Moving Target

FPL new signings: Sterling back on watchlist after Chelsea move

Raheem Sterling (£10.0m) is at his cheapest Fantasy Premier League (FPL) starting price since 2017/18.

The England winger should stand a better chance of more sustained game-time this season, too, after Chelsea snapped him up in a £47m move from Manchester City.

The 27-year-old becomes the Blues’ first major signing since they were taken over by a consortium led by Todd Boehly this summer.

Prior to his move, Sterling was sitting in just 3.8% of FPL squads. Can he now enter the thinking as a ‘cheaper’ third premium asset in our Fantasy teams?

We assess the new Chelsea winger in our Moving Target report.


RAHEEM STERLING: FPL HISTORY

SeasonTeamStarts (sub appearances)GoalsAssistsFPL points
2021/22Man City23 (7)137163
2020/21Man City28 (3)109154
2019/20Man City30 (3)206204
2018/19Man City31 (3)1715234
2017/18Man City29 (4)1817229
2016/17Man City29 (4)714149
2015/16Man City23 (8)6396
2014/15Liverpool34 (1)710158
2013/14Liverpool24 (9)97132
2012/13Liverpool19 (5)2682
2011/12Liverpool0 (3)003

Born in Jamaica, Sterling moved to London aged seven and was developed at Queens Park Rangers’ academy before Liverpool prised him away in February 2010.

The youngster made his debut against Wigan Athletic as a 17-year-old in March 2012 and went on to be given a prominent role in the team by Brendan Rodgers soon after. However, it was the latter half of 2013/14 when he kicked on, with a series of outstanding performances that helped Liverpool achieve a second-place finish in the Premier League.

Sterling played one more season on Merseyside before he opted for a fresh start at Man City in the summer of 2015, where he has spent the last seven seasons.

Joining for an initial £44m, he went on to score 131 goals in 339 games, winning four Premier League titles, one FA Cup and three League Cups.

Of those goals, 78 have been registered in 161 top-flight appearances over the last five seasons: only three players – Mohamed Salah (£13.0m), Harry Kane (£11.5m) and Jamie Vardy (£9.5m) – have been more prolific over that period.

Sterling scored 13 goals in 30 Premier League appearances in 2021/22, but he has undoubtedly slipped down the pecking order at City over the last few years, with his minutes slowly reduced and opportunities to influence the biggest games limited.

SeasonStartsSubbed onMins playedMins per appearance
2021/222372,15871.9
2020/212832,54782.2
2019/203032,66580.8
2018/193132,79382.1
2017/182942,60979.1
2016/172942,53176.7
2015/162381,95863.2

After playing 2,793 Premier League minutes in 2018/19, Sterling’s total has dropped year-on-year for the three seasons since, while forwards Erling Haaland (£11.5m) and Julian Alvarez (£6.5m) have arrived at the Etihad Stadium this summer.

That perhaps suggests that Sterling is a declining force, but his expected goal (xG) data confirms he still has plenty to offer.

SeasonGoalsxGxG deltaMins per xG
2021/221314.41-1.41149.8
2020/211011.08-1.08229.9
2019/202019.09+0.91139.6
2018/191713.70+3.30203.9
2017/181816.25+1.75160.6

The shot locations he roots out are also worth touching on: Sterling registered 13 efforts inside the six-yard box last season – only Diogo Jota (£9.0m) and Tomas Soucek (£5.5m) managed more – while his xG per shot of 0.23 meant than an average shot of his had a 23% chance of finding the net. For context, Son Heung-min (12.0m) and Salah’s tallies were 0.19 and 0.15 respectively.

It is worth noting, however, that while the quality of chances that fall his way are generally excellent, he isn’t quite a top-level finisher. Son, for example, has exceeded his xG tally by a combined +22.57 over the last five seasons; Sterling has overachieved by a mere +3.47.

RAHEEM STERLING: FPL PROSPECTS FOR 2022/23

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493 Comments Post a Comment
  1. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Neco Williams at 4.0 is obviously someone to watch, but we can't forget he's joining what might be a poor defense. I say that as someone with Henderson starting keeper.

