Opinion

FPL Question Time – How to make gains amid Salah popularity

Fantasy Premier League managers are currently wondering the best way to edge past their rivals when Mohamed Salah (£13.5m) has dominated the captaincy debate.

We’ve put that question to a former winner to get his thoughts, whilst also considering the upcoming Blank and Double Gameweeks, which specifically involve what to do with Manchester City assets.

Read on to see what our panel has said this week…

Who’s on the panel this week?

Simon March – One of the select group of FPL managers to have finished first in the world, Simon topped the overall rankings in 2014/15.

Dr Ben McNair – Based in Australia, Ben has four finishes inside the top 5,000 to his name and is an expert in all things metrics-related.

Josh and Brandon from Always Cheating – Josh and Brandon are the brains behind popular American-based FPL podcast, ‘Always Cheating’.

Question 1 – Simon

FPL Virgin: With every man and his dog captaining Salah, how do we get an edge in the final third of the season?

Simon: “If everybody really is captaining Salah, then this, itself, creates an opportunity to make gains by ‘simply’ selecting alternative captains.

“There is an argument for trying this, for example, Liverpool have a decent fixture this week, but Arsenal, Manchester United and Spurs have arguably better ones and fair few captaincy options among them.

“Captaining a player from one of these sides could really pay off if they do manage to outscore Salah and judicious use of this strategy throughout the season could make a big difference should things go your way.

“That said, it’s a high-risk strategy and it is at least questionable whether the potential reward really justifies it, particularly because the risk of falling behind also gets bigger the larger the number of people who captain Salah and the greater his returns.

“The more sensible strategy is, probably, more incremental in nature. Captain Salah when it makes sense to do so and focus on gaining the advantage from the rest of your team.

“I do believe in being bold with captaincy choices when there’s a standout opportunity but, ultimately, captaincy feels like it should be the last place that Fantasy managers should be taking risks.

“Also, captaincy risks right now might be unnecessary with so many different dynamics yet to come into play this season, not least being the Double gameweeks which, we know, Salah, himself, will not have.

“Salah might look like he has a firm grip on the captaincy right now but, as we know, things can change very quickly in FPL.

“Over a season, the best differential is consistency and, sometimes, this means being patient and taking small, informed risks over time, not forcing the big (bad) ones. Let other people take those.”

Question 2 – Ben

Pascal Cygan: With planning for Blank Gameweeks (Gameweek 27 particularly) in mind, is it now too late to think about bringing Man City players back in if you don’t already have them?

Ben: “Not necessarily, provided you wait until after the weekend. Your strategy for navigating the risks of Blank and Double gameweeks is an important input to the decision.

Those that haven’t turned their minds to this yet, should check out Ben Crellin on Twitter.

A key part of your strategy should be making transfers as late as you can. By the Gameweek 24 deadline we will have learned whether Manchester City have a Double Gameweek 25, updated probabilities of their Blanks in Gameweek 31 and Gameweek 33, and a much better idea of how many players you might need to move out of your team by Gameweek 31.

“Imagine City get a Double in Gameweek 25 and Burnley knock them out of the FA Cup. That would change things considerably.

“However, don’t focus only on the Blank and Double Gameweek schedule. Last season I did so at the expense of focusing on form and it cost me points.

“I bought Sané last week and I don’t regret it yet. I’m not sure I could face having a second Manchester City player, though, with the Gameweek 27 Blank to be managed along with their inherent rotation risk.”

Question 3 – Josh

William Sutanto: Who is the best defender under £5.0m who isn’t Wan-Bissaka? It’s hard to find value in that position right now

“Here are two candidates to consider, both of whom were either injured or out-of-favor earlier this season which has kept them off most people’s radar

“The first is Sead Kolasinac at £4.9m and owned by only 4.0% of managers.He is locked into an Arsenal team and about to go on an extraordinary run of fixtures, Cardiff, Huddersfield, Southampton, and Bournemouth in four of their next five.

“The Gunners haven’t kept too many clean sheets this season (who has outside of Liverpool?) but he’s a naturally attacking full-back and has already picked up four assists on the season.

“Expect assists and/or clean sheets from Kola during his upcoming run.

“The other is Jan Bednarak and £3.9m, 5.6% ownership, and earning starts in the last eight matches for Southampton.

“After falling out of favor with Mark Hughes, the Polish international seems like a sure starter under Hasenhüttl, even more so with Wesley Hoedt sent away on loan this week. Only a late goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson prevented Southampton from keeping two clean sheets in their last three,sothere has definitely been some improvement at the back.

“He may not be a set-and-forget starter, but with Palace, Burnley, and Cardiff in Gameweeks 24to 26 you could reasonably make a case for starting Bednarak in any of those matches.

