Opinion

FPL Question Time – Planning for future Blank and Double Gameweeks

With Double Gameweek 25 yet to conclude on Wednesday night, Fantasy Premier League managers are thinking more long-term this week.

The latest edition of Question Time sees us discuss the future Blank and Double Gameweeks, and the best strategies for planning for them.

That includes how we can use our free transfers to get us through the period which contains Blank Gameweek 27 and Blank Gameweek 31, as well as when to use the chips.

We’ve also looked at what goalkeepers can help Fantasy managers out, with very few obvious candidates right now, with Eden Hazard (£10.9m) also discussed.

Who’s on the panel this week?

Joe – A long-time contributor to these pages, Scoutcaster and host of our Meet the Manager video series. Joe came into Gameweek 25 ranked 10,185 in the world and has seven top 10k finishes to his name already, one of which was an OR of 840 in 2013/14.

WGTA Nick – One half of the double act that is Who Got the Assist?, the popular website, podcast and Twitter account.

FPL Family – Lee and Sam are the well-known married couple who play Fantasy football together and run a YouTube channel documenting their thoughts. They have appeared on the Official FPL show this season, most recently as last Thursday. We’ve got Lee this time!

Question 1 – Joe

Vankush: The fear of Blank Gameweek 31 is hindering me getting in players in the run-up to it. When is it best to start thinking about the dreaded blanks and which players will form the core?

Joe: “Be aware of the upcoming Blank and Double Gameweeks from here on in, but don’t start the detailed planning until shortly before the Gameweek 27 deadline.

“That’s when FA Cup fifth round matches will be completed and we will know all those who will face a Blank in Gameweek 31 and those to likely miss out in Gameweek 33.

“From that point, we can start planning which of our remaining chips we use to navigate those Gameweeks and the Double fixtures, which are likely to be scheduled in Gameweeks 32 and 35.

“Until then be flexible and give yourself options around chip use by investing in good players from teams that play in Gameweek 31 and those that could miss a fixture.

“There are eight teams that definitely play then: West Ham, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Burnley, Leicester, Fulham and Liverpool.

Of those Liverpool have an abundance of options. If you haven’t already doubled up Mohamed Salah with either Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino that is a move I’d recommend. A Reds defender also looks a must. With Bournemouth, Watford and Burnley at home before Gameweek 31 tripling up could pay off handsomely.

“From Gameweek 30 Bournemouth have superb fixtures and look an ideal source of value players with Josh King and Ryan Fraser perhaps the key options.

“An attacking Leicester defender such as Ricardo Pereira or Ben Chilwell also look strong from Gameweek 27 onwards, when they face Crystal Palace, Brighton and Fulham at home ahead of their Gameweek 31 visit to Burnley.

“By focusing on a handful of these players you give yourself the luxury of being able to also invest in some key players who are likely to miss out in Gameweek 31.

“With Fulham, Crystal Palace and Southampton in their next four, Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford look great options to get in.

“Similarly, with Leicester, Burnley and Southampton over Spurs’ next five I see Son Heung-min as an important player to own.

“Above all be flexible so that when Blank and Double Gameweek details emerge you will be in the best position possible.”

Question 2 – Nick

Rash: Going off the information we have so far, what is the optimum chip strategy if you hold a Wildcard, Free Hit, Triple Captain and Bench Boost?

Nick: “With all the chips intact, I would set out my team to ensure that I have coverage in both the upcoming Blank Gameweeks (27 and 31), looking at the likes of Liverpool, Bournemouth and Leicester as examples of teams which we know are going to play.”

“The first big Double looks set for Gameweek 32, so this would be a great moment to Wildcard, in my opinion.

“However, there is a blank in Gameweek 33 so that is perhaps the time to use the Free Hit, so you don’t have to shift things too much for the next Double in Gameweek 35, which looks good for the Bench Boost.

“It is worth mentioning that Chelsea may also have another Double at some point which might present itself as a good opportunity to use the Triple Captain chip if you haven’t used it already.”

