Pro Pundits - Sam

No room for the heart when playing FPL

Some Fantasy Premier League selections are made based on form, some on fixtures, some on a gut feeling and some come from the heart. 

This season I am learning that the heart should not be trusted where FPL is concerned.

This is something that I have always known and I have tried historically to base my choices on tangible evidence but this season one man crept in.

This was, in part, due to the price reduction he had at the start of the season but also due to a need for a talisman, someone I really trusted alongside my maverick John Lundstram (£5.1m), John McGinn (£5.8m), Dean Henderson (£4.7m) and Diego Rico (£4.3m) picks.

Harry Kane (£10.9m), should have been the perfect striker – playing in a team who made it all the way to the Champions League final and at the low price point of just £11.0m at the time.

However, Spurs have been far from their best this season and Kane far from his, playing more as a defensive midfielder under Mauricio Pochetino than a striker.

Fast forward to Gameweek 14, Kane nearly left my team but the arrival of Jose Mourinho changed things. Would Spurs improve? Would Kane play as an out and out striker again?

Would the Fantasy hauls return?

Suddenly it was the wrong time to get rid, especially as he had a price rise with other managers bringing him in.

However, my gut feeling (which should always be followed) was to switch him for Dele Alli (£8.6m) who I spoke at length about on every FPL show and podcast that week.

Nonetheless, I held Kane who failed to return when Dele did. This has been repeated in both Gameweeks 14 and 15.

The stay of execution is over, this week Kane will go.

Having watched Kane against Manchester United revert back to playing deeper when Spurs fell behind, whilst Dele was in and around the box making all the right runs, it was apparent which Spurs asset is the one to own and it’s the one playing as the number 10 not the meant to be playing as the number 9.

Having two transfers going into Gameweek 16 means that I am able to make a change in my strike force and midfield without taking a points hit. McGinn is the unfortunate casualty in order for me to bring in Dele.  

Whilst the Aston Villa man was fantastic in the early Gameweeks of the season the points have dried up of late and with a Kane downgrade up-top, I have plenty of budget to afford the upgrade to Dele. This leaves me with £8.2m for a third striker alongside Vardy and Abraham.

There are a few decent options in this price bracket. 

Raúl Jimenez (£7.7m), Danny Ings (£6.2m) and Lys Mousset (£5.1m) are the three in contention for the spot.

Having used the Members Area to compare the players the results are interesting.  

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  1. Flying Dutchman
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Play Lundstram or Aurier?

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      both or A

      1. Flying Dutchman
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        My defense is Soy, TAA, Lund and Aurirer
        Lund's high ownership scares me that's the problem

        1. MoManeTaa
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Lund must start against norwich...they cud score 2 or 3

        2. Abra Dubravka
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Bench Soy

      2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        This

    2. Sailboats
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Aurier

  2. FirMinaMiMo
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Armband options to!!!

      A vardy
      B mane
      C son
      D tammy

      1. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        A

      2. GuenDoozy
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Party

          1. FirMinaMiMo
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Yu mean this week also a vardy party???? 🙂

          2. Sailboats
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            A

          3. lilmessipran
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            B Mane

        • sully29
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Who is the best cheap GK for the foreseeable future?

          1. MoManeTaa
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Schmeichel, Guita, Hnerderson in that order

            1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Hendo is better than guiata

              1. GuenDoozy
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  SHU defense regressing

              2. GuenDoozy
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Dubravka above hendo

                  1. MoManeTaa
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    agree

              3. FirMinaMiMo
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Krul haha!!!

              4. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Please help. Play 2 from those 5:

                1. Soyuncu (currently)
                2. Lundstram(currently)
                3. Ings
                4. Cantwell
                5. Kelly

                1. MoManeTaa
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  23

                2. GuenDoozy
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    23

                  • FirMinaMiMo
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Wht are yu telling mate...yu mean that we hve to select any 2 from 3,4,5????

                      1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Any 2 from 5 listed

                    • FirMinaMiMo
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        23

                      • sully29
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        23.

                    • La Roja
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Bottom of previous page

                      What to do here chaps?

