Dugout Discussion

Dugout Discussion – Wednesday

The festive fixture list finally draws to its conclusion this evening as Tottenham Hotspur welcome Chelsea to White Hart Lane at 8pm.

Four of the top seven captains for Gameweek 20 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexis Sanchez, Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku – have already found the net earlier in the week.

The remaining three, Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Harry Kane, have it all to do, then, with Costa the most popular of that trio – 11.6% have backed the Spain international, compared to Hazard (4.7%) and Kane’s 2.8%.

Costa, certainly, has been the more impressive of the Chelsea pair on his travels – the Spain international has scored eight away goals compared to Hazard’s two.

Yet the league leaders won’t have it easy – Spurs boast the tightest home defence in the top-flight, with just five goals against in front of their own fans.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have been similarly resilient, conceding just one goal in six away matches since Antonio Conte switched to a 3-4-3 set-up.

Nonetheless, many Fantasy managers will be keeping a keen eye on Kane along with Deli Alli and Christian Eriksen, with the fixtures set to smile kindly on Spurs from Gameweek 21 onwards.

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  1. Phil Dagger ⭐
    1 year, 18 days ago

    choose

    1) Alonso + Lallana
    2) Baines + Alli/eriksen

    1. PapsH
      1 year, 18 days ago

      B - just look at fixtures

    2. thisisdiz
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Baines/Alli..

    3. The 12th Man
      1 year, 18 days ago

      B.
      However I could have all four in a couple of weeks.
      I'm keeping Alonso and Lallana for now and looking at Jones/Ake > Baines
      and Mkhi or Hazard > Alli.

      1. Phil Dagger ⭐
        1 year, 18 days ago

        sounds good
        but i had other significant players
        so had to do Alonso to baines and Lallana to Alli
        will get him or rose after some weeks again

        1. The 12th Man
          1 year, 18 days ago

          Fair enough. Rose looks a good choice too. Starting to wonder about Alonso > Rose.

          What do you reckon Haz or Mkhi out for Alli?
          1FT 0.1m itb
          Foster
          Alonso,JonesChambers
          Sanchez,Hazard,Mkhitarian,Lallana
          Ibrahimovic(c)Costa,Rondon

          Jakopovic,DeRoon,Ake,Amat

          1. Phil Dagger ⭐
            1 year, 18 days ago

            haz has two good games coming so maybe mkhi to Alli
            ibra is hogging all points for utd
            while alli doing the same for spurs

            1. The 12th Man
              1 year, 18 days ago

              Thanks. Think I will make that change and keep Haz for 2 more weeks.
              I'm dead on the money with the money left to do Jones > Baines.
              That would mean a -4 but I'll be priced out if I leave it longer.

  2. thisisdiz
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Tell me your best midfielder for max price 6,9

    1. Phil Dagger ⭐
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Phillips
      Antonio
      Snodgrass
      Stanislas

      1. thisisdiz
        1 year, 18 days ago

        antonio/snodgrass?

        1. Phil Dagger ⭐
          1 year, 18 days ago

          currently Phillips looks best

    2. Fabregas Magic Hats @Kenyay…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Stanislas

    3. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Philips

  3. PapsH
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Having an awful season so been forced to WC

    Trying to decide what formation to play?

    A) 3-4-3
    B) 3-5-2
    C) 4-4-2

    1. Phil Dagger ⭐
      1 year, 18 days ago

      A or B
      depending on your money and your long term players

    2. ⚽️ Dingo ⚽️
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Depends who's in your team

      1. PapsH
        1 year, 18 days ago

        Well with WC could be anyone! 103.9 value

        Long term have had Ibra, Hazard, sanchez, costa.

        Just cant decide whether to with 3 big strikers as usual or put more into midfield, any help appreciated!

        1. Phil Dagger ⭐
          1 year, 18 days ago

          I have kun ibra Costa
          so I like 3-4-3 and more options like lukaku Kane or Defoe to downgrade while only big hitter performing mid consistently is Sanchez
          so you can still have a good team around 3big up front with Sanchez and other performing mids

        2. Legomané
          1 year, 18 days ago

          Can't be doing that badly if you've had Ibra,Costa and Sanchez, 'long term'. Nobody is forcing you into a WC, and I'll bet you can make significant improvements by making 4 or 5 careful transfers over the next couple of weeks.

