Opinion

Should FPL managers play their Wildcard and ditch two Liverpool defenders?

FPL Question Time is back ahead of Gameweek 3 and our five panellists have been answering some of the questions that you have submitted over the last 24 hours.

The fragility of Liverpool’s defence is still causing debate, while plenty of Fantasy managers are pondering whether to deploy their first Wildcard.

Chelsea assets, Son Heung-min, price rises and the in-form Teemu Pukki are also discussed by our panel of Fantasy pundits.

Who’s on the panel this week?

Simon March – Former FPL champion who won the title in 2014/15 and who has provided excellent advice ever since.

Always Cheating – The USA’s number one FPL podcast duo comprising of Josh and Brandon. Josh recorded his third top 5k finish last season, while Brandon ended up narrowly outside of the top 10k.

Gregor – Long-time Fantasy Football Scout moderator, Gregor has three top 1k finishes – one of which was an enviable overall rank of 29 in 2016/17 – and a further three top 10k finishes to his name.

Doosra – Fantasy Football Scout user who is the originator of some very useful and popular custom stats tables on the site.

Questions

Aapoman: Is it time to drop the double Liverpool defence? Which ‘Pool defender is the best if you plan to stick to one?

Gregor: Given the injury to Alisson and the Liverpool defence’s shaky start to the season, I can see why people are losing faith in the double-up at the back. If you’re on a Wildcard and need to generate some funds to invest in the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Harry Kane further up the pitch then fair enough, but otherwise I wouldn’t be so quick to lose those assets.

As referred to in The Fantasy Freak’s excellent Gameweek 2 review Hot Topic, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson are still posting excellent attacking numbers and Virgil van Dijk has already shown his worth with an assist in the Community Shield and a goal on the opening day against Norwich.

I would definitely want at least one of those players in my squad and, if funds allowed, my preferred choice would be Alexander-Arnold; I don’t think he’ll miss as many games as he did last season and given his excellent chance creation numbers and set-piece taking abilities, I have a strong feeling that a 15-pointer might be just around the corner!

Doosra: Yes. It is clear to me, that without Jordan Henderson, there is a Dani Ceballos-sized gap in midfield. So, when James Milner plays with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool’s right flank will remain vulnerable.

Secondly, although I rate Adrián, unlike many others on this site, he is operating with painkillers and it is painful to watch!

If you were to have only one, I would advise Virgil van Dijk. As we saw in Gameweek 1, a goal can cover up a multitude of sins. An assist, not so much. Moreover, van Dijk is adept at hoovering up bonus points.

Furthermore he is £0.5m less, and finally, nearly everybody has him, so you are covered if he hits a 15-pointer, as will happen, sometime this season. Andrew Robertson will score points undoubtedly, but not £7.0m-worth!

Simon March: Though I’m not personally the biggest fan of doubling up in defence due to the concentration of risk it creates, I do think it’s a bit early to write off double Liverpool defence as a strategy.

First off, we’re looking at a very small sample size which came either side of a marathon Super Cup match in the midweek. True, we have also seen an injury to Alisson which, inevitably, weakens Liverpool’s defence but they are, still, arguably the best defence in the country and, in all likelihood, will end up in the top two when it comes to clean sheets kept this season.

That’s without even factoring in the substantial attacking threat that comes from the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson and Virgil van Dijk. If you are going to pursue this strategy, I think you have to dig in and be willing to stick with it long term if you want it to truly pay off. Come May, I’m sure all three of the aforementioned players will have delivered good value.

That said, if you did want to go back to the drawing board and pick just one Liverpool defender, that player is, for me, Alexander-Arnold by virtue of his attacking threat in open play and from set-pieces. He is probably slightly less nailed-on than Robertson and van Dijk and will, inevitably, be outscored by either or both on occasion, but he does offer the highest number of routes to scoring among the Liverpool defence and, on that basis, seems the stand-out option for me if selecting just one.


Jones 12: I am not happy with five players in my squad. Should I Wildcard?

