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What Fantasy managers can expect from Southampton forward Che Adams

Southampton and Ralph Hasenhüttl have added to their attacking armoury ahead of the 2019/20 Premier League season with the signing of Che Adams (£6.0m) from Birmingham City for a reported £15m fee.

Adams, 22, scored 38 goals in 123 appearances across three seasons at St Andrew’s and was named in the Championship Team of the Season for 2018/19.

The Englishman will aim to provide additional goalscoring impetus to a Southampton side who scored just 1.18 goals per game in 2018/19, ranking 15th in the goals scored table.

Adams’ arrival at St Mary’s comes alongside the signing of Moussa Djenepo (£5.5m) from Standard Liege as well as the permanent capture of Danny Ings (£6.0m) from Liverpool, as the Saints bid to improve on their attacking options and mount a challenge for a top ten finish in Hasenhüttl’s first full season in charge on the south coast.

Southampton forwards have rarely proved to be reliable sources of FPL points in the last two seasons, with midfielders Nathan Redmond (£6.5m) and James Ward-Prowse (£6.0m) representing the Saints’ top-scoring players in 2018/19 with 137 and 94 points respectively. 

Yet if Adams is able to translate the form he has shown throughout the lower leagues of English football into performances in the Premier League with Southampton, then this could be a player firmly worthy of consideration in the opening Gameweeks of 2019/20.

Upon signing for Southampton, Adams said: 

I was watching them play when I was at Birmingham and I liked what Ralph did so I couldn’t say no.

You can see with the track history… the gaffer’s belief in the young players, I want to be part of it.

There was interest in January but it didn’t quite go through but I’m happy now it has.

Hasenhüttl also spoke enthusiastically after confirming the signing of Adams: 

He has shown a desire to join us above all other clubs, which shows the positive reputation Southampton has built for developing young players.

The History and Statistics 

Che Adams’ first professional senior goal came in a League Cup semi-final against Spurs in January 2015

Born in Leicester in July 1996, Adams’ rapid rise through the lower divisions of English football is testament to not only his unquestionable ability but a work ethic that will certainly have furthered Hasenhüttl’s interest in bringing the player to St Mary’s.

After spells at Oadby Town and Ilkeston before his 18th birthday, Adams earned his first major career move in 2014, after the eyes and ears of Sheffield United were alerted to an immensely promising player plying their trade in the seventh tier of English football. 

Under the management of Nigel Clough, the Blades gave Adams his initial opportunity in the English Football League (EFL), with a tepid first season ensuing – the striker made just 13 appearances across the 2014/15 campaign as he saw his minutes managed by Clough, scoring three goals in the process. 

The 2015/16 campaign proved to be Adams’ breakthrough year at Bramall Lane, with the striker netting on 11 occasions across 43 games and, in the process, attracting interest from the upper echelons of the EFL – notably Birmingham City and manager Gary Rowett.

Birmingham signed Adams for an undisclosed fee after being impressed by the striker’s performances for the Blades and his 15 goals in 55 appearances for the club. The Englishman had seemingly stepped up at every increased level of competition in his four full seasons as a professional, and Rowett placed his faith in Adams to deliver in the Championship. 

This faith was handsomely rewarded as Adams gradually grew into his role leading the line at St Andrew’s, increasing his goalscoring output in successive seasons before delivering an eye-catching, sensational campaign in 2018/19 in which he scored 22 goals in 46 league appearances.

This clinical goalscoring output from a 22-year-old English striker will naturally increase speculation of a potential transfer, but it is Southampton who have secured the services of this highly-rated prospect who will now bid to make yet another step up and deliver in the top-flight of English football. 

Comparisons 
PlayerMinutes per shotMinutes per shot in the boxMinutes per shot on targetMinutes per key pass 
Adams32.850.566.855.8
Redmond44.3117.114963
Ings29.849.172.559.6
Long46.366.1138.886.8
Austin 30.742.7109109

The Prospects

Danny Ings is available for the same price as Che Adams in FPL this season

Southampton’s signing of Adams has understandably excited the club’s fanbase, and the anticipation surrounding the 22-year-old’s Premier League debut is far from unwarranted. 

