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The best budget goalkeepers and rotation pairings for FPL restart

Selecting a budget goalkeeper for the return of Fantasy Premier League could prove as challenging now as it did at the beginning of the season.

As we start a series of articles assessing the best FPL options by position and price, this first piece will focus on which cheap goalkeepers could be used as set-and-forget options and who could be put together in a budget rotation pairing. We’ll be assessing these assets for their points potential over the first three Gameweeks of the Premier League’s return.

It must be said that cheap and reliable shot-stoppers have become almost an endangered species in recent years, with many of the best options leaving the budget category behind.

This far into the campaign, it is unavoidable that the best goalkeeping options are now closer to £5.0m than they are to £4.5m. In fact, the list of top 10 scoring goalkeepers after the first 29 Gameweeks contains just three priced below £5.0m (the threshold we’re going with for budget).

These are Nick Pope (£4.9m), Ben Foster (£4.9m) and Mathew Ryan (£4.7m), each on 128, 111 and 102 points respectively.

Many of the other cheaper (likely) starting options all find themselves below 100 points at this of the campaign too:

  • Aaron Ramsdale (£4.5m) – 96 points
  • Tim Krul (£4.6m) – 91 points
  • Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) – 68 points
  • Lukasz Fabianski (£4.9m) – 59 points
  • Tom Heaton (£4.3m) – 59 points
  • Pepe Reina (£4.5m) – 19 points

Meanwhile, those who have slipped into the ultra-budget section of the bargain bin are no longer safe-starters since their club’s number one returned from injury or reasserted themselves in the team:

  • Paulo Gazzaniga (£4.2m)
  • Angus Gunn (£4.2m)
  • Adrian (£4.0m)
  • David Martin (£3.9m)

The teams with the best fixtures in the first three Gameweeks after the Premier League’s return are Arsenal, Wolves, Chelsea, Norwich, Newcastle and Leicester, which also presents another issue.

From those clubs, Tim Krul (£4.6m) is the only goalkeeper who still qualifies as ‘budget’ but Norwich’s defence has been well-documented as one of the worst in the Premier League this season (52 goals conceded, joint-second-worst).

Meanwhile, Willy Caballero (£4.8m) could be the route into Chelsea’s defence for those aforementioned appealing fixtures, although it is hard to argue he is completely nailed on. The former Manchester City man started every match from Gameweeks 25 to 28, but missed out on the 4-0 win over Everton in Gameweek 29 – and it has been some time since Frank Lampard had to pick a starting line-up.

However, despite these setbacks, there is still some value to be found in the goalkeeper department.

POTENTIAL SET-AND-FORGETS

Nick Pope

Burnley team news
  • Price: £4.9m
  • Ownership: 18.8%
  • Next three fixtures: mci | WAT | cry
  • Potential next four fixtures: mci | WAT | cry | SHU

There will be plenty of interest in Pope ahead of the return of Fantasy Premier League.

In the six matches before the coronavirus suspension, Burnley’s goalkeeper played a huge part in his team’s impressive defensive performances.

The Clarets conceded just twice during this period, the best in the Premier League, and were also joint-top in the division for their four clean sheets, level with Manchester United and Wolves.

While Pope’s 19 saves in the last six matches was only the 11th-best in the league, his percentage of stops made compared to shots on target faced was exceptional.

During this period, Burnley allowed 21 accurate efforts, the sixth-fewest in the Premier League, with Pope successfully stopping 19 of these.

That works out at a save ratio of 90.5%, the best during this period.

With that sort of protection, the Burnley defence could be in good shape for their next three matches.

Even if Manchester City have a formidable attack, Pope’s saving abilities could see him rack up a massive score in the first Gameweek back, while Watford, Crystal Palace are both sides that Burnley will fancy a chance of a clean sheet against. Also, if the fixtures do line-up to follow the previous schedule, it could be a home match against Sheffield United after the Palace game.

Aaron Ramsdale

  • Price: £4.5m
  • Ownership: 3.5%
  • Next three fixtures: CRY | wol | NEW
  • Next three fixtures: CRY | wol | NEW | mun

While Bournemouth’s defence is never particularly trust-worthy, Ramsdale could offer some value in the coming weeks.

The Cherries have two nice home fixtures in the first three Gameweeks back, even if they cannot benefit from the backing of their own supporters. 

Crystal Palace and Newcastle are the two sides set to visit the Vitality Stadium in that time, both of which are in the bottom three for goals scored this season.

The Magpies are joint-worst with Norwich for their 25 strikes in 2019/20, while the Eagles are only one better on 26.

Meanwhile, Ramsdale has proved himself to be a viable source of save points this season, largely on account of the number of shots Bournemouth have conceded.

Across the whole season, he is third for saves (102), behind only Martin Dubravka (£5.1m) and Bernd Leno (£5.0m) who have registered 116 and 104 respectively.

However, in the last six matches before the coronavirus suspension, Ramsdale topped the league for this statistic, producing 29 saves, four more than second-best Vicente Guaita (£5.1m).

Willy Caballero

  • Price: £4.8m
  • Ownership: 0.3%
  • Next three fixtures: avl | MCI | whu
  • Potential next four fixtures: avl | MCI | whu | WAT

As we mentioned above, Chelsea’s fixtures in the first three matches look mostly positive – and if their fourth match is confirmed to be a home meeting with Watford, they are arguably even more appealing.

The Blues did not necessarily come into the coronavirus suspension in the best defensive form and they have generally been clean sheet underachievers all season.

