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What FPL managers can expect from new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard

The appointment of Frank Lampard as the new Chelsea head coach is an interesting one for Blues’ fans and Fantasy managers alike.

The retired midfielder has had only one year in club management, having led Derby County to a Championship play-off final in 2018/19.

Maurizio Sarri’s 11-month stay in west London ended with his appointment as Juventus manager in June and there is palpable hope among the Stamford Bridge faithful that Sarri’s exit could be a positive one for the club’s many academy products.

Lampard has already hinted that he will give youth a chance next season and that prospect will seem even likelier if Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban is upheld.

The departure of Eden Hazard is a blow and, with the Blues currently unable to recruit, we are faced with a strange situation of no Chelsea player being available for more than £7.5m in Fantasy Premier League next season.

Bargains could be had among the Blues’ squad, then, with the likes of Willian (£7.0m) and Christian Pulisic (£7.5m) catching the eye in the mid-price midfield bracket and several academy graduates – such as Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount, who are still yet to be priced up – potentially making the step up to senior level in 2019/20.

To help us piece together a picture of Lampard the manager, we have enlisted the help of Derby County fan site/Twitter account 12th Ram for further insight on the Chelsea boss.

What Style of Football Does Lampard Use?

The attacking returns posted by Jayden Bogle last season may be a clue as to how Frank Lampard wants his Chelsea full-backs to play in 2019/20.

We have only one season’s worth of evidence to draw upon but there were plenty of clues at Derby for what type of football Lampard will try to play in west London.

Like Sarri, Lampard frequently used a 4-3-3 but there were differences within the two systems.

Lampard often opted for an additional midfield enforcer (i.e. Bradley Johnson) just in front of the back four, as opposed to only playing a Jorginho (£5.0m)-type of ‘regista’ there.

N’Golo Kante (£5.0m) may well be the man Lampard turns to in that position, should he stick to a 4-3-3.

In his first press conference, Lampard said:

I’ve said it before, Kante is one of the greatest midfield players in the world. In the last few years, his performances have been outstanding. My job will be to find the best position to get the best out of him. I know the qualities, the attributes he has.

The new Chelsea boss exacted a high press from the front at Derby and high energy levels were asked of County’s midfielders and forwards when both in and out of possession.

The youthful zest of Ross Barkley (£6.0m) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£6.5m) may nicely fit into a similar system, although where that would leave Jorginho is another question.

It’s not a given that Lampard will use a 4-3-3 at Chelsea, of course. The new Blues’ boss experimented with a similar 4-2-3-1, a 4-4-2 and a wing-back system during 2018/19.

The full-backs in Lampard’s Derby teams have been encouraged to get forward to provide width, with County’s wide midfielders having generally played as more narrow inside-forwards rather than out-and-out wingers.

Right-back Jayden Bogle, indeed, registered more assists than any of his team-mates last season.

One of the weaknesses of Lampard’s stewardship has been the spaces left behind his gallivanting full-backs when they bomb forward.

Similarly, the new Chelsea boss’s insistence on a high line and playing out from the back also caused a problem or two.

12th Ram said:

Lampard was very clear from the outset that he wanted to play a fast, aggressive, attacking game and at times we saw that in action.

However, his stubbornness to mix up the tactics often led to us being one-dimensional and predictable. Especially playing out from the back when we didn’t have the players to do so – it cost us a few goals!

Most Derby fans would agree that his tactical stubbornness – or being naive – cost us a few times last season.

Rotation is the Fantasy manager’s nemesis and 12th Ram said that Lampard is prone to making the odd change to his line-ups on a week-to-week basis. In particular, he referenced the flanks, which could slightly temper interest in Willian and Pedro (£7.0m) ahead of the pre-season matches.

He’s a bit of a rotator but this doesn’t mean he doesn’t have his favourites. Expect changes each game but usually on the flanks or up top, whereas he tends to keep a more settled defence.

For much more detailed analysis of Lampard’s debut season as manager, may we point you in the direction of Ram Srinivas’s superb in-depth piece that delves into the Derby data from 2018/19.

Will Lampard put his faith in youth?

Tammy Abraham has returned to Chelsea after hitting 26 goals for Aston Villa in the Championship last season.

Lampard made positive noises about Chelsea’s youth system in his first press conference and indeed he worked with two of the club’s academy products at Derby last season.

Midfielder Mason Mount and centre-back Fikayo Tomori, who joined on loan from Chelsea in the summer of 2018, made 44 and 35 Championship appearances respectively for the Rams, with both players playing a prominent part in the play-offs too.

Five of the six players who racked up the most minutes for Derby in the second tier were 24 or under at the start of the campaign, one of whom was 18-year-old full-back Jayden Bogle.

However, 32-year-old Richard Keogh was an ever-present at the heart of the defence and thirtysomethings Bradley Johnson, Craig Bryson, Scott Carson, and Tom Huddlestone all made at least 20 league starts.

Veteran Ashley Cole was also recruited in the January transfer window to add experience to the squad.

As a result, not one of Derby’s starting XIs featured in the top 50 youngest matchday line-ups of the 2018/19 Championship season.

To paraphrase Alan Partridge, it will probably be evolution and not revolution at the Bridge next year as Lampard looks to bed in a few young prospects with the future in mind while retaining a senior core of players in the first team.

Indeed, in his press conference, Lampard said:

On one hand, trying to develop young players, I think that’s really important, but at the same time, I want to work with the experienced players. I want players that, whether you’re 18 years of age or 32 years of age, you feel like Chelsea’s your club.

