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Scout Notes

United assets offer FPL managers little incentive ahead of fixture swing

Newcastle United 1-0 Manchester United

  • Goal: Matthew Longstaff (£4.5m)
  • Assist: Jetro Willems (£4.5m)
  • Bonus: Willems x3, M. Longstaff x2, Martin Dubravka (£5.0m)

A fixture swing for Manchester United beckons after the visit of Liverpool in Gameweek 9 but who’d back their Fantasy assets at present?

The Red Devils sit top of our Season Ticker from Gameweeks 10-14, taking on five clubs who are currently ranked tenth or below.

The two remaining teams without a Premier League clean sheet to their names this season immediately follow Jurgen Klopp’s side and, on Sunday’s evidence, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops need all the help they can get.

While poor defeats to Crystal Palace and West Ham were perhaps borderline excusable given how well those two teams are performing at present, this latest loss plumbed new depths.

Solskjaer’s side faced a Newcastle team who had been battered 5-0 by Leicester City a week ago, who sat second-bottom of the table and who had the lowest expected goals tally of any top-flight club this season.

The Red Devils’ failure to create anything of note from open play was alarming, with seven of their 12 chances coming from dead-ball situations.

The visitors’ only clear-cut opportunity saw Harry Maguire (£5.5m) nod an Ashley Young (£5.4m) corner wide from inside the six-yard box but there was precious else to report, with Marcos Rojo‘s (£4.8m) header over from another Young delivery as close as United came to an equaliser.

Marcus Rashford (£8.4m) was left isolated up front but did himself few favours with a sulky display, touching the ball just nine times in the opening 45 minutes and frequently drifting out to the left away from the danger zone.

A last-ditch Fabian Schar (£5.0m) tackle prevented Rashford from tapping in on 70 minutes but that was as close as the England striker came to a chance as he failed to register a single shot on goal.

Solskjaer said of Rashford’s display:

He’s working hard. As I said to the boys at half-time today, you feel for him because he’s running, running and running and he doesn’t get the service.

The first half was very poor, that was the poorest we’ve been because we gave so many sloppy balls away, it seemed like we couldn’t control the ball and we couldn’t find the combinations. Of course, in the second half we dominated but we didn’t create enough.”

With Rashford toiling out wide, the Red Devils had just 16 touches in the Newcastle box – only four teams had fewer in Gameweek 8.

Daniel James (£6.2m) had no joy down the left flank either, so much so that he and Andreas Pereira (£5.0m) swapped wings in a bid to break the stalemate – to little avail.

James has produced four successive blanks now, with his rate of shots worsening to one every 71.8 minutes over that period.

Opposing teams stopping the Wales international from cutting in off the left flank onto his favoured right foot obviously nullifies a lot of his goal threat, something Leicester, West Ham, Arsenal and Newcastle have done quite well over the last month – although Norwich may be more obliging in Gameweek 10.

The return of Paul Pogba (£8.4m) and Anthony Martial (£7.5m) from injury may help United, of course.

Pogba was far from outstanding in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal but was made to look like a world-beater by understudy Fred (£5.3m) on Sunday, while Martial was dovetailing quite nicely with Rashford before his injury in Gameweek 3.

Returning bodies in defence may also help reinforce a backline that hasn’t been too bad on the underlying stats front this season.

Three of United’s first-choice back four were absent through injury or illness yesterday, with Victor Lindelof (£5.4m) joining Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m) and Luke Shaw (£5.4m) on the sidelines.

Only three clubs have conceded fewer goals than Solskjaer’s side this season, with no top-flight side allowing fewer big chances.

The Norwegian said of Sunday’s display and the goal they conceded:

We gave them too many counter-attacks, lifted their crowd, you could see they were behind their team, behind Brucey and it was impossible for me to put one or two players where they should have been.

There are players that try to organise it but couldn’t and when that happens, six or seven back in our own box, but we couldn’t defend that ball. There were two attempts to tackle, from Dan and Fred.

