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Fernandes the key target for FPL managers using free transfers in Gameweek 31

Football may have come to a standstill amid the current coronavirus pandemic but the Fantasy Premier League ghost ship continues to drift onward towards an uncertain conclusion.

FPL’s decision to leave the Gameweek deadlines as originally scheduled (despite the postponement of top-flight fixtures over the next month and beyond) means that we have now endured two ’empty’ Gameweeks, with a further four to follow at the very least before we see a ball kicked again.

Given that the United Kingdom is about to embark on a virtual lockdown period that will last a minimum of three weeks, it would be a huge surprise if we are anywhere near ready for a resumption in Gameweek 36.

Despite the shortage of fixtures, the Gameweek rules in FPL remain the same – the most significant one of which concerns transfers.

Fantasy managers are granted a free transfer each Gameweek, with a maximum of two rolled over, which does present us with the option of carrying out some maintenance on our squads, should there be any pressing issues to fix.

While some FPL bosses will be leaving well alone until we have more concrete information about a possible restart or simply as a result of a loss of interest, others are using the opportunity to make small-scale improvements or carry out gradual overhauls of their squads.

Certainly, those without a second Wildcard remaining will perhaps be viewing this period as a time to rebuild ahead of the 2019/20 run-in, should we ever get to that point.

Why Calvert-Lewin could be next value forward as Alli unlucky at Norwich

There were 194,078 transfers made in Gameweek 31, which is a fraction of what we’d usually get in a regulation weekend but still a reminder that some FPL managers are keeping active during the downtime.

Bruno Fernandes (£8.5m), as he was in Gameweeks 28 and 30, was the most-bought player, and he is already the most popular purchase of what would have been the March international break.

The Portugal international has hit the ground running at Manchester United, averaging 7.6 points per match in his first five league starts.

No player has delivered more attacking returns in FPL than Fernandes since he made his Red Devils debut.

It’s perhaps not just the Portuguese’s form that is attracting investment but his fixtures too, with United facing six bottom-half teams in the run-in – whatever order they might be in.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.4m) will have a plum Gameweek 36 fixture (v Aston Villa) if a miracle happens and the Premier League restarts in early May and he trailed only Fernandes in terms of Gameweek 31 transfers in.

A Gameweek 29 blank at Stamford Bridge hasn’t deterred Fantasy managers from snapping up the Everton striker, who has scored more league goals since Carlo Ancelotti first took charge on Merseyside than any other FPL asset.

A handful of mid-price/premium defenders were also favoured recruits, with Matt Doherty (£6.3m), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.3m) and Marcos Alonso (£6.1m), three of the most in-form players at the back, all attracting some support.

Ricardo Pereira‘s (£6.3m) injury and subsequent loss of ownership, more of which in a second, perhaps partly accounts for that.

PlayerClubGW31 Transfers In
FernandesMan Utd20,359
Calvert-LewinEverton8,120
DohertyWolves7,443
BarnesLeicester6,281
Wan-BissakaMan Utd5,466
PopeBurnley4,955
LundstramSheff Utd4,392
JimenezWolves4,289
AlonsoChelsea4,146
MartialMan Utd4,072

Leicester City’s sidelined right-back, who is set to miss between four and six months of action with an ACL injury, may not see any more Premier League football in 2019/20 even if we have a delayed conclusion.

While it’s worth thinking twice about shipping out a player who is yellow-flagged in FPL at present, there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of a downside to offloading a player who may not even be ready for the start of next season.

Pereira was consequently the most-sold player of Gameweek 31, although still sits in over 950,000 FPL squads at the time of writing.

Danny Ings (£7.1m) is the most-ditched asset of Gameweek 32 as it stands and he trailed only Pereira for sales ahead of last Friday’s deadline.

Fitness isn’t really the issue with the Southampton striker but form is: he has blanked in six of his last seven appearances in the top flight.

The Saints enjoy some decent fixtures in the last quarter of the season (including Brighton, Bournemouth and Norwich) but having in-form alternatives like Calvert-Lewin as rivals in the mid-price forward bracket does dent his appeal at present.

