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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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  1. Cheeto__Bandito
      1 month, 11 days ago

      A) Son, DCL, Wilson
      B) Alli, Ings, Mitrovic

      Best option?

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A for me.

      2. Reeker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        That's actually a tough one. Leaning towards A I reckon

      3. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Alli DCL and Wilson with 1m itb

        1. The Sarjeant
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          This.

    • Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Have you ever spotted one of your ML rivals posting their team/comments on here or another forum?

      1. LC1
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Haha nah but I do worry people will find my posts! Had to change my name on here when I realised they used this site too.

      2. Ole.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Yeah Demi, about 10 years ago lol. What was the craic with his money mini league?

    • DavidboubaDiop
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      McCarthy
      TAA-van dijk- Doherty-Justin
      Auba - Salah - mount - Havertz
      Mitro- Ings

      Nyland - Mitchell - bissouma- Davis

      Havertz or Ali?

      Seems like everyone has Werner but is he better than jimi/Ings ??

      I don’t really want mitro but what other choices? I plan to change mount to greenwood and auba or Salah to KDB by week 3

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Alli is safer

      2. Alex1995
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        If you’re going Havertz then I’d downgrade Mount and consider Mitro > Wilson

    • Weerman
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Thoughts on this?

      McCarthy
      TAA Doherty Justin Mitchell
      Salah Auba Barnes Soucek
      Werner Kane

      Nyland Bissouma Taylor Davis

      Plan is to do Kane + Barnes -> Bruno + DCL for GW2

      1. The Knights Template
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Arise, Sir Weerman!

      2. 2OLEgend
          1 month, 11 days ago

          I like it. Would consider downgrading Doh to Dier and use the extra mil on upgrading Mitchell

          1. 2OLEgend
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Or use it to upgrade Biss to ASM

        • ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          I have to ask - how the hell is Karl Darlow priced at 5.0?? Anybody else think of a bigger mis-price than this one?

          1. Vertigo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            It is a bit strange.

          2. THE WERNER DELUSION
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            yeah that price makes no sense

          3. Eastman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Who?

          4. b91jh
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Maybe they foresaw Dubravka's injury.

        • SerieD
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Is Doherty nailed from start of season?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            No, Mourinho could very well introduce via the European games

            1. SerieD
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Which Spurs defender would be? Davies?

          2. Reyson
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Will start

          3. ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Placeholder at that price point in my Defense until presser which may give a more solid indication

            1. SerieD
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              This could be the way to do it. Wait and react.

          4. Guba
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Think he's likely to start but not nailed, he only trained for the first time I believe yesterday. Aurier still currently with the club too.

        • Dynamic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          I may be a bit late to the party with this one, but has anyone seen that FPL seem to have launched their own version of the season ticker: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/fixtures/fdr ?

        • Wozzza72
            1 month, 11 days ago

            TAA is taking too much £££ in my back line, should I swap out with VVD and use the extra 1m on a another better defender?

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              If you have the patience to stick with VVD over TAA the first time Trent hauls then go for it

            2. Guba
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Will end in tears, will be hard to get TAA back in too when he starts popping off.

            3. ivantys
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Treat him as a midfielder, and he does better than any of them at that price.

            4. LC1
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Can't get over how crap GW2 is going to be.

              3 Soton playing 2 Spurs
              1 Wolves playing City
              1 Pool playing 1 Chelsea

              Horrific!

              1. ivantys
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  saints vs spurs not a bad fixture, there should be lots of goals.

                • Jimbo-Jones
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  free hit

              2. adstomko
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Starting with 1 striker in a 4-5-1. Too risky? (0.5m ITB)

                McCarthy
                Trent, Mina, Coady, Egan
                Auba, Mané, Havertz, Rodriguez, ASM
                Ings
                (Button, Saliba, Brewster, Davis)

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

                  4-5-1 isn't risky, it's just different than the typical 2/3 up front.

                  1. Jimbo-Jones
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Lovely midfield

                    1. Jimbo-Jones
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Also - at 5.5 he's a bit risky, but I really like the Mina pick.
                      He used to be an absolute goal machine, and with compatriot James pinging in the corners, I reckon he'll get 5+ goals this season.

                      1. adstomko
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Cheers. Exactly why I picked him. Think he'll have a great season with James

              3. Little Red Lacazette
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                How is it? 1.5M ITB. Son -> Bruno, Auba -> KDB later.

