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′).

1,016 Comments Post a Comment
  1. HamezMace
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Did anyone have a good GW (so far)?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      No, pre WC would of been better

      1. HamezMace
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        I think all pre-WCers are feeling that way, returns for Mane, Salah, Bournemouth attack and Liverpool defence are the killers.

        1. Laporte In A Storm
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Absolutely brutal stuff. I can't believe I chased a BHA DGW 🙁

          1. HamezMace
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            It's not over yet.

        2. Hernandez Lynam
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Anyone who didn't at least keep Mane and one Liv def on WC can only blame themselves

    2. Pukki Party
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Yes not bad so far, 63 -4 with 5 to go on BB.

      1. HamezMace
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Very nice.
        Looking on here this morning, anything over 50 seems good.

    3. aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      59, still 3 left so cant complain.

      1. HamezMace
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Yeah, I'd be very happy with that.

    4. Brakos2k
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Not good. 0 points across the board defensively... I have definitely fallen into the DGW points trap this year. Lesson learnt.

      1. HamezMace
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Did you unlock quadruple Brighton defence cheat codes??

    5. Better Call Salah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      50 with 3 go, presume meh?

      1. HamezMace
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        I'd say better than Meh.

    6. Tshelby
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Vardy (c) and 32 points here.. Got TAA on my bench. Still have one game left of Duffy and Camarasa so who knows..

      But all ready looking ahead to the next gw!

      1. HamezMace
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Yes,
        I prefer looking at my BB35 team screen than my 'My Points' screen right now.

    7. bitm2007
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      No pre WC team scored about 50 points more, than WC team.

      1. HamezMace
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Many in the same boat, but hopefully it'll come good over the next few GWs.

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

      Yep. 85 (-4): not on a wildcard. Very happy.

      1. HamezMace
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        As you should be are you winning the whole thing right now?

        1. Eytexi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 3 days ago

          In my dreams, but a big green arrow from 91k to 48k so far. Only Ryan left.

          1. HamezMace
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Very nice.

    9. Vobinho In Wengerland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Infuriating GW.

      Wildcarded early BUT got rid of Pogba & Brooks for Son & Camarasa.

      42 (-8) at the minute... with Duffy, Laca & Camarasa (c) still to come... hope Brighton ship another 5 with Camarasa heavily involved but that's very wishful thinking!

      1. HamezMace
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Well if they defend like they did against Bournemouth it's very possible!

    10. Whats the Huth
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      61 all out

      1. Whats the Huth
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        16 points on the bench

        1. HamezMace
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          61 is a decent score, will probably still be better than average after Tuesday.

    11. Amey
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Not very good gw.
        53 with Deulofeu and Duffy to go.
        Should have followed my gut feeling © Raz. But chickened out & gone for Son

        1. HamezMace
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          I also went with Son.
          Never really considered Aguero, or Sterling due to rotation, ironically! - VC was on Duffy, so can't complain with Son to be honest!

      • quayle99
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        69. Would have been perfect if I'd captained Lucas instead of Aguero.

        1. Amey
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Great job picking Moura

        2. Ady87
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Dead team in my ML by a girl who has moved to Aus and not touched her team since.

          Moura, Wilson, Fraser, Salah(c). 100+ week.

          1. HamezMace
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Amazing! I love hearing those stories.
            You sometimes see the highest scoring team of week, and think, how the hell did they decide on some of those players.

        3. Schafsalat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 3 days ago

          I'm certainly not complaining with 70 despite triple BHA defense and Van Dijk on the bench. Lesson learned I guess. Tottenham got me 52 of those 70.

        4. DantheManinaPan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          63 + Duffy(c) + Etheridge.

          So good this week, but really not set up as well as most for next week

          1. HamezMace
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            I guess that's what WCers need to tell themselves, bad week for most, but hopefully going forward it'll still work out.

        5. Mo Mané Mo Problems
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          51 with Duffy to come.But as it started with Maddison and Vardy (c) blank I am fairly happy. If I can avoid a red arrow I'll be happy.

