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Scout Notes

West Ham assets disappoint ahead of Blank Gameweek 31

West Ham United warmed up for Blank Gameweek 31 in underwhelming fashion on Saturday.

The Hammers fell to a 2-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Cardiff City, a side that had lost all three of their previous Premier League fixtures and who had conceded ten goals in the process of doing so.

This was West Ham’s sixth away match without a victory.

There was more concern for Felipe Anderson‘s owners after the Brazilian winger was hooked at half-time but the positive news for those Fantasy managers with West Ham assets in their squads is that Manuel Pellegrini’s side are at home in Blank Gameweek 31 and are unbeaten in five at the London Stadium.

The Hammers’ latest defeat on the road is the primary focus of this Scout Notes article, while we will also run the rule over the Crystal Palace v Brighton and Hove Albion below.

Cardiff City 2-0 West Ham United

  • Goals: Junior Hoilett (£5.0m), Victor Camarasa (£4.6m)
  • Assists: Josh Murphy (£4.8m)

Manuel Pellegrini said Felipe Anderson‘s (£7.2m) half-time substitution on Saturday was tactical in nature, allaying any fears of an injury for the Brazil international ahead of Blank Gameweek 31.

While concerns over fitness will have been assuaged, there will still be unease among the 15.8% of Fantasy Premier League managers who own the attacking midfielder ahead of the hugely appealing home fixture against Huddersfield Town next Saturday.

Anderson has been an ever-present in the league this season and is clearly a favourite of Pellegrini’s but the fact that he was withdrawn at the interval after yet another sub-par display must be a worry.

As is the fact that the Hammers are now blessed with attack-minded options ready and waiting for a start: Michail Antonio (£6.8m), Samir Nasri (£5.2m) and Marko Arnautovic (£6.8m) all began Saturday’s game on the bench and came on as substitutes in the second half.

Pellegrini said of Anderson’s withdrawal:

Just a tactical change because we didn’t create chances in the first half and, at least in the second half, Marko had a shot which was blocked by the goalkeeper and we had another shot from Declan Rice off the post.

Cardiff didn’t create too many chances also, but they scored their two goals.

We didn’t have many chances in the first half and that’s why we tried to make tactical changes, first with Marko Arnautovic and after that with Nasri and Antonio.

We improved a little bit but we didn’t create the amount of chances you need if you want to win away.

Anderson has registered just two shots in the last six Gameweeks, neither of which was on target.

The Brazilian midfielder has only created three chances in the last four Gameweeks, meanwhile.

On Saturday, Anderson didn’t register a single shot, key pass or penalty box touch.

He wasn’t alone in turning in a poor performance, however.

Javier Hernandez (£6.1m) also failed to register a goal attempt or create a chance in his awful 90-minute showing up front, while Manuel Lanzini (£6.4m) – who only sporadically flickered into life – did likewise before being substituted just before the hour mark. Robert Snodgrass (£5.0m) was similarly ineffective on the right flank.

West Ham had only two attempts on goal in the first hour and it wasn’t until Arnautovic stung Neil Etheridge‘s (£4.7m) palms after 74 minutes that the visitors registered a shot on target.

The Austrian striker was perhaps one of the few winners out of this defeat, as it would surely only serve to further his chances of a start in Gameweek 31.

Given that bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield visit the London Stadium next weekend, Pellegrini may even decide to play Arnautovic alongside Hernandez in a 4-4-2 and abandon the 4-1-4-1 system he has used recently.

“Out of position” defender Declan Rice (£4.6m), who was on the scoresheet in Gameweek 29, struck the upright from open play in the second half with West Ham’s only real other serious attempt on goal.

The Irons were repeatedly exposed at the back, too, with Lukasz Fabianski (£4.8m) called on to make five additional stops.

Pellegrini said of West Ham’s ongoing struggles away from home:

More than a disappointing result, it was a disappointing performance. We must review what we are doing when we are playing away because in four [of the last five] away games we didn’t score one goal and we conceded too many.

We knew that today we would find a team that was in a difficult moment with three defeats in a row that are fighting against relegation, but they didn’t have to do much to score two goals.

We were not concentrating for both goals. You can play badly but you can at least draw nil-nil. I think that was a very bad performance.

