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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. zotter
    • 10 Years
    13 days, 46 mins ago

    Saints and Liverpool matches off would be a total disaster !

    Salah. Firmino. Trent. Ings. Ok most have these

    Add cantwell. Stephens. Pope in and Houston we have a problem

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 43 mins ago

      Salah c ings vc. Total disaster.

      1. puhd
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 23 hours ago

        Thats me

    2. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 43 mins ago

      Yep would be a shocker. I'd be looking at 8 players including the likes of Lascelles...

    3. zotter
      • 10 Years
      13 days, 40 mins ago

      Having said that. Excluding the first four it’s probably ten points max I am missing out on... kdb vice

    4. StayoutheSpiceZone
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      The games will be fine. Widely reported to be less windy fhan Ciara

      1. RedLightning - The Last Ten…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 22 hours ago

        A little less windy than Ciara at Sheffield, but a lot windier than Ciara at Manchester.
        I still can't understand why the Manchester match was postponed when the Sheffield match was able to go ahead in worse conditions.

    5. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      I've got 7 players playing in those games. I'd be left with just Soy, Rico (1 point), Traore, KDB (c), Son, Wood and DCL (11 points)

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 23 hours ago

        Dendoncker, not Wood

    6. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 22 hours ago

      What’s this about?

      1. rainy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Storm Dennis.

    7. Johan Queef
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Oh p*ss off Dennis

  2. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 45 mins ago

    When you're looking at player stats, what's your default length of time you consider?

    Usually I look at past 4 matches but recently been focusing more on past 2 matches as my thinking has changed away from fixtures and more towards form. Concern is that it becomes a small sample size that could be skewed.

    1. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 6 Years
      13 days, 28 mins ago

      1990s

    2. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 mins ago

      Normally look at the form indicator which I think is based on the last 30 days? So normally equates to 4-5 games.

      I like to get players in for a block of fixtures barring injury.

      Guy in my ML transfers players in an out like a jackrabbit so I take the opposite strategy. He has ~ 200 points of hits

  3. Lignja
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 45 mins ago

    Have 2 ft 0.2m itb

    Swap Kelly to Lascales today before price rise or wait end of this endless gw?

    Pope
    Taa, Robertson, Lundstram
    Salah, Kdb, Traore, Grealish
    Auba, Vardy, Ings

    Rico, Dendoker, Kelly

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      13 days, 34 mins ago

      Just wait imo

      Your core players are fine. Your boring fodder could do with replacing.

    2. B.D.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 20 mins ago

      Good long term move, I would do it now and save 0,1

    3. Kun Tozser
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 13 mins ago

      Crazy to concentrate on 0.1 at this point in the season imo

      1. Kun Tozser
        • 4 Years
        13 days, 12 mins ago

        It’s a player who’s 3rd on your bench!

    4. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 10 mins ago

      Would wait to see what happens at the weekend and in the City match. Seems a very fringe move at this stage with so much uncertainty

    5. Lignja
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 2 mins ago

      Thanks all

    6. Like an Egyptian Magician
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      I would’ve done it only if the price rise forbids me from doing it later

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 9 mins ago

      Daily star?! I can’t see anything past all the adds. Awful site.

  4. jackoasean
    • 3 Years
    13 days, 6 mins ago

    My team is looking solid for the next gameweek and I’m thinking about playing my bench boost. My team just seems right for a bench boost but usually save for double game week

    Henderson (BHA). McCarthy (AVL)

    Def- Stevens (BHA) TAA(WHU) Gomez (WHU) Bertrand (AVL) Boly (NOR)

    Mid- Mahrez (LEI) Salah(WHU) traore(NOR) Barnes (MCI) Saint-Maximin (CRY)

    For- Jiménez (NOR) Aguero(LEI) Ings (AVL

    1. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      Sorry seems a waste

      St maximan.
      Barnes versus City.
      Bertrand could easily concede vs Villa as well

      Those three might only be 6 points

    2. Like an Egyptian Magician
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Easy no

  5. FDMS All Starz
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 23 hours ago

    Which combo for the foreseeable future?

    A) Vardy & Martial

    Or

    B) Mane & Dcl

    1. Destroyer of teams
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      A

    2. Like an Egyptian Magician
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      B easy

  6. Old Gregg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 23 hours ago

    My original plan was to move DCL > Jimenez.

