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FPL Q&A: Chelsea defenders, the best Man City midfielder and picking rotation risks

The international break is almost over and the return of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is just around the corner.

The lack of Premier League action has been a bit more bearable this time around for me, as I am on a Wildcard.

I will be discussing my Wildcard picks in this article but first I’ll be answering some questions from the community ahead of Gameweek 8.


Q: A mid-priced Manchester City midfielder seems essential for Gameweeks 8-10 but all of them have various levels of safety v risk. Who’s the best one for a three-week punt? (@The_TVSnob)

The best FPL midfielders for a Gameweek 8 Wildcard 6

A: Firstly, there’s an excellent article by Tom Freeman on Man City assets that I’d recommend reading.

The article already covers stats in depth so without going into that, I think Phil Foden (£7.9m) is the one. Jack Grealish’s (£7.9m) performances have started to dip a bit and I think it’s time that he gets a bit of a breather from the starting XI and Foden’s recent performances for club and country have been exemplary. I think this is a big year for the youngster and on current form, he is as likely to start as any Man City midfielder. Brighton and Crystal Palace are not easy games, either, so I don’t think Pep Guardiola has the luxury of benching his most in-form player for those matches. 


Q: With Reece James back in training, I’m considering including him in my Wildcard team. If he doesn’t start against Brentford, Tino Livramento or Shane Duffy will come on for me. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ruben Dias are my other defenders. Thoughts?  (@sharansanil18)

A: I had covered Chelsea assets, particularly in defence, in depth in this piece a fortnight ago. The conclusion I reached was that in order to improve the supply to Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m), Chelsea’s best crosser, Reece James (£5.5m), needs to be in the starting XI. 

We don’t know the extent of James’ fitness yet so he could still miss Brentford but then he is back for the trio of fixtures – Norwich, Newcastle and Burnley – which look great for attacking returns. Sure you could go Antonio Rudiger (£5.8m) for the security of starts but those fixtures look prime for attacking returns and the upside of James is too much to resist for me. 

One caveat with James, though, is that he can also play in central midfieldd, which means the chances of him being brought on for a late cameo are quite high, much more so than it is with Ben Chilwell (£5.6m) and Marcos Alonso (£6.0m). However, I do believe he is the clear first choice for that right wing-back slot and the competition isn’t as fierce on the opposite flank, so it is a risk worth taking in my opinion. With Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) and Ruben Dias (£6.1m) secure starters in your squad, I think you can afford one ‘risky’ pick in James with Shane Duffy (£4.3m) and Tino Livramento (£4.2m) as back-ups. 


Q : Should we sell Marcos Alonso? (@beckmaniac)

Sarr underlines differential potential as Chelsea earn another clean sheet 9

A: This is a tricky question. At the start of the season, I would have said that Ben Chilwell is our clear first-choice left wing-back and that Marcos Alonso’s appearances would be limited.

Chilwell’s recent struggles have been well documented but he looks to be back in the groove with goals for club and country. He is also a much better crosser of the ball than Alonso, so he also helps in improving the supply to Romelu Lukaku.

However, Alonso was impressive for Spain over the international break, putting in strong performances in both matches. He also offers a significant height advantage over Chilwell and when facing teams such as Brentford, that might work in the Spaniard’s favour. 

So that means there is legitimate competition for that left wing-back spot now, and performances/opposition could dictate who plays in each match. The positive thing, though, is that if either is benched, it is rare they come on as a substitute. So, if you have a decent option off the bench, I would stick with Alonso for now. 

If I was to bring in one of the two on Wildcard, it would be Chilwell. But I still prefer Reece James over either of them due to the reasons mentioned in the earlier question. 

It’s going to be almost impossible to predict who starts with the fixture congestion Chelsea have between now and the end of the calendar year. If you don’t fancy the headache, I would sell and bring in somebody like Antonio Rudiger or Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.1m). 


