Captains

Man City options to headline Gameweek 37 captaincy

Manchester City and Chelsea are likely to be the teams at the forefront of the Gameweek 37 captaincy debate.

Both teams have appealing home fixtures this weekend, with Leicester City coming to the Etihad Stadium and Watford visiting Stamford Bridge.

Sergio Aguero (£11.9m) has more goals at home than any other forward this season, while the Foxes have not kept a clean sheet on the road since Gameweek 21 – before Brendan Rodgers took charge from Claude Puel.

The fact that the Argentinian found the net for the first time since Gameweek 32 on Sunday afternoon, he will certainly be in the minds of our voters.

The latest captain poll is now open and users can cast their choices either embedded in the article below or in the sidebar of our website.

Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) is likely to be another go-to option, despite registering just an assist in his last three Premier League outings.

He still has a 66.9% ownership among the top 10,000 managers, just 6% shy of Aguero.

A potential differential for Gameweek 37 could be Eden Hazard (£10.9m), and it will be interesting to see how much traction his cause becomes in the next few days.

The meeting with Watford on Sunday afternoon could conceivably be the Belgian’s last in a Chelsea shirt at Stamford Bridge, which might bring the best out of him.

However, Hazard has home form to back that sentiment up, with 47 points in his last four in front of his own fans.

That averages out at 11.75 points per game in that time, while Watford are without a clean sheet on the road since Gameweek 25.

Despite scoring five times on Huddersfield at Anfield on Friday, it is possible that a trip to Newcastle might put some managers off Liverpool options for Gameweek 37.

However, the Magpies have just one clean sheet at home since Gameweek 28, and with Premier League safety now secured the stakes are not quite as high for Rafa Benitez’s side.

Sadio Mané‘s (£10.1m) goal threat has largely been limited to Anfield matches this season, but Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) has more away goals than any other midfielder this season.

Manchester United’s visit to Huddersfield could present an opportunity for some differential captains.

The Terriers have now conceded 15 goals in their last four matches, at an average of 3.75 per game.

They are the perfect opponents for the Red Devils to face as they hope to book a finishing place in the division’s top four and claim Champions League football.

Paul Pogba (£8.5m) and Romelu Lukaku (£10.7m) will probably the ones that are looked at, although Marcus Rashford (£7.3m) is sure to be considered if he is passed fit.

Meanwhile, the form player in the league is Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) with the same number of goals in eight matches under Brendan Rodgers than in the 28 before that.

Such incredible form could see him act as a differential captain once again, even if Leicester travel to face Manchester City in Gameweek 37.

Raúl Jiménez (£6.9m) might also be looked at with Fulham coming to Molineux although the Cottagers have now recorded three clean sheets in a row.

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  1. puhd
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Eriksen out for:

    A- Sterling
    B- Siggy
    C- Hazard

    (Rest of mids: Mane Son Jota Mili)
    Thank you!

    1. Men in green tights
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Def a

    2. merin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      a

  2. simong1
      1 month, 20 days ago

      12 points behind first in my ML. My rival has no City cover but has Hazard and Salah. Guessing he'll captain one of them.

      With this in mind better to replace Eriksen with Hazard or Sterling? Already have Aguero

      1. MaticMVP
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Considering your ML rival has Hazard, I would go for Sterling.

      2. lilmessipran
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        sterling

    • lilmessipran
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Any ideas for this lot?

      Lloris Gunn
      Laporte Robbo Duffy Yoshida Valery
      Salah Mane Son Jota Babel
      Kun Wilson Jiminez

      1FT 1.0 ITB, really not sure what to do this gw

      1. Tomthewise1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Duffy to another Man City defender (not sure if can afford and who else is nailed though)

    • MaticMVP
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Romelu Lukaku (hamstring) and Marcus Rashford (shoulder) may miss United’s final two games of the season due to injury. #mufc [Sun]

      From twitter, Sun is rarely trustworthy but.

      1. Men in green tights
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Was going to put lukaku in could be a good shout for Sanchez and pogs playing attacking for a change if true

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 20 days ago

        #GreenwoodIN

    • Neo-Viper
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Firmino and Eriksen to Kaku and Siggi/Jota for a hit

    • Hktrader88
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Ryan

        TAA VVD Kola

        Sterling Mane Eriksen Son Jota

        Jim Wilson

        Bench : Foster Luiz Rondon Cath

        20 points behind ML leader, 5 points above 3rd. Leader has Hazard and Pogba (3rd place had neither) who both look good for double digit hauls this weekend.
        Eriksen to Hazard
        Son to Pogba
        Cathcart to fodder
        Is this worth a -8?

