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Rate My Team surgery with five-time top 1k finisher Tom Freeman

With Double Gameweek 28 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) edging closer, five-time top 1k finisher Tom Freeman is here to help with your pre-deadline dilemmas for the next hour.

Whether it’s questions on transfers, team selection, chip strategy or anything in between, Scout’s Deputy Editor will tackle whatever’s thrown at him.

He’ll be on hand to first reply to requests from Premium Members in the Hot Topic below the line of this piece and will get through as many as he can until the next article goes up. If there’s time, Tom will also turn his attention to other requests in the comments section.

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You can, as ever, chip in with your own opinions on the RMT requests filtering through – and naturally, you’re free to ignore the article subject matter and talk about any other wider FPL topics that you’d normally be musing on.

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  1. Gringo Kid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Would you ditch Foden to Salah?

    FH29

    1. Ëð
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      If FT then yes. But you need a plan to get Foden back from GW31.

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      I am just benching Foden, but I sold Haaland for Morris, so can't have too many booked transfers.

      1. MBK 42
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Why ditch or bench the most in-form player in the game right now? I’m thinking of KDB > Salah but KDB form is terrible.

        1. Gringo Kid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          My mids are Saka, Foden, Garnacho, Son and Palmer, can afford Salah only if I sell one of Son or Foden, otherwise I'll be Salah-less long term

    3. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Personally I just couldn't bench Foden on current form if I had him now

    4. Jebiga
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      To be honest for me foden is better player and in better form than salah

  2. The Red Devil
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Thoughts on

    Estupinan/KdB/Archer-> Zabarnyi/Palmer/Solanke (-8)

    I'm on FH29

    Current team

    Areola/Dubravka

    Estupinan/Gabriel/Saliba/Branthwaite/Taylor

    Son/Saka/KdB/Richarlison/Foden

    Watkins/Haaland/Archer

    1 FT 0.1 ITB

  3. CAP
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Bench one:

    A) Gabriel
    B) KDB
    C) Foden

    1. ebb2sparky
      • 13 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      I can't imagine ever benching KDB or Foden to get an extra defender. Who are your other defenders? Maybe bench one of those?

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Gabriel is close being the best def this week.

  4. Peter Haddock
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Start Porro or Gusto?

  5. SomeoneKnows
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Areola
    Gabriel, Saliba, Doughty
    Saka, KDB, Foden, Palmer
    Watkins, Haaland, Solanke

    (Turner, Garnacho, Van Hecke, Senesi*)

    With 1FT + 2.8 itb I should...

    A) KDB > Salah
    B) Roll transfer
    C) Other ideas

    1. CAP
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      If you're FH29 probably worth doing Senesi to another Bournemouth defender

    2. Tibbs
      • 13 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      FH29 or not? Presumably not with that current squad. A would be the move this week in that case

      1. Tibbs
        • 13 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        'Presumably you are

  6. Peter Haddock
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    KdB to Salah worth a -4 or wait til 30?

    1. MBK 42
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      I’m seriously tempted especially as the -4 will be Trippier to a Bournemouth defender

      1. Peter Haddock
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        I’ve done Raya to Neto but yeah I’m tempted

        Love owning Salah

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Only on FH29 strategy. Salah is going to play for Egypt. Not 100% to stay fit for gw30.

      1. Peter Haddock
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Hmm yeah good point

        Am FH29

        Just done boring transfers recently it feels so might live a little

  7. Jet5605
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    1 FT and 2.8 ITB.
    If I roll I can get 7 starters next week with a -4 (3 transfers)

    A - Start Konsa (and roll FT)
    B - Start Branthwaite (and roll FT)
    C - Do Maguire > Doughty for free and bench both of the above

    Areola
    Gabriel - Branthwaite - Gusto
    Foden - Saka - Palmer - Son
    Haaland - Watkins - Solanke

    Raya - Konsa - Rich - Maguire

  8. Mamun
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    With doubts over Solanke's xMin, is Semenyo a viable alternative if you're on WC28 & planned to do Solanke>>Toney in GW29 anyway?

    1. Jönny
      • 15 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      I'm thinking about it. Solanke is quite highly owned in my ML already and suspect more will have brought him in... so going for Semenyo instead could be one of those make or break moves.

      It has the slight feeling of trying to be too clever, though. Solanke has been by far the more consistent scorer over the season.

      1. Mamun
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Have you considered going triple BOU def (GK+2 DEF) and have Toney in bench ready for next GW so you can roll the FT in GW29?

