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Eliteserien Round 2 – Is it time to wildcard?

After mega-hauls for both Bodo/Glimt and Kristiansund, and fixtures coming thick and fast – is it time to wildcard? The argument for wildcarding this early because of big results for just two teams in one gameweek may sound like a poor one, but it’s not just about that. Bodo/Glimt have scored 10 goals in 2 games, while Kristiansund followed up their 0-0 draw in Trondheim up with a 7-2 demolition of newly-promoted Aalesunds. The Norwegian league may be many things, but boring it ain’t.

Not only should Kristiansund have possibly beaten Rosenborg, but in Amahl Pellegrino (9.1m) they have one of the most exciting attacking players in the league. Bodo/Glimt are also building on their brilliant campaign last season which saw them finish second to Molde, who were quite frankly streets ahead of everyone else. Bodo/Glimt are a team full of talented midfielders – much like rivals Molde – who are a reliable source of points for Fantasy managers. They scored 64 goals last term and they’ve got off to a flyer already.

Rosenborg are yet to score and were lucky not to lose their opener against Kristiansund. They were also perhaps fortunate to lose by only one goal at Molde who squandered multiple chances. After succumbing to an opening-day 2-1 home defeat against Sandefjord, Odd were humbled by Stromsgodset, losing 1-0. Despite spirited performances from Vebjorn Hoff (5.5m) and 18-year-old Joshua Kitolano (5.0m), they were unable to break through a stubborn Stromsgodset defence with centre-back Niklas Gunnarsson (4.5m) and central midfielder Ipalibo Jack (4.5m) notably resilient. Rosenborg and Odd finished third and fourth last season on equal points – just two behind Bodo/Glimt – but already seem miles off the pace.

Brann have made a solid start to 2020, with a 2-1 win at Haugesund which was promptly followed up with a superb 3-0 home victory against Viking – Gilbert Koomson (7.0m) in particular putting in brilliant performances in both fixtures. Sarpsborg are yet to score, Viking have conceded 7 goals already and Mjondalen have kept 2 clean sheets in a row. To many this season is not going the way it should be and that will be raising red flags within the Eliteserien Fantasy community, hence the need for this post.

So, is it time to wildcard? Is this actually something we should even bother asking ourselves right now, or are we in danger of knee-jerking and trying to jump on bandwagons that don’t even exist? One thing I’ve found to be quite interesting is player ownership and how the majority of high-scoring players aren’t the most-owned assets per position.

I’ll list the top 5 owned players (by % ownership) per position along with their value and total points so we can better understand how ownership, value and points are lining up after the opening two gameweeks. I understand this metric will not be 100% representative of player worth, but it will provide an insight into who the majority of managers favour, and whether or not they are right to.

GOALKEEPERS

Top 5 Most Owned Goalkeepers:

1) Marcus Sandberg (6.0m) 21.7% – 6,1 = 7pts

2) Iven Austbo (5.5m) 16.8% – 0,2 = 2pts

3) Sondre Rossbach (5.5m) 16.6% – 1,2 = 3pts

4) Kristoffer Klaesson (5.0m) 15.7% – 8,1 = 9pts

5) Gudmund Kongshavn (4.5m) 13.0% – 0,0 = 0pts

Average Cost: 5.3m

Average Points: 4.2pts

Klaesson owners are the real winners here. At 5.0m he is reasonably priced and has more points than the most owned goalkeeper in the game. Let’s not forget that Sandberg amassed a huge 146 points last season, one of the highest points totals in the game. At this point in time, the most popular goalkeepers are hard to justify having when there is so much value in cheaper alternatives.

Top 5 Scoring Goalkeepers: 

1) Sosha Makani (4.5m) 4.7% 7,6 = 13pts

2) Ali Ahamada (6.0m) 2.1% 2,10 = 12pts

3) Serigne Mbaye (4.5m) 5.7% 6,5 = 11pts

4) Andreas Linde (6.0m) 8.8% 2,7 = 9pts

5) Kristoffer Klaesson (5.0m) 15.7% 8,1 = 9pts

Average Cost: 5.2m

Average Points: 10.8pts

Brann’s Ahamada is a new signing so perhaps it’s not too surprising his ownership is so low. But so far, so good. McDermott is out until September so it’s understandable that not many have taken a risk on Mbaye, but those who have backed him will be happy with 11 points even though he conceded two goals in one game.

Mjondalen’s run of clean sheets has to come to end soon, but for the time being, those who backed Makani will be delighted with his contribution, though he’s likely occupying a place on a lot of benches. Linde sits in fourth place with Klaesson on nine points, but with half his ownership mainly due to costing 1.0m more.

