Scout Notes

Man United defence stunned as Rashford misses penalty

Goals: Daniel James (£6.0m) | Jordan Ayew (£5.0m) Patrick van Aanholt (£5.5m)

Assists: Anthony Martial (£7.7m) | Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.5m)

Bonus Points: Ayew x 3 Van Aanholt x 2 Schlupp x 1

Crystal Palace secured their first win of the 2019/20 Premier League season in dramatic fashion with a last-minute winner from Patrick van Aanholt (£5.0m) at Old Trafford. 

Manchester United came into the game off the back of an unbeaten start to 2019/20 with a 4-0 victory over Chelsea and a 1-1 draw on Monday with Wolves.

However, instead of playing with energy and confidence from their opening encounters, Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s side were laboured against Palace on Saturday as a missed penalty from Marcus Rashford (£8.7m) summed up the Red Devil’s afternoon. 

Last week’s draw at Wolves drew considerable debate regarding United’s penalty-takers, with Solsjkaer claiming in his post-match interview that he leaves the final decision to either Paul Pogba (£8.6m) or Rashford dependent on their own preferences. 

Manchester United had further penalty problems on Saturday afternoon

Pogba’s poorly taken spot-kick at Molineux meant it was Rashford who resumed duties from the penalty spot against Palace. It was interesting to see that Anthony Martial (£7.7m) took command of the penalty situation this time, decisively picking the ball up after Scott McTominay (£5.0m) was fouled, and thrust it into Rashford’s hands. Pogba, meanwhile, was conspicuous by his absence from the exchange.

However, Rashford was still unable to bury his spot-kick, striking the post on Saturday afternoon. That was a huge blow for Rashford’s 27.6% ownership, as he registered a Gameweek 3 score of zero points.

“Fine margins. We’re disappointed but I’m sure Marcus will look at his penalty again but he’ll definitely step up again.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Martial registered an assist for Daniel James’ (£6.0m) goal, yet the Frenchman will have been disappointed to not have added to his tally of attacking returns in 2019/20 after failing to add a clinical cutting edge on a number of occasions.

Backed by 18.6% of managers as the most-owned United midfielder, Martial certainly is passing the eye-test, and at £7.7m the French forward is certainly a value-for-money option amidst United’s attacking options. 

Martial was one of two Manchester United players to pick up an injury against Palace

However, any potential new owners may want to keep an eye on his fitness this week as Martial limped off at the end of the game.

The Manchester United website reported that he had picked up an injury in the closing stages with Solskjaer unable to provide much of an update at this early stage.

There was also some concern for Luke Shaw (£5.5m) after he was taken off in the 34th minute, but Solsjkaer confirmed the injury is not thought to be serious or long-term.

“We’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully, they won’t be too bad and maybe we can have them training during the week. We’ll do the scans tomorrow but (Shaw) felt something in his hamstring. Hopefully, it won’t be too bad and I hope he is going to be back for Southampton.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

James, a bright spark amidst an afternoon of misfortune for United, was energetic throughout the game against Palace and got a well-deserved goal in the 89th minute.

He now has attacking returns in both of his matches at Old Trafford this season and has started the last two Gameweeks in a row. That may suggest the former Swansea City midfielder can provide an alternate budget route into the Manchester United attack.

Daniel James celebrates scoring for Manchester United

Fantasy managers had also been flocking to United’s defensive assets after some impressive displays at the back in the first two Gameeeks. The arrivals of Harry Maguire (£5.5m) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.6m) looked to have stabilised the Red Devils’ backline.

However, their failure to keep a clean sheet against a team that offered little going forward might reminder to managers of how far United still have to come. There was also frustration for Wan-Bissaka owners as he picked up a yellow card in the second half.

Solskjaer’s men spent the majority of the first half camped in Palace’s final third and were caught off guard by the first counter-attack of the match.

Ayew capitalised on Manchester United’s high line in the first half

Palace had been resilient in the face of considerable pressure in the opening stages, but it was Jordan Ayew (£5.0m) who found the breakthrough for Palace to put them 1-0 up against the run of play.

