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The dangers of taking hits to chase points in FPL

“It is by testing our ideas, subjecting them to failure, that we set the stage for growth.” – Matthew Syed, Black Box Thinking

Another Gameweek passes in the Fantasy Premier League, and it’s another hit for my team.

Greyhead’s constant nods to my transfer dealings in his ‘Great and the Good‘ series keeps reminding me of my aggressive approach to this season.

Using this article as a chance to reflect on my hits, it’s quite grim reading on first glance.

A -4 to bring in Dani Ceballos (£5.3m) in Gameweek 4 was a disaster. My second hit of the season involved me chasing the points of Kevin de Bruyne (£10.2m) who was promptly benched and scored 1 point.

I managed to resist the urge for further hits until Gameweek 10, where I again took a hit to dump the underperforming Riyad Mahrez (£8.3m) for KDB… who managed just a single assist. 

In Gameweek 11, another hit, as Mason Mount (£6.8m) left my team for Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m), to fund a move for Jamie Vardy (£9.7m).

My most recent hit involved taking out Ricardo Pereira (£6.4m) and Hudson-Odoi for Çaglar Söyüncü (£5.0m) and James Maddison (£7.6m). It’s quite painful to see just how much the carousel has been spinning.

Hudson-Odoi has been one of a few ill-fated punts in my team this season

What’s interesting (well for me anyway!) is how I’ve been going about making the hits.

My latest was the third time I’ve made a so-called ‘sideways’ move.

To fund de Bruyne initially, I downgraded Virgil van Dijk (£6.4m) for fellow Liverpool player Joel Matip (£5.3m). After selling him for an ill-fated fling with Mahrez, I lost Mount for teammate Hudson-Odoi.

To then upgrade Hudson-Odoi, I lost Pereira for Söyüncü.  

To finally board the Vardy party, I even managed to swap Nicolas Otamendi (£5.2m), a non-playing defender, for Martin Kelly (£4.1m)… another non-playing defender.

On the whole, I think these were the right moves for my team, but in some ways, these hits felt like trading two players for one.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that all but my latest hit have got me big fat red arrows.

Looking back on these moves, it’s also made me realise that I’ve been putting too much money in defence this season.

Out of the three hits I’ve just mentioned, they all involved downgrading a defender. This is despite a normal strategy of mine being to avoid paying a premium price for defenders unless they are playing at Wing Back or have set pieces in their locker.

Alonso, when playing regularly, is a premium option I am willing to pay for

I’ve never been afraid of making a hit, and I recently watched the brilliant Meet the Manager video with Joe and Mark, where Mark talks about his own strategy.

His fear of being £0.1m or £0.2m off transfers further down the line fuels his aggression, making him more likely to take hits, and also make earlier transfers.

My most recent hit didn’t pay off this week but it’s already helped improve my team value.

Hudson-Odoi has dropped twice, while both Söyüncü and Maddison have gone up £0.2m each.

That’s a massive swing – and my team is in better shape for it.

Just because people are saying I’m taking too many hits doesn’t mean I’m likely to slow down any time soon…!

And in true Black Box style, my hits are often correcting my mistakes, such as bringing in Hudson-Odoi, who I do feel I was a little unlucky with, damn you Christian Pulisic!

Pulisic’s burst into the team has closed down Hudson-Odoi as an option

In fact, this season would probably be even worse for me if I hadn’t set about correcting mistakes in my own team.

Losing de Bruyne on the Wildcard for Mahrez was rash. It cost me four points to bring him back, but he delivered this week with a goal against Chelsea.

Not leaving an extra £0.1m in the bank for Vardy was idiotic, but my -4 to bring him in and ship Callum Wilson (£7.7m) a few weeks ago has more than paid for itself.

I have no doubt that the upgrade of Hudson-Odoi to Maddison will reap rewards soon too. He is my boy after all – despite his questionable taste in backpacks.

As people around me are getting itchy feet with players like Anthony Martial (£7.8m), Mount, and Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) – I feel like I may finally be in a pretty strong position as we head into Christmas.

I’m banking the transfer this week, and then, barring a change in Arsenal manager or a monster haul, I’ll be looking at getting rid of Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) and FINALLY bringing in the man they call Lord John Lundstram (£4.9m).

