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India’s reigning FPL champion answers key Gameweek 9 questions

Given how chaotic the last few days have been for Fantasy Premier League managers, I would like to start by focussing on something more positive and wishing everyone a Happy Diwali!

Even before the frantic December schedule, many of us now face a sea of red, orange and yellow flags for Gameweek 9. At such a time, you could be forgiven for worrying about what to do next.

As my Burning Questions from the last international break was well received, I figured now would be a good opportunity to bring it back again. 

QUESTION ONE

Who is the best defender under £5.5m? And is it a mistake to forsake a premium forward right now?

(from @Northernqwerty)

There are a lot of defenders emerging in the price bracket you have mentioned. Before I get to that, I just want to mention that, in my opinion, Ben Chilwell (£6.0m) is the best defender in the game at the present, even in light of his current yellow flag. 

Chelsea have drastically improved in defence, with the additions of Thiago Silva (£5.5m) and Edouard Mendy (£5.1m) in centre-back and goalkeeper. 

Chelsea have conceded the fewest big chances of any Premier League team in the last six Gameweeks and, on top of that, Chilwell is always very far forward, has great goal threat and assist potential too. He also cuts in a lot as well and is present in the box quite frequently when either Hakim Ziyech (£8.2m) or Reece James (£5.0m) are delivering crosses from the right hand side.

Now coming to your question, there are three standout candidates priced at £5.5m or under, namely João Cancelo (£5.4m), Aaron Cresswell (£5.1m) and Hector Bellerín (£5.1m). 

Cancelo stars for City as Sheff Utd's weak right-side bodes well for Chelsea

Out of the three, the Manchester City man is comfortably my favourite option. In the last four Gameweeks, no defender has created more chances than him while his team are second only to Manchester United for big chances conceded in the same period. 

Statistics aside, Cancelo is a key outlet for the Manchester City’s attack on the left-hand side and he has now started the last four Premier League matches in a row with some minute-management in the Champions League. 

The most important thing for me was his all-action man-of-the-match performance against Liverpool where I thought he did a really good job defensive and offensively, while Pep Guardiola’s comments were also encouraging.


“[Cancelo] played exceptional, with and without the ball with his quality. Up front he has a special talent, defensively sometimes he needs to be consistent but when he is consistent and focused he is a fantastic football player and guy.” – Pep Guardiola

The only concern is how nailed-on Cancelo moving forward now that Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) is back in training. Personally, I think he has made that left back slot his own. Yes, Guardiola might bench him for the odd game or two during the December crunch period but getting an extremely attacking defender from currently (in my opinion) the best defence in the league only at £5.4m is too tempting to turn down, especially given Manchester City’s fixtures. 

What also helps is that they the Citizens have almost secured their Champions League knockout place already easing the need to bring key first team options into midweek European action any time soon.

Cresswell and Bellerín both make a very good case for their inclusion in their price bracket but Cancelo’s upside is far greater in my opinion. In case you want to read about Cresswell, I wroten an in-depth analysis of West Ham’s best Fantasy assets a couple of weeks ago. 

With regards to your second question and whether it’s a mistake to forsake a premium forward, my answer is definitely not. First off, this game is very subjective and there are definitely no wrong or right answers and I always say there are many ways to play it. 

So whether you pick a premium forward or not depends on how you are spreading your funds elsewhere, as there is always value in every position. 

Harry Kane (£11.0m) has been the stand-out premium forward this season although he goes on a difficult run of fixtures this week onwards. Thankfully, we have cheap alternatives in the form of Patrick Bamford (£6.1m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.8m), Ollie Watkins (£6.1m), Che Adams (£5.9m) and Michail Antonio (£6.2m) offering more than enough points potential to allow greater spending in midfield. 

Given how many of these value options are in-form and have appealing fixtures of their own right now, I certainly wouldn’t consider it the gravest mistake to go without a premium forward.

QUESTION TWO

How De Bruyne and Sterling compare as FPL assets for 2020/21?

Is owning both Sterling and De Bruyne during this great run of fixtures bit of an overkill? 

from @Manav04543906

Thanks for the question Manav. I wish you and your family a very Happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year.

In my opinion, a double-up during a great run of fixtures is one of the best ways to play FPL. I never think it is wrong to double or even triple-up in attack from premium teams who score a lot of goals. 

I have doubled-up on premium Liverpool and Manchester City attackers many times and it has often paid off handsomely. Those that owned both Kane and Son Heung-min (£9.6m) this season have benefited massively as well. 

