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Which Chelsea players should FPL managers buy ahead of Gameweek 7?

Gameweek 7 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is just around the corner and many of us had earmarked this week in pre-season as the ideal time to load up on Chelsea assets ahead of a fixture run that sees them rank top of the Fantasy Football Scout Season Ticker all the way up to Gameweek 14.

So let’s get started discussing Chelsea assets, starting with the goalkeeping spot.

Edouard Mendy

Firmly first-choice goalkeeper, there is a small risk of the occasional benching in favour of Kepa Arrizabalaga (£4.9m) but it is likely to be minimal.

Edouard Mendy‘s (£6.0m) numbers are impressive for a premium shot-stopper, with a minutes-per-save average (25) that is better than most others – Alisson’s (£6.0m) is 38.6 and Ederson’s (£6.0m) is 108 – although that might be a product of the tougher fixtures so far and facing Liverpool largely with 10 men.

His minutes-per-baseline-bonus (BBPS) of 5.5 is pretty good too so he is likely to be in the mix when Chelsea keep a clean sheet: Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.0m) and Antonio Rudiger (£5.7m) have minutes-per-BBPS averages of 5.6 and 7.8 respectively, to put that in perspective. A decent shout but not one I’m tempted by.

THE DEFENCE

Now, this is why most of you are probably reading this article: the beautiful dilemma that is Marcos Alonso (£5.9m).

First off, I think it is important to determine what is Chelsea’s best XI when everyone is match fit. I personally think it is:

  • Mendy
  • Azpilicueta / Christensen / Rudiger
  • James / Jorginho / Kante / Chilwell
  • Mount / Lukaku / Havertz

Not many of us expected Alonso to start as many games as he has already and it must be said that his performances were decent up to Gameweek 6, both in defence and attack. However, he was poor against Manchester City, as were the entire Chelsea team.

Prior to the Juventus game, it was tricky to determine what clues we should look for to assess Alonso’s prospects of starting against Southampton. Coming off a loss to Manchester City, it was likely that Chelsea would go full-strength in their most difficult Champions League fixture and it was comforting to see Alonso in the starting line-up.

However, he struggled to provide any impetus going forward and it was a bit of the Alonso of old, who seemed to delay most of his passes. He was substituted at half-time and part of this might be due to his yellow card but I thought his display was quite poor overall. Another problem Chelsea are currently facing is providing supply to Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) in the absence of their best crosser, Reece James (£5.6m).

As the above image shows, Alonso has completed just five open play crosses and has been unsuccessful 20 times. The Spaniard’s strength is his goal threat and his positioning in the box, rather than crossing ability from open play where he has always been a bit poor. He has shown improvement, though: a 20% cross completion rate is pretty good. Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.6m) has also completed just seven crosses, so I might be reading too much into this statistic.

The above table from last year highlights how much Chelsea are going to rely on James to provide the supply to Lukaku this season. Ben Chilwell (£5.6m) had a cross completion rate of 15%, James 21% and Alonso 5%.

I’ve removed the defender filter and James is still top for successful open play crosses in the Chelsea team last year, by some distance.  

From what I have seen as a Blues fan and even without these numbers, Chilwell is simply a much better crosser of a football than Alonso is and I don’t see how the former Leicester left-back doesn’t get back into the team long-term, health permitting.

Alonso might still start against Southampton but the games after that are anyone’s guess. I’ll provide some brief thoughts on each defensive asset below:

I hope you found the article useful, I could have gone on for another 1,000 words! If you want to hear more thoughts about Chelsea assets, check out this week’s pod of the FPL Wire below:

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  1. Strchld
    • 5 Years
    27 days, 2 hours ago

    Can I survive one more week with this?

    Sanchez
    White - Livramento - Shaw*
    Benrahma - Salah - Greenwood - Torres - Jota
    Ronaldo - Antonio

    Bench: all injured and possible Shaw wont play too.
    Good change that Greenwood, Jota and Torres wont start.

    Pros: I have 1 FT.

    A) WC
    B) Take -4 to get 11 out and hope Jota, Torres and Greenwood play.

    If B) Probably doing Torres and TAA > Chelsea def and Raphinha for -4 and next week active WC.

    1. ZeBestee
      • 7 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      B

    2. CapK
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      B

    3. Cheeky Onion
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      With Torres being rested for PSG game, he might just start. Could just do Shaw or TAA to Chelsea defender

    4. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      yeah b is the way

    5. Strchld
      • 5 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      Thanks all. Dont like hits before WC, but now its only -2 to get 11 players out.

      Jota, Torres and Greenwood, whos have to go?