Q: Who are the best three premium defenders from Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City to have in our Wildcard team (@PriteshShetty87)

The Liverpool one is easy and doesn’t really need much explaining why: Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The Man City one is slightly trickier. I still think Joao Cancelo (£6.2m) will play a large number of games due to Benjamin Mendy’s non-availability and his versatility on either flank but he is not as nailed as Ruben Dias. Oleksandr Zinchenko’s (£5.3m) return from injury is also a slight concern.

The centre-back’s potential is a bit limited, though. The Man City attackers will likely hoover up the bonus points so you’re looking at a six-pointer in most weeks. Cancelo has looked menacing in attack, by contrast, and I would take the risk there as the upside is worth it. 

For Chelsea, it depends on your squad and your appetite for risk. If you’re looking for the most nailed option, it would be Antonio Rudiger. If you’re looking for someone who’s almost as secure but has some attacking upside it would be Cesar Azpilicueta. Reece James is the one to go for if you are ok with “upside chasing”. 


Q: How many “high risk, high reward” players should we target on a Wildcard, i.e Joao Cancelo, Ben Chilwell, Phil Foden, Hwang Hee-chan? (Sam @lotfpl)

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A: This is an interesting question. Of the four players mentioned, I don’t think Joao Cancelo and Hwang Hee-chan (£5.6m) are huge risks in terms of game-time. They are arguably part of their team’s first-choice starting XI. Hwang offers something different from the other three Wolves wingers in that he’s a goalscorer. The other three are primarily creators so I do believe in terms of security of starts that the South Korean is pretty nailed. The risk with Hwang is, of course, that there are no real exit routes around the £5.5m bracket. 

Ben Chilwell again depends on the makeup of your squad. Benchings are inevitable so if you have the depth, it’s a decent option. Phil Foden also isn’t that much of a riskm in my opinion, in the short term.

So if I had to answer your question, I’d say maybe two. I wouldn’t include Cancelo in that list though. 


Q: Now that Son Heung-min has risen in price, is there any midfielder who is nailed and good FPL wise in the £7.0m-£10.0m bracket? (@FPL_Mihir)

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A: First off, I don’t think it’s necessary to spend your money as the cheaper midfielders are offering value in the sub-£7.0m range. Don’t let price bias cloud your thinking: get the cheaper guys and keep cash in the bank for when more expensive options emerge. I’m a big fan of having some money left over to allow flexibility even after a Wildcard. 

There are some options, though. Phil Foden has been discussed already and I do fancy Mason Mount (£7.4m) for the upcoming run, as well. Thomas Tuchel namechecked him as having a good relationship with Romelu Lukaku and his stock has gone up after how poor Chelsea have looked in his absence. 

My Wildcard team

This is the Wildcard team I’m currently looking at ahead of Gameweek 8. Raphinha (£6.6m) will probably be benched for Shane Duffy and in case Reece James does miss the Brentford game, I’ll have Tino Livramento sub in.

There are some question marks regarding Romelu Lukaku’s availability but I think his withdrawal from the third/fourth-place UEFA Nations League game was just precautionary.

Most of the picks are fairly template but I’m punting on Adam Armstrong (£6.0m) ahead of Saints’ great run of fixtures.

My fellow Pro Pundit Lateriser and I discuss our Wildcard drafts and several other transfer targets in this week’s episode of the FPL Wire.

I highly recommend checking it out below! 

266 Comments Post a Comment
  1. SADIO SANÉ
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 8 hours ago

    Alonso & Chilwell on WC - move on the one that doesn't start to Reece James in a week or two and soak up the price changes - easy.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Liked this idea when you floated it the other day and like it still

  2. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    14 days, 8 hours ago

    If anyone now asks ‘Foden or Grealish’ they deserve to be shot.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      So definitely Foden then, or is it Grealish?

      Actually, neither for me

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Tis the dungeon they deserve. Three days, no trials!