Yellow flags in FPL may have been a reason why James Maddison (£7.5m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) were moved on by a combined 13,753 managers, although Maddison’s awful run of 12 blanks in 13 Gameweeks will have also been a contributing factor.

PlayerClubGW31 Transfers Out
PereiraLeicester17,101
IngsSouthampton9,280
MaddisonLeicester8,244
De BruyneMan City5,509
TraoreWolves5,369
AubameyangArsenal5,297
MahrezMan City4,681
FirminoLiverpool4,149
GrealishAston Villa4,032
PerezLeicester4,008

We usually bring you a stat-heavy summary of chip usage and player ownership in the top 10k after every Gameweek (in conjunction with Ragabolly’s LiveFPL site) but the hiatus has made that a worthless exercise, given how dormant many active managers are.

One manager inside the top 10,000 did, rather oddly, opt to play their Wildcard in Gameweek 31, and the make-up of that new squad (featuring the likes of Doherty, Fernandes and De Bruyne) suggests this was an earnest decision rather than an act of self-sabotage.

We can’t quite be sure about the 2,432 managers outside of the top 10k who used a chip in Gameweek 31 – some may have been acting in good faith but there are plenty of others towards the bottom of the rankings that appear to thrive on the wanton destruction of their own squads, so this could account for some of the figure.

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225 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Lateriser 12
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    This is my kingdom

    1. Lev Yashin
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I'm here to ruin your self-isolation.

  2. Lev Yashin
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Profile of the average FPL manager:

    Stays inside
    Self-isolates
    Avoids social contact

    At the end of this corona crisis, we'll be the only survivors. Us and the cockroaches, of course.

  3. FPLGraham
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 10 days ago

    China starting to return to relative normalcy is obviously a good thing but Europe hasn’t responded nearly as well or as decisively... think we could be in for a longer duration here sadly.

    1. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Talking of China, I did a bit of research into something yesterday, because I’ve been isolating for quite a few days and didn’t have anything better to do... 🙂

      From what I could see, Wuhan has 42 McDonalds restaurants and there’s one which is not a stones throw from that market where all this supposedly started.

      Interesting, don’t you think?

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Its more interesting that Wuhan has China's highest security tier biological and viral research lab.

        1. Galza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          That too. Absolutely

        2. Happy Chappy
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Must have moved it from Guandong after the SARS outbreak.

        3. Ason Willa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Extremely unlikely that the Coronavirus was bioengineered.

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

        Not really, China has about 3000 McDonalds stores and vast majority are in major cities.

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

          What I was eluding to, is why do they have to eat all those animals, when they can get a Big Mac and fries around the corner...

    2. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      well, in some countries the strategy from the governmenet is actually to prolong the virus because that will ease the burden on the health care system, experts says it will reach it´s peak in may, june. Seems to have hit differently also, italy, spain, britain among the worst, while germany, france and scandinavia looks to have the spread under control (if you can use that term these days).

      if britains prognosis is something to go by, i think it will be very hard to get started before mid june or start of july

      and i think they might suspend the carabou cup and goes straight from ending this season to the next, and throw in some midweeks here and there, perhaps.

      keep listening to health advice and hopefully it ends soon, stay well people!

    3. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      The virus started in the depraved Wuhan "wet" meat markets .... and yet no one in the Western media cares about shutting them down.

      The next big virus outbreak will be from factory farms and antibiotic resistance, and yet no one is willing to try a delicious vegan burger.

    1. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Amazing.

  4. Patrick.22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 10 days ago

    I’m overhauling in anticipation of a restart after 38.. Aiming for OoP players and attacking sides.. I plan to have:

    Ederson
    TAA / Baldock / AWB
    Salah / KDB / Fernandes / Martial / Rich
    Jiminez / DCL
    (McCarthy / Saiss / Lascelles / Ayew)

    Thoughts?

    PS. Please don’t criticise me thinking about FPL. Trying to keep some form of normality and sanity through the next 3 months of isolation

    1. Ëð
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Looks nice. I'd maybe just downgrade martial and upgrade Jimenez?

