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Hasenhuttl to aid Ings’ quest for the Golden Boot as Watford’s FPL assets flop

Watford 1-3 Southampton

  • Goals: Jan Bednarek (£4.4m) own-goal | Danny Ings (£7.3m) x2, James Ward-Prowse (£5.7m)
  • Assists: Jose Holebas (£4.6m) | Will Smallbone (£4.5m), Che Adams (£5.3m)
  • Bonus: Ings x3, Ward-Prowse x2, Oriol Romeu (£4.3m) x1

Sunday’s match at Vicarage Road was our bi-weekly reminder that football, and Fantasy Premier League, rarely goes according to the script.

Mid-table Southampton, sitting 10 points clear of the drop zone heading into Gameweek 32+, were meant to be in ‘on the beach’ territory, and Watford, hovering precariously above the bottom three, were the ones supposed to be scrapping for their lives.

But the Saints were hungrier, sharper, quicker to the second ball and just generally better than their hosts in every department this weekend, inflicting a fully deserved defeat on Nigel Pearson’s side.

Watford might well tick the ‘something to play for’ box with regards to motivation but they have also won just one of their last ten league fixtures (improbably against Liverpool), a run that includes six meetings with teams currently ranked tenth or below.

The triple-header against Norwich City, Newcastle United and West Ham United in Gameweeks 34+ to 36+ still holds great appeal but owners of the Hornets’ Fantasy assets are now facing the eternal ‘form versus fixtures’ quandary, with Watford ranked a lowly 18th when clubs are filtered by their last ten matches.

Pearson’s troops didn’t even manage a single shot on target on Sunday, with their goal coming courtesy of Jan Bednarek (£4.4m); the Polish stopper turning a Jose Holebas (£4.6m) cross past his own goalkeeper late in the game.

Ismaila Sarr (£6.3m) perhaps looked the likeliest to make things happening, seeing a close-range shot blocked just after the interval and twice getting into his now customary promising positions on the byline, but even he was well below-par and his searing pre-lockdown form seems a distant memory.

Troy Deeney (£6.2m) appeared more interested in winning free-kicks than staying on his feet and hasn’t forced any goalkeeper into a save since the Premier League resumed, while the home side’s hoofball tactics played right into the hands of Bednarek and the galumphing Jannik Vestergaard (£4.5m).

The hosts were poor at the other end, too, guilty of backing off their opponents and, in the case of Southampton’s second strike, gift-wrapping goals.

Pearson said of his side’s display after the game:

We were second best for too long. You can’t concede goals like we have, give gifts to the opponents. It makes the job harder.

We have to go back to showing a cohesion as a group of people. At the moment it is frustrating, because we are not achieving the performances we know we are capable of.

Southampton have been difficult to fathom this season.

Ranked fifth when clubs are filtered by their away results (this was their eighth success on the road in 2019/20), the Saints are rock-bottom when we look at home fixtures.

Their Jekyll-and-Hyde displays, something Hasenhuttl bemoaned in midweek, is perfectly encapsulated by their form in 2020: played 12, won six, lost six.

Sunday’s match was the Saints at their best, with the visitors aggressive in the press, tidy on the ball and robust at the back.

Bednarek and Vestergaard were superb at centre-half, blocking everything on the ground and imperious in the air, and right-back Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.4m) built on a promising 45 minutes at Arsenal with another impressive showing here.

The ever-present James Ward-Prowse (£5.7m), who hasn’t missed a minute of league football this season, showcased his set-piece expertise with a brilliant 81st-minute free-kick, meanwhile.

Admittedly not much of threat from open play these days as one of Hasenhuttl’s ‘number sixes’, seven of the nine goals and assists he has registered this season have been from dead-ball situations.

Onto the main event, though, and someone who has mostly been a reliable pick even through Southampton’s rollercoaster year.

Danny Ings (£7.3m) was by far the most-owned Fantasy asset in this fixture and he rewarded his remaining owners by scoring his 17th and 18th Premier League goals of the season, registering his joint-highest FPL haul of 2019/20 in the process.

Having racked up 177 minutes in Saints’ first two post-restart fixtures, many had thought that Ings was a candidate for rotation on Sunday.

