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Scout Notes

Bournemouth attack uninspiring in Sheffield United draw

Bournemouth 1-1 Sheffield United

Goals: Chris Mepham (£4.5m) | Billy Sharp (£6.0m)

Assists: Callum Wilson (£8.0m)

Bonus Points: Sharp x3, Mepham x2, John Lundstram (£4.0m)

Bournemouth’s attacking assets failed to impress in a scrappy 1-1 draw with Sheffield United on Saturday.

There had been great interest in Callum Wilson (£8.0m), Josh King (£6.5m) and Ryan Fraser (£7.5m) ahead of Gameweek 1, each player in at least 19% of teams.

However, the Cherries were too slow in their approach play at the Vitality Stadium to truly cause the newly-promoted side many problems.

Eddie Howe deployed his side in a 3-4-3 system with Diego Rico (£4.0m) and Adam Smith (£4.5m) as the wing-backs but it did not get the best out of the forward players.

Wilson was the central striker with Fraser and King as inside forwards, but none of them managed more than one shot each.

In total, Bournemouth managed just three efforts on target at the Vitality Stadium, although at half-time they had not mustered a single one.

“I don’t think we got into any rhythm on the ball and that will be frustrating for us today. I think we’re usually a lot more fluid with our movements and our passing but we found it difficult to break them down. Every game is so different at this level. We’re going to tweak our system throughout the season.” – Eddie Howe

Wilson was in perhaps the most frustrating form given that he found himself in good positions when breaking on the Sheffield United defence but lost possession far too many times.

The centre forward’s passes in the final third were often wayward. His owners will be encouraged by the positions he took up, but less so by his ability to find any of those around him.

Furthermore, while they will be just about content with a five-point score, Wilson probably should have scored with his only shot of the game.

Eddie Howe went with a 3-4-3 formation against Sheffield United

Bournemouth’s goal came after a penalty box scramble in which Wilson blasted a point-blank shot straight at Dean Henderson (£4.5m) with the goal gaping, claiming the assist only because Chris Mepham (£4.5m) bundled in the rebound.

Bournemouth’s attacking play probably also wasn’t helped by Howe’s selection in the middle of the pitch as he went with two central defensive midfielders in Jefferson Lerma (£5.0m) and new signing Philip Billing (£5.0m).

The latter was an especially surprising choice given that he registered just 60 minutes of involvement in Bournemouth’s pre-season campaign.

It is also possible that Howe was forced into the 3-4-3 system by his lack of winger options currently.

David Brooks (£6.5m) and Junior Stanislas (£6.0m) came into the season with long-term injury problems while new signing Arnaut Danjuma (£6.0m) missed Gameweek 1 with a foot problem.

“In the game last week he just felt a pain in his foot so he didn’t train this week so we’re still assessing the injury.” – Eddie Howe

Nathan Aké (£5.0m), Steve Cook (£4.5m) and Mepham were the three centre-backs chosen by Howe on Saturday.

Despite concerns over Bournemouth’s defensive capabilities this season, they largely stood up well to Sheffield United’s attacks.

The only reason they conceded a late Billy Sharp (£6.0m) goal was down to a rare moment of disorganisation in the box following a goal-mouth scramble.

“We went the three today we felt that was the best way to play in and out of possession. Didn’t quite play out as we’d hoped but at this level, you’re always learning. I thought the three centre-backs did very well, looked solid, aerially we did well, we competed and protected Ramdale very well.” – Eddie Howe

Aaron Ramsdale (centre) was handed Bournemouth goalkeeping duties for Gameweek 1

The fact that Bournemouth looked fairly solid for much of the game will be of considerable encouragement for owners of budget left-back Rico, who played 90 minutes.

With an injury to Lloyd Kelly (£4.5m) and Charlie Daniels (£4.5m) used only sparingly in pre-season, Rico could be set to start in Gameweek 2, depending on which system Howe goes with against Aston Villa.

Also of note was Rico’s involvement in set pieces in Gameweek 1. He shared corners and indirect free kicks with Fraser and played the same number of key passes in the game as the Scottish international.

Bournemouth manager Howe finally revealed to Fantasy managers who his first-choice goalkeeper was with his selection on Saturday.