If we talk about losing Eden Hazard, yes we can understand that. But at the same time, we also have a very strong squad of players and I don’t want to talk down this squad because there is huge talent there. A team that managed to come third last year in the Premier League and managed to win the Europa League. We haven’t been decimated, we haven’t lost players from everywhere, we still have a very strong squad.

How Did Lampard’s Derby Compare With Sarri’s Chelsea?

Both Maurizio Sarri and Eden Hazard have departed Stamford Bridge this summer.

While any statistical comparison between a Championship club and a side in the top flight is to be taken with a pinch of salt, it is worth looking at various underlying statistics to see how Derby County and Chelsea fared in 2018/19 – particularly as both teams were somewhere towards the top of their respective divisions.

Attacking Stats
TeamGoalsShotsShots on targetShots in the boxBig chancesShot accuracyGoal conversionAvg possession
Derby1.5113.334.596.961.4546.58%11.33%55.1%
Chelsea1.6615.975.189.952.5332.45%10.38%63.6%

Above: Underlying attacking stats for Derby and Chelsea in 2018/19 (including play-offs). All figures given bar shot accuracy, goal conversion and average possession are per game.

Chelsea bettered Derby for most of the key performance indicators listed above, although the Rams were more clinical with their chances.

What is illustrated here is just how many times Derby’s players chanced their arm from distance: 47.9% of their shots were from outside the box, a higher percentage than any other Premiership or Championship club.

Derby’s midfielders and forwards seem to have been actively encouraged by Lampard to try long-range efforts. No Championship player registered more attempts or goals from outside the box than Harry Wilson last season.

That may lead to more shots for the likes of Willian, Barkley and Loftus-Cheek, should a similar mentality be adopted at Stamford Bridge. Only 37.7% of Chelsea’s attempts were from outside the box in 2018/19.

As a result of this shoot-on-sight approach, the quality of opportunities was a concern. Derby’s rate of 1.45 big chances per game was bettered by 16 Premier League clubs in 2018/19.

Reading were the only second-tier club to have fewer shots in the six-yard box than Derby (31) last season.

Defensive Stats
TeamGoals concededClean sheetsShots concededShots on target concededShots in the box concededBig chances conceded
Derby1.200.2212.713.618.371.51
Chelsea1.030.429.183.265.681.45

Above: Underlying defensive stats for Derby and Chelsea in 2018/19 (including play-offs). All figures given are per game.

Chelsea outperformed Derby on the defensive front, with the Rams only recording 11 clean sheets in their 49 league and play-off matches: the Blues managed five more shut-outs in ten fewer games.

There was a very similar number of big chances conceded by both sides on average per game, although Derby were more prone to allowing shots in the box.

Did Lampard Make an Improvement at Derby on 2017/18?

Clean sheets weren’t easy to come by for Derby in 2018/19.

In the season before Lampard’s appointment, Derby finished sixth in the Championship – exactly where they did in 2018/19.

The Rams gained one point fewer under Lampard than they did under Gary Rowett, with their rate of goals (1.51 v 1.48) almost identical across the league and play-off matches in both campaigns.

Rowett’s Derby conceded at a rate of 1.04 goals per game, compared to 1.20 under Lampard.

Interestingly, Derby kept almost double the number of clean sheets under Rowett (20) – who was criticised in some quarters for his dour tactics – than they managed under Lampard (11).

The new Chelsea boss showed more attacking ambition than his predecessor at Pride Park, with Derby averaging 13.33 shots per game under Lampard compared to 11.81 under Rowett.

Lampard’s Rams did average more shots in the box per match than Rowett’s rather less exciting side (6.96 v 6.65) although there wasn’t a great deal in it as County repeatedly let fly from distance in the season just gone.

How Does Lampard Handle The Press?

Frank Lampard in his first press conference as Chelsea manager.

Lampard has always come across as fairly intelligent and polite as a player and pundit and those traits are again evident as a manager.

12th Ram said:

If you had half an eye on the Championship last season you would have heard all about Bielsa, Leeds and Spygate! Lampard carried himself incredibly well throughout it and rarely lost face.

In post-match interviews when we’d lost he’d be visibly angry but that’s what you want to see from the boss.

One of his big positives is his levelheadedness and professionalism with the media, as you’d expect from someone who’s been in the limelight for so many years.

What we FPL managers really want from him as Chelsea boss is clear and unequivocal quotes on the Blues’ injury situation.

According to 12th Ram, the prospects look good on that front:

He’s pretty upfront regarding injury news which will be a boost to Fantasy players. Can’t remember too many times where he’s been tricky in this regard.

Final Thoughts

Christian Pulisic, Chelsea’s most expensive player in FPL, is still cheaper than 13 other midfielders.

There is understandable caution about Lampard’s appointment given his inexperience at managerial level and the weaknesses that were apparent at Derby last season.

Nevertheless, it should be stressed that 2018/19 was as much a transitional year for the Rams as it was a learning curve for Lampard himself.

The then-County boss had to move several senior high-earners on early in his tenure and instil a completely different footballing ethos to the one his players were used to under the dour Rowett.

Any defensive frailties of his preferred style and formation would, you’d think, be helped no end by having Kante – rather than Tom Huddlestone or Bradley Johnson – to call upon in front of the back four in 2019/20.

