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Recapping the best Southampton players ahead of FPL restart

With just days to go before the Premier League season restarts, our series of team-by-team refresher articles continues with a look at Southampton.

Taking data from Gameweeks 24-29 as a jumping-off point for wider analysis, we will be discussing the players from Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad who most catch the eye.

Fantasy managers may well be swerving the Saints to start off, with some tricky matches to come between Gameweeks 31+ and 35+.

Should the south coast club still have ‘something to play for’ come the fixture swing in Gameweek 36+, however, then they will likely re-enter the radar at that point.

With this article borrowing heavily from the data available in our Members Area, only subscribers of Fantasy Football Scout can read on.

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  1. El_Gigante
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Fleck and Basham
    or
    O’Connell and Cantwell?

    (can’t afford Fleck and O’Connell)

    1. TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 16 days ago

      I like A, go all out for DGW imo

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

      A

    3. GanonTEK
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      A for me too

    4. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      A

    5. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      A definitely

    6. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      A

  2. Vazza
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Who is a better choice for GW30+

      1. Nketiah
      2. McGinn

      Thanks 🙂

      1. GanonTEK
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        I'm risking Nketiah

      2. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        McGinn. Arsenal kid is very risky

      3. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        1.

    • willl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Best midfielder upto 6.2m for GW31 only.

      I have a Villa slot left so McGinn is an option, however I am leaning towards a SGW option, likely Redmond or Mount.

      Any suggestions or thoughts on this?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Barnes is a good pick for GW30 + GW31.

      2. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Yeah, I'm getting Barnes back in next GW

      3. willl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        this should have been for GW30

      4. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Barnes

    • EL tridente
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      How is this BB team looking?

      Ederson, Leno
      Boly, Stevens, Egan, Targett, Maguire
      De Bruyne, Sterling, Grealish, Fernandes, Fleck
      Jimenez, Auba, Samatta

      1. GanonTEK
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Looks good

      2. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Nice team

      3. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Not bad.

      4. zotter
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Why Maguire

    • FlyingWithoutIngs
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Anyone else got a feeling clean sheets are going to be very scarce? I think defence has to go one of two ways really cheap and not care or expensive and go for wing backs and players with attacking potential with the risk they get hooked early with the 5 subs

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Those Sheff United cleanie are guaranteed not to come in

        1. FlyingWithoutIngs
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          That’s what I’m thinking, I was tempted to play a chip but i don’t think anybody has any idea how it’s gonna go and if the friendly games are anything to go off nobody is gonna be solid at the back. Think it’ll be a goal fest and results and scores will send everyone scrambling who doesn’t have their 2nd WC

          1. BrockLanders
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Exactly. I'm certainly not loading up defensively on any one team

    • BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Been told that Dean Henderson needs deal extended before tomorrow or he can't play on Wednesday..

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Loan deal ended at end of May and United haven't confirmed extension. Needed to do that before tomorrow to be registered..

        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          They've had 14 days during the month to sort this out and the majority of the past few months though. I'm sure they have planned for this.

          1. BrockLanders
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            They haven't yet. Sheff Utd season ticket holder has this on good authority

      2. willl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        surely he is eligible until the end of June even if no deal is agreed?

        1. BrockLanders
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          No, loan deals officially ended at end of May

    • How I met your Mata
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Thoughts on this BB
      Also what 4.5 keeper?
      Leno 4.5
      Trent Soy Targett O’Connell Egan
      Bruno Grealish Mahrez Saka KDB
      Aguero Jota Auba

      Will wildcard week after

      1. n-doggg
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        I know you might have some value in Bruno but his fixture is terrible and he is expensive. I would use his money to upgrade Mahrez to sterling or pepe

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          after this week Bruno has immaculate fixtures

          1. n-doggg
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            I’m planning to get in on wc. Will be losing 0.1 but worth it to afford someone like sterling in the dgw

        2. GREEN IS GOOD
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Is Pepe an upgrade on Mahrez?

    • Nubi
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      BB30/WC31
      Henderson / Reina
      O`connel TAA Lascelles Saiss Simpson
      Sterling KDB B.Fernandes Grealish Saka
      Aguero Auba Nketiah
      Does this look good enough ?

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Like it.

    • Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      For people without any WC left, what are you doing this week? I'm completely lost.

      1. n-doggg
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Set your team up for 31+ and play a FH for 30

        1. Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Can one do this? Unlimited transfers then FH?

          1. n-doggg
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Yes

          2. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            No you can't

        2. GREEN IS GOOD
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          If you use FH in GW30 your team reverts back to GW29 and ignores any transfers

      2. FlyingWithoutIngs
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Unlimited transfers to set up for the remaining game weeks and then use FH and BB when I have a clearer view of form and how things are going.

