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How Gameweek 8 disaster paved the way for my Wildcard

It’s been a tough season so far.

Liverpool and Manchester City may be the top two sides in the Premier League table, which I think we all envisaged during pre-season, but it’s safe to say that both teams have disappointed us from a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) perspective.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have won all their games but have kept just two clean sheets, much to the chagrin of those of us who doubled up on their defence.

Pep Guardiola’s defending champions have endured defensive issues of their own and as Fantasy managers, we can count ourselves a tad unlucky as injuries to Alisson Becker (£5.8m) and Aymeric Laporte (£6.3m) have exacerbated the problems.

To compound matters further, captaincy has been an absolute nightmare.

I’ve always believed that the armband should be trusted to players who play for title-chasing/top four teams. In the past, I have turned to options such as Robin Van Persie, Luis Suarez, Frank Lampard and in keeping with this rule this year, I have only captained one of Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) every week,

This has, obviously, been disastrous for me.

Gameweek 8 saw me scrape only 33 points as, like many of you, I struggle to find traction in a what has proved to be a strange season.

My Gameweek 8 team did not do so well

Like many of you, it’s a fairly template squad, that didn’t look too bad on paper. I even had two free transfers (FT) to sort it out. There were a few players I wanted to get rid of –

1. Tom Heaton (£4.5m) – Villa are conceding too many good quality shots and ‘big chances’ with the fixtures about to turn for the worse.

2. Lucas Digne (£6.0m) – Everton look all over the shop and despite having good chance creation statistics, the Frenchman is not delivering.

3. Andrew Robertson (£6.9m) – Liverpool play Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Man. City in three of their next four and the Scot’s attacking output has dipped significantly from last season. I’m happy to hold Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m) but a double up does not seem justified.

4. Nicolas Otamendi (£5.6m) – The Argentinian’s display against Wolves was one of the worst I have seen from a Premier League centre-back and as long as he is part of that Man. City defence, I don’t see too many clean sheets. John Stones (£5.3m) appears to be back in training as well.

5. Mohamed Salah ((£12.5m) – Was 50-50 about selling him, but a possible injury pushes me towards Sadio Mané (£11.7m). He does not look the same player of two seasons ago with teams possibly figuring him out more.

6. Todd Cantwell (£4.9m) – Norwich’s away form meant that an attacking double up was too much. He was a fourth midfielder in my setup, not a fifth.

7. Teemu Pukki (£7.1m) – An alarming dip in output over the last four Gameweeks which saw the Finland international register only four shots on target meant that his spot was up for grabs

8. Mason Greenwood (£4.4m) – Despite various statements hyping him up, Ole Gunnar Solskjær does not seem to fancy the young lad and any chance of regular game-time seems slim.

I am a firm believer that in order to get the most use of your wildcard, you need to use it early. I had initially made a plan to save it for Liverpool’s possible blank week in Gameweek 18 (due to the Club World Cup) but sitting at a 1.2m overall rank made me worry about falling further behind the pack.

Just because my team didn’t look rubbish didn’t mean that it was great. I decided to activate the wildcard on Sunday night and strangely enough, I haven’t made any changes to this first draft that I came up with on Monday:

How my team looks after playing the Wildcard for Gameweek 9

Only five players survived from the initial team:

  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m)
  • John Lundstram (£4.5m)
  • Kevin De Bruyne (£10.0m)
  • Raheem Sterling (£12.1m)
  • Tammy Abraham (£7.7m)

My selection process for each new asset is listed below –

Nick Pope (£4.7m)

Nick Pope looks like the best budget goalkeeper to own this season

I’m a firm believer in cheap goalkeepers and rather than go for a home/away rotation strategy, I prefer to set and forget as with the latter strategy there is a chance of missing a big haul away to a top-six side.

For shot-stoppers, the metric I like to use is expected goals conceded (xGC) (Expected goals conceded) in combination with shots faced.

As the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area Table shows, the Clarets are ranked fourth-best for xGC so far this season with a score of 9.05.

However, they are eighth-worst for shots allowed with 110 which indicates to me that though they are conceding a lot of shots, these are low-quality chances which means more possibility of saves.

Mat Ryan (£4.6m), the other alternative, had faced fewer shots but had a higher xGC which means fewer saves and more goals conceded.