While they conceded nine goals between Gameweeks 24 and 29 (joint-fifth-worst) and kept just one clean sheet, Chelsea were in the top three for fewest shots conceded in the box, fewest big chances conceded and fewest shots on target allowed.

If they were able to go into the Premier League with a similar ability to keep things tight, then their clean sheet credentials against Aston Villa, West Ham and potentially Watford, would be strong indeed – even if they have to face Manchester City during that run.

The question, of course, is whether Cabellero can secure himself as the number one goalkeeper. He made four starts from a possible five between Gameweeks 25 and 28 and Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.4m) has arguably been having a poor season. The Spaniard did return to the Chelsea net in Gameweek 29, so there is enough uncertainty about the goalkeeping jersey to perhaps put Fantasy managers off. Unless, of course, Lampard is prepared to provide any kind of update before the next deadline.

Tim Krul

  • Price: £4.6m
  • Ownership: 2.6% 
  • Next three fixtures: SOU | EVE | ars | BHA
  • Potential next four fixtures: SOU | EVE | ars | BHA

Krul gets a mention here for a combination of his price, save-making ability and appealing fixtures.

Norwich’s defence has been poor this season but it had made some improvements before the coronavirus suspension.

Conceding 52 times in the first 29 Gameweeks, the final six of those saw the Canaries breached on just seven occasions.

Still second-bottom of the goals conceded column across the whole campaign, their total between Gameweeks 24 and 29 decidedly mid-table. In fact, it was only one more than Liverpool and Manchester City, who both shipped six goals during this period.

While that was nearly three months ago, there will still some cause for optimism at this end of the pitch for Daniel Farke, especially when we consider the relative appeal of their upcoming fixtures.

Meanwhile, Krul’s role is usually always key whenever Norwich manage to keep things tight in a game. His total of 95 saves is fourth-best in the Premier League this season, while no goalkeeper has accrued more bonus points for pass completion in 2019/20. If Norwich do manage to keep clean sheets in the short-term, expect Krul to pick up some additional points.

ALSO CONSIDER

Dean Henderson (£5.3m) gets his inclusion in this article in the ‘Honourable Mentions’ section as he arguably straddles the fence between budget and mid-price.

To those who don’t own him, the Sheffield United shot-stopper falls into the latter category, but for anyone who signed him up early enough, Henderson only takes up somewhere around £4.9m of their budget.

Sheffield United’s first three Gameweeks back are somewhat mixed. After their Double Gameweek, they face a trip to Manchester United before hosting Spurs. Remember also that the visit to Old Trafford will be without Henderson, who is ineligible to face his parent club.

However, in the immediate short-term, a Double Gameweek against Aston Villa and Newcastle, even though both matches are away, is certainly a very appealing prospect for Henderson owners. They could also face Burnley in the fourth Gameweek of the restart if the fixtures pan out the way we expect.

It is a well-documented fact that Sheffield United have defended well this season, conceding only 25 times (second-fewest) and securing 10 clean sheets (second-best).

→ Which goalkeeper has conceded the most league goals this season?

Foster also compares well in that department, recording nine clean sheets this season. In fact, no other Premier League goalkeeper has managed to secure as many of these at home as the Watford man (seven).

It, therefore, might help that the Hornets play at Vicarage Road twice in the next three matches, although without their partisan crowd.

Those games pit them against Leicester and Southampton, either side of a trip to Burnley.

While the Foxes and Saints are not necessarily known for their goal-shy nature, it helps that Foster is joint-third for saves made at home this season (48).

Meanwhile, it is somewhat more difficult to truly consider Ryan against some of the other options mentioned above.

Brighton’s fixtures straight out of the Premier League restart are very tough indeed, as they host Arsenal and Manchester United either side of a trip to Leicester.

Meanwhile, in the six matches before the coronavirus suspension, the Seagulls kept just one clean sheet and conceded nine times. In that period, Ryan had a very poor percentage of 55.6% too, bettered by a total of 19 Premier League goalkeepers.

Finally, Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) starts off with an appealing trip to Norwich up first and after hosting Arsenal travels to Watford.

However, despite some improvements made at the back by Ralph Hasenhüttl around the turn of the year, the Saints’ defence was not in exceptional shape just before the coronavirus suspension.

Between Gameweeks 24 and 29, they conceded the joint-highest number of big chances in the Premier League (20), behind only Aston Villa (25).

ROTATION PAIRINGS

We will finish this article by examining some potential goalkeeper rotation pairings.

To give this section a bit more to sink our teeth into, we will do this over a four Gameweek period, on the assumption that the final match of each quartet will be the one originally scheduled for Gameweek 33.

Burnley/Sheffield United

  • BUR: mci | WAT | cry | SHU
  • SHU: avl + new | mun | TOT | bur

As already mentioned, this is only classed as a budget goalkeeper rotation pairing by those already in possession of Henderson – and it certainly looks effective.

Sheffield United’s two fixtures up-front can cover Pope’s trip to Manchester City, although managers favouring the Burnley man’s shot-stopping abilities could even consider a Double Gameweek Bench Boost.

Henderson’s blank against Manchester United is nicely offset by Burnley’s hosting of Watford and the Clarets’ trip to Palace the following week is also helpful when Sheffield United host Spurs.

Burnley/Chelsea

  • BUR: mci | WAT | cry | SHU
  • CHE: avl | MCI | whu | WAT

Those willing to take the risk on Caballero could find a Burnley/Chelsea rotation useful.

The crunch points are the first two Gameweeks, with Chelsea covering Burnley’s trip to Villa and Pope covering off Caballero meeting his former club. 

