FPL

How to Play FPL – A Beginner’s Guide

Fantasy Premier League is back for another season so Fantasy Football Scout, once again, are here to help.

Perhaps you’ve never played FPL before and have been roped into a mini-league by one of your overly keen friends.

Or maybe you’re one of those die-hard Fantasy managers who needs a complete guide to show your clueless colleagues to make sure they definitely sign up to your mini-league?

Whoever you are, we hope this comprehensive guide tells you all you need to know about FPL this summer.

What is Fantasy Premier League?

Fantasy Premier League is a game that casts you in the role of a fantasy manager. You are given the task to pick a squad of real-life players who score points for your team based on their performances in their own matches.

Do I need to play in a league?

The game can be played solo, with managers pitching their team against all other registered managers in the world. However, the more exciting option is to enter your team in a private mini-league with your friends or colleagues.

How do I pick my team or squad?

FPL hands you a £100m budget which you spend on your squad. If you’re new to the game this budget may seem generous but once you take a look at the player list and start selecting, it’s a good bet that it will start getting eaten up pretty quickly. You will find that the most expensive players will be the attacking options in midfield and forward positions.

Your squad will have 15 players in it but only 11 can start every week, it’s up to you to decide which four to leave on the bench. They will only come into your side if members of your starting line-up do not register any minutes.

Can I change my lineup once I’ve picked it?

Before the start of the Premier League season, you can make an unlimited number of transfers as long as the value of your squad does not exceed the £100m budget.

However, once the first deadline has passed you are limited to one free transfer per Gameweek. If you do not use it then you will have two free transfers the following Gameweek, although you cannot roll more than two.

You are allowed to make more transfers on top of the free ones, but you will be charged four points for each switch made that is surplus to your allocation for that week.

The deadline for each Gameweek is always one hour before the kick-off time of the first fixture. Normally that’s at 11.30am UK time on a Saturday but there will be Friday night matches and mid-week fixtures too this season.

How do I allocate my budget?

In order to maintain a balance in your squad, it is best to split your budget evenly across the four different positions: goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards. Ideally, you want no more than two premium asset per position and would do well to fill your squad out with cheaper assets who are important to the so-called smaller clubs.

Doing so can reap rewards. Your players will get injuries, suspensions and loss of form and if you take steps to select a more balanced team in terms of cost, you may find it easier to repair any holes. Ideally, you need to aim for a situation whereby one-for-one transfers will be enough to fix any problems you may run into. Investing heavily in one area of the team and then being unlucky enough to run into problems in that area, could leave you with surplus cash that will be wasted without using additional transfers elsewhere in your team.

Okay, so which players do I pick?

As there a large number of players available in FPL there are lots of potentially effective combinations. At the early stage of the season, it’s harder to say which assets will be the most important, but we will always have plenty of content available to help you pick your initial squad and make your transfers now and through the season. So make sure you stick around!

For all of our pre-season coverage so far this summer CLICK HERE.

How Do I Score Points?

There are lots of different ways to score points on FPL, with goals, assists and clean sheets the most important match events. Whoever you pick as captain will score double points in that Gameweek. Below is a grid which details how to score with players from different positions.

ActionPoints scored
Playing up to 60 minutes1
Playing more than 60 minutes2
Each goal scored by a goalkeeper/defender6
Each goal scored by a midfielder5
Each goal scored by a forward4
Each assist3
Clean sheet by a goalkeeper/defender (must play 60+ mins)4
Clean sheet by a midfielder (must play 60+ mins)1
Every three shots saved by a goalkeeper1
A penalty save by a goalkeeper5
Bonus points for the best players in a match1-3

Can My Team Lose Points?

Unfortunately, there are a few ways to lose points too.

ActionPoints scored
Missing a penalty-2
Every two goals conceded by a goalkeeper/defender-1
Each yellow card-1
Each red card-3
Each own goal-2

WHAT ARE THE CHIPS?

There are four different chips Fantasy managers can use on FPL this season to boost their overall points-score in any given Gameweek. They are:

Wildcard – The Wildcard allows you to make an unlimited number of transfers in a Gameweek without incurring any points hits. You have two of these to use. The first can be used at any point until December 29th, while the second can only be used after that date.

Triple Captain – Normally your chosen captain will score double points in a Gameweek. One week in the season you can deploy the Triple Captain chip to triple his score instead.

