Scout Notes

The reasons why clean sheets have dried up for Liverpool

Liverpool’s title challenge faltered again on Monday evening as the Reds played out their second successive 1-1 draw.

There were unsettling similarities to the performance against Leicester City last Wednesday, with Jurgen Klopp’s side unable to build, or even hang, on to a one-goal lead and conceding sloppily from a set-piece situation.

We’ll review last night’s penultimate Gameweek 25 fixture from a Fantasy perspective, rounding up the goals, assists, key talking points, headline injury news and relevant manager quotes.

West Ham United 1-1 Liverpool

  • Goals: Michail Antonio (£6.8m) | Sadio Mane (£9.6m)
  • Assists: Felipe Anderson (£7.1m) | James Milner (£5.6m)

Liverpool’s defensive frailties were again exposed at the London Stadium last night as they conceded from a dead-ball situation for the third match in a row.

James Tomkins (£4.3m) and Harry Maguire (£5.4m) had headed their respective sides level in Gameweeks 23 and 24 but this latest equaliser at the Reds’ expense came from a cleverly worked routine on the deck that was coolly finished by Michail Antonio (£6.8m).

While West Ham, Antonio and assist-maker Felipe Anderson (£7.1m) deserve credit for the flawless execution, the ease with which Liverpool’s backline was bypassed underscored just how vulnerable they currently are at set plays.

Klopp’s troops rank fourth-bottom for attempts from set pieces conceded over the last three Gameweeks, with a whopping eight of West Ham’s 13 attempts on goal on Monday coming from free-kicks and corners.

Javier Hernandez (£6.1m) horribly spooned a volley into the clouds from a smart Anderson delivery ten minutes after Antonio’s leveller before Declan Rice (£4.4m) missed a gilt-edged headed opportunity from yet another free-kick from the Brazilian midfielder.

Issa Diop (£4.3m) glanced a header wide from Robert Snodgrass‘s (£5.0m) corner in the second half as Liverpool’s zonal marking once again failed to convince, while Hernandez, Aaron Cresswell (£5.0m) and Mark Noble (£4.8m) all narrowly fired off-target from open play as the visiting defence parted.

While some mischief-makers will point to a possible psychological problem with the Reds after their stuttering run-in during 2013/14, in reality only three of that squad remain – none of whom made it onto the pitch in east London.

This instead looks like a team desperately missing a handful of sidelined players.

While Joel Matip (£4.9m) didn’t have a particularly bad game, there doesn’t seem to exist a natural rapport between him and a below-par Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) – especially at dead-ball situations.

It may be no coincidence that the Reds’ run of conceding goals from free-kicks and corners has happened in the three most-recent matches that Matip has started, though Liverpool’s chronic problems at right-back – Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.2m) being injured in Gameweek 22 – are no doubt also a contributing factor.

As might be the largely second-string central midfield in front of the defence: Naby Keita (£7.1m) and Adam Lallana (£6.9m) flitted in and out of Monday’s draw and the presences of Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.5m) and perhaps even Jordan Henderson (£5.3m) were arguably missed.

Keita is another to have started the last three Premier League matches and continues to divide opinion: indeed, it was the Guinean midfielder who lost Antonio for West Ham’s equaliser.

Owners of Robertson and van Dijk will be disheartened by just one clean sheet in six Gameweeks but there may be encouraging news on the horizon, with Alexander-Arnold scheduled for a return to training this week.

The injuries that kept Henderson (muscle) and Wijnaldum (sore knee) out don’t appear too serious, either, with Dejan Lovren (£4.9m) also only absent because of a “slight muscle problem”.

Klopp cited those niggles and strains as a mitigating factor in his post-match press conference:

Yesterday night we trained and after the session, we had to change three positions, that’s of course not perfect. And you saw that around the set-pieces, especially with organisation.

Changing three players changes a lot and obviously, that didn’t work out and that’s my fault, that we could not explain it clear enough what we have to do in a situation like that.

