FPL

The best FPL defenders for a Gameweek 7 Wildcard

Having looked at the stand-out Fantasy Premier League (FPL) forwards and midfielders for Gameweek 7 and beyond, we now switch focus to the pick of the defenders.

We previously asked Fantasy Football Scout users with a Wildcard intact when they planned to activate this prized chip, and not far off 30% of the responses were for this current Gameweek.

The article below looks at the best buys at the back with those FPL managers in mind but the targets are, of course, also relevant for those using ‘free’ transfers in Gameweek 7.

All stats and graphics included in this piece are taken from our Premium Members Area.

ANTONIO RUDIGER (AND OTHER CHELSEA OPTIONS)

Mendy injury latest as Chelsea defence impresses again 1

If you’re playing a Wildcard right now, the chances are that you’re structuring your defence around at least one Chelsea asset.

The Blues have a very favourable fixture schedule ahead, with seven of their next eight opponents among the worst 11 teams for goals scored in 2021/22.

And Thomas Tuchel’s troops are (usually) solid at the back, with their league record under their current boss excellent:

Played25
Goals conceded15
Clean sheets17

So which defender(s) to pick? That will probably boil down to what brand of Fantasy manager you are.

For the safety-first FPL bosses, there aren’t any Chelsea defenders who have escaped a benching under Tuchel to date and there will be more rotation further down the line for all of them. But Antonio Rudiger (£5.7m) and Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.0m) have started a lot more league matches than not when available under Tuchel: around 90% for both ahead of Gameweek 6.

Rudiger is the only natural left-sided stopper at the club, with Andreas Christensen (£5.0m) his likely deputy, while Azpilicueta’s versatility in playing at either wing-back or as a right-sided centre-half gives him two bites of the cherry at a first-team start.

As Andrew Gower’s table above details, it’s more of a crapshoot with the wing-backs.

Marcos Alonso’s (£5.9m) figure will have spiked thanks to his 100% starting record this season but the previously peripheral Ben Chilwell (£5.6m) is getting more and more minutes as 2021/22 goes on. The uncertainty at left wing-back was perfectly captured in the Champions League on Wednesday, when both players were handed 45 minutes apiece. Alonso’s call-up to the Spain national team for the October internationals, while Chilwell gets a fortnight to work on his fitness, is another complicating factor.

Alonso is explosive when he does play, averaging 5.88 points per match under Tuchel, even factoring two one-pointers off the bench.

CHELSEA DEFENDERS UNDER TUCHEL

PlayerStartsSub AppsGoals AssistsClean SheetsBonusPoints per match
Rudiger210201395.24
Azpilicueta2211212114.70
Christensen1520011104.76
Silva11210694.31
Chilwell11012645.36
Alonso14232995.88
James15713693.50

Reece James (£5.6m), who remains a fitness doubt for Gameweek 7, is a major source of discussion. Up there with Alonso as Chelsea’s most attacking defender, James has created more chances (27) than any other member of the Blues’ backline under Tuchel. But he has also been thrown on as a substitute on seven occasions, as many times as the other six players in the above table combined. The raft of cameos reduces his points-per-match average to a fairly poor 3.50, along with his early exits in Gameweeks 4 and 6 of the current campaign.

If FPL managers are going for a Chelsea defender double-up, then Rudiger (who tends to stay benched if rested) and a riskier punt on one of Alonso or James would seem to be the way to go – but beware the one-pointers and have a strong bench in readiness for no-shows.

RUBEN DIAS/JOAO CANCELO

Gameweek 8 marks the start of a favourable, three-match fixture run for Manchester City and if you’re deploying your Wildcard this week, you’ll likely want a defender or two from Pep Guardiola’s rearguard.

City’s 1-0 win over Chelsea made it five clean sheets on the spin for the reigning champions, who didn’t look like conceding at all against the Champions League holders: the Blues had the lowest expected goals (xG) total of any side in Gameweek 6.

