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  1. I must say I like how evenly poised 3 of the quarters are, no out and out favourites and even costa rica have proved they can cause an upset or two. looking forward to some great football! 😀

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
  2. Got the bottom of the previous page lol

    Well heres my conundrum. Playing the Mcshite game.

    My forward line is Muller, Messi, Neymar, (robben)

    For the 1st time since the beginning I've dropped Benz. Do you think he's needed? I know that the popular choice is going Neymar(less) but I worry he could explode.

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. Keep an eye on the Germany team news as they confirmed 7 players have been affected by Flu. We may need to make some changes in the final hour 😉

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. blimey and it’ll be man-flu as well…. time to stock up on the French!!

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
      2. Not true

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
        1. Say more about this, Demi.

          Hummels definitely had flu. Reports of the "seven" are extremely widespread. Why don't you think it's true? Mind-games?

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
          1. Just confused as to why people are still talking about it, when they "had" it, but are fine now.

            From the press conference yday:

            Loew on flu: "From yesterday until today, all players able to train. Slight cold but no feeling of exhaustion."

            PB posted that it's not being treated as a big deal at all in Germany

            • 1 year, 7 months ago
      3. I've heard that this illness thing has passed. albeit I've heard it on here so whether its just a bit of trolling I'm not sure

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
        1. Not trolling. Low confirmed it had affected 7 but refused to give names. He said they trained with sore throats but Hummels started with a sore throat before the fever came on day 3.

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
    2. have you seen the scoring patterns and stuck with going all out on strikers or are you oblivious?

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. not at all oblivious mate. I think I've got a relatively balanced side to be honest. Im just banking on more goals than in the last round. Its all a gamble really.

        Heres where I'm at:
        Cillessen
        Sakho Mert DVB (De Vrij)
        Valbuena Lahm Jrod Masch
        Muller, Messi, Neymar, (robben)

        Got 0.5m banked. Waiting for team news re SAKHO and may bring HUMMELS in for MERT if definitely fit.

        Its more about maintenance than going all out for me really - 50 points ahead in my cash ML

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
        1. myself i would want one more defender if protecting a lead.
          going by last round thats where points are, especially if game goes to extra time, so I would consider spreading defence over more teams so you avoid opponent getting advantage with random 0-0

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
          1. yeah I can see your thinking here mate

            • 1 year, 7 months ago
            1. i think in all teams last round at least one player got 12 plus points in defence, i would want to increase my chances of landing those players

              • 1 year, 7 months ago
              1. this. i would argue you need one more RB magnet in midfield too in case Valbuena or J.Rod don't score

                • 1 year, 7 months ago
            2. the dog types sense. this is mcds: defence>attack

              • 1 year, 7 months ago
              1. that does make sense to be fair folks.

                What changes would you make Def & Mid though?

                • 1 year, 7 months ago
    3. if it was any of them i would drop muller for benz

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. my thoughts are that if the Germans get there act together against france then Muller is likely to get in there. Theres doubts around Neymars fitness from what Ive heard and I don't fancy Brazil without a 100% fit neymar

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
        1. yeah i am not sure about fitness but i suppose you have also to consider what your opponent might do, are they likely to stick with neymar.
          Just going by earlier games, french attack as a whole look better than german defence, but it is all opinion

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
          1. my opponents are all completely casual to be fair. thats where my thinking is. I know they'll go with pretty much that forward line to be fair (without Robben). My guess is they'll pick 3 big forwards out of RVP (maybe injured), Neymar, Messi, Muller. So I'm hoping Robben is the dif in my ML.

            • 1 year, 7 months ago
    4. If you were going to make changes to this what would you consider?
      Cillessen
      Sakho Mert DVB (De Vrij)
      Valbuena Lahm Jrod Masch
      Muller, Messi, Neymar, (robben)

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. myself i have sacrificed my fourth big name forward to get more in defence.
        there is talk of gago getting dropped but you could do masch-gago (there isnt massive difference in PPG)
        that could give you extra 2.5 to buy a C rica defender, not that they may keep CS, but the chances are the could still get big points

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
        1. or you could have garay in for argentine defence and do masch to c rica mid
          garay will score more than masch i think

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
      2. Muller->Garay and use the space cash to get anther defender (zapata?), or mid (gago?)

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
    5. Müller, Messi and Robben here. Benzema's form seems to be declining and Neymar is not on top, but will probably play even at 50% because he is essential to the Brazilian side.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. see thats my thoughts really. My probable is Neymar to Benz and hope for the best.

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
  3. Sneijder or JRod ?

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. JRod.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. Also when Sneijder have a way easier game then JRod ?

