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

    With Chilwell a doubt I decided to go Digne for the next 3 fixtures on WC. Also I decided to get a 3.9 defender over Kilman to have a bit ITB. Only plan is Bruno to KDB in GW10 and that could change.
    Any input or changes you would make?

    Martinez

    Cancelo Digne Coufal

    Mane Bruno Ziyech Grealish

    Jesus DCL Watkins

    Forster Soucek Lamptey Bernardo

    1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Looks lovely. Can't fault that team.

      I'd still find a way to get Vardy in gw10. Maybe he's the one to get next GW instead of KDB, who knows

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

        Yeah those few fixtures are really good too for Vardy and I have no LEI. My plan of losing Bruno might not be the smartest either
        Something like Slitherene team below is a bit more balanced for nice fixture teams
        I will be triple City triple Villa and double Eve. That’s a lot of eggs in 3 baskets.

        1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Yep, losing Bruno might not be a smart thing. His immediate away fixtures look something that he can take advantage from.

          Know what, triple City might not be the way forward despite those fixtures. Their attack looks kak unlike previous seasons, maybe missing Silva spark or genuine striker. I might be wrong, but I think we could go without City attacker for now. Burnley in gw10 are no pushovers, and that Fulham keeper is doing a very decent job lately

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

            I think I am going triple ups etc as my rank is so bad / like 3mil OR bad. This WC is make or break for the season so need a few diffs and these triple ups to work. Will think some more on this and if it’s wise or not. Thanks for replies.

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

      I like this team.
      Just keep an eye on chilwell in case he is going to play then being him in over digne.

      Also regarding vardy....you can't own them all so don't worry.

    3. No Salah
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Prefer Vardy over Jesus on WC

      And prefer To keep Bruno and find other routes to KDB.

      Is Cancelo nailed? I’m pondering to get him.

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

        We can’t say for sure Cancelo is nailed. Lots are saying look at Vardy and find a way to hold Bruno. It’s definitely easier to get Vardy over Jesus for now than it is to find a way to hold Bruno.
        Maybe my disgust at the award of soft penalties every week is part of this, but maybe its like owning players from opposing teams - I need to put this aside to do better at FPL !!

  2. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Choose one WC option??

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

    A) Fodder + Grealish + Brewster
    B) Lewis + Berge + Watkins

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

      Probably A. The rest of the team is pretty nailed so I think it is worth the risk.
      Good luck with the PVA punt he has always done well for me over short spells of ownership - maybe I should do the same on WC 🙂

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

      A

    3. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      As someone with PVA and Soucek as his 4th midfielder, definitely A!

  3. Pommie22
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Guys can someone humour me please. Forgive any ignorance in advance.
      Owned Salah from day one... if I sell him now will I get 12.2? And when I buy back pay 12.3 if he only drops once. Many thanks and best regards to you all.

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

        That is correct.
        So really you are hoping for 2 drops so you are “even” on the deal.

      2. Gnu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        He's just dropped in price to 12.3 so you'll only get 12.1 for him now.
        If he drops again you'll still get 12.1.
        Buy back price is his current price (12.3) at the time of buy back.

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

        Salah current price is 12.3
        Salah on day one was 12.0, so if you sell him now you only get 12.1

        1. Pommie22
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Thanks guys appreciate that

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

        those who dont have james rodriguez, looking at him for coming week or not?

        1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          If only I have spade for him.

          Apparently not. Would prefer a punt on Rich alongside DCL

      5. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Getting a labrador pup in a few weeks, name suggestions for him welcomed.

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

          Will you have to teach him to arise rather than sit?
          Just “sit” would be good for the name.

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

            Sir not sit.

        2. POTATO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 6 days ago

          "Charlie" works for all genders

          1. POTATO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 6 days ago

            oops missed the "him" bit.

            1. POTATO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 6 days ago

              A reliable wolf - "Coady"
              (But definitely not Kilman - it might get misinterpreted)

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

          Trump

        4. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Labrazette

        5. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Giovanni van Bronckhorse

        6. fish&chips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Prince Valiant

        7. Weeb Kakashi
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Arlong

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

          Fella

        9. Lamplighters
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Jack

        10. lilmessipran
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          I have a couple of them who are named Neo and Anders ( Mr. Anderson from Matrix), depends on the gender of the pup really

        11. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Bruno

        12. Don Van Vliet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Galahad

        13. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Cheers, some serious contenders here. And he will most certainly be taught to Arise!