Newcastle deserve credit despite their opponents’ performance, with Steve Bruce getting a reaction from his players after the mauling at Leicester.

It was perhaps no surprise that the Magpies looked more comfortable in the 5-4-1/3-4-3 shape that Rafael Benitez favoured in 2018/19.

When Bruce has stuck with that tried-and-tested system, the Magpies have won two, drawn two and lost just one (away at Liverpool), keeping three clean sheets along the way.

In the games he has experimented with a 3-5-2 or 4-4-2, Newcastle have lost all three and conceded nine goals.

The promotion of teenager Matthew Longstaff (£4.5m) to the starting XI alongside elder brother Sean (£5.0m) brought a lot of energy to the centre of midfield, something Jonjo Shelvey (£5.0m) hadn’t offered much of in the turgid 0-0 draw with Brighton a fortnight ago.

Longstaff is a defensive midfielder by trade but looked a threat against the Red Devils, striking the bar before firing in the winner on his debut in the 71st minute.

Bruce said of the younger Longstaff:

When it fell to him, I thought I’ve seen him drill them in in training but to do it on the big stage…

He’s been a breath of fresh air. He just wants to play football. I thought who’s this ginger kid when we were in China. He’s been good in training.

It didn’t faze him. He enjoyed it. He probably didn’t sleep well last night. He won’t get much sleep again tonight. 

It’s quite a story. I’ve been going 20 odd years and not been able to beat Manchester United and he’s done it straight away.

Allan Saint-Maximin‘s (£5.4m) trickery caught the eye but the Magpies’ attacking players are unlikely to be the flavour of the month even when their fixtures turn for the better at the end of October, given their ongoing struggle for goals.

Their budget defensive assets could potentially re-enter our thinking, however, on the proviso that Bruce sticks with the current set-up.

This was a side, after all, that kept 11 clean sheets in 2018/19, a total that only six clubs could better.

Newcastle sit top of our Season Ticker from Gameweeks 10-18, meeting only Manchester City of the ‘big six’ along the way.

No side has kept more clean sheets than the Magpies this season, while only four teams have allowed fewer big chances in home matches.

FPL managers will likely baulk at paying £5.0m for Schar but Jetro Willems (£4.5m), with two attacking returns and two clean sheets in four starts, is a name to monitor – the return of Matt Ritchie (£5.3m) could ruin that idea, of course.

Members Analysis

Newcastle United XI (5-4-1):  Dubravka; Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Clark, Willems; Saint-Maximin (Atsu 82′), M Longstaff, S Longstaff, Almiron; Joelinton (Carroll 54′). 

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Dalot (Rojo 61′), Tuanzebe, Maguire, Young; Fred, McTominay; Pereira, Mata (Greenwood 65′), James; Rashford. 

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575 Comments Post a Comment
  1. mookie
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 2 hours ago

    I know y'all been trying to keep it secret but when will the ABU party take place? During the the Liverpool game or the relegation Derby against Norwich?

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 2 hours ago

      It's a 24/7 affair at the moment. What a time to be alive 😀

  2. Daghe Munegu
    • 3 Years
    14 days, 2 hours ago

    1ft 0.6 itb

    Pope
    TAA Otamendi Tomori Soyuncu
    Salah Sterling KDB Yarmolenko
    Wilson Abraham

    Button Guendouzi Lundstram Ayew

    Would you save?

    1. momomaimai
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 2 hours ago

      Good team ..... Save

    2. fantasyxprt11
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Could do yarmelenko for Cho maybe? At 5.9 looks an absolute steal with the attacking form of Chelsea
      Alternatively, I would consider downgrading sterling to mahrez and upgrading Ayew to Haller?

