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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. The King
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    Currently going Tielemans over Perez not sure though

    Anyone else doing the same?

    3 goals and 5 assists in 1087 minutes (about 12 games) compared to 12 and 2 in 2916 (about 32 games)

    1. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      One was playing in a good Leicester team. The other in a poor Newcastle team... Perez for me.

    2. _nod
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      I'm going Pérez (see below) as I think he might be playing more forward, but an easy switch if Tielemans looks like the better pick after a couple of games.

      1. UpAndAway
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        Maddison worth the extra 0.5 outlay?

        1. _nod
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 21 hours ago

          Not for me, Pérez will offer better value.

    3. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      I own both, but would probably leave Tielemans out if having only one. Think Perez will play two up top with Vardy a lot this season, isn't Rodgers usually a fan of two strikers?

      1. The King
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Thanks for your replies, think I'll go Perez for now 🙂 good luck all

  2. _nod
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    Tell me this isn't the best team you've seen all preseason:

    Pope
    TAA \ VVD \ Walker \ Digne
    Pérez \ Salah \ Martial \ Sterling
    Wilson \ Jota

    Woodman \ Greenwood \ Dendoncker \ Lundstram

    1. The King
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Great team! Good luck

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      It's not the best team i've seen all preseason 😛

      It's pretty good though. I'm not a big fan of Martial, Wilson or Jota. Think those 3 can be improved upon.

      1. yakirh
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        What's wrong with Martial & Wilson?

      2. _nod
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        Wilson should be a safe pick for the start of the season, until we see which mid price fwds start firing. Martial is a bit of a punt, but I have a feeling he'll outperform his price point and will be in the majority of teams before long.

    3. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      I'm not sure its the best, but its very good.

    4. yakirh
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Not sure about Jota for the start, and Walker for the medium-long
      Other than that, looks solid.

    5. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Walker seems an odd call

      1. _nod
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        That's one I'm not 100% on, I think he will be come Mendy or Zin, depending on how rotation looks at City.

    6. Navispar
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      This isn't the best team I have seen all preseason.

      1. _nod
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        I don't believe you.

        1. Navispar
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 19 hours ago

          I only did what you asked me to.

    7. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      I enjoyed the \ formatting, feels snappy

      1. _nod
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        Thanks for noticing, I went with \ as it looked better between TAA and VVD than the classic /

    8. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      You've copied me just swap Walker and Pope for Ederson and Taylor or Montoya

      1. _nod
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        I was considering this. I feels like it's getting harder and harder to avoid City rotation

    9. fantasyfog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      bar walker

  3. GBB
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    Think I'm there....

    GK: Ryan
    DEF: Robbo, Digne, Cahill
    MID: Salah, Sterling, Martial, Ceballos, Trossard
    ATT: Kane, King

    Sub: Stekelenburg, Guilbert, Lundstram, Greenwood

    Thoughts: good rotating defence (will not have to sub for 10 GW's at last). Just in doubt about Ceballos and Trossard. Could also do McGinn and Barkley, for example...

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Ceballos has struggled this week in training with a knock and is a doubt to start this weekend.

      1. GBB
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        Cheers mate! Was not aware. So McGinn and Barkley might be a better option 🙂

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 21 hours ago

          yeah - got a good feeling on McGinn this season

          1. Dribbles
              12 days, 21 hours ago

              He's top draw. I remember watching him at hibs he was amazing. Could be gold this season at that price.

    2. JJeyy
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Fraser and Moura

      Or..

      KDB and Trossard?

      1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        Former, imo.

    3. pokern1nja09
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Are we all sure that greenwood is the best 4.5M fodder forward? How much has wickham been playing in pre season?

      1. JJeyy
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        going wick

      2. teneighty
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        Fodder should not lose their value and Greenwoods high ownership makes him a no go for me.

      3. marrog
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        Face it, neither of them is likely to get a game.

    4. sentz05
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Time to get rid of Ings. He's off to West Brom!

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        Thought it was Charlie Austin heading to West Brom?

        1. HamezMace
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 21 hours ago

          It is. Austin to West Brom, or Bristol City.

      2. sentz05
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        My bad

    5. Member's Area Down time...
      DavidMunday815
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      To get ready for the FPL deadline tomorrow, our Members Area will be down for roughly an hour this afternoon from 1:30pm. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

      1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        Boo. 😀

      2. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 16 hours ago

        Thanks for letting us know!

    6. LangerznMash
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      The case for Trossard @ £6.0m
      League stats 2017/18. Apps 34. Goals 14. Assists 7.
      FPL equivalent = 159 points (plus clean sheets + bps)
      Europa league stats. Apps 11. Goals 8. Assists 3.
      Freekick + corner taker.
      He recorded 126 shots in the league last season, averaging a shot every 22.1 minutes.
      Trossard created 72 scoring chances in the league last season.
      He averaged 38.7 minutes per key pass
      Scout picks = 3 (David, Geoff + Neale)
      Ownership = 0.7%
      Brighton opening 3 fixtures = watford, WEST HAM, SOUTHAMPTON.

