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Saiss benched and Doherty returns as Santo continues to rotate Wolves starting XI

Wolverhampton Wanderers take on Crystal Palace in Monday’s late kick-off, with play getting underway at Molineux at 20:15 BST.

Nuno Espirito Santo continues to tinker with his starting XI and has made three changes from the side that drew 1-1 against Burnley.

Romain Saiss (£4.8m), Ruben Vinagre (£4.1m) and Diogo Jota (£6.0m) are the men to drop out, with regular wing-backs Matt Doherty (£6.5m) and Jonny (£5.5m) returning along with Leander Dendoncker (£4.4m).

Saiss’s benching is a notable one from a Fantasy perspective: the Moroccan sits in just over 6% of FPL teams overall and in 35.11% of the squads in the top 10,000.

Dendoncker appears to be playing at centre-half this evening as a result of Saiss’s omission.

Doherty sits in more than one in two of the teams within the top 10,000, with Raul Jimenez (£8.1m) – starting his 36th league game of the season – boasting an ‘effective ownership’ of 50.63% among this group of leading managers.

Crystal Palace have made two changes to the side that lost 2-0 against Manchester United in Gameweek 36+, both of which are enforced through injury.

Patrick van Aanholt (£5.6m) is replaced by budget FPL defender Tyrick Mitchell (£4.0m) at left-back, with Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.4m) coming in for Luka Milivojevic (£6.4m) in midfield.

Not one of Palace’s starting players has a double-digit ownership in FPL and there is negligible interest within the top 10,000.

Jordan Ayew (£5.1m) has the highest ‘effective ownership’ among these managers – and his ‘EO’ is only 0.19%.

The Eagles are on a six-game losing streak, a sequence of results that has seen them ship 15 goals and score just twice in reply.

Wolves have kept clean sheets in eight of their last 12 games, by contrast.


Wolves XI: Patricio, Doherty, Dendoncker, Coady, Boly, Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Traore, Jimenez, Podence.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Ward, Dann, Sakho, Mitchell, McArthur, McCarthy, Schlupp, Zaha, Ayew, Townsend.

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1,538 Comments Post a Comment
  1. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Will Taylor play Boly has Chelsea, worth a hit or just play?

    Ederson
    Pieters, Stevens, Boly,
    Salah, Kdb, Fernandes, C Sterling, Martial,
    Ings, Kane

    Button, Greenwood, Lamptey. Taylor

    .2

    1. Lav
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Think Taylor is out for season?

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I think Taylor's out for the season.

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Cheers,

      Worth hit to replace Boly, don’t fancy his chances against Chelsea?

      Braithwaite is he now nailed 4m bonus magnet?

  2. Lav
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    TAA or Robbo?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Robbo has form but Trent has huge score potential

    2. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      TAA

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Trent

    4. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      TAA

  3. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    As CL is a couple of weeks away, what sort of team do we think City will put out against Norwich?
    I’m going Dilva TC. I also have KDB and Jesus.

    1. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      They're the three I'll likely have, unless I opt for Sterling in the middle and go cheap elsewhere, still a bit of a lottery but I think those players will be just fine.

    2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I have Dilva TC and Jesus, with Foden first sub

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Brotheeeeerrrr

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Pep said he wants to play all of them. Could possibly see two different starting 11's for this week and 38.

      I have Dilva, Sterling and Jesus.

      Whichever of Sterling or Jesus start vs Watford and believe only one of will start, I will get rid of the one which starts.

      Dilva I will keep irrespective.

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 4 days ago

        "Play all of them" means they will all get minutes, not that they will all start

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Read the rest of my post.

          1. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 4 days ago

            You're saying the one who starts will be benched in the next game, which is why you're getting rid. I'm saying no. Sterling, for instance, should start both

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 4 days ago

              We shall see.

              1. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 4 days ago

                I don't even have Sterling, just following Pep's trends of the last 6 games, from which he has only deviated once (Bilva replacing Sterling GW36)

                This will be fun 🙂

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Ah thanks, I haven’t read that.

  4. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Doherty is dangerously close to being 7.0m next season

    1. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Good call, 6.5 at an absolute minimum you would think.