Many of us will be considering playing our City defenders from Gameweek 8 but who would back against them shutting Liverpool out on Sunday? Guardiola’s side have conceded only two ‘big chances’ all season and just five shots on target – that’s eight fewer than any other side.

Top for clean sheets in the previous two seasons and averaging 18.5 shut-outs per year in the last four campaigns, this is a proven backline.

Following his assist at Stamford Bridge, Joao Cancelo (£6.1m) is now top among FPL defenders for points this season. Ruben Dias (£6.1m), who like Cancelo is an ever-present starter in 2021/22 and who was the defender least at risk of rotation last year, is joint-second.

These two are probably the stand-out picks from the City defence.

Dias was benched in only one league match from his Gameweek 4 debut to Gameweek 30 (the point at which Guardiola started focusing on the Champions League and FA Cup, with the domestic title sewn up) last season, and even that was because he had just recovered from illness.

Over the same period, Cancelo tasted substitute duty on six occasions. He’s a less secure starter but does have the advantage of playing at both right and left-back, and he’s a darn sight more attacking that Dias.

Since Dias arrived at City he has averaged 4.76 points per match, with Cancelo’s mean at 5.35. Their points totals in that time? 181 and 182 respectively. So Cancelo has been matching Dias even factoring in those no-shows; including the full-back over the centre-half in a Wildcard squad simply means that you will have to have a playing FPL substitute ready and poised for emergency duty.

A word on Aymeric Laporte (£5.5m): he has had as many shots in the box as any City player this season and is a real threat from set plays.

But while Laporte seems settled as Dias’ partner-in-crime for now, Guardiola has historically only built his defence around one centre-half mainstay. John Stones (£5.3m) ultimately represents a threat to Laporte’s place, so the same ‘have a substitute ready’ caveat applies to the Spaniard as it does to Cancelo.

TINO LIVRAMENTO

Jimenez ends goal drought as Arsenal claim convincing north London derby win 7

We’ve been treated to a whole host of starting £4.0m-ish defenders in 2021/22 so far but the cream of the crop is starting to rise, six Gameweeks in.

The likes of Kostas Tsimikas (£4.0m) and Daniel Amartey (£4.0m) are no longer getting regular game-time, while Javier Manquillo (£4.0m) and Brandon Williams (£4.0m) are playing for two of the worst backlines in the division. Williams, interestingly, has racked up more penalty box touches than any other defender over the last three Gameweeks, and the switch to a 3-5-2 system last weekend allowed him to push on – but Dimitris Giannoulis (£4.4m) is seen as a more natural fit at wing-back among some of the Carrow Road faithful.

Shane Duffy (£4.3m), who has registered more shots in the box than any other defender this season, is deserving of a mention. His form has been generally superb since his return to the Brighton XI and it’s perhaps his shirt to lose now but the return from injury of Tariq Lamptey, Joel Veltman and, soon, Adam Webster (all £4.4m) will swell the defensive options available to Graham Potter.

Enter Valentino Livramento (£4.2m).

The teenage right-back is an ever-present starter this season and has been part of a Saints backline that has conceded on only one occasion in the last three Gameweeks, shutting out Manchester City and West Ham United in the process.

And Southampton rise to second in our Season Ticker from Gameweeks 8-18, with a trip to Chelsea to come before that.

Livramento doesn’t just offer clean sheet potential but a bit of attacking threat, too: he’s top among £4.5m-and-under defenders for final-third touches this season (see below).

Ralph Hasenhuttl will be wary of overloading the 18-year-old and the odd benching may be a concern from Gameweek 13 onwards, when Saints face nine league matches in the space of five weeks.

For now, though, fixtures and form seem to be uniting at an opportune time.

KIERAN TIERNEY

Is this to be Kieran Tierney‘s (£4.9m) year? After delivering 45 attacking returns in 170 appearances for Celtic, many of us have been waiting (and waiting and waiting…) for the current Arsenal left-back to recapture that form in FPL.

A strong chance of a clean sheet is a good base to start for any defender, and Tierney has two in the last three Gameweeks as Arsenal’s backline begins to look solid with first-choice personnel available again after an August decimated by injury and illness.

