Scout Notes

Rashford and Martial reward patience in big win over Newcastle

Manchester United players rewarded the patience shown by owners in Gameweek 19.

Despite losing at Watford and going behind against Newcastle, they went on to win 4-1 at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, owners of Sheffield United defenders were left disappointed by Watford getting a breakaway goal at Bramall Lane.

We’ve got all the latest Fantasy Premier League talking points from those two matches in this Scout Notes article.

Man United 4-1 Newcastle

Goals: Anthony Martial x2 (£7.7m), Mason Greenwood (£4.3m), Marcus Rashford (£9.1m) | Matthew Longstaff (£4.5m)

Assists: Andreas Pereira (£4.9m), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.3m) | Joelinton (£5.6m)

Bonus Points: Martial x3, Greenwood x2, Wan-Bissaka x1

Manchester United attacking assets went some way to disproving the theory that they can only deliver against bigger clubs as they thrashed Newcastle 4-1 on Boxing Day.

Following a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Watford, Fantasy managers were perhaps a little less trusting of Marcus Rashford (£9.1m) and Anthony Martial (£7.7m) but, despite a disappointing start to their Gameweek 19 match, the Red Devils responded ruthlessly.

Martial bagged himself a brace for a 15-point haul and arguably could have netted a hat-trick while Rashford nodded home his 11th league goal of the campaign and scored six points.

While Newcastle did gift two goals to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, seeing them take apart a side that had, to some extent, set themselves up to defend should encourage owners of Manchester United attackers.

They had been accused of not being able to break down compact sides recently but did it perfectly at Old Trafford.

Crucially, the fact that Manchester United were 4-1 up around the hour-mark provided Solskjaer with the opportunity to rest Rashford and Martial in the final 30 minutes – all but securing both starts and relatively fresh bodies for the two players ahead of their Gameweek 20 trip to Burnley.

Owners may feel considerably more positive about that match after Manchester United’s Boxing Day exploits. Not only did they punish Newcastle, Burnley have also conceded at least three times in each of their last four against last season’s top-six.

Solskjaer’s men could be further boosted at Turf Moor by a first start since returning from injury for Paul Pogba (£8.4m).

For the second league match in a row, the Frenchman featured as a second-half substitute at Old Trafford on Boxing Day but an injury to Scott McTominay (£5.1m), as well as 45 minutes against Newcastle, may see him come into the team on Saturday.

“Paul (Pogba) it’s too early to demand too much of him. He’s worked really hard but then it’s been a long lay off. We’ll have to drip feed him in and gradually play him more and more.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Having said that, Solskjaer did hand starts on Boxing Day to Andreas Pereira (£4.9m) and Mason Greenwood (£4.3m) in more attacking roles than was afforded to Pogba.

“Andreas (Pereira) and Mason (Greenwood) have done well and they’ll give us fresh legs.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Therefore, with McTominay potentially out for a prolonged period, as is possible, Pogba may well find himself deployed in a deeper role than Fantasy managers would like.

“(McTominay) has done his ligament in the knee. Don’t know how bad. Biggest heart of the lot. Played until half-time. Not sure if he will be fit for Saturday. Probably not.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): de Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Lindelöf, Wan-Bissaka; Fred, McTominay (Pogba 46′); Rashford (Lingard 63′), A Pereira, Greenwood; Martial (Mata 67′).

Newcastle United XI (3-5-2): Dúbravka; Lejeune, Fernández, Schär (Krafth 88′); Willems, Almirón (Yedlin 63′), S Longstaff, M Longstaff, Maquillo; Gayle (Atsu 59′), Joelinton.

Sheffield United 1-1 Watford

Goals: Oliver Norwood (£4.9m) | Gerard Deulofeu (£6.1m)

Assists: George Baldock (£5.0m) | Nathaniel Chalobah (£4.4m)

Bonus Points: Norwood x3, Chalobah x2, Baldock x1

Amid heavy backing for Gameweek 19, the Sheffield United defence was let down by a rare lapse of concentration against Watford.

As per usual, the Blades gave little quarter in their latest Premier League match, restricting the Hornets, typically goal-shy anyway, to just five shots, three in the box and two on target.

Despite that, and registering 12 penalty area shots of their own, Chris Wilder’s men were unable to find a way to win.

The roughly 80,000 Fantasy managers who captained John Lundstram (£5.2m) can certainly feel somewhat unfortunate not to get returns at either end of the pitch.

