Scout Notes

Injuries in Burnley’s defence as £4.0m defender gets more pre-season minutes

Fantasy Premier League managers can still take some important lessons away from the recent round of friendlies, even in light of the international break.

Several teams were in action on Tuesday afternoon with some missing key men, while others held onto assets who would rather get into match sharpness with their club rather than their country.

There was a further update on the £4.0m defender situation as well as some interesting developments in the Burnley defence.

Preston 0-0 Burnley

  • Goals: None
  • Assists: None

Fantasy managers learned more about Burnley’s defence than their attack in a 0-0 draw with Preston on Tuesday.

Nick Pope (£5.5m) and Bailey Peacock-Farrell (£4.0m) joining Robbie Brady (£5.0m) on international duty, Sean Dyche handed a debut to former Wolves goalkeeper Will Norris. Yet to be priced up by FPL, he was kept busy in a 45-minute outing before coming off at half-time, replaced by Lukas Jensen.

Elsewhere in the backline, James Tarkowski (£5.0m) was not risked due to a “minor knock”, which only adds to the uncertainty about Burnley’s defence ahead of the new campaign.

With Ben Mee (£5.0m) and Kevin Long (£4.5m) still absent through injury as well, it meant 90 minutes for junior centre-back pairing Jimmy Dunne and Bobby Thomas. The two players have now been involved in more pre-season action than any other Burnley asset. It will be interesting to see if FPL decide to price either of them up. 

As this was the first time Burnley brought their squad together for one match this summer, having previously split it across two, there may be something we can read into the fact that Charlie Taylor (£4.5m) was selected ahead of Erik Pieters (£4.5m), who played the last 30 minutes. However, we must remember that the latter still has more assists this summer than the former Leeds defender, so still has something going for him.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.5m) stayed behind from international duty with Iceland to get some more match fitness into his system with Burnley. The winger has now played more than 70 minutes in each of his pre-season appearances.

Dwight McNeil (£6.0m) was especially lively against Preston and his total of 170 pre-season minutes is so far only beaten by Dunne and Thomas.

Jack Cork (£5.0m) and Ashley Barnes (£6.0m) are two other names still on the sidelines through injury, which meant an unsurprising start up-front for the Project Restart preferred pairing of Chris Wood (£6.5m) and Jay Rodriguez (£6.0m).

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Norris (Jensen 46′); C Taylor (Pieters 60′), Dunne, B Thomas, Bardsley (Lowton 60′); McNeil (Richardson 80′), Brownhill (Elva-Fountaine 80′), Westwood (Benson 60′), Gudmundsson (Goodridge 70′); Rodriguez (Mumbongo 70′), Wood (Vydra 60′).

Millwall 0-1 Crystal Palace

  • Goals: Max Meyer (£5.0m)
  • Assists: Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m)

Tyrick Mitchell (£4.0m) continues to be heavily involved in Crystal Palace’s preparation for the new campaign, playing most of the 1-0 win over Millwall.

His most recent outing takes his game-time this summer to 208 minutes, with more than anyone else at left-back.

We will continue to caveat this with the current squad situation at Palace though. Luka Milivojevic‘s (£6.0m) ongoing absence from the team and Cheikhou Kouyaté (£5.0m) filling in for the injuries at centre-back has pulled Jairo Riedewald (£4.5m) into a defensive midfield assignment. If Palace’s club captain returns to the fold, or one of the centre-backs do, Riedewald could be pushed back into competition with Mitchell for the left-back position.

Elsewhere, Fantasy managers can be increasingly confident that Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) will operate out-of-position this season, as he was deployed up-front for the second start in a row.

For the third successive game, the Ivory Coast international was involved in the goals as he assisted Max Meyer‘s (£5.0m) game-winning effort.

That extends his position as the most in-form player of Palace’s pre-season campaign for Zaha, who now has two goals and two assists across three matches.

Meanwhile, Andros Townsend (£6.0m) missed out for the first time this summer, while Vicente Guaita (£5.0m) was finally involved after Wayne Hennessey (£4.5m) and Stephen Henderson had shared goalkeeping duties in his absence.

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Guaita; Mitchell (Inniss 74′), Dann (Kelly 45′), Kouyaté (Jach 74′), J Ward (Woods 74′); Meyer, McArthur (M Boateng 74′), Riedewald (J-K Gordon 86′), Schlupp (Kirby 74′); Zaha (Pierrick 74′), Ayew.

