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Are Arsenal’s FPL assets worthy of interest for their next four fixtures?

The Premier League returns this weekend following the final international break of 2019.

We are about to embark on a sequence of nine Gameweek deadlines in the space of 40 days, with plenty of issues for Fantasy managers to consider as we approach the busy festive period.

A Liverpool triple-up continues to dominate the discussion, although a Blank Gameweek 18 for the Reds and injuries to a number of their key Fantasy asses are clouding our judgement.

Arsenal’s favourable fixtures, Leicester assets, mid-price midfielders and John Lundstram (£4.9m) are also topics of debate at present.

We’ve assembled another panel of Fantasy Football Scout users to help you out with your dilemmas.

WHO’S ON THE PANEL THIS WEEK?

Rainy: A long-serving Fantasy Football Scout moderator with a best finish of 3,585th. Has always been grateful for the existence of Theo Walcott after he saved his Gameweek three years ago.

Maximus Bonimus Pointimus: Veteran Fantasy Football Scout member, poster, and widely acknowledged as a bastion of truth, logic and reason in the wild world of Fantasy football discussion. Currently pursuing an elusive fifth top 10k finish, and with an overall career-best rank of 958th, the highs and lows of 12 FPL campaigns have left him completely desensitised to seeing good players get bad scores in good fixtures – and vice-versa!

Karan14: FFS community member who has finished in the top 10k in each of the last three seasons.

QUESTIONS

Chilli Con Kone: Double Liverpool attack or defence?

Rainy: Given Sadio Mané’s ability at headers and the regularity with which he dispatches a steady supply of quality crosses from Trent Alexander-Arnold, James Milner et al, he’s going to be first on my list. Or maybe Mohamed Salah is your must-have; either way, the price of both of them in midfield could mean missing out on a Leicester or Chelsea player.

Elsewhere, Roberto Firmino’s selflessness on the pitch these days means his kinder price won’t make my wishlist.

Skipping over the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson to the backline, then, it’s got to be Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson (if fit) for their unceasing threat in the opposition’s final third. You could pick one over the other and draft in a cheaper defender or even Alisson, but with clean sheets apparently of lesser importance than wins to Klopp’s side for the moment, I’d want to see attacking threat on the tin – wherever on the pitch you’re doing your shopping. 


jacklfc88: Andrew Robertson is flying and not looking like stopping at the moment! As a differential (which I need to catch up), is it worth swapping Trent Alexander-Arnold to get him?

Karan: No, not for me – I wouldn’t swap Alexander-Arnold for any defender in the game at the moment. 

After doing a small comparison between the two Liverpool full-backs over the first 12 Gameweeks of the season, Alexander-Arnold comes out on top for most of the key attacking stats, which is not surprising because he also has free-kick and corner duties for the Reds.

Alexander-Arnold is ranked second for key passes and big chances created in the league amongst all players, which in comparison to Robertson is way higher. Alexander-Arnold also edges out the Scot on goal threat with more goal attempts over the season. 

Alexander-Arnold has been very unlucky to have only one assist over the past eight Gameweeks. Given his Kevin De Bruyne-esque chance creation stats, I definitely believe this will change over the coming Gameweeks. 

It is also worth mentioning that Robertson seems to be carrying some sort of an ankle injury so I would monitor that situation and wait for more news. 

So to answer your question, no I wouldn’t swap Alexander-Arnold for Robertson as the former’s attacking threat is unheard of for a defender and most FPL teams would already have one of them – so owning either one is not really a differential.

But I would definitely consider doubling up on those two if it looks like Robertson is fit ahead of this weekend, as that double-up would make for a great differential. I think both will do well over the upcoming green patch of fixtures but Alexander-Arnold is a slightly a better option in my opinion.


yash777gandhi: Is Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane together the way forward?

Maximus Bonimus Pointimus: A Salah/Mane combination certainly could be a way forward, if not the way forward, considering that almost every other blue-chip premium attacker seems to be going through some crisis or other – be it form, fitness, positional identity, or even all three. For any team structures out there who like to utilise two or even three £11.0m and above players, the two Liverpool forwards look the pick of the bunch.

Investing almost £25.0m of your budget in Liverpool’s flying wingers would of course be dependent on the assumption that Salah manages to come through his recurring ankle injury difficulties, which look to be possibly transitioning from ‘minor’ to ‘worrying’ depending on what news we may or may not get from Jurgen Klopp’s press conference on Friday.

