Scout Notes

Arnautovic injury opens door for more striker changes

An injury to Marko Arnautovic may cause further widespread changes among Fantasy Premier League squads.

His owners will be sweating on a hamstring problem in the coming days and will have their eyes on alternatives already.

Meanwhile, there was disappointment for Felipe Anderson owners as a host of differential options helped West Ham to their latest win.

West Ham United 3-1 Cardiff City

Goals: Lucas Perez x2 (£6.2m), Michail Antonio (£6.8m) | Josh Murphy

Assists: Robert Snodgrass x2 (£5.3m), Arthur Masuaku (£4.3m) | Sean Morrison (£4.7m)

Marko Arnautovic (£7.2m) could be the next player to leave the Fantasy Premier League template after he was taken off injured in West Ham’s win over Cardiff. The Austrian forward went down clutching his hamstring and it seems unlikely he will feature too much over the Christmas period. The return to fitness of Andy Carroll (£5.4m) as well as the form of Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez (£6.2m) and Lucas Perez (£6.2m) mean that Manuel Pellegrini has plenty of options to replace him. If he is set for some time on the sidelines, the popularity of Callum Wilson (£6.9m) and Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.6m) should rise accordingly.

“It is a hamstring injury, we will see tomorrow.” – Manuel Pellegrini

Also stepping up as a potential alternative option at West Ham was Robert Snodgrass (£5.3m) who recorded two assists in the win. Since returning from suspension in Gameweek 14 he has started two matches in a row while Grady Diangana (£4.5m) has featured for just 14 minutes. The Scottish international was also subbed after 75 minutes at the London Stadium suggesting that Manuel Pellegrini is keen to use him again in Gameweek 16. Snodgrass’ two assists were a delivery on the creative promise he’s shown this season. In the last four Gameweeks, he had created more chances than Felipe Anderson (£7.1m), who came out of the 3-1 win with just two points.

The only reason that Lukasz Fabianski (£4.5m) did not get his first home clean since Gameweek 6 was because of a scrappy late Cardiff City goal. The Bluebirds had not particularly threatened in the match and the Hammers were certainly on course for a well-deserved shut-out. In contentious circumstances, Josh Murphy (£4.8m) bundled the ball over the line deep into stoppage time with Fabianski obstructed from being able to make a save. However, his owners will still be content with his first-half penalty save and eight-point haul.

Fabian Balbuena (£4.4m) missed out on the match with his recent injury problems. He was considered a doubt for the encounter but was fit enough for the bench, although he did not come on.

Michail Antonio (£6.8m) got his first goal of the season, a header from one of Snodgrass’ corners. It was an impressive display from him but Fantasy managers looking at West Ham options should probably exercise caution. The midfielder was deployed at right-back, not for the first time in his Hammers’ career, allowing first-choice Pablo Zabaleta (£4.3m) could have a rest. With Ryan Fredericks (£4.6m) still out injured, Antonio may well be the preferred alternative to Zabaleta at right-back during this busy period where rotation will be rife.

Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere (£4.8m) was entirely absent from the matchday squad having sustained a minor pain in his ankle.

“Jack (Wilshere) has a small pain in his ankle, not the one he injured before. If he is not 100 per cent then I was not going to select him.” – Manuel Pellegrini

Joe Ralls (£4.7m) announced himself as Cardiff City’s penalty taker but his time in that position may be short-lived after seeing his poor effort saved.

It was a poor night for Cardiff and their Fantasy options. A number of them are still playing out-of-position, so to speak with Callum Paterson (£5.3m) the centre-forward once again and Victor Camarasa (£4.6m) deployed on the right flank of the attack.

Murphy has now featured only as a substitute in two of his last three matches while, as we already mentioned, the circumstances of his headed goal were fortuitous at best.

West Ham XI (4-4-2): Fabianski; Masuaku, Ogbonna, Diop, Antonio; F Anderson, Rice, Noble, Snodgrass (Diangana 75′); Arnautovic (L Perez 40′), Chicharito (Carroll 64′).

Cardiff XI (4-1-4-1): Etheridge; Bennett, Bamba, Morrison, Ecuele Manga; Gunnarsson; Hoilett (Murphy 64′), Arter, Ralls (Mendez-Laing 64′), Camarasa; Paterson (Harris 73′).

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1,129 Comments Post a Comment
  1. KingOllie
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 22 hours ago

    Im gonna be very salty if Digne or Richarlison are benched. Probably both will with how tihs GWK is going

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      Don't see why they should. Newcastle can be obstinate.

