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Scout Notes

Form and fixtures aligning for Chelsea’s value-for-money attacking assets

Southampton 1-4 Chelsea

  • Goals: Danny Ings (£5.9m) | Tammy Abraham (£7.7m), Mason Mount (£6.8m), N’Golo Kante (£5.0m), Michy Batshuayi (£6.6m)
  • Assists: Yan Valery (£4.8m) | Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.9m), Willian (£7.0m), Marcos Alonso (£6.2m), Christian Pulisic (£7.2m)
  • Bonus: Willian x3, Abraham x2, Batshuayi x1

Chelsea may be a work in progress and not without their issues but the Blues are fast becoming one of the more attractive teams from a Fantasy perspective, certainly in attack.

Frank Lampard’s side are, along with Liverpool and Manchester City, in the top three for big chances, attempts on goal, shots in the box, efforts on target and, most crucial of all, actual goals scored this season.

Not since the opening day of the campaign has the west London club failed to score and they are averaging just under three goals per match in the last six Gameweeks, with Sunday’s 4-1 rout of Southampton the latest success story.

Chelsea’s attacking assets are offering not just points but value for money.

Not a single Blues player started this season priced higher than £7.5m, while Mason Mount (£6.8m) and Tammy Abraham (£7.7m) are first and second among midfielders and forwards respectively for points per million spent in 2019/20.

This was another enjoyable day for owners of both players, with Abraham producing a brilliant lob to open the scoring and Mount doubling Chelsea’s advantage soon after when racing onto a Willian (£7.0m) pass to fire past Angus Gunn (£4.5m).

There could have been further returns, with Mount screwing horribly wide when teed up by Abraham and the latter ignored by Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.9m) when unguarded six yards out in the second half.

It wasn’t just their attacking returns that made this an encouraging afternoon, with a strutting Abraham causing Southampton plenty of problems and Mount unsurprisingly looking much more of a goal threat when deployed as a number ten rather than out on the left wing or further back in midfield.

Lampard said of Abraham after full-time:

When people are in good form, things happen for them. It comes from how Tammy has handled himself all season, from pre-season, from early season when people were questioning him in different ways, and the work ethic behind the scenes that gets him in such good nick.

He’s not just an incredible handful for defenders, with his running, holding the ball up and good feet; he’s getting the goals which is brilliant for him.

I trusted in Tammy at the start of the season. I felt it was his time to come back to Chelsea. He also has Oli Giroud, a World Cup winner, and Michy Batshuayi, a top-class Premier League striker, and he has made the position his own in the short term.

He has to keep that going because competition is key. Over the course of the season, we will need everybody, but he deserves the great week he has had and the great season he is having. I’ll keep on him because I want more.

Abraham trudged off gingerly late in the game but the Chelsea boss added:

He’s fine. He took a bang on the back of the knee, but I think he wanted a round of applause!

These two players need no introduction, of course, and each currently sits in more than 33% of FPL squads following their early-season exploits.

Might Hudson-Odoi offer us a differential third route into the Chelsea attack, though?

The young winger, playing in his preferred left-wing role, caught the eye here and supplied the assist for Abraham’s goal, also going close to scoring himself when firing at Gunn’s legs just after half-time.

Selected by just 0.9% of Fantasy bosses at the time of writing, Hudson-Odoi is a tempting option given that Chelsea sit top of our Season Ticker over the next four Gameweeks and have some appetising fixtures beyond that.

The Blues’ bloated squad is the main issue, of course, and with the likes of Ross Barkley (£5.6m), Christian Pulisic (£7.2m) and Pedro (£6.9m) waiting in the wings, the risk of rotation is an obvious one.

Having said that, Lampard has shown commendable loyalty to some of his ‘favourites’, with Mount an ever-present starter in the league, Abraham making the line-up in the last six Gameweeks and even Willian handed four successive 90-minute run-outs since his return from injury.

The Chelsea head coach’s trust in youth may also be to Hudson-Odoi’s advantage.

Lampard said of Hudson-Odoi’s performance:

He did well. It was a great assist for Tammy’s goal, a great ball. His work-rate was good, he stayed tight to the midfield and released himself to the full-back. It was all the things I want from the wingers.

He could have got a goal, he got in behind a few times where he can be lethal. That’s where I want him.

He can get better. He has had a serious injury so fitness has been a bit of an issue, and looking after him. Now he’s showing he’s getting towards proper match fitness.

Willian deserves an honourable mention for his man-of-the-match display down the right flank, teeing up not only Mount for his goal but also Hudson-Odoi for his aforementioned big chance too.