          26 points on the bench is a bit of a sickener though.

          1. ludaslol
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 2 days ago

            47 with Duffy (C), Dunk, Deeney to go...

            Stomped in ML by Sterling cappers and non Wildcardes (Fraser, wilson etc)

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

            I think anything over 50 is decent this week.

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Ive had a thunderbastard

      • Adrianjp15
          3 months, 3 days ago

          No mancity in my midfield but went 1 def and 1 atk during my wc gw34.

          Have all dgw players except a couple of pool sgw players for 35. Went this way because I was fearful of gw35 mancity rotation because Ive been burnt by pep before and more so than spurs so went 3 spurs.

          Considering Salah and Erikson to Sterling and Mane for the run in but this move is -4 on BB gw35 but will wait until after CL to make any changes, if any.

          Going insane deciding if I pull the trigger now or wait until rotation . Thoughts?

          1. Babit1967
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            I would save the ft mate

          2. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Wait until next GW imho.

            1. Adrianjp15
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Thankyou both. Will consider doing the move for free in gw36.

          3. aleksios
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Decent BB team? 0.0itb.

            -Foster
            -VVD-Dunk-Valery
            -Mane-Son-Eriksen-Sterl-JWP
            -Kun-Jimenez

            ---Lloris---Doherty---TAA--Deeney.

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

              Tidy

            2. Eytexi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 3 days ago

              One of the best. Shame to have JWP and not Redmond though.

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

            Thoughts on what to do with this non-WC team:

            Boruc

            TAA, VVD, Chilwell
            Mane, Son, Eriksen, Pogba
            Vardy, Lacazette, Arnie

            Guatia, Brooks, Rice, Clyne

            1.0 m ITB, 1FT

            Arnie has to go, Rashford my 1st choice. Any other thoughts?

            1. HamezMace
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Arnie to Rashford seems sensible.

            2. Eytexi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Are you playing bench boost? I assume not. I'd take Jiminez over Rashford.

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

                Yes no BB. Looking at the run in Man U’s fixtures are better, but agreed Jiménez more nailed.

          5. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Price changes are erratic this year - or at least the prediction websites are. Had exact funds to do Speroni + Vardy > Foster + Aguero on Friday as they were both 95%+ to a rise, but here we are on Monday and neither have risen.

            I don’t mind them not rising of course, but it makes it difficult knowing whether you have to act quickly or can afford to wait.

            1. HamezMace
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              I've noticed that as well, but I put it down to the popular weeks when the chips are being used, otherwise it's pretty good.

              1. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                True, I guess a lot of chips are being played towards the business end of the season.

                Thresholds certainly seem to increase for DGW’s too.

            2. Mo Mané Mo Problems
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              They have been fairly decent I think.

              Since the template strategy of WC34 kicked in they have struggled. This is because they don't know what was a real transfer and what was a WC transfer.

              Once a player rises/falls/resets to 0 due to red flag etc., then these sites will be reliable for those players again. Until then they are pretty much guessing.

              1. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Is there not a flag in the FPL transfer data to signify those made on a wildcard? I guess at the time of the transfer they can check the FPL account and recognise the wildcard active so not update transfers in or out, so it isn’t strictly necessary to have that as a flag on the transfer data.

            3. Miniboss
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 3 days ago

              They're running the sites without help from FPL so it's a best effort and free for us to use... Besides it's not that long since we had nothing to guide with price rises, at least now there are these guys who do this on their own time and give some idea on risers and fallers.

              Agree that rises/falls seem erratic at times but these sites are not to blame.

              1. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Yes, it’s a frustration with the moving thresholds and the unreliability that results which is frustrating.

                I may have a look at which data is available in the FPL API’s and try developing an app myself 🙂

          6. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Was feeling pretty good on Saturday as keeping Pogba paid off - not so much so yesterday as it was on the expense of getting Sterling who I hoped might get rested....
            So do I chase down those points getting Sterling now, or would the clever move be getting Mané or Salah for Cardiff match? Matches against Tottenham and United not likely to be high scoring, I would assume.

