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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

SeasonClubCompetitionAppsGoals
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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

Profile

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. Silent Friend
    • 9 Years
    9 days, 56 mins ago

    Villa close to sign Traore & Rashica

    1. Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 55 mins ago

      Watkins looks super tempting on WC.

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 54 mins ago

      Wait they’re getting both? Wow. Rashica is class

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 52 mins ago

      Villa have pretty good fixtures overall actually.

      Grealish now has a forward that might be able to score some of his chances... Looks a possible option.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 50 mins ago

        From sole striker when this article was published minutes ago, to multiple strikers, it looks like Grealish the provider is the better punt than Watkins. Pity, as there is a dearth of strikers in the budget range.

        1. Chandler Bing
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 47 mins ago

          Traore plays RW tho. Rashica also a LW.

          I think Grealish moves to CM alongside McGinn and one of Nakamba and Luiz.

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            9 days, 45 mins ago

            With Ollie nailed up top? In that case with 3 lines of service, Watkins would be the plum pick.

            1. Chandler Bing
              • 4 Years
              9 days, 43 mins ago

              I'm absolutely certain Ollie will be nailed. They paid over 30M for him and he's scored in both of his matches he's played for the team.

              1. Chilli Heatwave
                • 2 Years
                9 days, 36 mins ago

                As a villa fan can confirm Watkins is the nailed striker, traore rashica grealish etc. All to play wingers

                1. Chilli Heatwave
                  • 2 Years
                  9 days, 35 mins ago

                  Only unknown is if he is on pens, as wasn’t at Brentford

        2. Puntillimon
          • 5 Years
          9 days, 46 mins ago

          Won’t he be quite nailed? The competition is poor up front. But I Guess you’re right, no one more nailed than grealish

    4. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 30 mins ago

      Before season started I knew it that keeping WC until week or two after clousure of transfer window may be crucial

    5. Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 24 mins ago

      Traore and Rashica will likely see Grealish move in to a number 10 role.

    6. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 14 mins ago

      Rashica is excellent, would consider for FPL if decently priced & not chucked into interchangeable rotation with Trezeguet, El Ghazi et al.

    7. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 10 mins ago

      Rashica is a coup - could win the league for Villa

      He blanked in 14 of his last 17 Bundesliga games for example

  2. HD7
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 54 mins ago

    Mccarthy
    TAA Justin Egan Davies
    Salah Alli ASM Auba
    Ings Werner

    Button Bissouma Taylor Brewster

    *0.5 in bank to do Ings to Martial for GW2,
    do it tonight as I see Martial is probably increasing his price?

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 37 mins ago

      would save and keep that 0.5 to upgrade alli>pulisic/havertz gameweek 3

  3. LC1
    • 5 Years
    9 days, 54 mins ago

    Morning all,

    Hope you're having a good week?

    This team gtg or anything worth a hit;

    McCarthy
    Egan Dier TAA KWP
    Salah Auba(c) ASM Bruno
    Werner Mitro

    1 ITB.

    Aiming to bring in KDB for Auba next week then probably Mitro to Wilson and upgrade a defender the following week for -4.

    Any suggestions are much appreciated 🙂

    Cheers.

    1. Destroyer of teams
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 19 mins ago

      Personally not a fan of Dier, KWP or Mitro but all have good fixtures I guess

  4. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    9 days, 54 mins ago

    That WC is really looking tempting 😮

    1. Tinker Nat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 10 mins ago

      Plenty of reason to put the trigger.....

      Get MC and MU players in without a fuss.
      Price rises tonight on key players no doubt
      Lots of expectations dashed - let down players, Liverpool defence, Seriously if they let in 3 to leeds.....just cos players perform on the past...

      If you can change your team with 5 swaps......just do it.

      I did.....btw

  5. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    9 days, 53 mins ago

    Ladies and gents

    KDB or Sterling?

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 52 mins ago

      No Dilva + Pens = KDB.

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 days, 52 mins ago

        how sure are we about KdB and pens?

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 49 mins ago

          Hasn’t missed one, everyone else has. He’s taken them with sterlo, Aguero etc on pitch

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            9 days, 49 mins ago

            Kun was injured at the end of last season when he was taking them

            1. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              9 days, 43 mins ago

              Oh I thought Kun was fit still when he started on them. I’ll have to look into it next week. I may well end up with both anyway for good measure

      2. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 52 mins ago

        Playing Foden instead of Dilva could push KDB back to CDM you know

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 days, 48 mins ago

          Makes little difference to Kev's capacity to haul. I will start with Kev GW3, and if Raz looks to be hitting a purple patch, do a sideways transfer.

