Suspensions

The Suspension Tightrope – Gameweek 20

Three players managed to mark the end of 2016 with a ban, not a whimper, as they picked up their fifth yellow cards of the season to tumble from the Suspension Tightrope.

With just hours to go until the Premier League’s January 1 armistice would have raised the one-match ban threshold from five to ten yellows, Jordi Amat ,Dean Marney (4.5) and Billy Jones (4.4) “fell foul of the fuzz” and will now miss Gameweek 20.

Amat, with a 12.5% ownership base, is the most popular Swansea City player in the Fantasy Premier League, but many of those managers will find it difficult to miss a man who has produced scores of 0, -1, 6, 1, 1 and 0 from his last six starts.

Marney’s 0.8% ownership is the highest among Burnley’s midfielders, which is the FPL equivalent of being hailed the nation’s funniest Chuckle Brother, while Jones…let’s just move on.

The bigger suspension story of New Year’s Eve revolved around Southampton skipper Virgil van Dijk (5.8).

He was dismissed for two yellows late into the defeat by West Brom and will now miss tomorrow’s trip to Everton.

As a result, the 14.3% owned defender is currently the most transferred-out player of the Gameweek, despite the Saints’ promising run of fixtures – Burnley, Swansea and Sunderland away, Leicester City and West Ham at St Mary’s – that kick in on his return.

That quartet join Jamie Vardy (9.6) on the naughty step: the Leicester City striker will complete the final match of his three-stretch at Middlesbrough tomorrow after his lunge on Stoke City’s Mame Diouf caught the inconsistent eye of referee Craig Pawson back in Gameweek 17.

But 2016 is sooo last year when we have 2017’s first tightrope inhabitant to welcome.

Watford’s Jose Holebas (4.8) is this year’s original sinner after picking up his ninth booking of the season during the Hornets’ shellacking by Spurs on Sunday afternoon. To put that in its proper context, the defender has as many cautions as the club’s two top scorers, Etienne Capoue and Troy Deeney, have managed goals.

Holebas will now have to remain guilt-free until April 9 or Gameweek 33.

Just behind him, on eight yellows, comes Leicester’s Danny Simpson (4.9), who was one of eight players cautioned in the clash with West Ham United on Saturday.

Back from spending Gameweek 19 in the stands is Pedro (6.9), who has lost nearly 86,000 managers and 0.4 from his value since Gameweek 16, despite racking up 13 points in the Boxing Day win that also saw him banned for his fifth booking of the season.

Willian’s (7.1) 15-point barnstormer against Stoke City on New Year’s Eve won’t have reassured the 115,000+ managers still holding the Spaniard that their man will walk back into the team to face Spurs on January 4.

Spurs will have two defenders returning that day – Kyle Walker (6.1), who has lost close to 5% of his owners for missing Gameweek 19, and Jan Vertonghen (5.7).

Also available again will be Jeff Hendrick (5.4), Nathan Redmond (5.8), Miguel Britos (4.3), Antonio Barragan (4.6), Damien Delaney (4.8) and Marko Arnautovic (7.1), who has now completed his three-match ban.

The Men In Black

Graham Scott was the stand-out whistle-blower of an otherwise quiet weekend.

He awarded the only penalty of the Gameweek, his second of the season in just his fourth outing – a strike rate that puts him in the top half of the table among those making match-changing decisions.

And Mr Scott made sure all his major calls counted in the Burnley vs Sunderland match as both of his bookings led to suspensions.

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  1. djapebronx
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Done Siggy to Sterling. 0.0 now ITB . Taking a punt on (c) ... Gtg?

      Grant
      Alonso Jones Zabaleta Ake
      Hazard Sanchez(v) Lallana Sterling(c)
      Ibrahimovic Costa

      Pickford Carroll de Roon Amat

      1. Psojkee
          2 months, 27 days ago

          i think he won't start

      2. mr messi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 27 days ago

        I can get Costa, Ibra and Aguero but is this defence too weak?