    Is it worth bringing him in for White? To save half a million? Not in my opinion. Delay to Saints is maybe a more attractive proposition.

    1. CroatianHammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Autocorrect strikes again. Delap.

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Neco is a 4.0 starter and 3rd on my bench … can’t ask for better than that

    3. Mr. O'Connell
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      The beauty of not playing 5 at the back is you get a pretty attacking nailed full back for the lowest base price. Wouldn't want to start him in the majority of fixtures, but he's an excellent pick.

    4. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      I'm of the same opinion. It depends from situation to situation of course, but I much prefer having someone like Tomiyasu or Fofana on my bench to be rotated in and out of the first team than someone I expect will get 1-2pts most weeks. Not to say that he won't get any returns or clean sheets of course, but I expect the likes of Haaland to get rested here and there so I feel better having someone that I feel has a much better chance of picking up 6pts there than someone that may come in for 0 or negative pts a few times.

  2. RedJive79
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    An old school 343 here. Worth a try?

    Raya
    Robbo / Laporte / Tomi
    Salah / Bruno G / Diaz / Gordon
    Haaland / Vardy / Jesus

    4.5 / Andreas / N.Williams / 4.5

    1. TheBiffas
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Lovely

    2. Tomerick
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      It looks very similar to the triple premium teams without the third premium. Granted Vardy is a good differential but I think it’s risky

  3. Andy_Social
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Fabrizio Romano
    @FabrizioRomano
    ·
    Manchester City are prepared to let Liam Delap leave in the next weeks. Been told Burnley asked for Delap on loan until end of the season, while Southampton are also interested but for permanent move.

    Klaxon alert: possibility of 4.5m forward - from Man City!!!

    1. Holmes
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Broja 2.0

      1. Andy_Social
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Yup, and might go as well.

    2. CroatianHammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      He'd replace Mitrović for me.

    3. lilmessipran
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Hope he goes to Soton and gives us a playing 4.5 option

    4. Fish up a tree
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Crikey the fourmium would be on!

      1. TheBiffas
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Don't get me excited

    5. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Brewster Mark II

    6. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Deluxe nutritious fodder

    7. Mr. O'Connell
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Burnley makes sense. Will get good game time in Championship, increase his value, remaining local may suit the player.

      1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Broja has left and Shane Long has just rejoined Reading so I think this makes sense for them too

        1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          *for Southampton

  4. Stimps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Thoughts?

    Sanchez
    TAA Cancelo Trippier Doherty
    Salah Diaz Maddison Neto
    Kane Jesus

    Steele Andreas Neco 4.5 fwd

    1. Our Tiny Windows
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Solid.

    2. XX SMICER XX
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Like the Maddison pick

  5. The Plutocrat
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    How do these 2 options look guys ?

    Raya
    Robbo, Digne, Laporte, Botman, Gabriel
    Son, Martinelli, Salah
    Jesus, Haaland

    Or

    Raya,
    TAA, Digne, Laporte, Botman, Gabriel
    Diaz, Salah, Martinelli
    Kane, Haaland

    1. Lanley Staurel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Id go B and replace Diaz with Saka. You think MartinelLi will hold down a regular slot now?

      1. TheBiffas
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Absolutely he's their best player when given the chance

    2. Fish up a tree
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Both excellent. Think the first one as I fancy Jesus over Diaz by a margin where your other two differences are much of a muchness

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Latter option

    4. The Plutocrat
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Thanks guys

    5. Werner Bros
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      A for me

  6. banskt
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    First draft of this year. Weird pricing, so I thought that I should wait for mid-price attackers (≤ £7m) to emerge during the first few weeks. I generally try 3-4 attackers in that price range, but there seems to be none this year. Maybe Grealish, Zaha, Mitrovic and Rashford. Of them, Grealish and Rashford are doubts for the first team, Mitrovic failed miserably last time in the PL and Zaha has terrible fixtures. At lower price, however, I like Gordon, Bailey (if he starts) and Andreas. Also watching Undav.

