Pro Pundit Teams

Why I’m considering a triple-up on Sheffield United’s impressive defence

In Tom Freeman’s second Pro Pundits article for Fantasy Football Scout, the five-time top 1k finisher talks Sheffield United, Theo Walcott, Liverpool v Manchester City and this week’s captaincy, as well as bringing us his Gameweek review and team reveal.


In pre-season, I wrote a Hot Topic on Sheffield United’s approach, suggesting Jack O’Connell (£4.6m) and Enda Stevens (£5.1m) should be on our Watchlists.

As an Aston Villa fan, I’d seen first-hand how good they are in the Championship. Following our play-off final victory in May, Jack Grealish (£5.9m) was interviewed by pundit for the day Chris Wilder, and told him: “Your boys were the best team we’ve played this season”. It’s hard to argue otherwise.

By the time Gameweek 1 had arrived, my selections had changed but my thoughts on the Blades remained the same: that they’d be a team pushing for a top-half finish. Both Dean Henderson (£4.7m) and John Lundstram (£4.8m) were installed in my squad, and what an impact they’ve made.

Before this season, Lundstram had only scored two goals since the start of the 2018 calendar year. Against Burnley, he had two by half-time. Has there ever been a better Fantasy Premier League budget asset? Probably not.

Their recent performances have made me consider tripling on them from Gameweek 13, with a favourable run of fixtures ahead:

Stevens, John Fleck (£4.8m) – who like Lundstram, looks like he’s been given a bit more license to push forward recently – and Lys Mousset (£4.9m) are all under consideration, but the defensive triple-up is what I’m currently leaning towards. This is a team with the joint-best defence in the league, they’re yet to lose a game by more than one goal and they have only conceded 37 shots on target all season, which is only bettered by Liverpool and Chelsea.

Lundstram’s 21-point haul, combined with 12 points apiece from Martín Montoya (£4.5m) and Tammy Abraham (£7.9m), contributed towards my Gameweek 11 score of 73 points, which has seen my overall rank rise to 15,827.

Re Theo Walcott (£6.2m), you can read more about my thought process behind the move in last week’s Hot Topic. How do I feel about it now? A little frustrated.

He was hauled off on 67 minutes against Spurs, despite Alex Iwobi (£5.8m) playing his poorest game in an Everton shirt, and now has 14 shots without scoring this season – only Wilfried Zaha (£6.7m), Andreas Pereira (£5.0m), Miguel Almirón (£5.8m), Felipe Anderson (£6.8m), David McGoldrick (£5.4m) and Ross Barkley (£5.6m) have had more without finding the back of the net.

A few moments for Walcott stood out – he almost registered an assist on a couple of occasions – but his average position and poor final ball are a concern. I’ll no doubt give him a second chance against Southampton and Norwich City but again, I’ll be monitoring his and Everton’s performance carefully. With no André Gomes (£5.3m) for the foreseeable future, I think they could lack a player capable of dictating play from deep and controlling games, but let’s see.

Sunday’s game between Liverpool and Manchester City has the potential to be a classic, and I can’t wait to see what Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have in store for us tactically. The Citizens have issues in defence, and you can see the Reds pressing hard, high up the pitch, trying to force them to make errors. I see a score draw but you can make a case for either side winning.

In Gameweek 12 I’ll likely roll a transfer, despite the temptation to turn Montoya into Çağlar Söyüncü (£4.8m). This is largely because I have an eye on Gameweek 13 when I won’t have a playing keeper (Henderson is ineligible to face parent club Manchester United), and two transfers will give me a bit more flexibility in my choices.

In terms of captaincy, it’s Jamie Vardy (£9.4m) – again. He scored his tenth Premier League goal of the season against Crystal Palace on Sunday and is scoring at a rate that would surpass the 24 he racked up in Leicester City’s title-winning season.

Here’s a nice stat: since Brendan Rodgers first took charge, Vardy is averaging 7.43 FPL points per match. With only Aston Villa and Norwich conceding more shots than Arsenal this season, I see it being a long 90 minutes for the Gunners, in what could be a defining moment for Unai Emery.