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        Baines is still perfectly capable of playing games here and there, if Digne misses out I will probably cry. On -5 so far this...

    2. Black Knights
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      Richi was taking plenty of kicks at Anfield. I almost changed him to Siggy on WC, and am worried that i didn't. Tosun could do a job v Newcastle, too.

  2. wasp3000
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 22 hours ago

    Will Aubam go up or Arnie do down in price tonight? Wouldn't mind an extra day to mull things over as have to take a hit to fund the move.

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      I’d say they won’t let Auba go up, he can’t go up 4 days in a row, that’s just ridiculous

      1. Kanchelskis
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 22 hours ago

        They do seem to manipulate it, but surely they can't actually. Can they?

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          I think they do in some cases.... moreso for drops, but if Auba rises 4 days in a row that would be hilarious. I hope he does btw but I couldn’t see it.

          Then again if he scores tonight...

          1. Kanchelskis
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            Only got him last night. I'd love it if I got a raise in selling price before next GW even starts.

    2. PURPLE-RONNIE
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      Probably both won’t move tonight

    3. MASTER ROSHI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      Auba had 3 rises in 3 days, I only see him rising again if he hauls tonight

    4. Rocky.007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      Very unlikely.

    5. FPLGraham
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      Neither are close at the moment.

    6. GoonSquad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      If Auba gets a brace he'll rise. If Arnie turns red he'll drop is my guess with mass exodus.

  3. PURPLE-RONNIE
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 22 hours ago

    So how’s the team shaping up lads am I gtg? Took a -4

    Fabianski

    Alonso Doherty Robb Digne

    Anderson Sane Martial Rich

    Auba Kane

    Subs: AWB Success Hojb

    4.2 in bank
    Next week Martial to Sterling

    1. PURPLE-RONNIE
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      F Anderson

  4. simong1
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      A or B?

      A) Sterling, Fraser & Ederson
      B) Sterling, Martial/Bilva & Fabianski

      (already have Laporte & Wilson)

      1. Kanchelskis
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 22 hours ago

        A

    • Auboomerang
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      "F.Anderson"

      Because nobody knows who you mean if you just say Anderson.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 22 hours ago

        They might think you’re referring to the little pot bellied scamp that played for Man Utd

        1. Auboomerang
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          hahaha

        2. skeyrd
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          "little pot bellied scamp" this accurate image made me spit out my coffee, well played sir

        3. Jules Rimet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          haha jesus

        4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          He was a scamp allright! haha

      2. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 22 hours ago

        What about P.Anderson?

      3. Black Knights
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        Was thinking the same. 'Felipe' or 'Anderson' are fine.

    • Jafoole_88
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      sorry if this already covered,

      any spurs fans know the likelihood of Son starting against Southampton tonight? thanks

    • TaiwanHC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      On a WC. Pick one:

      A. Lacazette + Sane + Trippier + Laporte
      B. Aubameyang + Son + Alonso + Digne

      Thanks guys!

      1. fenixri
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 22 hours ago

        B

      2. FPLGraham
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        12 days, 22 hours ago

        B

      3. Kanchelskis
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 22 hours ago

        B

      4. MASTER ROSHI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 22 hours ago

        A

      5. Jules Rimet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        12 days, 22 hours ago

        B

      6. simong1
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          A

      7. Auboomerang
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 22 hours ago

        M.Arnautovic & M.Salah > H.Kane & F.Anderson? (-4)

        1. Kanchelskis
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          Yes

        2. Captain Kakaroto
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          The exect move i considering. But lets see how salah do today. If its more then 10 and his min are manage than he stats.

          1. Captain Kakaroto
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            **stays

        3. Typo
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          Pref Marko.A & Mohammed.S > Raheem.S & Callum.W

          Rather just the striker transf this week. Saves you the -4

      8. Kanchelskis
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 22 hours ago

        Feel happy with this, but also feel that I have missed something. Have I gone stupid?
        Fabianski
        Robertson, VVD, TAA
        Sané, Snodgrass, Sterling, Dilva, Richarlison
        Lacazette, Aubameyang
        Steele, Doherty, AWB, Success
        Doh, AWB, Snod rotate well, Success seems nailed if required
        No Spurs obvious issue, that aside, have I gone stupid?

        1. GoonSquad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          Triple City mids when some weeks 2 of 3 will not start seems overkill.