As already mentioned, Watford managed to make the most of their only big chance of the game, Gerard Deulofeu (£6.1m), deployed on the flanks of attacking midfield, converting at Dean Henderson‘s (£4.8m) near-post after going through on goal from a Nathaniel Chalobah (£4.4m) pass.

By comparison, John Egan (£4.5m) had four chances inside the Watford box but could not get any of them on target, while Ben Foster (£4.8m) did well to stop Oli McBurnie (£5.7m) twice.

“My players were really not at it today as well as they have been. These are precious points in the Premier League and we will take one and move on. We have a positive result even if it was not one of our best and most positive performances. We never played with our drive and energy that got us into this position. If you’re not at full tilt, you will not get the result you want.” – Chris Wilder

While Sheffield United were disappointed not to win at Bramall Lane, Nigel Pearson continues to be pleased with the progress being made at Watford since he took over.

During his short tenure, the Hornets have claimed four points from a possible nine against Liverpool, Manchester United and this season’s surprise package in the Blades.

With Gameweek 20 pitting Watford against Aston Villa who, despite a Boxing Day clean sheet at home to Norwich, have been poor at the back this year, we should keep an eye on their assets as they continue to improve.

“We were far from at our best today. But what should give us encouragement is even when we have not been playing as fluently as we can do, we get something out of it. We still have enough time and games to affect our own season, and it is as simple as that in my view.” – Nigel Pearson

Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): D Henderson; O’Connell, Egan, Basham; Stevens, Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram, Baldock; McGoldrick, McBurnie (Mousset 63′).

Watford XI (4-2-3-1): Foster; Femenía, Cathcart, Kabasele, Mariappa; Hughes, Capoue; Deulofeu, Chalobah (Dawson 89′), Sarr (Pereyra 46′); Deeney (A Gray 80′).

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2,334 Comments Post a Comment
  1. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    A bit stuck so any help would be much appreciated:

    Henderson
    Aurier Soyuncu Rico
    KDB Mane Salah Grealish
    Abraham Vardy Jimenez

    McGovern Kelly Lundstram Dendoncker

    1 FT, 0 ITB

    1. Henderson >> Ramsdale / Ryan
    2. Kelly Tammy >> TAA Greenwood (-4)
    3. Save

    Thanks

    1. Tamagotchi Massacre
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Serge Aurier has no brain. I feel like he's gonna be history

      1. Royal5
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Headless chicken for sure. But only 4 points total less than Digne.

        1. Tamagotchi Massacre
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Is this a good thing? Digne has a rubbish total and he has less!?!?

          The are so many great options. Laying out 5m+ on a spurs defender is currently unjustifiable

          1. Royal5
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Don't own him but the better and cheaper options are the likes of SheffU and Burnley maybe. And they have awful fixtures. Aurier has returned OK recently.

    2. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      2 is what I did and will play 4-4-2

    3. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I did 1 with Ryan as didn't want do double up with Rico.

    4. B.D.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Save

  2. Winston.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    For how long Kelly is nailed ? Until mid January?

  3. Halftime
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Guilbert didn't play for me this week, best max 4.6 defender to get? Rico should be back in the new GW I suppose, or maybe Palace defense?

    1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Rico

    2. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Rico. Fixtures are great

    3. Sicaholic
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Brighton fixtures improving.
      Maybe holgate for 4.4m?

  4. Sicaholic
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Bottomed.
    Best option to start every week
    A. Maupay
    B. DCL
    C. Others?

  5. HurriKane
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    19 - Since the start of last season, Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold has provided 19 assists in the Premier League, more than any other player.

    TAA non owners are you ignoring him still?

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Bought him last night. Couldn’t ignore him any more

      1. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Nice. Stubborness wont get you any where. Look at Mark Sutherns who has been ignoring Vardy and his rank keeps on plummeting

        1. LosBlancos
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          I'm the same as Mark in that aspect, kept faith in TAA all along but didn't get Vardy at all (esp because I was considering him before the 9-0 game and I just felt bitter for not pulling the trigger on Pukki and my money itb at the time).
          But it's not just stubbornness, Vardy was over performing big time and outside of the extra man games Lei didn't impress too much - so it's a bunch of reasons behind it, as well as with Mark I imagine.