  2. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    27 days, 2 hours ago

    Sanchez
    TAA Reguilon Tierney
    Salah Bruno Jota Raphinha Benrahma
    Antonio King

    Begović Cash Ayling Perica*

    1FT, 2.4m ITB

    a) Jota to Grealish / Son
    b) Scarlett to Wood (NOR)
    c) Ayling to Azpi / Rudiger

  3. Gazza2000
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    27 days, 2 hours ago

    Wildcard this lot, yes or no?

    No FT left, 1.9 ITB

    Sanchez
    TAA* Rudiger Ayling*
    Salah Torres* Raphinha Benrahma
    Antonio Ronaldo ASM

    Steele Sissoko Webster Tsimikas

    1. Cheeky Onion
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      Don't think WC in necessary here. I'd go Ayling > Rudiger (-4)

      1. Gazza2000
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        27 days, 2 hours ago

        And go with 10 players?

        1. Cheeky Onion
          • 3 Years
          27 days, 2 hours ago

          On second thought, maybe WC is the shout. If you do, leave money ITB to get a City defender in next week if you don't include them in the initial WC squad

  4. Cheeky Onion
    • 3 Years
    27 days, 2 hours ago

    Bottomed...

    With Shaw's price about to drop tonight, is it time to pull the trigger on Shaw > Rudiger?

    1FT & 2.2m ITB

    Sanchez - Foster
    TAA - Reguilon - Shaw - Veltman - Tsim

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      No as you have money itb. Wait till Sat for news.

    2. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      I would wait and take the drop

    3. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      it’s a long term move so i’d just do it before price drop

      1. Cheeky Onion
        • 3 Years
        27 days, 2 hours ago

        I agree with this. Would be upsetting to field Veltman and miss a Shaw haul tho. Could do Tsim > Rudi instead but would be 0.1 shy for Shaw > Cancelo/Dias next week

  5. Gooner97
    • 8 Years
    27 days, 2 hours ago

    1FT, 1.4ITB

    Sanchez (4m)
    TAA** Shaw* White (Tsimi, Livramento)
    Salah Greenwood Gray Barnes (Brownhill)
    Antonio ASM Ronaldo

    Would you WC this GW? Or simply do Shaw to CHE def (which one tho)?

    1. Cheeky Onion
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      Shaw > Rudiger

      Why is Barnes still in your squad?

      1. Cojones of Destiny
        • 3 Years
        27 days, 2 hours ago

        this

      2. Gooner97
        • 8 Years
        27 days, 2 hours ago

        Already dropped so much that I thought "feck it, at this point I'll wait when will be due"... jokes apart, I had other priorities in fixing defenders and getting Ronaldo

        1. Gooner97
          • 8 Years
          27 days, 2 hours ago

          Honestly I'll get rid of him on WC soon

    2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      Personally if I had that team would do -4 this week Azpiliceuta and Rudiger in for Shaw and TAA
      The following gameweek Tsmikas needs to be moved get Cancelo in for him.
      No WC needed IMO

      1. Gooner97
        • 8 Years
        27 days, 2 hours ago

        Looks juicy, but I already took a hit the last GW in order to bring Ronaldo in...

        So, selling Shaw/TAA for a single CHE def looks like the best option. Which CHE def would you get? And also, should I sell Shaw or TAA?

        1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 12 Years
          27 days, 2 hours ago

          Shaw could be fit TAA to Azpilc . And do the other transfers next game week. Shocked you got Ronaldo in last week most are shipping him out for Lukaku. I think your choices are -
          1) Azpliceuta in -4 for TAA
          2) double Chelsea defence -8
          3) WC but it is a bad week to do it IMO

  6. Cojones of Destiny
    • 3 Years
    27 days, 2 hours ago

    re post

    yes or no
    TAA + Jota to Azpi(got Rudi) + Raph for minus 4

    1. vova
      • 11 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      looks good

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

      rudi raph

    3. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      Obvious on the face of it but Raphinha carrying injury and international football likely worries me

      1. Cojones of Destiny
        • 3 Years
        27 days, 2 hours ago

        Raph flag been removed , IB is a worry let’s hope his playtime for Brazil will be limited plus don’t think Bielsa can afford resting him

        1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 12 Years
          27 days, 2 hours ago

          That is what worries me pushed to breaking point - minutes already managed - serious injury waiting to happen

          1. Cojones of Destiny
            • 3 Years
            27 days, 2 hours ago

            what are ur moves for gw7? keeping jota?

            1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
              • 12 Years
              27 days, 1 hour ago

              I already did them very early two frees -
              Jota out - Sarr in
              Matip out - Rudiger in
              Plan to bench sarr v Liverpool gw8
              Gw8 transfer Likely Azplicueta/Cancelo in for

              1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 12 Years
                27 days, 1 hour ago

                ..,coady. Undecided on which defender for gw 8

                1. Cojones of Destiny
                  • 3 Years
                  27 days, 1 hour ago

                  thx and GL mate

  7. Buck The Trent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    27 days, 2 hours ago

    Anyone thinking to delay WC until closer to end of the year ?

