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What’s the best strategy for choosing forwards in FPL?

FPL Family’s Sam Bonfield, who currently sits at 791st in the world, examines some of the strikers competing for places in our Fantasy squads.


The three forward spots have always been precious. The way that Fantasy Premier League managers choose to fill these positions in their team is always vital in terms of how the rest of the team is set up.

When the game first launches, a lot of my early thought processes are around the strike force I want. I like to start the season with one from the premium bracket and then two from the middle price point if at all possible – although if the rest of the team needs it, I will start with one of the cheaper picks. This gives me flexibility to move to the form picks once the season gets underway as there is always money in the premium asset.

However, at this point in the season, what is the best strategy for these three coveted spots, how should we be structuring them in terms of our FPL budgets, and who are the best options moving forwards?

We are heading into the season of blanks and doubles and with the second Wildcard burning a hole in the pockets of many FPL managers – myself included – working out the way to fill these front three spots is important.

Do you invest in premium?

The pricing structure this season means we started 2019/20 with just three premium strikers, Sergio Aguero (£12.1m), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m) and Harry Kane (£10.8m). With Kane’s injury ruling him out for the foreseeable future, that leaves us with just the two forwards in the £10m plus bracket – Aguero and Aubameyang.

However, in this case I’ll included Jamie Vardy (£9.8m) and Roberto Firmino (£9.7m), whose FPL price tags now bring them tantalisingly close to the traditional £10m premium threshold. Are any of these FPL assets worth spending so much of our FPL budget on?

Sergio Aguero 

With at least a goal in three of his last four Premier League matches, Aguero has the form to back up his selection in our FPL teams. His heatmap above also shows he is in all the right areas to bring the attacking returns we would expect for his lofty price tag.

However, the fixtures don’t make for pretty reading. City face a trip to Leicester in Gameweek 27, followed by a blank in Gameweek 28, the Manchester derby in Gameweek 29 and then, after a nice game at home to Burnley, matches against Chelsea (which itself maybe a blank due to FA Cup involvement) and Liverpool.

Alongside these fixtures, the next stage of the UEFA Champions League restarts and this makes me question Aguero’s ability to haul across the next six Gameweeks.

For me, in order to justify the £12.1m needed to own Aguero, he would need to play and score in every match. With the rotation that exists at Manchester City, especially during Champions League and indeed FA Cup weeks, it’s hard to be sure that Aguero will consistently get the minutes that we would want as FPL managers.

Now there is a solid argument that Aguero can score points only playing 20 minutes of matches. However, against the big six sides this season he has only managed one goal v Spurs in Gameweek 2 and this doesn’t bode well for his potential returns over the next half-dozen weeks. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang  

How I'm using the FA Cup weekend to forward plan in FPL 2

Aubameyang’s red card back in Gameweek 22 saw a large number of transfers out for the Arsenal striker with FPL managers unwilling to hold him while he was unable to play. As a result, the Gabon international’s ownership is still relatively low at 16.8%.

Aubameyang failed to return any FPL points on his return from suspension in Gameweek 25 v Burnley, a fixture that many FPL managers saw as a great opportunity for Aubameyang to haul in giving his previous record against the Clarets.

I thought that this match, coupled with a fixture ticker which looks primed for FPL returns for the foreseeable future, would have led to more transfers in for the Arsenal captain. Arsenal have three home matches v Newcastle, Everton and West Ham to come either side of a blank in Gameweek 28, plus games against Brighton, Southampton and Norwich thereafter – all of these should offer great opportunities for Aubameyang.

However so far this season, Aubameyang has scored 14 goals and recorded one assist in 23 starts, which when compared with Aguero, who has managed 16 goals and three assists in just 14 starts, tempers Aubameyang’s appeal.

Another worry for me, much like with Aguero, is the blank in Gameweek 28. Having so much of the value of the team unable to play in that Gameweek makes me wary of investing at this stage, especially with a fixture against in-form Everton in Gameweek 27 where I wouldn’t expect huge returns from the Gunners or from their man.

The lack of consistency at Arsenal this season also gives me cause for concern: a shortage of consistent returns, disappointing results, defensive uncertainty as well as the unpredictability of who starts alongside Aubameyang all seem like red flags to me as an FPL owner.