Maybe we improved a little bit in the last 15 minutes of the first half, but we didn’t create chances. We had two in the second half with Marko and one shot hitting the post but this was not enough to win a game away against a team fighting against relegation.

The good news for owners of West Ham assets is that the Hammers face Huddersfield at home in Gameweek 31 – and Pellegrini’s troops are a different prospect at the London Stadium than they are on the road.

The Irons are unbeaten in five matches on home soil and the below comparison of their goal threat in their last six home fixtures (left) versus last half-dozen away games (right) emphasises their more potent attacking menace in east London:

Andy Carroll (£5.4m) missed out on Saturday, meanwhile, with Pellegrini explaining his absence thus:

Andy was not considered for this game. He has some problem in his ankle, so he was not in the [squad] list.

Cardiff assets now take back seat in Blank Gameweek 31 and with both Chelsea and Manchester City to come thereafter (potentially in a Double Gameweek 32), there will be few Fantasy managers interested in their assets despite this much-needed win.

As bad as West Ham were, the Bluebirds were much improved on their recent dismal showings.

Neil Warnock’s side got about their visitors with real venom in the first half, bullying their opponents from the off and showing plenty of attacking intent.

Josh Murphy (£4.8m) and Junior Hoilett (£5.0m) were recalled on the flanks as Warnock reverted to a 4-4-1-1 and it was those two wingers who combined for Cardiff’s opener after just three minutes.

The excellent Victor Camarasa (£4.6m), back in the “number ten” role, bundled in his side’s second goal after the restart and could have had another strike of his own when Fabianski made a terrific double-stop from both the Spaniard and Oumar Niasse (£5.0m).

Niasse also scuffed an excellent one-on-one opportunity wide as Cardiff were well worthy of their first win since Gameweek 26.

Camarasa and Joe Bennett (£4.4m) both limped off in the second half and Warnock provided updates on the pair after full-time:

Victor has got cramp. It’s quite physical to play for us. He apologised when he went off but I said: ‘Don’t worry, you did enough in an hour!’

Joe has just snicked a hamstring, nothing serious. But it’s three weeks until the next game, so he should have an opportunity there.

Warnock praised his side’s performance, meanwhile:

There are a lot of positives today, a lot of answers for the critics. That’s our eighth clean sheet, I would like to see how many other teams in the bottom half have eight clean sheets this year.

The centre-backs and full-backs were fabulous then you go into midfield with Gunnarsson running the show.

Arter got the crowd involved with his energy, Camarasa oozed class and Oumar played a part, the centre-halves knew they were in for a tough game today.

I asked the wide players to contribute to goals and you couldn’t have asked for much more. Wingers always get criticised but today I thought they were fantastic.

Cardiff City XI (4-2-3-1): Etheridge; Peltier, Morrison, Manga, Bennett (Bacuna 62′); Murphy, Gunnarsson, Arter (Paterson 84′), Hoilett; Camarasa (Ralls 68′); Niasse.

West Ham United XI (4-1-4-1): Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice; Snodgrass, Noble (Nasri 58′), Lanzini (Antonio 58′), Anderson (Arnautovic 45′); Hernandez.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Brighton and Hove Albion

  • Goals: Luka Milivojevic (£6.3m) | Glenn Murray (£6.3m), Anthony Knockaert (£5.2m)
  • Assists: Andros Townsend (£5.9m)| Lewis Dunk (£4.4m), Dale Stephens (£4.3m)

Crystal Palace and Brighton are without a league fixture in Blank Gameweek 31, as both teams are in FA Cup action this coming weekend.

Saturday’s “M23 derby” was the two clubs’ final league fixture before the international break and there is the very real prospect of both sides having a Double Gameweek 32 when the domestic action resumes at the end of March.

Brighton’s victory over their rivals was much-needed from their point of view but it meant a frustrating afternoon for owners of Crystal Palace assets, with the Eagles yet again demonstrating familiar failings on home soil.

Roy Hodgson’s side have the second-worst home record in the Premier League this season, with only Huddersfield having lost more games on their own patch.

Defensively, they are fairly solid: only six teams have conceded fewer goals on home soil and the Eagles were only beaten on Saturday by two superb strikes from Glenn Murray (£6.3m) and Anthony Knockaert (£5.2m).

Brighton, indeed, only had four shots on goal all game.

