A poor week for Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea and a poor week for those that backed them for Fantasy Football, but every day is a new day and as the Blues open themselves out to a set of friendly looking fixtures, gameweek 7 is time to face forward and embrace the Stamford Bridge cohort.
Despite poor returns last week from every player, Chelsea’s underlying strengths still exist, even if they were undone in midweek against Juventus as well. In the league it remains just two open play goals conceded in their six matches so far, and with 16th placed, winless and Danny Ing-less Southampton on Saturday, the defence is still the place to look.
Here’s our guide to maximising the Blues boys for gameweek 7.
After Marcos Alonso’s back-to-back feature in this series of recommendations, his poor displays against Manchester City, where he picked up just the solitary point, and in the Champions League against Juventus where he was substituted at half time, the Spaniard is likely to drop out. Whilst it’s not an injury for Alonso, being aware of his place in the team is just as important to picking up points at Chelsea.
Reece James is also set to be out for up to six weeks after coming off at the weekend, he’s had an up and down start to then season so far. His only 90-minute matchday ended with an incredible 18 points, but in his other matches he has been either injured or suspended. As a popular fullback option following James’ recovery will be a good way to ensure that you reap the rewards from his points haul throughout the year.
Elsewhere, with Chelsea’s attacking woes, being prepared for the reintegration of Christian Pulisic could be a key addition to your side. The American has had a typically injury hit season so far but scored on his only appearance so far. Having not played since gameweek 1 and still being unavailable he isn’t usable just yet, but with the thought that he could slot into an attacking position when he returns to fitness, keeping an eye on his 7.9m price tag could get you some points under the radar.
Time for Timo
Although he isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, Timo Werner would be excused for thinking that he wouldn’t be doing much worse than others if he had been given more substantial minutes so far this season. It also looks like he is turning Tuchel’s head once more. Called upon for a second half speedy blitz against Spurs, the German took his chance with an assist. Although the game didn’t work out against Manchester City, Werner could become an option alongside Romelu Lukaku in Chelsea’s next run of fixtures.
His first Premier League goals were scored against the weekend’s opponents last season, a high quality first half brace in a manic 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge. Ralph Hassenhuttl’s men surprised Pep Guardiola and took the game to the Citizens, if the Saints are to do the same against Chelsea, Werner’s pace on the counter-attack might be a good option for Chelsea.
Werner is pricey at 8.6m and is unsurprisingly only in 1.5% of teams, but if his minutes were to rise then we could see the German speedster increase those numbers as trust is built in the player.
Gameweek 7: Pick of the week
Part of the pick of the week is the fun and the risk behind it. So here goes…the lesser spotted, more often forgotten and so far isolated Ben Chilwell is the best bet this week.
The Englishman has played 0 Premier League minutes, with appearances this season so far only coming via the Carabao Cup first round and the second half against Juventus. However, with Alonso’s dip in form, Chilwell looks ready.
After an impressive 139 points last season, his highest since his debut season and 25 more than the 2019/20 season despite playing nearly 100 minutes less, Chilwell has looked good value for his sizeable transfer sum last summer. With three goals from fullback in each of his last two seasons and also nine assists over the same period (six last year), Chilwell has become a valued FPL asset.
His price is just 5.6m which is cheaper than six of the top eight performing defenders so far this season. He racked up more points, goals and assists last term than Joao Cancelo (who tops the defensive charts) and also kept two more cleansheets than Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Chilwell might not have had the start to the season he wished for, after his debut for Chelsea last season with a goal and an assist, the left back looked invincible. However, if he can regain the form and consistency that he ended last season with, he will be a mainstay in plenty of teams.
Written and edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)
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