            1. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Get a Liverpool attacker, Cardiff and Huddersfield up next.

            2. TheDragon
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 3 days ago

              It’s city - they can easily score 3+ against anyone. Rotation is the bigger issue - if they play they get points

              1. Pompel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                That's the thing , whereas Mané and Salah 100% nailed. Also saves a FT for double up against Huds in GW36.

          7. Irbox ⚽
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Horrendous GW. Played WC: 37 points. This game is infuriating at times..

            1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              You still have 3 to come... could easily get to 50 points. Then you'll likely get a massive green next week.

              1. Eytexi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 3 days ago

                This. Wildcards don't pay off or fail after one gameweek.

            2. Amey
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Yep
                It's a tough gw

            3. KINGS
                3 months, 3 days ago

                All mood changes when Duffy scores plus get a CS

                1. Eytexi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  All mood changes back when the daydreaming ends and Cardiff score 4. 😉

              • RFCSPACE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Who do you think are the best 3 strikers for GW35, irrespective of budget and who you've got?

                Jiminez, Laca, Agüero?

                1. Eytexi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Aguero & Jiminez for certain. Deeney for fixtures, Laca for risk, Wilson for a punt.

              • The Dogs Love Leeds
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Should We Just Ignore the Double gameweeks ?

                Can't help feeling in future i should just ignore the doubles and just manage my team sensibly as normal. Having burned my second wildcard i took an 8 point hit to remove Fraser, Salah, Ake and AWB for the two Brighton muppets, Son and Eriksen. If i had left the team as it was i would have been 28 points better off.

                Thankfully i did not have a wildcard to use which meant i kept Pogba, Wilson, Trent and Heaton and ended up with net 64 so far and rank rise from 8.5k to 5k.

                Plan this week was to take more hits for the bench boost but think now i will take no hits and roll with single week players Vardy, Mane, Trent, Heaton & Hazard. Maybe everyone is blinded by greed for points in a double week but more often than not it seems to me that they disappoint.

                1. Iggypop
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    wait until gw35 is over before changing your philosophy

                  • Mo Mané Mo Problems
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    Similar position to me.

                    Was going to take a -12/16 this week to get as many DGWers.

                    Will see how I feel but probably will just get Foster, Sterling and maybe Deeney/Son.

                  • Eytexi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    Don't think ignoring the doubles is the solution, but i definetly feel people change their predictions dependant on DGWs.

                    Captaining a Brighton defender may still pay off and i may eat my words, but looking at the fixtures (Bournemouth and Cardiff) seperately, I'd expect very little returns. But when many look at them as a DGW, a sense of 'well surely I'll get one clean sheet' emerges.

                    1. Twisted Saltergater
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 3 days ago

                      Felt Brighton might lose by one or two goals to Bournemouth but had a very good chance home to Cardiff. Plus set piece threat against two leaky teams, seemed a reasonable punt.

                      Getting absolutely smashed throws that all out of the window now as the Cardiff game will be a pressure cooker environment.

                      1. Eytexi
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 3 days ago

                        It definitely could have worked, but I reckon Cardiff score considering what's on the line for them.

                  • Twisted Saltergater
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    The DGW fixtures are very mixed. Throw in rotation and you quite conceivably end up with a single game vs a decent SGW’er you’ve just sold.

                    I think we probably need to pick and choose the balance between good players with a good fixture on a SGW against the returns of two fixtures. CB’s , gk’s and players on set pieces are the better targets, imo.

                  • DantheManinaPan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    In a DGW, most of the time, the expected points of the double players will outweigh the expected points of the single players, so it makes sense to want as many DGW players as possible, for that particular week. The downside is in the planning and the rearranging in other weeks to make it possible. In another season, it might actually turn out much better to preplan your DGW for a long time - I honestly don't know what's best

                2. Eytexi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Around 50k OR with BB & TC to go. Looking like I have mini-leagues wrapped up after 3 consecutive years of heartache. Play TC safe or punty?