Palace’s goal threat is letting them down at Selhurst Park, though: again, only Huddersfield have scored fewer home league goals this season.

The hope for owners of Wilfried Zaha (£6.9m), Michy Batshuayi (£6.5m) et al ahead of this match was that the visit of Brighton would be the perfect opportunity to remedy that problem, as the Seagulls had conceded two or more goals in each of their last five away league matches.

Palace had also scored more goals in the preceding eight Gameweeks than all teams bar Manchester City and had been on the scoresheet in every one of their Premier League fixtures in 2019.

However, Palace again found it difficult to overcome a side that set out to defend.

As blistering as they are on the counter-attack away from home, Palace lack inspiration when their opposition are camped inside their own box.

Their only goal on Saturday came from the penalty spot, with Luka Milivojevic (£6.3m) dispatching his eighth spot-kick of the season after Andros Townsend (£5.9m) had been felled.

Clear-cut opportunities for Palace were few and far between, with Jeffrey Schlupp (£4.5m) – again playing “out of position” in central midfield – blazing the best of their chances over in stoppage time.

A long-distance attempt from Batshuayi and a looping James Tomkins (£4.3m) header were the only efforts that Mathew Ryan (£4.4m) had to deal with, as Brighton’s solid backline blocked seven of the hosts’ 15 shots.

Hodgson reflected on Saturday’s performance compared to their more impressive recent displays:

It’s a poor performance in the sense that we weren’t able to do enough with the amount of possession that we’d got. But they are such different games so I don’t know quite how you compare them. The last two games, we were playing against teams where we’d had 40% of possession against a team that’s had 60% of possession.

We’d had great opportunities to use our counter-attacking threats and to use those opportunities whereas today of course we were up against a packed defence who had the benefit from 15 minutes into the game to be sitting on a 1-0 lead. I don’t quite know how the performances can be compared particularly. Can we play better? I suppose we can.

Chris Hughton meanwhile paid tribute to his centre-back pairing of Lewis Dunk (£4.4m) and Shane Duffy (£4.7m), who played a large part in keeping Palace at bay:

I thought Lewis was very good. Both him and Shane needed to be. Anything less from our two centre-halves and I don’t know if we end up winning the game.

They were put under a lot of pressure, a lot of balls into the box, and they had to stay on their feet. I thought Lewis defended particularly well.

Murray wasn’t even meant to be starting on Saturday but his replacement in the Brighton XI, Florin Andone (£5.0m), suffered a thigh injury in the warm-up.

The veteran striker lashed in a brilliant half-volley from a difficult angle to give Brighton the lead, after Tomkins had misjudged an up-and-under from Dunk in the swirling wing.

Hughton said of his strike options:

Glenn had been playing recently and we have good competition up there. We had Andone on the bench in our last game and he changed the game with the winning goal. He deserved the start.

Sometimes if it’s early in the warm-up, you know you’re making a change, but this was very late, almost as the players were coming off.

If Andone starts, he might have done well and got the winner. But equally if you have to make that change late before the game, Glenn’s not a bad option to bring in.

Away from home you need to try and stretch the team, more so. Andone probably would be stronger at that because he’s got more pace than Glenn so he’d give us more dynamic stretching of the team but Glenn’s clever. He’s very clever in the way that he does it and he works [hard].

Knockaert’s winner was a brilliant curling strike from distance but the winger was perhaps fortunate to still be on the pitch after a first-minute tackle on Milivojevic.

Hodgson said, magnanimously:

He committed a bad foul early on but I don’t think it was a malicious foul. It was a winger’s tackle, wasn’t it? Trying in a derby game to show his commitment. It was over the ball of course and it was a bad foul of course but I presume the referee gave him the benefit of the doubt on that one.

You’d have to ask the referee. We were incensed by the challenge of course, I thought it looked like a very dangerous one. I was very pleased to see Luka Milivojevic get to his feet again. My first thought was to turn to Cheikhou Kouyate and to tell him to get warmed up. I had visions of him not being able to carry on.

Crystal Palace XI (4-3-3): Guaita; Wan Bissaka, Tomkins, Dann, Van Aanholt; McArthur (Benteke 77′), Milivojevic, Schlupp; Townsend (Meyer 77′), Batshuayi, Zaha.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (4-5-1): Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Knockaert (March 75′), Bissouma, Stephens, Propper, Jahanbakhsh (Locadia 90′); Murray.



