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Frank Lampard rotates Chelsea squad as Aston Villa visit Stamford Bridge

In a Gameweek where Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m) saw their fixture unexpectedly postponed, Frank Lampard has heaped misery on misery for Fantasy Premier League managers.

The Chelsea manager has made six changes from the side that lost 3-0 to Arsenal, omitting three of his club’s four-most popular Fantasy assets.

27.0% of managers own Kurt Zouma (£5.9m), not in the matchday squad for Gameweek 16 with Antonio Rüdiger (£4.5m) next to Andreas Christensen (£4.7m) at centre-back.

The 12.8%-owned Reece James (£5.2m) is also out of the squad, replaced at right-back by Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.6m), although Ben Chilwell (£6.1m) holds onto the left-back berth.

Further up the pitch, Timo Werner (£9.3m), still sat in 14.0% of squads, drops out of the starting XI, joining Kai Havertz (£8.2m) and Tammy Abraham (£7.2m) on the Chelsea bench.

That means a front-three of Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m), Olivier Giroud (£6.7m) and Christian Pulisic (£8.2m) going up against an Aston Villa defence forced to leave out Tyrone Mings (£5.4m) through suspension.

This is the first Premier League match that Dean Smith’s men will face without the centre-back this season, a first start together for Ezri Konsa (£4.7m) and Kortney Hause (£4.4m).

The rest of Aston Villa’s squad looks in good shape, especially compared to the second-string feel of Chelsea’s line-up.

The in-form Anwar El Ghazi (£5.7m) and Bertrand Traoré (£5.9m) flank Jack Grealish (£7.8m) in the number 10 role while Ollie Watkins (£6.1m) starts up-front fresh from a hat-trick of assists against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea XI: E Mendy; Chilwell, Christensen, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta; Mount, Kanté, Jorginho; Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Pulisic.

Aston Villa XI: Martínez; Targett, Hause, Konsa, Cash; D Luiz, McGinn; El Ghazi, Grealish, B Traoré; Watkins.

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  1. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Chilwell to Robbo went well, then..

    1. Wizardh
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Yes me too haha

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          There's still the dgw to come, hopefully he'll smash it then

      • Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        6 points for Grealish over the 2 games. Robbo could still double that against Newcastle alone.

      • Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Uh Robbo yet to play

    2. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Martinez haul again

      1. Wirbelwind
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        It was a very good run and nobody expected CS here anyways.

    3. Flynny
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      I have grealish and watkins and feels like 1 villa too many.

      Early days but Thoughts on grealish to rashford ?

      Thanks

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Rashford or Pulisic for me

        1. Tarby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Avoid Pulisic, he’s made of glass

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Watkins out ; non existent again today

        1. Chrisitis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Difficult game. Almost assist. He is cheap remember.

          1. Flynny
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Watkins is so cheap though....

    4. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Grealish is such an overrated pick. 5/7 blanks since I bought him. Thank you, next.

      1. Olson
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Sounds like you're just bad a selecting players at the right time

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Or that nobody can tell the future, there’s always that as well

        2. boc610
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          nice Grav 🙂

          1. Olson
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Likewise

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Hauls every 3rd game
        Pretty easy

      3. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Booted him out after West Brom 🙂

      4. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        He only delivered against Liverpool and that is it

        1. boc610
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          you obviously didn't own him when they played saints then

      5. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Son only got 5 more pts in that period yet is over 2m more

      6. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Hauls every 3rd game. G+A coming against a vulnerable and makeshift United defense.

      7. seanie3
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        yes El Ghazi is the man now for villa.. or watkins.. grealish plays well but no FPL points

    5. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      I hate FPL

    6. Wizardh
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Lampard withdrawing Giroud is the proof of him being inexperienced manager..

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Or Giroud being old and about to be sent off

          1. Wizardh
              3 months, 25 days ago

              How old are Ibra and CR7?

              1. Tarby
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 25 days ago

                Are you comparing Giroud to Ibra and CR7?
                I think any argument is lost with such comparisons

        2. Sir Alex Telles.
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Looks like this is the week I get disqualified from LMS.

        3. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Why people hate Lampard? He is only English manager leading a top team no?

          1. JayLegend
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Does he get props for being English?

          2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Because he grew up priviliged I guess. Not working class.

          3. A Kun & Mateta
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Feel High IQ Frank didn't earn the Chelsea job. He wasn't great as Derby manager.

            1. Bram
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Harsh - Derby were much better under Frank than they have been since

          4. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            And the only reason he has the job is that hes English. Hes awful

            1. Slouch87
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Yet more anti English nonsense from yourself.

          5. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 25 days ago

            He’s learning on the job and doing a hell of a lot better than Arteta

          6. Tarby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Just not a classy guy for me. Chelsea and West Ham both pretty horrible fan bases in general, the players tend to go the same way if there long enough I guess!
            I’m a Liverpool fan, we’ve had a rivalry with them and so I’m probably biased though.
            Having said that I don’t mind OGS as a person at all, seems a decent guy so can separate football and non-football

        4. Rains of Castamere
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Did Grealish (2), KDB (0) and DCL (0) to Raphinha, Son and Kane for a -4.

          SURELY that's got to be a big lucky profit.

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Hope not

            1. Rains of Castamere
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              That's not very Christmassy

          2. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Raphinha and Son no shows and Kane RC incoming.....

            1. Rains of Castamere
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Ouch

          3. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Spurs looking poor but got lucky nonetheless

          4. Daniel - When to BB?
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Amazing

          5. ChapsOverBaps
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Calculate the 2 bench players you would've got in place of KDB and DCL for accuracy.

        5. Davros
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Wow Chilwell. Almost assist, goal and CS. As a non owner I count myself v lucky there

          1. Ha.
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Grealish almost had a hatrick too

          2. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Almost cs?

