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Man City v Arsenal postponed as ‘precaution’ amid coronavirus fears

Double Gameweek 29 is officially off. That’s because Arsenal’s rearranged trip to Manchester City has been postponed amid fears of a coronavirus outbreak.

The news comes after it was revealed on Tuesday that Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis had recent contracted COVID-19.

As the Greek side were at the Emirates Stadium for a Europa League match less than two weeks ago, it has now emerged that several Arsenal squad members met Marinakis.

These players, who have not been named, are now self-isolating at home for the remainder of the 14-day period after the meeting.

Arsenal announced the news in a statement in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

“The medical advice we have received puts the risk of (these players) developing Covid-19 at extremely low. However, we are strictly following the Government guidelines which recommend that anyone coming into close contact with someone with the virus should self-isolate at home for 14 days from the last time they had contact. As a result, the players are unavailable for tonight’s match against Manchester City and the Premier League has decided the game should be postponed. The players will remain at their homes until the 14-day period expires. Four Arsenal staff – who were sitting close to Mr Marinakis during the match – will also remain at home until the 14 days are complete.” – Arsenal statement

The postponement of Wednesday night’s match means that Arsenal v Man City will need a new date once again.

It also means that Gameweek 29 has now concluded so anyone who had Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) in their starting line-up will see their first substitutes come in.

It also means those who took a hit for Arsenal players such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.1m) or Nicolas Pépé (£9.2m) will have to make do with the blanks they registered against West Ham.

As things stand, Arsenal’s trip to Brighton in Gameweek 30 is still going ahead, as the self-isolating players can return to training on Friday.

“Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Mr Marinakis a swift recovery and we look forward to the players and staff returning to work on Friday in preparation for our match at Brighton.” – Arsenal statement

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971 Comments Post a Comment
  1. RodgersRevolution
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    If i confirm a trade then use my free hit, will it revert back to the team with the trade or without the trade?

    1. PlumaPiedra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Without

      1. RodgersRevolution
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Thanks Plum! Been looking for that answer everywhere!

  2. JJeyy
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Aubameyang to giroud?

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Only if there's a cancellation - but he's my first thought

  3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Read some strange comments here today - understandable regarding fpl and the dgw cancellation.
    But I can't quite grasp why there are a few who think it's actually good that a significant proportion of the population might be killed by a virus and that we should be happy that the weakest in society are fair game.
    Get a grip. We are better than that.

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      It's all going down with no signs of improvement.

    2. Kudo Warrior
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Couldn't agree more. People should be ashamed of themselves.

    3. Taffer
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Yep agreed. The upside is that we now know who to ignore in normal times.

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Good point Taffer 🙂

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 21 days ago

      100%

    5. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      This. It's not just here but I'm dealing with it in work too. "Ah it's all getting out of hand, it's just the flu. It's only affecting the sick and old".....I know sick and old people, I don't want them to die! If the experts are telling you to do something, do it

    6. onceuponatyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Yes, this.

    7. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      I think what is annoying people is that football is far from the biggest factor or risk of spreading the virus.

      It's airports, the transport network and many, many things before football.

      So until the aforementioned take action, why should football take action first despite our government, who won by a massive margin, not issuing any serious warning.

      1. The_Fish
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Yeah exactly this.

        People want football, Cheltenham etc cancelled, whilst hundreds of thousands are travelling through airports going all around the world every day.

        Football games won't transmit the virus anywhere near to close proximity of flights, airports, trains etc.

        1. Taffer
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          But they're a place it can happen, so no reason not to be as cautious as possible/

          1. Berbinho's Forehead
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            I'm more afraid of having no choice and catching the virus using the London Underground 10 times a week than I am going to a football game..out of my own choice.

          2. The_Fish
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Should we close all restaurants, bars, cinemas, public transport, schools, shops etc?

            Thousands of businesses are about to go bankrupt if we go to that extreme level.

  4. Patrick.22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Oh well. At least my Auba TC beat Mane this year and my choice of Sane last year

    LOL!

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 21 days ago

      That's the spirit !

  5. Patrick.22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Do we reckon Pérez has lost his place after Monday nights result?

    I’m thinking of putting him as first bench and playing Fleck vs Newcastle instead..

    1. Goonerly
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Considering swapping him out of my squad entirely..
      Easy to just do Perez --> Barnes

    2. markloe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      I wouldn't say that Albrighton's performance was especially good but he's got to be considered a risk now

  6. Hryszko
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    So on a serious note, what do i do with this team currently...

    Wait until 11:29am on Saturday morning to make any changes?

