Scout Notes

Schar underlines goal threat as budget FPL attacking assets blank

Newcastle United recorded their fourth straight home win and third clean sheet in six Gameweeks as they saw off the challenge of Burnley on Tuesday.

The Magpies’ victory ended Burnley’s own eight-match unbeaten run as the Clarets’ budget Fantasy assets suffered a rare blank after the success stories of recent weeks.

We’ll look at how Rafael Benitez’s side chalked up their latest victory and examine how their own cut-price Fantasy options fared ahead of some more appealing fixtures in the weeks ahead.

Newcastle United 2-0 Burnley

  • Goals: Fabian Schar (£4.7m), Sean Longstaff (£4.5m)
  • Assists: Javier Manquillo (£4.3m)

Newcastle United’s second 2-0 home win in the space of four days was an altogether different affair from the victory over Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

The procession over the ten-man Terriers in Gameweek 27 always had to be treated with caution from a Fantasy perspective but Tuesday’s triumph over an in-form Burnley side was more of a reliable barometer as to how well the Magpies’ assets are currently performing.

As expected, Miguel Almiron (£6.0m), Salomon Rondon (£5.9m) and Ayoze Perez (£6.1m) had a tougher evening against an improved Clarets defence that had only shipped seven goals in the preceding eight Gameweeks.

As Sean Dyche conceded after the match, Newcastle were the better side but clear-cut chances were few and far between: Perez failing to record a single shot on goal and Rondon’s only meaningful effort being a free header in first-half stoppage time that he couldn’t guide on target.

Still, there were more encouraging signs that Newcastle’s front three will be a force to be reckoned with in the coming weeks as they worked well in tandem at St. James’ Park.

Rondon may have struggled to completely impose himself on James Tarkowski (£4.7m) and Ben Mee (£4.6m) but his presence is always a threat and he registered three key passes on Tyneside last night, more than any other Newcastle player.

Almiron’s searing pace was once again evident, with Tom Heaton (£4.8m) having to rush off his line to deny the Paraguayan midfielder a goalscoring chance before the break.

Newcastle’s club-record signing then had an excellent one-on-one chance after half-time, only for Heaton to deflect Almiron’s effort into the side netting.

While this was a second successive blank for the mid-price midfielder, Almiron has shown plenty of encouragement in his first two Newcastle starts to attract interest from a Fantasy perspective – the Paraguay international had similarly broken free of the visiting defence on Saturday only for his chipped effort to strike the woodwork.

With United’s front three drawing a blank despite their promising displays, it was left to a differential FPL defender and midfielder to seal three points for the hosts.

Fabian Schar (£4.7m) once again underscored his goal threat with a rocket of an opener, his 25-yard effort crashing in off Heaton’s left-hand post.

It’s the Swiss centre-back’s threat from open play as well as set-piece situations that catches the eye and the summer signing from Deportivo de La Coruna has a long-standing reputation as a goal-getting defender, having scored on seven occasions for his country in 46 appearances.

His proclivity to accumulate yellow cards (eight in 16 Premier appearances, just two away from a two-match ban) and United’s competition for places at centre-back have perhaps been deterrents but he is now part of a settled back three in the meanest defence outside of the “big six”, with only two of those Champions League-chasing clubs to come in the remaining ten Gameweeks.

Speaking of his in-form defender, Rafael Benitez said:

We know he is capable of doing that. On the ball, he is good, and now he is improving in defence and the understanding with the other players is getting better.

The Newcastle boss also had positive words to say about Sean Longstaff (£4.5m), who scored his first senior goal to put the cap on his side’s victory.

Benitez said:

I said so many times when he was coming and training with us he was doing well and he was lucky enough to make his debut sooner rather than later because of injuries. 

But he deserved to be there and we decided to keep him in the team because he is working hard and playing well and his understanding with Hayden is quite good.

We are really pleased. To have a local lad playing is an example to the rest of the players. You can guarantee when you have local players they are cheaper! And, also, they are committed. Both things are important.

He had a yellow card and they were trying to play on him, focusing on his yellow card. So we had to protect him [by substituting him].

