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The best budget forwards for the FPL restart

Our position-by-position analysis of Fantasy Premier League assets continues with a look at budget forwards.

With FPL managers granted the option of making unlimited transfers or deploying their Free Hit chip ahead of Double Gameweek 30+, many of us will be going big on the likes of Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.1m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.8m).

To afford these heavy hitters, we’ll need a cut-price asset or two to plug the gaps.

In truth, there isn’t an abundance of budget FPL forwards who are anything more than bench fodder – hence why we’re covering strikers all the way up to £5.8m in this piece and slightly eating into ‘mid-price’ territory.

A total of 57 players fall into this category, with the stand-out names discussed below.

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Mbwana Samatta

  • Price: £5.8m
  • Ownership: 0.4%
  • Next four Gameweeks: SHU + CHE | new | WOL | liv

Jack Grealish (£6.4m) is perhaps the only Aston Villa asset that many of us will agree on for Double Gameweek 30+.

The merits of the Villans’ defence, John McGinn (£5.4m) and Anwar El Ghazi (£5.5m) will be widely discussed ahead of Wednesday’s deadline and we can now add January capture Mbwana Samatta (£5.8m) into the mix.

With Wesley (£5.4m) injured, Samatta was thrown straight into the starting XI in Gameweek 25 and has played all three games since.

Scoring on his debut against Bournemouth, the Tanzanian striker looked fairly decent up top despite Villa slipping to four defeats in the games he featured in.

His aerial ability particularly caught the eye, with half of his efforts in a Villa shirt and his debut league goal coming from his head (he also nodded in his side’s solitary strike in the League Cup final).

Arguably the main concern would be the players behind him: Grealish aside, do Villa possess anyone who can supply Samatta with good enough service? The new signing has averaged only two shots per match in his four appearances so far, which is on the meagre side.

Had Villa not had a Double Gameweek 30+, many of us probably wouldn’t have looked at him – but then, that is likely true for a number of assets who will end up in our overhauled squads.

Samatta does at least have the advantage of facing Newcastle United in Gameweek 31+, which could be a decent match-up given how susceptible the Magpies have been to crosses in open play and at dead-ball situations.

Oliver McBurnie

  • Price: £5.7m
  • Ownership: 0.3%
  • Next four Gameweeks: avl + new | mun | TOT | bur

Sheffield United have been one of the most settled sides this season, at least in defence and midfield.

Rotation has been more commonplace up top, however, with Chris Wilder opting to frequently shake up his two-man frontline.

Changes were particularly rife when Sheffield United last encountered a period of serious fixture congestion in December.

Not one of the Bladesmen’s strikers has more than 16 starts to their name this season, although Oli McBurnie (£5.7m) and Billy Sharp (£5.6m) had been the preferred pairing before the suspension of play, having racked up seven and five consecutive starts respectively.

McBurnie had encouragingly accumulated a lot of pitch-time shortly before football ground to a halt, lasting 90 minutes in each match from Gameweeks 23-27 and then being substituted in the 89th minute of the Gameweek 29 win over Norwich City.

It’ll be a surprise to see any Sheffield United forward lasting the full duration in the first two fixtures back but, given that those matches make up a Double Gameweek for the Blades, McBurnie should still hit triple figures for minutes on Wednesday and Sunday combined.

Goals won’t come at a furious pace but then this is a sub-£6.0m forward we’re talking about and there is a reason that these assets don’t cost as much.

Only four FPL forwards, all of them way pricier, registered more shots in the box than McBurnie in Gameweeks 22-29.

Like Samatta, McBurnie is a perhaps a punt purely for the early Double Gameweek as the fixtures stiffen thereafter.

Eddie Nketiah

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  • Price: £4.4m
  • Ownership: 1.4%
  • Next four Gameweeks: mci + bha | sou | NOR | wol

The search for a dependable £4.5m-or-under FPL forward has been a largely fruitness one this season, with Mason Greenwood (£4.3m) and Aaron Connolly (£4.3m) only briefly threatening to establish themselves as the go-to bargain-bin options.

