Scout Notes

Scout Notes – United Defeat Brings Complications

West Brom win at Old Trafford to hand Man City the league title as Double Gameweek 34 continues to surprise and delight precious few Fantasy managers.

Following modest returns from Saturday’s matches, Sunday was meant to be so much better but instead it handed us further disappointment and set up a variety of selection concerns for the run-in.

Man United’s 1-0 loss at home to the Baggies was the dampest of squibs for Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers across the board.

Romelu Lukaku went into the match with 243,000+ new owners. Captained by 45 of the top 100 managers and 16.6% overall, a hefty 92,000+ made him the Double Gameweek’s most popular Triple Captain choice.

The Red Devils’ frontman squared up to the league’s bottom side having recorded a goal or an assist in seven of his last 10 Gameweek starts (five goals, three assists).

Just like armband rival Harry Kane less than 24 hours earlier, he blanked.

Albion keeper Ben Foster was required to make two saves – one a superb stop – to deny the Belgian, but both the forward and the team as a whole were so far removed from the heroics of last weekend at the Etihad Stadium.

Lukaku still has a second match to make amends – up against a Bournemouth defence with one clean sheet in 21 matches – but he’s managed just one goal in his last six away fixtures. While he remains a likely starter at the Vitality Stadium, coach Jose Mourinho is still set to rotate his squad in preparation for the weekend’s FA Cup semi-final with Spurs.

It’s far more doubtful whether Paul Pogba will retain his spot on the teamsheet, though, after an ineffectual display.

The driving force behind United’s second-half comeback at Man City, he was signed by 232,000+ for Double Gameweek 34 and captained by almost 86,000.

Yet despite Mourinho starting the match with the 4-3-3 formation that the Frenchman is said to thrive in, his 14.2% owners were rewarded with an abject performance as a booking and a 57-minute withdrawal produced zero points.

Pogba’s owners must now surely fear the worst when Mourinho unveils his Wednesday night teamsheet, with the manager far from complimentary on his display post-match:

“In the first-half I felt I had to bring one player with more dynamic and a player that runs more and has more touches of the ball. I had to make a decision one midfield player out to bring in Jesse Lingard and then after that I wanted more width, and Paul had a yellow card and before that he had a situation not for a second yellow but you never know in football, so I reacted to that. And Paul’s game was complicated like many others, always one more touch.”

At least the 175,000 who bought Chris Smalling got another 90 minutes out of the defender, but it’s now one clean sheet in seven Gameweeks for the United backline.

Mourinho preferred Victor Lindelof to Eric Bailly, who was rested from the squad altogether, as Smalling’s partner yesterday.

Prior to kick-off, he explained his decision to start with the summer signing:

“Normally, we are going to have more of the ball and, normally, it’s when we need somebody from the back to add extra technical quality in the middle of the back. We have three matches in a week. Bournemouth in a few days [Wednesday night] then Spurs after a few days again. In that semi-final, they are having one day extra to us to recover so I need also to think about that.”

Smalling now has 11 straight starts under his belt and seems to be rotation-proof, but with Phil Jones returning to the bench yesterday, even his pitch-time could be in doubt, leaving perhaps only David De Gea and Antonio Valencia as safe bets for midweek minutes.

Another who should feature at Bournemouth is Jesse Lingard, who was drafted in by 98,000+ for the West Brom match, only to be benched as Juan Mata returned to the starting XI on the right flank.

He did at least come on at half-time yesterday, although to little avail, while the brief renaissance of Alexis Sanchez, who had a goal and three assists from his previous two starts, ended abruptly against the Baggies.

Mourinho, as is his way, has made much of the fact that Spurs will have more time to prepare for Saturday’s semi-final, making changes yesterday and presumably plotting more of the same in midweek to combat the perceived injustice.

What effect that will have on the second act of our Double Gameweek 34 experience remains to be seen, but it will do well to be any worse than what has occurred so far.

Moore the merrier

West Brom’s caretaker manager Darren Moore has now won as many league matches (one) in two fixtures at the helm than his predecessor, Alan Pardew, achieved in 18 mostly miserable attempts.

And while the Baggies’ revival will spark little Fantasy interest –they have no Double Gameweeks to come and the remaining schedule (LIV new TOT cpl) is less than kind – it does have some knock-on effects.

Four points from Moore’s two matches suggest that the team have moved on from their whipping-boy status under Pardew, which could make Liverpool’s Gameweek 35 trip to The Hawthorns less of a Fantasy banker than it appeared a week or so ago.

Those hoping, with or without the Free Hit chip to employ, for a major points haul from Salah and two of his team-mates in next week’s reduced slate might have to rein in their expectations.

There’s even a case to be made for drafting in West Brom’s match-winner at Old Trafford, Jay Rodriguez, who’s now scored in three of the last four Gameweeks, although the Reds defence has kept clean sheets in three of their last five away days.

But the major fallout from yesterday’s shock win was Man City’s title victory.

It’s mission accomplished for Pep Guardiola’s 2017/18 vintage, with nothing left to play for but pride from here on in.

A coach who has never been afraid to chop and change now has carte blanche to rotate to his heart’s content.

Those of us on a Free Hit strategy for Gameweek 35 will still be bringing in three City players for Sunday’s title celebration match at home to Swansea City.

Which of those assets actually gets pitch-time is the key question now, with Raheem Sterling currently the top transfer pick for the weekend and Gabriel Jesus not so far behind in third place.

And then there’s the matter of the champions’ Double Gameweek 37.

What was once a fill-yer-boots exercise involving plum home fixtures against Huddersfield and Brighton could now be used an excuse for Guardiola to make sure everyone gets a go before they pack for the beach and/or the World Cup.

City were always going to win the league, but West Brom’s victory yesterday has ushered in the resultant complications a little bit sooner than we all would have liked.

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  1. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Morning all, how have your game weeks been?

    1. ritzyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rubbish - What an awful gameweek so far - played Free Hit.

      Original side: 59 plus Mahrez & Maguire to go again
      FH Side: 29 with 11 left to play

      Who wins?! I have a horrible feeling it will be my original side!

      FH team for GW34 (looked good on paper!):
      De Gea
      Alonso - Maguire - Lowton
      Sanchez (C) - Alli - Mahrez - Lingard - Gross
      Kane - Vardy

      So need De Gea, Alonso, Lowton, Sanchez (C), Alli, Lingard, Gross, Kane & Vardy to net at least 31 points :~

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Wow, that is insane.

