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Is it time to sell Jota in FPL and is Salah the best Gameweek 9 captain?

We continue our Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Gameweek 8 write-ups with analysis of Watford v Liverpool.

For a shorter summary of all of Saturday’s action, click here, while you can read up on Sunday’s two Premier League fixtuers here and here.

WATFORD 0-5 LIVERPOOL

  • Goals: Sadio Mane (£11.9m), Roberto Firmino (£8.8m), Mohamed Salah (£12.8m)
  • Assists: Salah, James Milner (£4.9m), Firmino, Neco Williams (£3.9m)
  • Bonus: Firmino x3, Salah x2, Milner x1

TIME TO SELL JOTA?

All of Liverpool’s front three were among the points in Saturday’s thrashing of Watford but unfortunately for Diogo Jota‘s (£7.5m) owners, he wasn’t part of that attacking trio.

His omission was all the more galling given that Roberto Firmino (£8.8m) scored a hat-trick of goals from point-blank range, central areas where Jota has been getting – and spurning – chances in recent weeks.

Jota averages only 4.0 points per Gameweek this season if we include his weekend no-show, and is joint-20th among FPL midfielders for points per appearance (4.6).

He’s also now the most-sold player in his position ahead of Gameweek 9, with close to 100,000 transfers out.

£7.5m still represents a phenomenal price for a Liverpool centre-forward and, stats-wise, the former Wolves man is right up there with Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) and Sadio Mane (£11.9m), virtually level with his two teammates for big chances per 90 minutes (see below):

But Firmino’s treble surely catapults him back into pole position for the central striker role and he would seem the likeliest to start against Manchester United on Sunday, given Jurgen Klopp’s love of the Brazilian in the so-called bigger games: he had started 36 consecutive ‘big six’ matches before that record was broken against Manchester City a fortnight ago.

With Liverpool playing twice a week until 2022, Jota will, of course, continue to get a lot of minutes. Perhaps he is one to revisit closer to December, a frenetic period when Klopp traditionally rotates more heavily and a time when even the likes of Salah and Mane can expect to occasionally warm the bench in the league, thus narrowing the guaranteed game-time gap between Jota and the more expensive Liverpool assets.

Jota is also a very desirable option come January, when his two African club teammates are away at the Cup of Nations.

For those of us who are already rolling the dice on a weekly basis with rotation risks like Phil Foden (£8.0m), Reece James (£5.5m) and Marcos Alonso (£5.9m), however, Jota might be one uncertainty too many at present.

A FIRST LOOK AT RANIERI’S WATFORD

Claudio Ranieri’s first match in charge of Watford ended in a thumping defeat for the Hornets at Vicarage Road.

Three of the hosts’ squad, Emmanuel Dennis (£5.2m), Ben Foster (£4.0m) and Ismaila Sarr (£6.3m), were well owned in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) heading into Gameweek 8 and all were included in Ranieri’s inaugural starting XI as the new Watford boss.

For owners of Foster, the teamsheet brought the welcome news that the veteran goalkeeper was still preferred to Daniel Bachmann (£4.4m) despite the change in the managerial hot-seat – although the scoreline, let alone the upcoming fixtures for the Hornets, further underscored the fact that Foster’s primary role in many Fantasy squads will be as emergency back-up.

How much the concession of five goals, not to mention possible internal disciplinary measures against the experienced shot-stopper, affects Ranieri’s thinking regarding goalkeeper selection remains to be seen.

It was a curious line-up from the well-travelled Italian, with Adam Masina (£4.3m) and Danny Rose (£4.3m) both fielded and having horror shows on the left, and Sarr deployed through the middle with Dennis on the right wing.

Above: Watford’s average position map against Liverpool

The prospect of Sarr being used as an ‘out of position’ forward was always possible following Ranieri’s appointment, given his love of a 4-4-2 (the winger scored three goals and assisted two others in nine appearances in a central role last season), but the sight of the Senegal international being used as a lone striker against Virgil van Dijk (£6.0m) and Joel Matip (£5.0m) was an odd one.

