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Line-up Lessons – Gameweek 25 – Part Two

An injury to Andy Carroll allows Manuel Lanzini to turn in a starring role in his return to the West Ham teamsheet. Josh King starts up front for Bournemouth once again, while the fit-again Jonny Evans is afforded no more than a cameo role for West Brom.

Having published Part One yesterday, we assess the remaining ten teams, looking at the tactical tweaks and personnel changes ahead of a slightly truncated Gameweek 26 schedule.

Bournemouth

Starting XI: Boruc; A Smith, Francis (Mings 22), Cook, Daniels; Surman, Arter; Ibe (Pugh 76), Wilshere (Afobe 45), Fraser; King.

  • Eddie Howe made three changes from the side that lost 6-3 to Everton for the home encounter against Manchester City, with Adam Smith, Charlie Daniels and Jordon Ibe replacing Tyrone Mings, Dan Gosling and Marc Pugh.
  • Howe reverted back to a four-man defence, then, with Smith and Daniels returning at right-back and left-back respectively. Ibe started on the right of the attacking midfield trio, while Josh King continued as the Cherries’ lone striker.
  • Bournemouth were forced into making two substitutions during the first half, with Simon Francis replaced by Tyrone Mings in a straight swap after picking up a knock. Jack Wilshere then appeared to suffer an ankle injury, and made way for Benik Afobe. The substitute took over as the lone striker, with King dropping into the No 10 role vacated by Wilshere. Howe’s final switch saw Pugh come on in place of Ibe – the former operated on the left wing, with Ryan Fraser moving over to the right flank.
  • Howe will hope the injuries suffered by Francis and Wilshere are not serious, ahead of the trip to West Bromwich Albion in 11 days’ time. Should they be ruled out, Mings and Afobe appear likely replacements, although Pugh and Junior Stanislas offer further attacking alternatives, with King also capable of playing across the forward line.

Current Status: Slightly Unsettled
Risk Areas: Central Defence, Attacking Midfield, Flanks, Lone Striker

Manchester City

Starting XI: Caballero; Sagna, Stones, Kolarov, Fernandinho; De Bruyne, Toure (Otamendi 70), Silva; Sterling (Nolito 90), Gabriel Jesus (Aguero 15), Sane.

  • Pep Guardiola only made one adjustment for the trip to the Vitality Stadium, with Bacary Sagna recalled in place of Gael Clichy.
  • Sagna slotted in at right-back for City, with Fernandinho shifting over to left-back. Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane once again formed the front three.
  • Guardiola had to make an early change after Gabriel Jesus was forced off a foot injury. The Brazilian was replaced by Sergio Aguero in a straight swap. Nicolas Otamendi was then introduced for Yaya Toure, who had picked up a yellow card. Otamendi joined John Stones in central defence, with Aleksandar Kolarov moving to left-back, and Fernandinho into the defensive midfield role. Nolito was handed a brief cameo appearance late on, replacing Sterling.
  • Guardiola continues to rotate in defence, and with matches in both the FA Cup and Champions League before their next league encounter, against Sunderland on March 5, that looks set to continue. The likes of Otamendi, Vincent Kompany, Clichy and Pablo Zabaleta could all push for starts. then. Rotation could also sneak into the front six positions too, with the likes of Nolito, Jesus Navas and Fernando perhaps likely to come back into contention. City have today confirmed that Jesus has suffered a fractured metarsal, which is likely to see Aguero return as the first-choice striker for the season run-in, although Kelechi Iheanacho may also be a factor.

Current Status: Fairly Settled
Risk Areas: Defence, Lone Striker

Southampton

Starting XI: Forster; Cédric Soares, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand; Romeu, Davis; Ward-Prowse, Tadić (Hojbjerg 81), Redmond; Gabbiadini (Long 72).

  • Saints boss Claude Puel made two alterations for the trip to the Stadium of Light, with Nathan Redmond recalled in place of the injured Sofiane Boufal, while Dusan Tadic replaced Jay Rodriguez.
  • Those changes saw Puel tweak his usual 4-3-3, instead opting for a 4-2-3-1. Oriol Romeu and Steven Davis started in the double-pivot, with James Ward-Prowse (right), Dusan Tadic (No 10) and Nathan Redmond (left) forming the attacking midfield trio behind lone striker Manolo Gabbiadini.
  • Puel’s first substitution saw Shane Long take over the lone striker role from Gabbiadini for the final 18 minutes. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was then handed a few minutes late on in place of Tadic, as the visitors looked to see out that match in a slightly more defensive 4-3-3.
  • Southampton are now without a league match until March 4, when they travel to Watford. Given the success of the 4-2-3-1, Puel may consider giving it another try against the Hornets, making changes less likely. Much may depend on how Saints fare against Man United in the EFL Cup six days before the trip to Vicarage Road, though. The likes of Hojbjerg and Jordy Clasie are viable alternatives in central midfield, while Rodriguez and perhaps Boufal, if he recovers from an ankle injury, could challenge for places out wide. After scoring twice on Wearside, Gabbiadini should keep his place up front.

Current Status: Fairly Settled
Risk Areas: Central Midfield, Flanks

Stoke City

Starting XI: Grant; Bardsley (Johnson 58), Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters; Whelan, Adam (Afellay 79); Arnautovic, Allen, Ramadan Sobhi (Diouf 81); Crouch.

  • Mark Hughes made one adjustment for the visit of Crystal Palace to the bet365 Stadium, with Ramadan Sobhi recalled in place of Ibrahim Afellay, following his return from the AFCON.
  • Sobhi was stationed on the left of the three advanced midfield positions in the 4-2-3-1 formation, with Marko Arnautovic switching over to the right.
  • Hughes was forced into making a change just before the hour mark, with the returning Glen Johnson taking over from Phil Bardsley at right-back, after he’d picked up a slight knock. Afellay then replaced Charlie Adam in a straight swap at the base of midfield, while Hughes’ final substitution saw Mame Biram Diouf come on for Sobhi for the final nine minutes. Diouf played down the right flank, seeing Arnautovic return to his usual position on the left wing.
  • Even if Bardsley does recover from the knock to be fit for the Gameweek 26 trip to White Hart Lane, the return to fitness of Johnson is likely to see him start at right-back. Afellay offers an alternative in central midfield and on the right wing, but could struggle to earn a recall. Xherdan Shaqiri could push for a start if he recovers from a calf injury, though, which in turn could allow Arnautovic to return to the left flank. Hughes has stated Berahino may be able to start matches over the coming weeks as he improves his match sharpness, but the fact that he didn’t come on against Palace suggests Peter Crouch’s starting role may not be under too much threat for the time being.

Current Status: Fairly Settled
Risk Areas: Right-Back, Central Midfield, Right Wing, Lone Striker

Sunderland

Starting XI: Mannone; Kone, O’Shea (Pienaar 46) Denayer; Jones, Ndong, Gibson (Khazri 81), Larsson (Borini 58), Oviedo; Januzaj, Defoe.

