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How I’m using the FA Cup weekend to forward plan in Fantasy Premier League

FPL Family’s Sam Bonfield is looking forward to the downtime on FA Cup third round weekend and planning ahead.


What a rollercoaster this festive period has been. This point of the season is where I normally hit my stride and by making good decisions during the Christmas fixture congestion, it usually sets me up well for the second half of the season.

With the close of Gameweek 19 I was around the 7k mark having had a green arrow of around 6,000 places and I was hoping that this was the start of holding my position as opposed to yo-yoing as I had been in the weeks previous.

Alas, Gameweek 20 went catastrophically wrong with my players blanking, my captain – Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) – missing and Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) causing me red arrows with every attacking return he registered as he was so highly captained and vice-captained as a result of Vardy’s absence.

In many ways, I think the Gameweek came too quickly for me – a match on the Friday followed by a new Gameweek on the Saturday just meant that I didn’t have the thinking time, which is so important to how I play the game.

One of my key FPL rules is that I never make a change on the day of the deadline, so this meant I had a matter of hours between the end of the Manchester City game on the Friday and my self-imposed deadline. I think I was also a little complacent as I had set my Wildcard team for Boxing Day’s Gameweek 19 and in turn also for Gameweek 20, meaning that because of the tight deadline, I didn’t think enough about the latter.

As a result, Gameweek 21 saw a lot of pondering. However, I just couldn’t settle on a transfer that felt right – they either involved getting in a player a week or two earlier than I had wanted or losing a player before a game I thought they would do well in. It was because of this I did something that I never do and burned a transfer.

This worried me but actually it was the right decision. Vardy was handed the armband again (mostly as a shield because he was rating so highly in all the captain stats and was indeed the most-captained player of the Gameweek) so when he missed the game, vice-captain Dele Alli (£8.8m) stepped up.

I really thought he would be better than he was especially given his record against Southampton, and so his blank filled me with dread as with most people’s vice-captains on Marcus Rashford (£9.1m) or De Bruyne I feared for my rank ahead of their fixtures. However, with blanks for Rashford, Anthony Martial (£7.9m) and De Bruyne, as well as a one-point cameo for Raheem Sterling (£11.8m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.7m) missing in action, I got away with it. Add that to goals from Todd Cantwell (£4.9m), Danny Ings (£6.7m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.3m), an assist from Tammy Abraham (£7.8m) and clean sheets for Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m) and Caglar Soyuncu (£5.1m), I have seen a green arrow back to around 9k. Now to maintain and build on it. 

For me, the first FA Cup weekend is the perfect opportunity to look ahead through the rest of January and into February, as it offers a breathing space following on from the busy festive period. This is the time where the Members Area and the Season Ticker take on ever-increasing importance.

This year the changes in managers over Christmas at West Ham, Everton, Arsenal, Watford and Spurs add a whole different element to this period. All five of these new manager teams sit in the top half of the Season Ticker for Gameweeks 22-26. All five clubs also contain key players who, with a combination of fixtures and new manager bounce, could be fantastic differential picks after the FA Cup weekend. 

The key players on my watchlist from ‘new manager bounce’ clubs are:

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.8m)

Carlo Ancelotti saying that he thinks the striker “is going to be at the top in England and in Europe” highlights just how important Calvert-Lewin is likely to be in this Everton team over the course of the rest of the season.

His heatmap and the stats from the Members Area highlight how much of a positive change Ancelotti has had on his game, as does the three goals in the last four games.

As a result, he has already scored eight goals this season: more than in any other Premier League campaign. If Abraham continues to under-perform, Calvert-Lewin would make a lovely third striker option and is one I am seriously considering for Gameweek 22 onwards.  

Lukasz Fabianski (£4.9m)

West Ham’s poor run of form can be partially linked to Fabianski’s injury. Since his return for Gameweek 20, Fabianski has returned eight and six points respectively (a penalty save and a bonus point contributing to the first haul when he didn’t keep a clean sheet).

Historically, Fabianski has always been a great rotating keeper option. With West Ham needing the points and David Moyes being brought in to steady the ship, this should make Fabianski an attractive option once again, especially given the Double Gameweek 24 that West Ham enjoy.

Troy Deeney (£6.2m)

Nigel Pearson’s arrival at Vicarage Road has made Watford a team worth considering from an FPL stance and Deeney as their captain and talisman should not be overlooked.

Whilst he failed to return in Gameweek 21, his 12-point haul in Gameweek 20 shows that he has the potential to bring huge gains for brave FPL owners.

