Scout Notes

Wolves excel in a 3-4-3 again as owners await further Jimenez injury news

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Aston Villa

  • Goals: Ruben Neves (£5.3m), Raul Jimenez (£7.3m) | Trezeguet (£5.2m)
  • Assists: Joao Moutinho (£5.3m), Adama Traore (£5.2m) | None
  • Bonus: Jimenez, Neves x3, Trezeguet x1

Nuno Espirito Santo’s return to a 3-4-3 has helped unlock Wolverhampton Wanderers’ attacking potential in the past few months.

Since the Wolves head coach revisited the formation in earnest in Gameweek 6, the West Midlands club have shown steady improvement.

Santo’s troops are indeed unbeaten in the top flight since that 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, a run that stretches back seven league games.

They have also scored in every match over that period.

It’s not quite as simplistic as basic formation choices, of course: Wolves’ fixture schedule from Gameweeks 1 to 5 was tricky and they faced some of the division’s meanest defences during that run.

Since then, they have encountered rather more obliging backlines in the form of Aston Villa, Arsenal and Watford.

Still, there has been more than just circumstantial evidence to back up the increased goal threat.

Take the fixture against Newcastle in Gameweek 10: three shots on goal in a 3-5-2 in the opening 45 minutes and then ten attempts after the break when a 3-4-3 was deployed.

There were similar second-half improvements in matches against Southampton and Slovan Bratislava in October, with Santo again turning to a 3-4-3 at the interval.

Sunday’s victory over Aston Villa continued the trend, with the hosts racking up 17 shots at Molineux, taking their total to 51 since the second half kicked off at St. James’ Park a fortnight ago.

Yes, Villa were without key figures such as Tom Heaton (£4.5m), Bjorn Engels (£4.5m) and Jack Grealish (£5.9m).

And yes, Dean Smith’s side have made a habit of conceding a lot of chances this season.

But this was one of Wolves’ best offensive performances of 2019/20, with the narrow scoreline not reflecting their total dominance.

It had looked like being a frustrating afternoon for the increasing number of Fantasy managers who own Raul Jimenez (£7.3m), who had sliced wide on four occasions before latching onto Adama Traore‘s (£5.2m) cut-back on 83 minutes to put Wolves 2-0 up and effectively kill the game.

Diogo Jota‘s (£6.1m) owners didn’t experience such late-in-the-day joy.

The Portuguese striker blanked for the ninth time in ten appearances and collected a yellow card to boot but there were a handful of decent openings for the mid-price FPL forward, who nodded straight at Orjan Nyland (£4.3m) from close range and saw the substitute Villa keeper smother another effort from inside the six-yard box.

The man who replaced Jota late on, Pedro Neto (£5.0m), also fired wide when well-placed in stoppage time.

Santo hailed his side’s display but also bemoaned the profligacy in front of goal, saying:

We played very, very good – very, very well. We dominated the game, especially in the first half. We created a lot of problems for Villa, a lot of chances.

When you produce so many things, you must finish the actions. This what we’re going to analyse now as we broke a lot of times and we had chances, but some we didn’t finish.

Part of the reason why a 3-4-3 has been so successful has been the pairing of Traore with Matt Doherty (£6.0m) down the right flank.

The pair again wreaked havoc down the wing against Villa, with Traore crashing a shot against the bar in the second half and Doherty repeatedly getting into promising positions in the opposition area on the ‘underlap’ – much as he did in 2018/19.

Santo said of Traore’s performance:

He’s playing very well. He’s sticking to his tasks and helping the team. He’s unique, he gives you these moments that only he can produce.

One of the by-products of this move to a 3-4-3 has been the slightly more advanced role that Ruben Neves (£5.3m) is now occupying.

Previously the anchoring midfielder of a 3-5-2, Neves is now playing further forward alongside Joao Moutinho (£5.3m) and the two compatriots combined for Wolves’ opening goal – albeit from a free-kick, rather than from open play.

Santo said ahead of Sunday’s game:

This is a competition in which we have to adapt and find solutions and one of those was to start playing a different way. We need solutions in this situation and one of them is Ruben (more advanced) alongside Joao.