Lampard said of the Brazilian:

Willian was the standout today, without a doubt. If you wanted to show our wingers what we want from them, we would show them a video of his work ethic today, and his quality and burst of pace on the ball.

In the last four or five games he has been our best player. It’s a great thing to say when you have got players who are examples on the pitch around these young boys.

Chelsea’s defence have made strides in recent weeks following their early-season struggles but this was another match without a clean sheet (they only have one to their name this season) and Fikayo Tomori (£4.7m) was not his usual composed self, almost gifting Danny Ings (£5.9m) a goal with a slack backpass on the stroke of half-time – the excellent Jorginho (£5.0m) getting back to clear the Southampton striker’s goalbound shot.

The Saints’ goal was a weak one from a Chelsea perspective, too, with Yan Valery (£4.8m) waltzing past six players and teeing up Ings via a fortuitous deflection off Kurt Zouma (£4.7m).

The Blues’ boss said after the game:

The fact we allowed someone to stroll into our box to make it 2-1. We switched off from the throw-in, which we had talked about, and then we offered them up a chance at the end of the first half which would’ve made half-time much nervier than what it was.

To be fair there will be a lot of weeks I will sit here and say the boys at the back have been brilliant – and they have recently – but you can’t afford to give little moments. Those are pointers for all of us that we are not there, we are nowhere near the finished article at the minute.

Still, with Chelsea’s next four opponents all in the bottom half of the table for goals scored, it would be a surprise if there isn’t at least one or two shut-outs to come before the November international break.

While Chelsea’s forthcoming matches are appealing, Southampton’s own fixtures are anything but.

This was the second of seven straight matches against teams that finished in the top ten in 2018/19 and it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side slide into the bottom three by the time their fixtures turn for the better in Gameweek 14.

Their players are unlikely to appeal to Fantasy managers for the time being, then, but it is worth noting how Hasenhuttl’s troops are performing given that our Leicester, Manchester City and Arsenal assets will be facing the Saints before we reach December.

The in-form Ings, again keeping Che Adams (£5.6m) out of the side, was a threat with his pressing from the front, going close with a second-half header on top of the two efforts we have already discussed.

Nathan Redmond (£6.3m) fired narrowly over from distance but in truth there wasn’t much intensity in attack, aside from the busy Ings.

The defending was just as bad, with the combination of Hasenhuttl’s ever-changing, sometimes baffling tactics and the Saints’ tendency to shoot themselves in the foot costing them dearly.

Gunn made a big error of judgement, not for the first time this season, when rushing out for Abraham’s goal and it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see Alex McCarthy (£4.3m) between the posts for the trip to Molineux.

Only Watford and Norwich have conceded more goals than Southampton this season, which will be encouraging news for Fantasy managers whose assets face the Saints in the coming weeks.

Hasenhuttl said after full-time:

I think this game was a little bit too easy for the opponent.

We only have a chance to turn around if you see clear and be very honest and say ‘ok, this is not enough, we must do it much better’, and then we have to work on it.

If we are as a team more committed than we are at the moment then we have chances to take something.

At the moment the work against the ball is not really in the net we normally do it and in one-against-one situations we know they are always very strong.

Members Analysis

Southampton XI (4-3-3): Gunn; Valery, Yoshida, Bednarek, Bertrand; Romeu, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse; Redmond (Boufal 81′), Ings (Adams 80′), Long (Obafemi 73′).

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Mount (Kovacic 79′); Willian, Abraham (Batshuayi 84′), Hudson-Odoi (Pulisic 79′).

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567 Comments Post a Comment
  1. masyuris
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 days, 10 hours ago

    Which one is better option:
    A. Pukki
    B. Haller

    1. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 10 hours ago

      Haller. Plays on a much more solid team

  2. Slitherene
    • 1 Year
    11 days, 10 hours ago

    Have decided to get in Vardy.
    Still have a big decision to make.

    A) Pukki -> Vardy & play VvD (mun)
    B) Ayew - > Vardy, by downgrading VvD & play Pukki (bou)

    So which one do you think is better?

    1. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 10 hours ago

      B. Depends on who you bring you for VVD as well as whos the third player for A unless you sit the player you bring in for VVD

      A: Vardy, VVD, ??
      B: Vardy, ???, Pukki

      1. Slitherene
        • 1 Year
        11 days, 10 hours ago

        Play Vardy & VvD, First Bench : Diop
        Play Vardy & Pukki, First Bench : Diop

        1. sunnyh
          • 6 Years
          11 days, 10 hours ago

          whos the player you get in for VVD?

          1. Slitherene
            • 1 Year
            11 days, 10 hours ago

            Backline would be Lascelles, Digne, Soyuncu, Tomori & Diop after I get the Newcastle defender.

