Fantasy Premier League Focus

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Our weekly look at the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) game is rolled out this afternoon. As always, we analyse the main contenders in the Fantasy Football Scout league, while casting an eye over the frantic transfer market, as the fallout from Marouane Fellaini’s three-match ban sees midfields frantically restructured:

Scout League Standings

Iyad Zahlan not only remains at the top of the Scout League this week, he returns to the summit in the overall rankings after registering 68 points in Gameweek 17. He had mainly two players to thank for his haul; Robin Van Persie and Santi Cazorla. The Dutchman was handed the armband, while Cazorla ran riot at Reading to deliver 47 points between them; Billy Jones and David Silva also chipped in for Iyad’s side.

T.I. moves back into second spot, having racked up 81 points last time out. He also had a captain Van Persie and Cazorla combination, while Adel Taarabt, Stephane Sessegnon and Silva all picked up attacking returns in midfield. T.I. sits eighth in the overall rankings, 21 points behind Iyad.

In third spot is MP, thanks to a Gameweek 17 score of 75 points. He also captained Van Persie, with Cazorla and Sessegnon joined by Demba Ba and Guy Demel in producing the points. MP has moved up to 12th overall, on 1065 points.

Climbing up to fourth is John Schohl. Again, Van Persie sported the armband and was joined by Cazorla, while Silva and Kieran Gibbs both boosted his score to 76 points. John now sits in 40th overall.

The magnificently named Scrunchie Tubritt completes the top five. He followed the pattern set by the above four – Van Persie armband, plus Cazorla. Ryan Shawcross also helped boost his score to 65 points after a four point hit.

Our top five help keep Fantasy Football Scout at the top of the Best Leagues, 16 points ahead of our nearest challenger. Finally, Big Dunc has moved to the top of the Contributors league – no surprise to learn he had Van Persie captain and Cazorla amongst his ranks, as he moved onto 960 points overall, enough to earn a spot inside the top 10,000.

Market Trends

Yaya Toure has proven to be the most popular FPL player this week. The City midfielder has been snapped up by over 122,000 managers as the Marouane Fellaini exodus picks up pace – Toure has already climbed 0.2 in price this week and sits at 7.9.

A trio of Spanish midfielders tuck in behind the Ivorian; Santi Cazorla has acquired over 51,000 new owners after his 23 point haul last Monday, despite the fact he has a blank Gameweek 19. Juan Mata has picked up 45,000 transfers in due to his stunning recent form, while Michu continues to climb in ownership. The Swansea man has been drafted in by 31,000 managers and has a 49% ownership – the most popular player in the game. Both Jason Puncheon and Adel Taarabt have picked up around 29,000 new owners, with their cut-price appeal freeing up cash to splash elsewhere.

At the back, Stoke pair Ryan Shawcross and Asmir Begovic have received a combined 43,00 transfers in, though the Potters’ fixtures stiffen considerably. Seb Bassong (30,000) and Pablo Zabaleta (21,000) have also acquired plenty new investors as we head into the packed festive fixture list.

Up top, Demba Ba’s eleventh goal of the season persuaded over 43,000 to snap up the Newcastle man, though his upcoming schedule looks potentially tricky. Fernando Torres is not far behind the Magpies forward – 42,000 have drafted in the Chelsea player after an upturn in form under Rafa Benitez. Christian Benteke’s stunning display for Villa at Anfield has earned him in excess of 33,000 new owners, Carlos Tevez has proven popular ahead of City’s home game with Reading – over 31,000 have snapped him up, while Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney have received more than 19,000 transfers in as United prepare for a trip to Swansea.

For transfers out, it’s all about Marouane Fellaini. The Everton midfielder’s three-match ban for a headbutt on Ryan Shawcross has seen over 273,000 part company; no surprise, really, given he was the second most popular player in the game heading into last weekend’s clash with Stoke.

Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale have both been shipped out of 20,000 teams, while at the back, Rafael (33,000), Jose Enrique (19,000) and Vincent Kompany (17,000) have seen more sales than any other defenders after the trio missed out through injury last weekend – all three are in with a chance of returning to action for Gameweek 19, however; indeed, Enrique has already been passed fit by Brendan Rodgers earlier this afternoon.

