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Aubameyang out of luck as Nketiah underscores budget FPL forward appeal

Southampton 0-2 Arsenal

  • Goals: Eddie Nketiah (£4.4m), Joe Willock (£4.7m)
  • Assists: Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m)
  • Bonus: Kieran Tierney (£5.3m) x3, Rob Holding (£4.4m) x2, Emiliano Martinez (£4.2m) x1

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) blanked again on Thursday as Arsenal bounced back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over mid-table Southampton.

Never before had the Gabon international gone four Premier League matches without scoring but he set an unwanted record at St Mary’s, despite his side tasting success on the road for the first time since December 2019.

Luck wasn’t on his side on the south coast.

First denied a ninth-minute goal thanks to a combination of an Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) feather-touch and the underside of the crossbar, Aubameyang then saw Eddie Nketiah (£4.4m) shank an effort wide on the stroke of half-time when a square ball would have left the premium FPL forward with a tap-in.

The roles were reversed after the interval, with Aubameyang’s attempted pass to the unmarked Nketiah deflecting off Jan Bednarek (£4.4m) and trickling agonisingly wide of McCarthy’s right-hand post.

The Gabonese striker’s jinxed evening culminated in the 85th minute when he was hacked down by Jack Stephens (£4.4m) as he raced through on McCarthy’s goal; the Southampton stopper seeing red and Arsenal, courtesy of substitute Joe Willock (£4.7m), doubling their lead from the resulting free-kick.

Unfortunate or not, there’ll be valid questions about his current worth as a premium asset – especially after a Gameweek in which many of the other heavy hitters returned points for their owners.

First, the good.

It should be said that Aubameyang still sits joint-second in the race for the Golden Boot, on 17 goals.

He is also relatively ‘nailed’ (he hasn’t been substituted or benched once under Mikel Arteta) and, contrary to popular belief, his role on the left flank doesn’t really affect his output much.

The Gunners arguably have the stand-out fixture of Gameweek 32+, as well, with bottom-of-the-table Norwich City the visitors to the Emirates next Wednesday.

That match against the Canaries could well be his swansong for the patient Fantasy managers who still own him, however.

After the clash with Daniel Farke’s Championship-bound troops comes four trickier-looking fixtures against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

On top of that, for £6.6m less, Fantasy managers can pick up another Arsenal forward: Nketiah.

Granted, the budget Fantasy asset isn’t perhaps as secure a starter as Aubameyang.

We have already seen Nketiah drop to the bench once in Gameweek 30+, with Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m) taking his place, and we can expect to see some job-sharing going on between those two players between now and the end of 2019/20.

But the youngster has now started five of Arsenal’s last six league matches up front and marked his latest run-out with the Gunners’ deadlock-breaking goal at Southampton, intercepting a suicidal pass out from McCarthy and rolling the ball into the empty net.

Hailing Nketiah after the match, Arteta said:

Eddie, since I joined, the maturity and the personality that he plays every game with is incredible.

I demand a lot of our forward players to put the opponent under pressure and they’ve done it. A lot of the goals we score are because of the errors that we force on the opponent. In that heat, to keep chasing players and putting them under pressure, sometimes it’s not a really nice thing to do.

But obviously, when you get a goal from the mistakes they’ve made – which could have caused a few more goals – it’s really important. It generates belief in what they do and it pays the price for the effort.

I am happy with Eddie, the way he’s played again today, but I’m happy in general with the team.

Another youngster and budget FPL asset, Bukayo Saka (£4.7m), also continues to impress under Arteta.

The teenager was here operating as a sort of left-sided-midfielder-turned-wing-back in his manager’s fluid 4-3-3/3-4-3 and his versatility has come in handy with the injuries piling up since the restart.

Indeed, Saka is one of just four Arsenal players who has started all three league games since the Premier League resumed in mid-June.

Above: Arsenal players sorted by starts in Gameweeks 30+ to 31+

Not offering much goal threat of his own, Saka nevertheless is capable of chipping in with an assist (he has four this calendar year alone) and was the only Arsenal asset to create more than one chance on Thursday.

