Opinion

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. Trovsmash
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 15 hours ago

    Hi lads, I need some help making a draft decision.

    Drop who for Ryan Fraser?
    A. Cantwell
    B. James
    C. Ceballos

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 15 hours ago

      C

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 15 hours ago

      No one surely he’s not a first team player

      1. Trovsmash
        • 6 Years
        28 days, 15 hours ago

        see below, I suspect he gets back into the team now he's over illness and injury?

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          He’s been fit for weeks mate

    3. antis0cial
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 15 hours ago

      Is that the best option available?

      1. Trovsmash
        • 6 Years
        28 days, 15 hours ago

        yeah, the best option, I suspect now that he's fit that he will get back into the team sooner rather than later, he's class when he starts.
        I thought he was worth the punt? - as he is a far better fpl asset than the 3 I could get rid of.

        1. ShaunGoater123
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 15 hours ago

          Tough one.

          James feels like he might start gettign rotated a little bit if martial is back and United are so poor.

          Ceballos not nailed, but if does play arsenal have great fixtures.

          I'd probably go James but its a real coin toss

          1. Trovsmash
            • 6 Years
            28 days, 15 hours ago

            I also have Pogba, so i feel one united is enough right? if that were to help make the decision..?

            1. ShaunGoater123
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 15 hours ago

              yeah if you have pogba then one united is more then enough in my opinion

    4. fusen
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 14 hours ago

      In order of getting rid of - C, B, A.

      I had C for like 4 weeks and he's completely worthless as an FPL asset. A is over the honeymoon period, so B has a slight chance of doing something for you but still is now out of form.

  2. Lets all klopp together
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 15 hours ago

    Gtg?

    Pope
    Taa, dunk, Pereira
    Kdb, cantwell, salah, sterling
    Abraham, haller, jimenez

    Bench, mcgovern, lundstram, simpson, hayden

  3. RubberDucky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 15 hours ago

    So i find myself back at Holles St as RD Junior is now over due, im looking concerned, except yet again im here during my WC week so concerned for my FPL team more than i should be.
    If the midwife asks why, i should lie this time and go with protocol!

  4. Raf
    • 10 Years
    28 days, 15 hours ago

    On a WC, any changes? Or gtg

    Pope button

    Taa ota Kelly Tomori Lund

    Mane maddison kdb McGinn Mount

    Vardy tammy Wilson

    1. OleGGMU
        28 days, 15 hours ago

        Gtg imo mate, dont really see any glaring changes. Solid picks in all fronts. Have quite a similar team myself,
        Have r.perreira over tomori, cantwell and yarmo over mcginn and mad , aguero over vardy.
        Honestly been considering the kun -> vardy move myself , only really holding back due to my mini league having kun in just about every team. What are your thoughts though on kun vs vardy?

        1. Raf
          • 10 Years
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          I hate rotation so I’m sticking with guys who play every week.

      • Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 14 hours ago

        Too much money on bench imo

        1. Raf
          • 10 Years
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          What would you do? Downgrade McGinn?

    2. jake0910
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 15 hours ago

      A. Son & Haller
      B. Auba & yarmelenko

      Need some advice please chaps

      1. Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 15 hours ago

        Definitely B, especially long-term.

    3. ShaunGoater123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 15 hours ago

      what do you prefer over the next 2 weeks?

      a) Adrian, Dendonker, Son & Pukki > Gazzaniga , Tielemans (or Perez), KDB & Connolly - 8

      B) Adrian , Son, Pukki > Gazzaniga , Martial , Vardy -4

      Rest of team:
      Button
      Soyuncu, Lowton, Tomori, Rico , Lundstram
      Salah, Sterling, Mount
      Abraham , Auba

      1. RashFraud
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 14 hours ago

        I'd just swap Adrian this GW and do Son > KDB next

        1. ShaunGoater123
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          can't afford that unfortunately. Would be 0.2 short.

    4. Silecro
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 15 hours ago

      Hi guys,

      Haller & Cantwell > Maupay & Yarmo (free) worth it?