DEFENDERS

With goals being synonymous with Norwegian football (no club averaged less than a goal a game last season) choosing defenders for their clean sheet potential usually comes second to how likely they are to get attacking returns. For the even slightly familiar, the name Alexander Stolas (7.5m) – recently back from injury – should ring a few bells. The Eliteserien’s answer to Alexander-Arnold has scored eight goals and racked up sixteen assists over the last three years.

Top 5 Most Owned Defenders:

1) Christophe Psyche (5.5m) 33.2% 1,1 = 2pts

2) Fredrik Bjorkan (6.0m) 30.5% 1,1 = 2pts

3) Andreas Hanche-Olsen (5.5m) 29.4% 8,2 = 10pts

4) Sulayman Bojang (4.5m) 22.3% 1,0 = 1pt

5) Bismar Acosta (5.5m) 16.6% 0,6 = 6pts

Average Cost: 5.4m

Average Points: 4.2pts

The most popular defender in the game – Christophe Psyche – managed just a few minutes against Rosenborg at the end of the game but played the full match in Kristiansund’s 7-2 demolition of Aalesunds. At 5.5m he is far too expensive to be a rotation risk and has returned just two points so far. Bjorkan is seemingly waiting for his moment to get involved with the goal-scoring at Bodo/Glimt as he is yet to register an attacking return despite his team having scored ten times already. It’s worth noting he was also subbed off just before the hour against Viking.

Bojang has only managed 75 minutes of football even though it was widely assumed he would be one of the first names on the Sarpsborg team sheet. 4.5m for a defender who is often deployed out of position seemed too good to be true – perhaps it was.

Being a Brann defender, Acosta’s high ownership is no surprise (they had the joint third-best defensive record last season) yet even he had to settle for a place on the bench for their opening fixture against FK Haugesund. Vegard Forren’s (5.5m) arrival from Molde potentially diminishing the 33 year old’s appeal. Hanche-Olsen has done nothing to make his owners worry, although there are nine defenders with more points than him already and not one of them costs more. In fact, six are actually cheaper.

Top 5 Scoring Defenders:

1) Stian Gregersen (5.1m) 10.9% 5,11 = 16pts

2) Markus Nakkim (4.6m) 6.8% 9,7 = 16pts

3) Sondre Johansen (5.5m) 8.8% 5,9 = 14pts

4) Ruben Kristiansen (5.5m) 3.6% 2,11 = 13pts

5) Vetle Dragsnes (5.0m) 3.2% 7,6 = 13pts

Average Cost: 5.1m

Average Points: 14.4pts

Once again the majority of the points lie in assets that are not particularly well-owned, with the exception of Gregersen who has not only experienced a price rise already, he is the third most transferred in player of the round. At just 5.0m the Molde defender looks to be a no-brainer as Haralseid has been ruled out for the rest of the season and with Molde being in short supply at the back, he looks to have cemented his place already.

Three of the other top-scoring defenders are Mjondalen players. While they represent incredible value for money, the question has to be asked – how much longer can we expect them to keep clean sheets? They’re the only team to not concede in both of their games and while they have faced twenty-two shots in those fixtures, only six have been on target. Nakkim, Johansen and Dragsnes have accumulated a huge 8 BFP between them even without registering a single goal or assist.

MIDFIELDERS

Top 5 Most Owned Midfielders:

1) Magnus Wolff Eikrem (12.5m) 42.2% 9,3 = 12pts

2) Kristoffer Zachariassen (8.4m) 36.6% 3,1 = 4pts

3) Emil Bohinen (6.0m) 32.5% 3,1 = 4pts

4) Patrick Berg (4.5m) 28.9% 4,9 = 13pts

5) Philip Zinckernagel (8.2m) 26.6% 11,8 = 19pts

Average Cost: 7.9m

Average Points: 10.4pts

Magnus Wolff Eikrem requires no introduction – the man is the best player in the league and his high ownership reflects that. His moderate points total of 12 is mainly due to going off injured against Aalesunds, and then against Rosenborg he was let down by criminally wasteful finishing by Ohikhuaeme Omoijuanfo (11.0m).

The less said about Kristoffer Zachariassen the better, for Rosenborg fans’ sake and ours. What a let down he’s been. He’s scored 18 goals and got 10 assists in the last three years which prompted his move to Rosenborg, but has looked an entirely different player since joining.

Before the season started, Emil Bohinen looked be the perfect fourth midfielder. 6.0m for a player who got 9 attacking returns last season along with 10 clean sheets and 14 bonus points? Again, an absolute no-brainer, surely? Apparently not. The youngster has played a less attacking role so far and has blanked in both games.

Patrick Berg is the perfect enabler – at 4.5m he represents the cheapest price bracket for midfielders – and what an enabler he is. Even though he went all through last season without scoring or getting an assist, the 22 year old is already off the mark after two games. He played 90 minutes in both fixtures and even though his team-mates are outscoring him, he’s the one getting the bonus points, winning 3 against Viking and then 2 at home to Haugesund.

