Scout Notes

Barnes brace sinks Saints as Pope returns to Fantasy form

Burnley 3-0 Southampton

Goals: Ashley Barnes x2 (£6.5m), Johan Berg Gudmundsson (£6.0m)

Assists: Erik Pieters x2 (£4.5m)

Bonus Points: Barnes x3, Pieters x2, Nick Pope x1 (£4.5m), Gudmundsson x1

Ashley Barnes (£6.5m) did his best to blow Burnley’s pre-season trends out of the water in a 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday.

The forward scored twice against the Saints after a campaign of summer friendlies in which he did not find the net once.

Barnes also played fewer minutes in those games than colleagues Chris Wood (£6.5m) and Jay Rodriguez (£6.0m) but still started alongside the New Zealand international at Turf Moor.

His two forward colleagues combined for 15 goals in pre-season but it was Barnes who showed the clinical edge in Gameweek 1.

Barnes scored a brace in Burnley’s 3-0 win over Southampton

However, in truth, the game was closer than the scoreline suggested.

Southampton had chances in the early stages with new signing Che Adams (£6.0m) and Nathan Redmond (£6.5m) hooking wide and stinging the palms of Nick Pope (£4.5m) respectively.

In fact, Burnley did not pose much of a threat in the first half other than a Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£6.0m) drive from the edge of the box that clipped the post. It was only in a 12-minute second-half spell that they scored three goals.

“It was a tight game and there wasn’t much in it, but I was so pleased with our mentality to stick at it. We started asking more questions in the second half and lifted the tempo and without putting them on the back foot we suddenly made like awkward.” – Sean Dyche

Barnes first capitalised on a Jannik Vestergaard (£5.0m) slip to connect with an Erik Pieters (£4.5m) clearance, drilling under Angus Gunn (£4.5m).

Minutes later, the former Plymouth Argyle striker was on hand again to double Burnley’s lead. This time there was more intention on Pieters’ ball into the box, an incredible cross to the back post where Barnes poked home.

“I have great admiration for him. This pre-season he didn’t score a goal and he looked hungry for it. The first goal was a fantastic touch and finish, it was great skill. His second finish was sublime, it’s a brilliant ball by Erik Pieters, but when centre-forwards finish like that it looks easy. It’s not easy when the ball is coming over your shoulder like that.” – Sean Dyche

It is worth highlighting the role that Pieters played in this win, as his 14-point score in Gameweek 1 was bettered only by Raheem Sterling‘s (£12.0m) 20-point haul.

Not only did the former Stoke man get two assists, but he also tacked on a clean sheet and two bonus points.

Pieters secured a great Gameweek 1 score but his place in the Burnley team could be short-lived

However, it would probably unwise to jump straight into including Pieters in our squads, for several reasons.

Firstly, while his cross for Barnes’ second goal was excellent, the assist for the first was nothing more than a clearance, that the striker was able to latch onto because of Vestergaard’s mistake.

Furthermore, it does seem likely that Charlie Taylor (£4.5m) will be the first choice left-back for Burnley this season.

The former Leeds United defender missed a portion of pre-season with an injury but still started two of the last three matches of the summer, while Pieters featured from the beginning only once in that run.

According to Burnley’s official website, Taylor was only omitted from the matchday squad for the Southampton clash “during a fast-track to get him up to match fitness.”

In our Team News content, we did think that Taylor would be a doubt to start this Gameweek 1 as he played in a reserve team game midweek a few days beforehand.

Fantasy managers looking at the Burnley defence will have to keep an eye on the left-back situation and Dyche’s next press conference ahead of Gameweek 2.

The third Clarets goal on Saturday came from Gudmundsson’s determination as he dispossessed Ryan Bertrand (£4.5m), bore down on goal from the right flank and curled an effort into the far corner of Gunn’s net.

Nick Pope played his first Premier League match since the 2017/18 campaign on Saturday

Meanwhile, it was rewarding for Fantasy managers to see goalkeeper Pope make his first Premier League appearance since the 2017/18 season on Saturday.

The Burnley shot-stopper picked up where he left off as a Fantasy asset too, keeping a clean sheet, making three saves and claiming one bonus point.

As per usual, the Clarets made life very comfortable for their goalkeeper, largely limiting Southampton to efforts from range, enabling Pope to make enough saves for that additional point.

It will be interesting to see how this tactic affects Arsenal in Gameweek 2, given how much of the Gunners’ play takes place inside the penalty box.