However, the fixtures are definitely there and thus even though Aubameyang is only managing an attempt every 35.1 minutes, which is much lower than some of his in-form, cheaper counterparts, it would be amiss to rule him out, especially if Arsenal can get into a rhythm early on in this nice run of matches.

Jamie Vardy

It wasn’t so long ago that Vardy was a nailed presence in many of our FPL teams, returning goals, bonus points and green arrows for his owners every week.

Fast forward to this calendar year and Vardy’s ownership has plummeted. A new baby, a calf strain and an injury to his glute alongside no goals, one assist and a missed penalty to his name in 2020 have seen a remarkable fall from grace.

But could Vardy still be a viable FPL asset? Alongside his lack of form, part of the drive behind selling the Foxes’ forward was the expected blank in Gameweek 28. However, Leicester’s exit from the League Cup means that Vardy will now play at a time when FPL managers are worrying about what to do with their Manchester City, Arsenal, Sheffield United and Aston Villa assets.

Vardy has a tough game against Manchester City in Gameweek 27 but his record against the big clubs is historically very good and these are the sort of matches in which Leicester will want to prove how far they have come under Rodgers.

After the City game, Vardy then faces a lovely run of fixtures where you would anticipate there being plenty of goal opportunities for him.  

At £9.8m, Vardy still offers good value for money, especially if you have money tied up in him. Having Vardy or Firmino as your premium forward asset allows plenty of budget to be redistributed across the rest of the side as he is a whole million cheaper than Aubameyang and £2.3m less than Aguero. 

Roberto Firmino 

Firmino is the dark horse of the FPL premium forward bracket. Prior to Double Gameweek 24, his ownership was under 10%. Whilst this has now doubled to 19.3% he still offers a differential way into the Liverpool attack without taking up the level of budget that the likes of Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) and Sadio Mane (£12.2m) do.

Firmino’s record home and away this season has been markedly different in terms of goals scored. All of his ten goals have come away from home so far this season, however seven of his eight assists have arrived at Anfield and so there are still attacking returns even with no goals there so far. 

Of the four premium assets discussed in this article, Firmino has registered more minutes and assists than the other three and has yet to be booked so far this season, something none of the other three have in their weaponry.

When looking at the Baseline Bonus Points System (BBPS), Firmino is the stand-out winner with 189, Aubameyang is the next closest with 105, followed by Vardy with 88 and finally Aguero with 52. For me, this is something that impacts my thinking when it comes to FPL forwards as bonus points make a big difference in terms of whether I will captain a player. If so much of my budget is taken up by a premium forward, the BBPS score needs to look good too. 

What if I don’t want to own a premium striker?

The budget limitations of wanting to own Salah, Mane, Kevin De Bruyne (£10.8m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.7m), Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) etc means that it is not always viable to own one of the premium strikers. Moreover, there are many FPL owners who simply don’t want to as it doesn’t fit with their strategy. 

Up until recruiting Firmino for the Double Gameweek and since losing Kane prior to Gameweek 16, I had played with one premium, one middle and one cheap forward.

Since Gameweek 24 I have owned the two cheapest premiums (Vardy and Firmino) along with a cut-price striker in Danny Ings (£7.0m). This season, many of the strikers that fall into both the middle and lower price brackets offer exceptional value for money. 

When you sort by total score, Raul Jimenez (£7.7m), Marcus Rashford (£8.9m) and Tammy Abraham (£7.7m) all rank above Aubameyang, Firmino and Aguero for the season so far, with the super-cheap Ings sitting just one point behind Aubameyang but still ahead of Firmino and Aguero.

Indeed, when you look at the ICT Index, Jimenez is second to Firmino with the likes of Rashford, Gerard Deulofeu (£6.1m), Abraham and Ings beyond them. Vardy is seventh for this statistic, with Aguero and Aubameyang ninth and tenth respectively. 

The stats especially for the likes of Jiménez and Ings highlight that it isn’t necessary to use the budget on an expensive striker if that cash can be better used elsewhere. 

Danny Ings

The fixtures for Southampton between now and when they play Manchester City in Gameweek 33 look excellent for attacking returns for Ings. Couple this with the fact that Southampton have a nice match against a West Ham team lacking in clean sheets in Gameweek 28, when other teams blank, and he looks like an exceptional asset to own.