Deeney has the added advantage of being on penalties, which adds to his Fantasy appeal. If Watford continue to rebuild in 2020, Deeney or his teammate below could both be great options. 

Ismaila Sarr (£6.2m)

How I've risen up the rankings in FPL over the last two months

With three returns in the last four gameweeks, Sarr is the in-form Watford player of the moment.

Two goals, two assists, two clean sheets and two bonus points show the change in him, as he previously only had one attacking return up until Gameweek 18.

Sarr’s heat map, xG and xGI stats all look excellent and thus at £6.2m he could be an excellent pick, especially over the next three Gameweeks where Watford play teams that are currently conceding a lot of goals (Bournemouth, Spurs and Aston Villa).

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m)

At 18.3% owned, Aubameyang isn’t exactly a differential. However, he had been a difficult pick in recent weeks as a result of a lack of consistency in his returns.

Even with a blank in Gameweek 21, he has returns in two of the last three and, more importantly, Arsenal have improved dramatically since Mikel Arteta’s arrival and this should only continue over the coming weeks.

If Arteta can get Nicolas Pepe (£9.1m), Mesut Ozil (£7.2m), Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m) etc playing at their best week-in, week-out, this will only strengthen Aubameyang’s appeal.

Aubameyang looks for me to be the premium striker who is about to go on a run and, therefore, with Harry Kane’s (£11.0m) hamstring injury, a straight swap from one side of north London to another looks like it could be a good idea. 

Ryan Sessegnon (£5.4m)

Spurs have a great deal of improvement to make and thus this one is very much a watching brief especially given that the Lilywhites play Liverpool in Gameweek 22.

However, with three consecutive starts, Sessegnon seems to be solidifying his place in the Spurs team. His positioning in the last two matches as well as the number of touches he has in the opponents’ half and in the final third, suggests that there is assist potential there.


Gameweek 22 feels like the tonic that we FPL managers need, with time to take stock, watch the FA Cup matches, get full updates on those injured in Gameweek 21 and make some forward planning decisions.

Knowing that Gameweek 24 is our first double of the season, rolling transfers, making transfers to free up funds and watching the markets will be vital in having the team you want.

For me, I want Sadio Mane (£12.3m) and Salah for their double and thus I need to free some money or at least plan where the cash to upgrade Alli to Mane will come from now.

I have £2.4m in the bank but this means I still need another £1.3m to make the transfer achievable. Ideally. I would have liked to move Toby Alderweireld (£5.4m) to Djibril Sidibe (£5.3m) – however, this only saves me £0.1m so I’ll either need to make another transfer to move Sidibe to a cheaper player in a couple of weeks time or I move him to a cheaper player now to free the money in advance. Doing the latter is a risk as it means early compromises to my team, while doing the former means playing to use an additional transfer which may be useful or needed elsewhere.

Either way, the FA Cup break is the perfect opportunity to look at the stats and heatmaps and forward plan for Double Gameweek 24 as well as for the rest of the fixtures in January.


Sam Bonfield is a member of our Pro Pundits initiative, a team of Fantasy managers here to bring you regular advice and updates on their teams. Sam has served up two top 30k finishes in the last two seasons and is currently inside the top 10k in the world.

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974 Comments Post a Comment
  1. n-doggg
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Who earns more points over the next four? If A, is it a worth a -4?

    A. Salah, dcl, Traore
    B. Alli, martial, Tammy

    1. Villa Velour
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      It's close, what's your current team? Can you not avoid the hit.

      1. n-doggg
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Gazza
        TAA, soyunco, Lundstram, Rico, Kiko
        Mane, Kdb, martial, Alli, Hayden
        Vardy, Tammy, jiminez

        Can’t get Salah without a bit. Can get Firmino quite easily which might be a better option for team balance

        1. Villa Velour
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          That's the pitfall everyone falls into with Bobby. I'd avoid. Plays far too deep for a good FPL forward.

          If you want A then couldn't you take out Alli this week then Tammy (who has a good fixture this GW) next week?

          1. n-doggg
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Yeah, that could be the plan, thanks

            1. Villa Velour
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              No worries. Would be disastrous to take out Martial & Tammy for this week, likely to return and good differentials (ish).

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      A

    3. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      A

  2. CrouchDown
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Pope > Fabianski likely to be worth 4 points over next 4 GWs?