The return to fitness of Ki Sung-yueng (£4.7m), Jonjo Shelvey (£5.3m) and Mohamed Diame (£4.8m) is a concern but Longstaff and Isaac Hayden (£4.4m) continue to be two of the more appealing options among bargain-bin FPL midfielders, having started seven and ten successive Premier League matches respectively and having chipped in with attacking returns during that time.

DeAndre Yedlin (£4.5m) missed out on Newcastle’s latest clean sheet, meanwhile, being handed a breather to allow Javier Manquillo (£4.3m) a run-out in what was Benitez’s only change to his starting XI.

Dyche made his first alteration to the Burnley line-up in seven Gameweeks, with the sick Ashley Westwood (£4.6m) dropping out, Jeff Hendrick (£5.2m) moved inside to central midfield and Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.5m) reinstated on the right flank.

The Clarets’ boss said of Westwood’s ailment:

I think Westy and Corky have had a tremendous little run together, and the way they’ve connected, but unfortunately he went down with sickness so we had to get him a car back because we didn’t want it going through the camp.

We got him home this afternoon in a car to give him some more recovery time and hopefully it just a bug that passes quickly. He was in a hotel room on his own thankfully so he was not around the group so hopefully, we have contained that.

Dyche also provided updates on long-term injury victims Aaron Lennon (£4.9m) and Steven Defour (£5.3m):

We are just waiting on news of what they are going to [with Defour]. It is a calf thing and there are a couple of different options so we are just waiting on some clarity on what they are actually going to decide to do.

He was seeing one of the specialists (on Tuesday). I will have to wait and see what the specialists’ report is.

Azza is making really good progress but is not there yet obviously.

Burnley created little from open play but preyed on Newcastle’s vulnerability from crosses and at set plays, with the majority of their chances coming from corners or free-kicks.

Tarkowski wasted an Ashley Barnes (£5.7m) assist when volleying over from close range, while Chris Wood (£6.2m) stung the palms of Martin Dubravka (£5.0m) and substitute Matej Vydra (£5.6m) couldn’t scramble the ball past the Slovakian goalkeeper after yet another set-piece delivery.

With his FPL ownership down to 1.1%, Gudmundsson might be an interesting differential for the remaining Gameweeks if he can now nail down a starting role: no player on show at St. James’ Park created more chances or registered more shots, with the Iceland international’s set-piece deliveries a valuable tool in his locker with the likes of Barnes, Wood, Mee and Tarkowski to aim at.

Tarkowski recorded another three attempts on goal on Tyneside and now only three FPL assets in any position (let alone defence) have registered more efforts from inside the opposition six-yard box this season.

Barnes and Wood struggled to get much change from Newcastle’s three centre-backs, with Barnes’ only effort on goal being a blocked shot in the second half.

Both of the Clarets’ in-form strikers were substituted on a rare off-day for the pair but Burnley at least have three home matches in the next four Gameweeks to look forward to, for those Fantasy owners disenchanted with Tuesday night’s returns.

Another Burnley asset to be withdrawn was budget midfielder Dwight McNeil (£4.5m), who was hooked at half-time.

Dyche said of his young prospect:

When you are young, the games do catch you out sometimes.

We wanted him to again because we got him off on Saturday early and we thought he’d be fine, the energy would be there.

I think sometimes it just catches the young players out, particularly physically and sometimes mentally because it was a big game playing on TV against Tottenham and it was another big game tonight for different reasons.

He’s been fantastic. We did wonder: ‘can you get that next one out of him?’, but I thought he was good Saturday and he just found it tough tonight.

Dyche lamented a “really poor” first half and suggested this was perhaps just one game too far for his in-form side:

It’s a strange one to analyse. We certainly weren’t at the races in the first half and you can’t help but think back to Saturday’s result and all the euphoria that goes with beating one of the big six.

If we’d had a free week, all that furore might have calmed down, but when you hit the big teams as we did on Saturday with a terrific performance and you have to go and do it all again a few days later – well, that’s what it looked like.

In the second half, I thought there was a response. We were a little more like our old selves.

The energy came back and without being amazing, we huffed and puffed and created one or two things. At least it looked a bit more like us.

Newcastle United XI (3-4-2-1): Dubravka; Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune; Manquillo, Longstaff (Diame 85′), Hayden, Ritchie; Perez (Joselu 87′), Almiron (Dummett 80′); Rondon.

