Pre-Season

Origi among the budget FPL forwards to monitor

With so many appealing premium options in Fantasy Premier League next season, the emergence of a playable budget forward would be a huge bonus.

Raul Jimenez was the Fantasy manager’s friend last year, returning 13 goals, ten assists and 31 bonus points having started the 2018/19 campaign priced at just £5.5m.

The Mexico international has predictably been handed a significant rise upon FPL’s relaunch for 2019/20 and will now set Fantasy bosses back £7.5m.

A cursory glance through the FPL price list suggests that we will struggle to find a ‘Jimenez’ among the sub-£6.0m forward options this time, although pre-season often throws up a wildcard from this price bracket that we had previously disregarded.

Big Six Back-Ups

Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri will be on standby to start in Gameweek 1

Perhaps the most eye-catching name among the 22 strikers currently available in the £4.5m-£5.5m grouping is Divock Origi (£5.5m).

The Belgian striker only played 367 minutes of Premier League football last season but was increasingly involved in Jurgen Klopp’s squads as the year progressed.

We may only be an injury to Mohamed Salah (£12.5m), Roberto Firmino (£9.5m) or Sadio Mane (£11.5m) away from seeing Origi string together a succession of starts in the top flight, although Jurgen Klopp could very well bolster his attacking options over the summer following the release of Daniel Sturridge and sale of Danny Ings (£6.0m).

Origi was well down the pecking order at the start of 2018/19, with Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri (£6.5m) very much the preferred options when Klopp needed to hand breathers to one of his regular front three.

The Belgian striker featured in just three of Liverpool’s first 24 league matches, failing to make the matchday squad on 13 occasions.

However, Origi was the man Klopp frequently turned to in the season run-in: the former Lille striker deputising for Firmino from the start in Gameweeks 28, 29 and 38, as well as in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona.

Origi came off the bench in the final of that competition to score Liverpool’s decisive second goal.

Mane and Salah are currently on duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, a tournament that could have a significant say in their availability in Gameweek 1.

The competition final takes place exactly three weeks before the start of the 2019/20 season, leaving little time for the premium midfield duo to recover and return to Liverpool’s pre-season camp should Egypt and/or Senegal make it that far.

Both Salah and Mane started in Gameweek 1 last season but their countries had been eliminated in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup and the pair had more than six weeks to ready themselves for domestic action.

More pertinently, Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson (both £5.5m), who made it to the final weekend of the World Cup with their respective countries, were handed three weeks off after their exertions in Russia and failed to start on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

Origi, then, may be a short-term budget punt for Gameweek 1 should Salah and Mane be handled carefully by Klopp – though that is a decision that will likely have to be made very shortly before the season kicks off in early August.

Beyond that, Origi will be a ‘sleeper’ that could come in handy should any injury befall Salah, Mane or Firmino.

The other three FPL forwards representing a ‘big six’ club in this list are Eddie Nketiah, Mason Greenwood and Vincent Janssen (all £4.5m).

The budget trio managed just one league start between them last season and very much merit their cut-price tags, although Greenwood will be one to monitor given how impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was with the young United striker after his debut in Gameweek 38:

Mason Greenwood was brilliant, he was our best player by a mile and that says a lot about the kid. He came into the team with a lack of confidence and you can see that has take a total. Not surprised by his performance, we know he is capable of that.

Options from the Promoted Clubs

David McGoldrick missed only one league game last season

The arrival of Josip Drmic (£5.5m) could put pressure on Teemu Pukki (£6.5m) at Norwich City but the Finn is still expected to be Daniel Farke’s preferred option in Gameweek 1, with Drmic’s career needing a serious kickstart following an injury-ravaged few years.

You can read more about the Swiss international’s credentials in our Scout Report.

Dennis Srbeny (£5.5m) may not even be at Carrow Road come August but should he still be on the books, he won’t be of much interest to Fantasy managers: the German striker failed to start a single game last season and made only two substitute appearances in Norwich’s final 19 fixtures.

Jonathan Kodjia (£5.5m) is expected to be a backup option at Villa, meanwhile, with Wesley Moraes (£6.0m) having been bought from Club Brugge.

Kodjia started only five of Villa’s final 23 league and play-off fixtures and was mostly an impact substitute, featuring on the left flank as much as he did up top last season.

David McGoldrick (£5.5m) is perhaps one of the more likelier starters among the 22 players featured in this article.

McGoldrick played in all but one of Sheffield United’s 46 Championship fixtures (starting 36 of them) and scored more goals (15) than he has ever managed in a single season in the second tier.

Starting all but one match between Gameweeks 9 and 28, McGoldrick was one of the first names on the teamsheet for much of the season although did face bench duty on five occasions after Gary Madine and Scott Hogan’s loan captures in January.

Only four Championship players registered more shots than McGoldrick, with the former Ipswich Town forward also expected to be on penalties for the Blades in 2019/20 after his three successes from the spot last season.

The Rest

Shane Long scored four goals in the final six Gameweeks of 2018/19

There are slim pickings elsewhere.

Xande Silva and Connor Wickham (both £4.5m) failed to make a single start between them in 2018/19 and are some way down the pecking order at West Ham and Palace, although Marko Arnautovic (£7.0m) has handed in a transfer request in recent days and looks set for a summer exit.

Matej Vydra (£5.5m) hasn’t made one Premier League start in 2019, meanwhile, as he continues to play second fiddle to Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes (both £6.5m).

Joselu (£5.0m) is reportedly nearing the exit door at Newcastle but the exodus of players and manager, plus the failure to so far snap up Salomon Rondon on a permanent deal, could pave a way for Yoshinori Muto (£5.5m) to feature with more regularity in 2019/20.

Newcastle’s dismal opening run of fixtures and the Japan international’s forgettable debut season (one goal, no assists) will mean Fantasy interest is likely to be very limited, however.

