Scout Notes

Martial and Barkley turn heads in final pre-season games

Fantasy Premier League managers got a final chance to look at Manchester United and Chelsea’s teams on Saturday.

There has been plenty of interest in the cheaper options available at both clubs and we are starting to get a clearer idea of which ones have the most potential.

We also saw budget out-of-position options secure their places in our thinking at Sheffield United, while Bournemouth and Norwich also concluded their pre-season schedules.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-2 Chelsea

Ross Barkley took another penalty for Chelsea on Saturday

Goals: Tammy Abraham (£7.0m), Ross Barkley (£6.0m)

Assists: Mateo Kovacic (£5.5m), Mason Mount (£6.0m)

Ross Barkley (£6.0m) provided further complication for Fantasy managers on Saturday as he scored another pre-season penalty for Chelsea.

The central midfielder, who has largely been deployed in the number 10 role, finished the summer campaign involved in more goals than any of his colleagues.

Barkley scored four times, twice from the penalty spot and assisted a further three goals.

It was a penalty that put him on the scoresheet on Saturday, won after a foul on Mason Mount (£6.0m).

It was Tammy Abraham (£7.0m) who took the first penalty Chelsea won against Mönchengladbach, but this was when Barkley was not on the pitch.

However, Jorginho (£5.0m) happened to be on the pitch for both of those penalties which all but confirms he will not be the taker this season.

Furthermore, as we mentioned last week, there seems to be a suggestion that Willian (£7.0m) might assume the penalty-taking duties when he returns from international leave.

The other complication with Barkley was the fact that he did not start this final match of pre-season.

While the England international has been involved in more goals this summer than any other player, 10 of his colleagues registered more minutes.

Among those options is former Derby County loanee Mount, who played 320 minutes compared to Barkley’s 278.

It was Mount who started the Mönchengladbach game ahead of Barkley, although they were both on the pitch for the final 20 minutes, with the former pushed out wide and winning that penalty.

Either way, Lampard probably has something of a selection headache this season picking between Barkley and Mount.

By all accounts, Barkley has upped his game over the summer but Mount has also impressed and played his way into Lampard’s thinking, having also worked with him at Derby last season.

“(Mason has) done a lot. Coming back here, obviously, I worked with him last year, and I’m really happy with how he’s trained and his status within the group. The players recognise quality instantly, but they also recognise the work rate and character. Mason’s got all of those and he’s given me a problem. Ross Barkley’s also had a good pre-season and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be back later on. It’s good because they’re all adaptable and can play in a variety of positions amongst themselves. I couldn’t ask for more from what Mason’s done.” – Frank Lampard

After starting the last two matches in a row, Abraham looks to have secured the number one striker slot at Chelsea.

In those two games, Michy Batshuayi (£7.0m) managed just 15 minutes while Olivier Giroud (£7.0m) got 23 minutes.

As previously mentioned, Pedro (£7.0m) is the most secure of a start on the flanks of attacking midfielder. Only Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.0m) got more pre-season minutes than him this summer (423 and 412 respectively).

That said, Barkley (seven), Mount (four), Abraham (three), Giroud (three), Batshuayi (three) and Pulisic (three) were all involved in more pre-season goals than the former Barcelona man (two).

“More or less (I know what my Gameweek 1 team will be). Again it’s a long week and I don’t want to say that because I think players have to train every day to get themselves in the team or get themselves out of the team. The door isn’t shut any way on that and we’ll need all the squad. We need players to be competitive and we need players who aren’t playing to come on like Giroud today and show a desire to come on and impact the game with work rate and desire to try and turn the result. That’s what we need throughout the season and I want to set that tone going into it.” – Frank Lampard

While there is plenty to be excited about when it comes to Chelsea’s attack, it must be said that their defence is yet to impress.

In three matches against Reading, Salzburg and Mönchengladbach the Blues conceded eight goals.

That might put Fantasy managers off looking to Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) initially, despite his kind pricing.

Marcos Alonso (£6.5m) is very much off-limits at this point. It was Emerson Palmieri (£5.5m) who started against Mönchengladbach and he outplayed the Spaniard during pre-season by 322 minutes to 218.

Things could still improve in the future for Chelsea’s defence as Antonio Rüdiger (£6.0m) continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury.

More importantly, N’Golo Kanté (£5.0m), the protective shield for the back-four, has missed almost all of pre-season too.