Whilst he hasn’t scored in the last three Gameweeks, prior to that he had returned in nine of 11 matches – his consistency making him an exceptional buy especially for the money needed to own him.   

Raul Jimenez 

Much like Ings, Jimenez has proved to be highly consistent over the course of the season with returns in 14 of his matches.

Wolves as a team started the season slowly as they adjusted to playing in the Europa League alongside the Premier League.

However, they are now successfully managing both and are about to embark on a lovely run of matches which, with the exception of four more tricky fixtures against Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester, runs through until the end of the season. Given how leaky those four aforementioned teams have been of late, I see no reason why Jimenez cannot return in most of the remaining games.

With 11 goals and six assists so far, I can only see Jimenez’s totals in terms of FPL points, goals and owners growing over the remainder of the season, especially as they play in the all-important Blank Gameweek 28.

Jimenez’s xG, xGI and xA stats (see image below) also all point towards him being an excellent asset to buy now and hold until the end of the campaign.

Final Thoughts

Who are the best FPL captain candidates for Gameweek 21?

For me, the stats show such exceptional value in the cheaper and mid-priced brackets – the likes of Ings and Jimenez in particular- and filling the front three places with them seems like a good decision.

Right now, I own Firmino and Vardy. Firmino has both lovely fixtures and form, and while the pull to double up at the back is definitely getting stronger right now, he is offering too much for me to sell him.

Vardy on the other hand, I am definitely wavering on. His form has dropped off the FPL cliff and if it wasn’t for the fixture shift and the lack of a blank in Gameweek 28, he would have gone for Jimenez already.

He will get a couple of games more to find his scoring boots simply because of the form he showed earlier in the season and the fixtures incoming but if his returns don’t start coming soon, Jimenez will be taking his spot in my team.

Right now, with fixtures and form the way they are, it feels like a front three made up of one premium and two cheaper assets is the way to go: for me that would be Firmino, Jimenez and Ings.

However the appeal of Jimenez, Ings and someone like Abraham is definitely there as this enables the expensive midfielders and defenders to all find a place in our 15-man squads.


Sam Bonfield is a member of our Pro Pundits initiative, a team of Fantasy managers here to bring you regular advice and updates on their teams. Sam has served up two top 30k finishes in the last two seasons and is currently inside the top 1k in the world.

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351 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ninja
    • 9 Years
    13 days, 4 hours ago

    1 ft and 1.6m itb. What do do with this lot ?

    Ramsgate Pope
    TAA Soyuncu Rico Aurier Lundstram
    Salah KDB Grealish Traore Hayden
    Vardy Firminho DCL....

    1. ninja
      • 9 Years
      13 days, 4 hours ago

      Sorry 2 free transfers ^^

    2. zotter
      • 10 Years
      13 days, 4 hours ago

      You still got WC?

      1. zotter
        • 10 Years
        13 days, 4 hours ago

        Dcl to jiminez? Perhaps downgrade ramsdale to fodder to fund if you have WC

        Perhaps Lund can be downgraded too

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 3 hours ago

      Jimenez, Ings, Son, Mane, VVD should be your targets imo

      1. mirkomen77
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 2 hours ago

        Not sure about Son

  2. Dr. Agabuse
    • 7 Years
    13 days, 4 hours ago

    2 hours, 38 mins ago
    In the end subconciously we always weigh fixtures vs form and form is team form + talisman form.
    For example you will feel sad if Mahrez gets you 8pts from two assists in a 6-0 crushing but feel extraordinarily happy if Richarlison (same price category) gets you 8 in a 1-0 win.
    You feel, you should have had Sterling for his Hattrick if you had Mahrez in your team but you wouldnt think that way, if you had had Richarlison and avoided City assets, despite it actually making no difference in Points.

    I am saying: the Talisman thing is more a feel good thing than actually more points.

    If i saw 4-0 spurs, i wasnt happy because i had Son but my rivals had Alli, so i was worried by that result.
    When i saw 5-0 Villa and had McGinn at the time (when Grealish wasnt a thing) i was just looking happily dorward to collect my differential Points (albeit there werent any).