                  Tempted to hide behind the sofa for Liverpool vs. Huddersfield, pray for rotation and hope for a big green when i do use it.

                  1. Whats the Huth
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    You need triple Liverpool for the next two games

                    1. Eytexi
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 3 days ago

                      Doesnt answer my question at all. Got TAA, Robbo & Mané. Talking about triple captaincy punts.

                  2. Twisted Saltergater
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    Huddersfield is at Anfield, right? Has to be TC on a Liverpool attacker, surely!

                    1. DandyDon
                        3 months, 3 days ago

                        What would your punt be!? I went for one this week on Duffy and seems to have back fired massively! If he doesn’t score at least 2 pts on Tuesday I may cry haha. I decided (despite owning liverpool assests) the Huddersfield game might suffer rotation before champions league, and after how succcessfully spurs did it this week, and was planning on putting it on Kane this week anyway.

                        1. Twisted Saltergater
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          3 months, 3 days ago

                          Fell into the same trap too with Duffy! I don’t think we should beat ourselves up.

                          Honestly, any Liverpool player could haul in that game. I thought Spurs might beat Huddersfield by 1 or 2 - 0 but they completely capitulated.

                          I’ll be going into it with Salah, VVD and TAA but ideally would want Mané for TAA. But who knows.. the Liverpool defenders have plenty of creative threat.

                  3. FISSH
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    I did a boo boo

                    Forgot that if you play your WC you can't play a chip the same week.. So the bench boost will have to wait! It means I have a huge bench headache..

                    I could sell pogba or jota depending on the one I bench but it's a tough decision. Any advice?

                    Foster
                    Trent, Robertson, valery
                    Jota, sterling, son, redmond
                    Deeney, aguero, lacazatte

                    (Boruc, pogba, bednerak, wan-b)

                    1. Eytexi
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 3 days ago

                      Does this mean you're on WC this week? If so, why not replan your WC with the fact you're not using bench boost considered?

                      1. FISSH
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 3 days ago

                        Yes I have that's the team I am currently on bud. Pogba's last 2 fixtures are great..

                        1. Eytexi
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 months, 3 days ago

                          Very true, but could leave him out for now and plan ahead to get him in for those fixtures imo. I'm saying this as a Pogba owner haha

                  4. Jealous Viper
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    Salah cap next week?

                    1. Eytexi
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 3 days ago

                      It's differential for once. Could pay off, but as a non-owner I prefer Sterling or Jiminez.

                    2. Amey
                        3 months, 3 days ago

                        Jimenez/Raz for me

                      • DandyDon
                          3 months, 3 days ago

                          Going jiminez I think. I’d expect them to pick up and score a few against Brighton and arsenal at home now with nothing else to play for

                      • Amey
                          3 months, 3 days ago

                          This is one of the weirdest GW.
                          Dead team top scorer with 128 points 😮

                          One of dead team in my ML also scored 71 points 😀

                          1. Jealous Viper
                            • 1 Year
                            3 months, 3 days ago

                            It's been a very weird season for me. The more effort I put, the worse it gets

                            1. Amey
                                3 months, 3 days ago

                                😀

                              • Twisted Saltergater
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                3 months, 3 days ago

                                Agree with this! I went points chasing this week but it could’ve been even worse if I’d gone full tilt and sold Pogba and Wilson too.

                                We’re buying an extra ticket with DGW players in theory, but doesn’t guarantee the outcome.

                            2. Eytexi
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              3 months, 3 days ago

                              Typed a response then pressed cancel instead of post... well that hurt.

                              1. Amey
                                  3 months, 3 days ago

                                  Ha ha
                                  Happened with me too.
                                  Can understand that bro 😀

                              2. Hakim Ziyech
                                  3 months, 3 days ago

                                  My team is in an abysmal state

                                  1. Amey
                                      3 months, 3 days ago

                                      Hard luck bro
                                      Just WC then.
                                      No point in waiting N
                                      Now

                                      1. Hakim Ziyech
                                          3 months, 3 days ago

                                          Hahaha... I meant my points,for 35 my team looks great 🙂 I will wildcard in 38 for the fun of it. Hopefully the title battle will go down to the wire

                                  2. Slitherene
                                    • 1 Year
                                    3 months, 3 days ago

                                    If you had to drop one for Mane, for the DGW, who would it be?