He made his first appearance of the summer as a substitute in the 72nd minute against Mönchengladbach but is still considered a doubt for Gameweek 1 given Lampard’s concerns over his match fitness.

“That was always the plan (to bring him on). He’s working a little bit now and it was just to give him the feeling of match time as he hasn’t been able to do that yet as it’s an awkward injury. I just wanted him to feel it and us to see it as you cannot replicate it unless you do it. It was a good opportunity to do that for him and we’ll work hard on getting him fit. Who knows if he’ll be ready for next week or not, but we’ll work hard for that. We also have to be a bit careful as he’s played so many games over the past three seasons and we don’t want to rush him back if it’s going to be negative. We’ll do our best to get him back.” – Frank Lampard

Chelsea XI: Kepa; Emerson (Alonso 67’), Christensen, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Kovacic (Kenedy 67’), Jorginho; Pulisic (Barkley 67’), Mount, Pedro (Kanté 72’); Abraham (Giroud 67’).

AC Milan 2-2 Manchester United

Marcus Rashford (right) and Anthony Martial have both looked good in pre-season

Goals: Marcus Rashford (£8.5m), Jesse Lingard (£6.5m)

Assists: Nemanja Matic (£5.0m), Anthony Martial (£7.5m)

Anthony Martial (£7.5m) looks set for a start in Manchester United’s attack for the Gameweek 1 visit of Chelsea to Old Trafford.

The Frenchman has enjoyed a successful pre-season campaign under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer over the last few weeks and added an assist as the Red Devils beat AC Milan on penalties in Cardiff.

No Manchester United player has registered more minutes than Martial this summer (339), with a number of his appearances coming as a centre-forward.

Against AC Milan, he was deployed alongside Marcus Rashford (£8.5m) in a front-two, the latter scoring his third goal of pre-season.

Ahead of that visit of Chelsea, who come to Old Trafford with some defensive issues, both Rashford and Martial have been involved in three pre-season goals each.

How they line up against the Blues is not completely certain. While both players are likely to start, it is not certain whether Solskjaer will go with a front three or front two. A forward trio would probably see Martial on the flanks and Rashford through the middle.

Meanwhile, Mason Greenwood (£4.5m) failed to get another start against AC Milan and he has not played more than 45 minutes per appearance all summer. In total, he managed just 201 minutes, compared to Juan Mata (£6.5m) recording 257, Jesse Lingard (£6.5m) 283, Daniel James (£6.0m) 283, and Martial and Rashford both getting 339 each.

That might make Greenwood a less than reliable budget forward option and the wealth of interest in him from the start of the campaign could trigger price falls if he is not used extensively.

However, Solskjaer did sing the youngster’s praises after the most recent match and insisted he’d have a part to play this season. In fact, he even hinted he could start against Chelsea.

“He’s got a chance of starting that one. He’s more than capable and will always be there, in and around the box, creating chances. And I won’t say it’s not a possibility, no, it’s a good possibility. If he keeps going as he does. It’s difficult to keep players out who perform well. He can play all four front positions, he can play 10, seven, 11, nine, he’s a natural footballer. With his left foot coming in, he can play anywhere along the frontline.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Midfielder Paul Pogba (£8.5m) missed the match with a back problem. Solskjaer seems optimistic about his chances of starting the season.

“Paul will probably be back early next week in training. It’s not an injury, just some pain. He’s not injured but I wasn’t going to risk anything this weekend. He should be okay [for Chelsea]. I would hope so, anyway. I wasn’t expecting Paul [at the airport]. I spoke to him after training and he didn’t feel right.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United XI (4-3-1-2): De Gea; Shaw, Rojo (Tuanzebe 64’), Lindelöf, Wan-Bissaka (Young 64’); McTominay, Matic (Fred 64’), A Pereira (Lingard 64’); Mata (James 64’); Martial (Greenwood 82’), Rashford (A Gomes 82’).

Stade de Reims 3-1 Sheffield United

Callum Robinson looks to have serious potential as an out-of-position asset

Goals: Callum Robinson (£5.5m)

Assists: Enda Stevens (£5.0m)

John Lundstram (£4.0m) set himself up as a viable budget defender by starting the final match of Sheffield’s United’s pre-season campaign.

