FPL: Chelsea fixture run – Who to pick?

Chelsea are about to start a run of games whereby they face opposition teams that are much inferior to them in terms of squad quality, squad depth and the manager at disposal.

Even the FDR readers can ascertain that the next half a dozen fixtures for Chelsea are very pro-FPL, and therefore everyone, for casual players to top 10k aspirants. From people who believe in the Chelsea project to people who don’t. Everyone across the board will be hoarding up Chelsea players.

This article aims to discuss the Chelsea players you can get for the fixture run –

ESSENTIAL –

#1 Chelsea Defender

It is absolutely essential that all players at this point have at least 1 Chelsea defender in their FPL teams. Chelsea have shown remarkable consistency in defence over the period since Thomas Tuchel has been in charge of the team.

Until earlier this month, Chelsea had registered 24 clean sheets in these 38 matches that Tuchel has managed. They had also conceded just 19 goals in that duration. Chelsea had also kept more clean sheets (15) than they have conceded goals (14) in the Premier League under Tuchel.

This season, Chelsea has conceded just 2 goals in the 6 matches (a goal each against Manchester City and Liverpool) and has kept 4 clean sheets in the process.

In order to ascertain which Chelsea defender to choose, you may refer to our detailed guide on Chelsea Defenders here.

#2 Romelu Lukaku

While Chelsea have shown elite level of defensive performances. This year, they have been joined by talismanic striker, Romelu Lukaku. Chelsea were an above average attacking side last season, with the team not being able to finish most of the chances it created.

The solution to that problem came in the form of Lukaku, who has now entered the league of World Class strikers after impressing during his time in Italy. Having secured his £100 million transfer to Chelsea, Lukaku started life in London with a bang, having already scored 4 goals in 8 matches. In these 8 matches, he has faced the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City and Juventus.

Romelu and Chelsea may not be in the best of attacking shapes right now. Nor would there be tons of chances with free-flow football being played over the next few matches. However, Lukaku is the focal point of a team that aspires to win the League and therefore, he is bound to end up the score sheet a lot in the run of fixtures.

In terms of FPL, he is an obvious captain pick in many of these fixtures. Further, he is appropriately priced and has almost no competition in the starting XI, thereby guaranteeing a place in the team sheet almost daily.

#3

The third Chelsea pick is very specific to your current team. Having a Chelsea defender and thereafter, Lukaku is very straight-forward. It is also non-negotiable, as most of the FPL points will be accumulated by those two above. However, the third Chelsea pick can be very flexible.

Managers who do not need a Chelsea third player –

  • Managers who have a settled team,
  • Managers who are NOT on a Wildcard.

Manager who need a Chelsea third player –

  • Managers who are on a Wildcard,
  • Managers who are only using 2 premium players,
  • Managers who wish to chase the up side

(take slightly higher risks for higher rewards)

For those who do decide to take the third Chelsea player, the following can be the options –

#A Second Chelsea Defender

Given the defensive numbers Chelsea produces, a double up on the Chelsea defence is not a wild option by any stretch. Given the convenient and value for money options, a 2nd Chelsea defender is within reach of most managers.

In order to ascertain which Chelsea defender to choose as your 2nd pick, you may refer to our detailed guide on Chelsea Defenders here.

#B Chelsea midfielders

Chelsea midfield on most days comprises of different combinations of 4 players between between the likes of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Kai Havertz and Mason Mount.

Tuchel also tries a different variation in the formation with a 3-5-2, whereby only 3 of the above 5 start, with either Werner starting up front with Romelu Lukaku, or one from Mount or Havertz plays in that role instead of Werner.

Therefore, the very first issue with the Chelsea midfield is that the starters are not fixed, in the sense that multiple formations and quality in depth allows Tuchel to experiment in multiple directions.

This is an issue when the likes of Christan Pulisic, Callum Hudson Odoi, Hakim Ziyech, Ruben Loftus Cheek are not even taken into account.

  • The likes of Jorginho and Kante play way too defensively to be counted as options in FPL.
  • Kovacic is bad at taking his chances in the final third and gets an attacking contribution once in a millennium.
  • Mount has had injury concerns with some rotation issues as well.
  • Havertz does not have a secure seat at the table and is a little overpriced as per his attacking contributions.
  • The others will not receive important game time to be considered as an option in FPL.

Therefore, only a Chelsea defender seems to be an appropriate choice at the time of publishing this piece. In coming weeks, with the rest period available during the international break, Mason Mount could come back into the team. The team lost consecutive matches to Juventus and Manchester City, and the common issue in both the matches was lack of cohesion between the Defence and the attack. The midfield had no source of creativity. Interestingly, these are the exact two issues that Mount solves and therefore, his absence was very blatantly visible in these two defeats. Hence, if Managers on wildcard wish to choose the Chelsea third, a defender seems to be the safe option. Otherwise, wildcarders in GW8, or managers waiting for another free transfer can evaluate Mason Mount as an option in the next gameweek.