After registering the joint-highest number of pre-season minutes between the sticks, it was Aaron Ramsdale (£4.5m) who started against Sheffield United. Howe was pleased with his performance so it looks likely that he’ll feature at Villa Park next week.

“Well, I came to that through evaluating all the goalkeepers during pre-season. I decided to go with Aaron, he’s done well, he hasn’t conceded a goal during pre-season and has looked really confident. I was delighted with his performance.” – Eddie Howe

Lundstram (left) showed some serious potential in Sheffield United’s draw with Bournemouth

As much as there is some encouragement about Rico, John Lundstram (£4.0m) already looks to be the toast of the budget defenders for the 2019/20 season.

As expected, he started the match in Sheffield United’s central midfield trio, but the 25-year-old was arguably one of the best players for the Blades.

In the first half alone, Lundstram could have had a goal and an assist to his name, which would have really drawn attention to him from the Fantasy community.

Early on, he played a fantastic ball into the box from deep which David McGoldrick (£5.5m) latched onto. The forward could not get enough purchase to truly trouble Ramsdale but the pass from Lundstram gives us an idea as to his capabilities.

Later in the half, the central midfielder let fly from distance, although he dragged the effort wide. At the start of the second, Lundstram found McGoldrick again, who fired inches wide with a fierce effort.

As predicted the more attacking option Luke Freeman (£5.5m) replaced Lundstram in the second half as they looked to chase the game. Chris Wilder made this substitution a lot in pre-season too and it is possible that Lundstram may come off the pitch with clean sheets intact from time to time in 2019/20.

“The three midfield players were really disciplined in terms of their approach. Shut off channels, cut off passes.” – Chris Wilder

As Howe mentioned in his post-match quotes, Sheffield United were hard to break down on Saturday which bodes well for their defensive potential in the Premier League.

They were helped by the performance of goalkeeper Henderson, who came close to stopping Mepham’s opening goal and produced an incredible save to deny a powerful Billing pile-driver in the second half.

McGoldrick (left) and Robinson (right) were chosen by Wilder as Sheffield United’s two centre-forwards at Bournemouth

Despite scoring just two points, there were some encouraging signs for out-of-position FPL midfielder Callum Robinson (£5.5m).

He started up front in Wilder’s 3-5-2 system and had several opportunities to score. He saw a fierce effort from distance well saved by Ramsdale in the 20th minute and was inches away from converting a George Baldock (£4.5m) cross in the second half.

More importantly, it looks as if his place in the side is not to be jeopardised by the signing of Oli McBurnie (£6.0m).

The former Swansea City striker came on for McGoldrick in the 63rd minute, allowing Robinson to play the whole game.

The introduction of Billy Sharp (£6.0m) in the 80th minute also did not affect Robinson’s pitch time as Wilder opted to forego one of his three centre-backs to facilitate the switch, Chris Basham (£4.5m) making way.

“I thought Callum was excellent. He got his shots away, he was lively. Callum and David McGoldrick have been the best front two in pre-season.” – Chris Wilder

Members Analysis

Bournemouth XI (3-4-3): Ramsdale; Aké, S Cook, Mepham; Rico, Billing, Lerman, Smith; Fraser, Wilson (Solanke 90′), King.

Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): Henderson; O’Connell, Egan, Basham (Sharp 82′); Stevens, Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram (L Freeman 78′), Baldock; Robinson, McGoldrick (McBurnie 63′).

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 1

922 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dacra
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Moura to Martial, or just hold transfer?

    1. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 11 days ago

      hold

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Hold

    3. Zlatanzo
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Did you bring Moura in for a one week punt?

      1. Dacra
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        The plan was to see how it went, and maybe get rid of him if no other issues with team.

        1. Zlatanzo
          3 months, 11 days ago

          If you're happy with Martial until WC and you have no other issues then yeah why not. I as a Martial owner wasn't really impressed with his performance, but still think he offers great value at 7.5

    4. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Was Moura anything other than a 1 week punt?

      Villa, City, then Son is back.

      I would switch and be happy with his assist.

    5. thepeen555
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Hold to see what he does against wolves

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

      I've pulled the trigger on this one.
      Moura looked like he was getting in Kanes way so can see him being benched against City.

    7. yakirh
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Would you want to get Rashford as well?