      Rest of the team:

      GK: Heaton / 4.0
      DEF: Trent / Ota/ Montoya / (Lowton) / (Lund)
      MID: Salah / Sterling / KDB / Cantwell / (Dend)
      FWD: Wilson / Tammy / Haller

    5. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 15 hours ago

      I'm considering making one transfer a week just to bring in the striker who's playing Norwich and capping them. Thoughts?

      1. Silecro
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 14 hours ago

        It will be fun to make one week transition from McGoldrick to Aguero 😀

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 14 hours ago

        Should I captain Wilson over Tammy this GW?

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          The answer is in my question.

    6. DavidMunday815
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 14 hours ago

      Hey guys - apologies for the issues with the Google Form this morning. We've fixed it now and you should be able to submit your questions no problem!

    7. OleGGMU
        28 days, 14 hours ago

        Hi lads
        I hope you are all well.
        Current team
        Pope, button
        Taa, ota, perreira, lund, lowton
        Mane, KDB, Yarmo, Cantw, Mount
        Aguero, Jimi, Tammy

        0.6 itb
        Looking for an rmt
        Thoughts on kun to vardy?
        Main rivals in mini league have kun, worth the risk of switching or best to keep kun?

      • Stoichkov#8
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 14 hours ago

        TAA, Soyoncu, Lundstram, Rico, xxx

        a) Otamendi + King
        b) Mings/Kelly + Wilson

        1. Stoichkov#8
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          * in b) also can be Lowton or any other 4.6 def

        2. fusen
          • 7 Years
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          Kelly + Wilson and then bench Kelly for 4 gameweeks until the better fixtures arrive. You can get away with the other 4 defenders.

          1. Stoichkov#8
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 14 hours ago

            thats my thinking mate, thanx!

      • Slitherene
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 14 hours ago

        Heaton*
        Soyuncu Tomori Digne*
        Mount Son KdB Salah
        C.Wilson Pukki* Ayew*
        Pope VvD* Diop Stephens

        2 FT, 2.2 ITB

        A) VvD + Ayew -> 4.5 + Vardy
        B) Digne + Ayew -> 4.5 + Abraham

        LEI attack cover or a CHE triple up?

      • SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 14 hours ago

        Just caught up with England highlights.
        Was Sterling playing more centrally/rightwards as opposed to his recent city positioning (further left)?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          More centrally for his goals but initially positioned wide right

        2. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          Played central when he looked threatening. And it was Bulgaria who were shocking

      • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 14 hours ago

        Thank god the international break nightmare is nearly over

        Time for some proper football again 🙂

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          Amen to that

        2. Rik Waller
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          Still 4 days... 🙁

        3. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          Just 4 weeks to the next one 😉

      • paulfantham
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 14 hours ago

        Pick one to bring in:
        A. Rico
        B. Dunk
        C. Mings
        D. Diop

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          A for the lolz

          13 pointer coming v Norwich as he's my first sub

      • Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 14 hours ago

        Ryan ( button)
        Taa otamendi lowton (mings lundstram)
        Salah kdb yarmolenko mcginn (cantwell)
        Aguero vardy pukki

        2ft 0.1 itb

        I was thinking pukki and cantwell to Jimmy and 4.5 mid

        Good moves ?

        Thanks

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          Or maybe pukki to king as Bournemouth plays Norwich ?

      • gooner_112233445566
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        28 days, 14 hours ago

        Which one for next 4 gameweeks?

        A) taa, pereira, kdb, sterling, auba/mane
        B) taa, soy, kdb, sterling, aguero
        C) pereira, boly/tomori, kdb, sterling, aguero

      • chrisw333
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 14 hours ago

        Feedback appreciated - option A or B on Wildcard (or suggestions)
        Option A
        Pope - McGovern
        TAA - Soyuncu - Tomori - *Targett - Rico
        *Salah - De Bruyne - Mount - McGinn - *Saka
        *Auba - Wilson - Abraham

        Option B
        Pope - McGovern
        TAA - Soyuncu - Tomori - *Boly - Rico
        *Mane - De Bruyne - Mount - McGinn - *Maddison
        *Vardy - Wilson - Abraham

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          B has too much money on bench imo

          1. chrisw333
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 14 hours ago

            Fair point, maybe C?
            Option C
            Pope - McGovern
            TAA - Soyuncu - Tomori - Targett - Rico
            *Mane - De Bruyne - Mount - *Saka - *Maddison
            *Auba - Wilson - Abraham

            so Saka & Rico / Targett on bench?

