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Scout Notes

Watford’s cut-price FPL attacking assets impress as budget defence holds strong

Bournemouth 0-3 Watford

  • Goals: Abdoulaye Doucoure (£5.6m), Troy Deeney (£6.2m), Roberto Pereyra (£5.6m)
  • Assists: Ismaila Sarr (£6.2m), Doucoure, Andre Gray (£5.6m)
  • Bonus: Doucoure x3, Deeney x2, Adam Masina (£4.3m), Adrian Mariappa (£4.2m) x1

Two teams that started Gameweek 22 in the relegation zone and one point apart met at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday, with Watford running out comfortable 3-0 winners.

There is a stark contrast between the two clubs at present.

The Hornets are revitalised under Nigel Pearson, losing just one of the six matches that he has overseen (away to Liverpool), and several of their players appeal from a Fantasy Premier League perspective.

Bournemouth, on the other hand, are in a real rut and even some favourable fixtures in the next five Gameweeks won’t be enough for many FPL bosses to revisit the Cherries.

Eddie Howe’s side had begun fairly brightly against their visitors this weekend, with Dominic Solanke (£5.2m) almost pouncing on a mishit Adam Smith (£4.3m) shot and Harry Wilson (£5.9m) forcing Ben Foster (£4.9m) into a flying save with one of his trademark free-kicks.

That turned out to be Bournemouth’s only attempt on target in the entire match and, once Watford had broken the deadlock five minutes before the interval, the hosts’ self-belief visibly ebbed away.

Howe acknowledged that confidence was at a low after full-time, saying:

The first goal going in damaged us mentally and we didn’t recover. Confidence is such an important thing to any team and it just felt it was lacking from that goal onwards, it seemed to dent us.

It’s certainly not what we wanted and the performance wasn’t what we wanted either.

We can only regroup, learn from what we’ve delivered, analyse the game properly and improve. We need to rediscover our belief in the team. For me, that’s the only thing missing because we’ve got good players.

Bournemouth’s early pressure was more of a mild breeze than a full-blown storm but once Watford had comfortably seen off the Cherries’ handful of first-half forays into their final third, they began to kick on.

The Hornets are not just well-structured at the back, they are oozing confidence further forward.

The in-form Ismaila Sarr (£6.2m) had already fired a warning shot across the Bournemouth bows early on when breaking clear of Nathan Ake (£4.8m) and fizzing the ball wide, and it was the Senegal international who teed up Abdoulaye Doucoure (£5.6m) for Watford’s opening goal in the 41st minute.

While that attacking return owed a debt to Mark Travers‘ (£4.2m) awful pass out, Sarr was a threat all match and could have had added to his assist.

The Senegalese winger had a shot deflected over on 50 minutes and then spurned a glorious chance soon after, miscuing a volleyed effort from six yards after a weak headed clearance.

He was heavily involved in Watford’s second goal, too, with his run and attempted cross for Doucoure falling kindly for Troy Deeney (£6.2m) to hammer home just after the hour-mark.

Sarr now has five attacking returns to his name in as many Gameweeks, a total that only Manchester City pair Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.7m) can trump among FPL midfielders.

He’s not the only appealing option in this Watford side.

Deeney has four goals to his name since Pearson took charge, while Doucoure has banked four attacking returns in the last three Gameweeks.

Doucoure has flirted with Fantasy managers since his arrival in the Premier League (at least ten attacking returns in each of the last two seasons) and he is certainly thriving in an advanced number ten role, looking more comfortable than he did when stationed further back under Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores.

Pearson revealed afterwards that Doucoure has been playing through the pain barrier:

He’s not trained this week, he had a fitness test on Saturday, so he’s been playing with discomfort for a while and it was touch and go whether he played.

But he’s a very resilient lad and his demeanour’s been very positive. He was desperate to play, but he’s only played today because of conversations that we, as coaching staff, had had with the medical staff to make sure we understand what the risks are.

