The Scout's panel of Fantasy Premier League experts on whether in-form defender Kieran Trippier (£6.7m) is essential, and if so, which sacrifices they are happy to make in attack, or whether they prefer cheaper options at the back to free-up funds elsewhere.
Gianni Buttice (@GianniButtice)
I've been fortunate enough to catch Trippier's 30 points in the last two Gameweeks. He's feeling like more of a must-have as the weeks go on.
Harry Daniels (@FPL_Harry)
For me, Trippier is not a must-have. He is a great option, but I am not certain his number of recent assists will be sustainable long-term.
Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily)
Trippier is a brilliant pick if you can afford him. That's a big if, though, especially with many premium midfielders coming to the fore in recent weeks. If you want Mohamed Salah (£12.6m), Son Heung-min (£9.3m), Bukayo Saka (£8.7m) and Erling Haaland (£14.1m), then one compromise might be going for Sven Botman (£4.7m) after he returns from injury, or Dan Burn (£4.5m) instead of Trippier.
Pranil Sheth (@Lateriser12)
Trippier is a really good asset to have if you don't have to make many adjustments in your team, which unfortunately isn't the case for me. I will be getting Pedro Porro (£5.0m) or Destiny Udogie (£4.8m) this week, both of whom embark on a really good run of fixtures.
Utkarsh Dalmia (@ZopharFPL)
I think Newcastle United's best two fixtures are past them. West Ham United have scored in every contest this season, so I wouldn't rush to bring in Trippier this week. I would look at Matty Cash (£4.9m) instead as Aston Villa have a great run of opponents for the next six Gameweeks, with five of their next six encounters scoring only two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR).
Villa's next six matches
Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg)
I regret not getting Trippier when I could afford him. He's probably the safest defender to own at the moment.
Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)
Trippier is a player that I keep looking at, but with money needing to be spent on Son, Salah and Haaland, it is very hard to budget for Trippier. I will have to reluctantly sacrifice him and try to cover Newcastle's likely clean sheets through Botman or Burn.
Nick Harris (@WGTA_Nick)
Trippier is an expensive defender to accommodate in your team. I have him and after his hauls in the last two weeks, anyone without him will have been punished. I wouldn't say he is essential, but it is a risk not owning him.
Also in this series
Part 1: Should managers sell Alvarez for Watkins in Fantasy?
Part 2: Is Trippier essential to own in Fantasy?
Part 4: FPL experts: What to do with Brighton players?
Part 5: Why Hojlund's arrival has hindered Rashford in Fantasy
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