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Key Everton attackers blank again as FPL defenders grab the points at Norwich

Norwich 0-1 Everton

  • Goals: Michael Keane (£5.2m)
  • Assists: Lucas Digne (£5.7m)
  • Bonus Points: Keane x3, Digne x2, Mason Holgate x1 (£4.3m)

A rare goal from Michael Keane (£5.2m) was enough to see off Norwich City as Everton’s efficient, if rather drab, emergence from lock down continued.

The centre-half’s winner, a flick header from a Lucas Digne (£5.7m) corner, came in the 55th minute of a contest that had more than a hint of a pre-season friendly about it – lots of sunshine and mistakes, precious little intensity and quality in the final third.

Keane’s second goal of the season, a second straight clean sheet and the maximum bonus award brought in a season-high 15 points for his 1.9% ownership in Fantasy Premier League.

But most Fantasy eyes were elsewhere, with 10.8% thoroughly enjoying an 11-point haul from Digne and a canny 2.1% still pulling in the cut-price points offered by Mason Holgate (£4.3m).

Everton’s fixtures are pleasant enough to suggest further defensive returns are there for the taking. This is a unit, after all, that has had little trouble shutting down both Norwich’s and Liverpool’s attacks since the resumption of football.

Boss Carlo Ancelotti was keen to praise the defensive work of the team as a whole.

“The teamwork, not only the defenders but the strikers are doing well, is important. When you are able to work together and show good spirit defensively, you can keep clean sheets. The players are tired and that is normal. But their physical condition is really good. In these two games, we had no injuries. Next week we will recover some players – Mina and Sidibe.” – Carlo Ancelotti

His reference to the return of two defenders might set off a few alarms in the camps of those owning Holgate and Seamus Coleman (£5.3m), but there are also worries for managers with Richarlison (£8.3m) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.5m) in their teams.

The pair, owned by 10.9% and 13.8% respectively, again played as a front two at Carrow Road and they dominated the goal attempt statistics, having nine of the 21 total shots in the match.

But the fixture produced not a single big chance and most efforts were relatively speculative mid to long-range attempts, with Calvert-Lewin missing the best chance of the match when he steered a free header wide following an excellent cross from the industrious Alex Iwobi (£5.6m).

Everton have set up to play fairly deep and with minimal attacking input from their full-backs. That has meant they are hard to break down, but lack significant offensive bite.

The club’s next two fixtures – Leicester at home, Spurs away – are unlikely to prompt a change in that tactic, leaving a lot of FPL managers invested in attackers living on scraps at present.

As for Norwich, they are as good as relegated and coach Daniel Farke is clearly keen to experiment with his line-up as he left two of the season’s bigger hitters – Teemu Pukki (£6.5m) and Todd Cantwell (£4.7m) on the bench yesterday.

He explained his decision post-match.

“Right now, we have a strange situation – five weeks and two games per week. It was pretty hot out there and without a proper pre-season, you have to rotate.” – Daniel Farke

Even so, that would have hurt a lot of FPL managers – Pukki is owned by 12.9%, Cantwell by 18.7% – although the pair probably feature heavily in a lot of ‘ghost ship’ teams.

But Fantasy investment in any of the Canaries players looks decidedly unwise with trips to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City still to come before the season is done.

Norwich City (4-2-3-1): Krul; Aarons, Godfrey, Klose, Lewis (Cantwell 86′); McLean Tettey (Vrancic 79′); Rupp (Buendia 71′), Duda (Pukki 71′), Hernandez (Idah 79′); Drmic.

Everton (4-4-2): Pickford: Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Digne: Iwobi (Gordon 90′), Davies (Sigurdsson 45′), Gomes, Bernard (Baines 87′); Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison (Kean 79′).

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736 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Jet5605
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Which GK for the rest of the season:

    A Foster
    B Dubravka
    C Patricio

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      C

    2. GreennRed
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      C.

    3. jamiejoe
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      C if you've got space for Wolves picks.

      B is an alternative as Newcastle as quite tight at home with a reasonable run of games too..