There are several budget strikers whose first-team opportunities may hinge on injuries to their teammates.

Isaac Success (£5.0m) was very much fourth-choice forward by the season’s end at Watford and started just one league match in 2019.

Dominic Solanke (£5.5m), Lys Mousset (£5.0m) and Sam Surridge (£4.5m) are reliant on a loss of form or fitness from Josh King (£6.5m) and Callum Wilson (£8.0m), with even an ‘out of position’ David Brooks (£6.5m) generally preferred to this trio when the first-choice strike pair were sidelined last season.

Solanke, Mousset and Surridge made only three starts between them in 2018/19.

Further along the south coast, Shane Long (£5.0m), Michael Obafemi (£5.0m) and Sam Gallagher (£4.5m) face a fight for first-team minutes following the summer captures of Che Adams and Danny Ings (both £6.0m).

Nathan Redmond (£6.5m), meanwhile, was frequently deployed ‘out of position’ up front after Ralph Hasenhuttl’s arrival midway through last season.

Long saw more minutes and gained more FPL points in 2018/19 than any forward now in the sub-£6.0m bracket.

The Irish forward started 12 league matches last season, including five of Southampton’s last seven, and scored on five occasions.

Hasenhuttl had positive words to say about Long in the season run-in although the arrival of Adams, plus the fact that the Irish striker turns 33 midway through next season, may well see him again become a peripheral figure at St. Mary’s.

It will be interesting to see if Graham Potter can transform Brighton into a more attractive side over the summer, given his reputation for playing attacking football at Swansea and Ostersunds.

Pre-season will certainly be an intriguing watch, given that the Seagulls have one of the best opening runs of fixtures in the first six Gameweeks of 2019/20.

With Glenn Murray (£6.0m) turning 36 in September, budget forwards Jurgen Locadia (£5.5m) – more often used on the flank by Chris Hughton – and Florin Andone (£5.0m) will be hoping for more of a look-in under their new boss.

Potter seems likely to add to his striking options over the summer, though, which could swiftly dash any hopes on that front.

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  1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    15 days, 12 hours ago

    I see a lot of people, who should know better, dissing Origi ... 😉 😆

    1. OldBenKenobi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      Like Barca 😉

      1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Ha!!! 😀

  2. Tsssst
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    15 days, 12 hours ago

    Kante at 5.0m now working under Lampard, could we see him back to staying further forward?

    1. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      I think we'll see him back as defensive mid myself

    2. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      I think we was played further *forward* by Sarri. Back to DM hopefully which will make Chelsea defenders more appetising.

      1. Tsssst
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 12 hours ago

        ah i got confused, i stand corrected

        1. Make Arrows Green Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 12 hours ago

          🙂

      2. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        15 days, 12 hours ago

        Yeah, hopefully have a knock on effect. Luiz and Azpilicueta could be great value

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          15 days, 12 hours ago

          That’s my hope.

          I’d add Hazard wasn’t famous for tracking back either - that too could add solidity even if defensive attacking returns dip

  3. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 12 hours ago

    Lampard at Chelsea - good or bad move?

    Good or bad for FPL?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48632172

    1. Lebowski85
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      I reckon good, as It should mean opportunity for youngsters.

      I'm leaving because king at RLC and Hudson-Odoi

      1. Lebowski85
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 12 hours ago

        *looking at

        1. The 5% Team
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 12 hours ago

          both will miss the start of the season, so I doubt they will get a starting spot immediately when they return

    2. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      Good for fpl. We'll undoubtedly see a bargain or two with them all being under 7.5

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      If Chelsea can be patient this time, in the long-term it could be good. But I'd write them off as FPL prospects this season.

      1. The 5% Team
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 12 hours ago

        Azpi is the only one for me...rest is a wait and see for sure

  4. Zladan
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 12 hours ago

    With a budget of 13m pick from the following:

    a) a City defender
    b) Brooks or Zaha

    1. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      Laporte and Brooks your only safe options.

      1. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 11 hours ago

        Went this way myself

    2. CROCosta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      walker zaha

  5. Gregor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    15 days, 12 hours ago

    I wonder if Rhian Brewster might prove to be an option for GW1, not been added to the game as yet.

    1. MFPL
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      If 2 of Liverpool’s front three miss, he will probably start with Origi

      1. Gregor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 12 hours ago

        Yeah, if he has a good pre-season he could even start ahead of Origi.

        1. MFPL
          • 3 Years
          15 days, 12 hours ago

          100%, he’s rated quite highly by Klopp.

    2. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      Not worth the spot unfortunately for both these budget Pool options. I'd rather go with just the two Liverpool than have to mess around with two transfers to get Salah/Mane in

      1. Gregor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 12 hours ago

        Yeah, think that would put me of too, could be a tidy differential with a plum fixture though.

        1. mikess
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          15 days, 12 hours ago

          Great for draft possibly

    3. No Professionals
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      Don't over think the liverpool forwards situation.

      There is zero chance liverpool will go in to that game with origi and Brewster as part of a front 3 (barring injuries).

  6. Little fekirs
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 12 hours ago

    Going away from the template a bit....

    Ryan
    VVD TAA Taylor
    Sterling Pulisic Brooks Perez
    Kane Vardy Wilson

    Button Diop Dendoncker Rico

    1. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      I like it bar doubts over Pulisic. May take time to settle although no language barrier

      1. HamezMace
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 12 hours ago

        Ha, Pulisic is literally the only player he has who is 'away from the template'.

        1. The 5% Team
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 12 hours ago

          huh...Taylor, Perez, Brooks and maybe even Wilson are not template

          1. HamezMace
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 12 hours ago

            Perez and Wilson are in loads of teams.
            Okay Brooks, and Taylor are less obvious, but I've still seen them in plenty of teams, the majority of the team is pretty similar to what most people have.

