Pre-Season

The best mid-price FPL forwards for 2020/21

While there was little to cheer among the budget forwards, there is a bit more to interest Fantasy Premier League managers when we step up a tier.

Our trawl through the mid-price FPL forwards covers the 25 assets who currently find themselves in the £6.0m-£7.5m bracket, with our look at the premium options to follow.

You can read our run-through of the best goalkeepers, defenders and midfielders via the links below.

‘BIG SIX’ BACK-UPS AND POSSIBLE STARTERS

We have opted to include the sole £7.5m-rated forward in this mid-price analysis as much of what we write of Tammy Abraham will also be true of Olivier Giroud (£7.0m).

Both players might be playing understudy to Timo Werner (£9.5m) for much of 2020/21 following the German attacker’s arrival in west London, although an injury to Christian Pulisic (£8.5m) could see Werner reprise the inside-left role he often played for RB Leipzig and open up a central spot for Abraham or Giroud in the early stages of the new season.

The final third of Abraham’s previous campaign was something of a non-event, with the Chelsea striker making only two starts in the final 13 Gameweeks as injury and Giroud’s form saw him reduced to bit-part player status.

Thirteen goals, five assists and 20 bonus points had arrived from Gameweeks 3 to 25, however, with Abraham starting all but one of Chelsea’s league fixtures over that run.

In total, the pair plundered 23 goals and seven assists between them in the Premier League in 2019/20 – which is a testimony to the Blues’ creativity, especially as Abraham was quite profligate following his early-season purple patch.

Pre-season will hopefully tell us whether Pulisic will be fit for Gameweek 1, whether Werner will initially be operating wide-left as a result and, finally, which – if any – of Giroud or Abraham could be leading the line on the opening weekend.

Whoever gets the nod could consequently be a decent differential for the appealing early fixtures but rotation and bench duty would appear to loom large beyond that point.

Michy Batshuayi (£6.0m) will be a mere FPL footnote if he stays at Stamford Bridge but a loan move could renew interest, as happened in 2018/19.

Odion Ighalo (£6.5m) has extended his loan deal at Manchester United until January 2021 but the Nigerian will likely be reliant on an injury crisis hitting the Red Devils to gain meaningful game-time, as Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) or Mason Greenwood (£7.5m) could just as easily deputise as the spearhead of the United attack if Anthony Martial (£9.0m) ever faced a period on the sidelines.

Ighalo, indeed, is still waiting for his first Premier League start since moving from China.

Pitch-time may also be an issue for Eddie Nketiah (£6.0m), with Willian‘s (£8.0m) arrival handing Mikel Arteta the chance to use Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£12.0m) centrally if ever the Arsenal boss opted against fielding Alexandre Lacazette (£8.5m) or indeed moves the Frenchman on.

Arteta clearly rates Nketiah, as the youngster was handed seven Premier League starts after returning from a loan spell with Leeds United in January.

While FPL managers could have stomached semi-regular benchings at Nketiah’s 2019/20 cost of £4.5m, the same might not apply after his price hike given the more ‘nailed’ starters elsewhere in this bracket.

As is the case with so many players, pre-season minutes will be a good way of gauging just how involved Nketiah might be in the Gunners’ appealing double-header against Fulham and West Ham United in Gameweeks 1 and 2.

The 21-year-old striker was given the nod to lead the line in the Community Shield on Saturday, which is a good start.

TOP-HALF OPTIONS

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One of the joys of picking a Burnley asset is that, providing the team is in relatively good form, there is little danger of Sean Dyche rotating.

Chris Wood (£6.5m) is a bit of an unheralded mid-price forward and he delivered more goals (14) and registered more big chances (31) than all bar Abraham of the 25 strikers profiled in this article, despite starting just 29 games in an injury-disrupted season.

He has also registered more shots from inside the six-yard box than any other Premier League player in each of the last two campaigns, which is a great indicator of how often he gets into dangerous positions.

Few managers will be interested initially thanks to a Blank Gameweek 1 and a trip to Leicester City thereafter but he is one for the watchlist when the fixtures improve from Gameweek 3 onwards.