Just to give non-members an idea of what is available within the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area, I have included the tables that helped me choose Pope below. However, the tables later in the article will be available only to those who have signed up to Membership for 2019/20.

Michael McGovern (£4.0m)

The only playing £4.0 goalkeeper currently, although I am aware he’s a short-term option. Unlike last year, loaned out players seem to be losing value rather quickly so there was no point risking value loss with Frederick Woodman (£4.0m).

Çağlar Söyüncü (£4.7m)

With defenders, I am a firm believer in fixtures. I headed over to the Season Ticker in the Members Area and sorted the table for defensive difficulty across the next eight fixtures.

Leicester’s excellent run of matches stood out and they have been posting impressive defensive numbers too, sitting at third in the xGC table above. While I would have loved to get Ricardo Pereira (£6.2m), the budget friendly price tag for the Turk meant that he was a shoo-in.

Fikayo Tomori (£4.7m)

Tomori can offer managers exceptional value in Chelsea’s favourable fixtures

Another a fixture-based selection, with Chelsea sitting fourth in the defensive difficulty ticker. Although the Blues have conceded 14 goals, the fact that they sit fifth in the xGC table, above Manchester City indicates that the defence is shoring up. A bargain at 4.7m.

Diego Rico (£4.2m)

Sadio Mané (£11.7m)

I decided that I wouldn’t be captaining a Liverpool player for the next four Gameweeks but still wanted some attacking coverage so Sadio Mané (£11.7m) seemed like a viable downgrade from Salah, at least in the short-term. Easy upgrade back if needed in the future.

Mason Mount (£6.8m)

Someone who I really should have picked up earlier in the season, the midfielder is a bargain even at his now £6.8m price and he seems to be one of the most nailed-on picks in an attacking Chelsea side.

James Maddison (£7.2m)

Maddison is my chosen Leicester player for Gameweek 9

A Leicester attacker seemed necessary given their incredible run of fixtures, and I’m a sucker for a set piece taker. Although Maddison’s 11 chances created isn’t that great, his 21 shots is fourth highest amongst midfielders and he should be involved in most of the Foxes’ attacking play. I would have loved to get Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) instead but the price tag proved a deterrent.

Callum Wilson (£7.9m)

The obvious lure for Wilson is the immediate fixture against Norwich who look like an absolute calamity at the back. I am very tempted to captain the Cherries man next week given difficult fixtures (on paper at least) for Salah and Sterling.

Aaron Connolly (£4.5m)

Admittedly, I knew little about the Irishman prior to his brace against Spurs but if he can match up to the hype that’s been built around him and nail down a spot in an attacking Brighton side, he’s a great sub option along with Lundstram and Rico.

Conclusion

I believe I have valid reasons for each of these selections and am unlikely to change any of these players unless we get any news that de Bruyne is out for a further period.

I was tempted to change Sterling for Sergio Agüero (£12.2m) given the two home games Manchester City have after the Crystal Palace fixture but the Argentina coach’s recent statement about his fitness have made me put my faith in Raheem.

No Arsenal attacking coverage is a concern but I don’t fancy anyone other than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.1m) and I can’t squeeze him in without selling one of KDB/Mané/Sterling, who I still have more faith in.

Going forward, I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you regularly on the plans for my team as well as further musings on issues relevant to Fantasy Managers.

An FPL veteran of 10 seasons, Utkarsh Dalmia has been a member of the site right since 2009 and has finished in the top 5k in six of those campaigns, with a best finish of 17th in 2010. A Chelsea fan based in India, he relies heavily on statistics for his FPL decision-making process. 

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483 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    27 days, 7 hours ago

    Firmino > Wilson looks tempting, leaves me with only TAA from 'Pool

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      Not too bad

    2. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      Ehh

  2. Oggle22
    • 2 Years
    27 days, 7 hours ago

    2FT
    Pope
    TAA Otemendi Lundstarm
    Salah Sterling Guendouzi Mount
    Pukki Kun Abraham

    Button Cantwell Pieters Kelly

    A) Pukki to King
    B) Pukki/Pieters to king/Tomori
    C) Pukki/Pieters/Kelly to King/Tomori/Soyuncu -4pts

    Cheers

  3. FPL Ultras
    • 2 Years
    27 days, 7 hours ago

    Thinking of captaining Vardy! But at the same time, thinking of transferring him out for Wilson!

