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Eliteserien Runde 10 – In my defence

One of the biggest ways Eliteserien (ESF) differs from Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is in defence. Clean sheets are far more synonymous with FPL than ESF which leads most of us to choose our defenders based on their attacking potential (AP) rather than clean sheet potential (CSP). Whether you’re playing ESF, FPL or any other Fantasy Football game, maximising your points return should always be at the forefront of your mind, it’s the methodology that usually differs.

After 9 gameweeks we’ve seen 35 clean sheets. That’s more than 0.5 per game, or 4.1 per gameweek. In the Premier League however, we see the numbers increase to 0.6 clean sheets per game, or 5.5 per gameweek. In regards to Fantasy Football CSP, your odds of benefitting from a clean sheet are far less favourable in ESF than FPL.

This is in part due to there only being 8 games/week rather than 10, but it’s also due to the fact there’s just less clean sheets kept in general.

And this is where the biggest challenge lies – in my opinion – in building a solid ESF team. Who do you go for in defence? While CSP is somewhat diminished in ESF if you’re used to playing FPL, it doesn’t mean that clean sheets never happen, or that you should completely ignore any team/defender likely to benefit from them. It should definitely be a part of your decision making, but more importantly you should be looking at AP. (The same logic applies in FPL as you want to maximise your points potential, but it’s probably more important to favour AP over CSP when playing ESF than FPL).

Who occupies a place inside the Modric-Bohinen void? Who is well and truly in a league of their own? To find out we’ll be focusing on the following 10 defenders:

1. Andreas Hanche-Olsen (47pts)

2. Ivan Nasberg (42pts)

3. Vegar Eggen Hedenstad (39pts)

4. Tore Reginiussen (37pts)

5. Gustav Valsvik (37pts)

6. Vetle Winger Dragsnes (37pts)

7. John Kitolano (36pts)

8. Mats Solheim (35pts)

9. Christian Borchgrevink (35pts)

10. Markus Nakkim (34pts)

And the following categories:

1. Goals/Clean Sheets

2. Assists (Total)

3. Shots/Shots on Target

4. Passes/Accurate Passes/Passing Accuracy %

5. Accurate Opposition Half Passes/Final Third

6. Key Passes and Big Chances Created

7. Accurate Crosses

8. Interceptions/Tackles

Regardless of position, the bottom line in Fantasy Football – whether you’re playing in Sweden, Germany or Romania – is to score points. And it just so happens in ESF, just like in FPL, the majority of points will come from goal involvement. That is why I am looking at the same categories as when we analysed our top-scoring midfielders. Knowing who is most involved with attacking play, most likely to score and playing the important passes is going to be critical in our decision-making process if we are to maximise our potential points return. I have also included accurate crosses as we will more than likely be most interested in attacking fullbacks/wingbacks (plus OOP defenders playing in midfield) as well as clean sheets – for obvious reasons – and interceptions/tackles for BFP reasons.

1) Goals/Clean Sheets

Only 17 defenders have scored in the first nine gameweeks. From our list of 10 top-scoring defenders, only four are yet to score. Hanche-Olsen and Dragsnes both have two goals whereas Valsvik, Kitolano, Nasberg and Nakkim all have one. Hedenstad, Reginiussen, Borchgrevink and Solheim are on none. This isn’t really a metric I’d say is fool-proof when looking to assess the inherent worth/value of a Fantasy defender, but it gives an insight into the different kinds of impact these players can have for their teams.

For example, Hanche-Olsen and Dragsnes have both scored twice in nine games. Hanche-Olsen is the highest-scoring defender in the game, but Dragsnes is 6th, showing that goal-scoring ability is not the most important aspect of a Fantasy defender’s game.

Goal scoring potential (GSP) is certainly something to consider when choosing any player, while clean sheet potential (CSP) is one of the most imperative aspects of a defender’s appeal. As previously stated, clean sheets are rarer in ESF and we shouldn’t look at defenders in Norwegian football the same way we do in the Premier League. That being said, if there are clean sheets up for grabs, we’d be foolish to ignore them.

18 defenders have 3 clean sheets or more, with seven of those being our guys who all make the top ten. Kitolano and Hanche-Olsen both have three, but Borchgrevink, Hedenstad, Reginiussen and Valsvik all have four. Similarly to Hedenstad being the third highest-scoring defender in the game despite not having scored, Christian Borchgrevink is the 9th highest scoring defender in the game even though he has four clean sheets (joint top). At this point, it’s worth highlighting the fact that only 12 points separate Hanche-Olsen (1st) and Borchgrevink (9th). Nasberg has more clean sheets than anyone else (5) due to being substituted while Valerenga led Viking 2-0, even though the game ended 2-1.

Even though they seem hard to come by, clean sheets will certainly be more frequently earned by defenders than goals. For Fantasy purposes CSP definitely outranks GSP, but perhaps a combination of both is the best way forward. I would rather go for a defender who may not get as many clean sheets as others but is at least somewhat likely to score goals as I am not relying solely on one route to earn points. Football is hard to predict at the best of times therefore I want my eggs in as many baskets as possible.

Goals and clean sheets aren’t the only way to points though, as the bonus points system in ESF tends to reward ‘hard work’ and ‘getting stuck in’ far more than FPL. Also, contributing to build-up play and indirect goal involvement/prevention is another area where defenders can be rewarded through BFP.

Joachim Thomassen, Mikkel Desler and Birk Risa all have three clean sheets. Over the course of this article, don’t be surprised to see their names crop up in other areas of analysis. These guys (although yet to score) are all heavily involved in attacking play, as well as being contributing factors to their defences keeping clean sheets.

(Goals/Clean Sheets: Hanche-Olsen 2:3, Nasberg 1:5, Hedenstad 0:4, Reginiussen 0:4, Valsvik 1:4, Dragsnes 2:2, Kitolano 1:3, Solheim 0:3, Borchgrevink 0:4, Nakkim 1:2).

2) Assists

Having a defender in your team who is capable of grabbing the odd assist here and there can be the difference between a green and a red arrow most weeks. In FPL we think of Trent Alexander-Arnold as being pretty much essential as his attacking potential (AP) is so high due to the number of assists he constantly churns out week after week. He’s one of the most important players in one of the best defences in the world, but he actually has more assists than clean sheets (15-14). (He’s got as many Fantasy points as Jamie Vardy).

