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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. Ruinenlust
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Captain Salad or Ronny?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Has to be Ronaldo imo I dont own him and dreading it 🙂

    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Ronaldo eats salad for breakfast.

    3. Justin Credibles
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Ronny for me

    4. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Ronny

  2. TSN
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Current def.
    Rudiger - Alonso - TAA - shaw (duffy)

    A. start duffy, bench rudi.
    B. gtg

    1. TVPlugSockets
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      B

  3. ZEZIMA
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Traore > Sarr with a FT?

    1. TVPlugSockets
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Yup

  4. FPLShaqiri
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Saka dropped to 6.2 overnight. Any reason not to put him into my WC team? On a load of set pieces with decent fixtures

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      No reason no

    2. Neevesy
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Nope, no reason. Low ownership so could be a differential

    3. Arteta
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      His form isn't the best but it can change quickly. Worth a punt in my opinion.

      1. FPLShaqiri
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Cheers, think I will, prefer him to Gray who I have there rn. Haven’t watched last couple Arsenal games, but him/ESR/Tierney seemed the best players in the first few matxhes

  5. S9PKE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Start Tores, Toney or White?

    1. TVPlugSockets
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      White

      1. S9PKE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Worried with Arsenal but you may be right

  6. JVALDEZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Think I’m captaining Antonio, anyone else?

    1. Jdpz
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      me too 🙂

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Camzy was.

    3. TVPlugSockets
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Gotta be Ronaldo I reckon

    4. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Between him and Salah and am going Salah but Antonio could do really well yes

    5. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Getting last minute ronaldo fear!

    6. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      0/

    7. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Too much of a risk

  7. CrouchDown
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Will we get any news on Raph?

    1. Justin Credibles
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Doubt it

    2. All Hail K
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Bielsa usually tight lipped or cryptic at best.

      1. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        In past seasons he told the XI always in pressers but maybe that has changed a bit.

        1. BobbyDoesNotLook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          But of course no more news from him before gw.

  8. tim
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Morning lads!

    Foster or Sanchez?

    Cheerio!

    1. TVPlugSockets
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Sanchez

    2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Foster

    3. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      50-60

      1. tim
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Might go w Sanchez coz most peeps in my ML will.

  9. TVPlugSockets
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Is Tsimkas expected to start?
    And TAA?

    1. Maddamotha
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Robbo and Trent probably start

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      No and yes.

    3. All Hail K
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      There is a bit of a chance of Tsimkas if Klopp feels TAA is not necessary and could use a few extra days to fully recover.

      1. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Dont you think Milner would then take Trent's place?

  10. CR7 is Home
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Is any fwd worth getting for Bamford for a hit other than Antonio?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      No

    2. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Ronaldo

  11. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Is Torres confirmed out?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Who knows

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Pep

  12. tryf88
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Sanchez
    Shaw, taa, christensen
    Salah, sarr, jota, gray, raph
    Ronaldo (c), antonio
    Foster, Liv, Dennis, Amartey

    Gtg? Is bench order ok? Or swap dennis for Liv?

    1. Justin Credibles
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Dennis first sub for me

  13. Justin Credibles
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Foster nailed for Watford? Bachmann on the bench last week and out this week with an injury...

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Foster will start in that case.

  14. Somnus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Play 2 from:

    A) James (Reece)
    B) Semedo
    C) Duffy
    D) Livramento

    1. Justin Credibles
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      A & D

    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      A,D

  15. BelgianCoach
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Who to play: White or Semedo?

    1. Justin Credibles
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      White

  16. The Count of Monte Cristo
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    I own Raphinha, Toney and Ayling. Currently only need to start 1, which is Raphinha.

    2FT - which move would be best?

    A) Toney --> ASM
    B) Ayling --> 4.5 DEF - eg: White

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      (Have Sánchez as GK, so not keep to double-up with Duffy)

  17. Sprets
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Who to start?

    A) Raphinha
    B) Livramento

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      play a, I think he'll either start or not play at all.

    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      A

    3. All Hail K
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Liv

  18. mynameisq
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Any early rumours/team leaks?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Not seen anything

      1. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Cheers

  19. Sourabh
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Suggestions for Bamford replacement (within 8.2M), already have Antonio. I am inclined towards Armstrong or ASM.

    1. Pratik
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Armstrong

      1. Sourabh
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Strong fixture bar che(A)

    2. Yozzer
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      ASM

      Better player
      Talisman
      Scores and assists

  20. Erange
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Play two from:
      A. Torres
      B. Livra
      C. Reguillon
      D. Coady

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      2FTs, 0.2itb.
      A. Raph >> Gray/Benrahma
      B. Ings >> ASM/Jimmy
      C. Ayling >> Duffy

      1. Jässi
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        B

    • built_this_city
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Hi friends

      Should I play sissoko or white

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        White

    • Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Field two of Jimenez, Duffy & Livramento (have Sanchez)?

    • dshv
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Starting Foster or Sanchez ?

      1. Pratik
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I think Foster

    • Pratik
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Wondering if I should do anything with a transfer, or just save?

      Also start Foster over Sanchez this week?

      Foster
      Shaw/TAA/Ayling
      Traore/Salah/Raphina/Jota/Benrahma
      Antonio/Ronaldo

      Subs:Sanchez/Livramento/Veltman/Perica

    • Jässi
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Who is best Bamford replacement for next two GW only, will use WC then during the international break (other attackers CR7 and Antonio)

      A) Pukki
      B) King
      C) Dennis
      D) Rondon

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I think there are possibly better options than those 4.

    • Garfield1001
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Best Bamford replacement:

      ASM
      Armstrong
      Jimenez

      Thanks

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        short term or long term pick?

        1. Garfield1001
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Short term probably

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            a or b then.

      2. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I’m going Jimenez in the hope he pops, plus he has a nice fixture next week too

    • winchester
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Morning lads, have 1FT and 0,9m itb. Have a rough time picking which gw to use wc, considering gw8. cheers

      foster
      taa shaw livramento
      benrahma salah greenwood sarr
      cr7 antonio bamford*

      sanchez esr tsimi amartey

      a) GTG. save ft (play ESR)
      b) bamford->asm/jimenez/maupay

      Then gw7: tsimi->chelsea def

    • JollyGoodYellows
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Start one of:

      A) Semedo
      B) Livramento
      C) Toney

      1. All Hail K
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Liv

    • 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Hi folks!! Is Bamford’s price locked??? On the section on here of price rises and fallers, Last night it says ‘Bamford +0.0’

      1. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        He rose then fell in the same week, so it will have been +0.1 before the drop last night.