His manager seems to trust him, too, with Arteta saying afterwards:

It’s in his hands. He has a manager that has total belief in him, he has a club that really supports him and he has team-mates who adore him for who he is.

He’s such a nice boy, he’s very intelligent and he’s so willing to learn. He’s eager to be the best, he tries to be the best every day, and you can put him in different positions and he picks it up really quickly.

Every decision he makes, he takes risks. I think he could have produced three goals today. The maturity he shows on the pitch is really good.

While Lacazette was benched again and Nicolas Pepe (£9.3m) offered little, Arsenal’s defence at least showed signs of improvement.

It was perhaps no surprise that they looked more solid with Granit Xhaka (£5.1m) back in the side, with the Swiss defensive midfielder – public enemy number one towards the end of the Unai Emery reign – becoming an influential figure in the Arteta era.

All five of Arsenal’s clean sheets under their current boss have arrived with Xhaka in the starting XI.

Budget goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez (£4.2m) was solid enough filling in for the injured Bernd Leno (£4.9m), meanwhile, and the cut-price Rob Holding (£4.4m) was arguably the man of the match at the back, looking considerably more dependable than the suspended David Luiz (£5.7m).

Another member of Thursday’s backline, Kieran Tierney (£5.3m), limped off injured in the second half – but Arteta said the Scotland international was merely suffering from cramp when he was interviewed later:

Kieran was cramping. He hasn’t played two games together in the last seven or eight months and he was suffering. The weather is different to Scotland and he needs to adapt to it.

The Saints were brought back down with a bump after the Gameweek 30+ win over Norwich City and it has to be stressed how favourable the circumstances were in that victory last Friday, with Daniel Farke deploying an experimental 4-4-2 to disastrous effect.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were second-best before the interval against Arsenal but improved after half-time, with substitute Shane Long (£4.7m) testing Martinez and Nathan Redmond (£6.2m) firing into the side-netting from decent positions.

Given Michael Obafemi‘s (£4.9m) so-so performances in his compatriot’s absence, the fit-again Long will expect to regain his place for Sunday’s trip to Watford.

The Saints will be without the suspended Stephens for that encounter, however, with the lumbering Jannik Vestergaard (£4.5m) potentially taking his place.

There is further encouragement for owners of Watford’s attacking assets, with question-marks over Southampton’s problem right-back position and their goalkeeper.

McCarthy’s distribution has always been a concern and he had already had one near-miss when he gifted Nketiah the opener, with Arsenal out-Southamptoning Southampton with their aggressive press.

Speaking of McCarthy after the match, Hasenhuttl said:

We know we play more in possession now and making the goalkeeper more of a player means he has the ball more often.

There are still some things he has to improve – his decision making: should I play the ball short or should I play the ball long.

He has stuff to work on.

Danny Ings (£7.2m) couldn’t add to his haul against Norwich here, meanwhile, and has now racked up 177 minutes of pitch-time over the last week; it’ll be interesting to see if Hasenhuttl spares him at Vicarage Road this weekend given how carefully he has handled his star striker in previous periods of fixture congestion.


Southampton XI (4-2-2-2): McCarthy; Valery (Walker-Peters 46′), Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Højbjerg (Vestergaard 90′), Ward-Prowse; Armstrong, Redmond; Obafemi (Long 46′), Ings (Romeu 90′). 

Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Martinez; Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Tierney (Kolasinac 70′); Xhaka, Ceballos (Maitland-Niles 80′), Saka; Pepe (Willock 64′), Nketiah (Lacazette 79′), Aubameyang. 

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1,030 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Babit1967
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Actually considering captaining Richarlison, call me mad

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      You are mad

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        +1

    2. Brooksy86
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I'm on Auba... It's differential week...

    3. Visionaries
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Conversely I'm considering getting rid

      1. Babit1967
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Fancy a punt and yeah if he fails he’s out

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I got rid

    4. ZoumasBloomers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Mad

  2. Tonyawesome69
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Bottom on previous page. For those that still have the BB chip, when is the best GW to use BB?