It would then give managers a nice set of choices for the third and fourth games of this period.

Burnley/Southampton

  • BUR: mci | WAT | cry | SHU
  • SOU: nor | ARS | wat | MCI

There is not much to add on this rotation compared to the Chelsea one.

Southampton don’t particularly form a big part of this, covering Burnley’s Manchester City meeting with Norwich in the first Gameweek, while the final three matches arguably favour the Clarets.

Sheffield United/Bournemouth

  • SHU: avl + new | mun | TOT | bur
  • BOU: CRY | wol | NEW | mun

This is another rotation that has the potential for a strong Bench Boost opportunity in the upcoming Double Gameweek.

As Henderson looks like a good option with his meetings with Villa and Newcastle, combining them with Ramsdale’s hosting of Palace could prove fruitful.

The biggest drawback with this pairing is the second round of games when Henderson is ineligible and Bournemouth travel to a ruthless Wolves outfit.

Ramsdale could cover Sheffield United’s meeting with Spurs the following week though, as the Cherries host Newcastle.

Sheffield United/Watford

  • SHU: avl + new | mun | TOT | bur
  • WAT: LEI | bur | SOU | che

Watford’s Foster arguably does a better job of plugging the gaps in Henderson’s schedule.

When the Sheffield United man is unavailable against the Red Devils, he can offer a meeting with Burnley.

After that, the Hornets host Southampton when the Blades host Spurs.

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239 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Barnsley FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    10 days and counting, it's been too long

    1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      ‘Here here’ fellow Red!!!!!!

  2. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Do we think it’s worth Doing mcarthy to Reina for the DGW ?

    No chips, 0.1 ITB currently kdb, saka and baldock for the double

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Personally I wouldn’t bring in a Villa defender even if it was a triple gameweek

    2. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I agree with Rasping Drive. The other thing is and judging by the Bundesloga, are we expecting that many clean sheets? Quality squads will make an impact too. The smaller and less skilled sides could leak many goals. No way, without chips, would I be spending transfers on low ranked defenders. Target could put forward an argument but I would not want to be stuck with him. Let us who have few DGW's hope to have multiple opening week transfers.

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Good points fellas, I’m also holding Alonso so maybe bringing in Laporte or someone like that for him might be a shout considering he’s not guaranteed to start

        1. FALSE PROFIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          I have Alonso too and thinking of the same move. It might be worth a punt keeping him though.

    3. TwiggsJameson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I wouldn't. Better a cheapo mid or forward. Fleck for example

    4. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Have a listen to this week's planet FPL podcast clash of the correspondents. Adam Hopcroft doesn't even think Reina is nailed.

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Reina is SUPER nailed, that's just rubbish. Heaton himself came out the other day and said he was preparing for next season.

        1. Bennerman
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Yeah, but ADAM HOPCROFT said it in a PODCAST

          Bow down, mortal

          1. Pumpy Pro
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            Spot on
            Adam Hopcroft indeed. A total zero in the grand scheme of things. He knows nothing .why do people listen to them and think they know everything about every team

            1. Bennerman
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 26 days ago

              Because they lack confidence and the courage of their convictions.

              And might not be that bright.

              1. Pumpy Pro
                • 11 Years
                8 months, 26 days ago

                Yer. I said somthing similar.

                Never will understand all that kind of thing then i realise that people actually sit for an hour plus watching streams of somone pick their team so probably just me.

                1. Bennerman
                  • 2 Years
                  8 months, 26 days ago

                  It's highly pathetic.

                  But then again, we are logging on to essentially an internet chat room about fantasy football so expectations should be extremely low for normality, let alone exchange of erudite discussion.

                  1. Pumpy Pro
                    • 11 Years
                    8 months, 26 days ago

                    😆 fair point

                    1. FPL Virgin
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      8 months, 26 days ago

                      Hopcroft has been on meet the manager.

                      Have you?

                      1. Pumpy Pro
                        • 11 Years
                        8 months, 26 days ago

                        You need to listen to RCA pal. Hopgood is no more knowledgeable than me or you, he just found his own style and doesn't ask A and B , RMT all the time. Doesn't mean he knows more about football, fpl or every premiere league squad.

                        Even if i had the record to go on MTM i would decline . Not my thing. They are just random guys who happen to have found a style that works for them. Forget about them and play your own game buddy, seriously

    5. ppv
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Most Villa fans hoping that Reina will be dropped

  3. mad_beer ✅
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Good Saturday morning all!

    1. Dr. Agabuse
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Morning!

  4. reo19uk
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Have we any suggestion of when the rest of the fixtures are going to be made?

    I presume as well with the way they have made it so the next FA cup round will not create any further dgws that they plan to do this with all FA Cup round week so this could well be the only dgw that occurs?

    1. HamezMace
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Don’t know when to expect the rest of the schedule.

      But yes, you’re right, the FA cup has been scheduled so as not to create any further blanks/doubles.

      Only way we’ll get more DGWs is due to unforeseen circumstances such as fluke weather, or unexploded bombs in the toilets at Old Trafford.

      1. reo19uk
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        So FH seems a no brained here then?

        1. reo19uk
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          no brainer*

          1. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            It's depends on your existing team, the FH is a powerful chip in any GW so those of us who have a decent team for DGW39 already may hold onto it, rather than going all in on the DGW.

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

          BB already gone? I can get 20 out with BB and if I play it now it allows me to skim a little off my bench

        3. HamezMace
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          It does depend on your current team, but I think so.