    Really tough. Any thoughts?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      Think Leicester will struggle against Burnley. Little space for Vardy to run behind into. 1-1 draw is my prediction.

      1. FPL Ultras
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        But Vardy's performance at home has been great so far...

      2. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        Not sure that the version of Vardy who only scores when Leicester are forced to play on the break exists anymore, that's not Brendan's style and Vardy seems to have adapted somewhat.

        Hope the theory holds up for another week though

    2. Make America Greta Again
      • 5 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      Just transferred him in despite playing Pope and Pieter's! I was never the smartest.

    3. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      Assume you're on a WC?

      I've gone for Wilson (C), with cash to get Vardy in 2-3 weeks. But yeah like you say, if I had Vardy instead I'd probably captain him. Both would be nice but I decided to just get Kun and plan the transfer, because I don't want Wilson long term

      1. FPL Ultras
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        Yes, on wildcard.

        Here is my team:

        Patricio
        TAA, Dunk, Rico
        Sterling, KDB, Mount, Maddison,
        Abraham, Vardy, Auba

        1. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          Looks good, I think it's a toss up between Vardy and Wilson right now. Vardy definitely the better pick from GW13

        2. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
          • 4 Years
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          Nice

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      Vardy is a rather mid term pick with those fixtures, Wilson perhaps better this week ...

  4. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    27 days, 7 hours ago

    2 decisions on wc left and really cant decide after reading posts...

    a) soy and wilson
    b) perreira and king

    got kdb, sterling, taa

    1) have salah now
    2) have aguero for next 3 games (no liverppol attacker) then bring salah/mane for aguero in 3 games
    3) have salah and aguero and ditch sterling now

    On 2b right now

  5. joeydelucchi
    • 2 Years
    27 days, 7 hours ago

    Who would you captain from this lot please ? im really stuck...

    A. TAMMY
    B. VARDY
    C. AUBA
    D. KDB
    E. MANE
    F. TAA

    Please please help me decide!

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      E

    2. FPL Ultras
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      B

    3. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      Is it your Caps Lock key that is stuck?

    4. Make America Greta Again
      • 5 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      Have a fancy Trent will haul.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        You underestimate Lingard 🙂

    5. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      Poll says Tammy

    6. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      Kane, sorry not in the list ...

    7. joeydelucchi
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      anyone else??? stuck on 1 mane, 1 vardy, 1 trent and a few silly silly answers

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        One of those silly answers is the right one ...

    8. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      A

    9. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 5 hours ago

      A

  6. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 10 Years
    27 days, 7 hours ago

    How does this sound?

    Worried Son won't start and could do with catching Mane's price rise tonight

    Son > Mane this week for a FT?

    1. DontPiqueTooSoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      I can't see Son not starting. He is one of Spurs best players and they are desperate for wins. I can see the argument that he might need a rest after travelling but Spurs have a difficult situation which trumps the rest.

  7. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
    • 4 Years
    27 days, 7 hours ago

    Torn between the jazz option and the standard route...(on WC)

    A) Maddison, Wilson, Boly, Pope, Dunk
    B) CHO, Vardy, Tierney, Patricio, Rico
    (in B I would initially have Wilson for a few weeks in any case - upgrading later)

    1. Big Ronnie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      27 days, 5 hours ago

      Think i'm going to go for Tierney on my WC too. I'd do B but with Wilson like you said.

  8. RubberDucky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    27 days, 7 hours ago

    With me on a WC this GW9 will go down in history as something special!
    MY SON WAS BORN!!!!!!

    1. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      Congratulations amigo

      1. RubberDucky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        Thanks amigo

      2. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
        • 4 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        But if you could stop being happy and help with my dilemma above 🙂

    2. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      Congratulations 😀

    3. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      Congrats to you both! My Son doesn't score 🙁

    4. B Bodega: Holly's Hams…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      Congratulations! Say goodbye to full night's sleep 😀

    5. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      Wahaay. Fantastic news brother.

    6. Couch Potato
        27 days, 5 hours ago

        Congratulations on the new Rubberduckling!

    7. rozzo
      • 6 Years
      27 days, 7 hours ago

      Pukki or Haller out for Wilson?

      I have Yarmolenko and West Ham don't seem to be scoring enough to warrant the double up

      1. DontPiqueTooSoon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        Pukki

    8. chaser123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 7 hours ago

      How many points do you think a wildcard is worth?

