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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. FantasyHero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    How do I view the fpl pages of the pro pundits or Neale and Tom etc

    1. Joey Tribbiani
        4 months, 15 days ago

        google: ffscout mods and cons league

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

          Thanks will try that

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

      Thanks for this article. I'm in the same boat.

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Evening all x

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

        Good ebening

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          🙂

    4. unitednations
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Best moves here with 1FT, 0m and only 8 starters!

      Martinez
      Chilwell James Lamptey -- Mitchell Lewis
      Son Bruno KDB Grealish -- Burke
      Kane DCL Watkins

      A: Grealish + Mitchell >> Jota + Dallas (-4). improve future bench too
      B: Grealish + Kane >> Salah + Bamford (-4). Means only 9 starters but avoids my hit next gw to bring in salah

      1. Konstaapeli
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        A

      2. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        A - you answer your own question

      3. dylano21
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        A

    5. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      He still hasn't sold Vinagre.

    6. JollyGoodYellows
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Evening guys, do I wildcard this lot or take a hit or 2? 1FT and 1.1itb

      Mccarthy (Button)
      Zouma Holding Justin (Konsa Mitchell)
      Bruno JRod Son Bissouma (Grealish)
      DCL Vardy Kane

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        I'm normally one for advising to hold, but I think I'd WC that

        1. JollyGoodYellows
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          I'm of the same opinion as you, hold WC as far as possible but I think I need to play it.

    7. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Help greatly appreciated chaps, what would you do with this Team? 1 FT and 3.1 ITB.

      Martinez*
      Chilwell, Zouma, Justin
      KDB, Son, Fernandes, Jota
      Vardy, DCL, Bamford

      (Steer, Bissouma, Mitchell, Kilman)

      I was all set on Justin -> Dias as really want that 2nd City player for their fixtures! Next GW I plan to do Vardy & Bissouma -> Salah(C) & Brewster.

      Cheers.

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Rather Mitchell to Dias unless it blocks your moves for next week

        1. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Cheers. Unfortunately blocks it, Justin -> Dias leaves me 0.1 ITB after next GWs moves.

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Kilman then?

            1. Catastrophe
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Nope - my sell price for Justin is 4.7 and that leaves me 0.1 spare.

      2. dylano21
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Original Plan looks good

        1. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Even with Dias starting midweek alongside Garcia?

    8. FPL_Hazards
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Story with Justin? Starts tonight with Pereira too!

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        pereira might be off to utd im jamuary

        1. InvertedWinger
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          wut

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

      Man City Defenders...
      Would is most likely to play.. and you would pick

      A. Mendy
      B. Dias

      Thanks!

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Walker?

    10. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      son starts as a striker kane not in the squad

      1. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Saving him for Arsenal mate

    11. Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      If you had triple Villa, but not Grealish (Martinez Steer Watkins), would you take this opportunity to get rid of Martinez for a hit?

      It gives me a playing keeper this week and also makes room for Grealish in the future

      1. Viper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Ideally I'd do Steer - > 4.5m but I'm afraid I'll end up being 0.5m short when it comes to getting Salah next week. (Haven't decided what I'm doing yet)

      2. Amey
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        I'd rather sell steer.if finance allows

    12. Frucke
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Cavani suspended?

    13. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS

      Team to play LASK: Hart, Doherty, Sanchez, Tanganga, Davies, Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Ndombele, Moura, Son, Bale.

      Subs: Austin, Whiteman, Winks, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Bergwijn, Aurier, Clake, White, Scarlett.

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

        You are not even on the bench.

    14. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      LEICESTER TEAM NEWS

      Team to face Zorya Luhansk: Ward: Ricardo, Morgan, Soyuncu, Justin, Ndidi, Choudhury, Praet, Under, Barnes, Iheanacho.

      Subs: Jakupovic, Stolarczyk, Fofana, Nelson, Fuchs, Thomas, Flynn, Mendy, Leshabela, Albrighton, Maddison, Perez.

      1. The Tinkerman
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Justin’s time in the first time is now limited.

    15. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Just seen Robertson is flagged.

      Anything to worry about?

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

        Minor issue. He'll play at the weekend and be rested for CL next week

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Was/am also worried:
        Nov 01: "We have now two days more [recovery] than we had last week. Things like this show up the next day slightly different. In the moment I am rather positive."
        https://www.premierinjuries.com/injury-table.php

    16. The Tinkerman
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Should I use 1FT to get a keeper, or also get another defender in for a hit? Don’t like relying on Kilman/Brewster/Cancelo to play:

      No GK
      Cancelo, Chilwell, Coufal
      KDB (C), Grealish, Fernandes, Ziyech
      Vardy, DCL, Brewster

      Martinez, 4.0; Grealish, Kilman, Mitchel

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Probably get the keeper and pray

      2. Manani
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        I'd get Cancelo/Mitchell/Kilman replacement.
        Martinez will be back next week, the 3 defenders might not be. Without martinez just losing on 2pts. anyway

    17. dylano21
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Play

      A) Cresswel
      B) Soucek

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        A

      2. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        B

    18. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Evening all. What do you think of Saiss >> James here and switch to 4 at the back this week? IF James rises AND Saiss falls I’ll be priced out tonight! But should I wait?