        2. Little fekirs
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 11 hours ago

          No Everton, only 2 defenders over 4.5m,no Salah, 3 ‘premium’ forwards.

          A few differences there.

          1. HamezMace
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            I didn't mean any offence, I was just replying to the guy who said he didn't like the Pulisic pick, as he was the only name in your squad that I've not seen in many of the RMTs on here.

            1. Little fekirs
              • 1 Year
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              No offence taken.

              Thanks for the response.

        3. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          15 days, 11 hours ago

          Whole team except VVD TAA Ryan are off template tbh.. Not extreme punts by any means but off template.

      2. Little fekirs
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 11 hours ago

        Cheers. Pulisic will be watched through pre season. Might be my Chelsea fan bias coming into play.

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      would rather a 5.0 defender (Holebas/Koscielny/maybe Christensen) and Kelly over Taylor+Diop - but yeah actually looks pretty good

      1. Little fekirs
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 11 hours ago

        Considered that, have to wait and see if we get a playing 4.0 otherwise only Dendoncker on the bench would be concerning.

    3. The Head-Ake
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 11 hours ago

      Don't start with Puli imo. We don't know who gets to play on the wing yet with a new manager

      1. Little fekirs
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 11 hours ago

        Pre season will give some insight. I’d be shocked Pulisic didn’t start personally.

  7. The Head-Ake
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 12 hours ago

    Totally templately unlike the post above but thoughts on this?

    Ryan - (Button)
    Robertson - TAA - Laporte - Coleman - (Kelly)
    Salah - Sterling - Maddison - Siggy - (Dendonck)
    King - Jota - (Nketiah)

    1. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/20393895

      This kind of put me off Jota. Rest is great

      1. The 5% Team
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 12 hours ago

        gets quite a lot of yellows as well

      2. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 12 hours ago

        Jota only came into life the second have of the season. If he can carry he’s form over to this season he will arguable be better than Jimenez (he was at the back end of last season anyway)

        1. mikess
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          15 days, 11 hours ago

          Aye gameweek 15 he got his first attacking return

          1. OldBenKenobi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            Yup

      3. PUMPKINHEAD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        15 days, 11 hours ago

        Jota took a long time to adapt . If he shows the form he did towards the end, this info wouldn't worry you one bit for that price

    2. No Professionals
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      If its template you really don't need to ask for feedback.

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 11 hours ago

      The one call that I don’t get at all is Ryan. Brighton under Potter are unlikely to be as defensively stable as last season.

      Heaton or Pope

    4. Little fekirs
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 11 hours ago

      Like it. Safe picks which is not necessarily a bad thing.

      Prefer Digne over Coleman if you find 0.5m.

  8. OldBenKenobi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 12 hours ago

    I think as soon as I know whether it’s Heaton or Pope as first choice I will be doing Ryan > one of them. Both of them are set and forget options and at 4.5 it’s a bargain

    1. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      I hope whichever one of them isn't first choice for Burnley moves on to another PL club.
      If I was any of the promoted clubs I'd take either of them in a heartbeat, even some of the more established PL clubs would improve with one of them, like Bournemouth for example.

      1. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 12 hours ago

        Absolutely

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        15 days, 11 hours ago

        Palace have a record for goalie churn - provided it’s not Hennessy of course. We’ve been linked with a few and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if we went for one again. Not exactly logical of course

        1. HamezMace
          • 4 Years
          15 days, 11 hours ago

          I thought Guita looked pretty decent from what I saw of him.

          Thoughts on Zaha? Do you expect him to be at Palace this season?

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            Don’t see Arsenal paying 80 or Palace compromising but you never know. I’d actually prefer now to next season when there’ll be no RH to steady the ship.

            I don’t like Zaha at Palace (in fpl) unless we get a Bats equivalent.

            1. HamezMace
              • 4 Years
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              Is it not feasible to think Zaha will be played up front if no other striker comes in? With Townsend and Schlupp playing wide?...in which case he becomes an even better option?

              I'd expect 10 goals, and a few VAR penalty assists from him this season, for a 7m midfielder I don't see any better value, am I being too optimistic?

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                15 days, 11 hours ago

                Very possible - Palace going into the season with two and half strikers one of whom is Benteke is just par for the course.

                It’s just his returns without Bats last season were average - not far off Townsend.

                1. HamezMace
                  • 4 Years
                  15 days, 11 hours ago

                  Still a long way to go in the transfer window, could see Bats going back to Palace anyway, Giroud, Abraham, with Mount the back up at Chelsea is probably enough. Bats won't want to go back to Chelsea to play the league cup/reserves every week.

    2. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      Thinking of the same. Hopefully Burnley regain their solidness

      1. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 12 hours ago

        For sure

  9. EgyptianKing
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      Hi mates. Does this seem a good option? Or going with 2 Pool defenders is in fact the way to go?

      Ryan
      Coleman, TAA, Trippier, Walker
      Salah, KDB, Mane, Siggy
      King, Deulofeu

      Cheers!

      1. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 12 hours ago

        For pure value it has to be 2 “defenders” - really they are wingers 😉

        1. EgyptianKing
            15 days, 12 hours ago

            Yeah, I can totally see the value there.

            However TAA Mane Salah also seems really strong. In order for TAA and Roberston assist, someone has to score - the probability of being one of Salah or Mane is very high, enhancing the appeal of owning both, imo

          • EgyptianKing
              15 days, 12 hours ago

              But yes, from a value perspective I totally agree with you

        2. Ady87
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 12 hours ago

          Can I get a RMT, what would you change?