  4. Son of Rambo
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Why are people only considering Alli and some even selling Eriksen for Alli? Eriksen looked just as good if not better imo, on set-pieces as well

    1. Phil Dagger ⭐
      1 year, 18 days ago

      had eriksen when he started his hauls and I am one of the firm believer of him and even sold hazard instead of getting rid of eriksen to. make up money for Aguero

      he has certainly earned his place in my team
      going for Eriksen alli double up instead of interchanging them

    2. Blue Lion's Biatch
      1 year, 18 days ago

      I'm scrambling to get both. Selling either for anyone sounds bonkers.

      1. Phil Dagger ⭐
        1 year, 18 days ago

        absolutely correct champ 😀

    3. Legomané
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Had Eriksen /Kane since GW14. Had Eriksen /Alli since Monday. If they're going to play in a liverpoolesque front three, then it's hard to justify the extra £2.5m for harry, just for Pens.

  5. troller
    1 year, 18 days ago

    will zlatan or gray rise before the deadline

    1. Pino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Yes to Zlatan

  6. Paul
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Okay Bench 1 for gw 21

    a) Phillips
    b) Lallana
    c) Ake

    1. Phil Dagger ⭐
      1 year, 18 days ago

      which other defenders are you playing?

      1. Paul
        1 year, 18 days ago

        Azpi Alonso Walker

        1. Phil Dagger ⭐
          1 year, 18 days ago

          A

    2. thisisdiz
      1 year, 18 days ago

      B

  7. Artorias
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Current team

    Valdes Pickford
    Alonso Jones Chambers Evans Amat
    Sanchez Hazard Philips Siggy Fletcher
    Kane Zlatan Origi

    A.Origi,Siggy and Amat to Defoe,Alli and Baines for -4
    B.Origi and siggy to Giroud and Alli

    Any help will be appreciated

    1. Phil Dagger ⭐
      1 year, 18 days ago

      mention money itb

      1. Artorias
        1 year, 18 days ago

        3.6m inthe bank

        1. Phil Dagger ⭐
          1 year, 18 days ago

          A looks good
          amat is bench fodder so you may look to upgrade your other defenders like evans

    2. The 12th Man
      1 year, 18 days ago

      A but Amat > Baines a week later.

      1. Artorias
        1 year, 18 days ago

        thanks..

  8. ddfc
    1 year, 18 days ago

    I'd like to upgrade Anichebe before he drops, will need to make 2 transfers (-4) to do so... what do you suggest??

    Heaton
    Alonso Jones McAuley Ake
    Sanchez Eriksen Lallana Hazard
    Ibrahimovic Costa

    Foster de Roon Anichebe Amat

    0.8m ITB

    Thanks!!

    1. Tears for Fers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Hazard to Alli/Eriksen give you sufficient funds for a decent upgrade?

      1. ddfc
        1 year, 18 days ago

        Already have Eriksen... double up with Alli for Hazard, or another move??

    2. Pino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      You want to go 3-5-2 or 3-4-3? 4-4-2 in long run is not good. Your midfield and attack looks good but you need to downgrade 1 if you want to upgrade Anichebe. Or just take the 0.1 drop and save the transfer.

      1. ddfc
        1 year, 18 days ago

        I tend to go 3-4-3 but with Anichebe I'm restricted so have been going 2 up too... it's a tough one as I was thinking of downgrading Eriksen to Philips and then bringing Defoe in but after last nights game I'm torn and thinking possibly downgrading Hazard ... but then Chelsea could bounce back against Leicester

    3. KUNingas
      1 year, 18 days ago

      You want to pay -4 for 0.1 drop?

      1. ddfc
        1 year, 18 days ago

        That coupled with a scoring forward...

  9. Scotty B
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Morning all, two questions?

    1) Is Alli essential or just on a good run at the moment, already have Kane who will guarantee 20 goals and fear Alli may go back to how he was before last 3-4 games soon?
    2) Is Sanchez now too expensive at his price stuck out on the left for Arsenal cover?

    1. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      1. Not essential. Would still rather have Hazard.

