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FPL Question Time – Consult our panel ahead of Blank Gameweek 27

Fantasy Premier League managers are faced with a different kind of dilemma this week as they look to negotiate the upcoming Blank Gameweek 27.

Manchester City, Everton, Chelsea and Brighton will all be out of action over the weekend of February 23, and we’ll have to plan our moves accordingly.

Here to help you with any issues you might have are three more Fantasy managers from our rotating panel.

Submit your questions below…

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Simon March – Former FPL champion who won the title in 2014/15. Has regularly contributed to these pages ever since.

Ben Crabtree – Another FPL title winner, who secured the crown in the 2016/17 campaign.

David Munday – editor of Fantasy Football Scout, a man who spends too much time in the members area for his own good.

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255 Comments Post a Comment
  1. LOLarov
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Everyone confident of starts for Sterling Sane Aguero and Son today?

    I think only one with risk is Sane, I firmly believe other 3 start.

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Not Sane. Rest probably high chance unless there are proper ITKs who know differently.

      1. JJeyy
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Think all of those will start. The formation change for Arsenal was because of the pace counter attacks of Laca and Auba, don’t see him needing that change today.

        1. LOLarov
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          fair point, I agree with you

    2. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Will play strongest teams.

      Question is, what are they now?

    3. ...al - Leave your comments…
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Fairly confident yep

  2. eazy
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Been out some time. Is there any viable chip strategies that have emerged yet?

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      GW27-GW31: Build up your team using FTs for GW31 and GW33 blanks
      GW32: Free Hit
      GW33: Use FT for GW33 team
      GW34: Wildcard for GW35
      GW35: Bench Boost

      Question is when to use TC if you haven't already.

      1. Oh Maddison
          1 month, 7 days ago

          I know the teams for 31, what teams are playing gw33?

          1. THFC4LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            No u don’t, blanks not confirmed yet

        • LosBlancos
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Im building my team for dgw 32, fh 31 and then I can also get a good team gw 33 considering we could analyze who is likely to get KOd in the quarter finals.
          BB 32
          WC34
          TC35

          1. Becks
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 7 days ago

            This

          2. Son is Rising
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            This is the strategy I'm going for too.

      2. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I might Wildcard in 30 in preparation for BB in 32, FH31 and TC in 35. But I’ll wait until the fixtures are decided and see how it pans out

    2. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Son definitely will who knows with City. You'd think the 3 of them will start

      1. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Reply fail

      2. LOLarov
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        agreed, assume this was my post.

    3. Stoic
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Had Salah who is a bps repellent.. brought in Mane and he is a bigger one !

      1. diesel001
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Missed some big chances. And when Liverpool keep a CS then the defence are BPS monsters - particularly TAA and Robbo.

    4. JJeyy
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Early thoughts on:
      Laca and sterling
      Vs
      Auba and sane

      1. diesel001
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Laca and Sterling better IMO

      2. BIG TONES
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Laca and Sterling

      3. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        L&Sterling

    5. LosBlancos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Hazzo to single-handedly end Man City's title hopes? 😀

      1. Paddington Bear
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Even if Chelsea won 10-0 city’s title hopes would be far from over

        1. LosBlancos
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Not so sure

      2. Jᴀʀᴠish
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        End? It's February.

        1. LosBlancos
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Not much room for error

      3. Brosstan
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Hazbro is going to take it easy, if they finish outside top 4 its easier for him to force his move out in the summer.

        1. LosBlancos
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 7 days ago

          I thought its all agreed

      4. Fred54
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Liverpool v Chelsea mid April too. Hazard usually has a say in the title race.

      5. ...al - Leave your comments…
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Higuain

    6. Stoic
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Looking at kola's of, I think it was intentional lol

      1. Stoic
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        *og

      2. Pierce34
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Maybe his mini-league rival had captained him.

      3. Optimus.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        There is a good chance of him winning Huds goal of the month for February if last month is anything to go by

      4. LosBlancos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Just seen it
        Easy tap in 😆

    7. The Naga Khan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 7 days ago

      If Chelsea reach the FA cup final and Europa League final when does the Brighton gw27 match switch to?

