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Scout Notes

Coverage of pre-season matches commences

The Fantasy Premier League pre-season programme is about to kick into overdrive as we edge closer to Gameweek 1 of the new campaign.

Everton and Crystal Palace have already played their first matches (detailed below) and there are more to come in the next few days.

Fantasy managers are reminded to stay tuned into our pre-season page to get all the latest updates and talking points from the summer’s friendlies.

We will be producing Scout Notes articles regularly between now and Gameweek 1 on the matches played by the top-flight sides.

Not only will we be on the lookout for the next Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m), the Scout editorial team will be tracking pre-season minutes of every FPL asset.

That way, when we publish our predicted line-ups for Gameweek 1, they will be based on as much information given to us by the respective Premier League managers as possible.

We have already made a start on our spreadsheets which, this season, will be publicly available to you throughout the summer as we update them on a special page of its own.

For now, we have embedded the sheets below for all teams with a fixture between now and Sunday to give you a taster.

In order for desktop users to navigate these sheets, select the embedded window and use the arrow keys to scroll across.

Mobile users can simply drag the sheet across to navigate fully although we should point out that they are best viewed on a desktop device.

As already mentioned, Everton started us off on Saturday as they flew to Kenya for their first pre-season game.

Kariobangi Sharks 1-1 Everton (4-3 on penalties)

Everton began their pre-season campaign in Kenya

Goals: Joe Williams

As it was their first pre-season friendly it is hard to read too much into Everton’s 1-1 draw with Kariobangi Sharks over the weekend.

Only a handful of first-team players were involved for the Toffees as Marco Silva simply gave his players a run-out.

Lucas Digne (£6.0m), Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8.0m) and Jordan Pickford (£5.5m) were among the big names absent for Everton, while Richarlison (£8.0m) was busy winning the Copa America with Brazil.

Of those priced up by FPL for the new season, only Leighton Baines (£5.0m), Maarten Stekelenburg (£4.0m), Theo Walcott (£6.5m), André Gomes (£6.5m), Tom Davies (£5.5m), Morgan Schneiderlin (£4.5m) and Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) were involved against the Sharks.

All of them played no more than 45 minutes, with the latter featuring for just 15 as he went off with an injury.

Lookman left Kenya with the help of crutches after twisting his ankle against the Sharks and Everton confirmed afterwards that his knock would require a scan.

“Ademola Lookman will undergo a scan this afternoon after sustaining an ankle injury against Kariobangi Sharks.” – Everton press release

The performance against Kariobangi was by no means impressive, but that shouldn’t bother Fantasy managers at this point.

With Digne not back in pre-season training at the time, Baines started at left-back

As already mentioned, most of the key personnel were absent from the match-day squad while those who did play were still building up their fitness.

Nairobi, where the fixture took place, is also a high-altitude location, which would have made it harder for Everton’s players, just six days into pre-season training, to look as sharp as they will probably be when Gameweek 1 comes around.

Mason Holgate, not currently priced up by FPL, but with history on the game, had a particularly poor afternoon, looking especially off the pace and at fault for the Sharks’ opening goal.

Stekelenburg did not look in the kind of form to stand a chance of ousting Pickford from his number one spot as he was less than impressive.

Meanwhile, Jonas Lössl (still not priced by FPL) made his first appearance in an Everton shirt.

The Toffees were much better in the second half as youngster Joe Williams equalised from a free-kick but they still went on to lose on penalties.

12 months ago, Everton began pre-season with a 22-0 win against an unheard of European minnow – and the advice was not to read too much into it. The same should be said about this performance as there is still a long way to go.

Up next for Silva’s men is a trip to FC Sion on Sunday afternoon and with Digne, Pickford and Michael Keane (£5.5m) now back in training as of Tuesday, we could see more of a meaningful encounter in that one.

“It was good, a good experience. We’ve come out here and do what we were supposed to do which was more about fulfilling our obligations. The game at the end of a long week was a nice way to round it off. I enjoyed the short time we had out here. It was a good experience for the younger players to come out and good for the Kenyan lads as well. I’m sure that will be something that will stay with them. The game was a fun type of game and that’s what it was supposed to be.” – Leighton Baines

Everton XI: Stekelenburg (Lössl 45′); Baines (Robinson 45′), Connolly (Astley 45′), Gibson (Markelo 88′), Holgate (Feeney 72′); Davies (J Williams 45′), Schneiderlin (Baningme 45′), A Gomes (Adnerian 45′); Lookman (Broadhead 15′), Niasse (Hornby 45′), Walcott (Bowler 45′).