Indeed, Hasenhuttl freshened up his side by making five changes, with the in-form Stuart Armstrong (£5.2m) benched because of worries over fatigue – how many times have we heard the Southampton boss use this reasoning for managing Ings’ minutes?

But Ings did start and went on to move within one goal of Jamie Vardy (£9.8m) in the race for the Golden Boot, with his first strike against Watford in particular illustrating his clinical edge.

His second goal, which stemmed from a poor Ben Foster (£4.9m) throw out, was Ings at his predatory, off-the-ball best; this wasn’t the first instance in which we have seen him force or capitalise on a defensive error this season.

The icing on the cake for Ings’ owners came in Hasenhuttl’s post-match press conference, with the Southampton boss suggesting he would field his striker (although he didn’t explicitly say ‘start)’ in all six of his side’s remaining games to help him in the pursuit of individual glory:

I think anything is possible [with regards to the race for the Golden Boot].

We will play with him the last six games and then he will have six chances to score.

If he gets the chance you can see how fantastic his finishing is at the moment. He seems fitter than ever.

He was very hard working in the shutdown and that gives him now fantastic physical options.

While the next three games for Southampton are tricky (both Manchester clubs and Everton) and may slow investment, Saints’ run-in of Brighton, Bournemouth and Sheffield United will likely boost Ings’ ownership figures further should he be still within a shout of the Golden Boot, as seems likely.


Watford XI (4-2-3-1): Foster; Femenia (Pussetto 79′), Dawson, Cathcart, Masina (Holebas 73′); Hughes (Welbeck 73′), Capoue; Sarr, Doucoure, Pereyra (Pedro 73′); Deeney.

Southampton XI (4-4-2):  McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Smallbone (Armstrong 65′), Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Redmond; Long (Adams 75′), Ings.

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841 Comments Post a Comment
  1. baps sniffer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    C? But no idea what, since your team isn't linked.

    1. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      Oops bad reply fail, very sorry 🙁

  2. Super Saints
    • 3 Years
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    Really in need of some advice now, I had planned to do Ings Guendouzi > Greenwood Pulisic with my 2FT but now I'm not sure?

    DDG
    TAA Doherty Aurier
    Mane KDB Son Fernandes
    Jimenez Ings DCL
    Martin Lascelles Guendouzi Simpson

    Who are the most important players going forward?

    1. The Legend Squad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      The fact Ralph has guaranteed Ings the last 6 games to get the golden boot is worth a lot in this rotation heavy environment

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 4 hours ago

        Yes, but I don't like there next fixtures.

        1. The Legend Squad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 days, 4 hours ago

          He does have goals vs Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea, Leicester...

    2. Netley Lucas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      You could do Mane/DCL > Martial & Rashford but you'd need a hit to lose DDG. Might be worth it if you cap one.

    3. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      Ings pretty much confirmed to start remaining matches but can he last them all.
      He has a history of injuries.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 days, 4 hours ago

        H didn't say that. I can see Ingsy coming on for 20 mins against tired legs and have a good chance of nabbing goals in all of the last 6 games.

    4. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      Think Ings is a keep. Would be looking to move on DCL before him if he blanks again.

  3. The Legend Squad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    I’m chasing 50 points, temped to go with this set up with some differentials. Means going without Salah which I’m scared about.

    McCarthy Button
    TAA Gomez Saiss Lascelles Stephens
    KDB Son Mahrez Pulisic Fernandes
    Ings Jesus Rashford

    RMT?

    1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      That's front 8 is a rotation headache.
      I would try to get one of Foden or Nketiah as 8th attacker and then see what you can do with the extra money.

      1. The Man Pastore
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 4 hours ago

        This^^

    2. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      Many will say that's a benching headache but I say that is a good team with good coverage for rotation which will happen as we near end of season.

