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The case for Aubameyang as part of a Free Hit squad in FPL Blank Gameweek 18

In his latest column, three-time top 200 finisher Lateriser argues that deploying a Free Hit chip is the perfect time to awaken your inner maverick.


“A ship is always safe at the shore but that is not what it’s built for.” – Albert Einstein

Gameweek 18 is upon us and inadvertently, for a lot of you (but not me), it means that the Free Hit chip is about to be deployed.

Even the name tells us that this is a once-in-a-season, no-strings-attached, no-holds-barred, inner-voice-enabling chip! If you’re not channelling that inner instinct most weeks because this is ‘template season’ and are way too fearful of losing to the crowd, then this is the week to awaken your inner maverick. Put on your multi-coloured jacket and listen to yourself. Do it this one Gameweek – if you’re using the Free Hit, obviously. I insist!

Going with the theme of this introduction, I’m going to throw in a few not-so-template names in the hat that might seem ridiculous or not smart at first go, but I’ll build a case for them and leave the decision to you.

Also, I am writing this article before the Manchester cup derby so do not have any relevant information from that game at my disposal.

So the stage is set: enter Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.3m). I know, I know. Bukayo Saka (£5.3m) is literally mirroring his stats in the last few Gameweeks and costs six million less.

But when you’re looking at one stand-alone week, value doesn’t matter. So what case do I have for Aubameyang? In the last two Gameweeks, when he’s started with the in-form, rejuvenated Arsenal attackers, he is matching the stats of Saka and Alexandre Lacazette (£8.3m).

He’s registered 1.42 expected goals (xG) in his last two games, which is the same he managed in five full matches previously. His total of two big chances in the last two Gameweeks is also the same he managed in five full games previously.

All it takes is one game to click, to come back into form. All it takes is one poorly time Joel Ward (£4.3m) tackle in the penalty box for Aubameyang to hammer a penalty in the top-right corner. I mean, with 22 goals and a 24% conversion rate in both of his previous seasons, we know the class and the finishing ability of the man.

Arsenal are playing much better football right now, so much so that they are joint-top of the league (tied with Aston Villa) for shots in the box in the last four Gameweeks. If he’s going to get the chances, you’d fancy him to convert.

It comes down to the age-old argument of judging the data set of this terrible season that Arsenal have had or that of his previous six seasons, where he’s been one of Europe’s most lethal finishers.

Now if this was a long-term commitment, there’s no way I’d encourage getting into a more serious relationship with him. But he seems exciting enough for a fling, in my opinion. If you don’t do it, fair enough; I know there are ‘more right’ things to do on a Free Hit.

The next name I am going to throw in the ring is Luke Shaw (£4.8m). Yes, I’m recommending a player that has one Fantasy Premier League assist to his name in the last two seasons.

I’ll give you five reasons:

  • a) He’s not injured at the moment
  • b) He’s playing some really good football right now
  • c) He’s on some free-kicks and corners
  • d) No defender has created more chances than him in the last four Gameweeks
  • e) Burnley are bottom five in the league for shots in the box conceded in the last six Gameweeks

The third and final name that I’d like to throw into this hat is Raheem Sterling (£11.4m). I’m presuming most Free Hitters will triple up on Manchester City and while a double-up on defence might seem the right play long term (Joao Cancelo (£5.7m) needs to be one of them), for one Gameweek alone, I do like a Sterling punt.

He’s been in pretty good nick of late, registering six returns in as many games and clocking 90 minutes in all of them. When I’m looking at one-week punts, Sterling is one of those players that screams ‘brace potential’ to me. He did more than that last time he played his Gameweek 18 opponents, having scored a hat-trick at the Amex Stadium in 2019/20.

He’s second only to Jack Grealish (£7.7m) for expected assists (xA) in the last four Gameweeks and has four shots in the box in the same timeframe. Why I do like Sterling (and a City attacking double-up) in a fixture against Brighton is because the Seagulls will want to play their own game, rather than sit back. Like the Chelsea match, this will suit the press-resistant Manchester City attackers and offer them more space than they are generally used to.

For those that are not on the Free Hit, it seems like a good time to target assets from the Manchester teams as they play three matches in the next two Gameweeks and the fixtures are pretty decent from Gameweek 20, as well.

If you are still on the edge in terms of whether to Free Hit or not, one other factor I’d like you to consider is this: if you are using the Free Hit in Gameweek 18 and then spending transfers to get the same players from the Manchester teams next week, it might be worth holding onto the chip and then taking a hit or two to just bring the players in ahead of next Tuesday.

Remember it’s about the quality of the players you have and not the quantity.

