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Recapping the best Aston Villa players ahead of FPL restart

With the Premier League set for a return to action next month, we are running refresher articles to help you get back into the Fantasy groove.

Between now and the June 17 restart, we will be recapping which players went into the suspension in the best form, looking at each club’s last six matches.

During the past few weeks, we have been analysing the recent impact of new managers at Premier League clubs, so this series will cover the other 15 sides in the division, starting with Aston Villa, who could have either an immediate Blank or Double Gameweek as they face Sheffield United next month.

Obviously, a lot has changed since the climax of Gameweek 29, with Premier League players unable to fully train with their team-mates for the best part of two months.

However, it should still serve to know who was performing best before the break.

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  1. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    First attempt at a team for the DGW Return (assuming fixtures kept the same). Using a Free Hit.

    Henderson
    Laporte, Egan, TAA
    KDB. Grealish, Salah, Mane
    Auba Aguero, Jimenez

    Subs: Button, Simpson, Kilman, Guendouzi

    What do you think?

    1. BNMC
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Did the game update though?

      • Young Lingard
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Is it for certain a double game week ?
          If it is that’s well assembled teAm
          Monitoring training to see if aguero will play .
          I’d fancy only the keeper and rodri / Laporte to start both games
          A good thing to look at is these five subs . Certainly aguero would impact even if named one the bench
          FODEN is a cheap thought if they decide he plays in one game (and features) I think he’s 5m 5.5 ?!
          I’d put Saka in
          I own and he has a good assist potential even from defence .
          I think you can drop one Liverpool if they are away to Everton if you need the money .
          I didn’t think of a free hit til now might be the best time , who knows if and what doubles we get ?!

        • Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Great team if you can afford it! That's well over my budget. I can afford a FH team like this:

          Henderson
          Laporte Alonso Lund Baldock
          KDB Bruno Pepe Grealish
          Auba Aguero

          Subs: Button Saka Hanley Connolly
          1.9 ITB

          I could use the money ITB to do TAA (eve) instead of Laporte (ARS+BUR) or Alonso (avl), but given the fixtures, feel like there's more chance of a big haul from Laporte or Alonso.

          1. liverpool01
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Pepe terrible I would get Richarlison instead

        • jason_ni
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Seriously, what kind of team value do you have?!

          To get that, I'm over 8mill short. Current team value is 106.2!!

          1. Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Sorry my bad, I should have said McGinn instead of Mane.

            1. jason_ni
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Ah, explains it! Would get me a good bit closer to it!

        • FPL Pillars
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          That bench... need at least someone who will play for a no show mate

      • dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        John McGinn will also likely be back and worth monitoring

        1. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Good shout

      • FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        “This content is restricted to Members.“

        Don’t need to be a member to know Aston Villa from an FPL perspective is limited, at best 🙂

      • HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        It’s going to be really interesting to see how the teams deal with this packed fixture schedule, on top of the inevitable fatigue and fitness concerns having not played for 2 months.

        I think we have to build our squads with players who have something to play for, and with smaller squads...with talisman players like Grealish and Pukki.

        This pretty much rules out City players for me....although IF the CL resumes in August I assume they’ll want look at building towards full fitness for that.

        1. Berbs
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          I'm planning a WC team and despite their potential DGW, it currently has no City players. If it is a DGW, I'll probably have one City mid then transfer him to Bruno.

          I agree with you absolutely. City have nothing left to play for league wise, and the introduction of 5 subs + Pep roulette makes them a no go IMO.

          I'm trying to stick to talismen from teams with something to play for - currently have Bruno Grealish Jimenez nailed on. Kane vs Son, Pogba vs Rashford etc to be decided.

          1. HamezMace
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            I’d probably go with KDB but I really that’d be it from City.

            Grealish, Jiminez, Bruno, Rashford, maybe Maguire, Alonso....Mount maybe, probably a SHU defender...not sure who else yet.

          2. GARY AND JAMIE
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Same here something like:

            Leno 3.9
            AWB Boly VVD Baldock Egan
            Bruno KDB Fleck Grealish Mahrez
            Kun Jimenez DCL

            ...with cash in the bank. Kun leaves room to go to Kane/Auba where Mahrez can go to Martial/Son etc. Jimmy, Bruno and Jack season keepers. Back 5 as nailed as I can get.

            7-8 DGWers seems enough.

            1. HamezMace
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              If we’re only getting one DGW (not sure if that’s the case, just trying to guess like everyone else) then I’ll be using my FH to get a full 11 of them....although I realise it’s highly unlikely that any City player will start the first two games back in four days.

              1. GARY AND JAMIE
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                Yep mine is gone, though I did OK with it. FH is ideal and buys more time/information for a long term squad.

          3. pablo discobar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Pep will want to give Laporte as much game time as possible after missing so much. He's 100% fit but needs pitch time so he's an exception imo

            1. HamezMace
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Possibly. The concern is that will any of these games be played at any more than pre-season standard?
              With the exception of the relegation threatened and CL chasers.

        2. denial
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Yeah, it's a completely unprecedented period for managing an FPL team. We just can't know with any certainty how managers will be planning to go into it, how certain players will react to the conditions, how fit and up for it they'll be. I imagine there will be teams that bare little resemblance to how they lined up in March with squad players and youth players getting minutes. Might be some teams who are looking at PL fixtures as games to get done rather than compete at full-tilt.

          1. HamezMace
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Absolutely.
            And you’ve nailed it with that last sentence, I can’t imagine two mid table teams, Palace v Burnley for example, treating these games as anything more than a preseason match, especially with no crowd. Could go either way though, dull 0-0, or a mental 5-4.

            Like I say, I think the safest option is to go with players still fighting relegation, and chasing top 4. I’m not even sure what I’ll do with Liverpool players, they might be chasing a record points hail though I suppose, and no cup or CL to think about either.