Another Bodo/Glimt player, Zinckernagel, has started the season in incredible form. 3 assists and 1 goal in 2 games has seen his price rise twice already. In sixth place is Ulrik Saltnes (7.5m) – another Bodo/Glimt midfielder – who, with 16 points so far, deserves a special mention as he is the joint fourth highest scoring midfielder in the league.

Mainly due to Bodo/Glimt scoring for fun and Eikrem being Eikrem, there is somewhat more correlation between ownership and points scored with midfielders than there is with goalkeepers and defenders. When looking at the top 5 points scorers in midfield, only one is owned by less than 12%. Bizarrely enough, just 8.6% of teams have the mercurial Jens Petter Hauge (7.6m). With his impending move to Cercle Brugge edging closer by the day, most are avoiding him in favour of his teammates, but with 21 points he’s the third-highest scoring player in the game and could be a great short-term differential.

Top 5 Scoring Midfielders:

1) Amahl Pellegrino (9.1m) 14.2% 3,23(!) = 26pts

2) Jens Petter Hauge (7.6m) 8.6% 11,10 = 21pts

3) Philip Zinckernagel (8.2m) 26.6% 11,8 = 19pts

4) Ulrik Saltnes (7.5m) 22.2% 7,9 = 16pts

5) Niklas Sandberg (7.5m) 12.3% 9,7 = 16pts

Average Cost: 8.0m

Average Points: 19.6pts

This is where we begin to see even more correlation between ownership and points scored, with only Jens Petter Hauge being in less than 12% of teams. What’s even more eye-opening is that the next 5 highest scoring midfielders have an average cost of 5.6m but have scored 69 points between them. You don’t need to be a mathematician to understand numbers like that.

Bodo/Glimt have 4 midfielders in the top 10 for points scored so far. They are proving to be the unstoppable force that has got a lot of people worried; echoes of managers questioning the logic of playing an early wildcard are starting to be heard and perhaps with good reason.

FORWARDS

Only 5 forwards are into double figures for the season which is hardly surprising as no less than twenty midfielders have got 10 points or more. Many of those are playing in more advanced roles than their classification would imply, and in doing so are poaching points from our actual forwards. From what we’ve seen so far there’s a lot of points to be gained from bringing in midfielders who won’t break the bank. But what about the big boys up top?

Top 5 Most Owned Forwards:

1) Torgeir Borven (11.1m) 35.4% 6,2 = 8pts

2) Leke James (12.0m) 34.1% 3,0 = 3pts

3) Lars Jorgen Salvesen (8.6m) 22.9% 10,1 = 11pts

4) Jorgen Strand Larsen (7.5m) 19.1% 2,2 = 4pts

5) Matthias Vilhjalmsson (8.0m) 18.4% 5,6 = 11pts

Average Cost: 9.4m

Average Points: 7.4pts

There’s a couple of talking points here which concern the top 2 most owned forwards in the game. Torgeir Borven is on his way out of under-performing, ship-sinking Odd, to join Rosenborg at the start of September. There have been rumours he may join earlier, but it seems unlikely. Even though he has experienced a price rise after Round 1, I wouldn’t be surprised if his ownership starts to dwindle, as he might start looking towards Trondheim. This is the 28 year old’s chance at the big time and no doubt the prospect of playing at Rosenborg could lead to him putting in less than stellar performances at the club he’s destined to leave.

Leke James was sent off against Aalesunds so did not feature in Round 2. Who knows what might have happened if that wasn’t the case, but it does show that even premium players are human and prone to the odd mistake or two.

Lars Jorgen Salvesen was in great form against Start, but it was a different story against Odd who frustrated the striker all game for him to end up on just 1 point after picking up a yellow card. Jorgen Strand Larsen was meant to take the league by storm this season. It’s been more of a gentle breeze so far – and that’s being kind – with no forecast indicating any change in weather. Sarpsborg have had 32 shots but only 7 have been on target. The twenty year-old has had just the one shot on target and another blocked. What’s more alarming is the fact he lost the ball 14 times against Mjondalen.

Matthias Vilhjalmsson has one goal and an assist already and could provide a steady flow of points for his owners if Valengra keep up their early momentum. With just 12 goals to his name since 2017 he’s not seen as a forward who will score on a regular basis, but he provides good link up play when called upon.

Top 5 Scoring Forwards:

1) Kasper Junker (8.2m) 18.1% 5,17 = 22pts

2) Mathias Bringaker (5.6m) 4.5% 6,6 = 12pts

3) Daouda Bamba (9.0m) 13.4% 2,9 = 11pts

4) Lars Jorgen Salvesen (8.6m) 22.9% 10,1 = 11pts

5) Matthias Vilhjalmsson (8.0m) 18.4% 5,6 = 11pts

Average Cost: 7.9m

Average Points: 13.4pts

Yet again it is another Bodo/Glimt player who catches the eye. Kasper Junker is untouchable, sitting a full 10 points clear of his nearest rival – IK Start’s budget option Mathias Bringaker – and is part of a team that loves to score goals. Nine forwards are more expensive than the twenty six year-old, and he’s currently only the sixth most owned. With very little competition up front he is surely a must-have.

