The Dugout Discussion – Sunday

Filed under: Dugout Discussion - Posted by: Mark

Sunday has a lot to live up to and, from a Fantasy perspective, it looks to be little more than a scouting mission.

None of today’s four participants have a double fixture in the Gameweek, meaning that, in Fantasy Premier League terms, they’ll be few assets on show that will influence our Gameweek tallies.

Even so, Tottenham’s White Hart Lane encounter with Southampton should tell us plenty about the remaining prospects of their players over the run-in. Similarly, Aston Villa go into their home meeting with Stoke looking for a third consecutive win, with Christian Benteke certainly up for consideration as an end of season differential.

As always, you can look to our Twitter feed for news of today’s lineups, while our Dugout Discussion chatroom is warmed up and ready to go for those looking to scratch that real-time reaction itch.

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  1. Thought Soldado Played well today some lovely touches but they bought him to score goals. Eriksen set plays in the hole is a must

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  2. Chances of Kolarov and Sterling start at Thu/Wed ???

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Sterling 80%
      Kolarov 40%

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. I'd put Kolarov at 10%, Sterling at 80%

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    3. Im gonna say sterling 100%.. home game. All out attack. Infact id bet the 3 players who came on yesterday all start midweek

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. twas as expected as a sterling owner to be honest.. expected 30 or so minutes in the first one and a start in the second. i do expect points!

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
      2. Sterling, Cissokho and Sakho?

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. Flanagan looked totally out of sorts for the first half though he did greatly improve in the second. poor kid needs a rest i think. Sakho is just a hunch. Sterling looks set for a start tbh.

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
  3. Lallana & rooney to silva & sturridge (-4). That was my boo boo this week. Not my worst of the season so I can live with it.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. could even pay off by the end of the GW

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. The logic at the time seemed sound, so hopefully.

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
  4. Updated FPL discovery info for Sunday's games:

    Top 10K

    GW31 Average Score 95.4
    Average Points Deducted for Point Hits 2.7

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Hopefully I'll get a green then with 102

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  5. Mark said in the scoutcast he though Villa would anhialate Stoke. 😆

    Boy was he wrong 😯

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. To be fair, Granny goaded him into saying Benteke would get a brace. He was half right!

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  6. Repost.. got my math wrong and posted the 29th post :)

    AJ and Sterling to Mutch and Lallana for free is really temptin.. on a scale of 1 to no brainer its a no brainer right? Team is

    Mannone (Adrian)
    Baines Coleman Azpilicueta (Dann Chester)
    Hazard Silva Yaya AJ (Sterling)
    Suarez Lukaku Sturridge

    Dont really want to carry AJ all the way to GW 37. Lallana got some gr8 fixtures and mutch looks the perfect 5th mid

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. OR.. Get Snodgrass and Mutch in instead leaving enough cash for Aguero in for Sturridge if required in a couple weeks

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  7. Is Gerrard a keeper for the ret of the season if you have SAS?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. No he's a midfielder

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. Do you mean Henderson?

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
      2. I meant is having Gerrard to ouch Liverpool coverage if you already have Sturridge and Suarez?

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. no i dont think so

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. id rather own players who have DGWs coming up(Yaya, Silva, Mirallas soon mata) and Hazard and Lallana tbh

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  8. Who else getting lallana in?
    NEW CAR avl EVE swa in the next 6. my only worry is that Southampton slowly have nothing to play for and are disappearing into mid table obscurity. and sure it was just a one off but him being taken off before 60 mins vs norwich is a tiny red flag

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Four of those teams are midtable, not easy fixtures

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. Nah got silva, yaya and hazard. Also have Gerrard who is mr consistent

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  9. Looks like 50/50 of my -4 to get Dummett and bench Ivanovic will work

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  10. When do the yellow cards reset? Or is it just the end of the season?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  11. Arx

    Long post coming up.

    The Yaya hattrick has forced me into a bout of introspection.

    This season has been poor mainly because I've messed up with most of the 'big hitters'.

    Yaya, Coleman - haven't owned at all this season.
    Ramsey - just had him for one week (he scored 1 point)
    Aguero - in my team for three weeks (out of which he was injured for one)
    Sturridge - had him pre-injury but never got him back
    Hazard - have owned off and on, went for Oscar over him on January WC and missed his hattrick

    Even Suarez - Planned forever to bring him in as soon as his ban was up, but his comeback was against United in the COC, and - in a bout of Suarez hatred and United love - went for Lukaku instead. Paid dearly as it took me 5 more weeks to finally bring him in.