In Norway, we have Alexander Stolas. Does Alexander mean ‘happy to help’ in Fantasy Football language or something? In 2018 he scored four goals and got eight assists, while last season he ended with three goals and five assists. His minutes this season have been sporadic thus far due to injury, but he’s one of those players most managers in-the-know will have on their radar as his AP is quite frankly bonkers when fully fit.

For real-world assists, four of our ten make the cut, with Hedenstad, Kitolano and Solheim all on two and Borchgrevink on one. When Fantasy assists are also taken into consideration, we afford ourselves a more well-rounded understanding of where our points are going to come from. As an assist can be a blocked shot, winning a penalty which is then converted or something as simple as a deflected cross, it’s really important we don’t only consider those defenders who are only effective in real-world football – we need both halves of this specific equation to get the right answer.

Solheim and Nakkim are the only players from our ten who benefit from being given a Fantasy assist, taking their respective totals up to 3 and 1. Desler sneaks into the top ten for total assists (1 real, 1 Fantasy), with Christofer Aasbak and Martin Bjornbak also going from 1 to 2. Fredrik Bjorkan is the only defender to have 3 real-world assists, making an early claim for best attacking full-back in the league.

Only 11 defenders have two or more assists at this stage, making them more a luxury occurrence rather than something to be expected. We shouldn’t forget that half of our top ten don’t have an assist at all. At this point it’s becoming clearer and clearer to me that our defenders are versatile players, offering different routes to scoring points. It seems pretty foolish to go after one or two defenders solely because they’ve scored more or set up more goals than their peers. It’s not like we’re comparing Kasper Junker with Benjamin Kallman for goals scored – we’re dealing with much smaller margins and that shouldn’t be forgotten.

Vidar Ari Jonsson is a great example of how a defender rewarded solely for his attacking exploits is not necessarily a great Fantasy option. He’s got two assists (only two defenders have more) yet he only has 12pts from 660 minutes. He’s missed just one game (ironically a 1-0 win) and both his assists came in the same match. He has no clean sheets, no goals and no BFP. But judging him with only assists in mind, he seems a good choice. Fantasy football is full of traps and AP for defenders certainly creates obstacles for us to navigate our way around.

(Assists: Hanche-Olsen 0, Nasberg 0, Hedenstad 2, Reginiussen 0, Valsvik 0, Dragsnes 0, Kitolano 2, Solheim 3, Borchgrevink 1, Nakkim 1).

3) Shots/Shots on Target

Last season Mjondalen were the go-to team for defenders likely to grab a goal/assist and when it comes to ‘having a go’ they’re streets ahead of their rivals once again. Sondre Solholm Johansen has had 16 shots (1.78 a game) but only 4 (25%) have been on target. Nakkim is second for total shots (10) and top for shots on target (6). He’s scored just once. His involvement in attacking play is certainly encouraging, his conversion rate somewhat far less appealing. The only other player to make the top ten for shots and shots on target is Hanche-Olsen (5/4). If you were confused as to why 42.3% of managers own this guy – don’t be. He’s the highest scoring defender in the game for a reason. For multiple reasons, in fact. I was toying with the idea of shipping him out of my team for a cheaper alternative – then I started to write this article and have since thought otherwise. He’s ticking all the right boxes.

Sarpsborg’s Thomassen is in our sights yet again with 5 shots (3 on target) as are Odd duo Ruud and Risa (2 shots on target from 7 and 4 respectively). Bjorkan sits just behind Ruud on 6 shots (2 on target). The majority of our list fail to impress in this area. When we look at shots per 90 mins, Nakkim stands out with 1.11. That’s almost twice as good as Hanche-Olsen (0.56) and far better than teammate Dragsnes (0.44). Borchgrevink has a respectable 0.45 but everyone else is quite far behind.

Ari Jonsson has had the same amount of shots as Hanche-Olsen (5) but has found it much harder to hit the target (only one of his shots being on target) highlighting once again, we want quality over quantity. Wasting chances is not something we’re interested in – we want clear cut attempts on goal, say a header from a set-piece, rather than blazing over from 25 yards. Let’s not forget this is a guide which we can hopefully use to point us in the direction of points, rather than being completely exhaustive.

There’s not too much correlation here which makes me value this part of our analysis far less than other areas. I don’t think we should worry too much about how many shots our defenders are taking as it’s never going to be a particularly high number anyway, and when they are shooting, it’s probably going to be from set-pieces or picking up a loose ball etc… As the season moves on we may come to a different conclusion, but for now, this isn’t something I’m bothering myself with – the points lie elsewhere.

(Shots/Shots on Target: Hanche-Olsen 5/4, Nasberg 1/1, Hedenstad 1/1, Reginiussen 1/0, Valsvik 2/1, Dragsnes 4/3, Kitolano 1/1, Solheim 1/0, Borchgrevink 4/1, Nakkim 10/6).

4) Passes/Accurate Passes/Passing Accuracy %

This is where correlation takes a nosedive. Our top-scorers are not the passing kind. It’s one of those attributes you would sooner associate with ball-playing centre-backs rather than attacking full-backs deployed in a very direct system. The main take-away from this is that Nasberg is quite heavily involved in Valerenga’s passing game. The centre-back is responsible for 13.5% of Valerenga’s total passes (542) and only Bodo/Glimt’s Marius Lode (729 – 99.3 passes/game) and Odd’s mythically-named Odin Bjortuft (588) have more. Nasberg also sits in 3rd place for accurate passes played (474 – 87.5%) behind the same two players.

Bodo/Glimt trio Bjorkan (477/427), Marius Hoibraten (478/429) and Alfons Sampsted (495/428) all make the top ten for both categories while Molde’s Bjornbak (480/418) also features. Last week when we delved into the numbers behind Zinckernagel, Hauge, Saltnes and Berg, it became quite clear this team is all about passing and judging by this analysis, that methodology is not unique to their midfield.

Espen Ruud catches the eye (479/375) along with Desler (470/417) and Risa (412/325). Only two of our top ten have a passing accuracy of less than 72%, and only one has played less than 200 passes. When looking at passes played and Fantasy points, there’s not much to suggest that one particularly influences the other. For all his passes, Lode has only won 3 BFP (all from one game) and Hoibraten and Sampsted both have none. It’s always good if our defenders are knocking the ball around, but we’re not interested in centre-backs who play sideward passes every time they get the ball.

