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. Budweiser
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 2 days ago

    I already regret having Greenwood in my team

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      A 4.5m bench player who will get gametime up front for united?

      If that’s your biggest issue currently then you have had an amazing start

      1. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        I agree with OP, there are going to be so many 1 pointers. I'd prefer a nailed 4.5 def to be first on the bench/starting.

        1. sunnyh
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          a 4.5M def does not equal a 4.5M striker...

          Youre gonna have to spend extra money to get a starting dtriker, to go on your bench that wont play

        2. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          You need to find a 6m+ striker to outscore a 6m+ defender then - still agree with OP?

          1. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            11 months, 2 days ago

            Yes - I had Greenwood in my team leading up to GW1, and wasn't comfortable for the reasons stated. I restructured my team partly because of that (and also because i could decide on decent 4th and 5th midfield spots - it never looked right)

            1. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              11 months, 2 days ago

              #couldn't decide

      2. Budweiser
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        He uses up a Utd slot. I may want Rashford, Martial & AWB if form continues

        1. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          It’s a bit early for things like that!

        2. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 2 days ago

          doubt it

    2. Zlatanzo
        11 months, 2 days ago

        His game time will increase as the season goes on. The game was over when he got subbed on.

      • yakirh
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Me 2
        Looks like a mistake, but I think 2 UTD players should be enough until first wildcard

        1. clodhopper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          He ok got on the pitch will sit 3rd on my bench most weeks so no stress he could even become a regular by xmas imagine what his price would be then i have better places on the pitch that play for all the extra wonga if he is an issue why put him in your team u must have known he may not play much i did and am sure most managers who put him in know this he is what is known as an ENABALER he enables us too put more money on better players

      • Warblers Fear Satan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Burying a 4.5 forward on the bench who has a possibility of racking up a couple points in case of a substitution and allowing for a funds to be spent elsewhere seems to me like a gift.

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

      Should i sell barkley or perez? For mcginn?

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        How about neither

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

          So keep it? I got 90 pts for first week, was thinking should i just keep

      2. GoonerByron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Give both another week?

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

          Okay thanks!

      3. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        save it.

    4. sunzip14
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      2 to start from the following 4, Please:

      a) Diop
      b) Montoya
      c) Barkley
      d) Rico

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

        Inwill go barkley and rico

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

        Montoya and Barkley

      3. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        BC

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

        BC

    5. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      Continuing a previous conversation with Smurf and The Dragon:

      With City's yummy fixtures coming up, how would you guys try to get in KDB in with Salah and Sterling in the midfield? Are Zinchenko or Laporte interesting with their respective rotation risk and price point?

      Is 5 at the back the answer? I sure hope not...

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

        Should be quite straightforward to own Salah, Sterling, KDB and one of their defensive assets in a 4-4-2.

        1. sunnyh
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          Yeah, puts a dent in the strikeforce - lack of flexibility to go Auba or Kane in straightforward moves. Risky business

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

            Oh for sure, that's the compromise, you'd probably have to roll with a couple of 6.5's up top, or reduce your spend at the back.

            1. sunnyh
              • 6 Years
              11 months, 2 days ago

              Yeah just a tough pill to swallow WHEN both Auba and Kane starts firing on all cylinders.

              Currently have a four week transfer plan of Digne + Martial + Moura + Wilson --> Coleman + KDB + McGinn + Rashford

              McGinn's fixtures are unreal

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

                Can't have em all 🙂

        2. Klein
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          Son is gonna be the breaker imo. Better than kdb fplwise?

          1. EMBOLOFAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            11 months, 2 days ago

            both overrated

          2. sunnyh
            • 6 Years
            11 months, 2 days ago

            KDB or Son is going to be my early season make it or break it move.

            It really depends on if Eriksen stays or not, and get consistent minutes from Poch

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

            I'm going to go with Son, his explosiveness is not something that can be ignored imo

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

          Which defender though? Laporte only nailed outfielder and not happy paying £6.5m for a centre back. Alison will get clean sheets but little save or bonus points.
          Walker + Zincheko will get rotated at some point.