    So, my strategy this year is to keep the money in the bank to jump on early bandwagons. I could have used that extra £1.5m in the bank to upgrade Grealish ➝ Luis Diaz, or Undav ➝ Mitrovic, but I have no idea who will become the value option this year. I will rather wait.

    Sanchez • 4m
    Alexander-Arnold • Cancelo • James • Trippier • Tomiyasu
    Salah • Grealish • Gordon • Bailey • Andreas
    Haaland • Jesus • Undav
    (1.5m in the bank)

    1. Ha.
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Grealish > Diaz

      1. banskt
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        1) The extra cash helps me to jump on early bandwagons without taking hits.

        Moreover, I am betting on Manchester City outscoring Liverpool by a significant margin. If I want to upgrade Grealish before the start, I will probably get Foden.

  7. Christina.
    • 14 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    First 6 fixtures for Spurs are great.
    I will probably keep Kane on wk2 WC.

    1. WVA
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Are they as good as Liverpool and City's?

      1. Christina.
        • 14 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Salah and Taa are a given so not an issue. Haaland in on wc wk 2.

      2. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Yeah I'd say theyre better than City's fixtures. City struggled to break down Palace last year; Newcastle & Villa away aren't great fixtures to target

        1. WVA
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Interesting, leaning more towards starting with Kane over Haaland

          1. G-Whizz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            I've had Kane from the get go with a view to move to Haaland for GW2 but his ownership is really scaring me...

  8. crazysidz
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Kindly RMT

    Allison Forster

    Cancelo vvd gabriel Mings neco
    Salah son Bowen martinelli Andrea’s
    Jesus jiminez archer

  9. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    I'm liking this 4-4-2: any suggestions to sharpen it up?

    Raya (Balscombe)
    TAA Cancelo Chilwell Perisic (NWilliams)
    Salah Diaz Coutinho Bailey (DaSilva)
    Kane Jesus (Delap)

    1. InsertPunHere
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 7 months ago

      I’d go Perisic to Cash to get from Bailey to Neto.

  10. Captain Hindsight
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    I’m late to the game, just gone through and initial thoughts are:

    1) Haaland is a set and forget Captain
    2) double up on the Liverpool full backs to cover Liverpool and you can actually drop Salah for the first time in many seasons
    3) Son now seems a better pick than Kane… just saying it makes me feel like I’m an idiot
    4) What did Arteta say to Jesus to get him to sign, guaranteed start and preferred position?
    5) can’t seem to find a Chelsea player guaranteed to play

    Any sense in the above?

    1. @persecuted_by_mods
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Game of opinions!

        Disagree on the first 3 points, I don't think Haaland will be a reliable captain, I don't think Salah can be covered, and I think Kane outscores son this season!

        On 4 yes world cup year so Jesus guaranteed to start upfront so he can make the Brazil squad

        5- Chelsea are a wait and see signings still coming in

        1. Captain Hindsight
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Haaland is a machine not seen in the prem since shearer. In my opinion he’s guaranteed golden boot and will for me be a set and forget as he is fixture proof - have you seen his champions league record? That’s why I can’t get Salah…

          1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            He is a top striker but he hasn't played in the PL and needs to adapt to a unique team with a manager with very, very specific demands of his players. Aguero scored goals for fun when he joined City but at one point was nearly frozen out as Pep said he wasn't doing enough for the team, so some work will be required.

            Personally I've never agreed with the "set and forget" or "season keeper" mantra, it's said about so many players every season yet it often only lasts for a period. Who would have thought "set and forget" captain Salah would have been sold by so many late on in the season when he was picking up points for fun in the first half? Or that Robertson would have such a great surge at the end of the season to cut down TAA's dominance? Things can change rapidly, the main issue with Haaland as a weekly captain is that he will have to adjust, and he will be managed. He won't play every game due to injury history but as well because there will inevitably be occasions where Pep will want to dominate the ball that little bit extra than City will with a striker on the pitch so he'll revert to a false / deeper 9.