        Courtois/Jaku
        Evans Aké Pieters Amat Holgate

        1. Man Chest Hair United
            2 months, 27 days ago

            pretty weak but could get away with it. whose your midfield

            1. mr messi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Sanchez Alli Phillips Lallana De Roon

              1. Man Chest Hair United
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  same front 8 as me at the moment on WC.

                  My defence is weak too

                  Foster Jaku
                  Alonso Friend Ake Evans Holgate

          • Psojkee
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Foster-Jaku
              Bellerin-Pieters-McAuley-Alonso
              Eriksen-Siggy-Hazard-Firmino-Capoue
              Costa-Ibra-Caroll

              1 FT, 0.4 ITB

              No idea what to do... Want to get rid of Caroll and Siggy... It worth a hit? And who's a best replacement? Phillips/Lallana/Tekke? Which combination?
              big thanks

              1. tempest
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Lallana very good value

                  1. Psojkee
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Should i get rid of Caroll?

                      1. tempest
                          2 months, 27 days ago

                          In an ideal world yes, but not sure it is a priority?

                          1. Psojkee
                              2 months, 27 days ago

                              I think Lallana/Firmino it's too much for pool cover... i don't now really

                    • tempest
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        Am I right to do this....?

                        Foster / Pick
                        Alonso / Walker / Holebas / Amat / Pieters
                        Sanchez / Alli/ Lallana / JRod/ Fletcher
                        Kane / Costa / Carroll

                        So... Kane ----> Aguero for free?

                        1. STONEROSES
                            2 months, 27 days ago

                            Yeah, seems good given Spurs & city next opponents

                        2. purple.emu
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 months, 27 days ago

                          Iwobi or townsend?

                          1. tempest
                              2 months, 27 days ago

                              Never Townsend

                              1. purple.emu
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                2 months, 27 days ago

                                why?

                              2. purple.emu
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                2 months, 27 days ago

                                was one of the most inform player at the back end of last season

                            • Psojkee
                                2 months, 27 days ago

                                both are weak
                                another picks?

                                1. purple.emu
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  2 months, 27 days ago

                                  you seen palaces game? Big sam etc

                              • Business Cat
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                2 months, 27 days ago

                                Neither.

                                Iwobi's never gonna be regular, like the Ox

                                1. purple.emu
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  2 months, 27 days ago

                                  who then? 6.5 or under. I have phillips

                                  1. Business Cat
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    2 months, 27 days ago

                                    Stanislas the popular pick today for some reason.

                                    Personally, I'd go Snodgrass

                              • Maximus Bonimus
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                2 months, 27 days ago

                                Townsed - he looked good today, on the verge of points, lots of dribbles, crosses for Benteke & shots & FKs. Think he will get points under gig sam, doesn't need to do much to justify 5.9 either. Iwobi will be rotated so avoid imo.

                            • Mr Tin
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              2 months, 27 days ago

                              Would really appreciate some help here. What would you prefer from these 2 teams. Not wildcard, just a 2-3 week plan.

                              Team A (-4)
                              Boric, Foster
                              MONREAL, Pieters, Alonso, Cedric, Amat
                              Sanchez, Mikhitaryan, Lallana, ERIKSEN/ALLI, Capoue
                              Ibra, COSTA, Anichibe

                              Team B (-8)
                              Boric, Foster
                              BELLERIN, Pieters, Alonso, Cedric, Amat
                              Sanchez, Mikhitaryan, Lallana, SNODGRASS, PHILLIPS
                              AGUERO, COSTA, Anichibe

                              1. Psojkee
                                  2 months, 27 days ago

                                  Kun is a good differential now and can easily score a brace with Burnley, it will be a massive green arrow for u, because another captain option are weak

                                • pogbabeast
                                    2 months, 27 days ago

                                    B

                                  • Pique boo
                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                      team a but without monreal

                                      1. Mr Tin
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        2 months, 27 days ago

                                        Suggestions for 5.9 or under to replace Monreal?

