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Grealish the Fantasy focus as Aston Villa host Brighton

Jack Grealish (£7.6m) is by far the key Fantasy Premier League asset as Aston Villa host Brighton in Gameweek 9.

The midfielder is now selected by 40% of managers worldwide and commands ownership of 68.2% among those inside the top 10k.

Son Heung-min (£9.5m) is the only midfielder with more backing than that in the upper echelons of the game, although Grealish has been much more of a captain candidate than the South Korean this week.

7.1% of the top 10k put the armband on him as Brighton come to Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.

Ollie Watkins (£6.1m) is the chief partner for those looking at a double-up on Dean Smith’s attack, now owned by 9.2% of managers, while Ross Barkley (£6.0m) and John McGinn (£5.5m) remain on 4.4% and 2.3% ownership respectively.

Villa’s defence is still popular, with 27.7% invested in Emi Martínez (£4.8m) worldwide while 13.5% have Tyrone Mings (£5.3m).

For all the interest in Villa’s attack, Brighton are hardly on the fringes of the Fantasy picture with Mat Ryan (£4.5m) and Tariq Lamptey (£4.8m) both on 13% ownership as they turn out for the Seagulls’ defence today.

There is unlikely to be too many eyes on Graham Potter’s attack though, none of his midfielders or forwards owned by more than 5%.

Danny Welbeck (£5.5m) leads the line at Villa Park, with Adam Lallana (£6.2m) and Neal Maupay (£6.4m) operating as a two-man support act.

Aston Villa XI: Martínez; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Cash; Barkley, D Luiz, McGinn; Grealish, Watkins, Trézéguet.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI: Ryan; Dunk, Webster, White; March, Bissouma, Groß, Lamptey; Lallana, Maupay; Welbeck.

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1,338 Comments Post a Comment
  1. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Perfect goal for non-Villa defender owners

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Which is 1% of people here

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Glad to be part of the 1%

        1. Hattrick Harry
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Same no Villa boys

  2. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Typical that rival has Konsa and 8 have Grealish.

  3. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Up to 58mins, 3 goals, no CS, nothing from Grealish, Watkins, Lamptey, Maupay.

    Typical.

    1. Big_Bear
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I've got Barkley 🙁

      1. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Feel for you. Very unlucky.

      2. BeWater
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Welcome to the club.

    2. Steinburg FC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      how lucky was that finish! lol looked like it bobbled and hit both feet

    3. McSauce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Podence to Grealish for -4 was fully stupid.

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Barnes to Grealish -4 here

      2. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Taking hits like that during this kind of season is stupid, imo.

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Not really, will pay off over the next 3/4 weeks easily, chances are you want to spend your transfer this week on a city player.

    4. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Douglas Luiz banger incoming

    5. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      4 players in this game and no points, AMA

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        how do you feel

        1. Ha.
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Yes

    6. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      4 from 4 any good,?

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I have 1 from 2...

    7. norab
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Villa just aren't good enough today. So far.

    8. Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Almost a penalty. Is Lamptey on penalties maybe?

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Maupay

    9. Goodricke
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Benched Grealish for Bowen...then reconsidered. So...?

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Stupid imo benching Grealish at home against Brighton.

    10. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Yup, that's about right.
      Villa defence is trash.

    11. Chucky
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Cmon Ollie and Grealish grab some goals...

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Lamptey too

        1. Chucky
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          😛

    12. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Anyone else here sold Solly March for Grealish ? - for a hit

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Damn. Surprising you had March in the first place. The hit is just a sucker punch.

      2. Big_Bear
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I feel for you. This game can be annoying but try and remember those captain hattricks.

      3. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        No but I sold Welbeck for Watkins, for a hit

      4. badgerboy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Fudgy luck.

      5. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Thats unlucky, was a sound move at the time.

    13. Big_Bear
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      1.8ITB obvious transfer Barkley to Zaha. Will Mitrovic survive my team again?!?

      1. BeWater
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Nice to have some company with this one! Every week I look at my team and think how the hell is Mitro still there. Another headache with Barkley now.

          1. Big_Bear
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            I've actually had a look and if Antonio drops to 6.1m I could get him in for Mitrovic.

            It will be odd though if Mitrovic gets 8 points plus. I might convince myself there's more pressing issues.

            1. BeWater
                3 months, 17 days ago

                I'm thinking the exact same. Really want to get Antonio in if I can.

            2. Baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              -4 to help

        • DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I've a bad feeling Sterling will be benched.

          1. Daniel - WC Active
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            I am going Torres instead

          2. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Why would ge be benched?

          3. Orion
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Don’t do it man 🙁

          4. F4L
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            For Mahrez?

        • It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Come on, Grealish! Get me some points!

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Get us all some points!

        • Hect.OR 98th
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Bloody Maupay. Had him for weeks, always a more pressing transfer to make. He's earned me nothing but a 0.1 drop.

          1. Daniel - WC Active
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Sell him. I fell for the trap in FanTeam. Sold him asap

          2. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            I still have him too

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Jack needs to be more selfish as teammates cannot finish ffs.

        • Dr. Ante Pavlovic
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Villa are rubbish, really don't know weather or not should I bring Watkins now

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Bamford owners know

        • BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          4 players in the City Spurs game. Will make or break my season.

          1. Daniel - WC Active
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            KDB and Sterling?

            1. BenDavies
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              foden, cancelo, son and kane

          2. Big_Bear
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            I've got 3. Kane, Kane and Son 🙂

          3. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Make or break your season? Really??

            1. BenDavies
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              yep

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Ok then

        • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Need a Watkins G Grealish A badly

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Missed out earlier, hit the post

            1. Baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Or was it Ben White?

        • Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Is it a Grealish fail to those bringing him in this week (i.e me)?

          Not watching, just seen the score!

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Yes massively. Especially for those of us that sold Barnes.

            1. Daniel - WC Active
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              He usually delivers late in the game. Check previous games

          2. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            His xA + xG in this match must be pretty high. So been unlucky to blank so far.

            1. Baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Barkley has been more unlucky, don't complain for nothing 🙁

        • Hybrid.power
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          March second sub. Meh.

        • Daniel - WC Active
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Lamptey crossing not as good as Reese

        • afcblegend
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Don't worry lads. Brighton are brittle - give it 10 minutes and they'll implode. 3-2 Villa.

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Not today

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Think you could have a shout here

        • Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Maupay is the least likeable player in the Prem.

          Discuss.

          1. tsm
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Most arrrogant

          2. DA Minnion
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Useless too.

          3. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Nothing to discuss, its a fact

          4. In Bale We Trust
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            The Arsenal game has really emboldened him. He’s been at it every game since. Proper troll.

            1. Hulk Smash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Exactly

        • diesel001
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Bissouma YC

          1. Big_Bear
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            I weighed up Bissouma or Lascelles for a good 10 mins. Went Lascelles, looks like 1 point v 1 point. Lolz

        • Hattrick Harry
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          bissouma yc, luckily don’t have him

        • GOTHAM City F.C.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Sterling starts?