But there are always other ways forward. Personally, the two full-backs plus one of the aforementioned Salah/Mane sits more comfortably with me than the attacking double-up, but my personal belief/hunch/guess (delete as appropriate) is that Liverpool’s clean sheet statistics season to date are firmly in statistical outlier territory and are awaiting an imminent correction.

We should clarify though that overall, Liverpool probably haven’t been unlucky to concede the goals they’ve conceded – after all, their goals conceded is actually outperforming their expected goals conceded (xGC).

Relative to other teams, though, they do look to have been unfortunate not to keep more clean sheets than the two they have in the season to date. Leicester and Sheffield United, for example, are setting the gold standard for shut-outs at the minute, along with Manchester City (five each) but their respective xGCs are all currently worse than Liverpool – in the case of Sheffield United, it’s actually dramatically worse. Even Brighton have double the clean sheet count (four) of Liverpool from almost double the xGC.

So my personal, hopefully not misguided, hunch is that the outlier situation will somewhat correct itself not only with the simple passage of time but also with the return of a world-class goalkeeper and the softening of their fixture list.

But anything can happen, including injuries and suspensions, and even in the absence of those we still have zero guarantees; we all know the strange statistical quirks the game can throw up

So in summary, either attacking or defensive double-ups may be relatively lucrative routes to a share of Liverpool’s FPL points output over the favourable upcoming fixture list. Just make sure you have a plan for the Gameweek 18 blank if choosing either strategy!


Ibrahim: Is it advisable to transfer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in for Tammy Abraham given Arsenal’s kind fixtures?

Rainy: Arsenal’s defending has put the ‘c’ in calamitous but it’s the terrible muddle in their midfield which has concerned me most as an Aubameyang owner.

I’ve had him since Gameweek 1 and would be the first to tell you he’s a delightful player on his or any other day, but his club’s persistent malaise had me ready to make the easy swap to Jamie Vardy after his recent trio of blanks.

While Unai Emery’s recent comments around Granit Xhaka’s imminent departure, Aubameyang’s resultant takeover as captain, and Mesut Özil’s return in midfield gave me hope of some sort of renaissance, what followed – again – were rather tepid performances in their next two domestic games.

As an Arsenal fan I’d be delighted to be proven wrong, but unless some cosmic shift has taken place at the Emirates over the break there’s no way I’d recommend betting £11m on the hope of a turnaround in Pierre-Emerick’s fortunes when Tammy’s £3m less, two goals to the good, and abetted by the likes of Christian Pulisic, Willian and Mason Mount.


hustler7: Jamie Vardy or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang captain this week if you have both?

Karan: Personally speaking, I wouldn’t be able to look past Vardy for captaincy even if I had Aubameyang in my team. 

I’m not sure if Aubameyang can be trusted for a haul as he has not been an explosive player, scoring only one double-digit haul this season. I can’t remember him having too many in the past couple of seasons, either – unlike Vardy, Sergio Aguero, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Raheem Sterling etc.

Arsenal as a team have not passed the eye test for me this season and there is not much evidence to suggest that they will put in a great performance this weekend, except the fact that Southampton’s defence is a bit rubbish. The Gunners have also only scored more than two goals in a game once this season. 

The case for Vardy is simple: he is in great form and Leicester are playing great football.

Yes, Brighton have looked solid at home this season but it is worth noting that they will be without two of their first-choice centre-backs (in the form of Adam Webster and Lewis Dunk) against Leicester.

Albion under Potter have been an attacking team, a style of play that Leicester prosper against. Brighton’s backline was also recently exposed against United on the counter-attack, which is pretty much what Vardy excels at. 

So to summarise, I think Vardy is a safe captain choice this weekend and should get at least an attacking return against Brighton. 

Depending on your risk, appetite and style of play, I would only go for Aubameyang if you’re chasing and looking for a differential captain this week as it doesn’t seem like the worst week to take a punt given that none of the top four teams has a standout fixture. However, I’m not sure if Aubameyang has shown he is the explosive captain option we expect him to be. 


Murphs87: Who are your top Arsenal picks for their good run of games ahead? Mesut Ozil seems back in favour – could he be a good differentiator with a current 0.8% ownership?

Maximus Bonimus Pointimus: My personal shortlist for Arsenal’s good fixture run is exactly that – a very short list! So short in fact that it’s actually empty as I have long since given up trying to decode the FPL Enigma that is Arsenal FC.