Also, a quick word on Wolves. I’ve been pretty down on them in recent weeks due to a lack of creativity going forward, but it was great to see a player I talked up in pre-season, Diogo Jota (£6.1m), back to his best at the weekend. It was a match where he did everything but score. For anyone who likes Wolves and can’t afford Raúl Jiménez (£7.2m), Jota could be a good shout.

Here’s a look at his shot locations from the Emirates, which is encouraging:

This is how I’ll likely line up heading into Gameweek 12, barring any injuries between now and Friday.

Thanks for reading… until next time.


Tom Freeman – aka avfc82 – comes onto the team to make most of us feel wildly insecure about our overall rank history. A long-time Fantasy Football Scout user, he has finished inside the top 1,000 a staggering five times since 2009.

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279 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 days, 5 hours ago

    SHU's fixtures from 20-24 are laughably bad.

    1. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      8 days, 4 hours ago

      Kept CS against Arsenal and conceded a mere Goal against Pool. They will keep CS's against many teams imo.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
          8 days, 4 hours ago

          Yeah, they are very well oiled defensively.

      2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 days, 4 hours ago

        Ha

      3. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 days, 4 hours ago

        Yeh... ouch

      4. Merlinsnose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 21 hours ago

        If you have Rico, you can play him for these game weeks.

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 5 hours ago

      jota too much of a rotation risk w/ cutrone? he's matching jim in terms of per minute numbers

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        8 days, 4 hours ago

        Go with Jimmy imo

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        8 days, 4 hours ago

        No Go for me.
        Even without the additional striker last season he was taken off around 60/70 minutes mark too many times for my liking.
        Prefer Maupay in that price range. Mousset can be a nice cheap punt too

    3. akhilrajau
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 5 hours ago

      Who should be in bench?

      A. Robertson
      B. Chilwell
      C. Yarmolenko
      D. Lundstram

      1. FOO FIGHTER
          8 days, 4 hours ago

          C

        • JuulKrapuul
          • 1 Year
          8 days, 4 hours ago

          D

        • ZeBestee
          • 5 Years
          8 days, 4 hours ago

          D

        • Amey
          • 1 Year
          8 days, 4 hours ago

          Lundstram

        • FlatTrackBully
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          8 days, 4 hours ago

          D

      2. FOO FIGHTER
          8 days, 5 hours ago

          This will be the second time this season going without City in a GW.

          Does not feel weird at all to be honest.

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 5 Years
            8 days, 4 hours ago

            I'm having 3 , well otamendi doesn't really count 😉

            1. FOO FIGHTER
                8 days, 4 hours ago

                Who'your other 2 City? Sterling KDB?

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 5 Years
                  8 days, 4 hours ago

                  Aguero and kdb. Was all set on selling kun but he should play and pool concede. Just do the maths 🙂

                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                      8 days, 4 hours ago

                      You can be lucky Ota may not start 😀

                      1. FOO FIGHTER
                          8 days, 4 hours ago

                          I would not suggest Ota as your 1st sub either lol

                          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                            • 5 Years
                            8 days, 4 hours ago

                            I have 2 ft. I could swap him for soy but don't think Leicester will keep a CS.

              • Amey
                • 1 Year
                8 days, 5 hours ago

                Hello guys,
                With Mount slightly doubt i think i can get away with CHO for another gw.
                Would you take him out for a hit ??
                Budget is 6.6m

                Can get Tielemans/Perez/James/Trossard/Grealish/McGinn ...

                Used FT to sell Otamendi for Lascells already

                Cheers for thoughts

                1. AuFeld
                  • 3 Years
                  8 days, 4 hours ago

                  A -4 has such a large impact in your OR. I wouldn't take him out for a hit.

                  1. Amey
                    • 1 Year
                    8 days, 4 hours ago

                    Cheers
                    Yeah, almost 70-80k difference (I'm at 480k atm) i guess ...

                2. Rushford
                  • 2 Years
                  8 days, 4 hours ago

                  I’m having the same dilemma. Think I’ll wait and hope for news in the presser. My problem is that I have another transfer planned for next GW so will probably cost a hit either way.