Question 3 – FPL Family

FPL Virgin: For those of us with a less-than-enviable rank, is it time to start hitting the differentials yet?

Lee: “While I don’t think the panic button should be hit just yet, it could well be time to start looking closer at the TSB percentages.

“If, after all your analysis, you simply can’t decide between two players for your transfer in this week, then go with the player that has the lowest ownership.

“Your risk profile also plays a part here – just how ‘differential’ do you want to be? For some, it might be Triple Captain Crouch time, but for most it will be a calculated risk.

“West Ham, for example, have some great fixtures coming up over the next half a dozen Gameweeks, yet Felipe Anderson is owned by only 12.2% of FPL managers at time of writing.

“Many indeed, have elected to sell the Brazilian which, given his form, seems a sensible decision – yet his encouraging display against Liverpool in Gameweek 25 might suggest that we are about to hit another streak of form.

“As ever, getting on a form player early is going to be key, differentials tend only to be differentials for a week or two in FPL, before the masses pile in.

“Taking early, calculated gambles on players with decent looking fixtures should help FPL managers recover their Overall Ranks – but seriously, Triple-Captain Peter Crouch!”

Question 4 – Joe

Rahmat Aziz: Apart from Ryan (as I already have Duffy), what Goalkeeper is best to replace Ederson after Double Gameweek 25?

Joe: “The easy answer is to spend a little more and get the game’s highest-scoring goalkeeper Liverpool’s Allison, who is guaranteed to play every week as the Reds have no blank fixtures.

“But if you want to spend less then make sure you keep a close eye on fixtures as well as save and bonus point potential.

“In terms of fixtures, Gameweeks 26 through to Gameweek 33 is a good section to look at as it will take many Fantasy managers up to the likely deployment of their second Wildcard.

Leicester, Newcastle, Huddersfield, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Burnley look the best bets for clean sheets, aside from Brighton, over that run.

“Of those, Eagles number one Vicente Guaita looks the stand-out pick, in terms of value and having accrued four shut-outs in the eight starts since he took the number one jersey from Wayne Hennessey in Gameweek 17.

“Guaita has also notched save points on four occasions, helping him to earn two bonus against Cardiff in Gameweek 19. But with a possible blank in Gameweek 31, it may pay to ensure you have a playing second goalkeeper to cover him then.

“Another option I like is Watford’s Ben Foster, who offers clean sheet potential against Everton, Cardiff, Leicester, Southampton and Fulham and the chance of save points against Liverpool and the two Manchester clubs up to and including Gameweek 33.

“Over the last six matches, Foster was joint top for saves (27) alongside Manchester United’s David De Gea and has kept two clean sheets. Also in Foster’s favour is his collection of bonus points on five occasions across the campaign.

“Be aware though he may also miss Gameweek 31 due to FA Cup postponements.

“A final option to mention is Burnley’s Tom Heaton, who only faces two tough games over his next ten matches and is guaranteed a fixture in Gameweek 31. Since he became a regular starter in Gameweek 20 he has earned two shut-outs, save points on four occasions and three bonus points.

Question 5 – Nick

Greg: Hazard did well against Huddersfield but his next three look tough. Do I sell him to raise some much-needed funds and switch the team up?

Nick: “I no longer own Hazard so would recommend you keep as he is clearly going to haul big!

“Joking aside, I can understand the logic behind wanting to sell Hazard. Their fixtures in the next three Gameweeks are Manchester City, Blank and Spurs, so it is worth considering some of the options out there.

“The likes of Son and Pogba are looking like key assets to own so if you don’t have them already I would be making space for them and freeing up some cash in the process.

“Son has seven goals in as many games and has really stepped up as the Spurs talisman in Kane’s absence.

“Pogba is now matching Salah for shots on target across the whole season, nobody has more than their 39 each. Manchester United have Fulham up next who have conceded the most goals in the league with 55, so Pogba definitely a player I would recommend in the midfield if you don’t already own him.”

