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Best Crystal Palace players to sign on FPL in 2018/19 – Complete Members’ Analysis

Crystal Palace look set to be a source of effective budget options in the early part of the 2018/19 campaign.

The Eagles favourable fixtures in the first nine Gameweeks, combined with some impressive underlying numbers towards the end of last season, mean there are viable options to consider in defence, midfield and attack.

Under Roy Hodgson, Palace made improvements in more than 20 key areas last time out compared to 2016/17, and that is expected to continue into the new campaign.

That data is available to Fantasy Football Scout members to look at in the Members’ Area, and they can also read our in-depth analysis of it in the article below.

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  1. mikess
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Stick with Courtois' 3 or swap to Subasic?

    Will check Subasic starts obviously

    1. QuintonFortune25
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Same position. Will probably swap, play to win and all that

    2. johnnymorrocco
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      I have same dilemma but with Pickford. I would say no to Sub as I think England will edge tonight. Not sure on Pick though. thoughts?

      1. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Yeah I fancy an England clean sheet

    3. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      swap, its more fun

  2. Jacky boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Think pep found his new formation without mendy working well. Can't see pep change his winning team to test something new

    1. KingOllie
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        What are you on about?

        He played Delph all season. Mendy is a much better player, it will be a straight swap.

      • Andy_Social
          6 days, 3 hours ago

          Mendy is hardly a 'test'. He was sensational until his season-ending injury.

        • QuintonFortune25
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 days, 3 hours ago

          I think he values Mendy highly, he mentioned how without him last season he lacked width on the left so had to use Sane really wide and cutting in.

          1. Athletic Bilbo
              6 days, 3 hours ago

              I just replied on that post but will ask here too...

              What was the formation? I seem to recall it was three at the back when Mendy played along with Jesus and Aguero?

              1. Andy_Social
                  6 days, 3 hours ago

                  I might be wrong but I thought Mendy along with Walker on the other side are very much attacking wingbacks for Pep. This might be why Mendy's not being used in the World Cup as he doesn't suit a back 4.

                  I'm looking at him to be the FPL Alonso of 2 years ago.

                  1. Athletic Bilbo
                      6 days, 3 hours ago

                      I’ve just done a bit of research, was mostly a 3-1-4-2 but also a 4-1-4-1.

                      In the 4-1-4-1, Mendy still played lb but Jesus and Kun were mostly rotated rather than paired. Sane played lwb in one game and as sub in another.

                      I’m not sure we can learn too much from that unfortunately, a lot happened since then

                      1. Athletic Bilbo
                          6 days, 3 hours ago

                          The 4-1-4-1 could actually be interpreted as a 4-3-3, it’s difficult to pin it with such interchanging of positions

                • Eden Wizard
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  6 days, 3 hours ago

                  Mendy's job is to be Sane from last year, Sane scored 179 points as a mid! Mendy to break 250? 😆

              2. QuintonFortune25
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                6 days, 3 hours ago

                Could I please get some feedback on my first draft? Tried to focus on triple Liverpool and City (with all players as nailed as they could be).

                Ederson
                Robertson - Bailly - Williams - Tomkins
                Salah - D.Silva - Mkhitaryan
                Aguero - Firmino - Tosun

                Boruc/playing 4.0 - Bednarek/playing 4.0 - Deulofeu - Masuaku/playing 4.5 mid.

                1. child of God
                    6 days, 3 hours ago

                    Not bad, looks good to me

                    1. QuintonFortune25
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      6 days, 3 hours ago

                      Cheers

                  • Andy_Social
                      6 days, 3 hours ago

                      Excellent.

                      A very minor issue is to monitor Everton's DC positions. One of the 3 4.5m players will be the regular starter - if not Williams, Jags or Holgate.

                      1. QuintonFortune25
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        6 days, 3 hours ago

                        Thanks very much and appreciate the heads up. I'm still largely undecided on the 4.5 defenders, who do you reckon the best picks are there? I would Cedric but ideally don't want to double up on Southampton defence

                        1. Andy_Social
                            6 days, 3 hours ago

                            You've got the best options - Tomkins and a Toffee 4.5
                            I'm willing to punt on a Wolf - Doherty or Boly.

                      2. My heart goes Salalalalah
                          6 days, 2 hours ago

                          Like it a lot. Is Williams nailed though? Maybe Coleman and downgrade Mkhi until week 3?

                      3. arndff_
                          6 days, 3 hours ago

                          A) DDG Mendy Robertson Deulofeu Kamara
                          B) Ederson Alonso TAA Cairney Barnes

                          1. QuintonFortune25
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            6 days, 3 hours ago

                            A

                          2. Andy_Social
                              6 days, 3 hours ago

                              50/50!