                  1. Amey
                    • 1 Year
                    8 days, 4 hours ago

                    Lol
                    Absolutely same here buddy.
                    Raz to Salah was the plan next gw.
                    Would have to extend that to after next gw to avoid hit maybe

                    1. Rushford
                      • 2 Years
                      8 days, 4 hours ago

                      It will probably result in a desperate WC over the IB

                      1. Amey
                        • 1 Year
                        8 days, 4 hours ago

                        Don't have WC
                        Don't rate Pool attacking double up ?

              • Saint Steve-O (@EliteFPL)
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                8 days, 5 hours ago

                Nice read

              • LikeItLoveIt
                • 1 Year
                8 days, 5 hours ago

                Thoughts on this WC team please? -

                Ryan
                Rico - TAA - Lundstram
                Mane - KDB - Mount - Maddison
                Abraham - Vardy - Jiminez

                Button Mcginn Soy Baldock

                1. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  8 days, 4 hours ago

                  Constant Benching headaches !
                  Not for me.
                  Would rather sell one attacker & get Robbo if you're not planning on Salah Mane double up

                  1. LikeItLoveIt
                    • 1 Year
                    8 days, 4 hours ago

                    Had Sterling and tried to spread the money round but yeah I think you're right I'm going to be kicking myself every time someone on my bench hauls

                2. Gregg Wallace
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  8 days, 4 hours ago

                  McGinn to a cheapo
                  KDB to Sterling, I don't know where you could get the extra money to do that, possibly Maddison to Tielemans or Perez.
                  It allows you to get Salah in for no hassle

                3. HarryB29
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  8 days, 4 hours ago

                  I would imagine that team leaves a bit in the bank. Look at McGinn to a bench fodder midfielder and upgrade Baldock to Robertson?

                4. T0RR3S
                  • 4 Years
                  8 days, 4 hours ago

                  soy > chilwell
                  Mcginn > dendoncker/nakamba/any 4.5 mid who plays
                  and keep the change

                5. FlatTrackBully
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  8 days, 4 hours ago

                  Downgrade McGinn to fodder to get Robbo at back

              • FOO FIGHTER
                  8 days, 5 hours ago

                  Are those suggesting to bench Lundstram because they do not have him?

                  He was a rank killer if you did not own him GW11 😀

                  1. Amey
                    • 1 Year
                    8 days, 4 hours ago

                    Playing fixture maybe ?
                    His hauls have come in nice fixtures TBH
                    First sub for me atm

                    1. FOO FIGHTER
                        8 days, 4 hours ago

                        Spurs are really bad. I do not mind playing Lund.

                        1. T0RR3S
                          • 4 Years
                          8 days, 4 hours ago

                          exactly!

                      • Kopkloppers
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        8 days, 4 hours ago

                        Spurs is an easy fixture!

                        1. Amey
                          • 1 Year
                          8 days, 4 hours ago

                          Lol
                          Yeah they're really bad.
                          Can still play him for Rico but not sure

                    2. T0RR3S
                      • 4 Years
                      8 days, 4 hours ago

                      im with u on this thats why im playing 442 this gw

                    3. in sane in de bruyne
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      8 days, 4 hours ago

                      Depends on the other options. He wont be a rank killer every gameweek. I'm playing him though.

                      1. FOO FIGHTER
                          8 days, 4 hours ago

                          Let's remember, he is a midfielder.

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

                        No. I have him and I'm not playing him. Perma-starting him seems like an overreaction to his 21 point haul to me. 1 pointer coming this week.

                    4. T0RR3S
                      • 4 Years
                      8 days, 5 hours ago

                      I'm confused which one should i get so please help me out:
                      1) Maddison
                      2) Martial
                      3) Tielmans

                      1. FOO FIGHTER
                          8 days, 4 hours ago

                          Flip a coin between 1 and 3.

                        • cravencottage
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          8 days, 4 hours ago

                          2-OOP and will get chances

                          1. in sane in de bruyne
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            8 days, 4 hours ago

                            And will get injured

                            1. T0RR3S
                              • 4 Years
                              8 days, 4 hours ago

                              sadly thats true..