      3. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        FH

    • Saïss doesn't mat…
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      1. Fernandes + McGinn or

      2. Martial + Grealish

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Toss a coin on that one

    • Legohair
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Pepe or Mahrez??? Already have auba from arsenal and kdb&aguero from city

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Pepe and hope he delivers with no fan pressure

    • Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Andy looked at 30 x GW30+ teams submitted via Twitter. The conclusion?

      "43% had at least 2 Sheffield United defenders,
      and 43% also had 3 or more,
      so 86% of all the teams that I looked at,
      Again, 30 teams, small sample size, but you can imagine, if I'd checked another 30, I'd sure it would be very similar...
      So 86% had at least 2 Sheffield United defenders"

      😐 What a rollercoaster! 😆

      https://youtu.be/StJxT5anBiE?t=1044

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        it's the SGW players that will effect the ranking probably.

      2. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        43% had at least 2....43% had 3 or more....

        If 43% had 3 or more then yeah....at least 43% had 2 or more.

    • iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Finally time to move on. Hope everyone are safe&healty and without chips

    • willl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Repost due to typo:

      Best midfielder upto 6.2m for GW30 only.

      I have a Villa slot left so McGinn is an option, however I am leaning towards a SGW option, likely Redmond or Mount.

      Any suggestions or thoughts on this?

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        McGinn. DGW and looks back to full fitness

    • n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Any thoughts on the below? Will be WCing shortly after 30.

      BB:

      Leno, Rui
      TAA, Baldock, O’Connell, target, lascelles
      Kdb, Sterling, grealish, saka, fleck
      Auba, aguero, samatta

      0.0 itb

      Thanks

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        standard. good. green arrow

      2. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Looks decent

    • Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Egan or OConnell?

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Egan imo

    • KanteTouchThis
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Need some advice guys, on bb, wc31.
      Should I keep
      Bruno + reina, oconnel, Egan, basham, saiss

      Or downgrade Bruno to
      Mcginn + hendo, Stevens, Egan, Doherty + 4.6 def (target or any Sgw player)

      Sgw Bruno could easily outscore dgq Bruno but I get nice upgrades if I get mcginn.

      Thanks in advance

      1. KanteTouchThis
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Dgw mcginn*

      2. n-doggg
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Downgrade Bruno, not a nice fixture for a sgw

        1. KanteTouchThis
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Leaning towards this. Lose a little bit of value but I reckon it's okay as I'll still be able to afford him next gw

    • iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Finally time to move on. Hope everyone are safe&healty and without chips

      1. GREEN IS GOOD
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Spamming?

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 16 days ago

          No, had some problems with page so I couldnt post whole text. Its annoying, sorry for reposting.

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Who would you change?

      Hendo.

      Robbo. Stevens. Baldock.

      KdB. Mahrez. Salah. Barnes.

      Aubameyang. Jimi. Nketiah.

      BB: Leno. Traore. Lascelles. Cathcart.

      Thanks, much appreciated.

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        I'd be concerned at not owning Aguero

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Indeed ... funds are tight.

    • Oldie99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      The below is made up of unlimited transfers, with a view to WC in GW31+

      Is this worth giving up 1.5M of TV for?

      Leno Henderson
      Lundy Stevens Targett Saiss Fernandez
      Mahrez KDB McGinn Grealish Özil
      Auba Kun Jimi

      1. HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        TV is irrelevant .... how many players would you be selling and then buying back again next week

        The only gw38 players that I still have are TAA and Bruno ... just sold Jimenez and will have to spend an extra 200K to buy him back for gw31+

        1. Oldie99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          would probably get TAA, Salah/Mane, DCL back, maybe Pope, probably about 1.0 TV in those players alone right now

          cant work out whats best

          but do you think as a general idea that it makes sense to get 12 DGW players in and then do WC?

          1. HashAttack
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            I've ended up with 10 dgw players - just 2 from each of ARS and AVL
            My singles are Dubravka, TAA, Doherty, Bruno and Tammy

            My gw38 TV was 109.7 ... it's now 108.7 - but after my WC I expect my subs will be worth 1M less

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          It's relevant if you can't afford the same team back. I guess it's all about points tho. as ever!

    • iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Finally time to move on. Hope everyone are safe&healty.

      How does this look for BB?

      Henderson
      TAA Egan O'Connell Targett
      KdB Pepe Grealish Mcginn
      Auba(c) Kun

      Henderson Soy Barnes Nketiah

      Salah is out but I only lose 0.3 on him. Had more value tied up in Soy, TAA and KdB. Just not sure about Pepe...

      P.s. still have all 3 chips + wc

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        yes, lets move on. stop posting this.