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  1. The Hindu Monkey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Blog up... enjoy responsibly

    https://twitter.com/HinduMonkey/status/1105089465381466113

    HM

    1. Pap Le Cissier
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      “Higuain wasn’t terrible against Wolves, he just couldn’t shoot....”

      Diplomatic way of saying he’s rubbish 😉

    2. Pras United
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Nice one, well written as usual!

  2. Fitzy.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Anderson... 😡

    1. Amey
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Arnie ... Same Emoji

      1. Fitzy.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Arnie... 😡

        1. boogle
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          can't wait to WC them both out

  3. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    For those who missed it last night.

    Last Man Standing GW30 🏆 (301 teams)

    Safety score = 46
    Top score = 98
    LMS average = 58.15 (-0.81) = 57.34

    64 eliminated, 237 through to GW31.
    Up to 25% or minimum 60 out next GW.
    Congrats to all the survivors 🙂

    1. MGD
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Yeeeeey still in it 🙂

      How many was there at the start?

    2. Pras United
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Cant believe I was 8th this week. Nose bleed section!

      1. KingOllie
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        i was 8th too 😀

  4. Halmari Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Hey guys on my Free Hit
    Could you suggest if this team is good for this week
    Playing 3-4-3
    Would welcome all suggestions as i am 300k and 60 points behind 2nd place in my ML

    Lossl
    Robertson | Perera | Rice
    Salah | hazard | Mane | Brooks
    Vardy | Higuain | Wilson

    Rest are fodder

    1. Dannywaz
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Lossl to fab?

      1. Halmari Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Should i do Lossl to fab - i believe huddersfield may keep a cleanie and lossl may get quite a bit of save points

    2. Dannywaz
      4 months, 8 days ago

      West ham will defo score at home I'd say

    3. Dannywaz
      4 months, 8 days ago

      You like my team those week
      Heaton
      Azpi taa perera
      Haz salah mane Anderson Barnes
      Rondon vardy
      Built this with fts so I'm happy with this for 31

    4. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Good team

  5. donlobatto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 8 days ago

    RP on new article

    My go-to plan at the moment is to take a -4 this week to field 11 for GW31 (and GW33) with FH32 and WC34. My 3 main options as it stands are:

    A) Sterling, Jimi > Haz, Wilson
    B) Sterling, Jimi > Vardy, Fraser
    C) Sterling, Jimi, Pogba > Vardy, Haz, Fraser (-8)

    Fab
    Robbo, TAA, Luiz, Pereira
    Salah (C), Sterling*, Maddison
    Higuain, Barnes, Jimi*
    (Hamer) (Pogba*, JWP, Doherty)

    Which move looks best to you and is there any advantage to doing it now rather than waiting til after midweeks?

    Cheers

    1. Pap Le Cissier
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      B for me

      1. donlobatto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Thanks. I do like both Vardy and Fraser but you don’t think it’s risky going without Haz vs EVE and WHM?

        1. Pap Le Cissier
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          To a certain degree yes, but you can’t have them all and Chelsea as a whole still don’t convince me

          1. donlobatto
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 8 days ago

            I def hear you and Haz trolled me hard when I owned him.

            It's also the nervousness around Wilson vs Fraser and picking the wrong one - the double-up did me very well earlier in the season but that's not an option at the moment

            Maybe waiting and seeing what happens midweek will help make the decision easier

      2. kuzser
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        agree

    2. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      A

    3. Amey
      4 months, 8 days ago

      C

  6. kuzser
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Every week I'm falling and falling...worst season ever
    Anything can help that team?
    1) pogba->mane
    2) pogba Aguero-> mane Wilson for -4 and bench barnes

    Fab
    Robbo Pereira Lejeune luiz
    Anderson Salah McNeil Barnes
    Higuain
    Subs: awb pogba Jimenez Aguero

    1. JoeSoap
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      B, like me you are going to have to taken risks. Patience is not paying.

      1. kuzser
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        cheers Joesoap. it's all in now

    2. donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Definitely 2 for me of those options

      I wish I had the ability to bring in Mané ... I am locked out with Robbo, TAA and Salah

      1. kuzser
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        thanks. at teast you enjoyed those hauls from taa earlier.

