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Why Fantasy managers should wait and see on West Ham this season

Fantasy Premier League managers might want to exercise caution over West Ham assets at the start of 2019/20.

The Hammer start with a tough opening weekend fixture against Manchester City, but it is hard to guarantee Fantasy potential even in the more appealing matches that follow.

Looking at last season’s data, there is a possibility that their new-look attack could take some time to gel.

Meanwhile, the Hammers defence was questionable in 2018/19.

We’ve taken a look at all areas of Manuel Pellegrini’s team last season to see where Fantasy manager can find value in 2019/20.

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  1. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Seeing whoscored.com predict no Lundstram in starting XI.
    I for one will find and extra £0.5 and go for a 2x45 rotation pair like Diop/Montoya.

    1. VAR Star
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      I’ve made that move too - seems safer

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Yeah, expecially when going with a non-playing 4.5 striker as most one here are. Gives a safety net to focus more on midfield and forward transfers, instead of putting out fires at the back.

        1. VAR Star
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Yep

    2. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Doesn't matter as third sub does it

      1. adams_6
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        I don't think so. Just don't want to lose value

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Doesn't matter mate, will keep for the season so don't care if he drops to 0

          1. adams_6
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            You might when you want to play bench boost

      2. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        It does if going with Greenwood or Wickham, which is effectively the third sub

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          This.

          Ultimately not worth the risk, imo.

    3. Zlatanzo
        4 months, 9 days ago

        What about Rico

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          As much of a risk as Lundstram from what I understand?

      • DAZZ
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        I’m tempted, but is Montoya nailed?

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Seeing quite a few picking him at least. But Dunk ofc safer

      • Over The Mounié
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Lundstram is the third choice midfielder. If they play two, as normal, then Lundstram won't play. But in some preseason games they played three midfielders and one fewer forward, so Lundstram played. Were they preparing for tougher league matches than last season? Even if they were, it seems likely that for many games they will play as last season, i.e. two midfielders not including Lundstram.

        Rico has a better chance of being genuinely first choice in my view.

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Thanks for the insights - not going with Lundstram from this. Rico may at least get a couple of games then, his place to loose I guess.

    4. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Leno offers good value at 5.0 surely? Anyone feel the 4.5’s offer better options?

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Fabianski stil the pick at £5.0 imho, but Leno can ofc work

      2. lekalatch
          4 months, 9 days ago

          I’ve got Leno

        • Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          I like Leno as a set and forget. But I'd be inclined to pay the £4.5m to pick his handcuff (Martinez) so you know you'll always have a playing keeper.

          Which, of course makes it £9.5m instead of £9.0m for two playing £4.5's.

          Ultimately, the question you have to ask is whether you think he'll get more points than, say, Heaton or Pope and, if so, would it be worth the extra money.

      3. simong1
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 9 days ago

        A or B?

        A) Wilson & Dunk
        B) King & Digne

        1. Cory2711
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          B

      4. Srv210
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Ok, last few decisions left I guess

        Pope
        Coleman, TAA , walker peters, lundstram, ______
        Salah,Sterling, Perez, Robinson, ______
        Aubameyang,Wickham ,____

        A) Mings, Wesley, Fraser
        B) Gibson , Trossard , Wilson (no bench player sure to start)

        Auba will be switched gw3 ..but want to keep the big 3 for now.

      5. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Barkley or Trossard people? And why?

        1. danlynch13
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Hard to know really at least with Trossard you know he will be playing and on set pieces

          1. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Hear hear, Barkley on some set pieces as well

            1. King Holebas
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              But won't matter when he gets subbed or dropped for Mount

              1. Whazza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                I guess. Subs I can take, Trossard unlikely to play 90 every game too I guess. Dropped -> transfer out.

        2. lekalatch
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Trossard, funnier pick 🙂

            1. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              I guess 🙂 still CHE vs BHA, haaaard

          • Jellyfish
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            I'm currently on Trossard but its a bandwagon and I'm not convinced

            1. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Yeah, 0.7% bandwagon seems a crazy risk

        3. Pinky and De Bruyne
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Has anyone been sold on Robinson for Sheff Utd ? Is he the best 5.5 Mid by mile ?

          1. VAR Star
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            I’m sold

            1. Pinky and De Bruyne
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Ive teen trying to read up on him whats his stats like ?

              1. VAR Star
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                Almost 1 in 2 for Preston both pre and post an injury.

                Has looked good in preseason.

                Potentially OOP.

