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Who are the best Everton players to consider under Ancelotti?

Carlo Ancelotti has already had a positive impact on Everton since arriving at the club – but he may have some work to do if he is to convince Fantasy Premier League managers to trust his players.

The Toffees have often set traps for those of us playing FPL in recent years but can the appointment of a truly elite-level manager finally spell an end to all that.

We will go over recent matches under Ancelotti to find out whether or not he has already helped some assets establish themselves on the Fantasy radar.

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What has Ancelotti changed?

After Duncan Ferguson introduced a Mike Bassett-inspired 4-4-2 system for his period as interim manager, Ancelotti has made further changes.

That formation was rolled out for the 2-1 win at Newcastle in Gameweek 20 but in the other three matches, the Italian has taken charge of he has preferred a three-man defence and wing-backs.

In his first game at the helm, Ancelotti went with a 3-4-1-2 with Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.9m) and Richarlison (£8.0m) up-front, but for the Gameweek 21 defeat at Manchester City he tweaked it to a 3-5-2.

A 3-4-2-1/3-4-3 was used against Liverpool in the FA Cup although considering it led to a largely full-strength Everton side were poor against a Liverpool’s second-string line-up Ancelotti may be unlikely to stick with that formation.

Although he has preferred to tinker from one game to the next, which, considering the fixtures he has been faced with so far, seems sensible, there are a few consistent elements which should be of note to Fantasy managers.

Calvert-Lewin has featured up-front in every match so far, while Richarlison has featured heavily too. However, the Brazilian has not always been up-front. He played in a two-man front-line against Burnley, Newcastle and Manchester City but was on the flanks at Anfield in the FA Cup.

When Ancelotti has rolled out a three-man defence it has always included Mason Holgate (£4.4m), Yerry Mina (£5.3m) and Seamus Coleman (£5.3m) with Djibril Sidibé (£5.4m) and Lucas Digne (£5.7m) used as advanced full-backs.

These changes, among others, have largely led to positive results, if not necessarily performances to match.

Ancelotti won both of his first two matches in charge, against Burnley and at Newcastle but then lost at Manchester City and Liverpool, although some would argue there shouldn’t be huge shame in that if it weren’t for relatively poor displays at the Etihad Stadium and Anfield respectively.

Gameweeks 1 to 18 (left) compared with Gameweeks 19 to 21 (right)

Either way, there have been improvements across the board so far.

After registering just 1.1 goal per game in the first 18 matches of the season, Everton are up to 1.3 per game since Ancelotti took over.

Clean sheets have risen from 0.2 per game to 0.3 while goals conceded have dropped from 1.6 per game to 1.0.

The question on Fantasy managers’ lips is, of course, what impact Ancelotti can have on Everton assets long-term, which is why we need to go deeper than these numbers.

In order to do that we’ll be delving into the underlying statistics, although there are one or two caveats on the data used.

Ancelotti has been in charge at Everton for three league matches, so far, a slightly smaller sample size than we had to assess Nigel Pearson at Watford earlier this week.

Furthermore, of these three Premier League matches, only one has taken place at Goodison Park, Ancelotti’s last three all taking Everton on the road to Newcastle, Manchester City and Liverpool.

What has happened to Everton’s goal threat?

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  1. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Best triple up liv option? Own Taa and Salah.

    A. Mane
    B. Robbo

    1. Jurgen Flopp
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      I had TAA Robbo and Mane. Just sold Robbo with a view of bringing Salah in for Alli GW24. I was in the double defence camp but don't want to go into the double GW and beyond without Salah.

    2. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Big price difference. Clearly A for me but it depends on team and where you get the cash from

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Will probably have to do rashford Richarlison > mane dcl/ Deulofeu.
        Robbo will just be an easy upgrade from dunk/ soy.

