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Scout Notes

How the final day of the season unfolded from a Fantasy perspective

Our final Scout Notes article of the season is a briefer-than-usual affair, recapping the events of Gameweek 38.

Despite all the interest in Raheem Sterling (£11.7m) and Sergio Aguero (£12.0m), it was the lesser-owned Fantasy assets who won the league for Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

Riyad Mahrez (£8.2m) and David Silva (£8.5m) proved to be the heroes as they were the only options to record more than one attacking return.

The former Leicester City midfielder scored the goal to put the title out of Liverpool’s reach, 25 minutes after his corner was nodded in by Aymeric Laporte (£6.3m).

That strike was welcomed by the owners of the centre-back and helped compensate for a lack of a clean sheet.

Despite their incredible record of ten shut-outs in the last 12 matches and Brighton’s struggles in front of goal, it was the Seagulls who actually took the lead at the Amex.

Glenn Murray (£6.1m) was the man to break the deadlock, converting Pascal Groß‘s (£6.7m) corner after 26 minutes.

It mattered little to City in the end though, with Aguero netting an immediate equaliser and setting Pep Guardiola’s side on their way to winning a second successive title.

City’s win meant that the result at Anfield was irrelevant to the outcome of the Premier League title race.

Owners of Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.8m) and Sadio Mane (£10.3m) had a field day, though, with both Liverpool players delivering 15-points hauls.

Mane converted two Alexander-Arnold crosses either side of half-time and Liverpool went on to record their 21st clean sheet of the season – no Premier League club registered more.

Mohamed Salah (£13.2m), passed fit to start along with Andrew Robertson (£6.7m), blanked for the first time in seven Gameweeks and never really looked like scoring, despite his obvious desperation to secure a second successive Golden Boot award.

Talking of disappointments, Manchester United signed off for the season in inglorious fashion, slumping to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of relegated Cardiff City.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (£4.8m) was the unlikely hero, first converting from the penalty spot after himself being felled and then tapping in from a Josh Murphy (£4.8m) pass.

Paul Pogba (£8.6m) and Marcus Rashford (£7.3m) blanked again, while Mason Greenwood (£4.5m) was unable to deliver an attacking return on his full debut despite 15 penalty box touches and seven attempts on goal – two of which were big chances.

Luke Shaw (£5.1m) wasn’t part of the matchday squad.

The real humdinger of the day, as perhaps anticipated, was at Selhurst Park.

There were a grand total of eight goals scored between Crystal Palace and Bournemouth and naturally, despite posting really encouraging underlying statistics in the previous four away matches, Callum Wilson (£6.9m) was not involved in a single one.

Neither was Ryan Fraser (£6.3m), who seems to only ever deliver when his colleague Wilson does.

The real winners of that match were owners of Wilfried Zaha (£6.7m), who recorded three assists and was a constant menace throughout.

His haul was accompanied by a Michy Batshuayi (£6.2m) brace, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£4.6m), despite conceding three times, notched a rare assist.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m) clawed his way to a shared Golden Boot award with two goals at Burnley and finished as the top-scoring FPL forward of 2018/19 in doing so.

The Gabonese striker was the lucky winner of Unai Emery’s rotation roulette as the Arsenal manager shuffled the pack after European commitments – Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m) and Sead Kolasinac (£4.9m) among the players to drop to the bench.

Ashley Barnes (£5.6m) relieved the glory days of the winter period with one last goal of the season to ensure the Gunners’ defensive record on the road finished in true form.

There was a rare goal for youngster Eddie Nketiah (£5.0m) in the closing stages.

Arsenal’s north London rivals drew 2-2 with Everton, with those who hung onto Christian Eriksen (£9.2m) rewarded when the Dane scored the game’s fourth goal from a direct free-kick.

Several lesser-owned Fantasy assets were among the points, with Theo Walcott (£5.9m) and Cenk Tosun (£6.4m) – in for the injured Richarlison (£6.4m) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.4m) – on the scoresheet for the Toffees.

