Scout Notes

Sterling stars as De Bruyne jumps back on FPL radars

Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) may have been the top points scorer in Manchester City’s win over Crystal Palace – but he was not the only midfielder to bring in double-figures.

Kevin de Bruyne (£9.7m) put himself right back on the Fantasy Premier League radar with an exceptional performance in time for the end of season run-in.

As we learned yet more about Pep Guardiola’s side at Crystal Palace, this Scout Notes article documents the latest instalment in an ever-changing picture at Manchester City.

Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City

Goals: Luka Milivojevic (£6.4m) | Raheem Sterling x2 (£11.5m), Gabriel Jesus (£9.9m)

Assists: James McArthur (£4.8m) | Kevin de Bruyne x2 (£9.7m), Leroy Sané (£9.3m)

Sterling was comfortably Manchester City’s chief goal threat in the 3-1 win at Selhurst Park. No player was afforded more big chances, and he was top of the pile for shots in the box and efforts on target too. That certainly bodes well for future attacking returns, but Sterling will continue to have rotation concerns hanging over him.

Despite playing 90 minutes in each of the last two matches, he was named in the starting line-up against Crystal Palace and completed yet another outing. With Manchester City currently 1-0 down to Tottenham Hotspur after the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, it seems highly unlikely that he will be left out of the starting XI for the second leg on Wednesday. That would mean five starts in a row for the Englishman ahead of Double Gameweek 35 when they host Spurs again. It will be interesting to see when Guardiola decides to hand him a rest.

At the very least, Sterling seems to be posing more of a threat than Sergio Aguero (£11.7m) who now has just one goal in the last four Gameweeks. Manchester City’s diminutive midfielder is also getting clear of the Argentinian for underlying statistics too, offering better minutes per chance, minutes per chance created and expected goal involvement (xGI) too.

Aguero continues to have his minutes managed by Guardiola too, without a 90-minute appearance since Gameweek 24. Obviously, that has helped him start more matches than most of his colleagues, but in games where he has not looked his best, like this one, it is frustrating for his owners that he does not stay on the pitch for longer. There were suggestions after the match that Guardiola had taken him off because of an injury, although the Manchester City manager has since confirmed that Aguero does not have a knock.

Coming back into the Fantasy conversation after an incredible performance is de Bruyne. He was easily the best player on the pitch at Selhurst, providing two incisive assists for Sterling and Gabriel Jesus (£9.9m). Amazingly, they were his first two of the season, but the fact that he has struggled with injury for much of the campaign it’s not a huge surprise.

Crucially, de Bruyne’s attacking returns against Crystal Palace were in line with the creative potential he has shown in recent matches. In the four outings in the build-up to Double Gameweek 34, the Belgian had created a chance every 18 minutes, so assists were certainly coming. With four efforts on goal at Selhurst Park, only Sterling had more shots than him too. With six starts in the last seven Gameweeks, and potentially a rest against Spurs given his absence on Tuesday night, de Bruyne could be a key Manchester City midfielder to own between now and the end of the season.

“The last three or four games the way (de Bruyne) played was incredible, we missed him a lot. He has the ability and vision to see passes that other human beings are not able to watch. With him around, our paces and passes in front – especially in the final third – are incredible and today he was so committed to defensive work, winning duels and being in that position. And of course, he is fresh mentally in the legs in those situations. That’s why he made not just the two assists that are so important but in all the other situations that we needed him.” – Pep Guardiola

Given that he missed the Champions League quarter-final first leg, it was no surprise to see Leroy Sané (£9.3m) in the starting line-up at Palace. He has worked his way back into consideration for Premier League matches it seems, with starts in both of the last two matches, after just three appearances between Gameweeks 25 and 32. Crucially, he has attacking returns in both of those, a goal against Cardiff and an assist at Selhurst Park.

The fact that he was able to produce a decent attacking performance despite sharing the left-flank with Benjamin Mendy (£6.1m) is worthy of note. The Frenchman was making his first league start since November and enjoyed nothing more than a solid afternoon. There was some overlap with Sané, but it was mainly the German who provided the width down that side of the pitch.

Elsewhere on the injury front, Bernardo Silva (£7.6m) was back in the side overcoming his yellow flag. He was named among the substitutes and came on for David Silva (£8.5m) in the second half. Meanwhile, Fernandinho (£5.3m) missed out with what Guardiola described as a “short-term” injury which could also make him absent for midweek Champions League action. However, Manchester City did not particularly miss the Brazilian with both de Bruyne and Ilkay Gündogan (£5.5m) providing a decent screen for the back-four.