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
        1. this is a good point. apparently brazil have completely re-formatted their team to combat the columbia midfield.

          sneijder could be a great differential

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
          1. Maybe, but Costa Rica won't exactly be free flowing will they. They'll be tough to beat.

            • 1 year, 7 months ago
            1. Brazil > Costa Rica and Nederlands > Columbia

              • 1 year, 7 months ago
              1. Brazil's defence is leaky though pal

                • 1 year, 7 months ago
        2. Yeah, but JRod has double the amount of points that Sneijder has. Plus, there'll probably be plenty of goals in the Brazil game, so JRod should be in there, surely. I think you can get players that will beat Sneijder's points total for much cheaper and who play earlier on, anyway. If you want to take a punt, then I'd take one earlier in the round, personally.

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
  4. T1P

    Can anyone tell me who the picture is of on sky sports fantasy football when you click on Diego Costa? They are wearing a Man Utd Shirt! Thanks!

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. Looks like Jesse Lingard.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. T1P

        Yep good shout I think you're right!

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
  5. Rmwct
    Cillisen x x
    Hummels, varane, Zapata, Gonzalez, de vrij, van buyten x
    Rodriguez, valbuena, de brunye, lahm, mascherano x x x
    Schurrle, robben, messi x x

    Bit concerned with so many non playing players

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
  6. Amy Lewis ‏@SkySportsAmy 6m
    LFC have not gone above £18m for Dejan Lovren I'm told. Saints value him as their best player & won't accept less than £25m #LFC #saintsfc

    I know Saints are getting plundered but they are making sure they are rinsing everyone's £$€ while doing so

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. Yes, read earlier they won't no less than 20m... Although whether he goes Liverpool or Spurs is another question

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
    2. too right

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
    3. not worth anywhere near 25m imo

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. He is to Saints.

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
  7. I wonder if Kaboul will get a chance next season. I'm guessing this is the most likely back line:

    Walker Chiricheș Dawson Vertonghen

    .
    How highly is Dawson rated at White Hart Lane?

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. Ben Davies say hello

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. Walker Chiriches Vertonghen Davies

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
      2. I hope not tbh.

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
    2. I think Dawson's finished at Spurs

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
    3. Poch is all about mobility and skillful players moving the ball out of defence on the floor. Unsure whether Dawson fits that mode.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
    4. Danny Rose?

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. Good point.

        Could be a huge fantasy player if nailed on under Poch, and finally classed as a defender.

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
        1. His diving alone should be worth a few points.

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
      2. Yeah, what about Danny Rose? I didn't watch much of the Spurs last season, but I didn't think Danny Rose was really a weak link. He played at left back right through the end of the season, didn't he?

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
        1. His defending leaves a little to be desired, but like Walker, he can normally make up for it with athleticism. Would certainly be favoured ahead of Vertongen at left back.

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
    5. Chiriches was great at Glastonbury

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
  8. anyone got that gay american world cup line up gif?

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. Brilliant thanks GB

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
  9. I've created an index to predict fantasy player scores in the quarter finals in an objective way by using bookie odds and past performance.

    You can check out my article and all the projected player scores here:
    http://www.reddit.com/r/FantasyPL/comments/29sz0w/projected_fantasy_player_scores_for_the_quarter/

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. Zep
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Thanks mate...

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
    2. Good work that! Have to account for injury niggles and likelihood of being picked, but very useful, cheers :)

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
    3. That's impressive. Thanks.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
    4. good work but u have way to much time on your hands bro...

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
    5. Good work. Will suffer from being a small dataset, so the score variance will be high.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
    6. Gold! Thanks.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
    7. The link contains an explanation of the index, but where is the index itself?

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
  10. Morning all, my first RMT!

    McD team: 5-3-2

    Ospina, (Cillesssen)
    Boateng, Zapata, Blind, De Vrij, Gonzalez (Van Buyten, Fernandez)
    Valbuena, JRod, Cuadrado (Gago, KdB)
    Griezemann, Neymar (Robben)

    1) Boateng -> Sakho or Varane?
    2) Is Fernandez nailed?
    3) Rolling captain - starting with Griezemann?
    4) Neymar -> Messi?

    Cheers!

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. Good team, and the right formation

      1) Boateng or sakho, depends who you think will win. sakho for me
      2) probably
      3) valbuena for me, but griezmann second
      4) messi

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. Thanks! If Sakho is confirmed later I'll swap, given the German flu recovery...

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
  11. Big question:

    Cillessen + Fernandez

    or

    Romero + Bruno Martins-Indi

    I've already got 2 Dutch defenders.

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. I don't really like clicking on random links. Can you tell me the jist of it?

