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What impact will Cutrone have on Jiménez and Jota at Wolves?

The arrival of striker Patrick Cutrone (£6.0m) at Wolves has caused fears of rotation among Fantasy Premier League managers.

Once Nuno Espirito Santo switched to a 3-5-2 last season, Raúl Jiménez (£7.5m) and Diogo Jota (£6.5m) had unrivalled routes into the starting line-up, but that might not be the case in 2019/20.

Cutrone gives the Wolves manager a third option to help keep his team fresh as they compete on more fronts this season.

Wolves cannot afford to be complacent this year and Nuno will know how hard his side will have to work even to match the benchmark of 2018/19.

Cutrone represents the third permanent signing of the summer after Jiménez and Leander Dendoncker (£4.5m) had their loan deals converted into long-term contracts at Molineux.

FPL managers will be keen to understand how he fits into Nuno’s plans. 

Is he good enough to make an immediate impact? More importantly, how will his presence affect Jota and Jiménez’s viability in FPL?

The history and statistics

Cutrone warming up for AC Milan last season

Growing up in Italy, AC Milan were responsible for harnessing Cutrone’s nascent career.

He was associated with them from the age of nine when he joined their renowned academy, famous for producing the likes of Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi and Demetrio Albertini.

It was from there that Cutrone also began representing Italy at almost every level from the Under-15 team onwards. 

He didn’t have to wait long after his first senior appearance in 2016/17 for his breakthrough as the forward became a regular the following season.

Throughout 2017/18 Cutrone scored 18 competitive goals and registered five assists in 46 games in all competitions.

Aged just 19 at the time, this was an amazing feat for the forward as he topped the club’s scoring charts that season.

It was not long after this that his former coach praised the “venom inside of him” in reference to his lethal instincts.

However, despite AC Milan improving their league position in 2018/19, Cutrone seemed to lose his scoring touch somewhat, finding the back of the net just three times in Serie A.

In total, his goal-tally in all competitions halved as he scored just nine times across league, cup and the continent.

Admittedly, the most recent campaign featured considerably more substitute appearances for Cutrone (22 up from 11).

However, as a young player, there is still plenty of room for improvement and there were still encouraging signs last season.

Cutrone spent the bulk of 2018/19 deployed as a bonafide centre forward as opposed to being shifted to the flanks or in a deeper role. 

By the end of his tenure with AC Milan, Cutrone’s strike rate in Serie A saw him score in just 21% of matches.

However, his league exploits don’t tell the whole story as he demonstrated a talent for goal-scoring both in European competition and right through Italy’s national youth groups.

With 10 goals in 18 club matches on the continent, he managed 0.6 per game.

Meanwhile, 32 in 72 youth internationals averages out at 0.4 goals per game.

So there’s no question that Cutrone has a clinical touch and Wolves will be looking to cultivate that.

“We have a strong philosophy under the leadership of Nuno of bringing in the right type of people and developing young talent while staying humble and grounded as individuals, and we feel Patrick perfectly fits into our philosophy” – Kevin Thelwell, Wolves sporting director

Comparisons

2018-19 Mins per shot Mins per shot in the box Mins per shot on target Mins per key pass
Raúl Jiménez 28.1 35.5 94.6 74.3
Diogo Jota 40.8 48.3 98.7 87.7
Patrick Cutrone 42.3 62.5 102.7 68.5

Cutrone’s arrival could potentially reduce the minutes of Jiménez and Jota but we will wait to see what specific impact he could have.

Wolves’ prolific forwards scored 27 goals collectively in all competitions for Wolves last season and given Nuno’s system, it is highly unlikely that all three forwards will start together come Gameweek 1.

Last season, among forwards priced at £9.0m or less, Jiménez played the second most amount of minutes and was joint third on goals scored (13). 

You could argue that it would be counter-intuitive for Nuno to undermine the Mexican international by radically reducing his minutes, even if a new signing has joined the squad. 

Jota made fewer starts and played fewer minutes than Jiménez yet still registered an attacking return for every 169 minutes played. 

In fact, he outscored his forward colleague in his last 20 starts of 2018/19 (16 attacking returns to 14).

That purple patch came after Jota was shifted into the front-two of a 3-5-2 alongside Jiménez, but he did spend the first 14 Gameweeks used either as a substitute or on the flanks of Wolves’ 3-4-3 formation.

This versatility is also evident with his Premier League heat map from last season, which shows the kind of impact he made and in turn his importance to Wolves.