      People may argue you cannot compare stats from the Belgium Jupiter Pro League, however Trossard's impressive Europa League stats show he can preform at any level.

      I don't have any data for ICT index, if anyone does please post it as a reply.

    7. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Neil Maupay seems like a nice guy

      1. Bees4Lyf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        Top bloke

      2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        I was just thinking that!! Awesome that he took the initiative to teach himself English too!!!

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 21 hours ago

          Hope he does well and sorts a new contract, more pay for Maupay.

          1. HamezMace
            • 5 Years
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            More pay, or more pie?

      3. Brooksy86
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        No one's doubting he's a top lad. Wanna know his views on a Tuesday night in Stoke though.

    8. RedWolf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Robertson, Fraser, KDB
      Or VVD, McGinn, Sterling.

      No other Liverpool defenders or City attackers in the team

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        VVD, McGinn and Sterling

    9. Evil Genius
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      1.5m in the bank to rage transfer in GW2:

      Pope, Heaton
      VvD, Digne, Taylor-Diop-Mings (rotate nicely until GW12)
      Salah, Sterling, Perez, Martial, Trossard
      Wilson, Wood, Greenwood

    10. Ambrosiana Inter
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      The article is not restricted mods

      1. Swanremainsthesame
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        Hooray, hope the casuals all read it & sell out, then run & put a bet on hammers to be relegated.

      2. marrog
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        Yeah.
        I read it without paying.
        Bwahahahaha!

    11. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Hi all, hope your teams are shaping up nicely. Im nearly there, currently wondering if Laporte (if declared fit) is worth the extra cash over Zinchenko. I feel he could be due to his potential for attacking returns, BPS and naildness but an extra million can go a long way elsewhere. Any thoughts ?

      1. sentz05
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        I think he's worth it if you are planning on keeping!

    12. Ben Marlin
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        Best 4.5m defender?

        1. KICKandRUSH
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 21 hours ago

          Lundstram imo as he'll play in midfield

          1. Ben Marlin
              12 days, 21 hours ago

              Will he play?

              1. KICKandRUSH
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                12 days, 21 hours ago

                He absolutely should. He played a big role in pre season!

        2. teddypicker
          • 9 Years
          12 days, 21 hours ago

          Going for a 4.0m goalkeeper - is it better to go for the one with least TSB% (McGovern) as they're least likely to price drop or is it the other way round?

        3. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          12 days, 21 hours ago

          Left field pick....
          A KWP
          B Aurier
          C Holebas
          D Dawson

          On A atm

          1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
            • 7 Years
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            A or c

        4. DAZZ
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 21 hours ago

          Martial 7.5 could be gold if they dont sign anyone else

        5. danlynch13
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 21 hours ago

          How does this look if anyone’s interested.. I have 0.5 in the bank to make changes probably to kwp

          Pope/4.0
          Robbo/Trent/Digne/KWP
          Salah/Fraser/Sterling/Perez
          Wilson/Jota

          Dendoncker/Lundstrom/Greenwood

          Thanks for any input

          1. OLLY G
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            Very nice team. KWP to Zinchenko?

            1. danlynch13
              • 4 Years
              12 days, 19 hours ago

              Ya possibly I think I prefer kwp for the first game..

        6. Colonel Shoe 肝池
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 21 hours ago

          @doos
          You still running your multi league?
          Any room for a littleun perchance?

          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            If I were, you would be a shoe-in! 😉 But Ginkapo and I have packed it in. Sorry. 🙂

            1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
              • 7 Years
              12 days, 21 hours ago

              No worries was fun while it lasted

              1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                12 days, 20 hours ago

                Yes. But it became difficult to organise. Too many peeps mucking about. 🙂

        7. Catastrophe
          • 8 Years
          12 days, 21 hours ago

          RMT appreciated!

          Ryan
          VVD, Robertson, Digne, Zouma
          Salah, Sterling, Perez, Robinson
          Kane, King

          (Button, Dendoncker, Lundstram, Greenwood)

          Cheers

        8. DIMITRIS
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 21 hours ago

          What's better:
          A) VVD in defence which looks like this : Robbo| VVD| AWB | Montoya
          or
          B) VVD out for Trossard and 4.5 rotating pair of defenders , and my mid would look like this in 3-5-2 : Sterling | Salah | Fraser | Maddison | Trossard

        9. Joshes Giants
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 21 hours ago

          What do you think?

          Ryan/Button
          vanD/Diop/bedernak/4.0/4.0
          Salah/Sterling/neves/Robinson/hayden
          abeyang/Kane/Ings

          Too many big players?

          1. OLLY G
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            Far too unbalanced imo.

        10. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 21 hours ago

          Any BB GW1 people around?

          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            Me. Possibly. 🙂

            1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              12 days, 21 hours ago

              That’s what I like to hear!

              If you were, how is yours shaping up?

              I’m currently on this, any feedback would be welcomed!