Spurs v Fulham postponed as second Gameweek 16 fixture falls by the wayside

On a personal note, I’ve been climbing steadily and am currently ranked at 1.8 million in the world but can’t help but feel miffed at being on the wrong side of coronavirus-influenced rescheduling in Gameweek 16, having spent my last four transfers on Spurs and City players. I mentioned that the City defence were the best in the league last time I wrote and nothing has changed my opinion since.

If you want to know more about other, not-so-maverick Free Hit picks, as well as an in-depth discussion on Arsenal and the Manchester teams, do have a listen to this week’s episode of The FPL Wire (linked below). We’ll be doing another special episode this Saturday where we’ll be interviewing Ragabolly, who is the creator or LiveFPL, VirtualFPL and a new Fantasy planning tool – so look out for that, as well.

Good luck this Gameweek!


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734 Comments Post a Comment
  1. NateDogsCats
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Cutrone recalled to Wolves, wonder if he'll go straight into the first team, guessing they've had trouble trying to sign a forward this window so maybe it makes most sense

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Is he any good?

        1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Big hype when they bought him

        2. NateDogsCats
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Didn't really adjust first time around before he was loaned out, maybe having a better crack at it now with Jiminez out for a while might help him but 4 goals in 12 months with Fiorentina isn't inspiring

      2. SilentLemonMan
          1 month, 24 days ago

          (Allison, Fab)
          Dias Maguire Holding (Justin, Dallas)
          Son KDB Bruno Saka (Harrison)
          Watkins (Vardy, Bamford)

          Have 8 players for BGW18 (used my 1FT already), should I:

          A) Free hit
          B) take a -4/-8 hit to get 9/10 players
          C) Hold

          1. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Hold. BTW, are you Silent Friend's friend?

            1. SilentLemonMan
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Cheers, and nope just a newbie!

                1. The Knights Template
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Welcome Silentnomorelemonman!

          2. SHOWSTOPPERRR
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Guys team for bgw with -4

            Martinez
            Cancelo lamptey(doubt)
            Bruno kdb son grealish
            Kane Watkins

            Fh or not guys?????

            1. thegaffer82
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              It's pretty decent. I definitely wouldn't FH that anyway.

              But if you could get Stones in for another hit (should pay off over 18 & 19) then you'll be looking stronger.

              1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Thanks, will look into that.

            2. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              No need to FH

              1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Thanks.

          3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Starting GW 19:

            A) Rashford + Stones
            B) Son + Cancelo

            Have Bruno. With A won't have any Spurs.

            1. aleksaa2
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              A

            2. aapoman
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              B. Cancelo is better than Stones. Son is better than Rasford.

            3. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              B

            4. Shatner's Bassoon
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              B

            5. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              B

            6. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              B. I think the Villa game will oddly suit Son.

            7. McSauce
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              B

          4. aapoman
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Worth doing Bissouma to Saka for gw18 only? Would mean I then sell Saka for Salah in gw19 for a -4. So basically if Saka even gets an assist I should cover the hit.

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Yes

            2. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Yes

            3. aapoman
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Cheers!

          5. Davros
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Maybe Luke Shaw to free up funds...

          6. Babit1967
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Talk to me about Foden lads, need a Podence replacement but for a -4, unsure if he plays this gw

            1. thegaffer82
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Good player, good price.

              Perhaps a good punt for BGW as he seems in favour right now, but beyond that he's a transfer waiting to happen and could be dropped any given week

            2. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Nothing to talk about.

            3. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Not for me for an actual team. But I'm likely to risk him on FH.

              1. claretparrot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Same here. If it ever got to a point where he was nailed (lol), he'd be my first pick. Genuinely.

            4. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              No no no no no!

            5. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Continual headache - I'd look elsewhere.

            6. Babit1967
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Cheers lads

          7. Henrik Larsson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Morning lads,

            Who do we reckon is the best City defender right now?

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Dias

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                *Cancelo for those with stronger benches

            2. aapoman
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Cancelo, Dias, Stones. In that order. Double up with any of these 3 is still great imo.

              1. Daniel - WC Active
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Is Dias worth the extra million over Stones ?

                1. aapoman
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Well he is more nailed. Personally I have Stones over Dias but I have a full playing bench so I'm not too worried about Stones being rested.

            3. Henrik Larsson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 24 days ago

              I currently have Stones and am looking to add another. Stones and Dias seems pretty boring but I do feel Dias is the most nailed out the three.

            4. Henrik Larsson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 24 days ago

              My defence would be Robbo, Stones, Coufal, Dallas, Dias/Cancelo so it seems Cancelo would be worth it, even if in future he gets rotated.

