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What is the best strategy for defending a Fantasy Premier League mini-league lead?

Former FPL winner Simon March provides advice on how to preserve a mini-league lead.


As we enter the final few Gameweeks of the season, much attention is given to how to make up ground on those ahead of us but, for some, the priority will be defending what they already have. If you’re currently lucky enough to be winning your mini-league, your focus may well be on how to stay there, so this article will discuss a few different strategies for defending a lead in FPL.

‘Follow the Follower’

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I’ve never been on a yacht, let alone raced one, but I have in my time absorbed a bit of yacht racing strategy and there’s one particular approach which is quite relevant for defending a lead in FPL known as ‘Follow the Follower.’

The basic premise of ‘Follow the Follower’ is that, once in front, the leading yacht in a race replicates the strategy of the yacht behind it, even if that strategy is sub-optimal. The logic is that, by doing whatever the follower does, there’s no strategy that follower can adopt that will allow them to make ground on the leader.

In FPL, this strategy is sometimes referred to as ‘shadowing’ or ‘covering’ and it is essentially the FPL equivalent of ‘parking the bus’. In practice, shadowing involves ensuring that your team resembles your chasing rival’s as much as possible and thus reducing the potential that a differential player or captain might help them to catch you.

You can, of course, extrapolate the principles of shadowing to help defend a general overall league position (e.g. staying in the top 10k) by identifying and owning as many of the highest-owned and most threatening players. Though, it has to be said, it is much more of a mini-league strategy for reasons I’ll go into shortly.

FPL lessons learned as Martial and Rashford outscore Fernandes

Shadowing is somewhat derided on FPL forums given its utilitarian and borderline-unsporting nature. However, when you absolutely positively must win your mini-league, it’s a perfectly viable strategy. By reducing the impact of differentials, shadowing will mitigate the only real weapon a chasing rival has. How easy it is to pull off, however, depends on a few factors.

Firstly, it works best when there are only a short number of Gameweeks left and/or when you have a big lead. Shadowing with, say, 10 Gameweeks left will be difficult to achieve and may well result in you inadvertently ceding your lead due to inefficiencies in the strategy. Unless you can perfectly predict your rival’s team and captain, there will be an element of error and, in all likelihood, your moves will usually be one Gameweek behind theirs. Over time, therefore, your rival may well gain ground on you. The art of shadowing, therefore, is often in the timing.

Another issue with shadowing is that it may well involve selecting players who perform worse than the players you would have chosen otherwise. It’s an entirely ‘safety first’ strategy, it’s definitely not one for maximising scores or overall rank.

Finally, shadowing is almost certainly inadvisable in a mini-league scenario if you have several close rivals as it becomes exponentially more difficult to effectively ‘cover’ your opponents the more of them there are. You might know your opponents well enough to make an educated guess as to who the genuine threats are but, even in these circumstances, you are relying on a lot of luck, which rather defeats the point.

Playing it Safe

The biggest advantage of being in front is that you don’t need to take the risks that the people chasing you do. You can, therefore, afford to ‘play it safe’ and pick the players who objectively offer the highest prospect of returns. That means no crazy differentials, solid, reliable captain choices and as few hits as possible. Naturally FPL is not an exact science, but this method does tend to put the odds in your favour which is really all we can ask for. ‘Playing it safe’ is, in my eyes, the FPL-version of ‘hitting them on the break’.

This was largely my strategy after I reached the number 1 spot in 2015. In order to win, I needed to defend my lead for another 14 Gameweeks against, maybe, up to 100,000 other managers with a feasible chance of catching me. With this in mind, shadowing wasn’t an option but I also didn’t care about breaking any scoring records, just winning was more than enough.

‘Playing it safe’ isn’t as easy as it sounds however. Firstly, it relies on there being ‘objectively best’ options each week and it becomes more difficult the more options there are. It also requires a fair amount of discipline to avoid the temptation to try and win it all in one week with a wild punt. This also means that you will likely miss out on the unexpected hauls and you’ll have to cope mentally with other people getting them.

This discipline becomes ever more difficult when you have to cope with the managers chasing you making all sorts of ever more crazy moves to try and catch you (one guy chasing me actually captained Martin Skrtel in one match and he scored… twice!). You can’t avoid this but, at the same time, you are forcing your opponents into taking greater risks which, probability dictates, should pay off less the bigger they are.

