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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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1,026 Comments Post a Comment
  1. RedRo
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Anyone want to start an FPL podcast with me? Feel like there’s a gap in the market?

      1. Warbling Wendy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Hehehe

    • Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      JAMES goal

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      OMG JAMES

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      James uses up a goal in UCL...

      1. Camzy
        • 11 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        He looks like he'll score every game and in this form I wouldn't put it past him.

      2. tangtastic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Nah, he's just getting into gear for the weekend

    • Boss Hogg
      • 12 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Worth buying Jota this week?
      Will he start the next 3?

    • tangtastic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      JAMES F ME!!!!!!

      What a goal

      1. Boss Hogg
        • 12 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Southgate can build a team of right backs for Qatar.

    • Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      CHO goal

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      OK CHO
      Nice Ruben

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        *OMG

    • DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Glad I got him in before last price rise. James to skyrocket.

    • Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Off with the wingbacks

    • Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Tuchel's Chelsea is a scary machine

    • Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      James Chilwell Rudiger essential

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Two thirds right

    • F4L
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Juve aren't great are they, no wonder they're eighth

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        It's not fair they should be in the vets league

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Tons of injuries to be fair

      3. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Can see why they were desperate for the Super League.

    • EL tridente
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Rüdiger to James?

      1. gogs67
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Try to get James another way.

        • HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Yes

      2. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        What is it with England and right backs? They probably have the two best right backs in the world.

        1. Boss Hogg
          • 12 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Play em all.
          Team of right backs.

        2. Ruinenlust
          • 3 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Walker is not that good anymore

          1. F4L
            • 6 Years
            11 days, 19 hours ago

            Walker is having his best season for a while

          2. panda07
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            11 days, 19 hours ago

            Walker and Trippier are the two best and Trent and Reece are not far behind!

        3. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Along with Walker who fits Southgates system perfectly.

        4. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 8 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Wan B says hi

      3. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Time for subs, TT!

      4. RamboRN
        • 10 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Sanchez foster
        TAA rudiger cancelo James livra
        Salah son ESR mbeumo bissouma
        Vardy Antonio ASM

        2ft 0m itb. Any changes? Feel like letting a transfer go to waste as still have faith in vardy and antonio over the coming weeks.

      5. Amartey Partey
        • 2 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Wouldn't even surprise me if James scored a hattrick against United this weekend.

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Must have missed United earlier... second half of the season title charge is on!

          1. Amartey Partey
            • 2 Years
            11 days, 19 hours ago

            Haha! No I watched the game. United were poor in the first half and De Gea kept them in the game. Much better once Bruno came on but they have nothing on Chelsea. Going to be torn a new one.

          2. panda07
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            11 days, 19 hours ago

            Carrick at the wheel!

      6. gogs67
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          So 1/5 of all the goals Chelsea have conceded under Tuchel have been scored by West Brom!!

        • Super Saints
          • 5 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Ziyech finally coming good.

          Livramento and Wilson to James and Dennis done.

          Sanchez
          TAA Cancelo James Chilwell Rudiger
          Salah Son Gallagher ESR
          Ronaldo
          Steele Dennis Sissoko Scarlett

          1. RamboRN
            • 10 Years
            11 days, 19 hours ago

            I like that team. Hope ronaldo comes good for you but if not then lot of money in him to improve elsewhere

          2. BERGKOP
            • 10 Years
            11 days, 19 hours ago

            Nice transfers. For free? Thinking of doing Antonio/Livra or White -> James and Dennis. Tempting!

        • Freshy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          When the CHO goal went in Chelsea had 7 in the box

        • The Train Driver
          • 6 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Can't recall a team that has had this much goal involvement % by defenders like Chelsea has had this season.

          1. BERGKOP
            • 10 Years
            11 days, 19 hours ago

            Robbo and Trent the past couple of seasons?

        • gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Is Reece James even human? Think he needs to be drug tested!

        • Finding Timo
          • 1 Year
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Thinking of getting James GW14 but isn’t there a risk get rested / rotated soon?

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            11 days, 19 hours ago

            Watford a worry for him & Chilwell.

            1. Finding Timo
              • 1 Year
              11 days, 19 hours ago

              Yeh that’s my concern

            2. Sgt Frank Drebin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              11 days, 19 hours ago

              Why is that? Do they have some important game after or before the Watford game?

              1. Finding Timo
                • 1 Year
                11 days, 19 hours ago

                Tuchel rotates

                1. Sgt Frank Drebin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  11 days, 19 hours ago

                  And it's based only on that?

                  1. Finding Timo
                    • 1 Year
                    11 days, 19 hours ago

                    Yeh as I have city players too who prone to rotation- but May get anyway wirh chilly injured

          2. RamboRN
            • 10 Years
            11 days, 19 hours ago

            I would get a James before they all sell out.

            1. Finding Timo
              • 1 Year
              11 days, 19 hours ago

              Yeh got a chilly and need a pair

              1. RamboRN
                • 10 Years
                11 days, 19 hours ago

                His price has been sky rocketing. Have you got s decent bench to cover if one or both get rested?

        • Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          I find it interesting how the narration regarding formations changes depending on recent results. There are weeks when both Ronaldo and Lukaku score double digits and then people drift to triple premium in 3-4-3, then defenders do well and people consider 5-4-1, soon midfielders will start firing again with most popular defenders conceding some unlucky goals and it will be 3-5-2 or some other formation.

          Of course, there are seasons where some formations have more great value players, but there is also a lot of variability in single GW scores and by pure probability there will be weeks when most of popular players from one formation run riot and popular players from other formation blank.

          1. panda07
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            11 days, 19 hours ago

            Triple Chelsea defence and 5 atb is not out of the question...

          2. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            11 days, 19 hours ago

            I'm usually very rigid when it comes to formation. Have played 343 more or less for 10 yrs. Changing to 433/442 few gws ago has shoot me up in the rankings. 100k -> 11k.

            Ain't going to sell/bench my precious wingbacks anytime soon.

            1. S.Kuqi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              11 days, 19 hours ago

              Well that aged quickly. Chilwell -> Alonso coming

            2. Sgt Frank Drebin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              11 days, 19 hours ago

              I was considering 4-4-2 myself (until Chilwel got injured at least), but I also understand that they won't be scoring 12 points every game. Chilwel is on 9 ppg, James on 8.3 ppg, TAA on 7.9 ppg. They are a still great value and pretty much essential, but there is no way that is sustainable, if they played every game we would be talking about 300+ points in the course of the season.

          3. Dr. Rog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            11 days, 19 hours ago

            herd mentality... its basically what crypto is to the stock market

        • Jones Kusi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Toney, Semedo > King, James (-4)
          Yay or nay?

          1. BERGKOP
            • 10 Years
            11 days, 19 hours ago

            Without a doubt.

        • Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Chilwell down … looks in agony …..

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Chilwell hurt.

          1. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            11 days, 19 hours ago

            Chilly taken off …for Alonso on …. Right knee appears to be the problem.

        • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Chilwell hurt badly

        • Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Chilwell injured :/