Frisking the Fixtures

How much rest will Premier League teams get over Christmas this season?

Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City have the most gruelling festive fixture schedule in the Premier League this season.

That’s because the three clubs are set for a higher frequency of shorter rest times between matches compared to the rest of the division.

Now the Premier League has revealed the December television schedule, we can analyse the gaps between each Gameweek in more detail.

That includes measuring the distance between each team’s fixtures, so we can assess who will be the most and least likely to rotate during the Christmas rush.

Site regular and moderator Legomané has put together the FPL Matrix to visualise this information and help with our winter planning, which you can see below.

In order to assess the FPL implications of these fixtures, we have created three festive categories in which to place the teams.

  • The Ebenezer Scrooge category: Teams with the shortest rest periods and those working the most over Christmas. Bah humbug.
  • The John McClane category: Teams with medium rest periods. Things are quite balanced here. Yes, their situation is not ideal but, deep down, they put on a brave face and enjoy the relentless destruction for what it is.
  • The Buddy the Elf category: Teams with the longest rest periods, those who treat every day like it’s Christmas and stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.

Accordingly, this article starts with assets to be wary of in terms of rotation, before finishing with the more reliable starters.

THE SCROOGES

Arsenal

Arsenal: RAP | tot | dun | BUR | SOU | eve | MCI | CHE | bha

No team will suffer a harder test than Arsenal during the Christmas period as they face no fewer than nine fixtures between December 1 and December 29.

It is the Thursday nights that will haunt the Gunners like the Marley brothers, as it means they face rest periods of just two days on SIX occasions.

Every team will have tough turnarounds between Gameweeks 12 and 14 but Mikel Arteta’s men don’t get much time to prepare for the Christmas Past or Christmas Yet to Come either side of that run.

There are just two days between a trip to Dundalk on December and a hosting Burnley the following Sunday.

And just two days after travelling to Everton on December 19, Arsenal host Manchester City in the EFL Cup quarter-final.

Thankfully, Arteta’s men are playing so poorly at both ends of the pitch that whatever rotation comes their way, it should not affect our Fantasy teams too much.

Tottenham Hotspur

The FPL impact of Reguilón's benching on Kane and Son

Spurs: las | ARS | ANT | cry | liv | LEI | stk | wol | FUL

While our love is gone for the Gunners, Fantasy managers still hold a torch for Harry Kane (£10.9m) and Son Heung-min (£9.5m).

They have been dealt a similar deal to Arsenal, and we can expect Spurs to be working harder than a young Ebenezer Scrooge during Fozziwig’s rubber chicken factory Christmas party.

Their festive schedule is also chained up with Thursday-night commitments, making for five different occasions where Jose Mourinho will have just two days to prepare for the next game.

While Kane and Son are usually relatively rotation proof for the Premier League matches, assets such as Sergio Reguilón (£5.6m) and Gareth Bale (£9.5m) might be the main assets at risk.

But the Premier League games Spurs must play are challenging indeed, sitting third-bottom on the Season Ticker between Gameweeks 11 and 15.

Manchester United

Man United: PSG | whu | lpz | MCI | shu | LEE | eve | lei | WOL

The beginning and end of Manchester United’s Christmas journey looks the most difficult, as they face two-day rests between facing PSG, West Ham and Leipzig.

Then between Gameweek 13 and 16, it’s another gruelling run of two-day gaps between Sheffield United, Leeds, Everton, Leicester and Wolves.

In total, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men face six two-day gaps during this period which could seriously test Bruno Fernandes‘ (£10.9m) run of starts.

The presence of Donny van de Beek (£6.7m) may become more important during this run, while Edinson Cavani (£8.0m) and Anthony Martial (£8.7m) are sure to split centre-forward duties too.

With a few stand-in options on the flanks, Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) may even find himself deployed up-front in order to rest Cavani and Martial.

Manchester City

Man City: por | FUL | MAR | mun | WBA | sou | ars | NEW | eve

Pep Guardiola is unlikely to have much sympathy for Fantasy managers trying to guess his Christmas team selections. 

‘Are there no poor houses?’ he’ll ask nonchalantly, upon watching the FPL community descend into decay at yet further benching for Raheem Sterling (£11.4m).