I don’t moan about that, it is just a fact. It is not an excuse or nothing. I said we could have played better tonight, 100 per cent, but it’s the situation and it’s not perfect. We lost two players and Millie came back because he didn’t train yesterday. He came by himself to London because it was infectious.

That is all not perfect, of course. For me, it explains parts of the game, but we don’t look for these things.

It could be, then, that with the returning bodies we soon see a reversion to the mean Liverpool defence of the opening half of the season, a 19-match period in which the Reds kept 12 clean sheets.

Nevertheless, those who own Ryan Fraser (£6.1m) and watched Liverpool’s recent struggles at dead-ball situations will perhaps be stirred into fielding Bournemouth’s set-piece specialist in Gameweek 26 despite the Cherries having what would seem an otherwise daunting fixture away at Anfield.

Liverpool’s attack didn’t fare much better at the London Stadium.

The shot count shows that Lukasz Fabianski (£4.7m) had five saves to make but every one of them was comfortable in nature – even from Divock Origi‘s (£5.0m) glorious one-on-one chance in injury time.

Mohamed Salah (£13.6m) tested the Polish goalkeeper twice during a ten-minute period at the start of the second half but that was the only time in this match that the Egyptian really flickered to life, with his second effort coming off the back of a brilliant, slaloming run through the West Ham box.

Salah was otherwise anonymous back on the right flank, however, with Roberto Firmino (£9.3m) borderline awful as he led the line in a 4-3-3.

Klopp said of his side’s attacking display:

We had a lot of situations with passing through balls and our full-backs, especially Robbo in the first half, where we didn’t find the free player. And on the other side, similar, we didn’t find it. It was difficult again, creating against so many legs, honestly.

It was no real compliment to say Sadio Mane (£9.6m) was the pick of Liverpool’s attackers, with the Senegalese winger peripheral in the second half, but he kept up his FPL scoring purple patch by netting a third goal in as many Gameweeks midway through the opening 45 minutes.

Mane has twice the number of goals from open play as Salah (four to two) over the last seven Gameweeks and during that time is bettering the Egyptian for overall attempts on goal and shots in the box.

Mane’s goal arrived in controversial circumstances, with James Milner (£5.6m) – the latest midfielder to be turned into a makeshift right-back – clearly offside as he crossed for the former Southampton winger to smartly turn and finish.

Just as Leicester merited plaudits in midweek, West Ham deserve credit for their fast-pressing, counter-attacking performance that wholly warranted at least a point.

Anderson and Antonio were excellent on the flanks, with the Brazilian again the most eye-catching from a Fantasy perspective amid some workmanlike performances from his team-mates.

The Hammers sit at the top of our Season Ticker for the coming half-dozen Gameweeks, with five of their next six opponents currently sitting 14th or worse in the Premier League table.

Fabianski and Anderson obviously appeal for this run, while it will be intriguing to hear about Marko Arnuatovic‘s (£6.9m) injury prognosis – the Austrian was sidelined for this draw with a foot problem but would surely re-enter the mid-price forward debate if fit, given the fixtures ahead for the Hammers.

Pellegrini said of his side’s efforts:

I was pleased with the performance because I thought we played a very good game, but I’m disappointed with the result because they scored a goal which was clearly offside.

We missed three or four chances, especially in the first 35 minutes, which could have finished the game. We missed those opportunities so we had a draw in a game which we could have won.

We played with the pace we had shown in other games again. We worked similarly tonight to we did against Arsenal, but we created more chances today. We then lost three games away from home but I think the team we saw tonight is the team we must see from now until the end of the season.

We always work hard on the set pieces but it depends on the taker and the finisher. You must believe me that we worked on set pieces exactly as much as we did against Bournemouth, against Wimbledon, against every team.

West Ham United XI (4-1-4-1): Fabianski; Fredericks, Ogbonna, Diop, Cresswell; Rice, Antonio, Snodgrass, Noble (Obiang 79′), Anderson (Masuaku 89′); Chicharito (Carroll 79′).

