Scout Notes

Aubameyang benefits in Lacazette’s absence as Watford assets impress

An entertaining 2-2 draw at Vicarage Road is the focus of our latest Scout Notes article, as we run the rule over Manchester City’s Gameweek 6 opponents and assess Arsenal’s latest away-day display.

Watford 2-2 Arsenal

  • Goals: Tom Cleverley (£4.9m), Roberto Pereyra (£5.8m) | Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) x2
  • Assists: Gerard Deulofeu (£6.2m) | Sead Kolasinac (£5.4m), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£5.1m)
  • Bonus: Aubameyang x3, Deulofeu, Cleverley x2

There have been, to varying degrees, significant changes at Watford and Arsenal since we last wrote about these two clubs in a Scout Notes article.

The struggling Hornets dispensed with the services of Javi Gracia during the international break and reappointed former boss Quique Sanchez Flores, who returned to Vicarage Road after a three-year absence.

While perhaps not quite as seismic, Friday afternoon brought the news that Arsenal will be without Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m) until October, an injury blow that has implications for the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) and Nicolas Pepe (£9.4m) as Fantasy assets – something we will discuss further down this article.


Sunday was our first look at Watford in the second Flores era and the impressions were fairly positive, even if the Spaniard’s pragmatic reputation and defence-first policy have so far done little to stem the flow of goals being conceded.

Miracles can’t be expected after one week, of course, and there’ll be many Fantasy managers hoping that the Hornets are still penetrable when they head north to the Etihad next weekend.

Flores lined his troops up in a 4-2-3-1 for this game, with Kiko Femenia (£4.4m) and Jose Holebas (£4.8m) as his two full-backs.

Watford looked particularly vulnerable in the wide areas during the last 25 minutes of the first half and it was no coincidence that both of Arsenal’s goals during this period were assisted by the Gunners’ overlapping full-backs, with Sead Kolasinac (£5.4m) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£5.1m) supplying the passes that Aubameyang converted.

Pepe had earlier fired a warning shot narrowly wide of Ben Foster‘s (£4.9m) goal when cutting in off the right flank and Aubameyang was inches away from turning in Mesut Ozil‘s (£7.3m) low pass from the same wing.

What makes it difficult to appraise Watford’s defensive credentials going into Gameweek 6 is that: a) they shaded possession for much of the game and that: b) Arsenal’s brief threat mostly came on the counter-attack – neither scenario being likely when the Hornets take on Pep Guardiola’s side next Saturday.

No Premier League side allowed fewer shots than Watford in Gameweek 5 and in truth their backline had a quiet second 45 minutes as the two-goal deficit elicited a second-half siege from the hosts.

Flores said after full-time:

We had to care about the defence this week and we didn’t prepare to have 31 attempts at goal. It just happened. We just kept switching the play in the second half and this is how it happened. Sometimes this is possible.

While lone striker Andre Gray (£5.9m) and wide-right midfielder Will Hughes (£5.5m) struggled to make much of an impression in the 4-2-3-1 and were ultimately hooked early in the second half, two Watford attackers who caught the eye were Gerard Deulofeu (£6.2m) and Tom Cleverley (£4.9m).

Deulofeu being stationed on the left flank may be off-putting to some Fantasy managers given that he is an FPL forward but he was Watford’s biggest threat all afternoon, causing Maitland-Niles lots of problems and repeatedly cutting inside to fire off shots – a couple of which flashed narrowly wide of Bernd Leno‘s (£5.0m) goal.

While his assist for Cleverley’s strike was a fortuitous one – the former Everton and Barcelona man intercepting a farcical pass out from Sokratis (£5.0m) – Deulofeu deserved his first attacking return of the season and it will be interesting to monitor his displays for when Watford’s fixtures really ease up in Gameweek 10.

Cleverley is not a name we Fantasy managers have considered for a long, long time (if ever) but his performance on Sunday was eye-catching, particularly as he was stationed in an advanced number ten role and given that he is now available for less than £5.0m.