Yes, you read that right. I’m planning on losing last years golden boot winner to fund a move for a £4.0m defender… what a season this is.

So, while I do not have any hits planned in the near future, it seems inevitable that I will succumb to my cravings. When I do, let’s hope it comes from a position of strength, rather than to correct yet another mistake.

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841 Comments Post a Comment
  1. iL PiStOlErO
    4 months, 5 days ago

    The team is doing great in last few GW but Auba and Ars keep disappointing. What to do?

    Pope Button
    TAA Lund Soyuncu Rico Guilbert
    Salah KdB Son Maddison Dendo
    Auba Tammy Mousset

    2ft, 0.1itb

    A) Auba to Vardy
    B) Auba + Mousse to Vardy + Ings
    C) Auba + Madds to Vardy + Pulisic
    D) Auba + Mousse + Madds to Vardy + Pulisic + Ings for -4
    E) something else

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      selling auba prior to Nor?
      GL

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Thats the thing. Kept him for “the run” but Ras is sompoor that even the Norwich game is not good for them. Pukki has better chances then him in that game. Don’t know whats the point of keeping him when I can have double Lei or Che with that money.

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          4 months, 5 days ago

          *Ars is so poor

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 5 days ago

            Let Auba go - you need Vardy. Would keep Moussett if he is fit.

            1. iL PiStOlErO
              4 months, 5 days ago

              Cheers. So only Auba to Party and save ft? Or should I say you prefer double Lei more then double Che?

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 5 days ago

                Maybe C considering this weekend's games, but saving other FT might be best. Pulisic in explosive form, but can he keep it up? Madds will tick over all year. I do like Ings for next few, but doesn't bring in huge scores and has well known fitness issues.

                1. iL PiStOlErO
                  4 months, 5 days ago

                  All true, thanks. Wouldn't even consider losing Madds but Mo, KdB and Son are locked in. Probably will be A

        2. Dr. Agabuse
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 5 days ago

          This

  2. Jullepuu
    4 months, 5 days ago

    How did Sterling look last night? Did Son look better?

    1. VicGunner
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Interested in this too... Is Raheem out of form or playing well but just been unlucky?

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Gomez broke him completely

  3. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    for free

    Aguero and McGinn

    to

    A Jimmy and Son
    B Kane and Mount

    Thanks a lot

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      B, just.

    2. Jullepuu
      4 months, 5 days ago

      A

    3. jimmy.floyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      A

    4. iL PiStOlErO
      4 months, 5 days ago

      A.

    5. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Thanks all

  4. mad_beer ✅
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    If you had a WC, would you shift TAA to Robbo or keep TAA?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      4 months, 5 days ago

      I would shift, Robbo can keep up.

    2. El Presidente
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Shift

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Keep- would have bit of concern Robertson may get some rotation to protect ankle to make sure no recurrence of issues he had- and think TAA going to do well over this fixture run

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        It wouldn’t surprise for both to get a rest as the club play twice a week for 6 weeks
        I don’t see much difference so went with the cheaper Robbo which is important factor for me
        Both great!

    4. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Keep, the 2 last seasons have shown that it changes in periods which one of them is performing better.

  5. Stoichkov#8
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Taking hits is really not easy part of this game. Its like a knife that you can use to cut bread or cut your finger. Making hits is really powerfull thing in FPL. It can get you up or correct your mistakes but also can get you down and make your team worse.

    I know many managers who take hits every 2-3 GWs and also those who take 1-2 hits all season. For me both strategies are (usually) wrong. Well you can be so lucky using your FT that you wont need -4 but doubt its really possible in 38 GWs with blanks and double GWs included.

    Its my 5th season and I used to make many hits so during last season I decided to stop and look back where those -4 moves took me. The answer was terrible cuz like I thought most of the time they didnt pay off. I decided to "sacrifice" rest of last season and make 0 hits (if I can field XI) and simply write down every hit I want to make. Like you can guess 0 hits was much better than those I planned to make. For example one of those hits would cost me about 15 points but than another hit would give me something like 5-6 points. All together hits would give me worse result at end of season.

