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My Digne replacement and why I’m changing formation for FPL Gameweek 10

Gameweek 9 was an amazing Gameweek for me. After taking my first hit of the season, I managed to get a total of 88 points and a Gameweek rank around the 20K mark, which was one of my top ranks in a single Gameweek ever. 

Consequently, I got a massive green arrow that propelled me to inside the top 30K in the overall rankings with the Wildcard still available.

Out of my starting eleven, four players delivered a double-digit haul and only my two Aston Villa assets blanked. Even Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) managed to get seven points without a clean sheet or a penalty save so I could not be happier with my boys.

Even though I mentioned in my last article I was planning to keep Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) in my team, ultimately, I decided to sell the Liverpool star for Bruno Fernandes (£10.8m). There was plenty of doubt if Salah would miss one or two matches due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and it coupled with the appeal of captaining Fernandes against West Brom, made me change my mind.

And so, on Friday night, I decided to pull the trigger, bringing in the Portuguese maestro and trusting him with the armband. This decision worked pretty well after Fernandes scored yet another penalty and collected three bonus points in a tougher than expected home match for Manchester United.

Nevertheless, Salah could start at Brighton after playing against Atalanta on Wednesday night and we all know how he can punish his sellers in any given week. However, after Brighton, he plays against Wolves and both these opponents are well-organised teams. 

For this reason, I will take my chances without Salah for two Gameweeks, looking to probably bing him back in Gameweek 12, when Liverpool play against Fulham (possibly by using my Wildcard in that exact Gameweek).

Additionally, I needed a defender to replace the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.3m) and Lucas Digne (£6.2m) was the standout choice to me. Everton’s three immediate fixtures were excellent, his assist potential is only second to the Liverpool fullbacks and I thought he had good potential for clean sheets or attacking returns in the short term.

I was very happy to see him bombing forward even more than he usually does, playing as a left wing-back in a 3-4-3 formation against Fulham. This new system suited him perfectly and he delivered two assists in a crazy first half at Craven Cottage. Sadly, for Everton and for his fantasy owners like myself, he suffered an ankle ligament injury in training this week and will be out for the foreseeable future.

Gameweek 10 plans

How Kane, Son and De Bruyne fared in midst of FPL fixture swing

Looking at my team ahead of Gameweek 10, I am a little bit concerned about the fact that I don’t own any Manchester City players for their back-to-back home matches against Burnley and Fulham.

My initial plan was to get Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) in for Son Heung-min (£9.5m) but I find it hard to justify using a free transfer to sell such a reliable source of points, regardless of how bad Spurs’ schedule may be. 

I think Son was clearly underpriced by FPL this season, especially if we compare him with other heavy-hitters such as Raheem Sterling (£11.5m), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.6m) or even De Bruyne, who costs £2.1m million more than the Tottenham superstar right now.

Another thing we know about Son is that he is one of the most clinical finishers in the world and he doesn’t need many chances to score goals, as we saw in Gameweek 9 when he scored with the only real chance he had in the whole match.

And so, given Son’s price, form and overall career numbers, I decided I am going to keep him in my team for now. This way, I can use my transfers to improve weaker links in my squad, even if it means going without De Bruyne for their match against Burnley. I will re-assess this decision ahead of Gameweek 11 and if Guardiola’s team looks better attacking-wise than they have looked lately, I might decide to get him in by then.

CHANGING FORMATION

Even though 4-3-3 has been working pretty well for me so far, I think now is the time to finally switch formation and get back to the more conventional 3-4-3. There are several factors that clearly make me think this is the correct timing for a change:

  • 1) Two of the best defenders in the game (TAA and Digne) are injured for an unknown period of time;
  • 2) Clean sheet potential for good defensive teams such as Wolves, Tottenham and Burnley doesn’t look good in the short-term given their tough schedule;
  • 3) There is, finally, a cheap midfielder who I think will be able to compete with the best defenders in the game in terms of expected points and value.

With all these factors in mind and with £4.4 million available in the bank, I decided to bring Diogo Jota (£6.7m) in for Mario Lemina (£4.5m). The most recent Liverpool acquisition seems to have settled perfectly into Jurgen Klopp’s plans and, priced at £6.7 million, I don’t think he even needs to start every match to be worth every penny.

Since joining the Reds, his expected goals and assists per 90 minutes are pretty close to what Salah and Mane have been doing for years and, even if these excellent numbers decrease over a larger sample (which I doubt they will), I think he will have no problems justifying such a cheap price tag. To me, he is the clear front-runner for the award of best value player in the game this season and if he manages to nail a spot in Liverpool’s starting eleven, I think he will be pretty much an essential pick for every fantasy manager in the world.

With my free transfer locked in and, after taking no hits in the first eight Gameweeks of the season, I am now considering taking my second hit in a row to get rid of Digne for Rúben Dias (£5.5m). 

However, I am still debating if I should play Stuart Dallas (£4.5m) and sell Digne next week for free instead. Dallas played out of position against Arsenal last weekend and he was pretty close to scoring his second goal of the season while bombing forward the whole match. Unfortunately, Leeds travels to Goodison Park and Anfield next, which means the chances of him getting clean sheets anytime soon are very slim.

