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FanTeam Championship Main Event Preview: Stacks & Captains [GW5]

The Championship continues to defy logic in most cases. While West Brom and Fulham continue to shine, the rest of the league is as unpredictable as ever. 

My mission? To try and highlight a few stacks that might help you on your way - and of course, highlight the wonderful Draftgym Cheat Sheet! So lets get to it. 

 

Championship Cheat Sheet — GW5

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All 24 teams are selectable in this week's Main Event - maximum chaos!

 

Cardiff

Moore (£10.3m), Giles (£9.1m), Flint (£7.7m)

Sometimes, you just have to go with the early kick off, right?

Cardiff have shown real spirit this season in fighting back from some difficult positions. They remain undefeated, and the only thing that has been missing from the puzzle for them so far has been the goals of Kieffer Moore. He seems likely to start with the transfer rumours around him starting to fade away - and he poses a massive threat to Bristol City. Ryan Giles was outstanding from the bench in the last game with 2 assists and seems sure to regain his place in the starting XI. The man who was the beneficiary of those assists, Aden Flint, is kindly priced at £7.7m. Yes, his goalscoring form is unsustainable, but I'd say a clean sheet is highly possible - and as for goals, you just never know. 

 

Bournemouth

Solanke (£9.6m), Brooks (£9.1m), Zemura (£7.7m)

Dominic Solanke - Player profile 21/22 | Transfermarkt

Another undefeated team in the Championship this season is Bournemouth - though they will be furious not to be two points better off after collapsing to a 2-2 draw with Blackpool last time out. The stand out asset is undoubtedly Dominic Solanke who scored 2 superb goals in that fixture. Jaidon Anthony could be an option as a striker double-up, but the options in midfield included David Brooks, Philip Billing and Emiliano Marcondes could all be viable. Defensively, Zemura is the most expensive asset but you could drop cheaper to options like Chris Mepham if it enables more powerful attacking options. 

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Reading

Swift (£6.5m), Azeez (£7.7m)

In my opinion, John Swift is the most underpriced asset in the Championship games. This is mainly based on his past injury history but he has shown already this season that he has the talent and attacking threat to be one of the best players in the league. At £6.5m he feels like a gamble I'd be very keen to take. Reading have been horrendous defensively, but doubling up with a Reading attacker is potentially a good play. I would start with Femi Azeez (£7.7m) - there are some injury rumours but if he doesn't play, he is likely to be replaced by Puscas at £7.3m who could be a good value option. 

Stay away from the defence - but Swift looks a great pick. 

 

Birmingham

Jutkiewicz (£7.3m), Chong (£6.9m), Colin (£5.5m)

Birmingham fans rave over Tahith Chong after Manchester United loanee  shines in new position - Manchester Evening News

 

This does start to feel like it's a witch hunt against my own club Barnsley, but its not. My instinct is that Barnsley are slightly overpriced with regards to this season based on the successes of last season, but the loss of Mowatt, Ismael and Mads Andersen to injury makes this team far more vulnerable than last season's version. Barnsley played some great football at QPR but the naive way they tossed away the game to draw 2-2 won't be lost on a team like Birmingham, full of nous. 

Birmingham had an unbelievable result at Luton last time out. Tahith Chong and Jeremie Bela from midfield are both great options. I'm not sure of the result in this game, but I think the pricing of Birmingham players make them really viable for an entry or two. 

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Best Captains

1. Solanke (BOU) 2. Phillips/Grant (WBA) 3. Moore (Cardiff) 4. Wallace (Millwall) 5. Swift (Reading)

West Brom's Matt Phillips enjoying life under Valerien Ismael | Shropshire  Star

My preference, mainly due to the lack of clean sheets in the Championship, is to target an attacking player. The only defensive options I would consider for captaincy would be Scott Malone (Millwall, 8.3m) and Conor Townsend  (WBA, £9.3m) or Darnell Furlong (WBA, £9.0m). Goals are the biggest commodity in this league and nailing a few key goalscorers is going to be the key to cashing in the main event. If you have the budget to attack the WBA players, then they are a wonderful option - but they are going to stretch you which is where stacks like Birmingham and Reading will come in handy. 

Solanke, off the back of a brace vs Blackpool, looks like a great option. Bournemouth are likely to be wounded after throwing that game away and I expect Hull to be on the receiving end of that. I've already talked of the virtues of Kieffer Moore and John Swift, and the other option is Jed Wallace. Wallace is a consistent asset who has been very attacking so far this season from Millwall. I'm not sure of his likely ownership as to whether he will be a differential within the game or not. 

 

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