Only Manchester City have conceded fewer goals and big chances than the Gunners over the last three Gameweeks. While the calibre of opposition has to be factored in, Mikel Arteta’s side face more of the same sorts of teams between now and the November international break.

And as Lateriser pointed out in his recent Arsenal analysis, the Gunners have been solid dating back to last season; this isn’t just a kneejerk reaction to the last three games.

Why Tierney over his peers? If you can afford it, simply because he’ll offer the best chance of delivering attacking returns.

Tierney has received the ball twice as often as opposite full-back Takehiro Tomiyasu (£4.5m) in the final third since the latter’s debut, with the Japan international more of a ‘stay at home’ brand of full-back – even if he has had the same number of shots as Tierney.

Tomiyasu and Ben White (£4.4m) are very decent cheaper alternatives to the Scot, who look like week-in, week-out starters especially as the Gunners don’t have the sideshow distraction of the Europa League.

For those who love their budget defender rotation, pairing White with Matthew Lowton (£4.4m) gives the following run of favourable fixtures right the way through to the end of the calendar year: NOR, CRY, sou, BRE, WAT, CRY, NEW, wol, new, SOU, WAT, lee, nor, WOL.

Burnley’s defence is some way short of being solid (no clean sheets this season) but they have had a tricky start, fixture-wise, and Lowton is joint-second among his teammates for chances created in 2021/22.

TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD

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Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.6m) will miss Gameweek 7 through injury but his manager “thinks” he’ll be back after the international break, when the Reds face Watford.

Alexander-Arnold is being sold in his droves ahead of Saturday’s deadline, with the red flag, the thirst for Chelsea/City defenders and Liverpool’s so-so upcoming schedule all contributing to the mass exodus.

Going without the Reds right-back does open up a fair bit of cash to spend elsewhere – but at what cost?

Alexander-Arnold has averaged a whopping 7.33 points per match over his last 15 Premier League matches, delivering eight attacking returns, four double-digit hauls and only two blanks.

Indeed, there were a combined 21 points against two of Liverpool’s less-favourable upcoming opponents, Arsenal and Manchester United, in Gameweeks 30 and 35 of 2020/21.

Top and joint-top among defenders for both chances created and shots attempted, he’s a risky player to avoid if he does make a swift return from injury in Gameweek 8.

ALSO CONSIDER

If we knew for sure that Aston Villa will persist with a wing-back system, Matthew Cash (£5.0m) would be a name to consider.

Since Cash took up that role in Gameweek 4, only one FPL defender has registered more penalty box touches.

The formation switch has served to make the Villa defence more robust, too, with two clean sheets arriving in as many games.

Whether Smith sticks with a 3-5-2 in the easier fixtures ahead is another question – particularly with the likes of Emiliano Buendia (£6.4m) and especially Leon Bailey (£6.4m) to crowbar into the team. It goes without saying that Villa had looked more suspect at the back without a third centre-half and three across the midfield, so that has to be a consideration.

If you have the luxury of benching a budget defender until Gameweek 10 or so, then a Brentford asset is worthy of consideration.

One of the better-performing backlines until the six-goal thriller against Liverpool, the Bees sit top of our Season Ticker from Gameweeks 10-19.

Pontus Jansson (£4.6m) and Ethan Pinnock (£4.6m) will supplement their clean sheets with the additional goal or assist and indeed already have four attacking returns between them.

Marcal‘s (£4.6m) grip on a first-team spot looks to be weakening by the week, so Nelson Semedo (£4.9m) is our Wolves asset of choice for their ongoing favourable run. Only three defenders have had more penalty box touches than the gung-ho wing-back, who continues to be presented with – and spurn – some excellent goalscoring chances.

1,235 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Mahjongking
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Capt antonio?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Yes!

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

      Yes

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

      Not a bad choice.

    4. Boss Hogg
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Do it.
      Sounds like a member of The Avengers too.

    5. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Thinking him, Ronaldo and Lukaku equally good choices this GW

  2. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Better transfer option? Will WC next gw.

