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Why the stats are becoming hard to ignore in the Pulisic v Mount debate

Let’s Talk FPL’s Andy looks ahead to Gameweek 15 in his latest Pro Pundits piece


I don’t like making late changes to my team – at that point, it all feels a bit rushed. Despite this I still found myself on Saturday morning chopping and changing between Jamie Vardy (£9.9m) and Sadio Mané (£12.2m) for captaincy, only to pick the wrong one.

It turned out to be a fairly average week, scoring 51 and seeing a 4,321 red arrow, down to 510,594.

Looking ahead to Gameweek 15 and I’m in that weird situation where I could transfer out one of three players or just make no transfer at all.

Nick Pope (£4.7m) has a bit of a fixture swing from this Gameweek, and not in a good way. Looking at the Season Ticker in the Members Area right up until Gameweek 30 (which is when I’ll start looking at using the second Wildcard), Burnley are second bottom in terms of fixture difficulty for defence.

I’m still reluctant to use a transfer on a goalkeeper however. The ceiling for points is fairly low and at just £4.7m he’s scored 55 points total, only five points behind current leaders Mathew Ryan (£4.8m) and Kasper Schmeichel (£5.3m). With the fixtures getting more difficult I would hope for an increase in save points to combat the likelihood of less clean sheets as well.

Mason Mount (£6.6m) is another player I’m looking at giving the boot to. He has just one assist to his name in the last six Gameweeks. There is a part of me that wants to give him the Aston Villa game, but that would definitely be the last-chance saloon.

If you compare Mount to Christian Pulisic (£7.5m) over the last six Gameweeks, there really is no competition: Pulisic has created more chances, registered more big chances and recorded more shots inside the box over the same period.

Despite all of this, it’s John Lundstram (£5.0m) that I’m looking to bring in (yes that’s correct, I still don’t own him).

It will be Harry Maguire (£5.3m) leaving my team to accommodate Lundstram. I have thought about keeping him, given that he’s nailed and has good goal threat, and instead transfer out Issa Diop (£4.5m), but that leaves a lot of money spread out over my defence, and would mean I don’t have enough flexibility for future transfers.

It’s been difficult to ignore Lundstram, and that is made even worse by their upcoming fixture run that includes Newcastle United, Norwich, Aston Villa, Brighton and Watford. Couple that with his 45.5% ownership and it’s hard to go any longer without him given the potential for clean sheets and attacking returns: he’s 12th for expected goals (xG) from open play in the last six Gameweeks for example.

As much as the fixtures look good for my team this week, I want to be more aggressive with my transfers in an attempt to get ahead of the curve. Lundstram doesn’t do that but he does provide a comfort blanket. That being said, after writing this article and looking at the stats for Pulisic, it’s difficult to ignore him with Villa up next. Maybe I’ll take my fourth hit in as many Gameweeks and just get it over with…

As for captaincy, that’s easy. I can’t look past Vardy at the moment and even though I bought Mané in under the guise of handing him the armband between Gameweeks 14-17, I think it’ll be the Englishman who becomes permanent captain now, at least for the next three weeks.


Andy is the face of Let’s Talk FPL, one of the leading Fantasy YouTube channels and has been a big part of the Scoutcast over a number of years. He has two top 10k finishes and an additional three inside the top 20k over nine years.

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1,294 Comments Post a Comment
  1. TANGUY TUESDAYS
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Alli or Son?

      I have enough for both, and no other Tottenham assets in my team.

      1. Zim0
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        Alli

      2. Zim0
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        Both is good too

      3. thepuntmaster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        I have Son but wish I had Alli

      4. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        Both

      5. Freddiebell
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        Both if ppsssible but son if picking one for me.

    • The_Bucc
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Henderson
      TAA, Lord, Soyboy
      Sterling, Mane(vc), Maddison, Zaha
      Vardy(c), Jimenez, Tammy

      (Tomori, Montoya, Dendoncker)

      Good to go?

      1. thepuntmaster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        Looks good to me

      2. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        Very

      3. Freddiebell
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        Doubt very much Abrahams starts tomorrow. .I had to sell him sat even sadly even though I've had him near on all season and bought him at 7.0. Can't justify keeping a player if he's out for 2 to 3 games.

    • jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      1) Pope > Hendo
      2) Robbo, Mount > Kelly, Alli (-4)
      3) Robbo, Mount > Kelly, Son (-4)

      1. thepuntmaster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        I was thinking about selling Pope this week but couldn't quite convince myself there were a lot of genuinely better options.

        I'd go 2 out of those

        1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 21 hours ago

          3, assuming u have n keeping taa

          1. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 19 hours ago

            I have TAA, yes.

      2. Freddiebell
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        3

      3. Bavarian
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        1

    • thepuntmaster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Good afternoon all.
      Pope (MCI)
      Soyuncu (WAT) - Lundstram (NEW) - PVA (BOU)
      Mané (EVE) - Son (mun) - Richarlison (liv) - Cantwell (sou)
      Auba vc (BHA) - Vardy c (WAT) - Ings (NOR)

      Button - Maddison (WAT) - Tomori (AVL) - Rico (cry)

      Couple questions.

      1) Who two to play:
      A) Richarlison
      B) Cantwell
      C) Maddison

      2) Which one to play:
      D) Tomori
      E) Rico
      F) Lundstram

      3) Should I consider using bench boost this week?

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        C & F.

        Tough benching options.

        1. thepuntmaster
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 21 hours ago

          Cheers, who'd you go for out of Richarlison and Cantwell along with Maddison?

          1. Rolls-Royce
            • 5 Years
            9 days, 21 hours ago

            I am playing Richarlison, so he'll blank probably. Go with Cantwell.

      2. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        BC
        F

    • Rolls-Royce
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Henderson
      TAA Soy Lund
      Salah Richalison Pulisic Martial
      Kane Vardy Ings

      McGovern Dendonker Rico Dunk

      £1.3m inb, 1FT

      Best option here?

      A) Save
      B) Richarlison -> Alli
      C) Martial-> Alli
      D) Salah-> Mane
      E) Kane-> Auba
      F) Any other?

      1. thepuntmaster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        I think C is your best move, maybe D next gameweek

        1. Rolls-Royce
          • 5 Years
          9 days, 21 hours ago

          My team is in shambles. lol

          1. thepuntmaster
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 21 hours ago

            there's a few transfers to make sure, but reckon you'll be sorted in a few weeks

          2. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            9 days, 21 hours ago

            Lose salah & Rich

            1. Rolls-Royce
              • 5 Years
              9 days, 21 hours ago

              What are you doing with Kane tina?

              1. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                9 days, 20 hours ago

                Not sure. Keeping for 1 gw or if Im brave then out for Ings to finance Son/Alli -4

                1. Rolls-Royce
                  • 5 Years
                  9 days, 20 hours ago

                  Might wait a week. Alli passes the eye test, I'd say even better option than Son atm. Kane has been such a letdown though.

                  1. Christina.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    9 days, 20 hours ago

                    Yeah, when ever Spurs break away and have players in the box, then kane is the last to arrive.

      2. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        B or C

    • Feed tha Sheep
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Which games are Amazon Prime showing tues and wed this week?

      1. Rustin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        All I believe and boxing day

      2. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        All of them. So you can choose which game to watch.

        1. Feed tha Sheep
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 21 hours ago

          Cheers and you can sign up for free for first month isn’t that right?

          1. BabyB
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 20 hours ago

            if you haven't done so before then you should be able to, yes.

      3. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        All of them

    • Simba4114
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Need a bit of help! I bought Tammy for 7.0, and if he drops to 7.8 tonite, will my value also drop again to 7.3? (Went to 7.4 when he dropped to 7.9).
      Thx!!

      1. Milvus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        No - it'll stay at 7.4

        1. Simba4114
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 15 hours ago

          Thank you!

    • Drogba Legend
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      What do we think here:

      Pope
      TAA - Azpi - Soy - Lundy
      Mane - KDB - Son
      Jimmy - Vardy (C) - Ings

      Button - James - Rico - Cantwell

      A) Save FT
      B) Azpi > any defender (PvA, Robbo/VVD, someone else?)
      C) James > Pulisic/Willian/Zaha/Tielemans
      D) Pope > ?

      Cheers

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        I like B with PvA - a bit of a punt but an upgrade I think on what you have

        1. Drogba Legend
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 21 hours ago

          Cheers, Ping

      2. mattyb09
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        C with Tielemens

        1. Drogba Legend
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 21 hours ago

          Cheers

      3. Freddiebell
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        B

        1. Drogba Legend
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          B with who?

      4. Pep bites Kun
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 18 hours ago

        I like

        B PVA
        C Zaha

    • La Roja
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      What to do here chaps?