      2. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Exactly the same situation with me. At best my FH team will probably get same points as original but more likely it will score less.

        1. ritzyd
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          It's a rubbish situation - the joy of FPL!

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Bad, at 37

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Amazing how bad this has been for the free hitters especially.

    3. Fantasy Gold
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      24(-4) any good?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Please tell me you are joking.

        1. Fantasy Gold
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Sadly I am not joking.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            Damn.

    4. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Not too bad Horse

      1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        72 (-4)

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Fantastic. Let me guess, you made the same hit as me, Auba to Lukaku and regretting it.

      2. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        My hit was mee, Wilson and Adrian to long, wood and pickford. Very unorthodox!

    5. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Diabolical Ru. I wildcarded later than most this this DGW in mind, I have 15 DGW players and I'm on 34 points - two less than average.

      Still, it's only half time and I'm hoping that a couple of my rested players (Son, Lingard) will start next time around. An Alonso ban would be very helpful too 🙂

      You?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Mine went well. I did however go against every fibre of my being, and all advice on here, and get Lukaku in for a hit when I don't have a FH. Thats the only disappointment for me this week, I only did it as it was a from the heart move, I really wanted to just treat this game week with as a bit of fun, knowing full well that Lukaku would have to outscore Auba by 8 points to make it worth it.
        67 -4 with Salah captain, oh thats right, I captained him.

        1. Make Arrows Green Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Nice work, and really ballsy captaining Salah (when should that ever be considered a ballsy move? XD)

          I'm hoping Red Rom will come through with a goal or two midweek - I'm rather concerned now though!

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            Ugh, even as a life long Liverpool fan, I do miss watching united. Haven't watched a game of theirs for a long time, so so boring.

    6. Deece
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      69 so far with no hits. Safe to say my bench boost paid off with Mili / Zaha / Robertson.

      Feels good that Gudmunsson has delivered so far when needed.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Very very nice, Mili, Tomkins and Lowton on my BB

    7. The Rumour Mill
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Underwhelming, so far. 43 points. Would have been a lot worse for my rank though if united had won with Lukaku contributing.

      Still hopeful for the rest of the gameweek though, especially from my Leicester and Spurs assets who have their "easier" GW fixture still to come.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Yeah, Lukaku has been wildly disappointing.

    8. GreenArrows
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Not too bad, 49 with 14 left to play again, (C) Lukaku, so far OR improved from 31k to 27k

    9. Midlands Saint73
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      38 Points so pretty miserable. 2 assists 1 save points and 1 bap my only scoring points.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Hopefully that was without bench boost.

    10. Going Home
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      67 with nine to play. The big positive is the 40 points from my seven SGW players (Cech, King, Auba, Robertson, Salah, Firmino, Sterling). Glad I had my imunisation against DGW fever last week 😉

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Well done bud, that is drop draw.

        1. Going Home
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Cheers fella - hand was somewhat forced by using my FH earlier in the season but am pretty glad about it now 🙂

    11. doyeon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Morning to you, good afternoon from BKK.....crappy DGW so far, only 32 pts and a big fat red arrow!

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Wheres BKK?

        1. doyeon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Bangkok!

    12. fr3d
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Points wise it's been alright, but what bothers me is how underwhelming these last gameweeks has been. The WC template is awful and the majority will struggle to break 100 in a huge DGW..

    13. Mick J
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      My Bench “Boost”:
      De Gea 3

      Christensen 1
      Davies 0
      Chilwell 1
      Tarkowski 2
      Lowton 2

      Mahrez 2
      Alli 2
      Willian 4
      Lindgard 1
      Albrighton 0

      Lukaku (c) 4
      Kane 2
      Barnes 1

      Totally 27 so far. Almost impressive, right?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        I feel a little sick.

      2. ritzyd
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Horrible - hoping for better from the second round of fixtures for several of the same players!

  2. FootstockChat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Is there any chance Alonso could be retrospectively red carded and so banned for the next game? If he is will he get FPL points taken away for a red card on the basis that the game week hasn't ended?

    1. Gommy
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      There is a strong chance he will get a retrospective ban but his FPL points from Saturday will remain, regardless.

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Yes
      No

    3. FootstockChat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Thanks both

  3. The Mighty Whites
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    FH Team, 0.1 ITB, thoughts?

    Hennessey, Speroni

    Baines, Robertson, Chambers, Long, Rosenior

    Salah, Mane, Sterling, Sane, Zaha

    Aubameyang, Jesus, Perez.

    1. ritzyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Surely the bench is one actual sub just in case and 3 x 3.9 on FH?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        This is an invaluable piece of advice.

        1. Yozzer
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          More like common sence

      2. The Mighty Whites
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        What would you spend the extra money saved on?

    2. zon
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Don't like Hennessey and Chambers. Both likely to concede imo.

    3. doyeon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Like your Perez pick, dude's on fiyah

    4. poulteren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      salah / pool players will be rested for roma, no?

  4. Deece
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Morning gents

    2 FT next week. Very early plan:

    Lukaku + Mahrez -> Jesus + Sterling.

    Gives me:

    Hennessy
    Tark Lowton Robertson
    Salah Sterling Zaha Mili Gudmunsson
    Auba Jesus

    DDG Morgan Simpson Kane

    Looks ok for a non-FH team with no hits ? Anything worth a hit ? Worried about Robertson gametime so maybe one of the Leicester defenders to City defender up to 6m ?

  5. Champions united
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Early FH team

    Pickford
    Kompany vvd jagielka
    Sane zaha mane arnie salah
    Auba jesus
    Bench: lowton--long--barnes

    1. Mikeharbrw
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      double everton defence with Newcastle's form would give me the jitters, maybe an attack minded palace defender- tompkins / PVA?

  6. Double Gameweek 34 Rough with the Smooth so far...
    J0E
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Fantasy Football Scout daily hot topic

    Double Gameweek 34 Rough with the Smooth so far...

    Only at the half way point but what have been your highs and lows so far?

    Anyone got stung really badly by rotation?

    Anyone actually done well?

    1. Individual
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      High moment had to be the goal for king enabler KLong - wiped out the -8 in some ways with the 10 pointer!

      Low point obviously United. Very hard to legislate for that kind of outcome!

