Scout Notes

Injury for Pope as Aubameyang and Arnautovic continue to impress

The Nick Pope vs Tom Heaton debate took an unexpected turn on Thursday as both goalkeepers now have injuries to deal with.

Elsewhere, we learned more about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s role in Unai Emery’s new-look Arsenal side and Marko Arnautovic continued his impressive pre-season form.

In another Scout Notes piece we analyse how the latest goals, assists and line-ups should affect our Gameweek 1 plans for Fantasy Premier League.

ARSENAL 1-1 ATLETICO MADRID

  • Goals: Emile Smith-Rowe
  • Assists: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m)

New Arsenal manager Unai Emery appears to be preparing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) for a role on the left flank of his attacking front-three this season. The Gabonese striker has reportedly been taking up this position in training and was used there in the Gunners first pre-season match in Singapore against Atletico Madrid. Aubameyang still threatened from his wider position as it made him harder to mark, and it must be remembered he scored registered three goals and two assists in three appearances as a left forward last season. On Thursday night, he played the key pass for Emile Smith-Rowe’s spectacular second-half equaliser, laying the ball off to him having won it back in midfield.

It was Alexandre Lacazette (£9.5m) who led the line, just as he has done in training too, lending some credence to the argument for selecting him over Aubameyang, considering the £1.5m saving on offer for Fantasy managers. The Frenchman already had three pre-season goals in as many matches before this Atletico meeting and was unlucky not to add to his tally as three good chances were brilliantly saved by Jan Oblak.

Aaron Ramsey (£7.5m) looked like he will be at the heart of Arsenal’s attacking play in 2018/19, setting up two of Lacazette’s chances. But the stand-out star was 17-year-old Smith-Rowe, who was composed on the ball, showed great skill in midfield, and craftily took the ball around two defenders before launching his shot from distance into the top corner.

Emery’s plans for the Arsenal defence are still hard to get an accurate fix on. This match was just the second the Gunners have played publicly so far this summer, with two others played behind closed doors. The new manager went for a back-four in the first hour which featured Sead Kolasinac (£5.0m) and Hector Bellerin (£6.0m) on either side of Rob Holding (£4.5m) and Shkodran Mustafi (£5.5m). After a raft of changes, Emery switched to a back-three containing Calum Chambers (£4.5m), Sokratis Papastathopoulous (£5.5m) and Konstantinos Mavropanos (£5.0m) with Jordi Osei-Tutu and Kolasinac as the wing-backs, the latter the only player to get a full 90 minutes in Singapore. Sokratis and Chambers have been spotted paired together in training which could suggest Emery is looking to use them together, but when looking for the best Arsenal defender to invest in, we need more information first, so keep an eye on subsequent Scout Notes articles.

Of note was the fact that Bernd Leno (£5.0m) started ahead of Petr Cech (£5.0m), although the latter did get game-time in the second-half. Potential 2018/19 bargain Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£7.0m), featured only as a substitute and looked good when on the ball but Arsenal struggled to get it to him enough. Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil (£8.5m) was present at the match having returned to training on Monday but he was not involved in the action himself.

ARSENAL XI (4-3-3): Leno (Cech); Kolasinac, Holding (Sokratis 65’), Mustafi (Chambers 65’), Bellerin (Osei-Tutu 65’); Guendouzi (Willock 74’), Ramsey (Mavropanos 65’), Smith-Rowe (Maitland-Niles 65’); Aubameyang (Perez 65’), Lacazette (Nketiah 65’), Nelson (Mkhitaryan 65’).

ABERDEEN 1-1 BURNLEY

  • Goals: Sam Vokes (£5.5m)
  • Assists: Chris Wood (£6.5m)

The Burnley goalkeeper situation took an unexpected turn during Thursday night’s 1-1 draw with Aberdeen. There has been much debate over whether Nick Pope (£5.0m) or Tom Heaton (£5.0m) would start the season in net for the Clarets, considering the former’s involvement in the World Cup, but it is now a possibility that neither of them feature in Gameweek 1.

Heaton was ruled out of the Europa League qualifier at Pittodrie with a calf strain, which meant Pope, who had returned to training earlier this week, was thrust straight back into the Burnley side. However, he was forced off with a shoulder injury in the 14th minute following a collision and was taken to hospital after being replaced by Anders Lindegaard (not yet in FPL). After the match manager Sean Dyche revealed that Pope’s knock could be a long-term one.