Manchester City’s defence, on the other hand, looks really good this season and I think Dias could be worth four extra points over Dallas in the sum of the next two Gameweeks. In fact, bookies give Manchester City a 55% chance of getting a clean sheet this week and he also offers a decent threat from set-pieces. 

If I decide to take a hit for Dias, I will be able to field a very strong defence with the Portuguese centre-back alongside Andrew Robertson (£7.1m) and Ben Chilwell (£6.0m). This will allow me to use my free transfers in midfield and attack in the next Gameweeks, which I think is really important.

Anyway, this will definitely be a late call for me and it’s possible I decide to just get Jota this week and hope that Marcelo Bielsa plays Dallas as a box-to-box midfielder again.

CAPTAINCY

Having made the decision of going without De Bruyne this week, I have no choice but to trust Fernandes with the armband yet again. Since joining Manchester United, he delivered more points away from home than at Old Trafford and I expect Southampton to play an attacking style of football (as they always do), which hopefully will benefit Fernandes’ potential for points.

FANS ARE BACK

Other than that, I was very pleased to know that half the Premier League’s clubs will be able to welcome back fans starting in Gameweek 11. For now, only 2,000 supporters will be allowed in the stands but, after almost six months of empty stadiums, it’s definitely a nice improvement.

That being said, I don’t think this change will have any impact on my FPL decisions. I don’t think there will be a huge advantage for the 10 teams allowed to have fans in their home matches and I will only consider this factor whenever there is a really close decision between two possible transfers I might be considering for my team.

Thanks for reading and good luck this week!

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1,060 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    How does this attacking 7 look?

    Salah, KDB, Ziyech, Jota, Grealish
    DCL, Vardy

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

      Going for the same on wildcard. Just trying to decide between Jota and Bamford

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

      Really good, but not worried about the in form Spurs duo at all?

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

        Had them, will get back to them after Christmas

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

    Son & Zaha >> KDB & Tielemans?

    Free transfers.

    Own Kane and Salah.

  3. Mr. O'Connell
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Jota gonna be one of those players whose price and ownership gets out of hand fast and I never end up owning as too stubborn. Same has happened with DCL as well.

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      The problem with Jota is that he isn't guaranteed to start, unlike DCL or Ings last season.

  4. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Best Man City MF and GW11 captain option to have out of

    KDB
    Sterling

    Any ideas would be welcomed

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I think KDB slightly more nailed and more consistent
      Sterling on the right day could score more though
      Would say KDB

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

      Sterling had a huge ppg at home vs non top 6 last season

    3. BeWater
        3 months, 2 days ago

        At the moment KDB.

    4. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Salah not on pens now with Milner on the pitch?

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

        Shhhhh

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

        Lololol

      3. Sean
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Very good question

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

        Salah took a pen against Midjylland when Milner was on the pitch.

        1. Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Ya mate. Just realised. So he keeps them then?

    5. karljkadak
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Martinez, McCarthy
      Robertson, Dallas, KWP, Semedo, Sakho
      Jota, Fernandes, Son, Ziyech, Barkley
      DCL, Kane, Brewster
      1FT, 0,2ITB

      GTG and save FT or tweak now?
      Sakho to Konsa?
      Ideally would ditch Brewster for Bamford/Watkins as well but that means taking a -4.

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

      GTG?

      McCarthy
      Justin, Chilwell, Bellerin
      Salah, Jota, Son, Ziyech, Rashford
      Vardy, Bamford

      Bench: Coufal, Kilman, Davis

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

        Rashford is a doubt if that bothers you at all, Coufal to come on looks fine though if he is out.

      2. Andriy Shevchenko is Back
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Feels like rashford has to go eventually but not urgent this week

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

          yeah looking to move him to Sterling or KDB next gameweek

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

      Repost from last page:

      Guaita
      James - Targett - Chilwell
      Sterling - Rashford - KDB - Grealish
      Bamford - Kane - Watkins

      Forster - Lamptey - Burke - Mitchell

      £0M ITB 1FT

      Was set on Kane to Vardy but now with doubts over Rashford is the better moves Kane > DCL & Rashford > Salah for a -4?

      Thanks!

      1. ted mcnure
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Those are good moves- I´d do it. Team looking good!

    8. Sean
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      If I wasn't bringing in KDB I'd captain Bamford over DCL/Fernandes/Kane this week

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

        Misses too many sitters

    9. Andriy Shevchenko is Back
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Repost

      Rate my wct pls. Suggestions welcome

      McCarthy Steer
      Chillwell Lamptey Killman Lewis Taylor
      Kdb Salah Bruno Jota Riedewald
      Dcl bamford Vardy

      Defence is bad but love the front 7

    10. dogtanion
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Anyone here bought Sterling for this week? Thought he looked sharp midweek and also will play more advanced than KDB . Seems like KDB is much more popular

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Ive had sterling for a few weeks now. In hindsight wish I’d chosen kdb

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

        Had him for a few weeks due to low ownership and playing catch up. Frustrating

    11. FirminoIsBetterThanYou
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      If you’ve got Kane would you do Son & Zaha -> Jota & Salah(C) for a hit, I can’t afford Salah without the other move?