    4. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      C if not already triple wolves

  2. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Captain:

    a) Doherty
    b) Jimenez

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Have both and im going neither.

      Villa usually do nick a goal especially at home

      Jiminez simply not explosive enough for the armband. Bruno of forwards

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I want to captain someone from that game as they are safe from injuries in FA cup games

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Son or salah for me

          1. Coys96
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Don't own either

        2. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Good thinking there.

          1. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Maybe Jimenez VC then and captain the player you would normally?

      2. Fit_to_drop
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I wouldnt captain Bruno after a certain P Pogba has entered the fray.

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Neither, also Brighton have been good

    2. GreennRed
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Jimenez.

    3. jamiejoe
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I'd go attack into a Villa defence with a good local edge.

      1. El Presidente
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Villa´s defence has improved a lot, I would be careful

        1. Boyd to Sven
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          As a villa fan I'm not sure I'd agree with this statement.....

  3. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Anyone making transfers on week by week basis insyead of season long basis now?

    With just 7 games to go i think thats ansound strategy if u can save 2 transfers this week

    Sold kdb last week but wouldnneed him back very soon but with 2 free transfers can afford to sell him again when he looks likely to be rested for whoever looks good that week (like martial this week)

    Less likely to backfire with peps rotation

    1. ViperStripes
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      With heavy rotation I think a squad of 15 playing players is needed. Maybe room for jsut one budget benchfodder

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Hard to bench expensive players so with 5 subs auto sub is almost impossible

        Got saka nkeitiah on my bench and sticking with it. Anything more just seems like anwaste with the sub rule

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I disagree. With heavy rotation but 5 subs, you don't need bench fodder. I think four strong playing defenders is all you need. Fodder keeper, fodder 8th attacker, fodder last defender.

        1. Ron_Swanson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I agree, if we had 3 subs the rotation would matter much more

      3. GreennRed
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Depends what your budget gets you. 3.9 keeper, 3.9 fifth defender and a 4.2 fifth mid frees upcash but the likes of Jimenez, Ings, Rashford, DCL, Vardy (irrespective of current form) are a nice price to allow you a better bench. But I still prefer the cash in the bank for single transfer flexibility than a 2nd keeper or 4.5 third defender or 5m fifth mid. Don't expect your bench to play but always have a starting 4th defender.

    2. GreennRed
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Week, 2 or 3 weeks ahead until WC in 33 or 34.

  4. ViperStripes
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    So who is ditching Richarlison, if so, who for?

    Martial
    Son
    Maddison/Mount
    Mahrez/Foden

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I'm not but if I was A.

      I like all of those a lot tho except the 3rd rows

      1. ViperStripes
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        3rd rows?

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Maddison & mount

  5. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Has anyone actually tried the perma-cap strategy?

    Every year I look back at my captains and realize that if I had just kept and captained Salah every game I would have scored more than if I switched around.

    Add in the VCs for the games where the perma caps don't play, and you can get a pretty tidy score. I might try it next year with KdB. There's no game where the penalty taker from City especially one as creative as KdB, will be a bad option. Even if they have Liverpool away. Heck, I have my armband on him now with Pool at home.

    Thoughts?

    1. ViperStripes
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Problem is you never know who the perma captain is going to be. At the start of the season you might have said Kane

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Yeah that's true. It requires you to identify the highest scoring player.

        This season could have worked because it was quite clearly going to be Salah again.

        1. El Presidente
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Well, KDB is up there as well, he might even be the highest scoring player of the game after this evening.

      2. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Nah, the only choice for permacap at the start of the season would've been Salah.

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      My capping has been shocking all season so I'm very tempted to although I enjoy taking a punt with it, sadly it's hardly ever worked this year.

    3. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      You will go through a lot of weeks with regrets. You will be going against your gut when you think someone else is a better option. You'll eventually cave.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        It takes an iron will for sure, but if it's proven at the end to get the best results, why not?

        I thought I was doing poorly on captaincy, but turns out this season I've been pretty good overall actually. 393 points when permacapping Salah would get me 394. Granted I didn't count the VCs from Salah's missed games.