  • David Moyes was forced into making one change from the side that beat Crystal Palace 4-0 for the home clash against Southampton, with Darron Gibson earning his first start for the club in place of the injured Jack Rodwell.
  • Gibson operated as the deepest of the three central midfield players, alongside Didier Ndong and Sebastian Larsson in the 3-5-1-1 formation favoured by Moyes in recent matches.
  • But with his side trailing 2-0 at half-time, Moyes decided to introduce Steven Pienaar in place of John O’Shea, seeing a shift to more of a 4-4-1-1 system. All four midfielders played narrowly, though, with the width provided by full-backs Billy Jones and Bryan Oviedo. Moyes then turned to Fabio Borini, who was brought on for Larsson just before the hour mark, seeing the home side switch to what appeared to be a 4-3-1-2, with Adnan Januzaj playing just behind Borini and Jermain Defoe. Wahbi Khazri then replaced Gibson for the final nine minutes.
  • After tinkering with his tactics throughout the match, it’s uncertain which formation Moyes will look to use at Goodison Park in Gameweek 26. He may well stick with a three-man backline, in which case there may be no changes in personnel in defence. Rodwell may have a chance of returning from a hamstring injury to face his former club, and perhaps start at the expense of another former Everton player in Gibson. Pienaar offers another option in midfield, while if Moyes considers a 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1, the likes of Borini and Khazri may be considered for recalls. A change in goal is also possible, with Jordan Pickford back in training following a knee injury, so Vito Mannone’s starting berth now looks under threat.

Current Status: Unsettled
Risk Areas: Goalkeeper, Central Defence, Central Midfield, Flanks

Swansea City

Starting XI: Fabianski; Naughton, Mawson, Fernandez, Olsson; Cork; Dyer (Routledge 7) (Narsingh 89), Fer, Carroll, Sigurdsson; Llorente (Ayew 72).

  • Paul Clement made one adjustment for the home clash against Leicester City, with Nathan Dyer replacing Wayne Routledge.
  • Dyer was chosen to start on the right of the front three, alongside Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson in the 4-3-3 formation favoured under Clement.
  • Clement was forced into making an early change, though, after Dyer suffered an Achilles injury. Routledge took over in a straight swap on the right wing. Jordan Ayew was handed his Swans debut off the bench, providing fresh legs in place of Llorente, while Luciano Narsingh did likewise in place of Routledge late on.
  • Dyer was a surprise inclusion in the starting XI on Sunday, but has been ruled out for the rest of the season. Given that the Swans travel to leaders Chelsea next, it may be Routledge who is handed the starting spot on the right wing, with Narsingh and Ayew providing more attacking alternatives.

Current Status: Very Settled
Risk Areas: Right Wing

Tottenham Hotspur

Starting XI: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies; Dembele (Sissoko 77), Wanyama; Alli, Eriksen (Winks 68), Son Heung-min (Janssen 82); Kane (Janssen 90).

  • Mauricio Pochettino named the same side that beat Middlesbrough 1-0 for the trip to Anfield.
  • The Spurs boss stuck with the 4-2-3-1 formation, then, with Christian Eriksen (right), Dele Alli (No 10) and Son Heung-min (left) again forming the attacking midfield trio behind lone striker Harry Kane.
  • Pochettino’s first substitution saw Harry Winks come on in place of Eriksen. Winks joined Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele in midfield, with Son then playing more centrally next to Kane in more of a 4-3-1-2 system. Moussa Sissoko then replaced Dembele in the middle of the park, while Vincent Janssen took over from Son in attack for the last eight minutes.
  • Following a disappointing performance against Liverpool, Pochettino may consider switching from the 4-2-3-1 back to the 3-4-2-1, particularly if Danny Rose is available to return from his knee injury for the home fixture against Stoke City in Gameweek 26. Kevin Wimmer could push for a recall in central defence, then, with Son’s place in the side perhaps under threat. But if the Tottenham boss does stick with the 4-2-3-1, his options in terms of changing personnel appear limited, with Winks, Sissoko and Janssen unlikely to push for starting berths.

Current Status: Fairly Settled
Risk Areas: Central Defence, Left-Back, Left Wing

Watford

Starting XI: Gomes; Cathcart (Success 83), Kaboul, Prodl, Britos (Janmaat 46), Holebas; Capoue, Cleverley; Niang, Deeney, Zarate (Okaka 74).

  • Walter Mazzarri made one alteration for the trip to Old Trafford, with Miguel Britos starting in place of Valon Behrami.
  • Britos was stationed at left-back for Watford, with Jose Holebas playing on the left side of midfield in what was more of a 4-5-1 formation.
  • Britos was replaced at half-time, though, with Daryl Janmaat taking his place at left-back. Stefano Okaka was the brought on for Mauro Zarate, while as a final roll of the dice in an attempt to get back into the match, Isaac Success was introduced for Craig Cathcart. That saw Watford switch to more of a 4-4-2, with Janmaat and Holebas playing at right-back and left-back respectively, while Success played on the left wing, leaving Okaka and Troy Deeney up front.
  • With the Hornets hosting West Ham United in their next match, Mazzarri may well revert back to the 4-3-3 formation used in the 2-1 win over Burnley. Behrami may earn a recall in central midfield, then, with Britos likely to make way, allowing Holebas to return to left-back. Okaka and Success offer different options in attack, but they may struggle to earn recalls in place of either M’Baye Niang or Zarate.

Current Status: Slightly Unsettled
Risk Areas: Full-Backs, Central Defence, Central Midfield, Flanks

West Bromwich Albion

Starting XI: Foster; Nyom, Dawson, McAuley, Brunt; Fletcher, Livermore; Phillips (Robson-Kanu 67), Morrison (Yacob 79), Chadli (Evans 53); Rondon.

  • Tony Pulis named the same side that beat Stoke City 1-0 for the trip to the London Stadium.
  • Both Jonny Evans and Claudio Yacob were fit to return to the bench though, but the likes of Allan Nyom and Jake Livermore retained their places in the starting XI.
  • Evans was the first player brought on by Pulis, replacing Nacer Chadli eight minutes into the second half. That change forced a reshuffle, with Pulis switching from his usual 4-2-3-1 system to a 3-4-3. Evans joined Gareth McAuley and Craig Dawson in central defence, allowing Nyom and Chris Brunt to operate as wing-backs. Once Hal Robson-Kanu was brought on for Matt Phillips, that changed to more of a 3-4-1-2, with James Morrison playing just behind the front two of Salomon Rondon and Robson-Kanu. Yacob replaced Morrison with 11 minutes remaining in a defensive-minded move, with Pulis seemingly happy to take a point at that stage.
  • The return to fitness of Evans from a calf injury could have several knock-on effects through the rest of the side when the Baggies host Bournemouth in Gameweek 26. If he goes with the 4-2-3-1, Dawson should return to right-back, with Nyom either dropping to the bench, or starting at left-back, allowing Brunt to play in either wide position. But with Chadli and Morrison in particular in good form, it could be that Phillips’ place is the most under threat should Brunt be used in a more attacking role. Yacob may also push for a recall in place of Livermore in the middle of the park.