It may well be that next season is a similarly transitional one for Chelsea that 2018/19 was for Derby, as Lampard begins the long-term process of integrating academy products into the first-team set-up and trying to coach “Sarri-ball” out of the senior players already at his disposal.

Should Chelsea’s transfer ban be upheld, Lampard would also be unable to recruit the exact type of player he is looking for to prosper in his system.

Pre-season will be an interesting watch, then, while the matches against Manchester United and Leicester City in Gameweeks 1 and 2 might be decent auditions if many of us are still to be convinced that the cut-price FPL options in Chelsea’s squad are as good as they seem.

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1,169 Comments Post a Comment
  1. QUEN
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Do we think salah will actually start the first game?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Yeah

    2. GanonTEK
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      He bloody well better!

      1. QUEN
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Hahaha hope so. Worried he won’t be fully fit/rested and their first game should be one of the easiest.

        Then again mane will be more tired and Shaq is injured

    3. Skalla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      He will without any injury , was just a doubt if Egypt went further in the Afcon but this still applies for Mane so he could be the one rested instead!

    4. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Why not? Egypt out Afcon so will be fully rested. Mane more likely to be rested

  2. MAGMA MONSTER
      5 months, 7 days ago

      How come every lineup I see here doesn’t have Jimenez?

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        You haven't looked at the ones which have Jiminez.

        1. baps sniffer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Is Jimanez player worth mentioning?

        2. baps sniffer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          None of them have Jimenez though 😉

      2. Skalla
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        They are playing Europa this year and not the best fixtures to start. He also has a lot more competition in his price bracket even from his own teammate Jota!

      3. QUEN
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Poor fixtures jota cheaper

      4. Ekip
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Most owned player in the game at the moment though

    • Slouch87 Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      How many David Brooks questions do you think will be asked this evening and by how many posters ?
      One is the clear favourite for the second part of this question.

      1. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        I dont know but i loved his TED Talk.

        I think it was very fpl relevant. 😉

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB4MS1hsWXU

    • Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Quite like the look of this.

      Ederson
      Azpi VVD Laporte Robbo Digne
      Salah Siggy Perez
      King Kane

      Button Greenwood Dendoncker 4.5m

      Thoughts?

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        BSilva over Siggy and yes could be good.

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          * but affordable....... !

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 7 days ago

            Bilva over Siggy? Why ?

            1. dunas_dog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 7 days ago

              Because I think City attack will outscore Everton attack and B Silva best option in price range without making other changes but as alternative Aguero over Kane an option also

      2. Skalla
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Yeah good for now although most are backing TAA to be the best Liverpool defender this season atleast to start with.

        1. Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          TAA has Gomez as a rotation threat.

      3. Carlton P
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Superb. Can’t help thinking Vardy is better value than Kane and I would rather have Son when he’s back

      4. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Apologies It is affordable. Like it as can release value in defence to jump on form attackers

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Yeah I think this is a good plan, thanks

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 7 days ago

            Another option is same defence with midfield/ forwards

            Salah KDB Zaha Dendoncker 4.5
            King Vardy 4.5

      5. JaiLeR11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Looks very nice.
        However not keen on Kane since his injury a season and a half ago. Aubameyang perhaps more explosive.

      6. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Would actually prefer it as a 5-2-3 with Walker and Vardy over Laporte and Siggy. That’s close to one of my set ups.

        Once you see you can release money forward there’s no reason why 5-2-3 can’t be the way to go first off

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Sorry that’d need to be Zin

      7. SoccerBoi69
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Was just drafting up summank similar.

        Ederson
        TAA VVD Laporte Digne Azpi
        Salah KDB Perez
        Vardy King

        Button Stephens Dendoncker Nketiah

        Leaves 0.5m ITB. Siggy + Kane vs KDB + Vardy + 0.5m really isn't it.

      8. Brian Boitano
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        i have a similar set up except sterling for Salah and Maddison for Perez.

      9. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        No City attack is a problem but you can't have them all I suppose.

    • lappingitup
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Bottomed (for now)
      Ryan
      TAA Digne VD Ake
      Salah Sterlers Siggy Fraser
      Jota King

      Button Greenwood Jags Jorginho

      1. JaiLeR11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Solid. Not sure about Aké while in Bournemouth's defence. If he gets a move, a different matter.

    • Alexanderjg23
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Draft help! (I know, I know, why so early?!)

      Redmond, Martial, Brooks, Tielemans or Perez? Best pick?

      1. lappingitup
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Jeez, Martial, a differential I suppose

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Perez

      3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 7 days ago

        I'd go Perez or tielemans

      4. Giggs Boson.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Saints may be using a new system, Hassehuttl's 4222 he used at Leipzig. And with the signings of Adams and Djenepo, I'd want to see how they all fit together in pre-season. I'm not a fan of the Saints' fixtures, so no rush with their assets, but an interesting team to monitor anyway with some potential bargains when fixtures ease.

        Martial is another that needs to be monitored pre-season. I suspect he'll nail a place this season, but that does depend on him completely changing his attitude. Too risky at the moment, but someone to watch very closely.

        Brooks feels 0.5m overpriced to me, but I could be wrong. For any Cherries, I'd want to see what happens with Fraser. He's such an important player for them, and is now in his last year of contract and refuses to resign. So I'd wait for Fraser news, and watch them in pre-season.