(Passes/Accurate Passes/Passing Accuracy %: Hanche-Olsen 411/342/83.2%, Nasberg 542/474/87.5%, Hedenstad 542/288/79.8%, Reginiussen 415/346/83.4%, Valsvik 387/293/75.7%, Dragsnes 216/144/66.7%, Kitolano 264/214/81.1%, Solheim 313/217/69.3%, Borchgrevink 439/369/84.1%, Nakkim 387/282/72.9%).

5) Accurate Opposition Half Passes/Final Third Passes

With 173 accurate passes in the opposition half (47.9%) and 98 accurate in the final third (27.1%), Rosenborg’s Hedenstad is by far the most efficient, attacking defender in our top ten. Almost half of his total passes have been in the opposition half, with over a quarter in the final third – a feat none of our other defenders come close to replicating. Being on set-piece duty certainly helps, but it also shows how his mentality affects his style of play.

Comparing our top ten to the actual top ten for this category yields very little correlation – none of our featured defenders are in the top ten performers. Hedenstad just behind Adekugbe, granted, but overall there is no real link between this statistic and Fantasy points. Ruud and Desler are 4th and 5th respectively, with Lode and Bjorkan the top two for both categories. This Glimt team are enforcing their style of play on the rest of the league whether everyone is OK with it or not. And it’s starting at the back. For me at least, I’m happy to disregard any Bodo/Glimt player in any analysis going forward because they are quite simply toying with whoever they play.

Thomassen (103), Ruud (98), Hedenstad (98) and Desler (95) are all heavily active for their teams in the final third, amassing a total of 7 assists between them. (Thomassen also has 166 accurate passes in opposition half). It’s certainly not a ground-breaking return, but it’s an indication of their intent and gives us good reason to think more attack returns will inevitably follow. Bjorkan has the most assists of any defender in the game and he currently is second for passes in opposition half (251) and first for passes in the final third (129). Over the course of the season, it would seem reasonable to expect players such as Bjorkan, Ruud, Desler, Hedenstad and Thomassen to develop into the players who end up with the most assists.

Hedenstad aside, no-one really stands out here other than Christian Borchgrevink. He’s played 146 passes in the opposition half and 77 in the final third. Both he and Hedenstad are the only players that have made any notable contribution for their teams in this aspect of the game and for me that’s quite definitive. Hedenstad is in my team but due to his injury concern he will be shipped. And right now Borchgrevink is who I am contemplating bringing in. In a lot of these categories we’ve looked at, his name is either somewhere in the top ten or a few places behind. Well-rounded, consistent players seem to be the type to bring home the bacon. Defenders especially.

Risa (156/81) and Anton Kralj (129/76) get special mentions along with Bjortuft (171/50) and Sormo (111/71). Kralj would only be seen as a valid Fantasy asset if he was in a better team. No matter how many runs or passes or attacking plays he might initiate, the players around him simply aren’t good enough to seize those chances. Come season end I think it will be a case of ‘what could have been’ and a probably move to a bigger club. He certainly looks to be streets ahead of his teammates and too good a player for a newly-promoted club.

(Accurate Opposition Half Passes/Final Third Passes: Hanche-Olsen 125/40, Nasberg 135/39, Hedenstad 173/98, Reginiussen 137/43, Valsvik 103/29, Dragsnes 84/49, Kitolano 100/55, Solheim 108/49, Borchgrevink 146/77, Nakkim 104/63).

6) Key Passes/Big Chances Created

Only Hedenstad (10) and Borchgrevink (9) make the actual top ten for Key Passes, with Solheim only just missing out with 5. Thomassen has the most in the division with 15, while Desler and Sormo are joint second with 12. It shouldn’t be too surprising to find out that Bjorkan (9) and Ruud (9) are also amongst the best in the league. Kralj is something of a surprise with 7 (two more than Risa), while Alexander Stolas is on 6 (although all of those were quite ridiculously made in the same game).

For big chances created Solheim (3) and Borchgrevink (2) are our most impressive performers. This isn’t really an area associated with defenders so there’s no real gain from looking too much further into this. Solholm Johansen is the only other defender with 3 big chances created and there’s only 5 defenders in the league who have 2. Ari Jonsson (9/2) is another promising Fantasy asset let down by pretty much zero CSP and poor AP due to being in a poor side (Sandefjord) who don’t want to score many goals.

For the majority of our defenders, this isn’t an area they shine in. Poor correlation overall, but for Hedenstad and Borchgrevink potentially an outlet they can utilise to provide more chances for their team and in turn for themselves to score Fantasy points.

(Key Passes/Big Chances Created: Hanche-Olsen 2/1, Nasberg 1/0, Hedenstad 10/0, Reginiussen 0/0, Valsvik 0/0, Dragsnes 1/0, Kitolano 4/1, Solheim 5/3, Borchgrevink 9/2, Nakkim 1/1).

7) Accurate Crosses

Our top ten have produced 28 accurate crosses, 20 of those coming from Hedenstad and Borchgrevink. Solheim has chipped in with 6 and both Dragsnes and Kitolano each have 1. Everyone else has blanked. We can’t expect our defenders to all be the marauding full-back-cum-winger, but if given the choice between a defender who is constantly looking to play the ball into the box and one that simply isn’t interested, I know which one I’d choose.

Ruud (16) has produced the most crosses (he’s played just 644 minutes so far this season) with Aasbak (11) in second place. Ari Jonsson is doing his best to keep up with the big boys, whipping in 10 crosses himself with Desler (9) and Thomassen (7) trailing behind. Stolas – in just 138 minutes – has somehow put the ball in the box 6 times, as has the quite-exciting Anton Kralj. Bjorkan, Sormo and Risa all narrowly miss out on the top ten with 5 apiece.

(Accurate Crosses: Hanche-Olsen 0, Nasberg 0, Hedenstad 10, Reginiussen 0, Valsvik 0, Dragsnes 1, Kitolano 1, Solheim 6, Borchgrevink 10, Nakkim 0).

8) Interceptions and Tackles

Even though this isn’t Allsvenskan and we can’t expect our defenders to be rewarded for, well, playing defensively, it’s something we should take the time to look into as bonus points are an often-overlooked aspect of the game – they can provide well-needed boosts and turn a good gameweek into a much nicer one.

Only 4 of our players are in double figures for interceptions and just 5 for tackles. Borchgrevink, in particular, impresses here, as he has 13 interceptions and 15 tackles (7th overall in both tables) contributing a hefty 1.7 interceptions and tackles per games. For an attacking player who isn’t spending a lot of his time duelling with troublesome forwards, I’d say that’s quite respectable.