                      Guaita
                      Lundstram Soyuncu TAA
                      Mane Mount KDB Maddison
                      Vardy Mousset Laca

                      McGovern Saiss Dendoncker Rico

                      2m ITB and 1 FT

                      A) Saiss ➡ Aurier
                      B) Saiss Mount ➡ Kelly Alli -4
                      C) Laca Mount ➡ Tammy Son(c) -4
                      D) Laca ➡ Kane (c)
                      E) Save FT

                      1. stumanchuu
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        I like c

                      2. Mull
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        E

                      3. sully29
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        E.

                        Definitely not D.

                      4. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        I like all except D.
                        B or C is the best. Prefer C more

                      5. MoManeTaa
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        B coz u want lacca against the worst defense currently in westham

                    • RashFraud
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      80 points behind in ML. Captain Alli or Vardy?

                      1. GuenDoozy
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Vardy

                        • ‘Tis the Season
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Alli still a Differential

                        • Mull
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          How good at FPL is the leader?

                      2. Disturbed
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Play Dunk or Lund?

                      3. Pukki Party
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        On WC, would you have
                        A) Rashford (Dendo)
                        B) KDB (Greenwood)

                        Guaita
                        Trent Robbo Aurier Lundstram Kelly
                        Mane Alli Mount Canwell X
                        Vardy Tammy X

                        1. the dom 1
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          A

                        2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          You have robbo on wc?

                          1. Pukki Party
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            Still believe

                        3. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Why not Ings?
                          Then switch him to Pukki in gw19

                        4. ‘Tis the Season
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          KDB a must and season keeper for me.

                        5. Slitherene
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          A defensive Liverpool double up on a WC, before they blank might not be such a good idea.

                      4. the dom 1
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Any new issues come about with any players in the last 24 hours?

                      5. Slitherene
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Want a Matip (5.3) replacement, 0.7 ITB

                        Baldock - Soyuncu - Aurier - Tomori - ?

                        Who to get in?
                        Do not rate CRY defense highly right now.

                        1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Jetro Willems or Dunk

                      6. Jullepuu
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          I'm really surprised that Tammy didn't rise last night

                          1. Slitherene
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            It'll all make sense if he gets reduced minutes today.

                            1. Jullepuu
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                He should in my opinion but my name isn't Frank Lampard though

                          2. fc_skrald
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            Play Martin or Henderson? I brought both on my wildcard two week ago with the intention to play Henderson all games but now I want to play Martin to avoid the Sheffield double up. And Martin is at home against Arsenal...

                            a. play Martin
                            b. play Henderson

                            Martin
                            TAA, Lundstram, Aurier
                            Salah, Son(C), KDB(VC), Pulisic, Maddison
                            Vardy, Ings

                            Henderson, Kelly, Greenwood, Williams

                            1. fc_skrald
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 13 days ago

                              not two weeks ago, only a week ago - 🙂 but two games have passed since...

                            2. mynameisq
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 13 days ago

                              I'd play hendo

                          3. the dom 1
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            Bench order correct. ?

                            Kelly, Fleck, Rico

                            Cheers

                            1. mynameisq
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 13 days ago

                              Looks good to me

                            2. Jullepuu
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Yes

                              • the dom 1
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Thanks lads

                            3. andre_c
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 13 days ago

                              GTG?

                              Hendo
                              TAA, Aurier, Lund
                              Mane, KDB, Alli, Mount
                              Vardy (C), Jimmy, Tammy

                              Button, Soy, Cantwell, Rico

                              Bench correct?

                              1. ‘Tis the Season
                                • 1 Year
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                G2G

                            4. FirMinaMiMo
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Any salah captaincies here???? 🙂

                              • # Young Gun SEAMUS #
                                • 7 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                looks like pulisic will not start as he hasnt trainned much yesterday keeping mind of crucial ucl do or die match ...

                                1. tokara
                                  • 5 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Lamp press suggest he will start to me

                              • Pomp and Circumstance
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                which Newcastle defender is better--Willems (4.6) or Clark (4.3) ?

                                1. Pukki Party
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Willems

                              • tokara
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Tiel to D.Silva, would u do it?

