Scout Notes

More Norwich injuries as Palace get another clean sheet at home

Crystal Palace 2-0 Norwich City

Goals: Luka Milivojević (£6.7m), Andros Townsend (£5.7m)

Assists: James McArthur (£5.3m), Wilfried Zaha (£6.8m)

Bonus Points: Milivojević x3, Joel Ward (£4.5m) x2, Vicente Guaita (£ 5.0m) x2

For the third away match in a row, Norwich were knocked by an enforced defensive change in the first half.

The Gameweek 4 trip to West Ham saw Christoph Zimmermann (£4.5m) taken off with a foot problem, the Gameweek 6 visit to Burnley resulted in groin injury for Alex Tettey (£4.5m) and it was Ralf Fährmann (£4.4m) who drew the short straw at Crystal Palace.

Coming into Gameweek 7 with concerns over a groin problem, and Tim Krul (£4.5m) ruled out for a couple of weeks, the German goalkeeper started the match but had to come off after conceding a penalty in the 21st minute.

“Ralf Fährmann felt something after his first contact with the ball. He saved a cross and felt the pain again and had to come off. It’s not easy when two of your goalkeepers are injured and you have to make a change early in the game, but Michael McGovern was concentrated and focused.” – Daniel Farke

Fährmann came into Gameweek 7 with an injury and was forced off early against Palace

While there is no update on Fährmann’s present condition, a long-term absence for him, with Krul out too, could see Michael McGovern (£4.0m) become the only starting goalkeeper at his price point.

He came close to securing clean sheet points at Selhurst Park. Entering the field in the 22nd minute he was eligible for them as he played 68 minutes – but was finally beaten in the 88th by Andros Townsend (£5.7m).

So many absences for Daniel Farke’s men, especially when they are picked up during their away matches, is making it hard for us to truly assess Norwich’s capabilities on the road.

“At this level, as a newly promoted side and with so many players injured it’s difficult to dominate a game. You have to help yourself when you’re on the front foot. Each and every game is important. Of course, our biggest concern is the injury situation. It is a difficult situation but we must work on the small details. The only way is hard work.” – Daniel Farke

Pukki is now without a goal on the road since Gameweek 1

This 2-0 defeat extended Teemu Pukki‘s (£7.2m) goalless run away from Carrow Road to three in a row, without an attacking return on the road since the Gameweek 1 defeat at Liverpool.

The Finnish international did have a one good chance against Crystal Palace but was largely kept quiet by centre-backs Gary Cahill (£4.5m) and Martin Kelly (£4.1m).

That said, the attacking midfield triplet of Todd Cantwell (£5.0m), Marco Stiepermann (£5.4m) and Emi Buendía (£6.0m) looked lively for spells in the first half, fading in the second.

Cantwell, who, despite his best efforts, is yet to register a single attacking return away from home this season, went close to ending that run of bad luck but an excellent sliding block from Kelly denied him.

Cantwell was more of a goal threat at Selhurst Park than Pukki but is still yet to get attacking returns away from home in 2019/20

By all accounts both Pukki and Cantwell still had chances between them in Gameweek 7 which may be enough to convince their owners to hold onto them for next weekend.

Gameweek 8 brings Norwich back to Carrow Road, where they have averaged 2.7 goals per game this season, while Pukki and Cantwell have scored 13.3 and 7.7 points per match in front of their own fans respectively.

Meanwhile, upcoming opponents Aston Villa are yet to keep a clean sheet on the road in 2019/20, conceding a total of seven league goals across three away matches since achieving promotion into the top-flight.

“The players didn’t let me down today, they tried everything and gave their heart. We just weren’t effective enough in using our chances. Carrow Road will be a fortress again next week. We have to go through this difficult time together.” – Daniel Farke

Lewis hurt his elbow at Crystal Palace on Saturday

Farke will be hoping he can receive some positive news on the injury front this week as his squad still contains nine FPL flags.

Encouragingly, he got Max Aarons (£4.4m) back from injury against Crystal Palace, who slotted back in at right-back after a two-game absence.

“Max Aarons was solid. It was important for him to have these minutes and to be back. I was pleased with him. It’s the first piece of good news in several weeks that he is back. We need the quality and experience of everyone as quickly as possible.” – Daniel Farke

However, Farke will be sweating over Jamal Lewis (£4.5m) who fell on his elbow at Selhurst Park and is reportedly at risk of being ruled out long-term with a broken arm.

