Captains

Captain Sensible – Host of differential options for Gameweek 38

For the final time this season, we have assessed which Fantasy Premier League options are the most deserving of the captaincy.

Manchester City and Liverpool are the only two remaining sides with something to play for other than pride so the interest from the masses has generally been in them.

However, we have looked at the form of their own players as well as the challenges posed by the opposition and discovered that the Gameweek 38 debate is far from simple…

Captain Poll

It’s Sergio Aguero (£11.9m) who tops the captain poll for the final time this season. 29.5% of you believe that he is the best skipper for Gameweek 38 as Manchester City travel to Brighton. The Argentinian scored on his last away trip, netting the only goal of the 1-0 win over Burnley. Aguero was also on the scoresheet when Brighton lost 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season.

He currently has roughly a 7% lead over colleague Raheem Sterling (£11.7m) who sits in second place with a backing of 18.9%. The Englishman has gone four matches without a goal now but earned himself an assist in the 2-0 win over Manchester United. Interestingly, in this season’s away fixtures, Sterling and Aguero both have five goals each, although the former has double the latter’s total of assists.

Sadio Mané (£10.2m) is the marginal favourite from the Liverpool assets with 12.5% of the vote. That may be because of his more reliable record at Anfield over a longer period of time. Ahead of Wolves’ visit to Merseyside, the Senegalese international has 12 goals in his last 11 home Premier League matches.

However, Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) has recently rediscovered his shooting boots and has recorded attacking returns in each of his last six, regardless of venue. That continues to be his longest period without a blank all season. 12.3% of voters have lent their support to the Egyptian, so he could overtake Mané by Sunday and, of course, managers are still waiting for an update on his fitness after suffering a blow to the head against Newcastle.

Next up is Aymeric Laporte (£6.3m), who actually led our poll in the first few hours of it being set up. Now that more of you have swung by to cast your vote, the Frenchman has fallen to fifth but still has 8% backing. It’s not surprising to see Fantasy managers talking about captaining a Manchester City defender given that they now have ten clean sheets in their last 12 Premier League matches. Furthermore, Brighton’s troubles in front of goal has seen them score just once in their last four at home.

Just below ‘best of the rest’ option Laporte is Southampton midfielder Nathan Redmond (£5.5m). Given that the Saints are the last team to host Huddersfield this year, his 4.2% support makes sense, especially as the midfielder has two goals and two assists in his last five home matches.

Also with an appealing fixture in Gameweek 38 is Manchester United, but once again, their poor form has curtailed interest in their Fantasy assets. Paul Pogba (£8.5m) is the most popular of them but has just 2% of the vote in the captain poll.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.7m) is the only other defender in the top 10 ahead of the showdown with Wolves. He has the interest of 1.4% who are probably eyeing up his attacking threat, especially after what he did against Barcelona in midweek.

Bernardo Silva (£7.8m) is being considered by a small portion as a differential in the Manchester City camp as he has three attacking returns in his last four away trips in the league. The Portuguese midfielder is also on 1.4%.

Callum Wilson (£6.8m) completes the top 10 with his 1.3% support ahead of a trip to Crystal Palace.

Eden Hazard (£11.0m), Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) and Wilfried Zaha (£6.9m) are the only other options with more than 1% backing.

Player statistics – last four matches

Players sorted by shots on target over the last four matches

We have to start by saying that poll winner Aguero does not necessarily look in the sharpest form in the last four matches. His total of 15 shots is fewer than colleague Bernardo Silva while 17 players in the league have managed more shots on target in the selected time-frame. That makes for a shot accuracy of just 27%, below his average for the entire season of 36%.

However, Sterling is arguably in worse statistical form. In the last four, he has shot just nine times, in the box on seven occasions and has just three shots on target. That makes for a slightly improved accuracy compared to Aguero (33%) but just like his colleague, it’s below his average for the season (48.7%).

Players sorted by xG over the last four matches

As you can see from the players ranked best for expected goals (xG) over the last four matches, our most popular Manchester City options are nowhere to be seen.

Phil Foden (£4.5m) is one of 23 players with a higher xG score in the selected time period than Aguero (1.43), and one of 29 that rank higher than Sterling (1.25).

Despite notching up more shots and accurate efforts than his attacking colleagues, Bernardo Silva admittedly ranks lower than them both for xG (1.04) but is some way ahead for expected assists (xA) on a score of 1.00.