    2. pundit of punts
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Only roughs so far.

      Sold Mane,Auba and Schindler on FH. On 27 points atm with 11 players to play again.

      1 smooth was the Vardy goal. Waiting for Sanchez(c) to do something now.

      1. the snazzy viking
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        so it wasn't only roughs

    3. GreenArrows
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Smooth - Mustafi > Long with FT to fund Kane in GW36...

      Rough - Tripple Utd let down, Son didnt start, did Auba > Lukaku

    4. The Rumour Mill
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Highs: Cheaper striker performance from Murray and Vardy. Keeping Salah.

      Lows: The defence, 0 points from Davies and Bailly not even in the squad. A waste of several millions of budget right there. Son and Mahrez dissappointing for the third match in a row (although Mahrez was unfortunate not to score). Kane the troll, again.

      Additionally the Bench Boost has only contributed appearance points so far.

      All very underwhelming, but 43 points is par for the top 10k average so keeps me in the hunt with 13 players to play, hopefully.....

    5. Óró Sé…
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough- just 8 points from my B.B. all sgw players so that’s that.

      Smooth- 52 points so far with Salah, Mili, Gudmundsson the best performers.

      Half time (8 players to go again) so no idea if it’s a rough or smooth GW. I think I’m happy enough so far, could be worse.

    6. Ragabolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Smooth: bench boost already successful with a bench of Ryan + Long, Murray and Gudmundsson! Plus my decision to ignore United attack seems to be working well.

      Rough: well mostly Kane captain but have high hopes for the second game.

    7. Gommy
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Highs: Eriksen, Vardy, Gudmundsson & Robertson
      Lows: Lukaku (c), Hennessy, De Gea & Smalling

      Currently on 51 with 10 to play including (c).

      Ruing United conceding the most of all....Smalling & De Gea were on 2 & 1 BPS respectively before conceding. An extra 11 points I could've really done with over my Rivals.

    8. Deece
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      All pretty smooth so far:

      * Bench Boost of Mili / Robertson / Zaha delivering 29 points.

      * Gudmunsson Assist

      * Kane and Lukaku blanking (so far). Whilst I own both and captain Kane, rivals have TC both

    9. zon
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough. Kiko off at 57', three more minutes would've been 5 more points. Went for Alli last week over Eriksen. Needless to say I own Son too. Barnes assist denied as Schmeichel denied Woods first effort. BB activated, 6 points on the bench. Lukaku captain, double Utd defence. Absolutely nothing going my way this season.

      1. zon
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Had my hopes up to narrow the gap to my ML rivals, as they have used their WC's and FH's earlier in the season. Their Pool and City assets did well. What an anticlimax.

    10. Black Panther
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Smooth: owning Vardy since on GW32 WC instead of Lukaku. Transferred in Long this week. No united attacker going well so far.

      Rough: No clean sheet yet, Kane (C) blank.

      1. Black Panther
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        On 51, no hit, 14 left to go.

        1. J0E
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          That is a resounding success. Half way to the magic three digit score.

          1. RedLightning - The Last Ten…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            But not quite as good as Ragabolly's 58(-4), who also has 14 to go (15 if captain Kane is counted as 2).

            Or my own 53, no hit, also 14 to go (15 if captain Sanchez is counted as 2).

            1. Monkey Hanger
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              Or my 55. Only 10 left to play though. Plus I managed to save a transfer( no FH chip left).

              1. RedLightning - The Last Ten…
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                • 9 Years
                1 year, 10 months ago

                There have been a number of higher scores reported here, including Going Home's 67 with 9 to play, Rupert The Horse's 67 (-4) with 11 to play, Santigold's 61 (-4) with 14 to play, and Wasp3000's 61 (no hit) with 14 to play.

                So of teams with 14 to play, Wasp3000 appears to be the highest so far.

                1. noquarternt
                  • 4 Years
                  1 year, 10 months ago

                  I'm on 62 (-8) with 15 to go (16 with Hazard C :D? ) pity I'm so far off the pace to start with...

    11. Going Home
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough - Lu(k)aku blank and likely Alonso ban
      Smooth - 67 points with nine to play; 2 FTs rolled into 35 with no FH; 40 points from the 7 SGW players I kept against FFS group consensus; united not getting a pair of CSs as I am without any united defence; OR to 13k from 27k

      Very much a smooth first 2/3 of the GW

    12. WE GO FOR IT
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Hazard scoring is the only good part. Everything else is a low.

    13. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Hey Jonty.
      67 (-4)
      Smooth:
      After using my free hit earlier in the season I found myself in a position whereby I needed a few gw 35 players.
      So I got in Milivojevic and after Stephens got a red carded last week (last on bench) I could only really get one player due to the rest of my team, one mr Tomkins, who grabbed himself a goal. I kept hold of Firmino and captained Salah.
      11 DGW players still to go.

      Rough:
      I went against everything I know about fantasy football and got in Lukaku for a hit, I knew it was wrong as with no free hit he'd have to outscore Auba by 8 for it to pay off, but I wanted to have a bit of fun.

      1. Mahrez The Magician
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Sama situation ( NO-FH )
        WC32 got 9 DGW + ( Salah Karuis Robbo Mustafi Zaha Arnie )
        60 Pts + 10 Players to go ( Kaku C )
        8 Players to go for GW35 + 2 Fts
        I think my 2 Fts give me more advantage than FH'ers to prepare DGW37

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Yeah, thats a proper strategy, the extra transfer is huge for you. The only reason Im annoyed at the Lukaku move is because it would have been the perfect week, one which I haven't had this season. Compounded by the fact that Auba got an assist. so its a -7 plus the hit I'll take to get him back in so -11 at them mo.

          1. Mahrez The Magician
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            What's your rank !?

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              Well this has been an awful season for me, 96k.
              GW rank, 51k.

              1. Mahrez The Magician
                • 2 Years
                1 year, 10 months ago

                96k and awful hahaha
                Am on 200K bro 🙂

                1. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 year, 10 months ago

                  So was I a couple of weeks ago.

      2. walkman666
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Fantastic, horseman. You’ve 2x my tally so far. And, the auba to Lukaku for a hit was proper strategy, imo. 2 games to 1. My entire output was consistent with the unexpected result of your Lukaku buy. Nothing has really worked out thus far for Dgw players. Maybe round 2 will bear fruit.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Good thing about round two is I think I have all the bases covered bar Kane, but I don't fear him at all.