FC Luzern 1-1 Crystal Palace (5-6 on pens)

Roy Hodgson returned to the country where he made a name for himself in the 1990s

Goals: Christian Benteke (£6.0m)

Assists: Max Meyer (£5.5m)

In contrast to Silva, Roy Hodgson used the majority of his senior first-team players in Crystal Palace’s trip to FC Luzern in Switzerland.

Only five FPL assets were absent for the Eagles and most of them were not involved due either to injury or international duty.

Mamadou Sakho (£5.0m) and James Tomkins (£5.0m) are still sidelined with knocks sustained last season, while Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) and Cheikhou Kouyaté (£5.0m) are competing for Ivory Coast and Senegal respectively at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Vicente Guaita (£5.0m) was not in the match-day squad and, as yet, there has been no official explanation for his absence, but there’s still plenty of pre-season matches to play.

The match got off to a quick start as Christian Benteke (£6.0m), leading a 4-4-2 formation alongside Connor Wickham (£4.5m), opened the scoring in the second minute.

He rose highest in the air to meet a Max Meyer (£5.5m) cross with his head and find the back of the net.

Max Meyer was one of Palace’s most creative players against Luzern

In the aftermath of Wan-Bissaka’s departure from Selhurst Park, there has been keen interest in who will replace him at right-back.

Youngster Sam Woods, traditionally a centre-back, played the entire 90 minutes in this position while Joel Ward (£4.5m) was used at centre-back and Martin Kelly (£4.0m) joined him at the heart of defence at half-time, to allow Jairo Riedewald another chance to push forward into central midfield.

Obviously, there is only so much we can read into Hodgson’s decision to start Woods at right-back at this early stage, but it’s worth keeping an eye on that position throughout the summer.

As has been mentioned before, we certainly shouldn’t rule out recruitment in that area of the team.

Also getting a 90-minute run-out was Wayne Hennessey (£4.5m). He was unable to stop Luzern equalising in the sixth minute.

It is worth tracking how often he plays during pre-season compared to Guaita, given that he can offer a £0.5m saving on the Spanish goalkeeper.

Meyer and Benteke proved to be the main threats for Palace in the match, the former pulling the strings and the latter asking questions of the Luzern defence.

Neither of them could contribute to another goal for the Eagles though and the encounter finished 1-1 before a 6-5 win on penalties for Palace.

James McArthur (£5.5m), Ward, Kelly, Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.5m), Alexander Sørloth and Nya Kirby all netted their spot kicks with Hennessey only stopping Luzern’s sixth in sudden death.

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Hennessey; van Aanholt (Mitchell 65′), Riedewald, Dann (Ward 45′), Woods; Meyer (Kirby 65′), Milivojevic (McArthur 45′), Dreher (Kelly 45′), Townsend (Schlupp 45′); Benteke (Daly 65′), Wickham (Sørloth 45′).

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889 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Highest points per game is a great indicator of where we should perhaps focus are money on.

    Sterling 6.9. 12m
    Salah 6.9. 12.5m
    Mane 6.4. 11.5m
    TAA 6.4. 7m
    Aguero 6.1. 12m
    Robbo 5.9. 7m
    Mendy 5.9. 6m

    1. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Interesting to see Aguero v Sterling the year before when KDB played more?

    2. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      No sh*t

    3. Brian Boitano
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Nothing too surprising here - except it confirms premium defender strength.

  2. jayzico
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    So few teams with Kun. He makes my team easier to play around with.

    Is the main reason his minutes/comp with Jesus?

    1. Differential (c)
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      That's the thing that does it for me. Jesus in form and getting the no. 9.

    2. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 12 days ago

      I have Kun as well

      His price being the same as Sterling makes it an easier choice for people to switch. If only they made Aguero 11m just like Auba and Kane

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Loads and loads of reasons.
      Jesus' form.
      Kun's price.
      The high price of more explosive mids.
      The high price of the best value players.
      Lack of general value.
      Kane coming in at 1m cheaper.

      1. Brooksy86
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        I'd rather my two big boys from Pool and City...

        1. asquishypotato
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Agreed. No idea why the Kane love. Champions league final proved he can detriment spurs as well as improve them.

          August historically not great, so hopefully recovering from injury.

          Fixtures swing in a way that I’m not happy with owning him for.

          Unproven asset at the new home.

          Too many variables outside of a city side that smashes teams early on, or Fortress Anfield.