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              I’d say Liverpool will want to come out of the blocks all guns blazing

              They’ll want to get the league mathematically wrapped up ASAP in case of another corona driven cancellation

              I’d expect them to be (trying at least) to blow teams away for the first 2,3,4 games, however long it takes them to get it sealed

          2. GARY AND JAMIE
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Get 15 decent fantasy options and hope for the best. No 'form' to go on. Home advantage heavily lessened.

            1. HamezMace
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Yeah I’m torn between actually trying to work out who has good fixtures, based on teams with something to play for, and forgetting about home/away, and just saying screw it, literally no way to predict anything now.

              1. GARY AND JAMIE
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                I think something to play for in PL is valid and you would expect strong 'usual'sides. As is the talisman shout.

            2. Ron_Swanson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Results in Germany definitely support this - not a lot of favourites (according to bookies) have been winning their games.

              1. HamezMace
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                Good point that

      • Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Games in june mean late kick offs will be played under the sun instead of lights. Will make a huge difference to some teams

        1. HamezMace
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Taken that bet about FPL not coming back yet?

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 3 days ago

            No. How much do u want to bet

            1. HamezMace
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Before I answer, are you still offering odds of 99/1?

              1. Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 3 days ago

                Obviously not. Not much in it for me. Only offer is equal money winner takes all

        2. Devo-McDuff
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Why would that make much difference? Not saying it won't, I'm just missing the logic.

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Yes u are

            1. Devo-McDuff
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Rightio, thanks for clearing that up.

              Maybe go and crawl elsewhere mate. Tpot.

              1. Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 3 days ago

                😆

          2. GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            It'll make fk all difference. Super fit highly conditioned elite athletes.

            1. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Ever wondered why england usually do so bad in the summer tournaments. Took a wc in russian conditions to get into semis

              1. GreennRed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                You do talk a lot of rubbish.

              2. Tinkermania
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  The Russian world cup was the kindest draw ever! Can't say it was the weather.

                  1. Poseidon.
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    England is rubbish

                  2. Poseidon.
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    To not even be able to get past the semi-finals. What a joke

          3. Poseidon.
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Youre right and unfortunately we’re likely to be the most impacted. We try to do the right thing with all home grown players but the Brits aren’t used to playing in this weather. Clubs with only foreign players like City Arsenal and Liverpool will thrive

            1. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Precisely. Would still back our squad to get over this hurdle though.

          4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Much more of an issue in Italy & Spain - actual physically dangerous conditions there in summer

            Surely those leagues have to look at late evening kickoffs for player safety

        3. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          It now looks likely that what was GW32 (not GW31) will clash with the FA Cup Quarter finals, if that's the case there will only be three PL fixtures that weekend.

          Aston Villa v Wolves
          Palace v Burnley
          Watford v Southampton

          So it would be a very poor blank GW, if the fixtured postponed because of the FA Cup QFs (including City v Pool) aren't moved to later that GW.

          1. Rotation's Alter Ego
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Yeah you'd imagine they'd just stick them in the midweek immediately after. 5 midweeks, 3 that will have a full round of PL games and 2 for teams to catchup after FA Cup games.

            June 17 - PL catchup
            June 20 - PL
            June 23 - PL midweek
            June 27 - PL & FA Cup
            June 30 - PL catchup
            July 4 - PL
            July 7 - PL midweek
            July 11 - PL
            July 14 - PL midweek
            July 18 - PL & FA Cup
            July 21 - PL catchup
            July 25 - PL final day

            https://twitter.com/DaleJohnsonESPN/status/1266335177397227520?s=20

            Or we could wait for the fixture list, but that's far less fun 😉

            1. bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Yes that's an option that was mentioned in the previous article, but it's not official so as you say we will have to wait for fixture list.

        4. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          A good read.

          We’ve been at our best this season with Grealish, Hourihane and Targett working the left in a 4-3-3, so fitness depending, I’d expect to see a midfield trio of McGinn and Hourihane in front of Nakamba against Sheffield United.

          McGinn is hugely influential and will make us look like a different team, that’s for sure. With him in the eleven stats tell us we score more and concede less. It’s worth noting he hasn’t played for almost six months, but at just £5.4m, he could be worth it if you can’t reach Grealish.

          Hourihane has been in and out of the team, but adds balance, and offers goal threat and delivery from set-pieces, which could be vital for us with Grealish winning so many free-kicks.

          Nakamba is probably our best holding option. I’m not quite sold on Douglas Luiz yet. He has potential but can’t tackle and I’m still not sure what his best qualities are.

          Another option we could see is Grealish moving back into central midfield, as he did last season in the Championship and the early part of this campaign. This would blunt his appeal a little and would most likely see El Ghazi and Trezeguet on the wings, but both are inconsistent which makes me think this won’t happen, at least from the off.

          Defensively we’ve been a shambles, too many individual errors, I just hope we settle on a partner for Mings (Engels or Konsa) and stick with it. Heaton could possibly come back in too, if we can sort out his registration.

          1. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Only two of the remaining 92 PL fixtures have a provisional date at the moment, the rest of the fixtures on that spreadsheet are no more than educated speculation. Time will tell, but if does happen I will be using FH in what is listed as GW30 (but would be probably be GW39), but form a FH perspective I'd prefer the first two fixtures to be in a separate GW which I would use that chip in.

            1. Little Red Lacazette
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              A separate GW for the first 2 fixtures would be good.

        5. GARY AND JAMIE
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Will there be time to fit in any friendlies the week before?

          1. Skonto Rigga
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Brighton CEO has just been talking about looking into the possibility of arranging a friendly or two, so maybe!

            1. GARY AND JAMIE
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Cool. I just think this might not just be about the players anyway. All the ground logistics will need a proper 'match' testing

        6. Cruz88
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Bit out of the loop. Just checked my transfers page on the website - do we have unlimited transfers at the moment or something?

