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FPL Question Time – Consult our panel ahead of Gameweek 9

Fantasy Premier League managers have had longer than usual to prepare for the next Gameweek.

We are just emerging from the latest international break of the campaign but that does not mean our dilemmas are any simpler.

Managers are considering selling their Liverpool assets, Manchester City are perhaps as hard to predict as ever before and we are in need of some answers.

We have put together another panel of managers to help provide some for you this week…

Who’s on the panel this week?

Hindu Monkey – Longtime Scout poster with a brutal blog to boot, HM has delivered an excellent insight throughout his FPL career. His best finish in a fantastic 11-year history was an excellent 2932nd and rose to recent Twitter-fame for his founding of the Barnes Train™ movement.

Gregor – Part of the moderator team, Gregor has an enviable FPL history with three top 1k finishes and a further three top 10k finishes, with a best of 29th in the world in 2016/17.

G-Whizz – Also part of the moderator team, currently in his fifth FPL season, G-Whizz managed a personal best finish of 4,404 in 2018/19.

Neale Rigg – Esteemed deputy editor of Fantasy Football Scout and recent survivor of Hackgate. Despite that setback, Neale remains second in the FFS Mods and Cons league, sat at 47k worldwide, and potentially on course to record a fourth career top 10k finish.

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951 Comments Post a Comment
  1. MeatPieSausageRoll
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    Jamie Vardy has deleted Wayne Rooney on social media

    1. MeatPieSausageRoll
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Flagged for HT

    2. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Classic 🙂
      Angry Vardy (c)?

      1. Freddiebell
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 11 hours ago

        Big fat 2 pts coming vardys way the wekend.

    3. Slouch87 Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Couldn't happen to a nicer couple.

    4. Nigel Knows
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      I think you’ll find Rebekah Vardy deleted Wayne Rooney from Jamie’s social media. Jamie has work to focus on.

  2. Tucker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    Hi all, would you wildcard this?

    Pope/McGovern

    TAA/Digne/Otamendi/Tomori/Lundstram

    Salah/Sterling/KDB/Mount/Cantwell

    Barnes/Pukki/Greenwood

    1. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      No, downgrade Digne or Ota.
      Upgrade Barnes or Greenwood.

    2. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Digne and Ota to Soy and Tierney.
      Use cash to upgrade forwards. Too much value in forwards atm.

  3. Kung Fu Football
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    On WC which do you prefer? Thanks.

    A - Otamendi/Tierney, Maddison, Aubameyang.

    B - Tomori, Sterling, Jimenez.

    1. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      A with Tierney could be saucy

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      A

    3. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      A with Tierney

    4. Kung Fu Football
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Thanks all, sticking with A & Tierney early punt it is!!

  4. Apollo Sanchez
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    A. Yarmolenko > Maddison

    B. Pukki > Wilson

    1. Kung Fu Football
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Ideally both but B if only 1?

  5. Kopkloppers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    Why do people consider fixtures for Citeh?
    I have never been so sure on anything but when Citeh delivers, they deliver properly.
    It seemed unanimous to stay away from Citeh captaincy. I love it because Kun KDB and Sterling become differentials.
    Palace have a good defensive record but means nothing to Citeh.
    If Citeh are on fire, nothing stops them and they are the only side in my Supabrew that get 4 goals nearly every week.

    1. Squeakybum99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      They do? The only thing people consider is 'roulette' and the fact that there are usually more number of players who are capable of scoring big so it's difficult to choose.

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 11 hours ago

        Then why the captaincy video from FFS talked about it and seemed like an eternity?

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      I only have KDB. Capping City not for me at the moment so one is enough.

      Also made cash available for my squad ditching Kun.

      Would not go anywhere near City defence either.

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 11 hours ago

        Nothing wrong. If you don't have you don't have.
        I just see a massive troll on the horizon.

    3. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      I do think you make a good point.

      Defensively, Palace have impressed this season, but I also think you need to factor in the quality of opposition - Everton, Sheff Utd, Man Utd, Villa, Wolves, Norwich and West Ham have generally been pretty blunt going forward... and they conceded four at Spurs.

      Also, last season Palace went into the game in reasonable defensive form and lost 3-1, so like you say, City could easily do the same again, especially if De Bruyne is back.

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 11 hours ago

        Totally this. If KDB is back Sterling will get the armband.

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          28 days, 11 hours ago

          It's probably between him and Vardy for me.

      2. FOO FIGHTER
        28 days, 11 hours ago

        Palace have only conceded one at home this season irrespective of the opposition.

        Pretty sure City are favourites to smash them but you can not rule out an utter frustrating day for City trying to break Palace down at Selhurst.

        City are also an accident waiting to happen when being counter attacked with Fernandinho and Ota in a high line defence. Not sure Stones will change anything and Palace will sit deep, try frustrate, draw City out and look for the opportunity when City lose the ball with their whole team forward.

        KDB is the player who will make the difference in attack, if he plays.

        Pep may change tactics to try protect his defence a bit more.

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          28 days, 11 hours ago

          Yep, some good points.