    McCarthy

    Alonso - Trent - Stevens

    Salah (c) - KDB - Barnes - Fernandes

    Auba - Ings - Jiminez

    Subs: Henderson - Fernandez - Hayden - Williams

    1. Baganuva Hatty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Leave well alone. A good side just wait an see....

    2. MOTHRA
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      I like this team A LOT

  7. jason_ni
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Pre Leicester i was sitting with a 24k rank jump up to 90k..
    After the barnes and vardy show, and now cancellation of city, the auto subs predicting a red arrow and 4k rank drop.
    Good times.

  8. Nice n Sleazy
    2 months, 21 days ago

    "give me a minute to wash my hands, then I will type the answer..."
    Lol! The best post this morning by a mile!

    If you had FH and WC chips left, is there any point using FH chip on GW31? Rationale:
    The games may get postponed.
    Other rivals above me (2) have used up all their chips and have roughly a 25 pt lead.
    Using the FH in a later double game week is effectively a WC.

    These fixtures getting called off last minute will be my Achilles heel.

  9. Daniel S.
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    I think West Ham game against Spurs will be postponed too. 14 days won't be gone. Season ended. No Liverpool champion.

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 21 days ago

      No complaints!

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      That would be required only if any Arsenal player is tested positive though?

    3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      A FH would be ruddy hard with 3 games!

    4. Baganuva Hatty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 21 days ago

      No champions League next season.

    5. El Presidente
      2 months, 21 days ago

      You lost me there...

  10. Ady87
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    No idea what to do with my 2 FTs now, was waiting on KDB news.

    Would you FH in 31 if you only had BB left for later GWs?

    Wouldn’t mind Taylor, Giroud, Mane. What would you do? Are there any players rising I might be priced out of?

    McCarthy
    TAA Robertson Saiss (Lascelles Williams)
    Salah KDB Martial Barnes (Hayden)
    Auba Ings Jimi

    1. Iggy pop
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      wait until about 5 minutes before the deadline!

    2. The_Fish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Wait as long as possible.

  11. El Presidente
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Well disregarding what your personal views on this decision are, from a game perspective I think it changes the level playing field. I'm not terribly affected, no KDB will mean Williams points, but for a huge number of people it's really unfair and clearly taints the integrity of the table.

    The only fair and reasonable thing to do would be revert all squads prior to GW29 reverting all subs and counting the points as everyone had made zero transfers.

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      That then is not fair on the peeps who did no transfers.

    2. Iggy pop
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      nah i'll take my 77 points and my rivals auba captain please

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      If Arsenal had hockeyed West Ham 7-0 with Auba scoring 4 there would be a distinct lack of desire for any change to current game status

      As it stands - and never say never of course - 10 fixtures out of a planned 11 went ahead

      Those who went balls deep with FH or WC this week rather than a DGW or even BGW31 took a risk, and the 100-1 or 1000-1 shot of a game being rescheduled unfortunately materialised

      Would they refund hits as well for example, or FTs that were spent on players who didn’t play etc

      This is more a case of tough titties than the logistical nightmare of handing back chips & autosubs etc

      1. Annie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        it was a DGW

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          A proper DGW

      2. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        This

      3. El Presidente
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Probably there is no ideal thing to do, there would always be someone feeling hanging, I agree. But there is no doubt that the OR table is tainted of integrity.

    4. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      It's just a game

    5. manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      1 fixture cancelled out of 11. Daft suggestion. What about the pts gained or lost in the 10/11 matches which went ahead. It's bad luck, get over. If you can't handle bad luck then don't play fpl

    6. RodgersRevolution
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Yeah that's not happening

    7. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Just luck innit - could have easily been the Leicester game called off. I'm laughing about it rather than getting angry.

      1. El Presidente
        2 months, 21 days ago

        I'm not angry at all Jarvis. Just an opinion.

        1. Jarvish Scott Talent
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Yeah - apologies, I wasn't having a go at you - sorry if it came across as that.

          1. El Presidente
            2 months, 21 days ago

            I appreciate that, but no need for apologising mate. Cheers!

    8. onceuponatyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Cheers, but I'm happy to have my captain KDB out... Salah in as vice and Lascelles off the bench.

      Happy days.

    9. Lukakuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Luck is part of the game. Evens out after a few decades

    10. Jambot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Nonsense it’s part of the game. What about people who triple captained Mane then? All you can do is narrow your odds and hope things happen deal with them and keep making good moves

      1. El Presidente
        2 months, 21 days ago

        I think thats a tad different, Mane got injured. Players getting injured is part of the game of football. Its really bad luck, but part of it. In this case, several players made several transfers, team changes, played chips, etc because there was a DGW that got cancelled hours before kick off with absolutely no precedent even regarding this outbreak.

        If we use Maximus analogy, if you had a bet down on this game, do you think the bookies would return your money or not? Of course they would.

        I agree, probably not possible a "everyone´s happy" solution, but there´s no doubt in my mind that a huge chunk of payers in this game just got mugged.