“Yes. (Fernandinho) finished bad against Tottenham. Today he is not fit. It’s short-term.” – Pep Guardiola

Crystal Palace certainly made themselves harder to beat than some were expecting pre-match. They were without James Tomkins (£4.3m) and Mamadou Sakho (£4.9m) and had to field Martin Kelly (£3.9m) and Scott Dan (£4.4m) at centre-back.

The injury problems mounted for the Eagles in the first half when Jeffrey Schlupp (£4.5m) was forced off with a muscle problem. He was replaced by Cheikhou Kouyaté (£4.7m).

The interesting line on Crystal Palace’s attack was that Michy Batshuayi (£6.5m) was benched for Christian Benteke (£6.3m) to get his first start since Gameweek 26. Roy Hodgson explained that he wanted a player who could hold the ball up for his side, which the Belgian did admirably against formidable opponents. The Eagles’ manager also cited Batshuayi’s status as a loan player as a reason for dropping him to the bench, so it will be intriguing to see if that has a prolonged effect on his place in the team as the season winds to a close.

Crystal Palace XI (4-5-1): Guaita; van Aanholt, Dann, Kelly, Wan-Bissaka; Zaha, Schlupp (Kouyaté 22′), Milivojevic, McArthur (Sako 85′), Townsend (Meyer 77′); Benteke.

Manchester City XI (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Mendy, Laporte, Kompany, Walker; Gündogan, de Bruyne; Sané (Stones 87′), D Silva (B Silva 65′), Sterling; Aguero (Jesus 75′).

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1,016 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Chandler Bing
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 20 hours ago

    Anyone not using BB this GW? What's the plan if so?

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 20 hours ago

      I was planning to but am having second thoughts with a bench of Ryan, Duffy, TAA and Romeu.

      1. Chandler Bing
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        I'd do it imo. That's a good bench regardless of Brighton's form.

      2. Flapjack ✅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Yeah mine is it stands is

        Ryan dunk Duffy and jota.

        But.. we have a free transfer to remove say Dunk, can consider a hit.. and Brighton could look better v Cardiff. So think I’ll be doing BB still as down the line I’d be downgrading players to fodder to squeeze extra pennies potentially.

    2. Demel
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      As a few people might have heard 🙂 I have already used my BB. I will be using my TC this week.

      1. Do I Not Like Orange
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Who are you thinking of putting the armband on?

      2. Chandler Bing
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Thinking the same. Who exactly are you considering for TC?

    3. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      There isn’t going to be a better time so even with the Brighton players I’m still doing it - whether to take a hit to remove them is the big question

    4. Cruz88
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 18 hours ago

      TC this week and BB in 37 for me

  2. Berbinho's Forehead
    • 8 Years
    9 days, 20 hours ago

    The atmosphere at Anfield was electric yesterday. I've been lucky enough to be part of some of the great ones and yesterday was right up there. I think I may have dented my forehead went that Salah thunderbolt ripped the net.

    1. Bobby
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 20 hours ago

      Ha, good to see Salah getting back into form

    2. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      Couldn't make it yesterday but I was there vs Spurs.
      That winning goal.. Couldn't stop jumping around!

    3. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      Atmosphere came across on the TV coverage. Sounded special.

    4. Hernandez Lynam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 18 hours ago

      Atmosphere at Anfield has always been the best of the top 6. Empithad, Emirates and Old Trafford can also be extremely poor. Think the new WHL could rival Anfield in years to come though.

  3. Bobby
    • 9 Years
    9 days, 20 hours ago

    Whose best choice for next week - aguero or sterling?

    1. Bunk Morrisonland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 20 hours ago

      Ask again after CL. I¨d say they start 1 match each, with about the same probability of points.

      1. tokara
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        this

    2. Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      I think Pep will need Aguero for both league games.

      Loves to score against the big teams.

      1. Demel
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        The opposite is true of Sterling.

  4. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 20 hours ago

    If you start your best 11 next GW, who have you got left on the bench for DGW35 ?

    I've Ryan, Duffy, TAA and Romeu, and am doubting the wisdom of BBing in a DGW.

    1. Do I Not Like Orange
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      Lloris, Duffy, Dunk, Vardy. Thinking Lloris & Vardy alone could justify using BB.

      1. pingissimus
          9 days, 19 hours ago

          Agreed on Vardy and Lloris.

          I still like Vardy. WH defence is a tasty prospect. Gambled this week on Maddison ahead of Fraser and Martial. Wrong call!

          Keeping I think for double move for Mo in 36. Suspect lots of rotation means a Sgw player isn’t much of a downer.

          Lloris Duffy Valery Vardy

      2. teneighty
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Lloris, Valery, Duffy and JWP

        1. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 19 hours ago

          nice

      3. FPLinho
          9 days, 18 hours ago

          In theory you should be picking up a minimum of 16 points just on appearance points from BB (obviously might not work out that way) but even that is a very welcome boost in any gw, after that any points, which you surely have a good chance of out of 8 fixtures, are added bonus

      4. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Which player to make way for a Pool for Cardiff?