  3. FDMS All Starz
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 10 hours ago

    Q1) Thoughts on going without a pool attacker for the next 4 and WCing after?

    Q2) thoughts on Auba, great fixtures but do stats and eye test back it up?

    1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      11 days, 10 hours ago

      1: Liverpool attackers do not have tough fixtures

      1. sunnyh
        • 6 Years
        11 days, 10 hours ago

        will Pool players outperform the upgrades you make in other areas? thats the real question

        1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          11 days, 9 hours ago

          I might be alone on this, but I don't consider Auba an upgrade on Wilson, and I now have Wilson + Mane

          Spending more does not necessarily equal upgrading. There are many balanced squads right now with Salah/Mane + TAA + Sterling + KDB/Mahrez + Tammy + Mount + Soy/Pereira + Lund + Rico/Kelly, with the differences really coming in dropping one of these assets I listed and whether you have Wilson or Auba

          So the upgrade I guess you're making... Is to have Madders/Mahrez in Salah's place (you wouldn't be selling Mane due to recency bias, so I guess you have Salah) and then Auba for... Pukki?

          Could work, yes. But I don't agree that it's an upgrade. Not when Arsenal's midfield is crap so Auba feeds off scraps... With Wilson going toe-to-toe with him so far and Vardy, the flat-track bully, about to go on a run of bulliable fixtures... And Tammy being Tammy

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            11 days, 9 hours ago

            “I might be alone on this, but I don't consider Auba an upgrade on Wilson”

            With you all the way on this - always been skeptical of Auba after an extended period of frustration with him last season

            Wonderful player on his day mind you... but frustrating for FPL

            1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              11 days, 9 hours ago

              Had him at all the wrong times last season

              Every time I owned Auba or Laca, I realized Unai was my problem, not them

          2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            11 days, 9 hours ago

            It's Sterling/Aguero on that list, sorry

          3. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            11 days, 9 hours ago

            I agree, for the next few fixtures at least.

            Can see Aubameyang popping up with a goal but are these fixtures really thay amazing from an attacking standpoint?

            1. SHU - Conceded 2 in last 4
            2. CRY - Conceded 2 in last 3
            3. WOL - Conceded 1 in last 3
            4. LEI - Conceded 4 in last 4

            Tottenham & Wolves' capitulations in GW5 feel like slight anomalies, and Leicester have played three of the big six teams in those four.

    2. Slitherene
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 10 hours ago

      1. Not a bad idea. Only time will tell.
      2. Get him in.

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      11 days, 10 hours ago

      Mane 2nd and Salah 3rd in the midfield points table. TAA = attack in FPL and joint 1st in the defender points table.

      Yes sure, go without Pool attack 🙂

      1. sunnyh
        • 6 Years
        11 days, 10 hours ago

        I dont think thats the question.

        Would you take Mane + Haller or Vardy + Mount + 0.5M itb

        Just an example, but you can make a pretty compelling case for the second option

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          11 days, 9 hours ago

          I have Salah, TAA, Vardy, Mount, KDB and Tammy. Soon I will add another attacker in Robbo.

          1. sunnyh
            • 6 Years
            11 days, 9 hours ago

            Just an example, you know what i mean.

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 10 hours ago

      Newcastle (!) have beaten both spurs and Man Utd this season

      Liverpool’s next 2 games are against... Man Utd and spurs...

      Please tell me what I’m missing here in terms of why on god’s holy green earth would you want to avoid Liverpool attack

      1. sunnyh
        • 6 Years
        11 days, 10 hours ago

        United defence is actually pretty good, its their attack thats trash. Spurs is ripe for the taking, but would you be surprised if it ended up like 2-1 or 1-0 for LIV? I wouldnt be

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          11 days, 9 hours ago

          I’d be shocked if Utd managed to restrict Liverpool to one or two to be honest - look at their results & check who they have played - is there anyone within a country mile of the quality of Liverpool?

          And yet Utd are still struggling to make the top 10...

          They haven’t played a team of that calibre yet this season, and morale is getting LOWER with each passing game rather than higher

          I could see a potentially historically embarrassing result if Utd aren’t careful, and even if they are careful Liverpool still have the quality to score heavily

          Could be wrong of course though 🙂

          1. sunnyh
            • 6 Years
            11 days, 9 hours ago

            Fair points for sure! I just think its greatly exaggerated and wouldnt be surprised at all if both the MUN and TOT games are tight and cagey

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              11 days, 9 hours ago

              Honestly, there’s nothing to suggest they will be tight games - the gulf in quality is far too vast

              That’s not the same thing as saying they WON’T be tight though, as anything can happen in a one off game - but i’d Be backing Liverpool 9 times out of 10 on current mutual form for both of those games

              I don’t want to be relying on the 1 in 10 chance, even though it’s still obviously a possibility 😉

      2. Slouch87 Scott Talent
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 10 hours ago

        United are in complete disarray and they have conceded against supposedly inferior sides. I expect Liverpool to hammer both them and Spurs. Can't possibly understand why these 2 games are considered to be "difficult fixtures".