More importantly, it could also count against Jota and make him the most likely to change his role if Nuno was keen on changing the system to use Cutrone in the team.

Although, as we’ve already seen, the new signing is also capable of playing in a number of different attacking positions.

As for comparisons with Jiménez, it must be said that the Mexican was not exactly a prolific goal-scorer before arriving at Wolves.

With the exception of his time in Mexico, he struggled to score in Europe with 18 goals in 80 games (a strike rate of 23%) in Portugal’s top-flight and that was during his mid-20s. 

Compare that tally to Cutrone’s 13 Serie A goals in 63 games (21%) and you will see two similar strike rates. The only difference is that the Italian is substantially younger and has yet to reach his peak. 

If Jiménez was able to score more goals under the tutelage of Nuno in the Premier, then there’s no reason why Cutrone could not enjoy a similar transition and rediscover his 2017/18 form at Wolves.

Prospects

The Europa League could be a good testing ground for Wolves’ new forward Cutrone

As much as Cutrone could pose an FPL threat to Jota and Jiménez, it is fair to say that he’s unlikely to get immediate starts in the Premier League.

It would probably take a serious injury to one of Wolves’ current first-choice pair for Cutrone to get thrown into the deep end straight away.

As things stand, Jiménez is a little doubtful of featuring in Gameweek 1 after sustaining a foot injury in the Europa League second qualifying round second leg win at Crusaders.

However, the local press seems confident the Mexican’s knock is not too worrying at this stage.

Furthermore, Morgan Gibbs-White (£5.0m) has enjoyed most of pre-season in the centre-forward role alongside Jota in light of Jiménez’s commitments with Mexico and is probably in better shape to start there in Gameweek 1 if needed.

Generally, Nuno had a good thing going last season and was reticent to disturbed a settled side unless forced into changes.

However, we should consider that the circumstances have changed for Wolves, with European football now on the scene.

The inevitable fatigue from Thursday night travelling may force Nuno into more rotation than we were used to in 2018/19. 

I would not be surprised if Cutrone starts the Europa League matches (if and when Wolves reach the group stages) with Jota and Jiménez maintaining their regular berths in the Premier League. 

Of course, Cutrone didn’t make the bench on Thursday but I have no doubt that he will be used in the Europa League eventually, especially with his proven track record in this competition. 

In my estimation, Cutrone is definitely one to watch but he would need to do amazingly well, or get lucky with injuries to break into the Premier League side straight away. 

For now, he could be the ideal super-sub which would, of course, render him a little ineffective as an FPL option at first.

Without diminishing his viability, Cutrone is the ideal under-study, rather than rival, to Jiménez. But I have no doubt that he will play a key role in Nuno’s plans for the future, once he has adjusted to the pace of England’s top flight.

“The club really wanted me and being able to play in the Premier League for Wolves is fantastic” – Patrick Cutrone

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  1. blivy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    A) Bilva Kane King
    B) Bilva Lacazette Wilson
    C) KDB Lacazette King

    So in other words, more value in upgrading Lacazette to Kane, King to Wilson or Bilva to KDB. They’re all 1.5 increases.

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      A

    2. AndyCook
      2 years, 1 month ago

      C

    3. James VARdy
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      C

    4. Little fekirs
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      A

  2. Caesar, Hot Mustache
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    please RMT

    Ryan
    VVD Digne Walker
    Salah Fraser Pulisic Tielemens Bilva
    Kane Jota

    Button Kelly Greenwood Diop

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Digne + Walker -> Coleman + Laporte for me

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Walker to Zinchenko
        VVD to TAA

        1. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Or
          Digne -> Coleman
          VVD -> TAA

  3. Manani
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    how likely in Zinc going to start past teh first few GWs?

    not looking to WC early so want to get as many long term starters as possible

    1. Lebowski85
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Transfer waiting to happen

      1. Jay Jay Okocha
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        +1

      2. Manani
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        fair, think I will stick with Laporte at the mean time then

    2. Little fekirs
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Stones better option imo

      1. Manani
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        will he start? Feels like he will share game time with Otamend on occassions

      2. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Zinchenko v Stones is an interesting one
        If Cancelo signs does one of him or Walker fill in at LB
        When Mendy is back you'd presume Walker is relegated to the bench unless he can somehow establish himself as a CB, which would be absolutely ludicrous

        1. AuFeld
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Did Walker played as a CB for England?

          1. SADIO SANÉ
            • 6 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            RCB in a 3

    3. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Wait for the community shield tomorrow.