The FPL defender started in the central midfield trio for a fourth successive match and remains the most-used option there this summer.

Oliver Norwood (£5.0m) and John Fleck (£5.0m) were the other two members of this combination, with Luke Freeman (£5.5m) and Ben Osborn (£5.0m) among the substitutes again.

At this point, we can be fairly confident that Lundstram will start against Bournemouth, although whether he can hold on to a clean sheet is another matter.

For the second match in a row, Freeman replaced Lundstram in midfield around the hour-mark.

That could be a recurring tactical substitution we see this campaign, Lundstram more of a defensive-minded midfield player, although he did get three assists in pre-season, Freeman the more attacking one (two goals, three assists this summer).

If that were to be a regular set-up for Chris Wilder this season, maybe Lundstram’s clean sheet chances will be boosted? If Sheffield United have been able to keep things tight in the first hour, Lundstram could end up banking clean sheets before the more attacking Freeman takes to the field.

Meanwhile, another out-of-position asset at Sheffield United continues to offer some appeal to Fantasy managers.

Callum Robinson (£5.5m) was on the scoresheet for the Blades again on Saturday, taking his pre-season tally to four goals and one assist, more than any of his colleagues.

For the third match in a row, he was deployed in the front two of Wilder’s 3-5-2 system and looks to have a good chance of starting in Gameweek 1.

However, some doubt still hangs over the Sheffield United forward line following the recent record signing of centre-forward Oli McBurnie (£6.0m).

The former Swansea City man has featured as a second-half substitute in each of the Blades last two matches.

Meanwhile, David McGoldrick (£5.5m) has the most pre-season minutes of any Sheffield United forward (309), with Billy Sharp (£6.0m) just behind him on 272.

Dean Henderson (£4.5m) is already very locked in as the starting goalkeeper having been the favourite there last season and playing 90 minutes in each match since returning on loan from Manchester United.

Enda Stevens (£5.0m) and George Baldock (£4.5m) look confirmed as the wing-backs again, while Chris Basham (£4.5m) and John Egan (£4.5m) have been used the bost at centre-back.

However, key player from last season Jack O’Connell (£4.5m) has not featured in any of the last three pre-season matches in that centre-back trio.

He has been struggling with a pre-season injury but Wilder is optimistic he can start Gameweek 1.

“Jack’s okay. He’s fine, we just didn’t think it was worth the risk. He’s working back at our place, he should be available for the big one coming up and then going forward from there. We’re not worried about him. Like I say, we just felt doing it this way was for the best.” – Chris Wilder

Sheffield United XI: Henderson; Bryan (Osborn 46’), Egan, Basham; Stevens (Jagielka 76’), Fleck, Norwood (Morrison 76’), Lundstram (L Freeman 65’), Baldock (K Freeman 76’); McGoldrick (McBurnie 46’), Robinson (Sharp 65’).

Bournemouth 3-0 Lyon

Callum Wilson has been Bournemouth’s most dangerous player in pre-season

Goals: Callum Wilson (£8.0m), Gavin Kilkenny, Joshua King (£6.5m)

Assists: Nnamdi Ofoborh, Wilson x2

Bournemouth’s pre-season campaign has come to an end with virtually no clarification over who will be the first-choice goalkeeper in Gameweek 1.

In total, Eddie Howe used four different shot-stoppers across six games, with none of them featuring for 90 minutes more than once.

Top of the pile were Mark Travers (£4.5m) and Aaron Ramsdale (£4.5m) on 180 minutes each, while Asmir Begovic (£4.5m) and Artur Boruc (£4.5m) both played 90 minutes apiece (two 45-minute outings each).

One of Travers or Ramsdale seems likely to be number one but the gap of just 90 minutes between that pair and the other two is hardly a big one.

Predicting Bournemouth’s back-four will also prove difficult as Howe spent most of pre-season splitting his firs-team across two matches.

Against Lyon, there were 90-minute outings for Diego Rico (£4.0m) and Nathan Aké (£5.0m) but Chris Mepham (£4.5m), Jack Stacey (£4.5m) and Jack Simpson (£4.5m) were all involved the day before.

The left-back slot is one Fantasy managers are most interested in given Rico’s price point but it is hard to guarantee him a Gameweek 1 start.

Aké, Mepham, Stacey and Rico all tied for most minutes among Bournemouth defenders, but Adam Smith (£4.5m), capable of playing on the left, was not far behind on 255.