Simon March: I think five players is probably enough, from a quantitative perspective, to justify a Wildcard but the more important question is qualitative in nature; are the players you’re looking to bring in really better options than the ones you want to get rid of? This is a tough question to answer if you’re basing it on just two Gameweeks because the simple truth is that it isn’t a big enough sample size to really tell us anything conclusive.

While it’s possible that the likes of Teemu Pukki and Dani Ceballos might emerge as this season’s breakout, fixture-proof stars, it’s just as possible that they won’t, we just don’t know yet. What I would be slightly more confident of is that proven FPL assets with largely good fixtures, such as Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ryan Fraser who have blanked thus far and are therefore being somewhat written off, won’t continue to blank for long.

So, while I wouldn’t want to dissuade anyone from Wildcarding if they feel it’s right looking at their team, I would encourage them to think carefully about whether the players they’re bringing in are genuinely better prospects than the ones outgoing. By now, I’ve had enough Wildcard players underperform their predecessors to convince myself that, painful as it might feel at the time, there can be an advantage to be gained from simply doing nothing.

Josh: Does “not happy” mean something minor like “I have Josh King but I really want Teemu Pukki”? Or is it a more pressing matter of a few non-player starters and some disappointing, Ryan Fraser types? If it’s the latter I think an early Wildcard is fine – you capitalise on the early-season price rises and you take rapid advantage of things we didn’t know at the start of the season (namely, that Manchester United would be much more solid than expected).

Doosra: Hi, Jones 12. If you have scored well but now see that your five players are hitting a fixture shift, or are failing to show the form that you hoped for, then I would advise a multiple hit so that you may replace them over two weeks.

My personal rules are thus: anything up to a 12-point hit is fine at crucial times during the season – and this is certainly a crucial time.

But if you have not scored well, or have, or are likely to have, suffered a drop in team value, then you should play your Wildcard. If you would like to improve your team value, however, I’m afraid that you have now left it too late for this week. You really should start work on a potential Wildcard as soon as FPL reopens.

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roronoa: Mason Mount or Christian Pulisic – or neither one. I feel like it’s time to get one of Chelsea’s offensive assets but can not decide between two of them.

Josh: Neither one for me. I haven’t seen enough of Frank Lampard’s Chelsea to even know what their best XI is. Or even who their striker will be. Michy Batshuayi just got a run-out for the under-23s and it’s not clear exactly who they’re going to use in the forward spot long-term – Batshuayi/Olivier Giroud/Tammy Abraham are all so different and require different players for balance. It’s a wait-and-see for now.

Brandon: Myself an American, I’m really hoping that Pulisic will prove himself at Chelsea. But, while he’s shown great moments in the pre-season and Super Cup, it’s still remarkably unclear how much faith Frank Lampard has in the Pennsylvania native.

Lampard, more generally, still seems to be searching for his best starting XI and I expect more rotation amongst his attacking midfielders during the next few matches. With that said, it seems the Chelsea manager has a lot of faith in Mason Mount, making a protege of his former Derby County player.

Mount could be one of the more stable FPL options and is made more appealing by his comparatively cheap £6.1m value. On the whole, though, in Mount’s price bracket, I find myself gravitating toward midfielders like John McGinn and Johann Berg Gudmundsson who are more embedded within their team’s attack.


Man Getting Hit by Football: At £1.5m cheaper then Harry Kane, does Son Heung-min require serious consideration against a lacklustre Newcastle? Thoughts on Son as captain?

Doosra: Well… perhaps. Here are some thoughts for you to consider.

Son may have trained with the team but has not been on the pitch with them this season.

Erik Lamela – although not a favourite of mine – fought a fantastic match against Manchester City and will rightly expect to be rewarded with a starting berth.

Lucas Moura, who appears to be in great form, will also be thrusting his hand up for a place.

Son was the author of his own misfortune [in Gameweek 37] and if I were the manager, I would start him on the bench. But I am not Mauricio Pochettino!

As for captaincy – only if you are a maverick or very lucky!