The club has been crying out for a goalscoring number nine since the departure of Graziano Pelle in 2016, and in Adams, the Saints may have found a player capable of filling the attacking void vacated by the Italian following his transfer to Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng.

Adams’ minutes-per-shot on target average was superior to any of Southampton’s attacking quartet from the 2018/19 campaign, whilst the striker also ranks top for minutes per key pass – underlining his potential for valuable assists in the spectrum of FPL points.

A total of 74 shots in the box throughout the 2018/19 season would have placed Adams joint-fifth in the Premier League standings from the previous campaign, level with Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) and above the likes of Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Alexandre Lacazette (£9.5m).

The usual big disclaimer applies regarding these figures, of course, with Adams having registered them in the second tier with Birmingham.

The value that Adams could offer managers is evident from his final campaign with Birmingham, a team who didn’t feature in the Championship promotion picture (although a points deduction saw to that) and who scored just 64 times throughout the season, with Adams accounting for 34% of the team’s goals.

Yet central to determining the striker’s potential as a value-for-money £6.0m forward in Gameweek 1 squad for 2019/20 remain the questions over Southampton’s attacking abilities as a unit.

Shane Long (£5.0m) and Charlie Austin (£6.0m) have struggled for the Saints since arriving on the south coast, whilst injury in Ings’ first season at St Mary’s as a Liverpool loanee disrupted any potential for a consistent stream of minutes and form. 

The club tying down Ings on a permanent deal from Liverpool alongside the signing of Djenepo from Standard Liege is a clear indicator of their intentions for the upcoming campaign, and if Adams can play his part in this trident of new attacking signings then the Saints could be set for an impressive year in Hasenhüttl’s first full season in charge at St Mary’s. 

At a price of £6.0m, Adams (whose ownership is 1.6%) is placed alongside the likes of Glenn Murray (4.1%), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (4.8%) and teammate Ings (3.0%) who currently form the three most popular £6.0m strikers in the build-up to GW1.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is currently the most-owned FPL forward in the £5.5m-£6.0m bracket

This level of competition and comparison is important in determining if Adams is offering stronger value than his similarly priced counterparts, yet a decisive element in the striker’s effectiveness as a budget striker will lie in Hasenhüttl’s tactical and formation-based selections. 

The Austrian alternated between a 3-4-2-1 and 3-5-2 during the 2018/19 campaign, enabling a sense of defensive solidity whilst deploying differing attacking combinations dependent on the quality and calibre of opposition. 

If Hasenhüttl opts to regularly deploy the 3-4-2-1 formation this drastically reduces Adams’ potential for a regular berth in the Southampton starting XI, especially considering the club’s permanent signing of Ings from Liverpool. However, the Saints’ pre-season schedule commenced on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against SCR Altach in Austria, with Adams making his Southampton debut and scoring inside two minutes with a clinical low drive from 18 yards.

Hasenhüttl’s decision to deploy a 4-2-2-2 formation (his favoured system in Germany) in the club’s first game of pre-season could be indicative of the Austrian’s plans for the 2019/20 season. Adams’ impressive performance as part of a two-strong strike force will only strengthen his chances of starting for the Saints when they face Burnley on August 10th.

Adams’ total number of goals scored last year (22) surpassed the combined goalscoring output of Southampton’s four main attacking options (Long, Ings, Redmond and Austin) who scored 20 league goals between them, and it is evident that the Saints have signed a player with an eye for goal and who could fit seamlessly into Hasenhüttl’s attacking plans for the upcoming Premier League campaign.

Southampton’s opening five fixtures of the 2019/20 campaign present a dilemma for FPL managers who may be considering investing in their assets, with attractive games against Burnley, Brighton and Sheffield United juxtaposed against the visits of Manchester United and Liverpool to St Mary’s. 

In these games last year, excluding the fixture against newly-promoted Sheffield United, Southampton won a total of five points, having laboured to a 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion whilst drawing 1-1 and 2-2 with Burnley and Manchester United respectively; the Saints also were defeated 3-1 by Liverpool in April. 

