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Zouma suffers second successive benching as Rüdiger starts for Chelsea

Kurt Zouma‘s (£5.8m) Fantasy Premier League stock has taken another dip in Double Gameweek 19 following Chelsea’s latest team-sheet.

The centre-back has been left on the bench for a second Premier League match in a row, much to the chagrin of his 20.5% ownership.

As things stand, only three defenders are selected by more managers than Zouma but a third start in four for Antonio Rüdiger (£4.5m) alongside Thiago Silva (£5.6m) is sure to trigger a fire-sale in the build-up to Gameweek 20.

Reece James (£5.1m) returns at right-back while Ben Chilwell (£6.1m) remains the most ever-present of Chelsea’s defenders, making his 15th consecutive Premier League start.

Frank Lampard has made changes in attack too, Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m) coming in for Hakim Ziyech (£8.1m) after registering more attacking returns since Gameweek 15 than any other Chelsea asset (two).

Meanwhile, Tammy Abraham (£7.2m) replaces Olivier Giroud (£6.7m) but Christian Pulisic (£8.2m) retains his place on the left-hand side of Chelsea’s front-three.

Any concerns over Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) have been assuaged for now as Brendan Rodgers selects him to lead the Leicester line.

James Maddison (£7.1m), who has as many attacking returns in his last four at the King Power Stadium as the Foxes’ talismanic forward (four), has the number 10 role again, flanked by Harvey Barnes (£6.8m) and Marc Albrighton (£5.3m).

Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) continues to wait for his first start of the campaign as James Justin (£5.0m) and Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) staff the full-back roles once again.

Leicester City XI (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Justin, Evans, Fofana, Castagne; Ndidi, Tielemans; H Barnes, Maddison, Albrighton; Vardy.

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): E Mendy; Chilwell, T Silva, Rüdiger, R James; Havertz, Kovacic, Mount; Pulisic, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi.

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  1. Traction Engine Foot
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Dreaming of a Justin red card

    1. mrmrscott
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Sounds good to me!

    2. KAALI_DAAL
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Keep dreaming.

      • Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Knowing my luck he assists a maddison goal while vardy limps off

        1. Traction Engine Foot
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Much more likely sadly

      • GROBARI
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Im also dreaming to have 1 billion euros. But i wont happen

          1. GROBARI
              1 month, 10 days ago

              It*

        • Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          If Chris Wood scores at Anfield I will take a well earned break from here for a month in celebration.

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            You’ve already lost if you own Chris Wood

          2. Party time
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            😆

            In fudgy we trust

          3. KAALI_DAAL
              1 month, 10 days ago

              See you here next GW again then.

            • My heart goes Salalalalah
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              You make us miss Scotty B

            • Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              That would be great if either premise had a chance of happening

            • BenDavies
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Would love him to score at Anfield. Me and you shall be celebrating our terrible Wood pick

            • Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              we are praying then

            • dunas_dog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Burnley fan forums expect him to be on bench

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

                WTF

          4. golden skulltula 69
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Hi everyone!

            Wilson out, Antonio in for free? Yes or No?

            Cheers!

            1. KAALI_DAAL
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Captain hindsight we missed you!

              • UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Seems that way, I’ll be doing the same just so Antonio gets Injured

              • Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Antonio could easily break before Tuesday.

              • Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Not late now but I suppose so.

            2. Yank Revolution
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Mmmmm...old rank 1.1 mill...new rank...710k...

              I love you DGW and Hits!

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

                Barely movement on BB... 700k to 500k... terrible season and BB wasted

                1. Yank Revolution
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Bummer - my BB has helped a little (15 points, but I'll take it).

              2. Iceball
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                590k to 280k here with 10 to go if I count Zouma. 89 points atm.

                1. Yank Revolution
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Grats!! May we both continue to accumulate (Salah C going off would help!)

              3. KAMARA-COPY
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Well done

                1. Yank Revolution
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Thanks, I needed some good news for once this season...its been hard to best the Top 10 k avg each week, which is the key to rising quickly. This week I'm destroying that avg. by 20.

              4. Salarrivederci
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                330K -> 130K
                No chips used this GW. Salah (C)
                9 to go

              5. Sid1891
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Antonio winner cost me dearly but still 100k raise in rank so far with 11 to go looks fairly optimistic

              6. mojoindojo
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Well done

            3. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Barnes playing upfront?

              1. KAALI_DAAL
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Lol no

              2. TomSaints
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Stay on that bench Zouma. Knowing my luck it’ll be a 2 min cameo

                1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  1 point difference for most then. Who you getting from the bench?

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

                  I'll take a 10 min cameo if he can get up for a few corners.

                  I have just the mighty Bamford on the bench. I'll lose a point for a chance to get more.