Playing Your Own Game

If you ask anybody how to defend a lead in FPL, the most common answer you’ll get is ‘just keep playing your own game’ or, in other words; don’t do anything different, just do whatever you were doing before. This is the more romantic or ‘purist’ approach to defending a lead, I’d say it’s the FPL equivalent of Tiki-Taka; if the plan works, stick to the plan.

There is of course some logic to this; if you’re good enough to be top of your mini-league towards the end of the season then there’s no reason to think that you’re not good enough to stay there. This strategy maintains consistency in your approach, whatever that might be. If you take hits, continue to take hits. If you like picking differentials, keep picking differentials etc…

The problem with this strategy, however, is that it doesn’t account for the likelihood that those chasing you may well change their strategy as they get closer to the end of the season. When you’ve got nothing to lose your approach to risk-taking changes a great deal and, like I said, this can translate into ever-more dramatic punts. By maintaining the ‘play your own game’ strategy, you may not be utilising the advantage that being in the lead offers you and, meanwhile, those chasing you may well be taking advantage of the fact that they have nothing to lose.

Furthermore, much as it might pain us to admit it, luck can take you a long way in FPL but it almost always runs out eventually. Just because a strategy has been working until now doesn’t necessarily mean that it will continue to do so. So, in our own interests, when leading a league, it’s important to be painfully honest with ourselves about exactly how we got there in the first place and whether that approach is sustainable.

Conclusion

Which strategy you should adopt for defending a lead will depend a great deal on your own specific circumstances.

Obviously I’m a believer in doing what you need to do to get in front and then playing it relatively safe once you’re there because that’s the strategy that has worked for me in the past, but every circumstance is different.

While a few potential scenarios have been discussed here and these are hopefully useful as a guide to the pros and cons of using different strategies in such contexts, every manager will ultimately have to decide what method will work best for their specific situation.


Simon March is a member of our Pro Pundits initiative, a team of Fantasy managers here to bring you regular advice and updates on their teams. Simon won the FPL title in 2014/15 and has become a fixture on the punditry circuit ever since.

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1,940 Comments Post a Comment
  1. LloristheHounds
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Leading ML

    I have sterling, KDB, jesus
    2nd has
    Dilva, KDB, jesus.

    Is it worth swapping sterling or another city player to cover Dilva for gw38+
    ??

    1. Sotamendi84
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      no

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I wouldn't. You def have the better 3

      1. LloristheHounds
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Yeah just worried about Dilva on FK's and pens as it's his last PL game

        1. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Forgot that!

          You ahead by much?

          1. LloristheHounds
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Started this Gw 30+ ahead now looking like it's only going to be 20+ ahead after this Gw

    3. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Jesus Ings yes

  2. EL tridente
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Who to start?
    A) Bertrand
    B) Saka

    1. Sotamendi84
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      saka

  3. Sotamendi84
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    bench one:
    a) puli (liv)
    b) vardy (tot)
    c) aurier (LEI)?

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      C

    2. Garam MOSALAH
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Aurier prob out
      Left for France

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Has he? Aurier > tark then. Cheers

    3. Choking Hazard
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      C

  4. Trovsmash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Essential players for a FH?
    Fun punts on a FH?

  5. sergioaguero67
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Triple captain suggestions:

    A) Sterling / Mahrez - NOR home (38+)

    A) Martial / Fernandes - WHU home (37+)

    Please help

    1. Sotamendi84
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      steeling

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I'd gamble A

    3. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A sterling

  6. kennethrhcp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    5.9m, 1 week only defender (have 3 city and united already)

    A. Digne (shu)
    B. Tarkowski (nor)
    C. Stevens (EVE)
    D. Better option?

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      *or keep Aurier

    2. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      B

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Cheers. Was leaning that way alright

    3. Choking Hazard
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      B

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Cheers

    4. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      B

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Cheers

  7. Choking Hazard
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Burnley def other than tarkowski

    Pieters? Bardsley?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Peters

      1. Choking Hazard
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Cheers

  8. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Will Jesus get a rest after the FA cup?
    Thinking of Salah and Jesus
    To Sterling and Auba for a hit?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I think there’s a good chance tax plays striker

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Raz*

        1. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Good cause I have just done this and put C on Raz.

