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Vote for the best FPL goalkeeper of 2019/20

The Fantasy Football Scout end of season awards have officially been launched with the first poll now available to vote in.

As ever, we begin with the goalkeepers, assessing the key candidates on the strengths of their 2019/20 from a Fantasy Football perspective.

Overall points, price and value in Fantasy Premier League are all factors to consider.

It must be said that the goalkeeper position was a tricky one to navigate once again this season, although for completely different reasons than the previous campaign.

In 2018/19, the high-performing assets were largely more expensive ones from big clubs. But their respective sides, of course, required attention in other positions and most of the budget options proved reliable only for short spells at a time.

Arguably, 2019/20 was the complete opposite. This time around, the expensive premium options failed to provide the usual level of consistent returns allowing some of the cheaper mid-price assets to assume ‘set-and-forget’ status. Although, even then, it was a somewhat underwhelming year for goalkeepers in the £4.5m price bracket…

2018/19 Team of the Season Review – Goalkeeper

  • Goalkeeper: Alisson
  • Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Matt Doherty
  • Midfielders: Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah, Raheem Sterling, Ryan Fraser, Eden Hazard
  • Forwards: Raúl Jiménez, Sergio Aguero
→ Which team has allowed the fewest number of big chances this season (41)?

After securing a place in the 2018/19 Team of the Season, Alisson did not have the best follow-up campaign.

2019/20 began in the worst way possible for Liverpool’s goalkeeper, as he picked up an injury just 38 minutes into the Gameweek 1 win over Norwich City.

Even though that unlocked Adrian as a £4.5m option in the Reds’ defence, they still only kept two clean sheets from a possible nine before Alisson’s return.

And even the Brazilian’s comeback did not help stop the rot at the back as Jurgen Klopp’s men struggled to match the defensive heights of 2018/19, ironic considering they ended up winning the league this year.

After collecting 21 clean sheets during his first campaign in English football, it took Alisson until Gameweek 16 to secure one in 2019/20. With issues elsewhere in the defence, despite a return from injury in Gameweek 9, he went another seven matches before earning that all-important shut-out.

In the end, Alisson did manage to get a total of 13 but, as is to be expected with a big club, he could only supplement this with 58 saves.

Therefore, it was a score of just 122 points this season, 54 fewer than the year before. It also made for an inferior points-per-game total, Alisson averaging 4.2 in 2019/20 compared to 4.6 in 2018/19.

2019/20 CANDIDATES

DEAN HENDERSON

It was quite the debut campaign in the Premier League for Dean Henderson, whose total of 160 points was the second-highest among goalkeepers, making him a rare shining light among a drab £4.5m bracket.

With four double-figure hauls between Gameweeks 18 and 30+, that impressive overall score came from a total of 13 clean sheets, an impressive tally for a newly-promoted shot-stopper, as well as 16 bonus points and 97 saves.

Those additionals carried mixed value for Fantasy managers. While the 16 from bonus was the third-best in the division, eight different shot-stoppers produced more stops than Henderson.

It is that fact that probably denied the Sheffield United man the prize of highest-scoring FPL goalkeeper, but Fantasy managers should consider the quality of saves Henderson made this season, especially as he could be fighting for starts at Manchester United in 2020/21.

Across the course of this season, the Blades’ goalkeeper recorded an xG Prevented score of +8.30, behind only Hugo Lloris (+9.50). That means the saves he did make were mostly from very high-quality chances. Combining that with Manchester United’s 36 goals conceded in 2019/20 (third-best) could be a powerful pairing next year.

RUI PATRÍCIO

2019/20 was a season of improvement for Wolves’ defence, which was good for the roughly 10% of managers who backed Rui Patrício.

During their debut Premier League campaign, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men were certainly adept at keeping things tight at the back but they often struggled to convert this into clean sheets.

With just eight shut-outs in 2018/19, Wolves’ second season in the top-flight saw a continuation of astute defensive play but, largely thanks to Willy Boly’s return from injury, there was a much more mature approach to closing this out into clean sheets.

It was 13 of these, in the end, of Patrício, the joint-third-best in the Premier League.

That was enough for 153 points across the campaign, the fourth-highest among goalkeepers.

However, what hindered the Portuguese international from taking his Fantasy value to the next level, perhaps combined with his starting price of £5.0m, was the lack of additionals.

With Wolves playing a style of football that largely protects the goalkeeper, he managed only 90 saves and eight points from bonus.

NICK POPE

Even though he missed out on a share of the Golden Glove, 2019/20 was still an incredible campaign for Nick Pope, the only other £4.5m option to offer real prolonged value across the season.

16 clean sheets for Burnley, the club’s highest ever tally in a top-flight season and second only to Ederson this year, was the lynch-pin of Pope’s 170-point score, his best-ever.

But it was the additionals that made the difference for the Clarets’ rapidly improving shot-stopper.

His 120 saves was the fourth-highest in the division while nobody in the same position came close to matching his 23 bonus points.

Pope really does offer the complete package for goalkeepers. Some offer clean sheets without much prospect for saves or bonus, while others can secure those additionals on account of facing more shots but, inevitably, this means fewer shut-outs.

With Burnley’s style of play, which does allow plenty of attempts on goal to their opponents, helps Pope register saves and bonus, but because they are good at limiting these shots to outside of the box, the clean sheets are also much more achievable.

The question now is whether or not this will still constitute value for money in 2020/21 when Pope is likely to be as expensive as £5.5m.

AARON RAMSDALE

While not hitting the dizzy heights of Pope and Henderson, there was something on offer from £4.5m option Aaron Ramsdale for spells in 2019/20.

A total score of 126 points across the campaign does not look too special on the surface but it was good enough to finish in the top-five for the Value (Season) statistic on the official FPL site, working out at 28.6 points per million spent.

Bournemouth’s perennially porous defence allowed Ramsdale to rack up 128 saves, more than Pope and behind only Martin Dúbravka and Tim Krul in the overall standings.

The autumn was when Bournemouth’s goalkeeper was the most popular. Between Gameweeks 6 and 12, the Cherries kept three clean sheets and Ramsdale scored 41 points across the seven matches.

Averaging 5.9 points per game during this period, he also added an assist into the mix, one of just three goalkeepers to register one in 2019/20.

Ramsdale’s efforts have been good enough to earn transfer rumours of a purported move to stay in the Premier League despite Bournemouth’s relegation. Depending on what the future holds for him, Fantasy managers would do well to keep an eye on him moving forward…

MAT RYAN

It was another solid if not spectacular year for Mat Ryan, who was somewhat overshadowed in the £4.5m bracket by Pope and Henderson.

135 points was only just good enough for the top 10 among goalkeepers, and lower than his personal best of 146 during his debut campaign, but there was still something on offer for his 11.5% ownership.

Allowing greater spending elsewhere, the Brighton goalkeeper finished in the top five for points per million spent, his score of 28.7 beaten only by Patrício, Henderson and Pope.

It was also a top-five finish for Ryan’s total of 117 saves and 14 bonus. It was perhaps clean sheets where he came up short compared to the high-performers, with a total of just nine.

However, there is potentially a lot to like about the Australian for 2020/21, who might just be able to stay in the £4.5m bracket for a fourth successive season. If he can sustain his level of saves and bonus with greater conversion rate on the clean sheets could come a landmark season for Ryan.

KASPER SCHMEICHEL

Despite the disappointing finish to the campaign for Leicester City, Kasper Schmeichel was an important Fantasy asset during the first half.

In the first 15 Gameweeks of 2019/20, the Foxes’ shot-stopper produced seven clean sheets, two more than any other during that period. At the end of the campaign, his total of 13 was the third-best in the division.

Eventually, both Pope and Henderson overtook his season score and Schmeichel ended up finishing in third-place among goalkeepers, 156 points his best-ever FPL return.