          1. walkman666
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            I felt kane would have a good gw. I thought spurs would beat a reeling man city (how wrong I was!), kane would score a brace, and then score more vs Brighton, who are stumbling. It is a good think I don’t make investment decisions on my own! I do indeed need Kane to have a big game vs Brighton. Huge opportunity for me.

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              If he plays though Walky.

              1. walkman666
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 year, 10 months ago

                I’m ass-uming Kane plays vs Brighton. Of course, if that doesn’t happen, then it would be the coupe de grace on my fortunes this gw!

    14. doyeon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      All lows this DGW.....only 'high' is that I saved my BB for GW37, which looks to be a justified decision thus far.

    15. Toast
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      If we look at this weekend as one GW is it actually the lowest ever average score? I can’t recall a season where we have had such inconsistency. The teams who haven’t anticipated the DGW seem to be outperforming those that have at the moment.

      Lows: Triple united with Smalling and DeGea and Lukaku (c) so that “last minute” goal was a killer. Didn’t have Alonso but Christensen who at least played but did nothing. Lots of near misses in Mahrez and Son. Willian got booked...when does that ever happen?

      Highs: Salah...that’s it.

      This will be my first season in 7 years where I will not be in the top 20k and will be lucky to finish in the 100k making it my worst ever in 9 years.

      1. doyeon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Wow, you do have a very impressive FPL history, my fellow Antipodean. Well said, this season has been a very strange one in many ways....BGW31 of only 4 fixtures having an average of 46 pts for starters, of course Salah but yeh. Best wishes with the run-in, already looking forward to next season, this one has been a major write-off!

      2. RedLightning - The Last Ten…
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        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        This weekend's average is 36, with one of the first ten matches still to go.

        Last week (GW33)'s average was even lower (32).

    16. walkman666
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      All rough, really. Planned for Dgw by wc gw33. Had a selling value of 105.1, and got 15 Dgw players with the ability to have kane, Lukaku and Vardy... Vardy is my top scorer with 6, then Willian and Alonso with 4 each, the former may get suspended, too. Currently on 35, and have seen my rank go from 5.9k to 8.3k.

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Almost same story. WC32 and bb37 strategy though. Only Vardy, Willian and Alonso returning so far. Morgan 1p and Robbo first on the bench. 10 + Alonso to go.

    17. Pep says
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Smooth

      Alonso and Stanislas out for Erik and Long for a hit. Bench boost of Ryan Ayew Fernandez and Long for 22 pts so far which is good. Happy I wasn't completly blinded by dgw fever and now have 2 Swansea players for their double gameweek in 37

      60pts. Struggling to find motivation to play the game after a run of severely dull gameweeks but this has helped a little.

    18. Hungry Singh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough - Triple Captained Vardy (watched the highlights and he should have had THREE!)

      Smooth - Triple Captained Vardy....

      52 with 8 to go. Not quite sure i'm happy with that. Maybe just below par for now...

    19. tisza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough: Kane (c), midfield 8pts, defence 9pts.

      Smooth: Long, held Vardy over Lukaku, Salah. Double figure BB already. Okay with 50pts and holding onto top 100 OR.
      Get to do it all again this week 15 players inc Kane (c)

    20. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Smooth 72 (-8) and a 19k gameweek rank with my single gameweekers coming up trumps. Kept zaha, Van dijk and auba and got points from long and wood to repay my hit and then some!

      Rough: captained Kane but hoping he can repay me against Brighton

    21. Brambling
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Smooth - 54(-4) with 14 to go including Kane (C). 18 points from my bench boost so far, more than I expected from two games. Hit was Mustafi to Long. Lukaku not scoring.

      No roughs really, easy to feel bad about de Gea, Mahrez, Kane (C) blanks, but most managers in the same/worse situation.

      Happy so far, looking forward to the rest of the week.

    22. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Roughs Roughs Roughs

      On BB:
      1 pointers from Son, Barnes and Ibe.
      Bailly no show.

      Smooth:

      Kept Salah

    23. Goalosaurus
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough: took a -8 to get Sanchez (C) in for Sterling. Missing VVD (6) and Tomkins (8) points on my bench.

      Smooth: 47 (-8) is alright with 10 DGW players to go (9 minus Alonso) with a few players chipping in to help.

    24. Santigold
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      On 61 (-4) points, with 14 players to go. Already have 22 points from my bench boost, which is much more than I expected.

      Highlights so far have to be the Long goal from a Gudmunsson assist and the Murray goal from a Dunk assist. 😀

      Son was my only player who got rotated. I hope he starts the next one though.

    25. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      On 59 so far with 11 to play.
      Smooth
      Kept Salah and Firmino and got Long in for mustafi 15 mins before deadline.Also had Gudmunson and Lowton.
      If only Vardy hadn't scored that goal would have probably got about 28 points.
      Oh and I had Vardy too
      Bittersweet.

    26. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Long because he was all I could afford High.
      Low: Man U. Aloso retrospective action. Could not use bench boost as I WC due to injuries. 19 points

      1. Pep Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        I went with 6 single GW players with no FH and GW 35 in mind. Currently on 53pts with 5 more with Kane (C) to play. All I could do was hope Utd conceded and Sanchez and Lukaku didn't perform. Free Hitters appear to have so far had stinkers in my ML's but I'm well aware I can't get carried away just yet. Damage limitation was a success yesterday though. Good luck all

    27. Will Grigg's on Fire
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Highs: There are none

      Lows: 2 weeks in a row without more than 2 points per player :@
      P.S. THANK YOU SALAH (my bench boost lover)

    28. wasp3000
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      BB active

      Smooth - 61 pts so far with 14 players inc Kane (c) to go.
      20 points of the 61 is from the bench boost of Ryan, Lowton, Long & Gudmundson.

      Rough - Kane (c) so far. DDG & Smalling losing CS.

    29. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Did Groß to Milivojevic to free up cash for Kane(c). Kane hasn’t worked out yet but Mili has.

    30. George James
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough - Kane (c), Lukaku, Mahrez, main rivals all owning Vardy, Alonso potential ban

      Smooth - Mili and hope with 10 players to play.

    31. Spokey
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Smooth: 57 points without using any chips. I dont have any United players.
      Potensial rough: Alonso Cap. Possible ban? Only 9 players left to play.

