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Can Watkins transform Aston Villa attack and offer FPL points potential?

Ollie Watkins (£6.0m) landed at Villa Park last week for a club record fee of £28m, and could be the answer to many of their problems. Could he help Fantasy Premier League managers out as well?

The 24-year-old, who scored 26 goals in the Championship last term, has penned a five-year contract, and is in line to make his Premier League debut in Gameweek 2, when Aston Villa entertain Sheffield United.

Villans boss Dean Smith had been desperate to sign a new striker, and rightly so. Villa’s forwards contributed a meagre six league goals between them last season, and just two, via Wesley (£6.0m) and Mbwana Samatta (£6.0m), in 2020. 

Upon signing, Smith said of his new recruit:

“Ollie has developed into one of the most sought-after strikers in the country and we are looking forward to seeing him show his great qualities in an Aston Villa shirt. He is a hugely determined character who has both the ability and personality to succeed at the highest level.” – Dean Smith

Priced up at £6.0m by FPL, Watkins will be hoping to build on that stunning 26-goal campaign in the top tier, but for Fantasy managers, is he a viable option for our forward lines, and if so, when might be the optimum time to invest?

In this new Scout Report, we’ll attempt to answer those questions, and assess his credentials ahead of his debut.

History and Statistics

Newton Abbot-born Watkins started his career at Exeter City, where he progressed through the academy ranks. 

Having impressed for the under-18 side, a first-team debut followed in 2014, but it was a successful loan spell at Weston-super-Mare when he started turning heads, scoring 10 goals in 25 appearances for the Conference South side.

“He has a lot of talent, he could run with the ball superbly with both feet and could do the bread and butter stuff very well. His talent eventually shone through and it’s proven to be the case at Exeter. He’s got speed and as well as playing up front, is very competent on the wing. You can also play him through the middle due to his great first touch. We played a 3-4-3 formation and he played in that top three. He was very flexible and offered us so many options.” – Former Weston-super-Mare manager, Ryan Northmore

Once back at Exeter, Watkins kicked on and racked up 21 league goals across the following two seasons, which was enough for Brentford to make their move. Signed for a fee thought to be just under £2m, Watkins was initially used as a wide forward, where he scored 10 goals in each of his first two seasons. 

However, it will undoubtedly be the 2019/20 campaign he’ll be remembered for most. 

After the sale of Neal Maupay (£6.5m) to Brighton and Hove Albion, Watkins made the switch to a central striking role. The change worked wonders, as Watkins finished joint-top scorer in the Championship with 26 goals, with Brentford only narrowly missing out on promotion to the Premier League. 

Amazingly, every single one of those 26 goals came from open play and when you exclude penalties, Watkins scored more league goals than any other player in English football last season. 

“I normally call him the beast. He’s a remarkable player and person. He’s so dedicated. Of course, he wants to be top scorer, but that’s not his main aim. He’s so dedicated to improve every single day, so he’s a coach’s dream because of course we want to focus on little details. We’ve been working very hard on his positions and how to run in the box and the link up play. Overall, he’s just improved massively as a player and also as part of the leading group. He’s driving the team. Look out there how hard he works – it’s a joy to have a striker like that. He’s one of the hardest, if not the hardest working offensive player in the league, and he’s also the top scorer. That’s not a bad combination.” – Brentford manager, Thomas Frank

Now at Villa, Watkins will be reunited with Smith, who signed him from Exeter City when he was Brentford manager, with the player adding:

“I am so excited to join Aston Villa and to reunite with Dean Smith as my Head Coach. I cannot wait to wear the famous claret and blue in the Premier League. I want to do something special here and score some goals.” – Ollie Watkins

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2014-15Exeter City | Weston-Super-Mare (Loan)League Two | Conference South2 | 240 | 10
2015-16Exeter CityLeague Two208
2016-17Exeter CityLeague Two4513
2017-18BrentfordChampionship4510
2018-19BrentfordChampionship4110
2019-20BrentfordChampionship4626

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Watkins is 5ft 11, and is used to leading the line having been deployed as a lone striker in a 4-3-3 at Brentford. 