    Its a feeling thing and luckily we dont just play by those rules otherwise we wouldnt have Mane, KDB, DCL, Traore, Pepe (i am kidding)

  3. Dr. Agabuse
    • 7 Years
    13 days, 4 hours ago

    Since we must preoare for FW31 from now n and dont want to waste the FH chip on it (esp if Liverpool dont blank), we will need to transfer in players from mediocre Teams. Cant see much sense in avoiding premium assets if eventually i am gona get Rich for KDB in 29 or Doucoure for Grealish.
    No big hitters make sense to get now, equally you should have 2ft in 31 and dont transfer out players before 29 that could have a game in 31 like Soy.
    Lund out for Doherty and
    Dubravka/Pope in next are my 2Fts before GW28

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      13 days, 4 hours ago

      I would assume Liverpool blank. If they want they will beat Chelsea

      1. Dr. Agabuse
        • 7 Years
        13 days, 4 hours ago

        I will still keep my FH for later
        FH teans wont have a high ceiling with 3EVE 3 wolves (i have) 3 burnley players etc.
        If Soton and Everton get in somehow. I have them.

        FH is low reward in 31 without chelsea city arsenal pool Sheffield

        1. zotter
          • 10 Years
          13 days, 4 hours ago

          Why?? Will still be goals that week

          And certainty of starts compared to a late dgw with the big teams rotating

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            13 days, 4 hours ago

            Isn’t it better to reshape your entire team for two fixtures rather than 1? Sure rotation could hit but the ceiling will still be higher.

            You can get through a blank with cheap defenders and a couple of the top scorers

            1. zotter
              • 10 Years
              13 days, 4 hours ago

              Hmmm. Thinking about it I hear you.

              I might therefore keep holgate.

              And look to Boly Jiminez

              Seven or eight players will be fine

              1. zotter
                • 10 Years
                13 days, 4 hours ago

                Only issue is Everton fixtures stink in the interim

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

                  FDR flatters the likes of Chelsea, Man U and Arsenal

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

                    *fixture difficulty rating not the 32nd US President

                  2. Klaren
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    13 days, 3 hours ago

                    Still not many teams keep CS against them though. Everton can get points from them but highly doubt they’ll get any CS out of those 3 games.

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

                      My bad - missed you were talking about defenders

        2. 11 smelly shirts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 2 hours ago

          Well, all of us have different strategies, but I think it doesn't make complete sense to look at one GW only. If you bring in players from mediocre teams before GW 31 you will most likely also get mediocre results. I'm not 100% decided what to do but I want to avoid too many red arrows before GW 31 as this is hard to correct afterwards. I feel the FH is ideal for this GW. This season it's of course more challenging with not knowing who blanks in GW 31 before GW 29.
          There are rumours about a possible DGW 29 with Man City vs Chelsea moved....

      2. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 4 hours ago

        I wouldn't assume that with big certainty. Chelsea (2.19) are favourites compared to Liverpool (3.4), but Leicester was bigger favourite against Aston Villa (imo) for example.

        1. zotter
          • 10 Years
          13 days, 4 hours ago

          No idea why Chelsea are faves

    2. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 3 hours ago

      GW31 is the perfect GW for FH for those who still have their WC imo. There isn’t a single player who plays that GW that I’d want to own long term other than Jiménez. So I see any transfers made for GW31 as a loss in expected points for the other GWs leading up to and after GW31.

      Of course Liverpool not blanking would make things easier for those not FHing but still that would mean filling 8 spots in your team with players from the rest.

      1. HashAttack
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 2 hours ago

        I'm all set to FH for 31 - makes no sense in bringing in so-so players with dodgy fixtures in the lead up ... and then what are people doing anyway, think a few are planning a WC in 32 to repair the damage

        Even if Liverpool are playing, who says you already have the optimum 3 players for a home match against CRY

        Using a FH 31 means my team will be in good shape for 32 and 33
        Will then have 3 remaining chips (WC, TC, BB) to use for 34,35,36 and 37

  4. Cruz88
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 3 hours ago

    I took a -8 this gameweek. Is that already reflected in my live rank?

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 3 hours ago

      Yep.

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

      For GW26? It will be reflected in your current OR - points hits are deducted after the first round of table updates

    3. Cruz88
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 3 hours ago

      Cheers guys

  5. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    13 days, 3 hours ago

    Tactically, who do you think Pep wants to start up front at the Bernabeu in the Champions League? Aguero or Jesus or both even if Sterling is out

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 3 hours ago

      Aguero, Mahrez and Bilva?