    32. Balotellitubbies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough: Plan was to WC in GW36, but due to 2-3 injuries, awful bench + triple Liverpool I had no choice but to press the button before the GW33 deadline.

      GW 33: Old team with only 9 players would have outscored new WC team by 2 points including a planned hit.

      GW34: Old team would have outscored new WC team (with BB) by 11 points (for now).

      🙁

    33. Boberella
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Smooth - Not getting sucked into the Kane & Kaku trolling (so far). Kept Salah and Auba.
      Rough - 5 points from BB (All SGWers). Captaining Mahrez. Choosing Alli over Eriksen. Probable Alonso ban.
      45 pts so far with no hits and 9 to go. Not good,but not as bad as some

    34. Bring Back Scharner
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough: 35 points BB, with 9 players scoring 1 or less.

      Smooth: Salah continuing to single handedly keep me sane, still have 12 to go this week.

    35. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Smooth
      No FH so sold Gross to get Mili in which was nice.
      43 with 9 to go so not horrendous and saved BB for GW37.

      Rough
      My four players (Maguire, Mahrez, Barnes, Lowton) only managed 6 points between them!
      Benched Robertson's CS.

    36. TopMarx - H2H L4 D5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough; Decided to FH, my non FH team would have 76 points so far. My actual FH team has 43.

      Smooth: Kevin Long.

      It's not really a fair comparison because if I hadn't planned to use my FH in GW34 I would have built a team with more than 2 DGW'ers. Nonetheless it's frustrating, especially because I had those players for GW32 and GW33 when they didn't do as well. At least I'm well set up for GW35; Zaha, Salah, Sterling, Tomkins, Firmino, Auba, VVD. Then I also have 3 Free Transfers to use before DGW37, as opposed to 2 for those who FH in GW35. I'm trying to find positives...

    37. Apollo Sanchez
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough:

      Decided against doing Dummett for Long for -4 because I didn't want to be overthinking things and taking points away from myself.

      Also, and this is my own fault, accidentally have captained Ashley Barnes instead of Kane after juggling players around so they're all colour aligned. Should have checked a million times.

      1. The Rumour Mill
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Good to see you were focussing on the things that mattered; colour coding over captaincy, dearie me! 😛

    38. mitsubachi
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      BB 34 50-4

      A bit mixed:

      Highs: took a hit to sell Alonso and son for Kevin Long and Sanchez. Vardy goal and William assist.

      Lows: United non cs while I had De Gea and smalling. And no return from captain Sanchez. Vardy goal which wiped out cs points on Lowton and long. Austin did not start.

    39. BRONALDINHO
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      No players rotated yet and doing really average. The roughest part is that a lot of managers who didn't really do much planning for the DGW are being rewarded by all sorts of SGW players going off. So instead of making up ground, I have barely moved up the ranks

    40. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Smooth - didn't bring any United in, 3 goalscorers in team.

      Rough: Kane (TC) I fear the worst. Also chucked Mane and Auba for Salah and Kane, the former both getting points. Also got Gundogan first on my bench and Hegazi 3rd neither will feature. BB (19pts) over TC would have been OK even without a playing keeper.

    41. Bunk Moreland
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      34 (-12) after my punt on triple United attack is (so far) underachieving... Highlight ironically being Ben Fosters 9 pointer in my bench boost.

    42. Cesc's old mullet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough : lots of 1, 2 pointers in my starters

      BUT

      Very smooth : 35 points bench boost (actually half of my total points)

    43. AllGonePozzo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough: Did Auba, Firmino and van der Hoorn to Lukaku(c), Valencia and Austin for a -4. Had considered van der Hoorn and Auba to Lukaku and Long but decided against it as no double for Burnley in 37 and already have Lowton. No CS for de Gea too and Mahrez blanked again and one point from Son and Azpi.
      Smooth: Bench Boost got me 14 so far with all having another fixture. Vardy and Salah.

      Still 47 points could have been worse

    44. Scoopy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough - Went into yesterday with De Gea, Lingard and Lukaku (c) and mini league rival had Foster and Hegazi. Somehow came out 8 points worse off!

    45. Jigger & Pony
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Terrible one. On a FH and currently on 25 with 12 players to go. Vardy and Willian in Points. Long sitting on the bench with no chance of coming in.

    46. shirtless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Acrtivated freehit and it's not looking good..

      Rough; All my normal team players performed on the week I've played freehit! Salah, Mane, Sterling, VvD, and Foster yesterday!

      Smooth; Kept Salah, Vardy, hopefully triple Leic and triple Spurs with Kane(c) pays off this week.

    47. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough. Kane(c) and Son benched.
      Smooth. Went For Wood over Barnes

    48. 5os
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Smooth: Mustafi -> Long. I took a hit for the move, primarily so that I could bring in Kane in GW36 with a FT and I'm glad it already paid off!
      Rough: Switching Smalling to Bailly at the last minute in my GW32 WC is proving to be a big mistake.

      49 overall with 15 DGW players left to play again, which I suppose is fairly decent.

    49. Judders
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough: 37 points so far, Double United defence CS gone and Lukaku (c) blank. Barnes, Mahrez Gross blank.
      Only 8 points from the bench boost so far, with 3 more games to play. Fairly abysmal.

      Smooth: Vardy goal,keeping Salah (my highest scorer) and the fact Kane blanked is about it.

    50. TallestJohn
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Smooth: Faith in Gudmundsson and Hazard paid off. Goals from Murray and Vardy.

      Rough: Everything else.

    51. @FPremscout (liverpoolfanta…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough: Not much currently

      Smooth: Stephens > Long was one of my transfers!

    52. Shiva_Destroyer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Smooth all the way- 68 points so far- long, Gundmundson, Milivojevic, vardy, Murray.
      Only rough was Kane blank.

    53. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Smooth is Mili
      Rough is
      Ayew and Long on my non boosted bench
      Triple Captain Kane

    54. rdamjan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      FH score 27, my non FH team scored around 60.

    55. Mahrez The Magician
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Smooth : Ft : Mkhi > Zaha + Keep Salah Robbo Karuis
      Rough : Kaku(C) DDG Smalling Morgan Mahrez Lowton Barnes

    56. EmreCan Hustle
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough: LUKAKU TC!!!!!

      Smooth: Zaha, VvD, Hazard and Mane.