Current Status: Slightly Unsettled
Risk Areas: Defence, Central Midfield, Flanks

West Ham United

Starting XI: Randolph; Kouyate, Fonte, Reid, Cresswell (Calleri 46); Noble, Obiang; Feghouli (Collins 90), Snodgrass (Fernandes 87), Lanzini; Antonio.

  • Slaven Bilic was forced into making once change from the side that beat Southampton 3-1 for the home fixture against West Bromwich Albion, with Manuel Lanzini recalled in place of the injured Andy Carroll.
  • That saw Bilic switch from the 4-4-2 he’s been favouring of late to a 4-2-3-1, with Sofiane Feghouli (right), Robert Snodgrass (No 10) and Manuel Lanzini (left) forming the attacking midfield trio behind lone striker Michail Antonio.
  • But after Aaron Cresswell picked up a knock during the first-half, and was subsequently replaced at the break by Jonathan Calleri, Bilic was forced into changing things around. Winston Reid moved to left-back, and Pedro Obiang to centre-back, while Lanzini dropped into central midfield alongside Mark Noble. Antonio shifted out to the left wing, with Calleri taking over as the lone striker. Edimilson Fernandes and James Collins were introduced late on in place of Snodgrass and Feghouli as the Hammers looked to see out their 2-1 lead.
  • With 11 days until West Ham travel to Watford, both Cresswell and Carroll may have enough time to recover from their respective injuries. If they’re both fit, it’s likely that Bilic will return to the 4-4-2, with Carroll and Antonio up front, meaning one of Feghouli or Lanzini will likely drop to the bench. Andre Ayew will also be available for selection following his return from the AFCON, while Calleri provides another alternative in attack.

Current Status: Fairly Settled
Risk Areas: Left-Back, Flanks, Forwards

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  1. A Tough Knut To Crack
    The Wizard of Ozil
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 9 days ago

    Chances of no.1 overall retaining top spot til the end now?

    Fair play to the guy, he's been there for 12 weeks with a small but comfy-ish 34 point cushion, and looks well prepared for upcoming fixtures. He's used his big chips but still has wildcard...

    1. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      He won't stay there

    2. Karan14 - (Balegium)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      He had more than a 50 point cushion I think. 37 is not too much to be honest.

    3. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      100-1

    4. Dre
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      He's played his chips, he's a goner

    5. Nomar
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Doubtful.

      Rare that the eventual winner is leading at this stage, surely?

    6. The Wizard of Ozil
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      I think it would be unusual for it to happen but he's put himself in a strong position. Depends how the expected performers do on TC and BB for the rest of us!

      1. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        If he was against just one team, then maybe, but up against hundreds who are within a reachable distance, incredibly unlikely. someone will emerge from the pack, probably more. Will do well to finish top 50 I reckon.

        1. My Name Is Prince
          8 months, 9 days ago

          This.... He's used his chips and he'd have to rely on, for instance regarding the TC chip, that all of the hundreds who are chasing him will fail with that chip, but because it's hundreds chasing him there will be at least a few who will nail their TC and down he goes... Same with BB really... Even if he had the chips he probably would not finish first imo... Purely because it's unlikely (statistically)....

    7. Holmes
      8 months, 9 days ago

      I would be confident to finish at top if I had that team and that lead 😛

      1. Ephurion
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Even without the BB and TC chips?

        When he had a 60+ point lead it really was a good position to be in. Now I'm not so sure.

        I think that with both chips gone he would be better off fielding 11 in 28 and WCing in 29, but he has only 5 sure GW 28 players atm.

        1. Holmes
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Depends how much do we rate those chips?

          Imo, anyone getting more than 18pts out of BB has done well. Then something like 15 extra pts from TC which is again an ideal/expected situation.

          I wouldnt really bother with 11 players in GW28, 7-8 will do the job since teams below him is likely to have similar number.

          Havent looked at teams below him but likely to be similar considering those at top play safe? If he continues to cover obvious captains and doesnt try extreme enough to increase the lead, it will be close.

          1. potatoBoyde
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            8 months, 9 days ago

            If you wildcard properly so that all your bench are dgw players you can easily score more than 15 pts from them. That's what many here did last season.

            1. potatoBoyde
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              8 months, 9 days ago

              *18pts

    8. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
      8 months, 9 days ago

      I do not think he would finish at the top. Mainly because of not having his chips intact. But if the double gameweeks don't turn out as expected then he may have a chance. Very difficult I would say.

      1. Hana
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        I don't think he'll win given used his good chips and while the lead is good, a couple of wrong captain choices could eliminate his lead.

    9. potatoBoyde
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Without his chips it's going to be tough. Although he still has wildcard he is now banking on the dgws being flops

    10. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      8 months, 9 days ago

      I think he has a good chance with the wildcard left but it will be difficult even taking chips out of the equation.

      TC and BB is worth probably 50 max?

      Depends how brave those chasing are who could look for the big differentials.

      Additionally - with the possibility of so many big teams having a DGW we could really see big swings by picking the wrong player(s) from those teams.

      1. The Wizard of Ozil
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Perhaps just a simple right/wrong captain choice on BB week could be the difference between many.

      2. Sigurdssøn KÆn…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        The chips could be worth that, but id be surprised. Id say those chips are most likely worth around 30 points, unless you get bit lucky.

    11. Espen8
      8 months, 9 days ago

      It´s his first serious season, crazy! He started to play to prove that he was better than his son. He is like 40-50 years old from Norway.

    12. Sess!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      He won't stay there as I'll dislodge him soon. 250pts or so easy enough to recover right?

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Very easy mate. All you need are some brilliant differentials.

    13. Going Home
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Much like cricket - points on the board are always handy

      1. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        8 months, 8 days ago

        Other things being equal, points on the board are certainly handy, and a bird in the hand may be worth two in the bush.

        In cricket, runs already scored are one factor, but the wickets and overs and time remaining are also important.

        We need a Duckworth-Lewis method for FPL!

    14. Samurai Blue
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Difficult to stay on top without BB and TC. Still have a WC though, but I think some will catch him up eventually.

    15. Ephurion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      How about we ask differently: If you were to take over a team, which one would you rather have?

      Personally I think it's close between the top 2, with the #2 spot maybe slightly edging it due to being more GW 28 ready in addition to the chips.

      Will he win it?

      Not so sure, but he has every opportunity, and it'll come down to his own choices,not the lack of chips.

      1. Sigurdssøn KÆn…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Was just thinking of this question. Id rather have his team with a WC intact and a lead to defend, im not so keen on #2 team.