The Eagles’ lack of goalscoring impetus aside from Wilfried Zaha (£6.9m) is well documented, though Ayew’s performance and goalscoring contribution could suggest he is capable of involving himself in Palace’s attacking efforts in 2019/20. 

Van Aanholt also reminded Fantasy managers what he is capable of, sending Palace’s away end into a state of euphoria with a winner in injury time. The Dutch defender has always held an attacking threat, averaging nearly five goals a season since 2015/16, and he was once again on target to secure a vital win for Palace. 

For Hodgson’s men, this was an extremely important result, yet it was also a timely reminder that the Eagles, on their day, can be a match for any of the Premier League’s elite sides if they show the resilience they displayed at times in 2018/19.

Van Aanholt celebrates scoring the winner for Crystal Palace at Old Trafford

Gary Cahill (£4.5m) was solid at the back alongside Martin Kelly (£4.0m), which is good news for the Fantasy appeal of the latter, who started ahead of Scott Dann (£4.5m).

The arrival of the ex-Chelsea man on a free transfer could potentially revitalise Palace as a defensive unit worthy of investment – a prospect that may have been discarded by managers following the departure of Wan-Bissaka to United. 

This was an afternoon that belonged to Palace and their resilient attitude in the face of extreme pressure, yet after just three Premier League games of 2019/20, a familiar line of questioning may be pointed towards United.

Defensive frailties have once again been exposed, and they were not too ruthless going forward either. That may lead to further scrutiny of their Fantasy assets in the upcoming Gameweeks.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 3

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  1. owenread
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 19 days ago

    a) Lucas Moura -> Mount/Martial
    b) Moura, King -> Mount, Haller (-4 hit)
    c)bank free transfer

    1. The_Fish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I did it to Martial last week.

    2. FISSH
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Wait and see what moura does today

    3. ALegendJ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      A) Martial

      1. lordkippe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Martial

    4. Blanka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I did to Mount last night.

      Also debating the king to Haller for a - 4.

  2. owenread
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Best striker under 7.5mil apart from Pukki?

    1. kinghenry14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      jimenez or haller imo

    2. Crystal Alice
      1 month, 19 days ago

      yup, maybe add tammy

    3. GinjaWhinja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Barnes probably. His underlying stats are off the charts

      1. Brooksy86
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        This

    4. conorbon
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Wesley if you are looking for a bit of extra funds to spread

  3. Marmalade Forest
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Right.

    Can everyone agree not to sell Robertson.

    He’s not kept a clean sheet or got an assist or goal yet. Fine. But he’s been so close to getting those returns.

    He doesn’t deserve to lose value and be cheaper for people who don’t own him after the international break.

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      life doesn't work like that so neither should FPL lol

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I think it is Robbo's price that is the problem for many.

      Clean sheets were not of many GW2 and so far only 2 clean sheets GW3.

      I have VVD and Trent. No clean sheets yet but both have provided attacking returns.

      So no point me getting rid of VVD when only 1 clean sheet from Laporte vs VVD attacking return.

      Of course Laporte could get a cleanie today but will only put him 1 point ahead of VVD pending bonus points.

      The likes of VVD and Trent are pick set and forget for me. Both will have top total points again by end of the season.

    3. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Let them regret... Low ownership of Liverpool defence is what we deserve for having them ship points in the first 3.

  4. kinghenry14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    where to find 0.1 on this WC?

    pope 4.0
    taa digne dunk lundstram kelly
    sterling mane kdb martial mount
    pukki haller/jimenez 4.5

    cheers

    1. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Dunk to Soyuncu?

      1. FISSH
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        This

    2. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      In all honesty aren’t you asking for trouble

      Kelly playing will Tomkins or Sakho returns

      Lundstram has awful fixtures

      Brighton are shocking - so dunk?

      How about dunk to Soyuncu?

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        How have BHA become shocking all of sudden?

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Since when weren’t they?

          There defensive units will be lucky to reach 100points and that includes the odd goal from dunk and Duffy

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            True that they will concede a fair few but think they'll be ok and score plenty though...hard to tell for sure and yesterday's RC didn't help matters!

