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Who are the best Romelu Lukaku replacements in FPL?

Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) is poised to miss Gameweek 9 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) after injuring his ankle in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League win over Malmo.

Thomas Tuchel may give us a more exact prognosis on the Belgian’s fitness in Friday’s pre-match press conference but the premium FPL forward is seemingly set to sit out Saturday’s home fixture against Norwich City at the very least, with the Chelsea boss saying Lukaku would miss “some games”.

Over three million Fantasy bosses owned the Belgium international after Gameweek 8 but the mass exodus has begun, with around 400,000 of those having already ditched him at the time of writing.

So who are the best replacements for the injured Lukaku in FPL?

We take a look at the options available to Fantasy managers in the article below.

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BEST LUKAKU REPLACEMENTS: PREMIUM FORWARDS

JAMIE VARDY

Vardy on target again as Man Utd's defensive issues continue in Gameweek 8 2

Top among FPL forwards for transfers in ahead of Gameweek 9, Jamie Vardy (£10.6m) is the go-to Lukaku replacement for many Fantasy managers.

It’s not so much the immediate fixtures – Brentford (a), Arsenal (h), Leeds (a) and Chelsea (h) is a mixed bag over the next four Gameweeks – as the form, with Vardy now the Premier League’s joint-top goalscorer after scoring on five occasions in his last four appearances.

Some of us may have wanted to wait for Gameweek 13 and a ticker-topping four-game stretch for Leicester City but moving for Vardy now at least saves a transfer further down the line, and opposition difficulty doesn’t seem to be much of a barrier to the veteran hitman anyway: last season, for example, he bagged 10 goals and assists combined in 12 fixtures against the ‘big six’ sides.

It’s true that 50% of his attacking returns this season have come against Norwich City and Burnley, two of the weakest defences in the division.

And the return to the starting XI of Kelechi Iheanacho (£7.0m) is also worth monitoring, as the Nigerian was the bigger goal threat of the two when Brendan Rodgers paired them up top towards the final third of last season.

Vardy hasn’t been adversely affected so far, with totals of six shots and five attempts in the box in the last two Gameweeks in keeping with his output in 2021/22 before that, and it has been Iheanacho who has been playing slightly wider and deeper.

Above: Touch heatmaps for Vardy (left) and Iheanacho (right) over the last two Gameweeks

One word of caution for medium-term holders of Vardy is that the 34-year-old striker is currently enjoying midweek breathers in the UEFA Europa League to aid with his recovery between league games. More Premier League matches replace those European nights throughout November and December, with nine top-flight games to contest in the space of 35 days from Gameweeks 13-21. The Leicester striker may not escape a benching or two over that period, then, but the same could be argued for huge swathes of the FPL players in our teams.

HARRY KANE

Kane and Wilson enter FPL differential conversation ahead of Gameweek 9

The August curse extended to mid-October this year, with Harry Kane (£12.1m) only opening his Premier League account in last week’s win over Newcastle United.

As is the case with Vardy, it’s not until next month that Spurs’ fixtures really leap off the page – a four-match period from Gameweeks 12-15 looking like the ideal time to pounce on the Lilywhites.

Kane’s extra cost is the main deterrent considering that Vardy and an alternative route into the Spurs attack, Son Heung-min (£10.1m), can be snapped up for some £1.5m-£2.0m less.

Kane’s underlying stats have really stepped up a gear over the last four Gameweeks, as he’s joint-top among FPL forwards for shots alongside Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) and Vardy.

While plenty of those efforts are coming from distance, the typically dead-eyed Kane has still had more shots on target than any of his positional rivals – and the same number of big chances as Ronaldo.

Still, Son is outgunning Kane for big chances, shots in the box and expected goal involvement (xGI) even over this four-match period, so justifying that extra £2.0m outlay if it’s a ‘one or the other’ dilemma is not easy.