      2. No. Get him in.

    2. Pino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Sanchez wil probably drop before next GW so you can just as well wait with the transfer and se what happens.

      1. Ibracadabra9
        1 year, 18 days ago

        Sanchez wont drop

        1. Pino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 year, 18 days ago

          Well statistically with the current transfers he will drop in 2 days.

          1. Jøssy ⭐ Germane Ma…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 year, 18 days ago

            I disagree

  10. Tears for Fers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Morning lads!

    Dann out? 5.2 to spend. Who would you consider as a replacement with form and fixtures in mind? I'm thinking Ben Mee to free up funds for future use.

    Grant Valdes
    Bellerin Brunt Dann* Ake Browning
    Sanchez Alli Pogba Phillips Lallana
    Kun Costa Barnes

    Thanks in advance!

  11. ManUnitedCameBack
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Choose 4 to play... I'm thinking AB for sure. Can't decide between the rest.

    A) Alonso (away at LEI)
    B) Walker (home to WBA)
    C) Friend (away at WAT)
    D) Ake (away at HUL)
    E) Cedric (away at BUR)
    F) Crouch (away at SUN)

    1. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      A, B, E and F.

    2. Phil Dagger ⭐
      1 year, 18 days ago

      ABDF

    3. ManUnitedCameBack
      1 year, 17 days ago

      Thanks all... I guess D or E depends on Soton EFL Cup squad

  12. Ownership Tactician
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Eriksen or Alli and why?

    1. Ownership Tactician
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      In before "both"

    2. Phil Dagger ⭐
      1 year, 18 days ago

      I have eriksen for some weeks and got alli alongside him now

      so that maybe shows I prefer Eriksen as I didnt straight swap him for alli
      and even sold hazard instead of eriksen when I had the option

      so its eriksen for me but I have both now

      1. Ownership Tactician
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 year, 18 days ago

        Eriksen: creates far more chances

        Alli: much more of a goal threat

        Eriksen is a goal threat too, but his shots are outside the box and Alli's are inside.
        This is tough.

    3. fedolefan
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Alli. Chase players who score goals.

      1. Ownership Tactician
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 year, 18 days ago

        Hmmm yeah, he is like a 2nd striker this season. Always in the box and a big threat. Eriksen's goal threat is from FKs and shots from outside the box mostly. Eriksen creates more but I don't know if you can bank on Eriksen assisting all the time, while you might be able to bank on Alli being the central player and a goal threat

        I just don't like that he is subbed so often

        1. fedolefan
          1 year, 18 days ago

          His subs are not a concern.

    4. Tears for Fers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Kane and Alli will score goals, Eriksen will assist both.

  13. We ain't got no histor…
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Team:

    Pickford Valdes
    Mee Alonso Ake Brunt Love
    Lallana Philips Siggy Haz Carrick
    Kun Ibra Costa

    Siggy + Haz- Alli +9.1

    Suggestions pls

    1. The 12th Man
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Erikson or Walcott if fit and get Baines with the change.

      1. We ain't got no histor…
        1 year, 18 days ago

        Thanks 12th man but not sure double spurs would be a good option considering walcott doesn't gets fit

        1. The 12th Man
          1 year, 18 days ago

          Another midfield option is difficult. Sterling? Yuk. Or go cheaper. J.Rod (good fix) not convinced. Pity there's no decent Everton midfielders to pick.
          No Sanchez?

  14. kingbails
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Defoe and De Roon (Boro) or Gray and Snoddy?

    1. Ownership Tactician
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      B

    2. Tears for Fers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Would say B but Hull have horrible fixtures coming. de Roon seems to be a decent cheap 5th mid. Sneaks forward quite a bit and could get you some points on the bench on occasion.

    3. Phil Dagger ⭐
      1 year, 18 days ago

      1st if you are not playing de Roon every week
      otherwise 2nd

  15. DrunkPhilosophy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Heaton Pickford
    Alonso Holebas Brunt Kelly Amat
    Sanchez Lallana Alli Pogba DeRoon
    Ibra Benteke Costa
    0 FT, 0.5 itb

    Used my ft to do Evans --> Brunt, will need to move Benteke for a hit, best forward for 8.2 or less

    A) Wilson
    B) Negredo
    C) Rondon
    D) Other

    1. Tears for Fers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Defoe

    2. Phil Dagger ⭐
      1 year, 18 days ago

      D Defoe

  16. sergioaguero67
    1 year, 18 days ago

    With Mané gone and Sturridge injured, will Origi now be a sure starter?
    Please help.