        Leicester have a new manager and Ayoze Perez to slot in, so we definitely need to monitor them in pre-season. We only had a small sample size with Tielemans, so it remains to be seen if the 22-year-old can sustain the same level of goals and assists. In terms of the eye test, Tielemans looks outstanding, but his talent may make other players more of an FPL target, rather than himself. Leicester play che, mun, TOT, liv in their first 8 games, so I'm not in a big rush to grab their players. But out of Ayoze, Maddison & Tielemans, it will be Ayoze that is furthest forward, getting on the end of the latter two's terrific passes. So I'm thinking Ayoze GW9. We have time to monitor.

        1. Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          4 points 3 I agree on. Soton I would go for attacking assets. Same with Bournemouth. It must be the weather in that part of the world.

    • JJeyy
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Tielemanss or walker (if no new rb)?

      1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Tielemans imo

      2. Kryten
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Tiele

      3. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        A big key to this game is finding a good 6.5 mil mid. They rarely outscore the backs at similar prices. Spend on backs until the mid rears its head.

    • Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Hows it looking lads?

      Ederson (Button)
      TAA VVD Digne Ake (Kelly)
      Salah Siggy Zaha Perez (Dendo)
      Kun King (Greenwood)

      Feedback appreciated

      1. The 5% Team
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 7 days ago

        almost as template as it gets, so it's good

        1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Havent seen too many Kun teams though but yeah agreed

          1. The 5% Team
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 7 days ago

            that's true...got Kun as well. Probably not for whole season but for me he is THE striker to start the season with 🙂

      2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Depends where Zaha ends up.

        1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Indeed he is definitely one to watch

      3. Lebowski85
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Nice mate!

        1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Cheers!

    • Kloppcorn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Thoughts on this team any advice would be a big help
      Lloris (Button)
      TAA Laporte Coleman (Taylor) (Kelly)
      Redmond Zaha Perez Salah Sterling
      Jiménez King (Wickham)

      1. JaiLeR11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Looks pretty good to me.
        If you downgraded Jimenez to Jota you could improve your 4th defender.

        1. Kloppcorn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Was thinking about doing that but if the costa rumours are true that may cause more of a problem to Jota than Jiménez as Jiménez has only just been signed for a club record fee

        2. Kloppcorn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          And I’m not hoping on my last defender playing just hoping for him to come in as a back up if somebody doesn’t play

      2. Kryten
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Dont fancy redmond always great stats but doesn't deliver personal opinion as he may start converting

        1. Kloppcorn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Not really looked into the stats on redmond can just remember him doing well in the second half of last season when southampton changed managers

      3. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Zaha and Redmond vs Robbo and Alonso/VVD?
        Same value but check the returns. Minefield of mids compared to fairly simple defender picks too
        Jimi with Europe? Not so sure

    • Whiskerz
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Anyone considering a 352?

      Currently on:

      Ryan/Button
      TAA/Laporte/Digne/4.0/4.0
      Salah/Sterling/Perez/Fraser/F. Anderson
      Jiminez/King/4.5

      1. JaiLeR11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Yes. Always been my favorite formation.

      2. GanonTEK
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        I have a 3-5-2!
        I'd be a little wary that you have no bench. Like, I have 1 sure to start and I'm worried with having just the one.
        F.Anderson is an interesting differential.
        Looks great overall.

    • The Royal Robin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Perez or Tielemans?

      1. Kobayashy
          5 months, 7 days ago

          I also have this question. Or Maddison?

          1. The Royal Robin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 7 days ago

            For 0.5 more, I'd prefer Tiele or Perez.

            1. The Royal Robin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 7 days ago

              Less even.

        • Kryten
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Perez

        • Alexanderjg23
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 7 days ago

          I have this question too. Tielemans better points per game, but was it just a fluke

          1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 7 days ago

            He is class

          2. Kobayashy
              5 months, 7 days ago

              How do you reach that conclusion lol?

          3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 7 days ago

            I like Tielemans more

          4. Kopkloppers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 7 days ago

            Seen that question before. look back and you will have plenty of info

            1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 7 days ago

              Or just go with Gut in this case. After watching pre season

              1. The Royal Robin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 7 days ago

                I'm on Tiele atm, his stats were insane. I think it'll be a toin coss between the two though. Definitely one to monitor during pre-season.

              2. Skalla
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 7 days ago

                For which team did Gut sign and will he also come in at 6.5m?

                1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                  • 1 Year
                  5 months, 7 days ago

                  Do you understand English? If you tell me your first language I would gladly use a translator for you

                  1. Ask Yourself
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 7 days ago

                    If we are talking about the understanding of English here, he’s right and you’re wrong

                  2. That Posh Bloke
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 7 days ago

                    It may be the fact you capitalised ‘gut’ thus making it a proper noun, hence his humour. The irony is your comment that came after.

                    1. Skalla
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      5 months, 7 days ago

                      Thanks for the explanation , will use the famous /s next time to avoid any confusion!

          5. Tommytour
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 7 days ago

            Brooks as a place holder giving 2 games to decide

        • Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Captaincy adds 400 points or around 20% to season points tallly. Get rid please.

          1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 7 days ago

            It is the essence of all fantasy sport games

            1. Kopkloppers
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 7 days ago

              Essence? Still increases luck. I think it is exactly how you think and hammered in as a necessity.

              1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 7 days ago

                Makes it more fun imo. Especially towards the end when you are trying to hold a lead, or are chasing a rival

              2. MeatPieSausageRoll
                  5 months, 7 days ago

                  In my experience it’s always sub-optimal players that think everything’s all about luck.

            2. Skalla
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 7 days ago

              So you want FPL towers to remove 400pts from your tally , sure that can be arranged!