That being said, their upcoming fixtures are as good as they get on paper and for those who closely follow the Gunners, they may be optimistic of Unai Emery rallying his troops to save him from becoming the next casualty to lose his grip on the Premier League managerial merry-go-round.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang at £11.0m will probably be highly backed by those wishing to buy a ticket in this particular lottery but as a premium asset his captaincy returns are crucial and, despite his place at the higher end of the forwards points charts, his performances in Arsenal’s plum fixtures season to date do little to inspire confidence. The Gabon international has a disappointing total of 23 points from a favourable looking run of fixtures (BUR, AVL, BOU, CRY, WOL) that surely would have seen him carrying the armband for most owners.

Admittedly his donation of a penalty to Nicolas Pepe has taken some of the shine of what could and possibly should have been a much larger points total, but Pepe himself seems to still be trying to find his feet in his new surroundings, so it was certainly a nice gesture in spirit if not in FPL points!

Alexandre Lacazette is in the niche £9.0m-£9.5m price bracket but his return to fitness could certainly generate returns for any owners willing to take a risk, although he will perhaps be considered a gamble when we have such an abundance of value attackers in form at present.

Mesut Ozil, directly referenced in the question, is possibly a personal blind spot – as my initial reaction is a firm ‘no’ to offering him a place – but he is an outrageously talented player, with good fixtures and a reasonable FPL pedigree from seasons past so it’s not by any stretch a guarantee that he fails. Equally, he just has done very little in recent times to inspire confidence

Bargain basement option Bukayo Saka at £4.5m may also attract some attention for those looking to spruce up their substitute benches, but his place has been less than secure in recent Gameweeks.

At the back, Hector Bellerin finally has his first Premier League start of the season after his long injury layoff and could possibly offer value if he returns to the form he sometimes displayed prior to those injury issues. Similar to the Arsenal attacking options, however, it remains to be seen whether he is a realistic selection over the availability of other excellent defensive options elsewhere at present

In summary, even the strong fixtures aren’t enough for me personally to have any picks from Arsenal at the minute. I’ve been let down too many times by the same players in the past to go back there again at a time when so many other quality options exist in such abundance, at similar if not better price points.

But it must be said that virtually all the above Arsenal players are unquestionably extremely capable on their individual days and have the luxury of very strong fixtures (perhaps the best in the league on paper), so as a differential strategy, and depending on which version of Arsenal decide to turn up over the coming weeks, investment in the Gunners for this run definitely has the potential to pay dividends.


VanuaLako: Who is the best sub-£8.0m midfielder for the next five Gameweeks?

Rainy: In my humble opinion, it’s got to be Christian Pulisic – if fit – or Youri Tielemans.

While Tielemans’ teammate James Maddison enjoys set-piece duty, his positioning on the pitch paints him into a role of assistant to the assister in open play.

Pulisic, for his part, is certainly passing the eye test and has the form and goals to match. Indeed, the Official FPL site rates his form at 9.5, the highest of any player bar Vardy and much higher than the 7.2 of Tielemans, his nearest competitor in the middle of the park.

If you’re a fixtures manager, however, Tielemans has arguably the better run over the next five Gameweeks. 

Honourable mention goes to Anthony Martial who, artful player though he is and with remarkable returns over his very limited minutes this season, faces City away and Jose Mourinho’s Spurs in his next five. 


Jay Arell: Should we play John Lundstram in every single game, even if the fixture is tough on paper?

Karan: Yes, I believe that we be should starting Lord Lundstram in every single game up till Gameweek 19 at least. The two games when I would consider benching him for obvious reasons are in Gameweeks 20 and 21, against Liverpool and Manchester City away. 

I’ve owned Lundstram since Gameweek 1 and, would you believe it, Gameweek 11 was the first time I started him and got his points. Up until then I had overspent in defence and was forced to bench him – so I’m not going to make that mistake again.  

I think Lundstram is capable of scoring or assisting in most games and he reminded us about that when he hit woodwork against Spurs in Gameweek 12.

Sheffield United have been tough to break down for most teams this season, too, and are capable of keeping a clean sheet in three to four games out of those mentioned above. 

Statistically speaking, over the first 12 Gameweeks of the season, Lundstram has the most goal attempts and shots in the box amongst all Fantasy defenders. He is also ranked joint-third for big chances created.

The Blades have only conceded nine goals this season, which is remarkable and is only one more than the league-best.

This proves that Lundstram has points potential at both ends of the pitch, which makes it very tough to bench him even against tougher opponents. FPL has given us a gift by classifying a box-to-box midfielder as a 4.0m defender. 


