Scout Notes

Debate over Chelsea and Leicester’s FPL assets after entertaining draw

What to do with Leicester City and Chelsea’s Fantasy assets is the subject of our latest Scout Notes article.

Whether it be existing owners or those FPL bosses looking to pounce ahead of some favourable fixtures, Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge left us with plenty of questions to mull over.

Chelsea 1-1 Leicester City

  • Goals: Mason Mount (£6.0m) | Wilfred Ndidi (£5.0m)
  • Assists: James Maddison (£7.0m)
  • Bonus: Ndidi, Mount – 3, Jonny Evans (£5.0m) – 1

As happened at Old Trafford on the opening weekend, Chelsea were involved in a match of two halves in Gameweek 2.

The Blues again came out of the blocks the fastest against Leicester on Sunday and achieved something they couldn’t do in Manchester, capitalising on their early dominance to take the lead through Mason Mount (£6.0m).

The familiar failings were again apparent after the break, however, with another goal conceded from a dead-ball situation – there were plenty of those in pre-season – and Chelsea’s high backline looking vulnerable to swift counter-attacks.

Owners of Teemu Pukki (£6.7m) et al would be particularly encouraged by the space afforded to the Foxes’ front three in the second half, with even the presence of N’Golo Kante (£5.0m) not enough to stem the Leicester tide after half-time.

Running out of steam after the interval is becoming a recurring theme, with Chelsea having dominated against Liverpool in the Super Cup before the break but allowing their admittedly excellent opponents to wrestle control of the game thereafter.

Whether it is fatigue kicking in after their aggressive, high-pressing starts or simply mental frailty is unclear but Frank Lampard was quick to highlight the effect of Wednesday night’s exertions in Turkey after full-time, saying:

I hate the tiredness excuse but I think it was a factor in the second half of the game. We’re good enough that if that is a factor we can take it out by being better on the ball, we turned it over too many times, we allowed them counter-attacks which means you run a lot.

We need better game management. When the game turns slightly against us then we need to be good enough to wrestle that back and move the ball better so that’s something for us to keep working on.

Reflecting on the game overall, Lampard said:

The first 25 minutes was how we want to play but the rest of the game wasn’t quite how we want to play.

Credit to Leicester for that, they put us under pressure and we weren’t good enough in possession after the first period. We gifted them possession back and gave them the feeling they were still in the game because we didn’t score that second goal.

In the second half, we left far too many spaces for them. They’re a very good team on the counter-attack, they have good attacking players who can really hurt you and that was the disappointing thing for me, the fact we couldn’t sustain the period in the early part of the game.

I don’t expect that 100-miles-an-hour energy for 90 minutes but I do expect that we keep possession of the ball better when we rest.

The match had started positively for Chelsea, who were in the same 4-2-3-1 shape they adopted at Manchester United last weekend.

Christian Pulisic (£7.5m) and Pedro (£7.5m) flanked Oliver Giroud (£7.0m) in attack as they had done in midweek, while Mason Mount (£6.0m) reprised the ‘number ten’ role he had taken up at Old Trafford – although drifted towards the left flank on occasion.

While there will undoubtedly be rotation in the weeks and months ahead, Mount is clearly a favourite of Lampard’s and seems to have the upper hand over Ross Barkley (£6.0m) in the hole, having started there in Gameweeks 1 and 2.

Barkley failed to even make it onto the pitch on Sunday and his Fantasy stock has fallen as quickly as it rose in pre-season following his eye-catching summer displays.

Mount dispossessed Wilfred Ndidi (£5.0m) on the edge of the Leicester box and scuffed an effort beyond Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m) to put Chelsea 1-0 up after just six minutes and the chances continued to come for the young midfielder.

Schmeichel had twice thwarted Mount either side of the opening goal, with the 20-year-old prospect well-positioned in the Leicester box.

An ambitious free-kick that sailed into the crowd late on underlined the fact that Lampard wants Mount and the rest of his players to play without fear, while the ex-Derby loanee was also heavily involved in indirect dead-ball situations, taking three of Chelsea’s four corners.

Whether £6.0m is cheap enough to spend on a midfielder who may well face a benching or two in the weeks ahead is a question for Fantasy managers to decide, with Chelsea’s fixtures looking promising between now and Gameweek 12.