          Heaton
          Robertson VVD Digne
          Mane Sterling Siggy Zaha
          Jiminez King Deulofeu

          Subs: Button ElMo, Kelly, Dend

          1. OldBenKenobi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            Monitor Heaton situation. Other than that it’s fairly template. GTG

            1. Ady87
              • 5 Years
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              Love a good template! I'd prefer a Bournemouth goalie but don't know if it's going to be Boruc or Begovic?

              1. OldBenKenobi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                15 days, 11 hours ago

                Nah. Wouldn’t go BOU GK. Heaton or Pope far better options.
                Wouldn’t say it’s full on template but you have enough there that are

          2. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            Personally I’d be tempted by Gross and Wilson for Zaha and Jim.

            I’d prefer Brighton attack over Palace unless Palace buy big up front (Zaha goes poorly without a central striker) and Wilson has fixtures and no EL.

        3. OldBenKenobi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 11 hours ago

          With Zaha likely going do we think Wickham will get game time? Possible 4.5 fw option?

          1. mikess
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            They'll 100% splash the Zaha cash. Allan Saint-Maximin is one who has been touted. Mourinho is a big fan apparently

            1. OldBenKenobi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              Oh right. Interesting

            2. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              The wrinkle is Parish rivals Levy in his ability to take things to the last day. He’ll fight the Zaha transfer all the way. One reason I’m doubting it is Palace would have to strengthen and Zaha our means a biggie in before or simultaneously. If it happens I expect Nelson a right back and a shed load of cash not Maximin

          2. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            Wickham is my 4.5 makeweight come what may unless it’s 3 up top

            He has a new contract!!! Bizarre. Zaha makes no difference I suspect but Ayew gone most certainly does. Ayew got loads of minutes last season.

        4. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 4 Years
          15 days, 11 hours ago

          first draft, heading in the right direction?

          Ryan / button
          Vvd / trippier / Maguire (Diop Kelly)
          Salah / kdb / zaha / mcginn (4.5)
          Kane / vardy / king

          Thank you

          1. Ady87
            • 5 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            Kane GW1 could pay off well. Maguire/Trippier may need looking at nearer the deadline but they're not necessarily bad picks.

        5. SADIO SANÉ
          • 4 Years
          15 days, 11 hours ago

          OldBenKenobi made a good point about Jota above (being better in the second half of the season), which got me thinking...anyone have an idea of his PPM from when they switched to 352 (rather than 343)? assuming it was pretty good, no idea but maybe even better than Jimenez?

          1. mikess
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            Wouldn't even know where to look for that info

            1. SADIO SANÉ
              • 4 Years
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              think I could find it out, but not sure if I can be bothered tbh 😀 it must have at least been very close

          2. Little fekirs
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            Don’t have the exact stats but remember seeing him getting more goals and assists than Jimmy once he was deployed upfront.

            1. OldBenKenobi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              Can confirm as a previous owner of both. Jota was outscoring Jimenez more often than not.

        6. Gerhardinho
          • 7 Years
          15 days, 11 hours ago

          Please RMT 😀

          Heaton // Ryan

          Robertson, Walker, Wan-Bissaka // Fredericks, Kelly

          Perez , Bernando Silva. Sigurdsson, Salah (C) // Dendoncker

          King, Kane,(V), Giroud

          1. Differential (c)
            • 3 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            Interesting. Still don't like Bilva as an option. Giroud not one to overly rely on, think he's overpriced. AWB being a class player doesnt change the fact that he dons United now.
            Rest looks good though.

            1. Gerhardinho
              • 7 Years
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              ok, thx.

              if Bsilva starts,but.. better option there? Zaha, Maddison?

              Giroud cost 7,0 and should play this season?

              i think united will be better this season and play with attacking backs. Digne looks nice, but then i have to downgrade Bsilva ore giroud.

              1. HamezMace
                • 4 Years
                15 days, 11 hours ago

                I agree with you on Giroud, I mean historically Chelsea strikers have been 10m+ in recent seasons (Morata, Costa) and we know either Giroud, or Abraham (not added yet, but surely will also be 7m or so) will be starting every week due to the transfer ban.

              2. Differential (c)
                • 3 Years
                15 days, 11 hours ago

                Think Madders is potentially a better option fantasy wise. Zaha too. I've owned Bilva nefore, and believe ne the frsutration is terrible.

                Giroud is okay,I can underrstand the top-six striker appeal. But still think he'll score less than ten goals this season, but thats just me.

                If AwB gets to show more attacking intent, then sure, 5.5 could be a steal. Feel like he was underused attacking wise at Palace, great technical ability that was never used to the fullest.

        7. Differential (c)
          • 3 Years
          15 days, 11 hours ago

          Different crowd, trying to hear more of people's thoughts on my team.
          Starting to question Jota. Anyone have any alternatives? Pickford was my original GK, but previous comments have directed me to Lloris as an alternative.

          Lloris
          TAA Walker(or whichever 6.0/5.5 City defender nails a spot) Digne Holebas
          Salah deBruyne Sigurdsson
          Aubameyang Jota Adams

          Button Dendoncker Kelly Tettey

          0.0m ITB

          1. mikess
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            I'm torn over Jota or having Perez in midfield. Admittedly the 4.5 back up midfielder is much stronger than the forward option

            1. Differential (c)
              • 3 Years
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              Thats what I thought! The 4.5 mid can at least guarantee 2 pts off thw bench, the 4'5 fwd can only pray for a point.

              Think Ayoze will get similar returns to Jota, but yeah, it's an option worth considering.

              Cheers, mate.

          2. Water_Pink
            • 9 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            Mendy over walker perhaps ?
            I also pray for digne this season over Doherty

            1. Differential (c)
              • 3 Years
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              Whichver nailed City 6.0/5.5 defender will get it.
              I had Doherty in a previous draft, but Digne has attacking threat, good fixtures, on set pieces and no europe, for the same price. Digne all the way.

