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What does Pulisic hat-trick mean for covering Chelsea attack?

Burnley 2-4 Chelsea

Goals: Jay Rodriguez (£5.7m), Dwight McNeil (£6.0m) | Christian Pulisic x3 (£7.1m), Willian (£7.0m)

Assists: Robbie Brady x2 (£5.5m) | Willian, Mason Mount (£6.9m), Tammy Abraham (£7.8m)

Bonus Points: Pulisic x3, Willian x2, McNeil x1

Christian Pulisic‘s (£7.1m) perfect hat-trick in Gameweek 10 has complicated the attacking midfield situation at Chelsea for Fantasy Premier League managers.

Starting just his third league match at Burnley, the aptly nicknamed ‘Captain America’ was by far the best player on the pitch.

Deployed on the left flank of Frank Lampard’s 4-2-3-1 system, Pulisic ran the game at Turf Moor. Running into the centre from wide he was difficult for Burnley’s defenders to pick up, allowing him to play key passes into his colleagues and line up efforts on goal himself.

Pulisic celebrates scoring the first of his three goals at Burnley

The former Borussia Dortmund man’s first goal came after a mistake from Matt Lowton (£4.5m), who slipped in his half, allowing Pulisic to bear down on goal, execute a clever step over, and fire a left-footed effort across Nick Pope (£4.7m) into the bottom corner.

The second came after a loose pass from James Tarkowski (£5.0m). Again, Pulisic capitalised, driving towards goal, this time going right and firing a shot in at the near post.

The USA international completed the perfect hat-trick with his head in the second half, converting a Mason Mount (£6.9m) cross in the second phase of a corner.

“I’m delighted for him. A lot of talk around Christian for the big price tag, the fact he’s quite rightly a star in his country and plays for the US so well and captain of, so you get asked questions about it. I’m delighted to see him do that today. I know the backstory and the pressures of a move like that. I also know he played for his country through the summer and had one week break this summer to come back after that. Then you get the pressure of can you settle in the Premier League, so I’ve tried to deal with it in the way I see best which is to give him minutes.” – Frank Lampard

Fantasy managers may have to re-assess the Chelsea attack with Pulisic bursting onto the scene

Such a memorable display, coupled with a 20-point haul, certainly forces Fantasy managers to consider some questions.

Is Pulisic the new must-have Chelsea attacker? What does his arrival onto the scene mean for their prospects as a team? What about Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi (£6.0m) and Tammy Abraham (£7.8m)?

Let’s cover his prospects first as many managers may be wondering: Can Pulisic hit a hat-trick again anytime soon? That is perhaps unlikely, although not impossible.

It must be noted that two of his goals did come from uncharacteristic Burnley errors although that’s not to discredit the hard work he put in to punish them. After all, you can only beat what’s in front of you as the cliché-lovers will be keen to remind us. Either way, Fantasy managers can’t exactly legislate for or predict defensive blunders when making their decisions.

There may be more discussion to be had over the dilemma Lampard now faces when staffing his attacking midfield.

Lampard now has a selection dilemma in attacking midfield

Despite Chelsea’s recent transfer embargo, the Blues certainly have an abundance of exciting attacking options in midfield, Pulisic adding himself to a list that includes Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Willian (£7.0m) and Pedro (£6.9m).

In any given match, Lampard can only start three of these in the 4-2-3-1 system and with European and cup competitions still on the schedule, we might start seeing rotation creep into Chelsea’s midfield, potentially affecting Fantasy managers as much as Manchester City do.

It has taken Pulisic some time to break into the team after a stuttered start to his Chelsea career but after impressing in training, and in cameos against Newcastle and Ajax, he started ahead of Hudson-Odoi in this one. Scoring a hat-trick will have only excelled his importance to the team in Lampard’s mind.

“He’s played games this season already, but I’ve also got competition in that area. I need them all on edge, I need them all trying to perform when they get in the team and play. Christian has been doing it recently, he’s been doing it from the bench. He fully deserved his start today and it was a fantastic match-winning performance.” – Frank Lampard

Lampard has himself hinted in his post-match comments that we should watch out for rotation on the horizon.