      1. Patrick.22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Maybe. I just like that Rich and Martial are classified as strikers for very attacking sides and classed as midfielders. If this was a new season everyone would have them. That’s how I’m trying to treat my rebuild

      2. Gazwaz80
        2 months, 10 days ago

        We all need things to keep ourselves busy and try and take our minds (especially fragile ones) off the massively depressing news about Coronavirus that is literally 24/7. I know it’s hugely important but as long as we keep up with the updates,we’ll be fine. I’m currently playing online Monopoly:)

        1. Patrick.22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Good man. I’ve just bought red dead redemption two. Let’s see if I can be a cowboy for 3 months
          Haha

      3. Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Upgrade Jimenez? There is no upgrade to Jiminez 😀

    2. Devo-McDuff
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Looks nice. Maybe downgrade Ederson to Pope or Henderson, he's not great value.

  5. Ëð
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    What should I aim to do with this lot over the coming weeks?

    Pope, Button
    TAA, Soy, Saiss, Stephens, Holgate
    Salah, KDB, Barnes, Traore, Cantwell
    Auba, Firmino, Ings

    £0.3m ITB. 2FT this week.

    1. Patrick.22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I’d prioritise changing your front 3 and getting Bruno into midfield

      1. Ëð
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Yes sounds sensible. Who do you think should make way from the front 3?

        1. Patrick.22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 10 days ago

          I’d say all of them tbh. Too many value picks elsewhere and I feel like the Liverpool triple up is no longer needed

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Bobby Traore >> DCL Bruno
      & You're template 😀

      1. Ëð
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I just did exactly those moves! Thank you.

    3. Camera308
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I’ve got Aubameyang too, I can’t decide whether to sell him to release cash for the mid field. He will have an extra game and the Arsenal run of fixtures is good.
      I have Ings too. He had gone off form, but could come back after a rest.
      I’m gradually working through all the dross I have in my team that I have be going to change for weeks. I have Perez so only 6.1 to spend ..... any suggestions ( could sell Aubameyang to release mor cash)
      Maybe this season will never be played out, but like you it gives me something else to think about at the moment.

      1. Ëð
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I think he's worth keeping. Good captain option too.

        1. Camera308
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          1. Camera308
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Thanks. Thinking the same thing.

    4. PrettyDick
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      have you used your BB? Otherwise I'd look into making Button into a playing GK (other than the suggestions you've already gotten)

      1. Ëð
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I've not, that's a good shout, thank you!

  6. fusen
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    The number of transfers in the two weeks prior to the shutdown were around 7million each gw, what number do people think we will have this game week moving from the current 198,000?

    I'm going to go for 70,000

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Similar to last week, those us of us who used FT's then are likely to be at the start of a squad rebuilding process.

      1. fusen
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        hmm, possibly although I think there will be a natural reduction each week whatever happens. As those with 2 FTs will now only have one.
        So at a max 150,000 IMO

  7. Amey
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Fernandez is boring FPL option now then.
    Will be in every squad like Kdb. Glad i pounced on him early enough.

    1. Devo-McDuff
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Not mine, I don't pick United players! Not really been a problem since the Ronaldo era ...

    2. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I think I prefer Lascelles as far as Newcastle defence is concerned

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Good.
        Fernandes.

  8. NO ONE RESPONDS TO ME......
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    FM01/02

    Anyone know where I can get the download for PC?
    I have the 3968 patch but I cant get the game nor a player update for sometime in 2019
    It seems Eidos site is not doing it anymore

    Any help would be hugely appreciated for during these days......

    1. NO ONE RESPONDS TO ME......
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Had to replace the hard drive on my laptop at work and forgot about backing this up! Was 25 seasons in as Dusseldorf manager being a European giant!

    2. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      That is pretty retro,i like it.

      Have you tried here?
      https://www.neoseeker.com/forums/1791/

    3. Bossworld
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      There's a champ man 01 02 forum that has all the bits, you'll need to register though.

      I went through all the agro to find:

      A) It really doesn't like dual monitors (if you move the window onto your second screen, mouse clicks aren't recognised)
      B) The last one I put serious time into was FM08. I did buy FM09 and FM12, but never played them. The menu options on 01/02 have aged badly (in terms of where you can hit to continue, dragging and dropping player changes etc.) I just couldn't handle it.