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              Yep C!

          2. chrisw333
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 14 hours ago

            Thanks. Sad to lose McGinn but need some Leicester in there with their fixtures.

      • teneighty
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 14 hours ago

        I have 2 FTs and my planned next 3 moves are Son + Salah + Pukki -> Maddison + Mané + Auba. The problem is that I would like to give all three players I'm taking out one more week but I don't want to burn a transfer.

        Which move would you do this week?

        A) Sala -> Mané
        or
        B) Son - > Maddison

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          Salah this week

          1. teneighty
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 14 hours ago

            Even with the doubts over Son's gametime?

            1. Annie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              what doubts?

              1. teneighty
                • 4 Years
                28 days, 14 hours ago

                Well, he has been rested after prevoius international breaks and they have a CL game next week.

                1. Klaren
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  28 days, 14 hours ago

                  He wasn't rested after last IB though and with the situation they are in right now, not sure if Pochettino can afford to rest him and play Moura, who he obviously doesn't trust/rate highly.

        2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          A

        3. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          A

          1. teneighty
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 14 hours ago

            Seems like a unanimous A. Thanks for the replies guys.

      • The_Bucc
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 14 hours ago

        Pope
        TAA, Ota, Soy
        Sterling, Mane, Mount, Yarmo
        Auba, Tammy, Pukki

        (Montoya, Lund, Dendoncker)

        1FT, 0.2m in the bank. Save?

        1. The_Bucc
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          Or Pukki out?

        2. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          Save yep

      • Lynchy77
          28 days, 14 hours ago

          Leno
          Van dijk wan-bissaka Kelly
          Salah Maddison guendouzi ndombele de bruyne
          Aubameyang firmino

          Bench
          Ryan diop long lascelles

          Would you do any changes. Questioning salah or firmino atm

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 14 hours ago

            WC or no WC?

            If non WC team looks fine tbh. Long term I’d want to ditch Leno and just go with Ryan and fodder - imo it’s pointless rotating keepers as almost always pick the wrong one. Can then pump that money into improving AWB, Guendouzi or ndombele

            1. Lynchy77
                28 days, 13 hours ago

                I have wc up my sleeve but not sure if I wanna use it just yet.

          2. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 14 hours ago

            A) Auba KDB Wilson Maddison +0.5m
            B) Auba Sterling King Maddison +0.1m
            C) Vardy Sterling Wilson Yarmolenko +1.7m (could have Madd over Yarm...)

            Pope McGovern
            TAA Söyüncü Dunk Lundstram Rico
            Mane ___ ___ Mount Cantwell
            ___ Abraham ___

            Also if you don’t mind - I can sell Cantwell for 4.8. Would you downgrade to a 4.4 given I’ll hardly play him so long as my team is 343?

            Much appreciated 🙂

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              The one with Kev!

            2. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              And yes. Dendonker. Or Longstaff at 4.5 🙂

              1. Top Lad Dakes.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                28 days, 14 hours ago

                Cheers for the replies mate. You think it’s alright to go with Kev over Sterling as my only City player? No fear of KDB injury meaning he’s eased back in / out longer than anticipated?

                Also, would you say Auba is worth it?

                1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • 3 Years
                  28 days, 14 hours ago

                  KDB this season is the best FPL asset. It’s whether you want another City player. See below on my conundrum. It’s similar deciding between Auba, Kun and Sterling

          3. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • 3 Years
            28 days, 14 hours ago

            Best pick here and why? Cheers 🙂

            A. 3-4-3 (Vardy+Auba+4.5)
            B. 3-4-3 (C.Wilson+Agüero+4.5)
            C. 3-5-2 (C.Wilson+Sterling+4.5)

            Pope • (4.0)
            TAA • Söyüncü • Tomori/Dunk • (Lunds • Rico)
            KDB • Mount • Mané • Maddison • XXX
            Tammy • XXX • XXX

            1. RashFraud
              • 2 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              A

            2. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              B

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • 3 Years
                28 days, 14 hours ago

                Thanks mate. That’s sort of my preference this morning. Want Kun(C) for those two juicy home games. Do love the long term fixtures of A though

            3. Top Lad Dakes.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              A seems to most fit the wildcard template.