    A) Bruno+TAA+Toney> Son+ Lowton+ Lukaku (-4)
    B) Bruno+TAA+Toney> Benrahma+ Rudiger + Lukaku (-4)
    C) TAA+ Ayling> Alonso + Rudiger (for free), play Bruno & Toney

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      C for me.

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

      C

      You can try a Burnley defender over Alonso

    3. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      C

  3. Boss Hogg
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Anything worth a 4 point hit for in defence this week?

    Sanchez (Steele)
    Trent, Alonso, Marcal (Duffy, Livra)

    1. Lexi2014
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Nope

    2. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Na

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

    GTG ? Any Thoughts ?
    Sanchez
    Coady White Rüdiger ( Livra Willimas)
    Salah Sarr Traoré Benrahma (Allan)
    Ronaldo Vardy Antonio ©
    No FT & 2.9 M itb

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      How about Traore out to maybe Raphina or Saka?

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

        for a hit ?

  5. Thunder Warrior
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Saka or Zaha?

    1. Lexi2014
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Gone Saka myself...

    2. Boss Hogg
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Saka.

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

      Saka

    4. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Bukayo

  6. Lexi2014
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Bench one of:

    Benrahma
    Raphina
    Saka
    Sarr

    My forwards are:

    Antonio
    CR7
    Jimenez

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Can't you play all 7?
      All are great options this week.
      At a push, Benrahma.

      1. Lexi2014
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Sadly not...wish I could!

    2. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Would probably bench Saka

    3. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      You have 4 solid defenders this week? And here I am with only 1 likely to start from 5 🙂

      1. Lexi2014
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Playing 3-4-3

        Livra
        Dias
        Rudiger

        Mostly solid defence I say with my fingers crossed! (Amartey and Ayling on my bench don't look great...)

    4. antis0cial
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Saka

    5. Ginola14
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      youre missing a midfielder if playing 3-4-3

    6. CapK
        2 months, 2 days ago

        You have antonio so bench Ben

    7. The Mighty Whites
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      2FT, 0.5 ITB, thoughts?

      Sanchez / Steele

      TAA / Ayling / Coady / White / Livramento

      Salah / Raphinha / Gallagher / Gray / Allan

      Ronaldo / Lukaku / Antonio

      Ayling to Christensen?

      1. Rains of Castamere
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Sounds like a good move.

      2. Jam0sh
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Solid move

    8. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Would you rather have Duffy or Livramento as a 5th defender on WC?

      Mendy - 4.0
      Rudiger - Dias - Cancelo - Semedo - XXXXX

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Livra

        What a defence!

        1. The Mighty Whites
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Liv

      2. Lexi2014
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Livra - more likely chance of assists plus goals. Duffy does grab headed goals but fewer assists...

      3. Jam0sh
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Livramento

      4. Rains of Castamere
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Thanks all.

    9. Smokey_Lowkey
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Which one:

      A) Duffy (ARS) + Jimenez (NEW)
      B) Vardy (cpl) + Rudiger (SOU) (-4)
      C) Lukaku (SOU) (c) + White (bha) (-4)

      1. Smokey_Lowkey
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        One week punt before WC next GW...

      2. 1984 TC
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        B) and captain Vardy?

        1. Smokey_Lowkey
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          That's a fair shout!

    10. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      If I keep Jota this week I may as well hold for the following gw. Would you sell for raphinha now ? Thank you

      1. Boss Hogg
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Hold.
        Any injury to Salah, Firmino, or Mane and he's back in essential territory again.

      2. We Go Again
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I'm keeping. Feel he will play against Watford.

      3. iL PiStOlErO
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Keep

      4. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Cheers all

    11. FPL MAN 123
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Is this WC team good to go, opinions?.....(Left out Sarr due to fixtures)

      Ramsdale
      Alonso | Rudiger | Marcal
      Salah | Raphina | Benrhama | Smith-Rowe
      Ronaldo | Lukaku (c) | Antonio

      Foster | Douglas Luiz | Liverimento | Duffy

      1. TB303
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Very nice

        1. FPL MAN 123
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Thank you, good to hear!

      2. McSauce
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Any danger of slipping in Dias over Alonso?

    12. BENOIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Best Jota replacements?

      Already got Raph and Sarr.

