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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. LIARS POKER
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    If you had all chips left and would have this team in 31+, would you

    A) Use FH in 30+ and save WC for later
    B) Use BB in 30+ and WC in 31+

    Pope (WAT)
    TAA (CRY) VVD (CRY) Saiss/Lascelles (bur/AVL)
    Salah (CRY) KDB (che) Barnes (BRI) Sarr (bur)
    Auba (sou) Vardy (BRI) DCL (nor)

    1. Bun Rab L3D2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Are you happy with that team going forward? Or do you have money tied up in players that you won't be able to get back? If yes then FH, if not then BB. I am FHing.

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

    final piece of the puzzle

    a) fleck
    b) mcginn
    c) samatta

    1. Bun Rab L3D2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Fleck. 2 games and involved in a lot.

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

      Fleck

    3. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      But b is a midfielder and c a forward?

      1. Cahill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        either 3-4-3 or 3-5-2

  3. JBG
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Which combination of players?

    A) Henderson-Aarons-Sterling-Cantwell-Nketiah

    B) Ederson-Stevens-Ozil-Barnes-Samatta

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

      A

    2. Bun Rab L3D2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Honestly both have big problems. I don't like either. If its for this week only then A, going forward B.

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

        This week only yeah.

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

      I'm spending unlimited transfers and taking ZERO if the ten players you've just mentioned. Take of that what you will.

  4. SADIO SANÉ
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    can someone inform me of the Alonso situation? I actually have no idea what the first choice Chelsea defence is these days

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

      Lampard doesn’t like him and a new left back in the summer is a priority, but until then he’s probably slightly preferred to Emerson.

    2. Bun Rab L3D2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      No one knows, not even Lampard! Before the Covid break Alonso was starting to claim the place back and i would think he starts against Villa.

    3. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      When Alonso plays he has huge potential.

      The question remains whether Lampard will play 5 at the back or not. If he does Alonso plays.

      Alonso could play in a 4 but it means dropping one of Azpilicueta/James which is unlikely.

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        does James only play if it's a back-5?

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

      Seemed to be in Lampards favor before the break, but if you look at the amount of changes Lampard did very little suggests he is safe/secure starter. To be fair, that position is very problematic for Lampard as all his options in this position comes with significant weaknesses. But, if he plays and you are willing to take risks he is benched/rotated, he offers a lot of value.

  5. mcgrejam
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    If I use the free hit chip this week does this wipe out the transfers I made with the unlimited transfers we have been given? And does my team then revert to the team I had in the previous gameweek?

    My team before last gameweek is this so all is not lost if it reverts back to this...

    Henderson
    Doherty, TAA, Alonso
    KDB, Fernandes, Salah, Willian
    Calvert-Lewin, Auba, Jota

    Subs - McCarthy, Harvey Barnes, Saiss, Stephens

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Yes. Free Hit is a clever and nasty chip. It will wipe out all your unlimited transfers.

    2. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Yes it will revert to your GW38 team next GW

  6. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    People going Mahrez over Sterling or Ederson/Laporte, What are your thoughts on his game time? Surely he only get 1 game? But the others I mention have a lot more chance of two games?

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Not going Mahrez but you’d think he plays that Burnley game.

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      he will get 2 games but could be coming off the bench twice

    3. SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I'm Mahrez'ing - if he doesn't start in one/both I'm assuming he will be coming on, of course no-one knows what Pep will do - wouldn't put it past him to make 3 subs at half time

    4. Bun Rab L3D2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      The thoughts are along the lines of when he plays he tends to get returns, plus his price makes him much more attainable then Raz. Laporte/Ederson take away a Sheff Utd def!

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

      in my current situation (no second wc) and decision to BB i went for both Sterling and Mahrez, alongside KDB. A defender might be more safe, but they are both in a price range which will make my teams price-structure more difficult to deal with. in my head,Laporte is not that safe as he were out for most of the season and had very few games before the break. Ederson is the safe choice but he hardly gets anything more than cs, as City allows very few shots on goal.

      My analysis is as following, it might be totally wrong, as it is guesswork at high rate, Dilva is leaving, Sané lacks matcfitness after a year out (which is more significant than a 3 months break, and also heavily linked to Bayern) my take is that those two is Peps 2 first choices as wide attackers and Bilva will be more used in the Dilva role. That´s the rationale, which in other words is just a hope that by picking both i´m hopeful that one of them hauls-)

      the price structure argumentfor me picking Sterling and not Kun is because i would want an easy route to Mané/Salah after the DGW.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Excellent reply mate! Which of these two would you pick then?

