Pro Pundits - Mark

How I’ll try to keep pace with the new smart thinkers in FPL this season

When I returned to Fantasy Football in 2006, a statistics fetish and the quest for one-upmanship over my rival Granville inspired this website and underpinned some high ranks in Fantasy Premier League. I got myself a flying start, an early advantage.

Almost fifteen years later, the pitch has been levelled. 

I have to admit, when Fantasy Football Scout became my universe, I buried my head and shut out the social media powered community that grew up around me. I built walls and obsessed about protecting what I had, forgoing likes and subscribers to keep my roof intact.

Now free of those concerns, I was shocked when I reared my head to look around. Both the depth and breadth of the FPL community is extraordinary, the amount of information and data being shared openly overwhelming. 

Eight million managers make a high rank that more difficult to achieve, but the explosion of new voices spraying knowledge and opinion far and wide raises the bar with each passing season. 

Metrics

Back in the day, I was among a few hundred who wandered trance-like down supermarket isles deliberating a four-point hit. Now there are thousands extending loo breaks to unfeasible lengths of time while they compare Sadio Mané (£12.0m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.0m) for touches in the box. Like myself all those years ago, they have spreadsheets, irritated partners and an insatiable drive to succeed: a triple threat.

I need to raise and change my game if I’m to remain in their company. 

Too long in the tooth and arrogant to be told the latest do’s and don’ts or ten tips for success, I know the mechanics of the game and how to bend them to my advantage. To really improve, I need to look hard at myself, analyse my methods and learn from mistakes. 

I’ve always hurried away from FPL failure. I’m almost ashamed that dismal Gameweeks spark family tension in garden centres, so why would I ever dwell on every error? I bury mistakes to maintain an equilibrium. Forget that bad transfer, move on, greet the next deadline as a liquor to quickly drown my sorrows. 

That changes now. I should see my mistakes as an opportunity to learn more about how I play, to identify my favourite error traps and the bias at play when I run my eye over Match of the Day highlights or Goals Imminent tables.

Thanks to an almost catastrophic campaign in 2019/20, I have plenty to pick apart. I’ve learned to enjoy looking back and attempting to fathom my thought process behind each bad decision. But that’s just a post mortem; I need to attack this new season with this same analytical mindset. 

I have to be more inquisitive as each Gameweek rolls by, question and challenge each decision I make and develop methods that reveal a clear choice that I’m happy to take, not just one I’ve convinced myself is correct by brute-forcing fuzzy numbers and rose-tinted eye tests.  

You might have noticed that psychology is a popular buzzword right now, an emerging theme in the community that can be conveniently tucked away in a bulging box file labelled “overthinking”. 

But I’m convinced that something is afoot. When Magnus Carlsen, the world’s finest Chess player, hits the FPL top 100, we need to stop in our tracks and consider that there could be a new breed among us. 

I reckon your average Grandmaster spends more time pondering King to G7, rather than King to centre forward. So I might have the edge on Magnus when it comes to thinking time, I may even have more knowledge and data at my disposal. 

But does Magnus employ a logical method to his decisions and keep bias and emotion in check? Does he indulge in bouts of introspection and analysis of his judgement calls? Does he read all those psychology threads on Twitter with a knowing smile?

He’s the best chess player in the world. He does all the above and has a team of advisors doing it for him while he sleeps. 

These days everyone can get a glut of knowledge, information and data in their timeline with relative ease. But to work out how best to process it, how you learn to separate luck from skill and focus on improving the input, not dwell on the output, that might just be the new marginal gain. A fresh route to success.

After last season, I’ll give anything a go. 

Magnus must be petrified.  

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Mark Mark created the beast. He's now looking to tame it.”

1,076 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Winston.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Anyone getting TAA and Robertson right from the start? It seems that there are only four tricky fixtures for Liverpool during the first 16 gameweeks....

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I'm pretty much sold on Taa VVD
      Let's see ....

      1. moogzilla
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I've chosen to go without any L'pool defenders. In fact I don't own a defender priced higher than 5.5. It's a risk, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Yeah.