“Popey didn’t have a lot of do, which was also pleasing.” – Sean Dyche

“The lads have shielded me well in tough conditions, it was difficult to get going in a sense. The lads looked after me really well and I helped them out when I could. I feel better than before; I don’t think about it when I wake up in the morning. It’s in the past now, so I’m glad to get it behind me.” – Nick Pope

Meanwhile, despite the result probably being an unfair reflection of the match, concerns about Southampton’s defence under Ralph Hasenhüttl continue.

Admittedly, there was poor defending specifically from Vestergaard for two of Burnley’s goals but it has been some time since the Saints offered reliable clean sheet potential.

This performance does not bode well for Southampton as they prepare to host Liverpool in Gameweek 2, although it could help Fantasy managers make their captaincy decision.

Members Analysis

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Pope; Pieters, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil (Lennon 84′), Westwood, Cork, Gudmundsson; A Barnes (Rodriguez 84′), Wood.

Southampton XI (3-4-2-1): Gunn; Vestergaard, J Stephens (Højbjerg 73′), Bednarek; Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Valery; Redmond, Ings (Obafemi 66′); Adams (Boufal 73′).

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 1

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  1. Gunner Boy
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 1 hour ago

    Any ideas what to do with this lot?

    Heaton
    Zinchenko Robertson VVD ZOUMA*
    Barkley Salah Sterling Perez
    Kane King

    subs: Button Lundstram Greenwood Dendoncker

    1. Gunner Boy
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 1 hour ago

      Oops Top of the page

    2. The Man Pastore
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 1 hour ago

      Save ft

    3. Boris Bodega
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 1 hour ago

      I'd save FT

  2. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 days, 1 hour ago

    DDG overtaken Sterling ?

    1. The Man Pastore
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 1 hour ago

      What does this mean?

      1. _nod
        • 6 Years
        10 days, 1 hour ago

        More likely to rise in price i guess

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          10 days, 1 hour ago

          Yes

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 days, 1 hour ago

        In the race to rise.

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 days, 1 hour ago

      yep

    3. Brian Boitano
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 days, 1 hour ago

      Not according to fplstatistics

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 52 mins ago

        Changed in the last hour as that is where I was watching.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          10 days, 47 mins ago

          Why is Adrian's target "0". Is that a price lock?

          1. MTPockets
            • 10 Years
            10 days, 44 mins ago

            Click the + next to his name - "Unlocks: 17 Aug 09:20 PM, GMT"

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              10 days, 42 mins ago

              Oh right. Helpful, cheers.

          2. badgerboy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            10 days, 38 mins ago

            All new players added get a lock. 10 days I think.

  3. Farke Life!
      10 days, 1 hour ago

      My starting XL for the next game week is:

      Pope
      Robertosn, V Dijk, Digne, Zinchenko
      Siggy, Salah, Sterling, Martial,
      King, Pukki

      1. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 1 hour ago

        Thanks for letting me know

      2. Farke Life!
          10 days, 1 hour ago

          My starting XL for the next game week is:

          Pope
          Robertosn, V Dijk, Digne, Zinchenko
          Siggy, Salah, Sterling, Martial,
          King, Pukki

          (Heaton, Rico, Dendonker, Greenwood)

          I can't decide who to play between Rico or Zinchenko, not convinced Man C will keep a clean sheet against Spurs?

          1. TheDragon
            • 1 Year
            10 days, 1 hour ago

            Definitely Zinchenko - good team by the way

            1. Farke Life!
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                Thanks, very happy with it....for now anyway haha! My Heart is saying Rico for some reason, but head is Zinchenko!

                1. TheDragon
                  • 1 Year
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                  Typically following your heart is more fun but following your head is more +EV

                  #lifelesson

          2. The Man Pastore
            • 5 Years
            10 days, 1 hour ago

            Cool

        • jayzico
          • 8 Years
          10 days, 1 hour ago

          Please guys, Really stuck here

          Who Would YOU make your 5 million midfield man?

          Noble is out of favour
          Will Pereria actually get much gametime inspite of weekend performance
          Propper looks proper dull in my team
          Got Mginn - can only afford 5m
          Sissoko annoying scored which messes with my plans.

          1. TheDragon
            • 1 Year
            10 days, 1 hour ago

            Dendoncker

            But I’d try and get 0.5 more - Robinson could be the one

          2. Boris Bodega
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            10 days, 1 hour ago

            I'd get either Hayden or Demconkers and bank the 0.5m

          3. avfc82
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            10 days, 1 hour ago

            Norwood could be an option.

