Opinion

Best Man City players for a Wildcard ahead of Gameweek 5

There is a large number of Fantasy Premier League managers who have Wildcarded for Gameweek and are looking for ways to put the finishing touches to their squads.

Manchester City players and budget forwards seem to be the most talked-about subjects in this context, so we’ve put together another panel of managers to help you out…

WHO’S ON THE PANEL THIS WEEK?

Tom Freeman / avfc82 – A long-term member of and frequent poster to the Fantasy Football Scout site. Tom has five top 1,000 finishes to his name in ten years of playing FPL.

Aleksander Våge Nilsen – Currently eighth in the Fantasy Football Scout Career Hall of Fame, having had three top 1k finishes in the last five seasons.

FPL Hints – One of the most-followed names in the FPL community, a seasoned veteran as well as a Scout writer and an Official FPL panellist. Finished 110th in the world in 2011/12.

Greyhead – The writer of, among other things, our weekly Great and the Good series. Greyhead finished 85th in the world in 2018/19.

Legomané – Fantasy Football Scout moderator and current leader of the Mods and Cons league. Legomané finished 1,006th in the world in his previous best season of 2016/17.

ANSWERS

Who are the best Man City players to get under Wildcard?  I’m currently on Zinchenko, KDB and Sterling, but am also considering Otamendi, Stones and Aguero

Aleksander: “To try to solve Pep roulette is not a very pleasant task, but I will give it a go. Last week I would have said Zinchenko and just hope that Mendy remains close to a return for a couple of more months. 

“Also, it doesn’t seem like it will be straight forward for Mendy to walk into this City team anyway, with Zinchenko in decent form right now, both for club and country.

“However, after Laporte’s long-term injury an opportunity to go for the cheaper Otamendi has opened, and on a Wildcard, I think I would take that chance.

“I just think centre backs are safer from rotation than wing-backs, and I think Pep wants to pair his centre backs already against Norwich and play them together to build a relation between them. There is a risk that Fernandinho or Walker could line up alongside Stones, but my money is on Otamendi for that spot. 

“For my own team, I can’t get Otamendi in this week without a hit, so I will use this Gameweek to see if he actually starts and plays well, but I assume he does and therefore is a risk worth taking on Wildcard.

“Then it is the difficult choice of what attacking players to go for. Sterling and KDB have shown what they are made of this season, but so has Aguero. It has to be two of those three for me.

“The Silvas are tempting to save some money, but the points potential of the three mentioned players are just too high to ignore.

“The choice depends on what team structure you prefer. I like the look of the mid-price strikers this season and are more fan of the budget midfielder than the budget strikers. With that in mind, I decided to load up one the £6.5m to £7.5m strikers, with Cantwell as the fifth midfielder. Then it was straight forward to put Sterling and KDB in. 

“Also, going with two midfielders allows you to double the chances of bringing in small additionals of clean sheets as Manchester City should keep plenty of those this season. That is also why, combined with the cost element, I prefer to have a defender from City and not go all-in on their attack. I just have to take the unavoidable Aguero hattricks on the chin and hope KDB and Sterling can keep up.”

Should Salah be the automatic captain choice considering he has had a rest over the international break as opposed to Man City assets who have mostly been in action?

Legomané: “I can certainly understand the logic behind this question. A classic dilemma to follow the early season International break – for FPL managers, a premature prorogation period which by its nature breeds uncertainty. “What if..?”

“Mo Salah is undoubtedly a terrific captaincy option for Gameweek 5. His early season form has been bubbling toward scintillating. In particular, his second goal against Arsenal in Gameweek 3 was an emphatic statement that he intends to recapture the form of his record-breaking 32 goal return in 2017/18.

“Meanwhile, the odds of rotation must be a little higher than ‘normal’ for some Manchester City assets this Gameweek. Their squad depth is unrivalled in the league, and on paper an away fixture at defensively frail Norwich looks a simple task for them ahead of an important midweek Champions League tie in Ukraine.

“Of the three prime captaincy options among Man City players, only Sergio Agüero has been at his leisure this past fortnight. Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling have, however, both been in amongst the goals and assists for their national teams – continued form is unquestionable.

