Gameweek 9 of Fantasy Premier League was a decent one for me.
I ended on 57 points, with clean sheets from Ederson, Robertson and Mendy, the latter also getting an assist. Aguero and Salah scored for me and Mitrovic grabbed an assist. On Monday, I was in the top 15k, but Arsenal returns dropped me back down a bit. Still, I had my fifth green arrow in a row, and more importantly I won my head to head against a wildcard team.
I also jumped back into second in the Full 90 Football Public League. I’m coming for you, Ismo…
If you want to embarrass me (or yourself), come join the league:
I’m waaaaaaaaaaaaaay ahead in the F90F Contributors League. Our editor seems incapable of picking a captain which is definitely helping.
(Guilty. It’s getting ridiculous now. I must’ve dropped 40-50 points already through forgetting to set my captain – Editor Joe)
Despite all of that, I’ve given myself a headache. I bought in Trent Alexander Arnold and Ben Mendy for Wan Bissaka and Marcos Alonso. Now… maybe I want Alonso back? Well. We will come onto it soon.
First though, let’s talk a little about structure. You love my structure chat, don’t you?
So, we, as FPL players, are in a little bit of a bind. Right now, if I want to spend 4.0-6.5m, defenders seem to offer the highest value. Midfielders in this bracket aren’t really performing as well as their defensive counterparts. Only expensive midfielders seem to be getting points.
The trouble is… If I get a really expensive set of midfielders, I need a bunch of cheap players to enable me to purchase them. So, if I buy Hazard, KDB and Salah, I need two 4.5 midfielders to make sure the team isn’t super imbalanced. But I don’t want the cheap midfielders, because they don’t score any points!
It’s a bit complicated. We may be seeing “the template” shifting. Let’s wait and see.
Finally, a note for those who are on a wildcard. I would be taking 2 Liverpool players in defence, and maybe one in attack. I’d also be looking for at least two City attackers, and Mendy. These two teams simply have the best FPL assets.
Ederson (5.7) and Alisson (5.6) are still the best. What a shock! Allison’s slightly better over the short term, both for his fixtures and Liverpool’s overall defence. Kepa (5.5) doesn’t feature in my thoughts here.
Dubravka (5.0) is the only mid-priced keeper on my radar at the moment. I still don’t trust Everton’s defence, so despite his penalty save Pickford (4.9) doesn’t make my watch list. And despite Leicester’s fixtures, I’m not interested in Schmeichel (5.0) either.
Mid-price keepers are a bit of a pain in the arse, though. I’d rather have a decent cheeper. Matt Ryan (4.5) and Lukasz Fabianski (4.5) are where I would look.
As I said above, I dropped Alonso (7.0) going into the last Fantasy Premier League gameweek. It was a risky move because of his high ownership, but his stats have gone off the boil in the last few game weeks. I felt like I was paying 6.8 (because I got him a little cheaper) for clean sheets and no attacking returns. And, I was getting neither.
Chelsea have a decent run of fixtures in the next three: Burnley, Palace and Everton. There is a good chance of a couple of clean sheets in these three, and it’s possible Alonso returns to his attacking ways. But, I’m not sure.
His ownership and his ceiling scare me. But friends who have him tell me they’re looking to ship him soon. I think it is mainly just fear driving my thoughts.
So, if you have Alonso, or if you don’t, then I suggest you hold your position and wait.
The advice on Trent Alexander Arnold (5.1) is similar.
Trent obviously didn’t play again. He has now missed a game against Man City and a game against Huddersfield – the best and the worst teams. Potentially he has lost his spot in the starting line-up.
He played in the Champions League mid-week once again, so I am going to assume he will find himself on the bench at the weekend.
The one good thing is that Klopp rarely brings him on as a sub. So, it isn’t likely he will lock you in to one point – if you have a good bench, you can hold him.
Cardiff is such a plum fixture for a Liverpool defender that I am going to hold him. I suggest you do the same. And if you don’t own him, then don’t buy him.