“We’ll find out more, he’s gone to hospital, at this stage it looks more serious than not serious. We’ll wait and see, Tom has a minor calf injury, and Anders did great. It’s not easy to walk on there in that sort of game, and he handled it nicely.

With some uncertainty in goal, the Burnley back-four may prove a more assured route for Fantasy managers looking to buy into their defence. As expected, Stephen Ward (£5.0m), James Tarkowski (£5.0m), Ben Mee (£5.0m) and Matt Lowton (£5.0m) lined up in Scotland, with little reason to believe they won’t do so at Southampton in Gameweek 1, barring injuries. Potential investors should still stay informed on the goalkeeper situation as the absence of both Pope and Heaton may make them less reliable. Thursday was Lindegaard’s first senior competitive appearance for any club since conceding eleven goals in two Championship matches for Preston in October 2016. Furthermore, Tarkowski also gave away a penalty against Aberdeen.

Ashley Barnes (£6.0m), Robbie Brady (£5.5m) and Steven Defour (£5.5m) all missed out on the match as they recover from various knocks. Chris Wood (£6.5m), on the other hand, allayed fears over his fitness as he started the match leading the line in a 4-3-3 formation. Brady’s absence, as predicted, allowed Aaron Lennon (£5.0m) to get a start on the right-flank, in a more advanced position than would normally be expected in the traditionally 4-4-2 system. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£6.0m) also benefitted from the switch, deployed on the left flank of the front three. That said, the Clarets’ crucial equaliser in the second-half came after reverting back to 4-4-2, Wood finding substitute Sam Vokes (£5.5m), who lifted the ball over his marker, headed it down and blasted high into the net from close range.

BURNLEY XI (4-3-3): Pope (Lindegaard 14’); Ward, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; Westwood, Hendrick (Vokes 67’), Cork; Gudmundsson, Wood, Lennon.

BLACKBURN ROVERS 3-0 EVERTON

  • Goals: None
  • Assists: None

Richarlison (£6.5m) hit the ground running in his bid to justify a £40 million transfer fee with an energetic performance in Thursday night’s trip to Blackburn Rovers. The Brazilian could not affect the result, a worrying 3-0 win for the Championship side, but there are already encouraging signs for the 10.3 percent who have him in their Fantasy squads. The former Watford man was introduced as a left forward in the second-half but popped up in virtually every position in the front line on the night. It was also clear that his team-mates had been briefed to get the ball to him as often as possible. That level of attention from the rest of the team bodes well for Richarlison’s goal involvement potential in 2018/19. He had two chances to score at Ewood Park, a chip that went just wide and a header from a Baines cross that went just over the bar, also getting back to make tackles when needed.

The fact that Everton were 2-0 down by the time Richarlison entered the fray says more about the Toffees’ second-string players than their first-teamers. New manager Marco Silva had said earlier this summer that he wanted to have two players competing for every position, thankfully for Fantasy managers, there doesn’t seem to be much competition, especially in defence. Another poor performance from Ashley Williams (£4.5m) and Matthew Pennington in the first-half added further backing to Michael Keane (£5.0m) and Phil Jagielka (£4.5m) as the likely Gameweek 1 centre-back pairing. Leighton Baines (£5.5m) and Seamus Coleman (£5.5m) should easily have their starting berths nailed down and we’ll have to wait and see whether Jordan Pickford (£5.0m) can get back in time to replace Maarten Stekelenburg (£4.0m), who was at fault for one of Blackburn’s goals.

Further up the pitch, Mohamed Basic, Tom Davies (£5.5m), Sandro Ramirez (£5.5m) and Kevin Mirallas (£5.5m) struggled to supply Oumar Niasse (£5.5m) with much service, although Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.5m) pressed well the opposition well. That was particularly impressive considering this was his first outing after returning from World Cup leave.

While several players can be discounted from Everton selection discussions following this match, there is still much up in the air. Theo Walcott (£6.5m), Yannick Bolasie (£6.0m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.5m) and Beni Baningime (£4.5m) still haven’t featured in pre-season for various reason but are all expected to be involved in some form between now and Gameweek 1.