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Milner, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Keita, Lallana (Shaqiri 69′); Salah, Firmino (Origi 75′), Mane.

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  1. Becks
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Best transfers to do for gw27?

    Alisson
    Doherty Kiko
    Salah Pogba Gunnarson
    Rashford Jimenez King

    Guaita Hazard, Sane, Alonso, Digne, Danilo (no fixture)

    A) Hazard, Danilo to Son, Robertson
    B) Sane, Danilo to Son, Trippier
    C) Hazard, Sane to Mane, Son

    1. Simmoo
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A looks great

      1. Becks
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Agree

    2. mike09
        1 month, 12 days ago

        A

        1. Becks
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Thanks

    3. Old Gregg
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Fab
      Wan Bis - Doherty - Bednarek
      Salah-Haz-Serling - Richa
      Ings-Rash-Jimenez.

      Steele-Luiz-Taa-Puncheon.

      2FT 3.3 ITB

      Good moves?. Any better suggestions?

      Haz + Richa + Ings > Son + Jota + Auba (-4) ?

      1. Balls of Steel
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Yes, excellent moves

      2. kuzser
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Yes

        1. Old Gregg
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          thanks

    4. Ambrosiana Inter
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Is gw 31 the week with least amount of fixtures thus the better in to the?

      1. Ambrosiana Inter
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Better one to free hit?

      2. the Penman
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Most likely, yes. Keeps the rest of your transfers flexible.

      3. Becks
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Best gw to use it as you can keep assets who have a dgw32

      4. Wild Card this...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Well, my plan is to load players that play in 31 and 33.
        Use FH in 32.
        34 WC
        35 BB
        All chips available so it’s easy to change as required but that’s plan for now.

        1. DaniCT
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Good plan. Replying just to look for it easier.
          off-topic : I got really burned this GW...I might just rage WC now.
          Good thing I have all chips available.

    5. Simmoo
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Bizarre that Higuain looks like rising before MCI (A) and then a blank.

      1. the Penman
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        The rest of FPL say: Baaaaaaaaaa.

      2. farmerfat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        The all mighty knee jerk in action.

      3. Make Arrows Green Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        It's because he's top of the list for form amongst forwards! When new players are added to the game we should have an amendment to the algorithm so that they don't unfairly pushed up or down the rankings, but at the moment he's top and that's a little silly.

        Normally it's score over the last six divided by six. Perhaps it could be something like [score over the last six] x [number of games played] / 6.

        That would make his form 4 points, which looks more sensible since he's on a blank and a brace.

    6. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Mane or Son?

      1. Gringo Kid
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Son for me

        • HamezMace
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Son

      2. MaticMVP
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Just a quick question, the FH and BB chips are best used in GW31(FH) then WC GW32 for BB GW33 or 34??

          1. HamezMace
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            It's a legit plan, but there are other ways to skin the proverbial feline.

          2. SADIO SANÉ
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            33 is a blank too, I've not quite worked it out yet but the way my team is I think I'll be FHing in GW31

          3. KingOllie
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            im FH in 32, WC34, BB 35

            1. Runaway
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              I am on this camp as well but we have a more clear picture before the GW27 deadline.

              1. KingOllie
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                I think its ideal, i used the TC this gameweek due to this strategy.

                Majority of my transfers will be bringing in players who play in 27/31, then in a few GWKs il look to the 33 blankers.

            2. MaticMVP
                1 month, 12 days ago

                32 and 35? Why? I feel like I have no overview of this years DGW and BGW. It was easier to plan last year :/.