“At the very least he can save you a little bit of extra money compared to some of the other starting defenders under £5.0m.”

Question 4 – Brandon

Paul Roukey: When does it change from being patient (good FPL management) to being stubborn (bad FPL management) with respect to holding Hazard?

Brandon: “Since joining Chelsea in 2012, Hazard has come to define two distinct FPL clichés.

“The first is patience: a valuable FPL asset that is worth holding through thick and thin, knowing that at the end of the season they’ll undoubtedly be near the top of the stats page.

“The second cliché, of course, is the FPL troll: the player who you can’t resist, but will always let you down.

“A wise friend of the Always Cheating Podcast once said, ‘Getting Hazard into your FPL team is like switching checkout lanes at the grocery store, yet always finding yourself in the slowest one.’

“I currently have Hazard in my side and this is my second spell with him this season. My first spell was a lot more fun, playing Hazard Gameweek 5 to Gameweek 10, a window in which he posted five goals and one assist (including a hat trick in Gameweek 5).

“That’s an average of eight points per Gameweek. Not bad. In that sample size of six matches, half were blanks and he didn’t even appear in Gameweek 10.

“So, my takeaway from this first run is that Hazard’s appeal is his explosive nature, rather than his consistency.

“More recently, I brought Hazard in for Gameweek 20, and I’m still holding him ahead of the Gameweek 24 match away at the Vitality Stadium.

“Only four matches of data to look at this time around, but Hazard has managed just one attacking return. An assist—since Gameweek 20, which is supremely frustrating. Even more galling is that Chelsea haven’t come up with a penalty call since Gameweek 19.

“The hope is that Hazard can deliver one or two explosive performances in the next few matches—ahead of a possible Gameweek 27 blank, which would surely coincide with a massive fire sale.

“But, against Arsenal especially, Chelsea’s attack has looked stifled and uninspired. And Gameweek 26 offers a brutal match-up with Manchester City.

“Where will this supposed explosion come from? Seemingly out of nowhere? During that original window of my ownership, Hazard boasted 17 goal attempts and five big chances. Over the last four matches, he’s managed just eight attempts on goal with a very worrying zero big chances.

“It feels like it’s time to sell Hazard, even with two good fixtures upcoming (Bournemouth and Huddersfield), especially if you can target in-form players like Sterling, Sane, and Pogba.

“To now choose Hazard over City midfield coverage, in particular, is a calculated risk.

“So what is your FPL management style? Are you a risk taker? Are you, as Joe might say, a dullard?

“To answer the specific question above: Heading into Gameweek 24, what you do with Hazard is less about being a good or bad FPL manager.

“Rather, it’s about whether you manage with low or high risk. With that said, if we experience two more blanks over the next two Gameweeks, then we definitely have to revisit this as a very stark, very bleak good/bad management question.”

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853 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Amey
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Salah ∆∆ 😮
      He'll be 13.6. that's the most expensive I can remember to have seen in FPL.
      Who are the most expensive player's guys ?? Has to be CR7,Lampard,RVP in their prime 😮

      1. Norman Conquest
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        14 is the highest i think

        1. Amey
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Cheers mate.
            Who was that ??

            1. Norman Conquest
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              Ronaldo, Henry and RVP all were 14

              1. Amey
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  Thank you.
                  Henry,rvp,cr7 great 😮

          • jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            13.6 for a one season wonder going through a lucky streak! Games gone mad 😉

            1. Amey
                3 months, 29 days ago

                Ha ha
                His latest few goals are damn lucky agree with you.
                Most is the one he touched 6cm before crossing the goal line 😀

                1. Pierce34
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  That's the thing - before I got him I pointed out how lucky he had been with some of the penalty decisions (combined with the fact that they happened with Milner out) but a lot of the Salah captainers were all like 'you make your own luck' etc.

                  Now I did get him and captain vs. Crystal Palace and while I'm very grateful for those 30 points I'd be the first to admit that it was a very, very lucky haul. A fraction of a second later and it's a Speroni own goal, Robertson or Firmino maximum BAPS and only 7 points for Salah.

                  1. Amey
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      Absolutely.
                      Not complaining though 😛
                      Have him for 4 gw's now after that Sane+Sterling fiasco in December.
                      Very happy atm tbh having a big hitter who is hitting big & have assurance of starting spot/rotation proof

                  2. Mysterion
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    It was revenge for this 1.1cm 😀 https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DwBUqQRWkAAKUnJ.jpg

                    1. Amey
                        3 months, 29 days ago

                        Ha ha.
                        I agree with that buddy.
                        Nice editing by creater of the image though 😀

              • Chucky
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                Punisher season 2 any good?