    3. NABIL - I sold TAA GW3
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Last GW: Rudiger or Alonso?
      Winner: Azpi

      This GW: Foden or Grealish?
      Winner: probably Mahrez

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 8 hours ago

        Winner: Torres

        1. NABIL - I sold TAA GW3
          • 9 Years
          14 days, 8 hours ago

          That's what the last WCers in GW4 thought.

          The lesson was a painful one

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            14 days, 8 hours ago

            That's the risk. It seems like he either starts or no cameos. Just make sure you have the bench to cover

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      I don't think either is correct.

      If I'm punting on a City mid it'll be Torres.

      1. Rligudfootiemanager
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        14 days, 8 hours ago

        Yes, there was some interesting anaylsis where Foden has ALWAYS been rested after Eng internationals. He may be saved for UCL games which are key after the PSG loss.

        https://twitter.com/TheRealNiemi/status/1447925902663356440

        I think Torres too.

  3. Fulchester's New Centr…
    • 4 Years
    14 days, 8 hours ago

    Actually, for a skinflint like me, nice to be able to read more than the first paragraph of something.

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Yay! Same here 😀

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Do you like that WC team, Sir Shakey?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 8 hours ago

        Son, James and Armstrong don't really do it for me, although I can understand why they are there. But what do I know? I still have Harvey Barnes.

        1. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          14 days, 8 hours ago

          Playing the long game, huh.

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 4 Years
            14 days, 8 hours ago

            Lindelof and Bailly make me want to keep 1 more week.

  4. NABIL - I sold TAA GW3
    • 9 Years
    14 days, 8 hours ago

    Is Bruno to Son worth -4 ?

    Original plan is to ditch Bruno for Raph (nor) in GW10, and use the money to do Sarr to Son in GW12

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      worth a "punt"

      1. NABIL - I sold TAA GW3
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 8 hours ago

        Are you sure Son is a punt? 🙂

        1. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          14 days, 8 hours ago

          Getting rid of Bruno is a punt 😉

          1. NABIL - I sold TAA GW3
            • 9 Years
            14 days, 8 hours ago

            I think keeping him is a better punt 😉

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Leicester can't defend

      1. NABIL - I sold TAA GW3
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 8 hours ago

        Indeed. But then my keepers are Schmeichel and Ward, and I also got Ronaldo lol

    3. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Username should stay as is.

      1. NABIL - I sold TAA GW3
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 8 hours ago

        Yeah it's like an assurance for me, but by GW10 it'll probably change 🙂

    4. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Not for a hit. LEI defence is poor

      1. NABIL - I sold TAA GW3
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 8 hours ago

        Indeed. Bruno and Ronaldo vs Schmeichel so hedging my bets here

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          14 days, 8 hours ago

          Schmeichel will get 1-2 save points

          1. NABIL - I sold TAA GW3
            • 9 Years
            14 days, 8 hours ago

            That'd be lovely

  5. Malinwa
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 8 hours ago

    Need some help here.
    A) Time to use my WC
    B) Greenwood out
    C) Other

    Sanchez
    Semedo-Rüdiger-Cancelo
    Salah-Raph-Greenwood-Benrahma
    Ronaldo-Toney-Antonio

    Steele-Gilmour-White-Antonio-Ayling*

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      save

    2. NABIL - I sold TAA GW3
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Eaay save

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Antonio in your 11 and bench....

      Save team as it is

    4. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Three radically different options.
      2 Antonios is a canny move.
      Greenwood out is plenty.
      I have benched Raph and moved WHite ahead of him.

  6. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    14 days, 8 hours ago

    Iv been away since end of last gw. Kinda enjoy the break even tho I hate the IB looming beforehand but use the opportunity to rest the head.

    Anyhow iv logged on and u have the following flagged.

    Digne
    Rudiger
    Lukaku
    TAA

    Should I panic now or wait lol

    1. camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      I*

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      TAA is fit. Need to wait for an update on the rest.

    3. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Where have you been away? The post lacks sufficient detail.