THE OTHERS

Cristiano Ronaldo dominates his premium peers stats-wise over the course of the season but some stiff fixtures, not to mention United’s iffy form and inability to carve out a single ‘big chance’ for him over the last three Gameweeks, leads us away from the veteran Portuguese.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£9.9m) is arguably the pick of the rest from the premium pool. Having found the net in each of his last three appearances at the Emirates, the Gabon international and his Gunners teammates have four more very favourable home encounters against Aston Villa, Watford, Newcastle and Southampton between now and Gameweek 16.

Trips to Leicester and Manchester United needn’t be feared from a defensive perspective either, with those two hapless backlines on just one clean sheet apiece in 2021/22.

A lack of big chances this season (two, fewer than 17 other forwards) is the main downside and he’s having to rely on his historically strong goal conversion rate to maintain his output. A possible recall for Alexandre Lacazette (£8.3m) would also presumably see Aubameyang shunted to the left flank, as has happened many times before.

Gabriel Jesus (£8.6m) is being routinely overlooked by many of us, with the week-to-week rotation risk and a ‘reverse out of position’ tag cited as the main reasons. And yet, despite registering fewer minutes than 15 other FPL forwards, he is still third among players in his Fantasy position for points.

The no-shows and one-pointers will be as regular as the double-digit hauls, nevertheless still resulting in a decent points-per-match average (Jesus’s is currently 5.90). Strong benches will be needed to negotiate those rests, so with many of us taking punts on rotation risks such as Phil Foden (£8.0m), Reece James (£5.5m) and Ben Chilwell (£5.7m), the Man City man may be one gamble too many.

BEST LUKAKU REPLACEMENTS: MID-PRICE/BUDGET FORWARDS

IVAN TONEY

Toney off the mark as injuries and Covid impact Villa 4

Lukaku’s injury doesn’t just allow FPL managers to move sideways between premium forwards but downgrade to a mid-price or budget option in order to reallocate funds elsewhere, perhaps with a view to recruiting Son, Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) or the man who looks set to lead Chelsea’s line in Lukaku and Timo Werner‘s (£8.6m) absences, the ‘out of position’ Kai Havertz (£8.1m).

One such cut-price striker is Ivan Toney (£6.4m), whose Brentford side sit top of our Season Ticker from now until Gameweek 18.

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3,460 Comments Post a Comment
  1. jonnybhoy
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Stumped and need to use a FT

    Sarr to Havertz or Raph?

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Or Antonio + Sarr to Eduoard + Son for free

      1. Bojam
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I'd do this. But maybe it's confirmation bias or whatever

      2. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Spurs beat Newcastle who are junk. People overrating them

        1. Bojam
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Maybe. But Son is a clinical finisher who has done it consistently against any opposition for a number of seasons. Unlike Kane, he has also been returning well this season. Clearly he can deliver vs WHU, ManU, etc. And these are the "tougher" games before the fixture swing.

        2. Bojam
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Who are you actually planning to get on your WC? Raph/Leeds are whack, Spurs assets are overrated, don't want Vardy or Nacho, might sell Toney after the price rise, etc..

          Are you going to have a forward line? Genuinely interested

    2. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Raph

    3. SAY MY NAME
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Maybe Mbeumo if you don't already have him

  2. Tripleh123
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Need advice.Anything worth a hit -4? Worried about Alonso price drop & lack of Chelsea attack.

    Sanchez
    Dias, Alonso, TAA, Cancelo
    Salah, Raphina, Benhrama, Gray
    Antonio, Vardy

    Subs: Sarr, Duffy, Scarlett

    A) Trf Alonso> Ruidger(-4)
    B) Trf Alonso>Chilwel (-4)
    C) Sarr> Mount (-4)
    D) save

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      D

    2. baggs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Save

    3. SAY MY NAME
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      save

  3. ClipityKlopp
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Who to sell for Havertz.
    A Sarr
    B. Gray

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      A

      1. ClipityKlopp
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Thankyou

    2. ScoutHelp
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Sarr

      • Taegugk Warrior
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        sarr

    3. FantasyClub
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Can someone tell me why I should avoid Firmino? Just rotation risk?