Brandon: It’s no secret that Son is a sensational attacking FPL asset on his day. But it feels too risky to transfer him in now, given that we haven’t seen him play a single minute (due to suspension) this season.

Between Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela, Pochettino has two proven, fit-and-firing options that he could easily choose to start against Newcastle and then ease Son in for a cameo appearance. And that’s the worst-case scenario for a captain pick, differential though he may be.

Gregor: I love Son, a great player to watch and he has served me well as a Fantasy asset over the years too.

The potential upside for bringing him in this Gameweek is huge. That said, I fear this game might just have come too early for me to invest in his undoubted talents and certainly as a captain choice.

I just feel that with the likes of Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura and Christian Eriksen all competing for those positions supporting Harry Kane and all having played a role in Tottenham’s solid start to the season so far, it might be that Son finds himself eased back into the action with a bench role this weekend and for that reason, I think it will be a watching brief for me on Sunday to see how he’s looking and how Pochettino has them set up when Son’s on the pitch.

Longer-term though I can definitely see the potential benefit of Son over Kane. 


AnasmMadridista: With most in-form assets having mediocre-to-bad fixtures, such as Dani Ceballos and Teemu Pukki, is it a wise move to jump on those players even with their average fixtures to catch price rises? When does a player become “fixture-proof”?

Gregor: I think it depends on the player. With Ceballos, I think we can afford to wait as I can see him being kept relatively quiet in the short-term with three tough games in the next five and we still need to see what sort of an effect the Europa League and the return of Mesut Ozil will have on his game time.

If Ceballos then continues to prove himself then his price tag is so kind that he will still be easy enough to bring in when the fixtures soften.

Pukki I think is different as he is is the Norwich talisman, guaranteed to start every game he is fit for and, by the looks of it, their gameplan and their best chance of success is to go on the attack.

Pukki will obviously regress after such a blistering start but I still expect him to provide good value over the tough fixtures to come. 

Josh: I don’t pay a lot of attention to price rises unless it’s going to directly impact a move I have planned for the current Gameweek or the following. If I can no longer afford the player on my list I just move on to the next player I want who’s more affordable – it’s a good lesson in not getting too locked into any one transfer.

As for “fixture proof” – it really depends on your bench depth. I would never bench anyone for Man City or Liverpool no matter what the fixture, nor would I ever bench a proven striker (Kane/Aubameyang/Vardy, for example).

That said, unless a bench player has an absolutely amazing fixture, I tend to roll the dice with my usual starters no matter who they’re playing. 


oystenik: Would you take a hit for Teemu Pukki?

Brandon: No, I wouldn’t take a hit for Pukki. Pukki is great today. And Pukki will be great tomorrow and next week. By the time you’re reading this, the Finnish striker will have already risen in price twice, so it’s too late to play the market in this transfer window. I’ll be targeting Pukki for the West Ham fixture in Gameweek 4.


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  1. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    25 days, 8 hours ago

    If using it this week then yes.

    1. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      25 days, 8 hours ago

      You just wanted to post something that wouldn't get deleted as top post.

      Fair play.

    2. farmerfat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 8 hours ago

      Rupert the horse - holds record for most top posts on FFS

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        Ha. Probably

  2. farmerfat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    25 days, 8 hours ago

    Digne and Zinchenko spotted in training.
    EVERYONE CALM DOWN

    1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      25 days, 8 hours ago

      *breathes and relaxes* 😉 😆

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      25 days, 8 hours ago

      Phew

  3. Fero1905
      25 days, 8 hours ago

      Pope Button
      VVD WB KWP digne lundsram
      Salah sterling kdb martial robinson
      Wood king Greenwood

      2FT 0ITB

      Any advise for me to use the 2 FT
      Should i make robinson&wood >> pukki&cantwell or anyone better ideas?

    • Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 8 hours ago

      Already did Vardy, Fraser > Pukki, KDB. If I was to WC I would make the following moves...

      Salah, Perez, Dendoncker, Robbo > Mane, Mount, Martial, WanB

      Worth it?