Salvesen and Vilhjalmsson have both shown they’ve been worth the early investment and Bamba will surely start to attract new owners as the season progresses. One thing should be quite obvious to anyone reading this article and that is by judging a player solely on their ownership, you run the risk of following a crowd that doesn’t know where it’s going, as well as potentially missing out on hidden gems that reveal themselves when it’s too late.

Conclusion

Looking back at each category we can surmise that while the average cost of the most owned players is in line with that of the highest scoring players, the points totals are most certainly not. Yes it’s true we have only really looked at the top 5-10 players in each position, but the numbers are telling – there’s more points in the lesser-owned players than the more popular picks.

The problem with this analysis is that we have a very small sample size of just two gameweeks. Is it enough to make an informed decision? How long do we wait before we are happy to say our data is indicative of a certain trend or behaviour? If people are already panicking and asking whether or not an early wildcard makes sense, then we are left with no alternative but to look at what has happened over the last week of football and make the most informed judgement we can.

If you happen to be one of those managers who have a squad made up of highly owned, low scoring players then you’re not alone. Obviously. You will be surrounded by a big chunk of managers in the same boat. The problem is, it’s not necessarily the boat you’d choose to be in. Another way of looking at it is, surely these players will come good, no? After all, it’s what majority of us endorsed before the season began, so that has to count for something. Allowing yourself to be blinded with this kind of logic, while denying what is actually going on, is a dangerous way to play the game. You run the risk of believing a truth created by a hivemind of players who have convinced themselves any other way of thinking is incorrect.

However, if we isolate Bodo/Glimt’s players it’s a different story. If you do not own a single one of their players – you’re in trouble. Falling even further behind is a real possibility if you remain defiant in looking elsewhere. Their next three fixtures – Rosenborg, Sarpsborg & Odd – should provide very little resistance for the free-scoring Superlaget. The general consensus is they win all three and with goals aplenty. With how bad Rosenborg are playing I expect there to be goals in Trondheim.

Brann also have kind fixtures (Aalesunds, Rosenborg & Sarpsborg) and provide defensive and attacking options at reasonable prices. Molde and Kristiansund are abundant in high-quality players in every position, with Eikrem and Pellegrino being two of the most exciting midfielders in the league.

Looking at form players it’s easy to feel as though Bodo/Glimt have all the answers. Or Brann. Or Molde. But what is the question you are asking? Are you wildcarding to jump on a bandwagon you think is inevitable but which may run out of steam fast, or are you wildcarding with a more distant finish line in mind? I can’t see how using such a powerful, useful chip would make sense if it is for the first reason alone.

Due to fixture congestion, Covid-19 and potential transfers we don’t yet know about, using a wildcard after just two weeks seems incredibly premature. I would prioritise taking hits to get those players in you deem essential for the coming weeks and run with it, after all sometimes doing nothing is ultimately more harmful for your team. If you have a few players in your team you expect to blank, then shipping them out for a hit for players you’re more confident in to get a return is sometimes a risk you have to take. Obviously it’s a lottery, and form is temporary, but missing out on certain players’ purple streaks can not only be harmful to your rank, but it can also be utterly demoralising.

There is a stigma around taking hits (especially in FPL) that creates an illusion of poor planning or being too reactive when sometimes it’s the exact opposite. Being able to adapt when things go wrong because of injuries, suspensions or unexplainable good/bad form is key to getting through a season without giving up half-way through.

While often it’s the shrewd, calculating managers who sit atop the leaderboards, there are many of us who have poured hours into our teams only for it to go wrong within the first couple of weeks. Then we are faced with decisions that could define our seasons: Take a hit? Wildcard? Do nothing? Sometimes fortune favours the brave, sometimes it doesn’t. In my opinion the worst thing you can do, as a Fantasy manager, is regret not making a move you think might work rather than regretting a move you made. That’s not to say inaction is the wrong tactic to deploy – it is certainly the right call to earn another free transfer – but there is usually something you can do to strengthen your team every week.

If you are treating a wildcard as a band-aid designed to get you through the next few weeks you run the risk of point chasing. There is a certain irony in that so many managers having backed the wrong players from the off will then proceed to chase points that have already eluded them. Fear of missing out is not a good reason to jump into a wildcard.

FOMO = OHNO. (Sorry, that was bad).