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

        That would be my guess

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 3 hours ago

      Kun Mahrez Bilva should be probs

  6. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    13 days, 3 hours ago

    Jimmy and Mane for:

    A) Martial and Aguero
    B) KDB and Aguero

    For -4

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

      A

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        13 days, 3 hours ago

        Worth keeping kdb over the blank?

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

          Season keeper in my eyes.

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 3 hours ago

      A

    3. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 3 hours ago

      Depends on the bench and who’lll play on GW28 instead.

    4. HashAttack
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 3 hours ago

      I'm doing Firmino+KDB >> Jimmy+Mane and keeping Aguero for now

      Can only have 3 Liverpool players so it's nice and easy for me

  7. baps sniffer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 3 hours ago

    Dr Agabuse, how would you navigate my team to gw31? (I find it quite difficult.)

    Henderson / 4.0
    TAA, Soy, Stevens, Dunk, Williams
    Salah, KdB, Son, Martial, Dendoncker
    Ings, Wood, DCL

    1ft, 5.4 itb (besides TAA and Salah not much money tied, Hendo and Soy .2)

    1. HashAttack
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 3 hours ago

      we need to know who's playing in 31 first - I expect to do a free hit as I think you lose points bringing in players early for 31, the teams we know about don't have great fixtures in 30 or 32

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 2 hours ago

        And gw31 doesn't look too low scoring imo even with the certain fixtures.

        1. HashAttack
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 2 hours ago

          gw31 should be fine ... but e.g. Burnley defenders are much use in gw30 when they are away to MCI

          It's be interesting to see how most people approach it, and recover from it

  8. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    13 days, 3 hours ago

    Which of these is best combo?
    Thank you. 🙂

    A. Kun+Greenwood >> Jimenez+Ings
    B. Kun+Mahrez >> Jimenez+Mané
    C. Greenwood+Mahrez >> Jimenez+5.1m MID (switch to 3-4-3)
    D. Kun+Greenwood+Aurier >> Jimenez+Ings+VVD (-4)
    E. Kun+Greenwood+Mahrez >> Jimenez+Ings+Son (-4)

    McCarthy
    TAA • Lunds • Aurier
    KDB • Salah • Grealish • Mahrez • Traoré
    Kun • Vardy
    (McGov. Rico. Soy. Greenwood)

    1. MaticMVP
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 3 hours ago

      A imo.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 3 hours ago

        Thank you

    2. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 3 hours ago

      E

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 3 hours ago

        Cheers for the reply mate.

    3. Reiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 3 hours ago

      E

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 3 hours ago

        Two E’s.

        Interesting, thanks!

    4. Dosh
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 59 mins ago

      B

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 50 mins ago

        🙂

  9. Reiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 3 hours ago

    Grealish + Maupay >> Redmond + Wood for a hit?

    1. MaticMVP
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 3 hours ago

      Nah, Redmond even more inconsistent than Grealish.

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 3 hours ago

      I wouldn’t mate

  10. Warby84
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 3 hours ago

    Son or Aubameyang from 29?

    Son Salah DeBruyne Traore AMN
    Calvert-Lewin Ings Jimenez

    Salah DeBruyne Traore AMN Mooy
    Aubameyang Ings Jimenez

  11. Klaren
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 3 hours ago

    Anyone know when Aston Villa Sheffield United is likely to be postponed to yet? They are both likely to blank in GW31 as well, so I guess this means DGW in both 34 and 37. Or is there a possibility for it to be played on GW29 instead?

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      Sheffield United or Villa are only likely to play a PL game in a European week (like GW29) if they have three or more fixtures to rearrange, and weather permitting we won't know that until the FA Cup QF's have been paid in GW31.