      1. camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        14 days, 8 hours ago

        Ment away frm social media including ffs and fpl

        1. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          14 days, 8 hours ago

          gardening?

    4. NABIL - I sold TAA GW3
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Nope. Just wait for pressers

  7. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 8 hours ago

    Sanchez
    TAA Cancelo James Livramento
    Salah Saka Gray
    Ronaldo Antonio Toney

    (4.0 Raphinha Semedo Sissoko)
    0 FT & 1.5m

    With TAA & James now back in full training I will keep & start them.

    Is this team G2G?
    Tempted to take a hit for Semedo to Dias and bench Livramento.

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Gtg

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      GTG

    3. NABIL - I sold TAA GW3
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      What they said

  8. Oooo Matron
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 8 hours ago

    Thoughts on this WC? Torres will become Raphina next week.

    Ramsdale
    Trent Cancelo Rudiger Azpi
    Salah Mane Torres
    Maupay Jiminez Antonio

    Subs: Mbuemo, Livramento, Allan

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Tis very different, and therefore unacceptable. Dungeon.

    2. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Different to everything else on here. Still think that if fit, Lukaku is a must for this Chelsea run-in of fixtures.

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Looks interesting. For me, I'm not a huge fan of banking transfers as you never know what injuries/suspensions may happen in GW8

  9. Stormbringer22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 8 hours ago

    Hmm, I feel like there is a lot of upside to this WC draft over the next 3 GWks, particularly with the City mids.

    Ramsdale
    TAA • Cancelo • James (Duffy • Livramento)
    Salah • Foden • Torres • Raphina (D.Luiz)
    Lukaku • Antonio • Toney
    £0.7itb

    Can use FTs after the 3 City games to play about with the midfield. What do you think?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Tearsbringer, I wish you good fortune.

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 8 hours ago

        🙂

    2. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      It can work but I'm not a fan of City mid.

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Certainly interesting. James may not start this GW, Raphinha and Luiz likely to miss GW8 then 2 risky City mids pick so you could roll out with less than 10 players this GW

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 8 hours ago

        James can be Rudiger if need be. But yes, I agree with the fact that everything else is a risk! May not go with this draft in the end.

    4. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Stormzy, don't do it to yourself

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 8 hours ago

        Fair enough! 😀

    5. im1974
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Go for it. Very ballsy

    6. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Going both Torres and Foden will end in tears. The 1 pter from the one who doesn't start will negate all the gains you get. You have to take a shot at one of them.

  10. Cruyff's Eleven
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    14 days, 8 hours ago

    I'm thinking of the following WC. Am I missing something or making a big mistake anywhere?

    Ramsdale (Foster)
    TAA - Cancelo - Azpi (White - Livra)
    Salah - Raph - Mount - Townsend - Mbuemo
    Lukaku - Antonio (Hwang)

    1.1 ITB

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Looks fine.

    2. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Not overly keen on Townsend + Mbeumo + Hwang rotating. Maybe use the £1.1 itb to play about with those 3?

      1. Cruyff's Eleven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 7 hours ago

        Would you rather Toney and say, Luiz?

        The odd thing is Mbuemo has far superior stats to Toney though.

    3. NABIL - I sold TAA GW3
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Close to template WC so should be okay

    4. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Safe enough

    5. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Thanks for the feedback people!

  11. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    14 days, 8 hours ago

    Obviously heavily effected by team news.

    But really toying with one of
    a) Rudiger and KDB (c)
    B) Son and TAA

    I really like a over next 2-3 but could be vast burnt. Where as b seems the next 5-10 games.

    1. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      A looks tasty

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Trent and Son fantasy royalty

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      B

    4. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      B

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      B

  12. dshv
    • 4 Years
    14 days, 8 hours ago

    Om WC

    1. Rudiger or Azpi
    2. Duffy Or White

    ( ramsdale foster
    Taa cancelo *** **** livra
    Son salah raph mbeumo townsend
    Antonio lukaku)

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Rudiger
      Duffy (short term) and White (long term)

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Azpi and White

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Azpi and Duffy

    4. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Azpi, White

    5. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Azpi + Duffy

    6. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Azpi and Duffy

    7. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Rudi Duffy.
      That extra money can be used wisely.

