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Is now the time to invest in Southampton’s FPL defensive assets?

If someone had told us back in October that we’d be talking up Southampton defensive assets by January, we would have assumed you were joking.

But here we are, nonetheless, on the verge of considering Saints defenders for our Fantasy Premier League teams.

Several months after the heaviest home defeat in their history, and the worst defensive showing this author has seen on any football pitch at any level, Ralph Hasenhüttl has completely transformed Southampton in one of the most impressive turnarounds we’ve seen in recent years.

With price depreciation naturally occurring across the Saints squad so far, Fantasy managers are now taking a look at the options available in Hampshire with great interest.

We have taken a closer look at their recent form to see if they truly are worth investing in.

As this article uses data from the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area, only those who have signed up for the full 2019/20 season, a monthly pass or a discounted package can access it in full.

What has Hasenhüttl changed?

The cause of Southampton’s recent defensive success can find its roots in a switch from a three-man defence to a back-four some point after that (in)famous defeat at Leicester – as well as a newfound consistency in team selection.

Hasenhüttl came into 2019/20 still a big fan of a three-man defence and flexible attacking formations around that base.

He used a 3-4-2-1 in Gameweeks 1, 5, 7, 9 and 12, a 3-5-2 was rolled out in Gameweeks 2 and 10 and a 5-3-2 in Gameweek 11.

The Austrian did dabble with back-fours at various stages, using a 4-4-2 in Gameweeks 3 and 4, a 4-2-3-1 in Gameweek 6 and a 4-3-3 in Gameweek 8.

However, the biggest issue, as you can probably tell, stemmed from the fact that his side was never settled.

Even when a back-four was used, there were some questionable decisions made about which players would occupy which positions, especially at full-back – although injuries did not exactly help.

Southampton formations

(Personnel included when a back-four)

  • GW1: 3-4-2-1
  • GW2: 3-5-2
  • GW3: 4-4-2 (L-R: Danso, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Valery)
  • GW4: 4-4-2 (L-R: Danso, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Cédric)
  • GW5: 3-4-2-1
  • GW6: 4-2-3-1 (L-R: Cédric, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Danso)
  • GW7: 3-4-1-2
  • GW8: 4-3-3 (L-R: Bertrand, Yoshida, Bednarek, Valery)
  • GW9: 3-4-2-1
  • GW10: 3-5-2
  • GW11: 5-3-2
  • GW12: 3-4-2-1

As we all know, Southampton’s defence was one of the most porous in the Premier League during this period, epitomised by their humiliating 9-0 defeat at home to Leicester in Gameweek 10.

Still, it was not until the Gameweek 12 home defeat to Everton that the death knell was sounded for Hasenhüttl’s initial tactics with a brand new version of 4-4-2/4-2-2-2 system debuted on the trip to Arsenal – which ended in a morale-boosting 2-2 draw.

This was the first match that Hasenhüttl selected a back-four consisting of Ryan Bertrand (£4.8m) and Cédric Soares (£4.8m) as traditional full-backs either side of Jan Bednarek (£4.4m) and Jack Stephens (£4.3m) in a two-man centre-back partnership.

These four players have been the first-choice defenders for each of the last 10 matches in a row and the team has arguably been much better for the consistency – each outing seeing them receiving protection from the same pair of central midfielders too in Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (£4.8m) and James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m).

It would still take some time for the Saints to register their first clean sheet in this configuration, although from Gameweek 14 onwards they only let in more than one goal on one occasion, the 2-1 defeat at Newcastle in Gameweek 16.

It is over the last four matches that Southampton’s improvements have really come to the fore, with clean sheets kept against Chelsea (Gameweek 19) and Spurs (Gameweek 21) while Leicester were successfully neutralised at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

In fact, as was widely reported, the Premier League’s Golden Boot front-runner and 2019/20’s shot-volume king Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) was restricted to a grand total of zero attempts on goal in Gameweek 22.

In order to find out whether this recent upturn in clean sheets is sustainable, and therefore a reliable source of points for Fantasy managers, we are digging even deeper, into the underlying statistics behind Southampton’s defence this season.

What does the underlying data say?

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  1. mad_beer ✅
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Define maybe.

    1. mad_beer ✅
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Definite*

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Definitely*

  2. ritzyd
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    I just did Jiminez to Ings so have likely just broken him. Apologies in advance.