  4. aspilcueta
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    It’s been quite a long road to my current draft. I feel like I’ve got really good coverage and ‘almost’ the perfect side. Any changes you think may be necessary?

    Pope
    Walker - VVD - Digne (Kelly - Lundstram)
    Salah - KDB - Pepe - Perez - Barkley
    Kane (Greenwood - Nketiah)

    1. Come on you Kante
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Like it a lot

    2. AndyCook
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I like it a lot except Barkley isn’t for me. I would probably end up losing Pepe or KDB to improve him. Martial and Pulisic or something like that

    3. Ekip
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Not sure you’ll have 11 on the pitch most weeks

    4. Lebowski85
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      3-5-1?

      1. aspilcueta
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        I tell a lie. I upgraded Kelly to Walker-Peters and fielded him.

        I foresee 11 most weeks. The biggest threat is Barkley I think. He’s by no means locked into my team. But I think it’s pretty good overall.

        Thanks for your feedback lads.

    5. jia you (The No BS League -…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I don't get this team at all, looks like you have 4 outfield potentially non-playing assets?

      1. aspilcueta
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        4?

        1. jia you (The No BS League -…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Seen you have KWP but he will likely be second choice to Aurier (so keep an eye on his injury situation) and a non-playing bench isn't ideal imo need at least one staring bench option.

          1. aspilcueta
            • 4 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            You’re most likely right about KWP. He’s the most recent addition and most likely to get switched. Opinions on bench really seem to differ. I’m on the fence. My mental health is better with a playing bench but it’s a shame to see money sitting on it!

  5. Gabbiadini
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Pope
    TAA | Digne | Zinchenko
    Salah | Sterling | KDB | Perez | Barkley
    Wilson | Adams

    I think I am nailed... for now. Thoughts?

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Looks great.

    2. Lebowski85
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Very nice

      1. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Called it

  6. Feed tha Sheep
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Chelsea fans is Zouma expected to start?Thinking for 5.0 he could be a great shout. May downgrade Coleman to him and upgrade midfield

    1. Young Lingard
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I really don’t know anything on Chelsea so annoyingly don’t have anyone from them. He and KWP are tempting at the price but I don’t know if they’ll be regulars .

    2. Little fekirs
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      He’s likely to start until Rudiger is back, who is almost back to full training.

      Our defence has been very suspect this preseason, with two tough fixtures first up.

  7. Young Lingard
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Price predictions anyone ? YES or NO if you fancy them and the PRICE you think they’ll come in at ..

    Tierney (Arsenal). £
    Moise Kean (Everton)
    Ismaïla Sarr (Watford)
    Adam Webster (Brighton)
    Cancelo (Man City)
    Bruno Fernandes (if in prem)
    Dybala (if swap happens Utd)

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      5.5
      7.0
      6.0
      4.5
      6.5
      8.5
      10

      Peacock-Farrell a chance to be 4.0?

      1. Young Lingard
        • 2 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Anyone you scouting at your prices ?? I was hoping cheaper on Kean ; if Bruno is 8 or under that’s tempting

        If hart leaves and peacock comes in at 4m he and pope become interesting.

    2. HamezMace
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Tierney (Arsenal). £5.5m
      Moise Kean (Everton) £7.5m
      Ismaïla Sarr (Watford) £6.5m
      Adam Webster (Brighton) £4.5m
      Cancelo (Man City) £6m
      Bruno Fernandes (if in prem) £8.5m
      Dybala (if swap happens Utd) £9.5m

    3. Little fekirs
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      5.5 - no
      7 - no
      6.5 - no
      4.5 - no
      Cancelo 6.5 - YES
      Fernandes 8.5 - maybe, prefer other options
      Dybala 10- yes

    4. KAI SZN™
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Tierney (Arsenal) 5.0
      Moise Kean (Everton) 7.0
      Ismaïla Sarr (Watford)
      Adam Webster (Brighton)
      Cancelo (Man City) 5.5
      Bruno Fernandes (if in prem) 6.5
      Dybala (if swap happens Utd) 9.5

  8. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    A) VVD + Laporte + King (4-4-2)

    B) Zinchenko + Fraser + Jota (3-5-2)

    C) Zinchenko + Pulisic + King (3-5-2)

    Have Wilson so King/Fraser would be Bou double up

  9. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    A) De Bruyne + Perez
    B) Bernardo Silva + Sigurdsson

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      A

    2. Hot Toddy
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      A

    3. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Bilva + Perez + 1m

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        1.5m even better !