EVERTON XI (4-2-3-1): Stekelenburg; Robinson (Baines 45’), Williams (Jagielka 45’), Pennington (Keane 45’), Kenny (Coleman 45’); Besic (Schneiderlin 45’), Davies (Gueye 45’); Ramirez, Sigurdsson (Dowell 45’), Mirallas (Richarlison 45’); Niasse (Tosun 45’).

ASTON VILLA 1-3 WEST HAM

  • Goals: Michail Antonio (£7.0m), Marko Arnautovic (£7.0m), Robert Snodgrass
  • Assists: Artur Masuaku (£4.5m), Arnautovic

Michail Antonio (£7.0m) scored on his return from injury to add some complication on the flanks at West Ham. Manager Manuel Pellegrini splashed out big money to bring Andriy Yarmolenko (£7.0m) and Felipe Anderson (£7.0m) to the club over the summer which would suggest they are the more likely to start but Antonio has historically impressed when fit. So his presence back in the squad is something to be wary of when considering either one of Yarmolenko or Anderson, who made his first appearance of pre-season too. Antonio’s goal came from a typically powerful run down the right flank, which saw him lose the ball and win it back again before firing across the goalkeeper into the far corner.

That said, bearing in mind they are the same price, Marko Arnautovic (£7.0m) is looking increasingly like the best option at West Ham. He got his fourth goal in three matches at Walsall’s Bescot Stadium and provided the assist for Robert Snodgrass’ late strike. No other forward at his price point has shown anywhere near as much promise so far this summer, and his form may well trigger a rise from 25 percent ownership, in spite of tricky early fixtures for the Hammers.

FPL midfielder Artur Masuaku (£4.5m) was, once again, deployed at left-back but he did manage to register an assist after a marauding run and a square-ball to Arnautovic. Alongside him was new signing Fabian Balbuena (£4.5m) and Angelo Ogbonna (£4.5m) who could be the first-choice pairing this season after particularly impressing although Issa Diop (£4.5m) has been regularly involved in pre-season. Meanwhile, defender Declan Rice (£4.5m) was tested out in a midfield three.

After impressing in his previous two outings, Yarmolenko missed the match but he was simply rested by Pellegrini, there is not believed to be any injury concern over the Ukrainian. He is expected to be involved against Ipswich at Portman Road on Saturday.

WEST HAM XI (4-3-3): Adrian; Masuaku (Byram 87’), Ogbonna, Balbuena (Diop 45’), Zabaleta (Fredericks 80’); Wilshere (Cullen 66’), Noble, Rice (Obiang 45’); Anderson (Haksabanovic 45’), Arnautovic (Martinez 87’), Antonio (Snodgrass 45’).

STOKE CITY 0-0 WOLVES

  • Goals: None
  • Assists: None

Raul Jimenez (£5.5m) registered his second start of pre-season as Wolves drew 0-0 with Stoke. The Mexican is expected the lead the line this season with Diogo Jota (£6.5m) either side of him. The latter was withdrawn for tactical reasons in the 32nd minute although there is not believed to be any injury.

Ryan Giles was deployed on the left side of the midfield now that Barry Douglas (£5.0m) appears to be on his way to Leeds United while new left-back Jonny Castro remained on the bench. Matt Doherty (£4.5m) on the other flank, who scored and assisted four times last season, started again and looks to be the foremost Wolves defender to have given his attacking potential.

Further back, there is an outside chance that Ryan Bennett could add himself to the list of starting £4.0m defenders, although we will have to continue to track his performances during the summer. Conor Coady (four starts, 33 minutes) is the only player to have registered more pre-season time than Bennett in the back-three so far (four starts, 296 minutes). The pair are the only two players to have been involved in all five matches too. On two occasions now Bennett has been replaced by Romain Saiss (£4.5m) so it does remain to be seen whether or not the 28-year-old’s run in the team over the summer was as a result of the Moroccan’s late return from the World Cup or not. Further friendly matches should tell us more on the subject.

