Pro Pundit Teams

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. Tinmen
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Ziyech to who folks?
    Need to do it to fund KDB

    JWP
    F Torres
    Maddison

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

      Jwp

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

      A

    3. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Jota / Raphinha

    4. Tamer fawzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Jota
      Torres
      Neto

  2. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Thoughts on this free hit build?

    Johnstone
    Dias - James - KWP (Phillips - Neco)
    KDB - Bruno - Mahrez - Jota
    Vardy - Kane - DCL

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

      Dont waste your free hit - will need it in gw 18

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

      Am almost the same but have Chilwell Werner and Jesus over Dias Vardy and Kane

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

    Mahrez over KDB if that allows me to get Salah in for Ziyech for GW12..?

    Noticed Mahrez started 8 out of 10 GWs and for the other 2 he didn’t feature at all (giving a chance for bench points coming on)

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

      Age old question, can a player "cover" another? Mahrez covering KDB? Not for me. Jota covering Salah? Not for me. If you want the points, get the player, otherwise look elsewhere and find another alternative

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

    1ft, what to do....
    A=martinez to Mccarthy
    B= sterling to Salah
    C=both -4

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

      B

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

      maybe not the best week to get rid of Sterling. Consider saving and double next week to bring in Salah. It's a risk for sure but could have great upside if Sterling starts with low own%.

  5. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Damn it, why is Son playing tonight!?

    1. BeWater
        4 months, 15 days ago

        He can't have seen Son's ownership stats.

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        No worries.

        Will alwaya start against Arsenal unless he gets injured tonight.

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

        He’ll be subbed early don’t worry

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

      Which team would you prefer?

      Martinez -- Forster
      Chilwell James Lamptey -- XXX Lewis
      KDB Bruno Son XXX -- Burke
      DCL XXX Watkins

      A: Dallas + Jota + Kane. Means 10 starters this gw + decent bench longrun but means i need take a hit (son/kane > salah/bamford) if i want salah in gw12 or just avoid salah.

      B: Mitchell + Salah + Bamford. Means 9 starters this gw, weaker bench but avoids any gw12 transfers/hits to get salah.

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

      A. Grealish to Mahrez
      B. Robertson, Grealish to James, KDB (C) for -4

    4. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      As a stubborn Jota non-owner I hope he will prove soon that he is still a very streaky player and will go on a dry run.

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

        Thanks for weighing in hoss

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

        If you don’t own Jota by now you may as well just give up

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

        gl boy

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

        Non-owner as well. He looks good to be honest, but theres always the niggling doubt that he will be dropped randomly. I'm still on the fence and will watch on for another few weeks, theres no harm, he's literally only 7m still, very cheap.

        But my suspicion is that Firmino has actually picked up some really good form recently, and Klopp loves what Firmino brings. He's not going to drop Mane or Salah, so that leaves Jota playing in attacking mid, but this will depend on the fixture. If its a more difficult fixture will Klopp want to risk that 1 less man in midfield helping? And then theres also when Thiago, Fabinho, Henderson are all fit and can play in midfield, is there space for Jota as a starter? Not sure yet

        1. Mighty Wings
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Good points

        2. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          I hope you're right pal.

    5. Misunderstood Genius
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Keep or sell Cancelo?

      1. Cruyff Turn
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Keep and start.

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

          If you like 1 point cameos yeah go ahead

      2. Cruyff Turn
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        I hope you kept Cancelo.

    6. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Anyone considering Mane over Salah? 10% owned...

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

        Nope

      2. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Not sure about owning any of them

      3. BeWater
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Never crossed my mind.

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

          Not me

        • FPL_Motty
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Last couple years yes, but this year, no. Watch him play recently, he's out of form unfortunately. Missing big chances he normally finishes and not looking fully sharp when hes been at his best. If anything i'd be worried he'd get benched for Jota for a fixture soon

      4. JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Zaha expected to start against brom?

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

          Judging how well they play without him I'd hope so

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

            idk if 1/2 training sessions is enough, if he is returning tomorrow

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

        Is Soyuncu essential?

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

          Must have for sure

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

          Nice one! Didn't think he'd be back before January.

        3. Dash4
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Hasn’t he gone off injured tonight already?

          • FPL_Motty
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 15 days ago

            He's injured himself again tonight

        4. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Kane or Werner this GW?
          I have Son

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

            Neither

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

            I’d say Kane, both have great potential, but Arsenal have turned into a joke in defence again.
            Wait, is Kane not injured no?

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

              Oh, did you mean to get rid of out of Kane and Werner? Then Werner.

              1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                lol I meant play one
                Have Kane and was thinking get in Werner
                Might need to rethink

        5. EmreCan Hustle
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Did Soyuncu get injured again?

          1. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            One less in Justins pond...

          2. Predator
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Yes boy

        6. Jdpz
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 15 days ago

          McCarthy, Nyland
          Chilwell, Konsa, Taylor, Justin, Tierney
          KDB, Son, Bruno, Jota, Bissouma
          Kane, DCL, Bamford
          (0.5M in the bank, 1ft)

          Will Kane play?
          A) Kane to Jesus
          B) Kane to Vardy
          C) Tierney to Dias
          D) roll ft

        7. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Cancelo woth taking out for -4 If th bench is Mitchell, Grealish, Watkins?

          And to who? 0.1 ITB no to Chelsea defender

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

            Yes absolutely

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

            Yes

        8. Tinfoil Deathstar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Martinez
          Chilwell - Lamptey - Dias
          KDB (C) - Bruno (vc) - Salah - Son
          DCL - Bamford - Watkins

          Subs: Forster, Burke, Ayling, Mitchell.