Some perspective has to be provided here, however: Neves and Moutinho still only had one penalty box touch between them this weekend.

Neves, like teammate Romain Saiss (£4.4m) is also now just one booking away from a one-match ban.

The international break now gives some Wolves’ assets a welcome breather following their brutal schedule of the past three months.

Traore will be one of the ones staying at home but – apparently – only because of injury.

The pacy winger is at the centre of a tussle between Mali and Spain on the international stage and received his maiden call-up by the latter this weekend, only to subsequently pull out.

Traore said yesterday:

Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the call of the national team because of an injury in the game we played this Sunday against Aston Villa.

I am sorry I cannot be in this call-up, but I will continue working to be in the best possible way for the next list, God willing.

I want to thank for the confidence that the coach has placed in me. I will have medical tests at my club, Wolverhampton, to know the extent of the injury.

It remains to be seen if Jimenez is also spared international duty after the Mexican striker limped from the pitch on Sunday, with an ice pack swiftly applied to his leg on the home bench.

Santo said after full-time:

We have to assess Raul now, the medical department will assess him.

Villa were also blighted by injury on Sunday, with Heaton (who has now pulled out of the England squad), Engels and Grealish failing to recover ahead of kick-off.

Jed Steer‘s (£4.4m) Premier League debut then lasted all of eight minutes before he was substituted with an Achilles injury, while Matt Targett (£4.4m) suffered a blow to the head and was also replaced after complaining of blurred vision.

Smith said after full-time:

Tom Heaton’s been struggling with a calf so I knew he was going to pull out of the game. Jack was always 50/50. Bjorn (hip) came to see me yesterday morning so I always knew we were struggling with that.

In the game, you get Jed Steer going down after three minutes on his first Premier League start with an Achilles injury.

What the international period will do will enable them to be fit for the Newcastle game. I’m not too sure about Jed Steer, I’ll wait for the prognosis on his Achilles injury.

Smith was critical of his players’ first-half performance especially and refused to blame injuries, saying:

It still doesn’t affect your desire to go and win a header, a tackle, a second ball and just help your teammates out and I didn’t think we did that first half.

That’s as bad a first 45 minutes I’ve had since Wigan away last year. Very poor, didn’t start.

It appeared the game was bigger for them than it was for us, we didn’t win any balls, duels, didn’t pass it well. The best thing I got out of the first half was it was only 1-0 at half-time.

Indeed, Ezri Konsa (£4.3m) performed well enough in Engels’ stead and Nyland didn’t do a lot wrong between the sticks.

Instead, there were off-days from some of Villa’s regulars, with the three central midfielders – including John McGinn (£5.8m) – ineffective and hot-and-cold wide players Trezeguet (£5.2m) and Anwar El Ghazi (£5.5m) very much towards the chilly end of the scale at Molineux.

It was Trezeguet who snatched Villa’s consolation in stoppage time from a corner-kick situation.

After their excellent display against Liverpool, we can probably forgive Villa’s assets for this one below-par performance – although Fantasy interest may be lukewarm until the fixtures really turn favourable in mid-December.

Wolves XI (3-4-3): Rui Patricio; Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss; Doherty, Neves (Bennett 85′) Moutinho, Jonny; Traore, Jimenez (Cutrone 90′), Jota (Pedro Neto 83′).

Aston Villa XI (4-3-3): Steer (Nyland 8′); Guilbert, Konsa, Mings, Targett (Taylor 45′); McGinn, Nakamba (Lansbury 69′), Douglas Luiz; El Ghazi, Wesley, Trezeguet.

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1,232 Comments Post a Comment
  1. taylormccormack
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Thoughts on;

    Pukki to Jiminez
    Or Pukki to Rashford with a -4

    1. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Jimmy .

      1. SweepaKeepa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Agree assuming flag comes off.

    2. B.D.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Jimmy

    3. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Would do a hit so Jimenez looks good

      1. Maddamotha
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Wouldnt*

    4. shotgunnufc - “15&rdq…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Jimi all day

  2. Marc Jobling
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Sterling - KDB - Mount - Cantwell - Hayden
    Vardy - Abraham - Jimenez

    A) Martial for Cantwell?
    B) Salah for KDB?
    C) Mane for KDB?