At no stage during the festive run will Manchester City get more than three days to rest ahead of a game and, while they get fewer two-day gaps than their city rivals (three), they must contend with just one day between the Gameweek 15 home clash with Newcastle and the Gameweek 16 trip to Everton.

Looking at their schedule is like staring into the formless face of the ghost of Christmas Yet to Come for owners of João Cancelo (£5.6m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.3m).

Considering Manchester City rotate considerably anyway, their hectic schedule is sure to place more emphasis on the Bob Cratchetts in their team, reliable starters such as Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m) and Rúben Dias (£5.6m). 

After all, the Citizens are top of the Season Ticker between Gameweeks 11 and 16.

Leicester City

Leicester: zor | shu | AEK | BHA | EVE | tot | MUN | cry

Leicester are another team who follow up three two-day gaps with a one-day rest period between Gameweeks 15 and 16.

They face Manchester United (home) and Crystal Palace (away) in those matches, a run in which it would be hard to predict two starts for the veteran Jamie Vardy (£10.2m).

It is the European fixtures that put the spanner into the works for the Foxes, although considering Vardy appears to be the only one trusted with hefty ownership right now, the knock-on effect may only be on Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) owners, who have already felt the effects of Christmas rotation in Gameweek 10.

More than ever, Brendan Rodgers could do with having Tiny Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) back fit to help the cause.

Chelsea

Wasteful Werner shows promising signs for FPL owners

Chelsea: sev | LEE | KRA | eve | wol | WHU | ars | AVL

It’s the start of December that looks the most challenging for Chelsea as they face three two-day rests and one three-day turnaround between their Champions League trip to Sevilla and a Gameweek 13 trip to Wolves.

Then they get five days and four days sandwiched between Gameweeks 13, 14 and 15 thanks to their elimination from the EFL Cup – but then it’s just one day in the middle of facing Arsenal (away) and Aston Villa (home).

Christian Pulisic (£8.2m) is back in the fold now so Timo Werner‘s (£9.5m) minutes could be managed while Olivier Giroud (£6.7m) is sure to surface to provide rest for Tammy Abraham (£7.2m)

Frank Lampard certainly has the option to rotate Reece James (£5.1m) and Ben Chilwell (£6.2m) if he so chooses, while even Kurt Zouma (£5.5m) and Thiago Silva (£5.5m) have dropped in and out of the side this year. 

Considering Chelsea sit rather uninspiringly in the middle of the Season Ticker between Gameweeks 11 and 16, there might only be one more sleep until Fantasy managers start dismantling their triple-ups.

Liverpool

Liverpool: AJX | WOL | mid | ful | TOT | cry | WBA | new

Liverpool squeeze their way into football’s version of the Christmas Carol, making a Beaker-esque cameo appearance.

That’s mainly because of the sheer number of fixtures they face. Unlike many others in this category, they have a five-day wait between fixtures against Crystal Palace (away) and West Bromwich Albion (home) in Gameweeks 14 and 15 respectively and there are four days between a Tuesday meeting with Ajax and Wolves’ Gameweek 11 trip to Anfield.

However, there’s still a lot on Liverpool’s plate across the whole period, their eight fixtures only eclipsed by the north London and Manchester clubs. And, of course, the injuries continue to pile up at Anfield.

THE MCCLANES

Everton and Newcastle

Does early FPL team news really provide an advantage?

Everton: bur | CHE | lei | ARS | MUN | shu | MCI

Newcastle: avl | WBA | lee | FUL | brt | mci | LIV

Everton and Newcastle’s involvement in the EFL Cup is the reason for their rather middling schedule. The two clubs might think twice about scaling such a tall building (in this case, a cup-run) again at this rate.

They each have two two-day gaps while Everton have just one day between Sheffield United (away) and Manchester City (home). While the former looks a nice fixture, will Carlo Ancelotti want to waste his best team on that with Guardiola’s men to come? All things equal, they’d probably rather be in Philadelphia.

As for difficulty, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.9m) owners might want to consider using the emergency channel – provided it doesn’t sound like they’re ordering a pizza. Across Everton face Chelsea (home), Leicester (away), Arsenal (home) and Manchester City (home) between Gameweeks 12 and 16, putting them fourth-bottom of the Season Ticker for December. 