Gerard Deulofeu (£6.1m) was the only one of Watford’s front four to blank on Sunday but he has been chipping in with goals and assists of late too and could have had further returns this weekend, forcing Travers into a save at his near post early on and slicing wide when the Hornets broke at pace midway through the second half.

Roberto Pereyra (£5.6m) rounded off the scoring in stoppage time, volleying in the rebound after fellow substitute Andre Gray (£5.6m) had been denied.

At the back, Foster collected his fourth clean sheet in seven Gameweeks but was scarcely troubled in the away goal.

Bournemouth have scored a miserable seven goals in 15 league matches and there will seldom be easier shut-outs than this but Pearson deserves credit for his work with the Hornets, with hitherto unconvincing options such as Adrian Mariappa (£4.2m) and Adam Masina (£4.3m) solid at full-back on Sunday.

Those two players picked up bonus points to go with their clean sheets, although the likes of Kiko Femenia (£4.2m) and Daryl Janmaat (£4.1m) are still to return from injury and it remains to be seen who Pearson favours when all of his defensive options are available.

Christian Kabasele (£4.3m) is due back from suspension at centre-half in Gameweek 23, meanwhile, with Craig Cathcart (£4.3m) looking about as nailed an option among those playing in front of Foster in the medium-term.

Reflecting on the game, Pearson said:

There have been times when we’ve played some really good football and won games and then today was an example of having to show quite a bit of resilience and game understanding, but also using our quality when we could and I thought our counter-attacking situations were really good.

We created a lot of chances, we defended set plays with an incredible desire to keep the ball out of the net, and we needed to.

It’s a great result for us, but we have to keep our focus from here on in.

As for the Cherries, they sit second-top of our Season Ticker over the next five Gameweeks – but who would back their FPL assets at present?

As well as scoring at a rate of 0.47 goals per match over the last 15 Gameweeks, Howe’s troops have kept one clean sheet in 11 league fixtures.

Their most-owned FPL asset, Diego Rico (£4.4m) was dropped to the bench for this one, while goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale (£4.7m) missed out through injury.

Howe at least had the consolation of welcoming Ake and Smith back from recent lay-offs and afterwards said that Ramsdale’s issue wasn’t too serious:

He went to catch a ball yesterday in training and just felt something. I don’t think it’s serious, I think it is very minor but it was enough to see him miss today.

Callum Wilson‘s (£7.4m) own FPL form mirrors his team’s and he is without an attacking return since Gameweek 7, with the mid-price FPL forward having few chances to get on the scoresheet this weekend.

The upcoming fixtures might be better than Watford’s (the Hornets are towards the bottom of our Season Ticker in the medium-term) but Bournemouth’s horrendous form is surely more of a factor at present.

Bournemouth XI (4-4-2): Travers; Smith, Francis, S. Cook, Ake; Gosling (L. Cook 59′), Lerma (Billing 59′); H. Wilson (Surridge 75′), Fraser; Solanke, C. Wilson.

Watford XI (4-2-3-1): Foster; Mariappa, Dawson, Cathcart, Masina; Chalobah, Capoue; Sarr (Pereyra 83′), Doucoure (Quina 86′), Deulofeu (Gray 90′); Deeney.

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615 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Zero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Currently peaking in my entire FPL career. With 2FT and 0 in the bank, my team is:

    McCarthy (Pope)
    TAA - Lund - Sidibe (Webster - Rico)
    KdB - Salah - Martial - Cantwell (Traore)
    Aguero - Ings - Vardy

    Any players I should aim to bring in?

    Thinking Firmino and Noble in for the DGW - think it'll be fine? Ta!

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Mane

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      I'd downgrade Martial to someone and upgrade Rico to Robbo.

      Wouldn't wanna lose any of those strikers for Bobby.

      1. Zero
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Thanks man

  2. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Early thoughts on best move next week?

    A - Martial and Perez to Salah and Doucoure
    B - Martial and Targett to Salah and Williams

    Mcarthy
    TAA Soy Lunds Rico Tagrett
    Mane Martial Perez KDB Cantwell
    Vardy Rash Tammy

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      A.