“Personally, my armband is somewhat loosely attached to Sterling for now. Perhaps it’s subconsciously because thus far, the apparent ‘obvious’ captaincy pick has been outscored by my vice each Gameweek.

“My conscious deduction process for splitting these two fantastic options so far has centred around the teams they face. Simply put, Norwich are statistically the worst team for shots conceded thus far, not to mention ravaged by injuries across the back-line. On the flip side, City are top of the charts for goal attempts.

“For others, the deciding factor will be influenced logically by the perceived certainty of starts. One thing is for sure, come Friday I’ll be keeping a keen ear for any unexpected hints from Pep!”

Who would form the best cheap defender (under £5m) rotation for Gameweeks 5 to 8? 

FPL Hints: “I’m on an active Wildcard at the moment and, instead of having cheap rotating defenders strategy that I can rely upon I’m opting for three of four starting regular defenders. 

“One of those defenders is £4.6m option, Erik Pieters. He has a generous fixture run between Gameweeks 5 and 8.  Between now and Gameweek 14 Burnley only face one team that finished in the top five last season.

“In addition, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that he picked up two assists in Gameweek 1.  With Ashley Barnes being in the form of his life there may be scope for Pieters to register more assists.

“Burnley appear to be a different outfit from last season, even if most of the personnel are the same.  Pieters is a reinforcement that has strengthened them and could be an FPL bandwagon waiting to happen.  He could offer exceptional value at his price range and is definitely worth considering.”

I am planning to play 4-5-1. Will it be a good move if I switch to Barnes from Pukki given the fixtures of Burnley and Norwich in upcoming weeks or will it be too risky to go without Pukki given his ownership? Pukki is overperforming according to XGA stats, so Pukki party may come to an end soon with tough fixtures ahead. Any other alternative suggestion of a single striker?

Tom: “Teemu Pukki is no doubt a good option going forward, and losing a player with such high ownership is not something everyone will feel comfortable with, but I do quite like the sound of this move.

Pukki probably won’t continue scoring at his current rate, but to counter that his overall numbers are still quite encouraging, and it isn’t just goal threat he brings – I think he’ll add several assists to his tally over the forthcoming months.

Norwich City haven’t had an easy start to life in the Premier League either with games against West Ham United, Chelsea, Newcastle United and Liverpool, and even if he regresses a little, he’ll still offer value.

But… Ashley Barnes is someone I like a lot, he’s a player I’ve previously owned, and from the second half of last season till now, his shots in the box and xG numbers are right up there with the best of them. Both he and Dwight McNeil are interesting options now Burnley’s fixtures have turned, and that is the reason I’d be tempted.

“Whilst Pukki faces Manchester City, plus away trips to Burnley and Crystal Palace over the next three, Barnes is up against Brighton & Hove Albion and two of the newly promoted sides, Norwich City and Aston Villa.

“Other options worth considering, and they need to be nailed if playing a 4-5-1 each week, are Sébastien Haller or, if you have any extra money lying around, Jamie Vardy.”

Aleksander: “First I would like to express my concern for the 4-5-1 formation in general. If your main striker doesn’t play you can only call on (probably) two 4.5 options from the bench while you also have inflexibility if a lot of mid-range strikers start to deliver. This price bracket has started this season really well which makes the 4-5-1 a no go for me.   

“Pukki has a difficult match next, but then okay fixtures from Gameweek 6 to 12. Four of those are away, but I assume that the home teams won’t sit back against Norwich and that could give Pukki rooms to shine in those matches as well. Le’ts hope the West Ham game was a oneoff. 

“Barnes has of course shown in 2019 that he can score a lot of goals, so choosing between them is a coin toss in my book. I don’t think you should consider ownership at all when making your decisions this early in the season. Pukkis high ownership is more than anything an opportunity for you to gain some serious green arrows if you dare to sell him. 

“If you are decided to go 4-5-1 and want to pick only one striker I would go someone a bit more expansive like Abraham, Haller or Wilson. This is to make sure you have an easy switch to whatever mid-price striker that pass your eye test in Gameweeks to come.