    Too many price rises.

    1. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      A

    2. The Legend Squad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      C - need pool mid

    3. Boberella
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      B or C
      Definitely need Pool mid.

      (You must have an expensive back line or heaps ITB?)

  3. Maddamotha
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    In what order would you rank Son, Martial, Maddison?

    1. Stoichkov#8
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Madders
      Son
      Martial

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Martial, Maddison, Son.

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Something we agree on 🙂

    3. Brehmeren
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      That order.

    4. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      3 different answers, I can only get two!

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Just look at it like this the other 2 are 2m cheaper than Son and you have no definitive answer.

    5. toca
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Form atm definitely Maddison, Martial, Son

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          This, Spuds are not performing.

    6. Boleyn Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Evening All. I'm on the verge of being priced out of these moves. I know it's a long time until the next fixtures but should I make these transfers now while I can:

      Sterling, De Bruyne & King > Mane, Tielemans & Vardy (-4 hit)

      1. The Legend Squad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Very risky. Injuries always happen over international break

      2. YEAH PITCH!
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Any other Liverpool or City

          1. Boleyn Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            I've got TAA & Salah but wouldn't have any City coverage after these transfers

        • toca
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Risky

          • thegaffer82
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            YOLO

            Get it done if you’re gunna be priced out otherwise. You might get unlucky with injuries. But chances are you’ll get away with it & have a better team for it.

          • shotgunnufc - “15&rdq…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            too risky at the start of the IB and losing both city assets is too rich for my blood

          • Dthinger
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Can you just do two out of the three and wait on the third one? I'd be hesitant to take a hit this early.

            1. Boleyn Boy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              I could just bring in Tielemans and then either Mane or Vardy so I should be able to cope with a price rise either way

          • Boberella
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Risky.
            And I definitely wouldn’t lose both city

        • Andy Ftw
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          If you had to drop one?

          A) Martial
          B) Pulisic
          C) Jimenez
          D) Maddison

          I'm thinking D.. close though.

          1. The Legend Squad
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            B I think... really tough

          2. Stoichkov#8
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            not D!
            B

          3. Dynamic Duos
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            C

          4. Maddamotha
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            B

          5. toca
              1 month, 1 day ago

              A

            • Tomerick
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              A as he’ll be out soon anyway.

              1. toca
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  LOL. And plays Sheffield next.

                  1. Boberella
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    ... Sheffield being one of the best defences in the league.

              2. thegaffer82
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                C)

                Only gets 4pts for his goals and no cleany point.

              3. shotgunnufc - “15&rdq…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                B. but that’s really tough. it’s like the 4 most on form players

              4. Andy Ftw
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Thx all

              5. Dthinger
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                B. He won't be consistently returning over the season

            • The Legend Squad
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Can get this team with 2FT... thoughts chaps?

              Henderson
              TAA Tomori Lundstram
              Mane Salah Maddison Mount
              Vardy Abraham Jimenez

              Button Dendoncker Rico Kelly

              1.1m ITB remaining

              1. Andy Ftw
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Hard to fault really.

                Money ITB leaves potential mount to pulisic or an upgrade of bench even.

                1. toca
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Mane to Sterling

                    1. Jeremy Corbyn
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Lol

              2. ankil2009
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Is Pereria worth 1.5 over Soyuncu? I have seen few Leicester games and Pereria looks very attacking but 1.5 seems a big difference so not able to decide on this one

                1. Phil's Stamps
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Nope.

                2. toca
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Ricardo is a different class above Soy thats a given. Last game vs Arsenal he didnt return any atacking points, but he was absolutely SUPERB. Best defensive display bay far.

                    1. norab
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Exactly right Toca.

                      I think it depends on your team. If you need those funds elsewhere then go with Soy.