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Imo he will just get better, no worries

  3. Impartial Bystander
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Current WC team
      McCarthy (Button)
      TAA Soy Lund Holgate Cathcart
      Salah KDB Sterling Cantwell Hayden
      Vardy Rashford Greenwood

      Suggestions? Plan on doing Sterling - Mane for DGW

      1. ritzyd
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Get Mane for Sterling now instead

        1. Impartial Bystander
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Sterling v Palace
            Or
            Mane v Utd

            Who’s scores more points? Utd - Liverpool are usually tight games

            1. ritzyd
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              I can see Pool beating Utd 2 or 3 nil, not even sure if Sterling starts vs palace given Mahrez form right now. You will want mane for 24 anyway so means you can hopefully roll a transfer 24 to give you two in 25 when blanks inc. GW 28 will be clearer.

              1. Warby84
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Would be a massive spanned in the works if sterling is benched twice in a row.. Not that I own him..

                1. ritzyd
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Sure - but it is Pep . . . . . . I just don't like booking a transfer for the next gameweek as you never know what can happen

                2. Top Lad Dakes.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  already has been benched twice in a row hasn't he

              2. Impartial Bystander
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Going into 25 with 2 FT is a nice idea. As I’ll want to downgrade one of Mane/Salah to upgrade Greenwood to Ings. I do think Sterling starts this weekend thou

              3. jtreble
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Sterling vs CRY might work out well for you.

          • Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Palace a bogey team for City

            1. Belalugozi78-When Owen Gets…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              last 5 home games City scored 21 goals vs Palace. I wouldn't call them bogey team.

        2. Test Eagles
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Any news on Rashie?

        3. Warby84
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Henderson
          Sidibe Trent Dunk
          Grealish DeBruyne Salah (C)Mane
          Vardy Maupay Ings (VC)

          Lundstrum March Kelly

          I can do March to Cantwell but not worth a hit as I plan on Maupay to Deeney for Gw24 #targetvilla

        4. GloryManUnited
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 17 days ago

          I love seeing all the so called experts say Kun isn’t a guarantee to start at the weekend. I’d bet my mortgage on it.

          1. Warby84
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            He looks fit and happy, pretty sure he will start in a regular basis, I’m tempted after 24, problem is the GW 28 blank for Cup final

        5. ritzyd
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Pope
          TAA-VVD-Digne-Soy
          KDB (c) - Salah-Alli-Cantwell
          Vardy-Ings

          Woodman-Lundstram-Martial-Greenwood

          Team/Bench order correct?

        6. Gooner97
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          A) Ramsdale to Ryan/McCarthy
          B) Maddison to Martial/Other
          C) Jimi/Abraham to Ings/Maupay/DCL
          D) Traore to Dendonker

          1. ritzyd
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            A - Ramsdale to Mccarthy

        7. jtreble
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          I love seeing all the so called experts say Kun is a guarantee to start at the weekend.

          1. jtreble
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Reply fail to GloryManUnited.

          2. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Yeah, he really isn't. However, despite Villa being woeful, that system seemed to work wonders - wouldn't blame Pep for doing it again!

        8. Transfer window needs and likely moves
          Geoff
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          It's transfer season and rumours are flying, and the Bruno Fernandes rumours are picking up pace. He looks like he could be a player who comes in and has a big impact on Manchester United's fortunes this season.

          Which other transfer rumours do you think look likely, and look likely to help the team immediately this season?

          What about Aston Villa's forward problems? Which other teams have an immediate need that looks likely to be filled in this transfer window?

          1. Jarvish Scott Talent
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            I always love the end of January for FPL purposes - we learn who blanks for the EFL Cup final, who is likely to blank/play in the big FA Cup quarter final GW, and we have the end of the transfer window, usually all within a week or two of each other. Happy days 🙂

            1. Geoff
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Absolutely! I've got the blank GW28 in my head already.. I love the lead in to blanks almost more than DGWs

              1. Chemical76
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Will Watford cup game postponement cause a DGW?

          2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            City & a centre back, but Pep (or the BOD??) may be too stubborn

            1. el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Arogant

          3. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            To be honest, it seems that this year transfer window is rather quiet. From fantasy perspective players who are going to leave have more significant influence on my fpl tinkering (Eriksen) than those who may come. From potential arrivals only, probably, Piatek seems may affect my FPL thinking.

          4. FantaCity
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Villa must buy a striker as you say, but I also think Everton need to do the same to stay a top 10 club ... a Danny Ings type proven goalscorer

            1. Warby84
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Surprised spurs don’t go for Ingsy

          5. Monkey Hanger
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Shame Eriksen seems to be going to Italy. Would of been a good option, for most EPL clubs.