    1. AC Yew
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      When bench players have got decent enough fixtures. I wouldn't fixate on a particular week

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I still have a WC for teams that have a good fixture

    2. Brooksy86
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      If that FA Cup manages to cause a DGW or 38 and build your team full of starters for it.

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        My understanding is that there will be no DGW for the rest of the season

        1. Brooksy86
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          The latter then

    3. Easy Cheesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I still need to WC so going to do that w a BB the following week... maybe gw33 and pick a bench for gw34

      1. McSlu
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        My thinking as well

  3. Visionaries
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    What game week is optimal to use FH?
    Had penciled in 38 but the fixtures don't look great imo

    1. BNMC
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Any gameweek can be optimal if you just play the fixtures that week. Get in the players with the best fixture and as many of the popular captaincy choices as possible.

        1. Visionaries
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Quite true

      • AC Yew
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I was considering 33 but was forced to play earlier due to team issues

        1. Visionaries
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Yeah looking at it 33 kind of works for me. Cheers

      • Hot Toddy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Huge potential in 33+ for attacking and defensive options. I'd be aiming at that one myself.

      • Christina.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        nothing wrong with 38

        Eve vs Bourn
        City vs Nor
        Ars vs Wat

        Not to mention the games where teams might have a lot to play for

      • Jönny
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I just used it this week... worked out fairly well (Pope, Digne, Mane)... I reckon overall I only ended up about 10 points better off, though.

        My thinking is to use it when your team looks weakest, and before too many teams have nothing to play for. Maybe this week was too early - in a week or two we might have better idea if form...

    2. ZoumasBloomers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Has there ever been a gameweek before where teams have a match after deadline before their prem game?

      1. POLSKA GOLA
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yesterday I heard about these FA Cup games and was genuinely shocked. It’s an unprecedented situation this season though so no point in looking for historic comparisons

    3. tibollom
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Team and bench order G2G? rolling on my FT for next week and giving bergwyn one last shot?

      Patricio
      Aurier TAA Doherty
      KDB Bruno Bergwyn Mane
      Rash Jim DCL

      Button, Lascelle, DLuiz, JRobison

    4. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Play:

      A) Ings (wat)
      B) DCL (LEI)

      1. Brooksy86
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        A

      2. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I’ve got DCL so almost certainly you should play Ings

        More seriously, I think DCL is correct choice but it’s close

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Can see Southampton rotating the front two at Watford

    5. Reckoner.
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Struggleing a bit with my Free Hit team, thoughts on this lot:

      Pope
      TAA | Azpilicueta | Doherty | PVA
      KDB | Son | Martial | Fernandes
      Rashford | Jimenez

      Button | Nketiah | Saka | Lascelles

      Any other players I should consider (had Traore, Kepa & DDG in at other times)

      1. Brooksy86
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Looks good

    6. ZoumasBloomers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Also, anyone on the Son armband? Saturday lunch kick off scares me with Jimmy

      1. Reckoner.
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Currently have it on Son with VC on Jimmy

      2. _figu
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Son was poor. I'm not able to trust him. It'll be Rashford or Jimmy for me.

      3. Miguel Sanchez
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Will the Blades have Henderson Egan and O’Connell back by then?

      4. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        If I had Son I’d go with him. But I don’t so it’s Doherty or Jimenez.

        Agree I’ll be much happier not captaining an FA cup player

    7. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Which one of Mane or Salah would you sell for Son?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Mane out, Salah chasing golden boot and hopefully Klopp will play him most games

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Mané but would keep both until 33

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          would you consider Mane to Martial if you have both?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Prob not still

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Is that due to Liverpool not having FA cup fixture and Man U playing tomorrow and next Tues? Do you think Ighalo will start one of the games?

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Yeah - think Liverpool will do well the next couple of games against City and Villa. Ighalo should start once this week. Probably the cup.

      3. Brooksy86
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I did mane>son, Barnes>martial last night... Also thought about pulisic

      4. Easy Cheesy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I wouldn’t sell either for son this week. I’m tempted to sell for a man u player but I’m tempted to keep both. I get rotation but they could run away with a ton of 4-0 wins

        1. Whats the Mata?
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Already have Bruno and Martial....

      5. Brooksy86
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I also had both...

    8. _figu
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Thoughts?