As we saw from the table above, the last four matches have seen Salah outstrip the entire league for the frequency of his efforts on goal. No player has more shots than his 21, his 16 in the box is a joint-high with Diogo Jota (£6.3m) and his 10 shots on target is three more than the seven recorded by second-placed Michail Antonio (£6.8m).

Meanwhile, Mané has enjoyed fewer shots both overall and in the box than Aguero, but his additional shot on target makes for a much more encouraging accuracy of 45.5% in the last four matches. Furthermore, no player has been afforded more big chances in that time than the Senegalese international (five).

Also, the expected data shows that both Salah and Mané are enjoying higher quality chances than their Manchester City counterparts. Both of them have higher xG scores in the last four matches, their 2.36 and 2.25 good enough for the top eight.

As for comparing the two Liverpool players against each other, it’s the same story that we’ve grown used to this season.

Liverpool attackers compared over the last four home matches

Salah is streets ahead in his last four home matches for the frequency of his efforts on goal and has created more chances too.

Liverpool attackers sorted by xG over the last four home matches

However, it is Mané who continues to be afforded the bigger chances, hence his continued advantage in the department of xG. Even Roberto Firmino (£9.3m) has a better score in this department than Salah over his last four at Anfield.

Players sorted by big chances in their last four home matches
Players sorted by xG across their last four home matches

However, it looks as if the Liverpool assets have not necessarily been the division’s best in their last four home matches.

As you can see from the tables above, Vardy continues to be in the form of his life, topping a number of key statistics over the last four in front of his own supporters.

The Leicester man is top for shots in the box (16), efforts on target (eight) and big chances (nine).

Furthermore, Vardy also sits at the summit for his xG score of 3.94 in his last four at home.

Also performing well in that department in the same sample is Redmond who is behind only Vardy and Mané with his xG of 3.18 over the last four home matches – particularly encouraging ahead of a match against Huddersfield.

Also, despite limited game-time, only Mané and Vardy have been afforded more big chances in their last four at home than Shane Long (£4.7m). With just 206 minutes in that period, the Southampton man is averaging a big chance at home ever 34.5 minutes.

Two other budget options who have enjoyed quality service of late are Chris Wood (£6.3m) and Andre Gray (£5.9m). Both of them have had five big chances in their last four at home ahead of facing opponents who have defended poorly away from home this season (Arsenal and West Ham respectively).

Conspicuous by their absence so far are the Manchester United options, which are not looking hugely promising even if it is Cardiff they face on the final day of the season.

Pogba is the only one to have shown much threat in their last four at home, but even still does not compare too favourably with some of the options we’ve already considered.

He has had 10 shots on goal, five in the box and three on target and has at the same time created just three opportunities for his colleagues. Perhaps the only form of encouragement is the fact that he has an xG score of 2.05, but even still that ranks only 18th out of all players in their last four at home.

Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford (£7.3m) has managed just six shots, two in the box and three on target in his last three at Old Trafford, making for an xG of just 0.94 in that time.

Players sorted by shots on target in their last four away matches
Players sortd by xG in their last four away matches

A look at how Fantasy options have done on their travels recently sheds some light on Callum Wilson (£6.8m) as another potential differential candidate.

Salah is the only player with more shots on target than the Bournemouth man across the last four away matches.

Meanwhile, with Romelu Lukaku (£10.7m) unlikely to feature in Gameweek 38, of fit players Wilson is also top for big chances in the last four away matches.

That has also translated into a decent xG score for the forward, his 3.22 the best in the league.

Also doing well in that department over the last four away matches are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m) on 2.91 and Raúl Jiménez (£6.9m) on 2.18.

Despite some discouragement about the Manchester City options, it is worth saying that in the last four away matches, only five players have a better xG score than Sterling.

Team statistics – Last four matches

Teams sorted by shots on target in their last four home matches

Those considering the differential option of Vardy will take great encouragement from Leicester’s form at home of late.

No team has recorded as many shots on target as the Foxes (29) in their last four in front of their own fans.

Furthermore, only Southampton (17) have managed more big chances in that sample than Leicester (14).

That is obviously also encouraging for those looking at either one of Redmond or Long given that Huddersfield are the next and final visitors to St Mary’s this season.

However, it is worth pointing out that despite their high number of big chances, the Saints rank just ninth for their 18 shots on target.