        2. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 19 days ago

          They always were 🙂

          Look at last season when they were gash - Potter has no history of cs. Brighton defence will prove to be a week 2 call imo

  5. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Anyone else thinking James is being overlooked? Seems nailed on and at only 6.0 that's an incredibly kind price for a United attacker.

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Probably my Perez replacement

    2. The_Fish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      2 goals is a good start, I’m not convinced yet though.

    3. The Invincibles
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Looks good, but I think Mount looks better for just 0.1 more.

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        0.2 now

      2. Werkself - L5,D7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Agree w/ this - and he's 0.2 more

    4. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I know he scored a good goal but his end product is poor. Much rather have Mount in that range or Martial if you want a United attacker.

    5. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Was thinking of dropping martial for him

      Allows for zinc to Laporte

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Seems sideways but probably ok if Zinch starts to get rotated down the line. I would hold on that one.

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          On a WC so thinking long term

          Mandy could return in 3 /4 weeks - so that’s after the intl break. Only 2 or 3 gws away

    6. Blanka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Mount started at the same price, looks better. Cantwell, Mcginn, Cellabos potentially, all cheaper and look better.

      Understandable he's being overlooked. Plus Rash and Martial are better bets, then a lot have a united defender as well.

    7. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      He isn't nailed on. At all.

  6. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Only Pope, Zinch, Sterling(c) left today. Red arrow from 200k?

    1. conorbon
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I have Sterling captain, dont feat my friend, he will get at least 2 today

    2. Critical Observer
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      It depends on how Pope, Zinch and Sterling (C) do today on one hand, and how others do, on the other. If all of them do really well today and other popular players do badly, it's possible that your rank won't drop and it might rise. On the other hand, if Manchester City and and Burnley both concede and Sterling doesn't get attacking returns, you might find yourself in a precarious situation; there's still the chance the Pope might save a penalty kick, effectively saving your day on his part despite conceding, but this won't be enough to save you from the red arrow.

      The possible scenarios are plentiful as you can see. If you'd like, I can run further analysis which might lead to a more accurate prediction in regards to the question you posed: "Red arrow from 200k?"

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I have Pope, Sterling, KDB and Jota, no captain though. Went from like 1.7m to mid 400k with my points so far this GW. So happy with my points so far this week, just need these 4 to be bang on the money today, fingers crossed!

    4. Burger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Zinch, KDB, Sterling(c), Son & Barnes here bit no Salah yesterday so I have to making up to do.

  7. Hakim Ziyech
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Looking at that foul on Martial in the box and I must conclude that the PL is a corrupt league

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      It will all be good when they introduce VAR next season

      1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        🙂

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      That and the James yellow card for "diving" were absolutely horrendous decisions. Ref should go back to championship for a while.

      1. conorbon
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        James needs to cut out the diving, promising player but there’s no place in the game for that

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          He clearly got hit on the knee. Theres no discussion.

          1. Marmalade Forest
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Contact doesn’t mean a foul.

            Simulation doesn’t mean a dive.

            1. Respect My Authoritah
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              This is true. But it was a clear foul, to suggest it wasn't is ludicrous

      2. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        That YC was very harsh on the chap...definite contact!

        1. conorbon
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I disagree but I think the fact that he dived in the previous game didn’t help him

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            disagree with what, the chap got caught, wasn't a dive!

          2. Team Cruel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            He got caught both times, open your eyes

            1. conorbon
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Hit a nerve did I, just my opinion, calm down

      3. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Cahill should have had a straight red. How on earth did Mili avoid a second booking on the pen? Worst performance by a ref in a long time

      4. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Shocking ref

    3. Critical Observer
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Rodri was fouled in a similar fashion last weekend and the incident was deemed not worthy of a VAR check.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Rodri foul was not the same. Rodri didnt have the ball, it was the usual tugging and dragging in the box on a set piece. Also he was holding onto the defender himself. Martial had the ball in a goal scoring position and was dragged down.

    4. RichardNixon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      If VAR is a thing than what happened in the Chelsea game was criminal. The guy stomps on Mount, VAR reviews it and doesn't give a red. Clear contact on Azpilicueta so penalty must be given, VAR reviews and no penalty (the commentators were laughing about this one). Norwich opening goal starts from a foul on Abraham, VAR reviews and there's no foul so the goal stands.