“I’m a bit more concerned about Jamal Lewis because he fell on his elbow and that could be a major injury. Ben Godfrey got cut and was bleeding a lot, but nothing more.” – Daniel Farke

Former Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has made the centre-back starting spot his own at Palace

Crystal Palace increasingly becoming a side worth trusting in their home matches, especially at the back.

In four league outings at Selhurst Park this season they have conceded just one goal and are unbeaten there since April.

Were it not for Diogo Jota‘s (£6.2m) late goal in Gameweek 6, Palace would have clean sheets in all home matches played in 2019/20.

That might encourage interest in the likes of Cahill and Ward although the next three visitors to south London are Manchester City, Leicester and Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Kelly was back in for the injured Mamadou Sakho (£5.0m) although it’s hard to say if he’s nailed on to start every match considering that the former Liverpool man is reportedly not going to be out for long.

“Mamadou Sakho is injured, but hopefully it is not an injury which will keep him out for months, so we’re very fortunate in that area. Of course, there are areas of our team where the competition for places and ability I have to replace injured players is a lot more hazardous.” – Roy Hodgson

Palace will be without Milivojevic in Gameweek 8 through suspension

However, trusting Palace’s attack continues to be a tricky exercise. Luka Milivojević (£6.7m) had been goalless before this game and while he scored from the penalty spot (where else?) he will now miss Gameweek 8.

That may be of some encouragement to a West Ham side likely to be without Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m) for at least the next few weeks.

The central midfielder picked up his fifth yellow card of the campaign in Gameweek 7 so will now miss the next match.

“He’s enormously valuable, that’s why he’s captain of the team. He’s been a massive influence on and off the field, particularly on the field, with the way he plays and his understanding of the game.” – Roy Hodgson

Without him on Saturday afternoon, the Eagles may have to work extra hard to add to their two away goals scored this season.

Wilfried Zaha (£6.8m) will naturally be turned to for threat, even if he has just one goal in his last 19 at home.

The Ivory Coast international was instrumental in the win over Norwich. He was the one who played the ball into James McArthur (£5.1m), who on the penalty, while it was Zaha’s movement that helped him set-up Townsend’s late clincher.

Crystal Palace XI (4-5-1): Guaita; van Aanholt, Cahill, Kelly, J Ward; Schlupp, Kouyaté (Townsend 70′), Milivojević, McArthur (McCarthy 79′), Zaha; Ayew (Meyer 90′).

Norwich City XI (4-2-3-1): Fährmann (McGovern 22′); J Lewis, Godfrey, Amadou, Aarons; McLean, Leitner; Cantwell (Roberts 81′), Stiepermann (Drmic 66′), Buendía; Pukki.

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  1. Klein
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Any news on fitness of Trossard?

  2. The Review - Gameweek 7
    TheFantasyFreÆK ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    The Review : GW 7

    Greetings everyone, welcome to the latest edition of The Review. Here’s an overview of how things stand in the FPL stratosphere at the moment:

    1) Teemu Pukki’s points per game at home vs points per game away (~13 v 3.25) clearly needs further introspection. When I delve deep into the data, the statistics show that this variation in points is self-explanatory. At home, Pukki is averaging 4 shots inside the box per game (to 1.75 away), ~1.75 big chances per game (to 0.5 away) and 0.75 big chances created per game (to 0 away). Pukki’s xGi (expected goal involvement) at home of ~86 mins (to ~274 mins away) further explains this glaring disparity.

    2) As someone who follows numbers very closely, the stark contrast I notice in Wolves 19/20 v Wolves 18/19 from a defensive point of view is very worrying. Wolves have conceded triple the number of big chances this season than they did at this stage last season (12 v 4), hence the xGc (expected goals conceded) has nearly doubled (5.5 to ~10). Shots in the box conceded have also witnessed an alarming rise of ~46% (39 to 57). Whether this is down to the Europa League factor or second season syndrome, this is a problem that needs to be addressed by Nuno very quickly.

    3) This seems to have become a regular feature of my articles, but I can’t seem to stop myself from raving about Manchester City’s attacking numbers. With De Bruyne having already created double the number of big chances than anyone else has done this season, their attack seems to be on a completely different level right now. If you think their attack was frightening last year, then this season they have already recorded ~30% more big chances than they did at this stage last season - which could be put down to De Bruyne’s unreal creativity as suggested above. Sterling still is ranked top for big chances in midfielders and has by far the best xGi (expected goal involvement) of all midfielders in the league. With Wolves’ defensive frailties highlighted earlier, the City attacking options are primed to haul and hence are in my opinion, the best captaincy options for GW 8.