          They were lucky not to concede against us tho 🙂 and they've played against 10 men in most of those matches. I'm sure Everton, Villa and Wolves had players sent off.

  6. DV8R
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    Any tips on possible changes please?

    Pope
    TAA, VVD, Tomori, Soyuncu
    Salah, Sterling, Mount, KDB
    Wilson, Pukki

    Button, Cantwell, Lundstram, Greenwood

    1FT, 0 itb

    If all is fit do I save?

    1. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Save or downgrade VVD.

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Alisson back keep double Pool def?

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

        Yes . Never been away from my team.

  7. Sadio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    Apologies if this is not the right place to ask this question:

    What is the most trusted place to buy match tickets once the club has deemed them "Sold Out" on their own website?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Terry down the golden lion if your after Newcastle tickets 🙂

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

      Some clubs have ticket resale sites when people can't go to the game.

  8. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    A bit new to the lingo around here so excuse me if I’m being stupid! But when you say higher ceiling are you referring to aerial threat?

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      This is amazing.

    2. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Don’t get it either

    3. Squeakybum99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      XD

    4. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Lmao

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 11 hours ago

        love it

    5. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      A player having a "higher ceiling" or "higher points ceiling" than another player simply means that they get bigger hauls. Some people would say Sterling has a higher ceiling than KDB (just as an example) meaning Sterling in their opinion is a more explosive option than KDB, more likely to get a big double digit haul. KDB may be more consistent but Sterling has the higher ceiling. Meaning KDB may be expected to get 9,8,10,8 in 4 gw's whereas Sterling maybe more like 2, 21, 3, 17 for example. Hopefully this explanation makes some sense 😛

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 11 hours ago

        Good reply. Absolutely no value though to us. You captain every week and you hit a big number now and again and rubbish for next week. Or you get consistent points from KDB.

      2. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Thanks

  9. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    What are your views on TAA? I’m on WC and don’t have him in my team.

    A) Essential, get him now
    B) 7,2m is too much for ifs and buts. Get someone for 4.5-5m and spend the extra money further up pitch

    1. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      A

    2. Kung Fu Football
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      A

    3. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      B for me but I got lambasted for saying so.

    4. Pep Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      I'd say bring him in mate. I believe with Alisson back in the frame, the CS will increase and the double up will be back in contention. If you don't have him, it will be very hard to act on it "if" things do change. I can definitely see both sides as almost 3m can boost your squad nicely elsewhere. Very few have remained on the double Liverpool defence for obvious reasons. But jumping on at the right time could make a huge difference so keep one toe in the water

  10. Kopkloppers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    It took me an hour to get the England Bulgaria report.
    More about race than result.
    Anyone see the match and were impressed/disappointed in FPL assets?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Training session, Sterling, Barkley & Kane looked lively various goals & assists.

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 11 hours ago

        Thanks Steve

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Mings was the best player on the pitch, IMO.

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

        Didn't have much to do but I think he should be starting every game for England. Good positional sense and quality centre back.

        1. Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 11 hours ago

          Tend to agree.

        2. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          28 days, 11 hours ago

          Yeah agreed, bigger tests to come, but I thought he performed well, especially considering what was going on in the stands.

          If England were to select four centre backs in the next squad - who do you think should get the nod? Maguire, Mings, Stones and Gomez?

      2. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 11 hours ago

        Cheers. I like him when he is interviewed and is humble. Glad for him.

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

          Speaks very intelligently . He has definite leadership qualities.

          1. Kopkloppers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            28 days, 11 hours ago

            Totally agree. He is a captain in the making and will calm down the England defense.

    3. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Wilson looked very good for a 7 minute cameo

  11. HarryB29
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    Who scores more over next 4?

    A: Salah, Wilson, Cantwell (Connolly Bench)

    B: Maddison, Aubameyang, Pukki (Cantwell Bench)

  12. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    Interesting Martin Kelly fact;
    Kelly played two minutes for England in a friendly against Norway on 26 May 2012, making him the England player with the shortest international career.

  13. ChelseaKTBFF
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    salah Pukki > Mahrez Auba

    Thoughts on this transfer?

    1. Kell_oggs
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Thinking of Mahrez myself for 4 gwks so I like it

  14. MeatPieSausageRoll
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    Atkinson announced as ref for our game against Liverpool

    Get Salah in for all the penalties now

    1. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Big Ron? He managed United so it is just not fair.

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

      Yes because you couldn't trust a Utd penalty taker.

  15. dataisfun
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    Which 2?

    A. Mount
    B. Yarmolenko
    C. McGinn

    1. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      AC

    2. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      A and C probably, think McGinn long term is a better option then Yarmo, and well Mount is nearly essential.

    3. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      AB unless looking specifically long-term, in which case AC.

  16. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    I wonder if Poch should play Kane behind Son, and have Moura out wide. Moura is the fastest so to the wing for him and Son up front.
    What a fantasy asset Son would be then!