      2. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 2 days ago

        when was laporte rotated last year

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          Good call I did well with him last year, but 1 m more now?

          1. EMBOLOFAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            11 months, 2 days ago

            6.5 is nothing for him tbh

      3. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Ederson set & forget?

        1. sunnyh
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          Decent option, but again, reduces the flexibility of the team going forward with so much money tied up in the GK spot

          1. EMBOLOFAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            11 months, 2 days ago

            saves you ft’s

      4. yakirh
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Apart from Sterling, who else would you consider?
        If you go for KDB you can't get Son/Kane
        Bilva not nailed anymore
        Ederson too expensive
        Laporte is the only nailed defender, I prefer Robbo/TAA instead
        Probably wait and see for me, the one I want is Cancelo

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

          I share your thoughts. I want a city defender, but analysing them individually there isn't exactly a standout value pick.

    6. swobe
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      I look at Moura and Perez and wish they were Martial and Siggy.

      1. swobe
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Always been partial to a -4 just to win my ML. But wondering if this is just something I'd regret.

      2. Wag the Drog
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Why? Everton attack looked lifeless

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 2 days ago

          palace is a hard place to score and kean to come in

        2. swobe
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          just kneejerk emotions. I want rid of Moura soon anyway and need to move funds around for Son.

          1. EMBOLOFAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            11 months, 2 days ago

            presumably you planned how youd do this before gw1 started

            1. swobe
              • 6 Years
              11 months, 2 days ago

              Indeed! Wilson out for GW 3 and Perez out for Mount was the original plan. But some other 5.5-6.0 midfield bandwagons may make it even easier. Just contemplating moving for Martial now.

              1. EMBOLOFAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                11 months, 2 days ago

                still broadly a solid plan imo

      3. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Perez is 1.5 less than Siggy... there are some other moves not being included.

        1. swobe
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          Hence why I wish... Siggy isn't an essential. But considering Moura OUT Martial IN this week.

      4. Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        i like SSSM as a midfield.
        Siggy would make a great 3rd S, Son would be even better (covers the 9.5 slot nicely, so Pepe/KdB become options).
        hard to find the money and get a decent 11 though.

        1. swobe
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          Son would be perfect. Hope Pepe becomes an option this season.

    7. Jacky boy
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      Is it worth holding WC for gw7-8 or use it earlier and catch the points and prices before they go?
      Remember mark used his WC so early last season and it worked amazing. What about you guys?

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 2 days ago

        hold for ~15-18 imo

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

        Hoping I have the discipline to hold out until GW8. Nice fixture swing and most people would've spunked there's by then.

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 2 days ago

          planning for 8 is easy enough though

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

        Depends on your strategy coming in and gow your team is built. It also depends on early season trends. I think it's too early to decided. If I nail the early season value picks with free trades then I like to try and hold to set up for the Holiday run. Otherwise it'll be earlier. No right way. To each his own.

      4. Klein
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Depends on how your team looks. Between 4 and 5 is a good time if it looks bad. Else can delay. I like 4-5

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

        I'm not planning a time to use my WC. Playing normally and will use it when I feel I need it.

      6. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Personally thinking 6 as I need to sort out my poor budget picks and badly thought out defensive rotation. Not everyone will be in my boat though. Just wait it out at least until 1 intl break and see what would suit your team

      7. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        first IB

        Gives me something to do for 2 weeks.

    8. WE ARE RANGERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      Martial or Pedro?
      And why?

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 2 days ago

        roll ft

      2. Wag the Drog
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Martial. Playing as striker

      3. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Always been partial, to a #9 Martial

      4. yakirh
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Martial more nailed, plays for a better team, plays as number 9
        Can't see a single reason to prefer Pedro.

      5. In and Out
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Pedro will be dropped next week

    9. Wag the Drog
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      McGovern -> Adrian? Have 0.5 itb, but may want that to upgrade Wood/KWP in the future.

