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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
    2 months, 2 days 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
      2 months, 2 days ago

      B

    2. CapK
        2 months, 2 days ago

        B

      • Cheeky Onion
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

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

      • Cojones of Destiny
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        yeah b is the way

      • Strchld
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days 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?

    3. Jdpz
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days 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

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

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

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

          And go with 10 players?

          1. Cheeky Onion
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 2 days 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

    5. Cheeky Onion
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days 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
        2 months, 2 days ago

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

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

        I would wait and take the drop

      3. Cojones of Destiny
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

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

        1. Cheeky Onion
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days 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

    6. Gooner97
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days 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
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Shaw > Rudiger

        Why is Barnes still in your squad?

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

          this

        2. Gooner97
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days 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
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Honestly I'll get rid of him on WC soon

      2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 2 days 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
          2 months, 2 days 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
            2 months, 1 day 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

    7. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      re post

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

      1. vova
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        looks good

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

        rudi raph

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

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

        1. Cojones of Destiny
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days 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
            2 months, 1 day ago

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

            1. Cojones of Destiny
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              what are ur moves for gw7? keeping jota?

              1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 12 Years
                2 months, 1 day 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
                  2 months, 1 day ago

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

                  1. Cojones of Destiny
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    thx and GL mate

    8. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 2 days 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
        2 months, 2 days 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
        2 months, 2 days 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
        2 months, 1 day 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
        2 months, 1 day ago

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

      5. Carefree Crew
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day 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.

    9. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Does this look ok?

      TAA + Marcal + Gilmour to Cancelo + James + ESR

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

            TAA -> James if fit this week?

      2. Rog.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 2 days 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
          2 months, 2 days 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
        2 months, 1 day 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
        2 months, 1 day ago

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

    10. mcginnntonic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Best one week def punt?

      1. Gooner97
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Barnes

        1. Gooner97
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Defender Lowton

      2. Cojones of Destiny
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        wood/vardy

      3. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

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

    11. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day 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
        2 months, 1 day 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
        2 months, 1 day ago

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

    12. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

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

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

    13. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      How to sort this defence? Four flags..

      Trent* Rudiger Shaw* Ayling* Webster*

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

      1. Nomar
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 1 day 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
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Thank you my friend!