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Our FPL 2019/20 articles, tips and advice so far

There has been plenty happening on our site since the late-June relaunch of Fantasy Premier League.

We have already taken a position-by-position look at the FPL price list and churned out several player comparison articles, while our community have been busy discussing everything from rotation pairs to positional changes.

This latest round-up article assembles everything we have written so far in one place.

Price List and Player Analysis

As happens every summer, our FPL coverage begins in earnest with an initial look at the price list.

Goalkeepers

Our goalkeeper analysis was divided into two parts, with a lament on the possible struggle for budget shot-stoppers in 2019/20 followed up by a glance through the options available for £5.0m+.

Defenders

Budget gems may be difficult to find among £4.0m-£4.5m defenders, too, but there is plenty for Fantasy managers to consider among the mid-price and premium options.

Giggs Boson and Ramboros were among the site users bemoaning the lack of choice in the sub-£5.0m tier, while The Fantasy FreAEK hailed Lucas Digne (£6.0m) and put Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.0m) under the spotlight in another Hot Topic.

The Alexander-Arnold versus Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) question is also one we posed in a Members’ article.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka‘s (£5.5m) price hike and move to Manchester United prompted a look at his underlying statistics, while we also asked if Seamus Coleman (£5.5m) could ‘cover’ Digne in the Everton defence.

Midfielders

Over 40% of the players in FPL are midfielders, so there were more articles devoted to this position in our price list analysis.

There was a whistle-stop tour of all the budget options available at £4.5m, £5.0m and £5.5m, while we also scrutinised the mid-price and premium alternatives in the middle of the park.

Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) and Sadio Mane (£11.5m) are now separated by just one million in FPL and we assessed the two Liverpool options in an in-depth comparison piece.

That conundrum took an interesting turn when Salah and Egypt were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations at the round-of-16 stage.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison got the same treatment as we studied the two £8.0m-rated Everton options, while a price drop for Kevin De Bruyne (£9.5m) brought the Belgian back into focus as we looked at his appeal in 2019/20.

Forwards

Again, our look at the forwards was divided into three parts: budget, mid-price and premium.

Harry Kane‘s (£11.0m) price drop turned heads upon FPL’s launch for 2019/20 and led to us analysing the Spurs striker’s performances last season.

The Joshua King (£6.5m) versus Callum Wilson (£8.0m) debate is also one we explored in detail in a recent piece.

Debate about premium forwards also ensued in a discussion prompted by ZoumasBloomers.

Positional Changes

We rounded up the players who have changed position in FPL on launch day, with Ludo looking at the possible repercussions of the various reclassifications.

Ayoze Perez (£6.5m) was one such example and the former Newcastle United attacker was the subject of a ‘Moving Target’ article upon his move to Leicester City.

Rotation Pairs and Fixture Difficulty

Rotation was a concept we looked at upon the release of the Premier League fixture list in June, with Portsmouth Bubblejet detailing the ten perfect combinations that guarantee Fantasy managers a home fixture every week – something Doosra reminded us of last week.

The teams with the best and worst fixtures have also been identified in our very first Frisking the Fixtures articles of 2019/20.

New Premier League Players

Premier League clubs have been increasingly active in the transfer market over the past few weeks and we’ve been profiling many of the big-name arrivals as and when they happen.

Scout Reports on the following players are already available to read, with more to follow over the summer:

On top of this, we have also profiled new Brighton boss Graham Potter.

FPL Assets in International Action

There have been dozens of Premier League players representing their countries in various tournaments this summer, from the Copa America and Africa Cup of Nations to the Gold Cup and European Under-21 Championships.

Our Scout Notes articles have been keeping you abreast of the latest developments concerning FPL assets and will continue to do so over the coming weeks.

Frank Lampard’s Appointment

Maurizio Sarri’s exit at Stamford Bridge was followed by the appointment of Frank Lampard as manager of Chelsea, with the former Derby County boss’s first press conference as the Blues’ head coach covered in an article last Friday.

A full Scout Report is imminent but in the meantime, let us point you in the direction of two Hot Topics from Rotation’s Alter Ego and AK for excellent discussion and analysis of the new Chelsea boss.

Newly Promoted Teams

Earlier in the summer, we brought you an in-depth analysis of the three newly promoted clubs, their managers and their 2018/19 squads.

You can catch up with that reading via the links below:

Norwich City
Sheffield United
Aston Villa

FPL League Codes

For the Fantasy managers who may have missed them, here are the entry codes to various FPL mini-leagues that are already up and running:

  • Fantasy Football Scout – ooyz44
  • FFS H2H League (entry) – gh0126
  • Red Lightning’s Top 10k Any Season – kmow16
  • TorresMagic’s Last Man Standing – bcvy39

The code for the Fantasy Football Scout Members league is written in the dashboard of the Members’ Area.

If you are running a community tournament next season and would like the details to feature in future Community Round-Ups then please email geoff@fantasyfootballscout.co.uk.


