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Sky Sports Focus

Normal service is resumed with our weekly Sky Sports Focus article on hand to prepare you for the incoming Gameweek.

As always, we’ll examine the recent run of Man of the Match (MoTM) awards, the bonus point beneficiaries, transfer trends and Watchlist, before moving on to the Scout team and our future plans.

Gameweek 21 Man of the Match Awards

These were the players who caught the eye of the Sky Sports reporters and earned an extra five points as a result.

Fixture MoTM
Watford vs Swansea Lukasz Fabianski
Chelsea vs Stoke Willian
Huddersfield vs Burnley Johann Berg Gudmundsson
Newcastle vs Brighton Mathew Ryan
Liverpool vs Leicester Mohamed Salah
Bournemouth vs Everton Ryan Fraser
Man United vs Southampton Wesley Hoedt
Crystal Palace vs Man City Timothy Fosu-Mensah
West Brom vs Arsenal Alexis Sanchez
Brighton vs Bournemouth Jose Izquierdo
Leicester vs Huddersfield Islam Slimani
Burnley vs Liverpool Dejan Lovren
Stoke vs Newcastle Ayoze Perez
Everton vs Man United Paul Pogba
Swansea vs Tottenham Hotspur Christian Eriksen
West Ham vs West Brom Andy Carroll
Southampton vs Crystal Palace Bakary Sako
Man City vs Watford Kevin De Bruyne
Arsenal vs Chelsea Eden Hazard
Tottenham vs West Ham Pedro Obiang



We need to talk about Kevin once again. Mr De Bruyne recovered from injury to put in another Man of the Match performance and take his tally to eight for 2017/18. Eleven awards has commonly been the most earned by a single player over the last five seasons but the Belgian is well on course to top that.

Compatriot Eden Hazard (six) and the game’s second most popular player, Mohamed Salah (seven), moved into third and second place respectively in the MoTM table, while the only other player with significant ownership to feature was Christian Eriksen (19.1%).

He has returned to form of late, only failing to score over five points in one of his last eight matches.

Gameweek 21 Bonus Points

Let’s take a look at those players who have earned 34 points or more in bonus this term.
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Fantasy Football Scout members can access all information regarding bonus points using player stats and clicking the Sky Sports tab.

The Transfer Trends

Top Transfers Out

Name Team Value % of Managers
Coutinho Liverpool 11.3 9.4%
Salah Liverpool 9.4 5.6%
Kolasinac Arsenal 8.3 4.2%
Jesus Man City 12.1 3.9%
Lukaku Man United 12.4 2.3%

Top Transfers In

Name Team Value % of Managers
Kane Spurs 12.9 6%
De Bruyne Man City 11.5 5.5%
Sterling Man City 9.8 5.2%
Lingard Man United 8.8 5.1%
Tarkowski Burnley 6.1 4%

Average Transfers Remaining

Top 10 – 13.40
Top 100 – 13.59
Top 1,000 – 12.92
Top 5,000 – 12.38

Top Five Captains Picked

Name Team Value % of Managers
Kane Spurs 12.9 35.6%
Lukaku Man United 12.4 15.7%
Aguero Man City 12.8 6.1%
Lacazette Arsenal 11.8 3.2%
Salah Liverpool 9.4 2.5%

Watchlist

Here I aim to highlight a few differential players with low ownership who I think could be good options for the coming six weeks.

Three specific price brackets will be used to cater for our available budgets.

The players will evolve with fixtures and form, and offer Fantasy managers a nudge in the right direction.

Budget Mid-Price Premium
Defender Shane Duffy
6.3
0.7%
Andreas Christensen
6.4
3.7%
Virgil Van Dijk
8.9
2%
Midfielder Eric Choupo-Moting
8.2
1.1%
Marko Arnautovic
8.8
2.2%
Adam Lallana
10
0.8%
Forward Glenn Murray
9.3
0.5%
Cenk Tosun
11.1
0%
Alexis Sanchez
12.7
4.3%

My Team

Pope
Jones Otamendi Christensen Kenny
Hazard Silva Sterling Eriksen De Bruyne
Kane

ITB: 0.3
Transfers remaining: 14/40
Last week’s points: 172
Overall points: 1851
Rank: 153rd

Notes

Up to 153rd, but at the expense of a couple of transfers.