        1. sunnyh
          • 6 Years
          11 days, 9 hours ago

          I mean, City has lost to Norwich and Wolves on a 3 day rest. Liverpool conceded 3 to Leipzig within 20 minutes of game time. Stranger things have happened in the past month...

          I think Pool wins the games, but its not exactly a walk in the park. Pool hasnt looked convincing themselves lately either.

          Theres a definite argument to be made is all im saying

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            11 days, 9 hours ago

            I think the argument is that Utd could get lucky though, rather than there being any logical reason why Liverpool wouldn’t continue to score goals against both them and spurs

            On the eye test I don’t even think utd’s defence has been good - they’ve always looked shaky when tested, Lindelof, Tuanzebe, Maguire, Young - all of them can be (and have been) exploited by much worse attacks than Mané, Salah, Firmino, Robbo, TAA

            If Allison’s back it could get very ugly

            1. sunnyh
              • 6 Years
              11 days, 9 hours ago

              Really? Haha and here i was thinking MUN defence has looked decent.

              Also depends on AWB availability as well. I dont know, just dont think the descriptions of the demise of MUN and TOT are a little exaggerated. Id be very comfortable starting TAA against MUN though

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                11 days, 9 hours ago

                Lindelof has been terrifyingly bad wheni’ve Watched him - palace exploited him beautifully with high balls, he let Jordan Ayew bully him... Tuanzebe & Maguire messing about with the offside for Auba’s goal... Young I’d just out of his depth as a premier league fullback (imvho)... I didn’t think they were great v West Ham

                And those teams are puppy dogs compared to the pack of hungry wolves they’ll face in liverpool’s Front 3 & fullbacks

                But as I said maybe I’m reading this all wrong & Utd will do ok - I just don’t see it though 🙁

          2. FOO FIGHTER
            11 days, 9 hours ago

            Liverpool still scored 4 vs Leipzig?

            1. mookie
              • 6 Years
              11 days, 9 hours ago

              They played Salzburg...

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                11 days, 9 hours ago

                I know, hence the question mark at the end in reply to Sunnyh.

    5. LE CHARO
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      1) I've asked myself a similar question, and I think I'm going without a Pool attacker until GW13. MU and Spurs are poor, but there's no way I'd captain Salah or Mané ahead of Aubameyang or a City attacker when they face them, and I don't think I'm the only one.

      2) He's returned in every game except the last one, Arsenal are currently 3rd and embark on a fantastic run, he's a fantastic option.

  4. sunnyh
    • 6 Years
    11 days, 10 hours ago

    Which would you pick to score more this week?

    TAA + Haller + Vardy (c)
    TAA + Vardy + Wilson (c) - 4pts
    Mahrez + Haller + Vardy (c) - 4pts

    Debating to get in Wilson (c) or Mahrez for a hit

    1. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 10 hours ago

      Please let me know your thoughts! 🙂

    2. Slitherene
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Not A, as C will beat that.
      Tough call between B & C.

      1. sunnyh
        • 6 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Cheers - really tempted by Wilson captain, and not too messed about playing TAA against United

        1. Slitherene
          • 1 Year
          11 days, 9 hours ago

          My armband is set on him.

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      A best

      1. Slitherene
        • 1 Year
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        You expect TAA to get more points than Mahrez, next GW?

        1. sunnyh
          • 6 Years
          11 days, 9 hours ago

          I think he could. United attack has been horrible, but they always perform well against pool.

          Then again, Mahrez could be great if Bernardo is banned....

          1. Slitherene
            • 1 Year
            11 days, 9 hours ago

            I expect United to score atleast 1 goal to take away the CS. But he could easily have attacking returns.

            On the flip side. Mahrez could score in double digits.

            1. Slouch87 Scott Talent
              • 4 Years
              11 days, 9 hours ago

              Can't see Utd scoring .

            2. sunnyh
              • 6 Years
              11 days, 9 hours ago

              Cant see United scoring unfortunately, unless they get fired up for once this season for the derby. They've only scored 3 in the last 6, and they came against Astana, Rochdale and Arsenal....