Meanwhile, the Magpies can probably enjoy a trip to the coast, get together and have a few laughs. Despite the turnaround of that Cup tie, they still face West Bromwich Albion, Leeds and Fulham between Gameweeks 12 and 14, favourable fixtures indeed.

Palace and Southampton

Crystal Palace: wba | TOT | whu | LIV | avl | LEI

Southampton: bha | SHU | ars | MCI | ful | WHU

Southampton and Crystal Palace might feel like they’ve been invited to a Christmas party by mistake this year.

Their gaps at the start and the end of the month are relatively favourable but in the middle of December resembles crawling through the vents of a terrorist-infested skyscraper.

Two days after hosting Southampton, Che Adams (£5.9m) and Alex McCarthy (£4.6m) will visit Arsenal and two days after that Manchester City visit the Etihad Stadium. 

The fact that the Saints’ goalkeeper has played a starring role in recent weeks could be exceptionally pertinent over Christmas with tough fixtures and rotation threat.

Meanwhile, Gameweeks 12 to 14 pit Crystal Palace against Spurs (home), West Ham (away) and Liverpool (home), each fixture two days from the last.

Provided Wilfried Zaha (£7.3m) is back to his best at that point, he could be the only outfield player likely to feature significantly as Roy Hodgson has options to cover central midfield, the wingers and most positions in the back-four.

Brighton and Burnley

Brighton: SOU | lei | ful | SHU | whu | ARS

Burnley: EVE | ars | avl | WOL | lee SHU

Brighton and Burnley have similar rest periods during December, each facing just one day between Gameweeks 15 and 16 while they are both afforded two five-day gaps between fixtures earlier in the month.

However, the Seagulls have a better deal when it comes to the difficulty of these fixtures, a Gameweek 12 trip to Leicester the only fly in the ointment.

They face Fulham, Sheffield United and West Ham between Gameweeks 12 and 14 and, based on his eye test and an injury to Neal Maupay (£6.3m), we could be saying “welcome to the party, pal” to Danny Welbeck (£5.5m).

Burnley have hardly inspired Fantasy ownership in a big way this season so festive meetings with Arsenal (away), Aston Villa (away) and Wolves (home) are unlikely to change that any time soon.

Fulham and Sheffield United

Fulham: mci | LIV | BHA | new | SOU | tot

Sheff Utd: LEI | sou | MUN | bha | EVE | bur

Fulham and Sheffield United were close to trading Nakatomi Plaza for the north pole with their relatively kind rest periods on offer.

However, it looks as if they’re stuck with Argyle for a chauffeur as their tough fixtures keep them in the world of Die Hard in December.

Fulham, who have an eight-day gap between Gameweeks 11 and 12 must also endure meetings with Manchester City (away) and Liverpool (home) respectively while the Blades face Leicester, Southampton, Manchester United and Everton.

THE BUDDIES

West Ham United

West Ham: MUN | lee | CRY | che | BHA | sou

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud about West Ham’s festive schedule for all to hear.

No Premier League team can offer as much rest as the Hammers this December, afforded two five-day rest periods and two four-day gaps to boot.

If Michail Antonio (£6.2m) can regain his full fitness soon, he looks as nailed-on as any asset during Christmas while defensive options such as Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m), Vladimir Coufal (£4.6m) and Aaron Cresswell (£5.2m) will bring comfort to their owners based on this run.

The fixtures themselves are a little mixed, especially when going up against Manchester United (Gameweek 11) and Chelsea (Gameweek 14).

However, facing Leeds (away), Crystal Palace (home), Brighton (home) and Southampton (away) could be as fun as pelting teenage kids with snowballs in Central Park.

Leeds United

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Leeds: che | WHU | NEW | mun | BUR | wba

Leeds certainly weren’t on the naughty list this year as their Christmas looks as tasty as the world’s best cup of coffee.

Two five-day gaps, one four-day and one three-day rest period is helpful enough, before we consider how dedicated Marcelo Bielsa is to his first-team players.

While the formations and shapes often fluctuate at Leeds, their manager rarely makes changes to the personnel involved, if he can help it.