      I see both of them scoring way more than any other £7-7.5m player in the game, in any position - and more than most £9m+ players too. I think I'd rather take a punt on a 5.0m midfielder and have Robbo than £7m player like Mount and a "Burnley" defender.

      1. Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Mitrovic in many teams...Robertson might get 60+ more points than him during the season?

        1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Robbo 200, Mitro 130/140 is a reasonable estimate

        2. Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Mitrovic the sort of punt on fixtures/form that enables Robbo.

        3. COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Yes, this is very relevant since everyone is planning on keeping Mitrovic for the whole season

    3. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Not form the start but form gameweek 4/5 onwards yes

      1. Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Considering that myself too

      2. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Having more money upfront ?

        1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Yessir, go big on attackers then settle down into more balanced squad with Robbo and trent at the back is my plan right now 🙂

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Might have just copy you there 😀
            If i don't get VVD my squad would look very different tbh ....

            Food for thoughts

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Don’t follow him - play your own game 🙂

              Not saying what my own strategy is 🙂

              But if you look at likely WC time and major fixture swings it looks a no brainer to me - Mr No Brain

              1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Lol Amey knows I suck at FPL and won't copy me :')

              2. Amey
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                😀
                Thank you bro
                I'm not sure about anything right now. Hopefully some transfers and team information would help us out

          2. SAY MY NAME
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            this is my thinking too, i'm very keen on pool double defence, maybe even triple at some point, but just want to see how things go in the first few weeks and have some flexibility to switch around my attack, easy enough, to downgrade an attacker and bring in Robbo once we see where the value picks are

    4. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Bad idea

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

    De Gea
    TAA Doherty Laporte Vinagre
    Auba Eze Ziyech Rashford
    Jimenez Werner
    =
    Nyland Johnson Gordon Brewster
    _
    Don't have that much time to make transfers week by week, unfortunately, so it's kind of a "set and forget" formation.
    Any impression? Thanks in adv.

    1. Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      yep i like it a lot of borderline picks ,could prosper,will get thumbs down here though,"how dare you stray so far from normal"good luck...

      1. OLDHERMAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        LOL. Thanks Jordan!

    2. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Is Eze a good player? I don't know much about him.

      1. OLDHERMAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I've been strongly intrigued by his strength and vision on Fifa last year, so I went to YouTube in search for some more info and I've found the prospect of an absolute phenomenon. My only concern is the role: he's perfect for playing as a Central Attacking Midfielder (i.e. behind a lone striker in a 4-3-1-2) so I hope Palace will play him that way. Should he settle rapidly, point will flow, I hope and think.

        1. OLDHERMAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          sorry mate, missed a line: *behind a lone striker in a 4-4-1-1 or behind two in a 4-2-3-1*

        2. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          very interesting thanks for the info. I doubt i would go with him at the start but he could be an early bandwagon if he's an explosive player as you say!

          Only trouble is that palace suck

          1. OLDHERMAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Agreed. They need a proper striker to realise Eze's assist potential, that's the point. I

  3. Amey
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    What would you prefer ?

    A. Ritchie Ayling
    B. Shaw 4.5m Midfielder

    Will have to play one of above (not in GW 1)

    1. OLDHERMAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Shaw Smallbone

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Thank you

        1. OLDHERMAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          as long as Shaw stay away from injuries, he's still first choice in a team whose CS potential seems to me heavily underrated here.

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Agreed completely

    2. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      A for me

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Thank you !

    3. Flaming Flamingo
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      B I think

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Yeah ...
        Was looking at cheap Defender draft actually. This is the one looks most balanced i Guess.

        Thank you

        1. Flaming Flamingo
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          I'm sure things will become clearer as GW1 approaches. Still plenty of time 🙂

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            For shaw

  4. Lucky Z
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    McCarthy
    TAA | VVD | 4.5
    Salah | Auba | ASM | Soucek | Son
    Kane | Antonio

    4.0 | Johnson | Mitchell | Wickham

    Then WC for GW2 to get rid of WHU players, buy Manchester guys etc. Thoughts?

