Dugout Discussion

Rico benched as Ramsdale misses out through injury

The penultimate match of Gameweek 22 sees two sides battling to avoid relegation meet at the Vitality Stadium.

Watford and Bournemouth are in contrasting shape.

The Cherries were bottom of the form table heading into this clash, based on results over the previous ten Gameweeks.

Since Nigel Pearson took charge at Vicarage Road, however, Watford have lost just once – and that defeat came at runaway leaders Liverpool.

Unsurprisingly, the Hornets boss has kept changes to a minimum and both of his alterations are enforced: the suspended Christian Kabasele (£4.3m) and the injured Kiko Femenia (£4.2m) are replaced by Adrian Mariappa (£4.2m) and Adam Masina (£4.3m).

The team news from the home dressing room will affect more Fantasy managers.

Diego Rico (£4.2m), the only player in either squad who can boast a double-digit ownership in Fantasy Premier League at present, is only among the substitutes, with the fit-again Nathan Ake (£4.8m) taking his place at left-back.

Adam Smith (£4.3m) also makes a sooner-than-expected return from injury and replaces Chris Mepham (£4.3m), who was ruled out for 12 weeks on Friday.

Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale (£4.7m), himself owned by over 6% of FPL bosses, misses out with a minor injury and is replaced by Mark Travers (£4.2m) between the posts.

Callum Wilson (£7.4m), without an FPL attacking return since Gameweek 7 but on the scoresheet last weekend in the FA Cup, is joined up front by Dominic Solanke (£5.2m).

Ben Foster (£4.9m) has three clean sheets in his last six league matches (albeit all at home) and was the most-bought player from either side in the run-up to Gameweek 22.

Just over 70,000 prescient FPL managers shipped out Rico, who had accumulated only 18 points over the previous ten Gameweeks.

Ismaila Sarr (£6.2m), who has four attacking returns in as many Gameweeks, is Watford’s most-owned outfield player within the top 10k, sitting in 2.55% of these elite squads.


Bournemouth XI: Travers, Francis, S. Cook, Ake, A. Smith, H. Wilson, Gosling, Lerma, Fraser, C. Wilson, Solanke.

Watford XI: Foster, Mariappa, Dawson, Cathcart, Masina, Chalobah, Capoue, Sarr, Doucouré, Deulofeu, Deeney.

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  1. sully29
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Thoughts on Firmino for the DGW? Particularly given they're facing two away games and all his goals this season have come away from home.

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

      Eyeing as Rash replacer..

    2. Tcheco
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Perfect for a Liverpool triple up

    3. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Nobody in here will tell you that's a good idea but if you have team structure and feel it, go for it.

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Exactly. The collective wisdom is always two weeks late

      2. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Agree with this. Personally would need a hit to get Mane in, and need to strengthen elsewhere so transfers are worth a lot now. Aguero to Firmino is the best option for me.

    4. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      And to answer your question, yes, think he's a good option because of reasons you mentioned. I don't know if it is some different team setup in away games or what but stats don't lie, he destroys both Mane and Salah in terms of away goals.

      I'm going Firmino+Salah+DEF in dgw24, feel like both Mane and Salah is a waste of funds, other teams have decent fixtures that week.

  2. nerd_is_the_werd
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Any indication on Ramsdale return?

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        To be honest, it doesnt make much difference.

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Minor, so would expect him back in two weeks max.

        Doesn’t mean he’ll start though.

    • Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      No Ramsdale. Huh. That's a bit annoying. Probably would have been a blank anyway.

    • in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      McCarthy
      Trent Digne Lord Rico* Kabasele*
      1FT 0.6ITB

      Playing three at the back but currently have no backup

      Rico out, who to bring in?
      A) Williams
      B) Tanganga
      C) Dunk
      D) Other suggestion

      1. dmkp
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Get a 2nd shu defender or Dunk

      2. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Dunk

    • Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      If ings can score 1 goal and have 2 more against Leicester then he can do anything.

      And it's been going for months.
      And he is healthy
      And he is cheap

      1. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        And his ownership is surprisingly low

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Will be close to 30% by end of this week.

      2. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I think this has finally clicked now for everyone, like there seemed to be a significant number of players holding out on not getting him that've now given in, his ownership is gonna fly up.

    • LM00091
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 7 days ago

      What do you guys think of this WC team??

      Ryan / Button
      TAA, Robertson, Lundstram, Soyuncu, Rico
      Grealish, Maddison, Mane, KDB, Fleck
      Vardy, Rashford, Ings

      1. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        It looks like the team people have right now, though I'm not sure that's the team people will want going forward.