      Heaton
      VVD-Zin-Montoya
      Sterling-Salah-KDB-Barkley
      Wood-Jota-Wilson
      (KWP, Lundstrom, Dendocker, McGovern)

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Looking at Button to Adrian as I do not think Alisson will be back anytime soon.

      2. Klein
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        You have heaton. No need to get adrian. Save for bigger problems later.

        1. Wag the Drog
          • 8 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          Don't you think Adrian could outscore Heaton by a wide margin?

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            11 months, 2 days ago

            In one GW? Better to wait to see if 2FT elsewhere is more important.

      3. 11 smelly shirts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 2 days ago

        I need some more games to be convinced to double up on Liverpool defense. I would wait at least until after the supercup

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 2 days ago

          the problem isnt the double up its the use of ft

    10. internal error
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      repost: Can you rank these guys in terms of who you think will get the most goals and assists combined this season? It's for fpl draft and would really help me out if you can offer me some insight
      1. Moise Kean
      2. Sarr
      3. Lo Celso
      4. Maupa?

      1. internal error
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        *Maupay

      2. SADIO SANÉ
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        4 will win, the rest shite

        1. internal error
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          thanks

          1. SADIO SANÉ
            • 5 Years
            11 months, 2 days ago

            4123 I'd say

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

        I would go for Kean.

      4. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 2 days ago

        kean

      5. yakirh
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Kean without a doubt.

    11. JustPark
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      Starting Montoya ahead of Deulofeu. Mad!

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

        That make sense, IMO.

    12. leo_messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      From GW3 :

      A) Kane and Martial
      B) Rashford and Son + 0,5M

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        A

      2. Wag the Drog
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        obviously see how GW2 goes

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

        C) Martial + Son + £1.5m

    13. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      Any site to check the price rises?

      Ta.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Fplstatistics

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

          Is the price raise % probability stat DAILY (reset at midnight every night)?

          1. badgerboy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            11 months, 2 days ago

            It happens a few times through a 24 hour period after FPL release the riser/fallers at 01:25/02:25 GMT.

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

              But a player can't rise more than £0.1m in a single 24 period right?

              1. badgerboy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                11 months, 2 days ago

                Yeah, and no more than 3 times per week. Sorry I thought you meant the FPL Stats predictions process as a whole.

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

                  Thanks, I didn't know the 3 times per week.

      2. _nod
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        http://www.fplstatistics.co.uk

        But these sites tend to be iffy at the start of the year as they don't know the algorithms used.

    14. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      Thoughts on Moura >> Martial or hold? Thanks 🙂

      Heaton
      TAA • VVD • Digne • Zinchenko
      Salah • Sterling • Moura • Pérez
      Wilson • Jota
      (Pope, Rico, Dendonk, Greenwood)

      1. Wag the Drog
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        I'd say hold 1 week.

    15. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      I know it’s been 1 week lol but is 3 premiums the way to go this season? At every stage of the season 3 of Liverpool, City, Spurs and Arsenal have amazing fixtures for an extended period of time. GW1 showed the consistency (and explosiveness in most cases) of these assets making them worth the price (Sterling, Kane, Salah, Auba). With the overpricing and *underperforming so far* of the mid price (Vardy, Wilson, Siggy etc) assets would it be better to seek value in 3 premiums and a handful of the good cheapies such as Buendia, Barnes, Perez, Martial? Or is 2 premiums and stick to the *mostly* uncaptainable mid price options as a reliable source of points and ignore the explosiveness? Thoughts x

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Its not the answer you want but....It’s been 1 week.... give it time and it will become much clearer

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          Fair answer x

      2. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Personally started with three to be sure I had a strong starting 11, and i planned to keep two of them. Just going to wait and see for the next few game weeks and take it from there. The best value options should hopefully start showing their tail feathers soon.