            1. Monkey Hanger
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              And FPL. 🙂

          6. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 days ago

            I think Fernandes could be an FPL asset if he settles quickly, depending on price and us not being rubbish of course. He's very much a player that wants to impact play in the final third, shoots often and tries to play killer balls. Also, I expect he'll be on corners and non-direct freekicks, he might take the occasional direct one from Rash too. His value might be complicated a bit by Martial being a likely cheaper option.

            1. Jarvish Scott Talent
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Interesting - sounds like someone in the mould of Depay, Nani, Di Maria and Sanchez - what could possibly go wrong? 😉

              1. Would Ed Woodward
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Lol, hey! Nani was great for like, half a season!

              2. RECKLESS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                He has high work rate both attacking and defensive wise plus is not injury prone which is a big requirement in high intensity epl. He is Bernardo Silva with better shoot and that is surely something

              3. mynameisq
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Well that's completely wrong because Fernandez isn't a winger at all and also that's very harsh on Nani

          7. noquarternt
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            I think statsbomb did a great article a year or two ago to show that individual signings often have a very limited impact on a team’s performance. The hype behind new arrivals is always mental. Can’t believe people fall for it every year!

        9. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Thinking Jimenez to Ings, as I've been advised to not sell Rashford (or Martial), even to get Robbo. Funds Gomez in for Rico or VVD for Soyuncu for the DGW.
          1FT 1.5 ITB rn 🙂 thanks all

          McCarthy (Martin)
          TAA Soyuncu Lundstram (Rico Kelly)
          Mane KDB Martial Maddison (Hayden)
          Vardy(c) Rashford Jimenez**

          1. ritzyd
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Seems like a good move

            1. Top Lad Dakes.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Cheers. Was thinking Rashford to Ings to afford Rico to Robbo, but most on here seemed against that given Rashford form/fixtures (after this wk)

              1. ritzyd
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                I would consider that given you have Martial. I'm not sure having double Utd is really needed and Robbo over VVD/Gomez is worth the extra cash.

          2. Karhumies
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Jimenez has tough fixtures for a while starting from DGW, Southampton def has been solid and Jimenez has not been as explosive as Rashford or Aguero and not as consistent as Ings or Deeney. Jimenez has been on a "should I stay or should I go now" level with Tammy and Haller IMO.

        10. Phlajo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Trying to fit in 3 pool players for GW24, already have 2, so last one gotta be TAA or VVD

          Current team:

          Gazza
          Digne Soy Lund Kelly Rico
          Salah Mane KdB Alli Hayden
          Vardy Ings Tammy

          1ft, 0.2 itb

          Options:
          A) Alli + Digne to Martial + VVD
          B) Alli + Digne to Grealish + TAA
          C) Rico + Gazza + Digne to Williams, VVD and McCarthy (for a hit)
          D) There's tons of other options - Any idea of the best?

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Gotta be Trent imho, for what he offers.

          2. CC22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Get TAA - so by that logic, B but wouldn't be rushing to drop Digne though. Could you do Alli & Soyuncu to Grealish & TAA?

            1. Phlajo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Nope :/ - 0.5 short for that

              I could do Soy + Alli + Gazza to TAA, Sarr and McCarthy... Would be for -4

            2. NotReadyForPrimeTime
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Or given funds issue, maybe Alli/Soy -> Doucoure/TAA?

        11. Totti
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          play:

          A) cantwell
          B) traore

          captain:
          1) aguero
          2) KDB
          3) vardy

          1. Pukki Party
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            A1

          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            A1

        12. Stimps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Have not seen much love for Maupay here, 5.8 forward with the best fixtures.

          1. Stimps
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            5.9

          2. carlosice
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            yep between him and DCL for me for cheaper enabler...think Maupay just edges it on fixtures...

        13. Bubz
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          I think I'm going to get Firmino as my 3rd Pool player. Nice little differential and hitting form

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Tempting isn't it

          2. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Like it. He may go for Vardy or Rashford

          3. sovietrockettes
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 days ago

            I’m with you (after many days of handwringing)

        14. Bubz
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Problem, do I really want to be losing Rashford?

          1. jtreble
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Nope.

          2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Yeah don't do that

          3. CC22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Exact issue I had. Was originally all sent on Rashford and Alli to DCL and Salah, but after watching Rashford at the weekend I couldn't bring myself to do it.

          4. sovietrockettes
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 days ago

            No value tied up in Rashford, he might blank against Burnley as well.

