Scout Notes

Scout Notes – Gameweek 4 – Monday

Slaven Bilic relieves the pressure as he turns to a three-man defence, big Andy Carroll and an emphasis on crosses against a stubborn Huddersfield Town. A fortunate deflection sets them on their way, as the popular Chicharito fails to stem a tide of Fantasy sales.

Chicharito blanks in Carroll return

Owned by an army of 1.4 million Fantasy Premier League managers (27.7%), Chicharito was also burdened with the responsibility of 164,000 captaincy picks.

With Carroll returning to make a first start since April, he was very much playing off the big striker, with the Geordie the focal point of the Hammers attack down the middle.

But Chicharito had his opportunity – a first half effort which clipped the crossbar, one of only two touches in the box he enjoyed all evening.

More worryingly, it was the Mexican rather than the battle-weary Carroll who made way first, hooked on 63 minutes.

Shifted by 164,000 heading in Gameweek 4 and another 50,000 before he even kicked a ball last night, Chicharito’s sales now look likely to pick up pace.

His role could change to living off the knockdowns and scraps if the Hammers look to an aerial threat as a priority.

With Andre Ayew replacing him to score and assist, plus the return of Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini perhaps forcing a change of shape, there could even be mounting concerns on Chicharito’s minutes while Carroll remains available.

Doubts over his prospects come as a blow, given the current dearth of viable forward options around the 7.0 price tag.

Cresswell dominates set plays

While Michail Antonio was the most effective and eye-catching attacker on show at the London Stadium, Fantasy managers should also note the role played by Aaron Cresswell throughout.

Deployed as a wing-back in Slaven Bilic’s 3-4-2-1, Cresswell hogged set-pieces right and left and ended the match with 19 crosses – more than any other player in Gameweek 4.

Of course, this might not continue.

Arnautovic has now served out his ban and will surely be a factor on dead balls in the Gameweek 5 trip to West Brom.

Lanzini will be another protagonist at set-plays, although his return date remains uncertain as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

Mark Mark created the beast. He's now looking to tame it.”

1,855 Comments Post a Comment
  1. JoeSnowUK
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Is it suicide to go without Kane if you have Alli/Eriksen? Shifting Kane allows more a much more balanced front 3 and midfield

    1. Slouchinho
      3 months, 1 day ago

      All I can say is I tried that last week. Draw your own conclusions.

    2. ORIGINAL Uncle Bens Reus
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Lukaku to morata is an option I'm looking at that allows more balance

    3. john1954
      3 months, 19 hours ago

      Same question I'm pondering but I decided to bring in Kane as Spurs have some decent fixtures and Kane is starting to bang them in again

  2. Creedey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Smooth: Captained Kane for the 3rd time in row, kept my faith in KDB and Jesus, and did Stones -> Davies last minute after looking at Spurs' wonderful run of games coming up.

    1. EZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Very nice stuff, Creedey.

      1. Creedey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Cheers, Sanchez!

    3 months, 1 day ago

    On a scale of 1- 6, Danilo nailedness?

    1. thebikeryogi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 1 day ago


  4. Jallegre
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Little Pea is too rebound-dependent in his goals to count on....

  5. Giroud's Beard
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Help please!

    Elliot (Foster)
    Davies | Cedric | Hegazi (Mee, Mariappa)
    Mkhi | Salah | Eriksen | Xhaka (Carrol)
    Jesus | Kaku | Firminho
    2FT, 0.7mil ITB

    Spurs have a great run of fixtures so I nee to try get Kane in so my initial thoughts are:
    Jesus -> Kane
    Salah -> D.Silva
    Xhaka -> Atsu
    Reasoning for these trades are Silva gives me City cover after losing Jesus. Atsu because I cant afford much else and Newcastle have a decent fixture run coming.

    Any other ideas suggestions are welcome....

    1. john1954
      3 months, 19 hours ago

      Sounds like your in a similar position to me, playing wildcard this week to maintain my decent start of 225 points.
      My wildcard looks like this
      Foster, Elliot
      Davies, Gomez, Hegazi, Fosu, Range
      Ericsson, Mikky, Silva, Doucoure, Carroll
      Lukaku, Firming, Kane but only 0.1 ITB

  6. J.Litmanen
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Should I A: Do a wildcard from this team:

    Lloris (Hart)
    Yoshida Alonso Sánchez ( Hegazi Rangel)
    Mkhitaryan Matic Salah Eriksen Xhaka
    Chicharito Lukaku (Rooney)


    Forster (Hart)
    Davies Alonso Hegazi (Gámez Rangel)
    Mkhitaryan Salah Eriksen Matic (Groß)
    Lukaku Firmino Welbeck?

    Or simply use a FT on which player?

    1. flipthebuzzard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Definitely not wc, not enough changes to warrant it in my opinion.

      Do whatever move frees the most cash with the FT then take a hit if you can do another or if you need to change two to make the next moves happen do it next week.

  7. Jojo1
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Pls help.........

    Alonso & Chicarito for Davies & Firmino/Vardy?

    Also have Kane & Lukaku in attack

    1. flipthebuzzard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Losing Alonso bound to hurt you, it just will... but Bavies and Firm

      I have same

  8. foreverton
    3 months, 1 day ago

    How has Mounie been playing? How many chances to score?

  9. TONY123
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Pogba to --->
    A) Mahrez
    B) Coutinho
    C) Gross

    1. john1954
      3 months, 19 hours ago

      What about Mikky?

  10. Whits
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 21 hours ago

    Who's the biggest risk not to start this weekend?

    A) Willian
    B) Hernandez
    C) Stephens

  11. mranonymous
    3 months, 16 hours ago

    Best budget/4.5m defender?

    I'm currently on Naughton, Mee, Moreno (punt), I need 1 more.... Perhaps a Brighton boy?

    Thank you for your help

  12. somato
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Please help? Deciding whether using WC or not?

    Current team
    De gea Elliott
    Yoshida | Daniels | Bavis | Suttner | Mee
    Pogba | Willian | Brady | Eriksen | Carrol
    Lukaku | Kane | Mounie

    WC Team
    Foster l Elliott
    Jones | Mendy | Bavis | Kiko | Lascelles
    Choupo-Moting | Doucoure | Brady | Eriksen | Carrol
    Morata | Kane | Aguero

    0.01 ITB

    Appreciated any comments.

    Thank you for your time