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  1. Premier League pre-season friendlies: a day-by-day fixture guide 2 days, 51 mins ago

    Thanks for the input. Funnily enough last season I did actually smash the BB in the late DGW (34 points), but for some reason I still feel like trying something different this season. There's definitely an element of making suboptimal decisions towards the end of the season because you want to get the most out of the BB chip, when if you didn't have it you would just focus on the strongest possible starting 11 for the upcoming fixtures plus a cheap bench. » Read

  2. Premier League pre-season friendlies: a day-by-day fixture guide 2 days, 54 mins ago

    I don't entirely agree with that. I know (because some have told me) that many rivals do get frustrated by trailing in a ML and they blame some of their poor decisions on trying to catch up rather than just playing their natural game. There is a lot to be said for getting off to a great start in FPL, even if it is somewhat manufactured by playing a chip.Yes, 25 points is worth the same no matter when you earn them, but let me put it this way - if I knew for sure that my BB points would be the same in GW1 as they would be in GW35 (or whenever), I would definitely play in GW1. Everything is easier when you're ahead. The only reason I wouldn't do it is if I thought I might lose out on a significant amount of points. » Read

  3. Premier League pre-season friendlies: a day-by-day fixture guide 2 days, 4 hours ago

    Strongly considering a GW1 Bench Boost. My feeling is that 15-25 points to start the season is more valuable than later on because a good strong start really helps stay ahead of the curve, put pressure on ML rivals, gives you some freedom to make attacking transfers etc. There's a lot to be said for not falling behind early on, and going an early BB could be great. I'd probably be going triple Spurs and triple Bournemouth alongside triple Liverpool. Early Wildcard fixes any issues, and I basically always play it early even when I plan not to.Anyone try it last season and regret it later? » Read

  4. How does Tielemans affect and compare to Leicester's other FPL assets? 6 days, 5 hours ago

    I think McNeil might be the one. But only from GW5 onwards if things are looking good. If Burnley had better fixtures to start, he'd be in my team. 3 goals and 4 assists in less than half a season. Double that and you're looking at similar output over a season to Bilva, or Gross in his first season. If he can hit 150 points then 6m is good value. But can't really go there yet with those early fixtures. » Read

  5. How does Tielemans affect and compare to Leicester's other FPL assets? 6 days, 5 hours ago

    Ummmmm » Read

  6. What FPL managers can expect from new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard 7 days, 6 hours ago

    I'm a big fan of looking only at the very immediate future in FPL. It's how I played the whole of last season and it worked well. So I look at GW1 and think where are the goals going to be? Spurs at home Villa screams goals, and Moura will be OOP. If he scores a brace everyone will be wondering why they didn't go for it, and I'm happy to have a transfer to make by GW3 (that's what they're for!). Perhaps I'm also still revelling in the fact I brought Moura in last season immediately before his hat-trick with a similar outlook - definite starter, OOP, weak opponent, go for the points and worry about the transfer later. » Read

  7. What FPL managers can expect from new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard 7 days, 7 hours ago

    5-4-1 looks good too. You can certainly get 5 strong defenders. I've been messing around with both and at the moment I look at my latest 4-5-1 and feel like it's absolute gold from a pure points perspective. Flexible? Not even a little. But its potential in the first few GWs is really high.Ryan TAA - Zinchenko - Digne - Robertson Salah - Sterling - Moura - Sigurdsson - Perez/Tielemans KingBench fodder. Moura becomes Pulisic or Willian by GW3 for Chelea's great fixtures. Zinchenko becomes a different 5.5m City defender, or Coleman or Ritchie, if he doesn't start the season as expected. King becomes Jota when I have a better gauge on Wolves and EL exertions etc, or someone. » Read

  8. What FPL managers can expect from new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard 7 days, 7 hours ago

    Sigurdsson + Kante + Azpi OR Perez/Tielemans + Willian + Coleman. Personally I'd take the latter 100%, given that you actually intend to play Kante. » Read

