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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. sandman58
    • 1 Year
    9 days, 20 hours ago

    Whos the best , must have Midfielder?
    Have KDB Mané & Son
    Money no object?

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 20 hours ago

      Not must have but Alli/Pulisic will probably be fine

    2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 20 hours ago

      Sterling and Salah if money no object.

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

        I'm feeling like GW 1 😀

        1. sandman58
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 19 hours ago

          Lol
          Which one though?

      2. Podge
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        😆

  2. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    9 days, 20 hours ago

    Gtg? Ideally want to save this week

    Hendo
    TAA Perreira Lund
    KDB Mount Mane Martial Son
    Vardy(C) Mousset (Vc)

    (Gaz, Kelly, Connolly, Rico)

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 20 hours ago

      Yep, good to go.

      Cash in the bank?

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        0.9

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

      Martial to Zaha.

    3. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 20 hours ago

      VGTG. Connolly only weakness in that team. But no urgency at all to remove him.

  3. tissae
    • 5 Years
    9 days, 20 hours ago

    What to do here guys? 1FT, 1.6m itb.

    Pope
    TAA Lundstram Soyuncu
    Mane KDB Son Maddison
    Vardy Jimenez Abraham

    Button Tomori Rico Nakamba

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 20 hours ago

      Save

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

      Save

    3. tissae
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 20 hours ago

      Was thinking Pope --> Guaita / Henderson, but cant decide which one

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

        I went Henderson. Not too bothered about SHU double-up as Lund is pretty much in there for attacking points (with the chance of cleanie a bonus)

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

    I have a a couple of questions:

    A) Keep Pope and save ft or transfer him to Henderson?
    B) Start two: Lundstram, Willems, Rico, Kelly

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 20 hours ago

      Save
      Lundstram, Kelly

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

    Looking to bring in "Vivianne Miedema" for rest of season. 6 goals and 4 assists in one match. With 3 baps, that would have given 123 points if you had triple captained her. Wow !!!!!!!

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

      Women's game is mad

  6. Cloud Perspective
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 20 hours ago

    Pulisic played a lot of games lately. Isn't this a concern? Willian was rested in weekend and CHO seems to be recovered.

  7. seewhyaxe
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 20 hours ago

    Comes to this, any thoughts?

    A) Martial to Zaha for free
    B) Martial to Pulisic for free
    C) Martial + Abraham -> Alli + Mousset -4
    D) Save ft

    Team as linked.

    1. Cloud Perspective
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 20 hours ago

      I did A. In regards to B, see my above concern.

      1. seewhyaxe
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        thanks!!

        I'm quite worried about Zaha being a trap tbh

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

          zaha is like MArtial & walcott for me. I never own them when they go on a run. Better for me to just avoid.

          1. seewhyaxe
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 20 hours ago

            lol whom would you suggest to replace Martial for me?

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

              Son? budget?

              1. seewhyaxe
                • 2 Years
                9 days, 20 hours ago

                Already have Son. Other mfs are Mane, KDB & Hayden.

                Budget 7.6m

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

                  Puli?

                  1. seewhyaxe
                    • 2 Years
                    9 days, 20 hours ago

                    so that's B!

        2. Cloud Perspective
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          If there is a good time to bring him in, this is the one.

    2. B.D.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 20 hours ago

      D

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

    2.5% Milivoyevic - he’s due and Brighton are just around the corner.

    Think he’s worth the extra 0.1 over Wilf

    1. Jullepuu
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        Nope

      • Turns
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        Not a bad shout, but just not as exciting.

      • Amey
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Grealish is worth more than both IMO 🙂
        If I was bringing one mid priced Midfielder atm, it'd be Grealish

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          9 days, 19 hours ago

          Grealish is top of my list as it’s just a first bench.

          But Mili is intriguing if you believe Palace will play front foot football - he gets the goals and Zaha the assist

    2. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 20 hours ago

      Any chance Otamendi gets a game during the pile up? Asking for a friend.

    3. BNMC
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        Hypothetically, imagine there was a player in FPL worth like 20-25m but scored one goal every single week. Would you buy him?

        1. Cloud Perspective
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          He has to score a hattrick every single week for 25m 🙂

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

          no

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

          Probably. Would mean you could perma-captain them.

          FPL wouldn't be much fun though: EO would be huge

        4. HurriKane
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          Id play 25m for Lundstram all day long

          1. HurriKane
            • 7 Years
            9 days, 20 hours ago

            *pay

        5. Obi Wan Elokobi
          • 8 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          Just get Vardy for 15 mil cheaper

        6. jtreble
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          20 pts/GBP is the benchmark for forward value (ex-captaincy).