Furthermore, even though Lloyd Kelly (£4.5m) is out injured, there is still competition from Charlie Daniels (£4.5m) who returned from injury on Friday night.

As for predicting who will start at centre-back, Steve Cook (£4.5m) was back from injury against Lyon, playing 67 minutes.

Further up the pitch, Callum Wilson (£8.0m) finished pre-season in exceptional form, involved in all three goals scored against Lyon, scoring the first and assisting the other two.

After the six summer friendlies, the forward was top for attacking returns (five), Jordon Ibe (£5.0m) in second place on four.

Josh King (£6.5m) got his first goal of the summer against Lyon highlighting that he might not be in the sort of shape or form to cover Wilson at the start of the campaign.

As for Ryan Fraser (£7.5m), his involvement against Lazio on Friday night was why he didn’t play against Lyon.

Howe’s splitting of squads across pre-season means that Fraser and Wilson have played together for just 90 minutes together this summer. Whether that has an impact on their partnership at the start of the campaign remains to be seen.

Bournemouth XI: Ramsdale (Boruc 45’); Rico, Aké, S Cook (Dobre 67’), A Smith (Zemura 75’); Danjuma, Ofoborh, Billing (Jordan 60’), Kilkenny; Wilson (Surridge 75’), King (Sherring 86’).

Norwich City 1-0 Toulouse

Norwich won their final pre-season game against Toulouse

Goals: Kenny McLean (£5.0m)

Assists: Emi Buendía (£6.0m)

Teemu Pukki (£6.5m) and Emi Buendía (£6.0m) are very much back in with a chance of starting Norwich’s trip to Liverpool on Friday night.

They had injury problems earlier in pre-season but have now started the last two matches in a row.

Buendía got himself an assist for the only goal of the game as Kenny McLean (£5.0m) converted his corner.

Also of note for Fantasy managers was another start for Grant Hanley (£4.0m) who has recovered from a groin problem.

He finished the pre-season campaign as the most-used centre-back for Norwich (474 minutes), as Timm Klose (£4.5m) and Christoph Zimmermann (£4.5m) both missed the Toulouse game with injuries.

Norwich City XI: Krul (Fahrmann 46’); Lewis (Heise 86’), Godfrey, Hanley (c), Aarons (Byram 86’); Trybull (Leitner 61’), McLean (Vrancic 61’); Cantwell (O Hernández 61’), Stiepermann (Roberts 72′), Buendía (Srbeny 72′); Pukki (Drmic 65’).

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1,994 Comments Post a Comment
  1. The Big Fella
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Is anybody punting on James? I have £6m and I am currently on Trossard but used to have Mount then Barkley. None of them really convince me, either through rotation or just not knowing them as players. Also debating a punt on Wilshere.

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

      No.1 FPL starter team rule - No Punts.

      1. Oooof
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Think at least one is not bad

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

        yes

    2. Harper (No more Penandes)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Trossard is the safest
      Definitely wouldn't get James or Wilshere, way too risky

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

        Wilshere has had a mint pre-season pulling the strings but yes, he is made of glass

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

        James is not a risk. He will play and he will point.

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

    Have 3 Questions
    1. Why the KDB love?
    2. Why doesn't everyone have Stones considering he's nailed and 5.5
    3. Is it better to go VVD and Robbo than Trent who could be rotated with Gomez to let Matip play?

    1. Chandler Bing
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      A. KdB has all set pieces apart from pens and his positioning was quite advanced last night and that has been the case for the whole of the preseason.

      B. Otamendi just returned late for training. We don't know for sure that Stones is nailed long term.

      C. Yes, imo.

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

        Thanks. Just worried Pep will play a 4 2 3 1 with KDB at defensive mid and Bilva or Foden further forward

    2. Sparkys Barmy Army
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Stones doesn't seem to score many FPL points, 1 goal and 0 assists in his entire career isn't exactly attractive.

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

        And Zinchenko?

