Scout Notes

Groundhog Day for Aguero as Sterling sits out City’s rout of Burnley

Our second set of Scout Notes from Gameweek 9 focuses on two matches contested on Saturday afternoon.

Sergio Aguero is now the leading goalscorer among Fantasy Premier League forwards after he scored his sixth of the season in Manchester City’s 5-0 win over Burnley, but the Argentinean forward once again had his minutes managed.

Raheem Sterling, meanwhile, watched the match from the bench as an unused substitute.

There were blanks for Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson, Joshua King and Danny Ings as the defences won out in a stalemate on the south coast between Bournemouth and Southampton.

Manchester City 5-0 Burnley

  • Goals: Sergio Aguero (£11.3m), Bernardo Silva (£7.6m), Fernandinho (£5.4m), Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m), Leroy Sane (£9.2m)
  • Assists: David Silva (£8.5m) x2, Fernandinho, Benjamin Mendy (£6.3m)

It was a match of few surprises at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon, though Pep Guardiola’s midfield rotation policy left another set of Fantasy managers frustrated at missing out on the Manchester City goal bonanza.

There were several eminently predictable outcomes: Sergio Aguero (£11.3m) got his token goal and was withdrawn just after the hour mark, City’s defence recorded a clean sheet, Benjamin Mendy (£6.3m) registered an assist, the league champions racked up more big chances than any other Premier League side this weekend and Burnley conceded the most shots on target in Gameweek 9.

What wasn’t quite as anticipated was the omission of Raheem Sterling (£11.2m) from Guardiola’s starting XI for this routine victory over the Clarets.

Sterling had been transferred in by over 220,000 FPL managers ahead of Gameweek 9 (and was the most-bought City asset of this round), following a run of six successive league starts and a brace in England’s 3-2 win over Spain last Monday.

Those international exertions might have played a part in Guardiola’s thinking, of course, with Sterling racking up more minutes for his national team than any of the other options available to the City coach in midfield or attack yesterday. That the Citizens now have to travel to Ukraine for an infinitely trickier-looking Tuesday night encounter with Shakhtar Donetsk may have been at the front of Guardiola’s thoughts, too.

A couple of poor displays from Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m) and Leroy Sane (£9.2m) on the flanks might have softened the blow for Sterling’s owners regarding the frequency of his future involvement but the two wingers were among several star performers at Eastlands yesterday.

Mahrez especially was a strong contender for man of the match, scoring City’s fourth with a sublime curling shot and making four key passes – two of which were superbly crafted “big chances” spurned by Aguero early in the first half.

The Algerian international, who missed a penalty in the 0-0 draw with Liverpool a fortnight ago, was once again at the centre of City’s attacking play, trailing only Aguero for efforts on goal and shots in the box at the Etihad yesterday.

No player on show in Manchester created more chances than Mahrez, either.

Speaking of the Algerian midfielder, Guardiola said:

He [Mahrez] played so good at Anfield, that’s why I decided to play him again. It was not easy playing there with a lot of personality, football can happen but only takers can miss penalties.

He scored an incredible goal [vs. Burnley], but an aggressive approach with the ball to go to the full-backs, the movement between the full-backs, especially in the second half with Phil, [Foden] was so good. The second half Bernardo [Silva] moved better in that position and we made a good performance.

But we knew it. [Mahrez] is a talented player and a guy who likes to play with the ball and he doesn’t miss balls. In the box, he is a dangerous guy because he can go to the byline or score with his left or his right, he is a good signing for us.

Sane meanwhile had more penalty box touches than anyone in this rout of Burnley, scoring City’s fifth goal with one of his three attempts and terrorising Matthew Lowton (£4.8m) throughout – though was lucky to avoid a red card for a late kick out on the Burnley right-back.

Sane’s goal came from a low Mendy cross and this was the first match this season in which the two left-footed players had been paired together on the same flank.

Mendy delivered more crosses than anyone else at the Etihad yesterday and created three chances, but it’s stating the obvious to say his numbers are somewhat inferior playing in a back four with a natural wide-man in Sane ahead of him to the attacking KPIs he recorded when lined up in a 3-5-2 earlier this season. Mendy’s number of touches in the final third, touches in the opposition half, passes received in the final third, penalty box touches, goal attempts and crosses were down by 50% or more on the numbers he posted in the Gameweek 2 demolition of Huddersfield.