        A. Sterling+Egan+Basham+Lascelles
        B. Mahrez+Stevens+Baldock+Doherty

        Hendo / Leno
        TAA / Targett / XXX / XXX / XXX
        KDB / Grealish / Mount / Cantwell / XXX
        Auba / Agüero / Samatta

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

          The two SHU is clearly making this lean to option b, and Mahrez/Sterling is a guesswork anyway and cs potential for both Lasc and Doh is proximately the same,but latter is far more explosive. So, B, with the risk of watching Mahrez benched and Sterling bags a hattrick and renders the 3 others superiority void and null-)

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            Thanks matey

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        I will be BB then WCing

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

          B all the way, higher points ceiling overall, yeah mahrez may not get 2 full games but a single game haul from him to go wiv CS and assist and goal threat from def added in.
          Sterling will always be an inviting option given what he can do "on his day" but going by the trend this season, he hasnt been anywhere near the sterling of last season which made him a must have asset.

          overall , those three beasts in Doh, stevens and baldock have the potential to offset and more than make up any sterling contributions imo

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            Thanks mate 🙂

  7. Legohair
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Which one is more essential?
    A. Sterling
    B. Aguero

    Already have kdb

    1. merin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Aguero

    2. Bun Rab L3D2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      B.

  8. grooveymatt65
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Hi guys! 

    What do you think about this BB team? (i havn't confirmed anything yet) I've left in De Bruyne and DCL from my original team. 

    I plan to Wildcard next GW. I realise I am risking it by not having TAA lol.

    Leno Henderson

    Basham Robertson Bednarek Targett Egan

    Sterling Barnes Saka De Bruyne Grealish

    Aguero Aubameyang DCL

    0.2 itb

    thanks guys!!!! 🙂

    1. Legohair
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Its very good team i think, maybe DCL to Samatta?

  9. merin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Thoughts on this BB-team? Wildcarding next week

    Henderson Leno
    TAA Laporte Egan O’Connell Targett
    KDB Grealish McGinn Fernandes Cantwell
    Aguero Auba Jimenez

    0.2 ITB

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

      Looks pretty good tbf.

    2. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Hard to have a bad game week 30 with that

    3. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Similar to mine, I went Saka instead of Cantwell and Lundstram, Stevens as my Sheff U defence.

      1. merin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        I thought about Saka, and even though they have a double, it’s still unreliable Arsenal. Never know what might happen

        1. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          He's DGW player, you never know. You could have 2 bites of the cherry with him and only one with Cantwell.

          1. merin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            Yeah true. I could have Saka Lund Egan. Not sure about Lund though. Are you confident in him?

            1. Original - Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              8 months, 26 days ago

              Scored some goals in friendlies. He always has a goal in him. His playing is a risk but I'm dropping Sheff U defence after this week as their fixtures are pretty bad. Giving him one last Hurrah.

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

              I think we should wait for last minute info. He hasn't signed the contract imo. Yet he started last time, so he is likely to get minutes at least.

  10. Lecky Legs FC
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    I think Jesus will get some playing time in the DGW might be worth the consideration then rotate him out if the team to Vardy GW 31 I'd say he plays BUR at home.

  11. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    For all players doing 12 DGW players and 3 Singles what are they? Mine are below.

    A) Man City - Aguero, KDB, Laporte
    B) Sheffield U - Henderson, Lundstram, Stevens
    C) Arsenal - Auba, Saka, Leno
    D) Villa - Grealish, McGinn, Targett
    E) SGW - Jimenez, Bruno Fernandes, TAA

    Use the format above and let me know yours.Thanks.

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      A) Man City - Jesus, Mahrez, Sane
      B) Sheffield U - Fleck, Lundstram, Egan
      C) Arsenal - Auba, Laca, Leno
      D) Villa - Grealish, Reina, Targett
      E) SGW - Doherty, Bruno Fernandes, Alonso

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Double Villa defence? Gutsy. Also Laca seems out of favour from what I read.

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          yeah Targett could be Lascelles - Laca is probably a terrible pick yeah, but no-one has a clue who will fill that last spot for Arsenal

          1. SADIO SANÉ
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            last = CF/LW situation

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

        MCI picks are definitely against the herd. Not worried about your picks backfiring? Who are you going to cap?

