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The best hidden gems to consider for your FPL Draft team this season

The key to success in any draft version of Fantasy Football is to find some reliable options outside the thinking of your rivals.

One of the main differences to appreciate between this edition of the game and the standard Fantasy Premier League affair is that you are looking, ideally, to acquire a team of season-keepers at the draft or auction. You simply do not have the luxury of assuming that all players remain at your permanent disposal to jump from one bandwagon to another and/or play the fixtures. 

That isn’t to say that you can’t do the latter, but it’s a strategy that will leave you at the mercy of other managers. Remember that a dropped player can very quickly find their way into one of your opponents’ teams, with no means of prising them back.

Once you have understood the fundamental nature of FPL Draft, or its auction-based counterpart Fantasy League (FL), it makes planning a great deal easier. In FPL, you can always adopt a ‘wait and see’ strategy, in the knowledge that the worst outcome is that you miss out on one big haul and have to pay marginally more to bring a player in.

FPL Draft and FL are all about identifying those hidden gems (or not so hidden, given that I see FPL people talking about ‘waiting and seeing’ with the likes of Werner and Havertz!) and putting your instincts on the line at the outset. 

So who are my own ‘under the radar’ players (relatively-speaking) whom I think will produce over the full season? I have identified three players from each positional category barring goalkeepers as, given the vast differences between scoring for goalkeepers in FL and FPL, as identified in my article last season.

How Liverpool's defensive assets compare after their FPL price changes

The defender category is, generally speaking, the hardest place to find hidden gems ahead of a new season as it’s rare that an Andrew Robertson or Trent Alexander-Arnold will appear almost out of nowhere. Very often it is about finding the teams which no one expected to keep clean sheets but which are suddenly more watertight than before. 

For example, during last summer’s FFS FL auction, we all laughed at Neale (SkontoRigga) when he picked up Jack O’Connell from newly-promoted Sheffield United. Did he not realise that the Blades were set to be Premier League whipping boys? Well, we all know what happened next and it is to Neale’s immense credit that he didn’t rub our noses in it every single week. 

So who do I think will be this season’s surprise defensive packages? While in past seasons there would have been nothing revolutionary about saying Spurs and Manchester United, a quick look at their defensive records last season will reveal that Spurs had a season-long shocker and even though United managed 13 clean sheets in total, only three of them came in the first half of the season. 

However, this is going to be Mourinho’s first full season at Spurs and I would expect him to tighten up at the back considerably, and with United, I suspect that attack will continue to be the best form of defence and, provided they continue their post-lockdown form, we should see a lot more consistent clean sheets from them.  

Eric Dier/Toby Alderweireld

Can we trust Spurs' FPL defenders with appealing fixtures this season?

The Spurs centre-back pairing of Alderweireld and Dier is pretty tempting and very much overlooked judging by 2.4% and 1.4% ownership respectively in FPL. 

Yes, I know that Doherty, Aurier and Ben Davies are the more obvious choices but this is about finding players that others aren’t likely to want in FL or Draft FPL, meaning that you get them on the cheap or late in the draft without having to waste an early-round pick. 

Alderweireld, in particular, is a decent goal threat from set-pieces and no Spurs player had more headed attempts than him last season; in fact, he had almost double the next best (Moura, and not Kane, surprisingly).

Luke Shaw

Similar to Spurs, United’s first choice centre-backs are not well-owned, indicating that they could also be cheap/late acquisitions, but it’s Luke Shaw that could be the forgotten gem here (1.2% ownership in FPL). 

Don’t forget that he missed a large chunk of last season with injury but, fully fit and on song, he’s a significant attacking threat with his love of getting forward and putting in crosses. 

Expect him, if he stays fit, to surpass by a good margin his 67 and 18 points in FPL and FL respectively from 2019/20.

Bruno Fernandes

Unchanged line-ups for Man United and Southampton as  FPL bosses eye Fernandes

Now I appreciate that there’s nothing innovative or hidden about Bruno Fernandes, at least not since he landed on these shores in January and set the Premier League alight with his incredible skills. 

I’m not a Manchester United fan but he was an absolute delight to watch and, more importantly in the context of Fantasy Football, a genuine points machine. 