Lampard said of Mount after full-time:

The epitome of his talent was shown in his goal – great energy off the ball to close people down and then the quality to finish it. He could have scored two more goals in that opening period actually but we know he’s going to get better and better.

That was the first of some big moments for Mason and I’m delighted for him on that level but I know he’ll have wanted that to be part of a win.

Rotation is also a worry in the wide areas, with Willian (£7.0m) now back from injury – he emerged as a 71st-minute substitute on Sunday – and Callum Hudson-Odoi (£6.0m) set to return after the international break.

Pedro was again the pick of the Blues’ wingers this weekend, firing into the side-netting in the first minute and giving stand-in left-back Christian Fuchs (£4.5m) an uneasy opening quarter of the game as Chelsea swarmed over their visitors.

The promising start and underlying stats amounted to nothing in FPL terms, though, and both Pulisic and Pedro faded as the game wore on.

The same could be said for Giroud, who was hugely impressive in the first half as his hold-up play carved out excellent opportunities for Pedro, Mount and Kante in the opening 25 minutes.

Be it Giroud’s link-up play or Tammy Abraham‘s (£7.0m) off-the-ball runs, the recurring theme among Lampard’s strikers seems to be that they are more likely to create space and opportunities for their teammates as they are score themselves – something that FPL managers will likely baulk at given the sub-£7.0m options who are more traditional goal-getters.

Emerson Palmieri (£5.5m) again caught the eye from an attacking perspective and looks the pick of Chelsea’s defenders, with Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.0m) struggling at right-back.

Whether Fantasy managers would be willing to spend a considerable amount of money on Emerson given Chelsea’s current aversion to clean sheets, however, is another question.

Having struggled to create many chances of note against Wolves in Gameweek 1, Leicester’s attacking assets were again anonymous in the opening 45 minutes of Sunday’s match.

The Foxes had only one shot in the first half and the closest they came to an equaliser was when Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) almost caught Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.5m) dallying on the ball after half an hour.

That all changed after the interval, with Leicester much the better side and quicker on the break – if not quite clinical.

The stats will show that Vardy had only one shot on goal and blanked for the fourth Premier League game in a row but there were multiple instances of the premium Leicester forward being only a pass away from a gilt-edged chance, only for his teammates to fail to find him.

James Maddison (£7.0m) was perhaps the worst culprit, either hanging onto the ball or delaying a pass until Vardy was offside, but Ayoze Perez (£6.5m) and Youri Tielemans (£6.5m) also failed to feed their centre-forward when he had peeled off the Chelsea stoppers.

Vardy’s one chance was a good one, too, as he flashed an effort across Kepa’s goal and narrowly past the toes of an onrushing Perez on 77 minutes.

With other FPL strikers in fine form and facing appealing fixtures in Gameweek 3, Vardy’s owners may well think about ditching him – indeed, over 100,000 FPL bosses have lost faith since the opening weekend.

The second half of the Chelsea match ought to provide some reassurance, however, even if Sheffield United’s impressive defence may not be as charitable as Chelsea’s next Saturday.

If Maddison was at time selfish on the ball to Vardy’s cost, he was still the driving force behind a lot of Leicester’s attacks.

A couple of teasing deliveries flashed through the Chelsea backline before Ndidi got onto the end of Maddison’s 66th-minute corner to bring the scores level, while the England midfielder himself had two presentable opportunities to score: first being crowded out when rounding Kepa and then blazing over a glorious chance from just outside the six-yard box on 72 minutes.

Rodgers said of his playmaker:

He was outstanding today, so clever, working in the spaces and he is such a good player. He played very well.

While Maddison and Vardy offered some encouragement to their owners, Perez was less effective.

Playing on the right of Leicester’s front three, Perez had, like Vardy, a couple of nearly-moments but looked like he was running out of steam midway through the second half, perhaps – as Rodgers suggested last weekend – because of his pre-season being disrupted by injury.

It may simply take another week or two for Perez to bed in and get up to full speed but there will be understandable twitchiness among his owners, with some trickier tests ahead in Gameweeks 4 to 8.

We weren’t overly impressed with Leicester’s defence in Gameweek 1 despite the clean sheet and indeed highlighted a couple of nervy moments that stemmed from Rodgers’ troops trying to play out from the back in our Scout Notes from the Wolves game.

Those failings were again exposed on Sunday, with Chelsea ripping the Foxes to shreds early on and Mount’s goal coming from a Ndidi mistake on the edge of his own box.