    This season I took 2 hits: first in GW3 where I did a mini WC to get KDB and it pay off stright away and second hit was to sell Zinchenko who lost his place. It didnt pay of (cost me -2) but was good long term for my team and my TV too.
    After that I always managed to bank FT and next week was doing just 2 FT so about 3-4 times and now Im on WC and obv plan to bank FT next week too.

    From the other hand I planned to make Salah > Mane last week for a hit and it would hive me 5pts (Rico 0p autosub) but Salah was in treaning and that confused me.

    I look at -4 as a goal for my striker that I was so happy about last week or a CS of my defender last week or a week before that I was so scared that he will loose in last mins of game and than was cheering it...now do I want to give it away? Really? Need to think twice before I will do so.

    Hits can be ok but only smart/obvious ones made for long term pick. Before you make a hit think do you want that player long term even if he will blank this GW and are you really sure you dont want a player you sellin.

    1. The Bad Seed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Interesting way to look at a hit as a reverse goal for a striker or reverse clean sheet.

      But, one way you can also look at it:

      "If Jimenez score now - It's like im being offered Pulisic for Mount, or Mane for Salah - for as long as i want! Do I want that?

      Sometimes the answer is yes. People are afraid of negatives, a hit will reverse a goal. but look at it the other way, a goal will give you a "free hit" then thats a bit nicer 🙂 people like "free" and hate "negative".

      Just a matter of how you look at it, and using it with proper balance.

      1. Stoichkov#8
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Thing is that all look like you said so look a reverse and ask yourselfe do you still wanna do it?
        CS or goal in previus game is a fact, a hit for -4 is a fact but a posibility of player you get for a hit scoring is still a posibility, nothing more.
        Problem is people dont think straight when they want/afraid of a player they donr have and they imagine he will score brace or hattrick but its just they wishfull thinking most of the time.

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Hits are not always so easy to calculate whether it paid off right away. Getting on board early gives you team value swings and also can set you up better in future. If the position is a problem, it will need to be addressed eventually. Doing so quickly to gain team value at the expense of -4 could well be worth it because the following week, you don't have to take a hit to handle the next issue and you get 'ahead of the curve' so to speak.

      However, I don't think you should EVER take more than a -8. There are just too many things that could go wrong, variables you can't calculate, and you should instead wildcard or just think ahead.

      I held Aubameyang for instance the week after Vardy got his hat-trick even with a FT available. He scored 8 vs Vardy's 6. But I lost 0.2m in team value. Could those 2 points have been worth the 0.2m? Maybe. I did the transfer the following week anyway but it's interesting.

      1. Stoichkov#8
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Agree. Thats why I wrote about long term picking etc.
        Also agree about very important thing I forgot to add - a hit is also a FT next week that you can use for other things as you already have a player you wanted but again it works only long term. Those moves also build TV but shouldnt be done just for value imo.

        So Vardy is good example that a hit for player in form who you want long term with good fix MAY be worth it even he blank next game after that hit.

        But making a hit selling ok player for another just for one game "cuz player x has tasty fix and Im afraid not owning" is most common mistake.

  6. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    I'm seeing plenty of Mount > Pulisic for free. Is this not considered sideways?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      mount actually looks like a good option now at only 6.7 imo

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 5 days ago

        1
        3
        1
        5
        3
        7
        6
        2

        It looks dead average to me over a long stretch. It's not about the benching.

    2. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Perez would tempt me

    3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      It's not essential but Pulisic stats and positioning look great and I want to capitalise on this lovely pair of home games

      1. Le Bluff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Yeah, I really think Pulisic could haul this GW. Tonight's line ups should be interesting.

    4. Le Bluff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Not really when you consider Pulisic's stats and form vs Mount's.

      I'm keeping faith with Mount a little longer, mainly because of funds.

    5. Shark
      4 months, 5 days ago

      How much will Pulisic be next season on current form? A complete no-brainer imo.