  13. thes7s
    • 7 Years
    14 days, 8 hours ago

    I think Laporte is going to play 90% of City's game this season and his competition is Ake not Stones. With the way city are lining up, no way Pep is going to play with two right footed center defenders. First of all, 4 right footed defenders is a massive build up killer even when Walker/Cancelo tuck in those center midfield area. Secondly, Cancelo pushes higher up the field and then takes the inside channel just like in American Football and only a left footed player can pick that pass on the left channel. Thirdly, playing false nine is all about those fast line breaking pass into space between defenders and mids that would allow City's midfielder pick the false striker easily before the opposition could read the passage of play and shut them down.

    1. NABIL - I sold TAA GW3
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Agree.

      That's why the winners will be Laporte and Gundogan buyers. It's just how FPL works

    2. Oooo Matron
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Good shout - also surely Walker is nailed on for 5.5 too? Plays almost every game & saves that 0.6 on Dias & Cancelo.

    3. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Interesting analysis but I just can't see Stones not getting games after how well he did last season. Signed a contract extension too didn't he?

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      They played Stones as Dias' CB partner for the vast majority of last season and looked really good. I can see them fielding Zinchenko when he's back at LB to solve this problem with the build up.

  14. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 8 hours ago

    1FT 3.8itb
    Sanchez
    Shaw White Azpi
    Salah Sarr Raph Saka
    Antonio Toney CR7

    Foster Digne Williams Brownhill

    A) Roll
    B) WC
    C) Digne > Cancelo (Bench Shaw/Raph)

  15. Crazy Train
    • 10 Years
    14 days, 8 hours ago

    Hi guys, best swap option for Pogba? No funds itb so 7.7 transfer kitty.

    (already own Raph & Doucoure in same price bracket)

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Torres if you dare.

      1. Crazy Train
        • 10 Years
        14 days, 8 hours ago

        Thanks but it feels like a trap

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Keep one more week for Leicester?

      1. Crazy Train
        • 10 Years
        14 days, 7 hours ago

        Its not a bad option actually. His shots on goal rate this season has been high and it would just sum up my season for him to haul the gw that I sell

    3. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      I'd keep Pogba and reassess next week

  16. JBG
    • 3 Years
    14 days, 8 hours ago

    Which trio?

    A) Walker+Doucoure+Ronaldo

    B) Cancelo+Son+Antonio

    ??

    1. dshv
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      B

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      B

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      B easily.

  17. Oooo Matron
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 8 hours ago

    Mane & Hwang or Son & Jiminez?

    1. dshv
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Son

    2. JBG
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Son & Jim

    3. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Son Jim

    4. NABIL - I sold TAA GW3
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      What they said

      1. Oooo Matron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 7 hours ago

        Very surprising - think Mane could be class but Son & Jiminez reliable known entities who always deliver.

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Not a huge fan of Jimi.

      What about KdB over Mane?

  18. Major League Shocker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    14 days, 8 hours ago

    Reminder to all:

    The commenters here haven't thought about your WC team even a fraction of the amount of time that you have.

    Making late changes based on feedback from others is not likely to benefit your team. And you'll be (rightly) upset with yourself when a player hauls who you took out.

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      A cautionary tale indeed!

  19. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 7 hours ago

    WC draft, GW8 lineup

    Ramsdale
    TAA Cancelo Rudiger* Duffy
    Salah Foden* Raphinha
    Lukaku Antonio Jimenez*

    Foster Livramento Mbeumo Brownhill

    1. Rudiger Foden Jimenez
    2. James Son Hwang

    Cheers!