        I would still have Sterling Jota Mane and Wilson as differentials?

        1. Hktrader88
            1 month, 20 days ago

            I have the captaincy on Jota but would probably switch to Hazard if I brought him in

        2. Iggypop
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Man u form may look terrible on paper, but they played a good first half against city, then should of beat Chelsea, think my priority is a man united asset for the last 2! Son to Pogba looks good

            1. Men in green tights
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 20 days ago

              I'm doing erk to pogs

          • HD7
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            GW37: Right order of starters and bench?
            Captain? Save my transfer?

            Lloris
            Doherty Laporte Robbo
            Sterling Jota Redmond Son Mane
            Aguero(C) Jimenez

            Subs: Foster, Valery, Duffy, Gray

          • Tmel
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Foster
            Doherty TAA Robbo Laporte
            Son Eriksen Sterling Mane
            Kun Jimenez
            (Ryan Llorente JWP Valery)

            a) Ryan > Leno
            b) Ryan > Pickford
            c) Ryan > Guaita
            d) Eriksen > Jota
            e) Eriksen > Pogba
            f) Llorente > Long
            g) Save FT

            1. Men in green tights
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 20 days ago

              E or d in that order just because wolves have pool the week after

            2. merin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              i did c

          • Athletic Nasherbo
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            If Lukaku is out then how does this sound?

            Eriksen + Lukaku > Hazard(TC) + Zaha -4

            1. MaticMVP
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Wait and see on Lukaku confirmation.

            2. Men in green tights
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 20 days ago

              If true sounds ok to me

          • Little Red Lacazette
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            0.0ITB 2FT

            How is Eriksen + Son -> Pogba + Hazard?

            Lloris
            Laporte TAA Doherty
            Son Eriksen Jota Salah
            Jimenez Aguero Wilson

            Foster Deulofeu Dunk Yoshida

            1. Brap.
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Would be better moves if you weren't about 1.5m short of doing them.

              1. Little Red Lacazette
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Meant Mili instead of Pogba.

          • merin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Thoughts on how to use this FT?

            Guaita Foster
            Robertson Laporte Doherty Yoshida Valery
            Sterling Mané Son Eriksen Hojbjerg
            Aguero Jimenez Wilson

            0.4 ITB, 1 FT

          • Neo-Viper
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Captain Pogba even if you have Sterling and Jimmy?

            1. HamezMace
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              No.
              Either of those over Pogba.

              1. Neo-Viper
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Even after chasing in the cash league?

                1. HamezMace
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Based off of eye test, and actual returns (I don't know about under lying stats) Pogba is easily the weakest of those three.

          • Chris_White
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Who are people starting out of Ryan and Foster?

            1. Eddie`
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Ryan. Begrudgingly.

            2. Lemongrab
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Yeah probably Ryan also realistically it's 2 pts or 2 pts

            3. Bagpuss
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Same dilemma - trying to decide who is less likely to get completely battered. Brighton letting in 5 recently is making me look at Foster, but I will probably end up with Ryan

          • Original Pirate Material
              1 month, 20 days ago

              People shifting Son out for Pogba make me laugh.

              1. Jayv807
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Son has 1 goal and 1 assist since GW26. Can't say I blame them for shipping.

                1. Dirty Harry
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Holy smokes... is that for real!

                2. Hand of clod
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  What about his CL Brace against City?

                  1. Jayv807
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Don't get FPL points for those

              2. Goodnight Kiwi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Why so?

              3. Superbadhine
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Have you seen Huddersfield play?

                I'm (C) Pogba if I dont end up bringing Sterl and Haz in.

            • Forza Papac
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Which moves?

              A) Mane, Eriksen > Sterling, Siggy

              B) Mane, Eriksen > Sane, Hazard

              Have Robbo and Firmino as Liverpool cover.

              1. Forza Papac
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                And have Aguero and Laporte for City

              2. Superbadhine
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Firmino deffo back?

                If so I'd go with A

                1. Forza Papac
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  He's back in training

            • BIG TONES
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Cheeky RMT - give me a score out of 10!

