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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.

FixtureMoTM
Watford vs SwanseaLukasz Fabianski
Chelsea vs StokeWillian
Huddersfield vs BurnleyJohann Berg Gudmundsson
Newcastle vs BrightonMathew Ryan
Liverpool vs LeicesterMohamed Salah
Bournemouth vs EvertonRyan Fraser
Man United vs SouthamptonWesley Hoedt
Crystal Palace vs Man CityTimothy Fosu-Mensah
West Brom vs ArsenalAlexis Sanchez
Brighton vs BournemouthJose Izquierdo
Leicester vs HuddersfieldIslam Slimani
Burnley vs LiverpoolDejan Lovren
Stoke vs NewcastleAyoze Perez
Everton vs Man UnitedPaul Pogba
Swansea vs Tottenham HotspurChristian Eriksen
West Ham vs West BromAndy Carroll
Southampton vs Crystal PalaceBakary Sako
Man City vs WatfordKevin De Bruyne
Arsenal vs ChelseaEden Hazard
Tottenham vs West HamPedro 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

NameTeamValue% of Managers
CoutinhoLiverpool11.39.4%
SalahLiverpool9.45.6%
KolasinacArsenal8.34.2%
JesusMan City12.13.9%
LukakuMan United12.42.3%

Top Transfers In

NameTeamValue% of Managers
KaneSpurs12.96%
De BruyneMan City11.55.5%
SterlingMan City9.85.2%
LingardMan United8.85.1%
TarkowskiBurnley6.14%

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

NameTeamValue% of Managers
KaneSpurs12.935.6%
LukakuMan United12.415.7%
AgueroMan City12.86.1%
LacazetteArsenal11.83.2%
SalahLiverpool9.42.5%

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.

BudgetMid-PricePremium
DefenderShane Duffy
6.3
0.7%
Andreas Christensen
6.4
3.7%
Virgil Van Dijk
8.9
2%
MidfielderEric Choupo-Moting
8.2
1.1%
Marko Arnautovic
8.8
2.2%
Adam Lallana
10
0.8%
ForwardGlenn 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
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Salah still being sold by a lot

      Are people really sane?

      1. BRAGAZETI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Thats weird. I thought being flagged was the only hazard

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Many will still think he's injured.

        1. Kevin de Blanke
            3 months, 14 days 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

        2. Viper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Let them. More progress for us

      3. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 14 days 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
          3 months, 14 days 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
            3 months, 14 days ago

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

            1. Wild Rover
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Oops, talking of fails.. 😳

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Others have asked this, we don't know.

        3. Frank Koscielny
            3 months, 14 days 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

        4. beetlejuice
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Anyone considering capping Alli?

            1. b91jh
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Not as explosive as last year anymore

              • asif316uk
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Currently my vc may gamble tomorrow..

                • Wild Rover
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 14 days ago

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

                  .

              • The Overthinker - Emre Cana…
                  3 months, 14 days 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
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Looks good.

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

                    1. The Overthinker - Emre Cana…
                        3 months, 14 days ago

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

                  2. asif316uk
                      3 months, 14 days 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
                        3 months, 14 days ago

                        D

                        1. asif316uk
                            3 months, 14 days ago

                            Thanks

                      2. Hansel
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 14 days ago

                        Play Elliot or Adrian?

                        1. Viper
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 months, 14 days ago

                          Adrian

                        2. jimmy.floyd
                            3 months, 14 days ago

                            Adrijan

                          • Colonel Klink
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            3 months, 14 days ago

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

                            1. Wild Rover
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              3 months, 14 days ago

                              Elliot is fit

                        3. Viper
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 months, 14 days 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
                            3 months, 14 days ago

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

                          2. Colonel Klink
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            3 months, 14 days ago

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

                            1. Viper
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              3 months, 14 days ago

                              Mee is surely due 😉

                          3. Frank Koscielny
                              3 months, 14 days 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
                                3 months, 14 days 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. Frank Koscielny
                                    3 months, 14 days ago

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

                              2. olidooley
                                  3 months, 14 days ago

                                  Mee

                              3. Daghe Munegu
                                  3 months, 14 days ago

                                  Bottomed

                                  Any idea please ? 1ft 0.3 itb

                                  Lloris
                                  Alonso Otamendi Jones Masuaku
                                  Alli Sterling Mahrez Arnautovic
                                  Kane Firmino

                                  Elliot Rlc Dcl Mbemba

                                • Colonel Klink
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  3 months, 14 days ago

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

                                  1. Jusagoras
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    3 months, 14 days ago

                                    Not necessarily

                                    1. Colonel Klink
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      3 months, 14 days ago

                                      You think Oxlad or Can the more nailed?

                                      1. Jusagoras
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        3 months, 14 days ago

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

                                • St. Joseph
                                    3 months, 14 days ago

                                    Play T.Carroll or Mbemba?

                                    1. Patrick Bateman
                                        3 months, 14 days ago

                                        Carroll

                                    2. Jusagoras
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      3 months, 14 days 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
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          Nah!!

                                        • Patrick Bateman
                                            3 months, 14 days ago

                                            No not for a hit.

                                          • Jusagoras
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            3 months, 14 days ago

                                            Cheers, both

                                        • olidooley
                                            3 months, 14 days ago

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

                                            1. Colonel Klink
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              3 months, 14 days ago

                                              I see a nil-nil incoming, so either?

                                          • b91jh
                                              3 months, 14 days ago

                                              Ayoze looks like a decent replacement of dcl?

                                              1. Colonel Klink
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                3 months, 14 days ago

                                                Newc looking for a new striker, though, right?

                                            • jimmy.floyd
                                                3 months, 14 days ago

                                                Bench one
                                                Otamendi
                                                Duffy
                                                C Ogbonna

                                                1. olidooley
                                                    3 months, 14 days ago

                                                    Otamendi

                                                  • Colonel Klink
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    3 months, 14 days ago

                                                    Nice problem to have, really.

                                                  • Matt Sk
                                                      3 months, 14 days ago

                                                      Duffy

                                                    • CRO KLOPP
                                                        3 months, 14 days ago

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

                                                      • fattfattygavgav
                                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                                          Same problem, I'm benching Ogbonna.

                                                      • Zlatan (C)
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        3 months, 14 days 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??

                                                      • BoomBoomShacktheroom
                                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                                          Did Mourinho do a conference?

                                                          1. jarvish
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            3 months, 14 days ago

                                                            Hot topics

                                                          2. THFC4LIFE
                                                              3 months, 14 days ago

                                                              5pm

                                                          3. Viper
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            3 months, 14 days 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? 🙂

                                                          4. Daghe Munegu
                                                              3 months, 14 days ago

                                                              Nobody ?

                                                              Any idea please ? 1ft 0.3 itb

                                                              Lloris
                                                              Alonso Otamendi Jones Masuaku
                                                              Alli Sterling Mahrez Arnautovic
                                                              Kane Firmino

                                                              Elliot Rlc Dcl Mbemba

                                                            • Mahorais
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              3 months, 14 days ago

                                                              Guesses on Pritchard price at Huddersfield?

                                                            • Andrew
                                                                3 months, 14 days ago

                                                                Many people doubling up on Chelsea defence?

                                                                1. VFORVANDETA
                                                                    3 months, 14 days ago

                                                                    Alonso Azpi

                                                                2. Zlatan (C)
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  3 months, 14 days ago

                                                                  Bottled it... Kane (C) locked