    I think I could get fairly close to wc team with -8 next week

    1. Carefree Crew
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      Yeah I'm saving mine. Present team is:

      Sanchez, (Steele)
      TAA, Rudiger, Semedo, (Livramento, Duffy)
      Salah, Raphina, Benrahma, Luiz, (Brownhill)
      Ronaldo, Lukaku, Antonio

      I'm only a few transfers from the likely template. City DF, Ramsdale, 2nd City / Chels DF. Depending how IB injuries / covid goes.

      I don't think it's worth using personally.

    2. Lanley Staurel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      Same. No issue at all in getting 90% of the team i want through a no hits transfer approach. Real advantage to save the wc for when form and fixture turn in November/early December and everyone else is all over the place trying to catch up.

    3. Carefree Crew
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      Yeah agreed. Also I normally use my 2nd wildcard close to the DGWs with bench boost caused by FA cup later stages GW25 -30 roughly. So going 20+ GWs until then is a long time to manage the team staying ahead / with the curve.

      About one third of the game has already used their wildcard & likely many playing next week so hopefully we'll have an advantage over half the game & steadily climb the overall ranks.

    4. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      If you are happy with your team you should fixture swing gw14/15 the next optimal time IMO

    5. Carefree Crew
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 1 hour ago

      Thanks, I heard content creators talking about Man U fixtures swinging back around then, but potentially I may plan transfers for it & save longer. My money is in my first 11 with a really cheap bench. That may have to change with congested Christmas fixtures.
      It's nice to still have it for options & safety to react if injuries & covid hit hard.

  8. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 5 Years
    27 days, 2 hours ago

    Does this look ok?

    TAA + Marcal + Gilmour to Cancelo + James + ESR

    1. Carefree Crew
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      Cancelo v Liverpool & James injured for a week according to Tuchel. When Wolves have good fixtures.

      So I'd suggest not for this GW mate.

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        27 days, 2 hours ago

        Next week, sorry. Need to decide if I should hold FT this week to do that in the next.

        1. Rog.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          27 days, 2 hours ago

          TAA -> James if fit this week?

    2. Rog.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      It looks ok. Can you hold off on Marcal -> canc until next week? Saves 4 points + avoids the pool fixture. Agree about James being an unknown too.

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        27 days, 2 hours ago

        Planning this next week. Forgot to mention. Deciding if I should hold FT this week to be able to do that for GW8

    3. Carefree Crew
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      TAA has watford & BRIGHTON in his next 3 from next GW, "if" fit I won't be selling. Ole has set up for 0 0 against the top teams, it could be 3 clean sheets & an attacking return or two.
      Saves transferring him back in, as you'd want him again.

      Marcal still has decent fixtures & arguably both James (Azpi / CHO) & ESR (Pepe £72mil) are rotation risks.

    4. Carefree Crew
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      Tuchel has confirmed James is NOT fit. He's out for at least one week.

  9. mcginnntonic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    27 days, 2 hours ago

    Best one week def punt?

    1. Gooner97
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      Barnes

      1. Gooner97
        • 8 Years
        27 days, 2 hours ago

        Defender Lowton

    2. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      wood/vardy

    3. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      27 days, 2 hours ago

      Samedo he has been knocking on the door for goals more chance of scoring than Traore IMO!

  10. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    27 days, 1 hour ago

    Just a friendly remember; play your own game. If you strongly believe in a transfer or a captaincy choice just go for it, don't let others put you off.

    1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      27 days, 1 hour ago

      I use the ‘fpl community’ as a discussion base. Turn into an fpl Brian Clough and decide ‘I’m right’ and everyone else should agree!

    2. Carefree Crew
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 1 hour ago

      Good advice Wrong Captain Choice &
      I Member Ha! Ha! Brilliant. 🙂

  11. The 12th Man
    • 8 Years
    27 days, 1 hour ago

    Shaw,Bissouma > White,ESR/Odegaard -4?

    Enables me to bench TAA and not have to play either Livramento,Bissouma or Gilmour.

  12. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    27 days, 34 mins ago

    How to sort this defence? Four flags..

    Trent* Rudiger Shaw* Ayling* Webster*

    1FT, willing to take a hit. Nothing itb.

    1. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      27 days, 30 mins ago

      Shaw may play, which should help you.

      If you don’t want to take a hit then move Ayling as you can go to £4.5 to get his replacement. Arsenal defender might be a good replacement there at that price point.

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        27 days, 17 mins ago

        Thank you my friend!