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      A

    3. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      B

  3. Coys96
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    GTG? 0FT, done Fabianski & Auba to McCarthy & Maupay (-4)

    McCarthy
    Trent Soy Lund
    Mane KdB Grealish Cantwell
    Vardy (c) Ings Maupay

    Button Martial Aurier Rico

    Still debating the WC, but keen to save it. Rico, Aurier, Soyuncu & Cantwell are all dying. Bit worried about Maupay but fixtures are very good and funds Martial -> Salah next GW.

    Any thoughts much appreciated 🙂

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Looks a good plan mate.
      We'll have the same front 8 next week.

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Nice, thanks!

    2. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Good to go

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Thanks

    3. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      You will get rid of Martial before BUR (H)?

      Why him instead of Grealish?

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Yeah it is a problem. I can take out Grealish but would be a hit (don't have enough cash for straight swap)

  4. GreennRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Is it windy there lads? Brendan has quietened down here in the East of Ireland.

    1. Mayor of Flair
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Quietened down in Cork a bit now but was fairly wild this morning.

      1. GreennRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Yeah. In Meath, was rough enough earlier. Short powercut was the worst of it though. Yerselves and Galway always seem to get the worst of bad weather. My wife is Filippina thinking 'That's not a storm' 🙂

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Pretty windy in Buckhamshire, just outside London

  5. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Bench one of from each of these:

    A) Cantwell (BOU)
    B) Grealish (bha)

    1) Dunk (AVL)
    2) Soyuncu (bur)
    3) Lundstram (ars) (Have Henderson)

    Cheers! 🙂

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      B3

    2. KINGS
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      A3

    3. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      A3

  6. wilson007
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Ryan
    TAA Soy Lund Stephens
    Mane Salah KDB Grealish
    Vardy Rashford

    Button Greenwood Kelly Dendoncker

    2FT 0.0 ITB

    Any suggestions?

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Rashford to Ings
      Kelly to Digne/someone

  7. KINGS
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Who’s your captain this GW?

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      KDB or Vardy. Maybe Ings?

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Aguero

      1. sovietrockettes
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        How are you getting him in?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 3 hours ago

          WC

          1. sovietrockettes
            • 1 Year
            6 days, 3 hours ago

            I see.......is this to accommodate Liverpool as well?

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 days, 3 hours ago

              Yup - Double Pool defence, Triple City attack,

              1. DannyDrinkVodka
                6 days, 3 hours ago

                What about the bench boost? Or are you not too worried about that chip?

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  6 days, 3 hours ago

                  Is it bit overrated in the DGW and think I will get more value out of the WC now then playing it in GW 31. Will use FTs to ensure I have a team to BB at some point.

                  McCarthy
                  TAA Robbo Dunk
                  Salah KDB Mahrez Richarlison
                  Aguero Ings DCL

                  1. sovietrockettes
                    • 1 Year
                    6 days, 3 hours ago

                    My ML rival has brought in Aguero and will certainly be captaining him....I’m scared and thinking of dumping Vardy to accommodate

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      6 days, 3 hours ago

                      How often do you see yourself capping Vardy in the next few GWs?

                      1. sovietrockettes
                        • 1 Year
                        6 days, 3 hours ago

                        not very, with the notable exception of Burnley lol

              2. Pieterke30
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                6 days, 3 hours ago

                Im not sure Id want triple City attack after the Palace game.

    3. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Vardy

    4. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Vardy. de Bruyne VC.

    5. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Probably De Bruyne. Slightly tempted by Ings though.

    6. Jekori
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      At the moment (c)KdB (vc) Ings. Might switch them around depending on midweek games

    7. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Got it on Mane at the minute, I think they'll destroy United

    8. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      KDB probably. If not, Vardy.

    9. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Aguero

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Easy choice for those who have him, sure.

        Getting him in means taking two hits over two weeks for me.

        Would captain him, but I need another 15+ points performance vs CRY (H) to make it worth it, as it would only be for one GW.