Question 6 – Family

Rigid Digit: Who are the viable third strikers? Ings is proving fragile and I’m not convinced by Deeney, so I’m considering Rondon. Any other options in the £6.0m or less bracket worth a look?

Lee: “Danny Ings just can’t stay fit can he? I feel for him as he was just starting to make that forward spot in Hassenhüttl’s team his own – and the Saints themselves are showing some good form.

“Both Deeney and Rondon are viable alternatives, with the Venezuelan my preferred option here – Newcastle have some excellent looking fixtures coming up, including Huddersfield, Burnley and Everton at home in the next five Gameweeks.

“Outside of those two, it’s slim pickings. Harry Kane has been pictured doing some light training in Dubai, with some media outlets reporting he could be back as soon as the Dortmund game in the Champions League on 13th February – so you would think that puts an end to Fernando Llorente’s brief spell as an FPL option up top for Spurs.

“Ashley Barnes remains a steady, if slightly underwhelming pick for Burnley. Only one double-digit haul for Barnes across the whole season (back in Gameweek 6), but goals more recently against Arsenal, Man Utd and Southampton keeps him ticking over – so at £5.6m, you can’t complain.

“You could also go ultra-cheap with Peter Crouch or Dom Solanke, who will see the odd minute or two, the latter maybe more so while Callum Wilson is injured – but I would encourage you to keep your expectations low with those two.

“If you can find a bit more cash down the back of the sofa, West Ham’s Chicarito is only £6.1m and a decent value option which Arnautovic remains sidelined. Michy Batshuayi also joined Palace on transfer deadline day and was very kindly priced in my opinion at £6.5m, he came on for eight minutes in his debut last GW and picked up an assist against Fulham.

“I foresee a lot of game time for the Belgian between now and the end of the season, which could see him make a mockery of that price tag.”

Become a Member and access our data

Memberships for the 2018/19 campaign are now available for the price of just £10.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 130+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A FANTASY FOOTBALL SCOUT MEMBER

1,356 Comments Post a Comment
  1. sunzip14
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Who to get first? the other will come in next gw.

    A) Pogba
    B) Mane

    1. waldo666
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      A

    2. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      contrary to most people Mané

  2. Gruu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Best mid under 4.3? Hayden, Puncheon or else?

    1. Norman Conquest
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      bednarek

    2. waldo666
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Probably Hayden

  3. mitro
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Looking for a enabling defender under 4.4 to get Son. Currently thinking about Lejeune or Bednarek. Anyone else?

    1. Dakes. 🙂
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Those are the 2 Id look at. Brought in Bednarek personally when ditching digne

    2. waldo666
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Bednarek should do the trick

    3. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Peltier. Cheaper and better fixtures than Bednarek.

    4. RIPAguero
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Bednarek.

  4. Pilgrim62
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Who will get more points next GW
    Son or Auba ?

    1. Dakes. 🙂
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Impossible to say for sure but inclined to lean Auba

    2. waldo666
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Auba

  5. Jeanz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Another good Scoutcast, although I’d love to see David be more concise in his responses...

    1. waldo666
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      David to Granville for free?

  6. ^Freedom Fighter^
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Play `1-Mitro(Mun) or 2-Paterson(sou) ?
    also A-Digne(wat) or B-Bednarek
    ?
    thx much

    1. Klein
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      A1

  7. Metropolis
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Looking to bring an Arsenal forward in for their upcoming fixture. Is Auba worth the extra $2m over Lacazette?

    1. Klein
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Gets the minutes if that answers your question

    2. HurriKane
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Yh. Auba main men

    3. Jeanz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Yeah Auba also on pens

    4. Amey
        3 months, 15 days ago

        And doesn't settle for a goal too.
        Can Captain him for that reason.

    5. UpAndAway
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Any chance that Man City gets another DGW?

      1. HurriKane
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Wouldnt bother after peps antics this gw

      2. Amey
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Yes if they go through to the QF of FA cup
          Which is likely

        • bench boost for every gamew…
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          beating Newport might be hard for Boro but it ain´t for City, so almost guaranteed to blank in 31, therefore a double 32 or 35.