      3. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 44 mins ago

        Pens= Agüero
        but yeah... Kdb over Sterling too

    2. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 48 mins ago

      Jesus if you must

  6. No Professionals
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 53 mins ago

    Who is wildcarding?

    If so, from what team?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 49 mins ago

      I’m wildcarding from a one week BB team, plan was always to WC this week so team was dead-ended to focus on GW1. Didn’t really come off though without Salah and only one of the three defensive double ups coming off.

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 46 mins ago

        What team you going for?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 44 mins ago

          Martinez Steer
          Digne James Saiss Justin Ferguson
          KDB Bruno Willian Rodriguez Bissouma
          Martial Richarlison Wilson

          With 1.5 ITB

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 34 mins ago

            This looks excellent, MS. Pulisic over Willian when he is fit would be nice although Willian could finally be consistent this season

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              9 days, 29 mins ago

              Cheer Rafa - from eyeing up three Chelsea attacking options I now only have one defender from them. Havertz looks like he will take a while and don’t think Pulisic will be into the grove until 4 or 5

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                9 days, 14 mins ago

                Yeah true. Willian at a nice price to move to a Chelsea attacker if needed. What you think I should go for here? Or save my FT?

                A. Ings >> Martial
                B. Ings+Pulisic >> DCL+Bruno -4
                C. Pulisic+Davies >> J.Rod+Digne -4

                McCarthy
                TAA, Egan, Davies, Justin
                Salah, Auba, Pulisic, ASM
                Werner, Ings
                (Nyland, Mitchell, Bissouma, Davis)

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  9 days, 10 mins ago

                  C - almost certain it will pay off this week alone

                  1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    9 days, 5 mins ago

                    Cheers. I could also just do the Rodríguez move and play Davies. No hit.

          2. Jellyfish
            • 8 Years
            9 days, 23 mins ago

            Nice

    2. Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 49 mins ago

      Targeting Everton, Wolves and Mancs for the most part. Keeping Auba who is likely to be Sterling come GW3 (City double up)

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 49 mins ago

      I don't think anyone should wildcard this week. Even the worst teams. Do it next week instead for the fixture swing.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 47 mins ago

        Or the week after when the transfer windows closes and there's an international break to reassess.

      2. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 46 mins ago

        The downside is, you will limit your team because of the price changes if you wait for gw2..

        1. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          9 days, 41 mins ago

          Plenty more options will emerge next week, guaranteed. Happens every year

    4. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 48 mins ago

      So freaking tempting!

    5. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 42 mins ago

      Please ignore, meant as new post.

  7. No Professionals
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 50 mins ago

    Would you wildcard this

    McCarthy
    TAA Davies Holding
    Salah aubameyang ASM soucek
    Werner kane Adams

    Steer Mitchell Vinagre Davis

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 49 mins ago

      No

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 49 mins ago

      Nope

    3. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 48 mins ago

      No way, not from 1 weeks results

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 47 mins ago

      No. Next week if you must. For your team next week is ideal in fact.

      You can lose both Arsenal, get rid of Vinagre, get rid of ASM when his fixtures turn. Kane probably also gets moved on for more cost efficient options like Martial or Jimenez.

    5. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 47 mins ago

      Facts for the responses

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 46 mins ago

        Thanks

    6. Shatner's Bassoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 43 mins ago

      Nope. Doesn't really need anything doing IMO.

    7. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 42 mins ago

      Son dropping like a stone. Could be 8.8 by Saturday at this rate.

      Don't want to move him on this early but these price rises & falls are irritating.

      1. veedub1989
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 days, 22 hours ago

        I don't understand why people are so hastily moving on from Son, he was (positionally) the most forward player for Spurs and he still looked good. Expect the bandwagon to revert once he scores an inevitable brace.

        (I've not got him btw so I've no skin in the game).

    8. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 41 mins ago

      sorry, reply fail

  8. Puntillimon
    • 5 Years
    9 days, 48 mins ago

    Steer did really well for the friendly against Man U. Reckon he keeps his place in goal for at least this week?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 47 mins ago

      Nope Martinez has signed. But I do think Martinez Steer is a decent 8.5 combo for WCers

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 46 mins ago

      Probably not. Martinez may well start.

      1. Puntillimon
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 45 mins ago

        Oh well McCarthy in goal isn’t that bad an option I suppose

  9. mynameisq
    • 7 Years
    9 days, 48 mins ago

    Strange to see people with way better teams than me wildcarding, just because I capped Salah and outscored them

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 43 mins ago

      I like Joe's way of putting it.

      If you had both Salah & Auba, but captained Auba, you're only 13pts down.

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 37 mins ago

        I like that too

    2. Shatner's Bassoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 42 mins ago

      I don't get it at this point either. Looks like panic stations... we barely have any information on form... transfer window still open... and folks are blazing through the best chip in the game.