The numbers are all relative, of course, and despite the drop-off in underlying statistics Mendy still created more chances this weekend than all other FPL defenders bar Joe Bennett (£4.5m).

For the 51.7% of FPL managers who own Aguero, Saturday was Groundhog Day. The Argentinean forward was withdrawn after 65 minutes for the third Gameweek running having again only scored once.

There is nothing wrong with Aguero’s underlying statistics: the long-serving striker had more goal attempts, efforts in the box and big chances than any player on show at the Etihad and indeed all other FPL forwards on Saturday.

That he emerged from the rout over the Clarets with another single-digit (below ten points) FPL return – his eighth in nine Gameweeks – was all the more frustrating, then, particularly given that he was once again the overwhelming captaincy choice this weekend.

His match was summed up when one of his four big chances – a rebound from a saved David Silva (£8.5m) header – ended up drifting out for a throw-in.

Fantasy owners could look at Aguero’s displays and underlying stats in one of two ways: that one big haul in nine Gameweeks and 65 minutes per appearance simply isn’t good enough for a premium forward, or that he is reliably ticking over ahead of an imminent repeat performance of the one he delivered in Gameweek 2 against Huddersfield. Cashing in on Aguero would certainly be a brave move given his sky-high ownership.

There will be those FPL bosses who immediately move Sterling on after his no-show yesterday – the England winger is already the third-most-sold midfielder of this round – but as David Silva and Bernardo Silva (£7.6m) have proven this season and again yesterday, it is perhaps advisable to just stick with one City midfielder for an extended period of time and accept that the occasional rest will happen.

Bernardo scored City’s second goal after a David Silva cut-back, with the diminutive Spaniard’s underlying creativity finally paying dividends for his owners with two assists (the other being for Aguero’s opener). No midfielder has created more chances than David Silva this season, but the long-serving City schemer hadn’t registered a league assist in 2018/19 before Saturday.

The two Silvas lined up in a midfield three with Fernandinho (£5.4m), who top-scored in this fixture with a goal and assist of his own.

Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m) will soon be another name to contend with in those central midfield positions and the Belgian playmaker made his long-awaited comeback from injury with a 32-minute cameo.

Speaking of the influential De Bruyne’s return, Guardiola said:

Kevin is quick. There is no pain, he is so strong. He needs minutes that is why playing 30 minutes is important.

We will see about Shakhtar. We have three years together, so when we say something he knows straight away what to do.

He is a guy who will help us achieve. Our first target is the result, which we feel is a consequence of how we play. And since the beginning, we said that.

The City backline recorded their fifth straight clean sheet and sixth shutout of the season overall, with Ederson and Aymeric Laporte (both £5.7m) keeping up their ever-present record and maintaining their statuses as the safest – if not the most exciting – routes into the Sky Blues’ defence. Kyle Walker‘s (£6.6m) owners missed out on the clean sheet points, though, with the England defender missing from the match-day squad with a reported groin problem.

There will seldom be easier days for Ederson: the Brazilian wasn’t forced into a single save, with two Sam Vokes (£5.3m) headers from Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£6.0m) deliveries the closest the visitors came to troubling the City goal.

Steven Defour (£5.4m) made his Premier League return from injury in central midfield, meanwhile.

Joe Hart (£4.6m) at least compensated for his loss of clean sheet with another save point, with Burnley’s defence once again offering little protection to their goalkeeper in allowing 24 shots on goal – ten of which were on target.

The porous nature of the Clarets’ backline should at least offer plenty of encouragement for Eden Hazard (£11.4m) and co. when Chelsea visit Turf Moor next weekend.

As well as bemoaning the controversial nature of City’s second goal (the ball looking like it had rolled out for a goal kick before Silva’s pass) and several other refereeing decisions, Dyche highlighted the naivety of his side’s defending in stopping play in the build-up to that Bernardo strike:

I’ve seen it back. With the best view we can get of it the ball was out of play – forget about everything else. The biggest learning curve, I was saying to the players afterwards, you have to stay focused and then afterwards remonstrate.