          4. jayzico
            • 8 Years
            10 days, 1 hour ago

            Got Dendonks, you reckon he's a good enough 4th mid?

            Play 3,4,3BTW

          5. jayzico
            • 8 Years
            10 days, 1 hour ago

            Might try robinson. Thanks chaps

            1. clodhopper
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              10 days, 35 mins ago

              Dendonker bargain

        • jtreble
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 days, 1 hour ago

          Anyone see a FWD coming close to 25 points/million this season? Someone like Jiménez last year. Can't see any of the premium forwards doing it.

          1. Farke Life!
              10 days, 1 hour ago

              Pukki

            • Boris Bodega
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              10 days, 1 hour ago

              Early days, none are standing out for me yet.

            • Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              10 days, 1 hour ago

              No idea just yet.
              Fart looked lively, but still too early.

          2. _nod
            • 6 Years
            10 days, 1 hour ago

            Pope
            TAA \ VVD \ Laporte \ Zouma
            Sterling \ Pérez \ Bilva \ Martial
            Auba(C) \ Jiménez

            G2G (assuming no injuries tomorrow)?

          3. Collings
              10 days, 1 hour ago

              Someone in my mini-league has 4 Man Utd players (AWB, Maguire, Rashford and Pogba). Is this genius or just lucky?

              1. KingOllie
                • 3 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                lucky.

                When wolves whip them 2-0 at the weekend he wont feel so smart

              2. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                He would have bought Maguire while still at Leicester.
                His next transfer will have to be one of them out.

                1. living the dream
                  • 8 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                  Ia that right? I know you can end up with more players than allowed in the game when a transfer like that happens but I didn't know it was enforced to transfer one out ?

                  1. rdpx
                    • 7 Years
                    10 days, 1 hour ago

                    Yes as soon as you make a transfer it will just say "too many players from Man United" or whatever.
                    If he makes no transfers all season he can play with 4 ManU!

                    1. living the dream
                      • 8 Years
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

                      Ok thanks, never been in that position before but I guess it makes sense

                    2. Rupert The Horse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

                      Yeah this is all true.

              3. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                They just put Maguire in when he was a Leicester player. They will be forced to remove one if/when they make their first transfer.

                1. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                  Maybe AWB too.

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    10 days, 1 hour ago

                    True yeah - possibly why he was priced at 5.5 rather than 5.0

              4. TheDragon
                • 1 Year
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                Neither!

            • KUNingas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              10 days, 1 hour ago

              A) Ings -> Rashford
              B) Save and play Lundstram (CRY)

              1. _nod
                • 6 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                You have enough itb for A? if so yes. If it's part of a -4 I'd do B and wait

                1. KUNingas
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                  Yeah, I have 3.5 and would be for free

              2. rdpx
                • 7 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                I think Rashford is definitely worth getting in, especially if it's a swap with Ings.
                I suppose the real question is what else would you do with the extra £2.5million.

                1. KUNingas
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                  Nothing, started with 3.5 ITB as I thought I got nice team without using all of my money

            • thegameisstrong
              • 2 Years
              10 days, 1 hour ago

              Siggy to Martial?

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                Imagine picking Siggy and then selling after a single blank.

                1. TheDragon
                  • 1 Year
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                  This

                  It would be the most knee jerky transfer ever

                  Hint: players don’t score every week (not even the £11m+ players) and that is okay

                  1. Fit of Pique
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    10 days, 1 hour ago

                    I have Siggy and would normally agree. Concerned about all the disruption to their midfield (Gueye sold, Gomes injured, even Schneiderlein suspended) and their attack can't seem to get it together if we count GW1 as a continuation of pre-season. Keeping, but not feeling confident, and if he blanks then he could well be amakeqeight to bring Kane in GW3

                  2. Jafoole_88
                    • 4 Years
                    10 days, 37 mins ago

                    no, the most knee jerk transfer from GW1 is to transfer Chris Wood for Ashley Barnes.

              2. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                No - Siggy (WAT) a better prospect than Martial (wol) next GW

                1. living the dream
                  • 8 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                  This

              3. Guilty Sigurðsson ♛
                • 2 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                Lol, I'm bringing in Siggy this week 🙂

                1. DantheManinaPan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  10 days, 53 mins ago

                  This, I don't get

            • Smurf
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              10 days, 1 hour ago

              Always planned to play King for the first two then dump before City once I had a better idea of who I want, which I am still going to do.

