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The best premium midfielders ahead of the FPL restart

Fantasy Premier League managers have some tough decisions to make about the premium midfielders on offer ahead of Project Restart.

While some boast excellent Double Gameweek 30+ appeal without much to like about their subsequent fixtures, others can offer excellent runs beyond a less exciting matches in the short-term.

Meanwhile, a lot of the decision making process on these expensive midfielders may come down to which chips Fantasy managers have left.

So to help you identify which of these assets work best for your squad, we have gone through each one to highlight the pros and cons.

That’s a total of 15 players that start off as cheap as Bernardo Silva (£7.7m) and end up as expensive as FPL king Mohamed Salah (£12.7m).

KEVIN DE BRUYNE

  • Price: £10.6m
  • Ownership: 46.8%
  • Next four Gameweeks: ARS + BUR | che | LIV | sou

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) remains the most popular asset in FPL, still sat in 46.8% of squads ahead of Double Gameweek 30+.

That number could even increase in light of Manchester City’s appealing pair of fixtures over the next few days.

Before we even get onto what De Bruyne is capable of, we have to draw attention to the main element of his appeal for a Double Gameweek: reliability of starts.

Across the whole of 2019/20, the only Manchester City to register more pitch-time than the Belgian is Ederson (£6.0m). De Bruyne has played 2,148 minutes of football this season, just 23 minutes fewer than the goalkeeper. That’s about as nailed-on as it can get, especially in comparison to some of the other City midfielders, who we will mention shortly.

But on top of that important role to the team, De Bruyne remains top of the Premier League charts for assists this season, recording a total of 18 for his colleagues.

Furthermore, the Belgian has had his shooting boots in 2019/20, registering more goal attempts than any other Manchester City player in the first 29 Gameweeks, Sergio Aguero (£11.8m) the only Citizen to manage more on target too, even if just under half of them were outside the box.

Either way, as a result of his busy shooting, De Bruyne has already matched his previous best goal-tally in a Premier League season this year (eight), with 10 matches left to go.

While Manchester City have two tough fixtures in Gameweeks 31+ and 32+ (Chelsea and Liverpool), their run of games beyond that are appealing too.

They travel to Southampton, Brighton and Watford between Gameweeks 33+ and 38+ while Newcastle, Bournemouth and Norwich are all due to come to the Etihad Stadium.

With all of that in mind, De Bruyne is likely to be almost unanimously owned by active managers for Double Gameweek 30+. Those with Wildcards left at their disposal won’t be put off by the Chelsea and Liverpool matches while those without will need him for the excellent run of games beyond that.

NICOLAS PÉPÉ

  • Price: £9.3m
  • Ownership: 4.9%
  • Next four Gameweeks: mci + bha | sou | NOR | wol

While a number of the premium options under consideration for Double Gameweek 30+ struggle to offer appealing fixtures immediately afterwards, Arsenal are a different story.

In the wake of facing Manchester City and Brighton in the same round, the Gunners go on to clash with the somewhat questionable defences of Southampton and Norwich.

That is, of course, great news for Nicolas Pépé (£9.3m), who came into some decent form just before coronavirus paused the Premier League season for three months.

Since Mikel Arteta took over, the Ivorian international was best among Arsenal players for assists (three) and created chances with a greater frequency than colleague Mesut Özil (£7.3m). During this period, Pépé registered a key pass every 39 minutes to the German’s one every 41.

The quality of Pépé’s work in this area was also greater than Özil’s, the former Lille man top for big chances created in Arteta’s short reign so far.

Pépé typically fared better at home, especially after Arsenal changed manager, with all his attacking returns after Gameweek 16 coming at the Emirates Stadium (two goals and three assists).

However, that particular restriction could potentially count for less now that the Premier League season will be concluded behind closed doors. Pépé is a player of undoubted technical ability but it is no secret that he struggled to settle into life at Arsenal initially, perhaps on account of the pressure. He could be exactly the sort of player to benefit in a world without fans.

The main question will, of course, be whether or not Fantasy managers can trust Pépé to start or play a significant role in both of the Double Gameweek matches, especially with many possessing the relevant chips to treat this bumper round of action like a daily Fantasy game.