        1. donlobatto
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 8 days ago

          For sure and he still has potential for good attacking returns but Mané is def the no.1 LIV pick at mo imo

    3. Demel
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Pereira, Lejeune, Anderson, McNeil, Barnes, Higuain

      It is no wonder you are having a bad season with the likes of those players.

      1. kuzser
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Agree, just tried to take risks:
        everyone was getting Pereira and New def, kept Anderson for too long and Barnes with Higuain just didn't pay off

        1. Demel
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          That's the issue. Owning Sterling over Salah is a risk. Simply, what you have done is owned poor players which are very unlikely to pay off. You can afford one or two knocking about on your bench. But on the whole you need to stay clear off players who have had a good week and focus on players who perform week in, week out.

  7. Shark Team
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Arsenal's "worst" summer transfer seems to have helped the most of all the other transfers.
    I'm speaking about Sokratis who is a real "rock" in the defence.
    A lot of people out there where criticising Arsenal and Emery because they bought him...

    1. Deulofale
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      "Another Mustafi" they said. Turns out Mustafi just became more Musfafi instead

    2. Demel
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      You do realise that the season lasts more than the previous game? Arsenal were fairly solid defensively yesterday (although Leno needed to have a god game) but they have been poor defensively all season. I am not sure one decent game makes him the signing of the season.

      1. Deulofale
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        You do realise that Sokratis has been praised for more than one game this season?

        1. Demel
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          You do realise 😉 that there have been plenty of poor games as well. Arsenal's defensive stats are poor - otherwise we would all own Kola. Emery has done a great job putting them in the position they are in. They seemed nailed on for 6th in pre-season.

          1. Deulofale
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Yeah doesn't change that Sokratis hasn't been the flop he was half-expected to be, but cool man

  8. JoeSoap
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    A. Aguero/Rash>Vardy/Wilson (-4)
    B. Aguero/Pogba>Vardy/Hazard (-4)
    C. Aguero/Pogba/Rash>Vardy/Hazard/Wilson (-8)

    Playing FH GW32

    FAB
    ROBERTSON, TAA, PEREIRA, DIGNE
    SALAH, FRASER, Pogba, ANDERSON
    Rashford, Jiminez, Aguero
    Guaita, Hojb, awb

    1. The Senate
      4 months, 8 days ago

      c

      1. JoeSoap
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Sloopy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      A>B. C dependent on the loss of value for Pogba if you want him back soon.

      1. JoeSoap
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Thanks. Probably want GW32 (loss 0.9) though won't have Salah so should be ok. WC might be a problem.

    3. kuzser
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      a

      1. JoeSoap
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Thanks

  9. Pinball Wizard
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Please share some thoughts about this FH team.

    I tried to make it less template and favour attackers from big teams and home defenders.

    Fab
    Azpi - Digne - Tarkowski
    Salah - Mané - Hazard - Fraser
    Vardy - Firmino - Wilson

    Hamer - Antonio - Pereira - Rice

    1. Demel
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Looks good but I would prefer Ake over Tarkowski. My team won't be far off this team. I might go for Hig/Ake/VVD over Firmino/Tark/Digne.

    2. Amey
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Too much money on the bench.
      Take that money out Maybe upgrade Fraser/Wilson ??

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Get one Pool defender - they also work as attackers of course and they’re the best bet for a cs home or away.

    4. Pinball Wizard
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      good points. Thanks

  10. Demel
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Some really volatile overall rank moves recently. Not me. I couldn't plataleau any more if I tried.

    Overall Rank

    GW25 3,902
    GW26 3,520
    GW27 2,978
    GW28 3,145
    GW29 3,983
    GW30 3,796

    1. Demel
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      *plateau

    2. Pap Le Cissier
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Didn’t you post this earlier?

      Are people likely to show more empathy at this time of day? 😉

      1. Demel
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        🙂 I mean a post such as this is surely worth sharing more than one.

        1. Pap Le Cissier
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Oh, without a doubt! 😀

    3. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      The opposite here...Mr. Volatile 🙂
      GW23 20,585
      GW24 42,277
      GW25 30,917
      GW26 11,661
      GW27 6,328
      GW28 6,589
      GW29 9,676
      GW30 2,652

      1. Demel
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Great work. Did you see me wave at you whilst you passed me bye?