      2. rivercityransom
        8 months, 9 days ago

        that just means he has a 0.2% chance of winning it, rather than 0.01% like 500 people behind him.

    16. Sigurdssøn KÆn…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      I think he stands a chance at least actually, the first person below him with any decent history is 4th and is over 50 behind.

  2. Paul
    8 months, 9 days ago

    Who do you think will start tonight

    Gibbs or Monreal???

    Asking for a cash draft league

    1. Holmes
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Monreal got a rest against Hull for this game I guess?

  3. No Pirlo No Party
    8 months, 9 days ago

    No money in Sanchez. 1 free transfer.

    A) Sanchez --> ?
    B) Cedric ---> Coleman

    Not too keen on doing both (would be -4) as sitting top of a monthly cash league. 1 transfer will give me 11 (if Friend plays).

    1. disable
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Think im doing Sanchez -> Markovic

      seriously...

      1. Jam0sh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        eh?

        1. disable
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Yeah, dont copy me lol

  4. Gunner Boy
    8 months, 9 days ago

    Play DeRoon or Stanislas for GW26?

    Pickford
    Baines Alonso McAuley Holebas
    Philips Barkley Stanislas/DeRoon
    Kane Lukaku Costa

    subs:Cech Stanislas/DeRoon Amat Alexis

    1. Holmes
      8 months, 9 days ago

      De Roon

  5. Karan14 - (Balegium)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 9 days ago

    Choose:

    A) Chambers (cry)

    B) Costa (-4) (SWA)

    Appreciate your thoughts!

    1. Holmes
      8 months, 9 days ago

      B

    2. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      B, live a little.

  6. Kualilo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 9 days ago

    Which one would you choose? 1FT available
    A. Sanchez > Hazard/Mane
    B. Jesus > Rondon/Llorente/Andy Carrol
    C. Valencia > Alonso/Walker

    Jaku
    Baines Brunt Chambers Holgate
    Alli Siggy Phillips Zaha
    Costa Lukaku

    (Grant Jesus* Valencia* Sanchez*)
    1FT, 1m ITB

    1. Holmes
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Wait for cup... Sanchez to Mane and Jesus to Kane works?

      1. Kualilo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Thats great mate. I dont mind for Sanchez + Jesus > Mane + Kane (-4).
        In addition, i bought sanchez on 11.5m, no TV issue for me.

        1. Holmes
          8 months, 9 days ago

          With these moves, you will be able to field 11 this week?

    2. Holmes
      8 months, 9 days ago

      I would change Holgate first, he isnt a starter anymore and you need him to play. So Holgate to Hull defender

  7. The best single piece of FPL advice is....
    Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
    8 months, 9 days ago

    What would be that "one advice" with respect to FPL that you would give to someone?

    1. Holmes
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Play as a game not life, keep patience 😮

      1. Philman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Should that be "Patience is key, especially when there are FA Cup matches to play that could have a huge impact on future fixtures" 🙂

        1. Holmes
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Was talking in general, not just this week and patience with players I mean... 😛

          It has helped me but cant be sure if its the right thing, will have to try every year to see how much effective this thing is.

          1. Philman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            8 months, 9 days ago

            I know. It's very true though. I think showing patience is about timing as well. When to make early transfers or wait, when to jump onto bandwagons or stick with players you have. I think you have to follow your gut feeling on this, and try not to be too influenced by others.

    2. Sebbo29
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Patience is a virtue

    3. Philman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Understand that you have a natural style of playing the game. If you stick to that style, you'll generally be more successful. For example, Dullards trying to be non-Dullards. That wasn't a dig at you Jonty 🙂

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 9 days ago

        I think this is correct. I tried to imitate Jonty in the beginning by picking players very safely based on pre-season. I even saved 3 million in the bank. Then I started taking hits which didn't work out either. Need to stick to a style. Very important.

        1. Christina.
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Imitate Jonty?

          Why would you want to do that?

          1. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            8 months, 9 days ago

            Britain's Got Talent audition?

          2. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
            8 months, 9 days ago

            It's my first season. Jonty's advice in the beginning was to play like a dullard. Which seemed like a good option to me. As the season progressed, I just started playing more freely without worrying about the results.

            1. Philman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              8 months, 9 days ago

              Yep, he is certainly imitating Jonty, lol

        2. Philman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          8 months, 9 days ago

          I am definitely a Dullard. My rank always goes south when I go through a "hitting" patch.

          Another bit of advice would be to always have a plan. Accept that this plan is likely to change frequently, but always have one. Hope that makes sense.

          1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
            8 months, 9 days ago

            Sort of. Yeah I get it. Another mistake was taking fancy punts on players like Watmore, Fischer etc. and getting burned. Dullard is the way forward for me I think.

      2. Jonty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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        8 months, 9 days ago

        I agree. Definitely play your own game - that's presumably the game style you enjoy so stick with it.

        I tried a few different styles this season and it didn't work out. Since Christmas I've reverted back to dullard - 1m shaved off the terrible rank caused by going out of my comfort zone.

        I happen to think that this season my usual style is also not ideally suited. This season has required moving formation, acting swiftly - almost recklessly in the transfer market. But if I'd have stuck purely to being dullard I'd still be higher - Ville Ronka has and is back to number one in the HoF as a result this week.

        Ultimately though I've been much happier with my season by going back to being dullard.

        And that brings me to my key piece of advice.

        Make sure you enjoy it - if you don't find a way to, then either move on to another game or find a way to enjoy it (eg last season in UFPL I just went for monthly prizes only - enjoyment factor rocketed).

        1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Thanks. One of the important things is also to stop at sometime. Otherwise I would be bored quite quickly. At one point I was ever present here and thought I was wasting my time by playing this game. But nkw I think it's completely alright to have a bad season. What matters is the fun aspect.

          1. Jonty
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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            8 months, 9 days ago

            Yep. Sometimes the way the season pans out just won't suit a particular style or type of player you like or team. hat's just the way it is.

            So for example I like to look at the underlying stats - but this season there have been some big hitters that have defied those, most notably Ibrahomovic. He looks committed, the stats were great - yet he had that very long drought. It was just the way it is. Very rare you get a player like that who just can't tuck away chance after chance for weeks on end.

            1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
              8 months, 9 days ago

              Agree with you. Not boasting but I got Dele Alli just in time before his Christmas run. I don't know why I did it. Then he blanked for 3 weeks.
              Sold Sanchez for siggy which backfired.
              At the end of the day, it's up to the players and our conviction.

        2. Philman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Yeah, I think the start of the season didn't suit Dullards, but as the season has settled, it has come back to those with a Dullard style. I also believe that us Dullards may be able to more naturally navigate blanks and DGWs, as it requires patience and planning and bandwagons go out of the window to a degree.

          1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
            8 months, 9 days ago

            Yes. I have decided to make a transfer from now only if it is extremely necessary and not just throw points away like a fool.