      1. Dacra
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Nah, don't think so.

    8. d1g2w3
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I'm doing the same thing, was always my intention to do that, only problem I have is I think I want Rashford more due to penalties but I think I have to die on the hill when I chose my team template.

  2. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Would love for all the guys that have added their link to their fpl team in their profile to update it.

    Yes I am a Gameweek history stalker.

    1. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I did mine as soon as I got the ID I was proud of.

      1. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        I am proud of you too.

    2. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Our teams are identical, except Pope v Heaton haha

      1. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        I thought there was only one Zladan.

      2. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        This means next GW we’ll have exactly the same team.

        1. Zladan
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Best of luck to you then!

          Salah (c) and bank the xfer to have some fun with 2 xfers for GW3.

          1. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            You read my mind!
            We had a good start, let’s keep momentum.
            All the best to you.

  3. Turambar
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Tried a quick naive computation of whether one should take hits to get team value:

    Over a season the best players score approx 2500 points. Thus 1 million is worth about 25 points over a season. Taking hits to replace out of form players with form players is probably going to be a bit above average, thus, if you are very good/lucky, maybe you can get 40 points extra over a season with an extra million and using more transfers. So, if you use the first half of the season to build team value, you can expect to get at most 20 extra points over the last half of the season, if you have an extra million. This translates into:

    One hit (-4 pts) is at best worth 0.2 in team value. That means that if your player isn't dropping in value, then you almost certainly shouldn't take a hit, since you need price to rise by 0.4 to get 0.2 effective team value. If your player is dropping and the new player increasing 0.2 then you might hope to break even. If the player is dropping by 0.2 then it might be pretty good.

    Of course, if your player is injured/red card/similar, then taking a hit is more worth it, since you also get points for the new player.

    Summed up: If your team are all playing and not injured/banned, then you probably shouldn't take a hit to build team value, unless a player will decrease his value by at least 0.2.

    (Also, to get all these price rises, you will have to do all transfers early, which will almost certainly fail a couple of times over the season. Thus the above is actually pretty optimistic on behalf of taking hits.)

    1. fantasyfog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      last years winner (and previous winners) all took hits throughout the season

      1. Zlatanzo
        3 months, 11 days ago

        everyone takes hits, how many exactly?

      2. Turambar
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Well, starting from next week, there will definitely be situtations where you have a player who will drop 0.2. Also situations where one or more of your players are injured/banned. In these cases, taking a hit is probably fine. Not sure it is if none of your players are dropping in value or not playing.

      3. ZICO SENNA
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        yep

    2. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I think one of the reasons that I improved my rank every year was being more patient and taking less hits. Not a bulletproof formula, but one of the main things experience gives you, imo.

  4. Rinseboy
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Trossard owners talk to me. Whats the plan?
    I like the look of Buendía but he is 6.0, but got 8 goals and 10 assists last year.
    Mcginn got the goal and is 0.5 cheaper, but will Villa score as many as Norwich? I'm also gonna likely want to do Moura to Martial so that 0.5 might come in handy in case I get priced out.
    Thoughts?

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Havs him in starting XI with Perez on bench

      Since there are no standout choices, I'm sticking for one more week. Looking at Zaha/Milivojevic.

    2. Zlatanzo
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Since Brighton are playing a 3-5-2 with Gross at AM, there's only 2 spots in the Brighton attack to fit in about 5 attackers (Locadia, Andone, Murray, Maupay, Trossard). Looks like it's going to be rotation central imo

    3. Pep Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I'm holding. Pretty sure he'll get game time against West Ham. Fair play to Potter not playing him amongst all the hype

    4. Here Comes The Son ★
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I'm keeping him for the next two games. Maybe I'm looking too much into the managers comments but I think he'll play:

      "“Leo was unlucky not to start. We went for Pascal’s experience on the opening day and an away fixture in the Premier League."

      It makes sense to be honest. Definitely not one to keep for long obviously, but I think he'll be worth his price tag for the next two.

      1. Rinseboy
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        ah that has made me more confident now, those comments have helped! First I have seen of this. Might hold, thanks!

      2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Thanks a lot for this

  5. Mr. Wizard
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Hi All, hope you had a good start to the season:

    My team:
    Pope (Heaton)
    AAD, VVD, Digne (Kelly, Lundstram)
    Salah, Sterling, Siggy, Martial, Perez
    King, Ings (Greenwood)

    Would you change anything here, or save for FT?