        2. Tamagotchi Massacre
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          To be fair it's more complicated than just that, but yeah, definitely a big factor when other captains were proving unreliable. Looks like he's on a better week this week though

    2. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      *3 goals and 23 fpl assist btw

    3. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      The non owners has been leading the game for a while tbf. Trent hasn't really retuned that much for a while, considering his price.

    4. Sicaholic
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I just sold him on my wc after his haul

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Brave soul

    5. Tamagotchi Massacre
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Nothing to be smug about. Plenty of players provided better value and anyone who made the right choices has quite possibly for a bigger jump in 18 games then owners got last night. Owner here

  6. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    A) Alli and Grealish
    B) Maddisson and Martial

    1. Halftime
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      A for me

    2. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      A

    3. Peteex
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      A If you have Vardy and Rashford

    4. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Nothing in it for me

  7. Nespinha
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    2 week punt on young Ismaila Sarr.

    did I drink to much wine over christmas?

    1. Halftime
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      He's very talented, could be a good option

    2. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Id rather prefer zaha as a 2 week punt

      1. Nespinha
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Watford have two promising fixtures

  8. Bubbles1985
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    How does this WC look?
    Feedback appreciated!!

    Ramsdale Button
    TAA Soy Rico Kelly Lund
    Mane KDB Alli Zaha Cantwell
    Vardy Rashford DCL

    Leaves me with 0.0 itb...

    1. Winston.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Zaha to Grealish..

    2. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Not Zaha...

    3. Stoichkov#8
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Zaha > Grealish
      also DCL > Ings but not nesesary

    4. Bubbles1985
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Thanks for replies, V2 incoming...

  9. BNMC
    1 month, 21 days ago

    So are we G2G?

    Ryan
    Rico Soyuncu Willems
    Mane Alli KDB Grealish
    Vardy Jimenez DCL

    I have enough money to bring TAA in now but it will cost me a -4.

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Wouldn’t do it for a hit imo

  10. Tshelby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Any suggestions?

    1FT/2.2 ITB

    Pope, button
    TAA, Kiko, Lundstram, Kelly, soyunco
    Mané, Richarlison, Alli, kdb, hayden
    Ings, Jiménez, Vardy

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      You could easily hold. Jimi to Rash or Rich to Martial if you fancy a utd asset, or a Pope move?

  11. Marty McFly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Pope
    TAA Chilwell Tomori Lundy Rico
    Salah KDB Maddison Pulisic Dendo
    Vardy Rashford Ings

    1ft. 0.5itb.

    Pulisic > Martial seems the most obvious move?

    1. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Yup

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Nice to have such a clear one. Like it.

  12. fr3d
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Next gw will be interesting if Mane, KdB, Alli, Abraham and Vardy get their rest

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Ings to the rescue!

    2. LosBlancos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Mane had his rest recently, he's a professional footballer - he'll play.
      Alli is fresh, not the same with KDB Abra and Vardy tho - but don't think Pep can afford to rest KDB

    3. Balls of Steel
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      That would be fairly depressing to say the least!

  13. Peteex
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Question on yellow card rule. Are players with 4 yellows now safe?

    Or are they still going to get a 1 match ban If they get a yellow this weekend?

    1. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      They are safe. Except Liverpool and West Ham who only played 18 games.

  14. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Who to deal with first - Abra or Pogba? Or both?
    Abra dried up and with McTom injured its easy to see pogba drop deep.
    Looking at Ings/Rash/Maupay for Tammy and Pog to Martial/Mads.

    1. ChuckN
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      You have Pogba and already dropping him? Mental.

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I could sulk or act - games coming thick and fast.

        1. ChuckN
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Surely you just brought him in? He's looked deadly.

  15. Rhodes your boat
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Suggestions please 1FT 2.5itb

    Guiata
    Taa soy rico
    Salah (c) kdb richarlison moura
    Vardy Tammy jimi

    Button kelly Lund dendo

  16. leonickroberts
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Need a bit of help here, any suggestions?

    Guaita (McGovern)
    TAA Aurier Soy (Lund, Rico)
    KdB Mané Alli Grealish Traoré
    Tammy Vardy (Connolly)

    2 FT, 1.6ITB.

    1. SHUTUPHEATHER
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Tammy out Ings in.

  17. GW19 Rough with the Smooth
    Geoff
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Gameweek 19 Rough with the Smooth

    How did your GW go so far? Which of your players were benched? Did you get any injuries? How did your bench perform? Did your captain return?