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Heaton; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Cork, McNeil (Brady 46′); Wood (Vydra 83′), Barnes (Crouch 71′).

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

    RP on new article

    What do you think of this plan gents?

    GW29: Save FT:

    Fab
    Robbo, TAA, Luiz, Doherty
    Salah, Pogba (v), Son, Jota
    Kun (C), Jimi
    (Hamer) (Barnes, Pereira, JWP)

    GW30/1: for free
    Son, Jota, Jimi > Haz, Fraser, Rondon
    OR
    Son, Jota, Jimi > Haz, Almiron, King

    To give me 10 players for GW31:
    Fab
    Robbo, TAA, Luiz, Pereira
    Salah (C), Haz, Fraser/ Almirón
    Rondón/ King, Barnes
    (Hamer) (Kun, Pogba, JWP)

    Thoughts?
    Cheers!

    1. The 5% Team
        20 days, 8 hours ago

        good plan...both options look fine, I'd go for Almiron and King probably.

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

          Cheers mate.
          Obv “the best laid plans..” and all that but have to try!

    2. OneDennisBergkamp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 8 hours ago

      Is there an online tool where you can plan ahead your squad and transfers? So you can visually see it beyond next week..

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        20 days, 8 hours ago

        Is it called a spreadsheet ? 😉

      2. donlobatto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        20 days, 8 hours ago

        Besides a spreadsheet there is really only the member RMT tool which works but only for one set of transfers at a time (I.e will show how those transfers will impact looking forward for the next 6 GWs)

      3. Pep Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        20 days, 8 hours ago

        What is your email address? I will happily email you a spreadsheet I use

        1. OneDennisBergkamp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          20 days, 8 hours ago

          Thanks! mike@portalcorp.com

        2. Offs!de
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          20 days, 7 hours ago

          Could you please send this to me at mbh.belal71@gmail.com ?

          1. Pep Pig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            20 days, 7 hours ago

            Hi mate. I have emailed you now 🙂

      4. caldracula
        • 3 Years
        20 days, 8 hours ago

        I do it on the transfer page without confirming the transfers, always find that the simplest way.

      5. Pep Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        20 days, 7 hours ago

        Hi Mike, I've emailed you the spreadsheet planner.

      6. BenjoBD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        20 days, 6 hours ago

        there is also this which i use. I will send it to you...

    3. Syd.
      • 9 Years
      20 days, 8 hours ago

      Tonight is the night that tears will be shed and laughter will be laughed

      Good luck

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

        It’s going to be carnage one way or another. Expecting pages on this place to be disappearing faster than ever

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 5 Years
        20 days, 8 hours ago

        Who is your (c)?

    4. Trippier Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 8 hours ago

      Site suggestion: the articles tab next to hot topics seems to be community, and I would personally find it much easier to navigate FFS articles if it was represented as a 4th tab here.

      So could “articles“ be renamed to “community” and a separate “articles” (containing the FFS editor articles) tab be added?

      Might need some word-smithing to make it fit or clearer...

      1. Jᴀʀᴠish
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        20 days, 8 hours ago

        There are so few community-submitted articles now, they might as well just merge the two.

        1. Trippier Hazard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          20 days, 8 hours ago

          Yes that is a shame, there's not enough promotion of community articles from what I can see - I think the 'new article' comment should be applied on the comments whenever a community article is submitted - maybe give it same status as a hot topic?

          1. Pep Pig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            20 days, 8 hours ago

            I've submitted a couple in the last few weeks and really enjoyed it.
            The community articles can be overlooked which is a shame, but it's understandable to an extent

            1. Jᴀʀᴠish
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              Yep - good articles too 🙂

              In days past there were much more discussions on the community articles as people who came on this site generally wanted to talk about FPL more and wanted to contribute their thoughts and insights as a tight-knit group of FPL nerds. Now those people have gone elsewhere and the site has evolved to be dominated by RMTs / a or b?, and very little discussion is had. Good for the clicks and the membership numbers though.

              1. Pep Pig
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 8 hours ago

                Thank you sir. I agree and it's never been my "bag" to ask for opinions on my opinions. the A,B or C and RMT messages take up far too much of the site. Don't mind the odd one but the repetitive ones grind my gears 😉

                1. Bird Raymond
                  • 7 Years
                  20 days, 7 hours ago

                  What grinds your gears more?
                  a/ RMT posts.
                  b/ a, b or c posts.