Liverpool are another of the sides level with Leicester for 14 big chances in their last four home matches.

They are also in the top five for their 45 shots in the box and are a little below the main players for their 22 shots on target (seventh).

However, those are pretty decent offensive statistics to post in the last four at home considering the wide range of opposition. Obviously netting five against Huddersfield offers little in the way of help for predicting Gameweek 38, but four goals in two matches against Spurs and Chelsea and scoring that many in one game against a typically stubborn Burnley is not to be scoffed at.

However, Manchester United’s recent attacking statistics at home are not particularly exciting, even if it is Cardiff who come to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

They sit roughly mid-table for their 10 big chances, are 17th for their 23 shots in the box and joint-14th for shots on target.

Teams sorted by big chances in their last four away matches

The case for a differential captaincy of Wilson gets a boost when we consider Bournemouth’s recent form away from home. No team has managed as many as their 14 big chances across the last four matches on the road – an astounding achievement considering how poor they were outside of the Vitality Stadium earlier this season.

Meanwhile, Manchester City top the charts for shots (77), shots inside the box (47) and shots on target (24) in their last four away matches, which would suggest they will get plenty of chances against Brighton.

However, the fact that they have been limited to just eight big chances, in that time, fewer than even Fulham, might be of some concern. A large number of their recent hosts were ones who largely opted to sit back and stick every man behind the ball, especially Fulham, Burnley and Crystal Palace, and given that seems to be Chris Hughton’s default set-up we could see a similar story at Brighton.

With managers considering Liverpool defensive assets as potential outside captain options, Wolves’ accuracy issues could play into their hands. In their last four away matches, Nuno’s men rank joint-bottom with Brighton for the fewest shots on target (seven).

Opposition statistics – Last four matches

Teams sorted by goal attempts in the box conceded over the last four home matches

A first glance at Brighton’s defence over their last four home matches suggests they are unlikely to keep a clean sheet – although they don’t look ripe for a thrashing either.

They are towards the better end of mid-table for their 27 shots conceded in the box in the selected sample of fixtures, and have allowed six big chances.

Crucially, since their morale-damaging defeats to Bournemouth and Cardiff, Brighton have made some improvements.

In their last four matches, they have conceded just three goals, despite facing the likes of Wolves, Spurs and Arsenal and posted impressive underlying statistics too.

Admittedly, they rank 17th for the most shots conceded in the box, but only four clubs have allowed fewer big chances than them in that run – made all the more impressive considering it features three away matches against top-seven opposition.

The only other stand-out side when it comes to home defensive form is Watford. No team has conceded more big chances than the Hornets in their last four in front of their own fans (13), and they have also allowed the most shots in the box in such matches too.

Teams sorted by goal attempts in the box conceded over their last four away matches

The case for a Southampton player is certainly boosted by Huddersfield’s poor away form of recent weeks.

No team has conceded more shots in the box in their last four road trips (55), while only Watford (16) have conceded more big chances (15).

It’s worth pointing out that West Ham are still in the lower regions of the big chances conceded section of the table, level with Huddersfield, which suggests a Watford option could also act as a Gameweek 38 differential at Vicarage Road.

Meanwhile, Manchester United’s opponents Cardiff are not ranking as poorly as their backers might hope ahead of the final weekend of the season.

Most of the interest in that part of the research will be in that of Wolves, as they travel to Anfield.

Much as is the case with Brighton, Wolves don’t necessarily look likely of keeping a clean sheet but definitely aren’t set for a thrashing either.

They rank inside the top six for the fewest shots conceded in the box over the last four away matches (29), and are mid-table for the nine big chances allowed in those games.

It must be said that those last four trips, to Chelsea, Burnley, Southampton and Watford were largely not against sides that are close to what Liverpool are capable of at home.

However, in five matches away at top-six clubs this season, Wolves have lost just once – and that 3-0 defeat at Manchester City was suffered after Willy Boly (£4.7m) was sent off after 18 minutes.

What does the RMT tool say?

As the Captain Sensible article has come out before the main bulk of press conferences for Gameweek 38, we are waiting until later today to update it and include it in this article.

Conclusion

The fact that Manchester City and Liverpool are the only sides with anything left to play for this season is certainly a decent reason why they are so heavily backed in the polls.

However, what they have on the line does not necessarily mean they will have an easy time winning their respective matches.

It is clear from analysing the defensive data both of Brighton and Wolves that neither side is threatening to be rolled over.

