Pro Pundits - Lateriser

The best way to bounce back from a poor start to the FPL season in Gameweek 2

“Run the risk. If it works out, happiness. If not, wisdom” – Unknown

So then, one Gameweek into the new season and Fantasy Premier League managers already have big decisions to make.

For me, rolling the dice and going without Mohamed Salah (£12.0m) fell flat on its face. It would be naïve to think I was unlucky and those who owned the Egyptian were lucky ‘because penalties’ – FPL is not as black-and-white as all that. I think it was quite the opposite, to be honest. The quote above tells us one thing. If you don’t learn from your mistakes, you don’t gain ‘wisdom’.

I have a sneaky feeling that the Salah of 2017/18 is back. I haven’t seen him this sharp and fit for a long, long time and that it is why it is dangerous to have ‘pre-conceived’ notions in this extremely dynamic game. 

I have spoken a lot about ‘Upside Chasing’ and ‘Big Hitter Switching’ this season but I’ve also spoken a lot about ‘Adapting’. And when Salah puts in a performance such as he did against Leeds, you pay attention. You adapt. You re-align your thinking. 

We’re not talking about any old FPL asset here. We’re talking about someone who finished in the top two overall Fantasy scorers over the last three years and has a proven ceiling of 300 FPL points (which was achieved largely without penalties). 

Salah was struggling with an injury last season and I have a feeling Jurgen Klopp was playing him through it because there was a historic title on the line. It seems like he is over it now. 

Now, I am not going to buy him this Gameweek BUT I am not going to go without Salah for a long time and am working towards a plan to get him. 

He’s fit. He’s sharp. He looks hungry. Liverpool are due some penalties. He’s got increased assist threat. 

Being stubborn will not make you a good FPL player. You have to respond to what you see on that television screen. I wouldn’t stick to a pre-determined plan of chasing fixtures by selling Salah if you had such a plan. In Gameweek 2, he’s facing Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.0m) for what it’s worth. His troubles between the sticks are well-documented, most recently by David in this match report of Chelsea’s win at Brighton. Shooting on sight might be enough for Salah

For those that got off to a bad start like me (43 points), don’t worry about it too much. I always said Gameweek 1 was somewhat of a shot in the dark with more unknowns than any round of the season. It is how you respond beyond Gameweek 1 that makes you a good FPL manager. 

But, just a word of warning before we draw any drastic conclusions. We only have one week of data so far this season. We don’t know what the norm is yet, meaning we don’t know which match events are the anomalies either. 

If, like me, you went all-in against Salah, don’t forget that you knew the risks and the opposition had a really good hand (not a lucky one but a good one) that came through. You learn from it and move on. The key is that you do learn from it. This is a game of temperament that you need to hold for a season. 

There are a few other things worth mentioning about Gameweek 1 that I’ll take you through. There’s no structure here. Just think of it as me writing in my diary.

We need to talk about Raúl Jiménez (£8.5m). There are so many new ‘toys’ in the market when it comes to exciting, explosive strikers that we might tend to overlook the old, dusty pack of Uno cards which have never really given us a ‘laugh-riot’ game night but it’s never been boring either. 

There is not much to think about here. Jiménez has been reliable for two seasons now. Yes, he slowed down at the back-end of Project Restart but still scored a steady four goals in that run. And it looks like Nuno has decided to go ‘sexier’ with his team this season. They looked more formidable in attack at Sheffield United, Jiménez looked incredibly sharp and it seemed like they created more than they usually do. 

This did have a little bit of an effect on Wolves’ defence though and I thought they looked more open at the back than usual. As it was Sheffield United, they went largely unpunished. The upcoming fixtures pit Nuno’s men against Manchester City (home), West Ham (away), Fulham (home), Leeds (away), Newcastle (home) and Crystal Palace (home). It certainly looks like a night of Uno that’s going to be more fun than usual without the unnecessary disruption of European Football.

How Spurs and Everton's new signings fared in their FPL Gameweek 1 debuts

Remember that year in school when one of the less popular kids came back a changed person one summer before suddenly became a changed person one summer. Over the holidays he went home bought the best gym equipment, went on a shopping spree with a good stylist and became a cool kid virtually overnight. Well, in the Premier League this season, that kid is Everton. 