        6. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Come on KDB show me that keeping you for 1 more game was the right call !!!

          1. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Who is subbing in for him?

            1. el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              🙂

              Brewster....

        7. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Is Rhys Williams going to play from now on? Or Ben Johnson? Either would let me do bench boost without any hits

          1. Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Could be Fabinho or Phillips for Liv...or Matip returns

            1. Dr Van Nostrand
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Matip will be out awhile. Likely Rhys until a new CB is signed

          2. Tarby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Rhys will play against Newcastle I expect. Klopp def won’t overplay him though, if Matip is out a while he’ll rotate him and Phillips I think. At 4m he could be a good short term option though if you need to save cash or have Neco Williams

          3. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Philips will play against Newcastle, better in the air

        8. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Wonder if FPL will price lock the Man City and Everton players. When the Villa Newcastle game got cancelled Grealish never fell despite being dead on predicted by the price change sites to do so (-108% on FPLstats).

          1. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Covid price lock incoming.

          2. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Hope so.

        9. Jdpz
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Where is yellow card for Grealish!?

          1. Wirbelwind
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            It'll now be 0 yellow cards on dec 31st.

          2. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Refs are banned from booking him

        10. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          What am I meant to do now the Everton game is cancelled?

          1. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Watch a movie.

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Any tips?

              1. C_G
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                watch City of God or What we do in the Shadows, or No Country for Old Men

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Thanks not seen any of us, will have a look

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    *any of those

              2. SackWenger
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                Ratatouille

        11. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          so no bap for Martinez finally then?

        12. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 25 days ago

          over-all had 4.5 play with a 5.62 average? 😀
          5 from 1, yea!

        13. Free Hat
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Would have expected Chilwell higher up the Baps than Cash...

        14. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Come on Everton !

        15. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Green juhuuuuuu. Really important GW next weekb

          1. Daniel - When to BB?
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Tomorrow I meant

        16. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          So weird having 0 players from a whole day of football...

          1. Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            chance of Burke playing??

            1. Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Unlikely

        17. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Honestly considering Furlong for the DGW. Big Sam will inevitably steady the ship.

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Furlong without attacking threat under big sam not worth it

            Maybe ajayi if u want to go that route big sam will target set pieces surely

          2. Olson
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Fancy explaining how accruing transfers would makes the game easier and is for bad managers who need a crutch?

            Start with explaining how a rule change that applies to all people benefits any one generic manager more than another

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Make your own thread if you want to discuss it. Pretty obvious why making the game easier is a crutch for bad managers.

              1. Olson
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                So you can't explain it then

                As I thought

                1. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  More transfers = less planning needed to avoid hits = less complexity = easier game = good for bad managers = good for you.

                  Self-explanatory.

                  1. Olson
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Sorry Bross but that's total cack. If you want to argue from the point of complexity then by introducing more transfers you are introducing

                    1. The opportunity to carry out what amounts to 3.5 additional wildcards a year, instead of incremental movements. Are you saying planning doesn't go into WCs?
                    2. The opportunity to move for big fixture swings. Capitalise on games in hand or congested schedules at the drop of a hat
                    3. The opportunity to couple accrued numbers of transfers with chips
                    4. The opportunity to opt for a stronger squad that requires fewer if any weekly transfers but allows you to accrue transfers over a long period of time to take advantage of 1, 2 and 3

                    Really the list goes on. Do you genuinely think accrued transfers makes this game LESS complex. Adding a new variable decreases complexity?

                    It introduces a whole new approach (stronger squad) without punishing the manager for foundational planning

                    You're wrong. As usual

          3. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 25 days ago

            He can’t play 10 back every game. Oh wait.

        18. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Zouma (city next)
          Matip (injured)
          Mitchell ( not nailed)
          Lewis (not nailed)
          Kdb (city)
          Brewster (not nailed)

          WC Tonight?

          1. grumpyman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Nah just take a couple of hits leading up to the DGW and you’ll be fine.

        19. baines is god
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          i'm losing hope in this season, too many double fixtures, it's so confusing now, games being cancelled with Covid.

          I had worked on getting a team ready for gw18, so 3 city players, spurs etc, then was going to FH for gw19, and save my wildcard for later. But now that plan has been screwed by this covid stuff, and i might need to wildcard now, but no idea who to go for in light of all this stuff. This stuff is ruining fantasy football

          1. Olson
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            You've moreorless described the mistake a lot of pros have made. They've leaned heavily towards careful planning, as in a normal season. It's not a normal season, it favours at times those with bigger, better squads. Those who don't double or triple, those who bank transfers, and those who use chips responsively.

            It's not ruining the game (it's certainly not making it better). It's asking managers to take a different approach. And there is MUCH saltiness amongst those who didn't. There's managers in my ML with strong squads and they are pi33,ing themselves, and why not

            1. Slouch87
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Pros. Lol.

              1. Olson
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                For 'pros' just read people who input a lot of time. You know what I mean :-0

        20. C_G
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          7 from 3 today, is that below avg?

          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Anything > 0 is above average 🙁

        21. SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Guys grealish pp 7.0m sp 7.4m cp 7.8m do I loose 0.1m if he drops?

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Yes. Selling price 7.3

        22. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          when will we get second WC?

          1. themaindanger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Now

        23. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Down to 10 playing, with autosubs - anyone worse? 🙂

          1. Olson
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Well there's two people with 8 in my small mini league, so yes.

          2. Traction Engine Foot
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            I might be as I'm relying on Burke and Kilman

          3. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 25 days ago

            10 is decent this week

          4. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Same

        24. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          El Gazza

        25. bitars
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Do they test all players for covid before the games?

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            I think, I could be wrong, Based on last I heard - twice per week aka: every 3/4 days