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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. Dthinger
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    I've decided (thanks all for the advice) to start Adams. But who should I bench? ASM, Lascelles, or Ayling?

    Leno Button
    TAA Robbo Ayling Lascelles Mitchell
    Salah Auba Son ASM Bissouma
    Adams Jimenez Mitrovic

    1. Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Out of those options, I'd bench one of Adams/ASM.

    2. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Bench Lascelles

  2. Diddi89
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Alli out and Jrod in?
    0m itb

    McCarthy
    AWB- Robertson-tierney-Davies (Mitchell)
    Auba-salah-Alli (ASM) (bissouma)
    Werner - DcL - mitrovic

    Risk to have Everton double up or any alternatives?

    Many Thanks for any opinion!

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

      I would've done it earlier. Now you lose the 0.1m on Alli. Oh well. Still worth.

      1. Drip Doctor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        A simple 'yes' would have sufficed.

      2. Diddi89
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Noticed it! Didnt know the drop would be today, but was For sure a tickingbomb.

    2. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I did it last night. No point waiting, he wasn't even in the squad today which says a lot.

    3. Fero1905
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Rodriguez better than Alli. You can double up everton they have a good fixture.

  3. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Son, not delivering again today... Southampton is the last chance for me. Anyone else selling right away or keeping for longer ?

    1. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I was planning to WC for gw 3 so that's when I'm expecting he'll go

    2. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Would be hard to keep if City/United assets perform well.

    3. ritzyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Selling today

    4. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Keeping for Southampton, he could enjoy himself against that high line.

      1. KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        RH would be stupid to again go with it.

        Think two defeats in a row and he will go for a more defensive unit. Won't be surprised if Adams is dropped and Ings plays alone up top and the midfield is strengthened. For SOU, aim will be minimum a one-pointer so I expect them to play on the counter. Otherwise, just sit deep.

        1. Gregor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Maybe, Southampton’s home record was appalling last season though and it seems they are a team who don’t start well.

    5. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I think keep and have an extra GW of data to decide what to do after. Its a good fixture for him.

    6. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Keeping for Southampton and reassess after

  4. wattonjack
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Either Ali or Havertz worth getting rid for a hit?

    Or hold until next GW?

    1. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Alli but since you've missed the drop, I'd say hold.

      I think he starts given most of the Spurs 1st team played 90 minutes today.

      1. wattonjack
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Cheers. Leaning towards hold. Wasn’t sure whether he’s got 0 chance of starting.

    2. ThisPostsOnFire
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Havertz is not the player from Chelsea v Brighton.

      Could easily end up around the 200 mark if played centrally and given big minutes throughout the season

  5. james 101
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    When does Thiago join pool?

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

      GW3 id imagine

      1. james 101
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Do we have rumours / an estimate of price yet?

        1. Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Confirmed by Fabrizio
          30m euros

          1. james 101
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Sorry mate.

            I meant in fpl!

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

    GW2 GTG?

    Martinez
    Digne Saiss Justin
    KDB Bruno(c) Rodriguez Grealish
    Martial Jimenez Richarlison

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Aye

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

        Cheers boss

    2. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      WC? I like it!

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

        Indeed

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

      Gtg. I see you dumped TAA.

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

        Will get a pool defender back at some point, possibly Robbo though

        1. james 101
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I did the same. For now.

    4. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Will you get TAA later?

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

        See above, possibly Robbo

    5. james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Very nice mate.

    6. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Have identical set up on stocks bar this. Very strong preference for Robbo over Rich.

      You could of course switch later but it’s a double transfer waiting to happen.

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

        I’d kick myself if Rich hailed against WBA now

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

          *hauled

    7. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Thats very nice!

    8. Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Like the 3 Everton picks.
      Nice team overall

    9. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Bench ?

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

        Button R.James Bissouma Ferguson 0.5

    10. Ser Davos
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Jim AND Martial

      Grealish too

      Love the whole setup

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

        Cheers, glad you like the Jack punt

    11. Leelas legs 11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I like that!

  7. Good Times
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Honestly think palace will give United a tough game. With the lack of preseason I feel its better to wait a game or so

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

      They don’t get beaten by much and Roy knows how to set up a defence...