  8. Goat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Had planned on bringing in Ryan for Pope but Brighton have 1 CS in 11 games. McCarthy?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      He's cheap at least

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      McCarthy

    3. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Southampton have 2 in 22

      1. Goat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 days, 23 hours ago

        Conceded only 2 in last 4 though

    4. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Ryan

    5. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Other than Alisson no keeper is great for cleansheets recently. Maybe better going cheap with McCarthy who will get a nice few save points at least.

    6. Jekori
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      I rather have McCarthy and some spare cash now yeah

  9. Gudjohnsen
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Martial, Abraham to Cantwell, Vardy (C) for -4?

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Not even for FT.

    2. Jekori
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      You must have an insane team already. I won't ditch either of Martial (long term) or Abraham (this week). Maybe tammy out next week

  10. in sane in de bruyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Play DCL over Cantwell? Good to go?

    McCarthy
    Trent Digne Lord
    Salah Mane KDB Mahrez Cantwell
    Vardy Ings

    (McGovern DCL Kabasele Rico)

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Nah, play Cantwell.

      Nice team, GTG

    2. Jekori
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      I'd keep it like it is. Cantwell plays in the easier games and it doesn't get much easier than BOU. In your case a Pep-roulette might not be too bad with DCL coming in

    3. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Thank you both!

    4. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 2 hours ago

      Gtg

  11. tissae
    • 5 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Plan is to get Salah in for DGW. Which way would you go? 2FT, 1.4m itb

    Henderson
    TAA Soy Lundy
    Mane KDB Son Maddison
    Ings Vardy Rashford

    Button Rico Kelly Nakamba

    A) Son + Maddison + Rico --> Salah + Grealish + Williams
    B) Son + Rashford --> Salah + Abraham??/Jimenez???
    C) ??

    1. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      I think b

    2. Jekori
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Son+Maddison > Salah + Sarr

    3. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Keep Son.
      Rashford to Maupay/DCL/Deeney
      And Maddison to Salah

      But with your team it looks better to go Robbo, as Soy, Rico and Kelly are becoming weak. Bournemouth are awful, Leicester are missing Ndidi and fixtures are turning bad, and Kelly won't play soon with Ward back

  12. JohnRoss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Guys/Experts

    A or B?!

    (a) Martial + Firmino
    (b) Mane + Greenwood

    (Have Salah...)

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      A

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      A

    3. Jekori
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      For GW24 definitely A. Long term i'd prefer B (with Greenwood on bench)

    4. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Depends how often Greenwood would be starting. Assuming he is a starter, then A. If he's on the bench most of the time, I prefer B (much prefer Mane to Firmino and Rashford to Martial).

    5. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Cheers all

  13. Maddamotha
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    What to do here? 2FTs 0.3ITB. Thinking of using 1FT this gw and 2FTs next week, downgrading Jimenez to get Robbo for Targett/Rico for the dgw.

    A) Guaita > Ryan
    B) Targett > Holgate/Williams
    C) Jimenez > Ings (Will have to downgrade Martial or Maddison to get Robbo then)

    Guaita
    TAA, Soy, Lundstram
    Salah, KDB, Martial, Maddison
    Vardy, Abraham, Jimenez

    Button, Dendo, Rico, Targett

    1. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      I think Ings in for Jimi and roll the transfer

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      C.

  14. ludaslol
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Pope
    Rico Soy TAA Lundestram Kelly
    Saka KDB Salah grealish Richarlison
    Vardy Rash Jimi

    1FT and 0.7 itb... wc material?

    Really want Kun and pope out

    1. ludaslol
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      And robbo/VVD in also

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Kun out?

      1. ludaslol
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Sorry. Kun in

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 days, 3 hours ago

          A great pick if he's nailed on. Not convinced he is. Pep's probably gonna manage the squad with a best 11 plus subs in mind for Champions League.

    3. Jekori
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      i'd save WC for the real DGW madness. Think you can do Jimmy > Ings now. Next week Pope > McCarthy and Soy > VVD/Robbo.
      If you insist on having Kun you might as well WC cause i don't see a way without taking too many hits.