    57. beefo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough: Pogba in for Mkhitaryan on a hit = 57 min and a yellow; Mahrez captain; ML rival captained Eriksen; red arrows in every league but one (FFS members, ironically).

      Smooth: BB of Ryan, Mili, Monreal, and Kenedy netted me 14 points (with 1 game to go); kept Auba; 44 points with 11 games left.

    58. jimbobjeff85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Jonty, can I nominate my mini-league rival for having a 'rough' and 'smooth' within the same game-week?

      You can call him 'Bob' if you need to anonymise on the Scoutcast.

      https://fantasy.premierleague.com/a/team/225311/event/34

      Rough:
      - Has Lossl (7pts) and Schindler (8pts) sitting on his bench, with Cresswell and Shaqiri too with no bench boost.

      - Doesn't have Free Hit and has only 7 players for GW35 (don't think he's realised missing fixtures in BGW35).

      Smooth:
      - Has SGW players Zaha (14), Salah (8) and Robertson (6) in his first 11

      - Avoiding getting punished with no Lukaku, Kane, Spurs mid or Sanchez

      - Has front line of Wood (9 pts), Murray (7pts) and Vardy (6pts)

      - Currently destroying my carefully planned DGW34 team 61 - 45!

      My team: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/a/team/163/event/34

      1. jimbobjeff85
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Just to follow up on this, Cresswell and Shaqiri both got assists on his non-boosted bench! Rough!

    59. dark91
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough: Sold Zanka to Lowton for a hit and have Foster and Mili on the bench for what could've been a 29 points BB + Bauer

      Smooth: Didn't buy Lukaku and didn't TC Kane as most did but chose to TC Hazard instead

    60. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      A smooth 62 so far with up to 6 players left to play.

      I said it last week and will say it again - not having FH left has worked our well so far.

      It has meant buying players like Zaha and Tomkins rather than say Willian and Alonso.

      Already have up to 10 for GW35 with 1 FT to get up to 11 potentially.

    61. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Don't think this counts but I will put it out there anyway

      Sold Hegazi for a hit and benched Zanka

      If I hadn't made a transfer I would be 19 point better off

      Hindsight is a wonderful thing but I would do the same again

    62. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough: The casuals and those not planning for the DGW seem to be winning this week. A loss for the community really.

      Smooth: I have 15 players with another game to play this week. Fingers crossed.

    63. Mick J
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      27 in total from De Gea, Ryan, Davies, Christensen, Chilwell, Lowton, Tarkowski, Alli, Mahrez, Willian (with his 4 points being my top score), Lingard, Lukaku (c), Kane and Barnes.

      All 15 have a game left, so I might very well end up with more than 50 points this gameweek.

    64. Gnu Scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Very rough story,
      Young person in ML tried to do Kane & Pogba > Eriksen & Hazard just before deadline but chickened out????
      Very smooth story
      He didn't WC in GW32 so all is well.

      1. Fitzy.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Hahaha! Sounds like someone I know... 😆

    65. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      28pts

    66. Sailboats
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      High - Eriksen, Vardy, Willian returned points

      Low - Kane (c) and Lukaku fail. BB fail.

    67. L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough: 22pts from 8 DGW players inc TC Lukaku

      Smooth: 22pts from 3 Pool players; DGW players have one more match...maybe, who knows.

    68. XabiAlonso
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough - Like most people im doing pants 33pts from 15.
      Smooth - 15 to go should get me around 66 points barring any rotation......

    69. Hairy Potter
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      68 (-4) and happy so far.

      Rough - Lloris, Simpson, Kiko & Townsend BB not many points. Triple Man U fail yesterday.

      Smooth - Vardy (C), Triple Liverpool, Zaha, Aube SGW points and haven’t been punished (yet) by having no Kane or Lukaku.

    70. leftfootusa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough- got 5 pts from 4 players on my bench boost, got rid of Salah(8pts), Zaha(14pts), Yedlin(5pts) and Zanka(11pts)to make way for double gameweek players. (31pts from 15 players)

    71. brianutd-why always we? 20
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough- of course Lukaku (c) and DDG cleanie gone against the 18/1 shot WBA ridiculous

    72. JJO
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      ROUGH.

    73. Sconeaus - The Dude Abides
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      had no wc so stuck with good few single gw players, bench of mili 9, foster 9, bauer 6 (off before goals scored), baines 2 - 26 for bench boost quite happy.

      Salah n vvd too as singles. Eriksen, kane (c), Alonso, chilwell, austin, wilson, lingard, mahrez hopefully to play

    74. noquarternt
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough( so far) - Man U triple defence

      Smooth (so far)- did Auba + Kenedy + Stephens -> Wood + Eriksen + Long -8

      Captained Hazard, no Lukaku/Sanchez/Kane.

    75. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      65(-4) with Eriksen(c). No Lukaku or Kane, but not expecting further blanks vs Bournemouth and Brighton!

      Pogba and Alonso the only real disappointments.

    76. Tinzelbat
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough: -12 to take out firmino foster janmaat pritchard for - ddg smalling rashford cork

      Smooth: 59 so far with 10 left to play including captain

    77. Gangster Panda
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Hey Jonty, I noticed "Ghost Ship Stilicho/All at Sea" in your FFS mods&cons league would be on 70pts so far if the BB had been applied (42&28)

    78. Deulofail
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough: Son and Lingard benched. 2 goals conceded by Simpson, Azpi and Alonso. No clean sheets. Alonso facing a potential ban for idiocy.

      Smooth: Captaining Vardy over Mahrez with goals from him, Wood and Eriksen, and an assist from Alonso. Somehow made it to 51pts after Monday's game with effectively 15 still to play (14 if Alonso gets the ban).

      1. Deulofail
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Also, although it's not allowed, here's a "something I didn't do":

        I spent the whole week deliberating which cheap defender to buy. In the end, I sold Kiko (2pts) for Masuaku (2pts) instead of Long (10pts and counting), who I avoided simply because he might not play in GW37 (even though I could put him on the bench that week anyway!).

    79. joeydelucchi
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      where do i start

      rough:
      kane no assist and nothing else
      son benched
      lingard benched (united poor)
      smalling no cs
      kaku nada
      willian shouldve done better
      alonso no cs
      arnie goal disallowed and zip
      lowton and pope no cs...rub salt in wounds long assist who i was contemplating instead of lowton
      scmeichel and simpson no cs
      barnes niente...rub more salt in the wounds wood scores

      smooth robertson clean sheet ...alonso + wilian assist?