Bench Boost – Usually you are forced to bench four of your players but the Bench Boost allows you to, one week a season, add the points from your substitute to your overall Gameweek score.

Free Hit – Just like the Wildcard, this allows you to make any number of transfers you wish without losing points to transfer hits. However, it only lasts one Gameweek; once it is over your old team comes back. This is especially useful for blank or double Gameweeks.

What do I do if my players get injured or suspended?

You need to assess and react to injuries quickly. Monitor our injuries and bans table regularly to check on your team and if a player looks to be out for 2-3 weeks consider replacing him as this could well mean a 3-4 game absence given that he’d have to regain his match fitness and place in the side.

If you have players simply not playing you need to look at just how serious an issue this is on a player by player basis.

As a rule, though, it’s something you need to consider acting upon. Even if the player is getting on as a sub or even starting 75% of the first five games, if he has competition for his place or has been rotated, then it’s something you may have to deal with over the entire season. If you have an alternative on your shortlist who is more reliable and scoring well, it might be best to make the change early rather than have one player distract you and have you guarding transfers for the opening few months.

When should I sign new players for my team?

As for player form, this will fluctuate throughout the season. Keep an eye out for form players but don’t be tempted by one week wonders who hit a hat-trick and then never follow it up for the rest of the season. Sustained form and proven point scorers are what you’re after. Jumping on bandwagons can often be profitable but only when it’s being pulled by a player who can sustain their form.

There’s certainly a wealth of information to sift through on this website if you’re going to try to stay on top of things. We’ll bring you the information you need on a weekly basis to make informed decisions and there will be enough opinion from us and other visitors to the site to consider. Monitor our team news section week-by-week prior to fixtures and also check out the Scout Notes that we provide after every set of matches. These will point out any significant changes to team lineups and offer clues on which players have their place under threat at any given time, as well as those players coming into form.

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2,681 Comments Post a Comment
  1. RichP_LFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Hello all, any thoughts/advice on my current line up?

    Ederson (Button)
    Robbo, VVD, Kyle Walker, Coleman (Johnson)
    Salah, Sterling, Perez, Sig (Dendoncker)
    King, Murray (Greenwood)
    0.5 ITB

    Cheers!

    1. liiusions
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Ederson-4.5 then upgrade Murray

      1. RichP_LFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 years, 2 months ago

        Yeh I’ve considered Pope, but I’m not sure who I like in the 7.5 and below bracket up top. Wolves with Europa May be a bit flat for a while, and the season ticker has Brighton down for decent attacking returns for the first few fixtures...hmm

    2. Saint & Reevesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Obviously you’ve pulled your cash into defence and midfield. I’m biased but I like ings over Murray, although I concede Brighton’s open 3 fixtures are favourable. Not convinced by king.

      1. Saint & Reevesy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 2 months ago

        Edison to Ryan and then upgrade king to Jiménez?

        1. RichP_LFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 years, 2 months ago

          Worried about Wolves in Europa, so was keeping Jiminez on the watchlist initially

      2. RichP_LFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 years, 2 months ago

        What about Che Adams? He seems to have hit the ground running.

  2. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Would you consider Wesley 6.0 FWD as an option?

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Definitely. Was in my team for a long time but just took him out for McGinn so I don't double on Villa.

    2. Bob.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      I reckon he's good value as I think villa will score plenty of goals. I'm going with him from the start

    3. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      He's nailed, from what I've seen in preseason, his hold up play is solid, but the quality of defender he's about to come up against is on a whole other level to what he's used to. Don't expect too much too soon.

    4. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Yep.

    5. yakirh
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Yes
      1st GW putting me off a bit

  3. liiusions
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Pope Heaton
    TAA Robbo Balbuena Rico Lundstram
    Salah Sterling KDB Perez Barkley
    King Wood 4.5
    0.5ITB

    Any tips where to improve my team?

    Thanks

    1. jon.terry.tfh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Brave. Just pick one of Pope or heaton and use that 0.5 to upgrade your defence. Barkley is not nailed.

  4. SantiagoSolari
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Pretty much set on the rest, but which of the following would you prefer?

    a) KDB + Wilson
    b) Aubameyang + Perez

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      B.