Stoke City 3-0 Leeds

  • Goals: None
  • Assists: None

There was very little for Fantasy managers to learn in Leeds’ 3-0 defeat to Stoke City on Tuesday, which only lasted 80 minutes.

Played during the start of the international break, there were a total of nine senior players missing including Illan Meslier (£4.5m), Liam Cooper (£4.5m), Robin Koch (£4.5m) and Stuart Dallas (£4.5m) from the defence.

Kiko Casilla (£4.5m) and Luke Ayling (£4.5m) were present although the former, who has not played competitive football since February due to a racism ban, did not have the best game.

Barry Douglas (£4.0m) started the match but only because Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski (£4.5m) were absent, while involvement for Pascal Struijk (£4.0m) in midfield was only because Kalvin Phillips (£5.0m) is currently with England.

There were more of the key attackers involved in this one, with Pablo Hernández (£6.0m) and Patrick Bamford (£5.5m) both in the starting XI but we do not have confirmation of how many minutes either of them played.

Middlesbrough 5-1 Newcastle

  • Goals: Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.5m)
  • Assists: Sean Longstaff (£5.0m)

Fantasy managers might have half an eye on teams who face Newcastle in the early part of the season after this heavy defeat to Middlesbrough.

The Magpies could not use the excuse of international duties disrupting their side as they were still able to field DeAndre Yedlin (£4.5m), Jamaal Lascelles (£4.5m), Florian Lejeune (£4.5m) and Javier Manquillo (£4.5m) in defence for this one.

Karl Darlow (£5.0m) was in goal for the first 62 minutes before Mark Gillespie (£4.5m) took the field.

Anyone who had been considering Andy Carroll (£5.5m) for the start of the season, in light of his two goals in as many matches so far, could be a little deterred by his role on Tuesday.

Despite Dwight Gayle (£6.0m), Joelinton (£6.0m) and Yoshinori Muto (£5.0m) missing out once again, Steve Bruce opted to deploy Miguel Almirón (£6.0m) in a false-nine for the first 56 minutes before Carroll took to the field.

Newcastle United XI (4-2-3-1): Darlow (Gillespie 62′); Manquillo, Lascelles, Lejeune (Fernández 56′), Yedlin (Dummett 56′); Hayden, S Longstaff (Barlaser 62′); Murphy (Ritchie 62′), Atsu (Clark 56′), Saint-Maximin (Saivet 68′); Almirón (Carroll 56′).

Derby 0-2 Sheff Utd

  • Goals: Ben Osborn (£5.0m), Billy Sharp (£6.0m)
  • Assists: Oliver Norwood (£5.0m), Kean Bryan

Billy Sharp (£6.0m) continues to make a case for Fantasy consideration this season as he produced an attacking return for the third straight friendly match.

With several Sheffield United strikers missing much of the summer campaign thus far, the veteran forward has now registered 215 pre-season minutes, more than any colleague in any position.

Oliver McBurnie (£6.0m) finally managed to get his first involvement of the summer in this one, coming on for Lys Mousset (£6.0m) at half-time, but with David McGoldrick (£5.5m) still absent, Sharp is looking increasingly nailed-on to start Blank Gameweek 1.

Oliver Norwood (£5.0m) was a key man for Sheffield United in this one, going close to an assist for McBurnie’s first touch of the afternoon and it was his blocked shot that set up Ben Osborn (£5.0m) for the game’s opening goal.

With Jack O’Connell (£5.0m) still not registering a single pre-season minute, Jack Robinson (£4.5m) has become an ever-present in these friendlies. With 202 minutes to his name, only Chris Basham (£5.0m) has played more often in the back-three thus far. Could it see Robinson start in Blank Gameweek 1? Hard to say at this stage, but certainly something to look out for once we start to hear from Chris Wilder’s in the media next week.

Sheffield United (3-5-2): Foderingham; J Robinson, Jagielka, Basham; Norrington-Davies (K Bryan 62′), Osborn, Norwood, Slater, Baldock (Brunt 71′); Mousset (McBurnie 46′), Sharp.

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1,052 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Brimble82
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    And... I’m done.

    McCarthy/4.0 (tbc)
    TAA/Doherty/Vinagre (KWP/Mitchell)
    Auba (C)/Salah/Son/ASM/Soucek
    Werner/Adams (Brewster)

    What’ve I missed?