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

                Accidentally benched Zouma in Draft #HazzKnows

              4. Iceball
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Need Mendy cs and at least 1 point from Zouma or else Coufal on BB is a fail since he would be subbed on anyway.

              5. Bielsa Murderball
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Saka or ESR?

                  1. KAALI_DAAL
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      I'm buying Saka. So he will break soon.

                      ESR

                    • The Sociologist
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Either is a good prospect at their price point.

                    • Im New Here
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Saka

                      • mojoindojo
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Saka

                    • TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Last Man Standing Update

                      Current safety score = 50
                      Top score = 119
                      LMS average = 73.37 (-4.75) = 68.62
                      Players played = 5/13.46

                      https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

                      1. The Suspended One
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Stop making me feel average!

                    • DycheDycheBaby
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      No Zouma. Well that's just brilliant. Never trust scout picks!!!

                      1. Rupert The Horse
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Literally.

                      2. KAALI_DAAL
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Stones, Antonio and Coufal?

                          The right comment should be, never trust in the player you pick from scouts picks.

                          1. DycheDycheBaby
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            I actually had Zouma since Chilwell came off one game injured and everyone thought he would be out next match lol

                      3. fridge
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        The good: Balbuena, Wood > Stones, Antonio
                        The bad: Kane > Vardy
                        Come on Vardy, make it worth the hit pls

                        1. The Suspended One
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          You can’t complain either way with those transfers

                          1. KAALI_DAAL
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              Your hit has been paid my son

                        2. Coys96
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Werner has to come out, right?

                          1. Rupert The Horse
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            Erm, in what way?

                            1. KAALI_DAAL
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                He needs to admit he'd rather be a marathon runner than a footballer

                          2. The Suspended One
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            Chelsea 2-1
                            Mount
                            Barnes
                            Pulisic

                          3. BenDavies
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            As a Chelsea fan I would love a Chelsea win with an irrelevant Leicester goal. 2-1 please. So glad CHO starts finally, so deserved. Abraham however is a donkey and shouldn't be playing in the Premier League. Shame Giroud is injured. Otherwise a great team.

                            1. The Suspended One
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              Tammy is the only one who can link the runs from Pulisic and CHO; dreadful finisher but key to the success of the team atm

                              1. BenDavies
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                I'd disagree but let's hope he can perform tonight! KTBFFH!

                            2. diesel001
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              Mendy
                              James Rudiger Silva Chilwell
                              Kante Kovacic
                              Ziyech Werner Pulisic
                              Abraham

                              Kepa
                              Azpi Christensen Zouma Emerson
                              Gilmour Jorginho
                              Mount Havertz CHO
                              Giroud

                              1. BenDavies
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                we have good squad depth

                              2. jomikijiq
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                Why Mount in the second XI? He's been their best player this season

                            3. Daniel - WC Active
                              • 11 Years
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              Giroud is injured?

                              1. BenDavies
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                yes, ankle swelling after ankle hit against fulham

                          4. diesel001
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            Coufal basically double CS. Nice.

                            Need Justin to match him now.

                          5. Pep Roulette
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            Hey fam! Can you take a minute to suggest me something for this week?
                            (Don't ask about Werner)

                            McCarthy (Johnstone)
                            Dallas Coufal Targett (Justin Balbuena)
                            Salah Mane Bruno Foden (Soucek)
                            Werner Adams Bamford

                            1 FT 0.1 ITB

                            1. BenDavies
                              • 8 Years
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              Werner to literally anyone

                              1. Pep Roulette
                                • 3 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                Lol Cheers mate

                          6. Roy Hudd
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            If this site or others of this ilk didn't exist and managers had to make decisions themselves without aid, 99% wouldn't have brought Antonio in. This site allows players to not think. Casual is a word thrown about but it's true in this Antonio case.

                            1. The Sociologist
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              Antonio was an obvious transfer in this week with his fixtures, the Villa COVID outbreak, and the DCL injury.

                              1. Yank Revolution
                                • 9 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                This x 100

                            2. Rupert The Horse
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              What should I eat tonight?

                            3. The Suspended One
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              Pure salt.

                              #1 he has been dgw target since it was announced due to fixtures.

                              #2 they just sold their only other striker

                              #3 first name on team sheet when healthy

                              #4 completed 90 min in cup and mouse said he would play before deadline

                              With Bamford and Watkins being removed from our plans, he was always the best option.

                            4. The Suspended One
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              It’s not what people say, it’s the why. Lots of useful information to be gleaned if you know who to ignore.

                            5. _Ninja_
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              "Those that are doing well benefitting from cancelled games"

                              "No serious player still has Grealish"

                              A couple of your previous comments. Now your crying about people getting Antonio, the only realistic transfer for DCL who is injured.