    1. NABIL - I sold TAA GW3
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      I like 2

  20. 03farmboy
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 7 hours ago

    Who to go for Son or foden/ Grealish ??

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Son for sure

      1. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 7 hours ago

        Would you say the same if Foden was nailed?

        1. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          14 days, 7 hours ago

          Nope

          1. FCSB
            • 5 Years
            14 days, 7 hours ago

            It’s like I almost know Foden isn’t going to start, but I’m struggling to ignore him on a WC

            1. HMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              14 days, 7 hours ago

              Gold. This was me on gw5 wildcard with Torres

              1. FCSB
                • 5 Years
                14 days, 7 hours ago

                Haha did your bench see you out the hole ok?

                1. HMC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  14 days, 7 hours ago

                  I only kept for one week and jumped ship early, brought in Sarr for his 9 pointer whilst Torres no show

                  1. FCSB
                    • 5 Years
                    14 days, 7 hours ago

                    So it didn’t play out too badly I guess, there’s always the bench or an escape plan ha

                    It’s between the following for me:

                    1. Rudiger Foden Jimenez
                    2. James Son Hwang

                    I’ve been on 1 all IB and contrary to many saying Son I’m struggling to step away from Phil

                    1. HMC
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      14 days, 7 hours ago

                      Go with your gut
                      Would you still go Foden if you knew he wouldn’t start vs Burnley?

                      I’m looking at him for Jota but loathe to bring in someone not playing

                      1. FCSB
                        • 5 Years
                        14 days, 7 hours ago

                        If I knew for sure then I’d probably avoid him… but many other city assets have played plenty of minutes over the IB and could be rested, so there is always a good chance he plays…

                        Just like you say we need to go with our gut, I’ve been on him in my WC all IB feels too late to change… that’s how I feel right now anyway!

                        Thanks mate

        2. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          14 days, 7 hours ago

          Yes.

    2. FCSB
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      What sacrifices do you have to make elsewhere to generate the 2.2

      1. 03farmboy
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 7 hours ago

        Would have to be
        Hwang and Son
        Or
        Jimenez and foden/ Grealish

        1. FCSB
          • 5 Years
          14 days, 7 hours ago

          Similar situation to me, see above… currently in Foden as I like the Jimenez is on pens and allows me the more security of Rudiger over James (if not as adventurous)

  21. NABIL - I sold TAA GW3
    • 9 Years
    14 days, 7 hours ago

    Biased prediction for Liverpool fixtures

    GW8 Sarr to spoil the party
    GW9 Bruno to spoil the party
    GW10 Duffy to spoil the party
    GW11 Bentonio to spoil the party

    Looks like I'm still finding the reasons for not owning TAA. Wish me luck!

    1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Party pooper!

    2. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Never mind the cs's - last time I sold him he got three assists against Leicester!

      1. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        14 days, 7 hours ago

        Think of his upside, while not ignoring possible downsides. Buy him for his next game and games after that. He didn't go out that frosty night saying 'I'll show that Pompel lad what he's missing' 😉

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          14 days, 7 hours ago

          Surely felt like that at the time 😉

      2. Cruyff's Eleven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 7 hours ago

        Yeah, same here. A blank GW followed by 27 points

    3. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      GW8 two assists + CS (Watford only scored away to Norwich)
      GW9 Luke Shaw gives two pens away, against Salah and TAA.
      GW10 CS + assist
      GW11 Both players hobble of the coach and are knackered from Europa and need a break

      From a current non-owner too 🙂

  22. Oooo Matron
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 7 hours ago

    One more thing....

    Walker or Laporte?

    James or Rudiger?

    Currently leaning towards Walker (nailed) & James (high upside)

    1. NABIL - I sold TAA GW3
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Yep those 2

    2. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Laporte and Rudiger

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Walker, James from me too.

    4. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Walker and Rudiger.