          1. Kanchelskis
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            Thanks. Any opinion on double Gunners? I guess you know better than me from yoyr name/grav.

        2. Bavarian
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            Robertson and VVD combination at the back can work so well...

        3. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          What do I do here lads? So many injuries all of a sudden:/ I'd like to ship out Mahrez as he is a rotation risk but think I got more pressing issues.

          Rui,Ryan
          Alonso,Robbo*,Kola,Bennett,WB
          Sane,Mane*,Mahrez,Rich,Billing
          Kane,Arnie*,Wilson

          1. Kanchelskis
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            Think Mahrez will play plenty over next few and can always do well even if he doesn't start. Arnie def needs to go.

            1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
              • 4 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              True that, cheers

          2. MASTER ROSHI
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            If you have 2FT could do Robbo Mane Arnie > TAA Anderson Auba?

        4. willl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          Which move would you do to fund Arnautovic to Lacazette?:

          A) Alonso to 5.2m defender (Pereira)
          B) Robertson to 4.5m defender (Balbuena/Schindler)
          C) Martial to 5.8m midfielder (Pritchard/Snodgrass)
          D) Richarlison to 5.1m midfielder (Pritchard)

          Currently think D is the best option, but B is also tempting due to Liverpools fixtures.

          1. Kanchelskis
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            A or C. B only if Robbo injury serious.

          2. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            C

        5. Bat Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          TAA if going to get rested in the weekend isn't he. That will mean between him, Arnie, Billing and Bennett I may have 4 players out.

          Should take the hit for Salah Arnie to Felipe Auba?

          1. KingOllie
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            those transfers look good.

            salah may even play reduced mins vs bournemouth

            1. Bat Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              Cheers boss

        6. philm33
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          Mulling over WC teams, this is what I've come up with. Thoughts?

          Fab - Pat
          Balbuena - Holding - AWB - Robbo - Laporte
          Hogg - Sane - Fraser - Eriksen - Felipe Anderson
          Mitro - Auba - Kane

          1. PURPLE-RONNIE
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            I’d find a way to fit sterling in instead of Eriksen, free .5 up downgrading pat to hamer

        7. BigBarn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          Afternoon, all.

          Do you think we're underestimating the potential of Chicharito as a swap for Arnie? Maybe it seems too obvious, but he'll obviously be playing lots now, West Ham's next six fixtures are the absolute best and his stats over the past two GWs (very small sample-size, I know) are world-class.

          He's currently priced at 6.2.

          1. PlayPercentage
            • 8 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            It seems an obvious move, which I will probably make. Andy Carroll is back, though.

            1. BigBarn
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              Yeah, but can't see him suddenly playing a huge number of minutes - would seem a more obvious sub to keep the wee man fresh? I also can't see them both playing together, mind, although that would surely increase Chicha's appeal.

              I dunno. Haven't seen much chat about him but I'm suddenly really tempted. Frees-up a nice chunk of change.

          2. MASTER ROSHI
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            I'm also considering this

          3. Kanchelskis
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            Think he could be amazing.

          4. avfc82
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            I didn't see the game last night but from looking at the stats, he didn't register a shot did he? Also hauled off just after 60 mins.

        8. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          -8 for this?
          Arnie, Salah, Duffy (idiot) > Kane, Sane, Chambers (warm my bench)

          Dependant on behaviour tonight by Salah and Kane a little too

        9. altan8797
          • 2 Years
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          hazard to punish non-believers tonight?

          1. Kanchelskis
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            Amen to that.

          2. RedArrows
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            Yeah! He might get another assist to go with the one with which he punished the non-believers from last GW.

            1. altan8797
              • 2 Years
              12 days, 21 hours ago

              you atheist!

              1. RedArrows
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                12 days, 21 hours ago

                🙂

          3. Gunner Boy
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            Yeah

        10. Jules Rimet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          Who else is trying to save the WC until after GW19 but before GW20?

          O/

          1. altan8797
            • 2 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            me, and I have no idea why 😀 first it was gw12 than I convinced myself for gw 15 and now waiting for the exact deadline between gw19-20.

            1. Jules Rimet
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              I think its because we reckon our teams are good enough to protect our rank and we reckon that the latest possible WC will give us that extra needed push when template is all different from now. You agree?

              1. altan8797
                • 2 Years
                12 days, 21 hours ago

                I like to think that way but my points suggest otherwise

          2. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            I was but now considering using it this week. Will see after tonight

          3. teneighty
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            o/

            The Arnie news is testing my patience though.