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Feel you’ve used that template precisely.

      1. Brimble82
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Nailed it!
        I didn’t even colour over the lines!

        Adams v Mitro maybe the only one.

    2. Pasqualinho
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      There's a reasonable chance of a diminutive left-footed Argentinian becoming available.

      1. Brimble82
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I have £1.5m in the bank in anticipation of that very possibility!

        Though, when he comes in at £15m, all bets are off!

      2. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Pablo Zabaleta's right-footed.

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Martinez is left footed

          1. Brimble82
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Hernan’s two footed no?

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Brewster playing on the Championship
      Mitchell maybe benched
      TAA not fit
      Adams maybe benched
      Vinagre maybe benched

      😉

      1. Brimble82
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Haha! GW2 WC it is then!

        That said;
        Brewster - confident he’ll get a PL loan.
        Mitchell - getting good pre-season mins. But he’s benched anyway.
        TAA - pictures of him training with England. He’ll be fine.
        Adams - good pre-season form (not that that counts for much) and decent in PR. Think Ralph will play Ings-Adams.
        Vinagre - not if they don’t sign someone he won’t!

        Thanks for the brain worms though!

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          just messing with you 😉 - anything can happen before the deadline though

          As a Swans fan I expect him to return to us this season

          1. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            *Brewster

          2. Slouch87
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I read something with your manager stating that he was extremely disappointed that he wouldn't be coming back.

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              nope, nothing in the local press has said that

          3. Brimble82
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Yeah, my ‘I’m done’ was meant to be somewhat tongue in cheek!

            I’m a Bristol City fan and observed Brewster’s form with you last season. If he can get his PL loan, I think he’ll do well.

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              What do you think about Korey Smith? any good ?

              1. Brimble82
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Oh mate, don’t!!!
                At one point, when we’d waited for 5 wks to appoint our assistant manager instead of Hughton and they let Korey go - all in the same week - there was close to mutiny!

                Smudge is a legend.
                Always gives 100%, battler, leader, great clubsman and even chips in with the odd goal and assist.
                I’ve chatted to him a few times and he’s a decent bloke too - proper family guy, and was great with my lad when we won promotion back in 2015 (even let him hold his medal!!!)

                Gutted to see him go... as are many other City fans.
                Hope he does well for you.

    4. Kunta_Kinte
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I have Ryan in place of Mccarthy. 4 4 2 with KWP in place of Soucek. I guess you're planning to replace Son with Bruno with that 1.5m ITB.

      1. Brimble82
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I’ve been back and forth on;
        Ryan - could not be less excited
        McCarthy - risky Saints double up!

        Why would you bench Soucek for GW1 when he has his only decent fixture in his first 7?

        And yes, plan is Son>Bruno, then Auba>KDB GW3

        Best laid plans of mice and men though eh!

  2. Smelbow
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Another RMT-

    McCarthy
    Taa Davies Vinagre 4.5, 4
    Asm Auba Keita
    Werner Dcl

    4 kdb Fernandes 4.5

    1. Nunoooooooooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Like it a lot and future proofed!

    2. The Vindaloovian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Great team. Obviously can put in a starter for GW1 instead of KDB and transfer in in GW2 though right? Then don't have to play your 4m DEF

      1. Smelbow
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Good shout..

    3. The Sarjeant
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Too much benched. I’d only bench one.

      1. fantasyfog
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I'd definitely bench both gw 1

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Only bench 1. It's too big of a hit to your team otherwise.

    5. Indpush
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Keep it as is.

  3. Alex1995
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    A) Kane and Greenwood
    B) Son and Ings (0.5 ITB)

    What do we reckon the best option is?

    Rest of the team is:

    McCarthy (Nyland)
    TAA Vinagre KWP Justin Mitchell
    Auba Salah ASM Soucek ***
    Werner Brewster ***

    1. Nunoooooooooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B and move Ings to Martial

      1. Alex1995
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        That’s the current plan

      2. fantasyfog
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Ings could be hard to drop imo, expecting more from him

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B for me

  4. BNMC
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Is the Alli hype justified?

    1. Nunoooooooooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Hope so, he’s in my draft!

    2. Vazza
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Not sure mate. Depends on whether he or his brother turns up on match day

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Has scored on last two opening days he has played

  5. The Sarjeant
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Pulisic being fit would solve all my problems.

    1. Nunoooooooooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Likewise! Saves a FT for sure 🙂

    2. Winston.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Likewise...one transfer saved and more points earlier

  6. Vazza
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Are lingard’s prospects for selection in the first XI at further risk given van der beek’s signing?