            1. Jonty
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              8 months, 9 days ago

              Indeed. I take great satisfaction in ignoring the transfer market now - just make the changes at the end of the week when armed with more knowledge.

            2. Philman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              8 months, 9 days ago

              One season-on-season tactic is to build team value in the early part of the season, taking a more risky approach to early transfers to catch price rises. The theory being there is less rotation and injurys in the first half of the season, and if you are burnt, you have time to make up any loss ground. Then after Christmas, you potentially have more buying power and can take a much more patient approach when rotation/injury/blanks kick in. Mistakes made at this time of the season can be more costly and harder to recover from.

              Many play this type of game, whereas others believe that team value is actually not that important in the first place.

              1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
                8 months, 9 days ago

                But I think spreading the risk is important. If you loose too much ground in the beginning of the season, it would be tough to recover. It also puts you under a lot of pressure in the second part. If you believe in your playing style enough, it's better to stick to it with some tweaks here and there. No need to try something different all the time. Striking a balance is also necessary I think.

                1. Philman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  8 months, 9 days ago

                  I could not agree more. My caveat to the "style" argument is that some are able to adapt their style better than others. So some may feel completely out of their comfort zone, and others can adapt to the situation better and tweak their style to what is required at the time. Understanding this is key. Again, that wasn't pointed at Jonty, as I think he can adapt his style but was just plain unlucky with his 3 bad GWs, putting him behind the 8 ball, as you alluded to above.

                  Ville Ronka seems to stick rigidly to his style, and that works for him. He very seldom does early transfers and his team value is relatively low, and not a single hit all season. Much to admire there.

                  1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
                    8 months, 9 days ago

                    Yes. The greatest FPL player there has ever been.

                  2. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    8 months, 8 days ago

                    I think it is useful to remain flexible and consider alternatives.
                    There are many ways to play this game, and if your style is working well for you then stick with it.
                    But it is sometimes possible to improve it by making a few tweaks.
                    Just don't go mad with wild experiments like I have this season.
                    Next season I intend to learn from this experience and to play more sensibly.

    4. potatoBoyde
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Hits are not the enemy

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Is that an advice or a dig?

        1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Meant for rhinos.

      2. Sess!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Check my gw history and i'd like to differ against you.

        1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Against whom? Link?

          1. Sess!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            8 months, 9 days ago

            Link in my profile. Went a bit hit mad first half of season and it cost me dearly. I'm on the road to recovery now, just hope enough gws left to register a top 10k rank.

    5. Overratedd
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Aguero can make or break your season (hes broke mine)

      1. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        8 months, 8 days ago

        Or should we blame Pep?

    6. Rhinos
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Only register one team

    7. Leaf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Don't buy Solomon Rondon

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Had him for 3 or gameweeks. When he produced his hauls. A successful fancy punt.

    8. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Don't take just one piece of advice

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Cheers Andy. Was waiting for someone to post it. It's you .

        1. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          8 months, 9 days ago

          But isn't taking Andy's advice just taking one piece of advice? 😉

          1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
            8 months, 9 days ago

            I am not taking Andy's advice. It's one of those answers which I was expecting. I was just worried when it didn't appear for so long. Andy gives some of the best analyses in his channel. I surely follow some of the things he says.

    9. Spectrum-FFS Doubles Champ
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Don't miss deadlines

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Thanks. That's a sound advice.

        1. Spectrum-FFS Doubles Champ
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Also look at the fixtures in advance and identify players who are entering a period of difficult fixtures within your team and players who have some nice fixtures on the horizon.

          1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
            8 months, 9 days ago

            Cheers.

    10. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Thanks for making it a hot topic. Finally.

    11. Demí
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Even though getting a Liverpool defender may seem a great idea on paper, it will rarely turn out to be.

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 9 days ago

        I am a Liverpool fan but I agree with you.

      2. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        8 months, 8 days ago

        And the same goes for City defenders.
        Just because a team in the top six, it does not always follow that they must have a great defence.

        1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
          8 months, 8 days ago

          Cheers.

    12. Paul
      8 months, 9 days ago

      'Don't get married to your hand'

      poker saying but true with regards to fpl... basically don't keep on holding onto a player in the lure that he will score big in a certain match.
      If you keep hold long enough there is bound to be a gw where he scores. The trick IMO is to buy and more importantly get RID at the right time. 🙂

    13. Özil
      8 months, 9 days ago

      "It's a marathon, not a sprint."

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Realising it.

      2. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 8 days ago

        Jonty. Episode 1 of this season's scoutcast.

    14. Demí
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Early transfers are underrated and not simply for the foolish

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 9 days ago

        I think it would come with experience. Cheers.

    15. Siva Mohan
      8 months, 9 days ago

      PL and FPL are different.. don't fill your team with your favorite club players.

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Yes. Agree with you. Cheers.

      2. Philman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        I am a Gooner. I currently have 3 Spurs, and I am about to sell my only Arsenal asset.

        No room for sentiment in FPL 🙂

        1. LSP FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          8 months, 8 days ago

          on the flipside, I'm a Gooner who's played this game for 7 years, won my main ML 3 times and am yet to own a Sp*rs player.

          As Jonty and others have said: Play Your Own Game and make sure it's fun for you.

    16. Ruth_NZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Think for yourself.

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Thanks. That's definitely a good advice.

      2. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        8 months, 8 days ago

        I agree. If I asked someone else to rate my team, they would never put the same amount of thought into it as I do myself.

        Listen to the advice and ideas of others, but then decide for yourself whether you agree with them.

        Don't blame anyone else if you follow their advice and it doesn't work out very well for you.

    17. Badgevilla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      It's a marathon not a sprint....

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Thanks.

    18. speedyboyzzzz-BALEGIUM
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Go for safe captains more often than not

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Yes. Captaining siggy and Austin and others like that always seems risky.

      2. Philman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        I like this one. On the whole, just be satisfied with owning your differentials, and not capping them.

    19. prata
      8 months, 9 days ago

      if you can fill 11, dont take hits

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Cheers. Saving an ft always helps.

        1. andy85wsm
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          8 months, 9 days ago

          But taking a hit can work as well even if you can field 11

          This is the thing with advice - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

          One person can play maverick and get it wrong, another player plays maverick and gets it right. It's all about making the right calls, and there's the element of luck.

    20. The Mighty I
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Don't put too much pressure on your initial squad selection.

      Chances are your team with 10-15 GW's completed will look very different.

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Yes. Learned it this season. Other than heaton, I don't own a single player I had in my gameweek 1.

      2. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        8 months, 8 days ago

        Your chances are improved tremendously if you get your initial squad selection right.
        But then be patient with it even if it wasn't ideal, and only change it gradually.
        You chose these players for a reason, and they haven't all become bad players overnight.