The fact that Hasenhüttl’s side scored in each of these games last season and will fancy their chances of doing so against newly-promoted Sheffield United is a promising omen for those considering investing in Southampton’s attacking assets, but selecting the most consistent forward around Adams’ price presents a difficult dilemma for managers.

Given the number of £6.0m strikers in 2019/20 – the most common price-tag for forwards in the game – investment in Adams would represent an unquestionable risk but a gamble that could pay rewarding dividends given the player’s initial pre-season form as well as three attractive fixtures in the Saints’ first five.

This may be a case of “wait and see” for sanctioning Adams’ inclusion in your squad for the initial stages of the 2019/20 campaign but the former Birmingham striker is worth monitoring at the very least – particularly for those Fantasy managers who are going light up front.

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1,139 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Jimmy Boy
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    Is anyone on here genuinely considering Bernardo Silva as City attack cover?

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Not even as back up!

    2. Nunoooooooooo
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Nope

    3. Taking the Mkhitaryan
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Its like not being able to date a 10, so going out with her 2 sister instead.

    4. Jimmy Boy
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Good to hear that everyone else seems to think the same as me haha

    5. Drip Doctor
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Considering him over Siggy. With KDB back, he may well play in the front three.

      1. LangerznMash
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        this

    6. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      I wish I could convince myself, but can’t. At least from the start. If he becomes nailed RW that’s a diff story

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Do you mean like last season? When KDB was fit that it.

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 28 days ago

          is*

    7. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      I am 🙂

    8. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Iv gone for Aguero.

  2. PaulRUK3
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    The Cherries had a friendly against Wimbledon tonight, won 3-2, brace from Wilson and the 3rd Fraser.....

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Lol. Poor King

      1. PaulRUK3
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        To be fair, King only played the 2nd half.....to be fairer still, Wilson only played the first! My money is on our man Wilson who signed a new 4 year contract (phew!)

        1. PaulRUK3
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 28 days ago

          Forgot to mention something that may be slightly important, both the Don’s goals were penalties.....

    2. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Wilson at 8 vs vardy at 9

      Bournemouth have the fixtures too

    3. PlumaPiedra
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Wouldn't read too much into it, we're not exactly stern opposition.

  3. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    Those going without Sterling (I assume you have KDB in that spot perhaps?), convince me. Him and Salah takes up a lot of £

    I’m tempted, but it feels wrong looking at the team 🙁

    (Likewise I suppose, pro-Raheemers make your arguments too) 🙂

    1. MFPL
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      For me, it's just gut feeling for the beginning of the season. I currently have no City players..

      1. The 5% Team
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        same here...gut feeling Aguero will start the season very well. Probably swap to Sterling later on

        1. MFPL
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 28 days ago

          Yeah, I'm trying to follow my gut more this season. I can't comprehend paying 12m to have Sterling in my team at this moment, but again, there's still plenty of time until GW1!

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 10 Years
            1 year, 28 days ago

            Going with your gut (within reason obviously!) is one of he only ways to make this game less painful

            I’ve often found its the much lesser of two evils to be wrong yourself, than to be wrong because you went with someone else’s advice or opinion over your own

            Case in point: (one of) my own personal gut feelings for this season is that Sterling is going to go absolutely mental -like 40 attacking returns in 30 games type of mental

            I just think that at nearly 25 he’s ready for it and it’s his time to step up onto that pantheon of destructiveness

            Himself, Mo & Vardy are still the only 3 attackers in the game that really appeal to me this season. Lots of time for that to change of course - but i’ve Never had this level of “non-tinkering” in a pre season before with such a stable predicted GW1 team

            1. UnitedFan
              • 5 Years
              1 year, 28 days ago

              Interesting that you find those 3 mainly appealing, leading to less tinkering. What are your thoughts on Siggy seeing as he's a staple of the template around here then?