        14. Mortal.Swinbat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          TBC

        15. Wonderful Wizard Hazard
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Double-gameweek

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

          Lance

          1. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Jouster perhaps?

        17. Whiskerz
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Sir Woofington of Barkshire

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

          Wildcard

        19. POTATO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Vassal

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

          My two are Caesar and Alfonso

        21. Jordan.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          merlin

      6. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Could Bruno rise again before deadline?

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

          no chance

        2. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Don't think so

          1. Goodricke
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            When i saw Salah was out, he was the instant transfer. Got in early. 12m is a lot of money to sit on the bench and i fancy many others will go to Bruno after his haul last week. I have him as captain, and i suspect many other too.

            Salah 250,000 + transfers out
            Bruno 350,000+ tranfers in (second only to Ziyech for midfield).

            Salah still in 43.8% of teams. I fancy a mass exodus before the transfer deadline.

            1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Me too

            2. eireog1
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              why? he will miss one tough gw and then his fixtures are great. don't see a need to take him out

      7. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Current team:
        McCarthy, Nyland
        Zouma, Cancelo, Saiss, Walker-Peters, Justin
        Salah, Sterling, Son, Podence, Soucek
        Kane, Jimenez, Davis

        Thinking of activating WC to this. Yea or nay? Likely do this in gw10 if "nay."
        McCarthy, FORSTER
        Zouma, Cancelo, TARGETT, Walker-Peters, Justin
        Salah, DEBRUYNE, GREALISH, ZIYECH, Soucek
        JESUS, DCL, WATKINS

        1. Goodricke
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Salah out, Bruno has a few tasty fixtures.

      8. Manumana
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Anyone keeping Son & Kane for this GW ?

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

          I mean keep both of them

        2. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          o/

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

          Kane is fixture proof, and Son provides most of his assists. They may not romp through the next few weeks as they did at the start, but i have more confidence of them returning "something" than most others in the game. Son has had a rest due to Korea's covid restrictions, so expect him to be on top form.

        4. fish&chips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Wasn't planning to but might have to now with other fires emerging

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

            Yes this wot im now thinking & put fires out eslsewhere. Then re-assess next ge. Thanks

        5. El Fenomeno R9
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Keeping both this GW

        6. No Salah
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Yes, keeping both at least this GW.

          Have other injuries to sort out and it’s madness to get rid of son or Kane for a hit!

        7. eireog1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          im keeping salah son and kane. I have 1 free transfer also. I want to have 2 next week which will give me the options of bringing in 2 of deb sterling jesus mane

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

        I have this situation:

        Mendy
        Chilwell, Coufal, Targett
        Salah, Bruno(c), Ziyech, JRod, Grealish
        DCL, Kane

        Justin in for Mo from bench, Brewster second sub. I am already on a hit, brought Bruno for Son. Decided to roll on Salah and not transfer him out for another hit, don't see any midfielder options that can surely get some big points this week. What do you think?

        1. El Fenomeno R9
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Yes keep,did the same hope he plays vs Bri

        2. fish&chips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Based on how this season has gone so far zaha will probably score a hatrick

        3. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Soucek will

      10. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Better option for starting XI ?

        A) Rash + Bowen

        B) Bruno + Soucek/Brewster(rotation)

        1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          B

          I have Soucek Brewster but never intend to rotate them

          1. El Fenomeno R9
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Cheers,have A now if Rash dont show some form going for B

        2. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          B

          1. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            I am sure you can arrange some cash and upgrade Brewster

            1. El Fenomeno R9
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Very hard, 2.1 ITB and plan is Son > KDB but 11.4m.. so will go Mitchell to 3.9 to afford.
              Next move Rash + Bowen > Bruno + Soucek if i go with B

              Martinez
              Chilwell - Bellerin - Lamptey
              Salah - Son - Rashford(C) - Bowen - Grealish
              Kane - DCL

              Brewster - Ayling - Mitchell

              1. El Fenomeno R9
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Might go Rash > KDB and keep Son too.
                Hard schedule but Son maybe can match Rash

      11. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        If Chilwell is out, play Lamptey (avl) or Dallas (ARS)?