                      1. toca
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Agree. All about different options available

                  • royals forever
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Bottomed on last page

                    How’s this as a Liverpool triple up

                    Robertson, Mane & Firmino

                    (Firmino being my main differential)

                    Any ideas would be welcomed

                    1. The Legend Squad
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Like the Firmino idea but unsure of his FPL appeal... I'm thinking Mane Salah TAA/Robo the way to go

                  • Nuno
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    A) SCHMEICHEL
                    TAA Lundstram ROBERTSON
                    Mane Maddison Martial SON
                    Abraham Vardy Jimenez

                    B) Pope (to Henderson GW15)
                    TAA Lundstram Soyuncu
                    Mane Maddison Martial SALAH
                    Abraham Vardy Jimenez

                    Bench: Button, Rico, Taylor, Dendoncker

                    1. Jeremy Corbyn
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      B much better

                  • BST
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    I feel like I’m at a cross roads!

                    2ft, am doing well at c3.2k OR but want to try to push on.

                    Pope / button
                    Soy / Lund / Rico / Dunk / VVD
                    Sterling / KDB / Mane / Mount / Dend
                    Vardy / Jimi / Tammy

                    Thinking of ditching sterling til maybe 18 and doing a pre-Xmas wildcard

                    Over the next couple gw what would you pick...

                    A. 343 - Sterling/

                    1. BST
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      A. 2-3 weeks - 343 - sterling/vvd/dunk out, Salah,Robbo,Williams (bench) in

                      B. 2 weeks - 343 - Sterling/vvd/mount out, Maddi/robbo or TAA/martial in

                      C. 3-4 weeks - 352 - sterling/dunk/vvd/dend/jimi out - maddi/martial/taa/robbo/Mousset in

                      1. pjanns
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        I did B. Sterling + Diop --> Maddi + Robbo. At 23k OR, with nearly the same team.

                    2. Dynamic Duos
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      First of all, absolutely rank , well done and keep up the good work. Sterling to Salah and if you can afford VVD to Robbo/TAA

                      1. Dynamic Duos
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Great*

                    3. Riverside Red
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Doesn't sound like you need any help with that rating

                      1. norab
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        I'm with you BST. We have almost the same teams and I'm sitting just a bit higher in OR. Feel like we really need to get the next couple decisions right to press into the top 1K.

                        The moves just aren't obvious yet. Our teams should be good for another couple GW's.

                        I'd love to trust Martial as a differential for the push but not sold yet.

                        1. Dynamic Duos
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          We will leave you to it then

                  • Bobby
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    What’s the latest on Jiminez injury? Want to do my transfer now but don’t want him left in my team injured - I assume he’ll be back after the break?

                    1. Brehmeren
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      He'll be fine.

                    2. shotgunnufc - “15&rdq…
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      almost certainly an IB injury, why do you need to do it now though?

                  • SHOOTER MCGINN
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Agüero + Cantwell to Salah + Greenwood for -4? Looking at a 3-5-2 again.

                    1. toca
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Nope

                    2. Monkey Hanger
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      GW 18 really does look scary

                      No Pool or WHU.

                      Plus City play Leicester, and Spurs play Chelsea.

                      Not nice. 🙂

                      1. Riverside Red
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Must be an Arsenal triple up..perish the thought

                      2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Plenty of time between now and then to get more Blades and Wolves

                    3. Totally !rre!evant
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      What's this Salah news?

                      1. toca
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          What?

                        • g40steve
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Being assessed by Egyptian team.

                          1. Dynamic Duos
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            Yeah he tweeked his ankle , hopefully Egypt don't risk him.

                            1. Totally !rre!evant
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 1 day ago

                              Sounds like an reoccurrence if it's the ankle again. Seems a little strange that he's joined up with Egypt if he's injured though

                              1. toca
                                  1 month, 1 day ago

                                  Its really standard procedure. The player shows up at NT with medical report from club and is assessed locally

                            2. toca
                                1 month, 1 day ago

                                Ah, ok. Makes sense, their biggest player they want to make sure that he really IS injured.

                            3. Danno - Emre Canada
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 1 day ago

                              He insisted on meeting up with Egypt. See what their quacks say. He was standing around chatting to KDB for ages after and no brace at least.

                          2. scubasmithy
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            So I want Jimenez but to be honest I have Auba at the moment and he has Southampton at home. Just roll my transfer?

