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.

1,337 Comments Post a Comment
  1. TOFO
    1 year, 22 days ago

    on the WC, what shoud i change ?

    Heaton // Jaku
    Bellerin // Brunt // Chambers // Aké // Kelly
    Sanchez // Lallane // Pogba // Sterling // de roon
    Ibra // Costa // Rondon

    Advice very much appreciated.

    1. gawa11
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Is this for reals

    2. Mr. Blonde
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Any reason you're wild carding?

    3. semiconductor
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Very good team. But maybe a chelsea defence is better. They are very much capable of clean sheets

    4. SuperMario
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Aguero could explode and you be in trouble.. Maybe consider Pogba to Phillips

    5. Odikostar
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Would rather have Philips and another premium defender, but it looks good

  2. gawa11
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Play cedric or alonso this week? Has to be alonso yeah?

  3. blind faith
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Is Holgate a wasted transfer? Even as bench fodder?

    1. Only a Hazard of time
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Stay clear of Everton's defence.

      1. blind faith
        1 year, 22 days ago

        4.3 to spend on defender?

        1. Only a Hazard of time
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 year, 22 days ago

          Britos (WAT) and Robertson (HUL) are 4.3 and both nailed

    2. Odikostar
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Don't

  4. Only a Hazard of time
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Liverpool fans: Is Origi likely to start? Too good to turn down as captain if he's likely.

  5. FULHAM 4 LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Costa to (K)un for a -4?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      1 year, 22 days ago

      I think it's essential to have both, find a way to have both.

  6. Differentiator
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Firmino + Anichebe (Firm may not play ) -> Pogba and Borini? (-4)

    Significantly improves my ability to put out 11 this week, in all likelihood will struggle for 11 without.

  7. KAPTAIN KANE
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Psyched for this team going forward.

    Grant,
    Valencia, Ake, Alonso
    Phillips, Lallana, Snoddy, Sanchez
    Costa, Aguero, Kane

    Pickford, Friend, De Roon, Amat

    Feel like I have a fairly good balance, just a bit worried the midfield is a bit weak. Thoughts please?

    Thanks

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      1 year, 22 days ago

      0 ITB. WC played to get this team (I know I'm impatient!)

    2. Georgie10
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Man united could hurt you

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        1 year, 22 days ago

        Ibra?

    3. Odikostar
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Very nice, hull got pretty rubish fixtures though, so I would rather have stanislas or Jrod

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        1 year, 22 days ago

        Yes I tell you what, I was contemplating having Stanislas and Chadli instead of Snoddy and Phillips, but thought I would go with form (and potential price rises).

        Hopefully an easy move to make in the near future.

  8. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Need some advice on what to do here.

    Foster
    Alonso, Brunt, Holebas
    Hazard, Mkhiteryan, Eriksen, Siggy
    Kane, Ibra, Origi

    Pickford*, Capoue, VVD*, Amat*.... 1FT 0.00 ITB

    Am currently thinking Siggy to Phillips? Or should I ship Origi? Or Holebas? Not sure who to bring in for either of them. Thoughts?

    1. sthelenslad92
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Siggy to Phillips sounds good. Holebas needs 1 more yellow for a ban so maybe ship him out

    2. Differentiator
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Alonso, Brunt, Phillips all potential rotation issues for this week IMO.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        1 year, 22 days ago

        I hope not! Just put Alonso and Phillips in haha

    3. Whats the Huth
      1 year, 22 days ago

      You need starters. The last two on your bench may be needed.

      Ship origi

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 year, 22 days ago

        problem is who to

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        1 year, 22 days ago

        This

    4. semiconductor
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Holebas i guess

    5. KAPTAIN KANE
      1 year, 22 days ago

      I think ship Origi, say Rondon? Game time is a doubt with Origi and I think that should be the first and deciding factor.

      1. Odikostar
        1 year, 22 days ago

        Can't afford it

        1. Odikostar
          1 year, 22 days ago

          Nevermind... in that case it's a solid transfer

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          1 year, 22 days ago

          Sorry, I thought Origi was worth more. Negredo?

        3. KAPTAIN KANE
          1 year, 22 days ago

          Or for longer term, ship Origi to say Anichebe, go 3-5-2 and try to get Sanchez in?

      2. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 year, 22 days ago

        Cheers, hadn't considered Rondon

  9. sthelenslad92
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Sorry for repeating, posted and then the page changed.

    A) Valdes – Grant
    Alonso – Brunt – Dann – Gibson – Ake
    Sanchez – Hazard – Lallana – Phillips – De Roon
    Aguero – Costa - Carroll

    B) Hennessey – Grant
    Alonso – Evans – Pieters – Friend – Ake
    Sanchez – Hazard – Lallana – Phillips – De Roon
    Ibra - Costa – Carroll

    A is better, but if Aguero starts scoring I can get him in much more easily with B.

  10. Sergeant Garcia
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Any news on Llorente's injury? Or should I just sell?