Everything you knew about them last year is irrelevant. Yes, a certain Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.1m) was a troll during Project Restart and went on a horrible run. But that kid named Everton accompanied by their suave new stylist Carlo Ancelotti went shopping and bought a completely new wardrobe (read midfield) and you now need to view this team completely differently. 

Out of nowhere, the Toffees look creatively competent. Having players who can switch the side of play so easily instead of others that are incapable of making a single forward pass makes a difference I guess. Add to that, they have one of the best ball-winners in Europe protecting that back-line in Allan (£5.5m). The team deserves our attention at both ends of the pitch and you must erase every bad memory you had with this kid last year when he trolled you no end.

Elsewhere, a pair of 4.5m defenders are already standing out to me as the pick of the lot. I’ve got Tariq Lamptey (£4.5m) and Luke Ayling (£4.5m) on my watchlist for this price bracket. 

Lamptey, in particular, has immense potential. Brighton looked very encouraging against Chelsea, with Graham Potter instructing much of his team’s offensive play to travel through the full-backs. Lamptey showed us what he can do last season with an impressive performance against Liverpool and seems proficient in creating chances with great reliability.

Someday, we might even get to purchase a nailed-on defender from Arsenal at £4.5m or below. Now that the Gunners are much more solid at the back, I will be keeping close tabs on William Saliba (£4.4m) and Rob Holding (£4.5m) to see who emerges as the better option long-term. It is worth noting that Arsenal’s fixtures don’t become incredibly appealing until Gameweek 8, so we do have time to judge them, which is helpful.

After a major captaincy-fail last week, I really hope this week is easier on me. I am currently having a major heart versus head debate as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£12.0m) seems like the obvious captaincy pick, but I also happen to be a Manchester United fan. I know the Arsenal man has an easier fixture, based on the defensive prowess (or lack thereof) displayed by West Ham last season and in Gameweek 1 but I also own Anthony Martial (£9.0m) and Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m).

My co-host Zophar told me on this week’s episode of The FPL Wire that West Ham made Steve Bruce’s Newcastle look like prime Barcelona on Saturday evening. I trust his opinion and that has me worried about how much damage Aubameyang can do in Gameweek 2. That said, Manchester United were really effective going forward last season once Fernandes joined the team and Paul Pogba (£8.0m) was fit.

So, with all that to consider, I haven’t yet made up my mind about my next captaincy decision. Traditionally I always like captaining a Manchester United player in the first good home game of the season. And we do play this game for fun, right?

*Looks through post-season notes*

 “You love Tony gloves.”

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1,967 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Amey
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Take Hits !!

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      You should if you need them. If you got both Saliba and Vinagre, for example, then it has to be a viable option to take a -4.

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I have Pulisic ... Waiting patiently for Fat Frank Press Conference 😀

        Also not sure about long term starting role of Davies. Will need a 1/2 i guess ....

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Very good article.
      Adapting is important for sure. Was going to sell Salah but not now (although that's half out of fear too 😉 )

      Re Jimenez I'm a bit torn. Not sure i like him over 6.5m strikers atm. Maybe one after we have 2 Million more budget ... 😮

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Which 6.5 strikers do you like more than Jimmy?

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Atm*
          Wilson & Wood

      2. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I love Raul Jimenez, he's one of my all-time favourite FPL players. Buggered if I know how I'm going to squeeze him in without WCing or selling Salah, though.

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          For sure.
          He's like constant drip of points 🙂

    3. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I have a -12 minimum per game week. Amey, who are you captaining?

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Is that true? Remember you saying that before.

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

          Nope. But I do enjoy encouraging others to take hits. Lol

          1. Andy'81
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Lol, for shame.

          2. Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            😆

      2. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I'm going to be a sheep again mate.

        Auba © 🙂

        1. Zenith UK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Auba & Son > KDB & Bruno... 😮

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            GL 🙂

    4. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      ... everyday

    5. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Even a -12 wouldn't sort out this lot 😛

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Ha ha

  2. Kryptonite666
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Pick 2 to start - Justin (BUR,H), Taylor (LEI,A) KWP (TOT,H) and Soucek (ARS, A)

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Justin Soucek

      Taylor ahead of KWP on Bench for me ...