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

        Bleak after that I'm afraid

      2. Boss Hogg
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Saka

      3. TB303
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Saka

      4. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Benrahma, Saka, Gray

    13. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 2 days ago

      That 95 min goal will boost utd and Ronaldo's confidence to the sky. Ronaldo hatty incoming

    14. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Just saw the start of Rafa's presser. DCL not ready yet but is in training.

      GW8 he will be back.

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

        Dcl insta pick for me Once fit, though Everton has tough fixture ahead

      2. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Kaku Antonio DCL front 3 on my WC next week will be lovely

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

        Fixtures not the best, though. But he's good to have at that price point nevertheless

    15. mr messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Do we think Shaw plays?

      1. Boss Hogg
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Yes

      2. TB303
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Looks like it

    16. TB303
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      How safe is Grealish ?
      Not seen him in many WCs this week

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

        At driving? Not very

    17. FPL MAN 123
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Pick 2....

      Benrhama
      Sarr
      Raphina

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

        Ben Raph

      2. antis0cial
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        For this week Raph Sarr

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

      Is it worth getting Dias for TAA (on a WC) if I'm going to bench Dias this week?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Play him imo

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

          instead of Toney?

      2. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        No

    19. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Latest incarnation of GW8 WC team to make me feel better about having a cack team this week.

      Ederson // Foster
      TAA Cancelo Rudiger // Livramento Williams
      Salah Raphinha Saka Mbuemo // Luiz
      Lukaku Antonio DCL

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

        Ederson on INT duty. May not be back in time.

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Maybe mendy instead in that case but doubt it’ll be a problem

      2. Jam0sh
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Not bad

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Thanks

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

        Looks good, but DCL not back is he?

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Training now just not ready for weekend. Will be back after intl. break

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

            Ah, didn't spot that. 0.1 off direct swap unless he drops , anyway

      4. Rbyrne95
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Andy made a point on FPL vids that rarely in history of FPL has a 5.5-6mil keeper been worth it when the money can be used elsewhere for bonus points in defence. Could you get a cheaper keeper and upgrade one defender to double Chelsea def?

        1. Pumpy
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Andy isn't a very good player though so I'd be careful listening to these gems 😉 .

          1. Rbyrne95
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            I went against his view and have Sa in net so I can’t really complain ha! Turned out well

      5. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I am working towards this

        Alisson Foster
        TAA Cancelo Dias / Cash Pinnock
        Salah Gray Benny Doucoure / D.Luiz
        Antonio Vardy DCL

        Want a really strong bench to cope with injuries and no shows.

    20. Rbyrne95
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Made both transfers this week to get in defenders before price rises;

      Is it worth taking a -4 to get in Raph/Saka for Jota? Will get in Lukaku next week

      Sa
      Azpilicueta, Cancelo, Marcal
      Sarr, Salah, Jota, Benrahma
      Antonio, Jimenez, Ronaldo (c)

      4.0, Livra, Allan, Williams

    21. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      With both TAA and Bamford out, have to play Jota vs City or Livramento vs Chelsea to field 11 this GW, and that is provided rest of y players starts. Very tempted to take a hit, but really depends whether Bamford should be back next GW or not - if so I might perhaps as well hold, as none of the other mid priced forwards looks in for a haul this GW. Bamford has nice fixtures all the way to GW15, while Jota might have to go long term due to rotation risk. So options are basically

      A) Play Livramento or Jota for expected 1 pointers. Save FT and hope that both TAA and Bamford are back after IB
      B) Jota -> Saka, Sarr or the like , -4pts
      C) Bamford -> Jimenez or Toney, -4 pts

      Basically short term gain vs. long term team overhaul
      cheers

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        A and play jota, I wouldn’t say it’s likely he gets something but every chance they are chasing a goal at that point, worth it over a hit I say

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

          Txs. sensible thinking, although I suspect chances of goal vs City not that high as you say. But replacement need to score at least 5 to break even. But if Bambam out also GW8, I will regret

      2. Rbyrne95
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I’m in the same situ with you regarding Jota. It’s thinking about playing Jota or transferring for Raph/Saka for -4.