      3. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Which of these moves would you do for free this week guys?
        A. Sane to Mane
        B. Danilo to Doherty

        1. HurriKane
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Im doing A. Makes sense in every possible way.

          Mane nailed on, fine form and great fixtures, doesnt blank in gw27

        2. waldo666
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          B

        3. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Cheers guys, might actually do both and avoid Arsenal assets altogether and hope they flop over coming GWs.

          1. Amey
              3 months, 15 days ago

              You can't fit auba ??
              Not even laca??

              1. jia you jia you
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 15 days ago

                Can but would mean getting rid of Rashford, limited amount of transfers and think I want Mane, Doherty & Pereira for GW27 ahead of Arsenal assets.

                1. Amey
                    3 months, 15 days ago

                    Ohh.
                    Don't loose Rash.
                    Fine then.

            • Phil's Stamps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              B

          2. HurriKane
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Best hitler reacts video ever 😀

            https://www.reddit.com/r/FantasyPL/comments/ana7e0/hopefully_this_video_cheers_up_sané_tcers_i_put_a/

            (Perfect video For sane captieners and TC'ers)

              1. HurriKane
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 15 days ago

                Keeping Sane TM? What are your plans

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 15 days ago

                  Ask in 24 hours, could be the opposite 😉

            1. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Yup, very good 🙂

          3. bigbudgie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Fab
            VVD TAA Bennett AWB (Digne)
            Salah JWP Pogba Anderson (Sane)
            Jiminez Rashford (Aguero)

            My current line up for 27. What you do with 2FT between then and now? Any ideas welcome folks 🙂

            1. Doolittle
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              Aguero to Auba would be an obvious move.

              1. bigbudgie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 15 days ago

                I'm not so sure, taking Aguero out for a home game, to bring in Auba, whom I may not captain anyway, would prefer Salah probably

            2. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              Aguero or Auba is the main question.

          4. yer old da
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            A or B this week?

            A. Sane > Son
            B. Aguero > Aubameyang

            I’ll do the other one for blank GW27 but which is the priority?

            1. waldo666
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              B

            2. Doolittle
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              B

            3. Amey
                3 months, 15 days ago

                B

              • bench boost for every gamew…
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                While Pep´s roulette is extremely hard to figure out it seems that Kun is nailed vs top 6 teams and Sané not, so Son is my preferred transfer this week but plan was always to do the switch so might as well do it now. If i had to choose just one now, Son.

            4. Esalman
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              Is everyone getting rid of all ManCity assets or keeping someone on the bench? I'll ship out Aguero but keep Sane.

              1. waldo666
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 15 days ago

                I'm probably doing the same, Kun to Auba this week and then bench Sane for 27.

              2. Amey
                  3 months, 15 days ago

                  Keeping sane till gw28 at least as have other fire's to stop.

                • Doolittle
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 15 days ago

                  I may keep Sane just because I have other players blanking who I'd rather lose.

                • bigbudgie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 15 days ago

                  I quite like the idea of getting Aguero back in 28, whatever happens

                • jia you jia you
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 15 days ago

                  Likely ship Danilo + Sane but keep Sterling.

              3. seewhyaxe
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 15 days ago

                can't wait to see the lineups for City.!

                1. Esalman
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 15 days ago

                  Yep 17 hours to go lol

                  1. seewhyaxe
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 15 days ago

                    lol, just trying to keep my excitement up

                2. Amey
                    3 months, 15 days ago

                    Yes.
                    I'm going to watch the team sheet. Will be happy if Sane starts, if he doesn't would just curse pep for a minute & go to sleep 😀

                    1. Esalman
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 15 days ago

                      He'll start for sure.

                      1. Amey
                          3 months, 15 days ago

                          I'd love that 🙂

                      2. seewhyaxe
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 15 days ago

                        With his EO and a non-owner here, hope he comes off with a cameo 😀

                        Sterling haul would be nice!