There are just over 66 hours between Arsenal’s trip to the Etihad Stadium and their visit to Brighton, a particularly tight turnaround for a squad that went three months without being able to train together and has not played a competitive fixture since March.

That worry is always going to be a concern for Fantasy managers ahead of Double Gameweek 30+ and all we can do is recount what we know of life before coronavirus.

And what we saw of Pépé in February and March was an increasingly important role in the Arsenal team. He started seven of the Gunners’ last eight league matches before lockdown.

The 572 minutes he recorded in this period was more than any other option capable of playing on the flanks of Arsenal’s 4-2-3-1 system, namely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.1m), Bukayo Saka (£4.7m), Reiss Nelson (£5.3m) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.5m).

BRUNO FERNANDES

Fernandes the key target for FPL managers using free transfers in Gameweek 31
  • Price: £8.6m
  • Ownership: 17.1%
  • Next four Gameweeks: tot | SHU | bha | BOU

Beyond Double Gameweek 30+ Manchester United’s end of season fixtures are indisputably the best from an attacking perspective.

While their first two of Project Restart may be off-putting on paper, there is every reason to believe the Red Devils’ revitalised attack can still perform well.

Tottenham have been far from watertight under Jose Mourinho, registering the joint-highest expected goals conceded (xGC) score between Gameweeks 21 and 29.

Meanwhile, even if Sheffield United are a team that would normally put Fantasy managers off, do remember that the Blades will go into that encounter without Dean Henderson (£5.3m), as he is ineligible to face his parent club Manchester United. The goalkeeper has arguably been the most influential factor on Sheffield United keeping so many clean sheets this season, so they are likely to be more appealing opposition for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attackers without him.

Investment in this attack from Double Gameweek 30+ seems like an absolute must for anyone going into Project Restart without a second Wildcard with at least one, maybe two worth considering in light of the fixtures.

Bruno Fernandes (£8.6m) proved to be the most important attacking asset for Manchester United in the lead-up to coronavirus.

Between his debut in Gameweek 25 and Gameweek 29, the Red Devils scored eight goals, with Fernandes involved in five of them, more than any colleague.

Crucial to the Portuguese international’s appeal is his ability to score goals and create them. In the period discussed, he produced more shots than any other Manchester United player, dominated set pieces, created the highest number of chances and could be on penalties long-term. Everything you want from a premium midfielder.

It is worth pointing out that Anthony Martial (£8.0m) has a much higher chance of penalty box activity than Fernandes, whose only effort there came from the spot in the Gameweek 27 win over Watford.

But Martial’s appeal does seem largely connected with goal threat rather than creativity, perhaps why in the period mentioned above, he was only involved in three of United’s eight strikes. By no means a bad record, just not the same level of output as Fernandes. That said, the two could make an effective attacking double-up for Manchester United’s appealing run-in. Marcus Rashford (£8.8m) may also be in the conversation, as the third-most-signed player by Double Gameweek 30+ unlimited transfers, but he remains more expensive than both Fernandes and Martial with potentially less involvement in penalties moving forward and fewer points on offer for his goals.

In this bracket, we also have to consider Paul Pogba (£8.3m) who, theoretically, is fit and available to play for Manchester United when the Premier League returns. That said, it will almost certainly be a gamble to opt for the Frenchman over Fernandes or Martial. He could be asked to play a deeper role now that the Portuguese international has locked down the number 10 role and across the whole season, Pogba has just two attacking returns so far.

SON HEUNG-MIN

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  • Price: £9.7m
  • Ownership: 4.9%
  • Next four Gameweeks: MUN | WHU | shu | EVE

Son Heung-min (£9.7m) is Spurs’ leading FPL points-scorer this season despite having seen red twice, missed a penalty and spent eight matches on the sidelines.

The South Korean is sure to be a nailed-on prospect for the remainder of the season having started all 11 matches he was available for under Jose Mourinho. He is unlikely to play up-front with Harry Kane (£10.8m) back from injury so a wide berth is likely, but that need not count against him.