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 3 hours ago

        Yeh but with 5 subs it wont matter coz the player that gets rotated is bound to come on at the end

    3. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 1 hour ago

      I like the way you want to diff, but Jesus is a bad diff (not talking biblical sense here) and reason is that the way City plays Jesus is not in the end of things. If you are scared of going without i think there is reasons to get him in tbh. Lovren will get a game or two if Matip is out for long term. Villa striker Davies is a menace and that game has Lovren starting written all over it. I know it is boring but JImenez and VVD for Jesus and Gomez, as you with mahrez alongside KDB has a differential in having one other City striker, with VVD a double up def for Liv and some of those TAA assists comes from corner kicks.. Going for Puli is either hitting gold or travelling into the nightmare of Lamp rotation. With McCarthy i would prefer to have one of the other cheap goalies too, i have Nyland and Martinez, which as combination is not the worst in terms of rotation, i get Wolves this week and Everton in 36 but else is pretty decent.

  4. Jellyfish
    • 8 Years
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    Vardy > Rash
    DCL > Ings

    2FT worth doing?

    1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      Just Vardy to Rash is also fine.

    2. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      Ings has MCI, EVE, MU next.

      1. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        10 days, 4 hours ago

        yes I guess a bit late to the Ings party now

      2. The Man Pastore
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 4 hours ago

        Wouldn't be surprised if he scored 2

      3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 days, 4 hours ago

        Could be a case of another rope-a-dope...

        Gets brought in en masse, including hits, goes 2-2-2 next three, gets sold en masse in frustration, then goes 9-9-9 from his last 3...

        Or maybe he just smashes it in all 6, who knows 🙂

        1. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          10 days, 4 hours ago

          Or maybe he gets injured...again.

  5. Lindelol
    • 1 Year
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    Pope (McCarthy)
    TAA Doherty Saiss (Lascelles Holgate)
    KDB Mane Fernandes Martial (Hayden)
    Jiminez DCL Rashford
    1. Fernandes to Son
    2. KDB to Son
    3. Save

    1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      Save

    2. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      Have a near identical team, and Son isn't a consideration right now. Man U and Man City have great fixtures, can't really sell Mane. DCL is the one to go next, personally.

    3. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      So 3

  6. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    McCarthy
    TAA Doherty Aurier
    Salah KDB Bruno Martial Richa
    Jimenez Rashford

    (3.9 Nketiah Holgate Cathcart)
    1 FT & 0.3m

    Richarlison to Mahrez the best move here?

    Any other ideas?

    1. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      Basically I like it, but I expect Mahrez to start start vs Liv and not next one. This is just my guessing atm though.

      1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 4 hours ago

        Fair enough. Mahrez has started all games for City though and comes off around the 65 min mark. If that happens against Pool maybe I should get him.

        1. baps sniffer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 days, 4 hours ago

          In that case I'll get him too 🙂

      2. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 4 hours ago

        If that was to be the case, I would get Foden in first and after that transfer injured(?) mid for Mahrez.

        1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          10 days, 4 hours ago

          I think Foden starts against Pool.

    2. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      Thing is if KDB and Salah both start MCI v LIV, they both might be benched the next game. Im likely to sell one of KDB or Mané before GW33, if they both start in 32 (dont have Salah).

      1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 4 hours ago

        Sell for who though?
        The only I option I see is Son with my setup.
        Also lots of people are assuming they will be benched.

      2. bench boost for every gamew…
        • 3 Years
        10 days, 1 hour ago

        Liverpool have had an week off and they get the throphy in that game, Villa is in relegation battle which is important for Klopp in the sense that he will play nearly his best team. A couple of changes in midfield, and perhaps Minamino for Firmino. And Lovren probably gets a game either vs Villa or City. KDB is much more risky in 33 with having played 3 games in 7 days with only 2 days rest before Southampton.

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

          Pool will get their trophy in the chelsea game

    3. Ian & Zen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      If you want another Man C player, wait until after the game & see who’s rested / has reduced minutes & pick him

  7. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    Looking for advice plz. Any suggestions would be welcome

    Have 2 Free transfers and not much idea what to do with them. 0.8 ITB

    DDG 3.9

    Doherty TAA Aurier (Lacelles 3.9)

    Son Bruno Martial Salah Saka

    DCL Jiminez (Nkietiah)

    Looking to downgrade somewhere so i can maybe get KDB for son or bruno the following week.

    TV is 100.6 so thats where the problem lies

    Doherty > Saiss?

    1. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      I would rather downgrade gk with that tv.