“When the moments come players need to stay fit and ready and support the team when not playing. It’s not nice and it’s a hard part of my job telling people they aren’t playing. I know the quality in the squad and there will be moments in the coming weeks or over the long haul of the season when I’ll rely on someone else than today. I think it’s so important to keep a real spirit as a group whether you’re a starter or whether you’re someone coming on and making an impact.” – Frank Lampard

While it is a bit too soon to tell how Lampard will handle balancing Pulisic, Mount, Willian, Pedro and Hudson-Odoi between the Premier League, Champions League and EFL Cup, we can assess the strengths of each option.

Mount’s versatility and role in set pieces should keep him relatively safe from any ‘Lampard Roulette’

You could argue that Mount is the safest among those five options considering that he has started every Premier League match so far this season and is capable of playing in a number of different positions: central midfield, number 10 and attacking winger. The Englishman remains the primary set-piece taker for Chelsea too.

Willian has started the last six Premier League matches in a row, and also possesses some versatility, although not as much as Mount. The Brazilian can play anywhere in the attacking midfield in a 4-2-3-1 and has also had some set-piece responsibilities historically.

Perhaps most disadvantaged by Pulisic’s sudden emergence into the team is Hudson-Odoi. It was he and Pedro that missed out on the starting XI at Burnley, Lampard opting to use the 18-year-old as an impact substitute. Hudson-Odoi is generally seen as a wide-man whereas Pulisic, Mount and Willian can play that position as well as occupy a more central role.

Abraham had a tough time up against Burnley’s defensive players

We should provide an update on Abraham, who managed to get attacking returns in this one but was not particularly at his best from a Fantasy perspective.

His 45.8% ownership will have almost certainly been disappointed to see Chelsea score four times, only to collect just a solitary assist.

Against Burnley, Abraham had plenty of dirty work to perform, battling against Tarkowski and Ben Mee (£5.0m).

That meant he had just one effort on goal before being replaced by Olivier Giroud (£6.7m) after 70 minutes.

Fantasy managers probably don’t need to be too concerned though. Burnley centre-backs are historically adept at occupying visiting centre-forwards and it must be said that Giroud is certainly better equipped for the fight than Abraham, who may enjoy a Gameweek 11 trip to Watford considerably more.

Alonso was the only Chelsea defender to come away from Gameweek 10 with a clean sheet

There was contrasting emotions for those invested in Chelsea’s defence for Gameweek 10. With Chris Wood (£6.2m) out injured, Burnley did not particularly threaten their visitors on Saturday afternoon, Ashley Barnes (£6.3m) missing two golden opportunities.

With the score still 4-0 in the 85th minute, you could be forgiven for thinking the clean sheet was about to come for Chelsea.

However, out of nowhere, Jay Rodriguez (£5.7m) found some space in the middle of the park and unleashed a wonderstrike into the top corner of Kepa Arrizabalaga‘s (£5.5m).

That knocked off the clean sheet for Fikayo Tomori (£4.8m) and Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.9m), the two most-popular Chelsea defenders.

The real winners were the 4.2% who had returned to former FPL heavy-hitter Marcos Alonso (£6.3m), who had been replaced by Reece James (£5.0m) in the 63rd minute, banking the clean sheet.

Inspired by Rodriguez’s goal, Burnley burst into life for the final five minutes, Dwight McNeil (£6.0m) the next to fire an effort into the net from range, removing one-point from the Chelsea defenders still on the pitch.

That said, it is hard to place the two goals conceded down to the continued absence of N’Golo Kanté (£5.0m).

Even without the French international in the side for three of thr last four Premier League matches, Lampard’s men have been posting encouraging defensive statistics.

Kovačić has been earning plenty of praise for his recent performances in a Chelsea shirt

Holding pair Jorginho (£5.1m) and Mateo Kovačić (£5.3m) have performed very well in recent weeks, the latter earning plenty of praise from the local press.

Kovačić was especially good at controlling the midfield both in protection of the defenders and feeding the potent attack force at Burnley.

His contributions came very close to providing Chelsea with a third clean sheet in four, were it not for two speculative efforts breaching their net late in the game.

It is probably also worth pointing out that it had been a long week for Chelsea and perhaps somewhat understanding to take their feet off the gas when 4-0 up away from home.

Their midweek trip to Ajax was an impressive one but will certainly have been exerting given their impressive defensive work, so with five minutes left in the following match, with a big scoreline in their favour, it is possible that concentration might drop for the closing moments.