      What's the point if it's going to be like that. Each of the three scenarios from this game will be given the other way in other games. One week they will give it, another they won't. All it does is magnify the woeful refereeing decisions by 1000x and doesn't fix the errors.

      Only should use it on plays that don't come down to interpretation..... so offsides and handballs in the box that lead to a goal (as per the new rule). The rest of it may as well not bother. Its clear as mud

      1. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        The "stamp" on Mount was an accident

        1. RichardNixon
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I don't reckon. He adjusted his leg and moved it toward Mount's foot as it came down. Then he realised what had happened and started apologising. Could just as easily have adjusted his leg to move away from Mount's foot.

          Anyhow, regardless, my point is that one week it will be given, and another it wont. So VAR won't clear this up, it will just add to the confusion

    5. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Same happened to chelsea, Azpilicueta should of had a penalty.

  8. conorbon
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Sterling Hattie and King Hattie will rescue my week today

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Raz three

    2. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Let's go!

  9. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Related to the question on previous page - is Ceballos a permanent no10 or likely to be moved around? Trying to work out his role whereas say Mount is only used in an attacking role

    1. conorbon
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Depends if Ozil ever plays again, I think he may drop deeper at points

    2. Taking the Mkhitaryan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Nothing is permanent with Emery
      Apart from idiotic defending

    3. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Ceballos is not a permanent no.10.

      He'll often play in a deeper role, and he'll often be on the bench. Emery is clueless - baffled how there isn't any pressure on him

  10. The 12th Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    If Kane blanks today!
    =
    Rage transfers.

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I already raged him out lol

    2. conorbon
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Class is permanent, he will get at least 25 PL goals this year barring injury

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        just hope he gets 3 or 4 of those today 🙂

        1. conorbon
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          5 would be better 🙂

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Lol, I do not have him but yes, you could be spot on.

    4. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      It is still August, isn't it?!? 😉

  11. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Best option here with 1ft and 0m ITB

    Pope — Heaton
    Taa vvd digne Zinchenko — rico
    Sterling martial kdb perez — docker
    Kane king — wickham

    A: VVD + Wickham >> Lundy + Pukki (-4)
    B: Perez + King >> McGinn + Pukki (-4)
    C: Find a way to get Salah but involves a 8 point hit

    1. Mcgugan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B by a long way

  12. Dare Do The Punt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Deulofeu to Wesley?

    A) Do it

    B) Hold

    1. conorbon
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      A- Watford have peer on a downward spiral for a while now. I like Garcia but I think he will get the chop during the international break

    2. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Points-chasing. Newcastle next.

    3. mookie
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I'm holding for another week. Would perhaps get Haller, but can't afford it.

    4. firetog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Hold, they play Coventry midweek

      1. firetog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Sorry Crewe

    5. Gazza2000
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Hold

    6. Taking the Mkhitaryan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Wait until EFL cup is done

    7. FCRS BGD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Hold

  13. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Sterling (C) for like 75% on here I guess? Going to define the gw. Im on Kane, hoping Bournemouth play like they did last time City came visiting.

    1. BoomXhakaLaca1
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      You're not alone x

    2. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Just Kane(C) + Sterling to save my GW 🙂

      1. Wally banter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        same here ...hoping for a decent performance from kane rather than sterling blank

    3. Bob_the_builder
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Same here. Own Sterling as well. I think KDB might decide the game for City.

    4. firetog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I have neither sterling or Kane, got my Salah points yesterday and went from 1.1m to 180k. A haul by both of them will likely send me back over 1m.

    5. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      If City play like they did against us last weekend it’s going to be a mauling.....

    6. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Sterling (C) 50% of Top 10k teams, and EO of 145%...

  14. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Is Tony Martial good to go?

    1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Read the article above

  15. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Any chance Perez dropping this week?
    If not then I can hold FT & wanna reserve 2FT in first International break !!!

    1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Fplstatistics website will tell you

    2. firetog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Probably will later in the week. I’m monitoring as I have a -8 lined up and just 0.1 spare. Cantwell is one of my targets and likely to rise soon. They have caribou cup games so trying to get through those before I make the trade.