    2. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 1 hour ago

      I think i would not want to be choosing between Lasc, Saka and Nketia every week but if happy with that i would perhaps consider Mahrez for Bruno if you want to go City. Foden fifth mid perhaps an option and if possible, a playing fifth def at 4.2, like Femenia Taylor at Burnley (4.3)?

  8. Little Red Lacazette
    • 3 Years
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    Auba -> Rashford & Sarr -> ? Upto 8.3M?

    Pope
    TAA C.Taylor Boly
    Salah KDB Fernandes Sarr
    Auba DCL Jimi

    Martinez Saka Saiss Cathcart

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      Tony

    2. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      Martial

    3. Mingo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      Pulisic, depending on injury or Foden/Mahrez depending if you can stretch that far. Triple United attack seems too many eggs in one basket for me. And I'm a United fan!

    4. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      Sarr to Pulisic or Willian
      Taylor to Aurier

      Otherwise Taylor to Azpi
      Sarr to Foden maybe

  9. NoSalah’d
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    How’s my FH draft looking?
    DDG, 3.9m
    TAA, VVD, Ritchie, Doherty, 3.9m
    Mane, KDB, Martial, Mount, 4.2m
    Jesus, Rashford, 4.2m
    Thanks in advance for any feedback/guidance.

  10. grennans2
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    Would appreciate any thoughts on this plan with transfers?

    Martinez
    TAA - Doherty - Saiss
    Salah - KDB - Son - Fernandes
    Rashford - Jimenez - DCL

    Button - Lascelles - Guendouizi - Simpson

    This week, use 2FT to do Martinez & DCL > De Gea & Nkietah
    Following week, use 1FT to do Guendouzi > Foden

    I figure De Gea has better fixtures than Martinez so more chance of a CS, Foden has more of a chance of starting going forward due to MCI rotation, and DCL has tough fixtures with Nkietah getting more regular starts for Arsenal (would still be a bench player for me), What do you think?

    1. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      You may need later money to upgrade DCL to Ings. I would rather consider Bruno to Martial.

  11. NoSalah’d
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    Ritchie and Guendouzi or Lascelles and Foden

    1. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      B

  12. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    Doherty > saiss for free??

    Allows bruno/son > KDB the following week

    1. Soto Ayam
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      Sure, but is the kdb move it to lose son or Bruno worth it?

  13. Soto Ayam
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    Choose 1 for the rest of the season

    A) Jimenez
    B) Ings

    Cheers

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

      A

    2. 1justlookin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      Jimi

    3. Soto Ayam
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      Cheers all

    4. waddles mullet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      I have Jiminez, I'd rather have Ings.
      Hassenhutl quotes key - Ings is the form player in the league, and he's got a manager who'll give him every chance to chase the golden boot. Also fitness concerns look much less of a worry, he's sharp as knives.

      1. Soto Ayam
        10 days, 3 hours ago

        Yeah, it looks good for him to play all 6 games,but then I guess Jimenez will also. Jimenez is quite an unexciting player to own though.

  14. Shark Team
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    Any views on this WC team?
    Ederson
    TAA AWB Saiss (+ Lamptey and 3.9 Def)
    Salah Kdb Mahrez Martial Sarr
    Rashford Deeney Maupay

  15. Avo24
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    Pope
    Alonso laporte egan
    Tony son bruno kdb
    Auba rash jimi

    Lasc saiss douglas

    I dont have any liv player, is it alright? I am united fans so a bit biased to select their 3 attacker

  16. The Man Pastore
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    Is Richarlison --> Mahrez the obvious transfer here? Or should I save FT?

    Patricio Martin
    TAA Doherty Maguire Lascelles Kiko
    KDB Son Bruno Martial Richarlison
    DCL Jiminez Nketiah

    1FT / 0.7ITB

    1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      Considering the same move.
      I don't like Everyone's next 3 fixtures.

      1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 4 hours ago

        Everton's**

  17. Tom the Sloth
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    Liverpool won the league, and they might rotate more in the coming matches.

    To get a Premier League medal, you need to have played at least 5 matches.

    Players from LFC with at least 1 match, but less than 5 matches:

    2 - Harvey Elliot (AM)
    2 - Curtis Jones (CM)
    1 - Neco Williams (RB)

    Will this list of players who will probably get more minutes affect your FPL assets of TAA, Salah, Mane, Henderson?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      I think so, which is why I've already got rid of Salah, Mane and TAA.