  15. Catastrophe
    • 9 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    A) Ryan & Sarr
    B) McCarthy & Moura

    Edging towards A due to better fixtures.

    Cheers

    1. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      A for me

      1. Catastrophe
        • 9 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Cheers.

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      McCarthy & Sarr

      1. Catastrophe
        • 9 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Thanks

      2. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 2 hours ago

        Maybe this

  16. shirtless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Any Martial owners about taking a punt this week before getting a West Ham player in? I’ve got 2 FTs so there must be someone with better prospects this week? Or go straight to a West Ham player?

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Richarlison?

      1. shirtless
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Good shout. Might have him long term after DGW24.

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      I wouldn't bother. Martial will likely outscore them in GW24 anyway (BUR h)

      If anyone go with Sarr, but I'd keep

  17. Pad Randa
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Need a few more opinions on this WC team, friends.

    Gazza - Martin
    TAA - Dunk - Lundstram - Holgate - Williams
    Salah - Mane - KdB - Sarr - Cantwell
    Vardy - Ings - DCL

    0.3 ITB

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      McCarthy over Gazza. Rotates very well with Martin for next few and our defence is awful and more expensive than McCarthy. Lloris back soon also.

      Williams to Joel Ward/Lascelles/Masuaku (both bargains)

      Cantwell only has 1 more good fixture then they're awful. I'd consider Mooy/Fleck/Noble, unless you're desperate for Cantwell as a 1 week punt.

      Pukki is a brilliant 1 week punt. I'd get him just for Bournemouth then switch to DCL/Deeney/Maupay straight after.

      1. Pad Randa
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Is McCarthy nailed? I know literally nothing about Southampton this year apart from the obvious (Ings).

        Two of the three defenders you've mentioned have flags on them and Masuaku doesn't look to be nailed on (unless he is taking Fredericks's spot?).

        Cantwell is a fifth midfielder for a reason - got to bench someone, so his bad fixtures might be more of a blessing than a curse. I've had him for months, so I won't get good value selling him (4.7).

        I might consider Pukki for BOU if I can get him in, which right now isn't looking likely...

        1. Coys96
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 3 hours ago

          Yes
          They're back this GW
          If you have value in him probably keep.
          Try get Pukki if you can

          1. Pad Randa
            • 8 Years
            6 days, 3 hours ago

            I can get Pukki for DCL, but it becomes a benching headache. Right now I'm on this:

            McCarthy
            TAA - Holgate - Dunk
            Mane - KdB - Mahrez (to make room for a DCL swap to Firmino for the DGW) - Sarr - Cantwell
            Vardy - Ings

            Martin, DCL, Lundstram, Williams

            I do want to start DCL, though, but nobody to bench for him. Unless Vardy at Turf Moor, but that seems a waste...

            1. Pad Randa
              • 8 Years
              6 days, 3 hours ago

              Same issue with Pukki if I get him in, btw.

    2. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Double pool attack is a compromise not worth taking imo

      1. Pad Randa
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        GW24?

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 days, 3 hours ago

          Double defence is already achieving the same ceiling and allows for greater options for attack with other teams

          1. Pieterke30
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 3 hours ago

            Aubameyang is suspended, Kane injured, Aguero is not nailed on to start every game,... why would we need to save some money in order to afford more expensive forwards than, say, 3 of Vardy, Ings, Rashford, Jimenez, Maupay, Deeney?

            1. Pad Randa
              • 8 Years
              6 days, 3 hours ago

              I'd consider Bobby F for the away fixtures, swap to Rashford after that...

              1. Pieterke30
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                6 days, 3 hours ago

                Nah, not for me.

            2. Eat my goal!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              6 days, 3 hours ago

              I’d say kun is a great option

              This last game shows exactly what you might get from an away performance from pool

              1. Pad Randa
                • 8 Years
                6 days, 3 hours ago

                I wouldn't read anything into an away performance against Mourinho.

                1. Bushwhacker
                  6 days, 3 hours ago

                  Wouldn’t read anything into a Villa game where City were given four goals either.