I’ve set myself up for the start of Round 3 by jumping in with a -4 point hit to bring in both Pellegrino and Junker for Bohinen and Strand Larsen. I have my eyes firmly set on Alexander Stolas, but I think that might have to wait till next week. Having looked at ownership of players and how that relates to the highest scoring players in the game, I am happy to make minor alterations to my team and leave it at that.

Bringing in Junker for a hit has provided me with a shield – and a cheap one at that – while Pellegrino offers far more in attack than Bohinen. The main issues I have are in defence but seeing as only a handful of defenders have an assist and only two have scored, I feel taking a hit mainly on the basis of trying to earn a clean sheet is a fool’s errand.

If you are unable to bring in any Bodo/Glimt players without messing up your team or costing yourself points you’d rather not spend – it could be worse. They are not as highly owned as other players in the game but their ownership will surely rise. It’s a foregone conclusion. To be honest I’m surprised their ownership is as low as it is. Reasonable thinking would be to jump on the back of that trail as soon as possible in order to minimise any damage done by not owning those assets. Another way of approaching the situation would be stagger transfers out over the coming weeks, having faith in the rest of your squad.

Players will not score or assist every single gameweek. It is a logical fallacy to assume because a player scored one week he will the next, or that because a player performed poorly one week he is bound to repeat that performance the next time he plays. There is certainly something to be said about good players playing well, and bad players playing poorly, but sometimes when all you can see is profit you end up in a lot of debt.

ReindeerHotdog Should be my Eliteserien Team: https://en.fantasy.eliteserien.no/entry/12433/event/1”

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  1. TAT
    • 2 Years
    11 days, 17 hours ago

    2-2, Junker.

  2. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 17 hours ago

    Junker G
    Hauge A

    Perfect!

    1. ReindeerHotdog
      11 days, 17 hours ago

      Only have Hauge but I'll take it. I went with Ohi over Junker - we all know how good of a choice that was!

    2. TAT
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 17 hours ago

      No assist given on the site…

  3. TAT
    • 2 Years
    11 days, 17 hours ago

    2-3, Solbakken.

    1. Sandstorm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 days, 17 hours ago

      Flashscore says Junker assist.

      1. TAT
        • 2 Years
        11 days, 17 hours ago

        Given on the site as well. Regretting not doing James > Junker (-4)

        1. Sandstorm
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          11 days, 16 hours ago

          My regret is having two "differentials", Kachi & Furdal, in my team. Had Hauge for some time in my team but then made a wrong decision. Not too late to buy him now? Is he staying or leaving?

          1. TAT
            • 2 Years
            11 days, 16 hours ago

            Ouch, the have 8 points between them or something, don't they?

            I don't know, but maybe someone else here on the site have more information. I imagine several Bodø/Glimt players will be of interest for bigger club in other leagues.

            1. Sandstorm
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              11 days, 16 hours ago

              Yeah, grand total of eight points!

              Ok cheers, maybe I'll check sofascore stats and try to find some new differential... 🙂

              1. TAT
                • 2 Years
                11 days, 16 hours ago

                Might have to do the same! 🙂

          2. Tom the Sloth
            • 4 Years
            11 days, 4 hours ago

            Hauge is leaving. Bid and contract accepted and signed. He is just waiting for Norway opening up their borders for travels to Europe, so he can go to Belgium to do a medical. According to newspapers in Norway, this will happen between 10th and 15th of July.

            If the newspapers are correct, he will be able to play 3 or 4 more games before departing for Cercle Brugge.

            1. Sandstorm
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              11 days, 1 hour ago

              Cheers! I already did Junker -> Berg. Got some money to bank and already one price rise. He has had lots successful longballs in the previous games so hoping they lead to goals and assists in the future games!

              1. Sandstorm
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                11 days, 1 hour ago

                Furdal not Junker! Looks like I already forgot his name which is good. 🙂

                1. Sandstorm
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  11 days, 41 mins ago

                  Heck I did Kachi -> Zinck for -4. No more differentials in my team. \m/

  4. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 17 hours ago

    My defence and GK including bench scored 59 pts this week, might be a record for me..

  5. The Tinkerman
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 17 hours ago

    Would probably be a mistake but I am tempted by Sarr > Pulisic. Cash ITB to do it, but initially intended to get Mane or another city asset...

    Patricio
    Doherty, TAA, Maguire
    Bruno, KDB, Son, Sarr
    Rashford, Jiminez, DCL

    1. The Tinkerman
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 16 hours ago

      Sorry, wrong post

  6. ReindeerHotdog
    11 days, 16 hours ago

    Wow. What a way to end GW3. Madness.
    Junker with 4 goals and 2 assists already and only 8.4m.
    Surely going to rise at least once before the weekend.

    1. TAT
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 16 hours ago

      I recon I need to bring him in early. Have lost out on enough price rises already.

  7. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 16 hours ago

    Berg voted motm so assuming he gets max baps. Not good!