          2. @persecuted_by_mods
              1 year, 7 months ago

              Football isn't as simple as that, the champions League record is great but nobody is sitting back Vs Dortmund

        2. Lovren an elevator
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Agree with all. Double Pool and double Chelsea FBs for me, to cover them completely. (+ Trips or Tomy) Hate not going without Salah, but need the funds to create a rich attacking team (I don't like these threadbare midfields in order to cater for the "threemium")
          Strongly considering Martinelli AND Jesus too (but then I appreciate my biases are getting in the way of my judgement perhaps)

        3. Pascal
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Agreed I do think James and Chilwell look pretty safe picks, though.

        4. Cruyff's Eleven
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Re: 1) I just think back to Werner and Havertz....

        5. InsertPunHere
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 7 months ago

          When it comes to nailed Chelsea players I’d say Chilwell, James, Mendy and Mount are pretty secure. On Chilwell, possibly Mount atm.

          1. Captain Hindsight
            • 12 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            Thanks, I’d love to double the Chelsea defence with James and Chillwell but worried who Chelsea will bring in

            1. InsertPunHere
              • 1 Year
              1 year, 7 months ago

              Haven’t been linked with any new wingbacks if competition is what you’re worried about, looking to sign Ake and Koulibaly centrally so should do pretty well defensively if they settle.

        6. banskt
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          To each his own opinion.

          1) Agree
          2) Think I need Diaz here to cover Liverpool goal fests.
          3) Agree
          4) Agree, start and preferred position for Jesus.
          5) Mendy, James, Chilwell, Sterling? Or, am I missing something?

        7. WVA
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Disagree with the first three for sure

        8. Now I'm Panicking
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Wrong account? 😉

        9. svgcr
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          1) pep roulette + tight European schedule + injury prone.

          2) wishful thinking.

          3) penalties and 0.5 gives a slight edge to Kane IMO. Pretty close.

          4) agree.

          5) Mendy, full backs, mount

      • Dynamic Duos
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Raheem the dream

      • The Train Driver
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Thinking of starting with two 4.5 mids, Pereira will be one, who's the best second?

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          All are a risk but DaSilva if holds place

      • Arteta
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Koulibaly and Sterling are great signings. Who's next for Chelsea? It looks like top 3 could easily stay the same as this year.

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Could be the same top 4 for a few years to come now. Arsenal absolutely blew their only chance.

          1. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            🙁

          2. InsertPunHere
            • 1 Year
            1 year, 7 months ago

            We do love a good ‘era of dominance’ prediction as football fans don’t we? As a Spurs fan, could very easily see the Conte project collapsing this year or more likely next and us slipping again, Newcastle are only going up, every chance Leicester/West Ham/Aston Villa/Wolves actually get there as a one-off, and then you’ve got Man U presumably improving with ETH. I don’t think there’s a risk of a set top 4 until Newcastle get there and make a Billionaire’s Big Three with City and Chelsea.

          3. banskt
            • 10 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            In my opinion, Liverpool will not be able to maintain their second position. Their attacking potential has been greatly reduced with the loss of Mane. There will be a change in rhythm as he was one of their key players.

            My prediction will be: Manchester City, Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal.

            Top 4 will change. Newcastle will be there... not this year but within a couple of years.

            1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
              • 3 Years
              1 year, 7 months ago

              I agree with this, I think losing Mane is going to be felt in certain games this season. They've also failed to replace Wijnaldum still and defensively, with Henderson getting on and Thiago being of a very different profile, I feel it will tell this season.

        2. Walter White (WW)
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Liverpool will struggle this season imo

        3. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          I doubt it personally, still feel they're going to slide down to 5th/6th. With the overhauled backline, possible tactical shifts, and problems emerging the centre of midfield toward the end of last year (Kante in decline?) - I'm still thinking they'll be inconsistent & leaky, though there should still be the occasional battering of bottom half teams

      • Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        How much should we fear EO%?

        Currently have 6 players below 15% ownership. Too many gambles?