  9. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Taa greenwood > ings dunk?

    1. Bruno Commando
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      sounds good

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Thanks. Probably need to monitor the aurier situation first. Cheers

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Or peters?

    3. DontPiqueTooSoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      For a hit? Always risky taking out TAA. TAA & Greenwood could easily outscore the above

  10. Bruno Commando
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Bottomed. I'm gonna FH 38 so 1 last transfer for this long season. Best course of action?

    1) TAA -> Doherty
    2) Mahrez -> Son
    3) Jesus -> Auba

    Pope
    AWB // TAA // Saiss // Egan
    KDB // Mahrez // Bruno
    Jesus // Rashy // Jimi

    Krul // Pulisic // Lord // Cantwell
    1.4 ITB

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      3

    2. Choking Hazard
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      1 or 3

  11. jk_footyfan
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    With 3 injured defenders now - CTaylor, Holgate, Lascelles. 🙁

    Plan to FH GW 38. Best $4.7 def for just GW37?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Peters

  12. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    A) Vardy/Pulisic for Ings/KdB (-4)
    B) Vardy to Auba
    C) Aurier to Doc

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      C of you've no decent sub defender

      Look a few posts up. 1 of the lads said aurier gone to france

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        He did but I’m not sure he’s done for the year, they had 6 days off

  13. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    If Aurier is confirmed out then best replacement under 5.5m here?

    Schmeichel Martin
    Taa Doherty xxxx Taylor ngakia

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Similar position and going tarkowski

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Cheers. Is he worth the extra cash over pieters/ bardsley?

        1. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          To me yes as I've fh in 38. What's your plans with the cash and transfers for 38?

          1. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Gw 38 transfers are a wait and watch but the extra 1.2m could always come handy.

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Tark for goal threat against the Norwich children

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Lol thanks

  14. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Man Utd have just kept three consecutive away CS’s

    Yet have let in 4 goals in their last 2 home games

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Jose effect 😉

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      VAR boo hiss

  15. Newsman70
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    A very underwhelming free hit so far and the guy chasing me in my cash league in second is continuing to ride his luck. He has had Rashford Jesus Martinez Aurier Sais Lamptey and I had McCarthy Azpilicueta TAA Antonio Willian and Vardy. So with a very small lead of 14 I was very confident that I had the better differentials, especially in defence and major doubts on half his team playing with almost no bench. However so far with a 0 from Trent and against form Rashford more than doubling Vardy he has actually outscored me by 11 with my Antonio to come. This game is a roller coaster but I am still waiting for some luck to swing back my way! I feel like its just too frustrating and considering throwing it in. When you are playing for money it takes some of the fun out.

    One of my main objections to this great game is the luck factor compared to other fantasy games. In other games you know the starting line ups which is a pretty silly luck factor. Also generally the players who play the best get the most points, which is not often the case in this game.

    So moving forward and hoping I have some sort of chance to hold on here is my team:

    Patricio Martin
    Azpilicueta Docherty Aurier Lascelles Robinson
    Salah KDB Fernandes William Foden
    Jiminez Rashford Greenwood

    My opponent has this team
    Martinez Martin'
    Sais Aurier Doherty Robinson Lamptey
    KDB Sterling Martial Fernandes Guendouzi
    Jesus Ings Rashford

    Jesus has been killing me but I havent been able to get him in. I think next week maybe Ill C Salah and hope for the best.

    I would like to roll my transfer gw 37 and then bring in D Silva for Foden or Willian and then Ill probably have to bring in a defender with Lascelles and Aurier potentially both out.

    Please help otherwise I might be frustrated out of the game.

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Or ditch Willian

    2. Gegenpress
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I saved FH for 38.. Made 4 transfers this week for a -8 and ended up on 88(-8)

      I'd potentially try getting Sterling in for your team for 37..

      1. Newsman70
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Thanks. I had Sterling in my FH team but have had no luck so far except no Wolves clean sheet and Azi getting 3 bp. Just roulette trying to chose which strikers will get the highest score any given week. I thought Ings Vardy were a pretty good guess.

        Sterling would have to come in for KDB?