        1. COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Proven with the help of hindsight. You say KDB next year based on this year, but would KDB have worked last year? Or even the year before? During the weeks he's outscored by another captain, how many weeks would it take for you to decide he might've been the wrong choice? Kane permacap would've worked a few seasons ago too, but things change.

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Well injuries obviously change everything. You're not going to captain an injured player which was the case with KdB. But let's say for instance, as close as I can get, I will keep Salah for the season whenever he's fit and captain him every game. I will also use a standard VC selection. If he's injured I'll either bench him or remove him if he's out for a long time but buy him right back once he's starting again. I reckon that strategy would work very well especially by picking Salah who is fit and plays the majority of most games and is proven to score over 200 points a season.

            1. COK3Y5MURF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Hmm. Where did you find your total captaincy points, again? I forgot the name of the website.

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                https://www.anewpla.net/

        2. Egg noodle
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          5 in the back is a proven strategy. Only a very select few actually follow it.

      2. Silecro
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Not only that. Injuries, hectic schedule incoming..all that goes into consideration who will be captain, not only the sheer quality of the player. With captain first and foremost you must be assured that he will start

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Yeah but look at Salah this season for example. He has missed 3 games but other than that, he's started every other one and played at least 60mins.

          So if you had permacapped Salah and then on the days he doesn't play you get a VC, you'd be over 400 captain points. I guarantee that's higher than a lot of players thus far.

          Also, I guess you make exceptions for double gameweeks as well, that pushes the score even higher. It really could be the best solution.

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I'm tempted by something similar

            Maybe not perma-PERMA captain - but something broad strokes assumption related

            e.g.
            Salah for home games
            TAA for away games, except if Mane isn't playing in which case it's Salah for away games too

            Something like that - There has to be a way to capitalise on Salah's utterly insane home FPL record, whilst avoiding his pretty dismal (by comparison) away record - which coincidentally immediately flips back to over 10 PPG when Mane hasn't started this season

          2. Silecro
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            To be fair, Salah is probably the only player in the game i would permacap, based on his last three seasons, because reasons you mentioned. But any other player, including Aguero, Kane, even KDB..i would avoid even considering this option. But Salah is valid due to very low chance of rotation and games missed through injury

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              KDB with pens elevates automatically to that level I reckon... Its just the question of whether he is undisputed #1 pen taker

    4. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Depemds on the players

      My best seasons were 13/14 and 17/18 (top 1k both)

      And the main reason was suarez and salah captains every week except dgws.

      Tend to sturggle when we have to try and mix it up like this coming gameweek

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I guess it comes down to how obvious the standout player is. Salah hasnt hit those 17/18 heights again in terms of goals so its easier to be swayed away now

    5. pingissimus
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Pens are a big deal here - City have missed a few thus time around. KdB would be on a monster monster score had he had them all the time.

      AfCon will screw things up next time for Mo I imagine so KdB looks good - as did Sterling in preseason and early season!

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Has Salah not stopped playing for Egypt?

        1. pingissimus
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Really? Had no idea

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Not sure but there was that issue at one stage between him and the National side.

            1. Would Ed Woodward
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              He hasn't stopped playing for them.

        2. El Presidente
          1 month, 10 days ago

          No way in hell that would EVER be a possibility

    6. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Perma cap highest points scorer this season for next. Will be either Salah or KDB in that case.

      Have had Salah all season and will be same for next so permacap will be on him.

    7. I Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Never tried it. May work but takes some of the fun out of the game for me.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Think permacap resolves the issue of too many cap fails.

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Hey I've got someone with me (see below)

    8. FALSE PROFIT
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      If I had one big hitter, I would try it. However, by captaining a Salah your team is diluted to cover his cost. I did Salah home Mane away and it certainly paid off. I could have chosen 2 big hitters that rotate somewhat and play home games only. All of them have plus and minus points.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Every team has at least two usually 3 big hitters or at least captainable options.

        I started the season with Salah, Sterling, KdB for instance. And in trying to rotate between Sterling and Salah for H/A, I lost out. Would have scored more sticking with Salah.