Erik Lamela (£5.9m) claimed the assists for both of Spurs’ goals, the first of which was an Eric Dier (£4.7m) strike on two minutes.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.4m) signed off for 2018/19 with an assist for Walcott’s goal, with this campaign being the Iceland international’s most successful season from an FPL points’ perspective.

There wasn’t to be a ninth clean sheet in 11 Gameweeks for Marco Silva’s defence, however, while Seamus Coleman (£5.2m) was absent through injury.

Perhaps the most underwhelming spectacle of the afternoon took place at the King Power Stadium.

It was the only match in Gameweek 38 to feature no goals, despite Jamie Vardy‘s (£9.0m) impressive form in recent home fixtures.

There had been suggestions that Chelsea would look sluggish after playing 120 minutes and needing penalties against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night, but they were arguably the more creative team in the opening stages.

Eden Hazard (£11.0m) was left on the bench and emerged for a short display in the second half in which he contributed little.

Vardy had a few opportunities to score but could not convert and was at the very least more composed than Gonzalo Higuaín (£9.0m), who was off target with several clear chances.

An error from the recalled Angus Gunn (£4.3m) cost owners of Southampton’s backline a clean sheet, with Alex Pritchard (£4.8m) pouncing on the Saints’ goalkeeper’s loose touch to hand Huddersfield a deserved point.

Nathan Redmond (£5.5m) had earlier put the hosts ahead with a fine effort from distance – that, indeed, was his only shot of the game.

James Ward-Prowse (£5.1m) was inches from an eighth goal of the season but his 46th-minute effort was tipped onto the bar.

Newcastle made a mockery of the interest in Sergio Rico (£4.4m) at Craven Cottage as they dominated Fulham.

Two quick-fire goals for the Magpies in the first half put it beyond the Cottagers and Scott Parker’s side never really threatened Martin Dubravka‘s (£5.0m) goal, with Ryan Babel (£5.6m) only coming on as a 65th-minute substitute.

Mid-price FPL forwards Ayoze Perez (£6.1m) and Salomon Rondon (£5.9m) each bagged a goal.

The feared pre-FA Cup final rotation didn’t materialise at Vicarage Road, with Javi Gracia naming a full-strength side for the match against West Ham.

He might have wished he didn’t, as the Hornets slumped to a 4-1 defeat and saw Jose Holebas (£4.8m) shown a straight red card early in the second half.

Gerard Deulofeu (£5.7m) at least rewarded his remaining owners with a consolation goal.

Watford haven’t kept a clean sheet since Gameweek 26 and their vulnerability at the back showed, with Mark Noble (£4.8m) grabbing a brace – one goal coming from the spot – and Marko Arnautovic (£6.7m) registering his fourth attacking return in three Gameweeks.

Michail Antonio (£6.8m) delivered a hat-trick of assists while Felipe Anderson (£6.8m) recovered from illness to record what was only his fourth attacking return of 2019.

(co-written by David and Neale)

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  1. ritzyd
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Some statistical breakdown of the top 15 players based on Points per 90 minutes and more (only including players who have played at least 1710 (half of the available) minutes this season)

    Points Per 90 minutes ((Points/minutes played) x 90)
    Sterling 7.6
    Sane 7.56
    Aguero 7.36
    Hazard 7.34
    Salah 7.16
    Son 7.04
    Aubameyang 6.78
    Alexander-Arnold 6.77
    Mane 6.76
    Lacazette 5.98
    Wilson 5.98
    Robertson 5.96
    Kane 5.94
    Deulofeu 5.8
    Vardy 5.74

    Points per million (points/current price)
    Etheridge 33.48
    Pickford 32.86
    Alexander-Arnold 31.90
    Robertson 31.79
    Van Dijk 31.04
    Fabianski 30.43
    Alisson 29.83
    Ederson 29.65
    Digne 29.26
    Fraser 28.28
    Luiz 28.28
    Laporte 28.10
    Foster 28.04
    Pereira 27.55
    Doherty 27.17