                            2. FOO FIGHTER
                                8 days, 4 hours ago

                                This

                          2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            8 days, 4 hours ago

                            All great options mate, I have Tielemans and Soyuncu and Vardy do cart get Maddison, but think I may to Mount to Martial this week, one tactic could be to get Martial initially as United have the fixtures over the next few then it’s an easy downgrade to the others if necessary?

                          3. in sane in de bruyne
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            8 days, 4 hours ago

                            Not sure Maddison is worth .8 or whatever it is more than Tielemans. I went for Tielemans as replacement for Mount.

                        • HarryB29
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          8 days, 5 hours ago

                          A: KDB and Robertson

                          B: Sterling and 5.0 Defender

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

                            A by a long shot

                          2. Amey
                            • 1 Year
                            8 days, 4 hours ago

                            In isolation, I'd pick B with so many cheap Defenders doing well

                          3. in sane in de bruyne
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            8 days, 4 hours ago

                            A

                          4. T0RR3S
                            • 4 Years
                            8 days, 4 hours ago

                            KDB + 4.5 SHU DEF

                        • Kloppster
                          • 2 Years
                          8 days, 5 hours ago

                          Hello geniuses!

                          I'm having a bit messy team and would love to hear your comments on my tinkering.

                          My team

                          4.0/Pope
                          Taa/Frederics/Rico/Lundy/Tomori
                          Salah/KDB/Mount/Guendouzi/Cantwell
                          Abraham/Kun/Vardy

                          Formation: I've forced myself to play 4-3-3 because two weak mids. That's something needs fixing, specially because so many players are not secure starters.

                          I try find longer term replacements for these players:

                          Fredericks - got him in back 2 gw, just before Zabalette reborn as a starting footballer. What a mistake.
                          Kun - maybe keep this week (and as Liverpool fan) and hate outcoming what ever they are
                          Salah - many people switched to Mane. There is only 0.3m price difference, so probably keep him as differential and hope he get his form back.
                          Gendouzi/Cantwell - I'd like to ditch them for better options before December when wide bench is needed.
                          Mount - waiting for news and probably keep over ib even if he doesn't play this GW.

                          Any thoughts anyone? Have 2ft and 0.0itb. It would be ideal to have 2ft also during ib.

                          1. Midlands Saint73
                            • 2 Years
                            8 days, 4 hours ago

                            I am hoping for the same with Salah.
                            I would consider getting more Leicester in with their form and fixtures right now.
                            Fredericks to Soyuncu.
                            Mid (whichever works cost wise) to Tielemans or Maddison. Not sure price wise if Kun to Jiminez would be needed to fund that so maybe just Fredericks this week and move two next gameweek.
                            Hold for Mount as it didn't look bad.

                            1. Kloppster
                              • 2 Years
                              8 days, 3 hours ago

                              Thanks for opinion!

                              Kun->Jiminez was something I also concidered to free funds and get more solid starter.

                        • Team Cruel
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          8 days, 5 hours ago

                          So this 'pro pundit' will be tripling up on SHU defence from GW13. No mention of one of his defenders being ineligible that GW. Writing a whole article on a treble up when the reality is that it will be a double up and he will be down to 10 players in GW13

                          1. Monkey Hanger
                            • 6 Years
                            8 days, 4 hours ago

                            Have you read it all?

                          2. When a Mané loves a …
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            8 days, 4 hours ago

                            It's easy to critise from the back seats. I've enjoyed his articles the more than anything else on here this season to be honest, it is obvious he has a valid opinion on matters.

                          3. Gregg Wallace
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            8 days, 4 hours ago

                            He did mention it
                            "In Gameweek 12 I’ll likely roll a transfer, despite the temptation to turn Montoya into Çağlar Söyüncü (£4.8m). This is largely because I have an eye on Gameweek 13 when I won’t have a playing keeper (Henderson is ineligible to face parent club Manchester United), and two transfers will give me a bit more flexibility in my choices."

                            1. When a Mané loves a …
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              8 days, 4 hours ago

                              Brilliant, so his critism of the article is literally nonsense.

                            2. Team Cruel
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              8 days, 4 hours ago

                              Fair, I stopped reading at 'Theo Walcott' thinking he had started on a different topic. That part came below that.