Nasberg (15) is beaten only by Pedersen (16) and Bjortuft (17) for interceptions but has a paltry 4 tackles – fewer than anyone else we’re interested in. Risa (15) and Bjorkan (12) show up in the top ten for interceptions, and Bjorkan (19) is third overall for tackles. Desler and Ruud both have 15 tackles along with Sandefjord pair Ari Jonsson and Kralj. While these parts of the game won’t directly result in points being scored for our defenders, it may go some way towards earning them a few bonus points which should never turn even the proudest of noses upwards.

(Interceptions/Tackles: Hanche-Olsen 10/5, Nasberg 15/4, Hedenstad 6/9, Reginiussen 14/9, Valsvik 7/11, Dragsnes 4/13, Kitolano 7/10, Solheim 6/7, Borchgrevink 13/15, Nakkim 7/18).

CONCLUSION

Hanche-Olsen is part of a solid Stabaek team which should end the season with a decent amount of clean sheets, while he himself offers a good amount of attacking threat in the way of goals. Nasberg has nabbed himself a goal from his only shot and has benefitted from being substituted early to have the most clean sheets in the league. Other than that he doesn’t seem to offer much else despite being a decent passer.

Hedenstad is one of the most effective passing defenders in the league, has a couple of assists and plays for a team that likes to keep clean sheets. Reginiussen is a solid centre-back but his age, combined with lack of goal-threat diminishes his appeal. Valsvik is by all intent and purposes a younger version of Reginiussen and thusly shouldn’t be expected to offer much in ways of attacking returns.

Dragsnes has a couple of goals already and is part of a Mjondalen defence few teams expect to break down with ease. He’s tidy shooter but his passing game really lets him down. Kitolano is one of the few defenders we’ve looked at whose talent stretches across multiple metrics. He has a goal, a couple of assists, is an accomplished passer and looks to get the ball forward wherever possible. He’s also playing for the second-best team in the league which should most definitely boost his appeal.

Solheim may not have scored but he’s got three assists and the same amount of clean sheets – he’s potentially quite the bargain if he maintains this kind of form. Borchgrevink, like Kitolano has performed well over the majority of the categories we’ve looked at to analyse our defenders. He’s the stand out player along with Hedenstad, and offers exceptional value for money at just 5.1m. Nakkim isn’t a flashy player and even though he’s in our top ten, I doubt he will still be there come the end of the season.

I went ahead and made my move for this week, transferring Hedenstad out for Borchgrevink. Valerenga are in 3rd place and look good for the money. They’re a good passing outfit who have all the potential to indeed finish in 3rd place after 30 games, despite struggling in front of goal. Having missed out on just ten minutes playing time, he’s absolutely nailed and has been an integral part of his team’s quest to win the ‘Rest of the League’ trophy.

If Espen Ruud can maintain his fitness (he’s 36) he could be an explosive asset. He might have played almost two whole games fewer than Risa, but he’s had pretty much the same amount of the ball as him. He’s averaging 85 touches a game – a truly astounding number. Desler and Thomassen performed well in most of our categories along with Bjorkan. The main issue I have with Bjorkan is that he occupies a Bodo/Glimt slot. When Hauge leaves he potentially takes his place, but you could easily make the argument to go with one of Berg or Satlnes instead.

Sormo should be on everyone’s radar also, as he’s 4.7m and in a defensively sound team like Kristiansund and looks a threat going forward. Ari Jonsson and Kralj are definitely two of Sandefjord’s most important players and their numbers are promising, but they lack quality around them, meaning attacking returns will more than likely remain few and far between no matter how well they play. (He does already have two assists, though). Even though there are question marks around Stolas’ fitness, he is already looking good statistically speaking. 6 key passes in a single game has a few eyebrows raised – but it’ll take far more regular, consistent performances before most of us will be convinced to hand over 7.3m for him.

My defence consists of Andreas Hopmark, Bent Sormo, Christian Borchgrevink, Andreas Hanche-Olsen and Jesper Daland. I am more than happy with my core defenders being Sormo/Borchgrevink/Hanche-Olsen as from what I can gather that provides me with a good mix of defensive stability and attacking potential. Hopmark can potentially be downgraded (Heggheim and Betten Hansen in particular seem to offer brilliant value) but while he may not offer as much going forward as his colleague Aasbak (4.9m), they’re part of the same team and a defensive double-up on Kristiansund might be a differential approach in itself.

I’ve certainly discovered a few things about quite a lot of players since diving into the statistics and it’s helped me feel more confident picking a team in which I can believe. Approaching the game in a more analytical manner has given me an assuredness I most certainly lack in FPL. Last week I finished on 87pts (28th overall) and in RD7 I scored 100 (42nd overall). Sandwiched between those two scores is an unsightly 25pts (31,479th overall). I’ve not undergone any major reconstructive surgery – it’s the very nature of Fantasy Football. You can experience such success you are placed in the upper echelons of high-society, amongst the elite, then before you know it you’re face down in the dirt, left to wonder what just happened.

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  1. MTPockets
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Lauritsen out for about 3 months: https://www.odd.no/nyheter/tobias-lauritsen-skadesituasjon

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

      Wouldn't be surprised if it ends up being longer to be honest. Broken ankles don't heal quickly and even when they do heal you're never the same again.

      This could easily have ruined his career. Kongshavn should be issuing some kind of apology. That challenge was unbelievable. Awful player. Feel sorry for Lauritsen.

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

        I see now it's his lower leg - fibula - that has been fractured. Either way - that doesn't sound good at all.

        1. MTPockets
          3 months, 4 days ago

          I now nothing about breaks and recoveries but not good as you say.

  2. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Should have stuck with Sandvik between the sticks.

    And Lund has a girl's first name. What kind of goalkeeper's parents calls their son 'Faye'?

    1. Ramboros
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      It's his middle name. First name Julian.

      1. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I stand corrected. What kind of goalkeeper's parents give their son the middle name 'Faye'?

        An ex of mine was called Faye and it's putting me off owning this particular RBK goalkeeper.

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

      Should you?

      Before today FKH have conceded 6 goals in 3 games. They've looked pretty inconsistent. I definitely had Rosenborg down for scoring tonight. And they should've done. Had more than enough chances.