          1. Brooksy86
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Just need to work out the rest now!

            1. asquishypotato
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              For me, my big hitters are Salah and Sterling.
              Quite confident those two will be up there again for top scorers, especially with a bit of rest.

              1. Brooksy86
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                Can't not start with Kun me... Gunna give him the first two GWs and see what's happening.

                Easy switch if I've made a hash of it.

    4. Dreadful
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Every time I put Kun in, I immediately want to change him to Kane.

    5. jayzico
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Pretty decisive answers. May have to try a 3,5,2 for first time ever

  3. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Who is the better 5.0 defender? Holebas or Ake?

    1. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Ake

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Ake probably but Bournemouth are very unpredictable

    3. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Would never buy either. Probably a Burnley defender would be better.

    4. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Difficult, neither team really like a clean sheet. Holebas has good attacking stats, Ale he good fixtures. At that range for me it’s either go up and spend 0.5 more, or go down and save.

      Ake if I had to though.

    5. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      I think Koscielny's name needs throwing around a bit more for his price. Not saying you should get him, but worth considering

      1. Alli 3',17',64�…
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Koscielny? Really? You might chuck in xhaka while you’re at it

  4. The Rumour Mill
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Couple of comments from me that hopefully the mods can address:

    1. In the article above, its a positive development to see those sheets embedded, I think they will be very useful. However, I believe it is incorrect to use "GW1" as the code for the first pre season friendly, as its easy for this to be confused with the actual GW1 in early august. Could you use "P1" or "PS1" as the code for pre season friendlies? With perhaps "CS" & "SC" for the community shield and super cup respectively?

    2. The video from yesterday lunchtime which David and Joe produced is not accessible/not working on youtube. I think Joe needs to re-upload it or convert it into a different file type and publish it on the website here instead.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      I'll pass on the GW1 etc.
      Is the video from yesterday still on there?

      1. The Rumour Mill
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Cheers TM 🙂 No its not on there, if you click on it you just get a black screen saying the video was removed or doesn't exist.

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Yep.

    3. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Number 1 I can't comment on, but I'll pass along.

      Regarding number 2, what I heard was that there were some technical issues when Joe uploaded it, causing it be pretty much unwatchable. As a result it was taken down and scrapped. I think he might be planning to rerecord it later.

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Ah, TM beat me to the punch!

      2. Skonto Rigga
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Yeah, David and Joe re-recording a video tomorrow. I watched the stream live and it was (mostly) fine but something went wrong in the upload and it was a write-off.

        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Cheers Neale! 🙂

        2. The Rumour Mill
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          That's great to hear, thanks Neale!

          1. Skonto Rigga
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            No problem, folks!

      3. The Rumour Mill
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Cheers. Ah ok cool, thanks for explaining 🙂 Shame it didn't work, it sounded like they covered some interesting topics it would be useful to get their insight on. Hopefully a rerecord happens or the content can be included into another video.

      4. J0E
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Seems to be an issue with YouTube as it happened in the only part of the process that we can’t control - when YouTube automatically turns a live stream that has just finished into a video. David and I are investigating tomorrow and hopeful it was a one off glitch.

    4. Skonto Rigga
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Cheers for the feedback! I'll pass this on to David, see if we can retitle those columns.

      1. The Rumour Mill
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        No worries, appreciate the response from you and all the mods so swiftly! Yeah I think it would just aid clarity, especially once the actual GW1 has occurred and there will be 2 lots of minutes with the same "GW1" code on the sheet potentially.

  5. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Are the downgrades or Robbo to VVD and Laporte to a 4.5 worth it to upgrade KDB to Sterling?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      I dont think so.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Cheers

    2. Pep Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      I think you could make an argument for Robbo > VVD. I think he will get a couple more goals this season. He starts more or less every move. Rarely gives the ball away and wins everything. An animal off set pieces. For me he's my no.1 defender on the game. I currently own KDB but there's no right or wrong way with your choices pal so don't be put off from Rupert. City can still concede in games and Sterling as we all know can haul

    3. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Not for me, thinks KDB could be the first player to rise dramatically in value for city, like sterling and sane always do.

      1. yakirh
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        This is an option but with Sterling ownership only 24%, I can see Sterling getting to 12.5 very fast as well

    4. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Maybe. Depends which 4.5

  6. donlobatto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Am I mad to be considering going Robbo + VVD and forgoing TAA?