WOLVES XI (3-4-3): Ruddy (Patricio 45’); Hause, Coady (Batth 63’), Bennett (Saiss 45’); Giles (John 63’), Gibbs-White (Goncalves 45’), Neves (Watt 63’), Doherty (Buur 63’); Jota (Cavaleiro 32’ | Enobakhare 63’), Jimenez (Bonatini 45’), Costa (Ashley-Seal 63’).

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1,278 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Demel
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Aubameyang & Austin or Arnie
    & Sanchez?

    1. Chrisirwin01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      I've just finished my draft team, and both Sanchez and Arnie are in it.

      3-4-3
      Gk: Ederson
      Def: Van Dijk, Shaw & Bailey
      Mid: Sanchez, Salah, Richarlison & Jota
      Fwd: Augero, Tosun & Arnie

      Bench: Speroni, Elneny, Wan-Bissaka & Peltier

      1. Demel
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I am not sold on Tosan, Jota and the United defence is one to monitor closely but overall I like it.

        1. RealMenWearPink
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Wouldn’t waste you time on Elneny but a decent looking team, although your bench is awful

        2. Chrisirwin01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Yeah those are my reservation also but Mourhino is so defensive and Everton are very attacking. And just a punt on Jota, I hope he is played at a striker.

    2. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Difficult ine. Fixtures favour the first pairing but who knows if Austin is nailed? The latter seem to be in form and nailed, so Sanchez and Arnie for me

  2. Harvey?
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Anyone considering Mata?

    1. Demel
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      As a Mats of fact I haven't. Not really been an option in years.

      1. Harvey?
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Ok, thanks.

  3. bored by december
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 18 days ago

    With reports of TAA having his holiday cut short to come to pre-season early, could this bring a move to include TAA in our teams for GW1?

    1. Demel
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Quite possibly.

    2. feed feo
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      It could. Great chance for Klopp to get off to a flyer and I believe they'll win the league.

      1. Johnny Leghorn
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Ha ha. Don't be silly. Theyll play some blinders and score big on occasions but win the league they won't.

  4. squirrelbean
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 18 days ago

    RMT if you'd be so kind:

    Foster/Fab
    Mendy/VVD/Shaw/Cedric/AWB
    Salah/Eriksen/Siggy/Mkhy/Cairney
    Kun/Arnie/Jimenez

    Undecided on a couple mid/attack and know Shaw will need replacing early. Thoughts appreciated

    1. Johnny Leghorn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Good coverage if top teams. Don't rate Foster but you've got Fab I guess. Think Shaw's good until international break. Like it.

  5. RealMenWearPink
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    TAA likely to start the season?

    1. Demel
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      We will know more nearer the time.

  6. Demel
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    My team hasn't changed now in over a week. Very much still at the monitoring stage regarding transfers and fitness etc.

    Patricio
    TAA - Shaw - Azpi- Tomkins
    Pogba - Salah - KDB/Sane - Eriksen
    Augbameyang- Austin

    Button - Cairney - Kamara - Wan-Bissaka

  7. My Name Is Prince
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Ramsey vs Mikhitaryan? Discuss!

    1. Demel
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Neither to start with. I want to monitor both.

    2. Nose for baps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Ramsey if fit, check his ppm.

  8. Dr. Rog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Current dilemma is whether to go with 2 7mln strikers (zaha and arnie) or 1 7mln striker and a 7m mid:

    The candidates in and out of the team in various combinations are:
    Zaha
    Arnie
    Mkhi
    Moura

    My gut says the strikers are the best options, but my brain says that having one of each provides for more flexibilty (particularly as potential budget bangwagons such as Chelsea/wolves mids are more likely to arise from midfield).

    1. Demel
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      I don't see Moura as an option. I don't fancy Zaha in FPL listed as a striker. It is a similar feeling for Arnie. I like Mikhi but not quite yet.

      1. Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I see moura as an excellent 2 week punt who becomes mhki or pedro or whatever

        1. Misteak
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          This is precisely what I'm thinking. Had Mkhi from the start but think I'll give it a couple weeks. Moura has two fairly easy opening matches and a lack of competition so he could deliver.

    2. Johnny Leghorn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I prefer Lamela to start with.

  9. Willos Wanderers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    How many genuine captaincy options do you think we need, assuming that you have Salah?

    1. Red.Devil
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Salah + 1 more should be good enough, but the more the better obviously.

