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

    Not many people talked about it, but mad fixture congestion starts soon, gonna be even worse with covid. Time to start sorting our benches out? For instance my bench contains Nyland and Ferguson.
    Got away with it so far but probably wont be so lucky over xmas, maybe I can keep Nyland but Ferguson needs fixing, anyone else with a half dead bench?

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

      Got Bissouma in for Jorginho, like a 2 point hit.

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

        I have Bissouma but looking at his stats, seems like he isnt gonna get much more then 2/3 ever. Possibly might think of upgrading him to Raphinha

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      My bench is saiss Mitchell and a palace mid who doesn't play 🙂

      Will try to sort in time for Xmas

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

        lol worse then me then 😀

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

      Did a boring Mitchell to Dallas this week partly for this reason, 14 starting outfield players

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

        Leeds actually have a nice set of fixtures covering the xmas period, a leeds player seems wise.

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

      I think Ferguson resumed training today for what it’s worth

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

        yea I heard that, not sure I have any faith left in Palace defence after owning Guaita GW2-9

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

          Fair enough

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

    Son no longer due. Unlucky owners...

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

    Best use of FT in your opinion? 0ITB

    A) Martinez to McCarthy
    B) Sterling to Mahrez
    C) Sterling to Son
    D) Save FT (No keeper)

    Thanks

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

      B) pretty tempting - you thinking Sterling isn't going to feature against Fulham or trying to free up funds? Or both?

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

        The answer to your question I’m actually not sure about - the main concern of course is he doesn’t play or has a cameo.

        What I should do is see what I want to do for next gameweek and base a decision off that.

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

      B

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

    Should have been 2 for Son

  5. Aaa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    McCarthy/Forster
    Cancelo/Chilwell/Targett/Kilman/Mitchell
    KDB/Fernandes/Ziyesch/Grealish/Riedeweld
    Vardy/DCL/Bamford

    £1.8m itb and 2 free transfers, best to sort Mitchell and Riedeweld this week, maybe to Dallas/Lamptey and Soucek?

    1. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Cancelo, Mitchell to James, Lamps/Dallas

  6. Joey Tribbiani
      4 months, 15 days ago

      'the entire newcastle team was tested today and the results will be public tomorrow, but the total is now at 7 players positive'

      not sure how true this is but...

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

        Could their next game be in doubt too then?

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

          Put it this way I wont be doing Martinez to Johnstone

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

            Steer to Johnstone still a viable option

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

          Yes but it is West Brom, then Dirty Leeds then Fulham, so nothing to worry about until City after that.

    • Vazza
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Who to remove to bring in Salah ahead of gameweek 12 -

        A. Bruno
        B. Kane
        C. Vardy

        I’m wildcarding ahead of gameweek 16 by the way

        Please respond supported by reasoning

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

          Any of them could be better

        2. Buck The Trent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          I am doing c next week

        3. Mr Wolf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Tough, but B

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

        Lucas Moura subbed

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

        Son skillfully applying the brakes to his bandwagon.

      • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Son going to punish me this weekend. Arsenal are useless.

      • AdamJ91
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Need some advice on what to do with having 3 Villa players;

        1FT; 0.3 ITB

        Martinez, Peacock-Farrell
        Chilwell, Cancelo, Coufal, Lamptey, Ferguson
        Salah, KDB, Ziyech, Grealish, Anguissa
        Kane, DCL, Watkins

        Watkins > Bamford perhaps?

      • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Sell Podence or Hamez for KDB?

        Money stays ITB either way, with the move funded by Kane to Bamford. 1.0 and 3.2m respectively.

        Interestingly the Wolves man outperforms Hamez on stats the last 4 GW

      • Donny_Rover
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        The Villa cancellation has thrown my plans to roll a transfer a bit...tempted to transfer Mitchell out for someone cheap and playing in case Cancelo is benched again, favouring Taylor at the moment but anyone under £4.5m would do - planning Cancelo & DCL to Bamford & Robertson/TAA in the next couple of weeks. Any thoughts?

        Meslier (Martinez)
        Cancelo Chilwell Dias Coufal (Mitchell)
        KDB (c) Salah Jota Bissouma (Grealish)
        DCL Vardy (Watkins)

        £1.3m ITB

        1. Team Bobcat
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          I think Mitchell to a playing 4.5m def is a sound move with upcoming schedule regardless of when its done. If you can afford to roll you can afford to do that move now

      • HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Please announce the AVL-NEW to next monday and to GW11

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

          No chance of that.