My beloved Philippe Coutinho left my team, so I was kind of forced into that one. Thankfully, another one of my favourite players, David Silva, returned at the perfect time for a direct swap. With Man City dominating both the league and the bonus point system, it felt like the logical move.

The other trade was something of a vanity transfer, although an injury to Mohamed Salah also helped nudge me to make it.

In came Christian Eriksen (and his 18 points over the two matches) due to him having four fixtures to the Egyptian’s one – and the one is Man City at home.

I’ll be watching that match “Salah-less” for the first time this season. Wish me luck people.

Captain Plan

Sat 13th – Kane (EVE)
Sun 14th – De Bruyne (liv)
Mon 15th – Phil Jones (STK)

Weekly Articles and Podcast

As well as the weekly Focus article, I’ll be talking through the week’s action and upcoming plans with FFS posters Buffrey and Lewis on our regular podcast – the latest episode can be found here.

The Fantasy Football Scout League

Our Fantasy Football Scout League is currently topping the League of Leagues as we look to defend our crown in 2017/18.

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  1. Kevin de Blanke
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    Salah still being sold by a lot

    Are people really sane?

    1. BRAGAZETI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Thats weird. I thought being flagged was the only hazard

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Many will still think he's injured.

      1. Kevin de Blanke
        10 days, 16 hours ago

        Even if he loses a game I'll hold

        I'll lose 1m if I sell and buy him back, and even if he only keep 50% of his form he'll still be worth the money

    3. Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Let them. More progress for us

  2. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    Why is Arnie still flagged when Scout tweets confirm Moyes said he was back? Salah unflagged in similar scenario. Admittedly one was in press conference and other in newspaper column but should not make any difference whether spoken or in written word.

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Yep, they would flag him if Moyes was quoted in a column saying he was a doubt

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 16 hours ago

        If they do I hope they fail, I sold him for Lingard to raise Aguero funds 😛

        1. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 days, 16 hours ago

          Oops, talking of fails.. 😳

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Others have asked this, we don't know.

    3. ASAune
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      I think it's due to the source and the degree of 'officialness'. However, if you're implying that some players are de-flagged faster than others, I agree

  3. beetlejuice
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    Anyone considering capping Alli?

    1. b91jh
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Not as explosive as last year anymore

    2. asif316uk
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Currently my vc may gamble tomorrow..

    3. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      If they do I hope they fail, I sold him for Lingard to raise Aguero funds 😀

      .

  4. The Overthinker - Emre Cana…
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    So lads how does she look?

    Lloris
    Alonso - otamendi - Jones - Schindler
    Salah - sterling - son - gross
    Morata - Kane

    Elliot Gomez rlc niasse

    1. Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Looks good.

      Son & Morata -> Lingard & Aguero must be a little tempting, if not this week, next.

      1. The Overthinker - Emre Cana…
        10 days, 16 hours ago

        Son is a goner next week. Might bring in Ramsey.
        That'll help me go morata to kun

  5. asif316uk
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    A. Firmino > Aguero for free
    B. Alli + Arnie for KDB + Mahrez for a hit
    C. Wilson + Alli> Aguero + Gross for a hit
    D. Save

    Adrian, Foster
    Christensen, Gomez Jones Ogbonna Mariappa
    Salah Sterling Alli Arnie Carroll
    Kane Firmino Wilson

    2.9m itb

    Any thoughts?

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      D

      1. asif316uk
        10 days, 16 hours ago

        Thanks

  6. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    Play Elliot or Adrian?

    1. Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Adrian

    2. jimmy.floyd
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Adrijan

    3. Colonel Klink
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Elliot’s injury means it’s probably Adrian anyway.

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 16 hours ago

        Elliot is fit

  7. Viper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    Start Mee or Otamendi.

    I'm currently starting Mee because of their defensive stats on the road. Plus I have Salah & Firmino vs. Otamendi

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Ota could easily score though but I think it's pretty even between them..