      1. Oooof
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        This

    2. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Agree

    3. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Yeah,I think so too

    4. Pumpy Pro
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Amey disagrees with this post

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        😉
        Tell them Pumpy !

        I'm going to stay quiet now. Let United speak ....

        1. Pumpy Pro
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          One of us will eat our words 😉

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            I have Martial coming from Bench. I'm double biased here 😆

        2. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          2-1 to Palace again 😀

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Go and watch team sheets.
            Check who were attacking mids were then and now 🙂

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Do your attacking mids play in defence too? 😀

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                No .. Do your attackers attack too ??
                😛

                1. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  So many 🙂 and 😛

                2. pingissimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Not often but highest scoring other team just about in 2018/19.

                  1. Amey
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    😆

                    Not wishing you luck here Pingi bro. We need 3 points to start.

    5. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Won there last season of course

      But Palace were mixed away at top teams - effectively held City United Chelsea for a collective 5 goals - draw win defeat. Got clattered for 11 goals by Liverpool Spurs Leicester

      Roy defence away to big boys no more reliable than other teams

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        3-1 or 3-0 looks likely result in honesty bro

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Sounds plausible but money on something tighter - last seen United were gash and no preseason and messed around by internationals. Palace looking drilled

          All depends on if early goal.

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Hmm
            Right ....

    6. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I think too much quality in the front four.

      Maybe United won't be at their free-flowing best but still see them scoring at least 2 goals.

    7. ThisPostsOnFire
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Don't know about this.
      Conceded a lot of goals in July.

    8. Good Times
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Damn this post got traction! Honestly believe palace a gelling decent since preseason, not as easy as it looks! Did my alli and Davies swap out for willian and Justin... Will wildcard in a few weeks or so

  8. waltzingmatildas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    A) Bruno and Wilson
    B) J.rodriguez and martial
    Leaning towards A with pens

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      A hands down

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

      No certainty Wilson is on pens

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Decent chance he is though.

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

          As long as Ritchie isn’t on the pitch

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Decent chance he won't be most of the times 😀

    3. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I agree 3-0 Utd!

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Utd fan spotted!

    4. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Actually meant Bruno pens, bonus if wilson is too!
      Got exact cash and pulisic might drop. Do it anyway?

  9. COLLIN QUANER
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Are there any 4.0 defenders that will play every week? Aside from Mitchell (although not sure if his starting spot is guaranteed)

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      No mate, Mitchell for now and maybe Ferguson when he’s back seem like your best bets.

      1. COLLIN QUANER
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Okay that's good to know, thanks for the info 🙂

      2. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Ferguson is first choice RB?

        1. Gregor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          He could be, though I see Nathaniel Clyne is also now training with Palace.

          1. Ser Davos
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Oh yes, didn't click with this when I noticed that earlier

    2. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Johnson might be the unlikely but possible to get small gametime 4m defender after Ferguson. Don't expect gametime for 4m but spend the 0.5m he brings wisely.

  10. Qaiss
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Has Hodgson said when PVA is said to be back? Wondering whether Mitchell is the best 4.0 defender to have on WC

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

      Quite soon I think - maybe GW3 or 4

      I might go Ferguson over Mitchell on WC

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Is Ferguson definitely a first choice RB?

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

          Clyne I’m training but not signed. Pretty sure Ferguson is highly rated but young and raw so will need time. Hopefully by GW5 he enters the equation.

      2. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Heard Clyne might sign for Palace if he does well in training.

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

    Already made Ings to Martial move- is this team OK to go or would you take hit for Alli to Rodríguez?

    McCarthy
    TAA Dier Egan Justin
    Salah Aubameyang (c) Alli ASM
    Werner Martial

    Button KWP Burke Brewster

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Stick.

    2. Garth Marenghi
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Hold

    3. ThisPostsOnFire
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Alli out now before he goes any lower

  12. Knallie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Any thoughts on this team?

    Ryan (Steele)
    VVD / Saiss / Justin / KWP (Mitchell)
    Salah / KDB / Bruno / Jorginho (Bissouma)
    Vardy / Martial (Brewster)

    1. Right In The Stanchion
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Yuck yuck yuck

      • GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Good team. Bissouma for KWP.

      • Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Will Jorginho play every week?

        Ft? Wc?

      • ThisPostsOnFire
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Not enough TAA - Those attacking returns from a top defence are a must
        Too much Jorginho - Not nailed

    2. Hakaei lali
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Must rely now I have to deside
      A)Mitchel + klitch
      B) Hendrick + Dallas

      Which one better long term

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Neither - surely better combos out there?

        1. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          ^this

    3. Pit
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Thank you for the excellent article as always. Your insights and thoughts are always great and appreciated. I find myself often thinking similarly to you... started without Mo as well. Was a tough one to take but we learn and move on as you say.

      I still think my squad overall looks great and after all it was only one gw. Yes we know it’s not really luck in choosing him, I almost always have him as he’s pretty much the best fpl asset. But you have to say two penalties was a little lucky especially one late on like that. Auba imo could and should have ended on more points but yeah that’s fantasy for you and also why we love this game.

      Sorry for the long post but the main thing not discussed imo about this performance was how gung ho Leeds were, it was insane! Played perfectly into Liverpool’s attack. It won’t always be like that. Sure Mo will be Mo and he will be up there again, especially with Thiago properly integrated. But I think we getting a touch carried away on that 1 and only game.

      All the best for the season!

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Fortunately salah is up against Chelsea next

      2. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Post your squad so we can ruin your confidence

      3. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Penalties converted are still goals in FPL. Points are points regardless of luck or lack of it.

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Pens aren’t luck with VAR

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            When VAR plays in FPL I'll check his fixtures.

      4. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Lol

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Reply fail

    4. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Foden a better option than Digne?

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        No.

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Why not?

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Not nailed on. A bit overrated too, I think. Good pick if he is nailed on because he can improve attacking wise.

      2. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        He will get rotated

      3. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        until we see him get decent starts i'd say no

        great young player but will Pep start him alot?

      4. Ron_Swanson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        He will be heavily rotated whereas Digne is nailed and will grab a few assists and clean sheets. Foden will frustrate you

    5. bigdip
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day 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/DCL (-4)
      D) Doherty & Mitro -> Justin & Wilson
      E) Any other suggestions

    6. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Wish TAA was priced higher, at 7.5 everyone owns him, if he was 8.5 it would make it a choice rather than a lock in. If he was 8.5 though I would still pay it.

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I don’t have him - fitness and fixtures will of course change that in time

        1. Qaiss
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Chelsea away, meh, could be 1-0 Liverpool. After that, their fixtures are really good. So it's just 1 game really. 7.5 defender likely to get 200 points. We saw what he did at Leicester away last season, so I don't get taking him out.

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            I didn’t start with him, figured defence largely takes time to settle - I expect chelsea and Arsenal to score. Taa looked awful for England - he’ll need to get back to his best to be an option - GW4 and onwards for me

      2. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Not everyone owns him because over the first 3 weeks he probably won’t justify his price...then he’ll be brought in by everyone for 7.4 on their wildcards

      3. KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        TSB is ~50%. So still many without him.

        But really value will be in doubling up on Pool defenders as most in top 10K will have atleast one Pool defender.

      4. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I don't and wouldn't have even bothered looking at him at 8+

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I’m sorry but this is nonsense

          1. Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            What is nonsense?

        2. Qaiss
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Wouldn't look at a player who gets 200 points at 8m+? This happens every season, don't know why people can't see it.

          1. COK3Y5MURF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            That's a simplistic view. You can get the same 200 points by investing elsewhere. They won't come from a single player but from cheap defenders that you keep changing and investing the saving in attack.

            Not that I plan to do that for the whole season anyway, but I just started without him with a plan to get him in later.

          2. Tempestic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            U gotta compare to the other value in defence tho, a good value 5mil player will only get 40 points or so less over the season which isnt worth 3M

        3. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I won’t explain the math, but a player should score 0.6 points per million cost each week to justify their price...so for 7.5 TAA that’s 4.5 per week...over most of the season he probably will...but if you didn’t think they’d keep clean sheets in the first 3 games, probably not

      5. Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Robbo will outscore him this season

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I think that too

        2. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Maybe VVD will outscore them both...he’s on a pace for 38 goals

    7. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Doing some FanTeam work.

