Scout Notes

Why Lundstram and Sheffield United struggled against Newcastle

Sheffield United 0-2 Newcastle United

  • Goals: Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.4m), Jonjo Shelvey (£5.0m)
  • Assists: Javier Manquillo (£4.3m), Andy Carroll (£5.4m)
  • Bonus: Manquillo x3, Martin Dubrakva (£5.0m) x2, Shelvey x1

Newcastle United didn’t read the script on Thursday evening as they ended Sheffield United’s seven-match unbeaten league run and inflicted the heaviest home defeat on Chris Wilder’s side since January 2017.

The Blades’ fixture against Steve Bruce’s team was one of the more attractive-looking matches of Gameweek 15, particularly from a defensive perspective.

Newcastle are bottom or second-bottom for shots in the box, big chances and overall efforts on goal this season, while only Leicester City have kept more clean sheets than Wilder’s troops in 2019/20.

Fantasy managers were certainly keen on the encounter, with Dean Henderson (£4.7m) the most-bought goalkeeper of this Gameweek.

John Lundstram (£5.1m) was already a popular option, of course, but his ownership and price hit a season-high ahead of this fixture, with just under 90,000 more Fantasy Premier League managers transferring him in.

Over 16,000 maverick FPL bosses even handed the armband to Lundstram for this plum home game.

Allan Saint-Maximin‘s (£5.4m) 15th-minute header sent millions of clean sheets up in smoke, however, with Jonjo Shelvey (£5.0m) rubbing salt into the wounds when racing clear to double the lead midway through the second half – more on that controversial goal in a bit.

It wasn’t any better for owners of Lys Mousset (£5.1m), who was the most-bought FPL asset of Gameweek 15.

He and strike partner David McGoldrick (£5.4m) were both rested for this encounter, emerging from the bench late in the game for frustrating one-point cameos.

It’s all too easy to apply retrospective narratives to freak results (if we can call it that) such as these.

Some may argue that Wilder shouldn’t have rested two in-the-groove strikers in one fell swoop, especially as understudy Billy Sharp (£5.6m) hadn’t started a league game all season.

Sharp and Oli McBurnie (£5.7m) were a fairly static strike pairing, with McGoldrick’s link-up play and Mousset’s pace missed.

Others may point to the fact that the Blades boss has barely changed his other nine first-team regulars at all, with fatigue something to watch out for in December as the fixture pile-up catches up with this impressive Sheffield United side.

Perhaps the truth of the matter was that this game was so unlike anything that had gone before this season, with the hosts suddenly finding themselves an early goal down, with the majority of the ball and camped in Newcastle’s half.

Sheffield United averaged 41.1% possession and 137.9 passes in the opposition half per Premier League match before Thursday night.

Against Bruce’s backs-to-the-wall Geordies, those figures shot up to 72.7% and 362 respectively.

All of a sudden the boot was on the other foot and a Blades side so adept at soaking up pressure and hitting teams with dynamic, direct attacks had to find a way of patiently breaking down a five-man defence.

There were chances, it has to be said: Martin Dubravka (£5.0m) was forced into a superb stop to keep out a McBurnie header and made some other camera-friendly saves to repel a deflected Enda Stevens (£5.1m) drive, an Oliver Norwood (£4.9m) free-kick and another McBurnie header after the break.

The sustained possession didn’t really lead to many clear-cut opportunities (the first McBurnie header aside), though, and Shelvey’s goal killed the contest stone-dead with a quarter of the game still to play.

The Newcastle midfielder’s strike was the source of much debate, with an offside flag on Andy Carroll (£5.4m) prompting everyone bar Shelvey and match referee Stuart Attwell to halt proceedings (Henderson doing his best Fabian Barthez impression) and allow the former Swansea man to race clear and finish coolly.

A referral to the VAR saw the offside call overruled, with Wilder furious on the sidelines.

The Sheffield United boss said later:

This game in a heartbeat has changed. This game now is completely different to what I experienced as a 16-year-old lad as an apprentice. I don’t know where it is going and it is sucking the life out of me and the supporters.

I was told at the start of the season that the linesman would not put his flag up and let it go. He put his flag up and the referee was about to blow his whistle. Everyone in the ground stopped. Jonjo Shelvey even nonchalantly went up and took an opportunity. His body language said to me he had seen the linesman had put the flag up and he was going to be offside.