It remains to be see which of Ashley Barnes (£6.0m) or Jay Rodriguez (£6.0m) is Dyche’s preferred option alongside Wood next season, meanwhile, with Barnes starting 2019/20 as first-choice before injury curtailed his season in January.

The pair are more than capable of grabbing a goal or two themselves but Wood did outperform them on most ‘per 90’ metrics and he may well warrant the extra half a million outlay.

Sheffield United offered a lot of FPL value last season but not so much in attack.

The fact that none of their strikers started more than 24 matches or scored more than six league goals is a worry, with Chris Wilder fond of rotating his front two in an otherwise very settled side.

Only four clubs scored fewer Premier League goals than the Blades last season, meanwhile.

Oliver McBurnie (£6.0m) seems to be the pick of the three Bladesmen at this price, having belatedly established himself as a regular up top and having started 16 of Sheffield United’s final 17 fixtures – more than Billy Sharp (£6.0m) or Lys Mousset (£6.0m) managed in the whole of 2019/20.

Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.0m) looks good for a goal whenever he features for Leicester City but game-time is the main issue with the Nigerian, who hasn’t played more than 1,000 minutes of league football in any of the last five seasons.

Unless we get wind of a Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) injury in pre-season or Brendan Rodgers hints at starting two strikers up front, then there seems little value in a player who started just 12 matches in 2019/20 and who was described as an “impact player” by his manager as recently as July.

THE BEST – AND WORST – OF THE REST

What impact has David Moyes had on West Ham? 5

There’s only one place to start our ‘rest of the league’ round-up.

Many of us would have anticipated a positional reclassification for Michail Antonio (£6.5m) but, given what occurred after lockdown ended, few would have thought the West Ham United striker would be available at his cheapest price since 2015/16.

Granted, he’ll lose a handful of points for goals and clean sheets (not that the Hammers kept many) after his move from ‘midfielder’ to ‘forward’.

But the price drop and increased chance of bonus points will partly offset that and, comparing his credentials with other mid-price FPL forwards, he still stands out.

Ten goals and four assists from just 19 starts and five substitute appearances was impressive, with nine of those attacking returns arriving in West Ham’s post-restart fixtures.

Antonio’s season-long minutes-per-xGI (expected goal involvement) figure was also better than any other mid-price forward in this piece bar the peripheral Batshuayi and superior to the likes of Mohamed Salah (£12.0m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m).

As with most players, there are caveats.

His injury record has long been a cause for concern but he largely assuaged those fears with 14 successive starts at the end of 2019/20, even when the fixtures piled up.

Then there are questions over whether Sebastien Haller (£6.5m) will be reintegrated into the side and whether Antonio will be moved wide as a result or, as happened before coronavirus stopped play, whether they will be paired as a front two.

Perhaps the biggest downside is the tricky early-season fixture schedule but, that aside, he could represent excellent value in 2020/21 based on what we saw at the back-end of last season.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.0m) was a popular FPL purchase immediately after Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival but ten successive blanks in the run-in blotted his copybook.

The Everton striker scored eight goals and set up another in the ten Gameweeks following the Italian’s arrival and he was a reliable starter, with his only benching under Ancelotti coming in Gameweek 38+ when the Italian allowed Moise Kean (£6.0m) a rare run-out up front.

Barring any new arrivals, Calvert-Lewin will still be expected to begin 2020/21 as one of Ancelotti’s go-to picks in attack ahead of Kean and the injured Cenk Tosun (£6.0m).

No other forward now in the £6.0m-£7.5m bracket registered more attempts on goal or shots in the box than Calvert-Lewin from Gameweek 19 onwards, so the underlying stats (and opening fixures) bode well if he can rediscover his finishing touch.

Our sole mid-price representative from the newly promoted sides is Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.0m).

The Serb is priced up cheaper than he was in 2018/19 and Werner is the only FPL forward who has a higher ownership figure than him at the time of writing.