                              Anyway, the point stands. He said: "Their recent performances have made me consider tripling on them from Gameweek 13, with a favourable run of fixtures ahead: MUN wol etc". You're not really tripling up from GW13 if one of your defenders is ineligible.

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

                                Maybe a touch pedantic - just take the L and move on 😉

                                1. Team Cruel
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  8 days, 3 hours ago

                                  Maybe it's pedantic but isn't that half the point of this site? We're all looking minor details here and there trying to improve our fantasy teams.

                                  Firstly it's not a triple up from GW13. Secondly they'll be without their goalie which obviously will disrupt the defence. Just look at the state of WH defence after Flappy got injured.

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

                            In Gameweek 12 I’ll likely roll a transfer, despite the temptation to turn Montoya into Çağlar Söyüncü (£4.8m). This is largely because I have an eye on Gameweek 13 when I won’t have a playing keeper (Henderson is ineligible to face parent club Manchester United), and two transfers will give me a bit more flexibility in my choices.

                          5. avfc82
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • Has Moderation Rights
                            • 9 Years
                            8 days, 58 mins ago

                            Okay, just catching up on this.

                            Sorry if I didn't make things clear in the article. Probably best to read it in full, but whatever, if I own three Sheffield United players in GW13, ineligible or not, I'm still tripling on them, no? Then there's the next six fixtures I highlighted where three will be involved.

                            Also, comparing West Ham losing Fabianski, to Sheffield United losing Henderson probably deserves a post in itself, which I haven't got time for right now.

                            1. Monkey Hanger
                              • 6 Years
                              8 days, 9 mins ago

                              Not you who should be doing the apologising. 🙂

                        • FOO FIGHTER
                            8 days, 5 hours ago

                            2 OOP's, you can only pick one

                            Lund or Martial 😀

                            1. Would Ed Woodward
                                8 days, 4 hours ago

                                No contest...

                              • FOO FIGHTER
                                  8 days, 4 hours ago

                                  This is going to be fun.

                                  1. Would Ed Woodward
                                      8 days, 4 hours ago

                                      I doubt that.

                                  2. in sane in de bruyne
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    8 days, 4 hours ago

                                    There is no reason not to have Lundstram.

                                    There are several reasons not to have Martial.

                                  3. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                    • 6 Years
                                    8 days, 4 hours ago

                                    Considering Indian language, I would go with Martial 😆

                                    1. Amey
                                      • 1 Year
                                      8 days, 4 hours ago

                                      Haaaaaa haaaa haaaa

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

                                      Is Lund something strange in Indian language?

                                      1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                        • 6 Years
                                        8 days, 3 hours ago

                                        Cant say strange but in Indian language i.e. Hindi, it means pen is

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

                                    Easy Lundstram. Martial is garbage

                                  5. EMBOLOFAN
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 1 Year
                                    8 days, 3 hours ago

                                    martial

                                    i hate lundstram

                                    1. Roten Teufel
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 5 Years
                                      8 days, 3 hours ago

                                      I take it you don't own him?

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

                                        correct. i dont pick players with tiny little eyes. there's something revolting about him

                                  6. Nomar
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    8 days, 3 hours ago

                                    Lord John of the House Lundstram, to give him his proper FPL title.

                                • Ajax Hamsterdam
                                  • 5 Years
                                  8 days, 4 hours ago

                                  Help please

                                  I have 2 ft

                                  A yarmolenko to McNeil for a 3 weeks punt, can get mount when he is fit again and save transfer

                                  B yarmolenko and otamendi to tielemans and tomori

                                  C yarmolenko and otamendi to tielemans and soy

                                  Thanks a lot 🙂

                                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                                      8 days, 4 hours ago

                                      Why do you want to get CHE defence?

                                      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                        • 5 Years
                                        8 days, 4 hours ago

                                        Some nice home fixtures. Not that keen to be honest 🙂

                                    • Amey
                                      • 1 Year
                                      8 days, 4 hours ago

                                      C looks good to me

                                      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                        • 5 Years
                                        8 days, 4 hours ago

                                        Thanks Amey

                                      2. in sane in de bruyne
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 3 Years
                                        8 days, 4 hours ago

                                        Agree with this

                                    • Nomar
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 9 Years
                                      8 days, 3 hours ago

                                      C

                                    • Ajax Hamsterdam
                                      • 5 Years
                                      8 days, 3 hours ago

                                      Thanks all. Treble up on Leicester bit scary ..