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • 10 Years
                1 year, 28 days ago

                I will caveat this with the health warning that my thoughts on Siggy typically go down like a lead balloon 🙂

                That being said

                Some interesting stats:

                - 23 blanks in 38 appearances last season
                - Missed 4 of last 7 penalties
                - Zero Goals & Zero Assists in last season's equivalent of his opening 5 fixtures (no villa obvs):

                cpl 0G 0A
                WAT 0G 0A
                WOL 0G 0A
                bou 0G 0A

                But he's not popular for no reason - and he could do very well - but PATIENCE will be key for his legion of owners

                Just like a puppy is for life, not just for Christmas, a Siggy is for the season, not just for GW1-5

                I personally much prefer his two fullback colleagues as my FPL weapons of choice from Everton (If Gueye stays)

                1. UnitedFan
                  • 5 Years
                  1 year, 28 days ago

                  Hard to believe he had a good season looking at those stats. Good points. I've got him and Digne at the moment.

                  1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • 10 Years
                    1 year, 28 days ago

                    38 games worth of appearances points will do an end of season score no harm at all 😉

                    And he did have a good season, he almost had a great one if he hadn’t missed those pens

                    But he’s been a very tricky player to time right - he’ll pop up with a brace when you least expect it, and miss a penalty & get negative points in a home banker you’d expect him to haul in etc

                    8.0 is too steep for me, rightly or wrongly

                    1. UnitedFan
                      • 5 Years
                      1 year, 28 days ago

                      That's fair. He's not fixed into my team. I just haven't done much tinkering myself because I'm not bothered yet lol. He's just a nice pick at this early stage of preseason given his fixtures and proven fpl pedigree. Cheers.

    2. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      I have neither and i feel ok about. Hoping Kane, Aguero, Robertson and VVD rake in the points.

    3. Spoox777
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      I didn't have Sterling at all last season & regretted it. I did have Aguero though.
      KdB price is tempting & would allow me to upgrade another player.

    4. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Salah+Kane+a nailed on 8M City attacker is a nice core 😉

      1. UnitedFan
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Do you trust Bilva as an fpl player?

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 28 days ago

          It's more what he enables I guess. But when do you get a nailed on City attacker expected to play in the front three at 8M!?

          And before anyone tells me he isn't nailed on, he played more than Sterling and Kun last year and was their player of the season.

          1. UnitedFan
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 28 days ago

            Fair enough. I do think he's one of the more nailed City players, just would personally worry about his usefulness in fpl.

            1. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 year, 28 days ago

              Well I would pick Siggy over him at the same price, but I've gone both. Just want my little piece of City attack, I'm aware you get what you pay for.

    5. Nunoooooooooo
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      A 4-4-2 team looks so much better and more balanced with KdB over sterling, but I still need a large sofa to hide behind.....

    6. Eytexi
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Gotta have Raheem. Most explosive point scorer in the best team in the league.

  4. FPL Pillars
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    Serge Aurier at 5mil now on everyone’s radar?

    1. The 5% Team
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      I fear Spurs fullback rotation...like last couple of seasons

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Yes tbh, if Trippier love goes through. You’d think he’d be first choice.

      Question is, where do you fit him without going 5 ATB? Do you ditch Everton fullback?

      1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Tough Love!

    3. Taking the Mkhitaryan
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Nope
      Poch and his fullbacks
      Expect KWP to get games

      1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        And Foyth at RB

    4. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 28 days ago

      It’s a big old Merry go round

    5. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      I thought Spurs were trying to shift him as well as Trippier.

      1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Rose hasnt gone on preseasom either
        Theres talk of Sessengon
        Absolute minefield

    6. MattB
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Walker peters will get alot more minutes this year - aurier incredibly injury prone and getting old, think Poch will play KWP as first choice

  5. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    If (and it’s a big if) Aurier can get the RB spot, thoughts on this lot? 4 big hitters and a strong defence.

    Pope
    TAA VVD Zinchenko Coleman Aurier
    Salah KDB 6.5 (Dendoncker Hayden)
    Vardy Kane (Wickham)

    It’s obviously out there, and highly unlikely I’d do it, but interesting

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Midfield worries me, whose your 6.5 going to be?