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 37 mins ago

        Yeah 1 week just isn't enough

    3. Chris_H
      • 11 Years
      9 days, 29 mins ago

      I have Mane - 44 points
      If I'd had Salah - 80 points

      Literally this.

  10. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 days, 44 mins ago

    Martinez the best 4.5m keeper this season over McCarthy and Ryan?

    Villa weren't anywhere near as good defensively as Saints and Brighton last year, in xGC terms anyway, but they showed promise of improvement post-lockdown.

    1. Silent Friend
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 42 mins ago

      Please stop any stats!
      Soton was rubbish last week after I read 800 comments praised them about stats lockdown... (Double MCCarthy KWP here...)

      1. JustSomeGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 41 mins ago

        Is Soton's game last week a stat to show the other stats wrong?

      2. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 41 mins ago

        They were rubbish GW1 last season getting battered by Burnley, then look how their season went

      3. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 39 mins ago

        They defended way too high for a team with pace up top like Zaha and Townsend and it was so easy to just drop the ball in behind, Ralphie H must surely iron that out next game...

      4. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 38 mins ago

        I've got McC and Adams and I'm not worried. They started extremely flat, like they weren't mentally prepared. But they bucked up in the second half. Many teams started slowly in fact. I'm quite confident they'll go out next game better prepared and we'll see the real Saints.

      5. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 days, 38 mins ago

        No. I won't stop.

        It was one game week. There's a lot of chaos and change at the moment. Stats are useful for long-term averages, they can't predict what can happen in a single game!

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 41 mins ago

      Post lockdown they were immense. Defenders started to come into their own and they’ve really improved on their team this window. An Everton-like transformation makes promising reading. I’m going Martínez/Steer in goal and I’m going to have Targett rotating in for the nice fixtures

    3. Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 41 mins ago

      I like their signings. But those signings were all offensive ones.. besides Martinez of course. They only had 7 CS last season and conceded 67. I Guess martinez may improve this

    4. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 39 mins ago

      Check the Villa defensive stats from 1-29 and then 30-38 after lockdown. Serious improvement and indicative of something they worked hard on to improve. Should be about 10-12 clean sheets for them this season plus saves a plenty for Martinez which should make him pick of the 4.5s

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 days, 36 mins ago

        Yeah, it was a phenomenal improvement. But I'm wary of using just 10 games as a measure.

        Lockdown was a weird event. There were also lots of teams with nothing to play for. Unreliable period to draw from really.

    5. Shatner's Bassoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 39 mins ago

      I don't think any one will stand out over course of the season - there will be periods where each outscores the other (including Meslier + Johnstone as well).

      Critical thing for me is save points. One reason I don't really like McCarthy - Saints tend to concede high qual chances so he can't rack em up.

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 days, 23 mins ago

        That's my concern with McCarthy too. A high line doesn't breed save points. It's usually more big chances and less shots from outside the box.

    6. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 19 mins ago

      They have a solid keeper now. More CS.

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 18 mins ago

        Villa that is

  11. goblin140
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 43 mins ago

    Thoughts on WC team? Have no idea how template this looks

    McCarthy 4.0
    TAA Robbo Lewis Taylor 4.0
    Salah Auba ASM Soucek 4.5
    Werner Martial Wilson

    Captaining Auba then going Auba > KDB

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 40 mins ago

      if thats your WC, then who did you own wk 1?

      1. goblin140
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 39 mins ago

        Was the plan from the beginning. Bench Boosted with 94 total points

    2. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 37 mins ago

      Looks like a pre-GW1 template team (Martial aside).

  12. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 41 mins ago

    Lot of people investing in Everton on one showing against possibly the worst Spurs performance I have ever seen, with mitigating Covid circumstances of course. All I will say is I have been burned by Everton and a decent fixture run an awful lot of times. For me plenty of time to make sure they are the real deal.

    1. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 40 mins ago

      Well it's not like their assets are very expensive anyway is it? They have a good manager and a very good run.

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 35 mins ago

        Most of their assets are at awkward price points but just my opinion.With that good run I would like at least one more game to scout against a side that is actually match fit.

        1. Long ago I drew a walrus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          9 days, 17 mins ago

          But say for example they win 3-0, will you come back and say 'but West Brom are diabolical, let's see them do it against a proven Prem side'? Their best fixture is their next one, which is why people are willing to take the plunge

    2. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 days, 33 mins ago

      I saw enough in that performance to make me believe they will be a force in the opening matches. Brilliant new signings all three.

  13. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 days, 41 mins ago

    Son dropping like a stone. Could be 8.8 by Saturday at this rate.

    Don't want to move him on this early but these price rises & falls are irritating.