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          contrarian picks, boom or bust really - not decided on cap yet, Auba I guess but no idea

    2. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Only going with 11 DGW players, current draft is:

      Arsenal: Auba, Ozil & Leno
      Aston Villa: Grealish & Targett
      Man City: Aguero, KDB & Mahrez
      Sheffield Utd: Stevens, Fleck & Lundstram
      SGW: Jimenez, Doherty, Lascelles & Ramsdale

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

      A) Man City - Aguero, KDB, Mahrez
      B) Sheffield U - Henderson, O’Connell, Stevens
      C) Arsenal - Auba, Saka, Leno
      D) Villa - Grealish, McGinn, Targett
      E) SGW - Jimenez, Doherty, TAA

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

      Currently, 11 DGW. I can't fathom bringing in an AVL defender.

      SHU: hendo, lund, o'Connell
      ARS: leno, nketiah, pea
      MCI: aguero, kdb, sterling
      AVL: luiz, grealish

      SGW: alonso, Fernandes, lascelles, and saiss

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        You only live once, Targett could become a DGW legend and you'll wince every time he's mentioned. 😉

    5. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I think we’ll see Saka left mid and Auba through the middle vs Man City, fwiw

    6. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      A) Man City - Aguero, KDB, Sterling
      B) Sheffield U - Henderson, Lundstram, Egan
      C) Arsenal - Auba, Saka, Pepe
      D) Villa - Grealish, Reina, Targett
      E) SGW - Jota, Lascelles, Tanganga

  12. Jullepuu
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Any thoughts on my team? (No wildcard left)

    Reina Pope
    TAA Doherty Egan Lascelles Smith
    Mane KDB Grealish Csntwell Douglas Luiz
    Kun Auba Jota

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

      Why no Manchester United players?

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

        Kun to Rashford for gw 31 is my plan and then maybe Grealish to Bruno for gw 32

  13. waltzingmatildas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Guys, how does this look? No wc, playing bb.
    Is it different just for the sake of being different?
    Leno krul
    TAA maguire lund fernandez saiss
    Kdb Bruno grealish barnes duda
    Auba aguero abraham

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

      Good for a bb but Liverpool will play Palace in gw 31. You trust Krul more than Reina?

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Yeah, but I can't have them all.
        Next week could do :
        Aguero and grealish to mane and 5.8
        Or
        Aguero, auba, grealish to mane, rashford and jiminez

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

          Not a good idea to take many hits straight after wildcarding

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

      With no WC I would be getting in more wolves and leicester

  14. MJM
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Could Tangana be a good option as he’s only 4.1 and started 6 of the last 8 (incl the last 3) before the break?

    1. Bun Rab L3D2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      For bench fodder maybe. Thats all. Spurs not tight at the back so far. Maybe Lacelles, Kiko/Cathacrt, C Taylor or another 4.3 would be better.

  15. LIARS POKER
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    For those wildcarding next week, which players are a shoe in for your team?

    For me Pope, Doherty, Jimenez, TAA, KDB, Fernandes. Not sure who else I fancy yet

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I don't have a WC but I already own all of those after free transfers during the break

      1. LIARS POKER
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Congrats

      2. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Alonso, Barnes, Salah, Mount, Aubameyang make up the rest of my starting 11

        1. LIARS POKER
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Very nice team, Mount is a good shout

        2. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          You FH then?

          1. Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 26 days ago

            This week? Yep

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 26 days ago

              That’s my plan, too many unknowns with start up & losing large values

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

      have all of them in my team and thats why im playing FH this week

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

        dont have a WC ,I used my free transfers during the break to bring most of them

    3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      son, kane, pogba, martial, traore, taa, vardy

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        abraham possibly too

    4. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Have those, but jota instead of jimenez. No wc. Making me think I might play FH instead!

  16. Mini Mahouse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Good2Go? Bench Boosting and Wildcarding GW31

    Henderson Romsdale
    O'Connell Egan TAA Saiss Lascelles
    Sterling KDB Grealish El-Ghazi Saka
    Auba Aguero Samatta

    Wondering if I should keep it like this or downgrade Sterling to upgrade other sides?

