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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. Pep Roulette
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Hey fam! Which option?

    A. Mane + Benteke
    B. Jota + Aubameyang
    C. Jota + Benteke

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Slight difference in money between A & C

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      A if you can afford it but Jota is great value.

  2. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Bench Antonio or Mbuemo?

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

      Antonio. Everton are dire

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

      Antonio

  3. Lovren an elevator
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    What was the Chilwell injury?

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Look below or page 3 & 4

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

    TUCHEL : on BT Sports after match interview …

    Sharp pain in the knee is all Tuchel could say in his interview after match regards Chilly.

    Regards bringing Azpi on instead of Alonso …. He said he was preparing to bring Azpi on for James … but when Chilly got injured … he just decided to leave James on and switch the player coming off. He jokingly said he hopes Alonso forgives him.

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

      Hopefully this doesn't mean Azpi starts vs. Man Utd and James rested
      Though would probably prefer James to play vs. Watford anyway

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

        Puts me off getting James if that is the case

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

      Sounds like good news for Alonso

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

    Livramento to Alonso could be fun:
    TAA, Cancelo, James, Reguilon, Alonso

  6. Dr. Rog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Lamptey and Livramento rotate perfectly. Get Jota. 343 is back baby

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

      Interesting

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

      LEE LEI BHA TOT WOL BRE BRE TOT NEW CRY

      1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Might get 2 clean sheets out of that lot & an attacking return or 2.

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

          point is they are playing fodder that rotate 1st and 2nd sub always with a home fixture first.

          allows one to get the money on the pitch

          its a plan im considering, the other is just to sideways into Alonso, but there are a lot of players im targeting where i could use the additional cash to make upgrades (such as Jota, Ronaldo, Bowen). The extra flexibility could be great.

    3. FPL Pillars
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      You’re assuming he won’t get injured, bad news for ya

    1. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Fingers crossed it's not, but most probably an acl injury.

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        No way an ACL. They didn't put him on a stretcher?

        1. Abaddon
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          You can walk with a torn ACL

  7. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Striker options are so bad.... what you think?

    Have 2FT ... do i ditch Antonio and/or Toney. £0 ITB

    (Wilson/Benteke in??)

    Or somewhere else?

    Jimi Toney Antonio
    Son Salah Jota Zaha bissouma
    Rudi James TAA lowton micthell
    Mccarthy Sanchez

    Cheers Big ears!

    1. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      I never get relies despite often replying.

      Its like when I do all the housework and wife does faff all....

      1. Scholes Out For Summer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        for me personally, long posts are harder to reply cause too much info to digest. Maybe try to shorten the posts down?

        Id shift Antonio and Lowton imo

        1. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Ah... i should have twigged the millenial non attention span being a teacher. Good point.

          1. Scholes Out For Summer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            We live in an age where condensed media is the most consumed form of content. If you don’t cater to the people you’re trying to reach out to then it’s really no surprise if you don’t get the engagement…

            1. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
              • 7 Years
              3 days, 4 hours ago

              Youre right

              Now the whole vax and anti vax differential makes so much sense too.....

        2. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Lowton sort of a non playing, always a bench, non decision type player.... but yeah maybe an idea. Cheers

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

      Antonio to benteke

      1. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Thinking same.... but owning Zaha makes me nervy abiut having both of them

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

          Otherwise get Wilson bit wait til
          GW14 if can

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

      Put a grav (picture) up mate, I honestly think it'll help with replies and being recognised

    4. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      How do you put a grav up mate?
      Looked on my profile and wasnt obvious

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

    ESR or Jota?

    1. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Jota

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      That’s not even close if both fit

  9. Herman Toothrot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Pulled the trigger on Livramento to Cancelo, giving me the following:

    Sanchez
    TAA // James // Cancelo // Chilwell
    Salah // Foden // ESR
    Ronaldo // Hwang // Wilson

    Steele // Mbuemo // Emerson // Brownhill

    Any further changes?

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

      A bit early for Chilwell trolling

      1. Herman Toothrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Ahh I just saw the news

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

          To be fair, Mbueno against Everton isn't the worst replacement

  10. Scholes Out For Summer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Chilwell + Havertz --> Cancelo + Jota

    No brainer right? Dont have Reece James but can get him next GW against Watford

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

      Yeh

  11. EL tridente
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Which combo?
    A) James and Gallagher
    B) Foden and Emerson

    1. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      B..... really?
      Why Emerson?

      1. EL tridente
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Cant afford Reguilon. Would you do Foden and White to Gallagher and James for at hit? Or just Rüdiger to James?

        1. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Probably stick to be honest

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

      A

    3. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      A by a mile

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

      A

  12. Colonel Shoe 肝池
    • 10 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    chilly already dropping, he was so close to a rise...dagnamit!

    1. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Yeah crazy stuff

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      No still on +96

    3. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Sorry refreshed on -80.1 I stand corrected

  13. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Chilly injured ? Thank god I already wasted my transfer on Ronaldo > Kane!