                1. ImPasta
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  Awesome imo, worth a binge session

                  1. Chucky
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    Cheers

                2. Yog Sorloth Is The Gate
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  In season 2 he punishes the sellers. Awsome show.

              • ddfc
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                I’m currently thinking save, but say Wilson is injured, who should I look at bringing in??

                Fabianski
                Doherty VVD Robertson
                Richarlison Hazard Salah Pogba
                Jimenez Rashford Wilson

                Hamer AWB Dunk Snodgrass

                1 FT, 1.4 ITB

                Thanks 🙂

              • rainy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                Price Changes - 23rd January 2019

                🔺  Salah (13.6)

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  Cheers 😀

                2. NATSTER
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  Cheers

                3. Deulofale
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  Great. Now I'm priced out of buying Salah for Alli by 4.5m

                  1. jia you jia you
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    Haha

                    1. Amey
                        3 months, 29 days ago

                        You've got company mate in No Salah league 😉

                        1. jia you jia you
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 29 days ago

                          Yup, Deulo and myself are bossing that league atm!

                          1. Amey
                              3 months, 29 days ago

                              Great 😛

                            • ivanthemerciless
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              3 months, 28 days ago

                              Do you remember who started the No Salah League?

                              1. Deulofale
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                3 months, 28 days ago

                                El Topo

                                1. ivanthemerciless
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  3 months, 28 days ago

                                  I see you’re doing well in it, the bloke in second place captained Salah last GW and has owned him at various junctures through the season, it kind of defeats the purpose of the league.

                                  1. jia you jia you
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                    Haha, yeah, he is the guy who started it but havent seen el topo on here for ages.

                    2. Skull And Gnomes 9
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      Cheers Rainy Days! 🙂
                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2r61M64eqo

                    3. Fasya
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      Cheers

                    4. Amey
                        3 months, 29 days ago

                        Cheers Rainy

                      • jia you jia you
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 29 days ago

                        Damn...priced out on Salah!

                        1. Deulofale
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 29 days ago

                          Haha

                      • Ógie
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 29 days ago

                        Oh, this rain
                        It will continue
                        Through the morning
                        As I'm listening

                      • ddfc
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 29 days ago

                        thanks Rainy... big mo just keeps on climbing

                      • Deulofale
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 29 days ago

                        Bahrain, gone away
                        Qatar will try another day
                        Sonny wants to play
                        Bahrain, gone away

                      • Differential (c)
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 29 days ago

                        Cheers, Rainy.
                        Mo Salah, Mo Sala, Mo Salah, diving down the wing . . . .

                        1. Deulofale
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 29 days ago

                          And in the box . . . .

                      • fclackless [RoboKlopp]
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 28 days ago

                        cheers

                    5. b91jh
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      Firmino+Sterling or Auba+Sane/Mane?

                      Sane seems will be dropped more frequently when mendy comes back...
                      But he offers great value when he starts

                      1. Pierce34
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 29 days ago

                        I think it remains to be seen whether Sane will be dropped in the form he's in - I'd go Aubameyang and Sane right now.

                        1. Amey
                            3 months, 29 days ago

                            This

                      2. marzo
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        3 months, 29 days ago

                        Fabianski.
                        Doherty, AWB, Digne, Bednarek.
                        Rich, Sane, Pogba, Salah.
                        Auba, Rashford.
                        Hamer, Holebas, Camarasa, Kamara.
                        1ft~ 5.5m ITB.

                        1. Holebas -> Robertson. (3.6m left).
                        2. Kamara-> Firmino. (0.6m left for Holebas-> TAA probably).
                        3. Kamara-> Jimenez. (3.4m left).
                        4. 1 + 3 combined for a -4. (1.5m left).

                        1. Amey
                            3 months, 29 days ago

                            OR camarasa to Jota and bench one of Bednarek/awb

                        2. NATSTER
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          3 months, 29 days ago

                          Waiting for the update of watchlist, I'm wondering if the scout seen Jota as a good potential or else.

                            1. NATSTER
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              3 months, 28 days ago

                              Thank you. That prediction will be obviously taken into the next update, I presume.

                          1. jia you jia you
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            3 months, 29 days ago

                            Really, it's kind of obvious that he has good potential?

                          2. Kiwivillan
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            3 months, 29 days ago

                            Look at Jota 4 matches played before hat trick

                            1. NATSTER
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              3 months, 28 days ago

                              Interesting way to look at it. Thanks.

                        3. jia you jia you
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 29 days ago

                          Hazard is still 34% owned (was a bit surprised)! I guess holding him wont be much of a differential eh, apart from on here of course 😉

                          1. Dakes. 🙂
                            • 2 Years
                            3 months, 29 days ago

                            Dead teams make up a fair portion of that I’d guess. I’m happy to hold for next 2 at least

                            1. jia you jia you
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              3 months, 29 days ago

                              True that mate, he'll be in loads of dead teams alright! Yes, easy hold for me for the next two then reassess.