18 goal involvements in 21 appearances this season, is a fantastic rate of return and it appears that Son is unlikely to be affected by the lack of fans moving forward either. In 2019/20, 10 of his goals/assists were recorded at home while eight came on the road.

As a result, he has averaged 5.8 points per game in 2019/20, behind only Fernandes, Salah, De Bruyne and Mané for that statistic among midfielders. 

Furthermore, Mourinho has helped improve Son’s output, the South Korean’s points per game jumping up to 6.5 when only matches since Gameweek 13 were considered, the best of any Spurs asset.

Dele Alli (£8.3m) is not far behind in this area, averaging 5.4 points per game since Mourinho took the reins at Spurs, the second-best at the club. However, we know that he will miss the first game of Project Restart as a result of a recent FA disciplinary decision.

But outside of that, Alli is likely to be heavily involved, probably as something between a number 10 and false-nine for Spurs given that Mourinho has generally been a fan. Since the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss took over in north London, Alli has started 16 times from a possible 17, managing 90 minutes on 11 occasions.

An upcoming clash with Manchester United is unlikely to tempt too many managers to consider the Spurs attack for Double Gameweek 30+ but Mourinho’s charges may well come under strong consideration beyond that. From Gameweek 31+ onwards, Spurs rank fourth for attacking potential on the Season Ticker.

ALSO CONSIDER

Klopp stuns FPL world by benching Mané and Alexander-Arnold

Going into Double Gameweek 30+, no midfielder has been sold more times than Salah, losing over 100,000 owners as of Friday afternoon.

Lack of interest in the Egyptian, and his colleague Sadio Mané (£12.5m), is certainly understandable considering Liverpool’s upcoming fixtures, and the fact that he missed a recent friendly win over Blackburn with a reported minor injury concern.

When Manchester City and Arsenal’s premium assets have two fixtures in the next week or so, there is unlikely to be much left in our budgets for Salah and Mané.

Then when we consider that Gameweek 32+ presents a challenging trip to Manchester City, the Liverpool assets look much more appealing from Gameweek 33+ onwards when they host the Premier League’s worst defence: Aston Villa.

We should be aware of the fact that Salah and Mané did head into lockdown in encouraging enough form. Between Gameweeks 21 and 29, the Egyptian was involved in more goals than any other Premier League player (seven his own, two assists). Meanwhile, Mané scored in three of the four matches he played in following his return from injury in Gameweek 26 onwards.

Another problematic dilemma facing Fantasy managers is the options in the Manchester City midfield alternative to De Bruyne.

There are now four different players Pep Guardiola can choose from to staff the wide berths of his front-three, namely (in price order) Raheem Sterling (£11.7m), Leroy Sané (£9.3m), Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) and Bernardo.

Sterling is the most fashionable of these, currently in 15.9% of squads. Furthermore, he has played more minutes this season than the other three (2,018).

By contrast, Bernardo has managed just 1,492, Mahrez 1,382 while Sané has missed the entire campaign through injury, but is back in the fold now.

However, Sterling’s advantage in this area probably doesn’t exactly guarantee reliable returns once the Premier League resumes. While Sané’s comeback will affect the left flank more than the right, it does mean Sterling will have to compete with Mahrez and Bernardo to play there.

Furthermore, Sterling actually played less often than Mahrez did between Gameweeks 21 and 29, the pair registering 353 and 479 minutes during this period respectively.

The Algerian’s frequency of attacking returns is truly exceptional. Despite six of his midfield colleagues registering more minutes than him this season, De Bruyne (178) is the only one with more points than Mahrez (121).

So each of these Manchester City assets carries at least one issue. Sterling’s season had been below his usual best and his starts cannot be guaranteed, and while Mahrez has largely enjoyed a successful campaign, the same rotation threat applies.

Meanwhile, it remains unclear how often Guardiola will deploy Sané considering his long absence without competitive football and Bernardo does not necessarily look nailed-on either. The workmanlike attacker started just four matches between Gameweeks 21 and 29.

Richarlison (£8.3m) is perhaps a forgotten asset for many Fantasy managers with much of the clamour for Double Gameweek 30+ on players with more than one fixture, while Everton host Liverpool.