  16. Kreedas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Pieter's of soyunchu?

    1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Is this code?

    2. Cojiro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Pieter's has better fixtures

      1. Kreedas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Ta

  17. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Jordan Ayew. One of those odd players who seems like he should come good both in real football and fpl.

    1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Not PL class

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Could be decent - just possibly

      Caveat to what follows is that the win wasn't that surprising if you look at Palace form away to top 6 recently. There's a plan and it seems to work. The humdrum matches are more a problem.

      If he gets the spot up top ahead of Benteke he'll get a fair few chances. The key might be getting either Cameras or Meyer on the pitch as a 10. Meyer did pretty ok against Everton who were fortunate to walk away with a cs.

      He's actually been pretty decent in real life for a while. He's a Roy favourite for a reason but in FPL he'll need to the cutting edge and not workhorse to be worth considering.

  18. Tibbs
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Cant believe I am contemplating this but thoughts:

    Robbo + Perez + King>> Kelly + KDB + Wesley -8

    Any other thoughts on removing some of this deadwood, already own VVD

    1. Gazza2000
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      not for me, find another way to get KDB in

  19. Cojiro
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Thoughts on Matip?

    Seems good value for 5.4

    1. Klein
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Gold if nailed but will probably rotate.

      1. Cojiro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Gomez main competition?

      2. Gaffa914
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Doubt he will be rotated in the league now

    2. Wolverine
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Depends on how much action your tip gets

      Matip*

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I reckon klop has dedided on his CB pair of VVD and Matip.

      Matip good value for money in that case.

  20. rjcv177
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Plan was to save FT for IB....but am i "short" for next gw with Ryan+Trossard?

    Ryan
    VVD, Digne, AWB
    Salah, Sterling (C), KDB, Trossard, McGinn
    Rashford, Pukki

    Greenwood, Lundstram, Rico

    A) Ryan to Pope
    B) Trossard to Cantwell/Ceballos
    C) Save FT...and attack IB

    1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Looks ok
      C

      1. rjcv177
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        thkx...i know i'm looking at 1pt from those Brighton players next week 😉

    2. Gazza2000
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Save

      1. rjcv177
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        thkx.
        Further on gw5 would u sacrifice any City or even salah to go Kane/Auba?

    3. Demel
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      The Trossard move works but only if you are sure you want to lose him moving forward and the players you are talking about are the players you want to replace him with.

      1. rjcv177
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Trossard has City, the improved Burnley, away Newcastle (might be the reason to hold), Chelsea away, and Tottenham

        Only gets better for gw9 🙁 and by that time any blank will push him to price drop.

    4. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Long game with Tross... He'll be gold.

  21. FOO FIGHTER
    1 month, 19 days ago

    So thoughts here when going 343

    Which is the better option

    Kane and 1 budget plus 4.5

    Or

    Pukki and 2 x budget

    1. rjcv177
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      If u think king + haller fit budget might be an option.
      the option with kane has to have Cantwell, right?

    2. Demel
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      The question doesn't make sense.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Yes does not make sense because you cannot go 343 if you want Kane as fitting 2 budget forwards up top next to him going to see you not have the defence or midfield you desire.

        I reckon the budget forwards are going to shine this season.

        I really want to swith to 343 and budget options are looking good.

        1. Demel
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Ah ok. You could go for either. I have Pukki and two 4.5m. Nobody else is showing consistent form and I want my money in midfield.

  22. Demel
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Ryan
    Robbo - TAA - Digne - Zinchenko
    KDB - Salah - Sterling - Martial - Cantwell
    Pukki

    Button - Lundstram - Greenwood - Wickham

    Ready to sail into next week? No chips used and only a -4 all season.

    1. rjcv177
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      yup. nothing bad to sell, and nothing big missing 😉

      1. Demel
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Apart from Kane/Auba (but you can't have them all).

        1. rjcv177
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          next week not a guarantee of haul from those

          1. Demel
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Never a guaranteed haul from anyone unfortunately 🙂

  23. Cilly Bonnolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Norwich look very attacking and I can’t believe I’m thinking of doubling up on them but Dendoncker to Cantwell seems a no brainier to me. He seems to offer so much more for (basically) the same money.