    1. BNMC
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Insert Lingard future star joke here

    2. Nunoooooooooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      No, I think they will still let him slice the half time oranges...

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Van de Beek is most likely signed to mentor the youngsters like Lingz. Good for his future prospects but this season a step too early

      1. Vazza
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Haha!

  7. efransol
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Duvbraka (if not fit Guita) - Nyland
    Digne - Vinagre - TAA - Van dijk - Douglas
    Aub - Grealish - Son - Jota - Fernandes
    DCL - Mitro - Davis

    A team not to be touched during the whole season. Massive.

    1. efransol
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Might go fo Lingard. You heard it here first.

      1. GREEN IS GOOD
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        and last

  8. BNMC
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 19 days ago

    I'm hearing some Utd fans expecting VDB to play a more advanced box-to-box role behind the striker - could this potentially hurt Bruno FPL-wise?

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      More likely to hurt Greenwood with formation change . Everything points to the fact that Ole is trying not to go into the season without having Greenwood as a starter. Even looking at dross like King to reduce his minutes

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Double negative fail

        1. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I was about to comment, but my Inception headache prevented me...

  9. 2004
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Robertson/Vardy or VVD/Kane

    1. The Sarjeant
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Robertson & Vardy.

    2. Winston.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Robertson and Werner

  10. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Everton 2020?

    ...................Pickford

    Goalman... Keane...Mina...Digne

    ........................Allen

    ..............Doucoure.....Siggy.....

    .........................JRod

    ....................DCL......Rich

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      No Siggy surely

      1. olly:)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        this.

    2. olly:)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Pickford
      Kenny/Coleman Keane Holgate/Mina Digne
      Allan Doucoure Gomes
      James DCL Rich

      depends on the system tbh but Sigurdsson is very poor he will be sold if possible imo. Right back is an area of worry but personally as an everton fan i'd rather start Kenny. Mina/Holgate is a toss up and Branthwaite was very good at the end of the season and in the mix too, Keane was our best defender post-lockdown.

      1. olly:)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        if we retain 4-4-2 would probably be something more like

        Pickford
        Coleman Keane Holgate/Mina Digne
        James Allan Doucoure Iwobi/Gordon
        DCL Richy

        1. fantasyfog
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Did we sell Bernard

          1. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            No, still there

      2. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        This is probably as close as it gets. Dont forget JPG could feature too.

    3. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      no Siggy and it will probably be 4-4-2 or 4-3-3

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        They dont have any wide players at all

        1. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          We do but apart from Rich there all rubbish.

        2. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          The wide players could cut inside. They have attacking fullbacks to overlap. Rumoured to be after Dalot too.

          1. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Arias and Emerson also been looked into so we are in the market for a RB.

            Siggy been linked to DC United.

    4. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Where Ancelotti's concerned 442 always feels the most likely. JRod can play RM, and Siggy could cut in from LM for Digne to overlap.

      But it's anyone's guess atm... Exciting signings for Everton anyway!

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        RM is where we really need help. Only Walcott.
        Most of our wide players prefer down the left.

        1. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          James Rodriguez played RM and FWR last season: https://www.whoscored.com/Players/71182/Show/James-Rodr%C3%ADguez

          Could be an option...

          1. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Yeh that’s where I see Rodriguez playing with Walcott and Iwobi as backup.

  11. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    I really rate doucoure. Great business from Everton. If he comes in at a kind price might look him up for a good fixture run. Makes DCL a better option too as he's the kind of player who likes to run forward and cause disarray in opponents defensive line

    1. doher.ty
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Cool

  12. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Hi....views on which option looks best please? Want to save wildcard so looking at longer term picks

    A

    ccarthy 4m
    Taa vinagre taylor justin MITCHELL
    Salah auba greenwood ARMSTRONG soucek
    Werner ings MITRO

    B

    Mccarthy 4m
    Taa vinagre taylor justin DIER
    Salah auba greenwood JWP soucek
    Werner ings BREWSTER

    1. Scrumper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B for me

  13. Scrumper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Here goes:

    McCarthy (4)
    TAA, Doc, Tierney, Vinagre, Mitchell
    Auba [c], Alli, Mount/Maddi, (Rashford, 4.5)
    Werner, Jimenez, (Brewster)

    Hope to roll FT for gw2
    If no other dramas by GW3 Tierney becomes AWB & Auba goes to 12/11.5 mid showing best form
    0.5 itb for contingency

    Thoughts?