                            Pope, 4.0
                            TAA, Tomori, Soyuncu, Lundestrum, Rico
                            Mane, KDB, Mount, Maddision, Dendonker
                            Auba, Vardy, Abraham

                            0.7 ITB, 1 FT

                            1. g40steve
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 1 day ago

                              Roll, Auba has cracking fixture.

                            2. HMC
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 1 day ago

                              slight injury doubt for jimmy so wait for update/post IB
                              Fixture looks great on paper but Man City who create more than Arsenal could capitalise vs saints

                            3. shotgunnufc - “15&rdq…
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 1 day ago

                              same position. I’m rolling for the good fixture and reassess with 2ft. in fact we have the same team except I haven’t dumped cantwell yet. it’s not like we’ll be priced out of jimi

                            4. toca
                                1 month, 1 day ago

                                Get Jimmy!!

                            5. g40steve
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 1 day ago

                              What changes are glaring?

                              Virg > Robbo

                              Or KDB > Salah

                              Pope
                              Lundstram, Trent, Virgil, Soy
                              Mane, KDB, Martial, Maddy,
                              C Vardy, Tammy

                              Button, Mount, Mousett, Rico

                              2.0 bank

                            6. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 1 day ago

                              With all these great budget players around there is less need to catch early price rises. No 2 in the world has a TV of 102.6m

                              1. AicilaXI
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                1 month, 1 day ago

                                Has also played every chip.

                                1. Gregg Wallace
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 1 day ago

                                  Makes you very confident of being able to catch up, doesn't it?

                              2. Dthinger
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 1 day ago

                                #1's transfer history it interesting. Only made 8 transfers! Hasn't used the Wild Card.

                            7. Dynamic Duos
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 1 day ago

                              The take on Aubameyang on here is so split and I'm (c) him, hope my side if the fence is right 🙂

                              1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 1 day ago

                                I think everyone agrees he’s a great player. His manager on the other hand...

                              2. HMC
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                1 month, 1 day ago

                                yep, most people will hold for next 2 if you own and of course wouldn't bring in if you don't already own
                                i went rogue and swapped for vardy/abraham this week
                                The FOMO was too much!

                                1. Dynamic Duos
                                  • 6 Years
                                  1 month, 1 day ago

                                  Happy to have all 3 atm

                                2. Twisted Saltergater
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 10 Years
                                  1 month, 1 day ago

                                  I’ve brought Aubameyang in this gameweek, alongside Vardy and Abraham 🙂

                                  1. Dynamic Duos
                                    • 6 Years
                                    1 month, 1 day ago

                                    Yes , so your with me, great 🙂

                                  2. Dynamic Duos
                                    • 6 Years
                                    1 month, 1 day ago

                                    You took a hit?

                                    1. Twisted Saltergater
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 10 Years
                                      1 month, 1 day ago

                                      I did! Sterling + Pukki our for Richarlison + Aubameyang. Punt central!

                                      1. Dynamic Duos
                                        • 6 Years
                                        1 month, 1 day ago

                                        Richarlison is a great punt, (c) him? I took a hit on Son and Yarmolenko to Maddison and Martial. Post your team so I can compare.

                                        1. Twisted Saltergater
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 10 Years
                                          1 month, 1 day ago

                                          Pope • McGovern
                                          TAA • Soyuncu • Tomori • Lundstram • Dunk
                                          Mané • Richarlison • Martial • Mount • Perez
                                          Aubameyang • Vardy • Abraham

                                          1. Dynamic Duos
                                            • 6 Years
                                            1 month, 1 day ago

                                            Great team you have so much tv don't you, benching headache?

                                            Mine is

                                            Pope Button
                                            TAA Soyuncu Tomori Chambers Hanley
                                            Salah Martial Maddison Pulisic Cantwell
                                            Aubameyang Vardy Abraham

                                            I have 0.6m itb for Chambers to Lundstram gwk14

                                          2. Twisted Saltergater
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 10 Years
                                            1 month, 1 day ago

                                            Yes a bit of a benching headache but don’t mind while the big guns are not firing. There’s also the Liverpool blank in Gw18 to think about. Shame Leicester play Man City that week.