    9. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Not trying yet but the fun factor is reduced isn't it? Fun = cursing self for many close-to-deadline change of heart!

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Ask all the Martial owners from this week... Fun isn't just the captain.

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Mate I did not say that's the only fun it's part of it. I've got Martial this week I enjoyed it but I also enjoy picking captaincy and the drama alongside that choice.

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Fair enough. I don't really care for it personally. I don't like variance and think the most enjoyable part of the game is building a team and balancing price points. The captaincy adds huge swings on a weekly basis. But I still take part because it's probably the best way to get points. But if there's another strategy that will get you more, why not go for that?

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Yeah I am not too analytical dealing with my team probably because I do not have enough time. You can see my record, not too impressive that's probably I am beaten by people like you who are analytical enough rightly so. I may try your approach that could work but for now I am happy to loose few points for the drama that I also enjoy!

      2. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I had Bruno C but had Martial in my side. Pure logic says choose Martial due to his position on the pitch. I have never listened to my own advice (smile)

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Fun = curse self 😀

    10. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yeah quite a few times down the years. It's not a viable now I think because there's so many top options. Havent done the numbers but I'd say my captain picks this season are miles ahead perma-Salah. The odd punt is fine but a lot of managers make too many wild picks over the season. The more wild picks the more you're banking against the best players. Calculated risks with explosive players in home games vs woeful teams is a must if you want to finish really high.

      1. Hot Toddy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Just checked that anewpla or whatever it's called and yes, absolutely crushing perma-Salah so far. It's wrong with some of my picks though which is weird, like Fernandes 6 times even though this gw is the first time I've had him. Jimenez similar. Bulk has been Salah but tactical switches have boosted my rank greatly.

    11. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I think it removes a very painful and regretful and stressful part of the fantasy game from your control. This makes for a much more stable mental state I would fancy. The people saying you would regret some weeks etc are misguided. My taking the permacap mindset you remove all stress and worry about selecting your captain every single week. There is no regret, since it is a decision you have already made.

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Yeah, that's definitely the main reason why I'm considering it.

    12. Better off with a pin and a…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I think you're better off picking a heavy-hitter and sticking with them for a period rather than trying to change it every week. Doesn't mean you can't change it over in the case of injuries or major loss of form, though. In the end you know that Salah/KDB are going to get you 200 points+ doubled if you captain them nearly all the time. I think most of us struggle to beat that!

      1. Silecro
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        probably the biggest mistake we make is not captaining the likes of Salah vs MCI, MANU, TOT, CHE, etc...and he usually returns big in those games (i havent purposely put Arsenal there because that is easy cap choice for me)

        1. Better off with a pin and a…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          It's very difficult to predict anything over a 1-game period. Salah/KDB will outscore other players over the long term, but not necessarily in any given week. Anything better is just luck and unlikely to stick. Double gameweeks alter it a bit.

    13. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Needs nerves to pick only one, we tend to think about the fixtures a lot. I started with Salah/Sterling captain rotation that started well, but wouldn't have lasted the whole season. Plenty of ways to play but i usually captain a big hitter;
      Salah 21 times
      Sterling 6
      Aguero 3
      Vardy, Mane, Auba 2
      Alli, Abraham (don't ask) 1

      1. saint4life
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        You’re really captaining salah in a Merseyside derby rather than kun/kdb on a double gameweek? Just a recent example. Sure it might get you a slightly better rank some seasons but it takes away some of the edge and skill if you’re a good player. You have to back your own judgement. Plus there’s no better feeling than for the people who nailed martial this week etc.

    14. Reg83
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Could be effective but boring..

      I tc kdb last week, Jimenez this week, but will captain neither next week. Still unsure who to captain next week.

    15. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I'm tempted to perma-cap TAA next season tbh.

      Decent chance of attacking returns and/or clean sheet points means there won't be many blank weeks.

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        71 points in away games 116 points at home. Rotate with another home big hitter. The rest is luck. FPL towers get rid of the captain!!

    16. Rasping Drive (BSC Small Bo…
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I see the logic as a potential way of getting more points but for me it’s a no-no simply because it detracts from the fun of the game.