So it all comes down to whether you think Manchester City will come back to form again and start scoring a lot of goals in the easier fixtures. 

Let me give you some data to assist your decision. In the last two Gameweeks, City attack has started to show some form as they appear in the top five in the league for big chances. In addition, they have played most of this season without Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m) and a recognised striker with Gabriel Jesus (£9.3m) out injured for the most part.

Both are now available and I personally expect them to improve in attack quite drastically. Also, just some data from last year which also helps here. This is an article I wrote assessing data last year and below is the relevant information from the same.

What this basically tells you is that, against the relatively poorer defences (The Bramble Teams), De Bruyne and Sterling averaged 1.28 and 1.13 Goals + Assists per 90 minutes. These numbers are drastically better (especially for Sterling) in comparison to their performance against better defences. 

Most of the teams Manchester City face after Gameweek 9 certainly count as ‘Bramble teams’, which is why I have no qualms about that double-up. Generally speaking, I’ve always been a fixtures guy and with Manchester City, I’d be even keener. 

QUESTION THREE

For people selling Kane, do you recommend moving to Jamie Vardy, or downgrading to the £6.0m range and investing in midfield?

from @rpick86

Great question this Rob. I’m likely doing the same for what it’s worth, as I love playing the fixtures. That said, injuries could change that. And, as you know, there are a lot of them right now.

First off, let me say that there is no wrong or right answer to your question. What I will do is arm you with some relevant information to help assist your decision. In the last four Gameweeks, Leicester are in the bottom five in the league for shots in the box and total goal attempts. 

Teams like Leeds United, Aston Villa, Southampton and West Ham United, who all have cheap striker options, are all doing better. 

That said, Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) has three goals and two assists in his last three games. I personally feel that so far, Vardy has been heavily dependent on penalties. The non penalty xG stats for selection forwards so far this season is as follows:

  • Bamford – 5.51
  • Calvery Lewin – 5.28
  • Wilson – 3.76
  • Watkins – 3.55
  • Antonio – 3.07
  • Adams – 3.06
  • Vardy – 2.57

What this tells me is, so far, Vardy has been dependant on penalties and I don’t personally see that as sustainable (unless you are Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m)). 

Given these stats above, it is fair to say that we can see the cheaper strikers (some of who have really good fixtures upcoming) should be able to match Vardy. 

That said, Leicester’s talismanic striker is the definition of a flat-track bully, is very streaky and is as reliable as they come against the “Bramble” teams I mentioned earlier. 

We know that Vardy is a stats-buster and his next four fixtures are against Liverpool (who have four first-choice defenders flagged), Fulham, Sheffield United and Brighton. These games are against not so formidable defences so I fully expect him to get a few returns in these games. 

Last season, he averaged 0.28 Goals+Assists/90 against top tier defences, 0.68 Goals+Assists/90 against middling defences and 1.24 Goals+Assists/90 against bottom tier defences. So, historically speaking, the upcoming fixtures are against bread-and-butter Vardy teams.

I’ve tried to present a balanced argument for and against Vardy. If you’re looking for my opinion, I think that Goals + Assists in the past do not always indicate Goals + Assists in the future. It is underlying statistics that play a greater role in predicting these. 

I am personally leaning towards going cheaper strikers who have better underlying data and similarly good fixtures and pump that money into attacking midfielders from Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. 

That’s it from me for now. In case you want more, Zophar and I will be recording and publishing this week’s episode of The FPL Wire on Tuesday late-afternoon UK-time and you can find the same on YouTube and all popular Podcast platforms. We have the amazing Tom Freeman on again whose appearance last time around was hugely appreciated. Until next time!

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819 Comments Post a Comment
  1. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Thanks for this article Lateriser!

    1. Lateriser 12
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Cheers Ben

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

        No mention of Werner?

  2. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    We are currently in a parallel universe where everyone but Lamptey is flagged

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

      At least the Leeds defenders seem OK.

    2. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Give him time.

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

      That would indicate he'll be benched, right?

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

    Should I cling onto any hopes with Mahrez? He’s covid and injury free and scoring goals!

    https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/mahrez-goal-algeria-man-city-19288953.amp

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

    Happy Diwali by the way!

  5. Gravless are for Kinnear
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    At this rate FFS should release an article on the players who make it back in one piece

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

    Here for the feedback as always. Hope you guys enjoy it.

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

      Excellent as ever.

    2. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Great insights, thanks

    3. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Nice straight forward and easy to understand article, very helpful as always Lateriser.

