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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

Salah on target as Liverpool assets prosper at Leeds 1

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. EZIO
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Can norwich get a cleen sheet i have to play williams instead of trent or should i take a -8 hit and bring a chelsea defender and double up because I already have rudiger

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        Play Williams

      2. Hotdogs for Tea
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        you have taken a -4 and still have TAA and relying on Williams 😉

        Just go for it and enjoy yourself because Williams ain’t going to earn you zilch

        1. EZIO
            8 months, 28 days ago

            Yeah I know man but it’s because I transferred players in and a day later turns out trent isn’t playing a shity move by my end

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 28 days ago

              just do it, I may take a -8 too just to get a good team out 🙂

      3. StellaMan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        Christensen or Tierney?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          Tierney

          1. StellaMan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 28 days ago

            Cheers have free transfer so looking to upgrade Williams for a while. Can drop down later is finds needed elsewhere later

        2. Kasper the ghost keeper
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          I'm debating this move too, have Rudiger already. Think I'm leaning towards Christensen

          1. Kasper the ghost keeper
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 28 days ago

            Tierney injury record a worry

      4. Rbyrne95
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        Captain Ronaldo?… Everton’s defence are dodgy and their last 4 meetings have been 4-0, 3-3, 2-0, 3-1 Man U. It’d why I haven’t transferred for Lukaku yet.

        1. Pumpkinhead -
          • 13 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          Not sure what the last meetings have to do with anything but Lukaku is hardly setting the world alight so why not

          1. Rbyrne95
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 28 days ago

            Sometimes I like to use some bias’ to spice things up a little. Statistics for main part but just a wee bit of ‘risk’, watch me score 20 this week now lmao.

        2. FPL Theorist
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          Yes, for some reason Everton always seem to have a reputation for being solid defensively, but it's often not deserved.

      5. Jebiga
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        Trent to Cancelo for - 4 or play Liveramento?

        1. Biggsy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          Probably not the week for taking a hit to bring Cancelo in against Liverpool

      6. GuenDoozy
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        On WC, pick one:
        A) Mbuemo
        B) Gallagher
        C) Doucoure

        1. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          A

        2. antis0cial
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          C

      7. Pukki Blinders
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        Who scores more this week?

        A. Christensen + Jota
        B. Livramento + Raphinha

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          6 + 1
          1 + 8

          B

      8. Jafooli
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        Bamford & TAA > Lukaku & Lowton for -4pts?

        Or play Gray (mun) & White (bha)?

        1. BrockLanders
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          Looking actually the same transfer myself. I'd probably capt Lukaku if I get. Could easily pay out that minus 4

          1. Jafooli
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 28 days ago

            I’ve done it and captained Lukaku

      9. Boss Hogg
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        Bielsa: "Koch has a problem in his pubis which is a very rebellious injury. There is no prognostic for when he will be recovered because it can last a short period of time or a long period of time. That's subject to his evolution."

        Say what now?!
        Koch's rebellious pubis is subject to evolution?

        1. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          Looks like Biesla has just learned "evolution" in last couple of weeks.

        2. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          8 months, 28 days ago

          Hehe love Bielsa

      10. tbos83
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 28 days ago

        Bottomed. 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

        1. BrockLanders
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          A

      11. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        So with TAA definitely out, question marks over Alonso and having a bench of Gilmour (didn't start last game), Livramento (likely 1 or 2pts this week) and Delph (red flagged) and with no money in the bank, my transfer this week is looking like one of the most boring transfers in history - Delph for Browning. Feels like a waste of a transfer but one that maybe necessary.

      12. Reckoner.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        Feel nervous about taking a -4 to get a second Chelsea defender so I can get a decent defense out.

        For that reason going to take a punt on Tierney, maybe wildcarding next week anyway so feel it's the safer play.

        1. Biggsy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          Similar situation here - can just see an Arsenal resurgence stalling with a 1-1 vs Brighton though...

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 28 days ago

            Would be very Arsenal esq, Brighton will be hard to break down

          2. Reckoner.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 28 days ago

            Won both games last year conceeding none. Very different defense for Arsenal, and team, so probably doesn't mean much.

            At least Tierney has the attacking potentinal, hoping that against lesser opposition he maybe let loose a little more.

        2. Reckoner.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          Forgot to add, that nervousness is around bringing in a 2nd Chelsea defender for a -4 only for them to be benched.

      13. maglia rosa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        With the Coufal no show and Benrahma minutes last night on top of Jota and Trent issues I played my WC.
        Plan is to use Trent spot as first bench cover as other sub is Livramento (che) and bring back Trent for next week........Sooooooo best defender that isn't Chelsea for my first defender sub should one of my Chelsea assest not play?