    My strategy is to look to downgrade Siggy after the first few weeks and bring in Kane/Auba for Ings.

    1. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Wtf is an AAD?

      1. fantasyfog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        its obvious no?

        1. Zladan
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Alexander-Arnold, Drent?

          1. fantasyfog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            haha honestly?

            1. fantasyfog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              no idea lol

      2. Lacabacca
        3 months, 11 days ago

        I spent a minute trying to figure it out but couldn't.

        1. ZLNR
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          VVD

          1. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            You can’t select the same player twice.

            1. ZLNR
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Hahaha I was so confident I forgot to check the other players

          2. Zladan
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            He already has a VVD in there.

            1. ZLNR
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Hahaha I was so confident I forgot to check the other players

        2. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Same

          1. Mr. Wizard
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Sorry guys... I meant TAA - Trent. It’s been a long day... please can I have your thoughts on the above now? 😀

  6. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Pretty annoyed I have 3 Pool players now. Adrian at 4.5 for potentially six weeks or more

    1. Link
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Got Heaton (and only 1 pool defender) so this on my mind too. Cheap double up!

      1. Fuddled FC
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Yep considering this. Do you think he will score more than Heaton over next 6-7 gw's?

        Heaton has pretty good fixtures

        1. Link
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Not sure. I didn't double up for a reason (don't normally like doing it and Pool not convince me defensively in pre-season)

          Does seem a good way to cover the majority that have doubled up though - without the added expense

    2. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Casuals rewarded for not doubling up on Pool

      1. Link
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Casual here. Reckon it's worth doing?

    3. Evil Genius
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Nah, you'll miss some GWs with the IB anyway so it's not worth transferring someone out to get a GK.

    4. XabiAlonso
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Ye I might straight swap Allison for Adrian this week

      1. fantasyfog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        if allison is your only playing keeper do it if course

  7. Link
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Zouma and Wilson to Rashford and Dunk/Montoya for -4 is tempting me. Will be priced out week next week as Rash will defo rise.

    Someone talk me out of it?

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Taking out Wilson before he plays a newly promoted side, for a hit, and replacing him with someone who goes to Wolves, a team who played United three times last season, won two and drew the other. Sounds mad doesn't it?!

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        The Zouma > Montoya move for free would tempt me tho.

        1. Link
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Looked at it, still not sure I fancy Brighton despite Montoya advanced position.

          1. Zladan
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            I thought you wanted tempted out of it. You seem to need convincing to do it.

            1. Link
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              lol - The Rashford element is tempting (before the price rise) - The Brighton defender element, not so much.

      2. Link
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Completely - and I know this. GW1 jerky knees and price rise scares is all. I got Zouma in for the nice Chelsea fixtures coming up too.

        Very likely I'll save - although Heaton > Adrian is tempting as I didn't double up. Hmmm

  8. Chilli Heatwave
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 11 days ago

    King to Pukki or hold, remembered why I always avoided him before!

    1. Zlatanzo
      3 months, 11 days ago

      BOU have Villa, definitely hold

      1. Chilli Heatwave
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 11 days ago

        If he blanks think will call it a day on him. Cheers

        1. Zlatanzo
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I have double BOU attack, will be shipping one out for sure after Villa.

          1. fantasyfog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            ouch

            1. Zlatanzo
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Happy to keep Wilson long term, only a matter of time before he starts firing. King on the other hand, not so good.

              1. fantasyfog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                agreed

  9. Fuddled FC
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Would you do?

    Heaton > Adrian

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      nope

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Wouldn’t trust Pukki after 1 game

      1. alastair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        But excellent statistics back him up in what should be one of his two hardest games of the season

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Interesting!

  10. GloryManUnited
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Best to just hold and roll the transfer this GW?

    Ryan
    Montoya / VVD / KWP / Ake
    Salah (VC) / Sterling / Perez / Dendoncker
    Kane / Auba (C)

    Button / Rico / Hayden / Greenwood

  11. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    What is xG and is it important?

    1. Chilli Heatwave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Expected goals, yes it is probably the most important stat in my opinion.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Is 'big chances' defined by the xG of a chance. e.g. at least 0.5?

        1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          What?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            All chances have an xG value ranging from 0 to 1. The closer to 1 the chance more likely the chance would be scored by the average player.