                          3. johnnymorrocco
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            6 days, 3 hours ago

                            2 WC dilemmas. Thoughts?

                            PIckford in for Courtois (3) ?

                            Move (C) from Griezmann (5) to Kane ??

                            1. QuintonFortune25
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              6 days, 3 hours ago

                              I'd bring Pickford in and the captain thing is a tough won. Given that everyone will be captaining Kane I would switch just in case he bags a brace. It's not exactly a huge loss if Kane only gets 2 also, it would be just a 3 point loss:

                              Greizmann captain =10 + 2 = 12
                              Kane captain = 5 + 4 = 9

                              Therefore i think its worth risking 3 points for a potentially higher score.

                          4. Vikram Solanki
                              6 days, 3 hours ago

                              roast my team #2

                              ederson - speroni
                              alonso - cedric - daniels - tomkins - peltier
                              salah - eriksen - milivojevic - deulofeu - stephens
                              aguero - firmino - tosun

                              1. child of God
                                  6 days, 3 hours ago

                                  The defence is too weak for my liking, midfield also doesn't as strong as it could be. Attack looks good also speroni could be 3rd choice at palace

                              2. Bury94
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                6 days, 3 hours ago

                                What are we thinking then tonight? If we can stop Modric and Rakitic we've got a good chance. I can see Croatia sneaking this though

                                1. KingOllie
                                    6 days, 3 hours ago

                                    i think we can do it, Croatia played a lot of minutes and our boys gonna be very fired up.

                                    Unless we go 1 behind earlyish i expect us to win.

                                  • QuintonFortune25
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    6 days, 3 hours ago

                                    Yeah if Croatia play both Modric and Rakitic as CDMs Alli and Lingard can hopefully press right on them and prevent them from controlling the game. Then as we saw against Russia they are not brilliant at defending set pieces so hopefully can get a goal from a set piece again.

                                  • Andy_Social
                                      6 days, 3 hours ago

                                      I think England can do it. We've got to run a tired Croatia into the ground with a high tempo. I'm not impressed with their defence - I think Kane, Maguire and Stones can better Lovren and Vida at set pieces. The key is keeping their midfield quite - Hendo will need help so I'd drop Alli for Dier.

                                      1. Athletic Bilbo
                                          6 days, 2 hours ago

                                          I think we might need Dier in there too, or maybe Delph who is a bit more mobile to deal with Luka

                                      2. Gregor
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • Has Moderation Rights
                                        6 days, 3 hours ago

                                        Comfortable England win.

                                    • Eden Wizard
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      6 days, 3 hours ago

                                      Gareth Bale is only 29 (next week) WTF!

                                      1. Athletic Bilbo
                                          6 days, 2 hours ago

                                          And he’s seen Ronaldo off, good lad

                                      2. KingOllie
                                          6 days, 3 hours ago

                                          Hows my 4-4-2 looking? Focus on proven players with the 2 wolves boys.

                                          Ederson
                                          Coleman PvA Robertson Douglas (Peltier)
                                          Salah Mane Jota Ramsey (Stephens)
                                          Aguero Zaha (Kamara)

                                          1.0m iitb for catching bandwagons / upgrading bench fodder

                                          1. Andy_Social
                                              6 days, 3 hours ago

                                              Looks excellent, tbh.

                                            • Patch
                                                6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                Nearly as good as mine below, Ramsey should be brought in a few GWs later

                                                1. KingOllie
                                                    6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                    i can replace Rambo with D.Silva - might go for it

                                                2. BigBarn
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  6 days, 2 hours ago

                                                  Very similar to my current draft.

                                                  Karius (4.0)
                                                  Coleman Mendy Robertson (Doherty Wan-B)
                                                  Salah Dilva Jota Ramsey Walcott
                                                  Aguero Zaha (Kamara)

                                                  with 0.5itb. Also very tempted to turn it into a 442. Food for thought, cheers.

                                                  1. KingOllie
                                                      6 days, 2 hours ago

                                                      Yeah i rate that team also.

                                                      I really want Mendy but worried he doesnt start

                                                3. SOTHPAW
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                  Hello. I played my maximum captain this round and I thought it would have updated last night. It was on Hazard yesterday but Lloris was my highest points scorer?

                                                  1. Captain Blank
                                                      6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                      Yeah doesn't seem to update until the end of the round

                                                    • Cypress Chill
                                                        6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                        It will be updated after Eng vs Cro is over.

                                                      • Eden Wizard
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                        Don't worry about it, i'm the same!

                                                    • AFC49
                                                        6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                        Had Griezmann captain (10 points)

                                                        Stick or switch?

                                                      • Stokelona
                                                          6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                          Morning guys, what do you think of this draft?