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          Same

        2. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          I did the same and am finding it very easy to fit in 3 premiums with a really nice team. It’s just about getting those cheapies right but many have a really nice run of fixtures at various stages in the season. Thinking of sticking with it after 1st WC. Gonna bin Auba after captaining this week tho to get Haller/Chelsea striker and Son

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

        no

      4. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Hard to come to any kind of conclusion right now, give it a few more weeks and the template should become clearer.

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 2 days ago

          actually think its quite easy to conclude 3 premiums isnt going to be most efficient way to spend money as it never is

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

            It isn't that straightforward, IMO. At times, and to capitalise on certain fixture runs, owning 3 premiums may be the way to go.

            1. EMBOLOFAN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              11 months, 2 days ago

              no it still wont

              1. EMBOLOFAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                11 months, 2 days ago

                highest value players in a team, good fixtures or otherwise, arent premiums. we have 100m to spend so having 1/2 is efficient and we have captaincy to consider. 3 is never going to be worth it

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

                  I understand the whole value thing, but in reality, I bet many of the top players in the world will, at times, hold three of Salah, Sterling, Mane, Aguero, Aubameyang and Kane this season.

                  1. jtreble
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    11 months, 2 days ago

                    Anyone can beat the house. The point, however, is the odds aren't with you. 🙂

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

                      Good job fantasy football isn’t only about odds then 🙂

        2. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          I don’t want template AV I want excitement x

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

            Template probably wasn't the right word, what I meant is when consistent performers emerge, and once we know which price brackets they fall in, that should make things clearer.

            1. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              11 months, 2 days ago

              Yes mate good advice just throwing the idea out there, admittedly getting ahead of myself there. Just bored because I don’t have a transfer I can justify to make lol

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

        Impossible to say after one week. How can one game show consistency? If Vardy, Wilson and Siggy haul this week are they still overpriced?

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          Yeah yeah I get you I just think they’re overpriced for what they offer as it stands. OBVIOUSLY that can change but just playing with the idea if they stay stale for a few weeks

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

            They were great points scorers last season. What makes them overpriced?

            1. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              11 months, 2 days ago

              Well of course there’s no way of telling now but when prices first came out I thought ew about a few certain players in that 7-9.5m bracket. I’d rather drop them down to a 6.5 and use the cash to turn it into an exciting premium. It’s only been 1 game I get I am just getting too excited about new ideas. Saw someone mention this strategy the other day as they do it every year and said it usually goes well

      6. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        The one problem with 3 premiums is that your team is pretty much set as there's no wiggle room. I went with 3 premiums and the only transfer I can find is between two 4.5m defenders. You basically need two or more transfers to make any bigger changes to your team.

    16. Uncle Avram
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      Pick one for GW 3 already have Sterling.

      A) KDB and Son

      B) Son and Martial

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        So KDB vs Martial?

        KDB by a mile

        1. Uncle Avram
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          Yes problem is if I get KDB means downgrading defence and attack slightly

      2. swobe
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        b

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

        The De Bruyne one.

      4. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        B saves you what...2m? So probably that, but otherwise A purely on points.

    17. VISH
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 2 days ago

      Please RMT

      Pope
      Digne VVD Robertson
      Salah Sterling Dendoncker Perez Fraser
      Wilson Jota

      Heaton Rico Greenwood Femenia

      Thanks

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Play Heaton over Pope

      2. amitmishr
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Why two 4.5 keepers. Keep 0.5 mitb

        1. VISH
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 2 days ago

          Easier to rotate. Otherwise I am stuck with one goalie when fixtures turn bad.

    18. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      Seen many foolish Vardy (C) posts, but if there is no Kante, maybe not that foolish after all..

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        That Chelsea defence is there for the taking, but on the other hand, Vardy was well rusty on Sunday. I wouldn't.

    19. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      I want to be the very best that no one ever was, to score points is my real test, to win mini leagues is my cause.

      I have travelled across the land watching football far and wide, scouting FPL players to understand the xG that’s inside....

