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Who are the most secure starters ahead of the FPL restart? Part one

The Premier League’s return is only a fortnight away but top-flight football will bare little resemblance to what went before, with staggered kick-off times, behind-closed-doors matches and the possibility of neutral venues being used for certain fixtures.

Another proposed change is to the number of substitutes permitted, to help clubs cope with the quick turnaround in matches over the summer.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) approved a FIFA-backed motion in May, which allows teams to make five changes per game – something we’ve already seen in the Bundesliga and elsewhere.

The Premier League clubs have yet to vote on this at the time of writing, with chief executive Richard Masters saying recently:

The IFAB laws have changed, extra dispensation is possible and the Bundesliga decided to go to five substitutes.

Our clubs will make that decision in the next few weeks on whether they want to or not. There are mixed views out there and we will come to a conclusion in the coming weeks.

The prospect of half of the outfielders being hauled off in any given fixture should provide Fantasy managers with an added challenge, then, if that motion carries.

Even if the Premier League sides vote against the amendment, some teams will be playing twice a week for the next two months.

Manchester City, for example, have ten league fixtures and potentially two FA Cup ties to negotiate before the end of July, all of which take place within a 39-day period.

Rotation could be rife both during games and between them, so which players stand the best chance of not only starting matches but finishing them?

We’ll look at the season data so far to assess which assets have been the most secure starters and which look to be more at risk of managed pitch-time.

This article covers the first five teams alphabetically, from Arsenal to Burnley, with subsequent parts to follow.

Naturally, all of this analysis comes with the caveat that we are entering into unknown territory, so the managers in question may have contrasting ideas as to how best to handle fixture congestion after a three-month break.

ARSENAL

Since Mikel Arteta took charge in Gameweek 19, five players have started every match in which they have been available.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.1m) is among that number, with the Gabonese forward only having missed out in Gameweeks 23 and 24 due to suspension.

Arteta has kept a fairly solid spine: goalkeeper Bernd Leno (£5.0m), centre-back David Luiz (£5.7m) and number ten Mesut Ozil (£7.3m) are all ever-presents, while midfield general Granit Xhaka (£5.1m) only missed out in Gameweek 20 because of illness.

Ozil has been withdrawn in eight of his ten appearances under his current boss, though.

Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m) and Nicolas Pepe (£9.3m) haven’t quite been as nailed, although the latter did make the team in the three league fixtures before the enforced hiatus and had been showing signs of form.

Lacazette, meanwhile, was demoted to the bench in Gameweeks 26-29 as Eddie Nketiah (£4.4m) was handed a chance to impress.

The full-back areas look undetermined based on the evidence so far, with Bukayo Saka (£4.7m) now facing a challenge from the fit-again Kieran Tierney (£5.3m) and Sead Kolasinac (£5.2m) on the left.

Cedric Soares (£4.8m), whose appearances in the above table all came for Southampton, will also be available for selection for the first time under Arteta, perhaps putting Hector Bellerin (£5.5m) under pressure at right-back.

ASTON VILLA

The talismanic Jack Grealish (£6.4m) unsurprisingly looks the safest route into the Aston Villa side and, let’s be honest, perhaps the only Villan who has an overwhelming case for inclusion in our squads for the opening Double Gameweek.

Only a calf strain spoiled his ever-present record, with that injury forcing his one and only substitution of the season.

The fact that the midfielder played every minute of his side’s games in December, when fixture congestion was at its worst, also bodes well for the restart.

Mbwana Samatta‘s (£5.8m) name doesn’t appear on that list but while the injured Wesley (£5.4m) remains on the sidelines, it’s probably safe to assume that the January signing will play more minutes than not up top.

John McGinn (£5.4m) is another name to mention, too, and a noteworthy differential based on his early-season goal threat.

The Scotland international had played every minute of Villa’s Premier League campaign until an injury forced him off in Gameweek 18 and seems raring to go for the resumption, having been on the cusp of a return before COVID-19 brought sport to a standstill.

Tyrone Mings (£4.4m) has been the mainstay of a suspect defence as other centre-halves have dipped in and out of the side, with Dean Smith’s recent return to a back four further narrowing the first-team opportunities for that group of stoppers.

Frederic Guilbert (£4.4m) and Matt Targett (£4.4m) have been the main full-back pairing, meanwhile, although Guilbert in particular has been a rotation risk when the fixtures have piled up.

Targett’s only absence since making his first start of the season in Gameweek 7 was injury-enforced, interestingly.