                                                          Begovic
                                                          Young Douglas Robertson Alonso
                                                          Mane Sane Hazard Sigurdsson Deulofeu
                                                          Aguero

                                                          Boruc Reid Tomkins Quaner

                                                          1. Patch
                                                              6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                              Not a fan of HazQuaner...

                                                              1. Stokelona
                                                                  6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                  Yeh I suppose the hazard situation needs monitoring but their fixtures are great. Could downgrade and get Firmino/auba. Quaner is just 3rd sub fodder

                                                              2. KingOllie
                                                                  6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                  Quite like it, No salah is rough though

                                                                • Andy_Social
                                                                    6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                    No flexibilty. I'm all for budget forwards, but this is too extreme. If you decide you need to join the Salah show late, you'll need to wildcard.

                                                                    1. Stokelona
                                                                        6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                        Maybe, I could downgrade a mid though

                                                                    2. Witty Pun: The Casual
                                                                        6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                        Bournemouth keepers? Yuck

                                                                    3. Patch
                                                                        6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                        Using Fulham as my bench fodder...have I cracked it?!

                                                                        Ederson - (4.0).

                                                                        Azpi - AAT - Coleman - (Tompkins) - (Bednarek).

                                                                        Salah - Mane - Sane - Derulo - (Cairney).

                                                                        Kun - Zaha - (Kanara).

                                                                        Sometimes I just love myself!!!

                                                                        1. KingOllie
                                                                            6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                            similar to mine.. me likey

                                                                          • Andy_Social
                                                                              6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                              Mm, yes, yes, I think you may well have!

                                                                            • A19
                                                                                6 days, 2 hours ago

                                                                                I really like that! I have a similar team. Not sure about Chelsea with the coach situation as well as TAA game time coming back from WC. Maybe do : Azpi & TAA -> Robertson & 5.5 def (Bailly?)

                                                                              • Ason Willa
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                6 days, 2 hours ago

                                                                                Bednarek to be replaced
                                                                                Sane rotation with Mendy
                                                                                Who the hell is Derulo?
                                                                                TAA to rotate with Clyne

                                                                            • SOTHPAW
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                              Cheers, will look forward to receiving those points tonight or maybe more from an England player hopefully!

                                                                            • Legomané
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              • Has Moderation Rights
                                                                              6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                              Ive run with only one GK in the knockout stages so far: Alisson (6, 1) and Lloris (7). Given we have 5 transfers and no-one going home this round, is it worth buying another GK for the 3rd place playoff or just focus on new outfield players? I suspect Belgium will rotate fairly heavily and I have KDB, Hazard, Kompany, Fellaini at high risk.. if England get dumped I'll have similar issues there. Maximum captain chip active so need goodies on the field...

                                                                              1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                                                                                  6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                                  Once team sheets come out you can decide. Basically get as many players as you can with your transfers available.

                                                                                  Players like Haz/De Bruyne might come on, so unless you need the cash, I’d keep them and see if they perform off the bench.

                                                                              2. Arn De Gothia
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                                Anyone knows anything about Bournemouth players???

                                                                                Wilson or King stronger pick?

                                                                                Thanks

                                                                                1. OldBenKenobi
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                                  King the better option imo

                                                                                  1. Arn De Gothia
                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                    6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                                    thanks

                                                                              3. Reuser
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                                Any comments on my current draft?

                                                                                Fabianski (4.0)
                                                                                Robertson, Mendy, Coleman, Douglas, Tomkins
                                                                                Salah, Sane, Mhiki, Jota, Stephens
                                                                                Aguero, Tosun, Austin

                                                                                Flexible formation with a half-decent bench to mitigate for inevitable rotation.

                                                                                Thanks.

                                                                                1. @fpl_phenom
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                                  Strong! Not sure on Fabianski openings fixtures.

                                                                                  Mendy hardly start the season since he’s still in Russia

                                                                                  1. Witty Pun: The Casual
                                                                                      6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                                      Mendy hasn't played all year. Still being in Russia doesn't affect him

                                                                                  2. Andy_Social
                                                                                      6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                                      Looks great, tbh.

                                                                                      I personally don't have faith in Saints to score (or keep clean sheets) but that's me.
                                                                                      I'm also wary of Fab's opening fixtures - could be loads of save points, but I'd rather a chance of clean sheets.

                                                                                    • Reuser
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                                      Thanks all - much appreciated.

                                                                                      Yes - Mendy is a known risk, but I thought I would get him in early and let my bench compensate for him if he does miss a few matches. Saves a valuable transfer down the line.

                                                                                      Fabianski is a bit of a risk, but I'm hoping his save points and a new defensive manager might be able to help. Besides, he tends to get his bigger scores against the bigger sides....