        7. Holmes (specialist in failu…
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          No (if no other player is scoring, then yes)

        8. Whats the Huth
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          Not explosive enough

        9. Podge
          • 8 Years
          9 days, 19 hours ago

          At 20m he’d need 600 points to be worth getting so no

        10. Herculeez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 19 hours ago

          You mean if Messi played in the prem

      • kuzser
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        Planning to do 3 transfers this and next gws, what would you pick as the best strategy?

        1) saka mount Abraham-> pulisic Alli mousset
        2) pope mount Maddison-> hendo zaha son
        3) mount saka Abraham -> Zaha son Connolly

        Team is:
        Pope
        Taa Soyuncu Lundstram
        Kdb mane Maddison Mount
        Jiménez Vardy Abraham

        Button. Aurier saka hanley

        1. B.D.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          Keep Maddy with those fixtures.

      • Turns
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        Any help would be lovely please FPLers.

        (A) Martial -> Pulisic/Zaha [hope Tammy starts, otherwise Aurier comes in]
        (B) Tammy -> Jimenez
        (C) Both (-4)

        Henderson
        TAA - Lund - Soy
        Mane - KDB - Son - Perez - Martial*
        Tammy* - Vardy
        -----
        4.5 - Aurier - Lowton - 4.5

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

          A

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

            Zaha or Pulisic? Worried about rotation with latter and bench is weak.

            1. The UnderFKtaker
              • 1 Year
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              This is putting me off Pulisic. Midweek game with hudson and willian as options theres a decent chance of rotation.

            2. lindeg
              • 1 Year
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              Puli higher chance of haul and higher chance of benching

        2. B.D.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          B

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

        good week for a hit I reckon.

        1. Pap Le Cissier
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 19 hours ago

          Thinking an aggressive-8 myself

          Mount, Tielemens and Rash -> Ali, Pulisic, Wood/Ings

        2. Le Bluff
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 days, 19 hours ago

          I think the opposite, although it's very much team dependent. Too many doubts/concerns over rotation etc. Plus I have Lundstram, Sterling and Rico are 1 yellow card away from a ban.

          Mount > Pulisic as part of a hit tempts me but can't be 100% sure even Pulisic starts. I have Cantwell and Rico waiting in the wings which I'm okay with. 2FTs next week gives a lot more flexibility.

      • shapply
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        probably saving FT this gw as Abraham may feature

        Pope
        TAA, Tomori, Lundstram
        Mane, Maddison, Son, KDB
        Jimenez, Vardy, Abraham
        subs: Button, Rico, Hayden, Hanley, 0.1itb

        1. The UnderFKtaker
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          That 0.1 nicely allows Henderson

          1. shapply
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 18 hours ago

            true, but not sure if it's worth it

        2. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 19 hours ago

          I like the keeper upgrade idea but not essential. What makes you think Abraham returns? Haven't seen anything myself.

          1. shapply
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 19 hours ago

            Lampard's comments (twitter cfc) in the recent days suggest that Abraham will be in contention

      • Firmino
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        Martial to

        A) Alli (have Son)
        B) Zaha
        C) Maddison (have Vardy)

        1. Zladan
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          B

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

          A

        3. TheBrazilianRonaldo
            9 days, 19 hours ago

            Fancy B. I’d only go double or triple Spurs when the fixtures look tastey

        4. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          Another Martial relatwd Q.

          Martial ->

          A) Maddison/ Perez
          B) Pulisic

          Other mids are Kdb,Mane,Son,Cantwell

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

            B

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

              Thanks

              1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                • 7 Years
                9 days, 19 hours ago

                No prob matey

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

          Folks, which move should I do for ?

          A) Martial to Zaha
          B) Heaton to Henderson

          1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
            • 7 Years
            9 days, 19 hours ago

            A if you must

        6. Nightf0x
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          Ryan (buton)
          Soy taa lund (kely lowton)
          Mount kdb son mane (dendo)
          Vardy ings laca

          Which?
          A) laca to jimy/mouset/ayew /tammy
          B) mount to zaha/puli/madds/tiele
          C) lowton to sheff. Def.
          D) both above -4
          E) roll ft, bench 1 of laca mount kely
          F) lowton laca -4 to chilwel/periera moust/jimy

          1. The UnderFKtaker
            • 1 Year
            9 days, 19 hours ago

            Picture isnt clear enough. Ryan to henderson maybe otherwise id probs hold n roll

        7. andres
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          So palace having issues in defence, that probably shouldn’t put off the Guaita transfer?

          1. Jurgen Flopp
            • 5 Years
            9 days, 19 hours ago

            They had issues on Saturday still kept a clean sheet away from home

            1. andres
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              yeah, true!

          2. TheBrazilianRonaldo
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              Palace have played the west fixtures. Anything going to seem easy for next 8 gw

          3. Pep Roulette
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 20 hours ago

            Zaha hits form when the transfer window is nearing. Hmm.