McGinn and Grealish aside, the centre of midfield and out wide look like the biggest areas at risk of rotation and in-game substitutions based on Smith’s chopping and changing so far – although few Fantasy managers will be interested in the personnel in those positions anyway.

BOURNEMOUTH

The return to fitness of several of Eddie Howe’s squad, including David Brooks (£6.2m), should make second-guessing the Bournemouth boss all the more difficult when play resumes in June.

Aaron Ramsdale (£4.5m) and Nathan Ake (£4.8m) have been nailed picks when fit, with Steve Cook (£5.0m) generally preferred alongside the Dutchman – although he did serve bench duty in Gameweeks 25 and 26.

The versatile Adam Smith (£4.3m) has been a permanent fixture in the side since recovering from injury in Gameweek 22 but Diego Rico‘s (£4.2m) recent loss of a first-team place underscores the uncertainty elsewhere, with Howe having several options available to him at full-back.

Callum Wilson (£7.4m) ought to be the safest route into the Bournemouth attack, with his two benchings coming soon after a return from a hamstring strain, although it should be noted that both he and teammate Jefferson Lerma (£4.8m) are one caution away from a two-match ban.

Out wide looks a particularly vulnerable area.

Harry Wilson (£5.8m) has been hauled off in all bar two of his 19 starts and is the second-most-substituted player in the Premier League this season.

All of this has been while alternative wide options such as Brooks, Junior Stanislas (£5.9m) and Arnaut Danjuma (£5.8m) have (mostly) been unavailable, too, and that trio of wingers could be further denting his pitch-time come mid-June.

Add in Ryan Fraser (£6.8m), who started seven of Bournemouth’s eight matches before the suspension of play, and Joshua King (£6.1m), who played down the left earlier in the campaign, and it will be difficult to confidently call who will be a regular pick on the flanks on a game-to-game basis.

We saw plenty of rotation when Bournemouth last encountered fixture congestion, too, with even regulars like Philip Billing (£5.0m) warming the bench on occasion.

BRIGHTON

We’ve learned the hard way not to trust Graham Potter, who has rotated on an infuriatingly frequent basis throughout the campaign.

If this were a Manchester City or a Liverpool, then perhaps the risk would be worth it – but the Seagulls are winless in 2020 and not particularly blessed with great fixtures for the final quarter of the campaign.

There are few regulars: Mathew Ryan (£4.7m) is the only ever-present, although only illness and suspension has stopped Lewis Dunk (£4.5m) from boasting a simlar record.

READ MORE: Dunk one booking away from a two-game suspension

Dan Burn‘s (£4.5m) unbroken run of starts was only halted by injury, meanwhile, with the gargantuan defender having quickly regained his place in the starting XI after recovering from a broken collarbone.

Davy Propper (£4.8m) has only had one unenforced absence in the middle of the park and has not been substituted once, while Aaron Mooy (£4.8m) has started in every game when fit from Gameweek 13 onwards.

Elsewhere, rotation risk abounds.

Even Neal Maupay (£5.7m), a starter in 23 of Albion’s 29 games, was benched twice in the congested winter period and dropped out of the side more recently in Gameweeks 25 and 26.

BURNLEY

One of the most settled sides in the division, especially when on form, Sean Dyche has mostly eschewed the opportunity to rotate even when the games have stacked up.

Nick Pope (£4.9m), James Tarkowski (£5.2m), Ben Mee (£5.0m), Dwight McNeil (£6.1m), Ashley Westwood (£5.5m) and Jack Cork (£4.9m) have started every match in which they have been fit and available for selection, with the first four indeed ever-presents.

Westwood is another player who is one booking away from a two-match ban, however.

Charlie Taylor (£4.3m) has held the left-back spot since Gameweek 18, while Phil Bardsley (£4.3m) has also been in pole position on the right flank since the late-autumn despite sporadically dropping out through injury and illness.

Chris Wood (£6.1m) and Ashley Barnes (£6.1m) started the season as the Clarets’ first-choice front two and the New Zealander has largely been a secure pick up top.

Barnes, if fit for the resumption, seems less nailed – a problematic groin injury saw Dyche handle him carefully in December and it remains to be seen if surgery has solved that niggling issue.

Jay Rodriguez (£5.7m), then, could enjoy plenty of minutes in the run-in.

The wide-right position is about the only other area of note, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson‘s (£5.9m) possible return from injury jeopardising AC Milan target Jeff Hendrick‘s (£5.4m) starts.


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77 Comments Post a Comment
  1. zøphar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Great read, so happy to have fpl content back !