        1. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Salah an option too to get Sterling.
          I did this for a hit to get Auba for Jesus too.
          I know you might be thinking Jesus in as a block move but I just got rid of him for Auba on a hunch he is rested for 37 if so it could be Sterling in the false 9. I am gambling hoping for top 100k but you are trying to defend a lead.

    3. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I would be more worried about not owning Sterling as your opponent may C him in 37 and 38

      1. Newsman70
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Yes and it is not much of a lead unless Antonio can deliver again which is unlikely! Sterling a good chance to play major minutes the last two games? Salah is an option there.

        Aurier for Digne
        Salah for Sterling
        Foden for D Silva

        Would have to take a hit this week to get Sterling and a full defence in though. Not ideal. Any news on Aurier?

    4. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A bit much on the drama there 🙂

      Not knowing the lineups makes this game great imo... you need to know some stuff and not just pick the best player to get the most points like you said

      Ya pep goes crazy on rotation but the season is over for many teams so its gamble going with city (my 3 city lads benched this week and no moaning here)

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        If you bank ft this week you may only have 2 defenders. Mightnt be a killer but I'd like 11 players

        1. Newsman70
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          True. Then again the defender might get a 2 and Id probably have to take a hit which I want to avoid. He also has bench boost left but only one playing player on his bench, two free transfers left for the season. Decisions decisions.....Aurier out for?

        2. Newsman70
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Aurier for Egan this week
          Jesus and Sterling for Rashford and KDB for a hit gw 38?

      2. Newsman70
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Its just annoying with big bragging rights in my mini league and cash. Also has a 40 plus lead reduced by 30 last week and now almost gone. The luck factor is magnified at the end of season especially when you think it is basically going one way. With a little luck I could easily have a 70 point lead instead of being even. I still think knowing the line ups is a basic and takes out a luck factor we could do without. Yep a little over dramatic 🙂 just one of my few outlets from family life and could do with the money and bragging rights!

  16. fuzzymike
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Burnleys Rodriguez or Wood for last two games??
    Rod likely to miss GW37 with injury??

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Wood
      Yes that’s why wood

  17. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Just taken a hit to get to this.
    Gtg or any suggestions?
    Not sure if Aurier will play and if only Doherty and TAA might start and doubts over Doherty too after not starting the last one.

    McCarthy

    TAA Doherty Aurier

    Sterling (C) KDB Foden Martial (VC) Bruno

    Auba Ings

    Button Greenwood Holgate Lascelles

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I’d go Aurier to tark or punt def

      1. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        But is something like that worth another hit.
        Aurier will be our.
        Suppose I should have checked if I had 3 playing defenders before taking a hit ?

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Sorry didn’t read first sentence, but still yes, the zero give you license to punt imho

          1. Albrightondknight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            K thanks will look out for any Aurier news.
            A CS is a 2 point gain in this scenario

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              It’s a -2 because even if they blank, it’s better than 0

  18. what's my name
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    for remaining two gws:

    awb + willian -> tark + martial for hit Y/N

    *other MU Bruno and Green

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Yes

  19. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Surely West Ham & Watford play out a 0-0 tonight? Puts them both pretty much safe

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Definitely; just said the same thing a few pages back

    2. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Nailed on for 0-0 shitfest

  20. niaz1982
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Hi leading mini league by 97 points as of today. I’ve got 2.6 ITB and 1ITB.
    Do I save transfer and leave team as it is for GW 37?

    Pope
    TAA Doherty AWB
    KDB fernandes Foden Puli Antonio
    Rashford Jesus

    Or do I change?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I’d be tempted for Auba

    2. DontPiqueTooSoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Save. I think you are covered

  21. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Thoughs here? Save or anything worth a transfer? 1ft 0.9itb

    DDG
    TAA Digne Alonso
    Salah Mahrez Foden Pulisic
    Jimenez Rashford Greenwood

    Martinez Willian Boly Fernandez

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Willian and mahrez for sterling or kdb upgrade

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Just sold kdb but a punt on Sterling could work, would be for a -4

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I’m worried about his ownership; just sold him for Silva, thinking about a hit for him and Ings

    2. offspinnersinahurry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Martial in if you have the money

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Sell DDG?