              Lloris
              Robbo - Doherty - Dunk
              Hazard - Sterling - Mane - Jota
              Aguero (c) - Zaha - Jiminez

              Subs: Foster - Hojbjerg - Valery - Masina

              1. HamezMace
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                8.5
                Valery over Dunk, and I'd go to 9

              2. Superbadhine
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                7

              3. Eddie`
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Yeah, start Valery ahead of Dunk without a doubt. I'll give it a 9 too.

            • Miguel Sanchez
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Captain:

              A) Sterling (LEI)
              B) Hazard (WAT)

              1. HamezMace
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                A

              2. altan8797
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                a

              3. Pegboy
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                A

            • De Gea is GOAT
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Who gets the biggest haul this GW guys? Thanks
              A) Siggy
              B) Anderson
              C) Mili
              D) Martial - if fit.
              E) Antonio.
              F) Zaha (Would have to get rid of Vardy)

              1. The Wise Owl
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                C for me

                1. De Gea is GOAT
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Thanks mate. Trying to decide between him and Antonio.

            • The Wise Owl
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Would you rather start Ryan or Boruc?

            • altan8797
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              need some advice.

              gunn leno
              taa laporte coady dunk bednarek
              sterling salah pogba lucas jota
              murray kun ings

              1.4 ITB 1FT

              a) murray to rash
              b) murray to zaha
              c) murray to wilson
              d) dunk to luiz
              e) hold and get rashford in GW38 (vs cardiff)

            • Warning against deliberately misleading pre-deadline posts
              Geoff
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              As many here know, we've had trouble lately with some users posting comments just before the deadline making claims about teamsheets that aren't true. These comments often take the shape of '[player's name] benched', or other similarly short comments. These have to stop.

              I don't want to stop people who actually have information from posting that information, so every case will continue to be looked at on a case by case basis. I will however be giving out long bans for this going forward, even for a first offence. A second offence will carry a very serious ban.

              If you actually have information, make sure you write a few lines about it. When there's an online source you should include that. If your source is legitimate you need to do as much as you can to show users, and mods, that it's real.
              There have been cases in the past when someone consistently has inside information. If you do you should contact me directly and I'll inform the mods to give you more space to post. Still, a two word post isn't good enough - taking the time to write a few sentences is something you should look to do!
              And if you think you know something and after the team sheet comes out it turns out you were wrong, and you didn't include a source, you should email me immediately to explain why you posted what you did and I'll look at that as well as your post when considering a ban.

              So going forward, Mods have been instructed to remove posts that say, for example, 'Aguero benched' if they appear immediately before the deadline without a source or explanation. This will likely be accompanied by a 24 hour loss of posting privileges. I will then either look at the post and give a longer ban in 24h if I have time, or it will be extended to Monday when I can give it a proper look. Again, it is mostly the very short, deliberately misleading posts that I'm here targeting.

              For the majority of users, this shouldn't force a change to your posting behaviour! This is directed at a select few who post comments that either deliberately mislead other users or do it accidentally. False information cannot be tolerated.

              If you have serious concerns feel free to email me about them (geoff@fantasyfootballscout.co.uk). I'll leave this thread open for now, but if you want to have a long conversation I'd prefer to do it in a more direct way over email.

              But do let me know if you have questions 🙂

              1. Fitzy.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Belt 'em hard straight up I say...

              2. Miguel Sanchez
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Cheers Geoff

              3. Amey
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Nice 🙂

                • grumpyman
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Thanks Geoff.

                • Forza
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Geoff benched

                  1. Geoff
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    I'm not even in the squad

                • Mingo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Great stuff. Along with the, "lol @ player owners" posts, it's the most frustrating thing on the site.

                  1. Christina.
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    not true.

                    I can think of at least 15 other things.

                • Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Jayus this is all very serious stuff indeed 😀
                  I avoid this site during the deadline anyway it is just chaos posts .going 90mph.
                  Twitter/Newsnow premierleague are the places I do be searching for info prior to the deadline.
                  If people are making decisions based on some randomer on here saying 'Aguero benched' with no source they only have themselves to blame ihmo.

                  1. Geoff
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    I don't totally disagree.. we probably shouldn't be trusting someone who is saying something without a source. But that doesn't pardon the person who is posting it either!

                    1. Amey
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        It does create dilemma if that player is our © though 🙂

                      • Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Yes it does I always research anything said on here and make my own mind up.
                        As I said the worst time to use this site is prior to the deadline anyway the posts are flying from all directions.
                        A blind panic and hysteria are created, it is an atmosphere of information overload/mis-information/panic all rolled into one.