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Yes

        2. SAY MY NAME
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          doesn't traditionally score many goals, and rotation risk, and bit overpriced for his expected fpl returns

          1. Bojam
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Firmino is a 10-15 goal a season player. And gets ~8 assists on top of that. Pretty decent returns really. Just quite streaky and unpredictable. And there is the rotation risk with Jota as well. I don't think he's a bad option but for the price there are probably better.

            1. SAY MY NAME
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              i agree, i was just highlighting the fact that he isn't a kane/vardy type or to expect a hat-trick every week, he will return reasonable points when he plays, but like you say maybe better options and value elsewhere

        3. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I think Klopp has changed the false 9 role to a proper striker now, after his Jota experiment kind of worked last season

          Jota isn't dead, though. He and Bobby will always be each other's caveat. But whoever gets the nod now gets supplied by 6 players (winger, full back and AM form scary tridents on each side of the box, Firmino/Jota central), which hasn't really been a thing in the last few seasons. This takes away the defensive screen of workhorse CMs, leaving Fab as the CM, and the two CBs on a very high line. Exposure, but more goals. I'm here for this

          Even Pep limits his attacking players to 6 (Cancelo attacks, the other fullback defends). Klopp has gone all in with 7. I love it

          Firmino's caveat is a bit too uncertain for me now, tbh. Maybe Jesus at that price?

          1. Gunneryank
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I like this analysis. Perhaps we share more common ground than we think 😀

              You think Klopp is just getting more out of his forward line as a whole, or partly that Salah just being in the form of his life is skewing things? You're saying he's letting 2 in the midfield get forward more freely and leaving Fab by himself more often (to form the trident you're describing)? Hendo and Fab still form that screen, no?

        4. steven8991
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Would you do Maupay > Aubameyang for -4?

          Cheers

          1. SAY MY NAME
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            hell no

        5. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Cap salah or havertz?

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Salah

          2. SAY MY NAME
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            salah

        6. Alisson WondHaaland
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Bench one:
          A) Semedo LEE(A)
          B) Livra BUR(H)

          1. waldo666
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            A

          2. SAY MY NAME
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            semedo

          3. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            A

          4. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            A

        7. C_G
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Play 2 of these

          A) King
          B) Alonso
          C) Livra
          D) Allan

          1. SAY MY NAME
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            b+c

        8. Ragabolly
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Risers: De Bruyne (12.0) Vardy (10.7) Son (10.2) Raphinha (6.7) Toney (6.5)

          Fallers: Lukaku (11.6) Mac Allister (5.4) Shaw (5.3) Arrizabalaga (4.8) Dier (4.5) Jach (4.3) Holding (4.2)

          1. C_G
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Vardy, Son and Raph rise, great.

            Toney rise isnt too bad

          2. Amartey Partey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            As good a player as he is, I really don't understand why everyone is buying Raphinha when Leeds are so bad right now. Not to mention the international fixture coming up next month and the potential for him getting injured.

            1. waldo666
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              He's cheap, exciting to watch and has good fixtures.

              1. Amartey Partey
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                True, but he doesn't score enough points and Leeds aren't scoring goals right now.

                1. Echoes
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  What do you realistically expect from a 6.5 mid?

                  1. Scholes Out For Summer
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    points

                  2. Amartey Partey
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Look he's a fantastic player. It's just his ownership going up that surprises me when he only has 31 points and Leeds are slipping further down the table.

                    1. I Member
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      4.4 points per game is pretty decent.

                      1. Amartey Partey
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Satisfactory.

                      2. Mreidfelt
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Mbeumo will be better value after this gw...he has about 25 points in the woodwork lol

                    2. GREEN JUMPERS
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Not about his past points so much, what's to come ideally

            2. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              To be "safe". Fear of ownership.