                                                                                      Austin is a bit of a placeholder pick but could do OK. If Mitrovic comes in at 6.0, I would certainly consider him instead....

                                                                                    • child of God
                                                                                        6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                                        I'd drop robo or mendy and spend extra cash elsewhere Coz defence usually provides the best value, get it wrong there and your done

                                                                                    • statenisland
                                                                                        6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                                        Morning. Any thoughts on this?

                                                                                        Schmiechel (Speroni)
                                                                                        Cedric, Daniels, Lovren (Bednarek, Miranda)
                                                                                        Salah, Eriksen, Mahrez, Deulofeu (Stephens)
                                                                                        Firmino, Aguero, Tosun

                                                                                        1. KD1999
                                                                                            6 days, 46 mins ago

                                                                                            Schmeichel no, fixtures dodgy and he's 5.0m, Pickford or Pope would be better for that price, as would a handful of the 4.5 keepers.

                                                                                            Lovren will not be playing due to his involvement with Croatia at the world cup, Trent Alexander Arnold is the same price (5.0m) and would be far more likey to start and produce attacking returns as well as clean sheets.

                                                                                            Mahrez is a good option for maybe 1/2 Gameweeks if that's all you're hoping for. Will almost certainly become a bit part player after the world cup boys are back, either pay an extra 0.5m for Sane or save yourself 0.5m and get David Silva. Both of them are better placed to start more matches.

                                                                                            Deuleufeu can be hit and miss as we have seen before. Don't be surprised when he bangs out 2 points game in game out.

                                                                                            Tosun very good shout he will hit the ground running with the early fixtures

                                                                                        2. OldBenKenobi
                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                          6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                                          New article

                                                                                        3. ZoumasBloomers
                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                          • Has Moderation Rights
                                                                                          6 days, 2 hours ago

                                                                                          I'm getting in Guita.

                                                                                          Still see no reason that they haven't priced Patricio though.. bizarre.

                                                                                            1. ZoumasBloomers
                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                              • Has Moderation Rights
                                                                                              6 days, 2 hours ago

                                                                                              ah that makes sense then, thanks! Think I'll stick with Doherty anyway

                                                                                        4. New Article
                                                                                        5. salazar1963
                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                          6 days, 1 hour ago

                                                                                          Is Martial nailed in 1st 2 games?

                                                                                          1. KD1999
                                                                                              6 days, 50 mins ago

                                                                                              No

                                                                                          2. KD1999
                                                                                              6 days, 1 hour ago

                                                                                              Thoughts on Alexis Sanchez (£10.5m)?? Perhaps a bit expensive but would be a fantastic option for Gameweek 1/2/3.

                                                                                              1. He would be a differential, he currently has little to no ownership compared to others of a similar price.
                                                                                              2. He usually plays on the left but he may play a more advanced role in the absence of Lukaku and possibly Rashford aftertheir World Cup exploits.
                                                                                              3. He would probably be given penalties and other set pieces.
                                                                                              4. His fixtures would be strong.
                                                                                              5. He is a proven asset in FPL capable of goals and assists.

                                                                                            • dunas_dog
                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                              6 days, 1 hour ago

                                                                                              Who would you rather (assuming both Mendy and Alonso start)

                                                                                              A Mendy with Foster and Fabianski as rotating goalies

                                                                                              B Alonso with Ederson and 4 m goalie

                                                                                              1. KD1999
                                                                                                  6 days, 56 mins ago

                                                                                                  B - Although likely, Mendy not assured to start. Alonso is and Edensor definitely is

                                                                                              2. La Roja
                                                                                                  6 days, 45 mins ago

                                                                                                  Arsenal Manager to convince Coloccini to come out retirement. Good stuff

                                                                                                  1. La Roja
                                                                                                      6 days, 44 mins ago

                                                                                                      Arsenal managed to*

                                                                                                  2. BoxingKanga
                                                                                                      5 days, 1 hour ago

                                                                                                      Karius Speroni
                                                                                                      Alonso Bailly Mendy Tomkins Eve 4.5
                                                                                                      Salah Dilva Sigi Deulofeu Masuaku
                                                                                                      Kun Zaha Tosun

                                                                                                      Thoughts?

                                                                                                    • Carlton P
                                                                                                        3 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                                                        Salah-less team. Really think Sanchez will fire this season
                                                                                                        1.0ITB
                                                                                                        Ederson / Speroni
                                                                                                        Bailly / Coleman / TAA / Bednarek / Tomkins
                                                                                                        Sanchez / Dilva / Walcott / Ramsey / Mane
                                                                                                        Aguero / Zaha / Quaner