    1. Demel
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Already made the same move. They are the Wilson/Fraser of this season.

      1. Cilly Bonnolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I’m actually starting to wonder if I should just do Fraser to Cantwell and use him as a 4th mid. That might be a step too far at the moment though.

        1. Demel
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          The Lundstram/Cantwell rotation for the 11th spot looks ideal.

          1. Cilly Bonnolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            You’re not wrong actually. Never noticed how well they rotate.

          2. Respect My Authoritah
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Not really. Check out Söyüncü Cantwell though

    2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Same here. I'd have to play Den/Cantwell this week. Trouble is King to Haller takes the FT.

      1. Demel
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        King does look as if he needs to go. I think losing him may take priority.

  24. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Any changes needed?
    Pope
    TAA,VVD,Coleman
    Salah,Sterling,KDB,Martial,Dendo
    Pukki,King

    McGovern,Lundstram,Montoya,Wickham

    0.2 ITB. Thinking of doing Dendoncker to Cantwell?

  25. andreyarshavin
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Who's scoring more points this season:

    A) Ceballos
    B) Mount

    1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 19 days ago

      b

    3. Demel
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B

    4. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      It's probably whoever plays more. I'll say Mount

      1. Demel
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I am 99% sure fitness permitting he will play less.

  26. Are we overlooking Aguero?
    GinjaWhinja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Aguero at 15.7% ownership, with those fixtures. It would be so fitting of him to explode when no one has him. Fingers crossed it's not today, as I'm hoping to find a way to accommodate him.

    People heavy loading in midfield (Sterling, KDB, Mane etc) or upfront (Kane, Auba) yet Sergio is arguably the most consistent and proven player at home in FPL History.

    City too in the first half of the season are so incredibly fluid going forward and it's historically only at the second half of the season that they tighten-up and stop pushing for 5s and 6s in second halfs. And just look what's coming:

    Brighton (H)
    Norwich (A)
    Watford (H)
    Everton (A)
    Wolves (H)
    C.Palace (A)
    A.Villa (H)
    Southampton (H)

    WC owners, ignore him at your peril.

    1. Demel
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      1 word. Jesus.

      1. GinjaWhinja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I've read the exact same argument for the last 2 seasons. Long-term competition? Don't think so..

        1. Demel
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          This seems different. Jesus has been starting games and playing well. I agree if Kun plays 3-4 games in a row from the start of could be time to reassess. But until then replacing Sterling or KDB with Kun looks like an unnecessary risk.

          1. GinjaWhinja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            But my point is by the time he starts 3 or 4 in a row, he could have 10 goals to his name.

            1. Demel
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Now that seems unlikely for a player who has never finished the top scorer in the league. I see no clear evidence that he will outscore Sterling or KDB even if he starts every game. Add in the unpredictable starts and he doesn't seem a great option.

              1. GinjaWhinja
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Feeling smug now that Jesus is confirmed out injured

                1. Kiwivillan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Matthew 23:6-7

        2. Respect My Authoritah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Things are different this season. Pep seems to really, really like Jesus. He'll never be as good as Aguero, but Pep will find a way to play him often

          1. GinjaWhinja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            You could be right, but Pep was showing signs of favouring Sterling as centre-forward ahead of Jesus before Sane's injury.

            I remain extremely sceptical that Pep favours Jesus there. Aguero might get hooked after 70-75mins, but I really don't think Jesus is going to start ahead of Aguero for that run of fixtures.

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Aguero just not seem to be an option when looks like he will be on rotation.

      You have to decide, it is either Sterling or Kun.

    3. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Not overlooking him at all. We all know what he can do.

      I’d rather spend a small fortune on nailed on players.
      Aguero amazingly, is not

    4. Nüno Vippan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Kun sucks (Away)

    5. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      He will, but Sterling and KDB are still better and hence no room.

    6. Irbox ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      He is old, is getting hooked for Jesus and is more expensive than Kane and Auba who are more likely to win the golden boot.. no thank you

    7. Wally banter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Yea definitely considering him for next three, dont know where the budget will come though.

    8. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Sterling essential, KDB better option and cheaper. No go unless you want 3 attacking city...