    1. James H
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Doubt we'll get any news - I'd sell.

    2. thomo107
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 22 days ago

      who you selling for? I have same issue

  11. FANTASYFOOTBALLSTOUT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Quick one, Kane to Kun?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Only after the next GWS, Spurs have two home games on the trot albeit one against Chelsea.
      Any way you can have both?

  12. New Post
    1. Ravager
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Gift that keeps on giving

  13. Ownership Tactician
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 22 days ago

    From a captain point of view, Sanchez is a bigger risk of not playing 90 than Ibra right?

    1. James H
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Yep, would agree with that.

    2. dja81
      1 year, 22 days ago

      If utd are winning..i would of thought ibra will be subbed at some point

  14. diesel001
    1 year, 22 days ago

    For those with lower TVs - a team with a good attack and a defence which at least plays and gets points:

    Grant - Hennessey
    Chambers - Ake - (Holgate) - Mee - Evans
    Lallana - Sanchez - Alli - Phillips - (De Roon)
    Aguero - Ibra - Costa

  15. Kryten
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Ok get rid of siggy or Carroll? 2.4 in the bank?

    1. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Unfortunately Siggy.

      Lots of options
      Lalla Phillips Alli Pogba Miki

  16. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Heaton
    Bellerin Brunt Jevans
    Lallana Phillips Haz Sanc Alli
    Ibra Costa

    Pick Carroll Ake Amat
    Gtg?

    1. Kryten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Looks good mate

      1. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
        1 year, 22 days ago

        Cheers

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Spot on

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Thoughts on my below? See your benching big Andy

    4. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Beast of a team...I think you've benched correctly

      1. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
        1 year, 22 days ago

        Thanks Bizcat

  17. Snoop1
    1 year, 22 days ago

    hazard + defoe for aguero + 4.9mid? gray (lei), mutch (cry)
    would be -4

    or save transfer?

    heaton
    brunt, ake, holebas,
    eriksen, sanchez (C), hazard, lallana, phillips,
    costa, ibra,

    jaku, defoe, van dijk, amat,

  18. sthelenslad92
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Is Brunt a rotation risk? Evans a safer bet?

  19. Moose™
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Lads, any thoughts on this lot?

    Foster Pickford

    Alonso McAuley Cedric Pieters Amat

    Sanchez Hazard Lallana Siggy DeRoon

    Zlatan Kane Origi

    2FT & 0.5ITB

    A. Alonso --> Bellerin

    B. McAuley --> Brunt

    C. Others?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Lose Origi!

  20. bojack
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 22 days ago

    It's Dele Alli. With two Ls. Alli not Ali.

  21. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Last try 🙂 G2G pros??...

    Heaton
    Lovren Walker Evans
    Sanchez Hazard Eriksen Phillips
    Kun(C) Zlatan(VC) Carroll
    (Jaku, Pieters, Capoue, Amat)

    1. Ravager
      1 year, 22 days ago

      GTG

    2. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Loaded mate. Like your team 🙂

  22. Cocky Spaniel Alves
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Pedro or Siggy to Phillips or stick with both?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Siggy! Swans are terrible

      1. Cocky Spaniel Alves
        1 year, 22 days ago

        I know. Pens and free kicks though.

    2. dja81
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Pedro to phillips

    3. kris_jerøme
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Keep Siggy for Palace. absolutely nailed

  23. YTUMAMMA
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Evenin all...
    GTG?
    1FT. £1M ITB...

    Grant
    Clyne Jones Alonso Brunt
    Haz Alexis Phillips
    Ibra Kane Carroll

    Pickford Fletcher Capoue Holebas

    Contemplating Capoue to Allen and benching Alonso or Jones...
    Thoughts appreciated...
    Cheers.

  24. kris_jerøme
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Nyom going AFCON or what yo?

  25. ryacoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Siggy and Carroll to Phillips and Benteke?

    Yay or Nay?

  26. batmaniac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Lads what's the best standings you have at the minute?
    Guy in my ML who Ive pipped a few times before is sitting on 78 overall. He was in top 10 at one stage.
    Highest I ever recorded myself was 192.
    Think I will have to concede this years ML to him.

  27. dja81
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Moses+0.8m in the bank to?

  28. kris_jerøme
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 22 days ago

    GW20 Scout Picks anyone?

  29. dodgystats
    1 year, 22 days ago

    Need to get rid of Siggy. Will then have 7.7 to spend? Any suggestions? Sterling?

    Any thoughts appreciated!!

    1. kris_jerøme
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 22 days ago

      Keep Siggy (v Palace)

      1. dodgystats
        1 year, 22 days ago

        Cheers Kris

  30. purple.emu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 22 days ago

    A) Do I do Kane to Kun and risk having 10 players for -4

    B) or potentially have 11 players and put in a palace mid for -4

    I am doing 1 or the other?

    (With B other suggestions are welcome I have 6.5 mill and already have phillips)

    ???