      1. LosBlancos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Triple gw?
        Dunno

    8. mdm
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Firmino to:

      A. Vardy
      B. Rondon
      C. Jiminez
      D. keep

      Thanks!

      1. wulfranian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        a

      2. OptimusBlack
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        A

      3. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        C

      4. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        C

      5. Becks
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        D

    9. Dacra
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Looking good for the blank. No idea after that..

      Pat (Speroni)
      Robertson - Bennett - Bednarek (Lindelof, Digne)
      Salah - Mane - Son - Pogba - Jota
      Rashford - Lacazette (Niasse)

      0ft
      3.1itb

      1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        What was your transfer?

        1. Dacra
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Sterling to Mane

      2. Paddington Bear
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        C ?

    10. OptimusBlack
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      unfortunately used my WC... but i have all 3 chips.. it's a big deal or not for upcoming fixtures gw 31 32 etc...

    11. Pascal\'s Triangle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Aguero and Richarlison

      Out for

      A. Auba and Anderson
      B. Laca and Son

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        A imo

        1. Pascal\'s Triangle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Cheers Dbeck

    12. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Assuming no injuries in fa cup, Tonkin to Chilwell for free?

      Fab button
      TAA Robbo Doherty lascelles Tomkins
      Salah sterling Pogba JWP puncheon
      Auba rash Jiménez

      1ft 0.8 itb

      1. Pascal\'s Triangle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I would!

    13. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      How much of a disadvantage is it really to have no WC or chips left bar the FH chip I wonder?
      Build a team for doubles from 27 onwards and use FH chip in 31. Blank 33 could likely be easy enough to navigate. Might not be the end of the world for us chipless crew or am I deluding myself?

      1. grumpyman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Bench boost and TC put you 10-15 points behind for each chip. Free Hit and Wildcard probably 20-30 points behind each. Just my guestimate though.

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          I have FH which is the important chip imo. Got 19 points from my BB and 11 from my TC so I cant complain about that. Just got to hope for some big GWs going forward to counter I guess. Happy to have tried it differently this season anyway. WIll be something to review at season's end. Cheers & GL.

      2. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Should be ok using transfers and a few hits but obviously not ideal

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Kind of makes it more interesting though imo, some would say the opposite though I guess 😉
          I wish I had a CC team with WC, TC & BB intact, play both and compare results!

      3. Mo Mané Mo Problems
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        TC is just worth a set amount. I doubt you disrupt long term plans to use it.

        BB is slightly harder to measure effectiveness as you may get a decent point score with it, but have sacrificed points pre and post BB.

        This season, if you BB’d in GW1 and scored 20+, and TC either GW2 or at pretty much any other time for 20+ (so long as you isn’t sacrifice using BB/FH/WC in the week you used it) you have won.

        1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Isn’t = didn’t

        2. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Hmmm, interesting and fair points especially re-BB chip being hard to measure.

      4. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        WC and chips mean you can change things in an instant, building towards doubles means you can miss big hauls on the way there!

    14. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Fabianski
      Robertson / TAA / Doherty / AWB
      Salah / Son / Pogba / Camarasa
      Rashford / Jimenez

      Ederson* // Sterling* / Digne* / Ings*

      Which option looks best for next GW?

      A) Digne > Pereira
      B) Ederson/Ings > Boruc/Lacazette (-4)
      C) Save FT

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        A or Ings to rondon

        1. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          A

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        And if the -4 wasn't applicable? 😉

    15. Optimus.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Wayne Rooney at it again, caught cradle snatching a 32 year old this time supposedly..

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Link?