Aggregated up to a full season, he would have been the top scorer in both FL and FPL. It’s for that reason that he is my number one pick out of all players in any position for the new season and I would be more than willing to forgo Salah, Kevin De Bruyne, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Raheem Sterling in my draft pick to get him. 

Of course, in FL, you could probably get at least four out of the five but it would leave you with seriously depleted funds and the rest of your squad may not look too clever, but you could certainly look forward to watching Liverpool, City, United, Arsenal playing every week.

Jarrod Bowen

Bowen is the next of my January midfield signings and whilst, coincidentally, it is interesting to note a general theme I have observed over many years of playing Fantasy Football that the psychology of numbers means that a lot of managers only look at the absolute figure rather than considering their context. 

What I mean by that, per my Bruno example, is that the season-long figure may not have come from a full season and, all points were acquired over the space of less than half a season. 

However, some people in your draft or auction mini-league will only look at the total points and disregard the lower-scoring players. 

I appreciate that for the majority, if not all, of those reading this article, I’m largely preaching to the converted, but it explains why these players can often be picked up on the cheap in FL, or acquired quite late into an FPL draft.

Last season in FPL, Bowen scored a measly 44 points and just 11 in FL, but a quick look at the underlying statistics tell you the whole story. 

The former Hull City man had a minutes per expected goal involvement (xGI) figure of 186 (courtesy of the FFS Premium Members’ Area), which is the same territory as Phil Foden, Willian and Harvey Barnes. 

Unlike the latter two, he didn’t have the benefit of playing a full season in a familiar league but, before signing with West Ham, he’d already scored 16 goals in 29 appearances for Hull in the Championship. 

Bowen is no slouch and his pre-season form suggests that he could be about to replicate his Hull City form for West Ham. 

I keep reading that the Hammers don’t score many goals yet they were 10th best in the league in that department last season (and only three goals behind eighth-placed Wolves) and I need only remind you of Michail Antonio’s form during last season’s run-in to show you what a West Ham player is capable of doing. As a result of that form, a lot of the attention will be on the forward this season, but Bowen could quietly tick along too.

Takumi Minamino

Minamino is my cheeky punt to emerge from the Anfield woodwork and take the Premier League by storm this season. 

Liverpool haven’t changed formation since Coutinho left, with Klopp sticking rigidly to his preferred 4-3-3, but I wouldn’t be overly surprised if that becomes more of a 4-2-1-3 or 4-2-3-1, with Minamino sitting either in the middle or on the flanks (considering we know Salah, Mané and Firmino can all play number 10 or centre-forward).

He took time to find his feet but a January signing rarely hits the ground running (I can think of very few examples over the years, with Bruno being far more the exception than the rule), and a goal in the Community Shield.

He followed that up with a standout performance against Blackpool in last week’s pre-season friendly, suggesting he is ready to show the league why Liverpool bought him in from FC Salzburg. 

I also don’t want to tempt fate for Liverpool fans, nor wish injury on any player, but Liverpool have been incredibly lucky with no long-term absences to any of their front three in recent seasons, and surely the law of averages suggests that one of them is going to face some time out at some point. More so than Origi, I can see Minamino coming in to replace any one of them should the need arise.

Neal Maupay

I can see the supply to Brighton’s forwards being much improved this coming season and Maupay, as the first-choice striker, should be the principal beneficiary of this. 

Adam Lallana is the sort of player that will stand out at Brighton, as he did at Southampton, and Leandro Trossard having had a full season under his belt, should be another source of assists for Maupay. 

Last season, the former Brentford man underperformed on his expected goals (xG) by more than three (he scored 10 in total) and so I would see his xG both increasing and a reduction in the delta between xG and actual goals resulting in more points this time out.

Che Adams

A season in the shadow of Danny Ings has meant that it’s easy to forget that Adams started last season as Southampton’s first-choice striker after his move from Birmingham City where, in the 18/19 season, he scored 22 Championship goals. 

It took him a while to find his feet and losing his place to Ings won’t have helped his confidence or adjustment to the new league. 