          2. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 days, 3 hours ago

            + salah away stats aren’t all that desirable

          3. Pad Randa
            • 8 Years
            6 days, 3 hours ago

            How would you structure that? Salah + Williams >>> Gomez + ???

            1. Eat my goal!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              6 days, 3 hours ago

              Two teams I’ll feel are better than double pool attack imo:

              5.4 4.3
              Taa vvd digne lunds janmaat
              Mane Kdb madds grealish dendo
              Rash ings vardy

              4.9 4.3
              Taa vvd soy lunds janmaat
              Mane Kdb sarr grealish dendo
              Kun ings vardy

              1. Pieterke30
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                6 days, 3 hours ago

                Kun and KDB will get the odd benching soon enough. Salah and Mané wont. Not before the league is won.

                1. Eat my goal!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  6 days, 3 hours ago

                  I agree but as could a pool player when CL returns.

                  1. Pieterke30
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    6 days, 3 hours ago

                    Could be, but I doubt it. Key City players will be rested in the PL when UCL comes back and they are still 15+ points behind Pool.

                    Whereas Klopp will not want to risk it, even if it could mean being out of UCL in the round of 16 or in QF.

              2. Pad Randa
                • 8 Years
                6 days, 3 hours ago

                That's a LOT invested into GKs... I like the second team, but I don't have the TV to pull it off.

    3. Jekori
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      ^^
      pretty much what COYS96 said. Sarr and fleck rotate quite well too. Don't agree on the last 1 week punt part, yes Pukki has BOU but going Maupay (AVL) Deeney (SPU) and DCL (whu) and banking a transfer seems more precious to me before the blanks/doubles are being announced

      1. Pad Randa
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        With the team structured the way it is right now, I can punt on Pukki for a week, then turn him into Firmino for the DGW and Rashford thereafter. Problem is, I have a benching headache for the next GW (see my response to COYS96).

    4. MidTableFantasy
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Henderson instead of Gazza if you can afford it

      1. Pad Randa
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Priorities elsewhere. McCarthy/Martin will have to do.

        1. Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 3 hours ago

          This

  18. Marcuss
    • 1 Year
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Re-post

    Thoughts?what transfers are needed?

    Guiata Button

    Sidibe Taa Lundstram Soyuncu Hanley

    Kdb salah mane Richarlison cantwell

    Ings vardy Greenwood

    0 ITB 1 FT

    Thanks.!

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      None, gtg

      1. Marcuss
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Thanks you sure?

        Start Lund over Soy?

  19. Mr. Wizard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    2FT: use one to do Hendo -> Ryan?

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      No way

      1. Mr. Wizard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Anyone worth replacing him for the City Ars fixtures?

        I was considering Fabi for DGW but obvs injured

        1. Coys96
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 3 hours ago

          No, fixtures after are brilliant. 2 GWs isn't worth it when it comes to a GK

          1. Mr. Wizard
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            6 days, 3 hours ago

            2 FT’s though... may as well use one. Any suggestions then?

            Hendo
            TAA Lundy Soy (Kelly, Reid)
            Salah Mane KDB Traore (Cantwell)
            Vardy Tammy Ings

            1.9 ITB

            1. Coys96
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              6 days, 3 hours ago

              Yeah you can defo make moves there. Traore to Sarr and Reid to Dunk/Monty/Lascelles

  20. Fantasyfootballryan
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Thoughts on this lot?

    Pope
    Soyuncu, Digne, TAA
    Salah, Mane, KDB, Cantwell
    Vardy, Abraham, DCL

    Steklenburg, Lundstrum, Kelly, Douglas Luiz

    1FT and 0.7m ITB

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Nice, the only move I'd consider is getting rid of Pope, maybe to McCarthy

      1. Fantasyfootballryan
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Im thinking, next week Digne to Holgate and Abraham to Rashford!
        I also agree Pope needs to go!

  21. DA Minnion
    • 7 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Bench
    Cantwell
    Ings
    Jimmy.
    Cheers

    1. Marcuss
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Crazy,but jimi

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Not crazy, that would be my choice too

        1. Pieterke30
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 3 hours ago

          Would be mine too but what he meant is that it’s crazy to bench Jimenez.