However, the Toffees do have some favourable fixtures of their own beyond that, not least the trip to Norwich in Gameweek 31+, a visit to a leaky Spurs in Gameweek 33+, while Aston Villa and Bournemouth are the last two teams to come to Goodison Park this season.

All of that bodes well for Richarlison, who found serious form since Carlo Ancelotti arrived at Everton. He produced six attacking returns between Gameweeks 19 and 29, also registering the division’s second-highest total for big chances created. That is an exceptionally powerful statistic when we consider how ruthless Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.5m) became during this period, extending Richarlison’s appeal from purely goal threat to both that and creativity in equal measure.

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858 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Pulisic 4 President
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Any suggestions here for GW30+ using BB? I have WC and FH remaining as well.

    Henderson Leno
    Mendy Lundstram Targett Saiss Lascelles
    Sterling KDB Pepe Grealish Fleck
    Auba Samatta Jimenez

    0.2 ITB

    (I bought Jime at 7.1, so can't really get him out would lose to much value for my WC GW31+)

    1. ItOnlyTook9Years
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Not sure what you mean by the Jimi comment, if you want to keep him, keep. If you want to make money from him next week, do it this week. You don't lose value if you sell, you make profit. Unless you want him back

      1. Pulisic 4 President
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        I want him back, I want him on my side long term. Saying that he is not an option to take out of my side.

    2. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Wouldn't go with Mendy - could have very limited minutes

      1. Pulisic 4 President
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        What makes you think that? I dont see why he wouldnt start twice and get 60' in each?

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Mendy is a great option.

    3. fcsaltyballs
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Reckon Lundstram will start both?

      1. Pulisic 4 President
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Even if he doesn't he could sub on and score. He braced in their practice game, and had a huge game against Norwich before the break.

        1. fcsaltyballs
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Yeah I like him tbh, he’s in my FH draft

          We might get a team leak before their game on Weds, they’re the first to ko

        2. Yozzer
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          He could. But so could any other player. Practice game is a practice game and it was vs Hull. .

          He wasn't a regular starter and had lost his place to a better all round player who Sheff UTD broke their record for. I don't see why people all of a sudden think he is an option . Most of the better FPL players seem to be ignoring him?

    4. Yozzer
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Mendy could be a good pick. I like the team. Would try and upgrade Lundy. You are already taking a big risk with no kun

      1. Pulisic 4 President
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        i could switch Samatta and Sterling to Kun and Mcginn, but not sure I prefer that.

        I can get Lundy out for Baldock if need be with the .2 ITB.

  2. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    5 substitutions permitted when the PL restarts. So it's not going to effect those that perennially get substituted around 60 mins like Ayoze Perez, but it will mean KdB, Salah, Mane are hauled off more frequently.

    We're going to need our big hitters to return points inside 70 mins, so maybe we should be more willing to consider bit part players; attackers in particular. Surely Jesus will play in every game, but how about Sane, Foden? It really should benefit young players coming through. Saka, Martinelli, Nketiah, Mount too.

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      I've seen a few people opting for CB's because they're at less risk of rotation. That's true, but am wondering about the opposition manager chasing a goal and having 5 transfers at his disposable. Might be better to target attacking fullbacks and hope you get a few that are substituted after 60 mins.

  3. Jack da man
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Hey guys, on a FH would you rather have:

    1) TAA and McGinn/Saka
    2) Doherty and Barnes

    Thanks!

    1. Pulisic 4 President
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      1) for extra game

  4. Mr. Mystic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    DCL -> Jota?

    1. Labile
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Yes

    2. Duffy Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      I think so

  5. Duffy Dunk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Thoughts on this?
    (FH & BB left to be played later when we know more)

    Henderson Button
    TAA Doherty Laporte Lascelles Taylor
    Salah KDB Grealish Mount Guendouzi
    Aguero Vardy Jota

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Get a playing 2nd keeper.

      1. Duffy Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        I plan to sell Henderson after gw30.

        1. Labile
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Excellent team but you have BB remaining!? You need more cover imo.?

          Could you check my 2nd draft below please?

