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How to use upside-chasing to make up ground fast in FPL

In a season so far characterised by frustration and disappointment, I have been thinking about many of the different factors at play in Fantasy Premier League.

There is just so much I want to talk about when it comes to this game. Group Think, Fear, Ownership, Eye Test, Captaincy and Upside-chasing. The list is endless.

I’ve played Fantasy Football of some sort for the best part of 15 years, like many of you, I’ve been obsessed with it since the days of BBC Fantasy Football (read Stelios Giannakopoulos, Tim Cahill and Morten Gamst Pedersen).

I’ve been a part of the Fantasy Football Scout community for a long time

The game has evolved drastically since those days. Somewhere in the middle of the 2011/12 season, I discovered Fantasy Football Scout and was blown away by what I witnessed.

The community here was amazing. People were equally infatuated with this game as I was and we were all working together as essentially a ‘study-group’ to beat the ‘casuals’ (read: my rival) with the text-books handed out to us by Mark.

It took half a season at FFS to rise from mid-table in my mini-league to winning it by the end of the season. I haven’t lost my main mini-league since.

The likes of Doosra, Christina, Epic Fail and Champ from the FFS Community took me under their wings and very soon it became fairly easy to beat my ‘casual rival’, leading me to my own FFS adversary in Triggerlips.

I’ll admit, the urge to beat him might have led to a couple of strong finishes I’ve had. Strong rivalry can actually be a great driver of good FPL decisions.

Having a rival in this game can be a greater driver of FPL decisions

Your game tightens up as you have seemingly more to lose. I’ll quote Criss Jami here – “Together, we form a necessary paradox; not a senseless contradiction.”

Today, Triggerlips and I are very cordial with each other and he even made a couple of really good recommendations for my honeymoon in New Zealand last year. Community for the win!

It takes little time to discover some basic principles of playing FPL but after that, you’re on your own.

Once you know the importance of budget distribution, captaincy picks (never captain a defender), assessing form and fixture, how you fare in FPL essentially comes down to your individual style.

There are many ways to skin a cat and, in my opinion, none of them is wrong.

You need to find your identity as an FPL player. If you are going to get sleepless nights going without Mohamed Salah (£12.4m), don’t do it. It doesn’t suit your personality. It’s not good for your blood pressure and you don’t end up having fun. You’re better off playing the odds and percentages game because that is where your comfort zone lies.

Whether or not to own Salah has been a polarising concept in FPL over recent years

Personally for me though, there is no greater rush than a bold, against-the-grain, differential FPL call coming through. I’ve been fortunate enough to be on the greener side of these calls more often than not.

Having that differential come through makes you feel like you’re Stone Cold Steve Austin having just stunned Vince McMahon and you’re pouring beer into your mouth with both hands. Such a rush!

I landed a similar stunner on my rival last year. I was on the verge of losing my mini-league last year for the first time in six years. He was leading by 50 points in January (I keep telling him it’s because I was getting married and was busy with prep) and I needed to rely on some classic ‘upside-chasing’ to close this gap.

What is upside-chasing you ask? Upside-chasing is all about finding high impact players that have the potential to gain you a lot of ground in a very short time.

It’s about finding those 20 to 40 point swings that shoot you up the rankings very quickly.

Also, it doesn’t always mean targeting a player with very low ownership. While differentials can always help you gain some massive ground very quickly, there are many ways to look at upside-chasing.

I am confident on owning Mané for Liverpool’s upcoming strong fixture run

For example, I’ve been contemplating which Liverpool three to go with for their upcoming run (Gameweek 13 to 21) and I think I’m fairly set on Sadio Mane (£11.8m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m) in my team. For the third spot, I’m debating the merits of Salah versus Andrew Robertson (£6.9m).

While Robertson offers you more ‘value’, Salah is offering you way more upside with his points potential. And when it comes to the big boys, there is no room for compromise in my opinion. We are talking about 40 to 50 points swings here over very few weeks and you need to place your bets very carefully when a team like Liverpool shows up with a great fixture run. Are any other attackers offering the same potential as Salah over these few weeks? That is what the decision will come down to. 

Coming back to the rivalry I was talking about and the 50 point chase. He had used up his Manchester City quota before the Double Gameweeks and he did not have Sergio Aguero (£12.2m).

Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) was fit during the time and the title race with Liverpool was a nail biter. Aguero was close to 25% ownership and, while some were thinking about captaining him, very few were thinking of using the Triple Captain chip on him.

