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. TOFO
      16 days, 19 hours 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
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        16 days, 19 hours ago

        Is this for reals

      2. Mr. Blonde
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        16 days, 19 hours ago

        Any reason you're wild carding?

      3. semiconductor
          16 days, 19 hours ago

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

        • SuperMario
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          16 days, 19 hours ago

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

        • Odikostar
            16 days, 19 hours ago

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

        • gawa11
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          16 days, 19 hours ago

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

        • blind faith
            16 days, 19 hours ago

            Is Holgate a wasted transfer? Even as bench fodder?

            1. Only a Hazard of time
                16 days, 19 hours ago

                Stay clear of Everton's defence.

                1. blind faith
                    16 days, 19 hours ago

                    4.3 to spend on defender?

                    1. Only a Hazard of time
                        16 days, 19 hours ago

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

                  • Odikostar
                      16 days, 19 hours ago

                      Don't

                  • Only a Hazard of time
                      16 days, 19 hours ago

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

                    • FULHAM 4 LIFE
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      16 days, 19 hours ago

                      Costa to (K)un for a -4?

                      1. KAPTAIN KANE
                          16 days, 19 hours ago

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

                      2. Differentiator
                          16 days, 19 hours 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.

                        • KAPTAIN KANE
                            16 days, 19 hours 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
                                16 days, 19 hours ago

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

                              • dexy10
                                  16 days, 19 hours ago

                                  Man united could hurt you

                                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                                      16 days, 19 hours ago

                                      Ibra?

                                  2. Odikostar
                                      16 days, 19 hours ago

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

                                      1. KAPTAIN KANE
                                          16 days, 19 hours 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.

                                    • Bubz
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      16 days, 19 hours 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
                                          16 days, 19 hours ago

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

                                        • Differentiator
                                            16 days, 19 hours ago

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

                                            1. KAPTAIN KANE
                                                16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                I hope not! Just put Alonso and Phillips in haha

                                            2. Whats the Huth
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              16 days, 19 hours ago

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

                                              Ship origi

                                              1. Bubz
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                problem is who to

                                              2. KAPTAIN KANE
                                                  16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                  This

                                              3. semiconductor
                                                  16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                  Holebas i guess

                                                • KAPTAIN KANE
                                                    16 days, 19 hours 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
                                                        16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                        Can't afford it

                                                        1. Odikostar
                                                            16 days, 19 hours ago

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

                                                          • KAPTAIN KANE
                                                              16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                              Sorry, I thought Origi was worth more. Negredo?

                                                            • KAPTAIN KANE
                                                                16 days, 19 hours ago

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

                                                            • Bubz
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                              Cheers, hadn't considered Rondon

                                                        2. sthelenslad92
                                                            16 days, 19 hours 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.

                                                          • Sergeant Garcia
                                                              16 days, 19 hours ago

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

                                                              1. James H
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                16 days, 19 hours ago

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

                                                              2. thomo107
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                who you selling for? I have same issue

                                                            • Worst episode EVER...
                                                                16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                Quick one, Kane to Kun?

                                                                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                                                                    16 days, 19 hours ago

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

                                                                2. New Post
                                                                  1. Ravager
                                                                      16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                      Gift that keeps on giving

                                                                  2. Conor McGregor
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    16 days, 19 hours 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
                                                                      16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                      Yep, would agree with that.

                                                                    2. dja81
                                                                        16 days, 19 hours ago

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

                                                                    3. diesel001
                                                                        16 days, 19 hours 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

                                                                      • Kryten
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        16 days, 19 hours ago

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

                                                                        1. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                          Unfortunately Siggy.

                                                                          Lots of options
                                                                          Lalla Phillips Alli Pogba Miki

                                                                      • ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                        Heaton
                                                                        Bellerin Brunt Jevans
                                                                        Lallana Phillips Haz Sanc Alli
                                                                        Ibra Costa

                                                                        Pick Carroll Ake Amat
                                                                        Gtg?

                                                                        1. Kryten
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                          Looks good mate

                                                                          1. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                            16 days, 17 hours ago

                                                                            Cheers

                                                                        2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                          Spot on

                                                                        3. RAFA THE GAFFA
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                          Thoughts on my below? See your benching big Andy

                                                                        4. Business Cat
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          16 days, 19 hours ago

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

                                                                          1. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                            16 days, 17 hours ago

                                                                            Thanks Bizcat

                                                                      • Snoop1
                                                                          16 days, 19 hours 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,

                                                                        • sthelenslad92
                                                                            16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                            Is Brunt a rotation risk? Evans a safer bet?

                                                                          • mrclown17
                                                                              16 days, 19 hours 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
                                                                                16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                                Lose Origi!

                                                                            • böjack
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              16 days, 19 hours ago

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

                                                                            • RAFA THE GAFFA
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                              Last try 🙂 G2G pros??...

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

                                                                              1. Ravager
                                                                                  16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                                  GTG

                                                                                • ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  16 days, 17 hours ago

                                                                                  Loaded mate. Like your team 🙂

                                                                              2. Cocky Spaniel Alves
                                                                                  16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                                  Pedro or Siggy to Phillips or stick with both?

                                                                                  1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                    16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                                    Siggy! Swans are terrible

                                                                                    1. Cocky Spaniel Alves
                                                                                        16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                                        I know. Pens and free kicks though.

                                                                                    2. dja81
                                                                                        16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                                        Pedro to phillips

                                                                                      • kris_jerøme
                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                        16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                                        Keep Siggy for Palace. absolutely nailed

                                                                                    3. YTUMAMMA
                                                                                        16 days, 19 hours 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.

                                                                                      • kris_jerøme
                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                        16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                                        Nyom going AFCON or what yo?

                                                                                      • ryacoo
                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                        16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                                        Siggy and Carroll to Phillips and Benteke?

                                                                                        Yay or Nay?

                                                                                      • batmaniac
                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                        16 days, 19 hours 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.

                                                                                      • dja81
                                                                                          16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                                          Moses+0.8m in the bank to?

                                                                                        • kris_jerøme
                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                          16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                                          GW20 Scout Picks anyone?

                                                                                        • dodgystats
                                                                                            16 days, 19 hours 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
                                                                                              16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                                              Keep Siggy (v Palace)

                                                                                              1. dodgystats
                                                                                                  16 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                                                  Cheers Kris

                                                                                            2. purple.emu
                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                              16 days, 19 hours 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)

                                                                                              ???