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          🙂

    4. No Luck
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      That's incredible consistency! Tough to stay near the top like that. Hopefully I can catch up:

      GW21 356,862
      GW22 313,096
      GW23 217,975
      GW24 183,123
      GW25 168,860
      GW26 137,307
      GW27 99,477
      GW28 97,331
      GW29 77,129
      GW30 19,063

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        thats impressive too well done !!!

        1. No Luck
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Cheers, the goal is 10k but it gets harder and harder to climb!

      2. Demel
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        You are already well on the way. Congrats!

      3. Super Saints
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        How on earth did you have such a big jump recently? Captain Aguero and Sterling for the hattricks?

        1. No Luck
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Captained Sterling just there but no Aguero at all. My history is here:
          https://fantasy.premierleague.com/a/entry/214245/history

    5. Vobinho In Wengerland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      GW21 350,636
      GW22 284,224
      GW23 257,213
      GW24 236,316
      GW25 396,041
      GW26 415,701
      GW27 486,013
      GW28 267,856
      GW29 251,092
      GW30 154,103

      Such a yo-yo season! Three greens and hopefully going in the right direction but too little too late I reckon...

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Ah a competitor! We’re yoyoing at the same level - about 30k and 5/10 points behind I suspect. Had a horror show early on but aiming for 100.

        (Adding you to my private unofficial ML running from GW26 - my real MLs aren’t catching my interest. Only entered H2h and I have them won already I think.)

        1. Vobinho In Wengerland
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          I was going nowhere a few weeks ago so decided to WC and made up 80 points on 100k in three weeks and that was my target at the end of the season back in GW27 so it's going well.

          Hoping to make some headway through the blanks and doubles and see where I am by GW34!

    6. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      It’s been emotional 🙂
      GW2 2,277,598
      GW7 764,701
      GW12 167,723
      GW15 195,678
      GW19 55,620
      GW24 103,410
      GW25 66,966
      GW26 82,074
      GW27 103,479
      GW28 108,198
      GW29 96,455
      GW30 87,442

      1. No Luck
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        That is top yoyo!

      2. Deulofale
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        You want emotional?

        GW3 1,793,543
        GW8 5,291
        GW12 112,733
        GW14 44,760
        GW16 111,581
        GW17 94,106
        GW18 104,461
        GW19 92,938
        GW24 19,906
        GW25 36,599
        GW26 22,807
        GW27 31,672
        GW28 26,412
        GW29 23,843
        GW30 13,042

        😀 :')

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Good going there !

          Two years ago, what about this lot .... 🙂

          GW3 944,185
          GW8 2,757,038
          GW17 1,916,839
          GW20 1,694,518
          GW24 1,958,113
          GW35 934,253
          GW38 250,838

    7. Pep Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      GW14 938,624
      GW15 785,977
      GW16 623,804
      GW17 449,915
      GW18 502,377
      GW19 478,039
      GW20 467,464
      GW21 356,862
      GW22 412,181
      GW23 293,761
      GW24 366,331
      GW25 251,106
      GW26 233,673
      GW27 161,175
      GW28 180,977
      GW29 138,893
      GW30 84,212

      An ongoing battle but going the right way 2nd half of the season

  11. The Senate
    4 months, 8 days ago

    I have two issues to ponder - current team below
    Robertson Trent Pereira
    Salah Maddison Fraser
    Vardy Wilson

    1) Bring in Hazard (-4)
    2) Bring in a mid (who?) and Higuain (-8)

    if (1)
    bring in Ake (-4)? (Y/N)

  12. Amey
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Goodbye Kamara !!
    Thank you for -1 pointer 😀

  13. adams_6
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    GW31 team basically boils down to;

    A Anderson AND Fraser or

    B just Hazard

    I've got Wilson, not Higuain.

    What do we think please?

    1. Sloopy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      B for me.

    2. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      B for me

  14. kime67
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 8 days ago

    best players for 31 and 33?

    1. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Bournemouth, and Leicester have the fixtures.
      Liverpool and Chelsea have the big hitters.

      1. Demel
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        West Ham surely have a better fixture than Leicester?
        3 Liverpool and fill the other 8 slots from the best assets from West Ham, Bournemouth, (possibly Leicester & Chelsea) and you will be fine.