          1. HamezMace
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            No. Won’t let you make transfers.

            1. Cruz88
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Ah ok, cheers. Didn't want to test it in case I broke something 🙂

        7. pablo discobar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          "The game in which Liverpool could secure the Premier League title could be held at a neutral venue, says the national lead for football policing.

          Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts says up to six matches could be moved at the request of local police forces.

          They include the Merseyside derby as well as Manchester City v Liverpool.

          Roberts said discussions with the Premier League had been "positive" with a "shared focus on the priority of public health".

          The Premier League is set to restart on 17 June, subject to government approval.

          The fixtures set to be moved to neutral venues are:

          Manchester City v LiverpoolManchester City v NewcastleManchester United v Sheffield UnitedNewcastle v LiverpoolEverton v LiverpoolThe game in which Liverpool could secure the title

          "We have reached a consensus that balances the needs of football, while also minimising the demand on policing," said Roberts"

          This ruins the integrity of the league imo and FPL along with it

          1. Berbs
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Football fans always given a bad name despite relatively low offences in comparison to others.

            If managers and players tell fans to stay home, they'll stay home. Moving games to neutral venues doesn't change much, clubs are supported from places around the country.

            Maybe the police should focus on beaches and government ministers as opposed to football fans.

          2. GARY AND JAMIE
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            I don't think Liverpool will mind this. They just need to get the thing wrapped up quickly wherever that is. They will have a time and place to properly celebrate as a city later in the year I'm sure.

            It is a valid point re integrity. There is maybe a slight home advantage based on familiarity with the surroundings. Villa for example will still want those 6 games at Villa Park as they are really not good away from there.

        8. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Any update from FPL o how they’re going to structure the game for the remainder of the season?

          1. HamezMace
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Nope.
            What are you hoping to hear.

            1. Jafooli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              That they’re going to only allow me to continue to play until the seasons end.

              1. HamezMace
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                Well I’ll think the game will reopen, whether or not they’ll allow you to play is another matter.

                1. Jafooli
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  Well I’m one of their main sponsors, so if they don’t allow me to play, I’ll remove my support and the game will fold.

        9. GARY AND JAMIE
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          KDB on pens full time now do we think? Lessens Kuns appeal a little?

          1. BNMC
              1 month, 3 days ago

              He only took a penalty in one UCL game and now suddenly there's talk of him being the main taker? Unless there's something I missed...

              1. GARY AND JAMIE
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                This site has him as the taker. They have had so many issues with them maybe he is on them till a miss or two,,,

              2. Devo-McDuff
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 3 days ago

                Well City's penalty record has been appalling this season, so it's not outlandish to think KDB will be on them now.

          2. Should we get a free wildcard?
            FPL Virgin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            There is only one question on everyone's lips right now .... should we or should we not be given a free wildcard or unlimited transfers (like you get before gameweek 1) when the season resumes?

            1. BNMC
                1 month, 3 days ago

                As long as those who still have a WC intact (I don't) get to hold it beyond the first deadline, that should be fair.

              • GARY AND JAMIE
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                Personally I don't see why. The game needs to continue as 'normally' as possible to maintain integrity.

              • FPL Virgin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                Here's what I think.

                If you have already used your second wildcard, you have enjoyed the full benefit of unlimited transfers and a completely revamped team.

                If you haven't used your second wildcard, then your team never got to enjoy this massive benefit.

                It's really unfair for people who have already used their second wildcard to get a third because - and this is the crucial point - one wildcard is more than enough to navigate 9 gameweeks. 

                I don't need 2 wildcards to get through 9 gameweeks. What is a much bigger advantage for me is to have a wildcard when other people who used theirs haven't.

                1. GARY AND JAMIE
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  I agree to an extent. But that extra wildcard would make a decent FH towards the end of the season. Or it can set up a BB/TC based on a good fixtures week.

                  1. FPL Virgin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    Having my wildcard (which I very patiently saved) is a much bigger advantage than that.

                    1. GARY AND JAMIE
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      Lets face it with the slow WC 30-38 and throwing in another one it would almost equate to 4!

                      1. FPL Virgin
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        This it it! All those people applying political pressure to Official FPL for a free wildcard have just had the opportunity to slow wildcard!

                2. Top Mark.S
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  What if you used your wildcard in gw29? Have I received the full benefit of my wildcard?

                  1. Wolves Ay We
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    Yes, if the fixtures for the expected GW30 are the ones we get in the new first game week. Take a free hit if you need to but I presume the Wildcard was made with the rest of the season in mind.

                    1. Top Mark.S
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      What about a full pre season of info that completely changes the picture. Injuries, sicknesses, form. It's not just fixtures. What if half my wildcard team has covid at the start of the re opening.

                      What benefit have u gained from my wildcard?

                      1. Top Mark.S
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        I gained

                  2. paul1964
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    It is unfair to let everyone have another free Wild Card as it means the players who haven't used their 2nd one are heavily disadvantaged. They were probably saving it in order to try and catchup on minileague leaders and I agree with GARY AND JAMIE and FPL VIRGIN.

                    1. Top Mark.S
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      It is unfair both ways mate. There is no fair way to do this. Wildcard holders claiming it is fair to have used your wildcard and have the game stop for three months and the rules change and the possibility of key players out due to covid and fixture changes (not in order but proximity which is important info) are simply refusing to face the truth that they have just unfairly gained massively. But I am ok with that. Because life is unfair. Just dont bring fairness into this. You have a wildcard. We dont. It's not fair. We must suck it up. Your lack of awareness as a group astounds me

                      1. paul1964
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 2 days ago

                        It's fair because you've used your wildcard and gained an advantage from using it already.

                        1. Top Mark.S
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 2 days ago

                          I used it in gw 29. 1 week before the game closed and the rules changed. So essentially got 1 week out of my wildcard. That week didn't even complete its fixture list. Yes it affected triple captain people as well. Yes I also think that is unfair for them but so what. It happened. Dont call it fair. That's just wrong.