This isn’t merely a kneejerk response to him scoring a goal – the all-action, high-pressing Cleverley was a threat all afternoon, forcing Leno into an early save and having as many shots as the entire Arsenal team managed combined.

Todd Cantwell (£4.8m) remains the stand-out sub-£5.0m midfield option but having another attacking midfielder available in this price bracket would be a welcome prospect for those of us trying to scrimp in midfield; time will tell if Cleverley can replicate this display and indeed become a regular starter in his new manager’s team.

Flores has plenty of attack-minded options available to him, of course, and it was interesting to note that FPL midfielder Ismaila Sarr (£6.4m) was thrown on up front in the second half, with Roberto Pereyra (£5.8m) replacing Hughes on the right.

Troy Deeney (£6.3m) – scorer of 13 goals in Flores’ previous spell in charge – will surely have a big part to play when he returns in November but there was no sign of Danny Welbeck (£6.0m) in the matchday squad, with his absence so far unexplained.

In Deeney’s absence, it was Pereyra who stepped up from 12 yards to draw the scores level at 2-2 after David Luiz (£5.9m) had chopped the Argentina international to the floor.

After keeping a rare away clean sheet in Gameweek 1, Arsenal’s defence has reverted to type and is now looking as unappealing as ever from a Fantasy perspective.

Watford had 31 shots against Unai Emery’s side, the most the Gunners have allowed in a single game since Opta began collecting this data 16 years ago.

The north London outfit have now allowed more attempts on goal than any other Premier League club in 2019/20.

The blows were self-inflicted, too, with Luiz needlessly giving away a penalty and Sokratis gifting Watford possession in the Arsenal area to hand the Hornets a route back into the game.

These weren’t isolated incidents, with Matteo Guendouzi (£4.6m) twice very nearly costing his team goals with individual errors and Emery’s insistence on his side playing out from the back looking like Watford’s best chance of scoring.

When asked about the tactic, Emery said after full-time:

Yes, but after their goal, we tried once more and we broke their lines and we get into the attacking third with space. We didn’t achieve good chances in less moments we did that, but we need to repeat and we need also to have the capacity and to improve with being able to break when the teams want to press us like today.

For those with Aston Villa, Manchester United and Bournemouth attacking assets, there were plenty of encouraging signs ahead of their encounters with the Gunners over the coming three weeks.

There wasn’t much to crow about further forward but this was one of Ozil’s better away displays (faint praise), with the German – occupying the number ten role in a 4-4-2 diamond – ‘assisting the assister’ for Arsenal’s second goal having almost supplied a goal for Aubameyang shortly beforehand.

This wasn’t really a game to judge Dani Ceballos (£5.7m), given Arsenal’s loss of control in the second half.

The on-loan midfielder will perhaps come into his own when the Gunners boss possession (as they did in Gameweek 2 and as they will expect to do in many of their upcoming fixtures) but, after playing a key role in the opening goal and showing glimpses of promises in the first half, the Spaniard was a bystander and eventually replaced on the hour-mark.

Asked why he had substituted Ceballos, Emery replied:

But today it was very, very hot. We needed in the second half, some fresh players. We were struggling second half and I was thinking how we can improve with three players, fresh players, for give us more energy and give us also more capacity to be strong physically and tactically and also technically.

Pepe again failed to convince as a price-point rival to Kevin De Bruyne (£9.8m) and Son Heung-min (£9.5m) although he had little opportunity to impress after the break and it is still too early to fully appraise his long-term merits as a premium midfielder.

Aubameyang, however, again proved how lethal he can be with precious little service and indeed how more dangerous he is when deployed centrally rather than out wide, as will presumably now be the case for the next month with Lacazette sidelined.

The Gabon international’s goals came from his only two proper chances of the afternoon and his impressive conversion rate is one of his many redeeming qualities going into Arsenal’s favourable run of fixtures from Gameweeks 6-16.

No FPL forward scored as many goals against non-big six sides as Aubameyang in 2018/19, while the Gabonese striker now has 12 goals to his name in his last dozen Premier League starts against all opposition.