“In this range, my advice would be Haller with semi-appealing fixtures and excellent service from the trio behind him. The Haller idea is a bit more caution way of playing, and something I like to do to avoid hits. But each to their own, and the more risky play is to move Pukki to Barnes. For information, my front three is currently Haller, Barnes and Pukki so I like the prospect of all three.”

With Spurs back to full strength (Alli is back, Eriksen stays, Son back), does it make Kane a good pick?

Tom: “On the face of it, Spurs haven’t had a bad start to the season, having drawn at champions Manchester City and North London rivals Arsenal, whilst beating Aston Villa on the opening day.

“Only the 1-0 home loss to Newcastle United you’d consider a poor result, but for anyone who’s watched them this season, they aren’t quite clicking, and this is concerning if you have 11.0 invested in Harry Kane.

“Despite Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min returning, the issue I have with Spurs is they haven’t been very good for quite a while now. Their league performances in 2019 have been average at best and their record reads played 22, won nine, drawn four and lost nine.

“Will they improve? Well, the return of Tanguy Ndombele will help in central midfield. Christian Eriksen will get more minutes now he’s staying, and he makes Spurs a much better team, so you’d expect to see their level increase over the next run of fixtures, which are kind, but it’s not guaranteed.

“What’s clear is Harry Kane is regularly dropping deep, even more so when Eriksen doesn’t play. He had a quiet North London derby and despite converting his penalty, he also only took two shots from open play. To be fair to him, the whole team struggled creatively, but to compete with other premium assets he needs more service in and around the box.

“If I owned Kane, I’d be tempted to make a move to Sergio Agüero or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang till we see evidence of this happening regularly.

Greyhead: “Here comes the Kane! Tough one to grapple with as everything points to Harry being a strong pick with great fixtures, four goals whilst on international duty and he has even broken the August curse.

“To your point, the Spurs attack will be strengthened with Son, Alli now in contention and Eriksen hanging around for a bit longer at least, so why are we hesitating?

“Well quite simply for those opting for a premium forward formation he has to compete with Aguero, the City man has better xG (2.76 vs 1.92), better shot accuracy (six shots on target compared to four) and less than half the minutes per shot on target (44.5 vs 90).

There is the argument that Kane is more guaranteed of minutes but he also has the dark cloud of the Newcastle game hanging over him and from an eye test he looks laboured.

“There is also the fear that he will start to drop into a deeper role with Son now back, so all these nagging doubts whilst the City and Liverpool premium assets flourish put me off investment for now.

“If you have him then I wouldn’t throw him over the top rope just yet as he may well hulk up and Kane-mania might start running wild but on the other hand I wouldn’t advise adding him to your stable when there are other such enticing options.”

Should I spend more in defence to have Virgil van Dijk or go for a similar priced mid/forward like Mount, James or Barnes? 

FPL Hints: “Before the season started, I thought Van Dijk would be a mainstay in my team until May.  After all, he was priced £0.5m cheaper than Robertson despite only scoring five points fewer than him.

“I’ve since upgraded to Alexander-Arnold due to his supplementary attacking prowess.  In any case, Van Dijk cuts a formidable figure in the Liverpool defence and there are still slight questions on whether James and Mount (similar price bracket) will regularly start, let alone continue their spree of regularly Fantasy returns.

“It will be telling to see if James will start regularly in the Europa League or Champions League after the international break.  Also, a case can only be made to spend a bit more on Abrahams instead of Mount. 

“As for Barnes, it’s hard to ignore him, especially with his generous fixture run and lack of midweek European commitments.  Clearly, we all need a premium Liverpool defender and Van Dijk is a safer and reliable option (and cheaper than Alexander-Arnold).  You can easily fit all four of the players named above if you wanted but for now, I personally won’t take a risk on Mount and James.”

Legomané: “As an owner of VVD, Mount and Barnes, my simple answer is why not have them all?

“Identifying whether or not there is a correct time to abandon the Liverpool defence feels like a season-defining decision. I am currently operating with a double up (TAA) in a 4-4-2, so offloading VVD to facilitate a switch to 3-5-2 or 3-4-3 in the near future has certainly crossed my mind.