        The unlikely candidates are

        Cresswell
        Mee / Tarkowski
        Tierney
        Semedo
        Maybe even Roberetson

        Any others options or thoughts spring to mind guys and gals?

        1. Lilac Breasted Roller
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          Not sure if it's worth it to get TAA out for just one GW, waste a transfer and 0.1

          1. Lilac Breasted Roller
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 28 days ago

            especially just for bench cover

            1. maglia rosa
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              8 months, 28 days ago

              Sounds silly i know but i reckon he'll drop 0.1 and with the doubts around Che def starts it's a move that makes sense to me. Feel there is a fairly high probablility that this defender will play this week.

        2. CRO KLOPP
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          Dawson?

          1. maglia rosa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 28 days ago

            Maybe 😎 thanks for your reply

        3. Hotdogs for Tea
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          is Coufal conformed out ?

          1. maglia rosa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 28 days ago

            Not that i'm aware of Hotdogs but as on a WC i felt there will be better replacements.

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 28 days ago

              I have Jota, Trent, Coufal & Ben but don’t think it’s enough to bring my WC forward to this week … I reckon we will get minutes out of Jota, Coufal & Ben but I think I will -4 this week selling Jota & Gilmour for Saka & Raph probably

              WC next week

              1. maglia rosa
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                8 months, 28 days ago

                Interesting mate. Been trying very hard to go with my own take on the best way to play the issues i've listed with Gray and Armstrong and even Sar not really fancied this week. Gl for this week and of course next week for the WC.

                1. Hotdogs for Tea
                  • 6 Years
                  8 months, 28 days ago

                  it’s a tough decision and one more flag and I would WC too .. Good luck and nothing really wrong with a WC this week

        4. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          8 months, 28 days ago

          Never thought I'd recommend him but Tarkowski. Easiest fixture & decent chance of scoring from set piece

          1. maglia rosa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 28 days ago

            Would you play Tark over Cencelo Maybe? Thanks for your reply Mentaculus. 😛

            1. The Mentaculus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              8 months, 28 days ago

              Hmm close one. If I had Cancelo (& I will from next week) I'd probably play him every game, but this is the one fixture all year I'd consider benching. Liverpool attack so potent right now, I actually fancy them to win 2-1.

        5. Goonerly
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          Tierney or Mee would be my punt.
          But Semedo would also be a good pick, especially this GW

          1. maglia rosa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 28 days ago

            Good stuff.....cheers Goonerly 😛

        6. The Last Rolo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          I think only Mee, Tierney & Semedo are options, and form those I'd go for Semedo.

          1. maglia rosa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 28 days ago

            Cheers G 💡

      14. Jusx8
          8 months, 28 days ago

          I have Saka-salah-benrahma-raphina- sarr as my midfielders, who to bench? I have a feeling liverpool vs city will be a draw!

          Would Alonso change to Tierney be crazy as well? I already have rudiger

          1. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 28 days ago

            You are on WC?

            Bench Saka.
            Not a fan of Alonso, but dont like Tierney either. Go some Man City defender.

            1. Jusx8
                8 months, 28 days ago

                Yupp on WC! This is my team.

                Ramsdale(foster)
                Rudiger-Alonso-Marcal (Cancelo-lowton)
                Saka-Salah-Sarr-Raphina-Townsend
                Antonio-jimenez-lukaku(C)

                I changed to Alonso > tierney
                Townsend > benrahma

          2. Tic Tacs
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 28 days ago

            Taken a hit to bring in Alonso for Williams, a risk I know!

            GTG!

            Sanchez
            Alonso (C), Rudiger, Cancelo
            Salah, Sarr, Greenwood, Harrison
            Jimenez, Antonio (vc), Toney

            Steele, Brownhill, Livramento, TAA

            1. Jusx8
                8 months, 28 days ago

                GTG!

                But I would captain Antonio instead imo.

                1. Tic Tacs
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  8 months, 28 days ago

                  Thanks, a tricky captaincy decision and I keep changing my mind!

            2. Thomas Magnum
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 28 days ago

              Boring one but might help others
              Other than .1 price difference is there much difference between Tark or Ben Mee for a one week punt, does one have more threat on set pieces or anything?

              1. Terry Tibbs: Top Pundit
                • 5 Years
                8 months, 28 days ago

                I think from recent past, feels like Tarkowski returns a little more. Don't think there's much in it though. Maybe bank the 0.1

              2. The Mentaculus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                8 months, 28 days ago

                Tark more of a target for set pieces

            3. Lilac Breasted Roller
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 28 days ago

              Thoughts on Laporte over Alonso?

              0.2 short for Dias if I want to get DCL in next week.