    Feel free to post your tales of joy and woe from Gameweek 19 here:

    1. fr3d
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Wonder if TAA will be mentioned here

      1. DeadStar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        It only counts if you sold him this game week. You can't feel for rough for someone you sold weeks ago. I owned Martial once.

        1. ManUnitedComeBack
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Kept TAA through the blank.Sold him this week on WC. Does that count? Wildcarded a week earlier than planned to try and get ahead of the curve with price rises and because I had enough time to tinker and because of bloody Son.

      2. the Penman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Nah, he’s been pretty quiet the last few weeks.

      3. King Carlos
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Ruff: I had a 27 points lead in FFS cup. Opponent has Sterling (C) and Traore. I have KDB. I thought I was safe. Now Im out...
        Also did Jimmy to Pukki, so yeah...

    2. DeadStar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Too early Geoff. I have KDB (C) and Sterling. You just trying to fish out the non Trent owners?

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        This, all of it.

      2. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        He clearly pointed 'so far'...

        1. DeadStar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Yes but this hot topic is normally done after a game week has finished.

          1. Bird Raymond
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Not much of a gap between this one ending and the next one starting though.

    3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      But the game week isn't over?

    4. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Rough: My FPL luck surely means I am going to be facing some tough times in real life soon enough

      Smooth: Up to 639 OR with KDB (c) to go!

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Very nice

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          🙂

    5. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Rough: took a pre wildcard punt on (c)pogba. 15 points from 7 pre liverpool match.

      Smooth: trent and mane bail me out

    6. the Penman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      3 in a row:
      1. Sold Son before his solo magic goal
      2. Sold KDB (for Son) before his explosion at Arsenal
      3. Sold TAA for his blank, didn’t get him back.

      Seem to have lost all my head to heads this week by...about 24 points. Hmmm.

    7. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Rough: Gambled on a Richarlison captain, didn't come off. Most players blanked.

      Smooth: TAA saving the day, Grealish and Mane assists. Up to 5.2k OR

    8. KICKandRUSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Brilliant. Kept TAA because imo he's a season keeper like KDB.
      Went to the top 100 of my country for the first time in 8 FPL seasons. Have a great team and I'm still confident having Mané is smarter than having Salah 😉

    9. XabiAlonso
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Smooth - taa 😉 and grealish got me into the top 100k for the first time this season.
      Rough - mane captain should've scored mega points and benched greenwood

    10. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I went with Martinelli(C) as he had a 75% chance to start. My Alli(VC) saved my hide+ TAA haul

    11. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Smooth: 69 pts with KDB (c) to go. Big green.
      Rough: wc must be activated, which it is. Always a failure.

    12. Sicaholic
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Another captaincy fail. My stats now look like this

      Top Scorer 2 times
      Some form of return 7 times
      Blanked 10 times

      Rank 511. I can only wonder what would my rank be if I nailed a few more captaincy picks. My picks are mainly dullard ones btw...

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Captaincy has had little to do with my rank too. Doesn’t matter if you go maverick the numbers always end up the same, similar or less for me than the dullard pick

    13. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Captained Lundstram only for Deulofeu to ruin my day until Trent finally turned up.

    14. kysersosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Rough, double SHU conceding, pulisic 1 point off the bench, Tammy blanking, Tomori 0.

      Smooth - Rashford captain, brought Ali in for Son and TAA.

      Currently in top 17k

    15. Rik Waller
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      So after very much getting into the festive spirit this xmas (which involved a 48 hour bender), I neglected to put my Liverpool players back into my lineup, which involved TAA, Robbo and Mane sat firmly on the bench for a combined total of 37 pts.

      Happy Christmas everybody!

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Ohh ....
        I played them in GW 18 for just this tbh.

      2. Rik Waller
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Too add more context. I'm just realising Pulisic and Ings didn't even start and came on for 1 pointers to block the pool lads coming in.
        My last hope is for a KDB/Dendoncker no-show. TAA first on bench. Pray for me

        1. Yippeekiyay Mertersacker
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          I saw some dude on Twitter benched the same 3 Liverpool players PLUS Heaton... someone always has it worse!

    16. Alchim1sT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Rough: Ings and Pulisic didnt start, 9 players got 3 points or less
      Smooth: chose Alli as a Captain und Legend TAA safed the day for a decent green arrow so far

    17. Bob McMayday
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      73 points with KDB to come. TAA, Digne, Grealish, Alli, Rashford and Kane(c).