                          2. Amey
                              3 months, 29 days ago

                              He is my favorit. So will give him more chance to impress 😉

                            • ddfc
                              • 3 Years
                              3 months, 29 days ago

                              im in the same boat mate, definitely hold for the next 2?

                          3. jia you jia you
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            3 months, 29 days ago

                            Salah to Jota for free?

                            1. Kiwivillan
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              3 months, 29 days ago

                              You have to buy Salah first so would be 2 trades

                              1. jia you jia you
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                3 months, 29 days ago

                                Hmmm, true, considering that fact it's likely not worth it, cheers!

                            2. bigbudgie
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              3 months, 29 days ago

                              No brainer

                            3. Differential (c)
                              • 3 Years
                              3 months, 29 days ago

                              Ofc, one has a hat tick in his last game, the other has two goals. What you bottling it for?

                              1. jia you jia you
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                3 months, 29 days ago

                                Seems very straight forward, Jota will be perma-captain material from here on in 🙂

                          4. Kub3
                              3 months, 29 days ago

                              Got Alli in last week thinking he’d be a good differential. I think he would have been bar the injury. Unfortunate. Not going to consider Eriksen in his place with the injuries Spurs have.

                              Replacement?

                              A) Mané
                              B) Richarlison
                              C) Martial
                              D) Someone else?

                              Wary of going with Rich because Everton are so inconsistent and poor most weeks. Already have Salah, Sane and Pogba

                              1. Kiwivillan
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                3 months, 29 days ago

                                Rich 20pts last 7. Why even include?

                                1. Kub3
                                    3 months, 29 days ago

                                    Just the price point I can afford

                                  • Pierce34
                                    • 3 Years
                                    3 months, 29 days ago

                                    Here's a fact about Richarlison. Despite the recent drought, only 7 players have scored more goals this season.

                                    1. Kiwivillan
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 5 Years
                                      3 months, 29 days ago

                                      Sounds like C material

                                    2. jia you jia you
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 2 Years
                                      3 months, 29 days ago

                                      Yeah but he looks a player in decline and Everton look a team in decline of late! I actually fear for them, have a loot at their fixtures from GW29 onwards, if they dont shape up!

                                      1. Pierce34
                                        • 3 Years
                                        3 months, 29 days ago

                                        I know, I'm just teasing Kiwivillan with his mission to criticise Richarlison with every post 😀

                                        1. jia you jia you
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 2 Years
                                          3 months, 29 days ago

                                          Haha, his persistence is admirable 😉

                                        2. Kiwivillan
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 5 Years
                                          3 months, 29 days ago

                                          I'm actually surprised this last week Rich is even worse than I've been making out

                                      2. Amey
                                          3 months, 29 days ago

                                          Yep.
                                          They have strange run of fixtures.
                                          Home game Tough
                                          Away game easy
                                          So no CS No Digne.
                                          Siggy will have more chance to stay in my team.

                                      3. Game Over
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        3 months, 28 days ago

                                        You're ignoring form.

                                  • Kiwivillan
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 5 Years
                                    3 months, 29 days ago

                                    Needs more cowbell or Jota. One of the two

                                  • Amey
                                      3 months, 29 days ago

                                      Jota.
                                      Keep the cash for Son when he comes back to embrace us all !!

                                      1. Kub3
                                          3 months, 29 days ago

                                          Yeah. Just hope he isn’t a one gameweek wonder.

                                          1. Amey
                                              3 months, 29 days ago

                                              He was a Season wonder in championship last year.
                                              +
                                              Look at his last 5 games played. You won't have that issue anymore 😉

                                              1. Kiwivillan
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 5 Years
                                                3 months, 29 days ago

                                                Amey stealing my lines

                                                1. Amey
                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                    😀

                                              2. Kiwivillan
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 5 Years
                                                3 months, 29 days ago

                                                Jota

                                                GW15 Chelsea 1 goal
                                                GW16 Newcastle 1 goal 1 assist
                                                GW17(45 mins) Bou 1 assist
                                                Injured 18-21
                                                GW22(58 mins) City blank GW23 Leicester 3 goals

                                          2. Down with this sort of thin…
                                            • 1 Year
                                            3 months, 29 days ago

                                            D
                                            Keep an eye on moura

                                            1. Kub3
                                                3 months, 29 days ago

                                                Good shout, but keeping away from any Spurs players now because half their team is injured

                                          3. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                                            • 4 Years
                                            3 months, 29 days ago

                                            So who’s captaining Auba over Salah?:)

                                            1. Amey
                                                3 months, 29 days ago

                                                I am definitely in contention.
                                                It's a great week to do that imo.
                                                Cardiff home: One of the best fixtures of the season

                                                1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                                                  • 4 Years
                                                  3 months, 29 days ago

                                                  Too good to ignore honestly...