    1. Chris_White
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 39 mins ago

      Not that I wish for people to get injured, but it would be quite funny if one of KdB, Martial and Bruno suddenly were ruled out on friday...

    2. JustSomeGuy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 37 mins ago

      I think that most transfers have happened now for Son as he was just a placeholder, 0.1 drop at most. Now it's time for him to deliver for us faithful owners 🙂

    3. Shatner's Bassoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 34 mins ago

      Looking at transfers in/out, I think a lot are doing Werner -> DCL; Son -> Fernandes.

      Or they're dropping Son down to a ~7.5mid in order to fund Ings -> Martial.

      So he's getting it both barrels for the switch to a UTD player.

    4. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 32 mins ago

      I'm sure he will still be a decent asset, but to me Spurs have had the life sucked out of them by Jose when compared to the stuff they played under Poch. Don't see them racking up goals unless Kane goes on a hot streak.

  14. MAXIMIN EFFORT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 days, 40 mins ago

    Wildcard is fine as a strategy this week, people should stop bashing it and acting like we are lunatics for doing it. Most of us got our price structure completely wrong, Pool assets taking up too much money in defence with their defensive frailties, popular punts like Vinagre and Pereira flopping etc.

    An early jump to Utd assets and loading up on Everton before they become template is a perfectly good strategy. I’ve got the likes of Richarlison, Digne, Bruno and Jimenez and couldn’t be happier to get in early. And this is all with a score of 80, tldr, don’t let this place make you question your choices if your reasoning is sound.

    1. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 37 mins ago

      I still think though that just keeping 2 of TAA/Robbo/VVD is a very viable strategy. Can't just let one week have you make that decision.

      I'm on WC and I'm thinking to have TAA and VVD because at some point Liverpool WILL keep 7/8 clean sheets in a row and they'll be raking in the points. I agree though, I got 37 points last week and my team was a mess.

      The price rises will be key.

      1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 31 mins ago

        It’s not one week that’s the point, they’ve been dire at the back for months.

        1. Qaiss
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 27 mins ago

          They weren't top notch at the back at the start of last season. Then from November - February kept tons of clean sheets. Look at the points, VVD for 6.5 scored WAY more than any other striker in that price bracket apart from Ings who I think started at 6.0? Same with Robbo, who is really attacking.

          They just will start racking up a lot of clean sheets sooner or later.

          1. Long ago I drew a walrus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            9 days, 10 mins ago

            That's the thing, many are betting that it will be later. With the exception of a couple of mavericks I think most people are keeping TAA which means that IF we see evidence of Liverpool's back line becoming more solid again, it's only 1 transfer to bring back VVD which is completely feasible. I for one will have Digne in the 6.0 bracket who will probably have gone up to 6.2-6.3 by the time Liverpool's nice fixtures roll around, VVD probably fallen in price by then as well

        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          9 days, 22 mins ago

          The mad thing is - Liverpool had the best XGc in the league at the weekend (bar Arsenal)

          To concede 3 goals from 0.32 XGc is quite odd

          1. Long ago I drew a walrus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            9 days, 13 mins ago

            You can look at that stat both ways. Some teams give up loads of big chances and have a high XGc but concede few goals. Maybe they have Pope in goal. Others have a low XGc but concede anyway. Maybe their defence is making 'uncharacteristic' errors. Say what you like about Van Dijk but he's been off the boil for quite a while, TAA has been a defensive liability and Gomez hasn't exactly been great either. Maybe they turn it back on, but surely it would be better to see some evidence of that first.

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              9 days, 6 mins ago

              VVD has probably just became *too* relaxed as life is normally such a stroll for him - but I don't disagree they didn't look solid against Leeds - but they are definitely a funny old team defensively Liverpool - they confuse & catch people out quite regularly

              At GW15 last year for example (their nadir defensively - 2 cleansheets from their first 15 games) the FFS knives had been out for them for weeks - but they were actually still the best defence in the league on both pure goals conceded (along with City & Sheffield United) and XGc

              The problem was that they had just conceded a single goal in 13 of their 15 games which meant they bizarrely had 2 cleansheets to City, Leciester & Sheffield United's 5-6 cleansheets at that point, it was always going to iron itself out eventually despite the "they're not worth it" posts at the time - 10 cleansheets in their next 15 games etc

              If they keep conceding 0.32 XGc (as they did vs. Leeds) you'd have to think cleansheets aren't far away

              1. Long ago I drew a walrus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                8 days, 23 hours ago

                I think in hindsight the signs were definitely there - you yourself being the poster boy for triple LIV defence at the time 😀 As you say conceding a single goal in 13 of the 15 games was bizarre, but in context, many of those goals were either late consolations (e.g. 3-1 Arsenal), random screamers (Newcastle), or Adrian being Adrian. At the same time we had conclusive proof that Liverpool were the best team in the league, able to grind out wins despite conceding all these solitary goals, gunning for the title, and after GW12/13 or so Alisson was back. In hindsight therefore it was really quite obvious that Liverpool would go on a great defensive run. The way I see it there were 2 reasons why more people didn't jump on the bandwagon early - one reason being the coinciding with December's fixture congestion (TAA and Robbo benched in alternate games GW15/16 iirc) and the second being the GW18 blank.