                                            Nice team. At the moment Pullisic and Maddison are upgrades on Mount and Perez so you’re well set.

                                            1. Dynamic Duos
                                              • 6 Years
                                              1 month, 1 day ago

                                              Yeah I'm really happy with it and thanks, gl with your team , it really great and some good punts in there, who you bench this time, Mount?

                                              1. Twisted Saltergater
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 10 Years
                                                1 month, 1 day ago

                                                Thanks mate! Leaning towards Perez at the minute with Man City’s frailties but you never know what injuries you might pick up with the international break so will revisit it before the gameweek starts.

                                                Looks like we have similar views on players which is reassuring for me! I’m a form over fixture guy but there are exceptions where Southampton, Norwich and West Ham are concerned 🙂 might captain Aubameyang yet... good luck!

                                                1. Dynamic Duos
                                                  • 6 Years
                                                  1 month, 1 day ago

                                                  Yeah definitely mate our teams are very similar.

                                                  Sometimes the fixtures are just to good, I like to figure in both form and fixtures, form slightly more, but form comes with fixtures imo.

                                                  Cheers mate 🙂

                                        2. Twisted Saltergater
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 10 Years
                                          1 month, 1 day ago

                                          Vardy(c), Richarlison(vc) at the minute. Not sure I trust Everton yet!

                                          1. Dynamic Duos
                                            • 6 Years
                                            1 month, 1 day ago

                                            Like this.

                                          2. Dynamic Duos
                                            • 6 Years
                                            1 month, 1 day ago

                                            But I'm 100% Aubameyang

                                  3. HMC
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    1 month, 1 day ago

                                    nice, good luck - I did say 'most' ha
                                    you've compromised on midfield which could easily backfire too (or just net itself out)
                                    do you still have wc to play?

                                    i was going to keep auba then use wc in gw14 but i used 2ft so will reassess for wc use

                                    assume you're planning to sell richarlison after this gw?

                              3. shotgunnufc - “15&rdq…
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                1 month, 1 day ago

                                me too, but might waver by next week, in theory it could be such a rank climbing capt

                                1. Dynamic Duos
                                  • 6 Years
                                  1 month, 1 day ago

                                  I'm doing it 100% , hold out mate

                              4. Sun Jihai
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 1 day ago

                                Guess who conceded the most goal attempts in the box this GW...
                                ...Soton with 19 which is way more the next worst (12)
                                I think Auba could do well

                                1. Dynamic Duos
                                  • 6 Years
                                  1 month, 1 day ago

                                  That is enough for me 🙂

                            8. LIARS POKER
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 1 day ago

                              Would you do Sterling to Mane for the double-up with Salah? (keep KDB)

                              1. Brosstan
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 1 day ago

                                nah. double def

                            9. Basil1977
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 1 day ago

                              I havn't watched much of palace this season, just bits and pieces on match of the day. What is going on with Zaha this year? Palace have some amazing fixtures from GW 14, and i would like to bring him in if he was playing well? Just being unlucky? Or is he being as poor as the stats say?

                              1. Monkey Hanger
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 1 day ago

                                Solid at the back, toothless up front. Not sure Zaha is putting it all in, maybe daydreaming of the transfer that didn't happen.

                                1. Basil1977
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  1 month, 1 day ago

                                  cheers, so if i'm looking for a cheap defender then Palace is a good bet but not up front.

                                2. toca
                                    1 month, 1 day ago

                                    ...or the one that can still happen in January...

                                3. Ógie
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 6 Years
                                  1 month, 1 day ago

                                  I think that his head was turned by offers from other clubs over the summer and that he is not giving it his all for Palace.

                                  Secondly i think the introduction of VAR may have affected Zaha's output as he can not get away with diving like he used to.

                              2. endy919
                                  1 month, 1 day ago

                                  Evening All.

                                  help me please 🙂

                                  Pope-Button
                                  TAA-Lunds-Rico-Soy-Fredericks
                                  Salah-KDB-Martial-Mount-Cantwell
                                  Tammy-Vardy-Jimenez

                                  1FT and 2.5 ITB

                                  after IB:
                                  A. Mount to Maddison
                                  B. Mount to Pulisic
                                  C.Cantwell to Barnes (5th mid and solid differential)
                                  D.Mount,Cantwell to Pulisic , Barnes -4
                                  E.save FT
                                  F. or something else ?