                McCarthy
                TAA Saiss Egan Davis
                Salah Auba Son ASM
                Werner Wilson

                Nyland Stephens Mitchell Brewster

                1. Alex1995
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Yeah g2g, nice team

              4. Reyson
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Is saka starting?

                1. Tonyawesome69
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  I think so but there are possible risk rotation with Pepe and Willian

              5. The Vindaloovian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Should I?
                A) bench rash, save free transfer next week and play kwp
                B) put in a mid for gw1 only under 9.5m and transfer in rash next week

                If b, who is the stand out option?

                Cheers

                1. Tonyawesome69
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  B Son or CHE mid

                  1. The Vindaloovian
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Thanks.... I like the idea of 2fts in gw3... But son could haul (not sure any Chelsea mid is nailed gw1)

                    1. Tonyawesome69
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Rash could easily get injured or out with COVID so it is risky having that much on the bench

                      1. The Vindaloovian
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Good point

              6. Keej
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                If Spurs reach the Europa Third Round they would have a big fixture congestion with playing:
                Everton -13th
                Plovdiv -17th
                Saints -20th
                EFL Cup -22nd
                Possible Europa 3rd rd -24th
                Newcastle - 26th

                Surely the Newcastle game gets shifted to the Sunday and EFL cup game re-scheduled? Does anyone know what the likely outcome would be?

              7. Tonyawesome69
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Any feedback on this latest draft would be appreciated.

                Not sure with the Egan/Buur/Ayling.

                1.0itb
                McCarthy
                TAA Egan Buur
                Auba Salah Son ASM
                Werner Wilson Nketiah
                (Button Bissouma Ayling Taylor)

                1. Reeker
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Can you sell me on the decision of McCarthy/Egan over Ramsdale/KWP?

                  1. Tonyawesome69
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    I'm not overly convinced with SHU yet. Picking Egan was to cover Ramsdale possible cs and high TSB but imo SHU cs was due to Hendo. I prefer McCarthy over Ryan and Ramsdale. I don't like the SOU defence double up

                    1. TheWonkyToad
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      I'm currently on SOU double up with McCarthy and KWP. Previously had Justin as my 4.5m playing def but can see SOU keeping more cs in the first 4 GWs than Leicester and can't see a better alternative at 4.5 than KWP. (cs v palace, wba and possibly burnley)

                    2. Reeker
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      I really rate Ramsdale as a goalkeeper so that's why I'm going with him and I don't rate Southampton's defence too much so I'd rotate out Southampton but it's all personal opinion so either way is fair to me

              8. Reg Grapes
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                OK, been set on this for a good while now, more or less:

                Ryan (Walton)
                Tierney - TAA - Doherty (KWP, Mitchell)
                Barnes - Aubameyang - Armstrong - ASM (Greenwood)
                Werner - Jiménez - Ings

                Defense and attack look after themselves. Going forward, can't see much joy in picking the correct £10m+ midfielder, so going Aubameyang and one of the 5.5s to Mahrez/Havertz or similar in WK3.

                No premium midfielders - am I mad?

              9. Guba
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                If we get early team news that Martinez starts in goal for Arsenal will people swap out McCarthy for him? Definitely something I'm considering.

                1. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  100%

                2. Tonyawesome69
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Depends what your transfer plans are. Martinez is a rotation risk with Leno and you don't want to waste a transfer fixing this GK issue later

                  1. Guba
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Yeah this is something to consider, though I have a lot of confidence he'd cement the position for himself. I rate him highly was hoping he'd have transferred to another PL club in time for this weekend.

                3. ClassiX
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Only if you plan to keep him all year. Otherwise will be a transfer at some point when you will invariably have more pressing issues to resolve.

                4. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Much harder to get early team news with deadline 90mins before kick off

                  1. Guba
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Yep that's true.

                5. SweepaKeepa
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  More likely to start for Villa.

              10. Deulofail
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Still on this draft since the fixtures came out

                TAA Saliba VVD Tierney Robertson
                Soucek Auba(c)
                Antonio Vardy Ings

                Ryan | Barnes, ASM, Armstrong

                GW1 BB
                GW2 WC

                Don't have a lot of time before the deadline and don't want to copy any template. Any improvements to the team you would suggest to follow this strategy? Please bear in mind that I quite enjoy the shape and colours in the current team. Thx

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  I like the bold strategy and am doing the same two chip bonanza. Who is your other GK?