Rodgers took blame for that goal, saying:

I assume responsibility, I always ask my players to play, to show confidence and to play like a top player.

He has just had a wee heavy touch, but I’d rather take that – it’s not even a risk for me, it’s an opportunity when you build the game, because you see throughout the game, after that, the number of times from build-up play that we were able to get out and play through.

Sometimes that will happen, and unfortunately for Wilf, it did, but I’m so pleased that he scored the header because he is such a great player for us and he deserved to get the goal.

Ben Chilwell (£5.5m) missed out through injury but the problem doesn’t appear to be too serious, with Rodgers saying:

Should be fine for next week. He had a hip problem and we tried to give him right until the last minute but unfortunately, he didn’t make it. He should be ok for next weekend.

Members’ Analysis

Chelsea XI (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson; Jorginho (Kovacic 70′), Kante, Mount; Pedro, Giroud (Abraham 61′), Pulisic (Willian 70′).

Leicester City XI (4-3-3): Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Fuchs; Choudhury (Praet 73′), Ndidi, Tielemans; Perez (Albrighton 79′), Maddison, Vardy.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 2

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  1. Come on you Kante
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Hi all,

    Please help with team below changes/stick or twist first season playing

    Ryan
    Trent Robertson zouma Walkerpieter
    Perez Barkley sterling Salah Gudmundsson
    Kane

    (Pope, Kelly, wickam, Greenwood)

    Thx

    1. Come on you Kante
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Bump

    2. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Barkley probably needs to go.
      What you got for transfers?
      Maybe MCGinn in if you don't have any other cash.

    3. Hog Roast Junkie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Zouma and Barkley seem your biggest issues

      Maybe swap to Dendoncker and Laporte if you have 2 ft

  2. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Having Sterling and KBD without getting rid of Salah sounds good?

    1. danlynch13
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Defo

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Only if you’re going without Kane also.

  3. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Last Man Standing

    Current safety score = 30
    Top score = 91
    LMS Average : 44.24 (-0.27) = 43.97
    Average Players Played: 11.2 out of 12.0

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Not many with United assets then

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Jota 27% Martial 19% AWB 10%

    2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Argh always forget to join, can I still?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Will probably reopen tomorrow.

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Ta

      2. Yank Revolution
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        As long as you qualify for Week 1's score, yes.

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Do you know what week 1 was?

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            66

            1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 year, 5 months ago

              Thanks, will look for the reopening.

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      33 with Jota to go ...
      Tough times 😀

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Want a return to be safe.

  4. Atters
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Which do you prefer?
    A) Auba + Stones + Hayden - - Pukki + Kdb + Lundtsram/Soyuncu (-4)
    Or
    B) Auba + Stones - - Kane + Zinchenko

    Don't like taking hits but feel with option B I'll probably be taking a hit to bring in Kdb the next week anyway

  5. Kim Jong Kün
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    I haven't seen either of Leicester's games, but the stats overwhelmingly favor Ayoze over Vardy. If you had both, like I do, would you keep Ayoze, Vardy, or both? Plenty of good options to replace either/both.

    1. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      think you answered your own question regarding Vardy.
      Perez is by no means a bad option but the upcoming fixtures (villa aside) aren't amazing.
      he is out of my team for now, but im sure he will come back at some point this season

      1. Kim Jong Kün
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Sorry, I should have included that I have seen lots of comments that Vardy looked OK and Ayoze looked bad. Which is the opposite of the stats, so I wanted to hear some thoughts.

        1. BobbyV
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Ayoze is not really a natural wide player and he struggled for most of the game. I feel Albrighton may nick his spot coz he more threatening when he replaced Ayoze. Albrighton put in one or two dangerous crosses, that is, he played to Vardy's strengths.

    2. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      What stats are those? Perez seemed far from getting a goal or an assist in the minutes he played so far this season.

      1. Kim Jong Kün
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        stats/90 this year
        Perez | Vardy:
        BPS: 7.5 | 1.0
        Forward Zone Passes: 24 | 6.5
        Shots 1.5 | 0.5
        SOT 0.5 | 0
        Successful Final Third Passes: 10 | 2
        Accurate Passes: 23.5 | 6.5
        Touches: 54 | 17
        Touches in Opp Box: 9 | 6
        Dribbles 2 | 6

        Some of these are borderline useless but since neither of them has scored, I am trying to rely on these to see what they might do.

