Pro Pundits - Ash

Why I want to sign Sadio Mané before it’s too late

At 5pm last Saturday, I was on the cusp of being hit with a dark red arrow. 

Four of my five players had blanked and I was going into Sunday without highly-owned players such as Kevin de Bruyne (40%), Mohamed Salah (27%) or Sadio Mané (35%) which put me at risk of my overall rank plummeting further.

Thankfully my trust in Jamie Vardy’s (£9.6m) form paid off with his 24 points as captain, as well as an unexpected clean sheet for Kasper Schmeichel (£5.2m). 

This was further boosted with Anthony Martial’s (£7.7m) double-digit haul on Sunday. 

How I got on in Gameweek 12

It was just a shame that my Manchester City coverage of Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) and Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) failed me. Then again the duo have a dire record as visiting players at Anfield so I shouldn’t have expected much. 

Liverpool’s late loss of a clean sheet cost me four points with my ownership of Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m) but it probably was for the best as I ended up unpunished by anyone with a defensive double-up.

Previously, I had sold Salah and Mason Greenwood (£4.3m) for Vardy and Martial. 

I felt that this made perfect sense as I was effectively obtaining two attacking players for the price of one. 

I had numerous concerns last weekend with my squad and could have easily used a free transfer or taken a hit. 

Andriy Yarmolenko (£6.0m) could have swiftly been switched out for Youri Tielemans (£6.6m) with my cash in the bank. 

Mané has really caught my eye recently

But ultimately I wanted the in-form, Mané. I should have bought him weeks ago. Aguero has demonstrated that he is a rotation risk too often this season, despite scoring nine Premier League goals thus far. However, only one since Gameweek 6 weakens his appeal significantly.

 An easy move for me would be to sell Todd Cantwell (£4.7m) and the Argentina international for Mané and Aaron Connolly (£4.7m) without taking a hit. 

But I would still be left with Yarmolenko. 

Whether I make one, two or three transfers during the international break, I almost certainly need to crowbar in Mané. I simply have no choice but to do so. 

Another option could be to sell my two attacking Manchester City assets for Salah and Mané if I wanted to put all of my eggs in one title-race basket. 

However, after now trailing Liverpool by nine points, Pep Guardiola will be more motivated than ever before to convert their decline with a winning spree, even if they are facing Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal in their next five Premier League games.

Owning Jamie Vardy has had a big impact on my season in recent weeks

I managed to end Gameweek 12 with a third consecutive green arrow and my best overall rank since the last week of August.

I finally have some momentum on my side with the international break providing me with much needed time to plan ahead for the upcoming winter fixture rush. 

The 62 points I picked in Gameweek 12 seems modest in comparison to a lot of seasoned FPL managers but I do feel content with the 193 points I’ve amassed over the last three rounds. 

It wasn’t long ago that I was ranked as low as 2.7 million despite having a more than reasonable start – so I’m very happy with my recent progress.

I’ve also surprised myself by being more cautious with my transfers this season with only two hits taken to date – each resulting in a red arrow. 

My aim now is to make incremental gains with safe transfers and hope that my armband picks can deliver on a more regular basis. 

December will no doubt be filled with variables in FPL, as it always is, so I need to make the most of my newfound traction and hope that I can continue my run of green arrows.

GAMEWEEK 12 – FPL MATCH REPORTS

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768 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Wally banter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Is this article supposed to be called RMT for Pundits?

  2. The Man Pastore
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Pope Button
    TAA Robbo Chilwell Lundstram Kelly
    Mane KDB Maddison xxx xxx
    Vardy Abraham xxx

    Pick 1 to fill the xxx :

    A) Pulisic Mount Greenwood (352)
    B) Pulisic Cantwell Ings (343)
    C) Martial Cantwell Ings (343)

    1. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Neither is great but B?

  3. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    29 days, 1 hour ago

    Anyone thinking about 5 ATB from Gw14? Pool, Sheffield, Leicester, Chelsea amazing run of 4+ fixtures.