    1. Phil Dagger ⭐
      1 year, 18 days ago

      not so sure after Sunderland tbh
      just get rid ..I thought he will play but looks like he is very short term option Even if he starts a game in January

      coutinho returning soonish too

  17. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Morning guys, what would you do here?

    A) Wildcard
    B) Defender transfer
    C) Benteke -> Defoe
    D) B & C (-4)
    E) Something else

    Cech
    Valencia, Stones, Nyom
    Sanchez, Payet, Lallana, Sterling
    Aguero, Benteke, Carroll

    Pickford, Capoue, Amat, Kobe
    Bank 1.5m, 1FT

    With Capoue, Payet & Carroll having decent fixtures this week, I'm thinking B and then WC next week looks best. Thoughts?

    1. korbendallas82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Maby switch Stones for ake or someone. Defoe in is good move. Else u have good midfield. Aguero in the team. Good keeper. I think u will meet bigger trouble later in season, witch u will have much bigger ned for wc.

    2. Moin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      D) Remove Stones and Carroll for Baines / Gray maybe

  18. Ownership Tactician
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 18 days ago

    What is a reasonable goal conversion rate?

    Alli is on around the 40% mark in the last 4 games

    1. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      1 year, 18 days ago

      He won't keep that up.

      Havent checked recently but players like Aguero and Ibra were on 15-17% for the season

      1. Ownership Tactician
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 year, 18 days ago

        Yeah for the whole season Alli is like 20. That is still pretty good. This is one bandwagon I am a fan of

        1. andy85wsm
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          1 year, 18 days ago

          If hes 20 for whole season then there might not be too much more regression.

          Take Ibra for example - he was very high recently but for the season nowhere near the same rate. Evens out eventually.

      2. Phil Dagger ⭐
        1 year, 18 days ago

        yes that is bound to regress but thing is he presents a great value at 8.4 for the season ahead
        so explosive and streaky

        1. andy85wsm
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          1 year, 18 days ago

          Great option for sure.

    2. Ruth_NZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      15%. 20% if you are a very good finisher.

  19. Moin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Good Afternoon guys,

    Dropped 6K in Rank this GW...removed Origi from my team and still have a FT left..will think what to do with that...Keeping Siggy at the moment.

    1. Phil Dagger ⭐
      1 year, 18 days ago

      okie moin
      good luck 🙂

      1. Moin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 year, 18 days ago

        Thanks! 🙂

    2. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Not sure what to do with Sigurdsson myself.

      Its amazing what an assist and 2 bonus can do.

      1. fedolefan
        1 year, 18 days ago

        Do we fancy Swansea to score? I see four 2-pointers and two 9-pointers at best in the next six. Plus, hard to predict where he'll get the 9 pointers. Might just get rid.

  20. Ibracadabra9
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Origi&Siggy to Defoe/Alli is a no brainer?

    The problem is that I really want Coutinho in the near future. Then I Will have to drop Haz or Alli to get him...

    1. Rolls-Royce
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Looks good. Would prefer Eriksen over Alli, if you don't have him already

      1. Ruth_NZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 year, 18 days ago

        On what conceivable basis?

    2. Phil Dagger ⭐
      1 year, 18 days ago

      do it
      and coutinho + alli is better

  21. Rolls-Royce
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Morning guys, team looks messed up. Would appreciate some thoughts here, 🙂

    Foster
    Bellerin | Alonso | Holebas
    Sanchez | Hazard | Phillips | Cabaye
    Aguero | Ibra | Carroll

    Pickford | Capoue | Pieters | Amat

    1FT | £0.0

    Looking to sell Kun for Kane for Spurs cover (crazy talk surely?).
    Any transfer recommendation?