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Wow that's tough. Gun to my head...A

    3. Tsparkes10
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      A but love Aubam. I have all 4

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      B easily.

    5. Boris Bodega
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      B, certainly for the first two GWs

    6. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      A

    7. enrico.palazzo
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      B - not even close

    8. drilsby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      A

  5. steven8991
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    I think this is my best draft, please RMT

    Pope (Button)
    Robbo Walker Coleman (Lund, Kelly)
    Salah Sterling Perez Robinson (Dendoncker)
    Kane King Deeney

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Looks good, I'd change Button however to a different 4.0m keeper. His high ownership means is he likely to drop in price quicker than the other 4.0m non playing keepers. It only makes sense having him, if you've also got Ryan.

  6. Lukakus talking
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Looking for a 6.5 mid - or get Barkley and bank 0.5/upgrade elsewhere?

    Heaton (Button)

    Robbo, Zinc, Digne, Shaw (Lundstram)

    Salah, Sterling, Perez XXX (Dendonker)

    Kane, Adams (Greenwood)

    Thanks in advance!

  7. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    with king being on pens is wilson really worth an extra 1.5 m ??

    1. IRBOX ⚽
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Negative

    2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Yes imo. King hardly scores from open play

    3. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      I think they’ll both provide value at their different price points over the season and either or both of them could score at the weekend. I’m just going with King as I’m on a limited budget and to free up the funds to use elsewhere.

    4. LangerznMash
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      He isn't 100% on pens. Wilson could pull rank this season.

      1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 2 months ago

        This would be gold

      2. IRBOX ⚽
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 2 months ago

        This is incorrect

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 years, 2 months ago

          Wilson was out injured for 2 months with a knee inury or would have had more points.

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 years, 2 months ago

            This was for camzy below

      3. Valar(Keith)
        • 12 Years
        2 years, 2 months ago

        Is there anything that supports your statement?

        1. LangerznMash
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 2 months ago

          - King missed a late penalty to cost them points against Wolves.
          - King is rotation risk with Solanke.
          - Wilson has taken 9 penalties for Bournemouth at senior level.
          - Bournemouth/Wilson currently negotiating new contract, penalty duty could be a bargaining tool.

          I'm not saying Wilson is the #1 penalty taker, just showing that King may not be 100% guaranteed.

      4. Gregor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 years, 2 months ago

        He has said in a recent interview that he wants 20 goals this season and he says he’s on pens.

        1. LangerznMash
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 2 months ago

          link to interview?

    5. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      thanks all !

    6. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      No imo.

      Last season: Wilson 168pts, King 141 pts.

      1.5m can get you a bigger upgrade somewhere else on your team.

      1. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        2 years, 2 months ago

        King played 400 minutes more and got 2 goals and 9 assists fewer

    7. drilsby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      maybe not points-per-million-wise, but want to do Wilson --> Jimenez in a few rounds.

  8. Murder On Zidanesfloor
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    What's the best strategy with the 7.5 mids? here are potentially explosive options such as Martial and Moura, but also the safety of Fraser. So how are you staring? Punt or safe pick?

    1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Starting*

    2. wotwot
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Moura & Fraser in my team

    3. HeDoesntWantIt
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      I’m not a fan of Fraser. I’d go for martial, or save 1.5 and go Barkley

    4. EgyptianKing
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      I think it is important to monitoe Spurs transfer news, however I like starting with Lucas. Feels punty, however he should at least be nailed for Villa and he is an easy swap to Fraser, Pullisic, Martial if needed

    5. Graceless Goof
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      I want one 11m striker so I cannot stretch to the 7.5 bracket. Lucas and Fraser are the ones I would want from the start, and Pulisic (along with the rest of the Chelsea boys) is being monitored.

    6. SantiagoSolari
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Going with Martial

    7. golfboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Big fan of Fraser. Couldn't decide between Wilson and King so instead picking him as my only Bournemouth attack

    8. LangerznMash
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Pulisic, Fraser, Martial and Lucas all have explosive potential, but will also have lots of blanks. It is pretty much down to luck if you pick the right ones at the right times.

    9. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      I'm tempted by Martial.

      one of the chelsea mid could be gold also

    10. Do I Not Like Orange
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Moura & Fraser to start with for me (in a 5 man midfield), Martial, Zaha & Pulisic on the radar for the coming weeks.