                                    A) Aguero
                                    B) Sterling
                                    C) KdB
                                    D) Son
                                    E) Eriksen

                                    1. Amey
                                        3 months, 3 days ago

                                        None ideally
                                        If forced, Eriksen

                                        1. GE
                                          • 2 Years
                                          3 months, 3 days ago

                                          This

                                      • Patrick Bateman
                                        • 1 Year
                                        3 months, 3 days ago

                                        Eriksen if you have to. Can this not wait until Hudds at home?

                                        1. Slitherene
                                          • 1 Year
                                          3 months, 3 days ago

                                          Can, but Mane keeps on getting in dangerous positions, whereas Eriksen I fear, may get a rest.

                                          1. Patrick Bateman
                                            • 1 Year
                                            3 months, 3 days ago

                                            Yeah would wait until CL this Wednesday and then make your move then mate. It does seem like the obvious transfer if you have 3 Spurs...

                                      • pingissimus
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        3 months, 3 days ago

                                        Eriksen now if you have triple Spurs.

                                      • KINGS
                                          3 months, 3 days ago

                                          I have the exact same players. Wait till after the midweek UCL then decide

                                          1. DandyDon
                                              3 months, 3 days ago

                                              As a double liverpool attacker owner I’d wait until after Cardiff midweek game. If they lose they may give up so to speak being effectively down. However if they draw/beat Brighton then expect a tough game for pool unfortunately

                                          2. Eytexi
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            3 months, 3 days ago

                                            Ideally none. One of Spurs if any.

                                        • Patrick Bateman
                                          • 1 Year
                                          3 months, 3 days ago

                                          Pretty annoyed I didn't shift out Holebas on WC as I was on the piss Friday after work when the news came out.

                                          Holebas owners - what are you doing? Seen reports online it doesn't look to bad.

                                          1. Patrick Bateman
                                            • 1 Year
                                            3 months, 3 days ago

                                            Too* even

                                          2. TONY123
                                            • 3 Years
                                            3 months, 3 days ago

                                            Shouldn't go on the piss during the season mate, that was reckless and irresponsible.

                                            1. Patrick Bateman
                                              • 1 Year
                                              3 months, 3 days ago

                                              Paying the price for it indeed.

                                        • GE
                                          • 2 Years
                                          3 months, 3 days ago

                                          1) or 2) or both for a hit? 🙂

                                          1) Ryan -> Gunn
                                          2) Doherty -> Kolasinac

                                          1. TONY123
                                            • 3 Years
                                            3 months, 3 days ago

                                            Neither imo

                                          2. Amey
                                              3 months, 3 days ago

                                              1

                                            • DandyDon
                                                3 months, 3 days ago

                                                Better transfers you can do surely

                                              • DandyDon
                                                  3 months, 3 days ago

                                                  If Duffy/dunk is move on but keep Ryan for save points etc

                                                • Eytexi
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  3 months, 3 days ago

                                                  1 is better but neither.

                                              • Iggypop
                                                  3 months, 3 days ago

                                                  putting more hours in to FPL = deserved more points

                                                  1. Irbox ⚽
                                                    • 2 Years
                                                    3 months, 3 days ago

                                                    Sadly this is never the case

                                                • Tsssst
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 7 Years
                                                  3 months, 3 days ago

                                                  anyone getting Mendy in or is it just too risky ?

                                                  1. Eytexi
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    3 months, 3 days ago

                                                    Not a great double and too risky beyond that.

                                                • Jacky boy
                                                  • 3 Years
                                                  3 months, 3 days ago

                                                  Chilwell to laporte worth -4 this week?