    The fact that it's not a couple of the big hitters, but almost all, who I've failed to capitalise on makes me think that my foreshadowing on this account is fundamentally flawed. Without delving deeper, I have a feeling that I would find something similar if I analyze my past season performances.

    At the same time, I could've been a lot worse off than I am. The only part I've gotten right this season is getting on and off player wagons at the right times. Not the season keepers, mind you, but the Nolans and Cazorlas.

    Successes - Benteke, Cazorla, Ozil, Walcott, Cabaye, Chico, Adebayor
    Fails - jRod (from the start), Townsend

    The three main components of a successful FPL season - the season long performers, the ones who bloom and wilt (Ozil, Benteke, etc.), and the captain choices. Consistently doing well on two of these three counts will result in an above average season, but to get into the top 5k, all three are essential.

    What d'you guys think?

    *Rant over*

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. I think you should rant in the new post

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. Suarez broke the normal formula. Leaving captain on him for a couple spells got you 30-40 points + whatever the other 10 got. If you didn't do that you slipped 3-4 GWs worth of points behind no matter what you did for the rest of the season

      • 1 year, 8 months ago

Scout Picks

Gameweek 14

  • Butland
  • Dann
  • Cresswell
  • Moreno
  • Walters
  • De Bruyne
  • Ozil
  • Roberto Firmino
  • Ighalo
  • Kane
  • Lukaku
  • Bellerín
  • King
  • Vardy

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Last updated: 24 Nov, 2015 6:59pm
Player Club Factors
No Change De Gea MUN A
Up Mignolet LIV C, Vs
Up Butland STO A, VsX
No Change Hennessey CPL B, Vs, Rest, £
Up Gomes WAT B
Up Lloris TOT B, Vs
Up Pantilimon SUN C, VsX
Up Adrián WHM C, Vs
No Change Cech ARS B
Down Begovic CHE C, Rest
No Change Myhill WBA B
No Change Stekelenburg SOT B
No Change Howard EVE C
No Change Hart MCI B


Last updated: 24 Nov, 2015 6:55pm
Player Club Factors
Up Moreno LIV B, Vs
Up Dier TOT B, Vs, OoP
Down Bellerín ARS B, Vs
Up Coleman EVE B, Vs
No Change Smalling MUN A
Down Otamendi MCI B, Rest
Up Zouma CHE B, Vs
Down Dann CPL B
Down van Dijk SOT B, VsX
Up Cresswell WHM C, Vs
No Change Janmaat NEW C
Up Simpson LEI B, £
Up Wollscheid STO A, VsX
No Change Dawson WBA C, VsX


Last updated: 27 Nov, 2015 2:34pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Ozil ARS A, Vs
Up Coutinho LIV A, Vs
Down De Bruyne MCI B
Down Sánchez ARS C, Vs
No Change Mahrez LEI A, VsX
Up Eriksen TOT B, Vs
Up Barkley EVE A, Vs
Down Mane SOT B, VsX
No Change André Ayew SWA B
Up Deulofeu EVE A, Vs
Down Wijnaldum NEW A
No Change Lanzini WHM B, £
Up Bolasie CPL B
No Change Willian CHE B
No Change Tadic SOT B, VsX


Last updated: 24 Nov, 2015 6:53pm
Player Club Factors
Up Lukaku EVE A, Vs
Up Kane TOT A, Vs
Up Aguero MCI C, Inj
No Change Vardy LEI A, VsX
Up Ighalo WAT A
Up Diego Costa CHE C, Vs
Down Pellè SOT C, VsX, Sus
No Change Giroud ARS A, Rest
No Change Martial MUN C, Inj
Down Benteke LIV B, Rest

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension
Player Team YC
Clark AVL 4
Ritchie BOU 4
Cabaye CPL 4
Zaha CPL 4
McCarthy EVE 4
Huth LEI 4
Can LIV 4
Clyne LIV 4
Mangala MCI 4
Tioté NEW 4
Bassong NOR 4
Romeu SOT 4
Whelan STO 4
Williams SWA 4
Nyom WAT 4
Yacob WBA 4

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