                So what's different this time round? It seems like Liverpool are leaking goals again. This time though there's no Adrian to shoulder the blame and Liverpool just conceded 3 at home to Leeds, not the solitary goal like last season. They've also been in poor form as a team since February, including the community shield and pre-season friendlies for this season, which is a far cry from their form throughout GW1-15 of last season where they won 14 and drew 1. I also don't expect them to win the league again this season.

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  8 days, 23 hours ago

                  Overall my gut is it's way (way! ) too early to write them off defensively

                  Post restart defensive form is kind of discounted for me as they were half drunk from celebrating for most of the games

                  And whilst they did concede 3 goals at the weekend, they didn't concede many high quality chances

                  Definitely willing to give them benefit of the doubt again, far too much quality in that defence relative to other teams for them not to deliver on it eventually imo, I can probably be patient in the short term, if that's what's needed 🙂

                  1. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    8 days, 23 hours ago

                    Hearing lots of "TAA out" and "I can get him back"... not joining that train again!

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      8 days, 22 hours ago

                      For sure... to be fair, I probably can see a world where selling TAA is viable - but it's more if he is injured or something really really catastrophic has happened Liverpool - e.g. two or three of VVD/Allison/Henderson all long term injuries, Klopp left, and/or they really properly capitulated looked like they were going to finish mid-table etc

                      But those all seem very black swan type scenarios

                      When all personnel are available, a bit of poor form on the part of Liverpool wouldn't really be enough to consider it tbh

    2. Pukkipartyy
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 36 mins ago

      This!
      Im i mad going my wc team without TAA? 😀

      1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 30 mins ago

        Nope I’ve just got Digne and Coady/Saiss

    3. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 34 mins ago

      I'm tempted, although I don't know if I have the mental capacity to go through it all again!
      However, if I was to wc I would keep TAA

    4. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 34 mins ago

      I agree(I did it in wk 2 last season). I dont agree with some of the players in the WC team on here though...

    5. JustSomeGuy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 34 mins ago

      I think the biggest problem is the people using WC are showing their teams are pretty much the same as the GW1 template. Very few WC taking advtange of the united/city/burnley players.

      1. TyroneGAA
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 32 mins ago

        Done son and Ings to Bruno and dcl had the exact money and don’t regret it I’ll keep Werner for westbrom and possibly auba to kdb or sterling this weekend

      2. MAXIMIN EFFORT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 29 mins ago

        Fair enough, some choices are questionable. I think playing aggressively and loading up on Wolves, Everton, Utd is very viable, personally

        1. JustSomeGuy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 16 mins ago

          This is fair too, but I think most are not doing this and it's more 'A few players blanked, so I'm going to WC and try again'

    6. Long ago I drew a walrus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 28 mins ago

      Richarlison is a great pick. Listened to the fpl Wire podcast last night and am convinced he will score well this week.

      However your average WC team on here contains the likes of Willian, Hendrick and Castagne so some criticism is necessary

      1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 24 mins ago

        Can’t argue with that, poor picks

    7. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 19 mins ago

      Agreed. You're going a bit earlier on MUN and United. I prefer waiting for City and Wolves. But the reasoning is sound.

      1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 17 mins ago

        I’d prefer to get in before the price rises and that plump Everton fixture balances it out

  15. quayle99
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 39 mins ago

    gtg?

    Martinez
    Trent Dallas Lamptey
    Salah Auba(c) KDB Hendrick Phillips
    Martial DCL

    McCarthy Walter-Peters Mitchell Davis

    1. Boly Would
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 31 mins ago

      WC?
      Which Phillips?

      1. quayle99
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 30 mins ago

        yeh, leeds

        1. Boly Would
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 28 mins ago

          I'd get Steer for McCarthy and upgrade Phillips to a 5.5 - maybe Harrison? Rest looks good, although I do favour Ayling over Dallas.

  16. waltzingmatildas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 days, 38 mins ago

    Would you wildcard this guys?
    I know people are saying about the fixture swing, but apart from wolves, I can't really see it?