The return to fitness of Marcus Rashford (£8.8m) looks to be a blow to Greenwood’s chances of starting more regularly in the run-in, although the increase in permitted substitutes from three to five will likely see the teenage Manchester United striker continue to make cameos off the bench.

Could Eddie Nketiah (£4.4m) be the snip we’ve all been waiting for, then, particuarly with Arsenal enjoying two fixtures in Double Gameweek 30+?

It’s too early to tell for certain and, so long as Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m) remains fit and available, there will be plenty of jostling for the central striker’s role in Mikel Arteta’s new-look Arsenal side.

Nketiah had been given the nod ahead of the more experienced Frenchman in Gameweeks 26-29, scoring once against Everton, although was hauled off before the hour-mark in the narrow win over West Ham, with substitute Lacazette bagging the winner.

There have been some positive omens in the friendlies Arsenal have contested ahead of the restart, with Nketiah hitting a hat-trick in the 6-0 win over Charlton Athletic and then leading the line for the first half of the Gunners’ 3-2 defeat to Brentford.

We don’t anticipate that he will start every match (maybe not even the bulk of them) but then we can’t really expect too much anyway given the dirt-cheap price tag.

With Arsenal’s two Gameweek 30+ fixtures separated by less than 72 hours, he will surely get a decent number of minutes to begin the season with – and that might be enough for those of us who are only relying on him for this opening Double Gameweek.

Jordan Ayew

  • Price: £5.2m
  • Ownership: 8.8%
  • Next four matches: bou | liv | BUR | lei

While the likes of McBurnie and Nketiah are rotation risks, Jordan Ayew (£5.2m) has been an altogether more secure starter this season.

The Ghana international has made Roy Hodgson’s line-up in each of the last 27 league games and has scored more FPL points (108) than anyone featured in this article.

The loan capture of Cenk Tosun (£5.7m) and the return to fitness of Christian Benteke (£5.7m) has seen Ayew move to a wider position in Palace’s attacking trident but, as we discussed in our Crystal Palace team recap, the Belgian’s presence could be more of a help than a hindrance.

Ayew scored in back-to-back games shortly before the lull in proceedings, taking his total to eight for the season – again, a tally that can’t be beaten by any other striker in this piece.

The biggest downside to Ayew at present is perhaps the Eagles’ fixtures, with seven of their remaining nine games against teams in the top half.

One of their only favourable match-ups, against Bournemouth, comes in Double Gameweek 30+, when many FPL managers will have their eyes on assets with two fixtures.

With Palace heading for safety and mid-table obscurity, the question would also have to be raised over what Roy Hodgson has in mind for his peripheral squad players, minutes-wise, in the closing quarter of the campaign.

Still, with his versatility and work rate being huge ticks against his name in Hodgson’s eyes, Ayew remains one of the more trustworthy forwards in this price bracket, ready to be deployed as an emergency FPL substitute if needs be and perhaps even handed a start when the odd good fixture does pop up (Aston Villa in Gameweek 35+, for example).

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No, we’re not advocating a move for Joelinton (£5.5m) just yet, but it’ll be interesting to see if playing behind closed doors has a galvanising effect on the Brazilian, given that he won’t have the weight of 50,000 Geordies’ expectations on his shoulders.

He had quietly impressed in pre-season and has scored twice in unofficial kickabouts this week, so maybe the much-maligned striker can be liberated without the bellows and groans that plague his appearances on Tyneside – or maybe not.

The effect of playing with or without a crowd is one of those unquantifiable variables that makes the end of 2019/20 tough to predict.

The compact Selhurst Park can be an intimidating cauldron when the Palace ultras are making a din, so it could be that Hodgson’s troops are handicapped without their vociferous home support.

Then again, perhaps playing without a raucous audience is exactly the thing that Christian Benteke (£5.7m) needs to up an abysmal goal conversion rate of three seasons in the making.

A pest of a presence to opposition defenders, human wasp Shane Long (£4.7m) refuses to leave Fantasy managers alone at the budget forward picnic table.