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          I like Mané then

          1. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            Cheers

        2. ‘Tis the Season
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 6 days ago

          My thoughts and happy to retain after 24

        3. 1zverGGadeM
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          I like Deulofailo pick to be honest

          1. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            Same here. Cheers

    3. 1zverGGadeM
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Robbo

      1. 1zverGGadeM
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        But if you want to be more brave like me - Get the best in the world as The Kop sings in songs

        1. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          Cheers

    4. ‘Tis the Season
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Be for me. Double def instead of double mid. Can only captain one of them. Full backs will both deliver over 200 points and a steal at just over 7m. Keeping for the season. Double mid unbalances team way to much.

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Can only cap one of them but owning both will cover half of the points if the other one hauls. Agree about the team structure though, big sacrifices needed elsewhere for sure. Cheers

        1. ‘Tis the Season
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 6 days ago

          At the behest of the team structure and other FPL premiums could East match points. No thanks

    5. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      A

    6. QuintonFortune25
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Dispute going for Robertson and TAA on my GW20 WC, I actually now wish I went for Mane and Salah.

      The key point for me is that Mane and Salah both haul at completely separate times. Rarely will both in the same GW get a double figure return, it's usually one or the other. Also they dont cover each others points, i.e. when one scores the other rarely assisted.

      So in your case (and mine actually) its the fear of Mane hauling in the double and Salah getting nothing that would be a massive rank killer. With both Salah and Mane your pretty much protected from a major disaster as it's fairly unlikely that Robertson will haul but the other Liverpool players get nothing.

      1. n14mul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        As mentioned above think it's also key to see the fixtures after gw24. It's a favourable fixture list hence I have already gone with both kids.

        1. n14mul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          Mids even

      2. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Agee with you, it’s more the protection in case Mane hauls. Cheers

      3. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Let's face it, when we look back on GW24 then any three from Mane, Salah, TAA, Robbo & VVD might be the optimum combination - we just don't know. There is even the possibility of someone like Firmino or (long shot) Matip being up there.
        If you have MST or MTR then you're to have given yourself the best chance - but anything could be right. I have MST but I think MTR gives scope for a better balanced team for the future.

    7. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Mane

    8. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      For me, Mané and TAA are the two must haves Pool players.

      If you dont want to sell Salah for Mané (which would be sideways I agree), then double attack it is.

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        To complete my answer - I think it’s easier for those who have Salah now and not Mané to go for double attack in 24.

        If you have to choose between Mané and Robbo for third spot then imo there is no contest - it’s Mané.

        I have to choose between Salah and Robbo and to me at least, it’s not that obvious

        1. The 12th Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          I agree with this. I’m on TAA and Salah.
          I’m feeling pushed into getting Mane rather than double defence.
          Although I’m holding 2FT’s and could easily swap Salah >> Mane and get Robbo in by 24 without taking a hit.

          1. Pieterke30
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            I will prob pick Salah as 3rd Pool for GW24, with a view to downgrade him after a few games (back to KDB, or someone like Son, anyone) in order to switch to Robbo and double def - prob around 26 or 27

            1. The 12th Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              KDB > Mane is much easier to do than Maddison I agree. Haven’t got too much value tied up in him either.

              I’m actually considering using my WC in 25 and going Triple Liverpool defence. Allowing me to afford the likes of Auba,Son etc.

  2. Pdrpro
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Calvert-Lewin or Deeney from GW23 onwards?

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Dcl

    2. Taffer
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Depends on rank, but Deeney proven goal scorer. DCL more template.

      1. Pdrpro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Currently sitting 100k?

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

    Lundstram and Vardy dropped overnight. That’s pleasing.

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Only Vardy

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

        Lundy must have dropped earlier in week I guess?