            3. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 7 days ago

              Totally agree. Hate it.

          2. Kobayashy
              5 months, 7 days ago

              Which combo?

              A. Kane, VVD and Ake
              or
              B. Vardy, TAA and Laporte

              (Also have Tielemans).

              1. JaiLeR11
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 7 days ago

                B for sure

                1. Kobayashy
                    5 months, 7 days ago

                    Thank you!

                2. GanonTEK
                  • 6 Years
                  5 months, 7 days ago

                  Yeah B

                3. Phil's Stamps
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  5 months, 7 days ago

                  B

              2. The Royal Robin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 7 days ago

                Not on pens, but is Jorginho definitely nailed, yeah?

                1. Tommytour
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  5 months, 7 days ago

                  No one can answer that with a new manager but you'd expect him to be

                2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                  • 1 Year
                  5 months, 7 days ago

                  Noone can answer this before preseason

                  1. Pepe Le Pukki
                    • 7 Years
                    5 months, 7 days ago

                    I miss Noone in my team.

                3. Respect My Authoritah
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 7 days ago

                  Not sure. He's not really suited to Chelsea imo

                4. ...al - Come out to the coa…
                  • 10 Years
                  5 months, 7 days ago

                  No idea. Not sure Lamps needs a deep playmaker with Kante as the anchor in a 433

                  1. Ask Yourself
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 7 days ago

                    That’s literally exactly how he set derby up. Jorginho will be nailed yes

                5. Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 7 days ago

                  Why would he not be on pens? Only maybe Abraham could take them away who would also be a bargain

                  1. Skalla
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 7 days ago

                    There is Willian and Pulisic too that can take pens so no idea if he takes them now but should be nailed in the Chelsea team , should not be nailed in your fpl team!

                    1. Ask Yourself
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      5 months, 7 days ago

                      Yeah but Jorginho is a better, more established pen taker than both. I reckon lampard can unlock the fabregas in him that we saw with all those beautiful over the top through balls that created unbelievable chances that hopefully someone like Abraham can finish.

                      1. circusmonkey
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        5 months, 7 days ago

                        Got Jorginho atm but feels like a transfer waiting to happen. Just want someone playable to choose between him and a 4.0 defender.

              3. Kopkloppers
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 7 days ago

                Can the "towers" please take man U out of red in season ticker. So confusing.

              4. Dare Do The Punt
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 7 days ago

                Is there any way I can rewatch the video from earlier with Joe and David?

                Won’t seem to let me watch the video

              5. FlyingWithoutIngs
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 7 days ago

                A) Wilson v B) King and Why?
                C) Sterling v D) KDB and why?

                1. FlyingWithoutIngs
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 7 days ago

                  I suppose I should have really just asked are wilson and sterling worth the extra 4m over king and KDB

                  1. Tommytour
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    5 months, 7 days ago

                    And the answer is hell yeah!

                    1. FlyingWithoutIngs
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 7 days ago

                      Why is that would you say? I’m not doubting your answer I’m just intrigued to hear what people’s thoughts are.

                      1. Tommytour
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        5 months, 7 days ago

                        Wilson scored 1.6 PPG more than King
                        Sterling had highest PPG in the game and doesn't have glass legs

                        1. FlyingWithoutIngs
                          • 2 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Very fair

                2. GanonTEK
                  • 6 Years
                  5 months, 7 days ago

                  Sterling is probably worth it over KDB but I think King and Wilson will be much closer in points and King on penalties.

                  1. FlyingWithoutIngs
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 7 days ago

                    That’s the interesting one will king be on pens with Wilson there do you think?

                    1. GanonTEK
                      • 6 Years
                      5 months, 7 days ago

                      Yeah, King took most of the penalties last year I think.

                3. Respect My Authoritah
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 7 days ago

                  Tricky. The pricing is about right. I suspect KDB will prove to be better value than Sterling

                  1. FlyingWithoutIngs
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 7 days ago

                    I agree on the KDB sterling point if and it’s a big IF he can stay fit

                4. ...al - Come out to the coa…
                  • 10 Years
                  5 months, 7 days ago

                  Wilson Sterling

                  Fancy them more

              6. Penguin
                • 6 Years
                5 months, 7 days ago

                Why are people picking Greenwood??

                1. Tommytour
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  5 months, 7 days ago

                  With Lukaku off he may get some minutes off the bench

                  1. Kopkloppers
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 7 days ago

                    Hello

                2. Kopkloppers
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 7 days ago

                  Price and ownership. Limited price choices create high ownerhip.
                  look at hayden and dendonker

                3. Skalla
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 7 days ago

                  Just a 4.5m bench fodder atm and everyone has a extra Man United slot that they prob won't need this season!

                4. Eytexi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  5 months, 7 days ago

                  Fodder. Potential few minutes.

                5. Brian Boitano
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 7 days ago

                  4.5m, may get some minutes, nowhere else to go

              7. Kobayashy
                  5 months, 7 days ago

                  I know this is really scraping the FPL barrel, but who out of the 4.5m forward options has a chance of the most amount of minutes (and also least likely to drop to 4.4m)?

                  1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 7 days ago

                    You will get the best answer after preseason

                    1. Kobayashy
                        5 months, 7 days ago

                        True!

                    2. ...al - Come out to the coa…
                      • 10 Years
                      5 months, 7 days ago

                      Who knows

                      Arsenal lad is the 4.5 everyone is going for. he could drop if he doesn't feature as he gets sold by the masses

                      1. Kobayashy
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          He seems like the one likely to go out on loan, from what I read?