              Coming from a United fan it hurts 🙁

      2. sunnyh
        • 6 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Its the hits that complicate things. Really not sure if one would outperform the other :/

        1. Slitherene
          • 1 Year
          11 days, 9 hours ago

          B then.

    4. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Easy A

  5. jtreble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 10 hours ago

    Is Connolly now the preferred 4.5 forward?

    1. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 10 hours ago

      Go 3 in attack. Would you play Connolly week in week out?

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 days, 10 hours ago

        I'm not doing anything. Just curious.

    2. AuFeld
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 10 hours ago

      A bit of a paradox- I don't think any forwards at 4.5 are preferred. A lot of rotation at BHA and Connolly has only started one match. Not for me.

    3. DGW Sane TC Fail....
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 10 hours ago

      I have Greenwood and i would prefer him to be in my squad. Might do it when i have a transfer to burn.

    4. rick ding whoop
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 8 hours ago

      got to be the top 4.5 forward to have.

  6. LE CHARO
    11 days, 10 hours ago

    Bottomed earlier... Current team is :

    Pope Button
    TAA Otamendi Söyüncü Lundstram Diop
    Salah KDB Mount McGinn Cantwell
    Agüero Pukki Abraham

    Here is my plan up to GW13 :
    GW9 : Salah and Pukki to Maddison and Aubameyang - £2m ITB remaining
    GW10 : Cantwell to Yarmolenko
    GW11 : ??
    GW12 : Save FT
    GW13 : Yarmolenko and Agüero to Mané and forward below £7.2m

    Of course this is adaptable in many ways and injuries could happen, but the main steps are to go with Agüero and Auba who will share the captaincy between GWs 9 and 12, and to get Mané for Liverpool's fixture turn in GW13. Thoughts on this, fellas?

    1. Karhumies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      I have a very similar team, and I decided for GW9 to go with Mane, KDB, Mount, Auba, C.Wilson, Abraham. In other words, dropping Pukki & Aguero (rather than Mane) to get in Abraham and C.Wilson with extra money ITB to upgrade either Cantwell or Saka to Maddison for GW10.

      1. LE CHARO
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Yeah I've considered something similar, but each time I look at the upcoming fixtures, I can't bring myself to drop Agüero, even with the threat of rotation.

        1. Karhumies
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          11 days, 9 hours ago

          My logic after the MCity vs. Norwich and vs. Wolves fiascos is that if I am captaining someone from MCity again this season, it's going to be KDB captain. And if I am not captaining either Aguero or Mane, Mane is cheaper and without Pep rotation risk.

          1. LE CHARO
            11 days, 9 hours ago

            That's a very sound logic. I've had KDB since GW1 and never gave him the armband, so he's definitely going to get it from now on given my ridiculous captain scores. But despite their last game against Wolves, MC remain the best attacking side of the league and in the next 3, they seem much more likely to score big than Liverpool imo, and a double up could give big rewards if we're lucky with Pep rotation (that's a big if). Tough choice.

            1. Karhumies
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              11 days, 9 hours ago

              Well if you want a double up without captaining, DSilva is the cheapest option and his price tag makes me think "hmm, I wouldn't mind Pep randomly rotating that 7.X as much as rotating a 12.X mil player".

              1. LE CHARO
                11 days, 8 hours ago

                He's not a bad option but at that price, I'd rather have Maddison. I also highly doubt he can match Salah or Mané and I still need someone of that caliber, can't go with just KDB and Auba as my big-hitters. I can accept Kun being rotated if he delivers when he plays, which he has mostly done so far. Also, City can't afford to drop points anymore, so I expect high motivation from their assets, and combined with Kun's fantastic underlying stats, I think we're not far from a hat-trick. Among his next 3 opponents, at least 2 look like adequate candidates.

                1. Karhumies
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  11 days, 8 hours ago

                  That being said, we can only fit 3 forwards into the team and there are a bunch of forwards with cheaper price tags with less rotation, more consistent attacking returns and very decent fixtures. I want the captain to explode, but when I'm not captaining, I am looking for consistency and an affordable price tag so I get a more balanced XI.

                2. Karhumies
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  11 days, 8 hours ago

                  Also, with how Chelsea have been scoring left and right, Tammy is a heavy hitter and I plan to captain him GW9 with C.Wilson as the VC.

                  1. LE CHARO
                    11 days, 8 hours ago

                    Agree with your statement on the cheap forward options, but it seems to be the road everyone is taking and I'd like to explore a different approach there. That being said, I can still keep Agüero, do Salah and Pukki to Mané and C.Wilson, and simply delay the acquisition of Aubameyang to GW12 for example.

                    Tammy is indeed a fantastic option, and my armband is currently on him until we have some news for KDB.