With 26 goals and two assists last season, it’s not hard to see why: Mitrovic played a part in 49.1% of the goals that Fulham scored when he was on the pitch, a similar involvement figure (46%) that he posted in the Premier League in 2018/19.

Mitrovic also impressed on the underlying stats front last season, as he did the last time he was in the Premier League.

He isn’t particularly clinical, with a goal conversion rate of 17.2% in 2019/20 not too eye-catching considering the inferior standard of goalkeeping and defending in the second tier.

Indeed, Mitrovic only converted 8.4% of his chances when he was last in the top flight.

Despite the wastefulness, the sheer volume of opportunities that came his way in the Premier League meant that, even with a poor conversion rate, he still managed to find the net on 11 occasions.

Mitrovic also has penalties on his side, while none of his teammates had more direct free-kick attempts last season, either (six).

Security of starts is another string to his bow, if we ignore his fitness-related benching in the play-off final.

The ex-Newcastle striker started all 40 Championship games that he was available for, with his one and only substitution being enforced by injury.

Dwight Gayle (£6.0m) had hit a purple patch of form after lockdown ended, scoring on four occasions and assisting another goal, but the Newcastle United striker looks set to be ruled out for several months after picking up an injury in pre-season.

We won’t waste too much of your time talking up Joelinton’s (£6.0m) credentials in Gayle’s absence as, even if he had been half a million cheaper, there would still have been precious few takers in FPL.

The Brazilian didn’t miss a single Premier League match last season but two goals in 32 starts and six substitute appearances tells its own story.

Jordan Ayew (£6.0m) was prolific in comparison to Joelinton, scoring nine goals and assisting another three as a value-for-money £5.0m forward in 2019/20.

Security of starts was a big plus regarding Ayew, with the Ghanaian starting 37 of Palace’s 38 games, but that rise of one million does dent his appeal considering that he has not hit double figures for goals in a single season since moving to England in 2015.

The Eagles were the division’s second-lowest scorers last season, too, with the capture of attacking midfielder Eberechi Eze (£6.0m) from QPR no doubt an attempt to address that issue – and there were promising signs in the pre-season win over an admittedly limited Charlton Athletic side.

Like Calvert-Lewin, there was very little wrong with Neal Maupay‘s (£6.5m) underlying statistics last season.

No forward previewed in this piece registered more penalty box touches or attempts on goal and, while not rotation risk-free, he is still probably the safest route into an improving Brighton and Hove Albion attack after starting 30 of the Seagulls’ 38 league fixtures.

Too often his finishing let him down, however, and a price rise after a modest ten-goal haul when the likes of Wood and Antonio are available for the same money does raise questions over his value.

Similar concerns can be expressed over Aston Villa duo Wesley (£6.0m) and Mbwana Samatta (£6.0m), too, despite them being half a million cheaper.

A combined six goals in 32 starts was a fair reflection of their indifferent debut seasons but they weren’t helped by the supply line or Dean Smith’s brand of play, with their remit as lone target-men as much to bring the midfielders into play as it was to find the back of the net themselves.

Villa, of course, blank in Gameweek 1.

Finally, a word on the man many FPL managers are hoping can partly emulate Danny Ings‘ (£8.5m) achievements of last season.

Che Adams (£6.0m) caught the eye after the summer restart, finding the back of the net on four occasions; Giroud and Antonio were the only two FPL forwards who could better his goals-per-90-minutes average after lockdown.

It’s still a bit early to say for sure whether Adams will become a regular starter alongside Ings as Shane Long (£5.5m) had been preferred before coronavirus stopped play, starting all but one of the matches he was available for between Gameweeks 15 and 29.

With little to play for after football resumed in June, Ralph Hasenhuttl brought Adams back into the fold and it may be that he impressed enough to be given more of an opportunity in his sophomore season.

Pre-season will hopefully give us an indicator, one way or another.


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1,060 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Fernando Torres
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Doherty signs.

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Pretty impressive, I can only verbalise.

    2. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Wow! Not sure what (if any) thinking process Doc went through before joining Spurs.