      Found a 19/20 option file for FM12 and started that up instead.

  9. BNMC
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Some price predictions for next season:

    Pope - 5.0
    TAA - 8.0
    Pereira - 6.5
    Boly - 5.5
    Salah - 12.5
    KDB - 11.0
    Bruno - 9.5
    Grealish - 7.5
    Ziyech (signed for Chelsea) - 7.5
    Jimenez - 9.0
    Ings - 7.0

    Thoughts?
    DCL - 7.0

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Pope - 5.0
      TAA - 7.5
      Pereira - 7.0
      Boly - 5.5
      Salah - 12.5
      KDB - 11.5
      Bruno - 9.5
      Grealish - 7.5
      Ziyech (signed for Chelsea) - 8.0
      Jimenez - 8.5
      Ings - 7.5
      DCL - 7.0

      1. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I wouldn't go near Pereira at 7.0. Even if he gets a big move to Man City or something, I'd expect few takers at that price.

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Hopefully TAA gets away with 7.5 considering he has scored less FPL points in more minutes this season vs his 7.0 last season

      He'd be worth a look at upwards of 8.5 though

      Don't think Bruno will be above 8.5 considering that was Pogba's price this year after smashing in 23 attacking returns in about 25 games the season before, and being on Pens etc

      Jimmy hopefully 8.0, Ings maybe 7.5

      For GW1 (whenever/ifeverthat is) I'd be looking at:

      4.5, 4.0 (8.5)
      TAA, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.0 (25.0)
      Salah, KDB, Bruno, 5.5, 4.5 (41.5)
      Jimmy, Rash, DCL (25.0)

      1. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Once you put it like that, I'm not looking forward to my team value resetting to 100.0!

        I wonder what you'll be able to get for 4.5 defenders. Leeds and West Brom defenders to be in high demand?

    3. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Most of those sound good to me. I think DCL should be higher than Ings, as DCL is only 23 and therefore you'd normally expect continued gradual improvement, whereas Ings is 28 and more likely to have had a one-hit wonder type of season. I could see DCL being as high as 8.0 (same as C.Wilson this season).

      Also Grealish will probably move to a better team. If he goes to Man Utd then I would expect him to be more like 9.0.

      Ziyech could be a bit higher too. For players coming into the league from outside, FPL tends to err on the side of overpricing. Also they will likely feel they made a mistake pricing Chelsea players so low this year.

    4. Vasqujg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Looks right - but a tad too cheap for DCL, Grealish, and Bruno

      What about Kane, Aguero, Son, Rashford?

      Mount will be a 7.5 player, totally not ownable like Willian and Pedro today.

  10. LC1
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Really sorry to behind on everything here.. Am I right in saying that things are running normal in a sense of we have 1 FT per week until the next GW will be played (GW36?)

    Therefore, the transfers we are making are going to be focussed on getting the best team for GW36, GW 37 & GW38? And then the missed fixtures should be rescheduled?

    I know this has probably been explained, so I apologise again!

    Really appreciate the help.

    Thanks!

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      All we know atm is we are supposed to use FT if we are not happy with some of the squad players.

      If you have WC in hand you can burn those FT too.

      Re rescheduling of fixtures, no-one knows anything. My guess is a huge GW 38 if anything.

  11. NO ONE RESPONDS TO ME......
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Anyone got the free download on PC of CM 01/02 ?
    Eidos site doesnt seem to be up at the moment....

    1. Webbinho
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Try champman0102.co.uk should have links on there

  12. linkafu
    2 months, 9 days ago

    If you use your FH now, will you get more FH when the season will start again or you will be stick with your team with no FH?

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Should be ok if the scheduled GW is the next one, the one you are freehitting for. But I'd wait for more definite news on the schedule, nothing is certain, a cancelled season could still happen.

    2. MOTHRA
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      If you use your free hit, it’s gone. No more free hits. So if you use it now a season is delayed again, you’ve lost it. Save it and wait.

    3. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Why would you use it is the question when the next GW is many GWs away?

  13. GreennRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    https://youtu.be/CNwFhLBrCeU

    They don't do movie stars like these bucks any more, unfortunately.