    1. Moin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Alli is a good Spurs cover, but not sure how you will fit him...Bellerin is too expensive I think remove him and use the funds to change Holebas and Amat..get McAuley/Brunt and Baines

      1. Rolls-Royce
        1 year, 18 days ago

        Cheers Moin

    2. Phil Dagger ⭐
      1 year, 18 days ago

      very difficult to drop one of Hazard aguero or one of your premium defenders for me personally
      I sold hazard last week but this week that looks a bad move

      maybe just save and get some things cleared up

      1. Rolls-Royce
        1 year, 18 days ago

        Cheers Phil, was looking to save initially.

    3. Ruth_NZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Dump Aguero for Kane.

      Use the cash to upgrade Carroll, Cabaye and Holebas.

      1. Rolls-Royce
        1 year, 18 days ago

        Cheers Ruth, Would you prefer Costa over Kane?

        1. Ruth_NZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 year, 18 days ago

          No, Hazard is enough Chelsea for the next few weeks.

    4. fedolefan
      1 year, 18 days ago

      I would maybe downgrade Hazard to Alli and use the cash to up Cabaye. Between Hazard & Aguero for you.

      1. Rolls-Royce
        1 year, 18 days ago

        Thanks Fedo.. 🙂

  22. KUNingas
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Hazard + Anichebe -> Alli + Giroud?

    1. Moin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      If you have Costa, then Yes!

      1. KUNingas
        1 year, 18 days ago

        Yes I have. Still not sure if I want to ditch Hazard.. Hard to get back

  23. Kaneyonero
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Into the top 100k. 10K here I come 😎

    1. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Nicely done.

      Im 3000 places worse off than i was in GW14.

      425k....just stuck in a rut.

      1. 42towels
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 year, 18 days ago

        Frustating isnt it? I was 350k in GW9, and still there. Took a peek up into 160k in between, didnt like it much, so came back down. An early WC now is the last ditch attempt at restoring dignity.

    2. The 12th Man
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Sweet.

  24. Jacky boy
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Sell evans for nyom?

    1. Moin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Sell Evans for McAuley/Brunt...if you have too

      1. Jacky boy
        1 year, 18 days ago

        I have brunt

        1. Rolls-Royce
          1 year, 18 days ago

          I'd get McAuley. Regret selling him, but Brom don't do clenie anymore..

          1. Jacky boy
            1 year, 18 days ago

            No money. Just 4.5

  25. vuleeeee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Could squeeze in Wally now when he dropped.

    Current:

    Heaton Pickford
    A.Smith Holebas Alonso Jones Dann
    Hazard Eriksen Phillips Sanchez Allen
    Costa Ibra Anichebe

    Considering I'm playing 3-5-2 mostly:

    Holebas or Smith --> 3.9
    Allen --> Wally (-4)

    Acceptable?

  26. Ownership Tactician
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 18 days ago

    RMT

    Heaton
    Alonso, David Luiz, Brunt
    Sanchez, Alli, Lallana, Snodgrass
    Ibra, Costa (c), Defoe

    1. Rolls-Royce
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Looks good

    2. The 12th Man
      1 year, 18 days ago

      No bench.
      Good first 11.

    3. Phil Dagger ⭐
      1 year, 18 days ago

      bench players missing but
      8/10

  27. blueallthrough
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Scoutcast dead?

    1. Rolls-Royce
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Next week I guess

  28. Scotty B
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Heaton
    Ake Baines Pieters
    Sterling Sanchez Lallana Phillips
    Costa Kane Ibrahimovic

    Foster Chambers Amat Mutch

    This is my WC team.
    Thoughts? Do I need Alli?
    Could get him in for Sterling and downgrade Heaton or Foster to a 4.0 GK but ideally would want them both good rotating fixtures

    1. The 12th Man
      1 year, 18 days ago

      I'd say so.
      That goalkeeper sacrifice might be one you can't avoid if you want those strikers.

      1. Scotty B
        1 year, 18 days ago

        Cheers. What would you do then?

  29. DrunkPhilosophy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 18 days ago

    Benteke --> Wilson or Defoe?

    1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Defoe

    2. The 12th Man
      1 year, 18 days ago

      Defoe

  30. The Blackadder
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 year, 18 days ago

    In the picture of Contè in dug out discussion, is that Severus Snape watching on from behind him? 🙂