I want to be talking about our first season back in the Premier League. I want to talk about trying to break down a team like Newcastle – to talk about football and not yet again VAR.

Reflecting on the game itself, Wilder said:

I’m okay with the performance. With the ball, I thought we played very well. I should imagine that’s the most we’ve dominated any team in terms of possession this season.

But, as I’ve said all along, possession doesn’t win you games. Goals do. We were desperately disappointed with the goal we conceded and then missed a few chances ourselves.

Newcastle are a curious bunch, boasting one of the least-potent attacks in the division yet sitting comfortably in 11th after impressive wins over the likes of Manchester United, Spurs and Sheffield United, to go with Saturday’s 2-2 draw against the reigning champions.

Earlier this season we wrote that the Magpies look much more comfortable when playing in Rafael Benitez’s 5-4-1, with Steve Bruce’s early-season experiments with a 3-5-2 and 4-4-2 bringing heavy beatings and disjointed displays.

To Bruce’s credit, he has revisited the tactics of his predecessor, which undoubtedly play to Newcastle’s strengths: i.e. their defence.

This was the Magpies’ fourth clean sheet of the season (not an outstanding figure but still more than Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United have managed) and, yet again, there was a defender involved in one of their goals: Javier Manquillo (£4.3m) crossing for Saint-Maximin to break the deadlock.

While Miguel Almiron (£5.8m) continues to beaver away to little avail and Joelinton (£5.7m) awaits his first goal since August (he was benched for Carroll at Bramall Lane), the Magpies do at least have some creative quality in the form of Shelvey and Saint-Maximin.

Neither really nailed down a start until a couple of months ago but the pair do add a dash of flair to an otherwise workmanlike side.

Budget FPL asset Shelvey here scored his third goal in five Gameweeks and continues to impress in a midfield two, something he had struggled with previously under Benitez.

The exciting Saint-Maximin finally added an end product to his hugely watchable trickery, meanwhile, opening his Newcastle account from Manquillo’s cross.

The Frenchman has been playing through the pain barrier of late and was pictured with ice on his ankle after the game, telling reporters:

In England, you have to walk out when you have some pain. It’s what I do. I started thinking I wouldn’t go and then I told the coach I wanted to play. Even if I have pain, I got one goal and we won.

Bruce picked out Carroll and Dubrakva for praise, saying:

Andy Carroll can be crucial for us. It’s pretty evident, and I think everyone can see that he needs games but he’s got through 65 minutes.

Martin has pulled off some great saves and kept us in it at a crucial time. It’s not bad to have a goalkeeper in such a rich vein of form.

Dubravka is now the joint-fourth leading points-scorer among goalkeepers this season.

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  1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Last Man Standing GW15 🏆 (1979 teams)

    Safety score = 46
    Top score = 89
    LMS average = 58.05 (-0.51) = 57.54

    174 teams to be removed.
    1805 through to GW16.
    Congrats to all the survivors 🙂

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Thanks TM.

    2. chriscosta
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      thanks for update : )

      Am still going strong
      how many will be removed next round ?

      1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        8% so minimum 145
        GWs 17-20 are 9% out.

    3. Jack Burton
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Thanks

  2. semiconductor
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Thats my team with 2 FTs

    Hendo
    Roberstson-Soy-Lundstram-Kelly-Rico
    Salah-Sterling-Pulisic-Maddison-Dendo
    Vardy-Tammy-Jiminez

    What would you do? Want Mane but maybe after the blank week?

    1. xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Salah to Mane should have been done a month ago, still needs to be done today

      1. Jon Snow
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Now you can even you the extra funds to invest elsewhere haha

    2. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Mane could miss out at the weekend, Klopp rested Mane, and Firmino mid week

      1. Houldsworth Hatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        No he didn't. He rested Salah and Firmino mid week 😉

        1. chriscosta
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          i think that what he meant : )
          yeah i want to captain mane tomorrow but worried he many be benched, not sure want to do !!

  3. Tonyawesome69
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Morning all, need some help on what to do with this team after a poor GW. Only just brought in zaha and jimi so will keep for now

    what about connolly > moussett or dunk/willem > evans?

    I think dunk and willem are ticking along well and good differential and cheap options so leaning towards the mousset transfer.