  12. HaffNanner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 3 hours ago

    Any thoughts on this WC? 0.3ITB

    McCarthy (Pope)
    TAA Doherty Stevens (Stephens Lascelles)
    Salah Mane KDB Barnes (Fleck)
    Jiménez Ings DCL

    1. HashAttack
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 3 hours ago

      I'd get Hendo instead of McC and downgrade Stevens to one of the other SHU defenders ...means you spend your 300k though

      Pope is good for the blanks, and for a spell later on - you will get more use out of him if you have Hendo instead of McC, plus Hendo is more likely to have an extra dgw (Already has 1 more match to play)

      At the end of the day, I prefer to have double SHU defense than double SOT defense

      1. HaffNanner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 2 hours ago

        I have Henderson atm but put off by all the blanks. Will have a think though cheers

        1. HashAttack
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 2 hours ago

          I'm on Hendo and McC at the moment and want to move McC out to bring Pope in ... bringing in Stephens was a factor
          Also think the Burnley defenders are bit expensive, hence the preference for the Pope / Stephens combo

          1. HaffNanner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            13 days, 2 hours ago

            Taylor is 4.2 which is a good price. I like hendo Pope combo but that’s a lot of money on the bench every week.

            1. HashAttack
              • 2 Years
              13 days, 2 hours ago

              As I have Hendo, I see the cost difference as being the one between McC and Pope ... which isn't too bad
              Hendo has at least two blanks, plus there a BB week - so I will get my money's worth

  13. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 3 hours ago

    What is best for this team? The plan is to sell Aubameyang and maybe Grealish in gw28 so should be able to have 11 players for that one.

    a. Digne -> Boly
    b. Cantwell -> Traoré

    McCarthy
    TAA, Lundstram, Robertson, Aurier
    Salah, KDB, Grealish
    Aubameyang, Ings, Jiménez

    Martin, Digne, Hayden, Cantwell
    2 FT, 1,4 million in the bank

  14. Jellyfish
    • 7 Years
    13 days, 3 hours ago

    Am I correct in thinking you can’t carry over more than 2FT’s in a gw? Assuming that to be the case is it a case of use it or loose it?

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

      Correct

      1. Jellyfish
        • 7 Years
        13 days, 2 hours ago

        Thanks Miguel

    2. fc_skrald
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      reply fail below..

    3. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      Have you stolen someone’s ID?

      1. Old Schoolᴼˢ
        • 8 Years
        13 days, 2 hours ago

        😆

    4. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      This is what you ask after seven years a member?

      1. Jellyfish
        • 7 Years
        13 days, 2 hours ago

        Believe it or not I’ve never found myself considering carrying over 2FTs before. And yes, I have been signed up to ffs for 7 years and there was a time when one could post up questions up on here without being ridiculed. Tools like you with comments like this are really spoiling this forum

  15. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 2 hours ago

    You can carry over one to have a maximum of two free transfers i a gw.

    1. Jellyfish
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      Ok cheers. So I could just use 1 and carry 1 over if needs be?

    2. HashAttack
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      something I have not experienced for at least several years

      1. fc_skrald
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        13 days, 2 hours ago

        I have had two every gw this year...

        1. Jellyfish
          • 7 Years
          13 days, 2 hours ago

          Hit a bit of a wall tbh....totally stumped how to use them.

        2. HashAttack
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 2 hours ago

          I've had 3 straight years of hitting over 100 transfers - 66 so far this season

          1. Old Schoolᴼˢ
            • 8 Years
            13 days, 2 hours ago

            I repeat the same thing? Link says total transfers 23...

            This place has really gone to the dogs

            1. HashAttack
              • 2 Years
              13 days, 2 hours ago

              Odd - some reason my link was ~~~.com/a/entry/346846 ... don't know how that /a/ crept in
              Have corrected it now

        3. Old Schoolᴼˢ
          • 8 Years
          13 days, 2 hours ago

          You do realize you have linked your team and this can be checked 😆

          1. fc_skrald
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            13 days, 2 hours ago

            Woops... for the last couple of weeks then 🙂

          2. HashAttack
            • 2 Years
            13 days, 2 hours ago

            It was checked 🙂 .. just 23 for the season but a few weeks with 2 transfers made

            1. Old Schoolᴼˢ
              • 8 Years
              13 days, 2 hours ago

              Dear oh dear 😆

      2. fc_skrald
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        13 days, 2 hours ago

        A lot. I have not taken any hits this season, happy about that now

        1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ye…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          13 days, 1 hour ago

          But have you cracked FPL like only a virgin can do?

  16. Inazuma X1
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 2 hours ago

    Which are the teams that have a higher chance of not blanking in GW31?