        1. I Member
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          You don't think KDB is worth the 1.5m over Bilva then?

  10. Nightf0x
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Which?

    A) ryan c.tyalor (or) pope dunk
    B) stones (or) zinchencko
    C) ayoze (or) tielemans
    D) noble (or) dendonker & use .5 elsewhere
    E) kelly (or) rico (or) lundstram

  11. Whazza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    If anyone cares, Jose Alvarez Haya (sports journalist) just tweeted this in Spanish (translated):

    Pogba does NOT have any injuries. He has not traveled by choice because he is not happy with his situation and wants to go to Real Madrid

  12. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Good afternoon gents!!
    Would you rather start with....
    A- Digne 4-4-2
    Or
    B- Barkley 3-5-2

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      A

    2. James VARdy
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I would rather start with neither but if I had to start with one it would be Digne 4-4-2

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Yeah I’m not totally convinced by Barkley to be fair mate, how come you probably would start with Digne tho?? Everton’s ore season form??

        1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          *pre season

    3. jia you (The No BS League -…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      A. by some way for me

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Excellent A is what I’m currently on mate

    4. Manani
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      a

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Thanks fellas A it is!!

  13. jia you (The No BS League -…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    A lot of Dross Barkley in teams on here today which surprises me a lot. Been there too many times, he's a FPL specialist in failure 😉

    1. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      You don't get much better in attack for 6M

      1. jia you (The No BS League -…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        much rather find that 0.5 and go with Perez or Tielemans though

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Most Barkley owners seem to have one of those as well. It's not like you have to pick on or the other

          1. jia you (The No BS League -…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            Each to their own but Barkley is way down on my watchlist! Of course I could prove to be way off and at least there seems to be many more options this season than last which should make for an interesting season!

            1. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              There really is no hurry to jump on Chelsea assets with their first games being mun, LEI. As long as he is on the watchlist you'll be fine 😉

              1. jia you (The No BS League -…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                🙂

    2. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Are you insinuating that Barkley doesn't have a track record of success?

      1. jia you (The No BS League -…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        oooohhh yeaaaash

  14. polis
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Would welcome others thoughts on;

    Barkley first choice or rotated with Mount?
    Tielemans or Perez?
    Siggy or Richarlison?

    1. James VARdy
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Could be like Sarri days all over again with Barkley and Mount sharing minutes.

      Perez
      Siggy

      1. James VARdy
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        But I expect Barkley to get plenty more of the minutes and he isn't a bad 6 mill punt

        1. polis
          • 10 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Appreciated.

          Was on Siggy and Perez. Tielemans feels like he's guaranteed whereas Perez faces some competition with Barnes, Albrington, Gray...

          On the Chelsea front surely Pulisic is all but guaranteed to start, right?

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 4 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            Is Tielemans playing centrally and Perez on out wide on a wing?

            1. polis
              • 10 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Can see that being the case in a 4-1-4-1

              1. Gabbiadini
                • 4 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                Interesting. I'm on Perez at the moment but subject to change

                1. Gabbiadini
                  • 4 Years
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  Tielemans a much better PPM last season also

                  1. polis
                    • 10 Years
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    Perez was in a poor Newcastle side though, and not sure Tielemans form of last season is sustainable this.

                    1. Gabbiadini
                      • 4 Years
                      2 years, 1 month ago

                      could argue he had to do the work on his own whereas in a Leicester side other can get the goals/assist

  15. Jay Jay Okocha
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Bottomed:
    A) Walker, KDB, Deulofeu
    B) Stones, Barkley, Aubameyang

    1. polis
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      A more nailed. Unless City sign a RB.

  16. funny money
    • 12 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    First attempt of the season, any glaring errors? Thanks!

    Ryan
    Coleman/Robertson/Walker-peters
    Fraser/Sterling/Salah/Moutinho
    Jiminez/Vardy/Wood

    Krul/Kelly/Guilbert/Douglas Luiz

    1. Ekip
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Krul can be downgraded to a 4m as he probably won’t play or swap to another 4.5 like Heaton

  17. Party time
    2 years, 1 month ago

    I am looking for a delicious gw 1 differential captain... Any suggestions please.

    1. Richarlidad
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Moura is your man.

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Oh yeah this is better

      2. Party time
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Hehe... Is he nailed? He took a piss on my team on the final day last season... I don't want that anymore 🙁

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Sterling, Auba, TAA

      1. Party time
        2 years, 1 month ago

        If you would pick 1 who would that be

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Sterling if fabianski out of GW1. Auba otherwise

          1. jia you (The No BS League -…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            Sterling is not a differential captain, not even close to one!