              1. Biggsy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                8 months, 28 days ago

                Assuming both play, then this week better for Alonso. Fixtures good for both after so probably comes down to who will play most given likelihood of rotation

              2. Thomas Magnum
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 28 days ago

                I like Walker slightly better being a fullback and seemingly has less competition for his spot but I think Laporte is a very good option, not much between them. Chances are once Alonso gets rested a few times his price may drop to the point you can afford later anyways

            4. Biggsy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              8 months, 28 days ago

              Back line of:

              TAA, Shaw, Coufal, White and Tsmikas

              Tsmikas unlikely to replace TAA who is out (based on Klopp comments). Shaw and COufal doubtful.

              Would you do two of TAA, Shaw & Coufal to Rudiger and Alonso for a hit? WC next week

              1. Lilac Breasted Roller
                • 4 Years
                8 months, 28 days ago

                No point in taking a hit before your WC

                1. Biggsy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  8 months, 28 days ago

                  I would agree, but potentially one playing defender changes my usual thinking on that

              2. Hotdogs for Tea
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 28 days ago

                you may have only one defender White starting and you are holding your WC until next week ?

                I would WC this week

                1. Biggsy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  8 months, 28 days ago

                  Hadn't quite kept on top of things this week. Opening it up and saw the red and yellow flags on the backline. You may be right, but not usually one to rush a WC in the last day before deadline

                  1. Hotdogs for Tea
                    • 6 Years
                    8 months, 28 days ago

                    easily done, maybe a -4 to take out Shaw and Tsmikas will set you up ok ?

              3. G Banger
                • 4 Years
                8 months, 28 days ago

                I have the same back line with Ayling instead of Tsmikas, I'm probably going to do TAA=>Alonso and hope one of Shaw or Coufal plays

              4. The Mentaculus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                8 months, 28 days ago

                Prob needs at least one transfer. Trent out then back on WC? Pray that one of Coufal/Shaw starts..? (N.b. Havent been checking updates on their fitness myself)

            5. EZIO
                8 months, 28 days ago

                Who should i play sanchez or foster ?

                1. Admiral Benson
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  8 months, 28 days ago

                  Tough call. Think Brighton and Watford concede Maybe Foster for save points.

              • Admiral Benson
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 28 days ago

                Hi all. On WC. Should I do
                Cancelo over Dias
                Azpi over Alonso?

                Sa/Foster
                Alonso/Rudiger/Trent/Dias/Liv
                Salah/Raph/Sarr/Benrahma/Luiz
                Lukaku/Antonio/Toney

                1. GuenDoozy
                  • 2 Years
                  8 months, 28 days ago

                  Livra, Sarr > Cancelo, ESR
                  If you need funds to do this, id downgrade Benny to a Doucoure/Mbuemo

              • Eddie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                8 months, 28 days ago

                Zinchenko expected back after international break. How much of a risk to Cancelo's minutes does this present?

                1. Admiral Benson
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  8 months, 28 days ago

                  Little bit of risk but Cancelo can play RB or LB so maybe that balances out the pep roulette risk

                2. Goonerly
                  • 4 Years
                  8 months, 28 days ago

                  Does increase the rotation fear a bit, but again, it's City - you know what you're getting into.
                  I'd say that Cancelo is a very important part of City's play and the fact that he can cover both RB and LB makes him a fine choice.
                  You could always go Dias for (near)certainty of minutes, but the reward with Cancelo is just higher

                3. 1984 TC
                  • 1 Year
                  8 months, 28 days ago

                  Probably more risk to Walker as Cancelo can play either side? Or maybe I’m just making that up.

              • Jafooli
                • 10 Years
                8 months, 28 days ago

                My defence now:

                Ramsdale - Sanchez
                White - Duffy - Lowton - Livramento - Marcel

                Who needs big hitters…..

                1. Eddie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  8 months, 28 days ago

                  o/

                  1. Jafooli
                    • 10 Years
                    8 months, 28 days ago

                    o\

                    1. Jafooli
                      • 10 Years
                      8 months, 28 days ago

                      My arm is joined to the top of my head, it’s an unusual anomaly….

                2. FOO FIGHTER
                  • 2 Years
                  8 months, 28 days ago

                  I do not believe premium defenders will score big GW7.

                  1. Jafooli
                    • 10 Years
                    8 months, 28 days ago

                    Agreed, over rated, time for the über defs again….too much rotation risk for one thing

                3. Holmes
                  • 8 Years
                  8 months, 28 days ago

                  What can go wrong...

