Scout Notes

Doherty’s perfect week, Jimenez on bench duty and Rondon impresses

Our latest Scout Notes article rounds up all the goals, assists, Fantasy talking points and manager quotes from Sunday’s only Premier League fixture.

Wolverhampton Wanderers followed up their midweek win over Chelsea with a last-ditch victory over ten-man Newcastle United, with – who else – Matt Doherty popping up to hand his side another three points.

Newcastle United 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Goals: Ayoze Perez (£6.1m) | Diogo Jota (£5.9m), Matt Doherty (£5.0m)
  • Assists: Salomon Rondon (£5.8m) | Helder Costa (£4.8m), Diogo Jota

Wolves are one of only two Premier League clubs without a clean sheet in the last eight Gameweeks, but that would scarcely seem to matter with regards to the appeal of Matt Doherty (£5.0m).

While the days of a Wolves defensive double-up are – for now – a thing of the past and the ownerships of Ryan Bennett (£4.2m) and Rui Patricio (£4.6m) slowly ebb away, Doherty’s meteoric rise from unproven Premier League rookie to the second-best value-for-money FPL player of 2018/19 (averaging 14.80 points per million spent, narrowly behind Andrew Robertson’s 14.84) continues unabated.

The Irish wing-back has gained over 1.1 million new owners since Gameweek 1 yet it is somewhat surprising that Doherty still only features in fewer than one in five FPL squads – the abundance of thriving mid-price/premium defensive options this season plus Wolves’ recent woes at the back perhaps accounting for that.

Doherty left it late on Sunday to register his third attacking return in as many games, nodding in the visitors’ winner in stoppage time after what had been a frustrating afternoon for those Fantasy managers who owned the West Midlands’ clubs most popular FPL assets.

Wolves’ defenders lost their clean sheet with less than a quarter of the match played, while Raul Jimenez (£6.1m) – the third-most-bought player of Gameweek 16 – was named only as a substitute and emerged from the bench with half an hour remaining for a dreaded “one-pointer”.

Doherty began the match in fairly restrained manner but came into the match slowly but surely, going on to register more touches in the final third than any other player on show at St. James’ Park.

All three of his efforts on goal came in the final half an hour, meanwhile, with DeAndre Yedlin‘s (£4.5m) dismissal on 56 minutes perhaps a contributing factor in his increasing prominence in the Newcastle box.

Doherty had headed over from a corner and seen a curling shot palmed away by Martin Dubravka (£5.0m) before his last-gasp winner, which came after Diogo Jota‘s (£5.9m) shot had been parried into his path following a lightning-quick breakaway.

The last half an hour was a curious affair, as ten-man Newcastle took the game to their visitors and Nuno Espirito Santo’s troops seemed content to hit the Magpies on the counter-attack.

The Wolves boss acknowledged that his side had been perhaps fortunate to claim all three points:

I think we didn’t do the best of performances.

In the second half, everything changes with the red card of Newcastle, we control the game. And we had more possession.

Trying to find a way is not so easy to unblock a team with one man less. We were lucky in the end, we had chances before, but in the last minute to get a second ball from the goalkeeper. We were lucky, but happy of course.

Jimenez posed more of a threat in half an hour than the lively but wasteful Adama Traore (£5.3m) did in his hour-long showing and the Mexican striker came within inches of scoring his fifth goal of the season with a rasping effort that bounced down off the underside of Dubravka’s bar and out again.

While his owners will rue this one-point return, Jimenez remains an excellent option in the budget strikers’ bracket: in the last four Gameweeks, no FPL forward has recorded more attempts on goal or shots in the box than the Mexico international.

Sunday was a reminder to Santo that, as profligate as Jimenez can be regarding goal conversion, he remains by far Wolves’ biggest attacking threat in attack – and Traore is certainly no suitable deputy as a “number nine”.

Jota is slowly adapting to life in the Premier League, too, after his early-season struggles saw him drop £0.6m in price in FPL – no player has suffered more a price fall in 2018/19 to date.

It could well be that playing with a genuine left-footer behind him in Ruben Vinagre (£4.3m) is proving beneficial, with the previous incumbent in the left wing-back slot, Jonny (£4.3m), perhaps having a detrimental effect on Jota given the Spanish defender’s tendency to drift inside onto his stronger foot and into the same dangerous areas that the midfielder ought to have been occupying.

Vinagre is offering more width and entering the opposition penalty box much less often than Jonny was, and as a result, Jota’s average number of touches in the area has increased.

Last season’s top scorer volleyed Wolves in front after being picked out by Helder Costa (£4.8m) and it was from Jota’s parried shot that Doherty headed into an empty net in the final minutes of the match.

Another budget asset to catch the eye in attack was Newcastle’s Salomon Rondon (£5.8m).

The Venezuelan striker was a real presence up front for the Magpies in the first half especially and was inches away from a goal of his own when his 22nd-minute free-kick crashed against Rui Patricio‘s (£4.6m) crossbar – Rondon’s owners at least getting a consolation assist when the on-loan West Brom forward picked up the loose ball and crossed for the much-improved Ayoze Perez (£6.1m) to nod in.

No other player had as many attempts on goal in this match and, in the last six Gameweeks, no FPL asset has registered as many attempts on goal or shots in the box than the Newcastle target-man.

Rafael Benitez had matched Wolves in a 3-4-3/3-4-2-1 for this match, with Yedlin and Matt Ritchie (£5.8m) deployed as wing-backs as they had been at Turf Moor two weeks ago.