His starting price of £5.0m and the cheaper option of Caglar Soyuncu in the same defence did stop the former Manchester City man from ever soaking up humongous levels of ownership but for a prolonged period he was one of the most reliable goalkeepers of 2019/20.

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1,372 Comments Post a Comment
  1. JURGENAUT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    If only a decent team could be built with Salah, Mané, Bruno, KDB & Sterling in Mid lol

    1. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      You should join the Knights Template!

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Well 4/5 at the back can open that door, but it will still be dire

  2. Noah’s Ark
    • 7 Years
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    What players are we thinking get their positions reclassified next season?

    Seems likely that Lundstram will, one of the more obvious. Antonio is probably going to be a FWD also. Kane in midfield 😉

    I know it won’t happen but Greenwood/Rash as mids would be nice.

    1. JURGENAUT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Martial as FWD

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Yes this will likely happen

    2. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Think Greenwood and Rashford as mids will happen

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        You think so? Would be great. If wide forwards are going to be reclassified as mids though then there would be an argument for the likes of Aubameyang too.

        1. Dthinger
          • 3 Years
          13 days, 18 hours ago

          All the other wide forwards are mids-sterling, sane, mane, salah...

      2. Berbs
        • 9 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        If that was the case, how would you rank Rashford, Greenwood and Martial as options?

        1. andy85wsm
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          Depends on price 😉

          1. Berbs
            • 9 Years
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            Nice get out 😉

            If Sancho signs for United, that adds another exciting option and I'm sure he'd be very popular as a pick.

            As of today, I'd be going Bruno + Martial though.

        2. Noah’s Ark
          • 7 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          Depends on signings, but if Greenwood was a 6.5/7m mid and starting each week, then everyone would own I’d imagine.

          1. JURGENAUT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            I agree

      3. Greek Freak
        • 4 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Great - even more mids to join the famous 'midfielders' like Salah, Sterling and Mane. Of course Auba will have to join them if they're to be consistent. That would leave only a false 9 (Firmino), two rotation threats (Jesus and Aguero) and a defensive midfielder as the only premium forwards in the game!

        1. Teror
          • 5 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          Premium forwards are soooooo 2017/18

    3. Teror
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Could see Kane turning into a 4.5 holding midfielder

      1. Greek Freak
        • 4 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        He was their best defender in the game vs. Bournemouth.

    4. Carlton_Goal
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Antonio will be interesting to see. Moyes has said that he was filling in as a forward because of the injury to Haller, but obviously he did very well so may get used there more next season. Unsure if he has played there enough to be classified as a forward in FPL yet, he could easily be used mostly as a winger again next season

    5. FOO FIGHTER
        13 days, 22 hours ago

        Kane priced at a defensive mid would be like having free beer for eternity.

      • Mac90
        • 6 Years
        13 days, 18 hours ago

        Prolly not Salah because

        he is in decline

      • beetlejuice
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 13 hours ago

        Mane and Salah should be forwards and Firmino mid

    6. JURGENAUT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      The one player in your team no matter what he costs peeps?

      1. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        KDB

        1. FOO FIGHTER
            13 days, 22 hours ago

            13.0 then?

            1. SHOOTER MCGINN
              • 5 Years
              13 days, 22 hours ago

              Seems expensive, but probably yes. Still represents value and a safe pick.

        2. Noah’s Ark
          • 7 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          Button

          1. FOO FIGHTER
              13 days, 22 hours ago

              Would be great to have a bench GK at 3.5. Towers should consider this when Button will play 0 minutes again next season. 4.0 to expensive!

          2. Berbs
            • 9 Years
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            KDB and Trent.

          3. Teror
            • 5 Years
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            Trent

          4. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
            • 5 Years
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            Nobody.

          5. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            KDB and TAA

          6. Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            One thing I've learnt from looking back through Magnus' season is that fixtures matter... A LOT.

            Sometimes he'd have both Sterling and KDB during a strong set of City fixtures, then he'd transition to Salah and Mane for Liverpool's good fixtures (GW13 WC). He did this kind of thing constantly throughout the season, often doubling on attacks during strong runs, and then transitioning them out when the fixtures declined.

            I won't be committing to any one player, but rather cycling through the big hitters depending on runs of fixtures.

            1. Lindelol
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              13 days, 12 hours ago

              Thanks for sharing

          7. yakirh
            • 4 Years
            13 days, 22 hours ago

            Probably KDB and TAA
            Will aim for 4-4-2 or 3-5-2

          8. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            13 days, 19 hours ago

            None. Wrong mindset, imo.

          9. Mac90
            • 6 Years
            13 days, 18 hours ago

            Prolly not Salah because

            he is in decline

          10. Lindelol
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            13 days, 12 hours ago

            TAA and probably KDB.

        3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 5 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          Thank goodness it's a short off-season this year!

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            any idea when FPL opens again for tinkering? 😀

            1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
              • 5 Years
              13 days, 23 hours ago

              The sooner the better!

            2. RedLightning
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              13 days, 22 hours ago

              Middle of August is my guess - giving FPL 2 or 3 weeks to prepare for the launch and us about 4 weeks to tinker with our squads before GW1.

            3. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              13 days, 19 hours ago

              Why wait? I'm tinkering already. Love my first draft!

          2. Berbs
            • 9 Years
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            Probably less than a month 🙂

            1. FOO FIGHTER
                13 days, 23 hours ago

                3 weeks...

            2. Printing Mane
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              13 days, 23 hours ago

              hopefully not another Boselli this time

          3. Il Papera
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            13 days, 22 hours ago

            Just discussing if Pukki would be worth a shot if he were to sign for a better team. Any thoughts? 11 goals not such a bad return from that Norwich team.

            1. Bookkeeper
              • 3 Years
              13 days, 22 hours ago

              he's 30, not sure who would be interested in the PL, his form was poor for the 3/4 of the season.

              1. Il Papera
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 22 hours ago

                True but it was a case of nullify his threat and Norwich quickly became a blunt attacking force. 5.5 wouldn’t be bad business if looking to build a cheap front three perhaps.

            2. Nimby
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              13 days, 22 hours ago

              Maybe Leeds or West Brom could sign him. They aren't exactly blessed with great strikers or loads of money.

              1. Il Papera
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 22 hours ago

                Yeah - assuming his price went down a million I’d be tempted to give him another run.

            3. Brehmeren
              • 10 Years
              13 days, 18 hours ago

              The guy hasn't scored in 13 matches. He will be a half-season wonder like so many before him.

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                13 days, 18 hours ago

                Maybe he's a 'first-half season' wonder. Not on my radar anyway.

                1. Brehmeren
                  • 10 Years
                  13 days, 17 hours ago

                  Yep. Think Norwich as a team had an overachieving start, but then got found out. I'm a dane and Pukki used to play in the Danish Superliga. Everyone here was surprised by his early success in the Premier League.

          4. fc_skrald
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            13 days, 22 hours ago

            So Lallana signed for Brighton. Could he be any good for fpl points or is he to old and fragile?

            1. FOO FIGHTER
                13 days, 22 hours ago

                At 5m would be a decent option...

                1. Major League Shocker
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  13 days, 22 hours ago

                  The problem is, this season they tried to price any starting attacking midfielder, winger, or striker at a minimum of 6.0, regardless of how bad a team they were on. A few fell through the cracks (e.g. Cantwell, eventually Greenwood), but most of these assets were useless when there were some players from the likes of Chelsea and Leicester for the same or only slightly higher prices.

                  Maybe they will rethink this policy, but I'm not holding my breath.

              • Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                13 days, 20 hours ago

                If he stays injury-free, should play plenty. Might be like a post-Liverpool Ings in having a second lease of life.

                1. The King Wilson return
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 19 hours ago

                  I love stories like these, be it Jonny Evans Danny ings etc, I'd be following lallana at Brighton

              • The King Wilson return
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 19 hours ago

                Lallana suits Brighton's style of play. May benefit others like Maupay or trossard if he starts creating more quality chances

              • Dthinger
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 18 hours ago

                And what does his signing mean For Gross?