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Absolutely

    2. Skonto Rigga
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      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Cheers Zophar! Looking forward to having you back writing soon, too.

  2. New Community Article
    Rotation's Alter Ego
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    • 10 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Great bit of FPL content above, but if you're more interested in the Allsvenskan game Hansel has just published his look at which Defenders to buy for the season, following on from Melten's piece on Goalkeepers.

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2020/06/02/fantasy-allsvenskan-defenders/

    Next two parts will be coming soon! 🙂

  3. Bossworld
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Should we not take into account that Ramsdale was one of the people who tested positive? Is he back in training?

      1. Skonto Rigga
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        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Beat me to it!

        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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          • 10 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          You're getting slow 😉

      1. Bossworld
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Cool, good to know!

  4. PompeyUpNorth!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Brilliant thank you. These should be members only though in my opinion..

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Just minutes data, no real members only stuff included. More free stuff is always good 🙂

      1. Skonto Rigga
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        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Yeah, pretty much this. Was on the cusp of it!

      2. PompeyUpNorth!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Nah, I hate the free stuff when I pay in .. ha ha! No worries. Great piece and I look forward to the rest thank you..

    2. POLSKA GOLA
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Yeah, non-members should only be able to see player names when looking here.
      I’m surprised we’re not spat at yet for ‘stealing your precious data’

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Pfft, please ... spittle is old school. Burning at the stake is much more COVID-friendly.

        1. POLSKA GOLA
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          No lurkers, no non-members, no dogs

  5. Eeny meeny minamino
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I really do not like the decision to give everyone unlimited transfers when the game goes live again, you should be made to carry on with the team you had prior to the season being postponed.

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      There is no decision.

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Agreed totally. Very disappointing

  6. FPL Laurenzo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Could someone help clarify current FPL status. As we wait for fixtures and the first double game week, do we have unlimited transfers as if we're building a new team prior to the first game week back? Thanks and sorry if I missed the obvious.

    1. HamezMace
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Game isn’t open yet so no you can’t make transfers.
      It probably won’t open until the fixtures are confirmed.
      The unlimited transfers is just hopeful speculation at this stage, along with extra wildcards, and team resets.

      Basically nothing official (as far as I know)

      1. STHH
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        I'd be surprised if we had a team reset, extra wildcard or anything else. Some of us might even lose a transfer if we had two in the bank. It would be nice to have another go at my team, but I did login every week and make one transfer whilst the season was in limbo so feel like I've sort of earned an advantage over those that didn't.

        1. HamezMace
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          My expectation is for our teams to resume exactly as we left them when the game closed, no reset, no extra WC, or unlimited transfers.

          Personally I think FPL should have frozen the game when the PL was originally suspended all those weeks ago, but they didn’t, maybe they had a legitimate reason not to, I don’t know.

          Either way, those who continued to make transfers in the ‘ghost’ weeks did so at their own risk, some may have an advantage, some may regret it, but they rolled the dice, let the cards fall where they may.

          Play on.

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Agree. Can't see anything else happening other than picking up where GW38 ended.

            Imagine the backlash if they reset it? Those who continued to spend time fixing/planning their teams and re-visiting the site would feel short-changed. I'm not sure you'd want to treat users like that, especially given they are your most active and invested player-base.

    2. FPL Laurenzo
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      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Thank you all. Really appreciate the insights and updates. I've been away too long.

  7. HamezMace
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I appreciate the article and the data shown, but I still don’t know how much we can read into it, it’s a new world now - some players will have voiced concerns about playing, whether privately or publicly, we’ve got contracts running out, some players getting ready to announce their next club move (will they want to remain involved) half the league will just be putting out a team to fulfil their TV commitment, but it’ll be little more than a pre season match with multiple subs.

    Impossible to guess starting 11s - good luck Neil!

    1. Skonto Rigga
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      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Yeah, the last paragraph above before I delve into Arsenal is my get-out clause 🙂

      Aye, it'll be fun predicting the GW39 teams having probably only heard from four managers before the Wednesday deadline!

      1. HamezMace
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        I think we’ll all understand you get a free pass for the rest of this season!

        Aubameyang is an interesting one, I hear he’s not being offered a new deal, if that’s the case, maybe they’ll give Martinelli some games, I wouldn’t think Arsenal are realistic about getting top four.

        1. Skonto Rigga
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          • 3 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Will be worth monitoring the Aubameyang contract situation, for sure. Top five is gettable (five points off United with a game in hand), though, and that might be enough if City's European ban is upheld.

          1. HamezMace
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Didn’t realise they were that close to be honest, interesting to see how they approach things.