    21. Yeah Zeus!
      8 months, 9 days ago

      This is my first season, I've made loads of mistakes, but I feel I have learnt a few key things:

      Patience with class players (Hazard, Sigurdsson, Kane etc.).

      Stay calm, don't make rash decisions.

      Take hits only when necessary.

      How to spell necessary.

      Get on players early, I wildcarded in Gameweek 4 and it was clear that Costa was in great form, but I completely ignored him- I thought I had missed the boat. If I had bought the likes of Costa, Lukaku and Eriksen early I'd be so much better off than I am now.

      Ask people on here what they think of your decisions, sometimes they knock some sense into you.

      So my one piece of advice would be, stay calm, don't make rash decisions- and of course learn how to spell necessary.

      1. Yeah Zeus!
        8 months, 9 days ago

        I would like to add, use your own methods and do what works for you.

    22. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Once this thread has enough posts it will likely go full circle with the opposite advice being given by different people, and that's the beauty of FPL, different tactics at different times can work

      Don't take hits
      Take hits

      Don't transfer early
      Make transfers early

      Stick to the safe players
      Go differential

      Differential captains can be great
      Play safe with your captain

      Play the fixtures
      Play form

      Don't chase points
      Jump on bandwagons

      Have patience with players, especially the ones who are usually consistent
      Don't hold an underperforming player for too long

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 9 days ago

        I think now I have a clearer idea of your above suggestion of not taking an advice. It is indeed better to ignore advices and believe in what you do. You can blame nobody but yourself.

    23. FC Lackless [BALEGIUM]
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Pay the membership for The Scout...the members stats/tables/articles etc have co-incided with a doubling of my average weekly points in my mini league since I joined October time.

      Of course the info is only useful if one is prepared to put in the hard graft.

      Never entered a team in FPL ironically but will be in for next season....looking forward to it !

    24. b✪mber
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Trust in your first instinct. The better you get the better that first instinct becomes - follow it.

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Surely will follow it. Another thing I think will be better with experience.

        1. b✪mber
          8 months, 9 days ago

          That one also comes from poker, but it definitely applies to FPL. This season I didn't go with my first instinct on 3 different occasions. Got on the wrong end of it on all 3 occasions. On 2 of those decisions I followed someone else's advice, on 1 I let my own head get in the way and reverse my first instinct - I overthinked it.

          I'm not saying my first instinct is always right - It backfired a few times, but I also made some big calls following it trough. All in all I know I'm ahead because of it

          1. roflmaofc
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            8 months, 9 days ago

            What are u ahead of ?

            1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
              8 months, 8 days ago

              His previous season's ORs I think.

              1. b✪mber
                8 months, 8 days ago

                This too 🙂

            2. b✪mber
              8 months, 8 days ago

              Ahead of the opposition of course.

              1. roflmaofc
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                8 months, 8 days ago

                Bad opposition then.. You cant base this game on first instinct. Stupid.

                1. b✪mber
                  8 months, 8 days ago

                  Well than we can agree to disagree.

                  1. roflmaofc
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    8 months, 8 days ago

                    For sure 🙂

                  2. Philman
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    8 months, 8 days ago

                    Bomber, I agree with your instinct, although maybe not necessarily the first. Give yourself time to weigh up options, and then let your instinct decide. Deep down you know if a move is right or wrong, even when sometimes it may feel a bit maverick. It's just tapping into what you really believe, and not letting others influence you too much.

            3. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
              8 months, 8 days ago

              I don't think you have understood what he is saying.

              1. roflmaofc
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                8 months, 8 days ago

                "Trust in your first instinct."

    25. Netley O'Lucas Ibeland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Watch games properly, full 90', not highlights.

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Okay. Will try that from now on and see the difference.

      2. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        900 minutes per GW? Mrs Jarvish would be throwing me out on the street

        1. Netley O'Lucas Ibeland
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          8 months, 9 days ago

          lol 😉

        2. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
          8 months, 9 days ago

          I don't have that problem yet. And I obviously wouldn't watch all 10 games because I am not some scout who has been hired by some club.

      3. Samurai Blue
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 8 days ago

        This.

      4. Philman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 8 days ago

        I have hardly watched any football at all, but I am much more of a stats man.

        Some play the game from what they see, some play a stats based game, some share views and decide on the best course of action from them or collectively, and some do a bit of everything.

        Some of us have a young family and have no time to wipe their own backside, let alone watch 90 minutes of football, lol.

        1. Lawrø - KenYaYa ⭐
          8 months, 8 days ago

          I watch the important games or games including a player I'm considering transferring in or out but for the most part I just watch the goals (not even match of the day most weeks)

          I remember a previous winner claiming he never really watched games... I don't actually think it's all that necessary

          1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
            8 months, 8 days ago

            The perfect manager. Do what is necessary. Even I don't watch a game unless it's Liverpool. Even if I have all the time in the world, I will never watch a Middleborough game.

    26. SADIO SANE - EMRE CANADA
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Be more flexible at the start of the season and become more rigid as the season goes on (if possible).

      So - jump on 'bandwagons' (form players that are rising in price) and take hits early season:

      - You'll avoid missing out on players like Mahrez/Vardy.
      - Teams are not set in stone early season, things change much more quickly.
      - Teams that you thought would have good FPL players turn out to be bad (see Leicester this season).
      - If the player you bring in turns out to be bad, at least you are guaranteed the price rise silver lining.
      - If they only go up 0.1, at least you have longer to get rid when they start falling (see Amat).
      - You build up TV - this gives you more flexibility and should be an advantage at DGW WC time.

      Once you have "knee-jerked" enough times, you will (hopefully) end up with a great team that no-one else in your ML can afford.

    27. The Hindu Monkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 8 days ago

      don't change things at 11:25 on a saturday morning based on the whim of a madman

      1. LSP FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 8 days ago

        madman=you, right?

    28. Rasping Drive - Afghanistan…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Never captain James Milner, especially not in a Double Game Week.

      1. Philman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 8 days ago

        Now there is a man who has played this game for a while :-). I think that was my first ever experience of a DGW. Luckily they have improved since.

      2. Gnu - Bolivia Giroud :- Met…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 8 days ago

        😆
        Haha, yep that was painful - injured in the first half of the first game wasn't it?
        Badly badly burned.

    29. Samurai Blue
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Patience. Watch football.

    30. the Penman
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Whatever choices you make, you are always beholden to the choices of 22 men on a pitch kicking a ball, 2 managers and a ref. You don't control them. Make peace with that.

    31. Polka Wakey O'Dot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 8 days ago

      I love fantasy football and could make a list but the "one" piece of advice I would give is this (as posted many times)

      Learn to enjoy throwing your shoe at the TV when you're "top picks" fail to deliver. It's only a game, and a game where even the best picks bomb.

      I have an advantage in that I watch the games with my son in the same room from my mini league and actually engineer diff picks for the same game. It's all about the banter.

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 8 days ago

        Interesting. In fact I find your style of play quite unique. It definitely has its own specialities.