Just when we think he’s gone for good he re-emerges afresh, despite our repeated attempts to swat him away.

Now 33 years of age, Long has impressed so much of late that he has been rewarded with a two-year contract extension by the Saints.

The Irishman has been a regular starter from Gameweek 15 onwards and his only absence from the line-up in that time (two no-shows and a substitute’s appearance over Christmas) were injury-related.

The physical demands put upon the front two will likely see the occasional refresh up top given the frequency of the fixtures, while Long has been substituted in 11 of his 13 starts so far in 2019/20.

Never the most clinical of strikers, we can’t expect a deluge of goals from the veteran forward either.

Like Ayew, though, he would seem to be one of the more dependable characters in the budget forward bracket should he need to be called upon as an emergency auto-sub during the run-in.

Graham Potter’s unpredictability puts us off Neal Maupay (£5.7m) to an extent, with the Frenchman having been benched twice already this calendar year.

Winless in 2020, Brighton and Hove Albion also have one of the worst fixture runs in Gameweeks 30+ to 35+, although things do improve thereafter and he might be one to consider in the final three match rounds.

Underlying stats haven’t been Maupay’s problem and he sits third among FPL forwards of any price for efforts on goal in 2019/20.

Making the most of those chances has been an issue, however, with his conversion rate of 10.1% well below what we usually demand of our strikers.

It’s worth keeping an eye on Sean Dyche’s press conferences over the next week, meanwhile, as both Chris Wood (£6.1m) and Ashley Barnes (£6.1m) are struggling with fitness issues at present.

That could open the door for Jay Rodriguez (£5.7m) and Matej Vydra (£5.3m) at Burnley, who have some agreeable fixtures from Gameweek 31+ onwards.

Rodriguez has started every match from Gameweek 23 onwards with Barnes on the sidelines and sits joint-fourth among FPL forwards for attempts on goal in that time.

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1,084 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Captain picks - I’m thinking KDB over any other city player on the merits he’ll get more pitch time

    1. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      KDB and Aguero for me almost certainly, quite possibly a punt on mahrez as I have 9.3 for a final midfielder this week with my current line up plan

    2. In a Rush
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Yeah it’s a tough one I think kdb for the reason you mention but I’m drawn to Aguero for explosive double game week potential.

    3. casual
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      I've got the armband on Aguero at the moment but could end up changing to KDB for that very reason

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

    Good Saturday morning all

  3. Gandalf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Got WC, FH and BB available. Had assumed I'd go along with using the unlimited transfers but looking at the GW31+ fixtures the team below esp. with Salah and Mané looks very tasty and can use a free transfer for any non starters given weak bench and wildcard later when needed before a bench boost.

    In my case would FH for GW30+ look like the best way to go?

    Foster
    TAA Alonso Soyuncu
    Salah Mané KDB Fernandes Barnes
    Jimenez Calvert-Lewin

    McGovern Lundstram Greenwood Simpson

    1. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      I think I'm gunna go the other way as I've described below. But your plan seems valid as well, You've got a good team based on what was happening before the break for sure

    2. Rushford
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      I think the unlimited transfers and WC in 31 is better because of all the unknowns. Who will be in form, who will get injured right away, who will lack motivation etc. Could work out with FH but more of a gamble maybe

  4. beric
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Morning guys

    Ignoring any ethical talking points around forcing players to play during a pandemic, I'm chuffed FPL is back.

    My team was in pretty good shape before this interuption, but who knows how much change will be affected from this extended break. It's impossible to know how playing behind closed doors will affect the different sides and players, alongside the various levels of fitness and fatigue which teams will be dealing with. We could also see some radical tactical changes from managers given they have had such a long time to work on their game plans.

    I have my WC, BB and FH all available and with this solitary DGW and a free wildcard to use initially, to me it makes sense to build a bench boost team for this one week, which could hold for longer if it looks in good shape, then use the wildcard quickly to plan a team for the last ~8 weeks - especially as one of these weeks can be a completely different team with the old FH chip.