Chilli Con Kone: Are Harvey Barnes or Ayoze Perez worth a risk as a viable route into Leicester City for those on a budget?

Maximus Bonimus Pointimus: For teams who are not in the luxury position of having the budget to stretch further up the pricing ladder, Barnes and Perez are definitely close to the picks of the bunch in that budget-constrained price range. The two have an interesting contrast in FPL styles, with Barnes to date providing a more ‘slow and steady’ drip-feed of assists and offering the slightly stronger value of the two, whereas Perez specialises in more of a ‘boom and bust’ cycle, following up quiet spells with sporadic bouts of explosive points scoring – the recent hat-trick against Southampton being a prime example.

On both absolute points, and per minute/per appearance basis however, it has been a case of ‘you get what you pay for’ with Leicester midfielders so far this season – so for teams who are in a position to stretch their budgets a little further, it may be advisable to look to Barnes and Perez’s slightly more expensive midfield colleagues.

For a little bit extra, your team can recruit the services of Youri Tielemans, for example, who in his short spell in the Premier League has established himself as the all-action cog in Leicester’s midfield machine, displaying a level of talent that would surely grace almost any team in the league. More importantly for FPL managers, he has generally brought home the points to go with that talent.

Slightly further up the pricing ladder sits James Maddison, who is exceeding even Tielemans in terms of his ability to deliver FPL returns. Maddison is steadily building a reputation as a genuine ‘FPL Postman’: someone who always seems to deliver, whatever the weather.

A certain Jamie Vardy and the Leicester team, in general, are consistently displaying a useful ability to bypass the foreplay of  ‘underlying stats’ and instead go straight for the FPL points jugular, which is obviously never a bad string to have on any Fantasy player’s bow.

But overall if Tielemans or Maddison are out of range, then Barnes and Perez certainly do both benefit from the excellent form and fixtures that accompany their status as (relatively) assured starters.

With their lack of European distractions paying dividends in allowing almost total focus on the league, combined with those favourable price tags, they certainly do look worth a risk as a viable route into Leicester for those on a budget.


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382 Comments Post a Comment
  1. korbendallas82
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    0.8 itb. 0 tf.
    Heaton
    Pereira, Doherty, Lundstram, Janmaat
    Sterling, martial, McGinn
    Firmino, Vardy, Aubameyang.

    Pope Jorginho Cantwell Lascelles.

    A.Sterling to Mane. -4.
    B. Sterling to Son.-4. And use cash to do Cantwell to Pulisic next week.

    Other option is:
    -Mane in this week, -4.
    -And Pulisic in next week for Cantwell, in a new -4 deal.

  2. Lestat
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Current selection:

    Ryan,
    TAA, Lundstram, Lowton, Tomori, Hanley
    Mane, Sterling, Hayden, Cantwell, Mount
    Jimenez, Vardy, Abraham

    3.2M left

    I already transferred OUT KDB, Aguero for IN Mane, Jimenez.

    Is it worth a 4 pt hit doing an extra transfer of Catwell Out Maddison/Martial IN ?

  3. JorisLa
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Swap Mount for Tielemans? Have Maddison and don't have Vardy.

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      obv not. get Vardy

  4. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Guys Mane rise before this gw deadline??

  5. tnarrG
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Pope
    Robbo | Soy | Lund | Janmaat
    Sterling | Mane | KDB | Mount
    Vardy | Abraham

    Bench: Button, Aurier, Dendo, Greenwood
    1.0 ITB

    Roll FT?

  6. Polka Wakey O'Dot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    No they’re not. The real question should be are they worthy over and above picks from other teams....and they’re not.

    1. potatoace'scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Yes they are.

      1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 14 days ago

        They really aren’t. They might do well, or they might not, but no more chance of that, either way, than players from other teams.

        1. potatoace'scott talent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 14 days ago

          Sorry, who we talking about?

  7. Tube!!
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Jeez....starting to look at WC after GW19 but other than Liverpool and Leicester who would you get?

  8. ALI_G
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    great title for the article

  9. Are Palace Players Primed for Points?
    Sam FPLFamily
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 11 days ago

    With the Crystal Palace fixtures awash with blue on the ticker until the beginning of 2020 is it time for us to invest in their assets?

    Their confidence will surely have been bolstered by the performance against Liverpool in Gameweek 13 where they were unlikely not to get a point. Maybe it’s time for Zaha, Milivojevic or even the cheap forward option of Jordan Ayew?