Despite being mostly nullified and looking borderline disinterested at times, he still managed to rack up three shots and six penalty area touches, seeing one effort tipped onto the post.

That provides a bit of encouragement for existing Sarr owners despite the heavy defeat, then, although the upcoming fixture run likely won’t encourage any more buyers.

SALAH CAPTAIN IN GAMEWEEK 9?

Salah is 27 points clear of any other FPL player after his fifth double-digit haul of the season; he managed just six of those 10+ returns in the whole of 2020/21.

The Egyptian is a remarkable 35 points ahead of where he was at this stage in his record-breaking 2017/18 campaign and is now averaging 10.4 points per match this season.

It’s hard to decide what was better between his outside-of-the-foot assist for Mane’s opener against Watford and the Egyptian’s superb solo goal on Saturday, a strike that carried an expected goals (xG) value of just 0.05, such was its level of difficulty.

To state the bleeding obvious, he’s in tip-top form.

Manchester United’s defensive horror show at Leicester City, coupled with four straight blanks for Romelu Lukaku (£11.9m), has suddenly made the Gameweek 9 captaincy debate not quite the clear-cut choice it looked a few weeks ago.

The Belgian is still the early front-runner in our captaincy poll (see below) but had Chelsea and Liverpool’s fixtures being the other way round this weekend, it’s fair to say that Salah would be winning by a landslide.

Double-digit hauls against Chelsea and Manchester City have already arrived this season for the Egypt international, who has two goals in his last three outings against United.

Watford XI (3-4-3): Foster; Cathcart, Troost-Ekong, Rose; Femenia (Ngakia 58), Kucka, Sissoko, Masina (Cleverley 46); Dennis (Pedro 69) Sarr, Hernandez.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold (Oxlade-Chamberlain 64), Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson (Tsimikas 64); Milner (Williams 83), Henderson, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

196 Comments Post a Comment
  1. sirmorbach
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Save FT, right?

    Ramsdale (Foster)
    TAA, Dias, Cancelo, Azpilicueta (Livramento)
    Salah, Foden, Raphinha (Townsend, Luiz)
    Vardy, Antonio, Toney

    1. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Easiest save of all time.

      1. sirmorbach
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Cheers!

    2. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      save

  2. Joey Tribbiani
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Time was last week 😉

  3. Fit_to_drop
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Have 2 FT's and 0.0 ITB

    what moves do you see here. Was contemplating a striker and Marcal to Broja (fixtures) and Cancelo?

    Sánchez
    Rüdiger Duffy Alexander-Arnold
    Doucouré Salah Raphinha Gallagher
    Lukaku Ronaldo Antonio

    Steele Marçal Brownhill Omobamidele

    1. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Ronaldo + Marcal --> Toney + Cancelo/Chilwell

      1. Fit_to_drop
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Cheers - thinking along similar lines.

    2. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Ronaldo and Marcal to Toney and Cancelo?

      1. Fit_to_drop
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Thanks - gonna do something like that i think.

      2. TheBiffas
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Toney over Vardy?

      3. TheBiffas
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Get Vardy in

      4. Skonto Rigga
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Without wanting to sound a rabble-rousing Adrian Durham type, and this is only semi-serious... is Norwich's defence that much worse than United's at present? Farke setting them up in a 3-5-2 over the last three and they've looked better for it, albeit against fairly anaemic attacks. United have been dire of late but saved their best at the back for the McFred games v the big six last year.

        1. Scholes Out For Summer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I think for all the flak McFred gets, they are still the best at screening for the back 4 that United has. Pogba in midfield is absolutely not viable, hes just not engaged at all in pressing or tracking back. VDB should really be getting a run out instead of Fred or McT in all honesty...

          Norwich has played Burnley and Brighton for their CS so honestly wasnt expecting them to concede a ton

        2. ZimZalabim
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          both defences are an avoid for now for sure.

