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FPL experts: What to do with Chelsea players?

12 Sep 2023
Sterling, Jackson, Chelsea

Some of the world's top Fantasy managers on whether to buy, hold or sell Blues' stars

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Chelsea have a run of favourable fixtures over the next four Gameweeks, with matches against AFC Bournemouth, Aston Villa, Fulham and Burnley.

However, forward Nicolas Jackson (£7.2m) is currently the most transferred-out player ahead of the Gameweek 5 deadline at 11:00 BST on Saturday 16 September.

Jackson is not the only Chelsea that player managers are choosing to sell. Both Ben Chilwell (£5.8m) and Raheem Sterling (£7.2m) are also in the top 12 most transferred-out players this Gameweek. 

The Scout's panel of Fantasy Premier League experts share their thoughts on what to do with Chelsea players. 

What the FPL experts say
Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

The result against Nottingham Forest has FPL managers hovering over the transfer-out button, but I'll be staying patient. Mauricio Pochettino will demand a reaction and Chelsea's fixtures remain good for a few weeks yet. But after another couple of blanks for Jackson, Sterling and co, I might be thinking differently!

Hold or sell? Hold.

Harry Daniels (@FPL_Harry)

Chelsea are strong holds for me at the moment. Some concerning performances would mean I would favour other assets in terms of players to buy, but given the ongoing fixture run, I would not be selling.

Hold or sell? Don't buy, but hold if you have them.

Pranil Sheth (@lateriser12)

Chelsea still have good fixtures in the next four Gameweeks and are fourth for Expected Goals (xG) this season. Jackson is behind only Erling Haaland (£14.1m) for non penalty xG accumulated, but the problem is him missing six out of his seven big chances. Being patient with Chelsea players is the right thing to do given their fixtures.

Hold or sell? Hold.

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg)

Jackson has looked poor, so I'm jumping off. I'll move to Sterling as I think he's worth it to ride out their remaining good fixtures.

Hold or sell? Sell Jackson, buy Sterling.

Utkarsh Dalmia (@Zopharfpl)

You bought Chelsea players for the long run, and they still have kind fixtures to come, so keep the faith.

Hold or sell? Hold.

Gianni Buttice (@GianniButtice)

I'd be patient with Chelsea for at least one more week. The only exception to this is if you're on a double-up in defence. With Reece James (£5.3m) coming back soon, Malo Gusto (£4.2m) becomes a rotation risk, and I see limited upside with Levi Colwill (£4.5m). Otherwise hold and be patient.

Hold or sell? Sell the defensive double-up, hold the others.

Nick Harris (@WGTA_Nick)

I won't be selling Chelsea players at this moment, despite the loss against Forest. They still have four decent fixtures coming up before the fixtures shift, and there are other more important areas to resolve.

Hold or sell? Hold.

Sonaldo (@FPL_Sonaldo)

I would certainly hold on to your Chelsea assets as their solid fixture run is still ongoing until Gameweek 8. There are no standout replacements, anyway, for the likes of Chilwell and Jackson. With no European fixtures for Chelsea either, there might also be chaos with rotation for other teams. Staying patient with Chelsea will be key for the next few Gameweeks.

Hold or sell? Hold. 

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

With the fixtures that Chelsea have in the next four weeks I don't think you can sell them now. Managers who have invested in players such as Sterling, Jackson and - like I have - Ben Chilwell, likely need to show some patience. The only exception is if managers are doubled-up on the Chelsea defence or attack. If managers have Gusto and Chilwell, or Jackson and Sterling, then one could be sold for the likes of James Maddison (£7.8m), Matty Cash (£4.7m), Moussa Diaby (£6.6m) or Son Heung-min (£9.1m).

Hold or sell? Hold, but sell the double-ups in attack and defence. 

Mark McGettigan (@FPLGeneral

Stick with the Chelsea picks for Gameweek 5. As a Gusto owner, I'll be keeping a close eye on the James situation. When James is back, Destiny Udogie (£4.7m) at Tottenham Hotspur looks a good replacement for Gusto.

Hold or sell? Hold.

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Part 2: The Scout's FPL must-haves for Gameweek 5 onwards
Part 3: The Scout’s FPL Gameweek 5 Ones to watch
Part 4: FPL long view: Target Villa, Liverpool and Luton for favourable fixtures
Part 5: FPL experts: Best club to invest in for next four Gameweeks
Part 6: The Scout’s FPL Gameweek 5 Differentials
Part 7: How return of European football brings threat of rotation in FPL
Part 8: Which FPL stars could be rested after international duties?
Part 9: Scout Selection: Best FPL team for Gameweek 5
Part 10: Son's change of role makes him captain contender in FPL

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