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Sky Sports Focus

We now turn to the Sky Sports game as we take a look back at last weekend’s action before preparing managers 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 29 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
Leicester vs StokeXherdan Shaqiri
Burnley vs SouthamptonOriol Romeu
Brighton vs SwanseaGlenn Murray
Bournemouth vs NewcastleDan Gosling
Liverpool vs West HamMohamed Salah
West Brom vs HuddersfieldRajiv van La Parra
Watford vs EvertonTroy Deeney
Crystal Palace vs TottenhamWayne Hennessey
Man United vs ChelseaRomelu Lukaku
Arsenal vs Man CityLeroy Sane

 

The most popular player in the game, Mohamed Salah (52.5%), picked up his tenth MoTM award of the season and has now overtaken Kevin De Bruyne, who sits on nine.

The third most owned player, Romelu Lukaku (34.1%), snapped into action with a tidy 17-point haul. He was also the second most-captained player overall, so will have caused some pretty hefty rank sways, although I suspect much of his ownership are “ghost ship” squads.

Aside from those two big names, it was largely differentials who earned the gong.

Gameweek 29 Bonus Points

Let’s take a look at any player to earn 40 points or more in bonus for the season

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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
SterlingMan City9.811.7%
JonesMan United7.55.5%
AgueroMan City12.83.4%
FernandinhoMan City8.73.3%
RicharlisonWatford7.62.7%

Top Transfers In

NameTeamValue% of Managers
FirminoLiverpool11.64.7%
DoucoureWatford74.7%
EriksenSpurs10.83.8%
AgueroMan City12.83.3%
De BruyneMan City11.53.1%

Average Transfers Remaining

Top 10 – 10.30
Top 100 – 10.83
Top 1,000 – 10.16
Top 5,000 – 9.64

Top Five Captains Picked

NameTeamValue% of Managers
KaneSpurs12.928%
LukakuMan United12.415%
AgueroMan City12.813.3%
De BruyneMan City11.57.3%
SalahLiverpool9.43.2%

Watchlist

In this section I aim to highlight a few differential players with low ownership who I believe present strong options for the forthcoming few Gameweeks.

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
DefenderMartin Jorgensen
5.7m
4.7%
Andrew Robertson
7.8mm
2.7%
Virgil van Dijk
8.9m
2.8%
MidfielderJordan Ibe
7.5m
0.7%
Aaron Ramsey
9.1m
2.6%
Mesut Ozil
11.1m
2.1%
ForwardOumar Niasse
7.4m
0.6%
Josh King
10.3m
1.5%
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
12.2m
1.9%

My Team

Karius
Davies Ward van der Hoorn Christensen
Walcott Eriksen De Bruyne Salah
Kane Firmino

ITB: 1.7
Transfers remaining: 9/40
Last week’s points: 88
Overall points: 2392
Rank: 211th

Notes

A slight bump in rank for me thanks to a strong showing from my three Spurs and Liverpool assets.

But the rest of the team failed to deliver this week, although I’m generally pretty happy with my Overhaul team.

Theo Walcott was a late addition and is on the thinnest of ice in my squad. In fact, I may look to bring in Aaron Ramsey if he starts against Brighton, particularly as an Arsenal player looks key with the new fixture dates giving them several individual matchdays.

Ideally, I would like the low-owned Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as well, but that would probably mean losing Firmino, which seems foolhardy given his recent form.

There’s lots to ponder for me, then, but I’m anxious about using any transfers. They’re a precious commodity as I’m below the average for swaps remaining.

I’m also convinced there will be great opportunities towards the back end of the season to bring in differential captains on single matchdays.

Slow and steady wins the race.

Captain Plan
Sat 3rd – Kane (HUD)
Sun 4th – De Bruyne (CHE)
Mon 5th – None

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.

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  1. Dele
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Vertonghen or Davies?

    I can maybe see Poch not risking Vert and keeping him fresh for Juventus.

    Alternatively.... If Davies starts tomorrow plus plays against Juventus does that give Danny Rose the PL game next weekend?

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      I think if Davies plays v juve then rose starts tomorrow and vice versa.

      I think aurier is safest pick for next 2.

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 20 days ago

        Or sanchez

    2. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Bench 1 please

      Mee
      Wilson
      Alonso

      1. Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 20 days ago

        Fail..pick Davies btw lol

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Davies has played one game in the last 18 days...

  2. JJeyy
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Sterling to arnie?

    1. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      I'd keep Sterling, he may not play at the weekend but he's the 3rd highest points scorer in the game for 8.8m. How much will you lose if you sell him and have to buy him back?

      1. Pooodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 20 days ago

        I agree, season keeper for me unless this injury turns into something serious.

