The Preamble

  1. October

    Diego Costa is a problem. It’s becoming clear by the week that his fragility, valid or otherwise, will remain an issue. Jose Mourinho remains adamant that his striker’s hamstrings teeter at breaking point with every extra exertion. Yesterday’s press conference saw the Chelsea manager take on the body language and stance of the accused, parrying enquiries […]

  2. October

    I’m so worried about my Wildcard flopping, I decided to leave the country. These words are typed from a balcony on Spain, on the coast of Andalucia. Such surrounds really should provide ample distraction from any Fantasy Football concerns: I should be relaxed and fully engaged in holiday mode on my own “international break”. My […]

  3. September

    Eight years ago I bought a TV: a cheap LCD panel effort. Manufactured in Germany by some unknown quantity, I fully expected it to blow itself out within the year. It didn’t. Year after year went by and, as friends and family made room for the latest and greatest in lounge entertainment, I was stuck […]

  4. September

    I seem to find more and more reasons to hate the early international break. Apart from the obvious issue of sifting the phantom injury setbacks, I find the Gameweeks that follow are most uncomfortable and unsatisfying. There’s another by-product of the two-week Premier League hiatus: the fact that so many throw in their Wildcard, revolutionising […]

  5. September

    In case you missed it (and, doubtless, the intention is that you do), the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) have appeared to have tweaked the algorithm that governs their player prices and, as a result, slowed the increases of player values. Where last season a strong bandwagon would soar, sometimes adding 0.3 to a player’s price […]

  6. August

    That “difficult” second Gameweek. You can shine on your debut but it’s the follow-up that can so often find you out. I got through the opening weekend unscathed. I’ve had no major fires to put out – no significant bandwagons missed that forced my hand and pushed me into spending points on trades. As I’ve […]

  7. August

    Here we are again. You’re desperately searching for inspiration. I’m desperately clinging to the hope that the site can keep serving pages under the weight of last-minute tinkerers. We do this every year.

Scout Tweets

  1. Rodgers confirms Sturridge will be out "for two to four weeks" with calf complaint

  2. Rangel returns for Swans after suspension. Carroll in for the suspended Shelvey.

  3. Pieters returns for Stoke as Muniesa drops out. Diouf fit to replace Arnautovic. Ireland in for Whelan in midfield.

  4. Stoke XI vs Swansea: Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Nzonzi, Adam, Diouf, Ireland, Moses; Crouch.

  5. Swansea XI vs Stoke: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Carroll, Ki, Sigurdsson, Dyer, Routledge, Bony.

  6. Hoilett & Kranjcar drop to the QPR bench as Suk-Young & Zamora come into a 3-5-2

  7. Rob Green misses out with tonsillitis, allowing Alex McCarthy to make a first league start.

Scout Leagues

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 8

  • Adrián
  • Ivanovic
  • Baines
  • Bertrand
  • Sterling
  • Fábregas
  • Downing
  • Tadic
  • Cissé
  • Aguero
  • Welbeck
  • Azpilicueta
  • Lampard
  • Pellè

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Last updated: 13 Oct, 2014 9:24pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Forster SOT A, Vs
Up Adrián WHM B, Vs
Up Szczesny ARS C, Vs
Up Schmeichel LEI B, Vs, £
Up Howard EVE C, Vs
Up Mignolet LIV C, Vs
Up Lloris TOT B, Vs
Up Guzan AVL B
Down Heaton BRN B, £
Down Begovic STO B


Last updated: 20 Oct, 2014 9:48am
Player Club Factors
No Change Baines EVE A, Vs
No Change Bertrand SOT A, Vs
No Change Ivanovic CHE A, VsX
Up Chambers ARS C, Vs
Up Kaboul TOT B, Vs
Down Tomkins WHM B, Vs, Inj
Up Schlupp LEI B, Vs, Rest, OoP, £
Up Robertson HUL A, VsX
No Change Moreno LIV C, Vs
Up Kompany MCI B
Up Dawson WBA B
Down Shawcross STO B
Down Taylor SWA B, VsX, £
Down Trippier BRN B


Last updated: 20 Oct, 2014 9:46am
Player Club Factors
No Change Sterling LIV B, Vs
No Change Tadic SOT A, Vs
No Change Di María MUN A, VsX
Up Sánchez ARS A, Vs, Rest
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, VsX
No Change Fábregas CHE B, VsX
Up Chadli TOT A, Inj
Up Downing WHM A, £
Up Mane SOT B, Vs
No Change Silva MCI B
Up Hazard CHE B, VsX
No Change Puncheon CPL B
Up Milner MCI B, Rest, £
Up Henderson LIV B, Vs
No Change Moses STO B, Vs, Inj, £


Last updated: 20 Oct, 2014 9:44am
Player Club Factors
Up Aguero MCI A, Vs
Up Pellè SOT A, Vs
Down Diego Costa CHE A, VsX, Inj
No Change Welbeck ARS A, Vs, Inj
Up Falcao MUN B, VsX
Up Sakho WHM A, £
Up Berahino WBA A, £
Down Ulloa LEI B, Vs, £
Up Naismith EVE B, Vs, £
No Change Bony SWA B
Up Cissé NEW A

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Reid WHM 4
Diego Costa CHE 3
Fábregas CHE 3
Barry EVE 3
Naismith EVE 3
Robertson HUL 3
Moore LEI 3
Moreno LIV 3
Fernandinho MCI 3
Y Touré MCI 3
Pellè SOT 3
Schneiderlin SOT 3
Bardsley STO 3
Cattermole SUN 3
Dorrans WBA 3
Gardner WBA 3

“Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free kicks and some penalties as well.”

Yaya Toure Manchester City midfielder