    Virgil is just such a lynch pin for us and tends to do quietly very well in FPL terms. Robbo has the edge over TAA for me because of consistency (not sure I buy all the people that say TAA being one year old will be a game changer)

    Should I jsut go TAA and Robbo like everyone else and lose 0.5 elsewhere?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      I would rather spend the extra 0.5 for the greater assist threat of Robbo/TAA.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Without a shadow of a doubt.

    2. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 12 days ago

      ?
      You just made your point why you don't have TAA in your team

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Hardly mad.
      But Taa will almost certainly have a lot more minutes this season. I he gets anywhere near VVD's minutes he'll significantly outscore him. Robbo started the season with a bit more consistency because he didn't have any injuries.
      Once TAA sorted out his niggles he absolutely stormed the last 10-12 games.

      1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        I don't think so, well at least the "significance" part anyway.
        There were so many Virg. near misses last season and he's a comfort blanket for the guaranteed start.

        Trent is not.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Well Trent wasn't, but I don't think we knew quite what we had on our hands at first. Once we realised he really was that good, the rotation stopped. VVD did have a few near misses, but TAA is only going to improve. Still can't believe he accrued 13 assists.

          1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Yes, but you have to equate that with the Gomez injury, which is significant.

            Gomez will have a significant part to play this season.

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              Good point.

      2. ...al - Leave your comments…
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Had Robertson from the first to last week all season and regretted not swapping him for Trent toward the end with during a wc.

        Cost me a fair few points

        Old Trenty was first in my draft this year

        1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          I owned both fullbacks and was very happy

          1. ...al - Leave your comments…
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Yea that was also one draft with both that would have smashed it

            Not sure I can invest in both at the start but I’m going Taa over Robertson and Virgil at the minute

    4. donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Thanks all! Good for thought!

    5. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Currently on vvd robbo myself. Not sure if taa will play more than 30 games this year

    6. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      With the way TAA has played, he’s going to get more minutes, more responsibility, and more corners.

      To me, that’s more points from attacking and BPS. Virg will tick along nicely and score from corners but I don’t tube that compares to what tAA offers.

  7. Dacra
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Any chance of Solanke playing at Bournemouth?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Not significantly until something happens to King or Wilson

    2. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      No, and he’s not really the goal scorer we are after either, so not sure he would be worth the punt

  8. TheRealDonaldTrump
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Ryan (Button)

    Robertson VVD Digne (Kelly) (Gibson)

    F. Anderson Zaha Salah Sigurdsson Sterling

    Deulofeu King (Janssen)

    help with this team brothers?

    1. theswallow1965
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Not enough up front for me personally. I tried Salah and Sterling but was so hard to get a decent balance. I downgraded Sterling and got Kun up front. Consider Kane for 11m too.
      Sterling > 5m (your midfield looks decent enough, could even consider Tielemans/Maddison/Fraser)
      Janssen > Kane/Kun?

  9. Kung Fu Football
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Presuming that Zincenko appears to have the spot nailed down after pre-season at MCI and also that the Fraser/Wilson partnership stays intact at BOU, which combo do you prefer here? Thanks :

    A - Fraser / Zincenko
    B - Brooks / Laporte

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      A

    2. ...al - Leave your comments…
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      A if Zinc nailed.

      A 5.5 city lb nailed would be the dream

    3. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      A, but Zinchenko will not be nailed even if it looks like it.

  10. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Which from:

    A) Laporte, Siggy, KDB
    B) Coleman, Pererya, Sterling

    Suspect I may know which way this will go

    1. CROCosta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 12 days ago

      B

    2. Queenofthestoneage
      4 months, 12 days ago

      A

    3. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      A. Pereyra especially is not good enough.

  11. CROCosta
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 12 days ago

    pick 1:
    A) Wilson, VVD, Pope/Ryan
    B) King, TAA, LLoris/Kepa

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      B

    2. ...al - Leave your comments…
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Wilson and ‘Ol Trenty then a 4.5 keeper

  12. Dacra
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    How are we looking?

    Ryan/Pope (4.0)
    Coleman / Van Dijk / TAA / Walker (4.0)
    Salah - Sterling - B.Silva - Siggy (4.5)
    King - Jota (4.5)

  13. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    This year could be the year of the Jesus. In sparkling form and this could be when Aguero's minutes are managed a lot more.