            2. Bookkeeper
              • 3 Years
              13 days, 22 hours ago

              Was this season's last GW the most frantic yet with so many on here playing the FH?

              1. Mac90
                • 6 Years
                13 days, 18 hours ago

                Thrilling for me. Last 5mins sold Salah, bought Auba which won me the ML

            3. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              13 days, 22 hours ago

              Is Sterling going to be back to hitting ~230pts next season?

              Looked to rediscover his form after the break, maybe his dip this season was down to jadedness?

              1. Bookkeeper
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 22 hours ago

                Yes around 230pts mark, the way city play, he will get many chances for 3 yard shots/taps!

              2. FOO FIGHTER
                  13 days, 22 hours ago

                  Depends on Pep.

                  We also need to have an idea of who City will be bringing in.

                  I think Jesus is going to be a very good option next season and will feature much more. Aguero will be phased out due to his age.

                  1. Giggs Boson
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    13 days, 22 hours ago

                    City need to replace Sane, right?

                    I don't think Aguero is finished just yet personally, he looked sharp before the injury. Would actually consider him if City's fixtures are strong.

                    1. FOO FIGHTER
                        13 days, 22 hours ago

                        They are loaded with options even without Aguero. Aguero always seems to get injured.

                        Sane was out the whole season so any attacking player Pep adds will reduce Aguero's minutes and increase Pep roulette with Aguero lurking in the background.

                        Reckon next season Jesus will be Pep's favourite pet. He has been racking up the minutes as Pep probably getting him ready to shine next season.

                    2. Brehmeren
                      • 10 Years
                      13 days, 18 hours ago

                      Do you not think Jesus is to bad a footballer for City, and won't be first choice as a result?

                  2. Forza
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    13 days, 20 hours ago

                    I don't know. Can someone suggest that he's in decline while I grab some popcorn?

                    1. Mac90
                      • 6 Years
                      13 days, 18 hours ago

                      Grab me some too mate

                    2. FOO FIGHTER
                        13 days, 14 hours ago

                        Ha ha

                    3. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      13 days, 18 hours ago

                      If 'jadedness' is a factor, I'd say most players will succumb to that with a truncated close season.

                  3. Major League Shocker
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    13 days, 22 hours ago

                    Which players who finished the season owned by less than 1% will be heavily owned in GW1?

                    1. Giggs Boson
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      13 days, 22 hours ago

                      Ziyech

                    2. WALOR
                      • 11 Years
                      13 days, 22 hours ago

                      Luke Thomas

                    3. FOO FIGHTER
                        13 days, 22 hours ago

                        Fodder GK

                      • Dynamic Duos
                        • 7 Years
                        13 days, 22 hours ago

                        Che Adams

                      • WALOR
                        • 11 Years
                        13 days, 22 hours ago

                        James Justin
                        Reece James
                        Soucek
                        Bergwijn

                        1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
                          • 11 Years
                          13 days, 21 hours ago

                          No one

                      • Brehmeren
                        • 10 Years
                        13 days, 18 hours ago

                        Bowen

                        1. Andy_Social
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          13 days, 18 hours ago

                          Next's season's equivalent to Button.
                          Lallana

                          Mari
                          Holding
                          mee
                          Lowton
                          Long
                          McNeil
                          R James
                          Gilmour
                          Thomas
                          Justin
                          Garcia
                          KWP
                          Armstrong
                          Smallbone
                          Davies
                          Bergwijn
                          Soucek

                          1. Brehmeren
                            • 10 Years
                            13 days, 17 hours ago

                            Reply fail? Anyway, I think Bowen might be good for a quite a few attacking returns next season.

                            1. Andy_Social
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              13 days, 17 hours ago

                              Yeh, I could've put him in - I just think most people would only risk a cheap 5th mid from the Hammers until they show reason for more confidence.

                              I've just been plating with the transfer page. On today's prices (I know, just a bit of fun) I can get this squad:

                              Pope, 4m
                              TAA, Robbo, VVD, 4m (Thomas), 4m (Robinson)
                              Sterling, KDB, Foden, Martial, Fernandes
                              Jimenez, Greenwood, Ings
                              itb 1.1

                              1. Brehmeren
                                • 10 Years
                                13 days, 17 hours ago

                                True.
                                That's a very good squad. BUT, All of the attackers and mid (atleast) will be more expensive next season. And I'm guessing your team value is more than 100 + 1.1 itb.

                                Interested in seeing what Chelsea's offensive players will be priced at next season. They will have a strong mid and attack with Mount, Pulisic, Werner and Maybe Havertz.

                                1. Andy_Social
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  13 days, 17 hours ago

                                  Oh absolutely - my real squad will have to go without 2 or 3 of those key midfs/strikers.
                                  My disastrous last-second hit to get rid of Salah left me with 2.9m itb.

                                  Problem with Chelsea is with new signings clogging up an over-stocked attacking midfield, I'd be unconfident that the like of Mount or Pully would get sufficient minutes or that the newcomers would hit the ground running. You'd think their new striker would be nailed but new Chelsea strikers underperform too often for my liking. So I'd hold off until maybe first wildcard to get Chelsea assets.

                                  1. Brehmeren
                                    • 10 Years
                                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                                    Ah, right!

                                    Regarding Chelsea, that could be the case. I guess preseason might show, although it will be short. I'm quite interested in Timo Werner if he is less than 10. But I expect him to be around that though. Mount 8, and Pulisic 9-9,5, maybe?

                                  2. Brehmeren
                                    • 10 Years
                                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                                    How did you season go? I had my second worst season in 8 years of playing (the official game, used it to win the Scandinavian in '13), but still feel like it went alright due to an appalling start.

                                    1. Andy_Social
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 7 Years
                                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                                      I ought to be pleased. My best season in 6 years, finishing 25K.
                                      But for a day during GW30+ I broke into the Top 1000. After that I went on a downward spiral.

                                      1. Brehmeren
                                        • 10 Years
                                        13 days, 17 hours ago

                                        Oh wow, never been in the top 1000. Still a great finish, but can understand the frustration.
                                        I threw away a 50 point ML lead from the restart. A lot of it was down to bad luck/VAR as well.
                                        I've always had a strategy of very few hits, which seems to have worked. But I wonder if I should try and play a bit more agressive next season. So many of the changes that I wanted to do took 3-4 gws and cost me so many missed points.

                                        1. Andy_Social
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          13 days, 16 hours ago

                                          For me, there are many strategies that can be successful - I don't like those pundits who insist their way is the only way.
                                          I had a 100+ point lead in my ML after GW30+ and blew it on Sunday to finish second. I can't put it down to bad luck - what happened it that I played FPL as an obsessive until the interruption. Over those 3 months I never paid any attention to football, PL or FPL. When the games resumed I was cold, like a player who hadn't trained during lockdown. Never got my mojo back, made too many bad transfer, benching and captain decisions. I looked through the winner's transfer history - postGW30+ he played a blinder, every weekly 1FT spot on.

                                        2. Brehmeren
                                          • 10 Years
                                          13 days, 16 hours ago

                                          I feel the same way about being cold when it all started again. But there was nothing to go by. I had all the inform players before the lock down and it felt like a reset. And I was then too hesitant to take hits to jump on inform players.
                                          Yep, captaining is so damn important. Got half of them, but my rival got all.
                                          The winner will probably always have a history like that, otherwise he wouldn't be the winner. I feel like a played better this year, but still ended up a lot worse than last year.
                                          Luckily I defended my 2nd place in ML with 2 point difference before the gw against a rival that had FH. So feels like a small victory none the less.

                      • tambourineman
                        • 6 Years
                        13 days, 14 hours ago

                        Ryan Bennett, likely to be 4.5m and Evans will miss the first 3 matches due to suspension.