    Fab: shu, EVE, lei, LIV, BRI

    Pope: che, LEI, mun, ARS

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Yes

    2. Villa Velour
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Any way you can wait till next week? Fab will not keep a CS against Sheffield Utd.

      1. CrouchDown
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Yes can do that. Think Pope is more likely away to Sheffield though?

        1. Villa Velour
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          *Chelsea.

          No, not at all. But I do think Pope (che) and saving 4 points > Fab (shu)

          1. CrouchDown
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Yes Chelsea, my bad.

            I agree but I need to get Mane next week and then a WHU player the following week, so will be a -4 regardless of when I make the transfer.

            1. Villa Velour
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              Except Fab, at the moment I don't think there is a WHU player that's worthwhile? DGWs don't guarantee points.

              1. CrouchDown
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 28 days ago

                Yeah, true. Performances look likely to improve under Moyes though.

                I’m thinking Traore > Snodgrass or Anderson might be worth a punt though. Or maybe Vardy > Haller. Should be more obvious in a few weeks’ time.

                1. jaguar shark
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Omg, Vardy to Haller would take some juevos

      2. Scott Talent
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        How can you confidently state this ? Sheff U are hardly prolific. 12 goals in 10 home games.

        1. Villa Velour
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Wilder will get them going after a poor display vs Pool. I'm confident.

          1. CrouchDown
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            I can see a 0-0.

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      I’m looking at the move for free below

  3. Zim0
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Why are there so many people saying they can't afford Salah Mane DeBruyne Vardy together ._. Did no one build team value?

    1. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      This

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Never tried to build a team value, its waste of time

      1. Holmes
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        My team value is only 103 or less and I have them. Team value is not really an issue here.

    3. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      I have only 105 TV and can afford that with money to spare

    4. n-doggg
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Easy to build a team but it’s about balance, see top post

    5. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      I've not tried to build value all season but I have those players you listed.

    6. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Already have have all of those 🙂 and team is very healthy!

      1. Pooodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        I have all of them and Trent too. Not too difficult thanks to Ings/Grealish/Soyuncu/Lundstram etc.

        1. FPL Pillars
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Exactly, you're like naming my whole team lol

  4. BananaMan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    BOTTOMED!

    Afternoon, Does anyone know of a tool/source that shows the most consistent players in FPL?
    For example a table that shows the number of blank scoring weeks each player has had so far or a list of players on a points streak?
    Much appreciated!

  5. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Alli to Richarlison this week. Roll FT
    Rashford to Greenwood next week. Roll FT.
    Grealish and Guaita to Salah and Fabianski for the DGW.

    Lovely.

    1. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      In fact, I’ll probably do Grealish to Salah next week too.

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Like it

    3. fgdu
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      alli to richarlison like it

  6. Trophé Mourinho
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Am I the only person who knows their captain and transfers for next week before the current game week is over? I like my intial thoughts, if I dwell on it all week I over think things I reckon.
      This often actually means me making early transfers which alot of people frown upon due to possible mid week injuries but honestly, I avoid most price changes that way. And mid week injuries, honeslty in last 5 years I hardly picked up any at all.

      1. Holmes
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Same here but I still make transfers on Friday night or Saturday morning because I don't really feel the need to make my moves early.

        1. Trophé Mourinho
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Yea I dont always do early moves, probably half the time but price changes have been annoying this season with the inaccuracy of fpl stats.
            I'm at the point now that I would rather just get it done rather then worry about rises everynight and being priced out of moves.

            Saturday morning is a no go, I will probably over-sleep lol I never ever risked that once in fantasy haha

        2. Rash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Nope..

          Salah and save for me

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Robbo now has 311 points and 19 attacking returns in his last 56 appearances

        VVD has 300 points and 11 attacking returns in his last 58 apps

        TAA has 297 points and 26 attacking returns in his last 49 appearances (including 24 attacking returns in his last 30 starts!)

        These guys are breaking the laws of FPL

        1. Trophé Mourinho
            4 months, 28 days ago

            They just arent defenders and I dont think of them as.
            My current defence:
            TAA, Lunds, Sidibe (none actual defenders).

            I see "defenders" like this as mids, and they the best value players in defence and midfield up to the 6.5/7.0 mark. Only Maddison and Grealish (around taa and robbos prices) can compete with their points imo.
            So I will be back on double pool defence after GW24.

