FPL Chelsea Players
Chelsea have been keeping pace with Premier League leaders Man City and Liverpool. Even at this relatively early stage in the season Chelsea appear to be the only team that could challenge the favourites. The bookmakers agree, 4th favourites Tottenham are already 40/1! With that said Chelsea players may play an important part in the Fantasy Premier League season. Here are the Chelsea players that are the main protagonists in FPL.
Next 5 fixtures: Southampton (a), Man Utd (H), Burnley (a), Crystal Palace (H), Everton (h)
Over the more recent seasons Chelsea’s defence have provided excellent FPL returns. Last season they conceded a goal a game in the Premier League. This season, thus far, has seen an improvement on this. They have conceded just 5 goals in 7 games so far. Furthermore, these 7 games have provided three clean sheets.
Kepa Arrizabalaga FPL
Keeper Kepa (£5.5m) hasn’t had much to do in goal since his big-money move. Of all goalkeepers who have started every league game, only Ederson has had to make fewer saves (11 compared to 12). He ranks joint-second for clean sheets (3) – only Allison and City’s terrible-tattooed custodian have more (4). So you might be surprised to find he’s less than 5% owned – here’s why:
David Luiz FPL
For the same price, you can invest in the Chelsea defence with David Luiz. While Kepa’s got three save points to his name, the Brazilian centre back has equal the amount of bonus points to draw level on 27 points this season-to-date. However, he has also got other factors in his favour. Last season, a goal and two assists in just 838 minutes of limited playing time led to an attacking return just over every three games.
While these two represent the cheapest entry points into the back five, I can hardly overlook FPL favourite Marcos Alonso (£6.9m). Currently the second-highest points scorer in the entire game, he’s already racked up a goal and 5 assists in just 7 games! No wonder he’s also the second-highest owned player. However, a word of warning. With no attacking returns in his last three, Luiz has actually outscored him by one thanks to an additional bonus point. Alonso’s been more withdrawn in the last three games, crossing and getting into the opposition’s area less. His last-minute headed chance vs Liverpool was just his second shot in three weeks. Suddenly, that near-£7m price tag looks pretty expensive after all!
Eden Hazard FPL
Jose Mourinho may have first joined Chelsea in 2004, but the true “Special One” signed in 2012. Arguably, an ideal fantasy football asset is on penalties, a magnet for bonus points, the focal point of the team’s attack, and classed as a midfielder (for the extra point per goal over a striker). Therefore, Eden Hazard (£11.1m) has the lot. Rather than wax lyrical for 500 words on the Belgian beast, I’ll instead highlight why he’s the only viable option in Chelsea’s midfield. Sarri plays a 4-3-3 formation, favouring a target man up top to create space for the wingers. I believe this means the number 9 is unlikely to score more than 15-20 goals a season. Furthermore, that tally is spread across two players (more on that later).
Willian and Pedro Rodriguez FPL
As Hazard is nailed on for the second forward spot, that leaves Willian (£7.4m) and Pedro (£6.6m) battling it out for the third. The secret to stress-free FPL is to avoid players who are major rotation risks. Whilst undoubted talents, the Brazilian and Spaniard are doomed to swap in and out when both are fit.
N’Golo Kante FPL
Finally, I admit I fell for the Kanté (£5.0m) trap at the start of the season after his new ‘advanced’ role saw him pushing up to support the attack and earning him a goal in GW1. However, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. The Frenchman has barely entered the opposition’s penalty box in his life, and is suffering from vertigo being so high up the pitch! A stream of two-pointers in the last 6 weeks tells you all you need to know about him as an FPL asset.
In another life, a £7.8m striker at a top 6 side who’s seemingly made the position his own in recent weeks would likely see him the post popular pick in the game. But Olivier Giroud hasn’t scored in that run of three starts, only supplying a couple of assists against a poor Cardiff side. As mentioned earlier, Sarri sees him as the perfect foil to unleash Hazard, while the handsome Frenchman continues to toil. Meanwhile, Álvaro Morata (£8.8m) has gone off the boil since joining Chelsea. A goal just over every two games last season doesn’t cut it when it comes to premium forwards. Starting this season where he left off – 1 goal in 4 starts – means he’s firmly one to avoid right now.