Up top, Dimitar Berbatov and Luis Suarez lead the way for trades out – despite both facing a decent run of fixtures over the next few. With no returns in his last six, the Bulgarian has been moved on by 40,000 Fantasy managers, while Suarez, with four back-to-back blanks, has seen 36,000 make their excuses and leave. Jermain Defoe’s owners have shown little patience with the Tottenham forward – 35,000 have got rid, after he failed to score in his last two matches.

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  1. Fletcher + Vermaelen > Clark + Tevez. (-4)

    Don't need Clark this week (Sagna, Johnson, Vertonghen).
    No other City cover.
    Verm has a stupidly good scoring record vs. Wigan. Tevez could be rested. Fletcher has Southampton.
    But no other City cover is going to lead me to a quivering mess on Saturday.

    Yay or nay?

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. I think getting rid of Verm is worth it...he does not justify that price tag.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. Was a punt as I thought I was short on players. Would keep til Jan if it weren't for the DGW. He's scored something like 3 in 4 games vs. Wigan though.

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
        1. I still think Vert Johnson and Sagna is more than enough money spent in defence...and having Sagna negates Verm. Sure he might score the odd goal but is it really worth it waiting for that moment? I think Arsenal's style has changed a bit and they're less keen on him getting so far forward. I could be wrong.

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
        2. thats a coincidence I imagine

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. nay if mancini will rest tevez and/or aguero this will be the game.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. Nay.
      -4 = massive fail if Tevez rested and (probably) minor win if he plays. Fletcher is coming good and will be shooting fish in a barrel at The Dell

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. Coming good? He's crocked is he not?

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
        1. Thought I read he was on the mend.
          Scratch that.
          Hit the button!

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
    4. You have Vermaelen, Sagna, Vertonghen & G.Johnson. Wow and I thought my defence was expensive.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. Yeah, it was a short-term ploy to avoid rotation. And tbh I didn't really think it through (The Verm one).

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
  2. City defence predictions ?

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Maicon Nastasic Kompany Clichy

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. Kompany's head fell off.

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
        1. In the tunnel. It was traumatizing.

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
        2. Hate when that happens!

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. zab nas kom cli

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. Zabalabaleta Nasatic Toure Clichy


      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    4. Corluka, Dunne, Richards, Ball.

      Although Sun Jihai is pushing for a start.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  3. bego trem
    baines shorey stam enrique demel
    fell sess bale sterling michu
    rvp ba tevez

    a) mata/santi/theo/hazard and punch in for sess and fell (2 FT)
    b) theo+nasti+punch for shorey+sess+fell (-4 hit)

    plz some help

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. A is ok for this GW

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  4. 8 point hit after being miffed seeing cazorla go wild. Hope this ends well. (Aguero Baker Suarez Snodgrass in btw)

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
  5. Repost, sorry.

    Who would you guys go for out of snodgrass and walters?

    Both on around the same points, so so fixtures, Snodgrass has better form, but walters is on penaltys (I think)

    Not fussed on either but need to replace fellaini.

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. snodgrass. walters is on penalties but rarely do they get one with stoke attacking.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. Snodgrass. Seeing Walters in your team is depressing.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. Cheers for the reply guys, I was thinking snodgrass. It's not the most glamorous transfer out there but it has to be done.

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
        1. Consider Pilkington too...very similar threat

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
          1. Yeah I had a look at him, he seems to do well at home whereas snodgrass seems to do better away. Went with snod in the end, seeing him in my team seems slightly more glamorous! thanks for the help.

            • 2 years, 1 day ago
  6. thoughts on baker for villa? will vlaar oust him out on saturday?

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. most probably

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  7. Aguero benched. Tevez benched. Dzeko benched. Goater and Fowler to start.

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Bojinov out then?

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
        • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. Huckerby POO?