                          1. ...al - Come out to the coa…
                            • 10 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            Greenwood then I guess

                            Way to early to think about this - or even make a team atm

                      2. Eytexi
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        5 months, 7 days ago

                        No idea. Currently on Xande Silva & Greenwood (451).

                        1. Kobayashy
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            Seems risky going with two who may never see any minutes, but all depends on your strategy and the early WC I suppose.

                            1. Eytexi
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              5 months, 7 days ago

                              Think my liking for my current team may be blinding me from thoughts like that - posted it below!

                        2. dunas_dog
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Wickham if stays fit

                      3. ...al - Come out to the coa…
                        • 10 Years
                        5 months, 7 days ago

                        Good article

                        Surely Lamps will have Kante back where he should be as a DM in front of the back 4 and can slot in when the fullbacks go forward

                        RLC could be great if he gets minutes. I'd rather him than Barkley any day

                        1. Ask Yourself
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          When has Kante ever played DM in front of a back 4?

                        2. Ógie
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          II think he will if he has any since.Kante is the best in the business at doing that job imo.

                          Chelsea could be bargain city if the likes of CHO,RLC and/or Barkley start firing under Frank.

                        3. Kopkloppers
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Derby and Chelski stat comparisons are an utter waste of time IMO

                      4. Eytexi
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        5 months, 7 days ago

                        Haven't been convinced to change from this yet:

                        Ryan, (Button).
                        TAA, Matip/Gomez, Laporte, Digne, (Reid).
                        Salah, Sterling, KDB, Siggy, Norwood.
                        King, (Greenwood), (Xande Silva).

                        Have had plenty of good advice but feel my fear of going without KDB or Siggy is getting in my way.

                        Think my midfield is holding me back? How would you change it & how would you use the cash?

                        1. Ask Yourself
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          You’re playing Norwood every week, you don’t know who if one of Matip or Gomez will be dropped after a bad game and TAA can be at risk of rotation. These things woudln’t Be a problem except you don’t have a single player that gets close to the pitch on your bench

                          1. Eytexi
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            Norwood mostly in for the first 3 weeks - could change after that. So what would you recommend to solve those issues?

                            1. Ask Yourself
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              5 months, 7 days ago

                              Downgrade Siggy. Plenty of options in the 6-6.5m bracket. Not worth the damage it does to the rest of your team

                              1. Eytexi
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                5 months, 7 days ago

                                Cheers mate.

                        2. GanonTEK
                          • 6 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          I think it is a little. Don't like the matip/Gomez pick. Bit risky.

                          1. Eytexi
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            Would you sacrifice one of the mids to change them to VVD/Robbo? If so, which one?

                            1. GanonTEK
                              • 6 Years
                              5 months, 7 days ago

                              Maybe KDB down to Maddison/Perez/Tielemens and use the funds from that?

                              1. Eytexi
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                5 months, 7 days ago

                                Yeah, maybe KDB & Sterling is pushing it. Cheers.

                                1. GanonTEK
                                  • 6 Years
                                  5 months, 7 days ago

                                  No problem! 🙂

                                2. Ask Yourself
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  5 months, 7 days ago

                                  I think it’s a great idea x

                        3. Brian Boitano
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Not sure where all your money is going, you seem to have two or three less good players than other teams I’ve seen but nothing to show for it.

                          1. Eytexi
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            Stuffed it all in the midfield and three of the defence really. Just prefer KDB & Sterling to the likes of Vardy or Kane.

                            1. Brian Boitano
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              5 months, 7 days ago

                              I do like the cheeky Winston Reid choice though

                              1. Ask Yourself
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                5 months, 7 days ago

                                Will never get near the team again what makes you like it?

                                1. Brian Boitano
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  5 months, 7 days ago

                                  Nostalgia

                      5. Ask Yourself
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        5 months, 7 days ago

                        Steve Bruce looks fav to get Newcastle job. Wouldn’t mind that for ritchie’s Same good for CSs and set pieces x

                        1. Tommytour
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Yuk

                          1. Ask Yourself
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            🙂 so far OOP aswell :O

                            1. Tommytour
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              5 months, 7 days ago

                              I like Ritchie but can't get excited over Bruce

                              1. Ask Yourself
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                5 months, 7 days ago

                                It is the ideal scenario. Would mean a nailed Ritchie that plays on the wing, keeps penalties and all set pieces where brucey loves to get his goals

                        2. Pepe Le Pukki
                          • 7 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          How long until he signs his son?

                          1. Your Man With The Hair
                            • 8 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            Only slightly longer than it takes him to sign Ahmed Elmohamady.

                          2. Skalla
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            Think they are a package deal, can't sign one without the other, so he could be the nailed 4.0m defender we are all looking for 🙂

                            1. GanonTEK
                              • 6 Years
                              5 months, 7 days ago

                              Wasn't Bruce a 4.0 def back with Hull a few years back? I remember having Chester or Rosenior that year.

                        3. Ógie
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Looks like Steve is going after Dave Basset's record.

                      6. Ole Trafford
                        • 7 Years
                        5 months, 7 days ago

                        Anyone considering Adam Smith for Bournemouth’s opening two fixtures?

                        1. Tommytour
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Yup then looking at a switch to Fredericks

                        2. Skalla
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          I am hoping Jack Stacey is the one to fix their defence and be the next TAA for just 4.5m! Any Luton fans that can confirm this?

