Getting close to my starting 11

I’m struggling. With so many players catching my eye and so many new signings my team is in a constant state of flux with only Hazard and Aguero ever present. Nevertheless I have a draft that I’m beginning to like, so I thought I would share – feel free to give feedback and share your team.

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£0.2 banked.


Courtois – The extra 2 points for a clean sheet has tempted me away from the cheaper options and I see Chelsea racking up the clean sheets under Conte. Cech is the other pricier option but Arsenal’s defence seems a bit of a mess at present and they have difficult opening fixtures. All that said Courtois is far from nailed down in my team and I may yet go for a cheaper alternative.

Missed the cut (for now!): Butland, Foster, Forster


Fuchs – Nailed on in the champions team with a great chance of racking up bonus points – looks under priced at 7.8.

Williams – was great for swans, regular MOTM awards and occasional bonus. At 7.3 he looked under priced before he went to a more resolute looking Koeman defence with good fixtures. Baines also priced at 7.3 is another strong option – in fact I may actually go Baines as I don’t think Williams will start at the weekend.

Friend – Nsue at 5.2 was in my team but I’m leaning towards the more guaranteed Friend at 6.3. Quite a difference in price but Nsue looks like a transfer waiting to happen. That said, he may yet squeeze into my team as his price is so tempting.

Missed the cut (for now!): Nsue, Pieters, Dawson, Dann, Stones, Baines


Hazard – Part of my captain strategy – he’s nailed in my team.

Tadic – on pens and set pieces and looks to be playing no.10 under Claude Puel, he’s 95% in my team. Redmond another option here but slight worry over game time and, from what I have seen, he’s not very good at shooting.

Noble – Decent chance of bonus, on pens and seemed to be getting forward towards the end of last season. He also forms part of my captain strategy. Ayew is another option, as is Payet. Alternatively, I’m tempted to without a West Ham player until next week when we will have more info. Either way Noble’s place in my team is under threat.

Xhaka – This spot is also up for grabs. I think Xhaka will rival Fabregas for churning out bonus this year and will be in most peoples team come January. My worry is that Wenger might ease him in and he does appear to be a card magnet.

Gueye – Another bonus magnet. He should rack up the tackling bonus and possibly chip in with passing bonus as well. At 7.5 he looks to be a steady cheap enabler.

Missed the cut (for now!): Payet, Ayew, Oscar, Barkley, Fabregas, Deulofeu, Mahrez, Surman


Aguero – enough said.

Ibra – I need a united option for captaincy and he seems the most secure route. Pogba and Mkhitaryan are both decent options but have a slight risk of game time. Rooney could be a great shout, only wish he was classed as a midfielder.

Missed the cut (for now!): Gray

General thoughts

Looking at it now, I feel like my midfield needs another big hitter (Payet/ Mahrez). Its important to have players at lots of different price points to give your team flexibility. If one of those big mids comes to life it won’t be that easy for me to bring them in. An option here would be to bring in Gray and go 343 – he’s had a great pre season and would act as a good placeholder for a big hitting mid.

My defence seems a little pricier than I would usually go for and I can see myself downgrading Courtois pretty early on in order to free up funds for a big hitter so I may save myself the bother and start with a cheaper goalie.

I’m seriously considering going 442 as there are so many good defensive options which seem great value, but I’ll probably end up sticking with 352.

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20 thoughts on “Getting close to my starting 11

    • Justin0 August 12, 2016 / 9:46 am

      Hey, just so you know, you’ve duplicated KdB both in this comment and in the spreadsheet.


    • theskyguru August 12, 2016 / 11:24 am

      Cheap defence, great attack! Double kdb is always good 😉

      Nice spreadsheet though, thanks for sharing!


  1. Dan August 12, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    This is mine (could still change)
    Baines Dann Friend
    Hazard Townsend Ayew Redmond
    Kun Zlatan Gray

    0.5m itb

    Wasn’t keen on palace double up but their opening fixtures are good.

    Could end up changing ayew and/or Townsend so many options…


  2. hrunny7 August 12, 2016 / 6:15 pm

    You are starting off with bonus points, I was wondering about that. It is safer.

    There is so much to choose from other than that. It will be an interesting season, the premiership have all the best managers except for Diego Simeone now. Being conservative with transfers could be a good idea

    Liked by 1 person

    • theskyguru August 13, 2016 / 10:27 am

      Its going to be a great season for fantasy. Lots of options! Good luck Hrunny!


  3. Justin0 August 12, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    Thoughts on my XI?


    Baines Stones Friend

    Hazard Xhaka Ayew Deulofeu Townsend

    Aguero Ibrahimovic

    Other than Hazard, the midfield is still quite unsettled.


    • Justin0 August 13, 2016 / 12:14 pm

      I’ve made a last-minute decision to switch out Stones for Pieters which allows me to do Townsend > Tadic, hoping it doesn’t bite me…

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  4. Jake August 13, 2016 / 12:10 am


    Baines, Fuchs, Nsue

    Hazard, Ayew, Mahrez, Tadic, Gueye

    Aguero, Ibra



    • theskyguru August 13, 2016 / 10:25 am

      Great team Jake. Gomes has poor fixtures but should have a good season


  5. Sam W August 13, 2016 / 9:37 am

    This is mine after last minute tinkering.

    Valencia Stones Friend
    Hazard Xhaka Townsend Tadic Kouyate
    Aguero Ibrahimovic

    Like you Will I originally picked courtois but decided the funds would be better spent elsewhere and that it was a transfer saved down the line. I used 5 transfers on keepers last season which is too many so looking to play smarter with them this year.
    Very nearly picked Fuchs and baines or Williams but fancy the Manchester clubs to stay very tight at the start of the season. For this reason mikhterian and ibra seemed a step to far as a double up st this stage.

    Good luck all for the season!


    • theskyguru August 13, 2016 / 10:27 am

      Like that team a lot. Yeah I have since downgraded the defence as I can see myself doing it with transfers later on anyway. Good luck for the season Sam, here’s to another good one!


      • Justin0 August 13, 2016 / 11:23 am

        What’s your final lineup looking like now?


        • theskyguru August 13, 2016 / 11:58 am

          Fuchs Nsue Pieters
          Haz Xhaka Tadic Gueye
          Vardy Aguero Ibra

          Couldn’t decide on a West Ham player so
          Vardy > Payet or Xkaka > Ayew/ Noble next sunday is the plan… I’ll be scouting the West Ham v Chelsea match tomo!


  6. Ian Parrin August 13, 2016 / 10:34 am

    Couple of last minute changes: Bryam and Cook become Nsue and Holebas with £1M ITB


  7. Ian Parrin August 13, 2016 / 10:48 am

    Should let me get whichever Arsenal / Tottenham player that becomes essential…


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