Aguero and I have a strong FPL relationship

The thing about Aguero is that we have a very strong relationship (just like Olivier Giroud). Having Triple Captained him successfully in the past; I didn’t trust anyone else more.

A hat-trick against Arsenal later, that 50 point gap got closed in one Gameweek. Stunner executed perfectly (I ended up beating him in the last Gameweek of the season). Bragging rights withheld.  

Aguero and I have been steady for the best part of six years. In the past two of those though, things have been heating up.

Last season and this combined, I have captained him 13 times and he’s returned a staggering 259 points at an average of 20 points per captaincy.

He’s pretty much responsible for me being inside the top 40k already this season. But there’s a little Brazillian that’s proving to be a bit of a thorn in our relationship. And he’s one I can’t ignore.

While I definitely don’t intend on losing Aguero for the next two weeks, I am thinking twice about giving him the armband in a week that would normally be a no brainer.

I am looking to get de Bruyne back in my team this week funded by a Son downgrade

He’s scored six goals in three home games against Aston Villa. Aguero has started every Premier League game at home that he’s been fit for since January 15th this year. Ideally, he should start.

He looked sharp against Atalanta but Raheem Sterling’s (£12.2m) display on Tuesday night and his statistics while playing alongside Mendy are incredibly encouraging.

With three goals and two assists against Atalanta, his haul last night would have equated to 26 FPL points.

Kevin de Bruyne (£10.1m) had a good game himself. He’s destroyed Sterling statistically at home this season but I think things will average out as Mendy playing allows Sterling to play more central (I strongly believe that Sané was responsible for a lot of Sterling hauls last season).

All three key Manchester City assets have some form on their side. Watching them on Tuesday, you realise the chance of one of them hauling comes down which opposition defender decides to mark which attacker leaving the other one open for their trademark ‘tap-in’.

As much as I want to captain Aguero, it just seems almost reckless to hand the armband to him over Sterling or De Bruyne.

At present, I’m on Sterling because Pep Guardiola did mention his physicality and ability to play two games in a short space of time because of his ability to ‘regenerate’.

But this decision is going to come down to my instinct on Friday night. There is a thin line between genius and reckless. At the end of the day, this game is about fun, isn’t it? 

FFScout user Lateriser12 has a very impressive Fantasy CV. He has registered two finishes in the top 200 (one of them equating to number one in India) and four in the top 10,000 in the last six seasons. The secret to his success has been playing non-conventionally and fearlessly, swearing by ‘upside chasing’ and not giving ownership much of a look.

Lessons learned from Gameweek 9

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414 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Squeakybum99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Bench Soy for Lund?

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Play Lund’s.

  2. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Great read. Sounds like something more of us should be turning too.

  3. Lateriser 12
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Hope you guys enjoy this. I certainly enjoyed writing it. Leaving this here since I'm Keen on listening to your feedback.

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Who you replacing Son with?

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Got my eyes on Tony Martial.

        1. ASOUSA12
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 17 days ago

          If you didn't have triple City do you think David Silva would be a better option?

          1. Lateriser 12
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 17 days ago

            Compared too?

            1. ASOUSA12
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 17 days ago

              Martial... Next 2 fixtures look better for David Silva after his rest in the Champions league and can give some time of Martial to recover match fitness... Next 5 fixtures overall better for Martial

              1. Lateriser 12
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                8 months, 17 days ago

                I agree Silva is a good bet for the next two over Martial.

    2. mik-hail-tal
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Very nice article, really. It's a horrible season for me so far. Ended in the top 600 last season and sitting at 2.000.000 atm so finding it very hard to stick to my usual style of play.
      Not letting it get to me though. You win some, you lose some and I'm confident I can still end in the top 10k.
      Taking a -4 to get rid of Aguero and my bench fodder Wickham for 2 out of Jimenez/Vardy/Abraham/Rashford is not my type of play especially with those 2 fixtures but honestly I might just do it. Aguero will probably miss one of those games, I wont captain him and after those 2 games he's out anyway so I guess it's a reasonable decision. Could also be an 'upside chasing ground move' if it works out. Big IF though 🙂

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Selling Aguero before Villa and Saints at home. oooof. Good luck.

      2. Boberella
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        That’s the difference mate, so good luck. Could work... or not.
        Getting rid of Aguero for a hit sounds ludicrous, but with a Kun benching and an assumed Wickham bugger all, bringing in, say, Vardy and Jimi who both return could be a master stroke.
        These are the decisions that make you a 2m or 10k.