      1. Daghe Munegu
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Is CHO nailed ?

        1. fantasyxprt11
          • 8 Years
          14 days, 1 hour ago

          I think he'll start more games than he'll be benched based on what Frank has done with the rest of the squad and other players have said about him lately

  3. My neck my back my Saed Kol…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    14 days, 2 hours ago

    Thoughts on this WC draft

    Pope Button

    Otamendi Tierney Tomori Sonyucu Lund

    KDB Mane Maddison Mount Saka

    Aubameyang Vardy Abraham

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 2 hours ago

      I'd have a longer term option than Saka. Dendo or Cantwell. Would also prioritise Trent myself, rest is very good.

      1. My neck my back my Saed Kol…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Thanks. Yeah definitely take your point on saka. Plan is to bring in Trent around gameweek 13 when their fixtures turn and downgrade either Maddison or mount

        1. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 2 Years
          14 days, 50 mins ago

          no point in going without taa, city will concede at least the same amount of goals until that turn in fixture.

    2. fantasyxprt11
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Would suggest downgrading Tierney to Rico or Kelly and upgrade Saka to Cantwell
      Or upgrade Tierney to TAA and downgrade Maddison to McGinn/Ceballos/CHO

      1. My neck my back my Saed Kol…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        I see the logic but tierney is my wildcard pick, he’s gunna be class. It’s the biased arsenal fan in me

        1. fantasyxprt11
          • 8 Years
          14 days, 1 hour ago

          Well, you could do those moves with Ota then 😛

          1. My neck my back my Saed Kol…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            14 days, 1 hour ago

            Now you’re talking my language chief

    3. Lazaretti
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Good team. Maybe Tomori to Burnley/Brighton def. Chelsea wont keep CS and also to keep option to bring in CHO.

  4. Ambrosiana Inter
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 2 hours ago

    Kdb yet to fall lol

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Too many fpl towers owning him

    2. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      I kinda see their logic in this though, he's already underpriced from the start

      1. Krionos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Or because no one is selling? He is the highest scoring player in the game, a lot of people have value tied up in him and Pep stated he will be ready after the IB...

  5. Pukki Party
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 2 hours ago

    WC? Brought in Auba as a safe captain last week.. would use to get KDB back for free after IB. Team looks okay and could get back KdB for free if i wait a week and have 2ft, currently thinking of saving.

    Pope
    TAA Robbo Digne Lundstram
    Salah Sterling KDB Mount
    Auba Haller

    Button Saka Rico GreenW

    1. fantasyxprt11
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Would save

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Cheers

  6. Annie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    14 days, 2 hours ago

    Pukki + Cantwell to Wilson + Maddison

    Would you do this for a hit?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 2 hours ago

      Good transfers

    2. Lazaretti
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Yes

  7. milanista10
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Wilson vs Tammy
    Vote!

    1. KDB4PREZ
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Tammy

    2. rmt this, rmt that so i sai…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Both!

    3. Better off with a pin and a…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Tammy.

    4. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Tammo

  8. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Now with a break season ticker needs updates.
    Man utd is a bottom team

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 59 mins ago

      Weighting is off. I wonder if there’s much of a tweak as the season progresses?

  9. Christina.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Time to push the boat out me reckons with (c) punt this week.

    1. rmt this, rmt that so i sai…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      this

    2. Tomerick
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Who you thinking? Personally hovering over Tammy but Vardy and Wilson are in the mix.

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Wilson or Tammy

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          14 days, 1 hour ago

          or Kane

        2. Jam0sh
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          14 days, 1 hour ago

          Wilson sounds tempting

        3. Slitherene
          • 1 Year
          14 days, 1 hour ago

          Who would be the safe choice this week?

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            14 days, 1 hour ago

            not the wk to go safe.

            go big or go home.

            1. Slitherene
              • 1 Year
              14 days, 49 mins ago

              See, there is no safe choice this week. Sensible people will punt.

    3. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Wilson

    4. Lazaretti
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      (K)ing maybe for me

    5. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Already on it

    6. Martial FC
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Tammy(C)

    7. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Capping Tammy myself

    8. Openboxman
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Salah for me

    9. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 58 mins ago

      If it’s the week folk gamble I’m going KDB, reverse psychology see

      1. Slouch87 Scott Talent
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 56 mins ago

        Usually when returning from injury KDB gets reduced minutes off the bench.