      Are Spurs that much better than Wolves that would warrant a move?

      1. Pedersen
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Money? He is 28 and need retirement money. Probably get 3 times his salary just moving

    3. Moxon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Kane (G) Doherty (A)

    4. Pedersen
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Still keeping him. Jimenez is in doubt now though

      1. JustSomeGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        How many of Doherty's 8 assists where to Jiminez?

        1. Pedersen
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          That important? Doherty attacked which made space for Jimenez, and he stabilized the defence allowing for more attack minded football

  2. Jullepuu
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Thoughts on my team? 1.5 in the bank

    McCarthy Nyland
    TAA Davies Vinagre Egan Taylor
    Auba Salah Son ASM Soucek
    Werner Mitro Davis

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Nice and template, no further changes required.

      1. Jullepuu
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Cheers

    2. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Not to keen with ASM and Soucek in the same line up

      1. Pedersen
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Why not? Decent enablers with same potential as mitro, just cheaper

      2. Jullepuu
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Yeah why not

    3. Konstaapeli
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Thats pretty close to what I have currently. Davies, Egan, Taylor & Son are Laporte, VVD, Mitchell and Ziyech.

      1. Konstaapeli
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        0.5 ITB in mine.

      2. Jullepuu
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Nice!

  3. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Jamie Vardy anyone?

    He has amazing fixtures to start the season. Stats are also on his side. Since restart, Vardy had the highest xGI of all classified forwards and actually underperformed them. Could be nice to have to start the season with and then adapt.

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Been in my team for two weeks, criminally overlooked for a Golden Boot winner that has West Brom, Burnley, Villa and West Ham in the first five. Leicester may not be great but Vardy is still an excellent striker who will score goals.

    2. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Vardy is generally a slow starter when the season kicks off.. So I’m avoiding for now.

    3. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Never a bad pick. I do wonder if Jimenez and Ings are falling into his category but for less? They look like two players who will score consistently, but not explosively.

    4. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Don't like the fact he's 48.

      1. Drip Doctor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        He's 33.

        1. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          That was 15 years ago.

          1. Drip Doctor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            11 months, 8 days ago

            No it wasn't, he's 33 now, take the L.

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              11 months, 8 days ago

              he's joking lol. he is getting on a bit though. the point isn't a bad one.

              1. Drip Doctor
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                11 months, 8 days ago

                He was being serious.

            2. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              11 months, 8 days ago

              He just tells people he's 33.

              1. Drip Doctor
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                11 months, 8 days ago

                No he doesn't.

                1. zeslinguer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  11 months, 8 days ago

                  My mate is an itk at Leicester and this is actually true mate. Schmeichel is in his late 30s too

                  1. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    11 months, 8 days ago

                    Can't join their youth squad unless you're 30.

                  2. Drip Doctor
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    11 months, 8 days ago

                    Spreading false information on this site is a crime, i'm going to have to report you.

                    1. The Knights Template
                      • 7 Years
                      11 months, 8 days ago

                      Vardy has great grandchildren, this is well known.

              2. tomasjj
                • 6 Years
                11 months, 8 days ago

                He looks like the brother of the vocalist in Stereo MC's.

              3. Shineonme
                • 4 Years
                11 months, 8 days ago

                Hahaha

    5. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Yeah tempted, guess he is a less sexy option compared to people like Werner and Kane. I have a feeling it could be a tough season for Leicester though.

      Been expecting vardy to tail off the last season or too, his game is all about his pace and intensity, got to slow down at some point.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Maybe for the start it's good though.

        I have options of like:

        Auba + Vardy > KdB + Kane if need be.

      2. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPnop-dMXXs

        Vardy's predatory goals increased under Rodgers.

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Thx, a good link.

  4. Drip Doctor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Emiliano Martinez close to new Arsenal contract. [@mcgrathmike]

    Well well well, a 4.5m Arsenal GK. This to potentially go with a 4.5 William Saliba.

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Ornstein says that Arsenal are looking to sell Martinez and I trust him over anyone so no thanks.