          1FT £0.2 ITB

          What do you think the best play is here?

          A) Martinez -> Johnstone
          B) Watkins -> Adams/Antonio
          C) Roll FT

        9. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          A) McCarthy, Targett, Coufal
          B) Martinez, Zouma, Mitchell

          Which combination best long term? Have Chilwell already?

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

          Is Abraham now a bad pick after Girouds performance last night ?

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

            Nope...but it will be a lot of rotation. CFC is new MCity (nobody is nailed....so far)

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

            he was already a bad pick and now hes worse

            1. Tinmen
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Interesting

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

            Doubt Lampard will start Giroud vs Leeds.

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

          Wanna get rid of Sterling...
          A) Sterling to Mahrez
          B) Sterling&Martinez to KDB&Meslier - 4 (acutally only have 0.2 itb so need an extra move)
          C) Save and risk few minutes from Sterling and get Salah next week for free, forget KDB for now.

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

            12M player must bring pts....and Sterling is not even nailed (if you understand me 🙂 )

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

              Then A or B yes 🙂

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

                B....but McCarthy oe some other keeper

          2. jb1985
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            I am going C. Last chance for him since owning since GW3. I think he will start and predict some attacking returns. Will get KDB if it fails and also have money itb for Salah next week.

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

          Man every expert, Pro, pundit, top finisher, legend and so on have kdb captain. Certainly kdb is gonna explode with like 2 goals and 2 assists this week. I dont even own him yikes

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

            Well....i got my first minus transver points in thos seson, only coz of him 🙂

          2. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            I got KDB, Bruno and Vardy - really torn with this weeks choice .

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

              If I had him i would captain for sure

              1. el polako
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Yeah but then its Vardy away against Blades (he is Wednesday lad)... could be massive differential pick.

        13. 824545201
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Some hubbub about the NLD getting postponed.

          Anyone has more info?

          1. ZeBestee
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Reason?

          2. Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Why?

            1. Original - Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              p.s. NLD= North London Derby for those outside North London. 😉 (like me)

              1. ZeBestee
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                I am outside UK and I know NLD, maybe you inc Arsenal fans as well. 😀

                1. ZeBestee
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  And a few Spurs fans 😛

          3. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 15 days ago

            where did you hear that, the meat counter at tesco?

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

            1st time to see this.......

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

              he is either trolling or naive, probably doesnt even realise Arsenal and Spurs are both playing tonight. So hardly hit by covid are they. And what other possible reason could it be postponed for

        14. Werner Bros
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Problems all over the place here. Was planning on saving a FT this week but might not be possible now. Any suggestions?

          *Martinez
          Chilwell Cancelo Lamptey Coufal
          KDB Bruno *Zaha Riedewald
          DCL Vardy

          Forster Neco *Watkins *Grealish

          1FT

        15. ZeBestee
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Whom will you captain out of this lot?

          1) Son
          2) Mahrez
          3) Vardy
          4) Salah
          5) Jesus

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

            Vardy

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

            2 or 5

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

            Vardy.

          4. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Jesus

          5. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Mahrez

        16. cemal
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Antonio or Gabriel Jesus?

          1. ZeBestee
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Jesus

          2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Jesus but price difference and how long term you're looking is important here

          3. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Antonio.

        17. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Is it alright to play 2 of Dallas,Lamptey,Coufal every week? The other one will be the 1st sub besides Riedewald and Neco Willians...

        18. FPLMACKEM
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 15 days ago

          McCarthy
          Chilwell, Cancelo, Coufal
          Salah, KDB (C), Bruno, ziyech
          Watkins, Bamford, Brewster

          Forster, Grealish, Lewis, Targett

          2ft 0.3 itb

          Watkins > Adams pretty much happening.

          Need to deal with Cancelo. Who to replace with?

          A Dias/Mendy (worth the risk of benching?)
          B James (double up on Chelsea)
          C Lamptey
          D Dallas (good fixtures after Chelsea)

          Really stumped for ideas. Any advice would be massively appreciated.

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

          Very cowardly putting your hands up to protect your face especially for a pro footballer.

          Why would you go into a free kick wall if you don't have the courage to do what needs to be done?

          1. ZeBestee
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Expound!

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

            Wouldn't get on an U10 hurling or gaelic football team with an atitude like that.

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

              He should have his hands tied behind his back in training while his team mates punt gaelic footballs at him until he learns his lesson.

              He would never again fear a soccer ball after getting hit in the face with a gaelic football a few times. 😉

        20. Pedram
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Start KWP or Justin?

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

            KWP ez

          2. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 15 days ago

            I'd probably go KWP, but I dont particularly like Justin so im probably biased. 😀

          3. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Justin.

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

          I'm looking to fill 2 defender spots for this week only. Have 9.9M to play with. Currently got Fofana and Dier in place (I'm on a free hit week and happy with rest of team selection (maxed on Man City so can't pick them for def)
          What combination would you have? any ideas? thank you so much

          Examples:
          Fofana
          Dier
          Justin
          Keane
          Southampton Defenders (could have a 4.5 leaving 5.4/5.3 free for someone like Tierney/Maguire/WanBissaka/Aurier/Soy/Gabriel etc)

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

            Probably 2 of these:
            KWP, Lamptey, Reguilon/Dier
            Maybe even Stones, but no idea if he starts, did he play mid week?