  10. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Goals 2019:

    Mane 19
    Salah 13

    Assists (official)

    Mane 3
    Salah 6

    1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Mane > salah

    2. fantasyxprt11
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Would love to have both instead of the roulette, these aren't that different a numbers and i think they will balance out over the season, pity it would cost 25m for 2 players, so get 1 and pray 😛

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        I think the thing is mane is edging it and that’s quite a large sample - yet he is cheaper

      2. mookie
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Mane played less minutes though.
        Mane scored a goal every 115 minutes while Salah one at every 176. Also Salah's assist are pretty jammy. Firmino taking the ball from him and scoring or Mane earning a free kick and Salah steps on the ball before TAA scoring.

        1. mookie
          • 6 Years
          14 days, 1 hour ago

          One goal every 176 minutes is 1 goal every 2 games, yet people talk about hauls and hattricks.

        2. Devo-McDuff
          • 1 Year
          14 days, 55 mins ago

          Good stat, adds a lot more context

    3. Martial FC
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      All I know is. Salah isn’t worth the extra money

  11. Atimis
    • 3 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Pukki Son to Wilson Mount -4 and get Maddy in place of Cantwell the week after?

    Pope
    TAA/Ota/Tomori/Soy
    Mane/KDB/Son
    Auba/Abraham/Pukki

    Button/Cantwell/Lund/Hayden.

    1. rmt this, rmt that so i sai…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      exact my transfer yesterday but for free g4it

    2. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Sounds decent

    3. Atimis
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Thanks guys 😉

    4. Better off with a pin and a…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      I'd just do Son - Mount this week. Think there will be goals in the BOU NOR game, but Wilson v Pukki feels like a coin toss (look at their stats) and not worth a -4 to me.

      1. Atimis
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Wanna c Wilson tho

        1. Better off with a pin and a…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          14 days, 1 hour ago

          Yeah, I can see that. It's not a bad shout so if you feel it, go for it. You need a brace from Wilson really; could happen.

  12. Man Chest Hair United
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Thoughts on this wildcard team

    Pope McGovern
    Taa Tomori dunk Lundstram Söyüncü

    Sterling KDB Mount Maddison Cantwell

    Aub Vardy Tammy

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      WC team with Mane?

      No thanks.

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        *without

    2. Martial FC
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Mane over Sterling

      1. Gunner Boy
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        This

  13. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Do we want Aubameyang for the next few fixtures?

    He can pop up with a goal whenever, it seems, 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.

    How many of these would you feel comfortable captaining him in?

    Thoughts?

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      I own. Not going anywhere. Not just about(c).

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        That's fair. You're very highly ranked. Chasing & transferring in is a different story.

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          14 days, 1 hour ago

          Nice fixtures
          ownership still below 30% in top 10k so you will still gain if he does well

      2. Krionos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 59 mins ago

        If you own an 11.0 asset and won't consider captaining him against any of those teams, perhaps those funds would be better distributed elsewhere?

    2. Martial FC
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Definitely worth considering. I got him in. If Arsenal score it’s likely to be him. Can’t complain

    3. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 58 mins ago

      Haha just commented this

    4. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 2 mins ago

      Bought him before gw8 so keeping. Gw9 is tricky because City vs palace, arsenal got shu, so for me it´between King and Abraham or Mané. King plays late tuesday so slight worry that he could be benched, so abraham or mané in gw9.
      GW10, Mané, that´s a given
      Next one i have not decided, to far ahead.
      This talk about not capping expensive players automatically makes them useless i´m not totally agreeing as they could be used as limiting the damage by owning them. That´s why not having the most captained player every week is dangerous, if you have them you limit the damage as you get half their score. Auba for me is a long term, as Arsenal have nice fixtures until december. And i decided that i want KDB, because if he plays he gets assists and if not City won´t score that much. Auba won´t get rotated, Sterling and Kun will. And no point in taking out Mané who plays every week.