      1. Klein
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Mom's spagetti.

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

        Sig-urds-son!

    20. aborg
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      Anyone have a clue about Ravel Morrison of Sheffield Utd and if you think he could start playing soon?
      I have followed his transfer to the Team and is a very talented midfielder who had lots of praise from various managers.

      He was not even on the bench for the first game though and I brought him hoping he starts on a high ! I just can't understand coaches some times... why pay all the money for a new transfer and not even have him on the bench?

      1. MTPockets
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Did basically nothing at Ostersunds (tried the same with my fantasy Allsvenskan team - fail)

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

          Thanks for letting me know this mate. Damn it, had a bit of high hopes for him as he had started off his U21 career really well. 🙁

          1. MTPockets
            • 11 Years
            11 months, 2 days ago

            Recent article by an Ostersund coach (still has promise but seems difficult to fulfill):
            https://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/ravel-morrison-sheffield-united-david-preece-ostersund-manchester-united-alex-ferguson

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

              As I thought, he has the talent but don’t think he is ready yet. Guess I’ll hold till GW4 in case of an early WC, unless he plays before, or else just get rid of him next week with a FT. Will reassess him later in the season.

    21. shearer9
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      Pukki likely to rise before the deadline?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Probably not

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

        No one knows.

      3. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        no one knows.

    22. Vamos Los Celeste
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      Feeling happy with my team and i feel if Moura keeps his place i dont have to use any transfer until gw4 , is that mad ?

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Yes as you can only retain 2 transfer max - it’s very rare for it to be a good idea to ‘burn’ transfers

      2. swobe
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Only mad if you are planning some wider scale transfers in the future? Your FT can help you gain 0.5 or 1.0 to fund your GW4 dream moves. But I am looking at Moura right now and desperately wanting to transfer him to Martial. Bit kneejerky but just feel that Spurs are destined to get a 1-1 here.

        1. Vamos Los Celeste
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          I already have Martial and i don't see many alternatives for Moura unless he's benched by GW3. I'm not ready to drop one of my Liverpool Full backs too bcz we know they can do well with these fixtures.

    23. FFMOTM
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      Do we like pope or heaton for gw2?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Heaton - you must have earmarked Heaton for Pope's tough matches in GWs 2 and 4 when picking your GK pair?

        1. FFMOTM
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          I did but after watching arsenal in gw1 im considering pope as they looked toothless, wanted to see if anyone agreed

          1. adams_6
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            11 months, 2 days ago

            I think you'll see a different Arsenal next match

            1. FFMOTM
              • 6 Years
              11 months, 2 days ago

              Hopefully as I also have auba, thank you

          2. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            11 months, 2 days ago

            Agree they looked toothless, but they will be at home this time and hopefully have many first team players back. But I'm not holding my breath, as an Arsenal fan.

          3. Vamos Los Celeste
            • 6 Years
            11 months, 2 days ago

            Toothless with Laca Pepe Torreira Ceballos on the bench

          4. MTPockets
            • 11 Years
            11 months, 2 days ago

            fwiw arsenal scored in every home game last season except vs mci

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

        Auba hattrick agAinst pope for gw2

        1. FFMOTM
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          I love your optimism

    24. Pinky and De Bruyne
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      Can.. not.. wait... for Mane to throw a spanner in everyone's works this weekend and watch the pandemonium unfold before me.

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        If you own salah you are never going to be interested in mane

        1. Pinky and De Bruyne
          • 7 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          Not true

          1. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            11 months, 2 days ago

            Oh Believe me it’s true

            1. Pinky and De Bruyne
              • 7 Years
              11 months, 2 days ago

              What about Salahs dip in form last year and Mane smashin it? Gotta look out for that this season.

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

                Last season Mane was 9.5m.

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

        Can't see him justifying his price when Sterling and Salah are only 0.5 and 1m more respectively and KDB and Son are 2m cheaper.