    McCarthy Button
    TAA James Ayling CTaylor Mitchell
    Mane Auba Pulisic Soucek Bissouma
    Werner Ings Adams

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 days, 28 mins ago

      I’d stick. Might be tempted by a -4, though

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 days, 22 mins ago

        Hmm
        A) Pulisic, Ings and Adams to Bruno, Richarlison and Brewster (-8)
        B) Pulisic, Ings to Bruno and Wilson (-4)
        C) Werner to Martial
        D) Werner and Adams to Martial and Wilson (-4)

        1. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          9 days, 18 mins ago

          How about Pulisic to James Rodriguez and Adams to DCL?

          1. Rasping Drive
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            9 days, 17 mins ago

            Nah, sorry, leaves you without United assets

            1. waltzingmatildas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              9 days, 16 mins ago

              Yeah, if I'm going to take a hit it would be to get Utd assets in. also not sure on Rodriguez (yet)

              1. Rasping Drive
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                9 days, 2 mins ago

                Aye, that makes sense. I wouldn’t want to lose Werner and have to say was impressed by James against Spurs and Everton’s fixtures are mint. So Pulisic to James and Ings to Martial with 0.5 to upgrade elsewhere would be my choice.

                Your option A would leave you too weak elsewhere I think. But totally understand why you’d want to see more of James.

  17. Reddonkeyham 42
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 37 mins ago

    Martínez, McCarthy

    Mitchell, Alexander-Arnold, Walker-Peters, Dier, Vinagre

    Aubameyang, Salah, Saint-Maximin, Son, Soucek
    Werner, Adams, Antonio

    How many transfers is too many to make?

    Could happily 4/5 changes this week and the same the week after. I know hits are bad,

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 27 mins ago

      Hmmm, been unlucky with a few calls. WC popular, but next week would be better than this. More than -4 at this stage too much I'd say.

  18. Eirern
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 36 mins ago

    Mitro owners, what do you do?

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 35 mins ago

      Hold

    2. Chris_White
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 34 mins ago

      Keep for the next two

    3. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 33 mins ago

      Look forward to his goal against Leeds

    4. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 31 mins ago

      Keep and let him play next couple.

    5. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 days, 31 mins ago

      You got Mitro for hatty against Arsenal so you are disappointed now, is it?

  19. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 days, 36 mins ago

    What happened to the concept of wildcarding from a position of strength?

    It was something Joe talked about often on the Scoutcast in the past and I think it has really got merit.

    Especially in this season. We were all forced away from MUN and MCI players so a wildcard would be bringing in lots of new players. Same can be said for Wolves and Chelsea. I didn't pick Wolves or any Everton because my plan was to wait until GW3.

    Well now it's here and I'm seriously considering hitting the button even though I got 79 points and by all accounts a good start. Last year I held my wildcard for way too long. In the end I ended up making something like 5 changes and one of them was to get rid of TAA because of a blank for Rashford. We all know what happened next at Leicester...

    It felt like I wasted my early season momentum. I was ranked 8K in GW3 and thought I could make a run of it, but being too safe and riding out the players I had meant I fell behind pretty quickly and was languishing around the 100K mark for weeks.

    GW3 marks some very clear fixture swings and a really nice opportunity to get ahead. Wolves, Everton and City are in ascendance. Perhaps the common saying of 'when you're ahead, get further ahead' should come in.

    1. Long ago I drew a walrus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 33 mins ago

      Alternatively if your start was crap, GW3 marks an opportunity to get back on track. Or so I hope

    2. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 33 mins ago

      Yes, there are definitely some merits to an early WC, particularly this season.

      I got same points as you and will be holding off for now, but it's tempting for sure.

    3. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 32 mins ago

      Nothing better to WC when you dont "have" to. Pick the players others dont own who have nice fixtures. Go for it.

    4. Easy Cheesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 29 mins ago

      I did that TAA move too on a WC! Brings back memories...horrible ones

    5. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 28 mins ago

      I'm in the same boat as you. 75pts but got a few issues I'd like to sort out and tempted by my WC as a 'foot on the throat' sort of tactic to keep up momentum and get on board early with Bruno, KDB, Digne, DCL/Richarlison etc. In the past my best seasons have been when I've made a good start and I trust my ability as an FPL manager to WC early and keep the momentum going rather than worrying too much about the herd saying 'wHaT, you WC'd in GW2?!'. Points on the board is points on the board.

      I haven't pushed the button yet but I am very tempted. The players I want will likely by 10.7 and 11.7 by GW3.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 days, 24 mins ago

        GW3 is when I might do it. Not this week. I'd like to wait out Wolves-City and Chelsea-Pool. But after that, it's really smooth sailing for Wolves, Everton, Chelsea and City of which I only have Chelsea right now.

      2. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 days, 24 mins ago

        No way Bruno and kdb double rise by Saturday.