    1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      This is what will happen:
      Jesus plays just enough that Aguero is no longer a viable option, and we see enough of Jesus that he's not priced as a bargain next season, when Aguero leaves. The end of season points totals will be:
      Aguero: 127
      Jesus: 89

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        This is probably more likely.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Right, Kun played so much last season because Jesus was off the pace and Pep couldn't afford to drop a point. Jesus has had a good S. American tournament, better than Aguero, suggesting his form has returned. To me it suggests Pep will be happy to rotate them more - Kun still with the lion's share of playing time but Jesus starting more often and getting more sub minutes than last season. So I agree, it will impact on Kun's points haul and therefore Sterling becomes the go-to offensive City option.

          1. The 5% Team
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 12 days ago

            so FPL have overpriced Aguero this season...should have been 11m like Auba and Kane?

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              Even 11.5 could have worked, but 12m is pretty pointless.

            2. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              To be fair, the prices are based on last season and were out before the A American tournie.

    2. Misteak
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      This is problematic for me. I'm currently on Aguero + Salah because I can only afford two big hitters and I want both City and Liverpool coverage the flexibility of a big ass striker so I can switch over to Kane/Aubamayang if needs be

      1. DantheManinaPan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        You can switch with 2FT from Sterling anyway. It's not a huge inconvenience to get an almost undoubtedly better fpl point scorer

  14. DirtySanchez
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    RMT please!

    Fab/4.0

    TAA/ Robbo/ Mendy/ Laporte/ Wan B
    Salah/ KDB/ Zaha/ Milli/ Hayden
    King/ Jiminez/ 4.5

    Mendy/Wan B dependant on pre-season

    1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Wan-Bissaka is a waste of money now, pending further evidence. Mendy is tasty though. Don't like King at all, and there's a lot of money on your bench.

      1. DirtySanchez
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Is there?

        4.0, Wan B, Hayden, 4.5

        17.5 on the bench seems okay to me!

  15. Fordy40
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Anyone think f a 4.0 starting defender or are we waiting for pre season to tell us more ?

    1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Kelly will get some games assuming Sakho and Tomkins stay injured. Nobody will be nailed.

    2. Differential (c)
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Someone said Hanley might play now that zimmerman is injured, but someone elae interjectef that no he wont.
      One to watch out ofr.

  16. GlassShaw
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Would really appreciate a RMT!

    Ederson/Ryan
    TAA/Luiz/Walker/Dunk/Kelly
    Mane/Zaha/Tielemans/Nevez/Kante
    Aguero/Wilson/Jota

    Thanks!

    1. theswallow1965
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Looks good, but If you are playing Ederson as set & forget, then downgrade Ryan to 4m to use extra 0.5m elsewhere. Will you ever play Ryan over Ederson?

      1. Misteak
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        This. Neves and kante are absurd picks as well. Downgrade one to a 4.5 then use the remaining funds to beef up the other. Also, doubling up on any defence other than Liverpool is unadvisable. Better spend 0.5 to turn Walker into VVD or Digne/Coleman.

        Otherwise good.

        1. GlassShaw
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Agree I should downgrade Kante and also Walker to VVD, but not sure on who to go for over Neves with 6.0 available. Any tips?

          1. Misteak
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            6.0 is an awkward price point. I think that for midfielders you either go 4.5 bench fodder or 6.5. In between the only one I'd consider is Moutinho. Try find the funds to do Neves > Perez/Tielemens if you can. Otherwise Moutinho

      2. GlassShaw
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Thanks, that’s a great point. Will go for Button

  17. Queenofthestoneage
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Ederson.
    VVD. Robo. Laporte. Azpi. Digne.
    Salah. Siggy.
    Vardy. Jimenez. King.
    4.0 5.0 5.0 4.5

    1. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Decent

  18. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Better option?

    A. Coleman ake
    B. Digne dunk

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      B

    2. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      B, any day. I think Bernardo will be better than Dunk this season though because of attackibg returns, Potter will surely use him over Bong as he fits an attacking system much better.

    3. theswallow1965
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      B

    4. Misteak
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Coleman Dunk

  19. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    This season, Burnley will be good at defending again.

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Hopefully they continue to force lots of shots from distance and their first choice keeper will be a great option.

      1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Indeed. I hope they keep Heaton as No. 1, who imo is a smidge better than Pope

        1. The 5% Team
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Pope did have a great season 2 years ago...so wouldn't be a bad choice as well if Heaton leaves

  20. Queenofthestoneage
    4 months, 12 days ago

    A) Salah + Laporte
    B) Sterling + TAA

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      B

    2. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      I need all four

  21. NVP
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Guys I need help to buff up my two poor substitute defenders, who to cull?