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Think you need Ferguson in there too for the requisite palace triple up 🙂

      Joking apart if you're benching 4.0 as second bench you may as well go Ferguson as Mitchell is likely good for weeks 1-2 whereas Ferguson may come good around when Palace hit top of ticket from 5/6 on

      I'd save 0.5 off Vvd in practice to go Doherty. Double WH would bother me

      1. Lucky Z
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        WC after GW1 anyway

        1. Lucky Z
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Will be no WHU from GW2 and onwards

    2. Soto Ayam
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I'd try to find .5 to turn ASM into mitro. I'm sure mitro will outscore all of the 6 mil and below mids

  5. stufail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Has anyone seen any analysis or commentary on Captaincy rotations. I've seen plenty of chat on defensive rotations, but very little on captaincy.

    For example, a Liverpool and Man City rotation (Salah/KDB) only has 11 out of 16 games at home which includes them playing each other. This makes me feel as though Man City / Man Utd rotation makes more sense, albeit that there's question marks over whether Fernandes is as reliable as Salah.

    Otherwise, I'm also considering KDB (home) and Sterling (away) rotation...

    1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Rotating captains at home has worked well for me in the past, Bruno/ city asset doesn't look amazing with the fixtures on paper though. I'm planning for first 3/4 weeks then will see where I'm at then.
      Wk 1 Salah/Auba
      Wk 2 Auba
      Wk 3 Bruno/KDB
      Wk 4 Salah

      1. stufail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Yeah, I'm sure a lot of people will start with Salah in GW1 and go from there.

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      My plan for this season is to not captain any rubbish players.

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        It's harder than it sounds...

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Go and check GW 3 🙂
          Perfect GW to find a trap

          1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Walcott or Siggy?

          2. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 7 days ago

            (C)airney.

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

          really is

          1. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 7 days ago

            It's so tough when you have temptresses like DCL, Callum Wilson and Ayoze Perez.

            1. Ser Davos
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Too soon

      2. Ser Davos
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Amen, WEW

        Avoid much of the bandwagons too

  6. cigan
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Looking like this now. All the * could change depending on today's game:
    Saliba out if he doesn't start (or has a shocker), Mane/Salah is a coin flip for me at the moment and Keita can become Saka or someone else (not keen on 3x Arsenal, obviously)

    McCarthy Ryan
    Trent Vinagre Justin Taylor Saliba*
    Auba Mane* Son SaintMax Keita*
    Jimenez Ings Davis

  7. Our Man Charlie
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Eze at 6.0 mil worth the punt ?
    Palace fixtures not bad but its Palace

    Thoughts

    1. cigan
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Wouldn't touch him with a bar pole personally

      1. Ha.
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Where can I acquire a bar pole?

        1. Mambino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          they sell them on barges

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Not yet - but Palace are top of ticker not too far in and there's an interesting attack with 4 good mid budget options.

      Good chance Fraser will be on board early next week. Then there's the possibility that Palace will finally buy a striker. If not buying then Bats on loan must be possible to give this front 4 before Zaha head off - the continent is my best guess.

      Bats
      Zaha Eze Fraser

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 7 days ago

        From no attack to a decent one - on paper.

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Looks very talented, like a version of Adel Taarabt ..... and we all know how that went!

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        What's up with your LB spot ??
        I'm hearing someome is being "Targetted" 😉

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Really? You know more than i do ( ...no change there then 😀 ) I thought that the Ajax chappie was a possibility, although I have not been keeping my ear to the Foxes ground recently.

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Cheers.
            Targett from villa is on radar i guess. Might be just newspaper work though ....

            Let's see. Transfers will definitely play huge role in GW 1 team

            1. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Quite enjoying all this transfer blurb - I cannot a pre-season with so much going on.

              1. Our Man Charlie
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                more big name transfers this window i think , just look at Chelsea , exciting but also frustrating trying to squeeze into our teams , 😉

      2. Our Man Charlie
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        😆 very true , another for the watchlist I guess , very talented player

        thanks for the replies 🙂

      3. OLDHERMAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        A quite more powerful version of Taarabt indeed.

      4. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Apparently has no defensive game at all - doesn't seem very Roy that. He's also been sold the Palace system and his proposed place in it which doesn't make much sense unless he's parked somewhere central with minimal defensive duties.