Members’ Analysis


Watford XI (4-2-3-1): Foster; Femenia, Dawson, Kabasele, Holebas (Janmaat 78′); Doucoure, Capoue; Hughes (Pereyra 63′), Cleverley, Deulofeu; Gray (Sarr 54′).

Arsenal XI (4-1-2-1-2): Leno; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac; Xhaka; Ceballos (Willock 60′), Guendouzi (Torreira 67′); Ozil (Nelson 71′); Pepe, Aubameyang.


All prices given were correct at the time of writing (Sunday night).

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1,490 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 4 days ago

    1FT 1.0m itb
    Henderson*
    TAA VVD* Digne Montoya*
    Salah KDB Sterl Ceballos*
    Wesley* Pukki
    (Stek, Diop* Greenwood* Dend *)

    * all players that ain't doing great. Would maybe even get rid of Salah and Sterl on a WC. Thoughts? Would want Son, Vardy, Abraham/Mount, few defenders and Cantwell.

    Time to Wildcard now or wait a week or 2??

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Should add I'm 2.8m OR and bottom of ML 🙂

    2. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Didn't you spend ages pondering wc last season - how did that go in the end?

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 4 days ago

        I was doing great, wildcarded a week before it went and red arrows galore. Pulled it back and finished top 50k

        1. MTPockets
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 4 days ago

          Nice. Think I'd hold. eg. chelsea picks can wait a week. Son still has SOU bha WAT from gw7 etc

          1. Tsparkes10
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 4 days ago

            True. Maybe GW7 is the way forward. Will miss price rises but can see how players do in Europe and International I guess

    3. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Wc wc wc

    4. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Time to wc

    5. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      I'd wait, team looks pretty good for this week, and once European games are done you can upgrade someone using your FT.

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 4 days ago

        True, but who do you recommend? Double pool defence, Henderson, Wesley all got poor fixtures next week.

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 4 days ago

          I'd consider downgrading VVD to a 4.5, possibly Lowton.

          Gives you a solid backline for this week, double City attack vs Watford, Salah against a leaky Chelsea etc. Also no probs owning Ceballos or Wesley this week.

          You'll then have a nice bit of money in the bank for maybe Greenwood > Abraham GW7?

          1. Tsparkes10
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 4 days ago

            True, cheers.

  2. Daniel S.
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Lampard about Tammy:

    "‘He had a bit of cramp,’ the boss revealed of Abraham. ‘It was probably excitement from his hat-trick and the energy he used up because he works so hard".

    He is fine and raring to go.

    Hulk me 😉

    Thanks

  3. Cheesyzoot
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Too soon to activate WC today? When are we expecting price rises etc?

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Price rises and drops happen every day

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 4 days ago

        Cantwell, Mane, Mount, Abraham all gone up already

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Would have been better to have already wild carded. What are you waiting for?

  4. Herculeez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Zinch & Jota to Tomori and Abraham (exact funds) ?

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      People trying desperately to get Tammy when they have Liverpool next.... I don't understand.

      1. Daniel S.
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 4 days ago

        He will score. Same as Pukky. Get him

      2. Herculeez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 4 days ago

        Probably looking past that fixture and being unable to afford him by that point. Also no reason why he can’t score against Liverpool at home.

        1. Offs!de
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          10 months, 4 days ago

          right point. Pool are not so resilient now a days

    2. Captain_Shirokov
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Not this week.

  5. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    The talks going on here today will be completely different on Thursday 😀

    European will change a lot of things

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 4 days ago

      You'll have Triple Pool when they batter napoli and city lose lol

      1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 4 days ago

        Can't see this happening.

        If it happens, a pizza for you !!

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      United and Arsenal will play B teams. Chelsea playing Tammy and Mount in UCL will have people worried. I am most worried about city’s UCL line up

      1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 4 days ago

        They will go all out in Ukraine.

    3. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Naaah. If there are no injuries it won't

  6. Shakshuka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    As a lot of ppl here I got 2 FT's and struggling a bit for inspiration.
    AWB seems like the weakest link, but not a lot of great options to bring in. Aurier an option? Robbo + Greenwood to 4.1 + Abraham may be the most inspired option, but feel like that can wait. 0 ITB.