    Is it too much of a risk to invest in the defence even with the nice fixtures that lay ahead? Or should we be piling in on the likes of PVA, Cahill or Guaita?

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Keeper or defender yeah, should do well. Not interested in any of their attackers just now. Maybe Milivojevic but not sure about him in place of a Maddison or reshuffle to drop Jimenez. Will likely buy Guaita soon.

      1. Sam FPLFamily
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Is PVA too expensive though?

        1. Hot Toddy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 11 days ago

          No I don't think so. Just need to be very patient and wait for the goals. Or hope.

    2. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      I've been burned by Zaha one too many times in previous seasons. I'll give it a couple GWs to monitor his goal threat stats till I fall for his trap again.

    3. LewanGOALski
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      maybe a defender

      Too mamy well performing MIDs and FWDs with great form and playing for better teams to invest in Palace

    4. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      For me, main dillema is, Soyuncu, double up with Pereira, or PVA.

      1. Sam FPLFamily
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Yep this.

        I quite like the idea of PVA, but double Leicester feels safer

        1. Mingo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          Double Leicester defence is nice, but assuming you have Vardy then it means you can't get a Maddison or Tielemans. I think one from defence, mid and attack gives a nice balance. There are too many good defenders floating round to double up on anyone, although Liverpool and Leicester are undoubtedly the best options.

          1. Nanoelektronicar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 11 days ago

            I'd rather have Pulisic/Moura than Maddison, if I decide to sell Martial. Perez is the one that is interesting for me at 6.2, but he hasn't completed 90 minutes entire season.

            I went without Liverpool defenders on wildcard in GW8, and only regret is not getting Chilwell instead of Pereira. Liverpool just couldn't keep a CS, and although the next four are good for CSs and ussual att returns, it would mean a Liverpool triple (have Salah and Mane) so gw18 could be tricky.

            My idea is:
            Soy-Pereira-Tomori-Lund
            Salah-Mane-Son-Pulisic/Martial/Moura
            Abraham-Vardy.

            I think it could pay off with good fixtures for Chelsea and Leicester to play Soy, Pereira and Tomori each week, and to ignore going 4-3-3 at the moment, ie. not get Jimenez or Rashford. Have to 2FT, I don't change structure or take a hit, KDB > Son, Lowton > Soyuncu.

            1. Mingo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 11 days ago

              That seems a very reasonable plan to me. I'm still sitting on Alonso so PvA will be coming in for me definitely. I want to leave it another week on the TAA/Salah decision, however the longer I leave it the greater the diminishing returns. The player I really want is Jimenez, however I'm wed to 352 / 442 at the moment. I suspect he will come in and be captain for GW18, at the moment I plan to have the luxury of benching Soy & 2 Liverpool players.

        2. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          You summed it up nicely.

    5. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Having owned Joel Ward for ages its a touchy subject...

      1. Sam FPLFamily
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Thinking about switching to another Palace?

        1. GARY AND JAMIE
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          Well I have Pieters, Ward and Digne right now so it would be a defender. Cahill may suit the bill as I was looking for nailedness and Ward has failed that...

          1. Sam FPLFamily
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            6 months, 11 days ago

            Cahill could work well for that

    6. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      With Ward injured, Kelly could be an option as fourth/fifth def?

    7. Santigold
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Ayew seems like good value, but there are so many other good forwards at the moment and sadly only three spots in our teams.

    8. tisza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      I've got Kelly as a playable 5th defender with Ward out.

      Wouldn't be rushing to bring in Palace unless someone showed some form.
      Just too many performing options in the price bracket.

    9. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Guaita in for Pope after next GW.

      Other than that, there are better attacking options with good fixtures in freer scoring teams:

      LIV: TAA, Robbo, Mane
      LEI: Soyuncu, Maddison, Vardy
      MCI: KDB
      CHE: Tomori, Pulisic, Abraham
      SHU: Lundstram
      CPL: Guaita
      Fodder: 4.0m GK, 4.5m MID, 4.5m FWD

    10. Bunk Moreland
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Got Cahill in a few game weeks ago. If you sort their defense by threat, he is the highest - yes, significantly above PVA - and he is a cheap, nailed defender with a strong goal scoring history in the PL.

      1. Sam FPLFamily
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 11 days ago

        He feels like the obvious pick of the defenders to me.

      2. Hot Toddy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Really? That's very interesting I must admit. Haven't delved too deeply into those stats. Hmmm.

    11. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Should have beaten Liverpool.

      You can beat a good team but you can’t beat a lucky team.