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

                                    Bench one - has to be Tomori due to less chance of attacking points?

                                    a. TAA
                                    b. Rico
                                    c. Lundstram
                                    d. Tomori

                                    1. FOO FIGHTER
                                        8 days, 4 hours ago

                                        D, not only lack of attacking return but also CHE defence a mess.

                                        1. fc_skrald
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 4 Years
                                          8 days, 3 hours ago

                                          Thanks

                                      • Amey
                                        • 1 Year
                                        8 days, 4 hours ago

                                        B/C

                                      • in sane in de bruyne
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 3 Years
                                        8 days, 4 hours ago

                                        D

                                      • Nomar
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 9 Years
                                        8 days, 3 hours ago

                                        D

                                      • EMBOLOFAN
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 1 Year
                                        8 days, 3 hours ago

                                        b/c

                                      • fc_skrald
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 4 Years
                                        8 days, 3 hours ago

                                        Thanks all, vote ends, Tomori on the bench.

                                    2. Evasivo
                                      • 9 Years
                                      8 days, 4 hours ago

                                      Guys, must've missing a meeting but could someone tell me definition of "Bus Team"

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

                                        Idk where it originated from but I believe its just the team u have when u sort out ur team for next week immediately after deadline before any transfers. Something like that.

                                        1. Evasivo
                                          • 9 Years
                                          8 days, 3 hours ago

                                          Yeah I guessed it was the team you select at midday Saturday once game updates. But wondering what Bus means....
                                          The guys you send on the bus to the ground?

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

                                            On the last scoutcast I think Jonty said something about u never know when u could get hit by a bus (implying its good to at least sort ur team out after deadline just in case?) but irdk if that was a joke or not. 😛

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

                                              I'm trying to understand it as well...

                                            2. Evasivo
                                              • 9 Years
                                              8 days, 3 hours ago

                                              Thanks T (Y)

                                      2. Nomar
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 9 Years
                                        8 days, 4 hours ago

                                        Park the bus, in other words stick 10 men behind the ball and challenge the opposition to break them down and score.

                                        No attacking intent, just there to frustrate the opposition.

                                        Either that or it’s a group of people who service public transportation vehicles.

                                        1. Evasivo
                                          • 9 Years
                                          8 days, 3 hours ago

                                          I don't think it's either in this case Nomar. I've seen it banded around the site, and just heard Sam on the Scoutcast use the term also

                                          1. Nomar
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 9 Years
                                            8 days, 3 hours ago

                                            Ah ok, wrong context.

                                            No idea what it means in that other context then. Sorry, chap.

                                            Quality moustache though.

                                            1. Evasivo
                                              • 9 Years
                                              8 days, 3 hours ago

                                              Cheers mate, a tache ain't just for Movember :{)

                                              1. Nomar
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 9 Years
                                                8 days, 3 hours ago

                                                You damn right, Sir.

                                                And that ‘tache is certainly truly worthy.

                                      3. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                        • 6 Years
                                        8 days, 4 hours ago

                                        When majority of players are defending?

                                        1. Evasivo
                                          • 9 Years
                                          8 days, 3 hours ago

                                          Nah that's "Parking the Bus"

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

                                        Sorting your team ASAP after the update on a Saturday morning for the following GW incase you were to get hit by a bus and not be in a position to sort it later in the week...

                                        Sort it to the best you can, incase life gets in the way later in the week.

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

                                          What is life?

                                          1. Tcheco
                                            • 2 Years
                                            8 days, 4 hours ago

                                            Closing down a 40 point gap on your mini league rival in a single weekend

                                            1. Team Cruel
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 4 Years
                                              8 days, 3 hours ago

                                              That's thug life

                                          2. Rainer
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 3 Years
                                            8 days, 4 hours ago

                                            FPL!