      Thanks as always! 🙂

      McCarthy
      Chilwell, Cresswell, Justin
      KDB, Bruno, Ziyech, Grealish**, Jota
      Kane*, DCL
      (4.0, Mitchell, Saiss, Davis**)

      1. dylano21
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        I would get James before being priced out

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          You think he’ll rise and Saiss will fall tonight?

          1. dylano21
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            James yeah but saiss not

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Means I can wait until tomorrow then

      2. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Fudge yeah

    19. Huddersfield
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Best 4.5 def ( taking in account that he must be starting this gw with a good chance of points and rotated later )?

      A)yling
      B)ednarek
      C)one of the cheap Brighton defs
      D)allas
      E) other

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

        thinking dallas

        1. Huddersfield
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Do you reckon he'll get points vs Chelsea?

      2. dylano21
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Dallas

      3. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        One of the Brighton 4.4s

        1. Huddersfield
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Which one? Webster?

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            He's played pretty much every minute since Potter took over so yes.

            1. Huddersfield
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              cheers

    20. Manani
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Cancelo+Brewster > Dallas + Che?

      Leave me with following players who may start:

      *no keeper*
      James Chiwell Lamperty Dallas
      Salah Son Ziyech Foden
      DCL Kane Che

      Foden likely benched, so Dallas will come in for him if so

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Yay. Che going up tonight probs

    21. LLoris
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      so the Villa game isnt happening this week?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Looks like

      2. Jimmers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        No

    22. mookie
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Vinicius injured or rested for the weekend?

      1. Joey Tribbiani
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Maybe rested so he can take Kanes place against Arsenal

        • Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Rested after Kane injury is a possibility

        • FC Hakkebøf
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Mourinho mindgames

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

          Injured I believe

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

        Pereyra back is great for VARDYYYYY

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          1 week too late

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Doesn’t matter it’s sheff Utd 😉

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

          really? I’ve never really watched him, I’m still tempted by vardy cap this weekend

      3. richarlison2348
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Worth it to take a hit to bring in James for Cancelo? Don't have money to get Dias, and have no bench to go in for Cancelo (I know, I know).

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Pretty sure I'm doing it, tonight if it looks like James is going up.

            1. richarlison2348
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Are that many people bringing him in? I was going to wait til Friday...

            2. PompeyUpNorth!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Why not gamble and hope he plays? Or is it more or less nailed that he won’t? If so I need to get rid as well then

              1. richarlison2348
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  He played 90 in the ucl, I don't have a bench so It's forcing my hand... thanks for the info guys 🙂

                  1. PompeyUpNorth!
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    Same here I guess

            3. matiakez
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Would you sell Tierney for a hit? Been trying to ditch for weeks but something else keeps taking priority - for instance suddenly having no keeper this week.

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Who is coming in?

                1. matiakez
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Dias or James most likely, possibly even Robbo if he's fit

            4. FC Hakkebøf
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              What to do here? I'm in a really sticky situation. Best case scenario I got 10 players playing without using my FT. Worst case I got 6.

              Martinez*
              Robertson* Chilwell Cancelo* Lamptey
              KDB Son Jota Stephens*
              Kane* DCL
              _____
              Forster*; Watkins* Grealish* Fodder*

              3.2 itb 1 Ft

              A) Watkins to Bamford
              B) Watkins to Jesus
              C) Watkins + Stephens -> Mahrez + Brewster (hopefully a cameo for Brewster)
              D) Something else (what?)

              Really hope you guys can help me sort out this mess

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                A'll do

              2. Klaren
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                I think Stephens had already lost his place before his injury and Cancelo seems very unlikely to start (unfortunately) so I'd do B and Cancelo to someone else.

            5. LLoris
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Best 5.5M defender or lower?

              1. Bobby Digital
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                RJames

            6. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Vardy getting the rest tonight... Captain?!

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

                I’m still really tempted by it, own him and kdb

                1. Bobby Digital
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Ditto

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

                    Only thing really stopping me is how awful they were against Fulham But they have 3 big players back and should have gained confidence from that

                    Stats wise it looks a no brainer, best striker away from home against the defence conceding some of the most chances and shots

                    Meh

            7. jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              2FTs, 0.0itb - I can field 11 for this week, but that includes (potential) question marks in Cancelo (FUL) and Kilman (liv). Also have 3 Villa.

              1) Use both FTs on Watkins, Target?
              2) Use just one FT and save the other? (eyeing Salah's return to my team)

              McCarthy
              Chilwell, Cancelo, KWP, Kilman
              KDB, Bruno, Ziyech, Soucek
              DCL, Vardy
              (Forster; Grealish*, Watkins*, Targett*)

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                More important to get Mo in next week then getting a couple of 2 pointers in

            8. Parsnips
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Are many people doubling up with Chilwell and James?

                1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Think the cool kids have been doing it for a while. Wish I was still cool.