    6. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      The reason i ask is, i have exact funds to swap Cantwell for Pulisic for a Pulisic, Mount Tammy triple up, or could just straight swap Mount for Pulisic

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Don't do the triple

    7. El Presidente
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Nope, got rid of for Son. He looks likely to be rotated and his form has gone down dramatically

  7. The Man Pastore
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Am I G2G this week :

    Pope
    TAA Chilwell Lundstram
    Mane(C) KDB Maddison Mount
    Vardy Jesus Abraham

    Button Cantwell Lowton Kelly

    1FT/ 0.1ITB

    Cheers!

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Good enough. Like the Jesus move.

    2. ResultatFar
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Nice team mate! Great Jesus punt

      1. The Man Pastore
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Thanks!

  8. phily4321
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Pope,
    TAA, Lundstram, Willems, Soyuncu
    Mane, KDB, Sterling, Mount
    Vardy, Abraham,
    Bench: Button, Rico, saka, Connolly

    A) Sterling & Connolly > Son & Jimenez
    B) Save Transfer

    1. phily4321
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 5 days ago

      A would be a -4

    2. Grievez
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Save this week and reassess. Newcastle is a great fixture

  9. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Got some tough decisions to make... with 2FT and 0m itb

    Pope -- heaton
    Taa Lundy Tomori -- Rico Lascelles
    Sterling Kdb Martial Mount -- Cantwell
    Tammy Vardy Rash

    A: Sterling + Lascelles >> Mane + Taylor but got a feeling I won’t be happy with martial/rashford/Mount next gw

    B: Sterling + Mount + Rashford >> Mane + Pulisic + Jimenez (-4)

    C: Sterling + Mount >> Son + Pulisic + 1.5m....like this move but no mane could hurt badly!

    D: Sterling + Lascelles >> Son + Robbo...but that also means benching tomori which is a good and bad thing. Also means no mane

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Think I answered this yesterday. Won't say anything in case I contradict myself.

  10. IRBOX ⚽
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Any marathon runners here? What’s your PB? I’m looking at sub 3:00 in 9 months time.. training is brutal

    1. mad_beer ✅
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      A sub 3? How fast is your half marathon pace?

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        89 currently.. only been running seriously for 6 months

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 5 days ago

          Taking a year off football to have a crack

        2. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 5 days ago

          That's very good. With a good training regime and self discipline I would imagine you'll easily achieve your goal. I had a mate who only ever ran one marathon but he did it in 2hrs 50 - you can do it too! Good luck.

          1. IRBOX ⚽
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 5 days ago

            Thanks mate!

        3. mad_beer ✅
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 5 days ago

          Well it would be a push imo to get a sub 3. I'm not saying it's impossible, just really tough. If you have never done that sort of distance, building up the stamina just to go that distance is a great deal of work. Then you need to get the pace once you get to the distance.

          A sub 1:30:00 half is a great pace. I have never managed to get that fast. Well done to you.

          1. IRBOX ⚽
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 5 days ago

            Still 9 months away mate! I know it’ll be tough but I’m currently building up the base mileage and have a strict 16 week plan leading up to the event based on race pace and distance. I’m hopeful

            1. mad_beer ✅
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 5 days ago

              Best of luck dude!

    2. Nabs Kebabs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      your clearly treating this fpl season as a marathon lol

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Nah.. have given up. My physical prowess is unquestionable

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      I broke the 2h barrier not long ago

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Well done Eliud

  11. Ramgiri
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Mount to Willian for a hit? concerned about Mount's minutes with Kante coming in. Willian is nailed imo.

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Wait one more week and then decide. Willian can also be benched this week.

      1. Ramgiri
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        perfekto

  12. trinzoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    A) Janmaat > TAA (-4)
    B) Play Rico (tot) or Guilbert (mun) or Janmaat but he's injured

    I have a feeling it's time for some attacking returns from Trent.

    1. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      A

    2. Jullepuu
      4 months, 5 days ago

      A

      1. trinzoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Thanks guys!

  13. Grievez
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Couple of decent options open to me. Team is:-

    Pope Mc Govern
    TAA Soy Lundy Montoya Aurier
    Sterling KDB Mane Donk Maddison
    Vardy Greenwood Abraham

    A) Sterling Montoya -- Son Robbo
    B) Sterling Greenwood -- Cantwell Kane

    Many thanks

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      A. Half of B is shuffling deckchairs - if you were to do it I'd go Hayden over Cant and keep the change for a rainy day.