The problem was we were that locked in that moment we didn’t let it go and then they scored from a really soft corner and the game’s gone then. We’re not getting back here at 3-0.

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Stones, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy; B Silva (De Bruyne 58′), Fernandinho, D Silva (Foden 75′); Mahrez, Aguero (Jesus 66′), Sane.

Burnley XI (4-4-1-1): Hart; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Lennon (Westwood 69′), Cork, Defour (Barnes 75′), Gudmundsson; Hendrick, Vokes (Wood 69′).

Bournemouth 0-0 Southampton

Ryan Fraser (£6.0m) once again shrugged off a fitness concern that curtailed his involvement over the international break to start for Bournemouth in the league – but there was to be no repeat of the 18-point heroics of Gameweek 5 at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Scottish winger indeed failed to test Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) in the Saints goal and only created one chance for his team-mates before being withdrawn on 77 minutes.

Fraser was far from alone in being below-par, with Bournemouth not really posing the threat they had exhibited in recent weeks when putting four past goals past both Leicester and Watford.

Eddie Howe said:

We didn’t get going. It is frustrating because we know we can play better than that. We have to look at ourselves and analyse that game and come back better. A draw is probably a fair result.

Howe had named an unchanged side for this encounter with Southampton after that win over the Hornets before the international break, but with Junior Stanislas (£6.0m) and Jordon Ibe (£5.1m) waiting in the wings, the concern over Fraser and David Brooks‘ (£5.1m) security of starts going forward may have crept up a level or two following this stalemate on the south coast.

Brooks, who had scored two goals in as many matches coming into Gameweek 9, shanked his only effort wide in the first half and for the second time in three league fixtures was substituted before the clock had passed 60 minutes. Both he and Fraser only recorded one penalty box touch apiece.

Callum Wilson (£6.4m) posed little threat in attack, heading his only half-chance wide, and it was Joshua King (£6.4m) – in keeping with the underlying statistics we highlighted last weekend – who represented Bournemouth’s main outlet up front.

The Norwegian striker, who had himself been an injury doubt coming into this match, sliced the best of his three chances wide in the second half after a Wilson cut-back.

Nathan Ake (£5.0m) demonstrated his threat from set pieces by nodding a Fraser corner straight at McCarthy, but the fact that Bournemouth’s best chance of the match – an air-kick from Adam Smith (£4.5m) when well-placed in the first minute – didn’t even result in a shot on goal said much about the Cherries’ struggles on Saturday.

Wilson, who has a league-high seven assists to his name in 2018/19, at least demonstrated his knack of compensating for a lack of goals by creating both of his side’s big chances.

Bournemouth fared well in our international break assessment of defensive KPIs but they were indebted to several stops from Asmir Begovic (£4.5m) and some profligate finishing from Southampton.

Much like their hosts, two of Southampton’s best chances won’t actually have been recorded as shots: Charlie Austin (£5.5m) dribbled wide when one on one with Begovic, before substitute Stuart Armstrong (£5.1m) kicked air when seeing the whites of the Bosnian goalkeeper’s eyes.

Fellow replacement Manolo Gabbiadini (£5.6m) had perhaps the game’s best opportunity, nodding over in stoppage time with the Bournemouth goal unguarded.

This was the fourth league match in a row in which Southampton had failed to score and their ineffectiveness in front of goal – only Huddersfield Town have a worse conversion rate this season – was writ large here. Austin and Danny Ings (£5.6m) failed to muster a single shot from inside the Bournemouth box, with Ings’ only effort being from outside the Cherries’ area.

Ings dropped in price this week and his remaining owners will have been perturbed by his insistence on drifting wide and deep yesterday. The budget forward indeed didn’t touch the ball once in the Cherries’ box.

Hughes at least seemed pleased with his side’s ability to carve out chances, highlighting the roles that he wants wide-men Nathan Redmond (£5.3m) – who created Gabbiadini’s opportunity – and Mohamed Elyounoussi (£6.3m) to play going forward.