          The only risk is extreme lack of match fitness meaning heavy rotation.

    2. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      It appears that it's been the negotiations with the TV companies that held up the first three weeks of games being released, they probably need another video conference with them before the rest of the fixtures are releases, but it's pretty safe bet that the rounds of fixtures will remain in their original order with no more DGW unless we get postponements due to the Coronavirus or other unforeseeable circumstances.

    3. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Completely depends on your team. I've got FH and BB left and I don't think I'm going to use either

  5. BullDogTevez
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    General consensus for those with WC FH BB, to FH in 39?

    If FPL throw in a curve ball and give unlimited transfers then BB 39 sounds better right? Would leave FH and WC to sort the riff raff out.

    1. GREEN IS GOOD
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      IF they did unlimited transfers: BB GW39, WC GW40.

      1. BullDogTevez
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Still a strong position to be in.

      2. DeadStar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        This. BB then WC out of the DGW team. If there aren't unlimited transfers then free hit feels the next best way of maximising the DGW potential.

        1. BullDogTevez
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          I’ll probably look at getting rid of all 3 chips quick time. Really wouldn’t surprise me if the league is halted a few GW’s in. But that’s just my take on it.

          1. DeadStar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            I agree actually. I think there's a chance that it may end early. Already looks like they are only commiting to 3 week blocks of fixtures (unless that's TV related).

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Yes. As someone with no WC left that is why I hope there is no unlimited transfers as gives huge advantage to those with WC. They could use unlimited transfers to set up perfect BB for 39 and then WC to team for 40 onwards. But those with no WC can certainly use unlimited transfers but need to keep rest of season in mind so FH better option in which case no value in unlimited transfers.

      1. BullDogTevez
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Yeah bit of conundrum. Good will gesture of UL transfers / WC shouldn’t happen IMO.

  6. The Blackadder
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Could someone tell me if you lose any value gained on a player when you get rid of them for one week in the free hit please?

    1. DeadStar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I'm pretty sure when free hit is activated all the price changes on originally owned players take affect and you retain any value. The changes do take affect on the free hit though - so be careful if it's a player you actually want as part of the free hit team.

      1. DeadStar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        To answer your question, I'm pretty sure you don't lose value gained on a player when free hitting. You get your original team back the same as before (along with any price changes that take place that week)

        1. The Blackadder
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Great, thank you

        2. TwiggsJameson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Yes, agreed.

        3. Epic ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Yeah the FH doesn't affect your original team in any way.

          Just think of it as your original team is still running in the background as normal while you're on your FH. Then once your FH is finished your original team becomes visible again.

  7. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Hi all

    Any thoughts on this FH team for the DGW?

    Leno
    TAA - Lund - O'Connell - Egan
    Salah - KDB - Cantwell
    Auba - Aguero - Jesus

    Norwich one of the few teams with a decent home fixture, hence Cantwell pick. (Could change to Saka).

    Cheers

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Is SU defence really all that? Two away games.

      1. HamezMace
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        This. I’d rather have Grealish in a midfield four.

      2. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        These aren't proper away games though are they. Just look at the difference in home win percentage pre and post restart in the German league.

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

      Cont. (post fail)

      'clean sheets for Sheff U could mean a big drop in rank.'

    3. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Aagh ignore this last post I'm having a mare.

    4. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I looked at fitting him in but couldn't due to number of big hitters. Plus I don't see him getting much in either game tbh.

    5. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      My City trio will have KDB, Sterling and one of Aguero/Jesus.

      The only reason I don't go Aguero for sure, he was very vocally against restarting the PL and he may be on the wrong mindset, subconsciously avoiding contact etc

    6. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Pep has played Kun & Jesus in a 3 5 2 before although I accept its unusual for them to play together. Either way, despite rotation risks, having both guarantees a City forward in both games which is very appealing.

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 26 days ago

        True but I think that's a long shot especially with Sane back.

        1. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Not sure he would feature that much, he´s been out for a year and also heavily linked to Bayern the last 12 months. Your point still stands as valid, very rare that Pep plays both his strikers at the same time.

  8. Mufc202020
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Is everyone thinking free hit first GW then? Can’t imagine there will be any extra DGWs or blanks moving forward?

    1. TwiggsJameson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Yes. Has to be.

    2. fc_skrald
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      No, I will keep it for later. Can use it to navigate through injuries or suspensions. Might not use it at all or use it the last gw of the season.

    3. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I'm in two minds about it tbh, although I can't envisage a better opportunity on the remaining GW's.

      A lot will be playing their FH and of those, most will load up on Sheff U defenders and City mids/forwards.

      A couple of high-scoring wins for City combined with one or two clean sheets

    4. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      ..for Sheff U

    5. Another Hoops
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I think FH is a viable option but I'm thinking of saving and rolling out a team with only Leno and KDB starting for the DGW. I have Saka too but atm he is likely to be my first sub.

  9. St Pauli Walnuts
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    First bash at a FH team

    Leno
    Stevens / Egan / O'Con / Targett
    KDB / Sterling / Grealish / Salah
    Kun / Auba

    Martin / Saka / Lacelles / Connolly

    How's she look. I may opt for stonger SGW player over Targett.

    1. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Looks nice, although I'm unsure about going without Salah/TAA.

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        I've got Salah in there mate. I could basically have him, Mane or TAA. If TAA though then there aren't that many good DGW midfield options so Salah or Mane seems a better move.

    2. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I would not feel safe with those defenders and their being 5 subs now. I’d try for Henderson over Leno if you want a nailed Shef defence.