      I have already taken a -8 but am considering further transfers using my wildcard....

      1. 5225jack
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        I think -12 max

        1. chaser123
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          So would you wildcard in my position?

          Current squad is:

          Pope Button
          VVD Otamendi Tomori Rico Hanley
          Sterling KDB Maddison Mount Dendoncker
          Auba Vardy Abraham

      2. JohnRoss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        20

      3. DontPiqueTooSoon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        -12 max but I would still consider WC strongly if on a -8

    9. 5225jack
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      27 days, 7 hours ago

      Anyone want to give their thought on me getting son in this week? Cheers

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        Brave

      2. DontPiqueTooSoon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        27 days, 5 hours ago

        I think getting IN Son is a risk. I am however leaving him in as he gets his final chance/swansong against Watford but he will be likely leaving my team in GW10

    10. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      27 days, 7 hours ago

      2 Ft's used:

      Heaton
      TAA Lundy Soy
      Mane KdB Mount Cantwell
      Auba Tammy Kun

      GL everyone

      1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        Good luck to you.

        What rank you start your Gameweek?

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          73

      2. B Bodega: Holly's Hams…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        Ryan
        TAA - Dunk - Pereira
        Mané - KDB - Mount - Maddison
        Auba - Tammy - C Wilson

        GL to you too

      3. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        I only have 4 of those 11.

        Says a lot about my rank

      4. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        You got serious service out of McGinn.

        Hope you crack the top 50

      5. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        27 days, 5 hours ago

        Cap?

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          27 days, 5 hours ago

          Tammy

          1. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            27 days, 5 hours ago

            Nice. Good luck.

      6. zøphar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        27 days, 3 hours ago

        Looks great , that's more big hitters than I've seen in any team previously

    11. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      27 days, 7 hours ago

      Who to bench from these 3?

      1) Otamendi
      2) Rico
      3) Söyüncü

      1. The Yorkshire Pirlo
        • 3 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        Currently benching Rico, but might change to Ota

      2. jr3jonny
        • 7 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        B

      3. JohnRoss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        1

        1. TheSteel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          27 days, 5 hours ago

          What am i missing? Palace low scoring

      4. The Pope
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        1

      5. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        Rico

      6. Sailboats
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        27 days, 5 hours ago

        rico

      7. zøphar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        27 days, 3 hours ago

        Rico

    12. OBAMA
      • 5 Years
      27 days, 7 hours ago

      Sterling or Kun?

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        Sterling

      2. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        Kun

    13. The Yorkshire Pirlo
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 7 hours ago

      What to do? Is Alonso safe for another week?

      A) Son, Pukki >> Maddison, (C)Wilson
      B) Son, Pukki >> Maddison, Vardy
      C) some transfer involving Alonso

      Pope
      Soyuncu - Otamendi - Alonso
      Son - Sterling - KDB - Mount
      Auba - Pukki - Abraham

      McGovern - Cantwell - Rico - Lundstram

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        A

      2. jr3jonny
        • 7 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        A - Wilson over Vardy for this week IMO

      3. The Pope
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        A but surely keep Son another week? Maybe just Pukki out or Pukki + Ota?

    14. The Pope
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      1. Bench Lundstram, Cantwell or Zinchenko
      2. Captain Abraham, Wilson, Son, Sterling or Kun

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        Zinchenko Abraham

      2. DontPiqueTooSoon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        27 days, 5 hours ago

        Cantwell & Wilson

    15. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      Awful team here.

      Pope
      Kelly Mina Alderweirald Zinch Lund
      Salah Sterling Mahrez Mount Cantwell
      Barnes Pukki Abraham

      Was thinking of a hit or two.

      Salah and Barnes to Maddison and Auba could be one move.
      Thoughts?

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        WC still available?

        1. Daniel - The Veteran
          • 10 Years
          27 days, 5 hours ago

          Wc

    16. gooner_112233445566
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      A) Maddison king
      B) odoi and Wilson

      Got perreira, mount and Abraham

      1. The Yorkshire Pirlo
        • 3 Years
        27 days, 5 hours ago

        Easy B for me

    17. Klip Klopp
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      I'm Stuck! - Any thoughts on what to do with this team?