    3. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Great article mate!

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Cheers Karan.

    4. Boberella
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Lovely article. A nice change and good angle.

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Thanks. Appreciate it.

    5. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Great article by a great guy. Keep it up mate 🙂

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Far too kind.

    6. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Great article from a great FPL player and an even greater guy

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        🙂

    7. WWF
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Great article 🙂 I found myself nodding on more than one occasion!

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Was the intention.

    8. Bouncebackability
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      I give this article a rating of 3.16 and give it a hell yeah.

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        And that's the bottomline because Stone Cold said so.

    9. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Great insight! Thank you

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Thank You for reading.

    10. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      At last. Something I can actually read and enjoy.
      x

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        x

    11. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Excellent read, Lateriser.
      Share your sentiments regarding captaining Agüero - but then I've sold Sterling, so it'll have to be him anyway

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        He's close to the heart innit.

    12. mookie
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      First time I read an article from start to finish in a very, very long time.
      It's definitely much better than the usual propaganda that highlights certain players stats in a positive or negative light.
      When I first found this site I used to follow closely TM and Triggerlips. Unlike some back then and the vast majority now, I was interested in the thought process behind the moves they were making rather than the moves themselves. This article is exactly that, the thought process of an experienced fpl manager. Should be good value especially for newbies and a good read for everyone.
      Will definitely read the next ones as well.

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Cheers mate.

    13. Pep Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Great read mate thank you

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Thanks Pep.

        1. Pep Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          May I ask you something. I'm not really for unnecessary hits. Though I currently have Joelinton rotting away on my bench (don't ask). Would you consider the following moves with only 1FT:-

          F Anderson > Sterling
          Joelinton > Connolly
          Auba > Jimenez

          Would leave me set up with the following squad and put the C on Raz
          Pope Button
          Ota Alonso TAA Lundstram Mings
          Salah KDB Sterling Guendouzi Cantwell
          Wilson Jimenez Connolly

          1. Lateriser 12
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 17 days ago

            I'd do it.

            1. Pep Pig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 17 days ago

              That's what I was hoping you'd say. Cheers sir

              1. Lateriser 12
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                8 months, 17 days ago

                I'm no sir.

                1. Pep Pig
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  8 months, 17 days ago

                  Apologies...

  4. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Kun and Kdb owners. Where do you see your armband ending up and why?

    1. mik-hail-tal
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      100% KDB for obvious reasons

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Obviously obvious. Good one. :).

    2. Boberella
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      KDB. Because of home form and nailedness over Kun.

      I don’t own Kun (have Sterling instead), but if I had both KDB and Kun, I would still 100% captain KDB.

  5. dbeck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Play two of these legends:

    A) Rico
    B) Tomori
    C) Soy
    D) Lundstram

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      A + D

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Hmm, think I'd start Rico and Lundstram.

    3. mik-hail-tal
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      BD

    4. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      A and D

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      I'm on Tomori and Lundstram.

      Tomori because Chelsea's xGC is the lowest in the last 4 weeks and they're playing one of the weaker attacking teams.
      Lundstram because he's OoP for potential attacking returns and because Sheffield have one of the best defenses in the league against a below average WHam offense.

    6. JamieMac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 17 days ago

      B & C

  6. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Nice read! Took a -12 this week so guess I'm playing 'non-conventionally and fearlessly' now too lol

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      What was the move?

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        OUT: Pukki, Cantwell, Kane, Ota
        IN: Vardy, Dilva, Jiminez, Janmaat

        1. mik-hail-tal
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 17 days ago

          Good moves but the -12 make it a bad move imho

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 17 days ago

            I hear that, was time for a shake up, but it might well pay off over the next two GWs plus I'm happier with my overall setup moving forward.

            1. Tsparkes10
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 17 days ago

              Like it too apart from janmaat

              1. Hakim Ziyech
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 17 days ago

                Oh & this... Watford are pants 😆

              2. jia you jia you
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                8 months, 17 days ago

                was left with 4.3 for fodder and he was the best of a bad bunch!

            2. Hakim Ziyech
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 17 days ago

              Nice moves. Also brought in Dilva for Cantwell against this gw although I wouldn't lose Pukki for Jiminez(Europa/match fitness), Pukki better value to me

        2. Lateriser 12
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          I like it.

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 17 days ago

            Cheers mate

        3. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          I think only selling Ota can backfire out of those.
          Godd moves other than that.