                          1. paul1964
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 2 days ago

                            And nothing has changed from that point of view because you used the Wild Card on the basis of the fixtures that were going to happen and they've said the fixtures are going to be played in the same order.

                  3. paul1964
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    It was a bit silly to have used it then with all the uncertainty that was around at the time.

                    1. Top Mark.S
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      It was also silly to keep playing sport or have a baby, or get married or try to emigrate. Oh wait all those things kept happening as well around the world. I guess you were one of the few really intelligent people who deliberately held your wildcard because you foresaw this situation. Me playing an aggressive early wildcard for the first time in 4 years was just silly and had nothing to do with my poor rank and strategic decision to do something different to those in front of me so that I may have a chance of going higher. How silly of me. Rather I should have consulted you who knows nothing about my context or strategy and yet judges me loosely with no info to protect a really weak argumentative position.

              • HamezMace
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                I don’t really see what benefit having a WC would do anyone.
                The fixtures seem to be carrying on from where they left off.

                1. GARY AND JAMIE
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  Also I think several 'slow wildcarders' have moved on City and Arsenal players left over from the double and actually harmed their teams.

                  1. HamezMace
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    Yes, that’s probably the main reason.

                  2. Bossworld
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    I got rid of Auba but kept KDB. To be honest, with Pep roulette, and a pandemic thrown into the mix, is there even much point second guessing who he'll field? Auba will go in the next transfer window so that'll either be extra motivation or he won't GAF.

                    1. FPL Virgin
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      KDB is massively overweight at the moment too. Huge gut. Can't see him playing 3 x 90 minutes a week.

                      1. GARY AND JAMIE
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        No wonder he is crap in vFPL lol...

                        1. FPL Virgin
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 3 days ago

                          One too many carbonara's by the sounds of it: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/football/52837253

                          1. Prisoner B5160-8
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 3 days ago

                            He's not going to get very fat on that recipe.

                            1. FPL Virgin
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 3 days ago

                              He adds too much double cream to the recipe.

                    2. GARY AND JAMIE
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      I jacked Auba for KDB in a 2 stepper. Agree re Pep - I've enjoyed months off the roulette but might be heading back to the table!

                    3. HamezMace
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      Yes mate, as I’ve posted above, I’m not keen in investing in City players for the rest of this season. I imagine they’ll treat the PL games as a mini preseason towards the CL restart.

                      1. FPL Virgin
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        I disagree. I think the key players will get a lot of game time to get them fit for Pep's biggest priorities ... Namely the fa cup and the champions league.

                        1. HamezMace
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 3 days ago

                          I don’t see the key players (KdB, Aguero, Silva, Laporte and Sterling) starting Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday consecutively for six weeks in a row, especially when they haven’t played for 2 months.

                  3. I Member
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    Not sure why they would've done that. City, Arsenal, Sheffield United and Aston Villa have a game more than the other teams. I brought in players from those teams with my free transfers.

                    1. GARY AND JAMIE
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      I'd say because they thought the City v Arsenal game was not going to be involved in a DGW immediately. But that now has every chance.

                  4. Chemical76
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Guilty as charged

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

                  Agree.

              • diesel001
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                There should not be a free wildcard.

                Everyone is in the same situation so no one is disadvantaged and the fixtures are proposed to be played in the same order as they were originally.

                If you played your WC you got the benefit of it. If you haven't played your WC you can get the benefit of it over the remaining fixtures.

                The only thing they should be considering is if the Arsenal, Man City, Sheff Utd, Villa games are treated as one SGW then perhaps everyone should get an extra free hit that can be played only on that SGW (cannot be saved - use it or lose it).

                1. FPL Virgin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  Precisely.

                2. GARY AND JAMIE
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  That last option is harsh on FH keepers imo...and I am not one.

                3. Top Mark.S
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  How is a gw 29 wildcard not disadvantaged?

              • Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                I'm all for whatever benefits me personally.

                1. FPL Virgin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  No change there then 😉

              • I Member
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                100% no. They announced that the GW deadlines and transfers would continue as normal. Why should those who used their free transfers to reshape their teams during the lockdown be punished?

                1. GreennRed
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  Why should those that didn't be punished?

                  1. I Member
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    They're not being punished. They chose not to make changes so they should have to carry on with their teams. Why should they get a free WC when they had the opportunity to use NINE free transfers and chose not to?

                    1. FPL Virgin
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      Exactly. +1.

                    2. Berbs
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      There's a pandemic, not everyone will be thinking about using FT over a 9 week period.

                      Some are critical workers, some would have had the virus, some would have lost someone.

                      1. I Member
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        And that's totally fine but it doesn't mean they should get a free WC. I am not condemning anyone for not using their transfers.

                        1. Berbs
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 3 days ago

                          I think the fairest way is to revert teams to what they were prior to FT being available. And no option of a free WC.

                          Basically continuing from where we left off.

                          1. GARY AND JAMIE
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 3 days ago

                            Yes I would say this is actually fairest. FPL should have shut down the minute the City v Arsenal game was called off. It was obvious this was something very serious.

                        2. circusmonkey
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 3 days ago

                          I am.

                      2. Nightcrawler
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        And some too busy campaining for a restart just so pool can hold the trophy

                        1. Top Mark.S
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 3 days ago

                          Ah a long lost "null and void" supporter. I have been waiting for one of you to come out of hiding. Your hatred for us Makes getting our hands on the trophy all the sweeter. Thank you

                          1. Nightcrawler
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 3 days ago

                            Couldnt care less about the plwith whats going on. Been saying the league shd have been handed to pool long ago

                              1. Top Mark.S
                                • 3 Years
                                1 month, 3 days ago

                                Ok so not a null and void supporter but clearly not a pool fan. The restart is not about liverpool buddy. Enjoy watching us lift the trophy though 😉

                    3. Top Mark.S
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      I dont want 9 free transfers 2 months before the game starts. I want a wildcard to make the most of the information we are getting in the pre season leading up to the game reopening.