                                  Thank you

                                  1. thegaffer82
                                    • 8 Years
                                    1 month, 1 day ago

                                    I’m pondering B) myself. If Frank confirms he’s fit I might just pull the trigger

                                    1. endy919
                                        1 month, 1 day ago

                                        thx !

                                    2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                                      • 2 Years
                                      1 month, 1 day ago

                                      I like B... Either that or upgrade one of your defender to Robertson (Fredericks)

                                      Were in a similar situation. Look at my post below

                                      1. endy919
                                          1 month, 1 day ago

                                          i am a bit afraid of a Pool double def

                                    3. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
                                        1 month, 1 day ago

                                        1 FT 6,7 ITB

                                        Pope ( Button )
                                        Guilbert-Söyuncu-Lundstram-Aurier (Tomori)
                                        KDB-Mane-Maddison (Mount, Hayden)
                                        Vardy-Jimi-Tammy

                                        A) Aurier -> TAA
                                        B) Mount -> Salah

                                        Mount price is dropping like stone and I have 5 decent defenders to rotate in 3-4-3. I could get TAA and Salah but that would mean selling KDB

                                        1. thegaffer82
                                          • 8 Years
                                          1 month, 1 day ago

                                          B) easily imo

                                        2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                                          • 2 Years
                                          1 month, 1 day ago

                                          B

                                        3. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                                          • 2 Years
                                          1 month, 1 day ago

                                          You could do Mount to Son/Martial and still have enough ITB to get TAA though

                                          1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
                                              1 month, 1 day ago

                                              True true but I dont like Spurs atm. They look very bad and Manu have only 1 easy fixture next 4 (AVL H)

                                              1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                                                • 2 Years
                                                1 month, 1 day ago

                                                Madisson another option

                                                1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                                                  • 2 Years
                                                  1 month, 1 day ago

                                                  I meant Pulisic

                                        4. Big Hands Barry
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 1 Year
                                          1 month, 1 day ago

                                          Hows this (will be priced out in the morning)

                                          Pukki, Salah, KDB --> Vardy(c), Mane, Martial (-4)

                                          1. toca
                                              1 month, 1 day ago

                                              Nope. Just get rid of Pukki

                                            • thegaffer82
                                              • 8 Years
                                              1 month, 1 day ago

                                              Just about yes. Losing KDB & Salah could bite you, but the 3 you’re bringing in should, should beat them for points.

                                          2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 6 Years
                                            1 month, 1 day ago

                                            Ciaran Clark is quite tempting...

                                            1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 2 Years
                                              1 month, 1 day ago

                                              Brought him in last night mate for Prodl to make sure I’ve got a squad of players that are all playing for the xmas period!! 4.3 is a great price too!!

                                            2. Dynamic Duos
                                              • 6 Years
                                              1 month, 1 day ago

                                              Little snippets you pick up on here is what makes it brilliant, thanks from bringing him to my attention.

                                              1. Dynamic Duos
                                                • 6 Years
                                                1 month, 1 day ago

                                                For*

                                              2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 2 Years
                                                1 month, 1 day ago

                                                Scored in last 2 aswell!!!! A snip at 4.3!! Haha

                                          3. marzo
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 8 Years
                                            1 month, 1 day ago

                                            Was just about to pull the trigger on-
                                            Sterling + Mount-> Mane + Pulisic (exact cash atm).
                                            Hold on to Sterling and change Salah to Mane instead?

                                            Pope.
                                            Robbo, A Smith, Lundstram, Janmaat.
                                            Mount, Sterling, KDB, Salah.
                                            Abraham, Vardy.
                                            Button, Cantwell, Soyuncu, Wickham.
                                            2ft. 0.8m ITB. WC in hand still.

                                            1. thegaffer82
                                              • 8 Years
                                              1 month, 1 day ago

                                              Risky with the injury situation. Shame you can’t wait cos youll feel a bit of a prat if it turns out that Pulisic is still injured and Mount plays and scores.