                        1. Geoff
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Still, I'm not giving a pass to people who come on here trying to sabotage

                          1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 20 days ago

                            Fair enough Geoff. I wouldn't. like to be on the other side of the fence deciding what is permitted and what is not.
                            Good luck with it.

                  2. Team Cruel
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Aboomerang benched

                  3. Christina.
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    shame

                    🙄

                  4. Pras United
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Cheers Geoff. Definitely needed after Mane-gate.

                  5. drughi
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Isnt misleading information a viable tactic in a competition ?

                    1. Amey
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        😮
                        Anything is fair in FPL & War !!

                      • Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        My above post is telling you it's not 😉

                        1. drughi
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          sorry boss

                        2. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          So it's a cultural thing? Like diving etc
                          Is fpl misinformation viewed as part of the game in other countries I wonder, or has it already caught on with those players from God's country? 😀
                          Like diving and Michael Owen.

                      • Longlatini
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Does well to explain 90% of the stuff on here 😉

                      • Klein
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        It is. And yellow card. Red if ref fells so.

                    2. TRASH BOAT
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      Spoonfeeding the casuals again 🙂

                      Trying to get at actual line-ups before deadline can be looked at in two ways, brilliant detective work or cheating. Either view it is a risky business. Let the buyer beware re information...

                      1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        I agree 100% boat, it has a touch of the nanny state about it.

                      2. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        😀

                        Definitely risky. But hopefully going forward we can help make the information posted be less purposefully disruptive

                        1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          What about that fella from the Guardian - 'Aguero-gate' etc :D?
                          You can't stop it all...

                          1. Geoff
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • Has Moderation Rights
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 20 days ago

                            Feel free to misinform your mates off site as much as you want 😀

                        2. TRASH BOAT
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Yeah in terms of the spirit of the site you need to do what you can. Going to be hard to police but good luck. And lets face it many of us quite enjoy the deadline buzz...

                    3. HamezMace
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      Good stuff.
                      I've always thought the main purpose of this site was to help each other.
                      I never understand why people who come on here during the week asking for help, with transfers, or captain picks etc, then come on over the weekend to post false information, or LOL posts.

                      1. TRASH BOAT
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        The site mirrors life and society - majority OK but a small amount of idiots can cause havoc if you are not on your guard....

                        1. HamezMace
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Wise words.

                    4. jtreble
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      “... we've had trouble lately with some users posting comments just before the deadline making claims about teamsheets that aren't true ...”. Of late, however, I find overall “posting behaviour” has been vastly improved. Just my two cents.

                      1. jtreble
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        ... keep up the good work mods.

                      2. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Really glad to hear that 🙂

                        I think so too. This is backed up by the very low level of long term bans issued in the last year or so. Some users have come back from long term bans and have been great as well

                    5. Winston.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      Thanks Geoff. Wise words.

                    6. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      Contact Geoff directly if you have inside info? Lol 😀

                      1. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        I'm gunning for #1 in HOF next season, I need everything I can get 😉

                    7. Tube!!
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      Seriously what has this site become....stop pandering to people....let them make their own decisions and if they really care let them do their own research.

                      1. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        This site has always cared about stopping users from deliberately misleading other users and has always tried to create a helpful and inclusive environment.

                        This really isn't a significant change of site policy!

                        1. baps sniffer
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Yes, this site is for white magic and helping others with good spirit. Cheating idiots who want to harm others may rotten in the special place designed for them 🙂

                          1. Geoff
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • Has Moderation Rights
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 20 days ago

                            😀

                    8. HollywoodXI
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      Good move.

                    9. The Rumour Mill
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      Justice for Powell 😉

                    10. Gravless are for Kinnear
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      I completely agree with the action taken against people who post misleading lineup information but chill out on the language bro. This is like reading a strong worded letter from the head of department at secondary school.
                      "you should..."
                      "make sure..."
                      "I will be..."

                      Unbelievable Geoff!

                      1. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        I'd be very good at that I think 😉

                        I don't come out with these strongly worded posts often but occasionally when there's been a consistent problem I think it's better to be overly clear rather than vague and wobbly

                    11. Ruth_NZ
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      Yes, but...

                      Irresponsible froth like this flies around on twitter all the time. The increased appearance of it on FFS (and the downslope in the quality of posts in general) owes a lot to the fact that FFS now regards its twitter presence at least as importantly as this site. Probably more.