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Could be any of Brooks, Perez, Tielemans, Yarmo, etc

        1. conorbon
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 28 days ago

          I’m not going 5 at the back, feel like 3 heavy defenders and 2 4.5 is enough. Would then enable you to get upgrade the mid a bit. Plus Wickham has no chance of playing.

    2. MFPL
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      There is plenty of potential with that team, not something I would personally go with, but if you're interested in 5ATB, it's solid.

    3. Taking the Mkhitaryan
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      I cant be bothered to RMT a team that by your own admission you have no intention of having

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Alright calm down mate. Just throwing ideas out there, others may be interested in the team

  6. MFPL
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    What are the reasons for going with, and without Jamie Vardy to start the season?

    I'm interested in hearing what people have to say about Vardy considering he's Leicester's main man and they're an attacking team.

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Wilson is the reason to go without

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 28 days ago

        This

        King is not a comparative option

    2. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      I would love to have him but I can’t justify him over Kane and Aguero.

    3. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Got him atm, he was awesome at the end of last season when I had him, is the attacking focal point of the team, is on pens, plays almost 90 mins every week and has a proven track record against the bigger sides. The negative is obviously the compromises that you have to make in the rest of your team, especially if you want Salah and Sterling.

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Be Claude Puel

      Get sacked 24 Feb

      Be Jamie Vardy

      Score 10 goals & 1Assist in next 11 league games

      About sums it up 🙂

    5. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Would like to have him in my team.

      However, the way the fixtures fall mean I'm currently favouring others, by which I mean I'd sooner hand that space to a cheaper 6.5F to begin with and swap around as needed.

      For the first two GWs you have better fixtures for all of the cheaper Bou, Wat and Eve forwards. Then even for the two (on paper) plum fixtures for Lei in GW3 & GW4 you have cheaper alternatives at Wolves, Wat and Eve with good fixtures too. After that Lei face mun and TOT, hardly appealing.

      Even with the given that Vardy can perform well against big teams, investing the extra money in him over the myriad of cheaper alternatives doesn't seem like the most efficient use of budget to my mind.

  7. Nuno
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    Team A?
    VVD Laporte Digne (4.5 rotation pair)
    Salah Sterling KDB Fraser Perez
    King

    Team B?
    Robertson TAA Digne
    Salah KDB Siggy Fraser Perez
    King Jimenez/Wilson

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      A just

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      A

  8. Old Bull
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    Fraser or Zaha? Can’t decide.

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      I have both but if I had to have one it would be Fraser, Zaha May have had his head turned by the failed Arsenal move.

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Fraser- Zaha late back from AFCON and Arsenal situation might unsettle him. Fraser great fixtures to start

    3. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Fraser

    4. Nunoooooooooo
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Fraser. I switched from Zaha and feels a lot better now

    5. Old Bull
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Thanks guys. The Arsenal situation had slipped from memory. Good points, well made. I already have Wilson but Fraser it is then.

  9. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    Thanks for earlier feedback. Settled on this team for now. Any further feedback gratefully received. Watford/West Ham rotation in defence looks ok for first few weeks. Would like Kiko Femenia and Fredericks but not sure they are so nailed

    Lloris
    TAA Cathcart Van Dijk Digne
    Salah Sterling Pérez Fraser
    Wilson Deulofeu

    Woodman Dendoncker Diop Greenwood

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      I like it except for Lloris.

      1. Kiwivillan
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Same

    2. LangerznMash
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      I think after tonight something like this will be the template (until Watford play), but slightly amended to get a City defender.

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Yeah, I switched Vardy to Wilson in mine and ended on

        Ryan/Burnley
        TAA Robertson Digne Zinchenko
        Salah Sterling Fraser Perez
        Wilson 6.5

        usual dross bench

  10. Doubter2Believer
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    a) Sterling & Deulofeu

    Or

    b) Siggy & Kane

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      B

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      A

    3. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      B but 0.5 more expensive

    4. LangerznMash
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      B

    5. Doubter2Believer
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Thanks for all your opinions guys.

      What if I said a) is my only way into the City team?