                                                  1. Amey
                                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                                      Yep

                                                2. jia you jia you
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 2 Years
                                                  3 months, 29 days ago

                                                  Who doesnt have either Salah or Auba to captain? (backs away sheepishly...)

                                                  1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                                                    • 4 Years
                                                    3 months, 29 days ago

                                                    Loool

                                                3. Ruth_NZ
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 4 Years
                                                  3 months, 29 days ago

                                                  o/

                                                4. Dakes. 🙂
                                                  • 2 Years
                                                  3 months, 29 days ago

                                                  Really tempted but dunno if I have the balls given Salah’s likely EO

                                                5. Chelsea91
                                                    3 months, 29 days ago

                                                    Salah since play in Anfield and leicester poor defend.

                                                6. ddfc
                                                  • 3 Years
                                                  3 months, 29 days ago

                                                  whats the Top 5 'must have' players from now until the end of the season... based on what we know to date??

                                                  1. jia you jia you
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 2 Years
                                                    3 months, 29 days ago

                                                    LIV Defender
                                                    Pogba
                                                    Rashford
                                                    City attack
                                                    Jota 😉

                                                    1. ddfc
                                                      • 3 Years
                                                      3 months, 29 days ago

                                                      nice

                                                  2. jtreble
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 2 Years
                                                    3 months, 29 days ago

                                                    Salah
                                                    Sterling
                                                    Pogba
                                                    Robertson
                                                    Mendy

                                                    1. jtreble
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 2 Years
                                                      3 months, 29 days ago

                                                      ... Son at number 6.

                                                  3. Amey
                                                      3 months, 29 days ago

                                                      Pool Defense
                                                      Mo Salah
                                                      Pogba
                                                      Wilson after gw 28
                                                      City attacker(s)
                                                      IMO.

                                                    • Dakes. 🙂
                                                      • 2 Years
                                                      3 months, 29 days ago

                                                      Salah
                                                      Robertson
                                                      Pogba
                                                      City attack, take your pick tbh as each have +s and -s
                                                      Really tempted by son when he’s back

                                                  4. Dakes. 🙂
                                                    • 2 Years
                                                    3 months, 29 days ago

                                                    Isco needs to GTFO out of Real Madrid ASAP. The fact that a player of his quality barely starts is absurd, be it down to a feud with Solari or whatever. Especially with Real being so abysmal right now.

                                                    1. jia you jia you
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 2 Years
                                                      3 months, 29 days ago

                                                      Class player and weird situation alright

                                                      1. Dakes. 🙂
                                                        • 2 Years
                                                        3 months, 29 days ago

                                                        100%
                                                        I really rate him as a player. Whatever is the reason behind him not starting doesn’t make sense to me, and surely another big club should be more than willing to snatch him up

                                                    2. Skloppy Kops
                                                      • 3 Years
                                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                                      He's the heir of Dilva.
                                                      Great creative and composed player and very technical.
                                                      I would love him at Liverpool. But admit he'd be a great addition to a team like Arsenal or Chelsea

                                                  5. jia you jia you
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 2 Years
                                                    3 months, 29 days ago

                                                    Since I wont have the main two captaincy options this week, who would you captain from my team out of curiousity?

                                                    Allison
                                                    Robertson / Shaw / Digne / Trippier
                                                    Hazard / Sterling / Pogba / Sane / Eriksen
                                                    Rashford
                                                    (Speroni, Rondon, AWB, Colin)
                                                    0.3
                                                    1FT

                                                    1. Lucky Z
                                                      • 1 Year
                                                      3 months, 29 days ago

                                                      Pogba

                                                    2. Dakes. 🙂
                                                      • 2 Years
                                                      3 months, 29 days ago

                                                      Prolly Pogba

                                                    3. Kiwivillan
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 5 Years
                                                      3 months, 29 days ago

                                                      Speroni

                                                    4. 420king
                                                      • 4 Years
                                                      3 months, 29 days ago

                                                      My VC is on Pogba.

                                                    5. Chelsea91
                                                        3 months, 29 days ago

                                                        pogba or rashford

                                                      • Amey
                                                          3 months, 28 days ago

                                                          Hazard OR Sterling
                                                          I Can't trust Pogba with Captaincy in getting where Salah,Auba ate pretty sure to haul.