  8. VS10 - Messidonia
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 15 hours ago

    Do anybody know what kind of injury Leke James have? Is it a long term kind of? Possibilities playing this weekend?

    1. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      11 days, 15 hours ago

      He's apparently in full training and available
      https://twitter.com/ESNJonas/status/1276161818029961218

  9. Mince n Tatties
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 days, 15 hours ago

    Finished on 94 points this Runde
    Koomson (K) and Ohi my only regrets...
    I’ll take it all the same!
    Onto Runde 4 we go!!!

    1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 14 hours ago

      Well played!

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 14 hours ago

      M&T I am having a mare.
      I wildcarded and capt James not seeing he was injured (wasn’t flagged) until after deadline when I logged in. I also bought in Pellegino who’s flagged. I just transferred them both out for a hit and how I hear James is fit? 😆
      Sandberg vice thankfully and getting points of the bench so it’s best week yet despite so many blunders. First two weeks I did awful though.

    3. ReindeerHotdog
      11 days, 12 hours ago

      Nice, nice!
      81 for me but with Ohi (K).
      What could have been... To be fair my (V) was Koomson!

      I had Hanche-Olsen, Sandberg AND Bamba in my team and still managed to pick a very expensive 2 pointer!

      After my disastrous 22 points from Round 2, I'm feeling a bit more optimistic moving forward. Hopefully that will prove to be the anomaly and I'll be able to get up there amongst the best of em for a while.

  10. ReindeerHotdog
    11 days, 12 hours ago

    One HUGE question is whether I take out Donnum for Zinckernagel for -4 hit.

    I know he's massively owned, but I don't have Eikrem and the guy is on pens, seems to have the ball more than anyone else and everything goes through him. Plus he's cheaper and playing for a team that loves a goal or 13.

    Mostly put off by the fact that I think Valerenga have better fixtures over the next 3, but still, is it really going to be that much of any issue for Glimt? They can score against anyone.

    1. El Puqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      11 days, 5 hours ago

      What are your other moves? Bodo can score 3 against anyone so I wouldn’t look at that too much, like you said. But maybe not for -4.

      Would have picked Zinckernagel on WC if I knew he was on pens :(.

      1. ReindeerHotdog
        11 days, 4 hours ago

        Picked Ohi on my WC with the idea of shipping him out. Wanted to maximise gains.. Worked out well!

        So I've already gone Ohi to Junker. I'm really, really happy with my team, I'm just concerned about Zinckernagel as he's on pens and owned by so many.

        If he gets double digits again, then -4 is a way to protect myself against that haul.

        Refs are giving pens for shirt pulling - there's going to be a lot more of them to come.

        1. El Puqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          11 days, 2 hours ago

          Yeah well I have nothing to say about mr Donnum so I guess not a bad shout. Any idea where I could see the possible penatly kick takers then? There really seems to be a lot of pens this year...

  11. Dupuytrens
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 9 hours ago

    Having a bit of an up and down start to the season.
    GW1 OK
    GW2 disaster.
    GW3 OK. ( even though I transferred out Castro for his expected goal and bonus).

    Contemplating a WC for GW5 ( if I can hold off).
    Already done Reginiusen to Gregerson as RBK (my team ) look really poor so far.
    0 FT's 1.6 itb

    Sandberg ( Uller)
    Psyche, Gregerson, Eggan Hedenstad, Hanche Olsen, Bojang
    Zinckernangle, Eikrem, Donnum, Berg, Aremu
    Borven, Strand Larsen, Fiskerstrand.

    My bench is week and I have an itchy trigger finger - WC now or take a couple of hits?

    All comments appreciated, many thanks in advance.

    1. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      11 days, 4 hours ago

      Looks mostly ok to me.
      Bojang & S.Larsen need to go but not sure if I'd wc (my wc team scored same points as old team with 9 players)

    2. ReindeerHotdog
      11 days, 2 hours ago

      Not a chance I'd wildcard.

      As MT says, Bojang and SLarsen need going but the rest of your team would not make want to use my wildcard just yet.

      -4 hits aren't that bad depending on the moves so I wouldn't be put off by that.

      You could put off getting rid of Bojang another week but swap out SLarsen for a number of alternatives especially as you have money itb to do so.

      I'd resist the urge for now and try not to do much more than -4 hit if you feel you really need to make multiple changes.

    3. El Puqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      11 days, 1 hour ago

      No need for wc, maybe take a hit bring in Junker & 5.0 defender (Aasbak, Solheim?) for Larsen and Hedenstad.

  12. Aboh
    11 days, 5 hours ago

    Any news on Pellegrino?

    1. Tom the Sloth
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 4 hours ago

      Manager Michelsen said that he was not even close for the game on wednesday this week. So I guess he will, at best, be a sub this weekend. Awaiting more info myself.