      1. RustyBz
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        Those are good moves, but I wouldn't want to use my WC this early on

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        Really not worth a WC

    • Jarvish
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 8 hours ago

      I fail to believe these answers came from the real Doosra - none of them were just a string of random-looking letters and numbers.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        Agreed. He’s been hacked by a very naughty boy.

        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Promises, promises ... 😉

      2. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        Boo. It is me, I promise. 😆

        1. Jarvish
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          It's like seeing a usually scruffy uncle in a suit for a wedding 😉 😛

          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            I always look like that. 😉 😆

            1. Jarvish
              • 4 Years
              25 days, 8 hours ago

              😀

      3. Rhinos
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        no emojis either. Very suspicious

        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Sorry about that. I felt too honoured to test the editor's patience ... 😀

    • BIG TONES
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 8 hours ago

      Salah + Wilson > Kane + Martial for free?

      Leaves 1.8 ITB for a bit of flexibility.

      1. RustyBz
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        not for me. Need a one of Mane/Salah at all times

        1. Tamagotchi Massacre
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Untrue at 11.5 and 12.5 million.

          Coverage a myth as we all know.

          1. yakirh
            • 3 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            Its not Coverage, Coverage would be to get Milner or something, to hope he gets an assist or a cheaky pen
            Mane and Salah are world class.

      2. yakirh
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        Find another way, don't sell your liverpool attacker!!

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 8 hours ago

      Who to start?
      - Wood (WOL)
      - Dendoncker (BUR)
      - Montoya (SOU)

    • Tsssst
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 8 hours ago

      Any good for a Wildcard?

      Heaton Button
      Pieters Digne Montoya Soyuncu Lundstram
      Mane Sterling KDB Martial Son
      Pukki Barnes Greenwood

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        Solid

      2. RustyBz
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        That defence is really horrible, I'd much rather sacrifice one of the premium mids for a more balanced selection at the back.

        1. Tsssst
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          is defence really important this season, liverpool are cracking and city rotate

          1. Karhumies
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            25 days, 7 hours ago

            You want minimum 2 "set and forget" defenders, preferably City or Everton (Liverpool and United also options) and then you can rotate the third slot in 3-5-2. With someone OK like Soyuncu in the fourth slot in case of a double injury or something.

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 8 hours ago

      Pope
      Van Dijk, TAA, Zinchenko
      Salah (VC), Sigurdsson, De Bruyne, Martial, Dendoncker
      Pukki, Kane (C)

      Bench: Button, Greenwood, Kelly, Rico

      GTG?

      1. yakirh
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        No Sterling is a big problem, you should try to solve this issue next GW

      2. POGBA & COKE
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Get Siggy out.

      3. Tmel
        • 8 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        Pope
        Robbo Laporte Digne TAA (Rico)
        Salah Sterling Perez Trossard (Dendoncker)
        Wilson Jota (Greenwood)

        a) Perez & Wilson > Martial & Pukki
        b) Robbo & Perez > Lundstrom & KDB
        c) Robbo & Wilson > Lundstrom & Kane

        1. FOMFF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          C

      4. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        Palace fan here fascinated about AWB match up this weekend. It was Zaha of course who heavily tipped AWB from being unable to get past him in training.

        In his pocket?
        Red for double simulation ;-)?
        Pen?
        Goal?

        1. Rhinos
          • 6 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          if hodgson has any sense hellplay zaha up middle

      5. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        I've ditched all three Liverpool players. Wildcards aren't about fixing broken teams, they're about maximising points and the combination of United, City and Spurs next three fixtures, along with Liverpool's fairly rotten run (and dubious FPL form) was enough for me to pull the trigger on tripling city and spurs, doubling United and hopping on the Pukki money making and self preservation train.

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Arsenal at home isn't a bad fixture for LFC.

          1. Tamagotchi Massacre
            • 5 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            Its not a good one.

            1. COK3Y5MURF
              • 3 Years
              25 days, 8 hours ago

              Your triple Spurs have that the week after.