                        1. Old Man
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          13 days, 14 hours ago

                          Yes, and if Chilwell leaves and Morgan retires we'll be looking for replacements for most of our back four.

                    4. FOO FIGHTER
                        13 days, 22 hours ago

                        Imagine if Sane never got injured and Bayern never chased him.

                        Pep made more changes than any other manager this season.

                        Imagine how bad Pep roulette would have been in City's attack with a fit Sane lol.

                        So Pep has a space open now and whoever fills Sane's spot, how keen would be going more than one City attack next season?

                        Roulette hell hole to get worse next season with Augero returning from injury and replacement for Sane incoming...

                        1. Greek Freak
                          • 4 Years
                          13 days, 21 hours ago

                          It wasn't that bad the year before - Sterling was the most nailed of the front 3 like he was now, Aguero was first choice in the centre, and Sane was the 'slightly risky but explosive differential' pick that Mahrez was this year. (Mahrez was pretty much a non-factor for most of 2018-19 FPL-wise)

                          It won't change very much if there's a Sane replacement - Sterling will still be the safest pick to start most games. I guess maybe Aguero will start to be phased out? But we've been saying that for a few years now and he's remained Pep's top choice.

                          1. FOO FIGHTER
                              13 days, 21 hours ago

                              I read that Aguero's contract is up end of next season. Not sure they will renew it with him getting on with age.

                              If Sane was never injured and did not throw his toys wanting to leave, he would have eaten into others minutes on the pitch. As it is, you will be swearing Pep for not starting the City player you picked for GW1. More than two you will be smashing your TV.

                              1. Greek Freak
                                • 4 Years
                                13 days, 21 hours ago

                                I doubt it - Sterling as I said was a safe pick even with Sane healthy. A KDB and Sterling double-up looks very much on the cards for me.

                                Just about the worst thing you can do is flip-flop between City options - even the most nailed ones will be rested here and there, but you have to stick to avoid those TV-smashing moments.

                                1. FOO FIGHTER
                                    13 days, 21 hours ago

                                    Sane wanted to leave before the season kicked off.

                                2. Greek Freak
                                  • 4 Years
                                  13 days, 21 hours ago

                                  You may be right about Aguero though. However, he's still so much better than Jesus so it'll be interesting to see how much Pep will trust the latter.

                                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                                      13 days, 21 hours ago

                                      Sterling played less minutes this season compared to last. If things were still good with Sane not wanting to leave and injury following, each City attacking asset would have seen less minutes this season.

                                      1. Greek Freak
                                        • 4 Years
                                        13 days, 21 hours ago

                                        I suspect it would've impacted Mahrez more than anyone else. Sterling is pretty safe IMO.

                              2. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
                                • 11 Years
                                13 days, 21 hours ago

                                Who ever you get you have to be patient when they got benched.

                                This year, Mahrez was playing the Sane role and Foden was playing the Mahrez role from the previous year. Nothing has changed.

                                Also Pep's tactic of ultimate rotation has shown the worst result for points.

                                Players need to get use to their teammates.

                                That's why Liverpool are champions and United started getting results when the lineup become a standard one

                                1. bench boost for every gamew…
                                  • 3 Years
                                  13 days, 11 hours ago

                                  Not watching were you? Mahrez played right wing this season, sane played left Winger with sterling on right side year before.

                                  1. mynameisq
                                    • 6 Years
                                    13 days, 11 hours ago

                                    I don't think he meant role as in position

                              3. tucaoneo
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                13 days, 15 hours ago

                                For me it's unexpected that Bernardo Silva, their best player from the previous season, became so marginalized. Sterling + Kun + Bernardo was their front three when they won the league ahead of Liverpool. In Pep's team a lot rides on pre-season training and preparation. Maybe that's what got Bernardo behind everyone else. I feel it would be wrong to assume he will stay a 2nd-tier player, or in midfield.

                            • Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
                              • 11 Years
                              13 days, 21 hours ago

                              Lalana in Brighton next year could be an interesting option

                              1. Nanoelektronicar
                                • 5 Years
                                13 days, 21 hours ago

                                Poor man's Bruno Fernandes 🙂

                                1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
                                  • 11 Years
                                  13 days, 21 hours ago

                                  I remember him from the Southampton days. He was a gold mine.

                                  5.5m and I am all in.

                                  Dear FPL 5.5 should be max for him, like Trossard

                                  1. Nanoelektronicar
                                    • 5 Years
                                    13 days, 21 hours ago

                                    It was 6 years ago. Also, Potter roulette. I wouldn't be too optimistic.

                                    1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
                                      • 11 Years
                                      13 days, 21 hours ago

                                      You might be right. Maybe it's the only current fpl excitment at the moment that is why we are considering it

                            • Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
                              • 11 Years
                              13 days, 21 hours ago

                              Move the deadline 15 mins before the games. UCL FF can do it, why not FPL?

                              It will be massive excitment to the game.

                              Catching price rises or wait for the team news will be neverending argument.

                              Also a lot less people will be pissed of by not getting a 1 pt cameo from the captain or so

                              1. Greek Freak
                                • 4 Years
                                13 days, 21 hours ago

                                It won't actually affect the game that much because normally (GW38 aside) there's only one early game that we'd have the team news for before the deadline. (and normally it's not the one most people's captains are from)

                                1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
                                  • 11 Years
                                  13 days, 21 hours ago

                                  It will be super interesting. Sometimes it's one game, sometimes there are multiple games. Super fan and exciting. Early kick off captains have been a thing for years so I disagree with your argument about captains.

                                  1. Greek Freak
                                    • 4 Years
                                    13 days, 21 hours ago

                                    Most captains will come from City, Liverpool and United. With some exceptions, most of the time the early kick-off has featured random teams (or Spurs 😛 )

                              2. FOO FIGHTER
                                  13 days, 21 hours ago

                                  Half an hour before deadline I say.

                                  Would love to have live subs as well. That way can change a player which has not started and sub in a player of your choice from your bench.

                                  1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
                                    • 11 Years
                                    13 days, 21 hours ago

                                    Half and hour is also acceptable and fine. I am for that. UCL was 15 minutes before. And they were super fast in updating the scores. If Ragabolly can do it, FPL can do it

                                    1. TorresMagic™
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • Has Moderation Rights
                                      • 11 Years
                                      13 days, 21 hours ago

                                      Good that you don't sleep at that time.

                                      1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
                                        • 11 Years
                                        13 days, 21 hours ago

                                        Don't understand your comment. Thanks anyway I hope it's a positive intent

                                        1. TorresMagic™
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • Has Moderation Rights
                                          • 11 Years
                                          13 days, 21 hours ago

                                          Probably a quarter of FPL players aren't around to get this extra info due to where they live/work etc. Sounds great for you as it's a nice fit to your timezone.

                                          1. The Units
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 10 Years
                                            13 days, 20 hours ago

                                            This

                                          2. My heart goes Salalalalah
                                            • 3 Years
                                            13 days, 17 hours ago

                                            Yep. 100%. Also, will it not affect the servers as everyone will be making transfers at the same time? I say move it to 2 hours before, then no one has any reason to complain

                                        2. Andy_Social
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          13 days, 20 hours ago

                                          Example, I'm in Cambodia. A midweek GW, with games kicking off at 8 pm your time is 2amm or 3 am here.

                                          1. Greek Freak
                                            • 4 Years
                                            13 days, 20 hours ago

                                            I have to say when I was on holiday in Cambodia FPL was a lot more fun without having to worry about checking tweets for lineups etc.

                                            1. Andy_Social
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 7 Years
                                              13 days, 20 hours ago

                                              Ha ha, holidays are one thing; when you've lived here for 15 years, the FPL deadline is the highlight of your week! 😉

                                • noquarternt
                                  • 5 Years
                                  13 days, 19 hours ago

                                  They should do 2 hours before the first game.