          But depending on the type of performance United have vs Liverpool next week they could be an option for the tougher games if they plan to get 0-0 results like last season, would mean dropping one attacker though and I don't know if Ole is capable of having that many unhappy players in his squad.

          But overall even if they were to improve I would still say there are enough better teams to target during this run.

        3. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I look at them like this:

          Norwich defence is something to target - planning future transfers and captaincy picks.
          United defence is something not to be afraid of. I rate their attack as a 4 FDR and their defence as a 2.

          It still leaves me with a dilemma over next week's captaincy though.

        4. the Penman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          If the attacks Norwich have faced were any more anaemic they’d be rushed to hospital for a blood transfusion.

          1. Skonto Rigga
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Rondon, Jay Rodriguez and Maupay = the Veganuary of FPL forwards

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Careful now - you'll have the Vegans after you!

              1. Skonto Rigga
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                I'm a 30-year veggie, I can have a go at my own. Same with gingers.

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  😆 fair enough - capitalising on a position of strength - I like it

      5. Scholes Out For Summer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Obviously will wait until after Europa League, but already pretty settled on Ronaldo + Shaw --> Toney + Chilwell for free. Wanting to take hit to take out Sarr/Traore. With money no object, which midfielder would you go for the next while? Already have Gallagher

        KDB
        Son
        Raphinha
        Any mid tier City mids?

        Planning to get Mbeumo next week for free

        1. BeWater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          If money no object get Son. After that Raphinha. I wouldn't touch any Man City mid personally.

          Getting Toney and Shaw in are good moves.

          1. Scholes Out For Summer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            True. Its between Son and Raph for me really.

            Son has the pedigree and finishing, some meh fixtures and bad team performances, but would be a good differential
            Raph has great fixtures, also some bad team performances, but significantly cheaper

            Tough call honestly

        2. TheBiffas
            1 month, 12 days ago

            You got Vardy?

            1. Scholes Out For Summer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              no, but dont think Brentford is an easy game. Leicester defence has been lackluster for the whole season so would want Toney over Vardy

              1. TheBiffas
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Interesting. I don't see it myself but fair enough

            2. caldracula
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Son

          • tempest
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            A) TAA and Sarr (and an FT)
            B) Chilwell and Foden

            1. caldracula
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              A but would use the FT getting Sarr out

          • Cok3y5murf
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            There are still Jota owners? The Man City game was a very obvious week to get rid of him

            1. BeWater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 12 days ago

              I own him. Had other transfers I wanted to make so he stayed.

            2. Skonto Rigga
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Most-sold midfielder of the week - presuming many will have held just for the Watford game and now he's a goner.

          • Sz21
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            1. Save.
            2. Alonso->Chilwell/Laporte.
            3. Ben->Mbuemo
            4. Other.

            Sanchez.
            TAA, Rudiger, Alonso, Cancelo.
            Salah, Raphinha, Gray.
            Lukaku, Jimenez, Anthonio.
            Bachmann, Livramento, Benrahma, Bissouma.
            1ft, 0.0 ITB.

            1. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              3

          • GoonerByron
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Made a big mistake doing Son -> Mahrez for -4 this week. Should I just reverse the transfer and get Son straight back in?

            1. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Depends on how you think Son will perform vs WHU MUN EVE

              I'd wait until EUL game, though

            2. sovietrockettes
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Son is the ultimate injury/non-injury/suspension troll...........I don't know anybody else who does it season after season

            3. Jordan.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              yes

          • BeWater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Who would you sell for Raphinha:

            A. Jota
            B. Greenwood
            C. Benrahma

            1. ZimZalabim
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              all 3 if I could

              but I guess A or B depending on midweek mins

            2. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              A or C

            3. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Oh wow,
              The holy trinity.

              1. BeWater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 12 days ago

                I have Sarr as well. Honestly starting to think WC might not be a bad idea.

                1. Nanoelektronicar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  I wildcarded with Sarr, Benrahma and Greenwood.