Hughes said:

[The chances] come from people getting out in wide positions and getting good balls into the box.

We’ve talked about trying to get more service to our front men. It’s important if we get in good areas we shouldn’t ignore the actual ball into the box.

Clearly, we want to up our numbers in terms of crosses and good-quality balls into the box.

The clear-cut chances came from good deliveries from wide areas, so that’s something we’re going to build on and make sure we’ve always got in our game.

Those FPL managers who own Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£4.5m) as a fifth midfielder at least have a budget asset on their hands who isn’t afraid of a shot: the Danish international had three sweetly struck efforts on goal, the best of which forced Begovic into a flying tip over.

Hughes reverted to a back four for this match, with Jack Stephens (£4.3m) partnering Wesley Hoedt (£4.4m) in a new-look central defence.

The Saints manager was pleased with his side’s defensive performance, highlighting the work the club had done over the international break in tightening up:

The pleasing part was the way the guys embraced what we talked about during the week.

We did a lot of work with the back four and I think probably some were a little bit surprised with the selection in terms of personnel, but it was a consequence of really the good work that had been done in the week and I felt confident that Wes, Ryan and Jack understood totally what we’re trying to do and I think that helped the rest of the guys, because they were able to press higher up the field.

We had good numbers and were always in connection with each other, and that’s what we were trying to achieve.

Hughes was hopeful that a knee injury picked up by midfielder Mario Lemina (£5.0m) isn’t too serious.

Hughes said:

He got a bang on his ribs just before half-time and went up for a ball and hyperextended his knee as he came down.

He was able to carry on so that would suggest he’s just going to be sore for a couple of days we hope, but we will just have to wait and see how the next two days go. Hopefully, it will just settle down.

Bournemouth XI (4-4-2): Begovic; Francis, S Cook, Ake, Smith; Brooks (Stanislas 59′), Lerma, L Cook, Fraser (Ibe 76′); King (Gosling 85′), Wilson.

Southampton XI (4-4-2): McCarthy; Cedric, Hoedt, Stephens, Bertrand; Elyounoussi, Hojbjerg, Lemina (Armstrong 66′), Redmond; Austin (Long 79′), Ings (Gabbiadini 79′).

 

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  1. The Big Fella
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Which premium defenders are good buys? I currently have Alonso, Mendy and Robertson. I don't want Trippier because he is a rotation risk and so is Mendy and I'd prefer Mendy out of the two of them. I want to downgrade Alonso so I have money to upgrade my midfield. I am debating just getting Lovren to be honest. Any opinions welcome.

    1. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      all good options but you can't have them all. Robbo and Mendy my personal faves

      1. The Big Fella
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Yup mine too. So who would you bring in for Alonso then?

        1. mikess
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          I dropped Alonso for the time being on my wc for those two. This week is ok see how it pans out

          1. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            I did the same but I am very likely to get him back

            1. mikess
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              will undoubtedly own again this season

        2. GreennRed
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Doherty.

          1. The Big Fella
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Definitely considering and definitely regretting not getting him earlier however their fixtures are about to turn

    2. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      when in doubt about a replacement, dont drop a player?

      1. The Big Fella
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Sound advice I think. I am only having trouble with his replacement though, and not with the players I would bring in with the extra cash (Maddison and Martial as well as upgrading Peltier for a playing defender)

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      To me Gomez looks a better bet than Lovren, although the latter is more likely to score a 15 pointer if does play than Gomez would. If you can be sure Lovren starts then he's a great pick.

      1. The Big Fella
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Even doubling up with Robertson?

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Well I went to Robbo and TAA but I am waiting to see whether TAA displaces Lovren. The general philosophy of two LIV defenders looks sound to me - certainly for the time being.

    4. JackJack
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      All 3. Alonso bags a goal and all of a sudden he is flavour of the month again.

      1. The Big Fella
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        I thought this and they have a nice run unitl the end of the season now but if I do that I literally have no moves I can make without selling Kun or Salah. *sigh* I hate this game

    5. Demel
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Stick with Mendy - Robertson- Alonso. The trio will consistently score well.