                      My gw 29 wildcard has no benefit to me in these conditions.

                      That has to be obvious

                    4. GreennRed
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      Apologies. I misunderstood your answer. They shouldn't get an extra wildcard. I still have mine and FH and TC. Throwing in another will confuse me! I didn't make any transfers cos I didn't see the sense of it when fixtures, player fitness, availability was so uncertain.

                    5. Pieterke30
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Because they thought the season was over and had other priorities in life than what looked like a dead FPL season.

                      In my opinion, the game should have been blocked, they shouldnt have allowed transfers to be made.

              • Berbs
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                Nope.

                Return teams to what they were prior to FT being used even though there were no games.

                Evens out the playing field.

              • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                I'm not hugely bothered either way

                But can totally see the possible case/s & reason/s they might choose to go there

                All it takes is a “Salah, Bruno, TAA & Jimenez in self-isolation with positive Covid19 tests” headline on the eve of GW39 (If indeed there is to be a GW39) to render even the most proactive of slow Wildcards redundant

                A free WC *kind of* helps folks deal with that type of thing before the restart - but no idea where FPL’s heads are at with regards all this - just want to make sure they start the game back up again

              • FPL Pillars
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                For the game, yes

                For rank, no

              • Wolves Ay We
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                No. Not at all, especially if the fixtures stay as they are. We all had the opportunity to do a slow WC, if some didn't do it, too bad.

              • Baines on Toast...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                The schedule and circumstances have completely changed.

                There is no argument that people deserve doubly rewarding or punishing for their previous strategy.

                There should be an extra wildcard as a result. People who kept theirs still get an extra advantage, But those who used it before this massive change are not completely out of the game.

                1. Baines on Toast...
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  I’d go further and suggest extra free transfers for any player who has to self isolate as a result of Covid.

                  1. FPL Pillars
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    😆 really?

                    That’ll never happen

                  2. FPL Virgin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    Interesting point tbf.

                  3. GARY AND JAMIE
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    Not for me. We have all suffered bad luck with injuries or other unforeseen player incapacity at some point. Covid cases should be treated likewise imo as they would be random like injuries are.

                    1. Tinkermania
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Great point Gary and Jamie

                        1. GARY AND JAMIE
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 3 days ago

                          Cheers. To be honest I think a Covid case would have serious implications. Players playing in the same game would be spooked.

                2. Queens of the South Age
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  You can get it if I can get some prizes for being at the top for the last 16 weeks! 🙂

                  I can see my rank plummeting once it restarts.

                  1. Bossworld
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    Mine too 🙁

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

                    All of (or at least the vast majority of) FFS will be rooting for you when the season restarts

                    Would be great to see a fellow community member take the #1 slot - best of luck!

                3. CONNERS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  When most of us wildcard, we take into account injured players, form players, fixture swings, chip planning and so on.

                  Given the uncertainty surrounding the restart and how the game woul

                  1. Tinkermania
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      Finish your point CONNERS

                  2. Netley Lucas
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    As the best manager on here by a country mile I'd ask you, what should us plebs be doing now? 😉

                    1. FPL Virgin
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      My thoughts are above, N.L. *** hic ***

                      1. Netley Lucas
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Hic! indeed, I'm getting em down. You okay bud?

                        1. FPL Virgin
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 2 days ago

                          As the great Lenny Cohen once said, "I can't complain."

                  3. CONNERS
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    When most of us wildcard, we take into account injured players, form players, fixture swings, chip planning and so on.

                    Given the uncertainty surrounding the restart and how the game would develop, I don't think you can regard the recent free transfers as a 'slow wildcard'.

                    1. Wolves Ay We
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      Having a WC now won't help anyone with knowing the form players, we still have to base it on the final 9 fixtures left, especially if the order doesn't change.

                      Also serious players on the whole only use the wildcards for the DGW's towards the end of the season. Why should we reward casuals? 😀

                      1. Top Mark.S
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Ok. Pretend next fol season they change the rules. We all have to pick a team the day the game opens and we are not allowed to make any transfers until the season kicks off. Then a certain percentage of managers are suddenly allowed to make changes before gw 1 using the info they gained in the preceding two months. Do you think that 'wildcard' would benefit them?

                        1. Top Mark.S
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 3 days ago

                          Fpl

                  4. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    No, because it wouldn't benefit me much.

                    1. FPL Virgin
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      And it would be incredibly unfair on patient FPL managers.

                      1. Athletic Nasherbo
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Patient managers who planned for a pandemic? Come on now. I don’t agree with your proposals, it’s littered with subjectivity.

                        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 3 days ago

                          I may not have planned specifically for a pandemic but I always try to hold my WC for unforeseen circumstances.

                          1. Athletic Nasherbo
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 3 days ago

                            Of course it has nothing to do with doubles at the end of the season.

                            1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 3 days ago

                              I save my first WC for as late as possible too.

                  5. SweepaKeepa
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    FPL is a marketing engagement tool for the PL. A new wc would cause more interest regardless of ‘should’.

                  6. mixology
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    Just logged in to the FPL site, clicked on transters. It's allowing to pick 15 players at current budget, like in the beginning of the season. Is this just a glitch/what happens at the end of the last (planned) GW?

                  7. Kun Tozser
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    They should just restore the database to last GW we had games and then continue to complete the 38 games weeks.

                    Give everyone a WC to get them involved again.

                    That would seem fairest.

                    1. Kun Tozser
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      Anyone trying to gain over the last few weeks with transfers is a touch underhand imo, legal but not the most sporting behaviour.

                      1. GARY AND JAMIE
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        It's less people being underhand and more people not being thorough enough to monitor the site.

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

                        Underhand? FPL were telling us to make the transfers to be ready for the restart. Didn't you get the email (figuratively)?