              I'd be very unlucky to have both Stones and Cancelo rotated in the same week but then this is Pep we're speaking about!

            5. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Stones

          8. Boly Would
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Is 11 DGW players + 4 singles (Kane, Son, Saka, Mitchell) worthy of a BB in GW19?
            Would be for -4.

            1. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Yes

            2. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Yeah - just get it played when best you can and have 15 decent players. Will get harder to play optimally the longer you leave it.

              1. Boly Would
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Cheers, that was pretty much my thinking; seems a decent opportunity that I may not get again.

            3. aapoman
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Depends on the players you have starting that have DGW. I'm currently planning on benching Ayling and KWP for Son and another DGW defender.

              1. Boly Would
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Full squad is:
                Martinez / Meslier
                Dias / AWB / Bednarek / Coufal / Mitchell*
                Bruno / KDB / Soucek / Son* / Saka*
                Ings / Bamford / Kane*

                1. aapoman
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  I'd just bench Bednarek, Mitchell and Saka and not use BB. Don't think it is worth here as Saka is the only player you'd maybe want in your starting 11.

          9. nkhoughton
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Why has Aguero not been seeing much game time? He's been on the bench for weeks?

            1. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 24 days ago

              According to Pep, still not 100% fit. Last time they rushed him in he got injured again, so I suppose they are easing him in as precaution

            2. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Zimmer frame at the shop for repairs.

            3. thegaffer82
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Came back too fast last time, got almost immediately injured in his first game back. So I think Pep is being super cautious this time. Kun is in his 30's now after all and has a career littered with injuries so probably for the best.

            4. jtreble
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Not fit.

          10. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Morning fellas. Saw comments on here yesterday suggesting the Leeds game could be moved into GW18 instead. Any more news on that? Where did these rumours even originate from? Ta

            1. Daniel - WC Active
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Probably they will loose the double gw, unless their opponents forfeit the game . Chances of they playing in GW18 are really low as of now

            2. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              No chance it moves to GW18. But it might be moved out of DGW19 to a later week. We will see...

              1. Black Knights
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                *A small chance.

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  It's effectively no chance. I think there's a higher chance of Villa having a TGW in GW19 than this purely because logistically there's no time to reschedule it for GW18.

            3. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Thanks lads!

            4. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Southampton v Shrewsbury in the FA Cup could be postponed due to Covid (Shrewsbury's team). If the match is postponed (which isn't confirmed yet), and the FA do not award the match to Southampton (which may or may not happen), they could (or could not) rearrange the game the same midweek as Leeds v Southampton, meaning that game would be postponed. They could then rearrange that game for GW18, but seems unlikely as they have not hurriedly rearranged any other PL game that has been postponed involving two teams who are not in Europe as there are plenty of free European midweeks for these games to be rearranged to.

              1. Stormbringer22
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Thanks mate, appreciate the full back story on this as I had no idea where all of this originated from.

          11. Daniel - WC Active
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Amy news about the Leeds game?

            1. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 24 days ago

              I see we both want to know that 😀

            2. My heart goes Salalalalah
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Amy not in the squad apparently 😉

          12. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            I'm leaning towards safety on the FH draft.

            Darlow 4.0
            Cancelo Tierney Shaw Yedlin Douglas
            KdB Fernandes Son Foden Saka
            Kane Lacazette Wilson

            Wilson first sub in case Foden doesn't play. Strong bench just in case.

            1. Daniel - WC Active
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Yeah, 2 on bench is good strategy on FH. Also Forster as second keep just in case

            2. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Beautiful

            3. Daniel - WC Active
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              I don't like Golden, other than that it is decent

              1. Daniel - WC Active
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                *Foden

              2. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Well I like my Foden! I gotta have at least one differential in there and he fits the bill. If he starts he can match or better Sterling at a much lower price.

            4. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Those that persist with Foden deserve something I guess.

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Well I have Wilson first sub if he doesn't play. If he doesn't start in the FA cup, I think I'm gonna risk it.

              2. Pumpy Pro
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Deserve somthing for bad FPL management ? Explain?

              3. NateDogsCats
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  The enduring pain of uncertainty and disappointment?

                  1. Pumpy Pro
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Haha but they should have come away the first time he started on the bench. Not the 15th time . They probably like a bit of mental torture

              4. thegaffer82
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Yep it's very strong and could be an excellent GW (over non-FHers) if Arsenal win handsomely especially, as so few own them.

                But, as a non-FHer, it's not filling me with fear and kind of validates the decision to not play FH or WC for myself.

