Not even sure what's really up for debate here tbh. Laporte and Sterling are nailed. If the games were a week apart they would start every game 100%. Pep wouldn't rotate them for tactical reasons because it makes no difference who we play with both of them & they're both young & fit enough to play almost every game. Ederson, Walker, Fernandhino, D Silva, maybe even B. Silva are also in that bracket where they would only be dropped for fitness reasons. KDB would play every game if fit just like last season, he's a machine. Even when the games have been 3 days apart Sterling & Laporte have both played almost every time so its evident how key Pep feels they are. In this instance that had happened several times over a month with the CL & EPL and with Chelsea away our final away game against the big 6 he probably feels its a must win game and he needs these nailed players rested. They will not start once in a blue moon (see what I did there) and it will be due to situations like this week if they are.
I was "frustrated & annoyed" that both of them were rested but for selfish FPL reasons. From a footballing POV it made perfect sense but I hoped he would just ignore that logic, play them regardless and they'd get a nice 20+ points between them for me. They didn't, it was predictable but frustrating.
Mahrez, Sane, Gundogan, Stones, Aguero & Jesus are at all risk of rotation subject to form. Mendy seemed nailed too if not for his antics & fitness but Delph & Zinchenko are also a risk. Aguero has started every game because Jesus has been poor, had Jesus been performing Pep would value his pace & pressing against certain opposition but he hasn't.
Basically if you want Man City assets go for Aguero when fit & Jesus isn't performing, Sterling, KDB, D Silva, B Silva, Fernandhino, Laporte, Walker or Ederson. These players IMO will only be subject to a random missed game due to fitness/protection reasons & you just have to deal with that. Just like that shambles of a team Liverpool put out yesterday. It happens. Anyone else is subject to regular rotation. Its too big a squad to not rotate them.
I put off Sane for so long for this very reason & due to other things in my team I got him for Salah this weekend, I'm already wishing I did Son instead for fear of him being dropped but at least when he does play he should return 8+ points.
I hope I've helped clear things up for anyone whos concerned about Cities players but I think its clear theres a pattern as pointed out in the above post for certain players.
Hopeful Aguero is fit for the weekend but for FPL I'd love a Sane Sterling Mahrez front 3.
Holla with any questions or challenges to my view.