        1. Sparkys Barmy Army
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          I don't have him either lol

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

      Stones isnt nailed and never will be as hes rubbish

    4. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      1. dunno
      2. because he isnt
      3. no

  3. Bruno_02
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    What do you think? Could you rate my team?

    Ederson Ryan

    TAA Digne Holebas Adam smith Kelly

    Martial Sterling Salah Dendoncker Hayden

    King Murray Vardy

  4. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Here is my current draft

    A) Keep as it is
    Or
    B) 4-4-2 with Vardy over KDB + 0.5 (Double up with Perez)

    4.5
    VVD Digne Stones/Zinchenko Chambers
    Salah Sterling KDB Fraser Perez
    Wilson

    Fodder bench

    Yes, Chambers... he’s my punt. Will use WC after GW2.

  5. Malkmus
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Would appreciate any thoughts on this:

    A - Wilson & Perez
    B - King & Bilva

    Team is:

    Pope (Button)
    TAA - Robbo - Guilbert - Lundstram
    Sterling - Salah (c) - X - Grealish
    X - Kane

    Subs - Mason, Dendoncker, Hanley

    Ta

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      A not even close

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

        Cheers!

    2. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      A

      I wouldn't be keen on having Lundstram and Guilbert playing most weeks.

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

        Thanks. I'm just thinking there tends to be more goals at start of season before things settle down/work out teams/weather gets bad etc, so going more attacking. Will re-balance after a few weeks

    3. BlueEddy
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      A

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

        Ta

  6. Strchld
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Help me. Cant decide.

    A) Bilva and Perez
    B) KdB and 5.5mid (Robinson or McGinn)

    KdB would be nice placeholder to get Son in. Have also Fraser when I could swaip him to Perez (first two Che and Wol, so could leave without him)

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Not a fan of any of those two options. A

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

    Hi guys
    Can't wait for the weekend, how are all of ur teams settling in? 

    Care to rate this bunch out of 10?

    +0,5itb

    Heaton
    TAA VanDijk Zinchenko KWP
    Siggy Bilva Salah (c)
    Kane Wilson King
    ...4.0 Dendoncker Hayden Lindstrom

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

      7.5

  8. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Could Cancelo be a threat to Zinchenko starting spot?
    I know he's a RB but could be used as LB too?

    1. Netley Lucas
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Unlikely.
      Yes.

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Really confused between Zinchenko or Stones.

    2. PL Ball
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Zinchenko and Walker at risk. Could be either.

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Yeah it's really put doubts over both of them for me. Stones maybe?

        1. PL Ball
          • 9 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Not convinced with Stones either tbh. Laporte is first choice CB imo (once fit) with Stones and Otamendi to be rotated.

          It's Pep though.. so who the hell knows.

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

      not likely

  9. CelticBhoy1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Thoughts on Kean or Abraham as options?

    1. BlueEddy
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I'd wait and see on Kean. Good fixtures but no premier league experience.
      I'd also wait and see how Chelsea settle as well. See who Lampard picks as his main striker.

  10. PL Ball
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Which would you rather have:

    A) Richarlison + Rashford

    B) Martial + Vardy

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

      a short term

  11. heldercostav
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Hodwy,
    Thoughts are welcome on my "final" draft
    Ryan / Button
    Robbo - Stones - Coleman - KWP / Lundstrom
    Salah - Sterling - Siggy - Barkley / Hayden
    Kane - Wesley / Whickam

    I know the bench is crap, but I think I could be fine with 4 potential big hitters.
    Any suggestions?

    Cheers

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

    Ederson looking like the only nailed City defence from GW1 onward

    1. Oooof
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Yep

    2. PL Ball
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Yup.

      Once fully fit.. probably Laporte as well.

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

      Bravo will start GW1 after a great pre season. Got a lot of praise from Pep lately and Ederson just recently returned to training 😉

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

        This

      2. PL Ball
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Forgot about this! Incredible.. not a single nailed on City defender.

        Bloody Pep

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

        nope

  13. Rhodes your boat
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Zaha a good option still or?

  14. germanyozil10
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    A. Kane & King
    B. Vardy & Wilson

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      B

    2. BlueEddy
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      B

  15. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    A) Siggy, Zinch, Digne
    B) Siggy, Walker, Coleman
    C) Fraser, Laporte, Coleman
    D) Fraser, Walker, Digne
    E) Fraser, Zinch, Digne +0.5

    Sorry I know they are all v. similar but this is a key final question for me!

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

      B

    2. Knock Down Your Aerial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      C

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

      a is v good

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

      E

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

      Lol. I was expecting difference of opinion but no 2 answers the same so far! 😆

    6. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Fraser > Siggy

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        So C, D or E?