      2. Pat Butcher
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Rico to Stephen or holgate

    • Liber
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Anybody else just can't get any transfer right?

      I bought Pogba and C him.
      Sold Abraham for Jimmy.
      And last two weeks I also bought Pulisic and Fabianski.

      All I am doing is undoing my bad decisions.

      1. Liber
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I think I am about to do -12 🙂

        1. Tcheco
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Relax you've got a good team & a decent rank

    • Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Knew Rico would be benched.

      1. Tcheco
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        No you didn't

        1. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Yup.

          He got hooked at half time during the 4-0 drubbing against WH.

          That was the start of it.

      2. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I didn't, but still happy i did Rico to Holgate this week

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Who’s the one getting Henderson for Ramsdale & Dendoncker for Rico?

      1. ragnarlookbrood
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        nobody cuz dendoncker is a midfielder

      2. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        People have double Bmouth defence?

    • HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Cantwell has 5 goals 2 assists in 8 pl home starts

      Would you start Cantwell (BOU) over Traore (sot) ?

      1. Tcheco
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Definitely

      2. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Yes

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

        Baby KDB!

      4. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Cantwell

      5. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        100%

      6. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Yes

      7. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Yes. My bus team actually has Cantwell starting over Martial (liv).

      8. svg53
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Traore....Cantwell benched too often.

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

        Cheers all Cantwell it is

      10. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Yup

    • arndff_
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Can't believe what I'm currently thinking to do before next GW:

      Rico, Kelly > Holgate, Williams for free

      1. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Where is all this love for Williams coming from? Is Shaw out for a few GWs or something?

        1. arndff_
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Gotta ask the same question but I've got nothing ITB, so Rico > Holgate is a no go. I need .2 and can find them by selling Kelly.

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Do you need to start them two?

        Unless your team is perfect, there has to be better uses for them transfers.

        1. arndff_
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          TAA | Soy | Lundstram + the two I mentioned

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

            Would start them 3 this GW and you’ve emergency cover if needed.

            I wouldn’t be using the 2 FTs like that, too valuable!

            1. arndff_
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              I posted my team below. What would you do? Reply there. Thanks.

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

                It’s looking good, see after the cup replays, something might come up.

                Maybe Jimmy out? No need to rush into anything.

                1. arndff_
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Got him on my wc and he recorded 2 blanks. Not inspirnig but think to keep him for one more at least. Thanks & good luck!

      3. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Williams seems a massive risk imo, surely not nailed and likely to hurt you if you don't pick him and hurt you if you do

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

          Think he’s fine for 5th defender.

        2. arndff_
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Cheers

      4. dmkp
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        If they are your 4th & 5th defender's then why waste 2 transfers on them.

        Maybe do one if needed

        1. arndff_
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          2 FTs & dunno what else can I do. Nothing ITB

          Ryan Button
          TAA Soy Lundstram Rico Kelly
          Salah Mane KDB Grealish Dendo
          Vardy Jimenez Ings

    • SuperHam
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Which one goes for Ings?
      Rashford or Maupay?

      Form v fixture

      1. Houldsworth Hatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Keep Rash

    • Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Need Rico to stay in bench. Ayew first sub!

      1. FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Jyxned it now mate

    • Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Henderson
      TAA - Dunk - Soy
      Salah - Mane - KDB - Grealish
      Vardy - Jimenez - Maupay

      (4.0 - Cantwell - Lundy - Rico)
      1 Ft & 0.1m

      Jimenez ➡️ Ings for free?
      Should have probably done it last night.

      Also would start Cantwell over any of the attackers?

    • Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      What would you do here to get a third Liverpool player for the blank? 2ft 0.1itb

      Guaita
      Trent Lundstram Aurier
      Salah KDB Moura Mount Cantwell
      Aguero Vardy

      Martin Holgate Kelly Greenwood

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Aguero to Ings
        Moura/Mount to Mane

        1. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Where would you downgrade to get 0.3 if Moura to Mane or 1.3 if Mount to Mane? This is the reason i'm thinking going double defence.

          1. Major League Shocker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Aurier to Watford defender or other cheap defender

          2. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Double def is not a bad option.

            Aurier to a slightly cheaper defender could free up the funds for Moura to Mane.

            1. Pukki Party
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Cheers. I'd rather sell Mount so Aguero, Mount, Guaita to Mane, DCL, Pope/McCarthy could work. Will play Martin if fit next 3.

              1. Pukki Party
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                If Fab out*

      2. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Aguero > Firmino? Be different. 🙂

        1. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Cheers. For my team it would be easier to go Firmino or Gomez as third option. Don't want to sell Moura before wat NOR.