    1ft 1.4itb
    ryan
    TAA lundy willem
    mane maddi KDB son zaha
    jimi vardy

  4. Pino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    If you have to chose 1 for rest of desember:

    A) Rashford
    B) Abraham

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Abraham

    2. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      I've gone with both

  5. KUNingas
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Morning. 2FTs and 0.7 ITB

    A) Martial + Targett -> Alli + Kelly
    B) Martial + Connolly -> Cantwell + Abraham
    C) Martial + Connolly -> Mount + Ings
    D) Martial -> Pulisic

    Ryan
    TAA, Soyuncu, Lund
    Mane, KDB, Son, Maddison, Martial
    Vardy, Jimenez

    Button, Connolly, Rico, Targett

    1. chriscosta
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      targett got so good gmaes coming up, i would stick
      as you got son i would go for martial - > pulisic from them picks

  6. The Overthinker
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Start one of
    A) Egan
    B) dan James

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      James

    2. chriscosta
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      b

  7. xHaTr
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    2FT 1.3 ITB Struggling to think of an obvious move here, could I possibly burn it?

    Pope
    Lundstram TAA Soyuncu
    Son Mane Maddison KDB
    Vardy Ings Jimenez

    Button Cantwell Rico Ming

    1. Boz
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Nice team

      Pope to Hendo or Ryan?

    2. TheTinman
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Rico to Kelly

    3. KUNingas
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Jim -> Tammy?

    4. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Pope to Ryan, Guaita or Schmeichel

    5. xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Thanks for replies! Tempted to do pope to guaita but not sure about the 5.0 goalkeeper, and also thinking about getting tammy back but not sure I can ditch Jimenez or Ings at the moment!

    6. chriscosta
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      tammy in

      wolves are on a go run atm, but fixture aint great though

      so i guess for raul

  8. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Bench?

    A) Tielemans (avl)
    B) Cantwell (SHU)

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      I'm guessing that you might have your decision made for you with Tielemans having a rest. I'm selling him.

      1. TheTinman
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Looking to get rid too

      2. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Yeah he's been very disappointing.

        Who do you plan to sell him for?

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          I have a 6.7m cash pot burning a hole in my pocket so in theory I could get anyone but it's almost certain to be Alli or Son. I might even take a hit and get both.

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            9 months, 29 days ago

            Yeah easy decision.
            I got Alli in for Mount already so Grealish is my only other option with the money I have.
            I like Grealish but would want to wait till GW18 to get him and I kind of prefer Cantwell's fixture this week.

            1. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              9 months, 29 days ago

              Sensible thoughts. I'm also looking at Villa assets, including defence, from GW18. Grealish's stats look very impressive for that price and he's playing well up the pitch.

              1. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                9 months, 29 days ago

                Yup I agree he's a great option and im hoping he stays under the radar for the next 2 games.
                Cheers for your thoughts good luck for the upcoming gameweek!

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Cantwell.

    3. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Cantwell

    4. chriscosta
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Bench A

      i sold tielemans for grealish

  9. Gunner Boy
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Which is better?

    A- Saka > Grealish or Saint Maxim with a FT ( bench Cantwell)
    B- Play Cantwell and save FT

    1. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      A with Grealish

    2. chriscosta
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      saint Maxim is a interesting player !!

      but i not sure for if it good getting him, he may frustrate you

  10. davies
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    First sub:

    A) Cantwell (SHU)
    B) Kelly (wat)

    1. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Kelly

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      A

  11. tibollom
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    hey guys, 2 FT and 0.4 ITB.. what to do?

    Heaton Button
    TAA Rico Chilwell Dunk Lunds
    Mane KDB Zaha McGin Son
    vardy Tammy greenwood

  12. balint84
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    captain vardy or son?

    1. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Vardy still

    2. chriscosta
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      son

  13. Royal5
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Martial/Lacazette >

    A) Son/Ings
    B) Maddison/Rashford

    1. KUNingas
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Already have Alli?

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        No. Think he's better than Son?

  14. Houldsworth Hatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Has the poster Minus Four been around? Not seen any posts from him lately. Interested to know his strategy this season with so many big hitters failing. I followed his advice and strategy last season with great success. Struggling to get anywhere this season and sitting at 894k. Would be interested to know his strategy this season

  15. ZeBestee
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Abraham sellers, should we consider bringing him back straight into our teams?