                1. KingOllie
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  So im bringing in players who will play the blank weeks now using FTs. I will then FH in the double gwk 32 and stack good DGW players. This will mean i am covered for the blank in 33 too (as team goes back to normal)

                  I will then WC in 34 and get a solid team for the DGW BB and the remainder of the season

              • Wild Card this...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                This (y)

            3. The 5% Team
                1 month, 12 days ago

                yeah...kinda depends on how you will set up your team over the next GWs. The results of the FA cup 5th round also plays a part in that maybe.

                atm my plan is this:
                Building towards a DGW32 team with FTs
                FH in BGW31
                BB in DGW32
                use FTs to cover BGW33
                WC in 34
                TC in DGW35

                1. MaticMVP
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Looks like a decent plan.. I'm in 1st place in two cash leagues, so would really like to not f... it up :P. In one off my MLs the guy in 2nd has already used his WC, but in the other ML the guy in 2nd has all his chips, like me.

                2. Becks
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Start planning for 32 now, then you can wc33 and bb/tc 35

              • Mike132
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Is Robertson too pricey now at 6.8 considering he has one clean sheet in his last 6 games?

                1. Make Arrows Green Again
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  I'm looking at TAA on a wildcard

                2. Wild Card this...
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Definitely

              • The Train Driver
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                What's your best FPL achievements? Rank, points or whatever, things you are proud of?

                Never finished better than 9k something but finished top 10k 3 years in a row which I'm pretty satisfied about...

                1. KingOllie
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Consistency, always finish under 50k.

                  This year i was ranked 190 OR which was pretty cool

                  1. RUUD!
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    years and years ago I reached 40 OR

                2. Make Arrows Green Again
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  11.5k. I was disappointed at the time but I followed up with 38k and I'm currently outside the top 100k.

                  FPL is getting so much harder, 10k is going to be a harder and harder feat to achieve.

                  I respect 3x consecutive top 10k more than, say 1x top 100. Good job!

                3. _sidney_will
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  12th Overall after GW1 in 16/17, all went downhill from there but still pretty cool to be that high up

                  1. KingOllie
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Hope you took a screenshot. Being on that front page is the dream

                4. The 5% Team
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    last year was my first, ended with 34k overall rank.
                    Hope to end in 25k this year, but dropped quite a lot the last few GWs

                  • Right back Atsu
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Won a couple of holidays from a generous pub league.

                  • Becks
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    OR 92 after gw1 a couple of years ago, all downhill from there though

                  • Bubz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    One top 1k and one top 500 finish in 3 years

                  • Konstaapeli
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    My best is OR 78 at the end of the season.

                    Top 3 OR's are
                    2006/07: 78
                    2007/08: 2052
                    2016/2017: 4,417

                  • MINUS FOUR
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    It's happening right now! Started this GW at 25 OR and if (likely) it never, ever gets any better than this, well at least I'll always have the memories (and the screenshot).

                    1. Longlatini
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Nice to see someone who likes a hit doing so well!

                  • DF
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Finished a season at 104.
                    Finished a gw at 25 with 115 points.
                    Managed 175 (-8) in city's tgw.

                    1. DF
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Oh...and won my national league in consecutive years. I think that's unique!

                  • Latch86
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Finished OR 3,763 last season, which I was very happy with.

                    Currently sat on OR 7,872, but with no City players this GW (in hindsight, a mistake!), fear that may slip.

                  • BigRedDog
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Was ranked 8th in a gameweek once. Thats about it lol

                  • Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    In my first season I started in gw 5 and finished 160k, didn't realise what an achievement it was until years later.

                  • Del Griffiths
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Not really an achievement but I once got a grey arrow in OR, didn't move up or down. I remember boring everyone around me with the unlikelihood of it all.

                  • avfc82
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    As above, it's consistency for me. I think this is my tenth season playing and I've never got top 500, despite 4 top 1000 finishes and a handful of top 10k's. There's a long way to go but it could be doable this year - currently sat 441.

                    1. Fitzy.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      I keep waiting for you to pop up on one of the MTM videos - will that happen? You have a tremendous record, and give plenty of good advice here. Great work on both fronts!

                    2. Keyser soze 4321
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      I think your advice on here is right up there.