                  1. Deulofail
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Oops. McCarthy. I love a bonanza

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Solid - would like another decent GW1 GK at 4.5 than Ryan but may not happen

                2. The_Fish
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Is Saliba going to play?

                  1. KujaliaFC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Most likely.

                    Especially since David Luiz has a sore neck.

                  2. Deulofail
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Not sure. Will make a call closer to the deadline, but he's been training for a while, and Luiz may be out, Mari and Chambers out too, so I'd like to see Holding and Saliba in GW1. Even more likely with 3 at the back. It will be a shame to see Mustafi back in the fold from the off, and I'd expect Arteta to show prefer faith in Saliba over Sokratis, and you'd think it's too soon for Gabriel.

                3. THE WERNER DELUSION
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  like it - I'd probably go Holding instead of Saliba, he should either be central in a 3 or right of a 2, doubt he will go Saliba-Gabriel from the start in a 2

                  1. THE WERNER DELUSION
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    of course it could be Saliba-Holding or Holding-Gabriel in a two - no idea, but on BB I'd probably play a bit safer imo

                    1. Deulofail
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      I genuinely assumed Holding was 5.0. I've made the switch for now. Cheers

                4. PeteMorr
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  I like it a lot. Not only do you get an awesome rank GW1, but I think it's actually decent and might consider it myself. Kudos for thinking outside the box

                5. I Member
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  This actually looks brilliant.

                6. nicoTours
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Too risky for my taste.Triple Pool defense against an unknown quantity.It’s bold.
                  Soucek is self isolating.Are you confident he will start?That’s one player missing on your BB.
                  I’m not trying to deter you from your strategy,but man, I admire you if it works 100%.

                  1. Deulofail
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Pool and Arsenal best odds for clean sheets. No point choosing players that have less chance of clean sheets! 😀

                    I didn't know about Soucek. That's a spanner in the works. Thanks for the intel!

                    1. Deulofail
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Apparently Soucek has tested negative, so I can't see why he would be in isolation now or unavailable for selection?

                      1. ClassiX
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Self-isolation period finishes today - back on training field tomorrow (unless the normal 7-day protocols don't apply to ballers)

                        1. Deulofail
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          You still need to isolate when you test negative?

                          1. ClassiX
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Apparently 2 tests protocol - 1st test could be false-negative. Isolate 7 days then 2nd test. If still negative then come out of isolation.

                            1. Deulofail
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 11 days ago

                              I see. Thanks!

              11. Siva Mohan
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Batshuayi confirmed that talks were ongoing about a return to Selhurst Park.

                "If I am going to sign a new deal at Chelsea and be loaned to Crystal Palace next? You are on the right track when you say that. It’s something like that," Batshuayi told broadcaster RTBF.

                1. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Zaha and Eze on the wings, Batshuayi and Ayew up front, interesting.

                2. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Don’t understand why Cpl doesn’t only get Sørloth back from loan, he was Top scorer in the turkish league and will probably be sold by Cpl to RB Leipzig

                  1. ClassiX
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    It's apparently because he's a sor lother...

              12. SerieD
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Son or Alli? Is there 1mil difference?

              13. MoSalalalalalalalalah
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Martinez or Ramsdale?

                1. Inazuma X1
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Ramsdale. Villa trying for Martinez and is not nailed anyways.

              14. Budweiser
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Is Callum Wilson gonna start?

                1. Vertigo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  85%

              15. jimmy.floyd
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Justin a good option?

                1. SerieD
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Yep. And walker-P

                2. Tonyawesome69
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  only for the first few GWs

              16. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Best 5.5m mid?

                Considering 4 options.

                1. ASM - The masses favorite. Two good fixtures to start out and a better forward to assist in Wilson. A lot to like here. He's also nailed on when fit.

                2. Armstrong - His stats are very good and he has strong long term fixtures. If you think you might be locked in with this slot for a while, and have no bench cover, I think Armstrong might be the best pick because he will play and has better fixtures than ASM over say 8 weeks.

                3. Saka - Best team, best fixtures over the short-term. But not nailed on. He's the explosive punt that could be amazing or could fail. If the 5.5m slot is only going to be temporary for a few weeks, he could net you the most points before you jump ship.

                4. Podence - Bit of an odd ball but he's very attacking and has great medium/long term fixtures. If you can stand the odd benching, he could deliver very handsome points. Nice differential status as well with ridiculously low ownership.