    1. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      I have

      1. ZeBestee
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        For who?

      2. Houldsworth Hatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Jimenez

    2. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Not necessarily, many good ootions around like Ings, Mousset, Jimenez etc

    3. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      I'd like to have him back in my team this week but I'm not sure if it's worth a -4 for Jimenez. That transfer is certainly possible for gw17 though.

    4. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 29 days ago

      I'm getting him for BOU

    5. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      No, Rashford is the man with lovely fixtures.

    6. PlumaPiedra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      I prefer Jimmys fixture this week so gonna do it next week instead but yeah, I'm getting him back.

  16. FootballFanatic365- BOOM Xh…
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    mous + CAhill > Kelly + Abraham ?

    1. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      I am keeping Mousset for the Norwich game, last chance for him. If he fails then he is out of my team.

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Returned points in 5 of the last 7, don't own him but sounds a bit harsh.

        1. ZeBestee
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          Don't like players who are rotated.

          1. PlumaPiedra
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 29 days ago

            It was one rest. Can't see it happening again any time soon. Every player will have at least one game they are rested this season, so may as well sell them all?

    2. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Cahill should play, no?

  17. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Morning,
    Need to finally get rid of Lowton this GW, frustrating to watch everyone getting jammy Rico and Kelly points. So who's the best 4.5 pick short term:

    A) Kelly
    B) Rico
    C) Clark
    D) Saiss
    E)Fernandez
    F) Other??

    Cheers

    1. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      A

    2. KUNingas
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      I took Targett last week. Planned to get Kelly but changed minute before deadline

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Targett good option too, txs. Ideally looking for good cs odds also this GW, though

    3. balint84
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      d, if he nailed

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Good option long term, I think

    4. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Anyone else thinking Mane could be rested at the weekend? As Salah and Firmino were rested mid week.

      Thinking Mane to Salah (C)

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Definitely a chance, I'm a bit nervous as Mane owner

      2. Basil1977
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Sorry was mean't to post not reply to your post.
        Guilbert for me 4.4

  18. GW16 DS stats, Fixture and clean sheet odds
    G-Whizz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    GW16 DS stats, fixtures and clean sheet odds

    Liverpool (543DS) beat Everton 5-2, Arsenal (431DS) lost 2-1 to Brighton at the Emirates and Chelsea (414DS) beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Stamford Bridge. Finally Manchester City (412DS) beat Burnley 4-1 away at Turf Moor. Just under the radar came Leicester (305DS) and they beat Watford 2-0.

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/21219576

    MCY: 397
    LIV: 366
    TOT: 332
    LEI: 221
    WLV: 164
    NEW:155
    CRY: 140
    CHE: 139
    SHU: 93
    ARS: 41
    WHU: -41
    NOR: -93
    EVE: -139
    WAT: -140
    SOT: -155
    BOU: -164
    AVL: -221
    BUR: -332
    BHA: -366
    MUN: -397

    (Doosra gives a more detailed explanation of these numbers here http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/16458109)

    Only two fixtures make the grade this week as Manchester City (397DS) show up first as they welcome Manchester United to the Ethiad followed by Liverpool (366DS) who travel to Bournemouth. Just under the radar appear Tottenham (332DS) as they face Burnley at home.

    GW16 fixture odds can be found here:
    http://prntscr.com/q6z0tv
    (Provided by Betbrain)

    GW15 clean sheets
    MCY: 55% ❌
    LEI: 52% ✅
    SHU: 50% ❌
    CHE: 48% ❌
    LIV: 48% ❌
    WOL: 42% ✅
    ARS: 37% ❌
    SOT: 35% ❌
    CPL: 34% ✅
    MUN: 28% ❌
    TOT: 28% ❌
    NEW: 25% ✅
    BOU: 24% ❌
    WHU: 20% ❌
    NOR: 17% ❌
    BRI: 14% ❌
    WAT: 13% ❌
    EVE: 12% ❌
    BUR: 9% ❌
    AST: 8% ❌

    GW16 clean sheet odds
    MCY: 45%
    TOT: 43%
    LIV: 39%
    WAT: 33%
    BRI: 32%
    WOL: 32%
    LEI: 31%
    CHE: 30%
    NEW: 30%
    SOT: 30%
    SHU: 28%
    CPL: 27%
    ARS: 25%
    NOR: 24%
    EVE: 20%
    AST: 17%
    WHU: 16%
    BOU: 12%
    BUR: 12%
    MUN: 10%
    (Provided by Betbrain)

    @StatOnScout provided a great tweet in answer to the question of how this season's clean sheets compare to last season's...

    https://twitter.com/gwhizz420/status/1200657912709951488?s=20

    Have a great GW people, and may your arrows be green 🙂

    G

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      I think Brighton/Bournemouth are in the wrong Positions?