      1. The Big Fella
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        But if it is just for the occasional goal that Alonso scores, would Rudiger not be just as good an option for 1m less? Will also score (very) occasionally and has CS points.

  2. SUPER 11
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 4 days ago

    best 5.0 defender to replace Vestergaard

    1. GreennRed
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Doherty.

    2. J - Gimme your Mané …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Lovren

  3. mikess
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Hoping Liverpool play same defence as weekend in Europe and we see rotation and TAA back for Sat. Gutted the double up was close to being profitable

    1. GreennRed
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      I think they're sounder defensively with Gomez at RB rather than Arnold.

      1. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        agreed. Gomez oozes class. Think we'll see more rotation from Klopp tho

        1. Jeanz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          it's unfortunate isn't it. lovren could be a good buy going forward.

  4. Jeanz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    bottomed

    Patricio
    TAA Mendy Alonso
    Salah Hazard Richarlison Maddison Fraser
    Aguero Mitro

    Hamer; Bennett, Wan Bis, Kamara

    1FT and 1.1itb

    A) Save
    B) TAA to Doherty/Duffy/Yedlin
    C) Fraser to Gros
    D) Hamer to Fabianski
    E) TAA and Fraser to Robertson and Kenedy (-4)
    F) Fraser and Kamara to 4.3mid and Arnie (-4)
    G) Any other ideas?

    1. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      A I think. TAA possibly starting and Bennett to cover could be enough to roll for me then address with your two

      1. Jeanz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        I'm thinking that. I may look at doing (e) next week for free.

    2. DortmundisLove
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Love the Gross pick but TAA needs to be sorted first. See what happens in CL and go from there.

  5. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Don’t think my OR has been updated yet, same for everyone?

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      funnily enough I 'd thought that - but assumed that I was mistaken. Maybe a rare grey arrow?

    2. g40steve
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Reported this last might in another thread before 10pm.

      Tables not updates yet, need to spend some of the advertising revenue on better systems?

      1. g40steve
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 4 days ago

        I only noticed as I am 3 points behind leader in my ML & Richy got me three points yesterday.
        Anyone still not updated.

    3. Another Hoops
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Same mini league not updated either

    4. Wild Rover
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      They haven't even added yesterdays points

      1. Wild Rover
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        *to total points

    5. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      FPL tower taking a break after a bad week

  6. Baberto
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Ederson Stek
    Azpi Alonso Walker(?) WB Peltier
    Hazard Mane(?) Maddison Schurle Stephens
    Firminho Deenay(?) Arnie

    2 ft available with 2'6 itb
    WC available

    What actions do you guys suggest?

    1. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Some brutal no shows for you this week. Unlucky

      Wait to after CL. Azpi > Robbo would be one transfer for sure

  7. pjanns
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Mané --> Salah
    Firmino --> Arnie

    Ryan
    Tripp - Alonso - TAA
    Mané - Hazard - Maddison - Fraser
    Aguero - Mitro - Firmino

    (Hamer - Bennett - AWB - Højbjerg)

    2 FTs 2,2 ITB.

    Those transfers are ok, right?

    I also Want lacazette, but I'm worried Mané wont start again, and Salah will haul 🙂

    1. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      could work but could massively backfire. Wait on CL. You might not want Laca after tonight too

    2. ROLLING THE DICE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Yep. Worth it.

  8. Bielsa's Binoculars
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Without Salah, who would you captain next week?

    A) Firm

    B) Mane

    C) Hazard

    1. SPorting
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Haz

    2. Stoichkov#8
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      C

    3. J - Gimme your Mané …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      C

    4. ChristoBisto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Depends if Hazard gets over his knock. So probably Mane.

  9. SPorting
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    2FTs to burn again this week. Any advice?

    Ryan
    Alonso, Laporte, Balbuena, Doherty
    Salah, Haz, Rich, Fraser
    Kun, Mitro

    Button, Laporte, Rich, Knockaert

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      No LIV defender is the one big eye catcher. Who is your second Laporte?

      1. SPorting
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Ah. I see I have 2x Laporte.

        The one starting is Robbo 🙂

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Ah - that explains a lot! 😀
          Great team, but don't you have 6 MID and 2 STR?