        1. InsertPunHere
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 7 months ago

          I mean that sounds like a LOT of differentials - unless two of those are keepers, there’s only actually two keepers with +15% ownership.

          1. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            Ederson (13.7%), Robertson (10.1%), Chilwell (11.5%), Doherty (2.0%), Mount (9.1%)

            Actually just 5 below 15%. Tripper and Kane just scrape in at 15.9% & 16.5%

            I like those picks. But it could go badly wrong if the template explodes

            1. The Mentaculus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 2 Years
              1 year, 7 months ago

              These type low-owned but quality assets look like an opportunity to me

              1. The Mentaculus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 2 Years
                1 year, 7 months ago

                I guess one has an obvious high-EO counterpart in Trent, but I don't there's much risk in going Robbo instead as they'll likely end up with similar scores (adjusted for 0.5 extra).

                The main EO risk to me, probably the only one I think about, is in going against the top captaincy picks (especially if you have them in your team)

            2. InsertPunHere
              • 1 Year
              1 year, 7 months ago

              Well I prefer Chilwell to James (better base worth lower explosiveness imo), Mount is my second favourite of the 8.0 mids behind Diaz, and Robertson is always going to get you points. Only risk there for me is Doherty.

      • jbenny1107
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Bowen at 8.5 is a steal. Started the season slow last year and still crushed it.

        1. Captain Hindsight
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          I’m on board this train

        2. Santi sensei
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Just too hard to fit him in right now

        3. fantasyfog
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Europe

          1. Jaws
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            Didn't bother him last season when West Ham almost made it to the final. Only an injury stopped his momentum.

      • SKENG
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        In all my drafts so far 3 things stayed the same:

        1) Big 5 at the back
        2) Trent, Salah & Diaz my 3 LIV picks
        3) Saka over Jesus (541 with Haaland)

        Now only need to find the ideal combinations and how short term should I think given very likely early WC. Thoughts on this team?

        Raya (4.0)
        TAA Cancelo Perisic James Chilwell
        Salah Diaz Saka Neto (4.5)
        Haaland (4.5 4.5)

        1. InsertPunHere
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 7 months ago

          As with all 1 striker teams, esp with Haaland, the risk of Pep is too high to only have one playing striker. If he rotates Haaland as much as, say, Mahrez, you’re down to 10 from the off. Unless we get a playing 4.5 of course.

          1. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            Saka to Jesus solves this problem pretty easily as they’re the same price

            1. SKENG
              • 8 Years
              1 year, 7 months ago

              So does Neto to Undav

            2. InsertPunHere
              • 1 Year
              1 year, 7 months ago

              This is why I’m firmly on a 4-4-2

      • Coolboy9191
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Hi an Arsenal fan here. Martinelli as good a player I like. I dono why so much love for him FPL wise. Arsenal front 4 position likely to be Jesus, Saka and Odeggard. ESR, Martinelli and nketiah will rotate. Likely ESR will start. So I'm not sure FPL wise will martinelli be worth it.

        1. InsertPunHere
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Well he’s cheaper than Jesus and Saka, and played more regularly than ESR last season. Isn’t it ESR and Odegaard who rotate centrally while Martinelli plays on the left?

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            ESR and Martinelli was rotated on the left

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 7 months ago

              were*

            2. InsertPunHere
              • 1 Year
              1 year, 7 months ago

              Good to know, thanks.

          2. Nate(U)dog(ie)
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            To be fair, ESR was first choice initially last season. He was playing really well and had very poor timing with an injury, covid and then more niggling injuries too. If not for those then I think Martinelli would have found it hard to oust him

        2. WVA
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Marty clearly ahead of ESR in the pecking order

          1. Santi sensei
            • 10 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            Nah mate

            1. Debauchy
              • 11 Years
              1 year, 7 months ago

              ESR good player that he is is a box to box type Marti from out wide is on the brink of becoming essential in the Arsenal attack , only concern he is a little injury prone.