    12. stu92
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Martinez
      Robbo - Zouma - Targett - Kilman
      Son - Bruno - Jrod
      Vardy - DCL - Adams
      (4.0 - Soucek - Barkley* - Lamptey*)

      A) Hold
      B) Jrod > KDB for 2 weeks, then switch to Salah (-4)
      C) Barkley > Jota (-4)
      D) Targett > Dias (-4)

      1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        a

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

      Pick 2 to play:

      a. Coufal
      b. Dallas
      c. Zouma
      d. Watkins

      ???

      1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        a, b

      2. Sean
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        c and d

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

        CD

      4. Rhodes your boat
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        B D

    14. ballsy_b
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 2 days ago

      A). Ziyech & Mane.. or
      B). Sterling & Jota (Would cost -4).

      Need to be brave and close down 50 odd points in ML.

      Current team is:
      Martinez
      Justin - Cancelo - PVA
      Mane - Ziyech - KDB - Bruno - Grealish
      DCL - Watkins
      (Foster - James - Neco Williams - Brewster)

      1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        A

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

          Tricky one.
          Jota more explosive at the moment.
          Sterling could haul big next few weeks.
          Mane could be rested. High risk high reward.
          Think I’ll be going with Jota and Sterling

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

        B

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

        I would also do B. Interested in why you have no Spurs. I’m already getting in Jota (taking out Foden) but it would need me to transfer out Son to get Sterling. Can’t quite bring myself to do it!

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

      Great article, thanks!

    16. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      DCL or Bruno for the armband this week?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Bruno between these 2

    17. Klip Klopp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Can I get some advice on my team for this week please:

      Martinez
      Targett / Coufal / Zouma
      Fernandes / Ziyech / Grealish / Son / James Rodriguez
      DCL / Kane

      Bench: Steele, Kilman, Brewster, Dunne

      1FT and 2.7 itb

      A. James Rodriguez --> Jota
      B. Kane --> Vardy
      C. A defender to Cancelo?
      D. Any other suggestions

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

      Martinez Forster
      Semedo Lamptey Justin KWP Zouma
      Grealish Rashford Foden Son Bissouma
      Vardy DCL Wilson

      3.7M in bank.
      Going to do Foden to Jota. Is it worth doing Semedo to Dias for a hit?

    19. Tabbara
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Hi, which option is better
      A: Pulisic and Jiminez to Vardy and Jota (-4)
      B: Pulisic and Jiminez to Salah and Bamford (-4)
      Thx

      1. BigKeith
          3 months, 2 days ago

          I have B but I think the general consensus will be A especially for this week

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

        Huge news that Ings might be back next week.

        No way of getting him in though...

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Ohmygod yes. My boy is coming backkk

      3. Rhodes your boat
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Bring in kwp or Dallas?

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

          Kwp seems to rotate nicely with my other defenders.
          But he's on 3 yellows so..

          1. Rhodes your boat
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Is it 5 yellows for a ban?

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

              Yes until maybe gw18?

              1. Rhodes your boat
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Interesting that’s something to bear in mind, would you still go kwp over Dallas? Rest of defence is chilwell lamptey Mitchell

                1. Rhodes your boat
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 2 days ago

                  And balbuena

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

        Hamez Reguilon to Sterling Cancelo -4? I see it as -4 over two weeks for two players with great fixtures.
        Would (c) Sterling next week.
        Can't afford KDB.

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

          Scenes when Mendy starts over Cancelo in next game or 2

      5. 7shadesofsmoke
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        How nailed is Cancelo for city?

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

          Less so now Mendy is back

        2. Andriy Shevchenko is Back
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Not very with Mendy back

        3. 7shadesofsmoke
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Cheers Chico’s XX

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

        The recent article in the Athletic on Magnus Carlsen and FPL is a nice one.

      7. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Any chance of Mitchell starting this week?

        1. Andriy Shevchenko is Back
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Very unlikely.

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          low.

      8. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Zaha, Maupay & Kane -> KDB, Bamford, Wilson -8?

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

          No from me.

      9. Abra Dubravka
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        A) Salah(c), Jota, Jimenez? (Can afford City players next week)

        B) Salah, Soucek, Vardy(c) (costs -4) more hits needed for City in GW11.

      10. Sturridge Wars
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Which one?

        A) Werner
        B) Vardy

        1. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          B

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

          B for few GWs.

          Once CHE elite midfield is fully fit and going, switch to Werner.

      11. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Sterling or De Bruyne?

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

          Shield or sword is the answer

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

            Exactly my thoughts.

            Everyone going for KDB, so safe call. But Sterling can be so explosive, we just haven’t seen it this season.

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

          KDB

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

          I got KDB but would say Sterling