“The issues for me are practicality, personnel and timing. This week ahead of an appealing Newcastle home tie does not strike me as the opportune moment to move away.

“However, the following fixture run of CHE-shu-LEI-mun-TOT-avl-MCI does not necessarily scream multiple straightforward clean sheets. Of course, news of an imminent return for Alisson in goal would encourage greater stability at the back.

“Practically speaking, without additional funds, a straight swap doesn’t feel particularly appealing. None of my affordable watchlist picks (Iwobi, McGinn, Ceballos, Yarmolenko) inspires the confidence owning VVD brings at present. Not yet. The likes of Maddison, Abraham and Haller are all just out of reach.

“For non-owners, I could certainly get on board with a swap to Ashley Barnes in Gameweek 6 or Mason Mount in Gameweek 7 – both players have terrific underlying stats and are approaching some rather delicious fixtures. It’s all just a matter of timing.”

With Burnley’s good upcoming fixtures, loads will be hopping on the Barnes bandwagon. Is Wood a decent differential alternative?

Greyhead: “The Burnley front two always remind me a bit of the Minogue sisters with Barnes the more successful eye catching Kylie and Wood well, he’s the other one.

When I first thought about this I was tempted by the New Zealander, he’s cheaper, has the same great fixtures and was only a couple behind Barnes in goals scored last season.

“Then someone much smarter than me pointed me towards Kylie, sorry I mean Ashley’s stats. Barnes is in the top three forwards for shots at 15 with 11 of those inside the box and an xG 2.04 so he is competing with the best in terms of current form.

“He has done this with a mixed set of fixtures so the signs are good with the likes of Norwich and Brighton to come.

“I have no doubt that Wood will improve and will get a goal or two over the next few weeks but I would be looking to the locomotion of the Barnes train as in this case it’s better the devil you know.”

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1,044 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ryacoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    Anyone know what time press conferences are today/tomorrow? Need news from Ole on Martial!

  2. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    Pope (Heaton)
    VVD, Zinc, Emerson*, Lunds
    Salah, Stirling, Mount (Doug Luiz, Cantwell)
    Pukki, Barnes, Aguero

    Just waiting for the presser on Emerson* but apart from that i think i am G2G?

    Thoughts?

    1FT, 0.0Itb

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Kelly is the 5th Def

    2. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Nice team that.

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 16 hours ago

        Thanks Zeb 🙂

    3. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 15 hours ago

      Oh wow

  3. HAMMERTIME107
    • 1 Year
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    A | Lundstram against Southampton

    B | Take a -4 to get Pieters in?

    1. AicilaXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Lund.

    2. FOO FIGHTER
        10 days, 16 hours ago

        Lundstram

      • the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 16 hours ago

        Lunds

    3. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 16 hours ago

      Salah / Mane / KDB
      Vardy / Firmino / Auba / Kane
      Some of the potentially explosive options that I dont own...going to be a long hard season!

      1. AicilaXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 16 hours ago

        Can't have em all eh.

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 16 hours ago

          So true!

      2. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 16 hours ago

        Who do you own? Sterling, Kun, and?

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 16 hours ago

          13 others 😉

          1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 16 hours ago

            Hah, fair enough

      3. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 16 hours ago

        Only worried about kdb out of those

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 16 hours ago

          Yup but cant have four City assets unfortunately of Pepe would be KDB 🙂

      4. Amey
          10 days, 16 hours ago

          I'm worried about Kun

        • dshv
          • 2 Years
          10 days, 15 hours ago

          i am also just with salah and Sterling from those fellas up there. and i think Salah and Sterling will outscore all others by miles.

      5. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 16 hours ago

        Save ft here? Bench order right? Cheers

        pope
        taa vvd digne dunk lund
        salah (c) sterling mount
        kun pukki

        button cantwell dendo greenwood

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 16 hours ago

          Looks fine mate, GTG, GL!

          1. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            10 days, 16 hours ago

            Cheers bud, you too!