Kalvin Phillips‘ (£4.9m) return from injury has boosted the defensive potential of Illan Meslier (£4.5m), Stuart Dallas (£4.5m) and Luke Ayling (£4.5m) while Patrick Bamford‘s (£6.1m) league form surely make a benching unlikely during the festivities.

Wolves

Wolves: liv | AVL | CHE | bur | TOT | mun

Wolves have the honour of being the only Premier League team afforded THREE periods of five-day resting this year.

That certainly goes a long way to boosting the likes of Pedro Neto (£5.6m) and Max Kilman (£4.3m), provided the latter can reclaim his place.

But, son of a nutcracker, do the fixtures themselves look difficult. To say the run itself is kind to Nuno Espirito Santo’s men would be to sit on a throne of lies.

Between Gameweeks 11 and 16, Wolves sit bottom of the Season Ticker, as they face Liverpool (away), Chelsea (home), Spurs (home) and Manchester United (away).

Aston Villa

Aston Villa: NEW* | wol | BUR | wba | CRY | che

Following the postponement of Aston Villa’s Gameweek 11 meeting with Newcastle, there is a lot up in the air about their Christmas schedule.

On the surface, it looks promising, even if they were to face the Magpies at the back-end of Gameweek 11. The Villains would still be handed one five-day rest period and another lasting four days.

Although, until things are confirmed, I would feel like a cotton-headed ninny muggins by handing out too much Villa advice.

Either way, Jack Grealish (£7.7m) is an immovable object in the Villa team at the best of times so his place in our teams looks relatively locked in for Christmas.

Ollie Watkins (£6.1m) has not faced much competition for his place this season but, as the fixtures take their toll on squad fitness, Dean Smith could be tempted to use the recovering Keinan Davis (£4.3m) or Wesley (£6.0m) if they can get in time.

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom: CRY | new | mci | AVL | liv | LEE

Two five-day rest period and one four-day is a relatively sweet deal for West Bromwich Albion.

However, the task that awaits the Baggies is akin to convincing a hard-nosed New York book publisher that an elf-like man-child is his son.

The Baggies sit second-bottom on the Season Ticker during this period, as they face Manchester City and Liverpool between Gameweeks 13 and 15, as well as a derby encounter with Aston Villa in between.

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1,662 Comments Post a Comment
  1. THE KING CANTONA
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Which is a better option for just GW11?

    1) Mahrez Welbeck Webster
    2) Jota Adams Dias
    3) Jota Welbeck Mendy

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Will you captain Mahrez if you go with the first option?

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      2

    3. West End Exile
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 18 days ago

      2

  2. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Areola
    PVA Lamptey KWP Dallas
    Salah KDB(C) Rashford Ziyech
    Richarlison

    Watkins Wilson Stephens 3.9

    2.5 ITB. 0 FT

    Any suggestions for a hit? Rashford injured.

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Rashford to Bruno seems the obvious move.

      1. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        How about Rashford> Mahrez.
        Then Ziyech> Bruno after 2 weeks.

        Cant see Bruno getting much against West ham and City. After that definitely yes.

        1. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          That could work, too. Although I wouldn’t bet on Bruno not doing something away at West Ham after seeing how vulnerable they looked against Villa

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Rub Areola out of that team

    3. noquarternt
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Rashford is alright isn't he? OGS said he should be fit for West Ham? (Don't quote me, I also own him)

  3. Hazardous1983
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Start taylor or bissouma in place of watkins

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Taylor

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Biss

      1. Sloane426
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Taylor obviously

    3. West End Exile
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Taylor

  4. Hazardous1983
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    capt kdb salah bruno dcl or vardy

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      KDB

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Kdb or vardy

  5. LloristheHounds
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    A) Bruno + soucek
    Or
    B) ziyech + James/jota
    ??

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      A

  6. Bruno Commando
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Have 1 FT and would like to replace Jimi. Have a budget of 8.4. Originally wanted Wilson but not possible now.

    1) Bamford
    2) Adams
    3) Cavani
    4) Abraham

    1. Esalman
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      4

    2. BremerHB
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      1

    3. Bobby's Teeth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      1

    4. De Gea is GOAT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Abraham could be a decent differential this week

  7. mdm
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Which option seems better:

    A. Hamez -> Mahrez
    B. Hamez, Kane -> KDB, Antonio/Bamford (-4)
    C. save

    Thanks.