    5. antis0cial
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Walker James

      1. Cruyff's Eleven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 7 hours ago

        Is James fit again

  23. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    14 days, 7 hours ago

    Is Jota + Semedo > Saka + Cancelo -4 a good move? (If Jota is ruled out) dont fancy Wolves away to Villa and feel Cancelo can haul any given week.

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Not sure. Probably wouldn't take 4 point hit

  24. BrockLanders
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 7 hours ago

    Any changes needed? 1FT & £2.6Mm ITB

    Sanchez
    Alonso, Tierney, Marcal, Livra, Duffy
    Salah, Jota, Docoure, Gallagher, Sarr
    CR7, Antonio, Jimmy

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Maybe Alonso > TAA? Looks really good. Jota is a problem but your depth is nice so you can leave that one for a week

  25. BoroPhil
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    14 days, 7 hours ago

    On WC:

    a) Mbuemo, Hwang, Vardy
    b) Raphinha, Jimenez, Antonio

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      A but have a way to get Raphinha very soon

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 7 hours ago

        Actually no, B

    2. JPSpurs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Tough one - Heart says A, Head says B - would probably choose B and take a punt elsewhere

  26. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 7 hours ago

    On WC and none of the mid price options are very convincing to me so I’m looking to rotate the budget ones that I like. Thoughts on this?
    Will do Torres > Raphinha next GW most likely

    Ramsdale // Foster
    TAA Cancelo James // Duffy Livramento
    Salah Son Torres Townsend ESR
    Lukaku Armstrong // Toney

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Don't mind that strat tbh. Looks alright to me.

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 7 hours ago

        Thanks x how is yours shaping up these days ?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          14 days, 7 hours ago

          Boring. But very hard to fault it. Been chatting with Zophar on Twitter and so we've more or less reached the same team.

          Ramsdale Foster
          TAA Cancelo James Duffy Livra
          Salah Son Raphinha Mbeumo Brownhill
          Lukaku Antonio Toney

          90% I play safe on the WC but I've been trying various ways to get in Torres for this BUR game and yours is one of my favorite.

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            14 days, 7 hours ago

            Yeah solid as it gets, wish I had Antonio from the start ffs he should be in my team by 7.5 could only get me Jimenez sadly. Would be similar to you if I could. I’m guessing you don’t have any spare cash and I can’t really see any ways to get any spare cash out of that team either. One game maybe not worth ripping that team up x

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              14 days, 7 hours ago

              Yeah it's incredibly dull. And 0.0m ITB.

              1. Ask Yourself
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                14 days, 7 hours ago

                James makes it fun enough x

          2. Cruyff's Eleven
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            14 days, 7 hours ago

            Is James fit again?

  27. BrockLanders
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 7 hours ago

    Goodness, I'm tempted to punt on Mahrez this GW. That Burnley looks soooo good.

    What % do you reckon he has of starting??

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Likely to start with Jesus most likely miss the game due to the Brazil game

  28. antis0cial
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 7 hours ago

    Am I ok to save or -4 to get TAA back in?

    Ramsdale
    Dias Cancelo Alonso Rudiger
    Salah Saka Raph
    Lukaku Antonio Jimenez

    Foster Benrahma Sarr Livramento

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Looks OK to save

  29. Konstaapeli
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 7 hours ago

    Too much on the defence?

    TAA - Cancelo - Walker - James - Livra

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Depends on the rest of your team and what formation you will favour most GWs

    2. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Don't like Walker

    3. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Nope, as long as your 5th mid is a starter, it will be fine.

  30. JPSpurs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    14 days, 7 hours ago

    Save WC for next week?

    Am also struggling with Subs -
    Veltman + ESR over Sarr + ASM a bit crazy?

    Sanchez
    Cancelo, Rudiger, White, Veltman
    Salah, Son, ESR, Gray
    Ronaldo, Antonio

    Foster, ASM, Sarr, Livra

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 7 hours ago

      Very strong squad. I’d probably start Sarr over Veltman and avoid double Brighton D and gamble that TAA blanks and you benefit