      No idea how Haugesund survived that. Haugesund managed to defend well but they had basically none of the ball - against a better team they'll be conceding easily if they play like that.

      That 1-0 victory was much needed but it didn't tell the whole story. Haugesund should've lost that game. They defended well enough but meh, Rosenborg's poor finishing certainly helped.

      1. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Getting Lund was a kind of knee-jerk reaction to selling Valsvik after three blanks, just before his goal and run of clean sheets. I came round to the thinking that Rosenborg are only good for occasional clean sheets, and some of their defensive assets at 6.5m+ are too pricey to justify their inclusion.

        Keep waiting for RBK to get their act together. Had hoped Borven would kick-start their season, but instead, it's kicked Borven's season into touch.

    3. MTPockets
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Julie and Faye

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

      lol

  3. Ramboros
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    JP Hauge is saying that he has decided to stay for now and will inform Cercle Brügge about his decision tonight. Also a new club has put in a bid, so there's no guarantee that he will stay for the whole season.

    1. Mince n Tatties
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Good news for just now...

    2. MTPockets
      3 months, 4 days ago

      cheers

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

      Brilliant stuff

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

    Another captain fail and finished with 58 points. I had the armband on James and my other choice would have been Zinckernagel so a double fail. So not a great start after playing my WC. Now Junker and Pelle injured, plus Kitolano did not play/(make the squad? Is he dropped?) so immediate fixing required 🙁

    1. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Kitolano is only 20. I imagine he was just being rested. He was in the squad, just not used.

      Doesn't bode too well for him playing both games in Molde's DGW though.

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

        Yes agree will have to shift him.

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

      Kitolano is second choice and weak defensively. Haugen was always going to start if he were available. I'd expect Kitolano to start the next game as Haugen just returned from an injury.

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

        Good to know and can keep for a week and work out something for DW12.

      2. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Pinning down the Molde defence has been a nightmare this season. If everyone was fit, who do you reckon the first choice defence would be?

        1. Ramboros
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          First of all Haraldseid is first choice RB and out for the season. Secondly Aursnes is likely to move on to a French team. A bid for him just got accepted. Ellingsen should move up to midfield. That leaves Gregersen and Bjørnbak as fairly clear first choices in the middle. Haugen is first choice LB, but is unlikely to play all minutes. Wingo has impressed recently as RB, so it's a bit up in the air who will play. Ultimately Molde got a lot of mid-week games coming up and will continue to rotate until they are knocked out of Europe.

    3. Dupuytrens
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Captain fails are just a thing with this game and not to knee jerk ( as I usually do). We are all in the same boat with our teams needing a little fixing with the double game week fast approaching and key player injuries, I think I need a -8 for GW12 but would probably be better off just using the FT's for an attack attack, 2 caps or RU and see how it goes.
      With one FT I would tackle pellegrino first an then upgrade Kitolano for the DW with no hits. It just means benching Junker and riding out any price drop. Good luck anyway.
      I see you are also in the NZ league . I won that league 2 seasons ago and came 2nd and 3rd the other times I contested it. Team name Onz and on here Dupuytrens - ( is a medical condition also known as the Viking disease, very apt as I am passionate about Norway and also have the condition thanks to my ancestry.

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

        Thanks for the advise. I'll do some looking around on who to replace Pelle. I'll hold fire on Junker to see when he comes back.

        Yeah in NZ and currently 5th. Which sounds grand except there are only 7 teams at the moment!

        As its my first season not sure when to play the chips - in fact I took the last few seasons off FPL and when I came back this season the FH, TC & BB were new to me.

        How many DGW's are there normally?

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

          This is an unusual season so no cup games planned atm but maybe some EL games that cause cancellations. I would bank on this being the only double and Mould and Start to blank later .
          We have had a few more in the NZ league before but still a good bit of fun. I was more upset not winning NZ Eliteserien than any EPL league. The current leader has blown a lot of his chips already .
          I would plan to hold the second WC as late as possible and RU for a GW when all the big price players have good fixtures. Now the EPL is over I can put a bit more time into this so I will post again with better info. Nice to see another Kiwi playing this 🙂

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

            Yeah it's like a NZ mini league so can see why you would get upset. I saw the community articles on this during the 'lockdown' and thought it would be a fun challenge knowing nothing about Norwegian football. See how transferrable the FPL skills are!

            With less info I am finding it harder to know what the good picks are outside of the big hitters. On the other hand the discussion here is so much better than the endless RMT posts in FPL!

            I have changed my team name to the Norwegian of The Units......Enhetene. Hopefully google translator got it right!

          2. Whitby T Duck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            “The current leader has blown a lot of his chips already” - how dare you! I think you mean “used strategically mostly to try to avoid boredom”. Anyway good luck!

    4. Bakule-ski
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Is Pelle definitely out?

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

        I am not sure but if he has had a niggly knee injury and has now damage it more that cant be good. I'll be watching here for injury updates.

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

    Shocking weekend for me. 39pts after doing Hauge→Pellegrino (K) and leaving 31pts on the bench (Sandvik, Sandberg, Näsberg, Ulvestad), can only think of one occasion where I've done that in all my years of fantasy football. At least I had a full playing 15.

    Glimt hugely impressive, didn't look fazed after going behind. Molde had no answer to their pressing. I'll be interested to see what happens if a bigger club than Cercle comes in for Hauge but if he stays they have the quality to win the league.

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

      I did a 22(-4) with 27 on the bench in FPL last season. I still get stomach cramps thinking about it.
      Another offer has been made for Hauge but I guess he is enjoying it too much to sign a deal to leave before the season ends. He may sign and be loaned back for the season and that would be awesome. I only have 2 Bodo players atm so if he stays that will be my next FT taken to get him in for Sanberg

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

        ^ Sandberg

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

    Maigaard coming in for me this week. His stats are ridiculous.

    He's blanked enough - he's bound to get returns soon. That's how this works, right?

    Pretty sure I'll be going with Linde, Bjornbak, Hussain and probably Bringaker for the DGW. I'd imagine that's the plan for a lot of people who don't have Eikrem.

    Rotation is indeed a risk but so far we've not suffered too many casualties.

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

      Who are you bringing Maigaard in for?

      My DGW 12 plans are out the window and will need to take hits. James is frustrating with not being completely nailed for 12.6 mil - might need to shift to Eikrim.

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

        *12.1 mil

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

        Zachariassen. He's suspended so won't play next game.

