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FPL experts: How many Chelsea players should you pick?

23 Dec 2022
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The Scout's panel discuss how to plan for the Blues' Double Gameweek 19

Ahead of the season resuming on 26 December, The Scout's panel of Fantasy Premier League experts discuss which Chelsea players are worth adding to your squad before Monday's 11:00 GMT deadline.

Pras (@Pras_fpl)

When a team faces AFC Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest and then has a Double Gameweek, you have to consider them seriously.

Given that some Chelsea players are fairly generously priced, such as Kepa Arrizabalaga (£4.5m), Reece James (£5.8m) and Mason Mount (£7.5m), I am looking to own two or three of them. However, I will have an exit plan thereafter, particularly in the case of Mount.

Chelsea's next four Gameweeks
GW Opp. FDR*
17 BOU (H) 2
18 NFO (A) 2
19 MCI (H), FUL (A) 5, 2
20 CRY (H) 2

*Fixture Difficulty Rating

Gianni Buttice (@GianniButtice)

If you're an FPL manager that plays the fixtures, you have to look at Chelsea. James, Mount and Arrizabalaga all deserve our consideration, while Lewis Hall (£4.5m) could become an exciting option at left wing-back for Graham Potter.

Holly Shand (@HollyShand)

Chelsea players are fool's gold, for me. I'm not getting drawn in by favourable fixtures and a Double as we don't know who the starters are. I'm prepared to take a risk on Arrizabalaga, knowing I've got Danny Ward (£4.1m) to deputise if needed.

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

At his price, it's hard to look past Arrizabalaga as the value-for-money pick between the sticks. Elsewhere, it's more difficult. 

James has looked ready to go in some of the friendly matches I've seen over the break. I believe Potter will have been working hard on their defensive shape too, so I'd expect improvement.

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg)

I like Chelsea's fixtures and they have players who can return, even against Manchester City. I always like owning James when fit and will be looking at Arrizabalaga, Marc Cucurella (£5.1m), Raheem Sterling (£9.7m) and Mount, too.

Utkarsh Dalmia (@zophar666)

Chelsea play all three of the promoted teams in back-to-back Gameweeks, so there is definitely reason to invest. James and Arrizabalaga are both fit and great picks, but investing in the attack is trickier, with Mount the only nailed option.

Lateriser (@lateriser12)

Chelsea's fixtures in Gameweeks 17 and 18 are great. They always function better with James fit, which looks set to be the case. I'm happy to roll the dice on a couple of their players given the schedule.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

Chelsea have kept just four clean sheets this season, fewer than teams like Newcastle United, Arsenal, Leicester City and Manchester United, whose defenders cost less.

James' timely return from injury makes him an attractive option as a result of his attacking threat. He registered 14 attacking returns from five goals and nine assists last season. However, in Double Gameweek 19, Chelsea face Man City and Fulham. City's 40 goals scored so far this season is more than any other team. Meanwhile, Fulham have netted an impressive 24 times, with only six sides scoring more.

If you invest in James and the Chelsea defence then it should be for their attacking threat, rather than clean sheets, which don't look likely in the Double.

See: Your essential FPL tips for Gameweek 17

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