                                          4. Johnny Drama
                                            • 3 Years
                                            1 month, 1 day ago

                                            Does Mount -> Martial make sense?

                                            1. thegaffer82
                                              • 8 Years
                                              1 month, 1 day ago

                                              It does make sense. I own both, and Mount will be leaving my team before Martial by the looks of things

                                          5. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                                            • 2 Years
                                            1 month, 1 day ago

                                            How do this transfer plan sound? I know plans usually go up in smoke, but it's nice to have some sort of plan on what to do as it affects which transfer I will make during IB

                                            GW13: Mount -> Martial
                                            GW14: save FT
                                            GW15: Son + Kelly - > Pulisic + Robbo

                                            That would give me this team:

                                            Gazza
                                            TAA Robbo Soy
                                            Mane KDB Martial Pulisic
                                            Vardy Abraham Jimenez
                                            ____
                                            Button; Tomori Lundstram Hayden

                                            0.4 itb

                                            A rather strong bench and benching headache every now and then. But Liverpool blanking gw18, potential injuries and busy Christmas schedule it might work out well. Alternative would be doing Tomori to Robertson.

                                            Thoughts?

                                            1. thegaffer82
                                              • 8 Years
                                              1 month, 1 day ago

                                              A nice plan on paper. And the resultant team looks great. Rarely does FPL allow you to follow carefully laid plans however.

                                              May as well go for it though.

                                              1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                                                • 2 Years
                                                1 month, 1 day ago

                                                Thanks. And yes im fully aware of that. But might as well have a plan A. Will have 1.2 itb after first transfer to cover any surprises (Jimenez being out for instance)

                                              2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                                                • 2 Years
                                                1 month, 1 day ago

                                                Also 0. 4 itb to cover potential rises in the meantime

                                          6. ClothedinSun
                                            • 1 Year
                                            1 month, 1 day ago

                                            Daryl Janmaat a decent option for the next 2 games?

                                            1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 6 Years
                                              1 month, 1 day ago

                                              Definitely

                                            2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                                              • 2 Years
                                              1 month, 1 day ago

                                              He sure is. But with the likes of Lundstram, Tomori and Soy available, I find it hard to even consider other cheap options. A double Liverpool defence could also be gold.

                                              1. ClothedinSun
                                                • 1 Year
                                                1 month, 1 day ago

                                                Already got Pereira and Robertson nailing down 2/3 of my back 3 with the middle spot usually being a Lund/Tomori rotation. Those latter two have trash fixtures coming up so, just for the next couple of game weeks, was looking for that extra cheap filler as cover and thought of DJ as one to keep things interesting.

                                                1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                                                  • 2 Years
                                                  1 month, 1 day ago

                                                  Decent cheap enabler for sure

                                          7. Jimbo-Jones
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 3 Years
                                            1 month, 1 day ago

                                            Sterling/Greenwood —> Vardy/McGinn (free) ?

                                            McGinn would rotate with Tomori/Soyuncu. (He’d play 13 and 17-20, when the defenders have tough fixtures and villa have great fixtures).

                                            Leaves 1.3 itb for future upgrades...

                                            Pope
                                            VVD TAA Soyuncu Tomori
                                            Salah Sterling KDB Mount
                                            Abraham Jimenez

                                            Lundstram Greenwood Dendoncker

                                          8. unitednations
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 7 Years
                                            1 month, 1 day ago

                                            Best upgrade here?

                                            A: Sterling >> Mane (exact funds)
                                            B: Sterling + Cantwell >> Salah + Dendocker (-4)...prefer Salah (c) over Mane and avoid 0.1m cantwell drop
                                            C: Tomori + Rashford >> Robbo + Ings (-4)
                                            D: Save FT.

                                            1. Gregg Wallace
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 4 Years
                                              1 month, 1 day ago

                                              A

                                            2. thegaffer82
                                              • 8 Years
                                              1 month, 1 day ago

                                              A) is the only one that appeals there. I did it last week, (keeping KDB) and I’d do it again this week in a heartbeat. Sterling’s still quality, but Mané has the form & fixtures