    Stick with this or concentrate on moving the players I have missing in GW 28 (currently have 5) namely Lundstram and Grealish.

    A) DCL > Jimenez
    B) Lund >Doherty/Boly
    C) Lund > Lascelles/Fernandes
    D) Grealish > Barnes

    1. Am sorry to say again it�…
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      Barnes is a trap

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 23 hours ago

        How so?

      2. TLF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 23 hours ago

        I think Barnes is an excellent option. I owned him earlier in the season from GW13-16, didnt do much then despite passing the eye test but has finally started to convert some solid performances into attacking returns, growing in confidence, good underlying numbers and nice fixtures ahead. Also plays for a team with something to play for. I'm bringing him back in for 28.

    2. Jullepuu
        12 days, 23 hours ago

        I'm doing A but I'm not sure if it's the best move out of those

      • TLF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 23 hours ago

        Tricky without seeing your team but I think I'd go B

        1. Old Gregg
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 23 hours ago

          Thanks all.

          Hendo
          Lund-Taa-Vvd
          KDB-Salah-Grealish-Redmond
          Vardy-DCL-Ings

          4m-Fleck-Rico-Soy

          1. TLF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 23 hours ago

            Still B for me.

          2. TLF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 23 hours ago

            Nice team btw

      • Like an Egyptian Magician
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        B & D

    3. ChuckN
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 23 hours ago

      So here's a thought. If you had chosen the following team from GW1 and made 0 transfers it would have cost 75.5m and you'd be 365th OR. Perma cap Salah.

      You'd probably still have a nice bench too with 24.5m left.

      Pope 105 (4.5m)
      Lund 115 (4m)
      Baldock 107 (4m)
      TAA 146 (7m)
      Salah 165 (12m)
      Traore 103 (5m)
      Kdb 161 (9.5m)
      Grealish 109 (6m)
      Ings 128 (7m)
      Vardy 152 (9m)
      Jimi 131 (7.5m)

      1. mrodgers91
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 23 hours ago

        Most seasons it turns out there is a team you could pick gw1 and win overall without any changes.

        1. ChuckN
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 23 hours ago

          Sure but also shows if you can adapt fast enough to the form players early on and not tinker too much, you will do well.

      2. Dr. Agabuse
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 23 hours ago

        Wow. I dont believe it.
        And Thats my front seven.
        But i guess i was pretty late in bringing them in.
        No.. cant be right

        1. ChuckN
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 23 hours ago

          depressing huh! Doesn't even including finding upgrades with that spare 4.5m, or chips.

        2. ChuckN
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 23 hours ago

          actually make that a spare 8m!

      3. FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 23 hours ago

        Baldock was 4.5, but that was just facetious.

        Anyway proof we’re all mugs spending hours planning and plotting haha.

        1. ChuckN
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 23 hours ago

          Sorry yes 4.5. So Budget above is 76m. Still leaves 7.5m to upgrade the starting XI - enough to upgrade Grealish to Mane and nab another 38 points.

      4. Tinkermania
          12 days, 23 hours ago

          You would even be higher than 365th OR as the 24.5m bench would have autosubbed on many occasions. Right?

          1. ChuckN
            • 10 Years
            12 days, 23 hours ago

            Correct. Also doesn't factor in chips.

        • tomasjj
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 23 hours ago

          I am 39 points better off compared to if I had kept my starting team from GW1.

          1. Dthinger
            • 2 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            is there a tool somewhere to compare that quickly?

            1. tomasjj
              • 5 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              It is an easy addition. Takes you 2 min.

              1. Tinkermania
                  12 days, 22 hours ago

                  Tell me please. You look at wk1 team, and add those players' season totals?

          2. SADIO SANÉ
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            Sheff Utd defenders seem a bit of a rarity points/price wise, but it also shows that you don't necessarily need as many 'big hitters' as possible - 6 of those players were very get-able from the start; Lund showed himself very early too, so that's 7 - I didn't get Grealish but there was a pretty good HT before he started knocking goals in - maybe this game is a lot easier if you don't always max out your budget (on turd)

            1. SADIO SANÉ
              • 4 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              easy to say in hindsight though I guess, Sterling was a 'must-have' at the start and then so was KDB - but one was one wasn't

              1. tomasjj
                • 5 Years
                12 days, 22 hours ago

                I had Pogba.