    1. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      All time greats indeed GR.

      They were nearly as good off the screen as well as on it.Others of that golden generation and ilk that i love are Oliver Reed,Oliver Reed,Peter Ustinov,Laurence Olivier,David Niven,Omar Sharif,John Gielgud and Errol Flynn.

      Real actors and characters back in them days.

      1. Gnu Scott talent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        The 2nd Oliver Reed was the one with the drink problem, right?
        😉

        1. Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          He was so good i picked him twice.

          He had another side to him alright and it was no surprise he was cast in this role.....
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Heckyl_and_Mr._Hype

          1. Gnu Scott talent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Very apt.

      2. GreennRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        The actresses back then weren't bad either, Ógie, ladies with looks and atitude! My Dad was in the seminary in Dalgan Park in the '50s. Snuck off to go to the cinema. Not sure about the movie but Gina Lollabrigida was in it. Anyways, sure after seeing her in it Dad decided that a life of celibacy wasn't for him and left the priesthood. Fair play to Gina, sure I wouldn't be here now without her 🙂

        https://www.flickr.com/photos/truusbobjantoo/33577592686

        1. Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          😆

          Wow,what a stunner.
          She would test the Pope's vows to breaking point i reckon.

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

            Claudia Cardinale and Audrey Hepburn ftw 🙂

            1. Ógie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Claudia is one of the all time great stunners in my book WR.

              You have great taste.

              Others that take my breath away from the golden era are Britt Ekland,Natalie Wood,Rita Hayworth,Marilyn Monroe,Bettie Page,Sophia Loren,Brigitte Bardot,Liz Taylor and Grace Kelly.

  14. Ron_Swanson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Gomez, Van Dijk, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Salah.

    Liverpool's first-choice starting XI are already on their way to iconic status courtesy of performances over the past two seasons, including a stunning run of form to go more than a year unbeaten and lead the Premier League by a massive 25 points in 2019-20.

    Would it surprise you, then, to learn that the 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in February was the first time this side had started a game together?

    Really interesting article on BBC footy at the moment. Well I thought so anyway!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51491041

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      To be fair Gomez has only become an icon part way through this season.

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

      None of the 3 mids are undisputed first choices in their positions and are rotated based on opponent (one of Ox or Keita plays against weaker teams etc).

      So it’s not really surprising, most key players started the vast majority of the games in the season.

    3. Vasqujg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Gomez is not an Icon,

      Fabinho is not an icon, wut?

      Henderson is not an icon, pity case starter cause Lalana is not good and Ox is always hurt

      Wijnaldum is not an incon, better than Emre Can? Yes

      Firmino is not an icon or a very good player, horrid conversion

      Liverpool fans like their team, no doubt

    4. Better off with a pin and a…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I was just about to post a link to this too. Interesting read.

  15. GreennRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    https://youtu.be/9GxDMKCXXdU

    Luke Kelly, entertainer. Loved football.

  16. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Anyone else playing a Slow Wildcard?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      What does that mean?

      1. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Fixing your team slowly using 1 FT per week, in the absence of a normal WC.

        Yes, I have 4-5 more changes in mind that I'm slowly doing.

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          He still has a WC though.

    2. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Yes and I've still got an actual WC intact as well. The plan is to improve my team now, so I can save the WC to use the week before I BB, which could be a few weeks after the season resumes if extra GW's are added. I'm keeping my option opens, in the hope it pays off, if not any rank loss due to more transferred used will be inconsequential.

    3. Vasqujg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Yeah- me

      Just getting players that were hauling and playing to replace players that were bad moves or have other problems

  17. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    And now...in case you've been missing any sports commentary...Nick Heath...

    https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/watch-rugby-commentators-hilarious-videos-of-everyday-life-will-have-you-in-stitches-20200324

  18. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    The Olympic Games scheduled for July/Aug has been canceled. There will be no competitive football before August.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Cheers Bobb

    2. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Postponed, rather than cancelled. I know that might seem a little pedantic, but just to be clear.

      Also, why do you think that means no competitive football before August?

    3. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      You’re going to have an absolute meltdown when the season restarts

  19. Pu-li-sick (sic)
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Who on earth is still making transfers?! With what in mind? Weird.