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        I think Sheff will get one CS over the 2 games, so anything else is a bonus. Lascelles should start so I'd have a bit of cover on the bench. Isn't the Sheff defence all pretty nailed? Yes I'd prefer Henderson over Leno but then there are no other good DGW options for defence really and no particularly good SGW ones, that was my thinking with punting on Leno.

        1. Noah’s Ark
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Lascelles cover is irrelevant really. The point I’m making is that if they now have 5 subs in order to keep players fresh, they will likely use them. So while those Sheffield defenders are pretty nailed, there is an increased chance of them being hauled before they reach the 60min mark and earn a CS. Whereas that is less likely for a gk.

          1. Bennerman
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            Surely that point applies to everyone? What makes Blades defenders anything more to be not feel safe about? Have any of them even been subbed off before? They're among the most nailed-on in the entire division, why would Chris Wilder, who doesn't make changes much, use his two extra subs to mess about with his defence? They're usually holding on to something anyway, so less likely to disrupt defence, or need to get back in the game, so make attacking changes.
            It's not like they're often cruising at 3-0 and decide to give a centre-back 30 mins rest

            1. Noah’s Ark
              • 8 Years
              8 months, 26 days ago

              I am not saying that it doesn’t apply to everyone or that the blades defenders are any different! I am only saying that Henderson is safer to reach 60mins than those defenders and all your eggs are in one basket. Also that the Sheffield defenders will get some minutes so Lascelles won’t cover them.

              1. Bennerman
                • 2 Years
                8 months, 26 days ago

                Fair point that Henderson is bulletproof for both games, barring injury.
                But I doubt any of those defenders will miss out on going 60+ minutes in either game, personally. The fact there are two extra subs is not going to suddenly change Chris Wilder into a rampant substituter

                1. Noah’s Ark
                  • 8 Years
                  8 months, 26 days ago

                  Yeah I hope you are right. I just think Henderson and two defenders is safer than three defenders. I don’t believe the extra subs is going to change him into a rampant substituter but the amount of fixtures in such a short period may force it. Higher risk of fatigue and injuries.

                  1. Bennerman
                    • 2 Years
                    8 months, 26 days ago

                    If you'd framed it that way at the start there would be no debate from me - Henderson and two SU defenders over three SU defenders.

                    1. St Pauli Walnuts
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      8 months, 26 days ago

                      That wins for me too in that context but how about Leno and 3 Sheff defenders vs Hendo, 2 Sheff defenders and X. Can’t find a good X so former feels better.

                      1. Noah’s Ark
                        • 8 Years
                        8 months, 26 days ago

                        I still prefer Hendo and two SU defs over Leno and three. Still decent sgw alternatives.

                      2. St Pauli Walnuts
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        8 months, 26 days ago

                        Who are the decent non premium SGW options?

                    2. Noah’s Ark
                      • 8 Years
                      8 months, 26 days ago

                      Yeah I could have worded it better.

              2. St Pauli Walnuts
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                8 months, 26 days ago

                It’s possible they could come off after 60 but as said elsewhere applies to anyone and at most it would likely just be one of them. I get your point with that risk not being there for Henderson and he would be my preference but there are few good DGW (or SGW) defender options to replace the 3 Sheff defenders with so Leno and Sheff defender feels like more points potential than Hendo plus X.

                1. Bennerman
                  • 2 Years
                  8 months, 26 days ago

                  Good to think out the various options. Personally I fill play Alexander-Arnold no matter what (highly likely I will free hit) so don't have to consider three defenders. Might well end up with two Sheffield United defence plus Hendo, mind. Or I might get Luiz in over one of the Sheffield United defenders.

                  1. St Pauli Walnuts
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    8 months, 26 days ago

                    For sure. Early draft for me and will likely change a fair whack in next few weeks.

                    I started out with TAA but it’s between him, Salah and Mane for me. With fitness issues I feel goals are better route into points than CS at the moment.

                    1. Bennerman
                      • 2 Years
                      8 months, 26 days ago

                      I'm thinking through my free hit team slowly but Alex-A and one of Salah and Mane will remain (probably Salah) just because on any given day they can go huge. So that's me down to nine double gameweek players, but I can't justify to myself leaving them out.

                      1. St Pauli Walnuts
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        8 months, 26 days ago

                        Interesting. If you’re keeping TAA and Salah, will you also be able to afford Kun and Auba?

                      2. Bennerman
                        • 2 Years
                        8 months, 26 days ago

                        I haven't got that far yet, looks like maybe one but certainly not both. Haven't worked out how far the cash goes but I tend to be a midfield-packer. Having decided .keeping Salah/Mane and changing one of them for Sterling, it's not going to leave tons in the bank for strikers.
                        I'm a fan of both Aubergine and Aguero but also have doubts over both

  10. Charan77
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Good morning

    Not long left 🙂

    Here is my team:

    McCarthy
    TAA, O'Connell, Doherty, Lascelles
    Grealish, KDB, Salah
    Ings, Jimenez, Vardy

    Pope, Cantwell, Ward-Prowse, Ward

    Please advise any changes.

    Thanks

    1. Epic ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      FH

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Yerp

  11. Noah’s Ark
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    This is where my team currently is:

    Pope
    Doherty, Maguire, Tanganga
    Salah, Manè, Kdb, Fernandes
    Jiminez, Ings, Jota

    McCarthy, Cantwell, Lascelles, Taylor .1 itb

    FH looking likely for the first gw back. Then looking at the remaining fixtures the team I have has good fixtures.