                Besides that it was quite good.
                Only Montoya was a bit of a drag.

                Pope
                Lunds TAA VVD Montoya
                Sterling Salah Perez Pogba
                Jimenez Rashford

                Even scored 100 points the first week.

                1. SADIO SANÉ
                  • 4 Years
                  12 days, 22 hours ago

                  I always include a punt or two at the start, usually with a nice run of fixtures - should probably stop doing that but it's fun. Also planning my first few transfers before GW1 starts doesn't end well either, need to just pick a solid team and then react each week - nothing obvious save FT. It is easier that way but a lot less fun - I started with 3x4.0 defenders this year, which actually went ok

                2. SADIO SANÉ
                  • 4 Years
                  12 days, 22 hours ago

                  Perez actually ended up being a nice pick surprisingly(to me)

              2. ChuckN
                • 10 Years
                12 days, 20 hours ago

                Yes but not so much hindsight as being able to pivot quickly to most of the above. It's not like all of them are total unknowns. I would imagine plenty of people had most of the above at some point in the first 5 GW's.

          3. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            12 days, 20 hours ago

            Baldock started 4.5

            1. ChuckN
              • 10 Years
              12 days, 20 hours ago

              And? Already pointed out and doesn't really affect the line of thinking.

          4. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 20 hours ago

            Ings started at 6.0. - it took him an age to build momentum. There’s another mill to play with so I suspect Mane Mo KdB Perez is affordable.

            1. ChuckN
              • 10 Years
              12 days, 20 hours ago

              Ha nice spot - yes my highly scientific method of randomly entering player data from my phone app is proving rather flimsy. I'll put some more work in and find the optimal team!

          5. Like an Egyptian Magician
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 19 hours ago

            Thx for pointing this out. Extremely insightful. The beauty of hindsight (as exemplified in ur post) could potentially allow u to better predict the future (even though past performance doesn’t guarantee future results & even though we will almost always fail to concretize it). So hindsight isn’t just made up of pointless Monday morning quarterbacking. No it could also potentially be productive..

          6. ChuckN
            • 10 Years
            12 days, 19 hours ago

            Amended team (thanks to a few of you pointing out some errors with starting prices).

            This GW1 team would net you 1645 points currently, minus chips or subs. It was exactly 100m.

            1645 points is good enough for 11th OR.

            Pope 4.5 105
            TAA 7.0 146
            Lundstram 4.0 115
            Baldock 4.5 107
            Salah 12.0 330
            KDB 9.5 161
            Mane 11.5 147
            Richarlison 8.0 123
            Vardy 9.0 152
            Ings 6.0 128
            Jimenez 7.5 131

            1. fish&chips
              • 9 Years
              12 days, 16 hours ago

              Salah 12.5 😉

              1. Hernandez Lynam
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                12 days, 12 hours ago

                Take out Richarlison

        • Daghe Munegu
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 23 hours ago

          McCarthy
          TAA Robertson Sidibé
          Salah KDB Martial Grealish Moura
          Vardy Ings

          Button Long Rico Reid

          2 ft 1.3 itb.

          Play Rico or Sidibé to Boly/Doherty?

          1. TLF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 23 hours ago

            Latter IMO

        • Berbinho's Forehead
          • 9 Years
          12 days, 23 hours ago

          Odion Ighalo kept away from Carrington and isolated with fears over coronavirus according to The Mirror

          Won't be playing any time so in then

          1. Berbinho's Forehead
            • 9 Years
            12 days, 23 hours ago

            Soon*

          2. TLF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 23 hours ago

            Appears to be precautionary and if the article via link below is accurate will be joining the squad before the Chelsea match on Monday.

            https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/odion-ighalo-banned-man-utd-21486199

            1. Berbinho's Forehead
              • 9 Years
              12 days, 23 hours ago

              Thanks for the article. Always sensationalised headlines on twitter

              1. TLF
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                12 days, 23 hours ago

                No worries, how's the season going Berb ? Whilst you're here any views on preferred Pool trio to own from here on ? I have Trent & Mo, like many debating Mane v double defence.