            4. mynameisq
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              B first as I don't think he'll play and even if he does it's Vs Liverpool

              1. BeWater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 12 days ago

                That was always the move in my mind but Firmino's hatrick has changed my thinking a bit.

                1. mynameisq
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Could always play all 4 Vs utd and try to blow them away

            5. Jordan.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              jota

            6. caldracula
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              I’d get rid of A and B

          • Max City
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            I have exact cash for these moves:

            Ronaldo Sarr >> Werner Son

            Yay or nay

            1. BeWater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Not for me.

            2. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              No from me

            3. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Neigh.

            4. Jordan.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              yes ,son will probably outscore those two,werner is a bonus

          • RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Ronaldo+Shaw >> Lukaku+Chilwell?

            Sanchez
            Rüdiger. TAA. Livramento
            Salah. Mount. Raph. Sarr
            Ronaldo. Antonio. ASM
            (Foster, White, Shaw, Gilmour)

            1. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              I just did Shaw >> Chillwell, if that helps

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Could also go Cancelo

                1. Max City
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  I already have Cancelo

                2. Max City
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  I'd probably go for Cancelo if I don't have him

            2. BeWater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 12 days ago

              I would do those moves.

            3. waltzingmatildas
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              I'd go cancelo

            4. Jordan.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              yes but lukaku,azpi

          • Boom XhakaLacaSaka
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            1FT 2.9 itb
            Foster
            Azpi Cancelo White
            Salah Raph Saka Sarr
            CR7 Antonio Toney

            Sanchez Shaw Brownhill Williams

            A) Shaw + CR7 > Chilwell + Lukaku (c) -4
            B) CR7 > Lukaku (c) free
            C) Wildcard

            1. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              B, perhaps,, but I personally am not sure about Lukaku, just yet

          • Cok3y5murf
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            The majority of the people who voted Yes in the perma-cap poll won't even do it. We've heard this before

            1. TheBiffas
                1 month, 12 days ago

                I won't perma cap but in this form, I'm not even considering anyone else for the armband

              • Nanoelektronicar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                No matter how many games he blanks, I think I'll always captain Lukaku vs Norwich. He will probably get one or two returns and he can blank all he likes after that.

              • Lanley Staurel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Looked ahead about 5 GWs and he’s my captain for those. So I’ve got a semi perm thing going on so to speak.

            2. CR7 is Home
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              With 2.7m itb, would you take any hit here?

              Foster
              TAA Cancelo Rudiger
              Salah (c) Rafinha Sarr Benarahma
              Vardy Jimenez Antonio
              - Sanchez Livra Duffy Gilmour

            3. winchester
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 12 days ago

              hey lads. have 1ft and 3.1m itb. what to do with this lot? did wildcard last gw..

              ramsdale (foster)
              taa cancelo james (duffy livramento)
              salah raphinha mbeumo mount (luiz)
              antonio lukaku hwang

              1. waltzingmatildas
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Got enough for mount to son?

                1. winchester
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  yes. mount->son leaves me with 0.4 itb.

              2. Max City
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                definitely save the FT

                1. winchester
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  cheers. any thoughts on James?

                  1. Max City
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    His underlaying numbers are great so I'd wait for the UCL game and assess,

                    1. winchester
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      truth. cheers. feels bad with james+mount who both are rotation victims.. not sure why I even picked them on wildcard. Perhaps a mount->son move is more sensible this gw.

                      1. Max City
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        I'd stick and hope Mount play vs NOR..
                        but if you are sure Son will do great then why not..