He is quick, strong and extremely hard-working, and is best summed up as a complete forward, who is equally comfortable running the channels, or dropping deep to link play.

When looking at Watkins shot map from 2019/20, what shines through is that the vast majority of his shots came inside the area, while the breakdown of last season’s goals also backs up his all-rounder tag: 16 were scored from inside the penalty area, eight from inside the six-yard box, with two coming from long-range. 

He is also capable with both feet – he netted 10 with his right-foot, seven with his left-foot and eight with his head. 

That heading stat is worth noting, considering Villa finished sixth in the Premier League for crosses last season, with 798, behind only Manchester City, Liverpool, Sheffield United, Chelsea and Everton.

It didn’t take long for Watkins to convert from a cross either, as he scored the winning goal in Saturday’s 1-0 friendly victory over Manchester United, with a diving header from Trézéguet’s (£5.5m) delivery. He also opened the scoring against Burton Albion on Tuesday night.

His fitness in recent seasons is also a huge positive. Brentford played 46 league matches last term, plus three more in the play-offs, with Watkins playing every single match and missing just 10 minutes throughout. The season before he missed just five league games, and a single fixture the campaign before that. 

Prospects

The prospect of seeing Watkins line up alongside Jack Grealish (£7.0m) is exciting.

Last season, barring Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m), no player created more chances than Grealish, while as a team, Villa ranked sixth for chances created, with 369, and tenth for shots (456). The issue was that they only managed 41 goals.

If Watkins can start converting some of those Grealish chances, then you’d expect Villa to push on and avoid another relegation battle this season.

Adjusting to Villa’s system shouldn’t take long, with both Brentford and Villa favouring a 4-3-3, while his position in the starting XI is also secure, as he will immediately move ahead of Samatta, Keinan Davis (£4.5m) and Wesley in the pecking order. Essentially, it will be his place to lose.

So, when might be the ideal time to invest?

I’ve seen some suggest Gameweek 9, but I think we should be looking at Gameweek 6 when Villa have six home ties in 10 matches, against Leeds United, Southampton, Brighton and Hove Albion, Newcastle United, Burnley and Crystal Palace. 

Add in a couple of decent looking away trips to West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion, and I think this run of fixtures looks pretty appealing.

Villa’s fixtures from Gameweeks 6 to 15

Villa have been crying out for a clinical finisher who is able to score with his head and feet ever since Tammy Abraham (£7.5) returned to Chelsea in the summer of 2019, and in Watkins, I think they may well have found their man.

That being said, the Premier League is a completely different level to the Championship, so some caution is required. 

Nevertheless, FPL managers have reason to be excited with Watkins coming in at just £6.0m. 

Right now, I’d suggest scouting him over the next few weeks, and if progressing as I expect him too, make a move ahead of Gameweek 6.

His statistics from the last campaign certainly suggest he should be able to make an immediate impression, and if he were to hit around 12 league goals this season, I think that would be deemed a success, and would no doubt go a long way towards helping Villa avoid another season languishing near the bottom of the table.

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1,855 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Villa Velour
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Worth taking a hit to do Alli -> Hames?

    1. Fiqz Fariss
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      do it

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I could do that exact thing and I don’t think I will.

      Will change mind if Alli starts midweek game though

      1. Villa Velour
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I'm with you mate

  2. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    On a WC would you go Saiss and Mitchell or 2 (4.5) rotation Ayling/Taylor?

    1. The Sociologist
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      You wouldn’t be expecting Mitchell to start every week would you?

    2. Fiqz Fariss
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      If Saiss + Mitchell means 2 (4.0) then no

    3. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I would go for A but Mitchell won’t be starter for much longer as PVA will return. If you don’t intend playing 4.0 - get Ferguson

  3. dshv
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    So yiu telling me i have to bring klich or harrison for asm after 2-3 gameweeks ?