                    1. Karhumies
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      11 days, 7 hours ago

                      I think a main reason for this trend is: we have 3 forward slots, let's reserve 1 of them for Aguero/Auba, so we have 2 left. Haller, Abraham, Pukki, Wilson, Vardy, Jimenez, Firmino we are spoiled for choice in the 7-9M bracket. If we go cheaper, we have Maupay, Ings, Wesley all in fine form and even Connelly has recently hauled.

                      Mids we have 5 slots. Let's reserve 1 for KDB and leave the rest open. In that same 7-9 range we have...Mount, Maddison...DSilva? If we go cheaper...Lanzini, Iwobi, Buendia, Yarmolenko, McGinn, Cantwell, Guendouzi, Saka? Not necessarily terrible players but not as explosive as the attackers in the same price bracket. Which encourages us to "go big" with mids (Salah, Sterling, Mane) and "go midrange" with forwards because the "midrange" mids just seem less appealing overall if you choose "big" forwards + "midrange" mids instead.

                      1. LE CHARO
                        11 days, 7 hours ago

                        I get why we have this trend and before I wildcarded in GW7, my frontline was Abraham - Pukki - Barnes so I was all in, but at the time both Agüero and Auba had returned in every single game and looked like forgotten options around here. I thought the time had come to get them in given their reliability compared to Sterling for example, who has been a disappointment since GW4.

                        But you're right, the 7-9M range for the forwards is much more appealing than the corresponding one for the mids, and in the plan I've written above I'm not extremely convinced by the midfield. I had slightly overlooked C. Wilson and now that I think about it, he looks like a much better option than Maddison given the calibre of the opposition he's facing next. You've given me good food for thought there, thanks for your input.

    2. Slouch87 Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 7 hours ago

      Why do Liverpool's fixtures turn in GW13 ?
      Based on the form of the teams they are playing there is only one tricky fixture in GW12. 9 & 10 are potentially easy with plenty of scope for goals. Even the City game offers plenty of scope for goals.

      1. LE CHARO
        11 days, 6 hours ago

        I agree with you that MU and Spurs look terrible at the moment, but I wouldn't call them easy fixtures, certainly not easier than what Auba will be facing anyway. MU's problems are mainly upfront, but at the back they are one of the best teams in the league at the moment. I expect Liverpool to win at Old Trafford, but not comfortably. And I strongly disagree regarding GW12, last year that fixture ended 0-0.

  7. Rhodes your boat
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 10 hours ago

    A) son Pukki
    B) CHO vardy
    C) maddison c.wilson

    1. Slitherene
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 10 hours ago

      C

    2. Karhumies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 days, 10 hours ago

      C

  8. Gunner Boy
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 10 hours ago

    Which is better? Both will leave me with 0.0 itb

    A- Gazzaniga + Wilson
    B- Leno ( maximum 5.0 keeper) + King

    1. WOLVERiNES
      • 7 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      A

    2. 1zverGGadeM
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      I like B

  9. danlynch13
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 10 hours ago

    How does this look for next GW I have 1ft 0.4itb any input appreciated!

    Pope
    Soy/TAA/Otamendi
    Salah/Mount/Sterling/KDB
    Pukki/Wilson/Tammy

    Mcgregor/Lund/Kelly/Dunk

    Thanks guys!

    1. AuFeld
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 10 hours ago

      Pretty solid. Roll it.

    2. danlynch13
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 10 hours ago

      I’d like vardy but don’t know how other than doing Salah > mane + OTA > Tomori

      1. danlynch13
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 10 hours ago

        And it’s dendonker not Dunk sorry

    3. Mr. Wizard
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      How can you afford that team? My team value is 103.2 and there’s no way I can get that front three. Squad is almost identical, Maybe I’m missing something...

      1. danlynch13
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 5 hours ago

        Did you see the correction regarding Dunk is meant to be dendoncker maybe that’s it

  10. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
    11 days, 10 hours ago

    next season im for sure keeping my wildcard for a long time, as soon as you play it you hate your team it seems, and then you're like feck I dont have my wc anymore 🙁

    1. AuFeld
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 10 hours ago

      Good to know.

    2. fc_skrald
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      That is why I have played it the last week of December the last couple of years - but often it turns out that I should have just done nothing...

  11. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 10 hours ago

    Asked before but was misunderstood...
    Which will price drop first (if at all) - Sterling or KDB?

    Also - do we think Auba will rise tonight, trying to catch the rises and its tough at that level of price!

    1. Slitherene
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      KdB
      Auba likely

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

        Bugger - will have to rotate the wildcard slots horribly for that 🙁

  12. Mr. Wizard
    • 8 Years
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    (A) Vardy or
    (B) C.Wilson and why?