                        1. winchester
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          cheers. have to wait and see. could also do antonio->vardy, which kinda feels wrong tho

            4. waltzingmatildas
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              A slightly different wc draft....thoughts? 0.1itb
              Raya foster
              TAA cancelo Chilwell White livra
              Salah foden raphinha townsend mbuemo
              Lukaku nacho toney

              1. Max City
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                I'd stay away from not-nailed players if I'm on WC..
                There's a chance Cancelo Chillwell Foden Nacho all not playing at the same GW

                Townsend (and EVE) did not look good last GW either

                1. waltzingmatildas
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Yeah when you put it like that, it's too risky

              2. TheBiffas
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Not for me. I like iheanacho, but it makes sense to upgrade him to Vardy and downgrade someone else or do the same with foden to son and avoid a bench headache every week

                • caldracula
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Looks good just don’t like the Chilwell pick but I’m sure you already aware he isn’t nailed.

                • caldracula
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Also think the funds are spread around a bit too much, looks like a nightmare picking a starting eleven. I would probably downgrade Nacho or a Mid and use the cash to upgrade the other and then get Azpi instead of Chilwell.

                • BoleynWin
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  I’ll go against the grain here and say I like it.

                  I wildcarded this week, brought Chilwell in which has paid off handsomely so far. I genuinely think he’s nailed on, despite most here thinking otherwise. Tuchels been pretty open starting Chilwell wasn’t in the right mind frame to play, he’s regained confidence & is riding high now. I honestly can’t see much rotation for him now, especially as the other option is Alonso who is absolutely atrocious (I’m aware he started the season relatively well but he’s absolutely leagues below Chilwell in every department for me).

                  Cancelo is a bit riskier, I can see Zinchenko coming in for him here & there now he’s fit, you have the bench to cover that though with Livra and White being starters each week.

              3. McSauce
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Ramsdale
                Duffy Rudiger Shaw
                Gallagher Salah(c) Gray Benrahma
                Antonio Ronaldo Lukaku

                Foster Sarr Coady Livra

                A) Ronnie + Shaw --> Toney + Chilwell (2FT)
                B) Ronnie + Shaw + Sarr --> Toney + Chilwell + KDB (-4)
                C) Other?

                1. TheBiffas
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Vardy!!!!!

                2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Cersei Lannister

                  That's it

                  That's who Stavely reminded me of

                  (the one in the books, not the lovely Lena Headey)

                  1. Skonto Rigga
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    "I choose violence", indeed

                    1. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      I wish you hadn't. Next time the camera zooms in, I'll be thinking 'Shame! Shame!' Cringe.

                    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      She would be absolutely terrifying in that role with that icy gaze - Bringing poor Septa Unella down to the dungeons...

                      Although maybe we will have a potential "walk of shame" scenario in a few months where they parade her through Gallowgate?

                      All good foreshadowing from GRRM

                  2. Jordan.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    also the captain in squid game

                3. Forza Papac
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Jota, Sarr, Ronaldo > Son, Mbuemo, Vardy -4?

                  Means no Lukaku and Salah(c) this week.

                  1. Max City
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    I'd be tempted of Werner ..his numbers are a lot better than Lukaku (or Ronaldo) last 3-4 GWs

                  2. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    But why can’t you captain Salah?

                4. Joey Tribbiani
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Play Livra, Trent 1st bench, thoughts?

                  1. Max City
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    same boat here.. thinking of going 5-3-2 and bench ASM/Ronaldo + Sarr + Gray/Townsend

                  2. sovietrockettes
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    that's just crazy

                5. baines is god
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Norwich fans, who is more likely to start playing again

                  Williams or Omobamidele?

                  1. Lanley Staurel
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Not sure they play FF lol

                6. baines is god
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  How nailed is Chalobah?

                  1. Lindelol
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    as nailed as a City mid

                  2. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Why don’t you just get someone who’s actually nailed?

                    1. baines is god
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      cus I can't afford anyone decent, thinking maybe Livramento

                      1. Rupert The Horse
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        I’d pick Livramento over Chabs 10 times out of 10.

