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FPL Team Reveal: Injury problems and the hunt for Bamford replacements

Phil Gill, aka @fplsorcerer, is an incredibly successful Fantasy Premier League (FPL) veteran who can boast of two top 1k finished, six top 5k finishes and eight top 10k finishes.

Phil sits 85th in the Career Hall of Fame and currently has an overall rank of 143k.

Here he discusses his team plans for the weekend and beyond.

FPL Gameweek 5 Review

  • Points: 72
  • Overall Rank: 143k 

Gameweek 5 felt like a breakthrough with my rank moving from 220k to 143k. My moves to take out Harry Kane (£12.2m) and Diego Jota (£7.7m) for Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) and Patrick Bamford (£7.9m) paid dividends although Bamford is now injured for this week. These moves, although quite template, pushed my rank up more than 70k places. 

Gameweek 6 ‘Bus Team’

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When I set my team after the game updated on Friday evening, I was thinking how great it looked and how I would save my transfer for the Chelsea fixture shift next week. But then broke the news in midweek that Bamford was out and Luke Ayling (£4.5m) and Raphinha (£6.5m) were doubts. So my team is currently looking problematic with the risk that I only have nine players available.

Here are my thoughts on how to optimize my team this week.

An obvious transfer for me to make is to take out Bamford who is out this week. I thought about keeping him especially looking at the Leeds fixtures but not knowing how long he is out for is problematic. For all we know, he could miss Gameweek 7 too as there is no clear-cut news on his length of absence and I need players starting this Gameweek. 

I looked at the following Bamford replacements…

  • Romelu Lukaku (£11.6m), whose run after this week looks irresistible but this means also losing Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.6m) or Mason Greenwood (£7.7m) and I don’t want to lose them especially not for a bench player when I need all the players I can this week.
  • Chris Wood (£6.8m), who faces a Leicester team that has been giving away many headed chances and who has Norwich at home next week. But then he faces Man City away.
  • Odsonne Edouard, (£6.5m) passes the eye test and has some good fixtures on the way. But he may still not start as Viera feels he still needs bedding into the premier league.
  • Adam Armstrong (£6.0m), who has been getting a lot of chances and faces Wolves at home next but then next week it’s Chelsea away.
  • Salomón Rondón (£6.0m), with Norwich at home but that would be a transfer for one week and I am not keen to use my Wildcard anytime soon.

None of these options appeal to me so I looked at possible midfield player transfers. The key players I wanted for this week even before the injuries filtered through were Demarai Gray (£5.8m) and Ismaila Sarr (£5.8m). Both players are in top form and have good fixtures this week with Gray probably the slightly better option with his long-term fixtures and Everton’s injuries. However, I don’t have the funds to upgrade Josh Brownhill (£4.5m) to one of them and I am not too keen to replace Raphinha as he has good fixtures and may even play this Gameweek.

So I have opted for a double transfer move which means yet another 4 point hit but almost guarantees me 11 playing players this week whilst strengthening my squad. 

Gameweek 6 Transfers

FPL Team Reveal: Injury problems and the hunt for Bamford replacements

Bamford and Brownhill have gone out and in come Emmanuel Dennis (£5.3m) and Sarr.

This allows me to get Sarr, the top player that I wanted this week, and to start Raphinha with Dennis as a back-up if he doesn’t play. This move also frees up money in the bank for me to get a premium Chelsea player next week without taking a hit so it seems like the most sensible option all round despite the four-point hit. I haven’t pulled the trigger yet as I’m waiting to see if any more team news becomes available about Raphinha especially and any other of my players. But I am almost certain that these will be my moves which I feel will safeguard my team for this week and going forward despite taking another four-point hit.

Gameweek 6 Captain

Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.7m) gets the captaincy for me at home to Aston Villa. Other good options are Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) away to Brentford and Michael Antonio (£7.9m) away to Leeds. However, I think Ronaldo is the best pick this week with the home fixture and he will also likely be the highest owned captain.  If I was to gamble though, I would go for Antonio captain against an injury-hit Leeds team. 

Thanks again for reading and good luck for the Gameweek.

696 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Mufc202020
    • 2 Years
    25 days, 7 hours ago

    Any Raph news 🙁 ?

