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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:

723 Comments Post a Comment
  1. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Price no problem. 2nd best chelsea defender next 5 after rudiger
    A) Azpi
    B) Reece
    C) Christensen

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      B

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      B or Alonso

  2. FPL Kaka
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Mbeumo or ESR?

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      ESR

    2. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      ESR

    3. Mortal.Swinbat
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Mbeumo for me

  3. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    TAA Ronaldo to Rudiger Lukaku (-4)? 1FT 1.3m ITB. Cheers all !

    Sanchez (Steele)
    TAA* Semedo Tierney (Livramento Tsimikas)
    Salah Raphinha Sarr Benrahma (Gray)
    Ronaldo Antonio Jimenez

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Could also WC but don’t feel it’s needed? Or is it

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

      Ronaldo to Lukaku for a hit isn't good

    3. Hulk Smash
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I like the defender transfer (assuming TAA back on WC). Not sure about selling Ronaldo for a hit...

  4. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Ayling to Alonso?

    1. Prison Mike
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Nope, Alonso starting spot at risk from Chilwell going forward.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Why? Obviously gametime may be shared at some point but this week for example, Alonso was the earliest sub (HT) for Chilwell

        1. Echoes
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 4 days ago

          He was the earliest sub because he was playing very poorly

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Ohk fair, wasn’t watching. Cheers x

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I did but I wouldn’t recommend it

  5. Prison Mike
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Worth a -8?

    Bamford, Jota & TAA -> Lukaku, Raphinha & Rudiger

    1. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Decent if long term moves. No if WCing soon.

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Yes imo

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

      Haha I was thinking the same moves with no WC.

    4. Tinfoil Deathstar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Tempting - but I think wait for more news about Trent.

      Considering same moves out but Cancelo in instead of Rudi (already own Christensen)

  6. tbos83
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Most overpriced player v most underpriced? On current form I'd go with Kane and ESR

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

      One of those is beyond question. The other is open to debate: ESR, Gallagher, Douglas Luis, Livramento, Antonio!

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

      Firmino over, Antonio/Raphinha under

  7. OptimusBlack
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    If you have
    Antonio CR7 Vardy
    Who to loose to get Lukaku
    A- TAA & Antonio > Lowton Lukkau
    B- Ronaldo > Lukaku
    C- Keep it like that

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      c

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Thxx

  8. Diamondgeezer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Reece James in the England squad. Hopefully Southgate knows something we don't about his injury.

    1. Sterling Archer
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      a few injured/not fully fit players in the squad, feels a bit pointless. plenty others who could play considering the opposition

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

    Best move here?

    A) Trent -> Alonso
    B) Trent/Barnes -> Alonso/Raphina (-4)
    C) WC now

    If A/B will either do CR7/Jimenez -> Lukaku/Auba (-4) or WC next week

    Sanchez
    Trent*, Shaw, White
    Salah, Greenwood, Benrahma, Barnes
    CR7, Antonio, Jimenez

    Steele, Veltman, Brownhill, Tsimikas
    Bank 0.0m, 1FT

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I'm curious why you are still hot on Alonso?

      1. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I just think he has the most upside of the CHE boys - Rudiger is the safe play I guess

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          I think he does as well but the issue is will he start. I would go with the safe pick if I had the choice again

  10. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Is Chris Wood good option? (NOR)

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

      For that one game, yeh.

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Yeah I think so.

    3. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Lol! Didn't notice this. Yeah, I think he is.

  11. wulfrunian
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Alonso is a rotation risk but the benefits when he plays could be huge.Do you think it's worth to own him with a playable 4.5 defender sub?

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

      If you're happy with the back-up, sure.

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I had the same thinking before the UCL game, not so convinced now. Most likely transfer him on my WC in GW8

    2. wulfrunian
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      cheers

  12. lilmessipran
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    On a Wc, pick one from each category-

    Sarr vs Saka
    Mbuemo vs Gray vs ESR

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Saka and Mbuemo - long term picks

      1. slowandsteady
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I've had a similar dilemma. Was between Sarr/Saka/ESR for a medium term pick. Went Saka as best balance of form and fixtures. I've missed the Sarr train and jumping on now with the fixtures he has coming up (excl Leeds), feels like I'm chasing points gone by.

  13. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    A bit unclear on what to do before WC in GW8.

    A. TAA to Azpi and play Brownhill or Livramento
    B. TAA and Bamford to Azpi and Wood/Jimenez (-4)

    1FT 0.1ITB
    Foster
    Alonso Veltman TAA*
    Salah Benrahma Raphinha Jota
    Ronaldo Antonio Bamford*
    (Bachmann Brownhill Livramento Ayling*)

    1. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I'd go with A and play Brownhill. Chance of a return there.

    2. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Id go Bamford > Wood & Play Livramento

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Problem is I may only have 10 players if Alonso doesn't start. Need a minimum of 3 defs in the team and only have Veltman and Livramento.

  14. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Taken a -4 hit this week due to injuries, not taken a hit all season so far so I'm happy. Am I G2G with this for this gameweek?

    Can bring in Lukaku/Dias in the next week or two as I have 4.1m in the bank.

    Sanchez
    Rudiger - Marcal - Williams
    Salah - Jota - ESR - Gray
    Antonio - Cr7 (c) - Toney

    Steele - Livra - Sissoko - TAA

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I may be tempted to play Livramento over Williams

      1. Hryszko
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Just asked that on another comment, I can't decide.. feel like Norwich clean sheet odds must be slightly higher?