                              3. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
                                • 11 Years
                                13 days, 21 hours ago

                                I am going 5 defenders at start of the season again. It was a strategy this season so repeating it

                                1. FOO FIGHTER
                                    13 days, 21 hours ago

                                    Well done on the rank finish.

                                    451 or 532?

                                    1. FOO FIGHTER
                                        13 days, 21 hours ago

                                        Sorry meant 541

                                        1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
                                          • 11 Years
                                          13 days, 21 hours ago

                                          Depends on the mids and defenders. Probably 5 3 2 but will see when the prices are out

                                          Thanks for the congrats wish you a stellar future season.

                                          I've done it even though for the first time in 10 years I forgot a deadline. The GW 38 deadline and with 2 FT in hand. Who knows where those 2 extra transfers could had led me too

                                          1. FOO FIGHTER
                                              13 days, 21 hours ago

                                              Damn, could have either improved your rank or dropped.

                                              Done and dusted though and on to next season!

                                      • masyuris
                                        • 7 Years
                                        13 days, 20 hours ago

                                        Interesting

                                      • Andy_Social
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        13 days, 20 hours ago

                                        Got my draft sorted. Formation will be 3-5-2.

                                      • Babit1967
                                        • 4 Years
                                        13 days, 15 hours ago

                                        Taa, Robbo, Digne, Doherty, Tierney could get you loads of points and then you always have some quality budget defenders

                                        1. Babit1967
                                          • 4 Years
                                          13 days, 15 hours ago

                                          Maybe Alonso and Mindy if they can get back to their old selves

                                    2. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
                                      • 11 Years
                                      13 days, 21 hours ago

                                      I voted for Pope as the best goalkeeper. Hendo was second close. What you guys think?

                                      On the other hand we all know who was the worse keeper in the league...

                                      "Meanwhile, talkSPORT’S Andy Jacobs recently expressed a belief that Chelsea needed to sign a top centre-back and new goalkeeper when the transfer window reopens.

                                      “I’d like to start with the thought that £71million can buy you the worst keeper in the English football pyramid, and including Sunday League,” he said.

                                      “I reckon there are keepers in the Sunday League who are better than him.

                                      “He makes Ross Turnbull look like Lev Yashin – he never stops anything! Nothing!

                                      “If it’s on target it’s a goal.

                                      “If Petr Cech came out of the crowd in his suit we’d have been better off, we might have got a result,” Jacobs continued, still fuming.

                                      “He’d still be better than Kepa in a suit. Honestly."

                                      Thank you Andrew. Like you are reading my mind. Can't agree more.

                                      1. Andy_Social
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        13 days, 20 hours ago

                                        I voted for Pope. Won't be surprised if he clears 80% tbh.
                                        I'd also go Hendo a clear second.

                                    3. HellasLEAF
                                      • 11 Years
                                      13 days, 21 hours ago

                                      Ugh. How long until we can start tinkering before Sept 12??

                                      Not long off..

                                      1. rowancavanagh
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        13 days, 21 hours ago

                                        It sounds like the fixtures will only be out on the 21st of August, though. With FPL usually coming shortly after that.

                                        Three boring weeks ahead!

                                        1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
                                          • 11 Years
                                          13 days, 21 hours ago

                                          3 weeks it's too much. I was hoping for 2 or 10 days

                                    4. masyuris
                                      • 7 Years
                                      13 days, 20 hours ago

                                      Lingardinho price next season?

                                      1. TorresMagic™
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • Has Moderation Rights
                                        • 11 Years
                                        13 days, 20 hours ago

                                        4.5m

                                      2. Andy_Social
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        13 days, 20 hours ago

                                        Reckon he won't be at United. Maybe 6.5m at West Ham?

                                        1. Dthinger
                                          • 3 Years
                                          13 days, 18 hours ago

                                          I was thinking he’ll be at Newcastle

                                          1. Andy_Social
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 7 Years
                                            13 days, 18 hours ago

                                            If they remain in Ashley's hands, probably yeh!

                                    5. A Moon Shaped Pool
                                      • 3 Years
                                      13 days, 19 hours ago

                                      I’m going to be the number 1 in the world and I will make FFS proud

                                    6. Kane Toads
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 7 Years
                                      13 days, 19 hours ago

                                      ...membership renewed...it's a bit pricey converted to $AUD ...

                                      1. Andy_Social
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        13 days, 19 hours ago

                                        'Tis a bit. I figured that if the benefits of membership help me win a weekly cash league by one point one time, I've broken even.

                                        1. Kane Toads
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          13 days, 19 hours ago

                                          yep..I find it easy to jump in and use the features....been a paying member for some time - might as well continue.

                                      2. noquarternt
                                        • 5 Years
                                        13 days, 19 hours ago

                                        I used to pay for it but just don’t see the point now.

                                        So many free stat websites out there rather than the huge price increases they’ve put in here.

                                        Don’t like the twitter-type way the site is heading so the ‘support’ reason is gone as well.

                                    7. Phil's Stamps
                                      • 9 Years
                                      13 days, 19 hours ago

                                      I tried not to be too hit-happy this season and managed to restrict myself to 7 and achieved my best-ever rank (although I did play it obsessively -monitoring price changes constantly, using tools on here- for the first time too, which probably helped :).

                                      I've been looking through the records of this season's top 10 (+ Magnus) and what stands out is:

                                      1. These players took an average of 4-5 hits this season, so err on the side of caution if you think you can hit your way to the top.

                                      2. 9 of the top 10 took an early (or early-ish - up to week 10) Wildcard. I usually never do this but may have to think again next season.

                                      3. Team Value before the break:
                                      (Final rank) 1st = 107.9
                                      2nd = 106.5
                                      3rd = 106.3
                                      4th = 106.2
                                      5th = 105.4
                                      6th = 105.8
                                      7th = 109.1
                                      8th = 107
                                      9th = 105.1
                                      10th = 105.2
                                      11th = 104.7
                                      Apart from some outliers from 7-9, the final rank order roughly follows the TV amount at that stage of the season.

                                      I know this is obviously a minute data set, but just a little food for thought for those like me aiming to break into the higher ranks next season.

                                      Anyone made any other observations?

                                      1. Phil's Stamps
                                        • 9 Years
                                        13 days, 19 hours ago

                                        *6-8

                                      2. Andy_Social
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        13 days, 19 hours ago

                                        1. I dunno, there's no hard-and-fast rules. During GW30+ I briefly broke into the Top 100 and I'd taken nearly 40 hits by that point. Clearly, hits are good if they come off. Went a bit Leicester after that though.

                                        Had I known the season would be stopped and restarted, I'd have saved my chips, but you can't legislate for that. I'm one of those that never pay the slightest attention to TV.

                                        1. Andy_Social
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          13 days, 19 hours ago

                                          Ooops, Top 1000 I meant 🙁

                                        2. Phil's Stamps
                                          • 9 Years
                                          13 days, 19 hours ago

                                          Yeah it's possible but it seems riskier. Much more fun to take hits though, I really struggled to be patient with it this season. Great rank that by the way, how did you finish up?

                                          1. Andy_Social
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 7 Years
                                            13 days, 19 hours ago

                                            Crashed and burned. Finished 25K

                                            1. Phil's Stamps
                                              • 9 Years
                                              13 days, 18 hours ago

                                              That's still a great rank in what was a crazy season.

                                            2. My heart goes Salalalalah
                                              • 3 Years
                                              13 days, 17 hours ago

                                              that's a proper rank still

                                              1. Andy_Social
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 7 Years
                                                13 days, 17 hours ago

                                                I know. Coulda been so much more. I had no aspiration to stay Top 1000, but I was Top 10K for 12 GWs and had hoped to stay there.

                                      3. Phil's Stamps
                                        • 9 Years
                                        13 days, 19 hours ago

                                        One more tidbit:

                                        Magnus Carlsen didn't captain a City or Liverpool player only 9 times this season, and of that 9 he had 6 captaincy fails. And of those 6 captaincy fails, Salah or Sterling outscored them that GW.