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      If you don't we will delete your team

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Why? What’ve I missed

    3. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Add Podence too

    4. Fiqz Fariss
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      for sure HaHaHa

  4. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Think I’ll keep Alli if it looks like he’ll play, to avoid a hit this week.

    Vinagre gotta go though. Out for Jamal Lewis is an appealing option...

    Have Trent Doherty KWP Mitchell currently. Justin is too short term imo

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      If you're not worried about the price drop he can easily score against Southampton

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Price drop will be well annoying but is it really worth a -4

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          No I wouldn't for a bit

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Hit

          2. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Cheers lad. Unless it looks like he won’t start

    2. amol
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      In the same boat with Alli, think Mourinho made a real mistake subbing him off considering they no longer looked like a football team without him.

  5. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    In FPLStatistics, Bruno, KDB and Gabriel were all over 100% hours ago, but now they've been scaled back to 96%. Is this a tweaking of the algorithm or people converting their transfers to WCs, or what?

    1. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I don't know why it happens but if a player over 100% doesn't rise, he is always scaled back to somewhere between 90-95 the next day.

      1. Wild Card this...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I noticed that as well...no idea why?

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yeah, the algorithm is learning the values of the relevant parameters, so then it figures out that it needs to guess a different number. Might mean that it underestimated the number of WCs being used, as I think it only knows how many transfers there have been in/out and not whether they were on a WC. Like if you played your WC now, no one would know that you did until after the deadline.

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Tweaking

  6. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Did anyone watch the FPL Wire this week? Do they talk anything about Alli or Havertz? If they do, then I'll be watching it!

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yep

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Cheers mate

    2. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      They talked about Alli, not sure about Havertz

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Cheers mate

    3. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      They do at some point, they all agreed on selling Alli over Havertz first (which is nonsense for me but respect it) and giving Havertz a 2nd chance over the next few.

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Cheers mate!

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Why is it nonsense? It makes perfect sense to me and helped guide my decision. Havertz has great fixtures, lots of potential even though he had a poor debut.

        Alli got taken off at half time in a Spurs soul-less defeat.

        1. Klaren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Alli had a big chance so easily could have scored. Spurs was way better in 1st half with him in the team so can't see him being benched again unless there are other issues outside the pitch.

          Havertz didn't get into any advanced positions (average position was further back from Kante, James and Alonso) and I don't understand the appeal with him to start with given his stats at Leverkusen playing as an attacking midfielder as opposed to right wing or central forward.

          It's just my opinion though and I respect that they might have different views on it, there is no right and wrong here before we have more sample size to act upon.

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            'Unless there are other issues outside the pitch'

            I think there are. The signs are there. Unrest at Spurs.

            But yes, you are right. There is no right or wrong until we get hindsight. I think Chelsea's stats from last season encourage me though in terms of chance creation etc. I'd rather take a chance with Havertz than Alli on the displays of both teams.

    4. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Cheers both

    5. Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Planet FPL covered Havertz and one of their hosts is a Spurs fan and he said he'd just avoid Spurs.

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Cheers mate! I'll watch that as well!

  7. Chandler Bing
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Is Digne worth a whole 1M over Keane?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I'd say so

    2. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Comfortably

    3. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Easily

    4. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Not sure! Would certainly improve my WC but Keane doesn’t seem to look right.. Digne in the Set Pieces etc so think he as the edge, think 6m is a bit steep

    5. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yeah

    6. ThisPostsOnFire
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Absolutely

    7. Skloppy Kops
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      If you're buying for CS potential then no.
      But the attacking return that Digne can offer is indeed worth the 1M.

  8. Tiggsy
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    After a decent week 1 I'm wildcarding, any thoughts?

    Ryan

    Bertrand/Justin/Targett

    Mahrez/Aubameyang/Son/James Rod/Fernandes

    Richarlison/Jiminez

    (Walton-Bamford/Mitchell/Buur)

    My transfer for next week should be a straight swap bringing week 1 skipper Salah back in for Aubamayang.