      Roberto(lol)*
      TAA Soy Lundstram
      Mane Maddison Mount KDB
      Tammy* Laca Vardy

      McGovern* Saiss Rico Dendoncker

      Zilch ITB and 1 FT

      A) Roberto ➡ McCarthy
      B) Roberto Tammy ➡ McCarthy Jimmy -4
      C) Roberto Tammy ➡ Guaita Mousset -4

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        I like C a lot

      2. Rolls-Royce
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        A

      3. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        Do you still have WC?

        If so, could even do Roberto > Martin and ride it out.

        1. La Roja
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 21 hours ago

          No WC unfortunately

      4. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        Save, unfortunately

      5. Freddiebell
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        B

    • The_Bucc
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Jesus back in the team, Sterling back on the scoresheet.

      Seems like he's a differential around these parts now.

      1. Annie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        which one?

    • AFC49
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Any ideas for this team? WC still available

      Pope
      TAA, Soyuncu, Tomori, Lundstram
      Mane, Son, KDB, Mount
      Vardy, Jimenez

      Button, Greenwood, Dendoncker, Rico

      1FT, 2.7 ITB

      1. Freddiebell
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        That's the same 11 I'm starting next gw..

    • Feed tha Sheep
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      1FT nothing in bank. Any moves needed?

      Pope
      Tomori Lundstram TAA
      Mane KDB Traore Maddison
      Kane Vardy Jimi

      McGovern Rico Willems Dendoncker

    • akhilrajau
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      What about tammy Abraham instead if ings if i wildcard ?

    • Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Pope
      TAA / Aurier / Lundstram
      Mane / Pulisic / KDB / Maddison / Zaha
      Vardy / Auba(c)

      Button / Willems / Guilbert / Greenwood

      This team came at a price.
      12 points to be precise.

      Shouldn’t take long to recoup though, with a team like that going forward.

      GTG...?

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        What if I said no after you took a 12 point hit lol

        No point asking if you've made your moves already.

        1. Galza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 21 hours ago

          They were good moves on paper.
          Hanley, DougLuiz, Martial, Firmino >
          TAA, Pulisic, Zaha, Greenwood.
          I’m feeling pretty good about it. 🙂

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        But Auba and Zaha apart its template central.

        Hope you’re right about Zaha but sceptical

        1. Galza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          I suppose it could be considered a bit templatey.
          I’m ok with that though... ty

    • teneighty
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Bought Cahill in Friday to beef up the bench during the festive period...scene...

    • Pep bites Kun
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Gents, I need a bit of a steer ...

      I have 1 FT and am looking at the following transfer options:

      A. Pope to Henderson or Schmeichel - Pope could easily make up for tough fixtures with save points as Andy states in his article?

      OR

      B. Martial to Zaha - I like the feel of this transfer, although A seems more pressing/solid.

      Views appreciated and thanks in advance ...

      1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        A for me

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          Cheers.

    • pratikpaw
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      2 FT's with the team below - opinions appreciated!

      Pope - Button
      TAA - Soy - Lund - Rico - Ward
      Mane - KDB - Maddison - Martial - Mount
      Vardy - Jimenez - Abraham

      A) Martial + Mount -> Pulisic + Zaha
      B) Martial + Mount -> Alli + Grealish

      1. zhiren
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        A!

    • NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Anyone else thinking BB in gw17?

      Nice fixtures for many usual suspects, and my palace boys as well

    • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Score predictions for the midweek games?
      Palace vs Bournemouth
      Burnley vs Man City
      Leicester vs Watford
      Man Utd vs Tottenham
      Wolves vs West Ham
      Southampton vs Norwich
      Chelsea vs Villa
      Liverpool vs Everton
      Sheffield United vs Newcastle
      Arsenal vs Brighton

      1. Internal Error
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        1-1

      2. Jarvish Scott Talent
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        No

      3. Freddiebell
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        1-1
        0-3
        3-1
        1-1
        2-0
        2-1
        2-1
        2-0
        2-1
        1-0

      4. lindeg
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        1-1
        1-3
        2-0
        2-2
        2-0
        2-1
        3-1
        1-0
        1-0
        3-1

