Salah and 2 spurs-attackers to worry about. Where would you prioritize your moves?

              1. ...al
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Without any evidence, I'd say Robertson will be ok.

                Chilwell might be more 5050, but I'd still slightly favour him to be ok

                1. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Azpi will play LB the next game most probably.

            • Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Both Salah and Son need around 12K non WC NTI this week in order to fall in price. Looks like it's a given.

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

              Any update from Gareth re Chilwell injury ?

            • Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Kasper Schmeichel needed medical treatment after a knock to the head in the first half of Denmark's win over Iceland tonight. Schmeichel was then replaced at half-time.

              Ben Chilwell limped off in the first half of England's defeat to Belgium this evening. The Chelsea left-back was holding his back as he exited the field of play.

              Andrew Robertson missed Scotland's match against Slovakia today with a hamstring injury. The Liverpool left-back hasn't yet been ruled out of his country's midweek game against Israel, however.

              The Egyptian FA have now confirmed that Mohamed Salah has undergone a second test and has again tested positive for COVID-19:

              I wonder whether we will see a WC active on the next episode of Blackbox? What you think?

              1. Major League Shocker
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Doubt it, Mark's team is still not too bad and he came into the week with 2 FT.

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

              Made 2 transfers early 🙁 and currently have Salah + Chilwell... Have Anguissa, Mitchell and Dunne in the bench. Would you go -8 to get a playing 3rd defender? Dont want to lose Salah

              1. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                No I wouldnt do a -8 for that

              2. The Ilfordian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Would at least wait for Chilwell news; might not be bad