Scout Notes

One win in nine for Bournemouth as their FPL assets lose appeal

Following our write-up of Newcastle United v Crystal Palace earlier today, we now turn our attention to two more teams whose Fantasy assets perhaps have limited appeal in the season run-in.

Burnley have a favourable match in Gameweek 34 (Cardiff City at home) but face three of the “big six” and an in-form Everton thereafter.

Bournemouth’s remaining five fixtures look more agreeable but three of those games are away from home and the out-of-sorts Cherries have lost ten of their last 11 league matches on the road.

Most significant of all, perhaps, is that neither of these clubs have two fixtures in Double Gameweek 35.

Bournemouth 1-3 Burnley

  • Goals: Ashley Barnes (£5.7m) own-goal | Chris Wood (£6.2m), Ashley Westwood (£4.6m), Ashley Barnes
  • Assists: Jefferson Lerma (£4.5m) | Ashley Westwood, Chris Wood

From a fixture difficulty perspective, Bournemouth are one of the most appealing teams who have only one match in Double Gameweek 35.

A home game against Fulham in a fortnight’s time is certainly eye-catching but the well-documented weaknesses in the Cottagers’ defence is about the only factor in Bournemouth’s favour at present.

The Cherries’ atrocious away form has been much discussed over the last few months but wins on home soil have dried up too and it’s now four matches without a victory at the Vitality Stadium.

Eddie Howe’s side sit in the bottom three of the Premier League form table when clubs are filtered by their last eight matches (home and away) and only Huddersfield Town and Fulham have scored fewer goals in that time.

The south coast club did face the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal in that run but have also failed to beat Cardiff, Newcastle and Burnley since their 4-0 hammering of Chelsea in Gameweek 24.

The return to fitness of Callum Wilson (£6.6m) and David Brooks (£5.1m) ahead of the Cherries’ fixture swing in Gameweek 30 was seen as a positive and, while Wilson, Joshua King (£6.6m) and Ryan Fraser (£6.3m) have each delivered one double-digit FPL haul since then, the goals perhaps haven’t quite flowed as anticipated.

Fraser was a little unlucky not to deliver an attacking return on Saturday, as it was from his teasing free-kick that Ashley Barnes (£5.7m) bundled the ball into his own goal on three minutes: a touch from Jefferson Lerma (£4.5m) en route depriving the Scotland international of an assist.

King later flashed a header wide from another Fraser cross and Wilson blazed over a great opportunity that the Scottish winger carved out for him in stoppage time, the 22nd such “big chance” that the diminutive wide-man has supplied this season – no Fantasy asset has created more.

An off-the-boil Wilson also headed over another clear-cut chance from a Brooks cross in the first half, with the Wales international perhaps the pick of the hosts’ players on Saturday amid some flat performances.

Howe’s words after the game were damning:

The disappointing thing for us in recent weeks is we have not quite seen the clear philosophy we want and that hurts me more than anything.

We are going to have to go away and figure out why we are not seeing that and work towards delivering a better product.

Very few times have I felt in my management career that I have a looked at a team and not quite seen what we have worked on. We are just going through one of those phases at the moment where it is not quite coming off for us.

You have to prove your worth every game, every training session, every moment. You are part of a team at this level and you have to continually prove you are good enough to play in it.

Now, obviously I pick the team and I have not picked a good enough team at the moment. We are going to have to review everything we do.

Asmir Begovic (£4.3m) was handed a second successive start but the Cherries’ goalkeeper had something of a horror show between the posts, being caught under an Ashley Westwood (£4.6m) cross for Chris Wood‘s (£6.2m) headed equaliser and then failing to deal with another delivery for the Barnes goal that sealed Burnley’s 3-1 win.

Begovic was also nearly caught out by another Westwood free-kick at his near post and Howe said after the match:

I’ve always backed our goalkeepers, I think we have got two excellent ones. Mistakes happen, that’s part and parcel of the game in every position, today we made numerous mistakes in areas of the pitch we wouldn’t expect to. I always back my players and I know the quality they have.

Adam Smith (£4.3m) returned from injury in this match but Charlie Daniels (£4.1m) was absent, with Howe confirming that the long-serving left-back is set for a lengthy period on the sidelines:

Charlie has picked up a really bad-looking injury regarding his kneecap. He has had an operation and will be out for some time.

Barnes and Wood’s aerial prowess and physical presence caused the Bournemouth backline plenty of problems, with the Clarets’ game-plan again obvious as they fired over 28 crosses in total – no club has delivered more in their last six matches.