    1. Fiqz Fariss
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      wow that front 8

    2. Nidgee89
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Always tricky with Man City players bar DeBruyne and Sterling... I think you could with upgrade in defence

  9. Fuddled FC
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    a) Alli > James R
    b) Alli > Rich
    c) hold

    1. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      How would you do Alli to Rich? (he's a sticker this year)

      Think A could be worth a go

      1. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Striker

      2. Fiqz Fariss
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        hack alert!

  10. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Will Bavies start this weekend?

    1. BENOIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      yep

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      This weekend? Yes.

    3. Fiqz Fariss
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      yes

  11. BENOIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Bringing in Brewster on my WC is now surely a no-brainer?

    A 4.5m starting striker only needs to score about 8 goals or so to be the best value player on the game?

    1. Tiggsy
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Only if he actually leaves Liverpool (whether Loan or permanently). Otherwise I don't see him getting the minutes to be worth having.

    2. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      will he be nailed?

    3. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I would

    4. Oooof
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I have him in the hope he’ll start somewhere else.

    5. Goonerly
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Sheff. Utd. rotates too often between strikers for me to consider this.

      1. Oooof
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I can’t decide whether Wilder is deliberately rotating or just that nobody can nail the spot with consistent performances?

      2. BENOIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Sheffield ain't spending 25m on a player to rotate him

        1. Bobby Reds
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          They broke their transfer records twice last summer to sign Moussett and Callum Robinson... both barely got a kick.

          1. Oooof
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Didn’t Robinson pick up an injury though after starting at first?

          2. BENOIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Proves my point - that was 10millio n for Mousett, not 25!

            25 is huge sums for Sheff Utd, they're not benching him on the regular

    6. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A good option, but won't be the best value in the game, that's for sure.

    7. Skloppy Kops
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      SHU have got 4 ATT, and I dont think he'll be 1st choice and playing week in week out there also.
      So, lets wait and see, don't overthink it.

    8. Saint & Reevesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Ok I’ll bite, who is he going to start for?

      1. BENOIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Sheffield UTd

  12. Destroyer of teams
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Would you rather have

    Doherty & Justin

    Or

    Laporte & Holding

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B but not holding

  13. Pépé Pig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Anyone know who's on pens for Everton?

    1. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Nope

    2. Fiqz Fariss
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      siggurdsson

      1. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yeah, assuming he doesn't start again

      2. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Can’t take them from the grandstand. I’m 90% sure it’s James

      3. Skloppy Kops
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        He's on the transfer list.. means he's not 1st choice anymore

    3. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Nobody knows

  14. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    How do Spuds line up if they get Bale as well as Reguilon? 541 with wingbacks? Sticking to 4 ATB?
    541 with a DM?
    Lloris
    Dier Ald Davies
    Doherty Hojberg Reguilon
    Bale Alli Son
    Kane

    1. Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I think Lo Celso will play ahead of Alli.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Interesting, really? Mou generally rates Alli I thought, and he was one of their better players before the tactical change (a mistake)

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Lo Celso is quality and first choice for sure, makes them tick

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            But he can be used further back so he and Alli can both play

        2. Chandler Bing
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Whilst Alli is a decent player, I think Lo Celso is far superior in terms of creativity - something which Spurs clearly lacked.

          Lo Celso is also a better box to box player which I think someone like a Hojbjerg needs alongside him.

          I for one am just avoiding Spurs. They're just too defensive and at the prices their assets are at, I'd much prefer Chelsea ones who despite conceding a lot at least go for goals all throughout the game.

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 14 days ago

      My guess is they still use a 4-2-3-1.

      Lloris
      Reguilon - Dier - Alderweireld - Doherty
      Lo Celso - Hojbjerg
      Bale (!) - Alli - Son
      Kane

      Mourinho has never used 3ATB consistently so it seems unlikely.