  3. YouReds
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Now Jones is ruled out, would you start:

    A) Ogbonna (swa)
    B) Martina (bur)

    1. Numb - I am Groot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      B

      1. YouReds
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 20 days ago

        Thanks Numb

  4. ZeBestee
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    I have this not so good decision to make:

    Start Niasse or Wilson?

    1. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      I'd go Wilson myself

    2. YouReds
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Wilson

  5. panda07
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Jones to which GW31 defender? 1FT 0ITB

    A) Schindler
    B) Dawson
    C) Ake
    D) Bauer
    E) Someone else

    Pickford
    VVD Otamendi Jones*
    Salah Sterling* Eriksen Shaqiri
    Kane Firmino Wilson

    Pereira Walcott Tarkowski Mariappa

    1. Pooodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Are you set on getting Mane? If not then VVD is the obvious one.

      1. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 20 days ago

        I already have VVD

  6. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    What to do here? 2 FT, 0.1 ITB but not sure what to do..

    Adrian

    Otamendi VVD Alonso

    Salah (C) Shaqiri Mahrez Sterling

    Kane Firmino Wilson

    Bench: Elliot, Lingard, Long, Ogbonna

  7. Sturridge Wars
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Really don't see the point in wasting the free hit chip on gameweek 31

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      When will you be using it than?

    2. Pooodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      I agree, I tried to put together a free hit team and there isn't 11 players I want.

      1. AVFCChris1984
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 20 days ago

        Exactly why its better used in GW35, they'll be more players to pick from instead of have a full team of 2 pointers

        I think as long as you have 3 liverpool, siggy or walcott, plus 1 or 2 more from the other teams you'll be ok

    3. Sturridge Wars
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      There's most likely going to be barely and clean sheets so getting the defenders isnt worth it, and if there is a fair few clean sheets then your mids / forwards are going to score bad save for later IMO

      1. schmileyg
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 20 days ago

        See this as a silly thought really, if most my team makes up of players that will have DGW later on then make more sense to keep that team together than loose value and not be able to put them back in and use the free hit to put players in my team that ordinarily I wouldn't have in my team and use transfers to bring them in and mess it all up!

        just my thoughts...

  8. seanie3
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    I have Kane, Aguero & Wilson as my strikers, should I get rid of aguero for Firminio for a free transfer

    a) yay
    b) nay

    1. Pooodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Think Aguero probably still has the higher ceiling

    2. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      I would do it before GW31 don't know if now is the best time

  9. MartialMatas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Advice for my team?
    Saving FH for 35. Probably WC in 32 or 33

    DDG Adrian
    Otamendi Daniels Bauer Ogbonna Kenny
    Salah Mane Sterling Walcott Ibe
    Kane Firmino Ulloa

    1ft 2.3m itb

    I'm thinking save this week. Use 1 next week. Use 2 before 31

  10. Pooodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Fabianski is my only playing keeper - if it looks later on that the Swansea game is off, how does this look for -4? Also got Ogbonna and Kenny still somehow so need to lose Jones too.

    IN - Lossl, Robertson

    OUT - Jones, Elliot

    1. TallestJohn
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Looks good, could go for Pickford or Karius too though.

      1. Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 20 days ago

        As a pickford owner I would advise against it!

        1. TallestJohn
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 20 days ago

          Surely there's one clean sheet coming up out of Burnley (A), Brighton (H), Stoke (A)?

          1. Rash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 20 days ago

            I hope so

  11. Jimbo-Jones
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    1. Azpilicueta & Gross --> Davies & Ramsey
    2. Otamendi, Azpi & Gross --> Davies, Mbemba, Eriksen (-4)
    3. Otamendi, Azpi & Gross --> Keane, Morgan, Eriksen (-4)
    4. Something else?

    DDG
    Otamendi Azpi VVD
    Sterling Shaqiri Salah Gross Walcott
    Kane Firmino

    Elliott, Ayew, Ogbonna, Long

  12. dhamphiir
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Aguero to Firmino for FT?
    A. Yaay
    B. Naah

    1. GreenArrows
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Yaay

  13. GreenArrows
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    RP, bottomed on the previous page, advice appreciated....

    A) Jones > B.Davies
    B) Jones > Vertonghen
    C) Jones > Dawson - prep for GW31
    D) Hold
    E) Any other opinions?

    Pope
    Otamendi Jones VVD
    Salah (C) Sterling Son Walcott Shaqiri
    Kane Firmino

    Elliot Ogbonna Duffy Quaner

    1FT 1.0itb

  14. The Red Devil
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    DDG myhill
    Ogbonna Duffy Maguire mbemba VVD
    Sterling Shaq hazard Salah McArthur
    Wilson Kane firmino

    1 FT 0.8 ITB
    Suggestions?
    Sterling to eriksen?
    Wilson to Murray?

  15. Tshelby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Any chance that Ramsey could be rested on sunday?
    Going to do Sterling -> Ramsey

  16. QuintonFortune25
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Jones to Schindler? Will bench this week and play against Swansea and Palace GW30/31.