                              1. The Suspended One
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                I got killed by the cancelled games; triple Villa, Bamford and FH 19 plan went up in tatters. Still worked out OK; nice to still have all chips

                            6. Little Red Lacazette
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              I had been waiting for weeks to get him as soon as he was cleared fit. He is their main attacker now that Haller is gone.

                          7. stu92
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            A) Zouma > Stones
                            B) Zouma & Johnstone > Dias & Button (-4)

                            Cash is spread across my team after BB, should I go back to 1 goalie or keep Johnstone as back-up?

                            1. The Sociologist
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              A) for now

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

                              Zouma > Stones is the easiest transfer ever imo.

                          8. Fudgy
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            Anyone else own Wood over Antonio and didn't do the hit? Please I need to talk to someone Im so stressed out

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

                              People will think we are the same person if I start posting about it...

                              1. KAMARA-COPY
                                • 3 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                Haha

                              2. Rainer
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                😮

                              3. Fudgy
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                How do you feel? Im so upset. Antonio is on 18 points and Wood on 2 so far 🙁

                              4. Jon Walter's Hatty
                                • 7 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                You should get married and invite the whole FFS community to the service

                              5. ‘Tis the Season
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                its clear you are both the same age..

                            2. KAMARA-COPY
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              Visit a fpl therapist

                              1. KAALI_DAAL
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  He can't afford Antonio over Wood. You think he can afford a therapist? Lol

                              2. Inazuma X1
                                • 3 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                I brought in Ings for a hit. Would've brought in Antonio. I do get Holding's 6 point from the bench though.

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

                                  Thats a W honestly

                              3. BenDavies
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                me

                              4. St Pauli Walnuts
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                Chill out Fudge man, jeez

                            3. Alisson WondHaaland
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              Time for Chilwell to smash it up against his former club 🙂

                              1. Yank Revolution
                                • 9 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                Boy would that be welcome!

                              2. Lindelol
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                my differential - attacking return would be great

                            4. KAALI_DAAL
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                DCL to Antonio was the obvious transfer this GW.

                                1. KAMARA-COPY
                                  • 3 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  Was a professional move

                                2. Yank Revolution
                                  • 9 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  Precisely what I did...and Kilman to Stones.

                                3. jomikijiq
                                  • 5 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  Yeah, one of the easiest decisions this season

                                4. Rash
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  Brewster to Antonio here 🙂

                                5. The Sociologist
                                  • 1 Year
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  100%

                                6. Podge
                                  • 10 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  I did rodak DCL and Dallas to Martínez Antonio and Dias -4
                                  Pretty damn happy
                                  Except for Stones

                              • Daniel - WC Active
                                • 11 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                Soucek fail

                                1. Daniel - WC Active
                                  • 11 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  Selling, benching or playing? What's next ?

                                2. Rainer
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  Will score vs Palace on benches.

                                  1. Daniel - WC Active
                                    • 11 Years
                                    1 month, 10 days ago

                                    Sounds about right

                                3. The Sociologist
                                  • 1 Year
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  Got the Palace game for me then will look at other options. 3x West Ham feels like too much.

                              • Rupert The Horse
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                Fudgy and Brosstan are on here at the same time. There goes that theory.

                                1. The Suspended One
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  They are kissin cousins

                                2. Lindelol
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  chrome + firefox - No??

                                3. Amey
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  Chucky nowhere though
                                  Jafooli as well

                                4. Wild Rover
                                  • 10 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  But not Fudgy and Virgin

                              • Do I Not Like Orange
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                No Antonio, no Stones. GW couldn't have gone much worse, fully expect Salah (c) to put a bow on it with another big fat blank.

                                1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                                  • 7 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  Well ive Antonio Stones and Salah TC so something will give

                              • Daniel - WC Active
                                • 11 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                Pereira on the bench Justin owners

                                1. mynameisq
                                  • 7 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  Was last week too

                                2. The Suspended One
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  Only 15 weeks late!

                              • Nikolai Volkoff
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                Party safely Jamie.

                              • Brosstan
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                Chilly RC against old friends the way this season is going

                                1. JBG
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  Fingers crossed.

                                2. The Suspended One
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  You have to have emotions in order to have an emotional outburst

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

                                    Are you saying Chilwell is a sociopath?

                              • Duke Silver ☑
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                Martin Tyler: Aaand it's live
                                *awkward silence*

                                1. Party time
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  You clown 😆

                              • ivantys
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  ppl actually expect a DM who plays deep to score every game lol.

                                  1. mynameisq
                                    • 7 Years
                                    1 month, 10 days ago

                                    People expect every single player they own to get points every single match, and for some players points alone isn't enough it always needs to be more

                                  2. KAPTAIN KANE
                                    • 4 Years
                                    1 month, 10 days ago

                                    Only scores when people bench him. So he’ll probably score next gameweek