      🙁

      1. joeydelucchi
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        forgot to mention Mahrez who has scored pts all season until i brough him in for gw33 🙁

        1. joeydelucchi
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          and i took out sterling for lingard who was immense 🙁

    80. Gloria Kanchelskis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Smooth: taking a -8 to bring in Wood and Long to make full use of the bench boost

      Rough:
      Captaining Lukaku with a supporting cast of Kane, Son, Alonso, Alli, Gross, Mahrez, double Lei defence, DDG, and Willian

      Stupid/Rough
      Forgetting to press bench boost

      Result
      26 points minus 8 for the hits
      23 points laughing at me from the bench
      Gone from 43k to 83k
      (21 points the previous week saw me go from 29k to 43k)
      Pressed free hit as soon as possible this week

    81. Awesom-o
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Smooth: Jonty's first Alonso return after 8 blanks
      Rough: He's now facing a retrospective ban

    82. Triggy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Rough: Bench Boost 15 DGW players and 35 points so far with 15 to play.

      Kane captaincy fail, Alli, Vertonghen and Mahrez not doing much, Lingard and Bailly not starting and the wrong Burnley defender (Lowton) and forward (Barnes). On the positive side, I still have 15 players to play!

    83. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Here's one for you:

      Own Alonso (ban likely), took a -8 for Aubameyang, Gross and Iwobi to Austin, Alli, Pogba and we know how that went.

      Smooth - no where to be seen. Big red arrow in coming

  7. Individual
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Hi all

    We're joined this week by FPL Stag on our latest pod, which looks ahead to gameweek 35 as well as taking in discussions around strategy for next year and identifying some teams "on the beach".

    http://whogottheassist.com/pod-34-swagger/

    Cheers!

    1. shotgunnufc - 15 musketeers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      any baby yet?

      1. Individual
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Looking like it'll be this week!

    2. George James
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Great pod again guys

  8. Mikeharbrw
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Karius (wba)

    Coleman (NEW) Long (sto) PVA (wat)

    Salah (c) (wba) Sterling (SWA) KDB (SWA) Zaha (wat)

    Jesus (SWA) Auba (WHU) Firmino (wba)

    keeping an eye for anfield express on friday / saturday but I'm pretty happy with this.

    Thoughts as always appreciated.

    1. ajones1608
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Looks pretty solid, I think Zaha has gone under peoples radars a bit

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Zaha is appearing in 80% of FH teams so not sure I'd agree he is 'under the radar'

  9. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Would you make these moves for a double hit?

    Lukaku alli mahrez > auba salah sterling

    Robertson mustafi kiko Lowton
    Gudmunsson mili
    Barnes

    Ddg Lossl Morgan hazard Mahrez Alli Kane lukaku

    1. Pep Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Personally yes I would. -8pts is nothing considering you get 6 points minimum if they all play 60mins. Slightly concerned about Salah though so could be worth holding until you hear a further update or leak?

      1. Pep Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Whoops sorry

        1. Pep Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Thought I'd reply failed but hadn't. Good luck pal

          1. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            Wow 3 replies! Thanks bud, will keep an eye out for mo news

  10. MathGeek
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    I've went from ranked 1300 to around 4000 in probably the worst GW of my whole time playing this game;

    Top of my ML by 30 pts, I took a 16point hit (with GW37 in mind)

    I subbed out Zaha for Erikksen, Lossl for De Gea, Ward Prose for Mane and a few others aswell as leaving Milojevic on the bench.

    That alone caused a 30pt loss and with the 16pt hit I am now 15 points behind, in 2nd place.

    Got 10 players still to play but what a rookie mistake...

    kill me now!

  11. Lightbody
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Hi team, been a while since I posted here, but I could use your expert opinion!

    I recently thought that Bravo may get some game time to make him eligible for a league winners medal (https://twitter.com/FFplayermanager/status/985808464336293888) but it's since been quite rightly pointed out that Begovic got one last year despite only playing twice for Chelsea.

    Does anyone have a comprehensive understanding of the medal system, and how it may influence game time for the remaining games?

    1. Mikeharbrw
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      They get given a certain number to distribute as they please I believe.

  12. pundit of punts
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Morning all. 🙂

    Tinkering to take my mind off a horrible GW. How does this GW 36 WC look like?

    Ederson - Lloris
    Mustafi - Smalling - Morgan - Fernandez - Van der Hoorn
    Hazard - Eriksen - Sterling - Sane - Arnautovic
    Kane - Austin - Ayew

    Leaves me 0m itb. Hope I can afford it as only Sterling and Kane look like rising from that lot and i have Kane and will buy Sterling this week.

    Will change Hazard and Austin ➡ Vardy and Willian if there are form and fitness isssues with them.

    Thoughts?

    1. shotgunnufc - 15 musketeers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      I would reconsider Austin, hasn't started last 2 games, vardy looking so sharp

      1. pundit of punts
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Yep. Shall watch how Austin and Hazard go in the FA cup semis and decide. Vardy and Willian are able replacements. Would love Ramsey over Willian though. But Ramsey isn't nailed.

    2. christoff
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Sane and Sterling seems ambitious now that City have won the league. Then again no champions league, so who knows.

      Also what about Mahrez / Salah.

      1. pundit of punts
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Mahrez is doing nothing atm. Salah has CL. 36 between 2 legs of CL. Will get rested and 37 vs Chelsea. I'll take a chance with that.

  13. barracuda
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    I am getting rid of Willian acutually

    1. barracuda
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      reply fail

  14. Ëð
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Anything much you'd change on this FH team?

    Pope
    Mustafi, Robertson, PvA
    Salah, Sterling, Sane, Haha
    Auba, Firmino, Jesus

    £0.2m left over.

  15. pelle9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Thoughts on this FH team guys ?

    ederson
    baines - mustafi - robertson
    salah - KDB - sterling - arnie - zaha
    auba - firmino

    hennessey - perez - kiko - long

    Any feedback appreciated.
    Tnks.

    1. christoff
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      I like.

      Bit concerned about City rotation now that they have won the title though. Baines and Zaha nice differential picks.

  16. barracuda
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Jonty, you are Fabianski's strong admirer. Would you play him or Hen? Thanks in advance.