                  1. Pep Pig
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    20 days, 7 hours ago

                    I could rant about them both mate. Each to their own I guess. I comment on them now and again if it's worded differently and catches the eye 😀

    5. The hope that kills...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      20 days, 8 hours ago

      Any inside news on the chance of Bobby F and Rash making an appearance tonight -bibs, buses, etc?
      Stupidly decided to leave Gylfi on the bench

      1. Dave Bauer
        • 9 Years
        20 days, 8 hours ago

        You would be incredibly unlucky for both of them to play. Firm has been effectively ruled out and Rashford seems 50/50 at best.

        1. The hope that kills...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          20 days, 8 hours ago

          Cheers. That's reassuring to hear

          1. Dave Bauer
            • 9 Years
            20 days, 7 hours ago

            It’s the hope that kills you 😉

            1. The hope that kills...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              20 days, 7 hours ago

              Not much of that left this season, I can tell you!

    6. Trippier Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 8 hours ago

      Possible site bug: If I'm on 'articles' (https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/articles/) and click on 'previous articles' - to go to presumably older articles (https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/articles/page/2) - the same articles keep showing. Same goes for cycling further back through articles.

      1. Skonto Rigga
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 1 Year
        20 days, 8 hours ago

        I think the latest article always shows as the top result no matter how far you go back.

        1. Skonto Rigga
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 1 Year
          20 days, 8 hours ago

          Ah, I see what you mean now. I'll report that.

      2. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        20 days, 8 hours ago

        Also there’s a major bug on FPL. Every player I transfer in always gets a 0pts by his name each GW.

        Very frustrating, hope they fix it for next season.

    7. Dynamic Duos
      • 5 Years
      20 days, 8 hours ago

      Rondon V Barnes was much to about nothing really wasn't it, but happy to have Barnes at home v Palace

      1. FDMS All Starz
        • 3 Years
        20 days, 8 hours ago

        Think Barnes as he is on pens and Newcastle can blank GW33

    8. Tmel
      • 8 Years
      20 days, 8 hours ago

      Bench one this weekend:

      a) TAA (eve)
      b) Jonny (CAR)

      (already have Robbo & Doherty playing)

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 5 Years
        20 days, 8 hours ago

        B

      2. The 5% Team
          20 days, 8 hours ago

          B of course...count Wolves clean sheets the past GWs 🙁

        • Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 4 Years
          20 days, 8 hours ago

          has to be taa

      3. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 4 Years
        20 days, 8 hours ago

        i take it arnie is just a no go nowadays. such a shame with the great upcoming fixtures...

        1. FDMS All Starz
          • 3 Years
          20 days, 8 hours ago

          Why, could easily start today and if he hits form then no way he gets dropped

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 4 Years
            20 days, 8 hours ago

            i thought he was dropped because of the whole transfer to china business..

            1. CliveTilds
                20 days, 8 hours ago

                He just signed a new contract

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 4 Years
                  20 days, 8 hours ago

                  haha didnt know that, maybe he s a good option after all 🙂

          2. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 4 Years
            20 days, 8 hours ago

            thanks all !

            1. Bubbles1985
              • 2 Years
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              He will be off in the summer.

              Expect him to score 7-8 goals between now and GW38!

        2. Dynamic Duos
          • 5 Years
          20 days, 8 hours ago

          Happy with this at weekend, think it is an easy save.

          Ederson
          TAA VVD Doherty
          Salah Anderson Pogba Son
          Jimenez Aguero Barnes

          Boruc Pereira Bednerak Brooks

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 4 Years
            20 days, 8 hours ago

            you bet !

        3. TLF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          20 days, 8 hours ago

          What is your view on being able to view other FPL managers bank balances and the change once transfers are made between GW's ? Do you use it to monitor other managers/mini league opponents moves & do you reckon it would be better if it wasn't visible ?

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 5 Years
            20 days, 8 hours ago

            It is great insight yes on mls, i always check other teams and make my transfers last in general, i think it should stay like this

          2. Pep Pig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            20 days, 8 hours ago

            That's borderline stalking mate.... I've never done it 😀

          3. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 4 Years
            20 days, 8 hours ago

            useful.