                                        1. noquarternt
                                          • 5 Years
                                          13 days, 19 hours ago

                                          To be expected really, we know Man City and Liverpool are going to score ridiculous amounts and for the most part we know their players who score the most.

                                          So why don’t we captain them more? Haha

                                        2. Phil's Stamps
                                          • 9 Years
                                          13 days, 18 hours ago

                                          He had 20 out of 29 captaincy successes with a Liverpool or City player.

                                          1. Andy_Social
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 7 Years
                                            13 days, 18 hours ago

                                            Excellent strategy. Liverpool and City players only made up well under 50% of the Top Players by gameweek, but more often than not your Red/City captain would score well even if they were pipped by the likes of Pukki or Tarkowski. I'll adopt the same strategy but add in United as a third option. Probably.

                                          2. noquarternt
                                            • 5 Years
                                            13 days, 14 hours ago

                                            Yeah sure he does, but by ‘us’ I mean many other managers.

                                      4. FALSE PROFIT
                                        • 6 Years
                                        13 days, 17 hours ago

                                        Simple, maybe not so. TV does not guarantee you a good rank. Greenwood at 4.5 made it fairly easy to have lots of spare cash. Early tfr's get a high TV but it can go wrong. However, with the limited info coming from managers these days, the need for last minute transfers is not so important.

                                      5. Babit1967
                                        • 4 Years
                                        13 days, 14 hours ago

                                        One or 2 hits for me and finished in top 4 k, I was around 25-36 k last few seasons but took a lot more hits

                                    8. I Must Break You
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 2 Years
                                      13 days, 19 hours ago

                                      How and why are people worrying about drafts at this point without pricing information?

                                      1. Andy_Social
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        13 days, 19 hours ago

                                        Fun

                                      2. COK3Y5MURF
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 3 Years
                                        13 days, 19 hours ago

                                        Too much time on their hands.

                                        1. Andy_Social
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          13 days, 19 hours ago

                                          Best time of the year. Once that deadline closes and a ball is kicked, it's all downhill.

                                      3. Holmes
                                        • 6 Years
                                        13 days, 17 hours ago

                                        Addiction

                                      4. FALSE PROFIT
                                        • 6 Years
                                        13 days, 17 hours ago

                                        Its part of the game. Idle chat I must admit, but we don't complain about people talking about the weather (smile)

                                        1. Andy_Social
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          13 days, 17 hours ago

                                          Heh, it's 11.30 am here. What else am I gonna do? 😉

                                        2. Ginkapo FPL
                                          • 9 Years
                                          13 days, 15 hours ago

                                          My happiness is far too linked to the weather at the moment

                                    9. Somar
                                      • 3 Years
                                      13 days, 18 hours ago

                                      Wow. I think tonight must have been the quietest night on FFS

                                      1. Holmes
                                        • 6 Years
                                        13 days, 17 hours ago

                                        This is nothing, deadzone will arrive soon...

                                      2. Brehmeren
                                        • 10 Years
                                        13 days, 17 hours ago

                                        Hah, wait a few days and then we'll talk..

                                      3. FALSE PROFIT
                                        • 6 Years
                                        13 days, 17 hours ago

                                        The DZ has arrived. FPL players will have time to visit their shrinks.

                                    10. FALSE PROFIT
                                      • 6 Years
                                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                                      excluding new teams: Who have I missed out apart from the obvious Pool, Citeh, ManU and Wolves

                                      (7 mainstays) Pope (5.5), TAA (8.5), Laporte (6.0), KDB (11.0), Bruno 10.0), Pulisic (8.5), Ings 8.0), =57.5 mil (perma cap KDB)

                                      (7 possibles) Tierney (5.0), Lamptey (4.5), Pieters (4.5), St Max (6.0), Soucek (5.0), Greenwood (7.5) Ihenacho (6.0) = 39 mil
                                      Goalie (Throw away(4.0), = 4 mil

                                      Watch list: Stanislas (if someone buys him) Trossard Sakah McNiel Neto Rodriguez
                                      The reason for the post is not predicting. It is a guess on my part to see if I could afford the players.
                                      It goes out of the window anyway as it seems some sides playing in Europe and national teams will require a rest and there will be postponements. The 1st WC will be used week 3 maybe to account for players coming in.

                                      1. Andy_Social
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        13 days, 17 hours ago

                                        Building from the back, my mainstays are
                                        Pope (4m)
                                        TAA, VVD, Robbo (2x4m)

                                        Midf KDB, Bruno
                                        Str Jimenez, Greenwood

                                        Rest are price-dependent - hopefully Foden, Traore, probably Soucek, maybe Saka

                                        1. FALSE PROFIT
                                          • 6 Years
                                          13 days, 16 hours ago

                                          Early to do but it helps remembering the players you would like to get.

                                      2. @FPL_Chess
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        13 days, 16 hours ago

                                        I like it, although I think Bruno at 10m is a bit optimistic.

                                        1. Andy_Social
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          13 days, 16 hours ago

                                          Kev and Bruno will be more, but Trent less.

                                          1. FALSE PROFIT
                                            • 6 Years
                                            13 days, 16 hours ago

                                            You probably right but high priced players are expected to get points so maybe it won't be so heavy.

                                        2. FALSE PROFIT
                                          • 6 Years
                                          13 days, 16 hours ago

                                          Maybe. I hope it will be in that area. I know the history is limited and hopefully FPL towers think so too.

                                      3. pingissimus
                                        • 1 Year
                                        13 days, 15 hours ago

                                        Leeds?

                                        Bielsa sides have that record of starting really quickly. They look to be a team that could (underlined) cause a bit of a stir. A bit like SU they have a clear and set gameplan and are likely to stick to it - it's just a very different gameplan,

                                        I expect to be getting at least 2 in early doors - likely to be cheap as chips and great way to fund hitters elsewhere

                                        1. Andy_Social
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          13 days, 15 hours ago

                                          I'm excited about Leeds. Don't know their squad well yet so will be guided by articles here.

                                          1. pingissimus
                                            • 1 Year
                                            13 days, 15 hours ago

                                            Look at one defensive asset imo.

                                            They had for a while just about the best defensive record in Europe. It fell off a bit second half of the season and the PL will be a tougher gig but they're likely to offer great value at the back

                                            1. Andy_Social
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 7 Years
                                              13 days, 14 hours ago

                                              I'm going 3 at the back@ TAA, Robbo, VVD.

                                              I'd be looking at a midfielder option.

                                              1. pingissimus
                                                • 1 Year
                                                13 days, 14 hours ago

                                                That still leaves you a goalie - double Leeds might come in at 8.5 or perhaps 9,0 given it's uncertain who starts right now

                                                I'm hoping Laporte comes in cheaper than VVD.

                                                He was well above 50% for cs on starts and offers in attack too. City had a poor defensive year in some ways as he was so irregular but still got those cs.

                                                Also did some really interesting research into Ederson versus 3rd City mid before 38. Ederson was simply better value as a 3rd City mid averaged at best 8 points and then you had to guess which one plays and scores. Even in the 5-0 in 38 he was just one point off Sterling and 2 off Mahrez. Laporte is more likely to pick up baps etc. He makes no end of sense imo

                                            2. HammersXI
                                              • 7 Years
                                              13 days, 14 hours ago

                                              We still had the best defense in the championship though.. The reason why we started conceded more was because of Kiko and he seems to be gone for good.

                                              1. Andy_Social
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 7 Years
                                                13 days, 14 hours ago

                                                I don't doubt there's quality in defence, but with TAA, Robbo and VVD nailed, my last 2 will have to be 4m fodder.
                                                Even with a decent keeper, I'm going Pope+4m for that position.

                                              2. pingissimus
                                                • 1 Year
                                                13 days, 14 hours ago

                                                And a really good season record too. Better than SU and Wolves when they came up.