        1. Kim Jong Kün
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Sorry I put that last one backwards. None of the stats I looked at did Vardy outperform Ayoze. But this is why the eye test is important...

  6. Dr. Rog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Sterling (essential)
    Salah/Mane
    KdB/Son
    Martial/Pulisic
    Mount/Ceballos
    Dendonker/Cantwell

    6 price points, 5 slots.
    some price points could provide 2 players (e.g. mount/Ceballos).
    very hard to choose...

    1. Kun Tozser
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      This isn’t how I pick my teams too but you are missing

      11 Auba/Kane

    2. DAVESAVES
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Sterling Salah Son Martial Mount
      Pukki Jota

  7. OLLY G
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    On WC, would you pick VVD or Laporte?

    1. Oldie99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      likely both if I was on WC

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        I think Digne and AWB/Maguire offer better value so only room for one

    2. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I have, but I’m not 100% with it

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        You have what? Both?

        1. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Oops, read that as over nor or. AWB, VVD and Digne

          1. Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            *not or

            I give up

            1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
              • 9 Years
              1 year, 5 months ago

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      VVD

    4. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      For now LaPorte probably, on the basis of form/fixtures.
      I kind of think Cancelo will offer more value whilst still being able to retain VVD however

    5. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Laporte due to the fixtures.

    6. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 5 months ago

      VVD long term all the way!

    7. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I would pick Laporte as he seems a much safer option for me now. Fixtures are also better. A season keeper imho.

    8. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I’m taking a punt on Adrian and Otamendi (while Stones is out).

  8. Oldie99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Heaton Pope
    Lundstram Ake Rob Digne Cath
    Salah Sterling Moura Perez Donck
    Wilson Vardy Greenwood

    Set on giving the Leicester boys 2 more tries. Sitting pretty on 150p

    2FT, my best idea so far is

    Moura Ake OUT
    Dunk Siggy IN

    Any better ideas?

    1. Wag the Drog
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Moura might play. Siggy has not looked great.

  9. JustPark
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Maddison too selfish.

    1. HamezMace
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Usually a good sign in an FPL player

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        That’s what I’m thinking.

      2. JustPark
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Selfish is fine. Too much isn't.

        Mane is selfish. Sometimes he went by himself, did great.

        Maddison took too much. At tight spot, unlikely to score, had option to square it to Vardy that was waiting at good spot, had no one marking him and likely would score.
        Few times of this.

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      In what sense?

  10. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    A bit stuck here. I have 2 FT’s.
    Pope
    Digne Robbo VVD Laporte
    Salah Sterling Perez Moura
    Wilson Murray

    Button Dendoncker Simpson Greenwood
    Any thoughts welcome.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Really depends which big hitters you want.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Well I’ll see what happens tonight but Rashford could be a nice option.

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Rashford or Kane if a forward depending if you want Pukki.
          A hit could get 2 decent players.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            Cheers TM. Think I’ve missed the Pukki haul, so I may just hope he blanks considering the fixtures.

    2. HamezMace
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Do you think Liverpool defence will come good?
      If not, lose Robertson, and upgrade Murray, or Wilson.

      1. Wag the Drog
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        this.

      2. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Starting to think Wilson is overpriced at 8 million and that it would be better to downgrade him.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Got a couple of assist so far but the City game is worrying.

      3. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        It is a thinker. We basically had a CS given away by Adrian. But then he made a similar mistake earlier in the game so it’s not encouraging.

        1. Troll hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Maybe he learnt a lesson?!?

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            This could be a serious issue. Just when we had our defence sorted.

          2. HamezMace
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            Was that lesson not to double up on Liverpool defence in FPL whilst Allison is injured?

            1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
              • 9 Years
              1 year, 5 months ago

              Not sure I'm ready to make that judgement yet... They have the ability to score points outside of clean sheets. They're expense means if you do downgrade and plough the money into atrack, it will be hard to get them back in later without a wc

              1. HamezMace
                • 6 Years
                1 year, 5 months ago

                Yeah of course.
                Robertson had a great chance at the weekend, if he'd scored it would be a different story on here for sure.
                Although seemingly at the minute, with Adrian, you're looking only at attacking returns, rather than clean sheets

            2. Troll hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 year, 5 months ago

              Yes, but most of us have bigger issues than VvD and TAA...