    Points Per 90 Minutes Per Million (((Points/minutes played) x 90)/current price)
    Alexander-Arnold 1.17
    Deulofeu 1.02
    Brooks 0.98
    Guaita 0.97
    Schar 0.93
    Pedro 0.92
    Milner 0.91
    Robertson 0.89
    Digne 0.89
    Gundogan 0.88
    Etheridge 0.88
    Rondon 0.87
    Wilson 0.878
    Calvert-Lewin 0.87
    Pickford 0.86

    Big Hitters Points Per Million (Those players who played over 1710 minutes, whose final or starting price was 9m+)
    Mane 10.3m – 22.43ppm
    Hazard 11m – 21.64ppm
    Sterling 11.7m – 20ppm
    Salah 13.2m - 19.2ppm
    Vardy 9m – 19.3ppm
    Aubameyang 10.8m – 18.98ppm
    Lacazette 9.4m – 17.66ppm
    Eriksen 9.2m – 17.5ppm
    Firmino 9.3m – 17.2ppm
    Sane 9.3m – 16.77ppm
    Aguero 12m – 16.75ppm
    Kane 12.6m – 12.7ppm
    Lukaku 10.7m – 10.75ppm
    Alli 8.8m – 10.68ppm

    Notable (and some obvious!) Conclusions:
    - The majority of the most expensive players actually delivered the best points per 90 minutes played
    - Defenders & Goalkeepers again provided the best value, surprisingly the Everton defence did notably well for their price
    - Liverpool defence provided superb value
    - Spurs big hitters really disappointed
    - If Man City attacker were rotated less they would score significantly higher given their Points Per 90 Minutes played
    - Bournemouth attackers were generally good value
    - Jiminez tops almost all these when taking his 5.5m starting price

  2. JasonG123
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    2014/15: 548
    2015/16: 788
    2016/17: 1558
    2017/18: 3686
    2018/19: 14878

    Just keep getting worse and worse at the game...

    1. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Many of us would kill for a history like that.

    2. Team Cruel
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      *plays world's smallest violin*

      1. JasonG123
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Appreciate your thoughts, this season will take awhile to get over.

        1. Fitzy.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          You've got over worse ones... 😉

          1. JasonG123
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Didn’t play the game seriously until 2013/14. Often just picked a team and never looked at it.

    3. clodhopper
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Subtle brag

      1. JasonG123
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        The post is clearly sarcastic and a brag

    4. Debauchy
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Brag , but why not , top play fella

      1. JasonG123
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        What’s the point of getting high ranks if you can’t go full Triggerlips and brag about it

        1. Debauchy
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          This, I got a 604 rank once , done lol

    5. Özil
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Time to quit ... or win next season?

      1. JasonG123
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        The game is legitimately just much harder now. I honestly believe top 10k is the new top 1k.

        Haven’t done much different in any season, in fact I try harder now than I did when I could get top 1k. It’s just the competition is better now.

    6. Evil Genius
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      How's your HoF?

      1. JasonG123
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Not great because I was a casual player before 2013/14 and often just picked a GW1 team and then never looked at it.

        HoF is kind of a flawed system since someone who started playing in 2013/14 and had the same history as me since 2013/14 would have a much higher HoF rank than me.

        1. Miniboss
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Start a new account next season, finish well, enjoy your HoF.

          1. JasonG123
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Then I lose the last 6 years of great season history...

        2. Flapjack ✅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          HOF is heavily weighted towards most recent seasons however.

          1. JasonG123
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Yes but I feel it should also completely disregard outlier seasons that occurred 5+ years ago. My HoF is currently being brought down by seasons when I was 15-18 and just created a team without much thought. I think a friend even hacked by team one of those years... :p

  3. Make Arrows Green Again
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Some observations on my own season that may or may not be helpful to others:

    - I have been too quick to get rid of players just because their fixtures have turned. At various points on the Scoutcast it has been assumed to be a given that a player's usefulness is over despite their continued form. AWB is one of those who I got for 4.0, sold for Bennett (terrible move) and never managed to bring back because of the price rise, albeit only 0.5m. I paid too much attention to this rather than playing my own game. I also sold both Sterling and Sané ahead of the Liverpool match when their fixtures turned and never got a chance to bring either back, aside from on FH.