        2. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          bit of a waste of a FT though. It's very likely you'll want to make another move after a DGW.

          1. D.Glynn
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 25 days ago

            I also agree with this. Not sure of Jota and Guendouzi

    2. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      I don’t think 5 DGWers is enough (I don’t count guendo lol).

      I think you need at least 6 and at least double sheff u defence.

  6. Labile
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Bottomed

    2nd Draft. Thoughts on this?
    BB active

    Leno McCarthy

    Trent Doherty Lascelles Justin Egan

    KDB Bruno Martial Cantwell Grealish

    Kun Vardy Jimenez

    Cantwell and Lascelles are my concerns

    1. Duffy Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      I don't like the absence of LIV attackers.
      You could down Jimenez to Jota, to up Cantwell to Mount if it's affordable.

      1. Labile
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Thank you let me see if it’s affordable

        1. Labile
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          I can afford it

          You think it’s worth it?

    2. D.Glynn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Downgrade vardy? Not sure of double Man U mid. Cantwell to fleck

  7. fcsaltyballs
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Repost for replies, undecided on the best SHU double up in defence, already have Henderson, and waiting to see if any team leaks re Lundstram before deadline... but otherwise, best options out of:

    A. Baldock
    B. Stevens

    1. O’Connell
    2. Egan

    Thanks all

    1. D.Glynn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 25 days ago

      2b or not 2b. I'd go 2b

  8. Phil's Stamps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    When FPL say ' prices won't change until the deadline,' does that mean we won't get a chance to play our WC and change our team ahead of price changes? Or does it mean they will change at the next usual price change time* after the GW starts?

    Going for an exact money WC squad so if the former I have to have a rethink of my BB.

    *2:20AM BST?

    1. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Price changes won't commence until GW30+ starts - so the night of 17/18th June

      1. Phil's Stamps
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        So you mean after Aston Villa vs SHU kicks off we'll have about 7 or 8 hours to sort out our WCs if we're trying to beat price rises?

        1. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Correct, but I wouldn't be so focused on that tbh... there are plenty of options available

    2. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Thanks.

  9. Mr. Mystic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Will it just be 1FT for next GW or is it possible to get 2FT?

    1. Duffy Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      I think they'll just give 1.

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Always 1 after a wildcard.

  10. The Royal Robin
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    What SGW players would you consider on a FH?

    Currently got Trent, Fernandes and Jimenez.

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Salah or Mane also.
      Lascelles, Cantwell because of price.

    2. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      You don't necessarily need 12 DGW players. My original singles are TAA, McCarthy and Jimenez but now I'm also keeping Doherty instead of getting Targett (3rd Villa player) and Mount instead of Ozil (3rd Arsenal player). I believe those two SGW players have a decent chance of matching or outscoring the doublers (I also have value tied up in Doherty and want to keep him for the run-in).

    3. Fantasy Gold
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      How about engage your brain and make a decision by yourself for a change?

      1. Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        😆

        1. Vazza
            8 months, 25 days ago

            I don’t blame The Royal Robin. FPL is a frustrating game to say the least.

            1. Pumpy Pro
              • 11 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              I get very frustrated with it but i pick my own team . 😉

              1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 24 days ago

                But when someone else does everything for you, it's not your fault when it fails. RR is just on another level of genius to us.

    4. Mortal.Swinbat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Would you guys FH with this team or BB and use unlimited transfers to improve it?

      Henderson, McCarthy
      TAA, Alonso, Stevens (SHU), Stephens (SOU), Lacelles
      Salah, KDB, B.Fernandes, Richarlison, Hayden
      Jiminez, Jota, Ings

      1. D.Glynn
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 25 days ago

        I'd use transfers and keep FH

        1. Mortal.Swinbat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Cheers

    5. Labile
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      On BB
      Which is better and why?

      Leno McCarthy
      Trent Doherty Lascelles Justin Egan KDB Bruno Martial Cantwell Grealish Vardy Jimenez (K)un

      Leno McCarthy
      TAA Saïss Justin Egan Lascelles
      KDB Bruno Martial Grealish Fleck
      Auba Kun Jimenez

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Why would you have McCarthy on a BB?