    2. Loftus cheeky nandos
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Martinez started community shield because hes there cup keeper, leno will play in the league

  5. pmletch
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Any help?

    Meslier
    TAA, Vinagre, KWP
    Salah, Auba, Son, Armstrong, Soucek
    Werner, Jimenez

    1.0 left in bank for KDB and/or Bruno transfers

    1. Rep Poulette
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      I really like it!

  6. Rep Poulette
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Armstrong or ASM?

    1. Pedersen
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      ASM, as I might want McCarty, KWP or ings. That would be 4 which I can't have

    2. Kobayashi
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Armstrong.

    3. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Or Sako.

  7. funkybuddha
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    mccarthy
    TAA Justin Vinargre
    ASM Son Salah (c) Auba
    Haller Werner Richarlison

    Switch Haller to 4.5 for GW2, Son to bruno by GW3 and then upgrade Justin to Azpi maybe upgrade ASM (maybe wildcard for GW3

    Give it to me straight lads, how sh*t is my plan and team?

    1. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Don't plan transfers. Not when the transfer window is still open.

      1. funkybuddha
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        that something smart people would do

        ....maybe i need to save up for messi GW 11 hmm

      2. funkybuddha
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        What do you think about the team? good ? maybe take out Haller?

        1. Drip Doctor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Its decent. I think most, including myself will wildcard early this season.

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Son may drop .1 after gw1 when many sell him for Bruno. Can you afford that?

  8. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Best Wolves defender or just stay away?

    1. Pedersen
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Doherty, it would even give you a spurs player!

    2. Nunoooooooooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Boly or Saiss now Doh gone 🙁

  9. Moxon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    TAA, VVD, Doherty

    Set and forget.

    1. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Thought about it. But there is so much value in defence. Saliba, Bellerin, Dier, Shaw, James, Vinagre to name a few.

      1. Moxon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        I am partial to Dier and Vinagre ngl

    2. Loftus cheeky nandos
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      doherty will be worse on fpl under mou, less attacking capability

      1. Drip Doctor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Did you watch Aurier last season?

      2. Steinburg FC
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Its a wait and see, Aurier was clearly told to hug the touch line and rarely got into the box as Doherty did for Wolves. But Doherty's superior quality on the ball he will surely outperform Auriers points per game by 0.5m.

    3. Levi's 501
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      That was my set and forget, Doherty must go now though.

  10. No Professionals
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    McCarthy
    TAA Dier Vinagre
    Salah Aubameyang Son ASM Soucek
    Kane Mitrovic

    Button Saliba Johnson Brewster
    1.5m itb

    Plan will be a either son to fernandes or Kane to martial depending on how spurs line up

    1. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Fantastic

  11. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Ritchie or Soucek as 4th mid? And why?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Soucek. Template.

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Cheers

    2. Fit of Pique
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Richie. Penalties, set pieces, fixtures.

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Cheers

    3. Hairy Potter
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Soucek as he is definitely part of the starting XI.

      Ritchie may be on penalties, but Newcastle rarely get them, Shelvey may compete with him for free kicks and he's not guaranteed to start unless he reverts to right wing.

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Cheers

    4. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Neither fam

  12. Society
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    We get it so easy. Assemble a club you'd take on 131mil Fulham with ;
    Callum Wilson
    Moise Keen
    Lys Mousset

    Eberechi Eze
    Daniel Podence

    Víctor Camarasa
    Youri Tielemans
    Joao Cancelo

    Jonjoe Kenny
    Ainsley Maitland Niles

    John Stones
    Antonio Rüdiger
    Declan Rice

    Joe Hart
    Sergio Romero
    That'd only cost us 63.5 FPL
    230mil upwards outside

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      I don't understand this post, sorry.

      1. JustSomeGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        I think they're pretending to be a brand new club. Buying players to beat Fulham's starting team?

    2. Loftus cheeky nandos
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      what????????????

    3. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      eh?