    4) Missing big chances seems to be the flavor of the month. If you’ve just had an appalling GW, look away - this isn’t for the faint hearted! Abraham had 3 big chances against Brighton, but was wasteful in front of goal which means that he has now missed all 5 of his previous 5 big chances. Callum Wilson’s conversion rate for a change regressed to the mean, with the Bournemouth forward finally missing a big chance that came his way. Like Abraham, he had 3 big chances come his way too and was unlucky not to haul like his numbers suggested.

    5) At the other end of the spectrum lie Chris Wood and Dominic Calvert Lewin who have now scored in each of their previous two games, which comes as no surprise to me having seen their recent numbers. Both Wood and Calvert Lewin are joint top for big chances over their past two matches for all forwards. Aguero is the only forward who rivals the duo for xGi (expected goal involvement) over this period. Both will fancy their chances when Burnley meet Everton at the weekend.

    6) They say that every light has a shadow and if Chris Wood is the light, then Ashley Barnes has been the shadow. While Chris Wood has accumulated 5 big chances over the past 2 GW’s, Barnes hasn’t recorded a single one over the past 4. Their numbers seem to be heading in different polar directions, and with so many forwards putting forward a case for selection in our FPL teams, Barnes might be on borrowed time.

    7) Newcastle's xG (expected goals scored) of 0.05 in their 5-0 loss vs Leicester was the lowest to be recorded in a single game this season. Newcastle is a prime fixture for FPL managers to target for clean sheets right now, with Newcastle having by far the lowest xG of all teams this season. They also remain the only team in the Premier League not to have recorded a xG of >~1 in any of the 7 games so far. Leicester, meanwhile continue to impress defensively and are now ranked best for xGc (expected goals conceded), big chances conceded and shots in the box conceded over the season, which is all the more impressive given their opening early fixtures.

    8) Another team which is showing signs of improvement defensively is Chelsea, who are ranked best for xGc (expected goals conceded) and shots in the box conceded over the past 2 GW’s. Options are a plenty in the Chelsea defence, with Tomori a bargain at £4.6m and the full backs offering attacking threat. Azpilicueta, as highlighted last week continued to impress and created a big chance against Brighton. He also has the best minutes per baseline bps ratio of all Chelsea defenders over the past 2 GW’s so is likely to get bonus whenever Chelsea are to keep a clean sheet. Alonso, meanwhile also created a big chance and was unlucky not to score from a big chance himself.

    Data taken from UnderStat and FFScout. Thanks for taking the time out to read patiently, I hope you enjoyed the read! Lastly, with a heavy heart, I’d like to announce that real life commitments are such that I will unfortunately struggle to find the time to compile a thread/article in October and November, so The Review is temporarily taking a two-month hiatus before I am back to writing again in December. Having said that, I will continue to post whatever little bits of information I find interesting on my Twitter handle - thanks for the love!

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      xxx

      1. TheFantasyFreÆK ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Cheers, Tina! 🙂

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      What’s your twitter? You have been the biggest contributor this season so far sad to see you go for a short while hope you’re okay xx

      1. TheFantasyFreÆK ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        @bigmanbakar

        Thank you for your kind words man! 🙂

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      thanks mate. really enjoy these

      1. TheFantasyFreÆK ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Cheers, I'm glad you like the content! 🙂

    4. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Thanks as always for sharing TFF

      1. TheFantasyFreÆK ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        No worries TLF, appreciate the lovely feedback thank you! 🙂

    5. Lindelol
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Thank you bro

      1. TheFantasyFreÆK ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        No worries man, thanks for taking the time out to read! 🙂

    6. theroadrunner
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      yo just saw this on twitter. great job man

      1. TheFantasyFreÆK ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Thanks very much man, appreciate it! 🙂

      2. Nightcrawler
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Link?

            1. Nightcrawler
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Thanks first time reading this. Excellent work

                1. TheFantasyFreÆK ⭐
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Cheers! Glad you liked the content 🙂

        • NestorC
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          As always, great stuff, enjoyed reading your posts from gw 1. You will be missed, and I hope we see you again in December.
          Cheers mate

          1. TheFantasyFreÆK ⭐
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Thank you for the continuous support man, means a lot! 🙂

        • Sloopy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Very good (as usual). Thanks!