        1. Labile
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Why wouldn’t I?

          Cheapest playing keeper with Norwich next?

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Southampton have nothing to play for. Reina has two home games and is 0.1m more expensive. Seems a no brainer.

            1. Labile
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              Good point but it’s Aston Villa they are the worst defense in the league?

              And they have zero good fixtures remaining.

              1. Labile
                • 2 Years
                8 months, 25 days ago

                Apart from that, thoughts?

                1. Twisted Saltergater
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  8 months, 25 days ago

                  Not much in it. Boils down to Vardy + Doherty over Aubameyang + Saiss. I don't think one pairing is way better than the other, but would lean towards Vardy + Doherty.

                  1. Labile
                    • 2 Years
                    8 months, 25 days ago

                    I agree - thank you!

            2. bench boost for every gamew…
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              Villa do have a better goalie than reina so i would not be that sure he will play.

              1. Dthinger
                • 3 Years
                8 months, 25 days ago

                No they dont

    6. Little Frank
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Best combo for a FH team:

      A. Mane, Mahrez, Saka
      B. Pepe, Sterling, Luiz

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        A

      2. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        B

    7. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Any way to improve this FH team?

      Leno
      TAA Stevens Lundstram O’Connell
      Sterling KDB Grealish
      Aguero Auba Vardy

      (Reina Targett Guendouzi McCarthy)

      Money spentbon bench because cant find a better way to spend it on the starting XI.

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Why haven't you considered the wingback Baldock? Actually has a higher PPG than Stevens.

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Did consider him ofc but my impression is that Stevens is the better option. Don't know why really tho.

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            sorry, I mean over O'Connell (with Stevens and Lundstram).

            1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              Bah, stupid me, but it's the same answer...
              I think those three are the best defender options from SHU from an FPL perspective.

              1. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                8 months, 25 days ago

                PPG says otherwise but hope it works out. O'Connell due a goal, no doubt.

                1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  8 months, 25 days ago

                  Thanks for the reply!

    8. Jack da man
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Hey guys, can you please rank these strikers for me for the rest of the season

      A) Pukki
      B) Jota
      C) Deeney
      D) Wilson

      Thanks!

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Pukki > Jota > Wilson > Deeney

        1. Labile
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          ^^^^^ agreed

          1. Jack da man
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Thank you both!

            1. Blueberg
              • 5 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              Jota 1st surely...

              1. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                8 months, 25 days ago

                Norwich started the season great, then struggled with injuries and form dropped off. They restart the season with 3 home games in 4.

                Jota clearly a great pick too.

    9. Nubi
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      So 30+ BB/ 31 WC, here`s my draft, thoughts
      Leno / Henderson
      O`connel TAA Lascelles Saiss Target
      Sterling KDB B.Fernandes Saka Mcgin
      Aguero Auba Nketiah

      1. Nubi
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Oops Arsenal overload hmm

        1. suddenorgan
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          yeah also would probably rather have Fleck than Saka/McGinn

      2. suddenorgan
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        missing Grealish

        1. D.Glynn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Grealish and direct Fleck for me too

    10. Sotamendi84
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      jiminez or tammy for gw30+ only?

      1. Blueberg
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Tammy for me

      2. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Jimenez

      3. suddenorgan
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Tammy for this week, Jimi for the rest

    11. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      What time do price changes usually occur these days? 2:30AM or 3:30AM BST?

      Thanks.

      1. Mr. Mystic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Usually yes, but no price rises taking place until gw30+ starts, only price falls

        1. Phil's Stamps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Thanks. Price falls? I thought all prices were frozen until the deadline.

          1. Mr. Mystic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            I saw someWhere there that price falls were still happening? Anyone able to correct?

    12. Mr. Mystic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Jota or DCL?

      1. Shane Long
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Jota

        • JJeyy
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          jot

        • Krafty Werks
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          jo

      2. Shane Long
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Hello!

          Jimenez and Martial
          Or
          Rashford and Pulisic + 0.1

          Thank you 🙂

          1. Blueberg
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            A

            1. Sike
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 25 days ago

              Thank you

              1. Sike
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 25 days ago

                Rely fail*

                B imo

        • Sike
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Saka or Cantwell?