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

      Thanks for the article, Lateriser, helpful insight as always. Do you not see Reece James as a good alternative to Cresswell or Bellerin? Or did you leave him out of consideration to swerve the potential double-up with Chilwell, which would put many off?

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

        Excellent point, I'd have reece James ahead of Chilwell for value with their current prices.

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

          Reece James owner, looking to sell. He will always have Azpi looking over his shoulder.

          1. Dino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            You can say the same for cancelo if not maybe more so. The only time reece looks like losing out is if they are playing a top team like pool or city I'd say.

    5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Happy Diwali mate! Great work, as usual!

  7. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Henderson might play as a CB

    1. dicky2014
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      He is injured as well isn't he?

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

        Yep, flagged.

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

    Pick one:
    A) Vardy & Ziyech
    B) Bamford & Mane

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

      A

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

      A 100%

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

    Article says City have played most of the season with KdB but he has only missed one of their 7 games

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

      *without

    2. Lateriser 12
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      They've missed either him or a striker. Makes a huge diff in my opinion.

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

        It's the striker issue that's really taken the sting out of them imo. That said, I'm not sure they would cope as well as they did in past if KdB did go out for an extended period, now that Dilva and Sane are both history

  10. Parsnips
      2 months, 4 days ago

      What transfers should I do with 1.3ITB and 0 free transfers? I’m rlly confused...

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

      Ryan-Anguissa-Mitchell-Dunne

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

        Salah, Think Chilly & Robbo should be fine.

    • Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Choose one WC option to rotate with Soucek?

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

      A) Grealish + Brewster
      B) Berge + Watkins

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

        A

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

      On a WC - need a bit of feedback.

      Martinez
      Chilwell - Cancelo - Cresswell
      Fernandes - Grealish - Mane - KDB
      DCL - Bamford - Watkins
      subs: Forster - Soucek - Justin - Kilman

      1. Lucky Z
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Would save 0.6 with Coufal instead of Cresswell who is playing LCB, not LB or LWB

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

          Thanks man. Also tempted to downgrade Mane to Ziyech and upgrade Bamford to Vardy. What do you reckon?

          1. Lucky Z
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Looks good. Ziyech is on fire with 4 mln less

          2. CFC1990
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            This is exactly the dilemma I have on my WC. I think it makes sense. DCL to Bamford makes sense as well before GW13. Their fixtures swing the other way around then

        2. Joker91
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 4 days ago

          But Cresswell is on corners/free kicks, and has been overlapping Masuaku a fair amount in play. I think he is worth the extra 0.6, if you can afford it.

      2. CFC1990
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Like it. Personally I prefer James to Cresswell but I could be wrong. Both good options.

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

          I've already got Chilwell so not sure I want the double up. Other options are Coufal or Bellerin?

          1. CFC1990
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Yeah two other good options but I prefer James.

    • Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Alisson
      Milner | Matip | Phillips | Tsimikas
      Shaqiri | Keita | Wijnaldum
      Jota | Firmino | Mane

      Looks quite fine, is not it?

      Origi can also play CF role with Firmino behind him (without Shaqiri)

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

        mid table team

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

          Same level as Evertons strongest XI! So yeah mid table it is.

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

        Isn’t Fabinho and Thiago close to returns

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Yep

      3. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Tsimikas is in isolation or is injured iirc?

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 4 days ago

          No came back last game as a sub,

      4. Mid budget coach
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Arnold robbo and hendo are responsible for moving the ball forward. Liverpool need Thiago back he will help with that. No defensive cover by the midfielders for the weak defence...again Thiago can help.

    • Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Both Chilwell & Cresswell take corners whereas Cancelo does not, I think this is quite an important difference and adds to the appeal of the former

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Chilwell doesn't when Ziyech plays?

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          true, for the moment

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

      Play Lamptey or Cancelo?

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

        Humptey Lamptey.

    • svnkmr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I'm still new here and I really need some thoughts on my WC team.

      Martinez, McCarthy;
      Cancelo, Chilwell, Telles, Justin, Lamptey;
      Fernandes, Ziyech, Grealish, KdB, Soucek;
      Watkins, Werner, DCL.

      Feedbacks are highly appreciated. Thank you!

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

        Lovely team

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

          Appreciate it, man.

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

        Great team with great upcoming fixtures. A definite rank boosting team in my opinion. It has 13/15 players I would want at this time. Good luck.

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

          Thanks. Was worried that my bench players might be too expensive since I've seen some people having £4M defenders just to have more premium players in their team. Correct me if I'm wrong tho.