      1. Aboh
        11 days, 4 hours ago

        So probably should be excluded for WC team..

  13. MTPockets
    • 11 Years
    11 days, 4 hours ago

    Horneland (RBK coach) gone:
    https://www.rbk.no/nyheter/enige-om-a-avslutte-samarbeidet

    1. ReindeerHotdog
      11 days, 4 hours ago

      Wow. Not a surprise.

      I read that after the match the players walked off in separate directions and the mood in the changing room has been gloomy.

      They've lost both games to title rivals and don't look like scoring. Feel sorry for Borven! Hopefully they're paying him enough to make it worth his while.

      I can't see them making top 3. For me that spot goes to Brann.

      1. MTPockets
        • 11 Years
        11 days, 4 hours ago

        Maybe. I thought that last season (took them 6 weeks to win a game)

      2. Aboh
        11 days, 4 hours ago

        Borven?

        1. MTPockets
          • 11 Years
          11 days, 3 hours ago

          He's joining Rosenborg. From Aug 1st was the latest info I think

          1. Team Cruel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            11 days, 2 hours ago

            Current window closes June 30 so if they want him now they'll have to open their wallet

            1. ReindeerHotdog
              11 days, 1 hour ago

              On the RBK site it says he is set to join then on 1st August but I swear I read elsewhere he would move on 1st September.

              Not sure whether he'll be joining on 1st August (as his contract with Odd expires on 31st July) but won't be able to play until 1st September.

              I dunno how it works or what the windows are but I've definitely seen both 1st August and September as the date he is set to join Rosenborg.

              1. El Puqi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                11 days, 1 hour ago

                I heard 1st of September as well.. weird.

          2. Aboh
            11 days, 58 mins ago

            I'm sorry for being clueless (not from Norway), but what is the best site for Eliteserien injuries, transfer news for fantasy purposes?

            1. MTPockets
              • 11 Years
              10 days, 23 hours ago

              The site has a weekly page under news: https://www.eliteserien.no/nyheter e.g. latest one: https://www.eliteserien.no/nyheter/speideren-skader-runde-3-2020

              But not always fully updated so best place to check is probably here.

  14. El Puqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    11 days, 1 hour ago

    Any ideas on how I could get Zinckernagel here? Instead of Saltness or Berg.

    Klaesson/Haug
    Stølås/Gregersen/Solheim (Näsberg/Daland)
    Saltness/Eikrem/Koomson/Sandberg (Berg)
    Junker/Bamba/Salvesen

    Id also want Castro from Aalesund...

    Downgrading Stølås is the obvious one but I really want to keep him. So maybe downgrade Salvesen to Bringaker and the upgrade Saltness & Koomson to Zinckernagel & Castro next week for -4? Or Downgrade Eikrem to Castro?

    Any ideas appreciated, cheers!

    1. Sandstorm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 days, 55 mins ago

      That's a tough one.

      I've been thinking about permacaptaining Eikrem (if he is fit).

      Saltness's heatmap looks fairly attacking, especially in the last game, 3.3 key passes per game.

      SIF's next game is AAFK (H). I'd be hiding behind the couch if I sold Salvesen (3.3 shots per game, in comparison Helland 4.0, Bamba 3.3, James 3.0, Ohi 2.5).

      All I can say is good luck with your choices!

      1. El Puqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        11 days, 48 mins ago

        Where do get these stats? Might give Saltness some time then... Zinckernagel seems to be avery good asset with pens also but I think its a bit of a luxury move.

        Thought about Eikrem perma cap as well. Just so many midfielders that Id want...

        And yeah never gonna sell Salvesen before a home game against Aalesund, plan above was to do all 3 moves next week for -4.

        Cheers for stats and thoughts.

        1. Sandstorm
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          11 days, 37 mins ago

          No probs, I get stats from https://www.sofascore.com/tournament/football/norway/eliteserien/20

          Found it last season after the WhoScored stopped doing Eliteserien.

  15. Sandstorm
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    11 days, 24 mins ago

    My team for GW4:

    Klaesson
    Pereira, Desler, Ruud
    Zinckernagel (VC), Berg, Sandberg, Eikrem (C)
    Junker, Bringaker, Børven

    Haug, Salétros, Bojang, Vogt

    Might change captain to Zinck if I hear some news about Eikrem.

    Good luck to all!

  16. FPL Egregious
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 11 mins ago

    97 points crazy! And imagine i sold Castro for Pellegrino for a -4 ! And two of my dedenders got a 0. Bamba cap helped a lot. Now not sure what to do with Pellegrino..

  17. Eytexi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 days, 22 hours ago

    GW4: Koomson to Hauge, 1.4m ITB.
    Klaesson; Nakkim, Gregersen, Foss; Zinckernagel (K), Hauge, Sandberg, Eikrem, Edvardsen; Bamba, Ohi.