    Ryan
    AWB Stones Digne Robbo
    Sterling Salah KDB Mount
    Haller Pukki

    Button Rico Dendocker Greenwood

    Sidenote: Why in the heck is Tottenham referred to as 'Spurs' on the Fpl site?

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 4 days ago

      I'd possibly lose stones before AWB tbh

      1. Shakshuka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 4 days ago

        Seems like an overreaction, amazing fixtures for next 6 GW's (top of the ticker) and reasonably priced. But thx for your thoughts!

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 4 days ago

          True. You look good tbh. Maybe Dendonk to Cantwell?

          1. Shakshuka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 4 days ago

            Would love to, but can't afford... Tricky tricky 😀

            1. Tsparkes10
              • 1 Year
              10 months, 4 days ago

              AWB to Aurier then possibly? Or Haller to Abraham if he doesn't score tonight

  7. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Just caught the Arsenal-Watford highlights. Auba's first goal was outrageous. What a finisher

    1. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Agree.

  8. Manumana
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Hows this WC Team look. Cheers

    Pope Button
    TAA Otamendi Yoshida
    Salah Sterling Son Mount Cantwell
    C.Wilson Abraham Pukki

    Thx

    1. Manumana
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Rico Lundstram also

    2. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Everyone that scored last week. Knee jerkey?

    3. chrisford80
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      I just WC (last week) and my team is:

      Adrian / Pope
      Zinchenko / Lowton / Maitland-Niles / Kelly / Lundstrom
      Son (c) / Salah (v) / Cantwell / De Bruyne / Mount
      Abraham / Aubameyang / Haller

      87 points this week & Haller still to play

      As it stands I'd change Zinchenko as it City just don't cut it defensively. Maybe try squeeze Buendia in (hes a gem) and if possible get a 2nd Spurs player in.....actually maybe Zinchenko > Aurier. De Bruyne > Buendia and Haller > Firmino.

      But can you afford that I don't know I got in before the price rises so it would work for me.

  9. slove
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Best replacements for Robertson and Wesley? Have 0.2 ITB and 2FT

    1. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Tammy and Tarkowski

    2. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Tammy / Soyuncu

  10. grooveymatt65
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Hi guys.

    what do you guys think of my wc team? 0.5 itb

    Pope Button

    Van Dijk Maitlend Niles Lundstrum Diop Rico

    De Bruyne Mane Son Mount Chong

    Aubameyang Pukki Haller

    anything you would change? i might load up on city and take them out next week. 

    Thanks 

    1. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Looks ok. Have a personal aversion to Arsenal defenders

    2. Cheesyzoot
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Similar to mine however I have got Sterling instead of Mane, with a potential swap to Mane in GW 7 when they have Sheffield

  11. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Any other experienced managers having a brutal start to the season?
    Just keep sinking.

    1. Captain_Shirokov
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Having a stagnant start, good first week, nothing since then. Biding my time.

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 4 days ago

        Yeah, my C the last few weeks have been messing up my rounds. A Sterling goal this week would have given me a big green arrow, but nope..

    2. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Down from 1m to 2m on a wc. Had better years

    3. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      How bad is brutal? I think my issues stemmed from going big into Premium def in first draft. Not having faith in Pukki from the start cost me too.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 4 days ago

        Down to 2.8m, red arrows, big ones, every week.

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 4 days ago

          Exact same as you. What's your team looking like? So tempted to wc

          1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 4 days ago

            The more you think,the more confused you'll be

            1. Tsparkes10
              • 1 Year
              10 months, 4 days ago

              I know 🙂 should've done it other night before a few prices rises. Grr

          2. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 4 days ago

            Pope
            Emerson* Zinch Mina Lundstrum Kelly*
            Salah KDB Sterling Mount Cantwell
            Pukki Haller Barnes.

            Going Barnes over Abraham has really backfired.

        2. antis0cial
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 4 days ago

          Ouch that is brutal, chips intact? Still very early, how's your team looking?