                1. Berbinho's Forehead
                  • 9 Years
                  12 days, 22 hours ago

                  I think one of Salah or Mane (ATM I think Salah is looking unplayable) + double defence is the way to go purely on the fact that it's only natural to tighten up defensively when sealing the title - with the invincible tag on the line too, might set up to avoid defend in some games like City, Everton and Arsenal. So I prefer double defence

                  1. Berbinho's Forehead
                    • 9 Years
                    12 days, 22 hours ago

                    Avoid defeat*

                  2. TLF
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    12 days, 22 hours ago

                    Interesting, makes sense, ive heard others suggest Pool may take more risks once title is secured and aim to 'put on a show' when the pressure is off. Your outlook makes more sense to me though. Cheers, GL.

                    1. Berbinho's Forehead
                      • 9 Years
                      12 days, 22 hours ago

                      I think the defensive approach is more likely. Best of luck to you too

                    2. Citizenkane91
                      • 5 Years
                      12 days, 21 hours ago

                      Or they will continue the formula that has got them where they are.

                      Devil's advocate. There are better defensive alternatives to Robertson than there are to Mane currently (with City's blank sandwiched between two poor fixtures and UCL worries). I think Doherty can outscore Robertson in the next 3-5, Reece from GW 28 looks a nasty good differential. I think the points disparity between Mane and KdB- Mahrez-Son for the same period should justify going double LIV mid.

                2. Like an Egyptian Magician
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  12 days, 19 hours ago

                  For me it’s Salah TAA VVD

              2. FPL Pillars
                • 3 Years
                12 days, 23 hours ago

                Ighalo PUNISHES owners with virus scare

        • pjanns
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 23 hours ago

          How does these moves look? - Think they will set me up nice for the coming fixtures 🙂
          2 FT 0,1ITB
          Martial + Reid --> Traore + Lascellas

          Will leave me with:
          Ryan
          TAA - Lunds - Lascellas
          Mane - KDB - Traore - Salah
          Ings - Auba - DCL
          (Button - Dendo - Soy - Williams)

          Any comments, much appreciated. Thanks 🙂

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 23 hours ago

            Do you intend to play the bench in 28? It looks fairly thin.

          2. Like an Egyptian Magician
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 19 hours ago

            Surely no. I’d get Barnes instead of Traoré. Plus why lascelles? Can’t u afford a premium? Ur saving cash on the martial Barnes move..

          1. FPL Pillars
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 23 hours ago

            This Winter break is memorable enough already. Part 2: Dennis
            Grab the popcorn. Air date on Saturday.

            1. fcsaltyballs
              • 4 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              weirdest gameweek of all time??

          2. Whats the Huth
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            no more calculations please

            1. fcsaltyballs
              • 4 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              ben crellin has a spreadsheet

        • Dr. Agabuse
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 23 hours ago

          There was a discussion on post3 of page 1 of this article about the worth of a FH in GW31.

          I'll add: i rather want 7players then (meaning not having 4mediocre players) then not having FH+WC and BB for GW34 and 37.
          Dor those GW ot could be very different Double gameweek teams!

          1. Whats the Huth
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            Don’t even know which teams have blanks and doubles yet.

            Just wait and see.

          2. Tinkermania
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              Repeat last sentence please Doc?

            • pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              Half agree but strictly numerical advantage of 11 extra players in 34 will be much less - perhaps just 2 extra players over team who FH31.

              These are the limiting factors:
              3 SGW Liverpool players with great fixture desirable anyway
              3 DGW players likely in most squads anyway (if they’re not - you probably don’t want them!!)
              3 FTs to bring in DGW players after 31

              1. Dr. Agabuse
                • 7 Years
                12 days, 22 hours ago

                I understand the logic butbi think especcialy Teams that meed to pick up points can decide against pool players for the last couple of games that also wont be title seciding anymore

            • Klaren
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              The issue is how big a DGW 34 will be and how many of those teams that are playing doubles are different from those playing in 37.

              Because if it's not that many, it shouldn't be too hard to get enough DGW players via FTs once you consider the SGW players that you'd want to keep for the GW anyway as Pingissimus pointed out.

              Another strategy could be to WC in 32 or 33 with a strong 11 for 34 and use the remaining FTs until 37 to prepare the squad for the BB. Of course this would depend on who gets the doubles in 34 and 37 and also how many blanks in 34.

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                12 days, 21 hours ago

                Interesting point about teams that could get DGW34 and 37. They could be gold.