                                                          1. Amey
                                                              3 months, 28 days ago

                                                              Gw* not getting.
                                                              Bloody autocorrect 😀

                                                        • Chelsea91
                                                            3 months, 29 days ago

                                                            Who is the best replacement for Ali ? Can go for Jota? I have pogba,salah,sane,nasri,rasford.

                                                            1. Kiwivillan
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              • 5 Years
                                                              3 months, 29 days ago

                                                              Jota and bench Nasri

                                                              1. Chelsea91
                                                                  3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                  is it okay to play 4-4-3

                                                                  Ederson
                                                                  VVD,Robbo,Luiz,bennet or bednarek
                                                                  Salah(C),nasri,pogba,sane
                                                                  Rashford , jimenez

                                                                  I want to save the FT so that can straight swap to Son on gw26? is it a good idea or i can go for jota now?

                                                                  Thanks for the suggestion

                                                                  1. Kiwivillan
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    • 5 Years
                                                                    3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                    If Spurs beat Chelsea over 2 legs they blank 27 so at best Son plays 1 in next 4 assuming he plays 26 ie not injured or rested

                                                                    1. Chelsea91
                                                                        3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                        I think he might get rested after back from Asian Cup , so jota is the safe pick i guess . I need to change speroni to Foster before GW 26 so that he play on GW 27.

                                                                • Dakes. 🙂
                                                                  • 2 Years
                                                                  3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                  How expensive can you go? No mid price mids rly catch me eye atm bar Pogba

                                                                  1. Chelsea91
                                                                      3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                      i have 9.3 m if i sell Ali.

                                                                  2. Amey
                                                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                      Jota

                                                                      1. Chelsea91
                                                                          3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                          Yeah mate thinking on that, i will wait for chelsea vs spurs , see who go through. I guess Chelsea will go through.

                                                                          1. Amey
                                                                              3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                              Yes.
                                                                              I also think (hope) same

                                                                      2. bigbudgie
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        • 4 Years
                                                                        3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                        Fab
                                                                        VVD TAA Digne (Bennett AWB)
                                                                        Salah (c) Haz Sane Pogba Anderson
                                                                        Rashford Jiminez (Ings)

                                                                        Play 1
                                                                        A) Digne (hud)
                                                                        B) Bennett (WHU)
                                                                        C) AWB (sou)

                                                                        Bench 1
                                                                        A) Jiminez (WHU)
                                                                        B) Ings (EVE)
                                                                        C) Anderson (wol)

                                                                        1. Chelsea91
                                                                            3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                            Try to play ings , he is so good on GW23

                                                                            1. bigbudgie
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              • 4 Years
                                                                              3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                              tempted to do this and bench Anderson

                                                                          • Kiwivillan
                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                            • 5 Years
                                                                            3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                            AC

                                                                            1. bigbudgie
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              • 4 Years
                                                                              3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                              Cheers KV

                                                                          • Differential (c)
                                                                            • 3 Years
                                                                            3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                            A)Digne

                                                                            C)Andy, but tough.

                                                                            1. Amey
                                                                                3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                                This

                                                                          • Differential (c)
                                                                            • 3 Years
                                                                            3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                            Just realised I can make a hypothetical WC with 11 players from exclusively top six teams.

                                                                            Leno (Speroni)
                                                                            TAA Lindelof Kolasinac Stones (Bednarek)
                                                                            Salah Sane Hazard Pogba (Hojbjerg)
                                                                            Aubameyang Rashford (Success)

                                                                            Viable?

                                                                            1. Amey
                                                                                3 months, 29 days ago

                                                                                😮
                                                                                Attack is more or less the same.
                                                                                Defense could do with some more Doch, BEAST, Digne etc.
                                                                                But it's a viable strategy.
                                                                                Good job 🙂

                                                                              • Chelsea91
                                                                                  3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                  Stones is rotation risk, lindelof maybe can try for Lovren once fit since Liverpool will get CS. Others look good, success try to change with Niasse.

                                                                                • Kiwivillan
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  • 5 Years
                                                                                  3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                  I wouldn't if wanted to stay competitive

                                                                              • chaser123
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                • 1 Year
                                                                                3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                If GW25 becomes a DGW, what is your plan?

                                                                                1. Amey
                                                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                    Can't easily get a City attacker.
                                                                                    So plan is
                                                                                    A. If Chelsea goes through (favorable to me)
                                                                                    Get Jota this gw
                                                                                    Cap Hazard, get Son gw26.
                                                                                    B. If Spurs go through final
                                                                                    Get Moura & switch him to son gw28

                                                                                  • Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                                                                    • 5 Years
                                                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                    stick with what I have sand save FTs

                                                                                2. Jeanz
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  • 4 Years
                                                                                  3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                  My question for the panel: At what point can FPL Virgin no longer claim to be a virgin?