      I like the highs and lows every week from selecting a different captain that either scores well or fails. Call me a masochist if you want,

      1. Debauchy
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Exactly this , love a Cpt punt now and then

    17. Union_Jacks
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      And here I am thinking about making a post about the merits of captaining DCL this week...

  6. Silecro
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    DCL owners, do we keep him? not any options around his price tag also...

    1. FALSE PROFIT
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      He fits a price point and will get a fair share of points. Leave balance in the squad I would advise.

      1. Silecro
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Yeah, i intend to, just asking. Will probably save ft this week. WC team for this week works just fine for the upcoming one

    2. ViperStripes
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Ditching Rich, but keeping DCL for now.

    3. Fit_to_drop
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Strikers seem patchy at the moment. Mids seem to be doing better.

    4. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Even contemplated captaining him

    5. Reg83
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I am looking at Giroud if indeed he is no. 1 option for Chelsea. Don't want jota

      1. Silecro
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        As a Chelsea fan, stay clear of him. First game in which he does not score, Tammy starts next

    6. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Keeping. Everton fixtures are quite good, no-one else I really want in that price bracket.

  7. FALSE PROFIT
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    With the advent of the crowded fixture list and the facility for 5 substitutes being used; some of the previously nailed players are far more vulnerable to rotation. We will never be able to second guess the managers but we can adapt new strategies to compensate.

    Players like Pulisic, Traore, Mahrez, Foden and the like have great points per minute stats but we have been put off in the past by rotation risk. I actually see them having more value now and the likes of KDB, Sterling, Salah and Mane who will remain big hitters but are bound to lose some minutes, thus negating some of their value.

    It would be quite reasonable to think the upturn in the first group impacts on the previously nailed group.
    Another important point is the lesser chance of getting auto subs. One pointers will be more common, but previous rotation risk players playing the last 20 minutes to half hour, playing against tired opposition, will, no doubt increase the likelihood of hauls on and off your bench.

    In conclusion, are you changing tactics and getting a bigger spread of medium priced players, or are you going to remain paying 11 to 13 million on big hitters to protect captain hauls that will be dissipated to some extent?

    1. ViperStripes
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I ditched Salah for Richarlison on my WC (budget spread enabled Doherty in defence), that hasn't worked out.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        😀

      2. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        There are always rough and smoothe stories. I got Martial for Salah and Doherty for Lascelles so it worked on this occasion. i was actually thinking of the high point scorers per minute.

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Good point, see how many 0-0 at half time so far and how many goals in the last 15 mins of the game? Sorry no hard data here just purely impression. It may change slowly but 7-8 games to go that the info we have for now.

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        You are right. It is an idea only but could work. A player like Mahrez if he played every game would be beating Salah and Mane atm.

    3. jamiejoe
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      It's a fair reflection, but if most players get some time during the game isn't it most likely that your starting 11 and maybe 1 sub will figure in the points?

      So your analysis holds of if hitters are benched and don't haul in the final 20 or 30 mins.

      That would mean 12 or 13 strong players will cover for any hidden injury concerns.

      Once the title is settled managers may be more open with who is out, but games are staggered from each game week deadline.

      1. jamiejoe
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        * holds if big hitters don't haul from the bench.

        1. FALSE PROFIT
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I did understand.

      2. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Your points are valid and I think like you. There will be more surprise injuries so a better bench could help. I am looking at Foden and bottled it last week and settled on leaving Grealish. Sometimes one has just got to go with gut.

    4. Reg83
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Mix. My big hitters are only mane and kdb. Others are rashford, Bruno, Jimmy, taa etc.

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Sounds like you have a good mix anyway. Another weakness of mine is wanting a player in every game, which is definitely not a sound strategy. I enjoy the games more though.

    5. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I'm keeping a few of the highly owned players and going big in defence to avoid rotation risks and take advantage of good fixtures.

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Probably what I will do.

  8. KP - FPL
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Which combo to go with?

    a) Rashford and Son

    b) Kane and Martial

    c) Rashford and Martial (then get Son next week maybe?)