    12. Railwayman
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Too many better options from other teams performing good right now. Maybe a Palace defender, but since I have TAA and a mix of nice cheap defenders from LEI, CHE, SHU and BOU, no need for that change. Their attack isn't the best, to be honest. For me, this is actually a false hype around Palace, just because they have some "nice" fixtures. You will probably get one or max. 2 returns from their players, but nothing to get excited about. Imagine waiting for a Palace penalty so Milivojevic converts or not from the spot. Or waiting for PVA to have a double digit score. Madness for me, it is Palace after all. If you have a Palace player already, then maybe it would be ok to hold him, but I wouldn't be buying them right now.

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Agree with this.

        Just because a set of fixtures looks good doesn't mean you're going to get returns from those games.

        Pukki with Norwich's last 7 games provides proof of this.

    13. The Rumour Mill
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      They probably are primed for points but in place of who? I wouldn't want to be priortitising a goalkeeper transfer, despite Pope's mixed upcoming fixtures, as its low upside.

      In terms of defenders, are any of them better than a Liverpool double up+Soyuncu+Lundstram+Tomori and or a Rico/Williams type?

      Milojevic relies purely on penalties so not an option IMO. Zaha hasn't been very good this season either. Even if you like Zaha is he better than Mount/Pulisic/Madison/Tielemans/Martial/Silva in this price point? Not with the fixtures these guys also have IMO.

      Ayew is OK if you need a cheap striker I suppose, but if you're playing 3 up top its unlikely you would have Ayew over Abraham/Vardy/Jiminez, or even Pukki or Ings.

      1. Sam FPLFamily
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Yep

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        GK transfers can actually pay off, sometimes spectacularly - over longer time periods

        Anyone who did Ederson > Fabianski in GW15 last year as city's fixtures worsened & West hanms improved must have netted the guts of 40-50 points over a 2 month period

        The problem with Pope out is that he could actually do very well from his tougher fixtures

        1. The Rumour Mill
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          That's fair. I was looking at Pope to Henderson in a weeks time actually but I'm not sure its worth it. Shef Utd have the better fixtures but as you say Pope generally picks up at least 1 save point per match, couple that with a clean sheet and he's bringing in 8-10 points with bonus included. That's tough to match

    14. SomeoneKnows
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      I'm currently thinking of bringing PVA as my Otamendi replacement. My defence currently includes Pope, TAA, Lundstram, Soyuncu & Rico, and I'm looking at getting a Crystal Palace defender mainly for GW18 & GW19 as my formation is usually 3-4-3.

      The only caveat with PVA is that I will probably be benching him for quite a few games so might end up choosing Cahill instead. Someone wrote here that his stats are better than PVA but according to the member tools it's the other way around.

      Another alternative would be to go for Guaita + Tarkowski instead of Pope + PVA

    15. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Pope > Guaita for GW15

      Possibly

      Probably

    16. Alberto Tomba
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      I'm surprised how little love there's been for Zaha on here.

      From the few games I've watched, it seemed at the start of the season he was totally uninterested to play, probably as he still had thoughts of pastures new, but over the weeks he's looked increasingly threatening/hungry to instigate & score goals.

      Appreciate there's lots of great midfield options, but seems from this chat it's just me thinking this..

      1. Sam FPLFamily
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 11 days ago

        I very nearly transferred him in last week - Zaha is definitely someone on my radar.

    17. Bare Foot United
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 11 days ago

      PVA on the watchlist

    18. FPLTIPZ
      6 months, 11 days ago

      For me its absolutely not not too much of a risk. maybe not PVA but cahill looks a cracking option at just 4.5m! also like Ayew a lot

    19. POLSKA GOLA
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Mili could be an option for the festive fixtures

    20. Olivier Bernards watch
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      jordan ayew is absurdly good value

    21. Fire Chief Moe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Think you mean unlucky not unlikely.

    22. SDC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Hi Sam, Kelly could be a good option if Ward is out for a while. Otherwise in defense Cahill looks a good pick. I like Zaha as a differential. Might look for a January transfer move so might want to impress would be suitors and get attacking returns. Also, the Talisman theory can come into play in this scenario as generally there is a high chance he will be involved in most of the goals for Palace.

  10. PocketZola
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Kdb to salah? Or roll ft? 1ft 2.7mil itb

    Pope
    Lund taa soy
    Mane kdb mount pul Madison
    Abrah vardy

    Subs. Chambers, rico, Connolly

  11. idanish1981
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 7 days ago

    Now with UE gone. I would say yes...