        3. Debauchy
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Also a concern FPL wise but I have no doubt that by next season he will be a permanent fixture, he is and will be that good

      • Sameobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Afternoon all.

        One thing I’m seeing with all the template teams is a return to proper rubbish-heavy benches: 4.0 GK; Neco; Andreas; 4.5 Fwd.

        What am I missing? Do we not plan for flexibility between GW any more? Is it simply a fixed first XI game these days?

        Or goes flexibility come from transfers?

        1. InsertPunHere
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 7 months ago

          People are banking on five subs meaning even if your heavier hitters don’t start, they’ll almost always come on and potentially get returns. Neco and Andreas are both starting players at the lowest price, both with the potential for attacking returns, while the 4.5 mil forwards are just the budget enablers you’d assume they are.

        2. FER FUSCH AKE
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Free transfers are there for a reason. It's basically strong 11 and a budget bench player who is nailed on. Goalkeeper hockey cockey always ends bad for most on here.

        3. G-Whizz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          I want as much as I can of my budget on my first IX in GW1...

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            This

          2. Sameobi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            These are all good answers, you know? Thanks a lot. I think I need to stop thinking in 3-5 week “blocks” in an attempt to always have two FT to play with. As people say: there’s a transfer a week to use.

        4. Werner Bros
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          There are decent options for a cheap bench, atm I have Tomiyasu and Pereira first 2 bench options and I expect both to play and be able to contribute with some points when needed

        5. Nate(U)dog(ie)
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          I think it's what InsertPunHere said as well as the situation with the World Cup. We're getting free transfers during that period while still having 2 wildcards, meaning the first has to be played by GW16. That means that you can pretty much plan your team to last you until your first WC (which you're encouraged to go early with) so might as well go all out. Covid disruption should be reduced significantly this season, or at least until the Winter so short-term planning and gains may be the way forward

        6. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          I still like my 1st sub to be a bit stronger than Neco (pending better fixtures & a bit of a sighter of Forest defence). On Tomiyasu currently

      • FER FUSCH AKE
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        What is y'all's opinion on James Justin and Timothy Castagne. 4.5m fullbacks with the ability and explosiveness to basically match all defenders bar Trent, Cancelo and Reece James maybe. I see guys going for the likes of Tomiyasu and Botman and I can't comprehend how forgetful people are. Or is there something I'm missing as Justin is nailed in on my team?

        1. InsertPunHere
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 7 months ago

          What people are remembering is the horrendously leaky defence Leicester had last season, and with no new signings defensively so far, that looks unlikely to change too much.

          1. FER FUSCH AKE
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            James Justin was returning 9 and 12 pointers week in week out playing for the same shite defense. Surely they can replicate the form that made Castagne and Justin the options they were then when they were on fire.

            1. InsertPunHere
              • 1 Year
              1 year, 7 months ago

              Not the same defence, Fofanas injury meant he didn’t play last year and Soyuncu fell off a cliff. If they do get another centre back to compete with Evans to partner Fofana I would be tempted.

          2. The Mentaculus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            Come on, they were totally hobbled by injuries at the back. I'd expect some improvement for sure.

            But sorry OP, I'm not too confident on which FBs are nailed atm

        2. Wild Rover
          • 13 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Shhhhhhh…

          (Justin has never left my constantly changing team)

        3. G-Whizz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          I'm probably not interested in their assets until their fixtures turn in GW9 (?) so plenty of time to hold off for now and wait and see...

          1. Wild Rover
            • 13 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            At £4.5m they are easily benched and they have 3 great fixtures in the first 6.

            1. G-Whizz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 7 months ago

              True story...

        4. Santi sensei
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Simple answer. Arsenal and Newcastle are vetter defensively.