                I’m mainly on him after working with a Preston season ticket holder who really rated him.

          2. Lord Tachanka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            With a new striker in (McBurnie) will he not drop back to midfield and likely be less potent?

          3. FOMFF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            I have. Decent fixtures, decent form. Team will be buzzing. Worth a shot.

          4. Jellyfish
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            I preffer McGinn at 5.5

        4. VAR Star
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Carroll to Newcastle lifts the mood on Tyneside if it does nothing else?

        5. danlynch13
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Lucas moura or Robertson.. for the first few weeks.. ??

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Do you have VVD?

            1. danlynch13
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Yes

          2. TONY123
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Robbo

        6. Murder On Zidanesfloor
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 9 days ago

          What are Mahrezs chances of Nailing down a starting spot?

          1. VAR Star
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            What’s happening with this drugs test thing?

            1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Think that is all sorted

              1. VAR Star
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                I’m wait and see

          2. ...al - Come out to the coa…
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            5%

        7. pingreen
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          A or B, Greenwood and Hayden would be on the bench along with Dendoncker

          A) 4-4-2, Perez, King, (Greenwood)

          B) 4-3-3, Jota, King, (Hayden)

          1. _nod
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            A

        8. Teomi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Which combo?
          A Zinchenko Wilson
          B Robbo king (have vvd already)

          1. Cory2711
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            B

        9. magnet
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Kane and BSilva massively underused. Kane is a no brainer when fit

          1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Bsilva is a good player but not a good FPL player.

          2. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            OK

          3. ...al - Come out to the coa…
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            The price and the City fixture is a bit off putting

            Spurs will do decent though.

            It's almost easier to start with Kane so if an 11 mil striker smashes it, it's doable in one free transfer. No team surgery.

            Strikers who smash it at the start are usually brought in by the masses as everyone still has interest, and people are a bit in panic mode, and before the first .1 price rise is in

        10. Most likely to succeed
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Anyone trying Moise Kean out from day 1?

        11. MC-HAMMERS-TROUSERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          I'm leaving this alone unless someone convinces me otherwise!

          Pope (Ryan)
          Mee - TAA - KWP (Dunk) (Rico)
          Salah (c) - Moura - Trossard - Bsilva
          Kane - Wilson - Haller
          Subs: Ryan - Dunk - Rico - Hayden

          Good luck to everyone!

          1. Most likely to succeed
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Haller is untried. Be careful.

            You can potentially get the same value, than Bilva, for a 7.5 mid (Lucas, Martial, Siggy, ...)

            You can downgrade Wilson to King (+1.0) and upgrade somewhere else.

            Good call with Rico.

          2. magnet
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Get rid of Hallett and upgrade Mee

        12. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          A) Coleman + VVD + Ryan + 4.0 keeper
          B) Montoya + Robbo + Pope and Heaton (rotating)

          Already have TAA and Zinchenko.

        13. adams_6
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          I'm certain I want Fraser and Wilson in my team from the off, probably WC GW5. I've got a 7.0 slot to fill up top. The best choice is King isn't it? THREE Bournemouth seems too much though. Is it?

          1. Pinky and De Bruyne
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Yes we dont even know if they are going to start guns blazing, last season could have been a freak !

        14. thisismyusername
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          After much tinkering, here's where I am currently:

          Pope
          Robertson - KWP - Digne - Dunk (Rico)
          Salah - Sterling - Perez - Barkley (Dendoncker)
          Kane - Wilson (Greenwood)

          Any suggestions ?

          1. lekalatch
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Looks good mate, almost got the same

              1. lekalatch
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Maybe Robbo —> VvD and Barkley —> King?

              2. FOMFF
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                Don't fancy KWP myself but Love Salah, Sterling, Kane + Wilson. Although I'm on Auba myself.

            • El Rey de Fantasy
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Nailed 4.5 fwd please. ..

              1. Andy'81
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                None.

              2. Revival
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                error 404 not found

                1. fantasyfog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  lol

              3. thisismyusername
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                if only it was so easy

              4. fantasyfog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                i'd like a fereari and a supermodel girlfriend...

                1. fantasyfog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  before you ask its like a ferrari but better

            • L S P
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              I think it comes down to this decision for me...what say you?

              A) KDB, Guilbert, Fabianski
              B) Siggy, Zinc, Heaton

              XXX/Button
              Robbo/VVD/Digne/XXX/Montoya
              Salah/Sterling/XXX/McGinn (Donck)
              Wilson/Deeney (Greenwood)

              Cheers.