While it seems quite possible that neither will keep a clean sheet, managers looking for an explosive Gameweek 38 captaincy might have a hard time finding it at the Amex Stadium or Anfield because of the opposition.

Furthermore, Manchester City’s attacking options have definitely lost an edge in recent weeks as the defending champions have shifted to a more possession-based clean-sheet securing path to victory.

That may be why captaining a Manchester City defender might actually appeal to some more than Aguero and Sterling, whose underlying statistics in the last four matches are not as good as we’d like.

If either of the title-winning sides are likely to produce a mauling, it is probably going to be Liverpool.

That is mainly due to how effective their assets have been both in the last four matches and in recent home encounters.

Salah is top of the league for the sheer frequency of his attacking actions both inside the box and out of it, while Mané’s 12 goals in 11 Premier League matches at Anfield offers exceptional reliability.

But, of course, there may be the matter of Wolves’ impressive record against the top-six putting managers off, with one win, three draws and just one defeat in five away trips to such opposition this season.

For all of these reasons, there is a strong chance that Gameweek 38’s top points-scorer will come outside of the two Premier League title-related games.

Jamie Vardy is certainly the most in-form option even if he blanked against Manchester City on Monday night. The fact is that the Leicester man has been devastating in home matches recently and with his impressive underlying statistics, and Chelsea’s lack of clean sheets on the road in 2019, his scoring run should continue this weekend.

Furthermore, the Foxes should be considerably fresher than Chelsea, after their Europa League exertions on Thursday night.

Southampton’s attacking pair of Redmond and Long certainly look to be offering plenty of points potential for Gameweek 38 too.

Both players have been enjoying encouraging underlying statistics at home while Huddersfield have been dreadful on their travels.

Meanwhile, it’s Callum Wilson who has been lighting things up in away matches recently and with Crystal Palace struggling to match their road form with their home displays, there’s every chance the Bournemouth man can have the last laugh at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

Manchester United options will clearly be differentials considering their poor performance in the polls, which may convince some to hand them the armband.

However, it would appear that the voters have stayed away with good reason. Very few of the Red Devils have offered decent form in recent weeks and their Gameweek 37 showing against Huddersfield was proof if ever thas any that in order to capitalise on appealing fixtures, there must be some form in order to do so.

669 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bouncebackability
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Brooks is a bit wet with regards to injuries, not sure he’ll be worth relying on next season after the inevitable price rise.

  2. Srv210
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Anybody taking a punt on aubameyang???

    Arsenal have looked good in away games in uel recently ..I don't know what happens in epl..but I think they can finish off well..

    1. PEP_TALK
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Thinking about Aubameyang myself (have Firmino currently) ... they need goals if they stand any chance of overturning the goal difference deficit to Spurs if they were to win and Spurs lose.

      1. KingOllie
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        lol its 8 goal difference, auba for a double hatty

        1. PEP_TALK
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Arsenal win 5-1 (they always concede LOL) and Spurs lose 4-0 to Everton .... could be interesting.

    2. Jellyfish
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I’m considering downgrading Son to fodder to do it

  3. PEP_TALK
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 17 days ago

    GW38 Transfers - first to 3 votes wins .... go

    If I transfer out Kolasinac, Son, Firmino (2FT & -4) which combination scores more points this week?

    A) Shaw, Salah & Long
    B) Van Dijk, Redmond & Aubameyang

    1. FredrikH
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      A.

      1. PEP_TALK
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        That was my initial idea ... but then I got (over)thinking ...

        Man Utd are rubbish and will probably concede even to Huddersfield ?
        The Liverpool game might be a tense and tight affair with few goals (Van Dijk CS more likely than Salah scoring 2) ?
        Is Long really any better than Redmond?
        Aubameyang trying to win the game 5-0 to overturn Spurs goal difference advantage and win Golden Boot?

        What do you think now? Is A really better than B? 🙂

    2. kopite65
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      A

      1. PEP_TALK
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        That was my initial idea ... but then I got (over)thinking ...

        Man Utd are rubbish and will probably concede even to Huddersfield ?
        The Liverpool game might be a tense and tight affair with few goals (Van Dijk CS more likely than Salah scoring 2) ?
        Is Long really any better than Redmond?
        Aubameyang trying to win the game 5-0 to overturn Spurs goal difference advantage and win Golden Boot?