                                                The gk and a wingback is where I'm hoping to invest. Any preference between Dallas and Ayling?

                                                1. HammersXI
                                                  • 7 Years
                                                  13 days, 13 hours ago

                                                  I did a write up on the next page! Not the best in writing but I gave it my best shot.

                                                  I would go for Ayling just because of security. Dallas is Leeds utility man the past 2 seasons.

                                          2. HammersXI
                                            • 7 Years
                                            13 days, 14 hours ago

                                            As a leeds fan, there are several options that excite me. But have to wait for FPL pricing.

                                            Pablo will be tempting but I see him making more impact off the bench than 90 min full games.

                                            If we don't sign a new goalkeeper, Meslier could even come at 4m. For defenders, Dallas and Ayling are great options offensively and defensively.

                                            I would stay clear of their attackers for now

                                      4. pingissimus
                                        • 1 Year
                                        13 days, 15 hours ago

                                        Just seen you're looking at Laporte too

                                        Agree if he comes in at 6.0 that he's the most tempting second premium defender.

                                      5. FOO FIGHTER
                                          13 days, 14 hours ago

                                          For me Boly will be a really good pick and should still be cheap. Nailed as well.

                                          LFC will be defending their title and expect them to be up for the challenge so I will try squeeze in 3 x Pool.

                                          Lloris, TAA, KDB and Salah to start with. Will figure the rest once we can pick our teams.

                                      6. amit1964
                                        • 4 Years
                                        13 days, 17 hours ago

                                        hii!
                                        when will the draft for 2020-2021 will take place?
                                        thank you

                                        1. FALSE PROFIT
                                          • 6 Years
                                          13 days, 17 hours ago

                                          They will be slowly leaking prices for players when the site opens in 2 weeks time IMO

                                          1. amit1964
                                            • 4 Years
                                            13 days, 17 hours ago

                                            thank you

                                      7. KAPTAIN KANE
                                        • 3 Years
                                        13 days, 16 hours ago

                                        Can’t wait to build a killer team for next season!
                                        Really think I’ve learnt all my lessons and primed for the new season!

                                        1. Andy_Social
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          13 days, 16 hours ago

                                          Me too. But then I say that every pre-season.
                                          Still, like a Liverpool fan, if you convince yourself 'This year is my year' .....

                                        2. Holmes
                                          • 6 Years
                                          13 days, 16 hours ago

                                          That's what they said last year...

                                          1. KAPTAIN KANE
                                            • 3 Years
                                            13 days, 14 hours ago

                                            True haha. Though I’ve always been stubborn with regards to popular players, especially the early bandwagons. 3 simple rules for me this year:

                                            1) Always captain a big hitter, regardless of fixture
                                            2) Stick relatively close to the ‘template’
                                            3) Be patient!

                                        3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                                          • 5 Years
                                          13 days, 14 hours ago

                                          Some people are building their teams already

                                          1. KAPTAIN KANE
                                            • 3 Years
                                            13 days, 14 hours ago

                                            I vague idea of 4-5 players I’ll prioritise, but position changes could change that

                                            1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                                              • 5 Years
                                              13 days, 13 hours ago

                                              Whatever floats your boat 🙂

                                      8. Siva Mohan - Make more gree…
                                        • 7 Years
                                        13 days, 15 hours ago

                                        Manchester City have reached an agreement for the transfer of Ferran Torres, according to reports. According to GoalEspana, via City Xtra, the two clubs have agreed a fee for the 20-year-old in the region of €30-40million, though it's not clear how much of the fee would be bonus based.

                                        Spurs are interested in Southampton's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. It's all about that price tag, and potentially whether Kyle Walker-Peters is part of the deal.

                                        Liverpool planning shock move for 22-year-old Watford forward Ismaila Sarr this summer. The 22-year-old winger is valued at nearly £22m, though Watford would surely ask for more than that to let him go this summer.

                                        Arsenal are reportedly planning to make an offer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a new £250,000-a-week deal in a bid to keep the Gabon international forward at the Emirates Stadium.

                                        Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish fears being priced out of a move to Manchester United.Villa want a huge £80million for their star man.

                                        Arsenal to trigger Joelson Fernandes £40million buyout clause 'in next 24 hours'.

                                        Atletico reject Arsenal's €25 million plus Matteo Guendouzi offer for Partey

                                        1. diesel001
                                          • 3 Years
                                          13 days, 14 hours ago

                                          Torres a good Sane replacement for City. They just need a RCB to partner Laporte now and their squad will be complete.

                                          1. Andy_Social
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 7 Years
                                            13 days, 14 hours ago

                                            Presumably that impacts on Mahrez and more rest/rotation for Raz.

                                            1. diesel001
                                              • 3 Years
                                              13 days, 14 hours ago

                                              Yep.

                                      9. pingissimus
                                        • 1 Year
                                        13 days, 15 hours ago

                                        Is Hendo likely number 1 at United next year? If so where does he come in at? Does he get a price bump just for being at United?

                                        1. Siva Mohan - Make more gree…
                                          • 7 Years
                                          13 days, 15 hours ago

                                          CHE are willing to offer 170K per week to Hendo .. Frank loves Eng players and want CHE to bid soon.
                                          SHU want him back on loan.
                                          DDG has contract till 2024 on massive pay.

                                          Hendo has show down talks with MANUTD this week..

                                        2. Andy_Social
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          13 days, 15 hours ago

                                          Tricky thing is season starts before transfer window closes. I can see DDG starting then getting his transfer, with Hendo stepping up. Or Hendo leaving on TDD for Chelsea. Either way, if he's deemed United back-up when the price list comes out he'll likely be 5m. If he starts at United or Chelsea first choice, presumably 6m.

                                          1. Siva Mohan - Make more gree…
                                            • 7 Years
                                            13 days, 15 hours ago

                                            DDG is on £375,000 per week .. tough to sell

                                            1. The Units
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 10 Years
                                              13 days, 15 hours ago

                                              Crazy money

                                              1. Siva Mohan - Make more gree…
                                                • 7 Years
                                                13 days, 15 hours ago

                                                highest paid player in PL?

                                                1. Silver_and_Gold
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  13 days, 15 hours ago

                                                  Yes. Next ones are:
                                                  KdB - 321k
                                                  Sterling - 300k
                                                  Pogba - 290k
                                                  Ozil - 269k (!!!)

                                            2. pingissimus
                                              • 1 Year
                                              13 days, 15 hours ago

                                              True. Possible to loan?

                                              Hard to see Chelsea getting enough for Kepa either and having to loan there as well - I assume he's on something huge

                                              1. Siva Mohan - Make more gree…
                                                • 7 Years
                                                13 days, 15 hours ago

                                                Kepa will be loaned with option to buy .. he is on £150,000 per week

                                                1. Andy_Social
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 7 Years
                                                  13 days, 14 hours ago

                                                  Could do same with DDG, or do a Sanchez - get rid cheap and pay half his wages.

                                          2. RECKLESS
                                            • 7 Years
                                            13 days, 15 hours ago

                                            Hendo to Chelsea rumours are triggered by most unreliable media outlet Sun and Mirror. I have never even read their heading completely since they put 'Messi to Manutd looks a done deal'. Manutd are no Arsenal and no way they will help their direct rivals next season like Chelsea as both will fight for 2nd spot next season and potentially title in 2 years

                                        3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                          • 10 Years
                                          13 days, 15 hours ago

                                          He might do better for them at SHU for another year

                                          Guarantees Man Utd 6 points Vs Sheffield Utd, whilst simultaneously putting a brick wall in front of the other 18 teams who have to play Sheffield Utd...