          1. TheFantasyFreÆK ⭐
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            No problem, Sloopy! Thank you for the compliment 🙂

        • mixology
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          I upvoted before i even read it: that's how consistently great these write-ups are!

          1. TheFantasyFreÆK ⭐
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Hahaha, I'm overwhelmed to hear such generous compliments man - thank you! 🙂

        • Alchim1sT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Great work as always ... looking at Soyuncu over the next weeks

          Worth for Diop?

          1. TheFantasyFreÆK ⭐
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            I'd go for Soyuncu. I think West Ham without Fabianski will be even more vulnerable from a defensive point of view! 🙂

        • doyeon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Great write-ups, you are the man! Will miss this over the next cuppla mths. Cheers mate!

          1. TheFantasyFreÆK ⭐
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            The pleasure is all mine mate, thanks for the love! 🙂

      3. KGFC
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        For those only holding KDB as their City attacking option, what are you doing for City's upcoming home fixtures. Doubt we'll get anything from Pep so that means everything else may well be pure speculation.

        So are you planning to get someone in for this week's game? Sterling? Kun? Mahrez perhaps?

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Cantwell/ Mcginn to sub in

          😎

          1. KGFC
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Yeah, will have to rely on the bench.. too much value tied in to sell him if he is only out for 1-2 weeks

        2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 22 days ago

          If he is confirmed out for a few week ill definitely get Mahrez

          1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 22 days ago

            *Also own sterling

          2. TONY123
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Who is out for a week??

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              kdb "potentially"

              1. TONY123
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Not good :/

            2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Noone is. nothing confirmed yet

              1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 22 days ago

                But if he is, I predict Bilva to take his position in midfield and Mahrez to be first choice RW. Dilva and Gundo can also play in those midfield positions though

          3. KGFC
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            That's the challenge... Pep won't say anything and the rest will be all gas talk

        3. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Not panicking but it is a worry
          I’ve got my best ever rank going ~25k and much of that is down to Kdb. I’ll avoid taking hits to bring another city attacker in

        4. Sepp Blattered
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Ben Dinnery advised he trained ok after Saturday's game, suppose we'll have to await midweek pressers

      4. Lord Bendtner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Hi all,

        What would be the ideal wildcard team ? This is what I have for now, any comments ?

        Pope / Button
        TAA - Ota - Soy - Lunds - Rico
        Sterling - KDB - Son - Cantwell - Dendoncker
        Vardy - Pukki - Abraham
        1.5 INB

        Rico to chelsea def ?
        Is Aubam a must have ? Sterling/Pukki to Mahrez/Aubam ?

        1. Devo-McDuff
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Wouldn't want to start Cantwell every week, though good option for some fixtures and first on bench.Maybe upgrade Dendo to McGinn/Yarmo (prefer the former but latter fixtures better)

          Auba definitively great to have but not essential, Vardy is a very good alternative with the fixtures.

      5. Firmino
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        WC team:

        Roberto McGovern
        TAA Otamendi Soyuncu Tomori Rico
        Salah KdB Mahrez Maddison Mount
        Aubameyang Abraham Greenwood

        0.2 short, where to downgrade?

        1. Warby84
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Abraham to pukki

        2. Boberella
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Where’s Lundstram?

        3. Klein
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Lundstram?

        4. tafrère
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Soyoncu/Tomori > Lundstram
          Rico > Kelly

        5. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          I'd get rid of Greenwood because he annoys me a lot - but I get it

      6. StayoutheSpiceZone
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Can't believe that KDB is out, now Matip!

        1. AuFeld
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Sell KdB before his price drops!

        2. jtreble
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Mane in the injury pipeline I suspect too.

          1. Hakim Ziyech
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Klopp only mentioned matip

            1. jtreble
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Current Reddit rumour.

          2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Mane looks more like a strategic rest. Easy CL game at home, makes sense

            1. jtreble
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Possibly. We’ll know soon enough.

        3. OptimusBlack
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          KDB 100% OUT ????

          1. tafrère
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Groin injury... Not the kind of injury you recover in 72h I presume.

            1. OptimusBlack
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Oh thx

        4. Arteta
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Is it official?

        5. Slitherene
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 22 days ago

          He's out for the CL match. Sell!

