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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. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Gotta love Southgate, that's some FPL gold info...

    1. BOATIES FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Why what's he said?

    2. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      What did he say?

  2. Silecro
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Who on earth to captain?
    A) antonio vs Brentford
    B) ronaldo vs everton
    C) salah vs man city

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Ronnie for me

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      A is the one I am most confident returns this GW

    3. CRO KLOPP
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      A or B,havent decided yet myself

    4. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      A or B for me. I've gone B

    5. fricky_
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Antonio at home vs Brentford. Yes.

    6. sirmorbach
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Any thoughts here much appreciated, please:

      Meslier / 4.0
      TAA / Rüdiger / Livramento / Marçal / Omobamidele
      Salah / Jota / Torres / Raphinha / Benrahma
      Antonio / Ronaldo / Obafemi

      Did Shaw to Rüdiger, and now I am considering TAA to Alonso/Torres or Jota out for a hit. Who to bring in? The plan is to WC after IB... I guess. Thanks!

    7. SKENG
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Thoughts on this WC draft? 0 ITB

      Raya Foster
      Cancelo Dias Alonso James Livramento
      Salah Grealish Raphinha Harrison Brownhill
      Lukaku Antonio Jimenez

      1. fricky_
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Alonso and James? jesus that's risky

          1. fricky_
              3 months, 25 days ago

              also, not sure about harrison, maybe Gray instead?

            • SKENG
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Will only need 3 out of that back 5 to play

        • Atimis
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Ayling to Cancelo -4 and go with Cancelo/Rudi/Duffy this week? Any other/better options here?

          Sanchez
          Rudi/Ayling*/Duffy
          Salah/Greenwood/Benrahma/Raph/Sarr
          Ronaldo(c)/Antonio

          Steele/TAA*/Tsim/Scarlet

          1. fricky_
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Either Cancelo or Azpi or Alonso this week, and then bring in Cancelo next gw perhaps

              1. Atimis
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                Just would keep TAA and 352, so maybe it would be too much in def.

                1. fricky_
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    yeah, that's fair. I'm liking 4 at the back with Cancelo, Rudiger, one risky option (Alonso/Reece) and then TAA when he's back fit (with Semedo as temporary for TAA

            • fricky_
                3 months, 25 days ago

                Absolutely

              • AzzaroMax99
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                I have Christensen already. Now looking to get another Che def so which one:

                A) Rudiger
                B) Azpi
                C) Alonso

                Thx!

                1. fricky_
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    A

                  • ElliotJHP
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    I think if you already have one Chelsea defender go C, live a little

                    1. AzzaroMax99
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Live a little and watch Christensen and Alonso on the bench vs the Saints xD

                  • JoeSoap
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    A

                  • Gazza2000
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    I'm on A

                  • El Presidente
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    C is riskier but huge upside

                  • Carefree Crew
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Alonso called up for Spain. Depending if / how much he plays for them over the IB, he is at more risk for GW 8, as Chilwell isn't in the England squad. He's potentially at risk this weekend after his last 2 performances & Chilly having minutes.

                    Rudiger if it's for the 5 fixtures.

                2. JoeSoap
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  With TAA & Ayling out would you

                  1. WC
                  2. Mini WC (Have 2m & 2FTs)

                  The main targets this week would be Chelsea.

                  Foster
                  Shaw, Coufal, Tsim
                  Salah, Gray, Benrahma, Raphina
                  Jimmy, Ronaldo, Antonio
                  Sanchez, Bissouma, Ayling, TAA

                  1. BOATIES FC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Just do TAA and Ayling to two Chelsea def. No need to wildcard at all

                    1. JoeSoap
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Thanks. Thinking along the same lines

                  2. Thinkering like a Boss
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    That is some serious problem in def.

                    Ayling, Shaw > Rudiger, White if you can afford

                    or Christensen, Semedo?

                3. C_G
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  shaw to Alonso? (FT)?

                  and should I do Jota to Son (-4)??

                  1. BOATIES FC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Jota to Son for a hit is a no from me. Could easily backfire

                  2. Thinkering like a Boss
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    looks good but what is your full squad?