Westwood, who has taken on set-piece responsibilities since Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.5m) lost his place, stole the headlines with a goal and assist and no budget midfielder under the £5.0m bracket has as many FPL points as the former Aston Villa man this season.

Dwight McNeil (£4.4m) blanked but deserves a mention, as he excelled down the left flank to the point where Nathaniel Clyne (£4.4m) was hauled off at the break on a yellow card.

No player delivered more crosses at the Vitality than McNeil, who has now started Burnley’s last 14 Premier League games.

Dyche said of the young winger:

He continues to enjoy the challenge and grow in his performances, and his understanding of his and the team performance. He’s doing a very, very good job.

Matthew Lowton (£4.6m) returned at right-back as Phil Bardsley (£4.2m) missed out through injury, with Dyche revealing:

Lowts came in last minute – unfortunately Bardo had an accident at the training ground, slipped and slashed his leg from some wood, believe it or not. We’ve had that kind of season.

There was a game the lads play and a bit of wood broke off and caught him across his thigh and he has got a gash on his thigh and we couldn’t consider him. We will see in the week, there’s a good chance [for next week] but we will have to wait and see.

Tom Heaton (£4.8m) has only faced four shots on target in the last two Gameweeks and Dyche hailed the players in front of him after full-time:

Lowts was steady, he did a good job. I thought the centre-halves, again, diligent and calm in their performances. Charlie Taylor continues to improve, Dwight obviously.

The midfield two were excellent – Westy is having a fine second half of the season.

The front two were a handful, Jeff’s doing a great job. We ask a lot of Jeff but he continues to do a great job.

Bournemouth XI (4-4-2): Begovic; Clyne (Rico 46′), Mepham, Ake, Smith; Brooks, Gosling (Solanke 59′), Lerma (Stanislas 71′), Fraser; Wilson, King.

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Heaton; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick (Gudmundsson 82′), Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Wood, Barnes.

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  1. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    WC team draft number 13.

    Foster Ryan

    Duffy Robertson Trippier Doherty Valery
    Salah Son Sterling JWP Doucoure(or Deulofeu)
    Kane Jimenez Deeney

    Suggestions?

    1. Rocky.007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Prefer Jota over Deleu as he is more nailed.
      Also not sure about Trippier until Aurier is out for the season.

      1. Tsparkes10
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Trip to Dunk, Ryan to Lloris, Delu to, Jota

          1. YEAH PITCH!
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Saves money, but maybe a benching headache going forward between Foster and Lloris?

          2. Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Can do Robertson to TAA and get Jota.

        • Firminoooo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Only 0.1 itb.

      2. Cruyff's Eleven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Given rotation risk and fixtures I'm struggling to decide between Sterling, Son or Eriksen.....

        Is Sterling the safest option?

        1. Cruyff's Eleven
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 10 days ago

          In GW35?

        2. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 10 days ago

          city liverpool spurs and utd all in champions league. there is no getting away from it. just pick the best players and hope

      3. davies
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Which trio lads?

        A) Lloris Laporte TAA
        B) Ryan Robertson Trippier

        ***** Gunn
        ***** ***** Duffy Jonny Valery

        1. LewanGOALski
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          B

          1. Tsparkes10
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Lloris, Robo, Dunk

              1. davies
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Double Brighton in 35 isn’t ideal

                1. Avo24
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  2 Brigton def for 34, 1 brigton def and valery for 35 for me

                  1. davies
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    BB or using FT?

        2. LewanGOALski
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          I think I’ll go like this:

          Lloris - Foster
          Robertson - Kolasinac - Doherty - Duffy - Dunk
          Sterling - Mane - Son - Jota - Deulofeu
          Kane - Jimenez - Deeney

          exact cash, so unfortunately I can’t

          1. LewanGOALski
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            get Murray for now and then Deeney for DGW35, but it will do 😉

          2. EMBOLOFAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 10 days ago

            would downgrade jota or deulo to get laporte in for kola

        3. Kabayan
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Which one guys?
          A. Hojbjerg + Eriksen
          Or
          B. JWP + Son

          1. Jedi_Reed
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            A

          2. EMBOLOFAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 10 days ago

            b. rather have son than eriksen anyway

        4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          llorente looking like a good punt for the weekend, then switch to deeney

          1. Tsparkes10
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Prefer Lucas then switch to Jota

            • simong1
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Why? Is Kane out?

              • Jedi_Reed
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                You reckon Kane will get a rest?

              • jia you jia you
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                as good a punt as old man Murray anyway 😉

              • Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Hey ???

              • g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Ban !