    2. Colonel Klink
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Flip a coin. Both good choices. If both concede, at least Ota likes scoring.

      1. Viper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 16 hours ago

        Mee is surely due 😉

    3. ASAune
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      I asked the same question on here and have landed on Otamendi. That being said, it's a coin toss for me and I've changed my mind several times

      1. Viper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 16 hours ago

        If I start Otamendi I'd have 4 players in the same game which I don't really like. I think I'm edging towards Mee and hope there's goals at Anfield

        1. ASAune
          10 days, 16 hours ago

          Cheers. If this is our biggest concern, I'd say we're pretty well off either way 🙂

    4. olidooley
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Mee

  8. Daghe Munegu
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    Bottomed

    Any idea please ? 1ft 0.3 itb

    Lloris
    Alonso Otamendi Jones Masuaku
    Alli Sterling Mahrez Arnautovic
    Kane Firmino

    Elliot Rlc Dcl Mbemba

  9. Colonel Klink
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    When Henderson if fit, Can is out of the team?

    1. Jusagoras
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Not necessarily

      1. Colonel Klink
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 16 hours ago

        You think Oxlad or Can the more nailed?

        1. Jusagoras
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 days, 16 hours ago

          Can for now. It's worth waiting to see what will happen without Coutinho. Certainly neither are worth bringing in at this time.

  10. St. Joseph
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    Play T.Carroll or Mbemba?

    1. Suck My Coquelin
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Carroll

  11. Jusagoras
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    Pope
    Otamendi, Christensen, Jones, Dunk
    Salah, Sterling, Son, Lingard
    (K)ane, Firmino

    Elliot, Ogbonna, Joselu, RLC. 3,0 Itb. 0FT.

    Christensen -> Alonso for a hit?

    1. olidooley
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Nah!!

    2. Suck My Coquelin
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      No not for a hit.

    3. Jusagoras
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Cheers, both

  12. olidooley
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    Start Foster (BHA) or Adrian (hud)?
    I have Masuaku also

    1. Colonel Klink
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      I see a nil-nil incoming, so either?

  13. b91jh
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    Ayoze looks like a decent replacement of dcl?

    1. Colonel Klink
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Newc looking for a new striker, though, right?

  14. jimmy.floyd
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    Bench one
    Otamendi
    Duffy
    C Ogbonna

    1. olidooley
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Otamendi

    2. Colonel Klink
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Nice problem to have, really.

    3. Matt Sk
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Duffy

    4. CRO JESUS
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Have the same problem,not benching OTA,will bench Ogbonna

    5. fattfattygavgav
      10 days, 15 hours ago

      Same problem, I'm benching Ogbonna.

  15. GameOfThrowIns
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    DDG
    Otamendi Jones Christensen
    Salah Sterling Son Arnautovic Lingard
    Kane(C) Morata(V)
    --------------------------------------------------
    Elliot Ogbonna DCL Holgate

    1FT
    £0.4M ITB

    Captain Kane Morata or Lingard??

  16. BoomBoomShacktheroom
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    Did Mourinho do a conference?

    1. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Hot topics

    2. THFC4LIFE
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      5pm

  17. Viper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    DDG (Elliot)

    Jones Mee Christensen (Otamendi Robertson)

    Sterling Salah Lingard Arnautovic (Gross)

    Kane (c) Firmino Wilson

    2.6 in the bank to do Christensen/Mee - > Alonso next gwk. No hit taken.

    Am I good to log out? 🙂

  18. Daghe Munegu
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    Nobody ?

    Any idea please ? 1ft 0.3 itb

    Lloris
    Alonso Otamendi Jones Masuaku
    Alli Sterling Mahrez Arnautovic
    Kane Firmino

    Elliot Rlc Dcl Mbemba

  19. Salah Mee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    Guesses on Pritchard price at Huddersfield?

  20. Andrew
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    Many people doubling up on Chelsea defence?

    1. VFORVANDETA
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Alonso Azpi

  21. GameOfThrowIns
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 days, 14 hours ago

    Bottled it... Kane (C) locked