    Issue is, along with everyone else, we no longer know what their form is like now and the injured players are back.

    United are an interesting bet now. Fernandes was the go to before the break with Martial not too far behind. Pogba and Rashford could change that now.

    I may wait one or two gws after the FH and then use my WC to get int the form teams and players early.

  12. caldracula
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Some of these free hit teams look awful, couldn’t think of a worse time to play it tbh.

    1. Epic ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Granted some of these teams like crap, but why is it a bad time to play it?

      1. Epic ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        look*

      2. caldracula
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Too much uncertainty, we have no idea which players are going to come back at full fitness, squads will have a lot more players to select from now that pretty much everyone has recovered from injuries. Have no form to go off which is what I would want to base my FH team around. Also If the fixtures are resuming as they left off then your team should already be set up, plus we left off on a the double game week for city and arsenal and you should already have SHU defence so just seems bizzare to use FH now. Think it must be the excitement of the return of FPL.

        1. Noah’s Ark
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          See my post above. I agree with you. But your comment about your team should already be set up, players that continued to make transfers each week throughout this period have now changed their teams and lost some of those players.

        2. Bennerman
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Fair enough, but that doesn't make it 'bizarre' or the worst time of the nine scheduled gameweeks to use it

          1. caldracula
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            I think it is, but only time will tell.

      3. Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        They all look the same as per usual

    2. HamezMace
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      When is a better time to play it?

      1. caldracula
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        When your team needs it, your team should already be set up considering the fixtures are picking up where we left off, would much rather use it when my team doesn’t have a high points potential and we know who the form players and teams are.

        1. HamezMace
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          I have Auba, Saka, KdB and O’Connell currently, but will still FH.

          Given the nature of the rest of the season I don’t think we’ll be able to predict team selection, and form will also be unpredictable.

          I agree the risk of lack of match fitness is a concern, but I don’t see a better time.

          1. caldracula
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            Fair enough, just my opinion.

            1. Bennerman
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 26 days ago

              Fair enough indeed. Such an opinion is bound to be challenged

            2. HamezMace
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 26 days ago

              Sure, there’s no universal way to play the game of course.

  13. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Is Sane fit do we know? DGW on the horizon 🙂 One more variable in the City attack.

    (Anyone else fighting the influence of vFPL?)

    1. HamezMace
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Believe so, I’ve seen videos of him doing training drills.

      Although the Bayern chairman recently said he was excited about the future of the club, with exciting players like Davies, Sule and Sané.

    2. Young Lingard
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Impact player
      If he’s going to Bayern he’ll be one of the five pep brings in for 30 mins
      He will return because he’s brilliant but if he’s leaving (and recovering) there’s no point city starting him over anyone . I’d love him in my team I just can’t see him starting enough

  14. Jet5605
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Is there a reason why FPL didn't just freeze the game weeks and transfers when the season paused? Have those (including myself) who continued to use free transfers until GW37 benefited more than those who didn't? I thought it was a great way to clean up my squad and I still have all my chips except TC.

    1. Epic ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Nobody knew how bad the lockdown would get. For all we knew at the time it could have been over and done with in a couple of weeks and then football would be back with the postponed games just inserted into the season like they normally would have been.

    2. Indio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I think It was a great way to tidy up deadwood for sure - I have Ryan and Rico for example, and regret not shipping them out.

      1. Jet5605
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Hopefully you have 2 FT carried forward to help clean up. There will definitely be a lottery element in the first week back in terms of player selection and form. I'm holding off using any chips until I see who is starting and playing well.

    3. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      It helped to remove deadwood but I also removed some of the dgw players to accomodate that. So it has not helped me in that sense.

  15. Young Lingard
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Two away games for sheff United
    I’ve seen a lot of people stack up on their defence for DGW. Yet berate any option for a villa defender who have two home games. If that fixtures goes the other way there’s a huge swing. Villa have to win despite being miserable at the back so I’m being cautious.
    I can see a mane triple headache if I free hit and those who didn’t find an ings or pukki hatrick. This game hahaha I thought I wanted it back

    1. TwiggsJameson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I'd go with 2 shef and a villa defender. Hedge your bets a bit. Dare I mention Targett 🙂

      1. Young Lingard
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Targett is in my drafts

        Leno ; e.stevens, Targett and TTA might be my favoured def combo right now.
        But if sheff United keep one clean sheet those that gambled on double triple picks are sitting happy
        Whilst I could be whining about Aubameyang missing and villa being villa

    2. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Without fans the home advantage doesn’t hold as much weight, as seen in the Bundesliga.

  16. TwiggsJameson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Not sure if home advantage means anything now.

    1. TwiggsJameson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      RF to young lingard

  17. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Can anyone else only look at the transfers page of fpl on laptop or desktop ? On my phone I can only see my ‘points’ which is making it hard to plan transfers

    1. TwiggsJameson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      It might be hiding on the 'MORE' drop down menu.

  18. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Coffee brewed. Now let's sit down and enjoy my favourite FFS article series: Best players by position and price.

    Love this series. Would like to see "the burning question" brought back too.

    1. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Why cover Caballero in detail but not Reina who is far more likely to play?

  19. Jet5605
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    I think Villa might surprise a few people. My mate is a Villa fan and the feeling is that the downturn in results coincided with McGinn's injury. He is now back and so I can see them being able to grind out narrow wins again, especially at home.

    1. Epic ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Before the injury Villa won 2 of the last 10.
      After the injury they won 2 of the next 10.