        2. HamezMace
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Adrian is certainly causing concern for those with double Liverpool defence.
          Whatever you do, I'd want Murray out of that team.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            Bit of a silly pick.

            1. HamezMace
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 5 months ago

              Always a lottery in that price range.

            2. Kalou
              • 4 Years
              1 year, 5 months ago

              Ville Ronka has him.

              1. Sgt Frank Drebin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 year, 5 months ago

                I think it wasn't that silly pick. Brighton is playing really well and are creating a lot of chances which was a little surprising to me but maybe some poeple knew that they can expect it with the new manager

                1. Sgt Frank Drebin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 year, 5 months ago

                  Only Murray playing a little more deep... But Maupay and Trossard could be great bargains

        3. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Without that goal from Danny boy Saints would have had over 1 xG anyway which is a little bit worrying for me as Norwich also were let quite a lot of freedom recently in the opposition half. Just bad luck maybe , maybe Norwich is so good offensively, but nevertheless a thing to monitor. Personally I think 1 defender from Liverpool is enough for now.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            So what to prioritise? Robbo to a 4.5 and then Moura to KDB?

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Kelly instead of Simpson.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Was thinking Lundstram

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Yeah but do nor wait for the price rise.

    4. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Ahh I'm in very similiar situation and also a little bit stuck. I'm really thinking about downgrading one of the Lfc defenders (probably Robbo for me) and trying to fit KDB. I guess you would also want to sell Moura...

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Yes I do want to sell Moura but think I should give him at least 1 more game.

        1. Bookkeeper
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Moura has 11pts in two games, what's the problem?

          1. Troll hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            Son

          2. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            Son basically.

        2. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          I think I would do the same... A lot of people saying he's gonna be dropped against Newcastle but I'm not so sure

    5. Troll hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Wilson and Perez (Moura) out, Rashford/KdB/Martial/Son + cheapie in?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Could do that actually as I’m planning my usual gw 4 WC

  11. rokonto
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Anyone know why we're not seeing referees checking VAR tv monitors by the pitch like Champions League quarter final Man City Spurs?
    that Super Cup Abrahams dive for the penalty would surely have been not given for example.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      They have people to that for them to speed it up.

  12. Wag the Drog
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Are you ok with this starting XI given my bench options?
    Heaton
    VVD-Zinc-Lundstram-Montoya-KWP
    KDB-Sterling-Salah
    Wilson-Jota
    (Abraham-Ceballos-Dendocker)

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Yeah looks ok. A couple of players need another game. Wilson must be close to the chop though.

      1. Wag the Drog
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Ya...would rather have Raul-King-Rashford

    2. Come on you Kante
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Dynamite midfield

    3. HamezMace
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Despite his heroics, I'd still start Abraham over Lundstram.

      1. Wag the Drog
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Ya I want to.

  13. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Honestly, if he stays fully fit, does anyone here think KDB can cover one of the premium forwards?

    1. Markus
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      In the games without silva yes. When playing deeper, no. All in all great value for fixtures, long term should go about on par for what you'd expect for 9.5m

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Absolutely

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Think the budget forwards are the way to go.

  14. Riverside Red
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Perez + Siggy > Maddison + Martial
    4 pt hit
    Yes or no??

  15. Come on you Kante
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    When should you usually use a wildcard ?

    1. FPL-(VAR)dy
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      when ur team needs it..most powerful chip in FPL

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      When you have enough information regarding the budget enablers that allow the big hitters.

    3. Wag the Drog
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      i'd say when 3-4 players are not certain to start, price changes are pressing, and you really want a hot player.

      1. Come on you Kante
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Thx lads

    4. Markus
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Gw2...jk. I think when you want to make a +20 hit and/or +1m price risks between current and future team

  16. FPL-(VAR)dy
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Ryan

    Robbo-Digne-Coleman-Zinchenko-Lunds
    Salah-Sterling-Richarlison-Lanzini
    Kane
    Bench has fodders.
    WC this lot???

  17. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    2FT 0 ITB

    Heaton
    VVD TAA Robbo Digne
    Sterling(C) KDB Perez Tielemans Donkey
    Vardy

    Pope Wilson Lunny Greenwood

    1. Play Pope or Heaton?
    2. Play Donkey or Wilson?
    3. Waste FT or do 4/5
    4. Wilson to Haller / Pukki
    5. Perez / Tielemans to Mount / Trossard / Ceballos

    Please advise..