                                                                                  Also who to bring in for Alli (nothing in the bank)?

                                                                                3. Chelsea91
                                                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                    Play Bednarek or Bennett?

                                                                                    1. Srv210
                                                                                      • 1 Year
                                                                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                      Bednarek maybe...but I don't own bennett

                                                                                      1. Chelsea91
                                                                                          3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                          Playing against Crystall Palace, i think they will score.

                                                                                    2. Kiwivillan
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      • 5 Years
                                                                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                      Is it time to invest in Huddersfield defence with 2 easy fixtures up next?

                                                                                      1. 420king
                                                                                        • 4 Years
                                                                                        3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                        Comments like that will come to bite you in the ass, they have before...

                                                                                        1. Kiwivillan
                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                          • 5 Years
                                                                                          3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                          Lol so serious

                                                                                          1. 420king
                                                                                            • 4 Years
                                                                                            3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                            ...or a Hazard owner 😛

                                                                                      2. Srv210
                                                                                        • 1 Year
                                                                                        3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                        No sir,not a chance

                                                                                      3. Chelsea91
                                                                                          3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                          No

                                                                                        1. Srv210
                                                                                          • 1 Year
                                                                                          3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                          He should...Mendy needs to improve on personal front or will be another talent wasted

                                                                                          1. Amey
                                                                                              3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                              Yeah.
                                                                                              He is a defensive liability though.
                                                                                              Another one of half baked attacker that turned defender 😛

                                                                                              1. Srv210
                                                                                                • 1 Year
                                                                                                3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                His runs in attack are brilliant,guy is also built like a tank...but yeah defensively he is weak ...somewhat like kolasinac

                                                                                                1. Amey
                                                                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                    Yep.
                                                                                                    They have so much possession that defending part is neglected though so he gets away with it

                                                                                                  • Kopkloppers
                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                    • 5 Years
                                                                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                    And Alonso

                                                                                                    1. Amey
                                                                                                        3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                        Same.
                                                                                                        FPL legend.
                                                                                                        Defensive liability

                                                                                                  • Amey
                                                                                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                      FPL wise he's great though 😉

                                                                                                      1. Srv210
                                                                                                        • 1 Year
                                                                                                        3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                        All attacking full backs are great fpl wise as we aren't just satisfied with clean sheets...we want more 🙂

                                                                                                        1. Amey
                                                                                                            3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                            He'll yeah.
                                                                                                            Doherty+Robbo+Digne this gw.
                                                                                                            Looking good 😉

                                                                                                            1. Srv210
                                                                                                              • 1 Year
                                                                                                              3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                              Doherty,Luiz ,TaA (if fit )

                                                                                                              But I plan on Luiz or TAA to Robbo after the cup games

                                                                                                              1. Amey
                                                                                                                  3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                  Good move

                                                                                                  • Kopkloppers
                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                    • 5 Years
                                                                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                    I have so far heard over the last 18 months by "experts"
                                                                                                    Great buy for a new defensive superstar.
                                                                                                    It will take time for him to settle.
                                                                                                    The man just isn't good enough at this level.
                                                                                                    He is probably the only nailed defender at the moment.
                                                                                                    If I were going to invest in their defensive assets, he is the go to guy, even as a central defender.
                                                                                                    ?????

                                                                                                    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                                                                                      • 5 Years
                                                                                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                      Are we playing "Guess who?" 😮

                                                                                                      1. Kopkloppers
                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                        • 5 Years
                                                                                                        3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                        Did not start that way but why not?

                                                                                                        1. 420king
                                                                                                          • 4 Years
                                                                                                          3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                          Keane.

                                                                                                          1. Kopkloppers
                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                            • 5 Years
                                                                                                            3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                            Could be but no

                                                                                                    2. Srv210
                                                                                                      • 1 Year
                                                                                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                      Digne??...who is this about?

                                                                                                      1. Kopkloppers
                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                        • 5 Years
                                                                                                        3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                        Digne only around this year and has never been considered not good enough.

                                                                                                        1. Srv210
                                                                                                          • 1 Year
                                                                                                          3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                          Kolasinac ??

                                                                                                          1. Kopkloppers
                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                            • 5 Years
                                                                                                            3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                            Central defender

                                                                                                    3. Amey
                                                                                                        3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                        Keane ??

                                                                                                        1. Kopkloppers
                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                          • 5 Years
                                                                                                          3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                          Good try but my grav. Fits the description but no

                                                                                                          1. Amey
                                                                                                              3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                              Ha ha.