        5. Nate(U)dog(ie)
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Hard to know who is nailed. Ricardo Pereira, Bertrand and Thomas there too (the latter I can't say I think is good enough but Rodgers seems to like him). I prefer Fofana for the same price, him missing for so long during some of their worst points of the season defensively wasn't a coincidence

      • DazF90
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Not feeling the 5atb myself, debating between 352 and 442 for now, pretty template for now but have a few wildcards on my watch list 🙂

        352

        Raya (Balcombe)
        TAA, Cancelo, Tripper (Tomi, Neco)
        Salah, Coutinho, Martinelli, Neto, Diaz
        Jesus, Haaland (Archer)

        442
        Raya (Balcombe)
        TAA, Cancelo, Ake/Cucurella,Tripper (Neco)
        Salah, Foden, Neto, Diaz (Dasilva)
        Jesus, Haaland

        Leaning towards 352 for now, but also really want to bring in Darwin have a feeling he will hit the ground running

        1. InsertPunHere
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 7 months ago

          4-4-2 is a lot stronger for me, particularly when you look at the difference between sub-7 mil defenders and mids this season. Not sure on Ake though, I’d get Cash in for that slot.

        2. Bobby Digital
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          442

        3. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Much prefer the 352 here, I'm happy to say. Not so many 5 mid teams around atm

          1. DazF90
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            I have used 343 or 352 for as long as I can remember, this 5atb just feels odd haha

        4. DazF90
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          What do you guys think of this 442

          Raya (Balcombe)
          TAA, Cancelo, Tripper, Chilwell (Neco)
          Salah, Martinelli, Neto, Foden (Dasilva)
          Darwin, Haaland (Archer)

      • apprehensivepipe4
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        RMT

        Mendy (Steele)

        TAA, Robertson, Laporte, Cash, Tomiyasu

        Son, Diaz, Mahrez (Andreas, Colback)

        Haaland, Jesus (Forss)

        1. InsertPunHere
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Are you avoiding the Chelsea double-up, because Laporte to Chilwell looks pretty tempting from here.

          1. apprehensivepipe4
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            Yeah want some city coverage in defence

            1. Fletch69
              • 2 Years
              1 year, 7 months ago

              I think Laporte is a good bet, was excellent last year and I can see Pep sticking with him as first choice central defender.

      • Werner Bros
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Any thoughts on which is the better of these 2 drafts?

        A:
        Raya // Bolcombe
        TAA Cancelo James Perisic //
        Tomiyasu
        Salah Kulu Neto Bruno G // Pereira
        Haaland Jesus // Greenwood

        B:
        Raya // Bolcombe
        TAA Cash Trippier Tomiyasu // Neco
        Salah Son Saka Neto // Pereira
        Haaland Mitrovic // Greenwood

        Broken down

        A: Cancelo James Perisic Kulu Bruno G Jesus // Tomiyasu

        B: Cash Trippier Tomiyasu Son Saka Mitrovic // Neco

        I prefer Son and Saka to Jesus and Kulu but the cost is a much weaker defence and a slightly weaker bench

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          A

        2. DazF90
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Quite like the look of B strangely enough, would love to fit Son in with Salah and Haaland just not sure 3 premium is worth it

          1. Werner Bros
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            Same. I think B is the best I've managed with all 3 but A has a lot more of the favoured picks and is probably safer.

        3. marcos11
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          A

        4. Fletch69
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          I think Son is going to have another 200+ year. My most balanced team doesn't have him but I just can't bring myself to leave him out. 2 goals today in 40 minute cameo

          1. Werner Bros
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            I can see him doing as well as last year as well. I definitely expect gin to start explosively

      • Piggs Boson
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Sterling was never a good match for Pep's rigid positional football. He needs to be let off the leash and given creative freedom, as he does for England.

        I think he's a great match for Chelsea. With the wingbacks holding the width he'll have freedom to roam through the central areas. Could be another 220+pt season for him. A captain candidate in my eyes.

        Unfortunately he's difficult to squeeze in alongside Salah, Haaland, Diaz, and premium defenders...

        1. Debauchy
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Aye maybe but whatever given his price better to watch and wait

      • Lovren an elevator
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Who's the most nailed Spurs CB?

        Thanks

        1. marcos11
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Romero when fit

        2. Stamford B
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Romero

      • Moxon
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        What do we think of Bernardo Silva?