Be sure to check in with our dedicated pre-season page (which will be updated today) over the coming month as we keep tabs on everything that could affect FPL managers’ plans between now and Gameweek 1.

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  1. Jellyfish
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Thoughts on this lot?

    Heaton/Ryan
    VVD Robbo Digne Zinchenko
    Salah Bilva Siggy
    Wesley King Kun

    (Noble Dendonker Kelly Button)

    1. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Is Bilva a good pick? I get he's fairly nailed, but his points output isn't great

      1. Jellyfish
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        I like him, and I think he will improve this season. Plenty of sideways transfer options in that price bracket too so easy to switch out

        1. Respect My Authoritah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Interesting, just can't see the draw over Fraser tbh

      2. Scotty B
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Would be worried having Zinchenko

        1. Jellyfish
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Yes he is a bit of a risky punt

  2. Spiritedaway
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Brooks+Wilson or Fraser+King?

      1. Kanchelskis
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        B

      2. Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 15 days ago

        B

    • Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      So long, then, Marko. You were... quite good, for... about a season.

      1. Kanchelskis
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        I think it was a bit less than that.

        1. Brooksy86
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Yeah, even this is an oversell.

      2. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Strange player, great in flashes but always injured

    • Scotty B
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Just noticed Moutinho ticked over nicely last season

      1 goal, 8 assists and 13 bonus points

      Anyone considering him or is Neves a better pick at the same price with his pens?

      1. Kanchelskis
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        I'd rather have Moutinho. Neves only on half of pens and likes a card.

      2. Brooksy86
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Good spot that

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

        He's been in and out of my drafts. For not much more than baseline you get a really good player who can actually even start the odd game.

        1. Scotty B
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          He would be in my starting 11

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

            I'd probably bench him BUT if you get him and a Bournemouth defender, you can play him and drop (say) Ake for GW3 when B'mouth play City and Wolves play Burnley at home.

            He's crazy good value really.

    • pelle9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Best option:

      A) Zaha & DCL

      B) Brooks/Perez & Deulofeu

      Thanks guys.

      1. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        B gives you better options imo

      2. QuintonFortune25
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        B

    • Zenith UK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Lloris
      TAA, Robbo, VVD, Walker, Digne
      KDB, Richar, Brooks
      Kane, King

      Any thouhts other than no Salah/Mane (got triple Liverpool defence) and no Raz/Aguero (KDB/Kane)

      1. Zenith UK
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Button, Anderson, Jorginho, Greenwood - Bench.
        Sorry keyboard was acting up.

      2. Brooksy86
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Lot of time behind the settee...

        1. Zenith UK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Nah, even if Liverpool concede. Trent will stick a cross on Virgil's head for a goal 😛

          1. Brooksy86
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            4-1 with Salah and Mane braces basically puts you out of the game on first day of the season...

            I'd be looking at risk aversion first up and then get a bit wet and wild over Christmas...

            1. Zenith UK
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              2-0 Virgil goal from Trent corner and Mane goal from Robbo assist puts me well above the game first day of the season

              Two sides to every coin

              1. Brooksy86
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 15 days ago

                Good luck man

                1. Zenith UK
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 15 days ago

                  Cheers fella

    • Scotty B
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      How's this looking for a 4-4-2 draft?

      Alisson
      Walker VVD Laporte Digne
      Salah Siggy Moutinho Fraser
      King Aguero

      Norris Dendonker Kelly Wickham

      1. NUFCAndrew
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Alisson?

        1. Scotty B
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Alisson Becker

          1. NUFCAndrew
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            I’m aware. Seems a waste of a Liverpool slot to me though

      2. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Looks good. Funds for the Alisson, Walker, Moutinho, Fraser slots could probably be shuffled around

      3. Lukey27
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Alisson is a wasted Liverpool spot.

        1. Scotty B
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Cheap route in, nailed and smashes the clean sheets

          1. Lukey27
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            1mil more gets you TAA/Robbo

            1. Scotty B
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              1m is a lot though

          2. Lukey27
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            No spots for Sterling?

            1. Scotty B
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              Obviously considered him but can't have them all

          3. Kun Tozser
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Gomez is the cheap route in

    • NUFCAndrew
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      How’s this 442 draft looking?

      Heaton Button

      TAA Robbo Laporte Digne Kelly

      Salah Sterling Sigurdsson Perez Dendoncker

      King Deulofeu Nketiah

      1. Kanchelskis
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Pretty decent.
        Your fodder could be slightly improved though: Nketiah supposedly going out on loan and Button worst choice 4.0 keeper if you don't have Ryan (high ownership could mean price drop).

      2. Dr Funk
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Like so many, you only have 1 playing sub.

        1. NUFCAndrew
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          I’m sure playing fodder options will emerge during pre-season

    • QuintonFortune25
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Perez, Brooks or Zaha?

      1. Lukey27
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Zaha first and maybe Perez second

      2. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Brooks to start with for me. Probably Tielemans@7.0 if he signs

      3. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Perez

    • Scotty B
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Who would you rather have in your team?