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 4 days ago

            Already wild carded and team is now worse.

    4. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      One good game week and you will jump. Not that many points between ranks at this stage of the season.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 4 days ago

        I would need about 4 good game weeks in a row.

    5. Matt Sk
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Keep calm still long way to go

    6. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      After 3 consecutive Top 10k finishes I'm langushing around 1.6m.

      Team looks good but seems to be going my way. Every week a new player looks like he's essential. Just can't catch a break.

  12. BoomXhakaLaca1
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Starting to get tempting to go Salah, mane and sterling in midfield

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Not convinced its the right time to double on Pool.

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      No KDB or Son?

    3. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Think Salah Son Sterling would be much better. Pool have some tough fixtures coming up

    4. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Mane, KDB and Son for me tbh

  13. Maddamotha
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Any changes needed here? 1FT 1.5 ITB

    Pope / Button
    VVD Zinchenko Coleman Lundstram Montoya
    Salah Sterling KDB James Dendocker
    Wilson Pukki Greenwood

    Considering....

    A) Save FT
    B) Dendocker > Cantwell
    C) Smth else?

    1. Bring the Cavalry
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      I would save, 4-4-2

      1. Maddamotha
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 4 days ago

        And play Montoya?

  14. Bring the Cavalry
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    2 FT struggling to see what to do, so might go for a big change.

    Pope
    Digne AWB Hanley
    Mane Sterling KDB Mount Cantwell
    Aguero Pukki

    4.0 Lund Soyuncu 4.5

    Sterling + 4.5 > Auba + 4.5?

    Leaves money itb

    1. Matt Sk
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Wouldnt do that ahead of Watford home for city, maybe Aguero could get rotated with Jesus so you could swap him for Auba but depends on who will play midweek I guess, or go for KDB -> Son and save a ft (or sort Hanley out if he wont play)

  15. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    On WC. Struggling with a final defender spot.. 5.7 to spend.

    Currently on Aurier.

    TAA Aurier Lowton Lund Mings.

    Any other? Maybe van Aanholt?

    1. Bring the Cavalry
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Aurier is a good shout

    2. Matt Sk
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Id go for a United/city def

    3. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      I'd be tempted to go someone like Soyuncu and use cash elsewhere

    4. Cheesyzoot
      10 months, 4 days ago

      I've gone for Aurier on my WC, just feel he is worth the punt for their easy fixture run coming up

  16. Le Bluff
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Pope / Button
    TAA / Digne/ Soyuncu / Rico / Lundstram
    Salah / Sterling / KDB / Mount / Cantwell
    Haller / Barnes / Pukki

    2 FTs

    Genuinely very happy with this bunch and can't see any obvious moves away from the template. Son and Auba are obviously appealing but any of Salah / Sterling / KDB could have a field day at the weekend.

    Anything obvious you would do? Half-tempted by a strijer > Abraham mainly just to 'save' a transfer next week when I'll no doubt want Abraham in anyway, but it's so difficult to consider any of the front 3 this week!

    1. Le Bluff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      *but it's so difficult to consider DROPPING any of the front 3 this week!

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      It is basically template other than Barnes is now changing to Abraham for many.

  17. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 4 days ago

    How poor a call is United 5.5 defence? Mixed fixtures coming up of course but they’re sitting high on defensive stats tables. Looking midterm fixtures look nice.

    Didn’t see it but was that a merited cs versus Leicester? It took me by surprise - had that as a tough fixture.

    Holding AWB for a few more anyway while I shift attacking assets around.

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Everyone said they would concede against Leicester and they kept a CS

    2. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      I'm also holding for this week atleast.
      Fixtures don't look good but I have other problems.

      Selling VVD ahead of him because I need that 2m to upgrade Wickham to Tammy/Wilson.

    3. Matt Sk
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Still a bit shaky but looked quite ok vs Leicester

    4. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      They conceded 3 goals from 4 shots before the Leicester game. I think their defence will do OK. Seems like no one is keeping clean sheets anyway.

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

        Yeah as a Palace fan that win was very very smash and grab I know.