        33 starts for Man City last year and now Haaland to aim at

        1. All de Gea no iDier
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          And less competition with Sterling gone.

        2. Andy_Social
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Probably won't be a first team regular. Looking to join Barcelona.

          1. TanN
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            That won't happen I don't think.

            Personally, as a city fan, I think he's nailed on to start. Less injury prone than KDB, preferred to Gundo mostly and I doubt pep will start Phillips over him.

            At 7.0 he's an awkward price tbh, I think he is great value for money at that price if he was anything less he'd be a shoe-in and anything more I wouldn't consider him.

            But I can't see myself selecting him for some reason. Currently got Coutinho in the 7.0m bracket and might even downgrade him to a 5.5/6 midfielder to get a second 8.0 mid in instead

      • AndrewTavey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        A.
        Salah
        Cancelo
        Buendia

        B.
        L. Diaz
        Laporte
        Son

        1. Werner Bros
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          A but what price is Buendia, could be better options there maybe?

      • Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Thoughts on the best 6-7 m midfielder? Need to fill my 3rd spot!

        1. Stamford B
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          I’m not keen on any. I’ve got Martinelli at the moment and I can afford 7.0. Hopefully a transfer will emerge

          1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
            • 12 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            Does Gordon or Ramsey tickle you? 5.5 I know but there could be some potential there

            1. Stamford B
              • 2 Years
              1 year, 7 months ago

              Not from the start. I’d rather wait and see on those. I prefer Gordon out of the two though.

        2. Men in green tights
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Presume you've got Neto on your list

          1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
            • 12 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            Yeah he's my 4th, but I'm not excited by him, contrary to the thoughts on here. He could, of course, be absolute gold!

            1. Men in green tights
              • 5 Years
              1 year, 7 months ago

              Guessing if stays fit will get somewhere between 130 to 160 PTS that's why I think most are going with him to start with good value .

        3. Stimps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Coutinho

        4. Yome
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Coutinho but Aston Villa fell apart end of last season.

        5. lugs
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Zaha, a talisman on pens in a good team, some tough fixtures but they're the kind of games he often ups his game in

        6. Pascal
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Trossard, ASM, Coutinho.

        7. Red Red Robins
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          No love for Odergaard?

        8. Cheeky Onion
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          I think JWP is in for a good year. Fixtures are so-so to start, will be keeping an eye on him

        9. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Good discussion gents, cheers

      • Wenger 11
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        RMT
        Gk- Mes
        Def Botman Walker Tomiyasu
        Mid Salah Son Rashford Foden
        Att Kane Johnson Jesus

        1. TanN
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Distinct lack of Trent/Robbo/Cancelo/James/Chilwell/Perisic/Kulu/Saka/Haaland

          Could pay off but I doubt it

      • FER FUSCH AKE
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Is Tomiyasu really naiuled on?

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          If he stays fit... Sure.

      • TanN
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        LIVERPOOL HAVE LOST THREE TROPHIES IN THEIR LAST THREE GAMES

        ('BOTTLE FC') !!

        on a more serious note, is the West ham defence worth looking at (obviously got city first game but if you're looking for a 4.5m bench defender coufal could offer good value?!)

        1. XX SMICER XX
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Coufal could be great value.
          Some great 4.5m options this year

        2. Grande Tubarão
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Media have very conveniently barely covered the Utd 4-0 win over them yesterday as well. Utd’s worst period in years and Liverpool’s best and Utd still wreck them.

          1. TanN
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 7 months ago

            CHAMPIONS OF BANGKOK CUP YOULL NEVER SING THAT

            in all fairness I think Liverpool played 70% teens and United was almost full strength.

            Still they got thrashed

            1. Grande Tubarão
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 year, 7 months ago

              It’s just a taster of what they’re going to get in the league next season too 😎

              1. TanN
                • 3 Years
                1 year, 7 months ago

                Premier League = Man City
                Champions League = Man City
                FA Cup = Arsenal
                League Cup = Chelsea

                (My opinion not yet confirmed 😉

                😎