      1. Chandler Bing
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I think you're bang on here. Just need to swap Doc and Reguilon.

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I think Alli is done.

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Couldn't disagree more, what's the reasoning?

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Rumors of a bustup with Mourinho. There wouldn't be random talks of a Real Madrid move if he was still in Mou's good graces.

              Getting taken off at half time is also a pretty bad sign. It's quite negative how Mourinho talked about Spurs post game and he didn't do a lot to protect Alli either.

              Remember last year when Dier got taken off after 30 mins in the game against Benfica? Mourinho went all out with his apologies to the player publically blah blah. Just that post game conference after rewatching it, I think Alli is done. He won't start at Southampton. Back to the bench for lack of pressing.

    3. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I guess Bale will end in physios room after first game, swapping golf course for PL football must be a shock to the body.

    4. il Brutto
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Lloris
      Doherty - Aldy - Dier - Reguillon
      Sissoko - Höjbjerg
      Bale - Lo Celso - Son
      Kane

      1. 16ShimiC16
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Lloris
        Toby Dier Davies
        Doherty Hojberg Lo Celso Reguillon
        Bale Kane Son

        or

        Lloris
        Doherty Toby Dier Reguillon
        N'Dombele Hojberg Lo Celso
        Bale Kane Son

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Kane
      Son Bale
      Lo Celso
      Winks Hojbjerg
      Reguilon Dier Alderweireld Doherty

      I'm thinking 4-3-3. With Lo Celso slightly more creative ahead of the other two central mids. Bale RW, Son LW.

  15. ThisPostsOnFire
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Where's everyone at with their WILDCARD strategy?

    I'm going GW8 for definite.

    Some WILD fixture swings and Havertz will surely be into the centre and into the swing of things by then.

    Now if none of the following could pick up any nasty injuries or infections that'd be great:

    Martinez (Nyland)

    TAA, Bellerin, Lewis (Taylor, Ferguson)

    Salah, De Bruyne, Havertz, Greenwood (BIssouma)

    Martial, Wilson, Antonio

    1. Destroyer of teams
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Just activated it. Got 78 points and my team was decent but you gotta get on those early price rises and this year even more so with getting city and United in.

      Everyone thinks it’s silly and usually is but not this year with no city and United first gameweek

      1. ThisPostsOnFire
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Depends on how many players you want to get in I guess.

        I'm quite happy holding Davies (5.0) with the option of downgrading to 4.5. (freeing up 0.5 at any point I need to cover price rises/drops.

        For now I'm happy to just bring in Martial and downgrade (pricewise) Auba to KDB next week.

    2. JustSomeGuy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Earliest will be around GW9/10 as there's quite a few fixtures swings, such as Everton/Spurs/Mitro out and city/liverpool in, maybe villa/palace in too.

      Likely want to reshape for those teams and I'm not sure how I'm going to get the team I want yet as it's a little too far out to plan in full, although would prefer to hold until the last few weeks.

      1. ThisPostsOnFire
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        My plans also concern Mitro. Restructuring to two 6.5 forwards w/ Antonio and Wilson is a must for me with their fixtures from GW8.

    3. Oooof
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I want to hold on to it and pull the trigger at the right moment.

      Still collating more info and trying to anticipate which teams/players are going to be right ones to follow.

      Definitely planning at least three changes for GW3 using my two FTs and a hit.

      A mini wildcard if you like and an idea borrowed off here.

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I've never understood the mini WC when I can make 2 transfers then one the following week for the same cost. Maybe if you want to move money around a lot of positions but otherwise what is the difference?

        1. Oooof
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I see your point

          1. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            I guess you cover a fixture swing better maybe with the mini WC

            1. Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              ...say if you wanted 3 Wolves for GW4 then an FT held would be the better way.

              1. Oooof
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Yes, I think you make a good point in thinking about it.

                It’s bad to be too inflexible in your plans.