  11. Whazza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    Do we think Perez will have an effect on Vardy's FPL points?
    Vardy was gold as the only striker and focal point, but will that be the case now with Perez's threat?

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Unlikely in my opinion, Vardy still the main man.

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        I think so too, but not as clear now. Perez 12G and only 2A last season indicates he wants to score more than assist

    2. Old Bull
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Had Perez last season. His eyes firmly fixed on goal. The two should compliment each other, but..........

  12. conorbon
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    How’s this side looking?
    Ederson/Woodman.
    Kelly, Mings, Digne, VVD, Robertson.
    El Ghazi, Pereyra, Zaha, Fraser, Richarlison.
    Andone, Kane, Aguero.

  13. Tube!!
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    Do anything different?

    Pope
    TAA. VVD. Laporte. Coleman.
    Salah. KDB. Perez.
    Kane. King. Deulofeu.

    Button. Jorginho. Kelly. Dendoncker.

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      No that’s one strong side!

    2. Nunoooooooooo
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Dendonker for Jorge and get Digne instead of Coleman

      1. Nunoooooooooo
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Sorry, just seen donks. Leave as is!

    3. Carlton P
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Lovely and simple

      1. Tube!!
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Cheers.....want Ederson but you can’t have everything!!

    4. Dutchy
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      What’s your theory behind jorginho?

      1. Tube!!
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Could be playing further forward, on pens but wait and watch pre season.

  14. Nunoooooooooo
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    So the question on everyone’s mind......

    Rico or Kelly???

    😆

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Hahahha I have Kelly.

      1. Nunoooooooooo
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Me too. But I want a differential 3rd bencher!! 😉

    2. LangerznMash
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      both

  15. DV8R
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    Any indication on who out of Pope or Heaton is 1st choice?

    1. Kiwivillan
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Pope should be

    2. UnitedFan
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Early days but you'd think Pope.

  16. Old Bull
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    Ok, my second task of the night is to name a 4.5 defender who will probably play and not ship a load of goals in GW. Does such a thing exist?

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Challenge Accepted!

      Pieters.

      1. Ask Yourself
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Does Taylor not take the starting place

    2. Carlton P
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Dunk

    3. LangerznMash
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Cathcart your best bet for GW1

    4. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      I'm going with Dunk, but Lascelles could also be good (long term, not so much the first nine GWs

    5. Old Bull
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Thanks fellas. Looking to play bench boost week1 & want everyone on the pitch.

      1. conorbon
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Very bold indeed l.

  17. Carlton P
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    Currently on this.
    Heaton / Button
    Robbo / TAA / Digne / Azpi / Walker
    Salah / Sterling / Siggy / Maddison / fodder
    King / fodder / fodder
    KDB, Son and Vardy very much in my thoughts

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Too defensive. King as your only playing striker would bother me greatly.

      1. Carlton P
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Could go
        Walker to 4.0
        Sterling to KDB
        fodder to Vardy??

        1. conorbon
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 28 days ago

          That would be a great move.

    2. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      really trying to test the idea that defenders offer better PPM, huh?

      1. Carlton P
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Yeah not just that but I don’t want to be using transfers on defenders so hoping I can set and forget. May even downgrade one to Dunk

      2. Carlton P
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        My thinking is that Azpi, Walker and Digne should get around 150 points each
        Ideally want to use transfers on nailing the 6.5 striker, Leicester mid, city mid etc

  18. Nuno
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    A. Kane, Robbo, TAA
    B. Sterling, VVD, Laporte

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      A

    2. Nunoooooooooo
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      A

    3. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Kane, VVD, TAA + 0.5 is what I'm on

    4. LangerznMash
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      A

  19. Nunoooooooooo
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    Boring as f*** but happy for now. Just can’t get the balance right with sterling....any suggestions?

    Pope
    TAA - Robbo - Digne - Zinchenko
    Salah - KdB - Siggy - Fraser
    Vardy - King

    1. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      We look a like, nothing set in stone though

      Me: Lloris Bilva Perez Kane
      You: Pope KDB Fraser Vardy

      1. Nunoooooooooo
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Good choices! But would you not prefer Siggy over Bilva??

