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

    Figuring out my last defender on a WC. Current defence is:
    Chilwell - Cancelo - X - Justin - Kilman

    A) Cresswell
    B) Coufal
    C) James
    D) Bellerin

    1. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Chelsea

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

        ?

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      A

    3. CFC1990
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      All of them are good mate. As said on the last page, I prefer James but go with who you think is best.

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

      A) attacking fullback that takes corners

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

        LCB that takes corner? Or am I missing something?

    5. PompeyUpNorth!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Cresswell

    6. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      B cracking value

    7. Hktrader88
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Why is everyone going for Coufal over Masuaku?

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

        More nailed and got two Baps in previous game

      2. Vazza
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Masuaku has a higher risk of being rotated if WHU change their formation to 4 at the back

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

      Does this sound like its worth a -8?

      Trent, Foden, Salah --> Cresswell, Bruno, Mane

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

        If Trent and Salah are out I would say yes

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

        No way. Salah out for one game max. Foden is in-and-out.

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

      Three flagged players. I know many of you have more, and I'm not complaining about it but, this is my current plan.

      Robertson + Bissouma out
      Creswell + Jota in -4

      Leaves me with a decent squad, with Salah and Chilwell on the bench, if they are both ruled out.

      Martinez
      Zouma Creswell Ayling
      Son Ziyech Grealish Jota
      Kane D(C)L Bamford

      (Steer Justin Salah* Chilwell*) 1FT 0.1M

      Possibly benching headaches, which I don't like to have. But it could be a good idea with the crazy amount of injuries right now?

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

        *0FT 0.0M with that team if I make those moves

    10. ShaunGoater123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Salah our tonight and then get back next week on wildcard?

      1. CFC1990
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Yeah could do

    11. Sir_Durs8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      As a 1 week punt before I WC in GW10, how does Salah > Auba(c) sound?

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

        Aubas stats are pretty awful

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

          Agreed. Crazily over priced - wouldn’t buy him at 11

      2. PompeyUpNorth!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Nah. There’s others better punts imo.

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

      Thanks for the article Lateriser. Food for thought. I am not as confident in doubling up on City offensively though. Having Salah, Sterling and KDB in one team gives you a very limited budget.

    13. C_G
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      RMWCT

      Martinez Steer

      Lamptey Zouma Chilwell Balbuena Kilman

      KDB Ziyech Soucek Grealish JRod

      DCL Vardy Kane

      1. CFC1990
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Yeah nothing wrong with it

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

        6

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

        No salah = utter madness

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

          In a season where we are seeing additional covid related problems i'm inclined to agree. You basically want to be tending to as few problems as possible and so if you can get your team down to an effective 10 by owning a season keeper like Salah then that's a good thing

        2. Nice to Finally Michu
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Sold him for Ziyech last weekend

    14. CFC1990
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Here is my latest WC draft.

      Yes, I do have some rotation risks in Cancelo and James but Kilman (who may get dropped himself!) and Ayling rotate very well so will always get someone with a decent fixture from the bench.

      Will work out Salah with 2 FTs in GW11-12 time hopefully.

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

      Button, Ayling, Kilman, Riedewald

      0.1m itb

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

        Not sold on the Vardy pick just yet. Everything else is template (= good) 🙂

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

          Why you are sold on with Vardy??

          1. CFC1990
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            He has a lot of his points from Penalties im guessing?

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

            Read the article

        2. CFC1990
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Yeah it is template. I think double Chelsea defence may be a bit different though;

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

        having 2FTs to bring salah in might be wishful thinking. Given the current climate I would be assuming a hit when weighing it up

        1. CFC1990
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Yeah probably is haha. I may not afford the planned route of Vardy to Bamford and Ziyech to Salah too as would be 0.1m off at present.

    15. arkom
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Martinez / Steer
      Chilwell / Cancelo / Cresswell / Justin / Kilman
      KDB / Bruno / Grealish / Ziyech / Zaha
      Vardy / DCL / Bamford

      1.2£ short for this WC-team. And I know, bench is maybe "too good". But who to downgrade and to whom?

      First thought is Zaha --> Soucek. Any better ideas guys?!