    My concern is losing the value on players like Pope, Salah, Ings etc who I may want to bring back after seeing how the teams look next week.

    Any thoughts on all this would be appreciated!

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Look at your GW 31 team using what you have now.

      If it looks good, don't WC and FH instead.

      1. TJ
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Value is less important late in the season. How many points is 1.5M more for 7 GW's worth to you?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          It's less the actual value and more the players I have.

          Look at my 31 team:

          Pope (WAT)
          TAA (CPL) Holgate (nor) Soyuncu (BHA)
          Salah (CPL) Mane (CPL) KdB (che) Pepe (sou)
          DCL (nor) Ings (ARS) Jimenez (BOU)

          1. beric
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 27 days ago

            Not worried about Salah possibly holding a minor injury?

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              8 months, 27 days ago

              Then I can transfer him out. I still have 1FT next week and I keep the rest of the team value intact.

          2. TJ
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 27 days ago

            it's close, but a BB with 12 DGW players is maybe worth 30 points more than the FH

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              8 months, 27 days ago

              How so? You can only get 12 DGWs maximum. If this double GW had 6 teams then maybe. But with only 4, you can field 10+ easily. And the rest of the team you're boosting would consist of Villa defenders/kinda crummy fodder.

              And also, what else is a good fixture this week? I can't really see anything that stands out to invest in. If Pool, Spurs or MUN also had a standout fixture like a BOU then maybe it would be worth it.

      2. beric
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        but we lose this wildcard if we don't use it this week, and my point is that it's difficult to know if the old team will be good in the new world - another point for this is the players coming back from injury. With a second wildcard to play and not many weeks to use it, don't you think it makes sense to make the most of this gift of unlimited transfers?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          This is fair. But I really like my old team and I don't want to lose it. If I used this 'WC' now I'm essentially expending my 2nd WC next week to prepare the team for the rest of the season because I doubt many players will want triple City with 5 subs available.

          So now you weight FH vs WC and I think I know what I'd rather keep. If you're gonna use unlimited transfers this week, you'd be crazy not to pile it on and try to maximize this double.

          1. beric
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 27 days ago

            Yeah I get you, and your team does look good. I will certainly be maximising the double and expecting to wildcard early on.

          2. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 27 days ago

            Agree, without a second WC but bb it’s been hard to find a balance

            My team for next gw will be

            McCarthy
            Taa Doherty lascelles
            Bruno son Kdb grealish
            Auba rash Jimenez

            Having dropped 3 Sheffield to the bench alongside saka and switching mahrez in a ft

    2. abaalan
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      It's an interesting one and im in a similar position...to FH or BB this week.

      I'm leaning towards the BB although I only currently have 9 DGW players in my draft team. The point has been made that if this is the case then your BB will only be single GW players anyway so you could play it any week you like. However the advantage that the double has is that you can select cheap players from SHU and AVL that in 2 games you would expect to at least get some half decent points, whereas getting cheapies with good fixtures later on all in the same GW to BB may be more challenging.

      Although saying that I do quite like my team from GW29 and wouldn't mind using the FH to retain it. I don't have an awful lot of value in many players either.

      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        In my opinion even if you have a bench of single gameweek players it is still beneficial to play BB, mainly because you can choose what players you want. In any other gameweek you are forced to use it on a bench of mainly fodders, some may even not play, and if you have a strong bench then you have less money invested in the first 11 eleven and thus getting fewer points long term.

    3. Colonel Shoe 肝池
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      BB WC is immensely powerful for those who have it
      FH for those who don't

  5. Rushford
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Will WC in GW 31+

    Which is better for GW30?
    A) Keep B Fernandes and Jimenez Save 0.6 TV.