With these two causing us headaches, we might look elsewhere in the Liverpool and Chelsea defences.
Robertson (6.4) is the second-most nailed and most attacking Liverpool defensive asset. He is the second highest scoring defender in the game. Van Dijk (5.9) feels a little expensive to me at this price tag. I always feel like he should bag a goal from a corner or something, but he just doesn’t seem to. Though, if you are looking for consistency, he is the most-nailed for Liverpool.
Gomez (5.1) has started every game this season. Is this because Lovren (4.9) was injured? Which does Klopp prefer in the centre-back position? Is Gomez now the starting right back? We simply don’t know. So, while these two offer great value in principal, it is risky to bring them in.
For Chelsea, Azpilicueta (6.4) is too expensive to bother talking about, but Rudiger (5.9) and Luiz (5.5) are interesting prospects. The Chelsea defence is not as good as Liverpool’s, so I would favour Van Dijk over Rudiger despite the latter’s ability to sneak a goal. Luiz’s price isn’t too bad and he occasionally takes a free kick.
If you don’t like either of them, then I suggest you try Man City players for your premium defensive spots.
City’s fixtures over the next three are the worst of these three teams, but they’re still a great team. Ben Mendy (6.3) is back and a great option considering his attacking potential. Laporte (5.8) is your man at a cheaper price, though I’d rather have Ederson to save 0.1.
Onto our cheaper options. Newcastle, Brighton and Leicester have a lovely set of fixtures, with West Ham’s about to swing to favourable too.
I made a bit of a mistake bringing Yedlin (4.5) in before seeing Newcastle get into gear. I played the fixtures rather than both the fixtures and the form. I’m going to hold him a little. I really feel like Newcastle should have got a clean against Brighton, and you have to hold these budget FPL players a few gameweeks to see returns. In my opinion, he is the best Newcastle defender as he is cheap and can attack.
At Brighton, I’m looking at Dunk (4.4) and Duffy (4.5). There isn’t much difference between them to me. So, I’d probably take the cheaper one. Brighton’s defence looks a little more sturdy over the last few games, so it’s a combo of form and fixtures I’m looking at here.
The important thing to say about this lot, is that I wouldn’t want a double defence. I don’t want Dubravka and Yedlin, I don’t want Dunk and Duffy, and I don’t want Zabaleta and Fabianski. I love a double in defence… but only for a good defence with good fixtures.
Let’s talk about Wolves. I lost a clean sheet but I had a big grin when Watford smashed those two goals in (if you didn’t know, I’m a West Brom fan – don’t talk to me about Derby). Maybe they have been found out. Maybe everyone has figured out that their wing backs are leaving a little too much space. Either way, you aren’t buying them with Spurs and Arsenal in the next three.
But at home to Cardiff and away to Huddersfield after that? Wolves (sadly) should smash them.
As I said at the top, I want Man City attackers.
Kevin de Bruyne (9.8) is back (sort of). He needs to get 90 minutes before I consider him, but obviously he is class. He is capable of scoring and assisting.
David Silva (8.5) is a cheaper alternative. His stats are great, and he is probably the only player around his price that you could consider in midfield. He is just a bit of an awkward price tag. Bernardo Silva (7.6) has a bit of a buzz. I just don’t want him if he won’t get the minutes. It’s a waste of a Man City space.
Sterling (11.2) feels expensive, but if he gets 90 more often than Aguero, I will start considering him as an alternative. He’s the only one of the City wingers I am considering – the rest need more minutes.
Salah (12.8) makes things more difficult for me, though . If I want more City coverage in the midfield, then he probably has to go. Obviously he isn’t getting moved out before a game at home against Cardiff, and he probably isn’t going anywhere until after Fulham. But, I’m looking for a big return from him to justify his big price tag.
Mane (9.7) has to return soon for me to consider him. He started off so hot but hasn’t assisted once this season and hasn’t scored since gameweek four. Again, you aren’t going to drop him ahead of a game against Cardiff. But, when you can pretty much make a straight swap to De Bruyne, it is something you have to consider.