      6. limbu21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 16 hours ago

        soyuncu, lanzini, gueye
        or
        matip. james, greenwood??

        1. limbu21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 days, 16 hours ago

          sorry! gueye=ayew!

      7. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 16 hours ago

        What's your upset for the weekend? Mine is Leicester winning at Old Trafford

        1. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 days, 16 hours ago

          Will that still be called an upset?

          1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 16 hours ago

            Heh. How the mighty have fallen

          2. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            10 days, 16 hours ago

            agree, that wouldnt be much of an upset, MUN only slight favs (or at least should only be)!

        2. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 16 hours ago

          One nil Palace at Spurs

          1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 16 hours ago

            That's naughty. Think Palace have overachieved thus far, but it's a plausible result to see. Think it's more likely that Spurs return a bit to form however

          2. Konstaapeli
            • 3 Years
            10 days, 16 hours ago

            Here here!

        3. Deulofail
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 16 hours ago

          United winning at Old Trafford

        4. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 days, 16 hours ago

          That's not really an upset though.

          Brighton to turn over Burnley comfortably may not count either but lots seem to be banking on that fixture run.

          Watford perhaps to get the new manager bounce?

        5. FOO FIGHTER
            10 days, 16 hours ago

            Yup, LEI playing some good football.

          • AicilaXI
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 16 hours ago

            Palace to get a point at Spurs.

          • ryacoo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            10 days, 16 hours ago

            Wolves to get a result against Chelsea.

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 2 Years
              10 days, 16 hours ago

              As long as Abraham scores.

            2. CostaCoffee
              • 6 Years
              10 days, 16 hours ago

              That’s definitely not an upset

          • Fitzy.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            10 days, 16 hours ago

            England getting Smith for under 200.

          • Amey
              10 days, 16 hours ago

              City scoring "only" 3 goals away to Norwich as Pep has an eye on the CL game on the horizon !

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                10 days, 16 hours ago

                City to break double figures as Jesus Dilva and Mahrez run riot with Cancelo and Mendy each bagging a hattie of assists

                1. Amey
                    10 days, 16 hours ago

                    Lol

              2. the dom 1
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                10 days, 16 hours ago

                City losing to Norwich now that would be the biggest upset but Pukki owners would rejoicing as we know he would be heavily involved 🙂

                1. Amey
                    10 days, 16 hours ago

                    Is that the Liverpool fan in you ??
                    😛

                    1. the dom 1
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      10 days, 15 hours ago

                      Ha ha @ AMEY

                2. The 12th Man
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  10 days, 16 hours ago

                  Sterling on the bench

                3. CostaCoffee
                  • 6 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  Watford beating Arsenal

                4. Sharkytect
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  Norwich to restrain City to just one or two goals

              3. limbu21
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                10 days, 16 hours ago

                Wildcard team!
                Pope/Mcgroven
                TAA, Zinchenko, Digne, Lundstram, Pieters
                Salah, Sterling, De Bruyne, Mount, Cantwell
                Haller, Barnes, Ayew

                It looks template but captain pick each week are huge differentials in the end. Is this good to go? Or get Matip, guenduzi etc for making it more fixed squad and avoid selection headache each week?

                1. maratus
                  • 5 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  I wouldnt take Lundstram on WC (unless you had him from 4.0)
                  Otherwise it looks Template instead of Ayew, who has horror fixtures upcoming.

                  I would try to upgrade Ayew for decent forward if you gonna play him.

                  1. Warby84
                    • 4 Years
                    10 days, 15 hours ago

                    But I think lundstrum offers value as a bench option at 4.2..

              4. Hansel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                10 days, 16 hours ago

                A) Moura + King -> Mount + Haller

                B) Moura + Greenwood -> Cantwell + Tammy/Barnes

                Guess A might improve my first XI a bit more whereas having Cantwell as a sub ahead of Greenwood is quite the upgrade in B

                1. ryacoo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  10 days, 16 hours ago

                  A

                2. CostaCoffee
                  • 6 Years
                  10 days, 16 hours ago

                  A

                3. Sharkytect
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  B

              5. CostaCoffee
                • 6 Years
                10 days, 16 hours ago

                Save ft?