      5. BNMC
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          CRY 1-1 BOU
          BUR 0-1 MCI
          LEI 3-0 WAT
          MUN 1-1 TOT
          WOL 2-1 WHU
          SOU 2-2 NOR
          CHE 3-1 AVL
          LIV 1-0 EVE
          SHU 1-0 NEW
          ARS 2-0 BHA

        • The Bad Seed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          Definitely B for me

        • Warby84
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          2-0
          1-2
          4-1
          1-2
          3-0
          1-2
          2-1
          3-0
          0-0
          2-1

        • All about the galacticos
          • 5 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          Chelsea 8 - 0 Villa

        • St. Joseph
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 8 hours ago

          A

      6. Internal Error
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        Apparently Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler are doing the commentary for Amazon Prime

      7. Steirish
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        Which to bench?

        Pulisic
        Maddison
        Mousset

        1. POLSKA GOLA
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          Mousset if you have to

      8. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        Goals in the United Southampton and Arsenal games

        1-1
        1-2
        2-0
        2-3
        1-0
        3-1
        0-1
        1-1
        0-1
        2-2

      9. Hail Hydra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        Who's out first?
        A. Martial
        B. Mount

        1. lindeg
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          martial

        2. BNMC
            9 days, 20 hours ago

            Mount for me

          • Bushman
            • 3 Years
            9 days, 20 hours ago

            Martiall because fixtures imo

          • Pep bites Kun
            • 3 Years
            9 days, 20 hours ago

            Martial - based on fixtures

        3. ITFC96
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          Bit of a bench nightmare.. Team is:

          0 FT 2.3 ITB

          Henderson
          TAA, Robbo, Soy, Lord
          KDB, Mane, Maddison
          Vardy, Ings, Jimenez

          Martial, Cantwell, Rico.

          Advice on who to bench would be great!

          1. BNMC
              9 days, 20 hours ago

              Bench boost says hi

              I know a lot of people will plan to BB on a double GW but this could be a good week to use it with your squad.

          2. ZimZalabim
            • 3 Years
            9 days, 20 hours ago

            pulisic or zaha ?

            1. Taegugk Warrior
              • 1 Year
              9 days, 20 hours ago

              Zaha

            2. Bushman
              • 3 Years
              9 days, 20 hours ago

              I'm swinging between the same 2. I'm leaning towards Puli as I took out Tammy

          3. DarkSideOfTheLoon
            • 3 Years
            9 days, 20 hours ago

            Who should I get in place of Martial? Have 7.7 to spend. Attack is:

            Mane KDB Martial Hayden Dendoncker

            Aruba Vardy Tammy

            1. Bushman
              • 3 Years
              9 days, 20 hours ago

              I face the same question. I think Pulisic or Zaha

              1. DarkSideOfTheLoon
                • 3 Years
                9 days, 20 hours ago

                Zaha's two in two is making it so difficult. Plus, is Maddison an option?

          4. Taegugk Warrior
            • 1 Year
            9 days, 20 hours ago

            Any news about tammy..?

          5. TheBabyfacedAssassin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            9 days, 20 hours ago

            Martial and Mount to Zaha and Pulisic for a hit worth it?

            1. Bushman
              • 3 Years
              9 days, 20 hours ago

              Looks good

              1. Bushman
                • 3 Years
                9 days, 20 hours ago

                Or just do 1 and then do the other at the weekend

            2. lindeg
              • 1 Year
              9 days, 20 hours ago

              not for a hit

            3. Warby84
              • 4 Years
              9 days, 20 hours ago

              Go aggressive... I like it

          6. zhiren
            • 5 Years
            9 days, 20 hours ago

            tielemans or perez for mcginn? no money for son/alli/maddison unfortunately..

            pope
            taa // soy // lunds // tomori
            mane // kdb // mount //
            vardy // kane // tammy

            skeletenburg // rico // mcginn // dendoncker

            1.1 itb

            1. zhiren
              • 5 Years
              9 days, 20 hours ago

              or shud i take a hit for mcginn + mount -> cantwell + alli?

          7. Jarvish Scott Talent
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 20 hours ago

            Are people without Amazon Prime using their free trial now, or saving until next season?

            1. Warby84
              • 4 Years
              9 days, 20 hours ago

              Yeah