          1. Pukki Party
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Just realized i can do Aguero, Greenwood to Firmino, Ings exact money.

    • nerd_is_the_werd
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Thoughts on Calvert Lewin?

        1. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          He has been awful for me in previous seasons, but now he seems like a good option actually.

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          D for Donkey.

        3. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          His ball handling skills are rubbish.

        4. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Stats are good. If that bundled goal yesterday isn't called a handball, he gets like 8 points instead of 1.

          1. Andy Ftw
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Had a decent 1 on 1 chance on top of that too. Stats/position look promising, even more so at that price.

        5. Reiger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Maupay the far better bet.

      • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Waiting for a KDB benching

        1. JamieNumber4
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Could really do with this!

        2. Skloppy Kops
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Even as a KdB owner.. I'd love it given the percentage captaincy in top 10k

      • konrad.sygula95
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Would You wildcard this team ?
        Or just use 2ft ?

        Pope/Krul
        Lundstram/Kelly/Rico/Soy/Robbo
        Salah/Kdb/Lucas/Martial/Cantwell
        Vardy/Abraham/DCL
        2ft 0.5itb

        1. Jet5605
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Definitely 2 FT.

          Pope & Rico > Holgate & Ryan/McCarthy/Foster

      • Jet5605
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Hey guys, my rival did Rash (c) and has made up 25 points this week as a result. Should I get Rash for the home game against Burnley?

        It'd mean doing Maupay & KDB > Rash & Martial/Grealish

        1. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Wouldn't ditch KDB

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            He will be deep. So I would

            1. I Member
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              He's played deep like twice all season.

        2. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          No

      • seewhyaxe
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        just rage transferred Ramsale out for McCarthy as part of a -4 to fund Mane.

      • Pat Butcher
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Hi
        Ahoy

        Pope and Stephens

        Or

        McCarthy and holgate -4

      • Lucky Russian
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Advise appreciated. Especially from those who follow Man. Unt. Is Williams a viable option to replace Rico? Is his place looking secure going forward? Moved into top 1K recently, so looking to make some informed decisions going forward. Been lucky so far with Ings and Rashford Capt differentials.

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Rotation risk.i think.

          2. Pukki Party
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Not sure he's bailed as Shaw wasn't in the lineup. He's been doing allright so might be his spot to use. Took Rico out myself too and never liked to play him so i'd say go for it.

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

            No, Shaw was injured yesterday.

            I think Williams may be fine as a 5th defender but I wouldn’t want to be relying on him.

            GGMU.

          4. Woy_is_back
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            As a 5th defender, he's great

          5. sully29
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            If Shaw is fit then Williams won't just be a rotation risk, he will be regularly rotated.

          6. Skalla
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            He is not nailed but cheap enough as 4/5th defender and prob won't need 3 Man U slots this season.

          7. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 7 days ago

            I just posted about this on the previous article, I think Williams is already a better player than Shaw who I haven't rated for a long time now but I still worry that Ole will prefer Shaw when both are fit.

        • BNMC
            1 month, 7 days ago

            A. Soy to Gomez for free
            B. Alli to Sarr and Soy to Robertson for a hit

            1. Reiger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              A.

          • Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Did Ramsdale to Ryan to avoid burning an FT, dodged a bullet there.

          • Brakos2k
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Keep Jiminez and Abraham 1 more week and save ft? Plan will probably be to switch one for Ings and other to Ayew as will be 3 5 2.

          • Colonel Shoe 肝池
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            ramsdale 🙁

          • Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Sell Rico or Kelly first?

            1. Reiger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Either way, both out... Williams and Holgate in.

          • Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Predictions?

            5-0 Watford and Howe fired tomorrow

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

              Sounds good with a Sarr hattrick pls 🙂

            2. Would Ed Woodward
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 7 days ago

              I didn't realise Ake was fit, is this his first game back or do I just not pay attention to Bournemouth?

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

                1st game back

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

              1/2-0 & Howe back to being linked with bigger jobs.

              Bournemouth are such a momentum team, FAC win would have brought a lift.

            4. The gospel according to Mar…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              That's not completely out of the question I wouldn't think.

            5. Skloppy Kops
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Why would you want the guy to get fired. Has been doing above expectation last year. And a bit unlucky with injuries this year.
              BOU is not a tram to challenge for honours anyway, given his squad.

              1. Skloppy Kops
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                *team

            6. Ole Trafford
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Howe won’t be fired from Bournemouth

          • Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Ramsdale owners lucky. BOU gks are always likely to get negative points...

          • KAPTAIN KANTWELL
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Rico injured?

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

              Benched today