    B) Pepe and Pukki/Samatta

    1. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      A for me with those choices

      1. In a Rush
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Yeah I would lean towards keeping

    2. casual
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      A

  6. In a Rush
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Morning all, could you please dissect my latest draft?

    Bench boost team

    Leno Henderson
    Basham Egan mendy Lascelles Taa
    Kdb Pépe Grealish Mount Cantwell
    Aguero auba jota

    Cheers

    1. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Good team. I would consider getting fleck over cantwell and downgrading hendo - also not sure on mount personallly but worth a punt i guess

      1. In a Rush
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Nice one cheers, food for thought who would you suggest as a Mount alternative? I just fancy Chelsea v villa defence.

        1. beric
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          Depends if you're gunna wildcard quickly I guess, I don't think Mount is a bad pick though...maybe Saka? or could you stretch to Dilva?

          1. In a Rush
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 27 days ago

            3 Man City already I’ve just done
            Henderson Cantwell Basham ➡️ Reina fleck Baldock 0itb

            1. beric
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              8 months, 27 days ago

              i like it

              1. In a Rush
                • 4 Years
                8 months, 27 days ago

                Cheers obviously Mount has stayed in there could be Barnes I guess or drop Baldock back to Basham and have 6.7 to spend on a mid.

                1. beric
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  8 months, 27 days ago

                  go with your gut man, if mount scores and you dont have him you'll be heartbroken

            2. In a Rush
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 27 days ago

              And yeah I’ll probably wild card pretty quick have a team lined up for that

  7. NoSalah'd
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Please rate my team for gw30+, no WC and plan to TC KDB or Aguero, £0.3m itb
      Leno, Button,
      TAA, Stevens, Egan, Saiss, Justin,
      KDB, Son, Bruno Fernandes, Grealish, Douglas Luiz,
      Aguero, Rashford, Jiminez

    • bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      How's this looking for a BB ? I'm planning to keep the core of my team TAA, KDB, Auba, Jimenez and Fernandes where I have TV tied up, and downgrade just Salah. I think he will do well v EVE however, but the MITB can be used to get Kun, upgrade the bench and replace Pope, Maguire, Barnes and DCL to get 11 DGWers so I think I will still come out in profit.

      Ederson, Leno
      TAA, Buldock, Egan, Targett, Lescelles
      KDB, Fernandes, Grealish, Saka, Fleck
      Auba, Kane, Jimenez

      0.0m ITB

    • HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Do we think Lundy plays?

      1. Whats the Huth
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        I don’t

      2. casual
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Think he'll start 1 game

      3. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Yes but will get less minutes than the 5 Sheff Utd defenders he is classified with.

        1. HamezMace
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          This, whilst he has a greater threat of attacking returns, he is a prime candidate for limited minutes/early subs.

          He’s got 59th minute sub, with clean sheet intact, ultimate rage quit, written all over him.

    • Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Would you play Mings or Ings?

      Mings with the DGW but it's Villa defense with 4 CSs or Ings with a good fixture as a differential fwd.

      1. beric
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Ings

      2. casual
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Ings

    • Whats the Huth
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      I think I’d prefer Vardy over Aguero.

      Minutes assured and great fixture for Vardy.

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Pearson will have Watford organised and difficult to play against.

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          I'm thinking a Watford with Pearson and Deeney wont miss the fan support too much

      2. beric
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        nah not for me

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

          Yeah Watford have been good defensively at home especially with their first choice CB’s fit. Can see him scoring but doubt it will be a rout.

    • FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      WOW 😯

      Jay Eggers has retweeted my article!

      https://mobile.twitter.com/JEgersdorff/status/1271702696341450757

      1. beric
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Nice!

      2. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Well you asked him to

    • StayoutheSpiceZone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Going the FH route this week - any thoughts appreciated

      LENO
      EGAN LUNDSTRAM Doherty
      GREALISH KDB PÉPÉ STERLING(c)
      Abraham AUBA KUN

      bench fodder plus Douglas Luiz

      thanks

      1. beric
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        very strong team. what will you revert back to?

      2. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        I like it. There's some superior firepower in that starting 11.

        Nice captain choice too. I think he will do well with Sane back.