    2. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Fraser vardy king kdb

      Wlison Perez deulofeu Sterling

      1. Nunoooooooooo
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        That’s some nice switching! I like it, cheers! Will have a play with that lot! Good suggestions mate

    3. FencoFantasy
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      You could have:

      Pope
      Robbo - VVD - Digne - Zinchenko
      Kante - Sterling - KDB - Mane
      Vardy - King

      Donck - Nketiah - Kelly - Button

      But you've got no bench and you gotta hope Salah doesn't tear it up.

      1. Nunoooooooooo
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Bench is no different to what I’ve currently got tbf!! Just don’t fancy kante and mane as week in/week out players.....

    4. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Similar to my current draft.
      Pope
      TAA,VVD,Digne,Dunk
      Salah,KDB,Sigurdsson,Fraser
      Vardy,Wilson

      Zinc has been in mine but not sure he’s a definite starter. Could be gold though.
      Good team.

      1. Nunoooooooooo
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Yeah I’m keeping an eye on him. I do think a Dunk move could be a great enabler to unlock funds for sterling! Cheers

  20. conorbon
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    I don’t have Salah or Sterling and I feel quite positive about it.

    1. LangerznMash
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Same. You can squeeze an extra premium in your squad and not compromise the overall balance if you avoid the two most expensive players.

      1. conorbon
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Iv managed to get Kane and Aguero in as well as a half decent midfield.

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 28 days ago

          Aguero 12 mil
          Sterling 12 mil

          Whose scored the most points over the last two seasons - it’s an easy decision

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 year, 28 days ago

            Who’s *

            1. The 5% Team
              • 2 Years
              1 year, 28 days ago

              don't have to keep em all season long.
              I think Aguero will start of very well, so going with him on GW1. Probably will switch to Sterling at some point in the season

    2. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Marvellous!

    3. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      More than one way to skin a cat.
      As long as your other players cover their points.

    4. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Your sort are not welcome in this template echo chamber.

      1. conorbon
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Hahahahaha il get my coat.

    5. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      I tried that today but I can't see past Salah as the most consistent captain option for the first 9 weeks...and it will be a miracle if I get that far without WCing.

      1. conorbon
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Whatever works for you. I am nervous but feel a lot more balanced without him.

  21. FencoFantasy
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    Any thoughts on this guys?

    Ederson
    Digne - VVD - Robbo - Walker
    Kante - Salah - Tielemans - KDB
    Kane - King

    (Button, Donck, Dunk, Greenwood)

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      I like it.

  22. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    Wilson needs to be on pens.
    Would end my dithering.

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Did alright last season without so

      1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        I've taken this VAR thing as significant, it's hindering rather than helping. The Wilson or King Q was always tough.

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 28 days ago

          There will be pens that were given that will be disallowed and pens that should have been given, that weren’t, given

          Doubt there will be a massive influx of new pens

          1. UnitedFan
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 28 days ago

            Yeah, apparently most of the stats show no significant change in number of pens with VAR.

            1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
              • 3 Years
              1 year, 28 days ago

              Where?

              1. UnitedFan
                • 5 Years
                1 year, 28 days ago

                Seen links to articles posted here that showed that, plus Andy did a video on this topic on his youtube channel.

                1. UnitedFan
                  • 5 Years
                  1 year, 28 days ago

                  The idea is that pens will be taken away as much as given. It roughly evens out.

                2. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
                  • 3 Years
                  1 year, 28 days ago

                  Thanks!, I guess the pudding of proof will be in the eating.

                1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
                  • 3 Years
                  1 year, 28 days ago

                  Boom!

                  Ty kindly sir. 🙂

          2. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 28 days ago

            This conversation got beat to death back yonder I believe; I think the consensus was that there would be significantly more.

            1. Eat my goal!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 year, 28 days ago

              As above I believe the stats in other leagues are to the contrary of this

              1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
                • 3 Years
                1 year, 28 days ago

                Oh!