          • shortymak
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Triple pool defenders 20.7mill 302 points
            Most teams have mane/Salah and trent 19.6mill 252 points
            Is triple liverpool defenders better pick

            1. fgdu
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              yeah but you could have a third player in the second lineup

            2. Rash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              Perma vardy captain?

          • Pooodle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            This is why it's mad that people want to bring in Firmino instead of a 2nd defender (or 2nd mid) for the double.

        2. PLerix
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Gazza (4.0)
          Trent, Sidibe, Lund (Rico, Taylor)
          Salah, KdB, Martial, Grealish (Romeu)
          Kane, Vardy, Ings

          Would you rather;
          a) Kane + Rico or Taylor -> Robertson + Jimenez
          b) Kane + Martial -> DCL + Mane

          1. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            B

          2. tyron
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Martial plays norwich what am I missing

          3. PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            In a similar situation. I’m probably going to wait until next week just to be safe but I’ve got 2FTs and thinking of just doing Kane to DCL and then wait for Martial to face Norwich before upgrading him to Salah

          4. COYS78
              4 months, 28 days ago

              B

            • PLerix
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              Cheers guys!

          5. flippetyflop
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Guiata to Fabianski and Rico to Holgate look good for 2 FTS??

            Guaita/Button
            TAA/Maguire/Soyuncu/Sokratis/ (Rico)
            Salah/Maddison/KDB (Grealish) (Hayden)
            Vardy Rashford Pukki

            Have a plan to get Mane in for GW24 so no imminent rush for me to go triple Liv just yet.

          6. CrouchDown
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Who scores more next 3 GWs?

            (A) Robbo Martial Tammy

            (B) Lundstram Mane DCL

            1. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              B

            2. tyron
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              B

          7. tyron
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            A - alli at par
            B - mane/salah -4

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              B

            2. Villa Velour
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              For now, A. No rush to get Pool for a hit before GW24 imo.

              1. tyron
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 28 days ago

                What if the hit now allows 2ft in gw 24

                1. Villa Velour
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  What's your team?

                  1. tyron
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Hope u see this. Late reply
                    Fab
                    Taa lunds tomori (rico kelly)
                    Kdb alli maddison martial (cantwell)
                    Vardy tammy ings. Made my moves already so the alli to mane move would be for minud

                    1. Villa Velour
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 27 days ago

                      Hmm yeah tricky one. Gotta ask yourself if Mane will get 4 more points than Alli this week. Tough one - could just wait till GW23?

          8. dopellganger
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Bench Ings or Lundstram?

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              Ouch! Ings

            2. Trophé Mourinho
                4 months, 28 days ago

                Only a Soy owner would consider benching Ings 😀

                Those are your worst 2 players lol? Both need to play, bench Soy and play both.

              • Villa Velour
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 28 days ago

                Surely there's someone else? Who's your 5th Mid?

                1. dopellganger
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Ryan Button
                  Taa Chilwell Sidibe Rico Lund
                  Mane Kdb Richarlison Maddison Cantwell
                  Rashford Ings Jimenez

                  1. Villa Velour
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    My bench would be Sidibe, Rico, Cantwell.

              • FPL Pillars
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 28 days ago

                Neither lol

            3. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              Repost sorry.

              Got 2FTs and a busy weekend ahead and it looks like Pope will drop so should I just make this move now? Got the exact cash without using another FT.

              Pope >> Fabianski

              Pope
              TAA • Soy • Lundy
              Salah • Mané • Richarli • KDB • Grealish
              Vardy • Maupay
              (McGov. Greeny. Rico. Aurier)

              1. Nostalgia picks
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Yes considering this too plus Kane >DCL

                • FPL Pillars
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Yeah just make it if exact cash

                  1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Thanks pal

                    1. FPL Pillars
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 28 days ago

                      no worries, GL 🙂

                • Villa Velour
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Sounds good. I'd consider if it's worth replacing Aurier this week too.

                  1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Can do Aurier to Sidibe if not. Exact money for that too although I have 3 nice playing defenders next GW. And I’m sick of Pope!!

                • Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  I'm considering Maupay to DCL as well.

                  1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    That would be double Everton for me. Maupay has been unlucky to be fair and the fixtures are there. Would you make the Fab move now mate? Cheers

                    1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 28 days ago

                      I would consider Ryan or Foster as well.

                      Fab's fixtures really aren't that great and West Ham rarely keep clean sheets.

