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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 months, 26 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
      2 months, 26 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
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Or sanchez

    2. Rash
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Bench 1 please

        Mee
        Wilson
        Alonso

        1. Rash
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Fail..pick Davies btw lol

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 26 days ago

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

      • JJeyy
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Sterling to arnie?

          1. panda07
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 26 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
              2 months, 26 days ago

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

        • YouReds
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Now Jones is ruled out, would you start:

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

            1. Numb
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 26 days ago

              B

              1. YouReds
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Thanks Numb

            2. ZeBestee
                2 months, 26 days ago

                I have this not so good decision to make:

                Start Niasse or Wilson?

                1. panda07
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  I'd go Wilson myself

                2. YouReds
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Wilson

                3. panda07
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 26 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
                    2 months, 26 days ago

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

                    1. panda07
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 months, 26 days ago

                      I already have VVD

                4. Hansel
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 26 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

                5. Sturridge Wars
                    2 months, 26 days ago

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

                    1. Tshelby
                        2 months, 26 days ago

                        When will you be using it than?

                      • Pooodle
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        2 months, 26 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 months, 26 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

                      • Sturridge Wars
                          2 months, 26 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
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            2 months, 26 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...

                      • seanie3
                          2 months, 26 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
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            Think Aguero probably still has the higher ceiling

                          2. Tshelby
                              2 months, 26 days ago

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

                          3. MartialMatas
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            2 months, 26 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

                          4. Pooodle
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            2 months, 26 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
                                2 months, 26 days ago

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

                                1. Rash
                                    2 months, 26 days ago

                                    As a pickford owner I would advise against it!

                                    1. TallestJohn
                                        2 months, 26 days ago

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

                                        1. Rash
                                            2 months, 26 days ago

                                            I hope so

                                  • Jimbo-Jones
                                      2 months, 26 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

                                    • dhamphiir
                                        2 months, 26 days ago

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

                                        1. GreenArrows
                                            2 months, 26 days ago

                                            Yaay

                                        2. GreenArrows
                                            2 months, 26 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

                                          • The Red Devil
                                              2 months, 26 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?

                                            • Tshelby
                                                2 months, 26 days ago

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

                                              • QuintonFortune25
                                                  2 months, 26 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
                                                    2 months, 26 days ago

                                                    Yes to both

                                                  2. Weilong7
                                                      2 months, 26 days ago

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

                                                      1. Old Gregg
                                                          2 months, 26 days ago

                                                          this

                                                    • Jabberwookie
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      2 months, 26 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 months, 26 days ago

                                                          No

                                                        • TallestJohn
                                                            2 months, 26 days ago

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

                                                            1. Jabberwookie
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              2 months, 26 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
                                                                  2 months, 26 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. Jabberwookie
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    2 months, 26 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!

                                                          • Rash
                                                              2 months, 26 days ago

                                                              Bench one please

                                                              Mee
                                                              Wilson
                                                              Alonso

                                                              1. Super Saints
                                                                  2 months, 26 days ago

                                                                  Mee 1 clean sheet in 11 or something rubbish like that

                                                                • aleksios
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  2 months, 26 days ago

                                                                  Mee

                                                              2. Super Saints
                                                                  2 months, 26 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
                                                                    2 months, 26 days ago

                                                                    A

                                                                  2. Super Saints
                                                                      2 months, 26 days ago

                                                                      Thanks

                                                                  3. barracuda
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    2 months, 26 days ago

                                                                    Play Fab or Hen?

                                                                    1. aleksios
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      2 months, 26 days ago

                                                                      Fab

                                                                      1. barracuda
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        2 months, 26 days ago

                                                                        Cheers mate, think I am going with Hen.

                                                                  4. aleksios
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    2 months, 26 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
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      2 months, 26 days ago

                                                                      D

                                                                  5. TeddiPonza
                                                                      2 months, 26 days ago

                                                                      Play Mariappa (WBA) or Alonso (mci)?

                                                                      1. aleksios
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        2 months, 26 days ago

                                                                        Alonso

                                                                    • PumpkinHead
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      2 months, 26 days ago

                                                                      Wonder if Bou will try a 4 4 2.

                                                                      Although I guess king and Defoe up top if that happens

                                                                    • SAY MY NAME
                                                                        2 months, 26 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
                                                                            2 months, 26 days ago

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

                                                                        2. Suave EU
                                                                            2 months, 26 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?

                                                                          • dimitros
                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                            2 months, 26 days ago

                                                                            Who to transfer out this week?

                                                                            A) Ogbonna
                                                                            B) Holgate

                                                                          • cullieh
                                                                              2 months, 26 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.

                                                                            • STEP ROVERS
                                                                                2 months, 26 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?