    1. HashAttack
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      The ones that are already confirmed

    2. HashAttack
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      It's a clash with the FA cup 6th round - so you want to look at the 5th round fixtures (3rd - 6th March)

      The premier league teams that get through the 5th round will blank in gw31 - so would the teams that they are scheduled to play in 31

    3. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      Spurs v West Ham or Norwich v Everton will take place because Spurs play Norwich in the FA Cup. You'd have to think Spurs would be favourites so Norwich and Everton have the highest chance of not blanking.

      1. HashAttack
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 2 hours ago

        That's the most likely match ... I don't have any Everton players so happy to FH them in

        Spurs would be a bit better - get to spend an extra £5m if we have Spurs v WHU

    4. Inazuma X1
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      What about Newcastle losing in the next round, high chances?

      1. HashAttack
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 2 hours ago

        Should be a reasonable chance ... I was hoping they would lose to Oxford
        It looks like both SHW and NEW have the same odds of beating each other

        Could give us New v AVL

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 2 hours ago

          Yeah this is what I am hoping for, will be able to field another player for the blank

    5. HashAttack
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      It order of % chance of not blanking

      Norwich v Everton - 80% (Spurs v West Ham - 20%)
      Liverpool v Crystal Palace - 58%
      Newcastle v Aston Villa - 50%

  17. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    13 days, 2 hours ago

    Mitrovic goal. hopefully a £6.5m forward in FPL next season.

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      6.5 and not a penny more

  18. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 2 hours ago

    Henderson
    TAA VVD Dunk
    Salah(c) KDB Grealish Traore
    Vardy Ings DCL

    McGovern Lundstram Soyuncu Dendoncker

    1 FT, 3.9 ITB

    Plan has always bee:

    DCL >> Jimenez

    (due to the fixture swing and Vardys getting good from GW28)

    If I use my FT on that, is anything else worth a -4 hit this week??

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      Yeah sounds good, you got a plan. Jim looks to be one of the best assets incoming.

  19. Make America Greta Again
    • 6 Years
    13 days, 2 hours ago

    Is this purgatory? The summer break feels shorter than this gw.

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      It's taking forever.

    2. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 6 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      Whole season is purgatory!

    3. Celt Abroad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      After triple captaining mane in gw24, I’m already on my summer break.

  20. IRBOX ⚽
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 2 hours ago

    With 6 players in these fixtures this is rather concerning..

    https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/uk-weather-storm-dennis-puts-21481946.amp

    1. HashAttack
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      That could well be the minimum for most people (3 Liverpool, 2 Southampton) .. + Norwich and Burnley

  21. Inazuma X1
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 2 hours ago

    A. Which GW will be the bigger DGW of the below two?

    GW 34 or GW 37

    B. Will there be a 3rd DGW?

    1. HashAttack
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      Think 37 as in 34, only some teams will play midweek and some of those will blank at the weekend

      Basically, there should be more matches in gw37 then there will be in gw34

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      I'm thinking GW37 may be the bigger one. GW34 has the FA cup semis so may have a blank fixture in it along with other teams having a double.

    3. zotter
      • 10 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      B. City v arsenal not sure when tho

    4. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Probably 37, but risk is it's more meaningless fixtures by then.

  22. PepSala
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 2 hours ago

    What would you change here?

    Ryan Pope
    TAA Robertson Soyuncu Stevens Rico
    KDB Salah Maddison Grealish Dendoncker
    Vady Jimenez Ing

    0.2 ITB 1 FT

  23. Jet5605
    • 5 Years
    13 days, 2 hours ago

    Hey guys, 1 FT and 4m ITB. Am planning to do KDB > Mane ahead of Pool's home game against West Ham.

    Should I take a hit to improve my defence or roll with this in GW27?

    Guaita
    TAA / Webster / Lund
    Salah / Grealish / KDB / Traore
    Vardy / Jimi / Ings

    Button / Williams / Cantwell / Holgate   

    1. HashAttack
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      Be tempted to lose Webster for Boly (or another Wolves defender) - Norwich at home could get the points back straight away

      1. Jet5605
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 2 hours ago

        Are you sure he's lost his place? I noticed before that Potter sometimes rests him for one game then brings him back.

        1. HashAttack
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 2 hours ago

          no idea - just he's BHA, Wolves don't blank ... tie breaker ends up being gw29 WOL v BHA

  24. Jet5605
    • 5 Years
    13 days, 2 hours ago

    This idea that FH is wasted on GW31 because the teams playing are lower to mid table is so flawed. If the big guns were all playing each other it would be just as unattractive.