              2. shortymak
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 28 days ago

                Zaha replacements
                A. Doucare
                B. Sarr
                C. Tossard
                D. Sessengnon
                E. Other
                I'm on tossard to free funds

                1. Villa Velour
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Grealish. Richarlison if you have some extra funds.

                  1. shortymak
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    I'm looking to free up funds and missed the boat with Jack villa fixtures tuff now with injuries

                    1. Villa Velour
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 28 days ago

                      Okay, I think Trossard's best pick. I wanted to get him earlier in season before his injury. It's just his minutes aren't guaranteed right now.

                      1. shortymak
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 28 days ago

                        Ya same

              3. FPL FREAK
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 28 days ago

                Mccarthy + Rico

                Or

                Henderson + 3.9 fodder

                Tempted by Henderson Cs record.... What do u say...???

                My backline:

                Gazzaniga. Button.
                TAA. Soy. Kelly. Lundstram. Rico..

                1. Villa Velour
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  I'd be tempted by Fabianski. Not Hendo until fixtures brighten up a little.

              4. Monkey Hanger
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 28 days ago

                God help any team that has Troy Deeney as it's talisman. 🙂

              5. Make Arrows Green Again
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 28 days ago

                On the Salah vs Mané debate

                Salah - 1439 minutes - 120 points
                Mané - 1583 minutes - 140 points

                If you scale Salah's minutes up to those of Mané then you get 132 to 140 points. It's much closer than it might appear. One of the games Salah missed was against a woeful Everton team who conceded five and allowed Mané a goal, two assists and two bonus against them (15 points). If Salah had been able to take to the pitch in that game he almost certainly would have picked up some attacking returns too, potentially even at the expense of Mané. That narrows the gap between the two still further. Those fewer minutes played (around 1.5 matches) might start to tell soon as well.

                Mané's form is slightly better but he has played a few more minutes in the last six than Salah.

                Honestly, get both if you can afford it but you're still going to have a captaincy headache. Otherwise they are neck and neck in my opinion, with Mané having the slightly higher ceiling but Salah having the volume of chances and more potential for a monster haul.

                1. Villa Velour
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  This is why I'm considering taking De Bruyne out for Salah in GW24.

                  1. Make Arrows Green Again
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Ballsy move, may well pay off

                2. Make Arrows Green Again
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  with Mané having the slightly higher *FLOOR* - crucial edit

                3. Tsssst
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  got both, roll on the captaincy pain but if a rival has one, simply captain the other.

                  1. Make Arrows Green Again
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    This is a good point and something I had not considered. It also allows you to hedge so if you captain the wrong one you will still get half the other's points.

                    1. Tsssst
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      4 months, 28 days ago

                      and stick a tenner to score on the one you didnt captain too 🙂

                      1. Make Arrows Green Again
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 28 days ago

                        Great plan!

                4. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  I’ve got both. I’m happy with both. I’ll be captioning Mo most weeks. Think a monster haul is coming

                  1. Make Arrows Green Again
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Normally I wouldn't because of value for money but at this stage in the season it's all about playing the percentages. I'm still looking at TAA / Robbo double-up as the most flexible option though.

                5. RED_ARMY
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  How is higher ceiling different to potential for a monster haul ?

                  1. Make Arrows Green Again
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Sorry yes see above - noticed it just as I posted. I meant floor (facepalm)

              6. jamie1972
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 28 days ago

                Most likely to start in the cup:

                a) Kun
                b) Jesus

                1. Villa Velour
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  B

                2. FPL Pillars
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  b

              7. sirmorbach
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 28 days ago

                Lads, any idea for my 2 free transfers?

                Ramsdale
                Chilwell, TAA, Sidibé, Lundstram, Kelly
                Salah, KDB, Maddison, Grealish, Traoré
                Vardy, Abraham, Jiménez

                1. Make Arrows Green Again
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Great team! wow. Tell me it was the result of a late wildcard....?

                  Any money ITB?

                  1. sirmorbach
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    It actually is, sir, yes! Many thanks for this, really.

                    No money itb unfortunately. Thanks indeed for your thoughts!

                2. In a Rush
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  That’s tough it’s a nice squad, Kelly out maybe

                  1. sirmorbach
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Have him at 4.2, so might as well keep him there (for now). Appreciate it, mate!

                  2. Make Arrows Green Again
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Yeah has to be Kelly out. Holgate the best option if you can afford it.

                    Sirmorbach, the only other player in that team I'd be fairly happy to lose is Abraham. You could easily downgrade him to Ings or DCL and give yourself some money in the bank for a 2FT surgery session next week if required.