        It’s a low priority move for me as City 5.5 doesn’t feel compelling and any swap there would almost certainly involve a hit in the next 3/4 gameweeks. At that point they get a decent fixture run in principle.

  18. JBG
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC:

    Pope
    VVD-Ota-Digne
    Sterling-Kdb-Mane-Cantwell
    Wilson-Haller-Abraham

    Bench: Button-Lund-Rico-Dendoncker

  19. popcoin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Question about using data and modelling.

    Has anyone done it, or would it be possible, to use previous season’s points data to build what would have been the “perfect” fantasy season, including initial squad, weekly transfers, wildcards and chips. Would be purely academic but would be interesting to see what that would look like.

  20. Ostrich Baby
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Would you wildcard from this:

    Pope Button

    Digne Otamendi Montoya Hanley Lundstram

    Pepe Sterling Salah Mount Cantwell

    Kane Pukki Wickham

    to this:

    Gunn Button

    Aurier Soyuncu Tomori Lowton Lundstram

    Son Mane Mount Martial (if fit) Cantwell

    Aguero Aubameyang Pukki

  21. Lav
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Holding off WC. Who needs to go? 2 FT.

    Pope (Button)
    Robbo VVD Digne Diop (Lund)
    Salah Sterling KDB McGinn (Dend)
    Pukki Barnes (Greenwood)

    1. Ostrich Baby
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Would downgrade Robbo to Aurier and upgrade McGinn to Mount, maybe?

    2. Le Bluff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      McGinn has to go, probably for Mount. Would look to downgrade either VVD or Robbo and use those funds.

  22. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Best 4.5m defender if I already have Pope? Worth doubling on Burnley def?

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      I am looking for one and I am coming to this conclusion more and more unfortunately

      1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 4 days ago

        High risk high reward strategy.
        It worked well 2 seasons ago with Burnley.

    2. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      I am thinking about tripling

    3. LangerznMash
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      West Ham left back

  23. Joyce1998
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    g2g for next gw??
    flickering between kdb and sterling as best captain choices

    pope
    taa, digne, chenko
    salah, sterling (C), kdb, mount, cantwell
    pukki, haller

    subs- button, soyuncu, lund, greenwood

  24. LangerznMash
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Need to raise £0.9m to do Lucas to Son (have £1.8m ITB)...
    I think TAA to Walker is my best downgrade, nut after the Norwich result is there any chance Walker gets benched by Pep?

  25. Christina.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Top 10k EO

    Tammy 26%
    Mane 15%
    Haller 14%
    Bobby F 11%
    Auba

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      *Auba less than 10%

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 4 days ago

        Son less than 10%

        1. Cruyff's Eleven
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 4 days ago

          Yup, Son still a differential..

          KDB to Son swap sensible or silly?

          1. Maddamotha
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 4 days ago

            Id wait a week at least.

          2. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 4 days ago

            not this week

  26. Sharkytect
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Otamendi owners. Do we want him to play on champions league match? Getting "rotated" for that match might just demonstrate his place is not secure after the Norwich horrorshow

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Yeah for sure, I want a start and a much, much better defensive performance.

  27. HD7
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    1 FT; 0.0 ITB

    VVD to Ota or Aurier?

    Pope
    Digne VVD Rico TAA
    Salah Sterling Mount KDB
    Abraham Haller

    Subs: Button, Greenwood, Dendonker, Guilbert

  28. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Ryan owners, are you keeping?

    1. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 4 days ago

      That's his job innit?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 4 days ago

        waaayyy

  29. wolves_simmo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    Should I?
    I have 2FT's and the exact money to do;

    OUT: Kane & Robinson
    IN: Pukki & Son

    Pope
    TAA - Digne - Robertson
    Salah - Sterling - Mount - Robinson* - Cantwell
    King - Kane*

    Subs: Montoya - Lundstram - Greenwood - 4.0GK

    1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Great moves

    2. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 4 days ago

      Yes, great move.

  30. FC Bazalona
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 4 days ago

    A . Salah and Barnes
    Or
    B . Auba and Son