    2. maffew85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 5 days ago

      I have a similar conundrum with an almost identical team. It would be Kelly instead of Montoya for me. Didn't consider the Kane option to be honest, I like it though. Leaning towards A) at the moment, fancy Liverpool to get some CS out of the next 4 so like the idea of the TAA robbo double up. Happy to be persuaded otherwise though....

  14. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    is it worth it to do martial ot KDB to pulisic or zaha for free? 2 free transfers so i cant even save a transfer, only 0.1 ITB and nothing to do...

    1. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      my team:

      Gazza (BOU) [mcgovern]

      TAA (BHA), Chilwell (EVE), Tomori (WHU) [ Lundstrum (whu), Reid (che) ]
      Mane (BHA), Martial (AVL), Son (BOU), KDB (new) [dendonker]
      0Vardy (EVE), abraham (WHU), jimenez (SHU)

      0.1 ITB

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Too early for Zaha.
        For Martial vs KDB - something seems off at City, I'd keep Martial if you are dead set on doing something - extra cash could let you do something exciting in next few weeks.

        1. Lord Flashheart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 5 days ago

          cheers

  15. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Asked this earlier on but maybe a new crowd on here now

    Would you do Auba > Kane for free

    Or keep Auba for Nor???

    Cheers

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Keep for Nor

    2. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      If you watch Arsenal, you ship the assets.
      Opponent doesnt seem to matter

      1. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        This, I just sold Auba (finally) for Vardy.

    3. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      You likely know you will move Auba after Norwich game regardless. Might as well save for one more week

    4. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Thanks for replies

  16. Little Red Lacazette
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    1FT, 1.2M ITB. Who to go first? Diop to a CP defender?

    Pope
    TAA Soy Tomori
    Mane Sterling Tielemans Mount
    Tammy Hendrix Vardy

    Button Lundstram Cantwell Diop

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Seems like a sensible move going forward.

  17. juanmata8
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Should I do Sterling > Mane for -4 ?

    Rest of the team

    Pope
    Rob Taa Lundstram Rico Soy
    Sterling Son Martial Maddison
    Vardy Abraham Jimenez

    Really tempted as my I took a -4 hits in GW12 & GW13 and gained around 20 points.

    GW12 - Ota + Mount > Soy + Martial
    GW13 - Azpi + Haller > Jimenez + Robbo

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Your previous moves were obvious upgrades. Not sure this is for this week. would do it if you are in danger of being priced out though.

  18. Cheesyzoot
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Mane or Vardy captain this week?

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Flip a coin lad

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Tight enough. Vardy because if anyone will score for Leicester Vardy most likely. Nice attacking miss but I wouldn't call them goalscorers. A few in Pool team could upset Mane, Firmino, Salah, TAA, Robertson etc.

    3. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Mane hasn't scored against Brighton.
      Vardy loves a party against Everton

  19. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Evening lads, any ideas what to do here? Thanks! 2FT, 0.6ITB

    Heaton,Button
    TAA,Soyuncu,Chambers,Rico,Lund
    Salah,Sterling,Kdb,Mount,Cantwell
    Wesley,Jimenez,Tammy

    1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Morning* obviously lol

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Afternoon here in Perth lol.

      2. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Evening here in NZ.

      3. Double Treble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Evening too in Malaysia

  20. Tube!!
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Mount or Tielemans out for Son?

    Schmikes
    VVD Lundstram Tomori
    Mane KDB Tielemans Mount
    Vardy Tammy Jimmy

    Button Mcginn Rico Mings

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Tielemans

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Mount if any

  21. gramck24
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Interesting article and very relevant because i'm considering a -4 hit this week.

    I'm top of my mini league by around 25 points and i'm considering the following looking at form and fixtures for the next 4/5 gameweeks.

    a) Salah, Cantwell & Jimenez
    b) Pulisic, Son & Mouset

    Stick with (a) or go with (b). I keep flip-flopping between the two.

