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Five-time top 1k FPL finisher Tom Freeman’s Gameweek 13 plans

Gameweek 12 has drawn to a close, and all in all, it was a pretty good one for me.

A total of 75 points has seen my overall rank rise to 57,377, and though it’s early days, it’s been a positive start.

Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) led the way with 16 captain points but there were also returns for Ben Foster (£4.1m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m), Antonio Rudiger (£5.9m), Joao Cancelo (£6.6m) and Adam Armstrong (£6.0m), who has started to pick up some form in recent weeks.

Now, as focus shifts to Gameweek 13, I thought I’d write-up some observations from Steven Gerrard’s first match in charge of Aston Villa, plus my own transfer/team plans for the weekend.

VILLA UNDER GERRARD – FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Steven Gerrard got off to a winning start at Aston Villa on Saturday, with a 2-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion. Lining up in a 4-3-3 formation, Gerrard’s preferred shape during his time at Rangers, Villa were much improved, especially at the back. As a result, they limited Graham Potter’s side to just 0.52 expected goals (xG) – their second lowest xG total of the season so far – with 0.28 of that figure arriving from one Tariq Lamptey (£4.4m) attempt during the first-half.

While Albion had a lot of the ball with 63% possession, they rarely looked like scoring, something Gerrard touched on after the game:

“Brighton had a lot of possession, but it was in the areas we wanted them to have the ball, so I’m really pleased for the players, proud of them, but it’s only a start, we need to go and back it up now.”

Ollie Watkins (£7.3m) and Tyrone Mings (£4.9m) got the goals on the day, but which players could benefit most from Gerrard’s appointment in Fantasy Premier League (FPL)?

Five-time top 1k FPL finisher Tom Freeman on Villa under Gerrard and his Gameweek 13 plans 1

Aston Villa’s average position map v Brighton and Hove Albion in Gameweek 12


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  1. Geriatric Unathletic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Anyone here?

    1. Boo Ya Ka Sha
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Yeah this place isn't as lively as a few years ago. Unfortunately twitter has pulled a lot of ppl. Tbh, at least this place is pure FPL and not some bs clickbait, drama, sexism, ppl who cant tell difference between a bad mood and depression, and a whole bunch of non-fpl related topics.

  2. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Who forgot to give Abe his meds?

    1. noquarternt
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Hulk please

  3. Big Weng
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Benrahma > Jota for a free?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Lovely, just let him come through tomorrow first.

      1. Big Weng
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        If he rises tonight I wont be able to afford, can just about afford him now, will he rise?

    2. Geriatric Unathletic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      I would if Jota injury free.

      1. Big Weng
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        might rise tonight!

        1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          It’s closer to falling than rising atm on FPL Statistics

          1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            *he’s

        2. Ron_Swanson
          • 11 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          No chance

    3. F4L
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      yeah

  4. Geriatric Unathletic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    How did United get on tonight? Ronaldo do much?

  5. Finding Timo
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Any news on raphinha?

  6. Geriatric Unathletic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Jota still on negative transfers and just over 50%. ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE he RISES TONIGHT.

  7. F4L
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Has Ait-Nouri started to take set-pieces?

  8. F4L
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Rudiger with a stunning assist

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Beautifully controlled

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Have to hand it to him.

  9. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Ziyech bad for C & J. Corners on both sides with good delivery.

    Chilwell at least in the box for the corners...

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      James took at least one from the right side.

  10. Gooner Kebab
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Nice piece, Tom.
    It would've been an hour podcast for some 🙂

  11. RogDog_jimmy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    lol at Rudiger > Chalobah goal.
    Chelsea have broken fantasy positions this season.

  12. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Comment up for review because I shortened the word assist, lol @ this site...

    1. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      go with helper

    2. Ron_Swanson
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Lazy

    3. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Sounds like a bum rap

  13. Champione
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    A) Jota + King
    B) Gallagher + Jimenez

  14. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Chalobah’ FPL record this season-

    6 starts- Returns in ALL 6
    5 clean sheets
    2 Goals

    4.8 too, great player!!

  15. DavidBadWillie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Chalobah will be playing for England soon at this rate.

    Out of nowhere

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      England have needed a Trevor for a long time. Sinclair gave it a go, but not up the gold-star Trevor standards set by Brooking and Francis.

      1. bench boost for every gamew…
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Trevoh, not Trevor.

        1. Boss Hogg
          • 12 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Close enough.

  16. PartyTime
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Just give Lewandowski the Balon d’or!

    • Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Thought United were poor tonight until Bruno came on. Villarreal's attack were also pretty weak. Chelsea obviously will be much more lethal in front of goal this weekend. James against Shaw or Telles will be a huge mismatch.