        1. Jönny
          • 15 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Not sure I've ever tripled any defence, let alone Bournemouth! Got Neto, and plan to do Toney to one of the Bournemouth lads. Benefit of Semenyo is I have more financial flexibility next week too..

          Free-hitting in 29 anyway.

    2. Hairy Potter
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      I'm going Semenyo on WC28, but more to make it easier to get Salah and Haaland in GW30.

  9. Steavn8k
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Who would you bench?
    A: Doug Luiz
    B: Haaland
    C: Foden
    D: Palmer

    1. Steavn8k
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 12 days ago

      And one more, bench:
      1. Ake
      2. Estu

    2. popey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Poolseem to be giving up a lot of chances, could be a high scoring game, so probably just A. and 1 (both likely 1/2 pters)

      1. Steavn8k
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Cheers, also keen towards do so, just hate starting Estu

  10. Solly The Seagull
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Will Porro start this weekend?

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

      They say so.

    2. WVA
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Does it matter? 0 points either way

    3. aapoman
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      50-50. Need him to start next week though

  11. WVA
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Anything worth a hit here?

    Areola
    Gabriel DOUGHTY ZABARNYI
    KDB Saka Foden Palmer
    Watkins SOLANKE(C) MORRIS(VC)
    Turner Hwang Udogie Taylor

    1. aapoman
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Great team!

      1. WVA
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Thanks mate, i have planned fairly well over the past few weeks and not taken any hits but it hasn't helped me unfortunately.

      2. Jebiga
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Except Haaland who can score big against teenagers

        1. WVA
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Sold him for Morris, I know the risks but its the right decision now

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Hwang and/or KdB out gw29 in mind for Bowen and especially Son?

      1. WVA
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        The exact moves I've got planned, will also consider Solanke to Toney.

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

          That can wait onr week.

      2. WVA
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Oh no i wouldn't do that this week as it would be for a -8

    3. xtremesid
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Great team!

  12. aapoman
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Ederson + Garnacho + Haaland -> Kaminski + Bowen + Morris (-8 hit)? Would then have full 11 in gw29 with the free transfer. WC 30/31

    1. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      I'm considering the 2nd and 3rd parts of those myself - and actually feeling pretty good for it.

      I guess Kaminski x 3 will exceed Ederson x 1 + 4 given he likely won't keep a clean sheet

      So why not?

      1. aapoman
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Would be my first hits of the season but I think they might be worth it

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      If your 2nd gk isn't playing 29, Y from me. Neto would be better pick otherwise.

      1. aapoman
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        2nd keeper is Dubravka. Not expecting anything him this week and then has a blank so feeling it is likely worth it

    3. WVA
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      I'm unsure on the -8 mate

      1. aapoman
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Feel like Bowen and Kaminski have a good chance to outscore Ederson and Garnacho over the next 3 by 4 points. Only thing I'm unsure about is the Haaland -> Morris. But since people are not likely to captain Haaland in 28 (likely not in 30 either) I feel it could work out well

  13. FPL_Rookie
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Free hitting in GW29 and have dilema of:

    a) Play Porro
    b) Play Walker
    c) Player Zabarnyi (-4)

    It's whether Porro or Walker get more than 2pts vs. whether Bournemouth keep at least one clean sheet.

    1. popey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      SHU at home in the double, plus 2 decent home games 30/31 make Zab nailed on for me

  14. xtremesid
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Areola
    Udogie-Saliba-Coufal
    Son-Foden-Garnacho-Saka-Palmer
    Watkins-Solanke(C)

    Turner-Haaland-Myko-Trippier

    G2G?

    1. Haaland > Morris for -4? and bench Garnacho?
    2. Areola > Neto for -4?

    1. Jebiga
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      You benched Haaland?
      Is it first of April or what? 🙂

      1. xtremesid
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        I am playing Foden and in a dilemma of getting Morris for Haaland and Bowen for Garnacho. Thoughts?

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

          Y

      2. gart888
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Yeah, Garnacho over Haaland is hilarious.

      3. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Starting Foden over Haaland doesn't make sense 😉

        1. xtremesid
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Moving Haaland/Garnacho lets me get in Morris/Bowen but would be -8. I am chasing in the league 60pts. Thoughts?

      4. xtremesid
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Moving Haaland/Garnacho lets me get in Morris/Bowen but would be -8. I am chasing in the league 60pts. Thoughts?

  15. adrianh2024
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Bench Douglas Luiz or Kevin DeBruyne? I intend to transfer Haaland for Morris but keeping hold of Foden.

    • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Would you do Hwang to Bowen for a hit and bench Foden? Or do it for free next week, taking the hit ofcourse means I can get Son for free next week

      1. Biggsy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        I would not do it to bench Foden

      2. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        I would if it doesn't change the total hit cost.

    • DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Is it mad to do KDB and Haaland -> Bowen/Son and Morris

      For a -4?

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

        Many do it for -8

        1. Pedersen
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Still mad though

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

            5 fixtures over 2.

            1. boombaba
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              Still mad though

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

                Not mad if chasing, just risky.

    • gart888
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Good to go?

      Areola
      Zabarnyi Gabriel Bradley
      Palmer Saka Son Foden
      Solanke(C) Haaland Watkins

      Dubravka Richarlison Ake Taylor

      1. popey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        yep!

    • For Fuchs Sake
      • 14 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Wait, why is Haaland showing mass sales? Have I missed something?

      1. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Morrismania (non FHers)

      2. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Yes you’ve missed the memo that said that he should be upgraded to Carlton Morris

      3. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Morris having 3 fixtures when he has Liv at Anfield.

      4. gart888
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Don't sweat the sales. These are people that burnt their FH early and will struggle to get Haaland back in the near future.

        1. aapoman
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          How? I will save my FH and just get Haaland back with a WC. No struggles for me

    • Jinswick
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Best option here?

      A enables KDB/Gordon -> Salah/Palmer (-4) in 30. Will FH29.

      A) Porro -> ZABARNYI (-4)
      B) Estupinan -> ZABARNYI (-4)
      C) No hits

      Areola
      Gabriel, Porro, Estupinan
      Kdb, Saka, Foden, KLUIVERT
      Haaland, Watkins, SOLANKE

      Kelleher, Gordon, Burn, Bradley
      Bank 1.1m, 0FT, WC/BB/FH left

      1. popey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        i like A if FH for 29

    • Gringo Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Kerkez or Zabarnyi

      1. melvinmbabazi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Zabarnyi

        1. gart888
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Agreed. I just want a guy I can trust to play every game.

      2. popey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        if you want for decent fixtures 30/31 pre WC then Zab

    • popey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Will use FT to get Solanke in and got Zabarnyi last week. FH29

      a) play Estu, no hit
      b) Estu > second Bmouth def (looking at SHU fiture and 30/31. (-4)
      c) Estu > Doughty less good fixtures 30/31 (-4)
      d) play Estu and KdB > Tavernier (-4)

    • TheBiffas
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      WC Draft

      Neto / Areola

      Gabriel / VDV / Zabarnyi / Doughty / Richards

      Salah / Son / Bowen / Elanga / Luiz

      Solanke / Watkins / Muniz

      Money left over to bring in Haaland and Saka

      Thoughts appreciated

      1. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Looks too much like a FH29 team

      2. popey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        if Spurs def, not VDV he has least attacking threat and CS are rare

      3. Jebiga
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Why not Flakken over areola?

        1. TheBiffas
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Money is tight with Salah, Son, Saka and Haaland in the team

          1. Jebiga
            • 12 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            You need to add Foden there for sure and Palmer somehow...

            1. Jebiga
              • 12 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              Ok, that's after gw29

      4. Jebiga
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Palmer is a must on wc
        No Foden as season keeper?

    • chankle
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Areola
      Gabriel - Gusto - Ait Nouri
      Saka - Palmer - Son - Foden
      Haaland - Solanke - Watkins

      (Estupunian, Virgil, Hee Chan, Dubravka)

      1 FT. 1.3 ITB.

      Any advice on a transfer? Considering doing Virgil or Dubravka to a Bmouth defender/keeper. Which sort of leads me into a benching headache.

      Would you play Estupinan/Gusto/Virgil (or whoever he becomes)?

    • Besaid_Auroch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Have Kelleher (vs MCI) and Pickford (vs MUN).

      Worth a -4 for Neto?

    • T88MYE
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Do I need a -4? Have all my chips, will likely FH in 29 & TC Solanke… or not who knows!

      -4, Possibly Doughty?

      Neto
      Zab, Saliba, Ake
      Son, Saka, Palmer, Foden
      Haaland, Watkins, Solanke(C / TC)

      Dub, Garnacho, Porro, Trip

    • capppper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Hi Tom

      Who do I bench, Foden or Palmer?

      Neto
      Gabriel Zabarnyi VVD
      Saka Son Barkley Foden/Palmer
      Haaland Watkins Solanke

      Strakosha Burn Branthwaite