    - From what I have seen, and this is only anecdotal really, the players who did best deployed their first wildcard late.

    This has to be taken with a pinch of salt because players who started well didn't necessarily need to WC too early, but in the case of me and my main ML rival, who ended up beating me by 180 points, we were neck and neck in December, and playing his when he did helped him to hoover up the likes of Son and Pogba and stride ahead into an unassailable lead.

    I wildcarded early, when I didn't really need to, and in an international break in the outdated view that this would help my TV. as a result I wasted the best chip in the game.

    - I have always ignored ownership and I have only very slowly come around to the idea that playing the percentages is the most sensible strategy. Whilst it is true that 10m+ players represent the poorest value, I have learned that the ones that other people have and, crucially, are captaining have to be covered, at least while they are returning reasonable amounts of points.

    It also means that if you have the two most popular captains in any given gameweek, even if you cap the wrong one, you will still get half of the points of the correct captain.

    I avoided Aguero early on in the mistaken belief that he would share too many minutes with Jesus. Whilst the logic was sound, it didn't pan out like that and I was far too slow to react and recover.

    So I will take a disappointing OR (89k) and hopefully learn from my mistakes. At least I'm a consistent dullard - in the last five years my ranks are 63k, 56k, 12k, 38k, 89k !

    Well played everyone, especially to all of the thousands of you who finished above me, and special congratulations to anyone who finished in the top 10k in the toughest season yet 🙂

    1. boc610
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      thanks for the special congratulations 🙂

      Got my my best ever OR of 1,835k (2nd ever top 10k finish). thanks for all the great info on here.

      roll on August 10th!

      1. Make Arrows Green Again
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Nice one! Especially achieve 10k twice - that's the mark of a really good manager for me.

        Yes, 10 August can roll the hell on.

  4. Lord in Wengerland
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    After a good start It was mostly a season of template points and misfiring chips (apart from Kun TC in GW25), culminating in 5 red arrows and a 21.8K finish. I can claim credit for consistency, however, I was inside the top 40K for all 38 weeks. Nice bunching, as Sid Waddell would have said.

    Only 90 days till we go again.

  5. Team Cruel
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    How on earth did Siggy end up in the dream team? When did he get all his points?!

    1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Well he got six double digit scores during the season. Plenty of assists and is always a player who can get bonus.

  6. _sidney_will
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Hope United have a dreadful set of Fixtures at the start so I don’t get tempted by any of their dross players

    1. Make Arrows Green Again
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      They will surely have a new manager by then, for all the good that will do them!

  7. Klein
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Anybody else betrayed by emery? Who ever i bought (mikhy, laca, auba) was suddenly out of favour.

    1. Debauchy
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Yeah , was most frustrating trying to second guess him.

    2. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I brought in Aubameyang once he scored.
      But I avoided arsenal mostly as they were too hard to call who will start.

  8. boc610
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    if Hollywood ever decides to revisit Street Fighter then Ederson has to be considered for Blanka.

  9. Rex Lash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Final OR 6.4k is my highest ever finish. All thanks to a great start - 11th OR at peak. No Son over Xmas period and no Aguero in early 2019 really hurt my hopes of top 1k. Still very pleased!

    1. JasonG123
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Great rank congrats

  10. Simmoo
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Salah -> Sterling -4?

    Captaining Mane.

    1. JasonG123
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Save FT

  11. Özil
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Man, I just want to see Liverpool and Arsenal win the Champions and Europa League. That's all.

  12. boc610
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    I think that Salah haul against cherries made or broke many a mini league. people were transferring him out in droves on wildcards because he wasnt getting double figures every week even though he was ticking along very nicely.

    1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Yeah but people also stubbornly kept Salah during his barren run.
      Some people only focused on 'underlying stats'.
      'But the underlying stats say....' etc
      As if they are gospel without looking at other variables such as body language and the manner in which the shots are taken.
      Straight at the keeper?
      A crisp shot?
      A shot for the sake of it?
      Running into traffic?