      A) Grealish vs Villa
      B) Saka vs NOR
      C) Grealish to Martial (-4)

      2nd in ML by 10 points, won't catch the leader.

      1. _figu
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        *Grealish vs Wolves 😀

      2. badhombres
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        C

      3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        C

    9. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      This is kicking the dead man !
      I mean paying the price for going Auba over others.
      4.4m kid is outscoring him is pathetic .. sold him for hit last GW.

      (Auba hat-trick vs Norwich set in stone now 😀 )

      1. Brooksy86
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        My C... Purely on dueness and differential... Also he's been unlucky.

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

      A Martinez & Martial
      B De Gea & Pulisic

      Already have Bruno & Rashford

      1. Brooksy86
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        B

      2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        B

    11. tommo123
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Patricio (Button)
      TAA Aurier Saiss (Simpson Lascelles)
      Son Salah KDB Martial (Gendouzi)
      Jimi Rashford Nketiah

      0.1 ITB 1 FT

      G2G to let ride for this GW? and save FT

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yep G2G

    12. Tom the Sloth
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Anyone got the times for today's press conferences?

    13. SH
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Need help! Having a very busy week with study and work and don't want to spend so much time pondering what to do. What do I do with 2 FTs here?

      McCarthy
      TAA Doherty Lascellas
      Salah KDB Bruno Sarr
      Auba Jimenez Ings

      Button Barnes Soy Taylor
      0.1 ITB, 2FT

      1. badhombres
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Barnes + Ings to Rashford + fodder

        1. SH
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Can't do that with Rashford's current price

    14. ameisin
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Would you BB this?
      Worried about flags on Ritchie/Foden, and the fact that Man C are playing Pool.
      Not sure if a better chance will come up, WC used but FH left.

      Patricio
      TAA | Doh | Aurier
      KDB | Son | Bruno | Martial
      Jimi | Rash | DCL

      Martinez | Ritchie* | Foden* | Holgate

    15. GW31+ Rough with the Smooth
      Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      How was your GW31+?

      Were any of your players benched? Did you get any injuries? How did your bench perform? Did your captain return?

      Tell us your tales of joy and woe from Gameweek 31+, here:

      1. Fitzy.
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Here come all the Martial owners...

      2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Going Bergwijn over Son to save money hurt..
        Also last minute switch from Pope,AWB to Aurier,DDG cost me but I think in the long-run it will pay off.

      3. GuenDoozy
          1 month, 15 days ago

          65 points, 6K > 13K, Eliminated from LMS, Bruno Captain fail, Stephens red card so an extra transfer out required before I can use my BB. Not the best GW

          1. Az
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            probably a blessing in disguise that you dont have to BB with Stephens!

        • TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          In summary: Salalalalalalahahahhhhhhhhh

          This week proved once again that if you don’t know who to captain then going Salah or KDB can never be that bad an option.

          Salah was way off the pace and still scored 11 (joy) but he missed some very easy chances and on another today could have had 24 (woe)

        • bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Small green, 81 points. Paid the price for a low TV I've got the template WC front 7 and TAA, but couldn't afford Doherty or AWB (or Aurier) to go with them, my Justin and Lascelles combo only contributed 6 points.

          1. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            should have played Holgate instead.

        • Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Ordinary 73 points after last weeks 138. Everton twosome a mistake, should as usual have gone with first thoughts and trebled up on United attack. Also worried about Saiss and only one playing sub.

          Gap down to 30 at top of ML and have already done a -4 to get KDB back as a cover move.

        • ManUnitedComeBack
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Smooth: -12 point hit actually paid off
          Sterling, Mahrez, Grealish, Lundstram > Son, Alli, Martial, AWB giving me a 16 point swing even after the hits

          Rough: Vardy (c), no Pool

        • umerlfc
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          93 points with Son(c) was pretty good
          Started Saiss over Sarr which worked out well
          The entire defense returned:
          Pope
          TAA AWB Aurier Saiss

        • thisisdiz
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Rough: Hold Vardy and Grealish on WC. Plan to replace them with Martial and probably Ings, but want to give Vardy one more chance..