              I didn't realise just how nice of a run City have after Spurs. Their next 9 league games from GW3 are:

              bou, BHA, nor, WAT, eve, WOL, cpl, AVL, SOU

              I already have double City in attack with Sterling and KDB but I think looking at that run I might have to change formation to the more inflexible 5 at the back and bring in one of the City defenders for King. Weakens my bench as it gives me two non playing 4.5m strikers but that run looks very tasty indeed. Plus as much as a lot of fuss is made over peoples bench strength, last season I rarely had bench players coming on and if I did it was very rarely more than my first sub, so I will be happy to take the risk with everyone's favourite friend, Dendoncker as my first sub.

              1. TheDragon
                • 1 Year
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                I’m toying with this too - trouble is Zinchenko is realistically a 6 point player so you can probably cover that with other cheaper non city defenders/ players.

                Laporte is the one who I’d get if I got one

                I’m team Sterling & KDB too

                1. Smurf
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                  yeah I must admit, it is very frustrating that the ceiling is so low. I am still considering it as it could be a lot of very consistent 6 pointers but it would certainly be nice to be hopeful of more. It's a shame Mendy isn't back yet. He would be a shoe in for me if I knew he would play.

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 1 Year
                    10 days, 1 hour ago

                    Ye 100% agree.

                    It’s so tricky because a city defender seems a no brainer but on the other hand the only one I’d want to own currently is Laporte and he is too expensive for me currently.

                    5-3-2 is a nightmare structure wise in terms of flexibility too particularly in terms of price movements as it’s typically attacking players who are bandwagons - another thing to throw into the mix

                    1. Smurf
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

                      Again, I agree regarding the structure. It would put me in a 5-4-1 and with the price points I would have, jumping on bandwagons would certainly be difficult which is a concern. On the other hand however I think the team I have picked (barring any injuries) kind of won't have any players I would like to let go for the most part.

                      Pope, Robertson, VVD, Digne, Salah, Sterling, KDB, Man City defender would make up 8 of my staring 11 each week. Considering their fixtures and type of player/position they would all be long term holds, meaning it's only really my other 3 spots that I would be willing to move on anyway so regardless of formation I don't have much wiggle room. Hmmmm.

                      1. sunnyh
                        • 6 Years
                        10 days, 58 mins ago

                        Im currently debating a Martial + Moura --> KDB + McGinn/Robinson

                        That would give me: VVD, TAA, Digne, Zinchenko, Salah, Sterling, KDB, Wilson, Murray /6.0M striker

                        That might be the only way to get that team youre looking for

              2. clodhopper
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                10 days, 28 mins ago

                Its actualy not too bad too play dendonker he looks good

            • LangerznMash
              • 3 Years
              10 days, 1 hour ago

              Can anyone explain the data on the FPLstatistics site.

              Name.Club.Position.Status%Owned.PriceChgs.Target.
              Ederson Man City G A 23.2 £6.0m 0 90.0
              de Gea Man Utd G A 16 £5.5m 0 85.9
              Sterling Man City M A 36.7 £12.0m 0 84.9
              Rashford Man Utd F A 21.2 £8.5m 0 82.2
              Origi Liverpool F A 6.6 £5.5m 0 57.0
              Martial Man Utd M A 8.4 £7.5m 0 56.1

              What is the 'Target' figure and how is it calculated?
              At what point can we safely priced a price change - is it based on the 'Target' figure surpassing a certain value?

              Cheers.

              1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                • 5 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                Calculated by some algorithm which is a mystery.

                Target of 100% or above means that player has chance of rising in price. It may happen or may not depending on various factors like number of WC transfers etc.

                Similarly, -100% or more would indicate chance of dropping in price.

                1. LangerznMash
                  • 3 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                  Cheers Holmes 🙂

                2. KujaliaFC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                  What is the significance of the number of arows in the rightmost column?

                  1. CranberryBoat
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

                      Its an indication of how fast they are rising/falling

                  2. LangerznMash
                    • 3 Years
                    10 days, 1 hour ago

                    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/making-millions-in-the-fantasy-premier-league-game/

                    It seems FPL towers have the power to over-rule the algorithm if they want.

              2. Jacky boy
                • 3 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                Would you find a midfielder replacement for barkley or add a defender by 2 transfers?

                Not selling this week just weighing up situation

                1. Jacky boy
                  • 3 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                  Whole team

                  Pope
                  TAA Robbo Digne
                  Salah Sterling Martial Perez Barkley
                  Wilson Jota

                2. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                  Midfield replacement. Someone should become apparent by GW4.