    GK:
    Heaton

    Def:
    Robertson
    Mendy
    Wan-Bissaka

    Mid:
    Sterling
    Salah
    Kanté
    David Silva

    Fwd:
    Ings
    Kane
    Deulofeu

    Sub:
    Button
    Hayden
    Kelly
    Simpson

    1. NVP
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 12 days ago

      If i could just get 0.5 I could get Aarons (4.5/NOR) who is a regular... But how? Chop David Silva?

    2. theswallow1965
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      It's the Salah plus Sterling issue. It unbalances the team I think, I tried it too but downgraded Sterling and spread the funds.
      Not too keen on the D Silva pick either for some reason.
      How about:
      Sterling > KDB
      Silva > Siggy
      Will leave you about 2m to upgrade elsewhere.

      Just my thoughts.

    3. theswallow1965
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Or you could do Kane > Kun if you want City attack. Would still give a valuable 1m to upgrade those defenders.

      1. NVP
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 12 days ago

        I like both options, especially the aguero choice.

        I thought:

        D. Silva > Moutinho (WOL)
        Hayden > Hernandez (NOR)
        Kelly > Aarons (NOR)
        Simpson > Taylor (BUR)

        All regular starters, but I'm losing out the points between Silva and Moutinho...

      2. NVP
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 12 days ago

        I've ended up going with:

        D. Silva > Tielemans (LEI) 
        Hayden > Dendoncker (WOL)
        Kelly > Aarons (NOR) 
        Simpson > Taylor (BUR)

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Dilva feels very dodgy for consistent starts imo. Heck of a player of course.

  22. Jarvish Scott Talent
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Gollum setting the bar low I see by saying Greenwood will get more game time. Would be better off shipping him out on loan to a mid-table Championship side as that is clearly more his level at the moment.

  23. CROCosta
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 12 days ago

    A) King + Fraser + FAnderson
    B) Wilson + Zaha + Chicharito

  24. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    I'm bored so, although I usually don't post RMTs, here's one for you guys

    Heaton/Pope
    TAA Robertson VVD Digne Coleman
    Sterling Eriksen Sigurdsson Moura
    Vardy
    4.0 | Andone | Dendoncker | Greenwood

    My only uncertainty so far is Bernardo and Adams over Coleman and Andone, which I will go for if for whatever reason Andone doesn't look 1st choice. I also like Gomez but am worried about Matip poking through where her isn't wanted, and anyway wouldn't know which Liverpool defender to drop for him.

  25. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Just signed up to football index, anyone ever used it?
    Seems perfect for an FPL player.

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      4 months, 12 days ago

      I dunno if it's a requirement but do not register your phone number if you have the option, their marketing is very aggressive.

  26. Kizza_10
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    How’s she looking, I know the bench isn’t the best but I’m willing to take a punt on it for the early part of the season.

    Any advice on how to improve the team is welcome.

    Ryan
    Wan B VVD Walker Robertson Azpi
    Tielemans KDB Salah Sterling

    1. Kizza_10
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Ryan
      Wan B VVD Walker Robertson Azpi
      Tielemans KDB Salah Sterling
      King

      Subs: Button, Dendoncker, wickham, greenwood

      1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Vardy + 7.0 mid > KdB + King

        1. Kizza_10
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          I like that thought, Vardy & Zaha maybe ?

    2. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Let me guess, Jiminez Wickham Greenwood

  27. scoreonemore
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Can I get a thought please? Thanks.

    Ederson
    TAA Robertson AWB
    Salah KDB Perez Zaha Barkley
    King vardy Jota

    Norris - dunk - Dendocker - diop

  28. True Deadzoner
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Salah + Deleofeo

    or

    KDB + Vardy?

  29. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Cricket is really exciting 😀

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Incredible game. So close to heroics from Dhoni.

    2. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      The answer to the question: What lie do you tell most often to your more elderly family members?

    3. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      I still don't like cricket.
      I love it.
      I still really hate it actually.
      Fun to play mind you, but watching it_ Meh!

  30. The 5% Team
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 12 days ago

    What are the chances City will line-up with a 2 striker formation (Kun and Jesus)...didn't they do this a lot 2 seasons ago?

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      They used a 3-1-4-2 / 3-5-2 once or twice last season, and sometimes went with two forwards when chasing a game, but the squads build for a 4-3-3, so I'm not expecting any changes. With Pep, you never know tho.

    2. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Wouldn't this be nice:
      Kun Jesus
      Sterling
      KdB Bernardo
      Rodri
      Mendy Laporte Stones Walker