    1. Esalman
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      C

    2. Bobby's Teeth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      B

  8. pjanns
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    For the defence, who to choose?

    A. KWP
    B. Coufal
    C. Konsa

    Rest of the defence is Taylor, Chilwell, Justin and Mendy in goal.

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Well, Konsa isn’t playing this week, Coufal faces United, so KWP looks the best bet for a clean sheet.

    2. BremerHB
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      KWP probably.

    3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      KWP this week, Coufal for the run

  9. The 12th Man
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Roll the FT and play 10?

    Martinez
    Chilwell,Bellerin,Dias
    KDB(c), Fernandes,Ziyech,Jota
    DCL,Vardy,Bamford

    Steer,Ayling,Grealish,Ferguson

    Then next week for Free . Ziyech,Vardy >> Salah,Adams..

    1. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Defo.

      I'm looking at Ings instead of Adams, of he comes back looking hot

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Will be the first week of the season I haven’t made a transfer. In fact since gw 2 I’ve gone -4,-4,-8,-4,-4,-4,-24,-4. Lol crazy.

      2. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Yeh Ings a good option. I’d have to drop Bruno or KDB for Salah to afford him. Thinking 3 cheap strikers with Salah, KDB,Bruno and stick with them.

    2. BremerHB
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Looks good to me.

    3. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Very nice team. Roll with 10.

    4. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Sell Steer for a starting keeper that rotates with Martinez (when their fixtures turn, McCarthy probably) now to free up a Villa spot for the doubles.

      Take a -4 next week and consider it as the -4 cost of the 3 moves, with the keeper this week hopefully covering it in part

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        No money in the bank to do that otherwise I might have.

      2. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        So would have to be a -4,-4 .

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          ah, not sure what your other transfer would be in that case but you will no doubt want to free up that extra Villa spot at some time so maybe yes a -4 is worth it now - it’s a good week to take a hit to shuffle the pack

          1. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            It would probably be Bellerin > Lamptey or Vestergard.

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Brighton have a decent run of fixtures so why not, a 0-0 in the south cost derby with a -4 for McCarthy & Lamptey and you will be get a mention on the Rough with the Smooth 😉

              1. The 12th Man
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 18 days ago

                Are Villas doubles after the second WC becomes available?
                This could make me hold.

                1. Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  we don’t know but it could be squeezed into a free midweek somewhere because Villa have 2 games to reschedule even without the traditional FA Cup & other Cup blanks ... tough choice but a good week to bury a hit

    5. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      I would yes and good plan

  10. BremerHB
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Morning all. Thoughts on these two options?

    A) Vardy, Ziyech, Lamptey -> Bamford, KDB (C), James (-4)

    B) Kane, Ziyech, Lamptey -> Bamford, KDB (C), James (-4)

    Or forget James this week and do one of the above for free?

    1. La vida FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Lamptey +4 should in theory outscore James this week

      1. BremerHB
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        You’re probably right there. Was looking longterm with that move, going into double CHE defence.

        Next week is going to be occupied with brining Salah in so a hit or two.

        Maybe it’s one I’ll have to just postpone...

    2. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Brighton have a reasonable chance of keeping a cleansheet against Saints, so forget James this week. However, I wouldn’t want to lose either Kane or Vardy this week. Who would you captain if you don’t buy KDB?

      1. BremerHB
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        The only other option to bring him in would be losing Son & Ziyech to KDB & 6.4 whilst keeping Kane and Vardy.

        Would probably captain Bruno.

        1. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Hmm. Are there any worthy 6.4 mids? Raphinha maybe?

          Tbh, I would rather lose Son and Ziyech than either Kane or Vardy and Ziyech. Pens is an obvious consideration as well as Vardy’s away record this season and Kane’s record against Arsenal. All are risky moves but which could pay off with KDB (c)

          1. BremerHB
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            It’s the first season for me where you really can’t have ALL the big hitters. Very interesting having to make these choices!

            As for 6.4 mids.. Raphina, Bowen & Neto spring to mind. They would probably be moved on next week anyway for Salah and they don’t have particularly enticing fixtures for just a one week punt.

            Kane is actually a differential in my ML too, which makes it more interesting. Assuming he will start after Mourinhos comments.