        1. DOG GOD IT - KEANE 15
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          And if the game was called off a few hours beforehand due to waterlogged pitch / torrential rain / heavy snow?

          It happens. Just because this is the first time it's a worldwide medically related postponement (which is bigger than football imho), doesn't change the fact that luck plays a hand and some benefit, some don't. Live with it.

          FYI i get Grealish's 2 points off the bench. A lot of my ML rivals get Lundy's 12 or somebody else's 6-8 points. On the other hand some also get 1 pointers off the bench. But that's how it goes.

        2. Jambot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          There is a precedent though a few years back all but a couple of games got postponed due to weather it was total carnage.

          If it’s not pre written into the rules you can’t just make it up now. The bookies say they will refund these events. What happens with what people would have done if there wasn’t a dgw? Maybe they would have still sold vardy but for someone other than Auba and you want to give them vardy back? What you are asking for would be unfair and I think you’re probably seeing it this way because on this occasion it was bad for you.

          I had 2 DGW players and Auba C it was bad for me but expecting fpl to change the rules to make it better is ridiculous

    11. Baganuva Hatty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Just lols it off. I'm an engaged FPL manager and it hurts as It could not have gone any worse for me.
      Sometimes it's just bad luck. On to the next week and hope for a green arrow.

    12. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Its like when City west ham was called off due to storm ciara. It happens, just luck. You cant revert gameweek pts etc for 1 game.

    13. The_Fish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      No chance.

    14. threeputt
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      rubbish, it's a cancellation of a football game, it could just as easily have been abandoned from a snowstorm, same same

  12. the Penman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    So there goes my FH31, WC32/33 plan...who knows what’ll be happening by then!

    1. The_Fish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      FH38 for the inevitable quadruple gameweek for every team.

      1. The VAR Team
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Haha, no need for the FH then

    2. Tabasco
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Why's that?

  13. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 21 days ago

    GTG? On a -4

    Henderson
    TAA B.Williams Cahill
    Mane Salah Bruno Sarr
    Jiminez Auba Jota

    Bench:McCarthy,Boly,Lascelles,Fleck

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      GL

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 21 days ago

        I’m going to need it!

        Thanks

  14. RodgersRevolution
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Anybody else have Barnes coming off the bench?

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Nice jam doughnut

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      o/

  15. Goonerly
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    "EXCLUSIVE: Aston Villa consider ending Danny Drinkwater's loan spell after HEADBUTTING Jota"

    Jesus, what has become of this guy?! Went from a respectable figure and PL winner at Leicester, to a Joey Barton kind of guy, who never plays and is causing a lot of stirr...

    1. Make America Greta Again
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Should have changed his ironic name to Danny Zen Buddha.

    2. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Perceptions are a funny thing. He probably has the worst attitude in the PL.

      Ask the general media/fans who they think has the worst attitude and I'd imagine not many would say Drinkwater.

      1. The_Fish
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Probably because he's so forgettable these days.

  16. Iggy pop
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    use ure chips! Serie A may not be finished. A bbc sport story mentions a play off system to determine championship and relegation!

    1. Lukakuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Liverpool vs City in a Premier League final?

      1. The VAR Team
        2 months, 21 days ago

        The only fair thing to do!

    2. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      One idea (from hundreds) that has been mooted but will never get approved. Would be all sorts of lawsuits. UEFA cancelling the Euros and the CL/EL starting much later next season will solve the logistical problems of leagues being in limbo at the moment.

      1. The_Fish
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Euro 2021 is a possibility.

        1. Jarvish Scott Talent
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Yep - seems inevitable.

          1. Taffer
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Agreed. Glasto will be off also. Total carnage for event related industries atm.

            1. Jarvish Scott Talent
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Lower league clubs who are getting in no revenue but still need to pay their players are going to be in huge trouble. Bolton and Bury last year will seem like child's play.

    3. DF
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      would absolutely love that.

    1. The_Fish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Should be fit for GW30 still then.

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      There goes my Ryan replacement

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Krul it is

    3. The VAR Team
      2 months, 21 days ago

      There goes my Maddison > Mount transfer!

    4. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      8 weeks? Will probably still be fit for GW30.

  17. boogle
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Maybe we will have 39 or 40 GWs this season?? Have there ever been more than 38 GWs?

    1. DF
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      nope.
      gw38 might be 2 years long and contain 90 fixtures mind

      1. Jarvish Scott Talent
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        And people will still probably get jammy Lundstram autosub points.

    2. Says
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Given how incredibly slow updating is, I'm not sure if the software could even handle anything more than 38

  18. Trilly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 21 days ago

    (C) Auba and ignored all gut instincts telling me to sell KDB for Bruno.

    My reward...up into the top 750. Won't even question that luck, will simply take my points and go.