    1. Slitherene
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Which one to Captain?

      1. Mr. Wizard
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        No, to bring in

        1. Slitherene
          • 1 Year
          11 days, 9 hours ago

          Don't really know the answer, as I'm getting both.

    2. AuFeld
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Wilson because he is cheaper, better stats imo, and immediate fixtures. xG + xA per 90: Wilson is 0.7 & Vardy is 0.37.

    3. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Vardy, he's been in tremendous form since Brendan arrived at the club and they now have a great run of fixtures coming up.

      1. AuFeld
        • 3 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Also on pens which is a nice perk.

    4. DGW Sane TC Fail....
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      You have to go with Wilson, Norwich and Watford next he could easy score double digits in those games.

      1. Mr. Wizard
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Cheers all. I’ve gone with Vardy... Think Leicester are overall a stronger side, and Vardy on pens just about does it for me. I also feel there’s more attaching competition at Bournemouth e.g. King, H.Wilson etc.

    5. Kun Tozser
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Wilson for next 2 fixtures

      Great on paper, could well troll though!

  13. Steve Bruces Goose is loose
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    New on here, what do people meam when they start a post with "bottomed"?

    1. kyrgios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      When you have to scroll way down to see their last post

    2. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      They previously posted but a new page was then created and they haven't had replies, since everyone's now reading the latest items.

      1. Steve Bruces Goose is loose
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Ah ok, cheers

    3. _nod
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      The're just keeping you up to date on their sexual preferences and is unrelated to the rest of their post, feel free to ignore.

    4. lespaul
      • 10 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      I think it's when someone makes a boring post but still expects that everyone reply

    5. Cpt Crunch
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Bragging about sexual conquests or maybe it’s just a way of letting us know it’s a repost of something that ended up bottom on last page

      1. Steve Bruces Goose is loose
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Thanks, big fan of the berry crunch btw, keep up the good work.

    6. Slouch87 Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Something on theme of "loose as a goose".

  14. kyrgios
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    A or B here lads?

    A VVD Wickham -> Wilson Rico
    B VVD Cantwell -> Maddison Soyu

    Cheers

  15. Salt'N'Pepe
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    Is a Chelsea triple up off Mount, Abraham & Hudson-Odoi too much

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      no

    2. WOLVERiNES
      • 7 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Yes. Mount + abraham should be enough

    3. Karhumies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      If you expect them to score 4 per game going forward, triple up seems legit since all three are very cost efficient and will not hinder the rest of your team too much. Abraham, Maddison and either Mount or Hudson-Ohoi seems to be the "template" choice though.

    4. Kun Tozser
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      3 up always too much because of baps imo

  16. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    Would you change anything here?

    Pope
    Taa ota dunk Lunds soyunco
    Salah sterling Kdb mount cantwell
    Vardy tammy greenwood

    1. fc_skrald
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Maybe Greenwood to Connolly just to see what happens... but probably better to save the transfer.

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      No - Dunk and Lundstram only differences in our teams ( if McGovern your other goalie). I have Rico and Diop. So very good team!

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        * But you have 455 against my 437 points- but I still have WC....

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          11 days, 9 hours ago

          Yes burnt that on poor moves

  17. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    Hmm still in doubt.

    a. Hudson-Odoi
    b. Mount

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      I’m leaning to A as a diff due to sitting at 1.1mil...

      1. Kun Tozser
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Only a diff if he scores more

    2. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      I'm not sure how assured a regular starting place Hudson-Odoi is, so go with Mount if you've got the cash.

  18. Rhodes your boat
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    Chelsea fans, do we see Hudson odoi getting regular starts and if so do we think he gets many goals? (Not sure on his scoring record)

    1. lespaul
      • 10 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Wiki pages includes player stats

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 3 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Does he get in good positions etc though?

      2. Rhodes your boat
        • 3 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Thanks though 🙂

  19. WOLVERiNES
    • 7 Years
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    Lundstram: If you dont have him in your team by now, would you still bring him in ?? with the 0.5 M increase already ?

    1. Kun Tozser
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      If you expect to play him yes if fodder no

    2. Slam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      0.5m is a sunk cost lad
      Still excellent value at 4.5

    3. AzzaroMax99
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Yes. As a 4th deff he is great.

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Brought him in at 4.4m. No regrets other than listening to the Sheffield fan forum in pre-season.