However, he ended the season in a good run of form and while just four goals (against an xG of just over five goals) is hardly something about which to get overly excited, I think he could be one of the league’s surprise packages this season. Do I expect him to surpass Ings? No, but then I’d expect to pay a fraction of what Ings will cost (and represent better value for money) or get him later in a draft.

Jay Rodriguez

I fully expect Rodriguez to start this season as one of the two first-choice strikers for Burnley, even when Ashley Barnes returns from injury. 

In my mind, Wood and Barnes are so similar that it makes little sense to play them both as a matter of course when there’s a striker with the guile of Rodriguez who can give them something different. 

He only scored eight Premier League goals last season but 16 of his 36 appearances were from the subs bench. This is my one pick which is fewer stats based and more gut instinct but Rodriguez is a player I’ve always liked and, if I can find the room, would want in my team this coming season.

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813 Comments Post a Comment
  1. LIARS POKER
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Thoughts on this relatively big frontline draft?

    McCarthy
    TAA - Dier - Taylor/KWP
    Salah - Auba - Armstrong - ASM
    Kane - Werner - Wilson

    Double Newcastle attack a worry so could downgrade to Soucek but more confident in ASM getting returns than Soucek

    Would likely ditch one of ASM/Armstrong when downgrading Salah/Auba after a few weeks

    1. thepeen555
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Why downgrade them? And who too?

      1. LIARS POKER
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Salah, Auba, ASM to Rashford, KDB, Pulisic/Havertz could be good moves?

        1. thepeen555
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Yeah that would be quite solid. Just wouldnt expect to see many without Salah or Mane

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      If you think Newcastle will do well, why not double? I don't understand why people are so afraid to double up. Evaluate players individually.

      Who does better:
      ASM vs whu BHA or Soucek vs NEW ars

      It's not close. ASM is better. Pick him.

      Team is fine. I don't like Kane personally based on his England sluggishness but if you do, can't fault you. He's nailed on and on pens. Good luck.

      1. LIARS POKER
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Thanks yep that's why I've just switched Soucek to ASM as in isolation ASM is definitely a better pick.

        Kane i'm still on the fence on but could look to bring Martial in for him if he has a poor start to the season

      2. Athletic Nasherbo
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Camzy is right. My god we see it all pre-season with people loving to spread the risk.

    3. FDMS All Starz
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      You dont think a combo of Alli & Ings is better than Kane & Armstrong?

      1. LIARS POKER
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Alli & Ings are 0.5 more expensive as a pair

    4. Reacher
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I had Kane, but I've now gone Son over him to free up funds and it makes the swap to another premium City/Utd Mid

  2. dbeck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Which option is best:

    A) Adams and Kai/Ziyech/Puli +(1/1.5tib)
    B) Werner and 6m mid (0 itb) Pereira perhaps but too punty?

    I am currently on A due to flexibility with money itb and i dont really like the 6m mid slot (I already have a 5.5m mid slot). But with Ziyech perhaps missing out, Puli also a injury risk and Kai being fresh faced there is some risk there, perhaps the presser should tell us more

  3. wulfranian
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Do you think that Fraser will start?Is Saint-Max a better pick?

    1. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Fraser Rw, ASM Lw

      1. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        And Richie?

        1. thepeen555
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Injured apparently. And someone had said here the other day that he might leave. But that could have just been his or her opinion

          1. wulfranian
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            cheers

    2. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Fraser will start but hasnt played for ages and hasnt really had a pre-season. He will be slowly bedded in

      1. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        cheers.That's why i am thinking that Saint-Max is a better pick for gw 1.

        1. dbeck
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Aye, i agree

  4. Wozzza72
    1 month, 17 days ago

    thoughts? This year is driving me nuts to get locked in!

    McCarthy
    TAA - Saiss - Vinagre
    ASM - Auba(c) - Salah - Havertz - James Rod
    Kane - Mitro

    Nyland - Johnson - Ferguson - Brewster

    1. golfboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Don't need Saiss/Vinagre double up. Otherwise looks decent

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Vinagre soon to be a non-option

      1. SerieD
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        What you mean? Vinagare is solid 4.5m. Better than Saliba.