          1. Mr Wolf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Sorry, based on what?

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

          Not a hope

      • ajk1211
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Keep or sell Watkins?

        Have Biss, Sdallas and Coufal bench and would mean 2 FTs next week

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          i d keep 100%

        2. Mr Wolf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Keep

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

          I'm selling this week for Adams then buying Wilson or watkins back in gw 13

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

          Keep

      • BeWater
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Sometimes I just stare off into the middle distance and wonder why the hell I started the season with Doherty at 6M and Mitrovic at 6M.

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

            Doherty I'll allow you, although I wanted him to stay at Wolves.

            1. BeWater
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Worst thing is Mitro is still there.

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

            Aurier likely to start on the weekend? (seems being rested today)

            1. BeWater
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Very likely.

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

              Soninho looking good

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

              Thoughts on this plan?
              gw11 -- use one of 2FTs: Watkins > Decordova-Reid
              gw12 -- 2FTs on Vardy, Ziyech > Salah, Wilson (may ship Cancelo, too, if he has lost his spot)

              Would pretty much need to be KDB or Vardy out in gw12, and not as keen to ship KDB.

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

            4. # Young Gun SEAMUS #
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Need Mahrez should i kick Ziyech ?

              1. La Roja
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                I’d keep him

                1. # Young Gun SEAMUS #
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  I have Kdb...but feels that mahrez gonna do same thing against fulham

              2. n-doggg
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Mahrez is a trap. Worth a one week punt but rotation nightmare

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

                  its possible he goes on a little run of 5/6 games scoring pretty good, but yes xmas rotation for City will be pretty awful to deal with

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

                  Nice move for non Grealish owners. Mahrez > Jack after GW11

            5. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Trent Alexander-Arnold to make Liverpool return against Wolves in huge Jurgen Klopp boost
              https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1367923/Trent-Alexander-Arnold-injury-return-Liverpool-news-Wolves-Jurgen-Klopp-1367923

              1. Buck The Trent
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                TAA to play 59 mins then replaced by Neco would be good

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

                Neco punters in tatters...

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

                Still in 13.7% of sides

              4. BeWater
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  My TAA replacement is on 1 point from two games. Cheers for naff all Cancelo.

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

                  Ffs I need Neco to play

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

                  Oh yes!! I’m buying him next week!

              5. Vazza
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Best defender out of the following for gameweeks 12 to 15

                  A. Lewis (WBA, lee, FUL, mci)
                  B. Taylor (ars, avl, WOL, lee)
                  C. Cooper (WHU, NEW, mun, LEE)

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

                    C

                • Weasel Boy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Who to Captain?

                  A) Bruno
                  B) Mahrez
                  C) Son
                  D) Werner
                  E) Vardy

                  Thanks

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

                    B

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

                    E

                • fcsaltyballs
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Help please - I'm desperate ...

                  Martinez
                  Robertson Chilwell Cancelo Dallas
                  Fernandes Son JamesR Foden
                  DCL Vardy

                  Forster Brewster Grealish Ferguson

                  1 FT, 1.7 itb

                  1. Robertson JamesR >> Vestergaard KDB (-4)
                  2. JamesR Vardy >> KDB Adams / Bamford (-4)
                  3. JamesR >> Mahrez

                  Thanks!!

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

                    1, definitely.

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

                      do you think Vestergaard or someone else (4.9 budget)? Thanks

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

                        Maybe Lamptey.

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

                    1

                • Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  do you reckon kane will start this weekend? a swap to jesus is tempting otherwise.

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

                    Course he does, on one leg if he has to

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

                  Son subbed

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

                    tactical?

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

                      Rest

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

                    perfect

                • n-doggg
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Cancelo. Chances of starting on the weekend? Will be struggling to field 11 I’d he doesn’t

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

                    start

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

                    Don't think cancelawill start. Think pep picks the same team that beat Burnley

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

                  Start Justin or Lamptey?

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

                    Justin

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

                      Sure?

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

                    Justin

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

                  Spurs concede again

                • Captain Vantastic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Jeez Hart is terrible

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

                    Hartbreak