        1. Pinky and De Bruyne
          • 7 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          231 points last season is hard to not be interested... 22 Goals is a joke

        2. Pinky and De Bruyne
          • 7 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          Son 12 goals KDB never more than 10

    25. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      Having no other pressing transfers; would you do Cathcart to Dunk? Was between those two and I picked the wrong one. This would leave me to choose between Dunk (WHU) and Lundstrom (CRY).

      Or should I save a transfer and just play Lundstrom this week?

      Cheers!

      1. Vamos Los Celeste
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Save and play Lundstram

    26. Uncle Avram
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      Who scores more points over the season Son or KDB?

      1. amitmishr
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Son, kdb is an injury about to happen

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Son

      3. adams_6
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Son

        1. Pinky and De Bruyne
          • 7 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          Son and Kane to much spurs?

      4. Harper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        If you discount injuries and fitness related issues, Son
        his PPG has historically always been much higher

    27. amitmishr
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      A. Salah and martial
      B. Mane and pogba

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        A

      2. adams_6
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        A by a long way

      3. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Could depend on who is taking pens for Utd. Otherwise I would personally go for A.

      4. Dynamic Duos
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Is this AAAAAA serious question?

    28. Sparkys Barmy Army
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      Worth keeping hold of Pulisic or draw it up as a failed punt and replace him?

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Hold. Was never gonna haul against Man u

        1. Sparkys Barmy Army
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          Not even starting has put me off though, thought he'd step right into Hazards role

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

        Replace

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

        Should play regularly from gw3. Was pitted against AWB, who even kept city and hazard quite last year. Beast of a player.

        Give him some time, would come good, but Chelsea is in transition, with no set striker. I think he will be good bet in second half of the season, not right now

      4. In and Out
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Bound to start at the weekend I would hold

    29. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 2 days ago

      Captain Aubam, Salah or Sterling... On Aubam atm, don't think they'll be too much in it. Hmmm

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Come on Pope cs again 🙂

      2. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Auba, but it's fine margins.

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

        Salah for me, Southampton are a future relegated team imo.

    30. tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      Are people underestimating Mané ?

      If Kane and Sterling prove themselves as good captaincy options, Salah could be too expensive to hold on to him this season.

      Mané could be an excellent alternative, to offer us the possibility to go Kane+Sterling+Mané.

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Have you looked at the difference between salah and manes prices this season?

        1. tafrère
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          1m offers great possibilities.

      2. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Mané looked damned hungry for goals when he came on didn't he? It's going to be an interesting season watching those two fight it out for the golden boot again.

      3. $carface
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        I agree. But Salah on penos/setpieces is key.

      4. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        This is easy enough:

        4.5m
        TAA Zinch 4.5m 4.5m
        Salah Sterling Pepe 5.5m
        6.5m Kane

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          Pepe & Kane could Be Son & Auba

      5. LangerznMash
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        Overpriced for me. Mane more expensive than Auba + Kane. I'd rather have the later and extra moneys.

    31. $carface
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 2 days ago

      So, decided to play an early wildcard, which I may regret, but not having key players like Sterling or any Mancity attack I decided to pull the trigger. Plus I thought I'd gain some early momentum as I have been early WC player.

      Thoughts on this lot?

      Heaton (Button)
      VVD Digne Montoya (Rico Lundstram)
      Salah Sterling Siggurdson McGinn (Dendock)
      Kane Pukki King

      0.0 INB

      Cheers!

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 2 days ago

        hopefully there’s a glitch that gives you last weeks points mate

      2. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 2 days ago

        What was your original team?

        That team is on for a huge score in GW1 .... we do play GW1 again this week right??

        1. $carface
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 2 days ago

          My team wasn't much different, got a decent 84 points.

          1. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            11 months, 2 days ago

            So why did you wildcard?

            1. Pinky and De Bruyne
              • 7 Years
              11 months, 2 days ago

              Delete Team

          2. EMBOLOFAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            11 months, 2 days ago

            jesus christ