        1. pablo discobar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Not nailed anymore and could be sold

        2. mcginnntonic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          He's being sold/ replaced by telles

  5. adstomko
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    How's Vardy looked in pre-season? Tempted to choose Barnes instead

    1. golfboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      big saving but Vardy on 17% ownership is almost a differential and could haul against WBA. I'm on him. Easily downgrade to Werner if need be

  6. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Chances of Keita starting vs Leeds?

    1. adstomko
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      High I think, but not vs Chelsea

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        That’s fine

    2. THE WERNER DELUSION
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      could easily be Minamino I think

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        True. Need a 5.5 mid punt who starts, could go Saka or ASM like most others

  7. mrpink32
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Too inflexible?

    Mccarthy button
    TAA Robbo Vinagre Mitchel (Taylor)
    Havertz Auba (c) Zaha Saka (souchek)
    Warner Adams (martial)

    No Sarah and not planning early WC or transfers for 2 weeks.

    Let me know what you think!

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      nice team, play soucek over Mitchell for gw1

    2. Alex1995
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Nice team, would maybe consider Son and ASM over Kai and Zaha to begin with - not sold on Zaha personally and Son could easily become Kai further down the line? Plus Son/ASM frees up some additional funds...

      Swap Vinagre for a different 4.5 (looks like he’s leaving)

      1. mrpink32
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Yep, son ASM not a bad shout. Son I'm sold on, just ASM plays in such a poor team I'm not sure..but would give more flexibility. Actually have 1.5m in the bank so could just keep Zaha maybe

        1. Alex1995
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Maybe just upgrade Havertz to Son then, but it’s up to you - I personally prefer Son from the start but I still think Havertz will be a great pick this season, I’m just going to wait on him, plus it’s easier to downgrade Son to Havertz than upgrade the other way

  8. Jacky boy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Thoughts on saliba as luiz is injured??

  9. FF Dirtbag
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    AsM or Saka?

    1. 2OLEgend
      1 month, 17 days ago

      ASM

  10. THE WERNER DELUSION
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    any way to make this a bit less boring?

    Martinez (Steer)
    TAA Robbo Egan Saiss (Mitchell)
    Mane Auba Son Havertz (Bissouma)
    Wilson Mitro (Davis)

    1. Bambi
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Join the DCL club? Always a hair raising experience

      1. THE WERNER DELUSION
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        haha

    2. Bambi
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Also is saiss under threat from Marcal?

      1. THE WERNER DELUSION
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        guess he could be yeah, depends what happens with Vinagre I guess...

        quite a few other 5.0s I could go to - Coleman maverick enough?

        1. Bambi
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Coleman could be decent though if going for past their best fallbacks I would prefer Shaw

          1. THE WERNER DELUSION
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            😆 wouldn't be against a Sheff U double-up OR could get VVD instead of Robbo and then Boly instead of Saiss...

            1. Bambi
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              I like Boly and think he’s being overlooked here, nice placeholder for Chilwell too

              1. THE WERNER DELUSION
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                yeah, scored 4 the season before last and is a bit of a bonus magnet, probably even more so without Doherty there - Robbo will probably haul his nuts off if I do that though

    3. moz_1983
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Risk that Leno could return to number one spot?

      1. THE WERNER DELUSION
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        yeah definitely, not sure if I'm going to bottle that pick yet - having Steer there for GW2 is making me want to risk it

  11. Bambi
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Pending Soucek news I think I’m good to go

    McCarthy 4.0
    TAA Doherty Lascelles Taylor Mitchell
    Salah Auba Son (+1.5) Soucek Bissouma
    Werner DCL Brewster

    Son to Bruno game week 2
    Thoughts?

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Formation? Seems like you’re going to have to play one of Mitchell/Bissouma/Brewster

      1. Bambi
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        442, Mitchell Taylor and Lascelles rotating for 2 spots until I can fund upgrades

        1. Athletic Nasherbo
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Interesting. Good luck. Can’t see Mitchell getting much gameweek 1

    2. Alberto Tomba
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Brewster still third pick to Origi and Minamino in my eyes, there must be a 4.5 more likely to register minutes, or at least lower ownership so you dont get stuck with a 4.4.