        A) Deeney to Firmino
        B) Eriksen to Mane
        C) KDB to Salah
        D) Can manage wtihout more Pool until GW 36

        Lloris, Foster
        TAA, Doherty, Duffy, Dunk, Valery
        KDB, Sterling, Son, Eriksen, Camarasa
        Aguero, Deeney, Jimenez

        1. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 19 hours ago

          D

        2. pingissimus
            9 days, 19 hours ago

            B

            Triple Spurs looks overloaded to me

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              Cheers! Triple City OK?

              1. pingissimus
                  9 days, 19 hours ago

                  I’d say so

                  Next week might not be that exciting but there are more tasty matches to come.

                  Considering shipping Kun myself but that’s more with ML in mind to cover Salah.

            2. CostaCoffee
              • 5 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              D,
              C if you really want to get one

              1. CostaCoffee
                • 5 Years
                9 days, 19 hours ago

                B I mean not C

            3. V-2 Schneiderlin
              • 8 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              D , looks like a decent DGW team - maybe swap out Dunk or Duffy for Watford def?

            4. scubasmithy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              9 days, 18 hours ago

              D

          • Stimps
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            9 days, 19 hours ago

            A) Deeney, Brooks
            B) Jota, King

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              B

            2. Sterling Malory
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              I've got A.

          • manu4life99
            • 9 Years
            9 days, 19 hours ago

            A) Laca + Hojberg
            B) Firmino + Hojberg
            C) Jiminez + Jota/Fraser/Redmond

            1. co11ingwood
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              B would be my choice

            2. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              C with Redmond

            3. CostaCoffee
              • 5 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              C

          • co11ingwood
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            9 days, 19 hours ago

            RMT for BB GW35 please:

            Ryan Foster
            Doherty WB TAA Robbo Duffy
            Son Sterling Hazard Deulofeu Hojbjerg
            Jimenez Aguero Rashford

            In that, already considering McCarthy for Foster (FT) and Camarasa for Hojbjerg (-4pts), with 0.4 itb. I'm considering Duffy or WB out for a further -4 but to bring in someone dgw such as Cathcart. I know Duffy already is dgw but my confidence in him against Wolves and Spurs has dropped considerably...

            1. Whatever100
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              But McCarty doesn’t play as Gunn first choice right?

              1. co11ingwood
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                9 days, 19 hours ago

                Well I messed those two up didnt I - I meant to say already considering Foster for McCarthy and Hojbjerg for Camarasa!

            2. scubasmithy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              9 days, 18 hours ago

              Just Duffy for Watford defender

          • tibollom
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 19 hours ago

            Hi guys, just used my FT to do Knock to Redmond... Hows the rest looking for BB?

            Ryan Foster
            Robbo Doherty Bednarek Laporte Duffy
            Mane Sterling Eriksen Doucoure Redmond
            Jim Kun Deeney

            1. co11ingwood
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              Looking good for BB I say

            2. Sterling Malory
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              Looks like a lot of teams will.

              Couple of slight differentials with Doucoure and Redmond. Nice.

              1. tibollom
                • 2 Years
                9 days, 19 hours ago

                thanks guys

            3. pingissimus
                9 days, 19 hours ago

                Nice

                My concern would be mass Watford rotation in the Huddersfield match. It feels like an obvious breather match for a team building to Wembley. I’ve gone double defence instead.

                1. tibollom
                  • 2 Years
                  9 days, 19 hours ago

                  damn had not really thought about that... you reckon some hits are worth taking to get rid of either deeny or doucoure?

                  1. pingissimus
                      9 days, 18 hours ago

                      Oh no

                      Now you have you keep. There are two nice fixtures so you’ll get one. I suspect that lots of DGW will be rotated anyway

              • StayoutheSpiceZone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                9 days, 19 hours ago

                Please could look at my BB squad ?

                Ryan Gunn
                Bednarek Doherty Vertonghen Cathcart TAA
                Salah Raz KDB Son Eriksen
                Deeney Jim Ings

                Any views appreciated

              • Atimis
                • 2 Years
                9 days, 19 hours ago

                Vardy to Deeney?

                1. Legend of Rosický
                    9 days, 19 hours ago

                    Vardy could haul though, i wouldnt

                  • AzzaroMax99
                    • 2 Years
                    9 days, 19 hours ago

                    It is either him or Rondon to Deeney for me. Haven't decided yet.

                    1. savory
                      • 7 Years
                      9 days, 19 hours ago

                      vardy, plenty more money left over.

                      ive the same dilemma, would like to get rid of both but will be hits for one if not both of the if i decide to being a few in...