    1. Pep says
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      I'm not Jonty but surely Hennessy is the better option given that Watford are well and truly on the beach and City can score regardless of who they put on the pitch

      1. Yozzer
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Just Jonty Pep. None of us are worth to answer 😉

        1. Yozzer
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Worthy*

    2. barracuda
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Cheers guys, cheers Jonty 🙂

  17. Pep says
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    '' What was once a fill-yer-boots exercise involving plum home fixtures against Huddersfield and Brighton could now be used an excuse for Guardiola to make sure everyone gets a go before they pack for the beach and/or the World Cup.''

    Wasn't this always gonna be the case. Even if United won both games this gameweek City still only had to beat Swansea to secure the league so imo GW37 was always gonna present us with this situation

  18. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    KDB or Jesus to go with Sterling and Sane?

    1. barcaa7
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 10 months ago

      KDB and Sterling

    2. The Mighty Whites
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Jesus

    3. Pep says
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      KdB for me. Absolute boss at home to weaker teams

    4. WE GO FOR IT
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      I'm on KdB currently.

  19. Baby Face Nelson
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    No idea why i even have pogba in my team. What a waste of space

    1. boc610
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      going out on a limb here.... but maybe its because you watched the manchester derby last week?

      1. Going Home
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        *turned it on at half time

      2. Baby Face Nelson
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        fair point

  20. SoccerBoi69
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Current FH team... any obvious flaws? Arnie or Zaha on the bench to cover possible rests for Salah/ Mane/ Firmino

    Pope
    Otamendi Baines Monreal
    Salah Mane Sterling Arnautovic
    Aubameyang Firmino Jesus

    Speroni Zaha Femenía Long

    1. Pep says
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Wait for the Anfield express but I wouldn't like to be benching Zaha. Also too much reliance on Pool attack imo, I'd rather spread the options a little.

    2. boc610
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      risky when they could still get minutes though...be painful to see a zaha haul and 1 pointers for the liverpool players

  21. barcaa7
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Murray + Gudm > Barnes + Gross

    1. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Keep Murray + Gudm

      1. fr3d
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        I don't think he means transfers 😛

    2. Pep says
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      That is the most sideways move I've ever seen suggested. Surely you have better things to do with transfers. Gross has always fixtures for the run in. Murray to Ayew imo, no point dropping Gudmundsson for a player who doesn't have a game in 35

  22. anish10
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Hows this FH:

    Pickford
    Robertson--Lowton--Pva
    Salah--Sterling--Sane--Zaha
    Auba--Firmino--Jesus

    3.9---Arnie--Kiko--Tark

  23. WE GO FOR IT
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    FH Draft 1:

    Pickford
    Tarkowski PvA Robertson
    KdB Salah Sterling Sane Zaha
    Auba Firmino

    How's it looking? Too top heavy?

    1. fr3d
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Dubravka for Pickford

      1. WE GO FOR IT
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Dubravka away to Everton over Pickford at home to Newcastle?

    2. christoff
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Nope, but I'd get Vardy for the run-in, too.

      1. WE GO FOR IT
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        This is just for this week.

  24. doyeon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Picking a good defence looks like the biggest challenge for FH35......what will be your back 7?

    1. Walcoff life
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Agreed, Im thinking of a power front 7 of Auba, Firm, Jesus, Sterling, Sane, Salah, Mane, and some cheapies along with Mustafi at the back

      1. doyeon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Yeap power front 7 all da way man!

    2. JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Pickford
      Robertson - Lowton - PVA

      1. doyeon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        solid!

  25. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    I you used your free hit this week, how much do you think its affected you? Has it been a positive or negative experience?
    Also, those with 15 dew players, do you feel you were a little blindsided and ignored the SGW form players like Miliv and Salah?

    1. walkman666
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Yes to he last question. Lesson is that form may be more important than an extra game. Salah I sold on wc gw3e, which I think was correct, yet wc in GroB, Morgan was just dumb.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Well Morgan could pay off, I certainly got him in for the Southampton game.

        1. walkman666
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          True. I guess it’s all only half over, and maybe the opposite will happen in the 2nd half. I’m a tad demoralized as I thought I had a competitive advantage with wc patience, very high net worth, and blah blah. Give me some of your horse feed (or maybe a scotch, at 6am nyc time!).

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            Yeah, its a real shame. All that planning and solid strategic work, and then there'll be many out there who got caught out by the DGW and nailed it.

            1. walkman666
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              Riiiiiight. Such is fantasy sports. Especially this one where goals are scarce and more randomly distributed. In hoops, baseball, and to a lesser extent, hockey and NFL, such planning more often bears returns...this football, with few fantasy points, is more subject to such ironic outcomes.

      2. walkman666
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Typos. Sold salah on wc gw33.

    2. Euro Raiders
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Yes, but you don’t know it’s happened until it’s happened, do we?

  26. Walcoff life
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Thoughts on this top-heavy FH-team?

    Pickford
    Mustafi - Yedlin - Long
    Sterling - Sane - Salah - Mane
    Jesus - Firmino - Auba

  27. Pitch Invasion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Question about Free Hit Chip ...

    Can I make a regular transfer to my squad now in preparation for GW36. Afterwards activate my free hit chip, make my FH changes for a GW35 team.

    Will the original transfer remain in my GW36 Team or are they lost in my GW35 Free Hit team?

    Hope that makes sense.

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      No - team reverts back to exactly as it was at 11:31 just after GW34 deadline (i.e. no changes will be reflected)

      1. Pitch Invasion
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Cheers Don

  28. Euro Raiders
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 10 months ago

    What a topsy tipsy turvy few weeks it’s been in playing this game.

    Obviously there’s winners and losers. But have we learned any lessons?

    Not to be so influenced by the chips is mine. Keep your core team.

  29. Dacra
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Well, didn't expect to drop 15k rank using bench boost.. Itll get better, right? Right?!

    1. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Yes. By the end of the gameweek, you would've dropped only 14k.

      1. Dacra
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Ill take any improvement at the moment!

    2. Euro Raiders
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Ditto, smehere. Baffling, eh

  30. Dacra
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Fee hit, looks ok?

    Cech (Henessey)
    Van Dijk - Coleman - Walker (Long, Masuaku)
    Salah - Sterling - Zaha - Arnautovic (King)
    Jesus - Firmino - Auba