“It’s easy to take small gloss off it with two late goals, but it doesn’t take any gloss off it for me today. For 95% of the game we played some outstanding football at such a tough place to play is what made me very, very happy today.” – Frank Lampard

Tarkowski was one of the players to have defensive mistake punished against Chelsea

As for Burnley, it is certainly unlike them to concede so heavily at home.

Coming into Gameweek 10, the Clarets had three clean sheets from a possible four at Turf Moor, conceding only to Liverpool.

Chelsea’s four-strike spree more than doubled Burnley’s goals conceded at home column on Saturday afternoon (from three to seven) but we should probably highlight again that two of those were from uncharacteristic defensive errors.

Given the regimented way Sean Dyche drills his troops, we probably should not expect a recurrence of these anytime soon.

“They have punished us. They are a bit lucky with the second which hits Ben Mee and deflects in and then we started the second half well. The third is a poor one again, poor clearance, they whip a cross in and score. Fourth goes in and you wonder what kind of night it will be.” – Sean Dyche

Furthermore, we should remember that all seven of the goals conceded by Burnley at home this season have come against sides who finished in the top-six last season (Liverpool and Chelsea).

Clean sheets were recorded at Turf Moor against Southampton, Norwich and Everton which is encouraging considering that West Ham (Gameweek 12), Crystal Palace (Gameweek 14) and Newcastle (Gameweek 17) are three of the next four sides to come to Lancashire.

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Pope; Pieters, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil, Westwood, Cork, Hendrick (Brady 84′); A Barnes (Vydra 63′), Rodriguez.

Chelsea XI (4-2-3-1): Kepa; Alonso (R James 63′), Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Kovačić, Jorginho; Pulisic, Mount, Willian (Hudson-Odoi 72′); Abraham (Giroud 70′).

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922 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sturridge Wars
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    2FT & 2.2 itb. What should I do?

    Pope
    Otamendi / TAA / Soy / Rico
    Salah / KDB / Mount / Son
    Abraham / Vardy

    Bench: Button, Lunds, Greenwood, Cantwell

    1. Alberto Tomba
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Mount -> Willian

      1. Maddamotha
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        What?

        1. Alberto Tomba
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          15 days, 8 hours ago

          If you're struggling to use a FT (really nice team) I think valid per my comments below.

    2. Sid07
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Ditch ota

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        This, Cancello for City

  2. Alberto Tomba
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Willian plays more forward and has consistently looked more likely to score than Mount - surely he moves above him in the forthcoming watchlist update.

    Just because Mount's in many people's team (including my own), this shouldn't impact the watchlist.

    1. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      True, but Mount has been more consistent

      1. Alberto Tomba
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        In his six starts (last 6 games), Willian's scored 39pts.
        Mount has had 32 in that time.

        Plus the eye-test: Willian looks as though he's really stepped up to fill Hazard's boots.

        1. Tempestic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 8 hours ago

          I've been saying this also, reckon he might be the best Chelsea midfield asset. Stats look great atm

  3. Whats the Mata?
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Who scores more this week?

    Connolly or Wilson?

    PS: I'm gonna get Connolly later on anyway.

  4. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    How many city attackers are you holding for the run from gw12?

    1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Sterling and KDB until they're injured

    2. rjcv177
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      one...kdb.
      Only thing to change is liv form or any inj/susp on citt

    3. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Very tempting to spread with Martial, Tielemans, Son etc. Just wondering.

    4. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Mendy sterling

    5. Phlajo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      KdB and maybe Sterling.

      Thinking of Sterling -> Salah though.

  5. rjcv177
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Burning my trf this week

    Ryan
    Ota, lund, soyun
    Mane, kdb, madison, mount
    Kun (c), vardy, abraham

    Rico, tomori, ded

    A) mads to martial
    B) save?

    Right bench? (Thkx in adv)

  6. cravencottage
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Please rank:
    1) Martial
    2 ) Dilva
    3) Maddison
    4) Pulisic

    1. Alberto Tomba
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      1, 3, 2 (Pep roulette), 4 (too soon, rotation risk)

    2. ASAP Rocky
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      1,4,3,2

    3. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      2 3 1 4

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      For this week:

      3, 4, 1, 3

      Longer term:

      1, 3, 2, 4

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        For this week - 2 should be first, not 3!