    • Milkman Bruno
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Anyone know who got MOTM in the United game?

      • Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Reece James for captain really does look quite a good shout. He's so attacking and BPs magnet it's ridiculous. I'm not doing it, but a braver man could get 15+ points on that call.

        1. lilmessipran
          • 9 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          But prime fixture for Mo at home on the back of a rest midweek

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            I know, I know. I learnt my lesson. Mo (c) but point is that James' points potential for this weekend is very high.

            1. lilmessipran
              • 9 Years
              3 days, 5 hours ago

              I agree with you but is it really as high as Salah to even consider it? Think there will be plenty of weeks where you might go different this certainly doesn't seem to be one of those

        2. G B
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          He looks so confident. Much braver on the ball than last season.

          Champion's League night against Juventus and he's taking players on and taking risks. Nice strong shot a few minutes ago.

          I'm happy to have James, but Salah is in another stratosphere when it comes to captaincy for me atm.

        3. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          There's still the slight risk of a benching/cameo with James. Much less likely with Mo. I think Trent is the real differential captain this week

          1. NateDog
            • 1 Year
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            This is what I'm going for. Was tempted last week (as well as Cancelo) but think I'll go for it this time

      • PartyTime
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Managers with double/ triple Chelsea defence are you guys gonna play all vs Utd?

          Think I’m tempted tbh but I’ve got triple Chelsea defence. Don’t know if I should play all 3

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            Double, no doubt in playing them both.

            Who's your first sub vs Rudiger?

            1. PartyTime
                3 days, 5 hours ago

                Duffy

                1. Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 days, 5 hours ago

                  Ugh, enjoy the headache 😛

                  If you're a Sanchez or Raphinha owner I'd just go with the three Chelsea boys.

            2. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 days, 5 hours ago

              Only have single and it's going to hurt my rank again. Another CS and attacking returns for the Chelsea defenders for sure!

              1. PartyTime
                  3 days, 5 hours ago

                  Oof. Think you should double/even triple up for the upcoming fixtures

                  1. Sun Jihai
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 days, 4 hours ago

                    Yeah, my only hope is United score and Chilwell/James get rested vs. Watford and then I'll double+ up. Betting on Man Utd to do anything though is futile, basically a guaranteed CS this weekend!

                    1. PartyTime
                        3 days, 4 hours ago

                        Think Utd could nick one tbh

                • HMC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 days, 5 hours ago

                  I think you need to ask yourself why you own triple Chelsea defence if you're not going to play them

                  1. PartyTime
                      3 days, 4 hours ago

                      Hahaha

                    • Snevitz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 12 Years
                      3 days, 4 hours ago

                      To rotate Rudiger with my many mid priced mids and fwds depending upon fixture.

                  2. Snevitz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 12 Years
                    3 days, 5 hours ago

                    Rudiger is my 3rd Chelsea defender, I keep swapping between him and Raphinha vs bha.
                    Currently starting Raphinha.

                    1. PartyTime
                        3 days, 4 hours ago

                        Tough call tbh. I’ve got Mendy, Chilwell, James

                        1. Rainer
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          3 days, 4 hours ago

                          Do not bench the full backs!

                          1. PartyTime
                              3 days, 4 hours ago

                              Thanks 🙂

                              I won’t

                          2. Snevitz
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 12 Years
                            3 days, 4 hours ago

                            You definitely have to start those 3.

                      • Finding Timo
                        • 1 Year
                        3 days, 4 hours ago

                        Yeh playing mendy & chilly

                    2. Boss Hogg
                      • 12 Years
                      3 days, 5 hours ago

                      Anyone worth getting in this week for Demarai Gray? Max 5.7m

                      a. Mbuemo
                      b. Smith-Rowe (and sell Livramento for a 4.2m or less defender) -4
                      c. Keep Gray

                      Something else?

                      1. Boss Hogg
                        • 12 Years
                        3 days, 4 hours ago

                        Could also do Foden and Gray to ESR and Jota/Raphina.

                      2. RogDog_jimmy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        3 days, 4 hours ago

                        I like ESR a lot - Arsenal have the easiest schedule in terms of days between games for the next few - so I expect him to play all - and think he's the best of those by far.

                        1. Boss Hogg
                          • 12 Years
                          3 days, 4 hours ago

                          Thanks.
                          It would mean losing Foden though.

                      3. Boo Ya Ka Sha
                        • 6 Years
                        3 days, 4 hours ago

                        Team?

                        1. Boss Hogg
                          • 12 Years
                          3 days, 4 hours ago

                          Sanchez (Steele)
                          TAA, Cancelo, James, Chilwell (Livra)
                          Salah, Gallagher, Foden, Gray (Bissouma
                          Kane, Jimenez (Antonio)
                          0.1m itb

                          1. Boo Ya Ka Sha
                            • 6 Years
                            3 days, 4 hours ago

                            Maybe Antonio to King and Gray to Jota. OR wait 1-2 weeks and do Jiminez to King instead.