    1. The Bad Seed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      A is more stable.
      B is more explosive

      A give you 2 players
      B gives you 3

  22. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Lundstram (5.0) **

  23. GreennRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Is Aurier nailed on despite doubts over his defending? Not unlike TAA.

    1. Sotamendi84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      the signs are good i would take the risk

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Always risk of rash challenge and yellow/red card but for attacking potential and baps probably worth risk

    3. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Cheers lads. I'll wait until Friday to decide.

  24. Tmel
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Is doubling up on Soy & Chilwell a decent medium term move?

    1. Sotamendi84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      well you need a liverpool defender and lundstram no? so unless you play with 4 itb then probably does not worth it

  25. Sotamendi84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    one free FT and team set up good for the next 3-4 weeks. shall i do mount to pulisic?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Yeah

  26. The Bad Seed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    The Mother of all questions - please help

    Even with the amazing front 3 in Tammy Vardy Jimmy, we might have amazing treasures and differentials.

    We have 3 amazing budget strikers, who is the best? looking at the below i think we have 2 seasonal set and forgets, and 1 short term mega punt!

    () means hard fixture
    Ive looked 17 GWs in advance (YES 17! we might have 3 special cases here)

    Ayew - Mousset - Ings

    Ayew
    5.1 - 48 pts - 951 mins - NAILED 100% 90 mins mostly - Bonus Point Magnet (11 Points)
    bur/BOU/wat/BHA/new/WHU/sou/nor/ARS --- (mci) --- SOU/SHU/eve/NEW/bha/WAT/bou
    16 theoretically good games in the next 17 !!!!!!!!!!!!! (only mci away is the exception)

    Mousset
    5.0 - 44 Pts - Injured???? (updates pls) - Never plays a full 90 - 415 minutes played only. (I think he has the highest value/minutes of all players!)
    wol/NEW/nor/AVL/bha/ --- (TOT/mci/liv) --- WHU/ars --- (mci) --- cry/BOU/BHA/avl/NOR/new
    13/17 theoretically good games. not a bad shout!

    Ings
    6.0 - 58 pts - Injury prone - amazing short term fixtures - 821 minutes played - 10 BPS not bad!
    WAT/NOR/new/WHA/avl --- (che) --- CRY --- (TOT/lei) --- WOL/cry --- (liv) --- BUR/AVL/whu/NEW/nor

    13/17 theoretically good fixtures! for Ings id definitely be interested in the short term though and not 17 GWs for such an injury prone player.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      For Ayew, I'd suggest that he might lose his place in January if - as seems likely - they bring someone in. Some talk of one of the Chelseas spares coming in.

      1. The Bad Seed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Nice insight!

    2. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Ings it is if you have the additional 1 mil.

      1. The Bad Seed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Money isnt an issue.

        Main question being, given there are 3 amazing forwards, is it worth it to drop one of them for any of these 3 as a differential and extra cash?

        Or safer to stay on the 3 proven template strikers?

        the 3 budget strikers have unreal fixtures ive never seen anything that green. 17 GWs here lol

  27. FOO FIGHTER
    4 months, 5 days ago

    My team value sitting at 104.8m, selling value 102.4.

    Not sure when I will be using my next WC but at the moment not sure where I can improve my team. I am moving on Pope and Rico after GW14. Then my squad should see me through.

    Guess form and injuries will play a big part from now through December.

    GW18 is going to be interesting and will be playing my bench. Salah, Mane and TAA on the bench that GW is bloody crazy but I am sticking with these three players right till the end so no point shifting them for one GW and then having to take hits to bring them back.

    Could use my free hit GW18 but then again, could be handy later on. Still have all my chips except for my WC.

    Really looking forward to GW14!

    1. fr3d
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Dear diary

  28. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Best keeper for the next few weeks aside from Schmeichel? I have three Leicester players already

    1. Jullepuu
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Guaita maybe

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Henderson or Guaita if you have bit extra cash

    3. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Henderson Guaita

  29. FPL ElasticO
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Is Son or Kane a good options.... & is it worth transfer out KDB/Jimenez to afford them?? Or should wait another week ....

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Both good options. Not sure you need both yet.

  30. DOGS
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Best defender. 5.4m budget

    a- Soy
    b- Tomori
    c - other?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      A