                2. teneighty
                  • 4 Years
                  9 days, 19 hours ago

                  How did Firmino look yesterday?

                  1. Legend of Rosický
                      9 days, 19 hours ago

                      Not a single clear cut chance, and didn't score from TAA delivery which was more difficult to miss from (though it was offside but doubt he knew that)

                      1. teneighty
                        • 4 Years
                        9 days, 19 hours ago

                        Not what I wanted to hear but thanks. Hope he'll make it up against Cardiff!

                    • AzzaroMax99
                      • 2 Years
                      9 days, 19 hours ago

                      Like a woman. Joking, thinking to get him also this or next week.

                  2. CostaCoffee
                    • 5 Years
                    9 days, 19 hours ago

                    Any moves you’d do here?

                    Ryan Foster
                    Laporte TAA Duffy Doherty Valery
                    Jota Eriksen Son KDB Sterling
                    Murray Laca Jimenez

                    Planning to do Murray to Deeney, would you do Duffy to Cathcart for -4?

                    1. Legend of Rosický
                        9 days, 19 hours ago

                        just murray to deeney

                    2. Jinswick
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      9 days, 19 hours ago

                      So I messed up and missed last week’s deadline, leaving myself with a 3.8m non starter and no cash in the bank for my BB this week. Idiot. Best move here?

                      A) Dunk -> WAT defender
                      B) Dunk & Connolly -> WAT & SOT defenders (-4)
                      C) Save FT and don’t BB
                      D) Something else

                      Foster, Ryan
                      TAA, Doherty, Duffy, Dunk, Connolly
                      Mane, Sterling, Son, Eriksen, Jota
                      Aguero, Jimenez, Deeney

                      Bank 0.0m

                      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                        • 3 Years
                        9 days, 19 hours ago

                        B looks okay but can you afford two with that? Bednarek and Kiko?

                      2. Better Call Salah
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        9 days, 18 hours ago

                        B

                    3. PikeyMikey
                        9 days, 19 hours ago

                        Kante to Redmond
                        Or
                        Kante to a Watford mid? Not sure which one...?

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                        • 9 Years
                        9 days, 19 hours ago

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                        Which player should we discuss & why?
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                        1. Flapjack ✅
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          9 days, 19 hours ago

                          I think watford clearly have the best double, and their defensive assets need discussing please.

                          Foster is a no brainer of course but with many looking to offload Brighton defenders.. who would you say is best at the back? Holebas? Cathcart? Going for a nailed one seems the priority.

                          1. Tsparkes10
                              9 days, 19 hours ago

                              Single player gws vs doubles e.g. Keeping Vardy/getting Mane over the likes of Lukaku and Pogba.

                            • AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                              • 3 Years
                              9 days, 19 hours ago

                              Seconded. Especially as to whether its worth selling a Brighton defender to get one.

                            • Celt Abroad
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              9 days, 19 hours ago

                              Good question - who (if anyone) is nailed in the Watford defense is a crucial question this week.

                          2. QuintonFortune25
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            9 days, 19 hours ago

                            Key player - Is Jamie Vardy worth holding for GW35 against whu? He's highly owned and has a good fixture but its just the one, as opposed to other strikers like Lacazette and Deeney who have two.

                            Key team - Man City. Do we really consider TOT, mun as two difficult fixtures given how good Man City are and that they simply cant afford to drop any points? Are those fixtures actually a positive for owners of Aguero, Sterling, KDB, Laporte etc as Man City surely have to put their best 11 out against both teams? Would you captain a City player?

                            Talking point - Salah. After yesterday he looks back in the mood to score goals, is he now worth his price? Alternatively, does Mane continue to show us a cheaper and just as reliable option, perhaps with the captaincy / triple captaincy in GW36 against Huddersfield in mind.

                          3. Eytexi
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            9 days, 19 hours ago

                            Player: Jiminez. Has he ever been closer to essential? Is he essential? Is he captaincy material for the DGW?

                            Team: Watford. Plum DGW fixtures for a double up, but defensive options lack 'nailedness' & plenty of debate regarding attacking selection.

                            Team: Bournemouth. Is their poor away form behind them and, therefore, could they batter 3 of their final 4 opponents with this new formation? Wilson is getting a lot of transfers in - thoughts on attackers for the DGW?

                            Talking Point: how different Champions League results will impact rotation. What impact will Spurs/Man City/Liverpool going through have on their PL teamsheets for the rest of the season?

                          4. The Rumour Mill
                            • 2 Years
                            9 days, 19 hours ago

                            Player: Redmond, is he finally blossoming as a footballer?

                            Team: are wolves done for the season now and therefore a complete trap?