    32. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 8 days ago

      San(c)hez.

    33. diesel001
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Don't keep chasing points

    34. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Anyone with Kun in their teams will not finish in the top million of FPL this season.

      It's probably the greatest piece of ff advice ever given. 3.8 million people have listened.

  8. Espen8
    8 months, 9 days ago

    Lol Stanislas down 0.1m more. Im still keeping him though 😛

    1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
      8 months, 9 days ago

      He is such a pain to own. In the beginning, he was injured. Now he doesn't start. #Neveragain.

      1. Espen8
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Yeah but Bournemouth has been really bad in those two games without him. Think he could start soon.

        1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Hope it happens. But if I get rid of him, he is out forever. Owning de Roon was so much easier.

  9. Overratedd
    8 months, 9 days ago

    When is the best time to wildcard, i have no Sanchez/Lukaku and i'm having my worst season in 5 years

    1. Boris- Salahmon Islands FTW
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      I'm saving mine for an emergency or a double gameweek depending on what happens. Quite glad I haven't needed to use it yet.

    2. Poorinho
      8 months, 9 days ago

      What is your team?

  10. Poorinho
    8 months, 9 days ago

    If you bought Sanchez and Ibra for 0.3 lower than they cost now, is that considered enough of an investment to not sell?

    1. potatoBoyde
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Not really. 0.3 is nothing. That could go in a week.

    2. Boris- Salahmon Islands FTW
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      I bought Sanchez early on for 11 million, so I lose a lot of value if I sell. But he is one of the few players that will likely play both games in any double gameweeks Arsenal will be getting, so it's beneficial in my opinion to keep him, in both terms of value and points gain.

      1. roflmaofc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Bought him at 10.9 selling as soon as i know hes not playing gw28.

  11. Kings of Lyon ★
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 9 days ago

    Seen this on Twitter last night

    Veratti cost PSG £10m, in the Premier League that gets you Jake Livermore 😆

    1. Overratedd
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Hes worth 80m easilly, world class player

    2. toogay
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      He was a 19 year old from Serie B though.

    3. noquarternt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Not really how value works. Could say- look at Harry Kane that's what £0 gets you!

  12. Espen8
    8 months, 9 days ago

    Sanchez likely to drop tonight. Think I´ll sell him for Hazard today. If things happens in the FA cup I still have 2 "transferwindows" to get in new players.

  13. andy85wsm
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    8 months, 9 days ago

    We're probably a good few weeks off looking at bringing in City players, especially after the Jesus injury but they could have some bargains from GW32 onwards:

    Stones - 4.7m*
    Sterling - 7.8m
    Sane - 7.5m

    *I know, I know but Caballero in goal gives me a bit more faith in their defence. It's still a bit make shift for my liking but with the way they're set up in attack they keep the ball a lot which in theory may reduce the amount of chances against them? Plus Caballero actually saves the ball.

    1. Christina.
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Back to the future Marty McFly.

    2. Overratedd
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Stones at 4.7 is worth the risk for sure
      sane and sterling is a toss up, id go with sane if you watched him v Bournemouth he had so many chances which he was unlucky

    3. Espen8
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Stones is a bonus magnet aswell

    4. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Sterling has been a good differential in my mini leagues and head to head leagues. Confused about selling him or keeping him and seeing through the blank gameweeks.

      1. ktk_interista
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Sell for sure. Only Ibra and Sanchez are worth considering keeping when having 2 blanks. Anyone else is not worth it.

        1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
          8 months, 9 days ago

          For who?

    5. ktk_interista
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      No guarantee Stones starts. He is sometimes dropped in big matches, could be rotated with CL kicking in.

    6. Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      I don't see City's defence changing enough to make Stones worth a punt. The main reason is that in isolation he is very cheap but when you consider just how many good options there are in defence right now, even if it's for a little extra money it's not worth wasting a defender slot with a player with very little attacking threat and not a great chance of clean sheets.

    7. Leaf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Those wingers are so cheap

    8. Pirlo's Pen (C) Mbokan…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Kun @ 12.7 is the real bargain...

    9. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      If you want a city defender i would rather have Caballero then Stones both 4.7 and Willy is less of a rotation risk in my eyes plus 2 double game weeks coming up* (*depending on the cup results)

  14. Going Home
    8 months, 9 days ago

    I'm one of those selling (already sold) Zlat and Alexis with blank guaranteed and the likely blank coming up. I currently have 8 players with a fixture in GW28 so may hokey-kokey Zlat back in for Bournemouth, depending on FA Cup results. I completely understand people doing the same..

    What I don't understand is people using cash from Alexis (in particular) to enable other transfers. Surely he will be one of (if not) the most important player in the game from GW31 onwards? 10 fixtures in 8 GWs, playing out of position, unstoppable this season etc etc.

    It's clear that not a huge number of people are selling, so his value is unlikely to plummet. I accepted that, with a SV of 11.4, I may have to pay more to bring him back (and made sure I had the 0.4 if necessary). I urge everyone to think about how you will bring Alexis back, if you do choose to sell

    Mini-rant over

    1. Holmes
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Likely to be Luka to Niasse/Gabbi and Alli to Sanchez. Long way to go... Many here still have WC though, so should be easy to get him back?

      1. Going Home
        8 months, 9 days ago

        WC is a fair point. But I guess if you still have it now, it's to use for the DGWs around GW34/37?

    2. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Very true - if the likes of Sanchez, Aguero and Ibra start really firing, you are going to see a lot of earlier than planned WCs around GW29/30/31.

  15. MOUMU
    8 months, 9 days ago

    2 Ft and 0.3 ITB what should i go out for

    Heaton
    Alonso Coleman Brunt Mee Love
    Alii Eriksen Philips Fletcher Siggy
    Costa Ibra Lukaku

    A) Ibra,Eriksen> Defoe/Hazard
    B) Ibra,Philips>Defoe/Mane
    C) Anything else i can go with?

  16. Overratedd
    8 months, 9 days ago

    My horrid team currently

    Cech (Mandanda) - No GK this week
    Mccauley - Alonso - Baines (Pieters, Amat)
    Lallana - Phillips - Alli - Antonio (Capoue)
    Costa - Kane - Ibra

    what transfers for this week (1FT)

    1. Holmes
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Cech to Jak, go with 3-5-2

    2. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Get a goalie by selling cheap cech. Preferably jakupovic or Heaton or Grant. Rest of the team looks okay to me.

    3. Kings of Lyon ★
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Horrid? Thats bloody good.

      Cech to Jaku imo

    4. Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Mandanda to Jaku.

    5. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      i would sell Mandanda for Juk and keep Cech for the double game weeks coming up.

  17. melvinmbabazi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 9 days ago

    What to do this week? 2FT 2.3ITB
    Looking at benching Sanchez and Ibra in GW26

    Courtois Pickford
    Baines Jones McAuley Holebas Pieters
    Sanchez Eriksen Alli Phillips De Roon
    Ibra Lukaku Carroll

    Any Suggestions?