                                1. Sailboats
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  No. Rather get Maddison for that price

                              • TAB
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Please help. Bench 1

                                1. Soyuncu
                                2. Pulisic
                                3. Ings
                                4. Robertson

                                1. Sailboats
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  1

                                2. the dom 1
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Tough decision

                                  1. TAB
                                    • 2 Years
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    My team

                                    Hendo
                                    TAA-Robbo-Soy-Lund
                                    KDB-Mane-Maddison
                                    Tammy-Ings-Vardy

                                    Button-Pulisic-Guendouzi-Lowton

                                    1FT

                                3. # Young Gun SEAMUS #
                                  • 7 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  2

                              • Fpl-king
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Son or Alli?

                                1. the dom 1
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  I went with Ali for a 1 week punt.

                                2. Pomp and Circumstance
                                  • 8 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  they're both good; Mourinho appears to rate Alli highly (says he should be playing second striker position) and he has been in form

                                  it might be good having both in a few weeks, with one of them for now

                                  1. King Kun Ta
                                    • 4 Years
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    Oops too late...have both of them allready! 🙂

                              • Syd.
                                • 10 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                When his manager says he is an incredible player it usually means he is getting benched.

                                Right?

                                1. ‘Tis the Season
                                  • 1 Year
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Phil Foden is that you..

                              • Whats the Mata?
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                RP:

                                Which one would you bench?
                                A. Lund
                                B. Soy
                                C. Kelly

                                1. MoManeTaa
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  soy

                                2. TAB
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Soy

                              • Zlatanzo
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Would you start Martial this week, bench or sell?

                                  1. TAB
                                    • 2 Years
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    Sell

                                • Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Order on the bench is good:

                                  kelly, cantwell, soyuncu

                                  Or should I change?

                                  1. TAB
                                    • 2 Years
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    Soy first

                                • Champions united
                                  • 3 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Play cantwell or lunds
                                  Or douglas >zaha and play zaha 1 ft left

                                  1. King Kun Ta
                                    • 4 Years
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    Lunds

                                • SHOWSTOPPERRR
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Is vardy on any sorts of record??gonna decide who to put the armband on..

                                  1. Pukki Party
                                    • 2 Years
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    His own record of most consecutive goals?

                                    1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                                      • 2 Years
                                      1 month, 13 days ago

                                      Okkk

                                  2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                    • 6 Years
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    On road to break his own record of scoring in 11 consecutive games (I guess!)

                                    Currently on 7

                                    1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                                      • 2 Years
                                      1 month, 13 days ago

                                      Thanks

                                • the dom 1
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Last one.

                                  Would u do Roberto > Gazzaniga for free?

                                  Other GK is Pope.

                                  Or roll FT.

                                  1. The_Fish
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 1 Year
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    Roll.

                                • King Kun Ta
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Pope to

                                  A Guaita
                                  B Henderson
                                  C Ryan

                                  Kelly and Lund allready in my team! Ta!

                                  1. TAB
                                    • 2 Years
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    Guaita

                                  2. The_Fish
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 1 Year
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    I’ve gone for double blades but tbh no-one is keeping regular clean sheets except Leicester right now so probably doesn’t matter who you pick.

                                    1. King Kun Ta
                                      • 4 Years
                                      1 month, 13 days ago

                                      Keep Pope then and roll over my FT?

                                  3. Abra Dubravka
                                    • 1 Year
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    Keep Pope.
                                    I had Hendo and Lund but didn’t like to double up

                                • The_Fish
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Everyone captaining Vardy again?

                                  1. Aleksei
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 1 Year
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    it's between him and Alli for me

                                    1. The_Fish
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 1 Year
                                      1 month, 13 days ago

                                      Going for Vardy because owning Alli is differential enough.

                                  2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                    • 6 Years
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    Based on captaincy polls it looks distributed between Mane, Vardy, son

                                • pjanns
                                  • 3 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  GTG?? Hope you all have a good GW. 🙂

                                  Henderson
                                  TAA - Soy - Lunds
                                  Mane - KDB - Son - Maddison
                                  Jiminez - Vardy - Abraham

                                  Cantwell - Rico - Montoya

                                  1 FT, 0,9ITB

                                  thanks a lot!

                                  1. TAB
                                    • 2 Years
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    GTG

                                    1. pjanns
                                      • 3 Years
                                      1 month, 13 days ago

                                      Thanks!