            Very conflicted!

            1. Rasping Drive
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Yes, a right mindfeck! Good luck with whatever you choose!

              1. BremerHB
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 18 days ago

                Good luck to you, too!

    3. Bobby's Teeth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Thinking about the next 3 matches, I will probably do B, but will forget James. Brighton have a good fixture and Lamptey is a beast.

      Having said that and having dropped Kane to accommodate KdB myself, I am still not 100% sure on dropping Kane. His record in the derby is immaculate.

      1. BremerHB
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Cheers. Consensus seems to be forget James this week. Seems sensible.

        Yep, I was actually edging towards taking Vardy out for KDB this week instead of Kane.

        However I do have Son, so maybe that’s enough for the NLD.

        Also being an Arsenal fan there’s a certain emotional response coming into play too..!

        1. Bobby's Teeth
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Since you have Son, then I am even more convinced with this move.

          On top of it, since you are an Arsenal fan, keeping two Spurs boys would be a tad tough anyway 🙂 I still haven't got Bruno in because of this conflict and hoping that he stops scoring 😉

          Cheers mate, hit that transfer button.

          1. BremerHB
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            It’s funny how that emotional aspect can sometimes really stunt your FPL progress!

            Will wait for the last pressers and then probably go ahead with the Kane, Ziyech to KDB, Bamford move.

            Good luck this week!

            1. Bobby's Teeth
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              I know, it's a poisoned chalice - this game!

    4. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      That’s tough. I’d keep Vardy, in fact I am just for this week.
      Kane could be a sell if you want KDB as captain.
      I’d hold on Lamptey > James this week though.

      1. BremerHB
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Looks like I am edging in that direction after the pointers on here.

        Probably wise not to take hits this week - will need those points to bring in Salah next week.

        Cheers!

  11. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Mahrez cappers will be the real winners this week.

    1. noquarternt
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      I owned Mahrez last week for his haul, but even I can't bring myself to captain him over Salah/Bruno. The string of 2s and 3s lives long in the memory.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Fair enough, I don't have him but I like the Fulham fixture a lot. Depends on whether you believe City are back to their best or not.

        1. noquarternt
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Just can't not captain someone with pens, even a terrible performance can suddenly become a haul.

          I think owning Mahrez is enough personally.

  12. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Mendy(Forster)
    Chilwell Lamptey Cancelo Coufal Neco
    Salah KDB Ziyech (Riedewald) (Grealish)
    Vardy DCL (Watkins)

    0 FT's and 0.2 itb

    Any of these for a hit?
    A) Watkins to Bamford
    B) Cancelo to Dias/Reguilon

    Or hope that both Neco Williams and Riedwald play and avoid taking any hits?

    1. NO SALAH
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      No need to take a hit.

  13. Oggle22
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Martinez
    Kilman Chilwell Mitchell
    Son Ziyech Bruno Salah Soucek
    Vardy DCL

    Steele Brewster Branthwaite Konsa

    Sort out defence as 2 of the 3 are rotation risks

    Take a hit and get KDB for Ziyech or son

    Ziyech or son to mahrez for free and roll the defence

    Cheers

  14. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Guys no gk this week, 1ft 2.6itb

    Xxx
    Robbo * lamptey chilly
    Son Bruno grealish * ziyech
    Vardy dcl bam

    A) save
    B) son to kdb
    C) I Robbo out robbo and ziyech to a defender and Kdb for -4?

  15. Bruno Commando
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Which move to prioritise first? The other one to be made next week..

    1) Mitchell -> Bednarek (SOU has a good GW11 fixture)
    2) Jimi -> Bamford

  16. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Got 2 free transfers

    Have martinez grealish lewis mitchell

    No other playing keeper
    Bissuma 5th mid
    Can play chillwell zouma justin at the back

    How many would u sell out of those 4?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Just keeper and roll a trade

  17. NO SALAH
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Morning all, GTG for this GW?

    Martinez
    Lamptey Chilwell Dias
    Grealish Son KdB (c) Bruno
    DCL Bamford Vardy

    Bench: Coufal Bissouma Kilman

    I'll let autosub to make changes at the end of the GW.

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Gtg nice team!

  18. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Any ideas here? Worried about Cancelo and Sterling but feels wrong to get rid given its FUL this week!