                1. Twenty Twenty Vision
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  Why ban. It’s his opinion. It’s only Huddersfield and Sandwiched between Two champions league matches v City, followed quickly by Double gameweek. It’s all go.

                  I think Kane will play, he’ll insist he does for goals and desire to win and play as often as possible but wouldn’t shock anyone if Kane was benched or more likely care off early when their 4-0 up at half time.

                  1. Twenty Twenty Vision
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    Came off early (typo)

            • simong1
                4 months, 10 days ago

                WC draft. How's it looking? Any advice?

                Foster – Ryan
                TAA – Duffy – Valery – Doherty – Cathcart
                Sterling – Mane – Son – Eriksen – Jota
                Kane – Jimenez – Deeney

                1. EMBOLOFAN
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  its good. anything itb?

                  1. simong1
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      Thanks! Exactly 0 ITB :/

                2. doyeon
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  Reckon Martial will start this weekend?

                  1. g40steve
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    Ask OGS

                    1. doyeon
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      But how?

                  2. EMBOLOFAN
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    think he'll start more often than not for the remainder if he can stay fit

                    1. doyeon
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      sounds good!

                      1. EMBOLOFAN
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        very overlooked option imo

                        1. bench boost for every gamew…
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 10 days ago

                          currently in my draft but CL match will decide. Start vs west Ham seems good on paper.

                          1. doyeon
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            4 months, 10 days ago

                            good point!

                        2. doyeon
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          4 months, 10 days ago

                          need 1 utd asset as cover for 34/35 methinks!

                3. Jedi_Reed
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  For GW34:

                  A. Vardy, Jota (Hojbjerg on bench)
                  B. Jota, Camarasa (Deeney on bench)

                  Trying to plan ahead to have funds ready for bringing in Salah.

                  1. jia you jia you
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    the one without a Cardiff player 😉

                  2. The 5% Team
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    A

                4. OleGGMU
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    Going forward (BB DGW35)
                    Ederson, Leno
                    Robbo, TAA, Azpi, Schlupp, Valery
                    JWP, Mane, Sterl, Son, Jota
                    Jimi, Laca, Deeney
                    2.1 ITB
                    Currently contemplating :
                    A) Ederson ---. Foster , Laca ----> Kun
                    B) Son---> Delof, Mane ---> Salah

                    OR
                    C) stick and just do Ederson --->Foster perhaps??

                  • alexl1989
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      Thoughts re WC much appreciated!

                      Foster - Ryan
                      Laporte Valery Doherty TAA Duffy
                      Sterling Mane Son Hojberg Deulofeu
                      Kane Jimenez Aguero

                      0.0 ITB

                      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        Love it !

                      2. cravencottage
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        excellent- great TV to be able to afford this

                        1. Twenty Twenty Vision
                          • 1 Year
                          4 months, 10 days ago

                          Or just have bought Doherty, Jimi and Aguero a while ago

                        2. doyeon
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          4 months, 10 days ago

                          Agreed, I'm -1.8m to get that team!

                    • ludaslol
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      A) Lloris dunk
                      B) Verthongen Ryan?

                      1. EMBOLOFAN
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        well a is a lot cheaper

                    • jia you jia you
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      Spurs line-up v Huddersfield:
                      Gazzaniga
                      KWP / Sanchez / Foyth / Rose
                      Winks / Skipp / Wanyama
                      Lucas / Llorente / Son

                      1. jia you jia you
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        Son taken off at HT for Lamela after his hattie 🙂

                      2. EMBOLOFAN
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        this would suit me

                      3. The 5% Team
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        haha...I think I would cry a little

                      4. Ask Yourself
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        Imagine

                      5. bench boost for every gamew…
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        no, they are in fight for fourth spot and intervall between games is manageable. Lucas probably starts

                    • g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      Has the tide turned on Salah to Mane?
                      Or just the fact Kane, Jimmy, Troy frees up so much cash?

                      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        Salah always been in my wc

                      2. EMBOLOFAN
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        have had salah since gw1 but not spending 13m on a sgw player

                        1. kennethrhcp
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          4 months, 10 days ago

                          same re Salah since week1... but I'm keeping for sure

                    • Ajax Hamsterdam
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      What's going on with Kane ??? Is he getting rested against hud ??

                      1. kennethrhcp
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        i'm guessing the lads on here just messing about?

                        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                          • 5 Years
                          4 months, 10 days ago

                          Hope so !!!

                      2. Twenty Twenty Vision
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        In the odd conspiracy theory and some genuinely believe he might but then a again more believe he will play.