                    2. Kun Tozser
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      A FH every week may also be the best way to get around self isolation

                  8. DeadStar
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    This is a tough one after such a long break but I think I am leaning towards the view that there should be no free wildcard for all. The season will in the most part pick up where it left off, plus managers have been able to make free transfers throughout the blanks (slow wildcard). I can see why those who played their wildcard more recently might feel like they suffered but overall not a lot will have changed in terms of player choice. A few might be back from injury but nothing worthy of a clean start for all.

                  9. The Mandalorian
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    Yes if the new fixtures are different from the original schedule that we planned for.

                  10. mynameisq
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    If the fixtures have changed then yes, as a wildcard played prior to the shutdown would be almost completely wasted. If no fixture change and it continues within 1-3 weeks of where it left off then no wildcard needed- this is pretty much where everyone is landing right?

                    In any case those that kept should get two, still enough time to make big gains from having two

                    Saying people could have done a slow one, yeah sure people could have made transfers but with what in mind? Because it certainly can't have been fixtures+ Ignores all the casuals that won't have looked at their team and I don't think fpl would do that

                    1. Wolves Ay We
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      Well what's really changed? The fixtures are expected to be the same and everyone is in the dark about form. What good would a WC do anyway?

                      1. Top Mark.S
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Let me count the ways.

                        1. I would choose 5 CBS's. Currently have none.

                        2. I would choose talisman like grealish, Fernandes etc. Currently have none.

                        3. I would have a deeper bench that fits the new circumstances of more substitutions and games squashed together. My current bench is suitable for maximal first eleven value which is a plausible strategy in normal circumstances.

                        4. There will be pre season games and I do my best work in that environment. I once had a gw1 score of 106 without playing a chip. Was ranked 2000 with nearly everyone above me using chips. I am good at pre season scouting. I cant do anything about this pre season with my team locked in.

                        So a wildcard would be pretty useless right?

                      2. mynameisq
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Well that's my point isn't it, IF fixtures haven't changed then no wildcard. I can't see how you missed that?

                        1. Top Mark.S
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 3 days ago

                          I feel my response above clearly shows this view is incorrect

                          1. mynameisq
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 3 days ago

                            I wasn't responding to you.

                            But I'll answer anyway

                            1) no idea where this CB love has come from, just guesswork that they're more nailed and will score more, nobody knows this yet

                            2) why didn't you do this before? They've been talismans from the start

                            3) good point hadn't considered that, nonetheless people will argue you chose planned to not have a strong bench

                            4) I don't get it, what pre season games?

                            1. Top Mark.S
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 3 days ago

                              1.Full backs are historically rotated more. We have never had such a congested fixture programme. Please by all means choose 5 attacking full backs.

                              2. I brought in Fernandes off the bat but because I am having a bad season I chose an aggressive early wildcard which I have never done in the hope to maximize city and arsenal dgw. It didn't work out but I dont think the thinking was bad. Talisman are more important now than they were before. That's my point. Simply from a minutes played perspective. I would normally have 1 or 2. Now I would double that because of post gw 29 circumstances.

                              3. There is nothing wrong with the week bench strategy to maximize your playing 11 especially after a wildcard. I would have played bench boost near the end and used free transfers to strengthen my bench. What is wrong with that?

                              4. You think they will only train for 4 weeks and than play without getting game time in. Liverpool have already started working on possible pre season game scenarios. If that happens then this non debate is most certainly over.

                              4. I actually dont care about getting a wildcard. So many things have gone wrong I have resigned myself to a bad season. I do however find the reasoning of the no wildcard crew laughable. Hence my contribution. I am fi e with no wildcard. That's life. Just dont go around pretending it's fair in everyone when you clearly have an advantage. Thats all. Just accept it.

                          2. mynameisq
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 3 days ago

                            Tbh I can't tell if you're arguing for or against a free wildcard

                            1. Top Mark.S
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 3 days ago

                              You cant tell because I am actually neutral. If we dont get a wildcard I am ok with that. Won't change my season much. But it is a massive advantage to those who have it. No doubt about that.

                              1. mynameisq
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 2 days ago

                                What are you arguing about then? What point are you trying to make

                                1. Top Mark.S
                                  • 3 Years
                                  1 month, 2 days ago

                                  My point is that wildcard holders have a massive advantage but are denying it for some self righteous reason that is nauseating. Life is unfair. Using a wildcard before lockdown sucks. Let's stop pretending it's the same for everyone. It will be unfair for somebody. That's my point

                                  1. mynameisq
                                    • 6 Years
                                    1 month, 2 days ago

                                    I have not seen a single person denying holding a wildcard is an advantage, where have you seen that? I've seen people day their advantage would be lessened if everyone gets a free one which I kind of agree with

                  11. Ragabolly
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    We shouldn't but most likely will. As soon as PL stopped, I thought to myself that whenever it will be resumed, FPL will give unlimited transfers, mainly for publicity reasons. They want as many people to be engaged after they lost interest, and nothing will be more fun to announce than unlimited transfers.

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

                      This will put lots of players without a WC in a quandary if the first week is a DGW. Do they bring DGW players they probably won't need again or get the team ready for the following gameweeks.

                  12. RichRover
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    No

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

                    Some points

                    1) The vast majority of players still have their WC. Even if the season hadn't stopped they would still have a great advantage over those who don't have a WC. The virus had nothing to do with it.

                    2) If the first week is a DGW then many probably won't use the WC, the free-hit looks like a better chip anyway.

                    3) The FPL gave everybody the opportunity of a slow WC over about 8 weeks. This was the time to get your team ready for the restart, especially those who didn't have a WC left.

                    4) In fact the WC isn't as useful as it would have been as there are. probably no DGW's after the first week which could have helped us shoot up the rankings like in previous seasons.

                    5) Which players will play and have the best advantage is all guesswork, in the end the only guarantee is class players wills core the most points.