                        1. Amey
                            3 months, 15 days ago

                            Ha ha
                            I'm a poor TC'ner so i hope you are wrong 😀
                            Sterling haul would be less damaging for me / non-owners as he's less owned so you can keep that.

                            1. seewhyaxe
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              3 months, 15 days ago

                              Sorry typo, I meant non-captain. I have Sane but he's my VC 😀

                              I have TCed on Sterling 🙂

                              1. Amey
                                  3 months, 15 days ago

                                  😮
                                  Great. GL to both of us then 🙂
                                  Hope Sane & Sterling both get double digit hauls

                      3. Doolittle
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 15 days ago

                        A) Hazard -> Son and save a FT
                        B) Hazard & Kamara -> Bench fodder & Aubameyang
                        C) Hazard & Rashford -> Son & Aubameyang

                        Fabianski/Steele
                        Robertson/Digne/Doherty/AWB/Kiko
                        Salah/Hazard/Sane/ Pogba/Richarlison
                        Rashford/Jimenez/Kamara

                        2FTs, 1.4 ITB. Also open to any other suggestions!

                        1. Esalman
                          • 9 Years
                          3 months, 15 days ago

                          A. I wouldn't take a hit unless I got rid of Richarlison.

                          1. Doolittle
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            3 months, 15 days ago

                            Cheers, just to clarify I have 2FTs

                        2. jimmyabs1987
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 15 days ago

                          You want both Son and Auba but to lose Rash is a big loss as he has a great fixture coming up. Can you take one this week then swap in gw27?

                          1. Doolittle
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            3 months, 15 days ago

                            Yes I could do A this week then reassess and possibly make the Rashford switch next week. The thing with Auba is that he has 3 good fixtures, then a couple of tough ones, so I'd probably be less inclined to bring him in after this week.

                        3. seewhyaxe
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 15 days ago

                          Hazard + Richarlison + Kamara -> Son + Aubameyang + xxxx

                          would that work? How much would you have for xxxx

                          1. Doolittle
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            3 months, 15 days ago

                            Afraid not, would leave me 3.5

                        4. Amey
                            3 months, 15 days ago

                            B with jwp/Redmond/Moutinho & do Sane to Son next gw ??

                            1. Doolittle
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              3 months, 15 days ago

                              Yeah that's something I'm considering very strongly. Thanks!

                              1. Amey
                                  3 months, 15 days ago

                                  🙂

                            2. Phil's Stamps
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              3 months, 15 days ago

                              A

                          • Live Lad
                            • 4 Years
                            3 months, 15 days ago

                            Selling Hazard and Sane for a hit seems wrong but what about them to Son and Pogba (-4)?
                            After the City game of course.

                            1. Phil's Stamps
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              3 months, 15 days ago

                              Sensible moves

                            2. jia you jia you
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              3 months, 15 days ago

                              Have Pogba already but will be likely doing Hazard + Sane to Son + Mane myself.

                            3. Amey
                                3 months, 15 days ago

                                If you have a planned move next gw then yes.
                                If not then Hazard to pogba this gw & sane to son next ??

                                1. Live Lad
                                  • 4 Years
                                  3 months, 14 days ago

                                  Thanks. I should get Pogba first?

                            4. Phil's Stamps
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              3 months, 15 days ago

                              If TAA comes back into the team at 5.1 I feel it is difficult to justify keeping Robbo. With Gomez still out a double-up in Liv defence is not advisable and Trent has a similar attacking ouput to Robbo, has had a couple of weeks with his feet up and most importantly is over 1.5 cheaper.

                              I've had Robbo for a while but feel for the remainder of the season Trent is the more sensible pick (unless 'pool plug the leak quickly).

                              Thoughts?

                              1. jia you jia you
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                3 months, 15 days ago

                                I had no LIV defence until three GWs ago when I got in Alisson + Robertson. What a disaster that has been so far, but will keep them for a few GWs yet anyway and hope that they will come good in one or two upcoming fixtures.