                    3. avfc82
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Thanks, appreciate it. Would be interested in doing a MTM video, just haven't got round to emailing!

                5. jose1
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Hazard > Salah (c)
                  Aguero > Rashford

                  For a -4?

                  1. mike09
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Good moves.

                  2. RUUD!
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    I have 2FT and no idea how to use them this week. Also have Llorente and Bednarek on the bench who both I could easily play this week, advice please?

                    Ederson
                    Robbo VVD Shaw Doherty
                    Sane Sterling Salah Pogba
                    Rashford Jiminiz
                    Speroni Llorente Bednarek Camarasa

                    1. HamezMace
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      I'd think about changing Ederson, Chelsea next isn't great, and then a blank, with no back up keeper.

                      1. RUUD!
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        I was thinking Ederson to Patricio actually.

                        1. HamezMace
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          I was thinking if you've had a 40OR you should be telling me what to do 🙂

                          ...just a note of caution on Patricio if Wolves are still in the FA cup after tonight.

                  3. MC-HAMMERS-TROUSERS
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    After putting the armband on Sane and being burned by Pep's rotation I'm considering going without any City players.
                    Thinking this could be a mistake but I've spat my dummy out a bit !

                    McCarthy - Etheridge
                    Digne - W-Bissaka - Schlupp - Doherty - Bamba
                    Mane - Richar - Son - Salah - Moutinho
                    Auba - Rash - Jimenez
                    1m ITB

                  4. Reminder: Vote for good content
                    Geoff
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Take this as my quarterly reminder to upvote posts that you think are valuable!

                    The reason upvoting is important is hugely increased for people who use Sort by: Rating like I do. This is an option available to every user that can be ticked under every article or from the main Profile page. It can be set as default from the Profile page.

                    I use this when I come to a new article because it sorts all the comments that people have found useful to the top of the first page. It's a nice way to catch up on discussions you missed and avoid people asking for RMTs. Not that RMTs aren't useful, and I do spend time looking at them and answering, but the more focused discussions are filtered to the top when you use Sort by: Rating.

                    So keep voting and try out the Rating sorting. It works better with more people voting and using it so let's give it a go for the next few days and see what we can do with it.

                    It's also a good way for mods to see the content people want to see discussed and Hot Topics can often be found at or near the top of the Rating-sorted posts 🙂

                    1. Make Arrows Green Again
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Upvoted 🙂

                      1. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        You're catching on quickly 😉

                    2. KingOllie
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      If you want to promote upvoting, you should implement a karma system like they have on Reddit which is displayed next to the username.

                      If you dont want the downvote button - then make a positive upvote only. I assure you that this would increase the amount of well written, structured comments

                      1. HamezMace
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Agreed, and up voted.

                      2. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Yeah this is something I'm looking at for next season. The functionality is somewhat there already - I have access to data that shows people's votes and what they've received.

                        One of the features actually that's underlying the voting system is that users with a higher 'reputation' have more voting power.

                        Post A.
                        One upvote, from a user who has received 50 upvotes.
                        Post B.
                        One upvote, from a user who has received 500 upvotes.

                        Post B will appear before Post A in the Sort by Rating system.

                        1. KingOllie
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Ah i used to use bodybuilding.com/misc and this was the case there also.

                          I thought it was great, users with more reputation upvoting a comment had more weight than a new user with 0 reputation.

                          Honestly though, i think if you implemented some kind of reputation system displayed under the avatar, the quality of comments would improve 🙂

                          1. HamezMace
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Exactly the same mate.

                            Keep chasing those gainz.

                            1. KingOllie
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              We're all gonna make it brah

                          2. Geoff
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • Has Moderation Rights
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Yeah, the idea is that users who have a higher reputation should have a better idea of what should be discussed and seen more. It gives the curation of the site comments to the users, in a way, particularly to users who have been around a while posting good content.

                            I agree that something visible might work. I first looked into it when I put in the badges for years on site.