          4. caldracula
            • 3 Years
            20 days, 8 hours ago

            Haven't really looked at rivals teams the majority of the season (Have done recently). You can get the gist of what transfer a rival may have made if it's only the one and you knew their balance before hand. I think it would be better if the transfers made of other teams was updated after the deadline but not sure if this can be done?

          5. Bubbles1985
            • 2 Years
            20 days, 8 hours ago

            I use this to decide whether it is worth taking a hit or not! 🙂

          6. Dave Bauer
            • 9 Years
            20 days, 8 hours ago

            Very useful. Won me a mini league when chasing a few years back...worked out my opponent could not have brought in Giroud...so I did, gave him the armband and WHAT’S THIS A MINI LEAGUE WIN BY A POINT DON’T MIND IF I DO 🙂

          7. Salah'd n Sauce
            • 2 Years
            20 days, 7 hours ago

            I often have a wee check on it to see if those in my ML around me have made any pre GW changes .
            Yeah they might leave it until last minute but most don't so it's a nice indicator.

        4. Longlatini
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          20 days, 8 hours ago

          Looking for some reassurance

          Chances of this happening tonight

          Mane Goal and CS 8 points

          Schlupp Stephens Boruc Kane all blank for a total of 8 points

          A Good chance

          B Chance but unlikely

          C Poor chance ?!

          1. The 5% Team
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              ehm...B

          2. Sgt Frank Drebin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            20 days, 8 hours ago

            Matt Doherty please leave my team. You have let me down. It is time to say goodbye.

            1. Wild Rover
              • 8 Years
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              I'm giving mim another week, Cardiff home is not worth the risk of huge regret

              1. Wild Rover
                • 8 Years
                20 days, 8 hours ago

                *might sell Jota though, terrible buy

            2. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 4 Years
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              you ve always been a comic frank 🙂

            3. Top Lad Dakes.
              • 2 Years
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              But... but.... CAR?

              1. Sgt Frank Drebin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 8 hours ago

                They wouldn't keep a clean sheet even against the 2007/2008 Derby County

            4. Jᴀʀᴠish
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              I'm sure we can handle this situation maturely, just like the responsible adults that we are. Isn't that right, Mr. Poopy Pants?

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 4 Years
                20 days, 8 hours ago

                🙂

            5. Dave Bauer
              • 9 Years
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              Home to Cardiff? Ooh not sure this is the time.

          3. Top Lad Dakes.
            • 2 Years
            20 days, 8 hours ago

            Indescribable how much I need an Auba hattrick, Salah 1G or so and Aguero cameo or no show 🙂

            #sorrynotsorry? Rank will be decimated and maybe not salvageable even with chips if the exact opposite happens.

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              Rank being decimated, i.e. reduced by 10%, is not too bad ... 🙂

              1. Top Lad Dakes.
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 8 hours ago

                Still a kick in the teeth though so far and could get worse if things don’t go ma way today

            2. Regin
              • 1 Year
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              i need the opposite exactly. aguero hattrick, small return for salah & auba blank.

              1. Top Lad Dakes.
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 8 hours ago

                Well I hope none of your wishes bar the salah one come true, friend

              2. Dave Bauer
                • 9 Years
                20 days, 8 hours ago

                I will do the chef’s kiss thing if this happens.

            3. aborg
              • 1 Year
              20 days, 7 hours ago

              Same here because I fell to second in my mini league because of my Rival’s Agüero hat trick and my 1 point Sané Cameo !!! Auba please save me this time ......

          4. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            20 days, 8 hours ago

            Amazed so many sold Auba to bring in Kun for his one point 87th minute cameo 🙂

            1. Top Lad Dakes.
              • 2 Years
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              Crikey I hope you’re right RE Kun. Auba (c) ‘ere

            2. Regin
              • 1 Year
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              yeah and kdb will start as false 9, right?

              1. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                20 days, 8 hours ago

                Have you not seen the tweet ? 😉

                1. Top Lad Dakes.
                  • 2 Years
                  20 days, 8 hours ago

                  ???

                2. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                  • 3 Years
                  20 days, 8 hours ago

                  What???