    1. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Kane holds up the ball. not sure if Son could or whether Poch would change the system

  17. Carcetti
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    Pick one

    A) McGinn and Vardy

    B) Maddison and C.Wilson

    1. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      B

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      A

  18. Albert_Luque
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    Pick one, bit stuck this week:

    A) Son and Pukki
    B) Vardy and Maddison for -4
    C) Sterling and Connolly for -4

    Cheers

    1. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Gamble with Son. But he is my no 1 troll.

    2. DannyDrinkVodka
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      A

    3. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      If you think sterling starts which I think he does then C

  19. Nunoooooooooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    Going to burn a transfer this week as have 2FT itb and nothing pressing to do. Would you:

    A) Button ➡️ McGovern
    B) Pope ➡️ Gazzaniga (frees up 0.2 for Pukki to Jiminez next week if required?)

  20. MoManeTaa
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    Please suggest which team looks better ?

    1) Patricio
    TAA Soy Rico Lund kelly
    Mane KDB Mount Cantwell (Salah)
    Tammy (Jimenez) (Wilson)

    2) Patricio
    TAA Soy Rico Lund kelly
    Mane KDB Mount Cantwell (Maddison)
    Tammy (Firmino) (Auba)

    1. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      1 just

      1. MoManeTaa
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        Thanks mate

        Team 2 would give me two players in maddison and Auba with easy run of fixtures but Team 1 wud have Salah perma Captain

        1. Freddiebell
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 10 hours ago

          I know what you mean but I'd stI'll rather 1 mate.

          1. MoManeTaa
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 10 hours ago

            Thanks mate - team 1 it is then 🙂

  21. Freddiebell
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    1ft 0.4itb would you save or is there something I'm missing ?
    Pope/
    TAA/ Otamendi/ Tomori/
    Mane/ Sterling / KDB/ Mount/
    Abraham (vc)/ pukk/ Wilson (cap)/

    Subs Button/ Dunk/ Lundstarm/ Douglas Luiz/

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      May be Pukki to Jimenez

      1. Freddiebell
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        Yeah considered that but Bournemouth's defence isn't great. Might keep pukki this week then get rid next with 2 ft

        1. MoManeTaa
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 10 hours ago

          Wud u be able to afford if Pukki dropped further or Jimenez increased?

          1. Freddiebell
            • 3 Years
            28 days, 10 hours ago

            Yes have 0.4 itb pukki's selling price is 6.9 atm Jiminez buying price 7.1. So even if pukki dropped and Jiminez rose I'd still just be able to afford.

            1. MoManeTaa
              • 2 Years
              28 days, 10 hours ago

              Then wud be a gud idea to do it next week 🙂

              1. Freddiebell
                • 3 Years
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                Cheers mate.

  22. Kopkloppers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    I have players from 9 different teams. Makes me more interested in FPL.
    It can come at a cost though.
    How many do you have?
    Do you choose a player ever to increase team cover?

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      Yeah - In the past seasons I have always tried to chose one player from the top 10 teams - This season I have more than one player from liverpool city and leicster as spurs and manunited are poor

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Soon I will have 3 from LFC and the rest 12 players from 12 different teams.

      LFC and Pope set and forget. The rest I will pick according to fixtures.

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Burnley
      Pool, Pool, City
      Pool, City, Spurs, Che
      Bou, Che, Nor

      Spurs & Nor > Lei & Lei

    4. BNMC
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      At the moment I have:
      BHA, Villa, Lei, Liv, Citeh, Shu, Nor, Ars, Cry (but he doesn't play), and Che. Maybe Wolves soon.
      That's up to 10 or 11 unique teams. I never like taking a punt on too many players from the same team (even a good team) because if they have a bad week then it would drop my score quite a lot. GW8 is the perfect example - those that had 3 City players against Wolves suffered.

  23. BNMC
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Hold Pukki or get Jimenez? Maybe even Haller. I already have Tammy and can't afford Wilson.
    I really need to climb up the rankings and I fear that if Pukki has a good week then I'll be at a loss since Pukki is still 40% owned.

    1. Badgevilla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Josh King?

    2. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Wilson is ideal, but i also really like the look of Jiminez. I'd go for it.

    3. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Give pukki one more week. Bournemouth's defence isn't the best. That's what I'm doing, if pukki blanks against Bournemouth I'll be getting rid of him myself next week.

      1. BNMC
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        Jimenez has a nice home fixture though. Do you know if he played for Mexico over the break?

    4. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      If you do get rid of pukki don't go for second best and bring in King because you can't afford Wilson, that would be the wrong move. I'd get jiminez instead if you can't get Wilson.

  24. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Bench which 2?

    A) Rico
    B) TAA
    C) Lundstram
    D) Otamendi
    E) Söyüncü

    1. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      AC seems obvious to me unless you've any hunches.

    2. BNMC
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Lundstram and Otamendi. Lundy could get something but a clean sheet against Arsenal is unlikely, even though they defend well. And I do think City will struggle to keep a clean sheet at Palace.

    3. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      A C

  25. harry brock
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    25 days, 10 hours ago

    should i take out sterling and king for auba and maddison?? got a free transfer