          1. Optimus.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            😉

          2. Gentle_Turks
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Link doesn't work.

            1. Homer21
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Lol

            2. Syd.
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              You can take a horse to water..........

    16. Dead Lift
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Will Trippier start?

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Might be saved for Wednesday

        1. Dead Lift
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          I hope not!

    17. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Early thoughts on what to do with this lot? Have 2ft’s and 1.2m itb

      Fabianksi Hamer
      Robertson Doherty Kolasinac Digne AWB
      Salah Sterling Pogba Son Hojbjerg
      Firmino Rashford Jimenez

      Cheers all

      1. Dead Lift
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Too early to say. Very decent team. Maybe Sterling and Firmino out, for Auba and a mid.

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Ye was thinking of them moves with F.Anderson, but I’d want a City attacker from gw28 onwards

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

        If the budget allows: Digne+Firmino> Auba+Yedlin

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          0.1 short of this, typical lol

    18. FPL DONKEY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      If Etheridge hadn't conceded in injury time yesterday he would've been the highest scoring goalkeeper in the game! He seems like this season's Nick Pope to me..

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Yup - set and forget for me now

    19. The_Fish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Got Sterling, Aguero and Digne blanking next week.

      As my bench includes Success and Puncheon, I probably need 1 to get 11 playing, 2 for a bit of safety.

      Digne to Perreira/TAA?
      Sterling/Aguero and Success/Puncheon to a lower price and higher price option?

    20. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Almost time for line-ups

    21. LOLarov
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Mike Dean will referee City v Chelsea today

      Here's a few of his stats:

      1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Interesting.

        1. LOLarov
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Sorry some reason it cut my post half way

      2. LOLarov
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        99 reds given

        More reds to city and Chelsea then any other club!!

        Alonso red incoming off my bench for Rashford...

      3. Are you Surman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        likes to give penaltys if I am correct

    22. DA Minnion
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      First time owning Son this time. Watch the blanks roll in.

      1. diesel001
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        FFS.

      2. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        So at the end of your date when you're invited in for coffee, your reply would be 'What's the point, nothings going to happen'!! FFS

    23. TheTinman
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Do Newcastle avoid the blanks?

      If not who do they need to win to avoid the blanks? (Or is that unknown due to draw not being made)

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Play in 31 but need Palace to get knocked out to play in 33

      2. Syd.
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Could blank in GW33

      3. ...al - Leave your comments…
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        The problem with the teams actually playing in 31 is they're all mostly sh!t

        Might end up just writing that week off and have decent players on the run up to it

    24. King Kohli
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Best move here?

      Looking at Sane + Button > Eriksen/Jota + Etheridge

      Ryan Button
      Robbo TAA Doherty Bednarek Bennett
      Salah Sterling Pogba Sane Son
      Rashford Rondon Kamara

      1 Ft 0.6 itb

    25. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Come on Hazard, punish the sellers!

      1. Wild Rover
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        He punished me enough as an owner

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Lol true

      2. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Have a sickening feeling he'll haul and my Sterling(C) will blank but hopefully not!

      3. Garlando
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        2 assists in the reverse fixture...albeit at home.

    26. Syd.
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Did not expect that 😯

      1. Jᴀʀᴠish
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        A ban?

        1. Wild Rover
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Nowhere else would have him 😉

    27. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      OMG that team-sheet!

      1. Wild Rover
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        You know that list of things that you posted?

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          hehe was tongue-in-cheek 😉

    28. Sim Simma
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Team News: TOT vs LEI
      Referee: Michael Oliver

      TOT: Lloris, Vertonghen, Sánchez, Trippier, Rose, Skipp, Sissoko, Eriksen, Winks, Son, Llorente
      Subs: Gazzaniga, Alderweireld, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier, Lucas Moura, Wanyama

      LEI: Schmeichel, Maguire, Chilwell, Pereira, Evans, Ghezzal, Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Mendy, Gray
      Subs: Ward, Morgan, Simpson, Choudhury, Ndidi, Vardy, Okazaki

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        My triple Spurs start...noice 🙂

      2. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Cheers Sim.....

      3. Jᴀʀᴠish
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        First again ahead of the self-hulker. Cheers 🙂

    29. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Ew weird spurs line up

      1. Here's Tom with the We…
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Why?