    1. HashAttack
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 2 hours ago

      Seems the ideal time to play the FH - the game week when there are the fewest scheduled matches
      Don't see the point of using FH for a dgw as you then miss out on using BB or TC when there are the most matches in a game week

    2. potatoace'scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      It is very possible there will only be 3 games in gw31.
      That's 6 teams.
      So unless you hit jackpot with clean sheets or a massive goal fest I can't see much ground being made other than a load or 2 pointers

  25. Woy_is_back
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 2 hours ago

    I thought this Ziyech guy was around 23. He will be 27 in march lol

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Lingard is 23 though, right? One for the future.

  26. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    13 days, 1 hour ago

    Is it time to ship Agüero after this GW?

    1. potatoace'scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Probably. Unless they get a dgw29, then it will be hard to justify.
      Its one thing not getting him in for a dgw, but its another deliberately ditching him with one on the horizon.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 1 hour ago

        Yeah, what you think below then mate? Thanks

        1. potatoace'scott talent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          13 days, 1 hour ago

          It's a rhetoric logic , kun won't play all, kind time will be heavily managed, etc.
          Still if the dgw gets called soon it would still be a brave manager to ditch him.

      2. zotter
        • 10 Years
        13 days, 1 hour ago

        Correct me if I’m wrong but the gw29 midweek won’t Arsenal have a Europa league match if they get through this round ?

        1. potatoace'scott talent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          13 days, 1 hour ago

          Think so yes

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Yes given the Man City fixture mess. No way that Kun starts all the upcoming league games. It's a headache that most can do without.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 1 hour ago

        Thinking this... toying with the move below but not sure if it’s too early?

        1. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          13 days, 1 hour ago

          Think it's fine selling him now. Fixtures are hard and Man City not in good form either. Only question is when City get a DGW. If it's GW34 and GW37 then is easy to plan to get him back in later in the season for the doubles.

    3. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      90% sure I'll be selling

  27. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 1 hour ago

    McCarthy
    Trent sidibe gomez
    Kdb grealish Salah mahrez
    Auba ings Jimenez

    Button dunk Hayden Williams

    1ft 2.7itb

    Sidibe to Fernandez?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Yep if your happy with Mahrez

      1. Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 1 hour ago

        Against his old club? I certainly am.

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 3 Years
          13 days, 1 hour ago

          Huge rotation risk week in week now concern you? Fellow owner fwiw

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • 3 Years
            13 days, 1 hour ago

            Out*

          2. Rash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            13 days, 1 hour ago

            I am a little concerned but will be giving him another week then maybe ship for the blanks

    2. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Dunk to Fernandez is better

  28. dbeck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 1 hour ago

    Best combo moving forward:

    A) Boly and Firmino (Boly can rotate with lascelles)
    B) Robbo and DCL

  29. JohnRoss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    13 days, 1 hour ago

    It can't be just me. This break is more tiresome than the international ones right?

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Even more annoying if your on a red arrow from the weekend with Lundstram stuck on the bench.

    2. potatoace'scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Its hell on toast.

    3. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Bloody awful.

  30. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    13 days, 1 hour ago

    Kun >> Ings tonight? Got 2 FTs & thinking Kun+Greenwood+Aurier >> Ings+Jimenez+VVD for a hit but bang on the money with it 🙁

    McCarthy
    TAA • Lunds • Aurier
    KDB • Salah • Grealish • Mahrez • Traoré
    Kun • Vardy
    (McGov. Rico. Soy. Greenwood)

    1. Peter Russo
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Whats the thinking about getting rid of Aguero??

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 1 hour ago

        To fund the others. And the rotation headache.

    2. Peter Russo
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Whats the thinking behind getting rid of Aguero??

    3. zotter
      • 10 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      I would do it

    4. potatoace'scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      I like the hit option , but dont like it if you need to do it right now.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 1 hour ago

        Now yeah. If Ings rises. Very annoying

    5. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Too risky making transfers this early in the GW IMO, still so much new data to consider. I'd forget VVD and go for Gomez or a another defender instead if priced out

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 1 hour ago

        Thanks mate