    Also need to make up some ground so take a risk on Sterling to Mahrez (-4pts)?

    1. aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Yes to both

    2. Weilong7
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Why not just do the mahrez transfer if the first one is to be benched?

      1. Old Gregg
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 20 days ago

        this

  17. JabbaWookiee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Looking at De Bruyne & Dawson to Eriksen & Davies with 2 FTs. Got the exact cash.

    You guys think yay or Nay?

    1. Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      No

    2. TallestJohn
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Nah. KDB is still great and Dawson has a game in GW31.

      1. JabbaWookiee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 20 days ago

        He's playing deeper though with Fernandinho out and Eriksen's next two are very tempting. Can always leave the Dawson transfer.

        1. TallestJohn
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 20 days ago

          Eriksen does look good tbf but still a bit sideways with KDB. Could you go Mane perhaps?

          Even with 2 good fixtures I'd leave Davies alone with the possibility of rotation. WBA are bad but they have 3 decent fixtures, Dawson is nailed and has goal threat.

          1. JabbaWookiee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 20 days ago

            Can't go Mané as already have 3 Pool. Got 2 FTs and stuck for something to do!

            Need to ship Adrian and Lingard though so maybe I'll go down that route... Lossl and Van La Parra perhaps. Not the sexiest transfers ever!

  18. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Bench one please

    Mee
    Wilson
    Alonso

    1. Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Mee 1 clean sheet in 11 or something rubbish like that

    2. aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Mee

  19. Super Saints
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Really don't want too but might have to pull the trigger on Aguero > Firmino 2 weeks early as looks like Firmino will go up in price tonight which would scupper my plans! 1ft 1mil itb.

    Pickford
    Alonso Mawson Robertson
    Salah(c) Shaqiri Doucoure Grob
    Kane Aguero Vardy
    Coleman Monreal Milivojevic Hegazi

    A. Aguero > Firmino
    B. Save

    1. aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      A

    2. Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Thanks

  20. barracuda
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Play Fab or Hen?

    1. aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Fab

      1. barracuda
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 20 days ago

        Cheers mate, think I am going with Hen.

  21. aleksios
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Rp.
    Chasing on ML so need to move smart.What would you change here? 0.3 itb 1ft.

    -Foster
    -Alonso-VVD-Bavies
    -Salah-Sterl-CM-Son-Walcott
    -Kane-Firm
    -----Elliot---Wilson---Ogbonna---Kabasele.

    a) Kabasele to Dawson
    b) Sterl to Mahrez
    c) Both for a hit
    d) Save ft.
    Thanks guys. 

    1. barracuda
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 20 days ago

      D

  22. TeddiPonza
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Play Mariappa (WBA) or Alonso (mci)?

    1. aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Alonso

  23. Yozzer
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Wonder if Bou will try a 4 4 2.

    Although I guess king and Defoe up top if that happens

  24. SAY MY NAME
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 20 days ago

    azpi > davies? or get another gw31 player? any suggestions?

    also should i play either wally or daniels over shaq/wilson or chilwell? thanks......

    DDG
    azpi/VVD/chilwell
    salah(c)/mahrez/shaq/son
    kane(vc)/firmino/wilson

    speroni/walcott/daniels/mbemba 1FT 1.1m ITB

    1. Suave EU
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      I'm having the same thoughts and struggles, even though I haven't posted it below.

  25. Suave EU
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Sorry for reposting this, got stuck at work;

    DDG, Pope
    Otamendi, Azpi, Alonso, Smalling, Naughton
    Ramsey, Salah*, KDB, Lingard, CM*
    Firmino*, Vardy, DCL

    Got two FTs; Alonso & DCL > Robertson & Mounie? Leaves 1.6M in the bank. I can then do one more FT next week to re-shuffle for GW31 followed by GW32 wildcard?

    I was also debating dropping Ramsey instead of DCL for Eriksen?

  26. dimitros
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Who to transfer out this week?

    A) Ogbonna
    B) Holgate

  27. cullieh
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Hi All. Looking for a bit of advice please if ye have a minute.

    I have a wildcard, free chip and bench boast left

    What way would people play them in the coming weeks please.

    I tried to read the articles on what they would recommend but my head nearly exploded with all the info.

    Any help would be greatly Appreciated. 60 points off my leagues leader and i think this would be a super time to reel him in 🙂

    Thanks Again.

  28. STEP ROVERS
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Courtois
    Naughton - Ottamendi - TAA
    Salah - Mahrez - Shaqiri - Sterling - Eriksen
    Kane (c) - Firmino

    Speroni - Jones - Mariappa - J.Ayew

    1FT

    Any suggested changes for the above lads?
    Looks like i need to move Jones... Best Replacement?