    1. Champ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I think so. Sterling imbalances the team imo. Outside of Grealish not sold on other villains

  17. fcsaltyballs
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Current Squad 0.8itb

    Henderson Pope
    TAA AWB Saiss Lundstram Lascelles
    Salah KDB Fernandes Sarr Cantwell
    Jimenez Vardy DCL

    FH Team 0.2itb (or similar) and revert back to the current squad (with WC and BB intact)

    Henderson
    TAA Baldock Lundstram (or O'Connell)
    Sterling KDB Grealish McGinn
    Aubameyang Aguero Jimenez

    How is it looking? I mean I'm not too sure about double Villa midfield but at least it covers bases for the AVL v SHU game, and they could easily score v Chelsea as fighting for survival.

    Other option is downgrade TAA to Targett and upgrade McGinn to someone like Fernandes or Ozil for a DGW...

    Thoughts?

    Thanks

  18. yer old da
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Would you FH or BB this squad with WC still in hand? Really difficult decision. Really difficult.

    McCarthy, Martin
    TAA, VVD, Boly, Taylor, Lascelles
    Salah, KDB, Fernandes, Grealish, Saka
    Vardy, Jimenez, Ings

    BB and, sure, you get the extra points for a maximum of 2 DGW players, plus the remaining bench, but it does mean losing 0.2 or 0.3 from the likes of TAA/Salah/Fernandes etc as I’d want all 3 back. Worth it for at least a 0.5 hit in the budget? Not so sure. I have value tied up in TAA (0.4 loss to bring him back in), Salah (0.2 to bring him back), Fernandes (0.3 to bring him back) and Vardy (0.4 to bring him back). Of these I would be happy to lose Vardy, and would be willing to sacrifice 0.2 to free up the Salah funds for a City midfielder, but would have to keep TAA and Fernandes.

    Leaning towards FH as you (a) get that team back in GW31+ without losing any value and (b) get a much stronger XI also as you can fill the bench with dross. Big downside is then not having the FH to use in GW38 which would be great and much more fun.

    Would appreciate thoughts.

    1. yer old da
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      BB squad would be something like this (with my TV):

      Leno (Reina)
      Lundstram, O’Connell, Egan (TAA, Lascelles)
      KDB, Mahrez, Grealish, Saka (Fernandes)
      Aguero, Aubameyang, Samatta

      FH team would be:

      Leno
      Stevens, Lundstram, Egan
      Sterling, KDB, Pépe, Grealish, McGinn
      Aguero, Aubameyang

      Bench: Martin, Lascelles, Janmaat, Greenwood

      FH here clearly stronger.

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

      Hi mate I tend to agree with you. I have 8 players the same as your original team.
      My instinct was to use unlimited transfers and BB.
      I've had fun doing it and decided I wasn't going to get dragged into TV.
      I was going to attack the BB.
      Though I've woke up this morning and feel FH would suit me better and the WC would be stronger.

      1. yer old da
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        The ‘alternative BB’ option is to BB but keep those players you have value tied up in that you’d want back. The 4 I have in that bracket are TAA, Salah, Fernandes and Jimenez. Of those I’d need the Salah funds to make the BB worth it on paper. Keeping the other three, I’ve came up with the following.

        Alternative BB XI:

        Leno (Reina)
        Laporte, Lundstram, Egan, Basham (TAA)
        KDB, Grealish, Saka, Douglas Luiz (Fernandes)
        Aguero, Aubameyang (Jimenez)

        Thoughts? Weak midfield but beyond that it’s ok and future-proofed.

        1. Pep Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          It's certainly a catch 22 mate. If I'm honest, I much prefer your FH strategy.

  19. Freund88
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    I see a lot of Jota and Jimenez, but no one on Traore. Surely at 5.6 he is worth a place in BB teams as one of the most potentially explosive single GW players with an easy fixture?

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I’d bite at 5.6m but 5.7m is too much 😉

  20. kime67
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    If i was 100% sure Lundstram starts every game between now and the end of season hes the best option in defence(yes better than trent) but if hes on the bench for the second game its gonna f up my season... My decision is to go for baldock or stevens wich could be so wrong.

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

      I’ve gone for all three!

    2. kime67
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      thats mad

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

        Or genius? Fine line... 🙂

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I’m on Henderson, Stevens and Lundstram at present.

      Problem is, I can see him coming on every game as a sub :/

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        I'd take a scoring cameo every game.

  21. New Community Article
    Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    New Community Article

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2020/06/13/community-tournament-the-pundits-playoff-comes-to-life-once-more

    The Pundit Playoff is back and Boris has a quick reminder of where we stand.