  9. zizoo10
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Just a quick PSA: Digne and Coleman had a near identical PPM last season.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Shhhhhhhh

    2. IRBOX ⚽
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      One is nailed and on corners and free kicks.. the other is getting old and contesting with a new World Cup winner brought into the squad. You decide

      1. enrico.palazzo
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 2 months ago

        You make me feel old! He’s only 30

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 2 months ago

          Haha sorry pal. That age is fine for a holding mid or central defender but for a guy playing like a wing-back it’s hard to play bulk minutes

    3. LangerznMash
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Sidibe says hi 🙂

    4. Graceless Goof
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Before Everton signed Sidibe too who's also a right back. Unsure what to make of that at the moment.

    5. yakirh
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Sidibe coming to Everton means rotation for Coleman
      Digne has set pieces and corners
      Worth the 0.5m IMO

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        2 years, 2 months ago

        Get both 🙂

    6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Yep we had a discussion on same about 6-7 weeks ago 🙂

      https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/20384669

      Both look excellent - tailor made FPL players

    7. Valar(Keith)
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      I was all over Coleman until sidibe ruined the party. Now Im scrambling for the 0.5 and the added bonus of free kicks and corners.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        2 years, 2 months ago

        Wouldn't be hugely worried - Coleman will remain first choice and club captain, Silva loves him

        Sidibe provides much needed cover though, more than Jonjo Kenny

        Although even at that, Monaco were shocking when he played last season - they conceded 40 goals in his 23 or so league appearances

        They conceded 10 in his 4 CL appearances

        He's also very injury prone - Coleman the superior player, Sidibe on coverage duty

        I wouldn't go without Digne though so doing the double 🙂

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 2 months ago

          He’s not club captain!! Wish people would stop saying this nonsense

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 11 Years
            2 years, 2 months ago

            Who is?

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

              Baines according to Wikipedia

            2. IRBOX ⚽
              • 4 Years
              2 years, 2 months ago

              Jagielka was 2013-2019, Baines is still the number one

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • 11 Years
                2 years, 2 months ago

                So Coleman will captain them then?

                1. IRBOX ⚽
                  • 4 Years
                  2 years, 2 months ago

                  When he plays, but doesn’t make him club captain

                  1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • 11 Years
                    2 years, 2 months ago

                    Cool - here is the updated 'nonsense free' post 🙂

                    Wouldn't be hugely worried - Coleman will remain captain, Silva loves him

                    Sidibe provides much needed cover though, more than Jonjo Kenny

                    Although even at that, Monaco were shocking when he played last season - they conceded 40 goals in his 23 or so league appearances

                    They conceded 10 in his 4 CL appearances

                    He's also very injury prone - Coleman the superior player, Sidibe on coverage duty

                    I wouldn't go without Digne though so doing the double

                    1. IRBOX ⚽
                      • 4 Years
                      2 years, 2 months ago

                      Are you picking Coleman over City 5.5 mate?

                      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                        • 11 Years
                        2 years, 2 months ago

                        Of course... mate 🙂 (I presume by city 5.5 you're referring to Zinky & Stones, right??)

                        There are literally no nailed city 5.5's and I have Laporte

                        You also know Fernandinho is now ear marked to share centre half duties right? And that mendy is 'on the mendy'?

                        I'm hugely positive on Coleman, for a variety of reasons - have a read of the hot topic I linked above

                        Another interesting take on it : https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/real-seamus-coleman-returned-surprise-15894935

                      2. IRBOX ⚽
                        • 4 Years
                        2 years, 2 months ago

                        I think I’m with you.. I was looking at offloading Stones/Zinc to 4.5/5.0 but particularly if Zaha leaves I think I’ll get Coleman from the off

          2. LangerznMash
            • 5 Years
            2 years, 2 months ago

            Who is then? Tony Hibbert

  10. balint84
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    start with
    A) Kelly
    B) Kiko Feminia
    C) McGinn

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      C

    2. RIDZ
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      B

      Pretty sure A won't play

    3. SantiagoSolari
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      B

  11. RIDZ
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Alderweireld or Verto?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Vert

  12. twisterteo
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Any chance someone can RMT?
    I need some help..