      1. Kryptonite666
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Soucek against Arsenal Amey ?

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I am definitely starting him. Bit biased then ehh 🙂

      2. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        This

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Justin Soucek

  3. Tinkermania
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Help please again . BENCH ONE:
    EGAN, MCBURNIE, AKE?

    1. Kryptonite666
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Will Ake start the first game? Might get 20-30 minutes off the bench I reckon

  4. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Looks like Charlie Taylor won't play GW1..

    Main back 4 on the bench

    1. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      What's wrong with Taylor?

      1. Catastrophe
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        (does this also mean Kane, Son, Hojbjerg, Dier, Davies, Doherty and Lloris won't play either?)

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          EL > EFL

    2. Bullet Eder
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      There are three starters on the bench and a lot more than that in the starting XI, so not sure how you've come to that conclusion.

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Main back 4 is not starting? Where is Mee, Tark, Bardsley??

        1. MosF94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Every chance Lowton has usurped Bardsley, no?

    3. Kryptonite666
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Is he second team now. Wonder why he is starting with Lowton.

  5. Bruno Commando
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Is defence worth sacrificing for Willian and Arsenal coverage?

    1) TAA + Saiss + Traore
    2) VVD + Lewis + Willian

    Rest of squad:
    Ryan // Steer
    CTaylor KWP ______ _______ // Mitchell
    (A)uba Bruno KDB _______ // Biss
    Martial DCL // Davis

    0.5 ITB for Martial to Werner, and planning Auba to Salah.

    1. Kryptonite666
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      long term TAA and Saiss should make up for Traore v Willian? Really rate Wolves' defense. Any other options to Traore - Foden ?

      1. Bruno Commando
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Yes, I rate their defence too and Saiss looked great in GW1! Open to getting Foden but not sure if he's nailed.

  6. Hattrick Harry
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Alisson (Ederson)
      Robertson - Emerson - Gibson (J.Robinson - Ferguson)
      Gudmundsson - Sigurdsson - Harrison - Henderson - Son
      Richarlison - Wilson (C.Robinson)

      100p guaranteed, you lucky wildcarder may copy yourself to stardom.

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Brill

      2. Catastrophe
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Prefer Maddison to Sigurdsson.

      3. Fero1905
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Haha

      4. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Spot ON.

      5. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Get in my son

      6. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Is this a joke???

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

          Too son to say.

    • SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      C Taylor starting for burnley..Any risk against leicister ? My defence looks awful..taa kwp Taylor vinagre Ferguson..Already did ings to Martial..

      1. pundit of punts
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I always said in preseason that Pieters will start the season for Burnley

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Like him a lot more as an FPL asset

    • diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Based on the very small sample of games we have had so far:

      - Everton and Arsenal defence look underpriced. Looks like their new managers have made it a priority to be more defensively secure
      - Southampton and Spurs look like they are in pre-season still. Interesting they play each other next.
      - West Brom and Fulham look out of their depth in the PL.

    • Fero1905
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Where you can see the captain poll

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        On the right

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Tottenham want Ings.

      Will Ings put in a whopper of a performance to tantalate the suitors?

      Find out next time on Dragonball Z.

    • pundit of punts
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I’m pretty set on ditching United attackers on my WC in GW 4.

      Their fixtures are not very appealing.

      TOT, new, CHE, ARS, eve

      Thoughts?

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

        I agree, if you're set on the GW4 wildcard, there are better options and you can plan to bring them back in.

      2. Lukaku_time
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I never noticed that until now , i guess i gotta ship greenwood now

    • masyuris
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Chance for Jamie Rodriguez take penalty, if Siggurdson not on field?

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Likely but not certain

        1. pundit of punts
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Highly likely

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Your writing is brilliant and much needed medicine for my NoSalah-induced headache! I've never seen him play that well, it was absolutely phenomenal. Now they've added Thiago too! Definitely lots to think about, that shiny WC button may look even shinier after GW2.

    • bacheleten
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Pickford or Leno for the long run?

      1. gryffsonofarthur
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Both good options. Short term Everton have the much better fixtures.