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  8. No Thursday Scoutcast. This is outrageous. :(

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. A true disgrace to mankind.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. I've already listened to it, but still. ;)

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
      2. Don't try and wriggle out of it....
        Get back in the studio/room/skype thing. ;)

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
      3. I think your sarcasm detector is broken...

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. I feel a strongly worded letter coming on...

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. Sarcasm detected...

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  9. Dzeko for berba at a -4p hit? I have Silva (C) as the only city cover and I would probably sub berba back in next gw.. not worth it for a hit?

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. no need
      berba fixtures really spice up after this GW

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. It will either end up a complete disaster or a work of genius.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. not worth it. big risk dzeko may not even play.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  10. Look at Michus goal record - something of a "flat-track bully" (god I hate that phrase)
    I think I might bench at the weekend and play Sagna (wig) instead

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. michu is fixture proof

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. Swansea aren't though

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. good luck with that


      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. + Vidic back

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. michu scores blank twice atleast
      so this one could be a 2 ponter

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. who says he is fix proof
        city 2
        liv 3
        chel 2
        tott 2
        eve 1

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
    4. Arsenal away is his second highest score of the season.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. Yes but he's scored mainly against the bottom half

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
      2. ahum....and week 1??

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
  11. Fair to say Torres is now on pens, if Fat Frank isn't on the pitch?

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. No, it will be a rotated duty according to Rafa...

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. Cheers mate

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. Reasonably assured.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. He'll be behind Mata, Hazard, Luiz...

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  12. Girlfriend texted me, "I have tried my best to make this relationship work but I seem to be the only one trying. So I have decided to break up with you and move on with my life. Can you delete my number and never contact me." I replied, "Who's this?"

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. smooth

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. Who was it?

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. God loves a trier. Maybe her and God will be happy together.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  13. Hello everyone! All set?

    Skrtel Nastasic Clyne
    Mata Silva Michu Snodgrass
    RVP Defoe Torres(C)

    Bego, Sterling, Garrido, Nelsen

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
  14. enrique>>zabalata???...any other aternatives

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. keep enr

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  15. Rafael OUT ZAB IN for a hit


    keep both ??

    morrsion out yaya in for a hit

    i got silva insted off falleni

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. no way keep both
      rafael will play definitely
      and CS could be on this time around

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  16. MC

    Play Cameron or Nelsen?

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
  17. Torres has form and decent fixtures :shock: , Agreed?

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Form in terms of scoring goals, yes. Not playing well. But that doesnt really matter in FPL does it :P

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. That's what I'm thinking....

        Suarez Torres RVP looks tempting, all nailed on starting imo.

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
  18. NEW POST

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
  19. Jaask

    Bassong McAuley Johnson

    Puncheon Taarabt Michu Silva (C)

    Suarez RVP Berba

    Foster, Nolan, Shawcross, Demel

    Anything you guys would change sub wise here- Nolan on for berba or puncheon? Shawcross>bassong?

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
  20. What do ya think?

    Davies Clyne Demel
    Cazorla Mata Silva Michu
    Defoe RvP Tevez

    Bunn Clark Shorey Sterling

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
  21. Fellaini for Silva or Mata?

    Already have Tevez for City coverage this weekend (hoping he plays!) and considering him capn. If getting Silva then he would be Capn.

    Torn between the two as Mata looks awesome right now and then I'd have some chelsea coverage.

    Any help please?

    • 2 years, 20 hours ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 17

  • Lloris
  • Zabaleta
  • Ivanovic
  • Cresswell
  • Sánchez
  • Eriksen
  • Y Touré
  • Downing
  • Bony
  • van Persie
  • Austin
  • Evans
  • Nasri
  • Carroll

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Chester HUL 4
Robertson HUL 4
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Gerrard LIV 4
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Mangala MCI 4
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Wilson STO 4
Gómez SUN 4
O'Shea SUN 4
Ki SWA 4
Williams SWA 4
Mason TOT 4
Dorrans WBA 4
Tomkins WHM 4

“Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free kicks and some penalties as well.”

Yaya Toure Manchester City midfielder