                      Someone commented recently that we seldom see the FFS staff posting on here nowadays by comparison with how it once was "because they are only interested in twitter really". I believe there is much truth to that. Their level of contribution has fallen and the quality of user posts and articles has fallen at the same time.

                      I am all for an attempt to correct a problem (and stupid 'Kun benched' posts are a problem, I agree) but you need to look at underlying causes, not just the symptoms, Geoff. What does FFS want to be? A proper, specialist website or a player in the froth-world of twitter followings? The membership fee suggests it should be the former but it seems to be increasingly behaving like the latter. Which personally I consider to be a shame.

                      Play in mud and you will get muddy. Play in twitter and you will get twitter-froth all over the FFS site. Simple really. If you want to drive those idiots out stop pandering to them by putting stuff into their arena.

                      While we are at it, could you please comment on who owns FFS now, who directs it and what its purposes are? It clearly isn't the same site I started using 5 years ago. The suspicion is that it has become a primarily commercial enterprise with a close association with FPL/EA but there has only been a deafening silence about all that.

                      I think you do a good job, Geoff, but that there are underlying eddies and currents that are making it difficult to square the circle. Which is why so many long-standing members are leaving (or just not posting here any more). It is one thing to contribute to a 'hive' of interest. It is another thing to contribute to a commercial enterprise where someone else profits from your voluntary efforts and thinks you should be 'grateful for the exposure'.

                      1. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Certainly lots of the things you address are things that I've talked about with people behind the scenes recently, and I'm meeting with the whole FFS team the week after the season finishes to have a look at improvements and changes for next season. That will include the Members Area and general site upgrades, our behaviour and outlook, and the future goals of FFS.

                        The future goals of FFS of course means both as a sustainable commercial enterprise and as a place where FPL conversation can flourish, as well as the other FPL things we hope to do. As for who owns FFS nothing has changed - and what its purposes are haven't really changed either. It isn't the same site it was before because staying the same both wouldn't be possible and wouldn't be a good thing, and the suspicion that the site is primarily a commercial enterprise doesn't, for me, make a lot of sense, even though I get where people are coming from. Of course it's a source of income for those who own it but the reason it exists is because it is something useful and interesting, a place with tools like those in the members area, a place with editorial content, and a place where people can form a community to talk about FPL.

                        Also for the many who ask about Mark's involvement it's still there, just behind the scenes. I can't obviously speak for everyone at FFS but I speak with him a few times a week and he's still very much involved in directing what happens on site. Much in the way that despite my not posting as much as I'd like to, I'm always aware of what is being written in the comments section and directing the work the mods do.

                        I'm quite aware there are underlying issues and part of my job is to try to address those, and I'm also happy that we've taken steps that way since I started. There is still lots to do of course, I won't dispute that at all.

                        1. baps sniffer
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Good! I find it annoying to pay for membership and that I still should follow twitter. When you improve this site, please consider informing new tweets that have significant info also here. Hulk them or add another colour?

                          It would be nice to have a section where to check latest rumours about injuries and who hasn't travelled with squad etc.

                          1. Geoff
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • Has Moderation Rights
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 20 days ago

                            Hmm good point. No reason to have to force people onto Twitter when it could all be available on site. Easy enough to have a click through with all the team news visible on FFS

                            1. Tommyg
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              1 month, 20 days ago

                              I second this as I'm not on twitter...and have no desire to start either.

                      2. S.Kuqi
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Best post in ages.

                        Like you said ffs has changed to worse and all the serious talk and posters has gone to twitter.

                        I miss the old days 🙁

                      3. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Blimey I agree with Ruth, what is the world coming to?

                        What he fails to mention though that he was also one of the reasons that a lot of good posters stopped commenting due to his narcissistic behaviour..

                        1. Ruth_NZ
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Well, thanks. 😉

                          If I can be the sole or main reason that someone would stop posting then I am more powerful than I think. 😯

                          1. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 20 days ago

                            *annoying

                          2. PUMPKINHEAD
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 20 days ago

                            If you were more powerful than you think, you woukld actually be in the Avengers.

                      4. FPL Virgin
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        I think the reason why FFS staff and a lot of other people post on Twitter and not here is simply down to convenience and the usability of the 2 websites. Twitter is quick and easy; FFS requires a bit more effort and is a bit more of a drag. Plus the notifications tab on Twitter is a huge advantage - on FFS things get lost when the page turns.