            There is a subsection for a player's goal attempts called 'big chances'. For instance, in 18/19 Salah had 137 goal attempts of which 29 were considered 'big chances'.

            Was just wondering if big chances were those chances with an xG of 0.5 - i.e. more than 50% of the time the average player would score from that chance.

            1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Blimey! I'm gonna stick to the eye test I think. 🙂
              Thanks for explaining.

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                No problem, the eye test is still as good a test as any in my eyes.

            2. AMZ
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              "Big Chance" is subjective. Opta define it as anything greater than 0.2xG as far as I'm aware,

        2. Chilli Heatwave
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Big Chances
          ‘A situation where a player should reasonably be expected to score, usually in a one on one scenario or from very close range when the ball has a clear path to goal and there is low to moderate pressure on the shooter. Penalties are always considered big chances.’
          Not aware of correlation between the two. Something like 55% of goals scored last season where big chances

      2. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Is it algorithm based and what factors are inputted?

        1. Chilli Heatwave
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I don’t think there’s an algorithm, could be wrong. See criterion above

          1. Chilli Heatwave
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 11 days ago

            That’s for big chances, sorry, if you mean xG then the case is different but ask someone who has been round these parts longer

            1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              I expect Burnley to score against the the Arse.

          2. fantasyfog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            criterion aye ; )

  12. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    What are the noticeable changes to FPL this season:

    1) Not being able to see mini league rivals' transfers made number and money in the bank for the upcoming GW?
    2) Bench points showing as zero until you click on the player

    Any more?

    1. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Both of those changes are so shite.

      Why would they do that bench points thing? Literally no benefit to it

      The not seeing TV and xfers completely changes the game as well, its actually quite a big change

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Is the bench points thing to reduce frustration with the game? Like, were casuals quitting earlier because they had points on the bench? Surely it is a bug.

        The transfers one is interesting cause whilst initially it annoyed me I think it will encourage me to play my own game far more and not worry about rival's moves too much. However, monitoring rivals is far more useful in closing stages of seasons where you can block rivals if leading or ensure you are getting differentials if chasing.

    2. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Bench thing has to be a bug

    3. Evil Genius
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 11 days ago

      The invisible bench points are even more annoying now when some opponents are childish with their benchwankery.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        *Switches Pope to Woodman

    4. Lacabacca
      3 months, 11 days ago

      No option to see monthly points on standings. At least not yet.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        That could easily come in once the first month has concluded. Fingers crossed.

        1. Lacabacca
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Hope so. I am on a few monthly mini-leagues. It will get quite messy without that feature.

  13. Foogle
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Alisson is out tonight, should I:

    A) Ederson before the price rise to build the team value?
    B) Adrian and use the extra 1.5m to jump on the hot new property for GW3?

    1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      B for me
      However in 6-8 weeks will you get a decent 4.5 keeper as majority may have risen.

      1. Foogle
        3 months, 11 days ago

        I'd probably be expecting Adrian price to rise faster than any other keeper in that range to be honest. The transfer would be relying on Alisson being out for a significant amount of time though.

        1. Lacabacca
          3 months, 11 days ago

          He would have to rise twice as fast.

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      B

    3. fantasyfog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      b

  14. Evil Genius
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 11 days ago

    So many choices:

    Button -> Adrian
    KWP -> Montoya
    King -> Pukki

    1. Zlatanzo
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Best choice: hold your transfer!

      1. ASAP Rocky
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Here, here!

  15. Jordan.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Bird crap all over my bonnet again 3rd time this month why don't they wear pants

    1. fantasyfog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      A

    2. Foogle
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Do you have enough left over ITB for another car wash trip?

    3. elchilangles
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 11 days ago

      that's good luck that is!

    4. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Birds would look silly in underpants.

  16. matty8t9
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Picked a good team for gw1 but finding it hard to pick a starting line up for gw2, mainly because of origi uncertainty and question marks over miki. How should I be setting this team up? Leaning towards

    Ederson

    Rico Digne VVD Zinch (Lund)

    Mkhi Salah Sterling Martial Pérez

    (Origi) Rashford (Greenwood)

  17. garbage1
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Do you think Mount will keep his place?