              1. Tamagotchi Massacre
                • 5 Years
                25 days, 8 hours ago

                I'm not worried about attack. I transferred out two defenders

            2. RichardNixon
              • 3 Years
              25 days, 8 hours ago

              I had a look yesterday and Liverpool has scored 20 goals in the last 6 games v Arsenal. Firmino in particular has an exceptional record including a hat-trick last season. Salah and Mane also among the points. Clean sheets are rare in this fixture though

              1. Tamagotchi Massacre
                • 5 Years
                25 days, 8 hours ago

                Irrelevent as I took out 2 defenders.

                Irrelevent anyway

                1. COK3Y5MURF
                  • 3 Years
                  25 days, 8 hours ago

                  *Irrelevant

            3. RichardNixon
              • 3 Years
              25 days, 8 hours ago

              I do agree about using an early WC though. Each to their own but I intended to use mine this week and have done so. TV up to 100.7 and have now got a squad of form players who are nailed with good fixtures.

        2. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Yeah but what's your thoughts on chicken burgers?

          1. Tamagotchi Massacre
            • 5 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            I rage transferred them out a while back

        3. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Wow. After two games.

          1. Tamagotchi Massacre
            • 5 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            Not really a big deal is it, though holders do love to tey to tell you that you've acted impatiently or prematurely. I don't buy a team at the start of the season expecting anyone will last more than 3 games. FPL just doesn't work like that.

            It's all well saying Liverpool will come good because they are Liverpool, and it's true, they will. But at their value those players are crucifying you every single week they don't perform

            Sometimes you have to spot a chance and gamble.

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              25 days, 8 hours ago

              Don’t pigeon hole me as a holder you. I’m only a holder until I use it and then I’m just like you, a user.
              I did get rid of Salah and am really bricking it now. I love us against Arsenal. Probably be another massacre.

        4. Skull And Gnomes 9
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Rock 'n Roll 😆

        5. DAZZ
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal
          Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal
          Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal
          Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal
          Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal

          Liverpools last 5 games at home against Arsenal, scored 3+ in all of them and i expect this record to continue. Followed by burnley and NEWCASTLE, wildcarders ditching LFC assets could be scrambling to get them back in no time.

          1. Tamagotchi Massacre
            • 5 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            Complete irrelevence.

            Besides, I took out two defenders and they conceded in almost all of those so it would kinda back me up if it were relevent. Which it isbt

          2. MikeBravo
            • 1 Year
            25 days, 7 hours ago

            Looking at those scores, looks like Liverpool due a clean...

        6. Rhinos
          • 6 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          ditching 3 liv coz they play arsenal and replacing them with 3 spuds who play arsenal away next gw seems like great logic

          1. Tamagotchi Massacre
            • 5 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            Please read the thread. I ditched their defenders because I don't like what I see. I diverted money from Salah to bring in Kane and Son because they have NEW and CPL in the next three and generally a better run

          2. SADIO SANÉ
            • 4 Years
            25 days, 49 mins ago

            whatever happens here, I like this comment a lot

        7. Tamagotchi Massacre
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          I smell so much fear in these responses

        8. invertebrate
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          Why did you bother posting if you just reply to every comment with 'irrelevant'?

          1. Tamagotchi Massacre
            • 5 Years
            25 days, 6 hours ago

            Past scorelines are irrelevant. If people keep posting the same comments I'll keep posting the same reply.

            Especially when they relate to goals scored and I've removed players because of goals conceded

      6. bigdip
        • 7 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        Ryan (Button)
        TAA Van Djik Digne Dunk Lundstram
        Martial Sterling Salah (Dendoncker, PEREZ)
        Jota DEULOFEU (King)

        2FT, 0.0 ITB

        A) Perez & Deulofeu -> Mount/Trossard & Pukki
        B) Perez & Deulofeu-> Maddison & Chica
        C) Perez (save 1 FT) -> Mount/Grealish/Trossard
        D) Deulofeu -> Chicha/other 6.4 or less forward
        E) Any other suggestions?

      7. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        Any Palace fans around?

        If so, what is your likely first choice back four when everyone's fit?