    9. doyeon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Whilst Aguero is an FPL legend, he does not appear to represent good value for 12.0m, especially when we have the choice of Sterling over him. Sterling will play more minutes and outscore Aguero by season's end, assuming he stays fit. Aguero has played over 2,500 mins just once in the past 6 seasons, either due to injury or because of Jesus. There is also no way to fit him in, when we have Mo, Mane, Sterling, Kane, KDB/Son.

    10. thisisdiz
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Premium must be reliable for a captaincy. I know he can get a return even just play 20 minutes. But we have another beter option. Look at GW1, we never know whats in pep head..

    11. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      No way can a manager accomodate all 3 of salah sterling and kun without screwing defence which still has value with Taa digne Zinchenko etc. If you saying going instead of Sterling then bad idea due to Kun getting less pts for goal cs and getting subbed early. Plus last season I would have finished in top 10 and oushed for title if I just had sterling instead of Kun all season. So I will be just avoiding this hottopic which wise managers ahould as well if they like to learn from my mistake

      1. headfried
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        My squad now
        Pope Heaton
        VVD Maguire Digne Lundstram Montoya
        Sterling Salah Trossard Perez DouglasLuiz
        Aguero Pukki Greenwood

        Currently 2608 overall...

    12. ZaZaZu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      YES, YES WE ARE 😀

    13. headfried
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Jesus out injured, Had Kane, seems to be playing deeper, Kun has better fixtures, so in he goes, sacraficed Ceballos to Aston Villa 4.5 Mid, didn't have the extra 0.1 for Cantwell, saved a wild card for later, good deal. 🙂

    14. Teddy Kruger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      My 1 year old has had him in his FPL team since the start.
      Although after his argument with Pep he’s pondering moving him on.

    15. FPL Fox
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Who’s Aguero?

    16. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
      1 month, 18 days ago

      he is done as an fpl asset

  27. Winston.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    What to think about Ceballos? Worth keeping or switch to Mount? Thoughts?

    1. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Is he nailed on?
      That question could apply to both players as well

    2. Karhumies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      4th mid I'd go Mount/Cantwell/Neves, 5th mid I'd go Ceballos/McGinn/Dendoncker.

  28. Whats the Huth
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Does anyone at all know.

    Top 10k average????

    1. Demel
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Irrelevant at this stage.

      1. Whats the Huth
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Why?
        I’d like to know the points average regardless

          1. Whats the Huth
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            This is brilliant
            Thank you

        1. Demel
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Why? I am likely to finish in the top 10k but am not there currently. Plenty in a similar boat. At this stage luck has a huge part to play. It is like looking at who is top after just 4 hands of poker.

          Add in that a lot of these people have been using chips their scores are largely irrelevant. Any player with at least top 10k aspirations should be looking to overhaul 99% of them.

          1. Irbox ⚽
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            You are likely? Very pompous.. also your link doesn’t work

            1. Demel
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Just a likely outcome. I have updated the link.

              1. Irbox ⚽
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                It’s not overly impressive. Top 10k would be a great achievement

    2. mookie
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      23,34 from 7,38 out of 12,08.

      1. fantasyfog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        is it just me or where they just random numbers? explain yourself

        1. mookie
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I don't understand what you mean?

          1. fantasyfog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I didn't understand your numbers, what they meant

            1. mookie
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Captain counts as 2 players, triple captain as 3. Hence the 12,08.
              On average 7,38 players played. 23,34 points scored after hits being deducted.

    3. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I'm in the top 10k so I wouldn't worry too much about it for a few weeks.

      1. Whats the Huth
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Not worrying about it.
        I just simply wanted to know the average score

        1. Brooksy86
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Yeah, just sayin that the score will be duff cos people like me are there ruining it for everyone.

  29. Helpmeoutpleaselads
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Has Guadiola spoke about Zinchenko's injury, any news on him?

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      It was just cramp.

  30. AC Yew
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Those with Robertson as only Pool defence what's your plan?

    1. Chandler Bing
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I'd keep

    2. ALegendJ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      He should drop in price this week, but if I owned I'd probably still keep

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Go for TAA. He is a beast.

    4. Samurai Blue
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Keep.