        1. ASAP Rocky
          • 7 Years
          15 days, 8 hours ago

          It'd be interesting to know the highest league finish of each of these responses and do a comparative analysis of the information

          1. ASAP Rocky
            • 7 Years
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            My highest ever rank was approx 7,500

          2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            I'm too new for this to be an objective analysis of my contribution/thought process

    5. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      2134

      1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        Think dilva will be top scorer from that list comfortably this season

    6. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Willian is much better as an FPL option than 4

      1. ASAP Rocky
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 2 hours ago

        bookmark this ^

  7. Kasper the ghost keeper
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Aguero -> Vardy?

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      Yes, but after Southampton game.

  8. Eriksen Maestro
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Otamendi owners, holding one more week?

    1. CAPA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Yes if I knew he’d play. But I thought he would last weekend!

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      A fit Mendy for 5.9 is turning my head

      1. cravencottage
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        I agree. Im looking to make this switch

      2. Eriksen Maestro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        He will rotate Mendy with Cancelo who can also play left back even with zinchenko out

        1. Warby84
          • 4 Years
          15 days, 8 hours ago

          I think vs a depleted Soton side he’s defo worth the punt...

          1. Tempestic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            The last left back to play southmapton got 19 points

            1. Warby84
              • 4 Years
              15 days, 8 hours ago

              He’s my VC

        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          15 days, 8 hours ago

          It’s entirely possible - Pep could play Ederson LB & would it really surprise anyone all that much?

          What encourages me there though is that in Cancelo’s career (178 appearances) he has played LB in only 7 of those (right back 129, right mid 41, left mid 1)

          And Mendy when fully fit is a sight to behold for FPL purposes, he’s just rarely fit 🙂

          1. Warby84
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            Good stats..

          2. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 2 Years
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            Ederson LB and potential penalty save. Essential

    3. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Mendy in

      1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        Next 9 fixtures dont look good from a CS POV ( except this gw) and also pep roulette.

        Look elsewhere imo

  9. iL PiStOlErO
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Any ideas what to do with this team? Have 2ft and willing to go -4.

    Pope Button
    TAA Soy Rico Lund Guilbert
    Mo KdB Son Maddison Cantwell
    Auba Tammy Connolly

    0.0 itb, 2 ft

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      Auba to Vardy. Bring in Salah and/or Sterling.

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        15 days, 7 hours ago

        Tnx but have Salah and want to bring Vardy but not for Auba. I think I am keeping him for now. Cheers

  10. donlobatto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Any other Boly owners just leaving last on the bench for this GW as it would mean a hit to remove and there were bigger fish to fry given his price point?

    1. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      yes. I know I must get rid, but I have more pressing concerns

      1. donlobatto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        Exactly. Very annoying as he was one of my more interesting picks in my GW9 WC!

  11. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 8 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    @MBP

    Emailed you something, could you have a look?

    1. Fantasy Gold
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      A restraining order?

  12. JohnRoss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Is Kelly finished for now you think?

    1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Sakho + Tomkins > Cahill > Kelly > Dann

      Yup, he is. Downgrade to 3.9 or upgrade to Rico

      1. JohnRoss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        Thanks. Have Rico. Looking at O'Connell and Lowton also

        1. JohnRoss
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          15 days, 8 hours ago

          Sorry targett not lowton

          1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            Worst time to buy a Villa defender

            Shopping list: Janmaat, Lascelles, Willems

    2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Could easily start next GW. Tomkins was poor vs arsenal

  13. checkit_j
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Should I wildcard this team?

    2FT & 0.6 itb.

    Pope
    Ota / VVD / Soy / Boly
    Salah / KDB / Mount / Sterling
    Abraham / Wilson

    Bench: Button, Rico, Greenwood, Cantwell

    I'd like vardy, martial, TAA

    1. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      I wouldn't wildcard. You need to decide if you want to keep Salah and sterling and KDB. Otherwise I would probably sell sterling ( not this week maybe) and use the money to do stuff. Good luck

  14. ResultatFar
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Who would you prioritize to get in ONLY for the next 2gws - Abraham or Jimenez?

    1. CroatianHammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Abraham probably. In a pinch I'd always prefer the striker in the team that's scoring goals like pints being downed after a rugby match.

      1. ResultatFar
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        Couldn't ask for a better answer, ty!

  15. dee_top
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Guys what do with this team? 2FT

    Ryan
    TAA Pereira Lund
    Mane Maddison KDB Mount
    Tammy Wilson Auba
    Subs: Button Rico Tomori Saka

    1. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Wilson to Connolly and get Silva for Saks does that work I'm not sure

      1. dee_top
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        D.Silva or maybe Martial?