  14. Jam0sh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Considering wildcarding this. Maybe only 5 transfers away where'd I'd like to be but Wildcard probably more arguable considering Salah/Mane, no KDB and possible formation change to 3-5-2?

    Pope
    TAA, Digne, Söyüncü
    Salah, Sterling, McGinn, Yarmolenko
    Pukki, Aubameyang, Abraham

    subs: Button --- Lundstram, Dendoncker, Rico --- 1 FT, 0.2 ITB

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Sameish problem for me, did KDB to Auba last week. I'm probably saving as i still trust Liverpool def and Digne.

  15. corderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Hold on to my wildcard?

    1FT 2.5m

    Pope Button
    TAA Robertson Tomori Soyuncu Lundstram
    Sterling Dilva Mount Jorginho Cantwell
    Vardy Aubameyang Pukki

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Yeah I’d hold and then do pukki and Jorg to Wilson and Maddo for a -4

    2. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      13 days, 19 hours ago

      Chelsea triple up without Tammy is unique
      No need to WC
      Silva to kdb if fit?

      1. corderz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 19 hours ago

        Only reason I have Jorginho is because last week I did Greenwood + Salah to Aubameyang + Jorginho as there's not many options in midfield for £5m.

        That's also why I have 2.5m left in the bank. To upgrade dilva to KDB if he's fit

  16. SALVA
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    A or B?

    Pope
    TAA/Tomori/Söyu
    Mane/Salah/KdB/Maddison/Mount
    Tammy/Wilson

    [Rico, Lunds, Greenwood]

    Pope
    TAA/Ota/Söyu
    KdB/Mane/Maddison/Mount
    Auba/Vardy/Tammy

    [Lund,Rico,Dend]

    1. Openboxman
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      B

    2. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      B

  17. Gunner Boy
    • 4 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Which is better?

    A- Gazzaniga + Wilson
    B- Allison/Leno + King

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      A but another cheaper GK, Pope or Ryan

      1. Gunner Boy
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Can't afford that unfortunately.

        1. dbeck
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          14 days, 1 hour ago

          A I guess. 100% not Leno

          1. Gunner Boy
            • 4 Years
            14 days, 1 hour ago

            Allison is tempting though

  18. dbeck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Can you guys cast your eye over this wildcard and let me know what’s not good?

    Pope McGovern
    Boly Rico Soy Webster TAA
    Mount Cantwell KDB Maddo Mane
    Auba Tammy Wilson

    1. Stormbringer22
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      You have all your bases covered with this one. Very good up front

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Cheers, seen better ones with TV of 103m+

        1. Stormbringer22
          14 days, 1 hour ago

          Yeah, some insane TV around here. The players you have up front and in midfield is just a joy to see. I think it is a very balanced team that covers all the big teams with good fixtures. On paper, you should have lots of high-scoring gameweeks!

          1. dbeck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            14 days, 1 hour ago

            Ha we all know on paper hasn’t worked at all this season

            1. Stormbringer22
              14 days, 1 hour ago

              Yep, same here. I WC-ed a couple of weeks ago and remember thinking "there are some high-scoring gameweeks ahead" 😀

  19. Slitherene
    • 1 Year
    14 days, 1 hour 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. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Does B mean a hit?

    2. Slitherene
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      No

    3. Better off with a pin and a…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      If no hit, B. Pukki much better to have than Ayew. You have TAA?

      1. Slitherene
        • 1 Year
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        No, I don't. But I'm planning to get him in GW 13 (with the fixture swing)

      2. Slitherene
        • 1 Year
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        It's basically Pukki (bou) vs VvD (mun), as Ayew will be benched.

        1. Better off with a pin and a…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          14 days, 56 mins ago

          Probably still b. There's a decent chance Pukki can get something at BOU, particularly if some of the injuries clear up for Nor by then.

          1. Slitherene
            • 1 Year
            14 days, 48 mins ago

            Thanks

  20. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Ota out?