                City winning round 5 and losing QF would be FPL gold given that fixture run - they’d be almost guaranteed 34 and 37.

                SU and Arsenal too I suppose but general fixtures much less tasty from 34 on

          3. Warby84
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 23 hours ago

            Next GW play

            Dubravka/Bertrand
            McCarthy/Fernandez
            Dubravka/Fernandez (Dbl Down)

            1. Berbinho's Forehead
              • 9 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              Mate we don't even know if this weeks games are going ahead

              1. I Member
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                12 days, 22 hours ago

                What does that have to do with who to play next week?

            2. AuFeld
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              McCarthy / Fernandez. I think Crystal Palace may score vs NEW, however Fernandez has the better goal threat when compared to Bertrand.

              Gist of the stats: CRY with the lowest xG during the last six matches, so the double down makes sense. However, NEW has the highest xGC during their last six, but their defense is over-performing the most. One may argue that they've been 'lucky'. Will they continue to be 'lucky' vs SOU?

          4. ALI_G
            • 2 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            this GW feels more an international break!

            waiting for Wolves-Leicester to break the tedium

            1. TLF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              Yep, let's hope the storm doesn't restrict this week's prem action....

            2. TLF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              *weekends

          5. Bobby Digital
            • 2 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            What if you could roll unlimited amount of transfers? I haven't burnt one yet, but I've come close many times.

            1. SADIO SANÉ
              • 4 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              the game would be better that's what

            2. Dr. Agabuse
              • 7 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              I burnt one. Felt unreal

              1. Like an Egyptian Magician
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                12 days, 19 hours ago

                In a good or bad way? :))))

            3. Like an Egyptian Magician
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              12 days, 19 hours ago

              I burnt my first-ever transfers this season (it’s my 8th season) and it did feel awkwardly good ;)))) I will surely don’t hesitate to do it again. That obsession not to lose anything (including a futile virtual game transfer) which is part of our human nature doesn’t apply in this realm. Someone posted on this page that a phantom team with 0 transfers could be today in the top500 OR. Waw

          6. George James
            • 5 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            Struggling with best move here. Thoughts?

            0.4itb 1FT. (16k)

            Pope
            TAA • Lund • Rico
            Salah • KDB • Grealish • Son
            DCL • Kun • Ings

            Button / Cantwell / Soy / Kelly.

            1. AuFeld
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              Probably Dorsia on Friday evening.

            2. Like an Egyptian Magician
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              12 days, 19 hours ago

              Lundstram seems to have lost his starting berth and the coach said he either can feel sorry for himself or he can do whatever I ask to help the team. That was his statement AFTER Lund had come off the bench and won the game..
              Also Kelly is injured. So I’d target dealing with these 2 players while making sure I have enough players for the blank

          7. Bobby Digital
            • 2 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            What if:
            I've made 183pts with my captains and transfers. Is that good or bad?

            1. AuFeld
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              I have 322 total captain points and I think that is low.

              1. Bobby Digital
                • 2 Years
                12 days, 22 hours ago

                Whoa...

                1. AuFeld
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  12 days, 22 hours ago

                  #1 OR has 434.

              2. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                12 days, 22 hours ago

                Suspect it is - I’m on 362 without TC played and I’m a very moderate 200k OR

                Gk 87 points hurts me a little right now. Either Pope or Henderson in the last 3 weeks over Ryan was worth 20 points - that’s 2 good captain weeks!!

                1. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  12 days, 18 hours ago

                  323 with TC used .
                  I'm not doing well with © this season. So many © fails ......

            2. Bobby Digital
              • 2 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              Don't know how many pts I've made with my cap... Just that it's 183pts more than had I not made any transfers.

              1. AuFeld
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                12 days, 22 hours ago

                grab your team id and head to https://www.anewpla.net/fpl/report/

                1. Bobby Digital
                  • 2 Years
                  12 days, 22 hours ago

                  Total cap pts 342

                  1. ALI_G
                    • 2 Years
                    12 days, 22 hours ago

                    354

                    I worked out if I had left it on Mo whole season would be 330

                    Captain scores for each gameweek :
                    24, 6, 4, 6, 18, 18, 8, 4, 4, 22, 2, 24, 24, 4, 10, 26, 10, 4, 16, 22, 4, 10, 4, 48, 32,

            3. Niho992
              • 1 Year
              12 days, 20 hours ago

              380 here and im 300 K OVR

          8. Dr. Agabuse
            • 7 Years
            12 days, 22 hours ago

            Oh how i would love if only Leicester Wolves went ahead. Have 4players there

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 2 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              Only Maddo here, most of my players play on Sat.