    4. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Player of the championship last season (IMO) — top quality, but will take time to settle.

    5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Really good player

      He is definitely one im considering even though palace are defensive

  8. Ha.
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Where to find 1m? Want Son and Werner over Kane and 7m.

    Nylnand McCarthy
    Taylor Justin Vinagre Mitchell TAA
    Auba, Salah, Soucek, Armstrong, 7m
    Kane, Jimi, Mitro

    1. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Armstrong => Bissouma

      1. Ha.
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Just fodder? I know nothing of him and quite like Armstrong

        1. Lucky Z
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Yes you have already 7 starters upfront with Soucek

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Soucek to 4.5, 7m to 6.5m

  9. F15H
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Who will take Doherty place at Wolves?

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

      Probably Maitland Niles

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Cafu is the only man for the job, not sure on his availability.

    3. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Traore

  10. Holmes
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Morgan off with a knock...

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      hobbling off to collect his pension.

  11. jg7u
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Thoughts on Alli as a punt? Seems to be doing ok preseason and Spurs have nice fixtures to begin with. Don't want to double Chelsea right away so not interested in Ziyech.

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

      Would like to see their setup with Kane. As of now, Alli looks good.

    2. Flaming Flamingo
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Good if he's starting. Lo Celso is a threat though

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Not for me tbh

  12. Old Gregg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Hello,

    How does this look?. Not completely sold on Tierney.

    McCarthy
    Taa-Dier-Vinagre-Tierney
    Salah-Auba-JWP-Soucek
    Kane-Werner

    4m-ASM-Mitchell-Davis

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      On that set up I'd be tempted by AWB benched week 1 ahead of Tierney.

      1. Old Gregg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Yes good shout. I’m not keen to have ASM on the bench for those 2 fixtures seems a waste

  13. Super Frank
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    I'm finally happy with my team, what do you think of it? (0.0 ITB)

    McCarthy - Nyland
    TAA - Doherty - Egan - KWP - Vinagre
    Salah - Auba - Son - Ziyech - ASM
    Ings - Brewster - Davis

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Lack of a Werner/Kane/Vardy/Martial is far from my cup of tea but if you're happy with it, why change?

    2. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Whats your plan for United/City?

    3. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Forward line too weak

    4. Vertigo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I bet you fifty quid you don't start Ings and Brewster.

  14. Bonus magnet
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Rodrigo price prediction

    that's a going to be an interesting pick if priced 6.5 or less

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 7 days ago

      6

    2. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      6.

  15. Original Pirate Material
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Always enjoy reading a piece by Mark. Welcome back mate.

    1. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      likewise. I bet he can do a fiction novel with ease too.

  16. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    "Magnus must be petrified. "

    Lovely quote, welcome back Mark, great read. Hope you make it top 10K this year.

    I don't know about you guys, but I am excited to see the GOAT back, feels like when MJ returned to basketball 🙂

    Anyone else excited?

  17. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Think I've found the perfect set up, have 1.5 ITB and Taylor on the bench for Burnley's excellent fixtures?

    McCarthy
    TAA Doherty Egan Vinagre
    Salah Auba Son Soucek
    Werner Mitrovic
    Steer Brewster Anguissa Taylor

    1. Soto Ayam
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Looks great. Well done

  18. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    A) Bench Greenwood and play Justin.
    B) Punt on some 7-7.5 mid and then worry about ManU and ManC later.

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      A without Justin.

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Doesn't make a difference but interesting nontheless. To me it means Newcastle are more likely to bring back the 5-4-1, in which case any ASM owners should be tripping over themselves to kick him out

  19. Red Red Robins
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Whats your thoughts on TAA and Robertson in the same team? Means theyre both set and leave, even though early fixtures arent great, they could always pop up with an assist
    Im currently running TAA with Davies and Doherty, but thinking TAA with Robertson and dropping Davies down to a 4.5 seems alot better?

    Basically, A- TAA Roberton and a 4.5
    or
    B - TAA, Doherty and Davies?