        What do you think now? Is A really better than B? 🙂

    3. rmt this, rmt that so i sai…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 days ago

      a still

      1. PEP_TALK
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Even though you are called NO MO SALAH ... LOL 🙂

        1. rmt this, rmt that so i sai…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          lol yeah keeping faith in Mo thruout the season had its dividends especially TC in gw 36))

          1. PEP_TALK
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 17 days ago

            A was my initial idea ... but then I got (over)thinking ...

            Man Utd are rubbish and will probably concede even to Huddersfield ?
            The Liverpool game might be a tense and tight affair with few goals (Van Dijk CS more likely than Salah scoring 2) ?
            Is Long really any better than Redmond?
            Aubameyang trying to win the game 5-0 to overturn Spurs goal difference advantage and win Golden Boot?

            What do you think now? Is A really better than B? 🙂

  4. MGD
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    LLoris
    Laporte - TAA - Bednarek
    Sterling - Mane - Eriksen - Son* - JWP
    Aguero - Jimmy

    Ryan - DLC - Doherty - Duffy

    2 FT 0.5 ITB.

    Need to get rid of Son and Jimmy I think. Looking at these moves

    A) Son + Jimmy -> 11.0 + Long
    D) Son + Jimmy -> Moura + Rashford
    C) Son + Jimmy -> Redmond + Laca/Auba

    Maybe even Shaq/Origi/Sturr if Firm and Salah out?

    Thanks!

  5. Nyom Legend
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    I have 2FT. 1.transfer I desided to do Gray => Vardy.
    2.transfer is harder. Who should I replace Son with?
    a) Deulofeu
    b) Redmond (already have JWP)
    c) Fraser
    d) Babel
    e) Other?

  6. Duffy Dunk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Which combo is better for gw38?

    A) Fraser + Zaha
    B) Milivojevic + Wilson

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Fraser and Wilson?

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I prefer B.

  7. The Overthinker
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Last week I had all the Southampton boys on the bench.

    This week its Wolverhampton boys to be benched .

    3/3 😀

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Pretty much the same for me

  8. DOGS
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    1FT - and not willing to take a hit as only leading my league by 10 points

    Torn between:

    A) Son> Moura
    B) Jiminez> Rashford

    Any advice?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Son to Redmond
      Jimenez to Wilson

      1. Roysgotnoboys
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Son > Redmond / Pogba

        I’m not keen on Southampton, everyone seems to be forgetting they aren’t a good side

  9. rmt this, rmt that so i sai…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 17 days ago

    better combo for 38 ?
    a. fraser + vardy
    b. bilva + long/arnie

    thx

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      A

  10. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Is Chelsea a good fixture for vardy?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Yes, they looked knackered during the game yesterday let alone the fact they played 120 mins and only have a 67 hour turnaround.

    2. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Yes

    3. BRUCE THE MOOSE (F.K.A RAFA…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Ideal

  11. KingOllie
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    What about this?

    Hazard + Son - > Salah + Deulofeu (-4)

    Means i can bench one of Jota or Jimenez

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Deulofeu might be a bench risk. You have Redmond already right? Fraser possible?

  12. kopite65
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    play
    A gray
    B deleufeo
    maybe b due a benching for fa final?
    cheers

  13. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Thinking I should sell Hazard after the 120 mins played last night... do you think he starts on Sunday? And even if he does, will he be worth keeping? Chelsea been quite poor away from home this season at the best of times

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      If nothing else pressing but don't sell Hazard as part of a hit.

    2. Colonel Shoe 肝池
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      i dont know bubz.......thinking that hes on the bench, he has to make an appearance, but not startign imo

    3. Bodini
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I'm facing the same decision. Already have Son and Robertston to deal so don't really want to take another -4 to move him out but if he doesn't start/play...

      1. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I wouldnt do it for -4

        1. Bodini
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          yeah you're probably right, thanks. I would definitely do it if I had no other issues though

        2. kalmoffit
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I am thinking about it for -4. It's not just Haz, I could improve Patricio/Kelly too.

          1. Bubz
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            I suppose when you look at it as two big improvements its a lot better

    4. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I'd sell if its for free. Can't believe they're heading to the US for a friendly next week ahead of the final. Great cause but it's not ideal preparation.

      1. Bodini
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        mental isn't it. What's the cause?

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Anti-discrimination I think.