              Pope, Begovic

              Robertson, Coleman, KWP, AMN, Holebas

              Salah (c), Moura, Perez, Wilson, Robinson

              Auba, Wilson, Wood

              Have toyed with TAA to VVD and then upgrade Robinson to Lamela with the spare .5

              1. Wild Rover
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                12 days, 20 hours ago

                Identical front 8 to mine except I have Lamela over Moura to get a stronger defence. Team news has Travers starting over Bego

                1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  12 days, 20 hours ago

                  Thanks.

                  If you think about BB enough it typically points to certain players doesn’t it.......

                  To be honest I’m set on Moura, if I was to get Lamela it would have to be a double up on sours mids but I don’t like that because it leaves you in a bad position for GW2.

                  That’s enough to put me off Bego, don’t like the uncertainty. You pairing Leno with Pope?

                  Top 100 GW rank here we come 😉

                  1. Wild Rover
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    12 days, 20 hours ago

                    Ryan, Pope, AMN, Robbo, VVD, Digne, Cathcart

                    1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      12 days, 20 hours ago

                      I’ve been on that at times, but with Coleman and Holebas instead of Digne and Cathcart.

                      Huge upside to Holebas when he’s on his day!

                2. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  12 days, 20 hours ago

                  One other thing, how comfortable are you with H Wilson?

                  It was so nice being able to free up 1.5m by downgrading Fraser. Anything to suggest he won’t make first 11?

                  1. Wild Rover
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    12 days, 20 hours ago

                    Not totally confident but he'll come on even if he doesn't start so worth a punt. Played loads of preseason minutes

                    1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      12 days, 20 hours ago

                      He’s the last decision for me.

                      I’m either sticking with him and that team, or I’ll wimp out of picking him by downgrading wood to origi, holebas to kiko/Cathcart and upgrade Wilson back to Fraser.

                      Shame Özil became an uncertainty, he could have had some real upside for us.

                      1. Wild Rover
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        12 days, 20 hours ago

                        I may go for Ceballos if confirmed fit

                        1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          12 days, 20 hours ago

                          I’m comfortable with Robinson at that price point to be honest.

                          Keeping GW2 in mind I think Sheff U at home to Palace will be goals as Palace are in trouble IMO.

          2. Swanremainsthesame
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            GW1 far too unpredictable.
            & then what Wild Card gw2 ?

            Yes, I've been burnt badly that way in the past; but usually its only the ones get lucky post about it.

            1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              12 days, 20 hours ago

              Nope, squad will be built for a strong GW2 squad and then WC GW3.

          3. yakirh
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            My bench will probably get 2 points total, so no

            1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              12 days, 20 hours ago

              Fair 😆

          4. Lord Tachanka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            Would love to but couldn’t work out a team I was happy with this year. GL if you do, I got a Top 200 GW rank when I did it last year!

            1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              12 days, 20 hours ago

              Thanks! That’s a good success story.

              Trying something different for a change, so I’m going for it 🙂

        11. OLLY G
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 21 hours ago

          If Drinkwater goes to Burnley, should l bring him in for Dendocker?

          1. HamezMace
            • 5 Years
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            Still think Dendonker is the better choice.

          2. marrog
            • 10 Years
            12 days, 20 hours ago

            I suppose. Neither of them is ever likely to score more than a couple of points a week, so it won't make that much difference. DW might get the odd bonus, I suppose..

        12. Dare Do The Punt
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 21 hours ago

          Norwood or Hughes?

          1. CobraKai
            • 9 Years
            12 days, 20 hours ago

            Norwood on penaltys

        13. yokies
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 21 hours ago

          best 4.5 mid..cheers !

        14. King Lallana
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            Fantasy Crew!!

            The question we all need the answer to.......
            Best 6.5 option for GW1 & 2? (Got King)

            A: Jota
            B: Deeney
            C: Wood

            Thanks all

            1. Dannyb
              • 2 Years
              12 days, 20 hours ago

              I got wood

          • Reza14
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            Any thoughts or comments are much appreciated !

            Pope, Krul

            Walker-Peters, Van Dijk, Cathcart, Mings, Lundstrum

            Salah, Sterling, Perez, McArthur, Hayden

            Kane, Vardy, McGoldrick

          • cescpistols111
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            Good to go?

            Heaton Button
            Robbo Digne Lowton Diop Lundstram
            Salah Sterling Perez Trossard Dendoncker
            Kane King Wood/Jota

          • CRO KLOPP
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            Just this Two decisions,need some help

            A) KDB and Jota
            B) Auba and McGinn

            1) KWP and Lundstram
            2) 2 4.5 rotating def

            1. yakirh
              • 3 Years
              12 days, 21 hours ago

              B1, I think

              1. CRO KLOPP
                • 1 Year
                12 days, 21 hours ago

                Cheers mate
                GL

            2. Kung Fu Football
              • 4 Years
              12 days, 20 hours ago

              A1 for me, have KDB & King (over Jota for first couple GW's anyway) and have KWP & Lundstram over 2 x 4.5 rotating.

              1. CRO KLOPP
                • 1 Year
                12 days, 20 hours ago

                Thanks mate,really want Auba but KDB seems more sensible
                GL