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

        Get a different 4.0m GK - You don't want Steer blocking a AV slot (just in case)
        Heaton has played some minutes for their U23 ... so even if Martinez gets injured / sick it is unlikely Steer would play

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

          TY!

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

        Vardy + Zaha -> Sterling + Brewster

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

        Zaha out for Soucek or even a 4.4m. 8 up top just gives a benching headache so I’d try to avoid! Would free up some cash for changes later too

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

          TY!

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

          This - my 8th attacker is my 3rd sub (currently have Poveda at 4.4)

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

        Also thinking about Cresswell to Coufal, and saving 0,6£. Is't worth it?!

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

        Or how about Vardy & Ziyech (CHE fixtures turns soon for the worse..) to Mane & Watkins?

    16. wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      What would you do here if Salah is out?
      McCarthy
      Pva/James/Targett
      Salah/Trossard/Son/Grealish
      Werner/Kane/Dcl

      Steer McCarthy/Douglas/Coufal
      1ft 1.3itb

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I would bench and play Coufal.

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

          cheers.Don't you think there could be a big profit in this gw from another midfielder?

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

      New tactic - only transfer in players who don’t play for their international team

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

        and avoid ones who have unmarried siblings

    18. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      If all goes well injury/ COVID-wise planning this attack starting GW10:

      Salah Sterling Bruno Son Ziyech
      DCL Bamford (Brewster)

      Heavy in mid is the way forward I think.

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

        Grealish will match Son's output for less cash I think. Would rather bolster the defence.

    19. Boss Hogg
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      a. Salah to KDB (-4)
      b. Play 4 at the back - Cancelo, PVA, Coufal, Zouma

      ???

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

        B

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

        Wait for more news.

    20. C_G
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      on WC what should I do?

      Martinez Steer

      Lamptey Zouma Chilwell Justin Kilman

      Salah Son Podence JRod Soucek

      DCL Kane Vardy

      0 ITB

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

      Chilwell update- back spasm seems to be issue due to travelling ( to Belgium?!) seems to have been issue so chance he may be ok for weekend hopefully

      https://twitter.com/Matt_Law_DT/status/1328396375609004035

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

        Sounds promising I reckon

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

          I think he will be ok.

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        It’s quicker to get to Brussels from London by train then it is to get to Newcastle. Bit worrying for the weekend.

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

        Isn't he going to aggravate his back even more when he travels back to the UK

        1. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          They sent Pulisic to drive him back, since he’s not busy

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

            Not Alonso?

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

        he should pack a lighter suitcase next time

        1. Boss Hogg
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          He needs one of those tiny ones with wheels on that are just about big enough for a spare pair of pants and a toothbrush. Like all the bellends on The Apprentice have.

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

        Those darn first class seats. Disgraceful.

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

        Thanks

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

        So a definite maybe, then

    22. ajk1211
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      People with both Kane and Son. What are your plans now with Spuds fixtures turning?

      1. Tsssst
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Might well need to get rid of at least one...

        Jose will have Kane defending ffs

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

        Prolly keeping Kane and selling Son. Will at least sell one of them.

      3. Boss Hogg
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Keeping Kane.
        With Kyle Walker on the pitch that’s at least one penalty surely?!

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

        Keeping for now - not the week to sell fit players

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

        Watch them v city and see how they go. Good opportunity to see City and see if they show signs that they might actually convert goals in their fixture swing. Roll a transfer and hold tight

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

          I think that was pretty clear vs Liverpool.

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

            It was an improvement but they do not look at their best as a team, at all. Handy there's another game before the swing

      6. Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Keeping both, fixtures are less of an indication this season. Son is going to explode in a few of those matches

    23. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      So McClean & Doherty positive with Covid, any one else ?

      1. Syd.
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I heard that Dorothy who works at the local laundrette tested positive

    24. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Is this a season when having a strong front 8 is preferable to squeezing out every penny on a front 7 with Brewster coming off the bench?

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

        I don't think so. Just have a couple of extra 4.5 defenders ready to come off your bench if you can. It's not like they're not allowed to come on for attackers.

    25. HellasLEAF
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Hold transfers until Friday night. We don't know enough about Salah/TAA right now and anyone could test positive before match.

      Tempted to swap out Salah on temp punt but not worth it. Best to ignore any team selection until late just switch off and you know, keep busy with work/family etc lol.