      7. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        On Alisson:

        "We have to see for Leicester, then for United.. 100 per cent"

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Matip is finally getting in some clean sheets

      8. GW7 Rough with the Smooth
        Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Gameweek 7 Rough with the Smooth

        How did your GW7 go? Were any of your players benched? Did you get any injuries? How did your bench perform?

        Feel free to post your tales of joy and woe from Gameweek 7 here:

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Rough: low score even though I was happy with my team

          Smooth: Transferred in Perez for his mega haul, FPL feeling much more fun this year

        2. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Rough: KdB prob injured the first week I buy him
          Smooth: OR 91

          1. TONY123
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Nice rank Rudi

          2. Boberella
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            OR 91! Well done
            I’m OR 91k and happy to be in top 100k and only 30 pts off top 5k!!

          3. Jarvish Scott Talent
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Mad skiilz bruh 😀

          4. Slitherene
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Have you played any Chips? Wildcarded?

          5. Kopkloppers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Too beautiful!

          6. Lindelol
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 22 days ago

            have you missed k mistakenly?

        3. Klein
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Rough rough
          No smooth.

        4. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          All rough!

          42 points, Salah(c) fail, front 3 scored 5 points and fell to 497k

        5. Murder On Zidanesfloor
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Rough: Aurier (-2)
          Smooth: Decent 56 thanks to Sterling (c) and Cleansheets

          1. Hakim Ziyech
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Must be a nice OR

        6. asquishypotato
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          I had an 8 point hit that worked out smooth

          Digne (1) Dendo (3) Salah (3) and Barnes (1) for
          Soyuncu (6) Mount (6) Son (5) and Aubamayang (9)

          10 points gained as well as some value preserved!

          1. Skogen89
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Same here! To top it all i went Coleman --> Aurier ... Coleman with an assist and bonus, aurier -2!

        7. SkeletONv01
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          TERRIBLE GW, scoring 45 with a pretty much template team :[ 51 average, get out of here with this nonsense ^^

        8. Warby84
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          700k to 1m but team is still pretty good... Just going to ride the bad weeks as the good weeks will come

        9. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Rough: brought in Tielemans for Lanzini but forgot to set lineup before lock out, so wasted transfer especially since I’ll bench him vs Liverpool
          Smooth: 63 points with Tielemans benched I had King starting for his 12 points. McGinn Mount Auba and Kdb all attacking returns

          26k OR (449 total points)

        10. Arteta
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Smooth: My free transfer was Zinchenko to Pereira.

          Rough: Bottled Vardy captaincy.

        11. I hate Moreno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          smooth: -4 for McGiniesta, Tammy and Trent and took out 3 players who scored 1 point each (Digne, Barnes, Lanzini)
          rough: captained Tammy for yet another captain fail. Made a promise to myself I will only captain KDB from now on (cue the injury). Red arrow to 700k. Feel team is good, but it's boring. Been bored for years tbh.

        12. Tomerick
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Rough: Brought in Aurier.

          Smooth: The Vardy haul.

        13. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          All rough, down to a miserable 340k 🙁

        14. Nightcrawler
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Got aurier and Abraham with my two free transfers

            30 points and a GW Rank of 6.7m.....

          • Bouncebackability
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Smooth: Ricardo in for Digne.

            Rough: Missus might be induced on Saturday ahead of this weeks games. Inconsiderate or what.

          • philc
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Rough - transferred out Digne and King for Aurier, Abraham and -4.

            Smooth - Aubamayang proving a small relief.

          • ritzyd
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Rough: brought in Aurier as part of a -4
            Smooth: also brought in and captained Vardy as part of that -4

          • Santigold
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Rough: I had Josh King since GW1 and now transferred him out for Abraham. Unlucky really. This GW King only had one shot and one chance created and got a goal and assist, whereas Abraham had 3 big chances and 2 chances created and blanked.

            Smooth: Also got in Mount for D.Silva. Captained Sterling.

          • marzo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Rough- Took a -8 to make these changes. 1st hit of the season.
            Out- 23 points.
            Ryan (4), Coleman (6), Ceballos (1) (fair enough) + King (12). -8
            In- 10 points - 8.
            Pope (1), Otamendi (1), Mount (6) + Abraham (2).
            74k-> 141k.

            Seeing Coleman + King do so well especially was very rough as I had been patient with them up to this.

          • Vobinho - Holly's Hams…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Big smooth for once.

