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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. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    I'm done with Foden

    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      I'm done with Sterling.

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 7 days ago

        I'm done with Barkley

  2. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Grealish not doing the business as soon as I bring him in!

  3. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Hope city lose this game

    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      Same . 3 nil.

  4. Babelcopter
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Why do I still own Foden? So frustrating

  5. Pumpy
    • 12 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    I've just come on to witness the Foden owners meltdown. 4th time. Like groundhog day isn't it . Let me guess " you are keeping because he will definitely start next gw".... and repeat

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      the persistence is incredible

    2. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      yes

    3. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      As I've said before, for a player Pep labelled 'the most talented' he has seen, Foden doesn't really play many games. So was Pep telling lies?

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 7 days ago

        He's not gonna say he's rubbish.

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 7 days ago

          He could just stay quiet. Or say he has a lot of work to do.

          1. Would Ed Woodward
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 7 days ago

            Would probably be a bit odd to stay completely silent if asked a question about a player, I'd like to see it though.

    4. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      That's me lol

    5. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      I don't think anyone expects him to be nailed to start the difficult games - I have happily benched him the last two
      If he doesn't play vs. Burnley and Fulham, that's an issue

      1. Pumpy
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 7 days ago

        The problem is Torres is actually better.

  6. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Next week will be good info for us Foden owners. Bench again and he's out.

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      like the past 4 weeks haven't been enough info lol... so stubborn

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      Jota is calling

  7. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Yes, Foden probably nailed to start vs. Burnley now! 🙂

    1. fr3d
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      No chance. He'll play mid-week

    2. Pumpy
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      😀

  8. MIGHTY JOE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Sterling owners in tears

    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      Sniffle sniffle

  9. Il Capitano
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Hoo boy, I really thought Sterling would start

  10. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 7 days ago

    What does Foden need to get to get a start? He's scoring every day, while players like Mahrez does nothing and keeps starting.

  11. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Lamptey is basically a mini Adama Traore

  12. dark91
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Very good game by Welbeck today

  13. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    PUKKI GOAL

    1. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      those were the days

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      Ban

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 7 days ago

        Why, he scored!!!

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 7 days ago

          Oh hahah

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 7 days ago

            Sorry

    3. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      Actually, he's right. Penalty

    4. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      From pen, who assisted?

  14. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Pep starting Mahrez and Bernardo over Foden. May be time to accept Pep does not rate Foden whatsoever.

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      Doubt []

  15. Arctic monkeys
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Sky is blue, Welbz is down

  16. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Sterling ffs. What a disaster pick he has been

    1. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      Also KDB price rise means I can't do a straight swap 🙁

  17. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Welcome to the roulette when Pep has 5 fit wingers: Torres, Sterling, Mahrez, Foden, Bilva

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      Easy for me. Just get their current best winger. Torres.

  18. DK_13
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    as a first time player i always wondered what people meant when they said pep roulette, yikesss

  19. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Lmao Maupay

  20. F4L
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Pep must really rate Torres, and you can see why. Easy switch for Foden owners.

  21. seewhyaxe
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Maybe it's time for Torres to nail that spot

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      Hoping

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 7 days ago

        He is their best player currently. I am getting him in

  22. bigwig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Problem for Foden and Sterling owners is they can't get rid if taking into account their next 2 fixtures

  23. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Guys, Grealish time is coming. He enjoys delivering late in the game

  24. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Sterling benched through injury, no?

    1. bigwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      He wouldn't be on the bench if he was injured

    2. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      Was injured for England so recovering still a bit I guess. That or Pep wants Mourinho to eat his words. Or this Torres guy might actually be better than Sterling, he keeps scoring for Spain at least.

  25. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Dat Guy down

  26. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    The benching means Sterling (c) could be a huge differential next GW

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      ‘Could’

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

      Yeah, will propeø you down the rank

    3. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      Good point. Rested and back with Aguero. Not expecting lots of goals in this match anyway; better to go big next week

    4. DK_13
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 7 days ago

      you might be the only one

  27. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Anyone sold Grealish for Jota I.e.?

  28. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Konsa first on my bench.... no way is he coming onto the pitch

  29. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 7 days ago

    Having a mare with Villa again, got in Grealish again despite all his blanks earlier in the season and for some reason sold Jimi for Watkins this week. What was I thinking!? Freed up money for Vardy next week at least

  30. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 7 days ago

    If Foden doesn't start when Sterling is out, he never will. Probably time to cut losses and move on.