      A Moutinho
      B Ake

      1. Kanchelskis
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        A unless B goes to City

    • RUUD!
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Price no issue, would you rather start the season with Kane or Sterling?

      1. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Sterling. Spurs and Kane are not the same as they were 2 years ago

      2. Kanchelskis
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        If fully fit and firing, probably Kane, but unless he is racking up cricket scores in pre-season, probably Sterling. Harrance does not seem to be quite the player he once was.

    • Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      If Pogba does get his wish and leaves this summer, Rashford might have a complete monopoly on set-pieces.

      1. Kanchelskis
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Good point

      2. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Hopefully not, he needs a lot of work on them

        1. Giggs Boson.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Bruno Fernandes could take some if he arrives. But you'd expect Rashy to keep pens.

          With the pace in this United side, they could draw a fair few penalties next season. Only Palace scored more penalties than United last season.

          Palace 10
          United 9
          Liverpool 7
          Bournemouth 7

          1. Respect My Authoritah
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Maybe. Martial may get the penalties nod if he keeps his place, would prefer that - a lot more composure

            1. Giggs Boson.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              If Martial sorts his work-rate out and nails a spot down, he could be a bargain as a 7.5m OOP midfielder.

              In the training clips I've seen, he's smiling a lot and training hard.

      3. Markus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Surely sign a replacement but watching where goals might come from with man utd if he /lukaku goes will be interesting - surely some decent points and value there!

    • 1569Tippins
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Anyone have any “Total Penalty” stats for the last few seasons?

      How many additional penalties do you expect to be awarded this season with the introduction of VAR?

      Obviously it’s going to be estimates and ball park figures, but interested to know people’s thoughts, as I’m expecting a large increase and may factor that into my GW1 team - Salah, Siggy, King, Deeney, Barnes, etc

      1. Kanchelskis
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Some discussion of this a page or two back. In leagues where VAR already exists there seems to have been no significant increase in pens, but in the short term, could well be more for the first few weeks or months until defenders adapt.

        1. Markus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Has anyone done analysis on short term changes for big leagues that's the only thing that could convince me

      2. Markus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        https://www.premierleague.com/stats/top/clubs/penalty_conceded

        Not convinced on increase though

      3. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Not many. There's a few good articles around analysing the effect. It doesn't increase penalties awarded in a statistically significant way, but it does reduce errors

    • El Copo
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Best midfielder at 6.5m or under?

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

        Perez or Brooks IMO., Yarmalenko one to watch

      2. Netley Lucas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Perez would have got around 160 as a midfielder last season, in (arguably) a much worse side than Leicester. Even 160 isn't bad for 6.5, if he can add say 10%? 175 would be a steal.

    • Marouanovic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 15 days ago

      How do you show number of minutes played in the stats tables in the members section? Can't see an option to add this, which would be pretty silly if not

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Time Played.

        1. Marouanovic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Thank you good sir

    • Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Here's a fun one - who do you think has the potential to work out either the best or worst value in the game?

      An example - Sanchez at United. Could be a snip at 7.0 but could be unfit or out of form all season and be outscored by the likes of Neves at 5.0

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

        5.5 sorry for Neves

      2. Markus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Gk: De Gea
        Def: Mendy Ritchie Alonso
        Mid: KDB Sanchez Willian
        Fwd: Giroud

        Common thread there, basically good scorers in past expected to get less points/gametime this year

      3. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Best - Trent
        Worst - Mahrez

    • Ben Marlin
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Which option is better?

        A: Fabianski, Sigurdsson, Kane

        or

        B: Button, Sterling, Jiminez

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Depends on your other GK

          1. Ben Marlin
              3 months, 15 days ago

              Ryan

        2. Jimbo74
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Open to suggestions on this lot:

          Ederson
          TAA, VVD, Coleman, Zinchenko
          Salah, Sigurdsson, Zaha, Perez
          Wilson, Vardy
          Subs: Stekelenburg, Kelly, Dendoncker, Adams

          Cheers and good luck

        3. RichRover
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Any thoughts on my first attempt appreciated. Please.
          Pickford, Ryan.
          Van Dijk, Laporte, Diop, Dunk, Kelly.
          Zaha, Sigurdsson, Salah, Stephens, Dendoncker.
          Vardy, Aguero, King.

          1. fantasyfog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            looks good

            1. fantasyfog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              especially up top

        4. Revenge is sweet
            3 months, 15 days ago

            A) Ryan & Laporte
            B) Ederson & Duffy

            Both with 4.0 second GK, Duffy more attacking returns last season and rotates well with 4.5 WH in early GWs

          • fantasyfog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            is it worth going mane over salah and kdb over sterling to get a top striker in?

          • Chaballer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Just a reminder to any manager ranked in the Top 1K Hall of Fame to join the new ‘Top 1K Career HOF’ league (beeps2)

          • Cube
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            How can you check your FPL ID, anyone?