      Pope
      TAA / Otamendi / Tomori*
      Salah / Mount / Sterling / Yarmelenko / KDB
      Pukki / Abraham

      Bench: Button, Greenwood, Kelly, Rico

      1FT 0.8 itb

      Otamendi to Soyuncu?
      Salah to Mane?
      Anything else?

      1. 5225jack
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        27 days, 4 hours ago

        You happy to have both sterling and kdb ?

    18. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      G2g?

      Ryan
      Otamendi TAA Diop Aurier
      Salah Sterling(c) KDB
      Haller Pukki Tammy

      Button Cantwell Lund Dendo

      1. zøphar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        27 days, 3 hours ago

        Maybe cantwell over diop?

    19. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      Fellas please help me here. What to do?

      1 FT and 0.4 ITB

      Heaton
      Soy-Ota-Tomori
      Mount-Salah-KdB-Son
      Auba-Abraham(C)-Pukki

      Button-Lundstram-Diop-Nakamba.

      Would you sell Pukki and Salah for Wilson(C) and Maddison for a hit?

      Or Pukki to King for free?

      However i need funds to afford Sterling from GW 10.

      THX IN ADVANCE !

    20. finnish92
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 5 hours ago

      Buy Vardy or C.Wilson?

      1. jr3jonny
        • 7 Years
        27 days, 3 hours ago

        Wilson for this week. Vardy medium term

    21. Devo-McDuff
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 5 hours ago

      Commenting on the actual article ...

      Wasn’t really just captain fail accounting for that score. Way too much money in defence when warning signs were already there and Cantwell should never have been considered 4th mid. I wouldn’t call that team template at this stage.

      1. zøphar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        27 days, 3 hours ago

        I do agree, I didn't think it was down to captain fails only. More of a problem of backing previously good defences/players who weren't delivering.

        1. Devo-McDuff
          • 1 Year
          27 days, 3 hours ago

          Yes it can be hard to get out of previous season mode. It's a tough call to know how long to keep the faith. It might well switch back to be multiple premium defenders needed later in the season, who knows!

    22. 5225jack
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      27 days, 5 hours ago

      Is having both sterling and kdb a risk ?

      1. zøphar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        27 days, 3 hours ago

        Not at all imo, man city are the team most likely to rack up a huge goal haul

    23. Mr Q
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 4 hours ago

      Is taa worth the extra 0,3 over robbo?

      1. zøphar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        27 days, 3 hours ago

        Absolutely , taa has far superior stats

    24. Baconfaen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      27 days, 3 hours ago

      On WC, its harder than i thought.

      Ryan - Stekelenburg
      TAA - Pereira - Rico - Lundstram - Tomori
      Sterling - KDB - Mount - Pepe - Cantwell
      Vardy - Abraham - Wilson

      A: Maddison - Auba vs B: Pepe - Vardy

      Any thoughts?
      0 in the bank

      1. zøphar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        27 days, 48 mins ago

        Easily option A for me, Pepe doesn't seem like hes up to speed yet

        1. Baconfaen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          27 days, 33 mins ago

          Thanks, the rest looks good to go?

          1. zøphar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            26 days, 18 hours ago

            yep the rest is very solid, good luck !

    25. Starky22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 22 hours ago

      Play:
      1. Ota
      2. Rico

      Captain:
      A. Wilson
      B. Tammy

      1. zøphar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        26 days, 18 hours ago

        Ota imo that one is more clear cut
        the captaincy is a coin toss, fancy both wilson and abraham to do well

    26. Kenneth Tang
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Hi Zophar, great write and thanks to share your thinking process. All are great picks. Just curious that, if based on your article, would it be better to have Kun/Auba + cheap good mid rather than Mané + Connolly? You mentioned you are a firm believer of fixture. When LIV has the most terrible one up to gw13, it sounds a bit contradicting to pick Mané ahead of other good fixture premium options. Besides, Connolly may lose his spot to the recovering Trossard in near future, though I agree he is an excellent gamble. For Aguero, he’s nailed this match after Jesus played for Brazil. If Jesus play Carling Cup in midweek, could further boost Agüero chance to start next GW. If he is too tricky to guess, Auba is firmly nailed and history told us that he also scored FPL points greatly by playing with Laca. With good fixtures on horizon, seems Kun and Auba are better under your theory.

      Thx for your post again. Wish you have a great scoring weekend!

    27. BigPointDipper
        26 days, 13 hours ago

        Marez or Sterling?