    Heaton
    Arnold Zinchenko Coleman Dunk
    Perez Barkley Salah Sterling
    Wilson Kane

    Greenwood, Dendo, Lund

    Not 100% sold on Perez Barkley and Zinch

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Lovely except Dunk playing every week, but not much you can do about that with set-up you have.

      1. twisterteo
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 2 months ago

        Yeah pretty limited with money

    2. golfboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      almost identical to mine. I have 6.5 striker and 'upgraded' Barkley to Fraser

      1. twisterteo
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 2 months ago

        That is tempting to be honest, could double up Fraser + King instead of Wilson and then swap Fraser for Martial/Pulisic/Anderson later on

  13. wotwot
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Best 6.0 or lower mid?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Robinson popular, could come good. Barkley if 1st choice.

    2. korbendallas82
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Robinson at 5.5 is interesting. OOP probably.

  14. CarrollsPonytail
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    A - Maddison & Robinson
    B - Perez & Barkley

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      B probably

  15. Markus
    • 12 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    A few thoughts on fallers...

    Just a reminder that there are loads more price falls than rises in general and particularly first few weeks so if bothered about future team value this is the prime concern,not securing double rises on wildcard.

    Its always between gw2-3 and gw3-4 that there's the most price changes but between gw3-4 looks primed to me to be the one this time because of the Friday night deadline.

    0.1m team value after 3 weeks is worth about 1.6 potential future points (see community article on value) for the rest of the season so points hits to cut losses are more worthwhile earlier on than later in the season.

    Falls, while a complex black box formula, are more aligned to percentage ownership loss (eg half the people who own sell, rather than percentage points decrease) than absolute numbers, so higher ownership doesn't necessarily mean higher likely likelihood of loss.

    The biggest factors for me seem to be underachievement vs general expectation, active player selection as a proportion of whole (ie the likes of us), short term picks due to fixtures and closeness to bandwagons.

    To provide some examples of my own thoughts of risky players in this regard from each position:
    - Joshua King. Probability suggests he may well not return in first two games and one of joelinton, adams, ings, Wesley, Jota, wood etc returns twice. Instant switch after gw2. It's fine to have planned this, but there will be other surgery to do probably.
    - Fabianski. It just needs a 4.5m Gk to save a pen and you're changing to this year's model en masse
    - Zinchenko. Lots of 5.5m of which one could show big early returns eg shaw, rose/bavies, Emerson. If he misses 1 game he's out.
    - Sigurdsson. Either up or down there's Moura, martial, Zaha, Pepe, bilva breathing down your neck. You've picked him for fixtures and the var boost in the first place but others outscoring you anyway, might as well jump...

    I tried to do safer picks (fornals, laporte, adams, sterling, Henderson, hayden, diop were the best I could come up with) but can see arguments against these options too! In summary, nobody is safe!

    Minimal price options took several game weeks to drop last year (there is always some demand to mac starting ix value). I think awb might have changed expectations for defenders but these tend not to be the first place people address.

    The main takeaway given all this is - imho - don't leave yourself planned transfers unless you think your selection will get 4 points more than the next best option. There will be other fires to put out.

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      you could add greenwood to your list too 🙂 thanks for very interesting post !

      1. Markus
        • 12 Years
        2 years, 2 months ago

        Which one? I don't think he'll fall straight away because I don't see any other more appealing 4.5m striker options. You're not going to upgrade a sub gw2/3, you'll be scrabbling for upgrade money if anything

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Thanks Markus, very helpful.

    3. Valar(Keith)
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      I think we are going to see a 4.5 defender score or get a Cs in the first week and that will lead to loads getting rid of their premiums. I am also afraid of Kane.. If he blanks against villa there'll be a slew of transfers out for a 6.5 to 7 striker before the City game and il probably succumb to thie downgrade too 🙂

      1. Markus
        • 12 Years
        2 years, 2 months ago

        You're probably right but there's high ownership of all the Liverpool boys and Laporte and great fixtures so I'd be surprised if instant. Most likely is a TAA benching gw2 > 4.5m bandwagon to enable Son or other premium mid. I think there must be a 4.5m value option and would love to downgrade Zinchenko for that reason even with money in bank (as think 352 will be where it heads) but can't see an obvious one I'm confident in.

  16. Pukki Party
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    A) Wood 442
    B) Tielemans 451

    1. THE SHEEP HUNTER
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      A. all day

  17. Big_Andy_GAWA
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Best 4.5 GK from the start off, in your opinion, folks?