  4. Squeakybum99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Alli -->

    1. Martial
    2. Maddison
    3. Keep
    4. Other

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      2

    2. Taffer
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Maddy or D Silva for a diff

    3. 1zverGGadeM
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Maddy

    4. QuintonFortune25
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Maddison to play it safe. D Silva / Mahrez for more of a punt

    5. Squeakybum99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Thanks guys

  5. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Team value isn’t great so which do you prefer for gw24

    A get Mané but sacrifice Maddison and Jimenez
    B get Mané for kdb
    C get robbo

    Team with A for gw24 would be

    McCarthy button
    Taa Lundstram Söyüncü Kelly Rico
    Salah Mané kdb Traore Grealish
    Vardy Ings Connolly

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      C

    2. ‘Tis the Season
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

      C with Maddy

    3. Taffer
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      C

    4. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      A 🙂

    5. QuintonFortune25
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      C

    6. Joggers Nipple
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      c

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Cheers guys

    7. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      B

  6. Taffer
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Team:

    Pope/ Button
    Rico/ Kelly/ Soy/ TAA/ Lundstram
    Rich/ Salah/ Mane/ KDB/ Cantwell
    Rash/ Vardy/ Greenwood

    2FT 0.0 ITB

    Thinking of getting rid of Rash, Man Utd look awful.

    Either:

    A> Rash & Greenwood > Ings & DCL (3-4-3)
    B> Rash & Cantwell > DCL & Maddy/ DSilva
    C> Rash & Cantwell > Ings & Grealish

    Leaning towards B with Silva, nice differential and he's been excellent this season when fit.

    Thoughts?

    1. ‘Tis the Season
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Hold for Norwich then C

      1. Taffer
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        So just use an FT on Kelly or Rico? Could get Masauku for Kelly.

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Keep Rash for Norwich

      1. Taffer
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Man Utd ex McTominay are so poor though, they can't transition the ball through midfield.

    3. QuintonFortune25
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      I like A, but agree with the above should hold for Norwich.

  7. QuintonFortune25
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Thinking about going Mahrez as my Alli replacement. Everyone seems to be ignoring City (aside from KDB) and with Villa and Palace up next it could be a nice differential.

    Any reasons not to go for it?

    1. Taffer
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Prefer D Silva, but like the idea.

    2. Joggers Nipple
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Sounds good

  8. Bavarian
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Ramsdale
    Soyuncu-TAA-Lundstram-Sidibe-Kelly
    Mane-KDB-Maddison-Grealish-Cantwell
    Vardy-Jimenez-Abraham

    What to do for the DGW with 1.8 ITB?
    A-Sidibe > Robertson
    B-KDB > Salah
    C-Other

    Any suggestion appreciated...

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Save FT and review?

      1. Bavarian
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        This move will be for GW 24 not for now

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          then A, but review Sidibe's performance in the meantime.
          Soy->VVD might be an alternative

          1. Bavarian
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            Thanks mate

  9. Jullepuu
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Which one guys I can't decide
      A) Get Sidibe now and keep Grealish
      B) Get Holgate now and upgrade Grealish to Maddison/Martial/Rich for game week 24

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

        A.

      2. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        A

      3. Bavarian
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        A

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Good to go this week?

      Holding FT then next week Aurier & Traoré > Robbo & Cantwell?

      Ramsdale,
      Trent, Soy, Lundstram
      Salah, KDB, Maddison, Martial
      C Vardy, Ings, Rashford

      McCarthy, Traore, Aurier, Rico

      1.7 bank.

      FT

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

        Yeap,solid moves.

      2. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Save FT and then sell rash/martial next week. Then in 24 do your proposed moves

    • aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Save ft is best option here? 0.2itb.

      --Hendo
      --TAA--VVD--Lund
      --Mane--KDB--Madds--Grealish
      --Vardy--Tammy--Rash.

      Plan for next week is Tammy+VVD to Ings+Robbo.

      1. Taffer
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        No point of getting rid of VVD for Robbo, ppg is almost exactly the same.

    • RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Seems like ‘everybody’ is selling Vardy and ‘everybody’ is buying Maddison.

      Do you consider Maddison better value than Vardy?

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Why would they do that? Get both or neither. Either we're going to do well for the rest of the season or we're not.

      2. Netley Lucas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        I don't think I've seen anyone selling Vardy but clearly some are and have done, good luck with that I say.