                4. Gazza2000
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  On a WC:

                  ESR and Laporte
                  or
                  Saka and Christensen

                  1. CRO KLOPP
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Esr and Laporte

                  2. JoeSoap
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    The latter, not much in it

                5. Jullepuu
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Son or Vardy on a wildcard?

                  1. Baps hunter
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Vardy, Spurs is a mess (famous last words).

                    1. Jullepuu
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Cheers

                6. Karan14
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  After reading this article and seeing that James could definitely be back after IB I feel like keeping him now.

                  Was all set to sell him for Rudiger but some of the points made in this article are eye openers.

                  Livramento first sub though this week.
                  Should I keep him?

                7. Thanos
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Would Greenwood start this weekend?

                8. Inazuma X1
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Thoughts on Gallagher now? Still a good option?

                  1. Baps hunter
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Not for me.

                9. El Presidente
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Bamford to....

                  1. fricky_
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Jimenez or Toney

                    • ElliotJHP
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Toney and bank

                    • Thinkering like a Boss
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Toney

                  2. Manani
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    A. save FT and play Livermento

                    or

                    B. TAA > Alonso/Cancelo

                  3. fricky_
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      So it comes down to Reece James or Alonso for the risk

                      1. BeWater
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 25 days ago

                        If Reece James could just somehow drop to 5.5 I can get him in for Ayling. Don't like my chances.

                    • Steve The Spud
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Rudiger or james could be close

                      The problem is if tuchel tombola strikes I’ll have livra and gilmour off the bench

                      1. fricky_
                          3 months, 25 days ago

                          Both it is I suppose

                          1. Steve The Spud
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            3 months, 25 days ago

                            Already own Christensen

                            1. fricky_
                                3 months, 25 days ago

                                Damn... I would consider just risking it with Reece but Rudiger it is at the end of the day, at least for me anyway

                        • George James
                          • 7 Years
                          3 months, 25 days ago

                          Best move here for this multicolored mess? 1FT 0.2ITB

                          A) James >> Rudiger / Christensen

                          B) TAA >> Azpi

                          C) Ronaldo >> Lukaku

                          D) 2 of A/B/C for -4

                          D) Something else?

                          Sa
                          TAA* James* Semedo
                          Salah Raph Doucoure Jota
                          Ronaldo Antonio Jimenez

                          Steele / Williams / Sissoko / Livramento

                        • Pep bites Kun
                          • 5 Years
                          3 months, 25 days ago

                          Is this solid enough to hold for 1 more week, before gw8 wc? FT currently being held on Shaw news. If not positive, then he'll move to a Che def. Gilmour is obviously a rotation worry.

                          1FT, 0itb
                          Foster
                          Duffy, Shaw*, White
                          Salah, Jota, Benrahma, Raph, Gilmour*
                          Ronaldo(c), Antonio(vc),

                          Subs: Bachman, TAA**, Ayling**, Bam**

                        • Gooner97
                          • 8 Years
                          3 months, 25 days ago

                          1FT, 0.1ITB

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

                          Would you WC this GW?

                          1. Gazza2000
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            3 months, 25 days ago

                            No, just Shaw to a Chelsea defender

                            1. Gooner97
                              • 8 Years
                              3 months, 25 days ago

                              Not TAA?

                        • Jdpz
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 25 days ago

                          Anyone captain Wood against Norwich?

                          a) Wood (NOR)
                          b) Antonio (BRE)
                          c) Raphinha (WAT)

                          1. fricky_
                              3 months, 25 days ago

                              Nah, this is one of them games that Norwich could get a result or even a cs. Antonio at home, yes please.

                          2. C_G
                            • 6 Years
                            3 months, 25 days ago

                            is bringing Alonso in a risk?

                            1. Gazza2000
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              3 months, 25 days ago

                              Yep

                            2. Miguel Sanchez
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              3 months, 25 days ago

                              yes

                            3. Baps hunter
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              3 months, 25 days ago

                              Yes, it is. Chelsea fans (some at least) believe that Chilly plays.

                            4. Maeki2
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              3 months, 25 days ago

                              Yes

                            5. Annie
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              3 months, 25 days ago

                              yet to see a team sheet with him starting

                          3. Carefree Crew
                            • 3 Years
                            3 months, 25 days ago

                            Alonso called up for Spain! Chilwell not in the England squad.

                          4. AzzaroMax99
                            • 5 Years
                            3 months, 25 days ago

                            Would you sell Greenwood or Jota for Raphina? Have both Salah and Ronaldo.