  15. Liberate HK - antichinazi
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    RMT this week (taken a hit)
    Raya
    Rudiger Shaw Tierney
    Gallagher Raph Salah Sarr
    Antonio Ronaldo Lukaku (C)

    Steer Gilmour Williams Livramento

  16. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Probably WC in GW8

    a) 4.5m forward to Wood (NOR)
    b) Ayling to Chelsea defender (SOU)
    c) Jota to Son (AVL)

    1. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      A

  17. Pukki Pies
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Anyone know if Tuchel give another press conference before the weekend, or is last nights as much information as we're going to get? Interested in the Reece James news. Hard to believe he'll be fit for the weekend, but if I transfer him out for a hit and then he plays, that's gonna hurt!

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Presser tomorrow.

      1. Pukki Pies
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        ta.

  18. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Who would you prefer to play this week?

    1. Williams (Burnley A)
    2. Livramento (Chelsea A)

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Livramento. Saints could hold & he's decent going forward.

      Williams is a walking 1 pointer per GW...

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        This is the reason what swayed me to suggest Livramento over Williams

    2. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Williams.

  19. Rassi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Chris Wood anyone?

    1. Hryszko
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I love that pick for this week, not so much long term.

      1. Rassi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I think their fixtures look pretty god till gw14/15 when I plan to play my WC.

    2. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      If I had Bamford and was going to WC in GW8 I would go for Wood.

    3. wulfrunian
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I prefer Edouard.

  20. Back of the Garnett
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Here goes, probably onto WC draft #134,789... any thoughts appreciated

      Ramsdale - Foster
      TAA - Rudiger - cancelo - White - Livra
      Salah - Raph - ESR - Sarr - Luiz
      Lukaku - Antonio - Toney

      2.5 ITB for Sarr >> Grealish next week although... with TAA out am I best with Grealish now then having the FT after IB to put out any fires??

      Cheers all!

      1. The Invincibles
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I've found 'booking in a transfer' never works out well. There's bound to be another move that you'll want to make and all of a sudden you're on the back foot again. (TAA be out for longer, Cancelo could be hit by random Pep roulette, ESR might miss game time to other Arsenal mids like Pepe, etc.)

        Set yourself up for a great GW8 team too and you'll be able to roll a transfer and be in a position of strength for GW9 onwards.

        1. Back of the Garnett
            2 months, 4 days ago

            My thoughts exactly, almost never manage to play a planned transfer due to injuries.

            I am worried about the amount of players in my squad who might not feature over coming weeks (TAA, Raph, ESR, Grealish, Rud, Cancelo)... seems like a disaster waiting to happen

            1. The Invincibles
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              I'm also wildcarding and have similar thoughts. The only player I would be thinking of booking a transfer for is TAA, as his fixture run isn't great, so if needs be you can stick with someone like Dias until you feel like getting him back.

              1. Back of the Garnett
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Reverted back to a previous wildcard, what are your thoughts on this...

                  Thinking this gives me more cover with James back imminently

                  Ramsdale - Foster
                  James - Rudiger - Cancelo - Dias - Livra
                  Salah - Raph - Saka - Grealish - Luiz
                  Lukaku - Antonio - Toney

                  likely to play a 4-3-3 with saka coming on for whoever is rotated out of defenders/grealish

                  Eventually Grealish&Def >> TAA & IF mid

        2. BeWater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Sanchez Steele
          Rudiger White Livramento TAA Ayling
          Salah Sarr Benrahma Jota Greenwood
          Antonio Ronaldo Scarlett

          A. Play Livramento and roll a transfer
          B. Use FT on something

          I have my WC left.

        3. winchester
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Hello lads, have 1ft and 2.1m itb. use WC now or gw8? Are trent and shaw confirmed out?

          sanchez
          taa* shaw* livramento
          benrahma salah greenwood sarr
          cr7 antonio asm

          foster esr tsimi amartey

          a) tsimi/ama -> rudiger
          b) tsimi/ama -> alonso
          c) use WC

          1) bench esr
          2) bench benrahma
          3) bench greenwood

          1. TeddiPonza
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            A1

            1. winchester
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Cheers

        4. Jullepuu
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Thoughts on taking a punt on Son while TAA is out? (On a wildcard)

        5. Scholes Out For Summer
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Shaw could actually start this week couldnt he...

        6. TeddiPonza
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          If Luke Shaw is declared fit for the weekend, would you keep and save transfer/use elsewhere? Rudiger would be the replacement

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Presuming you've other fires, absolutely. Especially if WC8, wouldn't want Shaw for too much longer...

        7. ResultatFar
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Jota to:
          A) Raphinha
          B) Saka

          for a -4?

          1. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            both but A if i had to pick

          2. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            both are good options for a hit as long term picks

          3. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            A

          4. GoonerByron
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Struggling with which of these 2 for 1 slot on my WC also…

        8. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Gtg?

          Foster
          White Azpi Shaw
          Saka Salah Raph (c) Sarr
          Antonio Toney CR7

          Sanchez Brownhill Digne B.Williams

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

          Definitely keeping Reece James now.

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            I'm starting him

          2. DannyDrinkVodka
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Would you bring him in on a WC over Alonso?

          3. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            After 1, 0, 0, 1 good luck

        10. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Anyone else got a benching headache this week?

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

            Not me. A bench consisting 2 broken players and Livramento make decision-time pretty simple.

        11. vincentwsho
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          When will Ole have another presser?