                                        2. Nomar
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 9 Years
                                          8 days, 4 hours ago

                                          Or in this case, a bus gets in the way.

                                          Though, in those tragic circumstances, I doubt that your FPL team will matter once the bus is finished with you.

                                        3. Monkey Hanger
                                          • 6 Years
                                          8 days, 4 hours ago

                                          That's it, as per the guys on the Always Cheating pod.

                                        4. Evasivo
                                          • 9 Years
                                          8 days, 4 hours ago

                                          Thanks Rainer. I admit it's the first thing I do, always have. Even though I rarely miss a deadline, dibdib dibdob... be prepared

                                      5. GARY AND JAMIE
                                        • 6 Years
                                        8 days, 4 hours ago

                                        The way this season is going I'd suspect there are many bus teams where managers have thrown themselves under them

                                      6. The Dogs Love Leeds
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 3 Years
                                        8 days, 4 hours ago

                                        It’s from the Always Cheating podcast, the bus team is the team you will be playing if you get hit by a bus at some point in the week and are therefore unable to make any transfers due to the bus wiping you out.

                                    3. user.n
                                      • 2 Years
                                      8 days, 4 hours ago

                                      Son play?

                                      1. Rainer
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 3 Years
                                        8 days, 4 hours ago

                                        "He is available and is in a very good way" - Poch.

                                        Son seemed in good spirits during their training session at Red Stars stadium yesterday.

                                        Crocodile tears.

                                        1. zon
                                          • 4 Years
                                          8 days, 3 hours ago

                                          So he should be sobbing in a corner and not do his job to make his immediate affections believable?

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

                                            ideally yes

                                        2. Amey
                                          • 1 Year
                                          8 days, 3 hours ago

                                          😀

                                    4. Jullepuu
                                        8 days, 4 hours ago

                                        Took a -4 hit by doing Cantwell and Boly to Hayden and Reid.

                                        Hayden will score (or assist) and come on from my bench cause I'm lucky..just watch

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

                                          why did you do this

                                          1. Jullepuu
                                              8 days, 3 hours ago

                                              Allows me to get Robbo in after they play City. It would have been a hit either way and Boly may drop in price and Cantwell already did. This was the best way for me to avoid getting priced out. I know that t's not ideal and that it's risky.

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

                                                taking a hit to bring in a defender...next week

                                                1. Jullepuu
                                                    8 days, 3 hours ago

                                                    What does it matter? The hit would have been taken either way. This way I most likely won't get priced out

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

                                                      the hit is a bad idea in and of itself

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

                                                        never mind the lengths you've gone to to accommodate it

                                                        1. Jullepuu
                                                            8 days, 3 hours ago

                                                            A lot of people will be taking a hit next week to double up on pool defenders. How is my approach so different and bad?

                                                            1. Recklesss
                                                              • 5 Years
                                                              8 days, 3 hours ago

                                                              What if something else changes in your team? It's an unnecessary risk just to save a bit of tm value.

                                                              1. Jullepuu
                                                                  8 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                  It's not just a bit of team value. It's the key to getting Robbo in next week without another hit.

                                                                  It's still risky just as I said before.

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

                                                                    what degree of certainty do you need of a liverpool clean sheet and/or robinson attacking return in order for the hit to repay itself vs your first sub?

                                                                  2. Jullepuu
                                                                      8 days, 2 hours ago

                                                                      It's a long term move. It's not just about the next game week. The hit will pay itself back in a couple of weeks. I don't where your going with this. I'm not even sure I understand what you mean.

                                                          • Nailed Jesus
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            • 2 Years
                                                            8 days, 3 hours ago

                                                            There is a chance that one of your other players(or robbo) gets injured this week, and you might not need a hit to free up funds next week though.

                                                            1. Jullepuu
                                                                8 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                Calculated risk.

                                                    2. FOO FIGHTER
                                                        8 days, 3 hours ago

                                                        Cannot be serious?

                                                        1. Jullepuu
                                                            8 days, 3 hours ago

                                                            Yes I am. Do you like my explanation above?

                                                            1. FOO FIGHTER
                                                                8 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                Which other player on your bench?