    5. Bunk Morrisonland
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Leicester is maybe the most in form team in the League. I'd sell if you could bring in Salah or Mane, but not sure who else I would rather want in midfield. Maybe Antonio if he starts.

      1. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Could do it for Mane, already have Salah

        1. Bunk Morrisonland
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I'd make that move in a heartbeat.

  14. Bobby_Baggio
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Which would you prefer pending injury updates please? I'm only 5 points behind ML leader so guessing best to avoid -4?

    Lloris
    Laporte - Bertrand - Robbo - Valery
    Mane - BSilva - Haz - Jota
    Aguero - Jimenez

    (Foster) - Gray - Duffy - Son

    A) Son > Fraser or Redmond (bench Robbo)
    B) Gray > Rondon (bench Robbo)
    C) Anything else

  15. Purse83
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Son and Jota out for:

    A) Hazard & Redmond
    B) Bilva & Pogba

    Thanks and good luck to everyone!

    1. danishdynamite
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Not Hazard after last night

      Bilva, certainly maybe Fraser for the other gig

      Leaves a lot ITB but that's hardly an issue this week

  16. Benteke Fried Chicken
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I can smell a Huddersfield goal on Sunday, even if they lose 3-1/4-1. Southampton defence is poor and Huddersfield might try and to for it on their last game in the prem. Southampton might do more changes again also!

    • Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Cheers Hazard. Thanks for last week.

      😎

      1. Andy'81
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Aye, he'll likely be my FT out after Chelsea's extra time adventure against Frankfurt.

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I was looking for an excuse to sell him.

      2. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Who you getting?

    • Cruz88
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      What would you do with this team, 1FT and nothing in the bank

      Leno
      Laporte TAA Valery
      Eriksen Miliv Salah Mane
      Jimi Aguero Wilson

      bench: Ryan, Jota, Digne, WanBiss

    • Rains of Castamere
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Was Kolasinac a big injury or just cramp? My team is a mess if he's out on Sunday.

      Would you play Doherty (liv) or take a hit for Kompany? I think Doherty is a probable 1 pointer.

      1. Tshelby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I'm taking a hit to get Kolasinac out in order to get Laporte and not play doherty or duffy

        1. Rains of Castamere
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Interesting, thanks.

    • FF Dirtbag
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Having a proper problem, can anyone help me out?

      Got 1 FT and 3 million in the bank and my team is:
      Lloris
      TAA VVD Bednarek
      Mane Bilva Jota Martial
      Wilson Jimenez Aguero

      Gunn; Kiko, Boly, Son

      Options:
      A) Jimenez -> Vardy - hope martial plays; and if not kiko comes in
      B) Son/Martial out for someone? Maybe leicester mid?

      1. FF Dirtbag
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Oh or a hit...

    • Yordan Letchkov
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Son / Firmino to ?? / ??

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Salah and Long

      2. rmt this, rmt that so i sai…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        lotsa choices depends on who u got and if leading or chasing fraser/bilva/pogz and vardy/arnie/long

      3. Yordan Letchkov
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Currently leading my ML.
        My first thoughts were Pog/Rash.
        Chance of Firmino being fit for SUN match?

      4. danishdynamite
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Wilson / Vardy up top and whoever you fancy from midfield.

    • Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      No sure why people are so adverse to a -4, especially this week.

      -Have some fun, you wont have FPL for close to 3 months
      -There are fixtures with players that could easily reward a -4(Yes, I sold Son for Hazard for -4 last week 😆 )

      1. Tshelby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Son/Jimenez/Kola -> Redmond/Vardy/Laporte (-4) is a go?

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          yep.

      2. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I hate starting the week on minus points

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I did last week. Worked out a dream.

          1. Bubz
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            To be fair Iv had some hits turn out well this season. Still don't like the feeling of it prior to the games though

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              The excitement of owning a players with low ownership in top 10k(and possible pts explosion) Faaar exceeds the feeling iro the hit.

              I nearly peed my pants when I bought Hazard last week for -4.

              1. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                ..I did it 5 mins prior to lockout. Even better.

              2. Bubz
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                I did enjoy bringing in Haz and captaining him last week. Im going to sell him this week I think but I don't know who to. Mane the stand out option really but that is boring

                1. Christina.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  not boring, as long as you go Mane(c)

                  1. Bubz
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    I'm on Salah(C), can't see myself changing to Mane

                    1. Christina.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      Mane has the best home record of all the milfs in FPL.