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 days, 3 hours ago

        On WC or with unlimited transfers, I hope.

    2. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      Do sub appearances count or do they need to start ??

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 3 hours ago

        I'd presume sub appearances count

        1. Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          10 days, 3 hours ago

          With the 5 sub rule now in place, Salah Mane and TAA will certainly play and start 80% of remaining games and would take that happily over other assets being discussed......

          1. Tempestic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 3 hours ago

            Yeh agreed

    3. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      They only have to play not start. With 5 subs Klopp will just give those guys more game time. Lallana also in that list

      1. Pipermaru
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 3 hours ago

        Lallana has played a lot of games already.

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          10 days, 3 hours ago

          I meant he’s a chance to get more game time in the run in

          1. Pipermaru
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            10 days, 3 hours ago

            Ahh ok, I thought you meant him playing 5 games to get a medal.

    4. Chris_H
      • 11 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      I am coming more round to the idea of TAA+VDD and not bothering with Salah/Mane, we can have a City/Utd capatain rotation for the rest of the season & I see us keeping it tight

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 days, 3 hours ago

        I can see Neco getting a good run. Klopp needs to know there's cover if TAA gets injured. VVD, Gomez and Alisson are the nailest in my op.

  18. NoSalah’d
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    How’s my FH looking guys?
    DDG, 3.9m
    TAA, VVD, Doherty, Lascelles, Lamptey
    Mane, KDB, Martial, Mount, Foden
    Jesus, Rashford, Connolly

  19. kime67
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    Pulisic should be fine ?

    1. Iggy pop
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      think it will be either 60 or 30 mins

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 days, 3 hours ago

        Just 1 would be nice.

  20. @ocprodigy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 days, 4 hours ago

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    They've been fairly horrible at giving out the bonus points recently, with 3 GWs running with none. But this GW the FFS Scout Picks and Differentials scored 45 points only, therefore everyone above, alongside the following have received an additional bonus point:

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  21. SADIO SANÉ
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 4 hours ago

    KDB, Rashford and Jimenez are all epic, but (rightly so) are mega template, thoughts on this for catching up?

    Martinez (Martin)
    TAA Doherty Alonso (Lamptey Schelotto)
    Salah Mane Mahrez Martial Foden
    Kane Nketiah (Greenwood)

    Salah & Mane in a golden boot race? or will they ease off after winning the title?

    1. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      I dont think ditching KDB will help u catch up tbh. Looks like a decent team tho

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 3 hours ago

        Also Nketiah's fixtures arent good and Foden will be a rotation risk. I think Foden rotating in with someone cheap on the games we think he starts is a good strategy but starting him week in week out i'm not so sure

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 5 Years
          10 days, 3 hours ago

          Yeah, I mean - it will basically be Mane vs KDB, which I'm happy with as long as Liverpool keep it up. I can always start the mighty Lamptey or Greenwood for Nketiah if they look more nailed than they have been at any point.

    2. Traction Engine Foot
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      I'm not sure Liverpool will let up much. In fact, with the title in the bag I think their play could become even more confident. And they'll want to break a few records. Only real worry is that Salah and Mane may have reduced minutes to allow other players gametime.

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 3 hours ago

        yeah, makes captaining one of them risky but maybe a pattern forms - if not Kane/Martial are potentially good alternatives, Kane is more nailed than anyone surely

      2. El Presidente
        10 days, 3 hours ago

        Yeah, but no way in hell Klopp will risk next season with potential muscular injuries to his top players for record chasing.... no way.

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 5 Years
          10 days, 3 hours ago

          you can definitely make an argument either way, might piss Salah off if he doesn't play him - I think the record points thing might be a thing, especially if they beat City on Thursday

    3. waddles mullet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      Pretty sure both Salah and Mane will get rotated, but their fixtures are good, and unlikely they're going to ease off when they do get minutes. Coming on for half an hour at the end of a game, still probably enough to make them good picks? Big differential to have both.

      Love that back three by the way...

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 3 hours ago

        thanks WM, pretty much what I'm thinking - but knowing me he will start playing Origi and Shaqiri every game or something 😀

  22. El Presidente
    10 days, 3 hours ago

    What do guys think about Tammy? How was he yesterday?