          4. unitednations
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            9 days, 19 hours ago

            Rate the following mids in preference till gw18:

            A: Son...tricky gw15 fixture so probably best to bring him in gw16
            B: Alli....same as Son
            C: Pulisic...will he be rested midweek?
            D: Maddison...3 great fixtures to come but a tough gw18 fixture when the squads will be stretched
            E: Zaha...great fixtures, less attacking team but good gw18 fixture

            1. The UnderFKtaker
              • 1 Year
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              Two tiers for me

              A and D

              B C and E

              Alli's poor threat rating vs west ham is putting me off him. Zaha too early to commit to. Chelsea having a bit of a mini wobble n too much talent for puli to be nailed. Hudson could easy start midweek n be man of the match.

          5. Shakshuka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            9 days, 19 hours ago

            Good to save here? .4 banked. thx!

            Ryan
            TAA Robbo Lunds
            Mane KDB Mount Zaha
            Vardy (c) Jesus Jimmy

            Button Rico Dedocker Guilbert

            1. Pep Roulette
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              Pretty similar teams we have!

              Schmeichel
              TAA Robbo Lundy
              Mane Son Zaha Barnes
              Vardy Jesus Jiminez

              Button Rico Dendo Reid

              1. Shakshuka
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                9 days, 19 hours ago

                Good luck, hopefully some production from Jesus!

          6. myteamissheeeeeeeet
            • 9 Years
            9 days, 19 hours ago

            Chaps, Martial to Alli or Pulisic? Already own Son and have no Chelsea now!!

            1. popcoin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              see below lol

            2. Jurgen Flopp
              • 5 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              Pulisic

            3. TheBrazilianRonaldo
                9 days, 19 hours ago

                Pulisic

            4. popcoin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              Pulisic

              1. popcoin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                9 days, 19 hours ago

                ...nice fail

            5. Pep Roulette
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              Need some unbiased opinion!

              Which GK is the best season keeper regardless of price?

              1. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
                • 4 Years
                9 days, 19 hours ago

                Regardless of price is tricky. My guess is that Schmeichel might edge others in total points strangely enough but yet I won't get him. Go figure!

              2. Amey
                • 1 Year
                9 days, 19 hours ago

                Best is subjective
                Bound to have some bias !!

                Best GK for me is Ryan because he has 4m substitute Button

            6. afsr
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              Martial to Zaha this GW and Cantwell to Alli GW17.
              WDYT?

              1. afsr
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                9 days, 19 hours ago

                Cantwell to Alli GW 16 of course

              2. seewhyaxe
                • 2 Years
                9 days, 19 hours ago

                nice.

            7. Gideons Rolling Another One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              Thoughts on Cantwell and Rashford to Alli and Mousset for - 4? Would then play 3,5,2

              Or Tielemans and Rashford to Alli and Mousset. I don't fancy losing Tielemans before Watford though.

              Current team:

              Pope
              Lundstrum, TAA, Soy
              Mane, Sterling, Tielemans, Pulisic
              Vardy, Rashford, Jimenez

              Bench: Cantwell, Aurier, Kelly,

            8. fakelund
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              Bit of a benching dilemma this week, but reckon this is GTG?

              Pope,
              TAA, Soyuncu, Lundstram
              KDB, Mane, Tielemans, Son
              Abraham*, Mousset, Vardy

              Heaton, Cantwell*, Kelly, Tomori

            9. Printing Mane
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              Just WCed last GW .. any transfers required or save?

              Hendo (Martin)
              TAA Soy Lunds (Kelly Williams)
              Mane Salah KDB Pulisic (Hayden)
              Vardy (c) Jimmy Ings

            10. andres
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              9 days, 19 hours ago

              0.2 short to upgrade Tielemans to Pulisic, how would you get him?
              downgrade pieters?

              Pope
              TAA Soy Lund
              Mane KDB Son Tielemans
              Rash Vardy Jimenez

              Kelly, cantwell, Pieters 0.7 ITB 1FT.

              1. Gideons Rolling Another One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                9 days, 19 hours ago

                Or cantwell to dendo, depends if you want to keep Cantwell. He's been scoring some good points from my bench!

                1. andres
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  9 days, 19 hours ago

                  yeah, kind of reluctant to let him go now.. will be benched always but you never now when you need these type of players.

                2. andres
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  9 days, 19 hours ago

                  would you take the hit to get pulisic this way?

                  1. Gideons Rolling Another One
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    9 days, 19 hours ago

                    Tricky. I'm contemplating Tielemans being the fall guy for Alli, but he does have a good fixture against Watford. I'm not sure it is worth a -4, but could be wrong!