        1. StayoutheSpiceZone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          Thanks guys

          My original squad is

          Pope McCarthy
          TAA Maguire lascelles Cathcart lundstram
          Son KDB Bruno Mane Salah
          Jota DCL Long

    • rnrd
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      have I misunderstood something but henderson will be missing a game until the end of the season?

      1. beric
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        he can't play vs man u right?

        1. In a Rush
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          Yeah that’s right immediately after the double gw31+

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        He can't play in 31 vs MUN - parent club he's on loan from.

    • Return of the FF
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Morning all

      Can anyone clarify something... if I were to use my FH this GW, would my unlimited free transfers carry over?

      1. In a Rush
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Unfortunately not!

        1. Return of the FF
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          Cheers mate, I knew in my heart this would be the case!

      2. beric
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        I guess you can make unlimited transfers now, then use your FH as well for the double?

        1. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          Do can do one or the other, any transfers you have made since the game reopened will be cancelled.

        2. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          No. Reverts back to gw38 team

          1. beric
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 27 days ago

            ah ok, didn't realise

      3. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Nope. No carry over free transfers for anyone

    • MisterKR
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 27 days ago

      My team, haven't really looked at the team from last GW until today.
      Pope, McCarthy
      C.Taylor, Alonso, TAA, Doherty, Aurier
      Martial, KDB, Mane, Saka, Richarlison
      DCL, Vardy, Jimenez
      0 ITB, 107.3 TV
      Any feedback on any changes I could potentially make or players needed.

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        You could get dgw players.... how about you give it a go and come back with a proposal

    • Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      I'm not overawed by the double fixtures so I'm looking at:

      Leno McCarthy

      Trent Alonso Lund (c) Shaw Kabasele

      Pepe Mane Martial Mahrez/Son McGinn

      Nketiah Jesus CalvertLewin

      Is that front line too dubious even with the firepower behind?

      1. beric
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        its different!

        Not keen at all on your strikers man, or pepe.

        I've always trusted you though Gink

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          Thats basically my thoughts too. I have reasons for them all but not exactly reliable theories.

          Jesus should get a tonne more game time with 5 subs and so many matches.

          Nketiah is a bench choice who should be insane vale

          DCL was my last pick..... he fit.... he is passionate...

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 27 days ago

            DCL is probably an issue

            1. In a Rush
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 27 days ago

              Dcl ➡️ Jota

    • Vazza
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Repost

        Responses would be highly appreciated.

        On a FH - which combo is better

        1. Henderson*, Alonso, TAA, Abraham

        2. Henderson*, TAA, Martial, Abraham

        3. Henderson*, Alonso, Bruno, Abraham

        4. Leno*, Stevens*, McGinn*, Mane

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          The one you expect to score more. What are your thoughts behind these combos?

          1. Flynny
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 27 days ago

            3

      • RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Which BB option?

        A)
        Henderson, Leno
        TAA, Stevens, Baldock, Doherty, Lascelles
        Kdb, Mahrez, Grealish, Saka, McGinn
        Aguero, Auba, Jimenez

        Or

        B)
        Henderson, Leno
        TAA, Stevens, TARGETT, Doherty, FERNANDEZ
        Kdb, STERLING, Grealish, FLECK, McGinn
        Aguero, Auba, NKETIAH

      • Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Hmm so ignoring this week where most teams will have the same/similar team if FH/BB, what's the GW 31 WC template looking like:

        Here's a draft:

        Pope 3.9
        TAA Holgate Boly Lascelles 3.9
        Mane KdB Son Fernandes Cantwell
        Kane DCL Jimenez

        That looks about right? I'm 0.5m off but I imagine most dedicated managers could afford this with a WC in 31.

        1. beric
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          I think spurs will lose to man u and people wont be wnating to invest in them, same issue with DCL and holgate. I reckon there will be a fair few curve balls + I'd bet on people wanting rashford

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 27 days ago

            Yeah Rashford is quite appealing.

            Maybe just ditch Kane for Rash and upgrade somewhere else. But honestly, that team is very close to what I have.