                3. Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  20 days, 8 hours ago

                  Just joking 🙂

          5. Trippier Hazard
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            20 days, 8 hours ago

            Hello, can someone help me to understand how a player's price gets locked? Is it from going to amber to red on the injury list, or having an unknown return date? I've looked on http://www.fplstatistics.co.uk but it doesn't seem to be clear on locking / unlocking, and I can't see any locked player on it right now.

            1. caldracula
              • 3 Years
              20 days, 7 hours ago

              I believe a players price is locked for 10 days once a red flag is removed. I don't think there's any other instances when a price would be locked but I could be wrong.

              1. No Luck
                • 7 Years
                20 days, 7 hours ago

                When a new player is added to the game

            2. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 9 Years
              20 days, 7 hours ago

              Niasse and Zouma are locked currently. Click the green +

            3. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 9 Years
              20 days, 7 hours ago

              Red to available, like after a suspension.

          6. Marty McFly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            20 days, 8 hours ago

            Jimenez (C) vs Cardiff at home, anyone?

            1. Regin
              • 1 Year
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              u didnt learn from yesterday at Huddersfield?

              1. Top Lad Dakes.
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 8 hours ago

                Tbf HUD are a bit of a bogey team for them it seems

              2. Top Lad Dakes.
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 8 hours ago

                That said still woukdnt

              3. Marty McFly
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                17 days, 5 hours ago

                Awkward

            2. Bada Bing
              • 2 Years
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              No way after last night's horror show.

            3. Game Over
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              Nah

            4. Paddington Bear
              • 1 Year
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              Na would rather Pogba

            5. Demel
              • 7 Years
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              Jimenez = Never captain. Never bench. Never sell.

          7. Top Lad Dakes.
            • 2 Years
            20 days, 8 hours ago

            Please play Raz or someone falafel 9 Pep.... don’t have him, but also don’t have Kun 😆

            1. donlobatto
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              20 days, 7 hours ago

              I love a good Falafel 9 - with extra hummus

          8. JoeSoap
            • 5 Years
            20 days, 8 hours ago

            Like most of you looking at the best hip strategy ahead. Have all chips and will have 8/9 players for GW 31.

            Two strategies:
            GW 31 FH GW 32 TC

            1. JoeSoap
              • 5 Years
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              Ignore, wasn't finished.

          9. FDMS All Starz
            • 3 Years
            20 days, 8 hours ago

            Worth holding jota? Has Cardiff next but seems to be hooked around 60min mark a lot lately and may even be dropped due to wolves poor form

            1. Game Over
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              I'm holding for the Cardiff game. After that he can bugger off.

              1. The 5% Team
                  20 days, 7 hours ago

                  same here...after Cardiff probably do Jota > Barnes (LEI)

            2. Dybala10
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              Auba & Kola > Higuain & Luiz -4?

              Trying to navigate the blanks and arsenal have two tough fixtures coming up too.

              Relying on Kola to get assists and Auba has been a rank killer as I’ve owned since Xmas.

            3. Jafooli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              Bit like MotD challenge, does anyone here do the University Challenge challenge?

              The challenge being to answer one question in an episode.

              1. Deulofail
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                20 days, 8 hours ago

                I thought the challenge was to avoid education but still act like an expert

                1. Jafooli
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  20 days, 7 hours ago

                  There are some seriously well knowledged spotters on UC. I reckon after watching a round, if I was then asked the same questions 10mins later, I still couldn’t answer them.

                  I can’t even pronounce half the guff they spout.....

              2. Game Over
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 8 hours ago

                I think I've answered one question in the last 20 years

                1. Jafooli
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  20 days, 7 hours ago

                  #humblebrag

              3. Jᴀʀᴠish
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                20 days, 7 hours ago

                Usually lots of easy pickings on the 3rd bonus question

                1. Jafooli
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  20 days, 7 hours ago

                  😆 yeah for sure......I get excited when Paxo says music or picture round, just gives me a morsel of hope......and then masterpieces & classical music and I go to bits.

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

                    Ugh -yeah - classical music should be banned on all music rounds on all quizzes! Ask me about Bombalurina, not Beethoven.

                2. Water Isn't Wet
                  • 1 Year
                  20 days, 7 hours ago

                  Absolutely. Often the answer they've been guessing for first and second bonus question too.

                  1. Jafooli
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    20 days, 7 hours ago

                    😆 very good tactic......will try that.....