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 17 days ago

            Cheers

    2. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Hits were a rank killer in GW8 and 9. Best of luck though.

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        True, thanks!

  7. I hate Moreno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    RMBBCT

    Robinson
    Lundekvam, Campbell, Quedrue
    Berkovic, Tugay, Pires, Lampard
    Henry, van Nistelrooy, Beattie

    1. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Find a way to upgrade Lampard and Henry to Scolesy and Yorkey

  8. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Playing Lundstram, so who else to play out of:

    1. Soyuncu (sou)
    2. Rico (wat)

    Thanks

    1. mik-hail-tal
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      2 imo

    2. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      2

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Rico comfortably.

  9. Erez Avni
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Would love to hear your thoughts here...

    Kane finally out for:
    A. Kun
    B. Auba
    C. Vardy

    Ryan (Button)
    TAA Soy Tomori (Lundstram Rico)
    Maddison Mount Mane KDB (c)(Dundo)
    Kane Tammy Wilson

    Cheers!

    1. mik-hail-tal
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Vardy imo. Spurs still suck even though they beat a sucky team 5-0 and as a Kun owner I can say: don't buy him, just don't

      1. Erez Avni
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        cheers man

    2. bigdip
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      I'd go Auba (if i had your funds) to diversify your team as you have city and leicester midfield cover already.
      I personally doubled up on leicester but only because I didn't have the cash to do Auba

      1. Erez Avni
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        sounds about right

        1. Flynny
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          Same issue. Think I'm going kun

          1. Erez Avni
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 17 days ago

            played 90 minutes yesterday... really annoying

            1. Flynny
              • 5 Years
              8 months, 17 days ago

              Tuesday to Saturday isn't a prob.....

              1. Erez Avni
                • 3 Years
                8 months, 17 days ago

                yes but with the way Pep prayed Jesus at the weekend can you see him nit playing?

                1. Flynny
                  • 5 Years
                  8 months, 17 days ago

                  My hope is kun starts Saturday then jesus starts in the cup match midweek (think that is v united) and then kane starts a week on Saturday.

                  But no one really knows...

    3. Boberella
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Vardy + coin ITB

  10. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Any help here please?
    Best captain out of:

    A....kun
    B....kdb

    Pick 1 to start from

    A....lunds at west ham
    B....Rico at bou
    C....soy at saints

    Thanks

    1. mik-hail-tal
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      AA bro

      1. mik-hail-tal
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 17 days ago

        BA******** sorry

        1. Flynny
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          Thanks

    2. Big Ronnie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Still thinking Kun. 90 last night was not what i wanted but still thinking bring him in and stick the armband on him. KDB is probably the safer choice.

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        With a rank of 1.5m I'm not sure I'll captain him. May go with the safer kdb captain.....

  11. Berbs
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    When's the verdict of Bilva's incident? In other words, is Mahrez likely to start on Sat?

    1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      He was given extension till today if im not wrong.

      1. Berbs
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Thanks LR. Hope you and the Conts are well 🙂

        1. Lateriser 12
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          Absolutely. I'll send them your regards.

  12. endy919
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 17 days ago

    bench 2 of them:

    A. TAA
    B. Soy
    C. Fredericks
    D. Boly
    E. Lunds

    1. endy919
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      hp me pleeease 😀

    2. Link
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      B and E (just)

  13. CelticBhoy1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Pukki > ? (have 8.5 to spend)

    A) Rashford

    B) Jimenez

    C) Wilson

    D) Other

    1. bigdip
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      B

    2. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      B imo

  14. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Pope
    TAA - Otamendi - Lundy
    Sterling - KDB - Son - Mount
    Wilson - Abraham - Pukki

    (4.0 Tomori - VVD - Cantwell)
    1ft & 0.0m

    Thoughts on VVD & Son ➡️ Rico & Mane for -4?

    Will unwillingly have to keep Pukki for week or two but Son & VVD are burning my money.
    Want to free up that 3rd Pool spot for Sterling to Salah around GW13.

    1. Lateriser 12
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Like it. Do it. Sets you up correctly for the pool run.

      1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Thanks mate!
        Currently ranked 2.7m so I like the idea of "upside chasing" with Salah + Mane.

        Another option is to get Reid (3.9) instead of Rico and do Pukki to Jimenez for an additional hit.