                Pope
                VvD Stones Digne
                KdB Sterling Salah Mount Lanzini
                Maupay Wesley

                Heaton Emerson Greenwood Rico

                Would get rid of Emerson but I plan on having him for gw7 anyway so I don’t see much point

                1. The Units
                  • 9 Years
                  10 days, 16 hours ago

                  Save

                2. Hansel
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  Save

                3. Devo-McDuff
                  • 1 Year
                  10 days, 14 hours ago

                  Blimey, how long have you had Stones?

              6. RIDZ
                • 2 Years
                10 days, 16 hours ago

                Abraham or Haller?
                Abraham looks like not gonna set for CL, so he will be available against Wolves & Liverpool full time.

                1. CostaCoffee
                  • 6 Years
                  10 days, 16 hours ago

                  Why do you think he won’t start in CL?

                  1. RIDZ
                    • 2 Years
                    10 days, 15 hours ago

                    Giroud has more experience in Europe, pretty sure Giroud will stay on the bench for weekend.

                    1. CostaCoffee
                      • 6 Years
                      10 days, 15 hours ago

                      I think Lampard will want to give Tammy the start in Europe, think he suits better against Valencia too. If anything I’d say Giroud might play against Liverpool

              7. RFCSPACE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                10 days, 16 hours ago

                Kane + Perez to Salah + Wesley for -4?

              8. The Units
                • 9 Years
                10 days, 15 hours ago

                On WC, any suggestions.

                Pope / Button
                Digne / TAA / Lundstram / Pieters / Kelly
                Salah / Sterling / Mount / Cantwell / James
                Auba / Pukki / Ayew

                1. RIDZ
                  • 2 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  343 or 352? good team, very balance even though I'm too afraid of missing KDB in my team when on WC.

                  1. The Units
                    • 9 Years
                    10 days, 15 hours ago

                    I am trying to fit KdB in but becomes unbalanced. Might just have to cross fingers!

                2. maratus
                  • 5 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  ITB?
                  I would try to fit KDB in for sure. He will skyrocket in value and help the second half of the season when you got extra money. I wouldnt take Lundstram on WC (unless you had him from 4.0)
                  .
                  Not a huge fan of Aye pick, horror fixtures incoming, I dont see him scoring.
                  I would try to upgrade Ayew for decent forward if you gonna play him, like Barnes has superb fixtures upcoming.

                  1. Devo-McDuff
                    • 1 Year
                    10 days, 14 hours ago

                    Lund is still great value at 4.2. Nailed OOP defender and massive enabler.

              9. Lucky Z
                • 2 Years
                10 days, 15 hours ago

                A. James Ayew Lundstram
                B. Hayden Barnes Rico

                B gives me

                Pope
                TAA Digne Otamendi Pieters
                Salah KDB Sterling
                Haller Pukki Barnes

                Button Guendouzi Hayden Rico

                1. The Units
                  • 9 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  A for me

                2. maratus
                  • 5 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  B

                3. Warby84
                  • 4 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  Neither

              10. Ribus
                • 6 Years
                10 days, 15 hours ago

                Ryan
                Vvd - Taa - Digne - Zinch
                Salah - Sterling - Kdb - Mount
                Pukki - King

                Lundstram - Greenw. - Dendonker

                1 ft - 0.0 itb

                A) save transfer
                B) King -> Haller
                & downgrade Vvd or Digne or Zinch
                (-4)

                Would really get rid of King. But Digne is probably a season holder and Vvd and Zinch are ahead of good fixtures..

                Thanks!

                1. The Units
                  • 9 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  King ==> Barnes? Otherwise A.

                  1. Hansel
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    10 days, 15 hours ago

                    If funds are there for Haller you still would go Barnes?

                    1. The Units
                      • 9 Years
                      10 days, 15 hours ago

                      I thought you needed 2 transfers with a -4 to get the funds for Haller? If you have the funds to do it with 1FT do it.