  9. What FPL managers can expect from new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard 7 days, 7 hours ago

    Actually, I think Siggy is expendable. I know he's the flavour of the moment around here, and he is a good option, but he's also a relatively expensive known quantity when I bet a cheaper alternative will emerge as they always do (and you can jump on them straight away to help fund the Kante upgrade).For example, Willian / Pulisic / Perez all have massive potential to score as high as Sigurdsson for less money. » Read

  10. What FPL managers can expect from new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard 7 days, 7 hours ago

    I like it. Different to my team, but it looks solid and Dendoncker covers you for injury/rotation in every position.I would personally look to eke out the extra cash required to upgrade Kante to a genuine points scorer like Yarmolenko, Gross, Brooks, Tielemans/Perez. Walker to Zinchenko if he looks like starting the season, Azpi to Coleman perhaps. There are ways. Up to you though of course. » Read

  11. What FPL managers can expect from new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard 7 days, 8 hours ago

    Set and forget, but you haven't got the likely highest scoring player in the game as your captain, and you've gone for an injury plagued KDB, plus no bench coverage to step in for long term injuries.I've never made a set and forget team, but that looks very different to what I'd imagine is the optimal strategy. » Read

  12. What FPL managers can expect from new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard 7 days, 8 hours ago

    When you're trying to decide on a preferred formation to start the season, it's worth factoring in what type of FPL manager you are. If you don't mind taking hits and being highly active from GW to GW to get the most optimal starting XI, there's nothing wrong with having an inflexible structure with absolute bench fodder, because you'll fix problems as they arise. On the other hand, if you hate making transfers / taking hits, you probably need to be more careful and work within your limits e.g. a 4-4-2 with Dendoncker as your 5th mid and a playing 4.5m 5th defender. That way things can't go too wrong. I don't think it's as simple as getting a few premiums and then shopping for value, you need to consider your style.At the moment I'm leaning towards a 4-5-1 because I want to go heavy at the back with 4 premiums, but I also want a lot of strength and diversity in midfield to cover Liverpool, City, Everton, Leicester and Chelsea. The only area I don't like the look of this season is… » Read

  13. Lampard looks to youth after Chelsea appointment 12 days, 6 hours ago

  14. Lampard looks to youth after Chelsea appointment 12 days, 6 hours ago

    Seems like a good option. The challenge comes if you really want to keep Sterling (which let's be honest, if he scores a brace in GW1 you're not going to sell him). » Read

  15. Lampard looks to youth after Chelsea appointment 12 days, 7 hours ago

    Also, for anyone definitely set on #1, take a look at just how strong your GW1 team could be without Salah. Essentially you don't have to compromise anywhere else, and you can massively target any fixtures you like (Kane and Moura vs Aston Villa, double Man City attack, double Bournemouth attack etc, the options are fantastic). » Read

  16. Lampard looks to youth after Chelsea appointment 12 days, 7 hours ago

    What's your plan if at any point it seems like Salah, Mane or both won't start vs Norwich?1. Pick Salah to avoid early disruption/transfers, hope he plays despite indications otherwise, and have him ready to go for GW2 2. Avoid Salah but pick Mane if the latter seems like he might get the nod for GW1 (an earlier return from Afcon, for example) 3. Avoid Salah and Mane, but leave a spot open for one of them to be immediately transferred in GW2 (e.g. you hold onto 0.5m and do Sterling > Salah) 4. Avoid Salah and Mane, and don't give yourself any immediate route to either (because you've gone triple Liverpool defence or double defence plus Origi if he appears nailed for GW1)Even this far out, this seems like the biggest issue we will all be facing. For obvious reasons, any team with Salah is completely different to any team without. It's not necessarily a case of plugging the gap with a like for like.For me, a likely early rest for Salah would probably force my hand into getting… » Read

  17. Pulisic among the new players priced up by FPL 14 days, 3 hours ago

    First reaction the team looks like it must have 5m itb, which is never a great sign.I can see you tearing up that midfield completely by GW3. There are caveats galore attached to those mids, and you don't have the two best captaincy options in Salah and Sterling. Honestly, I think that team will really struggle and you'll be Wildcarding early. That's just my opinion. » Read