    1. Stormbringer22
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      If you have no other fires to put out, then yeah, I think so. Ota should be downgraded to a 4.5 defender and use the money up front. Wait until nearer to the GW deadline

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Who are the 4.5 good guys? Soy/Tomori are obvious but have had price hikes

        1. Slitherene
          • 1 Year
          14 days, 1 hour ago

          Lascelles, Saiss, Chambers

          1. dbeck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            14 days, 1 hour ago

            Surely not?

            Newcastle under Bruce, Saïss isn’t nailed and Bellerin is close to being back

            1. Slitherene
              • 1 Year
              14 days, 1 hour ago

              These are the best under 4.5, considering the fixtures ahead. Just goes to show the dearth of decent defenders under 4.5.
              Saiss is pretty much nailed if he manages to shrug off his knock.
              Newcastle will come good & you're right about Bellerin displacing Chambers in the first team.

        2. Stormbringer22
          14 days, 1 hour ago

          When I say 4.5, I meant that region. Yeah, very much Soy and Tomori being the standout options. Lundy, Mings, Lowton, Dunk, Cahil (after GW13) are all options.

          1. dbeck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            14 days, 1 hour ago

            Yeah cheers,
            I’m on Webster at 4.4 but have a spot in my wc team so thought I’d ask

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Is he injured ?

      1. Devo-McDuff
        • 1 Year
        14 days, 47 mins ago

        No but with his consistently horrific form he surely can’t be far off being dropped. Stones approaching fitness and as a City fan I’d be happy to see even a kid play over him (Garcia is next in line). He’ll likely be my next transfer out, Tomori maybe.

    3. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Fixtures are good

      Not an immediate issue but certainly looks like a dead end (city defence)

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Fixtures are great and he has attacking potential. I'm keeping for sure

    4. Gunner Boy
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Fixtures are still great

  21. FOO FIGHTER
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Article header is misleading, very misleading.

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      the word incentive should never have been used.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        🙂

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

      Is it? Makes sense to me

  22. dbeck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    I’d hold unless on a WC where I think the theme is to go TAA plus cheap guys to spend more up top and in mid

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Reply fail to the Ota chat, sorry

  23. mikess
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    What would you change from this?

    Unfortunately can't upgrade Pukki without a hit.

    1ft 0.0 itb

    Pope
    TAA, Mings, Rico
    Mane, KDB, Mount, Saka
    Aubameyang, Aguero, Pukki

    Button, Cantwell, Lundstram, Lascelles

    1. Stormbringer22
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      To be honest, not much I would change.

      Controversial opinion maybe, but downgrade Kun this week and use the money next week to upgrade Pukki? Template seems to be Auba, Wilson, Tammy (or Vardy) atm

      1. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 57 mins ago

        Fairly certain Kun will play next gameweek. It's certainly an option at some point

        1. Stormbringer22
          14 days, 53 mins ago

          He will most likely play, I agree. They would need to field out their best team after the Wolves game. Bank the transfer, and assess next gameweek if you want to use the 2FTs to upgrade Pukki. Nothing else to change on this team

          1. mikess
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            14 days, 35 mins ago

            Cheers

  24. bigbudgie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Wildcard team:

    Ryan Button
    TAA Soy Tomori Lowton Rico
    Salah KDB Maddison Mount Cantwell
    Vardy Wilson Tammy

    1. bigbudgie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Rate it?!

    2. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Looks solid

    3. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Notices Salah...logs out.

      1. bigbudgie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 51 mins ago

        So If I get Mane instead where do you spend the extra on my team 🙂

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          14 days, 19 mins ago

          Vardy to Auba perhaps or upgrade Maddi.

    4. Slitherene
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 59 mins ago

      6 1
      7 7 6 6 5
      7 9 8 8 6
      9 8 9

    5. TheLord
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 56 mins ago

      Good team, would prefer Mane over Salah on a WC but that's just me!