        8. More Lampard Musings
          AK ⭐
          • 6 Years
          15 days, 11 hours ago

          Chelsea under Lampard (Potential tactics and team selection)

          It has been one of the worst kept secrets in football this summer, but finally it's been announced. Frank Lampard has returned to Chelsea as the Head Coach/Manager of the club after a successful stint at Derby in the Championship last season.

          Without wasting much time, as I did last season when Maurizio Sarri arrived, I'll write my thoughts down on how Lampard liked his team to play at Derby and his potential team selection at Chelsea in the coming season.

          At Derby, Lampard liked his team to press from the front in a 4-3-3. He played his wingers closer to the striker, so the wingers were much more narrow than the usual wingers, playing in the half spaces. Like Sarri, he likes to play out from the back, forming triangles with a Deep Lying Playmaker midfielder on the top of the triangle and 2 CBs who played narrow and close to each other (maybe because of the quality or lack of it, to play out from the back). He likes his team to overload the box with 4 and sometimes even 5 players while the full back/winger is on the wings, looking for a cross. Derby played through the middle and on the counter.

          One of his best traits is, he is very flexible and adapts according to the opposition. Against stronger opposition, he set up his side in a conservative manner (vs Leeds playoff semis), while against weaker opponents, he likes to put pressure on their defenders by pressing, forcing them to give away the ball or make mistakes.

          At Chelsea, I'd assume his team seelction to be something like this.

          -------Kepa------

          Azpilicueta - Luiz - Rudiger - Emerson
          -----Kante---Jorginho/Kovacic--- Barkley/Kovacic
          Pulisic - Tammy/Giroud - Hudson-Odoi/Willian

          This is the team I think he will start off with. It is unfortunate Loftus Cheek is injured cause he would have been perfect for Advanced CM role.

          The good thing about Lampard is, he used lots of youth players at Derby and it's felt that he is really looking deep into the Academy this season to incorporate into the first team, especially with the transfer ban.

          Pros:

          -Attacking manager that likes to use pacey players upfront.
          - Is expected to use youth players, so for FPL, we may have a couple of bargains. Maybe more.
          - Similar playing style than what Chelsea are used to, but a lot more flexibility.

          Cons

          - Defence may be exposed on the counter.
          - Lack of a player who you'd put your finger on to score at least 15 goals in the league.
          - Loftus Cheek and Hudson-Odoi injuries at the start, they'd no doubt be starters when fully fit.
          - Lack of coaching experience, learning curve may be a bit longer.

          Conclusion : I think this is a very interesting, and even more exciting appointment. This could go either way, but no doubt there will be a buzz amongst the fans and Chelsea youngsters.

          Inputs from Derby fans are welcome and appreciated, please correct me if my observations are off the mark.

          1. HamezMace
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            Thank you for this.
            I am very interested to see how the team takes shape in pre-season, with the transfer ban in force, we know pretty much what we're going to get early on.
            If Abraham, Hudson-Odoi, RLC nail down starting roles, they could be absolute bargains.

            1. AK ⭐
              • 6 Years
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              I'll keep posting how the team is shaping up in the friendlies. We will surely find more clues into the tactics and selection. A lot of value in Chelsea this season.

              1. HamezMace
                • 4 Years
                15 days, 11 hours ago

                Potentially yes, as I said in another post, historically Chelsea strikers have been £10m+, and this season we are getting one for £7m, got to be value in that.

          2. Skonto Rigga
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            Nice post, AK! I'll steal every word of it for the Scout Report.

            1. AK ⭐
              • 6 Years
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              Cheers, Skonto! And go ahead. 🙂

            2. FPL Virgin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              15 days, 42 mins ago

              😆

          3. Little fekirs
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            Great post.

            RLC,Pulisic,Bats/Giroud/Abraham look good value.

            1. AK ⭐
              • 6 Years
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              Yup. Just need to get wait and see how things pan out in pre season.

            2. Pieterke30
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              15 days, 10 hours ago

              And Willian.

          4. SADIO SANÉ
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            nice post, could it be that Hazard was actually somewhat detrimental to the striker playing with him (in terms of scoring)? seems like ages since they had a proper goalscorer upfront - personally think Giroud and Batshuayi are being underrated by most but we'll see

            1. AK ⭐
              • 6 Years
              15 days, 10 hours ago

              I think it was the lack of quality striker instead. Costa managed to get 20 goals twice in three seasons.

              Although, I do believe that the players just looked for Hazard as soon as they got the ball so there was a dependency. They'll have to take the responsibility now.

          5. Jøssy ⭐
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 10 hours ago

            Great read! Thanks for the insight AK

            1. AK ⭐
              • 6 Years
              15 days, 10 hours ago

              Cheers Jossy!

          6. Greyhead
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 10 hours ago

            Great work... definitely on the radar due to prices and possible new manager bounce. Giroud is the one most likely for me but depends on pre season. Thanks again

            1. Gnu
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              15 days, 10 hours ago

              Gravless wonder.... 😆

              1. Greyhead
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                15 days, 7 hours ago

                Just a temporary glitch whilst I had my middle earth passport photo updated 🙂

                1. Gnu
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  15 days, 7 hours ago

                  Haha.
                  I know time is an outdated concept in your world but in ours it took 2 1/2 hours for that reply.

                  1. Greyhead
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    15 days, 6 hours ago

                    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us plus the fact I am not as quick as used to be... damn hobbit sized keyboard

                    1. Gnu
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      15 days, 6 hours ago

                      🙂

            2. AK ⭐
              • 6 Years
              15 days, 9 hours ago

              Yup. Decent fixture list once the first GW is out of the way too.

          7. The Overthinker
            • 2 Years
            15 days, 7 hours ago

            Thank you for this. Pretty helpful

          8. Markus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            15 days, 6 hours ago

            Thanks. Do you see mount featuring at all? Also, noticed you don't have Pedro there, presumably as pulisic fits style well. Anyone know how much has lampard rotated at Derby? Eg fb/wingers?