              (non-owner)

              1. Amartey Partey
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Yes, that could be it.

            3. Zebras
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I’ve had him and I’m tempted to bench him in favor of starting livra and hwang.

              Only reason I’m being tempted to play him is his ownership but I agree that I can’t see him continuing to carry the team especially vs more solid defenses. Fingers crossed going against his EO will work in our favor.

              1. Amartey Partey
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                It's a tough choice between those three. I've currently got Livramento starting because Southampton have been looking good defensively lately and Burnley are so poor up front.

                1. Zebras
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Yeah not wanting to leave his points on the bench again

                  1. Amartey Partey
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Yeah, I did the same. Played Sarr over him.

            4. panda07
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              His fixture for Brazil won't be on a Friday morning next time

            5. FantasyHero
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Eye test. Most likely to produce returns for Leeds.

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

              Remember not all owners will have the same reasons underlying their decision to buy - there will be many different types of owner - ones who are afraid of ownership, ones who play the fixtures, even ones who have just used auto pick and randomly landed on him etc etc

              For me personally - the reason I own him is because in my humble opinion he’s an absolutely incredible FPL asset at that price. He was a lock in my team pre-season & I was just hoping he could avoid a 7.5 tag - 7.0 would have been value, and I still can’t believe the price release actually had him at 6.5

              You can scratch a bit deeper and start looking at various different things - but with Raph it’s very important to remember his story so far:

              - He didn’t even join the game until GW5 last season
              - Didn’t make his first start until GW9
              - Didn’t really get to grips with the league until GW14

              Since then he has 8 goals & 10 assists in 28 starts & 1 sub

              That’s 18 returns/146 points (if my maths are correct) in his last 28 league appearances or 5.2 points per appearance

              And I don’t think anyone in their right minds would look at him and say he’s been over performing (from a results perspective) either - If ever there was an example of a player with gear/s still left to go up in raw output terms it’s Raphinha

              Throw in his price, his ridiculous ability (hes just popped into the Brazil team instantly becoming their star man if he’s been there all his life), and his fixtures and it’s not hard to see why he’s popular for me - looking at historic points over tiny game ranges is a killer in FPL terms

              1. Chemical76
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Well said. Absolute bargain.

          3. waldo666
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Cheers Ragabolly.

          4. Scholes Out For Summer
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Shaw drop ugh

          5. steven8991
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            2-0, but Son & Toney price rise are hurting me

          6. Salah’s Sonnet
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            4 up, rarely I get to see that! Cheers Raga man

          7. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            A cheap Shaw would be much appreciated by GW15

            1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              They have A LOT to prove before I get in on Man Utd defence again.

          8. MagicMessi
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Ooof Doucore to Son 0.0 itb that was close 😀

          9. Kiwivillan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Yay now Toney has got back to 6.5m I can sell without loss

            1. Sharkytect
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Haha, just in time for his good fixtures!

          10. kobewan
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            3 - 0, Dodge a Lukaku price drop

          11. lugs
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            0-1, cheers

          12. Sharkytect
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Oooh, I bought son and Toney last night. Didn’t realise Toney was due to rise, so that’s a nice surprise.

        9. BS03
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          hi guys is this gtg or anything worth a hit:

          sanchez
          cancelo - livra - christensen
          salah - gray - raph - sarr
          vardy - antonio - ronaldo

          steele - semedo - allan - williams

          1) semedo -> chilwell (-4), bench sarr
          2) sarr -> mount (-4)
          3) save

          1. SAY MY NAME
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            save

        10. Will J 256
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Play two:

          A: Rudiger
          B: Azpilicueta
          C: Saka

          1. Salah’s Sonnet
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            A+B

          2. panda07
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            AB

          3. SAY MY NAME
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            a+b, c likely injured anyway

        11. I am 42
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          play 1
          Livra Armstrong Mbeu Toney

          who should be 1st in the bench?

          currently playing Armstrong, Livra 1st sub

          1. SAY MY NAME
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            difficult choice, but armstrong would be the last one i play out of those, probably play toney or mbeumo with livra next in line

          2. Kiwivillan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I would do as you've done or just play Livra

          3. I am 42
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            thanks both

        12. Sz21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Vardy in for Lukaku done. Fingers crossed this team does ok!