      1. Bambi
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Yep, I’m just hoping Brewster goes to another club. If no news before Saturday I’ll switch to another 4.5

  12. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    3 Saints and 3 Spurs currently in my draft...will make GW2 interesting with potentially 6 on the pitch

  13. Woody01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    What are we going for?
    A) Salah
    B) No Salah

    1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A for me mate!!

      1. Alberto Tomba
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        B
        as an LFC fan the team doesn't have the same killer drive we had to win the PL this time last year, after the CL parade in which the players knew they had to attack and win every PL game.
        In FPL terms i'll be surprised if we register similar attacking returns as those achieved last year.

    2. Fast_Keith
      1 month, 17 days ago

      B for me. Liverpool fan too. Want to see how we come out the gate before committing £12m.

    3. Kannbury
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A and Captain!

  14. KingOllie
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Hello Lads, first time posting again this season - how does this look for a 0 Liverpool team? Probably wildcarding early to bring in City/Utd assets:

    Leno
    Doherty KWP Stevens (vinagre / douglas)
    Auba(C) Son Mount Saka (4.5)
    Kane Werner Richarlison

    Going to risk it and hope Liverpool start slow again

    1. golfboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Looks ok but would look better with a Liverpool midfielder or TAA!

    2. FPL_octopus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Not sure about Mount or Saka. Neither are guaranteed gametime

  15. waltzingmatildas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    A) Ings and Davis
    B) Adams and Wilson

    Also what do you guys reckon to Minamino as a punt?

    1. Alberto Tomba
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      He seems to be our equivalent of Mahrez, great player, but you'll be lucky to see 90 minutes of him.

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Hmm yeah. Maybe too much of a risk. Thank you

    2. Alex1995
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Same dilemma, currently on A purely because Ings is more expensive and offers more flexibility if you want to swap him for another premium striker - Martial, Jimi etc

  16. Sune
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    No love for Podence? 0.4% ownership but been in my team for a while now.

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      It’s just a bit risky. No idea if he will start with Jota-Jiménez/Traore... or if Neto will come in before Podence

    2. Bambi
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Under the radar pick but think he could do well

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Too risky unfortunately. I need my guys to play.

      I think he starts against shu but is benched against City.

      Read some analysis on Wolves forwards recently. Basically, Podence is their most creative attacker but is not as strong defensively as Neto.

      Jota scores the most goals, Neto is better defensively, Podence is a creator.

    4. Sune
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Cheers guys. Might go the safe route with ASM then.

  17. davies
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Who to captain this week?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Auba or Salah

    2. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Probably Auba - will either set up or ruin the weekend very early.

  18. Betarna
    1 month, 17 days ago

    McCarthy
    TAA - KWP - Justin
    Salah - Auba - Son - Saka
    Mitrovic - Ings - Werner

    Nyland - Mitchell - Bissouma- Bernardo

    G2G?

    1. SerieD
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Kwp nailed?

  19. mo 10+ FFS- einzkp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    So I am thinking of what I can do differently this year to improve my ranking and i am thinking that finally signing up to Twitter is an option.

    So does using Twitter help you in making decisions/ keeping on top of recent news or anything else?

    Who is your favourite Twitter contributor that I can check out to see if it's worth taking the dive?

    Or shall I just keep to the member area!?

    Mo

    1. golfboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Member area and this forum is better than Twitter IMO

    2. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Stay away from the dark side Skywalker...

    3. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      FPL Swede has excellent threads.

      Not sure Twitters helps that much in making decisions though, and there's little recent news there that I can't find anywhere else.

    4. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      No twitter entertains me when I’m bored because you can scroll through and see endless posts and threads.

      Only way twitter is good imo is selecting a very small pool of people to follow and muting the rest.

      Twitter is the perfect place to over consume content and this overthink

    5. LC1
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I definitely use twitter for general football news etc and to follow some of the main accounts (Ben Crellin).

      However, most fantasy related news are on ffscout as nothing really slips through the net here.

      Ultimately, I enjoy using Twitter generally but it doesn't really effect my fpl choices.

      1. mo 10+ FFS- einzkp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Thanks for the Ben Crellin heads up

    6. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Twitter is utterly awful. I only use it for team news and lineups. I do all my own research with ample help from the members area.