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          PvA Sakho xxx Ward tied on

          Hard to say about Tomkins Cahill. I suspect Tomkins. Roy is super conservative. He held back Guaita for Henenssey for ages despite that brilliant record he had in Spain.

          PvA could go theoretically - it's just there's no one else. The left back situation is probably more worrying than right back. Ward wasn't terrible at all when Palace were decent defensively under BFS and Pulis. He actually got his spot back from AWB at Ione point. Kelly is the back up there.

          1. avfc82
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            Thats a really helpful post, thanks.

            I'm thinking about bringing in one of the 4.5's this week as an enabler, would you say Ward is the safest option then?

            Be interested to hear your thoughts on Palace defensively too, home fixtures look quite good?

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              25 days, 8 hours ago

              Ward is much the safest. Cahill offers more in attack of course.

              Defence may regress slightly this season with no AWB but not much I suspect. It’s mostly about systems and Townsend tracks back brilliantly and did AWB a few favours last time out.

              Unconventional view is that held long term Palace defence is very decent call. Guaita and just one first choice cb had a 50% cs record against non top 6 last season. He’s a class keeper and had essentially the best record in Spain outside RM and Barca - was on course for 160 points last season

              1. avfc82
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                25 days, 8 hours ago

                Brilliant, thanks for the insight.

            2. MTPockets
              • 10 Years
              25 days, 8 hours ago

              Not a Palace fan but did some reading on their forum and went for Ward. They didn't pick up an AWB replacement so seems safeish until January. Some grumbles after last game but same for everyone. Better defensive stats than PVA so far, and rotation potential as you suggest.

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                25 days, 8 hours ago

                One thing about Ward is he displaced PvA at left back last season. He fits Roy’s style whereas PvA doesn’t.

      8. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        Having forced myself, by dint of a cock-up, to use my WC this week, I am beginning to see why the early wild card crew are so evangelical. Since Saturday evening, my team has gone from 100.2 to 100.8, 0.2 banked in my team, Pukki and Sterling. Even a 12 point hit would not have achieved that.

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Yup. Kinda wish I had done now but just the International break and too small evidence to go for it. Will probs do it v soon though

          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            Right-ho. I hope that you get as lucky as I did! 🙂

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Feel I need at least one more week to see what’s happening.

          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            I have been checking out my tables, match by match. I did get caught out by Ceballos, though! 😀

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              25 days, 8 hours ago

              Pretty much everyone did.

        3. Rhinos
          • 6 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          to be fair you don't need much money for Gundogan and Origi

          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            To be fair, I don't have those. 🙂

        4. Markus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          To be fair though, I've got the same on a +4 (joelinton loss pending). Next week is when current thinking (as per pre season) is planning on wildcarding next week as think there will be the biggest movement in prices then with Friday night deadline, hope to catch some double rises to plough back into who I think are actually the best players going forward (eg prospects of discounted robertson/Jota etc)...but definitely pro an early wildcard played right!

        5. MikeBravo
          • 1 Year
          25 days, 7 hours ago

          Get the right players in from the start, and get on in the Pukki party when he was so good against Liverpool, and no hits and no wildcard gets you 101.1 TV...smug, smug, smug...

      9. Skull And Gnomes 9
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        Has the Ref got a sweatband on her forearm or is that a black stripe on the arm of the Pool shirt? _ tx

        1. Jarvish
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Sweatband I think- probably integrated with her watch and the goal-line technology sensor.

          1. Skull And Gnomes 9
            • 2 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            🙂 It looks odd to me.

      10. The Tinkerman
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        How quickly will Pukki's price fall when he fails to keep up his unsustainable scoring record?

        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Not fast enough to stop me making a profit! 😀

        2. Gudjohnsen
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Yeah, it's a risk especially for those like me who got him after gw2. I will probably WC after gw4 so next two are an auditon for him.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            I would have thought the first two were the audition and that’s why you got him in.

        3. Skull And Gnomes 9
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          You have not done your research.

      11. NUFCAndrew
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        Best 5.7 max defender? AWB?

        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Maguire, imo.