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      Seems too risky with Giroud getting a lot of minutes.

      1. El Presidente
        10 days, 3 hours ago

        Seems that way. It would be a great diff if he starts though...

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      Not a good pick. Giroud is ahead of him atm. Best case scenario they'll share the minutes.

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      Don't go there. Not 1st choice currently.

  23. BNMC
    10 days, 3 hours ago

    Quick look at Palace's fixtures and after today, they only play teams fighting for European places plus Villa. I have a feeling they could deliver a couple upsets...

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      Boring team
      Most enticing asset is LB
      Says a lot
      Cheap defender can work out brilliantly though

    2. Traction Engine Foot
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      I went for Ward, hopefully he does ok tonight.

  24. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 3 hours ago

    Hope Foden is on the bench against Liverpool so I can get him in for the Southampton game.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      I'm thinking same
      About Mahrej 😀

    2. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      I think there’s a good chance

  25. cigan
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 3 hours ago

    0.3 short of Bergwijn & DCL > Pulisic & Ings. Do you reckon this is worth a -4?

    OUT: Bergwijn / DCL / Bruno
    IN: Pulisic / Ings / Martial

    Team is

    Patricio (3.9)
    Trent Doherty Holgate/Lasc/Kiko
    Salah KDB Bruno Bergwijn (Saka)
    Rashford Jimenez DCL

    1. Lev Yashin
      • 7 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      Ings had got a tough run coming up (on paper).

      1. cigan
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 3 hours ago

        that's true but i think he's quite fixture proof

        on the other hand, it does feel a bit like chasing points and he might be an injury waiting to happen

  26. rjcv177
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 3 hours ago

    2FT, who should be my priority?

    A) third MUtd attacker
    B) Chelsea mid
    C) Spurs attacker
    D) City combo (foden, mahrez, jesus as options)

  27. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    10 days, 3 hours ago

    Pope needs 37 points from 7 games

    To break the all time fpl record for points for a keeper

    Legend

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      He's going to have that on the board by HT time tonight

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      He essentially needs a CS in at least 5 of them to make that. I think he'll fall short.

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

        Knowing that he ends up with 9-10 points for every clean sheet he could do it with just 3 ckeab sheets

    3. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      He hasnt even been that standout either, there's 3 other keepers within 4 points of him currently

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

        He was miles behind until january though. Wasily the standout option of the 2nd half of the season. Wish i didnt sell him on wc

  28. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 days, 3 hours ago

    People are seriously selling the likes of Salah, Mané & KDB?

    ... and relying on knowing Foden's appearances, knowing Pep?

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      I need to see a link to believe this - surely not?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 days, 3 hours ago

        At least 1 post per page, for the last few pages/articles.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          10 days, 3 hours ago

          It does seem to be a recurring theme... i personally think its still a little early to be jettisoning those, but i suppose it could also work

          Talk about needing a sofa waiting for teamsheets though, not good for the heart

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      I sold kdb but that was before the chelsea game. I reckon hell be benched vs soton too so not getting him back this week

      I dont think salah/mane would be benched any time soon. Maybe once each in the final 7 games.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 days, 3 hours ago

        I've kept Kev altho I'm braced for 3 or 4 benchings.
        I did lose Salah, Mane and TAA.
        None of them are good bets for the armband as every week some will get 20 min cameos and some not play at all. Therefore one 10M+ asset is enough for me at this stage.

    3. Ian & Zen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      I don’t think they are selling Salah, Mane & KDB to get Foden, more likely to use funds to get nailed on players in teams with motivation

  29. The Man Pastore
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 3 hours ago

    Any chance to have a double GW before the end of the season?

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

      Very unlikely

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      Been set up not to. Matches on weekend of GW37+clash with FA Cup semis, but those games will prob move to midweek of GW37+.

  30. Lev Yashin
    • 7 Years
    10 days, 3 hours ago

    Doherty + Ings -> Aurier + Rashford?

    DDG
    TAA, Aurier, Fernandez
    KdB, Mané, Bruno, Bergwijn,
    Rashford, Jiménez, DCL

    Button, Saïss, Davis, Hoogste