                  1. Jacky boy
                    • 3 Years
                    10 days, 1 hour ago

                    Iwobi/mount maybe
                    A utd/city defender not a better option?

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

                      Assuming they would have to be a 5.5 it would have to be Stones (not sure on Cancelo or Zinchenko starts) or one of the United defenders. Probably one from Maguire or AWB.

                      Between Maguire, AWB or Stones I would probably plump for Maguire.

                3. _nod
                  • 6 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                  I'd go for a defender as long as you can do it without a hit

                  1. Jacky boy
                    • 3 Years
                    10 days, 1 hour ago

                    It pays off after 6-7 weeks most likely

                    1. baps sniffer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

                      During those 6-7 weeks you will need to downgrade one def for "the essential" attacking option.

                      1. Jacky boy
                        • 3 Years
                        10 days, 1 hour ago

                        Hmmmm
                        If it appears

                4. living the dream
                  • 8 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                  I don't understand the question

              3. manu4life99
                • 9 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                Used FT on Moura>Martial

                G2G as is?

                Heaton
                TAA VVD Digne Montoya
                Salah Sterling Perez Martial
                King Wilson
                Pope,dendoncker,greenwood,kwp

              4. amitmishr
                • 4 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                Wood, dunk or lundstram, whom to play this week.
                Think Sheffield defence is pretty robust and could get a clean sheet here.

              5. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                • 5 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                For a team, pass success rate of around 55% is any good? (in a single game)

                1. KingOllie
                  • 3 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                  no

                2. Zlatanzo
                    10 days, 1 hour ago

                    Poor

                3. Jubilanus / When 'Arry…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                  I may have missed this, but is there an article or thread about the changes to viewing other teams value, and transfers, and transfer history. You now can't view any of this on any other team than yourself. For those of us who play a of H2H leagues, it's going a take a lot of the tactics out of it.

                  1. Would Ed Woodward
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

                      Maybe it was to stop the sites that predicted transfers? Not sure if that information can still be accessed.

                  2. Jacky boy
                    • 3 Years
                    10 days, 1 hour ago

                    I got 2 liverpool defence and digne. But city and utd defenders look good too. Plus Emerson!

                    1. Rupert The Horse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

                      Is this going somewhere? 🙂

                      1. Jacky boy
                        • 3 Years
                        10 days, 1 hour ago

                        I feel I should WC and play 5 at the back after next gw. 541 maybe

                        1. Jacky boy
                          • 3 Years
                          10 days, 1 hour ago

                          532. Just remembered rashford lol

                        2. yakirh
                          • 3 Years
                          10 days, 1 hour ago

                          I'm slowly getting there using free transfers.

                        3. Rupert The Horse
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          10 days, 1 hour ago

                          After seeing 1 round?
                          Bizarre.

                    2. TheDragon
                      • 1 Year
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

                      Exactly same as you in terms of current defence

                      - Emerson - Chelsea looked awful defensively and despite attacking returns a defenders points are based on a bedrock of clean sheets - so currently a no go for me

                      - United - wait and see - I’m not convinced how many clean sheets they will keep (could have conceded a few va Chelsea) if they are good at the back then AWB and Maguire become very interesting - but not quite yet

                      - City - awesome fixtures and awesome defence but rotation is rife. Zinchenko is realistically a 6 point max player so can live without him. Only one I’d want is Laporte (considering getting rid of 1 of Liverpool for him). If mendy gets back in the team though.... charrrrggeeee!!

                      Be good to hear others thoughts.

                      1. Would Ed Woodward
                          10 days, 1 hour ago

                          I'm waiting on Utd defence too but AWB getting 2 bonus in a 4-0 win without attacking returns is damn enticing.

                          1. TheDragon
                            • 1 Year
                            10 days, 1 hour ago

                            Not if they don’t keep clean sheets though - I’m waiting to see if the defence is actually solid

                          2. KingOllie
                            • 3 Years
                            10 days, 1 hour ago

                            because united played awful but took their goals well, so the defenders racked up all the bps

                        • Guilty Sigurðsson ♛
                          • 2 Years
                          10 days, 1 hour ago

                          I know what you mean about the dislike for 6 point max players. I think I'd put Laporte in that category too. Does he have genuine goal threat? I'm not sure. I feel confident that VVD will match or better last season's attacking numbers. I don't feel the same about Laporte, but maybe it's just me.