      What's better from GW3?

      A) KdB + Soucek
      B) Jimenez + Foden

      KdB would be captain in GW3 as well.

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        A

    8. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Anyone here has any idea when Tarkowski will be back?

    9. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Is there FPL Blackbox tonight?

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Has there been a plane crash again? (Terrible, I know)

      2. Gregor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Yep, 9pm.

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

          Cheers. I'm loving the Wire and Blackbox of late. You watch just those 2 podcasts and you'll be a better manager.

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

            Agree! They are both so enjoyable. Don't wanna miss a second.

            1. Daniel - Go Granville
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              +1

    10. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      So Mane ownership Is now less than 10%.

      Excellent. Well done knee jerkers

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        When he is down to 11.5 he’ll be great again

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          You’ll be eating your goals though

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            He’ll score against Chelsea no doubt!

        2. Ron_Swanson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Make Mane Great Again

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

        No wonder at that price!

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Let’s have a chat in 2 weeks lad. You actually think Salah will get those jammy penos for fun?

          1. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Did you watch the LFC game?

            1. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Yes I did and Mané looked perfectly fine. Did you?

              1. Little Red Lacazette
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Oh yes, I liked Mo's 21 touches in the box.

                1. Inazuma X1
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Touches in the box don't really mean anything in isolation

                2. La Roja
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  And converted only one from an open play against that fragile defence

                  Anyway, this is not a mane vs Salah Debate. Both are great picks but one of them is now own by less than 10%.

                  That’s all

                  1. Gt1996
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Mane converted zero

                3. COK3Y5MURF
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Touches in the box is a useless stat 😆 The game is about points

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

            I think Salah is better regardless
            I can see Salah scoring 4 goals in a game
            Can't see Mane doing that

            1. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              How many points they scored last 2 years? What’s the difference? Even though Salah has penos.

              I’m disputing Salah as a pick, he is of course Great pick. But when Mane ownership is less than 10%, I see an opportunity knocking on my door.

              It’s so weird how quick people forget Mane as a player, he’s a beast and proven FPL asset

              1. La Roja
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                I’m not disputing*

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

                Mane had his best season and Salah had his worst.

                Glad for you if you like Mane over Salah but I don't and never have.

                Good thing we all don't prefer the same players!

            2. Qaiss
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Because you're a lot more used to owning Salah. It's like with Auba, people call him a troll because they never own him and he hauls and gets 200 points+. Same with Mane.

          3. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            PL seasoned teams won't defend as naively as Leeds did. Any contact in the box with an attacker is risky.

      3. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        gotta drop someone for City and United mids, and it’s not gonna be Aub this week

      4. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Bruno.

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I’d rather to watch them and decide, I’m sticking with Mane. Chelsea defending is shaky and Mane is a beast away from home

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Didn't he score 7 goals away from home last season?

            1. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              So this is bad?

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 1 day ago

                7 goals in 16 away games, not really "beast" level at all.

          2. Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            There will definitely be a run of fixtures where Mane is the better option, you’ll just have to figure out when

            1. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              I did

              Now.

              1. Seanigula
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                You just brought him in? If not, you are 18 points behind in that race...that time would generally be based off some trend that occurs, not just wishful thinking

      5. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Salah is the better fpl option between them. Those extra pens swings it for me. Also Mané hasn’t scored a hat trick since my gran died

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          My condolences.

          But without Hattie’s or penos, how many points they scored last couple of season? Is there a big difference?

          1. Gt1996
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Fair enough comparing their stats without penalties, but youre going to penalise Salah for being able to score 3 goals in a game while Mane cant? Salah is the better FPL pick theres no way around it

            1. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              I don’t think I penalize Salah at all. He is great pick like few others. I just feel people underestimate Mane all of a sudden because of one game against newly promoted team.