    1. Zlatanzo
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Will rotate with Barkley as the no.10, Mount didn't look great against United though

    2. ASAP Rocky
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I don't know. I didn't follow Chelsea preseason much, I know Pulisic played a lot. Do they play in the same position?

      1. garbage1
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        pulisic came on for barkley and mount played the entire match...so no clue.

    3. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Thought Barkley was much better than him but Lampard subbed Barkley and kept Mount on so who knows. I'd expect Pulisic to start next week in place of one of them.

      1. ASAP Rocky
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        From the little I've seen, Pulisic looks better moving forward, Barkley better defensively. Maybe why Barkley started yesterday ahead of Pulisic??

        1. ASAP Rocky
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Nevermind, these players are not in direct competition with one another.

  18. ASAP Rocky
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Pulisic > Hazard seems a no brainer, right?

    1. ASAP Rocky
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Is Pulisic competing with Pedro then?

    2. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I remember Lampard use to be reliable

  19. barrybigyin
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    What do players prefer to do with their free transfers?

    (a) look at what teams/players they need coverage of; Liverpool defence for example with Adrian an option

    (b) move sideways to potential differentials: Perez to Martial for example

    (c) downgrade a player to upgrade another player in form that they want? a la Kane/Sterling/Salah

    1. barrybigyin
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Should have been Moura to Martial

    2. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      b

  20. Colonel Klink
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Re: outliers in a draft league, any promise in:
    Ceballos
    Oxlade-Chamberlain?

    (Slim pickings in the mid pool.)

  21. Lord Tachanka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Is Tashford on all pens for Man U now?

    That’s 10 goals right there for a club like Man U!

    Especially as you get infinite retakes now until you score...

  22. Justinehi
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Don't know if I should bring in Kane or Aubameyang. Help?

    1. kopite65
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      kane got city new ars in next 3
      auba got burnley pool tot next 3
      depends who you taking out to fund it ?

      1. Justinehi
        3 months, 11 days ago

        I'm looking at bringing one of them in long term as a set and forget. But as soon as possible so possibly 2 gw's from now. Also what's the lure of having Digne. I'm considering switching him for Zinchenko. And I read somewhere that kwp had the most touches of any df in the opp half. Will that translate to points or I should drop him asap.

  23. kopite65
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    has the option to see if ml rivals made gw trans gone?
    or am i just missing something !

  24. MikeS
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    I have been unable to change the name of my league or stop new entrants for the last few days, anyone else having issues adminstrating leagues?

  25. Jeanz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    I have two big question marks in my team - Barkley and Trossard. I have 0.5itb.

    A) Barkley to McGinn
    B) Barkley, Trossard and KWP -> Martial, McGinn and Montoya (-8)
    C) Hold (Dendoncker and KWP my first two subs)

  26. cjhewitt92
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    What to do Origi is he likely to start in next gameweek with Mane getting back. Abraham could get goals over season love people thoughts

  27. Klaren
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Is anyone else surprised that Ville doesn't have Pukki in his squad? He seems to favour Nordic players and get them in every opportunity he gets but seems to have stayed away on this one. I guess it might be the fixture or maybe just doesn't know enough/doesn't rate the player highlight.

    1. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Posted under wrong topic!

  28. mental
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    A) kane and king
    B)kdb and wilson

  29. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 9 days ago

    As a midterm prospect AWB or Coleman?

    I was unimpressed by Everton defence against a Palace without Zaha - not a regulation cs at all vs the might of Benteke and Ayew. Thinking that those fixtures may mislead.

    Leaning towards AWB. Fixtures mixed of course but if DDG is back on song that could swing things.

    1. zkinflint
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Andres Willas-Boas?

  30. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    No Auba is a scary thought this gw. Hoping for Pope to be the saviour.

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

      Laca and Pepe could both start and drain points from Auba. Pope masterclass would be more than welcome.

      1. zkinflint
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        He managed to score despite the terrible delivery from other players. I am pretty sure that its a hat coming this week when özil and others around. Captaining Auba this week \o/ Also I feel that Burnley were lucky in the first match. Its gonna be a decent beating IMO.

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Excited to captain Aubameyang this week! Just think of Auba, Lacazette, Pepe and Ozil all on one pitch. Yes, Ozil isn’t great anymore but Auba becomes a much better captain option when he’s selected.

      1. zkinflint
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        exactly my thoughts.