                  1. Jafooli
                    • 10 Years
                    8 months, 28 days ago

                    I used to always play with uber cheap defs….got 2 x top OR 1k finishes in those seasons 😎

                    Have Salah, Ronnie, Lukaku & Antonio for fire power and Sarr, Greenwood, Gray & Gallagher as gun powder 😛

                    1. Hotdogs for Tea
                      • 6 Years
                      8 months, 28 days ago

                      fire power for show, gunpowder for dough 🙂

                      1. Jafooli
                        • 10 Years
                        8 months, 28 days ago

                        Nice 😀

                4. HEY JUDE
                  • 1 Year
                  8 months, 28 days ago

                  White, lowton, marcal

                  1. Jafooli
                    • 10 Years
                    8 months, 28 days ago

                    Playing Ramshackle & Duffy

              • G Banger
                • 4 Years
                8 months, 28 days ago

                1FT before WC WK8, would you rather:

                a) TAA => Alonso (4-4-2)
                b) Bamford => 8.0 FWD (not Jiminez or Antonio) (3-4-3)

                1. The Last Rolo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  8 months, 28 days ago

                  Tough call, not many 8.0's left, but I do like Wood as a pick vs NOR.

                  If you've got a good bench to cover, then A, otherwise B with Wood imo.

                  1. G Banger
                    • 4 Years
                    8 months, 28 days ago

                    I've got Ayling*, Shaw*, Coufal*, White!

                    I'm thinking safer to go with 4-4-2

              • Champions League Varane
                • 3 Years
                8 months, 28 days ago

                Douglas Luiz (Spurs away).
                Sissoko (Leeds away).

                1. Champions League Varane
                  • 3 Years
                  8 months, 28 days ago

                  Play one?

                2. Goonerly
                  • 4 Years
                  8 months, 28 days ago

                  Luiz more of an upside due to corners

              • EZIO
                  8 months, 28 days ago

                  Should i play Dennis over jota ?

                  1. Hotdogs for Tea
                    • 6 Years
                    8 months, 28 days ago

                    play them both

                    1. EZIO
                        8 months, 28 days ago

                        salah saka sarr raphinha

                        ronaldo antonio
                        It’s either jota in midfield
                        Or dennis as a third striker

                        1. Hotdogs for Tea
                          • 6 Years
                          8 months, 28 days ago

                          Dennis … Jota will be benched and City won’t have tired legs in the last 20 mins 🙂

                    2. BrockLanders
                      • 7 Years
                      8 months, 28 days ago

                      I'd play Jota

                  2. Jimjam
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    8 months, 28 days ago

                    Sanchez (Steele)
                    TAA***, Christensen, Semedo (Livramento, Williams)
                    Salah, Jota, Raphinha, Sarr (Brownhill)
                    Ronaldo, Antonio, Bamford**

                    (A) Bamford --> Jimenez
                    (B) TAA --> Rudiger
                    (C) Both (-4)

                    1. Cojones of Destiny
                      • 4 Years
                      8 months, 28 days ago

                      A

                    2. Boly Would
                      • 5 Years
                      8 months, 28 days ago

                      A

                    3. wrightontarget
                      • 10 Years
                      8 months, 28 days ago

                      A

                      1. Jimjam
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        8 months, 28 days ago

                        Thanks all

                  3. Cojones of Destiny
                    • 4 Years
                    8 months, 28 days ago

                    first on bench :
                    a. Allan
                    b. Williams

                  4. Reeker
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    8 months, 28 days ago

                    Fill the space in this team:

                    Ramsdale
                    Dias - Rudiger - Cancelo
                    Salah - Raphinha - Grealish - 7.7m player
                    Lukaku - Antonio - Jimenez

                    (Foster) (Livramento, Brownhill, Williams)

                    Potential options:
                    Saka
                    Sarr
                    Benrahma
                    Gray

                    1. SKENG
                      • 6 Years
                      8 months, 28 days ago

                      Saka, and upgrade Williams possibly.

                    2. The Mentaculus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      8 months, 28 days ago

                      Zaha for differential..?

                  5. SKENG
                    • 6 Years
                    8 months, 28 days ago

                    I really need one of James or Grealish to drop tonight... any chance of this happening you think?

                    1. The Last Rolo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      8 months, 28 days ago

                      I wouldn't put money on it.

                    2. BrockLanders
                      • 7 Years
                      8 months, 28 days ago

                      Doubtful

                  6. fachada
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    8 months, 28 days ago

                    Vardy or Son in wc?

                    1. SKENG
                      • 6 Years
                      8 months, 28 days ago

                      I'm really tempted by Son but struggling to fit him in

                    2. The Last Rolo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      8 months, 28 days ago

                      If you've built a team you like and can still fit Vardy, I'd defo choose him over Son.

                  7. wrightontarget
                    • 10 Years
                    8 months, 28 days ago

                    Tempted by getting Jimenez over Lukaku to replace Bamford thoughts?

                    1. Goonerly
                      • 4 Years
                      8 months, 28 days ago

                      Depends what you'll do with the extra cash, but Lukaku seems damn-near essential for the next GWs