      3. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Telles has covid

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

          Just came across the article. Thanks man.

      4. CFC1990
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Its very good. Only thing I dislike is Justin (good short term but not long term although you can just use a transfer at a later date!!) and Telles.

        I think you would be better off going for Dias. Double City with those fixtures could work well.

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

          I already have Cancelo hahahaha. Don't really wanna risk having two defenders from the same team. Had Chilwell & Mendy in my team when they conceded a goal against Sheffield (luckily Chilwell scored a goal after that!).

          Anyway, much appreciated!

          1. CFC1990
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            So what? City's fixtures are incredible. Doesnt atter how many defenders from one team you have. If they get clean sheets that what matters

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

              I've just shipped Telles out for Dias. Ngl it's tempting to own both Cancelo & Dias.

              Hopefully it will work well!

              1. CFC1990
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                I think there are rotation risks to this but is Telles even going to be nailed on long-term?

                When City do occasionally bench those defenders you have some great options coming from the bench in Lamptey and Justin.

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

                  Agreed mate.

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

        Too much benched imo

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

          Not really sure about that mate.

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

        Will you do werner to vary next gw. I have similar team and Thats by plan anyway.

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

          Probably I will just stick with Werner.

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

        Best to have 4m gk backup and 1 def at 4m to keep that lose change. Also wheres your route back to Salah? All well and good making a team using those funds but if he's bsck next week for Brighton away, cant see any way you can get him back without multiple transfers. Or lose KdB or bruno, which also doesn't make much sense. He will punish sellers

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

        Everton owners in tears again

    • DannyDrinkVodka
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Excellent article, thank you. I plan on tripling-up on City from GW11 with one of KDB/Sterling, Foden, and Cancelo. Foden is being overlooked imho for City's plum fixtures, he will get some hauls.

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

        Jota a better option than Foden imo

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

        Dont think Foden is being overlooked as an Fpl option, he just isn't going to nail down a spot anytime soon. Not worth the benchings

    • sirmorbach
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Lads, what would y'all do here?

      Mendy
      Chilwell, Lamptey, KWP
      Bruno, James Rodríguez, Grealish, Salah*
      Kane, DCL, Bamford

      Should I play Harrison (ARS) instead of Salah or take a - 8? (Or WC even?)

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        you have 12 starters there ?

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

          Sorry? I have Dallas, Harrison and Mitchell on bench. My question is whether I should keep Salah and play Harrison or take a - 8 or even WC

          1. The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Play Harrison imo. Should have more info on when Salah is back.

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

              Appreciate it, mate!

          2. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            play these ?

            Mendy
            Chilwell, Lamptey, KWP
            Bruno, James Rodríguez, Grealish,
            Kane, DCL, Bamford

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

              Play 10 players? lol

              1. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                looks like 11 to me?

    • Tshelby
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      This is my wildcard, G2g?

      Martinez
      Dallas, Coufal, Chilwell*, Cancelo, KWP
      Ziyech, KdB, Grealish, Bruno, Soucek
      DCL, Watkins, Vardy

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

        Near on perfct team for upcoming games

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

        Prefer Werner over Vardy. Would consider Vardy + Soucek -> Brewster + Sterling if possible as well.

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

        Salah is old news now eh? Big Salah shaped hole

    • abhirup780
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Great article Pranil!
      I am convinced that my decision of dropping Salah for KDB till GW12 for doubling-up with Sterling may not be a bad idea.
      This will give me enough time to evaluate which City asset I will keep long term.

    • Olson
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Interesting article. I've watched City a few times this year. It did look like they were suffering without a striker for sure, common sense tells you anyone would. What does concern me though is that each time they just didn't really look 'on it' as a team. You think back to City at their peak and there is a real thrilling intensity to their game. That hasn't been there in what I've seen. There looks to be a lot of midfielders and full backs who are not in form at all, and KdB is just grafting away week in week out to make things happen. I think that getting a striker back is essential for them to progress, but I'm not convinced that is all that is wrong there. They just look a bit fatigued, a bit stagnant. I'm going to hold my Spurs players (even though I'm not optimistic) and watch how City play this coming weekend, because I'm not convinced

      1. abhirup780
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I was rewatching city games today and I feel like they are starting to get into the rhythm slowly. I feel they played really well in the pool game. City will surely get 80-90 goals this season.