        2. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          AWB, Coleman/Mina

        3. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          AWB no doubt a good option, Alderweireld also going slightly under the radar with very good fixtures.

      12. Jammydodger2018
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        Some players must of seriously jumped last night. My team value is up to 101mil already

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          How jammy.

      13. Lukakwho
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        Who’s the best option in the Spurs defence?

        1. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Toby

        2. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Just been looking at this. Probably Alderweireld.

        3. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Kane when he drops deep.

          *evil laugh*

          1. Skull And Gnomes 9
            • 2 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            😆

      14. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        Moura -> Martial surely not worth a -4 right?

        1. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          I don't think you would get your 4 points back this week, but you would over the next month.

          I'd wait a week.

          1. Hansel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            Ta

      15. The King
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        Great post, very interesting read cheers 🙂

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          What are you talking about?

        2. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Thank you. You are welcome! 😀

      16. DeadStar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        What should I do with Perez? £0.4m in bank.

      17. mo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        How do you save stats tables in my stats view?

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Here comes Doosra.

        2. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Save them? Yours, or somebody else's? As far as I know, you can only save your own. 🙂

          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            If you have made a table, scroll down to the bottom, and press the "create table" button, on the left-hand side.

          2. mo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            BOOOO. I wanted to save yours!

            1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              25 days, 8 hours ago

              Which one? Just bookmark it. They are not chucking us off, every few hours, so that will/should work.

              1. mo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                25 days, 8 hours ago

                Yep will do. The assist one. Cheers

                1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  25 days, 8 hours ago

                  Have you looked at this?

                  https://members.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/my-stats-tables/view/32856/

                  Be wary of Ceballos, though. And Mount is a goal, not an assist, merchant.

                  1. mo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    25 days, 8 hours ago

                    I haven't. Thanks!

      18. migas2k7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 8 hours ago

        hey guys who do you prefer and why?

        Ceballos, Trossard, Mount

        1. Super John McGinn
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Ceballos

          1. migas2k7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            why is that?

        2. POGBA & COKE
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            I've just transferred Mount in. Lampard obviously has faith in him and he's taking corners and some free kicks and they have 3 good fixtures.

          • MikeBravo
            • 1 Year
            25 days, 7 hours ago

            Trossard.

        3. dylano21
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Play jorginho ( norwich a) or lundstram ( lei h) ?

          1. MikeBravo
            • 1 Year
            25 days, 7 hours ago

            B

        4. NUFCAndrew
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Robbo, Perez & Wilson > AWB, KDB & Pukki (-4) the best option here, or WC?

          Ryan Button

          Robbo VVD Digne Zinchenko Lundstram

          Salah Sterling Martial Perez Dendoncker

          Wilson King Greenwood

        5. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Is Otamendi going to be a starter for City ?
          Or will Pep keep investing in Stones ?

          1. avfc82
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            Looking at the next few fixtures, I predict it'll be Stones starting when fit.

            1. el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              25 days, 8 hours ago

              You might be right.
              5.4m def would be too good to be true.

        6. Roten Teufel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          1.1 itb. Anything need to be upgraded/modified?

          Ryan (Button)
          VVD - Zinchenko - AWB (Kelly, Lundstram)
          Sterling - Mane - Martial - KDB (Cantwell)
          Barnes - Pukki - Jota

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            25 days, 8 hours ago

            I would save FT with this squad.

            1. Simple Man
              • 1 Year
              25 days, 8 hours ago

              Hes on a wildcard surely

          2. MikeBravo
            • 1 Year
            25 days, 7 hours ago

            Nice striker selection. Jota to Maupay to gamble/be brave...

        7. Super John McGinn
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 8 hours ago

          Just used my Wildcard... Thoughts?

          Ryan (Pope)
          Alexander-Arnold, Digne, Zinchenko, Wan-Bissaka (Lundstram)
          Sterling, De Bryne, Mané, Martial (D.Luiz)
          Pukki, Barnes (Greenwood)

          1. MikeBravo
            • 1 Year
            25 days, 7 hours ago

            Noice