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I own him, but absolutely did not want him hauling in these last two games while Pool defenders stay quiet enough for him to catch up

        Need every 0.5 I can get with the premium mids coming next season

        1. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Absolutely, will be very hard to squeeze him in next season you would think.

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Can’t see him being any less.

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Agreed. So reliable. But I expected TAA to be 8m this season and he wasn’t, bloody should be though.

  5. wulfranian
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    *bottomed
    Any thoughts here?

    Pope
    Taylor/Tarkowski/VVD
    Martial/Foden/Fernandes/Sterling
    Ings/King/Jesus

    McCarthy Stanislas/Fredericks/Boly
    1ft 1.3itb

    a)Foden+Boly->DSilva+4.1
    b)Foden+Fernandes->DSilva+Antonio
    c)Foden+Fernandes+Ings->DSilva+4.5+Auba
    d)Stanislas->Antonio
    e)something else

  6. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    27 from 4 🙂
    26 from 5 🙁

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      *hugs*

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Ouch, you'd think Saiss would have come on at some point.

  7. BDA Shadow
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Exact change to do Vardy+Mahrez --> Auba+DSilva

    Will have to wait and see expected lineups, DSilva going to rise soon. Liking it though as an initial thought.

  8. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Vardy, Pulisic > ...
    1) Rashford, Dilva
    2) Ings, Martial
    3) Wood, Son
    4) + Doherty > Auba/Kane, Dilva, Pieters (-4)
    5) + Jimenez > Auba/Kane, Dilva, Wood (-4)

    Have KDB, Bruno, Greenwood already. I have TC left. ML rival has FH, which I why I'm thinking the hit for Auba or Kane.

  9. Ruinenlust
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Kane or Auba? Can’t afford both

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Kane

    2. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Auba

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Kane

    4. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Auba

  10. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Anyone think Kane/Aurier (cry) will outscore Vardy(mun)/Doherty (che) by 4 points this week?

    Pope Martinez
    TAA Doherty Bardsley Fernandez Taylor
    Salah KDB Bruno Martial Foden
    Vardy Greenwood Jesus

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Yes

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Cheers, tempted to take the hit.

    2. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I do

  11. Gunner1290
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Reckon David Silva starts tomorow at Watford?

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I don't think he will.

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      50/50. 38 no probs.

    3. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Nah, I think he get a rest and starts Sunday.

    4. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Hopefully not as he is a potential transfer in for me for the Norwich game.

  12. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    12pt haul from Doherty yet still a further drop down the rankings after tonight's games. Don't have Brighton, Newcastle or Everton defenders but their ownership must be miniscule. Can't fathom this game at all. Just don't know what you have to do to make any headway up the rankings.

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I got Boly and Fernandez 6 each, green for me

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      You probably dropped because of double Wolves defences?

      1. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I've barely seen a team with double wolves defence plus Sais didn't play. I don't have Jimenez so I guess that 5pts has been damaging.

  13. LJP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    On a FH can you make Further subs after hitting confirm for no hits ?

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Yes

      1. LJP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Thks

  14. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Aurier or Burnley defender??? Have 5.1 to spend!!

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Aurier!

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Definitely more exiting!! Meant to put I have no Burnley defence coverage,still Aurier??

        1. davidtbo
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Yes !

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Serge, could be a haul

  15. Van der Faart
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    12 from 3 and down almost 15k to 45k. Need a mega haul from Salah (c) and TAA to even get back to where I was at the start of this GW dont I?

  16. SallySlayer
      3 months, 4 days ago

      On a BB for final GW. 2 FT.

      Thoughts on these moves?
      Salah, Mooy, Holgate, Button --> Son, Traore, Pope, Aurier

      Risky, but ML rival doesn't own Salah so..contemplating this move for -8. Tough call, afraid that taking hits for BB points is a trap. Welcome any suggestions. I'm currently about 30 pts ahead going into final GW depending how this shakes out.

      McCarthy - Button
      TAA - Saiss - Egan - Digne - Holgate
      Salah - Bruno - KDB - Martial - Mooy
      Rash - Ings - Wood

    • masyuris
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Pick for GW 38:
      A. Son - Vardy
      B. Son - Jesus
      C. Antonio - Kane
      D. Dasilva - Kane