  22. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Going forward Sarr or Mount, Vardy or Auba? Cheers 🙂

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

      I am going with Sarr and Auba.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Cheers

  23. SADIO SANÉ
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Black Lives Matter to replace Player names on shirts in the first round of PL games - is BLM the slogan different from BLM the political movement? Or does it really not matter?

  24. Freund88
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Another overlooked player...David Luiz. Not a whole lot more then Leno, guaranteed two starts and was scoring and assisting a Lot before the break. And loves a goal against city! Surely fairly certain to our score most other defenders, including TAA this game week?

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Not a bad punt if you fancy an Arsenal defender.

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

      He's my pick

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

      Guaranteed to start? His contract expires this month and I'm not sure if the option to extend has been executed.

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Probably more reason for him to perform then :p

  25. grooveymatt65
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Hi guys! 

    What do you think about this BB team? (i havn't confirmed anything yet) I've left in De Bruyne and DCL from my original team. 

    I plan to Wildcard next GW. I realise I am risking it by not having TAA lol.

    Leno Henderson

    Basham Robertson Bednarek Targett Egan

    Sterling Barnes Saka De Bruyne Grealish

    Aguero Aubameyang DCL

    0.2 itb

    thanks guys!! 🙂 🙂

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I like all your picks apart from Bednarek. Would consider Lascelles.

      Pukki or Jota over DCL maybe?

      Look out for news on Robertson as he has a little knock/niggle.

      1. grooveymatt65
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        thanks but sure i can afford lacelles

        DCL i already own so don't see any harm keeping him.. plus its a derby lol

        ahh right thanks for the robertson info

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

    FH team for gw 30+

    Henderson
    Baldock - TAA - XXX
    KDB - Sterling - Grealish - XXX
    Auba - Aguero - XXX

    Subs - Button - XXX - Kilman - Simpson

    A) Lundstram - Mount - Abraham - Douglas Luis
    B) Stevens - Mount - Abraham - Guendozi
    C) Lundstram - Maddison - Pukki

    thanks

  27. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Roast my team! Bench boosting 30, then wc for the following week

    Henderson - Reina
    Lundstram - Tanganga - Egan - Lascelles - Targett
    KDB - (S)terling - Pepe - Saka - Grealish
    Jota - Kun - Auba

    Nowt in the bank

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      That defence is hot garbage, good to see you!

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Yea you to, yea hideous defence lol

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Literally praying for miracles in that defence.
          CS vs Man U, Targett to get an assist, Reine pen save
          lol

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I’d rather TAA over Pepe 🙂

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Tough one that, I know deep down you are right but Pepe is so exciting, until im like wtf why did I pick Pepe AGAIN

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          I don’t think Arsenal keep the ball enough for him to flourish, really. It really needs Man City to have a Man City type day in defence as he’s not getting anything at Burnley.

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 26 days ago

            I just liked that logic in the article saying, without the fans maybe he wont feel the pressure. He under-performed all season, he has it in him. I kinda like that punt I guess, but I am playing dangerously tbh.
            If TAA had a big haul in the reverse everton fixture I would probably have TAA, but he didnt

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

    Hey guys, Is this squad good enough to go from GW31 meaning I can FH this week or should i use the unlimited transfers option? Haven't made any transfers or used any chips (have all except TC) yet and have 6.5 ITB

    Pope
    Maguire / Lascelles / Kiko
    Salah / KDB / Bruno / Sarre
    Jota / DCL / Ings

    Button / Barnes / Boly / Williams

  29. Siggy in the Middle
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Gonna BB 30, FH 31 and WC 32+.

    So my GW30 BB team is

    Henderson

    Mendy Gomez Lascelles

    Salah KDB Grealish Pepe

    Auba Samatta Ings

    Reina Evans Cantwell Egan

  30. DantheManinaPan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Please rate my team 😀

    Leno, Reina
    Trent, O'Connell, Egan, Saiss, Lascelles
    Mane, KDB, Martial, Grealish, Fleck
    Aguero, Jimenez, Pukki

    0.3 ITB, BB this week.

    Would really love to squeeze Bruno in ahead of Martial but need to find an extra £0.3 from somewhere- any suggestions?

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

      It has to be Fleck or Pukki. Douglas Luiz is only 4.4.

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Fleck to Cantwell, Duda (May be on pens for Norwich) or Saka