          And is this worthy of a BB?

          McCarthy Justin Cantwell/Saka Lascelles

          1. Labile
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            50/50 chief

            1. Vazza
                8 months, 25 days ago

                Cantwell IMO.

                Not sure whether BB would be a viable option or not.

                Can you please respond to my post below pls. 🙂

          2. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            No WC should i FH or BB?

            BB team would be
            Henderson Reina
            TAA Baldock Laporte Saiss Fernandez
            Mane KDB Bruno Grealish Saka
            Vardy Tammy Jimenez

            FH team
            Henderson
            TAA Baldock Lundstram
            Sterling KDB Grealish Saka
            Auba Aguero Jimenez

            FH team would revert to..
            Pope McCarthy
            TAA Stevens Doherty Taylor Fernandez
            Salah KDB Bruno Barnes Saka
            Rashford Jiminez DCL

            1. Kuzser
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              Same question mate, see below.
              I like your team-to-be in 31 so would probably FH in 30

              1. _Ninja_
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                8 months, 25 days ago

                Cheers!

            2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              FH. Your original team is great.

              1. _Ninja_
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                8 months, 25 days ago

                Cheers!

          3. Kuzser
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Can’t decide here, would you do A or B here guys?

            A) Finetune the current team and get smth like this for BB in GW30 (10DGW:
            Leno-Reina
            TAA-Egan-O'connell-Lascelles-Seiss
            Mahrez-KDB-Grealish-Saka-Bruno
            Auba-Kun-Jota

            B) FH in GW30 this week and get back to this team for GW31
            Pope (Krul)
            Taa Awb Doherty - Egan Taylor
            Salah Kdb Bruno Doucure -Saka
            Auba Jota Dcl

            1. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              I think you get more points FHing this week and maybe even BB31.

          4. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Why are people picking Fleck over a 3rd Sheff Utd defender or Foden?

            1. suddenorgan
              • 10 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              cheapo, probably plays both, struggling for a good 5th mid.. Foden could come out of two games with 10 mins

              1. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                8 months, 25 days ago

                do you think he will though?

            2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              Fleck is defo a better option than Foden imo but agree on the def part.

            3. Would Ed Woodward
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              Scored a few this season I suppose, I'm not getting him though.

            4. Prøfeßör …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              Lateriser made a very good point about Fleck. Aston Villa and Newcastle are the worst two teams in the league when it comes to conceding set pieces. Two of the worst when it comes to xG conceded too. He shares set pieces with Norwood, is nailed and generally attacking. Gotta target the opposition

              1. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                8 months, 25 days ago

                interesting, I thought Norwood dominated set pieces.

                1. Prøfeßör …
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  8 months, 25 days ago

                  Fleck takes corners on one side, Norwood on the other. Norwood takes more indirect free-kicks, but he's a deep-lying midfielder so doesn't provide as much of a threat from open play

                  1. Twisted Saltergater
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    8 months, 25 days ago

                    Norwood on pens too, right? Perhaps we're overlooking him although Sheff Utd don't carry much attacking threat. I started the season with Callum Robinson, which didn't work out great.

                    1. Prøfeßör …
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      8 months, 25 days ago

                      Yup, Norwood is on pens. Yeah, their strikers are a massive avoid

            5. Cruyff's Eleven
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              Spreading the inferiority across the park..

          5. JJeyy
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Pulisic and alonso too risky?

          6. Vazza
              8 months, 25 days ago

              Repost

              Responses would be highly appreciated.

              On a FH - which combo is better

              1. Henderson*, Alonso, TAA, Abraham

              2. Leno*, Stevens*, McGinn*, Mane

              3. Henderson*, TAA, Martial, Abraham

              4. Henderson*, Alonso, Bruno, Abraham

              1. Robbie Slater
                • 3 Years
                8 months, 25 days ago

                Strange one with three options including a striker but one not. I actually prefer the option without a striker, 2

              2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                8 months, 25 days ago

                I like option 1

                1. Sike
                  • 1 Year
                  8 months, 25 days ago

                  Option 1

            • Mr. Mystic
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              8 months, 25 days ago

              Are price falls still happening?