                        I ain’t sure the conspiracy theorists are helping others but more just putting doubt into some minds that can be influenced.
                        He will be in my team.

                    • donlobatto
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      Happy with my team for now but inspired by Sporting’s great looking team (which I’m slightly short of so had to tailor!), which do you prefer IF you were to agree Salah is the better choice over Mané?

                      A) Salah, Dunk, Boly, TAA
                      B) Mané, Laporte, Jonny, Robbo

                      I already have Duffy fyi.

                      Is A worth the sacrifice? Atm I’m on B

                      1. g40steve
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        If Salah returns & he is defo passing the eye test, you will get swamped by all the dead teams that have him.
                        I am playing my own game & past month 2, 4 & 9 in my ML’s green all the way 🙂

                        1. donlobatto
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 10 days ago

                          I’m confused if you’re saying you are going without Mo or not?!

                          1. g40steve
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            4 months, 10 days ago

                            A

                            1. donlobatto
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              4 months, 10 days ago

                              Thanks!

                      2. Ask Yourself
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        A

                    • Gudjohnsen
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      Son and Kane playing against Huddersfield?

                      1. Twenty Twenty Vision
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        Guarantee you that not a sole on here can tell you the exact scientific and factual answer, but more likely they play than not in my opinion. 20mins v HUD’s can even return Fpl points.

                        Do your own research and don’t let others influence your GW34 team

                    • jia you jia you
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      Leicester v Newcastle is a Friday night game!
                      Should catch a few out 😉

                      1. Twenty Twenty Vision
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        Not now that you’ve announced it !!!

                      2. Jarvish
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        The volume of Aguero captains this week is quite funny

                    • Ask Yourself
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      Would like some thoughts please someone like it I feel insecure about it

                      Lloris // Foster

                      TAA Doc Duffy // Bertrand Valery

                      Salah Sterling Eriksen Son Jota

                      Rashford Jiménez // Deeney

                    • simong1
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        Is Kane, Son and Eriksen on a WC too much?

                        1. donlobatto
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 10 days ago

                          Yes imo but many on here seem to think that’s the template.

                          They don’t have the most consistent attacking record and so for now I am going with 2 attack, 1 def (Kane, Eriksen, Lloris)

                        2. bench boost for every gamew…
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 10 days ago

                          along the lines og Donlobbato is the way i´m leaning towards.

                      • Just Been On Loan
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        Bottomed... Pretty template draft, but too bold to go without City and stick with the Liverpool assets? Rotation fears and poor double fixtures putting me off City's attack for now...

                        Ryan / Foster
                        Robertson / Duffy / Laporte / Doherty / Valery
                        Salah / Mane / Eriksen / Jota / Hojbjerg
                        Kane / Jiminez / Deeney

                        1. mik-hail-tal
                          • 1 Year
                          4 months, 10 days ago

                          Replace Hojbjerg with Knockaert and Laporte with Lindelof and you have my team 😀

                        2. bench boost for every gamew…
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 10 days ago

                          hm, template is not double Pool attack and even with some very nice fixtures i would prob want one City asset going forward. Kun vs top teams is the story i stick with. i´m also currently on 3 Pool but two defenders because Brighton have double now which means maybe just one vs Chelsea which is fine when you think of Chelsea´s defensive problems down the flanks. Then a doubled ef vs Cardiff and Hudds is for me better than most teams that have double in 35 and 36 combined. One of Doherty or Kola gets back in 35 for Dunk.

                          I would advice one of Sterling or Kun, and the way your team is structured it´s Sterling for Salah?

                          Hojbjerg is not one i would want, but outside of the double in 35 a cheap fifth mid is perhaps smart money-wise.

                      • Tsparkes10
                          4 months, 10 days ago

                          If Dunk and Duffy and a tiny bit in bank? Who are you likely to switch to in 35?

                        • Dakes.
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 10 days ago

                          Was pretty against Laporte, but warming to him thanks to Embolofan...

                          1. g40steve
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            4 months, 10 days ago

                            Your getting closer 😉

                        • HaffNanner
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 10 days ago

                          Thoughts on the latest attempt?

                          Lloris (Foster)
                          Robertson Duffy Dunk (Doherty Valery)
                          Sterling Mane Son Jota (JWP)
                          Kane Jimenez Deeney

                          I have a nagging feeling that I need Salah so I can TC him against HUD in GW36. But that would mean downgrading Lloris, JWP and Dunk.

                          Any ideas?