              1. Ghost Gooner
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                B

            • Andy'81
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Klose confirmed out of the Pool game means that Hanley will likely start for those desperate enough to need a 4m defender, extra reason for me to (c) Salah.

            • Revival
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Anyone else going with Rashford from the start?

              1. TONY123
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                Could be a great differential. Ole likes to attack and Rash is on pens and direct FK's.

              2. _nod
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                It's between him and Martial at the moment for me. Currently on Martial.

            • Brendan95
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Any help appreciated - which is better?

              A
              Ryan/Button
              Robbo/Digne/Zinc/Lundstram/Rico
              Salah/Sterling/Fraser/Moura/Perez
              Wilson/Jota/Greenwood

              B
              Ryan/Button
              VVD/Coleman/KWP/Lundstram/Rico
              Salah/Sterling/Fraser/Perez/Barkley
              Auba/King/Greenwood

              1. Jammydodger2018
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 9 days ago

                B

                I like this but I can’t go without Double Liverpool defence

                1. Brendan95
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  I try not to double in one position from the start - but Liverpool defence is definitely the safest place to do that. Why B over A?

              2. L S P
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                I'd improve your DEF

                Zinc slightly more nailed than KWP but both are major risks as your 3rd DEF with 2 others who will barely feature...

                1. Brendan95
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Is Zinc not nailed? - which of the 2 teams do you prefer?

                  1. L S P
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 9 days ago

                    after mendy comes back, who knows.

                    if I had to pick one team (barring defense which needs fixing), i'd pick B but have doubts about Barkley and to a lesser extent King (esp when you have Fraser).

                    1. Brendan95
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 9 days ago

                      Why B over A?

                      I like the 3-5-2 formation but I could downgrade Barkley and upgrade the defence and play a 4-4-2 - I'm not convinced by King either - prefer Wilson but can't fit him in with Salah/Sterling/Auba - who would you go instead of King?

                      1. L S P
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 9 days ago

                        don't like moura.

                        Deeney over King.

                        Personally, think three big hitters is the wrong approach at the start of the season. I tried to fit KDB alongside Salah/Sterling and it just felt too inflexible, Auba would make it even more so.

            • Bubbles1985
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Here we go...
              Heaton
              Robertson TAA(vc) Digne
              Sterling(c) Siggy Martial Perez Pulisic
              Haller Wilson

              Button Maupay Aarons Johnson

              I have 0.5m itb...

              How's it looking...?!

              Thanks!

              1. yakirh
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                Missing some egypt players, you should get at least one

                1. fantasyfog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  cant think of any in prem

                  1. _nod
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 9 days ago

                    Elmohamady

            • davies
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Thoughts on Soyuncu (4.5), if Leicester don’t buy a defender?

              1. danlynch13
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                Could be good

            • TONY123
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Sooo Lundstram or Rico? Who's the most sensible choice?

              1. adams_6
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                Both unlikely to start, Rico only has a chance of playing until Daniels is fit so maybe Lundstram has a longer chance of getting some minutes

            • BENOIT
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Best combo?

              A) Gundogan, Moise, Kane

              B) Siggy, KDB, Origi/Wesley

              C) Siggy, Bilva, Haller

            • Jammydodger2018
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 9 days ago

              RMT please

              Ryan
              Digne VVD Robbo KWP
              Fraser Salah Sterling Dendocker
              Auba King

              Thanks!

            • Zladan
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              I can’t be the only one who really dislikes the FPL admin?

              It is spoon-feeding beyond belief with these squads they are assessing.

              Also the style of bashing people for their choices is kind of ridiculous.

              1. adams_6
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                I dont' take any notice of any of them

            • PortoGuy
                4 months, 9 days ago

                Hi folks. Any suggestions or GTG?
                Ryan, Button
                Robbo VVD Digne Lundstram Rico
                Salah Sterling Zaha Fraser Ddnckr Perez
                Wilson Kean Jota

              • ...al - Come out to the coa…
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                Every time I'm trying to shave off cash I'm looking at Digne

                He's just slightly overpriced for an Everton defender considering the alternatives from better teams for the same price/less

                He looks like a main player from all these teams, but anyone who had him considering dropping at this point, or is he as nailed as can be?

                1. Jellyfish
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  I think he is overpriced too

                  1. ...al - Come out to the coa…
                    • 10 Years
                    4 months, 9 days ago

                    Is he in your squad

                    1. Jellyfish
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 9 days ago

                      Not currently