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The budget FPL assets I’m considering to help finance a Gameweek 12 Salah swoop

Five-time top 1k finisher Tom Freeman reveals his team for Gameweek 11 and outlines his plan to recapture Mohamed Salah the following week.


Gameweek 10 was a challenging one for me.

After taking my first hit of the season, I returned a total of just 50 (-4) points and as a result, now sit 515,661st overall. 

Despite a good start (I was ranked just inside the top 150k after Gameweek 6), I’ve struggled to find consistency since.

Looking back, there are a few reasons behind the slump, but I’d largely put it down to not owning Bruno Fernandes (£10.9m) and Jack Grealish (£7.7m) and failing to invest in Chelsea’s backline. 

The lack of Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.9m) has perhaps been an issue, but less so considering my alternative, Patrick Bamford (£6.1m), has managed to keep pace and actually outscore him over the last five Gameweeks.

While most of the players I’ve transferred in have done well, João Cancelo (£5.6m) has disappointed. 

At the time of his signing, I was lured in by the number of chances he was creating, which was comfortably above any other defender in the game, but it’s one of those moves you look back on in hindsight and think, ‘what was I thinking?’. 

Frustratingly, I spoke about the threat of Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) with fellow Pro Pundits Lateriser and Zophar on a recent FPL Wire pod, and how he would be preferred in certain games, which is exactly what happened against Burnley. 

Rúben Dias (£5.6m) was probably the safer play and the route I should have gone down, though I doubt anyone in that defence will be completely immune to rotation in the coming weeks.

So, a few mistakes, but how do I get back on track, and what are my plans going forward?

Well, Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) will probably come back into my team ahead of Gameweek 12 for Marcus Rashford (£9.5m), but to make that move I will need to downgrade one of my heavy hitters. That could be one of Son Heung-min (£9.5m), Harry Kane (£10.9m) or Jamie Vardy (£10.3m), so what I thought I’d do in this, my latest column, is highlight two of my main transfer targets who will essentially help fund the Salah move.

At this stage, I should point out that I’m planning to play my Wildcard ahead of Gameweek 16, in preparation for the Blank/Double Gameweeks to follow. That means I’m simply focusing on the four fixtures from Gameweek 12 onwards.

So, best of luck in Gameweek 11 everyone.

Thanks for reading, until next time…




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753 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rinseboy
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Who to drop for KDB

    Son, Ziyech or Grealish?

    or no one!

    1. Rinseboy
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      top of the page. What a treat!

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        You can't just react every week. Gotta make a plan, my man. Next week you'll be asking how to get Salah. Decide on priorities, and then move for them.

        1. Rinseboy
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          current plan is Ziyech to KDB.

          Next week Vardy and Son to Bamford and Salah.
          Not sure I like it but again its to have the best captain in Salah.

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Ziyech

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Ziyech

    4. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Son

  2. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Great to see fans back even if it is at the Emirates

  3. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Great to hear the sound of real fans again even if there is not many of them there. 🙂

  4. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Why does it seem so packed even if there's only 2000 people at the stadium? Literally left the rest of the stadium empty and put all the fans into the same sections seem counterintuitive

  5. Joey Tribbiani
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Barnes -> Jota
      -4
      ?

    • Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Best way to fit in KDB (C) without shaking up my team:

      A) Kane (10.9 central midfielder but gets 21 points whenever I remove him)
      B) Son (ripping it up tonight)
      C) Robbo (3rd most attacking player in Pool atm)
      D) Don't get KDB and miss out on the inevitable 2 pointer masterclass

      A&B, B&C, or D?

      Cheers!

      1. Vazza
          4 months, 15 days ago

          D for sure

          1. Vazza
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Can you help with my query below please

          2. tiltkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 14 days ago

            C

        • Bennyboy1907
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Current team : 1.3ITB 1FT
            Martinez
            Robbo, Chillwell, Coufal (Lamptey, Mitchell)
            KDB, Bruno, Bissouma, Zaha* (Grealish)
            Vardy, DCL, Bamford

            No idea on what to do? Looks like zaha is out? Don’t mind playing 1 week without a keeper? I also don’t mind taking a hit if it’s worth it.

            Please jus need some sort of a direction

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Play Lamptey, Zaha to Jota

            2. JIMMY764
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Zaha to Jota

          • Vazza
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Which combo is better

              A. Salah, Cooper/Lewis/Taylor/Balbuena
              Bench: Davis

              B. Mane, Dallas
              Bench: Brewster

              1. Vazza
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Scrap this. The info above is incorrect

              2. pablo discobar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Wish people would stop buying Wilson. Considering him for next week, but he could have covid so wtf. No fixture and still rising

              3. The Sociologist
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                How would you squeeze KDB into this team? I'm set on having that midfield tri-force so I don't have to lose sleep over who to hokey-cokey in/out every week for captaincy.

                Martinez | Steer
                Chilwell, Justin, C.Taylor | Coufal, Mitchell
                Salah, Fernandes, Son, Anguissa | Grealish
                Vardy, Calvert-Lewin, Bamford

                1.3ITB

              4. ExpectedToulouse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 15 days ago

                My FH team (don’t ask

              5. ExpectedToulouse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 15 days ago

                My FH team (too early, I know haha, but no way back xD):

                Johnstone
                James, Dias, Fofana
                Ziyech, KDB (c), Bruno, Mahrez, Jota
                Werner, Vardy

                Bench: N. Williams (3.9), Douglas (3.8), Davis (4.3)

                0.0m itb. Any tips?

              6. Boss Hogg
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Subs order:

                a. Bissouma
                b. Coufal
                c. Dallas

                ???

                1. tiltkamp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  4 months, 14 days ago

                  C,b,a

              7. YLK13
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Ok hear me out:
                Robertson, Grealish -> James, Salah for -8
                Then next week bring back Grealish for Rodriguez for free
                Does that sound reasonable?

                Not happy with 2 Villa + 1 Newcastle, and my bench options with the possibility of Robertson not playing.

                Thanks!