                7. Jerse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  So hilarious to listen to Lets talk FPL ranting about Lukaku last night. There do seem to be fashionable name players that the twitter FPL "glittararti" go to. I totally concede that getting rid before the next 3 could be kamikazi, but really Lukaku under such a negative manager is feeding off scraps. I have ran out of patience with Armstrong so am going rogue to take out Lukaku and Armstrong to double up on Leicester attack of Vardy and Ihneacho before I get priced out. And for a minus 4, but its long term. I think its good to have strikers that play for attacking sides. Not only that having to watch Tuchels Chelsea to see how Lukaku does is boring me to tears.

                  1. Joey Tribbiani
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    It was funny but the man is right

                    1. Jerse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      In all fairness along with Blackbox, Scout,FPL Wire, Andy on FPL is one of the few podcasts I have time for. It was funny though !

                  2. Max City
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    nice.. I'm toying to do Ronaldo >> Vardy now..
                    btw, would you pick Jimenez over Lukaku?

                    1. Lindelol
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      did Ronaldo to Vardy last night. But I am keeping Lukaku now. But after few games I am looking to add DCL and Jimi for Antonio and Kaku if things don't change.

                  3. F4L
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    tbh before the United game Leicester's attack looked no better.

                  4. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Man that is crazy rogue selling Armstrong.

                    1. rokonto
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Heheh

                  5. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    You actually sold Lukaku for a hit when his next 2 opponents are Norwich and Newcastle. No amount of justification renders that a good move.

                    1. Lindelol
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      But its only Chelsea defenders who are scoring or assisting - could prove good

                    2. Jordan.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      wont lose much ground even if he scores as Salah becomes everyones captain ,the bandwagon for 1 premium is growing...

                  6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    In his defence - Lukaku has always had this in his locker - he can look like an absolute donkey with the best of them, but there's never been a point in his entire career where he hasn't followed that up with brutally bludgeoning some poor defence to death when he puts his boots on the right feet

                    And I don't even think he's been that bad - I watched him for two years at utd & he was way worse than this, and still returned a goal involvement every other game

                    The Southampton match has tripped a lot of short fuses - he went into it on the back of 3 league goals in 5 appearances vs Liverpool, City, Arsenal, Spurs & Villa & all was rosy in the garden

                    And on another day he isn't marginally offside when he scores from Rudiger's pass, the ball goes in off the post from his shot for Chelsea's third instead of coming back off it, and Werner isn't in line before him for a tap in for Chelsea's second - and he leaves that Southampton game with a double (or treble) return - and the same people moaning now are crowing about how he's unstoppable - FROM EXACTLY THE SAME PERFORMANCE (which wasn't anywhere near his best btw)

                    Fine, fine margins - goal disallowed vs brentford was a pain again, and he definitely did have a bad game, and I'm definitely not his biggest fan

                    But I am suprised at the vitriol coming his way at the minute on here, it's a bit short sighted and impatient, even by the (notoriously short sighted and impatient) FFS boards standards

                    TLDR: He'll be grand FFS, give him the next 3

                    1. Dthinger
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      sure, but if you don't have him...would you get him now? Or go for Vardy? Or keep Ronaldo? Or maybe even...Harry Kane?

                      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Yeah personally if I didn't have him I'd get him instead of Vardy or Kane off the back of his fixtures and knowing what he can do - but that means very little in the grand scheme of things, Vardy & Kane could outscore him by 25 points over the next 3, or vice-versa

                    2. Jerse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      All very valid points, but its a low return for an 11.5m asset. Touchels's negative approach does not help him at all.I just have Armstrong whom having persevered from GW1, have run out of patience and the only way of releasing funds to replace Armstrong with someone half decent, is to get rid of Lukaku. If I hang on for the 3 gameweeks I suspect Vardy will no longer be £10.6 and Inheacho £7m. I also need to generate 0.1m to replace Williams of Norwich is a redundant bench option.

                      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        I'm not really interested in him after this good fixture run ends - don't think he's a great FPL pick longer term

                        But he's in the driving seat to be the top scoring player in the game over the next 3-5 weeks, wouldn't be at all suprised if it happened (or if it didn't happen...)