    2. Another Hoops
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Salah & a city attacker GW2.

  10. Red.Devil
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Best 4.5 Watford Defender, Holebas or Kabasele?

    1. Root
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Kabasele

    2. Demel
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Holebas had some good stats last season. So did Kiko Ferminia. Not a club I am looking at but they do tend to make good starts to seasons so they might be a good source of players.

      1. Root
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        A stat: Kabasele had 5 goals in his 37 starts for Watford.

        1. Sterling is £11Mill..…
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 18 days ago

          nice

        2. Red.Devil
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Good stat, cheers!

  11. Sterling is £11Mill..…
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 18 days ago

    I havent seen one RMT with Doucoure in. No love for Watford? First three fixtures are:
    Brighton (H)
    Burnley (A)
    Palace (H)

    He started last season pretty well, I remember because my mate had him and I was like why has he got him? Then he kept getting points dammit. He has been in my team ages, think he will be there in GW1

    1. Demel
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      4 words. Regression to the mean.

    2. Nose for baps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 18 days ago

      He is more expensive (6.0) now 🙁 And fixtures 5,6 and 8 are not good.

      1. Sterling is £11Mill..…
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 18 days ago

        im not keeping him for 8 weeks, probably wont be there for 5 weeks unless he is doing really well.

    3. Somalion
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Owned him for a lot of his goals last season.

      His role in the team changed a bit halfway through and that's kinda reflected in the stats. 6 goals first half of the season, 1 goal in the second half.

      That said, he got 4 assists in the 2nd half of the season and none in the first half.

      I'd be worried his goal threat has diminished but if he returned to his first half of the season role he'd be a great choice.

  12. Auboomerang
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Milivojevic is going to be one of the most annoying players not to own. I agree with most on here that he's slightly overpriced. He's probably in every single template if he was 5.5.

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      I actually think he’s under priced.

      Has a midfielder ever scored 10 league goals & started at 6.5m he following year? Thta’s Unheard of value.

      1. Auboomerang
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I think the issue is that most of the goals came from pens. You're basically banking on Palace getting pens to see any decent returns.

        1. Girth Brooks
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          This

        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          I think the bigger picture is that palace are set up to draw a lot of fouls in the attacking third, which naturally translates into above average awards of penalties(and DFK’s at which Mili is also a specialist). If Zaha stays this won’t change, so I wouldn’t expect a change in the amount of fouls they draw, probably an increase if anything. Also Mili didn’t get to take pens at the start of the year until bentekkers missed.

          Another often forgotten aspect of Mili’s game is just how dangerous he is from corners, he is an excellent header of the ball, so overall he has many many ways to score. He ALSO started off the year playing OOP as centre half in a de boer team that lost their first 5 matches.

          Seriously good value imo & as I say I think they may have underpriced him, if he repeats last year, (and as per above he has everything going for him to do this) he should easily be a 7.5 next year, if not an 8.0!

          1. Girth Brooks
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            You raise some interesting points. I would like to know how many goals he scored from open play. If all were from the spot, you're right it could be a similar return but I'd rather own players who have the possibility for more.

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              I don’t think you can ask for much more for a 6.5 to be honest, penalties & DFK’s in a team which win an above average amount of both. Headers from corners, clean sheet points. He’s not a 9.5 remember, he’s not going to score 20 goals a year or anything, but really think he’s underpriced at 6.5. If he repeats last year there’ll be a lot of folks kicking themselves for missing the obvious

              1. Girth Brooks
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                I just think at 6.5 there are other options who although may not be as consistent or safe as Mili offer bigger upside. Rich, Jota, even Delu to name a few.

                You're right that at 6.5 - you're likely not going to get 20 goals but it is also a price range you can take risks with. One that I'm monitoring is Gray from LEI.

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Absolutely, but I think the other options are wildcards, they could be good, or they could be crap, we just don’t know. We do know what we’re getting with Mili, I think he’s the pick of the 6.5’s to start with until we see which of he others are worth getting, if any. Theo & Jota look best positioned, I’m not convinced by Richarlisons sketchy form for Watford, both with & without silva, but he could come good. Theo has done it before, but has also disappointed many times. Jota is OOP & basically a striker but isn’t making a big step up.