      I was one of those who sold Salah before his Bournmouth hattrick. I then got him back and sold him again
      But I made up ground by not having him through his barren run. Got him back late in the season then when he was starting to look confident.

      I noticed many were terrified to sell Salah bascially because of risk aversion. But those funds could of been spent elsewhere.

  13. Miniboss
    1 month, 5 days ago

    My biggest success this season was to get Pogba in when OGS was named as an interim manager. Then captaining him when he scored a hattie, and kicking him out right when he went dry.

    Another good decision was to start with and hold on to Robbo, who ended up being the only guy to stay in my team all season.

    Just listed many mistakes I did to another thread, but these two decisions I'm happy with.

  14. MGD
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    When will HOF be updated?

    1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Dunno keep it as a 'surprise' for yourself next season.

  15. skooldaze
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    **** Guys - do you realise you've made it! You've made as many Scoutcasts as Last of the Summer Wine episodes!***

    WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

    1. skooldaze
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I expect a party on the next scoutcast!

    2. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Posted it a few times but Granville did suggest he and Mark would be back when that feat was achieved. Old school lunch break podcast ?

      I remember I used to see Mark as the WWF heel because he was so mean and crowing over Granville. Good times 🙂

      1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I thought it was the opposite. Granville used to throw in the little fpl dgs at Mark. 😀 Mark was even more subtle.with sneaky digs.
        There are no sly fpl digs and banter anymore on the scoutcast.

        The tone always is you are such a great manager, you will do better next year.
        Other scoutcaster says oh I agree completely with that sentiment etc.

        It's like actors after the oscars!

        1. skooldaze
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I actually prefer the always cheating podcast now as it’s very similar to the old scout cast and seems more fun.

          Scout cast is better for tips on the game but is nowhere near as enjoyable

          1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            That;s those American lads?

            I have not listened to them just heard one on the meet the manager, seems like they just have fun with it alright.
            Not the type of lads to start believing thier own hype!

            1. skooldaze
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Yeah they are really good and just won the fpl content award

              1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Yeah I have the last one on now.
                They are just casually chatting away, they do not seem very self conscious at all.

                1. skooldaze
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  I’m a pateon on it and like here I don’t have too much time to post but always listen

      2. skooldaze
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Haha I saw Granville as the heel but they probably swopped over a few times.

        Sometimes I miss the low tech scoutcasts with them two

  16. Make Arrows Green Again
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    No Hazard next season will remove one possible selection headache.

    I know good players come and good players go, but it often takes them a season or two to settle and Hazard has proven to be a high-scoring but frustratingly unpredictable pick. It will be nice not to have to worry about him anymore (from an FPL perspective only, of course!).

  17. #FPLBhuna
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    was strongly considering the following hits in addition to my 2fts yesterday

    a) eriksen > pogba (-4)

    b) eriksen + robbo > salah(c) + 4.5m def (-8)

    thankgod I avoided both and just captained mane!!!

    #swerved

  18. Tsssst
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Closed a 13 point gap on the last gameweek to beat a Liverpool fan by one point to 1st place, unbelievable Jeff!

    1. Hansel
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Haha nice one, congrats!

      1. Tsssst
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Thanks dude

    2. acidicleo
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Cruel...;)

    3. acidicleo
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Congratulations btw..

      1. Tsssst
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Thank dude

  19. Hansel
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Anyone has a link to the site were you can analyze your team: see points from captain, points if you would always picked the right captain, benched points etc? Thanks in advance 🙂

    1. Make Arrows Green Again
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I use:

      https://www.anewpla.net/fpl/report/index.php

      By a FFS member I believe

      1. Hansel
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        That's the one - thanks!

    2. Boberella
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      There’s also fplmystats.com and gargatron.com

  20. timPgoodwin
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    When did FPL launch last year? June?

    1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Early July I think.
      It makes no difference anyway, better off just avoiding it until two/three weeks before new season.
      The Pre-Season info has been gathered and new signings assessed.