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Dw Kane still can be crocked before GW as well

  14. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    A. Play Antonio
    B. Chilwell to Reguilon, bench Antonio

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

      B, you'll be looking to sell Chilwell next week anyway if it's long term.

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

    Hard to turn down this Alonso wagon, seems too good to be true!

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

      Alonso natural replacement then?

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

        Yeah. Azpi could be annoying though.

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

          Puts me off getting though

    2. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Hes not that cheap though is he....

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

        5.6m is cheaper for what he has been in the past and what he could be nailed in Tuchels system.

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

          Assume still better to go James over Alonso though

          1. EL tridente
            • 4 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Also Think that Azpi and Alonso could rotate on the left, which means that James is more likely not to be rotated

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

              CHO & Azpi can be annoying for James too.

              CHO especially with all the attackers back.

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

              Ok cool

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

    I want too see faces when james is being rested vs utd. Would you play James or Azpileceata against Rashford if you were Tuchel?

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

      You seem a very worried non-owner.

      James can compete physically. Azpi covering him at RCB maybe.

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

        I am a worried james owner

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

          An

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

          You selling so?

    2. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Give he gives TAA a hard time, despite James being a slightly better defensive right back, id play Azpi.

      James owner here
      #playing bench

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

      Why would he worry about United right now??! Look at what Chelsea have done to Juventus tonight, surely Tuchel will want United to worry about Chelsea rather than the other way round, it’s 5 days until they play too, surely James starts IMO and rest against Watford, Rudiger, Chalobah and Silva have all played last 2 games too, Azpila can come in for any of them, as could Christensen

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

        this^

        MU ain't worrying anyone - Chelsea are a machine.

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

          United without Maguire and Varane too

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

        Isn’t that a problem getting James if then gets rested for the easier Watford game?

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

          I brought him in two nights ago mate, he can get points at both ends of the Pitch against anyone, and invariably the clean sheets come against the harder opponent because of the game dynamics, so I wouldn’t worry who he’s playing against personally

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

            Ok cheers it’s just better to have him playing the easier games to get more chance wirh goals / assists

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

              Completely agree mate!!!

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

      dave is a set piece liability

    5. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      That was a quick rest.

  17. Dr. Rog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Rambo (Foster)
    TCJ (Liv/Lamp)
    Salah Foden Jota Gall (fodder)
    Kane Antonio ASM

    Rambo (Foster)
    TCJ Alonso (Liv)
    Salah Foden Raph Gall (fodder)
    Kane Antonio Toney

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

    Current defence:

    TAA James Cancelo Chilwell Livramento

    If Chilwell is out who is best replacement?

    A Dias
    B Alonso
    C Reguillon
    D Other

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      B

    2. Konstaapeli
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Same backline. Im likely doing B

  19. sk24
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Just do Chilwell to James now? Exact money, 1ft

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Yep

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

      Guess so although can wait to hear further news?

      1. sk24
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Maybe a cheeky price rise/drop happens

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

          Ok go for it

  20. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    If Chilwell is out, would you get rid for -4 or just play Mbeumo?

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

      Play Brian.

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

      Play Mbeumo

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

      Play the postman.

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

      Cheers, thanks!

  21. BrockLanders
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Chillers & Sarr to Alonso & Cornet??

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

    A) chilly & Antonio to benteke & james or b) Antonio to benteke & play livra v liv? Thanks

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      A is decent

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

        Thanks will try to hold out for more chilly news

  23. veedub1989
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Mount to...?
    A) Jota
    B) Bilva
    C) Someone else

    (Have Gallagher, Salah, Raph and ESR)

  24. Henryyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    I asked for a bit more info/feeling Chilwell's injury.

    Tuchel says he is both worried and hopeful about Chilwell's situation, adding: "he feels a bit better. We hope for the best. Hopefully we get away, fingers crossed." #CFC #UCL

    Might not be that bad

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

      Oh blimey does that mean could only be out for 1 game ?!?!

    2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Rested this weekend for Watford would be a dream!!! (James and Chilwell owner)

      1. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        This, would solve a benching headache for this week too

  25. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    If it’s bad I think I’ll bench for a week and play Antonio, if Alonso looks the clear starter I’ll get him and just look elsewhere if not

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

    Thinking of doing Alonso/Reguilon and ESR in for Chilwell and Gray.
    Gray will drop 0.1 tonight.

    Do I wait?
    Or do the transfers now to keep that 0.1.

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

      If not priced out wait
      Same thing could happen to Reguilon on Thursday

  27. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    How long will Alonso’s price be locked for?

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Why is he price locked?

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Locked until GW12 deadline on Saturday

  28. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Chilwell has logged on Instagram and done a post, cant be that bad

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

      He didn't break his fingers

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

      Your knee bone is connected to your … finger bone, your finger bone is connected to your eye bone …

  29. Viper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    A. Chilwell -> Alonso

    B. Chilwell -> Lamptey (Leaves funds for Saka -> Jota)

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

      B if benching Lamptey most weeks