            1. AK ⭐
              • 6 Years
              14 days, 11 hours ago

              Good questions raised. I haven't included Pedro cause personally, I think he'll be more of a backup to Pulisic. May start off the season but you'd expect Pulisic to nail down the RW role soon enough.

              The feeling that I have of Mount is, he'd be moslty used in Cup games and maybe sub ins in dead games. Think he's way too young to nail down the starting spot at Chelsea, unless he bursts on to the scene like Odoi, which is difficult.

              From my limited knowledge, he did rotate, but mostly when things weren't working on the pitch I think. This is something I'll have to look into though.

          9. BRKFCTrueRover 42
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            15 days, 5 hours ago

            They'll probably win the league again if plays kante as a DM

          10. applebonkers
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            14 days, 23 hours ago

            only thing i'm confident of is abraham wont be a starting striker, would have needed to score 30+ last season to make lampard even consider it

            1. AK ⭐
              • 6 Years
              14 days, 11 hours ago

              Probably. I personally think he'll get a good shot at making that position his own. Giroud won't cut it and Batshuayi, I'm not too sure about him. There hasn't been a lot of chatter about him. Pre season should tell us more

          11. cravencottage
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            14 days, 22 hours ago

            Ive never rooted against a manager, but after his antics on 9/11 , us Yanks have a hard time forgetting

            1. Mr Frost
              • 9 Years
              14 days, 17 hours ago

              Lamps didn't insult anyone, he was just off his tits.

          12. Pieterke30
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            14 days, 11 hours ago

            No chance Lamps start Mount ahead of Barkley?

            1. AK ⭐
              • 6 Years
              13 days, 8 hours ago

              There's always a chance, just can't see it happening atm. Pre season should tell us more though

          13. RECKLESS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            14 days, 4 hours ago

            Very well written, informative and unbiased on most part. Just the part '...after a successful stint at Derby ' was pretty off as maintianing 6th position in table without promotion oozes mediocrity 😉

            1. AK ⭐
              • 6 Years
              13 days, 8 hours ago

              Cheers, Reckless. I wrote that cause it was his first season as a maanger, I was just pleased that it didn't end in disaster 😉

              Thanks for the appreciation. 🙂

          14. 2right
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            11 days, 7 hours ago

            Good analysis

        9. Lallana
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 11 hours ago

          Made my team before logging on and seeing everyone's team. How does it look?

          Pickford 4.0
          Robertson Mendy Ake Cathcart Aarons
          De Bruyne (v) Zaha Brooks Richarlison Salah(C)
          Jimenez Wilson 4.5

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            Very good team. Better than the template on here imo

            1. Lallana
              • 5 Years
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              Thanks

              1. Lallana
                • 5 Years
                15 days, 11 hours ago

                Did Brooks>King after looking into it more!

                1. Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  15 days, 10 hours ago

                  Very good yes

            2. 2right
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              11 days, 7 hours ago

              What is the template on here?

          2. Dino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            15 days, 5 hours ago

            Rubbish

        10. Water_Pink
          • 9 Years
          15 days, 11 hours ago

          Heaton
          Digne wan van dijk Cathcart
          Salah Sterling Zaha
          King deulofeu jota

          Ryan brooks grealish klose

          Been years since I posted my team so here we are this season

          1. aapoman
            • 5 Years
            15 days, 10 hours ago

            Brooks and Grealish is a lot of money to be left on the bench

        11. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 11 hours ago

          Anyone else thinking pricing of forwards this season is way off? Given there are ppractically no viable forwards £6.0m or beow (DCL possible exception), while there actually are playing 4.5 mids and defenders, everyone is forced to play 2 - or even 1 - striker, and filling up 3rd striker spot with non-playing 4.5 option.

          1. OldBenKenobi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            Currently 4-4-2 and have 4.5 fodder as 3rd striker. Not too concerned though.

            1. Pompel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              I'm also happy to go 4-4-2, having preferred 3-4-3 in previous seasons (without much success last two though..).
              But just pointing out that current pricing seems constrain the viable team structures, making the game more boring

        12. OldBenKenobi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 11 hours ago

          Fairly sure Jota is 0.5 underpriced but it makes up for Brooks being 0.5 too expensive 😉

          1. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            Not so sure - he loses cs point and extra goal point being reclassified as forward, and early season fixtures are tough until GW9.

        13. Zladan
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 11 hours ago

          How much have you spent by area on your latest draft?

          I’ve settled in and around the following:

          G: 8.5m
          D: 30m
          M: 43.5m
          F: 18m
          itb: 0m

          1. OldBenKenobi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            8.5
            30.5
            43.5
            17.5
            ITB 0

          2. HamezMace
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            9
            28
            38.5
            24.5

          3. Bury94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            I'm on:

            G: 9.0m
            D: 29.5m
            M: 44m
            F: 17.5m

          4. Little fekirs
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            8.5
            26.5
            37.0
            28.0

            1. Zladan
              • 1 Year
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              28m up top? Who are your forwards?

              1. Little fekirs
                • 1 Year
                15 days, 11 hours ago

                Kane Wilson Vardy.

          5. ShackledAce
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            GK: 10.0
            DEF: 27.0
            MID: 39.5
            FWD: 23.5

          6. The 5% Team
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            10
            29.5
            37.5
            23

          7. GanonTEK
            • 5 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            At the moment;

            G: 9.5
            D: 26
            M: 43.5
            F: 21
            Bank: 0

          8. Gringo Kid
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            G: 8.5m
            D: 30.0m
            M: 41.5m
            F: 20.0m
            ITB: 0m

          9. Differential (c)
            • 3 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            9.5
            28
            39
            23.5

        14. Wally banter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          15 days, 11 hours ago

          Tammy and Batty at 5.5-6.5 would be interesting if happens

          1. Gregor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            Hell yeah.

          2. Little fekirs
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            Feel they may be preferred to Giroud but preseason will tell us.