                            Talking point: any attempt to explain the Fulham, Everton, Brighton, and Bournemouth performances would be great, what the hell happened there? Was it the most unpredictable day in fpl history? Even West ham playing United off the park in their own stadium was weird, it just wasn't reflected in fpl terms. Any stories of similar days might be an entertaining trip down memory lane!

                          5. Vamos
                            • 1 Year
                            9 days, 18 hours ago

                            Of all the teams to discuss, I think Man United is the one I'm most baffled by and concerned about.

                            A lot of non Wildcarders will have assets from them but they're not looking solid, creative or settled.

                            Plain avoid or consider?

                          6. Saint Steve-O (@EliteFPL)
                            • 4 Years
                            9 days, 18 hours ago

                            Do we overate DGWS?

                            1. RedLightning - The Last Ten…
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • Has Moderation Rights
                              • 8 Years
                              9 days, 12 hours ago

                              And do we overrate chips?

                          7. pingissimus
                              9 days, 18 hours ago

                              Who are the likely DGW busters? Fraser and Wilson yo turn it on again?

                            • ktk_interista
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              9 days, 17 hours ago

                              Talking point: Is anyone discouraged from playing BB in 35 after WCing just to load on DGW 35? Or maybe switch some DGW rubbish to SGWers with great fixtures from Liverpool, Bournemouth etc. I can see Liverpool and Bournemouth assets outscoring the Southampton, Brighton Wolves and Watford players

                              1. Karan14 - (RoboKlopp)
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                9 days, 16 hours ago

                                It's impossible to get Liverpool assets in by selling players from the teams you mentioned unless we have loads of cash in the bank.

                                I'd still fancy Watford, Wolves & Soton players to outscore Bournemouth till end of the season.

                                1. ktk_interista
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 8 Years
                                  9 days, 16 hours ago

                                  Maybe so for Mane and Salah, but in defense if you can spare 1-2m you can upgrade a Duffy to a TAA or even VVD.

                            • Karan14 - (RoboKlopp)
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              9 days, 16 hours ago

                              Can we risk going without Mo Salah for Pool's next 4 games (car, HUD, new, WOL)?

                              He's owned by only 22.82% (according to LiveFPL) of the Top 10k which makes him a good differential for the run in.

                              1. ktk_interista
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                9 days, 16 hours ago

                                Mane still outscored him yet everyone is so worked up about Salah. I think Mane, Robbo, Firmino and VVD will outscore him till end of season. Probably TAA as well if he does start the Cardiff and Huddersfield games.

                                1. COK3Y5MURF
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  9 days, 15 hours ago

                                  If he was 9.5m, they wouldn't be 😉

                            • Balotellitubbies
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              9 days, 15 hours ago

                              Talking point: Triple captain strategies

                            • ktk_interista
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              9 days, 13 hours ago

                              Who is best captain for GW35? Deeney as a massive differential? The ever reliable Jimenez? The red hot Sterling?

                            • Alchim1sT
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              9 days, 4 hours ago

                              Watford have really great fixtures ... now Deeney is suspended ... any direct replacement within Watford for the striker or shall we look elsewhere in the budget section?

                            • Rohirrims
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              8 days, 19 hours ago

                              Talking Point:- Bench Boost. How many doubles and triples and on which teams? Also what is the optimum number?

                              Player:- Moura v Son v Llorente. If Pochettino, maintains the 2 upfront it's likely that only 2 of these will play and depending on results in Europe it could be Moura and Son leading the line. Were his points a one off or is this run sustainable?

                              Team:- Manchester City. Great fixtures around the double and I'm choosing to look at the double as 2 bites of the cherry. Aguero's returns against the top 6 so far this season: 7 matches 8 goals (2 hattricks, 3 blanks) 52 points in 521 minutes played.

                            • Kingsley Royal
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              8 days, 15 hours ago

                              For those of us with Deeney (or others that are now unavailable for GW35) and double / triple Brighton defence, is it potentially now a better strategy to TC in 35 and BB in 36?

                              1. ktk_interista
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                8 days, 14 hours ago

                                Exactly my thoughts as below.

                            • ktk_interista
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              8 days, 14 hours ago

                              I think the talking point has to be:

                              Should we be brave enough to admit WC has gone bad and postpone BB if needed? Applies more to those who have Duffy/Dunk/Both, Valery, Deeny which is many many people here.

                              1. ktk_interista
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                8 days, 14 hours ago

                                36 and 37 have great fixtures for the same players you have WCed to get in (and at home) and one good fixture is better than 2 bad ones. This also gives the chance for TC on a DGW player like Sterling, Aguero,Auba, Jimenez.

                            • AllGonePozzo
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              8 days, 6 hours ago

                              What to do about Brighton assets?