  16. Von Lipwig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Does this defense look too lightweight people?

    Ederson (4m)
    VVD Dunk Zouma Diop (4m)

    1. Oooof
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Does a bit

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

      compared to others yeah but presumably it means you have a stacked midfield/forward line so whatever. diop dunk and vvd are nailed so its fine

  17. Oooof
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Would you rather have Fraser or Martial for GW1?

    1. Knock Down Your Aerial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Fraser

      1. Oooof
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        I’m leaning towards Martial despite Fraser having the better GW1 and GW2 fixtures

        Just seems OOP.

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

      tony

    3. tyron
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Fraser

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

    Who was the 3rd (potential) playing 4m defender? Kelly, Lundstram and.....X

    1. Knock Down Your Aerial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Really scraping now. Possibly ben johnson of west ham, had a solid preseason but doubt he gets in ahead of fredricks to start.

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

        Nah! It was Rico I was thinking of. I don't want three 4m defenders, just the list to choose which one I want.

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

      How is everyone forgetting about the only 4.0 that will play regularly? It’s Rico

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

        because when others are fit its unlikely he will play regularly

    3. Harper (No more Penandes)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Gibson if Tarkowski moves

    4. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      rico for a week

    5. Malkmus
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Hanley for Norwich played the last friendly after injury, and he was captain...

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

        Great shout. I forgot he was captain. Would you not expect Godfrey to keep taking that 3rd CB spot though? Have they even been playing 3 at the back in pre-season?

  19. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Would you rather start the season with Martial or Haller?

    1. Oooof
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Martial

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

      Tough. They are both good for the long term. I am looking to have both but starting with martial only as I have wilson as a Haller placeholder

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

        I have Moura so might just start with Haller as Martial is an easy transfer for Moura.

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

          Fair decision

      2. BlueEddy
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        What's this Haller like? He scored a lot in the Bundesliga, didn't he?

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

          Class mate. Integrated really nicely into the West Ham attack. Focal point of every attacking move. If noble not on pitch (which I expect to happen a fair amount) then he has pens too

    3. BlueEddy
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I like the idea of Martial playing OOP. Could be a great call...

    4. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      tony for sure

    5. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Haller possibly due to there being less decent attacking options than midfield options. I have both atm though.

  20. BlueEddy
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Thoughts on this please

    Pope/Heaton (Rotating)
    VVD, Digne, AWB (Lundstram, Rico)
    Sterling Salah Perez Fraser Moura
    Wilson, Wood* (Greenwood)

    Could do Greenwood and either Fraser/Moura out once we see how the new strikers settle. I'm talking about Haller and Kean
    *Wood or Jota??

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

      pope heaton rotation is a waste of money and unnecessarily punty before seeing how either team is looking defensively

      rest is good aside from moura who plays city gw2 then gets dropped for son

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

        This. 4.5 gk rotation is pointless. Either start with Heaton for fixtures and assess after good fixtures are over, or just go for Pope as set and forget from the get go.

      2. BlueEddy
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        I have to find 0.5 then to get a decent keeper. Who would you get for 5.5? Kepa, DDG, or Pickford. And is it worth downgrading Digne to Coleman for it? Thanks

      3. ***00tennis***
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        no he doesn't lad...Glass Alli hammy out for a few means Moura plays 3 min maybe 4

    2. tyron
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I am worried about moura dont like the idea of owning a player for one gw

  21. Sparkys Barmy Army
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Best Mid/Striker combo for 11m. One starts, other on the bench. Currently on:

    A. Barkley - Long
    B. Dendoncker - King
    C. Lanzini - Greenwood
    D. Other??

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

      depends if the bench player can be fodder or not. long wont play much

      1. Sparkys Barmy Army
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Already got Kelly and Lundstram on the bench so could do with a solid starter I guess, definitely leaning towards 4.5 - 6.5 atm.

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

          b then!

  22. Oooof
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Is there any point starting GW1 with money in the bank?

    I’ve got 1.5m

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

      seems dumb to me

    2. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Will give you great upgrade options for your first transfer. Why not!

      1. Oooof
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Cheers mate!

    3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      If you are happy with your team, sure

    4. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I would say the only good reason for having that much money ITB is if you have a planned transfer after gw1 where you need the money. Say for instance if you want to punt on Moura in gw1 and have money to get in Pogba in gw2 theres a good case for saving 1m.