    2. Dr. Agabuse
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Surely McGinm makes a difference not obly but also with his goals.
      Will he start after a lengthy pause tho?

      1. ppv
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        McGinn was carrying an injury before his major injury and the hope is that he will return to his early season form and take the pressure off Grealish

        1. Jet5605
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          McGinn is an absolute terrier in midfield. Great at winning the ball, strong in the tackle and even offers a goal and assist threat. Can easily see him playing for a top 4 club soon. Maybe even replacing the likes of Jordan Henderson or Matic.

          1. Bennerman
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            I'm a United fan and I really like the look of McGinn and would happily have him. Mind you, same goes for Grealish and you can't buy everyone.
            Villa should have stayed up with those two. Possibly it was the McGinn injury that did for them. Not that they're done, mind, they can still survive of course

            1. Jet5605
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 26 days ago

              McGinn would be a Fergie type of signing. Plays his heart out every game and has zero interest in selfies, social media and flashing bling like Pog and Lingard.

              1. Bennerman
                • 2 Years
                8 months, 26 days ago

                Yes, very Fergie. If be very surprised if United weren't monitoring. He fits in to the current philosophy as well - young, hungry, great attitude. And obviously you have to be very good at football too.

                1. Jet5605
                  • 6 Years
                  8 months, 26 days ago

                  I remember reading that United were monitoring him but that their number one target for the same position was Sergej Milinković-Savić who would be a phenomenal signing. Guess McGinn is a great option if they can't get Savic.

  20. Jet5605
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Thoughts on my squad? How to use my 2FT and 6.5 ITB?

    Pope
    McGuire / Boly / Lascelles
    KDB / Bruno / Salah / Barnes
    Jota / DCL / Ings

    Button / Sarr / Williams / Kiko

    1. Pumpy Pro
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      At least give some options , Don't be lazy 😉

      1. Jet5605
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Fair enough 🙂

        How about;

        A Ings > Auba
        B Sarr > Grealish
        C Sarr > McGinn
        D Ings > Rashford

        1. Pumpy Pro
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Id probably be looking to lose Ings based on his injury record and inability to play many games in a short period of time so Auba /rashford sounds good..if you are playing catch up then maybe Rashford.

    2. Pumpy Pro
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Ill probably be punting on samata and staying with Vardy myself fwiw

  21. Cometh The Aouar...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Morning all, am I right in saying that no transfers can be made right now?

    1. Epic ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Yeah it won't let you.

      1. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks EF

  22. Indio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Morning all, and apologies in advance if this is a ridiculous question... I'm planning a FH for the restart like many other folks around here (have all the chips still), but I've now missed my chance to use any 'empty gameweeks' to tweak the underlying team, right? (The system still shows GW 39/May 17, so I'm guessing that window ended then?).

    Asking because I'm unclear about what free transfers are available between now and the next games, and especially I'm carrying some deadwood (eg. Ryan, Rico).

    Many thanks all, and good luck for the restart!

    1. Epic ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      FPL is effectively closed right now until the next GW(39) opens up.

    2. Young Lingard
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      The expectation is that the new schedule starting from GW39 will open shortly ; and the game format also. The rumour is you’ll retain all your chips you carried over and every player will have two transfers.
      But this is rumour only!
      Other ideas of extra wildcard, one transfer only, unlimited transfers were hypothesised but now more unlikely as we close in on the game week beginning.
      We will see

      1. Indio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks both - that's good intel.

        1. Bennerman
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          It's crap intel. It's not a 'rumour' that you'll retain your chips. It's been expressly stated as fact by FPL twice.

  23. Dr. Agabuse
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Hazz had mentioned to me that if you transfer in a Player with your FTs and then FH and leave those players in your FH team, that you keep them.
    But it sound absolutely wrong.
    I believe that if you have 2FTs, you can only lose them, if you play FH then.
    You will also only have 1FT after

    1. Young Lingard
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I’m lost here. If the GW opens tomorrow and you bring in say maguire and Fernandes looking forward. If you hit the free hit
      Lose them but bring in city players arsenal etc instead
      The free hit is your move; you’ll go bsck to your game week 38 team the following with one transfer. That’s my feeling , no ?

      1. Dr. Agabuse
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        You wont have maguire and Fernandes.
        Even if you keep them in your FH team.
        Smn suggested to me that you could keep them, if you got fernandes and maguire, played FH then and then also kept Fernandes and Maguire in your FH side.

        You wouldnt do that with fernandes and Maguire but i would do that with Alonso to amn cheap, to create funds for my 1FT after the 1.GW...

    2. Epic ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      You're right. If you use your FH you will lose 1 of your free transfers.

      1. Dr. Agabuse
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        But will i not lose both?

        Id ideally like to make a transfer and then play the FH.
        But i will return to the original team nonetheless, right?

        So i lose two Transfers

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Correct

          1. Dr. Agabuse
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            In Sane We Bruyne

        2. Epic ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Yeah, what I mean is you will start the next GW with 1 free transfer no matter what. And you will have your original team back in it's original state with no transfers made.

    3. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Yes that's correct. Whatever transfers you do before activating the FH,l the GW after are gone.

    4. TwiggsJameson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I remember seeing that post. Hazz is wrong. You will revert back to your team from the previous gameweek.

    5. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I don't think you read that comment correctly.

      If you FT in the players, then FH, they won't be in your team next week.

      Let me link the comment.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2020/06/05/premier-league-release-official-fixtures-and-initial-tv-schedule/?hc_page=2&hc_sort_by=comment_date#hc_comment_21840656

        I see the confusion.