    A) Save FT
    B) Cancelo -> 5.5
    C) Cancelo & Sterling -> 4.7 & Salah (-4)

    McCarthy
    Cancelo, James, Bellerin
    KDB, Sterling, Son, Jota
    Vardy, DCL, Antonio

    Forster, Riedewald, Targett, Douglas
    Bank 0.0m, 1FT

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      That a tough one, Jinswick. Having 17m tied up in assets that that you don’t know will start would be too
      much for me to bear personally. I’d go C with Dallas. I know many would probably disagree.

      1. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Cheers. Yeah I like Dallas a lot after this week! Original plan was Sterling & DCL -> Salah & Wilson/Bamford next week for free. Then sort Cancelo out the week after if he’s lost his place.

        1. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Good luck mate

    2. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      That is tough yeah, don’t think I’d take the hit, I’d do cancelo to 4.7 defender then do sterling to salah next week

      1. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Yeah, a -4 to remove MCY players at home to FUL is very risky. None of the 4.7 options I’d want have a good fixture this week though, so thinking of just hoping Cancelo starts and saving

    3. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      I’d give them this week then do C next for free if they disappoint.

      1. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Yep, currently on this. Cheers

    4. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      why is your TV so low?

      1. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        A solid combination of poor decisions and late transfers! 😉

  19. Rhodes your boat
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Gtg all? 0ft 0.8itb.

    Martinez**
    Chilwell lamptey kwp
    Kdb(c) Bruno son soucek
    Vardy Werner dcl

    Forster Mitchell balbuena Burke

    1. NO SALAH
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Yes! That frontline is amazing on paper for this gw.

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Hopefully they deliver! Good luck this week!

    2. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Nice team.

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Thanks mate good luck this week

  20. NATSTER
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Is it worth -8pts hit to get KDB?

    Which one would you pick?
    A : Rashford + Kane
    B : Mahrez (C) + Kane - 4pts
    C : KDB (C) + Jesus - 8pts

    1. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      C

  21. afsr
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Who to get for GW11?

    Martinez
    Сhilwell, Lamptey, PVA
    Bowen, KdB, Bruno, Jota
    Vardy (C), DCL, Bamford

    Forster, Grealish, Cresswell, Mitchell
    1FT, 1.6 ITB

    A - Bowen -> Rodriguez
    B - Bowen, PVA -> Mahrez, Dallas/Walker Peters (-4)
    C - PVA -> Walker/Dias
    D - save

  22. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    So as per things stand the Villa game would happen this week and will be allotted for a dgw later. But the question is when will the dgw take place. will it take place in December in the already tight schedule?

    Thinking whether to keep Watkins if the dgw will happen soon... Might as well ship

    Thoughts??

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      *would not

    2. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Ben Crellin reckons if it doesn’t happen this week, the earliest it could happen will be GW17 (which seems to be borne out by Legomané’s graphic in the article - at least from the perspective that it can’t be played before then)

  23. Scrumper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Is Cavani in the clear now? Or is suspension still on the cards?

  24. tommo123
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    McCarthy
    Reguilon Zouma Taylor
    Rodriguez Jota Son Sterling Fernandes
    DCL Vardy

    Nyland Konsa Davis Mitchell

    G2G?

    Consistently let down by sterling but scared to ship and then he bags against FUL thoughts?

  25. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Is Soucek a good placeholder for Salah from next week?

    1. noquarternt
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Soucek is a great 7th/8th attacker in his own right.

    2. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      placeholder? Everyone will captain Salah next week

  26. French Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Instead of asking an “A or B” question, I just want to thank David for such a great article

    1. noquarternt
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Here here, it's a good one!

  27. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    it’s an interesting game week, all things considered

  28. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    For the next 6 gws who scores more?

    A. James
    B. Dias

  29. iL PiStOlErO
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Will take a risk with Cancelo cause not feeling like -4. Other then that GTG?

    Mendy
    Cancelo Justin KWP Taylor
    Bruno Son KdB(C)
    Kane DCL Adams

    Steer Romeu Mitchell Grealish

    0.0 itb, 0ft

  30. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Mahrez or jota this gw? Have kdb, plan to get in Salah for Fulham.