      1. mo 10+ FFS- einzkp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Thanks for the responses all. I don't think I'll bother

  20. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Kane is great at 10.5 and I'll captain him GW5 and GW8 at first glance but Son looks fit and dangerous, even if he isn't at ST and playing in friendlies. That extra 1.5 goes a long way too...

  21. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Morning.....how am I looking here please? I have 0.5mitb.

    Plan is salah to bruno gw2. Or salah and dcl to bruno and martial - 4

    Taa (steer)
    Taa saiss davies (Taylor Mitchell)
    Salah auba havertz asm (bissouma)
    Werner dcl adams

    Thanks

    1. UnluckyXI
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I feel like taa in goal is a bit of a waste...

      Quite like it but slightly worried about no spurs mid or fwd.

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Gee another way for him to get points with saves...

        1. Flynny
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Yeah. That should be mccarthy.

          Not sure on alli or havertz for that midfield slot.....

          1. Alex1995
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Definitely Havertz long term, depends if you’re happy to take the risk he may not start GW1 (I think he probs will and will get 70 odd mins though)

  22. Vertigo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Wilson only took two penalties last year, and scored one.

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Depends if Richie is about I guess

    2. JustSomeGuy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      He also only missed one 😀

  23. pablo discobar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    GK Mccarthy (4)
    DEF TAA, Dier, Justin
    MID Salah, Auba, Alli, ASM
    FWD Ings, Mitrovic, Werner

    Subs (Nyland) Mitchell, Bissouma, Buur

    Leaves. 5 in bank for possible Ings to Martial.

    Buur looking to be Wolves right back to start

    1. Grimo2
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Safe template 🙂

  24. thepeen555
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    How many of you plan on ending up with just TAA and no Salah or Mane in midfield?

    Or salah or mane and No TAA?

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Mane and no TAA. Liverpool defensive numbers poor and tough fixtures. TAA might get attacking returns but banking on a lack of cleansheets first 4/5 which will make that 7.5 seem steep.

      1. thepeen555
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I want to go without TAA and just have salah or Mane but I am not sure I got the guts to do it.

        Or if I kept TAA and get attacking returns from him it's tough to then have 12m on either of them too

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Very little chance Salah is in my team GW1

    3. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Already there just TAA. I hate going without Salah but can't have them all...

      1. thepeen555
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I like the guts of it. Just get worried over losing points in a work league. £170 odd for the winner

    4. JustSomeGuy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Current have only TAA/Robbo.

      One of those out for Dinge for GW2, with plans to bring them back around GW9ish.

  25. Wozzza72
    1 month, 17 days ago

    TAA is taking too much £££ in my back line, should I keep him in with it looking like:

    TAA - Saiss - Johnson - Vinigare (or other 4.5m) - Ferguson or move to this:

    VVD - Saiss - Davies - Johnson - Ferguson which make my back 3 stronger and leaves 0.5 itb

  26. The Big Larsbowski
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Almost get an impression that Vinagre will be the MVP this hear. Must have read his name 1000 times. Time for the league to start.

    1. thepeen555
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      He wont be anything if he leaves

  27. Jdpz
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Ramsdale
    Tierney, Dier, Justin
    Auba, Mane, Son, ASM, Armstrong
    Werner, DCL

    bench: Nyland, KWP, Mitrović, Taylor (0.5M ITB)

    rate my composition
    Dier (vs EVE - h) or KWP (vs CRY - a)?

  28. UnluckyXI
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    I'm down to my final 3 picks:

    -7th mid-fwd
    -non-playing/fringe mid or fwd
    -a playing defender

    Options are:
    A. ASM, Davis, Dier
    B. Mitro, Bissouma, Saliba (luiz currently injured)

    1. Alex1995
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A for me

  29. PeteMorr
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Is KWP definitely nailed or no?

    1. UnluckyXI
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I believe so but a lot of people have McCarthy so avoiding the double saints defence

      1. thepeen555
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        This

    2. Vertigo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Be amazed if he wasn't.

  30. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Would you rather have:
    A. Coady
    B. Saiss

    1. Sune
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      B.

    2. jomikijiq
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      B

      More risky, but Coady's ceiling is 6