          Smooth: Salah(c). TAA Aurier KDB Pope all return.

        • Boris Bodega: Holly's …
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Second captain fail in a row (last week Auba, this week Fernandes).

          However, moving Leno, Aguero and Ozil out for Martinez, Martial and Rashford for -8 seemed to work out overall.
          71 points after the hit still resulted in red arrows, but could've been much worse.

        • Dreaming of glory
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Smooth: 8 players returned for a 78
          Rough: last day captain change was to 1 of 3 who didnt

        • Chris_H
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Played my FH to take advantage of the good fixtures...

          Worked out my non-free hit team with a -4 would have got exactly the same score as my FH team (71) - thanks for nothing Everton, Leicester, Dele and Vardy...

        • shirtless
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Smooth;

          I got away with forgetting the deadline! I'd activated BB, had planned to switch Cahill>Lascelles to give me a full playing home bench. I also planned to move the armband from Salah to Fernandes after reading Captain Sensible. My dad passed on the weekend before last and we had my uncles and the vicar due round at 3pm to sort the order of service. Next thing I knew it was 5.05pm and I'd missed the deadline for the first time ever! Had it in my head it was 6.0pm which was of course kick off time. As luck would have it the transfer made no odds and Salah was the better captain pick and now I have 2 FTs this week! Dad pulled the strings there.. 🙂

          Salah(c), KdB, Jimi and a full house at the back with Trent, Robbo, Ryan, Boly.

          Rough;
          9 point BB with only a Taylor clean sheet to show for it. Cahill big fat zero as expected. Missed the deadline!

          Back to 778 OR with 93 points however I'm chipped out now.

        • Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Everything is rough.
          DCL © fail
          OR tripled since the re-start.

          Smooth:
          Another GW tomorrow 😛

          1. Long ago I drew a walrus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Liking that smooth! Noticed early on that we have very similar teams, I debated between Bruno and DCL for cap so technically ended up with the right decision there lol. Net 56 for a 50k red arrow

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              This was officially my worst GW of season.
              Lol
              4.8m GWR
              Can't fall further down ehhh 😉

          2. Twisted Saltergater
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Well done for posting, Amey!

            Not sure why all these “smooths” are trying to invent a “rough” 😆

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Ha ha
              I hope your GW was smoother 😀

        • The Train Driver
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Smooth:, Had only 2 blanking Rough: C one of them.

          Fun faact: Def + GK bench included scored 59 points. Think it's a record for me in a single gw.

        • Santigold
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I used my FH in GW30+ to go all in on the DGW players, which didn't go too well (only 77 pts and went down from 3,631 to 9,557). I was already having doubts about my strategy looking at all the BB scores of over 100 pts. In the end I was rewarded for keeping the faith in my original team with 99 points in GW31+ (and a rank rise to 4,849). So I guess I'm back on track and I still have my WC and BB left. Although I have no idea when I'm going to use them.

        • circusmonkey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          After my wildcard, got my third best gw rank of the season (91 points: 213k). Without Martial but with 8 returns out of 11, including Trent as captain, my highest scorer.

        • Man Getting Hit By Football
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          92 points, Jiminez (c). Only Bruno & Ings scored less then 5 points.

          Along with 110 points last week, I've gone from 135k -> 58k in the two weeks since the restart.

        • ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Had a great run since the restart.
          141 points gw30+ and 96 points this week.
          Jumped from 80k to just outside 10k, but no doubt there will be bad moments before the end of the season.
          Rough, had to play BB and WC though, so only got FH left.

        • ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Hi geoff. Six of us fighting for 5 promotion places to FFS H2H league 1 division 1. Did you win this week ?
          Good luck, it's been my chief priority all season, so I'm really looking forward to the last 7 weeks.

        • Lambey
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Smooth: After a bang average season, sitting at 280k pre-lockdown, i've had back to back 100+ GWs for first time ever, 109 last week and 102 this week, up to 100,470 now so almost top 100k. Everyone delivering apart from Jota and Bruno (c).
          Pope,Saiss,AWB,TAA,Martial,Mane,Son,KDB and Jimenez delivering.