      1. Mufc202020
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Thanks!

    1. Carefree Crew
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      You're welcome mate. 🙂

  2. Jono295
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    25 days, 7 hours ago

    Thoughts on WC team chaps?!

    Foster
    Shaw Duffy Arnold
    Salah Sarr Allan Benrahma
    Antonia CR7 Vardy

    Bench Ramsdale Kovacic Tsimksas Manq

    Plan to swap Vardy and Shaw next week for Lukaku and Alonso (exact money)

    1. Pratik
      • 12 Years
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      Ooo, I like that, especially with the moves next week. Do you want to take a -4 next week?

      I wonder if you should just do Shaw -> Alonso this week.

      1. Jono295
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Happy for the hit (I think!!!)

        I can see Shaw outscoring Alonso by more than 4 this week. Fingers crossed!!

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      Like it … might have to move quickly after the deadline as Lukaku will likely rise soon.

  3. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    25 days, 7 hours ago

    Will Begovic play? Or Pickford...

    1. In Like Flynn.
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      Pickford

  4. Mr Ozil
    • 6 Years
    25 days, 7 hours ago

    ASM or King as a replacement for Bamford?

    1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      asm

  5. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    25 days, 7 hours ago

    Bottomed: Would you say this team is good to go without taking a hit to remove Bamford this weekend reassessing? I have 0.8m in the bank.

    Sanchez
    Trent - Rudiger - Livramento
    Salah (c) - Jota - Torres - Gray - Sissoko
    Antonio - CR7

    Bench: Steele - Marcal - Williams - Bamford

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      Yep, can definitely leave it this week.

  6. 2hotty
    • 4 Years
    25 days, 7 hours ago

    Got no flags and 2 free transfers didnt want to burn a transfer so just done Torres to Zaha he loves a game against Brighton.

    1. TheBiffas
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        I did the same, missed the sarr price rise which confirmed it for me

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      If Reece James is rumoured to be out, play

      A) Ayling (WHU)
      B) use FT for White (TOT)
      C) Alonso -4 with Duffy in for Ayling

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        C long term mate

      2. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Agree with Rafa

    3. Scotty84
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      Currently playing 4 at the back
      Taa rudiger white duffy

      Bissouma ayling benched in that order.

      Does that look the correct move?

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Yep g2g

      2. Scotty84
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Thank you

    4. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      Wow, Gallagher’s stats are amazing

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Bringing him in?

        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          Ignore - just saw your post below

    5. 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      2 FTs and no idea what to do....thoughts?

      Sa
      Tierney Semedo TAA
      Salah Greenwood Jota Sarr
      Ronaldo Antonio Jimenez

      Steele, Williams, Duffy, Brownhill

    6. Thescaff
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      Has this Raphina news altered anyone else's plans?

      1. Invincibles
        • 7 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        What news?

      2. Garfield1001
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        What news?

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          They are with team but carrying knocks?

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          That's just the squad. We know he's probably in the squad as was spotted getting off the team coach.

      3. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Was always starting him regardless as have bench cover worst case.

    7. Ronnies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      Play 1:

      A) Livramento
      B) White

      Would mean Jimenez playing Vs Livramento.

      Cheers.

    8. Invincibles
      • 7 Years
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      Fancy a one week punt:
      A) Raph > Gray
      B) Raph > Doucoure
      C) Raph > Bailey
      D) None of the above

      1. trafalgarlaw
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        A for me

      2. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        If you really want to punt A … but I think you should just hold Raph

      3. Boyd to Sven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Bailey is injured for three weeks. So not him.

    9. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      Ayling to Alonso for -4 or pray Ayling starts?

      1. Thescaff
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Hold

    10. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      Actually swaying towards Gallagher now. What you guys think? Raph >>

      A. Gallagher
      B. Gray
      C. Benrahma

      1. Thescaff
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Hold

      2. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        I went Gallagher

      3. 2hotty
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        C for me followed by A

      4. trafalgarlaw
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        B or C

      5. PartyTime
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          B/C

        • The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          C for me, but it's close.

        • Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          Hoooooooold.

      6. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Is it worth holding Ayling for a next 6-8 GW's?

        Was thinking of moving him on for White to try and strengthen bench.