    1. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I assume just getting rid of the players who are probably not going to be first choice once (and yes, if) the season resumes.

      The likes of Martin Kelly for example.

    2. fusen
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      They are gambling that there will be another actual real gameweek. Sacrificing the final rank to do so

    3. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      So I can save my WC to use the week before I BB, which could be a few weeks after the season resumes if extra GW's are added. I'm keeping my option opens, in the hope it pays off, if not any rank loss due to more transferred used will be inconsequential.

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        This. Who really cares if you drop a couple hundred places? If the season does resume then using transfers now to improve your team is an advantage.

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      FTs are normally very valuable & we've been handed an extra 6 so folks are no doubt using them as a risk free* means to tidy up their teams

      (*Risk free in the sense that any rank drop is likely to be so small as to be infinitesimal, whereas the upside in a scenario where FPL does continue is gigantic)

    5. PrettyDick
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I am 🙂 Why not make transfers? IF the game resumes, surely you have some changes you'd make to your squad?

      1. Pu-li-sick (sic)
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I'd only have changes in mind if I had any info about who's playing who when and who's fit and who's in form. Atm we've just got nothing though.

        1. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          True, but the FTs can still be used to get rid of players you won't want regardless of form or fixtures. Button, Rico, Stephens, Traore and Dendoncker in my case, and I will still have 2FT's available to make the big transfers (like the rest of you) when we know about more about the rest of the season (if it happens, which I think it will)

  20. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Surely anyone who's ever been on a conference call can identify with this:

    "The European Union's decision-making process is being sorely tested by videoconferencing during the coronavirus pandemic, EU officials say,with one calling it a "catastrophe".

    A virtual meeting of EU foreign ministers yesterday was punctuated by technical problems, speakers who were unsure if they could be heard and a lack of translators.

    "These video conferences don't work very well, there are tech problems and the 'Hello, can you hear me?' interruptions," said a senior diplomat present at the video link.

    "So people read out their prepared notes mostly. There is little scope for actual negotiations."

    "It's a testing time for Europe. There are no summits, no ministerial meetings, less visibility," the diplomat said."

    1. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      The EU as it is now is not fit for purpose Maximus.

      The parliament is only a talking shop and the real power is in the unelected entity known as the commission.The commission is straight out of a Mafia movie and just as corrupt.

      If you asked most people on the street to name who represented them in Europe they wouldn't have a clue but yet they make around 80% of the laws here in Ireland and our own so called government just rubber stamps them.I used live in Belguim for a spell and sometimes hang around the Irish bars in Brussels where i would meet a lot of Irish EU staffers and from i witnessed the whole is one big gravy train staffed with political insiders and family members.

      One positive that has come out of this is the importance of the nation state and national governments.If you were waiting for the EU to make a quick decision you better not hold your breath. I had a chat with a buddy about what position the Republic of Ireland will be in after this is over and we both thought that the EU will try and use this as an excuse for fiscal union and take whatever bit of sovereignty we have left away.

      If they do it will be over my dead body.

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        surprising how when an Irishman says stuff like this you don't get mobbed by people calling you racist/fascist/xenophobic, but well said. I'm not particularly patriotic or whatever but I'm a big fan of decentralisation and the EU ain't it.

        1. Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Of course my point of view is very much in the minority (for now) here in the Republic and when i express what i think of the scam that is the EU then sometimes i get those things thrown at me.

          As we all know it is a tactic to close down debate for someone that is losing it by slandering and labeling and not engaging in a real discourse.

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        As long as CT stays at 12.5% the sky's the limit for Ireland's economy, particularly with the absorbtion of companies who post-Brexit want to keep an English speaking European Union based location for their operations currently in the UK (Apparently Amazon already engaged in buying up warehouse space on outskirts of Dublin on the Q.T., Banks, Financial Services, Tech - many more will relo to Ireland due to Brexit)

        But if Tax sovereignty ever cedes to a higher authority, it'll be bye bye from the US multi's & hello 1980's-style economy in double quick time

  21. Rowse
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    If we get to the point in time where there is a mega GW38, is it better to play a wildcard or a BB? I'm half tempted to start using my free transfers as a mini WC with a view to BB in mega GW38.