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Take a look at Guaita from GW5 - possibly worth riding out the next three for

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          That's what I'm looking for. McCarthy to Guaita in GW5!

      3. bacheleten
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Thanks, don´t trust CP that much though. I´ll stick with Pickford for now.

    • gryffsonofarthur
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Who to bench?

      Jamal Lewis (BHA)
      ASM (BHA)
      JWP (TOT)

      1. pundit of punts
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        JWP

        1. gryffsonofarthur
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Hate to bench a 6m player on pens though.

      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Jamal Lewis.

    • TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      James Rodriguez owners - it appears you all expect him to score a minimum of 6 goals a game??

      Is he really as great an option as everyone on here thinks? If so please educate me as to why.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Saturday's 19 pointer will help you out

        He posts world class numbers whenever he plays, Ancelotti is brilliant at making offensive, goalscoring teams, they have easy fixtures and he passed the eye test despite being there for 5 days and facing Spurs (A).

      2. gryffsonofarthur
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        7.5 million.

      3. Silent Friend
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        He scored 7 goals on 23 games for a dominated Bayern team

        1. Silent Friend
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          In

        2. gryffsonofarthur
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I’d say they were dominant not dominated.

          1. Silent Friend
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Sorry my bad English ...

            1. gryffsonofarthur
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              No apologies needed. I can only speak English so fair play to you.

      4. St. Stephen XI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        One game isn't really much of a sample size, but he did seem to be creating chances all over the place. Ancelotti knows how to get the best out of him, and there's attacking threat for him to complement. Seems to me like he smells of upside.

        Do I expect him to score six goals a game? Hardly. Do I think it's worth having him during Everton's easy run of games to confirm or deny that he's a bargain at 7.5? Yup.

      5. gryffsonofarthur
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        He’s a bargain.

        1. Eastman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          He's a punt for sure but a worthy one. I think he may be a little underpriced and has some good fixtures coming up. He plays in a team that will be attacking this year I think.

      6. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I think he plays pretty deep, but sometimes finds himself near the box. This based on my own eyetest. The opponent might change his position though.

    • DAZZ
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Damn, Doherty owners, that can’t be good for the weekend?

      1. liverpool01
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        What happened?

        1. Silent Friend
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Playing

        2. DAZZ
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Well hes starting again tonight, so sunday will be 3 games in 7 days, is he likely to be rotated

    • mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Punted on Oli Burke as my 4.5 mid, need a big game from him in the Carabao to put him into first team contention

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Will he be an OOP do you reckon in PL?

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

          FPL General seems to think so, doesn't he?

        2. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          He is today yes

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            He's a wait and see for me just yet. Wilder rotates that attack too much for FPL terms but it works well for him. A great coach. Would rather a 4.5 that's nailed on and prob only get a point or two from the FPL bench than get stuck with 10 starters occasionally.

    • Klopp it
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Right so I'm on a wildcard, and I always believe when you play your wildcard it's too built a team that duznt need alot off changing about, 1 off my strikers is werner, but I feel myself wanting jimenez, now I currently have Podence and saiss, where as werner is my only Chelsea player, surly it's not worth put jimenez in for 1 week to take him out for werner next week, so her I ask who do you pick???

      A. Werner

      B. Jimenez

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        B

      2. Lukaku_time
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Both and no podence too much of a rotation risk

      3. jammerz888
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Jiménez has city next though?

    • Tamagotchi Massacre
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      This article is so badly named it's basically clickbait

      Can't find any discussion at all that relates to the title

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        You won't believe this one weird trick all top FPL managers use!

      2. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        The best way to bounce back is to adapt by knee jerking Havertz out.

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I'm getting physio for bringing him in before he had played.

      3. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Surely you're not implying there might be clickbaiting on FFS? Get thee gone to elsewhere 😉

    • Kryptonite666
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      @Lateriser - going Salah less was very brave and sadly backfired. Salah looked sharp but was against a championship team. Non Pen xG was not very impressive. Surprised you are changing your opinion based on one game against a championship side with 2 pens.

      1. Silent Friend
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Well said

      2. A-L
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        xG stats don't always give the full picture. Passed the eye test and had a record number of shots

      3. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Just thought he looked really sharp and had me worried.