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 49 mins ago

        This and Maddi flattered to deceive last 2 seasons

        1. bigbudgie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          14 days, 48 mins ago

          Cheers guys
          I've got a lot of catching up to do so a strategy is to double up on teams that can do well like Leicester. Hopefully this is Maddisons year.

    6. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 51 mins ago

      Well balanced for sure. Feels like you need something fun to set you apart (for example I prefer Boly to Tomori). Starting to think your forwards are the sensible route (Haller, Pukki, Jimi can all step in where necessary).

      1. bigbudgie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 50 mins ago

        Thinking about Boly as well tbh

    7. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 47 mins ago

      6 players from 2 teams. Can work but could be boring. 1 player from Citeh?

      1. bigbudgie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 21 mins ago

        If I do Salah > Mane I can do Tomori > Otamendi
        Presuming you mean City attack though.
        Could do Cantwell > Dendonker + Maddison > Bilva maybe

        1. Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          14 days, 15 mins ago

          My choice would be 2 of Leicester and Chelsea and add a Citeh player.
          Bilva on a suspension tightrope, Sterling no value so the call IMO would be Mahrez if Bilva gets suspended. It is hard to choose Citeh atm I know.
          Mane a better call IMO than Mane

  25. Donny_Rover
    • 4 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Current squad is:

    Pope Heaton
    TAA Otamendi Tomori Soyuncu Lundstram
    Sterling Mane Mount KDB McGinn
    Abraham Haller Greenwood

    £0.8m in the bank

    Was considering selling Mane but his/Liverpool’s recent form makes that unlikely. So probably looking at selling Haller & McGinn to find Vardy +1. Saka is the likeliest but if McGinn rises before either of the others I can afford Traore, but will leave me with nothing in the bank (not ideal as I’m looking to offload Greenwood soon).

    Any thoughts?

    1. TheLord
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 56 mins ago

      I would not go Traore, he's not nailed I think. I'd rather go Cantwell at that price

    2. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 46 mins ago

      Traore rotation with Doherty?

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

    Is it just me or are Arsenal's fixtures not that appealing attacking wise until about GW13 when in about 6 of the 7 fixtures between GW13 -GW19 are quality attacking fixtures. shu, CRY, WOL, lei don't strike me as the stuff of hauls.

    1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 55 mins ago

      No I see your point. I'm unsure not so much because of the fixtures but the arsenal midfield - haven't seen enough of them to feel confident in their attacking prowess.

    2. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 44 mins ago

      Holding or Tierney worth a punt?

  27. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    14 days, 58 mins ago

    I wondered if you fine upstanding gentlemen could give your views on Wolves assets?
    Didn't see the full city game but a great result and lovely fixture swing - surely things are looking up?

    1. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 43 mins ago

      The dark tunnel of Europa still hanging around

  28. Stimps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 58 mins ago

    Wilson or Vardy?

    1. TheLord
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 58 mins ago

      Wilson, especially if you can afford Maddison

    2. Stormbringer22
      14 days, 56 mins ago

      Wilson I feel is more consistent, but Vardy more explosive

  29. TheLord
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 58 mins ago

    My team is not in a bad shape but I'm considering wildcarding, thoughts on these moves?

    Ota, Montoya, McGinn, Sterling, Pukki, Greenwood
    To
    Tomori, Kelly, Maddison, Cantwell, Auba, Callum

    Would give me that:

    Pope
    TAA Pereira Tomori
    Mané KdB Maddison Mount
    Auba Callum Abraham

    The big move would basically be Sterling -> Auba, pretty hesitant but Sterling at 12m is not giving value rn...

    1. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 42 mins ago

      Good IMO

  30. Mackans
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    14 days, 55 mins ago

    Thoughts on my WC team?

    Pope (McGovern)
    Trent Otamendi Söyüncü (Diop) (Kelly)
    Mané KDB Maddison Mount (Elneny)
    Auba Wilson Abraham

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 53 mins ago

      Now we are talking.
      Ota is only one I dont like.

    2. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 39 mins ago

      On a WC probably not Ota. Good side though