                3. shortymak
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Nice team I'd change keeper

                  1. sirmorbach
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Thanks, mate! Been thinking about it too, but at 4.6 I think I'll keep. Other option would be Gazzaniga, so might as well keep Ramsdale with his fixtures

                  2. sunzip14
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    This

                4. Pooodle
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Ramsdale to Ryan?

                  1. sirmorbach
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    I'd love to. Trouble is, only if Kelly becomes a 4.0 fodder. Worth it?

                5. Old Man
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Blimey - what a team! I'd change the keeper too. Roll the other FT.

                  1. sirmorbach
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Thank you so very much, mate! Cheers!

              8. Stef rocks
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 28 days ago

                What does it mean?

                https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/2020/january/harry-kane-injury-update/

                How long he will be out?

                1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Hammy. Months.

                2. FOO FIGHTER
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Will be out for a while...

                  • MoManeTaa
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Their defense will be worse without him

                    1. sunzip14
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 28 days ago

                      haha this. or better? Can't get worse than that.

                  • Make Arrows Green Again
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Fire up your Sons

                3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  After the next few... Are owners keeping or switching Jimi?

                  Still a non-Ings owner myself and considering that.

                  1. Pooodle
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Jimenez isn't going anywhere for me for a long time.

                    1. Kip
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 28 days ago

                      This. He’s perfectly ticking along, fixture proof and playing for a top6 side

                  2. FPL Pillars
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Depends of how he delivers but he's shown that he's consistent so I do not plan to hokey cokey him around.

                4. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Thoughts on Nyland with Heaton gone?

                  1. sunzip14
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Villa after Butland was in news

                5. DarkSideOfTheLoon
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Play 1 out of these three:

                  1) Rico vs Warford
                  2) Grealish vs City
                  3) Gomez vs Spurs

                  1. sunzip14
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    2 or 3. I am biased because I got -1 off the bench for Vardy while others got jammy Grealish and Cantwell points 😛

                    1. sunzip14
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 28 days ago

                      2 would be my choice

                    2. DarkSideOfTheLoon
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 28 days ago

                      Yes its more of a 2 or 3 for me too. But which one? BTW I was one of those few here who had both Grealish and Rico in the first 11.

                6. ragnarlookbrood
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  fabianski unknown injury creepy

                  1. Kip
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Qué?

                  2. ragnarlookbrood
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    flagged

                  3. sunzip14
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    ??

                    1. sunzip14
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 28 days ago

                      now I see.

                  4. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Huh???

                  5. FPL Pillars
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    David Moyes: "Lukasz Fabianski didn't train today but if he is fit then he will start at the weekend."

                  6. GARY AND JAMIE
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Good job its a 10 day break

                  7. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    It doesn't sound like it will keep him out for the next PL game. He'll be rested in Cup anyway

                7. The Yorkshire Pirlo
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Thoughts?

                  A) KDB + DCL
                  B) Maddison + Ings

                  Thanks.

                  1. MoManeTaa
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    A

                  2. sunzip14
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    A

                8. Yank Revolution
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Torn hamstring for Kane...owwww

                  1. Klaren
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Makes Son a great option.

                    1. Yank Revolution
                      • 8 Years
                      4 months, 28 days ago

                      I think Spurs will have to sign a proper Striker, limiting Son and Alli's appeal.

                      1. Old Man
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        4 months, 28 days ago

                        Where's Llorente when they need him?

                        1. Yank Revolution
                          • 8 Years
                          4 months, 28 days ago

                          Hah!

                      2. Klaren
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 28 days ago

                        I think even if they sign a striker, it’s more likely to be a backup option. Seems very unlikely that Levy would spend significant amounts on a striker transfer in January.

                        Next fixture is Liverpool anyway so it gives us some time to wait and see.

                9. Zilla
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  How long is the torn hammy injury? ~3 to 4 weeks right?

                  1. shortymak
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    3 to 6 months

                  2. Zilla
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    that was supposed to be a tilde

                10. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Who’s Spurs right back now Kane is confirmed out?

                  1. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 10 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Still Aurier

                    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 28 days ago

                      Right DM sorry. My bad

                  2. FPL Pillars
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    That's what you get when you over-play a player. Poor management

                11. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Was just about to pull the trigger on Pope to Fab too :s

                  1. FPL Pillars
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Wah! Doesn't sound serious, all eyes on their line up.

                12. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Anyone considering city defence with Laporte looking like he's back?

                  1. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 10 Years
                    4 months, 28 days ago

                    Maybe at the end of the month