          Pre-emptive rough: 20 point GW incoming to spoil my run and send me back down to where i belong

        • FPL Bielsa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          178k at re-start with no wildcard left wasn't hopeful, a bench boost and afree hit later up to 40k. Martial the star this week on the Free Hit.

        • Red Rock
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Free Hitter here, Vardy cap, got rid of KDB and Pulisic.

          Lost the coin flip on Lascelles vs Holgate on CS, double Everton attack.

          At least Pope and Trent did the business

        • Rohirrims
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Smooth:-
          Auba, Jota and Henderson out for a -8 to bring in Rashford, Jimenez and Pope worked out well for a net 16 point gain.

          Rough:-
          Template players all doing well but the differentials (Barnes, DCL and Lascelles) all ended up with appearance points so a small green arrow.

        • Stejson
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Took a hit to get rid of Aguero. Replacement only played a few minutes for 1 point.
          Drew with Average in my mini league

        • Bury94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Pretty rough really, 70 points, down a couple of hundred places to 445 OR, can't have too many more bad weeks if I want to achieve my top 100 finish dream!

        • bench boost for every gamew…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          A strange week. Ended up on 77 points, but with a -16 it was 61 net. My changes was Leno, Lundstram, Sterling,Mahrez and Grealish. They got a total of (and i include Nyland 2 pointers here) 13 points. I brought in Martinez, Aurier, Martial, Fernandes and Mané. A total of 47. So that is a smooth in my book, 18 points up after deduction. Mahrez is the one i would have kept if i could rectify it but otherwise much more happy with those in than out longer term.

          On the wrong side i went for Auba over Mané as cap (i actually had my vc on Martial but it was a mistake-) which was annoying, but i liked what i saw vs Brighton and i were right in a sense not that it manifested itself in points, mind.

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Nice moves. It’s not every week you can play a -12 or -16 and recoup the points, but quite a fixture swing in GW31+ due to the double in GW30+.

            1. bench boost for every gamew…
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              yep, calculated risk with having no wc to fall back upon i decided to try and take advantage of BB and then planning to take huge hit to set up for most of the season. I did not know that Auba suddenly lost all his shooting ability though, spanner in the works. Still some work to do, but a lot less than it would have been without the hit. Currently deciding which to play out og Pukki, El Gazi and Basham-). Happy with the other 10 though so just trying to anticipate which one would start and which one to play in my 11. EL Ghazi as it stands but might just end up with Basham, last chance saloon for SHu in the run for europe and Spurs are mot THAT good in attack.

        • Hairy Potter
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Smooth - FH with Salah (c), TAA, VVD, Doherty, Jiminez, Rashford, Son got me 89 points so happy with FH as well as BB chips these last 2 weeks.

          Rough - no attacking returns from Richarlison, DCL or Bruno. Dealing with price drops/transfers on my GW30/32 team.

        • kysersosa
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Rough: Bruno Captain
          Smooth: Owning Martial

        • tisza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Smooth:WC 97 pts - nice rank jump. Chance to keep 9 year top 1% finish run going

          Rough:Penultimate WC draft changed just before deadline would have scored 114pts - always the way 🙂

        • CroatianHammer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Not massively rough or smooth, but 68 with a Free Hit. Would have had 70 if I just left the team as it was.

        • StinkinRich
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Rough - wanted players in first round of games so moved on mane/greenwood to vardy/alli (-4). Front line of jota Vardy dcl couldn’t muster anything.

          Smooth - usual TAA, Mo (c), Kdb. keeper and defence all scored 6+

        • the Penman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          On wildcard, had options:

          Pope & Maguire
          DDG & Ritchie

          Went for DDG & Ritchie, and was feeling smug about it...until Pope smashes a 10-pointer to pip me by 2 points.

      4. Brooksy86
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Play fernandes (bou) or Taylor (wat)...

        Have Pope in net.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Think you have a couple of typos there confusing things but would go Fernandez

          1. Brooksy86
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Ta

      5. GuenDoozy
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Auba captaininers not worried he could be in for a 15 min cameo?