            Total score of 79, big green from 480k to 110k

            Vardy captain, Auba, McGinn, Mount, KDB, Sterling, TAA & Soyuncu all delivering.

          • BRKFCTrueRover 42
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            King out for Abraham as part of a minus 4

          • liiusions
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Benched Dilva for Tomori and Soyuncu.

            Pep Roulette can be predicted 😎

          • Just-In-Cider
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Smooth: transfers were Digne, Ceballos, Haller ➡️Soy, Mount, Vardy(C) for a -4 jumped up 700k+ in ranks

          • SweepaKeepa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Smooth: McGinn Again
            Smooth: Vardy Party
            Smooth: OR 140
            Rough:
            Smooth: Bought Alonso over Ota
            Smooth: Wilson machine

          • corderz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Digne > Tomori which gave me a defence of Tomori Robbo TAA Soyuncu (25 points)

            Captained Vardy

            Up 300k

        15. FOO FIGHTER
            3 months, 22 days ago

            If KDB is out, things are going to get really interesting.

            1. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Depends how long. I doubt they get that interesting

            2. EMBOLOFAN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 22 days ago

              why? nobodys gonna sell him

              1. STEP ROVERS - BLAME IT ON R…
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Agreed you will only buy him back for 9.8 (9.5 buyer)

          • TONY123
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Who's the best pick out of the 4.5m WHU defenders? (The most likely to get attacking returns)
            Fredericks or Diop?

            1. Klein
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Heard from wham fans that fredrick is the most attacking. But havent watched them much.

            2. HMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Wouldn’t touch if Fab is out

            3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              I'd avoid with Fabs out

          • OptimusBlack
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Who out if you want AUBA ??
            A- Abraham
            B- Pukki

            1. tafrère
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Pukki.

            2. SkeletONv01
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              At least give Pukki the next game, H to Villa. Hes C material 🙂

              1. OptimusBlack
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Okay but in want to get AUBA too 🙁

            3. STEP ROVERS - BLAME IT ON R…
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Who you losing in midfield or defends

          • DIMITRIS
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Should I switch Salah for Mane? Hear me out:
            There are tough games ahead for Liverpool, and Mane always looks sharper in those tough games than Salah, and also I could spare 1.0 m for investment in other areas ?

            1. FOO FIGHTER
                3 months, 22 days ago

                UTD and Spurs tough?

                1. DIMITRIS
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Yeah I know, but Mane's record against top 6 is better than Salah's

                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                      3 months, 22 days ago

                      Mane not in spectacular form plus Salah is on penalties and sharing freekicks/set pieces.

                2. Pep Pig
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  I'm personally thinking of captaining Salah against Utd the way they look at the back. As for the Spurs game, his record against them is great

              • Better luck next year
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Anyone playing fantasy CL in here? How does this look for a WC for GW2?

                  Ederson Vlachodimos
                  Tagliafico Varane VVD Orban Osorio
                  Hazard Sterling Salah Tousart Szoboszlai
                  Kun Bale Mbe Soh

                  Cheers!

                • tafrère
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  KDB injured
                  Adrian soon to be replaced
                  AWB ill

                  And only 1 FT available. What should I prioritise ? Not keen on taking a -4.

                  A) KDB > Mahrez
                  B) Adrian > Pope
                  C) AWB > Otamendi

                  I guess I should wait until last minute because 1 or 2 of them could start this weekend.

                  1. MTPockets
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    yep wait

                  2. HMC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    Do you have WC still?
                    Burnley have solid fixtures so Adrian to Pope looks very good

                    1. tafrère
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 22 days ago

                      No WC left.

                  3. Park the bus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    dont see why you'd bin AWB just because he was ill?

                • FOO FIGHTER
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    KDB not flagged as yet so no alarm bells yet.

                    1. Hakim Ziyech
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 22 days ago

                      fpl tower doing fpl tower things

                    2. Brimble82
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 22 days ago

                      Flagged now

                      1. Nigel Knows
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 22 days ago

                        Indeed he is

                  • Kung Fu Football
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    I made the incredible moves of Ryan & Coleman > Fabianski & Aurier last GW, not only did Ryan score 6pts and Coleman the same with an assist but Fabianski gets a nasty hip injury and looks out for GW8 and Aurier gets himself sent off with his red against Southampton!!

                    What to do here? Do i keep Aurier and bench for 1 week (Lundstram would deputise who does have a decent fixture vs Watford) or get rid of him now?