                                1. Jayv807
                                  • 2 Years
                                  3 months, 15 days ago

                                  so you're the problem.... 🙂

                                  1. jia you jia you
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    3 months, 15 days ago

                                    🙂

                              2. Amey
                                  3 months, 15 days ago

                                  I got Robbo @ 6.3 so I'm definitely keeping him.
                                  Was keen on double up with taa but they have been shipping goals so not anymore.
                                  I'd suggest if possible keep Robbo as he is more reliable then taa (imo)

                                • Bada Bing
                                  • 2 Years
                                  3 months, 15 days ago

                                  I agree, I've had robbo for most of the season but he hasn't been worth his price for a long while now. TAA is not only a lot cheaper but has more of a goal threat as well, all robbo seems to get is the occasional assist.

                                  1. Phil's Stamps
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 8 Years
                                    3 months, 15 days ago

                                    I feel like Robbo is becoming the new Alonso, can't justify his price but you just can't sell him as most have him and you keep telling yourself next week, next week he'll haul.

                                    1. Bada Bing
                                      • 2 Years
                                      3 months, 15 days ago

                                      I can't see pool keeping many clean sheets without Gomez, so to me robbo is overpriced for what he does. I'm selling him for TAA as soon as he gets back. At least getting no clean sheets from a 5 mil player is more bearable.

                              3. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
                                • 9 Years
                                3 months, 15 days ago

                                I think they those podcast lads need to cop themselves on. They are basically looking for validation through fantasy football 'the community' etc. Like the girls posing on facebook looking for likes.

                                1. jia you jia you
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  3 months, 15 days ago

                                  Some of them are very sad indeed and hate the patreon element involved with some of them, each to their own I guess.

                              4. Kub3
                                  3 months, 15 days ago

                                  So many captain options this week. Pogba, Salah, Auba, Son.

                                  Got a feeling that if Salah gets out of his mini-slump then he could produce big points. But Liverpool are under immense pressure now and they have not looked good at all in their last 2 games.

                                  May plump for Auba although Arsenal away are not great at all and I can see that game ending 2-1 to them maybe.

                                  1. Phil's Stamps
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 8 Years
                                    3 months, 15 days ago

                                    I'd love to captain Son, but I'll probably chicken out and put it on Salah.

                                  2. Amey
                                      3 months, 15 days ago

                                      I'm going to © Salah.
                                      Bournemouth home is just the fixture they need imo. 4-0 on the cards.
                                      Going safe this gw as gw25 not going according to plan as of now.

                                    • jia you jia you
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 2 Years
                                      3 months, 15 days ago

                                      Currently on Son

                                    • Jayv807
                                      • 2 Years
                                      3 months, 15 days ago

                                      Bournemouth have been dreadful away this year to the big 6, especially their last two

                                      CHE 2 - 0 BOU
                                      MCI 3 - 1 BOU
                                      TOT 5 - 0 BOU
                                      MUN 4 - 1 BOU

                                      I think I will hope that trend continues and I'll cap Salah.

                                    • tucaoneo
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      3 months, 14 days ago

                                      If Liverpool don't thrash Bournemouth on home turf they are really slipping away from the title.

                                    • ImPasta
                                      • 5 Years
                                      3 months, 14 days ago

                                      It was a while ago but in the reverse Arsenal vs. Southhampton.....Auba blanked and Ings scored 2...in a 3-2 loss.
                                      Not seeing many mentioning these facts.

                                      1. ImPasta
                                        • 5 Years
                                        3 months, 14 days ago

                                        Do I really want to lose Ings for Auba vs. Hudd?

                                  3. b91jh
                                    • 1 Year
                                    3 months, 15 days ago

                                    Doherty just scored twice and got an assist in the FA cup rematch.
                                    If it was a PL match....if

                                    1. jia you jia you
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 2 Years
                                      3 months, 15 days ago

                                      Yup, I was 50/50 on remaining Wolveless but this has made me swing towards getting in Doherty big time!