          Sanchez.
          TAA, Rudiger, Alonso (vc), Cancelo.
          Salah (c), Raphinha, Gray.
          Vardy, Jimenez, Anthonio.
          Bachmann, Livramento, Benrahma, Bissouma.
          0ft, 0.0 ITB.

        13. Echoes
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Captain:

          A: Vardy
          B: KDB

        14. panda07
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Who to start?

          A) ESR
          B) Livra

          1. SAY MY NAME
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            b

        15. MagicMessi
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Plz Gents Bench One ;

          Salad Son Townsend Mbeumo Gallager
          Vardy Kane Broja

          ??

          Thx

          1. Kiwivillan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            You don't make friends with Salad

            1. MagicMessi
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I dont want to make friends i want a pro advice.

          2. Kiwivillan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            If all start I would rather play Broja and bench Mbeumo

            1. MagicMessi
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Iam on this now ... Apparently you're pro too :)) GL

          3. SAY MY NAME
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            broja

            1. MagicMessi
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              But i just did Lukaku to Broja because he's one of the best forwards in the league !
              He'll score 99.9% pick another one

              1. SAY MY NAME
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                townsend then

                1. MagicMessi
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Its him or Mbeumo yea but cant decide earlier was thinking of benching Salah 😀 thaaanks mate for reply really appreciate it Goodluck

                  1. SAY MY NAME
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    no worries, good luck to you too - mbeumo surely has to score soon, while everton are missing their target men who townsend would be crossing too, that would be my logic anyway

                    1. MagicMessi
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Its just watford you know the last favourable fixture for everton maybe he gets me a goodbye present before tough fixtures.

                2. Kiwivillan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Townsend at home to Watford lol

                3. Kiwivillan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Mids playing home fixtures. Townsend =7th for shots on target (4) and 2nd for chances created (11)

        16. umerlfc
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Is Reece James a certain starter against Norwich?

          1. Kiwivillan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            If he was I'd get him but I'm not sure

          2. Gabbiadini
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            No certainties.
            If I had to make a prediction, I would say he starts but who knows. He didn't start v Malmo and that looked full strength.

          3. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            If he doesn't I'm selling for sure

            1. theoldgit
              • 12 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I'm tempted but if he doesn't start he tends to come off the bench for a cameo appearance.

        17. Bojam
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Is this WC team good to go?

          Raya, Foster
          Cancelo, Chilwell, Rudiger, Livra, Duffy
          Salah, Son, Havertz, Townsend, Mbeumo,
          Vardy, Edouard, Toney

          Bench this GW: Livra, Duffy and one of the Brentford attackers (which one?)

          1. Kiwivillan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Mbuemo gets CS point and extra for goal. Bench Toney out of the 2

          2. SAY MY NAME
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            not sure about townsend and havertz, but like the rest, i'd maybe go a brentford defender over duffy just considering the respective fixtures

            1. Bojam
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Got Raya in goal. Can't have any more Brentford. And don't have any money ITB to upgrade Duffy. Could be White instead but less goal threat. Maybe more nailed though. Webster and Lamptey back for Brighton so could be a shake-up in the back line soon.

              1. SAY MY NAME
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                ah yeah didn't realise you had triple Brentford - Duffy would do in that case, has goal threat and i reckon he's secure for now, can't see Potter rushing to break a working partnership - White is tempting as he seems like a good deal cheap defender playing for traditional big club, but i don't trust Arsenal defence, and absolutely zero goal threat, Duffy's yer man!