          3. HamezMace
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            If you look at the strikers in that price bracket, there is very little chance they will be under 6.5m I would say.

            Murray and Benteke are 6m!

            1. Gregor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 9 Years
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              Yeah, £6.5m at best I would say.

              1. Wally banter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                15 days, 11 hours ago

                A man can always hope, a 6.0 for Tammy would be ideal

              2. HamezMace
                • 4 Years
                15 days, 11 hours ago

                I just hope they're added before pre-season starts and we find out who Lampard prefers.
                Chelsea pre-season fixtures start early next week I think.

                1. Wally banter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  15 days, 11 hours ago

                  Why the delay from fpl towers though? aren't they both registered as chelsea players and not looking for a move away?

                  1. HamezMace
                    • 4 Years
                    15 days, 11 hours ago

                    I assume for the very reason I've suggested.

                    1. Wally banter
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      15 days, 11 hours ago

                      🙁

        15. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          15 days, 11 hours ago

          Chelsea & Man Utd both to finish outside the top 10 this year

          1. HamezMace
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            The top 10?! No chance, which 6 teams finish above them?

          2. Little fekirs
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 11 hours ago

            I have Arsenal 7th and United 8th at this moment.

            Leicester and West ham look big improvers to sneak into top 6.

          3. Queenofthestoneage
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              Not happening.

            • No Professionals
              • 1 Year
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              Can't see it but I get the sentiment. Long, hard seasons for both of them. One of the two will have a new manager by January.

            • Vobinho In Wengerland
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              15 days, 11 hours ago

              City
              Liverpool
              Spurs
              Arsenal
              Everton
              Wolves
              Leicester

              Then I'm really scraping the barrell.

              I think City, Liverpool, Spurs nailed for top three.
              Arsenal in as much danger as Chelsea & United for bombing down the league.
              Leicester & Everton dark horses for 4th spot, But Arsenal Chelsea & Utd won't fall below 8th at all.

              1. HamezMace
                • 4 Years
                15 days, 11 hours ago

                Exactly my point.
                Arsenal are in the same boat as Chelsea and United for me.

                I don't think Wolves will do as well this season as everyone expects, playing EL will have an impact on their currently thin squad.
                I guess there is an argument that Leicester could finish above one of Che/Utd but I don't see it myself.

                I would say no chance Everton do...then you're looking at the likes of West Ham, Bournemouth, Southampton to finish above them too...

                ...as I write this I wonder if I've been the victim of the fishing emoji

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  15 days, 10 hours ago

                  Haha no I’m not fishing as such 🙂 (although RDR2 has me hooked on it recently lol)

                  But I’m more expressing my negative sentiment on both clubs prospects - I could see all those clubs listed above finishing ahead of them, and also could see West Ham & even Watford possibly doing similar - for me all 9 of those clubs have better managers than Chelsea or Utd do, and they all crucially have teams who are greater than the sum of their parts - the total opposite to Utd and a how you’d imagine a Hazard-less Chelsea might fare...

                  If/when those two find themselves in that quagmire below 7th, it’s very easy to get sucked further down... to me they both look like 38-car trains setting out from the station ready to crash section by section over an 8-9 month period, leaving two almighty wrecks by May next year...

                  But they may still offer FPL options, Chelsea in particular... and it should be compelling viewing, just for all the wrong reasons!! 🙂

                  1. Queenofthestoneage
                      15 days, 9 hours ago

                      Whats your current draft?

                      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        15 days, 9 hours ago

                        Tis thus:

                        Henderson(hopefully)
                        TAA, Robbo, Laporte, Digne, Coleman
                        Salah, Sterling
                        Vardy, King, *Adams*
                        (Bench:4x lolz)

                        It’s really Adams vs. (Ings, JWP, CHO, Townsend, DCL, Yarmolenkers) for that *Slot* at 6.0... plus honourable mentions to Lamela, Grealish, Harvey Barnes & Dwight McNeil

                        However the Rodri signing might tip me over the edge to going Ederson/4.5 starting attacker/2 point merchant over the current 4.5GK/6.0 attacker

                        1. Queenofthestoneage
                            15 days, 9 hours ago

                            Looks interesting! 5-2-3 that is.

                            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              15 days, 9 hours ago

                              Ya, still a few ifs & buts as always, but i’m nine eleventh’s of the way there.... haven’t had anything other than a back 5 in any draft - first time that’s ever happened in 11 seasons

                              1. Queenofthestoneage
                                  15 days, 9 hours ago

                                  Same here really. Ive gone for

                                  Ederson.
                                  VVD. Robo. Laporte. Azpi. Digne.
                                  Salah(pC). Siggy.
                                  Vardy. Jimenez. King.

                                  Low risk team. Aiming for a top 10k finish.

                        2. HamezMace
                          • 4 Years
                          15 days, 9 hours ago

                          Fair points, personally I'd be amazed, especially if they both did.
                          United looks like, from the signing they are making, that they are actually preparing a rebuild, and won't be expecting top 4, or even top 6, but finishing outside the top 10, I doubt it.
                          Chelsea, the team is good enough for top 10, defensively they are pretty solid, especially compared to Watford, West Ham, Bournemouth etc, and they should have enough going forward too.

                          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            15 days, 9 hours ago

                            As a Utd fan I really hope I'm wrong - but it's the management that swings it for me - this is the first season in history where around two thirds of the teams in the league will have more capable managers in place than both Utd & Chelsea - I can't see it ending well for either 🙁

                2. dee_top
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  15 days, 11 hours ago

                  Any opinions about this draft?