  16. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    1. Alli >> Greenwood
    2. Havertz >> Greenwood
    3. Alli >> JamesRod
    4. Havertz >> JamesRod
    5. Save

    Thanks All

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Save imo fella. Or 4 if any

    2. The Sociologist
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      3) ahead of a nice fixture home to WBA if any.

    3. il Brutto
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      3 or 5

    4. JustSomeGuy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      3 or 4, maybe give them both a week and go for the double switch next week if still unhappy.

  17. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    CTaylor or Lewis to replace Vinagre? Why?

    Could potentially rotate with Mitchell fixture dependent. Both defenses missing key pieces (Mee, Dubravka), Lewis more attacking threat but probably poorer defence...

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Lewis

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Cheers. That’s what the gut is telling me...

        If Burnley doing well can always ditch Doherty later

    2. amol
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Taylor imo, Newcastle have switched to a 442 from their usual system so remains to be seen how they fare long term + Taylors next 3 overall looks more appealing than Lewis'.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Cheers for the reply. Keep flip flopping but I think my gut is telling me Lewis - and I ignored my gut and went Ings ASM over Wilson JRod to start sadly...

        Lewis was threatening last game and while he does have some tough fixtures after GW2 I could rotate with Mitchell for the worst ones.

        If Burnley look solid Doherty to Taylor could also then be an option soon

    3. ThisPostsOnFire
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I'd go with Lewis as a long-term option for the attacking returns and fixtures - from GW 7 - 14 his fixtures are fantastic with a couple of exceptions.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Cheers, that’s my thinking

    4. il Brutto
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Lewis just. Don't really like the fixtures of either player, but the attacking threat of Lewis and the fact that Newcastle seem to have quite a few home games coming up.

  18. il Brutto
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Which Everton and ManU pairing do you prefer?

    A) DCL and Rashford
    B) Martial and Rodriguez

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Probably B. Help above?

    2. Skloppy Kops
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B

    3. JustSomeGuy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

  19. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    If Dele and Mou fell out as Gabby Agbonlahor claims then I need to ship him out but the question is for who and how many hits I'm willing to take.
    -4 to anyone or -8 to Bruno F

    God I misser this game(not).

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Fell out about what?

      Id prefer to keep him if I could, cos likewise would require a hit to ship (and id probably punt on Hames)

    2. JustSomeGuy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Fell out or not, Spurs have a tough run of games and don't really have depth to leave him out too much.

  20. AK ⭐
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Need a bit of help here. What do you guys think about this?

    McCarthy
    TAA Justin Ayling
    Salah Auba (c) Alli Havertz
    Mitrovic Werner Adams

    Button KWP Mitchell Bissouma

    0.0 itb

    I am thinking about downgrading Alli to a 5.5m mid (Harrison atm), which would open up a few options for next week. Auba to KdB is set in stone and I'd have enough funds for Havertz to Bruno or even Mitro/Adams to Martial for a hit.

    Alli could easily start and get something vs Saints, but Leeds just look very good and Harrison at 5.5 is value imo.

    Thoughts?

    1. The Sociologist
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Think I’d like another few game weeks to assess who from Leeds will be the best option. Think it’s not super risky giving them another couple of weeks. If I were to make a move this week it’d be for an Everton asset for their next few fixtures.

      I might also be tempted to look at restructuring away from that double 6.0 pivot of doom in attack.

      1. AK ⭐
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Fair points, James is an obvious candidate but again, it doesn't easily allow a United upgrade easily. Only Havertz to Rashford.

    2. amol
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I think if you're going to get rid of anyone it should be Havertz.

      1. AK ⭐
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Willing to give him another go. Hoping Lamps will play him in an advanced position, Chelsea fixtures after this are pretty good if Havertz plays in front 3 or no.10.

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Alli > JamesR is the move this week for me. Your team is pretty similar to mine. Basically the same midfield.

      1. AK ⭐
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        What's your United and City plan?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Auba > KdB/Sterling first thing.

          Then I'll consider Havertz > Rashford after watching the games.