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Some leftfield picks there in Tierney, Rashford, Mount, Jimenez.

      I like Rashford and Mount. Don't like Tierney and Jimenez as much.

      1. Scrumper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Thanks - hoping arteta puts in one of his new central defenders and let's Tierney bomb up the wing for the easy openers

        Jimenez interesting one.. could easily be swayed to Ings or Martial

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          It's too much money for me. 4.5m can get you a lot of decent starters.

          Jimenez has a capped ceiling and Wolves have lost one of their driving attacking forces. Martial and Ings are far better.

          1. Scrumper
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Useful thoughts - thanks

      2. Kunta_Kinte
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Wondering why you like Mount.

  14. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    This is so difficult without the Manchester clubs from GW1. Don't wanna start with them and at the same time don't wanna start without them.
    If I start without any Manchester players I feel I'm highly likely to play WC GW2 already.

    Thoughts on this one?

    McCarthy (Steer)
    TAA Dier Vinagre Justin (Taylor/KWP)
    Salah Auba Alli Keita Soucek
    Werner (Martial 4.5)

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      You're getting closer. I like this draft a lot more than your past ones.

      Only one I really don't like it Keita. Prefer Saka, Armstrong or ASM.

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Cheers! It's probably between Keita and Saka for me. Both are risks but I feel Keita has bigger upside.

        1. baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Saka has better fixtures to start with, but may become an issue after that.

    2. Scrumper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I like it

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        (:

    3. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I like it apart from Keïta

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Who do you prefer @ 5.5?

    4. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      This is pretty nice. I think I read that Justin has competition now and that 5.5 situation is annoying. I also wonder if that .5 (Soucek over Gordon) could be better used in defense. Would give you Saiss for example.

    5. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      McCarthy (Steer)
      TAA Dier Vinagre Saiss (Taylor/KWP)
      Salah Auba Alli 5.5 Gordon
      Werner (Martial 4.5)

      I think this team looks nice, but I persobally would prefer Rashford over Martial, but upgrading 5.5 to Rash would cost .5 too much to downgrade Martial to 6.0 (Adams for me).

  15. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Best GK for GW1:

    A) Leno (ful)
    B) Fabianski (NEW)

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      It's a coin toss really

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Can’t risk Leno not starting though on BB

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Fab it is then mate!

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Cheers - makes ASM/Keita decision trickier

  16. davewg59
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    I have a feeling Dele Alli may be better this season. What are your thoughts?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I have him. We will see a different and better Spurs side this season.

    2. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Saw him briefly in a pre-season game and he looked sharp as hell. Beautiful switch of play to set Son up for a goal. Jose likes him too, going by the documentary.

      Probably won't start with him, because I have other plans, but he looks a decent option this season.

    3. ManofKent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I think he's worth a shout with Kane fit. Son would be my preference if Kane was out for any period, but if all three are playing I think Alli could match the others on value.

      1. baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Alli, Kane, Son, Doherty... Do we really expect Spurs to be free scoring team under Mou?

    4. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Think he will play more centrally than Son and has looked good in preseason so far

  17. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Will be interesting to see what VDB's price is going to be.

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      7m is my guess

  18. The Sarjeant
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Just been looking at DCL and Everton a bit more. Think I’m gonna start with him.

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Don’t do it, he’s awful

      1. KujaliaFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        But its soon going to be James time at Everton. With his creativity, surely DCL can profit. He has great movement and gets into good positions.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Find the extra for Richarlison or wait for JRod2 to be added

    2. KujaliaFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I have him in my current draft.

      I want to keep him as long as I can and only ship him out if Brewster joins a PL team and I start coveting dearer defenders or midfielders.

    3. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      He was an amazing differential for me pre-lockdown, was good value. Awful post-lockdown though. Thankfully, shifted him on pretty quickly, didn't look on it.

      It's hard to imagine him playing as badly as he did post-lockdown. I'm not sure it's possible. Given the amount of chances he gets, and his age, I think he'll have a decent season. Not a bad option, just really wish he was 6.5m!