                  Ryan
                  Laport TAA Digne
                  Salah Zaha Sterling Siggy
                  Deeney DCL King

                  Subs: Kelly Stephens El Mohamady

                  1. No Professionals
                    • 1 Year
                    15 days, 11 hours ago

                    Pretty solid. Don't like DCL, make him a fodder and upgrade a defender.

                  2. Laporte In A Storm
                    • 3 Years
                    15 days, 11 hours ago

                    Villa fan here - Elmo is at least a rotation risk and imo actually not first choice, we have signed Frederic Guilbert at right back. If you want a 4.5 Villa defender Matt Targett is the best choice - and if you want a 6.0 forward and fancy a punt, go for Villa's Wesley, he will be getting on the end of those Targett crosses.

                3. No Professionals
                  • 1 Year
                  15 days, 11 hours ago

                  Something is bothering me about Ryan and a 4.0. So have gone for ederson as my city defender.

                  Ederson
                  TAA VVD Coleman Smith
                  Salah KDB Sigurdsson Townsend
                  Kane King

                  Fodder bench

                  Leaves me with a team where my only doubts are Smith (nice opening fixtures) and Townsend.

                  T'll do for now.

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • 2 Years
                    15 days, 11 hours ago

                    I like the structure of that. Having Premium options in all positions affords a lot of flexibility. I have Jorginho to your Townsend however...

                    1. No Professionals
                      • 1 Year
                      15 days, 11 hours ago

                      Yeah that is one I'm looking at. Would allow Coleman to digne and VVD to roberston (or boost the bench).

                      1. Miguel Sanchez
                        • 2 Years
                        15 days, 11 hours ago

                        The prices of KDB and Kane seem good value this year so think it would be OK without Sterling and leaving captaincy on Salah - with Kane covering tough fixtures in 6, 9 and 12

                        1. No Professionals
                          • 1 Year
                          15 days, 11 hours ago

                          Yeah I'm sure I'll have sterling at some point, maybe even before the season starts. Just prefer Kane and kdb (+0.5) over sterling and vardy at the min.

                4. EgyptianKing
                    15 days, 11 hours ago

                    Mates, I am currently on a 451, with Perez as a 5th mid.

                    Do you think those 6.5 should be invested elsewhere? Azpi and play 541, Deulofeu and play 442, for example.

                    Or you consider Perez a good 6.5 option?

                    Cheers

                    1. The 5% Team
                      • 1 Year
                      15 days, 11 hours ago

                      I'd go for Azpi and put Perez in the wait and see category...have high hopes though, but new team + not great fixtures, rather have a defender who has been great source of points for the last 3 seasons

                      1. EgyptianKing
                          15 days, 11 hours ago

                          Good point! Thank you mate.

                          What about Deulofeu?

                          1. The 5% Team
                            • 1 Year
                            15 days, 11 hours ago

                            Liked him as a mid, a bit less now he's a forward.
                            We all know he's a bit injury prone and usually doesn't play the full 90 mins. Also kinda streaky player...but might get off to a very good start in the first 3-5 matches

                    2. The_Batho_Babes
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      15 days, 11 hours ago

                      Finally cracked it I think (until any further transfers announced) , strong Liverpool defence with Man City guns attack. Remaining players have a good run of games too.

                      Alison, Button
                      VVD, Coleman, Smith (Diop, Kelly)
                      Salah, De Bruyne Sterling, Moura (Dedoncker)
                      Calvert Lewin, King, Deulofeu

                      Have I missed anything?

                      1. No Professionals
                        • 1 Year
                        15 days, 11 hours ago

                        Alisson seems a waste of a liverpool spot when others are so capable of attacking returns.

                        1. The_Batho_Babes
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          15 days, 11 hours ago

                          Thanks for the feesback

                          Ok but he is the cheapest way into the best defense in the league.

                          I could downgrade him to Ryan and swap Diop for a 4.0 defender and then updrade De Bruyne to Mane?

                    3. TONY123
                      • 3 Years
                      15 days, 11 hours ago

                      Doesn't this look sexy?

                      Ryan
                      Robbo TAA Digne Laporte
                      Salah Sterling Zaha Perez Pulisic
                      King

                      Bench is fodder

                    4. Lallana
                      • 5 Years
                      15 days, 11 hours ago

                      Moura could be fun for a couple games

                      1. Wally banter
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        15 days, 11 hours ago

                        Son is back by GW3, before that GW2 they have to play MCI away. Risk worth taking?

                        1. The_Batho_Babes
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          15 days, 11 hours ago

                          Deffo did you see his form end of last season 🙂

                          1. Wally banter
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            15 days, 11 hours ago

                            If that MCI game is taken out of the equation, i am certainly interested in that guy.. Hope he and son can play together

                            1. The_Batho_Babes
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              15 days, 11 hours ago

                              Spurs do some of the best work against Man City 😀

                        2. Lallana
                          • 5 Years
                          15 days, 11 hours ago

                          Spurs can definitely beat City!

                          More of a punt

                          1. Wally banter
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            15 days, 11 hours ago

                            Defo, will see how Poch deploys him in preseason

                    5. Zladan
                      • 1 Year
                      15 days, 11 hours ago

                      Man City legend takes over as manager of Chelsea. Not shocked to be fair.

                      1. HamezMace
                        • 4 Years
                        15 days, 11 hours ago

                        Alan Ball?

                        1. Andy_Social
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          15 days, 11 hours ago

                          Shaun Goater?

                      2. Differential (c)
                        • 3 Years
                        15 days, 11 hours ago

                        "Man City legend"?

                        1. Differential (c)
                          • 3 Years
                          15 days, 11 hours ago

                          As in are there even any?

                          1. HamezMace
                            • 4 Years
                            15 days, 11 hours ago

                            Georgie Kinkladze!