      If its just for general flexibility I think .5 is the most you should have in the bank.

      1. Oooof
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Cheers mate

    5. PL Ball
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Upto you. Extra $ ITB always gives you flexibility moving forward.

      Personally though, I've generally exhausted the full 100m for GW1. The extra cash just sitting around haunts me.

      1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        It's like saving in real life. A great idea, but YOLO.

      2. Oooof
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Cheers

  23. germanyozil10
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    A or B?

    A.
    Pope (Heaton)
    TAA VVD Zinchenko KWP (Kelly)
    Salah Sterling Perez Barkley (DD)
    Vardy Wilson (Nketiah)

    KWP to other 5.0 def after gw1

    B.
    Pope (Heaton)
    TAA VVD Zinchenko Digne (Kelly)
    Salah Sterling Perez Moura
    Deeney Wilson (Nketiah)

    Moura & Deeney to Fraser & Wood after gw4

  24. Cucuy
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    I don't see Felipe Anderson in many teams. His price is very nice considering last year's point total and you can even argue he was really unlucky if you look at chances created and other passing stats last year. Now, he has Haller up front to materialize those chances and i can see him having a breakout year.

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

      it's that first fixture, I'd be looking at getting him in later on personally.

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

      Playing RW. He is a better player there as that is his natural position but new role doesn’t translate into FPL points. Get Lanzini or Haller for West Ham attack

    3. Oooof
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I liked him at Lazio and think he is someone who could do well.

      With City first up though it feels like a perfect wait and see player.

  25. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    How about John Stones instead of Zinchenko? He'd be nailed ahead of Otamendi surely .

    I'm missing something?

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

      yeah youre missing the part where hes not actually nailed

    2. PL Ball
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Pep.

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

      The only reason Stones hasnt been replaced a long time ago is the homegrown rule

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

    Help plz
    Last piece of the puzzle...

    A) Sterling and March/Capoue
    B) KDB and Fraser/Lucas

    1. Oooof
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      B

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

      a not remotely close imo

    3. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      B if playing both, A if not

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

      Would be Playing March/Capoue for GW1 and then Wesley in for them

  27. cheeky moses
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    All of a sudden that 8-6 million midfield-bracket looks tasty again:
    Moura, Martial, Richarlison/Siggy, F.Anderson/Lanzini, Perez/Tielemans/Maddi, Fraser, Zaha, Barkley...
    How many and who are you going with?

    1. Oooof
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Martial and Perez for me.

    2. Seamus Goalman
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      2 of them + KDB, Sterling and Donks

  28. OleGGMU
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Looking for a rtm lads
    Suggested changes are welcome

    Ederson
    Digne TAA Robbo
    Salah, Sterl, Fraser, Perez, Schlupp
    Wood, Deeney
    Bench: Button, Rico, Lunds, Greenwood

    0.5 ITB

    Schlupp has been OOP playing 2nd to Benteke upfront, am considering barkley but Mount has things in flux there
    Ederson or pickford?
    TAA OR VVD?
    Pretty much settled otherwise

  29. Seamus Goalman
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Best 7.5 mid for first 3 games only
    A) Fraser(SHU, avl, MCI)
    B) Martial(CHE, wol, CRY)
    C) Moura(AVL, mci, NEW)
    D) Pulisic(mun, LEI, nor)
    Happy to take a punt, Moura is great when playing but isn't nailed against Newcastle, thoughts?

    1. Oooof
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Martial might be playing as centre forward.

      That’s OOP-tastic for me

      1. Seamus Goalman
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Yeah thats what I'm on for now, could also see Fraser banging with against 2 newly promoted sides but both exite me

    2. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      B, but not sure why you would pick a player for 1st 3 GWs only.

    3. Teror
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Fraser is the safe bet. Martial quite promising, Moura could be good too. Pulisic is literally a punt in the dark. I'm on martial atm for what it's worth

      1. Seamus Goalman
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Yeah I'm on these lines too, cheers

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

      A and D

  30. Teror
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Compared to all the lackluster 6.5 forwards avaialble, I'm starting to think that Kean at 7.0 is worth a punt. If it doesn't work out it's an easy downgrade to Jota when Wolves' fixtures ease up.

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Will he start gw1 though?