                            1. KingOllie
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              I think the badges are good, but that only indicates how long ago you signed up.

                              Being recognized as someone who delivers good quality content/posts would definitely be desirable and promote people to upvote good content

                              1. Geoff
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • Has Moderation Rights
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                100%.

                                An 'Active User' badge is also possible, maybe on a scale with different levels, which shows if a poster has hit a certain threshold for comments over a certain period. There are things to think about which each of these but there's certainly room to expand

                              2. Make Arrows Green Again
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                Yeah I'm amazed at how much spam is posted by users with 6+ years' worth of knowing better.

                          3. mattg
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Makes sense to give more weight to bodybuilders with reputations. Load 'em up, I say!

                        2. Gravless are for Kinnear
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          How many upvotes have I received in 5 years? My guess is 150-200
                          One of the mods once gave us the full list in FFS history. The posters who post lineups had the highest

                          1. Geoff
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • Has Moderation Rights
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            I did a reset when I started so I could keep an eye on trends and how certain users performed, and so I could think about future changes to the commenting system; so while the historical data is there I mostly use data from about last May.

                            It's all manually editable as well so I can put it in different rules for specific things, which means the system doesn't need to be only +1 for every upvote. All of this really will help the Rating system if users keep voting for good content

                    3. Konstaapeli
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Never thought of sorting by ratings. Nice tip. Have an up vote.

                    4. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      As an aside:

                      Would it be possible to block certain users comments?

                      I don't want to sound negative, but I think this site has gone way downhill, especially during matches. Fair enough comment on how players are playing, but posts like:

                      'LIVERPOOL ARE KNOBHEADS', 'SCREW YOU SALAH', 'I BELIEVE IN YOU AUBA', etc. are tedious to say the least.

                      1. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        It might be possible but I'm much more hesitant on that one. I am going to review it also in the spring but no promises.

                        'I don't want to be negative but..' 😀

                        Try Sort by Rating on matchdays it does wonders. Yeah, you don't get updates on the games except in the Tweets, but none of that stuff gets upvotes so you just don't see it at all

                        1. el polako
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Anything you say before "but" is horse poo.

                    5. Zladan
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      So rather than a “This” Comment, give an upvote.

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

                        This

                        1. Geoff
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Beat me to it 😉

                      2. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Yeah, essentially. Although upvotes shouldn't necessarily be given just because you agree with something.

                        If someone posts an A or B type question and someone answers A, and you agree, an upvote doesn't hugely help. Your vote should be for content you think is interesting, or a good question, or basically anything you think should be more visible

                    6. Rostah
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      The current system lets you see the highest rated comments on the article your reading right?

                      It would be great to be able to sort by time period, so the highest rated comments, on any article, in the last 24hrs 48hrs, 7 days. High rated comments and discussions can easily get lost as the articles get old.

                      1. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Correct.

                        I agree, there could be a way for all of those to be sorted together. Another thing I'll add to the 'to be looked into' list

                    7. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Can we get a downvote added?

                      1. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        I've thought about this a bit and I think there's a bit of risk it gets used to target certain users.

                        It won't hugely benefit the Sort by Rating system.

                        Make a case for it. What are the benefits?

                  5. kuzser
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Appreciate some help with the strategy going forwards: 2ft, 1.4 itb
                    1. Gw26: hazard kamara-> Auba 5.4mid(moutinho) + can get Son for pogba/sane anytime

                    2. Gw26: hazard kamara-> Auba 4.3mid
                    Gw27: Fanderson digne-> Son 4.7def(New/Bou) for

                    3. Gw26: Haz->Son (3.3itb)
                    Gw27: kamara-> rondon/7.8 striker

                    4. Gw26: had kamara sane-> Auba son 6.3mid (fraser/jota), but potential benching headache

                    Current team:
                    FAB, 4.0
                    Robbo awb Pereira (schindler digne)
                    Sane hazard Salah Anderson pogba
                    Rashford Jimenez (kamara)

                  6. Dead Lift
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Why I can't see the tweet section anymore? I see only a green square without any letters.