              1. Vazza
                  8 months, 25 days ago

                  No

              2. Robbie Slater
                • 3 Years
                8 months, 25 days ago

                BB team:

                Leno Hendo
                TAA Targett Lascelles xxx xxx
                KdB Mahrez Grealish McGinn Saka
                Aguero Auba Jimi

                A) Baldock and Egan
                B) Lundstram and OConnell

                Thanks in advance 🙂

                1. Vazza
                    8 months, 25 days ago

                    A) on the basis that I’m not keen on the fact that lundstram is not a guaranteed starter.

                    1. Robbie Slater
                      • 3 Years
                      8 months, 25 days ago

                      Thanks for the reply mate.

                      Had been locked in on A for a few days until Lund scored 2 in the friendly. Now being swayed by that and memories of him!

                      1. Vazza
                          8 months, 25 days ago

                          No problem pal.

                          If you don’t mind, could you respond to my post above please. 🙂

                          1. Robbie Slater
                            • 3 Years
                            8 months, 25 days ago

                            Sure, no problem mate

                    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      8 months, 25 days ago

                      B) Higher ceiling with the Lord

                      1. Robbie Slater
                        • 3 Years
                        8 months, 25 days ago

                        Is tempting. Think I could be going right to the deadline with this one!

                        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          8 months, 25 days ago

                          I'm taking the risk. Got to gamble to win!

                          1. Robbie Slater
                            • 3 Years
                            8 months, 25 days ago

                            The lure is great!

                          2. Vazza
                              8 months, 25 days ago

                              Surely the record signing Besic will replace Lundstram in one of the two games?

                              1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                8 months, 25 days ago

                                I have no idea, I just hope Lundstram to play to be honest. Seems like he's been doing well the last few games.

                              2. Would Ed Woodward
                                • 2 Years
                                8 months, 25 days ago

                                Assume you mean Berge but the decision is do you hope for and risk 90 to 120ish mins from Lund over a CB that'll play both games, I think I'm gonna do it.

                                1. Vazza
                                    8 months, 25 days ago

                                    Yes, I meant Berge. Haha

                      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        8 months, 25 days ago

                        Another RMT. 8 DGW players this time. What do you think?

                        Henderson
                        TAA Alonso Stevens Lundstram
                        Sterling KDB Grealish
                        Agüero Aubameyang Jimenez

                        1. Vazza
                            8 months, 25 days ago

                            Looks good.

                            1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              8 months, 25 days ago

                              Thanks.

                          • Robbie Slater
                            • 3 Years
                            8 months, 25 days ago

                            Not much wrong there!

                            1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              8 months, 25 days ago

                              Cheers.

                          • Totti
                            • 4 Years
                            8 months, 25 days ago

                            do u have a wildcard?

                            1. Totti
                              • 4 Years
                              8 months, 25 days ago

                              looks good BTW 🙂

                            2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              8 months, 25 days ago

                              No but I'm happy with my team going forward. Used FT's during the break.

                              Krul McCarthy
                              TAA Doherty Cahill Lascelles Taylor
                              Salah KDB Fernandes Mount Sarr
                              Vardy Rashford Jimenez

                              1. Totti
                                • 4 Years
                                8 months, 25 days ago

                                thats was good but i think this wildcard changed all the plans for everyone

                                1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  8 months, 25 days ago

                                  If I used my free unlimited transfers instead of using my FH I wouldn't even know what to change. Cahill out for someone but thats about it.

                              2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                8 months, 25 days ago

                                Will probably BB GW31 or GW32. Soonish.

                        2. Totti
                          • 4 Years
                          8 months, 25 days ago

                          why the love fo mcginn again?
                          i think he was playing very deep

                          anything came up and i don't know?? !! 🙂

                          1. Vazza
                              8 months, 25 days ago

                              I guess there is a small pool of players to choose from so the same names keep coming up.

                              I wished the deadline was tomorrow so that this was over and done with

                              1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                8 months, 25 days ago

                                I agree. Can't get rid of the tinkering.