          1. SPorting
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Fack me. I'm all over the place.

            Ryan, Button
            Alonso, Robbo, Laporte, Doherty, Balbuena
            Haz, Salah, Rich, Fraser, Knockaert
            Kun, MItro, Jimenez

            I'll wait for a new page and try again....

            1. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              😀
              will wait until I come back from our morning walk before I make another comment, but very strong squad.

    2. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      What's going on with your bench ha

      1. SPorting
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Not sure.

        Rage benched Rich and thought better of starting Laporte against TOT. He's no Mendy, you know!

    3. Klein
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      You also have 2 rich lol
      Been drinking alot?

      1. SPorting
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Yes. To celebrate my 57 pts and top 10k!

    4. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Ryan
      Alonso,Robbo, Balbuena, Doherty
      Salah, Haz, Knockaert, Fraser
      Kun, Mitro

      Button, Laporte, Rich, cheap forward?

      Is that what you mean?

      1. SPorting
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Probably. I'll get back to you on this.

        p.s. it's Jimenez

  10. Scotty B
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    I don't see anyone signing Pereya or Martial.

    They have decent fixtures and form. Why is nobody buying them off here?

    1. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      inconsistent

    2. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      I wouldn't begrudge anyone a Martial punt

    3. SPorting
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Martial could be a banger of a move but his real points have come in the last two games and there are better sub-7m options in better teams available.

    4. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Better mid prices options out there.

    5. Stoichkov#8
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Martial rotation risk a bit but Pereyra looks nice

  11. No Mo Salah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 4 days ago

    pls advise on following moves lads :
    a. Henn -> Fab or Ryan for free
    b. Henn/Alonso -> Ederdon/Rudiger for -4
    thx

    1. Minion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      A easily. Fabianski.

    2. SPorting
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Henn -> Ryan

    3. Stoichkov#8
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      A. Fabian

  12. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    FPL league tables are still listed as updating on the status page and my OR and mini league ranks haven't been updated. Anybody else getting this ?

    1. Sliver
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Yep, same for me. Think there must be a problem...

    2. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Mark had a bad GW so they are looking to see if there is a dodgy assist they can give him.

  13. Ludde
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Try again. Used 1 of my 2 FT yesterday already. Did Walker to Robertson. Should I use my second transfer or wait for next week to get 2 free transfers?
    Patricio
    Doherty Alonso Robertson Pereira
    Maddison Hazard Salah(C)
    Aguero Mitrovic Wilson
    Bench: Ryan Richarlison Billing WanB

    1. Klein
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Save

  14. Stoichkov#8
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    3 questions:

    1. Robertson or Mendy
    2. Richarlison or Maddison
    3. Pereyra or Schurrle

    1. SPorting
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      1 R
      2 M
      3 P

    2. Klein
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      1)Probably robbie but i want both
      2) maddi but watch todays game and see
      3) pereyra

    3. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      RMS

  15. Yordan Letchkov
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    2FT, 0.3itb
    Ederson Hamer
    Robbo Luiz Doherty Kabasele WB
    Salah Mane Fraser Neves Stephens
    Kane Vardy Mitro

    Neves Kane to Haz Wilson?

    1. SPorting
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      You want to keep Mane?

    2. Stoichkov#8
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Good move

      1. Stoichkov#8
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        But is Arnie possible?

    3. Klein
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Rumors of hazz fitness. So wait for more news

      1. Stoichkov#8
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Oh yeah, this. Wait for pressers

    4. Yordan Letchkov
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Will keep Mane if available vs CAR.
      Arnie not possible.
      Thoughts on Gray instead of Wilson?

      1. Stoichkov#8
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        How much short to get Haz and Arnie? Maybe -4 and downgrade Kabasele?
        Arnie is good long term pick.

  16. Depldax
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Morning guys
    Wildcard still in tact is there an obvious game week to use it ? Or is this an impossible question?
    I'm in strange territory as I usually use this early doors as soon as soon as I have one bad week !

    1. Klein
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Probably over the next int break or if your team is not looking good.