                    1. Geoff
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      On some articles it's removed to fit other things in but it should be showing on this article.

                      Try a cache clear or refresh - is this happening for anyone else?

                      1. Rupert The Horse
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Not me.

                  7. Soapy
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Reckon Llorente starts against Leicester?

                    1. Athletico Timbo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Yes

                    2. HamezMace
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      No.
                      If Son, Lamela, and Moura are fit, Llorente doesn't start.
                      Llorente plays right into the hands of Morgan/Evans as well, so even less likely.

                  8. ROLLING THE DICE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    2 FT, need to find 1.9 to swap Rich out for Son:

                    Etheridge (Button)
                    Robbo Luiz Jonny (AWB) (Bednarek)
                    Salah Sterling Pogba *Richarlison (Puncheon)
                    Aguero Rashford Jimmy

                    I don't mind taking a -4, Could do Sterling > Sane and Robbo to 6.3 def.

                    Or Aguero to Firmino, no hit.

                  9. Dead Lift
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Thanks a lot. It was a problem caused from my browser.

                    1. Dead Lift
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Failed reply to Geoff.

                      1. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Nice one, glad it's fixed

                  10. I Member
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    FH in BGW31 or DGW32? Could be the biggest decision of the season.

                    1. SADIO SANÉ
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      if Tottenham/Wolves/Arse blank in 31 I don't really see how I'd navigate it without a FH - would the GW31 blankers play twice in 32?

                      1. grumpyman
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        I'm certainly in a position where I'll need to take 3/4 hits to field full 11s in 27 and 31. Still holding my free hit for GW32 though.

                    2. Gravless are for Kinnear
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Would you use FH to get 24 players playing or a FH to get 12 players playing?

                      1. Gravless are for Kinnear
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        A lot depends on the fixtures of course

                    3. _sidney_will
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Have a fair few players that are confirmed to be playing in BGW31, most of my transfers will be players who are playing in BGW31, allowing me to have a Full XI and FH in DGW32

                  11. simong1
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Who is the best replacement for Digne? Pereirra, Kolasinic or Lindelof?

                      1. HamezMace
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Pereira, Leicester have a lovely run of games, after this week.

                      2. Wild Card this...
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        No blanks for Leicester so I would go for Pereira

                      3. KingOllie
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Prefer Chilwell over Periera

                      4. Zladan
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        If Pereira plays OOP, hej go Pereira. If not, go Chilwell.

                    • Traction Engine Foot
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Do we expect TAA to start against Bournemouth? Is it worth holding on to him seeing as I have Robertson as well and Liverpool aren't keeping clean sheets?

                      1. Athletico Timbo
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        If you’ve kept him this far you may as well hang on

                      2. fenixri
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Ofcourse we are expecting just like previous few gws :).

                    • HamezMace
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence for tax fraud in Spain - but has avoided jail after exchanging the sentence for a fine.

                      Spanish prosecutors said the former Manchester United manager failed to declare revenues from image rights in Spanish tax declarations from 2011 and 2012, when he was coach of Real Madrid, "with the aim of obtaining illicit profits".

                      The news caps a miserable 24 hours for Mourinho who took a tumble at an ice hockey game in Russia on Monday evening.

                      ...just me, or does one of these things sound more serious than the other?!

                      1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Committing fraud is just what most very rich people do everyday.

                        Falling over during an ice hockey game is embarrassing.

                        1. HamezMace
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          I suppose this is true.

                          Just find it funny to be linked in the same story. Monday night, slipped on ice, and Jose says to himself, wow, how can this 24hrs get any worse, oh yeah a one year prison sentence for tax fraud.

                      2. Iggypop
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          its always tax fraud under Spanish law, xavi alonso, neymar, messi, Ronaldo. Must be issues in the system.