    18. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Smooth:
      TAA, Alli ©, Aurier, Grealish, Rashford,Mane
      OR jump 127k >> 42k

      Rough:
      Pope losing CS points late, Lundstram,Ings,Vardy

    19. HollywoodXI
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I captained Salah. I don’t own Trent. Ten weeks of green arrows undone in one GW, punished for not owning Trent. Funny game this!

    20. Ambu
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Rough.... earlier in season benched Lundstram when he hauled. Vowed to never bench him. This week first on bench is TAA... I don’t care what anybody says, it hurts more to see the points on the bench wasting away than to not have the player at all.
      Fingers crossed for KDB / Jimenez miss the game for any reason. Pep, if you’re listening KDB needs to be rested tonight, he’s tired.

      1. Bird Raymond
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Ouch. TAA or Lundstram is a question people would have asked as a joke earlier in the season, I suspect it was a real question for quite a few this week who won't like to admit it.

        You must have done well in the long run with the tactic of not benching Lundstram.

        I got rid of Lundstram earlier in the season because I kept benching him for his hauls and found it too annoying looking at his points on the bench!

    21. Bird Raymond
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Smooth - I'd raised funds to upgrade Dendoncker to Son. Used that money to upgrade Jiminez to Kane (c) instead. Had Alli too, along with double Villa in the form of Targett and Greilish. Mane and Rashford ticked over nicely.

      Rough - Gutted to have missed out on TAA haul, but this isn't really something any of us could have foreseen him doing in this fixture.

      57 with KDB to go and looking like a respectable green arrow.

    22. Bare Foot United
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Rough : Ings , my punt on Pogba , not owning TAA
      Smooth : Montoya to Targett work out ok , Alli and Mane

      1. Bare Foot United
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 21 days ago

        KDB (c) to play

    23. Elpenor
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I don't really post here but I had to log on to say my single transfer was Martial to Lucas Moura this week.

      That is all.

      1. Bare Foot United
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Auch 🙁

    24. Simply Loveleh
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Brought in son for a hit, captained him, scored minus 2, funded this move by dropping trent

    25. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Rough:
      - Pulisic again, I just can’t get a FT to get rid of him

      Smooth:
      - TAA & Robbo beginning to restore the natural order of things. Liverpool’s third consecutive CS, and heir next two fixtures, bodes extremely well
      - Kaptain KDB’s mega haul tonight 😉

    26. Bouncebackability
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Rough: Sold TAA at 11.29 for PVA who got injured to find Rash (c). At least Rash scored. Logic was there, as thought Trent would be rotated in one of next two youd think. To get a clean sheet and four attacking returns away at second placed side is just mad. Say it out loud and it’s even madder. It went very very wrong ha

    27. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      rough - 23 points and a drop from 175k to 325k
      smooth (maybe) - Ederson KdB & Sterling captain to cone

    28. Daniel S.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Kept being patient with Martial and `Rashford for 69 pts and great green from 300K to 120K with KDB captain to come. Also benched Maddy 2 times in a row for `Grealish which was so profitable.

    29. t4thomas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I did Son + Ings —> Rashford (C) + Martial.

    30. Bouncebackability
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I sold TAA and Jiminez this week.. just the 35points between the two!

    31. dmmcclean
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      This is pretty rough. I benched TAA and Jiminez and played Pulisic and Cantwell instead. A 32 point difference. Sickening!

    32. BluesArmy Chief
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      TAA benched for Tomori :'(

      The plan was if Tomori wouldn't start in 3 ATB, then TAA would automatically come in for him as he was my first sub.

      My over-smartness failed me as TAA is sitting on my bench with 24 points, while Tomori's laughing at me with big fat 0.

    33. Tinzelbat
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Ruff - My cup oppponent got a gameweek rabk of 450 rip cup

    34. Sla_boyz
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Rough:-

      1. Sell Martial to De Bruyne
      2. Captaining Abraham
      3. OR keep going down

    35. Joletouriste
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Wcard a week before planned only to transfer out TAA (after keeping him for the blank), Martial, Jimenez and Heaton... And got a total of 44 points when my pre-WC team would have got 80. Nothing went smooth this week.