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
        1. Honestly I can't, it's a google doc, nothing suss about it. But the index is far to complicated to hope to explain to you in a comment

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
          1. Ok. Thank you for your reply. I trust you, i'll have a look 😀

            • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. The former by a long way, I think.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
  12. We all in agreement that it looks like Dubuchy will be joining Arsenal along with Sanchez? Dubuchy could be brilliant pick

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. is that the clean sheet points arsenal will be getting?

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. Lol Sanchez is not joining Arsenal. He has ambition.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. Where could he join, if he is being forced out, that has a better chance of trophies than Arsenal?

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
        1. City, Chelsea, Juve, Atletico Madrid, United....how many more do you need?

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
  13. No trouble elsewhere in my team except defence. Sensible transfers in fox or are there a better pair for 280k? Already have Hummels, Duarte and Howedes.

    Rojo > Blind
    Manolas > Debuchy

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. For fox you need to build transfers towards having enough player for the semi/finals
      Seems like you're banking on Germany so why bring in a french defender?

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. Spread the risk was my thought, that way I know I'll have 2 defenders for the next round. That was my thinking...

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
  14. After Holland, who do we reckon has the next best chance of a clean sheet?

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. Germany but I dont think anyof the 4 will keep a clean sheet

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
    2. Brazil

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
  15. Is Martins Indi nailed on?

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
      • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. With the injury to de Jong. Yes, it's not like we wanted to play Blind in CB anyway. But with de Jong and Fer out we have to play Blind there

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
  16. NEW ARTICLE POSTED
  17. One question for u guys today ..

    Sakho Or Toby ..

    Looking for a 4th defender in the Sun Dream Team

    Romero
    Howedes Blind Di Rij ????
    Muller JRod Robben
    Messi Neymar Rvp

    Thanks

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. Our teams are remarkably similar lol.

      If I had to pick from those two it'd definitely be Sakho.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. Nice one bro .. do u reckon he is nailed on ..
        Do u have him ?

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
        1. Nah I don't have him mate. I've gone German instead.

          Rest of my defence is the same as yours except for fernandez instead of Sakho/Toby

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
          1. How could I fit Fernandez in my team bro ?

            • 1 year, 7 months ago
  18. If you had to have one, which would you pick:

    Any German defender or any French defender

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. German mate

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
  19. Guys,

    At my post on the top of the page I think a lot of people have been talking a lot of sense in terms of Bulking up Def & Mid.

    My team is
    Cillessen
    Sakho Mert DVB (De Vrij)
    Valbuena Lahm Jrod Masch
    Muller, Messi, Neymar, (robben)

    the rest are all non playing £1m players as fillers.

    I have £0.5m banked. What changes would you make?

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
  20. Not an RMT just want someone to check for glaring errors please

    Courtois Cillessen

    Zapata Van buyten Fernandez Blind De Vrij Gonzalez

    Valbuena Lahm JRod Gag Wijnaldum Tejeda

    Muller Neymar Robben

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. Some talk of Gago and Fernandez sitting out due to rotation but all good apart from that

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. Rotation in a quarter final? Thanks mate

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
        1. 😯

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
  21. Out of these games rank the countries in terms of their likeliness in keeping a cleansheet:

    Belgium v Argentina
    Germany v France
    Costa Rica v Netherlands
    Colombia v Brazil

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. Netherlands
      Argentina
      Belgium
      France
      Germany
      Brazil
      Colombia
      Costa Rica

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. Same here but Germany over France and Colombia over Brazil

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
        1. I think France's pace will trouble the German "Full Backs" and the Colombian "Full Backs" are wingers

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
  22. Aaron Cresswell signing for West Ham...anyone keeping an eye on him for FPL? Must admit I don't know much about him at all, but 12 assists last season stands out. Could also potentially come in cheaper than Demel, Reid etc.

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
  23. For MCD:

    1. Navas or Cillessen?

    2. Mertesacker or Hummels?

    3. G. Gonzalez or D.Blind? (already have de Vrij)

    4. Lahm or Kroos or neither?

    5. Muller or Schurrle (if he starts)?

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. Cill but just for price

      Mert

      Blind

      Lah,

      Muller

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. Thanks a lot, mate!

        Do you reckon Navas might rake in more points like Mbolhi and Howard because of the great amount of shots that Robben and RVP are going to throw at him? Might be worth the extra 2 mil?

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
  24. stay loyal to ADM or get rid?

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
  25. Mascherano or Lahm? I just can't make up my mind. Got a feeling about Lahm ...

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. why not both ?

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
  26. Cillessen (1m, 1m)

    Hummels, Fernandez, van buyten, zapa, de vrij, 1m , 1m

    Lahm. Mascherano, Valbuena, KDB, Tejada, Gago,, 1m, 1m

    Müller, Robben, Messi, LUkaku, 1 m

    how does this look to you guys ? for the McD game

    • 1 year, 7 months ago

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