        1. HamezMace
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          West Ham away to Chelsea in 33.
          Leicester play two of the bottom four.

          1. Demel
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Ah ok. I am on FH so have got different eyes on this week. I wouldn't go anywhere near West Ham long term.

            1. Pieterke30
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Going for WHM def/GK is fine but who to pick up top?

              We cant know who will start.

              Im going for this
              Fab
              Rice Tarkowski (or Diop) Robbo
              Salah Mané Hazard Fraser
              Higuain Vardy Wilson

              1. HamezMace
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                Agreed, bit of a nightmare, few weeks ago, Anderson, and Arnie looked good picks, but difficult to put them in now I admit.

            2. HamezMace
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              I'm FH32, and WC34, so just looking at the 31, and 33 fixtures now, nothing more long term than that right now.

        2. Catastrophe
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Prefer Bournemouth and Leicester fixtures over the two, to West Ham. If there was an on form attacking West Ham asset they would be a good shout.

  15. FDMS All Starz
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Which combo is better? With 32FH

    A) Vardy & Hayden (free / 8players GW31)

    B) Vardy & Brooks & H.Barnes (-4 / 9players GW3)

    C) Wilson & Fraser & Maddison (-4 / 9players GW3)

    D) Wilson & Maddison (free / 8players GW31)

    1. Catastrophe
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      B or C. Would consider another hit if it means you could get both Vardy and Fraser/Wilson (dependent on how many you could field in BGW33 without the fourth transfer).

    2. Sloopy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      C

  16. Catastrophe
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Best for BGW31 and BGW33? (FH32):

    A) Wilson, Fraser, Azpi
    B) Vardy, Brooks, Azpi
    C) Vardy, Fraser, Ake/Pereira
    D) Something else

    (Already have 3 Liverpool, Hazard, Higuain, King)

    Cheers..

  17. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    so I bought in chicharito for jiminez and benched rondon this gw

    on the flip side no one in their right mind will consider bringing chicharito in now

    if he starts, and scores, I am laughing

    conversely, if he is benched rip me!

    1. Amey
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Season Over !!
      😛

      1. #FPLBhuna
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        ahah totally 🙁 🙁

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      how many points did you end up getting ?

      1. #FPLBhuna
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        89 with 16 on the bench sadly haha

        not a bad week though mega OR rise

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          89 is awesome dont worry about points on bench !! i had westwood and boruc on bench and ended with 39 less points than you 🙂

          1. #FPLBhuna
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            yup very true pal!

            how are you looking for bgw31?

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              on paper looking ok...if lascelles out could be on 10 players. not taken any hits

              Fab
              Schindler/vvd/lascelles/azpi
              westwood/salah/mane/hazard
              higuain/wilson

              (doing doherty / rashford for azpi / wilson for free)

              1. #FPLBhuna
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                veyr nice

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 8 days ago

                  thanks 🙂

  18. Started from the bottom now…
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Currently got
    Fabi
    Lascelles (doubt?) / TAA / Pereira
    Mané / Salah / Hazard / Hayden
    Rondon

    Thinking of getting Wilson and Vardy for a -4.
    Worth doing anything else?

    1. Sloopy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      No, you then got 11. Stick with that.

      1. Started from the bottom now…
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Thought so aswell, bud the flag on lascelles etc is worrying me.

  19. NUFCAndrew
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Can someone please explain to me what the free hit chip actually does please?

    1. Started from the bottom now…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      You get a WC that only work that upcoming gameweek, after that your team automatic goes back to your original team you had before that.

    2. Amey
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Check latest HT
      It's too magical a Chip to explain completely in one post

  20. Disco Stu
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Is this the week to use the TC chip on Salah? He has to blow up at some point, doesn't he? Mane rarely does in away fixtures, and really don't see another optimal week to use it.

    1. Started from the bottom now…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      or wait until Huddersfield at home in GW 36.

    2. No Luck
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Yeah if I had him and the TC I probably would.

    3. Amey
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Yep

    4. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Wouldn't trust Salah with a single armband right now, let alone triple captain him.

      If I was wildcarding or free hitting this GW I'd be getting rid for Mané not relying on him to save my season!

      1. Demel
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        I am free hitting (and sold him a few weeks ago) but i see not owning him this week as an unnecessary risk on my wildcard. I would like 7 Liverpool players this week but the first one will be Salah. I can make points up this week elsewhere E.g. 11 players fielded, no hits should be enough alone.

