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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.

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  1. Mufc202020
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Any Raph news 🙁 ?

      1. Mufc202020
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Thanks!

    1. Carefree Crew
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      You're welcome mate. 🙂

  2. Jono295
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days 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
      2 months, 9 days 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
        2 months, 9 days 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
      2 months, 9 days ago

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

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

    Will Begovic play? Or Pickford...

    1. In Like Flynn.
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Pickford

  4. Mr Ozil
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    ASM or King as a replacement for Bamford?

    1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      asm

  5. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days 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
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Yep, can definitely leave it this week.

  6. 2hotty
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days 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
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

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

  7. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days 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
      2 months, 9 days ago

      C long term mate

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

      Agree with Rafa

  8. Scotty84
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 9 days 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
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Yep g2g

    2. Scotty84
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Thank you

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

    Wow, Gallagher’s stats are amazing

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

      Bringing him in?

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

        Ignore - just saw your post below

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

  11. Thescaff
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Has this Raphina news altered anyone else's plans?

    1. Invincibles
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      What news?

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

      What news?

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

        They are with team but carrying knocks?

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

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

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

    Play 1:

    A) Livramento
    B) White

    Would mean Jimenez playing Vs Livramento.

    Cheers.

  13. Invincibles
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

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

    1. trafalgarlaw
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      A for me

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

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

    3. Boyd to Sven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Bailey is injured for three weeks. So not him.

  14. Gazza2000
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Ayling to Alonso for -4 or pray Ayling starts?

    1. Thescaff
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Hold

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

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

    A. Gallagher
    B. Gray
    C. Benrahma

    1. Thescaff
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Hold

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I went Gallagher

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

      C for me followed by A

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

      B or C

    5. PartyTime
        2 months, 9 days ago

        B/C

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

        C for me, but it's close.

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

        Hoooooooold.

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

        I’d get rid they look crap

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

      Bring in Jimenez or ASM?

      1. Thescaff
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Jimi

      2. trafalgarlaw
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Jimi

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

        The one scoring points

    8. Rhittique
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days 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
        2 months, 9 days ago

        White Gray

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

        White gray

    9. trafalgarlaw
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Start Sanchez or Foster ?

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

        Am going Foster and I own both

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

        foster

      3. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Foz.

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

      a) Dennis
      b) King

    11. Big Col
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Will Edouard start against Brighton?

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

        Probably no

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

        Scout picks thinks so.

        Worth a gamble....

      3. ManofKent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Guess is gametime but off bench still.

    12. Maeki2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days 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
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Lads play Ayling or Duffy ?

      1. PartyTime
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Duffy

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Is this worth a -8?

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

        Thanks

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

          Yes.

          Do it...

        2. Flaming Flamingo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          I'd do just Bamford to Antonio this week

        3. Invincibles
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Definitely not.

        4. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 9 days 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
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Kane and Bruno are good picks too though.

        5. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days 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
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Thanks all

        6. Maeki2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Dont think lukaku touched the ball in this game

      3. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 9 days 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
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Bamford if he returns to fitness next gw

          1. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 9 days 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
        2 months, 9 days 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
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Play Alonso, Rudiger or both?

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

          In the squad yes

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

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

      7. Ronanm
          2 months, 9 days 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
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Dennis of Rap?