                        • F_Ivanovic
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          4 months, 10 days ago

                          Oh damn I think I've nailed it. Almost scared to post it in fear everyone copies but here goes:

                          Ryan - Gunn
                          TAA - Duffy - Kola - Bednarek - Doherty
                          Sterling - Son - Mane - Eriksen - Martial
                          Aguero - Deeney - Jimenez

                          1. HaffNanner
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            4 months, 10 days ago

                            Gunna be some benching headaches there. What would your starting lineup be?

                            1. Jarvish
                              • 4 Years
                              4 months, 10 days ago

                              Avoiding benching headaches shouldn't even be a thought when you are WCing GW34 for BB35.

                            2. F_Ivanovic
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              4 months, 10 days ago

                              Yeah not worried about a benching headache yet... I'll get to that hurdle when GW36 comes around.

                        • Goat
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 10 days ago

                          I think the case for a Brighton defensive triple up is strong. Most will be doubling up anyway and you would think 4 points is the very least from you’re extra player. I was looking at playing either Doherty or Kolasinac alongside Robertson and Duffy but now I am thinking Dunk will outscore both of them(Doh and Kola). He will then be switched to Valery ahead of Southampton’s juicy double. Thoughts?

                          1. Iceball
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            4 months, 10 days ago

                            Im thinking that too but Im a little worried I might be stuck with too many? Very tempting to go for it.

                            1. Goat
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              4 months, 10 days ago

                              Look at it this way:
                              If you forget about owning Duffy and Ryan. Who do you think scores more?
                              Dunk (BOU, CAR)
                              Kola (wat)
                              Doherty (sou)

                          2. Jarvish
                            • 4 Years
                            4 months, 10 days ago

                            Why not? YOLO. Big points per player are going to come from Midfield/Strikers anyway.

                            1. Goat
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              4 months, 10 days ago

                              Yup it leaves me with a very strong front 7 + JWP

                          3. F_Ivanovic
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            4 months, 10 days ago

                            34 isn't the problem. They're clearly great assets for next GW - the problem is after that. They're terrible bench boost options for 35 compared to other teams and they also have horrible fixtures 37+38. Southampton also have a meh option that week if West Ham can find some form again.

                            1. Goat
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              4 months, 10 days ago

                              Dunk will be gone for 35. Ryan should get save points 35 and Duffy always a good attacking threat with 4 games in 2 GW’s he could easily score. They then have a lovely GW36 fixture and then it’s time to say goodbye

                              1. F_Ivanovic
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                4 months, 10 days ago

                                So you're planning 2 defender transfers in 3 GW's? That's generally a high variance strategy that over time will bring out bad results.

                                Other things may come up in 35 that require more immediate attention (eg. An injury to any one of your 15 potential DGW players) - so you'd then need a hit to sort out both problems. Not to mention 2 transfers could be very useful in 36 if Salah is suddenly worth it again.

                                If you are chasing significantly then maybe it's worth the risk but otherwise it just doesn't seem a good idea.

                                1. Goat
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  4 months, 10 days ago

                                  No he can sit on my bench. He’s only 4.4mil

                            2. Jarvish
                              • 4 Years
                              4 months, 10 days ago

                              We're talking about cheap defenders that enable strong attacks, which is where the real points are likely going to be. I can't see anyone is going to lose - say - 20 points by doing this even in a bad case scenario. There are probably far more points to be lost by picking the wrong big-hitters.

                              1. F_Ivanovic
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                4 months, 10 days ago

                                Who is Dunk enabling that a slightly more expensive defender isn't though?

                                I'm pretty happy with my front line of Sterling, Son, Eriksen, Martial, Son, Jimenez, Deeney and Aguero. Not exactly sacrificing a big hitter there because of not having Dunk.

                                1. Goonsquad245
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  4 months, 10 days ago

                                  I see your point but who is better across 34-35 at 5m or below?

                                  1. F_Ivanovic
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    4 months, 10 days ago

                                    Kolasanic, Doherty or Boly. You're right, there's not a whole lot of options. Tempted by Gomez as I think he plays most games now either CB or RB and at least covers me if TAA is rotated in the RB spot for him.

                        • Skloppy Kops
                          • 4 Years
                          4 months, 10 days ago

                          For the 1st time ever, i've got ITB after WC.. but still time to tinker..
                          Would like to hear your opinion though.

                          Foster - Ryan
                          Robbo - Duffy - Kola - Doherty - Valery
                          Salah - Pogba - Eriksen - JwP - Camarassa
                          Kane - Jimmy - Murray

                          Murray can become Deeney/Rashy.. 3.0 ITB

                          Any improvement suggestion. Keeping away from City assets due to match conjestion and rotation.