        11. tricky80
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          Anyone thinking Redmond may improve output with Hasenhüttl? Lookman was pulling up trees under him.

          1. dmkp
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            He is on my watch list now

        12. RedArrows
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          Forget Aubamakane, it's all about the Halexandre.

        13. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          Sane > Mane? ( If fit for GW16 )
          Already have Sterling but no Pool midfielder. Sane will have Chelsea and I def want a Liverpool mid for the xmas period. Sane could be rested in GW17 or GW18 anyways.

          1. PURPLE-RONNIE
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            Nah I’d rather have double Man City mids

        14. Paddington Bear
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          Exact cash to do,
          Arnie, Salah, Duffy
          To
          Lacazette, Alli, Trippier

          Tonight’s games are huge.

          Considering the 3 I’m getting rid of won’t score much the weekend since salah possibly getting a rest before Napoli

          1. MTPockets
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            But Alli/Trippier wouldn't be rested before Barcelona?

        15. Jellyfish
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 22 hours ago

          Best budget mid replacement for Stephens?
          Thinking Mousaki possibly? Any better options out there?

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            why do you want to replace stephens ?

          2. MTPockets
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            Masuaku? Stephens has just finished his 3 game ban

            1. Jellyfish
              • 6 Years
              12 days, 21 hours ago

              I need to find an extra 0.1 for my WCT

        16. PengTingCalledAlisson
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            fanderson or son for the run of games? already have Kane. Spurs double up could be rewarding or is anderson safer due to minutes.

            1. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              Son

          • unitednations
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            Can’t wait to wC in gw17 but really struggling with a captaincy choice for gw16 so best option for one week?

            1) Fabianski + Sane + Martial + Kane (c) and loose 0.2m in value with the arnie and martial price drop

            2) Patricio + Sane + Martial + Auba (c). and loose 0.3m in value with arnie/martial price drop and Kane hokey cokey

            3) Patricio + Martial + Kane + Auba (c) (-4) and gain 0.1m

            4) Patricio + Sane + Kane + Laca (c) (-4) and gain 0.2m by avoiding the arnie/martial price drop

          • farmerfat
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            Sterling didnt play, Alonso and Robbo doubts, terrible bench..... gonna be a tough evening !

            1. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              You'll have loads of company so at least you're not alone 🙂

          • kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            Currently own hazard salah and Arnie... thinking of using wc to sell those 3 us more obviously and bring in sterling auba... and laca.

            Too much gambling in both arsenal forwards? Easy to switch 1 plus a mid out if going wrong

          • AJ24
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            Rate my WC Team

            Fabianski, Hart
            Alonso, Alex-Arnold, Bavies, Bennett, Wan-Bissaka
            Sterling, Perreya, Anderson, Richarlison, Camarasa
            Kane, Aubemanyang, Jimenez

            0.1ITB

          • seewhyaxe
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            Fellow wildcarders, are you still keeping Alonso?

            If not, who are you getting in place?

            1. MGD
              • 2 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              I swapped for Bellerin... but i have Kepa so i still have coverage

            2. AJ24
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              12 days, 21 hours ago

              I was putting him specifically in... Chelsea look like these have a great run.

              1. seewhyaxe
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                12 days, 21 hours ago

                they do have decent fixtures ahead.

                With so much valued locked in on Alonso, not sure if getting rid now is a wise decision.

                Really tempted though, as it unlocks more funds for better mids

            3. The Big Fella
              • 2 Years
              12 days, 21 hours ago

              I kept him but then I also kept Arnie too so what do I know?

            4. grumpyman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              12 days, 21 hours ago

              Lost on my wildcard a few weeks ago and have enjoyed the extra points and cash so far. I'm sure he'll haul sooner or later, but I doubt I'll lose out much if at all in the long term.

            5. Jellyfish
              • 6 Years
              12 days, 21 hours ago

              I’m swapping out for Luiz

          • The Big Fella
            • 2 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            If Mitrovic gets another yellow, it is just a 1 match ban right?

            1. MTPockets
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              12 days, 21 hours ago

              yes

              1. The Big Fella
                • 2 Years
                12 days, 21 hours ago

                Cheers! Might just go with him to be honest for an Arnie replacement unless Manuel says outright one of his 3 strikers is guaranteed a starting spot

          • KingoftheRunts
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            Who looks the best arnie replacement? tempted by a straight swap to chicarito or perez, although they seem chasey. Carroll so far from nailed too