          3. Kiwivillan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I'm playing Livra over Brentford attackers

            1. Bojam
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Don't want to double up but having one against a leaky Leicester defence seems sensible. Livra may come in anyway if Cancelo or Chilwell/Rudi don't play.

          4. MagicMessi
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Nice team bench headache

            1. Bojam
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Cheers! Rather have a bit of a benching headache but with players on the bench who might actually deliver some points if called on. Rather than being left with a bunch of no hopers when the inevitable rotation hits.

              Livra and duffy decent and cheap back up to Cancelo / Chilwell / Rudiger when the benching happens. Likewise, a bit of flexibility in the attack helps. Like when Edouard plays City in GW10.

              1. MagicMessi
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                I like it
                Bench headache = Good team

                1. Bojam
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Magic. Thanks

          5. Phaze 1
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            No fear of Trent?

            Prob bench Tony but feel pretty sick about it. I'm avoiding these problems on my wc

            1. Bojam
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              It isn't a problem. People seem to get worked up about points on the bench but I'd rather have players on the bench actually delivering so that when called on they might do the business. A decent squad with options is necessary imo as the fixtures start to come thick and fast.

              Fear of Trent? Not massively. I mean yeah he might deliver. But Pools defence has looked shakey and without a clean sheet he's just a 7.5m midfielder. Two assists so far this season. No goals. Sure I'll get him in at some point. A few weeks. But not now.

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

                Bench points are only psychological issue for some people. It is better to have a player who hauls on your bench than not to. When they haul or are in good form you don't have to buy them. Their price will also rise and good team value is better than poor team value. Good bench also allows to handle short term injuries and even though I am for example benching Saka and ESR now, they are going to have two plum home fixtures pretty soon.

        18. Hunta
            1 month, 13 days ago

            A -4 for:

            Marcal>Christensen/Thiago/James/Keane/Digne

            Am I going crazy???

            1. MagicMessi
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              No no not for hit

            2. Nobodinho
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I’d hold

          • ZAWAd25
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Start two?

            1- Livramento
            2- Semedo
            3- Wood

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              1 and 3

            2. MagicMessi
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              The first two

            3. Thinkering like a Boss
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I have Livramento and kind of hate if Wood score the goal...But 2,3 is my pick

            4. Phaze 1
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              1 & 3

            5. Baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              1 and 3 at this point of the season

          • bigdip
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Brought in Vardy for Lukaku (3.1mn itb and 0ft)

            Ramsdale
            Azpi- Rudiger- Dias - Cancelo - Livramento
            Raphinha - ESR- Salah
            Jimenez - Lukaku - Antonio
            _______________________________
            Foster: ESR*: Sarr: Brownhill

            A) -4 hit for ESR to Havertz (for captain) and bench one of the defenders? (not sure which one)
            B) No hit and keep team

            1. Thinkering like a Boss
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              B

            2. Phaze 1
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              B

            3. MagicMessi
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              B Esr last chance

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

                Gw 11 and 13 vs WAT and NEW home is too tempting imo. He is okayish bench player before that.

          • Thinkering like a Boss
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Who to captain?

            1) Salah
            2) Havertz
            3) Ronaldo

            1. Phaze 1
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Seriously considering b myself

              1. Thinkering like a Boss
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                yes same with me....Are you brave enough for the captain?

            2. jia you (The No BS League -…
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Salah is a no brainer considering form...if I owned him he'd be perma-cap until his form dips a bit. I'm going Havertz punt myself.

              1. Thinkering like a Boss
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Salah it is!

              2. Nobodinho
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                +1

            3. waldo666
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              3

              1. Thinkering like a Boss
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                why Ronaldo?

                1. waldo666
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Gut feel more than anything but massive rivalry game at home, momentum from the second half of CL match, have a feeling United will surprise and Ronaldo will be an integral part of that.