                                        1. Pique boo
                                            2 months, 27 days ago

                                            maybe someone like Gibson/Chambers if you need the extra cash.

                                        2. Mr Tin
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          2 months, 27 days ago

                                          Thanks all

                                    • pogbabeast
                                        2 months, 27 days ago

                                        Have 7.2m to spend on a midfielder? Any suggestions?

                                        I am thinking either Willian (form) or Redmond (fixtures)?

                                        1. Psojkee
                                            2 months, 27 days ago

                                            Willian/Pedro both rotation risk
                                            Redmond is an awful pick, forget about him

                                          • Maximus Bonimus
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            2 months, 27 days ago

                                            Phillips, Chadli, Townsend, Puncheon, Cabaye, Mirallas, Barkley, Stanislas, J-Rod all worth a punt imo! All have either form, fixtures, value or all three in their favour. Actually Pedro as well could be great at 6.9.

                                            1. pogbabeast
                                                2 months, 27 days ago

                                                Can't see Willian being dropped/rested after scoring a brace in his last game? Redmond is a punt but Southampton fixtures look to good to ignore. Phillips is a decent shout - not sure about Chadli. Already brought Benteke in so don't want too much Palace in my team with Puncheon or Cabaye. Barkley is not a bad shout but they have Saints and City in their next 2 so no good for short term.

                                          • Man Chest Hair United
                                              2 months, 27 days ago

                                              Is Coquelin a solid 2 pint bench mid?

                                              1. Man Chest Hair United
                                                  2 months, 27 days ago

                                                  point

                                                • Maximus Bonimus
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  2 months, 27 days ago

                                                  Players like Coquelin make me sad in FPL 🙁

                                                • Business Cat
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  2 months, 27 days ago

                                                  Not totally nailed.

                                                  Two of Xhaka, Coquelin and Elneny play normally (Cazorla if he comes back might be in the same positions)

                                                  Plenty of better/cheaper 2pt benchwarmers out there

                                                • gunner 2727
                                                    2 months, 27 days ago

                                                    Nailed as elneny afcon

                                                • Pique boo
                                                    2 months, 27 days ago

                                                    A) is Jones going to be nailed on, or would it be better to get a WBA defender in?

                                                    B) Would you rather have eriksen/alli or lallana/coutinho for the next couple gws?

                                                    thanks in advanced.

                                                    1. gunner 2727
                                                        2 months, 27 days ago

                                                        Jones plays im sure. Reyes for harder fixture. Cout not fit yet so Erik alli

                                                        1. gunner 2727
                                                            2 months, 27 days ago

                                                            Rested

                                                        2. STONEROSES
                                                            2 months, 27 days ago

                                                            Bailly away for AFCON now, think Jones will start

                                                        3. Maximus Bonimus
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          2 months, 27 days ago

                                                          Anyone else captaining Chris Brunt tomorrow? Just me?? Ok then

                                                          1. STONEROSES
                                                              2 months, 27 days ago

                                                              It's not as mad as some might think. Hope it works for u!

                                                          2. The Welsh Xavi
                                                              2 months, 27 days ago

                                                              Grant

                                                              Nyom Barragan Alonso

                                                              Hazard Sanchez Lallana Siggy

                                                              Costa Ibra Origi

                                                              (Jaku, Vertonghen, Amat, Fletcher)

                                                              1.1M itb

                                                              Suggestions please? Best Siggy replacement? And is it worth doing Costa -> Aguero?

                                                              1. STONEROSES
                                                                  2 months, 27 days ago

                                                                  Philips best Siggy replacement I think.

                                                                  I wouldn't dump Costa

                                                              2. STONEROSES
                                                                  2 months, 27 days ago

                                                                  Should I start with:

                                                                  A. Allen (WAT)

                                                                  or B

                                                                  Origi (sun).