        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          Leeds have nice fixtures, but many injuries and not sure they'll keep many CS'.

        2. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          I’d get rid they look crap

          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 9 Years
            25 days, 7 hours ago

            Cheers, Rafa.

            White the best option? I already own Sánchez so not keen on Duffy for double-up...

      7. Garfield1001
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Bring in Jimenez or ASM?

        1. Thescaff
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          Jimi

        2. trafalgarlaw
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          Jimi

        3. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          The one scoring points

      8. Rhittique
        • 7 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        i'm wildcarding. Pls say which of them will be better for the long run

        White or Marcal
        Gray or Jota

        1. trafalgarlaw
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          White Gray

        2. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          White gray

      9. trafalgarlaw
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Start Sanchez or Foster ?

        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          Am going Foster and I own both

        2. Rhittique
          • 7 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          foster

        3. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          Foz.

      10. Jdpz
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        a) Dennis
        b) King

      11. Big Col
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Will Edouard start against Brighton?

        1. Jdpz
          • 1 Year
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          Probably no

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          Scout picks thinks so.

          Worth a gamble....

        3. ManofKent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          Guess is gametime but off bench still.

      12. Maeki2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Was gonna keep torres for this gw but seems like foden might take his place

        Torres -> Sarr/Gray/Zaha/Gallager/Pogba?

      13. MagicMessi
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 7 hours ago

        Lads play Ayling or Duffy ?

        1. PartyTime
            25 days, 7 hours ago

            Duffy

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          Is this worth a -8?

          Kane | Bruno | Bamford*
          To
          Lukaku | Salah | Antonio

          Thanks

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            25 days, 7 hours ago

            Yes.

            Do it...

          2. Flaming Flamingo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            25 days, 7 hours ago

            I'd do just Bamford to Antonio this week

          3. Invincibles
            • 7 Years
            25 days, 7 hours ago

            Definitely not.

          4. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            25 days, 7 hours ago

            Goodness … as soon as I saw -8 my immediate reply was going to be NO … but it’s three great players to bring in ….

            However I’d just do Bamford to Antonio …. Then the other two for -4 next week

            1. Invincibles
              • 7 Years
              25 days, 7 hours ago

              Kane and Bruno are good picks too though.

          5. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            25 days, 7 hours ago

            Kane to Antonio and Bruno to Salah? Bamford to Luka is probably not worth a hit if you have a backup.

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              25 days, 7 hours ago

              Thanks all

          6. Maeki2
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            25 days, 2 hours ago

            Dont think lukaku touched the ball in this game

        3. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          Would you rather own Bamford or Armstrong for the next 5-6 weeks (own Lukaku + Antonio) with the unknown of when the former returns?
          If I make the move it will fund Semedo to Dias (or another city defender) in GW8

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            25 days, 7 hours ago

            Bamford if he returns to fitness next gw

            1. HMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              25 days, 7 hours ago

              Unfortunately not going to find out this week
              If James is missing again I think I’ll make the switch

        4. CoracAld2831
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          I did Bamford/Raphinha to Jimenez/Barnes for a hit, because of Bamford being out, Raphinha being a doubt and Barnes having Burnley and Jimenez having good fixtures. And I also because I couldn't afford Vardy.

          But now I notice, I could have done Saint-Maximin/Jota and I'm kicking myself right now.

        5. Invincibles
          • 7 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          Play Alonso, Rudiger or both?

        6. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          Apparently Raph and Ayling are fit enough to feature the squad

          https://www.leeds-live.co.uk/sport/leeds-united/leeds-united-squad-revealed-raphinha-21672957

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            25 days, 7 hours ago

            In the squad yes

            1. Vlad Tepes
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              25 days, 7 hours ago

              why would they even put him in the squad if they still are unsure

        7. Ronanm
            25 days, 6 hours ago

            Schmeichel
            TAA, white, Marcal
            Salah, Greenwood, Benrhama, Sarr
            Ronaldo, Antonio, Ings

            Sanchez, Gilmour, Tsimikas, amartey

            O free transfers 1.2 ITB

            A) gilmour to Townsend (-4) Ings sub
            B) amartey to livramento (-4) Ings sub
            C) keep as it is

          • Mattious8
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            25 days, 6 hours ago

            Dennis of Rap?