  16. Firefoxed
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Trying to get vardy in, 0 itb, what should I do.

    Ryan button
    Trent soy Rico lundstram lowton
    Mane sterling kdb mount cantwell
    Abraham Wilson jimenez

    1. Wonderful Wizard Hazard
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Not sure if the money works, but I'd look at downgrading Wilson to cheap and upgrade Jim. Otherwise I don't see an easy way in.

      1. Firefoxed
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 7 hours ago

        Was thinking trent and Wilson to vardy mendy.. Not sure

        1. Wonderful Wizard Hazard
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 7 hours ago

          Not bad, honestly didn't even see Mendy was back. Trent hasn't been delivering recently, but still feels like a season keeper. City do have some nice fixtures coming up in a few GW.

    2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Cantwell + Wilson + Lowton/Soy? Soy lacks attacking threat...

  17. Tempestic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    1FT 2.1ITB
    Pope Button
    TAA Otamendi* Tomori Soy Lundstram
    Sterling KDB Martial CHO* Saka
    Auba* Abraham Maupay

    Auba is killing my team cant lie. Since bringing him in in gw 6 I've tripled my rank.
    Happy to monitor CHO at least another week.

    Can do Auba, CHO > Mane, Jimenez tho which is tempting... cant do it if Mane's price goes up either

  18. Superkitten
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Aub to Maupay?

    Other two strikers are Vardy and Abraham. Leaves me with a massive £5.6m in the bank which may help an upgrade to my midfield next week.

    1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Connolly is Maupay's strike partner. Their coach is unaware of the lower FPL price on Connolly

      1. Superkitten
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        I like Connolly don't get me wrong, just not convinced he's 100 per cent nailed?

        1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 8 hours ago

          Maupay became nailed in GW3. Connolly became nailed in GW8

          Buuuut Potter rotates like an artist, and a Brighton forward is really a one GW punt anyway, so Connolly can easily slot into your bench afterwards... Until GW16, by which time he could be your fodder 3rd sub or a genuine 1st/2nd sub, depending on Potter's actions while he's on your bench for the GWs 12 to 15 run of games

          1. Superkitten
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            Food for thought. Thanks for that.

    2. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      Surely, at 4.6 Connolly doesn't need to be nailed. I have him and would accept him playing every other game.

      1. Superkitten
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Fair comment.

  19. okan58
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    2 FT.
    Bank: 0.0.

    Ederson
    TAA - Doherty - Van Dijk - Robertson
    Mane - Mount -. KDB - Son
    Rashford - Pukki
    Subs: Button, Dendoncker, Kelly and Greenword.

    I would like to change something in my lineup. Would like to get a new good striker for Pukki, for Doherty I could also get another cheap player. What do you think?

    1. ASAP Rocky
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      3 pool in backline is madness

  20. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

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    1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Or just get the Grammarly extension... Works well for me, for free

      1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 8 hours ago

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    2. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      Can I pay you to correct my comments. My english is terrible.

      1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 7 hours ago

        English.

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

    Should, unthinkably, Kun be benched again this weekend, owners could be in for an absolute drubbing if Sterling hauls down SOU’s right flank

  22. DavidMunday815
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 8 hours ago

  23. Scoutcast Tuesday 8pm - Topic suggestions
    DavidMunday815
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Live Scoutcast - Tuesday 8pm

    What would you like us to discuss?

    Which players, teams and talking points do you think we should talk about?

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      The big hitters (players priced 10.0m or more at the start of the season) are all performing fairly similarly. Which two should we go for?

      Mane - 64
      Sterling - 64
      Salah - 62
      Aguero - 62
      Aubameyang - 59
      Kane - 55

      1. RedLightning
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 4 hours ago

        Vardy (74) and De Bruyne (72) may not have been priced at 10.0m+ but they're outscoring all of the above.
        So first make sure you have both of those.
        Abraham (61) and David Silva (60) are also very close behind and far better value, so make sure you have them too.
        You can then add one or two of the above (probably out of Mane, Sterling and Salah).

        1. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          15 days, 4 hours ago

          This sums up the dilemma IMO.

          You have a core of say, Pope / Ryan, TAA, Lundstram, Mount, Silva, KDB, Abraham and Vardy.