        I may bring Bringaker in for Lauritsen if Junker is out.

        At the very least I'll be doing a -4 next week.

        Klaesson to Linde is 100% happening.
        And will probably do Risa to Bjornnak/Haugen.

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

          Maigaard could be a Pelle replacement for a punt for me.

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

      Maigaard vs. Valerenga: 0 shots, 1 key pass.

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

        I'm not judging him on one game. That's a dangerous way to view how good a player is.

        If you're aware of that stat you're aware of his other stats. One of the best players in the league so far this season. He's hugely impressive with key passes, advanced passes etc...

        I think Stromsgodset are massively underperforming and if Maigaard keeps up his performance it'll translate to returns.

        Valerenga are the best team in the league (ignoring Bodo and Molde) - they're not a team that makes it easy for the opposition.

        Maigaard may not be the answer but there's a lot of stats to back up the fact he's playing a good game, he just hasn't been able to translate his decent form into as many attacking returns as we'd like. I'm happy to run with him probably up to the season break. Think it'll pay off.

    3. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Bringaker has been doing nothing of late, he’s still an assured starter for next three?

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

        No-one can answer that question.

        Start have done nothing of late. Perhaps he gets dropped. It's a potential outcome, certainly.

        I'm not even sure I'll bring him in - he's just a cheap alternative for Lauritsen. I would prefer Wadji but it's tough to bring him in.

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

      Maigaard a very good option indeed.

      I’ve looked at him a lot lately and plan to get him in GW 13 or maybe for Pelle if he is out for few weeks.

      Just need Salvesen, Mawa and Maigaard himself to start finish their chances... So many bug chances missed this season.

  7. RichardNixon
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Double digit returns in the season:

    KDB 10
    Salah, Sterling 9
    Vardy, Mane 8
    Willian, TAA 7
    Martial, Son, Mahrez, Auba, Fernandez, Doherty, DSilva 6
    Rashford, Lundstrum, Abraham 5
    Kane, Pope, Henderson, Aguero, Jesus 4
    Ings, Jimenez 3
    Robertson, Pulisic 1

    Surprised to see Willian up there

  8. Mince n Tatties
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Congrats to Bench Fodder Blues who won our FPL Eliteserien Mini League - he stole the title away from Just In Cider on the final game week by playing his bench boost but taking an 8 point hit!

    Link to the final league standings is below - I’ll set up a new Eliteserien FPL mini league in September and post the league code for anyone new wanting to enter - Cheers!

    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/50485/standings/c

    1. Mullered in Maenam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Cheers M nT, good league, I'll look out for the new league code in September.

    2. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Well done for keeping this going MT. Mini leagues add an extra dimension of interest after you have long since given up on getting anywhere in the Overall League.

      I have just 'enjoyed' my worst-ever season in 10 years of FPL, finishing P492k. Usually I'm in the top 30k. Not sure what to put it down to - although missing deadlines and poor captain choices are the usual suspects.

      It highlights the pleasure of playing Eliteserien. As FPL managers melt down into a mood of gloom during the close season, we have a summer of Norwegian football to look forward to.

    3. Dupuytrens
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Also congratulations to Fram with an OP and an OR of 560 won the friends of Eliteserien league, most of the participants are on here and or FISO
      https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/194022/standings/c
      Bench Fodder Blues an honorable 2nd place and Just-in-Cider 3rd. Well played guys.

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

        ^ OP 2438

  9. Dupuytrens
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    I got an answer re the multiple teams each week email I sent to the support email.
    "Hi, Onz!

    Thanks for reaching out to us. First of all, we are really glad to see
    fans so far away from Norway as New Zealand. That pleases us!

    Both we and Fantasy Premier League are struggling with the kind of
    problem you mention. There are a lot of new teams and leagues made up
    just before a round just to see how many points they can get.

    We checked out the league you named below and found out that the emails
    used to make the accounts probably are made up. However it is to much a
    work to investigate this for each round. We basically cannot prevent
    this, but will make sure to double check when we hand out prices so the
    winner has to have been involved in the majority of the rounds.

    On the other hand, we will take this challenge with us and see if there
    is something we can do about it!

    ---
    Mvh,
    ELITESERIEN"

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

      Thet need to invest in some automation/AI to detect these types of teams. Mantronic methods will never combat this type of thing simply because of volume and effort.

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

    *They

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

      Reply fail. Delete.

  11. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    lots of flags knocking around ...

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

      The one on Pellegrino is bugging me the most...

      I wanna keep him, but paying that sum of money doesn't sit right as he's sort of been semi-injured for a few weeks. Then I look at the fixture in midweek vs Sandefjord and I'm like, "What if he goes nuts again?"

      Don't know about you guys, but regardless of what fantasy game I play, the fear factor always plays a part in these cases.

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        He is probably making way for Eikrem in Game Week 12 but will need a hit to sell him this week ... i may just leave him and Junker in my team now that Lauritsen is sold and see if I can ride it out

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

    Lol, FPL live went down so often, its auto descripition on my comp is Pythonanywhere: Something went wrong 🙁

  13. El Puqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Which 3 Molde assets are you picking?

    Personally, I have James & Linde atm. I’m looking for a defence double up but not sure who to pick... A Molde mid is also an option but who? Is anyone of them going to play both games? Maybe Hussain but then I don’t really fancy him.

    Eikrem ofc the obvious option but I’ve decided to go without him and not going to take hits and change the whole squad just get him in. And I don’t want to play RU-chip as I feel like it’s better to save for later on.

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Hussain, Eikrem & Linde

      Is a tough call

      1. El Puqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 3 days ago

        That seems like a solid triple. They ”should” start both.

    2. ReindeerHotdog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Probably settle for Linde, Bjornbak and Hussain.

      Would like Haugen but not convinced he plays both due to coming back from injury.

      Defence is hard to call with this team right now.

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        I sold Bjornbak last week after he was rotated - can’t afford that value in one of my main defenders to see clean sheet points benched

        1. ReindeerHotdog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 3 days ago

          This is why Linde is a must. Bjornbak could feasibly play both games. Might get rested. You could quite literally say that for any of their players. They have good depth and nobody is above being rested.

          This is why I won't have James or Ohi - I don't think either starts both. And to be honest, each might only get one game (not feature in the other). It's happened before. Will certainly happen again.

          Eikrem is a sound choice. Prob plays a part in both. Because he can. But I think the same about Hussain. Might be wrong, but meh, I think along with Aursnes he's one of the safest starters (but offers far more in attacking returns than Aursnes).