        Fwiw I'm playing Grealish and Barkley

        1. El Fenomeno R9
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Uff hard one,Dallas just

          1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Thinking that way. Not a fan of hedging bets

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

          Lamptey and not even close.

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

            btw to elaborate... CS odds are similar but Lamptey's attacking threat is so much more.

      12. Lukakus Unit
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Bought Salah at 12.2 and already swapped Son for Bruno.

        Is it worth taking a -4 to get a Salah replacement and possibly -0.1 in TV to get him back in later?

        1. Lukakus Unit
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Also have Chilwell, Mitchell, Robertson and Brewster possibly out.

        2. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          if you have a backup, not worth it.

        3. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Maybe not. Already dropped, so wait for Thursday news perhaps

      13. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Yes! Now I feel justified in looking to make the KDB+Sterling double up alongside Mane in GW10. Go big or go home.

      14. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Also, LR seems very confident on Cancelo. Surely worth the risk, even with fear of rotation.

        1. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Is this just a general statement, or are you talking to someone?

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Be kind, maybe he's lonely

            1. My heart goes Salalalalah
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              No, i thought he might not be aware if it was indeed a reply fail

              1. Inazuma X1
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                That's his thing, randomly talks to himself

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

            General statement!

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

          I think going for anyone that is a rotation risk at this point is a recipe for disaster. I'm already struggling to field an 11 this week after already using my 1 FT.

      15. Machine_Gunnerz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I've got one TIB and 5 flags with Chilwell, Rash, Wilson, Mitchell and Salah. I still have son and kane whom i wanted to ship out. WC already played. Have to wait for some postive news. Besides that, anything else i can do?

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          start planning

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

        If Liverpool don't win the PL this season then the FA should pay them compensation

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Did the FA create covid-19?

        2. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Or have a recount

        3. Wonderful Wizard Hazard
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Chelsea already won this season, BY A LOT!!

      17. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        What a great week to wildcard!

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          yep, easy to build a strong team

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

          yes. picking the remaining available players who have good run which maybe the same players everyone on WC has. Interesting weeks ahead...

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

          Disagree. How is it easy?

      18. Phil's Stamps
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        As Portugal play their last game tonight, safe (-ish, Corona lurking of course) to do Mitchel to Cancelo before the next price change time if he gets through unscathed? It'd be annoying to miss his price rise. Bench would be: Robertson Chillwell, Salah, no others flagged -yet (famous last words).

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

          Ignore prices, just wait and do it as late as possible

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

          Like they say, points over pounds!

        3. Phil's Stamps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Cheers.

      19. Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Salah price tumbling.. is there still a faint hope that he recovers? Or is he certainly going to miss at least 1 game ?

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

          If gets a negative result on a test he plays weekend I think

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

            Scenes if that happens

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

        SCENES when Salah starts at the weekend

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 5 days ago

          I’ll transfer you 100k if that happens

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

          Just said the same thing above before I saw this, awkward

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

            Haha!

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

        Best replacement for Salah & Maupay?

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

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

        1 FT 0.5 itb.

        1. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          B

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

          A

      22. THE KING CANTONA
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Do we have a COVID tracker available with list of players - Tested +ve and at risk (Involved in games with +ve players)?

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

          Track and trace

      23. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Went to bed and woke up to no new Covid-19 infected or injured player since the last one just before I slept

        Small miracles

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

          What a day to be alive

        2. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Go back to sleep please.

      24. FPL Kaka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        What would you say are the chances of each of these starting in Gw9?

        A) Chilwell
        B) Wilson
        C) Brewstet
        D) Salah
        E) Rashford

        And yes I own all of these

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

          0%

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

          A) 90% (apparently may even start tomorrow!)
          B) 25%
          C) 50%
          D) 1%
          E) 70%

        3. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Unfortunately we will only know on Friday.

        4. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Nil

      25. Garam MOSALAH
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Who will you have on WC ?

        A) Neco Williams
        B) Nathaniel Phillips
        C) Other; who ?