    2. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      I thought this too.

  22. sovietrockettes
    • 1 Year
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Almost convinced myself that Rashford needs to go for Ings......I've got both Rashord and Martial and it seems silly to keep both against Liverpool

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Just one game.

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Who else can you sell?

      1. sovietrockettes
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        I suppose I also really want Ings.....so the only other candidate would be Vardy.....

    3. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      I did Rashford to Ings. Ings so underpriced.

      Rashford too expensive for a differential when 3 LFC + Vardy + KDB are required.

  23. Legohair
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Is it madness to sell KDB to Mane in GW24? Sell value is 10,3...i lose money if i do that, but also liverpool do have nice run of fixtures and i could sell Mane back to KDB if i want after GW24...

    1. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      There is a good chance I sell KDB after Palace too, for Salah

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      What other players could you sell? Maybe best to leave it.

      1. Legohair
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Maybe vardy but dont wont to do that

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 days, 3 hours ago

          Leave it then. Alisson or 2nd Pool defender?

          1. Legohair
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 3 hours ago

            I could do jimenez to firmino, 0,3 too short but i can also sell fabianski(if he is out) and get cheaper goalie.

  24. GreennRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/west-ham-view-cardiff-citys-17558194

    Randolph fitness concerns could open door for Cardiff's Filipino keeper move to West Ham.

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Surely he's too good to be a second choice?!

      1. GreennRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        I'm Irish, wife from the Philippines. I think Etheridge is a better keeper than Randolph though it's close. An England youths keeper. Plus he's not recovering from injury. Both too good to be number 2 but Fabianski better than either.

        1. La Roja
          • 7 Years
          6 days, 3 hours ago

          What has that to do with your ir wife’s nationalities though?

          1. GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            6 days, 3 hours ago

            Just that I keep an eye on Azkals games. Nice to see a team without overpaid 'superstars' in this day and age.

    2. Monkey Hanger
      • 6 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Woodgate saying Randolph medical is 'the longest of all time'.

      1. GreennRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        He's not been fit since November. Seems Hammers want a keeper familiar with the club with an injury doubt rather than a fit new keeper.

  25. Ibra
    • 1 Year
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Gtg?

    Gazza
    TAA - Lund - Rico
    Salah - KDB - Maddy - Martial
    Vardy - Abraham - Ings

    Button - Grealish - Willems - Kelly

    My plan for the next week: Maddy + Abraham + Willems -> Salah + Greenwood + Williams

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Play Grealish over Martial

  26. Mr. Wizard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Digne surely a worthy option back on the radar?

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Still nicely priced.

    2. Jullepuu
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Sidibe is cheaper and offers similar attacking threat

  27. Marcuss
    • 1 Year
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    After city

    Fleck,Lund,Hendo

    Too much?

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      No, I'm thinking similar

  28. Sailboats
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Worth doing Henderson and Maddison >> Mccarthy and Mane for -4?

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Can you only afford Maddison > Mane if you do the other move?

      1. Sailboats
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Yes. I have to sell either Soy or Henderson to afford Mane.

    2. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Yep

  29. tissae
    • 5 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Is this one worth or am i tripping ? 2FT

    Henderson
    TAA Soy Lundy
    Mane KDB Son Maddison
    Ings Vardy Rashford

    Button Rico Kelly Nakamba

    Rico + Son --> Robertson + Richarlison

    1. Sailboats
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Worth imo

  30. Zladan
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 3 hours ago

    Ramsdale to McCarthy for a hit before McCarthy price rise?

    Not even sure Ramsdale gets his spot back. The 0.3m saving gives me leeway on an otherwise exact cash move for Salah and Williams next week.

    1. Alli Express
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      I'm staying with Ramsdale until 25 then welcome Henderson . I can't afford hits

      1. Zladan
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        I don’t fancy the risk of only 10 starters again.

        McGovern my back up and he is 3rd choice now.