                      3. Athletic Nasherbo
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Is this madness?

                        Alonso, Sane, Hazard, Kamara > Kolasinac, Son, Moutinho, Aubameyang -8

                        1. Wild Card this...
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Hazard and Sane can get points in the clash between them...I can’t see low score there...

                          1. Athletic Nasherbo
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Both blank 27- Sane in and out of the team and Hazard has a tough fixture at Spurs.

                            1. fenixri
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              There is no tough fixture for Eden

                        2. Paddington Bear
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Looks good will be paid back by GW27

                      4. fenixri
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Thinking to set my defence like this after GW26

                        Taa - Kolasinac - Pereira - AWB - Doherty

                        What you think?

                      5. Wolves Ay We
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Which 3 best forwards to have?

                        A) Rashford + Aguero + Jimenez

                        B) Rashford + Auba + Jimenez

                        C) Auba + Aguero + Jimenez

                        1. Athletico Timbo
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          B

                        2. fenixri
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          B)

                          C) is also nice but need to see rest of the team, to see where you make sacrifices

                        3. Gringo Kid
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Thats really close call

                            C long term, but City will have a blank 27 GW

                          • Wild Card this...
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            C if you have GW 27 sorted

                          • Mo Mané Mo Problems
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            I'm going C) I think. Kun will be my only blanker in GW27.

                          • KingOllie
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            B then swap Auba to Aguero after gwk28

                        4. simong1
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Is Felipe Anderson or Jota the better replacement for Richarlison? Already have Jimenez

                            1. fenixri
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              I really like how Wolves are playing plus they have fixtures.

                              1. fenixri
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                Ok sry, Jota appears to be flagged so maybe monitor first

                            2. Wild Card this...
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Wait on Jota news

                            3. Srv210
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Jota for me

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

                              Jota out of those two

                            5. HamezMace
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Unpopular opinion it seems, but Anderson for me.

                          • RamaJama
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Which FT would you do?

                            A) Sane to Mane
                            B) Aguero to Auba
                            C) Aguero to Firm

                            1. Super Saints
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              B

                            2. fenixri
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              B) if you are sticking to the plan, A) if you are willing to keep Aguero who is in form for next gw. I wouldnt do C

                            3. Rupert The Horse
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              B.

                          • Super Saints
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Do you give up when your ML rival forgets to do his team and outscores your WC team?

                            He left Pogba as captain, has Luiz Mane etc etc

                            I brought in Aguero Sane(c) have Salah etc etc

                            1. Geoff
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • Has Moderation Rights
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Never give up.

                              But maybe log off FPL until the game Wednesday 😉

                          • Greenbackbøøg…
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Sounds crazy but even if Aguero scores again I still think I'd sell for Aubameyang

                            1. Rupert The Horse
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Yeah #metoo

                            2. MTPockets
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              I'll wait for his home games

                          • Srv210
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Is it just me or from a few weeks Salah is looking a bit poor ,against West ham too he was invisible most of the time and mane was coming around central areas more often???

                            1. Rupert The Horse
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              He's just been a bit off all season.
                              Somehow top scorer.

                            2. King Kohli
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              He's not looking at his sharpest that's for sure.
                              With big games against Bayern Munich looking, fatigue is definitely going to be an issue.

                              Do you think it's time to ship him and spread the funds?

                              1. Srv210
                                • 1 Year
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                Not shipping right now, but I'll monitor him definitely ...as pierce34 said below

                            3. Pierce34
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              I agree - even for some of his hauls Salah was looking average/lucky, but of course every time I mentioned something to that effect the Salah brigade was out in force saying 'you make your own luck' etc.

                              It's definitely something to keep an eye on - 2 open play goals in 7 games is not good enough for that price, especially if Kane ends up coming back sooner than expected.

                              1. Srv210
                                • 1 Year
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                Absolutely this.

                          • King Kohli
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Sorry if this has been asked before, which fixtures are confirmed for gw 31?

                              1. King Kohli
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                This is awesome. Cheers!