                          8. dbeck
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            9 days, 19 hours ago

                            Awful FPL week, feels like it was a victory for the non wildcarders, having the likes of Fraser, Wilson, no Brighton def, Pogba, Newcastle defender etc left in squad and hauling. Hoping to make up the ground on the bench boost next week.

                            Anyone reassessing wildcards after an awful week and making some moves?

                            1. Tsparkes10
                                9 days, 19 hours ago

                                Potentially. Martial and Lukaku were kinda punts on my half so may do them 2 to Mane/Salah, Deeney

                              • Flapjack ✅
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                9 days, 19 hours ago

                                Well we still have two big games to define the week.

                                Offloading Brighton defensive assets may be my priority but hopefully they bounce back tomorrow night and it all changes again.

                                1. dbeck
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  9 days, 19 hours ago

                                  Yeah fingers crossed, I’m worried about Fraser and Wilson next week again, Fulham at home. I won’t get them in but a lot of non wildcard rivals have them

                                  1. Flapjack ✅
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 6 Years
                                    9 days, 19 hours ago

                                    They seem to be a don’t buy/don’t sell especially with a double. Not much you can do but pray.

                                    Tbh teams with those assets still are -EV

                                  2. Toby Lerone
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    9 days, 19 hours ago

                                    Fulham just turned over Everton. May surprise some

                              • Toby Lerone
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                9 days, 19 hours ago

                                We planned for a reason. Sometimes you just get punished. That's FPL. The wildcard will come good

                              • ColdRainyNIght
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                9 days, 17 hours ago

                                I am reassesing FFS and twitter and everything related to FPL. I will play just using my knowledge. Eye tests are the best. The stats that these FFS experts provide have so many biases

                            2. NATSTER
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              9 days, 19 hours ago

                              Umm.. Some options to choose. Which one would you pick ?

                              A) Lacazette + Eriksen + 4.5 DF
                              B) Aguero + Jota + Kolasinac
                              C) Aguero + Moura + 4.8 DF

                              1. Tsparkes10
                                  9 days, 19 hours ago

                                  Probs B or C with a Watford defender

                                • Flapjack ✅
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 6 Years
                                  9 days, 19 hours ago

                                  I like C. But champions league can change that easily. Patience for now I guess but pencil C in

                                • QuintonFortune25
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  9 days, 19 hours ago

                                  I'm not sure Moura starts both games and even less likely he will score like last week, kind of feel like a trap in my opinion. I'd go B with maybe Doherty or a Watford defender over Kolasinac.

                                • NATSTER
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 8 Years
                                  9 days, 16 hours ago

                                  Thank you. It looks like Kün still the favorite.

                              2. H-Over United
                                • 2 Years
                                9 days, 19 hours ago

                                Can anyone beat this awful 33 points week after a WildCard???
                                Got Ryan, Duffy (C.) + Knockaert. 🙁

                                1. Tsparkes10
                                    9 days, 19 hours ago

                                    Seen worse for sure

                                  • dbeck
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 1 Year
                                    9 days, 19 hours ago

                                    Me- 32, Ryan, Duffy (c) and Deeney to come so trying be positive

                                  • AC Yew
                                      9 days, 16 hours ago

                                      25 so far. Worst WC to date! Pre wildcard team would be on about 80+ points

                                  • Tsparkes10
                                      9 days, 19 hours ago

                                      Not sure who to move out for Deeney, Lukaku or Vardy. Will see how Lukaku does midweek but Vardy could easily bounce back against West ham. Hmmm

                                      1. QuintonFortune25
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        9 days, 19 hours ago

                                        Probably Lukaku for me.

                                    • KINGS
                                        9 days, 19 hours ago

                                        Do you think Manc and Spurs assets have similar haul potential as Liverpool in GW36?

                                        Manc vs Burnley
                                        Spurs vs Hammers
                                        Pool vs Huddersfield

                                        1. Flapjack ✅
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 6 Years
                                          9 days, 19 hours ago

                                          Of course. All seem great.

                                        2. QuintonFortune25
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 2 Years
                                          9 days, 19 hours ago

                                          Good spot, I didn't really notice that. My team almost built around those teams so looks a promising week.

                                        3. KINGS
                                            9 days, 19 hours ago

                                            My team currently consists of 3 Manc + 3 Spurs + 0 Pool assets. Not sure if I want to force my way to transfer in a Pool asset then.

                                        4. QuintonFortune25
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 2 Years
                                          9 days, 19 hours ago

                                          Think my best use of my transfer is Chilwell to Doherty or Cathcart - what do you reckon?

                                          Ryan - Leno
                                          Robertson - TAA - Chilwell* - Dunk - Bednarek
                                          Sterling - Mane - Son - Brooks - Hojbjerg
                                          Aguero - Vardy - Jimenez

                                          1. Eytexi
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            9 days, 19 hours ago

                                            Am keeping Chilwell myself but agree - I'd go for a Watford defender and Cathcart looking the best atm. Presser will hopefully help.