            2. ALI_G
              • 2 Years
              12 days, 22 hours ago

              only Vardy with Soyboy buried on bench

              1. Bobby Digital
                • 2 Years
                12 days, 22 hours ago

                Looking at getting Soyboy in gw28

          9. JamieNumber4
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            Going to be some absolute gems in that WBA side to pick from next season

            1. Leaf
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              12 days, 21 hours ago

              Rondon, Brunt & McAuley straight in my team.

              1. JamieNumber4
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                12 days, 21 hours ago

                Ole, that you?

          10. HellasLEAF
            • 10 Years
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            So looks like no one's going up tonight.

            Maybe Alisson.

            1. ALI_G
              • 2 Years
              12 days, 21 hours ago

              price changes pretty dead

              not many transfers I think, apart from WC which don't count IIRC

            2. JamieNumber4
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              12 days, 21 hours ago

              Suppose I might as well go to bed then!

          11. It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            Bench one:

            A) Stephens (AVL)
            B) Fernandez (cry)

            1. tempest
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              12 days, 20 hours ago

              A

            2. Bobby Digital
              • 2 Years
              12 days, 20 hours ago

              B

            3. Amey
              • 1 Year
              12 days, 18 hours ago

              B

          12. tempest
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            12 days, 20 hours ago

            0.5m any changes?

            McCarthy / McG
            TAA/ Soy/ lasc/ Lund/ Rico
            KDB/ Mane/ Moura/ Barnes/ Traore
            Kun/ jimmy/ Firmino

          13. rainy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 20 hours ago

            Price Changes - 13th February 2020

            🔻  Hennessey (4.2)

            1. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              12 days, 20 hours ago

              Yes!

              1. jia you jia you
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                12 days, 20 hours ago

                Cheers Raindog 😉

              2. rainy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 4 Years
                12 days, 20 hours ago

                Happy posters make me happy 😉

                1. La Roja
                  • 7 Years
                  12 days, 17 hours ago

                  lol

          14. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 20 hours ago

            How about this move for GW28 thinking ahead?
            Aguero + KDB + Henderson to Vardy + Mane + Schmeichel (-4)

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              12 days, 18 hours ago

              I'd rather get Pope/Foster. As Leicester should blank for GW 31

              1. Amey
                • 1 Year
                12 days, 18 hours ago

                Like the transfers though. Hopefully you don't have much of TV in Kdb

                1. jia you jia you
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  12 days, 14 hours ago

                  Thanks buddy, yeah was sleeping on that one...might revert to good old Pope! Nah have nothing tied up in KDB

          15. marzo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            12 days, 18 hours ago

            A couple of options here. Should I back Everton through their tough games?
            1. Holgate + Lundstram -> Boly + Taylor.
            2. Lundstram + Maupay -> Taylor + DCL.
            3. Other moves.

            Hendo.
            TAA, Stephens, Williams.
            Grealish, KDB, Mane, Salah.
            Maupay, Ings, Aubameyang.
            Stek, Lundstram, Dendoncker, Holgate.
            2ft. 0.1m ITB. WC, BB, FH are my remaining chips.

            1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
              • 6 Years
              12 days, 17 hours ago

              2

          16. rokonto
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 17 hours ago

            How long before the Coronavirus affects FPL has this been mentioned on here?

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

              Has it impacted any other European leagues yet

            2. Fred54
              • 5 Years
              12 days, 6 hours ago

              Ighalo having to train on his own since he came to England. Wasn't even allowed to travel with Man Utd who have been in Dubia.

          17. Vasqujg
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 16 hours ago

            How about just call the off the game week!

            Just add a week 39! In May

            Sunny British weather - leave me my DCL winnings though

          18. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            12 days, 16 hours ago

            Dunk > Boly with ft this gw or save?

            McCarthy button
            taa stevens soy dunk rico

          19. FDMS All Starz
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 16 hours ago

            Best Gk under 5.1 that doesn’t blank anytime soon? Thinking patricio?

            1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
              • 6 Years
              12 days, 16 hours ago

              Pope