    1. Wally banter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      what will you do with the rest of the money?

      1. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 1 hour ago

        Save it for a rainy day i.e. until premiums are firing again

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      5 seems overboard given you are benching some quality attackers.

      1. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 1 hour ago

        Such as? I would still play Vardy, Maddo, Tammy, KDB and Salah.

      2. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 23 hours ago

        I think to have a full contingent of "good" players is important this time of year. I can see 2 or more regulars getting benched over the silly season.

    3. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Considering 4-4-2 with Rico as backup and triple Chelsea attack

      1. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 1 hour ago

        I like it.

    4. The Man Pastore
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 55 mins ago

      What does your team look like atm?

    5. Shark
        29 days, 34 mins ago

        I have gone 451 with Tammy up top. It allows for a great team.

        1. Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 23 hours ago

          I still think: Jimmi, Vardy, Ings, etc have good value. I would look at hitting 1 premium mid and having the cash to spread around.

          Sterling Mousset Rico and Kelly can become
          Maddi Jimmi Willems Stevens and all bases are covered

      • Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 23 mins ago

        Interesting idea.
        We are coming into the rotation silly season and we will need reasonable bench fodder. This is the least expensive way of doing things.
        I can see the likes of Citeh and others using big squads so the need for playing benchers is paramount.

      • Pocky
        • 10 Years
        28 days, 23 hours ago

        Over Midwicket, I have Robertson, TAA, Lundy, Tomori & Soy. Whether I play all 5 together at any time is another matter.

    6. KSM of USA & Earth
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Might as well close the site for the next month, month and a half with the fixtures list as it is and these teams in form. 3 Chelsea, 3 Leicester, 3 Liverpool, Lundstram + Budget Keeper. Maybe Jimenez.

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        29 days, 1 hour ago

        Man City are useless now.

    7. milanista10
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 1 hour ago

      Would you rather go?
      A) McGinn (352)
      B) Ings (343)

      1. jimski
        • 8 Years
        29 days, 48 mins ago

        A

    8. FOO FIGHTER
        29 days, 1 hour ago

        Good news that Salah will not feature for Egypt. Hopefully will be ready for Palace.

      • claretdownunder
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        29 days, 1 hour ago

        Before i transfer in Jiminez can anyone tell me if he is involved in international matches during the break and against who - thanks

        1. Kiwi Don
          • 8 Years
          29 days, 40 mins ago

          Playing Panama and Bermuda and he is in the Mexico squad.

      • Sir_Durs8
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        29 days, 1 hour ago

        Thoughts on this slightly different WC team? Not entirely sure that Man City coverage is needed over the next few weeks, although it is a gamble.

        0.1 ITB

        Schmeichel/McGovern
        TAA/Robertson/Rico/Lundstram/Willems
        Mane/Son/Maddison/Pulisic/Martial
        Vardy/Abraham/Greenwood

        I could maybe get Soy instead of Schmeichel as my 3rd Leicester player but I feel by doing that, I don’t get to realise Lundstram’s full potential if he’s just sitting on my bench.

        1. AndyCook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 43 mins ago

          I’d have De Bruyne over Son still, give him a week at least

          1. Sir_Durs8
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            29 days, 42 mins ago

            0.1 out with this team and what I got KDB for.

        2. Sahil.....
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 37 mins ago

          I would have downgraded taa to soyu ...Schmeichel to allison son to kdb and upgrade greenwood

        3. Nuno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          29 days, 35 mins ago

          I came up with the same team for my wildcard, essentially came down to Schmeichel, Son & Robertson vs Pope, Salah & Soyuncu.

          If you wanted to save some money you could do Willems to Taylor/Janmaat

          1. Sir_Durs8
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            29 days, 14 mins ago

            Thanks, I like the alternative too.

      • tibollom
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 52 mins ago

        hello guys, I have 2 FTs and 0.2 ITB as well as my WC which I am keeping for later...