                    Then just Fabianski > Kepa maybe? (no other Chelsea defence and obviously amazing fixture run)...i have 0.5ITB. Am also considering using my Wildcard, any thoughts very much appreciated, thanks.

                    Current team :

                    Fabianski* / Button
                    TAA / Otamendi / Aurier* / Lundstram / Rico
                    Salah / Sterling / KDB / McGinn / Dendoncker
                    Abraham / Pukki / Barnes

                    1FT - 0.5ITB

                    Wildcard team should i hit the button? :

                    Pope / Button
                    TAA / Otamendi / Tomori / Lundstram / Rico
                    Salah / KDB / Mount / McGinn / Guendouzi
                    Abraham / Aubameyang / Vardy

                    1. MTPockets
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 22 days ago

                      Would fix the gk, start Lundstram

                      1. Kung Fu Football
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 22 days ago

                        Thanks.

                    2. Klein
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 22 days ago

                      I would start with confession with your local priest. Clear the sins buddy.

                  • SkeletONv01
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    From 500k to 1.2m in 2 GWs i HATE this game :/

                    1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 22 days ago

                      All it takes is one good gw to fly up the ranks

                    2. Overated Mou
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 22 days ago

                      Be patient mate
                      Im worse than you
                      From 800k to 2mil in gw7
                      We can do it!

                    3. Nigel Knows
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 22 days ago

                      Below 3.4m should get you down.

                      Otherwise big rises very possible. You need to be averaging min 50 pts per week if not time for new hobby. Raise that average to 60 over next few weeks then up to average 65 by Xmas, then higher again in new year. Easy with green arrows and a top 10k finish

                  • Jay Jay Okocha
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    Fleshing out my WC skeleton:

                    Pope, McGovern
                    Otamendi, Soy, Lundstram, Rico, ___
                    ___, Sterling, KDB, Cantwell, ___
                    Aubameyang, Abraham, Pukki

                    A) Kelly, Salah, Dendoncker
                    B) Tomori, Son, Mount

                  • Beehindyou
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    Each week I’ve been happy enough with my team but I’ve been slowly dropping down the ranks (1.8m currently)

                    Pope
                    TAA / Digne / Lund
                    Salah / Sterling / KDB / Cantwell
                    Tammy / Pukki / Haller

                    (Mings / Rico / Dendonk)
                    2FTs 0.1ITB

                    Time for something a bit more adventurous?

                    A. Salah + Haller to Auba & Mount (with Pukki to Vardy next week)
                    B. Simple Digne to Soy/Pereia/Tomori/Ota and re-evaluate after international break?
                    C. Something else?

                  • Better luck next year
                      3 months, 22 days ago

                      Anyone playing fantasy CL in here? How does this look for a WC for GW2?

                      Ederson Vlachodimos
                      Tagliafico Varane VVD Orban Osorio
                      Hazard Sterling Salah Tousart Szoboszlai
                      Kun Bale Mbe Soh

                      Cheers

                      1. Overated Mou
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 22 days ago

                        Do you use wc now?
                        Im activating my limitless for gw2 atm
                        Would rather have benzema than bale
                        Need di maria, atletico and madrid def.
                        dont forget napolis attacking players imo

                        1. Better luck next year
                            3 months, 22 days ago

                            Yes, believe I will use limitless in GW4. Thanks for feedback mate!

                      2. Park the bus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 22 days ago

                        If KDB has a slight groin issue and doesn't play for a GW, is it really a big deal? most will have Cantwell first sub at home to Villa...

                        1. SkeletONv01
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 22 days ago

                          Yeah, if out for 1 GW, its a no issue.

                        2. Nigel Knows
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 22 days ago

                          Pep will be sensible withdrawing him from next Premier League match, and from Belgium- allowing him 19 days to recover for Palace away in GW9.

                        3. avfc82
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          • 10 Years
                          3 months, 22 days ago

                          To some it won't be an issue, but to others it could be.

                          It's not ideal if you have built a squad with Cantwell as your fourth midfielder, or if De Bruyne is your only attacking coverage from City.

                        4. CL4PTRAP
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          3 months, 22 days ago

                          Ben Dinnery update on Twitter says he trained as normal. So all a non issue really. Pep rotation is still the biggest threat to his game time tho.