  18. No Totti No Party
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    So insecure Wc...
    A: Ram Martin
    Lund Rico Aurie Webster Soy
    Salah Mane KDB Alli Maddi
    Vardy Green DCL - 1.5 in the bank

    B: Ram Martin
    Lund Rico Aurie Webster Soy
    Salah Mane KDB Martial Dendo
    Vardy Kane Ayew - 0.00 in the bank

    C: Something that includes TAA

    1. Bubbles1985
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      C

  19. KICKandRUSH
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    FPL is such a funny ol' game. Went from being utterly frustrated about keeping Rashford ----> to a top 100 position in my country and top 39k in just one match. Can't believe everyone's sold TAA and he's now some kind of differential with only 30% having him.

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Best boxing day gift ever even a Lambo can't beat that

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Ummm... you need to sort your priorities

  20. Halftime
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Any chance of Button getting some game time at the weekend I wonder. Would prefer him over Henderson this GW for sure.

  21. Bavarian
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Wolves vs Man City predictions?

    1. Halftime
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      2-1 to City imo

      1. Bavarian
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        KDB 2 and Jim 1 isn't it?

        1. Halftime
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Wouldn't mind it

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      2-2

    3. Garth Marenghi
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      2-0 City

    4. Bubbles1985
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      1-3

    5. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      0-0

      1. Royal5
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Wolves score every game.

    6. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      1-3

    7. KICKandRUSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      5-1 City

  22. CarsonYeung
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Struggling to recall many, if any, FPL hauls bigger than Trent's 24 yesterday. Aguero 5 goals v Newcastle got him 25 I believe.

    Can anyone remember any that beat that?

    1. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Think Fabregas, Lampard and Tadic have had similar scores on a single gameweek. Monster hauls

    2. Silecro
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      umm...Salah 29 vs Watford 2 years ago?

      1. CarsonYeung
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Think you may be right, banged in 4

        1. Silecro
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Yup, 4 and an assist

    3. No Totti No Party
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Alexis had 25, Berbatov too, Cant remember something morethan 25

  23. Big Hands Barry
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    A) Son + Abraham --> Salah + Ayew
    B) Son + Abraham + Aurier --> Mane + Ings + Kiko (-4)

    1. liverpool01
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      A

  24. BEEZUS
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Currently on WC.

    Ricardo --> Sidibe/Aurier?

  25. Squeazy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    I’m wondering if we need to take fatigue and rotation especially seriously for GW20 and captain players who have been rested enough to a) start and b) put in a top performance.

    The gap between the game weeks is so small that even players taken off early this week like Rashford and Salah may not meet these criteria!

    Ings (CRY) could be a great option though having played only 21 minutes against Chelsea.

    Pulisic (ars) could be even better. He’s only played 23 minutes over the last two fixtures and could be up against an injury hit defence.

    Do you agree or am I overthinking this?

    1. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Yh Ings for me too 10 goals in last 12 gws and is a definite starter.

      Will fancy my chances of him scoring at least a goal even if its a good palace team

    2. TheTinman
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I've got it on Vardy who doesn't get rested. Definitely worth consideration

      1. Squeazy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I expect him to start but do you think he’ll actually be able to put in a top performance with so little recovery time?

    3. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Salah and Rashford coming off very early should point to them being 75+ minute players next time out.

      1. Squeazy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Do you think they’ll be able to play well enough to captain them, though? So many managers are complaining that it is impossible to maintain the same level over this period, I am wondering whether we need to consider players who barely played at all this Gameweek!?

  26. Bam Bam Bigelow
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Chances of either or both KDB & Sterling starting all 3 upcoming games?

  27. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    A) Kelly(sometimes bench) + Ings
    B) Digne + Maupay

  28. Catastrophe
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    2 FT, 0 ITB. Advice greatly appreciated! Was considering Son out for Salah downgrading TAA or Rashford but not so keen now.

    Pope
    TAA, Aurier, Kelly
    Mane, KDB, Alli, Cantwell
    Vardy, Rashford, Ings

    (Woodman, Lundstram, Simpson, Son*)

    Cheers.

  29. sentz05
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Played my WC - Any ideas on how I could improve this team? Made very few transfers but obviously have to play the WC.

    Ramsdale Button
    Soy TAA Aurier Lund Holgate
    Salah KDB Alli Grealish Dendocker
    Vardy Tammy Ings

    1. seewhyaxe
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I'm losing Tammy on my wc

  30. Totti
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    front 3
    vardy tammy mousset

    1FT 4.3 itb

    A) tammy -> aguero
    B) mousset -> rashford
    C) mousset -> ings
    D) mousset and tammy -> ings and rashford (-4)

    need your help guys

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      A could be amazing!