  21. Old Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Has TM been posting recently?

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Thanks 🙂

      2. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Do you have his FFS email address?

        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Don't know it myself but I can drop him a message so he can give it to you

          1. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Thank you - that would be very helpful.

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Hi Old Man, what's going on?

  22. JAMO97
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Thanks all for help this season. 160K in the end outside my target. Very hard season though got 100 more points then a few years back when I finished 100k.

  23. JasonG123
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Prices next season:

    Robertson: 7.5m
    TAA: 7.5m
    VVD: 7m

    1. Christina.
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      there has only been 1 def around that range in the 12 yrs I've played. 7.5m is a bit steep I think.

      1. I hate Moreno
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I think there will be some serious hikes in defence. Would you touch Digne if he was priced at 6.0m? Think there may be some value in Chelsea defence next season.

        1. Christina.
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Digne will be a bargain @ 6m if Eve start off where they finished towards the end of this season. Digne had some of the best attacking stats around in the PL.

          1. I hate Moreno
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            TAA/Robbo: 7.5
            VVD: 7
            Laporte: 6.5
            Digne: 6.0

            Or will all the Pool lads drop a price point?

            1. Christina.
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Laporte first name I pick

              1. I hate Moreno
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Same. He's ruined me this season.

      2. boc610
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        nearly 30 assists between them, over 20 clean sheets. they are responsible for over 2% of all liverpool's assists in the prem league history.

      3. pingissimus
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I’m way less experienced than you so these are real and not rhetorical questions.

        Has there been a season before where defensive assets were so obviously such good value?

        Might FPL decide to discourage everyone piling into the same 3 players? As it stands the one disincentive would be the decision between Mo and Mane - and Vvd I guess.

        1. Miniboss
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Ivanovic and Baines were gold at their peak. I think Baines was 7.5 thanks to his penalty duties and Ivanovic was 7.0, might remember wrong though.

          1. pingissimus
            1 month, 5 days ago

            I’m guessing Terry must have been gold in his day too

            1. Miniboss
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Now that you mentioned, I think Terry was indeed 7.0 at one point as well.

          2. Christina.
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Vidic was also around 7m the one season I think. But that was ages ago and the BPS system was totally different in those days.

        2. Christina.
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          No use getting our panties in a knot 24 hrs after the season has ended.

          I'm just pointing out that it would have a serious impact if the def's get hiked up to 7-7.5m. Most managers will probably look elsewhere I reckon. Maybe not?

          I got the feeling FPL gods have tried to increase the pool of players available to the 6m odd managers to try and grow interest (and obviously revenue). One way of doing it was to price the keepers and def's more reasonably.

          1. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            but we don't wear panties on here ........

            1. Christina.
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              kinky...nothing like butt naked...

      4. JasonG123
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I get your point, but Robbo and VVD are the first defenders to ever break 200 points. TAA is not far behind them in total points and actually averages more points per game than them (plus he's young and improving). That justifies them having the highest price for defenders in FPL history.

        Imo TAA > Robbo and I'd pay 7.5m for him assuming there weren't other cheaper options that were as good.

        1. Christina.
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Going to be interesting for sure.

          I'm having Laporte for sure. Doubt he will be more than 6.5m. Doubt I will be able to afford another def priced around 7.5m! But lets see...

    2. Evil Genius
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      -1m and you're closer.

      1. JasonG123
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        6-6.5m would be an absolute steal for them.

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I'd say that was bang on.

    4. GreenWindmill
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      2011/12 was the golden era for paying through the nose for a defender.

      Vidic - 8.0
      Baines - 8.0
      Terry - 7.5
      Cole - 7.5
      Vermaelen - 7.0
      Johnson - 7.0
      Evra - 7.0

      1. Christina.
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        wow, 8m... 😯

        My memory must be going.

          1. Christina.
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            my highest rank ever was that season...just shows...more than one way to skin a cat.