                                    2. waldo666
                                      • 8 Years
                                      3 months, 15 days ago

                                      Surely earnt himself a rest for their next PL match 😉

                                      1. EMBOLOFAN
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        3 months, 14 days ago

                                        doubt it

                                    3. Amey
                                        3 months, 15 days ago

                                        19 points haul.
                                        TC Worthy 😀

                                    4. Phil's Stamps
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 8 Years
                                      3 months, 15 days ago

                                      So what's the consensus on here, Firmino to Auba this week or leave until next week?

                                      1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                        • 5 Years
                                        3 months, 15 days ago

                                        leave (my opinion, not consensus)

                                        1. Phil's Stamps
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 8 Years
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          Cheers.

                                      2. big_cliff
                                        • 3 Years
                                        3 months, 14 days ago

                                        If, for free, I'd do it

                                    5. SuperDan
                                      • 3 Years
                                      3 months, 14 days ago

                                      I have a -20 by accident. If i hit the Free Hit chip that gets wiped and I get my FT moved to next week right?

                                      1. Amey
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          You'll get your players from last gw(before transfer's) & 1 ft next gw if you FH

                                        • Vasqujg
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          You don't save the FT when you free hit or wildcard.

                                        • Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                          • 5 Years
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          If you have WC, that would be better

                                        • big_cliff
                                          • 3 Years
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          I don't think the FT carries over

                                      2. Mc3
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 4 Years
                                        3 months, 14 days ago

                                        How much better is Pereira than Chilwell from GW 27?
                                        Looking like I'll be 0.1m off Pereira and likely need to take a hit.

                                        1. tucaoneo
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          If Pereira plays right winger in the 4-3-3, he is gold. If he plays right back, Chilwell is better. Annoying we never know.

                                          1. Srv210
                                            • 1 Year
                                            3 months, 14 days ago

                                            This.pereira's potential is high in attacking position

                                      3. Vasqujg
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        3 months, 14 days ago

                                        I need pep to rest Aguero and Sane for me to win my mini league game

                                        I only lead my opponent by 14 points and Aguero and Sane will just MAUL the hapless Evertonians.

                                        Everton is just two players away from bring Championship caliber, only Pep's rotation can save me

                                        1. ImPasta
                                          • 5 Years
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          Slim chance of that happening...but with Pep you never know.

                                      4. Albrightondknight
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 3 Years
                                        3 months, 14 days ago

                                        Would be interested in DZ opinions on the below blank and double strategy
                                        Based on probably blanks in 31 and 33 and doubles in 32 and 35.
                                        Even with a free hit chip its hard to get through this but so far I am thinking this might be the way to.
                                        Firstly this strategy uses a free hit chip for a double GW meaning the TC will have to on a SGW and it will be Salah this week

                                        Gw26 Salah TC

                                        Strategy is based on a core of Liverpool and building some BOU and LEI and whoever else emerges as definite for all blank weeks.

                                        Gw31 build to this with gradual transfer between now and then for at least 11 starters in the blank

                                        Gw32 free hit and get 11 really good ones ( mostly dgwers) and not care so much about the bench

                                        Gw33 hopefully use the same returning team to see me through another blank

                                        GW34
                                        Wildcard and get a team that sets up for dgw 35 and the last few weeks of the season

                                        GW35 BB in this dgw.

                                        1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                                          • 2 Years
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          Looks sound yes. But will you not lose out on points from now until 31 by getting players that don't blank?

                                          1. Albrightondknight
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 3 Years
                                            3 months, 14 days ago

                                            Good point building the core with the right players at the right time will be the hard bit.