    Thoughts?

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Why not WC in 37 and BB in 38?

  22. akhilrajau
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    What your views / suggestion if I use free transfers and rebuild the team like below
    (Bench boost and wildcard not used yet)

    Pope, Foster
    TAA, AWB, Fernandez, Saiss, Lundstram,
    Cantwell, Salah, KDB, B.Fernandez, Lucas Mora,
    J.Aye, Aubamayang, DCL

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

      Looks good, but I'd avoid Spurs personally

      1. akhilrajau
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Yea understood. Any other option..may be good striker or defender or gk?

      2. akhilrajau
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Alternative is any Chelsea player like mount or pulisic?

  23. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Perhaps it won’t matter at all but which 1 (or 2) to bin off with 2FTs? Cheers

    A. Traore
    B. Lunds
    C. Aurier
    D. 2nd keeper

    McCarthy
    Trent / Soy / Lascelles
    Bruno F / Salah / KDB / H. Barnes
    Jiménez / Auba / Ings
    (McGov, Traore, Lunds, Aurier)

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Traore + Aurier -> fodder mid + Doherty/Alonso?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Yeah something like that could work. Might go Alonso for fun. Need a 4.7m mid who might get a game. Saka?

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Should be good

  24. Monkey Hanger
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Hats off to James and Suj on Planet FPL. Managing to knock out a podcast over an hour long with decent content when there is literally nothing happening. Those guys deserve a bigger platform.

    1. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Give us a link MH?

      1. Monkey Hanger
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Link failed for some reason. Just type Planet FPL into YouTube.

    2. Monkey Hanger
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      It's upbeat too. 🙂 Not much of that about atm.

    3. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Yeah, they’re great - them and the guys at Always Cheating.

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        My favourite pod. They’re naturals. Communication trumps “expertise”. They treat the game like a game and are interested in actual footie - that’s a winning formula in my book.

  25. Monkey Hanger
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    www,youtube,com/watch?v=v-Zs-8kLfuc

  26. Holmes
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    21 days lockdown in India! -_- *facepalm*

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Big step forward from the "Go Corona Go" chants that were being used to combat Covid19 last time I heard from India

      1. Holmes
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        There is always one group which do that kind of funny things 😀

    2. Vasqujg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Tropical India might not get the worst, but I am aware that India is multi climatic sub-continent....from Himalayas to the Indian Ocean

      1. Holmes
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        It does make sense since we won't be able to control if things get worse but lockdown till 31 and reassessing the situation after that was a better idea I guess. 3 weeks seems excessive.

  27. HamezMace
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Anyone thought about cutting their own hair yet?

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Had a haircut few days back, 2-3 months gap between haircut is what I prefer.

      But plan is to finally fulfill my dream of long hairs if things are not improving 😀

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        What has prevented you from fulfilling this dream of long hair until now?

        1. Holmes
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          My mom! 😆 She is not a fan of long hairs, prefers soldiers type.

          It gets long enough in 3 months but I want to try something like this ----> https://images.app.goo.gl/v1Synm7XWhyXwV7x7

          1. HamezMace
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Go for it mate, you've got the perfect excuse now.

            Unfortunately I'm going to look more like Jon Bon Jovi from the 1980s.

  28. Trippier Hazard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Is this a good time for FFS to start building 'library' articles? Such as:

    1. Article on tactics of using chips - per chip
    2. Key things about the BPS to note
    3. Glossary of commonly used terms
    4. When to heed/ignore price rises and falls, when prices are locked/released etc
    5. Comment / forum etiquette and guidelines
    6. Building squads around price points?

  29. Another Hoops
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    I hope everyone is well and keeping safe.

    This afternoon I realised that we can still make transfers to fix our teams! Obviously the season has to resume first but for someone who has had a bloody awful season and against others who probably won't realise this is an option this is amazing!

    Future plan to get the following team is well under way 🙂

    McCarthy - Ryan
    Azpi - Baldock - Lascelles - Maguire - Soyuncu
    Barnes - Bruno - Mane - Saka - Salah
    Auba - DCL - Jiminez