          5. Dynamic Duos
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            If sticky with Rashford, wanted to bring in Son, but going for Moura instead

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              I'm *

          6. Jarvish Scott Talent
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Only you can answer that 🙂

          7. Bouncebackability
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            There’s no room for sentiment in FPL. Bin if it helps you elsewhere.

        15. RUUD!
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Should I bench Rashford this week? I have VVD and Trent also

          1. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Don’t bench. If he ruins your clean sheet you’d want those points

          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Probably not - I'm toying with the idea of benching Martial. Who would come in?

            1. tyron
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              currently entertaining the idea of benching martial for cantwell...

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Great fixture for Young Todd.

            2. RUUD!
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              not sure yet, got a FT I don't want to waste, can't see us scoring at Anfield though

        16. migas2k7
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Pick a forward up to 7.8

          A) Abraham
          B) Jimenez
          C) Maupay
          D) name another one

          1. migas2k7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Could also consider calvert (but got richarlison already)

          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Maupay - fixtures and price.

            1. tyron
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              yea but he aint scoring or assisting 🙁

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Yes, but punching above his weight and decent fixtures

              2. Dthinger
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                same number of goals as Firmino

          3. Dynamic Duos
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Take you have Ings? I would go Maupay if so

            1. migas2k7
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Got ings yes.

              My conserns over maypay is that he was way lower numbers (shots) when compared to abrahm or calvert for example.

              1. Dynamic Duos
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                DCL may be the better choice, but it is close

              2. tyron
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                agreed.

        17. EL tridente
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Maddison to Richarlison?

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Yay

        18. Stimps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Thoughts on this? Would need to take a -8 as only have exact cash.

          Jimi, Grealish, VVD -> Maupay, Salah, Stephens

          Have Mane

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            No way.

          2. tyron
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            no no no.......

        19. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Would you sell Maddison/Martial for a hit for Grealish or another mid sub7.0, to accomodate bringing in Robbo and Ings?

          (Jimenez, Rico out)

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Yes. Robbo and Ings then booked in until the end of the season, inshallah.

        20. antoinehude
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Current WC team, any suggestions guys?

          McCarthy
          Alexander-Arnold / Stephens / Dunk
          Salah / Mané / De Bruyne / Martial
          Vardy / Ings / Calvert-Lewin

          Button / Lundstram / Williams / Cantwell
          Bank: 0,3

          1. tyron
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            its beautiful to be fair.. calvert cantwell rotation will be good

            1. antoinehude
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Actually I’m not a big fan of Calvert-Lewin, do you think Maupay is a better idea?

              1. antoinehude
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Thanks mate 😉

              2. tyron
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                no bro i dont think he is.. i dont fully understand the maupay hype.. he has not been scoring really :/

          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Lovely. Well done.

            1. antoinehude
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Thanks mate 😉

          3. Wild Rover
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Needs Aguero

            1. antoinehude
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              I owned Sterling last GW, I don’t want to take risk with Pep Rotation anymore..

              1. Wild Rover
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                No idea what your old team was or if you're playing catch up. It's a great looking team but no exciting diffs. Looks like the team many people already have

            2. tyron
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              at the expense of who.. maybe he can do that after dgw24

              1. Wild Rover
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Mane or Salah. Get Robbo

          4. Reiger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Excellent! I might go Holgate for Stephen, but why quibble. Could be the new template. Well done mate.

            1. antoinehude
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Thanks dude, yes I’m agree but Holgate will probably benched next GW with Mina comeback

        21. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Just noticed that I have no City, Arsenal, Leicester or Norwich assets on my WC... didn't do it on purpose and it's a little down the road but will work out well for GW28 with no blankers!

          1. Jarvish Scott Talent
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Shame about the other weeks 😉

            1. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              hehehe, hoping Leicester go through some mediocre form and Pep goes into Pep overdrive 😉

              1. jia you jia you
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                although Kun is really tempting me I must say!

              2. Jarvish Scott Talent
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                🙂 Seriously though, I think those WCing now need to do be trying something different - seeing far too many teams WCing to very similar teams to those that those with their WC in hand currently have - what's the point in that? You are just going to match them for now, and then fall way behind them when DGW season comes around when they can strategically use their WC. Needs a different strategy to try and get ahead.

                1. jia you jia you
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Yeah but feel my team has several punts in addition to the big LIV 3 (and not all will have Mane and Salah) in Digne, Dunk, Son, Sarr and I held Richarlison so it's risky but trying something different at least!