          Bjornbak is a weird one. I suppose we'll be a bit more certain nearer the time, or we won't. Tough to answer at this moment in time.

          And like Puqi says, I don't want triple Molde long term. Who knows, I might just stick with Linde and Hussain to be fair.

          1. El Puqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Agree with many things here. Linde is a must for me and that’s why I bought him this week.

            I got in James for Borven as I feel like overall he is just better option and has that double. There are no strikers apart from Junker that I want so I’m fine with James, even if he misses one of the games in the double. Just have to hope he scores a hattie in the game he plays. Also, I feel you need one of James/Borven, for damage limitation if nothing else. Many will have both.

            That said, it could be, like you said, I go with only 2. Linde & James. Could do Stolas to Haugen but then will he play both? Probably not... Solheim to Bjornbak another option but then I want Borch in that position long term.

            Tough choices.

      2. El Puqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Yeah it is very hard...

        My other problem is that I really dont want triple Molde long term so I’m gonna buy Bjornabk or whoever then sell straight after. So many other defenders I want. And they are not even secured to play both.

    3. ffs casual
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I'll end up with a defender, Hussain and James or Eikrem, Hussain and James.

      It all depends on Pellegrino and whether I ship him. I have two flags and a crocked bench so I'm not sure whether to keep him or not in the short term.

    4. Sebinhooooo
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Hussain Eikrem and James

    5. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I am thinking taking a hit this week.....Pelle to Eikram and James to ?? which will give me Eikrim, Hussain and Kitolano.

      Could swap Kitolano out but that can what until next week.

    6. TallestJohn
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I'll likely be on RU. Eikrem's a definite, if James starts the first game he'll be in there.

      I think Hussain is probably their best player after Eikrem and better value over the season but in a no-strings DGW I might go Hestad or Knudtzon for ceiling. Plus Hussain has 3 yellows. Doubt Haugen plays both but he looked decent on his return. Saying all that it'll probably end up being Linde.

    7. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Had Eikrem since the start. Linde the obvious nailed asset but I made a mistake in doing Sandvik > Lund 3 weeks ago. Should have got Linde at that point.

      For the third spot cannot be sure of a starter, who will play both games, and also likely to accumulate points. Omi and James likely to continue splitting game time.

      If Pelle is out for any length of time will probably take a punt on Hestad or Knudtzon, and then review the pricey midfield spot in GW13. Could be good timing to get Bytyqi in at that point and keep rotating a 5th midfielder spot depending on fixtures/form.

      1. El Puqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Sounds good.

        Punting on one of the midfielders could be good. There is no security that Eikrem starts both games as they are on paper at least fairly easy games for Molde.

      2. ReindeerHotdog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Bytyqi is in great form. Thought about him for this week, but I want to see how he and Viking do in the next 2-3 games.

        Strong possibility he's in my team from the Aalesunds game onward. Still, Viking a bit up and down - want to see more evidence he's worth bringing in as there's so many options in midfield at the moment.

        Pretty sure I want Wadji up top. Just struggling to get him in but that's because I have Borven. He has to go soon, just have bigger fires to put out first.

  14. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    A nice AAFK fixture before the double game week so which Start players are you getting ?

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I have Daland, but realistically are any of them going t haul? Or will it be 4pts over the 2 games.

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Start have tightened up and lost just one game in the last 5 and play AAFC & MJO in two of the next 3 games, so may be worth having a punt on if it gives the money for 3 Molde ... worst case a few of their players are good bench fodder with a possible rise is price

  15. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Is it a one match ban after reaching 5 yellow cards ?

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      4, 6, 8, 10, 12 etc

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        really ? a ban when each of those are reached ?

        1. Team Cruel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Yes. Kastrati was hilarious in the 2018 season. Spent the whole second half of the season playing two games and suspended for the third

          1. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            omg ... I have 4 on 3 yellows already and two flagged players

      2. Sebinhooooo
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        So every two yellows is a ban?

        1. Team Cruel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Yup. And there's no cut off so if you get your 4th booking in GW29 you're still suspended.

          They changed it from 3,5,7,9 two years ago to make the system a bit more fair and a bit less random. Players used to get suspended for their 3rd booking very late into the season. If you've got 2 yellows in 26 or so games you're not a dirty/malicious player and you shouldn't have to worry about getting suspended.

  16. The Units
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Is Pelle out this week and how long do we know?

    1. Ramboros
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      You will get the lineup before deadline. Pelle seems fit and should start.

  17. Ramboros
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Expected lineups this week : https://twitter.com/Jotjar/status/1288398211439353857

    Eikrem could be on the bench. Pellegrino and Junker should be fit and starting. Deumeland still out with sickness. Saletros out should mean Bojang will get another attempt at blanking from a starting position.

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Thanks!

  18. ReindeerHotdog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Well. All these price changes have completely messed up any kind of plan I had for the next few weeks.

    After one game people go mad and start bringing in players way ahead of time.

    Restraint really does seem to be lacking in most FF managers.

    Price rises really are quite frustrating.

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I worked out in EFL that you have to go hard and go early with transfers to avoid disappointment 🙂

      1. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        ^ This.

  19. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    My team is a lit Christmas tree at the moment. 4 out of 7 attackers flagged 😯

    1. ReindeerHotdog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 2 days ago

      They need to sort these flags out.

      It's usually never as bad as they say it is.

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        They seem very trigger happy with the flags.

      2. MTPockets
        3 months, 2 days ago

        No I prefer this to the Allsvenskan game, where surprise injury no-shows have been a regular thing.

        1. ReindeerHotdog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Flip side of it is that it makes people do transfers they don't need to do. Has a big affect on price changes, I'm sure.

          Just, more in the middle would be nice.

          1. Team Cruel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            I think with the lack of press conferences the current approach is the right one. Clubs simply aren't willing to share information. Managers dodge injury questions as if they were politicians.

            There are only a couple of clubs that share injury news willingly. Vålerenga do it, they post their squad the day before a game. Adekugbe, Bjørdal, Lekven, Shala were all yellow flagged after the last game. Squad was posted last night, none of them were listed there, all are now red flagged. And if any of them had been in the squad then the flag would have been removed. If all clubs did that the flags wouldn't be an issue.