                          1. Ask Yourself
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            Did unbelievably well last year but it was league 1

                        3. Brian Boitano
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Playing or sub? Bournemouth aren’t great in defence, I would stick to Fraser/Brooks King/Wilson conundrum

                        4. Kopkloppers
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Rico too

                      7. Pukki Party
                        • 2 Years
                        5 months, 7 days ago

                        Thoughts?

                        Ryan
                        TAA VVD Digne
                        Salah Sterling Siggy Tielemans Groß
                        King Jota

                        Button Kiko Lascelles 4.5

                        1. Fook You Phil Jones (FYPJ)
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          do people really have confidence in Digne hitting crosses to DCL?

                          1. Pukki Party
                            • 2 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            Hope they sign a striker, and Everton was quite good defensively at the end of last season.

                            1. Fook You Phil Jones (FYPJ)
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              5 months, 7 days ago

                              i think Digne is gold if they sign a legit striker, they're opening fixtures are nice

                        2. GanonTEK
                          • 6 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Really nice. Groß an interesting differential.

                          1. Pukki Party
                            • 2 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            Think he will step up, had his careers first injury last season.

                      8. Old Bull
                        • 6 Years
                        5 months, 7 days ago

                        Not seeing much love for Mane in the draft teams.

                        1. Ask Yourself
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Salah is 1m better and it is essential to have 2 defenders given the fixtures

                        2. GanonTEK
                          • 6 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Still at the AFCON.

                          1. Old Bull
                            • 6 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            And missing penalties

                        3. Brian Boitano
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          I think this is because if you’re already committing 11.5 to get semi skimmed Mane you may as well get full fat Salah for an extra mil (and lose the risk of falling behind as he is higher ownership)

                          1. GanonTEK
                            • 6 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            Lol. I love the analogy

                      9. Kopkloppers
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 7 days ago

                        3 good backs total 20 mil. Total minutes played 10 000 get you 600 points in the season.
                        3 good mids total 24 mil . Total minutes played 9 300 get you 540 points in a season.
                        Common sense outside captaincy to get backs?

                        1. Brian Boitano
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          You will simply accrue more points swapping captains on big hitting mids / forwards because their explosive potential is far higher than defenders.

                          1. Kopkloppers
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            Completely misunderstand you. As in Salah Kun Kane etc yes but not the 8 mil player. Check on double digit hauls and defenders are more likely to accrue home points making it far easier to spot.

                        2. Kopkloppers
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Backs are worth more full stop. never mind per mil. 24% more per mil.
                          They are easier to find too

                          1. Brian Boitano
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            Saying this, a common template fits five top defenders with two big hitting midfielders - so you can have the best of both worlds.

                            1. Kopkloppers
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              5 months, 7 days ago

                              MY TEAM ENTIRELY THIS YEAR. My only concern is surgery if defenders fail

                      10. Dare Do The Punt
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        5 months, 7 days ago

                        Anyone think Hughes at 5.5m could be a decent option?

                        1. Ógie
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Yes.

                          On his day he can pull a good haul out of the bag.

                        2. Your Man With The Hair
                          • 8 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Not really, but then there is literaly no-one else at that price worth talking about.

                        3. Ask Yourself
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          I had my eye on him but I just can’t get excited. All that hype last year amounted to precious little

                        4. Brian Boitano
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          0.3% ownership and probably only way is up on points so maybe decent differential if you’re into 5.5m mids

                        5. Skalla
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Yes could be decent but would rather spent 1m more to get Deeney or Deulo or just pick an extra defender like Coleman/Zinchenko for that price.

                        6. Giggs Boson.
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          No. He cuts into the space behind Deulofeu, he won't be in the box much.

                          Pereyra is worth the 0.5m more if you want a Bee's mid. He gets in the space in front of Deeney, after the striker drops deeper.

                          If you scroll to the bottom here, and sort by pen box touches, and goal attempts in the box, you'll see what I mean:
                          https://members.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/team-profiles/watford/#player-tabs-4

                          1. Giggs Boson.
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            *Hornets 😀

                          2. Ask Yourself
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            Thanks. Was about to say I need to understand watford’s System more before I can make a decision on him but you have saved me the effort

                            1. Giggs Boson.
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              5 months, 7 days ago

                              Watford are an easy one. 4-4-2 in the defensive phase, 4-2-2-2 in the attacking phase if the initial counter-attack fails. Pererya and Hughes cut inside for Holebas and Kiko to overlap.

                              Deeney and Deulofeu are great on the counter 🙂

                              1. Ask Yourself
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                5 months, 7 days ago

                                I know it looks simple but it’s quite an intricate one isn’t it ! Deeney’s role is more complex than it seems in relation his partnership with Deulofeu

                      11. Dynamic Duos
                        • 6 Years
                        5 months, 7 days ago

                        Tinkering a lot, making a few different drafts.

                        Found this , pretty decent I feel.

                        Ryan
                        Coleman Laporte VVD Ake
                        Salah Zaha Siggy Sterling
                        King Vardy

                        Button Kelly Dendoncker Greenwood

                        1. Ask Yourself
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          About 2m too much in midfield for me

                        2. GanonTEK
                          • 6 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          It is pretty decent. I agree.

                        3. Skalla
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Yep really good but would prefer to have TAA/Robbo as one of my defenders ahead of Laporte or Coleman as you have the extra Liverpool spot.