        1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          Rico is very useful

    2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Yup

      1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Wanted Vardy but think I have bigger issues to deal with. Will try to get him from GW12 when Leicester play more games at home.

        Thoughts on Reid (3.9) over Rico and Pukki to Jimenez for an additional hit?

        1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          I'd keep rico, not sure if Reid would ever start? Attacking fullback on set pieces is too good at 4.1 even if its bmouth

    3. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      I would do it

  15. bigdip
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    GTG?
    Ryan (Button)
    TAA / Otamendi / Digne (Lundstram / Rico)
    KDB/ Sterling / Maddison / Mount (Dendocker)
    Vardy /Abraham / Haller

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Yup. Enjoy

      1. bigdip
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        thanks sir!

  16. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Pep on Sterling: "The day after a game, he could play another! The regeneration is incredible, and he can play both sides"

    Do we really need more proof that he will be benched on Saturday?

    1. Squeakybum99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Wanna bet?

    2. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      I think sterling plays the weekend. City need to win and put pressure on Liverpool when they play Spurs. If bilver is banned think pep has no option but to play him tbo.

  17. Link
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Connolly a trap or we expect him to start next few? Looks like Maupay, Gross, Trossard, Connolly fighting for 3 places?

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Not sure how he can be a trap? You get what you pay for at 4.5m. Starts are a bonus

  18. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Mount to Dilva tempting. Have KDB as only city and Abraham and H-Odoi

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Looks like a good option this week, but I found him quite frustrating to own - the one point sub appearances vs Spurs and Everton, hauled off against Norwich and Wolves when chasing the game.

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 17 days ago

        True. Probs too focused on this week

    2. jimmy.floyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Do it

    3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Yeah sounds good to me. Big upside

  19. KDB4PREZ
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Great article man throughly enjoyed the read! Goodluck

    1. Lateriser 12
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Cheers KdB.

  20. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Can't get myself out of the relative doldrums of the 400k-700k OR range so I am considering a bit of a punt.
    What do you think of this move, to give me the team below?

    Wilson, Maddison > Jimenez, Dilva (-4)

    0.7itb
    Pope
    TAA, Lunds, Boly
    Mané, KDB (v), Dilva*, Mount
    Aguero (C), Jimenez, Abraham
    (McGovern) (Rico, Willems, Dendo)

    Plenty of risk but stats and form to back it up. Both Dilva and Jimenez will play less mins than Maddison and Wilson but are also both more explosive and able to deliver more points in reduced appearances.

    Would appreciate your thoughts, oh wise ones!

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Save transfer and keep the 4 points - current team looks fine. No need to panic yet.

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Like it tbf. Bench is ight cover, tempted to do Mount to Dilva myself. But feel it may to bee focused on just this week

    3. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Wilson has Watford away, surely hold.

    4. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      For -4 terrible moves.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Don’t get me wrong, I like both Wilson and Maddison so this would be more about taking a risk to move away from template to attempt to jump on some rank gains if it pays off but I admit the risk is v high!

    5. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Cheers for replies all. (Generally) a good sanity check!

  21. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Who would you say is the best striker at 8.2 or below?

    Wilson? Abraham? Other?

    1. XABI 15
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Wilson Abraham or Jimenez

      1. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        But which....

        1. XABI 15
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          close but for next 10 weeks i'd like to have Jimenez

    2. Lateriser 12
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Tammy for me easily Bubz.

      1. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Ta LR

    3. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Wilson. Abraham or jimenez

      1. Freddiebell
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        No.1 Abraham
        No.2 Wilson
        No. 3 Jimenez
        In that order

  22. Lestat
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    A - Salah, Sterling, 4.5mid, Aguero (Current team)

    B - KDB, Sterling, Aubameyang

    C - KDB, Sterling, Martial, Aguero (4 point hit)

    C - Salah, Sterling, KDB, 6.4M striker

    Best option this weekend?

  23. XABI 15
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Great article @lateriser12

    Kane to:
    1. Aguero
    2. Vardy
    3. Jimenez

    Taking the tips from the article surely Aguero's next 2 fixtures provide this potential massive swing - could easily be 30 points.. Or is Vardy a safer option?

    1. ‘Tis the Season
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      if i had the funds i would go vardy. going Jimmy

    2. trinzoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      I would be afraid of rotation, he played 90, Jesus can do the job vs Villa. I would get Vardy.