                          1. avfc82
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • Has Moderation Rights
                            • 10 Years
                            3 months, 22 days ago

                            It's not a non issue tho is it, as he missed yesterday's session which was open to media.

                            1. CL4PTRAP
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              3 months, 22 days ago

                              Let's hope Pep clears it up in CL interview.

                              1. avfc82
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • Has Moderation Rights
                                • 10 Years
                                3 months, 22 days ago

                                Yeah fingers crossed, you just know he'll be vague tho!

                        5. STEP ROVERS - BLAME IT ON R…
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 22 days ago

                          1 week not but if he misses two I would definitely punt on another position.... for me the move should work our cost neutral and I have a wild card. Don’t feel two concerned about this tbh

                      3. Nigel Knows
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 22 days ago

                        Better fixtures for your striker (next 5 bit in any particular order):

                        Set A
                        Home v MAN UTD, WATFORD, VILLA
                        Away v Brighton, Bournemouth

                        Set B
                        Home v ARSENAL, BURNLEY
                        Away v Southampton, Palace, Liverpool

                        1. Nigel Knows
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 22 days ago

                          Not listed in any particular order

                        2. Sailboats
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 22 days ago

                          A

                        3. Slitherene
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 22 days ago

                          Pukki vs Vardy?

                          1. Slitherene
                            • 1 Year
                            3 months, 22 days ago

                            Things change after GW 8, A won't have Villa & B will have Liverpool removed. Choose wisely!

                      4. Sailboats
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 22 days ago

                        Which is the better long term option?

                        1- Vardy and Otamendi (extra funds will sit ITB)
                        Or
                        2- Auba and Tomori

                        1. Nigel Knows
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 22 days ago

                          2

                        2. Slitherene
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 22 days ago

                          1

                      5. Lindelol
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 22 days ago

                        Repost

                        Heaton (Button)
                        Ota Digne Lowton (Lund, Soyuncu)
                        Salah Sterling KDB Mount (Dendocker)
                        Tammy Pukki Wilson

                        1 FT
                        1. Salah to Son
                        2. Salah + Wilson to Son + Auba for a hit
                        3. Anything else

                      6. ShaunGoater123
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 22 days ago

                        Uber cheap defence worth it for a strong front 7? looking at:

                        Tomori / Lowton / Soyuncu / Lundstram / Rico

                        Salah / Sterling / Son / Mount

                        Auba / Pukki / Abraham

                        1. Sailboats
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 22 days ago

                          I’d get TAA at least

                          1. ShaunGoater123
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            3 months, 22 days ago

                            significant downgrade elsewhere to afford that though.

                      7. Indio
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 22 days ago

                        Is Sterling and Haller > Mahrez and Auba for a hit crazy?
                        I'm languishing at 1.6M OR and really feel like shaking up my attack.

                        1. SkeletONv01
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 22 days ago

                          Getting Mahrez? For a hit? By dropping Sterling? Dunno if its crazy, but certainly looks crazy 🙂

                          1. SkeletONv01
                            • 2 Years
                            3 months, 22 days ago

                            Must be some other move you can make to allow you to get Auba if you really want him 🙂

                      8. upforgrabs
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 22 days ago

                        Really struggling with what to do with this lot with 2 FTs and 0 in the bank. Don’t want to burn a FT. Any suggestions?

                        Pope
                        TAA - Digne - Ota
                        Salah - Sterling - KDB - Cantwell
                        Abraham - Haller - Pukki
                        (Button, Hanley, Rico, Dendoncker)

                      9. borko
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 22 days ago

                        Salah,and pukki out and vardy and mane in...if the price drops for pukii and Salah?

                      10. Powell
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 22 days ago

                        KDB out of the Wolves game and int. break. Likely to miss Palace too. Pep will confirm tonight.

                        Very annoying. Tough to know what to do with him, because the casuals will sell, sell, sell. But how much will he go down?

                        1. Slitherene
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 22 days ago

                          Source?

                          1. Powell
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            3 months, 22 days ago

                            Can't say. Check Pep's presser after the game tonight.

                      11. Runaway
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 22 days ago

                        If KDB is confirmed out,

                        A) KDB + Haller > Auba + Yarmolenko for -4

                        B) play Cantwell and save the FT?

                        Full team atm:
                        Ryan
                        TAA Zinchenko Lundstram
                        Mane Sterling (C) KDB Mount
                        Abraham Haller Pukki
                        Button Cantwell Cahill Rico
                        0.2 ITB