                                                                  Thanks

                                                                  1. The Welsh Xavi
                                                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                                                      Origi - only played 30 mins against city so he'll definitely start, against a tired Sunderland defence missing Kone and Pickford

                                                                      1. STONEROSES
                                                                          2 months, 27 days ago

                                                                          Cheers

                                                                    • gunner 2727
                                                                        2 months, 27 days ago

                                                                        aguero for me

                                                                      • Back on the horse
                                                                          2 months, 27 days ago

                                                                          I'm only through to the quarters of the blood FFS cup. I've never got anywhere near this far!

                                                                        • gunner 2727
                                                                            2 months, 27 days ago

                                                                            1 question ..... have just gone 4 hits for

                                                                            Foster Randolph

                                                                            Alonso pieters jones brunt baines

                                                                            Hazard Allen Phillips Sanchez lallana

                                                                            Aguero. Ibra Barnes

                                                                            -12 or wildcard it?

                                                                            1. Johnny Leghorn
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              2 months, 26 days ago

                                                                              Take the hit! 4 transfers not the best use of a WC this early on.

                                                                          • Business Cat
                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                            2 months, 27 days ago

                                                                            That Giroud goal was pretty awesome

                                                                            (watching MOTD2 on dial-up)

                                                                          • Bampot Co.
                                                                              2 months, 27 days ago

                                                                              When will the FPL cup draw for next round be announced?

                                                                            • Bubz
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              2 months, 27 days ago

                                                                              Do we expect Origi to start tomorrow?

                                                                              1. ILOVEBAPS (Big or small)
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                2 months, 26 days ago

                                                                                I sold him so yes.

                                                                            • JakesXI
                                                                                2 months, 27 days ago

                                                                                Captain
                                                                                a) Aguero
                                                                                b) Ibra
                                                                                c) Benteke (vs swans)
                                                                                d) Lallana (vs sunderland)
                                                                                Need some help here

                                                                                1. Swan - Villa Proud
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  2 months, 27 days ago

                                                                                  A

                                                                                2. gunner 2727
                                                                                    2 months, 27 days ago

                                                                                    Well after buying Sergio I don't personally feel I would want anyone else. Upside massive but understand the reticence

                                                                                  • ILOVEBAPS (Big or small)
                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                    2 months, 26 days ago

                                                                                    B

                                                                                3. Back on the horse
                                                                                    2 months, 27 days ago

                                                                                    Got the exact money for Capoue to Phillips. Fate, right?

                                                                                    1. Business Cat
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                                                                      Serendipity more like

                                                                                      ...you know what to do...

                                                                                  • mrclown17
                                                                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                                                                      Nyom goin to AFCON? Yay or nay?

                                                                                    • ILOVEBAPS (Big or small)
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      2 months, 26 days ago

                                                                                      Worth a -4 to do Siggy > Phillips?

                                                                                    • TLF
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      2 months, 26 days ago

                                                                                      Giroud worth a punt now or still too much of a rotation/bench risk ?

                                                                                    • emyoueffsee
                                                                                        2 months, 26 days ago

                                                                                        Heaton
                                                                                        Rose Clyne Friend Jones( Amat)
                                                                                        Hazard Siggy Lallana(c)(Antonio, Fer)
                                                                                        Ibra Kane Origi.

                                                                                        Thinking about Hazard/Siggy to Sanchez/Phillips for a -4 hit. Is this bad ?
                                                                                        Should I play Antonio over Jones?

                                                                                      • Sol
                                                                                          2 months, 23 days ago

                                                                                          Heaton (Pickford*)
                                                                                          Alonso Holebas Williams (Amat ,3.9*)
                                                                                          Hazard Eriksen Phillips Sanchez
                                                                                          Origi costa Ibra

                                                                                          0.Ft 1.9 itb

                                                                                          A) Origi > Defoe (and then upgrade defense) ?
                                                                                          B) Origi > Giroud (exact cash) ?

                                                                                          Cheers