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

          Yes it was definitely a solid performance. Thing is the goals come from all over the place and for their premiums to be value they really need to be scoring more goals (unlike united where bruno has a 66% involvement). I'm not convinced that fixture swing means they'll automatically start pumping 4-5 goals past teams.

          I guess it's one of those situations where I ask myself whether I'd feel happier watching and waiting then moving when I see them hauling (but missing that haul) or moving early and it backfiring, then wondering why on Earth I didn't heed all the warning signs. And I think I'm a lot happier with the former.

          Not only have they got to turn their form around, but they have to justify the transfer by outscoring whoever is taken out. Looking at City and asking whether I expect that they will haul AND Salah will blank and I am not confident

          It would be interesting to know whether people bringing in KdB and Sterling are doing so out of confidence or fear

          1. Nice to Finally Michu
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Im getting both and Cancelo and its 1000% out of confidence for me

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

            Kdb out of confidence. 6 assists in last 4 games, and he's looking better and better every week. Best pts per game (bar bruno) of anyone last season, over the whole season. City dont have to necessarily fire to justify Kdb in particular, he is like bruno to utd. Sterling on the other hand has looked off form, and is missing alot of kdb setup chances, which is frustrating, but when he hits a purple patch it is explosive. With burnley, Fulham and west brom at home to come, city will thrash one or all of those.

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

      Safe to sell Salah on WC or wait for now?

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

        Think I will

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

        I am waiting for now.

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

        Why not just wait? Don't think he will drop tonight. Are any of the players you can bring in if you sell him rising?

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

      Thanks LR, it’s going to be almost impossible to get the sterling/kdb double up for me and with that in mind Would you sooner double on Jesus and kdb or just hold kdb and opt for vardy instead

      1. abhirup780
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        How is Aguero's health?

        1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Cancelo and KDB

    • Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Have Bruno and KDB already.

      Who is the better 3rd attacker? Rashford or Sterling? 2m difference has to be taken into account too.

      Thank

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

        Sterling. United are so on and off.

        1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          I owned Rash in UCL FF for his hatrick

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

            Jota scored hattrick in UCL as well. Does that make him a better pick than Grealish because he is cheaper?

            1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Jota plays for Liverpool

              1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                And Grealish is not in the conversation

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

                  Not sure why you mentioned that Rashford scored a hattie in UCL though. Doesn't change that United are on and off this season.

    • sirmorbach
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Lads, here's the team:

      *Mendy*, 4.0
      Chilwell, Lamptey, KWP, Dallas, *Mitchell*
      Bruno, James Rodríguez, Grealish, *Salah*
      *Kane*, *DCL*, Bamford

      Should I WC to this:
      Mendy, Mitchell, Salah, Kane, DCL out / Martinez, Coufal, Ziyech, Vardy, Watkins in

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

        Why sell DCL before 3 brilliant fixtures?

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

          Wise. Thanks.

          Other than that, is this WC scenario? Or should I hold? (Can't take another hit, took one already)

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

            If you expect to play your WC in the next few GW's anyway, then you might as well do it now. If not, then just take a hit. Don't worry about already taking a hit. Loads of people will be forced to take hits. I might even do a -12 and I won't sweat it, as the players I bring in have brilliant fixtures going forward

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

              Thank you, sir!

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

      I don't understand why people even mention Jesus. The Jesus / Aguero rotation will come back to haunt you when Aguero is fit. The only MANC double up offensively that is reliable is Sterling + KDB. Sterling has not form yet. Not sure he is worth the extra output in a 3-5-2 compared to Werner in a 3-4-3

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

      Hoping Salah gets cleared now. I know its like 0.1% chance but it would be so sweet to punish those who transferred out

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

        Wouldn't mind him being ruled out for Leicester. Would reduce his ownership a lot.

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

          People will bring him back in GW12 when they face Fulham and United play City. Bruno will likely make way.

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

            Yes, but transfers are required!

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

            Bringing back could end up being harder than getting rid

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

              Not if you have a decent play. Everton's fixtures turn. DCL+ Bruno -> Bamford + Salah is in my plans. Haven't sold Salah yet though. Waiting for more information.

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

        I hope so as well. You are clearly a Liverpool fan! Nice to see that you finally came to your senses 😉

    • Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      So the Egyptian minister expects negative test on Thursday. Something's fishy in that statement

      1. HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Maybe he's in the minister's FPL team

    • Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Robbo, Salah, Wilson, Chilwell all flagged.
      0 FT
      And on the bench Mitchell red flagged and other two are fodders.
      Don't know what to do?

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

        Play WC