      1. baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I would like to see him being in form before transferring him in. Depends on the team also. Starting with him and selling after 3-4 blanks when his price is dropping just to see him scoring after that would be annoying.

    4. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Putting him into my post-lockdown team was one of my biggest mistakes last season. I don't easily forgive, so he's dead to me for the time being.

    5. Goodison Gladiators
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 19 days ago

      As an Everton fan I say don't do it. He had a great run last season and then ended terribly. Everton have spurs week 1, so watch that and decide

  19. jtreble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    How do I normalize my personal stats tables with "per90" in the Member's Area? Can't seem to find this switch. TIA.

    1. The Sarjeant
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Don’t think you can.

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        OK, thanks.

    2. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Excel

  20. Jordan.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    over the top benching team

    mcarthy

    doherty / robertson / trent / vinagre

    saka / soucek / alli /armstrong

    mitrovic / (v)ardy

    martin / digne / de bruyne / martial

    omissions
    salah / mane
    aubameyang
    chelsea

    be fine gw2 but probably ranked low

    smh ,what a puzzle this season is.

    1. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Puzzle this is, could Yoda say, but weak is the team too much...

  21. vish93
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Martinez, Nyland
    Trent, Walker-peters, vinagre, Justin
    Grealish, Fernandez, Aubamayang, son, jones
    Brewster, Werner, Mitrovic

    Feel like im missing an obvious piece to the team. Thoughts?

    1. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Yea. Perhaps benching Fernandes isn't worth the risk.

      1. vish93
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        To bring him on in week 2 and allowing me to save the transfer for a double transfer in gw3.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      What, a goalkeeper?

      1. baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        That probably also 😉

      2. vish93
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Wanted a budget option as no premium keeper jumps out early on.

        1. baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Leno may start, 50/50 they say.

          1. vish93
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Thats interesting, I will reevaluate and may punt for mcarthy instead

    3. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Jota or Traore better than Grealish (who misses first game), IMO

      1. vish93
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Traore has coronavirus so didnt know if he would be fit in time.

        1. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Aah - I wasn't aware.

          1. vish93
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Yeah pal, tbh Jota is an option but Wolves play Man City week 2.

  22. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    This is going to be one of the problems through the season. I think a full playing bench might be more important than normal this year.
    https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11820/12061805/neymar-among-three-psg-players-to-return-positive-coronavirus-tests

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      They aren’t in their training and playing bubble yet, that said it’s bound play it’s part

    2. Scrumper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 19 days ago

      So trut

      1. Scrumper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 19 days ago

        *so true

    3. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I don't know if full playing bench is needed and whether we are going to know these in advance. Another question is whether positive test means "must sell" or how long does it take for them to be match fit again.

      1. KujaliaFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        They needn't lose fitness with a positive test.

        The virus usually doesn't make young, fit people sick.

        They will need to quarantine until they're no longer infectious though. So they may be ineligible to play for weeks.

        1. baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          During spring even fit young people got really sick here, but we didn't have capacity to test anyone without symptoms, so had no knowledge of that. Thx for info.

  23. SH@KTIMAAN
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    My first draft:
    McCarthy
    TAA Vinagre Justin
    Salah(C) Auba(VC) Barnes Son
    Werner Mitro Adams
    Nyland Gordan Mitchell Robinson
    0.5 itb
    Please RMT

  24. The Royal Robin
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Who's the more nailed £4m option?

    Johnson or Mitchell?

  25. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Everton signing some quality in the middle and two big guys up top...

    Thoughts on Digne?

    1. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Good fixtures. Depends if you rate him over Doherty,Laporte,Tierney or Laporte or VVD for 0.5m more.

  26. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Also Everton related...
    Price predictions?
    A. Doucoure
    B. Allan
    C. James Rodriguez

    1. Captain Fozzy
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      6.0
      5.0
      7.5

    2. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      A)6-6.5
      B) 5.5 -6
      C) 7.5-8

    3. Float
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Doucouré 6.5
      Allan 5.0-5.5 probably the latter, which is too much imo
      James 7.5

  27. Float
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    RMT

    Ryan (Button)
    TAA / KWP / Vinagre (Johnson / Mitchell)
    Salah / Auba / Son / ASM / Armstrong
    Werner / Ings (Brewster)
    0.5 itb

    The plan at the moment is to have Ings, Son and Auba out for Martial, Rashford and Sterling by week 3