  13. BarryManilows
      11 months, 8 days ago

      I think it’s a disgrace that fantasy football are forcing everyone into using their wildcard in gw2 due to Man City & Man U not playing, they should change it to 1 gw for the first 2 weeks.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        lol

      2. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Only casuals and me will be wildcarding. Most are actually thinking and planning.

      3. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        I think it's a disgrace there may be more than one Barry Manilow!

      4. JustSomeGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        They're not forcing it.

        Just plan your team.

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          He can't. Or he is trolling 😉

    • bored by december
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      McCarthy (Steer)
      Trent Davies Vinagre KWP Lamptey
      Salah Son Auba ASM Saka
      Timo Mitro Davis

      want to play either 442 or 352 with the decision over Saka or KWP

      thoughts?

    • Shaw must go on
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      with all te theconology avaiable in our days,pep still manage to miss the rest of pre season for city!!! A bit absurd...

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Is there a translator in the house?

        1. Shaw must go on
          • 8 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          English not my mother language ,as you can see..wha was my mistake?? 🙂

          1. Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            11 months, 8 days ago

            I have no idea what you are trying to say 🙂

            1. zeslinguer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              11 months, 8 days ago

              with all the technology avaiable these days, pep still manages to miss the rest of pre season for city!!! A bit absurd...

              Not that hard

              1. Shaw must go on
                • 8 Years
                11 months, 8 days ago

                you were able to understand Zeslinguer,you must be a genious around here.. thanks 🙂

                1. zeslinguer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  11 months, 8 days ago

                  Lol you only spelled two words wrong, your English isn’t that bad mate

                  1. Wild Rover
                    • 10 Years
                    11 months, 8 days ago

                    It wasn't the spelling, I didn't understand what he was saying. The fact that I had no idea about Pep going to Spain or being quarantined didn't help.

                    1. Shaw must go on
                      • 8 Years
                      11 months, 8 days ago

                      i know it wasn´t in a bad intention..it´s all good

              2. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                11 months, 8 days ago

                It wasnt the english that was the problem, it was the lack of context, context now provided below

                1. Shaw must go on
                  • 8 Years
                  11 months, 8 days ago

                  so you should ask for an explanation and not translation!!!at least on my language are 2 different things!!

              3. JustSomeGuy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                11 months, 8 days ago

                This ^

                No need to be rude, it was perfectly legible.

            2. Shaw must go on
              • 8 Years
              11 months, 8 days ago

              why does Pep has to fly to barcelona,for a chat with messi??once he arrive in England he has to quarentine for 14days therefore will miss pre season!! he has to trust alot on his assistants!!

              1. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                11 months, 8 days ago

                Better to trust his assistants with pre season than trust them to sign Messi

                1. Shaw must go on
                  • 8 Years
                  11 months, 8 days ago

                  true,but there is so many plataforms online plus a thing called mobile phone...His focus should be the players that he has atm...they have a football director for those things

                  1. Ginkapo FPL
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    11 months, 8 days ago

                    If he doesnt travel Messi wont sign. Either you want Messi or you dont, if you want him you move heaven and earth to sign him. Thats the fragile ego of these players.

                    1. Baps hunter
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      11 months, 8 days ago

                      Correct. Good comment. And he may have to sell some players to make an agreement or they may go to court. Correct move, Messi is more important than preseason.

                      1. Vazza
                        • 1 Year
                        11 months, 8 days ago

                        I thought no player is bigger than the club??

                        1. Shaw must go on
                          • 8 Years
                          11 months, 8 days ago

                          that´s my point!!! how do the other players will feel?(especially with their fragile Egos)...i tought it was Txiki job...i can perfectly convince him through zoom or something...

          2. Shaw must go on
            • 8 Years
            11 months, 8 days ago

            *the

    • Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      loris side, who is the most nailed spurs asset ?

      is sessegnon too punty ?

      thank you

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        The entire team is nailed bar Moura/Bergwijn and Alli/Ndombele, it's Mourinho.

        Yes, he won't start.

      2. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        I think he is very punty

        1. Drip Doctor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          He's 20.

      3. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        thanks.