                        4. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Like it! How about:

                          Coleman -> Digne
                          VVD -> TAA
                          Ake -> 4.5
                          Zaha -> Tielemans/Perez

                          1. Dynamic Duos
                            • 6 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            Do like Perez he is in most of my drafts , but wouldn't want a 4.5m def playing every week .

                            But

                            Coleman - Digne and Zaha - Perez could well be better.

                            1. KAPTAIN KANE
                              • 3 Years
                              5 months, 7 days ago

                              Yes, may depend if the uncertainty over Zaha is sorted out

                          2. Kopkloppers
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            Coleman outscored Digne once he got up to speed by quite a lot. (15 to 38)
                            TAA will still have a Gomez giving him the odd rest. VVD ever present.
                            Ake actually no good points per minute with Cherries. So upgrade rather to Chelsea (Alonso if manager takes a shine)
                            Zaha flatters to deceive every year but better now he is a mid again. I agree with that one.

                            1. Jaws
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              5 months, 7 days ago

                              Strange isn't it? You'd suppose at least members who read the excellent article on Digne vs. Coleman here should know better.

                      12. Fook You Phil Jones (FYPJ)
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        5 months, 7 days ago

                        Gents, would love some feedback. Team 1 or Team 2?

                        Team 1

                        Ederson
                        Robbo//LaPorte//TAA
                        Bilva//Mane//Zaha//Fraser//Siggy
                        Jota//King

                        Ryan//Greenwood//Kelly//Mings

                        Team 2

                        Ederson
                        Robbo//TAA//AWB
                        Salah//Sterling//Siggy//Zaha//Dendocker
                        Jota//King

                        Ryan//Greenwood//Kelly//Mings

                        1. Printing Mane
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          2 gives you better captains

                        2. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Team 2

                        3. Skalla
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Team 2 quite easy , would really want Kane/Auba/Aguero to Captain GW1 if you are leaving out Salah/Sterling.

                        4. Brian Boitano
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          2 - but save money by swapping Ryan for a 4m

                      13. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 3 Years
                        5 months, 7 days ago

                        Down to these 2 drafts, which are very similar but basically boil down to Sterling vs KdB + 2.5m.

                        Which do you prefer?

                        A) 5-3-2
                        Ryan
                        Taa | VVD | Digne | ZINCHENKO | A.Smith
                        Salah | STERLING | Tielemans
                        Kane | King

                        Button | Dendoncker | HAYDEN | Greenwood

                        B) 4-4-2
                        Ryan
                        Taa | ROBERTSON | Digne | A.Smith
                        Salah | KDB | SIGGY | Tielemans
                        Kane | King

                        Button | Dendoncker | KELLY | Greenwood

                        Many thanks!

                        1. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Worth mentioning B as no City defense though I'd be hopeful it having both TAA and Robertson will offset this somewhat

                          1. KAPTAIN KANE
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            *has

                        2. pingissimus
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          B - looking at a very similar route with Sterling over Mo with money invested in a keeper.

                          Robbo and TAA are a starting point for me - VVD was a very frustrating own early on last season.

                          KdB Siggy just feels very good.

                          No City defence is a minus. But I don't see it hurting as if no Mendy as you're mostly looking at cs which don't hurt - unless of course Laporte lights up in non DGWs. My thinking is there's a switch from Digne there

                          1. Dynamic Duos
                            • 6 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            I'm looking at Vardy and Sterling over Kane and KDB, but agree with this tbf.

                          2. KAPTAIN KANE
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            Many thanks and I agree with everything you've said, it's helped me a lot!
                            The final nail in the coffin is having both Kane and Salah in both teams means I don't really need another captain in Sterling.
                            Plus B eradicates the whole TAA or Robbo question!

                            Good point re Digne, will start with him anyway given fixtures but look to switch if Mendy or Zinchenko appear nailed.

                            Thanks again!

                            1. pingissimus
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              5 months, 7 days ago

                              Cool

                              I just hope no early Mo won't hurt me. It's the collective absence from preseason that decides it for me.

                        3. Dynamic Duos
                          • 6 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          B just but I prefer Perez over Tielemans

                          1. KAPTAIN KANE
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            Thanks and yes I can see why. I'll let pre season decide that one!

                        4. Dynamic Duos
                          • 6 Years
                          5 months, 7 days ago

                          Had another good look at it and B looks fantastic , but I'm going Perez with it i think , was going Vardy and Sterling, but dont want the Perez Vardy double up actually

                          1. KAPTAIN KANE
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            Vardy and Sterling sounds best, I for one though can't lose Kane for sentimental reasons 🙂

                          2. pingissimus
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            5 months, 7 days ago

                            That's it.

                            I want Vardy but that double up early on seems a reach with those fixtures. Likewise leaning towards Perez right now if only because oop.

                            1. KAPTAIN KANE
                              • 3 Years
                              5 months, 7 days ago

                              And the added dilemma is Vardy loves scoring against the big sides!

                              1. pingissimus
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                5 months, 7 days ago

                                yep

                                One main variant is just waiting on KdB - he burnt me twice last time and going with Vardy.

                                If I did that I might go Gross to avoid double up. Just for the fun of it I want one differential early. At the mo it's O'Connell in the 4.5 slot. SU fixtures aren't too horrid and he's got an interesting profile.

                              2. Skalla
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                5 months, 7 days ago

                                I think Vardy loves scoring against all sides but it is just easier for him when teams don't sit back and he can get in behind them 🙂 Will be interesting to see if Perez is now the one scoring the points against the weaker teams.