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
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days 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
    5 months, 14 days 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
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Kelly is the 5th Def

    2. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Nice team that.

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Thanks Zeb 🙂

    3. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Oh wow

  3. HAMMERTIME107
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 14 days ago

    A | Lundstram against Southampton

    B | Take a -4 to get Pieters in?

    1. AicilaXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Lund.

    2. FOO FIGHTER
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Lundstram

      • the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Lunds

    3. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 days 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
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Can't have em all eh.

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          So true!

      2. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Who do you own? Sterling, Kun, and?

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          13 others 😉

          1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Hah, fair enough

      3. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Only worried about kdb out of those

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

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

      4. Amey
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 14 days ago

        I'm worried about Kun

      5. dshv
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days 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.

    4. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days 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
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Looks fine mate, GTG, GL!

        1. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Cheers bud, you too!

    5. limbu21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 14 days ago

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

      1. limbu21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 14 days ago

        sorry! gueye=ayew!

    6. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

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

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Will that still be called an upset?

        1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Heh. How the mighty have fallen

        2. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 14 days 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
        5 months, 14 days ago

        One nil Palace at Spurs

        1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 14 days 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
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Here here!

      3. Deulofail
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        United winning at Old Trafford

      4. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 14 days 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
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Yup, LEI playing some good football.

        • AicilaXI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Palace to get a point at Spurs.

        • ryacoo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Wolves to get a result against Chelsea.

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            As long as Abraham scores.

          2. CostaCoffee
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            That’s definitely not an upset

        • Fitzy.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          England getting Smith for under 200.

        • Amey
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 14 days 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
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 14 days 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
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 14 days ago

              Lol

        • the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 14 days 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
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Is that the Liverpool fan in you ??
            😛

            1. the dom 1
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              Ha ha @ AMEY

        • The 12th Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Sterling on the bench

        • CostaCoffee
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Watford beating Arsenal

        • Sharkytect
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Norwich to restrain City to just one or two goals

      6. limbu21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 14 days 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
          5 months, 14 days 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
            5 months, 14 days ago

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

      7. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 14 days 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
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          A

        2. CostaCoffee
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          A

        3. Sharkytect
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          B

      8. CostaCoffee
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 14 days 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Save

        2. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Save

        3. Devo-McDuff
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Blimey, how long have you had Stones?

      9. RIDZ
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 14 days 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
          5 months, 14 days ago

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

          1. RIDZ
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

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

            1. CostaCoffee
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 14 days 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

      10. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Kane + Perez to Salah + Wesley for -4?

      11. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        On WC, any suggestions.

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

        1. RIDZ
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 14 days 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
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

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

        2. maratus
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 14 days 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
            5 months, 14 days ago

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

      12. Lucky Z
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          A for me

        2. maratus
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          B

        3. Warby84
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Neither

      13. Ribus
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 14 days 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          King ==> Barnes? Otherwise A.

          1. Hansel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

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

            1. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 14 days 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.

      14. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Choose 1

        1) Aguero
        2) Sterling

        1. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          For what?

        2. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          2

        3. RECKLESS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

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

          1. ZeBestee
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Cheers

      15. CostaCoffee
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

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

        1. Warby84
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          5m far too much fir an unknown

      16. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Not much in that price bracket. Maybe Wood?

          Could hold and do something with 2FT next week.

        2. maratus
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 14 days 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
            5 months, 14 days ago

            True, cheers.

      17. Markus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Anyone know press conference times today?

        1. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          1. Pukki Party
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 14 days 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
              5 months, 14 days ago

              Thanks

      18. RECKLESS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 14 days 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
          5 months, 14 days ago

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

        2. CostaCoffee
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 14 days 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
            5 months, 14 days 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
          5 months, 14 days ago

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

          1. AndyCook
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

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

          2. Markus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 14 days 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
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Haller -4 and Digne season keeper

      19. Nigel Knows
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 14 days 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
          5 months, 14 days ago

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

        2. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

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

        3. AndyCook
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 14 days 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
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            And less likely to move in that week

            1. AndyCook
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              Gameweek*

      20. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days 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
          5 months, 14 days ago

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

        2. AndyCook
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Agree completely

        3. Nigel Knows
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 14 days 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
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Good point

        5. Legomané
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Something I investigated, pre-season 🙂

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

      21. NEW ARTICLE
      22. NULL-X-VOID
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Who to start this GW?

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

        1. Come on you Kante
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Adriiiiiiaaaaannnnn

        2. LoughboroughJim
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          The bookies suggest Adrian...

      23. Come on you Kante
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Would you change anything?

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

        Skeleburg rico kelly

        1. maratus
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

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

        2. MoManeTaa
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          how much do u still got ITB?

      24. Absolute VARce
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 14 days 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

      25. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        KWP: red flag -> yellow flag.

      26. LoughboroughJim
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days 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

      27. Mengo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 13 days ago

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

      28. nicecat
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 13 days ago

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