              11. ZeBestee
                • 5 Years
                10 days, 15 hours ago

                Choose 1

                1) Aguero
                2) Sterling

                1. Pukki Party
                  • 2 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  For what?

                2. The Units
                  • 9 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  2

                3. RECKLESS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  2 long term as during hectic schedule like next week onwards Jesus will get many games

                  1. ZeBestee
                    • 5 Years
                    10 days, 15 hours ago

                    Cheers

              12. CostaCoffee
                • 6 Years
                10 days, 15 hours ago

                Reece James @ 5m could be golden from gw7 if you get on him early

                1. Warby84
                  • 4 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  5m far too much fir an unknown

              13. Pukki Party
                • 2 Years
                10 days, 15 hours ago

                Thoughts? Jota worth a transfer for a 6.6 fwd or save?

                Pope
                TAA Robbo Digne Lunstram
                Salah Sterling KDB Mount
                Jota Haller

                Button Dendo Greenwood Rico

                1. The Units
                  • 9 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  Not much in that price bracket. Maybe Wood?

                  Could hold and do something with 2FT next week.

                2. maratus
                  • 5 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  You might wanna save here.
                  You need to sort out your def next week anyway, you need decent playing defender for future.
                  Lundstram is not playable like 7 gw´s after Soton and Rico is mystery will he get play time now due the injury.

                  1. Pukki Party
                    • 2 Years
                    10 days, 15 hours ago

                    True, cheers.

              14. Markus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                10 days, 15 hours ago

                Anyone know press conference times today?

                1. Pukki Party
                  • 2 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  1. Pukki Party
                    • 2 Years
                    10 days, 15 hours ago

                    Wilder 10am
                    Poch 12:30
                    Dyche 1:15
                    Potter 1:30
                    Rodgers 1:30
                    Hasenhuttl 1:45

                    1. Markus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      10 days, 15 hours ago

                      Thanks

              15. RECKLESS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                10 days, 15 hours ago

                I was all set for holding King vs EVE to Haller vs avl for -4 but then I found thanks to amazing member tool that Avl have conceded most headed attempts in top flight this season and one of highest big chances whereas Eve have been second most solid after Mancity but just unlucky! So pull the reckless trigger for hit?

                1. RECKLESS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  Another thing that makes me nervous is I am shifting from penalty taker King to non penalty taker Haller

                2. CostaCoffee
                  • 6 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  Sure, Hallers a better pick long term anyway so even if he doesn’t make up the -4 this week, he will over the next couple

                  1. RECKLESS
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    10 days, 15 hours ago

                    And next vs Manutd if lindelof is playing another good chance for Haller to head goals as lind is so weak

                3. RECKLESS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  Eve has second lowest in shots conceded after city. Guess digne is season keeper after all barring injury

                  1. AndyCook
                    • 2 Years
                    10 days, 15 hours ago

                    Depends if these stats hold over the season, season keeper seems strong for now

                  2. Markus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    10 days, 15 hours ago

                    Yeah but look at the quality of shots - xGC much worse, I'd argue they were lucky with their early clean sheets rather than vice versa

                  3. Warby84
                    • 4 Years
                    10 days, 15 hours ago

                    Haller -4 and Digne season keeper

              16. Dora & Diego
                • 1 Year
                10 days, 15 hours ago

                1st Sept - 7 price rises
                Only 8 price rises since

                Wildcarding during international break - is it worth it when your team is ok and all your attempting is to catch double price rises. Painfully slow rises during break.

                Noticed this is past few years so for a change opted out of using Wildcard so early for a change. It’s been refreshing and a quick international break.

                How many have used Wildcards now - who in truth didn’t need to as their team was actually quite good anyway?

                1. RECKLESS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  Use wildcard when you -20 away from team u want anything less manage with bench and -8 hits

                2. The Units
                  • 9 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  Using mine as team was rubbish and TV is crap. I would never WC for TV alone.