        Heaton Button
        Taa Rico Lunds Chillwell Dunk
        Salah Sterling KDB McGin Dedonck
        Tammy Vardy Greenwood

        Tempted to get rid of Salah, KDB or Sterling and Greenwood for -4? any suggestions?

        Martial, Mane + 6.9 Striker?

        1. AndyCook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 42 mins ago

          Not much at all at 6.9..

          1. tibollom
            • 3 Years
            29 days, 41 mins ago

            yea nothing interesting, maybe replace heaton for pope/ryan with the 3rd transfer given heaton is injured?

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 50 mins ago

        Salah owners clutching at straws. When laca was in a protective boot earlier this season people were also saying 'its just precautionary!' and he ended up being out for 2 months

        1. tibollom
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 48 mins ago

          yea i think im gonna pull the trigger... Salah + KDB/Sterling to Mane + Martial?

      • Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        29 days, 44 mins ago

        perfect time for Salah to be rested and eased back in over busy Xmas period.

        1. Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 23 hours ago

          This^ Expect him to be eased into the World club cup at the expense of easier fixtures at home.

      • OleGGMU
          29 days, 38 mins ago

          Current XI

          Pope
          Chill, Lund, TAA
          McGinn, Mane, Tiel, KDB, Puli
          Vardy, Jimi
          Bench : gk fodder, Rico, Abra, Lowton
          2.6 itb

          G2G or switch out puli/Mcginn for Abraham?
          Was gonna do Mcginn to Martial but holding due to SHU having a great def and UTD being too unpredictable , thoughts?

        • Phlajo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          29 days, 36 mins ago

          Sooo, can't decide on the better option..

          Pope (Button)
          Alexander-Arnold, Lundstram, Söyüncü
          Mané, Sterling, Mount, De Bruyne
          Vardy, Maupay, Abraham¨

          Bench: Montoya Tomori Cantwell

          1. Phlajo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            29 days, 34 mins ago

            A - Cantwell and Maupay to Tielemans and Greenwood
            B - Sterling to Salah
            C??

            If A then I would probably get Salah in after next GW. Would be for a hit as I need to downgrade Montoya to 4.2 to fund it.

            I want to keep KdB as city cover

        • unitednations
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          29 days, 34 mins ago

          Opinions here with nothing in the bank

          1. Nuno
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 17 mins ago

            Save

        • Phil's Stamps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          29 days, 4 mins ago

          2.8m to 180k rank in a GW is nuts, well done.

          If that was my next squad my next move would be to downgrade Cantwell to Donkey and upgrade Lachelles to someone better. But it can wait a GW, save.

          1. Phil's Stamps
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            29 days, 3 mins ago

            Reply fail to previous poster.

        • Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 23 hours ago

          GW 18 is not just a missed fixture for Pool but look at the other fixtures. (Citeh Leicester and Spurs Chelski)
          I would not want 3 pool and 6 of the others in GW 18.

          1. dmhomag
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            28 days, 23 hours ago

            When is Pool's DGW?

            1. Kopkloppers
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              Nobody knows but a long time coming.

        • Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 23 hours ago

          My "bench players" will be:
          Ryan Willems Baldock McGinn
          Surely that is enough for rotation cover.
          I could give you my whole side but it is the usual supects

          2 pool 1 Citeh 2 Chelski 2 Leicester
          Martial Jimmi are my only 'not quite" differentials.
          Lund will play every game
          I will be struggling GW18!

        • bombayblues
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          28 days, 22 hours ago

          Hello guys,
          I have the following team

          Pope (Fabianski)
          Lundstram. TAA. Soy. (Ota. Montoya)
          Mane. Sterling. Mount. Cantwell (Dendo)
          Rashford. Vardy. Abraham

          0.4 ITB 1 FT

          Problem areas - Cantwell, Otamendi, and Fab

          1. Rash + Ota = Jimi + Evans (-4)
          Followed by Cantwell + Fab = Tielemann + Henderson (next week)

          2. Hold fire this week and make 3 changes next week