                  1. jia you jia you
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    (having a mare of a season anyway so will be just having some fun from here on, cheers)

                  2. Jarvish Scott Talent
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Sounds good - good uck 🙂

          2. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 days ago

            You activated?

            1. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Yup... looking like this right now:
              Henderson
              Trent Digne Dunk
              Salah Mane Son Richarlison Sarr
              Rashford Ings
              (Button Stephens Greenwood Williams)

              1. Would Ed Woodward
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Looks good mate, I have a horrible feeling that Rash will outscore all Liv attacking assets in 24 and I won't own him.

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Yep

                  I actually think Rash and Vardy both have decent chances of outscoring Mane & Salah in the double GW

                  1. Would Ed Woodward
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Hopefully Rash is rested because of our horrendous fixture congestion!

                2. jia you jia you
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  could happen if Burnley as still as bad, in great and importantly consistent form and 5 fixtures after Liverpool are good!

        22. Dynamic Duos
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          So many options thoughts on this one , so I can keep KDB and Rashford

          Jiminez, martial and Lundstram to Firmino, Moura and Williams, it will be free over 2 weeks.

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Moura?

          2. tyron
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            wont ever sell lundstram to begin with. martial good fixtures.. moura i like as a punt because of the fixtures but way too unpredictable... idk

        23. Bubbles1985
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Any news on Pukki?

          My 1 week punt on Deeney could turn into 1 week punt on Pukki!

          1. tyron
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            vs that horrid team. i cant blame u.. i am currently benching martial at the expense of cantwell

          2. Warby84
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Deeney has Villa next and I plan on getting him for Maupay

          3. Bubbles1985
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Well the Kane > Deeney punt paid off.

            So now I try Deeney > Pukki before tripling up on Liv for GW24!

            So nothing concrete yet until pressers then...

        24. tyron
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          hey guys which would u choose gw 24 onwards

          a- tammy tomori -> firmino and 4.4 def (can go balbuena or williams or anyone in that bracket)
          b- tammy tomori -> calvert/maupay/deeney and robbo

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            B

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              with Troy

            2. tyron
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              leaning towards that. better value

          2. Warby84
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Deeney my next move if Maupay fails

            1. tyron
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              maupay on trial for me gw23. i am not understanding the hype surrounding him but lets see...

        25. Miniboss
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Massive rank drop made me finally get Ings in. Still missing Rashford, but a bit unsure how to proceed. Any tips?

          0ft, 0.7itb

          Ryan Button
          TAA Soyuncu Lundstrom Rico Kelly
          Salah Mane KdB Grealish Dendoncker
          Vardy Ings DCL

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Don't smoke in bed.

            1. Miniboss
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Nice. I've heard drinking water through the day and proper sleep also helps.

          2. Reiger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Time to start ditching Soy, Rico, Kelly... stale and underperforming... Maybe go with Dunk, Holgate, and Williams

        26. Zenith UK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Hey everyone, keep debating a wildcard (to stop me from being priced out next week). Can I get some honest thoughts/opinions please?

          McCarthy, Button
          Trent, Robbo, Digne, Lund, Williams
          Mane, KDB, Richar, Cantwell, Dendo
          Vardy, Rash, Ings

          I have the EXACT funds for this team.
          I was tempted to switch Cantwell to Douglas Luiz and upgrade Button to Martin

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Good team.
            I'd WC when we gets to blanks and doubles in 30s unless you are bored and /or way off where you want to be.
            Don't do the keeper upgrade.

            1. Zenith UK
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Thanks. Been tinkering a fair amount.
              I mean, there might not be as many doubles and blanks this season (here's hoping).

              I am quite far off. 767K. Finished last season top 50K and top 15K season before that so frustrated with myself. This is the first time since the start of the season I've broken into the top 1M. I've even been as low as 4.2M rank (GW5) and 3.7M (GW10)

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Just go for it then - nothing to lose.

        27. King Kohli
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Bench any one:

          A. Maddison (bur)
          B. DCL (why)
          C. Cantwell (BOU)

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            DCL. Why? Burnley and BOU are even worse than West Ham

            1. King Kohli
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              But Everton are creating chances.
              DCL could easily have scored a brace last gw.

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                OK, then Cantwell - cheapest so won't feel so bad if you miss the points

        28. Bavarian
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Ramsdale is my best ever transfer...
          2,1,0 pts consecutively...

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Nailed it.

            1. Bavarian
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              100% hahahahah