                                                                                                        2. Kopkloppers
                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                          • 5 Years
                                                                                                          3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                          Lideloff guys

                                                                                                          1. Amey
                                                                                                              3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                              Ahh.
                                                                                                              Defensive superstar was a bit too much so couldn't guess 😛
                                                                                                              He is sh.t in the air.
                                                                                                              Good on the ball.
                                                                                                              Getting used to PL. Probably will do enough this season to keep or recoup 30m£ splashed on him. 😉

                                                                                                              1. Kopkloppers
                                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                • 5 Years
                                                                                                                3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                Sure. New defensive superstar came from Sky pundit who said he was "just not good enough" 6 months later.

                                                                                                                1. Amey
                                                                                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                    😀

                                                                                                          2. Gabistuta
                                                                                                              3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                              Hey DZ

                                                                                                              Alli and Jimi for Firmino & Jota -4
                                                                                                              Or just Alli for Jota/Gross

                                                                                                              Cheers

                                                                                                              1. Kopkloppers
                                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                • 5 Years
                                                                                                                3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                I have Jimi and I am concerned they have made Jota the central attacker. Still not convinced it is permanent and not worth a tfr IMO.

                                                                                                              2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                                                                                                • 5 Years
                                                                                                                3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                just alli to jota

                                                                                                                1. Amey
                                                                                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                    This

                                                                                                              3. Srv210
                                                                                                                • 1 Year
                                                                                                                3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/emiliano-sala-plane-took-four-13894571.amp

                                                                                                                This is too much, the condition of plane was so poor...why even use that plane

                                                                                                                1. 420king
                                                                                                                  • 4 Years
                                                                                                                  3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                  I really want to know whose plane was it. Cardiffs?

                                                                                                                  1. Srv210
                                                                                                                    • 1 Year
                                                                                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                    I guess so, why give such a poor plane to anyone...also sala should have refused to get on it if the bad condition was visible enough....although I pray for the safety of everyone

                                                                                                                    1. 420king
                                                                                                                      • 4 Years
                                                                                                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                      They should be sued to the ground by his family tbh.

                                                                                                                      1. Srv210
                                                                                                                        • 1 Year
                                                                                                                        3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                        Yeah man..the culprits should be punished, you can't risk such things even for a small flight

                                                                                                                2. Amey
                                                                                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                    WTH 😮
                                                                                                                    This is stupidity. Inviting the disaster.
                                                                                                                    This should not happen to anyone. Safety checks must be mandatory.
                                                                                                                    Hopefully everyone is fine 🙁

                                                                                                                    1. Srv210
                                                                                                                      • 1 Year
                                                                                                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                      I also think the player won't be too familiar with the plane and its tech...but the pilot should have also cancelled the flight , experienced pilots should have detected there is some issue .

                                                                                                                      1. Amey
                                                                                                                          3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                          Ridiculous circumstances to be honest 🙁

                                                                                                                  • bigbudgie
                                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                    • 4 Years
                                                                                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                    Anyone watched Roma on Netflix? Nominated for best picture. Is "arty farty" cause I don't get on with those films. I'm a cynic.

                                                                                                                  • Sotamendi84
                                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                    • 2 Years
                                                                                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                    Why all games (supposed to) start at 15.00 for gws 31 after? Maybw these are not confirmed yet?

                                                                                                                    1. TorresMagic™
                                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                      • Has Moderation Rights
                                                                                                                      • 9 Years
                                                                                                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                      TV hasn't decided.

                                                                                                                    2. Sotamendi84
                                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                      • 2 Years
                                                                                                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                      Thanks

                                                                                                                  • Shark Team
                                                                                                                    • 1 Year
                                                                                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                    Is it a good idea to wait for Son and transfer him in for Dele Alli as I have bench cover?

                                                                                                                    1. TorresMagic™
                                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                      • Has Moderation Rights
                                                                                                                      • 9 Years
                                                                                                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                      Beats getting an injured Son.

                                                                                                                    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                                                                                                      • 5 Years
                                                                                                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                      you can bench Alli and get Son later on?

                                                                                                                  • SuperDan
                                                                                                                    • 3 Years
                                                                                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                    Pick which move to make this week
                                                                                                                    A) Richarlison > Sterling
                                                                                                                    B) Guaita > any gk other than Alisson

                                                                                                                    1. Kiwivillan
                                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                      • 5 Years
                                                                                                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                      Who other GK? Would keep Guaita and hope he's back soon

                                                                                                                  • gellinmagellan
                                                                                                                    • 1 Year
                                                                                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                                                                    Patricio Button

                                                                                                                    Robertson AWB Kola Digne Bennett

                                                                                                                    Salah Pogba Sterling Alli Camarasa

                                                                                                                    Rashford Jiminez Success

                                                                                                                    1 FT and 3.3 ITB. Was going to focus on Camarasa or Success this week but now with Alli gone, should I make a switch to Sane? Or anyone else in mind?