    3. Lateriser 12
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Go on and punt Kun for 2 weeks. It's worth the gamble imo.

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        I'm planning kane to kun

        But not sure I'd captain kun as initially planned....

        1. Lateriser 12
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          Agree Flynny.

  24. trinzoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    captaing Sterling too risky? better to give it to Kevin, right?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      This is related to the article.

      Sterling has all the upside. KDB has the safety net.

      I'd rather give it to Sterling. It depends what kind of manager you are.

      1. trinzoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Indeed, I'm probably going big then. Thanks!

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      I own both, and will probably give it to Sterling.

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        You better not be celebrating when Sterling scores.

        1. Lateriser 12
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          Looks at you two. Smirks.

        2. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          It's been a long time since my captain has been up against my club, gotta admit I don't really like it.

          1. Berbs
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 17 days ago

            This must be a very weird feeling haha

            1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 17 days ago

              Being a Villa fan is what has nailed down a Man City player for captain. I'm pretty sure they are going to put 4 past us. Though I think it will take up until about the 70th minute before the floodgates open. The Villa defence can be pretty decent at times but they lose their legs late in the game.

              1. Berbs
                • 9 Years
                8 months, 17 days ago

                Do you prefer your City capt to haul or Villa to get a result?

                1. avfc82
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 10 Years
                  8 months, 17 days ago

                  4-3 win for Villa, Sterling hat trick?

                  1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    8 months, 17 days ago

                    Ideally this 😀

                    But yeah if I had to choose I would go for the Villa win. As much as I love fantasy football I don't love it that much. Plus it's not like the Man City players will be differentials anyway. If I fail lots of other people will also fail.

              2. avfc82
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 10 Years
                8 months, 17 days ago

                Good points. Can see our midfield being overrun as the game progresses.

  25. ‘Tis the Season
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Well written article and a good read with useful information. Thanks and will look out for your threads.

  26. Donhush
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Buy Jiminez or Vardy (-4) for Pukki?

    Vardys away stats is not encouraging, however I am happy to keep for the long run.

    Jiminez and Europa concerns me.

    Thanks

  27. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Might go Sterling, KDB, Aguero on my WC

    1. Lateriser 12
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      That's the 3 for me. Just 2 weeks.

    2. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      It would have to be for 2 weeks, their fixtures go a bit stale after that.While they will still get points, I'd imagine a few players outscore them for 4 or so weeks.

  28. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Front 8 is

    Sterling KdB Son Yarmo Cantwell
    Auba Abraham Pukki

    I have 2 FTs.

    Son + Pukki >

    A) Mane + Connolly
    B) Vardy + Dilva

    B is definitely what you'd call 'upside chasing'. 3 City players for the next 2 juicy home games. I'd then potentially look to shift Auba to fund a Salah or Mane return to the team and lose Dilva.

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      B looks more like a balanced diet, so B for me

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Maybe I'm biased, although got mané likewise

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        B is definitely not more balanced.

        3 City and no Pool vs 2 City and 1 Pool.

        But it has greater upside. Only issue, is that I'll want rid of Dilva for GW 12 and onwards so he's literally a 2 week punt.

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          *A rather.

    2. Lateriser 12
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Not keen on losing Auba Camzy?

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Not with those fixtures, no. Earliest I'd want rid is probably GW 14 after SOU.

        1. ‘Tis the Season
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 17 days ago

          Camzy, voice of reason. would you rather have KDB or Auba for the next 2?

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 17 days ago

            KdB and it's not close.

          2. Freddiebell
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 17 days ago

            Very easy KDB

        2. Lateriser 12
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          Think i still prefer A. Just slightly. Dilva seems like a half measure despite his hauls this year.

  29. Would Ed Woodward
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Good abternoon everyone.

    Pope
    TAA Doherty Rico
    Sterling KdB Mahrez Mount
    Vardy Abraham Wilson

    Lund Soy Dendo, 1FT, 0ITB

    Was all set to save this week but maybe Mahrez to Dilva if nothing comes out about Bilva ban?

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Yes

  30. bigdip
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Who to captain?
    A) Sterling
    B) KDB
    C) Vardy
    D) Maddison
    E) Tammy

    Who should be my 3rd defender?
    TAA / Otamendi / ___
    1) Digne
    2) Lundstram
    3) Rico

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Has to be one of the CIty guys.

      I'm on Sterling. Fingers crossed.

      Lundstram.