    2. andy85wsm
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      • 11 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Touched on this briefly on the Scoutcast - I think all we can do is run with what we know and see how all the additional stuff plays out after a couple of weeks.

      We know who was playing well before, we know who is likely to be first choice starters (in most teams), we know who has the good fixtures - that's all we can rely on for now.

      Once we get a few weeks under our belts again we'll know about all the other stuff and will have to adapt.

      1. HamezMace
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        I haven’t listened yet, but will do.

        I think the safest thing to do is target important players who still have something to play for, I envisage my team looking something like;

        Alonso, Maguire, TAA
        Grealish, Bruno, Mount, Sarr
        Deeney, Rashford, Kane

        Basically teams fighting for 4th, and against relegation, and their key players.

  8. troux
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    VFPL Friendly Results:

    Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal
    Salah G
    Salah G, TAA A

    Özil G, Aubameyang A

    Players with the most involvement in attack:
    Salah: 16, Mané: 11, Aubameyang: 9, Firmino: 9, Lacazette: 6, Alexander-Arnold: 6

    Liverpool 4-1 Brighton
    Salah G, Mané A
    Lallana G, VVD A
    VVD G, Salah A
    Origi G, Robertson A

    Alzate G

    Players with the most involvement in attack:
    Firmino: 12, Salah: 12, Mané: 8, Groß: 7, Alexander-Arnold: 6, Trossard: 6

    Liverpool 2-1 Spurs
    Salah G, Mané A
    Firmino G, Salah A

    Kane G, Lamela A

    Players with the most involvement in attack:
    Salah: 11, Mané: 10, Lucas Moura: 10, Firmino: 7, Kane: 6, Robertson: 6

    1. troux
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Double digit hauls for Salah in each of the sims he played. Do people reckon Salah + Greenwood (-4) outscores Vardy + Mount this GW in VFPL?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Wouldn't rate that with the best chances. Vardy is in fine form; Mount has been more involved of late. Greenwood may not start and/or be limited to a cameo.

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        I ran two simulations which ended up involving Liverpool. CHE (H) & SHU (H). Salah did not return in either (was 1st/2nd in AI however).

  9. Epic ⚽ 墅
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    • 11 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I can't imagine many of the teams near the bottom of the league would want to vote for allowing 5 subs; at least they shouldn't.

    It can only benefit the teams that have a lot of quality on the bench. It's better for the crap teams to run their first XI ragged rather than bringing on even crapper crap.

    1. andy85wsm
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      • 11 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Good point that, hadn't thought of it from that point of view.

      I can imagine this stuff going round and round in circles in discussions. So many people wanting to put across their own point of view

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      That is a very good point.
      Imagine City/Chelsea/Pool benches vs Brighton/Bournemouth/Burnley ....

      It'd be plainly disadvantageous for lower teams if they are chasing games.
      If setting up a block, it might be a different story all together.

    3. Pumpy Pro
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Yep i mentioned it a while back. This only benefits about 4 clubs who have solid depth. Terrible idea and massivly unfair. Hope they oppose it

  10. J0E
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    • 12 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Scoutcast video and podcast now available.

    How should FPL resume?

    Chip and unlimited transfer debates aplenty

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxvC6Kpypn0

    1. Vertigo
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      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Mini-wildcard chip, perhaps 4-5 players.

    2. FPL Grandad
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      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I watched the scoutcast & its very good for all possible outcomes, For me, I think the only fair thing to do is carry on from where we left off. I used my Wildcard to set up for GW 30 & then use additional transfers to get a DGW team, During the break, I have made transfers to set up for the DGW so I'm ready and can use my bench boost. I made the decision to do this with & I have been lucky. All my Mini league opponents have used their chips & I have free hit, bench boost left so I think it's totally unfair to give Fpl managers unlimited transfers to set up for the DGW where some mangers wouldnt have a chance to do it, I have planned for it. For Mini leagues the thought of an additional WC or unlimited transfers is A mini league killer.

      1. Pumpy Pro
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        I think everyone deep down knows that is the fairest solution out of all the options left but all are unfair

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Thanks.
      Will listen to it.
      Haven't watched anything related to football since GW 29

  11. Pipermaru
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    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Yup, just carry on from we left off, if site was suspended/down for that pandemic period I would agree to unlimited transfers but now I would feel like it's changing game rules during season.
    And I'm a guy without FH/WC.