            1. jia you (The No BS League -…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              I captained Josh King in GW1 last season and that didn't work out despite having a massive GW apart from that error! If I'd gone Mane would have had a mega scoring GW!

              1. Kiwivillan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                I went with King instead of 0.5m cheaper Wilson last season. Horrific

                1. jia you (The No BS League -…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  same, not making that same mistake again!

            2. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Ye okay I imagined he was just looking for someone who isn’t salah

            3. HamezMace
              • 7 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              He probably is.
              Most will have one of Salah, or Kane, to go with Sterling, both of which have a better game on paper, and would be a more obvious captain pick.

    3. Little fekirs
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Mane

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        :O

    4. KAI SZN™
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Lacazette/ Kane

    5. Party time
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Thanks all

  18. Richarlidad
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    This 4.5 GK decision is a headache isn't it. I understand why people opt for someone like Ederson. I've had him in drafts but I can't shake the feeling that he's poor value at 6.0. (158pts in 17/18 and 169pts in 18/19) I think somewhere in the middle of those two figures is probably what he'll get this season.

    I think I'd rather take the risk on a 4.5, or Fabianski who has had a couple of 150+ seasons. I'm currently switching between Ryan & Heaton. Who have you gone for and why?

    1. Little fekirs
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Pope or Heaton for me. Both proven scorers and great value at 4.5.

      1. Balls of Steel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        I take it Pope will be number one choice ahead of Joe Hart?

        1. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Hart is poo and will probably be sold

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Heaton has been the value man in the past. He is a top keeper with an impressive save %. His early fixtures is what does it for me other than that. Feel like the others would just be a guess but we know what to expect from heaton

      1. Balls of Steel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        true that!

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          I don't mind Gunn
          potential to get 3 CS in his first 5, although a more attacking style of play this season for the Saints

      2. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Only worry about Heaton is that Villa have now bought, how many players? They don't know each other or the manager yet, can see them conceding ALOT

        1. Richarlidad
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          I suppose that's not necessarily a bad thing either. More shots = more saves and potential pen saves too.

          That's what I like about 4.5 GK's. You're not that bummed out you if lose the clean sheet. When Ederson loses his clean sheet, it feels like somebody has took a schit on your shredded wheat.

          1. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            Fair points! I really don't want to spend 6 on Ederson, but Laporte is the other nailed one and is 6.5!

        2. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          They did okay end of last season defensively once new manager set in. I also share that worry but we are just guessing with all the 4.5s, there’s none that scream value so just go with the fixtures innit

        3. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Clueless mate. Stop listening to lazy media pundits

        4. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Half Villa signings are loan signings made permanent or players that have played under the manager before and 2-3 aren't guaranteed first XI anyway but rotation or future prospects

          1. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            Their defence was bad in the Championship anyway.
            Looking like a Fulham v2.0. Abraham was the biggest reason they got back up after all 🙂

            1. Kiwivillan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              4th best away conceded even with diabolical Bruce and injuries

        5. Hairy Potter
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Fixtures look very favourable for the first few months. With their run in, Villa will need to make the most of them in order to stay up.

    3. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Fabianski is worth the extra €0,5m. Nailed and proven FPL GK. His first match is off-putting to the masses, but then eases up.

    4. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      It's looking like Ederson is the cheapest way into the City defence, that has to be some other kind of value.

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        6 points maximum tho

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          It's not very sexy, but points adds up. Ederson gets a CS every other game (49% in last two seasons I think) which is pretty damn good

        2. Gabbiadini
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          One of Zinchenko/Stones will play at 5.5

  19. Balls of Steel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    What's the chances of DCL starting the season as Everton primary striker if Kean joins?

    1. polis
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Not too high. DCLs finishing is pretty poor.

      1. Balls of Steel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        I'm contemplating moving him out of my team with such poor pre-season goal returns from Everton and also can't seeing him keeping his place should he fail to find the net in the first few game weeks!

        1. polis
          • 10 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          At 6.0 I think Ings and Adams are the best picks.

          I've gone fodder and picked a 5.5/6 elsewhere.

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      He may start the first game while Kean settles in but Kean will be first choice sooner or later.

      1. Balls of Steel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        yes, you would imagine so coming from Juve with such a big reputation!

  20. Gabbiadini
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Seems as though Potter is pretty confident Dunk stays at Brighton
    Who do we think replaces Maguire, could it be Tarkowski freeing up Gibson?