                Wilson or King?

                1. Eat my goal!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 year, 28 days ago

                  I’m on Wilson, better option than king imo

                  Scored a brace tonight

    2. LangerznMash
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      If Wilson is on pens then he is in EVERYONE's team.

      1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        True, he took the first one and missed last season, if I remember correctly.

  23. NUFCAndrew
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    Thoughts on this? 0.5 ITB

    Pope Woodman

    TAA VVD Digne Laporte Hanley

    Salah Bilva Siggy Fraser Dendoncker

    Vardy Wilson Greenwood

    1. FencoFantasy
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Only issue I can see is that you're not covering KDB or Sterling... Bilva is good but doesn't have AMAZING attacking outputs.

      1. LangerznMash
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        a small sacrifice, his overall team is much stronger because of this and Bilva will still get a great return.

        1. SoccerBoi69
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 28 days ago

          Digne + Laporte to Coleman + Zinchenko would allow Bilva to KDB.

  24. conorbon
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    How much do we think Haller will be? After GW1 West Ham have great fixtures.

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      7 or 7.5

      1. conorbon
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        If he’s 7 I’m all over that.

    2. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 28 days ago

      7-8

    3. LangerznMash
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      £7.5 or £8.0m

    4. UnitedFan
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      7.0/7.5

    5. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 28 days ago

      7m sounds like an annoying price so that.

    6. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      7.0. Arnie was 7.0. Chelsea strikers are 7.0

  25. FencoFantasy
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    I'd say 7m to match Arnie - if he is 7m that would be very tempting...

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Him, Wilson and Aguero would be very nice indeed.

  26. EgyptianKing
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    Mates, which duo would you prefer?

    A) Siggy King
    B) Perez Wilson

    Cheers!

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 28 days ago

      I’ll go B

      But I have siggy Wilson and Perez in my draft

  27. 32chickens
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    Spurs fans or others-
    What would you suggest the starting XI might be at the start of the new season?

  28. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    A Lloris Digne ot
    B Ederson Coleman

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      * or....

    2. UnitedFan
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Digne and a 4.5 keeper imo, but B out of those.

  29. VAR SH*T
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 28 days ago

    Ederson
    Vvd robbo digne ake
    Salah siggy mili
    Deneey kun king
    Bench woodman dendo stephens kelly
    Thoughts ?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Looks good.. a lot of pen takers.. I like it.

      1. VAR SH*T
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Thats the point

        1. pingissimus
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 28 days ago

          You know Siggy misses more than he scores?

  30. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 28 days ago

    Defenders pretty template, forwards; not so much.

    Ederson
    VVD TAA Digne Laporte (Kelly)
    Salah Jorginho Norwood (Donks Hayden)
    Kane Auba Pukki

    Opinions?

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Mid is rancid.

    2. VAR SH*T
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 28 days ago

      If you play pukki it means no cs for vvd and taa right ?

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        No worries.. not the end of the world playing your defs against your attackers.

        Yea Rancid comes with the forwards. I think Ill end up WCing gw3-5 this season. Trying to go a bit maverick at first and then get the template later on.

    3. LangerznMash
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 28 days ago

      Defence and Strikers are 10/10
      Midfield poor - I think you need to cut Salah and redistribute across the three.. Eg, Siggy, Bilva + Perez

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 28 days ago

        Don't fancy any of those you mentioned. My team is set up for a easy double tranny to Aguero or Sterling if needed.

        1. LangerznMash
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 28 days ago

          They were just examples.
          Point is having two £5.0m mids starting is wasting two players on 4points.

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 28 days ago

            Dunno if 6.0, 7.0 and 8.0 can beat Salah, 5.0 and 5.0

            Salah is a great pick for (c), whereas the low priced mids are not.

            Thanks for the input though.. appreciate it.

            1. LangerznMash
              • 4 Years
              1 year, 28 days ago

              I think 6,7,8 win by a fair margin.
              You already have Kane and Auba so not exactly stuck for good captaincy choice.