                  7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    It’s brave rather than crazy

                    Here where people are very safe in their moves you will not see a positive reaction to this move but having seen chelsea play (rather than lukaku himself) I just don’t see consistent hauls

                    He will haul from time to time but is that worth premium outlay. Don’t think it is

                    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      I think tuchel is still trying to work out how to deploy lukaku best

                      They may change and lukaku could start hauling but at the minute seems unlikely

                      Norwich on paper is a good game but then people are saying they have improved defensively

                      But as I said a brave move to remove him ahead of a “easy” game on paper

                      1. Max City
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        if you didn't have him, would you get him?

                8. The Mantis
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Save or swap Sarr for one of Townsend, Douc, Mbeumo, someone else?

                  Sanchez (Steele)
                  White / Cancelo / TAA (Marcal / Williams)
                  Sarr / Son / ESR / Salah (Allan)
                  Jimi / Antonio / Lukaku

                  1. caldracula
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Mbuemo

                  2. sovietrockettes
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Save, get Mbuemo for Allan when you downgrade Antonio

                  3. Max City
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Mbeumo

                9. Tango74
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Who to get in first raphina or Jimenez. ?

                  1. F4L
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Would say Raph if Bamford is back fit

                10. cravencottage
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Is Tielemans a no go? his stats are very good,and has returned in the past few games. Stilll, historically he was never a FPl player.

                  1. caldracula
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Probably not. That Mid priced midfield section is becoming a bit dead.

                  2. TheBiffas
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Nice differential

                  3. Jerse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    You are right to a point although Vardy has been consistently delivering and is now higher than Antonio in terms of FPL points . I should add I am a Leicester supporter and not having Evans cannot be underestimated and the difference he makes to Leicester is massive. Rogers is also seeing the light in playing Inheacho also makes a big difference. Don't get me wrong I will worry what Lukaku may do in the next 3, but I think Vardy + Ihneacho is better than Lukaku + Armstrong. We will see.

                    1. bench boost for every gamew…
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Definitivelycon the Evans thing, he is very important to their play, both as a leader in defense, he is the glue, and he also is a good distributor og the ball so also sets thing in motion. Soy, Amartey and to a lesser extent Vestergaard is Meat loafers who is not thinking when they defend but are good in one on one situations if they have a guide between them. That is Evans.

                  4. CR7 is Home
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    G2G ? (2.7itb, 0ft)
                    Foster
                    TAA Cancelo Rudiger
                    Salah (c) Rafinha Sarr Benarahma
                    Vardy Jimenez Antonio
                    - Sanchez Livra Duffy Gilmour

                    1. caldracula
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Looks fine.

                  5. caldracula
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Can’t believe how many people are considering Chilwell, yes he scored well this week but not a viable long term option. I’m sure I saw someone post the % of starts under Tuchel and Chilwell/Alonso we’re both at around 50% give or take a few %.

                    1. Holmes
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      They do have the potential to outscore other CHE defenders but agree, if they are getting only 50% games, then it's better to look elsewhere.

                    2. TheBiffas
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        I don't have him but I see the appeal, duffy and Livramento are superb backup anyway

                      • Deer-in-headlights
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        He also scored well last week as well. So, two goals on the season, and 23 points over last two games. With good bench coverage could be gold.

                      • BoleynWin
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        I’ll bet you as much as you want that he plays more minutes in the prem than Alonso for the rest of the season…

                        1. caldracula
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          He probably does but its nicer not having to worry about it.

                      • bench boost for every gamew…
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Check history again and then interpret. Alonso started thr first games last year when Tuchel arrived, mainlu because he wabtrd to play 5 at the back and Alonso was used to that, Chilwell needed time to get the grip of the system. Then bang, he played most games til the end of season. Start og season this year, Chilwell having some physical and mental trouble after Euro, and Alonso deputised again. Now Chilwell is back, then it will be Chilwell plays most if not all games. Even the german mourinho sees that. Boring he is indeed. No playing style, just pragmatism.