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 16 days ago

          That was qn error before, didn't do it purpose. But this suits yout style so thanks for nothing.

      2. Irish Villan 1985
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        I'd lean towards Kun for captain mate, I'm always nervous trusting Auba....

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 16 days ago

          I know but I dont trust Pep mote then Auba.

          1. iL PiStOlErO
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 16 days ago

            *more

      3. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Assume the 2nd Henderson is a mistake.

        I'm not the biggest fan of McGinn or Soyuncu; same with you on Pepe - but it is what it is, a punt.

        Nketiah is a bit of a risk - but at least an enabler. Looking at how Arteta is moving around formations to fit Saka in, I would be tempted to downgrade McGinn & upgrade Nketiah. Samatta may actually be a better pick than McGinn anyway.

        How much would it leave you with, though?

        Soy could be shifted to a Newcastle defender & -perhaps- a shift on Pepe.

        The rest is fine.

    • Irish Villan 1985
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Hi Lads,

      What's your thoughts? Played my Free Hit as I'm happy with my team for the run in.

      Do you think this is madness?

      Henderson

      Bellerin, Laporte, Egan, Targett

      Pepe, KDB, Grealish

      Aguero, Auba, Samatta

      Is this super stupid??

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Not convinced by Pepe, apparently he has just over 1 shot on average per match.

        1. Irish Villan 1985
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Thanks mate, think I'll ignore Pepe and Bellerin and just keep Salah and TAA 🙂

    • Cruz88
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Realistically who scores more this week

      A) Son
      B) Pepe

      1. Irish Villan 1985
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Pepe plays twice, Son plays United so I'd lean towards Pepe - Especially against Brighton...

    • Reckoner.
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Think I'm set on my plan:

      GW30 team to Bench Boost:

      Leno | Henderson
      TAA | Egan | Lundstram | Lascelles | Tanganga
      KDB | Mahrez | Grealish | El Ghazi | Douglas Luiz
      Aubameyang | Aguero | Jimenez

      GW31 transfers:

      El Ghazi & Aguero > Salah / Mane & DCL

      GW32 Free Hit

      GW33 Wildcard

      1. Reckoner.
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Should have a good enough team in GW31 to ride it out with the 2 transfers for -4. Tanganga the big risk for the 2 gameweeks I guess.

        Could spend 0.2 more (4.3) but then that rules out the Salah over Mane option.

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Pretty good.

        Why FH before WC?

      3. french holiday
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        It is advisable to WC immediately if your gonna BB with the UT this dgw.

    • Herculeez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      with no FH or BB but still a second WC do you think it is a good idea to build a team purely for this gw then WC next gw to build a team for the remainder of the season?

      1. KanteTouchThis
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        I would go for this

      2. Colonel Shoe 肝池
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        yes its like 2 wcs

    • Jacky boy
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Which combo?
      A) stevens + cantwell + targett
      B) egan + mcginn + aarons

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Probably A, but not keen on either

    • Mikel Arteta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Something different. I will use UT and BB in 30, FH in 31 and WC in 34.
      - RMT for GW31&32. 1st draft.

      Henderson Leno

      TAA Doherty Aanholt Stevens Targett

      KDB Mahrez Grealish Norwood Saka

      Auba Aguero Jimenez

    • Dr. Agabuse
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      I think i am gonna play this the kost conservative way.

      Keeping the WC
      Keeping the FH

      Dont go overboard with doublegw players with playing time that have likely less than 120min (as Salah Vardy Jimmy and co get 90 too)
      as I might be stuck with Mahrez instead of Salah until the WC wgich i dont wanna play before 33 after City vs Liverpool to get informatikn on how theyre all gonna line up and esp after we see who will still play for smth

      1. Dr. Agabuse
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Also Uniteds fixture dont become perfect before 33 and Villas Arsenals are good until then.
        But except KDB and maybe Laporte its a reach.
        Id like Aguero but cant get there without sacrificing Salah even if i go Aguero to Vardy after this week.

        Currently thinking

        Henderson Leno
        O Conell Egan TAA Doherty Soy

        Salah KDB Grealish McGinn Saka

        Auba Jimmy Jota

        3wolves seems like no overload if keeping the WC

        1. Bossworld
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Pre-covid, GW32 looked optimal for a bench boost but going with the flow and doing it this week now

          1. Dr. Agabuse
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Still gonna do BB now

    • Lav
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      9.2m for a gk & def, who would you consider? Dont mind if its a sgw player with some good immediate fixtures too.

    • Vazza
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Going for McGinn at this stage seems a bit of a lottery pick

        1. Dr. Agabuse
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Why?

          1. Vazza
              8 months, 16 days ago

              Not sure how many mins he would play after a lengthy absence. Could easily be gold if plays both games and gets an assist for example.