                          1. Zlatanzo
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              I agree. If liverpool and city keep similar clean sheets this season VVD will outscore Laporte by far

                              1. Guilty Sigurðsson ♛
                                • 2 Years
                                10 days, 1 hour ago

                                I didn't mean to make the comparison in a competition sense. Because you can easily have both in your team and I'm sure many do. I just wonder if Laporte's attacking numbers were a bit of a one off. It seems like every Liverpool corner take, VVD seems like a real threat every time. I don't see the same with Laporte.

                          2. Jacky boy
                            • 3 Years
                            10 days, 1 hour ago

                            I think laporte is worth more than any 7 mid or forward

                        • Dr. Rog
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          10 days, 1 hour ago

                          Some interesting 5.5s on the watchlist - Chilwell, Jonny, Emerson, Utd.

                          1. Pinky and De Bruyne
                            • 6 Years
                            10 days, 1 hour ago

                            What more do you want than a consistent 6 pointer from a 5.5m player? This is decent imo you will have 6-7m midfielders that will black alot of the time.

                      2. yakirh
                        • 3 Years
                        10 days, 1 hour ago

                        What would you prefer, long term?
                        A. Rashford + Son (+0.5)
                        B. Kane + Martial

                        1. KUNingas
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          10 days, 1 hour ago

                          Good question! B for me

                        2. _nod
                          • 6 Years
                          10 days, 1 hour ago

                          A just

                        3. Boris Bodega
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          10 days, 1 hour ago

                          B

                        4. Zlatanzo
                            10 days, 1 hour ago

                            B

                        5. pundit of punts
                          • 6 Years
                          10 days, 1 hour ago

                          Evening all. 🙂

                          Save FT?

                          Pope
                          TAA - Digne - Lundstram
                          Salah - Sterling - Sigurdsson - Fraser - Moura
                          Wilson - Wood

                          Norris - Rico - Hanley - Greenwood

                          1. Miguel Sanchez
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            10 days, 1 hour ago

                            Save - good to see a Moura owner not kneejerking straight to Martial.

                        6. mental
                          • 5 Years
                          10 days, 1 hour ago

                          A)kdb and wilson
                          or
                          B) kane and king

                          1. Miguel Sanchez
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            10 days, 1 hour ago

                            A - but B with another FWD like Pukki or Jota

                            1. TheDragon
                              • 1 Year
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              Instead of Kane right 😉

                            2. _nod
                              • 6 Years
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              This

                          2. TheDragon
                            • 1 Year
                            10 days, 1 hour ago

                            A

                            So much A

                        7. nkhoughton
                          • 4 Years
                          10 days, 1 hour ago

                          Fraser to Martial this week or next?

                          1. TheDragon
                            • 1 Year
                            10 days, 1 hour ago

                            Not

                            1. TheDragon
                              • 1 Year
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              Lol - next even!

                          2. THFC4LIFE
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            10 days, 1 hour ago

                            Wouldn’t do it this week, Fraser has a nice fixture and you wouldn’t do it if Martial blanks this week

                          3. Zlatanzo
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              Martial will probably rise, if you have funds then hold.

                          4. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            10 days, 1 hour ago

                            Any fellow Fraser King and Wilson owners(I know!!).... what are you doing this week???

                            1. KingOllie
                              • 3 Years
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              hold, then get rid of all 3 next week for a -4

                              1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                10 days, 1 hour ago

                                My plan preseason was to move Fraser Wilson you Vardy and someone else gw1, but like you say moving all 3 for minus 4 might be on the cards!!

                            2. 003
                              • 3 Years
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              Keeping wilson and fraser for now. Trying to avoid one week data decisons.

                              1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                10 days, 1 hour ago

                                Exactly what I’m trying to do!! The plan was to have them for the first 2 weeks then offload and resist panic transfers

                            3. Boris Bodega
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              Holding Wilson for this week, and likely shipping next week.

                            4. yakirh
                              • 3 Years
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              I would get Martial or Rashford now to spread the risk

                          5. KingOllie
                            • 3 Years
                            10 days, 1 hour ago

                            Hi i got 68 points and i punched the wall after Auba got no bonus

                            1. Siggy in the Middle
                              • 3 Years
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              I got 76 and wasn't happy either. I chose him ahead of Sterling and Kane after all. Hopefully he compensates this week

                            2. TheDragon
                              • 1 Year
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              Share it with the group

                              You have any of Kane Salah or sterling?

                              I was close to punching something when Dendoncker’s goal was initially scored! Yay VAR!

                              1. KingOllie
                                • 3 Years
                                10 days, 1 hour ago

                                Only own Salah, after having Sterling(C) instead for weeks.