          But that still gives you the space for the big hitters - which one or two though?

      2. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 21 hours ago

        Where is KDB?

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Player: Aguero (and City rotation)
      Team: Leicester (who and how)
      Talking points: How to approach teams with lots of attacking options. Mount, Pulisic, CHO, Willian. Sterling, Mahrez, Bilva, KdB. Maddison, Tielemanns, Barnes, Perez.

    3. Jakedmat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Teams: Brighton
      Players: Wilson, King, Abraham, Haller, Pukki (Strikers around that price)
      Talking points: after the Southampton game do we go only KDB for Man City and double/Triple Liverpool for their great fixtures

    4. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Player: Connolly

      Teams: Leicester investment

      Talking point: An emerging(?) trend where defences turn on their heads after a drubbing or prolonged embarrassment, and how fantasy managers rarely notice early enough: Watford and Bournemouth defensive stats and eye tests since GW8, for instance. Could this possibly happen to S'oton, and is it something to watch out for when reading opponents' defensive stats for captaincy candidates? Say, (C) Wilson recently or (S)on/(K)ane vs Watford

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 7 hours ago

        +1 for Connolly - 0.5 cheaper than Jordan Ayew who himself seems to be emerging as a bit of a bargain

        Re:Connolly: 4.5 starting forwards are traditionally rare as hen's teeth in FPL, let alone ones who seem to be able to carve out attacking returns

    5. JurgenRodgers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Would like to hear thoughts of offloading City assets after Gw10

      Tricky run of fixtures coming up

    6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Talking point - Man City's fixture list... is it cause for concern

      They have players with breathtaking FPL ability, and have the best fixture you could possibly ask for directly next... but then they begin a run that reads:

      ata(CL), liv, CHE, SHA(CL), new, bur, MAN, zag(CL), ars, CC(QF), LEI, wol

      Is this the type of run to snap Kun or Sterling into 300-point season form?

      Or will it keep them at current output levels where they're trending more towards 6 PPG/230-ish... despite exiting an extremely kind run of fixtures?

      Similarly will it lead to value for money from their defenders... will their clean sheet output improve with the tougher fixtures, or will the list (And Laporte's absence) take its toll even further?

      1. SweepaKeepa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 2 hours ago

        Good one. Sterling & KDB have been so dependable for me. Is now the time to jump ship and build around Liverpool? Or am I fixing something that’s not broken?

    7. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      I've written a theme tune for the Scoutcast available at very reasonable royalty fees.
      I think it may freshen it up.
      Contact through my agent as normal. Thanks.

      1. GARY AND JAMIE
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 5 hours ago

        Dennis Waterman can sing it...

    8. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      Talking point: Team structures with the emerging mid priced options in midfield and forward positions and continual performance of budget defenders

    9. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      Is Martial worth getting now until the Bandwagon starts rolling in ernest?

    10. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      Are spurs/united assets worth investing in again as a bit of a differential? (i.e. Son, Martial, UTD defence)

      Investment in cheap defender moving forward: Watford being more sound defensively (Janmaat), Lei defence with great fixtures, other cheap Blades defenders emerging, along with the likes of Rico, Soy, Lund, Tomori. Besides Robbo/TAA, is this the season of the cheap backline?

    11. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      with planning for more long term especially with fixtures piling up around christmas i would like to know how you guys and girls think about budget defenders;
      how many, is it enough to have only one premium and four below 5.0 and additionally what kind of players do you want, you want fullbacks like Janmaat/Fredericks/Rico/ etc or CB´s like Lascelles/Cathcart/Ake?

      I´m asking because when say you are heading into christmas some players might be more prone to rotation and some players comes with a bit of injury record as well, so our picks with rotation in mind must not only look solely at the team rotation but also rotation by their real managers. This also has a side effect if you are having City players, to a lesser extent Spurs/Chelsea/Arsenal assets too, so having a nailed on defender who rarely miss games could be better than more rotation risks, but also less exciting to own perhaps. And if you pick say 2 or 3 nailed "boring" picks in Lascelles like and then perhaps one more injury/rotation prone could be the ideal?

      I´m aware that this is a bit hypothetical as I know that things occur not always as as planned but at least we can try to make some guesses and actions based on information from past.