            The other option is having people watch the trainings. Most clubs have open trainings so basically anyone can go and watch the sessions. RBKweb do it every week, that's where they get their predicted RBK lineups from. @Jotjar on twitter has contacts at every club (either someone internally or just someone from the local press) who watch the sessions and that's why his predicted lineups are very often correct. The only reason we got Junker news before the weekend deadline was that it happened to be a big game and Eurosport crew flew there a couple of days early to watch the training sessions and hype ut the game.

            TLDR: Adding the flags in the first place is the right thing to do but the follow-up of the flags could be done better. But that's not a fault of the game runners, it's up to the clubs themselves to provide updates, or the press to dig for updates.

            1. ReindeerHotdog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Fair enough. Makes more sense when you explain it like that.

              Wasn't just me who thought there was a lack of communication then.

              We do get early team news which help I suppose.

              Probably best as it is then until we actually get a bit more cooperation.

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      how many on 3 yellow cards too ?

      1. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Just Koomson.

        Wouldn't mind a Hussain yellow tonight, might push people towards wasting rich uncle

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          my front 8 is Junker Borven Bringaker Saltnes Zinck Hussain Koomson & Pellegrino ... could do with one of those missing out this week to remove the decision I have to make

          A few too many are one yellow card away from a ban for my liking, but it would make my decision for the transfer in of Molde players a bit easier

  20. TAT
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Any moves worth spending my second transfer on? Already done Sandberg to Linde. 0.1 in the bank.

    Linde
    Daland - Hopmark - Betten Hansen
    Salétros - J Hauge - Wolff Eikrem - Zinckernagel - Pellegrino
    Børven - Junker
    (Granlund - Heggheim - Hanche-Olsen - Hustad)

    1. MTPockets
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Looks ok although you're a lot more patient with Borven than me

      1. TAT
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I only got Børven because of his ownership, and now I'm stuck with what to do with him! I can get James, but it would require a hit – most likely Pellegrino + Børven > Koomson + James (-4).

        1. MTPockets
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Fair enough. I wouldn't do that unless Pellegrino's out

          1. TAT
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Yes, that's what I'm thinking as well. If Pellegrino is out, that changes things.

  21. FPL Egregious
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Lauritsen out Wadji in done.
    That's the 3rd striker i change the last 3 gws because of injuries. Let's hope this curse to stop this gw!

    1. MTPockets
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Assume he'll start but best to check game times because we'll get the Sarpsborg - Haugesund lineups before deadline.

    2. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      To be fair to Wadji his problems are more doping related than injury related.

    3. FPL Egregious
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      He is starting. Let's see if he delivers now lol
      Haugesund
      1 Helge Valvatne Sandvik
      5 Benjamin Tiedemann Hansen
      15 Ulrik Tillung Fredriksen
      19 Mikkel Desler Puggaard
      22 Alexander Stølås
      6 Joakim Våge NilsenKAPTEIN
      10 Niklas Sandberg
      23 Thore Baardsen Pedersen
      99 Kristoffer Velde
      11 Alexander Ballegaard Ammitzbøll
      17 Ibrahima Wadji

  22. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Saletros' loan deal is up and he's on his way back to Rostov. Glad I never jumped on that bandwagon

    1. ReindeerHotdog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Who should I be following on twitter/what sites are you using?

      I follow people previously recommended and regularly visit Eurosport but never seem to find out much..

      1. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I don't follow that many apart from @ESNFantasy @Jotjar and @ESNJonas.

        https://www.eurosport.no/fotball/eliteserien/
        https://direkte.vg.no/eliteserien

        The Saletros bit came from an internal facebook group. I can't reveal the group but anything fantasy eliteserien related posted there I tend to post on here too

  23. MTPockets
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Journalist and rbkweb suggesting Hovland starts over Valsvik
    https://twitter.com/ChrStendal/status/1288405197371461633
    https://www.rbkweb.no/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8996

    1. El Puqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Glad I sold him!

    2. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Yeah, me too. Sold him just before his run of 3 clean sheets and a goal!

  24. Badluck Jonathan
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Can someone please remind me of where the teamsheets are posted? Hoping to see Pellegrino starting confirmed before I make my transfers. Thanks

      1. Badluck Jonathan
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Perfect - thanks

  25. mgilbert86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Hey, when is the new season starting on fpl site?

    1. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I think it will depend on the number of fish in the atmosphere.

  26. Badluck Jonathan
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Kristiansund
    25 Eirik Holmen Johansen
    3 Christoffer Aasbak
    5 Dan Peter Stensøe Ulvestad
    19 Aliou Coly
    22 Bent Langåssve Sørmo
    6 Andreas Eines Hopmark
    8 Amidou Diop
    17 Olaus Jair Skarsem
    7 Sondre Sørli
    9 Amahl William D'Vaz Pellegrino
    11 Flamur Kastrati

    1. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Excellent. Thanks for posting.

    2. Badluck Jonathan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Mbaye on the bench is annoying

    3. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Pelle!!! Get in son

  27. Badluck Jonathan
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Sandefjord Football
    1 Jacob Storevik
    3 Marcos Vales Gonzalez
    5 Martin Kreuzriegler
    13 Lars Markmanrud
    17 Sander Moen Foss
    6 Emil PalssonKAPTEIN
    16 Sander Risan Dark
    18 William Albin Kurtovic
    9 Sivert Stenseth Gussiås
    15 Erik Næsbak Brenden
    23 Vidar Ari Jonsson

  28. Badluck Jonathan
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Aalesund
    25 Gudmund Broks Kongshavn
    3 Daniel Leo Gretarsson Schmidt
    4 Jonas Grønner
    5 Oddbjørn LieKAPTEIN
    2 Shaquill Montell Sno
    11 Simen Bolkan Nordli
    16 Jørgen Hatlehol
    19 Peter Orry Larsen
    20 Parfait Bizoza
    9 Niklas Fernando Nygaard Castro
    10 Holmbert Aron Briem Fridjonsson

  29. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Hove and Salvesen start for SIF

  30. Badluck Jonathan
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Start
    12 Amund WichneKAPTEIN
    2 Jesper Norman Daland
    3 Vegard Amundsen Bergan
    18 Isaac Twum
    22 Kristoffer Tønnessen
    27 Eirik Wichne
    7 Kevin Alexander Kabran
    11 Eirik Wilberg Schulze
    14 Espen Fjone Børufsen
    20 Mathias Idsøe Bringaker
    10 Steffen Lie Skålevik