        Paragraph #1 is missing a 'not' after the "will".

        Rest of the comment is correct.

  24. Young Lingard
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Is it confirmed that blank game weeks are now null and void
    The idea that the FA cup would not feature on any epl weekends ?
    If this is the case the chances that this is the only dgw are very high and a free hit for the city assets if any is the go to move. Can anyone envision a twist to the schedule ?

    1. Bennerman
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      FA Cup games are scheduled in such a way that the teams involved then catch up on their league games in the same FPL gameweek (midweek after playing Cup at weekend) so won't create double gameweeks.
      No replays either, by the way, so they won't complicate things either.

  25. Dr. Agabuse
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Why are people still aware of home and away?
    With the fans gone, its not a big difference. Its not that you still play better because you know the grass much better.
    At least i never felt that as a footballer.
    Maybe pitchsize matters but i think it was really the fans that made the home difference and the psychological advantage, the will power and positivity that they injected, so I guess, we should avoid teams that are only good at home..like Arsenal

    1. Dr. Agabuse
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Or maybe we were just bad bc the fans of the other team scared us.

    2. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      But Liverpool have their fans in 7.1 FLAC

    3. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      It's more of a level playing field for sure but home ground is still a slight advantage. Less travel, more familiar environment etc.

      I think the teams that will struggle the most will be the likes of Brighton, Villa, Watford etc, teams that suck on all grounds but get a crowd boost from playing at home.

      I don't think the likes of Arsenal will be affected negatively. Their home atmosphere hasn't been anything special since they left Highbury. If anything they might benefit in away games because their mentally fragile players won't have to deal with the home fans.

  26. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Another FH draft. Sexy, no?

    Leno
    Trent O'Connell Egan Targett
    Salah Sterling KDB McGinn
    Aguero Auba

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Leno and triple City attack doesn’t stack up for me. If your City call is right he’s a SGW player really.

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Couldn't find a better solution but you are right.

      2. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Save points I suppose.

    2. Young Lingard
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Ohh I like it.
      The city attack Leno is where I am also
      Leno save points plus Brighton clean sheets
      Or a shock CS versus city (would mean huge saves and bonus) I like Leno.
      Could you get grealish in over McGinn somehow
      TTA > robbo is a risk but of fancy grealish as villas scorer

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Sell price for Trent is only 7.4.
        Grealish is ideal as Villa cover but can't afford him with those big hitters in there.

  27. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Got BB and FH left, but my bench is rubbish so I don't wanna use BB and I'll have 6 DGW players so I don't really need to use FH either. Seems daft not using either but that's the way I'm leaning. Anyone else saving their chips and not using them in GW39?

    1. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      It doesn’t seem daft if you already have 6dgw and a poor bench then it seems like the correct decision.

    2. Young Lingard
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I’m free hitting
      But certainly envious
      If you can hit green arrows using those six players you’ll be laughing.
      Maybe work on the bench with the extra transfers now as you should have two and again could work in your favour . Good luck

  28. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Before I get the abacus out myself, does anyone know if there are any stats from German league of goals per game after restart compared to rest of season?

    And i guess also the number of gks/defenders who would have banked a cs each week (ie played 60 mins+) before and after restart?

    Just wondering if there's been any noticeable change and whether that would influence those going sheff utd defensive triple up.

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      There has been less clean sheets

      90%ish of all 5 subs been used through the games so far

  29. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 26 days ago

    I got sarr in on my ‘slow wildcard’ but looking at the fixtures thinking greilish might be the better shout ?

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Exactly same here. Think Sarr could be good at least for the first few games though. They badly need to win games!

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Yeah, just think villa could do something with the 2 home games even though they are tough, I think have to see how many FT we get if only 1 roll to next week

      2. Jet5605
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Exactly. The Pearson effect can't be ignored. Sarr was excellent before the shutdown.

  30. Pras Scott Talent
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    I can get to this team with a -8, worth saving the FH?

    McCarthy
    TAA Stevens Egan O’Connell
    Salah KDB Saka Grealish
    Auba Kun

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      No, play FH

      1. Pras Scott Talent
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        What would it really give though. 8 points plus what ever Sterling + Samata do vs Salah + McCarthy?

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Personally don't see the benefits of taking a double hit and saving it for later.

          Do you have your second WC left?

          1. Pras Scott Talent
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            Yep

            1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 26 days ago

              Go with your gut then 😉

    2. HamezMace
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Doesn’t look too different to most FH teams I’ve seen posted.

      1. Pras Scott Talent
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Cheers. Thinking to save, play WC the week after and save FH for final GW or surprise DGW eg. If a player in a team tests positive for Covid (a risk that many seem to be ignoring)

        1. HamezMace
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          It might give you a massive advantage later on as you say if some other double comes up.

          I’m not sure on the chances of the virus causing postponements, Spurs had a player test positive last week and they’ve not had to quarantine.

          1. Pras Scott Talent
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            The test result wasn’t a day or two before a game though - which makes a difference

    3. Pumpy Pro
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I wouldnt personally. Like Hamez says it is almost identical to every other team so spending -8 on it doesn't really seem beneficial.

      1. Pras Scott Talent
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Cheers mate. It’s really the delta between what I lose to the FH team now vs what I gain vs other teams if I play later

        1. Pumpy Pro
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Yer would probably wait for fixtures first. A good time to play a FH is the last day as usually you see teams just all out attack as a final blast. Goals galore usually. It is wether by then you think you will still be competing or not.

          I suppose you will not lose too much going by most teams on here so you may have a good point