                        1. Ruth_NZ
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          If this site is not convenient and usable there's something wrong with it, no?

                          1. Geoff
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • Has Moderation Rights
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Yeah, definitely

                          2. FPL Virgin
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Tagging people with the @ symbol is another advantage for Twitter. This functionality could work well on here.

                            I work in digital marketing and it is fair to say the site is a bit dated, unfortunately.

                    12. Deulofale
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      Request: Ability to "follow" a thread and receive on-site notifications when somebody replies. Preferably implemented immediately so I can easily track replies to Old School's scathing post above.

                      1. S.Kuqi
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        This would very useful

                        1. Deulofale
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          You can also follow specific posters, and when you get a notification, you have to drink. I just downed a can of gasoline when I saw DavidMunday posting.

                      2. Back on the horse
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        I think what you're suggesting is tending towards the traditional (?) format for a forum with it split into different topics and you can get notifications for those threads that you bookmark/follow or notifications is someone you follows posts or someone replies to post etc.

                        This would make more sense and a better forum. This has been debated before on here and I think the conclusion from the administrators/owner was that the current format works best.

                        The current format has it's advantages and is a good way to jump in and out of any conversation but it lacks any deeper debate or conversations.

                        A further and more pertinent problem is the amount of dross on here, with random/transient people posting RMTs or passing comments with no follow up (I am aware of the hypocrisy of this comment). For that reason, I think we (you?) have now come to a point where the format of this website needs to change (at least in part) to that described at the top of my post. Otherwise it will continue to decline to a cess pit of drivel fed by the clickbait tweets.

                        This was once a good forum that attracted and retained good posters. I'd be interested in ex-director Mark Suthern's take on it all...

                        1. Gnu
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 18 days ago

                          16 hours and no comments on 'ex-director'!!
                          Shows you how standards have dropped. 😆

                            1. Wild Rover
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              26 days, 8 hours ago

                              He’s referring to the the fact that nobody picked up on your comment as though they already knew 🙂

                              Maybe nobody knows who he is these days?

                              1. Back on the horse
                                • 8 Years
                                26 days, 8 hours ago

                                oh I see. well the last thing I wanted to do was bump up this thread and draw attention to it all again... the very last thing.

                    13. Numb
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      What if it’s a genuine “Player X benched”? Sometimes the official teamsheet may be posted by the club seconds before the deadline, and that might be useful info for some.

                      1. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Unfortunately can never be trusted now...

                        1. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Which is why muppets like this should be banned for good... messing around with a temporary ban is pathetic.. reminds me when Jamsiep was given a skull and crossbones for impersonating Demi

                          1. Numb
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 20 days ago

                            Maybe a 24 hour ban and then a little troll symbol when they return to warn people of their tendencies? Only to be lost after a month of good behaviour.

                            1. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 20 days ago

                              Not a bad shout.. bring back the skull and crossbones

                            2. Gnu
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 18 days ago

                              A picture of Madonna would tick that box Numb. 😉

                      2. Zladan
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        I suppose post it, then back it up in a reply?

                    14. El Fenomeno R9
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      We don't need no education
                      We dont need no thought control
                      No dark sarcasm in the classroom
                      Teachers leave them kids alone
                      Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!

                      1. BUZZBOMB
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        For 20 years I always thought the third line was "The Dukes of Hazzard in the classroom"...

                        1. El Fenomeno R9
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          :)then this is for you

                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMYorpYNMKc

                    15. COK3Y5MURF
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      What about, "Aguero not spotted at the Etihad" when he's playing away from home? Misleading but true 😉

                      1. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        spotted - adjective
                        1 : marked with spots
                        2 : being sullied : tarnished
                        3 : characterized by the appearance of spots

                        Let's take that definition and we could say "Aguero not spotted at the Etihad' even when he's play at home 😉

                    16. cravencottage
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      I do lament the site essentially becoming a poor second to Twitter . This site used to be lively with serious debates. Seems as if it is primarily RMT now.

                    17. tisza
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      Still don't see why there can't be an official deadline day hot topic each week.
                      Anything outside of it can be ignored.
                      What's in it can be monitored, etc. and then it's caveat emptor.

                      1. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Yeah that's a good shout

                    18. Jafalad
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Does anyone remember Alonsogate - the night of the "Bale benching"?