    26. Tony Martial
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Has to be Bruno (C)?

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

        At this rate, bro, who'll the other attackers be?

        Tony training separately with a back problem: https://twitter.com/mufcMPB/status/1328390610181648390?s=20

        Rash pulled out of the national team with a shoulder problem

        Greenwood and Cavani seem to be available, but neither is a left winger (Rash/Tony would have worked at LW with Cavani ST and Greenwood/Mata/James RW)

        So that's... 2 up top with wingbacks? But Telles is positive... Shaw's injured...

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

          They will all play. They fake injuries to go home. They don’t want to lose potential days with a WAG traveling to Andorra or Macedonia

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Can United break down a non attacking team? Not usually.

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

        I’m on Bruno too but might switch to Rashford if he is fit and I need a Salah placeholder.

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

        Kane

    27. Werner Bros
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Martinez Forster
      Chilwell Justin Lamptey Coufal KWP
      KDB Bruno Grealish XXX Bissouma
      Werner DCL Watkins

      On WC which one?
      A: Zaha
      B: Ziyech

      1. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I’d say not Zylch but purely as you already have double Chelsea and I don’t think their fixtures warrant a treble up.

        1. Werner Bros
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          In GW10 planning on doing Werner > Vardy

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

      Best 4.4 and under defender to sit in third bench slot?

      1. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Kilman probably but the fixtures are a bit crap and is he absolutely nailed ?

        For regular 2 pointers off the bench I’d look to one of the Newcastle defenders.

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

        Balbuena? Lowton?

    29. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Love articles like this, so insightful and provides food for thought, definitely one of the best written.

      Am definitely leaning towards 3 cheaper forwards and pack a power midfield.

    30. Hazardous1983
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Mccarthy (steer)
      Chilwell zouma taylor (mitchell )
      Salah podence son bruno (bissouma)
      Kane dcl wilson

      1.3m in bank

      1 ft no wildcard.
      What should i do

      1. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Not panic, wait until the pressers and make your transfer on Friday night based on the latest player availability.

        1. zotter
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          This. Relax. Everyone in same boat. Those who aren’t probably have a crap team 😀

    31. Mufc202020
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Who to keep long term and in what order!

      A) Vardy
      B) Rich
      C) DCL

      1. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        DCL and Rich have 3 decent fixtures but they turn for the worse after that so would have to say Vardy for the longer term.

    32. zotter
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Even my “deep” bench may not stretch this week!!

      Martinez
      Trent*. Chilwell*. Dallas
      Salah*. Son. Grealish. Rodriguez
      Brewster*. Werner. Dcl

      4.0. Klich. Lamptey. Kwp

      1.7 itb

      A. Roll the FT
      B. Trent to cancelo or Bellerin or Zouma? Or?
      C. Klich to Jota
      D. Son to Bruno
      E. A combo or something else?

      1. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        E - Wait until after the pressers on Friday and then ask again.

        1. zotter
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Very fair !

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

      This is my first year playing, so could be a dumb question but do players priced as high as kdb and sterling offer enough value over an easy run without captaining them even once?(I can only captain one).
      With sterling to someone like a grealish all my 4.5 defenders can become top 6 fullbacks(telles chilwell cancelo over the likes of lamptey coufol targett)

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

        I am on a wc. So replies with your views will be appreciated

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

        If City start dishing out some cricket scores like they normally do against this type of opposition, then yes.

        If this is just not their year and they don't start scoring big numbers again, then no.

        1. Boss Hogg
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          136-4?

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

            Would be season over for non-owners.

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

        Would just get one of KdB/Sterling

      4. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 3 days ago

        If you don't intend on captaining them at all there's definitely an argument against holding such a high priced asset. That said there doesn't seem to be a great deal of value in the backlines this year with everyone conceeding.

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

      So many flags, so little transfers

    35. abhirup780
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson leave the England squad to return to their clubs for treatment. Sterling expected to be fit for City on Saturday. Not sure on Henderson for Liverpool.
      @MirrorFootball

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

        Thanks, hopefully that means Brewster will be fit to start too, fingers crossed!

    36. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      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

      Choose one?

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

        A

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

        A