      1. bench boost for every gamew…
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        not that is ideal to pick an injury prone player, wording was lost a bit there, hopefully meaning arrived through the barrier of my clumsy language which meant to be; could it be fine to have one cheapie that you know is a bit risky but also has more attacking potential

    12. Ti Ago
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Southampton Norwich and Watford defenses

      1. GARY AND JAMIE
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 5 hours ago

        Nice ghost story for the time of year...

    13. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 4 hours ago

      What to do with Otamendi for week 11 (could throw Walker into this also) and if selling, who are the best replacements?

    14. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      Are we sleeping on David silva?

      Is it time to reevaluate who the whipping boys are?

      The late first wildcard. When is it optimal to use if you're currently happy with your team?

      Thanks!

    15. DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      Talking Point:

      For those who still WC, what’s their options in order to maximize it.

      1. DMP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 2 hours ago

        *have

    16. SweepaKeepa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      Chelsea musical chairs
      When the music stops, who gets to sit behind Abraham?

    17. mresb1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 1 hour ago

      newcastle defence - have been fairly solid recently, worth taking a look with their good fixture run coming up?

    18. Alchim1sT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 43 mins ago

      Best 5th midfielder to go below 6m?

      Is a double up on Leicester offense worth it? Do we overrate their result vs. Soton?

      Your thoughts on Pulisic? Was surpreme in Dortmund now starts rolling in England ... possible bandwagon?!

    19. Out of Position
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      Player - Aubameyang. Over 1 in every four fantasy manager owns him and he has an extremely appealing fixture run coming up. What do these Auba owners do? Should they make an obvious downgrade to Vardy? Or is there merit in holding on to him at the expense of Vardy?

      Team - Manchester United. Did they turn a corner in the Norwich game and might warrant investment now? Or was it a flash in the pan and we should be wary of this trap.

      Talking point - With most big hitters sitting very close together in terms of points scored, which 2 or 3 do we go for. Who are the most 'reliable' ones? Who are the ones who score goals in games when we expect them to?

    20. shirtless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 15 hours ago

      Are Chelsea now a City-style no-go area? When Kante is fit he'll start with Jorghino, with Abraham up front. So that leaves three slots by my reckoning for seven players (Kovacic, Barkley, Mount, Pedro, Willian, Pulisic, CHO), depending on formation...

    21. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 15 hours ago

      What to do with AUBAMEYANG. He's underwhelmed since the fixture turn 3 GWs ago. Problem is that his fixtures are good, and there aren't many alternatives in that price range doing better than him.

    22. kysersosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 15 hours ago

      Is Aubameyang the new Kane? Blanking in good fixtures, erratic in his scoring and although likely being a top points hauler often disappoints - owner for the last 3 GW's.

    23. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 15 hours ago

      Underrated players: David Silva, Willian, Alonso, etc.

    24. Permian23
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 15 hours ago

      Are fixtures more important than form this season? Including European and League Cup commitments, which are impacting premium players (mostly LIV and CITY) returns.

      There are so many viable options right through the league now, should we ignore “recent form” more - and focus on upcoming fixtures instead?

    25. ktk_interista
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 13 hours ago

      Time to really view Leicester as top 4 side? And if so, should we start to trust them more with captaincy (mainly Vardy)?

    26. TonyE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Who should we go for in the City defence? I have Otamendi, but he's been on the bench for the last 2 cleansheets.

    27. I hate Moreno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      When to utilise the Wildcard if you still have it? International break? To help navigate the Liverpool blank?

    28. ianlamerton
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Talking point - VAR

      With the bar for VAR intervening on decisions seemingly having plummeted in GW10 (Brighton, Palace and both United penalties) is now the time to load up on value pen takers to enable premium assets?

      - Vardy?
      - Mili?
      - King?
      - Noble?
      - Jiminez?
      - Maupay?
      - Wesley?

    29. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Player: Martial playing OOP and good fixtures
      Team: Liverpool do we need a triple up due to the fixtures, and if so which 3?
      Talking point: Are expensive defenders pointless this season? My season is on the up since ditching all my expensive defenders.

    30. Captain Warlock
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Is a Liverpool double defence after Man City a good way to climb the rankings

    31. Morph - UJFC
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      Player(s): Mane vs Salah: as their prices converge, is the 'downgrade' to Mane getting less appealing or is he simply the better option?