  18. GertJan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 22 hours ago

    Saved a transfer in midweek to have two freebies now. Not gonna overthink it and tripling up on Bodo with the following moves:

    Strand Larsen to Junker
    Zacheriassen to Saltnes

    1. ReindeerHotdog
      10 days, 22 hours ago

      Can you not afford Zinckernagel?

      Him being on pens is huge. He looked very, very good against Rosenborg.

      He'd be one of my top captain picks for this week for sure.

      1. GertJan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        He's been in my team from the start of this season and I've had the pleasure of collecting all his points. 😉

        1. ReindeerHotdog
          10 days, 21 hours ago

          Haha. Fair play!

          I know Hauge is on his way out soon but we'll have a few more games from him so that makes me want him more than Saltnes. I know he's a transfer out, but he's got points in him before his departure.

  19. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 days, 21 hours ago

    In which order would you deal with defender transfers? For -4 this week, or free next.

    A. Valsvik (RBK)
    B. Vogt (STB)
    C. Bojang (SO8)
    D. Nasberg (VIF)
    E. Sandvik (FKH - Gk)
    F. Vieira (MJO - Gk)

    Currently starting Valsvik, Hanche-Olsen and Nasberg, but Stabek go to Molde and Rosenberg away to a resurgent Brann.

    At one point these looked decent picks. Vogt 4.0m starter with Sandberg in goal behind him; Bojang as wing back; Rosenberg not looking remotely like scoring but also not conceding - now just stinking the place out. Nasberg and Valerenga looked steady as a 5th defender. FKH were decent defensively last year but look pants this season.

    Is it too early to pull the trigger and get Stolas? Prolific when fit, but Haugesund defence seems to have more holes than a Swiss cheese, and he does cost a premium 7.5m.

    1. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      Bojang first, but prob not for a hit on a defender. Wait and see on the others.
      Sandvik has san, IKS so maybe wrong time to shift anyway (if Haugesund can improve def)
      Stolas - 7.5m is a lot when he hasn't started a game yet

  20. Sandstorm
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 days, 20 hours ago

    Some thoughts about some players in this thread.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/ESNFantasy/status/1276549037668401152

  21. ReindeerHotdog
    10 days, 20 hours ago

    Stabaek looking likely to put out same team as against Molde so no Vogt.

    Pellegrino not expected to be back this weekend.

    I know it's not much but I've just literally read it so thought I'd share.

    1. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      10 days, 20 hours ago

      Could be a lost in translation thing, but doesn't the article above suggest he probably is back (in training, hoping to be involved)?

      1. Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 18 hours ago

        This is what the tweet suggested to me also, but various other tweets & the fantasy website suggest he's doubtful (25%). Especially considering the derby vs. Molde midweek, I think it's unlikely that he starts.

  22. TAT
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 16 hours ago

    James > Junker is my transfer for this gameweek. That frees up some extra funds; should I do Källman > Børven (-4)?

    Alternative is to bench Källman, playing Daland against Odd.

    1. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 15 hours ago

      Can you downgrade elsewhere & allow Kallman to Junker without selling James before a home game he'll likely start?

      1. TAT
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 14 hours ago

        I could do Källman > Junker, then Ruud to a 5.9 or less defender for a hit (can't be a Molde def).

        How certain is it that James will start?

        1. Eytexi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          10 days, 14 hours ago

          Not nearly certain to be fair, just not sure I'd be selling him as part of a hit. That said, B/G look class & that hit could definitely pay off. My opinion depends on the rest of your team tbh mate.

          1. TAT
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 14 hours ago

            It definitely feels risky taking James out for a hit, that's for sure. Rotation with Ohi will no doubt be an issue going forward though.

            This is how my team will look like if keeping James, upgrading Källman to Junker and bringing in a 5.9 or less defender for Ruud:

            Sandberg
            Hanche-Olsen - Gregersen - 5.9 def
            Salétros - Hauge - Wolff Eikrem - Zinckernagel - Edvardsen
            Junker - James
            (Granlund - Daland - Hustad - Bojang)

            1. Eytexi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              10 days, 13 hours ago

              That's a class team, i like the idea of keeping James for the time being. Am unsure myself where to look for defenders though.

              1. TAT
                • 2 Years
                10 days, 13 hours ago

                Yeah, the defender spots are difficult. I guess someone like Aasbak can be an option, i downgrading Ruud – or an cheaper def to free up funds.

                1. TAT
                  • 2 Years
                  10 days, 13 hours ago

                  if downgrading Ruud*

  23. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 23 hours ago

    hopefully rolling a transfer this week, unless there are a few surprising lineups 🙁

    1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Same here!

  24. TAT
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 22 hours ago

    Forgot the deadline. Wolff Eikrem (C)…

    1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      I’m with you!

      1. TAT
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        We can only hope he does as well as other highly captained players!