    2. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Liverpool vs Bournemouth

  19. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Out:
    1) Pulisic
    2) Maddison
    3) KDB

    In:
    A) Tammy
    B) Rashford

    Cheers!

    1. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      I'd keep that midfield. Given his ownership I think you need Tammy.

    2. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      2B

    3. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      3A

    4. Atimis
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Getting rid of Auba and want to bring Dele with 2FTs

  20. Bruno Commando
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Best captain for this weekend?

    1) Mane
    2) Kane
    3) Alli
    4) Vardy
    5) Tammy

    1. tibollom
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      1

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Cap 4. Sell 2.

    3. chriscosta
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      am on 1 atm

      but worried that he may be benched (Due to last game salah and firmino were benched), will wait to last sec before deciding

  21. tibollom
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Still have all my jokers, would you WC this team ? I have 2 FT and 0.4 ITB

    Heaton Button
    TAA Rico Chillwell Lunds Dunk
    KDB Mane McGin Son Zaha
    Vardy Tammy Greenwood

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      running out of time.

      GL

      1. tibollom
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        thanks.. you think this teams need to be WC or do I wait until the busy xmas time?

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          No idea. All I know is the impact of the first WC is getting less and less as every week fly by. Very soon most will use their 2nd WC I suppose.

          Xmas is tricky, even with a WC.

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      It's not essential that you play your wildcard this week, but if it were me I'd do it. Restructure. Reset the core for the next 6 weeks.

  22. Basil1977
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Anyone else thinking Mane could be rested at the weekend? As Salah and Firmino were rested mid week.

    Thinking Mane to Salah (C)

    1. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Defo could, worried about captaining him.

    2. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      stop 2nd guessing the team sheets. Face it, Salah is not worth it this year.

      1. n14mul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Game is all about guessing the team sheet. But yes there is a risk of benching or at least reduced minutes

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          ok, so you might get lucky this week with Salah. And then? You sitting with no Mane next week.

          GL

      2. Basil1977
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Salah hasn't been as good since the Leicester injury, i'll admit that been he is a great differential captain pick fully rested

    3. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      I have both so I can easily go with Salah this week and not worry about losing Mane. Not sure if I would sell Mane for Salah though. Probably not worth it. Just captain someone else.

  23. Silva Sacking Implications
    zøphar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Marco Silva's departure ahead of gameweek 16 has seen Duncan Ferguson appointed as caretaker manager for their game against Chelsea.

    Many of us are scrambling to bring in Abraham ahead of this fixture , but with this latest news , do we expect an improved performance from the Toffees ? As we have seen at Arsenal that is not always the case. I was going to take a hit to bring Tammy in but I am not so sure now.

    How has this news impacted your plans for gameweek 16?

    1. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      DCL (c)

    2. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      My thoughts exactly. Usually.get a reaction after a manager departure......that is as.long as you are not Arsenal!!!

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Maybe from the attackers, but they won't learn how to defend in 2 days. Especially not by Duncan Ferguson.

        1. n14mul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          On this case do I take a hit to get Tammy back in?

          1. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            9 months, 29 days ago

            Probably not for a hit. Depending on who else is involved.

            1. n14mul
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 29 days ago

              Well as chilwell is flagged would be chilwell and ings to soy and tammy

        2. zøphar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          Yeah I don't expect much to change tactically but would at least expect more commitment from the players.
          Also if they concede early, they might really open up since they're at home and we could see a high scoring match

          1. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            9 months, 29 days ago

            Could defo be high scoring.

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      I'm waiting until after the ECL match to get Tammy

      1. POLSKA GOLA
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        This

    4. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Who would you take out for the hit?

      Even before Everton away isn’t a walk in the park regardless of form.