                  My money is on Mili being the strongest out of that pack of 6.5’s. & making the step up to a higher price bracket for next year. If Zaha stays.

                  If Zaha goes, all bets are off.

                  1. Girth Brooks
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    I agree. Assuming Jota and others don't sky rocket in price too quickly it's an easy switch if they catch form.

                    Re: Richarlisons forms. I read a post the other day that was saying that because of the Brazilian's league calendar and when he transferred over by the time we got into the second half of the season he'd already played a full one. In total he played 14-ish straight months. The mans had a break and hopefully can put together a full season of top play.

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 18 days ago

                      That’s very interesting actually. For a brief period Richarlison looked like he was well on the way to becoming the next Mahrez but then he just faded so spectacularly.

                      If he recaptures that early form people will be tearing up their teams to get him in.

                  2. Johnny Leghorn
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Fab at 6.5 could be reinvigorated by Sarri. He has pedigree.

    2. Athletico Timbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      He is one of the most ridiculous picks and whoever owns him should feel ashamed.

      1. Auboomerang
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I disagree but this still made me LOL for some reason. I'll give you a +1

        1. Pieterke30
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          If you pay 6.5 for Milivojevic you dont deserve to finish the season in the top 1 million

          1. Auboomerang
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 18 days ago

            You don't deserve to finish in the top 2 million because of your reading comprehension.

    3. feed feo
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Touch of the Yaya's about him. Wonder have any of the top six exercised the option of Yaya for free?

  13. stat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    A) Sakho + Sane
    B) PvA + Mahrez

  14. RUUD!
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Anyone have Lacazette? Seen him in no RMT’s and looks a good differential from Auba at 9.5

    1. Girth Brooks
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      I want to see exactly how they line up before I grab either. Having two less favourable fixtures to start out with is kinda a blessing.

  15. Girth Brooks
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    14.5 on 1 defender and 1 fwd
    Currently on Arnie and Bdavies but not feeling sold on it yet. Other options?

  16. Sterling is £11Mill..…
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Anyone got some list of 4.0 defenders, 4.5 mids & 4.5 forwards who are likely starters?

    1. Girth Brooks
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Wan B is all you need!

    2. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Bennett wolves defender 4.0

      Two cardiff mids ward gunnarsson.
      Particularly ward because he is virutally an extra second striker.
      I doubt Cardiff will have the financial muscle to sign many players.
      Plus not many will be drawn by the allure of Wales in comparison to other options.

  17. Another Hoops
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Decent chance I don't own either Laca or Auba this season. If I'm spending money on a forward it's going to be Kane or Firmino.

  18. Fordy40
    3 months, 17 days ago

    What’s your thoughts folks ?

    Ederson
    Robertson Otamendi Azpilicueta
    Mikhitarian Sane Richarlison Jota
    Vardy Firminho Arnautovic

    Subs. Fabianski

    1. Fordy40
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Oops. Subs. Fabianski Steve Cook, Peltier & Yarmolenko

      £1.5m in the bank

    2. Johnny Leghorn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Too much on def in my opinion. Weak frontline.

  19. MrYev
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Is Mahrez nailed gw1?

    1. Johnny Leghorn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Gotta be with others on world cup extended break.

  20. MrYev
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Which palace keeps is gonna start gw1 henne or guita?

  21. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Anyone play the telegraph fantasy football game before?

    It seems to be easy to cobble a team together.
    Only 40 transfers for the year so picking starters with a good run of fixtures seems to be key.
    You do not seem to have to pick any captain choice, which is a bit of a disaster for my username... 😀

  22. dejasd
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Thoughts on squad

    begovic (fabianski)

    Shaw,robertson,cedric (jagielka,tomkins)

    salah,richarlison,sane,sanchez (ward)

    austin,firmino,zaha

  23. Catastrophe
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Sane, Mahrez, Shaw -> Aguero, Pedro, Mendy then:(

  24. Glory Glory Man Utd.
    3 months, 15 days ago

    I think my squad formation below ensures I will finish in the top 1% of players on FPL. Balance throughout the squad. What do you think?

    Fabianski

    Alonso-Otamendi-Bellerin-Azpilicueta

    Gross-Eriksen-Salah-De Bruyne

    Zaha-Arnautovic