                                        5. Started from the bottom now…
                                          • 3 Years
                                          9 days, 19 hours ago

                                          Is this ok?
                                          Ryan / Foster
                                          Dunk / Duffy / Robbo / Valery / Doherty
                                          Son / Eriksen / Sterling / Deu / Jota
                                          Jimenez / Kun / Deeney

                                          2.6 ITB and want Salah in my team. What would you do? Get rid of Sterling? Or wait a week so I don't have to take a hit?

                                          1. Eytexi
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            9 days, 19 hours ago

                                            Definetly wouldn't sell Sterling for a hit before a DGW. Salah can wait another week. Brighton triple not ideal, but again i wouldnt sell any DGW assets for a hit unless funds required elsewhere.

                                        6. EgyptianKing
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          9 days, 19 hours ago

                                          Hi mates. Who do you think will score more next GW?

                                          Azpi, Bednarek, King or Rondon?

                                          Cheers!

                                          1. Tsparkes10
                                              9 days, 19 hours ago

                                              Wouldn't want to bench any of them tbh. King probs highest ceiling but Azpi most secure potentially

                                              1. EgyptianKing
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                Cheers.

                                                Ederson
                                                TAA, Robertson, Kola
                                                Pogba, KDB, Salah, Son, Eriksen
                                                Deeney, King

                                                Ryan, Azpi, Rondon, Bednarek

                                                It seems ok? Lots of fund allocated in bench players, I know... I’ll have to correct that in the near future

                                            • Eytexi
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              9 days, 19 hours ago

                                              Very tough one. I'd go for King.

                                              1. EgyptianKing
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                I am leaning towards him! Recebt stats were very appealing

                                                1. Eytexi
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                  I'm very happy owning Wilson for his SGW so hopefully they both get in on the action and batter Fulham.

                                          2. tibollom
                                            • 2 Years
                                            9 days, 19 hours ago

                                            team before WC: Salah, Wilson, Fraser, Pogba and a few more - 72pts
                                            Team after WC: 41

                                            Terrible terrible GW for me

                                            1. Kopkloppers
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 4 Years
                                              9 days, 19 hours ago

                                              Snap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                                              40 after WC
                                              DGW players with captaincy on Duffy -1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

                                            2. Eytexi
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              9 days, 19 hours ago

                                              31 point deficit will be made up in the DGW - it'll pick up, and this is coming from a non-wildcarder.

                                              1. tibollom
                                                • 2 Years
                                                9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                lets hope guys...

                                            3. SPorting
                                              • 7 Years
                                              9 days, 19 hours ago

                                              Ah, you pays your money and you takes your choice.

                                              Pre: 86 (incl. Dubravka, Robbo, Mane, Salah, Pogba, Fraser, Wilson)

                                              Post: 37

                                              You live and (never) learn.

                                              1. tibollom
                                                • 2 Years
                                                9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                damn!!!

                                              2. g40steve
                                                • 1 Year
                                                9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                Ouch!

                                            4. g40steve
                                              • 1 Year
                                              9 days, 19 hours ago

                                              Everyone’s in the same boat, what’s worse is I had a WC with Sterling, KDB, Wilson 🙁 🙁
                                              Went Kun, Erik & Vardy

                                            5. KINGS
                                                9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                Same here

                                                1. tibollom
                                                  • 2 Years
                                                  9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                  one guy in my ML "forgot" to do his WC... got 75pts

                                            6. Kopkloppers
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 4 Years
                                              9 days, 19 hours ago

                                              After the week's debacle so far I cannot possibly BB.
                                              Patricio Ryan
                                              Valery Alders Duffy Doherty Robertson
                                              Son Erik Sterling Mane Redmond
                                              Vardy Jimi Laca

                                              I don't want these anymore and valery concern
                                              Ryan Patricio Doherty Duffy Vardy

                                              Wait until 36 and cross fingers Brighton play a lot better?

                                              1. TheDragon
                                                • 1 Year
                                                9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                It’s still worth bench boosting in my opinion

                                                1. Kopkloppers
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 4 Years
                                                  9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                  Tnks for the reply.

                                              2. Eytexi
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                I'd bench boost. There's never a better time to play it than this week imo.

                                                1. Kopkloppers
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 4 Years
                                                  9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                  Seems unanimous

                                              3. Johnny 8
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 5 Years
                                                9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                Don't think there will be a better opportunity to BB than this week.

                                              4. bitm2007
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 4 Years
                                                9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                I don't think you will get a better bench than Ryan, Duffy, Redmond, Robertson (or Valery) if wait.