        1. Rains of Castamere
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 days, 23 hours ago

          I meant more like a week on Friday (25th) as I'm not a big fan of early transfers.

          1. Long ago I drew a walrus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            8 days, 23 hours ago

            Early transfers don't matter if you're on WC. I get that that's a problem if you're not 100% set on wildcarding that week. For me, a GW3 wildcard depends a lot on what happens in the Wolves-City game, which horrendously is on Monday night, so it might force me into activating WC on Saturday if price changes happen over the weekend

    6. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 25 mins ago

      There is simply not nearly enough data to be dropping WC yet.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 days, 23 mins ago

        By the end of GW2 we will know who starts for each team (except maybe City because they're annoying). And then there's a beautiful fixture swing. You wait too long you'll fall behind and then when you WC you'll be WC'ing to a team the leaders already have because they are two weeks ahead of you.

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 18 mins ago

          Orrr.. you wait a bit, see which teams are playing well with new players and formations. An early WC for Man United assets last season derailed my entire campaign

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            9 days, 6 mins ago

            I was Covid 19 that derailed your season....

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              9 days, 4 mins ago

              That too. Multiple factors 🙁 complete train wreck

    7. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 22 mins ago

      Do it, read my post above

    8. Printing Mane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 18 mins ago

      Was tempted to WC too but if I ignore MU players for GW2/3, I think I can save the WC

      Kai to Jrod, Auba to Kdb, Adams to Jimmy .. and think I am sorted

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 days, 23 hours ago

        Why Kai out? GW3-5 is so nice. If not him, get Pulisic?

        I low key like that Chelsea are being shipped so readily. They have great fixtures after GW2.

        1. Rinseboy
          • 8 Years
          8 days, 23 hours ago

          Camzy if you could afford Kai to Rashford this week would you do it? I really fancy Rashford but then also feel like I havnt given Havertz a chance!

  20. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 days, 35 mins ago

    If Spurs sign Reguilon I will have both Davies and Vinagre to shift.... not needed.

    1. Long ago I drew a walrus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 33 mins ago

      Isn't Reguilon currently injured? Davies fine for now imo

  21. Siva Mohan
    • 8 Years
    9 days, 34 mins ago

    Man City, Man Utd, Villa and Burnley players .. price protected till GW2 starts?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 30 mins ago

      Not that we know of, but can make a pretty good guess by tomorrow morning.

      1. Siva Mohan
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 25 mins ago

        cheers FNCF

  22. OneMan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 34 mins ago

    WC team insight kindly appreciated. Thanks.

    A. Pickford
    VVD, Laporte, Digne, Ayling
    DeBruyne, Fernandes, Greenwood
    Martial, Jimmy, DLC

    Or

    B. Pickford
    Laporte, Digne, Justin***Ayling,
    Salah** DeBrunyne, Fernandes
    Jimmy, DLC, Wilson***

    Same for both*****Bench Nylan, Saiss, Bissouma, Oriol.

    1. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 31 mins ago

      Second one. Triple United is overkill at this early stage I feel.

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 28 mins ago

      B

  23. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 days, 32 mins ago

    Does James Rodriguez have a history of taking pens at all?

    1. Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 30 mins ago

      Takes them for Columbia. Also took a couple for Real Madrid. A bit tough to get pens when you're playing with Ronaldo, Lewandowski and Sergio Ramos

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 29 mins ago

      Yes. 13 penalty goals, 3 misses. Good record generally. The misses he had were for Colombia in games they ended up winning anyway.

    3. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 29 mins ago

      13/16 in career. Not bad

    4. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 24 mins ago

      Cheers all

    5. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 10 mins ago

      Last pen he took was in March 2017 (missed).

  24. mynameisq
    • 7 Years
    9 days, 30 mins ago

    Martinez is such a classy dude, great goodbye message to the Arsenal fans

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 17 mins ago

      Decent chap (or good PR team).
      Don't think Arse treated him very well.

    2. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 17 mins ago

      Love him, shocked Chelsea didn’t snap him up

  25. ChelseaBlueLions
      9 days, 29 mins ago

      Tinkering continues - WC used (always my plan). Team A or B?

      A:

      McCarthy
      Digne Doherty Saiss
      Salah Fernandes JRod ASM
      Werner Richarlison Jimenez

      Nyland Justin Bissouma Mitchell

      B:
      Thoughts? No TAA going to bite me?

      McCarthy
      Digne TAA Justin
      Salah Fernandes JRod Soucek
      Werner Richarlison Jimenez

      Nyland Buur Bissouma Mitchell

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 26 mins ago

        B

        1. ChelseaBlueLions
            9 days ago

            Thanks for response.