                1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  5. Diangana. Bit of a differential, but think he'll surprise a few

                2. THE WERNER DELUSION
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  still think Jonjo could be the best of them, potential set-piece monopoly if Ritchie isn't involved

                  1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Could we not see Fraser be on set pieces?

                    1. THE WERNER DELUSION
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      possible yeah

                  2. ivantys
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Yeah he would be best here if he doesn't play part time at Newcastle.

                  3. Tonyawesome69
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Very good summary of the first three options I am considering. I've been on Armstrong since I made my initial draft but the Wilson trasnfer and high TSB has swayed me to ASM at the moment.

                  4. Phil's Stamps
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Going Armstrong over ASM because I have Wilson and only KWP from Saints.

                    1. Camzy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      That shouldn't matter. Who scores more? ASM or Armstrong? Forget who you own otherwise. You should be able to do this with every single player.

                      1. Phil's Stamps
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        I'm thinking it might be prudent with the virus floating about too.

                  5. Cometh The Aouar...
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Camzy, who plays more mins out of ASM and Armstrong though?

                    1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Maximin 19/20 - 1870 minutes
                      Armstrong 19/20 - 1713 minutes

                    2. Camzy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      ASM does I think. But I think Southampton will score more goals and have better fixtures. Hard to say who will come out on top.

                  6. ivantys
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      I like podence here, monitor him for first 2 games then swap him in for weeks 3/4 onwards if he's a regular.

                      1. Camzy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Probably a good call. In which case ASM or Saka are best picks, eh?

                        1. ivantys
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            I like ASM as once he's in squad, he most likely starts and not get cameo 1 point appearance off the bench. He only has 3 sub appearances last season so if he doesn't start, he will likely not be in the bench at all and you can use your bench to replace him.

                      2. Guba
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        If Podence was nailed I'd love to get him. I think if I do go with a 5.5m mid which is 50% it'll be ASM initially with a view to jump ship if similar priced players emerge.

                      3. Karan14
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Between ASM or Saka for me with a view to upgrading them to a Wolves mid in GW3/4.

                        The Armstrong + Adams double up just doesn't feel right. Also I want to keep one Soton slot open incase Ings goes bonkers.

                        1. CroatianHammer
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Saka would be good if the Laca move manifests

                      4. dunas_dog
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        I would go Saka and jump on to Podence if he looks to be in Wolves starting team. I think Podence could have great season

                    • adondek
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Join my h2h league 3 CITY ( GD-GS-GA) .Code: c s n r p i

                      • Shineonme
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Any chance Aub doesn't start against Fulham. I've seen a few team line up prediction sites and Aub isn't in them. Do you think that's because he hasn't signed a new contract yet. Would hate to have him in my team and he doesn't start. Could easily swap out for Mane if we get early team news agaisnt Fulham. That would mean playing Salah and Mane in the first game.

                        1. Vertigo
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Unlikely to get early team news 90m before kick-off.

                          1. Shineonme
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Oh s*** didn't see 90min gap. Thought it use to be 60 min. So fantssy have change that too or is it just for this game?

                        2. Inazuma X1
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Is this why they're not selling Laca?

                        3. Cometh The Aouar...
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Well if he doesn't start, who would you consider as a replacement? I'd either go Nketiah or Willian

                        4. Jon Walter's Hatty
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Is anyone starting ffs...

                        5. Red Red Robins
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Think Auba, Ceballos and Xhaka are probably the only naiiled players in Artetas 11

                      • Nigawan
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Join my H2H fantasy league guys 🙂 ic32w5

                      • Inazuma X1
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        [Official] Villa sign Watkins

                        Price prediction?

                        1. Siva Mohan
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          6

                        2. THE WERNER DELUSION
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          6

                        3. LC1
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          7 / 7.5 I would guess

                          1. LC1
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Was meant to be 6 / 6.5

                        4. Cometh The Aouar...
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          6.0

                        5. A Team Of James McCleans
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          6.5

                        6. jomikijiq
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          6.0

                      • A Team Of James McCleans
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

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                        1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Sorry I'm saving the cash for the Poppy appeal in a couple of months...

                      • Athletic Nasherbo
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        What’s the crack with Maitland-Niles. Will he start?

                        1. THE WERNER DELUSION
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          depends if it's a back 3 or not - no-one knows

                        2. jomikijiq
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          probably as LWB

                          1. Athletic Nasherbo
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Interesting. Cheers both. 5m looks decent with the first two fixtures