            1. GreenWindmill
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              My second highest was that year. These youngsters wouldn't be able to cope with defenders priced like that of course, different game these days 😉

      2. GreenWindmill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Other 7m+ defenders:

        2012/13
        ------------
        Kompany - 7.5
        Baines - 7.0
        Vidic - 7.0

        2013/14
        ------------
        Baines - 7.5
        Vertonghen - 7.0

        2014/15
        ------------
        Baines - 7.0
        Ivanovic - 7.0
        Coleman - 7.0

        2015/16
        ------------
        Ivanovic - 7.0
        Terry - 7.0

        I've probably missed someone but there have definitely been a few over the years.

        1. JasonG123
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Good post - and Robbo, VVD and TAA have outscored all of these players so they justify a price at least as high as them.

          1. GreenWindmill
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Theoretically yes but one thing the above highlights to me is how the pricing of defenders has been tweaked over the years - a definite compression a bit like they did with goalkeepers.

            That said, I do think TAA and Robertson are special cases.

            1. Christina.
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              ...some bad apples in that list...Johnson, Vermaelen, Vertoghen...

              1. GreenWindmill
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Yeah, it would have been a long time before I guessed Glen Johnson as a 7.0 valued defender.

    5. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I think I will just get alisson and gomez! 😀

  24. FPLGeezer
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Had my best ever finish on record just inside the top 6k! Sure finished higher on a previous account but had a few years off. Want to thank everyone that cintributes to here to posting and replying and the mods for the work they do!

    Was fuelled by wanting to win money leagues and beating my mates but was sure that being on here and members area helped lift my game was a long grind this season too! Now for a summer of cricket and no FPL and wish you all a great summer and see you next season! We go again like Liverpool LOL

  25. I hate Moreno
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    How long have the chips (BB,TC,FH) been part of the game?

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Three or four years .....?

    2. Boberella
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      DH was only last two years.
      Was All Out Attack before that, which meant you could play your 8 attackers and only 2 Def in a GW.

      1. Boberella
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        *FH

  26. Boberella
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Thanks for everyone’s input on here this year.
    Special mentions to:
    Amey, Piggissimus, Captain choice and Flapjack!

    Still struggling to break top 100k, but improving each year. I seem to fluff my captain choice a fair bit, which costs me, but always learn each year.

    Question to all::
    Assuming not much changes in terms of teams and players next season, Who are the first 5 players in your team? (Aside from the “obvious” big hitters)...

    Think I’d try and include:
    TAA, Valery, Tielemans, Jota, Duelofeu to start with.

    1. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I'll pull my usual trick and pick Hudson Odoi etc, before they've made the first team.

      1. Boberella
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Then WC In GW3.
        Standard.

    2. Amey
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Good job bro 🙂
      I'm thinking about going high on defense + 2/3 big hitters for ©, Rotating.

    3. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I am glad you found some of the guff I post beneficial!

      Rueben Loftus Cheek, Kevin De Bruyne are two players with the longest names who are hopefully under-priced.

      Henderson could be great value if he is given the more attacking midfield role.

      I am also keeping an eye on Westwood from Burnley - the amount of times that fella popped up with an assist or a goal/ or bonus..
      He is really under the radar.

      Shane Long will be another interesting one.
      Will he keep up his form? Will he remain at the club?
      So his price will be interesting.

      Also I will be keeping an eye on loan players like Tammy Abrahams etc

  27. acidicleo
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Many thanks for all the advice guys..
    Overall happy with the last lap as the chips worked well for a change.
    Only upset is due to poor transfers in GW38 (Pogba and Vardy) dropped to 25K from 18K.
    Could have gone to 10K with the right moves.
    But then I should be happy from my position pre chips and also that I won my ML (yes just with 25K).

    Many thanks again and see you all next season..

    1. Gorbitz
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Same to you!

  28. Warby84
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Any experts know what has happened to Rosenborg this season?

  29. Benteke Fried Chicken
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Not sure what was worse, my last Gameweek score or the latest episode of Game of Thrones...

    1. Evil Genius
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      GoT has always been rubbish.

  30. Christina.
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Whatever you, please please do not waste time on rotation spreadsheet.(defence)

    It's is utter nonsense and a complete waste of time.