      1. zøphar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        I would be selling Connolly , but would be benching grealish then. Might need him anyways though with so much rotation expected

      2. n14mul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        As above my change would be chilwell and ings to soy and Tammy

    5. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Plain and simple Everton fixtures are atrocious

    6. Captain Kakaroto (I blame R…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      They were shambles at the back. Can anyone shed some light on Duncen? For those of us who doesnt familiar with him.

    7. Bird Raymond
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Don't break into Big Dunc's house!

      "In 2001 two burglars broke into Ferguson's home in Rufford, between Liverpool and Preston, at night. Ferguson confronted them and was able to detain one of them who subsequently spent three days in hospital...Two years later Ferguson caught another burglar in his home in Formby; the burglar attacked Ferguson, who retaliated; the burglar, who was hospitalised."

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        lol - though if you do live in a big house near Liverpool you probably do have to be like John Wick to avoid getting all your stuff nicked by the locals.

      2. jpb333
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        He's also been to prison for headbutting an opponent when he was playing for Rangers. Google him and Stefan Freund for a bit of strangling. You don't mess with Big Dunc!

    8. Bayer Lewa Kun Son
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 29 days ago

      I did it

  24. Klopp it
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Two free transfers but 0itb any ideas? I dont want to take pope out lol

    Pope
    Taa, lundstram, Pereira
    Kdb, maddison, mane, Pulisic,
    Ings, vardy, abraham

    Bench, mcgovern, O'Connell
    Cathcart, cantwell

    1. Tamagotchi Massacre
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      You look pretty good so maybe just one and roll the other

      How about targett or guilbert as decent cover for 18/19

    2. Tamagotchi Massacre
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Either that or get the spurs in

  25. n14mul
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Morning,

    Any news on chilwell?

  26. The Legend Squad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Probably wouldn’t. Use the 2FT and save the WC till after the Christmas period.

  27. Burger_and_Chips
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Morning all,

    Team good to go for next GW. 1FT and 0.1ITB.

    Do I save FT or get rid of Ederson perhaps for Palace or Sheet Utd GK? Tempted to save Salah after being rested. Best captain pick?

    Ederson

    Robertson Soyuncu Lundstram

    Salah KDB Ali Pulisic

    Tammy Vardy (C) Jimenez

    Bench - Button, Williems, Dunk, Dendondunker

  28. Super Squirrel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    draft league related question:

    Should i continue to hold out for Eriksen to be started OR drop him for punts? (such as yarmolenko, fleck, gross, rodri - admittedly not much better).

  29. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Morning gorgeous!
    Got 2FTs, one I think I will do Janmaat to Kelly. But what about the other one?

    A) Button to Martin
    B) Pope to Ryan
    C) Tomori to Aurier
    D) Save other FT

    Thanks

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Sell Kane

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Not with Burnley at home next!

        1. Hot Toddy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 29 days ago

          I'd sell him if it was Norwich at home.

  30. Noé Pamarot
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Morning all.

    Worst season I've ever had by a country mile. Seeing if there is anything I can do to at least finish respectably now.

    Pope Button
    TAA Lundstram Rico Diop Janmaat
    Mane Pulisic KDB Maddison Saka
    Ings Vardy Jimenez

    0FT 2.3 ITB

    Appreciate any further move I make will be a -4 but thinking I need to get rid of some of the utter dross/non-starters. Think I also need to break away from template type players. Would you:

    1. Diop/Janmaat > Evans/Soy. Or any other more rogue choices in that price range eg Willems.
    2. Saka > Grealish and have a benching headache.
    3. Risk it and do something like KDB > Alli/Son.
    4. Pope > Guaita
    5. Do not take a further hit.

    Cheers in advance. Always so impressed by the help from this community.

    1. Noé Pamarot
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Sorry for the long boring message also!

    2. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      Nothing wrong with your team. Maybe ne3d to do A. Need a stronger defender so soy is a good shout

      1. Noé Pamarot
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Cheers! You think Soy is definitely the better option over Evans? Only ask as they are exactly the same price and Evans is more of a differential.

    3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 29 days ago

      4 is a good safe differential. Grealish is a great option but could you lose someone else?

      1. Noé Pamarot
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 29 days ago

        Thanks for the reply. When you say lose someone else, do you mean one of the more expensive guys? Possibly Maddison?