          1. AK ⭐
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Fair. Makes sense.

  21. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Sterling or Auba?

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Auba this week, Raz after

  22. Pépé Pig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Alli to JRod worth a -4? That WBA fixture looks so tasty and great fixtures after

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Unless it looks like Alli won’t start, I’m hanging onto him one more week - otherwise could and would do that exact move for a hit

      1. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yeah, I can't see Jose giving any useful info in the presser so I doubt we'll know either way. Would you not be planning a City move anyway next week? Difficult to see a time to get Alli out without a hit

    2. The Sociologist
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Maybe... Everton look sharp, and the fixtures are good. But will Hames be the assisted of the assister?

      Do you think Spurs are in meltdown and/or Alli is out of favour?

  23. checkit_j
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Bottomed*

    I don't want to WC but maybe take a -4?

    Ings + ASM -> Greenwood + Wilson?
    Ings + Dele -> Bruno + Ayew/Watkins/Adams?

    0.0itb

    Mccarthy
    TAA | Dier | Mitchell | Justin
    Auba | Salah | ASM | Dele |
    Werner Ings

    (Steer, Mitro, Biss, KWP)

    1. KUNingas
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Dele -> James Rod

      1. checkit_j
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Not a bad shout. Gives me .5 for next week. But no united or city this week?

        Could do ings to martial? -4?

  24. Incredibles
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Appreciate some input here.

    A) Vinagre -> Lamptey
    B) Vinagre, Ings -> Saiss, Rich -4
    C) Ings -> Rich and move Vin next week

    Team:
    McCarthy
    TAA - Davies - Saliba..
    Auba (C) - Salah - Greenwood - ASM
    Werner - Ings - Mitro
    Steer - Mitchell - Soucek - Vinagre

  25. Shatner's Bassoon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Guess Ben Davies is shot as an option then?

    Or might Jose go for a 3-5-2 with Reg + Doh flying wing backs?? (Can't remember him doing so in his career so far!)

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I posed this above. Think it’s either that or the 4231 someone posted in response

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Keep him for one more week, then get rid for Saiss.

  26. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Vinagre is dead as an option right, realistically ?

    No chance he starts surely, so safe to ditch now and avoid forgetting about price drop?

    1. Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Certainly for me. If they didn't trust him in GW1, he's not coming back until at least Marcal has a couple of nightmare games.

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Sadly, yes.

  27. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Brewster getting his move?

    1. amol
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yes

    2. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Only in the news rumors so far...

    3. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Will he start?

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        At Sheffield Utd ? He is better than anyone else there

  28. KUNingas
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Take a hit or not to take a hit?

    A) Alli -> Bruno (will be stuck with Mitro and Adams)
    B) Mitro + Alli -> Martial + James (-4)
    C) Adams + Alli -> Martial + James (-4)

    Salah, Auba, Alli, ASM
    Werner, Mitro, Adams

    1. amol
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B but only because Fulham are absolutely shocking.

      1. KUNingas
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Thanks. Leaning to B or C but tough choice between Mitro and Adams

    2. The Sociologist
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I think B) edges you towards a better long term team structure.

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B is preferable for sure.

  29. Destroyer of teams
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    So I just did

    Egan to Digne
    TAA to VVD
    Doherty to Laporte
    Son to Bruno
    Auba to KDB
    Soucek to Klich

    Now I know TAA is vital but not enough for me to let the rest of the team down as he won’t be captained

    Also I know about Auba vs West Ham but he may not score and KDB just might

    Now my team is

    McCarthy Nyland

    Digne VVD Laporte Justin Mitchell

    Salah KDB Bruno Klich Bissouma

    Werner Wilson Brewster

    Anyone else you would change?

    1. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Hope you used WC 😉

      1. Destroyer of teams
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I did indeed

    2. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Looks fine

  30. seewhyaxe
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Oh man, these Alli sellers.

    Can't you just wait for the Europa fixture to start first before selling..?!