              I’m almost tempted to say C though - maybe just because I’m struggling to drop Sterling myself!

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • 3 Years
                28 days, 14 hours ago

                Yeah they could all work out. I think C is my least favourite though as I don’t trust captaining him. Kind of want to get Kun haha 🙂

                1. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
                  • 4 Years
                  28 days, 14 hours ago

                  Exactly my thoughts. Rule out C then mate. 7 games 21 days someone said. He's going to haul but can you pick it? I feel more confident predicting the others.

                  1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • 3 Years
                    28 days, 14 hours ago

                    It’s very hard. What’s your thoughts on C.Wilson? I’ve been burnt before!! Also, where was your Toon-Hammers team? 🙂

            4. teneighty
              • 4 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              Wilson over Vardy and I think Sterling will prove better value than Kun over the coming gameweeks. But that's just a hunch.

              So C for me.

          4. RashFraud
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 14 hours ago

            Pukki > Tammy worth a -4?

            1. Top Lad Dakes.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              Possibly not. Free, definitely but a hit is risky

            2. avfc82
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 9 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              I'm considering this too, but not sure its worth it.

              Home stats are generally good, but he's blanked in four of his five games at the Bridge in all comps this season, and thats a bit worrying if you're taking a hit.

              1. HarryB29
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                28 days, 12 hours ago

                Had several big chances at home to Liverpool and Brighton however

            3. RashFraud
              • 2 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              thanks guys. might just do it for free next week

            4. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              Absolutely worth it medium term. Just do it.

          5. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 14 hours ago

            Is there any good evidence for the impact Lacazette has on Aubameyang returns and who scores more when they play together?
            Any argument for having both - or is that crazy?

            1. RashFraud
              • 2 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              Has to be Auba. But he may be pushed out to the left

              1. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
                • 4 Years
                28 days, 14 hours ago

                Thanks - but I'm just wondering if his returns are affected that much or whether he benefits from laca-love

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

              They're never going to get a better long run of fixtures if you did fancy the double attack. Would be gold if it worked.

            3. HarryB29
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              28 days, 12 hours ago

              Have looked at the comparison tool for Auba in games where Laca didnt start v where he did, and there is no measurable difference in the key stats eg touches in box, shots in box, shots on target etc

          6. Nellybc
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 14 hours ago

            On W/C, do i go with Pope or Ryan for the GK slot ??

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

              Meh

            2. RashFraud
              • 2 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              flip a coin

            3. Top Lad Dakes.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              keep Whichever you had previously. If neither, Ryan as he’s cheaper

              1. fusen
                • 7 Years
                28 days, 14 hours ago

                good idea ^

          7. Daniel Exeter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            28 days, 14 hours ago

            Who would you swap to get Wilson in?

            a) Pukki
            b) Haller

            1. Top Lad Dakes.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              I’d say Haller

          8. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 14 hours ago

            Would you forego Leicester attack + Auba on a WC if it means being able to fit in Sterling, KDB, Mane, Mount, Abraham, Wilson, Yarmolenko as a front 7?

          9. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 14 hours ago

            Can any Stat Munchers tell me if there has ever been a propensity towards more clean sheets and less goals being scored after an IB?
            This theory has recently plopped into my head, what with jaded players and a routine change etc.
            I'm leaning towards a 532 set-up this week, I think I maybe on on to something.!

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

              More hits? 😉

              1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
                • 2 Years
                28 days, 14 hours ago

                No sir, already in place. 🙂

          10. Bubz
            • 6 Years
            28 days, 14 hours ago

            Have exact cash to do Pukki ---> Jiminez. Would you?

            1. RashFraud
              • 2 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              If you already have Tammy and/or Wilson, yes

            2. Berbinho's Forehead
              • 9 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              If you sell Pukki, he'll brace and Jimenez will blank.

              If you keep Pukki, he'll blank and Jimenez will haul.

              1. Bubz
                • 6 Years
                28 days, 14 hours ago

                This is true

            3. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              I would

            4. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 14 hours ago

              Ya