        Is it for a long term transfer?

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

          Would be long term in that case, maybe with a view to get Lukaku to partner Ronaldo

      3. pingissimus
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Play Jota

        The Liverpool City match is not noted for lack of goals - 3 or even 4 for one side is fairly standard. Wouldn't write it off as a confirmed one pointer just yet.

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

          Let's hope so, as long as Liverpool score the most!

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

        I’m in same boat.

        Gone Jota to Raphina with FT and mulling over TAA to a Chelsea defender before wildcarding next week.

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

      Locked and loaded:

      Ramsdale
      Cancelo Alonso Rudiger
      Salah Raphinha Benrahma Sarr
      Lukaku(c) Antonio Jimenez

      Foster ESR Dias Livramento

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

        WC?

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

          Si senor! Any good? I’ve got 0.7 ITB

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

            Es muy bueno

      2. antis0cial
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Looks good, I'm on very similar on WC, hoping bench isn't too strong! I just have Saka over ESR and 0.2 itb rest the same. Plans for TAA?

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

          I think that the strong bench is essential with Cancelo/Alonso/Raphinha……fairly easy for me to get to TAA via Alonso and Sarr

    23. 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

    24. CRO KLOPP
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Is Creswell on all corners or only from one side?

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        1 side (their left) if memory serves

        1. CRO KLOPP
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Thanks mate

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Believe it’s usually Bowen from the o right

    25. PocketZola
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Is this wc worth it?

      ramsdale
      tierney cancelo rudiger
      galagher salah mbuemo raphina
      auba luka antonio

      subs, livra, williams, luiz

      2.6mil itb for tierney taa when he returns

      1. GuenDoozy
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        You sold on Mbuemo over someone like Doucoure?

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

          mbu is basically a striker

    26. pingissimus
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      A rather remarkable name second in the list for touches in the final third for budget defenders!

      That's off the back of playing away to Liverpool and Chelsea.

      Give it a couple of weeks perhaps 🙂

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

        Ward or Mitchell

        1. pingissimus
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Mitchell

          Palace are quite often playing a slightly lopsided formation where Mitchell is a wingback and Ward tucks in more. The left is where Zaha is found and he is often moving to an inside left position in attack. The ball goes down the Palace left more than the right traditionally..

          All that said Vieira ball may not be great for width as it is so possession based. And not a lot of signs of Palace actually creating much at all even if they look 100% better.

    27. TB303
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      A- Grealish
      Or
      B- Saka

      ?

      1. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Saka, never mind he's almost 2 mill cheaper

      2. Bavarian
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        B

    28. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Losing faith with my alonso wc pick.

      I may end up changing it, not sure who for.
      Suppose he could become walker next gw if he's benched this week.

      Cancelo-rudigar-alonso-tomiyasu(duffy)

      1. GuenDoozy
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        He could become walker or James if hes nailed. Im going with him on my WC, easy fix if it doesnt work

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

        Go for it - you have enough cover

      3. antis0cial
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Think I'm going to stick with him on WC, if it looks like spot is lost I will switch to James or even Chilwel

    29. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Jota > raph for a hit? Bench is Taa, Omo, Scarlett

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

        Is Raph a risk for gw8 given the time of the Brazil game? Read it’s like 2-3 days before PL game.
        Would avoid hits before IB unless it’s for a player you want to lose long term

    30. tbos83
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      2ft, 2m itb

      A) TAA, Jota > Rudiger, Son
      B) TAA, Jota, Dennis > Christesen, ESR, Lukaku
      C) Something else

      Sanchez Steele
      Shaw Digne TAA White Livra
      Gray Salah Jota Benny Kovacic
      Dennis Ronaldo Antonio