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          Somany sold that Vardy was falling in price this night

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

        Enough people to see a drop. Not everyone. Those fooled by a weekend off with his new baby and a small niggle last week. He's going to punish them. Maddison can frustrate by comparison.

    • pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Martial to Dilva?

      Villa are defensively no better than Norwich - arguably worse nowadays.

      1. Netley Lucas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Nah, hold.

    • FPL Kakarot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Which combo is best for the next 3?

      A) Richarlison and Pope

      B) Pickford and William (-4)

      C) Fabianski and Dilva (-4)

      D) Leno and Dilva (-4)

      1. Taffer
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        never take a -4 for a goalkeeper

    • Warby84
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Is it worth playing Otamendi over Grealish?? Not sure villa will score, or am I better off playing the attacker in this situation

    • Tinmen
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Folks, what are people’s thoughts on bringing in Sterling?

      Very tempted myself, but also worried he could be dropped last night after playing the 90

      1. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        I have set up now with Mane/Salah/DeBruyne so no way would I sacrifice, pretty sure majority will be moving on rather than getting in, due to Liv DGW

      2. NOMONEY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        7 blanks in the last 11 games for the price of 11.8, no thanks for me

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

          Yeah. If he was £6m nobody would be touching him. Lure of the premium player.

    • Chelsea91
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

      hendo
      Taa,Holgate,Montoya
      Mane,Salah,Kdb,Troare
      Vardy,Ings,Dcl

      Button Soy cantwell hanley

      Any suggestion for the team guys ? WC active

    • balint84
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Jimenez or Ings this week?

      1. Chelsea91
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 6 days ago

        both

    • KGFC
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      I know it isn't a popular move but anyone thinking of getting in Son? Reckon he plays up top with Kane injured.

      1. NOMONEY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        you mean get son after liv game right? i will be doing the same

        1. KGFC
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          Thinking of getting even for the Pool game. Yes, Pool will win but think Spurs can nick one and Son could be the one to score. Also, I have 2FTs and want to replace Alli :-p. So yes, I'm a bit biased.

          1. NOMONEY
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            i also have alli, and im really not confident on spurs getting anything out of this game. but i guess you have a point, if you do have the money, then may as well have son instead of alli in this game as son is the one more likely to get a return

      2. Don Rogers FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Worth a punt and good stepping stone for Liv mid double-up in 24.

      3. Celt Abroad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Is that the same Son who got a red card on each of the last two occasions I bought him?

    • Don Rogers FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Grealish to Maddison for free, for next 2-3 gamweeks?

      Probably en duo with both by GW 25

      Yes or No?

      1. KGFC
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Nopes for me. Could score same even with MCI game since City aren't really watertight at the back. Plus, Villa has 2 Home games and Grealish seems to be racking up points!

    • Don Rogers FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      * end up with

    • AK ⭐
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Wrote a little Review of GW21. See if you get something out of it. 😉

      https://twitter.com/AK_FPL1/status/1214543037868601344?s=20

    • Andrew K
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Should i keep this squad or any out/in for GW22? recommend please..
      Pope
      Lunstram/Söyüncü/Kelly
      Mane/Salah/KDB/Grealish
      Calvert-Lewin/Vardy(C)/Rashford

      Bench: Button Zaha/Rico/Webster

      Thanks,

    • Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Thoughts on this team? 2 ft, 2.4m itb.
      Pope > fab and roll the other ft?

      Pope
      Taa soy lund
      Salah kdb Richarlison Grealish
      Vardy rashford ings

      Button dunk Rico dendo

    • AlpoShearer
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      Early thougts
      A. Guaita to McCarthy
      B. Traore to Grealish
      C. Both
      D. Somethin else

      2 FT 1,1£ ITB

      Guaita
      TAA - Lundstram - Soy
      Salah - Mane - KDB - Traore
      Vardy - Ings - Rasford

      Button Dendocker - Rico - Reid