                    1. Top Mark.S
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      1. late wildcarders always have an advantage. I agree. But their advantage has increased greatly. I would 100% wildcard in the first or second week back if I still had it. I would also celebrate every big name fpl player not playing because for every hit taken to correct the inevitable team mess, my advantage increases.

                      2. Wildcard after free hit obviously. Still benefit from 90 odd games

                      3. Anybody who thinks they got their team ready with a slow wild card in early may for a restart in late june has never left their opening day fpl team alone for 6 weeks just for the fun of it to see that is a really bad strategy.

                      4.wildcard after free hit will gain you far more points of separation for 90 games than a gw 37 dgw imo

                      5. Your point validated my position so I dont feel the need to add anything here. Just I agree. No one knows where there at now. Wildcard just after the game restarts bloody massive

                      1. Tinkermania
                          1 month, 2 days ago

                          I am not wildcarding too quick just like never wild card early in the season.

                          1. Top Mark.S
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 2 days ago

                            You dont know that with 3 weeks to go. You may well wildcard if your team us decimated

                      2. GARY AND JAMIE
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 2 days ago

                        Good points all of these.

                        One thing that is forgotten is that many people set their team up for that extra City v Arsenal game. Covid has denied them points from those players involved and they won't be getting them back. For fairness sake at least it looks like that game will now feature in a DGW, so those with them still in place may yet benefit.

                    2. Pukki Party
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      I still have both my second wildcard and FH left. Understand both opinions on giving a new wildcard. Maybe fair thing to do would be giving 4 or 5 free transfers for everyone for the first week.

                    3. ChuckN
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      Definitely not. It's not a new comp.

                    4. ktk_interista
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      The way I see it, there is no way to please everyone. However, The definite thing is that those who WCed late (the later you did the worse) are at the most disadvantage. There are no guarantees the fixtures are played in same order they were originally. Even if they are, form and injuries situation after 2 months off is completely different from what is was. Hence the overhaul of the squad from using the WC is probably obsolete.
                      The fairest thing to do is that everyone gets unlimited transfers once the complete schedule is revealed and they can be used only until the next deadline. After the deadline, you lose that. So it is basically a WC that has to be played by next deadline.

                      Those who haven't played the 2nd WC keep it. They still have the advantage of the chip over those who have used it.

                    5. PaperTroopers
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      I think that the idea of unlimited transfers until the first match is the way to go.

                      I see a lot of people arguing that it's unfair to give out an extra wildcard as some people, including myself, have saved their 2nd wildcard. I agree on this and that's why the unlimited transfers before 1st match would be my suggestion.

                      But unlimited transfers is basically the same as a 3ed wildcard, I see some argue.

                      The unlimited transfers up until the first match is not the same as a 3ed wildcard - it is way less "valuable" as we have absolutely no information on player form, fitness, selection etc. We will even have less information compared to a normal pre-season, as there are friendly matches we can use to get a sense of selection. A 3ed wildcard that can be saved 1-2 gameweeks and used with a bit of information, will remove the small advantage the "savers" would normally get.

                      A good way to look at this is to ask if you would actually use your saved 2nd wildcard before the first match in this restart (assuming that a 3ed was not given out)? I would never wildcard on no information - that would be a complete crap shoot and the wildcard is way to valuable to use on no information.

                      I suggest unlimited transfer until the frist match and the people who have saved their 2nd wildcard get to keep that advantage and would be able to reset their team when more information is available.

                    6. Dr Van Nostrand
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      Tough titties. I lost a Triple Captain chip to the virus the last GW don't see me complaining.

                      People who used the WC already gained the benefit they shouldn't get another. If people had being paying attention they just had 8 weeks to slowly transform their team which is basically a free WC.

                      1. Top Mark.S
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 2 days ago

                        If you are not complaining why mention it at all. The rest of your points are just as disingenuous.

                        1. Dr Van Nostrand
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 2 days ago

                          How are they disingenous? Did everyone not just have 8 free transfers they could have made to transform their squads? Now people want a free WC too

                        2. paul1964
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 2 days ago

                          You've had your Wild Card and the fixtures are now in the same order so no disadvantage to you.

                          1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 2 days ago

                            The fixtures have been confirmed?

                            1. paul1964
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 2 days ago

                              Not all 92 of them but they have said they will be played in the original order.

                              1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                1 month, 2 days ago

                                I guess that's as good as confirmed.

                    7. Oggle22
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      I'm 23 points behind my ML leader clawed it back from about 80 points in a cash league he used all his chips early on to gain an advantage he used TC GW 1 and first WC after game week 2 and his second a good while before any signs of covid19 or the pl shutting down so has had more than an advantage! I have been patient and still have FH BB and WC and does seem unfair after allowing 8weeks FT is it? To change his team which he hasn't taken up that option to now reward him with a WC or even unlimited transfers seems unfair to me? But I do agree to some extent that those who used WC say a week or 2 weeks before the PL shut down should maybe be allowed a new WC but this would probably be to hard to set up I dont really see why some one who used both there WC months ago should get another

                      Chesrs

                    8. Jafalad
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      No, No and No. I have all four chips intact and I do not want you impatient Millenials getting another one because you didn't have the patience to wait for Covid 19.

                  14. Congers
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    Either everyone gets a new one (including those who haven’t already used their second) or no one does.

                    1. Congers
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      Post fail to the above 🙂

                    2. Reach out...
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      Unlimited transfers up to restart just to even out the playing field i think, as most stopped playing as soon as the halt of play was put in place. Others more cunning(clever) continued to make transfers and shed dead wood great forward planning but now it seems a little unbalanced.