              4. Jafooli
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                20 days, 7 hours ago

                Paxo - ‘Fantasy Football Scout, Jafooli’

                Jafooli - ‘Er, Rondon?’

                Guess the question?

                1. Water Isn't Wet
                  • 1 Year
                  20 days, 7 hours ago

                  Venezuela?

                2. Jᴀʀᴠish
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  20 days, 7 hours ago

                  Barnes or Rondon?

            4. T96
                20 days, 8 hours ago

                How many points have you got going into tonight’s set of fixtures, and how many players left to play?

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 4 Years
                  20 days, 7 hours ago

                  well i have 9 points so far but i have schindler teasing me from the bench with 6 points, doesnt get smoother than that if he comes on 🙂

                  1. T96
                      20 days, 7 hours ago

                      Personally got 15, with 6 still to play including my captain. Fingers crossed

                  2. Salah'd n Sauce
                    • 2 Years
                    20 days, 7 hours ago

                    8 points 😐
                    6 to play inc captain

                  3. Dukes of Hazzard
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    20 days, 7 hours ago

                    13 points with 6 players left Auba captain meh

                  4. I Member
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    20 days, 7 hours ago

                    13 points, 7 players left including captain.

                  5. Water Isn't Wet
                    • 1 Year
                    20 days, 7 hours ago

                    13 (-4) and 9.

                  6. Longlatini
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    20 days, 7 hours ago

                    7 points with 5 left to play 🙁

                  7. caldracula
                    • 3 Years
                    20 days, 7 hours ago

                    9 (-4). 6 Left Kun (C)

                2. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                  • 3 Years
                  20 days, 8 hours ago

                  Will there be a chance that Aguero and Sterling are both rested for this game? Even with Jesus injury?

                  1. FDMS All Starz
                    • 3 Years
                    20 days, 8 hours ago

                    One will be dropped, think sterling because Sane had a good game vs westham last game and sterling does a lot of running because of his position

                  2. Demel
                    • 7 Years
                    20 days, 8 hours ago

                    That seems very unlikely.

                  3. Pep Pig
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    20 days, 7 hours ago

                    As always it will be a much anticipated lineup.

                    I own Sterling and have a feeling he could be replaced by Mahrez and Aguero plays. Though if he chooses to play Mendy, which he could do after listening to his presser, then who knows what could happen on the opposite flank

                3. Demel
                  • 7 Years
                  20 days, 8 hours ago

                  There are so many FPL 'Experts' out there.

                  If I had their rank i would be listening to advice rather than handing it out.

                  There are very few who seem to know what they are talking about.

                  1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 4 Years
                    20 days, 7 hours ago

                    heu..people give advice, your choice to listen to them or not. maybe create your own forum for the elite.....

                    1. Demel
                      • 7 Years
                      20 days, 7 hours ago

                      Maybe i should do that.

                  2. Dave Bauer
                    • 9 Years
                    20 days, 7 hours ago

                    I had a guy on Twitter try to sell his services to me earlier this season.

                    Whilst I don’t consider myself an “expert”, this is my 13th season and I have 7 top 10k finishes. I think I’ll go my own way Mr Finished 345k last year.

                    1. Demel
                      • 7 Years
                      20 days, 7 hours ago

                      Exactly. I see a lot of shocking pieces of advice out there. I guess it makes the game easier for the rest of us. Perhaps they should give blue ticks out for actual experts.

                      1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
                        • 2 Years
                        20 days, 7 hours ago

                        This is exactly why I don't care about the "spoonfeeding" and spread of information/strategy - there is far more bad advice/tips/strategy out there than good. Many have a very poor understanding of the game.

                        1. Demel
                          • 7 Years
                          20 days, 7 hours ago

                          That's right. People complain that there is too much information. This is a good thing for better managers as it is easy to navigate through the waffle which the masses swallow up and keep track of one or two people who actually know their stuff and play your own game.

                  3. Water Isn't Wet
                    • 1 Year
                    20 days, 7 hours ago

                    James egersdorff has gone from guru to having Fulham's goalkeeper as his number one. Patreon curse maybe.

                    1. Water Isn't Wet
                      • 1 Year
                      20 days, 7 hours ago

                      Should put guru in inverted commas there as it was self-anointed.