      4. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        He passed the eye test big time first time after restart. Imo.

    • Klopp it
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Iv no Chelsea cover, but iv 7.0 for a midfielder is mount a good option?

      1. jammerz888
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I’m also considering this but then Werner could explode

    • Bleh
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      What to do here? Already played my 1 FT.

      McCarthy
      TAA Justin Davies
      Salah Auba Alli Soucek
      Werner Martial Mitro

      Subs: Steer Taylor Bissouma Mitchell

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        A) Relax
        B) Alli -> Hames (-4) as the world seems to be doing

        1. Bleh
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Alli out is inevitable really, just a question whether it’s this week or next.

    • james61103
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Thoughts on this theory?

      The increase in information after the first GW is far greater than any future increase in information between individual GWs.

      Wildcard after GW1 is therefore not such a bad idea?

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Flawed

        Wildcarding - you get one shot at it for 19 game weeks

        Pre GW1, you know 0.1% of info
        Post GW1, you know say 20% of info
        Post GW2, 30%
        Post GW5, 40% etc

        So yes you have the greatest increase after GW1 but you still don’t know much and are fumbling in the dark and you only get one shot at it for 19 weeks. So wouldn’t you want a bit more info? (Ie wait a few more weeks)?

        1. Tamagotchi Massacre
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Well that would make some sense if you did absolutely nothing to your team until you WC in GW 10.

          As it is GW2 is a fair shout for the time when you can text with the largest increase in information paired with likely your team being furthest from what that information points to

          1. Tamagotchi Massacre
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            *act, not text

            1. TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              There is obviously a ‘sweet spot’ of information vs inaction
              I could draw you the graph ... where does the line go (an Office joke).

              You’d obviously make transfers each week as otherwise you lose them

              It’s inconceivable to me that in a vacuum GW2 is the optimal time to wildcard

        2. james61103
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Very good point, I guess you have to factor in the cost of having a sub optimal team vs the benefit of getting more information.

          But like you say, the sweet spot is probably later than GW1.

          1. Tamagotchi Massacre
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Depends how bad your team is after GW1 and how much you trust your instincts on one game

            There is definitely a case to be made for it being a great time to WC, depending

    • Lukaku_time
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Help with wc

      Pickford 4.0

      Vvd justin mitchell 5.0 4.5

      Jrod salah kdb 5.5 7.5

      Werner brewster jiminez

      Currently on macey,saiss,,taylor,klich,greenwood
      What would you change?

    • bigdip
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      (0 ITB, 1 FT) What changes shall I make?

      Mccarthy/Steer
      Egan/TAA/Mina/Doherty (KWP,Mitchell)
      ASM/Auba(c)/Son/Salah
      Werner/Mitrovic/Adams

      A) Son & Mitro -> Rashford & Bamford (-4)
      B) TAA & Son -> Digne & Bruno (-4)
      C) TAA & Son -> VVD/Robertson & Rashford (-4)
      D) Mitro & Adams -> DCL & 5mn less forward
      E) Any other suggestions

    • gryffsonofarthur
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Points prediction for Jamal Lewis (BHA) and JWP (TOT) this weekend?
      Trying to figure out who to bench. I’m leaning JWP, but reticent to bench a 6M midfielder on pens.

    • BigBillyBass
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Which poor sap fell into the Dele Alli trap?

      1. gryffsonofarthur
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Deli detestant

      2. Good Times
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        *raises hands sulking*

        He's not even on the bench tonight!

      3. Bleh
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Aye. Lost value on him too!

      4. BigBillyBass
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Awful, awful pick

      5. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Yep. Could have been would have been. Kepa would have conceded that one shot as well.

    • Klopp it
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      On a wildcard what team looks better

      A.

      Martinez
      Taa, Castagne, coleman
      Podence, bissouma , kdb, Salah, James Rodriguez
      Werner, martial

      Bench, nyland, saiss, Mitchell, brewster

      B.
      Martinez
      Taa, Justin , coleman
      Bissouma, greenwood, kdb, Salah, James Rodriguez
      Werner, jimenez

      Bench, nyland, saiss, Mitchell, brewster

    • mental
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      A. dcl, bruno
      or
      B.richarlison, rashford