                                                                1. Jullepuu
                                                                    8 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                    The master of defending..Otamendi and Reid of course

                                                          • kuzser
                                                            • 2 Years
                                                            8 days, 4 hours ago

                                                            Need your help on priorities for this week guys?
                                                            Want Jimenez and mane in, otamendi out.
                                                            2ft, 0.1itb

                                                            1) sterling Firmino-> Jimenez mane
                                                            2) sterling Ota-> mane willems/Rico
                                                            3) firmino ota-> Jimenez willems/Rico 
                                                            4) all 3 moves for -4

                                                            Team is:
                                                            Pope 
                                                            Soy taa lundstram 
                                                            Sterling kdb maddison mount 
                                                            Vardy Firmino Abraham

                                                            Button, saka, Ota, Hanley

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

                                                              would just do firmino to jimenez and figure out what to do with ota next week (probably robbo)

                                                              1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                • 5 Years
                                                                8 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                Firmino will be a lovely top 10k differential, but guessing you prefer double def?

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

                                                                  firmino is garbage fpl asset so yeah. i dont care about differentials i care about points and value

                                                                  1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    • 5 Years
                                                                    8 days, 2 hours ago

                                                                    Good stats, passing eye test recently and has been VERY unlucky to not come away with returns recently. When he goes on a streak he’s brilliant to own.

                                                                    Bettered mane/salah for shots in the box and penalty box touches at times this season.

                                                                    Catch him right and he is far from garbage.

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

                                                                      3 goals in 17 games despite performing well generally. has some ground to make up to even match the 12 league goals he scored last season. blocks other liverpool options who outperformed him last year and are outperforming him this year.

                                                                      streaks are random, variance - i dont really believe in them.

                                                                      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        • 5 Years
                                                                        8 days, 2 hours ago

                                                                        Fair enough, just a different of opinions.

                                                                        I’m concentrating on this season, last season is last season for me.

                                                                        I tend to get lucky with him so always happy to own.

                                                            2. FOO FIGHTER
                                                                8 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                Sterling to Mane, Ota to cheapie.

                                                                Following week updrade Hanley.

                                                                If you have cash left upgrade Saka the week after upgrading Hanley.

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

                                                              So I am loaded, after mount news I need to make a move, what do you reco?

                                                              Pope
                                                              TAA Soy Lund
                                                              Mane KDB Mount tielemans
                                                              Abraham Vardy Connolly*

                                                              Kelly, Pieters, Cantwell* 7.3 ITB

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

                                                                The world is your oyster with 7.3ITB... U wanting to play 3-5-2 or 3-4-3?

                                                                1. andres
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  • 8 Years
                                                                  8 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                  The one that gives me more points 🙂

                                                                  3 attackers is the wise move, 5 mids the exciting one!

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

                                                                    There's almost too many options to choose from!

                                                            4. jdp219
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              • 2 Years
                                                              8 days, 4 hours ago

                                                              If I did this:
                                                              Ota, Mount, King > Willems, Donck, Vardy (-4)

                                                              Would that be too bold? Pretty much means a 4-3-3 like this:

                                                              TAA, Rico, Lunds, Willems (Lowton)
                                                              Mane, Sterling, KDB (Cantwell, Donck)
                                                              Vardy, Jim, Tammy

                                                              1. jdp219
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                • 2 Years
                                                                8 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                (this is pretty much in response to not dumping a City mid to accommodate Vardy)

                                                            5. Wolves Ay We
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              • 4 Years
                                                              8 days, 4 hours ago

                                                              Is Cantwell likely to play Friday?

                                                              1. Rainer
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                • 3 Years
                                                                8 days, 4 hours ago

                                                                Might come on, would expect Hernandez to start on the left.

                                                              2. FOO FIGHTER
                                                                  8 days, 4 hours ago

                                                                  Would not bet on it.

                                                                • GARY AND JAMIE
                                                                  • 6 Years
                                                                  8 days, 4 hours ago

                                                                  I'd love to know. I think Norwich were so flat v Brighton that he may at least get some decent minutes, 30 plus. It's a 6 pointer, surely they need to get back to doing what they did at the start of the season especially at home, attacking.