    1. GreennRed
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      C

    2. jamiejoe
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      C

    3. Henning
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I just got Rashford and Son, so A for me

  9. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Hi folks, playing 451 for GW32 for now. Anything to change here?

    Pope
    TAA AWB Aurier Doherty
    Salah KDB Bruno Martial Sarr
    Jimenez [C]

    McCarthy DCL Ayew Egan

    1. jamiejoe
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Nice, may well be the best way to deal with the striker conundrum.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Probably fingers crossed

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yep, 451 looking like the way to go now. I have Rashford up top with Nketiah and Connolly. Juicing up my midfield and defence at the expense of KDB.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Cool yes good luck

    3. bluee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Someone mocked me on here for suggesting 451. Wish I'd pulled the trigger on that plan!

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        It may sway back soon but since restart that's what we know

      2. FOO FIGHTER
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Gotta play your own game mate 🙂

        1. bluee
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Totally agree! I went 2 up top with jiminez and Ings so still got a chance to be proven wrong anyway 🙂

    4. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I like it.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Cheers

  10. GREEN IS GOOD
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    A. Bruno > Martial

    B. Mahrez > Martial (for Utd triple up)

    This would also fund Fernandez > Aurier to match ML rival playing catch up.

    Have got Rashford and KDB

    1. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Neither appeal to me

    2. GreennRed
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      He scored three goals yesterday. He's a quality player but won't do it again. Was there a reason you didn't already have him ahead of Mahrez and Bruno?

      1. GREEN IS GOOD
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Yes, Because i didn't see into the future.

        Seriously tho, if Martial is OOP and getting that service to him....

        Plus I need the funds for Aurier to negate ML rival. Aurier seems to play as a winger now.

    3. jamiejoe
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      B for fixtures but Mahrez is a quality player on form too.

    4. I Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      B

  11. Gunner1290
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    For those who bench boosted and then wildcarded is it the best time to play free hit this week? I can’t see a better gameweek to play it

    1. GREEN IS GOOD
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      GW38?

    2. Fit_to_drop
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Surely, your WC team should be close to a FH team so why waste the FH?

    3. jamiejoe
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Fixtures suggest next week (gw 33) or holding off for a gw38 relegation and top 4 shoot out to pick teams still going for it with strongest 11.

    4. teneighty
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I'm keeping my FH as a get out of jail free card.

      If there is an outbreak of Covid in one team it will impact the fixture list and might lead to another double gameweek. The tight schedule also increases the injury risk so we might see a lot of injuries in the coming weeks.

      If it's not needed I will play it GW38 with D.Silva as my C.

  12. antis0cial
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    a) Vardy, Traore, Stevens to DCL, Mahrez, Aurier (-4)
    b) Vardy, Traore to DCL, Mahrez
    c) Vardy, Traore to Nketiah Son

    Open to suggestions.

    Pope
    TAA AWB Boly
    Salah KDB Bruno Sarr Traore
    Rash Jime

    Vardy Lascelles Stevens

    1. Lav
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      C

    2. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Vardy/Traore to Greenwood/Mahrez and use leftover funds to get VVD for Stevens in GW33?

      1. antis0cial
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Great, thanks, I have my Utd 3 but I could do Vardy, Traore to Mahrez Nketiah and go either Robbo or VVD next week over stevens

        Or.. I could do Vardy, Traore to Son, Connoly then get VVD over Stevens next week

  13. Lav
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Set & forget GK + 4th DEF.

    A. Pope + Saiss
    B. Patricio + Kiko

    1. Oooo Matron
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Any recommendations on this team? Have I benched the right players?

      Dubravka
      TAA Doherty Bissaka Aurier
      Mane Son KDB Fernandes
      Rashford Jiminez

      Subs: Saka, Calvert Lewin, Lascelles

    2. Oooo Matron
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A

    3. La Vida Latte
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I am on B

  14. pingissimus
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Just one assist to go for KdB to equal the record. Think that’s right. On 19 right now.