                    2. Demel
                      • 7 Years
                      20 days, 7 hours ago

                      He really isn't an expert.

                  4. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
                    • 2 Years
                    20 days, 7 hours ago

                    FPL Virgin is the only true expert

                  5. donlobatto
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    20 days, 7 hours ago

                    Agreed - especially this season where many of the veterans are having a mare

                    There are a few diamonds hidden on these pages though. People that don't comment regularly but have insane records and are worth following!

                    1. Demel
                      • 7 Years
                      20 days, 7 hours ago

                      Exactly. I agree completely with this. I won't be bleating too loudly about who they are. Let us just say quality over quantity is critical.

                  6. Deulofail
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    20 days, 7 hours ago

                    It's because we assume that performing well makes you an expert, but the correlation between points an outstanding know-how is weak!

                    The closest thing we have to experts in FPL are those who study and model the stats for FPL and PL, but that's still more of a pasttime for interest's sake.

                    It also doesn't help, I don't think, that so-called experts may not be the best at communicating their inner-most logic to the audience. They sort of "feel-out" their decisions, which might allow them to perform well, but doesn't make them an expert, nor worthy of trying to communicate any expertise they think they have.

                    1. Deulofail
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      20 days, 7 hours ago

                      Of course, I think people are welcome to try and communicate their logic and discuss FPL tactics, of course, but the "expert" label is the issue. I have no real problem with Jay etc other than that.

                  7. @fpl_phenom
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    20 days, 7 hours ago

                    Iv noticed that I am actually ahead of most of the 'experts' im listening to on pods etc now....

                    its hard to take them seriously when they have terrible ranks...

                4. kalmoffit
                  • 5 Years
                  20 days, 7 hours ago

                  Anyone think Hudson Odoi could be a good makeweight for wk32/33? Or not likely to play.

                  1. Jafooli
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    20 days, 7 hours ago

                    RLC more chance?

                    I went for Kante in the end, just for certain starts...sick of idiots not turning up week in, week out.

                    1. kalmoffit
                      • 5 Years
                      20 days, 7 hours ago

                      Would have exact money for Odoi. RLC bit more expense

                  2. aborg
                    • 1 Year
                    20 days, 7 hours ago

                    I like him but Sarri plays him very sparingly for some messed up reasoning of his ! I would consider only if seeing him play another full 90 min game.

                    1. kalmoffit
                      • 5 Years
                      20 days, 7 hours ago

                      Cheers, could be a gamble worth taking

                5. azz007
                    20 days, 7 hours ago

                    All about the Salah, Auba, Auguero Captains tonight. Carnage

                    pages will be flying quicker than we blink

                    1. Andy Ftw
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      20 days, 7 hours ago

                      Could be huge swings. 2 points each for them all?

                      1. azz007
                          20 days, 7 hours ago

                          Ha. Personally want a Salah hatrick

                    2. Athletic Nasherbo
                      • 2 Years
                      20 days, 7 hours ago

                      Richarlison > Maddison FT or save?

                      Fabianski
                      Robertson Doherty WB
                      Salah Pogba Almiron Moutinho
                      Aguero Aubameyang Jiminez

                      Button Richarlison Kolasinac Digne

                    3. @fpl_phenom
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      20 days, 7 hours ago

                      Thoughts on Emerson @ £5.2M as chelsea defensive cover for their upcoming juicy fixtures?

                      too risky or has he now finally ousted Alonso.....?

                      1. caldracula
                        • 3 Years
                        20 days, 7 hours ago

                        Could be a good option at a good price but starts are too uncertain for me.

                        1. @fpl_phenom
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          20 days, 7 hours ago

                          hmmm might be worth just getting luiz to be sure of starts

                    4. Dacra
                      • 4 Years
                      20 days, 7 hours ago

                      Mane and Rashford to Sterling and Vardy for free?

                      Exact cash..

                      (After tonight's games, assuming no injuries or issues)

                      1. T96
                          20 days, 7 hours ago

                          Just Rash to Vardy IMO. Mane and vardy don’t blank, sterling rotation risk

                        • The 5% Team
                            20 days, 7 hours ago

                            no other option to combine with Rashford out? Would keep Mane if possible

                            1. @fpl_phenom
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              20 days, 7 hours ago

                              agreed , im looking at getting him in!