                      4. BERGKOP
                        • 10 Years
                        3 days, 4 hours ago

                        What's your team? Formation is important. Maybe you could downgrade to a 4.4 like Brownhill and go big at the back

                    3. gooberman
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 days, 5 hours ago

                      Great win for Utd and a clean sheet. They should probably give the job to Carrick.

                    4. Bertonian
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 days, 4 hours ago

                      2FTs

                      Thoughts on these options. Don’t have any fodder on bench at present

                      No doubt Brentford hammer Everton this week & Mbeumo hauls!

                      A Mbeumo & Foden for Jota & Gallagher
                      B Mbeumo & Antonio for Jota & King
                      C Mbeumo & Raph for Jota & Fodder
                      D Mbeumo & Toney for Jota & Fodder

                      1. Snevitz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 12 Years
                        3 days, 4 hours ago

                        Not sure about any of those but maybe C as Raphinha has some bad fixtures coming.

                    5. Boo Ya Ka Sha
                      • 6 Years
                      3 days, 4 hours ago

                      Am i taking crazy pills for going Reguilon over Chilwell for the 4th defender spot? Already have TAA, Cancelo, and James.

                      1. Rainer
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        3 days, 4 hours ago

                        Not if Chilwell concedes vs both Uniteds and misses Watford.

                        Spurs are still poor defensively though and Reguilon won't get a goal as lucky for a long time.

                        1. Boo Ya Ka Sha
                          • 6 Years
                          3 days, 4 hours ago

                          Agree on both parts. But Regi is pretty much a forward now, so I think his 'luck' could tick on a little bit. Yeah, I wish Romero was back, but hopefully there's enough talent available to keep out Burnley, Brentford, and Norwich.

                      2. Camzy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        3 days, 4 hours ago

                        Yes imo. Just get both Chelsea wing backs. Lateriser said it right. If Chilwell was a 6m midfielder, you'd buy him.

                        1. Boo Ya Ka Sha
                          • 6 Years
                          3 days, 4 hours ago

                          Yeahh, I guess I can get him if he's certain to start the Watford match. Just a couple concerns. Tuchel rotates. Their fixtures are toughening up. Kante's injured.

                          Also, is it safe to say that Lukaku's return helps Chilwell?

                      3. Boberella
                        • 5 Years
                        3 days, 4 hours ago

                        I now have the same back 4 and am happy moving forwards.
                        I got Reg in for Rudiger last week though, so that cost me 5 pts unfortunately!

                    6. the Chaser
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 days, 4 hours ago

                      Do away goals still count in the group stage ie to decide head to head between teams finishing on the same points?

                      1. Rainer
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        3 days, 4 hours ago

                        If it goes down that far.

                        H2H then GD then GS...

                    7. Cruyff's Eleven
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 days, 4 hours ago

                      Mount rested tonight, or just not preferred by Tuchel?

                      Contemplating if I should stick or twist...

                      1. the Chaser
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        3 days, 4 hours ago

                        As a Chelsea fan, at the start of the season I felt he was nailed on, now I don’t get that feeling - so I would ship him

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

                          Yeah? You think his position is under threat by the likes of CHO, Pulisic, Ziyech etc?

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

                      Which pair is better going forward?

                      A) Antonio + King
                      B) Raphinha + Toney

                      I'm leaning A atm just because King is the player I most want to keep going forward.

                      1. tangtastic
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        3 days, 4 hours ago

                        a.

                        I've brought in King this gw

                    9. Finding Timo
                      • 1 Year
                      3 days, 4 hours ago

                      Benteke rising tonight?

                        1. Finding Timo
                          • 1 Year
                          3 days, 4 hours ago

                          Thanks 96.9 so unsure

                          1. tangtastic
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 11 Years
                            3 days, 4 hours ago

                            hard for any of us to say, we'd just be guessing too.

                            there are wc trasnfers factored in, so the 96.9 is probably over what it actually is - but how much so... again its impossible to say.

                            if you're tight for money and have to move, I'd say do it. Barring training session injury he should be good.

                            1. Finding Timo
                              • 1 Year
                              3 days, 4 hours ago

                              Ok cheers

                    10. panda07
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 days, 4 hours ago

                      Chalobah on 50 pts :thinking:

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

                      CHO wasteful … always needs to take another touch … seems very one footed.

                      1. Will Kane
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        3 days, 4 hours ago

                        Just scored with his left foot

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

                        More like it … that’s what happens when you take it first time lad.