                Who knows if I'll still be smiling come next week though 🙂

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Fair. It's on the conservative end. I could put Sterling in there over Foden and make the money by downgrading in defense and Laca but I think I prefer this variant.

              5. JVALDEZ
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Can see a Foden cameo

              6. Rinseboy
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Just seen this looks excellent. I've gone Rash over Son and Maguire over Shaw and rest is the same! Great team

                1. Yankee Toffee
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Maguire on 4 YCs

              7. Patron
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                I’m looking to get in Shaw, do u reckon he will play vs Burnley?

                I guess Telles starting in the FA cuo would cement it?

                Cheers!

            5. OLLY G
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Stones or Cancelo?

              Thanks.

              1. Daniel - WC Active
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Cancelo for me

              2. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Latter

              3. Inazuma X1
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Stones

              4. Kindness
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Stones

              5. Pukkipartyy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Cancelo ofc.

            6. PlayPercentage
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              There will inevitably be more COVID cases, and more fixture postponements over the coming months.
              Therefore, more DGWs and BGWs down the line.
              Is there a case for holding all your chips until the smoke clears a little?

              1. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Nah

              2. thegaffer82
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                I don't see how anyone can let these two GW's pass without playing ANY chips at all.

                This BGW-DGW is prime for attacking for sure. But, anyone playing more than 2 chips is probably over-egging the pudding for sure.

                In my opinion 1 chip is fine - providing your team is set up well. I'm playing TC in 19 and saving WC, FH & BB for later. Because, as you said, it could be a crazy year and there's very likely more upheaval to come yet.

                1. NateDogsCats
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    I'm in two minds now, I initially said I'd consider BB in 19 but with all the uncertainty and outbreaks, rotation and risk of injuries due to busy scheduling said I'd leave it. I have 9 (+ Brewster) for the BGW thanks to the MU v Burnley rescheduled fixture so I don't feel I need the FH so I figured I'd go without either.

                    But I used the new LiveFPL tool to see how I'd look if my plans go ahead without issue towards DGW19 and if everything went ahead as normal I'd have a pretty darn good BB team, and my decision to move Kane to Ings instead of Vardy (for a couple of weeks at least) means I can even upgrade Brewster too. I still feel like it might not be the right time but if I get to shortly before the DGW19 deadline and my team still looks good I can't say I won't heavily consider it.

              3. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                I have flagged my post on page 1 of this article and requested the mods to remove. Please dont click on the link. It's too graphic.
                Apologies.

              4. Inazuma X1
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Update on Robert Snodgrass and #wba: Snodgrass will have a medical today and is expected to sign an 18-month contract. First signing for Sam Allardyce. #whufc

                https://twitter.com/JPercyTelegraph/status/1347104602076962816?s=20

                1. The Knights Template
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Liked Snoddy back in the day.

                2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Completely forgot he existed. Good move Fat Sam.

              5. S.Kuqi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Grealish better option than Rash for gw18/19 despite being on 4 yc?

                Would allow me to have Ings instead of Rodrigo/Adams

                1. The Knights Template
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Prob not

                2. NateDogsCats
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Rashford hasn't blanked away from home yet this season, but Grealish is still always a good option especially if Barkley is back but the YC situation is a problem. But Ings over either of those other two is a nice upgrade

                3. Rinseboy
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Thoughts on this FH put of 10?

                  Darlow
                  Cancello Maguire Tierney
                  KDB Foden Rashford Bruno
                  Kane Laca Wilson
                  Sanchez Saka Yedlin Mitchell

                  1. Rinseboy
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    sorry *out of 10

                  2. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    7. Maguie bap hater

                    1. Rinseboy
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      fair! Shaw or AwB instead?!

                      1. The Knights Template
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Awb. Shaw may still be fat and rotated with Telles.

                  3. claretparrot
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Frighteningly similar to mine, so it's a biased 10/10 from me

                4. Hadebayor Mum
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  I have 9 for BGW 18, 0FT. 2.4 ITB. Anything worth a hit?

                  Martinez
                  Stones Dias
                  KDB Bruno Rashford Son
                  Watkins DCL

                  Steer Ayling Dallas Coufal Soucek Bamford

                  1. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    G2g

                5. shirtless
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Freehitting in BGW18, undecided on which chip to play for DGW19. Was all set on Salah(TC), not so sure now. Having wildcarded mostly a DGW bench and switched KdB to Mane on wildcard as an edge on Salah triplers I find myself 0.1 short of a playing bench keeper for a potential full XV. The fixture switch has done me!