          2. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            PS: nothing is worst than not taking chances on the last week, especially if the players you would have bought goes ballistic. Worst day of my FPL career of 10 yrs was the year I recommended Nolan on here and ended up not getting him myself.

            Yes, he scored a hatty. 🙁

            1. Pompel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              So, who are you fancying for a hatty this time then ?

              1. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                I dunno, but I don't want to follow the Saints score without having one of Long/Redmond.

                I also think Pogba will get lucky.

                1. Christina.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  ...and Wilson.

                2. Pompel
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Got lucky with Pogba myself in GW34 at the expense of not getting Sterling who got the same score...
                  I severely fear missing out on Wilson and Redmond, but won't get either as Wilson will be purely a shield move, and got Valery+JWP+Long already

            2. Bubz
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              I wish there was someone I had a big gut feeling about this week though, but there just isn't...

              1. Pompel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                My gut feeling is Wilson - who everyone and his dog already have but me...
                Seriously, Vardy, Wood and Rondon should be good shouts

                1. Christina.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  I also don't have Wilson and fear him. Might opt for Fraser.

                  1. Pompel
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Think that's the smarter move for me as need to get rid of Son. Then I can get Vardy instead

              2. AuFeld
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Over the last four, HUD has the highest xGC and SOU has the fourth highest xG. Bode's well for Long and Redmond who (or whom?) are leading SOU xGI.

                1. Bubz
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Yeah my planned xfer was Jota to Redmond, but Hazard's minutes last night is making me rethink

      3. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        What about a -8 :

        Haz + Son + Jimi -> Salah(C) + Fraser + Vardy -8pts

        😉

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I think -4 is ok this week.

    • Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      1FT:
      Son to Moura(or someone else)
      Doherty to TAA

      1. Tshelby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Doherty -> TAA if you can bench Son and have a decent starting XI

    • KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      B Silva or redmond?

      1. kalmoffit
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Silva

      2. danishdynamite
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Silva

      3. AuFeld
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Recent player's stats and opposition stats favor Redmond. 4.01 xGI vs Silva's 2.35 xGI over their last six matches.

    • UpAndAway
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Is it worth taking a hit to get Trippier out? Also have Robbo. Doherty would come on otherwise.

      One move I must make is Son out.

      Thoughts welcome.

      1. danishdynamite
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Joe Bryan a decent punt

      2. Bunk Morrisonland
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Doherty is a decent sub, he could well score or assist. of course, if you sell Son for a cheaper option you could get Laporte, who you would expect 6 Points from.

    • danishdynamite
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Any other week I'd (C) Salah or Wilson, but given that I'm trying to protect a decent rank wouldn't this mean (C) ing polesitter Kun ??

      (Am not used to this altitude )

      1. Bunk Morrisonland
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Yeah I guess. I do think Salah is the better option though.

      2. Cruz88
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Isn't the safer option one of the Liverpool lads considering City are away and Brighton aren't necessarily pushovers, plus Aguero hasn't been banging them in lately. Or are you counting on the final day effect?

        1. danishdynamite
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Simply wondering what the top 1k will do, and trying to minmise risk

          If most top 1k players (C) Kun then I minimise most risk by going with him

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            what the rank DD?

            I reckon most will go Kun(c).

    • Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Better option?

      A) Eriksen & B.Silva (Aguero/Mane captain)
      B) Salah(c) & Babel (-4)

      Cheers all! 🙂

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        have you used a ft? if not I would sell Eriksen

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          No I haven't yet waiting for news on Robbo if he's injured Robbo to TAA likely to be one of my moves.

          Second move could be either Son to B.Silva or Son & Eriksen to Salah & Babel for a hit.
          Can't get Redmond though as I already have 3 Spurs.

          1. UpAndAway
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Robbo to TAA worth a hit?

    • elkunaguero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      What’s better?

      A) Salah + Long
      B) Redmond + Wilson

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        A

      2. danishdynamite
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        A ..... just

        Wilson's the worry though - he could go mental

        1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Can say that about anyone though

        2. elkunaguero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Yeah, my worry

    • rnrd
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Son --> Lucas & Boly --> Laporte sounds OK ?

    • Community Champion GW38
      Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I'm belatedly looking for our last Community Champion of the year!

      If you're interested, email me: geoff@fantasyfootballscout.co.uk in the next few hours and the champion will be chosen this afternoon