    Appreciate your help, as im stuck

    1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I like the double up but not from the start. Cheap defender can match robbo and trent over first 3 or 4 weeks as they have to play chelsea and arsenal. After that I am looking at the double up for sure, then rotate 2 cheap lads

      1. Red Red Robins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Thanks for the response and defo agree. Just trying to not use trasnfers and get a team settled asap.
        Just a nagging feeling with Doherty and Mou this year

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Can't go wrong with that approach. Their is always WC to solve the problem if it's not working.

      Just make sure that 4.5 is a decent player.

      1. Red Red Robins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 7 days ago

        KWP and Vinarge atm, Vinarge swap depending on tfrs. Thanks for your input Holmes

    3. Ser Davos
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      For two and half years the Big 3 have been incredible VFM and refreshingly set and forget

      I see it as a great opportunity to have at least two given the alternatives to Salah and/or Mane

      1. Red Red Robins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Thanks Davos, i agree. Each year i have done so many tfrs its unreal. This year id like to do it properly.

  20. El Tel
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Thoughts on my latest draft?

    McCarthy
    TAA Justin KWP Robertson
    Auba Son ASM Salah
    Vardy Mitro

    Bench: 4, Taylor, 4.5, 4.5

  21. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Has it been confirmed that Amazon Prime will be showing the December 28th fixtures rather than the Boxing Day matches this year ?

    The link below suggests that they were will broadcasting the mid-December midweek set of fixtures (that includes West Ham v Palace) and the 28th of December which includes Southampton v West Ham

    https://www.wheresthematch.com/Football/West-Ham-United.asp

  22. Morrissey1986
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Mitchell starts for Palace 4m option!

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      They're so threadbare he has to feature for a few games I'd guess. Got soem plum home fixtures in first 7/8 games too.

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      So many good 4.5 options though!

    3. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      only shortterm

  23. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Tielemans going on my watchlist. Looking hungry today.

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

      Yep, similar performance Vs Birmingham as well.

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I'd be more inclined to look at his numbers from last season rather than a preseason lockdown game. Frustrating.

    3. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      0.5 too expensive

    4. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Good player when in form but overpriced for FPL

  24. Sz21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    In defence, I can see benefits of each of these but which would you choose and why?

    1. Double Liv defence (TAA + Robbo) and laugh as the points roll in.
    2. Play it cool. TAA and a bunch of 4.5m + a 4.0m for good measure.
    3. All 4.5m's (possibly even one 4.0m) and use the cash for the all important mids/strikers.

    1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      2 for me, but may stretch to a 5m option with Dier or Egan

  25. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Are United going to fit in a friendly sometime? Shaw interests me as 0.5 off AWB

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I'm guessing that their GW1 fixture has been moved back to accommodate preseason friendless, it definitely isn't to give their players a 30 rest between season because they are on international duty next week.

  26. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    I started with TAA Robbo last season and stayed patient for 15 gameweeks, it was a very bad decision and contributed strongly to my worst finish in six years. I would advise against starting with the double up especially with those fixtures.

    1. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Context. Alisson got injured and everything changed.

      1. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        True, but to add further context, nothing changed when Alisson returned. The clean sheets started when Gomez began to start.

        1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          yep and who is playing centre back with VVD now 😉

          1. COK3Y5MURF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            I'm aware. Just saying. The wisest thing to do would be to assess their defence in tonight's game (I know it's not much, but it's what we've got)

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Exactly, if one of their back 5 doesn't play they struggle

  27. AJ24
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    RMT

    McCarthy, Ryan
    Trent, Saliba, Justin, Vinagre, Walker-Peters
    Salah, Auba, Son, Berge, Soucek
    Kane, Mitro, Brewster

    1.5ITB

    Look to move Bruno & KDB in over GW2/3/4

    Any initial thoughts please?
    Thanks!

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      not sure on berge but i see you are going for balance here and not a bad balance overall

  28. RedWolf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Son and martial, or Greenwood and Kane?

    1. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      S & M

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

      B

    3. Our Man Charlie
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      looking at Son £ Martial atm

  29. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Nice to see mark back. One of maybe two or three people opinions on fpl I hold in high regard.

    Reading this is such a breath of fresh air from the usual nonsense you see on twitter