        1. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Targett

          1. Garam MOSALAH
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            At 4m or less

            1. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Forget that caper, get cheap 4.4 - 4.5 defenders who play regularly if you want to save money.

              1. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 5 days ago

                He wants a bench fodder mate, you’ve misfired twice now

        2. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 5 days ago

          I’m on Nat Phillips, think he will get some starts for sure

        3. Garam MOSALAH
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Thanks both

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

          I've had my eye on Branthwaite. Not got much to go on but he was mentioned on an Everton blog and thought he might get the occasional game. Bernardo seems to be in teams but not sure if he's likely to get a start

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

        How are your wildcards looking? I’m finding it difficult to activate it. So much uncertainty is putting me off big time.

        1. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Holding mine. Have a few flags but happy to wait it out. Also have a trade up my sleeve if it becomes necessary but hoping to carry it over.

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

            Exactly mate. I feel a WC will be extremely handy in a couple weeks. Also i think most are wildcarding to shift kane and son, when City home isn’t necessarily a bad fixture for them. I think WCers may be bitten by Spurs this week.

        2. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Fancy

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

        Building up to a really interesting GW this one isn't it. What are the battle lines emerging...

        Salah hold v Salah shift
        Spurs out v Hold/Scale down
        City in now v wait and watch
        Wildcard v No WC
        Budget frontline/Premium slot (i.e power midfield)

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

          All this uncertainty is the exact reason im not using my wildcard. So much can go wrong. Ill save and evaluate after this GW. Salah > Bruno (c) is done though.

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

            I think there is a good case to argue that wildcards are best played in times of certainty and when the player pool is at its fullest. Obviously the right time is personal to each manager, but I do think there's a real risk when you play it in the current week that you could end up with a short term team that is influenced by that uncertainty. City and Spurs are definitely playing into this decision also and both those are far from being confirmed from losing or gaining form.

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Unless you see City losing to the the relegation teams what’s the risk in bringing in City? Can’t go wrong with their talent and fixtures. Spurs on the other hand have a very low ceiling over the next 6 weeks

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

                Can't go wrong?

                They are premium players. They play for a team with numerous pointscorers. Even KdB isn't racking the kind of involvement that e.g Bruno is. For Sterling, Mahrez, Foden, Jesus, Kun and to a lesser extent KdB to be a worthwhile investment over several games city need to start pumping in the goals. There's a reason they can rack 100 goals a season and still all their players are not essential: goal involvement

                So no, I'm not suggesting at all that they will lose to relegation candidates. Just that given their struggle to replicate past seasons goalscoring, it is not given to be a magic points tree

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  The way I see it, if you sit back and evaluate you will miss the points and the boat will have sailed. If I see good fixtures I get them in before, I guess everyone plays differently

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

                    "The way I see it, if you sit back and evaluate you will miss the points"

                    It is a choice between two players. The one you own and the one you buy. Either one can be the wrong decision

                    I'm not saying city are the wrong decision. But I have no confidence they are the right one

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

                      I don't even have confidence who pep will play. Belgium play tomorrow. In 72 hours we could hear him talking about red zones and next thing you know it's head in hands time

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

              Losing Kane and Son on a wildcard is brave.

              1. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Not brave at all imo. Easiest decision for me on WC was removing them

          2. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 5 days ago

            What’s there to evaluate? We’ve already had 9 weeks to do that

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

              I don't understand what point you are arguing with.

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

                Yeah i don’t understand either. Spurs form, salah out for one gameweek, internationals, covid. There is plenty to evaluate in 7 days.

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  That can all be evaluated this week on a WC, and you won’t get much of an indication of Spurs form vs City imo

      28. cescpistols111
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Thoughts on Son + Wilson -> Bruno + Antonio/Bamford for a -4 hit? (1FT, 1.0M ITB)

        Current team is:
        Ryan Button
        Chilwell KWP Dallas Taylor Kilman
        Salah KDB Son Grealish Bissouma
        Werner DCL Wilson

      29. Offs!de
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Which pair will you choose on WC?
        a) Chilwell+Coufal/4.5
        b) Reece James+Dias

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          A

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

        Pick one?

        Cancelo
        Van Aanholt
        Chilwell
        Digne

        This week only!!