To the 15.6% of you that have Edouard Mendy in your team, congratulations. He was undoubtedly the Chelsea king for last week after his defiant display against Brentford. However, only 7% of managers were brave enough to go with Ben Chilwell who now has 23 points in his two matches this season.
To cut to the chase early on, if you have these two in your side then you’re probably well set for gameweek 9 as Norwich visit Stamford Bridge. Those that don’t, get it done. There aren’t too many players right now that bank points, other than maybe Mohammed Salah, but Mendy and Chilwell are right up there. Here’s how you can utilise them and their Blues teammates for gameweek 9.
Right, it was a jinx. Bigging up Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku could only last so long before the bad luck started. Chelsea’s Champions League game against Malmo proved to be the breaking point for the attacking duo. First half injuries to both of them saw Chelsea return to a false nine, it also confirms their almost inevitable omission from Saturday’s match.
On Thursday evening there is as of yet no known return for the duo, Lukaku’s ankle injury could keep him out for a sustained period, but with current medical science, he could be back training next week. At 11.7m he isn’t a cheap passenger, especially not with Cristiano Ronaldo, Salah and now a firing Sadio Mane all available as well.
Werner, who felt a twinge to his hamstring, is also a question mark for time. His popularity pales compared to Lukaku’s in Fantasy Football, the German is in five times less managers teams. This doesn’t mean that he won’t be a miss. With Chelsea’s easier run starting on Saturday and the Blues sitting plumb on top of the league, backing their attacking players to come good could have been an FPL managers dream, now it seems a long way off and filling your team with the consistent firepower of Thomas Tuchel’s back line is probably a better option.
Seriously, cash in on Chilwell and Mendy
It’s boring and repetitive but Chelsea have some of the best point scoring defenders. They’re consistent, solid and not too expensive. Chilwell now averages a point per 7.8 minutes, a staggering record. Virgil Van Dijk for example, who is more expensive and selected by more managers, is currently at 17.6 minutes per point.
Even Cesar Azpilicueta, selected by a surprisingly large 9.8%, averages a point per 15 minutes. Thiago Silva is at 15.04 himself. There is serious value for money coming from the Chelsea defence, the biggest issue is selecting the ones that are most likely to play on a weekly basis.
After beating Malmo in midweek I am guessing Tuchel will use a back five of; Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Christensen, Rudiger, Chilwell. That gives you five good options to use with any of them being genuine long term options for fantasy points, even in the weeks following gameweek 9.
Gameweek 9: Pick of the week
You can only pick three from one team, but a centre back with 42 cleansheets in 52 games should probably be close to if not top of that list.
5.1m 4.3% select him. He’s a cleansheet machine. He isn’t the biggest scorer of them all, only getting his first Chelsea goal in midweek, but his consistency to eek out six points per week is astounding.
He’s playing in the form of his life and after Thiago Silva was selected on Wednesday, Christensen could be set to start back-to-back Premier League games once more. Even alongside more fashionable choices such as Chilwell or the marauding Antonio Rudiger it is easy to bypass Christensen as not being an option.
Norwich have only scored two goals all season and Chelsea have only conceded one from open play. It is hard to think of a game which looks more like a safe bet for a cleansheet than here.
Written and edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)
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