    He could put the record beyond reach - until next season I guess. 🙂

    1. I Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      He's on 16 assists. Fantasy assists aren't actually assists.

      1. pingissimus
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Ty

  15. PurpleMonster
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Hi everyone.

    Rashford or Gabriel Jesús?

    I own Bruno and KDB btw...

    1. GreennRed
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Rashford.

      1. PurpleMonster
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Thank you!

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      The saviour. Rashford!

      1. PurpleMonster
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Thank you!

  16. Oooo Matron
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Any recommendations on this team? Have I benched the right players?

    Dubravka
    TAA Doherty Bissaka Aurier
    Mane Son KDB Fernandes
    Rashford Jiminez

    Subs: Saka, Calvert Lewin, Lascelles

    1. GreennRed
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Calvert Lewin for Aurier.

    2. Union_Jacks
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Definitely wouldn’t be benching DCL

  17. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Which player should I upgrade for GW32

    Saka
    Egan
    Grealish

    Other DFs and MFs are

    Maguire Fernandez Boly Stevens

    KDB Martial Fernandes

    3.0 ITB

    Any ideas would be welcomed

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I'd upgrade Grealish.

    2. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Maybe get rid of Egan first, then perhaps Grealish to Mahrez for City's great run of fixtures from GW33?

    3. FALSE PROFIT
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Why Saka? a good fifth mid. Only Foden might be better.
      Egan banned 1 game. But you have too many SUTD (1 is too many) A waste of a tfr at this moment.
      Grealish must go. Look at Sarr or even Mahrez after they play Pool

  18. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Play one:
    Lascelles (bou) or Holgate (LEI)

    1. Silecro
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      this is the one where i just know i'll play lascelles and he will concede with a yellow while Holgate will keep cs

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I picked Lascelles this week... Looked good 60 minutes in.

    2. teneighty
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Will Bournemouth scora again this campaign? I would defo play Lascelles.

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Both and bench TAA. And then delete account.

    4. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      But on the more serious note lets say Las.

    5. FALSE PROFIT
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Absolute coin toss.

  19. iL PiStOlErO
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Actually KdB not playing tonight would be good for me, have Holgate 1st on the bench with 7pts, rivals don’t have him and every pt counts now. I know it is only wishful thinking but it is Pep...

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Same here

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Why wont KDB play

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Ohhh you....don't get me started.

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Hahahaha

      2. ZimZalabim
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        wishful thinking for their bench points

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Lol

    4. El Presidente
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Its highly unlikely, he was a sub vs Burnley so he will start this one for sure

  20. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Gotta be Auba Captain for GW 32 right, even if Arsenal are useless?

    1. La Roja
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      If you think he will start, then go for it. Arsenal have 5 games in 12 days and Norwich is the only game looks benchable for Auba.

      I think it's well risky to captain him.

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Thats my worry

  21. Benteke Fried Chicken
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    How does this look for a FH this week?
    Pope (Button)
    Doherty, Aurier, AWB, PVA (Lascelles)
    Son, Traore, Bruno (Saka, Guendozi)
    Auba, Rash, Jiminez

  22. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    GW33

    A. Sterling & Auba to Salah & Jesus. Play Mount.

    B. Auba & Mount to Greenwood & Salah. Play Greenwood.

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A

    2. La Roja
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I wouldnt do either but A if you must

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Why? Need Salah vs Villa.

        1. La Roja
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          If liverpool wins the title today or after city game, how much liverpool will care Villa game is concerning for Salah, TAA, Mane owners. Klopp may decide to go booze tours with the squad 😛

          1. Pep Roulette
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            They're having 8 days rest now. And they've nothing else to play for. Salah is a Golden boot contender as well.

    3. pingissimus
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Really tough

      Think I’d just go A - B has a much higher topside but 33 reeks of 8 changes at City again - so no Sterling

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        So you think Sterling & Greenwood will do better than Jesus & Mount?

        1. pingissimus
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          If Sterling plays I think he could go wild - just don’t see playing time.

  23. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Pope better keep it clean tonight!

    1. La Roja
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      After the shitshow of Burnley defence vs City, I wouldnt count on it. I reckon Sarr is going to tear a new one today

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        This

      2. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Watford is not City....