                          5. C_G
                            • 6 Years
                            3 months, 25 days ago

                            am i GTG? 0 FTs, 2.4 ITB

                            Sanchez

                            Alonso (C) White Marcal

                            Salah Jota Benny Raph

                            King Ronaldo Antonio (VC)

                            Steele TAA Williams Allan

                            1. Annie
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              3 months, 25 days ago

                              wouldn't captain Alonso, might come on.

                          6. FOO FIGHTER
                            • 2 Years
                            3 months, 25 days ago

                            Team I would like to have and obviously the midfield will be very unpopular on here 🙂 Yes, this is me having Doucoure instead of Raphina and moving away from the threemium to 2 premiums. Not dealing with another Lukaku and Ronaldo blank GW, it fecks you over for GW points when 2 premium forwards combined +- 24m do nothing i.e. GW6 and unfortunately there will be other GW's like that to follow owning both Ron and Rom.

                            Alisson
                            Cancelo TAA Dias
                            Salah Gray Benrahma Doucoure
                            Antonio Vardy DCL

                            Foster Gallagher Duffy Livramento

                            The reason I like this Everton triple up is because all three players are fully nailed which is what you require from a triple up and combined provide loads of value for money plus attacking returns. Doucoure's recent interview stated that he is playing a more attacking and advanced role this season hence the good start from him re attacking returns so far. Also reckon Gray is going to get even better once DCL is back for GW8. I believe Everton will do well this season, maby not a top 4 finish but qualification for Europa.

                            Double Pool and City defence. Vardy "Mr Consistency" most reliabe premium forward IMO and makes my life less hell having a choice between only him and Salah for captain and both are on penalties which is great. I will also keep Antonio until he breaks again.

                            I think the bench is also really good and will cover well for any injuries, suspensions or no shows when it comes to the likes of Benrahma should he be rested after Europa matches etc.

                            This is also a team I would like to leave untouched for a while bar any long term injuries.

                            1. Weeb Kakashi
                              • 5 Years
                              3 months, 25 days ago

                              Too long.
                              Team is okay. Have seen better drafts.

                            2. Good Times
                              • 8 Years
                              3 months, 25 days ago

                              A very nice team but surely a Chelsea defender must entice you?

                              1. FOO FIGHTER
                                • 2 Years
                                3 months, 25 days ago

                                Nah, double City defence is the place to be.

                            3. Big Hands Barry
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              3 months, 25 days ago

                              No chelsea at all? For their run surely there is value there

                          7. Weeb Kakashi
                            • 5 Years
                            3 months, 25 days ago

                            Firmino not called up to Brazil squad?

                          8. Totti
                            • 5 Years
                            3 months, 25 days ago

                            reposting looking for replies

                            on wildcard
                            who do u rather guys?

                            A) duffy and townsend
                            B) livramento and doucoure

                            1) lowton and ronaldo
                            2) VVD and vardy
                            3) TAA and toney

                            1. Good Times
                              • 8 Years
                              3 months, 25 days ago

                              Sorry but the format is pretty confusing

                              A and 3 if taa was fit. I'm sure better combos can be made and not so rigid

                              1. Totti
                                • 5 Years
                                3 months, 25 days ago

                                like?

                          9. Good Times
                            • 8 Years
                            3 months, 25 days ago

                            Would you do this for - 8? (2fts)

                            Shaw, taa, Jota, Bamford => rudi, Alonso, raph, asm

                            1. Maeki2
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              3 months, 25 days ago

                              Yes you get fit players expecting to play with good fixtures upcoming weeks. Rather have that then be left with unknowns

                              1. Good Times
                                • 8 Years
                                3 months, 25 days ago

                                That's the logic I'm using. Obviously hits will drop rank but I guess worth it in the short/medium run

                            2. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
                              • 7 Years
                              3 months, 25 days ago

                              No

                              1. Good Times
                                • 8 Years
                                3 months, 25 days ago

                                May i ask the reason to your answer?

                                1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
                                  • 7 Years
                                  3 months, 25 days ago

                                  I'd keep Shaw this week unless he is confirmed out, and looks likely Raph is missing the game after the IB, so would hold off on him too.

                                  1. Maeki2
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 1 Year
                                    3 months, 25 days ago

                                    why will he miss that?

                                    1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
                                      • 7 Years
                                      3 months, 25 days ago

                                      He plays in Brazil early hours Friday morning, and Leeds play Saturday 3pm.