        1. Nomar
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Do you already have Mané?

    5. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      it's tempting....

    6. Catastrophe
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Mane TC would make more sense given form, confidence.

    7. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Salah was by far the best player on the park yesterday

      1. Nomar
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        But that doesn't guarantee FPL points.

        I would rather he was the worst player on the pitch, grabbed 2 flukey goals and a jammy assist and got 3 BAPs.

      2. Catastrophe
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        He's a great player but points has to be primary consideration for captain surely. I would rather captain on form, less technically gifted players such as Mane or Sterling than Salah (own all 3).

    8. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      is there not the possibility of a third dgw though ? would rather put tc on a dgw player to be honest

      1. Amey
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Brighton will get one if they go ahead to SF of fa cup
        Duffy TC
        😛

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          maybe not haha 🙂

  21. Warby84
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Probably as good as I can get for 31

    Boruc
    TAA Robertson Azpilicueta
    Salah Hazard Maddison Richarlison
    Rondon King Higuain

    I think if I even had a free hit, this team wouldn’t be far off bar poss rich out and maybe Wilson for king..

    Did a -4 Sterling Guiata to Hazard Boruc

    Will get sterling back next week

  22. Gudjohnsen
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Could Pellegrini start with two up front against Huddersfield?
    Meaning Anderson would be benched?

  23. Sons and Löwes
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 8 days ago

    I was at this game. Where's the fella who said Cardiff would concede a load of goals now Bamba's out? That's one and a half games now, zero conceded. Manga excelled in his absence. Wasted at RB. Peltier and Morrison solid too.
    West ham on the other hand were utterly abysmal. Just such a mess. Lanzini owners, of which I'm one, would despair at how deep he was at times. Super frustrating. Wouldn't have taken him off mind.

  24. No Luck
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Classic points vs £££ conundrum:

    Jimenez -> Wilson (lose £0.5m)
    or
    Kolasinac -> Luiz/Chilwell etc

    I will have 11 players for GW31 in either case and I will certainly want Jimenez back for the doubles. Wilson gives the bigger upside but is that extra points potential worth £0.5m?

    1. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Wilson

      1. No Luck
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Cheers, it could be Higuain either. And it's actually £0.6m I lose. Big chunk of money for the DGW bench boost 🙁

  25. Scotty B
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    I have 2 questions:-

    1) does any team play both the blanks and have a double? I'm thinking Chelsea?
    2) who are confirmed teams for DGW32?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      1) chelsea
      2) wolves and man u

    2. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Only Man United, and Wolves confirmed for double games in 32.
      ..and neither of them play 31, or 33.

      Chelsea very likely, but nothing confirmed.

  26. JoshHuntCUFC
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    I’m a FH32’er with 2FT

    Almost definitely doing a -4 to get me 11 non-blankers:

    Bennett > Luiz
    Son > Hazard
    Rashford > Wilson

    Unfortunately one of the 11 is Jason Puncheon... Do I do a -8 instead?

    A) yes - Brooks
    B) yes - Westwood
    C) no - play 10

  27. sjhuk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Thoughts on this FH team for next week?

    Fabianski
    Ake, Luiz, VVD
    Hazard, Salah, Fraser, Mane,
    Wilson, Vardy, Higuain

    Fodder, Rice, Hayden, Fodder

    Thinking VVD to TAA or Robertson

    1. danishdynamite
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Some muttering about TAA being a doubt.

      If you can afford Robbo over VVD with no adverse effect to the rest of the team, then you're good to go

  28. Netters2018
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Best midfielder for 31 and 33 for 5.8m? Have Fanderson and Haz.

    1. samidace
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Brooks or Barnes

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Brooks

  29. dezille
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 8 days ago

    kola > Luiz or periera? freehitting 32

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Luiz

    2. samidace
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Luiz

  30. Garlana
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Bottomed/no response 🙁
    Suggestions on moves to make?

    Boruc
    TAA, Robertson, perierra
    Hazard, Fraser, Salah
    Rondon

    A) vardy -4
    B) vardy+Wilson -8
    C) vardy+Wilson+someone else -12
    D) no hits.

    1. samidace
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 8 days ago

      If you planning for GW33 too, B