    Cheers

    1. Mozanniepique VC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      with 2FT I'd sell one of them, looks a bit weak otherwise.

  18. ktk_interista
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 9 days ago

    Play Foster or Heaton? Almost everytime I played Foster over Heaton I got burned? Is Hull better attacking-wise than Bournemouth?

    1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
      8 months, 9 days ago

      No. They are not.

      1. ktk_interista
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        That is what I think too. Bournemouth is a more attacking team but they are in dire form. And WBA usually find a way to concede 1 stupid goal. On the other hand Hull are in good form and Burnley are not so solid away. I am torn tbh.

        1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Whoever said that rotating them is a good option is not correct IMO. Did the same thing in the beginning and got burned every time. Best thing to do is to get rid of one of them ( preferably Foster) for jaku. Life would be so much simpler.

  19. TOBY1
    8 months, 9 days ago

    Ok decisions. Going to take action today on Sanchez - not going to lose money. I can get him back later...

    a) Sanchez to Hazard & Jesus to Carroll

    b) Sanchez to Mane & Jesus to Kane?

    c) Sanchez to Barkley?

    1. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      A as it keeps money in the bank to buy back sanchez in week 29

      1. TOBY1
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Thanks - how about just Sanchez to mane?

  20. Overratedd
    8 months, 9 days ago

    Which is a better option

    a) Mandanda out
    b) Cech out

    to

    i) Joel
    ii) Jaku
    iii) Heaton
    iv) Grant

    Thanks 😛

    1. Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      A to ii

      1. Smurf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        If you have Cech you may as well hold him if you can get Jaku in as Cech will then have two DGW's coming up more than likely so may be very handy.

        1. Overratedd
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Good idea, Jaku deffo best option by the look of it

    2. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
      8 months, 9 days ago

      B to 2.

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      As mentioned. Czech out to Jaku

  21. Mozanniepique VC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 9 days ago

    Play Jaku over Foster right?

    1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Yeah.

  22. Rhodes your boat
    8 months, 9 days ago

    Better to wait and do transfers after the cup or to do transfers now to avoid price drops and rises

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Depends on budget and what you value most but no chance I'll do anything before the cups.

      1. Cesc's old mullet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        This

        1. Rhodes your boat
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Okay thanks rupert

  23. Cesc's old mullet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 9 days ago

    Any mod around?

    I'm having an issue with the article list page (http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/articles/) : whenever I click on "Older entries", the URL changes to http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/articles/page/2/, but the same list of articles is displayed. Can't browse for older articles.

    Anybody else having the same problem?

    1. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Same for me. I'll flag it

      1. Cesc's old mullet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Thanks Andy

      2. Mark
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Yes, that's clearly a bug that was missed. Good spot. Thanks.

        1. Cesc's old mullet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          8 months, 9 days ago

          No pb

        2. andy85wsm
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Well that was easy!

      3. Cesc's old mullet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Oh, and btw, I was looking for the article that summarizes the chances of each team having a blank an GW28.
        You wouldn't have the link, would you?

          1. Cesc's old mullet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            8 months, 9 days ago

            Great, thanks!

            1. andy85wsm
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              8 months, 9 days ago

              Using the older entries on the home page works btw - but it means more clicks 🙂

              1. Cesc's old mullet
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                8 months, 9 days ago

                Thanks, hadn't even seen the button

  24. Overratedd
    8 months, 9 days ago

    everyone asked this probably but:

    i) When would the 2 blanks be played again
    ii) Is there another load of blanks coming up (gw 28 etc.)

    Sorry if these are answered or no one knows

    1. Sess!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      1) Gw34 or 37 most likely.
      2) Next gw fa cup due to take place but obviously will be around half the blanks as half prem teams will have been knocked out.

      1. tisza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Isn't GW34 cup semis weekend?
        Could be messy if all PL sides.

  25. xth0rx
    8 months, 9 days ago

    I have both Carroll and Lukaku, can we expect them both to start?

    1. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Probably, just need to wait for press conferences.

    2. SWANCK
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Wait until after cup games.

      Nothing wrong with Kaku I don't think but Carroll is a liability

    3. AA33 - CW Organiser and Tea…
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Likely, but we will know more after the press conferences

  26. Boris- Salahmon Islands FTW
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 9 days ago

    What are the odds of Arsenal beating Bayern tonight and losing to Sutton on Monday?

    1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
      8 months, 9 days ago

      5000-1.

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Sorry for the useless reply.

    2. Going Home
      8 months, 9 days ago

      111.5/1 according to Skybet

      1. Boris- Salahmon Islands FTW
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        That's definitely worth a punt

        1. Going Home
          8 months, 9 days ago

          There's a reason the odds on the opposing results are 0.71/1...

  27. nad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 9 days ago

    ** Blank fixture
    * Rotation risk

    1FT 1.2ITB
    Foster
    Baines Azpi Brunt Schlupp*
    Eriksen Phillips Sigurdsson Ozil**
    Lukaku (c) Barnes

    Grant Amat** Sané** Ibra**

    Ozil out seems to be my preference, which of these options do you think is best:

    W) Ozil > WHM mid

    X) Ozil > Mane

    Y) Ozil > Hazard

    Z) Any of the above with Amat > Robertson (-4)

    Any help or other suggestions appreciated!

  28. yarrowgate
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 9 days ago

    My TV is a pitiful £98.7m.

    Despite planning, I somehow have four outfield players (including Ibrahimovic and Sanchez) blanking in GW26 and just one FT.

    I should keep the big two and move one of the other blankers out, right? Otherwise I won't be able to buy them back?

    1. Spectrum-FFS Doubles Champ
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Considering the low TV if you have money invested in these players and it would cost you more to buy them back than what they are currently worth in your team then that's probably the best thing to do

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Wow. That is just awful. Never seen a team that low.

      1. yarrowgate
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 9 days ago

        was effectively a ghost team from september - january, then i wiped a good £1.2m out by transferring players out, confirming, then getting them back in during my WC week.

        lol

        lesson learned i guess.

  29. AA33 - CW Organiser and Tea…
    8 months, 9 days ago

    If Leicester get relegated, will it be the first time that the champions get relegated in their next season? 😮

    1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
      8 months, 9 days ago

      No. Man city were relegated back in 1938.

    2. TOBY1
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Man city did it many blue moons ago

  30. DA Minnion
    8 months, 9 days ago

    Jak
    Nyom Baines Brunt Pva
    Alli Phillips Siggy Hazard
    Lukaku
    1 free transfer.1.4 in the bank.

    So do I
    A.Play Crouch
    B.Play Daniels
    C. Get Costa in for Ibra and play him.
    D. Get Mane in for Sanchez and play him.
    Thoughts lads.

    1. nad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 9 days ago

      D