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Have given it some thought and in no way am I swayed by my team but I UNLIMITED TRANSFERS IS A MUST1111

    2. ritzyd
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      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      If they give unlimited transfers then the database needs to be reset to when the game was paused - otherwise i have wasted 6 transfers i didn't need to make which could make all the difference in the event of a tie break to decide a cash mini league position.

  12. GREEN IS GOOD
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    After the initial DGW, how do we think the GWs will be broken up?

    Will they create a total of 9 GWs to keep it at 38?

    1. Netley Lucas
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I would imagine they will try to do exactly that.

    2. HamezMace
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Yep I think so.
      The planned schedule is;

      GWx - Friday - Mon.

      GWz - Tues - Thurs

      And repeat.

      1. GREEN IS GOOD
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Cheers

        Fun times

        1. HamezMace
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          My girlfriend is less excited to be honest.

          1. Epic ⚽ 墅
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            • 11 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Any pictures?

            1. HamezMace
              • 7 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Yes, but she’s excited in all the pictures I have, so it wouldn’t be a fair reflection of her mood regarding live football every night of the week for the next six weeks.

              1. Epic ⚽ 墅
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                • 11 Years
                1 year, 2 months ago

                😀

      2. GREEN IS GOOD
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        So gws could be 10 matches, then 6, then 10, then 6 etc etc?

        A lot of jiggery pokery required.

        1. TwiggsJameson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          No. 10, 10, 10, 10, etc......

  13. Coys96
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Just a few players to watch out for:

    Justin - Leicester defender. Pereira out for season, good attacking ability.

    Pepe - Could do better behind closed doors with less pressure. Picked up some form under Arteta

    Grealish- not really a differential but you would expect him to hit top form to keep Villa up. Its all down to him as to whether they stay up or not

    C.Wilson/R Fraser- Key players in fighting side- low EO and are always good options on their day. Fraser will want to impress for a summer move (free agent)

    Pukki - He started the season very well, and norwich have very good fixtures. I expect them to give survival a good go and he's their main man. He's in my team

    Ings - wants that golden boot. They aren't safe yet so will still be fighting for results

    Sarr- 4G & 4A in 10 games under Pearson. Good fixtures and playing for survival.

    1. BNMC
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Never mind Pukki, I own Krul and Aarons! Maybe a bit excessive on Norwich but cheap defenders have been hard to come by.

      Justin's a great shout though.

      1. Coys96
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        I own Krul too, think they'll hit form, probably still down though

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Justin is a decent shout, but hard to expect he'll play every match. It's a tricky situation with Leicester's RB slot. Chilwell & Fuchs are LBs; Amartey doesn't -really- play there. I wonder whether either of these would deputise for Justin for rest - or will somebody like Perez get shifted to RWB for a match or so.

        I believe Bennett has also played right-back on occasion, so maybe that's the 'rest' solution. Whilst Justin could get also get some games at RWB, I'm not sure Leicester will want to risk playing 3 CBs at once - especially if that third CB would also be Bennett. Better to rotate(?)

        Don't dispute Justin is likely the first choice RB though now, despite being young.

        1. Coys96
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          He is very respected among the leicester fan base, I cant see anyone else playing there.

    2. HamezMace
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I’m worried Fraser might do a Lyle Taylor and refuse to play as he doesn’t want to jeopardise a summer transfer by getting injured.

      1. Coys96
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        If he did that would be outrageous. As a spurs fan, if he did that, I wouldn't want to sign him, I'd rather he got injured than didn't play for his club.

        1. HamezMace
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          I mean judging by his performances this season his heart really hasn’t been at Bournemouth.
          I agree with you, I’d say he does owe the club somewhat, but players have done it.

          1. Coys96
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Yeah, he's probably a one to watch at most realistically

            1. HamezMace
              • 7 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              I agree with all the others, although I think Ings is too risky given the fixture congestion and lack of match fitness

  14. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    It's all very well considering giving everyone unlimited transfers for the start of the season but won't this play havoc with Players prices?

    Bringing in DGW players for the first Gameweek sounds like a good move but then isn't there are danger you could get priced out of bringing back some of your best players the following week?

    1. Epic ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Wildcards don't affect price changes so I'd presume they would make the same apply for unlimited transfers.

      Or maybe not, it is FPL.

  15. inactive
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Where's this unlimited transfers news coming from?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      People are making it up. The current transfer page looks similar to the season-start page, but really it's just the season-end page.

      1. inactive
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Ah cool. Let's see, doubt it though tbh.

    2. HamezMace
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Hope mixed with speculation

  16. FPL Pillars
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Fixtures imminent 🙂

    Not long!

    By tomorrow hopefully