            4. Gabbiadini
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              1

            5. MagicMessi
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Salah from those

          • Phaze 1
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I need to raise 1.6 mil for my wc team. Which way do you guys prefer?

            A) Raphina to Douglas Luis

            B) Chilwell to Manquillo

            1. Thinkering like a Boss
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              What is your full "extra 1.6m" team?

            2. Bojam
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              A for me. But would need to see the full squad to be sure.

            3. Kiwivillan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              If you are selling those to get likes of Son don't bother

            4. Phaze 1
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Current team is:

              Sanchez, Foster

              Jansson, Chilwell, Trent, Cancelo, Livra

              Mbeuno, Haverts, Raphina, Salah, Son

              Toney, Vardy, Hwang

              1. Bojam
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                But is this 1.6m over budget? Or you need 1.6m to upgrade somewhere?

                1. Phaze 1
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  This is 1.6 over

                  1. Bojam
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Downgrade Hwang and Raphinha and Jansson.

                    Or downgrade Trent.

              2. Bojam
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                I thought you were avoiding benching problems? How is this any different really? Is Hwang perma bench? If so, why not downgrade to Broja or even cheaper?

                1. Phaze 1
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Good point as Hwang would be perma bench in my mind. I'll see how low I can get him too. Thanks

              3. Nobodinho
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Depends if you play 3 or 4 at the back

              4. bench boost for every gamew…
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                If not playing hwang vs Leeds whats the point owning him?

          • seewhyaxe
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Start two please:
            A) Tierney (AVL)
            B) Armstrong (BUR)
            C) Mbeumo (LEI)
            D) Livramento (BUR)

            1. Thinkering like a Boss
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              BC

            2. jia you (The No BS League -…
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              attackers over defenders when in doubt

            3. Nobodinho
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              CD

            4. seewhyaxe
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              cheers guys!

              BC it is!

            5. Gunneryank
                1 month, 13 days ago

                C and D

              • MagicMessi
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Tough BC

            6. Nobodinho
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Would you start Foster over Sanchez?

              1. Thinkering like a Boss
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                no

              2. Phaze 1
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                No. Might finally get some save points

              3. Nobodinho
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Cheers lads

              4. Gunneryank
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Nope.

                • MagicMessi
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  I would Brighton playing City

              5. waldo666
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Jota to...

                A) Townsend
                B) Gray
                C) Mbeumo

                1. Nobodinho
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  I like C

                2. Phaze 1
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  C based on stats

                3. MagicMessi
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  C for long term

                4. waldo666
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Cheers all, had been looking to get Toney back but Mbeumo probably fits better with my current setup.

              6. MagicMessi
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Captain
                A Salah. B. Kane
                ?
                Was on Kane last week so no fear !
                Thx!cheers!

                1. Nobodinho
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  B

              7. JM11
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Need to start 3, bench 2:

                A.) Traore
                B.) Mbuemo
                C.) Broja
                D.) Gallagher
                E.) Livramento

                Cheers.

                1. waldo666
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  A&E

                2. MagicMessi
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Bcd start but expect points on bench too cant escape it 😀

              8. MagicMessi
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                I seriously think that Broja will be on fire and did Lukaku to him for a hit over Toney/Jiminez .
                God have mercy on me 😀

                1. Bojam
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  I am tempted on my wildcard.

                  Could switch Toney to Broja. And keep the money ITB for an upgrade later. Townsend -> 7.1m max mid. Havertz -> 9.5m max mid. Or to part fund getting Trent in down the line.

                  Worth it you reckon?

              9. Totalfootball
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Now that Lukaku injured and Salah away at United, who are we lot captaining?

                1. Nobodinho
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Salah or Vardy for me.

                2. Gunneryank
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    The groupthink is on Salah, which is the correct choice this week. United's defense is a juicy fruit ripe for harvesting...