Yedlin was moved to centre-back after half-time as Federico Fernandez (£4.4m) was withdrawn and it was from this alien position that the American committed the professional foul on Jota that led to his dismissal.

Benitez was incandescent at full-time regarding that sending off and an alleged elbow by Willy Boly (£4.6m) on Perez later in the match:

The ball was far away and he was close enough to see it was not a clear chance. He [Jota] was pulling him and he [Yedlin] was pulling him – but I don’t want to talk about that as it’s so obvious. I think the team was doing well enough to win the game – it’s very difficult in these situations.

So if you see the incidents today. It’s so obvious – the red card and the elbow in the face of Ayoze Perez. We need the VAR right now.

Newcastle United XI (3-4-2-1): Dubravka; Lascelles, Fernandez (Manquillo 45′), Clark; Yedlin, Diame, Ki, Ritchie; Atsu (Kenedy 88′), Perez; Rondon (Joselu 85′).

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI (3-4-2-1): Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Saiss (Jiminez 59′), Neves, Vinagre; Costa (Moutinho 75′), Jota; Traore (Gibbs-White 59′).

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  1. Pluge
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 8 days ago

    What transfer this week? 0.2ITB 1 FT.

    Ryan/Hamer/Robertson/TAA/Kolasinac/Chilwell/Doherty/Hazard/Sane/Shaqiri/Felipe/Obiang/Kane/Auba/Kamara

    Thinking just doing Ryan->Fabianski

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Yeah I'd do that

    2. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Good call but look at Kola/Chilwell/Dohert fixtures that if they come from the bench it won't be a crxp score.

  2. RFCSPACE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Any chance of Richarlison being rested tonight?

    1. PengTingCalledAlisson
        1 month, 8 days ago

        against his old club.. no chance!

        1. RFCSPACE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Cheers all. Feeling the pain from owning Mane, Kane and Jiminez already.

      • chilli con kone
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        None IMO. he's got a week off now

      • Slouch87
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Very little.

      • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Nope

      • Paddington Bear
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Brace incoming.

    2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      What to do here?
      Fabianski (Button)
      Trippier TAA Bellerin AWB(Digne)
      Sterling Sane Son Fanderson (Brooks)
      Wilson Kane (Success)
      1 ft and 0.9 itb

      1. aleksios
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Save imo nice team.

    3. aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      What is best move here?

      Laca and Rich to Wilson+F.And will give me this.

      -Fab -Alonso-Doh-TAA
      -Fraser-Salah-Sane-F.And.
      -Kane-Jimenez-Wilson
      ----Butt---Diop--Camarasa---Digne.

      Plus 2.5 itb to do Diop-Digne to Robbo/Tripp-Kola next week. Go for it?

    4. Hazardous1983
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Kane sane sterling or son for captain?

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Kane!

      2. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Kane but son if he doesn’t Play 90 mid week

    5. Plymouth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Those FFS t-shirt are the ultimate pu$$y magnet, order incoming.

      1. Zero fuchs shay given
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Knickers will literally be falling.

        1. Plymouth
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Absolutely. Going to rock that shirt with a pair of cheeky adidas

      2. Slouch87
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Best of luck with that.

      3. Annie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        They could add WC esque stars for top 10k finishes for added desirability.

    6. Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      G2G?

      Ryan
      Laporte TAA Schindler
      Salah Hazard Son Martial Bilva
      Kane(c) Jimenez
      Hamer King AWB Bennett

      1. Super Saints
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        *Martial is Snodgrass

    7. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Has David Brooks played badly over the last few weeks? Or just not getting FPL points?

    8. donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Two interesting statistics from that great source of intel https://www.anewpla.net/fpl/report:

      My total overall score when split across the quarters of the season so far:
      GWs 1-10 : 650
      GWs 11-19: 287
      Obviously there are still 3 GWs left to add in to the second number but it definitely shows I was bossign it a lot more at the start!

      Perhaps less surprising are how much better my defence and mids have done than my attack:
      GK: Total pts = 67. PPG = 4.2
      Def: Total pts = 288. PPG = 5.1
      Mids: Total pts = 293. PPG = 4.4
      FWD: Total pts = 186. PPG = 5.0

      Perhaps a comforting one is that I have only missed out on 10 points on not picking the right Captain vs VC

      Any interesting tidbits you see from yours?

      1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        similar 667 305.Got an abysmal 46 from goalkeepers in 16 gws

    9. GS456
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      No pressing issues.

      Ward (Cardiff) > Snodgrass a good move?

      Gives me some squad strength for Xmas

    10. ReggieKraysBastard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Doherty isn't a Premier league rookie. He played 45v minutes in 2011/12 season for a whopping 1 point

    11. GreenShark1
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Could it be a good idea to be considering doubling up on Chelsea defence after they have proved their solidity at the back by keeping out one of the most prolific attacking sides in Europe that are Man City? ...and what with their amazing set of fixtures coming up could this move prove to be ahead of the curve and bear much fruit? Thoughts? Thanks guys.

      Brighton, Leicester, Watford, Palace, Southampton, Newcastle.

    12. Feyzi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Yedlin's (-3) is surely a mistake; he did not concede the second goal, he was already sent off. How can FPL not correct this mistake?

      1. Setpiecemad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Read the rules - it is correct

      2. slasken
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        So you mean Newcastle playing with 10 men did not effect wolves chances? As long as a player is not subbed off he is responsible 🙂

      3. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Read the rules.
        He let his team down and they lost due to be one player short.

        1. Feyzi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          My bad. Apologies all. Should not have acted so novice and first looked at the rules first. Truly I was not aware of this, that you still concede goals when you are off the pitch with a red. Have a good day.