                                                1. Kopkloppers
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 4 Years
                                                  9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                  Wait on Valery and seems BB consensus in 35

                                              5. Miniboss
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                I think 35 is the one and chance for BB left. It will be a double gameweek and Brighton can't do much worse than so far. Valery should be fine as well.

                                                1. Kopkloppers
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 4 Years
                                                  9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                  Brighton have Newcastle home in 36. I will do Vardy to Firmino and my weakest players are Doherty and Jimi. All others have good fixtures. Valery if injured could recover also. I did Knockert to Redmond already.
                                                  Hard one

                                            7. manu4life99
                                              • 9 Years
                                              9 days, 19 hours ago

                                              A) Jiminez Jota Duffy
                                              B) Jiminez Redmond Duffy
                                              C) Firmino Hojberg Duffy
                                              D) Laca Hojberg Duffy
                                              E) Jiminez Redmond Laporte (-4)

                                              1. Eytexi
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                B

                                              2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                                                • 3 Years
                                                9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                For two more days its anything without Duffy 🙂

                                            8. Differential (c)
                                              • 3 Years
                                              9 days, 19 hours ago

                                              Aboubakar Kamara doing bits in Turkey xD

                                              https://twitter.com/FulhamishPod/status/1117420729274859522?s=20

                                              The legend that is AK47, sums up many people's GW34

                                            9. g40steve
                                              • 1 Year
                                              9 days, 19 hours ago

                                              Guys, not had a good weekend but onward & upwards.

                                              Would you swap out Vardy & Duffy?

                                              Lloris - Foster
                                              Laporte - Trent - Duffy#
                                              Salah - Eriksen - Son - Jota
                                              Aguero - Jimenez - Vardy#

                                              Foster - Deulofeu - Doherty - Valery

                                              1. Eytexi
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                If it would be for a hit, I'd probably just sell one.

                                                1. g40steve
                                                  • 1 Year
                                                  9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                  Second for a hit, but a double player shoul pay off?

                                                  1. Eytexi
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                    Not sure which DGW striker I'd back over Vardy for a hit. Myself I'm taking a hit to do Vardy to Jiminez, but only because i need those funds and have no Wolves cover.

                                              2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                                                • 3 Years
                                                9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                For who? Laca/Deeney and Watford defender/Kola?

                                                1. g40steve
                                                  • 1 Year
                                                  9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                  Lace/Deeney + double defender

                                              3. KT
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 8 Years
                                                9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                same question

                                              4. pingissimus
                                                  9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                  No

                                                  I’d look to switch Erik for Mane if you can reach. Triple Spurs seems an indulgence.

                                                  Nice squad really

                                              5. savory
                                                • 7 Years
                                                9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                anyone still got Hazard? he was unlucky yesterday but plans to keep him or swap him for a doubler? (in hindsight should have done that last week)

                                                on one hand these fixtures are good:

                                                BUR
                                                mun
                                                WAT
                                                lei

                                                but he's his way out surely and taking up some much needed funds

                                                1. Eytexi
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                  What's the rest of your midfield looking like?

                                                  1. savory
                                                    • 7 Years
                                                    9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                    Hudson / POGBA / SON / Hazard / Mane

                                                    1. Eytexi
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                      I'd probably sell for Sterling.

                                                      1. Kevin de Blanke
                                                        • 3 Years
                                                        9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                        Rotation risk ? What about de Bruyne ?

                                                        1. Eytexi
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                          Depends on CL gametime and result, but reckon he's worth the risk. KDB also a good pick though.

                                                          1. Kevin de Blanke
                                                            • 3 Years
                                                            9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                            Yep, I am happy to have him in my team, but I expect him to play only 1 of the 2 in 35.

                                                            If I were to get a City mid now I think de Bruyne is better, differential too...

                                                            1. Eytexi
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                              You think Sterling gets benched vs. Spurs or United with a title to play for? Would be brave of Pep.

                                                              Rotation is usually to rest players for bigger games, not because they're not fit enough to play 2 games in a week. Reckon he starts both, subbed off and then gets his rest in the weeks after.

                                                              1. Kevin de Blanke
                                                                • 3 Years
                                                                9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                                I hope you're right...it's just that Pep is Pep...

                                                        2. savory
                                                          • 7 Years
                                                          9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                          my fear is Hazard scoring big v Burnley while Sterling or KDB will only play one game themselves in a low scoring game, this is likely to be for a hit too

                                                          1. Kevin de Blanke
                                                            • 3 Years
                                                            9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                            If Sterling only play spurs I agree, but I think the Man U game is going to be a high scoring one....

                                                            Man U can't defend, even West Ham should have put 3+ against them

                                                            1. savory
                                                              • 7 Years
                                                              9 days, 18 hours ago

                                                              fair shout mate