    2. Depldax
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Cheers!

  17. Yordan Letchkov
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Why was Gray (WAT) benched?

  18. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Morning dzz, can’t believe my luck. For once, I make an early transfer to bring in hazard and now saw some reports of a minor injury scare that he might miss the Burnley match. FFs!!

    Took a hit to bring him in. So if he is injured, worth just pressing the WC button to save the hit and make other changes to team. Team below with 0.6m itb

    Patricio foster
    Robbo alonso Doherty Schindler awb
    Salah hazard Rich Maddison camarasa
    King Kun Ings

    A: WC and recover the hit cost if hazard injured. Will bring in arnie, Mitro on WC and possibly downgrade Robbo to fund it

    B: stick with the transfers I made (shaw/Stephens/Kane > Schindler/hazard/ings (-4)). And have Schindler as first sub which isn’t the worse options

    1. Regin
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Think it's a minor issue and he will play against burnley

  19. Eden Wizard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Any FPL towers communication about OR updates? Desktop also not updated, lol if the game breaks.

    1. Demel
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      If I was you I would prefer not to know what my OR is.

      1. Eden Wizard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 4 days ago

        lol you're 21 points ahead of me yet think you're god 🙂

        1. Annie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Sounds familiar......

          1. Eden Wizard
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            6 months, 4 days ago

            3rd season in a row i've tanned you 🙂 think you'd be used to it now...

            1. Annie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              You're the mathematician now.... Lol. Come back when you've got a top 1k or even top 10k.

              1. Eden Wizard
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                6 months, 4 days ago

                3 years in the dark 🙂

                1. Annie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  6 months, 4 days ago

                  It's two anyway, I finished in the top 10k three years ago, where were you again?

                  1. Eden Wizard
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    6 months, 4 days ago

                    Oh you think you'll beat me this year? lol

                    1. Annie
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      6 months, 4 days ago

                      It's 10 points, less once Maddison scores... Why are you so confident?

                      1. Eden Wizard
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        6 months, 4 days ago

                        A) Maddison is a trap
                        B) I've got wildcard 🙂

                      2. Annie
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        6 months, 4 days ago

                        Nothing in our respective histories suggests a "tanning".

                      3. Eden Wizard
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        6 months, 4 days ago

                        Please stop crying

                      4. Annie
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        6 months, 4 days ago

                        Please stop being a pompous hypocritic.

        2. Demel
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          People just get a bit fed up with the way you act on the board. If you are going to act that way then you have to expect some come back.

          1. Eden Wizard
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            6 months, 4 days ago

            but you're factually inaccurate so, i don't understand? If you'd never finished outside my current OR it'd be correct.

            Thanks.

            1. Demel
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              OR rank has nothing to do with the way you behave on a board.

              1. Eden Wizard
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                6 months, 4 days ago

                Uch you really are dim. You acted like you'd won the argument, i nullified your "winning point".

                I haven't posted since Friday so, you guys clearly love targeting me 😉

                1. Demel
                  • 7 Years
                  6 months, 4 days ago

                  I am not getting drawn into this. But thank you for proving my point.

                  1. Eden Wizard
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    6 months, 4 days ago

                    Not getting drawn in to an argument you started, there's a new one...

                2. Depldax
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  6 months, 4 days ago

                  Nice pic, I'm a big fan of Dory!

                3. ChristoBisto
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 4 days ago

                  Guys, get over yourselves. You both post valid points on these boards, but you can also both be right little b%*ches. Stop thinking if you have a decent rank you can troll people.

                  1. Eden Wizard
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    6 months, 4 days ago

                    THIS.

                    Demel started beef he can't finish.

                    1. Demel
                      • 7 Years
                      6 months, 4 days ago

                      I don't have beef. I find Eden Wizard annoying. But I appreciate that is annoying to other people so I will stop. I certainly wouldn't troll anyone over OR.

                      1. Eden Wizard
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        6 months, 4 days ago

                        "You're a terrible manager" is what you said 🙂

                    2. ChristoBisto
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      6 months, 4 days ago

                      No it is both of you and the is not the only time. If you were my daughters you would both have to take a 5 minute time out. Just chill guys. People in life can be annoying, deal with it.