    1. polis
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Rodgers was pretty confident Maguire was staying at Leicester...

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Yeah looks like he wants to play 3 CBs from pre season. Tark going would mean Long steps in not Gibson imo

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Really I rate Gibson more than Long

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Dyche does not. Also Mee and Gibson would be a double left footed CB partnership. Not very dyche that he loves the symmetry

    3. HamezMace
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      What makes you say that?
      Brighton have just broken their transfer record to sign a new centre half, seems a strange signing when Duffy and Dunk are probably the two most nailed, and probably best players in the team.

  21. Sndeshdhkl
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    for just gw1..
    deulofeu or king or wood??

    1. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      King, but just take your pick for 1 gw

    2. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Del

    3. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Wood by miles seriously

    4. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Wood. King has been MIA in pre-season. Deulofeu stats are skewed as he is now classified as forward this season (-1 point for every goal, cs, baps, etc). Deulofeu also accumulated most of his points over a hand full of matches.

  22. Mattrick
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    can I ask, what is with the Zinchenko love? Is he actually that likely be a regular??

    1. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Many are under the assumption that Mendy is unfit and Zinc is the preferred LB because Pep ended last season with him starting over Angelino. However, the Community Shield match tomorrow will tell all.

      1. Mattrick
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        thanks mate, just had to clear that up.

    2. HamezMace
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Well up until recently we thought Mendy was out longer term, and Angelino isn't as good as Zinc.

  23. Winston.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Which 4.5 gk to start with?
    A) Pope (SOT, ars, wol, LIV)
    B) Heaton (tot, BOU, EVE, cpa)
    C) Henderson (bou, CPA, LEI, che)

    1. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      If you are confident Pope starts over Hart, then Pope.

      1. Mattrick
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        ah ok

    2. Mattrick
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Off the back of this, What are the best 4.5 rotating pair?

      1. KAI SZN™
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Henderson + Heaton will avoid playing Top 6 all season (iirc).

    3. polis
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      All subject to concede goals.

      I think the Burnley defence is the way to go.

  24. The Big Fella
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Best midfielder for £6m? I am currently on Barkley but.... it is Barkley. Already have Perez at £6.5m

    1. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Barkley is a good punt at that price

    2. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      JWP, Trossard, or Gudmundsson?

    3. HamezMace
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Other shouts would be Yarmolenko, Trossard, and Townsend.
      Hard to predict you'll be the best, but at least there is some flexibility there.

  25. Tsparkes10
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Laca or Vardy? And why

    1. HamezMace
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Lacazette.
      Because Perez should be in every team, and I wouldn't want to double up until the fixtures improve at least.

      1. polis
        • 10 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Vardy.
        Guaranteed when fit. Is Leicesters main man under an attacking manager. Potential to score against any team. 0.5 cheaper.

    2. KAI SZN™
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Laca. New & Bur are too good to pass & I think Arsenal attacking trio = goals.

  26. Oldie99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Long post but please rate these 3 teams from best > worst. Normal bench fodder with Greenw Donck Lundstram esque people

    A.
    Pope (Button)
    Coleman Rob TAA Cath
    Salah Sterling Barkley Perez
    Kane King

    B.
    Pope/Heaton
    Digne Rob TAA Zin
    Sterling Salah Barkley Perez
    Vardy King

    C.
    Pope (Button)
    Coleman Rob VVD Cath
    Salah Barkley Perez
    Kane Auba Wilson

    Something about C that looks good to me, thoughts?

  27. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Richarlison starts Everton's last friendly. Need them to score a couple goals to restore my faith in Siggy.

  28. FC Bama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Which, if any, rotating 4.5 defender pair are you considering? Thx

  29. Viper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi all. Hope everyone enjoyed the summer! Here's pretty much my first draft (or at least the first for a month or so)

    Heaton

    VvD TAA Digne (Kelly Lundstram)

    Salah Sterling Tielemans Trossard L. Moura

    Wilson Deulofeu (Greenwood)

    0.5m for Moura - > Siggy.

    I know no one knows at this stage but nothing obvious wrong here?

    1. FC Bama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Does Everton's back line and loss of Gueye (even with Gmabin replacement) worry you about clean sheet tally? If yes, then you are betting that Digne will make up for it in attacking points and bps?

  30. llopesso19
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Pope; TAA, Dijk, Walker; Salah, Sterling, Sigurdsson, Pulisic, Pérez; Jota, King;

    Button, Kelly, Gibson, Greenwood