                                                  1. BoomBoomShacktheroom
                                                    • 7 Years
                                                    3 months, 3 days ago

                                                    Not for me. Think City concede in both games.

                                                  2. Hakim Ziyech
                                                      3 months, 3 days ago

                                                      laporte will NOT keep a cleansheet in gw 35

                                                    • Eytexi
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      3 months, 3 days ago

                                                      Tough to call. Probably not.

                                                    • Jacky boy
                                                      • 3 Years
                                                      3 months, 2 days ago

                                                      Thanks all

                                                  3. Tsssst
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 7 Years
                                                    3 months, 3 days ago

                                                    Anyone planning on captaining a non DGW player? such as Salah, Mane or Hazard?

                                                    1. Hakim Ziyech
                                                        3 months, 3 days ago

                                                        Yes, Hazard for me looking likely

                                                      • Eytexi
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        3 months, 3 days ago

                                                        Nope but i reckon it's not a bad shout.

                                                        1. Tsssst
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          • 7 Years
                                                          3 months, 3 days ago

                                                          you're on form today mate, ta for your time!

                                                          1. Eytexi
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            3 months, 3 days ago

                                                            Haha no problem. On a car journey (in the passenger seat youll be glad to know) so putting the time to good use!

                                                    2. Legend of Rosický
                                                      • 1 Year
                                                      3 months, 3 days ago

                                                      Hazard with Burnley at home could be gold. Wish i could fit him in my team

                                                      1. DandyDon
                                                          3 months, 3 days ago

                                                          This

                                                        • Hakim Ziyech
                                                            3 months, 3 days ago

                                                            It has to be

                                                          • Tsssst
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            • 7 Years
                                                            3 months, 3 days ago

                                                            no risk of rest/rotation?

                                                            1. Hakim Ziyech
                                                                3 months, 3 days ago

                                                                Why so when Spurs,Utd & Arsenal have a match extra to play that gw

                                                          • Gudjohnsen
                                                            • 2 Years
                                                            3 months, 3 days ago

                                                            Murray out for a hit for:

                                                            A. Deeney
                                                            B. Rashford
                                                            C. Lacazette
                                                            D. Someone else

                                                            Have Jimenez and Wilson

                                                            1. DandyDon
                                                                3 months, 3 days ago

                                                                I’ve got laca with these two already. A also looks a good option for doubles alone though

                                                              • Eytexi
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                3 months, 3 days ago

                                                                A - then we have the same front 3.

                                                            2. Ady87
                                                              • 5 Years
                                                              3 months, 3 days ago

                                                              Who are people lining up for the DGW?

                                                              I wanted triple Arsenal, already have Laca, but Ramsey/Ozil mins are all over the place and the defence is just as bad, outside of Leno. So looking at Guaita (ars) > Leno (CRY, wol).

                                                              I want to ship Tark (che). Would you rather have Haz (BUR), or Pogba (eve, mci)?

                                                              Need to take a risk and go big to win my ML. Have 2 FTs and £1.6m to help out.

                                                              1. Eytexi
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                3 months, 3 days ago

                                                                I have no Arsenal and am not worried - cant defend and inconsistent in terms of goals and rotation.

                                                                I'd rather Hazard if funds don't matter at all, but reckon both score similarly and Pogba is better value.

                                                                If you need to take risks, Hazard could pay off. Defensively i like Watford. Differentials i like Bournemouth attackers.

                                                                What are your captaincy plans?

                                                            3. Hryszko
                                                              • 1 Year
                                                              3 months, 3 days ago

                                                              Am I ready with this BB team? 0.5itb, 0FT.

                                                              Ederson

                                                              Van Dijk - Kolasinac - Luiz

                                                              Son - Mane - Tielemans Sterling

                                                              Laca (c) - Vardy - Jiminez

                                                              Patricio / Brooks / Doherty / AWB

                                                              1. Eytexi
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                3 months, 3 days ago

                                                                AWB to Cathcart and Tielemans to Redmond are both worth considering.