          1. Little Red Lacazette
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            I have him but will not captain him.

            1. GuenDoozy
                1 month, 15 days ago

                yeah thinking the same

            2. FPLShaqiri
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Yup, I'll probably captain Jimenez just because I know he'll start. I don't actually have Auba yet but I will be playing WC next week, and have 1 FT and an injured Aguero. As bad as the restart has been for Auba he is still playing Norwich so would be rude not to get him in for 1 week only.

              1. GuenDoozy
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Could be worth it, hes due and been unlucky. If he starts he could even get a hatty who knows

              2. yakirh
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Just sold him

              3. bench boost for every gamew…
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                not in particular, he is extremely fit and they are 6 points behind fifth place which is a long shot but Arteta will not have given up (i think no chance myself but Arteta will see there´s a chance)

                He could be benched, but on paper he is the best cap option this week. In this tight schedule anyone can be and we saw Kun in 10 minutes vs Arsenal that a player can do some real damage in short time, Auba for the last half an hour vs tired Norwich legs, decimated by the look of relegation in their eyes, that could be enough.

            3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              A) Play Bergwijn/Saka and save FT
              B) Bergwijn to Pulisic/Mount with FT

              1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Anyone?

              2. HollywoodXI
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                A

            4. Little Red Lacazette
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Already have Saiss. Max 4.9M. Lundy to:
              A. Boly
              B. Lascelles
              C. Holgate
              D. Cahill

              1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                A

                1. TheDragon
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  This assuming no Doherty

            5. Nolberto Solano
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Fernandes to Martial? Or wait and see for one more week?

              1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Wait

            6. Visionaries
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Not sure if anyone knows the answer to this.
              If I don't make a transfer this week and use FH next week, will I get 2 FT's the following week?

              1. bitm2007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                No back to 1 FT

                1. Visionaries
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Ok cheers, that's what I thought

            7. Kitman
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Pretty dreamy for me, I ended up with 90 points and also had Nketiah and Holgate on the bench.

              1. Kitman
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                reply fail

            8. Chelsea91
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              McCarthy
              Taa,Saiss,Robbo
              Mane,Kdb,Bruno(c),Son(vc)
              Dcl,Jota,Ings

              Pope Soy,Fleck,Egan

              Good to go for GW 32+ guys?

              1. FPLord
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Front line looks weak, but guess you can't change without a hit

                1. Chelsea91
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  yes mate

                  1. FPLord
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    then leave it as it is and play Pope instead of McCarthy

                    1. Chelsea91
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      noted mate

                2. AC Yew
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  I agree. Would pick Jimenez over Jota if possible

                  1. Chelsea91
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    need to take hit mate

                    1. AC Yew
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      I would take the hit.

            9. The Red Devil
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Got FH & TC left
              When do you see an apt GW for each?

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                TC Salah vs Villa

                1. The Red Devil
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Think he'll start every match now on?

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    No, but he’ll start enough to get a chance at a third golden boot

                    1. The Red Devil
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Coz villa match is just less than 72 hours after match against city
                      Thursday night- Sunday night

            10. FPLord
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Bench one out of DCL, Nketiah or Mahrez (has to be benched at some point)?

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Nkeitah

              2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Nketiah

            11. Miguel Sanchez
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Team GTG here? Bench and captain thoughts

              McCarthy
              TAA Doherty Maguire Aurier
              Salah KDB Bruno Martial
              Jimenez DCL

              Krul Ings Barnes Fernandez

              1. GuenDoozy
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Jimmy captain and would play Ings over DCL

                • FPLord
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Ings vs DCL is a close call. Captain between Martial and Jimenez for me

                • Tonyawesome69
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  bench Maguire and play Ings

              2. Ian Davis
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Play DCL or Saka?

                Other option is DCL > Nketiah

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  DCL

                2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Similar Dilemma and I'm playing DCL

              3. poulteren
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Hi all,

                Please help

                I already have Rash and bruno....

                A.) Alli --> Martial

                OR

                B.) wait and see / carry FT