            1. beric
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              8 months, 27 days ago

              Yeah i noticed that...are you trying to reasure yourself? 😉

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                8 months, 27 days ago

                A little haha. But I'm honest about what I think 31 could be.

                The only teams I don't have cover are Spurs and MUN.

          2. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 27 days ago

            Man United is a team I want to back strongly, but hard to work out how. Pogba playing again is really irritating

            1. beric
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              8 months, 27 days ago

              yep. Will be very interesting to see that first game, shame I won't be able to watch it..can you let me know who to buy?

              1. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                8 months, 27 days ago

                Do you trust me with that? Look at my team above

                1. beric
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  8 months, 27 days ago

                  just replied above

          3. rookie manager
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 27 days ago

            I wonder if will be a loss or 0-0, can imagine a very cagey performance from Spurs that won't inspire attacking investment

          4. FALSE PROFIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 27 days ago

            As lazy as Martial is, he will probably bear fruit and at a better price point than Rash; especially if Bruno takes penalties.

      • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Thoughts? Not fond of the Ozil pick, however he is a good enabler and could pick up an assist.

        Leno Ramsdale

        Doherty Stevens Lundstram Targett Lascelles

        KDB Mahrez Ozil Grealish Fleck

        Aguero Aubameyang Jimenez

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          Get Saka instead and upgrade elsewhere?

          1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 27 days ago

            Feel Saka will have about half the minutes Ozil does with Tierney back

        2. beric
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          how much value will you lose selling Trent?

          Agree with Ginkapo, downgrade mezut and do lascelles -> TAA

          1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 27 days ago

            I actually haven’t owned Trent all season! (which will explain my poor rank)

            1. G-Whizz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 27 days ago

              :O

      • Labile
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Is Saka really worth it?

        Best midfielder option for 4.7?

        1. FALSE PROFIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          Cantwell probably overall. Saka is an enabler in a DGW and is the reason for his popularity. I would spend an extra .3 and get Fleck who could stay in your side.

        2. rookie manager
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          Saka has risk that Tierney starts LB and so he competing for midfield with lot of others. The number of subs means he is likely to appear but the how long and where is the question

          1. HamezMace
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 27 days ago

            Just an FYI, both Tierney and Saka started together in the last friendly against Brentford, both played 60mins are were subbed for Kola and Martinelli respectively.

            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 27 days ago

              Where was Auba?

              1. HamezMace
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 27 days ago

                In the friendlies? Wide attack in a front three.

                1. Ginkapo FPL
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  8 months, 27 days ago

                  Hmmm he isnt as good over there

                2. HamezMace
                  • 6 Years
                  8 months, 27 days ago

                  First half XI: Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, Pablo Mari, Tierney; Willock, Ceballos, Saka; Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang

                  Second half XI: Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, David Luiz, Tierney; Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Ozil; Aubameyang, Lacazette, Saka
                  Subs:

                  60 - Martinez for Leno
                  60 - Sokratis for Bellerin
                  60 - Holding for Mustafi
                  60 - Kolasinac for Tierney
                  60 - Nelson for Aubameyang
                  60 - Martinelli for Saka
                  85 - Coyle for Nelson

      • MarcusAurelius
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Morning all

        BB team good to go? I will FH in GW31+ to bring Liverpool players in for CRY(H)

        Henderson Reina
        Doherty Laporte Lascelles Egan Mings
        KDB Grealish Mount Son Fleck
        Auba Aguero Jota

      • rookie manager
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        How rogue a shout would Martenelli be instead of Nkeitah? Have I missed something about fitness/ form as not seen any mention of him in these discussions anywhere

        1. HamezMace
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          Nketiah was seemingly preferred choice before we went into lockdown. Starting three PL in a row, with Lacazette benched.
          Martinelli didn’t feature at all.

          In the recent friendlies Nketiah has played more minutes and scored more goals than Martinelli.

          That’s about it.

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

            Well looks like I will go Nkeitah - still feeling like Martenelli is going storm out if he gets the chance.

      • FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        From the big bang to the universe becoming aware of itself! Nothing compared to Auba or Kun choices! (smile)

        1. beric
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          I'd be worried going without either of them this week

          1. FALSE PROFIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 27 days ago

            But it creates a major imbalance for me who has no chips.

            1. beric
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              8 months, 27 days ago

              only two ft or a hit to swap one the value of them + a mid around

              1. FALSE PROFIT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 27 days ago

                I hear you but each time a plan a double transfer, something else goes wrong with my team. A higher chance of injuries during this time exasperates the problem

                1. beric
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  8 months, 27 days ago

                  treu that, will be lots of unexpected things to sway our minds afetr this week i imagine

          2. FALSE PROFIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 27 days ago

            I only tend to worry about captain picks. Auba who won't be captained that much will create limited harm. KDB is a good a captain choice as any will not be as popular as Kun I suppose.

      • In a Rush
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Think I’m almost set on my bb
        Any thoughts appreciated

        Leno Reina
        Baldock Egan Taa Lascelles mendy
        Kdb Pépe Grealish fleck Mount
        Auba Aguero jota
        0itb

        1. FALSE PROFIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          Reina Mendy Lascelles Egan Mount Jota are on the weaker side going forward. Pick your subs, think of what they may achieve and the decide on BB

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        For those playing the GW30+ BB with GW31+ WC, the starting point seems to be choosing your three Man City players. As that then affects the structure of the rest of your squad.

        Aguero and KDB seem obvious picks. The third slot is a bit harder.

        Ederson is nailed but limited ceiling.
        Laporte is similar to Ederson, but has a higher ceiling with lower nailedness given his injury issues.
        Sterling is fairly nailed and has a high ceiling, but is subject to rotation given the fixture list.
        Marhez is not nailed and has a high ceiling, but could get more minutes because of the fixture list.

        1. The Tinkerman
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          Since for a good bench boost you tend to need to spread the money about, I ruled out Sterling. Also considered Mendy as a punt, but ended up on Ederson. Too much competition on those wings, Sane also in the mix, Bernardo too...

      • The Tinkerman
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Plan to WC next week, BB this:

        Leno, Ederson
        Alonso, Bellerin, Stevens, Baldock, Egan
        KDB, Grealish, Zaha, Mount, McGinn
        Aguero, Auba, Samatta

        Too much in defence? I actually quite like this one.

        1. In a Rush
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          Yeah I quite like this one good effort, considered the Zaha punt myself 1st team I’ve seen him in:

          1. The Tinkerman
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 27 days ago

            I have 4 mid priced midfielders, so it’s a pretty big gamble. But to rise from my rank ill need to take risks.

            1. In a Rush
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 27 days ago

              Yeah you have to take a risk or 2 they’re all capable of points

      • abaalan
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Opinions please - with the below team to return in 31+:
        Leno (Sou)
        TAA (CRY), Holgate (Nor), Maguire (SHU)
        KDB (Che), Salah (CRY), Fernandes (SHU), Mount (MCI)
        Auba (Sou), Jimenez (BOU), DCL (Nor)

        McGov, Aurier (WHU), Lascelles (AVL), Cantwell (WOL)

        A) FH in 30+ and get this team back for the run in (WC still available)
        B) Use BB to make more of the DGW
        C) Do A and then BB in 31+ with above team (use FT to get 2nd keeper)
        D) Other?

        1. The Tinkerman
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          I have the same chips and a worse team, since chasing I will BB this week with UT, then probably FH next week to delay my wildcard for more information to help my decisions.

      • Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Unlimited FT and BB no Liverpool gives me:
        Henderson
        Lundstarm Baldock Stephens
        Sterling KDB Cantwell Grealish Bruno
        Aguero Aubameyang

        Leno Lascelles Saiss Conolly

        With Pool:
        Henderson
        TAA Lundstarm Baldock
        Salah KDB Grealish Cantwell Saka
        Aguero Aubameyang

        Leno Lascelles Saiss Conolly

        Any advice much appreciated cheers