    • hewittj1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      The house always wins:

      Odds to win the league (Sky Bet)
      Man City 8/11
      Liverpool 2/1
      Chelsea 8/1
      Man Utd 12/1
      Arsenal 45/1
      Tottenham 66/1

      Odds for top 4
      Man City 1/33
      Liverpool 1/16
      Man Utd 4/9
      Chelsea 1/2
      Arsenal 11/4
      Tottenham 3/1
      Wolves 13/2
      Leicester 15/2
      Everton 16/1

      Golden boot
      Salah 5/1
      Auba 11/2
      Kane 6/1
      Aguero 13/2
      Werner 10/1
      Sterling 12/1
      Mane 14/1
      Ings 18/1
      Jesus 18/1
      Vardy 18/1

      To get relegated
      Fulham 10/11
      West Brom 11/10
      Aston Villa 2/1
      Crystal Palace 2/1
      Newcastle 2/1
      Burnley 11/4
      Brighton 10/3
      Leeds 4/1
      Sheffield Utd 4/1
      West Ham 5/1

      What I take from this:
      Two horse race for the title

      Utd are less likely to win the league but more likely to finish top 4 than Chelsea I.e. Chelsea slightly less predictable than Utd

      Salah > Mane

      Ings > Jimenez

      Fulham potential whipping boys

      What do you think? Anything else that jumps out?

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Spurs behind Arsenal is amusing

        Leeds are very highly rated, clearly they believe in Biesla. GW1 looking trickier by the day for Liverpool

        Kane at 3rd for the Golden Boot shows just how brilliant of a player he is and how 10.5 underprices him, especially as he's now not at CDM

        Good stuff, thanks

      2. JustSomeGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Golden boot odds, bookies would be rolling in cash if Messi joins and wins the boot as he's not an option.

    • FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Messi 😉

    • Levi's 501
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Thought Doherty was great value, now gone to Spurs where Jose will ruin him 🙁 Out my team you go!

      1. Drip Doctor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Did you watch Serge Aurier play last season?

        1. Levi's 501
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 7 days ago

          Handful of times, terrible player.

    • Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Is Adams worth 0.5 from Armstrong?

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        I would say no. He's less nailed on.

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Cheers fam

        2. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          I don't disagree, but this can be also team structure issue. The lack of good forwards and high amount of decent mids may swing it in some cases. If Adams is "on fire", he has bigger upside imo.

    • Kobayashi
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      How many 'premium' midfielders (incl. forwards) are you going with this season? How much is this affecting the rest of your team?

      I'm counting premium as anything at 10.5m and above, by the way.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        auba and salah.

        1. Kobayashi
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Are either of those shifting to United/City players in GW2?

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 7 Years
            11 months, 8 days ago

            planning on keeping salah. auba to kdb

            1. Kobayashi
              • 2 Years
              11 months, 8 days ago

              Seems like the general consensus here too.

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Wording a little confusing but I have 1 premium midfielder, helps accommodate 3 premium strikers and a nice defense

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 8 days ago

          *1 premium striker if we're talking 10.5 and more, Werner and Vardy around that though

          1. Kobayashi
            • 2 Years
            11 months, 8 days ago

            Ah just saw this. So I'd take this as two in that case, interesting.

        2. Kobayashi
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          What's confusing? If you mean the second statement, I just meant for those who are going for more than two is this causing issues with budget choices elsewhere, and for those with less has it helped to spread the cash around.

          By 'premium' I also meant 10.5m and above, unless your strikers are Kane, Aguero and... Vardy?

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            11 months, 8 days ago

            Just amended my statement, Kane-Vardy-Werner. Brain short-circuited there

            1. Kobayashi
              • 2 Years
              11 months, 8 days ago

              Very nice, three solid options at the front in that case!