  18. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Tempted to WC to this

    Pope (4.0)
    VVD, 2 of Zinc/Mina/Keane/Coleman/AWB, Boly, Lundstram
    Son, KDB, Mane, Sterling, Dendoncker/Cantwell
    Pukki Jota Greenwood

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Kane > Mané?

      1. TOBY1
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Not to me

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Hence the question mark. I think Kane will outscore Mané this season, as it happens.

          1. Dr. Rog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            premium mids outscore fwds

      2. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Huh?

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Mané is 11.5m
          Kane is 11m

          Having Kane gives you a 5m midfielder or upgrade elsewhere, and an extra playable bench player.

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            I see, pool will score more goals - Mane I expect to be a 200+ player again

            Kane I expect to get injured imminently

            But I can see how the idea definitely benefits the team

          2. Troll hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            4.5 mids seem to outscore many more expensive assets.

          3. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            1 year, 5 months ago

            Which 5m midfielder giving you returns though. I would rather have Mane an Jota than Kane and 5m midfielder with 1 and 2 points here and there.

    2. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      dream midfield. looked at something similar. could well be the way to go with so many 5.5s around (can add Shaw, Maguire, Emerson, Cancelo, Spuds, Chilwell to this list as well)

      some concession have been made to fit in 2 of the 9.5s
      lack of Digne, inability to flex up to Kean in attack, but thats not the worst concession to make

      my first thought is ceballos > Boly in a 352

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Yeah or TAA & soyunco over VVD & boly

        Digne is a miss

    3. SoccerBoi69
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      VVD > Zinchenko (or other 5.5) would allow you to upgrade your 4.5 mid to McGinn/Ceballos. Meaning you can switch between 442 and 352. (I've been looking at very similar setups. It's probably the thoughts of a mad man, but Firmino over Mane frees up 2m

      1. SoccerBoi69
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Mane + 6.5 forward vs Rashford + Firmino, for example.

  19. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Im getting Son in somehow. Which option looks better?

    A) Salah, Siggy, Zinchenko out
    Mane, Son, KWP in

    B) Salah, Siggy, Greenwood in
    Son, Kane, Cantwell in
    (Risky with no pool attack?)

    Heaton
    Trent Digne Zinko Montoya
    Salah Sterling KDB Siggy
    Pukki Jota

    4.0 Soyuncu Dendoncker Greenwood

    Or any better way? 🙂

    1. Kun Tozser
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Zinc > Lundstram?

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Is Lundstram really that good?!

        1. Here Comes The Son ★
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          He's amazing value but there's about 2 good Sheff Utd fixtures in the next 10 games or so.

          1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            Yes! feels like a wasted transfer to me

  20. Kub3
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Spurs fans (or anyone), what are your thoughts on Lamela? Is a lock to start now?

    Really decent price and on set pieces.

    1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Definitely not a lock, but not definitely out either. You'd think his form would let him keep his place, even if further back with son returning, for a bit at least.

    2. Kim Jong Kün
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I wouldn't get him in even though as a supporter I like him.
      Lo Celso going to start playing; Son coming back from suspension. Moura playing well enough to deserve to start. It's going to be very difficult to project the XI. Likely 4 defenders + Hugo, so XI will include 6 of (in no order):
      1. Lamela
      2. Sissoko
      3. Winks
      4. Ndombele
      5. Moura
      6. Kane
      7. Son
      8. Lo Celso
      9. Skipp (not likely to start)
      10. Eriksen
      11. Dele when he comes back
      12. Sessegnon when hes fit (maybe soon?)
      13. Dier

      I think other than Kane, basically the rest are uncertain no matter their performances.

      1. Markus
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        I'd say almost certainly kane + at least 2 of ndombele, winks and sissoko. So you have 3 spots for eriksen, Alli, lo celso, Moura, son, lamela. Minefield (with eriksen around especially)!

      2. Kub3
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Thanks

  21. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    There will be tears with all these Liverpool defenders being sold.

    1. boredjames
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Tears when they all drop in price after another adrian blunder

    2. Kub3
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      VVD goal and TAA 2 assists incoming this weekend.

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Amen

    4. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Makes sense to sell. They will clearly never record a clean sheet or attacking returns again

    5. Here Comes The Son ★
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      This shaky start is the best case scenario in the medium / long term. Haven't seen the stats, but I'd imagine owning two Liverpool defenders is a pretty decent differential.