Looking down to the cheaper mids.
It feels like the moment might have passed on Richarlison (6.8). He has been moved up front, which would normally seem great, but his stats are worse with him up front than him on the wing. Yes, he scored against Leicester, but from only one shot. That’s not sustainable. I’d probably be looking at Siggurdsson (7.4) instead if I were looking to bring someone in. Regardless, I’ll hold Rich a week or two. You have to expect a few blank weeks with less than premium assets.
It feels weird to be talking about an attacking asset from Man United, but Anthony Martial (7.3) has returned more than 10 points for two weeks now. I really like him as a bit of a punt, and if I were wildcarding I’d be considering how I could fit him in. Obviously you have to be wary of Mourinho hating playing young players, but he’s one to think about at least.
Maddison (7.0) has blanked two weeks in a row against Arsenal and Everton. But before that he scored 5, 8, 8 and 6 against Liverpool, Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Newcastle. He has returned five times over the last nine games. For the 6.5 I paid for him, I feel good about holding him into the upcoming tasty fixtures.
If I had him, I’d be looking to get rid of Ryan Fraser (6.0). His minutes have been reduced in the last couple, and Bournemouth looked terrible against Saints. Obviously keep him for the game against Fulham, but the next five after that are nasty, and he is too expensive to bench (for a midfielder).
Knockaert (5.5) has also fallen off my watch list after being benched for “tactical reasons.” Don’t want that. Izquierdo (5.9) takes his spot after playing 79 and returning. Brighton’s fixtures are nice, and I’ll be watching him to see if he can keep it up.
Weirdly, a bunch of Cardiff players caught my attention. Murphy (4.8) had great stats even before the Fulham game. Camarasa (4.5) has created 10 chances in the last 4 matches, and is super cheap. Cardiff are still rubbish though. We will see.
Otherwise I am looking at Watford players, like Deulofeu (5.4), positively. They haven’t given up yet. West Ham’s players feel a tad expensive, but someone like Snodgrass (5.3) could be good if he takes the injured Yarmolenko’s spot.
Fulham are confusing me. Schurrle (6.0) keeps shooting, but the side overall have been terrible. They lost to Cardiff, for god’s sake. A managerial change might be incoming so I’m very wary about them, particularly given the bad upcoming fixtures.
There is really only one expensive striker who is reliable. Aguero (11.3) scored four against Spurs a few years back. His 50% ownership and his reliability to score at home means I think it is risky to go without him.
But, if you were thinking about it, I would look to downgrade him and upgrade your midfield.
Aubameyang (10.8) just scored four goals in two games off the bench. He is obviously great, but if he comes off the bench every week I don’t want him. Kane (12.5) is just too expensive, and Lukaku (10.9) plays for a boring team that doesn’t attack well.
Vardy (9.0) wins the fixture war against Lacazette (9.7), and Firmino (9.3) just isn’t as appealing if Liverpool aren’t attacking enough. They all feel worse options than Kun.
Mitrovic (6.8) is my pick of the mid price for at least one more week, but – as previously advertised – I am looking to move to Arnautovic (7.0) in a few weeks for the Hammers’ nice fixtures. I just hope he is fit by then. With Murray (6.6) injured then I’m not sure who else I want in this price bracket.
FPL Dream team – Gameweek 10
Mendy, Robertson, David Luiz, Holebas (Yedlin)
Hazard, Salah, Maddison, Kenedy (Billing)
Aguero, Mitro (Ings)
No messing around this week – I’m going straight to Salah. He’s back in goalscoring form, and he’s got a plum fixture against Cardiff.
Hazard would be my clear second choice, and I’m not sure who else you’d even consider.
That puts a bow on my Fantasy Premier League tips for this week. Isn’t it great not to have to worry about international football for a whi- oh god, it’s coming back in November.
Well, let’s enjoy FPL while we still can.