                                KDB is great value, im tempted to not have Salah and run with Sterling / KDB midfield, but that might mean some more sore knuckles...

                                1. KingOllie
                                  • 3 Years
                                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                                  my midpriced players were all shite:

                                  Jota / Perez / Heaton / Barkley

                                  1. TheDragon
                                    • 1 Year
                                    10 days, 1 hour ago

                                    I’ve got KDB Sterling & Salah - I’m hoping KDB has a big season and starts scoring heavy points - will cause others real issues to get him in

                                    It was just a week where all the premiums went big and all the 5-7m players blanked. They won’t keep blanking fear not! (Except perhaps Barkley ;))

                            3. Miguel Sanchez
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              6 goals and an assist in 3 matches vs Burnley. This is the big one.

                            4. Dr. Rog
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              bigger picture mate

                          6. HARLEY
                            • 2 Years
                            10 days, 1 hour ago

                            Gtg for GW2?

                            Pope
                            Robbo Zinchenko Digne Montoya
                            Salah Sterling Fraser Pereyra
                            Kane King

                            Button Lundstram Dendoncker Greenwood

                            Thinking to get rid Pereyra but to replace with whom?

                            Any idea?

                            FT - 1 ITB - 0

                            1. Boris Bodega
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              Save FT, go into GW3 with two in the pocket and more info to base your decisions on. Nice team.

                              1. Pinky and De Bruyne
                                • 6 Years
                                10 days, 1 hour ago

                                Pereyra

                          7. Boris Bodega
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            10 days, 1 hour ago

                            Will Auba (C) and Sterling cover me for no Salah? Going to be on media lockdown after Arsenal match if Auba blanks.

                            1. Miguel Sanchez
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              `Auba is probably the best option this GW but I do fear the Burnley wall.

                              1. Pinky and De Bruyne
                                • 6 Years
                                10 days, 1 hour ago

                                question you need to ask is why no Salah? Madness, just get him and sleep at night

                                1. Boris Bodega
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  10 days, 53 mins ago

                                  Already asked myself that many, many times, and I believe captaining Auba and Kane alternatively for their home games will outscore a Salah/sterling perma-cap. The question after I had made that decision was which of Salah and Sterling I would start off with, and I felt Sterling just looked the better option.

                                  That's my strategy and I am sticking with it for the time being. But still makes me nervous...

                            2. _nod
                              • 6 Years
                              10 days, 49 mins ago

                              I'm praying this is the case Auba(C) and no Salah here too.

                              1. Pinky and De Bruyne
                                • 6 Years
                                10 days, 33 mins ago

                                strange people

                          8. tadekes
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            10 days, 1 hour ago

                            Got adventurous in GW1 and chose Kean, Pulisic, and Trossard. Who would you transfer out first?

                            1. Dr. Rog
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              none of them. they probably all start the next game

                              1. living the dream
                                • 8 Years
                                10 days, 1 hour ago

                                Yeah I agree with this, too early to say. All have decent enough fixtures so leave it for a week or 2 and then make a more informed decision

                            2. tadekes
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              10 days, 54 mins ago

                              Cheers both. Too easy to rush into transfers.

                          9. Zlatanzo
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              After Gw2 who should I sell out of King and Wilson? Also got 1.0m ITB

                              1. TheDragon
                                • 1 Year
                                10 days, 1 hour ago

                                King

                                1. living the dream
                                  • 8 Years
                                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Any reason you say this?

                                  1. TheDragon
                                    • 1 Year
                                    10 days, 1 hour ago

                                    Other than penalties he offers only a fraction of the attacking threat of Wilson

                                    Obviously there is a price difference to consider so depends what you would do with the cash but Wilson is a much better FPL prospect than King (and I say this as a King owner and Wilson non owner).

                                    1. living the dream
                                      • 8 Years
                                      10 days, 57 mins ago

                                      Cheers, I'm a king owner so was just wondering your opinion. Price as you referenced being the main driver

                              2. MTPockets
                                • 10 Years
                                10 days, 1 hour ago

                                Depends who you want instead

                              3. Dr. Rog
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                10 days, 56 mins ago

                                I'm planning to change both my strikers ahead of week 3.

                                Tammy, Kean, Rashford, Vardy, Jota, Pukki on watchlist. Also looking at short term 5.5-6m strikers as well that could tie me over til wildcard

                            • jayzico
                              • 8 Years
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              Anyone believe that Hayden is nailed on?