                  McCarthy
                  Konsa KWP Coufal
                  Salah Mane Bruno Soucek
                  KANE DCL Bamford

                  Button Romeu Alisoki Pieters

                  0.4m

                  Essentially;

                  Mane & non-playing keeper
                  v
                  KdB & two keepers (-4)

                  Or

                  TC someone?

                  1. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Kdb & 2 keepers

                6. Stormbringer22
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Not trying to start any scaremongering on here, but given the amount of games KDB has played recently, wouldn't there be a risk of him missing out on any of the upcoming 3 PL games? I know he is their best player and as a professional athlete he should be able to play as much as he does. Do you think he may be rested either vs Brighton in 18 or in any of the 2 games in 19?

                  1. claretparrot
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    He'll get his rest at the weekend and then I'd expect him to start all PL games until they've at least caught up with 'pool

                    1. Stormbringer22
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Makes sense. I also am not convinced that they will rest their best player in a PL game given that they are behind in the title race

                      1. claretparrot
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Pep pretty much said they can't rest him a few weeks back. I can't see that has changed until they've got themselves right back in the mix

                        1. Miguel Sanchez
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 24 days ago

                          Think the follwoing are pretty nailed when fit now in Pep's eyes

                          Ederson
                          Dias Stones Cancelo (LB or RB)
                          KDB Rodrigo
                          Sterling

                          1. mynameisq
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            I don't feel Cancelo is nailed if everyone is fit, though he gets healthy minutes and Stones is a few bad performances away from being dropped whereas the other nailed ones wouldn't be dropped for bad performances

                  2. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Aaahhhhh sell sell sell!!!

                    1. Stormbringer22
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      I haven't even got him yet 😀

                  3. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Nope. He will sit out the FA cup game and then play all the PL games imo.

                7. fpork
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Best GK on a FH for 5.5 or less?
                  Currently on Leno, but considering DDG. Only concerned about his minutes. Other options?

                  1. Stormbringer22
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Darlow

                8. Shark Team
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Auba: worse than Saka
                  Shaw: could give you 1 point
                  Sterling: playing RWB

                  1. Stormbringer22
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    I agree about Auba and Shaw. With Sterling, the problem this week is different. That last premium slot in the FH team would be either for Sterling or for Kane. Sterling a great differential, but there is the fear that if he blanks and Kane hauls some non-FH teams that naturally have Kane + Son would potentially score more points than your FH team.

                9. That Posh Bloke
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  I don’t think Liverpool will finish top 4 this season. They’re being stubborn and not signing a defender; their attack has fallen off a cliff since Salah’s interview with Marca.

                  I’m going with no LFC players going forward. I’m a fan of the club, but I can see only gloom.

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Yeah no... It was only 2 weeks ago that they put 7 past Crystal Palace and everyone was proclaiming them essential.

                  2. Stormbringer22
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    I wouldn't go that far. Definitely would be a real struggle to keep the title but I think they will either finish top or second. Salah is still very much in my future plans

                  3. NateDogsCats
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      It's a sticky period for sure, will be interesting to see how they come through it. Salah hasn't looked anything like he did during the past 2 seasons despite his goal involvements, and even Mane has been pretty poor lately (I've always felt he could be pretty wasteful but he's just not looked great on the ball for a few weeks if you ignore the Palace game). But I can't see them dropping that far away.

                  4. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Always a pleasure to see FH teams matching your non FH side

                    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Inject it onto my veins!

                      1. Flair
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Haha!

                    2. The Knights Template
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      I'll bet it is.

                  5. fpork
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Would you go for Stones+Cancelo or Stones+Dias on FH?

                    1. Stormbringer22
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Cancelo

                  6. C_Manan
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Salah to Rashford for BGW and then Son out Salah in for DGW?

                    1. The Knights Template
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Bit messy

                      1. C_Manan
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Better option than FHing

                  7. fpork
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Burnley conceded 3 goals in December (6 matches). Is Fernandes as captain a bad choice? Seems like KDB is a much better option with a poor Brighton defence, and City scoring 15 goals against them the past two PL seasons.

                    1. The Knights Template
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Kdb

                    2. NateDogsCats
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        City tend to do very well against Brighton, they've scored 13 in total in their last 3 PL games against them. Add to that the fact that Brighton always try and attack everyone they play then I'd say has to be KDB

                        1. NateDogsCats
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            I don't think Bruno is a bad option BTW, but I think KDB just makes far more sense

                      • Shark Team
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        A) Steffen Clark Auba Richarlison
                        or
                        B) DDG Dias Saka Rashford

                        Only for this gw

                        1. The Knights Template
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 24 days ago

                          Both rubbish, try again Sharky