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        No United spot

  22. De Gea is GOAT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Not FPL related but can anyone please direct me to a reliable link when it comes to EPL tips (game results etc)? Surely there must be an expert out there giving out some pretty accurate and reliable information every week. Thanks a lot guys

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      O have 100% accurate results after each game for you.

      1. De Gea is GOAT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        obviously can't get 100% accurate mate. I'm just after some reliable tips from well established "experts". Been getting decent ones on here so thank you everyone.

  23. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Getting Wood in over Sterling was the right decision this week?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Never

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        ::-)

        Not even this week?

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          N e v e r

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Not even if I captain Wood? 🙂

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              As much as yelling captain wood all Gameweek would be, no

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Could be a great call...

      Torn between Giroud > Wood FT, or playing Pulitroll away to pool

      Had a feeling Pulisic would do well vs TAA - but Wood will almost definitely get chances, it’s just whether he can take them

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Look at what Wood did to Norwich earlier in the season too

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Been monitoring Wood all season and very nearly got him before he got crocked before lockdown.

          He’ll miss a few but a 1% differential lone forward. Brighton in 38 could be fun too.

          Choice was really between him and Tark. Hoping for a rerun of the Palace Bournemouth 5-3 from last season 🙂

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        That miss from 1 m did it for me, no thanks kiwi

  24. offspinnersinahurry
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Best defender for 37+ , unlimited funds but not Manchester clubs please?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      TAA

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Doherty

  25. Netters2018
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    What to do with this lot? Have lost a 65 pt lead in my ML since restart and now in 3rd place 4pts behind.
    Have 1 FT, no chips.

    Pope
    Saiss, Doherty, TAA
    KDB, Salah, Son, Fernandes, Foden
    Rashford, Jimi, Greenwood.

    Do i go aggressive and take a points hit to mix it up?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Save that

  26. as33
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Hello every1, im leading my ML by 20pnts, should i do any transfers, or save 2ft for gw38, and get more City players:
    Patricio
    Aurier, TAA, Basham
    Willian, Bruno, KDB, Mane
    Jimmi, Rashi, Greenwood
    My rival has:
    Ederson
    KWP, Laporte, TAA
    Ward-prowse, Pulisic, KDB, Bruno
    Rashi, Greenwood, Jimmi

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Not sure mane and Willian would make me feel great but who knows they have been match winners lately

    2. as33
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Sorry i have Vardy-not Rashford☺️

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        They look done may want to fix that

  27. DontPiqueTooSoon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Bottomed. I’m 12 points ahead of rival in cash mini league. He’s got Rashford but He has no Sterling, Martial or Wolves Thoughts?

    A) Greenwood to Rashford
    B) TAA & Greenwood to Tark & Auba
    C) Hold, 2 FTs

    My current GW 37 team
    Pope (McCarthy)
    TAA / Boly / Doherty (VD & Taylor)
    Bruno / Martial / Sterling / KDB / Pulisic
    Ings / Greenwood

    1. DontPiqueTooSoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A is free
      B is for minus 4

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      All three are equally tempting ... A

      1. DontPiqueTooSoon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Thanks. I think Rashford has the form & helps to shield from my rival.

  28. Saro0808
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Is holgate and basham both injured? missed those games?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Holgate yes reoccurrence of same injury 15 min in

      1. Saro0808
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        thanks.
        got saiss in for holgate.

  29. trafalgarlaw
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    What to do here ? GTG save this team or worth -4 hit ? My rival still have FH for 38+ and im just leading 8pts
    1FT, 0,9ITB

    Pope
    TAA Doherty AWB
    Bruno Salah Mahrez KDB Willian
    Greenwood Vardy

    Martin Nketiah Saiss Lascelles

    A. Vardy, Salah -> Ings, Sterling (-4)
    B. Vardy, Willian -> Ings, Dilva (-4)
    C. Greenwood, Salah -> Ings, Martial (-4)
    D. Just Vardy to Ings

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Just Willian to dilva

      1. trafalgarlaw
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Sure, will considering it. Cheers mate

  30. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Best use of a FT here ? Last week punt before FH in gw 38. 0.0 itb

    Pope
    TAA VVD Saiss
    Mane KDB Martial(C) Bruno
    Vardy Ings Greenwood

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      VVD>Doherty or maybe Vardy>Jimenez/Lacazette ? any other suggestions ?

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Virg to doc