                                          2. bench boost for every gamew…
                                            • 2 Years
                                            3 months, 14 days ago

                                            a lot of cheap players have good fixtures and form up til 31, Leicester, newcastle, etc, and a balanced squad between good 31 prospects and then save tranny for gw30 to have a miniwc 31 (-4 or even 8) to get players that you might want for 31 but not before. Leicester have a nice fixture run up til and including 31 and 33, West Ham pretty much too, except City away in 28, Bunrley and Newcastle too. And there is a decent chance Spurs could play in 31 also Wolves-arsenal depends on Wolves through. if Palace and wolves goes out it will almost solve all the work-) Then most will have AWB, double Wolves, triple Pool, Auba, and then Lei def, Anderson and so on. United-City is almost certain to be blank but beside that every match potentially blank is dependent on only one team goes through, and Watford, Palace, Chelsea, Wolves and Brighton won´t all go through, even if the draw was a bit easy on paper for most except Chelsea vs United.

                                        2. Kabayan
                                          • 2 Years
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          This in my plan too but depends on the results from FAC R5.

                                          1. Albrightondknight
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 3 Years
                                            3 months, 14 days ago

                                            Let's hope the FA keeps the blanks pretty bare as the are now. Too many fixtures makes it too easy and less chance to make any gains. And by golly do I need to make gains.

                                        1. Srv210
                                          • 1 Year
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          I guess Bernardo is the nailed one 😉

                                      5. Disturbed
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 5 Years
                                        3 months, 14 days ago

                                        Chances of starting tonight?

                                        a. Dsilva
                                        b. Jesus

                                        1. EMBOLOFAN
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          50%
                                          99%

                                          1. Disturbed
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 5 Years
                                            3 months, 14 days ago

                                            I'll take that, hope you're right. Cheers

                                        2. Vasqujg
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          For My Mini League

                                          (a) I need Sane to come in at the 90' mark and just make a throw-in and the game immediately ends.

                                          (b) I want Aguero to completely rest for the Chelsea match, he's old and needs the rest

                                      6. TimboSlice
                                        • 2 Years
                                        3 months, 14 days ago

                                        Anyone think the following moves are a good op for 2 FT?

                                        Richarl -> Son
                                        Firmino -> Batshshuyai

                                        Team:
                                        Foster
                                        Kolas, Robbo, AWB,
                                        Pogba, Sane, Richa, Salah
                                        Jimi, Rash, Firm

                                        (Hamer, Bennett, Brooks, Digne)

                                        1. ImPasta
                                          • 5 Years
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          Just Rich to Son if you can afford....roll one FT for next GW

                                          1. TimboSlice
                                            • 2 Years
                                            3 months, 14 days ago

                                            can't afford sadly, only did a Harzard to Sane swap last week and rolled my other FT.

                                        2. Kabayan
                                          • 2 Years
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          Digne to cheaper Def + Rich to Son?

                                      7. b91jh
                                        • 1 Year
                                        3 months, 14 days ago

                                        Start one for them next week

                                        A. Digne (wat)
                                        B. Bednarek (CAR)
                                        C. Bennett (NEW) *double up with Doherty

                                        1. big_cliff
                                          • 3 Years
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          B for me

                                      8. jose1
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 4 Years
                                        3 months, 14 days ago

                                        Someone please H E L P

                                        A) Kun, Hazard, Sane > Auba, Salah(c), Filipe (-8)

                                        B) Kun, Hazard > Auba(c), Mane (-4)

                                        I’ve only taken 3 hits all season so I’m happy to do so this week in prep of the blank coming up.

                                        Any comments appreciated

                                        1. bench boost for every gamew…
                                          • 2 Years
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          Who´s playin gw27 if you do B? Sané is not, Son is an option if you don´t have? Maybe a, but not with Auba now but in gw27?

                                        2. TorresMagic™
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • Has Moderation Rights
                                          • 9 Years
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          See how Sane does.

                                        3. EMBOLOFAN
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          just do kun > auba then haz > mane next week

                                          and captian salah either way

                                        4. Another Hoops
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 3 Years
                                          3 months, 14 days ago

                                          I would go B or just Hazard to Mane.

                                          Your point about hits is irrelevant. I think I've taken over 90 so far and the majority have worked out.