        1. La Roja
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Sherlock alert

          1. iL PiStOlErO
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Oh boy....

            1. La Roja
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              lol

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Same here. We agree on everything today. Maybe throw in some penalty save also.

  24. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Jota owners are you giving him one more week?

    I think we get leaked line ups and hes not playing I will sell to DCL

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Don't get dcl. Everton toothless in attack

      1. La Roja
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        this

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          La Roja alert.

          1. La Roja
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            nice grav 😛

            1. iL PiStOlErO
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Now thats a good one...

              1. La Roja
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                😎

      2. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Didnt he have loads of chances v norwich? To be honest I didn't watch the match only the 3 min highlights

        1. FALSE PROFIT
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          it did not help playing 11 defenders. Both sides actually

          1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Fair enough.

      3. FPL Pillars
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Think that is a bit harsh.

      4. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Watch your language! I will report you to the court of human rights!

  25. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Sell Son or Fernandes for Salah? For GW 33+ (have Rashford and martial)

    1. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I'd be tempted to say Son. Spurs just don't look very attacking under Jose.

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I was thinking the same. Just needed someones opinion on it as well. Son it is. Thank you!

      2. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Son burns me year after year. Pick him and he fails. Drop him and he scores!

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Same

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Why would you sell Bruno?

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Because i need to sell someone and triple united scares me :p

  26. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    People ditching Auba in case he doesn't start against Norwich?

    1. La Roja
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      He is probably in dont buy dont sell category now

    2. Klaren
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      He didn't miss a single minute in PL (other than the red card) since Arteta took over so I don't think he is a rotation risk.

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        But i don't think its humanly possible for someone to play this many matches in such a short time without injuring themselves

        1. La Roja
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          what he said

        2. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Unless maybe he's benched for fa cup which would be dumb of arteta

        3. gers23
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Maybe rested in the cup? All be it that is their only hope of a trophy lol

          1. La Roja
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            arteta might as well pack his bags and off to spain if he doesnt play him for fa cup game

        4. Klaren
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          If you are fit, it's definitely humanly possible to play a match every 3 days. He played 4 games during Christmas in about a 10 day period as well. I think he only got subbed out once for about 10 minutes in that period.

          1. La Roja
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            And why would you want to risk you best player for injury? 5 games in 12 days.

            1. Klaren
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              It's not necessarily risking him for injury if he is physically capable of playing and Auba is one of the fittest players in PL. As I said they he started every game in tight schedules until now so I expect him to start every game for the rest of the season until they have nothing left to play for in the season (possibly after that point as well if he is chasing Golden Boot).

    3. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      He is my captain

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Same just worried cos of FA cup matches.

    4. GreennRed
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Wi prob sell him, definitely if he blanks tonight. Rashford most likely but Kane also in the running even with his Galway roots!

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Wouldn't be surprised if he blanked tonight.

        1. GreennRed
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Me neither. Neither him nor his teammates looks tok interested.

  27. gers23
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Auba hattrik tonight please...

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      This

  28. mattyb09
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    I have some clear holes here, alot of value built up in Vardy Ings Salah KDB and Bruno... 2 FT. 0.2 ITB

    Thoughts?

    Hendo
    TAA Gomez Lascelles
    Salah KDB Bruno Sarr
    Auba Vardy Ings

    McCarthy; Hayden O'Connell Williams

    Watch List: Doherty, Foden, Jesus, Aurier, Saiss, Kane

  29. Sailboats
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Anyone else with KDB(c)?

    1. La Roja
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I dont have him let alone captaining

      Gulp

    2. gers23
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      My mini league rival.... comes down to Mount and Auba v Kdb

    3. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Everyone in my mini league has him, but no captains. He cancels himself out mostly for OR I think.

  30. FOO FIGHTER
    1 month, 10 days ago

    What about this for a 451?

    TAA Aurier Doherty Boly
    Salah Mane Mahrez Son Martial
    Rashford

    1. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Boly/Aurier/Son are your soft underbelly