                              1. Pinky and De Bruyne
                                • 6 Years
                                10 days, 1 hour ago

                                Yeah but not a fantasy prospect imo

                                1. living the dream
                                  • 8 Years
                                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Agreed

                                2. Brosstan
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  10 days, 59 mins ago

                                  Any nailed 4.5 is a fantasy prospect

                                  1. Pinky and De Bruyne
                                    • 6 Years
                                    10 days, 33 mins ago

                                    Yeah but not Hayden there are way better choices lol

                              2. Zlatanzo
                                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Nailed until he starts underperforming, will probably then lose his place.

                                • Ask Yourself
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Yeah and I think he is a decent option for bench. Unless Bruce changes his system Hayden played the Dendoncker role in their 532, makes a lot of forward runs and found himself in positions playing off of Joelinton at times. Unfortunately Newcastle’s Service isn’t that good otherwise he’d be very solid an option.

                                  1. Boris Bodega
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 4 Years
                                    10 days, 57 mins ago

                                    Ooh you're back. How are you feeling?

                                    1. Ask Yourself
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 3 Years
                                      10 days, 29 mins ago

                                      Not bad man realised I invested way too much time here so had a break. Have a good GW? I did okay but disappointed in a couple picks

                              3. Dr. Rog
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                10 days, 1 hour ago

                                The answer to all transfer questions is: Save, unless you have Allisson or Moura in your team.

                                Allisson is a 100% transfer out candidate for either Ederson or Adrian.
                                Moura is a 50:50 case for Martial, and really a long term call mixed with some team value consideration.
                                Im struggling to think of any other cases where its even a viable question.

                                1. MTPockets
                                  • 10 Years
                                  10 days, 57 mins ago

                                  Really hope Martial flops this week

                                  1. TheDragon
                                    • 1 Year
                                    10 days, 54 mins ago

                                    If there is any justice in the world, then this week:

                                    - Martial blanks
                                    - United concede 4
                                    - Moura, Siggy, Perez, King & Jota score
                                    - Origi is benched

                                    1. MTPockets
                                      • 10 Years
                                      10 days, 50 mins ago

                                      - Bernardo RW goal
                                      - Deeney penalty
                                      - Deulofeu wizardry brace
                                      - TAA rest

                                2. Miguel Sanchez
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  10 days, 56 mins ago

                                  Trossard - I think I'm saving with him.

                                  1. Dr. Rog
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    10 days, 55 mins ago

                                    yeah probably starts now based on the comments and good fixtures.

                                3. Andy_Social
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  10 days, 50 mins ago

                                  Alisson - yes, no one can anticipate an injury to their player.

                                  Moura - no; the answer is, "What the hell did you get him for if you want to get rid after one game!?"

                                  1. Gregg Wallace
                                    • 4 Years
                                    10 days, 45 mins ago

                                    He got an assist too. Honestly if people were expecting a hattrick or something they should have done their research, he blanked a lot in easy home games

                                  2. Dr. Rog
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    10 days, 12 mins ago

                                    i was on Moura/KWP for awhile, and switched to Martial/Digne in the final week.
                                    basically planning a transfer wasnt a good idea so went for longer term picks

                                4. BobbyDoesNotLook
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  10 days, 3 mins ago

                                  What about Bilva?

                              4. AandyzZ
                                • 2 Years
                                10 days, 56 mins ago

                                For most of pre-season I thought it was impossible to fit all 3 of Salah, Sterling and Kane in a tea.

                                However I somehow stumbled into having them all to begin with in a team I didn’t think was unbalanced and liked the look of it.

                                I get the argument that the big hitters ‘won’t do it every week’ but neither will the players that anyone else has and yes you spend more money on the likes of Kane etc, but thats surely because they are MORE LIKELY to do it every week anyway?

                                Thoughts?

                                1. Miguel Sanchez
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  10 days, 53 mins ago

                                  I started with an SSK structure (but with Auba) so I could assess which one wasn't pulling their weight in terms of value and then downgrade to two premiums rather than go the other way.

                                  1. AandyzZ
                                    • 2 Years
                                    10 days, 50 mins ago

                                    Well that’s the benefit of that strategy too is that it’s easy to get off one if they aren’t performing, very hard to get on one the other way around

                                  2. g40steve
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 1 Year
                                    10 days, 47 mins ago

                                    Me too paid off this week, I even have Wilson as well.

                                    1. AandyzZ
                                      • 2 Years
                                      10 days, 45 mins ago

                                      Well played! Just seen a few posts saying that it won’t work every week because they won’t do it every week, I just don’t get that because with funds spread elsewhere those players aren’t going to do it every week either!