                                                                I think I'd look at getting a Watford defender for AWB if one looks nailed after the presser.

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

                                                              So how many points has the FFS scout team got? Looks like another awful 11, beginning to trust it less and less.

                                                              1. Amsterhammer
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                • 3 Years
                                                                3 months, 3 days ago

                                                                It's not a good source for tips. It's too far removed from the real game and medium/long term thinking. I treat it as a bit of fun.

                                                                1. Eytexi
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  3 months, 3 days ago

                                                                  This x100

                                                            5. fylde2022
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              • 3 Years
                                                              3 months, 3 days ago

                                                              Any suggestions?

                                                              De Gea
                                                              Pereira Laporte Azpilicueta
                                                              Fraser Sterling Mane Eriksen
                                                              Jiminez Wilson Aguero

                                                              Fabianski, Babel, Rice, AWB

                                                              1. Eytexi
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                3 months, 3 days ago

                                                                Very nice for non BB. How many FT & how much ITB? Pereira the only weak link.

                                                            6. BoomBoomShacktheroom
                                                              • 7 Years
                                                              3 months, 3 days ago

                                                              What's your thoughts on:

                                                              OUT: Martial and Dunk
                                                              IN: Redmond and VVD (for a hit)

                                                              Team at the moment:
                                                              Lloris Gunn
                                                              TAA Boly Duffy Bednarek Dunk
                                                              KDB Mane Son Eriksen Martial
                                                              Aguero Jimenez Deeney

                                                              1. DandyDon
                                                                  3 months, 3 days ago

                                                                  I’d keep martial. Looks like a good differential for doubles

                                                                • Lord in Wengerland
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  • 4 Years
                                                                  3 months, 3 days ago

                                                                  Pogba’s poor form and deeper position took him out of my wildcard plans, and if Son had started we’d probably have been celebrating his hat trick. I’ll probably get Pogba and Rashford back for their feast in GW37 and 38.

                                                                • Eytexi
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  3 months, 3 days ago

                                                                  I wouldn't, especially not for a hit. Martial is a good differential. Duffy to a Watford defender if it's free could be good.

                                                              2. shan1986
                                                                • 3 Years
                                                                3 months, 3 days ago

                                                                Need help with my tc

                                                                1. Eytexi
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  3 months, 3 days ago

                                                                  For this week or for the rest of the season?

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

                                                                Does anyone else suffer from fear of losing on here?

                                                                Before the week started I was set on keeping Pogba because it was West Ham but got sucked in to fearing Son would smash my rank and took hits to get him in for Pogba.

                                                                Might be my new seasons resolution next year to go by my instinct every single week and try to eliminate all the twitter/FFS groupthink. It's especially tough on here the day before and during the deadline and it all gets a bit mad.

                                                                Anyone else suffer from panics near the deadline or is it just me? Best to stay off here the day or two before maybe?

                                                                1. MTPockets
                                                                  • 10 Years
                                                                  3 months, 3 days ago

                                                                  2 penalties, one of them debateable, otherwise not a great performance. Not something to dwell on imo

                                                                2. Gudjohnsen
                                                                  • 2 Years
                                                                  3 months, 3 days ago

                                                                  Early transfers have ruined me. Four Times this season I've tranfered in a player before a rise and he gets injured. Now I will probably make all my transfers just before deadline.

                                                                3. Eytexi
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  3 months, 3 days ago

                                                                  Changing plans days before the deadline is never a good idea imo - yes sometimes it pays off, but going with a logically thought out plan seems favourable.

                                                                  I'd get your transfers planned out at the beginning of the week, adjust if necessary, then ask others on timing of transfers if necessary.

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

                                                                  I kept Pogba, but was very lucky to get returns from him.
                                                                  He started the game playing alongside Smalling and Jones!

                                                                  To your point, I was away for most of last week with work, and hadn't checked FFS all week, when I saw the 'template' teams on Friday afternoon, there were a few names of players I hadn't even considered, and names such as Kolasinac - who was in 90% of WC teams the week before, had been completed discounted.