                      1. ktk_interista
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 2 days ago

                        This. Fair to everyone

                  15. Hitmonlee
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    Thoughts on my team ahead of a restart?

                    Pope
                    TAA / Saiss / Maguire
                    Salah / KDB / Bruno / Martial / Son
                    Jimenez / DCL
                    McCarthy / Ayew / Fernandez / Tanganga

                    If first week is a double, would you leave or FH?
                    I’m currently thinking FH would be best

                    1. GARY AND JAMIE
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      FH all day long

                  16. SIGGYMETIMBER
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    Reckon we get a statement from FPL today or over the weekend?

                    1. GARY AND JAMIE
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      Nothing till all the fixtures are confirmed I would think.

                    2. Nightcrawler
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      What for? Site clearly shows 38 gameweeks being completed and updated. They dont need to come up witha anything

                      1. Klaren
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        It’s obvious that the FPL season will continue. Just look at the latest announcement.

                        1. Klaren
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 3 days ago

                          The one on retaining chips after GW38 deadline.

                  17. I Member
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    This is my current team:

                    Leno*
                    TAA, Maguire, Lundstram*
                    Salah, KDB*, Fernandes, Grealish*
                    Aubameyang*, Jimenez, DCL

                    Pope; Egan*, Hayden, Hanley.

                    If the restart is a DGW would it be a waste for me to use FH seeing as I already have 6 players for the double and 2 free transfers to get up to 8?

                    1. FPL Pillars
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      No need to FH IMO

                      1. Wolves Ay We
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Agree, no FH needed here.

                    2. GreennRed
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      TC Aubameyang or De Bruyne?

                    3. Devo-McDuff
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      Depends, if there is nothing to suggest there will be any other DGWs (and looks likely there won't be at this point) might as well use it then. I wouldn't want to use FTs to get up to 8 unless you want those extra 2 players for the following games, if you do then more appealing to hold it I guess.

                  18. Rasping Drive
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    “Recapping the best Aston Villa players ahead of FPL restart” - should have been the shortest article ever

                    1. villa_til_i_die
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      Lol!

                    2. Devo-McDuff
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      Grealish, the end.

                  19. Bobby Digital
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    Auba & KDB, enough dgw coverage?

                    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      No.

                    2. Netley Lucas
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      Most will have 9 or 10 with a chip.

                    3. Rasping Drive
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      A bit of Leroy wouldn’t go amiss

                    4. CONNERS
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      People often get blinded by DGWs and end up fielding an inferior team by focusing entirely on DGW players.

                      I may just go with those two plus a Sheff U defender and Grealish.

                      1. BNMC
                          1 month, 3 days ago

                          This. Points are points, no matter when in the season they're earned. DGWs do present an opportunity to get "more" points, but sometimes the amount of transfers and chips you have to use to "prepare" for a DGW isn't worth it.

                          Blank GWs are a different story though...

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

                        Not on your nelly.

                      1. Berbs
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Looks like France may have went too early on their decision. Too late for a U turn?

                    5. Pu-li-sick (sic)
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      Hey is FPL restarting then?

                      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        No announcement yet.

                        1. Netley Lucas
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 3 days ago

                          Indeed.

                      2. FPL Pillars
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Waiting for the announcement still

                      3. Nightcrawler
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Highly unlikepy imo

                        1. Wolves Ay We
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 3 days ago

                          Did you also predict it was highly unlikely the PL will restart? 😉

                          1. Nightcrawler
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 3 days ago

                            No that was pbvious once bundesliga restarted

                      4. Pu-li-sick (sic)
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Thanks all.

                    6. Berbs
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      Manchester United's remaining fixtures:

                      tot, SHU, bri, BOU, avl, SOU, cpl, WHU, lei

                      Pogba and Rashford seemingly back too.

                      Bruno + one of them looks good.

                      1. Berbs
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Defence isn't the worst but TAA, Doherty, Alonso + Sheffield are far better, so probably no room there.

                      2. GARY AND JAMIE
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Bruno and Slabhead/AWB with provision for Rashers or another mid later doors.

                      3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        The effect of Bruno on that team has been close to transformative - his ability to retain the ball is excellent, takes so much pressure off the back line, and McTominay’s return has helped a fair bit as well. Lindelof is still a bit of a weak link, particularly under the high ball, but there’s definitely a very visible uptick in defensive output there, with those nice upcoming fixtures to boot

                        Utd had actually finally started converting those (consistently solid) underlying defensive stats (or at least XGc) into Clean sheets as a result

                        5 CS in their last 8 games was top drawer, and 4 CS in their last 5 games is elite level defensery, all of their reps are reasonably priced too - AWB in particular was in a pretty explosive patch of form

                        1. Wolves Ay We
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 3 days ago

                          What a shame they'll have to spend time finding the form again. 😉

                          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 3 days ago

                            It wouldn’t be the first false dawn, and likely won’t be the last unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on one’s personal allegiances 🙂 )

                            Things definitely looked like they were finally clicking for them though, from front to back too - Bruno being the catalyst in chief

                            1. GreennRed
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              1 month, 3 days ago

                              More false Dawns than a Vicar of Dibley fancy dress party.

                    7. Vasqujg
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      REQUEST FOR SUPPORT....

                      I am sending an Email to EPL requesting that makeup games do not have artificial sound from stadium speakers or from the broadcaster. Bundesliga is wasting the opportunity and playing out-of-sync crowd noise. Very cheese ball.

                      I rather hear what the players, coaches, and referees say during the game.

                      This would make the crowd-less stadium way more interesting and compelling as a viewing experience.

                      If I make this request alone, then EPL will just add this to my long list of demands. They can ignore Americans but not Brits.

                      Who's with me! Com'on.

                      1. TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        That's what a Junk folder is for.

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

                        Hear what the players and coaches are saying? All the matches will have to be moved to after the 9pm watershed. 😀

                      3. GreennRed
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        It's the Premier League not Eastenders. Who cares what players and coaches say as long as the football is good and a few players get broken up.

                      4. Poseidon.
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Im american but im with you bro.

                    8. Reach out...
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      I cannot see how the FPL can restart when my mini H2H league already got completed with a winner put in place?