  20. RidderMorten
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Anyone with knowledge about Brighton? Do you think Knockaert will start GW10, or is he not favored?

    1. Demel
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Gross must be on the verge of a comeback (he is on my watchlist). I would avoid Knockeart for now.

      1. FPL blues
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Demel mate any advice on the below mess?

        1. Demel
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Answered for you pal.

  21. FPL blues
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Any advice on this mess below please:

    Hennesey / Hamer

    Alonso / Zaba / Doherty (Bennet / WB)

    Mane* / Haz* / Rich / Moura (Elney)

    Kane / Aguero / Mtro

    0ITB

    1. ROLLING THE DICE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      If you have 2 FT’s I’d downgrade Kane, maybe take a -4 and replace Hennesey/Zaba/Moura.

    2. Demel
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      I would like Kane/Mane to Arnie/Salah myself.

    3. FPL blues
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      thanks guys am going to think of some -4 options to recover this mess

  22. ROLLING THE DICE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Ederson to Alison in another set and forget (want another City mid), or downgrade to Ryan/Fab and build cash up to replace Ings?

    Ederson (Hamer)
    Alonso Mendy Robbo (Bennet) (AWB)
    Salah Hazard Rich Fraser (Billing)
    Aguero Mitro Ings

    1. Hakuna Morata
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      I believe 4.5 GKs at the end of the season would prove more value over others.
      So would say Go Fab
      You might need an extra liverpool player as well in future.

  23. Hakuna Morata
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Whom would you upgrade to Salah considering form and fixtures?
    A. Richarlison
    B. Fraser

    1. ZeBestee
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Fraser. He can do well in the next few though.

      1. Demel
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Next one maybe. I am in two minds whether to bench him through this run or upgrade him (it will probably be the latter).

        1. ZeBestee
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          I think the best thing to do would be give him the next game and if he doesn't do well, then rid.

          1. Demel
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            I made a one-off early move this week. Tripps > Mendy so I am holding my transfer for now.

            1. Hakuna Morata
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              Thanks for the replies 🙂

  24. Subzero (-4)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Is it just me or had the game not updated? I know I'm probably late to this lol

    1. Demel
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      It hasn't updated.

      1. Subzero (-4)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        No worries, thank you. Wasn't sure if it was just me.

  25. Kopkloppers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    With Hazard injured what is the consensus?
    Swap to Mane/Salah
    Keep if out for 2 weeks

    1. Eden Wizard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Hooooold

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Time limit?
        By the way, Mendy got more points than Kun as I thought. Still C'd Kun though IDIOT!

        1. Demel
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          🙂

        2. Eden Wizard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 months, 4 days ago

          I bought him at 10.6 HOLD

          1. Kopkloppers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            So did I

    2. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      depends for how long he is out, I might be forced to WC... Bench is getting worse week after week

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Say 2 GW's

    3. Demel
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Is Hazard injured?

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Bad back waking up Sunday morning.

        1. Demel
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          He should be fine with a week's rest.

          1. Kopkloppers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Europe?
            Also, back issues have a habit of hanging around. Type of injury that can be serious without realising. Mane sore thumb will heal quicker

            1. Demel
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 4 days ago

              Surely no way will he risked in The Europa League. I think he stays at home and rests and then is fit for the weekend.

    4. Lazaretti
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Keep for sure. My quess he will play against Burnley, resting in midweek.

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Concerning. Back issues can be serious.

        1. Lazaretti
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Seems to be just a bruise or knock. He still played 90 mins. Not possible if you get some serious back problem.

    5. Lazaretti
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      There is a link to The Telegraph. This was posted here earlier today.

      https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2018/10/21/eden-hazard-complains-back-pain-europa-league-doubt-manchester/

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        The mirror link is a bit harsher

  26. Patch
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 4 days ago

    False Fact

    Stephens isn't 4.3 as the article suggests

  27. JaydenLFC87
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Which trio would you rather have from now until Xmas???

    A) Luiz TAA KDB

    B) Rudiger VVD Silva

    Thanks