    😎

    1. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Pope

    2. RIDZ
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      begovic

    3. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Heaton.

    4. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Heaton

    5. yakirh
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Currently on Heaton.
      Most likely switch to Pope on first wildcard, whenever it may be, probably GW 4/8

  18. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    VVD in a 4-5-1 or Kean in a 3-5-2?

    Kean is more fun, but VVD seems the boring, but correct, choice.

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      id go 352

    2. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Virgil

    3. RichRover
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      VVD all day

    4. RIDZ
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      352

    5. SantiagoSolari
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      VVD

  19. falafel
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Start Jorginho or Dunk?

    1. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Jorg

    2. The 5% Team
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Dunk

    3. RichRover
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Dunk

  20. jamiet
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Been with this team for a few days

    Pope (Button)

    Dunk, Digne, Robertson, Rico (Lundstrum)

    Salah(c), Zaha, Richarlison, Perez, (Dendoncker)

    Aguero, Kane (Greenwood)

    Question:

    Aguero or Sterling ???

    Is Zaha a good bet??

    Robertson or TAA??

    If i swap Aguero for Sterling i can remove Zaha and have king up front - seems a good bet or will aguero smash it ??

    Cheers in advance

    1. The 5% Team
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Sterling
      no Zaha if he stays at Palace
      Robbo

    2. Graceless Goof
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Aguero is not starting GW1

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Sterling over Aguero. Aguero still working up to being match fit. Might not even start the first game.

    4. jamiet
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Cheers for the feedback - appreciate it, sterling it is and king up top

  21. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Martial "should" be nailed right.

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Look it, nice price that.

  22. gellinmagellan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    RMT
    Pope Ryan
    Robertson Zinchenko Cathcart Coleman Diop
    Salah Bilva Fraser Perez Dendoncker
    Kane Jota King
    1 ITB

    1. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Not keen on Bilva and Jota

      1. gellinmagellan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 2 months ago

        For some reason I feel this will be Bilva's season to shine/score points. Want to give him a try for the opening weeks to see how often he features. Do agree on Jota though

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      6/10
      Bilva & Jota not ideal. 1 ITB isn't scoring you any points.

  23. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    What do you think about the team below?
    Also, have last decisions to make - go for second 4.0 def and 8.0 mid or play safe with 4.5 def like Kiko and go for 7.5 mid like Martial?

    Heaton
    Robo/Digne/Zin/XXX/Lund
    Salah/Sterling/XXX/Perez/Dend
    Wilson/Haller/Wesley

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      More than decent. Play safe.

  24. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Taking their time as always but Palace doing some smart business it appears. Both these look good

    Cahill free
    Camarasa loan to buy at 15 mill

    Now for a right back, left back and striker. Should gel just in time for the run in.

  25. OFord
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Just out of interest, who have people got as their lowest ownership % player (in starting XI)?

    Expecting a lot of Chris Wood at just under 2%

    1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Coleman 3.9%

    2. The 5% Team
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Wesley 1.3%

      but all my players are under 5% 🙂

    3. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Walker-Peters 2,9%

  26. RichRover
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Ederson, Ryan. Van Dijk, Ake, Coleman, Dunk, Lundstram. Sterling, Salah, Perez, Norwood, Dendoncker. Kane, Wood, Calvert-Lewin.
    Not interested in a non-playing 4m gk. Any advice appreciated, thanks.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      DCL not ideal even before they signed Kean. Ings until he breaks down?

      1. RichRover
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 2 months ago

        He's only there because of their ridiculous run of games.

  27. Malinwa
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Thoughts or advice? Appreciated.

    Ryan
    Zichenko - Coleman - VVD
    KDB - Pérez - Salah - Fraser
    Haller - King - Kane

    Heaton - Dendoncker - Kelly - Lunstram

  28. some witty pun
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Anyone picking Pepe or just me? Feels like a cheaper option than Auba

    1. The 5% Team
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      will he start GW1 though

    2. RichRover
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Not Lac?

  29. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Anyone know if Mark Sutherns will be about to discuss his team before the deadline? Would love to hear his thoughts and most definitely his differential team of some sort.

  30. THE SHEEP HUNTER
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 2 months ago

    Bottomed