      Aint going nowhere from my team.

  22. Rinseboy
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    is VVD and Perez to Lundstram and KDB madness?

    Pope
    TAA VVD Digne Montoya Rico
    Salah Sterling Moura Perez Trossard
    Pukki Jota Greenwood

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      It is with Rico also in your side

    2. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Salah to Mane or KDB
      Perez to Martial

  23. OLLY G
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Maye too punty with the weak bench, but l love this WC team:

    Pope

    Laporte-Digne-Dunk-Lundstram

    Sterling-Mane-KDB-Son-Martial

    Pukki

    Subs: Button-Soyuncu-Greenwood-Wickham

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Very similar to mine! Identical midfield except I’ve gone Ceballos over Mané and Kane up top.

    2. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      awesome midfield, not punty at all. Only amendment would be to find a good second striker- perhaps Origi who will get minutes.

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Son is a big punt and just Pukki up top another. Could be gold.

  24. Reckoner.
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    A)
    Heaton
    VVD | Coleman | Zinchenko | Wan-Bissaka (Lundstram)
    Salah | Sterling | Son | Martial (Dendonker)
    Pukki | Jota (Greenwood)

    Or

    B)
    Heaton
    VVD | Coleman | Zinchenko | Montoya
    Salah | Sterling | Son (Dendonker, Cantwell)
    Kane | Pukki | Jota

    1. Reckoner.
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Oops Lundstram last defender in B also

    2. Reckoner.
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Oops again, Son in B is actually Martial

  25. Bruno_02
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Any news about Digne injury?

    1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Sounds like he's fine. Just a bit of fatigue

  26. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Any jota out rumours? Or will I be staring at lundstram on my bench all week? 🙁

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Wouldn't get your hopes up.

      That said, I was 99% certain Barkley was going to make a second half cameo and he didn't so anything is possible.

      1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Lol I would like him to start so I have some interest in the match 🙂 lundstram points have gone

  27. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Pope or Heaton?

    1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      To play next week or long term?

    2. Mr. Mystic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Pope

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Pope, long term

  28. Mr. Mystic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    2FT, 0m in bank, transfer thoughts please?

    Pope | Heaton
    VVD | TAA | Digne | Lundstram | Kelly
    Sterling | Salah | Siggy | Martial | Perez
    King | Ings | Greenwood

    1. DAVESAVES
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Downgrade VVD/TAA and upgrade Siggy

    2. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      fix your forwards and downgrade Perez.

  29. Yank Revolution
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    If you could bring in KDB (already have Sterling, Kane, Salah) without destroying your team or losing any of the "Big 3", and for a -4, would you?

    1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Yes

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Yes.

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Interesting...thx to both of you.

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      A trio of yesses

    4. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I have a good side but have Mane not Salah.

    5. HamezMace
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Can't believe it wouldn't destroy your team, but if it really doesn't then yes, I would

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Here's what the team would look like if I did the -4, 2 new players in CAPS

        Heaton (Button)
        Vvd/Awb/Montoya/(LUNDSTRAM/Hanley) These 2 would need to rotate each week!
        Salah/Sterling/KDB/Trossard (Dendoncker)
        Kane/Pukki (Greenwood)

        So, maybe its debatable that it may screw up the team, since now I'd need to rotate 2 4.0 Defenders...

        1. HamezMace
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          It's not bad, but Norwich fans are pretty sure Hanley won't start once either Zimmerman, or Klose are fit, so you're basically playing Lundstram every week, but having those four would be great

          1. Yank Revolution
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            Its a big risk for sure...Lund/Hanley are both 'not nailed' from what I understand. But, if Lund starts again this week, Im going to think he has held off anyone challenging him to start.

            If Martial has a good game today, I may bring him in instead of KDB.

    6. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Interested to see your team

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Look up

    7. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Yes, looked back to his inimitable best.

  30. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Super super tough decision, Best combo here

    A: Salah + Rashford + Pukki

    B: Taa + Kdb + Kane

    All of these 6 players are crucial to their team, should have decent goal involvement, have pens/set pieces in their armour

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      These aren’t mutually exclusive. You can have a team with all 6.