      Team(s) - ahead of Chelsea vs Man United tomorrow, are Rashford, Martial, or a defender worth getting after one good game vs Norwich, or is it better to keep Chelsea assets like Abraham, Mount or Tomori who are cheaper?

      Talking point: if you still have the wildcard, is it better to sell Liverpool and Man City players ahead of GW12 and then use the WC to get them back in, or is the chip better saved to navigate Liverpool's blank in GW18?

  24. Internal Error
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Who is the best out of these lot factoring in price, starting certainty and point potential?
    1) mendy
    2) cancelo
    3) Tierney

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Mendy for me as he looks nailed with Zinchenko injured. Cancelo is cheaper but more rotation for him with Walker around. Definitely not Tierney.

    2. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 5 hours ago

      For me it is Cancelo but he will not be totally nailed, but rarely gets injured like the other two..

  25. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    This is the biggest slamdunk Sterling (c) I've ever seen. TC overkill? This seems like a good week to give it a shot.

    1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Pep sees such games as the type to rest him, like Watford. Bilva will certainly be enough for this game. This is the problem with easy games for Sterling X_X

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        Nah. If he's rested midweek, Sterling will play.

    2. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      If he is rested midweek, which is very likely.. would be a pretty simple captain choice..the thrill of a dgw and tc is different though

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        The problem with DGW is that the players will rarely play both. Only maybe Liverpool with Salah/Mane will play both because if it's City, they won't play both.

        1. lilmessipran
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          15 days, 8 hours ago

          Salah/mane/Kane even Son/Tammy to an extent good enough options for me to wait

        2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 8 hours ago

          Salah and Mane already have a guaranteed DGW where they'll play West Ham (rescheduled GW19 match) in one of the games, and they'll be the only ones with the DGW. It seems that's gonna be where 50%+ of triple captaincy chips in the eventual top 100K (if it works out well) would be played simultaneously, then Free Hit and Bench Boost for the bigger DGWs much later in the season

          1. bench boost for every gamew…
            • 2 Years
            15 days, 5 hours ago

            most likely to be scheduled in gw30 or 31 if i don´t remember Ben Crellins sheet all wrong. Everton away or Palace home. Not the worst double but have seen better.

    3. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Saving it for a DGW as usual.

    4. ianlamerton
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 8 hours ago

      I would hold the TC. Could be huge reward. However, with Liverpool all but guaranteed a double game week due to the world club cup I would hold and TC Salah or Mane at that point. One of the games would be West Ham at home.

      There is the risk Sterling may be rotated on which case you end up TC on your vice captain. Too much risk for me.

  26. dee_top
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    What move better (all free):
    A) C.Wilson + Saka to Connoly + Martial/D.Silva
    B) C.Wilson + Auba to Vardy + Rashford

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      B

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

    Those who still hold their wildcard.....when are you planning to use it?

    I'm currently thinking GW13.

  28. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Well, I've penciled in Tammy as (C) for GW12... He might have some additional Pensioner support at that point in time.

    Going into GW11 with 2 Pool, 2 Citeh, 2 Utd, 2 Gunners, 1 Fox, 1 Cherry, 1 BHA, 1 Blade, 1 Pensioner in outfield, Pope and Ryan as keepers. I'll be looking to keep a minimum of 10/13 from Top 6* teams (Pool, City, Arsenal, Utd, Leicester, Chelsea)

    *Yes, United are in 7th but they'll be in the Top 6 shortly.

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Think I prefer Vardy against Arsenal.

      1. CroatianHammer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 7 hours ago

        Maybe, I mean I own him already so no need to force a move.... Suppose I'm always wary of games against big teams. Hence unlikely to captain anyone in the Pool Citeh match in GW13.

  29. lilmessipran
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Any suggestions?

    Pope 4.0
    Taa lund soy Rico boly
    Raz kdb dilva cho nakamba
    Vardy Tammy Wilson

    1ft 3.0 itb

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Boly to Robbo?

    2. Gunner Boy
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Boly > Mendy?

    3. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      I'd personally do Wilson to Connolly and CHO to Salah or Mane if you don't mind a -4.

  30. nico05
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Hello there, just activated my wildcard what are the general essential template players people would recommend? Cheers

    1. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      TAA, Sterling, Vardy and perhaps Mane or Salah if you can afford it.

    2. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      Plus KDB of course...

    3. Back on the horse
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      Shouldn't you think about the players you want before wild carding?