          2. Hakim Ziyech
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Lol...thanks, she is alive tho. I just do not think Mané will do that at Liverpool. Think he scored a hat trick at Southampton about 5/6 years ago & it never happened at Liverpool.

            The fact Salah scores more fpl points every season, at the same price there is no point overthinking things & he looks really dangerous, judging from the Leeds game

        2. COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Penalties that have got him 1 extra goal in the last 2 seasons combined?

          1. Hakim Ziyech
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Could be more this season but isn’t the difference in fpl points every season more important?

            1. COK3Y5MURF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              There was no difference last season. The difference was one attacking return due to playing more minutes. The year before that, the gap was small. Don't know why you would go back so many years though. The last season is the most relevant to who they are as players right now.

              1. Hakim Ziyech
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Haha... fair enough.

                Either are good options tbh but I prefer Salah at the same price

                1. COK3Y5MURF
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Didn't you go with Mane in the end though? Why then?

                  1. Hakim Ziyech
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Hahaha... I was really blind & stupid to have gone with Mané even gave him the TC this season & last.. 😆

                    Well, I have gone with Salah now because he will likely score more fpl points & it seems Liverpool will have a lot of pens this season, I simply don’t want to miss out on all the fun. Trust me buddy, Mo is the better option 😉

      6. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 1 day ago

        When KDB is .5 less, Salah is the same price, Mane's ownership is only going to go down and for good reason. Outclassed.

        1. COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          KDB has no relevance here. Their points per 90 minutes were 7.28 (Salah) and 7.24 (Mane) last season, hence why the same price. 0.04 is very insignificant.

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Of course he does. When I'm looking at that 11.5M-12M bracket I see KDB as better value than Mane due to the extra .5 and penalties. I consider Salah the clearly better asset due to reliability at home for captaincy so I pick him, you may choose Mane and that's fine too.

    11. Wılly
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      A. TAA, Robertson, Rashford
      B. Digne, Robertson, Fernandes

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        B for this Gw and long term

      2. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        B till GW 6

      3. Ron_Swanson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        A

      4. Leelas legs 11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        B

    12. Will J 256
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Have had to take Alli’s price drop on the chin. Need to monitor Pulisic which is the reason I haven’t made the transfer from Alli to James Rodriguez now and hope Pulisic is fit or wait for Lampards press conference? Hope this makes sense!

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

        Fair enough. Wait and see on press conferences and ignore price changes is one way of playing. Lots of great managers play that way.

    13. The Wizard of Ozil
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      A) play Havertz this week, swap to Bruno next week
      B) Havertz-> Rashford this week

      Auba -> KDB next week for the extra funds

    14. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Gregor.... I clicked on your team link the other day and thought it was mine, identical team apart from Lewis to my Taylor lol

      Made a move this week?

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Sheep alert. Baaa

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          You tell him!

      2. Gregor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Ha, i’ve done Werner and Antonio to DCL and Martial as I wanted to cover those attacks this week and I can get Werner back later, how about you?

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Just Antonio to DCL for me barring injury news. Good luck

          1. Gregor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Cheers, you too!

    15. Gt1996
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      WC GW2 thoughts? 1.0m ITB

      Martinez (Forster)
      Digne | Saiss | Ayling | Lamptey | Mitchell
      Salah | Auba | Fernandes | Grealish | Bissouma
      Martial | DCL | Brewster

      Doing the template Auba > KDB after GW2 leaving myself with either 1.4m or 1.5m ITB depending on what happens with KDB's price. Plan is to use this to go Digne > Liv defender or upgrade Biss if Soucek or one of the 5.5m Mids start shining.

    16. George James
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Play one

      A) Soucek

      B) C.Taylor

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        A

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

      Surely with Alli only playing 45mins and no mins in europa, there is something wrong behind doors and Alli is not likely to play this weekend as fitness or fatigue cannot be the problem for being left out the last 2

    18. Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Wolves losing to Stoke

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Good. Means defense will be even fresher in premier league matches

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Playing the first choice centre backs

      2. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Guess they can't do it against Stoke on a Friday evening

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Thursday*

        2. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Or Thursday evenings

    19. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Wolves going out

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Wolves ay we!