    1. GREEN IS GOOD
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      I just read your previous post lol

      1. Trilly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Which one?

  19. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    I’m done with this season. ML rival has KDB captain, the single most dumbest decision ever. Now he’s got away with it with Mane VC! To make it worse I have Auba captain. Rage quitting.

    1. GREEN IS GOOD
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Sounds like he made sensible choices

    2. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      How is KDB captain a dumb choice?
      Even if he plays one game, he still has the potential to do very well. Last time KDB played Arsenal, he got 19 points

      1. El Presidente
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Errr....

      2. OneDennisBergkamp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        He was gonna get 20/30 mins max. It was obvious.

      3. OneDennisBergkamp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Captain an injured player is dumb anyway

    3. Happy Chappy
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Rage quit rage quit rage quit.....

  20. Pringle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Who would you start?

    A. Soyunchu
    B. Lundstram
    C. Lascelles

    1. The VAR Team
      2 months, 21 days ago

      A

  21. TAT
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Thinking ahead to GW 31, should I transfer out Auba now? Only brought him in with GW 29 in mind.

    Henderson
    TAA - Doherty - Stephens
    Traoré - KDB - Fernandes - Salah
    Jiménez - Ings - Aubameyang
    (McCarthy - Stevens - Fernández - Hayden)

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Play Brighton and Norwich either side of 31 so its risky if they play.

      1. TAT
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        I know. Don't have much confidence in Arsenal and their season run-in though, and three strikers for 31 would've been ideal.

    2. The_Fish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Don't make any transfers until 5 mins before deadline imo

      1. TAT
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Definitely. Imagine there will be a few late news that can change everything.

  22. Warby84
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Looking forward to seeing Faugheen the Machine vs Samcro tomorrow... Probably the last time for the legend, probably going to back Samcro but will put a sentimental fiver on the machine..

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      No one cares about horse racing

      1. SackWenger
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        You knew they were horses though?

  23. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Does this mean I get Lundstram off the bench for KdB?

    1. The VAR Team
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Rub it in yeah!

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      If you want to claim, yes.

    3. GREEN IS GOOD
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Who knows. If only there was a way of checking

  24. CMJC
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Despite owning 3 Arsenal players I’m feeling pretty casual about the postponement

    1. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Only missing out on 6 points

      1. CMJC
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        8 actually : )

        1. The VAR Team
          2 months, 21 days ago

          5 if one is a defender

  25. Cruyff's Eleven
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 21 days ago

    When does the Corona Virus turn the fantasy football game of skill into a lottery?

    Just wondering when it stops making sense to check stats, read opinions, calculate RMT scores and plan chip strategies....

    One player or administrator can randomly contract the virus, effectively postponing games and closing stadiums - which I agree with, but it's making me question if "playing the game" is actually worth it at the moment......

    1. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      FPL has always been more luck than skill.

      1. El Presidente
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Yeah, but this is a totally new level of "luck"

      2. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Agree

    2. CMJC
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Wash your hands of it

    3. The Rumour Mill
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      It already was a lottery. Events like Chelsea beating Everton 4-0 out of nowhere after weeks of awfulness, or Watford 3 Liverpool 0 are completely unfathomable. And we didn't even need a virus for those!

      1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        This. However there are plenty on this board this morning patting themselves on the back and being smug towards others

    4. Colonel Shoe 肝池
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      The skill you talk of is still subject to luck even without a virus. You can do all the planning and study all the form and fixtures you want, yet players can perform against expectations, managers can throw unexpected spanners etc

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      The introduction of the chips a few seasons back jacked up the variance levels in the game significantly (look at the finishes the likes of Mark Sutherns, Ville Ronka, Jay Egdorff etc have endured in the last 3-4 years)

      There was already an element of variance in the game, including captaincy, before the chips - but skeg they were intriduced they unfortunately made the game even more about luck and less about management than the "pre-chip" years

      Good management will still rise to the top over very long samples sizes of course (many, many seasons in some cases) - but its very variance driven now

    6. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Football itself is a game, you can't capture it in an algorithm, this uncertainty transfers into the game of fantasy football.... Overall though, stats and form and performance and eye tests are a pretty reliable way of predicting an outcome.

      But random cancellations of games is not part of the game of football, it's an external event that I can not plan for no matter how many stats and algorithms I study, or games I watch.

      I find that takes away from my enjoyment of playing fantasy football......

      I wonder if others feel the same...

  26. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Who would have thought that KDB and Auba would get just 2pts between them in this double week.

  27. PascalCygan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    That postponement has killed me, one final blow on top of a terrible week.

    I guess we just wait and see what to do with FH31 WC32 plans and so on?

  28. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Who comes in for Dubravka at Newcastle?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Darlow I think. Not Woodman, saw him play for Swansea the other week.

  29. Lukakuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    When will FFS add xC (expected corona) to the stats tables?