                3. AndyCook
                  • 2 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  Why would there be any more rises, people have the same number of transfers (1), and more people place wildcards to chase the illusionary price rises, as a result logic would dictate that prices are less likely to move on a given day

                  1. AndyCook
                    • 2 Years
                    10 days, 15 hours ago

                    And less likely to move in that week

                    1. AndyCook
                      • 2 Years
                      10 days, 15 hours ago

                      Gameweek*

              17. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                10 days, 15 hours ago

                Just a note on the article. Mount and James are not in the same price bracket as VVD. You have to consider what the cheapest player in their position costs which makes VVD almost a full million more expensive than James and half a mill more than Mount

                1. CostaCoffee
                  • 6 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  Hate when they compare defenders and attackers at the same price point

                2. AndyCook
                  • 2 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  Agree completely

                3. Dora & Diego
                  • 1 Year
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  Cheapest defender 4.0
                  Cheapest midfielder 4.4

                  So only 0.4 difference now.
                  I know every penny counts and all that but what’s 0.4m between friends.

                  But agree it’s not apples for apples...
                  It’s comparing oranges and tangerines.

                4. pingissimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  Good point

                5. Legomané
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 2 Years
                  10 days, 15 hours ago

                  Something I investigated, pre-season 🙂

                  https://twitter.com/legomane_fpl/status/1149085747397451779?s=21

              18. NEW ARTICLE
              19. NULL-X-VOID
                • 5 Years
                10 days, 15 hours ago

                Who to start this GW?

                Adrian (NEW-H)
                Pope (BHA-A)

                1. Come on you Kante
                    10 days, 15 hours ago

                    Adriiiiiiaaaaannnnn

                  • LoughboroughJim
                    • 5 Years
                    10 days, 3 hours ago

                    The bookies suggest Adrian...

                2. Come on you Kante
                    10 days, 15 hours ago

                    Would you change anything?

                    Pope
                    Lundstram Matip mainland Niles
                    Kdb cantwell sterling Salah McGinn
                    Haller aguero

                    Skeleburg rico kelly

                    1. maratus
                      • 5 Years
                      10 days, 15 hours ago

                      Lund + Rico + Kelly trio is bomb waiting to explode.

                    2. CantWell CanWell be my 4th …
                      • 2 Years
                      10 days, 3 hours ago

                      how much do u still got ITB?

                  • Absolute VARce
                    • 1 Year
                    10 days, 13 hours ago

                    2 Free transfers, Please give give me your thoughts;

                    A) Wilson & Jota > Barnes & Haller

                    B) Dendonker, Wilson & Jota > D Silva, Barnes & Greenwood (-4)

                    C) Jota > Wood (Keep 2 free transfers for next week)

                    Ta

                  • jtreble
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    10 days, 7 hours ago

                    KWP: red flag -> yellow flag.

                  • LoughboroughJim
                    • 5 Years
                    10 days, 3 hours ago

                    This is a rather unusual request for transfer advice, so thanks in advance to anyone who bothers to read through it...

                    I play in a mini-league where we are only allowed to make transfers three times during the season, so the two players that I'm allowed to bring in tomorrow MUST remain part of my team until January! This mini-league follows the Telegraph rules rather than the main FFL game.

                    I'm definitely going to get rid of Diego Jota, but I'm considering five possibilities.

                    Transfer out Andy Robertson (purely to raise funds). Replace them with:
                    (a) C Soyuncu and H Kane
                    (b) O Zinchenko and K de Bruyne

                    Or, I could keep Robertson and get rid of J Otto and Jota for:
                    (c) C Soyuncu and S Haller
                    (d) C Soyuncu and T Pukki (which I'm not going to do:-)

                    Finally, I could change K Zouma and Jota for
                    (e) O Zinchenko and M Mount

                    If (b) seems obvious, I already have Ederson, BSilva and Sterling, so I'm worried about overloading with City players, plus Zinchenko's likely game time.

                    Cheers,
                    LoughboroughJim

                  • Mengo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    9 days, 6 hours ago

                    Does anyone know what happened to the rotation tool on the season ticker?

                  • nicecat
                    • 3 Years
                    9 days, 4 hours ago

                    What would be a decent forward duo alongside Greenwod?
                    Abraham / Haller / Pukki / Jimenez / Barnes / Jota / King / Wilson