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                11 months, 8 days ago

                Appreciate it

      3. Sanchit
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        1
        The one I would captain.
        Auba to start with for the two plum fixtures.
        Will move him to the player I want to captain the most in GW 3-6

      4. Offside
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        I can’t decide between 2 premium mids and transfer them in and out to have forwards or heavy mid with Austin, Mitrovic, Carrol up front. I can’t find good cheap mids or forwards in either system. So now stuck in a 433. McCarthy- TAA, Doc, Vinagre, Walker-Peters; Salah, Auba, Berwyn/Greenwood
        Werner, Ings, Mitrovic

        1. Society
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Well, that's not going to be your only decision now they've let Doherty go.
          When Doherty was injured, they dropped Traore back & when he came back, they rotated the two.
          Wolves are looking for more points.
          I doubt we'll see non attacking wing backs.
          I reckon Vinagre is a dicey selection.
          Who do you swap him for if he doesn't get minutes ?
          We're all assuming he's nailed.

    • Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Public Service Announcement

      Price Changes are driven by the millions of fpl players and NOT the thousands of FFS members.

    • Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      with 0.5 would you

      a upgrade mitchell to a 4.5 defender
      b justin/kwp to davies

      thank you

      1. Von Lipwig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        You'd need a million to do b...

        1. Von Lipwig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Oh sorry. No you wouldn't lol. I'd go B assuming mitchell is benched

      2. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        A

    • Loftus cheeky nandos
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Thoughts of how pereira (wba) will play

    • Kobayashi
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Not that this would happen, but if FPL gave you an option whereby those who make no transfers in the first 5 GWs get an extra 0.5m to spend, would you do it?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        In a heartbeat

      2. Moxon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Definitely not

      3. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        The .5m would be worthless due to the price changes you missed, not to mention the points!

        1. Kobayashi
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Unless your team already contains the early bandwagons, that is!

      4. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Nope

      5. Vazza
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        How exactly did you come up with that proposition!

        1. Kobayashi
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Don't say that if it was 1-1.5m you wouldn't be tempted...!

      6. Loftus cheeky nandos
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        i would with an extra 5.0 not 0.5

      7. JustSomeGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        No, as those 5 transfers probably make/save you more than 0.5m

    • Shaw must go on
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Anyone like me concerned about the absence of Pereira,chilwell and evans for leicester??i see alot of people picking JT!!

      1. Vazza
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Yes - absolutely. You cannot rely on Uncle Morgan to get you clean sheets

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          😀 How true!

      2. Loftus cheeky nandos
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        will likely sign a replacement lb and linked to another cb

      3. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Yes, and I have been a Leicester fan for a very long time. No Foxes for me until we have settled side.

    • Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Any chance aurier moves to right wing with doherty right back

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Right wing of some other team is a possibility

      2. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        zero

      3. Society
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        They've been playing wingers as wing backs. They've got so many choices ; Rose, Aurier, Gedson Fernandes, Davies, Doherty, Sessegnon etc

        And they'll HAVE to rotate with euro schedule.
        Dicey selection.

    • Loftus cheeky nandos
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      how much will hojberg and bergwijn play?

      1. Society
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Reckon Hojberg is Mou's new Dier & Dier shifts back.
        Ndombele not on good terms, Winks & Sissoko rotation with Hojberg is the way I see it unfolding.

    • Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Best Sou attacking option besides Ings?

    • JustSomeGuy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Ignoring what price we think Messi will/should be, at what price do you say no? My current draft allows for 14m, maybe 15m at best...

      A) I'd only pay upto 13m
      B) I'd only pay upto 14m
      C) I'd only pay upto 15m
      D) I'd only pay upto 16m

      1. Greenbackbøøg…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        More than 13 imo its a tough decision honestly

      2. Vazza
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Upto 14m

      3. Loftus cheeky nandos
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        on my current plans i could pay upto 14, dont think he'll be any higher than that

      4. Kobayashi
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        E) I wouldn't pay more than 10.5m.

        1. FALSE PROFIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          this

      5. Jay Jay Okocha
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        C, and I'd do so happily

      6. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        C for me would be a definite no. Even at 12m I'd be a 'wait & see' how he acclimatises to City & PL. I have no doubt he's a supreme player, but he's been at Barca for a long time and is used to having players around him that play to his strengths. This move would have me rethinking my City moves except for KDB.