            Yeah TAA is too important

      2. kempc23
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 29 mins ago

        Ramsdale
        TAA Doc Taylor KWP Ferguson
        Auba Son Havertz Pereira Bissouma
        Werner Ings Mitro

        Disaster of a first week, with 33 points due to the arrogance of thinking I know better than the crowd and going without Salah.

        £0.5m in bank and 1ft. Thinking Havertz (who looked poor) and Ings to Bruno and DCL to try and get ahead of the game. Or, Ings v Martial, then WC next week?

        Any thoughts? Last GW made me want to never play Fantasy Football again!

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 24 mins ago

          Difference between a good week and a bad one was just Salah (c), hardly a cause for dispair. 98% of the season to go.

          I'd do your first move

          1. kempc23
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 18 mins ago

            Well for me it wasnt just (S)alah, it was No Salah! But yeah, im leaning towards option 1.

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              9 days, 16 mins ago

              I understood that, assume most people who had Mo did (c) - I was Salahless myself till watching FPL Blackbox on the Thursday night.

        2. JustSomeGuy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 12 mins ago

          Stick with it, Salah scored 3, 2 of which we're pens, so you weren't too far off getting it right. It's always a big risk going without such a player, but don't let one week define your team.

      3. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 25 mins ago

        I wonder if Havertz will even start vs Liverpool. Frank will surely be concerned after that Brighton game that he isn't up to the intensity of a game like Liverpool

        1. BenDavies
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 24 mins ago

          He will start, but in a central role. He did not suit the wing position.

        2. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 days, 23 mins ago

          I got the impression the whole midfield had absolutely no idea what to do tactically. I don't think they'd been prepared. I'd assumed over a week Frank will have them sorted out.

          1. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            9 days, 22 mins ago

            True, Loftus Cheek looked like he'd just been woken up and plonked on a football field for the first time

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              9 days, 19 mins ago

              He's being described as the natural heir to Jesse Lingard's "great potential" throne in some circles

              Hard to believe RLC is coming 25 now

              Could be a great player when he gets older

        3. Flynny
          • 5 Years
          9 days, 22 mins ago

          This is why I got rid as part of a - 8

          He looked like a lost boy at times. Total passenger

        4. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 21 mins ago

          Out of position and not fit was a bit of a big ask.
          Frank could just shuffle the players he had last week in different positions.

        5. Kloppcorn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 21 mins ago

          I think it’ll take more time for their attack to click, if all 4 main attackers are fit it’s 4 players who have never played together properly

        6. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          9 days, 21 mins ago

          I'm keeping Havertz. Hope he shows more against Pool. If they can put up a decent performance, I will likely hold fire on a WC as well because they have great fixtures. If not, out he goes and the WC is in play!

          1. Kloppcorn
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 19 mins ago

            Do you have a lot of players you want to move mate?

      4. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 20 mins ago

        Was going to do nothing this week.
        Now tempted by Davies to Michael Keane after transfer news and watching FPL Wire.
        Do nothing still best, yeah?

        1. Kloppcorn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 18 mins ago

          I’m sticking with Davies for now whilst keeping an eye on Everton and wolves

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            9 days, 14 mins ago

            Thanks, was just thinking Eve fixtures all look so good for a while (except the derby) and surely WBA this weekend is a free gift.

        2. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 days, 23 hours ago

          Surely even if the transfer happens, Davies is ok for one more week? I would stick.

      5. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 18 mins ago

        James CHE should be nailed for now after his top performance?

        1. Kloppcorn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 18 mins ago

          Looks like it mate

        2. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 days, 17 mins ago

          I'd like to think so as he saved my GW, but I doubt Azpili will be left languishing on the bench.

        3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 15 mins ago

          Worth a punt if you have a decent bench

        4. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 14 mins ago

          I don't think so, not in the way a Kane is nailed

        5. jtreble
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 14 mins ago

          Doubtful. 🙁

        6. JustSomeGuy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 9 mins ago

          I didn't watch the game, but never forget that a good fpl asset doesn't always mean a good player.

      6. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 16 mins ago

        Wow - think I had a comment moderated for using the word 'g@mble'

        Has it come to this?

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 12 mins ago

          Gimble?

          Seems a bit hypocritical.

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            9 days, 12 mins ago

            of them

            1. Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 6 Years
              9 days, 11 mins ago

              Exactly. Was a long post as well...just a waste of time. There was absolutely nothing of controversy in it, just a response to going early on WC.

        2. JustSomeGuy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 10 mins ago

          Think or did? I doubt.

          Gamble is hardly a word that should be moderated, if it is, then I'd expect to see an article that they've cut ties with Bet365/FanTeam etc.

          1. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 7 mins ago

            Guess I will never know.

        3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          9 days, 9 mins ago

          Gumble? Gomble? Gemble?