  20. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    Just thinking about it but what would be the best move for next week:

    a) Pukki to CWilson
    b) Salah + Cantwell to KDB+Mount (-4)
    c) Salah to Mane

    1. WOLVERiNES
      • 7 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      B

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      B if KDB fit

  21. The Mighty Hippo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    A

  22. kyrgios
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    Anyone else struggling with C picks so far this season?

    Last season I had 16 C picks from GW1-16 with some return.....this season I have 5 blanks and 1 pick above 10 points

    1. AuFeld
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      What's your strategy to determine who is your best captain?

      1. kyrgios
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Stats opposition form

  23. Kun Tozser
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    Heaton Owners!

    Who and when are you planning on shifting to?

    Or do you just have bigger fish to fry and will leave him?

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Will prolly be slated for this, but if lloris is out for a while, Gazzanigs could be a differential at 4.4. Ryan/Pope the template options

      1. mccormibar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        I was 0.1 away from Montoya > Soyuncu so did the above plus Heaton > Gazziniga with my 2 frees.

        I think he is a tremendous pick up until Xmas. Roberto is also good value at 4.4

  24. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
    • 2 Years
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    (RP) What would you do here?

    1 FT 0.0 itb

    Pope
    TAA Soy Tomori
    Sterling KDB Son Mount
    Aguero (C) Abraham Pukki
    ____
    Button; Lundstram Kelly Hayden

    I posted some options last time (the classic ABC), but would like to have a fresh set of eyes on how to improve the team.

    Thanks

    1. LE CHARO
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Team looks very good for next GW, I'd save my FT.

    2. 1zverGGadeM
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Save

    3. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Sterling to Mané maybe

  25. 1justlookin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    Appreciate thoughts on this WC chaps -

    Pope, McGovern.
    TAA, Soyuncu, Tomori, Burn, Lundstram.
    Sterling, KDB, Mount, Maddison, Cantwell.
    Auba, Wilson, Tammy.

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Pretty template I'd say. Personally prefer Vardy over Wilson, or to at least have cash itb to switch Wilson to Vardy. But that's a luxury for those with great TV

      1. 1justlookin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Yeah, would probably be better but I don't know how I can afford him tbh.

      2. 1justlookin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Is being template a bad thing? I've not looked at any other teams so I wouldn't know.

        Not convinced by Maddison, Tomori, Burn & Cantwell but there isn't much about at around them prices.

    2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Your bench is a little too rich, imo. Your third sub on most GWs could be scoring well

      Burn to Rico, Cantwell to Dendoncker. Dendo can be 3rd sub on the GWs when you'd like to keep Lund/Rico out of autosub reach, like when they face big 6. Lund and Rico rotate well as first subs, making the 5th midfielder kinda unnecessary, especially when he's being sold by so many

      Even if the money you get from these moves can't be spent on your squad, keep it in the bank. You'd want it later

  26. ddfc
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    Do we think Salah will recover for the United game?

    1. mccormibar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Absolutely no chance.

      1. ZICO SENNA
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        lol, meaning yes

    2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Google it. But yes

      1. ddfc
        • 3 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Thanks mate, always get a good answer off you.

        How did you go this GW?

        1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
          • 2 Years
          11 days, 7 hours ago

          Sorry work got in the way. Had a great gameweek with 49 pts that brought me back on track. Top 125k now. How did you do this week? Good I hope?

          1. ddfc
            • 3 Years
            11 days, 5 hours ago

            very good!! 42 for me, which at first I didn't think was great but it got me a green arrow so all good 🙂 now 2 long weeks to stew over the use of 2FTs...

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Sounds like expected to be ok

      1. ddfc
        • 3 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Great thanks

  27. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    What's the likely outcome of the Bilva charge?

    Basically I need to switch around some players on my wildcard team to catch Auba's rise and not sure if I should hold Mahrez (have Sterling too).

  28. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    I'm starting to accept the fact that if KDB's announced fit before the GW9 deadline, I'll be buying him back at 10.0 on the same wildcard where I sold him at 9.8

    Good times 🙂

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

      Fix reckons he's dropping tonight if that is worth anything (probably not by recent form).
      Auba not rising now too - not sure who to believe!

  29. jtreble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    MUN currently has the lowest xGC is the entire FPL.

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      wasn't it really good just a week or so ago - lol

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Yup. :).

  30. Rhodes your boat
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    A) son Pukki (0.1itb)
    B) CHO vardy (1.8itb)
    C) maddison c.wilson (1.7itb)
    D) mount vardy (1.0itb)
    E) el ghazi auba (0.2itb)

    1. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      Those certainly are options, yes

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 3 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Great. Thanks.

    2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 9 hours ago

      C and D are the safest. B is a worthwhile risk too.

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 3 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Thanks anzhi I’m wanting B at the moment!