                                          1. pingissimus
                                            • 1 Year
                                            13 days, 15 hours ago

                                            🙂

                                      10. RECKLESS
                                        • 7 Years
                                        13 days, 15 hours ago

                                        I somehow see Mancity piping Liverpool for title next season and in 2022 if Chelsea,Manutd get their CBs right, fight for title just like old days which reached its peak with UCL final in Moscow. They both finishing this season in UCL places can make this very well a reality. Next season not strong enough confidence to challenge the mighty Liv/Mcity teams

                                        1. Andy_Social
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          13 days, 14 hours ago

                                          I think Liverpool & City will dominate again. United will slightly narrow the gap without ever challenging for the title. I see Chelsea further behind but solid 4th. There will be a bigger gap between 4th and 5th which could be the case for a few years.

                                      11. Siva Mohan - Make more gree…
                                        • 7 Years
                                        13 days, 14 hours ago

                                        1. Timo Werner - £170,000-a-week
                                        2. Kepa Arrizabalaga - £150,000-a-week
                                        3. N'Golo Kante - £150,000-a-week
                                        4. Christian Pulisic - £145,000-a-week
                                        5. Willian - £120,000-a-week
                                        6. Callum Hudson-Odoi - £120,000-a-week
                                        7. Jorginho - £110,000-a-week
                                        8. Olivier Giroud - £110,000-a-week
                                        9. Mateo Kovacic - £105,000-a-week
                                        10. Ross Barkley - £100,000-a-week
                                        11. Ziyech - £100,000-a-week

                                        CHE players wage bill looks in control compared to other teams ..

                                        1. FOO FIGHTER
                                            13 days, 14 hours ago

                                            Abramovich eventually closed the tap on trying to buy the League each season.

                                            They will spend big money in this window though. Going to have a pretty decent team with Werner and possibly Havertz being added and a few others.

                                          • pingissimus
                                            • 1 Year
                                            13 days, 14 hours ago

                                            How many of those are starters? 50%

                                            1. Old Man
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 9 Years
                                              13 days, 14 hours ago

                                              if that!

                                          • diesel001
                                            • 3 Years
                                            13 days, 14 hours ago

                                            Kepa
                                            Azpi Rudiger ????? Alonso
                                            Kovacic Havertz Kante
                                            Ziyech Werner Pulisic

                                            Good team on paper and not a British player in sight.

                                            1. Old Man
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 9 Years
                                              13 days, 14 hours ago

                                              Kepa won't be in it. Doubt Alonso will either.

                                            2. pingissimus
                                              • 1 Year
                                              13 days, 14 hours ago

                                              Yep

                                              Comment above was how Frank loves an English player - tough love if he does. The one I feel most for is RLC - heck of a player but he really needs game time even if its slightly managed because of his back.

                                            3. Giggs Boson
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 8 Years
                                              13 days, 14 hours ago

                                              Still trying to work out what Frank is trying to build.

                                              Ziyech and Pulisic both cut inside, which means both fullbacks have to push forwards to hold the width, right?

                                              But if both fullbacks go forwards you need a more reserved midfield 3 like Liverpool's.

                                              So if Havertz arrived would he be cover for Ziyech on the RW? He does play there sometimes. And does this mean Mount will be restricted to a backup for Pulisic on the LW?

                                        2. La Roja
                                          • 8 Years
                                          13 days, 14 hours ago

                                          Pep roulette
                                          To the frequent frustration of fantasy football managers, Pep Guardiola made a total of 144 changes to Manchester City’s starting XI this season — the most by a manager in a single season in Premier League history. Guardiola made only nine changes fewer than Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo, Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder and Burnley’s Sean Dyche combined (153).

                                          1. diesel001
                                            • 3 Years
                                            13 days, 14 hours ago

                                            Yet even with that many changes, 3 Man City players (KDB, Sterling, Mahrez) still ended up in the top 20 highest scoring players this season. A fit Aguero probably would have got into that list as well.

                                            So is the moral of the story - Don't worry about Pep roulette, just choose their good players (KDB, Sterling and one of Aguero / Jesus depending on who is expected to get more game time) and the points will come.

                                            1. La Roja
                                              • 8 Years
                                              13 days, 14 hours ago

                                              Yep KDB and Sterlo is way to go

                                              And then chuck in there of striker or Mahrez, depending injuries etc

                                            2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                              • 10 Years
                                              13 days, 14 hours ago

                                              Very true - KDB only ended up not starting 6 games, that's not too bad really

                                              Sterling's 90 vs. Norwich was actually nice from Pep also, he could have gotten more

                                              1. Andy_Social
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 7 Years
                                                13 days, 14 hours ago

                                                Kev is a must, even if priced same as Salah. With Dilva gone, I'd expect Foden to be a first team regular (ie more minutes than Bilva and Mahrez)

                                                1. pingissimus
                                                  • 1 Year
                                                  13 days, 14 hours ago

                                                  Bilva is a rogue element here

                                                  Not that long ago he was the go to player. Wouldn't be at all surprised if he had way more pitch time next season now Dilva is gone

                                                  1. Andy_Social
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 7 Years
                                                    13 days, 13 hours ago

                                                    It was the first few GWs of last season. He started games, on fire and cheap as chips. People leapt on his bandwagon and the wheels fell off!

                                                    1. Andy_Social
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 7 Years
                                                      13 days, 13 hours ago

                                                      Hang on, just checked and it wasn't quite like that. He was nailed from GW2 but it was the hattrick v Watford that got everyone salivating. Jumping on the bandwagon after that game was the classic chasing lost points faux pas.

                                                    2. pingissimus
                                                      • 1 Year
                                                      13 days, 13 hours ago

                                                      I was thinking about minutes played by him next season more than potential returns

                                                      1. Andy_Social
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        • 7 Years
                                                        13 days, 13 hours ago

                                                        Well after inking in Kev, I suspect I'll be pushed to afford a second Citizen. My preference for Foden is based on anticipated price. May just start with Kev.
                                                        I'd say Ederson, Laporte and prob Garcia will be decent value but I've already said I'm committed to triple Red defence so they're not for my squad.

                                                        1. pingissimus
                                                          • 1 Year
                                                          13 days, 13 hours ago

                                                          Just can't bring myself to commit that heavily in defence - just don't have the game style for it. TAA and Robbo lasted all of one week last time before GW2 WC 🙂

                                                          1. Andy_Social
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            • 7 Years
                                                            13 days, 13 hours ago

                                                            Ha! Never considered this strategy before, but the trio have proved themselves for 2 full seasons now. Just doesn't seem a risk, only unorthodox. Ah yeh, I miss out if Salah or Mane are on fire.

                                              2. pingissimus
                                                • 1 Year
                                                13 days, 14 hours ago

                                                Huge proportion of those lost minutes in post lockdown frenzy too.

                                                For quite a while he had more minutes than Mane and Salah iirc - also seem to recall only Auba had more premium minutes than him for quite a while

                                        3. HammersXI
                                          • 7 Years
                                          13 days, 14 hours ago

                                          I'm not sure how soon a Leeds article will come out, but I have been following them for the past 10 years and could share some insights on the team based on last season stats. If anyone is keen I'll draft something out!

                                          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                            • 10 Years
                                            13 days, 14 hours ago

                                            Please do - particularly defensively!

                                            I'm just lazily looking at their goals conceded record, and seeing that it's below even Sheffield United's from their promotion year - and thinking that their GK (whichever one Bielsa goes with) or a 4.5 defender is surely going to offer value?

                                            1. HammersXI
                                              • 7 Years
                                              13 days, 14 hours ago

                                              I can try to draft out some price predictions also. But it may be really wrong. Honestly speaking I don't see us as a viable option upfront.

                                              1. Andy_Social
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 7 Years
                                                13 days, 14 hours ago

                                                Don't worry, we won't hold you accountable! Just some ideas from a fan before the professional article-writers kick in 🙂

                                                1. HammersXI
                                                  • 7 Years
                                                  13 days, 13 hours ago

                                                  It's out on the next page! Do take a look 🙂

                                          2. Andy_Social
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 7 Years
                                            13 days, 14 hours ago

                                            Yes please, it's what i'm waiting for!