                      He singlehandedly crashed the FPL website and FFS with his teamsheet sans Bale.

                      Destroyed many a mini league and led to RBJ's epic meltdown.

                      1. Wild Rover
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 18 days ago

                        \\\it was Alonso13 and it was Van der Vaart 😉

                        1. Gnu
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 18 days ago

                          Pretty sure RBJ was banned by then as well.
                          Happy days though.

                    19. Cthulhu @ Left Back
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      I was waiting until Ilias Chair https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilias_Chair gets signed from Stevenage by Chelsea and is only a sub with Pedro (and his new DFS settee https://www.dfs.co.uk/pedro/ped14eaon) in the XI so I could post "Chair benched but sofa so good for Pedro". Would that get me a ban for leaking dodgy info or just for being a crap joke?

                      1. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        I think you'd be fine 😀

                  6. Pegboy
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Lloris (Foster)
                    Laporte Robertson Valery (!) (Cathcart Dunk)
                    Sterling (c) Salah Mane Son JWP
                    Jimenez Llorente (Ings)

                    1FT £0.5m

                    The balance of my team is a bit skewed, so consdiering taking a hit, but it's quite late in the seaosn for them to pay off now, particularly for switching around some of the cheaper players.

                    a) Cathcart > Shaw
                    b) Son + Llorente > Jota/Mili + Zaha (-4) I still have to play Valery...
                    c)

                    1. Amey
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Mane Son >> Hazard + Milivojevic/Babel/Jota ??

                        1. Pegboy
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Not feeling Hazard, but thanks for the reply.

                    2. Neo-Viper
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      Play Valery or Duffy. Already have Ryan

                      1. Chris_White
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Valery for sure.

                      2. Bagpuss
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Valery to spread the risk imo

                      3. Neo-Viper
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Cheers guys!

                    3. JAMO97
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Bit stumped, not sure about United assets, can't afford Haz or Sterling. Any thoughts appreciated. 2FT. 0.3 ITB
                        Lloris
                        TAA, Doherty, Valery
                        Salah, Eriksen, Son, Jota
                        Aguero, Jim, Rondon
                        Foster, JWP, Duffy, Dunk

                        A) Eriksen+Rondon to Pogba+Zaha
                        B) Eriksen to Pogba
                        C) Other? Rashford?

                        1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          A looks decent.
                          But I would also be tempted to save

                          1. JAMO97
                              1 month, 20 days ago

                              Thanks. Will probably do Doherty to someone and play JWP final GW, don't know if it is worth saving one, but Zaha on the counter v Cardiff could be nice

                        2. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Ok I have already taken a -4
                          Hazard in Eriksen out
                          Long in Gray out.

                          Would I get back another -8 over two gameweeks if I did
                          Lukaku in Firmino out
                          AWB in Trippier out

                          So it would be a -12 in total

                          That would gambling on a palace clean sheet v cardiff and spurs conceding v bournemouth, Lukaku going mad v huddersfield.

                          1. JAMO97
                              1 month, 20 days ago

                              Don't do it. Lukaku may be injured according to reports as well.

                              1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
                                • 10 Years
                                1 month, 20 days ago

                                Thanks I will look into that.
                                It puts me right off lukaku so if that is the case.

                            • The_Fish
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 20 days ago

                              A -12 in 37 sounds horrific.

                              1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
                                • 10 Years
                                1 month, 20 days ago

                                Yeah maybe it would be a bit silly not giving myself much chance to get value out of it with only 2 gameweeks left.

                          2. BIELSA
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 20 days ago

                            Eriksen to ????
                            Pogba?

                          3. The Wise Owl
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 20 days ago

                            Hopefully Mili goes on a scoring run this weekend

                            1. Longlatini
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 20 days ago

                              Thought that this gw so benched Wilson for him 🙁

                          4. Lemongrab
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 20 days ago

                            So I think it boils down to this for me if Hazard doesn't play 90 mins on Thursday
                            A. Salah to Hazard (and the reverse next week)
                            B. Son and Vertonghen to Hazard and Peilter (-4)
                            Help!

                          5. Daghe Munegu
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 20 days ago

                            Would appreciate your opinion on this

                            I have 2ft and 0 itb

                            Lloris
                            TAA Doherty Valery
                            Salah Sterling Son Moura Jwp
                            Kun Jimenez

                            Foster Gray Duffy Dunk